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JULY 2016 TABLE OF CONTENTS 12

New Mom’s Corner. Anna talks with moms with multiples. by Anna Snyder

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Growing up Online. Straight talk about online harrassment. by Carolyn Jabs

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Summer Fun. Why not use the summer to stimulate volunteerism and cultivate charitable giving in your kids. by Laura Reagan

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FROM THE PUBLISHER

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COLLIER COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT UPDATE

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RACHEL RECOMMENDS Book reviews for kids by a kid

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CITY CONNECTION City of Naples Parks Department News and Events

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JULY EVENTS

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40 Birthdays. Nine tips to reduce the drama at your child’s next birthday party. by Sue LeBreton 42 Birthdays. Think outside of the box by planning a garden party. by Lisa Nord Seplak

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44 Birthdays. Get out of the July heat by using one of our creative party themes.

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from the publisher… Current Publisher Andrea Breznay (center) with new co-publishers Leigh Ann Newman and Stacy Nicolau

the parenting magazine devoted to collier county

P.O. Box 110656 Naples, FL 34108 info@neafamily.com Publisher Andrea Breznay andrea@neafamily.com 239-249-0779 Assistant Publisher Stacy Nicolau snicolau@neafamily.com 239-370-5333 Copy Editor Leigh Ann Newman lanewman@neafamily.com 239-287-4221 Cover Photographer Peggy Farren

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.

Meet the new Neapolitan Family Co-Publishers! All good things must come to an end and, for me, that good thing is publishing Neapolitan Family. My family is in California and it’s time for me to be as well. I’m so excited to announce that as of the September issue, Neapolitan Family will have two new co-publishers: Leigh Ann Newman and Stacy Nicolau. I couldn’t be happier about turning the reins over to Leigh Ann and Stacy. You’ll recognize both names from the masthead: Stacy has been Assistant Publisher for several years and Leigh Ann has been copy editor for almost as long. They both have strong journalism backgrounds and have written for the magazine on a variety of topics. In other words, they are uniquely qualified to be taking on this challenge. I have no doubt that only good things are in store for Neapolitan Family. I‘ll share more about my plans next month but for now, please join me in welcoming Stacy and Leigh Ann to their new positions. You can find their contact information to the left of the letter. This month we focus on birthdays and you’ll find information about our exciting birthday party giveaway on page 9. You can enter on our website at neafamily.com. You’ll find articles on birthdays beginning on page 40. Anna Snyder spent a few afternoons tracking down some fun one-tank trip ideas and her report is on pages 20-21. Plus, we have an important article about cyber-bullying on pages 14-15.

Neapolitan Family is available free of charge at over 275 distribution points throughout Collier County as well as digitally at www.neafamily.com.

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COLLIER COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS

By Amanda Jackson, Communications & Community Engagement

Communicating With CCPS Parents

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n a growing digital world, there are more ways than ever to communicate. Here at Collier County Public Schools, we want to offer families more options to personalize how they receive important information from their schools and the district. For the 2016-17 school year, we’ll be debuting new contact preferences, where you the parent can choose how you want to be communicated with, including text messages. To begin the process, you need to visit the Parent Portal, a link to the Portal may be found on the Parents Page by visiting www. collierschools.com. After signing in with your 10-digit parent code, you’ll receive an alert about updating your contact preferences. Next, you’ll be directed to update your contact information before choosing how you wish you receive emergency and essential school information. This includes the e-mails

and phone calls you might already receive but you’ll have an option to opt-in to text message notifications, a highly-anticipated feature. Our goal is to gather the most accurate information from parents and reduce the amount of intrusive robocalls. The Portal will also host the district’s media release form and directory. It’s our hope that being able to update information online will ease some stress for parents, reducing the number of papers to complete during the first week of school. If you haven’t used the Parent Portal before or don’t know your code, don’t worry. You can access this information with your cell phone number or e-mail address associated with the district. When you access the Portal, you can watch videos that will walk you through the process. Another way to stay up-to-date with

Are you interested in helping CCPS better their communication with parents? Please email communications@collierschools.com to get involved in the new communications parent committee.

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your child’s school this year is through Facebook. By the time school begins next month, every CCPS school will have its own page, in addition to Twitter. They’ll be posting important information there as well so be sure to give them a ‘like’ in August. While we HOPE you enjoy these new communications options, we want to KNOW. The district is currently seeking parents interested in sharing feedback, thoughts, and ideas on the district’s communications efforts. The group will meet quarterly beginning in October. We’ll be asking the following questions and more. Do you prefer text messages as opposed to robocalls? Have you downloaded the district app, and if so, what notifications do you want to receive? Are you active on social media and enjoy getting a glimpse into your child’s classroom? Do you visit your child’s school website for important information or the district website? When you do visit, do you find what you need? Do you watch the weekly CCPS News web cast? If not, why?

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RACHEL RECOMMENDS

Book Reviews

Babysitters Club Graphic Novel By Raina Telgemeier TRACHEL’s

he Babysitters Club the novel, I’m sure, is a really good book. But, I haven’t read it. How can I assume this? Well, I read the graphic novel by Raina Telgemeier. A graphic novel is a fancy term for comic book. The Babysitters Club graphic novel is based on the novel, of the same title, by Ann M. Martin. There are four books in the graphic novel series. My favorite book in the series was Claudia and Mean Janine. This is the fourth and final book in the series. I am really quite fond of this book because it was the usual drama between the siblings, younger sister versus older sister—the classic competition. But I feel that this author found something, an event, that pulled the sisters together. Not just the family bonds, or the sudden realization that you should really care about your sibling. The book actually shows how families can change the way they think of each other because of one-life changing event. The funniest problem/solution that the babysitters club (B.S.C.) had to face was when Jenny, a little girl in the B.S.C. playgroup, would not put on a smock to do crafts. Another girl, Karen, who liked to tell stories to the other children (ones that may have been a bit exaggerated), told Jenny that her little brother Andrew, who was awfully shy, that Andrew was going to become a monster, because of a curse placed on him by the next door neighbor. I love funny moments, the author really made a connection to the reader by reminding us of

all the stories little kids make up, the funny and scary ones. When Claudia (vice president of the B.S.C.) learns something valuable from Jamie, one of the children, it really warms my heart. Little children often are underestimated, but they have pretty big brains and hearts inside their bodies. We could really learn a lot from little kids. Back on track, Jamie’s new baby sister, Lucy, is getting lots of presents and attention, and then there was a party for Lucy’s christening. Jamie is jealous, and almost does something he would have regretted for a very long time. Jamie stopped because he loved his sister, and the words stuck with Claudia for a long time: “I love her. She IS my sister.” When little kids teach you a lesson, it’s pretty hard to forget. Raina Telgemeier has written quite a few graphic novels, including Smile, Sisters, Ghosts, Fantasmas, and Drama. I own Drama and hope to read it soon. I don’t normally read graphic novels but chose to read one now because it’s the

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beginning of summer: you want to relax, no tests, no teachers, just you and your pajamas. Don’t get me wrong, I love reading, really I do, but sometimes I would like something easier and below grade level, so I had my four book summer beach read. Graphic novels give you the time to relax, and I never thought, “How many more pages?” The illustrations are beautiful, and onomatopoeias (look it up if you don’t know this word) were written in the pictures, which really gives graphic novels their own special touch. I would recommend this book to children around six to 12. This book does not have difficult vocabulary, but there is definitely a lesson to learn in all of these books. Younger readers can read this just for fun, and for 10 years and older, your comprehension gets thicker, so you can understand the lesson The Babysitters Club has to teach you.

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NEW MOM’S CORNER

By Anna Snyder

Moms with Multiples

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re you a new mom of twins or triplets? If so, I applaud you! Before I experienced motherhood, I thought that somehow having twins might be easier in some way. Since having my little one I quickly realized how wrong I was. Moms of multiples have a unique experience particularly while their children are young. What, exactly, do moms with twins experience? I spoke with two moms in Naples about their experience with twins. Lindsey Touchette

Anna: Tell me about your family. Lindsey: My husband, Nate, and I have fouryear-old twins named Addisyn and Gavin. We love being outdoors, doing crafts, and boating, and we are very active in our church. How did you feel when you first found out you were having twins? We found out that we were having twins during our first appointment! The ultra-sound tech didn’t waste any time. She said, “Here’s baby A, and here’s baby B.” Nate thought that she was kidding at first, but I was not surprised.

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My grandmother is a fraternal twin, so I always thought I’d have a good chance of having them, too. We were both so excited and couldn’t wait. We didn’t know any better. Since they were our first children, we didn’t think it could be that much harder. We were in for a big surprise.

Julie & Carlos Gutierrez and sons Marcos, Lucas and Mateo

What do you enjoy about having twins? Everything is double the fun, laughs, and love. We have so much fun together, and watching them grow and learn is amazing. We are just so blessed to be able to raise them and be their parents. It has been really fascinating to watch them develop into their own people. They navigated to their own interests and at their own paces, and you can’t compare the one to the other. Everything takes additional planning and virtually everything is made for someone with one baby. I don’t necessarily think everything about having twins is more difficult—everyone has their own unique challenges as a parent. With twins, there is just one more of everything and much less sleep. Nursing for multiples is more difficult. What do you wish others understood about what it’s like to be a mom of multiples?

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Moms of multiples need patience—patience for the mom loading two babies into their car seats, loading the diaper bag, and folding down the stroller. Also, please don’t tell a mom for twins that it is double the trouble. Kids are a blessing, and encouraging words go so far. I had a woman stop and tell me what a great job I was doing at a grocery store. I don’t know that I was, because I was just trying to keep it together, but instead of offering advice or a comment, she encouraged me.

My best advice is to cherish every single moment. Write down the highlights at the end of the day, and ask questions of ANY mom of multiples you can find. We had conversations with people at restaurants, grocery stores—anywhere we could find a mom with multiples. I bought our stroller based on a conversation with mom of multiples in Michigan at the Pancake House!

How do you think your experience is different to that of other moms? I am just trying to raise two little people who love God and know that they are loved. If I’ve done that, I’ve succeeded. Again, I draw on patience a lot, and am always trying to use everything as an opportunity to teach them. With two, it’s important to get a break. My husband and I know when it’s time for the other person to take over.

Anna: Tell me about your family. Julie: My husband, Carlos, and I have a sixyear-old boy named Marcos and three-yearold twin boys named Lucas and Mateo. We got pregnant on our honeymoon with our first, and my first pregnancy was so difficult, I wished it was twins so I would never have to get pregnant again!

Do you have any advice for moms expecting multiples? You will need help, so take what you can get! We were lucky to have family to help us when our twins were first born. I was determined to nurse them, and without help. That would have been so easy to give up on, especially as I was only getting a 10-minute nap between feedings the first couple weeks.

Julie Gutierrez

How did you feel when you first found out you were having twins? We couldn’t believe it. The fact that we had twins didn’t really sink in until Lucas and Mateo were about three months old. We were thrilled, though, especially since in between pregnancies, we had gone through a miscarriage. Having twins gave us so much joy. What do you enjoy about having twins? I love having twins! We all have so much fun

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together. I enjoy dressing all of my boys alike. My oldest loves to match with his brothers. The boys all play well together now that they are older. It is so much fun that they all have each other as playmates. What do you wish others knew about what it’s like to be a mom of multiples? I wish people knew how stressful it can be to have two young children the same age. I have kids running in all different directions. It’s hard to discipline all three of them. Yes, I get it done, but sometimes I have to rush because I never know what the others are doing! How do you think your experience is different and/or similar to that of other moms? I think that my experience as a mom is shaped by the fact that I have all boys in my home. Our house is very wild, crazy, loud, and fun. Do you have any advice for moms expecting mulitples? Buy lots of cribs sheets and waterproof liners. The first night we were home, we laid them on layers of towels instead of directly on the sheet. Otherwise, we would have changed the crib sheets a total of four times the first night! Having multiples is hard, and the lack of sleep is difficult. Rely on any help you can get!

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GROWING UP ONLINE

By Carolyn Jabs

Straight Talk about Online Harrassment

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arents don’t want to think about it, so kids are often unprepared. Cyberbullying may seem like something that happens to other people, but the statistics say otherwise. A study from the Pew Research Center found that, among adults, 40% have experienced online harassment and 73 % have witnessed it. (The sad facts are summarized at onlineharassmentdata.org) For teens, the numbers are a little lower, though researchers note that many adolescents don’t report incidents of cyberbullying for the same reason they don’t talk about offline harassment: They feel intimidated and humiliated. They assume nothing can be done. And they worry talking to adults will make the problem worse. That’s why parents need to be proactive. The hard fact is that most children will eventually encounter people who use the Internet to intimidate, harass and threaten others. The best way to fortify kids is to talk--in advance—about what cyberbullying is, how to prevent it and what can be done when it happens. Here’s some of what your child needs to know:

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Recognize it when you see it. Cyberbullying comes in many forms. The mildest is mean comments, name-calling and shaming. Painful as this may be for the target, it’s not dangerous. Learning to shake off mean and ignorant comments is a life skill. To give kids perspective, talk about the American tradition of free speech. Even nasty, mis-informed people have a right to their opinion. That doesn’t mean your child should give them time or attention. Other forms of harassment are more serious, especially if they continue day after day. These include threats of personal harm including rape, spreading lies that damage a person’s reputation, posting personal information including cell phone numbers or sexual photos and techno attacks such as taking control of a social media account. Help your child distinguish between unpleasantness and risk. Be proactive. The best way to deal with any problem is to avoid it. Raise your child with the assumption that people will be kind to each other. Model that way of living in your home, and help your child find friends who respect and appreciate each other. Online, help your child build a community where people treat each other well. Point your child toward the helpful Social Media Safety Guides produced by Heartmob (iheartmob.org/safety_guide). There are separate guides with straightforward explanations of privacy tools for Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, Tumblr, and Youtube.

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Report—sometimes. Experts give contradictory advice about how to respond to cyberbullies. Some recommend ignoring the behavior because most bullies are looking for reaction and attention. This is especially true online where anyone can say anything to anyone. Others recommend telling the bully to stop. That is also easier—and somewhat safer—online where it’s possible to send a private message that may appeal to the other person’s sense of fair play. Threats of abuse or harm should be documented by saving messages or capturing screen shots. Notify local police or the FBI with the understanding that they may be ineffective because laws lag behind technology in many states. The Cyberbullying Research Center maintains a comprehensive library of materials about cyberbullying including a complete list of regulations in every state (cyberbullying. org/cyberbullying-laws). Internet services are also inconsistent in how they define and respond to harassment. Twitter, for example, recently started a Trust and Safety Council “to ensure that people feel safe expressing themselves on Twitter”-- and was immediately slammed for restricting free speech. This is a good topic for dinner table discussion before a problem arises. If you were running a social media site, what limits would you put on what people can post? How should someone decide whether to ignore, confront or report a cyberbully? Get creative. Because bullies can’t always be avoided and authorities can’t always be effective, a growing number of people are taking creative steps to make the Internet—or at least corners of it— safer for everyone. Kids who know about these efforts are less likely to feel hopeless about bullying if it happens to them or they witness it. They may still feel shock, shame and even fear, but they will also know that they have allies and role models who have figured out effective ways to respond. • A Thin Line provides detailed information about online harassment and encourages kids to share steps they’ve taken to assert their digital rights. The site, developed by MTV, also has a For Grownups Section that lists helpful resources (athinline.org/pages/ parents-and-educators) • StompOutBullying runs a free, confidential chat line for teens over 13. Trained volunteers provide support to young people who are distressed about online harassment. (stompoutbullying.org) • We Heart It is a social media app that limits harassment by allowing users to “heart” but not comment on content uploaded by others. (weheartit.com) • The Speech Project details all the ways young women can be harassed online. The tools and resources section provides up-todate information about what girls and young women can do to protect and defend themselves. (wmcspeechproject.com). • StopIt is a software platform that allows people within a community to anonymously send screenshots of material that is offensive or abusive. Schools that use the app have seen a reduction in the number of cyberbullying incidents. (stopitcyberbully.com) It’s natural for parents to want their children to live in a kinder, safer world. At the same time, parents need to equip children with the skills they need to cope with problems should they arise. When parents talk—in advance—about communities that have mobilized to combat cyberbullying, children become stronger, more confident and more likely to respond constructively to whatever comes their way online. CAROLYN JABS, M.A., raised three computer savvy kids including one with special needs. Her new book, Cooperative Wisdom: Bringing People Together When Things Fall Apart, will be published in spring, 2016. Visit carolynjabs.com for more information. NEAPOLITANfamily • July 2016

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SUMMER FUN

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An Active, Engaged & Charitable Summer Summer vacations and summer camps can be fun but why not use this summer to stimulate volunteerism and cultivate charitable giving in your kids? Engage kids in charitable giving in a meaningful way may create lasting memories and build character that outlast summer vacations.

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one of the best days of my life!” Her sister Emily decided to give the money she earned doing extra chores around the house to the food bank. Service learning can be a parenting and teaching strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection. Service learning also builds character and teaches civic responsibility as youth participate in service projects in education, public welfare, health, public safety or the environment. Families can volunteer together and reap all the benefits of service learning while making a memory. Teaching service is most effective when children give something meaningful to them. One example of an age appropriate, meaningful service project for first and second graders is a teddy bear drive for abused children of domestic violence in shelters or hospitals. Children can be encouraged to give a stuffed animal of their own that is in good shape or earn the money by doing household chores to make a purchase themselves. Children can also travel to the shelter to drop off the stuffed animals so that the “giving” is concrete. Children may come up with their own ideas about service projects that have special meaning to them. Older children may work together to sell candy or crafts at a profit to purchase items for less fortunate families such as children’s coats. Service learning studies show that children who serve are more likely to grow to become charitable adults.

Volunteering and giving can give your winter special meaning. Here are a few suggestions. • Perhaps your children have had a relative or neighbor die with cancer. It might be meaningful to plan a walk/ run for cancer research or donate their own money earned from chores to a local hospital that has a tie to your family. • Mow and weed an elderly neighbor’s yard. Organize a kids pool of lawn service volunteers for elders in multiple neighborhoods. • Organize and conduct a canned food drive at your child’s summer school or camp together. This may involve several steps including making posters, decorating the collection boxes and finally taking the cans to the food pantry or food bank.) • Walk dogs at the local humane society shelter. • Collect new or like new books for the children’s wing of the hospital and delivering the books to the hospital auxiliary. • Buy school supplies for the children who cannot afford them. • Organize a letter writing campaign to service men and women who have ties to your local community. Working together as a family for others not only strengthens communities by helping the cause or causes of your choice, but it also models good character and strengthens family bonds that create memorable summers. NEAPOLITANfamily • July 2016

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Summer Fun for Everyone Enjoy summer with your family at these programs and events offered by the City of Community Services Department and local organizations: Who Doesn’t Love a Parade? A patriotic holiday tradition punctuated by the drumbeat of marching bands, the 4th of July Parade takes on a Naples twist when its route is through beautiful downtown. The fun begins for your family at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, July 4, at the corner of Broad Avenue South and 3rd Street South, just north of the Naples Pier. The parade route proceeds north on 3rd Street to swank 5th Avenue South. After traveling east on 5th Avenue, the route turns south at the corner of 8th Street South to end in front of Cambier Park around noon. Pack a picnic to enjoy afterwards in the shade of the grand trees of Cambier Park or head to the nearby beaches to splash in the surf with your kids. For more information, call (239) 213-7120.

you likely won’t be sitting much as you boogie to the dynamic music of the Vodkanauts! Food and beverages available for purchase from the hotel. Overflow parking at Lowdermilk Park. For more information, call (239) 261-2222. (851 Gulf Shore Blvd. North, Naples) Festive Fireworks A fabulous finale for your 4th of July celebration, the City of Naples’ breathtaking fireworks display rockets over the water from the Naples Pier starting at 9 p.m. with echoing ka-booms. This year the fireworks will be choreographed to patriotic music broadcast by WAVV 101.1 FM, so be sure to bring a portable radio because they don’t appear to stream

their broadcast online for smartphones. Park in the early evening at one of the many City beach access points along Gulf Shore Boulevard (free with your beach parking sticker), and enjoy the fiery beauty of nature’s sunset show with your family before the free fireworks begin. For more information, call (239) 213-7120. Summer Camps Continue Last-minute registration is still available for some city summer camps. Themes range from nature, art, science, computers, athletics, sports and performing arts. Camps run until August. For prices and more information, call (239) 213-3020

Free Weekly Jazz Concerts The Naples Jazz Masters Band formed a few years ago as a year-round offshoot of the Naples Dixieland Jazz Band. They offer weekly Dixieland jazz concerts at the Norris Center at 1 p.m. every Saturday in July. 239-263-1113. (755 8th St. South, Naples) Free Summer Jazz Concert Join the tradition of the once-a-month summer lawn parties the whole city loves as the Naples Beach Club Hotel hosts its Summer Jazz Series from 6:30-9:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 16. You can bring folding chairs for your family, but

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ONE TANK TRIPS

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ne of my favorite things about Florida is that the weather encourages residents to get out and explore during every season of the year (yes, even during the endlessly hot and humid summer months). So, after some weeks of research and consideration, my family and I made a few treks around the southern part of Florida to visit some places I had never heard of. How did we come up with our list? The requirement was simple – adventures had to be accessible to families from Naples. This meant that we needed to be able to get there and back in a day, and on one tank of gas. The trips needed to be family friendly. We have a two year old, and for us, that meant we needed to be back in the car by 1:30 or 2pm for naptime to avoid any type of massive meltdown. My husband, Jim, grew up in Naples, as did his father (his grandfather settled in Naples after World War II). I would consider him–and his parents –experts on family-friendly adventures in Southern Florida. Even with Jim’s heritage as a Naples native, though, all of the places on our list were things he hadn’t yet experienced. I’m always drawn to the Florida State Park system – Jim and I are attempting to see all 160 state parks throughout the course of our marriage, and I have loved our visits to various areas around Florida. I enjoy learning about Florida’s rich history and varied ecosystems. So a few state parks made it on our summer list (six adventures will be covered over the course of two articles). Needless to say, there are so many great adventures in Florida! This two-part list (the second installment will be in the August issues) certainly isn’t exhaustive, but we did have fun coming up with ideas and going on these one-day adventures (most of which could have been weekend trips). Get out there this summer as a family, and make some memories together!

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Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, Florida Open 10am-5pm, 7 days per week, 365 days per year, including all holidays. little less than two hours away on Longboat Key, this amazing research lab and aquarium is a fantastic adventure for families with children of all ages. Mote Aquarium is the public outreach arm of Mote Marine Laboratory, displaying more than 100 marine species with a focus on local

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marine life. The Aquarium opened in 1980 on City Island in Sarasota Bay. Visitors can see otters, sharks, manatees, sea turtles, seahorses, rays, skates and invertebrates. Mote Aquarium also includes windows into Mote’s working laboratories. Mote Marine Laboratory is one of the oldest marine research laboratories in Florida. The Lab was founded in 1955 by the famous shark lady, Dr. Eugenie Clark. Although Dr. Clark passed away last year, Mote still carries on her legacy by conducting world class marine research and educating the public about our oceans, and how we can all become better stewards of the marine environment. The aquarium is housed in two separate buildings, and we loved that the tanks were at eye level for our toddler-aged daughter. The highlight for us was the sea turtle exhibit, which housed several sea turtles who had been rescued as a result of various circumstances. The aquarium was an indoor/ outdoor environment that was completely shaded and air conditioned. There are many programs, events, and boat tours throughout the day – and the programs at Mote Marine are fantastic. The boat tours looked particularly worthwhile and exciting, but they would have been too much to take on with a toddler. If you go, bring plenty of snacks and water bottles, and consider packing a lunch. There is an outdoor eating area with picnic tables. Additionally, Mote Marine offers a Deep Sea Diner for casual eating inside the aquarium. For more information on Mote Marine Lab, including special events scheduled this summer, visit their website – www.mote.org.

Lion Country Safari

2003 Lion Country Safari Road, Loxahatchee, Florida Open 10am-4pm Monday through Friday and 9:30am-4:30pm Saturday and Sunday. ocated about 2 ½ hours away just west of West Palm Beach, Lion Country Safari was originally developed by a group of South African and British entrepreneurs about 40 years ago; they desired to bring the experience of an African safari and game park to Southern Florida. Today, Lion Country Safari houses about 900 animals in a drive-through preserve and exhibit area. Along with the drive-through safari preserve area, visitors can visit a theme-park attraction area that houses other animal exhibits, a petting zoo, boat rides, a giraffe feeding area, carnival-style rides, a mini-golf area, and a large splash pad water feature for children. The theme park area also has several eateries and gift shops. We went to Lion Country Safari on a Saturday, and we arrived right when it opened. There were already lots of cars waiting to drive through the preserve. The drive-through safari took us about 45 minutes and it included a CD narration that taught us about the park and the animals we would see. Our daughter was thrilled with the animals, and I’ll admit – I was amazed at the size of the preserve.

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Cayo Costa State Park via Captiva Cruises

Cayo Costa State Park – west of Pine Island, accessible by boat only Captiva Cruises, 11401 Andy Rosse Lane, Captiva, Florida Open 8am-5pm, 7 days per week. ayo Costa is a remote barrier island located in Southwest Florida just north of Captiva and west of Pine Island. 90% of the island is uninhabited and is part of the state park; it contains 9 miles of beaches and acres of pine forests, hammocks and mangrove swamps. The island is perfect for sight fishing, snorkeling, swimming, and shelling. Miles of trails weave through the island, and the park provides primitive cabins and tent camping sites. Captiva Cruises is a family-friendly cruise service that offers and array of trips for visitors to access Cayo Costa (as well as other barrier islands and locations in the surrounding area). They are a very family-friendly company that honors the history of Southwest Florida barrier islands and unique ecosystem of Pine Island Sound. There are so many adventure cruises from which to choose, and they have cruises that range the gambit from one hour to full-day expeditions. We selected a cruise that left from McCarthy Marina on Captiva Island at 9 AM and took us to a private, very remote beach at Cayo Costa State Park. The boat ride took about 35 minutes, and the captain and guide on board the boat were fantastic. We learned a lot about the history of the barrier islands and state park, and we got to see some fantastic wildlife. We spent about almost two hours on Cayo Costa’s beautiful beach, which was lovely. I brought plenty of snacks and cold drinks, and I’m so thankful I did. With a toddler in tow, spending so much time on the beach can be a challenge. I’m also glad I brought our ergonomic baby carrier, as we spent some time walking the beach in search of fish (my husband brought along some fishing gear). The beauty of this adventure was refreshing, though the heat and sun were intense. I’m thankful we went in the morning, and we were back in the air conditioning by noon. The boat had shade, but the beach was very sunny. Captiva Cruises offered an exceptional experience for our family. For more information visit www.captivacruises.com and www.floridastateparks.org/park/Cayo-Costa.

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5:30 p.m. Midsummer Night Out at Fleischmann Park. There will be a BBQ, rock wall, emergency vehicles, fun and games to enjoy through the night. Free event. Located at Fleischmann Park, 1600 Fleischmann Drive, Naples. Call 239- 213-3020 for additional information.

1:00 p.m. STEAM Art Wednesdays at Naples Regional Library. Drop in anytime during this two-hour window to create some amazing art using STEAM principles. All ages welcome. Registration is not required. Located at 650 Central Avenue, Naples. Call 239-262-6853 or check public.collier-lib. org for information.

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2:00 p.m. Go for the Gold at Golden Gate Library. Join your hosts, Joey, Alexandra, and Sydney, the live Eclectus parrot as their journey starts on Mt. Olympus. Located at Golden Gate Library, 2432 Lucerne Road, Naples. Call 239252-4542 or check public. collier-lib.org for additional information.

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3:00 p.m. Robotics at Headquarters Library. Come and join Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead for a Robotics and Programming course featuring everything from tiny robots the size of your thumb to your very own “walking”, talking robot made of Legos. Located at 2385 Orange Blossom Drive, Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check public.collier-lib.org for information.

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5:00 p.m. Parent Night Out. We’ll take care of your kids while you go spend some time alone. There will be camping games, s’mores, campfire stories, and more. It’s only $25 per family. Located at Cornerstone UMC, 8200 Immokalee RD., Naples. Call 239-354-9160 or check www.cornerstonenaples.org/ for information.

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6:30 p.m. Summer Jazz on the Gulf. A popular Southwest Florida tradition continues as The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club hosts SummerJazz on the Gulf. Located at Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club, 851 Gulf Shore Blvd. North, Naples. Call 239-261-2222 or check www.naplesbeachhotel.com/ for additional information.

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10:00 a.m. Twinkle Outreach. Any local families in need are welcome to come by and receive free children’s clothing or baby equipment. Located at Twinkle Twinkle Little Store LLC, 4172 Tamiami Trail North, Naples.

5:00 p.m. Parent’s Night Out at the YMCA. Parent’s Night Out is held on the 1st & 3rd Saturday of each month from 5 pm-10 pm in the Youth Development Center. This service is available to all YMCA Family Membership holders. 5450 YMCA Road, Naples. Call 239-597-3148 or check greaternaplesymca. org for information.

10:00 a.m. Kids Free Fridays at Rookery Bay. This popular summer education program provides free admission for children ages 12 and younger who are accompanied by a paying adult. Located at Rookery Bay, 300 Tower Road, Naples. Call 239- 417-6310 or check www.rookerybay.org for additional information. Held weekly on Friday.

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3:00 p.m. Meet the Composers Classical Music Series. Join international artist and lecturer, Dr. Anne McLean as she performs in a multi-media presentation highlighting a great composer’s music. Located at 10150 Bonita Beach Rd, Bonita Springs. Call 239- 495-8989 or check www.artcenterbonita.org for additional information.

10:00 a.m. World Snake Day. Special activities planned all week. Located at Conservancy of Southwest Florida Nature Center, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples. Call 239-2620304 or check www.conservancy.org for additional information.

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5:30 p.m. Beading Fun at East Naples Branch Library. Come make your favorite bracelet or a special set of earrings. Open to ages 11-17 years. Registration required. Located at East Naples Library, 8787 Tamiami Trail East, Naples. Call 239-775-5592 or check public.collier-lib. org for additional information.

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7:00 p.m. American Girl Night at JetBlue Park. Come to American Girl Night to see the Red Sox battle the Tigers, and with your special ticket purchase you will also receive a Red Sox t-shirt for your American Girl doll. Located at JetBlue Park, 11581 Daniels Pkwy, Naples. Call 239-334-4700 for additional information.

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2:00 p.m. Free Concerts at the Bandshell. Bring a blanket for the whole family and enjoy free jazz concerts in Cambier Park. Located at Cambier Park, 755 8th Ave. S., Naples. Call 239-213-3058 or check www.naplesgov. com/index.aspx?NID=576 for additional information.

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4:30 p.m. Horse Rescue of SFL FUNdraiser. Paint and sip while raising money for a great cause. $40 includes all materials, instruction, and a donation to the Horse Rescue of SFL. Located at Vino’s Picasso, 2367 Vanderbilt Beach Rd, Naples. Call 239-431-8750 or check https://vinospicasso.com/ for information.

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3:00 p.m. Scratch Junior at Vanderbilt Library. Located at Vanderbilt Beach Library, 788 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Naples. Call 239-597-8444 or check public.collier-lib. org for additional information.

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6:00 p.m. Free Admission to The Baker Museum. Enjoy free admission to The Baker Museum the last Wednesday of each month from 6 to 9pm. Located at Artis-Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples. Call 239-597-1900 or check www.thephil.org for additional information.

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5:00 p.m. Lego Club at Marco Island Library. Join the club and share ideas, be creative, make new friends and have fun. LEGO® bricks will be provided. Open to ages 5-11 years. Registration is not required. Located 210 S. Heathwood Drive, Marco Island. Call 239-394-3272 or check public.collier-lib. org for information.

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10:00 a.m. Lover’s Key Junior Ranger Adventure. Program is appropriate for kids aged 6 and up. Pre-registration is required, spaces are limited. To register, please call the Ranger Station at 239- 4634588. Located at Lovers Key State Park, 8700 Estero Blvd, Estero. Call 239-463-4588 for additional information.

1:00 p.m. STEAM Art Wednesdays at Naples Regional Library. Drop in anytime during this two-hour window to create some amazing art using STEAM principles. All ages welcome. Registration is not required. Located at Naples Regional Library, 650 Central Avenue, Naples. Call 239-262-6853 or check public.collier-lib.org for information.

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6:00 p.m. CCSO Hot Summer Nights. Free admission. Located at Vineyards Community Park, 6231 Arbor Rd, Naples. Call 239-363-9669 or check colliergov.net for additional information.

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10:00 a.m. Golden Gate Community Center Open House. Come and Enjoy the fun. Meet our Instructors and find out all they have to offer to your family. Located at Golden Gate Community Center, 4701 Golden Gate Pkwy, Naples. Call 239-2524180 or check colliergov.net for additional information.

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2:00 p.m. Sounds of Summer Concert at Koreshan State Park. The theme of this concert is “A Trip to the Zoo.”Located at Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Road, Estero. Call 239-992-0311 or check www.floridastateparks.org for additional information.

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YOUR COMMUNITY JULY EVENTS CALENDAR SUBMISSIONS:

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To submit your event for both our online and print calendars go to www.neafamily.com and follow the instructions for setting up a calendar account and inputting event info.

9:30 a.m. Flamingo Fridays at Everglades Wonder Gardens. Children’s Summer Education Program showcasing a “featured creature” appearance, stories, crafts and a flamingo-shaped activity guide. Regular admission fees apply. Please visit www.evergladeswondergardens.com for more information. Located at Everglades Wonder Gardens, 27180 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs. Call 239-992-2591 or check www. evergladeswondergardens.com for additional information. Held weekly on Friday. 10:00 a.m. Beachcombing and Shelling Talk. What do wrack lines, jellies, blue buttons, beachhoppers, ghosts, sea pork, and beans have in common? Come find out at this lecture on Beachcombing & Shelling. Located at Barefoot Beach Preserve, 505 Barefoot Beach Blvd., Bonita Springs. Call 239- 252-4000 or check www.friendsofbarefootbeach.org for additional information. Held weekly on Friday. 10:00 a.m. On Your Mark, Get Set READ at South Regional Library. Learn how the summer reading program works. Come read in the cool of the library as you earn summer reading points and prizes. You can learn about great books to read, how to check out an e-book, create art and play some fun reading games. Located

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at South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Parkway, Naples. Call 239-252-7542 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information. 10:00 a.m. Kids Free Fridays at Rookery Bay. This popular summer education program provides free admission for children ages 12 and younger who are accompanied by a paying adult. We recommend a ratio of no more than 3 kids per adult to ensure a safe and pleasurable experience. Located at Rookery Bay, 300 Tower Road, Naples. Call 239- 417-6310 or check www.rookerybay.org for additional information. Held weekly on Friday. 2:00 p.m. Friday Movies at Immokalee Branch Library. All ages, Registration is not required. Located at Immokalee Branch Library, 417 North First Street, Immokalee. Call 239657-2882 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information. Held weekly on Friday. 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 239-3942787 for additional information. 6:00 p.m. CCSO Hot Summer Nights at Immokalee Sports Complex. Free admission. Children younger than 12 must be supervised by an adult. Located at Immokalee Sports Complex, 505 Escambia Street, Immokalee.

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Call 239- 657-1951 for additional information. 6:00 p.m. FIFA Gaming Tournament. Come test your gaming skills as we find out who is the best in FIFA tournament 2016. Open to ages 5 and up. Located at Immokalee Sports Complex, 505 Escambia Street, Immokalee. Call 239- 657-1951 for additional information. 7:00 p.m. Weekend Concert Series at Gulf Coast Town Center. Free Music every Friday & Saturday nights. Located at 9903 Gulf Coast Main Street, Fort Myers. Check www.gulfcoasttowncenter.com/shop/gulf.nsf/ salesevents for information. Held weekly on Friday and Saturday.

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2 SATURDAY 7:30 a.m. Third Street South Farmer’s Market. Parking lot behind Tommy Bahama’s. Located at Third Street South, Naples. Call 239-4346533 or check info@napleschamber.org for additional information. Held weekly on Saturday. 8:00 a.m. Farmer’s Market. Open every Saturday (June to October) indoors at the Shoppes at Vanderbilt unit 190-196. Located at Shoppes at Vanderbilt, 2355 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Naples. Call 239-273-2350 or check www.facebook.com/pages/Shoppes-at-Vanderbilt-Farmers-Market/130258607139935 for additional information. Held weekly on Saturday. 8:00 a.m. Community Yard Sale. Booths are just $9. Located at Immokalee Community Park, 321 North 1st Street, Immokalee. Call 239657-4449 for additional information. 9:00 a.m. Greenmarket. Join us on our 10-acre campus to find an exclusive selection of locally grown, caught and cultivated foods and other products available to sample and purchase. Located at Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers. Call 239-939-2787 or check www.artinlee.org for additional information. Held weekly on Saturday. 10:00 a.m. Free Kids Fishing at Bass Pro Shops. Rod, reel and bait provided. Located at Bass Pro Shops, 10040 Gulf Center Drive, Fort Myers. Call 239-461-7800 for additional information. 11:00 a.m. Barnes and Noble Storytime. Located at Barnes & Noble, 5377 Tamiami Trail North, Naples. Call 239-597-2040 or check bn.com for additional information. Held weekly on Saturday. 2:00 p.m. Gator Fishing at Everglades Wonder Gardens. For $5.00 on top of regular admission prices, you get a cane poll with a hot dog on the end of it to feed our 37 gators. Located at Everglades Wonder Gardens, 27180 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs. Call 239-992-2591 or check www. evergladeswondergardens.com for information. Held weekly on Saturday. 5:00 p.m. Parent’s Night Out at the YMCA. Parent’s Night Out is held on the 1st & 3rd Saturday of each month from 5 pm-10 pm in the Youth Development Center. This service is available to all YMCA Family Membership holders. Located at Greater Naples YMCA, 5450 YMCA Road, Naples. Call 239-597-3148 or check greaternaplesymca.org for additional information. 6:00 p.m. Miromar Outlets Fireworks Show. Free, live entertainment starts at 6pm. Fireworks begin at 9:30pm. Located at Miromar Outlets, 10801 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. Call 239-948-3766 or check www.miromaroutlets.com for additional information. 7:00 p.m. Fenway Cornhole Classic. Compete in the annual Fenway Cornhole Classic. This 100-team tournament takes place in Fenway Park during the afternoon of the July 2nd game. Package includes admission to the tournament and two game tickets for each team. Located at JetBlue Park, 11581 Daniels Pkwy, Naples. Call 239-334-4700 for information.

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grounds, 751 39th Avenue NE, Naples. Call 239-455-1444 or check www.colliercountyfair.com/fairgrounds-info for additional information. Held weekly on Sunday. 7:00 a.m. Yoga at Koreshan State Park. Join us for a gentle, all levels yoga class (slow vinyasa/ hatha) in the historic, utopian settlement of the Koreshan’s. $5 Donation to take yoga class. Free park admission. Located at Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Road, Estero. Call 239992-0311 or check www.floridastateparks.org for additional information. Held weekly on Sunday. 8:00 a.m. Koreshan Farmer’s Market. Come and get your fresh produce, seafood, baked goods and other food items while walking the paths of the historic settlement. Vendors will be available from 8:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. every Sunday. Located at Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Road, Estero. Call 239-992-0311 or check www.floridastateparks.org for additional information. Held weekly on Sunday. 11:00 a.m. Naples Zoo Features Captain America. Guests can enjoy a special BBQ at the Naples Zoo and enjoy a meet and greet with Captain America along with all day admission to the zoo. Located at Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens, 1590 Goodlette-Frank Road, Naples. Call 239-2625409 or check www.caribbeangardens.com for additional information. 2:00 p.m. Free Concerts at the Bandshell. Bring a blanket for the whole family and enjoy free jazz concerts in Cambier Park. Located at Cambier Park, 755 8th Ave. S., Naples. Call 239-213-3058 or check www.naplesgov. com/index.aspx?NID=576 for additional information. 3:00 p.m. Meet the Composers Classical Music Series. Join international artist and lecturer, Dr. Anne McLean as she performs in a multimedia presentation highlighting a great composer’s music, fascinating historical insights and visual images of that unique era. Located at Center for Performing Arts – Hinman Auditorium, 10150 Bonita Beach Rd, Bonita Springs. Call 239- 495-8989 or check www.artcenterbonita.org for additional information.

4 MONDAY 7:00 a.m. USA Independence Day 5K. Located at Germain Arena, 11000 Everblades Pkwy, Estero. Call 239- 335-0457 or check www.germainarena.com for additional information. 10:00 a.m. Naples 4th of July Parade. Free parking is offered at the downtown’s 2 parking garages as well as the side streets. Located at Fifth Avenue South, 649 Fifth Avenue South, Naples. Call 239-692-8436 or check www.fifthavenuesouth.com for additional information. 10:00 a.m. Beachcombing and Shelling Talk. What do wrack lines, jellies, blue buttons, beachhoppers, ghosts, sea pork, and beans have in common? Come find out at this lecture on Beachcombing & Shelling. Located at Barefoot Beach Preserve, 505 Barefoot Beach Blvd., Bonita Springs. Call 239- 252-4000 or check www.friendsofbarefootbeach.org for additional information. Held weekly on Monday. 1:30 p.m. All American BBQ at JetBlue Park. Celebrate Independence Day at America’s Most Beloved Ballpark, Fenway Park. This package includes a pre-game BBQ buffet with your game ticket. Located at JetBlue Park, 11581 Daniels Pkwy, Naples. Call 239-334-4700 for information. 2:00 p.m. Fourth of July Celebration at Sugden Park. Celebrate the 4th at Sugden Regional Park in East Naples where fireworks start after sunset. Located at Sugden Regional Park, 4284 Avalon Drive, Naples. Call 239-793-4414 for additional information. 7:30 p.m. Fourth of July Fireworks Cruise. Tickets for the Naples cruise are available for $80 per person. Guests receive a voucher for one complimentary beverage and access to the buffet. Additional drinks will be available for purchase onboard. Reservations required. Call 239-2634949. Located at Tin City, 1200 Fifth Ave S, Naples. Call 239-262-4200 or check www.tin-city.com for additional information.

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9:00 p.m. Fireworks at the Pier. After the sun sets, the annual firework display from Naples Pier will start. Grab a spot anywhere along the beaches of Naples and enjoy this half-hour of magic. Located at Naples Pier, 25 12th Avenue, Naples. Call 239- 213-3062 or check www.naplesgov.com for additional information. 9:00 p.m. Fourth of July Marco Island. Residents Beach/South Marco Beach, 130 S. Collier Blvd., Marco Island. Entertainment and Fireworks at 9 p.m. Public parking located at intersection of Swallow Avenue and Collier Blvd., Marco Island. For event information call 239.642.0575. Located at Resident’s Beach, 130 S. Collier Blvd, Marco Island. Call 239-642-0575 or check www.cityofmarcoisland.com/ for additional information.

5 TUESDAY 9:30 a.m. Drawing in Graphite and Colored Pencil. Join Lee Hammond, Rookery Bay Reserve’s Artist in Residence, for an art program this summer and explore the magic of drawing and painting. Hammond has been a professional artist and art instructor for more than 30 years. Located at Rookery Bay, 300 Tower Road, Naples. Call 239-417-6310 or check www.rookerybay.org for additional information. 10:00 a.m. Moms and Tots Storytime with Miss Jessica and Miss Mary Ellen. A toddler favorite, the girls read, sing, dance and color, creating a fun atmosphere of learning and lots of laughter. Come and ask about the little green frog song. All ages are welcome. Located at Barnes & Noble, 5377 Tamiami Trail North, Naples. Call 239-597-2040 or check bn.com for additional information. Held weekly on Tuesday. 10:00 a.m. Free Summer Movies at Paragon Pavilion Theaters. Go to www.paragontheaters.com for feature presentation. Located at Paragon Pavilion Theaters, 833 Vanderbilt Beach Rd, Naples. Call 239-596-0008 or check www.paragontheaters.com for additional information. Sponsored by Neapolitan Family Magazine. Held weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday. 2:00 p.m. Introduction to iPad at Golden Gate Library. Basic introductory class for the iPad. We will learn about the iPad and practice using one. No need to bring your own iPad, you will each have a Library iPad to use during the program. We will also have a demonstration of a 3-D Printer. Located at Golden Gate Library, 2432 Lucerne Road, Naples. Call 239-252-4542 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information. 3:00 p.m. Coding Fun with iPads at South Regional Library. Learn about famous artists and art forms, then create your own masterpiece using mosaic and other LEGO bricks. Open to children entering grades 2 through 5. Class size limited to 20 participants. Registration required. Located at South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Parkway, Naples. Call 239-252-7542 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information. 5:00 p.m. Meals of Hope Mobile Food Pantry at the YMCA. The Meals of Hope Mobile Pantry will be on our campus every Tuesday beginning at 5:00 pm. Frozen food, fresh produce and canned goods will all be given away to families in need. Anyone is welcome. Located at Greater Naples YMCA, 5450 YMCA Road, Naples. Call 239-597-3148 or check greaternaplesymca.org for additional information. Held weekly on Tuesday. 5:30 p.m. The Moogician at Estates Branch Library. The “Moogician” will show you that milk is magical, cheese is juggle-able, and cows are cool at this exciting show with fun around every corner. Open to ages 4 years and older. Registration required. Located at Estates Branch Library, 1266 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples. Call 239-455-8088 or check public.collierlib.org for additional information.

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239-552-5100 or check www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/naples for additional information. Held weekly on Wednesday. 9:00 a.m. Parent’s Morning Out at the YMCA. Parent’s Morning Out is open to all current YMCA Family Membership members and their children. Open to kids ages 3 month-12 years old. Drop off the kids at the Y while you shop, clean, or just enjoy a little time to yourself. Located at Greater Naples YMCA, 5450 YMCA Road, Naples. Call 239-597-3148 or check greaternaplesymca.org for additional information. 9:30 a.m. Painting in Acrylics. Join Lee Hammond, Rookery Bay Reserve’s Artist in Residence, for an art program this summer and explore the magic of drawing and painting. Hammond has been a professional artist and art instructor for more than 30 years. Located at Rookery Bay, 300 Tower Road, Naples. Call 239- 417-6310 or check www.rookerybay. org for additional information. 10:00 a.m. Exploring Coastal Estuaries. Explore the Coastal Estuaries with a naturalist guided walk to the estuary and along a sandy trail to the beach. Explore one of the most productive ecosystems in nature and the unique coastal habitats at the Preserve. Located at Barefoot Beach Preserve, 505 Barefoot Beach Blvd., Bonita Springs. Call 239- 252-4000 or check www.friendsofbarefootbeach.org for additional information. Held weekly on Wednesday. 10:00 a.m. Free Kids Crafts at Miromar Outlets. Kids from toddlers to twelve are invited to participate in fun activities. Located at Miromar Outlets, 10801 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. Call 239-948-3766 or check www. miromaroutlets.com for additional information. Held weekly on Wednesday. 10:00 a.m. Free Summer Movies at Paragon Pavilion Theaters. Go to www.paragontheaters.com for feature presentation. Located at Paragon Pavilion Theaters, 833 Vanderbilt Beach Rd, Naples. Call 239-596-0008 or check www.paragontheaters.com for additional information. Sponsored by Neapolitan Family Magazine. Held weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday. 10:30 a.m. Family Story Time at Bonita Springs Library. This program is for the whole family and lasts about 30 minutes. Located at Bonita Springs Public Library, 26876 Pine Avenue, Bonita Springs. Call 239-9920101 or check library.lee-county.com/services/locations/BN/pages/default. aspx for additional information. Held weekly on Wednesday. 11:00 AM. Cancer Wednesday for children in Salt Grotto. Free salt cave sessions for children with cancer. Appointment required limited space available-please make booking online at www.salttherapygrotto.com. Salt Therapy Grotto is located at 3443 Pine Ridge Road (Cambridge Court) in Naples. 1:00 p.m. STEAM Art Wednesdays at Naples Regional Library. Drop in anytime during this two-hour window to create some amazing art using STEAM principles. All ages welcome. Registration is not required. Located at Naples Regional Library, 650 Central Avenue, Naples. Call 239-262-6853 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information. 2:00 p.m. Art With J.P. at Golden Gate Library. Local artist, J.P. Sells will bring his wildly popular introduction to art. Open to ages 10 to 17 years. Registration required. Located at Golden Gate Library, 2432 Lucerne Road, Naples. Call 239-252-4542 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information. 2:00 p.m. Make and Take Craft at Artis-Naples. Make-and-Take workshops present opportunities for kids and adults alike to learn about a featured museum exhibition and then create their own artwork inspired by the exhibition. Located at Artis-Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Boulevard, Naples. Call 239- 597-1111 or check artisnaples.org for additional information. 3:00 p.m. Wacky Olympics Summer Fun Day. Get ready to laugh and have some fun with these crazy indoor games made for everyone. Summer Fun Days are $2.50 per child and open to children ages 3 and up, so join us. Located at Cornerstone UMC, 8200 Immokalee RD., Naples. Call 239NEAPOLITANfamily • July 2016

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354-9160 or check www.cornerstonenaples.org/ for additional information. 3:00 p.m. Engineeering Workshop at Headquarters Library. Build different structures using ordinary household objects. Test the strength of your structure and see how high it will go. Open to children entering grades 3 through 5. Registration required. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Drive, Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check public. collier-lib.org for additional information. 5:30 p.m. Jacki Manna’s Spectacular Summer at South Regional Library. It’s part ventriloquism, magic, marionettes, and storytelling, but it’s all fun. Open to children entering grades 1 through 5. Registration required. Located at South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Parkway, Naples. Call 239-252-7542 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information. 6:00 p.m. Kidsummer JAM. Kids 3 years of age (must be potty trained) through 5th grade are invited to join us for a fun-filled night of exciting Bible stories, games, science experiments & crafts. Located at New Life Church Bonita Springs, 3971 Via Del Rey, Bonita Springs.

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7 THURSDAY 10:00 a.m. Free Summer Movies at Paragon Pavilion Theaters. Go to www.paragontheaters.com for feature presentation. Located at Paragon Pavilion Theaters, 833 Vanderbilt Beach Rd, Naples. Call 239-596-0008 or check www.paragontheaters.com for additional information. Sponsored by Neapolitan Family Magazine. Held weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday. 2:00 p.m. Lego Challenges at Immokalee Library. Participate in some fun, group building relay activities using LEGO® blocks. Prizes will be awarded. Open to children entering grades K through 5. Registration required. Located at Immokalee Branch Library, 417 North First Street, Immokalee. Call 239-657-2882 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information. 3:00 p.m. STEM Brain Game Thursdays at Naples Regional Library. Enjoy an hour of fun games and activities, from brain teasers to physical challenges. We can make you smarter. Open to children entering grade 3 and higher. Registration is not required. Located at Naples Regional Library, 650 Central Avenue, Naples. Call 239-262-6853 or check public. collier-lib.org for additional information. 3:00 p.m. Robotics at Headquarters Library. Come and join Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead for a Robotics and Programming course featuring everything from tiny robots the size of your thumb (Ozobots) to your very own “walking”, talking, programmable robot made of Legos. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Drive, Naples. Call 239-5930870 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information. 3:00 p.m. Creative Snacks Around the World at Golden Gate Library. Tish from 4H is back to introduce snacks from around the world. Come prepared to try new and different items from new and different cultures. Open to children entering grades 1 through 5. Registration required. Located at Golden Gate Library, 2432 Lucerne Road, Naples. Call 239252-4542 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information. 3:00 p.m. Sport Print Art at Estates Library. Open to children entering grade 6 through 12. Registration required. Located at Estates Branch Library, 1266 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples. Call 239-455-8088 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information. 5:30 p.m. Jacki Manna’s Spectacular Summer Show at Marco Island Library. It’s part ventriloquism, magic, marionettes, and storytelling, but it’s all fun. Open to children entering grades 1 through 5. Registration required. Located at Marco Island Branch Library, 210 S. Heathwood Drive, Marco Island. Call 239-394-3272 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information.

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8 FRIDAY 2:00 p.m. Boredom Buster Movie at Headquarters Library. Movies are shown in the auditorium. First come, first seated. Movie titles will be available later. Open to all ages. Registration is not requiredLocated at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Drive, Naples. Call 239-5930870 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information. 5:00 p.m. Parent Night Out. Bring your children to join us for our July Parent Night Out with an indoor camping theme. We’ll take care of your kids while you go spend some time alone. There will be camping games, s’mores, campfire stories, and more. It’s only $25 per family. Located at Cornerstone UMC, 8200 Immokalee RD., Naples. Call 239-354-9160 or check www.cornerstonenaples.org/ for additional information. 6:00 p.m. CCSO Hot Summer Nights. Free to attend. Located at Mackle Park, 50 Bald Eagle Dr, City of Marco Island. Call 239-642-0575 for additional information.

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10:00 a.m. Twinkle Outreach. Any local families in need are welcome to come by and receive free children’s clothing or baby equipment. Families simply show up and apply for the items they may need, and will be able to select and receive things that day based on their need. Located at Twinkle Twinkle Little Store LLC, 4172 Tamiami Trail North, Naples. 10:00 a.m. Free Kids Science Cruise. Free child admission is provided on the 10 a.m. cruise with the purchase of an accompanying adult ticket. Located at Tin City, 1200 Fifth Ave S, Naples. Call 239-262-4200 or check www.tin-city.com for additional information. 11:00 a.m. Science Saturday. Join Mr. Glen and his Science and Engineering team in the Playland for interactive science projects. Located at Miromar Outlets, 10801 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. Call 239-948-3766 or check www.miromaroutlets.com for additional information. 1:00 p.m. Brew for the Zoo. This new event will be a great time for everyone. The event will feature live music, food trucks, panther trivia and exciting raffles. Best of all, Riptide is donating $2 from each Uno Ale sold to Naples Zoo’ Panther Conservation Programs. Located at Riptide Brewing Company, 987 3rd Ave North, Naples. Call 239-262-5409 for additional information.

10 SUNDAY 2:00 p.m. Free Concerts at the Bandshell. Bring a blanket for the whole family and enjoy free jazz concerts in Cambier Park. Located at Cambier Park, 755 8th Ave. S., Naples. Call 239-213-3058 or check www.naplesgov. com/index.aspx?NID=576 for additional information.

11 MONDAY 10:00 a.m. World Snake Day. Special activities planned all week. Located at Conservancy of Southwest Florida Nature Center, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples. Call 239-262-0304 or check www.conservancy.org for additional information. 5:30 p.m. Go for the Gold at East Naples Library. Join your hosts, Joey, Alexandra, and Sydney, the live Eclectus parrot as their journey starts on Mt. Olympus and takes the audience on an action packed thrill ride filled with magic, music, comedy, and hilarious audience participation. Located at East Naples Library, 8787 Tamiami Trail East, Naples. Call 239-775-5592 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information. 6:30 p.m. Indian Storytelling Dance and Drama at Headquarters Library. Enjoy magical tales presented through lively Indian storytelling dance that has been in existence for approximately 2000 years. Located at NEAPOLITANfamily • July 2016

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12 TUESDAY 2:00 p.m. Art with JP at Golden Gate Library. Local artist, J.P. Sells will bring his wildly popular introduction to art. Ages 7-10 years. Registration required. Located at Golden Gate Library, 2432 Lucerne Road, Naples. Call 239-252-4542 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information. 3:00 p.m. Can You Win It in a Minute at Estates Library. Complete fun challenges in one minute or less. Will you be able to win it in a minute? Open to children entering grades 1 through 5. Registration required. Located at Estates Branch Library, 1266 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples. Call 239-455-8088 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information. 3:00 p.m. Nail Polish Crafts at South Regional Library. Get creative and design your own distinct pieces of art. We’ll make three unique crafts using colorful nail polish and everyday items such as plumbing washer, pencil and glass pebbles. Open to ages 11-17 years. Registration required. Located at South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Parkway, Naples. Call 239-252-7542 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information. 3:00 p.m. Layered Imagery at Vanderbilt Beach Library. Ms. Pesek will teach her unique technique of Layered Imagery for an animal portrait in which she uses photos and magazine paper to make the final portrait look like strokes of paint. Let your creativity flow as you create your own masterpiece. Located at Vanderbilt Beach Library, 788 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Naples. Call 239-597-8444 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information. 6:30 p.m. Evenings at the Conservancy - Florida Manatee Research. This environmental education lecture series continues in 2016 with new topics and some sell-out favorites. Presentations are held in Eaton Conservation Hall/Jeannie Meg Smith Theater. Seating is space-available. Located at Conservancy of Southwest Florida Nature Center, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples. Call 239-262-0304 or check www.conservancy.org for additional information. 6:30 p.m. Edible Sports Crafts and Snacks at Headquarters Library. We’ll make three athletic inspired edible crafts and a delicious, but wholesome snack. Open to children entering grades K through 5. Registration required. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Drive, Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information.

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2:00 p.m. Go for the Gold at Golden Gate Library. Join your hosts, Joey, Alexandra, and Sydney, the live Eclectus parrot as their journey starts on Mt. Olympus and takes the audience on an action packed thrill ride filled with magic, music, comedy, and hilarious audience participation. Located at Golden Gate Library, 2432 Lucerne Road, Naples. Call 239-252-4542 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information. 3:00 p.m. Engineering with Little Bits at Headquarters Library. Come and join Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead in building interactive structures while learning the basics of electronics and engineering concepts. Open to ages 10-14 years. Registration required. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Drive, Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check public.collierlib.org for additional information. 3:00 p.m. Nail Polish Crafts at Marco Island Library. Get creative and design your own distinct pieces of art. We’ll make three unique crafts using colorful nail polish and everyday items such as plumbing washer, pencil and glass pebbles. Open to ages 11-17 years. Registration required. Located at Marco Island Branch Library, 210 S. Heathwood Drive, Marco Island. Call 239-394-3272 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information. 3:00 p.m. STEM Brain Game Thursdays at Naples Regional Library. Enjoy an hour of fun games and activities, from brain teasers to physical challenges. We can make you smarter. Open to children entering grade 3 and higher. Registration is not required. Located at Naples Regional Library, 650 Central Avenue, Naples. Call 239-262-6853 or check public. collier-lib.org for additional information. 4:00 p.m. Lego Club at Estates Branch 4:00 p.m. Makerspace at East Naples Regional Library. The Makerspace is here. What is a Makerspace? A Makerspace is a place where kids of all ages can have fun while they create, construct, code, learn and share. Experience robots, electricity, LEGO® and more. Open to ages 4-14 years. Registration required. Located at East Naples Library, 8787 Tamiami Trail East, Naples. Call 239-775-5592 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information. 4:00 p.m. Lego: Not Just for Kids at Estates Library. The kids have had all the fun with the LEGO® blocks, now it’s the teens’ turn. Build a masterpiece using the library’s large supply of LEGO® blocks and we will put it on display in the library. Bring a friend. Open to children entering grades 6 through 12. Located at Estates Branch Library, 1266 Golden NEAPOLITANfamily • July 2016

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C 10:00 a.m. Democratic Women’s Club of Collier County.A Join us to discuss issues important to all progressive Democrats through the eyes of the Democratic Women of Collier County and their supporters. MLocated at Walden Oaks, 6710 Lone Oak Blvd., Naples. Call 239-434-7754 for additional information. P Join us 10:00 a.m. Mini-Moo Petting Zoo at South Regional Library.C on the lawn to interact with the live animals from our locally owned Naples Petting Zoo. All ages welcome. Registration required. Located at South C A Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Parkway, Naples. Call 239-252-7542 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional A information. M 11:00 a.m. Free Kids Archery at Bass Pro Shops. This completely free event requires nothing more than M a child willing to give archery a Clocated on the second floor in the P try. Just show up to the range hunting

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Cultural Parkway, Naples. Call 239-252-7542 or check public.collier-lib. org for additional information. 5:00 p.m. Parent’s Night Out at the YMCA. Parent’s Night Out is held on the 1st & 3rd Saturday of each month from 5 pm-10 pm in the Youth Development Center. This service is available to all YMCA Family Membership holders. Located at Greater Naples YMCA, 5450 YMCA Road, Naples. Call 239-597-3148 or check greaternaplesymca.org for additional information. 6:30 p.m. Summer Jazz on the Gulf. A popular Southwest Florida tradition continues as The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club hosts SummerJazz on the Gulf. Located at Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club, 851 Gulf Shore Blvd. North, Naples. Call 239-261-2222 or check www.naplesbeachhotel. com/ for additional information.

17 SUNDAY 2:00 p.m. Free Concerts at the Bandshell. Bring a blanket for the whole family and enjoy free jazz concerts in Cambier Park. Located at Cambier Park, 755 8th Ave. S., Naples. Call 239-213-3058 or check www.naplesgov. com/index.aspx?NID=576 for additional information.

18 MONDAY 5:30 p.m. Beading Fun at East Naples Branch Library. Make your favorite bracelet or a special set of earrings. Open to ages 11-17 years. Registration required. Located at East Naples Library, 8787 Tamiami Trail East, Naples. Call 239-775-5592 or check public.collier-lib.org for information. 6:30 p.m. World of Reptiles at Headquarters Library. Come ready and prepared to see some awesome and BIG reptiles. Learn some fascinating facts and ask lots of questions. Open to ages 4 years and older. Registration required. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Drive, Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check public.collier-lib.org for information.

19 TUESDAY 2:00 p.m. Lego Art History at Naples Regional Library. Learn about famous artists and art forms, then create your own masterpiece using mosaic and other LEGO bricks. Open to children entering grades 2 through 5. Class size limited to 20 participants. Registration required. Located at Naples Regional Library, 650 Central Avenue, Naples. Call 239-262-6853 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information. 2:00 p.m. Wild About Wildlife at Golden Gate Library. Discover the realm of nature with the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. The Earth is home to creatures big and small. We will explore habitats and learn how animals survive. Open to children entering grades 1 through 5. Registration required. Located at Golden Gate Library, 2432 Lucerne Road, Naples. Call 239-252-4542 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information. 3:00 p.m. Lego Engineers: Let’s Rev it Up at South Regional Library. Join the Snapology engineering team and build a windmill that really works. Learn how friction and tension make the blades move and then really rev things up and motorize it. Open to ages 7-12 years. Registration required. Located at South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Parkway, Naples. Call 239-252-7542 or check public.collier-lib.org for information. 3:00 p.m. All About Fencing at Estates Library. En garde. Students from the Naples Fencing Academy will be here to show us what Fencing is all about. Don’t miss this chance to learn more about this fascinating sport. Open to children entering grades 1 through 5. Registration required. Located at Estates Branch Library, 1266 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples. Call 239-455-8088 or check public.collier-lib.org for information. 3:00 p.m. Out of My Hands Juggling and Illusion Show at Vanderbilt Library. Join master juggler, Gerard as he delights us with themed music,

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light effects, magical illusion and juggling. Open to ages 5 years and older. Registration required. Located at Vanderbilt Beach Library, 788 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Naples. Call 239597-8444 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information. 6:00 p.m. Movies on the Lawn at Mercato. Movies start at dusk. Located at Mercato, 9128 Strada Place, Naples. Call 239-594-9400 or check www.mercatoshops.com for additional information. 6:30 p.m. Juggling Scarf Workshop at Headquarters Library. This workshop will include juggling demonstrations and motivational illusions. Participants will learn concepts of basic juggling using scarves and beanbags. Open to ages 11-17 years. Registration required. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Drive, Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information.

20 WEDNESDAY 9:00 a.m. Parent’s Morning Out at the YMCA. Parent’s Morning Out is open to all current YMCA Family Membership members and their children. Kids ages 3 month-12 years are welcome. Drop off the kids at the Y while you shop, clean, or just enjoy a little time to yourself. Located at Greater Naples YMCA, 5450 YMCA Road, Naples. Call 239-597-3148 or check greaternaplesymca.org for information.

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11:00 AM. Cancer Wednesday for men in Salt Grotto. Free salt cave sessions for men with cancer. Appointment required limited space available-please make booking online at www. salttherapygrotto.com. Salt Therapy Grotto is located at 3443 Pine Ridge Road (Cambridge Court) in Naples. 1:00 p.m. STEAM Art Wednesdays at Naples Regional Library. Drop in anytime during this two-hour window to create some amazing art using STEAM principles. All ages welcome. Registration is not required. Located at Naples Regional Library, 650 Central Avenue, Naples. Call 239-262-6853 or check public.collier-lib. org for additional information. 2:00 p.m. Art With JP at Golden Gate Library. Local artist, J.P. Sells will bring his wildly popular introduction to art. Open to ages 10 to 17 years. Registration required. Located at Golden Gate Library, 2432 Lucerne Road, Naples. Call 239-252-4542 or check public. collier-lib.org for additional information. 3:00 p.m. Cooking Day- Summer Fun Day. Be a chef in the making and join us to learn how to make all kinds of goodies. Sample and take some home. Open to kids ages 3 and up. $2.50 per child. Located at Cornerstone UMC, 8200 Immokalee RD., Naples. Call 239-3549160 or check www.cornerstonenaples.org/ for additional information. 4:00 p.m. LEGO Club at South Regional Library. Join this new club and share ideas,

be creative, make new friends and have fun. LEGO® bricks will be provided. Your LEGO® creations will be put on display at the library. Open to ages 5-11 years. Registration is not required. Located at South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Parkway, Naples. Call 239252-7542 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information. 6:30 p.m. How Does Your Garden Grow? Family Storytime at South County Regional Library. Your whole family is invited to this enjoyable, all-ages storytime that encourages the development of pre-reading skills through songs, rhymes, fingerplays and stories. A craft will follow. All children attending must be registered. Located at South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy, Estero. Call 239-479-4636 for additional information.

21 THURSDAY 10:00 a.m. Lover’s Key Junior Ranger Adventure. Program is appropriate for kids aged 6 and up. Pre-registration is required, spaces are limited. To register, please call the Ranger Station at 239- 463-4588. Located at Lovers Key State Park, 8700 Estero Blvd, Estero. Call 239-463-4588 for additional information. 3:00 p.m. Electrical Engineering with Makey Makey at Headquarters Library. Come and join Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead and build your own video game controller to play simple online

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games while learning about electricity and engineering concepts. Open to ages 10-14 years. Registration required. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Drive, Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check public.collier-lib. org for additional information. 3:00 p.m. Traveling Circuits at Marco Island Library. All ages welcome. Registration is not required. Located at Marco Island Branch Library, 210 S. Heathwood Drive, Marco Island. Call 239-394-3272 or check public.collier-lib. org for additional information. 3:00 p.m. STEM Brain Game Thursdays at Naples Regional Library. Enjoy an hour of fun games and activities, from brain teasers to physical challenges. We can make you smarter. Open to children entering grade 3 and higher. Registration is not required. Located at Naples Regional Library, 650 Central Avenue, Naples. Call 239-262-6853 or check public.collier-lib. org for additional information. 5:00 p.m. Family Movie Night at East Naples Library. Enjoy a great movie with your family and friends at your East Naples Library. Movies will be announced later. Open to all ages. Registration is not required. Located at East Naples Library, 8787 Tamiami Trail East, Naples. Call 239-775-5592 or check public. collier-lib.org for additional information. 5:30 p.m. Lego: Not Just for Kids at Immokalee Library. The kids have had all the fun with the LEGO® blocks, now it’s the teens’

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turn. Build a masterpiece using the library’s large supply of LEGO® blocks and we will put it on display in the library. Bring a friend. Open to children entering grades 6 through 12. Located at Immokalee Branch Library, 417 North First Street, Immokalee. Call 239-657-2882 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information. 5:30 p.m. Juggling Scarf Workshop at Immokalee Library. This workshop will include juggling demonstrations and motivational illusions. Open to children entering grades 6 through 12. Registration required. Located at Immokalee Branch Library, 417 North First Street, Immokalee. Call 239-657-2882 or check public.collier-lib.org for 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 info@napleschamber.org for additional information.

23 SATURDAY 8:00 a.m. Community Yard Sale. Find yard sale bargains with the convenience of having all the sales in one location. If you are interested in reserving a spot to sell used items please call the respective park location to reserve a spot. Located at Max A. Hasse Jr. Community Park, 3390 Golden Gate Pkwy, Naples. Call 239348-7500 or check colliergov.net for additional information.

2:00 p.m. Sounds of Summer Concert at Koreshan State Park. This hour long performance is the third of four monthly concert programs in the summer season. The theme of this concert is “A Trip to the Zoo.”Located at Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Road, Estero. Call 239-992-0311 or check www. floridastateparks.org for additional information.

24 SUNDAY 4:30 p.m. Horse Rescue of SFL FUNdraiser. Paint and sip while raising money for a great cause. $40 includes all materials, fun instruction, and a donation to the Horse Rescue of SFL. Located at Vino’s Picasso, 2367 Vanderbilt Beach Rd, Naples. Call 239-431-8750 or check https:// vinospicasso.com/ for additional information.

25 MONDAY 7:00 p.m. American Girl Night at JetBlue Park. Come to American Girl Night to see the Red Sox battle the Tigers, and with your special ticket purchase you will also receive a Red Sox t-shirt for your American Girl doll. Located at JetBlue Park, 11581 Daniels Pkwy, Naples. Call 239-334-4700 for additional information.

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brary. Located at Vanderbilt Beach Library, 788 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Naples. Call 239-597-8444 or check public.collier-lib.org for information. 5:00 p.m. Sensory Night at C’MON. C’mon provides Sensory Nights for children on the autism spectrum or with other sensory disabilities who would be unable to visit the museum during regular hours. Located at Livingston Road 15080 Livingston Road, Naples. Call 239- 514-0084 or check www.cmon.org for information.

27 WEDNESDAY 3:00 p.m. Farm Day-Family Fun Day. Give a hoot and holler, maybe a big yeehaw as we get some things done on the farm. We’ll be milking a “cow”, shucking corn, wheelbarrow racing, and more. Open to ages 3 and up. $2.50 per child. Located at Cornerstone UMC, 8200 Immokalee RD., Naples. Call 239-354-9160 or check www.cornerstonenaples.org/ for additional information. 6:00 p.m. Free Admission to The Baker Museum. Enjoy free admission to The Baker Museum the last Wednesday of each month from 6 to 9pm. A local band offers musical entertainment and audiences of all ages are welcome to view the galleries and learn from our docents. Located at Artis-Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples. Call 239-597-1900 or check www.thephil.org for additional information.

28 THURSDAY 12:00 p.m. Coding Fun with iPads at Marco Island Library. Have fun learning how to code using Scratch and Scratch, Jr. We will be using the library’s iPad so no need to bring your own. Open to children entering grades 3 through 5. Registration is limited and required. Located at Marco Island Branch Library, 210 S. Heathwood Drive, Marco Island. Call 239-394-3272 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information. 5:00 p.m. Walk at the Promenade. Located at Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26795-27911 South Bay Drive, Bonita Springs. Call (800) 799-0178 or check www.promenadeshops.com for additional information. 5:00 p.m. Lego Club at Marco Island Library. Join the club and share ideas, be creative, make new friends and have fun. LEGO® bricks will be provided. Open to ages 5-11 years. Registration is not required. Located at Marco Island Branch Library, 210 S. Heathwood Drive, Marco Island. Call 239-394-3272 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information.

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29 FRIDAY 6:00 p.m. CCSO Hot Summer Nights. Free admission. Located at Vineyards Community Park, 6231 Arbor Rd, Naples. Call 239-363-9669 or check colliergov.net for additional information. 8:00 p.m. Professional Bull Riding Pro Tour. Come and watch the wild rides of professional and amateur bull riders. Located at Germain Arena, 11000 Everblades Pkwy, Estero. Call 239- 335-0457 or check www.germainarena.com for additional information. 8:00 p.m. Summer Late Night Skate at The Edge Skate Park. Join other skaters for a late night skate session with pizza and soda. Located at Fleischmann Park, 1600 Fleischmann Drive, Naples. Call 239- 213-3020 for additional information.

30 SATURDAY 10:00 a.m. Golden Gate Community Center Open House. Come and Enjoy the fun. Meet our Instructors and find out all they have to offer to your family. Located at Golden Gate Community Center, 4701 Golden Gate Pkwy, Naples. Call 239-252-4180 or check colliergov.net for additional information. NEAPOLITANfamily • July 2016

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Nine Tips to Reduce the Drama at Your Next Birthday Party

Expectations of both parents and children run high to have the perfect party. This makes planning and hosting a birthday party stressful. Despite your best efforts, if you have a young or sensitive child, it is possible that your child or a guest may end up in tears at the exciting, stimulating event in which you have invested considerable time and money. 40

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Prevent your party from becoming a tear fest. Follow these nine easy steps to keep the enjoyment level elevated for all attendees, you included.

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When setting your guest list follow the classic rule of your child’s age plus one for the number of invitations. Not many three year olds can handle the thrill of a huge party. How does your child do with other large, family events such as Thanksgiving? Use any lessons you have learned from other celebrations to help you develop this party.

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Schedule the festivities when your child is at their natural peak. If they still nap do not schedule the party at the time of day when they are usually sleepy. If your child is an early bird, plan a morning event. If your tween or teen is lobbying for a sleepover party but you know from experience that they turn into a nightmare without enough sleep,

steer them in another direction.

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Look at a variety of options for the party location. For some children a party held at home will reduce the potential for emotional overload. However, this is not always the case. Shandy Tilley’s daughter had meltdowns at a few home parties before her mom recognized that she was stirred up even by the preparations. “Having them offsite allowed us to have a real start and finish time and two hours was plenty. It made the transition easier for Tatiana if everyone came to the party at the same time and left at the same time.”

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Think about the timing of gift opening. Who says the gifts must be opened at the end of the party? My son pushed back at this concept one year and we let him open the gifts as guests arrived. This freed him to enjoy the planned activities instead of coming over every two minutes to ask when NEAPOLITANfamily • July 2016

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we were opening all those glorious presents. Anne Marie Healey used the same tactic when her two children were young. “ It also allowed the giver to have some one-on-one attention on their gift.”

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Gift giving can be a source of potential anxiety for the guests as well. Children are usually excited about showing off the present they brought and wrangle to have theirs opened first. When Healey worked at a preschool that hosted parties they managed this process by giving each child a square with a number on it. The child sits until their number is drawn randomly and then they offer their gift to the guest of honor.

Who knew musical chairs could be so trauma provoking?”

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Be organized with the games or activities so that the guests are too busy to misbehave. “I always have extra activities planned in case things go faster than expected,” says Tanya Bonham, mom of two and owner of Parties to Go.

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Don’t give in to peer pressure. If you feel pressure to keep up with the parties being coordinated by your mom friends take Tilley’s advice, “Don’t worry about

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Manage your child’s expectations about presents to prevent an embarrassing or hurtful response to an unwanted gift. To avoid a random “I hate it” or “I already have that”, you can role-play before the party. Rehearse several times by putting silly things, such as a can of peas, in a box. Have the child open it and teach them to respond with the requisite thank you.

competing with the supermoms. Invite them to help.” As your guest list grows along with your child and parents no longer stay at the party, recruit extra hands. Most importantly, tailor the party to your child’s personality and temperament. If tears occur, take heart and remember that it will be funny several years down the road. SUE LEBRETON is a freelance writer and mom of two. She was always happy to survive a birthday party without tears.

When setting your guest list, follow the classic rule of your child’s age plus one for the number of invitations.

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Think about the games or activities you are offering. Even simple, seemingly age appropriate activities can backfire if they are not suited to your child. Tilley suggests, “Don’t play competitive games.

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What happened to the days when kids played outside until dinnertime? In today’s world, children spend an unprecedented amount of time in structured activities and in front of a screen. This summer why not get your kids outside and engaged in the outdoors by throwing a garden party. Grab your family, friends, and neighbors and plan for a day of fun in your own backyard. Here are some ideas to get you started. 42

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Get Your Hands Dirty Let your guests start their own seedlings. Provide them with plastic cups with holes poked in the bottom or small terra cotta pots, potting soil and a variety of seeds to plant. Ask everyone to pitch in a bit and help get your garden started for the season. Or make it a progressive gardening party and move on to other houses and help with their gardens. Many hands make the work fast and fun. Be sure to have the necessary gardening tools available including a spade, shovel, rake, trowel, and watering can. Provide smaller gardening tools for pint-sized participation. Craft Some Garden Fun Create unique flower pots by decorating the outside with acrylic paint, markers or stickers. Collect or purchase smooth rocks to paint with special words or pictures. Let your guests brings their rocks home to place in their gardens. Buy a garden mosaic kit at a local craft store and create a unique keepsake with kids’ handprints, colorful glass and stones. Put together bird seed packets or wreaths for everyone to bring home to feed the birds in their own yards. Provide materials for older kids to make-their-own birdhouses. Or provide a few plain ones already made and ready for decoration. Get some pipe cleaners and colorful tissue paper to make paper flowers.

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Picnic in Your Backyard One of the pleasures of warm weather is eating outside. Serve your guests sandwiches cut into shapes with seasonal cookie cutter designs. Let the kids decorate flower, butterfly, bunny or bird sugar cookies. And of course provide a nice platter of veggies arranged in garden rows with some favorite dipping sauces. Offer worms in the dirt for the daring: small cups of chocolate pudding mixed with crushed Oreos and gummy worms. Go on a Hunt Send the kids searching around your backyard for bugs. Provide jars with holes poked in the top as bug catchers. Provide a plastic magnifying glass so they can view their catch up close before releasing back into nature. A few days ahead, make craft butterflies to clip onto branches and leaves in your yard. Give the kids butterfly nets for a pretend butterfly hunt. Help Others Volunteer as a group to help an elderly neighbor with their yard cleanup or to work in their garden. Help a local organization with outdoor clean up around your community. Whether it’s picking up trash in a park or planting flowers in the parkway, it will add beauty to your local surroundings. In the spirit of May Day, secretly hang a basket of flowers on the door knob of a

neighbor’s house. But don’t let them catch you! Write It Down Provide plain notebooks for everyone to decorate and take home as their own garden journals. It’s a good way to keep track of what’s been planted and how everything is growing. You can list your favorite plants and write down anything new you discover. You can also note new ideas for next year’s garden. Celebrate Your Bounty Buy and plant a birthday tree for each of your kids. On their birthdays, chart the growth of each child along with that of “their” tree. Consider planting an apple or other fruit tree and enjoy its harvest each year. Plant seeds your kids will enjoy tending, picking and maybe even eating like carrots, corn, tomatoes, pumpkins and sunflowers. So get outside and throw a garden party this season. Once your planting is done, encourage your kids to tend their garden every day. They’ll watch their plants grow and enjoy outdoor beauty they helped create.

LISA NORD SEPLAK is a freelance writer and mom who enjoys backyard fun with her family.

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f your child has a summer birthday you can opt for a beach party or other watercentered celebration to keep kids cool. Or, you can head indoors for your party fun. For all of our party ideas, you can find plenty of inspiration on Pinterest. You’ll also find party invitations, printable signs and favors, themed games and much more at Etsy. com. And, don’t forget to check amazon.com for inexpensive favors and decorations. Here are four party themes that will get your creative juices flowing: 1. Indoor Camping. An indoor camping party works best as a sleepover. Request that the kids bring sleeping bags. Decorate ahead of time with white holiday lights strung along the ceiling to create a star filled sky. Get crafty by creating a pretend campfire (Google “pretend campfire” for tons of good ideas on how to make one) and then place pillows or beachchairs around it for storytime and/or movie watching. If you have a tent and a big enough space, you can set that up for sleeping. Or, if you’re REALLY crafty, you can make simple one-man tents for each child out of stakes and sheets or painting drop cloths. Again, Google is your friend for instructions. A recording of nature sounds will set the mood. As the kids arrive, give each a flashlight with their name decoratively written on it with a Sharpie (flashlights are cheap at The Dollar Store). The kids will love using them later during storytime or after lights out. Keep the food simple with hots dogs, beans, and easy to make s’more cupcakes. Another dessert idea is to make faux s’mores by

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dipping graham crackers in chocolate and then sprinkling with mini marshmallows. A fun activity would be to make do it yourself trail mix. All you need to do is have the fixings available–dried fruits, nuts, small chocolate chips–and let the kids create their own favorite mixture. Supply each with a small paper bag so the children don’t get carried away. Once it’s filled with mix, they are done. For activities, you can sing songs around the campfire, tell stories, and do camp-related crafts like decorating plain, inexpensive backpacks that the kids can take home as their favor. 2. Movie Night. A movie night might not sound like a creative new idea but when you pair it with a popcorn bar, it’s loads of fun. The popcorn bar is easy: just fill a large, new metal tub with freshly popped corn. Fill 4-6 smaller metal buckets with popcorn mixings like M&M’s, mini pretzels, small gummy candies, and other small toppings. Have paper bags ready for each child to make their own popcorn mix. Pair the popcorn with bottled water, lemonade, or juice boxes. Cover the floor with as many cozy blankets and pillows as you can find and let the kids get comfortable. After the movie, do a craft that follows along the movie theme and send the kids home happy. 3. Tea Party. Do you have a child who loves dress up? If so, a tea party could be a fun theme. Provide a variety of dress up clothing and jewelry for the guests to choose from. Or offer a variety of ridiculous hats for each child to choose from. You can pick them up at resale NEAPOLITANfamily • July 2016

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shops for $1 or less per hat. While you’re resale shopping, choose a tea and saucer for each child. Once they finish using it for the party, they can take home their own special tea cup. If possible, use a long child-size table set with a beautiful tablecloth and a pretty centerpiece. Place cards are a must! Serve food on tiered stands that you can make yourself with some dollar store items. For refreshments, make small tea sandwiches with peanut butter and jelly, egg salad, tuna salad, and ham and cheese. Do the same with dessert–offering small portions of brownies or cookies. Instead of tea, put juice or cider in the tea cups. A fun activity would be to decorate sugar cookies. Let each child decorate a cookie or two and then package in a clear plastic bag for them to take home along with their tea cup.

alcohol, you get dramatic starbursts and little rivets of color. The colors overlap and create the design for you. If you dislike the creation, just use paper towels with alcohol to wipe it off and start over. Once the tiles dry completely, spray with a clear setting spray. Attach small adhesive circles on the four corners of the bottom to keep the tile from scratching the table. Tissue Paper Canvas. Supplies include various colors of tissue paper, safety scissors for each child, water, foam brushes, and a canvas for each child. Children cut out various sizes of tissue paper shapes and lay them randomly on a canvas that has been dampened with water. They can overlap the shapes being as creative with colors as they’d like. Adding more water on top of the shapes lightens the effect somewhat. Let each canvas dry completely and then remove the paper to reveal the masterpiece Tissue Paper Candle Holders. You’ll need: tissue paper in your desired colors, Mod Podge matte finish, paintbrush, scissors, glass votive holders, and paper punches in various shapes. Help the kids punch out shapes or you can have them ready to save time. The children can brush on a bit of Mod Podge to the side of the glass and lay the shapes on top, working on a small area at a time. Overlapping colors and shapes is fine. Once the glass is covered, paint a layer of Mod Podge over the entire surface and let dry. Place a battery operated tea light in each container and your party guests have a lovely reminder of the party.

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