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Participants complete ABC Course

Graduates of the America’s Boating Course, offered by the America’s Boating Club of Sanibel-Captiva, recently gathered on the Sanibel Causeway to celebrate and meet their virtual course instructors. Over 20 students took the two-session course, which covers basic boat operation and safety ...

Meet the natives: Wild olive

Looking for a versatile, low-maintenance, hardy shrub? Look no further than the wild olive (Forestiera segregata). Also known as the Florida privet, it just might be the plant you are looking for. This 10- to 15-foot shrub can be used as a buffer shrub or stand alone as a landscape accent. It ...

Free guided refuge tours under way

The J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge has received the green light from federal officials to commence this season’s free tours after an earlier pandemic freeze on refuge programming. Staff must limit the outdoor tours to 10 people or fewer. There is no set schedule for the ...

CIHS presents film on life of Fort Myers resident

The Captiva Island Historical Society reported that an audience of some 85 people enjoyed a beautiful night on Feb. 8 in the open-air environment of McCarthy’s Marina to watch the acclaimed documentary “Queen of Swing,” by Florida filmmaker John Biffar. The second of its “Open Air ...

Marshall to continue to serve Captiva chapel, community

The Captiva Chapel by the Sea recently extended its pastor's stay as leader of the congregation. Officials reported that the chapel’s operation includes the search and hiring of pastors — from a variety of Christian denominations — for three-year contracts to lead the Sunday worship and ...

Sanibel Sea School to host camp at Bailey Homestead

This year, the Sanibel Sea School will offer summer camp at two locations — at the flagship campus on the east end of the island and at a new location, the Bailey Homestead. “With COVID still prevalent, we were in search of a location that could accommodate more campers in a safe ...

American Legion

The American Legion Post 123, at 4929 Sanibel-Captiva Road, Sanibel, presents the following: - Feb. 18: Open mic from 6 to 9 p.m. - Feb. 21: Barbecue ribs and chicken from noon to 8 p.m. Food is served from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. — spaghetti and meatballs on Wednesdays; steak sandwiches on ...

Island Calendar

PLEIN AIR ART Watch Artist “In Residence” Rachel Pierce paint live on Feb. 18 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wildlife Drive at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, at 1 Wildlife Drive, Sanibel. For information, visit dingdarlingsociety.org/articles/artist-in-residence. MONDAY ...

Coastal Watch to host virtual workshop for new initiative

In January, Coastal Watch launched its new initiative, Back to Our Roots, to teach the value of mangroves on the islands through community involvement. The Coastal Watch Advisory Committee chose mangroves to be the focal point of 2021 because the trees play a valuable role in the barrier island ...

The Community House

The Community House, at 2173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, will present the following: PAINTING WITH SISSI Painting with Sissi Janku will take place today, Feb. 17, from 10 a.m. to noon. Cost is $60 for members and $65 for non-members; includes canvas, acrylic paint, paint brushes and inspiration ...