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COMPLIMENTARY

Happy Father’s Day! HUMOROUS STORIES ABOUT FATHERHOOD FROM LOCAL DADS SUGGESTIONS for CELEBRATING DAD & GRANDPA

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JUNE 2016 TABLE OF CONTENTS

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FROM THE PUBLISHER

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COLLIER COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD UPDATE

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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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JUNE EVENTS

on the cover…

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New Mom’s Corner. Three Cheers for Fatherhood. A collection of humorous tales and timely tidbits for new dads. by Anna Futrell

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Summer Fun. Twenty Florida Museums Your Family Will Enjoy. Get out of the hot summer sun and into a cool museum!

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Cooling Off in Collier. Check out our suggestions for summer fun in the water.

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Caden (2) and Colsten (1) McKimm are the sons of Chad and Katie McKimm. They attend Precious Cargo Academy. They are excited to welcome a new little brother to the family this September. Cover photo by Peggy Farren of Avant Garde Photography • (239) 263-7001

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Summer Fun. Eight Easy, Cheap Water Activities for Kids. Have the items you’ll need for one or more of our fun water activities on hand for the first time you hear your kids say “I’m bored!”. by Tiffany Doerr Guerzon

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Summer Fun. A Summer Bucket List for Your Family. Take a little time to plan out your summer by creating a list of summer activities. by Anna Futrell

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from the publisher…

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P.O. Box 110656 Naples, FL 34108 (239) 514-0338 Phone (239) 514-0339 Fax info@neafamily.com Publisher Andrea Breznay andrea@neafamily.com Assistant Publisher Stacy Nicolau snicolau@neafamily.com Copy Editor Leigh Ann Newman 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. Neapolitan Family is available free of charge at over 275 distribution points throughout Collier County as well as digitally at www.neafamily.com. Neapolitan Family is ©2016 by Neapolitan Publishing Co., LLC. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or part without written permission is strictly prohibited. NEAPOLITANfamily • June 2016

THIS MONTH:

Happy Father’s Day

The school year ends and we get to celebrate our favorite men–June is a good month! This month we’re celebrating dad with a humorous look at fatherhood from Anna Futrell (page 8) and seventeen awesome suggestions on celebrating dad (page 38). We’re also celebrating summer with our list of twenty Florida museums (lots of great day trips in that list!), where you can cool off in Collier (page 18), plus easy and cheap water activities for kids (page 40). We have another article from Anna on creating a summer “bucket list” as well. Her suggestions can help you get the summer organized so you don’t get to August and wonder where the days went. On pages 44-45 you’ll find my article about my trip to Cuba. It had long been a dream of mine to visit the island and last fall I got my chance. It was a special trip and I learned so much about Cuba and her people. If you’re thinking about a visit, I encourage you to schedule a trip soon–it’s a special country with friendly people, beautiful art, and amazing music. And, yes, we know that it’s just the end of school but we’re announcing our Back to School Expo. This year’s event is scheduled for August 13. We’ll start taking booth reservations in early June so if you’re planning on participating, contact us for a contract so you can register early. The earlier you register, the better your booth location. More details will be coming in the July issue. Happy Father’s Day to all Neapolitan Family fathers and grandfathers! Have a wonderful June.

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NEW MOM’S CORNER

By Anna Futrell

Three Cheers for Fatherhood! A Collection of Humorous Tales and Timely Tidbits for New Dads

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ather’s Day is June 19, and in honor of our yearly celebration of the fathers in our lives, I thought I would dedicate this column to brand new dads. The challenges facing new moms can seem insurmountable, yes, but new dads face pressures and stresses as well. I spoke with a few of the dads in my life: my own dad, my husband, and my father-in-law, along with several other local dads. I asked them to tell me stories from when they were new dads, and I asked them what advice and encouragement they would give to expectant fathers or fathers with new babies. I hope you enjoy what they had to share. New Fatherhood: Tales from the Front “I remember coming home from the hospital after Micah was born (at about 3:00 a.m.) and lying in bed unable to sleep because of an overwhelming sense of responsibility for this new life that God had entrusted to Sue and me. It motivated me to find some much needed resources (James Dobson’s Handbook on the Family was especially helpful),

as well as a mentor – a couple a few years ahead of us who were doing a superb job with their own children.” –Jim, pastor and dad of two (ages 32 and 34) “The first time I bathed my daughter, I was wrapping her up in a towel, and she pooped right in my hand. My wife captured the moment on camera!” –Max, dad of two (ages newborn and 2) “I can remember the first time I changed my son’s diaper. I set him on the edge of our white comforter. I wiped his bottom, and as I reached for a new diaper, I saw that another round of poop was pouring out of my son – all down the side of our white comforter. I learned quickly that the odd piece of furniture in the nursery called a changing table was one of the essentials of parenting.” –Derek, dad of four (ages newborn, 2, 4, and 5) “Due to work schedules, I’ve watched my children alone on a regular basis since they were infants. As a result, the bond I’ve developed with my children is so strong.” –Neal, dad of three (ages 4, 7, and 10)

“My wife had a C-section with our daughter. The first night in the hospital I got up to change her diaper. I felt so proud, and so I held her up to my wife and said, ‘Finished!’ As I held her up, her diaper just fell off!” –Rob, dad of one (age 4) “I learned the hard way that you never lift a baby above your head or face right after a feeding. Similar to the old wives’ tale about no swimming for 30 minutes after eating, never lift a baby over your head or face for at least twenty minutes after a feeding. You will get a vomit shower.” –Tony, dad of two (ages 13 and 14) “I stuck a suction cup toy – meant for the high chair – on my forehead to make my daughter laugh. It left a giant round mark on my forehead for almost a week.” –Kris, my brother-in-law and dad of one (age 3) Words of Wisdom for New Dads and Expectant Dads “Be ready! Have your ducks in a row. Complete any projects you are working on, build the crib, and set up the nursery. My wife had our first daughter two weeks early, and I wasn’t expecting it at all. Just be ready.” – Tom, my father and dad of two (ages 28 and 32) “Keep saving towards retirement, even if it seems impossible. Put any monetary gifts you get after the baby is born into a college savings account.” –Jimmy, my husband and dad of one (age 20 months) “Make good friends with caffeine. You’ll need it.” –Nick, dad of one (age 3)

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“Don’t do a newborn photo shoot with your brand new fire department helmet. The baby will poop in it.” –Daniel, dad of one (age 2)

read, etc. And put the kids to bed as early as possible for as long as possible.” –Tony, dad of two (ages 13 and 14)

“Take your daughter on daddy/daughter dates, and have your wife/significant other take the boys on mommy/son dates.” –Jeremy, dad of three (ages 5, 8, and 13)

“For expectant fathers, don’t take the job of taking photos during and after the birth. It’s just not a good idea to be the one responsible for those photos.” –Jim, my father-in-law and dad of two (ages 30 and 34)

“There is great pressure on young dads to provide their children with an all-expense paid college education, and this often competes with the financial objective of having a successful retirement. Young families should continue to make funding their retirement the priority.” –Rob, dad of two and Certified Financial Planner (kids aged 13 and 15) “Once you become a father, you get used to getting hit in the crotch. New dads – you are now a jungle gym at all moments that your children are awake. Also, be prepared to be a pack mule for everything that the family needs, plus a kid or two. Never lie to your children; just tell them an appropriate level of truth. Remember that your child will think food tastes better off of your plate, even if their plate has the same food. And know that kids learn via the scientific method. For example: kid picks up an egg, throws an egg and it breaks. Kid needs to retest to confirm results, throws another egg. Yes, children are such a blessing, but blessings are not always easy.” –Adam, dad of four (ages newborn, 3, 6, and 8) “For the dad who works outside the home and the mom who stays at home, once you get home, take care of the kids from dinner time to bed time. I found those times to be very special and important for bonding with my children. I couldn’t be there with them during the day, so that time between dinner and bedtime was great for playing, laughing, and cuddling. The added benefit is that mom gets some time to herself to relax, exercise,

are doing.” –Terry, foster/adoptive dad of one, currently (age 2) Father’s Day Gift Guide for New Dads Wondering what to get the new dad or expectant dad in your life for Father’s Day? We’ve got you covered! Here are a few unique ideas from some experienced dads in our area: • “Beer.” –Scott, dad of two (ages 20 months and 3) • “A high quality pair of earplugs. And a good garage or workshop.” –Jimmy, my husband and dad of one (age 20 months) • “A raincoat for when you change diapers.” –Jim, my father-in-law and dad of two (ages 30 and 34) • “Guilt-free time for one of his hobbies.” –Adam, dad of four (ages newborn, 3, 6, and 7) • “Power tools – that he might not have time to use for awhile.” –Jared, dad of one (age 2 years) • “The book What to Expect When Your Wife is Expanding. It’s hilarious and fun.” –Derek, dad of two (ages newborn and 3) • “Take a picture of your baby wrapped up in the shirt he was wearing when his child was born. Make it a tradition every year; it’ll be fun to see how much your kids grow each year.” –Todd, dad of two (ages 2 and 4) • “Uninterrupted bathroom time. And food – it doesn’t matter what kind, just any food.” –Ryan, dad of 2 (ages 20 months and 6) • “The mission-critical baby carrier, which is durable and designed for dads. I want to have another child just to use this military-style baby carrier.” –Tony, dad of 2 (ages 13 and 14)

Advice for New Foster or Adoptive Dads “On-the-job training is vital; don’t be afraid to ask questions. I had no idea how to hold a baby properly when we got our first child. When you foster or adopt kids, you often do not have any time to prepare. With fostering, I might wake up the next day with three kids, and then by that night we might have five! I try to be consistent, spend time with them, and show them patience and grace. I also spend a ton of time in prayer at night and in the morning because I need God’s strength, wisdom, and patience to do a great job. Finally, spending lots of time with your kids means giving up a lot of your hobbies, such as fishing, golf, watching sports, etc.” –Joel, foster/adoptive dad of three, currently (ages 1, 2 and 5) “Have a friend’s toddler punch you in the face every day for two weeks. If you don’t hit back, you are a probably good candidate for fostering. My son punches me almost every day during one of his tantrums; and as we are learning, it’s due to his brain’s wiring being addled from the drugs his mother did during pregnancy. Understand your life will change drastically. Your own free time becomes virtually non-existent. You’ll be required to visit therapists, search the internet, read books, etc., just to try and handle situations you’d never expect. Times may get tough. Make sure you have friends and family to lean on. Remember you are doing something for kids that most people can’t or won’t do. So remind yourself often why you are doing what you

I hope you found these stories and pieces of advice as fun and hilarious as I did. Happy Father’s Day to all of the new dads in Southwest Florida!

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COLLIER COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD UPDATE

By Julie Sprague, Collier County School Board

Avoiding the Summer Slide Research shows that students experience learning losses when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer. Read on for tips on how to help your child avoid the slide this summer!

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ummer vacation is always an exciting time for students and families to spend time together and have a break from school, but it’s important for students to continue to practice their academic skills, even after the school year has ended. During the summer months, many students lose proficiency in reading and math in what’s known as the summer slide. According to statistics from the National Summer Learning Association: • All young people experience learning losses when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer. Research spanning 100 years shows that students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer vacation than they do on the same tests at the beginning of the summer. • Most students lose about two months of

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grade level equivalency in mathematical computation skills over the summer months. Low-income students also lose more than two months in reading achievement, despite the fact that their middle-class peers make slight gains. Luckily, there are ways to avoid this phenomenon and keep learning alive throughout the summer and well into the next school year. One of the most important things a family can do is participate in recreational reading. Putting aside a few minutes a day dedicated to reading with your child can make a huge difference during the summer months. The District’s Keep Learning Alive resource guide includes summer reading lists with recommendations of grade-level appropriate books. This includes lists for middle and high school students. Here are a few activity ideas from the resource guide: • Look for things around the house for your child to read. It could be the newspaper, pamphlets, magazines, books, or websites linked on the school district website.

While reading to or with your child, stop every now and then to ask questions such as how or why something happened. • Ask your child to explain, analyze, and summarize things read. • Read a variety of text including fiction and non-fiction. • Read and discuss newspaper articles. Students can always practice math facts in problem sets but why not make it fun? The Keep Learning Alive resource guide contains information about where to find engaging math activities online and even ones you can do as a family. For example, here’s one suggestion combining math and the classic card game, “Go Fish”. Prepare flash cards from 0-13 (3 sets of each number). Play “Go Fish” to add numbers up to 10. (Ex: Sally has the number 4, so she asks her mother for the number 6 because 4+6=10.) The resource guide also includes writing, science, and social studies tips and activities. You can find the entire Keep Learning Alive resource guide with even more information on www.collierschools.com. NEAPOLITANfamily • June 2016


COLLIER COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS

By Amanda Jackson, Communications & Community Engagement

Gardening at Poinciana Elementary School T

hursday is always a special day of the week the kindergarten class of Joanna Campanile and Janell Matos at Poinciana Elementary School (PES). Kindergarteners don their aprons and slide on their gloves, ready to get to work in the early morning sun. This is a handson learning experience for students that didn’t exist a year ago. Campanile and Matos always noticed PES had flower beds, but they hadn’t been used in a long time. The same for some old logs. It gave the teachers an idea—a repurposing project. “We figured, we have the resources here,” says Campanile. “What’s better than learning with hands on experiences?” After receiving a grant through Champions For Learning, the class began the garden. The original goal was to give students an opportunity to see flowers grow in their natural habitat, instead of in a cup in their classroom. In a few short months, it’s grown a lot bigger than they first anticipated. The garden now has lettuce, carrots, kale, peppers, pumpkins, pineapples, cucumbers, onion, peppermint, and strawberries—just to name a few. Kindergarten classes recently enjoyed homemade pesto, created using garlic and basil picked straight from the garden. Students were involved throughout the entire process. They helped spread soil, move dirt, and plant the original batch of seeds. Now they are assigned different tasks like watering plants or pulling weeds and are learning about why it’s necessary. They journal about the experience, sometimes writing about what they see, or draw pictures. Soon enough, the garden had tons of visitors and a few unexpected ones of the insect variety. They quickly realized they had an opportunity with their new friends and dedicated a row of the garden entirely to butterfly weed and flowers. The life cycle of a butterfly is part of the curriculum for many grades, and students have enjoyed seeing eggs, baby caterpillars, and butterflies in the area. Right now, the garden is filled with chrysalises that will eventually hatch into butterflies. These teachers realize that young minds will be curious—many students have never seen caterpillars or chrysalises up close and personal before. They asked for some help from the school’s fifth grade Pelican Ambassadors who monitor the garden every morning. The Ambassadors can explain metamorphosis to curious students and make sure the insects are kept safe. As you can see, the garden is filled with learning opportunities for students of all ages, even ones with unique circumstances.

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“We realized it was going to be helpful especially for the English Language Learner students,” Campanile says. “They can learn words, but when they actually get to see the word, smell it, touch it, we’ve noticed it makes a big difference.” With the school year coming to an end, the teachers received an additional grant to continue the garden with a new batch of students. This year, the kindergarteners planted a batch of pumpkins that take about a year to grow. When they’re ready to be picked, Campanile and Matos will give them to each first grade class so the former kindergarten students can see what came of their hard work.

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RACHEL RECOMMENDS

Book Reviews

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favorite books, Three Times Lucky, because both main characters’ only wish is to be reunited with their mothers. The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing, by Shelia Turnage. This is the second book in a series. I really enjoyed the first book, and as everyone knows, I love series! The Infinite Sea, by Rick Yancey. This is the second book in a series— the first book is The Fifth Wave. It also was a birthday present. The Honest Truth, by Dan Gemeinhart. I like the story line because it reminds of Out of My Mind where a girl is determined to get something. In this book, a boy is determined to get something. My Summer of Pink and Green, by Lisa Greenwald. Since I’m starting middle school soon, I will probably be reading some harder books, so I want to do an easy summer beach read. I can’t wait to spend the entire summer reading books that I don’t have to get approved by my teacher first!

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always want to buy new books, but my mom says that I will soon grow out of the books I have already. So she wants me to read the many, many books on my bookshelf. I think she’s wrong, but she’s the one who has the money, sadly. To get more books, I’ve decided to read even more this summer. I know my column is called “Rachel Recommends,” but I’m going to give you my top ten list for books to read this summer. It’s sort of like recommending books, but I’m recommending books I have yet to read.

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Once Upon the End, by James Riley. This book is the third and last book in a trilogy. I really want to read this book because I enjoyed the last two books with the humor and anticipation. Counting By 7s, by Holly Goldberg Sloan. I chose this book, first of all, because my friend recommended it to me.

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But I’m interested in it because it seems like a book about a girl who is a genius and shy. Story Thieves, by James Riley. The author also wrote the Twice Upon a Time series, which I liked very much. The Short Seller, by Elissa Brent Weissman. This book has different story line than most books. The author also wrote Nerd Camp, a Sunshine State book. I got to meet Weissman in March at the Southwest Florida Book Festival in Fort Myers (see picture), and she signed my book, which makes me want to read it even more. The Fifth Wave, by Rick Yancey. A friend got it for me for my birthday. It looks like something different than the things I’ve read before. Some people think it’s just a movie, but it’s also a book. Walk Two Moons, by Sharon Creech. It reminds me of one of my

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RACHEL NEWMAN is 10 years old and in the fifth grade at Sea Gate Elementary. She is active in Irish dancing, piano, flute, acting and volleyball. Writing, reading, and watching “I Love Lucy” are her great joys, along with taking pictures of her cats.

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20 Florida Museums Your Family Will Enjoy

Naples Museums Collier County Museum 3301 Tamiami Trail East, Naples www.colliermuseums.com Open Monday-Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission. Donations accepted. Holocaust Museum of Florida 4760 Tamiami Trail North, Suite 7, Sandalwood Square, Naples www.holocaustmuseumswfl.org Open Tuesday through Sunday, 1 p.m.–4 p.m. Closed Monday, public holidays and the day after Thanksgiving. Non-member general admission is $8 per person. Naples Museum of Art 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples www.thephil.org Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. The museum is closed on Mondays and the following holidays: Easter, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. General admission for January 23 to May 3, 2010 is: $12 adult, $6 student; May 4 to June 26: $8 adult, $4 student.

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Palm Cottage House Museum 137 12th Avenue South, Naples www.napleshistoricalsociety.org House Tours of Palm Cottage are held onWednesday and Saturday 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., May to October and Tuesday through Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., November to April. Guided tours of Palm Cottage admissions are: adults $8, children (12 and under) $5. Outside Naples Koreshan State Historic Site 3800 Corkscrew Road, Estero (15 miles from Naples). www.floridastateparks.org/koreshan. Open daily from 8 a.m. to sundown. Admission: $5.00 per vehicle (2-8 people per vehicle); $4.00 single occupant vehicle; $2.00 pedestrians, bicyclists, or extra passengers. Edison-Ford Winter Estates 2350 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers www.efwefla.org Open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Admission to laboratory and museum only: adults $20; children (6-12) $11.00.

Imaginarium Hands-On Museum and Aquarium 2000 Cranford Ave, Fort Myers www.imaginariumfortmyers.com Open Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Admission: adults $12; seniors $11; children (2-8) $8; children less than 2 are admitted free. Immokalee Pioneer Museum at Roberts Ranch 1215 Roberts Avenue, Immokalee www.colliermuseums.com Open Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission. Donations accepted. Southwest Florida Museum of History 2031 Jackson Street, Fort Myers www.swflmuseumofhistory.com. Open Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and closed Mondays. Adults $12.50; seniors (65+) $11.50; children (3-12) and students with current ID $8.50. Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum 3075 Sanibel-Captiva Road, Sanibel Island www.shellmuseum.org Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission: NEAPOLITANfamily • June 2016


adults $11; youth $5; children 4 & under free. Sanibel Historical Museum and Village 950 Dunlop Road, Sanibel Island www.sanibelmuseum.org Hours are Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Admission: $10.00 adults 18 and over; children are free. Museum of the Everglades 105 West Broadway, Everglades City www.colliermuseums.com Open Open Monday - Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission. Donations accepted. Museum of the Islands 5728 Sesame Drive, Pine Island Center www.museumoftheislands.com Hours for November 1 through April 30: Tuesday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.. Hours for May 1 through October 31: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $2.00 for adults and $1.00 for children. Ted Smallwood’s Store and Museum 360 Mamie Street, Chokoloskee www.smallwoodstore.com Hours for May 2 through November 30, Friday to Tuesday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; for December 1 through May 1, daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Boca Grande Lighthouse and Museum 880 Belcher Road, Boca Grande www.barrierislandparkssociety.org Hours for June, July, September and October: Wednesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday noon to 4 p.m. For November through May, Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday noon to 4 p.m. Closed August and major holidays. Admissions: bridge toll to island is $4.00 per vehicle; park entry fee $3.00 per vehicle; museum donation $2.00 per adult. Young at Art Children’s Museum 11583 West State Road 84, Davie www.youngatartmuseum.org Open Monday - Thursday: 10am - 5pm; Friday & Saturday: 10am - 6pm; Sunday: 11am - 6pm. Closed New Year’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day. General admission $14; seniors (62+) $12; children under 2 free. Museum of Discover and Science 401 Southwest 2nd St., Fort Lauderdale www.mods.org General admission (includes one IMAX show): adults $16; seniors $15; children (2-12); children under 2 free. Open 365 days of the year. Hours: Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday noon to 6 p.m.

Ringling Museum of the Circus 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota www.ringling.org Open daily 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m (8 p.m. on Wednesdays). Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Days. Admission is adults $25; seniors $23; students (18+) with ID $10; children (3-16) $5; Florida teachers with ID $10; military $10. Provides entrance to all Ringling attractions. Miami Children’s Museum 598 MacArthur Causeway, Miami www.miamichildrensmuseum.org Open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Years Day. General admission is $15; Florida residents $12; children under 1 year free. South Florida Museum 201 Tenth Street West, Bradenton www.southfloridamuseum.org Open 7 days a week January through April and the month of July. Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays noon to 5 p.m. Open 6 days a week all other months. Closed Mondays during May and June, and August through December. Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Admission is $15.95 for adults, $13.95 for seniors, $11.95 for children (4-12), and free for children under 4 with a paying adult .

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CITY CONNECTION PARKS DEPT. by Laura Tichy-Smith

Sizzling Summer Forecast CAMPS AND FREE FUN! Even though the kids are still in school, start planning for summer now by enrolling your children in Naples City Park’s exciting themed specialty camps, as well as marking your calendar for free special events offered by the City of Naples Community Services Department. Fifth Annual International “Go Skateboarding Day” Celebration

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Bring your kids to the Naples edition of this global event encouraging healthy, active lifestyles and community investment in philanthropic organizations. Event is free and includes skating for non-members, t-shirt for members, prizes, food, music and fun. Tuesday, June 21 from 4-8 p.m. For more information, call (239) 213-3020. (1600 Fleischmann Ave., Naples)

With an astonishing variety of themes offered at nine park locations, you’re sure to find a day camp to please every child in your household. While the camps are educational, your kids will be having so much hands-on fun they won’t even realize they are really learning. The weekday camps run from June 13 to August 12 and include offerings for children interested in nature and junior naturalist research; arts and crafts; theater, stage magic, dance and performance; scientific exploration; computer skills for web design, movie, and video game design; aquatics and snorkeling; and nearly any sport or outdoor recreation interest you can imagine. This year features the introduction of many new camp subjects. For a brochure about the summer camps with dates and registration information, call (239) 213-3020, or visit ww.naplesgov.com, click on “Parks and Recreation” under the Departments tab, and click on the summer program guide for more information.

Summer Late Night Bike Come to the The Edge Skate Park at Fleishmann Park for some exciting late-night BMX action along with pizza and sodas. $10 on Monday, June 27 from 8-11 p.m. For more information, call (239) 213-3020. (1600 Fleischmann Ave., Naples)

pool admission is free to residents of Collier County. The kids will love the beach-like shallow end with play fountains, dump buckets and water slide, while the grownups will enjoy the lap swimming exercise lanes and sunbathing deck. Parents will rest assured their children are in good hands with the Red Cross certified lifeguards on watchful duty. Current hours are Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. -- 6 p.m. and Sunday 12 -- 5 p.m. For information, call 239-213-3040. (451 11th St. North, Naples) Learn to Swim The new Aquatic Center offers a range of options for ages 3 to adult to learn how to swim, including group classes on several days and private lessons. New classes starting in June. For details and prices, call 239-213-3040. (451 11th St. North, Naples)

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SUMMER FUN

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Barefoot Beach Preserve 505 Barefoot Beach Blvd., Bonita Springs, Florida 34133 (239) 252-4000 Website Barefoot Beach Preserve is one of the last undeveloped barrier islands on Florida’s southwest coast. The Preserve home to the protected gopher tortoise and is a popular fishing spot. Parks Rangers offer a number of programs at the Barefoot Beach Preserve Park including lectures and interpretive programs. With 356 parking spaces, a one-mile nature trail, showers, picnic area and concessions, Barefoot Beach Preserve Park has everything your family needs for an afternoon of fun. The preserve also offers handicapped beach wheelchair access. Delnor-Wiggins State Park 11135 Gulf Shore Drive, Naples, Florida 239-597-6196 Website This popular destination has one of the most pristine stretch of beach in the area. The beaches aren’t as wide as in other part so the area so it’s easy to get from your car to the sand with kids, beach bags, and toys. Fishing is popular along the northern end of the beach. There is a pavilion available to rent for special occasions, such as weddings and birthdays. A concessionaire, Naples Beach Adventures, is open in parking Lot #4 with food and beverages and rentals including paddleboards, kayaks, canoes, umbrellas, and beach chairs. Beach wheelchairs are also available for reservation by the Park. The beach is perfect for shelling and is a great spot for watching sunset. There is a fee per car to enter if you don’t have a yearly pass. Vineyards Community Park 6231 Arbor Rd, Naples, Florida 239-3639669 Website Located on Vineyards Blvd. in Naples, Vineyards Park has a hidden feature that makes it a fun stop for your family: a water splash zone. Mom and dad can sit on one of the shaded park benches while the kids enjoy calling off with water sprays. There is plenty of parking close by and restrooms and a water fountain are in the community center. Golden Gate Community Park

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t’s 90 degrees outside and the kids are restless? Why not grab your kids and a few of their friends and head to one of the community pools or one of our beach suggestions for a day of outdoor exercise under the sun? Everyone can dive in and have some water fun! Golden Gate Community Park Aquatics Facility 3300 Santa Barbara Blvd, Naples • 239-252-6128 The Golden Gate Community Park Aquatics Facility has a 25-yard by 25-meter pool (heated in winter), a child’s activity pool, a 110-foot open slide, a 110-foot tube slide, and 3 springboards. The pool is open every day from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Pool Entrance Fees: free for under 3 years of age, $3 for ages 3-17, $3.50 for adults 17 and up and $3 for seniors over the age of 60. Yearly passes are available. Greater Naples YMCA 5450 YMCA Road, Naples • 239-597-3148 The YMCA offer swim lessons, swim team membership and open swim time. There are also swim exercise classes for adults and lane swimming times. Immokalee Sports Complex 505 Escambia Street, Immokalee • (239) 657-1951 The Aquatics Facility at the Immokalee Sports Complex offers numerous swimming aerobic, swimming leagues and general lessons throughout the year. The facility has a 25-yard by 25-meter pool (heated), 1 one-meter springboard, slide and children’s activity pool (heated). The Aquatics Facility is a fantastic draw for both adults and children. Fees are as follows: Free for under the age of 3, $1.50 for children up to 18, $3.50 for adults and $1.50 for seniors over 65. Three-month and yearly passes are available. River Park Aquatic Center 451 11th St. North, Naples • 239-213-3040 River Park Aquatic Center offers six lap lanes connected to a teaching pool. The facility also has a 47 foot slide as well as a beach entry pool with interactive water feature. A large shaded pavilion, with ceiling fans and vending machines allows you to enjoy snacks or the lunches you brought in. Group/party reservations are required for parties of 10 more more. Admission is free all year. Sun-N-Fun Lagoon 15000 Livingston Road, Naples • (239) 252-4021 Sun-N-Fun Lagoon includes four pools, a long lazy river, a lit splash playground, five water slides, and a concession stand. The family pool allows mom and dad to relax in the sun while kids play safely in the water plus toddlers have a pool dedicated just to them. Children under 3 are free, children under 48 inches tall are $6.00, admission for children taller than 48 inches is $13.00, seniors 60 and up are $9.00. There is a $2.00 discount with a valid Florida Driver’s License with Collier County address. A family pass is available for $195. Sugden Regional Park 4284 Avalon Drive, Naples • 239-793-4414 This water front park is one of Collier County’s only fresh water beaches. Water skiing and sailing classes for able bodied and special needs individuals are offered throughout the year at this park. Paddle boat rentals, a playground, walking path and picnic areas make it a popular destination for a day of fun. NEAPOLITANfamily • June 2016


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t is baby season for wildlife in Southwest Florida, and the Conservancy of Southwest Florida is hosting its first Wildlife Hospital Baby Shower to help patients at the von Arx Wildlife Hospital. The shower is taking place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 4 at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. The Conservancy of Southwest Florida is seeking the support of Southwest Florida to fulfill the need for supplies by asking community members to send or to bring a gift item or gift basket to help provide the hospital’s youngest patients with the best possible care. The wildlife hospital is registered with Amazon Wish List or a list of needed items can be found online at www.conservancy.org/ babyshower. Monetary donations are always appreciated and can be made online at www.conservancy.org/helpwildlife. The baby shower will support patients of the von Arx Wildlife Hospital through the donation of funds or supplies needed to care for injured and orphaned native wildlife. Needed items range from food products to medical supplies, and donations may be dropped off at the Lutgert Commons Area outside of the Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s Welcome Center. Those unable to attend the event still have the opportunity to show their support by donating items online from the von Arx Wildlife Hospital’s Amazon Wish List, which will be sent directly to the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. Donors will receive one free admission to the Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s 21-acre Nature Center, and will be entered into a drawing for a chance to join wildlife rehabilitation staff on an animal release or baby bird re-nesting. “The von Arx Wildlife Hospital will treat hundreds of baby animals during the spring and summer months, including various birds, mammals and reptiles,” said Joanna Fitzgerald, director of the von Arx Wildlife Hospital. “Any donation is greatly appreciated as we rely 100 percent on donations to fund our wildlife hospital.” The Conservancy of Southwest Florida is located at 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples, 34102. Call (239) 262-0304 or check www. conservancy.org for additional information.

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Lovers Key Junior Ranger Program Begins June 16

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overs Key State Park is offering a series of nature programs designed specifically for kids aged 6 and up this summer: All sessions bein at 10:00 a.m. at take place at Lovers Key State Park, 8700 Estero Boulevard, Fort Myers Beach, 33931. For additional information contact (239) 463-4588 or visit www.floridastateparks.org/loverskey. Junior Ranger Adventure: Animal Tracks! will be held on Thursday, June 16. Learn about what animals live in the park and make which tracks. Then go on a short adventure hike to look for animal tracks from the park’s wildlife. Participants will be able make their own animal tracks to take home using molds and plaster. Junior Ranger Adventure: Wading Tour! will be held on Thursday, July 21. Join a park ranger to explore the marine animals that make the estuary unique as you explore the sea grass flats. Seahorses, shrimp, young fish, egg casings, and sea stars of all sorts inhabit the grasses, which attract larger fish, snails and crabs. Junior Ranger Adventure: Sea Turtles! will be held on Thursday, August 18. Join a park ranger to explore the fascinating life of the sea turtles that visit Lovers Key each summer. Learn about their nesting behavior and find out what you can do to help protect them. Junior Ranger Adventure: The Lorax! will be held onThursday, September 8. Join a park ranger to celebrate Literacy Day with a reading of this classic Dr. Seuss book which continues to offer a timely message regarding biodiversity. Following the story, join the park ranger in an activity to ensure the park remains beautiful for generations to come!

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24 6:30 p.m. Evenings at the Conservancy: Invasive Reptiles in Southwest Florida. The environmental education lecture series continues with new topics and some sell-out favorites. Conservancy of Southwest Florida Nature Center, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples. Call 239-262-0304 or check www. conservancy.org.

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6:30 p.m. Jacki Manna’s Spectacular Summer Show at Headquarters Library. Open to children entering grades 1 through 5. Register by phone or in person.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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4:00 p.m. Father’s Day Music Jam. Join us as we bond through music and celebrate fatherhood. This fundraiser is a family event at House of Gaia. $25 per family. Preregistration required. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Naples. Check www.houseofgaia.org or call 239- 272-6152 for additional information.

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3:00 p.m. Giddy-Up Stories at Vanderbilt Beach Library. Storyteller Kaye Byrnes will have you listening, laughing and playing along as she shares stories that get everyone moving and grooving. 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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5:00 p.m. Summer Reading Kick Off Event at Headquarters Library. Register for summer reading programs, and learn about upcoming events. There will be guest appearances, games, activities and treats. Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Drive, Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information.

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4:00 p.m. Pizza’s For Peace Fundraiser. Pizzas for Peace will help fund daily programs at House of Gaia . Located at 1660 Trade Center Way, Naples. Check www.houseofgaia.org or call 239- 272-6152 for additional information.

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5:00 p.m. Guys Read Teen Book Talk- The Graveyard Book at Vanderbilt Beach Library. Open to young men ages 10-17 years. Registration required. 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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5:00 PM. Open House at Montessori Academy. Offering programs for children from 8 weeks to 15 years old. Check www. naplesmontessori.org for additional information. Located at 2659 Professional Circle, Suite 1118, Naples. Call 239597-2255.

11 10:00 AM. Discover the Dinosaurs. A unique, hands-on exhibit consisting of dinosaurs that you can actually touch. Additional activities are available for kids of all ages including riding a dinosaur, themed inflatables, a dino dig and gem and fossil panning. Lee County Civic Center, 11831 Bayshore Road, North Fort Myers. Call 239543-8368 for information. Also held June 19.

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2:00 p.m. Friday Movies at Immokalee Branch Library. Open to all ages, Registration is not required.Located at Immokalee Branch Library, 417 North First Street, Immokalee. Call 239-657-2882 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information.

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10:00 a.m. Junior Ranger Adventure at Lover’s Key State Park. Join a park ranger to discover the exciting world of animal tracks. Pre-registration is required, spaces are limited. To register, 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.

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4 10:00 a.m. Twinkle Book Exchange & Giveaway. All children welcome to bring books to swap, plus all children will receive 1 free additional book. Located at Twinkle Twinkle Little Store, 4172 Tamiami Trail North, Naples. Call 239- 262-5904 or check www.twinkletwinklelittlestoreofnaples.com for additional information.

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5:00 p.m. Fort Myers Miracle Fan Appreciation Fireworks. Dairy Queen presents postgame fireworks on the first weekend of June.Located at Hammond Stadium, 14400 Six Mile Cypress Parkway, Fort Myers. Call 239-768-4210 for additional information.

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9:30 a.m. C’mon Toddler-rific Thursday: Busy Bugs. Join us as we explore the difference between bugs and insects, see how bugs grow, eat and sleep, and enjoy some creepy crawly fun. Located at Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples, 15080 Livingston Road, Naples. Call 239- 514-0084 or check www. cmon.org for additional information.

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5:00 p.m. First Friday’s Art for Art Lovers. Gourmet food, fine wine and art demonstrations. Held at Shoppes of Old Marco, 258 Royal Palm Dr, Marco Island. Call 239-394-2787 for additional information.

10:00 a.m. Little Explorers Program at Conservancy. Explore nature and discover amazing animals through multisensory, interactive activities, stories, and animal themed crafts. Conservancy of Southwest Florida Nature Center, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples. Call 239-262-0304 or check www.conservancy.org for additional information.

2:00 p.m. Make And Take Craft at ArtisNaples. Participation is free with museum admission. Located at Artis-Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Boulevard, Naples. Call 239- 597-1111 or check artisnaples.org for additional information.

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5:00 p.m. Sensory Night at C’MON. C’mon provides Sensory Nights for children on the autism spectrum and or with other sensory integration disorders. Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples, 15080 Livingston Road, Naples. Call 239- 5140084 or check www.cmon.org for additional information.

8:00 p.m. Summer Late Night Bike. Come to the The Edge Skate Park at Fleishmann Park for some exciting late-night BMX action along with pizza and sodas. $10 admission.For more information, call 239213-3020.Located at Fleis chmann Park, 1600 Fleischmann Drive, Naples. Call 239- 213-3020 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.

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6:00 p.m. Free Admission to The Baker Museum. 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 239-5971900 or check www.thephil. org for additional information.

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10:00 a.m. World Refugee Day. There will be a Citizenship Ceremony to swear in new American citizens, food vendors, arts and crafts vendors. Located at Golden Gate Community Park, 3300 Santa Barbara Blvd, Naples. Call 239-2526128 or check colliergov.net for additional information.

10:00 a.m. Bike Rodeo at Headquarters Library. Learn how to properly use bicycle equipment and test your skills on a road test. Give-aways will be included. 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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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 239775-5592 or check public. collier-lib.org for additional information.

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3:00 p.m. Hovercrafts at Headquarters Library. Build two different hover crafts using very simple materials and then race them. Open to children ages 9-12 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.

4:00 p.m. International Go Skateboarding Day Celebration. Event is free and includes skating for non-members, t-shirt for members, prizes, food, music and fun. For more information, call 239- 213-3020. Located at Fleischmann Park, 1600 Fleischmann Drive, Naples.

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10:00 a.m. Free Summer Movies at Paragon Pavilion Theaters. Free children’s film every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this summer. Go to www.paragontheaters. com for feature presentation. Paragon Pavilion Theaters, 833 Vanderbilt Beach Rd, Naples. Call 239-596-0008 for additional information. Sponsored by Neapolitan Family Magazine.

6:30 p.m. Go for the Gold at Headquarters Library. Join your hosts, Joey, Alexandra, and Sydney, the live Eclectus parrot as their journey starts on Mt. Olympus.Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Drive, Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information.

10:00 a.m. Sun-N-Fun Father’s Day Celebration. All fathers get in for free with one paid admission to Sun-N-Fun Lagoon.Located at 15000 Livingston Road, Naples. Call 239-252-4021 or check www.napleswaterpark. com for additional information.

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YOUR COMMUNITY JUNE EVENTS CALENDAR SUBMISSIONS: 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. The deadline for print calendar events is the 12th of the month preceding publication. You can submit events anytime for the online calendar.

1 WEDNESDAY 9:00 a.m. Whole Foods Farmer’s Market. Every Wednesday on the front patio. Located at 9101 Strada Place, Naples. Call 239-552-5100 or check www. wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/naples 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. Held 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. Art for Mom & Me at Rookery Bay. Local artist Marjorie Pesek will lead this 1-hour workshop for children and adults at all levels of creative talent. She will share her unique art technique of Layered Imagery. Registration fee ($25) includes one adult, one child and supplies.Located at 300 Tower Road, Naples. Call 239- 417-6310 or check www.rookerybay.org for additional information. Held weekly on Wednesday. 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 239-992-0101 or check library.lee-county.com/services/locations/BN/pages/default.aspx for additional information. Held weekly on Wednesday. 2:00 p.m. Make And Take Craft at Artis-Naples. Participation is free with museum admission. Located at Artis-Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Boulevard, Naples.

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Call 239- 597-1111 or check artisnaples.org for additional information. 7:00 p.m. Free Chamber Music Concerts by the Naples Philharmonic. Join the Naples Philharmonic for a free chamber music performance. Held at Temple Shalom Prechool, 4630 Pine Ridge, Naples. Call 239-455-3227 or check www.naplestemple.org for additional information.

2 THURSDAY 10:00 a.m. Tai Chi in the Garden. Instructor Karen McNeil hosts this energy-flow exercise in the South Grove of the Garden. Held at Naples Botanical Garden, 4820 Bayshore Drive, Naples. Call 239-6437275 or check www.naplesgarden.org for additional information. Held weekly on Thursday. 10:00 a.m. Little Explorers Program at Conservancy. Explore nature and discover amazing animals through multi-sensory, interactive activities, stories, and animal themed crafts. No registration is required to join in the fun. 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. Held weekly on Thursday. 1:00 p.m. Free Chamber Music Concerts by the Naples Philharmonic. Join the Naples Philharmonic for a free chamber music performance. Held at Naples Botanical Garden, 4820 Bayshore Drive, Naples. Call 239-643-7275 or check www.naplesgarden.org for

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additional information. 5:00 p.m. Free Chamber Music Concerts by the Naples Philharmonic. Join the Naples Philharmonic for a free chamber music performance. Held at South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Parkway, Naples. Call 239-252-7542 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information.

3 FRIDAY 9:00 a.m. Scavenger Hunt at Everglades Wonder Gardens. Enjoy a scavenger hunt for children of all ages. 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. 10:30 a.m. Free Chamber Music Concerts by the Naples Philharmonic. Join the Naples Philharmonic for a free chamber music performance. Held at Moorings Church, 120 Moorings Park Drive, Naples. 3:00 p.m. Free Chamber Music Concerts by the Naples Philharmonic. Join the Naples Philharmonic for a free chamber music performance. Held at Naples United Church of Christ, 5500 Crayton Road, Naples. 5:00 p.m. First Friday’s Art for Art Lovers. Gourmet food, fine wine and art demonstrations. Held at Shoppes of Old Marco, 258 Royal Palm Dr, Marco Island. Call 239-394-2787 for additional information. 5:30 p.m. Free Chamber Music Concerts by the Naples Philharmonic. Join the Naples Philharmonic for a free chamber music performance. Held 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. Kid’s Night Out is Parent’s Date Night. . Old fashioned fun on the farm – horses, goats, pig, ducks, chickens, dinner, camp fire, marshmallow roasting, farm games & activities, crafts, “ride in” movie on our giant outdoor screen and we’re so easy to get to. Held at Providence Equestrian Center, 13731 E. Terry Street, Bonita Springs. 6:00 p.m. Free Chamber Music Concerts by the Naples Philharmonic. Join the Naples Philharmonic for a free chamber music performance.Located at ArtisNaples, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples. Call 239-597-1900 or check www.thephil. org for additional information. 7:00 p.m. Movie Night at the Pool. Come and enjoy a family movie at the pool. Refreshments will be available. $2.Located at Immokalee Sports Complex, 505 Escambia Street, Immokalee. Call 239- 657-1951 for additional information.

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4 SATURDAY 7:30 a.m. Third Street South Farmer’s Market. Parking lot behind Tommy Bahama’s.Located at Third Street South, Naples. Call 239-434-6533 or check 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 190-196Located 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.

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8:00 a.m. Community Yard Sale. Call to reserve a booth. Held at Immokalee Community Park, 321 North 1st Street, Immokalee. Call 239- 657-4449 for additional information. 9:00 a.m. 4th Annual Standup Paddle Poker Run Benefiting Special Olympics Florida - Collier County. For the 4th year in a row, a group of parents, athletes, and coaches from the Special Olympics Florida standup paddle (SUP) team will host this family-friendly event to help fund our SUP team’s participation. Held at Capri Fish House, 203 Capri Blvd., Naples. Check specialolympicsflorida.org/ collier/ for additional information. 9:00 a.m. Naples Poker Run for the Special Olympics. Grab your paddle board, kayak, canoe or hop in your car or motorcycle, and come collect your cards for your chance to get the best poker hand. Proceeds benefit the Special Olympics Florida.Located at Capri Fish House, 203 Capri Blvd., Naples. Check specialolympicsflorida.org/collier/ for additional information. 9:30 a.m. W.O.N.D.E.R. Kids at Botanical Gardens. Drop in anytime between 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday to the Smith Children’s Garden for fun activities.Located at Naples Botanical Garden, 4820 Bayshore Drive, Naples.

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Call 239-643-7275 or check www.naplesgarden.org for additional information. Held weekly on Saturday. 10:00 a.m. KIDding Around. Join us for a variety of free activities and sponsors that change each month.Located at Bell Tower Shops, Daniels Pkwy and US 41, Fort Myers. Call 239-489-1221 or check www.thebelltowershops.com for additional information. Held weekly on Saturday. 10:00 a.m. Artists@Work at GreenMarket. Members of the SWFL Florida Fine Craft Guild demonstrate their specialties during this free, family friendly demo day that takes place during our weekly GreenMarket.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. We provide the Rod and Reel, and the Bait....all you need to provide is the kid who wants to have a fun time fishing. Held 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. 5:00 p.m. Fort Myers Miracle Fan Appreciation Fireworks. Dairy Queen presents postgame fireworks on the first weekend of June.Located at Hammond Stadium, 14400 Six Mile Cypress Parkway, Fort Myers. Call 239-768-4210 for additional information.

5 SUNDAY 7:00 a.m. Fairgrounds Flea Market and Farmers Market. Held every Saturday and Sunday from 7:00am to 2:00pm. For space or additional info call: 239- 4551444. Located at Collier County Fairgrounds, 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. Held at Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Road, Naples. Call 239-992-0311 or check www.floridastateparks. org for additional information. Held weekly on Sunday. 7:30 a.m. Naples Fitness Challenge Triathalon. Can you run for 3.1 miles, bike 15k and swim 1/4 mile in the Gulf of Mexico? Then join countless others as they push themselves to the limit for the 30th Annual Fitness Challenge Triathlon. Sign up as an individual or join up as a team. 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. 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 the first Sunday of each month as she performs in a multi-media 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. 4:00 p.m. Pizza’s For Peace Fundraiser. Pizzas for Peace will help fund daily programs at House of Gaia . Located at 1660 Trade Center Way, Naples. Check www.houseofgaia.org or call 239- 272-6152 for additional information.

6 MONDAY 9:00 a.m. ARTScool Begins. ARTScool features accredited art instructors who provide your child with individual attention and weave academics into artistic sessions. Held at Naples Art Association, 585 Park St. Naples, Florida 34102 Park St., Naples. Call 239-262-6517 x 100 for additional information. 5:00 p.m. Summer Reading Kick Off Event at Headquarters Library. This is a celebration for the entire family. At the event, register for our summer reading programs, and learn about our upcoming events at the library. There will be special guest appearances, games, activities and treats.Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Drive, Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check public.collier-lib.org

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7 TUESDAY 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. 10:30 a.m. Drop-In Knitting Workshop at Estates Branch Library. Want to learn new knitting stitches or need help with a knitting project already started? Want to share your knitting talent and ideas? This is the class to attend. Bring your own knitting supplies. Registration is not 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. Held weekly on Tuesday. 3:00 p.m. Giddy-Up Stories at Vanderbilt Beach Library. Storyteller Kaye Byrnes will have you listening, laughing and playing along as she shares stories that get everyone moving and grooving. Come prepared for a good time and you might just go home with a story to tell.Located at Vanderbilt Beach Library, 788 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Naples. Call 239-597-8444 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information. 4:00 p.m. Auditions for the Sound of Music. Call to reserve audition time. 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.

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8 WEDNESDAY 3:00 p.m. Giddy-Up Stories at South Regional Library. Storyteller Kaye Byrnes will have you listening, laughing and playing along as she shares stories that get everyone moving and grooving. Come prepared for a good time and you might just go home with a story to tell. or children entering grades 1 through 5. 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. Nanoland: A Hands-On Science Adventure at Vanderbilt Beach Library. Join the team from the Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples (C’mon) as they guide you on an amazing journey through Nanoland where the science of small things is king. This will be an adventure in science that is quite an eventful trip. Located at Vanderbilt Beach Library, 788 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Naples. Call 239-597-8444 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information. 5:00 PM. Open House at Montessori Academy. Offering programs for children from 8 weeks to 15 years old. Check www.naplesmontessori.org for additional information. Located at 2659 Professional Circle, Suite 1118, Naples. Call 239-597-2255.

9 THURSDAY 9:30 a.m. C’mon Toddler-rific Thursday: Busy Bugs. C’mon offers toddler programming every second Thursday of the month. Join us as we explore the difference between bugs and insects, see how bugs grow, eat and sleep, and enjoy some creepy crawly fun. Located at Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples, 15080 Livingston Road, Naples. Call 239- 514-0084 or check www.cmon.org for additional information.

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2:00 p.m. Let the Games Begin at Immokalee Branch Library. Join in for relays, challenges, and team building or solo activities. Test your skills on a variety of physical trials. Open to children entering grades K through 5. Registration required. Located at Immokalee Branch Library, 417 North First Street, Immokalee. Call 239-6572882 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information. 3:00 p.m. STEAM Workshop at Headquarters Library. This will be an adventure in science that is quite an eventful trip. Open to ages 9-12 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. LEGO Engineers: Let’s Rev it Up at Marco Island 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 Open to ages 7-12 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.

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Call for times. 101 Dalmations at Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre. Based on the Disney animated film, this fun-filled musical is a fur-raising adventure featuring Cruella De Vil and 101 of the most adorable heroes to set their paws on our stage. For tickets and times go to www.broadwaypalm.com. Runs June 10-July 1. Located at Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, 1380 Colonial Blvd, Naples. Call 239-278-4422 or check www.BroadwayPalm.com for additional information. 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 at South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Parkway, Naples. Call 239-252-7542 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information. 12:00 p.m. Pool Party Bash. Enjoy some sun and fun at the IMSC pool party. Music and refreshments available. $2 admission. Located at Immokalee Sports Complex, 505 Escambia Street, Immokalee. Call 239- 657-1951 for additional information. 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 closer to showtime. Open to all ages. Registration is not required. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Drive, Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check public. collier-lib.org for additional information. 2:00 p.m. Friday Movies at Immokalee Branch Library. Open to all ages, Registration is not required. Located at Immokalee Branch Library, 417 North First Street, Immokalee. Call 239-657-2882 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information.

11 SATURDAY 10:00 a.m. Twinkle Book Exchange & Giveaway. All children welcome to bring books to swap, plus all children will receive 1 free additional book. New and used children’s books are welcome. For each book in good condition that is brought, a child may select a different book to bring home. Located at Twinkle Twinkle Little Store, 4172 Tamiami Trail North, Naples. Call 239- 262-5904 or check www. twinkletwinklelittlestoreofnaples.com for additional information. 10:00 a.m. Sun-N-Fun Summer Vacation Party. Admission is $8 for over 48 inches and $4.50 for Under 48 inches. Located at Sun-N-Fun Lagoon, 15000 Livingston Road, Naples. Call 239- 252-4021 or check www.napleswaterpark.com for additional information. 10:00 AM. Kids Fishing Tournament. Children will spend time hooking and catching different types of fish. Lunch pluse a magic show with Ronald McDonald will follow. Held at Salty Sam’s Marina in Fort Myers Beach. Call 239-437-0202 for additional information. 11:00 a.m. Miromar Has Talent. Join Miromar Outlets’ Fourth Annual Talent Search. Auditions are June 11, 18 & 25 in suite 67, near Neiman Marcus Last Call. Located at Miromar Outlets, 10801 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. Call 239-948-3766 or check www.miromaroutlets.com for additional information. 11:00 a.m. Science Saturday at Miromar. Join Mr. Glen and his Science and Engineering team for interactive science projects. Held at Miromar Outlets, 10801 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. Call 239-948-3766 or check www.miromaroutlets.com for additional information. 6:00 p.m. Girls in Science Slumber Party at Rookery Bay. More details to be released closer to date of event. A list of items to bring will be emailed upon registration. Located at Rookery Bay, 300 Tower Road, Naples. Call 239- 417-6310 or check www.rookerybay.org for additional information.

12 SUNDAY 2:00 p.m. Bluegrass Concert at Allliance for the Arts. For more information go to www.artinlee.com. Held at Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers. Call 239-939-2787 or check www.artinlee.org 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

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for additional information. 4:00 p.m. Father’s Day Music Jam. Come join us Sunday June 12th as we bond through music and celebrate fatherhood. We will be enjoying some delicious juice from Juicelation. This fundraiser is a family event at House of Gaia. Cost is $25 per family. Preregistration required. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Naples. Check www.houseofgaia.org or call 239- 272-6152 for additional information.

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9:00 a.m. Submerged Vacation Bible School. Join us as we get “Submerged” in VBS June 13th - 17th from 9:00am - 12:15pm. Children entering Kindergarten thru 6th grades will dive deep into God’s Word to discover “the truth that lies below the surface”. To register your child go to fbcn.org. Held at First Baptist Church Naples, 3000 Orangeblossom Drive, Naples. 5:30 p.m. World of Reptiles at East Naples 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 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. Jacki Manna’s Spectacular Summer Show at Headquarters Library. It’s part ventriloquism, magic, marionettes, and storytelling, but it’s all fun. Open to children entering grades 1 through 5. Register by phone or in person.Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Drive, Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information.

14 TUESDAY 10:00 a.m. Nanoland: A Hands-On Science Adventure at Everglades City Library. Join the team from the Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples (C’mon) as they guide you on an amazing journey through Nanoland where the science of small things is king. This will be an adventure in science that is quite an eventful trip. Held at Everglades City Library, 102 Copeland Avenue, North, Naples. Call 239-695-2511 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information.

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2:00 p.m. Jacki Manna’s Spectacular Summer Reading Show at Golden Gate Branch 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 Golden Gate Library, 2432 Lucerne Road, Naples. Call 239-252-4542 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information. 3:00 p.m. Nanoland: A Hands-on Science Adventure at Naples Regional Library. This will be an adventure in science that is quite an eventful trip. Open to ages 9-12 years. Registration 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. Makerspace at South Regional Library. Experience robots, electricity, LEGO® and more. Open to children ages 4-14 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. Summer Crafter’s Choice at Vanderbilt Beach Library. Stop by and make some “hot” summer crafts. We’ll also enjoy a “cool” summer treat. Open to ages 2-6 years. Registration is not required.Located at Vanderbilt Beach Library, 788 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Naples. Call 239-597-8444 or check public.collier-lib. org for additional information. 4:00 p.m. Lego Club at Estates Branch 5:30 p.m. Jacki Manna’s Spectacular Summer Reading Show. 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 Estates Branch Library, 1266 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples. Call 239-455-8088 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information. 6:30 p.m. Evenings at the Conservancy: Invasive Reptiles in Southwest Florida. The 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. Ready Set Dive into Archaeology at Headquarters Library. Uncover the mysteries of our past through underwater archaeology. Discover how to record shipwrecks and get moving with a fun and interactive game. Open to children en-

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tering 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.

15 WEDNESDAY 3:00 p.m. Traveling Sounds at Headquarters Library. You know we can hear sounds, but can you feel them too? See how sound travels in waves to reach your ears and other objects. 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. 5:00 p.m. Guys Read Teen Book Talk- The Graveyard Book at Vanderbilt Beach Library. Ground-breaking author Neil Gaiman introduces us to Nobody Owens, a.k.a. “Bod.” Both the novel and the graphic version will be featured. Open to young men ages 10-17 years. Registration required. Located at Vanderbilt Beach Library, 788 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Naples. Call 239-597-8444 or check public. collier-lib.org for additional information.

16 THURSDAY 9:30 a.m. Free Admission Days. Free admission for Dad when accompanied by a paying guest. Held at Conservancy of Southwest Florida Nature Center, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples. Call 239-262-0304 or check www.conservancy.org for additional information. 10:00 a.m. Junior Ranger Adventure at Lover’s Key State Park. Join a park ranger to discover the exciting world of animal tracks. Pre-registration is required, spaces are limited. To register, 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.

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Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, 1380 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers June 10 - July 1

Based on the Disney animated film, this fun-filled musical is a fur-raising adventure featuring Cruella De Vil & 101 of the most adorable heroes to set their paws on our stage! 239-278-4422

Kids Fishing Tournament

Salty Sam's Marina, Fort Myers Beach Saturday, June 11 • 10 a.m.

Youngsters will spend time learning, hooking and catching different types of fish. Lunch & a magic show with Ronald McDonald will follow at 11:30 a.m. 239-437-0202

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4:00 p.m. Meet Bully Billy and the Burrowing Owls at Marco Island Library. Come and have fun seeing how an owl learns it is better to be a friend than a bully. Author Dr. Dolores Burton will read from her new book, Bully Billy is Back. and talk about our wonderful burrowing owls on Marco Island. Open to children entering grades 1 through 3Located at Marco Island Branch Library, 210 S. Heathwood Drive, Marco Island. Call 239-394-3272 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information.

Lovers Key State Park, Fort Myers Beach Thursday, June 16 • 10 a.m.

5:30 p.m. Pups and Books at East Naples Library. Stop by to read to a dog or just to pet one. Dogs are provided by PAWS Assistance and Therapy Dogs. 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.

Father/Son & Father/Son/Grandson Look-alike Contest

6:00 p.m. Third Thursday on Third Street South. Live music in the Fleischmann Courtyard in downtown Naples. Call 239-434-6533 or check info@napleschamber. org for additional information.

Join a park ranger to discover the exciting world of animal tracks. Learn about what animals live in the park and make which tracks. Then go on a short adventure hike to look for animal tracks from the park’s wildlife. Participants will be able make their own animal tracks to take home using molds and plaster. For kids 6 and up. 239-463-4588

Miromar Outlets, Estero Saturday, June 18 • 11 a.m.

How much do you look like your dad? Fathers, sons and grandsons compete together for prizes in this annual family event 239-948-3766

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2:00 p.m. Edible Sports Crafts and Snacks at Immokalee Branch 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 Immokalee Branch Library, 417 North First Street, Immokalee. Call 239-657-2882 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information.

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17 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 at South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Parkway, Naples. Call 239-252-7542 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information. 2:00 p.m. Friday Movies at Immokalee Branch Library. Open to all ages, Registration is not required.Located at Immokalee Branch Library, 417 North First Street, Immokalee. Call 239-657-2882 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information.

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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 239-348-7500 or check colliergov.net for additional information. 9:00 a.m. Animal Day at Southern Fresh Farms. Animal day is back at the farm. Come and see the alligators, crocodiles, snakes, a baboon, a racoon, rabbits, a skunk, a bobcat, turtles and the original farm animals. Held at Southern Fresh Farms, 8500 Penzance Blvd, Fort Myers. Check www.southernfresh.farm for additional information. 10:00 AM. Discover the Dinosaurs. A unique, hands-on exhibit consisting of dinosaurs that you can actually touch. Additional activities are available for kids of all ages including riding a dinosaur, themed inflatables, a dino dig and gem and fossil panning. Held at Lee County Civic Center, 11831 Bayshore Road, North Fort Myers. Call 239-543-8368 for additional information. Also held June 19. 10:00 a.m. Democratic Women’s Club of Collier County. Join us to discuss issues important to all progressive Democrats through the eyes of the Democratic Women of Collier County and their supporters. Held at Walden Oaks, 6710 Lone Oak Blvd., Naples. Call 239-434-7754 for additional information. 10:00 a.m. World Giraffe Day and Photo Contest. Celebrate the tallest animals in the world. Located at Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens, 1590 Goodlette-Frank Road, Naples. Call 239-262-5409 or check www.caribbeangardens.com for additional information. 10:00 a.m. Father’s Day in the Garden: Catch and Release Fishing. Fishing takes place all weekend from 10 am – 2 pm. Bring your own fishing gear. The Garden will be open 9 am to 5 pm. Dads and Granddads receive free admission on Sunday, June 19. Located at Naples Botanical Garden, 4820 Bayshore Drive, Naples. Call 239-643-7275 or check www.naplesgarden.org for additional information. 10:00 a.m. Mini-Moo Petting Zoo at Marco Island Library. Join us on the lawn to interact with the live animals from our locally owned Naples Petting Zoo. All ages welcome. 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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Tummy Time for Baby classes for newborns and their parents will provide hands-on tips and techniques for initiating and extending the amount of time your baby plays in the prone position

Take just one class for $20 or the 6-week series for $99

Janice Justiz, PT, c/NDT is a licensed physical therapist, whose expertise is in children’s movement and devlopment.

Parents will learn: • When to begin Tummy Time • How to incorporate the right amount of time into your daily routine • A variety of alternate positioning and carrying techniques • Developmentally appropriate play techniques • How to encourage the resistant baby to cheerfully accept tummy time play

Pediatric Therapy Intensives is a small, personalized practice offering physical therapy treatment for pediatric patients of all ages.

Call 239-571-7309 or email: ptijanice@gmail.com

11:00 AM. Father Son Look-alike Contest. How much do you look like your dad? Fathers, sons, and grandfathers compete together for prizes is this annual family event. held at Miromar Outlets. Call 239-948-3766 for additional information.

19 SUNDAY 10:00 a.m. Sun-N-Fun Father’s Day Celebration. All fathers get in for free with one paid admission to Sun-N-Fun Lagoon.Located at 15000 Livingston Road, Naples. Call 239-252-4021 or check www.napleswaterpark.com for additional information. 10:00 a.m. Father’s Day at Everglades Wonder Gardens. Dad received free admission with a paying family. Located at 27180 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs. Call 239-992-2591 or check www.evergladeswondergardens.com for additional 11:00 a.m. Dad’s Day Cookout at The Shell Factory and Nature Park. It’s Dad’s Day at the Shell Factory. Dads get free admission to the factory as well as a free zipline ride. The whole family can also enjoy free miniature golf. Located at The Shell Factory, 2787 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers. Call 239-995-3999 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.

20 MONDAY 6:30 p.m. Go for the Gold at Headquarters 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 Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Drive, Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information.

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21 TUESDAY 10:00 a.m. Free Summer Movies at Paragon Pavilion Theaters. Free children’s film every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this summer. 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. 3:00 p.m. All About Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at Estates Branch Library. See local kids demo the sport, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, then ask a local instructor your questions and find out what BJJ is, and isn’t. 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.

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4:00 p.m. International Go Skateboarding Day Celebration. Event is free and includes skating for non-members, t-shirt for members, prizes, food, music and fun. For more information, call 239- 213-3020. Located at Fleischmann Park, 1600 Fleischmann Drive, Naples. 4:00 p.m. Traveling Circuits at East Naples Library. Join the team from the Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples (C’mon) as they guide you on an amazing journey through Nanoland where the science of small things is king. This will be an adventure in science that is quite an eventful trip.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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3:00 p.m. LEGO Challenges at Golden Gate Library. Participate in some fun, group, building relay activities using Legos. Prizes will be awarded and the Cat in the Hat will be making an appearance. 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.

5:30 p.m. Go for the Gold at South Regional Library. Join your hosts, Joey, Alexandra and Sydney, the Eclectus parrot, as their journey starts on Mt. Olympus and takes the audience on an action packed thrill ride filled with award-winning magic, music, comedy and hilarious audience participation.Located at South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Parkway, Naples. Call 239-252-7542 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information. =6:30 p.m. Zumbatonic at Headquarters Library. Join our certified instructor, Ms. Mary, for a crazy-cool dance-fitness workout designed just for kids. We’ll enjoy music from hip-hop, salsa, reggaeton, Bali and more. We’ll also make a workout inspired craft. Open to children entering grades K through 5.Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Drive, Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check public. collier-lib.org for additional information. 6:30 p.m. Let the Games Begin at Headquarters Library. Join in for relays, challenges, and team building or solo activities. Test your skills on a variety of physical trials. Open to children entering grades K though 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. 8:30 p.m. Outdoor Movie: The Force Awakens. Please leave coolers at home and support our merchants. MASA will have popcorn, food, beer, wine and soft drinks for sale on the lawn. Lawn chairs, blankets and well-behaved pets are welcome.Located at Mercato, 9128 Strada Place, Naples. Call 239-594-9400 or check www.mercatoshops.com for additional information.

22 WEDNESDAY 10:00 a.m. Free Summer Movies at Paragon Pavilion Theaters. Free children’s film every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this summer. 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. 2:00 p.m. Nanoland: A Hands-On Science Adventure at Immokalee Library. Join the team from the Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples (C’mon) as they guide you on an amazing journey through Nanoland where the science of small things is king. This will be an adventure in science that is quite an eventful trip. Located at Immokalee Branch Library, 417 North First Street, Immokalee. Call 239-657-2882 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information.

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5:30 p.m. The Moogician at Marco Island 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 children ages 4 years and older. 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.

24 FRIDAY 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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10:00 a.m. Bike Rodeo at Headquarters Library. Bring your bike to the library and join members of the Collier County Sheriff ’s office. Learn how to properly use bicycle equipment and test your skills on a road test. Give-aways will be included. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Drive, Naples. Call 239593-0870 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information.

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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 at South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Parkway, Naples. Call 239-252-7542 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information.

C A 2:00 p.m. Friday Movies at Immokalee Branch Library. OpenM to all ages, Registration is not required.Located at Immokalee Branch Library, 417 North First Street, Immokalee. Call 239-657-2882 or check public.collier-lib.org for P additional information. C 25 SATURDAY C A 10:00 a.m. World Refugee Day. The focus of World Refugee Day is to learn A more about the refugee community and those agencies and communityM partners who serve them. There will be a Citizenship Ceremony to swear in new American M Located at Golden Gate Community citizens, food vendors, arts and crafts vendors. P C Park, 3300 Santa Barbara Blvd, Naples. Call 239-252-6128 or check colliergov.net for additional information.

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11:00 a.m. Elvis Fest. The best Elvis tribute artists from all over the United States will celebrate and compete to become the King. Located at Seminole Casino, 506 South 1st Street, Immokalee. Call 239- 658-1313 or check www.seminolecasinoevents.com for additional information.

coolers. Food and beverage available to purchase.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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26 SUNDAY 2:00 p.m. Mindful Parenting Workshop. This workshop will explore how to identify roles, create healthy boundaries, and positive communication with children and teens. This workshop will be led by Lulu Carter, an experienced Speech Therapist, Artist, Psycodramatist in Brazil. Located at House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Naples. Check www.houseofgaia.org or call 239- 272-6152 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.

27 MONDAY 1:00 p.m. Ozobots at South Regional Library. Have fun programming and competing with these crazy mini-robots. Open to children entering grades 3 through 5. Registration is limited and required. Located at South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Parkway, Naples. Call 239-252-7542 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information. 5:30 p.m. Robotics at East Naples 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 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. Adventures Here, There and Everywhere at Headquarters Library. Showtime for Kids presents comedy, magic, balloons, and reading, all packed in a big adventure show. Open to children entering grades K through 5. Register by phone or in person.Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Drive, Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information. 8:00 p.m. Summer Late Night Bike. Come to the The Edge Skate Park at Fleishmann Park for some exciting late-night BMX action along with pizza and sodas. $10 admission.For more information, call 239- 213-3020.Located at Fleischmann Park, 1600 Fleischmann Drive, Naples. Call 239- 213-3020 for additional information.

28 TUESDAY 3:00 p.m. Squishy Circuits at Naples Regional Library. Use electronics to light up your play dough. In this playful learning lab, use homemade conductive and insulating dough to sculpt electrical circuits. Open to children entering grade K and higher. Registration 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. Nanoland: A Hands-On Science Adventure at South Regional Library. Join the team from the Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples (C’mon) as they guide you on an amazing journey through Nanoland where the science of small things is king. This will be an adventure in science that is quite an eventful trip. 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. Sensory Night at C’MON. C’mon provides Sensory Nights for children on the autism spectrum and or with other sensory integration disorders. Sensory Nights have limited participation in order to minimize crowds, and registration is required.Located at Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples, 15080 Livingston Road, Naples. Call 239- 514-0084 or check www.cmon.org for additional information. 5:30 p.m. Adventures Here, There, Everywhere at Estates Branch Library. Showtime for Kids presents comedy, magic, balloons, and reading, all packed in a big adventure show. Open to children in Pre-K through grade 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.

29 WEDNESDAY 9:00 a.m. Bike Rodeo at Immokalee Library. Bring your bike to the library and join members of the Collier County Sheriff ’s office. Learn how to properly use bicycle equipment and test your skills on a road test. Located at Immokalee Branch Library, 417 North First Street, Immokalee. Call 239-657-2882 or check public. collier-lib.org for additional information.

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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. 3:00 p.m. Marvelous Magnets at Headquarters Library. Experience some great fun while learning about magnets and how they work. 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. 3:00 p.m. Nanoland: A Hands-On Science Adventure at Estates Branch Library. Join the team from the Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples (C’mon) as they guide you on an amazing journey through Nanoland where the science of small things is king. This will be an adventure in science that is quite an eventful trip. Located at Estates Branch Library, 1266 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples. Call 239-455-8088 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information.

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3:00 p.m. Introduction to Yoga for Children at Golden Gate Library. This class combines yoga and play while moving through a series of exercises that strengthen and tone. 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. 5:30 p.m. The Moogician at South Regional 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 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. 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. 6:30 p.m. Starry Starry Night Family Storytime at South County Regional Library. Located at South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy, Estero. Call 239-479-4636 for additional information.

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30 THURSDAY 9:30 a.m. Free Admission Days. Free admission for current and retired military with valid ID.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.

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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. Nanoland: A Hands-On Science Adventure at Marco Island Library. Join the team from the Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples (C’mon) as they guide you on an amazing journey through Nanoland where the science of small things is king. This will be an adventure in science that is quite an eventful trip.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. 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. 5:00 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 children 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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FATHER’S DAY

By Kimberly Blaker

A Day for Dad

Make This Father’s Day One to Remember

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athers play a significant part in children’s lives. They influence children’s selfesteem and school performance, are important role models, and among other meaningful roles, make funloving playmates. Father’s Day is just around the corner; so don’t be caught scrambling for the perfect way to show you care. Try some of these ideas, and make it a special day just for Dad that both of you will enjoy.

Video Surprise Make a “World’s Best Dad” video that he’ll treasure for years to come. Brainstorm your own ideas, or try some of these. On videotape, share special memories of your dad, sing to him, read him a poem, or do skits. Get the family involved and conduct interviews with each other with Dad as the main topic. Don’t forget your props such as a banner or collection of his prized possessions including sports trophies or equipment that tell who he is. Finally, be sure to let him know just how much he means to you.

King for the Day It isn’t everyday that dad is waited on hand and foot. Offer to be his loyal servant for the day, and bring him coffee and toast in bed; fetch his newspaper; lie out his clothes, bath towel, and mat; be host or hostess and serve his beverages and snacks; clean up after him and anything else to give him the royal treatment. Memories of Dad Purchase a scrapbook, and create a record of memories about your father and you. Include photos of special outings, events, and holidays you’ve had together and other memorabilia from family vacations and activities such as concert or sporting event ticket stubs, postcards, and brochures. Next to each photo or item, describe your memories of those times together with your father.

of shelving materials and brackets, wall racks and ceiling hooks, and storage crates. Then spend the day helping him to get it organized while catching up on old times. World’s Greatest Let dad know that he’s the greatest 365 days a year! Give him a “World’s Greatest Dad” coffee mug, t-shirt, book cover, book marker, wallet card, or other trinket that he’ll see or use regularly. Sports Buff’s Surprise Take your dad for a sporting good time. Play a game of golf, tennis, or basketball, go fishing at the river’s edge, or enjoy a paddle around a lake. If being a spectator is his thing, purchase tickets to his favorite sporting event such as a baseball or soccer game, boxing match, or auto race.

A Man to Remember Get your creative juices flowing, and write a poem for your dad. Describe the impact he’s had on your life, how he’s helped you to become the person you are today, and what he is to you. Then print it on stationary, matte and frame it.

Weekend Getaway Get in touch with nature and each other on a camping trip for two. Either rough it in a tent or rent a mini cabin at a state park, and spend your weekend enjoying nature hikes, sight seeing, fishing, boating, playing cards, and taking it easy together.

Musical Moment Take your father to see his favorite band or performing artist, enjoy a jazz or blues festival, or pack up some lawn chairs, and enjoy a local concert-in-the-park.

Father’s Day Feast As the old adage goes; the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. So, treat dad to a mouth-watering meal on the bar-be-que. Fix him his favorite: steak, ribs, chicken, burgers, or chops for starters, and don’t forget the grilled potatoes, fresh green beans or asparagus, sweet corn, potato salad, and last but not least, his favorite dessert.

Togetherness Takes Two Has your dad been putting off the dreaded task of cleaning out his attic, basement, or garage? Give him a gift

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Treat Him Like a King – What better way to show your appreciation for all his hard work than to indulge him? Give your father a gift certificate for a professional massage, which will be sure to please. Just the Two of Us – Put together a photo collage of you and your father. There are many ways to do this. Find instructions at your nearby craft store and create a Decoupage photo collage, keep it simple with a multiphoto frame, or purchase a unique 3D Photo Collage frame which can be found through a number of stores online. Take a Stroll – Enjoy a peaceful walk together in the park or the country. Better yet, gather your bikes or roller blades, hit a scenic bike path, and enjoy the summer breeze. Certificates of Appreciation – Show Dad you appreciate his hard work by returning the favor. Make coupons that say: “In appreciation for all that you do, Dad, please redeem this certificate for a hassle-free car wash by me!” Other favors include sweeping out the garage, mowing the lawn, or any other task for which he normally takes responsibility. Catch a Flick…..or two – Treat your dad to a movie fest. Rent a couple newly released videos or some of his long time favorites,

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or head to the cinemas for a double feature. Whether you take the movies in at home or the theatre, don’t forget the hot, buttered popcorn, candy, and soft drinks. Get in Touch with His Soft Side – Give your dad a book of poetry specially written for fathers. Try one of these: Fathers: A Collection of Poems by David Ray and Judy Ray Thoughts to Share With a Wonderful Father: A Collection of Poems by Blue Mountain Arts Collections A Gift of Giving – Does your dad have a favorite cause or charity such as the Humane Society, the Nature Conservancy, or American Cancer Society? If so, why not give him a membership or make a donation in his name? Remember that small donations add up and are always appreciated.

Father’s Day Music Jam at House of Gaia. Bond through music and celebrate fatherhood with delicious juice from Juicelation. This fundraiser is a family event and is $25 per family. Located at 1660 Trade Center Way Suite 1&3, Naples. Register for this fundraiser event at www.houseofgaia.org or call 239-272-6152. Father’s Day in the Garden: Catch and Release Fishing. Fishing takes place June 18 & 19 from 10 am – 2 pm. Bring your own fishing gear. Dads and Granddads receive free admission on Sunday, June 19. Located at Naples Botanical Garden, 4820 Bayshore Drive, Naples. Call 239-643-7275 or check www. naplesgarden.org for additional information. Father’s Day at Everglades Wonder Gardens. Dad receives free admission on June 19 with a paying family. Located at 27180 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs. Call 239-992-2591 or check www.evergladeswondergardens.com for additional Sun-N-Fun Father’s Day Celebration. All fathers get in for free on June 19 with one paid admission .Located at 15000 Livingston Road, Naples. Call 239-252-4021 or check www.napleswaterpark.com for information.

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n the dog days of summer, kids love to cool off by playing in water, but they get tired of the same old sprinkler or kiddie pool. Here are eight easy and inexpensive DIY outdoor activities to keep kids of all ages both occupied and cool!

Soda Bottle Sprinkler 1. Turn a two-liter soda bottle into a sprinkler! Take a clean, two-liter plastic bottle and drill holes all over the sides of the bottle using a handheld drill. You can use a smaller bit and drill lots of tiny holes, or use a larger bit and drill fewer holes. Next, attach a hose connector to the end of a garden hose. Attach the bottle to the hose by screwing it into the connector. Turn on the hose and let the kids play! This sprinkler is fun just laying on the grass, or toss the hose with the attached sprinkler over the swingset or a tree branch to make a “shower.” Liquid Chalk Paint 2. For outdoor art that is a step above sidewalk chalk, try making your own liquid chalk paint. First, purchase jumbo-sized washable chalk from your local dollar store. Now you will need to break up the chalk into a powder. This can be accomplished by either putting the chalk into a sealed plastic bag and pulverizing the chalk with a hammer, or “grate” the chalk using the smallest holes of a cheese grater. Add the powdered chalk to a food storage container, and mix in water. About one-half cup of water per jumbo size piece of chalk makes a nice consistency. You will have a few chunks, but the mixture should be mostly liquified. Repeat the process with different colored chalk until you have several different colors of chalk paint, each in it’s own container. Give the kids paint brushes and let them paint the fence, concrete porch, or sidewalk, then turn the hose on their creation to wash it away and begin again.

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Squirt Gun Target Practice 3. When the kids get tired of squirting each other, set up targets for them to aim at! One way is to simply draw targets with washable sidewalk chalk onto a fence. Draw several circles, starting with a small “bullseye” in the center, then add three or four more circles around the bullseye, each one bigger than the last. Assign each circle a point value and NEAPOLITANfamily • June 2016


let the kids compete to see who can hit the most points! Plastic disposable drinking cups also make great targets. Line up plastic cups side-by-side onto a deck railing or stack upside down into a pyramid shape and shoot away! Water Pinata 4. Let the kids release some pent-up energy and cool off with a pinata filled with water! Take a plastic grocery sack and fill about halfway with water. Using the handles of the bag, tie the water- filled bag over a tree branch. The bag doesn’t need to be sealed. Let the kids hit the water bag with tennis rackets, plastic bats or a cardboard wrapping paper tube. What a great way to recycle those plastic grocery bags! These water pinatas won’t last long, but getting wet is the point of this activity, so who cares? Ice Excavation 5. Freeze plastic toys into a blocks of ice for kids to excavate! To prepare this activity, fill plastic cups or small food storage containers about two-thirds full with water, and then drop one or two small toys into each container. Freeze each filled container until the water is a solid block of ice, then remove the ice block and place outside in a large plastic bowl or metal baking dish. Now, let the kids

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figure out how to get the toys out of the ice. Offer options such as squirt guns filled with warm water, salt, or cups of warm water. Older kids can chip away at the ice with metal forks or butter knives. For a fun twist, try tinting the water blue with food color and using ocean-themed toys, or pair green water with tiny dinosaur toys. Colored Ice Cubes 6. This is a great one for toddlers. Take an ice cube tray and add several drops of food coloring to the bottom of each section of the tray, and then fill the entire ice cube tray with water. Once the cubes are frozen, dump the colored ice out into a baby pool or plastic bowl filled with water. Toddlers will enjoy playing with the colored ice, and watching it melt and turn the water pretty colors. Since the water is tinted with food coloring, ice cubes will be safe to nibble on. Of course, parents should always closely supervise children when near any water! Water Race Track or Lazy River 7. Kids love to watch stuff float down a stream! Here are two ways to create a mini river or water race track. For a race track, purchase a short length of a gutter (the kind on roofs) from your local home improvement

store. Set the gutter up against the seat of a lawn chair in the backyard so that the gutter slopes down to the ground. Place a garden hose at the top of the gutter and turn on the water. Kids can float leaves, dandelions, bathtub toys down the waterway. You can even set up two “tracks” side-by-side and hold a race! Or, make a lazier river by shaping aluminum foil into a gutter shape and put directly on the grass in a place where the ground slopes gently. You can use the hose to create the waterway, or let the kids pour water down your river with a cup or bucket. Sponge Balls 8. Make fun “sponge balls” from dollar store sponges. Cut two rectangular sponges lengthwise into four pieces each, then stack the strips into two layers of four pieces each. Wrap a rubber band tightly around the midpoint of the stacked sponges. “Fluff” and pull the sponge strips until you have a ball shape. To play, give kids a bowl or bucket of water to dip the sponge balls into. Wet sponge balls are great for tag, target practice, or just tossing back and forth between kids! Tiffany Doerr Guerzon is a freelance writer and the mother of three children. Read more of her writing at www.TDGuerzon.com

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A Summer Bucket List for Your Family During my adult life, I have worked toward the goal of pursuing adventure in the day-to-day. Yes, this may mean a trip overseas, but it also could mean taking a new route during my morning run, learning a new skill, reading a book of an often overlooked genre (e.g. biography, mystery, etc.), or taking a day trip to a state park. I have found that adventure awaits us everywhere we go if we are willing to pursue it. Fortunately for me, my husband views life through a similar lens, and we are attempting to create a culture of adventure in our home as we raise our daughter. Every summer, I create a comprehensive summer bucket list. It includes goals, trips, skills, books, restaurants, trails, activities, and other adventurous and fun pursuits. We place the list in a central location – on our refrigerator, usually. As we check off items on our list, we write a couple sentences about our experience in a blank journal dedicated to the summer, and we might stick a picture or two (yes, we still print out pictures!) in the pages of our summer journal. The journal is then archived on a shelf in our home. Are you searching for a way to add structure to your family’s summer? Why not create your own bucket list? There are lots of ways to create a bucket list. You can decide to make one for your entire family, or have each family member create their own (obviously, there will be some crossover on all family member’s lists). And you definitely don’t have to do it in the same way we do! There are lots of free printable templates online. The best ones I’ve found have been on Pinterest, and I typically type “Printable Summer Bucket List” in the search field to discover some beautifully designed list-style templates. One such template I found is by Lara at Overstuffed Life. Her templates can be found at: www.overstuffedlife.com. The neat thing about Lara’s templates is that you can customize and include them in an individual binder for each member of your family. For families with several children, particularly ones who are older, this style of bucket list can be very motivating and effective. If you’re like my family (we have one toddler), you will probably want to select a simple list-style, one-page summer bucket list template. I found a great one by Jennifer at Little House Studio, and a printable version can be found at: http://littlehousestudio. net/blog/2015/05/22/hip-hip-hooray-its-summer-vacay. 42

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What are some things to include on your bucket list, and how do you go about creating one? The sky is the limit! Let creativity, adventure, and excitement be your guides!

Here are a few tips and ideas: •

Own it. Have your kids take ownership of the summer bucket list. Let them assist in the decision making and direction of the list. Obviously, this would exclude pre-planned trips and mandatory activities, such as specific summer reading selections and music/sports lessons. Having your children take ownership helps assure buy-in to goals and more family excitement over fun adventures.

• Read. Write out the books you plan to read. This might include some readaloud family selections, and it might include the books your child has on his or her summer reading list. Regardless, take time to research some selections that you might not otherwise choose, or that have perhaps been recommended to you, and include them on your summer bucket list. • Learn. Learn a new or unfamiliar skill, or prompt your children to research and learn a specific skill. This might include building, planting, and growing container gardens, or it may have to do with a specific cuisine (or any cuisine at all). Perhaps you might set out to encourage your kids to be responsible for one part of a meal every day of the week. Your children might enjoy an online drawing or painting course. Get into the research part of the equation by visiting the library, searching YouTube, and talking to experts around town. Have your children commit to the process, and set specific goals for each week of the summer.

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One-Day Adventures. Write down several day trips you’d like to take as a family. State parks are great options. They often feature several activities appropriate for an array of ages, including boat tours, trails, or historical sites. Try out some tourist activity you’ve always wondered about, such as an air boat ride, or visit a new town within a couple hours’ drive.

• Eat. As a family, brainstorm specific local restaurants you’d like to try. Maybe it’s a food truck that’s been recommended to you, or maybe it’s a type of cuisine that is out of the norm for your family. Whatever the case may be, target a handful of local establishments to try out over the course of summer break. • Go. Write down any and all pre-planned trips and activities. Even though camps, vacations, and music lessons, etc. already have been planned out, it is important to chart the course and write them down. That way, as a family, you can recall what was significant about each experience. • Make. Brainstorm a few crafts to do throughout the summer, or select a day of the week and designate it as craft day. Think about involving another family in your neighborhood. Your family might choose to get started on the process of making Christmas gifts for extended family members. You may want to include specific crafts to make on your bucket list, or you might want to set out with the goal of making eight specific items by the end of the summer. •

Write (and Draw). Encourage your children to write each day, even if it’s a few sentences. Related to the concept of the bucket list, your children might want to have a designated time and space

that they create for daily reading and writing. Alternatively, you may want to encourage your children to write a chapter each week and have it culminate in a family read aloud at the end of the summer. Your child may want to create a play or theater production, which certainly would involve daily writing. If you have young children, consider purchasing a simple drawing course, such as ART START Animals. Have them tell stories through drawing by creating a picture first and then writing about it. As a family, write down memories and details about your summer adventures. • Celebrate. Pick some wacky and fun holidays to celebrate over the summer. Research some of the National Days Of … and pick your favorites. Take photos, and write about your experiences on these holidays. For example, June 7 is National Chocolate Ice Cream Day, and we will be taste testing and rating three different chocolate ice creams, and then publishing our results in our summer journal. June 24 is National Swim a Lap Day, June 29 is International Mud Day, July 1 is International Joke Day, and July 29 is National Lasagna Day – to name just a few of the many! As you create your bucket list, be sure to share it with our Facebook community. We want to see what is on your summer list. Pursue adventure, take lots of pictures, and have fun!

ANNA FUTRELL has a bachelor’s in English and Secondary Education from Wheaton College. Anna and her husband, Jim have a daughter, Windley. Anna is passionate about writing, cooking, running, and playing the piano.

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TRAVEL

By Andrea Breznay

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n the 18 months since the Obama administration lightened restrictions on United States citizen’s travel to Cuba, a record number of Americans have visited the country. Because Cuba is just 90 miles from Miami, many Neapolitans may be wondering whether a visit to Cuba should be on their travel agenda. My answer depends on the age of your children, how adventurous they are, how much they’ve traveled, and what their interests are. For the most part, I’d advise against a Cuban trip if you have children younger than about 13 or your older kids aren’t that adventurous. But for older teens and adults, Cuba is a destination I would put close to the top of travel “must see” lists. I traveled to Cuba in September 2015 under a “people-to-people” program visa. The purpose of the trip was classified as a cultural exchange and as such we were required to be engaged in “meaningful interactions between U.S. citizens and citizens of Cuba.” U.S. law required that we adhere to a schedule of activities that had been predetermined. For older teens and adults who are interested in the culture, this wide variety of activities is educational and fun. For young kids or teens who are used to constant social media or like to sleep late, this isn’t going to be the trip for them. Leave the kids at home and travel with your spouse or a friend instead. Restrictions on Cuban travel have changed since my trip and U.S. citizens are now able to travel a bit more freely although most trips still must be largely educational in nature. Despite the lifting of the restrictions, I would advise a tour because making arrangements for hotels, restaurants, and attractions is difficult without the right connections. The good news is that there are plenty to choose from and more cropping up every day. My group flew from Miami to Havana via a chartered jet. Because we were guided by our group representative, our arrival at José Marti International Airport was uneventful although exiting the airport to a huge throng of people waiting for their arriving relatives was a bit of a shock. Our little group of 20 Americans got a lot of attention as we found our way to our tour bus. Our first stop was the Hotel Nacional which is, quite simply, stunning. Built in 1930 and with a history as diverse as Cuba itself, you truly do feel like you have stepped back in time. We waited for our rooms in the hotel bar where bartenders in immaculate white uniforms make one strong mojito after another. The dark paneled room is filled with drawings and photos of the movie stars, politicians, and other luminaries who have stayed at the hotel. It’s well worth a visit even if you don’t stay at the hotel. Outside there is a lovely courtyard that leads to a view of the Malecon, the broad esplanade, roadway and seawall that stretches for five miles along the Havana coast. At almost any hour of the day or night, the Nacional courtyard is buzzing with music, conversation, activity, and visits from the peacocks who make their home on the property. My room was small but very clean and comfortable with a large window overlooking the courtyard. There was a mini bar (with real Coke instead of the extra sweet Cuban version!), a television (CNN was the only American channel), and a compact bathroom. The room never really got cool despite cranking up the air conditioning. The walls are pretty thin as I learned later that night. I had just fallen asleep to be woken up by very heavy breathing. I laid in my bed terrified, afraid to leave the bed to find out who or what was in my pitch black room. After a few minutes I finally realized that the breathing was coming from the room next door. Tip: take along a small battery-operated fan. It will cool you off and serve as white noise if your neighbor is a snorer! Each morning we would meet Connie, our American tour coorNEAPOLITANfamily • June 2016


dinator, and Neici, our Cuban tour guide, at the front of the hotel. We traveled in a comfortable, air conditioned coach with plenty of cold, bottled water. Most of our lunches were served at small, family-run paladars and usually included live music and dancing. Tour Itineraries: On our agenda over the five-day visit: • A visit to a Havana cigar factory • A tour of Finca Vigia (Hemingway’s Cuba retreat) • Lunch and a quick walk around Cojimar (the setting for Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea) • A stop at Plaza de la Revolucion • Several hours in Christopher Columbus Cemetery • A tour of The Yorruba Association Museum (dedicated to the practice of Santería) • A visit to a primary school in Old Havana • Time to wander the Used Booksellers’ Market (great place for souvenir books or posters) • A private concert with Vocal Luna, Cuba’s award winning allfemale chorale group • A lecture and discussion with a Cuban expert on the history of U.S./Cuban relations. • A tour of Old Havana • A day at Las Terrazas, a UNESCO site known for its beauty • Tours of a medical clinic and an organic community garden • A visit to Fusterlandia, the home of “The Picasso of the Carribean,” Jose Fuster • A performance by one of Cuba’s most respected dancing troupes Most of our evenings we were on our own to dine at local paladars (private restaurants usually set up in the owner’s home), enjoy music at a variety of clubs and concert venues, or simply to walk the Mallecon. The 3 youngest members of our group — two 20-something brothers on the tour with a friend — went out every night to different clubs and became our experts on the nightlife of Cuba. We quickly learned not to expect coherent answers from them until about 11:00 a.m. To their credit, they made the bus on time every morning. One of the highlights of the trip was an evening of music from the Grammary award-winning Buena Vista Social Club. Another evening, several members of the group went to the famous Tropicana and enjoyed the over-the-top, iconic show. Contradictions Cuba was definitely everything I had hoped for and then some. I felt like I was entering a time capsule of sorts, a place where time stopped in 1960. But mostly, it’s one contradiction after another: crumbling buildings that are at the same time majestic and beautiful, natural beauty NEAPOLITANfamily • June 2016

right near ugly Soviet-era buildings, and abundant food for tourists while citizens struggle on rations that consist mainly of rice and beans. There is definitely poverty but because the struggles are almost universal you don’t see marked differences between the classes. All Cubans are assured of the basics: rations of food, healthcare, and education through high school. But beyond those basics, there hasn’t been much to hope for, although that is changing as Cubans are allowed to keep income they make from small businesses. Private home ownership is on an upswing and loosened restrictions on travel mean that more money and goods are coming in from the U.S. and other western countries. The Cuban people are a big part of the contradictions I mentioned earlier. Many of the state employees we encountered were unmotivated to say the least. Because they know they are assured of a salary and their rations (about $20 per month salary no matter what the job plus basic food items like beans and rice) there is no incentive to work harder or go the extra mile. The difference between the quality of service and of the food at our state-run hotel and the private paladars where we dined was night and day. At private restaurants, the food was delicious and creative, served by attentive staff. At our hotel, finding someone to bring coffee or refill a water glass was almost impossible. The hotel food was barely edible despite being plentiful. On the other hand, we met many musicians, artists, and small business owners who were brimming with creativity and excitement. One of the most interesting Cubans I met was a young man who drove one of the vintage cars you see in so many of the photos of Cuba. Luiz lived in Sarasota, Florida, for much of his life, brought to the U.S. by his father. In his teens he returned to Cuba to live with his mother and now in his early 30s, he struggles to make a living as a driver. He leases his car from the government and is responsible for all repairs and gas. He told me that he works about four days of the week to pay for the lease. The rest is his profit. If the weather is bad or the tourists not interested, he loses money that week. At the same time, he seemed genuinely excited about the changes to his country and happy to see Americans visit. He said he hoped his father would be one of them. A special moment of our trip came on our last day in Cuba, September 11. We visited the recently opened U.S. Embassy where we proudly took group photos in front of the large American flag. It’s very likely that Cuba will be changing dramatically in the next few years and I am glad to have seen it when I did. My visit sparked an even greater interest in the country and I have been devouring books and listening to Cuban music since my visit (see below for suggestions). A visit to Cuba isn’t your typical vacation, it’s much more of a learning experience where you can be immersed in a totally different culture if you’re willing. Cuba, vuelvo! (Cuba, I’ll be back!)

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Books: Havana Nocturne by T.J. English Waiting for Snow in Havana by Carlos Eire The Old Man and the Sea by ErnestHemingway Music: Buena Vista Social Club Introducing Ruben Gonzalez A Toda Cuba Le Gusta Travel Agents: FriendlyPlanet.com (Discover Cuba tour) neafamily.com

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