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CCA plans exhibits, tastings, seminars and more

By Staff | Oct 29, 2019

With art shows, tasting and pairing events, activities planned in partnership with other island entities, a holiday concert and more, the Captiva Civic Association has a full schedule set for the new season.

“The board is very excited that we are continuing to expand the offerings at the Captiva Civic Association location,” CCA Board of Governors President Lisa Riordan said.

New this year, the association is working with organizations like F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation to organize events to inform and educate on a range of subjects.

“We also are excited that we are partnering with F.I.S.H. for a number of items, and also we are partnering with the Rauschenberg Foundation on one of the events,” she said.

On Nov. 18, the CCA and F.I.S.H. will co-host the “Blue Zones Presentation – Nutrition and Diet.” Riordan explained that the association was approached by some of its members about the topic.

“We know there are many people in other areas of Southwest Florida who have expressed interest in it,” she said.

Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Chef-in-Residence Jackie Vitale will present an “Intro to Fermentation Cooking” on Jan. 11 in a partnership between the organization and the CCA. Riordan reported that the foundation was interested in organizing an event to highlight her methods.

“They wanted to present Jackie’s innovating cooking to both islands,” she said.

Riordan added that F.I.S.H. is partnering with the foundation for the event on Sanibel.

“The chef is limiting it to 15 people,” she noted of the Captiva one. “So it will be first come, first served once we open those reservations up.”

On Jan. 27, the CCA and F.I.S.H. will co-host a “Learning about Dementia” program, while also partnering together to present the Dementia Virtual Tour van in the association’s parking lot.

“Dementia is something that touches on so many people and so many families,” Riordan said. “We thought it was something folks would be interested in.”

As for the virtual tour van, it is designed to provide participants who do not experience memory problems with the opportunity to see how those who do experience such issues are affected.

“The tour sounds quite interesting,” she said.

The CCA and F.I.S.H. will partner up again on Feb. 3 for an “ID Theft, Scams & Safety Presentation.”

“ID theft and scams are just a hot topic,” Riordan said, noting that senior citizens are particularly vulnerable to becoming victims. “It’s a presentation that we thought would be beneficial to teach people how to protect their identities – to let them know how to avoid similar situations.”

In addition to working with F.I.S.H. and the Rauschenberg Foundation, the CCA and Sanibel Catering Company by Bailey’s will partner for a second time to offer a series of wine tastings and pairings.

“Each of the events last year sold out,” she said, adding that they have increased it to four.

The events will be held on Jan. 6, Jan. 13, Jan. 20 and Jan. 27.

“They bring in the food pairings, created and decided on by their chef, and they bring in the wines,” Riordan said. “And they will have additional wines from those debuted last season.”

Also, a Beer Tastings & Food Pairings is tentatively scheduled for Feb. 17.

Other activities planned for the season include a Holiday Concert by Astralis on Dec. 9, a Paint Instruction Class on Feb. 3 and a Gettysburg Presentation with Bill Trelease on March 4.

She explained that Trelease is a docent at the Gettysburg, in Pennsylvania.

“He is coming to share information and his knowledge on Gettysburg and the Battle of Gettysburg,” Riordan said. “For history buffs, it’ll be an evening they don’t want to miss.”

In addition, the CCA will host four art exhibits, pairing with the Sanibel-Captiva Art League for one and the Rauschenberg Foundation on another. Opening dates are Dec. 5, Jan. 16, Feb. 13 and March 19.

“It has become an annual tradition to have three or four art shows,” she said, noting that the opening receptions draw over 100 people and the building was designed with holding such events in mind.

“We have had much success with people waiting to view our art shows,” Riordan added. “It’s something that Captiva residents look forward to participating in.”

From January through March, CCA member and Captiva resident Paul Lawrence will teach Qigong classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. It will be his third season doing so.

“Paul has instructed many residents and vacationers,” she said.

The CCA will hold its ABC Gala on Feb. 27, another tradition for the association and its major fundraiser for the year. It features an auction of donated items and dinner at The Sanctuary.

Riordan noted that the schedule is not completely done.

“We’re still working on dates for our annual potluck dinner and a couple of socials, which is basically cocktails and light hors d’oeuvres,” she said.

The public is encouraged to take part in some of this year’s happenings.

“It gives folks the opportunity to mingle with neighbors,” Riordan said.

“And the Captiva Civic Association hall is a beautiful venue,” she added. “We’re really glad that we have this type of facility available to everybody on Captiva.”

For more information, visit www.ccacaptiva.org or call 239-472-2111.

The CCA membership meetings are scheduled for Jan. 28, Feb. 25 and March 24.

The Captiva Civic Association is at 11550 Chapin Lane, Captiva.