MONDAY NOVEMBER 3 “ Ding ” Darling Na tional Refuge 9 a.m . Birding the Refuge Tour Come join a caravan birding tour through the refuge . Meet at the refuge flagpole for the 1 ½ - hour tour . B ring binoculars , water , hat and sunscreen . 11 a.m . Gators , Geckos , and the Gavins Gavin family members share stories of Sanibel’s past , including the beginnings of the “ Ding ” Darling Refuge . A book signing of Sanibel Island follows . 1 p.m . The Refuge Today and the Future M eet the new Refuge Manager Paul Tritaik . All Day Tarpon Bay Explorers 25 % off a ll tours for Sanibel residents . Must show i dentification . SUNDAY NOVEMBER 2 KICKOFF ! Sanibel Community House 1 - 3 p.m . A Sanibel Perspective Betty Anholt , Sanibel historia n , author , and librarian . Sanibel Present and Future Mick Denham , Mayor of the City of Sanibel . Refreshments . WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 5 9 a.m . Sanib el - Captiva Conservation Foundation Tour de Preserves Bike Tour ( reservations required : 472 - 2329 ) . Meet at the Nature Center ; bike to preserves around the Sanibel River corridor . Learn the history , the present , and plans for the future for this land – land that has been preserved over the past 40 years by SCCF , City of Sanibel , and “ Ding ” Darling Refuge . 11 a.m . Sanibel Museum and Historical Village Alex Werner , President , will discuss the history of Sanibel government . The program will be offered again at 11 a.m . on Thursday , Friday , and Saturday . 2 p.m . Bailey - Matthews Shell Museum What’s New w ith Sanibel Shells ? Museum Director Dr . Jos é Leal wil l explore the unique conditions that give Sanibel such a wealth of seashells and how changes in water quality affect local populations of shell - making mollusks . FRIDAY NOVEMBER 7 9 - 11 a.m . Sanibel - Captiva Conser vation Foundation Explore Sanibel’s Unique Interior Wetlands : Past , Present and Future Presentation , guided walk , and tour of the butterfly house and native plant nursery . Learn about SCCF ’ s conservat i on activities , and how SCCF has helped shape and pres erve the islands . 7 : 30 - 9 : 30 p.m . Community House Service Clubs ’ Night ABWA , COTI , CROW , CHR / CLT , FISH , Kiwanis , Lions , Optimists , Rotary , and Zonta host displays and share their work and contributions . Calendar of Events TUESDAY NOVEMBER 4 9 a . m . City of Sanibel Council Meeting Ex perience an opportunity to participate in a City Council meeting ! Mayor Mick Denham will welcome Celebrate Sanibel guests and provide an overview of our unique city government . SATURDAY 8 NOVEMBER 7 p.m . Sanibel C ommunity House 80 th Birthday Party for the Sanibel Community Association . See a vintage murder - mystery play , and celebrate with refreshments and cake . Admission : $ 12 members , $ 20 nonmembers . . THURSDAY NOVEMBER 6 Sanibel Public Library - All Day Bo oks and More celebrates Sanibel with a display of books and other materials highlighting the history and culture of the island . Early Settlers of Sanibel Back by popular demand ! Photography exhibit featuring early families of the islands , from the collect ion of the Cultural Heritage Center of the Islands . Cultural Heritage Center of the Islands 5 - 7 p.m . Ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the opening of the Center at 2407 Periwinkle Way .