The Southwest Florida Symphony will perform All About Music at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center on Friday, August 26 at 8 p.m., featuring a special appearance by local teen piano celebrity Noah Waddell.
Noah has performed at concert halls, performing arts centers and churches. Noah’s “Concert for the Kids” at BIG ARTS on Sanibel raised more than $30,000 for the new Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida. » Read more
Kids in the Sanibel Recreation Center’s summer camp program just reel in the fun!
Hosted by members of the Sanibel-Captiva Optimist Club, more than two dozen “Junior Anglers” spent the seven weeks of summer break traveling to different fishing locations around the island, including Tarpon Bay Explorers, Blind Pass, the JN “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge and the Causeway Islands. They also took a cruise aboard an Adventures in Paradise vessel, » Read more
Anyone who’s ever driven over Fort Myers’ Edison Bridge in the rain and wondered if it would make a fun water slide will have a chance to test the theory on Saturday, Sept. 17.
That’s when a promotional company known as Slide the City will take over the bridge spanning the Caloosahatchee River and roll out a 900-foot padded water slide. Yep, that’s one gigantic water slide!
Slide the City is a family-friendly slip-and-slide event. » Read more
‘Ding’ Days celebrates 2016 Migratory Bird Treaty Centennial #birdyear
In addition to celebrating Jay N. “Ding” Darling’s 140th birthday and National Wildlife Refuge Week, this year’s “Ding” Darling Days, Oct. 16-22, celebrates the centennial of the convention between the United States and Great Britain (representing Canada) for the protection of migratory birds. Also called the Migratory Bird Treaty, it was signed on Aug. 16, 1916.
The 27th annual “Ding” Days at J.N. » Read more
The shelling brothers return!
These energetic siblings from Dexter, MI, have been turning over shells in the sand for eight years at Ocean’s Reach and this week hit the jackpot. Following one of our dramatic summer thunderstorms, the two set out for a shell hunt. They looked down and made quite a find — a junonia!
The junonia is a deep-water species commonly found in 60 to 120 feet of water. » Read more
Our own Lisa gazes down and over Sanibel from the window seat of a jet plane heading west.
While looking forward to a visit seeing her daughters in the Seattle area, she was delighted to report blue skies and blue water as far as the eye could see!
Isn’t it time for you to enjoy our beach blues? » Read more
If you want to do a few “cool” things away from the beach at Ocean’s Reach this summer, our local visitor’s bureau has a few nearby suggestions to route your way!
Sun Splash Family Water Park in Cape Coral is a wonderful choice, with 14 acres of waterslides, pools and fun. A local favorite, the park is open daily through Aug 9 and weekends Aug 10 – » Read more
Nationally acclaimed bird authors, TV personalities, and longtime Sanibel Island winter residents Don and Lillian Stokes will again contribute their time and expertise to lead two fundraising birders tram tours at the J.N. “Ding” Darling Refuge on the morning of February 10, 2017.
Wildlife Drive is normally closed on Fridays, meaning tour participants will have the birds and the Stokes to themselves. Lillian Stokes will speak about and demonstrate bird photography on one of the trams, » Read more
An amazing discovery was made on our beach one morning last week. We are grateful to the Ocean’s Reach guests who searched and rescued 31 sea turtle hatchlings from the grassy dunes. The hatchlings were later carefully placed in a soft container and released to the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation, which organizes the islands’ sea turtle nesting program. » Read more
A recent article in the “Island Reporter” by Ashley Goodman describes yet another special gentleman in our island community:
As soon as Windell Campbell took the stage at the Sanibel Public Library recently, the entire audience was mesmerized. Not a single eye wandered. During his hour-long storytelling presentation, Campbell acted out scenes with the help of puppets from a variety of beloved children’s books. » Read more