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The Community House

By Staff | Jan 16, 2019

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 now 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, like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Patricia Stephens Due, Theodore Gibson and the Rev. C. K. Steele.

Cooking Demo

Resident Chef Jarred Harris will host a cooking demonstration today, Jan. 16, from 4 to 6 p.m. The menu will feature: fried tofu money bags in red curry, vegan meatloaf, cauliflower mash and caramelized onion gravy, and chocolate and orange tart. Cost is $35 for members and $50 for guests.

Gulfshore Opera

The Gulfshore Opera will perform “GO Cabaret” on Jan. 20 at 4 p.m. An informal evening of popular songs with jazz piano trio accompaniment, enjoy nostalgic hits from the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s with the Professional Artist in Residence and jazz trio accompaniment. The concert was conceived as a casual social mixer in the true cabaret style, with long enough breaks in between sets for the audience to enjoy the wine and cheese spread available at each of the locations. For information or tickets, visit www.gulfshoreopera.org or call 239-529-3925.

Cooking Demo

Resident Chef Jarred Harris will host a cooking demonstration on Jan. 21 from 4 to 6 p.m. The menu will feature: chickpea fritters with cucumber and yogurt dip, jackfruit and dumplings, and caramel cream puff tower. Cost is $35 for members and $50 for guests.

Community Interests Series

The next program in the Community Interests Series, “The plight of solitary bee species, the ecosystem services that they provide, and what you can do to give them a fighting chance,” will be held on Jan. 21 from 7 to 8:15 p.m. Presenter Marisol Mata will talk about new scientific research, novel approaches for inspiring community stewardship toward pollinators, and a look at some of the lesser known bees in our own backyard. A $5 donation is suggested.


The Zonta Club of Sanibel-Captiva will host LUNAFEST on Jan. 22 from 7 to 9 p.m. It is a women’s film festival and fundraiser dedicated to bringing women together, raising awareness about women’s issues and highlighting female filmmakers. A traveling festival, LUNAFEST features female talent in all aspects of filmmaking and across society. The short films range from animation to fictional drama and cover topics such as parenting, immigration, racism and sexism, as well as personal stories. Tickets are $20 each. For information or tickets, visit www.lunafest.org.

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 be held on Jan. 23 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dr. Martha Bireda, of Punta Gorda, and Juanita Copeland, of Tuscon, Arizona, will host the event in partnership with Resident Chef Jarred Harris. Harris will provide tastings. 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.

Sultans of Swing

The Sultans of Swing, a JUNO Award nominee, will entertain audiences on Jan. 29 from 7 to 9 p.m. with Spanish Flamenco, Arabian folk, Cuban rhythms and French Manouch gypsy-jazz. Alcohol and refreshments available for purchase. Cost is $35 per person.

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.

Kids Cooking

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:

– 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

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. Donations suggested.

Fashion Show and Luncheon

Featuring fashions from 15 stores at Periwinkle Place Shops, a Fashion Show and Luncheon will be held on Feb. 22 at 11:30 a.m. Resident Chef Jarred Harris will prepare lunch. Cost is $45 for members and $50 for guests. Deadline to purchase tickets is Feb. 19.

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 info@sanibelcommunityhouse.net or 239-472-2155.

To donate toward scholarships, call Executive Director Teresa Riska-Hall at 239-472-2155.