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COMPLIMENTARY

Special Holiday Event Pull-Out Section

Top Toys of the Year Best Cars of 2017 Holiday Recipes MOMentum Mom Amanda Jaron

Happy Holidays!

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Come to the Fair! Collier County Fairgrounds 731 39th Avenue N.E. Naples, FL 34120

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Monday - Saturday: 9 am to 9 pm Sunday: 10 am to 7 pm We have the best Quality Frasier Fir Christmas Trees from North Carolina, at low prices. Trees range from 3 feet to 12 feet Tall. tree stands available. Come early - we will be selling trees until they are gone. Christmas Card Photo Opportunity

Cirque Ma’Ceo Holiday Show An acrobatic equestrian experience in the spirit of the holiday season! Performances: December 28-31 Thursday-Saturday at 7 p.m. Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Don’t forget to mark your calendar for our Big Swamp Smoke Off January 5 & 6, 2018!

Tickets Prices: General Admission (Mezzanine) Adult: $29 advance/$32 gate Child: $12 advance/$15 gate Ringside: $45 advance/$48 gate VIP: $55 advance/$58 gate One free child admission with each paid Adult General Admission

The Collier County Agricultural Fair & Exposition, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit organization that provides support for such community groups as the Collier County Sheriff’s Junior Deputy Program, Catholic Charities, 4-H Foundation, Open Youth of Collier County, Boy Scouts, Kiwanis Club, Naples Bears, Immokalee High School Band, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Youth Haven, and the Palmetto High School Fishing Club, Marching Band, and Band Boosters. In addition, our Making Life Fair Fund supports local individuals with life-altering illnesses or hardships.

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December 2017 TABLE OF CONTENTS

in every issue . . . 07

FROM THE PUBLISHER

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REEL LIFE WITH JANE

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COLLIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

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FAMILY LAW

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CITY CONNECTION

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COLLIER COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT UPDATE

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ESTATE PLANNING

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THE OUTNUMBERED MOTHER

16 Holiday Recipes. Delicious – and easy – recipes shared by local families for you to enjoy with yours. by Anna Snyder 18 MOMentum Moms. MOMentum Mom Amanda Jaron sparkles with her GLITTER Foundation. by Stacy Nicolau

on the cover…

22 Best Toys of the Year. Toy shopping made easy with 12 of the top toys of 2017. by Elena Epstein 24 Special Holiday Event Pull-Out Section. We’ve dedicated our monthly center calendar to holiday-only events in December. 36 Destination: La Antigua. Immerse yourself in this ancient Guatemalan City. by Karen T. Bartlett 40 Best Family Cars and Accessories. Parent-worthy picks, whether you are shopping for a new car or just want to spruce up the old. by Keith Turner

Morgan Lyn Hoffman is 22 months old and the daughter of Johanna and Chris Hoffman. She loves to sing, especially Frozen, and loves anything involving playing with her big sister, 3-year-old Avery Grace. Thanks to Bayside Balloons for providing our cover decoration. Visit baysideballoonsonline.com or call 239-682-8388.

44 Holiday Lights. A guide to the local light displays, and where your kids and pets can get a picture with Santa.

Cover photo by Peggy Farren of Avant Garde Photography • 239-263-7001

Covenant Church of Naples Mom’s Morning Out Providing a loving environment for children while offering parents and caregivers a needed break

Announcing a new 2-year-old class for children turning 2 by Jan. 1! Mon & Wed or Tues & Thu (one day option available) 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Ages 2-4 years by Jan. 1

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from the publisher… the parenting magazine devoted to collier county

P.O. Box 110656 Naples, FL 34108 info@neafamily.com

THIS MONTH: Celebrating the Season

Co-Publisher Leigh Ann Newman lanewman@neafamily.com 239-272-0529 Co-Publisher Stacy Nicolau snicolau@neafamily.com 239-370-5333 Travel Editor Karen T. Bartlett mostlykidsguides@gmail.com 239-595-9026 Feature Writer Anna Snyder Cover Photographer Peggy Farren www.naplesportraits.com Field Photographer Lisette Morales lisettemoralesart@gmail.com Intern Rebecca Barton Editorial submissions are welcome. We reserve the right to edit, reject, or comment editorially on all material contributed. We cannot be responsible for return of any unsolicited materials. Articles and advertisements in Neapolitan Family do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the publisher nor does the publisher assume responsibility for statements made by our advertisers or editorial contributors. Acceptance of advertising by Neapolitan Family does not constitute an endorsement of the products, services, or information. We do not knowingly present any product or service which is fraudulent or misleading in nature. Neapolitan Family is available free of charge at more than 200 distribution points throughout Collier County as well as digitally at neafamily.com. Neapolitan Family is ©2017 by Neapolitan Family Publishing LLC. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or part without written permission is strictly prohibited. NEAPOLITANfamily • December 2017

I spend WAY too much time doing online research, especially this time of year, and usually when I should be sleeping. Gifts, hotels, cars -- it doesn’t matter what it is, there are countless opinions on every little thing for sale, and I’m tired of wading through it all, not knowing which reviews to trust. We figured that you all are tired, too, so we wanted to help. On page 22, we feature 12 of the top toys of the year as selected by the National Parenting Product Awards, for babies up to middle-school-aged kids (and even one for teachers!). At the other end of the expense spectrum, Keith Turner, The Car Guy, offers his picks for the top automobiles for families, as well as options for giving your current ride an upgrade. The holidays are all about spending time with family and friends, and to that end, we’ve given you a special holiday event pull-out section on pages 24-25. It’s our usual center calendar, but this month it features only Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year-related events. We’ve also given you a list of the best spots to view the holiday lights and find Santa on page 44. Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah from Neapolitan Family and our mascot, Marcel!

Leigh Ann Newman Co-Publisher

Correction In our November issue, a photo of a local children’s author was misidentified, and therefore recognized as the author of the wrong book. Jacqueline Buyze (right) is the author of A Story of Lawyers.

Sandra Sahli

Sandra Sahli (left) is the author of The Quig Arrives. We regret the error.

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REEL LIFE WITH JANE

By Jane Louise Boursaw

Family Movie Previews for December Movies for kids and teens in December include a new “Star Wars” tale, a third “Pitch Perfect” movie, a new “Jumanji” movie, and more. Let’s take a closer look. los Saldanha, this movie is inspired by the beloved book “The Story of Ferdinand” by Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson. The heartwarming animated comedy features an all-star cast, including John Cena, Kate McKinnon, Gina Rodriguez, Anthony Anderson, and Nick Jonas. THE GREATEST SHOWMAN Rated PG for thematic elements, including a brawl • Ok for kids 8+ In Theaters 12/20 Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels

FERDINAND Rated PG for rude humor, action, and some thematic elements Ok for kids 6+ • In Theaters 12/15 Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels Tells the story of a giant bull with a big heart. After being mistaken for a dangerous beast, he is captured and torn from his home. Determined to return to his family, he rallies a misfit team on the ultimate adventure. Set in Spain, Ferdinand proves you can’t judge a bull by its cover. From Blue Sky Studios and “Rio” director Car-

Inspired by the imagination of P.T. Barnum, “The Greatest Showman” is an original musical that celebrates the birth of show business and tells the story of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation. Directed by Michael Gracey, this movie stars Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, Zendaya Coleman, and Rebecca Ferguson. PITCH PERFECT 3 Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual content, language, and some action Ok for kids 13+ • In Theaters 12/22 Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels Now graduated from college and out in the real world where it takes more than

a cappella to get by, the Bellas return in “Pitch Perfect 3,” the next chapter in the beloved series that has taken in more than $400 million at the global box office. After the highs of winning the World Championships, the Bellas find themselves split apart and discovering there aren’t job prospects for making music with your mouth. But when they get the chance to reunite for an overseas USO tour, this group of awesome nerds will come together to make some music – and some questionable decisions – one last time.

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unsettled by the strength of her powers. Meanwhile, the Resistance prepares to do battle with the First Order. Rian Johnson directs this movie, which also stars John Boyega as Finn, Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, and Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa (her last movie before passing away in 2016). JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE Rated PG-13 for adventure action, suggestive content, and some language Ok for kids 13+ • In Theaters 12/20 Reel Preview: 3.5 of 5 Reels

STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI Rated PG-13 Ok for kids 13+ In Theaters 12/15 Reel Preview: 5 of 5 Reels The newest Star Wars movie picks up right after 2015’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Rey (Daisy Ridley) is developing her newly discovered abilities with the guidance of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), who is

In this brand new adventure, the tables are turned as four teenagers in detention are sucked into the world of Jumanji. When they discover an old video game console with a game they’ve never heard of, they are immediately thrust into the game’s jungle setting and into the bodies of their avatars, played by Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, and Karen Gillan. What they discover is that you don’t just play Jumanji – Jumanji plays you. They’ll have to go on the most dangerous adventure of their lives, or they’ll be stuck in the game forever. Directed

by Jake Kasdan, this movie also stars Nick Jonas, Alex Wolff, and Rhys Darby. JANE’S REEL RATING SYSTEM 1 Reel–Even the Force can’t save it. 2 Reels–Coulda been a contender. 3 Reels–Something to talk about. 4 Reels–You want the truth? Great flick! 5 Reels–Wow! The stuff dreams are made of. JANE LOUISE BOURSAW is the editor of ReelLifeWithJane.com and OldMission.net.

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ulfshore Playhouse is holding auditions for teens 13 to 18 to perform William Shakespeare’s comedy “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” receive pre-professional training in acting, voice and movement, attend professional performances and talkbacks, and work with visiting artists. Teen Acting Company students will be selected based on the potential to develop artistically and personally within a professional theater environment. Auditions are Sunday, Dec. 3 and Monday, Dec. 4 from 6 to 8 p.m. To sign up for an audition, call 239-2617529, ext. 207. The Teen Acting Company rehearses twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. from Jan. 8 to May 11. The program concludes with performances of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” on Monday, May 14 at 7 p.m. on the Gulfshore Playhouse stage. For more information, contact Hester Kamin, director of education, at HKamin@gulfshoreplayhouse.org. NEAPOLITANfamily • December 2017


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COLLIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

By Kristine Gill

Collier Deputies Learn More About Autism

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f your child or someone you know has autism, you’ve learned that these individuals respond to new people and places in largely different ways. Have you ever wondered how your child might fare during a conversation with a deputy, firefighter, or medic if you weren’t there to facilitate? “Autism doesn’t have the physical indicators other conditions do,” said Sgt. Dan McDonald of the Collier County Sheriff’s Office, who trains deputies on how to recognize signs of autism. “Kids with autism may have an aversion to bright lights, loud sounds, and groups of people they are unfamiliar with, and that can be a stressful situation for them.” Those with autism might not respond to commands or questions and may have difficulty expressing themselves. They might not make eye contact and could be extremely adverse to touch. In October, special legislation went into effect in Florida that will improve the way law enforcement interacts with children and adults with autism. House Bill 39 requires that all law enforcement officers in the state receive specialized training related to autism through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Sgt. McDonald took part in the curriculum workshop for this training, which is now being field tested by Florida Department of Law Enforcement before it can be widely used throughout the state. Sgt. McDonald is confident that the new legislation will continue to improve the skillsets deputies have when it comes to interacting with various individuals in the community. “I think it’s a win-win to the benefit and safety of the community,” he said. “It’s going to help first responders and families here in Collier County.” Collier County deputies are ahead of the curve in receiving special training for their interactions with those with autism through the Crisis Intervention Team training program. Sheriff Kevin

Rambosk wants 100 percent of deputies to complete the training, which began in 2008 and teaches deputies how to interact with individuals who may show signs of mental illness, autism, or other developmental disabilities. The 40-hour training program is offered four times a year and has been proven to reduce injuries and death to police and individuals with mental illness or other diagnoses. So far, about 500 deputies have received the training. “We teach recognition and response to autism,” said Sgt. McDonald. If a deputy encounters someone with autism at the scene of a traffic crash, for example, deputies learn to recognize signs that indicate an individual might have autism through their actions, limited communications, or behavior. If that’s the case, Sgt. McDonald said deputies are trained to give an individual more personal space, to use simple language, and allow extra time for a response. Here are a few things you can do now if your child has autism: 1. Register your child in the C.A.R.E. database by contacting Supervisor Angela Larson of the Victim & Senior Advocacy Unit at 239-252-0232, or by email at Angela.Larson@colliersheriff.org. This database tells deputies about your child’s physical appearance, tendencies, triggers, and preferences and can help locate him or her in an emergency. 2. Have your child outfitted with a Project Lifesaver bracelet, which will monitor his or her location if prone to wandering. 3. Get a free autism sticker for your vehicle. Place this sticker on the window where your child usually sits. The sticker lets first responders know that someone in the vehicle has autism and might be nonverbal. Contact Sgt. McDonald at 239-252-0921, or by email at Daniel.McDonald@colliersheriff.org, with questions or to request a window sticker.

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FAMILY LAW

By Dale Klaus and Reuben Doupé

Parenting Coordinators can Assist With Co-Parenting

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he vast majority of divorced parents get along splendidly and can cooperate in the raising of their children, or at least reach a non-confrontational middle-ground. For some, however, getting along can be a challenge. It takes two people to be respectful to one another, but it takes only one person to cause a conflict. Sometimes the conflict is justified and the product of differing opinions or feelings on important issues, but other times it is fueled by reactive emotions or hurt feelings. The court system is simply not designed to efficiently help parties that cannot get along or agree on how to co-parent their children. As a result, a few years ago, the Florida legislature codified law regarding Parent Coordinators. The purpose of a Parent Coordinator is to facilitate dispute resolution between parents by educating and making recommendations. A Parent Coordinator must be a mental health professional, a licensed physician, or a lawyer. Most parent coordinators in Collier County are mental health professionals. A Parent Coordinator also must complete a mandated training course. The court must appoint someone to the role of a Parent Coordinator, either by the agreement of the parties or upon motion and a hearing. The Parent Coordinator does not represent either parent; rather they are a

neutral third party. This allows them to speak directly to both parents when they are involved in trying to resolve a dispute. The court may also give them the right to speak to the children, if necessary, to assist the parents in working out an issue. Most often, the parents already have a Parenting Plan in place, and the Parent Coordinator is specifically tasked with assisting them carry out the terms in the Parenting Plan and resolving any complications or difficulties that arise. Further, all communications with the Parent Coordinator are confidential. In our experience, the success of parent coordination depends highly on the willingness of the parents. If everyone buys-in and accepts the advice, information, and counsel of the parent coordinator with the goal toward solving the problems and avoiding future conflict, then the process of parent coordination can be very successful.

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These types of parents will likely find that their need for use of the Parent Coordinator will lessen over time and eventually end. Of course, at the other end of the spectrum are those that refuse to buy-in to the system. There certainly will be some extremely high conflict cases that cannot improve even with the best efforts of the best Parent Coordinator. Study after study has shown that children will be negatively affected by continued and constant conflict between their parents after a divorce. A Parent Coordinator is one more potential tool for reducing conflict, and therefore improves the lives of both parents and children.

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CITY CONNECTION PARKS DEPT.

By Laura Tichy-Smith

Celebrate the Season at Your City Parks Christmas Parade Kick off your family’s celebration at this parade where a jolly old elf is almost certain to make an early appearance. The fun begins at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 12, at the corner of Broad Avenue South and 3rd Street South, just north of the Naples Pier. The parade route proceeds north on 3rd Street to swank 5th Avenue South, then after traveling east on 5th Avenue, turns south at the corner of 8th Street South to end in front of Cambier Park around 8 p.m. For more information, call 239213-7120. Festive Year-End Finale Fireworks A fabulous finale for your holiday celebrations, the City of Naples’ breathtaking New Year’s Eve fireworks display rockets over the water from the Naples Pier starting at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 31 with echoing ka-booms. Park in the early evening at one of the many city beach access points along Gulf Shore Boulevard (free with your beach parking sticker), and enjoy the fiery beauty of nature’s sunset show with your family before the fireworks begin. For more information, call 239-213-7120. Performance for Kids Come to “The Holiday Science Spectacular” to explore and engage in some

spectacular science this holiday season with Mr. Glen the Science Guy. Witness our fantastic holiday experiments during this interactive scientific stage show. Be sure to raise your hand and participate; Mr. Glen may ask for your assistance on stage. Saturday, Dec. 16. Tickets: $15. Call 866811-4111. (The Norris Center, 755 8th Ave. S., Naples) Parents’ Night Out How about a Friday night date for you and your spouse? Fleischmann Park has got you covered. Movies and games with new friends plus dinner equals a tired kid to pick up. $22 for first child and $17 for sibling if pre-registered; $27 without pre-registration. For more information and dates, call 239-213-3020. (1600 Fleischmann Ave., Naples) Naples Girls Softball League In the last 30 years, the Naples Girls Softball Little League has sent 27 teams to the Little League Softball World Series and brought the World Championship back to Naples 18 times. The goal of NGSLL is to provide a system that will enable all interested players to learn how to play fast pitch softball to the best of their ability. The program is open to all girls between the ages of 6 to 14, living within Naples and surrounding areas,

but players must live within Naples Little League boundaries, which can be found on the league’s website. Regular spring season registration and tryouts begin in early January and games begin the first week in March and run through late May. For more information, visit www.ngsll.org or call 239-263-6889. Winter Camps for Children K-12 With an astonishing variety of themes offered in nearly 20 winter break camps, you’re sure to find a day camp to please every child in your household. While the camps are educational, your kids will be having so much hands-on fun they won’t even realize they are really learning. The camps include offerings such as fun days, tie die, creative arts, hip hop, rock climbing, skateboarding, BMX, fitness, science, Legos Snapology, and mixed media arts. For more information, call 239-213-3020. Free Concerts at the Bandshell Bring a blanket for the whole family and enjoy free Sunday afternoon jazz concerts at 2 p.m. (except where noted) in Cambier Park in December. Naples Concert Band on Dec. 3; Gulfcoast Big Band on Dec. 10; Naples Big Band on Dec. 11 (7-9 p.m.); Naples Dixieland Jazz Band on Dec. 17. For more information, call 239-213-3058. (755 Eighth Ave. S., Naples)

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COLLIER COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS

By Amanda Jackson, Communications & Community Engagement

PME Students are Telling Their Stories

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hen Alec Folz evacuated Naples in the days leading up to Hurricane Irma, he was unsure what he’d return to. “It looked like a war zone,” he said of the pictures his dad sent them from Naples. “It wasn’t like anything I’d seen before.” The Pelican Marsh Elementary (PME) fifth grader described Atlanta at the time as bright and sunny – a stark contrast to the darkness he saw in pictures and on the news the day of the hurricane. “I remember coming home and seeing the debris, sewage in our lake, the flooding,” he said. Folz and his classmates turned their hurricane experiences into something unique – a collection of stories called The Day the Trees Laid Down. This book is a collection of stories sharing the survival and perseverance of students in Julie Bolock and Segal White’s fifth grade classes in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. “I was grateful that my school and my friends were all okay,” said fellow PME fifth grader Reese Schmidt. “I don’t think Naples will ever be the same. Trees were uprooted, sidewalks destroyed.” In addition to the book, students performed a short play about the hurricane. It detailed their experiences, peppering in some humor and the lessons they learned. “When we came back to school, I was excited about the book and the performance. This way I know I’m going to remember what I went through in the hurricane forever,” said Schmidt. “Every kid had a different experience. Some stayed here, some evacuated,” said Alec’s mom Deena Folz. “I know it was hard for the kids. It’s great that they could come back to school and tell their story.” She said she felt it was important for them to learn how to make the most out of a bad situation. “These kids spent time with their families and made memories,” Deena Folz said. “They volunteered at school, making bagged lunches for fellow students who weren’t as fortunate. I think they’ve learned some great life lessons that will help them as they get older. It helped the class and the school come together and really support each other more” Bolock said they wanted a way for students to be able to reflect

on what happened during the hurricane. “We wanted to get students back on track after a stressful 12 days,” Bolock explained. “We thought of a book.” “We didn’t know what the students had gone through,” White added. “We thought that maybe they had some stories to tell and could heal through writing.” With all the ideas going around, both teachers agreed that a performance could encompass the shared experience. “They all had a story to tell and they wanted to tell them. Now that it’s in written form, they’ll have it forever,” Bolock said. “They exceeded our expectations.”

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HOLIDAY COOKING

By Anna Futrell

Family Holiday Recipes You Never Knew You Needed

Many families make the same recipes year after year during the holiday season. We are pleased to share some of those recipes with you, courtesy of local families. Some recipes are traditional to the holiday, and some are uniquely traditional to the family sharing them. These recipes are tried and true. They are relatively simple, not overwhelming, and used as a part of each family’s traditional holiday preparations. We hope you enjoy! Futrell Family Bukda (Bohemian Coffee Cake) This first recipe is from my own family. My paternal grandmother, affectionately known as “Yoyo,” made dozens of loaves each year as gifts for family and friends. When I asked my aunt, Angie Rose, for the recipe, she told me it came from a woman named Mrs. Svec. My Yoyo’s mom, Gram, was a home nurse for Mrs. Svec’s mom in Chicago in the early 1900s. After her shift one day, Gram watched Mrs. Svec make bukda and mimicked the recipe. (There was no written recipe.) Though referred to as a coffee cake, bukda is more of a cinnamon sugar-laced bread. 2 cups milk 1 ⁄3 cup butter ¼ cup sugar 1 egg 1 ⁄3 teaspoon nutmeg Flour to make a soft dough (about 4 cups total, including enough flour for surfaces) 1 package of yeast mixed with ¼ cup warm water Additional 1⁄3 cup butter, ¼ cup sugar and 1-2 teaspoons cinnamon

Scald the milk. Add sugar and butter. Let cool. Slightly beat the eggs with a fork in a separate bowl. Add a little flour (1 cup) to the milk mixture. Beat by hand. Add the beaten eggs. Add ½ -1 cup more flour, along with the nutmeg. Then, add the yeast mixture. Add additional flour – enough to make a soft dough. Turn the dough out onto a floured board and knead until elastic. Let the dough rise in a lightly greased bowl or pan until it doubles in size (about 1 hour). Divide the dough into two parts and roll out each part. Brush melted butter onto the rolled out dough and sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon. Roll the dough up (like a jelly roll) and let them rise in loaf pans until they double in size (about 1 hour). Bake at 350 degrees until golden brown (about 20 minutes). Remove from the pans immediately. 16

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Latkes Stacy Nicolau, co-publisher of Neapolitan Family, makes latkes with her family each year at Hanukkah. This traditional recipe is courtesy of the Epicurious website and submitted by Rhoda Boone. However, Nicolau adds some insider information. “I have a secret that speeds everything up (but don’t tell my mother). I substitute an equal weight of potatoes with the bags of pre-shredded potatoes. There’s less liquid and no shredded knuckles or messy food processors. They are typically meant for making hash browns. Make sure to purchase the plain style without onions, peppers, etc.”   4 pounds unpeeled russed potatoes (or 4 pounds shredded hash browns) 1 pound yellow onions ¼ cup matzo meal 2 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 2 large eggs, lightly beaten ¼-½ cup (or more) vegetable oil ¼ (or more) schmaltz (rendered chicken fat; optional) Applesauce, for serving Sour cream, for serving

Preheat oven to 250°F. Set racks in upper and lower thirds of oven. Place wire cooling racks in the rimmed baking sheets and place in the oven. Using a food processor with a grating insert, grate the potatoes and then the onions, transferring grated vegetables to a large bowl when the bowl of the food processor is filled. Alternately, use a box grater. Working in batches, place the potatoes and onions in a clean dishtowel and thoroughly wring out the excess liquid over the sink, then transfer the potato-onion mixture to a large bowl. The more liquid you remove, the crispier your latkes will be. Reserve the potato-onion mixture. (If you are using

prepared shredded potatoes, simply mix them with shredded onions.) In another large bowl, whisk together the matzo meal, salt, and pepper. Add the eggs and whisk to combine. Add the potato-onion mixture and mix well. In a large skillet over medium heat, melt equal parts schmaltz and oil (or oil only if omitting the schmaltz) until a ¼-inch depth of fat is reached. Drop 2 tablespoons of latke mixture into the hot fat, spacing them 2 inches apart. Flatten latkes slightly using a spatula and cook, turning once, until crisp, golden brown, and cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Transfer latkes to wire racks and season with salt; return to the oven to keep warm. As you remove latkes from the pan, replace them with fresh spoonfuls of potato mixture to maintain oil temperature. Add additional schmaltz and/or oil around the edge of the pan as needed to maintain a ¼-inch depth of fat. Keep latkes warm in oven and serve hot with applesauce or sour cream. NEAPOLITANfamily • December 2017


the early 1950s, the recipe originated with her friend, who won a contest with the pie. The original recipe called for slivered almonds on top. 3 tablespoons water 1 cup chocolate chips ½ pint of whipping cream 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 graham cracker crust pie shell

Chocolate Pie The Lytle family has made a very simple chocolate pie for their Christmas celebration each year since the 1950s. According to Vivian Lytle, a Naples resident since

Melt chocolate, vanilla, and water over low heat. Mixture should still be lumpy when you remove it from the heat. Let mixture cool. Whip cream until stiff peaks form. Fold into chocolate mixture. Place in pie shell. Keep refrigerated.

Hoppin’ John Vivian Lytle also shared this traditional southern New Year’s dish with me. It was passed on to her from a pilot she and her husband knew in Hong Kong in the late 1940s. 1 ½ cups dried black-eyed peas 6 strips bacon, diced 1 medium onion, chopped ½ teaspoon salt ¾ cup long-grain white rice 2 tablespoons olive oil (optional) Salt and pepper to taste Dash of hot sauce ½ cup minced green onions 3 tablespoons minced parsley

Rinse peas well; cover with 3 cups of cold water and let stand overnight. Drain the peas, discard the water, and place in a large pot. In a separate pan, saute bacon until crisp and add it to the peas, reserving the drippings. Add onion, ½ teaspoon salt, and 2 cups water. Bring just to a boil, lower heat, and simmer until peas are tender, about 30

minutes. (A small amount of cooking liquid should remain; if liquid is absorbed too quickly during cooking, add more water ¼ cup at a time.) Cover rice with cold water. Bring to a boil, stir once, cover, simmer for 20 minutes over a low heat. When peas are tender, add cooked rice to pot. Stir in 2 tablespoons reserved bacon drippings (or olive oil, if preferred), salt, pepper, and hot sauce to taste. Cover and simmer about 15 minutes longer. To serve, garnish with green onions and parsley.

My husband’s Uncle Wes makes these during the holidays to give to us as a gift. His mother – my husband’s Grandma NEAPOLITANfamily • December 2017

Cooking spray 35-40 saltine crackers 2 sticks butter 1 cup light brown sugar 8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips (Optional 1 cup sliced or chopped almonds)

2¾ cup flour 2½ t baking powder ½ teaspoon salt 2 ⁄3 cup shortening 2¾ cup brown sugar 4 eggs 1 cup nuts and/or raisins 12 ounces chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Line 1 large or 2 small jelly-roll pans with aluminum foil, and spray with non-stick cooking spray. Arrange the saltines salt-side down in a single layer. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter and brown sugar together. Boil it until it turns a caramel color (a few minutes). Remove from the heat and pour over the crackers, covering them evenly. (Don’t worry too much if the crackers get offkilter a bit.) Put the jelly-roll pan into the oven and bake for 3-5 minutes, or until just bubbly, watching carefully. Remove from the oven, and pour the chocolate chips over the crackers. (Optional: top with almonds.) When the chips melt a bit, spread them over the crackers with a knife carefully. Transfer the pan to the freezer for 15-20 minutes. They will form one big sheet. Break up into pieces. Store in an airtight container.

Melt shortening and add in brown sugar. Allow mixture to cool. Add eggs, one at a time. Mix in the dry ingredients, and then add nuts and chocolate chips. Spread the mixture into a greased 9 x 13 inch baking dish. Bake 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees. Cut while still warm.

Have a lovely holiday season, and enjoy all the traditional baking and cooking this month! Step outside your cooking comfort zone, but don’t get too crazy. Keep it simple for yourself. Have a lovely, joy-filled December, and a happy new year!

Snyder – made this recipe traditionally at Christmas as well.

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Christmas Crack Each Christmas, I make four or five varieties of cookies, and I arrange them in cookie boxes for neighbors and family members. I recently discovered this crowd-pleasing recipe. It’s all over the internet! There are lots of varieties and recipes available, but I like this one found on Food Network’s website by Trisha Yearwood.

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MOMentum Moms

Photographs by Lisette Morales manda Jaron was sitting in traffic in the Lincoln Tunnel on the way home to New Jersey when she decided she wanted to move back to Florida to raise her family. She had a flashback to 9/11 and the impossible journey home from New York City, and thought, she could not bear to be that far from her twins Willem and Alanna in another time of crisis. After working in New York City for 10 years as a jewelry designer for brands such as Givenchy and Tommy Hilfiger, and ultimately as senior designer for Avon’s jewelry and watch division, Amanda and her husband Stephen began their search to find a new place to call home. After exploring several locations on the east coast and also Clearwater where she grew up, they decided on Naples.

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Above: Amanda Jaron in her A Jaron Fine Jewelry studio. Right, inset: The diamond and gold apple pendant that Amanda designed and donates to all Golden Apple winners. Right (Photo provided by Amanda Jaron): Amanda helping children discover their inner artist. Facing page, top: Alanna, Amanda, Stephen, and Willem Jaron relax at home. Facing page, bottom: This A Jaron bling includes Amanda’s signature cupcake and serpent rings.

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A lifelong artist, Amanda reinvented her jewelry career by selling her own line on the Home Shopping Network and found immediate success. Selling large volumes of her jewelry made her feel disconnected with her clients, so she decided to focus on building relationships with local clientele and creating custom pieces for them. She opened A Jaron Fine Jewelry in North Naples and recently relocated her studio to the Bayshore Arts District on Bayshore Drive. As if life wasn’t busy enough with twins and a full time career, Amanda has managed to use her craft to benefit the community her family lives in. As a proud product of Pinellas County Public Schools, she felt compelled to volunteer for Champions for Learning, in order to give back to her children’s public school district. She eventually landed the commission to create (and donate) the coveted gold and diamond apple pendants for the annual Golden Apple awards recipients. She also has dedicated jewelry lines that give a percentage of sales back to PACE Center for Girls and the Neighborhood Health Clinic, as well as pieces for fundraising auctions. In 2013, she launched The GLITTER Foundation, Inc., her own charity to help fund arts education and art therapy for organizations such as the David Lawrence Center. Her dream is to have The GLITTER Bus, which would be a mobile arts lab that could travel to underserved areas. While Amanda says “everything looks better in gold,” she prides herself in being able to create jewelry from a variety of metals and materials so that there is something in her collection for everyone. What is your style of jewelry making? I find so much of my inspiration comes from my clients. Jewelry is so personal. My signature “Bling-Overs” (custom redesign of a client’s old jewelry) are my favorite. Celebrity clients? Sharon Stone and Kathy Ireland. How do you balance being a mom and wife with your professional and volunteer obligations? Balancing ... for me is involving my family in the process. For example, my daughter has learned how to interact with people, dress up, sit through a presentation, and talk with adults, all while learning that the world is made up of people who are both more and less fortunate than us. What is a typical week night like NEAPOLITANfamily • December 2017

for your family? Boring! We are running around doing after school activities, then home to do homework. What does your family like to do for fun? We like to go boating and spend a lot of time on the water. It is the one place where we are not connected with our “devices” and we can take the time to smell the salty air. Typical date night for you and your husband? My husband and I have been together 25 years. We love to eat in new restaurants. I am a vegetarian, so for my husband, any place he can get a good steak. Favorite restaurant to go to as a family? Pelican Bend on Isle of Capri. The Old Florida outdoor deck is the best for fresh fish, sunsets, and live music. Best parenting advice you ever received and from whom? A family friend once told me, “Don’t let the kids change your life, teach the kids how to be a part of your life.” Describe life raising twins. Everything times two! In some ways, having twins is easier. In the beginning, it is harder for sure. For most of their growing up, we did the same things at the same time.  They just move into the next stage together. Boy/girl twins – what else could a working mother ask for? I am truly blessed. Best and worst part about their current age? My twins are almost 14 and in their last year of middle school. The best: they still want their mommy. The worst: I know that next year in high school my birdies will be starting to fly.

Proudest moment? For Alanna, it was when she won first place and people’s choice in an art show. This show had nothing to do with me. She did it all on her own; she was a winner. For my son, he is just an all-around good kid. He is my voice of reason. On his golf team, he was given the title, “Always Willing Will”! I know he will be there for me when I am old and gray – or old and violet! Biggest regret? Running in stilettos for over a decade in NYC. What will Christmas be like for your family this year? This year we are flying on Christmas day to  New York City. I am excited to show the kids the city they were born in. I know they are hoping to see a little snow! neafamily.com

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ESTATE PLANNING

By Norell Albanis

Why Inheriting in a Trust is a Must

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ne of the most prevalent misconceptions when it comes to estate planning is that if you have a will, it will take care of everything that needs to happen after you die in terms of your assets. But before you leave everything to just a will, consider these circumstances where a will simply doesn’t work: Avoiding court. To take effect, a will must go through the probate process (called a conservatorship during your lifetime), which can be lengthy and deny your heirs (or family while you are living, but incapacitated) a quick resolution to the distribution of your estate (or the ability to pay your bills while you are living). This is particularly true if you own property in another state. Protecting privacy. Once a will is open to probate, it is open to everyone – meaning that anyone can get access to it and learn everything you owned and where it is going. Wills also can contain personal information that is attractive to identity thieves. Protecting you in case of incapacity. Since a will only goes into effect upon death, it provides zero protection for you if you should become incapacitated and no longer able to handle your own financial affairs or make decisions about your health care. If that were the case, your family would have to go through the stress and expense of petitioning the court to appoint a guardian or conservator to handle your affairs. This is costly and can even drain your entire estate. This can be avoided by having advance

medical directives and a financial power of attorney drawn as part of your estate plan. Protect your assets. Passing assets to heirs via a will does not provide any protection for those assets. Once they are distributed, they may become vulnerable to a divorce action, creditors, or bad financial decisions by your beneficiaries. Placing your assets in a trust gives you more control over how and when they are distributed, and can protect them from creditors and judgments. Does the phrase “trust fund” conjure up images of stately mansions and party yachts? A trust fund – or trust – is actually a great estate planning tool for many people with a wide range of incomes who want to accomplish a specific purpose with their money. It is true that many Americans of means have trusts to protect and pass their wealth, but there are a number of reasons why trusts can also be useful for middle-class families. 1. Control distribution of assets. You wouldn’t hand over your car keys to a child who has had no proper preparation for driving, and chances are you would not want to hand over all your assets to a teenager either. But if both parents die at the same time, the children would inherit all the assets upon their 18th birthdays. A trust allows you to specify how and when you want your children to inherit. 2. Protect assets from creditors. Placing an inheritance in a trust ensures that those assets are protected from your heir’s – or their spouse’s – creditors. Consider a

Lifetime Asset Protection Trust. 3. Protect inheritance from spendthrift heirs. Not everyone is good with money. If your heirs fall into that category, you can use a trust to ensure the assets are not frittered away due to spendthrift behavior. 4. Protect inheritance for children of prior marriage. You can use a trust to both provide for your current spouse and any children from a previous marriage. 5. Provide for a special needs heir. Leaving assets outright to an heir with special needs could disqualify them from receiving government benefits. Leaving those assets in trust bypasses this potential risk. 6. Avoid probate. Assets can pass to heirs without going through probate by using a trust, saving beneficiaries the time and expense of the probate process. Probate is an expensive, public, and unnecessary court process you can avoid. 7. Protect privacy. Once a will is entered into probate, it becomes public; a trust is a private document that will protect your family’s privacy. NORELL ALBANIS is an estate planning attorney, and can be reached at 239-314-2353 or by visiting albanislaw.com.

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By Amy Hunter

Remembering My Father

y father died three months ago. I don’t really have it in me to dole out advice right now, so I’d like to share some thoughts about him here. My dad was the least judgemental person I’ve ever met in my entire life. Upon meeting someone, he brought no preconceived notions, no baggage of class, or race, or status. He opened his heart, his mind, and usually his table to any and everyone he came in contact with. My father did not do side-eye. He didn’t throw shade. He did not judge. My dad was a healer. He was a peacemaker. He was the person you could go to when you needed informed perspective. In my 40 years on this Earth, he never led me wrong. It’s been three months since my dad passed. As I was trying to pinpoint all the things about him that made him unique, I recalled all the well wishes and outpouring of love coming through the phone, the internet, the snail mail, and everyone else who mourned him. That’s when it occurred to me that this circle of love was more diverse than a 1980s video attempting to end world hunger. Dad loved and was loved by anyone who had the pleasure of meeting him. And I’ve never been more proud to be his daughter. I miss you, Dad. It’s like a heartbeat. That sentence echoes in my brain every morning as I brush my teeth (I miss you, Dad). Those words are a silent refrain as I watch your grandchildren climb walls (I miss you, Dad), when those same grandchildren drive Rob and me crazy (I miss you, Dad),

and then they ride bikes (I miss you, Dad), when they make new friends (I miss you, Dad). It rings in my ears as I go about my day (I miss you, Dad). When I find deals at the store, you would’ve called me about, “Wow, this is 25% off!” (I miss you, Dad). When I hear something hilarious, and I know you would’ve loved that joke, too (I miss you, Dad). When I realize Robbie will become a Bar Mitzvah this year and you won’t be on the Bema (I miss you, Dad). I really miss you, Dad. As a human being, I’ve tried to avoid pain at all costs. I don’t think that makes me unusual or distinctive. I think that makes me pretty basic. Who wants to hurt? No one. As a parent, I’ve tried my best to shield my children from undue pain because I’m a control freak, and helplessness is just as painful. Twelve years ago, when I was in labor with Robbie, I got my epidural as early as possible, because pain. At one point, my parents were sitting with Rob and me at my bedside, and I started to feel incredible, unimaginable pain. It seems my epidural, artfully placed by the intern, had fallen out. Rob and I didn’t know how to handle it. This was not in my birth plan, and my father and mother started reminiscing above me as I was losing my ever-loving mind, about the night that I was born. My mom, whom I’ve decided is a Viking, Amazon, ninja, and Jedi warrior in her own right, went Lamaze all the way (of course she did), and my Daddy said, “Remember when you were hurting, and we

sang together, remember what we sang?” It was that exact moment that the contraction to end all contractions hit me head on and my parents chose that exact moment to relive the glory days of my birth with songs from A Chorus Line. “Kiss today goodbye, the sweetness and the sorrow, wish me luck the same to you, and I won’t forget, what I did for love, what I did for love.” Breaking into song was something my father did a lot. I learned a great lesson that rainy night in May. Firstly, I learned my parents were bonkers, but I’d already known that. The real lesson I learned is that pain is inevitable. Pain is part of the human experience. You. Cannot. Stop. Pain. But what you can control is how you choose to handle it. So, tonight, and every night, I will feel the pain of the loss of my father, Robert Block, but I will remember the joy he brought to the world, and I will rejoice that we all were able to be a part of it. Amy Hunter grew up in the suburbs of Long Island singing Barbara Streisand hits into her hairbrush. When she’s not writing her hilarity-fueled parenting memoir as The Outnumbered Mother, she’s a Naples-living, butt-wiping, soccer-team carting, gourmet-chef attempting, tennis-skirt wearing, non-tennis playing, self-proclaimed bad mamma jamma to three sons and a very understanding husband. You can find Amy online at the Theoutnumberedmother.com.

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1. Pull & Discover Activity Elephant™ Twist the dial and little jungle explorers will learn about the jungle friends, what sounds they make, fun phrases, and music. When they’re feeling tame they can press light-up buttons that encourage motor skills or match the blocks with the shape sorter to discover colors, animals and shapes. For ages 12-36 months $29.9922 neafamily.com www.vtechkids.com

2. Marvel Swing & Sling Spider-Man Swing, sling, flip, and tumble with the new plush toy. Spidey has some amazing moves. He can swing in the air, hang upside down, tumble forward and backwards, and even do a 360 backflip, then get back up. Press his foot, then pick him up by his webs. He even says fun phrases and plays the Spider-Man theme song. For ages 3+ $39.99 justplayproducts.com

3. Thomas & Friends Super Station A fun multi-system track set with 3 levels of play. Children play with engines from Thomas & Friends™ Adventures, TrackMaster™, MINIS, and Wooden Railway. It includes Thomas, Percy, James, and Harold and holds over 100 engines with 35 feet of track. For ages 3+  $99.99 www.toysrus.com

4. Yoee Baby An adorable toy that helps babies develop all five senses while playfully connecting with parents and other caregivers. Featuring a teether, rattle, plush toy, and signature synthetic feather tail. For ages birth-24 months $24.99 yoeebaby.com

5. Disney Junior Doc McStuffins All-in-One Nursery Preschoolers can nurture and care for their baby dolls alongside Doc McStuffins. Use Doc’s portable electronic patient laptop to diagnose, featuring a light-up screen, sounds, and lullaby music. For ages 3+ $79.99 justplayproducts.com

6. Pop-a-Balls™ Push & Pop Bulldozer™ This delightful bulldozer encourages movement and motor skills in little builders when the colorful balls are counted as they pop up through the chimney, into the scoop bucket, and back again. Start pushing the chunky handle and watch the bulldozer come to life with poppin’ balls and fun tunes. NEAPOLITANfamily • December 2017 12-36 months $24.99 www.vtechkids.com


We all love Amazon Prime, but how many hours have you lost to searching for toys for your kids and reading endless, conflicting reviews? To ease your stress this holiday season, LA Parent Magazine has rounded up a selection of the best new toys of 2017, as selected by the National Parenting Product Awards (NAPPA).

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7. IDO3D 3D Print Shop A battery-operated tech device that provides a simple-function 3D printing experience. Kids can create their own 3D object or clone something they already own. For ages 8+ $59.99 redwood-ventures.com

8. GEO Salt Water/ Solar Powered Robot A STEM educational DIY robot kit that teaches young kids about the value of alternative energy sources and the science behind them. Kids can learn how to use alternative green energy sources to power up Geo and see the robot zip away from their fingertips. Educational fun facts are also included in the•instruction NEAPOLITANfamily Decembermanual. 2017 For ages 8+ $19.99 www.tenergy.com

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10. Q-BA-MAZE 2.0: Extreme Rails A unique system of colorful cubes that interlock to form a marble run. Configurations are unlimited, allowing for unpredictable action when the steel marbles travel different routes. Inspires creative play as you experiment with motion, stability, physics, and art. For ages 6+ $99.95 mindware.orientaltrading.com

9. Bath Bombs With these bath bombs you can transform your bath with fizzy bubbles, fun color, and a fantastic fragrance. Learn the science behind creating the perfect fizz and make up to 12 colorful bath bombs in 5 different shapes. For ages 6+ $21.99 www.scholastic.com

11. Teacher’s Pet An innovative classroom product that makes a great gift for your favorite teacher. Made from a proprietary microfiber blend, Teacher’s Pet is a fun and useful whiteboard eraser designed by a teacher. For teachers & kids ages 5-12 $16.99 teacherspet4u.com

12. Unbored: Time Capsule The kit is full of everything you’ll need to capture the important details of today including: a clipboard, 50 questionnaires, adjustable date stamp and ink pad, storage tubes, card protectors, coin bags, boxes with cotton batting, envelopes, scrapbook, and more. For ages 8+ $29.95 mindware.orientaltradneafamily.com 23 ing.com


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5:30 p.m. Holiday Family Fun Night. Enjoy the season while the whole family whips up some delicious treats and creates holiday decorations and gifts. Adults and children of all ages welcome. East Naples Library, 8787 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples. Call 239-775-5592 or check col-

1:00 p.m. Santa on the Sand. Each child ages 8 and younger who donates an unwrapped toy will visit with Santa and receive a small gift. Lunch provided for children; snacks for adults. Games and prizes. Lovers Key State Park, 8700 Estero Blvd., Estero. Call

6:00 p.m. Naples Christmas Parade. The parade follows the traditional route starting at South Broad then on to 3rd Street to 5th Avenue South. Call 239-692-8436 or check www.fifthavenuesouth.com for additional information.

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4:00 p.m. Holiday Origami. Come learn the Japanese art of paper folding with a holiday flare. Ages 9-17. Registration is required. South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-252-7542 or check collierlibrary.org.

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7:00 p.m. The Naples Players KidzAct presents Elf The Musical, Jr. Based on the cherished movie. Tickets $10-$20. Sugden Community Theatre, 701 Fifth Ave. S., Naples. Visit www. naplesplayers.org or call 239-263-7990.

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10:00 a.m. Holiday Bazaar. Enjoy shopping for unique gifts in the decorated Koreshan settlement, get pictures taken with Santa, and enjoy a free ride on Santa’s Carriage. Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd., Estero. Call 239-992-0311 or visit www.floridastateparks.org. 3

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7:30 p.m. New Y e a r ’ s E v e F i r eworks. Find a spot anywhere along Naples Beach for the annual New Year’s Eve fireworks. Naples Pier, 25 12th Ave., Naples. Call 239-213-3062 or check www.naplesgov.com.

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5:00 p.m. Create a Gingerbread House. Come build your very own gingerbread house. Bring your creativity to the table. All supplies will be provided. Ages 5+. Registration required. Immokalee Branch Library, 417 N. 1st St., Immokalee. Call 239-657-2882 or check collierlibrary.org. 7 5:00 p.m. Let’s Glow Chanukah Festival. Giant glow in the dark menorah lighting, rides, games, crafts, fire juggling, and doughnuts and latkes galore. Free and open to the community. Cambier Park, 755 8th Ave. S., Naples. Call 239213-3058 or check www.

5:45 p.m. Chanukah Celebration at Mercato. Greetings from community leaders, candle lighting, live music, and children’s activities. Mercato, 9128 Strada Place, Naples. Call 239594-9400 or check www. mercatoshops.com.

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6:30 p.m. Hanukkah Craft Works h o p . Get ready to celebrate Hanukkah by creating a variety of crafts. Enjoy a treat. Ages 3-9. Registration required. Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239593-0870 or check collierlibrary.org. 6

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8:00 p.m. Holiday Pops Concert. Celebrate the season with an all-new program of holiday classics, featuring the Naples Philharmonic Chorus and Youth Chorus. ArtisNaples, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., Naples. Call 239597-1900 or check www. thephil.org.

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6:30 p.m. Christmas Party with Santa. Come join us for our annual Christmas event and pictures with Santa. Crafts, food, and music $5 per family. Max A. Hasse Jr. Community Park, 3390 Golden Gate Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-348-7500 or check colliergov.net.

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7:00 p.m. The Polar Express Storytime. Come in your PJs and join us for a magical evening as we host our annual storytime of the beloved classic. Coloring and activities to follow. Barnes & Noble, 5377 Tamiami Tr. N., Naples. Call 239-597-2040 or check bn.com.

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6:00 p.m. Christmas Trunk or Treat. Wear something festive and bring your stocking to get filled with treats, toys and goodies. Crafts, games, face painting, food, and Christmas music. Cornerstone UMC, 8200 Immokalee RD., Naples. Call 239-354-9160 or visit cornerstonenaples.org.

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6:00 p.m. Marco Island Christmas Boat Parade. Watch the boats sail by, decked out with festive holiday lights and decorations. The Esplanade, 800 N. Collier Blvd., Marco Island. Call 239-389-4511 or check www.theesplanade.com.

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3:00 p.m. Snow Fest. No matter what the “real” weather is that day, snow will be in the forecast to celebrate the winter holiday. Golden Gate Community Center, 4701 Golden Gate Pkwy., Naples. Visit www.snowfestnaples.com.

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2:00 p.m. Holiday on the Bay. Complimentary Santa photos, caroling, stories with Mrs. Claus, snow shows, and more. The Village on Venetian Bay, 4200 Gulf Shore Blvd. N., Naples. Call 239261-6100 or check www. venetianvillage.com.

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10:00 a.m. Holiday Crafts for Kids. Make wildlife crafts such as seathemed ornaments and cabbage palm reindeer. Geared to children ages 6 to 12. Free with admission. Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, 300 Tower Rd., Naples. Call 239-417-6310 or check rookerybay.org. 26

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10:00 a.m. Gingerbread House Workshop. Decorate a milk carton with candy and treats to make your own gingerbread house. Also at 4 p.m. Ages 3-12. Registration required. Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check collierlibrary.org. 20

5:45 p.m. Mercato Movies on the Lawn: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Food and outdoor bar. Please leave coolers at home. Located at Mercato, 9128 Strada Place, Naples. Call 239-594-9400 or check www.mercatoshops.com.

5:30 p.m. Here Comes Santa Claus. Santa Claus is coming to your library. Be sure to come by and whisper what you want for Christmas. Don’t forget your camera. All ages. Registration is not required. Immokalee Branch Library, 417 N. 1st St., Immokalee. Call 239-657-2882 or visit collierlibrary.org. 18

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CALENDAR SUBMISSIONS: To submit your event for both our online and print calendars, go to the Calendar at neafamily.com and follow the instructions for inputting event information. The deadline for print calendar events is the 12th of the month preceding publication. You can submit events anytime for the online calendar. Note: Please check dates and times before attending events. As Neapolitan Family staff does not enter all calendar data, we cannot guarantee its accuracy.

Call for times. Quilting Makerspace. Learn how a quilt is made by helping put together the Build-a-Quilt blocks created during the summer. Located at South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-252-7542 or check collierlibrary.org. Call for times. Photos with Santa at Miromar Outlets. Daily through Dec. 23. Located at Miromar Outlets, 10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero. Call 239-9483766 or check www.miromaroutlets.com. 6:30 a.m. Fitness Camp. A 60-minute class offered by a certified fitness professional and designed specifically for women. Every Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Located at Miromar Outlets, 10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero. Call 239-948-3766 or check www.miromaroutlets.com. 9:00 a.m. Find it Fridays. Kids enjoy a scavenger hunt all day. Located at Everglades Wonder Gardens, 27180 Old 41 Rd., Bonita Springs. Call 239-9922591 or check www.evergladeswondergardens.com. 10:00 a.m. Drop In Baby Fitness Mommy and Me. Instill healthy habits for life in your toddler every Friday. $5 per child. Located at Fleischmann Park, 1600 Fleischmann Dr., Naples. Call 239-213-3020. 4:30 p.m. Free Lego Build Friday. Every Friday. We’ll have lots of Lego for the kids to build with and even have a few challenges all ready for them. Located at Cedar Montessori School, 10904 Winterview Dr., Naples. Call 239-597-7190 or visit www.cedarmontessori.org. 5:00 p.m. Bonita Springs Festival of Lights and

Tree Lighting with Santa. Bring a new, unwrapped toy for Operation Santa for free pictures with Santa Claus. Located at Promenade at Bonita Bay, Bonita Springs. Call 800-799-0178 or check www.promenadeshops.com for additional information. 5:30 p.m. Mommy/Daddy & Me Painting Afternoon. First Friday of the month. All materials included. Registration required. Located at Fleischmann Park, 1600 Fleischmann Dr., Naples. Call 239-213-302. 7:00 p.m. The Polar Express Storytime. Come in your PJs and join us for a magical evening as we host our annual storytime of the beloved classic. Activities to follow. Located at Barnes & Noble, 5377 Tamiami Tr. N., Naples. Call 239-597-2040 or check bn.com.

2 SATURDAY 7:30 a.m. Third Street South Farmer’s Market. Parking lot behind Tommy Bahama’s. Located at Third Street South, Naples. Call 239-434-6533 or check www.napleschamber.org. 8:00 a.m. Farmer’s Market. Every Saturday. Fresh fruits and vegetables, seafood, honey, prepared foods, wears, specialty foods, and more. Located at Shoppes at Vanderbilt, 2355 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., Naples. Call 239-273-2350. 9:00 a.m. Winter Craft Bazaar. Stop by and see all of the unique items crafted by local patrons. There will be a variety of items for sale. Makes for great gifts. Located at Vineyards Community Park, 6231 Arbor Rd., Naples. Call 239-363-9669 or check colliergov.net.

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9:00 a.m. Breakfast with Santa. Celebrate the holidays with decorating cookies, sweet treats, crafts, face painting, and pictures with Santa. Located at Immokalee Community Park, 321 N. 1st St., Immokalee. Call 239-657-4449. 10:30 a.m. W.O.N.D.E.R Kids. Drop in anytime between 10:30 a.m. and 12 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday to the Smith Children’s Garden for fun activities. Located at Naples Botanical Garden, 4820 Bayshore Dr., Naples. Call 239-643-7275 or check www.naplesgarden.org for additional information. 10:00 a.m. Santa’s Block Party and Children’s Holiday Workshop. A variety of children’s activities, bounce houses, games, crafts, cookie decorating, food trucks, holiday vendors, and the festival of trees. Located at Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, 2301 First St., Fort Myers. Call 239-333-1933 or check www.sbdac.com. 10:00 a.m. Historical Tours at Koreshan State Park. Explore the 19th century religious Koreshan settlement, its structures and gardens, and learn about these idealistic pioneers. $2 for adults, $1 for children over 6. Located at Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd., Estero. Call 239-992-0311 or check www. floridastateparks.org for additional information. 11:00 a.m. Lexi Lop and the Best Library Book Ever. Join Lexi the rabbit and her pals for a special presentation of this book. After the reading, you’ll get to feed and pat Lexi and her friends. A theme-related craft will be included. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information. 11:00 a.m. Barnes and Noble Storytime. Every Saturday. Located at Barnes & Noble, 5377 Tamiami Tr. N., Naples. Call 239-597-2040 or check bn.com. 2:00 p.m. Alligator Fishing at Everglades Wonder Gardens. Every Saturday. For $5 plus admission, you get a cane pool with a hot dog on the end of it to feed our 37 gators. Located at Everglades Wonder Gardens, 27180 Old 41 Rd., Bonita Springs. Call 239-992-2591 or check www.evergladeswondergardens.com. 2:00 p.m. The Naples Players KidzAct presents Elf The Musical, Jr. Also Dec. 3, 9-11. Based on the cherished movie. Located at Sugden Community Theatre, 701 Fifth Ave. S., Naples. Visit www.naplesplayers.org or call 239-263-7990. 3:00 p.m. Snow Fest. No matter what the “real” weather is that day, snow will be in the forecast to celebrate the winter holiday. Visit www.snowfestnaples.com. Located at Golden Gate Community Center, 4701 Golden Gate Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-252-4180 or check colliergov.net for additional information. 4:00 p.m. Improv Cafe. Bring your family out to Little Shop of Improv the first Saturday of every month. Located at Centers for the Arts of Bonita Springs, 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs. Call 239-495-8989 or check artcenterbonita.org. 4:30 p.m. Family Tennis Festival. Join USTA Florida and the Greater Naples YMCA for an evening of family fun celebrating tennis for everyone. Located at Greater Naples YMCA, 5450 YMCA Rd., Naples. Call 239-597-3148 or check greaternaplesymca.org for additional information. 5:00 p.m. Holiday on the Bay. Every Saturday through Dec. 23 and on Dec. 24. Complimentary Santa photos, caroling, stories with Mrs. Claus, snow shows, and more. Located at The Village on Venetian Bay, 4200 Gulf Shore Blvd. N., Naples. Call 239-261-6100 or check www.venetianvillage.com for additional information. 6:00 p.m. Christmas Tree Lighting. Annual Marco Island Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration. Music, dancing, and fun. Located at Veteran’s Park, 901 Park Ave., Marco Island. Check www.colliergov.net. 6:00 p.m. Fort Myers Beach Christmas Boat Parade. The parade travels through the back bay. Located at Fort Myers Beach. Visit fortmyersbeach.org. 8:00 p.m. Improv Tonight. Be as involved in the show as you’d like. Located at Center for Performing Arts-Moe Auditorium, 10150 Bonita Beach Road SE, Bonita Springs. Call 239-495-8989 or check www.artcenterbonita.org.

3 SUNDAY 8:00 a.m. Farmer’s Market and Native Plant Sale. Local fresh produce, seafood, honey, arts and crafts, native plants and trees, and more. $1 per vehicle admission. Located at Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd., Estero. Call 239-9920311 or check www.floridastateparks.org for additional information. 10:00 a.m. Holiday Bazaar. Located at Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd., Estero. Call 239-992-0311 or check www.floridastateparks.org. 11:00 a.m. Koreshan Baking. Join us for a pinch of history and a taste, too. Located at Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd., Estero. Call 239-9920311 or check www.floridastateparks.org for additional information. 6:00 p.m. Gulfshore Playhouse Teen Acting Company Auditions. Dec. 3 & 4, 6-8 p.m. An opportunity for teens 13 to 18 to perform William Shakespeare’s

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4 MONDAY 4:00 p.m. Playful Interactions. All children need to be accompanied by an adult caregiver so that 1:1 assistance is maintained. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check collierlibrary.org. 4:30 p.m. Pups ‘n’ Books. Stop by to read to a pup or just pet one. The service dogs-in-training are provided by PAWS Assistance and Therapy Dogs. Located at East Naples Library, 8787 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples. Call 239-775-5592 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information. 6:00 p.m. Art Classes for Kids. Kids will learn and explore art in a fun environment, applying different methods and media. Fun projects with acrylic on canvases, watercolor, collages, STEAM projects, and more. Located at Fleischmann Park, 1600 Fleischmann Dr., Naples. Call 239-213-3020 for additional information.

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10:00 a.m. Free Tuesday Morning Nature Talk. Bring your children and learn together how nature can flourishes in urban and suburban areas, with the proper care. Located at Naples Preserve, 1690 Tamiami Tr. N., Naples. Call 239-261-4290. 10:00 a.m. Moms and Tots Storytime with Miss Jessica and Miss Mary Ellen. A toddler favorite, the girls read, sing, dance and color, creating a fun atmosphere of learning and lots of laughter. Come and ask about the little green frog song. All ages are welcome. Located at Barnes & Noble, 5377 Tamiami Tr. N., Naples. Call 239-597-2040 or check bn.com for additional information. 3:30 p.m. Food Around the World. Tish from 4-H is back to introduce snacks from around the world. Come prepared to try new and different items from new and different cultures. Ages 5 -11 years. Registration required. Located at Golden Gate Library, 2432 Lucerne Rd., Naples. Call 239-252-4542 or check collierlibrary.org.

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3:30 p.m. Meals of Hope Mobile Food Pantry. The Meals of Hope Mobile Pantry will be in the YMCA parking every Tuesday from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Frozen food, fresh produce, and canned goods will be given away to families in need. Everyone is welcome. Located at Greater Naples YMCA, 5450 YMCA Rd., Naples. Call 239-597-3148 or check greaternaplesymca.org for additional information. 4:00 p.m. Holiday Origami. Come learn the Japanese art of paper folding with a holiday flare. Ages 9-17. Registration required. Located at South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-252-7542 or check collierlibrary.org. 6:00 p.m. Chess Instruction K-12. Join Antonio as he shares his skills at chess with students in K-12. Only for beginner players. Registration is not required, but space is limited to the first 24 walk-in students. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check collierlibrary.org.

6 WEDNESDAY 10:00 a.m. Free Kids Crafts. Kids from toddlers to 12 are invited to participate in fun activities. Located at Miromar Outlets, 10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero. Call 239-948-3766 or check www.miromaroutlets.com for additional information. 10:00 a.m. Preschool Story Time. Parents and caregivers encourage independence by waiting nearby in the library for this program. The stories and activities may be longer but are just as fun. Located at South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy., Estero. Call 239-479-4636 for additional information. 5:00 p.m. Holiday Tree Lighting at Mercato. Featuring the largest live tree in SWFL. Dance and music performances. Located at Mercato, 9128 Strada Pl., Naples. Call 239-594-9400 or check www.mercatoshops.com for additional information. 5:30 p.m. Sewing Classes for Kids. Come and learn to sew by hand every Wednesday. Ms. Alicia will teach you how to sew super cute stuffed animals, modern characters, bags, and much more. Located at Fleischmann Park, 1600 Fleischmann Dr., Naples. Call 239-213-3020 for additional information. 6:30 p.m. Hanukkah Craft Workshop. Get ready to celebrate Hanukkah by creating a variety of crafts. Enjoy a treat. Ages 3-9 years. Registration required. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information.

7 THURSDAY 9:00 a.m. Pee Wee Play Dates. Every Thursday. Have fun with our toys and games and listen to music. It’s a great opportunity to make friends and discover new activities. For children 9 months – pre-K. Drop-in program, no registration. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information. 10:00 a.m. Toddler Tales. This interactive time for toddlers ages 18-36 months and their caregiver will include storytelling, wordplay, fingerplays, and music-making designed to advance pre-reading skills. Registration is required. Located at South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy., Estero. Call 239-479-4636. 10:00 a.m. Tai Chi. Instructor Karen McNeil hosts this energy-flow exercise in the South Grove. Every Thursday. Located at Naples Botanical Garden, 4820 Bayshore Dr., Naples. Call 239-643-7275 or check www.naplesgarden.org. 3:30 p.m. Lego Club. Join the club and share ideas, be creative, make new friends, and have fun. Bricks will be provided. Ages 5-11 years. Registration is not required. Located at Marco Island Branch Library, 210 S. Heathwood Dr., Marco Island. Call 239-394-3272 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information. 5:00 p.m. Create a Gingerbread House. Come build your very own gingerbread house. Bring your creativity to the table. All supplies will be provided. Ages 5 years and older. Registration required. Located at Immokalee Branch Library, 417 N. 1st St., Immokalee. Call 239-657-2882 or check collierlibrary.org. 6:00 p.m. Play Pokemon. From creative play and craft activities to the official Pokemon League Card Game. Participants are encouraged to bring their own cards and collectibles. $10. Located at Ventana Services, 1660 Trade Center Way, Suite 5, Naples. Call 239-810-3498 or check ventanaservices.com.

8 FRIDAY 6:30 p.m. Christmas Party with Santa. Come join us for our annual Christmas event and pictures with Santa. There will be crafts, food, and music to enjoy. $5 per family. Located at Max A. Hasse Jr. Community Park, 3390 Golden Gate Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-348-7500 or check colliergov.net for additional information.

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9:30 a.m. Breakfast with Santa. Celebrate with a delicious pancake breakfast. Bring your camera to take pictures with Santa. Located at Golden Gate Community Center, 4701 Golden Gate Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-252-4180 or visit colliergov.net. 10:00 a.m. Kids Day Out Christmas Party. Parents, get your holiday shopping done while your child is having fun. Kids will have opportunity to shop for family gifts at our annual Craft Bazaar. Located at Vineyards Community Park, 6231 Arbor Rd., Naples. Call 239-363-9669 or check colliergov.net for additional information. 10:00 a.m. Fabulous Florida Fossil Day. Fossil ‘funatics’ activities for children ages 4-8 years, including a Colossal Fossil Escape Box/Room. Registration is not required. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information. 11:00 a.m. Science Saturday. Join Mr. Glen and his science and engineering team for interactive science projects. Located at Miromar Outlets, 10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero. Call 239-948-3766 or check www.miromaroutlets.com. 6:00 p.m. Marco Island Christmas Boat Parade. Watch the boats sail by, decked out with festive holiday lights and decorations. Located at The Esplanade, 800 N. Collier Blvd., Marco Island. Call 239-389-4511 or check www.theesplanade.com. 6:00 p.m. Christmas Around the World. Annual event for the community. $1. Located at Immokalee Sports Complex, 505 Escambia St., Immokalee. Call 239657-1951 for additional information. 6:30 p.m. Naples Bay Christmas Boat Parade. Enjoy the colorful and sparkly annual Naples Bay Christmas Boat Parade. Located at Tin City, 1200 Fifth Ave. S., Naples. Call 239-262-4200 or check www.tin-city.com for additional information.

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8:45 a.m. Private Bounce Session for Children with Additional Needs. A biweekly private session for children with additional needs and their siblings at Bounce Naples with doors opening at 8:30 a.m. $10 per child. Located at Bounce,2320 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., Naples. 1:00 p.m. Santa on the Sand. Each child ages 8 and younger who donates an unwrapped toy will visit with Santa and receive a small gift. Lunch will be provided for the children and snacks for adults. Games and prizes. Located at Lovers Key State Park, 8700 Estero Blvd., Estero. Call 239-463-4588 for additional information.

11 MONDAY 9:00 a.m. Essentials of Digital Photography Workshop. Learn how to get the best pictures possible, and truly understand your camera’s features. Located at Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, 300 Tower Rd., Naples. Call 239-417-6310 or check rookerybay.org for additional information. 4:00 p.m. Playful Interactions. All children need to be accompanied by an adult caregiver so that 1:1 assistance is maintained. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check collierlibrary.org. 4:00 p.m. Ornaments Workshop. Make some festive ornaments for your Christmas tree. Grades K-5. Registration required. Located at Estates Branch Library, 1266 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples. Call 239-455-8088 or check collierlibrary.org. 4:00 p.m. Blue Bots. Come have fun with these crazy robots. Program them to complete a simple task while learning the basics of computer coding. Ages 4-7 years. Registration required. Located at South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-252-7542 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information. 5:30 p.m. Holiday Family Fun Night. Come and enjoy the season while the whole family whips up some delicious treats and creates holiday decorations and gifts. Adults and children of all ages welcome. Registration required. Located at East Naples Library, 8787 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples. Call 239-775-5592 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information. 6:30 p.m. Holiday Candy Cane Mouse Craft. Come make your very own cute Candy Cane Mouse. Then enjoy hot chocolate while you decorate some holiday cookies. Ages 5+. Registration required. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check collierlibrary.org.

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meet one of our tree-climbing animal ambassadors. Located at Conservancy of SWFL 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples. Call 239-262-0304 or check www.conservancy.org. 10:00 a.m. Safari Squad: Monkey’n Around. Go bananas and learn about the monkeys. Features an animal encounter, storybook reading, an arts and crafts project, and free-choice play stations. Located at Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens, 1590 Goodlette-Frank Rd., Naples. Call 239-262-5409 or check napleszoo.org. 12:00 p.m. Ten Days of Christmas at Historic Palm Cottage. Celebrate a wonderful time of the year at the merriest place in Naples, Historic Palm Cottage, during our annual holiday showcase. Through Dec. 23. Located at Historic Palm Cottage, 137 12th Ave. S., Naples. Visit www.napleshistoricalsociety.org. 5:00 p.m. Holiday Boat Parade at Venetian Village. Enjoy live entertainment, a snow show, face painting, balloon art, holiday carolers, stories with Mrs. Claus, and a special appearance by Santa Claus. Located at The Village on Venetian Bay, 4200 Gulf Shore Blvd. N., Naples. Call 239-261-6100 or check www.venetianvillage.com. 6:00 p.m. Naples Christmas Parade. The parade follows the traditional route starting at South Broad then on to 3rd Street to 5th Avenue South. Located at Fifth Avenue South, 649 Fifth Ave. S., Naples. Call 239-692-8436 or check www. fifthavenuesouth.com for additional information.

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years. Registration is not required. Located at Estates Branch Library, 1266 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples. Call 239-455-8088 or check collierlibrary.org. 4:00 p.m. Auditions for Joseph & The Technicolor Dreamcoat. The Naples Players KidzAct auditions for Joseph & The Technicolor Dreamcoat (Ages 13-18) by appointment on Dec. 13-15. Located at Sugden Community Theatre, 701 Fifth Ave. S., Naples. Visit www.naplesplayers.org for more information. 5:00 p.m. Cookies with Santa. Put on your favorite holiday attire and come tell Santa what you want for Christmas. Make some ornaments while you’re waiting. Bring your cameras for some memorable moments. Cookies will be provided while supplies last. All ages. Located at Vanderbilt Beach Library, 788 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., Naples. Call 239-597-8444 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information. 5:45 p.m. Chanukah Celebration at Mercato. Greetings from community leaders, candle lighting, live music, and children’s activities. Located at Mercato, 9128 Strada Place, Naples. Call 239-594-9400 or check www.mercatoshops.com.

14 THURSDAY 9:00 a.m. Pee Wee Play Dates. Have fun with our toys and games and listen to music. It’s a great opportunity to make friends and discover new activities. For children 9 months – pre-K. Drop-in program, no registration. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check collierlibrary.org. 10:00 a.m. The Busy Tree: Little Explorers Program. Discover how many friends you might find living in a single tree. Help us put together our own “busy tree” and meet one of our tree-climbing animal ambassadors. Located at Conservancy of SWFL, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples. Call 239-262-0304 or check www.conservancy.org. 4:00 p.m. Blue Bots. Come have fun with these crazy robots. Program them to complete a simple task while you learn the basics of computer coding. Ages 4-7 years. Registration required. Located at Marco Island Branch Library, 210 S. Heathwood Dr., Marco Island. Call 239-394-3272 or check collierlibrary.org. 5:00 p.m. Let’s Glow Chanukah Festival. Giant glow in the dark menorah lighting, rides, games, crafts, fire juggling, and doughnuts and latkes galore. Free and open to the community. Located at Cambier Park, 755 8th Ave. S., Naples. Call 239-213-3058 or check www.naplesgov.com for additional information. 5:00 p.m. Create a Gingerbread House. Come build your very own gingerbread house. Bring your creativity to the table. All supplies will be provided. Ages 5 years and older. Registration required. Located at Immokalee Branch Library, 417 N. 1st St., Immokalee. Call 239-657-2882 or check collierlibrary.org. 5:30 p.m. Bad Art Night for Teens. Create something dreadful. Use our craft supplies to make the worst possible piece of art you can in 45 minutes. The person with the ugliest project wins the prize. Materials provided. Ages 14 and up. Registration required. Located at Naples Regional Library, 650 Central Ave., Naples. 8:00 p.m. Holiday Pops Concert. Celebrate the season with a program of holiday classics, featuring the Naples Philharmonic Chorus and Youth Chorus. Located at ArtisNaples, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., Naples. Call 239-597-1900 or visit www.artisnaples.org.

15 FRIDAY Call for times. Winter Fest. Through Dec. 17. Located at Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens, 1590 Goodlette-Frank Road, Naples. Call 239-262-5409 or check napleszoo.org for additional information. 6:30 p.m. Buddy Break Respite Program for Kids With Special Needs. Threehour monthly session of free respite care for children with special needs and their siblings. Registration required. Located at Naples Seventh-day Adventist Church, 5050 Davis Blvd., Naples. Call 239-272-8031 or check www.naplessdachurch.org. 6:30 p.m. Art Smarts. Join us for a story time focusing on process art. We’ll read a story, sing some songs, and have some creative fun. Ages 2-5 years. Registration required. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information.

16 SATURDAY 9:00 a.m. Cookies and Milk with Santa. Ages 5-13. $2. Located at Eagle Lakes Community Park, 11565 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples. Call 239-252-4414 or check colliergov.net for additional information. 9:00 a.m. Pancakes and Pajamas with Santa. Free event. Wear your pajamas and have pancakes with Santa. Located at Immokalee South Park, 418 School Dr., Immokalee. Call 239-252-4677 or check www.collierparks.com.

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10:00 a.m. Safari Squad: Monkey’n Around. Go bananas and learn about the monkeys. Features an animal encounter, storybook reading, an arts and crafts project, and free-choice play stations. Located at Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens, 1590 Goodlette-Frank Road, Naples. Call 239-262-5409 or check napleszoo.org. 10:00 a.m. Junior Ranger Program. Come in for a fun learning experience and become a Junior Ranger. Discover and learn about plants, animals, and other secrets of the park. Meet in the picnic area. Ideal for children ages 6-12. Parental presence required. Located at Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd., Estero. Call 239-992-0311 or check www.floridastateparks.org for additional information. 11:00 a.m. Visit from Santa with Holiday Crafts. Come by and whisper to Santa what you want for Christmas then create some holiday crafts. All ages. Registration recommended. Located at South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-252-7542 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information. 3:00 p.m. Scandinavian Folded Fabric Ornaments. Join us to make a Scandinavian Folded Fabric Star ornament that you can hang on the tree or attach to a gift as an extra little surprise. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information. 4:00 p.m. Christmas Santa Stroll and 5K Glow Run. Run on paths lined with thousands of lights and dozens of lighted characters. Add to the excitement and fun by running or walking with glowing decorations. 100% chance of snow at the finish. Located at Sugden Regional Park, 4284 Avalon Dr., Naples. Call 239-793-4414. 6:00 p.m. Christmas Trunk or Treat. Wear something festive and bring your stocking to get filled with treats, toys and goodies. Crafts, games, face painting, food, and Christmas music. The best trunk wins $50. Located at Cornerstone UMC, 8200 Immokalee RD., Naples. Call 239-354-9160 or check www.cornerstonenaples.org. 6:00 p.m. Marco Island Christmas Parade Island Style. Parade begins at Balfour and San Marco Road, ends at San Marco and Barfield. Located at Marco Island Fire Department, 1280 San Marco Rd., City of Marco Island.

17 SUNDAY 5:00 p.m. Annual Christmas Walk & Tree Lighting on 5th Avenue South. Don’t miss this Naples’ tradition as choral groups, dance troupes, theater troupe, bands, and more come together to bring this annual extravaganza to the Avenue. Located at Fifth Avenue South, Naples. Call 239-692-8436 or check www.fifthavenuesouth.com.

18 MONDAY 4:00 p.m. Lego Club. Join the club and be ready to accept the monthly building challenge. Share ideas, be creative, make new friends and have fun. Bricks will be provided. Ages 5-11 years. Registration is not required. Located at East Naples Library, 8787 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples. Call 239-775-5592 or check collierlibrary.org. 4:00 p.m. Playful Interactions. All children will need to be accompanied by an adult caregiver so that 1:1 assistance is maintained. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check collierlibrary.org. 5:30 p.m. Here Comes Santa Claus. Santa Claus is coming to your library. Be sure to come by and whisper what you want for Christmas. Don’t forget your camera. All ages. Registration is not required. Located at Immokalee Branch Library, 417 N. 1st St., Immokalee. Call 239-657-2882 or check collierlibrary.org.

19 TUESDAY 5:45 p.m. Mercato Movies on the Lawn: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Food and outdoor bar provided by Naples Flatbread. Please leave coolers at home. Located at Mercato, 9128 Strada Pl., Naples. Call 239-594-9400 or check www.mercatoshops.com for additional information.

20 WEDNESDAY 10:00 a.m. Gingerbread House Workshop. Decorate a milk carton with candy and treats to make your own gingerbread house. Also at 4 p.m. Ages 3-12 years. Registration required. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check collierlibrary.org. 12:30 p.m. Holiday Makerspace. Enjoy some hands on STEAM activities including Legos, KEVA Planks, puzzles, crafts, and more. All ages. Registration is not required. Located at Vanderbilt Beach Library, 788 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., Naples. Call 239-597-8444 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information.

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2:00 p.m. Movie Days. It’s early release. Come to the library and join us for an afternoon movie show. Popcorn and water will be served. First come, first seated. All ages. Registration is not required. Located at Immokalee Branch Library, 417 N. 1st St., Immokalee. Call 239-657-2882 or check collierlibrary.org. 3:00 p.m. Early Release Day Blackout Poetry. Express yourself in a creative way. All ages welcome, best for elementary students and older. Registration is not required. Located at Naples Regional Library, 650 Central Ave., Naples. Call 239-262-6853 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information.

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21 THURSDAY 9:00 a.m. Winter Solstice BOGO. In celebration of Winter Solstice, Rookery Bay is offering buy one, get one free admission. Higher price prevails. Cannot be combined with other offers. Located at Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, 300 Tower Rd., Naples. Call 239-417-6310 or check rookerybay.org. 10:00 a.m. Holiday Crafts for Kids. Make wildlife crafts such as sea-themed ornaments and cabbage palm reindeer. Activities are geared to children ages 6 to 12. Free with Environmental Learning Center admission ($5 adults, $3 kids 6-12, free kids under 6). Located at Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, 300 Tower Rd., Naples. Call 239-417-6310 or check rookerybay.org. 3:00 p.m. Early Release Day Cookie Decorating. Join us for our annual holiday cookie decorating. Decorate and eat two cookies. All ages welcome, while supplies last. Registration is not required. Located at Naples Regional Library, 650 Central Ave., Naples. Call 239-262-6853 or check collierlibrary.org. 6:00 p.m. Children’s Christmas Party. Have children celebrate the holiday season with their peers. We will have food and enjoy fun games. It is optional to bring a unisex gift (no more than $5) to exchange with others. Located at Vineyards Community Park, 6231 Arbor Rd., Naples. Call 239-363-9669 or check colliergov.net. 7:00 p.m. PFLAG Support Group Meeting. The Naples chapter of PFLAG (Parents Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) meets on the 3rd Thursday of each month. Call 239-513-4568 for location.

26 TUESDAY 9:00 a.m. Holiday Fun Camps. Through Jan. 5. Art, cooking, and theater. Ages 4-18, $20 per camp. Morning care, supervised lunch, and after care available for $5 each per day. Located at Centers for the Arts of Bonita Springs, 10150 Bonita Beach Rd., Bonita Springs. Call 239-495-8989 or check artcenterbonita.org. 10:00 a.m. Holiday Crafts for Kids. Make wildlife crafts such as sea-themed ornaments and cabbage palm reindeer. Activities are geared to children ages 6 to 12. Free with Environmental Learning Center admission ($5 adults, $3 kids 6-12, free kids under 6). Located at Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, 300 Tower Rd., Naples. Call 239-417-6310 or check rookerybay.org for additional information. 5:00 p.m. Sensory Night at C’mon. C’mon provides Sensory Nights for children on the autism spectrum and or with other sensory integration disorders. Sensory Nights have limited participation in order to minimize crowds, and registration is required. Located at Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples, 15080 Livingston Road, Naples. Call 239-514-0084 or check www.cmon.org for additional information.

27 WEDNESDAY 6:00 p.m. Art After Hours. Enjoy free admission to The Baker Museum the last Wednesday of each month from 6-9 p.m. A local band offers musical entertainment and audiences of all ages are welcome to view the galleries and learn from our docents. Located at Artis-Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., Naples. Call 239-597-1111 or check artisnaples.org for additional information.

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31 SUNDAY 7:30 p.m. New Year’s Eve Fireworks. Find a spot anywhere along Naples Beach for the annual New Year’s Eve fireworks, blasting off from Naples Pier. Located at Naples Pier, 25 12th Ave., Naples. Call 239-213-3062 or check www.naplesgov.com. 8:00 p.m. Fort Myers New Year’s Eve Ball Drop Countdown and Fireworks. Come early and bring the family for the Junior Ball Drop at 9 p.m. at First and Hendry Streets with great giveaways for the kids. Vendors, great food, family fun will go through the evening and end with the Fireworks over the River and the ball drop. Located at Fort Myers River District, Fort Myers. Call 855-732-3836.

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TRAVEL

By Karen T. Bartlett

Destination: La Antigua Us: “Dear kids, this year we’re ditching the commercialism and giving useful gifts. You’re getting one nice educational present.” Them: “Great. Thanks (not).” Us: “It’s a Spanish lesson.” Them: “You’re the meanest parents in the world.” Us: “By the way, the class is in an ancient city in Guatemala, called La Antigua (which means “the ancient”). Your desk is outside by a castle wall. Tests? Only if you want them! Oh, and did we mention the field trips? There’s a chocolate plantation, Mayan ruins, a black sand beach and even a live volcano where we can ride horses to the top.” Them: “You’re the coolest parents on the planet.”

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ixteenth century conquistadors built the city as Spain’s Central American capital with opulent palaces, cathedrals, and walled estates, dwarfed by three cone-shaped volcanoes. El Arco, the stucco arch spanning the cobblestoned main street, provided nuns’ passage between the cathedral and their convent. When an earthquake destroyed the town two centuries later, the Spaniards rebuilt an exact replica 25 miles north. The abandoned city became La Antigua. After the nobles departed, homesteaders settled among the ruins. Quirky makeshift homes and tiny shops still sandwiched between crumbling walls are part of Antigua’s immense charm. Gnarled vines and twisted tree-trunks snake their way between the ancient stones. Flowers spill over the walls of secret gardens. Farmers milk their goats in grassy medians, selling warm milk in paper cups; musicians play in the plaza; women and children display their

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brilliant-hued blankets and baskets beneath El Arco. Imagine the perfect spring: blue skies, warm days, cool nights, and low humidity. That’s La Antigua, year-round. The town is packed with great restaurants, mostly modestly priced. Salsa dance lessons are fun and inexpensive. No English allowed Because Antigua is among the few places in the world where the Spanish is pure, uncorrupted by dialects and slang, the biggest industry is language tourism. Families, college kids, diplomats, military officers – even world leaders – stroll through town with their personal teachers, practicing total immersion by ordering from menus, mailing postcards, buying produce, and window shopping. The locals are patient and encouraging. College-age Sarah and I went together for different reasons: she to get certified as bilingual for career purposes; I for motherdaughter bonding and an amazing travel experience. She chose top-ranked PLFM (Proyecto Lingüístico Francisco Marroquín), the one that offers an optional U.S. Foreign Service style language proficiency exam. We chose a no-frills homestay with shared toilet facilities. I recommend a more comfy option, or Airbnb. Or, for sheer luxury: an adorable historic inn like El Convento (elconventoantigua.com) with private baths, stunning textiles, handcrafted furnishings, and thoughtful amenities. One week for a family of four (half-day classes, homestay with private bath and meals) is about $1,500. plfm-antigua.org. 800-552-2051. NEAPOLITANfamily • December 2017


SPECIAL NEEDS

By Patrice Shields

Sensory-Friendly Live Theater At The Naples Players

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ings, the house lights remain on during he Naples Players proudly the performance, sound is turned down, bills itself as a theater for movement during the performance is the community – working not restricted, and the performance is to create shared experiences that are capped at 50% capacity. In addition, impactful in and relevant to southwest audience members receive a guide to the Florida, that will generate community show that tells them when there might conversation and engagement, and be a sensory trigger so they can prepare that will enrich the lives of those they themselves in advance. This can make encounter. But shared experiences all the difference in opening the doors of are only helpful to those who can the theater to people with special needs. access them, so The Naples Players is We know that people with spenurturing and growing programs to cial needs are an important part of increase the access to the theater for the Naples community, and we want people with special needs. them, their families, and friends to feel This means not only making sure welcome at The Naples Players. These that people with special needs have sensory-friendly performances are inaccess to see fine theater, but also to spired by Bryce Alexander, the artistic create it themselves. From sensorydirector of The Naples Players. In his friendly screenings to real-world previous work in Colorado theater, he lessons presented through improv, helped grow a statewide initiative to The Naples Players is welcoming this increase the number of sensory-friendly often underserved population into its performances throughout the state. theater community. The program flourished, and he’s ready In the 2017-2018 season, The to bring those successes to Naples. “InNaples Players will provide sensory Left to right: Elizabeth Marcantonio, Jim Heffernan, and dividuals with special sensory needs are screenings for two of its most family- Isabella Antunes in Miracle on 34th Street. a large portion of our population,” he friendly performances: Miracle on said. “The important thing is that we’re providing the same quality 34th Street (Dec. 12), and The Music Man (Mar. 20). As sensoryart to these individuals without the overwhelming stimulus.”  friendly screenings become more common in local movie theaters Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students and educators and even on Broadway, we know it is beyond time to expand this for both sensory-friendly performances. To purchase tickets, call practice to our plays and musicals. The Naples Players is proud the box office at 239-263-7990. to participate in the national shift toward making it possible for individuals with special needs and their families to experience the same quality theater as everyone else. Do INDIVIDUAL INSTRUCTION FOR What are sensory-friendly screenings, and why are they important? For many people with special needs, sensory stimuli are STRUGGLING READERS overwhelming and sometimes painful. Tina J. Richardson, a woman • Certified Reading Specialist with autism, describes it well when she writes: “Some things just feel • 25 Years Experience • Methods: Orton-Gillingham so intense. I’m not overreacting. My sensory processing is unique to & Reading Recovery me.” This, coupled with the fact that many people with special needs • Children with Dyslexia, ADD and other challenges cannot sit still for long periods of time, makes it difficult for them to • Approved service provider attend traditional screenings full of loud noises and strobe lights, and for the Gardiner Scholarship • Downtown Naples Location where they are not allowed to move around or make noise. This can • All Ages make them and their families uncomfortable in public spaces, espe239-233-9400 cially in cultural performances, where any kind of disruption is often SAT and ACT Preparation Tutorial for met with judging stares. However, the slight changes introduced in Reading, Writing and Essay Sections sensory-friendly screenings can transform the theater into a place as info@ReadingRescueCenters.com • ReadingRescueCenters.com welcoming and comfortable as their own home. During these screen-

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December Picks L C IN EE OUNTY

The Importance of Developing Key Traits in Preschool By Seyla Cohen

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Over 3,500-square foot Christmas village chocked full of fun games, activities and crafts for the whole family. Comprised of both animated and live elves, nutcrackers, reindeer and more. 239-461-7800

Jingle Arrgh The Way

Broadway Palm Children’s Theatre, Fort Myers December 2 - 15

The How I Became a Pirate crew is back! A mysterious message brings Captain Braid Beard back to seek out young Jeremy Jacob’s help to solve a riddle and find the Christmas treasure. There’s even a trip to the North Pole to find their special friend in a red suit! 239-278-4422

Great Outdoor Adventure Day

Lovers Key State Park, 8700 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach Saturday, December 2•10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Food, music, touch tanks, children’s activities, as well as Ranger-led programs will highlight the fun-filled day 239-463-4588

Annual Holiday in the Park

Riverside Park in downtown Bonita Springs Tuesday, December 8•4:30 - 8 p.m.

Musical guests, snow slide and snowfall area for kids, family activities and the lighting of the city’s Christmas tree. 239-949-6262

The Harlem Globetrotters

Germain Arena, 11000 Everblades Pkwy, Estero Sunday, December 10 • 3 p.m. 239-948-7825

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ertain experts agree that trust, patience, responsibility, empathy, and self-reliance are the top 5 qualities needed to nurture a child. If developed successfully during the preschool years, these key traits help to raise happy, successful adults. Researchers are discovering that rather than concentrating on purely academic achievement, fostering attributes such as courage, resilience, and optimism in the minds of preschoolers lead to successful outcomes such as cultivating an attitude of positive thinking and appreciation of learning. This feeds confidence and self-esteem, so important to healthy development. Early education takes many forms. Certainly, we want to instill academic skills and present mindful challenges; however, the importance of concentrating on developing social skills should not be overlooked. Not only should they be emphasized, but they should be given paramount attention. If concepts are developed early, they become ingrained, providing individuals with tools to cope with difficulties that may occur along the way. Through social interaction and dramatic play, young students can be shown how to settle arguments, share and cooperate, develop empathy and self-control, be tolerant of others, be kind, problem solve, and become a team player. Children taught healthy means by which to cope gain confidence and independence. With these qualities instilled, they are more likely to become enthusiastic, self-assured, and trusting individuals, prone to a natural curiosity toward learning and genuine caring attitude toward others. By providing skilled, caring teachers who are trained in teaching essential life work skills, preschools today have the power to provide crucial means by which to cope during life’s difficulties. Let us not underestimate the importance that a preschool education can provide.

Seyla Cohen is the preschool director of Temple Shalom Preschool in Naples.

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CARS

By Keith Turner

Parent-Worthy Picks for the Best Family Cars of 2017

The automotive industry today features a festive buffet of models featuring an impressive array of choices to help keep up with a family’s transportation needs during a busy holiday calendar. With all these choices in make, shape, price, and color, how is a parent to sort out the perfect ride for their growing clan? Here’s a look back at The Family Car’s top picks for 2017 from Keith Turner, The Car Guy. If a new car isn’t in your budget right now, turn to page 43 to check out the coolest accessories on the market.

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Trucks Ford F-150. There’s a truck in just about every family’s driveway – or in the driveway of a good friend – because at some point every parent needs one. That’s why the Ford F-150 is the best-selling vehicle in the nation. Featuring lighter, aluminum construction and a new V-6 turbo engine, the F-150 satisfies several parenting priorities: safe, capable, and economical. (MSRP: $27,110. MPG: 19 city/26 highway). Nissan Titan Pro. The Nissan Titan Pro is an aptly named truck featuring four-wheel drive, high viewpoint, and near-cavernous passenger seat – this truck is a beast. Safety features include a bird’s-eye view of the surrounding area, lane changing alerts, and back-up sensors to help avoid fender benders. There’s even a pop-out step in the back corner to ease access to the truck bed. (MSRP: $43,290. MPG: 15 city/20 highway). SUVs Honda Pilot. A third-row capable of seating grown-ups comfortably is what makes the Honda Pilot the perfect SUV for families. Underfloor “cubby” storage areas help keep toys and valuables hidden from prying eyes. High-end extras include a panoramic moonroof, heated steering wheel, and heated second-row seats. (MSRP: $30,745. MPG: 20 city/27 highway). Jeep Cherokee. Just the dynamic headlight design of the new Jeep Cherokee is enough to favor this rugged and feature-packed SUV. Featuring legendary Jeep 4X4 capability, the Cherokee handles roads like a pro and is loaded with family-friendly safety and comfort features. (MSRP: $23,695. MPG: 21 city/30 highway).

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Crossovers Mazda CX-5. With a new, sporty, and stylish design, the Mazda CX-5 is more than just a pretty face. The mid-size crossover is loaded with parent-pleasing features, like a heated steering wheel, as well as heated front and second row seats, power liftgate, radar cruise control, and active windshield driving display. (MSRP: $22,890. MPG: 52 city/49 highway/50 combined). Ford Edge. Ford clearly is on the cutting “Edge” of safety and selfdriving technology with this crossover, which features high-tech systems for adaptive steering, cruise control for traffic jams, and active parking assist for parallel and perpendicular parking. Plus, you’ve got to love a model with color names such as Canyon Ridge, Blue Jeans, and Burgundy Velvet. (MSRP: $28,950. MPG: 21 city/29 highway). Minivans Chrysler Pacifica hybrid. This fantastic family hauler could easily top the hybrid list because it can run on electric-only power for up to 33 miles NEAPOLITANfamily • December 2017


per charge, easily enough to cover a parent’s carpool patrols. The Pacifica is packed with family-friendly features, such as a three-piece panoramic sunroof, and a powerful vacuum to keep cookie crumbs at bay. (MSRP: $28,995. MPG: 32 combined/ 84 mpg-e). Honda Odyssey. The 2018 edition of this popular maxi/minivan is loaded with family-friendly features that cater directly to a parent’s primary needs. The second-row seats slide together or apart to allow easy access to backseaters, or for separating the rowdy ones. There’s a special camera that keeps an eye on the kiddo, and an in-car public address system lets the driver talk to all passengers. (MSRP: $35,675. MPG: 16 city/25 highway/19 combined). Hybrid Kia Niro. There are many hybrids on the market to choose from, but this year’s launch of the Kia Niro Hybrid stands out for one reason: the big 50! The Niro crosses that magic threshold of averaging more than 50 miles per gallon combined in daily driving. It also doesn’t look like a hybrid and has plenty of power to back up that great mileage. (MSRP: $22,890. MPG: 52 city/49 highway/50 combined). Sedan Chrysler 300S. Chrysler’s flagship is the lone sedan among the vast desert of slowly evaporating models on the market for families. They are all great cars, but today’s active families tend to need more than four doors and a trunk. The 300S is stylish and safe, and offers a 360-degree view that keeps mistakes to a minimum. The V-8 HEMI has power and a fuel-saver mode. (MSRP: $35,675. MPG: 16 city/25 highway/19 combined).

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CARS

By Keith Turner

Bring New Life to Your Family Car With an Awesome Automotive Accessory

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hen it comes to holiday giftgiving for the family, there are thousands of aftermarket automotive options available that can easily – and quite cheaply – turn your tried and true family car into something that looks, feels, and functions like a brand-new vehicle. Here are some auto accessory gifts that are sure to impress your loved ones this holiday season. Katzkin Leather Interior. There’s no better way to love your drive than by giving it a brand-new leather interior. The folks at Katzkin Leather have streamlined the process of getting a new leather interior so efficiently that you can choose your color, order it, and have it delivered and installed in just 48 hours or less. You can even get heated and cooling seats. (Price: MSRP: $1,500-$2,000. Heated, cooling extra. www.katzkin.com) InCar Bite iPad Charger and Adapter. In-car charging of your iPad or tablet has never been easier thanks to the new InCar Bite plug-and-play system that brings your favorite device into the car with you. It’s perfect for the backseat brigade because each passenger has his own entertainment system fully charged for hours. (Price: $199. www.incarbite.com) JBL Trip. Drivers today are faced with

many concerns over safely using a smart phone in the car. The JBL Trip is designed to cover these concerns while keeping the

driver’s hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. The portable Bluetooth speaker attaches to your car’s sun visor with strong magnets and utilizes Harman’s voice cancellation technology to provide crystal clear hands-free phone calls, a way to stream music, and even navigation prompts. No installation required. (Price: $99.95. www. JBL.com) Solvit Pet Seat Covers. Everyone wants to bring the dog along for the ride

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and no one enjoys the trip more than Fido, but what about the mess that it can cause? Solvit’s Premium Bench, Hammock, and Bucket style seat covers look great and fit like a glove. (Price: $59.99-$114.99. www.solvit.com) Garmin nuviCam LMTHD. It’s not just a premium GPS system with the most up-to-date navigation features, but it also has a built-in dash camera and driver awareness alerts, plus free lifetime map updates and HD digital traffic. (Price: $399. www.garmin.com) AeroBox Rear Mount Truck Cargo Box. From Ecoological, there is now a secure cargo box that is accessible from the back of your truck bed. It’s great for hauling golf clubs, skis, hunting and fishing supplies, and even groceries in a secure weather-proof environment. It’s like a removable trunk for your truck. (Price: Up to $475.95. www.ecoological.com) The gift of a family-friendly automotive accessory will surely smooth out the road during holiday road trips. KEITH TURNER is a professional auto reviewer for families. He can be reached at carguy@hotmail.com; his websites: thefamilycar. com and greenfamilycar.com; or on YouTube at The Family Car channel.

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Lighting up Your Holiday LOCAL EVENTS WHERE THE LIGHTING DISPLAYS ARE THE STAR OF THE SHOW (AND WHERE TO FIND SANTA FOR PHOTOS)

LIGHTING DISPLAYS Night Lights in the Garden. Dec. 8-23; Dec. 26-30; and Jan. 1-4. Naples Botanical Gardens. Your family will enjoy live musical performances, family activities, and festive sweets and treats. Call 239-325-1354 or visit www.naplesgarden.org. 43rd Annual Christmas Walk and Tree Lighting Ceremony. Dec. 7, 5-8 p.m. Don’t miss this Naples’ tradition as choral groups, dance troupes, theater groups, bands, and more come together to bring this annual extravaganza to Fifth Avenue. Call 239-692-8436 or visit www.fifthavenuesouth.com. Community-wide Chanukah Celebration. Dec. 13, 5 p.m., Mercato. Free admission. Everyone is welcome. Menorah lighting, kids’ crafts, live music, face painting, Israeli folk dancing, children’s performance, food available for purchase, and more. Visit www. jewishnaples.org. Edison & Ford Holiday Nights. Through Dec. 31, 5:30-9 p.m. Closes at 2 p.m. on Dec. 24 and closed on Dec. 25. The historic buildings and gardens at Edison Ford are decorated with lights and holiday decorations, and live music is performed nightly. Enjoy holiday tradition tours, Santa visits (on select nights), evening river cruises, and food. Visit www.edisonfordwinterestates.org or call 239-334-7419. Festival of Lights/Tree Lighting/Picture with Santa. Dec. 1, 5-8 p.m. at the Promenade in Bonita Bay. Herald in the holidays with music, lights, dancing, and delicious treats. Bring a new unwrapped toy for Operation Santa for free pictures with Santa. Visit promenadeshops.com. Let’s Glow Chanukah. Dec. 14, 5 p.m. at Cambier Park. Free admission. The entire community is invited to enjoy a giant glowin-the-dark menorah; glow-themed rides, games, and crafts for all 44

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ages; neon glow shop; delicious Kosher food; grand fire juggling show; sparkling children’s performances. Call 239- 272-4474 or visit www.chabadnaples.com. Victoria Park. Located in North Naples off Airport Road (about one mile south of Immokalee), Victoria Park has some of the most over-the-top holiday lights displays in town. Many of the streets have matching decorations (arches, trees, candy canes) lighting the way. Victoria Park has a luminaria display on Christmas Eve that attracts thousands. Be prepared for a VERY slow drive and huge crowds. ON THE WATER Bonita Springs Holiday Boat Parade. Dec. 9, 5 p.m. The parade starts at The Bay Water Boat Club. Call 239-495-0455 or check www.bonitaboatparade.com. 28th Annual Fort Myers Beach Christmas Boat Parade. Dec. 2, 6-8 p.m. Last year we had over 30 boats participating and this year promises to be even more exciting. The parade will pass though Matanzas Harbor and the first two canals of Siesta Isles. Visit www. fmbboatparade.com. 28th Annual Marine Industries Christmas Boat Parade. Dec. 9, 6:15-8:30 p.m. on Naples Bay. The parade may be viewed from: Pincher’s Crab Shack, Riverwalk Restaurant, Naples City Dock, Naples Landing, Kelly’s Fish House, The Boat House Restaurant, and Bayview Park. 100% of the proceeds benefit Ricky King Foundation. Call 239-682-0900 or check www.miacc.org for details. Village on Venetian Bay Boat Parade. Dec. 12, 5-8 p.m. A twinkling procession of boats will make its way down Venetian Bay starting at 6:30 p.m. Enjoy live holiday entertainment, a snow show, face painting, balloon art, holiday carolers, stories with Mrs. Claus, and a special appearance by Santa Claus. Visit venetianvillage.com. NEAPOLITANfamily • December 2017


SANTA CLAUS Coastland Center Mall. Through Dec. 24. Make an online reservation to see Santa and spend less time in line. Reservations and photo purchases are not required to visit Santa. Pet photos with Santa will be held nightly through Dec. 11 in the JCPenney court from 5-8 p.m. For hours, call 239-262-2323 or visit www. coastlandcenter.com. Santa Wonderland 2017. Through Dec. 24. Bass Pro Shop, Gulf Coast Town Center. Free 4x6 picture with Santa. Free crafts and

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Left: Night Lights in the Garden. Photo courtesy of Naples Botanical Gardens. Above: The Village on Venetian Bay Boat Parade. Photo courtesy of Village on Venetian Bay. Right: Fifth Avenue’s Annual Christmas Walk.

children’s activities, including Lincoln Log building area, laser arcade, remote control trucks, foam toy area, and more. For hours, call 239-461-7800 or visit www.basspro.com or. Miromar Outlets. Through Dec. 23. Make an everlasting memory and receive a photo with Santa. Visit www.miromaroutlets.com or call 239-948-3766. Venetian Village. Dec. 14, 5-7 p.m. Bring your dogs to meet and take holiday photos with Santa. Meet the adorable, adoptable pets from the Humane Society of Naples. Drop off your receipts from Dec. 14-17 and The Village will donate 10% back to the Humane Society of Naples. Visit venetianvillage.com.

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