The Community House
The Community House, at 2173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, presents the following:
Civil Rights in the Sunshine State
The Sanibel Community Association and Circle of Community Leadership will present the “Civil Rights in the Sunshine State” exhibit today, Jan. 2, to Feb. 11. Developed by the Florida Museum of History in 2014 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, in collaboration with universities, organizations and individuals, it explores the history of the Civil Rights movement in Florida through pictures, graphs and narratives to educate visitors about the state’s contributions to the movement. Many of the photos are from the State Archives of Florida. There are also videos of civil rights leaders, including Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Patricia Stephens Due, Theodore Gibson and the Rev. C. K. Steele. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
Resident Chef Jarred Harris will teach a hands-on cooking class on Jan. 4 from 10 a.m. to noon. The menu will feature: spicy eggplant donuts and sweet pepper jam, heirloom tomato and sweet onion tart, and pear tarte tatin with cinnamon almond milk ice cream. Cost is $50 for members and $60 for guests. Advance registration required.
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
Sissi Janku will host a beginners-to-advanced acrylic painting class on Jan. 9 from 7 to 9 p.m. Bring your own snacks and beverages. Cost is $50 for members and $60 for non-members.
Community Shredding Day
A Community Shredding Day will be held on Jan. 12 from 9 a.m. to noon in the north lot, across the street from the building. Shred documents, credit card receipts, checks, CD/DVD and more. Remove large paperclips and binder clips; staples and small paper clips can stay. Those bringing more than four boxes or bags for disposal need to call ahead. Cost is $5 per box or bag. Enter via the driveway next to Dunlop Road and exit via the driveway nearest to the Sanibel Bean.
Dine and Design Workshop
A Dine and Design Workshop will take place on Jan. 14 from noon to 2 p.m. Resident Chef Jarred Harris will prepare lunch, followed by a workshop with the Sanibel design team of Decorating Den Interiors. The topic will be “High Point Review – Explore Home Furnishings Trends.” Bring a photo of your design challenge and the staff will offer solutions. There will also be door prizes and studio sample displays. Cost is $30. Advance registration required at www.sanibelcommunityhouse.net or 239-472-2155.
African Roots of Southern Cooking
Organized in conjunction with the “Civil Rights in the Sunshine State” exhibit, a presentation on African Roots of Southern Cooking will take place on Jan. 23 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Dr. Martha Bireda, executive director of the Blanchard House Museum in Punta Gorda, will host the event in partnership with Resident Chef Jarred Harris. Open to the public; donations suggested.
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.
MLK, Civil Rights Movement
Organized in conjunction with the “Civil Rights in the Sunshine State” exhibit, a lecture on Dr. Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement will be held on Feb. 4. Dr. Anthony Dixon, professor and university archivist at Bethune-Cookman College, will deliver the program. He will be joined by Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ Rev. Dr. John Danner, who will talk about his experiences in the Civil Rights Movement. Open to the public; donations suggested.
The Community House is selling honey harvested from its hive, along with other products made by Resident Chef Jarred Harris.
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.