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By Staff | Mar 28, 2018

TODAY, MARCH 28

Family Storytime

An all-ages program from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at the Sanibel Public Library, at 770 Dunlop Road, Sanibel, that encourages the development of pre-reading skills through songs, rhymes, fingerplays and stories. No registration or cost. For information, call Deanna Evans at 239-472-2483.

Award-Winning Documentary

BIG ARTS Sanibel Island screens award-winning documentaries at the Island Cinema, at 535 Tarpon Bay Road, Sanibel. The next film is “Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You” at 12:30 p.m. For information or tickets, call 239-395-0900 or visit “http://www.bigarts.org”>www.bigarts.org.

Birds and Wildlife Tour

Follow along on a car caravan tour of J.N. “Ding” Darling Wildlife Refuge from 9:30 to 11 a.m. The free tour highlights the the mangrove ecosystem and the wildlife that live in the area; entrance fee to Wildlife Drive applies. Meet at the flagpole in front of the Visitor & Education Center.

Florida Manatees Program

Explore the Florida manatee as it faces a challenging future. Find out what you can do to help save the species during the free program from 11 to 11:30 a.m.; entrance fee to Wildlife Drive applies. Meet at the Crossdike Pavilion off Wildlife Drive at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge.

Birds of the Refuge Program

Learn interesting facts about birds and how to identify them in the estuary in the free program from 1 to 1:30 p.m.; entrance fee to Wildlife Drive applies. Meet at the Crossdike Pavilion off Wildlife Drive at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge.

Bailey Homestead: Making the Land Work

The walking tour of the Bailey Homestead Preserve from 10 to 11 a.m. blends SCCF’s mission-driven work on the historic property, the history of the land itself and some stories about the Bailey family. Cost is $5 for non-members. Meet at the Conservation Gateway Kiosk at the head of the Shipley Trail.

Bowman’s Beach, Bayou Walk

The SCCF provides a guided walk from 9 to 10 a.m. along the beach toward Blind Pass, then along the back dune trail. Keep your eyes open for shorebirds and gopher tortoises. Meet your guide at the foot of the bridge that crosses the bayou. Walk is free; attendees must pay to park.

Trail Walks: Explore Sanibel’s Interior Wetlands

Join the SCCF from 11 a.m. to noon for a guided walk through the interior wetlands and mid-island ridges of the Center Tract with discussion of native habitats, natural and cultural history and preservation efforts. Cost is $5 for non-members. Meet at the Nature Center and proceed to the trails.

THURSDAY, MARCH 29

After-school Crew

Favorite books, new books and never-knew-existed books, plus puzzles, games, crafts and more from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Sanibel Public Library, at 770 Dunlop Rd, Sanibel. Geared toward kindergarten to third grade. Snack provided. No registration or cost. For information, call Deanna Evans at 239-472-2483.

R.E.A.D. with Bessie

If you love dogs and books, then you might enjoy reading to Bessie, a bearded collie and Reading Education Assistance Dog, from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Sanibel Public Library, at 770 Dunlop Road, Sanibel. Sign-ups are on-the-spot and in order; no registration or cost. For information, call Deanna Evans at 239-472-2483.

Yoga for Everyone

Join Barbara Cline from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. at The Community House, at 173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel. She teaches a gentle Hatha Yoga, which is receptive to all types and levels of practice. Classes include meditation, breath work and postures. Cost is $15 paid to the instructor; mats and other aids provided.

All-Levels Yoga

All-Levels Yoga from 10 to 11 a.m. at The Community House, at 173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel. Use of asana (postures), pranayama (breathing techniques), mudra, philosophy, meditation and guided relaxation techniques. Instructor is Dr. Susan Pataky. Cost is $20 and $18 for members; limited props provided for free.

Chi Yoga

Chi Yoga from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at The Community House, at 173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel. Utilize a free-form meditative approach. Class may include active as well as restorative asanas, as well as other modalities. Students who have physical limitations or other special challenges can benefit. Instructor is Dr. Susan Pataky. Cost is $20 and $18 for members; limited props provided for free.

Duplicate Bridge

Duplicate Bridge is offered from 12:30 to 4 p.m. at The Community House, at 173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel. Cost is $10 paid to the organizer; refreshments provided.

Biking the Refuge Tour

Learn about the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge’s bird life and ecology in a free tour with a naturalist from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on the Wildlife Drive/Indigo Trail loop; entrance fee for Wildlife Drive applies. Meet at the flagpole in front of the Education Center.

Gators and Crocs Program

Learn about crocodiles, gharials, alligators and caimans during the free program from 11 to 11:30 a.m. at J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge; entrance fee for Wildlife Drive applies. Learn how to identify families and local species. Meet at the Crossdike Pavilion on Wildlife Drive at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge.

Reptiles and Amphibians Program

Discover some of the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge residents – snakes, lizards, toads and frogs – during the free program from 1 to 1:30 p.m.; entrance fee for Wildlife Drive applies. Located at the Crossdike Pavilion on Wildlife Drive.

Trail Walks: Explore Sanibel’s Interior Wetlands

Join the SCCF from 11 a.m. to noon for a guided walk through the interior wetlands and mid-island ridges of the Center Tract with discussion of native habitats, natural and cultural history and preservation efforts. Cost is $5 for non-members. Meet at the Nature Center and proceed to the trails.

FRIDAY, MARCH 30

Documentary Film Showing

A documentary film is selected and played from the Sanibel Public Library eShelf from 1 to 3 p.m. Use your library card barcode and pin – last four digits of barcode – to gain access. For information, call the library at 239-472-2483.

TriviaHQ

The Sanibel Public Library, at 770 Dunlop Road, Sanibel, will host a live trivia game you can participate in from 3 to 4 p.m. by downloading a mobile app. For information, call the library at 239-472-2483.

Beach Walk

Join J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge for a free guided exploration of Perry Tract from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.; parking fees apply. Learn about the vital beach ecosystem. Meet at the Gulfside City Park parking lot on Algiers Lane, off of West Gulf Drive.

Indigo Trail Walk

Free naturalist-led tour identifying and discussing the ecosystem’s plant and animal species along the Indigo Trail from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Meet at the flagpole in front of the Visitor & Education Center at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge.

Bailey Tract Tour

Walk the trails of the Bailey Tract with a naturalist from 1 to 2:30 p.m. to learn about the inhabitants of the freshwater ecosystem of Southwest Florida. Meet at the Bailey Tract parking lot at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge.

Garden Walk

Take a SCCF guided walk through the native plant, wildflower, kitchen and tea gardens at the Bailey Homestead Preserve from 1 to 2 p.m. Learn about the uses of the plants by humans, butterflies, birds and pollinators. End your walk with a sip of tea from the gardens, infused with sea grape honey. Cost is $5 for non-members. Meet on the deck at the Native Landscapes and Garden Center.

Shipley Trail at Bailey Homestead Guided Walk

Take a free guided walk from 10 to 11 a.m. on the SCCF Shipley Trail. Stroll across the Star Thomas Memorial Bridge and then connect with Pond Apple Trail. Learn how SCCF manages the property as wildlife habitat. Park and meet your guide at the Welcome Kiosk at the head of the Shipley Trail, at the SCCF Bailey Homestead Preserve, at 1300 Periwinkle Way.

Trail Walks: Explore Sanibel’s Interior Wetlands

Join the SCCF from 11 a.m. to noon for a guided walk through the interior wetlands and mid-island ridges of the Center Tract with discussion of native habitats, natural and cultural history and preservation efforts. Cost is $5 for non-members. Meet at the Nature Center and proceed to the trails.

SATURDAY, MARCH 31

Story and Wildlife Wonders

Join a naturalist for free story time from 9:30 to 10 a.m. at J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge’s Visitor & Education Center and learn about different wildlife that call the refuge home.

Birds of the Refuge Program

Learn interesting facts about birds and how to identify them in the estuary in the free program from 11 to 11:30 p.m.; entrance fee to Wildlife Drive applies. Meet at the Crossdike Pavilion off Wildlife Drive at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge.

Gators and Crocs Program

Learn about crocodiles, gharials, alligators and caimans during the free program from 1 to 1:30 a.m. at J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge; entrance fee for Wildlife Drive applies. Learn how to identify families and local species. Meet at the Crossdike Pavilion on Wildlife Drive.

Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Sanibel Community Church will host its Annual Easter Egg Hunt from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 1740 Periwinkle Way. There will be outside games, crafts, preschool games, bounce house and storytelling, as well as a free lunch. New this year will be the life-size Family Candy Land Adventure in the Fellowship Hall. The finale will be age-appropriate egg hunts with 2,500 pre-filled eggs and prizes.

Bird Walk

The Sanibel-Captiva Audubon Society will hold a bird walk at 8 a.m. at the Bailey Tract. Use the Tarpon Bay road entrance as Island Inn Road is closed due to mulch work from Hurricane Irma. Open to the public and all levels of experience. A $5 donation is appreciated; parking is free. For more information, visit san-capaudubon.org.

SUNDAY, APRIL 1

Island Jazz

Enjoy the tunes of the Island Jazz musicians from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Boler Garden at BIG ARTS Sanibel Island, at 900 Dunlap Road, Sanibel. The concert is free and open to the community; bring a chair.

Beach Walk

Join J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge for a free guided exploration of Perry Tract from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.; parking fees apply. Learn about the vital beach ecosystem. Meet at the Gulfside City Park parking lot on Algiers Lane, off of West Gulf Drive.

Endangered Species Program

Discover endangered species of Southwest Florida and what you can do to help them during the free program from 11 to 11:30 a.m.; entrance fee for Wildlife Drive applies. Meet at the Crossdike Pavilion at J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge.

Florida Manatees Program

Explore the Florida manatee as it faces a challenging future. Find out what you can do to help save the species during the free program from 1 to 1:30 a.m.; entrance fee to Wildlife Drive applies. Meet at the Crossdike Pavilion off Wildlife Drive at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge.

MONDAY, APRIL 2

Monday Night Film

BIG ARTS Sanibel Island will hold its Monday Night Film at 7 p.m. in Schein Hall, at 900 Dunlop Road, Sanibel. The film scheduled for the screen is “The Salesman.” For information and tickets, call 239-395-0900 or visit www.bigarts.org.

Yoga for Everyone

Join Barbara Cline from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. at The Community House, at 173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel. She teaches a gentle Hatha Yoga, which is receptive to all types and levels of practice. Classes include meditation, breath work and postures. Cost is $15 paid to the instructor; mats and other aids provided.

Shell Crafters

Shell Crafting Class from 10 a.m. to noon at The Community House, at 173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel. Make flower figures or animals. Limited class size; first come first served. Children must be accompanied by an adult due to the complexity/dexterity required.

Biking the Refuge Tour

Learn about the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge’s bird life and ecology in a free tour with a naturalist from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on the Wildlife Drive/Indigo Trail loop; entrance fee for Wildlife Drive applies. Meet at the flagpole in front of the Education Center.

Nature Photography Program

Learn about the art of nature photography during the free program from 11 to 11:30 a.m. in the Visitor & Education Center at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge.

Florida’s Venomous Wildlife Program

Learn about the venomous wildlife that lives in Southwest Florida during the free program from 1 to 1:30 p.m. at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge. Learn how to identify the animals and their habitats.

Meditation

Meditation class from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Island Cinema, at 535 Tarpon Bay Road, Sanibel. Two guided meditations; no experience is necessary. Cost $10. For information, call 239-472-2155.

TUESDAY, APRIL 3

After-school Clique

Favorite books, new books and never-knew-existed books, plus puzzles, games, crafts and more from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Sanibel Public Library, at 770 Dunlop Road, Sanibel. Geared specifically for children in fourth grade through sixth grade. Snack provided. For information, call Deanna Evans at 239-472-2483.

All-Levels Yoga

All-Levels Yoga from 10 to 11 a.m. at The Community House, at 173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel. Use of asana (postures), pranayama (breathing techniques), mudra, philosophy, meditation and guided relaxation techniques. Instructor is Dr. Susan Pataky. Cost is $20 and $18 for members; limited props provided for free.

Chi Yoga

Chi Yoga from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at The Community House, at 173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel. Utilize a free-form meditative approach. Class may include active as well as restorative asanas, as well as other modalities. Students who have physical limitations or other special challenges can benefit. Instructor is Dr. Susan Pataky. Cost is $20 and $18 for members; limited props provided for free.

Duplicate Bridge

Duplicate Bridge is offered from 12:30 to 4 p.m. at The Community House, at 173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel. Cost is $10 paid to the organizer; refreshments provided.

Birding the Refuge Tour

Follow a naturalist along Wildlife Drive in your car during the free program from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at the J.N. “Ding” Darling Wildlife Refuge; entrance fee to Wildlife Drive applies. Meet at the flagpole in front of the Education Center.

Birds and Wildlife Tour

Follow along on a car caravan tour of J.N. “Ding” Darling Wildlife Refuge from 9:30 to 11 a.m. The free tour highlights the the mangrove ecosystem and the wildlife that live in the area; entrance fee to Wildlife Drive applies. Meet at the flagpole in front of the Visitor & Education Center.

Horseshoe Crabs

Learn why the “living fossil” is not a “true crab” and its importance to migrating shorebirds and to the medical field during the free program from 11 to 11:30 a.m. inside the Visitor & Education Center at the J.N. “Ding” Darling Wildlife Refuge.

Mollusk Matinee

The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum’s will present an acclaimed intramural series on “The Bahamas Deep-sea Expedition,” with Jos H. Leal, from 2 to 3 p.m. It is at 3075 Sanibel Captiva Road, Sanibel.