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By Staff | Mar 12, 2019

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13

Family Storytime

An all-ages program from 11 a.m. to 11:45 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. For information, call Deanna Evans at 239-472-2483.

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.

Writers Read

BIG ARTS will host Writers Read at 7:30 p.m. at the Strauss Theatre, at 2200 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel. Five groups of island writers will compete with one another to share their work with the audience. Part poetry slam, part nostalgia trip, and part funny and heart-wrenching stories, it is an unique experience for the ears, mind and soul. For information, 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 National Wildlife Refuge from 9:30 to 11 a.m. The 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, at 1 Wildlife Drive, Sanibel. For information, call 239-472-1100.

Birds of the Refuge Program

Learn interesting facts about birds and how to identify them in the estuary at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge from 11 to 11:30 a.m. Meet at the Visitor & Education Center, at 1 Wildlife Drive, Sanibel. For information, call 239-472-1100.

Florida Manatees Program

Explore the Florida manatee as it faces a challenging future. Find out what you can do to help save the species 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, at 1 Wildlife Drive, Sanibel. For information, call 239-472-1100.

Bowman’s Beach Walk

The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation provides a guided walk from 9 to 11 a.m. along the beach toward Blind Pass, then along the back dune/bayou trail. Meet at the foot of the bridge that crosses the bayou on the way to the beach, at 1700 Bowman’s Beach Road, Sanibel. Walk is free; attendees must pay to park. For information, call 239-472-2329.

Interior Wetland Trail Walk

Join the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation 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, at 3333 Sanibel-Captiva Road, Sanibel, and proceed to the trails. For information, call 239-472-2329.

THURSDAY, MARCH 14

Family Storytime

An all-ages program from 11 a.m. to 11:45 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. For information, call Deanna Evans at 239-472-2483.

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. 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. For information, call Deanna Evans at 239-472-2483.

Biking the Refuge Tour

Learn about the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge’s bird life and ecology in a 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 Visitor & Education Center, at 1 Wildlife Drive, Sanibel. For information, call 239-472-1100.

Florida’s Venomous Wildlife Program

Learn about the venomous wildlife that lives in Southwest Florida from 11 to 11:30 p.m. in the Visitor & Education Center at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, at 1 Wildlife Drive, Sanibel. Learn how to identify the animals and their habitats. For information, call 239-472-1100.

Birds of the Refuge Program

Learn interesting facts about birds and how to identify them in the estuary at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge from 1 to 1:30 p.m.; entrance fee to Wildlife Drive applies. Meet at the Crossdike Pavilion off Wildlife Drive. For information, call 239-472-1100.

Making the Land Work

A walking tour of the Bailey Homestead Preserve from 10 to 11 a.m. blends the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation’s mission-driven work on the historic property, history of the land and stories about the Bailey family. Cost is suggested $5 for non-members. Meet at the Conservation Gateway Kiosk at the head of the Shipley Trail, at 3333 Sanibel-Captiva Road, Sanibel. For information, call 239-472-2329.

Turtle Tracks

Learn about the life cycles and habits of the sea turtles and shorebirds that nest on Sanibel beaches, the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation’s monitoring activities and what it is doing to protect them from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Nature Center, at 3333 Sanibel-Captiva Road, Sanibel. Cost is $5 for non-members. For information, call 239-472-2329.

Interior Wetland Trail Walk

Join the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation 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, at 3333 Sanibel-Captiva Road, Sanibel, and proceed to the trails. For information, call 239-472-2329.

Shorebirds of Sanibel and Captiva

Join Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation biologists to learn about the shorebird species that nest on Sanibel beaches, including snowy plovers, least terns and wilson’s plovers from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Nature Center, at 3333 Sanibel-Captiva Road, Sanibel. Learn how you can safely share the beach and help us protect our feathered friends. For information, call 239-472-2329.

Learn Qigong

Learn Qigong will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Captiva Civic Center, at 11550 Chapin Lane, Captiva. Taught by tier I certified instructor Paul Lawrence, the classes will run through March 28. Cost is $30 at the door for all of the classes, or a $5 drop-in fee per class. Cash and check payments are accepted. Proceeds benefit the Captiva Civic Association. For information, call 239-472-2111 or visit www.ccacaptiva.org.

Coffee, Tea and Trivia

Coffee, Tea and Trivia at 7 p.m. in the Carpenter’s Caf & Bookstore at Sanibel Community Church, at 1740 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel. Family-friendly fun for all ages. Caf opens at 6:30 p.m.; all cafe proceeds go to missions. For information, call Beth Burns at 239-896-0058.

FRIDAY, MARCH 15

Experience Virtual Reality

Explore a vivid underwater world full of sea life from 10 a.m. to noon at the Sanibel Public Library, at 770 Dunlop Road, Sanibel. The 5-10 minute HTC Vive VR experience features the “Coral Reef, Whale Encounter and Deep Sea” experience. Also experiment with painting in a 3-D space with Google Tilt Brush. For ages 10 and over. One user per session; first come, first served. No registration required. For information, call 239-472-2483.

Beach Walk

Join the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge for a 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. For information, call 239-472-1100.

Indigo Trail Walk

Naturalists lead a tour identifying and discussing the ecosystem’s plant and animal species from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge; entrance fee applies. Meet at the flagpole in front of the Visitor & Education Center, at 1 Wildlife Drive, Sanibel. For information, call 239-472-1100.

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, at 1 Wildlife Drive, Sanibel. For information, call 239-472-1100.

Making the Land Work

A walking tour of the Bailey Homestead Preserve from 10 to 11 a.m. blends the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation’s mission-driven work on the historic property, history of the land and stories about the Bailey family. Cost is suggested $5 for non-members. Meet at the Conservation Gateway Kiosk at the head of the Shipley Trail, at 3333 Sanibel-Captiva Road, Sanibel. For information, call 239-472-2329.

SATURDAY, MARCH 16

BIG ARTS Performing Arts

BIG ARTS will present “Live in Central Park (Revisited): Simon and Garfunkel” at 4 p.m. in Schein Hall, at 900 Dunlop Road, Sanibel. In 1981, more than 500,000 music fans gathered in Central Park to hear the century’s greatest folk/rock duo, Simon and Garfunkel. Award-winning recording artists Lee Lessack and Johnny Rodgers recreate that night. Simon and Garfunkel’s dulcet harmonies and lilting guitar coming shining through with favorites like “Mrs. Robinson,” “Homeward Bound,” “Scarborough Fair,” “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” “The Sound of Silence” and more. For information or tickets, call 239-395-0900 or visit www.bigarts.org.

Story and Wildlife Wonders Program

Join a naturalist for story time from 9:30 to 10 a.m. at J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge’s Visitor & Education Center, at 1 Wildlife Drive, Sanibel. Learn about different wildlife that call the refuge home. For information, call 239-472-1100.

Gators and Crocs Program

Learn about crocodiles, gharials, alligators and caimans from 11 to 11:30 a.m. at J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, at 1 Wildlife Drive, Sanibel; entrance fee for Wildlife Drive applies. Learn how to identify families and local species. Meet at the Crossdike Pavilion on Wildlife Drive. For information, call 239-472-1100.

Indigo Trail Walk

Naturalists lead a tour identifying and discussing the ecosystem’s plant and animal species from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge; entrance fee applies. Meet at the flagpole in front of the Visitor & Education Center, at 1 Wildlife Drive, Sanibel. For information, call 239-472-1100.

Caloosahatchee Oxbow Cruise

The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation will host a Caloosahatchee Oxbow Cruise from 9 to 11:30 a.m. The guided trip provides an opportunity to gain a perspective on the river, its history, folklore, issues and solutions, as you explore the historic upriver Caloosahatchee. Follow it back to a time when a waterfall served as the headwaters of the Caloosahatchee and settlers braved living amongst the wilderness. Tickets are $45 per person; advance reservations are required at www.sccf.org. For information, call 239-472-2329.

SUNDAY, MARCH 17

Sanibel Island Farmers Market

Organized by Local Roots, the Sanibel Island Farmers Market from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Sanibel City Hall, at 800 Dunlop Road, Sanibel. For information, visit buylocallee.com.

Island Jazz

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

Beach Walk

Join the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge for a 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. For information, call 239-472-1100.

Endangered Species Program

Discover endangered species of Southwest Florida and what you can do to help them from 11 to 11:30 a.m. in the Visitor & Education Center at J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, at 1 Wildlife Drive, Sanibel. For information, call 239-472-1100.

Florida Manatees Program

Explore the Florida manatee as it faces a challenging future. Find out what you can do to help save the species 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, at 1 Wildlife Drive, Sanibel. For information, call 239-472-1100.

MONDAY, MARCH 18

Current Events

Current Events at 10 a.m. in the BIG ARTS Phillips Gallery, at 900 Dunlop Road, Sanibel. Enjoy lively discussion of the biggest headlines. For information, contact Malcolm Martini at 239-395-1362 or mlmartini@icloud.com.

Monday Night Film

BIG ARTS will host its Monday Night Film at 7 p.m. in Schein Hall, at 900 Dunlop Road, Sanibel. The scheduled film is “At Eternity’s Gate.” For information or tickets, call 239-395-0900 or visit www.bigarts.org.

Birds and Wildlife Tour

Follow along on a car caravan tour of J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge from 9:30 to 11 a.m. The 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, at 1 Wildlife Drive, Sanibel. For information, call 239-472-1100.

Horseshoe Crabs Program

Learn why the “living fossil” is not a “true crab” and its importance to migrating shorebirds and to the medical field from 11 to 11:30 a.m. in the Visitor & Education Center at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, at 1 Wildlife Drive, Sanibel. For information, call 239-472-1100.

Gators and Crocs Program

Learn about crocodiles, gharials, alligators and caimans from 1 to 1:30 p.m. at J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, at 1 Wildlife Drive, Sanibel; entrance fee for Wildlife Drive applies. Learn how to identify families and local species. Meet at the Crossdike Pavilion on Wildlife Drive. For information, call 239-472-1100.

Weeds and Seeds

Join a group of amateur botanists for a walk from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., visiting different locations on Sanibel, guided by a leader with a plant list. Meet on the porch of the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation’s Nature Center, at 3333 Sanibel-Captiva Road, Sanibel. Bring a hat, water, sunblock and comfortable enclosed shoes with socks. Depending on the location visited, parking money may be needed; donations to SCCF are welcome. For information, call 239-472-2329.

Keeping the Fun in Fundraising for F.I.S.H.

F.I.S.H. Board Member Chris Coile will perform from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at George & Wendy’s Seafood Grille, at 2499 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel. His Keeping the Fun in Fundraising for F.I.S.H. concerts raise awareness and donations for the organization. Coile donates CDs at each event to encourage voluntary donations. Other island talent, including Cindy Cola, Dee Kelly, Sandy Greco, and others, will join him periodically throughout the season. Reservations are recommended and can be made at 239-395-1263.

TUESDAY, MARCH 19

Captiva Island Farmers Market

Organized by Local Roots, the Captiva Island Farmers Market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the South Seas Island Resort, at 5400 Plantation Road, Captiva. For information, visit buylocallee.com.

Talking Points

BIG ARTS will host its Talking Points series at 10 a.m. in the Strauss Theater, at 2200 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel. The program is “Good Girls Revolt” with Lynn Povich, an award-winning journalist who was one of 46 women to file sex discrimination charges against Newsweek magazine in 1970. Her book on that landmark lawsuit, “The Good Girls Revolt,” was published in 2012 and inspired an Amazon series. For information or tickets, call 239-395-0900 or visit www.bigarts.org.

Vinyasa Yoga

Vinyasa Yoga will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. at The Community House, at 2173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel. Instructor is Dr. Susan Pataky. Designed for those with prior yoga experience. Cost is $18 for members and $20 for guests. For information, call 239-472-2155 or visit sanibelcommunityhouse.net.

Chi Yoga

Chi Yoga will be held from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at The Community House, at 2173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel. Instructor is Dr. Susan Pataky. Designed for all experience levels. Cost is $18 for members and $20 for guests. For information, call 239-472-2155 or visit sanibelcommunityhouse.net.

Birding Tour

Follow a naturalist along Wildlife Drive in your car from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge; entrance fee to Wildlife Drive applies. Meet at the flagpole in front of the Visitor & Education Center, at 1 Wildlife Drive, Sanibel. For information, call 239-472-1100.

Biking the Refuge Tour

Learn about the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge’s bird life and ecology in a 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 Visitor & Education Center, at 1 Wildlife Drive, Sanibel. For information, call 239-472-1100.

Nature Photography Program

Learn about the art of nature photography from 11 to 11:30 a.m. in the Visitor & Education Center at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, at 1 Wildlife Drive, Sanibel. For information, call 239-472-1100.

Calusa/Shell Mound Trail Tour

Meet naturalists who will enthrall you with tales of the Calusa people’s history and teach you about native Florida plant life on the enchanting boardwalk trail from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, at 1 Wildlife Drive, Sanibel. Meet at the Shell Mound Trail parking lot on Wildlife Drive; entrance fee applies. For information, call 239-472-1100.

Demonstration Garden Stroll

Join the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation for a stroll from 10 to 11 a.m. through the demonstration gardens at the Native Landscapes and Garden Center, at 1300 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel. Learn about the native trees, shrub, and ground covers necessary to support birds, butterflies and bees. The human uses of Florida native plants will also be included. For information, call 239-472-2329.

Interior Wetland Trail Walk

Join the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation 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, at 3333 Sanibel-Captiva Road, Sanibel, and proceed to the trails. For information, call 239-472-2329.

Learn Qigong

Learn Qigong will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Captiva Civic Center, at 11550 Chapin Lane, Captiva. Taught by tier I certified instructor Paul Lawrence, the classes will run through March 28. Cost is $30 at the door for all of the classes, or a $5 drop-in fee per class. Cash and check payments are accepted. Proceeds benefit the Captiva Civic Association. For information, call 239-472-2111 or visit www.ccacaptiva.org.