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Sanibel Uncorked Winter Wine Festival

The Sanibel~Captiva Optimist Club will hold this 5th annual festival on on Thursday, February 21st, at Lily & Company (across from Bailey's). Wine, music, cooking demonstrations and a silent auction will be part of the festivities. Tickets are $30 per person ($25 designated driver), and are sold at Bailey's General Store.

We are seeking items and services to be donated for a raffle and auction, as well as corporate or individual sponsors at $100 per table. Contributors to this event will be recognized in the local newspapers and at the event for their community support. For your convenience, you may arrange for your donation to be picked up by calling Stan Howard at 239-472-0836, or e-mailing us at

For further event information, please call 239-472-0836. Thanks to the kindness and generosity of good people like you, children of our community will have a brighter future.

June 1, 2009


Sanibel’s longest-running 4th of July event celebrates 30 years of fun for teams and families as they puzzle out the clues while following a prescribed driving course around the Island. Prizes will be awarded for time, mileage and for the most correct answers to the quiz about things seen along the route. A “50/50 raffle” will also be available. Fun for everyone!

Choose your team (a driver, navigator and spotters are usual), fill in the entry form from Bailey’s General Store, Sanibel Cafe, or Sanibel-Captiva Community Bank (also available at the starting line). Mail it, together with this year’s special entry fee of $30, to San-Cap Optimist Club, PO Box 1370, Sanibel, FL 33957. Entry Fee includes: Car, Driver, Navigator, Unlimited Crew, and 1 Official Road Rally T-Shirt (Additional T-Shirts will be available for $15.00).

NOTE: This year the rally begins in Timbers Restaurant parking lot (only one-half block north of Bailey’s on Tarpon Bay Road) at 12 NOON, and also ends there for the “afterglow” party. Staggered starting times will be preassigned by the rally master. See the entry form for more details or call Dani Howard at 239-472-0836.

Sponsorships are available for tax-free donations of $100 or more. Each sponsor gets publicity and a placard on one of the rally vehicles. Call Dani Howard, phone above, to arrange sponsorships. All proceeds from the rally provide funds for the local Sanibel-Captiva Optimist Club’s college scholarships.

February 26, 2009

"Wave of Hope" Sanibel Beach Walk for Kids Cancer Care

This 2nd annual event will be held on Saturday, March 21, 2009 on Bowman's Beach, Sanibel. The 2k to 10k charity walk will benefit "Barbara's Friends" (The Childrens' Hospital Cancer Fund at our local Lee Memorial Health System Foundation).

Like last year's very successful and fun walk, prizes and a raffle will be offered to participants and contributors. Also, our own Danny Morgan and Pittsburg Mike will be performing live music at the Start/Finish line. The first 150 registrants will receive a free event T-shirt and participants will be provided with free parking at Bowman's Beach.

In addition to our local participants, vacationers and visitors are most welcome. Last year participants from all over the country attended. Sign-up to walk or just contribute to this wonderful cause to help kids with cancer.

Pre-registration is $25, Walk-Day registration is $30, and kids under 10 are free. The details, sign-up sheets, pledge forms and ways to contribute are all on our website, VISA and MASTERCARD will be accepted at the event and on the website. For more information, contact Amy Wainwright at 239-579-0095, or email

Add the Wave of Hope beach walk to your calendar for March 21st, sign up soon on the website, and be at the starting line by 9 AM (Day of the Walk registration 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM). Watch for more information about this great event.