Home' Island Sun : ISN 012216 Contents ISLAND SUN - JANUARY 22, 2016
Prepares For Restoration
Creation of The Community House
was a community project, as
early islanders donated the land,
building materials and labor to make it
a reality. Since then, it has served as
the community's principle gathering
place for large events and the site of
much island history. Today, 57 different
organizations hold their activities there,
and more than 50,000 people visit the
facility each year.
After 88 years, the landmark is
in need of a major makeover. The
renovation will include restoration of
the the entire facility, inside and out,
creating a fresh and updated civic
gathering place. Construction is slated
for the summer of 2016 provided the
$3 million needed for the restoration is
pledged or donated. To date, $1 million
has been raised.
Said SCA Board President Tom
Sharbaugh said, "This old facility has
given the community many years of
service, but the time has finally come
to rebuild for the future. The renovation
will preserve the history that makes
The Community House so special to
islanders, and it will rebuild the overall
facility in a way that is up-to-date but
still reflects the style and personality of
The Community House is
owned and operated by the Sanibel
Community Association (SCA), a
non-profit 501(c)3 organization, with
operating funds provided by public
contributions, memberships dues and
user fees. It receives no government
funding. To underwrite the effort, SCA
will be conducting its first Restoration
Campaign since it began in 1927.
"The time to act is now," said Teresa
Riska-Hall, executive director. "It's
funny, but many people say they just
don't contribute to bricks and mortar,
but I do believe in the generosity of
spirit in this community and I know
individuals will give to the 'heartbeat
of the people'. Every person who steps
into the house, every person who
believes in the beauty of Sanibel, who
loves the small town, unique ambiance
of Sanibel should be making a stretch
gift or pledge to this campaign." For
more information, call Riska-Hall at
If you are interested in learning a new
craft, meeting new people, join the
Sanibel Shell Crafters. No experience
is necessary; there are instructors and
assistants available. The lessons are
free, all materials are provided but
donations of shells are appreciated. You
can make flowers, jewelry, animals and
other creations out of shells and other
The group meets very Monday from
10 a.m. to noon (11 months of the
year, no classes in March). Dessert and
coffee are provided, but bring a brown-
bag lunch if you choose, as the regulars
meet until 3 p.m.
All shell creations made by
volunteers remain at The Community
House and are sold at the Sanibel Shell
Festival in March to assist with the
This workshop teaches meditation
in a contemporary way,
maintaining respect for ancient
tradition while incorporating and
referencing modern neuroscience.
The technique is easy and natural,
and rigorous research has validated
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
The course is from 10 a.m. to noon.
The price for members is $89, guests
are $99. There are two sessions:
Monday January 25, Wednesday
January 27, and Friday, January 29; or
Monday March 21, Wednesday March
23, and Friday, March 25.
Paint Your Pet
Immortalize your furry family member
with art instructor Jenny M. Licht
on Monday, January 25 from 6 to
9 p.m. No experience is necessary.
Submit a clear photo of your pet with
your registration, which will be used
to provide a sketched primer/design
on your canvas. All other materials are
provided including canvas, brushes,
palette, easel, paint and samples.
Students can paint multiple pets on
the same canvas, but must pay an
additional fee for the extra sketching.
The class fee is $65 for members
and and $70 for guests. Fees for an
additional pet sketch are $80 for
members and $85 for non-members.
Cancellation fees apply, full refunds are
available if cancelled within 48 hours
of class, no refunds for cancellations
within 24 hours of class. Minimum
number of students required.
Learn how to chalk paint with
Carla. All materials are provided
including choice of paint, a
coordinating color wax and brush, as
well as the frame and full instruction.
Each person will be painting an old
garage sale picture frame. You will
learn how to turn a tired used frame
into a unique custom piece that you will
want to use in your home or give as a
gift.Chalk paint is easy to use and dries
quickly, so the frame you paint in class
will be ready to take home that day.
You can also bring in a piece from
home. There is an occasional contest to
see who can bring in the ugliest piece
Classes are on Tuesday, January
26, Tuesday, February 16 and Tuesday,
March 22 from 6 to 9 p.m. Cost is
$70 for members, $75 for guests. Pre-
payment and registration are required.
Cancellation fees may apply. Minimum
number of students required.
Nutrition For Your Health
Session include nutrition and health
information, the latest food trends,
nutrition facts vs. myth, a list of
current local seasonal foods, recipes
and a cooking demonstration with
tastings. The instructor is Pamela B.
Sullivan, RDN. Cost per session is $10
for members, $15 for guests.
Sullivan is a graduate of Cornell
University with a degree in food and
Spice Up Your Life -- Thursday,
January 28, 1 to 2 p.m. Explore
the nutrition and health benefits of
herbs and spices and how they may
be interacting with your medications.
Get tips for growing herbs and easy
healthful recipes to pump up the flavor
and of your meals.
Super Greens -- Thursday, February
11, 1 to 2 p.m. You've heard you
should be eating more greens like kale,
collards and chard, but you aren't sure
how to prepare them so they're not
bitter. Learn the nutrition facts and
health benefits of these vegetables in
your diet and preparation techniques
to make greens a ritual in your menu
Healthful Snacking -- Thursday,
February 25, 1 to 2 p.m. Improve the
nutritional value of your snacks with
snack-size recipes featuring ingredients
that are good for you. Explore the latest
research findings on whether snacking
is part of a healthful lifestyle.
Anti-Inflammatory Foods -- Thursday,
March 10, 1 to 2 p.m. Discover foods
with anti-inflammatory properties, their
nutrition and health benefits and how
to increase their frequency in your
meals. Explore seasonal menu planning
and fresh new recipes to increase the
nutrient density of your diet.
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The Community House
The Sanibel Community House as it appeared in 1927 being readied for its grand opening
SUPPORT OUR COMMUNITY HOUSE
The Community House is the heartbeat of its people.
$2 million more is needed-write your check now!
"The Community House is where the Garden Club meets. It's no
secret the rooms and Kitchen especiallyAre desperately in need
of an upgrade. We hope that everyone steps forward now to
assist in this campaign.
The Community House is truly the heartbeat of its people, and
deserves our support."
Do y Mount, Nancy DeBenedic s, Maggie Butcher
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