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 email@example.com.)
In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19), the following announcements, closures and/or postponements have been reported on Sanibel and Captiva to date:
ABWA SANIBEL CAPTIVA CHAPTER
The Sanibel Captiva Charter Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association has postponed its monthly meeting set for March 24. The meeting will now be held on April 28.
BAILEY-MATTHEWS NATIONAL SHELL MUSEUM
The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum will temporarily close as of March 17 as a precautionary measure to limit the spread of coronavirus. It will remain closed to visitors until further notice.
During the closure, a limited number of staff will maintain the building’s operation and ensure the welfare of the animals.
For more information and updates, visit www.shellmuseum.org or follow on social media.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
BIG ARTS will continue to monitor developments and will implement and communicate any additional changes.
CAPTIVA CIVIC ASSOCIATION
The Captiva Civic Association and Rauschenberg Residency have canceled the opening reception scheduled for March 19 for the “Rauschenberg Residency: Exploration and Experimentation” exhibit.
The “Illustrated Talk – Rauschenberg Residency” program on March 23 has also been canceled.
CAPTIVA ISLAND HISTORICAL SOCIETY
The Captiva Island Historical Society has canceled its program scheduled for April 6, “Sentimental Journey – Captiva’s War Years Memories.”
Those who have already reserved tickets will be issued a full refund.
The CIHS will reschedule the program for early next season.
COMMUNITY HOUSING AND RESOURCES
Starting today, March 16, Community Housing and Resources staff members will work from home and continue to maintain CHR operations.
Staff can be reached at 239-472-1189, email@example.com or www.sanibelchr.org.
The Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife reported that the Visitor Education Center will be closed March 16-21 due to ongoing concerns over COVID-19 and preventing its spread. Check CROW’s social media and website for future updates.
In addition, the Wildlife Hospital will remain open during normal operating hours to accept and treat wildlife patients. If you find injured, sick or orphaned wildlife, call 239-472-3644 Ext. 222.
FARMERS MARKETS – LOCAL ROOTS
Local Roots reported that the Sanibel Island Farmers Market, held on Sundays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the Captiva Island Farmers Market, held on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., will be open as scheduled. For questions, contact Market Manager Jean Baer at Jmbaer@comcast.net.
The Island Jazz has canceled its Sunday performances in the BIG ARTS Garden for the season.
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 this 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.
In addition, the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge reported the canceling of the following scheduled events:
– March 18: Global Recycling Day
– March 18″ “The Swamp” film showing
– March 20: Betty Anholt and Charles LeBuff lectures
– March 20: Michael Grunwald lecture
– March 27: Jack Davis lectures
– April 1: “Bird of Prey” film showing
– April 3: Jeri Magg lectures
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.
For more information, visit dingdarlingsociety.org/articles/covid-19.
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 AUDUBON SOCIETY
The Sanibel-Captiva Audubon Society has canceled its bird walk set for March 21. In addition, the remaining weekly bird walks – scheduled for March 28 and April 4 – have been canceled.
SANIBEL-CAPTIVA REPUBLIC CAUCUS
The Sanibel-Captiva Republican Caucus has canceled its monthly meeting on March 21. For more information, contact Will Smith at 239-395-0819.
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 HISTORICAL MUSEUM AND VILLAGE
The Sanibel Historical Museum and Village is closed until further notice. For updates, visit www.sanibelmuseum.org.
For more information or questions, contact email@example.com or 239-472-4648.
SANIBEL MUSIC FESTIVAL
The Sanibel Music Festival has canceled the remaining concerts for its 2020 season, including the Gould Trio with Robert Plane on March 21, “Andrew Lloyd Webber: Superstar of Song and Stage” on March 24, and the Emerson String Quartet on March 28.
Organizers reported that an announcement will be make shortly with the procedure to handle unused
tickets, which will include an option to apply tickets to next year’s 2021 season.
For more information, visit www.sanibelmusicfestival.org.
ST. MICHAEL & ALL ANGELS EPISCOPAL CHURCH
St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church has suspended all church meetings and gatherings including worship until further notice. In addition, the Noah’s Ark thrift store will be closed.
THE COMMUNITY HOUSE
The Community House reported that the following programs have been canceled:
– 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
THE INTERNATIONAL OSPREY FOUNDATION
The International Osprey Foundation has canceled its annual meeting set for March 26.
President Susan Tucker said the board made the decision to limit any potential for further exposure to the coronavirus.