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31 Outings for Father’s Day Local Memberships Worth Having Quick & Easy Campfire Meals Meet Our First MoMENtum Men
Give Your Kids a 1970s Summer
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June 2018 TABLE OF CONTENTS
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FROM THE PUBLISHER
FAMILY MOVIE PREVIEWS
COLLIER COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT UPDATE
COLLIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
THE OUTNUMBERED MOTHER
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16 Dads Just Want to Have Fun. If he is itching for an adventure this year, try one of these 31 Father’s Day outings. by Christina Katz 20 Scalloping Season. Here’s how, and when, to take your family diving to scoop up some scallops. by Karen T. Bartlett 21 Memberships Worth Having. Save a bundle with annual memberships to these local family favorites. 22 MoMENtum Men. In honor of Father’s Day, the DiSarro brothers talk about serving the community and their families. by Stacy Nicolau 40 How to Give Your Kids a 1970s Summer. Advice on creating a simpler summer for your family. by Sarah Lyons 42 Recipes for Summer Camping. Try these simple and delicious recipes on your next camping trip. by Anna Snyder
Samantha Lefebvre is a rising junior at Barron Collier High School and is the daughter of Deborah and Scott. She plays basketball for BCHS, where she is also in French Club, marching band, and chorus, and she has been a singer with Opera Naples since third grade. She loves reading and writing, and she has a passion for animals.
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THIS MONTH: Happy Father’s Day and A Trip Back to the 1970s
The 1970s were probably the greatest years ever to be a kid, back before the invention of the 24-hour news cycle and social media. My childhood summers were spent at the beach, on my bike, playing Kick the Can after dark, and riding in the “way back” of our family’s station wagon, next to the giant green Coleman cooler. Instead of having devices to entertain the four kids in my family during our epic drives that crisscrossed the country, we played 20 Questions and Mad Libs, sang Mandy and Seasons in the Sun, argued, and bugged my parents. To kick off the Summer of 2018, we are paying homage to that era, with advice on page 40 from Sarah Lyons on how to give your kids a laid-back 1970s summer (without the questionable clothing choices). Keeping things simple is Anna Snyder, offering recipes on page 42 that take much of the work out of making meals at your campsite. And if you want to actually source some of that food yourself, Karen T. Bartlett explains on page 20 how to harvest scallops as a family. In honor of Father’s Day, our MOMentum Moms feature has temporarily been renamed MoMENtum Men and appears on page 22. Stacy Nicolau talked to the DiSarro brothers about serving our community as police officers and firefighters and about their families. On page 16, you’ll find 31 fun ideas for Father’s Day outings, along with some special local events and offers for dads on page 19. Happy Father’s Day and Happy Summer!
Family Movie Previews for June dinosaurs from this extinction-level event. Owen is driven to find Blue, his lead raptor who’s still missing in the wild, and Claire has a new-found respect for these creatures she now makes her mission. Arriving on the unstable island as lava begins raining down, their expedition uncovers a conspiracy that could return our entire planet to a perilous order not seen since prehistoric times. THE INCREDIBLES 2 Rated PG for action violence In theaters 6/15 • For kids 7+
JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of science-fiction violence and peril In theaters 6/22 • For kids 12+ It’s been four years since theme park and luxury resort Jurassic World was destroyed by dinosaurs out of containment. Isla Nublar now sits abandoned by humans while the surviving dinosaurs fend for themselves in the jungles. When the island’s dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) mount a campaign to rescue the remaining
Everyone’s favorite family of superheroes is back in “Incredibles 2” but this time Helen (voice of Holly Hunter) is in the spotlight, leaving Bob (voice of Craig T. Nelson) at home with Violet (voice of Sarah Vowell) and Dash (voice of Huck Milner) to navigate the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life. It’s a tough transition for everyone, made tougher by the fact that the family is still unaware of baby Jack-Jack’s emerging superpowers. When a new villain hatches a brilliant and dangerous plot, the family and Frozone (voice of Samuel L. Jackson) must find a way to work together again. OCEANS 8 Rated PG-13 for language, drug use, and some suggestive content In theaters 6/8 • For kids 13+ Five years, eight months, 12 days ... and
counting. That’s how long Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock) has been devising the biggest heist of her life. She knows it’s going to take a team of the best in their field, starting with her partner-in-crime Lou Miller (Cate Blanchett). Together, they recruit a crew of specialists to steal a cool $150 million dollars in diamonds – diamonds that will be around the neck of world-famous actress Daphne Kluger (Anne Hathaway), who will be center stage at the event of the year, the Met Gala. The plan is rock solid, but everything will need to be flawless if the team is going to get away with the ice. All in plain sight.
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YOUR COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS
Conservancy Names Olive the Barred Owl as New Ambassador
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he Conservancy of Southwest Florida has added a barred owl to its family of animal ambassadors. Olive, an adult barred owl, was admitted to a Sarasota-area wildlife center in late 2017 before being transferred to the Conservancy for further examination. Unfortunately, Olive had sustained multiple injuries to the left wing that left her unable to fly. “Although unable to live in the wild, Olive is already becoming a star on our animal ambassador team,” said Dr. Heather Skaza Acosta, education director at the Conservancy. For more information, visit www.conservancy.org.
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Create a New SWFL Flavor To Win a Year of Free Ice Cream
oyal Scoop Homemade Ice Cream is looking for creative ideas for its next official ice cream flavor. The flavor and name should represent the beauty of Southwest Florida. Entries will be accepted between June 4 and June 20. Stop by any Royal Scoop location to enter. The winning flavor will be featured in all locations. Previous year’s winners include Bonita Beach Bum, Imperial River of Fudge, and Sticky Fingers. The top five entries will be made into ice cream at the Bonita location, where free tastings and final voting will be held June 25-July 2. The winning ice cream will be revealed on July 4. The winning creator will receive free ice cream for a year, a Scoop t-shirt, and a Star Spangled Bonita prize basket. For more information, visit www.royalscoop.com or call 239-992-2000.
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CITY CONNECTION PARKS DEPT.
By Laura Tichy-Smith
Summer Forecast: Camps and Fun! Enroll your children in Naples City Park’s exciting themed specialty camps, and mark your calendar for free special events offered by the City of Naples Community Services Department. Go Skateboarding Day Celebration Bring your kids to the Naples edition of this global event encouraging healthy, active lifestyles and community investment in philanthropic organizations. The event is free and includes skating for non-members, t-shirt for members, prizes, food, music, and fun. June 21 from 4-8 p.m. Call 239- 2133020. (1600 Fleischmann Ave., Naples) Summer Camps for Children Ages 5 to 18 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 while school is out from June to August, and include offerings in: nature and junior naturalist research; arts and crafts; theater, stage magic, dance, and performance; scientific exploration and digital media; Lego “snapology”; culinary skills; aquatics and snorkeling; and nearly any sport or outdoor recreation interest you can imagine. For a camp brochure, 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. Summer Late Night Bike Come to The Edge Skate Park at Fleishmann Park for some exciting late-night BMX action. June 28 from 8-10 p.m. Call 239213-3020. (1600 Fleischmann Ave., Naples)
Come On In, The Water’s Free! June is a great time to enjoy the free River Park Aquatic Center. Featuring fun for everyone from tiny tot to serious swimmer, 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 grown-ups will enjoy the lap swimming exercise lanes and sunbathing deck. Parents will rest assured their children are in good hands with Red Cross certified lifeguards on watchful duty. The Aquatic Center also offers a range of options for ages 3 to adult to learn how to swim, including group classes and private lessons for a fee. New classes starting in June. Pool hours are M-F, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 12-5 p.m. on weekends. Call 239-213-3040. (451 11th St. N., Naples)
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By Rose Crowe
A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
Series of Unfortunate Events is a book series for middle-school readers that tells the story of three children (Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire) who work their way expertly through, well, a series of unfortunate events! It includes a sinister villain who will stop at nothing to achieve his goals, a large variety of complex characters, and an imaginary world that seems quite a bit like our own, except stranger. The author, Daniel Handler (who writes the books under the pen name Lemony Snicket), uses clever language and comes up with unique ideas and situations to place the characters in. The characters are relatable – Violet Baudelaire is a spectacular inventor, Klaus Baudelaire is an expert researcher, and Sunny Baudelaire has remarkably sharp teeth (which I know may seem strange, but I don’t want to spoil anything). This book series has been turned into a movie and a Netflix TV show. My favorite character is Violet because she can work her way really well through just about any situation. She can invent something out of just about anything, and she is very resourceful. I like some of the other characters in the series, too – and there are a lot of characters! In each book,
the author introduces characters who have very interesting but still realistic personalities.
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This book series also teaches people to always stick together through tough situations, how to work better as a team, and how you can accomplish your goals if you work hard enough. The Baudelaires are very determined, and they know how to take care of themselves well. It can be difficult to make decisions, but A Series of Unfortunate Events teaches people how to make good decisions. It also teaches people that working as a team is important in many situations. If I had to criticize this book series, I would say that some of the books/parts of the books can be a bit boring. At some parts, nothing particularly interesting happens for a little while, but you still need to read every part of the book in order to understand what happens later on. For some parts that I knew didn’t having anything particularly important, I just skimmed until the book got interesting again. This book would most likely appeal to readers aged 10 years and up who love fantasy and mystery stories. I wouldn’t recommend it to younger children or older children/teenagers who like happier stories (even though the book series is incredible, it is called A Series of Unfortunate Events). I give this book series five stars!
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COLLIER COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
By Superintendent Dr. Kamela Patton and Sheriff Kevin Rambosk
Our School Doors are Locked for Safety
heriff Rambosk and I, along with our leadership teams, have met extensively since the tragic Parkland school shooting to review our security plans. This is in addition to the long-standing partnership between Collier County Public Schools (CCPS) and Collier County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) that has kept our schools safe for over 41 years. Much of what we have discussed, including tactics, safety equipment, and strategies, cannot be discussed in public due to the sensitivity of the information. What we can tell you is that proper security is not built around one technique. It is built around providing layers of protection. We have concluded that an additional security enhancement should be put in place to further ensure the safety of our students, staff, and guests at our schools. If you visit a public school in Collier County, you will soon notice our front doors will be locked as another layer of security. This enhancement will be phased in and put in place at all schools before the start of the 2018-2019 school year. Each school will receive a new access control device (see photo below) prior to the office door being locked. In addition to CCPS communicating to parents/guardians, volunteers, and community members as each new system is installed, schools will begin to notify staff, parents, volunteers, and community members prior to their respective school’s implementation. This is an enhancement to the existing visitor screening procedures currently in place. Guests arriving on
campus will need to request access using the access control device with a video monitor next to the front door. When the front office staff acknowledges a visitor is at the door, the guest will be asked for their name and the reason for their visit, which may include their child’s name. All visitors will be asked to display photo identification to the camera. Once approved and granted access inside the school, our guests will again present photo identification and then receive a visitor’s pass using the existing visitor screening system. We will be producing videos to demonstrate and to further explain the new entry procedures. Again, our goal is to have this enhanced security system at all schools by the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year. School principals will notify you in advance of implementation. Guests should plan to arrive at our schools earlier to help expedite their visit. Prioritizing student and staff safety is a commitment we all share. Together we are committed to continuing to maintain our school safety and security best practices, but to always review and improve our abilities and our resources to protect our children and our community. We also recognize and appreciate the community’s role in helping keep our kids safe. Please check what your students are bringing to school in their backpacks and monitor student communications and social media accounts (for example: Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook). If you or your child see or hear anything suspicious, you can report it to your principal, administrator, or go to the CCPS’s “Keep Collier Safe” web page and click the “Report It” button. That tip will go directly to law enforcement. You can also take your tip directly to law enforcement by visiting our onsite Youth Relations Bureau deputy or report it over the phone to the Sheriff’s Office at 239252-9300. And in an emergency, dial 9-1-1. School safety remains a top priority. We continue to look at all options to keep our schools as safe as possible. Thank you for putting your child and trust in CCPS. Thank you for putting your trust in the CCSO as well as all of our local law enforcement partners.
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COLLIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
By Kristine Gill
Summer Fun for Your Family
t’s summer, and that means your kids have tons of free time on their hands. Luckily, the Collier County Sheriff’s Office has a way to keep kids safe and occupied until school resumes. Below you’ll find our summer offerings for everything from day camps to open gym hours. And don’t forget our weekly evening Hot Summer Nights events. These family-friendly events offer free entertainment throughout June and July. Here’s a sampling of what we offer: Build-A-Boat. Kids will learn the basics of boat construction as they spend five days alongside our deputies constructing their own boats in teams. They’ll even get to launch them for a maiden voyage. Open Gyms. Looking for a game of pick-up basketball? Your little athletes will get to play with their peers fully supervised in our school gyms over the summer during scheduled hours. Hours vary by school, so be sure to check for the full schedule. Youth on the Rise. This program is geared toward at-risk youth who will enjoy a full curriculum of activities including field trips during a week-long program in June. Hot Summer Nights. Free weekly events for the whole family. Take pictures with McGruff the Crime Dog, scale our rock wall, and enjoy free food. The kids will love spending time meeting our deputies.
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Teen Driver Challenge. It can be scary letting your kids out on the road with their driving permits. This two-day course is led by a law enforcement trainer and aims at reducing the risk of your child getting involved in a crash. Each driver will receive a certificate upon completion that some insurance companies recognize for a discount. Just make sure to read all the requirements online to see if your child qualifies. Our full list of programs is available on our website. Visit www.colliersheriff.org/we-can-help/youth-relations-bureau/ccsosummerfest/summerfest-events for details. Or call our Youth Relations Bureau at 239-252-0144 to register your child.
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By Christina Katz
Dads Just Want To Have Fun 31 Unforgettable Father’s Day Outings
Before you start preparing that traditional breakfast in bed for dad on Father’s Day, consider some of these outings first, especially if dad is itching for an adventure this year. And don’t forget to snap photos of everyone enjoying dad’s special day because this is going to be his best Father’s Day yet. 1. High Score Dad. Whether dad likes vintage video games like Pac-Man and Space Invaders or prefers a few rounds of Skee-Ball and pinball, a trip to the arcade is a sure-fire way to light up the day. 2. Soaring Dad. Remember the song, “Let’s Go Fly A Kite” from the Disney film Mary Poppins? If you don’t have a kite tucked away in your garage, stop at the store on your way to the best kiteflying park in town. 3. Slip And Slide Dad. You’ve got a whole day of splashinggood fun ahead of you at the nearest water park. Arrive early to beat the long lines. 4. Root, Root, Rooting Dad. Take dad out to the ball game, take him out with the crowd. Buy him some peanuts and Cracker Jacks, and he will smile all day while he cheers for the home team. 5. Biscuits & Gravy Dad. Let’s face it, one of the best places to go on Father’s Day is out to brunch. Hit dad’s favorite greasy spoon or surprise dad with a new-to-him restaurant you think he’ll love. Reservations are a good idea. 6. Angler Dad. If dad loves fishing, don’t try to worm your way out of it. Dig him up some worms on Saturday or buy some at your local pet store. Then haul out or borrow the gear, and off you all go! 7. Tomahawking Dad. Some dads love nothing more than a nice long game of Frisbee. So surprise him with a new disc to add to his collection and then head to the nearest Frisbee golf course. Check online for the location closest to you. 16
8. History Buff Dad. Is a historic destination or re-enactment event within driving distance? If so, pile everyone in the car and travel back in time together. 9. River Rat Dad. Some dads are just water-lovers. If your dad is one of them, he’ll probably love of a day of kayaking, rafting, or tubing. 10. Lip-smacking Dad. Barbecues are great, but today is dad’s special day and he’d probably like to be waited on rather than cook. So what’s it going to be: steak, BBQ, pasta? Go ahead and indulge dad with a fancy dinner on his special day. 11. Breaking Away Dad. You don’t have to own enough bikes for everyone in the whole family. You can always rent bikes for the day or borrow bikes from your neighbors for a nice long ride together. 12. Putting Dad. For some dads, there is no greater joy than sharing a love of golf. If the kids are young, mini-golf is a great option. When they get older, try the driving range and then, eventually, the whole 18 holes. 13. Paint-splattered Dad. For dads with tweens and teens, an afternoon at the paintball park can be thrilling, not to mention colorful. Just remember to wear the safety gear. 14. Sunscreen Dad. Even if dad doesn’t surf or paddle board, he may still long for a relaxing day at the beach. Dads and water do mix! 15. Education-junkie Dad. Have you noticed the proliferation of local classes in your community? Why not sign the whole family up for a class you can take together? Search for “family learning” + your location and see what sounds intriguing. 16. Cowboy Dad. If your dad loves the movie City Slickers, maybe it’s time for that family trail ride. Wear jeans and sturdy shoes and get ready to sweet talk your ride. NEAPOLITANfamily • June 2018
17. Bouncing Dad. Even though he might not be prepared to do flips, dad might be up for an afternoon at the local trampoline park. Jumping is fun and relaxing. Call ahead to discover the leastcrowded times. 18. Everybody Now Dad. Outdoor concert opportunities abound in the summertime! Grab tickets ahead to attend a traditional concert. Be sure to choose a singer or group that will get dad grooving. 19. Stomping Dad. Looking for a last-minute adventure for Father’s Day that won’t break the bank? Hiking is perfect. Do a morning hike to beat the heat or take more time preparing for an all-day excursion. Whichever dad prefers. 20. Puddle of Dad. Do you have a day spa or a local massage center near home? If so, sign dad up for some treatments. 21. Top Down Dad. How convenient, vintage car shows often fall on Father’s Day. If dad is a car buff, plan a day trip to a show in your region. Wash dad’s car before you go. 22. Helping Hands Dad. If dad loves to volunteer, why not pitch in as a family on Father’s Day? Charities often need more support during the non-holiday months. Contact your favorite for ways your family can contribute. 23. Roadrunner Dad. Lace up those sneakers and get ready to pound some pavement with dad. Families who run together can work their way up from short to long races over the years. 24. Strike-loving Dad. Of course, dad doesn’t need to use the bumpers, but younger kids can. This means even young children can enjoy an afternoon or evening of bowling with dad. 25. Browsing Dad. If dad is the thoughtful type, his idea of the perfect adventure might be a literary roam through the stacks of your largest local bookstore. Give him a gift card and let him browse, while everyone else hangs out in their favorite section.
SWFL Outings for Dads 26. Outdoor Dad. Hanging out at Bass Pro Shop at Gulf Coast Town Center is the ultimate in low-budget entertainment for anyone who loves the outdoors. In addition to visiting the massive aquariums stocked with fish, you can learn how to tie a fly, go cast netting, test kayaks and boats at the on-site lake, and take an outdoor skills class, all for free. www.basspro.com 27. Jeep-loving Dad. Take an Orange Jeep Tour in Ave Maria and glimpse rare animal species, discover local history and folklore, and have fun while enjoying a 90minute narrated Jeep tour. www.orangejeeptours.com 28. Deep Sea Dad. Get off of the shoreline and head out into the Gulf to track down the big fish. In SWFL, we are spoiled for choice when it comes to fishing boat charter companies. 29. Jet Set Dad. While not inexpensive, renting jet skis is a exhilarating way to explore the Gulf, with or without the kids. 30. Speed Demon Dad. Dad can satisfy his need for speed at one of a number of air boat tour providers in the area. A great outing for the entire family. 31. Beer Dad. There are 17 breweries in Collier, Lee, and Charlotte Counties. Many are family friendly, but it’s a good idea to call ahead to see if the kids should stay home. Also check whether food is offered, either by the brewery or food trucks.
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Father’s Day Events & Deals in SWFL Father’s Day at the Conservancy, June 14-16 The Conservancy of Southwest Florida 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples conservancy.org • 239-262-0304 Free admission for Dad when accompanied by another paid adult and child. Closed Sunday.
Father’s Day Weekend at the Naples Zoo, June 15-17 1590 Goodlette-Frank Rd. Naples napleszoo.org • 239-262-5409 Dads get in free along with a paid child or adult ticket. Enjoy cruising through islands of monkeys, seeing the new cheetahs, feeding the giraffes, and more.
Father’s Day Fishing in the Botanical Garden, June 16-17 Naples Botanical Garden 4820 Bayshore Dr., Naples naplesgarden.org • 239-433-7275 Fishing takes place all weekend, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bring your own fishing gear. Fathers and grandfathers receive free admission on June 17.
Father/Son/Grandson Look-a-Like Contest, June 16 Miromar Outlets, Estero miromaroutlets.com • 239-948-3766 How much do you look like your dad? Fathers, sons, and grandsons compete together for prizes.
Father’s Day Storytime, June 16 Barnes & Noble 5377 Tamiami Tr. N., Naples barnesandnoble.com • 239-598-5200 Enjoy a special story about fathers and an activity.
Free Cruise for Dads with Pure Florida, June 16-18 1200 Fifth Ave. S., Naples purefl.com • 239-263-4949 Pure Florida’s Naples and Fort Myers locations will celebrate Father’s Day weekend by offering dads free cruises aboard all sightseeing, river, and sunset cruises when accompanied by full paid adult or child admission.
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Scalloping Season: Mother Nature’s Own Pac-Man Game
t’s mid July, the second week of scalloping season on the Steinhatchee River, in what locals claim is the scalloping capital of the world. It’s my first time, and I’m psyched. On good advice, I skipped the first week, when an astounding 200 boats per hour queue up at the local marina to claim the first harvest. Our professional guide holds the license and provides everything we need: masks, snorkels and flippers, long-handled nets, buckets, and water. We brought our own snacks. Our fiberglass flatboat idles along over a sandbar in the clear water of Deadman Bay. “See that?” Our guide points. “No,” I’m thinking, “not really.” I’m looking for those bright yellow and orange creatures that played percussion in The Little Mermaid. I’m still squinting into the swaying eelgrass when our guide posts his Diver Down flag, pulls on his fins, spits into his snorkel mask, and disappears over the side. Seconds later he surfaces, waving his net containing half a dozen sand-brown scallops. We’re in! One breast stroke to the bottom, and I come eyeball to-eyeball (actually, a gazillion electric blue eyeballs) staring at me from a big fat, barely opened scallop shell. I reach out gingerly and pick it up. While I’m thinking, “wow, this is easy,” whoosh – it propels itself backward out of my hand like a Pac-Man on steroids. If I’ve made a spectacle of myself with my frantic retreat, the guide kindly pretends not to notice.
“You have to scoop ‘em up,” he instructs, deftly slipping the rim of his dip-net under an unsuspecting wide-open scallop and flipping it in like a pancake. The creature snaps closed and lands on the pile at the net’s bottom. So easy, a four-year-old can do it! I’m lazily floating along, marveling at starfish and purple-spotted pinfish, scoring a scallop every couple of minutes. I lower the net to flick in an especially pretty pale yellow one, and suddenly, three jet-propelled scallops rocket up from the bottom of my net and plop back into the murky grass, leaving nothing but a trail of bubbles. This time I laugh out loud and swallow a big mouthful of salt water. There’s sport in this after all! Though it could technically take as little as an hour to harvest the legal limit of two gallons per person in the shells – or one pint shucked – daytrippers stretch out the snorkeling experience all day, with a picnic lunch and plenty of sunscreen. Most people plan to eat their catch, as we did the first time. You can have them shucked on site and many local restaurants will cook them for you. Nowadays, for me, the fun is snorkeling around the eelgrass beds, playing nature’s own Pac-Man game with those crafty little blue-eyed guys, and sending them back for another day. Tips for scallopers • Bay scallop beds can be found from Tarpon Springs to Port St. Joe in Florida’s panhandle. The season is different for each county. The faithful will scallop every weekend till season’s end. • The Steinhatchee area (Taylor and Dixie Counties) and Crystal River (Citrus County) currently have the largest scallop populations. Their 2018 season is July 1-September 24. • Per-person scalloping charters start around $75 with group rates from about $350 to $500 (up to 8 people). Ask if you need to bring your own snorkel equipment. • If you go on your own you’ll need a license. • You don’t actually need a boat for great scalloping. At Hagan’s Cove, 14 miles north of Steinhatchee, for example, you can wade right into the marsh. It’s also a favorite put-in place for kayaks and there are nice picnic pavilions. • Avoid the crowds and go mid-week, and book your accommodations as soon as you’ve finished reading this article! • Everything else you need to know is here: myfwc.com/fishing/ saltwater/recreational/bay-scallops.
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8 Memberships Worth Having Taking your family anywhere seems to cost a fortune. With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of the best eight annual memberships worth having in Naples. For less than the cost of dinner and a movie (with popcorn, of course) for your brood, your entire family can have access year-round to the top family destinations in Southwest Florida. The Conservancy of Southwest Florida 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples 239-262-0304 • conservancy.org Basic Family Membership: $65 Includes: free admission for two adults and four children (under 18); discounts at 147 nature centers across the country; 10% discount in Nature Store; membersonly kayak rentals. Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center 300 Tower Rd., Naples 239-530-5940 • rookerybay.org Family Membership: $95 Includes: two adults and member’s children; 10% off programs and gift shop; discounts to nature shops; free admission to Environment Learning Center. Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples (C’mon) 15050 Livingston Rd., Naples 239-514-0084 • cmon.org Family Membership: $135 Includes: two adults and up to six dependent children within the household under the age of 18 to visit the museum for free.
Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens 1590 Goodlette-Frank Rd., Naples 239-262-5409 • napleszoo.org Family Membership: $99 Includes: free admission during regular hours; 20% discount on most items in the zoo gift shop; preview new exhibits before the general public; $4 off adult guests and $2 off child guests when they visit with a member. Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary 375 Sanctuary Rd., Naples 239-348-9151 • corkscrew.audubon.org Several levels of membership, including the Kite for $100. Includes: free admission for two adults and all children under 18. NEAPOLITANfamily • June 2018
Naples Botanical Garden 4820 Bayshore Drive, Naples 239-643-7275 • naplesgarden.org Family Membership: $110 Includes: two adults and member’s children/ grandchildren under age of 18; free year-round general admission; free admission for dogs on designated days; free or discounted admission to special events/exhibitions. Sun-n-Fun Lagoon 15000 Livingston Rd., Naples 239-252-4021 • napleswaterpark.com Family membership: $195 (Collier County Resident) Includes: free admission for two parents and all children. Everglades Wonder Gardens 27180 Old 41 Rd., Bonita Springs 239-992-2591 • evergladeswondergardens.com Family Membership: $100 Includes: free admission to the botanical jungle with bird and reptile exhibits; 20% off discount in gift shop.
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Rogers, who was also my Youth Relations Deputy at Naples High n honor of Father’s Day, we are honoring a family of MoMENSchool. I saw the positive influence he had, not only with the guys tum Men: the DiSarro brothers. Chances are if you call 911, on the team but also with the student body in general. There was someone in the DiSarro family is going to show up to help. an approachability that encouraged communication but also the These four brothers (and two of their partners) are keeping the respect as a law enforcement officer. family tradition to rescue, serve, and protect the citizens of Collier What is the hardest part about your job? The odd hours and County, while putting their families first every day. stress are the two biggest factors I faced during my career. Fortunately, Inspired by their uncle, Dennis DiSarro, a former Collier my wife is also a deputy sheriff and County paramedic firefighter, understands the demands and the brothers Bill and Brian became issues better than anyone. firefighters and brothers Adam What is the best part about and Anthony became deputies your job? Feeling like you made a for the Collier County Sheriff’s difference regardless of how small Office. Anthony’s wife is a deputy is the best part. During a shift, a sheriff and Adam is engaged to work week, a career – you get a lot Firefighter Paramedic Jodi Van of opportunities to feel like you Sickle. According to Adam, the made a difference, so you take each brothers agree that their comcall and you aim for that result. mitment to community service What does your family like stems from the values that their to do together? We have four mother (retired certified nurschildren so we are always on the ing assistant) and father (retired The DiSarro Family: (L-R) Anthony, Bill, Tony (father), Cathy (mother), go. We still do family dinners at general contractor) ingrained in Adam, and Brian. home together. No TV, no cell them while they were growing up. phones at the table, and we talk about the details of our day. The three younger brothers (Adam, Brian, and Anthony), were Typical weeknight for your family? We are all typically in born and raised in Naples and graduated from Naples High School. or around the kitchen while dinner is being made – my wife and Older brother Bill (fire inspector, Bonita Springs Fire Control and I sharing red wine, the kids working on homework, talking about Rescue) was born in Staten Island, and while he does not have children, school, and all of us just sharing whatever comes to mind. he enjoys taking all of his nephews and nieces fishing and boating. How has your profession made you a better parent and partner? Two decades of police work will teach you patience and Anthony DiSarro, age 42 how to communicate through any situation no matter how bad it Retired CCSO: Patrol, SWAT, and Investigations (22 years) is. We may be strict parents but we are also very compassionate Four children ages 10, 13, 16, and 17 and our children know they can always talk to us about anything. Current Owner of POEX Fitness Naples As partners we both know the dangers that exist in our profession What inspired you to work in law enforcement? I was and we never miss the opportunity to say “I love you” to each other. inspired to be a deputy by my high school baseball coach, Dan
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We text through the day to check in on each other and use each other to vent the frustrations of the day. Best parenting advice? Lead by example and be forever young. We all watched our dad work hard, treat people fairly and honestly, and provide for us, and he was the example we followed on how to handle life. I always think: “How would Dad handle this?” My mom always loved the Rod Stewart song Forever Young and it’s now my goal: Keep that young, youthful energy in everything I do. Brian DiSarro, age 33, CCSO Deputy/911 Dispatcher One child, age 6 What inspired you to work in law enforcement? My older brother Anthony first sparked my interest into law enforcement, but my real drive to follow through came from my son. He is my driving force to become something better and someone that he could look up to. What is the hardest part about your job? Working on a night shift makes it extremely hard to be a part of day-time or after school activities. Also working on holidays, when being around family is most important. The up and down stressors of the job can be a heavy burden. It can be difficult at times to leave work at work. What is the best part about your job? Every day is different. Some days it’s the same people with a different problem, the same problems but different people, or something that has never been seen before! The most gratifying part is a simple “Thank you” from someone I just helped, whether it’s finding a lost dog, or saving the life of a loved one. Each “thank you” reinforces the desire to do this job day in and day out.
Adam DiSarro, age 38, Captain, North Collier Fire Rescue Owner, DiSarro Building and Remodeling Three children ages 8, 9, and 14 What inspired you to become a firefighter? To find a career that was family oriented – something positive that could be seen as a role model for my kids. What is the hardest part about your job? The hardest part is the schedule. Firefighters work 24 hours on and 48 hours off so it can be challenging at times. What is the best part about your job? The camaraderie. The feeling you get when you know you just made a positive impact on someone’s day or even their life. What is a typical weeknight like for your family? Between my fiance and I, we have three kids. It’s homework, then to baseball practice or dance class or gymnastics, and then dinner. We try to squeeze a few minutes in to relax together before bedtime. How has your profession made you a better parent and partner? This profession has made me a better person/parent all around. Unfortunately, sometimes we get to see firsthand how so many other people live with struggles. It reminds me to stay humble and never take anything for granted. Best parenting advice? My father, Tony DiSarro, said, “Everything in moderation.” He taught us to always have a balance between work, friends, and family.
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5:00 p.m. Open H o u s e . Montessori Academy of Naples. Tour our facility and meet our teachers. Montessori Academy, 2659 Professional Cr., Naples. Call 239-597-2255 or check naplesmontessori. org.
1:30 p.m. Scoops and Hoops. Join the Naples Police Department in a friendly neighborhood basketball game and free Rita’s Italian Ice. River Park Community Center, 301 11th St. N., Naples. Call 239-213-3037 or check www.naplesgov.com.
2:00 p.m. MidWeek Boredom Busters. Drop in to build, make, or play. Some projects may need adult assistance. Dress for mess. South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy., Estero. Call 239479-4636 or check collierlibrary.org.
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3:00 p.m. Rocks Tell All. A real archeologist will teach you some of the ways archaeologists use rocks to learn about people in the past. Ages 6-10. Registration required. Estates Branch Library, 1266 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples. Call 239-455-8088 or check collierlibrary.org.
2:00 p.m. Opioid Grief Support Group for Children and F a m i l i e s . Valerie’s House offers a support group for children and families who have lost a family member to the opioid crisis. Valerie’s House, 1762 Fowler St., Fort Myers. Call 239-841-9186.
Call for times. Summer Reading KickOff Party. Kick-off your summer reading with our family-friendly celebration today at: Naples Regional, Golden Gate, Estates Branch, Immokalee Branch, and Headquarters Libraries. Check www. collierlibrary.org.
8:00 a.m. Farmer’s Market and Native Plant Sale. Local fresh produce, seafood, honey, arts and crafts, native plants and trees, and more. $1 per vehicle. Koreshan State Park, 3800 Corkscrew Rd., Estero. Call 239-992-0311 or check www.floridastateparks.org.
6:00 p.m. Hot Summer Nights. Free family fun night. Human foosball, rock wall, police car bounce house, Wii games on a large blow up screen, music, dancing, and karaoke. Free food. Corkscrew Middle School, 1065 County Road 858, Naples. Check www. colliersheriff.org
5:00 p.m. Summer Reading Kick-Off. Kick-off your summer reading with our family-friendly celebration. Enjoy checking out books, games, crafts, special guests, and snacks. East Naples Library, 8787 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples. Call 239-775-5592 or check collierlibrary.org.
9:00 a.m. Father’s Day Weekend at the Zoo. June 15-17. Dads get in free along with a paid child (or adult) ticket. See the new cheetahs, cruise through islands of monkeys, feed the giraffes, and more. Call 239-262-5409 or check napleszoo.org.
9:30 a.m. Father’s Day at the Conservancy. June 14-16. Free admission for Dad when accompanied by another paid adult and child. Conservancy of SWFL, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples. Call 239-262-0304 or check www.conservancy. org.
1:00 p.m. Hand On Herpetology. Frogs, snakes, and salamanders, oh my. See and touch some of Florida’s reptiles and amphibians. Grades 1-5. Registration required. Marco Island Branch Library, 210 S. Heathwood Dr., Marco Island. Call 239-394-3272 or check collierlibrary.org.
6:00 p.m. Friday Night Food Truck. The trucks change every week. Live entertainment and family fun. Southern Fresh Farms, 8500 Penzance Blvd., Fort Myers. Check www.southernfresh.farm.
9:30 a.m. Family Fun Day: World Oceans Day. Learn about our outstanding ocean habitats. Come see our Patch Reef aquarium and the amazing animals living inside. Conservancy of SWFL, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples. Call 239-262-0304 or check conservancy.org. 8
12:00 p.m. Kidzact Youth Auditions for Summer Shows 2018. Ages 14-18. Audition for Chicago. Sugden Community Theatre, 701 Fifth Ave. S., Naples. Call 239-434-7340, ext. 125, or check naplesplayers.org.
7:30 p.m. The Naples Players present Chicago. Set in the roaring twenties, with its universal tale of fame, fortune, and “All That Jazz”. Sugden Community Theatre, 701 Fifth Ave. S., Naples. Call 239-263-7990 or check naplesplayers.org.
5:30 p.m. Free Kids Protection Workshop. Free indoor play for the kids and pizza for all. Chipmunk Indoor Party, 9128 Bonita Beach Rd. SE, Bonita Springs. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot.
5:30 p.m. Annie. Summer special: children 18 and under are $20 for tickets for the buffet and the show. Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, 1380 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers. Call 239-278-4422 or check www.BroadwayPalm. com.
6:00 p.m. Parents’ Night Out. Children participate in a fun evening that is safe and supervised. Games and activities. Ages 4-17. Eagle Lakes Community Park, 11565 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples. Call 239252-4414 or visit colliergov. net.
6:00 p.m. Bark in the Park & Halloween in June. Bring your pups to the ballpark to catch the Miracle baseball game with you. There is no charge for your furry friend. Hammond Stadium, 14400 Six Mile Cypress Pkwy., Fort Myers. Call 239-768-4210.
6:30 p.m. YMCA Daddy Daughter Dance. This special event offers a fun night of music, dancing, snacks, and refreshments. Greater Naples YMCA, 5450 YMCA Rd., Naples. Call 239-597-3148 or check www.ymcapalms. org.
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5:00 p.m. Sensory Night. For kids on the autism spectrum and/or with other sensory disorders. Lights and sound are muted. Cool down spaces are provided. Limited participation. Registration is required. C’mon, 15080 Livingston Rd., Naples. Call 239-514-0084 or check www.cmon.org. 26
6:00 p.m. Art After Hours. Free admission to The Baker Museum the last Wednesday of each month. Live music. Audiences of all ages are welcome to view the galleries and learn from our docents. Artis-Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., Naples. Call 239-597-1111 or check artisnaples.org.
6:30 p.m. Spiro Battleship. Create lifesize battleship game boards with your team. Then program your team’s Spiro minis to sink your opponent’s ships. Ages 6-11. Registration required. Naples Regional Library, 650 Central Ave., Naples. Call 239-262-6853 or check collierlibrary.org . 20
10:00 a.m. Free K i d s M o v i e . This week (Tuesday-Thursday), How to Train Your Dragon. First come, first seated. Paragon Pavilion Theaters, 833 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., Naples. Call 239-596-0008 or check www.paragontheaters.com.
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11:00 a.m. Escape Room: Aliens Are Trying To Talk To Us. A mysterious box has been left at the Immokalee Library by a group of aliens. They have left clues behind for you to solve. Immokalee Branch Library, 417 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239-657-2882 or check collierlibrary.org. 18
10:00 a.m. Father’s Day Fishing. Fishing takes place all weekend, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Bring your own fishing gear. Dads and granddads receive free admission on June 17. Naples Botanical Garden, 4820 Bayshore Dr., Naples. Call 239-433-7275 or check naplesgarden.org.
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6:30 a.m. Fitness Camp. A 60-minute fitness class offered by a certified fitness professional and designed specifically for women. Every Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at the WINK Playland. Located at Miromar Outlets, 10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero. Call 239-9483766 or check www.miromaroutlets.com. 9:00 a.m. Find it Fridays. Kids enjoy a scavenger hunt all day. Ask for more details at the ticket counter. Located at Everglades Wonder Gardens, 27180 Old 41 Rd., Bonita Springs. Call 239-992-2591 or check www.evergladeswondergardens.com. 10:00 a.m. Drop-In Baby Fitness Mommy and Me. Instill healthy habits for life in your toddler by attending every Friday. $5 per child. Located at Fleischmann Park, 1600 Fleischmann Dr., Naples. Call 239-213-3020 for additional information. 5:00 p.m. First Friday’s Art for Art Lovers. Gourmet food, fine wine, and art demonstrations. Located at the Shop of Olde Marco, 258 Royal Palm Dr., Marco Island. Call 239-394-2787. 5:30 p.m. Mommy/Daddy & Me Painting Afternoon. First Friday of the month. Parent and child will paint their own canvas. Every month a different theme. Usually super cute animals. All materials included. Located at Fleischmann Park, 1600 Fleischmann Dr., Naples. Call 239-213-3020 for additional information. 6:00 p.m. Friday Night Food Truck. The trucks
change every week. Live entertainment and family fun. Located at Southern Fresh Farms, 8500 Penzance Blvd., Fort Myers. Check www.southernfresh.farm.
2 SATURDAY Call for times. Seussical. Select dates through June 22. $19 for kids of all ages includes lunch and show. Located at Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, 1380 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers. Call 239-278-4422 or check www.BroadwayPalm.com for additional information. 7:30 a.m. Third Street South Farmer’s Market. Sample locally grown fruits and vegetables and your favorite prepared foods. Located in the parking lot behind Tommy Bahama and along 13th Ave. S. Call 239-434-6533 or check www.napleschamber.org. 8:00 a.m. Farmer’s Market. Every Saturday. Fresh fruits and vegetables, seafood, honey, prepared foods, wears, specialty foods, and more. Located at Shoppes at Vanderbilt, 2355 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., Naples. Call 239-273-2350 for additional information. 10:30 a.m. WONDER in the Garden. Imagine, create, and explore throughout the Children’s Garden with lessons and activities about a monthly theme. No registration required. Included with regular admission. Located at Naples Botanical Garden, 4820 Bayshore Drive, Naples. Call 239-643-7275 or check www. naplesgarden.org for additional information. 11:00 a.m. Storytime and Activities Featuring Oh, the Places You’ll Go. Activities to follow. Located at
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Barnes & Noble, 5377 Tamiami Tr. N., Naples. Call 239-597-2040 or check bn.com. 11:00 a.m. Naples Pride Festival at Cambier Park. There will be music, entertainment, stage performers, food, drinks and related vendors. Located at Cambier Park, 755 8th Ave. S., Naples. Check www.naplespride.org. 12:00 p.m. Kidzact Youth Auditions for Summer Shows 2018. Ages 14-18. Audition for Chicago. Located at Sugden Community Theatre, 701 Fifth Ave. S., Naples. Call 239-434-7340, ext. 125, or check naplesplayers.org. 4:00 p.m. Improv Cafe. Bring your family out to “Little Shop of Improv”, the first Saturday of every month. Located at Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs, 10150 Bonita Beach Rd., Bonita Springs. Call 239-495-8989 or check artcenterbonita.org.
4 MONDAY 3:00 p.m. Summer Reading Kickoff Party. Enjoy live music while you sign up for the summer reading program, along with balloon twisting, face painting, and activities for the whole family. Located at Naples Regional Library, 650 Central Ave., Naples. Call 239-262-6853 or check collierlibrary.org. 4:00 p.m. Summer Reading Kick-Off Party. Join us for balloon animals, face painting, refreshments, and other fun. While you’re here, pick up information about summer reading. All ages. Located at Estates Branch Library, 1266 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples. Call 239-455-8088 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information. 4:00 p.m. Summer Reading Kick Off Party. There will be music, games, and snacks. Entering grades K-12. Located at Immokalee Branch Library, 417 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239-657-2882 or check collierlibrary.org. 5:00 p.m. Summer Reading Kick-Off Party. School’s out and summer is here. Let’s celebrate and get information about our new, fun, and easy summer reading program. Enjoy an evening of activities, crafts, and snacks. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check collierlibrary.org. 6:00 p.m. Art Classes for Kids. Learn and explore art in a fun environment, applying different methods and media. Fun projects with acrylic on canvas, watercolor, collages, STEAM projects, and more. Located at Fleischmann Park, 1600 Fleischmann Dr., Naples. Call 239-213-3020 or check muralistica.com.
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5 TUESDAY 1:30 p.m. Naples Police Department Scoops and Hoops. The Naples Police Department will be hosting a friendly neighborhood basketball game at the River Park basketball court. Come for basketball and stay for some free Rita’s Italian Ice. Located at River Park Community Center, 301 11th St. N., Naples. Call 239-2133037 or check www.naplesgov.com for additional information. 2:00 p.m. Tuesdays at the Movies. Beat the heat at the library this summer. Come to the library and enjoy the cool with a snack. All movies will be rated G or PG. All ages. Located at Marco Island Branch Library, 210 S. Heathwood Dr., Marco Island. Call 239-394-3272 or check collierlibrary.org. 3:00 p.m. Summer Reading Kick-Off Party. Enjoy an afternoon of activities, music, snacks, and festivities. All ages. Located at Vanderbilt Beach Library, 788 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., Naples. Call 239-597-8444 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information.
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Always something new and fun for budding artists, actors, chefs and dancers. Age specific classes of 15 students or less offer students individual attention while they explore the exciting, learning adventures available in the arts. Creative classes engage students in activities that use abstract and tactile problem solving skills while having fun. Opportunities for ages 4-18 include painting, cooking, sewing, dance, theater, music, and more. New camps for Summer 2018 include 3D Design & Printing, S.T.E.A.M., Singing Intensive, Music Camp and Ship Wrecked. Generous discounts and scholarships are available to ensure art, music, theater and dance are affordable for all.
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Featuring guest from the comic book, film & book industry; vendors, game demos, drop in gaming, game tournaments, & cosplay guests, photo & autograph ops, panels, costume contests & more. www.swflspacecon.com
Father/Son & Father/Son/Grandson Look-alike Contest Miromar Outlets, Estero Saturday, June 16 • 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
Junior Ranger Program: Critters in the Park!
Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Road, Estero Saturday, June 16 • 10 a.m.
Join a park ranger to discover the exciting world of critters. We will explore the Nature Trail with a Ranger and discover plants, animals, and other secrets of the park! For kids 6-12. Parental presence required. 239-463-4588
Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, 1380 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers June 28 - August 11
The classic musical about everyone’s favorite orphan and her dog Sandy will capture the hearts of audience members of all ages. 239-278-4422
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3:30 p.m. Kindness Club. Join us at the library to create kindness in our community. Kids can participate in fun activities designed to encourage kindness and help make the world a better place. For grades 2 - 6. Dress for mess. Located at South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy., Estero. Call 239-479-4636 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information. 3:30 p.m. Meals of Hope Mobile Food Pantry. The Meals of Hope Mobile Pantry will be in the YMCA parking every Tuesday from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Frozen food, fresh produce, and canned goods will be given away to families in need. Everyone is welcome. Located at Greater Naples YMCA, 5450 YMCA Rd., Naples. 5:00 p.m. Summer Reading Kick-Off Party. There will be music, games, snacks and more. Sign up for summer reading programs and begin your summer reading adventure. All ages. Located at South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-252-7542 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information.
6 WEDNESDAY 10:00 a.m. Free Kids’ Crafts. Kids from toddlers to 12 are invited to participate in fun activities. Located at Miromar Outlets, 10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero. Call 239-948-3766 or check www.miromaroutlets.com for additional information. 11:00 a.m. Family Story Time. An all-ages storytime that encourages the development of pre-reading skills through songs, rhymes, fingerplays, and stories. For children up to age five. Located at Bonita Springs Public Library, 26876 Pine Ave., Bonita Springs. Call 239-992-0101 or check www.leegov.com/library. 2:00 p.m. Mid-Week Boredom Busters. Drop in to build, make, or play Wednesday afternoons during the summer reading program. Some projects may need adult assistance. Dress for mess. Located at South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy., Estero. Call 239-479-4636 or check collierlibrary.org. 5:30 p.m. Sewing Classes for Kids. Learn to sew by hand every Wednesday. Sew super cute stuffed animals, modern characters, bags, and much more. $20 per child. All materials included. Located at Fleischmann Park, 1600 Fleischmann Dr., Naples. Call 239-213-3020 or check muralistica.com. 5:30 p.m. Parent/Teen/Child Mental Health Support Group. First Wednesday of every month. For parents/caregivers and children ages 6-18 with a mental illness. Opportunity for diagnosed youth to socialize, receive support, and enjoy refreshments. Parents and youth meet jointly and then break up into groups according to age. Located at NAMI of Collier County, 6324 Trail Blvd., Bldg. C, Naples. For more information, contact Erika Garcia at 239-260-7310 or by email at Erika@ NAMICollier.org.
7 THURSDAY 5:00 p.m. Summer Reading Kick-Off. Come kick-off your summer reading with our family-friendly celebration. Enjoy checking out books, games, crafts, special guests, and snacks. Located at East Naples Library, 8787 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples. Call 239-775-5592 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information.
8 FRIDAY 9:30 a.m. Family Fun Day: World Oceans Day. Cool off this summer with a chance to learn more about our outstanding ocean habitats. See our Patch Reef aquarium and the amazing animals living inside. Located at Conservancy, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples. Call 239-262-0304 or check www.conservancy.org. 10:30 a.m. Game of Sound with The Nutty Scientist. Enjoy a 30-minute interactive sound show that explains how sound travels. Create a musical instrument to take home. Ages 4-6 years. Registration required. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check collierlibrary.org. 2:00 p.m. Friday Family Movies. This summer the theme is “Libraries Rock” so we will be showing movies featuring music. Popcorn and water will be served. First come, first seated. All ages. Located at Immokalee Branch Library, 417 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239-657-2882 or check collierlibrary.org. 3:00 p.m. Celebrate Harry Potter’s 21st Birthday. Bundle your broomsticks, wave your wands, and head to the Estates Library to celebrate the book’s first release. Located at Estates Branch Library, 1266 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples. Call 239455-8088 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information. 6:00 p.m. Hot Summer Nights. Free family-fun event. Take pictures with McGruff the Crime Dog, scale our rock wall, and enjoy free food. The kids will love spending time meeting our deputies. Located at Sun-N-Fun Lagoon, 15000 Livingston Rd., Naples. Check www.colliersheriff.org.
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9 SATURDAY 11:00 a.m. Darrell House Performance. Darrell House utilizes humor and his fertile imagination to get kids excited about literacy and family values. Located at Naples Regional Library, 650 Central Ave., Naples. Call 239-262-6853 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information. 1:00 p.m. Hand On Herpetology. Frogs, snakes, and salamanders, oh my. Nature on Wheels will be bringing some of Florida’s reptiles and amphibians for everyone to see and touch. Grades 1-5. Registration required. Located at Marco Island Branch Library, 210 S. Heathwood Dr., Marco Island. Call 239-394-3272 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information.
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2:00 p.m. Opioid Grief Support Group for Children and Families. Valerie’s House is offering a new support group for children and families who have lost a family member to the growing opioid crisis. Located at Valerie’s House, 1762 Fowler St., Fort Myers. For more information, call 239-841-9186 or email laura@ valerieshouseswfl.org.
11 MONDAY 9:00 a.m. Superhero Summer Camp. Camp hours are 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. $199 per week. Located at Whiz Kids Play Zone and Tutoring Center, 1050 Pine Ridge Rd., Naples. Call 239-263-7017 or check whizkidsnaples.com. 1:00 p.m. Creating a Mando Harp. Decorate and make a mando harp. Let the music fill the air with a jam session to test out your harps. All supplies will be provided. Entering grades K-5. Located at Immokalee Branch Library, 417 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239-657-2882 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information. 1:00 p.m. Rocking with Biotech. The future is in sustainable resources. At this
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half-day camp, you will make ink, plastic and other useful products using soy-based plants. Located at East Naples Library, 8787 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples. Call 239-7755592 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information. 3:00 p.m. Rocks Tell All. A real archeologist will teach you some of the ways archaeologists use rocks to learn about people in the past. Ages 6-10. Registration required. Located at Estates Branch Library, 1266 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples. Call 239-455-8088 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information.
12 TUESDAY 10:00 a.m. Little Explorers Program. Little Explorer Play Zone provides the youngest visitors the opportunity to explore nature and discover amazing animals through multi-sensory activities, stories, and crafts. No registration required. Located at Conservancy of SWFL, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples. Call 239-262-0304 or check www.conservancy.org. 1:00 p.m. Sound the Alarms. The Bonita Springs Fire Department will visit the library and share safety tips, activities and more. Children will be able to spray the fire hose and check out the fire engine during the program. Located at Bonita Springs Public Library, 26876 Pine Ave., Bonita Springs. Call 239-992-0101 or check www.leegov.com/library for additional information. 4:00 p.m. STEAM Activities with C’mon. Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples (C’mon) staff will share some exciting STEAM activities. Ages 6-11 years. Registration required. Located at Vanderbilt Beach Library, 788 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., Naples. Call 239-597-8444 or check collierlibrary.org. 4:00 p.m. You Can Be a Hero Too. You can be a hero and earn service hours in the process. Located at Bonita Springs Public Library, 26876 Pine Ave., Bonita Springs. Call 239-992-0101 or check www.leegov.com/library for additional information. 6:15 p.m. Get U Cooking. This class will consist of knife uses and safety, means of measuring, and more. Teens will work to make a tasty treat to eat. Space is limited, so registration is required. Located at South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy., Estero. Call 239-479-4636 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information.
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13 WEDNESDAY 3:00 p.m. Musical Styles: Rock ‘N’ Roll and Caribbean. We’ll twist with Chubby Checker, play some fun rock ‘n’ roll games, and even do the limbo. Ages 6-10 years. Registration required. Located at South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-252-7542 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information. 4:00 p.m. Lego Club. Share ideas, be creative, make new friends, and have fun. Bricks will be provided and your creation will be put on display at the library. Ages 5-11 years. Registration is not required. Located at Estates Branch Library, 1266 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples. Call 239-455-8088 or check collierlibrary.org. 4:00 p.m. Totally Radical 80s Time Travel Adventure. Welcome to 1986. You must use our cutting-edge technology and your brain to find the clues and solve the puzzles or you’ll be stuck in the past forever. Ages 11-17. Located at Naples Regional Library, 650 Central Ave., Naples. Call 239-262-6853 or check collierlibrary.org. 5:30 p.m. Danza Azteca Guadalupana. This dance troupe will entertain you with lively Aztec inspired dancing and colorful native costumes. All ages. Registration required. Located at South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-252-7542 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information.
14 THURSDAY 11:00 a.m. Stranger Things Escape Room. All day. Enter if you dare. Can you solve the clues left behind to help you escape the Demogorgon? Can you escape before getting eaten or lost in the Upside Down? Ages 11-17 years. Registration required. Located at Immokalee Branch Library, 417 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239-657-2882 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information. 1:00 p.m. Needlework Makerspace: CD Weaving. Create beautiful art while you learn the basics of weaving using all kinds of yarn and old CDs. Ages 5+. Registration required. Located at South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-252-7542 or check collierlibrary.org. 2:00 p.m. Out Of My Hands Juggling Show. Gerard Tricarico will combine music with his expertise as a juggler. Ages 5-11. Registration required. Located at Golden Gate Library, 2432 Lucerne Rd., Naples. Call 239-252-4542 or check collierlibrary.org. 3:00 p.m. Bio Technology. Use plant-based products to create new things for the future. We’ll create plastic, ink, and other useful products in this STEM-linked program. Ages 8-11 years. Registration required. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check collierlibrary.org. 3:00 p.m. Sharpie Rocks. Use your artistic skills to make a rock into art. Ages 11-17. Located at Estates Branch Library, 1266 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples. Call 239-455-8088 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information. 6:00 p.m. Hot Summer Nights. Free family-fun event. Take pictures with McGruff the Crime Dog, scale our rock wall, enjoy free food, and meet our deputies. Located at Corkscrew Middle School, 1065 County Road 858, Naples. Check www.colliersheriff.org.
15 FRIDAY 9:00 a.m. Kids Free Friday: Mammals. This popular summer education program provides free admission with programming geared towards children ages 12 and
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younger accompanied by an adult. Located at Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, 300 Tower Rd., Naples. Call 239-417-6310 or check rookerybay.org. 6:30 p.m. Buddy Break Respite Program for Kids With Special Needs. Threehour monthly session of free respite care for children with special needs and their siblings. Every third Friday at Naples Seventh Day Adventist Church. Registration required. Located at Naples Seventh-day Adventist Church, 5050 Davis Blvd., Naples. Call 239-272-8031 or check www.naplessdachurch.org.
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16 SATURDAY 8:00 a.m. Family Yoga. A free 45-minute beginners’ yoga class for families with toddlers to tweens. Bring your own mat. Located at Miromar Outlets, 10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero. Call 239-948-3766 or check www.miromaroutlets.com. 9:00 a.m. SWFL SpaceCon. Saturday and Sunday. Located at Lee Civic Center, 11831 Bayshore Rd., Fort Myers. Check www.swflspacecon.com. 10:00 a.m. Sensory Friendly Movie Incredibles 2. Bring your toddlers to this sensory friendly movie. Lights are up, sound is down, and you are totally free to move around. Located at Paragon Pavilion Theaters, 833 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., Naples. Call 239-596-0008 or check www.paragontheaters.com for additional information. 10:00 a.m. Handprint Father’s Day Cards. Make a personalized keepsake for your father or another special person in your life. Our craft is messy, so wear old clothes. All ages welcome. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check collierlibrary.org. 10:00 a.m. Junior Ranger Program. Discover and learn about plants, animals, and other secrets of the park. Ideal for children ages 6-12. Parental presence required. Located at Koreshan State Park, 3800 Corkscrew Rd., Estero. Call 239-992-0311 or check www.floridastateparks.org for additional information. 11:00 a.m. Father/Son/Grandson Look-a-like Contest. Fathers, sons, and grandsons compete together for prizes in this annual family event. Registration begins at 10 a.m. Contest starts at 11 a.m. Located at Miromar Outlets, 10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero. Call 239-948-3766 or check www.miromaroutlets.com. 1:30 p.m. Pups “N” Books. Stop by to read to a dog or just to pet one. Dogs are provided by PAWS Assistance and Therapy Dogs. All ages. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information.
18 MONDAY 11:00 a.m. Escape Room: Aliens Are Trying To Talk To Us. A mysterious box has been left at the Immokalee Library by a group of aliens. They do not speak our language and have left clues behind for you to solve. Located at Immokalee Branch Library, 417 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239-657-2882 or check collierlibrary.org. 5:30 p.m. Magic by Cesar Domico. Don’t miss Cesar Domico’s spellbinding mix of magic, visual illusions, and humor. Ages 4-14 years. Registration required. Located at Estates Branch Library, 1266 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples. Call 239455-8088 or check collierlibrary.org. 6:00 p.m. Readers Roll. On the shelves of the library sit the books that release the literary music of a thousand voices. Join Joey, Alexandra, and, of course, Sydney the live Eclectus parrot as they lead you on an adventure in finding their tune. Located at South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-252-7542 or check collierlibrary.org. 6:30 p.m. Spiro Battleship. Use strategic planning to create life-size battleship game boards with your team. Then program your team’s Spiro minis to sink your opponent’s ships. Ages 6-11 years. Registration required. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check collierlibrary.org.
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19 TUESDAY 1:00 p.m. World of Reptiles. Discover the fascinating and slithering world of reptiles with John Storms as he features several favorite cold-blooded creatures. Sponsored by the Friends of the Bonita Springs Library. Located at Bonita Springs Public Library, 26876 Pine Ave., Bonita Springs. Call 239-992-0101 or check www. leegov.com/library for additional information. 1:00 p.m. Science. Staff from the Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples (C’mon) will be here to share some exciting STEAM activities with the children. Entering grades K-5. Located at Immokalee Branch Library, 417 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239-657-2882 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information.
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2:00 p.m. Movie Days. A group of superheroes defends humanity from an otherworldly threat. This movie is rated PG-13. Children under age 13 may attend only if a parent is present to give permission. Located at South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy., Estero. Call 239-479-4636 or check collierlibrary.org. 4:00 p.m. Roll With It. Teens will work side-by-side to create mixed-media art using paint, markers, collage, and glue. At the end of the program, the piece of art will be divided among the group to take home. Located at Bonita Springs Public Library, 26876 Pine Ave., Bonita Springs. Call 239-992-0101 or check www.leegov.com. 6:15 p.m. Calligraphy. Learn how to flourish your letters and writing to make it special. Located at South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy., Estero. Call 239-479-4636 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information. 7:00 p.m. Israeli Scouts Performance. Free performance. Located at Temple Shalom, 4630 Pine Ridge Rd., Naples. Call 239-455-3030 or check www.naplestemple.org.
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3:00 p.m. Rocks. A real archeologist will teach you some of the ways archaeologists use rocks to learn about people in the past. Grades 2-5. Located at East Naples Library, 8787 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples. Call 239-775-5592 or check collierlibrary.org. 6:30 p.m. Spiro Battleship. Use strategic planning to create life-size battleship game boards with your team. Then program your team’s Spiro minis to sink your opponent’s ships. Ages 6-11 years. Registration required. Located at Naples Regional Library, 650 Central Ave., Naples. Call 239-262-6853 or check collierlibrary.org . 7:00 p.m. Israeli Scouts Performance. Free. Located at New Hope Ministries, 7675 Davis Blvd., Naples. Call 239-349-0122 or check newhopeministries.org.
21 THURSDAY 1:00 p.m. Prehistoric Pottery. Learn about pottery in Florida. Located at Naples Regional Library, 650 Central Ave., Naples. Call 239-262-6853 or check collierlibrary.org.
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SPRING/SUMMER 2018 3:00 p.m. Alligator Feeding. Watch our handlers hand feed our 36 alligators. Fun and excitement for the whole family. Located at Everglades Wonder Gardens, KIDZACT YOUTH THEATRE OF THE NAPLES PLAYERS 27180 Old 41 Rd., Bonita Springs. Call 239-992-2591 or check www.evergladeswondergardens.com. TNP @ SUGDEN THEATRE • 701 5TH AVE SOUTH • NAPLES • FL 34102 3:00 p.m. Collier County Sheriff K-9 Demonstration. Learn how police dogs NAPLESPLAYERS.ORG (239) 434-7340 EXT. 127 work in our community and meet one in person. Ages 11-17. Located at Estates Branch Library, 1266 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples. Call 239-455-8088 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information. 5:00 p.m. Create Your Own Candy Bar. Come to the Immokalee Library andTNP KIDZACT MARCH 2018 HALF PAGE AD.indd 1 3/16/18 4:11 PM create your own candy bar. You decide what ingredients will go into your candy bar, then design your wrapper. All supplies will be provided. Ages 11-17. Located at Immokalee Branch Library, 417 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239-657-2882 or check collierlibrary.org. 5:30 p.m. Free Kids Protection Workshop. Free indoor play for the kids and pizza for all. Reserve your spot by emailing email@example.com. Located at Chipmunk Indoor Party, 9128 Bonita Beach Rd. SE, Bonita Springs. Call 239-314-2353 or check www.albanislaw.com. 6:00 p.m. Hot Summer Nights. Free family-fun event. Take pictures with McGruff the Crime Dog, scale our rock wall, and enjoy free food. The kids will love spending time meeting our deputies. Located at Eagle Lakes Community PERFORMANCES/THEATRE CLASSES Park, 11565 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples. Check www.colliersheriff.org for additional information. 7:00 p.m. PFLAG Support Group Meeting. The Naples chapter of PFLAG (Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) meets on the third Thursday of each month. Call 239-513-4568 for location.
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10:00 a.m. Rockin’ ‘n’ Readin’. Come read while you rock in the rocking chairs in the Children’s Library. Read for 15 minutes and earn a small reward. All ages. Registration required. Located at South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-252-7542 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information. 6:00 p.m. Parents’ Night Out. Children participate in a fun evening that is safe and supervised. Games, activities, and fun will be had by all. Ages 4-17. Located at Eagle Lakes Community Park, 11565 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples. Call 239-252-4414 or check colliergov.net for additional information.
23 SATURDAY 2:00 p.m. It’s Pirates. Come to the library and make your own pirate hook. Ages 5-10 years. Registration required. Located at Marco Island Branch Library, 210 S. Heathwood Dr., Marco Island. Call 239-394-3272 or check collierlibrary.org. 2:00 p.m. Sounds of the Sea. Can you hear the ocean? We’ll play some sea-worthy games, create some marine-inspired crafts, and have a fishy snack. Ages 6-11 years. Registration required. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information. 6:30 p.m. YMCA Daddy Daughter Dance. This special event offers a fun night of music, dancing, snacks, and refreshments. Located at Greater Naples YMCA, 5450 YMCA Rd., Naples. Call 239-597-3148 or check www.ymcapalms.org. 6:30 p.m. Summer Jazz on the Gulf. The fun, free concert series combines a diverse array of musical entertainment with beautiful views of the Gulf. Located at Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club, 851 Gulf Shore Blvd. N., Naples. Call 239261-2222 or check www.naplesbeachhotel.com.
25 MONDAY 9:00 a.m. Nerf Wars Summer Camp. Camp hours are 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. $199 per week. Located at Whiz Kids Play Zone and Tutoring Center, 1050 Pine Ridge Rd., Naples. Call 239-263-7017 or check whizkidsnaples.com for additional information. 6:15 p.m. Bingo. An annual favorite during our summer reading program. Some
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assistance may be needed from an older brother, sister, or adult to read the words. Located at South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy., Estero. Call 239-479-4636 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information.
26 TUESDAY 10:00 a.m. Little Explorers Program. Little Explorer Play Zone provides the youngest visitors the opportunity to explore nature and discover amazing animals through multi-sensory activities, stories, and crafts. No registration required. Located at Conservancy of SW Florida, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples. Call 239-2620304 or check www.conservancy.org for additional information. 1:00 p.m. Sounds of Nature. Join Ding Darling educators as we explore the music of nature and the animals that live around us. For children who have completed kindergarten through fifth grade. Registration is required. Located at Bonita Springs Public Library, 26876 Pine Ave., Bonita Springs. Call 239-992-0101 or check www. leegov.com/library for additional information. 1:30 p.m. Science Rocks. Do you know how sound is created? Do you know it travels through matter? The Mad Scientist will show us this and more. Make music and change the way your voice sounds by changing the sound wave shape using a sound processor. Located at Golden Gate Library, 2432 Lucerne Rd., Naples. Call 239-252-4542 or check collierlibrary.org. 4:00 p.m. Summer Teen Tuesday. We will have music, games, trivia, recycled CD art, and more. All supplies will be provided. For teens who have competed grades 6-12. Located at Bonita Springs Public Library, 26876 Pine Ave., Bonita Springs. Call 239-992-0101 or check www.leegov.com. 4:30 p.m. Sharks. Join staff from the Rookery Bay and learn about the different kinds of sharks that call our part of Florida home. Did you know that Rookery Bay Reserve is a nursery for baby sharks? Discover the important role sharks play in our estuaries. Located at East Naples Library, 8787 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples. Call 239775-5592 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information. 5:00 p.m. Sensory Night at C’mon. For children on the autism spectrum and/ or with other sensory integration disorders. Lighting and sound are muted and cool down spaces are provided. Limited participation in order to minimize crowds, and registration is required. Located at Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples, 15080 Livingston Rd., Naples. Call 239-514-0084 or check www.cmon.org. 6:15 p.m. Going Retro Play. Play-Doh, Perler beads, painting rocks, and more. Drop-in program. Located at South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy., Estero. Call 239-479-4636 or check collierlibrary.org.
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27 WEDNESDAY 3:00 p.m. Symphony of Songbirds. Join Roberta from Audubon of the Western Everglades and learn about birds and the beautiful songs they sing. Ages 6-10 years. Registration required. Located at South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-252-7542 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information. 6:00 p.m. Art After Hours. Enjoy free admission to The Baker Museum the last Wednesday of each month from 6-9 p.m. Live music. Audiences of all ages are welcome to view the galleries and learn from our docents. Located at Artis-Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., Naples. Call 239-597-1111 or check artisnaples.org.
28 THURSDAY Call for times. Annie. Select dates through Aug. 11. Children 18 and under are $20 for the buffet and the show. Located at Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, 1380 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers. Call 239-278-4422 or check www.BroadwayPalm.com. 1:00 p.m. Wolves In Naples? Theresa Schultz, education coordinator of Shy Wolf Sanctuary, Education, and Experience Center, will present this program. Located at Immokalee Branch Library, 417 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239-657-2882 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information. 1:00 p.m. Needlework Makerspace: Friendship Bracelets. Learn the basics of finger weaving to make a friendship bracelet. Ages 5+. Registration required. Located at South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-252-7542 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information. 3:00 p.m. Battle of the Cupcakes. There will be cupcakes. There will be a theme. There will be judging. Let the battle begin. Ages 11-17. Registration required. Located at Estates Branch Library, 1266 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples. Call 239455-8088 or check collierlibrary.org.
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3:00 p.m. Don’t Jump Our Claim. It’s 1850 and someone’s trying to steal your California gold. Race against the clock to solve clues and save your gold from the claim jumpers. Ages 6-11 years. Registration required. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check collierlibrary.org. 4:00 p.m. Rocking the Circuits. Get ready to rock by creating a band logo of your own design and light it up with LED lights by building a simple circuit. Supplies and music will be provided. Ages 11-17. Located at Naples Regional Library, 650 Central Ave., Naples. Call 239-262-6853 or check collierlibrary.org. 6:00 p.m. Hot Summer Nights. Free family-fun event. Take pictures with McGruff the Crime Dog, scale our rock wall, and enjoy free food. The kids will love spending time meeting our deputies. Located at Immokalee High School, 701 Immokalee Dr., Immokalee. Check www.colliersheriff.org. 7:30 p.m. The Naples Players present Chicago. Also June 29-30 at 8 p.m. and select dates through July 29. The longest-running musical revival and the longestrunning American musical in Broadway history. Set in the roaring twenties, with its universal tale of fame, fortune and “All That Jazz.” Located at Sugden Community Theatre, 701 Fifth Ave. S., Naples. Call 239-263-7990 or check naplesplayers.org.
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29 FRIDAY 9:00 a.m. Kids Free Friday: Reptiles. This popular summer education program provides free admission with programming geared towards children ages 12 and younger accompanied by an adult. Located at Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, 300 Tower Rd., Naples. Call 239-417-6310 or check rookerybay.org.
30 SATURDAY 6:00 p.m. Bark in the Park and Halloween in June. Miracle Baseball will face off against the Lakeland Flying Tigers at Hammond Stadium. Make sure to bring your pups to the ballpark to catch the game with you. There is no charge for your furry friend. Located at Hammond Stadium, 14400 Six Mile Cypress Pkwy., Fort Myers. Call 239-768-4210.
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s the whirlwind of the last few weeks of school fly by, I find myself ready for the long, unscheduled days of summer. Sleeping in, spending our afternoons poolside, and playing hide and seek until the fireflies come out. Realistically, my idea of carefree summer days come from my youth and not from the summers our own kids typically experience. Camps, playdates, and ball games fill up most of our calendars while any free time is consumed by parent-planned educational activities and crafts seen on social media. While these things aren’t bad, it can be a little daunting for parents due to the pressure to plan every minute of their child’s summer. I have declared this summer to be different. My kids will have the kind of summer I had as a child. One that is less scheduled and more free play, less video games and more outside time, and less parent-planned and more child-created. If, like me, you are tired of feeling pressure to entertain and educate your child every waking moment, use these tips to enjoy your summer, 1970s style. Ditch the excess Today parents often feel the need to sign their kids up for as many camps, clinics, and activities as possible to fill their days. In the 70s, kids did not spend their days at baseball camp, they played baseball with the neighbor kids in the backyard. They didn’t attend theater and dance camps but instead made up their own show to perform for parents and siblings. Give your kids the gift of free time to play and try things on their own. If kids are away at camps all summer, they won’t have time to create their own adventures. Unplug Today we love our electronics. It is unlikely that many of us can make it more than a few hours without checking in with social media and responding to emails and texts. Our kids are no different, but limits should be set on screen time to allow kids to experience outdoor play, the joy of curling up with a good book, and allowed time to use their own imaginations. 1970s kids didn’t have apps, educational or not, to entertain them and fill their days. Instead, they used their imagination to create inventions with recycled trash,
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build forts with whatever they could find, and cooperate with other kids to create games that could last for hours. Go outside “Go outside and come back when it’s dinner time.” is what my parents would say nearly every afternoon when I was growing up. There were no scheduled playdates, meet ups at the park, or specific activities planned. If I wanted to go to the park, I would ride my bike or walk there. If I wanted a friend to come along, I would swing by their house on the way and knock on the door to see if they wanted to join me. My parents had only a vague idea where I was or who I was with and this was the norm. While many parents don’t feel quite as safe giving their child free rein, we can learn from this attitude. Kids do not need us to plan and intervene in their daily activities. Send them outside, have them go knock on a neighbor’s door, and ask them to join them. Play in the sprinkler, ride bikes, draw with chalk, drink from the hose, learn to do cartwheels, jump rope, plant flowers, or simply sit in the sun. Go outside and don’t come home until dinner. Let it go Parents today have so much pressure to live up to unrealistic standards. We feel we must provide educational crafts and wellbalanced extracurricular activities and plan interesting and affordable outings, all while simultaneously cooking healthy, organic food, maintaining a clean house and a healthy marriage, and balancing our careers. The truth is, none of us are able to keep up with it all. The 1970s parent, while balancing many of the career and family obligations we have today, did not put the type of pressure parents today place on themselves. This summer, take a break from the pressures of social media, enjoy your kids, join them outside, play a board game, have a movie night, lounge at the pool, eat a little (or a lot of) junk food, and give yourself permission to let things go and accept you can’t realistically keep up with everything anyway. The key to giving your kids, and yourself, a 1970s summer is to unplug, enjoy, and ease up on the pressures we place on ourselves. Let’s just enjoy our kids and every unscheduled moment because, before you know it, it will be time to head back to school. neafamily.com
By Anna Snyder
Recipes for Summer Camping
t’s summer in Southwest Florida. Hot, humid, steamy summer. So, you’re escaping to the great beyond. The glory of the open road beckons. It’s the American dream – just you, a tent or a camper, the family mini-van, an endless variety of snacks, and a couple weeks of vacation stretching out in front of you and your children. Maybe you’re taking a cross-country road trip to the Grand Canyon. Or, maybe you’ve decided to spend some time in the mountains of North Georgia. Camping opens up a world of possibilities for cost-conscious families who want to unplug, build a shared experience, and get in touch with the natural world. Though camping may sound idyllic, these types of trips require a great deal of planning and preparation, particularly when it comes to food. Tent camping requires either a plug-in camping
refrigerator or large coolers for proper perishables storage. There are lots of ways to make meal preparation and cooking easy, and to involve the entire family. Camping as a family requires several essential tools. Many families use a slow cooker or Instant Pot when at a site with a plug-in. Also, you’ll want some way to brew coffee – either a plug-in coffee maker or a percolator that can heat over a fire or stove top. Speaking of which, you’ll need a propane camp stove. They’re affordable, easy to use, and make life simpler while attempting to prepare food for the entire family (think scrambled eggs, steamed veggies, taco meat, pancakes, etc.) Also, keep in mind that most sites have grills along with a fire pit. Need more guidance? Here are some tried and true recipes for your next trip.
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Campfire Banana Splits (Recipe submitted by Toni Boncella Blyth on allrecipes.com) 6 large bananas, unpeeled, stems removed 2 cups chocolate chips 1 package miniature marshmallows Cooking spray and aluminum foil Preheat the grill, or prepare your campfire. Spray four sheets of aluminum foil with cooking spray. Slice the peel of the banana from stem to bottom, while slicing the banana inside lengthwise. Carefully open the banana just wide enough to place the chocolate chips and marshmallows inside the peel with the banana. Wrap the bananas with the foil, and place on the grill or directly in the coals of a fire. Leave in long enough to melt the chocolate chips and marshmallows (about five minutes). Unwrap, and eat with a spoon. Easy Foil Packs (Recipe courtesy of Monica Meistrell) 1 pound ground beef or turkey 1 onion, diced 1 can corn 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed 1 pound diced potatoes 1 can diced tomatoes 1 jar salsa Cooking spray and aluminum foil Brown the meat in a skillet along with the onion. Remove from the heat, and drain the fat. Mix all ingredients together and store in freezer bags. When you’re ready to heat up the food, spray large sheets of foil with cooking spray. Place the food in the middle of the sheets of foil. Bring the long sides together, and make tight folds until the foil is flat up against the food. Tightly roll up shorter sides. Cook over hot coals or on the grill for 15-20 minutes. Let cool for a bit before eating. Campfire Chili (Recipe adapted from www.savingmoneycamping.com) 1 pound ground beef 1 large onion, diced 1 green pepper, diced 1 can corn 1 can black beans 1 can pinto beans 1 can kidney beans 1 can tomatoes with chilies 1 packet chili seasoning mix 1 packet ranch dressing mix 1 cup water Salt and pepper, to taste Brown the beef with the onion in a large stock pot. Remove from the heat, and drain off the fat. Stir in all remaining ingredients and place in large freezer bags. Refrigerate until ready to use. Place the mixture in a slow cooker on low for four to six hours. NEAPOLITANfamily • June 2018
Freezer Breakfast Burritos (Recipe courtesy of www.beyondthetent.com) 1 onion, diced 1 green pepper, diced 1 package of breakfast sausage 1 pound bacon 1 pound red potatoes, cubed 1 pound cheddar cheese, shredded 12 eggs ½ cup milk ¼ cup olive oil 2 teaspoons paprika Salt and pepper to taste 12 flour tortillas Cook the bacon until crisp. Let it cool, and chop it into small pieces. Pan fry the breakfast sausage with the onion and green pepper. Strain the grease, and let it cool. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Toss the potatoes in salt, pepper, and paprika. Spread potatoes on a baking sheet, and bake for 15 minutes. Flip the potatoes, and then bake them in the oven for another 15 minutes until browned. Let them cool. Crack eggs into a medium bowl and add milk. Whisk. Scramble in a frying pan over medium heat until cooked through. Let them cool. Prepare burritos by adding cheese, eggs, potatoes, meat, peppers, and onions to the flour tortillas, one at a time. Fold the bottom of the tortilla up, then fold the sides and top in. Lay the burrito seam-side down on a baking sheet. Freeze for one hour. Wrap each burrito in tin foil and place in a large plastic bag. Store them in the freezer. When you are ready to eat them, place them on the outer coals of the campfire or on top of the fire grate to warm them up for 5-10 minutes.
Campfire Tex Mex White Bean Chicken Packets (Recipe submitted by Karlynn Johnston on thekitchenmagpie.com) 1 can navy beans, drained and rinsed 1 10-ounce can diced tomatoes, drained 1 can of corn 1 tablespoon Mexican spice blend 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, chopped ½ cup shredded Mexican blend cheese Chopped green onion Aluminum foil Combine all ingredients, except for the cheese and green onion, in a large bowl. Store in a freezer bag prior to preparing packets. Place ¼ of the mixture on each of four large foil squares. Fold up the foil into packets so the mixture won’t leak. Place on a grill or grate over a campfire. Cook for 25 minutes, turning the packets occasionally so that everything is cooked evenly. When the chicken has been cooked thoroughly, remove from the heat and cool slightly. Top with cheese and green onions. neafamily.com
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By Sarah Oquendo
Navigating Step-Parent Adoption
hat happens when a parent remarries and a step-parent takes an active role in the child’s life while the other biological parent has all but disappeared? What if the child and step-parent wish to make the title of “Mommy” or “Daddy” more official? In Florida, there is a remedy for step-parents who want to become a legal parent of a child, and that is a process commonly referred to as step-parent adoption. Florida allows a step-parent to adopt a minor child so long as certain procedural steps are met. While the legislature has attempted to simplify the process for individuals, you may find it helpful to seek assistance from a licensed experienced family law attorney who can navigate the procedural requirements for adoption. There are a few main issues that you will need to consider and address in your pursuit of adoption: one, whether the step-parent is legally allowed to adopt; two, notice to the court; three, consent or termination of the biological parent’s rights; four, providing notice; and five, the legal consequences of adoption. Anyone may be adopted, including minor children and adults. In order for the step-parent to be eligible to adopt the child, he or she must have either the consent of the spouse (the child’s biological parent) or, if the spouse fails to give consent or join in the petition, then
the court must find that the step-parent adoption is either in the best interests of the child or there is good cause shown for the adoption. The second step in the step-parent adoption process is to file a petition with the circuit court in the county where the step-parent resides. The step-parent is the petitioner of the case, as he or she is requesting the court to grant the adoption. The petition must be sworn in the presence of a notary and include specific facts regarding the birth and history of the child and the step-parent’s relationship history with the child. In order for the petition to be granted, the step-parent must provide a sworn affidavit from the child’s biological parent (not the spouse) consenting to the adoption. In the event the biological parent cannot be located or refuses to consent, then the biological parent’s rights must be terminated pursuant to Florida law. This process itself can be daunting, but in order for the court to terminate the biological parent’s rights, the petitioner will have to show that the biological parent has abandoned the child; the parent has engaged in behavior that endangers the life, safety, well-being or health of the child; the parent will be incarcerated for a majority of the child’s minority; and/or the parent fails to appear at a final hearing. If the petition to terminate the parent’s rights is granted, then the step-
parent will be allowed to adopt the minor child so long as the court finds that it is in the child’s best interests. Some legal consequences of adoption to keep in mind are that the adoptive step-parent will have all parental rights of a biological parent, including, but not limited to, custody and time-sharing, and be liable for child support in a later dissolution of marriage proceeding. Further, the stepparent may be liable in litigation for the actions of the child and the adoption may affect the child’s inheritance. Once the adoption is complete, the law treats the adoptive child as the biological child of the adoptive step-parent throughout his or her entire life. The step-parent adoption process may be daunting, but with the assistance of an experienced and qualified family law attorney, the process should be simplified and the outcome rewarding for the family.
SARAH OQUENDO is an associate at Coleman, Hazzard, Taylor, Klaus, Doupé & Diaz, PA. Visit www.CHTlegal. com or call 239298-5200.
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