To kick off the new year, the Sanibel Health Club will hold its 5th annual Community Fitness & Health Fair Saturday, Jan. 13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The event will feature free demos, fitness evaluations, samples, refreshments and a silent auction.
All proceeds from the silent auction will go towards The Robert V. & Benjamin G. Miller Fund which provides camping experiences for special needs adults in Southwest Florida. Some of the silent auction items include art, taxi rides from Sanibel Taxi, a trip to Breckenridge, Colorado and gift certificates for restaurants, fitness classes and skincare services.
Besides the Sanibel Health Club, Sanibel Dance, Sanibel Pilates and Yoga, Sanibel Skin Spa, Island Ballroom and Tony DiCosta Fitness will also be participating in the event.
Activities at the Community Fitness & Health Fair include: all levels Vinyasa from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. with a free class demo to follow at 9:30 a.m.; Restorative Aerial Yoga from 10 to 11 a.m. with a free class demo to follow at 11 a.m. and a Pilates mat class from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. with a free class demo to follow at 12:45 p.m.
There will also be free samples and chair massage at Sanibel Skin Spa from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. along with a Thai massage demo from 1 to 2 p.m. Island Ballroom will also do a demo from 2 to 3 p.m.
For more information about the event, call 1-239-395-2639.
TODAY’S FORECAST: 74 AND SUNNY!
We continue to shiver just hearing about the drastic weather conditions our friends “up north” have been dealing with lately. We want to let you know that our hearts are with you as you start to warm up and dig out from what Mother Nature left behind.
To truly warm up, however, we want to remind you that our welcome mat is always rolled out for you at Ocean’s Reach. “Winter” temps here mean plenty of sunshine, relaxing beach walks, and swimming pool fun for our guests!
If you can join us for a last-minute getaway, please do! We’ve had a handful of cancellations for the winter months and would love to welcome you back to the sunshine.
The Sanibel Public Library has earned a national “Star Library” award, marking the fourth time that it has been recognized as one of the best libraries in the country by the Library Journal.
“It’s a testament of support from the community and board who encourages us to do innovative things people are interested in,” Sanibel Public Library Executive Director Margaret Mohundro said. “We are really proud of it. It’s a credit to the staff who work really hard.”
The Library Journal rates public libraries in the United States based on selected per capita data. This year, only 259 of 7,409 libraries received three, four or five star designations. The star libraries in Florida included Sanibel, New Port Richey and Lake Park.
“Every year we are at, or near the top. We get really good support from the community,” she said.
Mohundro said the rating is based on such areas as the number of people walking through the library’s door, number of program attendees and the number of books checked out.
In addition, the Library Journal also based the star rating on electronic material. At the Sanibel Public Library, more than 43,000 eBooks have been checked out in the past six years, which includes 9,000 audiobooks.
Other eShelf services include Mango, an online language learning tool and Kanopy, a popular on-demand video streaming app. In addition, the Sanibel Public Library was the first public library in Florida to offer “Tech It Out,” a kiosk that enables patrons to borrow MacBook Air and Dell laptops at the library.
A new culinary experience — the SWFL Chef Invitational — will grace the Sanibel Community House later this month as six Southwest Florida professional chefs take the stage with seven youngsters who are participating in the Culinary Education program.
“Come out and support us and the culinary program,” Community House Resident Chef Jarred Harris said. “There will be excellent entertainment, top shelf food and chefs looking to impress.”
The highly acclaimed guest chefs, who will each be paired with a “junior chef,” include Werner Dietrich from Olde Hickory Golf and Country Club; Wilhelm Gahabka from Bay Colony Golf Club; Steve Joynt from Spring Run Golf Club; Craig Panneton from Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina; Melissa Talmage from Sweet Melissa’s Cafe and John Wolff from Casa Ybel Resort.
The SWFL Chef Invitational will treat those in attendance to a sit down small plate tasting due to each chef, student duo preparing one course of the six course menu to be served. Hors d’oeuvres, champagne and wine will be served before the event. Chef Loretta Paganini will be the master of ceremony.
The fundraising event will take place at 6 p.m. Saturday, January 27, at the Sanibel Community House located at 2173 Periwinkle Way. It is $150 per person to attend. All of the proceeds from the event will go directly back into the culinary program at the Community House. For more information, or to purchase tickets visit www.sanibelcommunityhouse.net, or call 1-(239) 472-2155.
As the sun sets on another year, we look back fondly of time spent with our guests at Ocean’s Reach. We’re truly grateful that you’ve made us a part of your lives and hope that your memories of time spent here will continue to warm your hearts for years to come.
On behalf of the owners and staff at Ocean’s Reach, we want to send along our very best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year!
This year, J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge adds a new Horseshoe Crabs program to its calendar of daily free tours and activities. The seasonal calendar of free programs and tours begins on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, and runs through April 8.
Daily programs begin at 8:30 a.m. and include such diverse activities as Nature Photography, Beach Walk, Birds of Prey in Southwest Florida, and Indigo Trail Walk.
“We have something for visitors of all ages,” said supervisory refuge ranger Toni Westland. “The free refuge programs and tours last anywhere from a half hour to two hours.”
For a full calendar of programs and tours and descriptions, visit dingdarlingsociety.org/articles/free-refuge-programs. Free educational programs are made possible through support from the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge (DDWS).