The award-winning documentary film Chasing Coral continues the sixth annual free “Ding” Darling Wednesday Film Series on Feb. 21, at 1 p.m. in the “Ding” Darling Visitor & Education Center auditorium.
The Netflix original film explores the beauty of coral and its fragility and future in a changing climate. Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. A team of divers, photographers, and scientists set out on a thrilling ocean adventure to discover why and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world.
Selected for film festival showings throughout the nation, Chasing Coral won the Audience Award for U.S. Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival. The film took more than three years to shoot, and is the result of 500-plus hours underwater, submissions of footage from volunteers from 30 countries, and support from more than 500 people around the world. The New York Times calls it “an emotional race against time.”
Seating is free, but limited and on a first-come basis.
Below are the season’s remaining scheduled films. All films begin at 1 p.m. A short discussion will follow each film to allow visitors to gain more from their documentary-viewing experience by listening to other people’s points of view and analyzing what they just watched.
Feb 21: Chasing Coral
Mar 7: The Forgotten Coast: Return to Wild Florida
Mar 21: Mission Blue
Apr 4: STRAWS
For full descriptions of the films, click here.
The Sweetie Pie Collection by Norman Love Confections
Andy’s excited! There’s no longer any need to cross the causeway for our favorite gourmet chocolates!
Norman Love Confections, through a partnership with Traders, is now offering a selection of its mouthwatering chocolates at T2 by Traders, located in The Village Shops on Periwinkle Way.
The gift shop at T2 will offer Norman Love’s signature boxes of two, four, five and 10 pieces, in addition to a three-pack of chocolate golf balls, seashells and alligators. Peanut butter bark, sugar-free milk bark, dark bark, milk turtles and almond toffee also will be available.
Special for Valentine’s Day, Norman Love Confections is offering the Sweetie Pie Collection, featuring heart-shaped chocolates with 10 well-loved pie flavors packaged in heart-shaped gift boxes or the signature gift box wrapped in ribbon. The Sweetie Pie Collection will be available at T2 through Valentine’s Day.
T2 at The Village Shops, which opened January 12, offers lunch, dinner, drinks and gifts, and is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Meet the friendly folks over at the Florida Native Butterfly Society!
Their 3,615 square-foot glazed glass butterfly house is the only facility of its kind that is dedicated to the safeguarding of our incredible and diverse native butterflies of Southwest Florida. Their primary goal is to educate guests on the importance of building butterfly habitats and protecting our natural environment wherever they may reside.
Unlike most facilities, the members of FNBS are allowed to breed butterflies. This gives visitors a chance to witness the entire process of metamorphosis. They actively breed several different species throughout the year, contingent on weather conditions.
Dear Ocean’s Reach Buddies,
All of you are so kind! You never hesitate to share Ocean’s Reach with us, and do so many extra kind things.
I had to show you what the ice scraper you sent me inspired me to do. The bulletin board is in our kitchen, so every time I walk past it I am reminded we only have 3 months before our trip to Paradise!
Blessings to all!
On your next visit to Ocean’s Reach, how about taking a unique Working Waterfront Tour in nearby Fort Myers Beach?
Learn about Florida’s “pink gold” in this three-hour tour of the local shrimping industry. Visit commercial fishing docks, see how boats are unloaded and learn how the seafood is processed in this presentation by the Ostego Bay Foundation Marine Science Center.
Tours are scheduled for every Wednesday, weather permitting. Reservations required. $15 adults, $10 ages 6 and older.
“Paddle the calm waters to follow in the wake of the people of the Calusa tribes. Get inspired at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates. Take time to go fishing, shelling, birding or island hopping and fully appreciate this natural haven. Marvel at dolphins jumping in the rolling waves and pelicans diving in the surf for breakfast. Spot endangered West Indian manatees meandering through the mangrove-lined back bays and estuaries.”
Add to your bucket list by reading “100 Things to Do in Fort Myers & Sanibel Before Your Die,” featuring dozens of known and not-so-known things to do on Sanibel and Captiva, as well as surrounding areas.
Author Nancy Hamilton includes “insider information” on not only our renowned beaches, waterways and recreational activities, but also historic and offbeat locales, as well.
The areas covered include: Sanibel and Captiva, Fort Myers Beach, Fort Myers, Bonita Springs and Estero, Cape Coral, Pine Island and Matlacha, Boca Grande, and more than 100 coastal islands off the mainland, along with North Fort Myers and the inland communities.
“100 Things to Do in Fort Myers & Sanibel Before You Die” is a culmination of Hamilton’s 28 years worth of research and fun while she worked at The Chamber of Southwest Florida and the Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau. A journalism graduate from Michigan State University, Hamilton moved to the Fort Myers area for a position at the Naples Daily News. She currently works in public relations.
Hamilton will talk about her book on Feb. 6 from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Captiva Memorial Library (11560 Captiva Lane). There will be a question-and-answer session, and copies of the book will be available.