Virus-related updates on island activities, more
(Editor’s note: To have an item or announcement added to the list, call 239-472-1587 or email Editor Tiffany Repecki at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19), the following announcements, closures and/or postponements have been reported on Sanibel and Captiva to date:
BAT YAM TEMPLE OF THE ISLANDS
The Bat Yam Temple of the Islands reported that its board of directors of the congregation, due to serious concerns raised by the coronavirus, voted unanimously to suspend all public activities, services, classes, its Passover Seder and the annual meeting immediately for a month.
The board will thereafter evaluate the severity of the situation and decide what to do then.
BIG ARTS has suspended all programming and activities until further notice, including Veronica Swift, Late Nite Catechism, Mike Super, workshops, rentals, band and chorus rehearsals and concerts, gallery exhibits and receptions, the FORUM, Monday Night films and the Annual Benefit on March 27.
In addition, the building will be closed to all public traffic.
It is offering ticket-holders the following options:
– Donate tickets and tuition cost. As a nonprofit arts organization, BIG ARTS relies on the generosity and support of its donors. In this difficult time, which will have significant financial impact, it is hoping the public will choose to donate tickets, tuition fee and benefit gifts. All donations are tax deductible.
– Request a refund by contacting email@example.com
BIG ARTS will continue to monitor developments and will implement and communicate any additional changes.
The Island Jazz will not perform as scheduled on March 15 from 3 to 5 p.m. in the BIG ARTS Garden on Sanibel. In addition, the remaining Sunday performances have been postponed until future notice.
The Island Writers will not perform on March 18 at 7:30 p.m. at the BIG ARTS Strauss Theater on Sanibel. The event has been postponed for the time being; any future rescheduling will be announced.
For more information, contact Joe Pacheco at firstname.lastname@example.org or 239-472-1280.
J.N. ‘DING’ DARLING NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
The J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge is taking precautions in light of COVID-19.
It will be adding four portable hand sanitizer stations in the Visitor & Education Center by next week and has instructed staff and volunteers at the refuge and Tarpon Bay Explorers to be vigilant about washing their hands and stepping up sanitization of all touchable surfaces.
All facilities and tours remain open, but the refuge has suspended its loaner binocular program and rovers’ spotting scopes services to lessen exposure to volunteers and visitors.
Refuge staff will continue to plan for future disruptions in normal operations and mitigate risks of exposure to staff, volunteers and visitors where possible.
Future decisions to close facilities and programs will be made in consultation with local health officials and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
PROGRESSIVE CLUB OF THE ISLANDS
The Progressive Club of the Islands has suspended all public events, like membership meetings and happy hours, due to the coronavirus pandemic until further notice.
The membership meeting on March 19 has been canceled.
SANIBEL-CAPTIVA SHELL CLUB
The Sanibel-Captiva Shell Club has canceled its meeting on March 15.
The club’s next meeting will be held on April 5.
SANIBEL CONGREGATIONAL UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ reported that its church council, in accord with its pastoral team, has decided to cancel all committee meetings and other church sponsored events, including Bible study, yoga and theological studies.
Worship services have been suspended.
The church’s preschool is closed for vacation next week. It will continue to monitor the situation with the Lee County School District. Unless notified otherwise, the steps will be in place until March 31.
For more information, visit www.sanibelucc.org.
SANIBEL RECREATION CENTER
The city of Sanibel reported that in an abundance of caution, the group fitness classes and personal training at the Sanibel Recreation Center and Center 4 Life have been canceled until March 23.
At this time, both facilities remain open.
For more information, contact Recreation Director Trish Phillips at email@example.com, City Manager Judie Zimomra at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the center at 239-472-0345.
ST. MICHAEL & ALL ANGELS EPISCOPAL CHURCH
St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church reported that it will hold Evening Prayer on March 14 at 5 p.m., followed by Morning Prayer Rite on March 15 at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. There will be no reception or coffee hour following the services.
Beginning March 16, all church meetings and gatherings including worship will be suspended until further notice.
In addition, Noah’s Ark will also be closed starting on March 16.
THE COMMUNITY HOUSE
The Community House reported that the following programs have been canceled:
– March 14: Kids Theater by Florida Rep
– March 19: Culinary Workshop from 10 a.m. to noon
– March 20: Homeschool Cooking from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
– March 23: Shell Crafters from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
– March 23: Culinary Workshop from 10 a.m. to noon
– March 25: Community Social from 6 to 8 p.m.
– March 30: Guest Chef Culinary Workshop from 9 a.m. to noon
ZONTA CLUB – PEEK AT THE UNIQUE
The Zonta Club of Sanibel-Captiva has canceled the 19th annual Peek at the Unique, which was scheduled for March 14. For more information or questions, visit www.zontasancap.com.