Sanibel Special Events
FISH 10K Race
This year’s FISH 10k Race will be held virtually to keep participants safe from the ongoing pandemic. The race will officially begin Oct. 24, but participants can virtually log their time at any point until Oct. 31. Participants will sign up through the Fort Myers Track Club and log their times using the Race Joy app. This allows racers to participate from wherever they are.
“This year we wanted to continue that community event by hosting it virtually, but by still engaging our businesses and working to find ways to also help support them,” F.I.S.H Executive Director Alicia Tighe said. “We thought it would be a good way for people to participate, but in a healthy and safe way given everything that is going on with the health crisis.” Race Committee Chair Diane Cortese said holding the race virtually “still gives us a sense of community because we’re helping out the businesses as well as FISH.”
Taste of The Islands
The Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife has announced changes to its signature event. Taste of the Islands is typically held on a Sunday in November with a dozen or so restaurants offering their tastes for the patrons in a festival-style setting. This year, the event will be moving into the restaurants and lasting throughout November. Each participating restaurant will offer “taste” items with a portion of the proceeds from those designated food and beverages benefiting CROW.
Additionally, a different ‘CROW Crawl’ will feature different restaurants each Sunday in November. The CROW tent, along with animal ambassadors, will be in front of one of the restaurants with Taste of the Islands sponsors featured outside other restaurants. “Taste of the Islands need to be ‘reimagined’ this year,” said CROW Executive Director Alison Charney Hussey. “We couldn’t have it in the park, so we needed to be creative. Everyone has had a pretty rough year, so we are excited to be able to encourage diners to come to the islands and visit the restaurants all while helping to raise money for wildlife and keeping our community healthy.”
Lions Club Christmas Trees
The Annual Christmas Tree sale held by the Sanibel Captiva Lions Club will be similar to previous years, aside from a 20 percent inventory reduction and the implementation of CDC guidelines, Lions Club President Bill Sartoris said. This year picking out a tree will require wearing a mask and practicing social distancing. The tree sale will start Nov. 27 at the usual spot in Bailey’s Center, 2477 Periwinkle Way, until Dec. 24 while supplies last. The hours will be Wednesday to Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.