Home' Island Sun : ISN 011516 Contents ISLAND SUN - JANUARY 15, 2016
SEE OUR UPADTED PLANS
* After 88 years, the landmark is in need of a major
makeover, and needs to be brought to code.
* 57 Island Organizations and over 50,000 people
Utilize the facility yearly.
“ The Community House
is important and needs
our support as it
provides a centralized
locaƟon on island for
meeƟngs & get-
togethers that benefit
the fabric of our
(L) Bill Gibney and Roger Grogman ,
Shell Harbor Property Owners AssociaƟon
Rims & Fins
The San Cap Motor Club Rims &
Fins Show has been postponed
unitl further notice. Visit www.
sanibelcarshow.com or call 472-2155.
Fine Artisan Fair
Visit the boutique art show and
sale on Friday and Saturday,
January 15 and 16 from 9 a.m.
to 4 p.m. Admission is by donation.
Using palm fronds, lanai art is
created with beautiful scenes
and figures. Art instructor
Jenny M. Licht will teach the class on
Monday, January 18 from 6 to 9 p.m.
No experience is necessary. Prepaid
fee is $50 for members and $60 for
guests. Supplies included. Cancellation
fees may apply. Minimum number of
Create unique greeting cards with
Carol Morris. At each workshop,
a variety of greeting cards will be
made for occasions, special events and
holidays. Various techniques include
stamping, embossing, cutting, creative
folding and embellishing. Workshop fee
includes all supplies. Class dates are
Tuesdays: January 19, February 16 and
March 15 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Prepayed fee for members is $25 and
$35 for guests.
Coffee And Conversation
Residents are invited to join friends
old and new for coffee and ca-
maraderie on January 20 at 10
a.m . This informal get-together will give
newcomers an overview of the island’s
non-profits, clubs and civic opportunities,
plus other information that will help them
become part of the community.
All ages are invited to learn the
intricate art of beading with shells
and other treasures of the sea with
Anita Gober. All supplies and tools will
be available and included in the price. If
you typically wear reading glasses, you
should bring them. There is a minimum
of three students and a maximum of 10.
Classes will be on Wednesdays: January
20, February 3, March 23, April 6 and
April 20. Cost is $35 for members and
$40 for guests. Advanced classes will be
scheduled ad hoc for $50 for three hours
Evening art and wine parties
with local artist Sissi Janku are
designed to encourage the artist
within to complete a masterpiece.
Member price is $45, non-members,
$55. Classes will be held on the
following Wednesdays from 7 to 9 p.m.:
January 20, February 3, February 17,
March 16, April 6 and April 20.
No experience is necessary. All the
materials will be provided. Bring your
favorite wine and a snack for sharing
with fellow artists.
The Islands’ Stars
Cooking with the Islands’ Stars
is scheduled for Wednesday,
February 24 and is open to
family chefs, no professionals allowed.
Share your passion for cooking, stories
about family dinners, new or passed-
along recipes, and your unique heritage
to the communit y.
There will be five contestants, three
judges and two prizes. The Community
House has teamed up with Real Food
Real Kitchens to give everyday people
the chance to be in a TV segment of
the food show as well as in an article
on why this recipe means so much to
For an application, go to www.
sanibelcommunityhouse.org or call 472-
The Community House is located at
2173 Periwinkle Way. For information
and reservations, visit www.sanibelcom-
munityhouse.net or call 472-2155.
The Community House
DONALD G. PERKINS
After a long, courageous battle with
ALS, Donald G. Perkins died at
home with his wife Karen and his
14-year-old son Jason, by his side. The
son of Mary and Gilbert Perkins, Don
was born and grew up in New England.
After graduating from high school, he
proudly served his country in the United
States Army. Upon his discharge, Don
was accepted into the Providence Police
Academy, and then the Providence
Police Department where he served for
20 years. He spent his first 10 years in
uniform in the traffic division and the
mounted command. The remainder
of Don’s time in the department was
spent in special operations and narcot-
ics. Upon his retirement from the police
department, he earned his commercial
pilot’s license and owned and operated
a skydiving center in New England. He
made thousands of skydives, the most
important one being with his future wife,
Karen. They moved to Sanibel 15 years
While living on Sanibel, Don continued
his passion for flying. He especially en-
joyed flying Karen and Jason on special
trips to the Bahamas and vacation spots
Don shared with his son Jason an
active sports life including running, biking
and swimming. He participated every
year in the Captiva triathlon and com-
pleted a half marathon in Key West soon
after being diagnosed with ALS.
He is being remembered for his car-
ing, love and commitment to his wife and
son as well as to his German shepherds.
Don’s life will be honored and remem-
bered. His passing will be observed quietly
by his family. Services are provided by
Gendron Funeral & Cremation Services
Inc., 2325 East Mall Drive, Fort Myers,
FL 33901, www.gendronfuneralhome.
From page 1
Bobcats On Sanibel
Male bobcats may produce offspring at
age two, and they remain fertile through-
out the year. Marking territory traits
employed by the species includes tree and
scat scrapes, check marking (using scent
glands at the corner of their mouths) and
Kittens learn from their mothers how
to follow, hunt and protect themselves.
By six months of age, kittens become
transient and must look to establish their
own territory independently. Bobcats live
to approximately 13 years of age.
Asked by a member of the audience
if there were any panthers on Sanibel,
Serage-Century doubted it... but didn’t
rule it out completely. She said that
oftentimes, people mistake a bobcat for
a panther due to their similar coloration.
However, bobcats are usually smaller and
have a much smaller tail.
“Panthers have an 80- to 200-square-
mile home range; Sanibel is only 33.6
square miles,” she explained. “Between
traffic and the lack of habitat, I don’t
think that a panther would enjoy living on
Many bobcats seen on Sanibel have
been spotted mid-island crossing Peri-
winkle Way, living within wildlife habitat
preserves and throughout the length of
Sanibel-Captiva Road, where often they
have been struck by fast-moving vehicles.
Erick Lindblad, SCCF’s executive director,
photographed a bobcat walking along the
boardwalk one morning as he arrived at
the Nature Center.
Serage-Century also shared the story
of a bicyclist who was passing through
the Bailey Tract. The man spotted a
bobcat, quickly hopped off his bike and
began to photograph the startled – but
not scared – feline.
“You can see in the photos that he
looks very curious – like he was study-
ing this intruder,” she added. “Then, he
kind of hunkered down and sized him up.
Bobcats typically don’t get too comfort-
able when encountered. They usually
just turn around and walk away in the
People who spot a bobcat should not
attempt to approach the animal, Serage-
Century advised. “Don’t stare, and be
gentle around them.”
To learn more about SCCF’s Living
With Wildlife programs, visit www.sccf.
org or call 472-2329.
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