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By Staff | Mar 19, 2019

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20

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.

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 21

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 3:50 to 4:50 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.

Bedtime Storytime

Youth can come in their pajamas, bring a stuffie/lovey/baby, and settle in for stories and a few vanilla wafer cookies from 7 to 7:30 p.m. at the Sanibel Public Library, at 770 Dunlop Road, Sanibel. For infants through elementary-age children, plus their guardians. For information, call Deanna Evans at 239-472-2483.

Island Yoga

Island Yoga will be held from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. at The Community House, at 2173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel. Designed for all experience levels. Cost is $15 for members and $20 for guests. For information, call 239-472-2155 or visit sanibelcommunityhouse.net.

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 all experience levels. 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.

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.

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 22

Experience Virtual Reality

Enjoy a 5-10 minute HTC Vive VR experience from 10 a.m. to noon at the Sanibel Public Library, at 770 Dunlop Road, Sanibel. 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 23

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.

SUNDAY, MARCH 24

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.

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 25

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.

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.

TUESDAY, MARCH 26

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.

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.

Butterfly Release

Join the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation for a live butterfly release from 2 to 4 p.m. in the pollinator garden at the Native Landscapes and Garden Center, at 1300 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel. Learn about the life cycles and larval host plants of the butterflies that will be released. Take home an SCCF laminated butterfly guide. Butterfly plants will be available for purchase. Cost is $20. To register, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/butterfly-release-program-tickets-56440704667. 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.