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Saturday, January 27, 2018 at the Collier County Fairgrounds 731 39th Avenue N.E., Naples, FL 34120

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One incredible day and night of music! Buy your Reserved Seating General Admission ticket while they last, starting at $32. VIP seats are $57. For tickets & more details, go to www.countryjamflorida.com. Big Swamp Smoke Off Jan. 5 & 6 Featuring the Ben Allen Band

Come out to our BBQ Competition with the nation’s top cook teams, Craft Beer sampling, Face Painting, and Games for Kids! The event will also feature a “Ride the Ridge” motorcycle and car scavenger hunt and cornhole tournament benefitting Palmetto Ridge High School band boosters! Admission is FREE! The Collier County Agricultural Fair & Exposition, Inc. is a private, not-forprofit organization that provides support for such community groups as the Collier County Sheriff’s Junior Deputy Program, Catholic Charities, 4-H Foundation, Open Youth of Collier County, Boy Scouts, Kiwanis Club, Naples Bears, Immokalee High School Band, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Youth Haven, and the Palmetto High School Fishing Club, Marching Band, and Band Boosters. In addition, our Making Life Fair Fund supports local individuals with life-altering illnesses or hardships.

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January 2018 TABLE OF CONTENTS

in every issue . . . 07

FROM THE PUBLISHER

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REEL LIFE WITH JANE

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COLLIER COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT UPDATE

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FAMILY LAW

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CITY CONNECTION

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COLLIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

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ESTATE PLANNING

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THE OUTNUMBERED MOTHER

on the cover…

18 New Year, New You. This year, swap your goals for intentions for a more fulfilling year. by Sandra K. Jones-Keller 20 Never Forget. Discover the Holocaust Museum & Education Center of SWFL, an award-winning institution in our own back yard. by Joan Hogan

34 MOMentum Moms. This Merchant Marine turned PTO President improves students’ academic life with all hands on deck. by Stacy Nicolau 36 Home Cooking. If you have vowed to cook more at home this year, here are some great recipes to help with dinner prep. by Anna Snyder

Viviana (9) and Gillian (11) enjoyed their morning at the Naples Zoo visiting the penguins. They both attend The Village School and are the daughters of Dr. Carin Corbo, veterinarian and owner of The Animal Medical Hospital of Naples, and Anthony Yenshaw, IT director at The Village School and North Naples Church. Gillian’s interests include volleyball and basketball, while Viviana also enjoys volleyball and loves animals. Cover photo by Peggy Farren of Avant Garde Photography • 239-263-7001

38 Bed Rest. How to survive weeks of bed rest, from a woman who’s been there. by Sarah Lyons 40 Budgeting After Baby. Practical advice on how to soften the financial impact of bringing home baby. by Sarah Lyons 42 Art Basel Miami. Experience the excitement and vibrant colors of Art Basel Miami through the lens of our field photographer. by Lisette Morales

Give your child the Sport of a Lifetime! Especially for beginners, ages 5-16

Learn or improve tennis at Collier County Parks Weekly group lessons and holiday and summer camps Fun! Fitness! Friendships! Highly qualified tennis professionals, trained in making tennis fun and fulfilling

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THIS MONTH: New Year

Co-Publisher Stacy Nicolau snicolau@neafamily.com 239-370-5333 Co-Publisher Leigh Ann Newman lanewman@neafamily.com 239-272-0529 Travel Editor Karen T. Bartlett mostlykidsguides@gmail.com 239-595-9026 Feature Writer Anna Snyder Cover Photographer Peggy Farren www.naplesportraits.com Field Photographer Lisette Morales lisettemoralesart@gmail.com Intern Rebecca Barton Editorial submissions are welcome. We reserve the right to edit, reject, or comment editorially on all material contributed. We cannot be responsible for return of any unsolicited materials. Articles and advertisements in Neapolitan Family do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the publisher nor does the publisher assume responsibility for statements made by our advertisers or editorial contributors. Acceptance of advertising by Neapolitan Family does not constitute an endorsement of the products, services, or information. We do not knowingly present any product or service which is fraudulent or misleading in nature. Neapolitan Family is available free of charge at more than 200 distribution points throughout Collier County as well as digitally at neafamily.com. Neapolitan Family is ©2017 by Neapolitan Family Publishing LLC. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or part without written permission is strictly prohibited. NEAPOLITANfamily • January 2018

If you got through December without losing your mind (and too much money), give yourself a pat on the back. Now it’s time to take on “Season” in Southwest Florida, which is just getting started. Fortunately with all the snowbirds here, Naples becomes a bustling center of activities, performances, festivals, and fairs. One of my favorite events each year is Empty Bowls, (January 27 in Cambier Park). All year long, students in area schools create pottery bowls for attendees to purchase and then fill with soups from local restaurants. It’s a fun and delicious way to help end hunger in Collier County. After your family has filled their bellies with gumbo, chowder, and bisque, head over to Fifth Avenue to watch the Chalk Art competition. January also inspires us to make resolutions, and guest columnist Sandra K. Jones-Keller gives her recommendations for setting intentions rather than goals on page 18. Humor columnist Amy Hunter advises moms to make realistic resolutions on page 23, while our MOMentum Mom Cindy Dreyfuss (page 34) settles for a “five-year plan,” which gives her plenty of time to change course. If the New Year is bringing a new baby to your family, you may be thinking on how to budget for a bigger family. On page 40, mom of six Sarah Lyons gives expectant families practical advice on how to save money. If your pregnancy requires you to be on bed rest, Sarah also has great tips on page 38 for keeping your mind busy while keeping your baby safe. Cooking enthusiast Anna Snyder will help you keep your resolution to cook more meals at home for your family with several quick and easy crowd-pleaser recipes on page 36. Happy New Year!

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REEL LIFE WITH JANE

By Jane Louise Boursaw

Family Movie Previews for January Movies for kids and teens in January include “Paddington” and “Maze Runner” sequels, along with a Dakota Fanning movie, and more. Let’s take a closer look. goes. While searching for the perfect present for his beloved Aunt Lucy’s (Imelda Staunton) 100th birthday, Paddington spots a unique pop-up book in Mr. Gruber’s (Jim Broadbent) antique shop and embarks upon a series of odd jobs to buy it. But when the book is stolen, it’s up to Paddington and the Browns to unmask the thief. Directed by Paul King, this movie also stars Brendan Gleeson, Julie Walters, and Hugh Grant. FOREVER MY GIRL Rated PG for thematic elements, including drinking, and for language In theaters 1/19 Ok for kids 9+ Reel Preview: 3.5 of 5 Reels

PADDINGTON 2 Rated PG for some action and mild rude humor • In theaters 1/12 Ok for kids 6+ Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels This sequel to the cute 2014 film finds Paddington (voiced by Ben Whishaw) happily settled with the Brown family in Windsor Gardens, where he has become a popular member of the community, spreading joy and marmalade wherever he

Based on the acclaimed novel by Heidi McLaughlin, this movie directed by Bethany Ashton Wolf tells the story of country music superstar Liam Page (Alex Roe) who left his bride, Josie (Jessica Rothe), at the altar, choosing fame and fortune instead. However, Liam never got over Josie, his one true love, nor did he ever forget his Southern roots in the small community where he was born and raised. When he unexpectedly returns to his hometown for the funeral of his high school best friend, Liam is suddenly faced with the consequences of all that he left behind.

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MARY AND THE WITCH’S FLOWER Rated PG for some action and thematic elements • In theaters 1/19 Ok for kids 6+ • Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels The story centers on an ordinary young girl named Mary who discovers a flower that grants magical powers, but only for one night. As she is whisked into an exciting new world beyond belief, she must learn to stay true to herself. Based on Mary Stewart’s 1971 children’s book “The Little Broomstick.”

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PLEASE STAND BY Rated PG-13 for brief strong language • In theaters 1/26 Ok for kids 13+ Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels Directed by Ben Lewin, this movie stars Dakota Fanning as Wendy, a young autistic woman who runs away from her caregiver in order to boldly go and deliver her 500page “Star Trek” script to a writing competition in Hollywood. On an adventure full of laughter and tears, Wendy follows the guiding spirit of Mr. Spock on her journey into the unknown. THE POST Rated PG-13 for language and brief war violence • In theaters 1/12 Ok for kids 13+ Reel Review: 4 of 5 Reels Directed by Steven Spielberg, this real-life story takes place in June 1971, when The New York Times, The Washington Post, and the nation’s other major newspapers took a brave stand for freedom of speech and reported on the Pentagon Papers, the

massive cover-up of government secrets that spanned four decades and four U.S. Presidents. At the time, the Post’s Katherine Graham (Meryl Streep) was still finding her footing as the country’s first female newspaper publisher, and Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks), the paper’s volatile and driven editor, was trying to enhance the stature of the struggling local paper. Together, the two formed an unlikely team, as they were forced to come together and make the bold decision to support The New York Times and fight the Nixon Administration’s unprecedented attempt to restrict the First Amendment. MAZE RUNNER: THE DEATH CURE Not yet rated; likely PG-13 In theaters 1/26 • Ok for kids 13+ Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels In this epic finale to the “Maze Runner” saga, Thomas leads his group of escaped Gladers on their final and most dangerous mission yet. To save their friends, they must break into the legendary Last City, a WCKD-controlled labyrinth that may turn out to be the deadliest maze of all. Anyone who makes it out alive will get answers to

the questions the Gladers have been asking since they first arrived in the maze. Based on the third novel in the “Maze Runner” series by James Dashner, this movie is directed by Wes Ball. ARCTIC JUSTICE: THUNDER SQUAD Not yet rated; likely PG In theaters 1/26 • Ok for kids 6+ Reel Preview: 3 of 5 Reels A rag-tag group of inexperienced heroes join forces to thwart the evil Doc Walrus, voiced by John Cleese, and save the Arctic. Directed by Aaron Woodley, this cute movie also features the voices of Jeremy Renner, James Franco, Alec Baldwin, Omar Sy, Heidi Klum, and Angelica Huston. JANE’S REEL RATING SYSTEM 1 Reel–Even the Force can’t save it. 2 Reels–Coulda been a contender. 3 Reels–Something to talk about. 4 Reels–You want the truth? Great flick! 5 Reels–Wow! The stuff dreams are made of. JANE LOUISE BOURSAW is the editor of ReelLifeWithJane.com and OldMission.net.

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YOUR COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS

Neapolitan Family Recognized As Family Friendly Workplace

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ollier Child Care Resources (CCCR) recently recognized a number of companies in Southwest Florida, including Neapolitan Family, for their family friendly business practices. Taking home the top awards were Bonita Bay Club and Arthrex, tied as Employer of the Year in the Large Business category. Fun Time Early Childhood Academy was named Employer of the Year in the Small Business category. Collier County Public Schools and Golisano Children’s Museum were runner-ups in their respective categories. The David Lawrence Center was recognized as a Family Friendly Business for the 16th year in a row. The businesses were honored at the Family Friendly Business Awards networking breakfast and presentation ceremony. Since this event also fell on Giving Tuesday, the globally recognized day of giving following Black Friday and Cyber Monday, CCCR hosted a book drive to help provide holiday gifts for the children at their development centers, the majority of which are economically disadvantaged and whose parents especially struggle during this season. A total of 35 books were donated at the event. “Many companies today desire a win-win situation in which they help people generate their best work, attract and retain top talent, while allowing employees greater flexibility and support,” said

Above: (L-R) Naples Mayor Bill Barnett, CCCR Executive Director Nicole Howard, and Neapolitan Family Co-Publisher Stacy Nicolau at CCCR’s Family Friendly Business Awards.

Nicole Howard, CCCR’s executive director. “We want to encourage this trend by recognizing a company’s dedication to the well-being of their employees.” Added JoAnn Lawrence, CCCR’s director of development, “This award program enlightened me to so many innovative and creative ways businesses offer family supportive benefits to their employees. I can see how these practices increase morale and company loyalty, and help employees perform their best work.” For more information, visit collierchildcare.org.

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Lee Health’s Children’s Hospital Named One of Best in Country

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or the second year in a row, Lee Health’s Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida has been named a Top Children’s Hospital by The Leapfrog Group. Only 10 children’s hospitals in the country earned this prestigious distinction, which highlights each hospital’s commitment to safety and quality care of children. “We are so fortunate to have such a dedicated caring team of quality nurses and physicians that look after our children’s health in this community. We earned this award because of their commitment to quality and safety of children every day,” according to Dr. Alex Daneshmand, acute care medical officer of Golisano Children’s Hospital. “It is an honor to be among this elite group of children’s hospitals in the nation,” said Armando Llechu, chief administrative officer, Golisano Children’s Hospital. “Our mission has always been to keep children close to home for the medical care they require. This Top Hospital endorsement from The Leapfrog Group shows that the care is not just available, but that it is leading-edge, safe, and of the highest quality. To earn this prestigious award two years in a row reflects our continued commitment to maintain these high standards.” In May, Golisano Children’s Hospital moved into its new, child-friendly and state-of-art facility located next to HealthPark Medical Center on Bass Road in Fort Myers. The new facility includes Level II and Level III neonatal intensive care units, a Regional Perinatal Intensive Care Center, dedicated pediatric emergency services, and a state-of-the-art pediatric ICU. For more information, visit www.leapfroggroup.org/tophospitals.

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Children’s Montessori to Hold Three Open Houses in January

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hildren’s Montessori School, located at 2535 Northbrooke Plaza Drive in North Naples, is hosting three open houses in January, all at 10 a.m.: Tuesday, Jan. 9; Saturday, Jan. 13; and Tuesday, Jan. 16. The school has class openings for students ages 12 months through three years. For details or to reserve a tour space, call 239-593-6668.

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YOUR COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS

Valerie’s House Children’s Quilt on Display Locally & in D.C.

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he children of Valerie’s House, Inc., a Southwest Florida nonprofit helping grieving families, have created a travelling Children’s Grief Quilt that will be displayed at several businesses and schools in the area as well as in Congressman Frances Rooney’s office in Washington, D.C. Each square of the children’s quilt represents a memory they have about the person in their life who has died. The handmade quilt was made to bring attention to children grieving and spread awareness about the Valerie’s House grief support program. Nationally, one in five children will lose a parent or sibling before the age of 20. “We are overwhelmed with the number of businesses that have reached out and offered to display the children’s quilt,” said Angela Melvin, founder and CEO of Valerie’s House. “Our hope is a grieving family who needs us may discover the quilt on display and realize we are here for them and they can come to us for help.” More than 20 businesses, schools and government agencies will display the quilt into early 2018, including FineMark National Bank & Trust, IBERIABANK, Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Company, Norman Love Confections, and the Lee County School District. Valerie’s House serves 140 children from five counties: Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry, and Lee. It is a special place for children and families to connect with one another and learn the tools to heal after they have experienced the death of someone they love. Contact info@valerieshouseswfl.org or visit www.valerieshouseswfl.org.

Baby Basics Fun Run/Walking Challenge Set for Jan. 20

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aby Basics of Collier County (a volunteer organization that provides free diapers and kindness to over 400 infants and toddlers from low-income, working families in Collier

County and Bonita Springs) is hosting its 9th Annual 5K Fun Run/Walking Challenge on Saturday, Jan. 20 at the North Collier Regional Park on Livingston Road in Naples. This popular, family-friendly event is open to all ages and includes a 1.5- to 6-mile walk and – new this year – a 5K run, and is designed to raise money for and increase public awareness about Baby Basics of Collier County. “After pooling our resources with diaper banks all over the country and donating more than 400,000 diapers to Hurricane Irma’s smallest victims, this event will allow us to raise the funds necessary to replenish our diaper stock and provide for the over 400 babies that are currently enrolled in our program,” said Jean Ann Lynch, the group’s founder and board president. For details or to register in advance, visit babybasicscollier.org.

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Letter to the Editor Last month, we ran a contest on Neapolitan Family’s Facebook page for free tickets to a sensory-friendly performance of “Miracle on 34th Street” by the Naples Players. The response from one of the four winners was so heart-warming that we had to share it. Naples Players’ next sensory-friendly performance will be of The Music Man on March 20.

Napes Bike Brunch Provides Family Fun, Funds for Safe Biking

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aples Pathways Coalition (NPC) is hosting its 12th Annual TD Bank Naples Bike Brunch on Saturday, Jan. 20 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Cambier Park located at 755 8th Avenue South in Naples. The Naples Bike Brunch is NPC’s signature event dedicated to community, fun, and fitness. Cyclists of all abilities are welcome and can choose from 100-mile, 62-mile, 30-mile, and 20-mile distances. Get the whole family up and moving with a five mile ride or partake in the 3K fun run/walk, as well as the Kid’s Parade at noon. The $10 registration fee includes lunch and a beverage, provided by Moe’s Southwest Grill. Kids 12 and under are free with a paid adult and will receive lunch and a beverage as well. Proceeds from the event will help Naples Pathways Coalition create safe, bikeable, walkable communities throughout Collier County. Register at www.registerbikebrunch.com.

Village School of Naples Hosts STEAM Festival in February

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he Village School of Naples is hosting TVS Knight Fest, a STEAM Festival on Saturday, Feb. 3 from 4-8 p.m. The festival will take place on the school campus at 6000 Goodlette Road. Enjoy a talent show at 4 p.m., followed by exhibits, games, activities, and auctions. Dinner is included in the ticket price of $50 for adults and $10 for children and students through grade 12. Come see how STEAM education at The Village School creates a memorable evening for the entire community. For more information, visit villageschoolnaples.org or call 239-593-7600.

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Dear Neapolitan Family, Having never taken Abigail to a play, due to the fact that her focus and concern for noise has always been on our minds, we really didn’t know what to expect. Last night, from the moment we walked in, we knew this was going to be a good experience for the entire family. The Naples Players’ staff were amazing and made it very clear to everyone as they walked in that this was a sensory-friendly production. Everyone was given an information guide on what would happen – lights left on but lower, being able to move about, and that this was a ‘no clap’ performance. This allowed me as a parent to relax and know that my daughter and our family would not be judged by anyone. The theater had set up a ‘quiet’ area and had noisereducing earphones available. Despite Abigail wanting some, we decided that if needed we would get them during the performance (we didn’t need them). Along with the above accommodations, when we went into the theater we could sit wherever we wanted and we could move around if we needed. The fact that only about a third of seats were sold (Editor’s Note: The theater limits tickets to sensory-friendly performances) made it a lot easier, knowing we would have to get up and move at some stage; which we did, but for once, I didn’t have to care about how many times we got up and moved, as I knew we were not going to get ‘tutted’ at. Abigail loved it all, got very excited to see the orchestra, and then to see Santa for the first time on stage, and just watching the performance. I spent a lot of time watching her expressions of joy and we danced a lot in our seats during some of the songs. As a family we had a great evening. The performance was great, and kudos to the actors and actresses, as it really must be strange for them with the house lights up and no clapping. Thank you to Neapolitan Family Magazine for making this happen for us as a family and for making us aware of the sensory-friendly productions. But, most of all, thank you to Naples Players for providing us with a ‘no judge’ zone, where we can go as a family and enjoy something that we feel we would not have been able to do. This performance let Abigail experience something that we would have been leery to do and hopefully will now give her the confidence and reduce her stress levels to maybe attend another performance. We look forward to going again to the next sensory performance. Thanks again, Victoria Konopik neafamily.com

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COLLIER COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS

By Amanda Jackson, Communications & Community Engagement

FGCU Students Lend Support to Everglades City School

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n the months following Hurricane Irma, there has been an outpouring of support for students in some of the most heavily impacted areas of Collier County. Recently, Florida Gulf Coast University’s (FGCU) Marieb College of Health and Human Services teamed up with Everglades City School (EVG) to provide some additional support. FGCU students, who are attending school to receive a master’s degree in counseling, along with faculty and community members, raised more than $2,000 to replace damaged athletic equipment at EVG. “We knew there were continual needs in the community,” says FGCU professor Alise Bartley. “We developed a list of schools and organizations, and Everglades was on the list. We’ve been so excited to have this partnership and are thankful they invited us here.”

In addition to the donation, students from FGCU’s Marieb College of Health and Human Services volunteered to make the trip and provide an afternoon of fun activities and games for all EVG students. They hosted activities like chalk drawing, volleyball, soccer, playground time, hula hoops, and more. They even received a donation of ice cream bars for students to enjoy. “I think it’s important for our kids to have connections to the community and know that people still care,” said EVG principal Jim Ragusa. “It’s more than three months after the storm and it keeps students aware that so many people out there support them.” “Our kids really are geographically isolated, so it is extremely important for them to have that exposure to people who really understand and care,” Ragusa said.

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FAMILY LAW

By Dale Klaus and Reuben Doupé

Understanding Imputation of Income

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espite how many times we have tried, the old adage that “you can’t squeeze water from a stone” holds true. Where this issue arises most in family law is when trying to set or collect child support from someone who is unemployed or underemployed. Florida law puts the responsibility on all parents to care for their children financially. Some parents simply handle this responsibility better than others. This right to collect, or an obligation to pay child support, exists. The two most important factors in calculating child support are the monthly net incomes of each parent, so a conundrum is created when one of those parents does not have an income. How is an unemployed parent going to meet their duty to financially support their children? The answer is through the concept of imputation of income. The first necessary element for imputation of income is a finding by the court that a particular parent is voluntarily unemployed, or underemployed. The concept of “underemployed” simply means that the parent is not earning as much as they could if they were to use their best efforts to maximize their employment income. Once the court makes that finding, the next step is to determine how much that parent could earn from working, if they were using their best efforts to maximize their income. Determining how much a person could or should earn will usually require the services of a vocational examiner. This is an

expert who interviews and tests the parent, identifies potential jobs that the parent is qualified to handle, and then performs a market search to see what jobs are available in the area within that parent’s qualifications. This expert will render a report that concludes with an opinion as to how much that parent can earn in the marketplace. For purposes of an example, let’s say the expert concludes that a parent could earn $20 per hour, working full time. This is equal to about $40,000 per year before taxes. If the court finds the expert’s opinion to be reliable and credible, then the court will calculate child support by setting the unemployed parent’s income at $40,000 per year. Then the court will use the Florida Child Support Guidelines to calculate the proper amount of monthly child support based on this figure. If the unemployed parent owes child support, then the court will order that parent to pay child support based on this imputed income. This is not an order to go get a job. This is not an order to go find a job making at least $20

per hour. The resulting child support is not made contingent upon that parent finding a job. Imputation of income allows a court to use an amount of income that should be readily available to that parent to order the actual payment of child support, regardless of whether or not the parent earns that income. The law takes the responsibility of supporting children very seriously, and expects every parent to take this important responsibility seriously. Fortunately, most parents meet this obligation and do their very best, sacrificing to provide for their family. However, to resolve that rare situation when a parent is not doing their best, the court is armed with the legal ability to impute income to protect the needs of our children.

DALE KLAUS and REUBEN DOUPÉ are partners at Klaus Doupé, a leading law firm in Naples focusing solely on marital and family law. Visit www.Marital-FamilyLaw. com or call 239-403-9800.

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CITY CONNECTION PARKS DEPT.

By Laura Tichy-Smith

Get Out in January

The cooler weather of January is a fantastic time to get your family outside to enjoy some great events offered by the City of Naples Community Services Department and community organizations. Free Tuesday Morning Nature Talk Series Bring your children and learn together how nature can flourish in urban and suburban areas, with the proper care. The Naples Preserve continues the tradition of its free nature talk series featuring guest speakers from natural areas around Southwest Florida. The presentations will inform and entertain both adults and children over the age of 7. All talks are at 10 a.m. Tuesdays. The schedule is: Jan. 9 – A surprise presentation; Jan. 16 – “Wildlife Tales” by Michelle Marinangel of Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s von Arx Wildlife Hospital, who will bring a live animal; Jan. 24 – “What Animals Think and Feel” by retired science educator Jack Berninger; and Jan. 30 – “Great Native Plants to Grow Along Your Lake” by Eric Foht of the Naples Botanical Gardens. Call 239-261-4290. (1690 Tamiami Trail N., corner of US 41 & Fleischmann Blvd.) Bike-Run-Walk Brunch & Family Festival The 12th annual festival is a ride/run/walk event for the whole family on Saturday, Jan. 20 from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Festivities begin and end at Cambier Park. The event features bike rides for all levels: 100, 62, 30, or 20 miles, and a special 5 miler for families

with kids, plus a 3K Fun Run/Walk. The brunch runs 12-2:45 p.m. and will feature craft beers, a band, lunch from Moe’s, and a vendor expo with games and silent auction. Proceeds support the work of Naples Pathways Coalition to create safe, bikeable, walkable communities. Kids 12 and under free with paid adult. Fees vary from $15 to $55 (check www.naplespathways.org for categories). Call 239-777-7781 or email bethbrainard@naplespathways.org. (755 Eighth Ave. S., Naples) Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade The annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade will line up on Broad Avenue and proceed north on 3rd Street South, then right on 5th Avenue South, and end on 8th Street South. The parade will be followed by an educational program in Cambier Park. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Monday, Jan. 15. Call 239-455-2886. Pets on Third Parade Check out the crazy costumes when pets strut their stuff down Third Street South for the 9th Annual Pet Parade. Past participants have included not just dogs, but cats, birds, and even ponies! Then check out the Pet Fest booths for boutiques and services for your pet’s health and well-being. Sunday, Jan. 14

from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (parade at noon). Call 239-649-6707. (Third Street South, Naples) Chalk It Up on Fifth Watch as artists transform the half-mile pavement of posh Fifth Avenue South into a canvas for a day at this event raising college scholarships for local high school students. The free fun runs from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 27. Includes live entertainment, music by live bands, and fashion shows throughout the day. Vote for your favorite artistic creation by purchasing vote tickets at the event and 100 percent of your donation will go into the scholarship fund. Call 239514-4100. (Fifth Avenue South, Naples) Empty Bowls Fills Local Food Bank While you are downtown for the free chalk art festival, you can help Harry Chapin Food Bank by grabbing a delicious lunch at the Empty Bowls Naples event in Cambier Park. Not only do you get to enjoy gourmet soups and breads donated by local restaurants, you get to pick out your own handmade pottery bowl to take home as a souvenir of the event. Tickets are $20 each, paid at the gate, and the event runs 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 27. Call 239-591-8848 or visit www.emptybowlsnaples.com. (755 Eighth Ave. S., Naples)

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COLLIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

By Kristine Gill

CCSO Using Viral Hashtag to Urge Everyone to Lock Up

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t the beginning of September, the Collier County Sheriff ’s Office joined the bandwagon on a viral trend aimed at keeping citizens safe. It’s called the #9PMRoutine, and the message is simple: lock up each night. The idea is that residents of any community can avoid preventable crimes by locking their homes and vehicles each night. Deputies at the Pasco County Sheriff ’s Office coined the hashtag last year. Slowly, the movement grew online and other law enforcement agencies across the country joined in. The goal was to avoid preventable burglaries. Because sometimes, folks forget to lock their cars, especially when they’re parked safely in the driveway or garage. Others simply don’t feel the need to lock their front doors in a relatively safe neighborhood. But since promoting a #9PMRoutine to lock up valuables, deputies in Pasco County saw crime decline. It was a quick and easy way to promote safety, so CCSO began posting every so often, using the #9PMRoutine hashtag and

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scouring the internet for funny, yet appropriate, gifs and memes to accompany the message. And people responded. Now, the average #9pmRoutine post shared a few times throughout the week garners a few dozen likes, comments, and shares. If you have seen one of our posts, featuring SpongeBob SquarePants, the cast of Grease, or characters from NBC’s The Office, CCSO is glad you’re reading! You too can join in on the #9PMRoutine. Each night before bed, lock your cars and homes. Be sure to check your windows are also locked and that any valuables inside the home are safely secured. You’d be surprised how many thefts take place because doors and vehicles were left unlocked. Would-be criminals also tend to test sliding glass doors, which are often left unlocked. Promoting this safety routine has been fun and, hopefully, has kept folks feeling safe each night. It’s something you can even have your children partake in. Sharing these simple safety tips will have a big impact if everyone takes part.

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NEW YEAR, NEW YOU

By Sandra K. Jones-Keller

Setting Intentions, Rather Than Goals, for the New Year

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ow many New Year’s resolutions have you made that you’ve abandoned by the end of January? Empty promises that disappear as quickly as cool morning fog in sunlight. Maybe you’ve come up short because you were setting goals instead of intentions. Goals and intentions are similar: things that you plan or propose to carry out, an aim, or desired result. But, there’s a difference. Goals are specific and measurable and often notions you think you “should” do, versus your heart’s desires. After you’ve set your goals, you list your tasks and particular actions to accomplish them. Setting goals is a linear process. It’s based on what you know or think you know. If you don’t know how to reach your goal, you may do research, then follow someone’s advice on how to achieve it. Let’s examine a couple of possible goals: say your goal is to lose 10 pounds in a month. Your first step may be to find a diet to follow. Next, you decide to run four days a week, and finally you find a supplement that’s ‘proven’ to get results. All things that worked in the past or your friends swear by. Or maybe your goal is to eat healthier. First you may look online for recipes that contain lots of vegetables and lean meats, or you may ask your friends for suggestions, or do research about nutrition and diets like paleo or vegetarianism. All are excellent ways to eat healthier, but not necessarily the best ways for you in this moment. Can you begin to see how setting goals is based on what you know or think you know? Conversely, intentions tap into your authentic self and the universe. They can be similar to goals; however, the process of fulfillment differs and they may require deeper thought on a personal level. After you set an intention, you step back and wait for inspired actions – actions that come from your heart and intuition, internal impulses you receive – rather than planned out actions. Intentions

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tap into miracles and the unknown because you are divinely guided in your movements. There is still work to be done and steps to take, but you’re tuning into your intuition and following that higher guidance. Now, let’s take your goals and turn them into intentions. Instead of losing 10 pounds in one month, you reframe that into an intention to be fit and healthy. Once you set your intention, you listen for guidance regarding the steps to follow as opposed to making out a list from your past experiences. This way you are tapping into your intuition and receiving instructions about actions you may not have considered. You may be led to a different way of eating, or guided to fun exercise classes or something totally out of the box (like ice skating for me) that ultimately will lead you to being fit and healthy in a joyful way, not struggling through a routine to lose weight which will probably come back once you stop that routine. By setting an intention to eat healthier, you will then be guided to meal choices that are best for you and your family. It may be a vegetarian or paleo diet, but it also could be something you’ve never heard of. The key is to be open for inspiration and exploration and let your intuition direct you. Three steps to setting powerful intentions 1. Visualize what you want to accomplish, create, have, or be. Remain clear, concise, and unwavering. Don’t base your intentions on what you think is possible from past experience. 2. Reflect on whether this is something you think you “should” do or something that enlivens your heart. “Shoulds” do not bring peace and joy to life and don’t propel you to create miracles. 3. Follow the internal impulses you receive even if they don’t make sense at the time. Intuition often speaks in whispers that the rational mind doesn’t understand. You can set intentions for yourself personally and together as a family. This is a wonderful way to involve children in family decisions and empower them to take responsibility for what they want to create in their life. Here’s a real-life example to illustrate my point: My family set the intention to move from Georgia to Florida. At the time, we didn’t have the money to move, nor a place to stay, nor work for my husband. Because intentions are guided by inspired actions, we didn’t list a bunch of tasks to complete, but waited for our intuition to lead us. Shortly after setting our intention, my husband was “inspired” to put an ad on Craigslist offering to exchange remodeling work for housing – something he would not have normally done. His ad was answered by a couple who had a beautiful empty house in Florida that they wanted remodeled. Within a couple of weeks of setting our clear intention, we packed our cars and moved. When we set our intention, we had no idea how it would work out. This is the power of intentions: you tap into the unknown and true miracles become available. SANDRA K. JONES-KELLER is an Intuitive Pregnancy Coach, Spiritual Energy Healer, New Age Kid Parenting Advocate, workshop presenter and author of three books including 21 Lessons To Empower The New Age Kid. Visit SandraJonesKeller.com to find out more. NEAPOLITANfamily • January 2018


ESTATE PLANNING

By Norell Albanis

Leaving Behind More Than Money

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s a parent, it is vitally important to be aware of what you are passing on to your kids. Most parents simply don’t consider what they are handing down to the next generation, beyond thinking about how much money they’ll leave behind. Hopefully you’ll be among the minority of parents who understand there’s a much bigger consideration here. Estate planning should not just focus on passing on your money, but also should include a process to pass on your whole family wealth (intellectual, spiritual, and human assets, in addition to money) into the legal life planning process. Doing so allows to you consciously pass on what you really want. Building Resilience One thing I’ve learned in my own life and through helping clients pass on their whole family wealth is that there’s one human trait that helps to navigate all of life’s stages, and that’s resilience. Resilience is the ability to bounce back, move forward, and learn from negativity and setbacks in life. As a parent, the greatest gift you can give your child is the gift of learning how to make mistakes, learn from them, and grow as a result. How you do this may be surprising. The foundation for developing resilience in your child is threefold: 1) develop resilience in your own life; 2) allow your child the freedom to make mistakes, the security to learn from those mistakes, and the opportunity to move forward after those

mistakes; and 3) let your children see you make mistakes and role model resilience for them with vulnerable power. You want to strike a balance between open communication with your children, sharing your mistakes and lessons, and shielding them from information that may create unnecessary insecurity. For example, imagine that you face a difficult situation at work. You could come home and complain about your coworkers, your boss, or your team, or you could take full responsibility for your own contribution to a stressful situation and share with your child what you are going to do to face the challenge head on and make it better. Whenever you notice that you could have done better, or made a mistake, tell your child about it and what you learned as a result. And, when your child makes a mistake, celebrate the opportunity to learn, rather than reinforcing the “wrongness” of the experience. Remember, some of the most successful people on the planet failed first. What made them an ultimate success? They had the resilience and support to recognize that failure was simply part of the journey and to keep going. So how does estate planning fit into developing resilience in your children? First and foremost, resilience comes when your children know that no matter what happens, you love and accept them and will always be there for them. It is having that knowledge that creates the security that allows your

children to take the risks that others can’t or won’t. That’s the ultimate foundation of true life success. When you’ve handled your estate planning and talked with your kids about what you’ve set up (when they are old enough, talk to your attorney about bringing them in for a family meeting to explain your plan and why you have made the decisions you did), they get the clear message that you’ve done everything possible to be there for them, even if you cannot be there physically. By including them in the process, when they are old enough, they began to see that you trust them, that you are working with them to design a future that is positive for your whole family, and that you trust and respect their input. Estate planning can (and should) be about so much more than just passing on your money. It can be a perfect opportunity to protect all of your family wealth and create a future your whole family is excited to live in to together. NORELL ALBANIS is an estate planning attorney, and can be reached at 239-314-2353 or by visiting albanislaw.com.

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HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY

By Joan Hogan

NAPLES’ HOLOCAUST MUSEUM INSPIRES STUDENTS TO NEVER FORGET In November 2005, the United Nations designated January 27 as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. It marks the day in 1945 when the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp was liberated by the advancing Red Army.

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hen seventh graders at Golden Gate Middle School embarked 20 years ago on a classroom project about the Holocaust called “Out of the Ashes”, they never imagined that their work would be the genesis of an award-winning museum that is celebrating its 17th year of operation in Naples. The project, under the guidance of social studies teacher David Bell and art teacher Michelle Lee, became the inspiration for establishing the Holocaust Museum & Education Center of Southwest Florida in Naples. The museum has affected over 175,000 local students, from kindergarten through college, as well as thousands of visitors from nearly 40 countries through its education programs, exhibits, and special events. These students went far beyond the usual textbook and library research on the Holocaust. They went out into the community and spoke with Holocaust survivors like the late Abe Price, concentration camp liberators like the late Peter Thomas, and World War II (WWII) veterans. They also contacted the late Homer Helter, owner of a local WWII memorabilia store, to help with their project. The students became so invested in the contacts they made with adults who had endured WWII that they vowed to remember and pass along the lessons of the Holocaust to friends, families, and their own future children. Several succeeding 7th grade classes also contributed

their own Holocaust projects. Eventually, the collection of student projects outgrew space at the school. With the support of community leaders and organizations, the collection of projects was put on display at several locations, and in 2001, it was decided to form a nonprofit organization to continue the students’ education mission within Collier County. The Holocaust Museum was founded with a grant from the Jewish Federation of Collier County, and a small storefront space was rented. The museum, staffed by volunteers, took up the students’ education mission, and gradually increased its collection of displays and artifacts. Just as the Golden Gate students discovered, when you make history personal it has a lasting impact. The museum does just that through its displays featuring personal stories of local residents who are Holocaust survivors, liberators, and WWII veterans, including those of Abe Price and Peter Thomas. It now houses more than 1,000 WWII and Holocaust artifacts, which are displayed chronologically from the rise of Nazism through the Nuremberg Trials. Many of the artifacts and original photographs were donated or permanently loaned by Holocaust survivors, camp liberators, and other dedicated people. Today, the museum’s mission is to teach the lessons of the Holocaust in order to inspire action against bigotry, hatred, and violence. Its education department offers a variety of age-appropriate education programs to schools in six counties: Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Hendry, Glades, and Sarasota. Florida is one of the few states to mandate teaching of the Holocaust in its schools, and the museum is a member of the State Task Force on Holocaust Education. In addition to its student programs, the museum also offers training workshops for


teachers throughout the year to help them fulfill the state mandate with their classes. In addition to receiving in-service points for their participation, teachers also receive classroom-ready materials. Education programs are conducted at schools as well as at the museum. The newest program is the 5-8-10 Project, designed to reach students at three points in their education: in 5th, 8th, and 10th grades. Fifth graders learn about the courageous Irena Sendler, whose heroic actions saved 2,500 children from the Warsaw Ghetto. They discover that each of us has the capacity to make a positive difference through our actions and words. Eighth graders come to the museum for a field trip, which is funded by a grant from the Suncoast Credit Union Foundation. The 8th graders tour the museum and participate in educational activities based on Holocaust history and the museum’s current exhibit. Perhaps the most important part of the 8th grade experience is the opportunity to hear directly from a Holocaust survivor. The survivor shares his or her story in front of auditoriums filled with hundreds of students, teachers, and family members. The letters students send to survivors following their talks show the depth of the personal connection made with the speaker, resulting in a whole new generation of students vowing never to forget and always to share the lessons of the Holocaust. Tenth graders are given on overview of genocide through history, showing the parallel patterns all genocides follow, from devaluation of a person to attempted eradication of the entire group. They will trace the corresponding similarities between the Holocaust during WWII and the genocides occurring since and around the world today.

PHOTOS, facing page: The Holocaust Museum’s unique and traveling Boxcar Exhibit, on the left next to a painting of the boxcar by a local student. This page, from top: Holocaust survivor portraits at a Pop-Up Museum at a middle school; Students learning about the Holocaust; A student project: a replica of a child’s butterfly toy from the Theresienstadt concentration camp; The museum’s new facade. Photos courtesy of the Holocaust Museum & Education Center of Southwest Florida.

Touching history An important component of the museum’s education programming is the unique traveling Boxcar Exhibit. On loan from Jack and F.E. Nortman and The Boxcar Foundation, the exhibit has been displayed all across South Florida at schools, universities, churches, synagogues, public libraries, and other community locations. Built in 1919 and used in the German railway system during WWII, the Boxcar has been viewed by more than 90,000 people since its 2008 introduction to the public in Naples. This car was found in Austria in 2007, and its journey to Naples is an amazing story in itself. After its tricky overland trip to the Port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands, it was then shipped to the Port of Miami, and trucked across to Naples, with police escorts accompanying it all the way across the state. Museum Board Member Jack Nortman brought the boxcar here. His mother Rose is a Holocaust survivor and actually travelled in a boxcar like this near the end of WWII. The plaque on the outside of the car honors Rose, her husband Morris, and the many family relatives who did not survive the Holocaust. In 2016, students at iTech Immokalee Construction Design course, under the direction of Instructor Dan Kroeker, refurbished the iconic artifact. While most of the original metal framing remains, as well as the wheels and roof, over the years the boxcar’s wooden elements were damaged by constant exposure to weather, and were replaced with specially treated wood. This will enable the Boxcar Exhibit to continue its important work for years to come. As the students took the boxcar down to the original metal, they also began to learn about the manufacturing history of this particular boxcar and how railway cars of this type were used during the Holocaust and Continued on page 22

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Holocaust Museum & Education Center of Southwest Florida Museum Hours of Operation Open year round Tuesday-Sunday. January-April: Tuesday-Friday 12:30-5 p.m., public tours at 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday 1-4 p.m., public tours at 1:30 p.m. May-December: Tuesday-Sunday 1-4 p.m., public tours at 1:30 p.m. Recommended for 12 years old and up. Children under 12 admitted when accompanied by their supervising adult. Education Programs For more information and to schedule an education program, contact Sam Parish, museum education specialist,

at 239-263-9200, ext. 206, or Sam@ HolocaustMuseumSWFL.org. Programs are available for public, private, charter, alternative, and home-school groups. Private Group Tours

member or volunteer, or to provide sponsorship, financial, or in-kind donations, contact Executive Director Susan Suarez at 239-263-9200 or Susan@ HolocaustMuseumSWFL.org.

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WWII. As one of the students said, “It’s life-changing to be a part of this, to be able to re-model this, and be up close to a part of history.” In Flight In 2017, the short, inspirational play In Flight was created in conjunction with Gulfshore Playhouse, written by Hester Kamin. It will be presented in area schools and is based on the childhood experiences of Holocaust survivor and museum speaker Sabine van Dam. The play is designed to fit within a typical class period, and will provide students with the opportunity to see how our choices and actions define us. When you realize the enormous ripple effect the Golden Gate Middle School students’ small project has had here and abroad, you know their goal has been achieved. The Holocaust and its lessons will be remembered and shared in our community and well beyond our borders. The outgrowth of their project was named “Best Museum – Collier County” in the 2017 Gulfshore Life Magazine Readers poll, and it has received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for

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the past three years. As a current middle school student wrote after a recent field trip to the museum, “Seeing these exhibits is so much more powerful than reading about the Holocaust in a textbook. I will never forget this visit to the museum and I will work to be a force for good in the world.” Perhaps you are one of Mr. Bell’s and Ms. Lee’s 7th graders who created “Out of the Ashes”, or know someone who is. The museum would like to hear from you because it is going to honor the 20th anniversary of “Out of the Ashes” at its Triumph 2018 fundraiser on March 5. The featured speaker this year will be David Eisenhower, grandson of the late President Dwight D. Eisenhower. In his capacity as Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, David’s grandfather was informed at war’s end of the existence of newly liberated concentration camps. He made sure that these camps and their surviving inmates were documented through film and photographs so that no one in the future could ever deny what had happened there. The Golden Gate Middle School students shared Eisenhower’s mission and continue to do so through the Holocaust Museum & Education Center of Southwest Florida today.

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ASK THE OUTNUMBERED MOTHER

By Amy Hunter

Advice on Resolutions, Holiday Blues Amy Hunter grew up in the suburbs of Long Island singing Barbara Streisand hits into her hairbrush. When she’s not writing her hilarity-fueled parenting memoir as The Outnumbered Mother, she’s a Naples-living, butt-wiping, soccer-team carting, gourmet-chef attempting, tennis-skirt wearing, non-tennis playing, self-proclaimed bad mamma jamma to three sons and a very understanding husband. You can find Amy at theoutnumberedmother. com.

it happens. Every. Dang. Year. What I usually do, is write down my short-term goals whenever they pop into my scattered bird-brain and link them to the long-term end goal. Then, I find motivating triggers

Q. I’d like to tackle all my long- and short-term goals this year. Is making resolutions for New Years the right way to go? Amy. While I’m all for getting things done, dreaming big, and accomplishing what you set out to do, I HATE making New Year’s resolutions. Personally, I find that resolving to try/do/be something different because of a new calendar year isn’t really addressing the reasons you want to try/do/ be something different for any other reason than society is telling you that a new year is a time for change. Yes, the year changes every 365 days, but unless you have a real motivation for change, you are more open to failure under these circumstances. For example, every January 1st, the entire nation (or so it seems) joins a gym and resolves that “This will be the year I get in shape!” and then by February 1st you’re the only chick in your Zumba class. And

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getting me to accomplish that goal. Like, if I really want to travel more because I see so many brilliant different spots around the world on the travel channel (or my friends’ Facebook feeds), I have to figure out what obstacles are standing in my way. Don’t have enough money? What’s your plan to hustle more and save more? Can’t travel with the kids? Who do you trust to watch them or when will they be old enough to join you? You will find you accomplish a great deal more when you aren’t setting yourself up for failure with making arbitrary promises to yourself that you can’t keep based on a date. Q: Every year after the holidays, I feel awful. How do I deal with the postholiday blues?

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Amy. I’m pretty sure there are some answers here about dopamine levels and brain waves or whatnot, but because I’m not a doctor – nor have I ever played one on TV – I’m gonna just go with what works for me here and hope that it helps you. But please, please remember, if you find yourself feeling really down, contact your family physician or call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. Personally, I find I have the most disappointments and sadness during the holidays around unrealistic expectations and overwhelming commitments. As a kid, I remember getting blue after Christmas because the celebration was over. I know, not really a rational thought, but hey, kids don’t always make a lot of sense. As a parent, I find myself disappointed when my children don’t always respond enthusiastically to the gifts my husband and I meticulously shop for. I mean, you spend all this money and put in so much thought and then the kid’s all, “Ugh, more Legos.” as he runs to open the next gift. I often have to remind myself that as a parent, the holidays are no longer really about me. They are about making memories and spending time together. Not taking their reaction personally takes work. As for the overwhelming commitments, you’ve gotta pull the good ole Nancy Reagan and remember to “Just say no.” This will help you for the remainder of the school year. I promise.

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11:00 a.m. Health & Safety Day and Open House. A free Health and Safety Day at Temple Shalom Preschool. Children will enjoy seeing fire trucks, ambulances, and more. 4630 Pine Ridge Rd., Naples. Call 239-455-3227 or visit templeshalompreschool.

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4:00 p.m. Playful Interactions. For children with ASD. All children that participate must be accompanied by an adult caregiver so that 1:1 assistance is maintained. Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check collierlibrary.org.

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10:00 a.m. Toddler and Pre-Primary Open House. Open house for students 1-3 years old. To reserve a tour space, call 239-593-6668. Located at Children’s Montessori School, 2535 Northbrooke Plaza Dr., Naples. Visit www.childmont.com.

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4:00 p.m. Montessori Academy Open House. Join us to tour our facilities and learn about our programs for infants to adolescents. Located at Montessori Academy of Naples, 2659 Professional Cr., Naples. Check www.naplesmontessori.org.

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3:30 p.m. Fish Biology. Learn the differences in the aquatic structure of fish compared to humans. Lots of hands-on activities. Grades 1-5. Registration required. Marco Island Branch Library, 210 S. Heathwood Dr., Marco Island. Call 239-394-3272 or check collierlibrary.org.

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6:30 p.m. Buddy Break Respite Program for Kids With Special Needs. Threehour session of free respite care for children with special needs and their siblings. Advanced registration required. Call 239272-8031.

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7:00 p.m. I Have A D r e a m . Free. In remembrance of Martin Luther King, participants may showcase a speech, poem, skit, or comedy bit. Ages 6+. Eagle Lakes Community Park, 11565 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples. Call 239-252-4414 or visit colliergov.net.

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7:00 a.m. TD Bank Naples Bike Brunch. A ride/run/walk event for the whole family. Proceeds help make Naples a safer place to bike and walk. Festivities begin and end at Cambier Park, 755 8th Ave. S., Naples. Call 239777-7781 or check www. naplespathways.org.

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5:30 p.m. Fashion Show. Watch local kids, tweens, and teens strut their stuff on the catwalk in this entirely student-produced and driven fashion show. Located at Seacrest Country Day School, 7100 Davis Blvd., Naples. 5:00 p.m. Fuse Beading. Join us for a night of creative fun using fuse beads. Create a star, horse, flower, and other fun shapes. All ages. No registration required. Immokalee Branch Library, 417 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239-657-2882 or check collierlibrary.org.

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3:30 p.m. Lego Club. Share ideas, be creative, make new friends, and have fun. Bricks will be provided. Ages 5-11. Registration not required. South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-2527542 or check collierlibrary.org.

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11:00 a.m. Heroes and Hounds. A dogfriendly festival to support the Cape Coral Animal Shelter, Southeastern Guide Dogs, and Holiday 4 Heroes care package program. Music, food, and games. Sun Splash Water Park, 400 Santa Barbara Blvd., Cape Coral. Call 239-574-0558. 5:00 p.m. Big Swamp Smoke Off. Friday-Saturday. Vote for your favorite BBQ and enjoy craft beer tasting while the kids have fun with face painting, bounces, bungees, games, and more. Collier County Fairgrounds, 751 39th Ave. N.E., Naples. Call 239-455-1444 or check colliercountyfair.com.

6:00 p.m. Mercato Nights Music Series. Live music from Nikki Talley, with her eclectic style of mountain music with a hint of Americana and folk. Food, adult beverages, and soft drinks are available on the lawn. Mercato, 9128 Strada Pl., Naples. Call 239-594-9400 or visitmercatoshops.com.

7:00 a.m. Marco Island Farmer’s Market. Each Wednesday from mid-November to mid-April. Located at Veteran’s Park, 901 Park Ave., Marco Island. Check www.colliergov.net for additional information.

10:00 a.m. Outstanding Owls. Learn about owls and why they are important to our ecosystems. Make an owl craft and sing along to our favorite owl song. Visit our wildlife ambassador owl. Conservancy, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples. Call 239-262-0304 or check conservancy.org

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1:00 p.m. Family Science Lab. Learn about what happens to your muscles, joints, tissues, and mind when you exercise or play sports. Dissect a chicken wing. Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples, 15080 Livingston Rd., Naples. Call 239-514-0084 or check www.cmon.org. 7

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4:30 p.m. Table Manners and Etiquette. Learn how to properly set a table, then enjoy a meal from soup to dessert while practicing newly refined table manners. Ages 8-12. Estates Branch Library, 1266 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples. Call 239455-8088 or check collierlibrary.org. 22

4:30 p.m. Something Fishy is Going On Here. Explore the internal organs and external structures of local fish species. Ages 8-14. East Naples Library, 8787 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples. Call 239-7755592 or check collierlibrary.org.

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8:45 a.m. Private Bounce Session for Children with Additional Needs. A biweekly private session for children with additional needs and their siblings at Bounce Naples. $10 per child. Bounce, 2320 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., Naples.

9:00 a.m. Clam Pass Birding. Join Conservancy of Southwest Florida volunteers for free birding. Meet guides in orange vests on beach to ask questions and view birds with scope. Located at Clam Pass Beach Park, 410 Seagate Dr., Naples. Visit conservancy.org.

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5:00 p.m. Sensory Night at C’mon. For children on the autism spectrum and or with other sensory disorders. Limited participation to minimize crowds, and registration is required. Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples, 15080 Livingston Rd., Naples. Call 239-514-0084 or check cmon.org. 23

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9:00 a.m. Library Book Sale. Prices start at 50 cents. Print books, audiobooks, DVDs, music CDs, and more. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check collierlibrary.org.

5:00 p.m. Lexi Lop and the Best Library Book Ever. A special presentation of this book starring Lexi the lop-eared rabbit. Feed and pat Lexi and her friend. Ages 6-10. South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-2527542 or check collierlibrary.org. 24

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Call for times. Country Jam Music Festival. Features Randy Houser, Parmalee, Runaway June, and David Nail. Tickets start at $32. Collier County Fairgrounds, 751 39th Ave., N.E., Naples. Call 239-455-1444 or visit colliercountyfair.com.

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

2 TUESDAY 9:00 a.m. Clam Pass Guided Walks and Birding. Join Conservancy of Southwest Florida volunteers for a free guided walk along Clam Pass boardwalk, bay, and beach, Monday-Saturday (meet at parking lot tram stop). On Sundays, free birding. Meet guides in orange vests on beach to ask questions and view birds with scope. Located at Clam Pass Beach Park, 410 Seagate Dr., Naples. 6:30 a.m. Fitness Camp. A 60-minute fitness class offered by a certified fitness professional and designed specifically for women. Every Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at the WINK Playland. Located at Miromar Outlets, 10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero. Call 239-9483766 or check www.miromaroutlets.com. 10:00 a.m. Free Tuesday Morning Nature Talk. Bring your children and learn together how nature can flourishes in urban and suburban areas, with the proper care. Located at Naples Preserve, 1690 Tamiami Tr. N., Naples. Call 239-261-4290. 10:00 a.m. Moms and Tots Storytime. A fun atmosphere of learning and lots of laughter. Come and ask about the little green frog song. All ages are welcome. Located at Barnes & Noble, 5377 Tamiami Tr. N., Naples. Call 239-597-2040 or check bn.com. 10:00 a.m. Outstanding Owls. Learn about owls and why they are important to our ecosystems. Make your very own owl craft and sing along to our favorite owl song. Swing by the von Arx Wildlife Viewing Pavilion to visit our wildlife ambassador owl. No registration required. Located at Conservancy of SW

Florida, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples. Call 239262-0304 or check www.conservancy.org. 3:30 p.m. Meals of Hope Mobile Food Pantry. The Meals of Hope Mobile Pantry will be in the YMCA parking every Tuesday from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Frozen food, fresh produce, and canned goods will all be given away to families in need. Everyone is welcome. Located at Greater Naples YMCA, 5450 YMCA Rd., Naples. Call 239-597-3148 or check greaternaplesymca.org for additional information.

3 WEDNESDAY 7:00 a.m. Marco Island Farmer’s Market. Each Wednesday from mid-November to mid-April. Located at Veteran’s Park, 901 Park Ave., Marco Island. Check www.colliergov.net for additional information. 10:00 a.m. Free Kids Crafts. Kids from toddlers to 12 are invited to participate in fun activities. Located at Miromar Outlets, 10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero. Call 239-948-3766 or check www.miromaroutlets.com. 10:00 a.m. Preschool Story Time. Parents and caregivers encourage independence by waiting nearby in the library for this program. The stories and activities may be longer but just as fun. Please note, you must register for each week of the six-week session. Please be on time. Located at South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy., Estero. Call 239-479-4636 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information. 11:00 a.m. St Monica’s Farmers Market. Great local produce, honey, food, herbs and spices, and

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local handmade items. Every Wednesday, November through April. Located at St. Monica’s Episcopal Church, 7070 Immokalee Rd., Naples. 2:00 p.m. Movie Day. Come to the library and join us for an afternoon movie. Popcorn and water will be served. First come, first seated. All ages. Registration is not required. Located at Immokalee Branch Library, 417 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239-657-2882 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information. 5:30 p.m. Sewing Classes for Kids. Come and learn to sew by hand every Wednesday. Ms. Alicia will teach you how to sew super cute stuffed animals, modern characters, bags, and much more. $20 per child. All materials included. Located at Fleischmann Park, 1600 Fleischmann Dr., Naples. Call 239-213-3020. 5:30 p.m. Parent/Teen/Child Mental Health Support Group. For parents/ caregivers and children ages 6+ with a mental illness. Opportunity for diagnosed youth ages 6-18 to socialize, receive support, and enjoy refreshments. Parents and youth meet jointly and then break up into groups according to age. Located at NAMI of Collier County, 6324 Trail Blvd., Bldg. C, Naples. Call 239-434-6726 or check namicollier.org for additional information.

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4 THURSDAY 9:00 a.m. Pee Wee Play Dates. Children and their caretakers are invited to a play date. Have fun with our toys and games and listen to music. It’s a great opportunity to make friends and discover new activities. For children 9 months – Pre-K. Drop-in program, no registration. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check collierlibrary.org. 10:00 a.m. Toddler Tales. This interactive time for toddlers ages 18-36 months and their caregiver will include storytelling, wordplay, fingerplays, and music-making designed to advance pre-reading skills. Registration is required. Located at South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy., Estero. Call 239-479-4636 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information. 10:00 a.m. Tai Chi in the Garden. Instructor Karen McNeil hosts this energyflow exercise every Thursday. Located at Naples Botanical Garden, 4820 Bayshore Dr., Naples. Call 239-643-7275 or check www.naplesgarden.org. 10:00 a.m. Outstanding Owls. Learn about owls and why they are important to our ecosystems. Make your very own owl craft and sing along to our favorite owl song. Swing by the von Arx Wildlife Viewing Pavilion to visit our wildlife ambassador owl. No registration required. Located at Conservancy of SW Florida, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples. Call 239-262-0304 or check www.conservancy.org. 6:00 p.m. Mercato Nights Music Series. Live music from Nikki Talley, with her eclectic style of mountain music with a hint of Americana and folk. Food, adult beverages, and soft drinks are available on the lawn. Located at Mercato, 9128 Strada Pl., Naples. Call 239-594-9400 or check www.mercatoshops.com.

5 FRIDAY 9:00 a.m. Find it Fridays. Kids enjoy a scavenger hunt all day. Ask for more details at the ticket counter. Located at Everglades Wonder Gardens, 27180 Old 41 Rd., Bonita Springs. Call 239-992-2591 or check www.evergladeswondergardens.com. 10:00 a.m. Drop In Baby Fitness Mommy and Me. Instill healthy habits for life in your toddler by attending the class every Friday. $5 per child. Located at Fleischmann Park, 1600 Fleischmann Dr., Naples. Call 239-213-3020. 5:00 p.m. First Friday’s Art for Art Lovers. Gourmet food, fine wine, and art demonstrations. Located at Shoppes of Old Marco, 258 Royal Palm Dr., Marco Island. Call 239-394-2787 for additional information. 5:00 p.m. Big Swamp Smoke Off. Friday and Saturday. Sample all the professional BBQ teams’ tasty pork and cast your vote for the People’s Choice Award. Craft beer tasting, along with face painting, bounces, bungees, games for the kids, and more. Located at Collier County Fairgrounds, 751 39th Ave. N.E., Naples. Call 239-455-1444 or check www.colliercountyfair.com/fairgrounds-info. 5:30 p.m. Mommy/Daddy & Me Painting Afternoon. First Friday of the month. Parent and child will paint their own canvas. Every month a different theme. Usually super cute animals. All materials included. Advanced registration required. Located at Fleischmann Park, 1600 Fleischmann Dr., Naples. Call 239-213-3020.

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7 SUNDAY 8:00 a.m. Farmer’s Market and Native Plant Sale. Local fresh produce, seafood, honey, arts and crafts, native plants and trees, and more. $1 per vehicle admission. Located at Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd., Estero. Call 239-9920311 or check www.floridastateparks.org for additional information. 8:45 a.m. Private Bounce Session for Children with Additional Needs and their Siblings. A bi-weekly private session for children with additional needs and their siblings at Bounce Naples with doors opening at 8:30 a.m. $10 per child. Located at Bounce, 2320 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., Naples. 9:00 a.m. Clam Pass Guided Walks and Birding. Join Conservancy of Southwest Florida volunteers for a free guided walk along Clam Pass boardwalk, bay, and beach Monday-Saturday (meet at parking lot tram stop). On Sundays, free birding. Meet guides in orange vests on beach to ask questions and view birds with scope. Located at Clam Pass Beach Park, 410 Seagate Dr., Naples. 9:00 a.m. Yoga in the Park. Traditional yoga class focuses on breathing, stretching, and postures. Modifiable for all ages and levels of participants. Beginners welcome. $10 cash. Park admission free. Located at Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd., Estero. Call 239-992-0311 or check www.floridastateparks.org.

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11:00 a.m. Koreshan Baking. Join us for a pinch of history and a taste, too. Located at Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd., Estero. Call 239-9920311 or check www.floridastateparks.org for additional information. 1:00 p.m. Family Science Lab. Learn about what happens to your muscles, joints, tissues, and mind when you exercise or play sports. This lab includes the dissection of a chicken wing.  Located at Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples, 15080 Livingston Rd., Naples. Call 239-514-0084 or check www.cmon.org.

8 MONDAY 4:00 p.m. Playful Interactions. For children with ASD. All children that participate must be accompanied by an adult caregiver so that 1:1 assistance is maintained. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-5930870 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information. 4:30 p.m. Pups ‘n’ Books. Stop by to read to a pup or just pet one. The service dogsin-training are provided by PAWS Assistance and Therapy Dogs. All ages welcome. Registration is not required. Located at East Naples Library, 8787 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples. Call 239-775-5592 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information. 6:00 p.m. Art Classes for Kids. Kids will learn and explore art in a fun environment applying different methods and media, encouraging them to discover their creative voice. Located at Fleischmann Park, 1600 Fleischmann Dr., Naples. Call 239-213-3020 for additional information.

9 TUESDAY Call for times. Finding Neverland. Call box office for tickets and times. Located at Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, 13350 FSW Pkwy., Fort Myers. Call 239-481-4849 or check www.bbmannpah.com for additional information. 10:00 a.m. Toddler and Pre-Primary Open House. Open house for students 1-3 years old. Call to reserve a tour space at 239-593-6668. Located at Children’s Montessori School, 2535 Northbrooke Plaza Dr., Naples. Check www.childmont.com. 4:00 p.m. Hanging of the Hands. Enjoy an interactive themed story time and decorate two hands; one to take home and one to display in the State Capitol during Children’s Week. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check collierlibrary.org. 4:00 p.m. Montessori Academy Open House. Join us to tour our facilities and learn about our programs, for infants to adolescents. Located at Montessori Academy of Naples, 2659 Professional Cr., Naples. Check www.naplesmontessori.org.

10 WEDNESDAY 3:30 p.m. Lego Club. Join the club and share ideas, be creative, make new friends, and have fun. Bricks will be provided. Ages 5-11 years. Registration is not required. Located at South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples. Call 239252-7542 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information. 4:00 p.m. Lego Club. Located at Estates Branch Library, 1266 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples. Call 239-455-8088 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information.

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3:30 p.m. Lego Club. Join the club and share ideas, be creative, make new friends, and have fun. Bricks will be provided. Ages 5-11 years. Registration is not required. Located at Marco Island Branch Library, 210 S. Heathwood Dr., Marco Island. Call 239-394-3272 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information. 5:00 p.m. Fuse Beading. Join us for a night of creative fun using fuse beads. Create a star, horse, flower, and other fun shapes. All ages. No registration required. Located at Immokalee Branch Library, 417 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239-657-2882 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information.

12 FRIDAY 6:00 p.m. IMCP Indoor Movie Night. $5. Come and enjoy a family orientated movie. Popcorn and drinks will be provided. Ages 5-11. Located at Immokalee Community Park, 321 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239-657-4449. 7:00 p.m. I Have A Dream. Free. In remembrance of Martin Luther King, participants have an opportunity to showcase a speech, poem, skit, or a comedy bit.

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6 years and older. Located at Eagle Lakes Community Park, 11565 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples. Call 239-252-4414 or check colliergov.net for additional information.

13 SATURDAY 10:00 a.m. Toddler and Pre-Primary Open House. Open house for students 1-3 years old. Call to reserve a tour space at 239-593-6668. Located at Children’s Montessori School, 2535 Northbrooke Plaza Dr., Naples. Check www.childmont.com. 11:00 a.m. Paddington Storytime. Over 50 years ago, a small bear set out on the adventure of a lifetime. Since then, Paddington has charmed readers around the world with his earnest good intentions and humorous misadventures. Join us for this beloved classic. Located at Barnes & Noble, 5377 Tamiami Tr. N., Naples. Call 239-597-2040 or check bn.com for additional information. 5:30 p.m. Fashion Show. Watch local kids, tweens, and teens strut their stuff on the catwalk at this entirely student-produced and driven fashion show. Located at Seacrest Country Day School, 7100 Davis Blvd., Naples. Check seacrest.org. 6:00 p.m. Chess Instruction K-12. Join Antonio as he shares his skills at chess with students entering K-12. Only for beginner players. Registration is not required; space is limited to the first 24 walk-in students. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check collierlibrary.org.

14 SUNDAY 10:00 a.m. Pets on Third Festival. Pet lovers parade with their dogs, the occasional cat, and other beloved animal friends. Dozens of vendors representing the best pet suppliers, shops, veterinarians, groomers, pet care, and more. Located at Third Street South, Naples. Call 239-434-6533 or check www.napleschamber.org. 11:00 a.m. Health & Safety Day & Open House. A free Health and Safety Day at Temple Shalom Preschool. The event will focus on educating children about health and safety. Children will enjoy seeing fire trucks, ambulances, EMT, and other vehicles. Located at Temple Shalom Preschool, 4630 Pine Ridge Rd., Naples. Call 239-455-3227 or check www.templeshalompreschool.org.

15 MONDAY 11:00 a.m. Dr Martin Luther King Day Parade. Parade will line up on Broad Avenue and proceed north on 3rd Street South, then right on 5th Avenue South, and end on 8th Street South. Followed by an educational program. Call 239-455-2886. 4:00 p.m. Lego Club. Join the club and be ready to accept the monthly building challenge. Share ideas, be creative, make new friends, and have fun. Bricks will be provided. Ages 5-11 years. Registration is not required. Located at East Naples Library, 8787 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples. Call 239-775-5592 or check collierlibrary.org.

16 TUESDAY 10:00 a.m. Lovely Lizards. Help our lizard friend find his dinner. Make your very own lizard, and see if you can find any lizard friends scurrying around our Mangrove Boardwalk or nature trails. No registration required. Located at Conservancy, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples. Call 239-262-0304 or visit conservancy.org. 10:00 a.m. Toddler and Pre-Primary Open House. Open house for students 1-3 years old. Call to reserve a tour space at 239-593-6668. Located at Children’s Montessori School, 2535 Northbrooke Plaza Dr., Naples. Check www.childmont.com. 5:00 p.m. Needlework Makerspace: Crochet. Learn the basic crochet stitches. Bring a friend, your mom or dad, or even a grandparent and learn a new skill together. All ages. Registration is recommended. Located at South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-252-7542 or check collierlibrary.org.

17 WEDNESDAY 3:00 p.m. A Caregiver’s Journey. Caregivers, medical professionals, and community members are invited to attend “A Caregiver’s Journey” as Kim Campbell, wife of music artist Glen Campbell, shares her Alzheimer’s experience. Located at New Hope Presbyterian Church, 10051 Plantation Rd., Naples. 3:00 p.m. Snowy Day at the Library. Enjoy some snow stories, crafts, science experiments, and more. Ages 3+. Registration required. Located at South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-252-7542 or visit collierlibrary.org. 3:00 p.m. Paws to Read. Come meet Baxter the golden retriever who loves hearing

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stories. Bring your favorite book or pick a library book to read to this book loving dog or just stop by to give him a pet. All ages. Registration is not required. Located at South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-252-7542 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information.

18 THURSDAY 10:00 a.m. Lovely Lizards. Help our lizard friend find his dinner. Make your very own lizard, and see if you can find any lizard friends scurrying around our Mangrove Boardwalk or nature trails. No registration required. Located at Conservancy, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples. Call 239-262-0304 or check www.conservancy.org. 3:30 p.m. Fish Biology. Tish from 4-H will be here with some marine creatures that you can help dissect. You’ll learn the differences in the aquatic structure of fish compared to humans. Lots of hands-on activities. Grades 1- 5. Registration required. Located at Marco Island Branch Library, 210 S. Heathwood Dr., Marco Island. Call 239-394-3272 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information. 4:00 p.m. Build Your Own Candy Bar. Melt your chocolate, choose your add-ins, and design your own label. It all adds up to yum. Ages 11-17 years. Registration required. Located at Golden Gate Library, 2432 Lucerne Rd., Naples. Call 239252-4542 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information. 6:00 p.m. Third Thursday on Third Street South. Live music in the Fleischmann Courtyard. Located at Third Street South, Naples. Call 239-434-6533 or check www.napleschamber.org for additional information. 7:00 p.m. PFLAG Support Group Meeting. The Naples chapter of PFLAG (Parents Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) meets on the third Thursday of each month. Call 239-513-4568 for location.

19 FRIDAY 6:30 p.m. Buddy Break Respite Program for Kids With Special Needs. Three-hour monthly session of free respite care for children with special needs and their siblings. Every third Friday. Advanced registration required. Located at Naples

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20 SATURDAY 7:00 a.m. TD Bank Naples Bike Brunch. A ride/run/walk event for the whole family. Festivities begin and end at Cambier Park Located at Cambier Park, 755 8th Ave. S., Naples. Call 239-777-7781 or check www.naplespathways.org. 8:30 a.m. Baby Basics’ Annual 5K Fun Run/Walking Challenge. Baby Basics’ 5K Fun Run/Walking Challenge is a popular, family-friendly event open to all ages that includes a 1.5 to 6-mile walk and – new this year – a 5K run in the park to increase public awareness about Baby Basics of Collier County. Located at North Collier Regional Park, 15000 Livingston Rd., Naples. Call 239-252-4000 or check www.colliergov.net for additional information. 8:45 a.m. Private Bounce Session for Children with Additional Needs and

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their Siblings. A bi-weekly private session for children with additional needs and their siblings at Bounce Naples with doors opening at 8:30 a.m. The cost is $10 per child. Located at Bounce, 2320 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., Naples. 9:00 a.m. Mini Moo Petting Zoo. Goats, rabbits, and chickens are just a few of the animals with which you’ll interact. All ages welcome. Registration is not required. Located at Naples Regional Library, 650 Central Ave., Naples. Call 239-262-6853 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information. 9:00 a.m. Art Fest Naples and Additional Needs Speaker Event. Enjoy great art and support a great cause. Resource tents include speech, physical, occupational, and behavioral therapists. Guest speakers include: Jose Colon, pediatric neurologist at 9 a.m.; and Illene Courtright, speech and language pathologist at 10:30 a.m. RSVP for speakers to Cynthia Sharpe 239-298-6969. Visit www.artfestnaples.com. 10:00 a.m. Snowy Day at the Library. Snow in Florida. Only at the library. Enjoy some snow stories, crafts, science experiments and more. Ages 3 years and older. Registration required. Located at Marco Island Branch Library, 210 S. Heathwood Dr., Marco Island. Call 239-394-3272 or check collierlibrary.org. 10:00 a.m. Junior Ranger Programs. Discover and learn about plants, animals, and other secrets of the park. Meet in the picnic area. Ideal for children ages 6-12. Parental presence required. Located at Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd., Estero. Call 239-992-0311 or check www.floridastateparks.org. 11:00 a.m. You. Storytime. A life full of adventure first requires big dreams, and big dreams need big encouragement. From world-renowned author and artist Sandra Magsamen. Activities to follow. Located at Barnes & Noble, 5377 Tamiami Tr. N., Naples. Call 239-597-2040 or check bn.com for additional information.

21 SUNDAY 9:15 a.m. Art Fest Naples and Additional Needs Speaker Event. Enjoy great art and support a great cause. Resource tents include speech, physical, occupational, and behavioral therapists. Guest speakers include: Carolyn O’Connell, behavioral analyst at 9:15 a.m.; and Cynthia Sharpe, medical intuitive at 10:30 a.m. RSVP for speakers to Cynthia Sharpe 239-298-6969. Visit www.artfestnaples.com.

22 MONDAY 4:00 p.m. Makerspace. This month you can design and build a marble roller coaster, program an Ozobot to dance, or create a monster with Lego bricks. Ages 5-12 years. Registration is not required. Located at East Naples Library, 8787 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples. Call 239-775-5592 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information. 4:30 p.m. Table Manners and Etiquette. Learn how to properly set a table, then enjoy a meal from soup to dessert while practicing newly refined table manners. Tish from 4-H will also cover other etiquette topics. Ages 8-12 years. Registration required and limited. Located at Estates Branch Library, 1266 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples. Call 239-455-8088 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information.

23 TUESDAY 3:00 p.m. Mini Moo Petting Zoo. Goats, rabbits, and chickens are just a few of the animals you’ll interact with. All ages welcome. Registration is not required. Located at Golden Gate Library, 2432 Lucerne Rd., Naples. Call 239-252-4542 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information. 4:00 p.m. Crafter’s Choice. Ages 3-11. Registration is not required. Located at Vanderbilt Beach Library, 788 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., Naples. Call 239-597-8444 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information. 5:00 p.m. Sensory Night at C’mon. C’mon provides sensory nights for children on the autism spectrum and or with other sensory integration disorders. Limited participation in order to minimize crowds, and registration is required. Located at Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples, 15080 Livingston Rd., Naples. Call 239514-0084 or check www.cmon.org for additional information.

24 WEDNESDAY 5:00 p.m. Lexi Lop and the Best Library Book Ever. Join Lexi the rabbit and her pals for a special presentation of this book starring Lexi the lop-eared rabbit. After the reading, you’ll get to feed and pat Lexi and her friend. A theme-related craft will be included. Ages 6-10 years. Located at South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-252-7542 or check collierlibrary.org.

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25 THURSDAY 9:00 a.m. Library Book Sale. Prices start at 50 cents. Print books, audiobooks, DVDs, music CDs, and more. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check collierlibrary.org. 5:00 p.m. Lego Madness. Looking for a Lego challenge? Join us and see what you can create. All ages. Registration is not required. Located at Immokalee Branch Library, 417 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239-657-2882 or check collierlibrary.org.

26 FRIDAY 6:30 p.m. Art Smarts. Join us for a story time focusing on process art. We’ll read a story, sing some songs, and then wear some old clothes to have some creative fun through developmentally appropriate art experiences. Ages 2-5 years. Registration required. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information.

27 SATURDAY Call for times. Country Jam Music Festival. Features Randy Houser, Parmalee, David Nail, and Runaway June. Be ready with your lawn chairs and empty stomachs. Purchase your Reserved Seating General Admission ticket while they last Located at Collier County Fairgrounds, 751 39th Ave. N.E., Naples. Call 239-455-1444 or check www.colliercountyfair.com/fairgrounds-info for additional information. 7:00 a.m. Run for the Paws. Lace up your shoes, leash up your dog (cats in strollers welcome, too), and join us for the 12th Annual Run for the Paws to raise money and awareness for Humane Society Naples. Located at Civil Air Patrol building at Naples Municipal Airport, 360 Aviation Dr., Naples. 9:00 a.m. Science Saturday. Science Saturdays provide an opportunity for families to spend the day at the Environmental Learning Center enjoying programs, labs, and activities centered around a different science theme, on the last Saturday of every month. Located at Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, 300 Tower Rd., Naples. Call 239-417-6310 or check rookerybay.org for additional information. 9:30 a.m. Run to Home Base. Choose between a 10K and 5K run or 1-mile walk and experience the excitement of crossing home plate at JetBlue Park, just as players are starting to arrive for spring training. Located at JetBlue Park, 11581 Daniels Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-334-4700 for additional information. 11:00 a.m. Empty Bowls and Chalk Art. $20 buys a bowl and tastes of soup from over 50 restaurants to raise money for local organizations that provide food for those in need. Then stroll over to watch as artists transform the half-mile pavement of posh Fifth Avenue South into a canvas for a day. Located at Cambier Park, 755 8th Ave. S., Naples. Call 239-213-3058 or check www.naplesgov.com for additional information. 11:00 a.m. Fancy Nancy: Oodles of Kittens Storytime. Fancy Nancy returns in a story about felines, canines, and making new four-legged friends. Nancy’s new kitten meets her posh pup, Frenchy. Will her two pets ever get along? Will Nancy be able to love them both the same? Located at Barnes & Noble, 5377 Tamiami Tr. N., Naples. Call 239-597-2040 or check bn.com for additional information. 12:00 p.m. Caloosahatchee Celtic Festival. With live performances by the best Celtic national and international touring artists, there will also be several related vendors selling merchandise, jewelry, relics, and gifts. Located at Centennial Park, 2000 West First St., Fort Myers. Visit www.celticheritageproductions.com.

29 MONDAY 4:30 p.m. Something Fishy is Going On Here. Enjoy this hands-on experience where you’ll get to explore the internal organs and external structures of local fish species. Discover how these organs and structures not only help the fish to stay alive, but determine where it lives. Ages 8-14 years. Located at East Naples Library, 8787 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples. Call 239-775-5592 or check collierlibrary.org.

31 WEDNESDAY 6:00 p.m. Art After Hours. Enjoy free admission to The Baker Museum the last Wednesday of each month. Live music. Audiences of all ages are welcome to view the galleries and learn from our docents. Located at Artis-Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., Naples. Call 239-597-1111 or check artisnaples.org.

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MOMentum Moms

By Stacy Nicolau nyone who has ever met Cindy Dreyfuss knows that (almost) everything in her life runs like a well-oiled machine. With a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Transportation, a minor in Marine Engineering, and a Tanker Specialist Certification, this formally trained Merchant Mariner and U.S. Naval Reserve Lieutenant had a full career sailing crude oil supertankers along the Pacific Coast and in the Caribbean. As a licensed U.S. Coast Guard Third Officer for Unlimited Tonnage on Any Ocean and Any Sea, one would expect that Cindy has the necessary experience to run a family, be a soccer coach, be a board member of the Gulf Coast Little League, and be president of Pine Ridge Middle School PTO. But the first time this spunky and hearty

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Michigan-raised stay-at-home mom sunk into a chair in my living room nearly 10 years ago, she spoke only of the challenges of raising three young children with the look of exhaustion and exasperation that any mother could relate to. In the decade since I first met Cindy Dreyfuss, I have volunteered alongside her at our children’s schools and watched her take on each task with enthusiasm and feisty perseverance. The one thing that always impresses me most (besides her education and career accomplishments) is how she makes sure to tell everyone on her team what she admires most about them. Whether on the water or at school, when things are not smooth sailing, Cindy approaches life with an “all hands on deck” attitude.

College? I attended the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, N.Y. With military obligations to the country, my education instilled a sense of service to a greater good. Past careers? I was formally trained as a Merchant Mariner and sailed as a Navigation and Cargo Officer on oceangoing super tankers. I was the Executive Director of the U.S. Sailing Center in Miami, and was part of the leadership team that achieved the designation as an official U.S. Olympic Training Facility. When we moved to Naples, I was a buyer for Shaw Aero Devices, a local aerospace parts and manufacturing company. Tell us about your husband and how you met. Peter is a mechanical engineer and is currently Director of Engineering for the Shoulder and Upper Extremity Team at Arthrex. We met at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy – now married 21 years, but with nearly 30 years of friendship behind us! Volunteer positions once you became a stay-at-home mom: Locally, it started when our kids were young helping deliver Meals on Wheels with them each week for a few years. Then, as they grew, the activities were focused on where we were: on the sports fields and in the schools. My favorite saying is, “find a need, fill a need”. I was volunteer treasurer and then president of Gulf Coast Little League for six years. I also volunteered as an Optimist soccer coach. For several years, I taught Catechism at St. Ann Catholic Church. I then became involved in each school my children attended. What do you love about your roles in PTO? Leading in a formal role was not necessarily my intent. However, I have a pretty strong personality and a firm belief that no complaint should be shared without a willingness to offer and be a part of a solution. My fellow volunteers are AMAZING and make my life a whole lot better for knowing and working with them. I love to see the success that can result from that “little bit of extra support”. NEAPOLITANfamily • January 2018


Favorite PTO accomplishment? I think it would be leaving a legacy of giving and encouraging others to give, even if only 2-3 hours for an event once a year, or 1 hour a week to the community in which our children are growing up. Talk about how you educate Title 1 PTOs on how to raise money. This is an ongoing process. I hope to “teach the schools how to fish,” in a manner of speaking. By sharing good practices that are cost saving and practical based on needs, it starts to encourage more enthusiasm and creativity. It started with a “sister school program” (schools partnering for needed uniform clothing) and expanded to shared volunteer resources and knowledge, sharing excess bounty of uniforms (new and gently used), and adopting causes to support each other. Compare sailing a ship to being PTO president. It’s a bit of crisis management. When things are going well, there are no worries. Then comes an event (a hurricane or bad weather) and it’s all hands on deck. Getting and motivating the workers or volunteers is about the same – except for the whole “threat of death” thing. What are your plans when your kids have grown and flown? I would love to go back to work, officially. I still feel that love of learning new things. An opportunity to put my community knowledge to work as a county commissioner would be a future consideration. How do you balance being a mom with your professional and volunteer obligations? Admittedly, not well. When I do something, I am all in. When they were younger, it was kids 24/7. I have learned that as I age, now approaching 50, I operate best with a restful night of sleep. When they were young, they would tag along to activities. As adolescents, they were expected to manage themselves (make their own lunches, wait for a ride until I was done, and make meals on their own). Haven’t been able to relieve myself of all of the laundry duties yet, but since the washer works through the night, I will let that pass. What is a typical week night like for your family? We try to eat meals together when all of our schedules allow, whether at home or out. Mornings are up starting at 5:15 a.m. and things never really stop. Most nights have a variety of returning times and since we have pets, it’s all the basics of NEAPOLITANfamily • January 2018

Facing page: The Dreyfuss family, left to right: Andrew (16), Peter and Cindy, Kate (13), and Sam (15), along with rescue dogs Macy and Eva. Left: Cindy Dreyfuss’ graduation picture at 22 years old from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y. Top: The view from the bridge of a super tanker on the Alaska route on which Cindy sailed.

walking animals, feeding the masses, handling the house cleaning task for the day, maintaining laundry for various sports and school needs, and prepping communications or material for the next day. What does your family like to do together for fun/weekends? Sports, activities, work, pets, and volunteering dominate our days. Occasionally, we will have a chance to sign out a boat and head to a quiet part of Keewaydin Island or a family favorite of volunteering at the Humane Society of Naples. Good therapy. Typical date night for you and your husband? What’s that? Occasionally, we will look at a clock and see if any local restaurant is still serving at 10 p.m. when the kids are doing homework or watching a movie. I guess we really need to work on that. Best and worst part about having teenagers? Best – seeing them as 6-foottall humans is still a bit shocking. I am happiest when they show rare moments of affection. Worst – ugh, they are teenagers.

Attitude, know-it-alls, independence but with the need for stuff “right now” – and with opinions, boy do they have opinions! Your proudest personal accomplishment: Aside from my family and our efforts to be responsible people, I think it would be the longstanding friendships that we have. I am proud of my service to country, and my unique career past. Biggest regret? Professionally, not extending my commission in the Armed Forces beyond my 12 years and not finishing my master’s degree in education so that I could formally teach. Personally, not asking my grandfather for another dance at my wedding (he passed away shortly after) or reconciling a bumpy relationship with my father before he died. What are your family’s New Year’s resolutions? We don’t make resolutions; rather, we have a “Five Year Plan.” With the kids in high school, I am setting a timeline to finish the memory quilts and photo albums, and enjoying the youthful times with them while I can. neafamily.com

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COOKING

By Anna Snyder

Dinner Recipes for the New Year

Are you looking for new fun, easy, healthy-ish recipes to add into your rotation for the New Year? Does the daily grind of dinner time often remind you of all the reasons your hair is turning gray? I’ve got you covered! Here are just a few tried and true dinner recipes to try out on your family.

Carnitas Bowl – Two Ways (Gluten Free/Dairy Free) Ashley Brockinton, a Naples native and mom of five kids, uses her Instant Pot regularly to make whole-foods meals for her family. She has created three recipes: flavorful carnitas (shredded pork) to serve with the fresh vegetable slaw or cauliflower mash. Pork Carnitas 1-2 pounds trimmed pork butt or shoulder 1 teaspoon sea salt Black pepper to taste 2 cloves of chopped garlic ½ teaspoon cumin ½ teaspoon dry oregano 1 cup chicken broth 1 bay leaf ¼ teaspoon garlic powder ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika ½ of an onion, finely diced ½ of a green pepper, finely diced Season pork with salt and pepper and sear on each side for about five minutes by putting instant pot onto sauté setting. Add all other ingredients, turn to manual setting, and cook for 50 minutes. Let pressure release naturally. Use a fork to shred. Vegetable Slaw 1¼ tablespoons chopped green onion 1 cup thinly sliced raw cabbage (purple and green) 1¼ tablespoons chopped parsley 1 tablespoon olive oil ¾ tablespoon apple cider vinegar 1 ⁄8 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon zest of lemon or lime 1 ⁄8 teaspoon dried oregano 1 ⁄8 teaspoon dried basil 1 ⁄8 teaspoon thyme Salt to taste Toss all ingredients together, and top with carnitas, chopped avocado, and cilantro. Cauliflower Mash 1-2 heads of cauliflower chopped into big pieces ½ cup water Garlic powder Sea salt Olive oil Pour water into Instant Pot, and place a steamer trivet or basket in bottom. Place cauliflower on top. Close the top and lock pressure gauge. Cook on manual high for five minutes. Quick release pressure when done. Pour out extra water and remove trivet. Use immersion blender to puree, and mix in garlic powder, sea salt, and olive oil to taste. Serve by topping with carnitas. 36

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Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Pasta With Chicken Sausage (Gluten Free/Dairy Free) (Adapted from the Minimalist Baker website) I love making this family favorite, because I get to sneak in vegetables and convince my family they’re eating heavy comfort food. I make it regularly, and the leftovers taste fantastic! It’s a gluten/dairy-free recipe, but make sure you buy gluten-free pasta and gluten/dairy-free sausages. 1 package chicken & apple sausage (I like Aidells, but any precooked sausage will work.) 3-4 roasted red peppers (I use jarred peppers, but they are easy to roast in the oven.) ¼ cup nutritional yeast (or more, depending upon your taste) ½ of a sweet onion, finely chopped 2-3 cloves garlic, finely chopped 1 tablespoon olive oil 1½ tablespoon cornstarch Red pepper flakes, to taste Plenty of salt & pepper, to taste ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk, if necessary 12-ounce package gluten-free pasta, prepared to specifications (I like Trader Joe’s brown rice pasta.) Chop the sausages. Sauté the onion and garlic in the olive oil over medium heat for about three minutes. Place the red peppers, garlic and onion mixture, nutritional yeast, cornstarch, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper in a high speed blender. Blend until smooth, and add almond milk if necessary to improve the texture. Put the sauce into a large skillet and heat on medium heat with the chopped sausage. Once heated through, spoon over cooked pasta and serve. NEAPOLITANfamily • January 2018


Chicken Tortilla Soup Kristen Potter, a Naples mom of four, prepares this soup using a slow cooker. It’s easy, healthy, and can easily accommodate gluten- and dairy-free diets. She got the recipe from her sister-in-law, who adapted it from a magazine several years ago. “We usually eat it over brown rice and serve it with all kinds of toppings,” Kristen said. 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts 2 cans Ro-Tel (lime and cilantro) 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained 1 can kidney beans, rinsed and drained 1 can corn 1 onion, chopped 2 cans low sodium chicken broth 1-2 cups of water 1-2 tablespoons garlic powder 1-2 tablespoons chili powder 1-2 tablespoons ground cumin 1-2 tablespoons dried cilantro Place all ingredients in a slow cooker and cook on low 6-8 hours or on high 3-4 hours. Serve over rice with tortilla chips, sour cream, shredded cheese, avocado, and/or chopped cilantro.

Bacon Waffles & Hash Browns Mark and April Royan have two boys and a Naples-based audiology practice. Even though they are constantly busy, they love to be in the kitchen together and cook meals from scratch. Lately, they’ve been preparing these breakfast recipes for dinner. (Both recipes from Food Network) Bacon Waffles Nonstick cooking spray 2 cups all-purpose flour 3 teaspoons baking powder Kosher salt 2 large eggs, separated 1½ cups milk 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted 6 slices bacon, cut in half Spray waffle iron with nonstick cooking spray and preheat it. Sift together the flour, baking powder, and ½ teaspoon salt in a medium bowl. Beat the egg whites in a separate bowl until stiff. Beat the egg yolks together with the milk and butter in a large bowl. Add in the flour mixture, stirring until just blended. Fold in the beaten egg whites. Place two halves of a bacon slice in each waffle grid and close the cover. Cook for one minute, and then add a scant ½ cup batter to each waffle grid. Bake until golden brown. Serve with maple syrup. Waffle Maker Hash Browns Nonstick cooking spray 1 30-ounce bag frozen shredded hash browns, thawed 4 tablespoons butter, melted 1 teaspoon kosher salt ½ teaspoon black pepper ¾ cup cheddar cheese, shredded ¾ cup ham, chopped Preheat waffle iron and spray both sides with cooking spray. Squeeze out any excess moisture from the hash browns and put in a bowl. Pour melted butter over hash browns, sprinkle with salt and pepper and stir. Scoop a heaping ½ cup of the seasoned hash browns into each waffle section, then top with 2 tablespoons of ham and a sprinkling of cheese. Top the cheese and ham with another scoop of hash browns. Close the waffle iron and cook for 15 minutes. Repeat with remaining hash browns, cheese, and ham. NEAPOLITANfamily • January 2018

Chicken Caesar Salad & Sweet Potato Fries My aunt, C.C. Cameron, a Naples mom of two, often prepares this simple salad for her family for dinner. She almost always serves it with homemade sweet potato fries. She’s made these recipes for over 10 years and has adapted them to fit her family’s preferences. Chicken Caesar Salad 4-6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts Italian dressing 2 hearts of Romaine lettuce, chopped For the Caesar dressing: ¾ cup mayonnaise 1 small garlic clove, pressed 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 3 tablespoons fresh Parmesan cheese Marinate the chicken breasts in a good amount of the Italian dressing all day. Grill the chicken, or if grilling isn’t an option, put the breasts in a preheated oven at 400 degrees for 20-30 minutes, depending upon the size. Whisk the Caesar dressing ingredients and toss with the romaine lettuce. Serve with additional Parmesan cheese. Sweet Potato Fries (Gluten & Dairy Free) 3-4 sweet potatoes Olive oil Sea salt Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Cut the sweet potatoes into french frysized pieces and place in a large bowl. Add water until covered, and let sit for a minute or so, then drain. Place the fries on a clean, dry dish towel. Roll in towel to dry. Rinse and dry the bowl. Add cut sweet potatoes back into the bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt. Toss until coated. Place on a cookie sheet. Bake at 450 degrees for about 20-24 minutes, until tender. If you are baking on a dark, coated pan, you may need to reduce the oven temperature to prevent burning. neafamily.com

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PREGNANCY

By Sarah Lyons

Surviving Bed Rest

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through Facebook or Pinterest, and research the best car seat for baby. Utilize any form of entertainment to pass the time. Keep resting The adage: “Enjoy sleeping now because when baby comes you will wish you could sleep more.” is very hard for most moms to hear when they are forced into bed rest. However, it is a common saying because it is true. Rest is best for baby and mom. Try to make the most of it while you can. Keep comfortable Create a comfortable space wherever you are resting. At home, keep snacks, water, books, and other items close at hand so you don’t have to be up and about during the day. Bring comforts from home to the hospital. Items like blankets and pillows, pictures of family, and any favorites that make you feel more comfortable will ease the time you spend at the hospital. Keep busy This is the time to catch up on the things you never have time to do. Try beauty maintenance such as painting your fingernails or plucking your eyebrows. Teach yourself a new skill like knitting or crocheting using free tutorial videos online. Finish the thank you cards from your baby shower. Anything to pass the time. NEAPOLITANfamily • January 2018


How to Survive Hospital Bed Rest Hospital bed rest is a totally different experience than resting at home. The four walls of a hospital room can feel like a prison after looking at them for days and weeks on end. Here are some ways to survive hospital bed rest. Sleep. Often it’s hard to get a good night’s sleep in the hospital. Taking naps throughout the day is healthy for mom and baby and passes the time. Accept visitors. If someone offers to visit, accept their offer. It’s always nice to have someone new to talk to. Comforts. Bring as many comforts from home as you can. Having a favorite pillow or photos of loved ones can do a lot to encourage you. Go for a ride. Ask if you are allowed to go for a ride in a wheelchair. A change of scenery, even for a few minutes, can make a big difference. Throw a party. Ask friends or family to bring dinner to you. Watch a movie together or just chat. Make it a weekly event so you have something to look forward to. One day at a time. It’s easy to get overwhelmed when the days are long and boring. Try to take one day at a time and remain positive. Each day that passes is allowing baby to grow bigger and stronger.

Keep a routine Wake up at approximately the same time daily, shower, get dressed, eat meals at the same times, and do basically the same activities each day. Keeping a simple daily routine will help time pass and help create a sense of normalcy. If you are working, get a laptop and keep up with your work from your home or the hospital bed. Keep a positive perspective It is hard not to get down when you see the same four walls day in and day out, sometimes for weeks on end. Keep telling yourself “You can do it!”. Take each day as it comes and keep pushing yourself toward your goal. Remind yourself this is temporary and will be worth it in the end. Someday this will all be a distant memory. Keep a support system A strong support system is key to surviving bed rest. Encourage friends and family to visit as much as possible. Having people around to talk to does wonders to raise spirits for a mom on bed rest. If family and friends offer to help by bringing meals, caring for older children, or doing housework, accept the help. The main thing to remember while on bed rest is that it will end. Each day the baby stays in utero is less time baby will spend in the NICU. Take one day at a time and try to remain positive. Soon enough, you will be holding your baby in your arms. SARAH LYONS survived five weeks on bed rest prior to the birth of her triplets in 2014. NEAPOLITANfamily • January 2018

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FINANCES

By Sarah Lyons

Budgeting After Baby a few weeks later. Consider buying gently used clothing and/or asking friends for hand me downs. If you want new items, buy less than you think you will need because they are used for only a short time. Child care. To save money on child care, you have to get creative. Ideas include having a family or friend watch the baby at a lower rate, trading babysitting with another family, or alternating shifts with your partner to reduce time in child care. Some companies offer flexible spending plans to pay for child care with pre-tax money.

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abies cost a lot of money! Diapers, formula, clothes, and baby gear can take a huge chunk out of your monthly budget. Some families find that the cost of child care or reducing to a single income makes the adjustment even more difficult than expected. Here are some tips to cut down on spending. Trimming your baby budget Diapers. To save on diapers, consider switching to cloth. Modern cloth diapers are easy to use and come in cute designs. The initial cost is typically $10-$20 per diaper, but they can be reused for years. If cloth diapers aren’t for your family, there are still ways to save money on disposable diapers. Check manufacturer websites for high dollar coupons and combine with store sales. Generic diapers are another great way to save and they typically are comparable to name brand. Formula. Breastfeeding is not always an option for families for a variety of reasons and formula is pricey. Coupons and rebates are readily available from the manufacturer. Go to the manufacturer’s website and sign up for additional coupons and have friends and family do the same. You can also ask your obstetrician and pediatrician for free formula samples. Baby gear. Car seat, stroller, high chair, bouncer, swing, and more. There sure is a lot of gear for someone so small and it seems each item costs $100, often more. It’s wise to buy a new car seat that meets current safety standards but all the other items can be purchased gently used and later sold again when your family no longer needs them. Baby clothes. Babies grow fast, so it doesn’t make sense to spend a lot on several cute baby outfits when your child outgrows them only 40

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Trimming other areas Wardrobe. The key to saving money on adult clothing is to shop for versatile pieces that can be worn many different ways. A solid color top can be worn with jeans, slacks, or a skirt and paired with a scarf, necklace, or jacket, or worn alone for a variety of looks. Once you have your key pieces, only buy clothing when you really need it. Food. There are several ways to cut costs in this area. Purchasing groceries with coupons, on sale, or generic brands can save money. Also, consider making items from scratch and eating out less to help trim your food budget. A quick Google search will provide you with several $5 meals ideas. Entertainment. Just because a new baby is in the house doesn’t mean that you have to stop enjoying entertainment, but you might need to approach a night out in a new way. You do not have to go without movies, concerts, or area attractions, but you should check deal sites to see if there are any options available to you. This will require planning ahead to make sure it fits into the budget and that you have child care covered, if necessary. Also consider if items like cable or streaming subscriptions are necessary. Choose to pay for the entertainment you use and enjoy. Reduce. Our homes are filled with items we rarely use. Consider selling these items to put extra cash in your hand that can be used for all those new baby expenses. Have a garage sale, utilize consignment sales, or sell items in online marketplaces. Trim expenses. Look at the family budget and evaluate where you can easily trim expenses. Do you belong to a gym, have club memberships, subscriptions, or other monthly bills that you do not use enough to justify the expense? Discuss with your partner whether some of these items can be cut to free up the money for other expenses. DIY. A simple way to save money is to do things yourself. Cleaning and lawn services are nice but expensive. Taking care of it yourself is free. Try it yourself first and save the money you would have spent on labor. Bringing home a new baby is an adjustment in many ways and financial priorities may have shifted in your family. In time, you will adjust to your new lifestyle and budget and you will feel comfortable with budgeting after baby. SARAH LYONS is a stay-at-home mom of six children, including twoyear-old triplets. She has learned to cut costs and save money in a variety of ways over the years as they added to their family. NEAPOLITANfamily • January 2018


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Each year, Art Basel – the world-famous modern and contemporary art fair – is held in Basel, Switzerland; Hong Kong; and, a little closer to home, Miami. Art Basel Miami, featuring more than 250 of the world’s leading art galleries, draws more than 70,000 visitors, with many celebrities included in that number. And while some of Art Basel’s offerings are adult-only, this is a fantastic opportunity to introduce your kids to modern and contemporary art. Free childcare is provided for kids ages 4-12 years, but children (even strollers!) are welcome in the galleries, as long as they (and you) adhere to the Art Basel rules. Start planning now for the next Art Basel Miami, scheduled for Dec. 6-8, 2018.

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CHILDREN’S LITERACY

By Elizabeth Ashley Brockman

How to Boost Children’s Literacy Children’s literacy is so important that healthcare professionals are now reaching out to parents before their children are born. Elizabeth Ashley Brockman, an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner who works in Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida’s OB/GYN practices, discusses how HCN is working to identify barriers to childhood literacy and implementing strategies to break down those barriers.

2) Gaps in early literacy resources and books. 3) Lack of providers’ support of parents as the child’s first teacher. Solutions Awareness is the key to improving children’s literacy in Southwest Florida. We have some amazing local people who are truly passionate about improving the community. Proof of this was the recovery from Hurricane Irma. If the community understands the issue and its importance, we will move mountains. At Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida, our healthcare providers are educating parents on the importance of reading to children every day. We are using children’s books as a tool for improving early literacy rates and fostering parent-child bonding. In our women’s health offices, we give each mom a new book at around 24 weeks gestation. We encourage moms, dads, and siblings to get in a habit of reading to the unborn child. This has become a heartwarming appointment for the provider and parents. It’s a prescription to turn off the world, turn off the TV, turn off the devices, put away the worries, and share a special moment with your child. Doctor’s orders!

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ast year, pediatrician Dr. Todd Vedder came to the department and asked if there was any opportunity to educate soon-to-be moms of the benefits reading to their unborn children. As we researched, we found many documented studies on the benefits for the baby, siblings, and parents. According to Collier County Public Schools, only “25% of entering kindergartners assessed are on or above grade level and that 75% of entering kindergartners assessed below grade level.” This means approximately 12,750 kindergartners in Collier County are assessed below grade level. There is a large discrepancy between the number of words children from “professional” homes, “working class” homes, and poverty-stricken homes are exposed to: 45 million, 26 million, and 13 million words, respectively (Data source: Hart and Risley, 1995). Annually, there are approximately 17,000 children ages 0-4 in Collier County. So, we can estimate 5,000 (30%) of children ages 0-4 years live in poverty in our county. (Data source: Kids Count, U.S. Census; numbers rounded.) This means that there is a significant difference in literacy amongst the socioeconomic groups; however, children across all socioeconomic groups are doing poorly. In Southwest Florida, we do not have an abundance of literacy resources for ages 0-4 across the board. Healthcare Network has worked closely with Future Ready Collier on analyzing the barriers to childhood literacy in Collier County, and have identified three major barriers for families with children ages 0-3: 1) Lack of awareness of/communication to families regarding resources.

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JANUARY 2 & 4 Outstanding Owls

Learn about owls and why they are important to our ecosystems! Make your very own owl craft and sing along to our favorite owl song! Swing by the von Arx Wildlife Viewing Pavilion to visit our wildlife ambassador owl!

JANUARY 16 & 18 The Little Lazy Lizard

Help our lizard friend find his dinner! Make your very own lizard, and see if you can find any lizard friends scurrying around our Mangrove Boardwalk or Nature Trails!

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JANUARY 30 & FEBRUARY 1 Precious Panthers

Join Felina on her journey to discover where she belongs! Prowl like a panther as we discover what it’s like in the big cat world!

FEBRUARY 13 & 15 Ladybug Trails

Help our ladybug friend tell time as he goes on a wild adventure! Make your own ladybug clock craft so you can follow along with the story!

FEBRUARY 27 & MARCH 1 In the Tall, Tall Grass

You never know what you might find by using your senses, such as seeing, touching, hearing, and smelling! Kids can become scientists as we explore what can be found in nature around the Conservancy.

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Non-members: FREE with Nature Center admission. Visit www.conservancy.org/little-explorers

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