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DECEMBER 2013 TABLE OF CONTENTS

12 #stayinformed

Managing smart phones and social media for kids. by Nicole Flesvig Bruland

14 Cooking Up a Fun Evening at Sur La Table by Stacy Nicolau

16 Captiva Island for Christmas

A short drive from Naples but long on holiday fun!

48 Lighting Up Your Holiday

Use our handy guide to find the brightest, most spectacular lighting displays in the area.

50 5 … 4 … 3 … 2 … 1 … Departments

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Happy family-friendly New Year! by Michelle Shirk

52 Give Gifts Without Price Tags Give the gift of service to family and friends. by Gayla Grace

10 REEL LIFE WITH JANE

Family Movie Reviews

18 CITY CONNECTION

City of Naples Parks Department News and Events

21 COMMUNITY EVENTS 28 CENTERFOLD CALENDAR 30 DECEMBER EVENTS

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from the publisher… This Month: ‘Tis the Season

Last month we offered readers a look into 30 local non-profits with the hope that it would inspire you to give back to this amazing community we call home. We know you listened and opened both your wallets and your hearts to a diverse group of organizations. The feedback we received on Facebook and through email was overwhelming and we heard from many groups that our readers were generous with their time and money. Thank you so very much for taking the challenge and helping your neighbors in need. And, a special thank you to Assistant Publisher Stacy Nicolau for doing an exhaustive amount of research in pulling together a really valuable community resource. We’ll be leaving the list of organizations (along with links) on our website so you can access it any time throughout the year. To thank YOU for giving back in such a big way, we’re now giving TO you. We’ve brought back last year’s December contest and made it even bigger and better. This year’s prizes total almost $5,000! You’ll have 31 chances to win every prize--just go to our website at neafamily.com, click on the contests link and follow the instructions. You may enter once per day/per prize. We’ll draw random winners on January 1. What better way to start 2014 than with an amazing prize from one of our generous sponsors? The December pages of Neapolitan Family are filled with fun holiday ideas along with hundreds of festive events for your family. There is also a very important article among the fun, holiday ideas: Nicole Bruland’s article on managing smart phones and social media for your preteen and teens. Lots of Naples kids will be getting a special iPhone or smart phone for Christmas– please take some time to read about the apps that they will be able to access. Technology is an amazing thing but in the hands of an impressionable child, it can be very dangerous. The entire staff of Neapolitan Family wishes you a very Merry Christmas and a healthy and prosperous New Year!

Andrea Breznay/Publisher NOTE: We would like to extend a huge thank you to Maddie and Theo Dahl for graciously allowing our cameras into their amazing home for our December cover shoot. I’m not sure who had more fun at the shoot–our cover model or Peggy and me!

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Updated Calendar We update the calendar frequently adding new events that come in after the print publication deadlines. Check often to see what is going on in Naples and surrounding areas. There is NOT a better calendar of events available locally.

This month’s web-only articles: • 2013 TV Holiday Shows and Specials. ‘Tis the season . . . for TV movies with a holiday theme! Check our list and then set your DVR for the best holiday viewing. • 10 Beautiful Christmas Ornaments to Make With the Kids. Our projects run from easy to a little more complicated but they’re all elegant, cute and perfect for your tree. • Creative Holiday Gift Wrapping Ideas. Five creative wrapping suggestions to make your holiday gifts even more fun to give and receive!

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REEL LIFE WITH JANE

By Jane Louise Boursaw

Movie & DVD Reviews for you and your family

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ecember brings hobbits, dinosaurs, and the story behind Disney’s classic “Mary Poppins.” Here’s a sneak peek at what’s new in theaters and on DVD and blu-ray this month.

THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG Not yet rated; likely PG-13. In theaters 12/13. Ok for kids 12+. Reel Preview: 4.5 of 5 Reels. Yay! Another ‘Hobbit” movie! After successfully crossing over (and under) the Misty Mountains, Thorin and Company must seek aid from a powerful stranger before taking on the dangers of Mirkwood Forest - without their Wizard. If they reach the human settlement of Lake-town, it will be time for the hobbit Bilbo Baggins to fulfill his contract with the dwarves. The party must complete the journey to Lonely Mountain, and burglar Baggins must find the Secret Door that will give them access to the hoard of the dragon Smaug. But where has Gandalf got off to? And what is his secret business to the south? Find out in this second installment of “The Hobbit.” SAVING MR. BANKS Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, including some unsettling images. In theaters 12/20. Ok for kids 12+. Reel Preview: 4.5 of 5 Reels. Ever wonder about the story behind Disney’s classic family movie, “Mary Poppins”? Now we’ll know. When Walt Disney’s daughters begged him to make a movie of their favorite book by P.L. Travers, he made them a promise - one that he didn’t realize would take 20 years to keep. In his quest to obtain the rights, Walt (Tom Hanks) comes up against a curmudgeonly, uncompromising writer (Emma Thompson) who has absolutely no intention of letting her beloved magical nanny get mauled by the Hol-

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lywood machine (good for her!). But, as the books stop selling and money grows short, Travers reluctantly travels to Los Angeles to hear Disney’s plans for the adaptation.

Madea dishes her own brand of Christmas Spirit to all. Tyler Perry directs, produces, wrote the script, and yes, stars in this year’s “Madea” movie. Sure, these movies are predictable, but the message is always good. THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY

WALKING WITH DINOSAURS 3D Not yet rated; likely PG. In theaters 12/20. Ok for kids 7+. Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels. The BBC television series strides its way to the big screen with this live-action/CG-animated feature film following a courageous young dinosaur on an incredible adventure through the prehistoric world. See and feel what it was like when dinosaurs ruled the Earth with this ultimate immersive experience, utilizing state of the art 3D that puts you right in the middle of an epic prehistoric world. Awesome. TYLER PERRY’S A MADEA CHRISTMAS Rated PG-13 for sexual references, crude humor and language. In theaters 12/13. Ok for kids 13+. Reel Preview: 3.5 of 5 Reels. Madea gets coaxed into helping a friend pay her daughter a surprise visit in the country for Christmas, but the biggest surprise is what they’ll find when they arrive. As the small town prepares for its annual Christmas Jubilee, new secrets are revealed and old relationships are tested while

Not yet rated; likely PG-13. In theaters 12/25. Ok for kids 12+. Reel Preview: 5 of 5 Reels. In this comedic adaptation of James Thurber’s short story, Ben Stiller stars as Walter Mitty a milquetoast proofreader for a publishing firm. Walter is incapable of standing up for himself, so he retreats into his fantasy world, where he’s heroic, poised, self-assured, and the master of his fate. Stiller directs from a script by Steven Conrad, with Kristen Wiig, Patton Oswalt, and Shirley MacLaine rounding out the starring cast. NEW ON DVD | BLU-RAY: DESPICABLE ME 2 PG for rude humor and mild action. On DVD/Blu-ray 12/03. Ok for kids 6+. Reel Review: 5 of 5 Reels. Gru, his adorable girls, and the mischievous Minions are back with a cast of unforgettable new characters in the blockbuster sequel to the worldwide phenomenon. Just as Gru has given up being super-bad to be a super-dad, the Anti-Villain League recruits him to track down a new criminal mastermind and save the world. Partnered with secret agent Lucy Wilde, Gru, along with the wildly unpredictable Minions, NEAPOLITANfamily • December 2013

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must figure out how to keep his cover while also keeping up with his duties as a father. My favorite family movie of 2013, “Despicable Me 2” stars Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig. Includes a ton of bonus features, including three new mini-movies starring the Minions. TRANSFORMERS PRIME: BEAST HUNTERS Not rated. On DVD/Blu-ray 12/03. Ok for kids 9+. Reel Review: 4 of 5 Reels. The Autobots and their human comrades have been separated, following the destruction of their headquarters, and Optimus Prime badly injured. Unfortunately, this is just the beginning of their troubles, as the powerful Decepticon Shockwave has come to Earth with his newest weapon - a clone of one of Cybertron’s most ancient and fearsome beasts known as Predaking. Now it’s up to the Autobots and their allies to protect the world from evil one last time. The epic conclusion to the acclaimed series “Transformers Prime: Beast Hunters,” released by Shout! Factory.

THOMAS & FRIENDS: THE THOMAS WAY Not rated. On DVD 12/03. Ok for kids 3+. Reel Review: 4 of 5 Reels. Join “Thomas & Friends” for five all-new, exciting adventures. When Harold breaks down, Thomas and Duck are asked to take him for repairs, but Thomas has something more fun in mind which only leads to trouble. Luke and Millie switch jobs for a day and quickly learn how much they truly like their own work. Percy is having a bad day and feeling very unlucky, but when a friend gives him a lucky charm, he thinks things might turn around. Caitlin is so excited to spend the night on

Sodor that she doesn’t let the other engines get any rest - so they find jobs to keep her busy through the night. When playful Paxton convinces Thomas to be silly and drive over some bumpy tracks, he doesn’t realize his actions will make Thomas `lose his puff,’ and he scrambles across the island in an attempt to help his friend. “Thomas & Friends” are reliably safe and innocent for little ones. JANE’S REEL RATING SYSTEM One Reel – Even the Force can’t save it. Two Reels – Coulda been a contender Three Reels – Something to talk about. Four Reels – You want the truth? Great flick! Five Reels – Wow! The stuff dreams are made of. JANE BOURSAW is founder and editorin-chief of Reel Life With Jane, a family entertainment site specializing in movies, TV and celebrities. Visit her at http://www.reellifewithjane.com or email jboursaw@charter.net.

MARY POPPINS 50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION Rated G. On DVD/blu-ray 12/10. Ok for kids 6+. Reel Review: 5 of 5 Reels. Released from the Disney Vault in celebration of its 50th Anniversary, this beloved classic shines like never before on DVD and blu-ray with an all-new digital restoration. Winner of five Academy Awards, including Best Actress (Julie Andrews), Best Song (“Chim Chim Cher-ee”) and Best Visual Effects, “Mary Poppins” continues to stand the test of time. You know the story: Mary Poppins flies out of the windy London skies and into the home of two mischievous children. With the help of a carefree chimney sweep named Bert (Dick Van Dyke), the spirited nanny turns every chore into a game and every day into a “Jolly Holiday.”

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PARENTING

By Nicole Flesvig Bruland

#stayinformed Managing Smart Phones & Social Media for Kids

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oliday season is here and this means that your kids probably already have made requests for technological gifts such as smart phones, tablets, personal computers, game consoles and other popular devices. As parents, we know that access to technology opens the doors to learning games, and social media, letting kids expand their horizons as never before. Although there are many positive benefits to be had by providing our children with technological tools, greater access to the world can also come with headaches, even danger, if parents and kids aren’t vigilant in monitoring and keeping use at an age-appropriate level. According to Nielsen’s Social Media Report 2012, Americans are spending more than 30 percent of their online time using social media via web sites and mobile applications, otherwise known as “apps”. It wasn’t too long ago that ‘tweens and teens latched on to Facebook and Twitter to stay in touch with the social scene. Though both remain popular, research shows that because their world is all about staying in touch in a manner that provides instant gratification today’s kids are gravitating to social apps designed to connect more quickly than ever. Many of these apps, such as Instagram and Vine, provide opportunities for users to connect simply by posting a photo or video. For example, with Vine, a Twitter creation, users can post six-second videos to communicate with their friends and other users. Social media apps aren’t the only ways kids communicate with each other and the outside world. Most video games, whether played on consoles such as Xbox and Wii or as smart phone and tablet apps, allow social communication with other users. In fact, with interactive multi-player sites targeting younger children, such as Club Penguin, kids are exposed to portable gadgets and social media as early as age five or six. As

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smart phones and tablets become more advanced, there also are builtin features for communication via text, photo, and video chat (Skype, Facetime, etc.). It all seems difficult to control. Are you feeling a little nervous yet? I know I am. Greater Access Equals Greater Risk Just as we teach our children about “stranger danger” and how to stay safe in the real world, it’s as important, perhaps more so, to teach them how to stay safe in the virtual world. This includes not only protecting them from strangers, but sometimes protecting them from each other. You see, social media allows users to be themselves and interact with one another, but it also gives users a platform through which to create a sense of self outside of that which we show in the real world. When this happens, quiet people become outspoken, the timid become brave and nice people may even transform into bullies. Social media also has the potential to provide greater access to those strangers we all fear, turning innocent kids into potential victims. Turn on the news, or consult your favorite news app and there is sure to be a story about an assault, kidnapping, suicide or other crime which originated with social media. In many cases, these stories involve ‘tweens and teens, so it is as essential as ever to guide our children in making good choices and, when necessary, be able to make choices for them. NEAPOLITANfamily • December 2013

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How to Manage Technology and Reduce Risk Whether you have already provided your child with mobile technology of some sort, or you are thinking about it, there are ways you can keep content and contact age appropriate. The most important thing that parents can do is to be technologically literate to maintain control of household use and safety. Here are some tips: • Set rules governing the use of technology in your family. • Talk with your child about expectations, privacy and appropriate use. • Decide which applications you’d like your child to use. • Maintain access to all devices and check texts, calls and apps regularly. • Require devices to be kept in a central area when not in use, such as at bed time. • Take advantage of restriction-setting features on all devices, available on the device as well as through your service provider. • Take advantage of built-in features and apps tracking use and location. • Use the parental controls available within apps. They allow you to determine the type of content your child can access. • Keep application store passwords to yourself. When your child wants a new app, even a free one, you’ll be the one to provide permission and to download it. This also prevents “in app purchases” which can be costly.

Resources for Parents, Caregivers and Teachers • Common Sense Media (commonsensemedia.org) • NetSmartz by National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (netsmartz.org/parents) • Stay Safe Online by National Cyber Security Alliance (staysafeonline.org) • Kid Zone by Collier County Sheriff’s Office (colliersheriff. org)

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The top trending preteen and teen SOCIAL MEDIA sites & apps 4CHAN: 4chan is a simple image-based bulletin board where anyone can post comments and share images. There are boards dedicated to a variety of topics. Users do not need to register an account before participating in the community. Beware, there are quite a few “adult-oriented” boards including boards where you can view hardcore pornography. ASK.FM: Ask.fm is a question asking and answering service that gives teens the opportunity to ask and answer controversial questions totally anonymously. The answers can be either in text or video format and users can also browse other people’s profiles with the option of submitting questions directly to them. You only have to skim through the site to see that sexualized, abusive and bullying content can be--and is-being posted unchecked. GOOGLEPLUS: Google+ is a social networking site that adds to all of Google’s other services, including Web search, Gmail, and YouTube. Google+ brings popular social-media features like comments, photo and music sharing, video chat, etc. to your child’s social circles. Teens are moving to Google+ from Facebook as their parents become more active on FB. INSTAGRAM: Instagram is a photo sharing site that probably is the most popular tween and teen app right now. This generation of kids loves taking photos and smart phones make it easy. You create a profile and then post your filter-enhanced photos. Depending on how the account is set up, photos are out there for everyone to see including people who aren’t followers. The geotags also allow others to see where the photo was taken. KIK: Teens are also “kiking” each other, or sending texts, via the Kik Messenger text-messaging service that welcomes group texts and isn’t tied to a phone number but a user name. The text messages don’t live on the phone but inside the app. OOVOO: Oovoo is a free video, voice and messaging app. Users can have group chats with up to six people for free (and up to 12 for a premium fee). Teens mostly use Oovoo to hang out with friends. The plus of Oovoo is that kids can only chat with those in their approved list. PHEED: Pheed, a hybrid of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube, swiftly has become the No. 1 free social app in the App Store. There is a fee for others to access your content. It remains

to be seen whether musicians and artists will flock to the site in the same way as teens seem to be doing. Currently, posts are public by default and therefore searchable online. REDDIT: Reddit is a community bulletin board that allows subscribers to post original content or links within areas of interest. Stories move up or down based on votes. The site is heavy with suggestive and offensive content. SNAPCHAT: Snapchat is a mobile app that is used to send digital photos that self-destruct in minutes. The thing is, teens can do a screen grab and the photo is saved forever (or long enough to really damage a teen’s reputation.) TUMBLR: Tumblr is a cross between a blog and Twitter–a streaming scrapbook of text, photos and/or videos and audio clips. Users create and follow short blogs, or “tumblelogs,” that can be seen by anyone online (if made public). Pornography and sexual suggestive content is accessible easily. TWITTER: Twitter is a micro blogging site that allows users to post brief, 140-character messages–called “tweets”–and follow other users’ activities. One of the biggest drawbacks is that tweets are instantaneous and while they can be deleted, it’s easy enough to do a screen grab of a Tweet. VINE: Teens usually use Vine to create and share silly videos of themselves and/or their friends and family. The videos you post, the accounts you follow and the comments you make on videos are all public by default. But you can adjust your settings to protect your posts; only followers will see them, and you have to approve new followers. There are a lot of creative videos on Vine but much of it isn’t appropriate for preteens and teens. WANELO: On Wanelo, teens keep up with the latest styles by browsing the “trending” feed, which presents the items that are most popular across the site. They can use the “My feed” function to display their choices from the brands they follow. Wanelo is relatively harmless with the exception of encouraging consumerism and too much attention to brand names. WHATSAPP: WhatsApp Messenger is a crossplatform mobile messaging app that allows you to exchange messages without having to pay for SMS. Whatsapp has become extremely popular with teens. neafamily.com

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nterest in food and cooking is at an all-time high, thanks to the multitude of cooking shows and competitions on television. But you can learn only so much from a celebrity chef on a flat screen. To get a hands-on experience, head on over to Sur La Table in Mercato. You can even take your kids! French for “on the table,” Sur La Table is devoted to all things culinary, including a full calendar of cooking classes. The Sur La Table national brand boasts one of the largest non-vocational cooking programs in the country, teaching more than 100,000 cooking enthusiasts yearly. Classes scheduled for December include Gluten-free Baking, Girl’s Night Out: Fast, French and Fabulous, Family Fun: Bake & Decorate Holiday Cookies, and a two-day Kid’s Cooking Camp during winter break. You can even create your own class or private party. During a recent Date Night: Tuscany for Two cooking class at Sur La Table, Chef Brent Moore (who trained in Colorado and New York and most recently was the Executive Chef at K.C. American Bistro in Naples) told the class that we’ve been handling broccoli rabe all wrong. Most of us were blanching the vegetable, which, Chef Brent explains, removes the bitterness that gives broccoli rabe its unique flavor. He also shows us how to cut it perfectly using the right chef’s knife, in order to sauté the green vegetable to perfection. Recent French Culinary Institute graduate Deniece Villa began her Sur La Tab career on the day of this class by teaching us how to juice a pomegranate for the vinaigrette on the salad we were preparing. Chef Brent and his able assistants impart their wisdom throughout the 2½ hour class while students chop, whisk, stir, sauté and sip their own wine. The class kitchen is enormous and accommodating for the nine couples participating in this class. Understandably, the atmosphere becomes lively as the wine flows and the aromas we are cooking up start

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filling the room. Everyone is having fun cooking, sharing stories and sampling each other’s work of balsamic-braised pork tenderloin and buttermilk panna cotta with plum compote. Throughout the class the assistants work like kitchen elves, taking away our dirty bowls and handing us fresh utensils as needed. Neapolitan mom Jennifer Hynes says that assisting in the cooking classes is perfect job for her in this stage of life after a career in hospitality. The classroom window attracts numerous Mercato pedestrian spectators, noses pressed to the glass as though they are trying to get the slightest whiff of what is going on. The class ends with the anticipated and delicious meal that we have all prepared. In no time at all, the kitchen is returned to showroom status by the kitchen elves. This, I have decided, is the perfect way to cook: all of the fun with none of the cleanup.

Bring the kids The classes at Sur La Table aren’t just for grown-ups. The Family Fun: Bake & Decorate Holiday Cookies class provides the opportunity for you to learn alongside your children, while the two-day Kid’s Cooking Camp during winter break gives your kids a chance to “experience a world of hands-on culinary exploration with their peers and an experienced Sur La Table chef instructor,” according to the Sur La Table website. Chef’s assistant Karen Gilley, who teaches kindergarten at Naples Park Elementary, enjoys working at the kids’ cooking classes because the chefs are “so good with the kids and they always love learning to cook, especially pizza.” For the family baking class, children must be at least 5 years old, while children ages 8-12 may participate in the holiday cooking camp. But it’s never too early to introduce your children to cooking: Chef Brent takes his cooking skills to his home kitchen to teach his two year-old Brentley how to make the perfect scrambled eggs.

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Clint was a happy kid with a loving family and dreams of being a firefighter. But mixing with the wrong crowd led him down a destructive path that escalated to a devastating addiction to opioids and cocaine. After a drug arrest, his life began to unravel. The ensuing financial burden and mental, physical and emotional pain of nearly losing their son tore his family apart. When he was admitted to DLC for detox and Crossroads residential treatment, he was a 28-year-old broken man with a bleak outlook on life, but he was committed to his recovery. Clint took advantage of the tools he was given, actively engaged in group and leaned on the expert staff for guidance. He stays sober by attending 12-step meetings and staying honest and humble. f o r M e n t a l We l l n e s s

His Mind is Our Concern. Mental health is a community issue. Fortunately, there’s a community solution. Clint is among one in four in Collier County who suffer from a mental illness. One in nine of us will experience some form of substance abuse. When a family member, friend or coworker battles a mental health or substance abuse problem, we suffer with them. Thankfully, David Lawrence Center is here for our community.

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A not-for-profit organization founded and still governed by community leaders, the David Lawrence Center is the behavioral health component of our community’s healthcare network. A true local resource, it relies on donations, fees and grants to invest in the health, safety and wellbeing of our community. When you or someone you love needs help, call on the highly compassionate, committed and competent professionals of the David Lawrence Center to inspire you to move beyond the crisis towards life-changing wellness.

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ONE TANK TRIPS FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Captiva Island A Short Drive From Naples But Long on Holiday Fun!

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aptiva Island is just a short 1-1/2 hour drive from Naples–just perfect for a fun-filled day trip. During the holiday season, you’ll find the island decorated, lit up and welcoming of visitors. This year there are even more events planned as well as a new event: The South Seas Holiday Stroll. South Seas Island Resort will open its gates to the public this holiday season, and it’s all for a worthy cause. During two weekends, South Seas Island Resort will host the South Seas Holiday Stroll where attendees can access the resort grounds and marina that will be aglow with lights, entertainment, arts and crafts, and visits with Santa. From Dec. 12 to 15 and 19 to 22, South Seas will admit anyone who has purchased a $20 Captiva Village Coupon Book. Each book includes $500 worth of coupons from island businesses. It also include a ride on the Jolly Trolley which will run from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. to transport visitors from South Seas’ South Village to North Pointe, where they will exit near the Marina, where all the events, activities and entertainment will take place.

“This is such a fabulous opportunity for all ages to enjoy the perfect island holiday setting while raising much needed funds to help our local children,” said Dorothy Fitzgerald, a Sanibel Island resident and member of the Captiva Island Yacht Club who is chairing the Holiday Stroll. “There’s something for everyone to enjoy, from live entertainment to arts and crafts, games, S’mores and of course jolly old St. Nick. This holiday stroll is sure to become a new holiday tradition for families.” All proceeds will benefit the Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, a new 128-bed pediatric medical facility being built on the grounds of HealthPark Medical Center in South Fort Myers. The Fourth Annual Captiva Holiday Village presents special themed weekends –fun filled extravaganzas of sight and sound, set against the backdrop of the Gulf of Mexico and evening sunsets. During the event weekends, visitors can enjoy everything from decorated golf cart and lighted boat parades to Junkanoo dancers, live music and even a Marching Mullet Parade.

A production crew from the Travel Channel filmed last year’s annual Captiva Holiday Village Golf Cart Parade as part of a proposed show called ‘Xtreme Xmas’ based on unique Christmas events across the United States. “We were looking to showcase the best of the best across America but wanted to get away from the typical stories like the Radio City Rockettes or the lighting of the Rockefeller Center tree in New York City,” said Travel Channel Creative Producer Nicole Dunn. The show, which also featured a festival in Jennings, Louisiana, a parade in New Mexico and Trappist monks in Missouri making fruitcakes for the holidays, is expected to air seven to 10 times between this year’s Thanksgiving and Christmas. Each year, Captiva locals try to outdo their neighbor by extravagantly decorating their personal or rented golf carts in lights, garland, hats and even plastic flamingos. Fun, festive and sometimes gaudy outfits go along with the tradition.

To learn more about Captiva Holiday Village or to buy your Captiva Holiday Village Coupon Book, visit www.CaptivaHolidayVillage.com.

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December 5 • Dolphins of Pine Island Sound lecture presented by Scientist Kim Bassos Hull at 7.30 p.m. in the at ‘Tween Waters

Captiva Holiday Events

December 6 • Sunset Arias at ‘Tween Waters Inn • Sanibel Luminary December 7 • Royal Shell’s Decorated Golf Cart Parade • Golf Cart Awards & Party • Captiva Luminary December 12 • Ancient Mariners lecture by Archeologist Theresa Schober at 7:30 p.m. in the Wakefield Room at ‘Tween Waters • South Seas Holiday Stroll December13 • Mullet March at Jensen’s Twin Palms at 5 p.m. • Captiva Memories and Holiday Captiva Island Historical Society film at Jensen’s Twin Palms • South Seas Holiday Stroll

Captiva’s Annual Junkanoo Parade December 14 • Seafood and Fishing Festival at Jensen’s Twin Palms all day • American Realty of Captiva Junkanoo Parade • The Sanibel Captiva Trust Company Lighted Boat Parade • Post Boat Parade Party • Holiday Hayride through the Village to South Seas Island Resort.

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South Seas Holiday Stroll

December15 • Carol Sing at Chapel By the Sea followed by refreshments at the Captiva Community Center • South Seas Holiday Stroll December 19 to 22 • South Seas Holiday Stroll

Naples Botanical Garden’s holiday tradition is back with even MORE lights! Experience the Garden like never before with 15 evenings of Night Lights in the Garden! This multi-night event includes new activities, themed nights, live musical performances, and one very special guest sure to make even the adults smile!

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Supporting Sponsor: Florida Power & Light

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Garden Members $7 / $3 Member Child Non-Members $15 / $5 Non-Member Child Members enjoy three Member Nights; must present Member card (December 18, 19, 2013 and January 5, 2014). Member pricing applies to all other nights.

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CITY CONNECTION PARKS DEPT. By Laura Tichy-Smith

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he City of Naples Community Services Department has scheduled events to help your family make special holiday memories you’ll be talking about years from now. Free Holiday Open House at Naples Preserve and Eco-Center Your family will get into the holiday mood at the annual “Preserving the Holiday Spirit” Open House with live music (different each evening, includes steel drummers and Irish music), seasonal refreshments, naturally decorated holiday trees, story time and guided night tour of the boardwalk at this extraordinary nature preserve in the heart of the city. Friday, December 13 through Sunday, December 15 from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. For more information, call (239) 261-4290.

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(The Naples Preserve, 1690 Tamiami Trail N., Naples, at the corner of U.S. 41 & Fleischmann Blvd.) Free Outdoor Family Movie Night Curl up with your kids on a blanket as you watch “Arthur Christmas” on a two-story inflatable movie screen at the Cambier Park Bandshell. Saturday, December 21 at 7 p.m. Call (239) 213-3058 for more information. (755 Eighth Avenue South, Naples) Free Christmas Parade Kick off your family’s celebration at this parade where a certain jolly old elf is almost certain to make an early appearance. The fun begins at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, December 10, at the corner of Broad Avenue South and 3rd Street South, just north of the Naples

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Pier. The parade route proceeds north on 3rd Street to swank 5th Avenue South, then after traveling east on 5th Avenue, the route turns south at the corner of 8th Street South to end in front of Cambier Park around 8 p.m. For more information, call (239) 213-7120. Free 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 December 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. The “Eve of the Eve of New Years Eve” Nature Sleepover (Ages 7-12) Your child will delight to find out what goes on at the Naples Preserve when the sun goes down. Join the staff for a unique sleep over with surprises all night long. Limited enrollment, so be sure to book early. Sleepover runs Saturday, December 28 from 7 p.m.

(Saturday) -- 9 a.m. (Sunday) $25 per child. For more information, call (239) 261-4290. (The Naples Preserve, 1690 Tamiami Trail N., Naples, at the corner of U.S. 41 & Fleischmann Blvd.) Magic for Fun! (Ages 7 to 10) Make school vacation a blast for your children with this exciting camp where they will learn to amaze and astonish their friends with surprises like making things disappear. Magic camp runs Dec. 30 and 31, 2013 and Jan. 2 and 3, 2014, from 10 a.m. -- 1 p.m. Cost is $99. To register, call (239) 213-3020. (1600 Fleischmann Ave., Naples) Winter Break Holiday Camp for Grades K thru 6th Need childcare when school is closed but you have to work? Both Fleischmann and River Parks have you covered. They have planned fun activities for your child’s day off from school, including crafts, games and sports. Holiday Camp runs 7:30 a.m. -- 5:30 p.m. You must register no later than no later than one week prior to the event. Camp runs December 26, 27, 28, 31, 2013, and January 2, 3, 4, 2014. $25 per day. To register, call Fleischmann Park (239) 213-3020 or River

Park (239) 213-3037. High and Beyond Climbing Camp (Ages 5 and up) Have kids who loves climbing? This is the vacation camp for them. The camp teaches different strategies to different levels of climbers, but helps all with self-confidence. Climbing camp runs Dec. 30 and 31, 2013 and Jan. 2 and 3, 2014, from 9 a.m. -- 12 p.m. Cost is $99. To register, call (239) 213-3020. (1600 Fleischmann Ave., Naples) Lacrosse Camp for Girls Help your girls break into a new sport this winter break. Lacrosse camp runs Dec. 30 and 31, 2013 and Jan. 2 and 3, 2014, from 9 a.m. -- 12 p.m. Cost is $99. To register, call (239) 213-3020. (1600 Fleischmann Ave., Naples) Winter Holiday Lil’ Putters Golf Camp (Age 5 to 9) Your kids can become a chip off the old putt when they learn the basics of golf. December 27 through 30 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Instructor: Mike Smuniewski, PGA Professional. Cost is $75. Register in advance by emailing Mike at mikeski65@yahoo.com. (1600 Fleischmann Ave., Naples)

Be the Best Parent Possible! Being a parent can be very rewarding... and very challenging.

• The Children’s Hospital and The Children’s Advocacy Center of Collier County invite you to a free eight-week course on how to be the best parent possible! • Classes meet once a week for two hours, 30 minutes • Day and evening classes available • Locations in Naples and Immokalee • Free child care

Free Parenting Classes

Whether you’re the parent of an infant, toddler, preschooler or an older child... • Learn how to establish nurturing routines for meal times, bath times, bedtimes, chores and homework • Learn effective communication skills • Manage your child’s behavior without spanking or yelling • Reduce sibling rivalry • Enjoy your family and have fun together!

To register, call: 239-263-8383, ext. 35 The free parenting classes are made possible through the generosity of the Naples Children and Education Foundation. Partners in Parenting Building safe and happy families... together

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More Holiday Fun in SW Florida Arts Gift Shop

Holiday in the Park

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he Alliance for the Arts gift shop will once again expand into the Main Gallery on Saturday, December 14 from 10 a.m -2 p.m. when artists display and sell their hand-crafted items. This is your best chance to find truly unique gifts for your friends and relatives while supporting local artists at the same time. Alliance members receive a 10% discount off their total purchase. Located in the Alliance for the Arts lobby, the gift shop supports local, independent artists and is continuously restocked with new items including jewelry, hand bags, pottery, paintings, fabric art, repurposed art, handmade books, photography, and more. The Alliance campus and galleries are open to the public from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m Monday through Friday and from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturdays, located at 10091 McGregor Boulevard just south of Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers. Visit www.artinlee. org for additional details.

he City of Bonita Springs will kick off the holiday season with a blizzard in the park, the annual tree lighting, live entertainment from local school bands, a snow slide and the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus at the 13th annual Holiday in the Park celebration on December 3 from 4:30 - 8:30 p.m. The City of Bonita Springs will be hosting a toy drive for the community to donate unwrapped toys for boys and girls up to 12 years of age. In addition to the snow slide, there will be a snow pile and train rides for kids, free cookies and cider, and other activities. Horse and carriage rides are free. Vendors will be on hand to serve refreshments.

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ome and share the joy of the Christmas season at North Naples United Methodist Church. This event is completely free and open to the public, on December 6 & 7 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. You will begin with a candlelit walk through the story of Jesus’ birth. Then, you can register for the Bethlehem census, and visit a busy Bethlehem marketplace. There will be a variety of hymns and music, with guitarists, harpists, children’s choir, and performances by Lydia’s Song. Finish your evening back in modern times with cookies, cocoa and playing in the snow. North Naples United Methodist Church is located at 6000 Goodlette Road N. in Naples. Information on the event can be found at www.northnaplesumc.com or by calling (239) 593-7600.

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December 7 • 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Golden Gate Community Park

Join us for fun in the snow

Great Outdoor Adventure Day

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ark your calendars because Lovers Key State Park will host the Annual Great Outdoor Adventure Day on Saturday, December 7th, 2013, located at the Kayak Launch/ Picnic Area of the park. Food, music, touch tanks, children’s activities, as well as Ranger-led programs will highlight the fun-filled day geared towards encouraging participants to recreate responsibly while enjoying the park’s unique habitats and wide variety of wildlife. Rangers and volunteers will offer opportunities to see the park through programs such as guided kayak tours, walking nature tours, bike tours (bike and helmets provided), geo-caching, fishing clinics, and more. Exhibitors will include local environmental organizations, as well as outdoor equipment and healthy lifestyle vendors. Great door prizes will be given away throughout the event. This community-based event is free with regular park entrance of $8 per vehicle of up to eight people, $4 for a single occupant and $2 per pedestrian or bicyclist. Guided Kayak tours will be $10 /per person (kayak rental included) to benefit The Friends of Lovers Key, Inc. For additional information contact (239) 463-4588 or visit The Friends of Lovers Key, Inc. website at www.friendsofloverskey.org

Fakahatchee Cruise Dec. 19

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he Friends of Fakahatchee are offering a guided holiday cruise to historic Fakahatchee Island Thursday, December 19. The island off the coast of Everglades City was once home to a thriving community of farming and fishing families. It even had a school. In earlier days, Calusa Indians made the island their home. Everglades National Boat Tours will head for the island through the mangroves of the Ten Thousand Islands and there is a good chance dolphins will entertain the craft. Once on the island, a naturalist will point out unusual plants on the path to the historic cemetery. On the return journey, the setting sun will provide photographers with many memorable scenes. The December 19 cruise will provide a memorable holiday activity for visiting guests. Cold drinks and snacks will be served on the boat. Participants should bring bug repellent and wear long clothing and closed shoes. Jackets are a good idea as it can be much cooler on the water than the mainland. The cruise begins at the Everglades National Park shelter near the docks at 2:30 p.m. and returns at 5:30 p.m. Advance reservations at $75 per person are required. For details and reservations, visit: www. orchidswamp.org.

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Give Blood – See a Movie

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he NCH Community Blood Center is offering its blood donors a complimentary movie ticket when they successfully give blood at the following two locations: Florida Gulf Coast University parking lot 5 (10501 FGCU Blvd. S. Ft Myers, 33965) on Tues. Dec. 3 from 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Bed Bath & Beyond Plaza located on the corner of Airport & Pine Ridge Roads on Dec. 6 & 7 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. The Community Blood Center is in need of blood to ensure local supplies remain adequate for area patients. Visit www.givebloodcbc. org for additional information. NEAPOLITANfamily • December 2013

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The “Hidden” Benefits of Martial Arts Training

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t’s long been known that training in a martial art, like TaeKwonDo, provides tremendous physical benefits. Improved strength, increased cardiovascular endurance and greater flexibilty being among the most commonly recognized. However, there are many less obvious benefits that come with consistent TaeKwonDo training. Since TaeKwonDo is an activity that people ages four and up can participate in, the benefits for all ages are many. For both kids and adults self confidence is perhaps the most important benefit of all. For kids, self confidence through TaeKwonDo training comes from consistent setting and achieving of goals, earning new belts, competition, and continual development of new skills and abilities. Each time a child sets a goal to earn a new belt, works hard for several months, and then achieves that goal their self confidence grows. The self confidence developed in the TaeKwonDo classroom has a ripple effect. We find that kids that train in TaeKwonDo are generally less likely to be bullied, but are much better equipped to deal with it if should it happen to them. They are also more likely to ask questions, participate in discussions, and set higher expectations for themselves at school. Confident children are more willing to try new activities and participate socially than those that lack self confidence. Young people with a positive self image, that are confident and goal oriented are also much less sucseptible to peer pressure and are less likely to make poor decisions. A confident child will grow to be a successful adult. Though it’s discussed far less, self confidence for adults is just as important as it is for kids. Many, many adults suffer from low self esteem and lack self confidence. This keeps them in jobs they don’t like, unhealthy relationships, physically and emotionally “un-fit”, and from ever realizing their true potential. An adult, at any age, that is physically fit, active, and healthy will naturally feel better about themselves. Just as important for adults are the mental benefits that come from consistent training. Stress is one of the most dangerous factors influencing peoples health today. Stress that goes unmanaged can have dire consequences. Martial arts training is a great stress reliever. It allows adults a couple of hours a week to completely forget about all their other problems and responsibilities and to be completely focused on themselves and their training. As our worries and stress levels decrease, our confidence and ability to handle work and family life increase. Consistent goal setting and personal development are consistent messages in TaeKwonDo training, which again, have a ripple effect into peoples personal lives. Self confidence for both kids and adults is important in maintaining a healthy, productive lifestyle. TaeKwonDo is an activity that can be practiced anywhere, any time, and requires almost no equipment. Consistent martial arts practice will have many positive impacts on a persons life, some that are immediately obvious, such as weight loss and physical fitness. And some that are more subtle, yet even more important, like self confidence. JON FROST is a 5th Degree Black Belt and owner of Tiger Rock Martial Arts at 1575 Pine Ridge Rd., #12, Naples. He can be reached at (239) 596-2501.

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Monarch Frequent Flyer Packages

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onarch Therapy, LLC is launching a new frequent flyer program at the integrative therapy center. Clients can choose one private/individual service selection a month at a discounted rate. Choices include Private Transformational Breath®, massage, a combination of massage and Reiki, massage and guided meditation, Reiki and guided meditation, or private yoga and integrative relaxation. Individuals and families who prefer classes or groups can also participate. Options include 4 classes of: Transformational Breath®, Quantum De-Stress, Child & Family Yoga, Adult Amrit Yoga , Family Joy Circle and Personalities and Possibilities for Parents. For more information, visit www.MonarchTherapy.com or call 239-325-9210.

The Naples Players’ KidzAct to present The Nutcracker Goes Pop! December 4 – 21

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idzAct, the youth theatre program of The Naples Players, will present The Nutcracker Goes Pop! December 4 – 21 and for the first time, the performances will be held in the Tobye Studio at Sugden Community Theatre. Over 100 students will sing and dance their way through this modern song and dance version of the beloved classic. Performances are at 5 p.m. Thursdays through Fridays, 2 p.m. on Saturdays and 6 p.m. on Sundays. Opening night, Wednesday December 4th is the only Wednesday night performance. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students 21 and under. Tickets can be purchased at the box office at the Naples Players, 701 5th Avenue South, Naples or by calling 239-263-7990. KidzAct, Youth Theatre of The Naples Players offers afterschool and summer programs in theatre for kids from 4 to 18 years of age. For more information, call 434-7340, ext 39 or visit www.naplesplayers.org.

Christmas Toy Drive at Goldman Chiro

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oldman Chiropractic & Acupuncture is sponsoring a Christmas Toy drive to benefit Friends of Foster Children. New clothes, shoes, and unwrapped toys for ages 0-18 years can be dropped off in the boxes at the front of the office. As a way of contributing, You will receive a gift certificate for a complementary acupuncture treatment. You may give this as a gift to any friend, family member, or co-worker. The drive will run through December 24th. Goldman Chiropractic is located at 1001 Crosspointe Drive, Suite 1, Naples. Call (239) 254-0003 for information.

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1 Sunday Call for time. City of Naples Holiday Camps. Sign up for various camps such as Lacrosse Camp for Girls, Lil’ Putters, High and Beyond Climbing Camp and Winter Break Holiday Camp. Check www.naples. gov for registration information. Fleischmann Park, 1600 Fleischmann Drive, Naples. Call for time. Holiday Blood Drive with Free Movie Tickets Giveaway. The NCH Community Blood Center is offering its blood donors a complimentary movie ticket when they successfully give the gift of life through December 7. The mobile center will be a various locations. Call (239) 436-5455 for times and location. 7:30 AM. Photography Swamp Walk Safaris. 3-4 hour swamp walk for photographers behind Big Cypress Gallery. Call 239695-2428 for reservations. $100 per walker. 10:30 AM. W.O.N.D.E.R. Kids. Every month’s programming begins with a story related to the monthly theme and is followed by family activities related to that theme.

Naples Botancial Gardens, 4820 Bayshore Drive, Naples. 239-643-7275. www.naplesgarden.org. 11:30 AM. Photo with Santa at Eco Baby & Kids. Have your photo taken with Santa with any store purchase or a $10 donation to The Shelter for Abused Women and Children. Photo(s) will be emailed to you. Toast Restaurant will have a coupon for $2.00 off your breakfast this day too. Located at 2355 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Suite 150, Naples. Call 239-596-6221 for additional information. 1:00 PM. Live Music at Miromar Outlets. Listen to Top 40 Hit Songs Every Saturday performed by Kim Jenkins at the Restaurant Piazza or head over to Ford’s Garage and Naples Flatbread and Wine Bar for Folk, Blues, and Roots Rock by Kraig Kenning. 10801 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 239-948-3766. www.miromaroutlets.com. 2:00 PM. Jazz Concert at Naples Botanical Garden. Visitors to the Garden can enjoy the Jazz in the Garden concerts for the price of general admission. Bring your own seating for all concerts and wear weather appropri-

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6:00 PM. Planet Monkman Christmas Light Show. A computerized light show synchronized to a variety of music with over 125,000 lights. Visitors can park and watch from out front, or listen from their cars via FM transmitter on 90.3 FM. Kids can see Santa nearly every night. Call 239-994-5150 for information. Runs through December 31.

10:30 AM. Story Time. Storytime with Miss Dawn every other Monday. Eco Baby and Home, 2355 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Suite 150, Naples. 12:00 PM. Mommy Matinee Mondays. Each Monday at noon SilverSpot Cinema will feature one film with brighter lights and lower volume to welcome mommies, babies, strollers and crying for only $9.50. 9118 Strada Place, Naples. 239-592-0300. www.silverspot. net/contact-us.php. Held weekly on Monday.

3 Tuesday 1:00 PM. Christmas at Historic Palm Cottage. This is the place to be to enjoy the holiday spirit. Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Thursdays through Saturdays from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The house will be closed on December 6th for the annual Gala and December 25th. 137 12th Avenue South, Naples. Held throughout December. 3:00 PM. Holiday Concert at the Library. Enjoy the sounds of the season performed by the talented musicians of Night Train Band. 2385 Orange Blossom Drive, Naples. 239-593-0870. public.collier-lib.org. 4:00 PM. Tenth Annual Hanukkah Festival and Parade. We will light up the 7th night of Chanukah with a Grand Menorah lighting NEAPOLITANfamily • December 2013

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10:30 AM. Family Story Time. This program is for the whole family and lasts about 30 minutes. 26876 Pine Avenue, Bonita Springs. 239-992-0101. library.lee-county.com/services/locations/BN/pages/ default.aspx. Held weekly on Wednesday.

4:30 PM. Holiday in the Park and Toy Drive. This magical event includes a blizzard in the park, giant slow slide, snow-fall area for kids, live holiday music, free holiday train and horse drawn carriage rides, free apple cider and cookies and more. All children fourteen and younger receive a toy and a chance to meet Mr. and Mrs. Claus. held at Riverside Park, Bonita Springs. For more information call (239) 949 -6262

11:00 AM. Nature Talk at Naples Preserve. Guest Naturalists and Partners of the Naples Preserve will speak on select topics related to the unique SW Florida environment. Stay for a light lunch following the talk and enjoy a walk on the boardwalk. 1690 Tamiami Trail North, Naples. (239) 261-4290. Held weekly on Wednesday.

5:00 PM. KIDding Around at Bell Tower Shops. Tuesdays from 5-7p are a fun-filled evening of kid-friendly activites full of exploration, discovery, creativity and fun with local organizations and groups. Free. Daniels Pkwy and US 41, Fort Myers. 239-489-1221. www. thebelltowershops.com. Held weekly on Tuesday.

4 Wednesday Call for time. Festival of Trees. The Festival showcases over 25 lavishly decorated trees, a Children’s Workshop, pictures with Santa, and more. Visit www.tuxandtrees.com for times, special event pricing, and

more information. Free event open to all ages. For mor einformation call (239)995-2106 ext. 2213. Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, 2301 1st St. Fort Myers. For more info visit: www.tuxandtrees.com. 10:00 AM. Free Kids Crafts at Miromar Outlets. Kids from toddlers to twelve are invited to participate in free fun activities. Held weekly. 10801 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 239-948-3766. www.miromaroutlets. com. Held weekly on Wednesday.

2:00 PM. Make and Take Workshop. These family workshops present opportunities for kids and adults alike to learn about a featured museum exhibition, and then create their own artwork inspired by the exhibition. Free with museum admission. Artis-Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples. 239-597-1900. www.thephil.org. 2:00 PM. Medicine Cabinet Makeover. Learn how to use essential oils medicinally to replace some of the chemical products that are now in your cabinet. 650 Central Avenue, Naples. 239-262-6853. public. collier-lib.org. 6:00 PM. Musical Performance. Join us as we welcome the Community School of Naples for a special musical performance. Be sure to drop off your receipts from December 4th through Sunday, December and The Village on Venetian Bay will donate 10% back to the Community School. 4200 Gulf Shore Blvd, Naples. venetianvillage.com.

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5:30 PM. Gingerbread House Workshop. Decorate a cookie house with delicious treats. Ages 2 years and older. 417 North First Street, Immokalee. 239-657-2882. public. collier-lib.org.

tion session for adult ESOL and ESL students. Each 90-minute session provides adult learners an opportunity to practice speaking English with native speakers. 26820 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs. Held weekly on Friday.

5:30 PM. Mama’s Night Out. Come eat, drink and be merry. Some shops open late until 8 p.m. this night. Stroll and have some wine and hors d’oeuvres at participating stores and get some of your Holiday Shopping done. 2355 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Naples. 239-273-2350. https://www.facebook. com/pages/Shoppes-at-Vanderbilt-FarmersMarket/130258607139935.

4:00 PM. Elves Sweet Shoppe. Kids help Santa’s Elves prepare yummy holiday goodies every week. Cookies, Candy Houses, and other fun holiday treats will be made. Must preregister by Dec 2nd. Open to ages 5-12. 6231 Arbor Rd, Naples. 239-363-9669. colliergov.net.

6 Friday Call for time. Babes in Toyland. See your favorite storyland characters such as Tom-Tom, the Piper’s Son, Little Bo Peep and The Old Woman Who Lived in the Shoe, as they adventure to Storyland. Presented by Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, call (239) 278-4422 for information. Runs through December 23.

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5:00 PM. Science Night Out at the Imaginarium Science Center. Bring the entire family for a night of scientific exploration during extended hours on Friday nights complete with on-site dinner. In addition to special themed activities, guests of all ages will enjoy hands-on science fun with exhibit explorations. 2000 Cranford Avenue, Fort Myers. (239) 321-7420. www.i-sci.org. Held weekly on Friday. 6:00 PM. Celebrate the holiday at the annual Holiday Festival at Eagle Lakes Community Park. The event will include Santa, arts & crafts, games, obstacle course, bounce house,

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6:00 PM. Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony. Come see the largest living tree in all of southwest Florida. Musical and dance performances. Mercato Shops, 9128 Strada Place, Naples. 239-594-9400. www. mercatoshops.com. 6:00 PM. Wine Tasting & Live Music. Join us the first Friday of every month in the cafe and Lifestyle Center for wine-tasting and live music. This month enjoy over 25 wines from around the world. Proceeds benefit a local charity. Payment is accepted in the cafe, upon arrival. 9101 Strada Place, Naples. 239-552-5100. www.wholefoodsmarket. com/stores/naples. 6:00 PM. Holiday Festival. Santa, arts and crafts, games, bounce house, food and live entertainment. Free. 11565 Tamiami Trail East, Naples. 239-252-4414. colliergov.net. 6:00 PM. Wine Tasting & Live Music. Join us the first Friday of every month in the cafe and Lifestyle Center for wine-tasting and live music. This month enjoy over 25 wines from around the world. Proceeds benefit a local charity. Payment is accepted in the cafe, upon arrival. 9101 Strada Place, Naples. 239-552-5100. www.wholefoodsmarket. com/stores/naples. 6:30 PM. Max Hasse Community Park Light Up The Estates. Come join in the fun at the annual tree lighting ceremony and pictures with Santa. There will be games, crafts, food and music. $5 per family. Call (239) 252-4000 for information.

7:00 PM. Fall Concert Series. Fall Concerts will be held on Friday & Saturday nights, from 7pm - 9pm, on the stage in Market Plaza. 9903 Gulf Coast Main Street, Fort Myers. www.gulfcoasttowncenter. com/shop/gulf.nsf/salesevents. Held weekly on Friday.

7 Saturday Call for time. Swamp Walk Tours. Go on a guided swamp walk adventure and learn about the fragile Everglades ecosystem. Walks are approximately 1 1/2 hours long; Call for reservations and times. Open to adults ($50) and children ($25). 239-695-2428. Held weekly on Saturday. 7:30 AM. Third Street South Farmer’s Market. Parking lot behind Tommy Bahama’s on Third Street South, Naples. 239-434-6533. info@napleschamber.org. Held weekly on Saturday. 8:30 AM. Dodge This - The Second Annual Dodgeball Classic. With a new format this year, arrive early for team selection. Times: Grades 1-2 (8:30am to 10:00am); Grades 3-4 (10:00am to 12:00pm); Grades 5-6 (12:00 pm to 2:00 pm) Cost: $15 pre-pay / $20 at the door. Spectators are free. Sports Club, 3275 Pine Ridge Rd, Naples. 9:00 AM. Free Zoo Admission for Collier County residents. On the first Saturday of every month, 12 times a year, Collier County residents receive free zoo admission all day long. Enter any time, all day long up until 4 p.m. with no coupon required - just proof of residency for all adults. 1590 Goodlette-Frank Road, Naples. 239-262-5409. www. caribbeangardens.com. 9:00 AM. Indoor Farmer’s Market. North Naples only indoor Farmer’s Market & Emporium bringing together 40 plus local vendors of fruits, veggies, flowers, baked goods, prepared foods, jewelry & so much more. 2355 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Naples. 239-273-2350. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Shoppes-at-Vanderbilt-FarmersNEAPOLITANfamily • December 2013

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Market/130258607139935. Held weekly on Saturday. 9:00 AM. Free Kids Workshop at Home Depot. On the first Saturday of each month, Home Depot’s free Kids Workshops offer fun and useful projects like building toolboxes, fire trucks and mail organizers. In addition to the project, each child receives a kid-sized orange apron. 2251 Pine Ridge Rd, Naples. (239) 597-1515. www.homedepot.com. 9:00 AM. Breakfast with Santa. Enjoy a breakfast buffet with Santa. The menu will include all of Santa’s favorites - scrambled eggs, breakfast potatoes, bacon, sausage links, French toast with syrup and butter, fresh fruit kabobs, mini-muffins, brownie bites, cookies, and more. Conservancy of SWFL, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples. 9:00 AM. Miracle Sidewalk Sale. The holiday season has arrived and the Fort Myers Miracle are making your holiday shopping convenient by hosting the annual Sidewalk Sale. A few of the featured items available will be Miracle t-shirts, hats, stocking stuffers and much more. 14400 Six Mile Cypress Parkway, Fort Myers. 239-768-4210. 9:30 AM. Breakfast with Santa. Delicious pancake breakfast and pictures with Santa. Bus transportation to Snow Fest. $2, Golden Gate Community Center, 4701 Golden Gate Pkwy, Naples. 239-252-4180. colliergov.net. 10:00 AM. Art in the Park. Nestled on Park Street just to the west of The von Liebig Art Center, this juried art fair is held the first Saturday of the month November through April. 585 Park Street, Naples. 239262-6517. naplesart.org. 10:00 AM. Snowfest. One hundred tons of snow, rides, games, ice skating rink, pony rides, petting zoo and Santa. $2 per person. Under 3 is free. Park and shuttle from Berkshire Commons and Calusa Park Elementary. 3300 Santa Barbara Blvd, Naples. 239-252-6128. colliergov.net. 10:00 AM. Lovers Key State Park Great Outdoor Adventure Day. Food, music, touch tanks, children’s activities, as well as Ranger-led programs will highlight the fun-filled day geared towards encouraging participants to recreate responsibly while enjoying the park’s unique habitats and wide variety of wildlife. Lovers Key State Park, 8700 Estero Blvd, Estero. 239-463-4588. 10:00 AM. Breakfast with Santa. Guests will enjoy a buffet breakfast with child and adult friendly fare at Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples. Guests must drop off a small present with their child’s name and the day you are attending clearly marked on it between December 3rd and 6th. Reservations required by Dec. 5. 15080 Livingston Road, Naples. 239-514-0084. www.cmon.org. 10:30 AM. W.O.N.D.E.R. Kids. Every month’s programming begins with a story related to the monthly theme and is followed by family activities related to that theme. 4820 Bayshore Drive, Naples. 239643-7275. www.naplesgarden.org. Held weekly on Saturday.

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1:00 PM. Live Music. Listen to Top 40 Hit Songs Every Saturday performed by Kim Jenkins at the Restaurant Piazza or head over to Ford’s Garage and Naples Flatbread and Wine Bar for Folk, Blues, and Roots Rock by Kraig Kenning. 10801 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 239-948-3766. www.miromaroutlets.com. Held weekly on Saturday. 1:30 PM. “Science & Art” Activity Day. Create simple hands-on projects related to the current exhibition “Science & Art”. A great afternoon for the whole family. Free and open to the public 26100 Old 41 Road, Naples. 239-495-8989. artcenterbonita.org. Held weekly on Saturday. NEAPOLITANfamily • December 2013

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4:00 PM. Live Music. Listen to Top 40 Hit Songs Every Saturday performed by Kim Jenkins at the Restaurant Piazza or head over to Ford’s Garage and Naples Flatbread and Wine Bar for Folk, Blues, and Roots Rock by Kraig Kenning. 10801 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 239-948-3766. www.miromaroutlets.com. Held weekly on Saturday. 5:00 PM. Let it Snow. Enjoy a festive snow show (7pm) at The Village on Venetian Bay. Stroll along the waterfront and take delight in holiday entertainment. Photos with Santa, stories with Mrs. Claus, holiday carolers, a special dance recital put on by Dance Arts by Maria 4200 Gulf Shore Blvd, Naples. venetianvillage.com. 6:00 PM. Fort Myer Beach Boat Parade. For route information go to chamber.fortmyersbeach.org/events. 6:00 PM. Holiday Fashion Show. Come check out all the latest Holiday fashions in our Holiday Fashion Show by Envy Model and Talent Agency. 10801 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 239-948-3766. www.miromaroutlets.com. 7:00 PM. Fall Concert Series. Fall Concerts will be held on Friday & Saturday nights, from 7pm - 9pm, on the stage in Market Plaza. 9903 Gulf Coast Main Street, Fort Myers. www.gulfcoasttowncenter.com/shop/

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8 Sunday 10:00 AM. Family Fun: Bake & Decorate Holiday Cookies. Make the holiday celebrating extra special and deliciously memorable this year baking from scratch with your little loved one. $39 pr person. Open to age 5 and older. Sur La Table, 9105 Strada Place, Naples. 239-598-1463. www.surlatable.com. 10:00 AM. Breakfast with Santa at CMON. Guests will enjoy a buffet breakfast with child and adult friendly fare. Guests must drop off a small present with their child’s name and the day you are attending clearly marked on it between December 3rd and 6th. Reservations required by Dec. 5. 15080 Livingston Road, Naples. 239-514-0084. www.cmon.org. 2:00 PM. Sunday Afternoon Bluegrass. Tickets are $7 at the door, or $5 for Alliance members. Seating is open and first come, first serve. Children 12 and under are free if accompanied by an adult. 10091 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers. 239-939-2787. www. artinlee.org. 6:30 PM. Music Makers Show Band Dance Party & Concert. Playing top hits

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erasers from “Sculpey.” Middle School activity. 650 Central Avenue, Naples. 239-262-6853. public.collier-lib.org. 6:30 PM. Christmas Craft Workshop. Get ready to celebrate Christmas by creating a variety of crafts. Open to ages 2-5 years. 2385 Orange Blossom Drive, Naples. 239-593-0870. public.collier-lib.org.

10 Tuesday 10:30 AM. Breastfeeding Support Group. Eco Home and Baby, 2355 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Suite 150, Naples. Call (239) 596-2661 for information. 3:00 PM. Make and Take Holiday Crafts. Drop by the Children’s Library and make some fun crafts to brighten up your holiday season. Open to ages 10 and under. Registration is not required. 8065 Lely Cultural Parkway, Naples. 239-252-7542. public.collier-lib.org. 3:00 PM. Make and Take Holiday Crafts. 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 welcome. 210 S. Heathwood Drive, Marco Island. 239-394-3272. public.collier-lib.org. 3:30 PM. Holiday Art. Local artist Gena Smith will create festive holiday art. Open to grades 2 through 5. 2432 Lucerne Road, Naples. 239-252-4542. public.collier-lib.org. 4:00 PM. Lego Club. Share ideas, be creative, make new friends and have fun. LEGO® bricks will be provided or donate LEGO® bricks your child no longer uses. Your LEGO® creation will be put on display at the library. Open to ages 5-11 years. Registration is not required. 1266 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples. 239-455-8088. public. collier-lib.org. 4:00 PM. O So Smooth Smoothies. Learn to make delicious smoothies that are healthy, too. Open to ages 11-17. 8065 Lely Cultural Parkway, Naples. 239-252-7542. public.collier-lib.org. 6:00 PM. Christmas Parade. Kick off your family’s celebration at this parade where a certain jolly old elf is almost certain to make an early appearance. 649 Fifth Avenue South, Naples. 239-692-8436. www.fifthavenuesouth.com. 7:00 PM. ABCs of Infant Care. This class is designed to prepare parents for the joys and challenges of caring for a newborn. Taught from the perspective of a Registered Nurse, Childbirth Educator, this class will show you how to read your baby cues and respond accordingly. 8300 Collier Blvd., Naples. (239) 354-6000. www.physiciansregional.com.

11 Wednesday 10:00 AM. Senior Defensive Driver Class . Description 2516 Colonial Boulevard, Fort Myers. 3:00 PM. Make and Take Holiday Crafts. Drop by the Children’s Library and make some fun crafts to brighten up your holiday season. Open to ages 10 and under. Registration is not required. 8065 Lely Cultural Parkway, Naples. 239-252-7542. public.collier-lib.org. 3:00 PM. Make and Take Holiday Crafts. 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 welcome. 210 S. Heathwood Drive, Marco Island. 239-394-3272. public.collier-lib.org.

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3:30 PM. Holiday Concert at the Library. Enjoy the sounds of the season performed by the talented musicians of Night Train Band. 650 Central Avenue, Naples. 239-262-6853. public.collier-lib.org. 4:00 PM. Santa’s Arts & Crafts Workshop. Get into the holiday spirit while making friends and creating holiday crafts and gifts.Must pre-register by Dec1st. Open to ages:5-12. $45. 6231 Arbor Rd, Naples. 239-363-9669. colliergov.net.

12 Thursday 9:00 AM. Holiday Floral Workshop. Students will be provided with all the supplies needed to make a beautiful holiday arrangement. Spaces are limited. $30. 6231 Arbor Rd, Naples. 239-363-9669. colliergov.net. 3:00 PM. Make and Take Holiday Crafts. Drop by the Children’s Library and make some fun crafts to brighten up your holiday season. Open to ages 10 and under. Registration is not required. 8065 Lely Cultural Parkway, Naples. 239-252-7542. public.collier-lib.org. 3:00 PM. Make and Take Holiday Crafts. 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 welcome. 210 S. Heathwood Drive, Marco Island. 239-394-3272. public.collier-lib.org.

13 Friday Call for time. The Nutcracker Goes Pop. Perfortmed by Kidz Act. Also held December 14 and 15. 701 5th Ave S Naples, (239) 263 7990. 10:00 AM. 12 Days of Wild Holiday Fun at the Naple Zoo. It’s not a partridge in a pear tree or five golden rings, but for 12 days in December from the 13th all the way to Christmas Eve, Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens will be delivering gifts to the animals. Zoo guests will watch lions claw into beautiful 1590 Goodlette-Frank Road, Naples. 239-262-5409. www.caribbeangardens.com. Event runs through December 24. 10:30 AM. Cookies and Milk with Santa. Listen to Santa as he reads “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” He will also bring some of his favorite cookies and milk to share. Don’t forget your camera. Open to ages 2-5. Call (239) 252-4000 for information. 3:00 PM. Make and Take Holiday Crafts. Drop by the Children’s Library and make some fun crafts to brighten up your holiday season. Open to ages 10 and under. Registration is not required. 8065 Lely Cultural Parkway, Naples. 239-252-7542. public.collier-lib.org. 3:00 PM. Make and Take Holiday Crafts. 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 welcome. 210 S. Heathwood Drive, Marco Island. 239-394-3272. public.collier-lib.org. 4:00 PM. Free Holiday Open House at Naples Preserve. Your family will get into the holiday mood at the annual “Preserving the Holiday Spirit” Open House with live music, naturally decorated holiday trees, refreshments, story time and guided night tour. 1690 Tamiami Trail North, Naples. (239) 261-4290. 4:00 PM. Elves Sweet Shoppe. Kids help Santa’s Elves prepare yummy holiday goodies every week. Cookies, Candy Houses, and other fun holiday treats will be made. Must preregister by Dec 2nd Open to ages 5-12. 6231 Arbor Rd, Naples. 239-363-9669. colliergov.net.

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9:00 AM. Breakfast with Santa. Celebrate with decorating cookies, crafts, face painting and pictures with Santa. $12 per person. 321 North 1st Street, Immokalee. (239) 657-4449. 10:00 AM. Holiday Collector Car Show. Over 100 collector and luxury cars will be on display. Enjoy live music in the piazza just outside of Second Cup Mercato. Donate a new, unwrapped toy to The Salvation Army. 9115 Strada Place, Naples, 239-254-1080. 10:00 AM. Fine Art and Craft Show. Naples Artcrafters Fine Art and Craft Shows are located in beautiful Cambier Park. 755 8th Ave. S., Naples. 239-213-3058. www.naplesgov.com/index.aspx?NID=576.

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11:00 AM. Youth Symphonia Fall Concert. Classical, pops and movie soundtrack selections are performed by our youngest orchestra ensemble. Free. Artis-Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples. 239597-1900. www.thephil.org. 1:00 PM. Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus. Francis P. Church’s famous newspaper reply to an inquisitive little girl imaginatively brought to the stage in this fast paced show that pays homage to the classic holiday films of 1940’s. $8. 755 8th Ave South, Naples. (239) 213-3058. 1:00 PM. Christmas Cookie Decorating. Call for exact location in mall. 10801 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 239-948-3766. www.miromaroutlets.com. 2:30 PM. Teddy Bear Tea with Santa. Youngsters will enjoy hot chocolate, storytelling and sweet treats, along with a surprise appearance from Santa at each tea before Christmas. Call for reservations and times. $49. 280 County Road 862, Naples. 239-598-3300. NEAPOLITANfamily • December 2013

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www.ritzcarlton.com. Held on various dates throughout December. 4:00 PM. Free Holiday Open House at Naples Preserve. Your family will get into the holiday mood at the annual “Preserving the Holiday Spirit” Open House with live music, naturally decorated holiday trees, refreshments, story time and guided night tour. 1690 Tamiami Trail North, Naples. (239) 261-4290. 5:00 PM. Sounds from the Park. Elton John tribute band and more. www.swfmusicfestivals.com for schedules. 4284 Avalon Dr, Naples. 239-793-4414. colliergov.net. 5:00 PM. Christmas Around the World. The event is designed to provide families with a few hours of holiday entertainment. We have fifty tons of ice turned into snow and a Sled Mountain. There will be games, art & crafts, music, entertainment, inflatable kids games and Santa Claus. 505 Escambia Street, Immokalee. (239) 657-1951. 5:00 PM. Let it Snow. Enjoy a festive snow show (7pm) at The Village on Venetian Bay. Stroll along the waterfront and take delight in holiday entertainment. Photos with Santa, stories with Mrs. Claus, holiday carolers, a special dance recital by Backstage Dance Academy. 4200 Gulf Shore Blvd, Naples.

venetianvillage.com. 6:00 PM. Bonita Springs Christmas Boat Parade. This 28th annual tradition sets sail at 6 p.m. from Fish Trap Bay in the Imperial River. Go to www.bonitaboatparade for route viewing locations and boat registration. 6:00 PM. Holiday Express Festival of Lights. Celebrate the season with a festive ride through the merrily lit miniature train village from 6 to 8:45 p.m. (Closed Dec. 15 due to Lakeside Country Bash, Christmas Eve night, and Christmas Day). Tickets are $5 for ages 6 and older, $2 for ages 1-5. 7330 Gladiolus Drive, Ft. Myers. 239-533-7575. 6:30 PM. Naple’s Bay Christmas Boat Parade. View from Naples City Dock as well as waterfront restaurants such as Boat House, The Dock, Riverwalk, Kelly’s Fish House, Pinchers at Tin City. www.miacc.org. 1200 Fifth Ave S, Naples. 239-262-4200. www. tin-city.com.

15 Sunday 8:00 AM. Girls on the Run of Collier County 5K. This family friendly event is open to men and women of all ages and supports Girls on the Run of Collier County. So grab your tutu and run, walk or skip your way

through this beautiful Naples course along with our our amazing girls and volunteers. 650 Sea Gate Drive, Naples. Check www. girlsontherun.org/ for information. 2:00 PM. Whiz Kids Winter Wonderland. Admission to play will be one, new unwrapped toy to be donated to children in need. For every $50 donation, you will receive one free day pass to play. 1050 Pine Ridge Rd. , Naples. 3:00 PM. Naples Orchestra and Chorus Holiday Concert. Lely High School, 1 Lely High Blvd, Naples. 239-676-0077. www. naplesorchestraandchorus.org. 3:30 PM. Philharmonic Youth Orchestra Holiday Concert. The Philharmonic Youth Orchestra plays seasonal favorites in this annual holiday tradition. Naples High School, 1100 Golden Eagle Circle, Naples.

16 Monday 10:30 AM. Story Time. Storytime with Miss Dawn every other Monday. Eco Baby & Kids, 2355 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Suite 150, Naples. 5:30 PM. Holiday Cookie Decorating. Decorate cookies for the holiday. Open to

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17 Tuesday 3:30 PM. Natural Parenting and Babywearing Get Together. Held at Eco Baby & Kids, 2355 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Suite 150, Naples. 3:30 PM. Holiday Cooking Decorating. Celebrate the holidays by decorating some cookies to eat or use as gifts. Open to ages 3-8 years. 788 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Naples. 239-597-8444. public.collier-lib.org.

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4:30 PM. Milk and Cookies With Santa. Drop in for a quick chat and snack with Santa. Don’t forget your camera. Open to all ages. Registration required. 1266 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples. 239-455-8088. public. collier-lib.org. 5:00 PM. Dining at Dusk to Benefit the Boys and Girls Club. Experience the new Dusk cocktail and sushi bar at the Ritz and 20% of sales will be donated to the Boys and Girls Club. 239-598-3300. www.ritzcarlton. com. 5:30 PM. Holiday Concert at the Library. Enjoy the sounds of the season performed by the talented musicians of Night Train Band. 210 S. Heathwood Drive, Marco Island. 239394-3272. public.collier-lib.org.

18 Wednesday 4:00 PM. Santa’s Arts & Crafts Workshop. Get into the holiday spirit while making friends and creating holiday crafts and gifts. Open to ages 5-12. $45. 6231 Arbor Rd, Naples. 239-363-9669. colliergov.net.

5:00 PM. Holiday Edible Crafts. Create some edible treats as a delicious way to enjoy the holiday season. Open to ages 12-16 years. 788 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Naples. 239597-8444. public.collier-lib.org. 5:00 PM. Teen Theater Auditions. Auditions for “Little Shop of Horrors” is open to ages 13-21. For the audition all actors should be prepared to sing, dance and act. Bring in 18 bars of a prepared song, CD accompaniment is allowed without lyrics, or you can sing without music. 26100 Old 41 Road, Naples. 239-495-8989. artcenterbonita.org. 5:30 PM. Bling It On. “Poinsettia Bracelet”. Bling It On. is an incredible evening of food, friends and jewelry. Start with wine and something tasty to eat followed by a demonstration of the beading techniques used in the evening’s project. Then put those techniques to work creating a piece. 16100 Old 41 Road, Naples. 239-495-8989. artcenterbonita.org. 6:00 PM. Holiday Celebration. Naples Botanical Gardens turns into a beautiful holiday wonderland. December 18-23, 26-30 and January 2-5, enjoy live musical performances, family activities, and thousands of

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19 Thursday 12:00 AM. Santa Paws. Bring out the pups to meet and take Christmas photos with Santa. Meet some of the adoptable pets from the Humane Society of Naples. 4200 Gulf Shore Blvd, Naples. venetianvillage.com. 5:30 PM. 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 welcome. 417 North First Street, Immokalee. 239-657-2882. public.collier-lib.org. 6:00 PM. Holiday Concert at the Library. Enjoy the sounds of the season performed by the talented musicians of Night Train Band. 8065 Lely Cultural Parkway, Naples. 239252-7542. public.collier-lib.org. 6:30 PM. Shrinky Dink Jewelry. Create unique jewelry from plastic and watch it shrink to a wearable size. Open to ages 11-17 years. 2385 Orange Blossom Drive, Naples. 239-593-0870. public.collier-lib.org. 8:00 PM. Holiday Pops Concert. Celebrate the season with an all-new program of holiday classics, featuring the Philharmonic Center Chorus and Philharmonic Youth Chorus. December 19 through 21 at 8 pm; December 21 and 22 at 2 pm. 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples. 239-597-1900. www.thephil.org.

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yards Communty Park. A safe and fun environment for children of parents who need supervision on an early release day. Open to ages 5-12. Call (239) 252-4000 for information 1:30 PM. Winter Break Blast Off. Can we make it snow in Florida? Join us for trivia and treats. Middle School activity. 650 Central Avenue, Naples. 239-262-6853. public. collier-lib.org. 4:00 PM. Elves Sweet Shoppe. Kids help Santa’s Elves prepare yummy holiday goodies every week. Cookies, Candy Houses, and other fun holiday treats will be made. Must preregister by Dec 2nd. Open to ages 5-12. 6231 Arbor Rd, Naples. 239-363-9669. colliergov.net. 6:00 PM. Beer Tasting and Live Music at Whole Foods. Drop by Whole Foods for beer tastings in the Café and Lifestyle Center the 3rd Fri. of every month. This month sample tons of different beers, including select seasonal beers. 9101 Strada Place, Naples. 239-552-5100. www.wholefoodsmarket. com/stores/naples.

21 Saturday Call for time. Kids Archery at Bass Pro Shops. Kids Archery with all equipment provided. 10040 Gulf Center Drive, Fort Myers. 239-461-7800.

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1:30 PM. “Science & Art” Activity Day. Create simple hands-on projects related to the current exhibition “Science & Art”. A great afternoon for the whole family. Free and open to the public. Art Center of Bonita Springs, 26100 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs. 239-495-8989. artcenterbonita.org. 2:00 PM. Young Adult Book Club. Calling all teens. South Regional Branch library invites you to join the Young Adult Book Club. Enjoy popular books and a variety of activities. Book titles to be announced. Refreshments will be available. Open to ages 11-17 years. 8065 Lely Cultural Parkway, Naples. 239-252-7542. public.collier-lib.org. 5:00 PM. Let it Snow. Enjoy a festive snow show at The Village on Venetian Bay. Stroll along the waterfront and take delight in holiday entertainment with complimentary photos with Santa, stories with Mrs. Claus, and holiday carolers. Snow show starts at 7pm. 4200 Gulf Shore Blvd, Naples. venetianvillage.com. 6:00 PM. Holiday Express Festival of Lights. Celebrate the season with a festive ride through the merrily lit miniature train village from 6 to 8:45 p.m. (Closed Dec. 15 due to Lakeside Country Bash, Christmas Eve night, and Christmas Day). Tickets are $5 for ages 6 and older, $2 for ages 1-5. 7330 Gladiolus Drive, Ft. Myers. 239-533-7575. 7:00 PM. Free Outdoor Movie. Curl up with your kids on a blanket as you watch “Arthur Christmas” on a two-story inflatable movie screen. 755 8th Ave. S., Naples. 239-213-3058. www.naplesgov.com/index. aspx?NID=576.

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10:30 AM. Kids Two-Day Cooking Camp. Whether your little chef is a beginner or an old pro, they will love learning how to make flavorful international favorites, all from scratch to impress their family and friends. Suyr La Table, 9105 Strada Place, Naples. 239-598-1463. www.surlatable.com.

10:00 AM. Crafter’s Choice. Stop by and choose some crafts to make. All ages. Registration is not required. 2385 Orange Blossom Drive, Naples. 239-593-0870. public. collier-lib.org.

11:00 AM. Holiday Activities. Make wildlife crafts such as marine mammal puppets, fish prints and cabbage palm reindeers. Activities are geared to children ages 6 to 12. Free with Environmental Learning Center admission 300 Tower Road, Naples. (239) 417-6310. www.rookerybay.org. 5:00 PM. Teen Theater Auditions “Little Shop of Horrors”. “Little Shop of Horrors” by Howard Ashman based on the film by Roger Corman with screenplay by Charles Griffith. Directed by Jodie Fox. Call for individual audition time. Open to ages 13 21. Come prepared sing a simple song, learn a brief dance. 26100 Old 41 Road, Naples. 239-495-8989. artcenterbonita.org. 5:30 PM. Nutcracker’s Final Curtain Murder Mystery Train. Join the Mouse King, Herr Drosselmeyer, Mother Ginger, the China Doll and the Tin Soldier from the beloved tale as they solve the murder of the Christmas season. 2805 Colonial Blvd, Ft. Myers. 239-275-8487. semgulf.com/.

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27 Friday 2:00 PM. Boredom Buster Movie. The movie will be shown in the library’s Sugden Theater. Food and drink are not permitted. First come, first seated. Children under 6 years must be accompanied by an adult. Children under 11 years must have an adult in the building at all times. 2385 Orange Blossom Drive, Naples. 239-593-0870. public. collier-lib.org.

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31 Tuesday 1:00 PM. Fort Myers Beach Birthday Party & New Year’s Eve. The town’s 17th annual birthday party takes place from 1 to 3 p.m. with free live music, brownies, and cupcakes. More live music kicks in at 7 p.m. to start the New Year’s celebration, which culminates with fireworks from the pier and the ball drop. www.visitfortmyersbeach.com. 7:00 PM. New Year’s Eve Celebration. Fireworks at 7:30 pm and live music. 239434-6533. info@napleschamber.org. 8:00 PM. New Year’s Eve Downtown Countdown. The 17th annual event starts at 8 p.m. with live musical acts on multiple stages, Florida’s longest conga line, a craft beer garden, and a ball-drop and fireworks at midnight. A Kids Zone will feature bounce houses and a balloon typhoon. 2000 West First Street, Ft. Myers. 8:00 PM. Seminole Gulf Railway’s New Year’s Gala. All aboard for Seminole Gulf Railway’s New Year’s Gala on the Murder Mystery Dinner Train Party. Tickets cost $125 and include a five-course dinner and a complimentary New Year’s toast. Excursions depart at 8 p.m. on Dec. 31. 2805 Colonial Blvd, Ft. Myers. 239-275-8487. semgulf. com/. the things he sees are not just remembered, they form a part of his soul.

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e won’t have snow to get us into a holiday mood but Naples is no stranger to awesome holiday lighting displays! There are several neighborhoods that are perfect for a slow drive. You’ll also find beautiful displays at a few of our shopping areas. Make a thermos of hot chocolate, grab a handful of candy canes, buckle in the kids and head off for an enchanted evening of holiday fun. 48

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NEIGHBORHOODS Boca Palms. Located right across Airport Road from Victoria Park, Boca Palms is usually almost as brightly lit as Victoria Park. Palm River. Located off of Immokalee Road between Airport and Goodlette, Palm River is usually nicely lit with a few houses that go all out. Pelican Bay. Many of the ungated neighborhoods of Pelican Bay are brightly decorated for Christmas. Enter at Pelican Bay Blvd. and meander around. The association decorations are especially pretty and make really good photo backdrops. Port Royal. This very upscale neighborhood off Gordon Drive in south Naples offers brightly lit, beautifully decorated large homes and mansions. Victoria Park. Located in North Naples off Airport Road (about 1 mile south of Immokalee), Victoria Park has some of the most over-the-top holiday lights displays. The biggest displays are usually on a the side streets. You’ll also find that many of the streets have matching decorations (arches, tree, 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. Willoughby Acres. Another North Naples neighborhood, Willoughby Acres is located off Immokalee just north of Palm River. In previous years almost all houses have been lit.

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Cape Coral Holiday Boat Along The focal point of this event on December 15 at 4:00 p.m. is a parade of approximately 100 boats decorated in a festive holiday fashion with lights, costumes, elves and whatever else their captains can think of. At Four Freedoms Park, the landlubbers watch the boats gather in the Bimini Basin before they begin meandering through the canals of south Cape Coral. The park features holiday music, a visit from Santa, and food and beverages for sale. For more information call (239) 549-0558.

entertainment, face painting, a magician, holiday carolers, stories with Mrs. Claus and a special appearance by Santa Claus. For more information check www.venetianvillage.com.

COMMERCIAL LIGHTING DISPLAYS 39th Annual Christmas Walk and Tree Lighting Ceremony This annual tradition on Fifth Avenue South features local choral groups, dance troupes, and school and church choirs on December 5 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Check www. fifthavenuesouth.com for information. Celebration of Lights Early in December, school and church group carolers and Santa Claus visit Annunciation Circle in Ave Maria to celebrate the holiday season. The evening also features Christmas lights, refreshments and train rides for the kids. Call (239) 262-2600 for more information. Edison & Ford Holiday Nights The historic buildings and acres of gardens at Edison Ford are decorated with lights and traditional holiday decorations, and live music is performed nightly. Holiday Nights runs through Jan. 4 (closed December 24). Special events including Santa visits, Clydesdale wagon rides, and a holiday cottage shop are scheduled. Check the website at www.edisonfordwinterestates.org for event information. Night Lights 2013 Holiday Celebrations at Naples Botanical Gardens Naples Botanical Gardens turns into a beautiful holiday wonderland from December 18-23, 26-30 and January 2-5. Your family will enjoy live musical performances, family activities, and thousands of lights throughout the Garden every night. Call (239) 643-7275 for ticket information.

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HOLIDAYS

By Michelle Shirk

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s the parent of one or more young children, you may be anticipating a New Year’s Eve that is less sequins and champagne and more mini hot dogs and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. Fortunately, celebrating this traditionally decadent night in a family friendly way can be just as much fun for grown-ups as for kids.

If you’re willing to push back bedtime at least a little bit, those extra hours can provide a great opportunity to enjoy a creative family activity while making memories that will last for years to come. Consider using one of the six ideas below to help your family ring in 2014 in style. 1. Create something together. Take a break from your usual movie night and tackle a more adventurous project as a family. If your children are young, collaborate on a giant butcher paper mural or use wooden blocks to recreate your home and street. Older kids may be ready to take on a 500-piece puzzle or an elaborate LEGO construction project. Your family will end the night with a sense of accomplishment plus some great photos of your creation. 2. Reminisce about the old year. Given the current popularity of digital cameras, camera phones and online photo sharing, many parents have gotten out of the habit of regularly printing photos, let alone displaying them in neatly labeled albums. New Year’s Eve is a perfect time to cycle through the digital photos you’ve stored on your laptop over the past year. Talk about the memories associated with your pictures, then ask each family member to select their five or ten favorites. You can spend New Year’s Day arranging the chosen pictures in a customized photo book to print and enjoy. 3. Create a family “bucket list” for the coming year. How can your family make 2014 your best year yet? Maybe you really want to take the kids ice-skating for the first time this January. Or, perhaps your daughter’s life won’t be complete unless your family attends the town’s annual Easter egg hunt in March. Decide as a family which events and activities are most important for the months ahead and commit to them in writing. Then, immediately schedule upcoming activities on the family calendar to make sure they don’t get lost in the shuffle of daily life.

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4. Dress for Dinner. Regardless of whether you’ll be leaving the house, encourage family members to don their snazziest attire to say goodbye to 2013. Even take-out pizza eaten off of paper plates feels special when you’re dressed to the nines! Pick up some New Year’s Eve party hats, leis and other accessories at www.orientaltrading.com to complete the look. 5. Stretch your celebration. It’s 12:00 a.m. somewhere! Check out www.timeanddate.com to see where. Per the site’s handy New Year Countdown, Christmas Island will celebrate the arrival of 2014 at 5:00 a.m., Japan at 10:00 a.m., and the U.K. at 7:00 p.m. Eastern Standard time. If one round of “Happy New Year!” isn’t enough for your family, enjoy a quick celebration every hour on the hour! Or, focus on celebrating with the countries you feel personally connected to due to your family history or past travel adventures. 6. Enjoy your own private “ball drop.” Whether or not you plan to stay up to watch the big Times Square Ball Drop, kids will have a blast recreating this tradition in your home. A racquetball or tennis ball can be manually “dropped” down a length of string while family members count down from 60. As an added bonus, decorating the chosen ball with sequins, glitter, feathers, or paint will make a great art project for your kids during the days leading up to New Year’s Eve! Choose one of these activities, add some tasty snacks and festive music, and enjoy a fun and memorable night with your family. Happy New Year to you and yours! Michelle Shirk is a freelance writer who writes for a variety of regional and national parenting publications.

If you’d rather go out on the town for New Year’s check out these local activities: 1:00 PM. Fort Myers Beach Birthday Party & New Year’s Eve. The town’s 17th annual birthday party takes place from 1 to 3 p.m. with free live music, brownies, and cupcakes. More live music kicks in at 7 p.m. to start the New Year’s celebration, which culminates with fireworks from the pier and the ball drop. www.visitfortmyersbeach.com. 7:00 PM. Naples New Year’s Eve Celebration at Naples Pier. Fireworks at 7:30 pm and live music. 239-434-6533. info@ napleschamber.org. 8:00 PM. Ft. Myers New Year’s Eve Downtown Countdown. The 17th annual event starts at 8 p.m. with live musical acts on multiple stages, Florida’s longest conga line, a craft beer garden, and a ball-drop and fireworks at midnight. A Kids Zone will feature bounce houses and a balloon typhoon. 2000 West First Street, Ft. Myers. 8:00 PM. Seminole Gulf Railway’s New Year’s Gala. All aboard for Seminole Gulf Railway’s New Year’s Gala on the Murder Mystery Dinner Train Party. Tickets cost $125 and include a five-course dinner and a complimentary New Year’s toast. Excursions depart at 8 p.m. on Dec. 31. 2805 Colonial Blvd, Ft. Myers. 239-275-8487. semgulf.com/. NEAPOLITANfamily • December 2013

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HOLIDAYS

By Gayla Grace

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recall giving gifts to my mom as a young child that were handwritten notes wrapped up as a package. They would say things like, “Redeem for extra help in the kitchen,” or “Good for babysitting my sister while you go to the store.” The special ones would say, “Redeem for an attitude adjustment on a cranky day.” My mom loved getting my gifts and always made a big deal of exchanging the gift for whatever I offered. It gave me a special feeling of satisfaction to know I helped my mom through a simple gift of service or attitude change that lightened the day for everyone. Do you need some gift ideas for your kids to give you or your husband? Gifts they can give their siblings? Or maybe a grandparent? Help your child make a list of ideas of what he or she might offer through a gift of service or perhaps a gift of the heart.

It’s easy to take your children to the store and buy a gift of material value. This season, let them experience a gift with more meaning by including one of a personal investment.

Here are some ideas to help. Mom: • Redeem for help washing the windows • Good for helping younger sibling with homework • Redeem for a week-end day of performing your chores • Good for a week of practicing my manners every day Dad: • Redeem for help washing and vacuuming Mom’s car • Good for a day without electronics • Redeem for help with lawn care • Good for no grumbling when asked to do a special chore Sibling: • Redeem for cleaning your room • Good for a kind attitude toward you all week-end • Redeem for extra time on the Xbox (or TV or whatever works) • Good for letting you and your friend have the evening alone Grandparent: • Redeem for time together at the movies • Good for help with a cleaning project • Redeem for help on your next shopping trip • Good for a game of cards or board game of your choice It’s easy to take your children to the store and buy a gift of material value. This season, let them experience a gift with more meaning by including one of a personal investment. Additional Gifts There’s other ways to give gift without price tags, but they don’t get wrapped up and put under the tree. They’re gifts we offer to those around us during the hectic, crazy holiday season. As a mom to five children, I’ve struggled through difficult holiday seasons-days full of out-of-control emotions, hectic schedules, non-cooperative kids, and count-

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less other stressors. After a particularly difficult year, I evaluated the details of the season and determined the missing ingredients to our holiday season: ample doses of grace and flexibility. It’s easy to find ways to give grace and flexibility to our children, our spouse, our work associates and others during tensionfilled moments and stress-filled days. We can choose to offer grace toward hurtful words and a flexible spirit when a stubborn demeanor shows up, enabling a peaceful environment. Heather Hetchler, mom to six says, “While most gifts end up in a landfill, grace and flexibility help create cherished memories that will forever live in the hearts of those who receive these precious gifts.” Many families have unique challenges that show up during the holidays. Addiction seeps into homes, creating havoc and dissension. Mental illness rears its ugly head, resulting in confusion and uncertainty. The loss of a loved one creates a sad reminder that holidays will never be the same. Grace is the perfect answer when irritability, sadness, or frustration set in. Flexibility becomes a necessary part of unwrapping holiday peace when schedules change or the unexpected happens. Illness, job loss, marital disharmony. These unexpected events create heartache that disrupts holiday peace. Flexibility becomes the key to creating a peace-filled moment amidst stressed-out emotions. Jan Gull, stepmom to three, says she incorporates flexibility during the holiday season with “more being, less doing.” She maintains a schedule that allows time to create memories as a family through baking cookies together and making gifts for others instead of spinning the web of excessive spending and gift-giving. Grace and flexibility are not always easy to offer, but can be priceless gifts when extended during stressful periods. We can intentionally choose to make choices that allow for a peaceful season. Gifts without price tags are a great gift for anyone. Whether you choose one to wrap as a gift, or select one to offer in passing, you’re making the right choice. Give it a try this season!

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