The Community House
The Community House, at 2173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, presents the following:
Parent, Child Cooking
Resident Chef Jarred Harris will teach a parent and child cooking class on Dec. 13 from 10 a.m. to noon. The focus will be caramel cream puffs and chocolate eclairs. Program is designed for children ages 5-9 who are accompanied by an adult. Cost is $35 for the duo, then $10 for each additional participant. Advance registration required.
Birds, Birds, Birds
Justin Proctor, vice president of the non-profit BirdsCaribbean – a regional organization dedicated to the conservation of wild birds and their habitats in the insular Caribbean – will host the presentation “Birds, Birds, Birds” on Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. He will focus on how birds and their habitats can serve as a tool for promoting ideas of sustainable living, community identity, resource management and global awareness. Proctor is also the managing editor of the Journal of Caribbean Ornithology. Cost is a suggested donation of $5 at the door; refreshments will be provided.
Resident Chef Jarred Harris will host a cooking demonstration on Dec. 19 from 4 to 6 p.m. The menu will feature: apple endive and radicchio salad, wild mushroom and goat cheese strudel, and Bailey’s Crme brulee. Cost is $35 for members and $50 for guests. Advance registration required.
Indoor Mini Golf
The 19th Annual Mini Golf course will take place Dec. 26-29 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. An intergenerational activity for the holidays, play 18 holes – two passes on a nine-hole course – for $3. Refreshments available. Regular sponsorships available for $150, which come with 20 free passes. Volunteers are also needed to assist with the event.
The Community House Documentary
Learn about the history of The Community House with a documentary on Dec. 30 at 1 p.m. It will feature clips from the past, interviews with those who grew up using the facility, the history of the birth of the city and more. Suggested donation of $5; popcorn and non-alcoholic beverages available. Other documentaries by Emmy award-winning film maker David Carter will be available for purchase.
Black History Exhibit
Part of a traveling exhibit from the Florida Museum of History focused on Black History, the exhibit will be on display from Jan. 2 to Feb. 10. The community is welcome to stop by and view it.
Kids Cooking is held on the first Monday of each month, except March, from October through May from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Resident Chief Jarred Harris will teach fundamental nutritional cooking skills and help students develop basic kitchen awareness and food preparation. The culturally-based menus will stress healthy and nutritious whole foods. Students will make the items, then sit down for a meal together. Cost is $50 per class or $175 for four classes; some scholarships will be available due to sponsorships by the Rotary and Kiwanis clubs and private citizens. Prepaid registration with required paperwork is encouraged. The following class menus are planned:
– Jan. 7: Homemade cheese ravioli, fettuccine, cheese sauce, tomato sauce, and cannoli and cream
– Feb. 4: Homemade sushi rolls, chicken teriyaki and vegetable tempura
– March 1: Caribbean bean soup, curried chicken and roti, pineapple-glazed fish, coconut and vegetable stew, and banana fritters and honey
– April 1: Vegetable quesadillas, chicken tamales, fish tacos, homemade salsa and guacamole, and fried ice cream and churros
– May 6: Surprise menu
A Night to Remember
The Sanibel Community Association will host its A Night to Remember “1927 Gala” on Jan. 25 at 6 p.m. The event will feature an evening of fine dining, rich with history and unique island flavor. Sponsorship opportunities available.
Loretta and Emil Bourbon Dinner
Chef Loretta Paganini and husband Emil will present a Raw and Finished Bourbon Dinner on Jan. 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. Explore the value of finishing by compare sampling: Angel’s Envy Bourbon (finished in port wine barrels); Jefferson Reserve Bourbon (raw) and finished in rum barrels; Belle Meade Bourbon (raw) and sherry finished; Whistle Pig Old world rye (a blend finished in sauternes, Madeira and port barrels). Dinner will enhance the experience of the “new age” approach to a classic American beverage. Cost is $125 per person.
The Community House is selling hostess gifts and gifts for holiday tables. There is local honey from its hive, mango chutney from locally-grown mangoes and holiday spiced pumpkin chutney.
For more information about a program or to register, visit online at www.sanibelcommunityhouse.net or contact email@example.com or 239-472-2155.
To donate toward scholarships, call Executive Director Teresa Riska-Hall at 239-472-2155.