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The start of the fundraising campaign
for Community House renovation
began with a catered lunch for sup-
porters from all parts of the community.
With the tag line, The Community House
is YOUR House; the speakers outlined
the plans that will be on everyone’s list
of things to do this season. From cocktail
parties, a historic video viewing, a cook-
ing competition to one-on-one visits,
many people will be involved to achieve
the $2 million renovation.
After 88 years, the historic north
room will be slightly changed to reflect
the way the house originally looked when
Curtis Perry walked Periwinkle asking
his neighbors for the money to build the
original Community House. The middle
room and auditorium will be updated
to give a cohesive look, with current
technology throughout the building. The
kitchen plans include a 900-square-foot
chef’s delight, where three chefs could
be plating for the three different rooms.
This means a fully functional kitchen for
The Community House that can go from
preparation through the use of a com-
If you would like to volunteer to help,
there is plenty for all to do to get the
message out. Committees for marketing,
publicity, social media, business, events,
special groups (like homeowner associa-
tions), individual gifting, and finance are
forming. Whether you have a little time
or want to take on a chairman’s role, call
The Community House at 472-2155 or
All ages are invited to learn the
intricate art of beading with shells
and other treasures of the sea.
Classes are kept small for one-on-one
instruction. There is a minimum of three
people and a maximum of 10 for these
projects. Classes will be held on Wednes-
days: November 4 and 25, December
2 and 16, January 20, February 3,
March 23, April 6 and 20. Anita Gober
is the instructor. All supplies and tools
are included in the price. If you typically
wear reading glasses, you should bring
them. The cost for each class is $35 for
members and $40 for guests. Advanced
classes will be scheduled ad hoc for $50
for three hours for members. You can see
some of Gober’s work at Pandora’s Box
in Tahitian Gardens.
The next Community House potluck
dinner will be held on Wednesday,
October 28 beginning at 6 p.m.
Artisan chocolatier Tracy Peck creates
incredible flavor pairings at her Naples-
based business. “Artisan” means that the
product is hand made in small batches
rather than machine mass-produced.
An artisan is one that has creatively
conceived, designed and executed the
making of a product, which, in this case,
are delectable chocolate barks, truffles
and other specialty confections created by
Once Upon A Bean.
Peck will bring samples of three types
of chocolate – white, milk and dark –
while guiding attendees through her
tasting map. Learn about cacao and how
it is sourced from different cacao growing
There is a $5 fee for SCA members;
guests are $10. Reservations are required
and seating is limited, so reserve early.
Bring your favorite appetizer, salad,
entrée or dessert (enough to serve six). It
is BYOB, with water and coffee pro-
vided. Socialize with islanders, meet new
friends and learn about the Kitchen Guild.
Information about the upcoming renova-
tion will be shared. Call 472-2155 for
Family Fall Carnival
The Costumes and Candy Fall Carni-
val is on Saturday, October 31 from
4:30 to 7:30 p.m. This is the 14th
year The Community House has present-
ed a safe and fun Halloween experience
for the entire family. There will be plenty
of candy, games, prizes and crafts, a din-
ing area serving meals at family-friendly
prices and Billy’s Hay Ride (courtesy of
Billy’s Rentals) to complete the fall experi-
The Family Fall Carnival isn’t just for
kids; everyone is encouraged to wear
costumes. Multiple costume prizes will
be awarded throughout the night to kids,
adults and volunteers. The admission
price is one bag of individually-wrapped
Halloween candy per family. Over 40
volunteers are needed. Call Salli Kirkland
at 472-4919 or The Community House
at 472-2155 to volunteer. Sponsors for
this year’s event are Sanibel-Captiva
Kiwanis Club, Billy’s Rentals and Billy’s
Bike Shop. More sponsors are needed.
All are welcome to stop by for a howling
The Community House is hosting
evening art and wine parties with
local artist Sissi Janku, who will
encourage the artist within to complete a
masterpiece. The next session will be held
on Wednesday, November 4 from 7 to 9
p.m. Member price is $45, non-members
No experience is necessary. All the
materials will be provided. Bring your
favorite wine and a snack for sharing with
fellow artists. This is a relaxed opportu-
nity to create an original work of art.
For a detailed schedule of these and all
other painting classes offered by Janku,
visit www.sissijanku.com. Her work is on
display at Island Style Gallery.
Call 472-2155 for reservations.
Artisan & Crafts Fair
Visit the Artisan & Crafts Fair at The
Community House on Saturday,
November 7 from 9 a.m . to 2 p.m.
There will be many handmade pieces for
sale, including fused glass, pottery, jew-
elry, sea glass creations, woven baskets,
knitted goods, beaded glass, holiday orna-
ments, mirrors, shell crafts, wire jewelry,
dinnerware, marmalades, soaps and body
products, candles and cosmetic products.
There is no admission cost and inexpen-
sive food and drink is available. There will
be over 25 tables of quality crafts.
Meditation is widely accepted as
a pathway to better health and
greater happiness. Many people
have tried meditation by taking courses
or reading books. Some people stick with
it, but many feel that they have failed
because they couldn’t quiet their minds.
This assessment is based on a fundamen-
tal misunderstanding of meditation.
With proper instruction, success is
guaranteed. This workshop teaches medi-
tation in a contemporary way, maintain-
ing respect for ancient tradition while
incorporating and referencing modern
neuroscience. The technique is easy and
natural, and rigorous research has validat-
ed its effectiveness. In addition to many
health benefits, meditators experience a
pronounced shift away from fear-based
perceptions to a world view characterized
by acceptance and joyfulness.
The course is from 10 a.m. to noon.
The price for members is $89, guests are
$99. There are three sessions. Session 1:
Monday, November 9, Tuesday, Novem-
ber 10 and Thursday, November 12. Ses-
sion 2: Monday, January 25, Wednesday,
January 27 and Friday, January 29. Ses-
sion 3: Monday, March 21, Wednesday,
March 23, and Friday, March 25.
Create unique greeting cards to
share with friends and family.
Instructor Carol Morris will intro-
duce you to your creative side. At each
workshop, a variety of greeting cards will
be made for all occasion, special events
and holidays. A variety of techniques will
be shared including stamping, embossing,
cutting, creative folding and embellishing.
The workshop fee includes everything
you need to create three handcrafted
cards. The fee per class is $25 for mem-
bers and $25 for non-members. Classes
will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30
p.m. on the following Tuesdays: Novem-
ber 10, January 19, February 16 and
March 15. Prepayment is required. Call
The Community House
ISLAND SUN - OCTOBER 23, 2015
Beading, herringbone pattern
Results from October 7 class
Check out the local art at the Artisan &
A handmade card
On November 4, Sissi Janku will demon-
strate this painting
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