Island Hopper Songwriter Festival Returns

4th Annual Island Hopper Songwriter Festival

There will be plenty of music in the air during the 4th Annual Island Hopper Songwriter Festival, held this year from Sept.22-Oct. 1. The event, organized by the Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel /Lee County Visitors and Convention Bureau, brings talented singer-songwriters to venues in Captiva, downtown Fort Myers and Fort Myers Beach.

The Island Hopper Songwriter Festival is produced by The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel, Cat Country 107.1, iHeart Radio and BMI. Performances will be held in Captiva from September 22 -24, downtown Fort Myers September 25 -28 and Fort Myers Beach from September 29 to October 1.

Both experienced and up-and-coming writers and singers of country music take part in the festival, which includes more than 150 live performances that feature over 80 entertainers at 23 unique venues. Most events are free, but there are a few ticketed events that must be reserved in advance.

Headliners for the 2017 Festival include Lindsay Ell, whose recent album, The Project climbed to the top of the iTunes Country albums chart. Other headlines include Brooke Eden and Raelynn. Eden, a Florida native, recently released her debut album, Welcome to the Weekend. Raelynn also debuted her first album in 2017, Wild Horse, and appeared on NBC’s The Voice when she was just 17.

Ticketed events include Lindsay Ell and Brooke Eden in downtown Fort Myers on September 27th, a Songwriter’s Round, also in downtown Fort Myers on September 28th at the Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center, and RaeLynn at the Pink Shell Beach Resort on Fort Myers Beach.

Performances will be offered at several locations on Captiva Island, just a few miles north of Sanibel.  Popular establishments such as Cantina Captiva, Mucky Duck, Doc Ford’s Captiva, and ’Tween Waters Inn Island Resort will host artists playing both afternoons and evenings from Sept. 22-24. For a complete music performance schedule, or to reserve for ticketed events, visit www.island-hopper.fortmyers-sanibel.com.

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Thriving Sea Turtle Season!

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Sea turtles thriving this season on Sanibel!

It’s been a banner year for sea turtle hatchlings on Sanibel Island, with 638 loggerhead nests observed. This is the fourth season in a row that nesting records have been broken.

The east end of Sanibel, where Sandalfoot Condominium is located, includes six miles of sea turtle nesting habitat from the bayside of the Sanibel Lighthouse to Tarpon Bay Road. The Sanibel East area is divided into six zones that are walked and monitored daily for nesting activity from May through October. As of early August 16th, 152 loggerhead and 2 green turtle nests were observed.

Sanibel Island West is even busier, with 486 loggerhead nests — a new record, according to the Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation. Also, there are high numbers of green turtle nests on Sanibel West this year, with 33 noted. Greens can nest into September or even later, so these numbers likely will increase.

New this summer, SCCF and the Conservancy of Southwest Florida have established a new program to track the movements of green sea turtles using satellite transmitters. The transmitter, and epoxy and paint used on the shell don’t harm the turtle and eventually fall off or can be removed by researchers for further use.

The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF) has been monitoring sea turtle nesting since 1992. Today, more than 100 SCCF volunteers contribute to nest protection efforts on Sanibel.

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Yoga and Relaxation on Sanibel!

Find True Relaxation through Yoga on Sanibel

As if the beaches and the sunshine weren’t relaxation enough, there is another way to get truly relaxed during your Sanibel visit. There are two yoga studios on the island that offer a variety of yoga classes and techniques.

Meeting at the newly renovated Community House twice a week, Sanibel Yoga classes are led by Dr. Susan Pataky. Classes are offered for all levels, from beginner to advanced. Participants can learn and refine key actions to develop greater awareness of postural fundamentals, precise alignments and efficient use of the breath for this full-spectrum experience that will gently re-unite the body/mind systems.

Dr. Pataky has been teaching yoga on Sanibel and Captiva for 15 years and in the northeast since 1979. She has a doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists.

The Community House is located at 2173 Periwinkle Way and classes are offered Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 10 am – 11 am. The cost for a drop-in class is $20 (cash only) and $18 for Community House members. Call (239) 472-2155 for more information.

Another yoga alternative on Sanibel is Sanibel Pilates and Yoga. The studio is located at 975 Rabbit Road and is open six days a week, offering yoga and pilates classes, as well as fun, new takes on traditional yoga classes, such as aerial yoga. The beginner class in aerial yoga offers basic yoga postures in a soft, silk hammock.

Sanibel Pilates and Yoga also offers the chance to practice yoga in the outdoors. Yoga on the beach and on paddleboards is offered on the Sanibel Causeway. Beach yoga is offered on Tuesdays and Thursday from 8 -9 am and stand-up paddleboard yoga is offered from 9:30 to 11. To contact Sanibel Pilates and Yoga, call 484-459-3971 or go on-line to www.sanibelpilatesyoga.com to see a full schedule of classes or to register on-line. Classes are $17 for a single class. Discount cards are available for 5 or more classes.

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Sanibel Walk on the Wild Side!

CROW Wildlife Walks

For those of you lucky enough to visit Sanibel Island in August, a treat awaits you. On Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, CROW Wildlife Clinic is welcoming visitors for an hour and a half to tour the CROW facility and learn about the rehabilitation methods used at CROW to help injured animals, and ultimately return them to their natural habitat. Sanibel is known as a wildlife sanctuary island, and what better way to get an inside look at some of Sanibel’s wildlife than to tour a facility like CROW.

CROW stands for Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife, and its facility has been treating injured animals since 1968, in fact, over 100,000 of them! Wildlife walks are the best opportunity for visitors to get an in-depth look into the inner workings of the veterinary hospital and its treatment methods.

Wildlife Walks begin at 11:00 am and includes two parts: an introduction that covers the medical and rehabilitation processes used by the clinic and then a guided tour goes through the treatment areas of the hospital, ending on the rehabilitation grounds. Wildlife Walks last about 1 and ½ hours and are open to all. However, the tour is not recommended for children under the age of 13. Make sure to also leave time to visit the Education Center.

The cost of the Wildlife Walk program is $20 per person. To learn more about CROW and the wonderful work this organization does on Sanibel, go to http://crowclinic.org. There you can also find registration information on the Wildlife Walk. CROW is located at 3883 Sanibel Captiva Road and can be reached at (239) 472-3644.

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On Sanibel, Mondays are Fun Days!

Sanibel Sea School

Shell Crafter Mondays

Sanibel-Captiva Islander/Island Reporter

Wondering what to do with all those shells Mother Nature bestows on the shores of Sanibel?

Shell Crafting Class is offered from 10 a.m. to noon at the Sanibel Community House during the late summer and early fall. Adults can make flower figures and younger folks can make animals. The class size is limited and based on first-come, first-served and attendees must be ready to start promptly at 10 a.m.  Youngsters must be accompanied by an adult due to the complexity and dexterity required on the projects. There is a class fee that varies based on materials used, such as glues and wires.

Shell crafts also are available for sale at the Sanibel Community house weekdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  For more information, call the Community House at 239-472-2155.

Ocean Day Camp for Kids

Another fun-filled event for Mondays offers a great opportunity for youngsters, thanks to the Sanibel Sea School. Every Monday through late summer and early fall, children can attend Ocean Day Camp for Kids, during which two ocean subjects are offered. The first is covered in the morning, and the second in the afternoon following lunch. Everything is field-based and hands-on, whether it’s searching for sea horses or learning about waves by surfing.

At the end of each course, every student receives a Certificate of Mastery that outlines what they accomplished. Visit the website www.sanibelseaschool.org for more information.

These are just two of many public activities available to Sanibel visitors that will make you feel like you’re truly part of our unique island life.

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