The Cape Coral Animal Shelter (CCAS) is pleased to announce Yoga at the Shelter will be adding additional classes beginning Saturday January 2 from 9-10 am. “The community has embraced this event supporting the shelter, giving all who attend time for some self-care. Because of the interest, we are adding additional classes on Saturdays for those who cannot attend during the week. CCAS staff will continue to be available to answer questions and provide tours afterward for those have not seen the facility,” stated Liz McCauley, Executive Director.
Yoga classes will benefit anyone at any level. Focus is on flexibility, balance and range of motion, structured for anyone looking to stretch the entire body, release tension and relax the mind.
Class instructor, Robin Anne Griffiths will lead each class held Wednesdays, from 10-11am and each Saturday, 9-10 am. Cost is $10 per person, per class and Shelter volunteers $8. The shelter will receive 50% of all proceeds. Attendees are advised to bring their yoga mat, a large towel or sheet for ground cover, water and as an option yoga blocks and strap if desired. Prior sign up is not required but early arrival is advised for paperwork and set up.
The Cape Coral Animal Shelter mission is to engage a special bond between people and animals by means of adoption services, medical care, education, and training for the prevention of cruelty and abandonment. A safe place, where animals will remain in our care until they are placed in a qualified, forever home.
The Cape Coral Animal Shelter (CCAS) is pleased to announce Yoga at the Shelter will begin weekly beginning December 2nd. “We are happy to provide a community event for our staff, volunteers and others interested in joining the classes. Attendees can enjoy the space the community has so generously helped us build for the animals in need,” stated Liz McCauley, Executive Director. For those who attend the classes and have not seen the facility, CCAS staff will be available to answer questions and provide tours afterward.
Class instructor, Robin Anne Griffiths said, “These outdoor classes are excellent for those new to yoga as they are gentle and slow paced, but all levels of yoga participants can benefit. Instruction will focus on flexibility, balance, range of motion and releasing tension.” Classes will be held from 10-11 am each Wednesday. Cost will be $10 per person per class with shelter volunteers receiving a discount of $8.00 and 50% of all proceeds going to the shelter. Attendees are advised to bring their yoga mat, a large towel or sheet for ground cover, water and as an option yoga blocks and strap if desired. Prior sign up is not required but early arrival is advised for paperwork and set up.
The Cape Coral Animal Shelter mission is to engage a special bond between people and animals by means of adoption services, medical care, education, and training for the prevention of cruelty and abandonment. A safe place, where animals will remain in our care until they are placed in a qualified, forever home. More information on the Shelter can be found at www.capecoralanimalshelter.com.
Robin Anne Griffiths is a certified master development coach, personal trainer, behavior change consultant, and yoga instructor. She specializes as a movement instructor for senior populations. Her mission is to help with living a fuller and healthier life as you age. Her Better You Series is three unique programs tailored to help with positive changes in diet, fitness, and life direction. She works with groups and individuals on life transitions to create personal balance – physically and mentally. For more information www.robinannegriffiths.com.
Every home cook has a few go-to recipes, quick and easy meals the entire family will enjoy.
According to the International Food Information Council’s annual food and health survey, 85% of Americans have altered their food habits since the pandemic began. Namely, they are eating out less and cooking more often at home.
However, there are only so many times you can serve lasagna, chicken and rice, meatloaf and casserole before your family grows tired of the same dinner menu. By now, your family has probably had its fill of spaghetti and meatballs, pot roast and grilled cheese sandwiches. It’s not only time to change what you’re cooking – it’s time to change how you cook.
Grilling is a great way to spice up mealtime. Food just has a different flavor and texture when it’s served hot off the grill. With Southwest Florida’s amazing fall, winter and spring weather on the way, it’s a great time to upgrade your grill game.
As summer winds down, manufacturers are offering special incentives to encourage grill masters to upgrade their outdoor kitchens. Here are six questions to ask yourself before buying a new grill:
What is your preferred heating source?
There are four primary options for grills: gas, charcoal, wood pellet and electric.
Gas and electric grills are quick to heat and offer little post-dinner cleanup.
Charcoal and wood pellet grills take longer to heat up, but the smoky flavor makes dinner worth the wait.
What foods do you want to grill?
Less experienced outdoor cooks often stick with hamburgers, hotdogs and bratwurst because they’re easy to cook.
Skilled grill masters, however, aren’t afraid to throw prime steak, ribs and even fresh-caught fish on the grill.
If you’re buying expensive cuts of meat, you don’t want to turn filet mignon into beef jerky by using a cheap grill.
Do you want to smoke or grill your food?
Grilling involves placing items over a higher heat level for a shorter period of time, giving meats a good seared flavor.
Smoking uses low temperatures for a longer period of time to keep a meat’s flavor and texture from disappearing.
Determine if you’re looking for a quick turnaround or willing to make it worth the wait.
What is the right size?
Small, tabletop grills generally have enough surface area to cook two split chicken breasts or four hamburger patties. They are great for camping, picnicking and taking on the boat.
However, if you have a large family or expect to invite neighbors or friends to a party, then you’ll need a grill capable of cooking entrées for every individual in attendance.
Much like a restaurant, the goal is to cook and serve all guests at the same time, so you want to avoid grilling two or three batches of food.
What is your budget?
Basic tabletop grills can cost as little as $15. Meanwhile, large top-of-the-line grills and smokers with side burners, storage, a temperature gauge and other bells and whistles can run $2,500 or more. Buying a grill is like shopping for a car – determine your budget before entering the showroom. Weber, Big Green Egg, Traeger and Napoleon are four of the most desired brands among grill masters.
How will my grill get home?
Stores have dozens of grill models on display. Unfortunately, that’s not necessarily the grill you will take home. Many retailers will give you a large, factory-sealed box full of parts that won’t fit inside most cars. Search for a store that offers expert knowledge, free assembly and free delivery.
The Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association’s 2020 State of the Barbecue Industry survey found that 64% of U.S. adults own a grill or smoker. Behind baseball, grilling truly is America’s pastime.
About the Author
Scott Hamblen is chief merchandising and marketing officer at Sunshine Ace Hardware and Crowder Bros. Ace Hardware, which carry an extensive selection of grills, smokers, attachments, accessories and rubs. The Naples-based company offers free assembly and delivery of grills.
Sun Splash Family Waterpark is gearing up for the holiday weekend and a special military admission discount. Southwest Florida’s largest waterpark will be open Saturday, September 5 through Monday, September 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (weather permitting) for Labor Day Weekend.
On Labor Day Monday, September 7, Sun Splash will grant free admission for active or retired military, disabled veterans and military reservists with ID or contract. A discount is available for up to four family members accompanying military personnel with an active ID or contract on September 7 only.
“After an incredibly hot, humid and different kind of summer, Sun Splash is the perfect place to cool down this long holiday weekend,” said Sandra Greiner, Waterpark Manager. “We are looking forward to hosting local residents and area visitors alike for safe and refreshing fun!”
Sun Splash is currently open on Saturdays and Sundays only from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., plus Labor Day Monday, September 7, until the park closes for the season on Sunday, September 27. For more information about Sun Splash, admission rates and directions to the park, call (239) 574-0558 or visit www.SunSplashWaterpark.com.
Sun Splash Family Waterpark is Southwest Florida’s largest waterpark with more than 14 acres of slides, pools, food and fun for all ages. It is located at 400 Santa Barbara Blvd., just 2.5 miles north of Veterans Parkway in Cape Coral, Fla., and is open March through September.
Sun Splash is owned and operated by the City of Cape Coral Parks & Recreation Department. For hours, ticket information and directions to the park, visit the Sun Splash Web site at www.SunSplashWaterpark.com or call 239-574-0558. Also, follow Sun Splash online on Facebook or twitter.com/sunsplashcc for park information and exclusive discounts
Dads Splash Free June 20-21 with Purchase of Child Admission
Sun Splash Family Waterpark is offering free admission to dads during Father’s Day Weekend, June 20-21, with the purchase of a regular priced child or teen General Admission ticket.
“In celebration of Father’s Day, we have this great offer just for Dads, plus a fun way for families to spend time together,” said Sandie Greiner, Waterpark Manager. “Also, to have this great deal on a Saturday Slide Night makes it even more special.”
Sun Splash is currently open every day from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. through August 9, then weekends only until September 27. In addition, the park will remain open from 5:00-8:30 p.m. for “Slide Nights” every other Saturday evening from June 20 through August 9 (weather permitting). For more information about Sun Splash, including the complete operating schedule, admission rates, swim lesson schedule, birthday party packages and directions to the park, call (239) 574-0558 or visit www.SunSplashWaterpark.com.
Sun Splash Family Waterpark is Southwest Florida’s largest waterpark with more than 14 acres of slides, pools, food and fun for all ages. It is located at 400 Santa Barbara Blvd., just 2.5 miles north of Veterans Parkway in Cape Coral, Fla., and is open March through September. Sun Splash is owned and operated by the City of Cape Coral Parks & Recreation Department.
For hours, ticket information and directions to the park, visit the Sun Splash website at www.SunSplashWaterpark.com or call 239-574-0558. Also, follow Sun Splash online on Facebook or twitter.com/sunsplashcc for park information and exclusive discounts.
Because of continued voluntary compliance and the community’s greater awareness for Centers for Disease Control guidelines, the county announced the re-opening of county parks and preserves including all beaches and beach access points, parking lots and free-standing bathrooms. Staff will be onsite to help encourage following the CDC guidelines, including social distancing. Parks and preserves will open with regular hours Wednesday, April 29.
This move, approved at an emergency Board of County Commissioners meeting on Tuesday, is part of the county’s phased-in approach for residents while still observing the Governor’s Executive Order. Commissioners offered guidelines and stressed it is imperative that residents remain vigilant to continue to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The county beach sites include:
Bonita Beach Park
Bowditch Point Park
Bowman’s Beach Park
Crescent Beach Family Park
Little Hickory Island Beach Park
Lynn Hall Memorial Beach Park
San Carlos/Bunche Beach Preserve
Turner Beach Park
Alison Hagerup Beach Park
Andy Rosse Lane Park
Boca Grande Beach Accesses
Bonita Beach Accesses
Dog Beach Park
Estero Islands Beach Accesses
The following amenities at all Lee County locations will remain closed:
Soccer, lacrosse and football fields
Splash pads and pools
Splash pads and pools
Baseball and softball fields will re-open with caveats, including no league play and no access to dugouts or bleachers. These fields will be for groups of 10 or less who want to practice baseball or softball – but they will need to contact the Parks & Recreation supervisor listed on each landing page at www.leeparks.org for the individual site that has the field. Or people can call the Parks main phone number at 239-533-7275 for assistance.
Additional plans are in place for the reopening, including:
Staff will make hash marks on the walkways at high-use tennis and pickleball courts and other areas to help guide the public of social distancing if there is a waiting line.
All dog parks will re-open with caveats. There will not be any seating areas provided. Patrons need to bring their own chairs; pre-established socially distanced spacing will be identified. Patrons must take chairs home when they leave.
All parking fees will go back into effect under this re-opening to help with congestion and turn over that occurs at high-use park sites with parking fees. Staff are assigned to clean parking pay machines.
Normal operating hours at all parks, preserves and beach-access sites will be observed.
The Lee County Sheriff’s Office will assist with monitoring and educating the public at county beaches.
Announcements about future openings will be forthcoming; check www.leegov.com/covid-19 or Facebook Lee County Government.
The county is grateful to those in the community who have joined the “Take the Pledge” social media campaign to employ best practices to stop the spread of COVID-19. These practices include social distancing when away from home, staying home as much as possible, practicing proper handwashing techniques, refraining from gathering in groups of more than 10, and staying calm, kind and safe. Visit www.leegov.com/pledge.
County leaders continue to monitor data and work with partners Lee Health and the Florida Department of Health as it relates to the county’s phased-in approach to re-opening more sites and resuming in-person services.
Recommended guidelines for the beaches and parks include:
All individuals, when in public, should maximize physical distance from others, maintain a minimum of 6 feet
Social settings of 10 people or more should be avoided, where appropriate distancing may not be practical
Vulnerable individuals should continue to stay home
Practice proper handwashing techniques, especially after touching frequently used surfaces
Avoid touching your face
Sneeze or cough into a tissue or the inside of your elbow