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Spring Break Fun!

Our Readers’ Top 14 Spring Break Destinations

Five Awesome Spring Break Outings Close to Home St. Patrick’s Day Events and Activities & Much More!

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David Lawrence Center and Collier County Public Schools have been long-standing partners in ensuring the mental wellness of children in the classroom and beyond. This collaborative partnership is designed to improve student achievement by addressing mental health concerns. From strengthening awareness for teachers and parents so they are better equipped to address student mental health needs to developing new in-school services to manage specific student needs, this partnership is crucial to childhood wellness in today’s complex, high stress environment.

Scott Burgess, CEO DLC

David Lawrence Center and the School District are committed to the health and happiness of our children. Together, we are identifying needs and ensuring appropriate access to services for early identification andl lintervention. f o r M e n t a l We ness

Dr. Kamela Patton, Superintendent CCPS

Mental Health is Our Concern. Mental health is a community issue. Fortunately, there’s a community solution. National studies indicate that two to four children in every American classroom struggle with a social emotional condition. Without treatment, grave consequences and challenges can develop. Thankfully, David Lawrence Center is here for our community.

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

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MARCH 2015 TABLE OF CONTENTS

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FROM THE PUBLISHER

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REEL LIFE WITH JANE Family Movie Reviews

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COLLIER COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS NEWS

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COLLIER COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD NEWS

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CITY CONNECTION City of Naples Parks Department News and Events

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COMMUNITY EVENTS

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CENTERFOLD CALENDAR

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MARCH EVENTS

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Our cover girls in order of birth are Ashelynn, Addison, Avery. Parents David and Mandy Goins are both south Florida natives. David is a chef at Bonita Bay Club and Mandy is an associate of a wealth management team at Merrill Lynch. The dresses the girls are wearing were handmade from Mandy’s wedding gown and her mother’s wedding veil. Cover photo by Peggy Farren of Avant Garde Photography • (239) 263-7001

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spring break…

10 Create a “We” in Your Family. Easy ideas for more connection. by Michele Ranard, M.Ed. 18 Easy Treats and Activities for Saint Patrick’s Day by Alexa Bigwarfe

39 Our Reader’s Top 14 Spring Break Destinations. Beaches, state parks and city vacations: we have suggestions directly from our readers. by Stacy Nicolau

19 Naples Saint Patrick’s Day Celebrations

42 Five Awesome Spring Break Outings Close to Home. We found five undiscovered outings and adventures for your family that will keep your fun in Collier County for Spring Break.

44 Calendar Spring Cleaning. Give your daily schedule a makeover to add some spring to your March! by Lara Krupicka

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P.O. Box 110656 Naples, FL 34108 (239) 514-0338 Phone (239) 514-0339 Fax info@neafamily.com Publisher Andrea Breznay andrea@neafamily.com Assistant Publisher Stacy Nicolau snicolau@neafamily.com Copy Editor Leigh Ann Newmann Cover Photographer Peggy Farren Contributing Graphic Designer Janine Vitanza Editorial Submissions are welcome. We reserve the right to edit, reject or comment editorially on all material contributed. We cannot be responsible for return of any unsolicited materials. Articles and advertisements in Neapolitan Family do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the publisher nor does the publisher assume responsibility for statements made by our advertisers or editorial contributors. Acceptance of advertising by Neapolitan Family does not constitute an endorsement of the products, services or information. We do not knowingly present any product or service which is fraudulent or misleading in nature. Neapolitan Family is available free of charge at over 275 distribution points throughout Collier County as well as digitally at www. neafamily.com. Neapolitan Family is ©2015 by Neapolitan Publishing Co., LLC. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or part without written permission is strictly prohibited.

When you’ve lived in Naples for awhile, you assume you’ve either been to or heard about most of the attractions. For this issue, we went in search of a few undiscovered treasures to give you some ideas for spring break fun if you’re staying close to home. Two I hadn’t heard about were the REVS Institute and The Bird Gardens of Naples. You’ll find the scoop on these two plus 3 other suggestions on pages 42-43. It was fun for me to pull the article together and I especially enjoyed trying out The Conservancy Brunch and Boat last week. A tranquil ride in an electric boat and a delicious brunch at Gordon’s–what’s not to like? Have I mentioned before how much I enjoy my job? In other spring break articles, Stacy Nicolau researched our readers suggestions to bring you 14 spring break destinations (page 39). All are in Florida and most are within two hours of Naples. Between the two articles, we think you’ll be able to plan either a spring break vacation or an outing that your family will love. One last spring-themed article appears on page 44. Lara Krupicka has tips on giving your calendar a spring makeover. It’s timely advice for me, that’s for sure. I find myself saying yes to too many things during “season” and by March, I’m ready to pare my schedule and take some quiet time. This month we’re welcoming Erika Daniels as a regular contributor. Erika is a new Collier County School Board member and she’s agreed to bring us a monthly article updating readers on news from the school board. We had lunch recently and I was impressed by her willingness to consider input from the community. You’ll find her first article on page 14–note the email addresses for school board members. If you have something to share, by all means let the board members know what you’re thinking! You can’t have March without a St. Patrick’s Day celebration and we have the local events you will want to attend on page 19. Plus, you’ll find holiday treats and activities suggestions on celebrating with your family on page 18. Have a wonderful spring break.

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REEL LIFE WITH JANE

By Jane Louise Boursaw

Family Movie & DVD Reviews N

ew on the big screen for kids and teens in March is a giant whale causing havoc, a little alien looking for a home, a classic princess with a glass slipper and lots more. Here’s a sneak peek at what’s new in theaters and home entertainment this month. Note that release dates are subject to change. CINDERELLA

THE HEART OF THE SEA

PG for mild thematic elements In Theaters 3/13 • Ok for Kids 7+ Reel Preview: 4.5 of 5 Reels We all know the story: When young Ella (Lily James) tragically loses her mother, her merchant father remarries and Ella welcomes new stepmother Lady Tremaine (Cate Blanchett) and her daughters Anastasia (Holliday Grainger) and Drisella (Sophie McShera) into the family home. When Ella’s father unexpectedly passes away, she finds herself at the mercy of a jealous and cruel new family as she’s relegated to nothing more than a servant girl covered in ashes, and spitefully renamed Cinderella. But Ella is determined to honor her mother’s dying words, to “have courage and be kind.” When she meets a dashing stranger in the woods (Richard Madden), she’s unaware that he’s a prince, but her life begin to change when the Palace sends an open invitation for all maidens to attend a ball. A glass slipper, a few mice, a pumpkin and a fairy godmother (Helena Bonham Carter) all play into the rest of the story.

PG-13 for intense sequences of action and peril, brief startling violence, and thematic material • In Theaters 3/13 Ok for Kids 13+ Reel Preview: 4.5 of 5 Reels It’s the winter of 1820, and the New England whaling ship Essex is assaulted by something no one could believe: a whale of mammoth size and will, with an almost human sense of vengeance. The real-life maritime disaster would inspire Melville’s book “Moby-Dick.” But that’s not the whole story. “In the Heart of the Sea” reveals the encounter’s harrowing aftermath, as the ship’s surviving crew is pushed to their limits. Braving storms, starvation, panic and despair, the men will call into question their deepest beliefs, from the value of their lives to the morality of their trade, as their captain searches for direction on the open sea and his first mate seeks to bring the great whale down. The cast includes Chris Hemsworth as first mate Owen Chase; Benjamin Walker as the inexperienced Captain George Pollard; Cillian Murphy as second mate Matthew Joy; and Ben Whishaw as novelist Herman Melville, whose inquiries into the event 30 years later helped bring the story to light.

THE DIVERGENT SERIES: INSURGENT Not yet rated; likely PG-13 In Theaters 3/20 • Ok for Kids 13+ Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels This second movie in the “Divergent” series raises the stakes for Tris (Shailene Woodley) as she searches for allies and answers in the ruins of a futuristic Chicago. Tris and Four (Theo James) are now fugitives on the run, hunted by Jeanine (Kate Winslet), the leader of the power-hungry Erudite elite.

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Racing against time, they must find out what Tris’s family sacrificed their lives to protect, and why the Erudite leaders will do anything to stop them. Tris and Four face one impossible challenge after another as they unlock the truth about the past and ultimately the future of their world. Miles Teller, Jai Courtney, Ansel Elgort, Naomi Watts and Zoe Kravitz also star in this movie directed by Robert Schwentke and based on the book by Veronica Roth.

TRACERS PG-13 for some intense violence, perilous action, sexual content and language In Theaters 3/20 • Ok for Kids 14+ Reel Preview: 3 of 5 Reels After he crashes his bike into a beautiful stranger named Nikki (Marie Avgeropoulos), Cam (Taylor Lautner) is introduced to her crew -- a team that uses parkour to pull off heists. Hoping to alleviate his deepening debt to a violent crime gang, Cam quickly joins the group. As the stakes get higher with more dangerous side ventures, the payouts get bigger and Cam must use every ounce of his skill to stay alive as the crew’s heists grow more daring with each job. Directed by Daniel Benmayor, this movie also stars Rafi Gavron, Adam Rayner and Sam Medina.

HOME PG for mild action and some rude humor In Theaters 3/27 • Ok for Kids 7 Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels When Earth is taken over by the overlyconfident Boov, an alien race in search of a new place to call home, all humans are promptly relocated as the Boov get busy reorganizing the planet. But when one resourceful girl named Tip (Rihanna, who also contributes a song) manages to avoid capture, she finds herself the accidental accomplice of a banished Boov named Oh (Jim Parsons). The two fugitives realize there’s a lot NEAPOLITANfamily • March 2015

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more at stake than intergalactic relations as they embark on the road trip of a lifetime. Based on the novel “The True Meaning of Smekday” by Adam Rex, this movie is directed by Tim Johnson and also features the voices of Jennifer Lopez, Matt Jones and Steve Martin.

NEW ON DVD/BLU-RAY: LEAP FROG LETTER FACTORY ADVENTURES: AMAZING WORD EXPLORERS Not Rated • On DVD 3/10 • Ok for Kids 4+ Reel Review: 4.5 of 5 Reels This all-new Leapfrog movie teaches kids rhyming, storytelling and word building. The Letter Machine Rescue Team helps support children’s language and vocabulary skills, which is awesome since research has shown that vocabulary development, along with a grasp of grammar and language structure early on, is linked to school readiness, as well as reading and math achievement.

DESPICABLE ME 2: 3 MINI-MOVIE COLLECTION Rated PG • On DVD 3/10 • Ok for Kids 5+ Reel Review: 4 of 5 Reels The mischievous Minions return in three new mini-movies. In “Puppy,” when Kyle is unwilling to behave like a real dog, the Minions go looking for one who will. “Panic In The Mailroom” is what happens when a suspicious package arrives and the Minions are totally unprepared. And in “Training Wheels,” Agnes has some trouble with her bike and the Minions come to her aid -- armed with a few helpful gadgets.

DIVE OLLY DIVE AND THE PIRATE TREASURE Not Rated On DVD, Amazon Instant Video 3/17 Ok for Kids 3+ • Reel Review: 4 of 5 Reels Join submarine-in-training Olly and his undersea friends as they discover fun, laughter and amazing pirate surprises in this full-length family movie featuring the voice talents of Mario Lopez and Courtney Lopez. When Olly and his best friend Beth find a magical compass and a map on an old shipwreck, they set sail to find a legendary “Pie-Rat” treasure that reflects the beautiful rainbows in the sky. With danger lurking above and below, they’re in the race of their lives to get to the glittery goods before a sneaky shark and his seahorse cronies find it. Make waves with a true hero as he discovers that friends, family and teamwork are the real treasures in this imaginative journey.

SONG OF THE SEA PG for some mild peril, language and pipe smoking images • On DVD, Blu-ray, Digital 3/17 • Ok for Kids 6+ Reel Review: 5 of 5 Reels From Tomm Moore, writer and director of the Oscar-nominated “The Secret of Kells,” comes an enchanting fable about loss, magic and the love of family. When Saoirse and Ben’s mother mysteriously disappears into the ocean, the two children go on an epic journey to find out the truth about her. In the process, they discover mystical secrets about both their mother and Saoirse herself. Featuring the voices of Brendan Gleeson and Fionnula Flanagan, this movie features a beautiful story and gorgeous animation. Bonus features include audio commentary with the director, animation tests and “The

Art of Song of the Sea” featurette.

CHUGGINGTON: FIRE PATROL RESCUE Not Rated • On DVD 3/31 • Ok for Kids 3+ Reel Review: 4 of 5 Reels In this latest collection of Chuggington adventures, Wilson sets out on fire patrol duty with his new friend Asher and learns to use a fire hose in a rescue. Chug Patrol and Speed Fleet have a friendly contest; Hodge finds himself in a high-rise jam; and all the Chuggers practice emergency drills at the roundhouse. In these six exciting episodes plus New Chugger Spotlights, a Bonus Badge Quest Episode, and coloring sheets, Wilson, Asher, Brewster and the gang discover the importance of community service and working together. Available with new Asher TOMY train.

ALPHA AND OMEGA: THE GREAT WOLF GAMES Rated TV-G • On DVD, Blu-ray, Amazon Instant Video 3/10 • Ok for Kids 4+ Reel Review: 3.5 of 5 Reels Join the pack in this wild, warmhearted and totally pawsome adventure starring everyone’s favorite alphas and omegas. It’s time for “The Great Wolf Games,” when all the alphas in the packs set aside their differences for some friendly competition. Ben Diskin, Kate Higgins and Lindsay Torrance are just a few who lend their voices to this animated adventure. JANE’S REEL RATING SYSTEM One Reel – Even the Force can’t save it. Two Reels – Coulda been a contender Three Reels – Something to talk about. Four Reels – You want the truth? Great flick! Five Reels – Wow! The stuff dreams are made of.

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HAPPY, HEALTHY FAMILY

By Michele Ranard, M.Ed.

Create A ‘We’ In Your Family 10 Easy Ideas for More Connection

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n light of modern technology, connecting as a family should be simpler than ever. Yet hectic work schedules, distractions (electronic and otherwise), or other demands can get in the way. Some of us may even go days without a single hug…days! We Need a ‘We’ More Than a ‘Wii’ Clinician Michael Ungar discusses the need for our children to feel noticed and loved in order to embrace “we” instead of simply “me” in The We Generation: Raising Socially Responsible Kids (De Capo, 2009). Ungar says parents often attempt to connect through expensive material things, by becoming too permissive, or even by overprotecting. But the key to connection is to offer opportunities for compassion because “Give a child a chance to connect, and she will.” To connect, we need to nurture. Compassion, Happiness, and Con-

nection Psychologist Richard Weissbourd, author of The Parents We Mean to Be (Mariner, 2010) warns we frequently miss opportunities to connect and teach valuable moral lessons to our kids. “Too many of us are raising children first and foremost to be happy and we are failing at that project—rather than instilling in them what the novelist William Faulkner thought we as a species needed to prevail: ‘a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance.’” 10 Easy Ideas for Greater Connection

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Laugh More. The latest research supports that laughter can decrease stress hormones and boost the immune system! As Daniel Pink points out in A Whole New Mind (Riverhead, 2005) “laughter is a social activity—and the evidence is vast that people who have regular, satisfying connections to other people are healthier and

happier.” Tell jokes, watch comedy, and most importantly, model a good sense of humor yourself.

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Play More. Backyard football or Monopoly at the dining room table may register as old fashioned “just in the movies” scenarios reserved for “other” families, but they aren’t. Get outside. Touch each other. Fall in the mud. Laugh out loud. It’s not time spent being “unproductive.” It is life.

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Be More Soulful. Whether you attend religious services or not, be intentional about discussing and modeling the values of your faith. It is quite easy to get caught up in the realm of the physical world so it takes conscious effort on your part to provide balance.

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Show & Tell. Habitually ask your child what they

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think they do well and then have them demonstrate. For my son, it has always thrilled him to show off his ability to effortlessly walk on his hands. What is it for your child? Writing cursive? Pouring juice without help? They love showing you new skills and strengths. Your glowing response makes them feel ten feet tall.

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Leave Work Behind. Take as many family vacations as your vocation allows. The opportunities which will spring from time away from the grind relaxing with your children are pure GOLD and will add up to memories for a lifetime. No one at the end of their life wishes they had just taken less vacations.

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Eat three. Set a new rule about family meals together: everybody is expected at the dinner table at least three times a week. While it may not always be realistic to squeeze in three dinners, think about Saturday breakfasts, Sunday brunches, or Wednesday late night cookies and milk. At our house, we have Italian Friday Nights where we are often joined by a

few of our children’s friends.

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Time Matters. Give them your time. So often we underestimate how much our kids want to spend moments with us. It’s important to carve out family time even if you get the message their friends have passed you up on the influence scale.

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Listen to highs and lows. Implement this easy best/worst exercise into every meal-time conversation. Ask your child to identify their best and worst daily moments. (Don’t use this time to lecture if their ‘worst’ happens to be failing an exam.) Open your heart and connect with the feelings they express. Share their joy! Cry with them over defeat. If you haven’t tried this, you may be surprised at how much you’ll learn about your kids’ inner lives.

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Create a “We.” Rally your children to help with a project. Whether it is helping an elderly neighbor with gardening, painting the family room, volunteering at church, or organizing the garage, join forces and see

that the fruits of your labor extend way beyond an afternoon of hard work.

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Write Love Notes. Words are powerful and sometimes easier expressed on paper. Fill the page with dreamy thoughts, your wishes and hopes, and what makes them awesome. Leave the note on their pillow, and know it will touch them deeply whether they mention it or not. MICHELE RANARD is passionate about helping families live more emotionally healthy lives. She has two children, a master’s in counseling, and a blog at hellolovelychild.blogspot.com. Resources: Pink, Daniel H. A Whole New Mind: Why RightBrainers Will Rule the Future. Riverhead, 2005. Seligman, Martin. Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment. Free Press, 2004. Ungar, Michael. The We Generation: Raising Socially Responsible Kids. De Capo, 2009. Weissbourd, Richard. The Parents We Mean to Be: How Well Intentioned Adults Undermine Children’s Moral and Emotional Development. Mariner, 2010.

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COLLIER COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS

By Katie Tanner

Middle School Matters Collier seventh graders will experience college readiness program this semester

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hen you think about middle school, many would describe it as one of the most awkward times in your life. Raging hormones, social cruelty – this time of transition is certainly not something I am looking forward to as a parent. However, I do know that it is becoming one of the most important times in a student’s life to prepare a student for college or a career. Yes, middle school matters a lot when it comes to your child’s future. Researchers say grades, attendance patterns and engagement at the middle school level are among the strongest predictors of high school graduation and college-going patterns. “This is a crucial time to get students engaged in school and their future. If your child is set on a certain career, the time is now to start exploring options,” says Dr. Kamela Patton, Superintendent of Collier County Public Schools (CCPS). To get students engaged in their future, CCPS is implementing a new college and career readiness experience for seventh grade students this semester at all 10 middle schools. The first phase included a visit to the Florida CHOICES website: www.flchoices.org. The website is run by the Florida Department of Education and is a free resource for all Floridians. It provides assessments for interests, skills, and values as well as information on careers and postsecondary education. Earlier this year, students completed what’s called an “Interest Profiler” assessment. They answered 60 questions about their likes and dislikes – questions like “How would you like to work in a biology lab?” or “Would you like to write books or plays?” Their answers then generated a list of characteristics that hopefully describe their interests. Some examples would be artistic, social, investigative, and realistic. The profile then matched the student with careers that best fit those interests. Schools will be guiding students through the next step in this experience starting in March. It entails a series of video workshops each targeting different topics. The first will focus on the anticipated

graduation requirements for high school, including class options and programs available at the high school level. The goal is to give the middle school student the tools needed to create a four-year high school plan. The three other workshops include information on available financial aid and scholarships, career and technical education opportunities, and college majors and campus life. Each video aims to give students just a taste of what’s available to them. The final phase is probably the most exciting for the students – a field trip to a real college campus! Each school will take a trip to Florida Gulf Coast University during the month of May. They will get a tour of campus, including a look at dorm life. For some, this will be their first visit to a college campus. I encourage parents to keep up the momentum at home. Strike up a conversation about your child’s career interests around the dinner table. If you are planning a family trip sometime in the near future, don’t be afraid to infuse a bit of college atmosphere into the vacation. Definitely don’t be afraid to talk about the cost of post-secondary education and ways to save. For example, our high schools offer various opportunities to earn college credit before starting college. The bottom line – it’s never too early to start thinking about the future. The choices your child makes now can certainly shape opportunities later in life. KATIE TANNER is the Communications Specialist for Collier County Public Schools and can be reached at (239) 377-0180.

CCPS is implementing a new college and career readiness experience for seventh grade students this semester at all 10 middle schools. The program includes interest and skills assessment, video workshops and a visit to Florida Gulf Coast University.

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COLLIER COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD UPDATE

By Erika Donalds

Getting involved with your Collier School Board

Reach board members by email The most efficient way

to reach your board members is by email at the following addresses: • Kelly Lichter District 1 lichteke@collierschools.com • Kathleen Curatolo District 2 curatoka@collierschools.com • Erika Donalds District 3 donale@collierschools.com • Julie Sprague District 4 spraguju@collierschools.com • Roy Terry District 5 terryro@collierschools.com

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hen my son started kindergarten here in Collier County, I had quite a bit of interaction with his teacher. Occasionally I spoke with the principal and office staff, but like most parents I stayed within the realm of my neighborhood school. However, I began to realize that decisions made outside of our school were greatly affecting his classroom experience. I learned that choices of textbooks, tests, courses and the school calendar are among those made by the district administration and approved by the five elected school board members. Your Collier school board members run for office according to the district where each one lives. A list of schools by district can be found at www.collierschools.com/ board/members/memberdistrict.asp. School board business meetings are

held monthly on the second Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. Meetings are open to the public and you can speak for three minutes on any agenda topic or make general comments. They are also live on web or mobile at www.collierschools.com and broadcast on Comcast Channel 99. The agenda topics for each meeting are posted online at the Collier Schools site one week in advance. I also post meeting topics and opportunities for feedback on my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ voteerikadonalds Your involvement is crucial to your own students’ academic achievement, but it is also important for the success of our district as a whole. Please join me, my fellow board members, our teachers and many other parents so we can ensure a high quality school system for our students!

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CITY CONNECTION PARKS DEPT. By Laura Tichy-Smith

Forecast for Fun: Spring Break Spring Break fun awaits your child at camps offered by the City of Naples Community Services Department.

Spring Break Camp for Grades K thru 6th

High and Beyond Climbing Camp! (Ages 5 and up)

Free Concerts at the Cambier Park Bandshell

Need childcare when school is closed for Spring Break but you have to work? River and Fleischmann Parks have you covered. They have planned fun activities for your child’s day off from school, including crafts, games, field trips and sports. Fun Day runs 7:30 a.m. -- 5:30 p.m. You must register no later than no later than one week prior to the event – space is limited. March 16 through 20 and March 23. $25 per child per day. Call (239) 213-3037 to register at River Park; call 213-3020 to register at Fleischmann Park.

Have kids who love climbing? This is the vacation camp for them. The camp teaches different strategies to different levels of climbers, but helps all with self-confidence. Climbing camp runs March 16 — 20, from 9 a.m. -- 12 p.m. Cost is $99. To register, call (239) 213-3020. (1600 Fleischmann Ave., Naples)

Bring a blanket for the whole family and enjoy free concerts in Cambier Park. All concerts start at 2 p.m. March concert schedule: Naples Concert Band on March 1, Naples Dixieland Band on March 7, Gulfcoast Big Band on March 15, Naples Concert Band on March 22 and Music Makers on March 29. For more information, call 239-213-3058. (755 Eighth Avenue South, Naples)

Swim and Snorkel Camp What better time than spring break to learn a new skill that will provide fun for child’s lifetime? While engaging in games and aquatic-themed crafts, your child will learn the how-to’s of using masks, fins and snorkels. They will also learn proper breathing and stroke efficiency as well as coral reef safety and etiquette. Some children’s snorkel gear is available for use -- inquire upon registration. Space is limited to 15 children, so sign up soon. March 16 through 23, 9 a.m. -- 12 p.m. $100 for first family member, $75 each additional member. For information, call 239-213-3040. (451 11th St. North, Naples)

Friday Night Out (Ages 5 — 22) Want a Friday night out? River Park has got you covered. A craft, playground time, games and a movie, along with pizza for dinner, equals a tired kid to pick up. Friday, March 27 from 5:30 — 9:30 p.m.; $15. Pre-registration is required. For more information, call 239-213-3037. (301 11th Street North, Naples)

Free Concert at River Park Community Center The Jazz Masters will present a free concert of Dixieland jazz at the Community Center on Saturday, March 14 at 1 p.m. For more information, call 239-213-3037. (301 11th Street North, Naples)

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ST. PATRICK’S DAY

By Alexa Bigwarfe

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or those of us with children, St. Patrick’s Day celebrations shift from where to find green beer to where to find the best parades and how to make green shamrock crafts. Never fear, we’ve got some fun treats and activities for St. Patrick’s Day right here! How familiar are you with the origins of St. Patrick’s Day? St. Patrick, the Patron Saint of Ireland, is not only the impetus behind the Christian movement in Ireland, but is also known for driving the snakes out of Ireland. Well, figuratively anyway. There are actually no snakes in Ireland, and it is believed there probably never were. However, St. Patrick led the movement to convert the pagans (who often used snakes in their symbols) to Christianity, thereby driving the “snakes” out. Did you know it’s actually a three leaf clover that brings the luck. St. Patrick used the three leaf clover to

explain the holy trinity to the pagans, which is how the clover became the flower of Ireland. In Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day is a religious holiday, a day for praying for missionaries around the world and for spiritual renewal. Since the United States has a large Irish population, it is widely celebrated here, with shamrocks, pots of gold, leprechauns, and all things green. Why the leprechaun? There is no reason that leprechauns are associated with St. Patrick’s Day, beyond the fact that St. Patrick’s Day is associated with all things Irish. Leprechauns are male fairies in Irish folklore - often an older, tiny man who is particularly mischievous. According to the tales, the leprechauns are very rich and have many treasures, including gold that they hide in secret places. If you catch a leprechaun, they have to take you to their treasure. But, if you take your eyes off of them, they can vanish instantly. Fun activities include hunts for clovers, scavenger hunts, coloring activities and other printable activities, or attending the Naples St. Patrick’s Day parade. Perhaps the most fun activity of all is to take your kids on a magical leprechaun hunt (in your house) using mystical Leprechaun Munch to catch those sneaky fairies. Leprechaun Hunt with Leprechaun Munch To catch a leprechaun with this munch, just spoon out some and wait for a crunch. Since Lepre-

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chauns love the color green, it won’t take long, but while you watch and wait, you can snack along! When the kids aren’t watching, replace some of the munch trail with gold coins... the calling card of the leprechaun! How to make Leprechaun Munch Add equal parts of each ingredient. Crumbled pretzel sticks Green marshmallows from Lucky Charms Coconut M&M’s (Only green and white) Rice Chex cereal Green Sprinkles Add all ingredients into a plastic bag. Shake well! Another easy and festive snack to make with your kids and take for school snack or teacher treats: The Shamrock Snack Ingredients: Regular pretzels (small 3 for each shamrock) Stick pretzels (1 for each shamrock) Chocolate bar - melted (may need more than one depending on the size.) Green M&Ms Directions: 1. Make your “shamrocks” by arranging the regular pretzels (3 each shamrock) 2. Place a straight pretzel as a “stem.” 3. Take the melted chocolate and drop a big spoonful in the center, ensuring that the 3 pretzels and the stick pretzel are bonded together. 4. Place an M&M in the center while the chocolate is still soft and let it cool - preferably overnight.

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Patrick’s Day Celebrations

Annual Pub Trolley Crawl March 6 • 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm Mulligan’s Sports Grille, 2041 Tamiami Trail N., Naples The Pub Crawl is an exciting evening of Bagpipers, victuals and fun. Join the energetic crowd and board the street trolleys to visit several local pubs. Trolleys depart Mulligans promptly at 6:00 p.m. The Evening will conclude at Mulligans at approximately 10:00 p.m. For more info: naplesparade.com Flag Raising Ceremony March 14 • 9:30 am - 10:00 am Crayton Cove, Naples The 20th Annual Flag Raising takes place the morning of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and is held at The Dock Restaurant at Crayton Cove at 9:30 a.m. This traditional and moving program honors our veterans and public safety personnel, who will be featured along with color guards and impressive musical accompaniment. Free

coffee and Danish. For more info: naplesparade.com St. Patrick’s Day Parade March 14 • 11:00 am Fifth Avenue South, Naples Thirty-seven years ago a group of Neapolitan’s got together and decided to have a parade to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Through the hard work of many volunteers and the generous support of patrons like you, the parade has prospered in the decades since. It is now the largest privately-funded Parade in the state. It draws over 40,000 people to downtown Naples each year to celebrate Irish heritage and Irish culture in America. The parade staging area and beginning of the parade will be at Saint Ann’s Church in Old Naples. The parade travels down 3rd Street South to 5th Avenue, then goes

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down 8th Street South to end at Crayton Cove. For more info: call 1-800-222-3333 or check naplesparade.com An Evening of Irish Entertainment Tuesday, March 17 • 6:30 p.m. The Pub at Mercato The Harp & Thistle Pipe Band gets the party started in full dress at 6:30 p.m. in the roundabout in front of The Pub. Music and other festivities throughout the night. St. Patrick’s Day Movie Tuesday, March 17 • 7:15 p.m. The Mercato will host a free movie in keeping with the magic of the holiday: “The Secret of Roan Inish.” www.mercatoshops. com/event/movies-on-the-lawn-featuringthe-secret-of-roan-inish/2145450464

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Brain Balance Offers Help For Children Struggling With Learning or Behavioral Issues

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he staff of Brain Balance Center of Naples understands the pain and frustration of watching a child struggle with learning or behavioral issues. The groundbreaking Brain Balance program provides lasting results because treatment tackles the root cause of the issue. The unique Brain Balance Program addresses the whole child by integrating sensory motor training and stimulation and cognitive activities with nutritional and dietary guidelines. This unique integrated approach is key to what makes Brain Balance different and so effective. You are invited to visit the center at 2355 Vanderbilt Beach Rd. #140, Naples, FL 34109 for a personal tour. You can observe the program in action, meet the dedicated team and learn more about the many children who are being helped right here in the Naples community. To contact Brain Balance, call (239) 451-9167. Online, you can find additional information at www.brainbalancecenters.com/ locations/naples/.

Groove Culture: The Newest, Coolest Music School in Naples

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roove Culture is an after school music school that provides lessons on all instruments in all styles of music. Students will love the performance classes that offer them an outlet to apply the skills they are learning in their lessons. Upcoming classes include DJing and Little Groovers. Groove Culture is located at 6200 Shirley Street, #206 in Naples. Call (239) 5969977 or check grooveculturemusicschool. com for more information.

Spring Break Karate Camp at Impact Martial Arts

“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for people to dwell together in unity.” Psalm 133

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Eighth Annual Interfaith Convocation Sunday, April 19, 2015, 3:00 PM Naples United Church of Christ 5200 Crayton Road, Naples PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) invites people of all faiths to worship together. Sharing religious traditions and rituals unites us in promoting acceptance and belonging for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender persons and their families in our community.

PLEASE PRAY WITH US! Reception to follow Service Welcoming Houses of Worship

Bat Yam – Temple of the Islands * Beth Tikvah * Cornerstone United Methodist Emmanuel Lutheran Church * First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) * Fort Myers Congregational United Church of Christ * Jewish Congregation of Marco Island * Lighthouse Congregational UCC * Mayflower Congregational United Church of Christ * Naples Jewish Congregation * Naples United Church of Christ * New Day Metropolitan Community Church of Naples * Samudrabadra Buddhist Center * St. John the Apostle MCC * St. Monica’s Episcopal Church * Shepherd of the Glades Lutheran Church * Temple Shalom * The Baha’I Faith * Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Greater Naples * Unitarian Universalist Church of Fort Myers * Unity of Naples Church * Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church

For information: www.pflaginterfaith.com, www.PFLAGnaples.org or 239-206-3267

Open For Collier County’s Spring Break March 14 - 23 • 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Sunny the Turtle invites you to enjoy Sun-N-Fun Lagoon! One Million Gallons of Water Fun Five Exciting Water Slides • Lazy River Four Pools • Splash Playground Snack Shack

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Unearthed: Dinosaurs in the Garden ColorSplash Fitness Walk and 5K Registration Open

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he entire community is encouraged to register early for the Pine Ridge Middle School ColorSplash Fitness Walk and 5K to be held on the school campus April 9th at 5 pm. Prepare to get splashed with color as you walk or run your choice of one mile, 2 miles or 5 kilometers. Teams are encouraged to participate and awards will be given for largest team and finish placement. The registration fee includes participation in the event, a T-shirt, sunglasses, two food tickets and post-event entertainment. An early discounted rate of $20 is available to those who register by March 21. The fee goes up to $25 until March 28th and then the full price registration fee of $30 will be in effect until the day of the event. To register for the event go to www.pineridgemiddlepto.org/colorsplash5K.html. For sponsorship opportunities or more information email Cindy Dreyfuss at cindy.dreyfuss@gmail.com or call 239-293-0028.

My Gym Spring Break Camp

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y Gym Spring Break camp is back and it’s the best with children participating in energizing fitness games, noncompetitive gymnastics, arts and crafts, music and so much more. Each camp program is uniquely designed to keep your children moving and active. Themes and programs change daily, so no two camp days at My Gym are ever the same. Drop-off program, pay-by-the day options, and multi-day and sibling discounts make it easy for parents. Spring Break Camp will be offered from March 16-20; on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:00am-1:00pm and Tuesday and Thursday from 1:30pm-5:30pm. Members: $35/day, Non-Members: $45 per day, $10 sibling discount. Call 239-431-6499 to enroll. My Gym Children’s Fitness Center is located at 13020 Livingston Road #17, Naples. Check www.MyGym.com/Naples for additional information.

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aples Botanical Garden presents Unearthed: Dinosaurs in the Garden March 14 to July 5, 2015. Made with painstaking attention to detail, this multi-sensory exhibit includes ten large scale animatronic dinosaur models such as an 85-foot Brachiosaurus and a 40-foot Tyrannosaurus Rex. These life-sized replicas move and growl, giving guests a sneak peek into life millions of years ago, incorporating key details from paleontological findings and research from around the world. This dynamic and interactive dinosaur exhibit is both educational and entertaining for the entire family. Signage and docents will be on hand to help interpret the exhibit. These terrific creatures will primarily be located in two gardens: the Kathleen and Scott Kapnick Brazilian Garden and the Karen and Robert Scott Florida Garden. And in the Vicky C. and David Byron Smith Children’s Garden a Tyrannosaurus Rex photo opportunity and fossil dig pit will be available for the duration of the exhibit. Unearthed: Dinosaurs in the Garden will be included with regular Garden admission and take place during regular Garden hours. Regular hours of operation are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. every day with an early opening on Tuesdays at 8 a.m. Regular admission is $14.95 for adults, $9.95 for children (414), members and children 3 and under get in free. For additional information check www.naplesgarden.org or call (239) 6437275.

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Dozens of Best-Selling Authors Coming to Fort Myers!

North Collier Park Hosts Children’s and Maternity Consignment Event

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wenty nine nationally acclaimed and best-selling authors are coming to Fort Myers to meet their fans and talk about their books at the 16th Annual Southwest Florida Reading Festival on March 21 at the Harborside Event Center and Centennial Park in the Fort Myers River District. The Reading Festival brings in popular authors for adults, teens and children from all over the country to stimulate the community and encourage a community wide culture of reading for pleasure and personal development. The festival is a day- long event filled with fascinating and dynamic author presentations, lively programs and activities for teens and children, the latest library technology, contests, booksellers, book signings, a free book for every child and teen and the Reading Rocks! Teen Battle of the Bands! The festival kicks-off Friday evening, March 20 with the Evening with the Authors where all the authors meet and mingle with the public. A few of the award-winning authors scheduled to attend both events include teen authors: Holly Goldberg Sloan, and Cinda Williams Chima ; and children’s authors: Tom Angleberger and Amy Ignatow. The complete list of authors can be found at www.readfest.org. The Reading Festival is free and is 100 percent community supported through generous donations, sponsorships and grants. To help ensure the continuation of this free community event visit www.readfest.org to make a secure online donation. Author information, dates of partner events, directions to the event and more are available at www.readfest.org or call 239-479-4636.

ids Galore and More Community Consignment Event is scheduled for Saturday, March 28, 2015 from 10am-4pm in the Exhibit Hall Building at North Collier Regional Park. The event offers growing families a platform to recycle gently used, name brand maternity and children’s clothing, as well as baby equipment and gear, large and small toys, games and books and more. KGAM consignors are needed and it’s fun and easy. Through their on-line tagging system, consignors have more control over their selling success and set their own prices. Consignors receive a 70 % consignor commission, print their own price tags and set up their drop off appointment around their busy schedules. Even better, consignors do not need to be present at the event–KGAM does all the on-site work for them. In addition to the consignment sale, the upcoming event will be an opportunity for parents to shop local preschools, summer camps, and community entities. Representatives will be on hand to educate families about programs that are available to their growing children. Visit www.kgamconsignmentevents.com for information on the event and instructions on how to become a KGAM Naples’ consignor.

Naples Equestrian Challenge 19th Annual Horse Show Naples Equestrian Challenge (NEC) will be showcasing the impressive strides made by its therapeutic riders at the 19th Annual NEC Horse Show on Saturday and Sunday, March 14th and 15th. The community is invited to share in the celebration as more than 140 children and adults with special needs ride in the two-day event atop horses masquerading as popular Disney characters. The show will run from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m on Saturday and 11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday and admission is free. In addition to NEC participants showcasing their horseback-riding equitation skills, the show will feature barn tours, raffle prizes and children’s activities including face painting provided by FGCU Patch Club and crafts with Home Depot and the Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples. Barbeque lunches will available for $5. For more information, visit www.NaplesEquestrianChallenge.org

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CALENDAR SUBMISSIONS: To submit your event for both our online and print calendars go to www. neafamily.com and follow the instructions for setting up a calendar account and inputting event information. The deadline for print calendar events is the 12th of the month preceding publication. You can submit events anytime for the online calendar.

8:30 AM. Free Tigertail Beach Walks. Held at Tigertail Beach, 490 Hernando Drive, Marco Island. Meet your Conservancy of Southwest Florida volunteer guides at the kiosk for a walking tour of this natural beach. Site #73 on the “Great Florida Birding Trail”. The tidal lagoon and mudflats offer great views of many of the Gulf Coast’s seasonal and year-round avian residents such as ospreys, pelicans, plovers, sandpipers, egrets, herons and roseate spoonbills, some of which are rare or endangered. Walks are 1-2 hours. Bring water shoes and binoculars. For directions, go to www.conservancy.org/naturecenter/nature-walks. Held every Monday-Friday (except holidays).

9:00 AM. Free Briggs Boardwalk Walk. Conservancy of Southwest Florida volunteer guides take you through five eco-communities from scrub to brackish ponds. Briggs Boardwalk is a Great Florida Birding Trail site. Free, selfguided boardwalk open year round, dawn to dusk. For details, pictures and directions, go to www.conservancy.org/nature-center/naturewalks. Held at Rookery Bay, 300 Tower Road, Naples. Held every Monday thru Sunday.

11:00 AM. Car Cruise-in at Miromar Outlets. See all your favorite makes and models of classic, exotic and custom cars. Located near the Restaurant Piazza, lakeside. Located at 10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero. Call 239-948-3766 or check www.miromaroutlets.com for additional information.

2:00 PM. Free Concerts at the Bandshell. Bring a blanket for the whole family and enjoy free jazz concerts in Cambier Park. Held in Cambier Park, 755 8th Avenue S., Naples. For more information, call 239-213-3058. Held weekly on Sunday.

2:00 PM. Jazz in the Garden. Jazz in the Garden will delight you with a relaxing afternoon of jazz. March’s concert will feature The Naples Sunshine Jazz Band. Held at Naples Botanical Gardens, 4820 Bayshore Drive, Naples. Call 239-643-7275 or check www.naplesgarden. org for additional information. 4:30 PM. Caterpillar Kids Club. Children ages 5-12 will learn the use of breath, sound, humor, and relaxation exercises to learn their most effective life coping skills. $20 or $70/4 classes. Held at Monarch Therapy. Call 239325-9210 or check www.MonarchTherapy.com for additional information.

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Instilling school preparedness through mathematics, science, literacy that enforces sight words, phonics, and letter recognition, and a Kindergarten Readiness Program for Parents

Field trips including: Barnes & Noble, The Artis Naples, The Children’s Museum, The Naples Zoo and the Naples Botanical Gardens

Separate outdoor play spaces for infants, toddlers, and preschool

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5:45 PM. Mindful Teens at Monarch Therapy. Teens practice in-depth mindfulness skills through use of breath, sound, humor, and relaxation exercises. When we learn how to be in the here and now every moment, while also keeping the bigger picture in mind, life is more manageable. It is also helpful to find support with others who struggle with challenging thoughts and emotions. Mindful Teens is geared towards middle and high school and is facilitated by rotating teachers each week. $70/4 classes, $20/drop-in, or $10/current clients. For more information, call 239-325-9210 or visit www.MonarchTherapy.com.

2 MONDAY 9:00 AM. Free Clam Pass Walks. Free, guided walk of boardwalk, bay, and beach – approximately 2 hours. Learn importance of mangrove trees, some Florida history, and meet fascinating creatures and plants that share this unique habitat. Meet your Conservancy of Southwest Florida guide at the gazebo near the parking lot tram stop. Clam Pass Park is west of US 41 on Seagate Drive. Monday - Saturday (except holidays). For more details and pictures go to www.conservancy.org/nature-center/ nature-walks. Held Monday-Friday.

9:30 AM. Guided Canoe Trips. Enjoyable trip on the Blackwater River. Learn about our area’s unique history and nature. No paddling experience necessary. Comfortable canoes with back-rests. Sorry, no children under 6 years of age. Sponsored by Friends of Collier Seminole (All proceeds support the Park). Trips leave daily from Collier-Seminole State Park through March 31st, 9:30am-12:30pm. $30 per person. Special Moonlight Canoe Trips March 3rd and 4th. Customized trips available. Call for Reservations, and ask about our discount coupons: 239-394-3397.Held at Collier-Seminole State Park, 20200 Tamiami Trail East, Naples. Call 239394-3397 for additional information. Trips held daily through March 30.

10:00 AM. Beachcombing and Shelling Talk. What do wrack lines, jellies, blue buttons, beachhoppers, ghosts, sea pork, and beans have in common? Come find out at this lecture on Beachcombing & Shelling. Held at Barefoot Beach Preserve, 505 Barefoot Beach Blvd., Naples. Check www.friendsofbarefootbeach.org for additional information. Held daily Monday through Friday.

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10:30 AM. Janet Ruth Science Sleuth at Headquarters Library. Local educator Janet Lawton will lead a series of programs to guide preschool children through some of the mysteries of science. Children will make crafts during each session. For ages 4-5 years. Registration required. Located at 2385 Orange Blossom Drive, Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check http://public.collier-lib.org for additional information.

5:30 PM. 10th Annual Evening with the Red Sox Benefiting the Boys & Girls Club. For the 10th consecutive year, the Red Sox will host Evening with the Red Sox dinner and auction benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Lee County to be held at JetBlue Park from 5:30 to 9 p.m. The evening will include an opportunity for autographs with Red Sox players, dinner, and live and silent auctions featuring Red Sox memorabilia, regular season game packages, vacation packages and local golf and restaurant experiences. Held at Jet Blue Park, 11581 Daniels Parkway, Ft. Myers. Call 239-334-4700 for additional information.

7:00 PM. Read Across America Story time: The Cat in the Hat at Barnes & Noble. Happy birthday, Dr. Seuss. Join our annual celebration of Read Across America as we celebrate with some of his most beloved stories, including Oh, the Places You’ll Go., The Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham. Located at 5377 Tamiami Trail North, Naples. Call 239-597-2040 for additional information.

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Celebration will honor nominees ages 14-18 and the 2014 Youth of the Year winner will be recognized at the event. Each Club’s Youth of the Year will then go on to compete statewide, regionally and nationally to receive up to $50,000 in college scholarships and installment by the President of the United States. $50 for general admission program seating. Held at Artis-Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Boulevard, Naples. Call 239-597-1111 for additional information.

3 TUESDAY 10:00 AM. Moms and Tots Story time. At Barnes & Noble with Miss Jessica and Miss Felicia. All ages are welcome. Located at 5377 Tamiami Trail North, Naples. Call 239-5972040 for additional information. Held weekly on Tuesday.

1:00 PM. Boston Red Sox Exhibition Season Opening Day. The team opens its exhibition season Tuesday, March 3, at 1:05 p.m., with a single admission double header against the Northeastern University Huskies and the Boston College Eagles. Call 239-334-4700 for ticket information.

4 WEDNESDAY 10:00 AM. Free Kids Crafts at Miromar Outlets. Kids from toddlers to twelve are invited to participate in free fun activities. Located at 10801 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. Call 239-9483766 or check www.miromaroutlets.com for additional information. Held weekly on Wednesday.

4:00 PM. Jenga Time at Estates Branch Library. Build your towers and see who is the last one standing before it comes crashing down. Grade 6-12. Located at 1266 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples. Call 239-455-8088 or check http:// public.collier-lib.org for additional information.

5 THURSDAY 5:30 PM. Alla Prima, Alla Fun. Join friends for pizza, wine and art. Since Alla Prima is a style of completing an artwork in one session, guests will have a masterpiece to take home with them at the end of the evening. Located at 26821 South Bay Dr #114, Bonita Springs. Call 239-495-8989 for additional information.

5:30 PM. Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss Party at Immokalee Branch Library. Come celebrate 7:00 PM. Harlem Globetrotters. One perDr. Seuss’s Birthday with stories, crafts and a formance at Germain Arena at Germain Arena, piñata.. Located at 417 North First Street, Im11000 Everblades Parkway, Estero. Check mokalee. Call 239-657-2882 or check http:// Planet Tails NF Ad - 1-30-15 PRINT.pdf 1 1/30/15 1:08 PM ticketmaster.com for information. public.collier-lib.org for additional information.

5:30 PM. Magic Under the Mangroves. Magic is the Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s signature fund-raising gala to support and celebrate our region’s natural resources. Call 239403-4218 for additional information.

6 FRIDAY 8:00 AM. Hope HealthCare hosts 14th annual Conference on Aging. Healthcare professionals, older adults and family caregivers are invited to the 14th annual Southwest Florida Conference on Aging, which offers education on health care, mental health, case management and an update on current issues. Held at Broadway Palm Dinner Theater, located at 1380 Colonial Blvd. in Fort Myers. To register for the event, visit https://donate.hopehcs.org/COA15 or contact Heather Chester at 239-482-4673 or heather.chester@hopehcs.org.

6:00 PM. Annual Pub Trolley Crawl. If you can’t walk, crawl. If you can’t crawl, then roll. This pub crawl is a highly anticipated good time, so popular that tickets sell out fast. Good food, good brews, bagpipes, and a safe ride to get you there – sounds like a party in Paradise. Street trolleys make the rounds to several local pubs, including the ever-Irish Paddy Murphy’s and Mulligan’s. Call for times and starting location. Call 239-692-8436 or check http://www. fifthavenuesouth.com for information.

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7:30 PM. Family Movie Night at Alliance for the Arts. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, picnic baskets and coolers and enjoy this classic story under the stars with your family and friends. Featuring Mr. Popper’s Penquins. Held at Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Boulevard, Ft. Myers. Check www.artinlee.org or call 239-939-0794 for additional information.

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8:00 AM. IMCP Yard Sale. Sellers bring your own table. $10 per space. Held at Immokalee Community Park, 321 North 1st Street, Immokalee. Call 239-657-4449 for additional information.

8:00 AM. Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Race day sign ups will be held behind Hollywood Theaters. For info go to http://southwestflorida. info-komen.org. Held at Coconut Point, 23106 Fashion Drive, Estero.

8:00 AM. Veterans Community Park Yard Sale. Crafts, produce and yard sale items. Must reserve spot. $10 per space to sell. Held at Veterans Community Park, 1895 Veterans Park Drive, Naples. Call 239-566-2367 or check http://colliergov.net for additional information. 9:00 AM. Free Zoo Admission for Collier County residents. On the first Saturday of every month, 12 times a year, Collier County residents receive free zoo admission all day long. Enter any time, all day long up until 4 p.m. with no coupon required - just proof of residency for all adults. Located at 1590 Goodlette-Frank Road, Naples. Check www.napleszoo. com or call 239-262-5409 for additional information.

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9:00 AM. Golden Gate Community Center Farmers Market. Fresh Fruits & vegetables, flowers, cookies and many other items. Spaces for rent. Located at Golden Gate Community Center, 4701 Golden Gate Pkwy., Naples. Check http://colliergov.net or call 239-252-4180 for additional information.

10:00 AM. Cub Scout: Tech Talk. What do you know about technology? Join C’mon and the Cub Scouts for a fun-filled tech talk. This is for grades 2-5 only. Held at Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples, 15080 Livingston Road, Naples. To register please call 239-260-1600 or register online. 10:00 AM. Fine Art and Craft Show. Naples Artcrafters is an association of artists and craft artisans that sponsors a juried Fine Art and Craft Show every month from October through April. Held in Cambier Park, 755 8th Ave. S., Naples. Check www.naplesgov.com/index.aspx?NID=576 or call 239-213-3058 for additional information.

10:00 AM. Open House at Montessori Academy of Naples. Academy is open to infants through age 15. Located at 2659 Professional Circle, Naples. Check /www.naplesmontessori.org or call 239-597-2255 for additional information.

10:00 AM. Vintage Car Show. A variety of pre 1970 vehicles will be on display in the historic site. Held at Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Road, Estero. Check www.floridastateparks.org or call 239-992-0311 for additional information.

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11:00 AM. Old Florida Festival. This twoday living history festival gathers together some of the state’s finest craft workers, folklorists, musicians and historical re-enactors to recapture the sights and sounds of everyday life on the Florida frontier. One of Naples’ best-known cultural events, this ultimate reality show offers and entertaining and educational trip through South Florida’s surprisingly colorful past for families, schoolchildren and visitors of all ages and interests. Check out the several new historical demonstrations featuring Stone Age Man, Calusa and Seminole Indians; the cannon booms displayed by the Spanish Conquistadors; Seminole War soldiers and British Red Coats; and the Civil War Camps and World War II soldiers. After you’ve come face to face with living history, peruse the one-of-a-kind arts and crafts and sample the best of old Florida cuisine. Admission: 10 for Adults $5 for Children 10 to 18; children under 10 are free. Held at Collier County Museum, 3331 Tamiami Trail East, Naples. Call 239-252-8476 or check http:// colliermuseums.com for additional information.

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11:30 AM. Industrial Area Demonstration. Come and explore the Koreshan industrial area with demonstrations in the generator building and machine shops. Highlights include running a 1929 80hp Fairbanks Morse diesel engine which was used to generate electricity in the settlement until 1946, and a Fairbanks Morse gas engine that runs an overhead belt line used to power various woodworking tools. Located at 3800 Corkscrew Road, Estero. Call 239-992-0311 or check www.floridastateparks. org for additional information.

12:00 PM. Naples Craft Beer Fest at Bayfront. Held waterside at Bayfront in Downtown Naples, the Naples Craft Beer Fest is a celebration of the art of craft beer. The beer festival is expected bring out about 1,200 revelers. Entry includes a tasting glass, unlimited beer samples, food pairings from local restaurants, and local musical entertainment. Expect an impressive variety of beers from around the world. Local chefs and restaurants compete for the best pairing award – a foodie’s dream. Naples Craft Beer Fest is a charity fund-raiser for the Naples North Rotary Club Foundation. 100% of the proceeds are donated to charity, so drink up. Located at Bayfront Place, Goodlette-Frank Rd. and 5th Ave South, Naples. Call 239-272-1907

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8 SUNDAY 2:00 PM. Rockin’ The Blues. Join us for the 2015 Rockin’ the Blues Music Series being held on the lawn at Mercato (next to MASA, across from Silverspot). All concerts in this series are FREE and open to the public. Don’t forget to bring a blanket or lawn chair. Presented by The Bayshore Cultural and Performing Arts Center (CAPA). For more information check http:// bayshorecapa.org/. Mercato is located at 9128 Strada Place, Naples. 8:00 PM. Davinci and Michelangelo Side by Side. “Davinci & Michelangelo - Side by Side,” a multi-media presentation hosted by Mark Rodgers, comparing and contrasting the two intellectuals using images and animations of artwork, paintings, sculptures and machines, will be held March 8 and 15 at Sugden Community Theatre, 701 5th Avenue South in Naples. Tickets are $40.00 each and available at the Box Office, 701 5th Avenue South, Naples or online at www.naplesplayers.org

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Call for time. Disney on Ice: Let’s Celebrate. Held at Germain Arena, 11000 Everblades Parkway, Estero. Check germainarena.com for ticket information. Runs through March 22

Call for time. Celebrate Teen Tech Week at Naples Regional Library. Bring your favorite game to the library or use one of ours. Located

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Call for time. Teen QR Mystery at South Regional Library. Solve the mystery by following the QR code clues and earn a free flash drive. Open to ages 11-17. Located at 8065 Lely Cultural Parkway, Naples. Call 239252-7542 or check http://public.collier-lib.org for additional information. 5:30 PM. Great Bowls of Fire at Art Center Bonita. Use brilliantly colored glazes, stamp, or slip trail designs on a beautiful hand thrown ceramic bowl of your choosing. Techniques will be explained and demonstrated while you enjoy some food and drink and then off you go. Let your creativity flow and create a unique functional bowl. Fired bowls can be picked up the following week. Bring your friends and family for a great evening of art and fun. The evening begins at 5:30pm. $50 per person. For further information call 239-495-8989 or visit www.artcenterbonita.org. 6:30 PM. Making Munchies at Headquarters Library. Come and learn how to make some tasty snacks. Open to ages 5-10 years. Located at 2385 Orange Blossom Drive, Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check http:// public.collier-lib.org for additional information.

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4:00 PM. iPad for Early Elementary: Awesome Eats at Vanderbilt Library. Use the library’s iPads to learn a fresh from the garden game. Located at 788 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Naples. Call 239-597-8444 or check http://public.collier-lib.org for additional information.

6:15 PM. Memory Wire Bracelets at South County Regional Library. Green and just in time for St. Patty’s Day. For fifth grade students and older. Registration is required. Located at 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy., Estero. Call 239- 479-4636 for additional information.

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7:00 PM. Irish Night. Ah, All Eyes will be smiling during this night of Irish music and dance by Marcille Wallis & Friends and dance by Kellyn Celtic Arts Irish Dance Academy, showcasing Southwest Florida’s best Irish step dancing. Kellyn Celtic Arts features nationally recognized, award winning dancers of all ages. Celtic musicians Marcille Wallis & Friends bring a unique blend of music and dance from Ireland to their interactive performances with rousing sing-a longs and thrilling choreographed dance numbers. For over two decades, Marcille and her dulcimer have captivated music lovers of all ages with haunting melodies from Brittany and Galicia and rousing reels and jigs from Ireland. Refreshments including beer and wine available. Held at Center for Performing Arts – Hinman Auditorium, 10150 Bonita Beach Rd., Bonita Springs. For further information call 239-495-8989 or visit www.artcenterbonita.org.

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4:00 PM. LEGO Club at Estates Branch Library. Share ideas, be creative, make new friends and have fun. LEGO® bricks will be provided. Your LEGO® creation will be put on display at the library. Ages 5-11 years. Registration is not required. Located at 1266 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples. Call 239-455-8088 or check http://public.collier-lib.org for additional information.

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12 THURSDAY Call for time. Collier County Fair Opens. For schedules and megapasses go to www.colliercountyfair.com. Runs through March 22.

13 FRIDAY 9:00 AM. VPC Rummage Sale. Annual church Rummage Sale. All proceeds go to local missions and Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church. Also held Saturday, March 14. Located at 1255 Piper Blvd., Naples. Call 239597-5410 or check www.vpcnaples.org for additional information.

2:00 PM. Paws Dogs at Naples Regional Library. Meet these lovable canines. Open to age middle school and up. Located at 650 Central Avenue, Naples. Call 239-262-6853 or check http://public.collier-lib.org for additional information. 3:30 PM. Discovery Reptiles at Golden Gate Library. Check out this traveling zoo that specializes in rare and highly endangered species of reptiles. Located at 2342 Lucerne Road, Naples. Call 239-252-4542 or check http://public.collier-lib.org for additional information.

6:00 PM. East Naples Community Park 5th Grade Spring Dance. Pizza and soda served. $10. Must preregister. Located at 3500 Thomasson Drive, Naples. Call 239-252-4414 or check http://colliergov.net for additional information.

6:00 PM. IMSP Popcorn and Movie Night. This program provides a safe environment for children to watch a movie. $5. Held at Immokalee Sports Complex, 505 Escambia Street, Immokalee. Call 239-657-1951 for additional information. 7:00 PM. IMSC Fifa/Gaming Tournament. Come test your gaming skills. $5. Held at Immokalee Sports Complex, 505 Escambia Street, Immokalee. Call 239-657-1951 for additional information.

8:00 PM. Ayako Yonetani in Concert. Ayako Yonetani, a Juilliard trained violinist and professor at the University of Central Florida, has been performing as Florida’s only official violinist for a decade. Ayako and Keiko Ohnuki Andrews, pianist, introduce some old and new Japanese music to Western audiences along with the traditional Western classical violin repertoire. Refreshments including beer and wine available. For further information call 239-495-8989 or visit www.artcenterbonita.org Held at Center for Performing Arts – Hinman Auditorium, 10150 Bonita Beach Rd.., Bonita Springs.

14 SATURDAY 7:30 AM. Giant Yard Sale at Fleischmann Park. Preregister for booth space $15-30. Rain date is March 21. Held at 1600 Fleischmann Drive, Naples.

8:00 AM. Vineyards Community Park Yard Sale. Crafts, produce and yard sale items. Must reserve spot. $10 to sell. Located at 6231 Arbor Rd., Naples. Call 239-363-9669 or check http://colliergov.net for additional information. 8:30 AM. Circles of Care Early Childhood Education Conference. Child Care of Southwest Florida invites early childhood educators and caregivers to Circles of Care, a day long conference designed to inform and inspire those who work with children from infancy through elementary

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school. Admission at the door will be $60. To register as a participant or exhibitor or for more information about the event or sponsorships, log onto www.ccswfl.org, or call 239-278-1002.

9:00 AM. Unearthed: Dinosaurs in the Gardens Opens. This dynamic and interactive exhibit gives guests a peek into life millions of years ago. Included in regular Gardens admission. Regular admission is $14.95 for adults, $9.95 for children, children under 3 and members are free;. For additional information call 239-643-7275 or check www.naplesgarden.org

9:00 AM. Naples Equestrian Challenge Horse Show. Naples Equestrian challenge (NEC) will be showcasing the impressive strides made by its therapeutic riders at the 19th Annual NEC Horse Show on Saturday and Sunday, March 14th and 15th. The community is invited to share in the celebration as more than 140 children and adults with special needs ride in the two-day event atop horses masquerading as popular Disney characters. The free show will run from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and 11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday and will also include barn tours, raffle prizes, a barbecue lunch and children’s activities. Call 239-596-2988 or check www.naplesequestrianchallenge.org for additional information. 9:30 AM. Flag Raising Ceremony at the Dock Restaurant. This is a free event. This 20th Annual Flag Raising will take place the morning of the Naples St. Patrick’s Day Parade and will be held at The Dock Restaurant at Crayton Cove. This traditional and moving color guard ceremony honors military veterans and first responders. Free coffee and pastries will be served.

10:00 AM. Bonita Springs National Art Festival. Over 200 National and International artists display their work at one of the most highly regarded and nationally ranked Art Festivals in the country. Fine art abounds with paintings, glass, jewelry, clay works, photography, sculpture, wood and more. The Festival runs both Saturday and Sunday, March 14 & 15 from 10:00am until 5:00pm in a great new location Riverside Park in the heart of Bonita Springs. A suggested donation of $5 per person benefits the Center for the Arts Bonita Springs’ scholarship programs making it possible for everyone to enjoy art. For further information call 239-495-8989.

10:00 AM. Fort Myers Beach Shrimp Festival and Parade. Two days of festivities celebrate Fort Myers Beach’s shrimp harvest. Activities for the 57th annual event will include a 10 a.m. parade and the ensuing crowning of the Shrimp Queen on Saturday. Craft vendors, the boiled shrimp concession, and other seafood booths set up at Lynn Hall Memorial Park both days. Some 20,000 people attend the annual Shrimp Festival every year, consuming more than 48,000 (or 1,200-plus pounds of) boiled shrimp prepared by the local Lions Club. Check www.fortmyersbeachshrimpfestival.com/ for additional information.

11:00 AM. 39th Annual Naples St. Patrick’s Day Parade. With more than 100 entries, this annual event is the largest privately-funded parade in Florida, attracting some 40,000 people to Downtown Naples to celebrate the wearing of the green.

11:00 AM. Mustache Baby Story time at Barnes & Noble. Baby Mustache, aka Baby Billy, was born with a mustache, and his family takes it in stride. But as time passes, their worst fears are confirmed when little Billy’s mustache starts to curl up at the ends in a suspiciously villainous fashion. Located at 5377 Tamiami Trail North, Naples. Call 239-5972040 for additional information.

5:00 PM. Rockin’ The Point: Motown. Come join us for a live tribute to Motown. Rockin’ The Point is a FREE concert series held on select Saturdays from 5:00pm to 9:00pm in the center of Fashion Drive at Coconut Point Mall in Estero. Call 239-992-9966 for additional information.

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7:00 PM. Zoobilee: Feast with the Beasts. Join us for the wildest party of the year. You will enjoy delicious cuisine from 20 eclectic restaurants experience special encounters with some of our wild friends, and dance the night away with a live band. For those who prefer to lounge with a glass of wine and friends, relax in another portion of the gardens with the sultry sounds of a jazz quartet. Plus you’ll have a chance to win an African  safari. Call 239-262-5409 for additional information.

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15 SUNDAY 8:00 AM. SUG Shenanigans on the Lake Special Needs Regatta. A day of sailing and racing for our special needs population. T-Shirt, dinner and prizes for all who participate. $35 entry fee. Held at Sugden Regional Park, 4284 Avalon Drive, Naples. Call 239-793-4414 for additional information.

12:00 PM. Baby Leprechaun Races. Join Miromar Outlets for this fun event in which babies must crawl past the finish line to compete for prizes. Located at 10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero. Call 239-948-3766 for additional information.

16 MONDAY Call for time. Spring Break Camp at My Gym. Fun for children ages 2 1/2 and up. Runs through March 20. Call 239-431-6499 for prices and registration information. Check mygym.com/Naples for additional information.

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games. Bring a lunch. $25. Advance registration required. Grade K-6. Held at Fleischmann Park, 1600 Fleischmann Drive, Naples. Call 239-213-3020 for additional information.

10:00 AM. Spring Break Crafter’s Choice at Marco Island Library. Make one of our leftover crafts. Located at 210 S. Heathwood Drive, Marco Island. Call 239-394-3272 or check http://public.collier-lib.org for additional information. Held daily all week.

10:00 AM. Spring Break Crafter’s Choice at South Regional Library. Help the library do its spring cleaning by making one of the leftover crafts. Located at 8065 Lely Cultural Parkway, Naples. Call 239252-7542 or check http://public.collier-lib.org for additional information. Held daily all week.

2:00 PM. Spring Break Film Fest at Immokalee Library. A different movie will be shown each day. Located at 417 North First Street, Immokalee. Call 239-657-2882 or check http://public.collier-lib.org for additional information.

3:30 PM. Trouper the Blind Raccoon at Marco Island Library. Meet Trouper, the blind raccoon and his caregiver and have a photo taken. Located at 210 S. Heathwood Drive, Marco Island. Call 239-394-3272 or check http://public.collier-lib.org for additional information.

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Call for time. Homeschool Day at C’mon. Join us for a fun and entertaining look into Newton’s Laws of Motion. This will be a launching, bouncing, flinging, moving science workshop unlike any other. If you like trebuchets, rockets, and catapults you’ll love this class. Located NEAPOLITANfamily • March 2015

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at 15080 Livingston Road, Naples. www.cmon.org or call 239-514-0084 for additional information.

12:30 PM. Mini Moo Petting Zoo at Immokalee Branch Library. See and touch 20 animals including sheep, goats, bunnies, chickens, pigs and a cow. Located at 417 North First Street, Immokalee. Call 239-6572882 or check http://public.collier-lib.org for additional information.

3:00 PM. Sweet and Savory Snacks at Headquarter’s Library. Learn to make delicious snacks. For age 10-12. Located at 2385 Orange Blossom Drive, Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check http://public.collierlib.org for additional information.

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3:30 PM. Trouper the Raccoon at South Regional Library. Come meet Trouper, the blind raccoon, and Miss Dot, Trouper’s caregiver and have a picture taken. Located at 8065 Lely Cultural Parkway, Naples. Call 239-252-7542 or check http://public.collier-lib.org for additional information.

5:30 PM. Robotics at Estates Library. Science using LEGO Mindstorms. Grades 1 and older. Located at 1266 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples. Check http://public.collier-lib.org or call 239-455-8088 for additional information. 7:00 PM. Movies on the Lawn: The Secret of Roan Inish. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with this magical family-friendly classic. Please no coolers or outside food--support Mercato’s merchants. Lawn chairs, blankets and well-behaved pets welcome. Call 239-594-9400 or check http://www. mercatoshops.com for additional information.

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1:00 PM. Kids Critter Craft Day. Kids Kritter Craft Days are only $10 each child, reservations suggested. Held at Planet Tails, 2355 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Suite 124, Naples. Call 239-293-3513 or check http://www. planettails.com for additional information.

20 FRIDAY 6:00 PM. Golden Gate Community Center Kids Trivia Night. Parents need a night out? Bring your child to the battle of the minds. We will be having kids compete against each other for Movie/TV trivia questions. Must pre-register. Registration is limited. $8. Located at 4701 Golden Gate Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-252-4180 or check http://colliergov. net for additional information.

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6:00 PM. IMCP Movie Night. Family movie with popcorn and drink. $5.. Held at Immokalee Community Park,, 321 North 1st Street, Immokalee. Call 239-657-4449 for additional information. Sundays 5-9PM

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Call for time. Southwest Florida Reading Festival. Here is something for all ages to experience at this reading festival. Everyone enjoys the multiple stages with the celebrity authors who share ‘inside scoop’ about their latest books or what makes a story idea click for them. You can buy books and have the authors sign them too. You’ll find numerous book NEAPOLITANfamily • March 2015

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and educational vendors offering the latest in services and new ideas. A favorite year after year is the free Book for Every Child and Teen. The Children’s Craft & Activities Tent is so fun. Kids make cool stuff that the can take home. There’s also an abundance of fun family activities such as face painting, readings, drawings and so much more. It’ll be a day you will thoroughly enjoy and one you will want to repeat every year. Check out the authors: http://readfest.org/Authors.aspx. Held at Harborside Event Center, 1375 Monroe Street, Ft. Myers. Check www.harborsideevents. com for additional information.

8:00 AM. IMSP Yard Sale. Sellers bring your own table. $10. Held at Immokalee Sports Complex, 505 Escambia Street, Immokalee. Call 239-657-1951 for additional information.

8:00 AM. MHCP Yard Sale. Sellers bring your own table. $10. Held at Max A. Hasse Jr. Community Park, 3390 Golden Gate Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-348-7500 or check http://colliergov.net for additional information.

9:00 AM. Antique Engine and Quilt Show. All kinds of engines, tractors, vehicles, gadgets and gizmo’s will be throughout the historic settlement and demonstrations of Koreshan Large Machine Shop and 1929 80 horsepower Fairbanks Morse Engine hourly. There will also be a quilt show the same days at the Planetary Court, with a vintage sewing machine and the original Koreshan quilts on display, along with many other quilts. Check http://www.floridastateparks.org or call 239-992-0311 for additional information.

10:00 AM. 27th Annual Downtown Festival of the Arts. This fine art and fine craft festival draws over 250 professional artists from around the country who exhibit their sculptures, paintings, jewelry items, photography, ceramics and more. This festival is ranked as one of the 100 Best Fine Art shows in the U.S. by Sunshine Artist Magazine. Call 239692-8436 or check http://www.fifthavenuesouth.com for information. Runs through Sunday.

11:00 AM. Naples India Fest 2014. Come experience a taste of India. Dance performances and various food/clothing vendors from across the state. Held at Fleischmann Park, 1600 Fleischmann Drive, Naples. Call 239-213-3020 for additional information.

1:00 PM. Kids Critter Craft Day. Kids Kritter Craft Days are only $10 each child, reservations suggested. Held at Planet Tails, 2355 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Suite 124, Naples. Call 239-293-3513 or check http://www. planettails.com for additional information.

1:30 PM. Pups and Books at East Naples Library. PAWS Assistance Dogs are coming to the library. Stop by to read to a dog or just to pet one. Children of all ages are welcome. Registration is not required for this program. Located at 8787 Tamiami Trail East, Naples. Call 239-775-5592 or check http://public.collier-lib.org for additional information.

24 TUESDAY 5:00 PM. Sensory Night. C’mon provides Sensory Nights for children on the autism spectrum or with other sensory disabilities who would be unable to visit the museum during regular hours. Lighting and sound are muted and additional sensory activities and cool down spaces are provided. As always, siblings and grandparents are encouraged to attend these programs. Located at 15080 Livingston Road, Naples. Call 239-514-0084 or check http://www.cmon.org for additional information.

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with the sale and silent auction of designer and celebrity-donated purses. Cocktails, music and fun will fill the evening. Located at Daniels Pkwy. and US 41, Ft. Myers. Call 239-489-1221 or check www.thebelltowershops. com for additional information.

6:00 PM. Free Admission to The Baker Museum. Enjoy free admission to The Baker Museum the last Wednesday of each month from 6 to 9pm. A local band offers musical entertainment and audiences of all ages are welcome to view the galleries and learn from our docents. Located at 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., Naples. Call 239-597-1900 for additional information.

26 THURSDAY 3:30 PM. Out of My Hands Juggling Show at Golden Gate Library. Gerard Tricarico will combine music with he expertise as a juggler. Located at 2432 Lucerne Road, Naples. Call 239-252-4542 for additional information.

27 FRIDAY 10:30 AM. Where the Wild Things Grow at Headquarters Library. Bitty botanists will explore the world of plants through tasting different plant parts, dissecting seeds and creating symmetrical flower prints. Located at 2385 Orange Blossom Drive, Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check http://public.collier-lib.org for information.

5:30 PM. Friday Night Out. Want a Friday night out? River Park has got you covered. A craft, playground time, games and a movie, along with pizza for dinner, equals a tired kid to pick up. Friday, March 27 from 5:30 — 9:30 p.m.; $15. Pre-registration is required. For more information, call 239-213-3037. (301 11th Street North, Naples).

6:00 PM. Parent’s Night Out at Immokalee Community Park. Fourth Friday of each month. Dinner, craft, sports and so much more. $5. Located at 321 North 1st Street, Immokalee. Call 239-657-4449 for additional information.

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28 SATURDAY Call for time. Stars on Ice. Held at Germain Arena, 11000 Everblades Parkway, Estero. Check germainarena.com for ticket information. Runs through March 22.

7:30 AM. 10K Run for Music at Artis-Naples. Join musicians from the Naples Philharmonic for the annual running of the 10K Run for Music race. This is a 6.22 mi route in Naples, FL. The race route begins west of Pelican Bay Boulevard S. and Highway 41, finishing at Artis—Naples. Call 239-597-1900 or check www.thephil.org for information.

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8:00 AM. Community Yard Sale at Golden Gate Community Center. This program is designed to let the general population buy or sell craft, or yard sale items. Must reserve spots at Golden Gate Community Center. Call 239-252-4180 for more information. Spots on sale now. Event will be held on Saturday March 28th from 8am-12pm. $10 per reserved parking space. Open to the Public.

10:00 AM. MHCP Easter Eggstravaganza. Over 2000 eggs and the Easter bunny (no hunt). Photos and crafts. Located at 3390 Golden Gate Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-348-7500 or check http://colliergov.net for additional information.

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Many Collier County Library programs require preregistration, please call ahead for any program you are interested in attending to check requirements. to sherry.kendrick@covenantnaples.com or call 239-597-3464.

10:00 AM. Kids Galore and More Community Consignment Event. Families can purchase gently used name brand clothing as well as baby equipment at this consignment sale. Representatives from local familiy-oriented businesses will be on hand. Consignors can check www.kgamconsignments.com for information. Held in the Exhibit Hall at North Collier Regional Park.

11:00 AM. Spring Art Affair at Bell Tower Shops. Dozens of artists will present their work at the Bell Tower Shops during the Alliance for the Arts’ Fourth Annual Spring Art Affair. The free outdoor art fair features a wide variety of mediums, including oil, acrylic and mixed media painting, photography, custom jewelry, furniture, hand woven baskets and more. Located at Daniels Pkwy. and US 41, Ft. Myers. Call 239489-1221 or check www.thebelltowershops.com for additional information.

5:30 PM. Winter Classic Swamp Buggy Races. The Budweiser Cup Championship is once again up for grabs under the lights. Gates will open at 4:00pm with the green flag dropping at 6:00pm. Held at Florida Sports Park,

8250 Collier Blvd., Naples. Call 239-774-2701 or check www.thefloridasportspark.com for additional information.

29 SUNDAY 11:00 AM. Woofstock. The Humane Society Naples and Mercato team up to bring you Woofstock, an event filled with live music and lots of doggone fun including pet-related vendors, adoptable pets from our no-kill shelter and other local pet rescue groups. Located at 9128 Strada Place, Naples. Call 239-594-9400 or check www.mercatoshops.com for additional information.

Naples. Call 239-775-5592 or check http:// public.collier-lib.org for additional information.

6:30 PM. Walk on the Wild Side at Headquarters Library. Enjoy games and crafts based on animals that live in wild. Located at 2385 Orange Blossom, Naples. Check http:// public.collier-lib.org or call 239-593-0870 for information.

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lect treasures from the courtyard. Located at 788 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Naples. Check http:// public.collier-lib.org or call 239-597-8444 for additional information.

11:00 AM. Design with Art at the Bonita Springs Library. An hour of creative paint-

5:30 PM. Bunnies and Books at Naples Regional Library. Learn about bunnies as pets

ing and construction. Located at 26876 Pine Avenue, Bonita Springs. Call 239-992-0101 for information.

5:30 PM. Painting with iPads at East Naples Library. Use the library’s iPads to

and read one a story. Open to ages 4-8. Located at 650 Central Avenue, Naples. Call 239-2626853 or check http://public.collier-lib.org for additional information.

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arch is here and spring break is coming quickly. If you haven’t yet made plans and last minute airfare isn’t an option, consider one of these Florida destinations for a great vacation. We asked our Neapolitan Family readers to give up their favorite and best kept secret (non-Disney) Florida spots that might just be the change of pace your family is looking for. The list includes a wide range of price points and most of the locations offer Florida resident rates.

Beaches GASPARILLA INN This classic Florida resort in Boca Grande, recommended by Stephanie Dixon of Naples, claims to embrace guests in “tranquil civility” the moment you step onto its lush grounds and into the elegant lobby. Think classic golf club and luxurious beach chic style with jackets required in the dining room. While this translates into a pricey per night stay in the hotel, suites or cottages, the trade-off is a 95-mile drive from Naples which means your vacation can start in less than two hours. The inn’s Family Spring Break Package offered during the month of March features teddy bear tea parties, sand castle contests, laser tag and “Drive-Inn” movies in addition to adventures including paddle boarding and geocaching. The resort is pet-friendly with an onsite dog park. 500 PALM AVENUE, BOCA GRANDE, 33921 (877) 403-0599 WWW.THE-GASPARILLA-INN.COM

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SIESTA KEY BUNGALOWS We may think the beaches in Naples are special, but did you know we are less than two hours away from the very best beach in the country (according to Dr. Beach)? Siesta Key, near Sarasota, is known for its “gorgeous, powdery beaches,” says Valerie Foley of Naples. The Siesta Key Bungalows have screened-in porches to enjoy coastal breezes with a full kitchen and enough room for a family. Close enough to Sarasota to enjoy dining, museums and nightlife, Siesta Key beats to its own drum with live music, shopping, dining and drum circles. 8212 MIDNIGHT PASS ROAD SIESTA KEY, 34242 (888) 5-SIESTA WWW.SIESTAKEYBUNGALOWS.COM neafamily.com

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TRADEWINDS ISLAND RESORT This pet-friendly group of beach resorts boasts that kids will never be bored on the 20-acre property. Neapolitan Karen Kreiger recommended this resort because there are many family activities, five pools and a kids’ camp, and older kids can learn to surf or fly with a jet pack. What makes this resort unique to our list is that it has been designated by the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities as an autism-friendly business. Rooms can be equipped with door alarms, outlet covers and cushions for furniture corners and the staff has received sensitivity training. Parents also can drop off their kids for special sensory activities. Guests on special diets can expect glutenfree offerings in all dining outlets onsite. 5500 GULF BLVD., ST. PETE BEACH, 33706 (727) 367-6461 WWW.TRADEWINDSRESORT.COM

SUNDIAL BEACH RESORT AND SPA Reader Jennifer Townsend claims that this resort is good enough to go back to every year. Located on beautiful Sanibel Island, the resort and spa keeps kids entertained with programs such as the Sundial Buddies Camp and Sanibel’s Sea School for Kids. Florida residents enjoy a 15% discount, but the “Stay Two Nights, Get the Third Free Plus $50 Gas Credit” package may be the best bet for this resort that is only 40 miles from Naples. 1451 MIDDLE GULF DRIVE, SANIBEL ISLAND, 33957 (239) 472-4151 WWW.SUNDIALRESORT.COM

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THE FORGOTTEN COAST Reader Jason LeMay suggested the Forgotten Coast as the location where his family makes its vacation memories. It may sound a little sad that this panhandle destination identifies itself as “forgotten” but that may be exactly what season-weary Neapolitans are looking for. The Forgotten Coast website offers 101 things to do in the nearly 20 towns along the coastline, including more than 250 free and low-fee festivals that fill up the entire year’s calendar. WWW.FORGOTTENCOASTLINE.COM

HUTCHINSON ISLAND Reader Mandi Goins let us in on a secret so good that the destination’s own website jokingly begs you not to tell your neighbors about it. Situated on the Treasure Coast between St. Lucie and Martin Counties, Hutchinson Island is a rustic beach that has been left mostly in its wild, natural state. While the island has a few small grocery stores and oceanfront accommodations, nearby Stuart, Jensen Beach and Fort Pierce have dining, museums and galleries should you crave a bit more modern civilization. WWW.FLORIDASHUTCHINSON ISLAND.COM

The Florida Keys HAWKS CAY RESORT Once you drive into Hawks Cay Resort in Duck Cay (in between Islamorada and Marathon Key) you will not have many reasons to leave the property. This resort

features spacious condos in addition to the hotel with a lagoon-style resort pool, a family pool with a pirate ship and a small saltwater lagoon perfect for kayaking, paddle boarding or snorkeling. The resort property also houses a marina where you can park your own boat or launch into a water adventure such as a snorkeling trip to a local reef. There is an ice cream parlor and a natural dolphin habitat where a variety of interactive dolphin experiences can be enjoyed. While this destination can get expensive, the sunsets and dolphin watching are free and you can cook meals in the condos to help defray the cost. (A hands-on dolphin adventure is costly, but considered by many to be an experience of a lifetime.) This resort, a favorite of several of our readers, has been known to have offers on Groupon that are less than half the regular room rates. 61 HAWK’S CAY BLVD, DUCK KEY, 33050 (888) 395-5539 WWW.HAWKSCAY.COM

CHEECA SPA AND LODGE The landscaped drive into the beach-front resort recommended by Christina Elliot of Naples reminds one of a cool jungle that ends at a cozy lodge and nine-hole golf course. The family pool here always is filled to the brim with children so adults may prefer the adult pool and cabanas with televisions adjacent to the spa. The manmade beach features a gorgeous lantern-lit fishing pier and unlimited complimentary use of the bikes, kayaks, catamarans and paddle boards.

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State Parks & Camping Grounds MYAKKA RIVER STATE PARK Just a short drive from Naples is reader Trish Richardson’s ideal place to go camping with her family. One of the oldest and largest state parks, Myakka River State Park has two lakes and a river that are ideal for kayaking and paddle boarding. There are full-facility and primitive campsites plus five log cabins that have been modernized for comfortable lodging.

terpark where you might just bump into a manatee or a mermaid. The Weeki Wachee Springs State park has water flumes, an authentic lazy river, river cruises and mermaid shows. Kids can go to ranger, lifeguard or mermaid camp. Stay in nearby towns such as Spring Hill, Dunedin, Tampa or a local camping ground. WWW.WEEKIWACHEE.COM

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WEKIWA SPRINGS STATE PARK NATURE ADVENTURES Christie Lewis of Naples became a fan of Wekiwa Springs when she lived in Orlando. Along with the Myakka State River Park, Wekiwa is one of only two federally designated “wild and scenic rivers.” Lewis recommends going when it is hot to enjoy swimming, kayaking and canoeing in the cool crystal Springs. If you want to stay overnight in the park, full camping equipment including tents, stoves, lanterns, sleeping bags and a canoe or kayak are available for $132 for two days/one night or $60 for a campsite if you bring your own gear.

REUNION RESORT We promised to not to mention destinations near Disney, but this resort in Kissimmee is special enough to forget about a mouse sighting. There are three championship golf courses, a luxurious spa and a water park that has a lazy river, slides and splashing water features. The kids club hosts a variety of activities all day long at the pool, including hula-hoop contests and crafts. The best part are the luxurious suites in the hotel and condos where parental privacy is guaranteed and the coffeemaker and dishes are cleaned daily by housekeeping. Florida resident specials often bring down the rates to a mid-price hotel level and the condos are roomy enough for a large family or even two small families to share. If you do decide to venture out, there are a lot of fun things to do within a short drive, including The Orlando Science Center, a day trip to Tampa or Cape Canaveral, nearby state parks, airboat rides and, ahem, a few theme parks.

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oldest city, a favorite of readers Nicole LeMay and Carli Suarez. Full of interactive historical tours, you can watch a blacksmith at work, ride a ghost train, recreate a battle scene at Fort Matanzas, or drink from the fountain of youth while admiring the peacocks showing off their colored plumes. Reader favorites include the historic trolley tour and feeding the catfish while dining at the Santa Maria Restaurant. The Hilton Historic Bayfront is close enough to walk to all of the old city attractions. Though the rooms are cozy for a family of four, the pool and historic location makes it a good choice for families. 32 AVENIDA MENENDEZ, ST. AUGUSTINE, (904) 829-2277 WWW.HILTONHISTORICBAYFRONT.COM

THE EMBASSY SUITES Located down the road from Busch Gardens and Adventure Island Waterpark on the USF Campus, The Embassy Suites is in the ideal location to experience Tampa. The hotel provides free shuttle service to and from the parks and includes a free hot breakfast for guests in its atrium. The hotel also is near the Museum of Science and Industry with its interactive exhibits and IMAX theater. If you don’t get enough of the wild rides and 12,000 animals at Busch Gardens, visit the Lowry Park Zoo in Central Tampa or the spectacular Florida Aquarium in the Channelside district. While you are downtown, visit the Latin Quarter, called Ybor City, to see The Tampa Baseball Museum, catch a movie or dine on fabulous Latin food. 3705 SPECTRUM BLVD, TAMPA, FL 33612 (813) 977-7066 WWW.EMBASSYSUITES3.HILTON.COM

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The Bird Gardens of Naples An undiscovered treasure, The Bird Gardens of Naples is located in Corkscrew Swamp with a variety of flora, fauna, bees and butterflies. Your family will enjoy a walking tour of the gardens filled with educational information and photo opportunities. All ages will have the opportunity to see, learn and interact with more than 300 parrots from around the world. Tours last approximately two hours with several miles of walking trails that can be traversed with a stroller if necessary. If weather allows, groups can enter the large macaw aviary with opportunities to take photos and hold birds. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and don’t forget your sunscreen and bug spray. Feel free to bring unsalted nuts to feed the birds, no peanuts please. There is no fee for the tour, but donations are greatly appreciated. Visits are by appointment only and begin at 11:00 a.m. Thursday through Sunday excluding holidays. For more information and to book a tour, check http://birdgardensofnaples.org or call (813) 841-1911.

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Conservancy of Naples Brunch and Boat We all know about the Conservancy of SWFL, but do you know about their Brunch and Boat Tours? Boats leave the Conservancy at 11am or noon on Sunday. You’ll meander down the beautiful Gordon River docking at iconic Gordon’s Restaurant where you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy a delicious brunch before you reboard for the ride back. Once you get back to The Conservancy,

you can explore the Dalton Discovery Center, the new Kids Play Zone or even take another, longer electric boat ride! The price of brunch is not included in Conservancy admission and is paid separately at brunch. Adults are $19.99, children are $9.99. Conservancy Nature Center admission is $12.95 for adults, $8.95 for kids 3-11, Conservancy members are free. Boat and Brunch trips are scheduled for March 1, 8, 15 and 22. Reservations are required. For more information call 239262-0304 or check www.conservancy.org. The tours are subject to weather conditions and tides and children must be at least 2 years old to board the boat. For more information on Gordon’s including the brunch menu, check www.gordonsontheriver.com. The Conservancy of Southwest Florida is located just south of the Naples Zoo on the Southwest Corner of Goodlette-Frank and Golden Gate Blvd.

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Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge With an estimated population of only 120-160 panthers remaining in the wild, all in South Florida, the Florida panther is one of the most endangered mammals in the U.S. In 1989, the US Fish & Wildlife Service purchased 24,300 acres from the Collier family to become the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge, under the authority of the Endangered Species Act, to protect the Florida panther and its habitat. Two hiking trails are open to the public on the refuge including

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a 1/3 mile wheelchair and stroller accessible loop trail. Your family will enjoy a leisurely walk through hammocks, pine flatwoods and wet prairies. The best time to visit is in early spring when wildflowers bloom. Deer, bears and the occasional panther tracks can be found along the longer trail with Red-shoulder hawk, swallow-tailed kite and osprey flying above. Early morning and late afternoon are the best times to observe wildlife. Call (239) 353-8442 to check the status of the trails. The Refuge is located at 3860 Tollgate Blvd., Naples. Get off at Exit 80. Turn left on State Road 29, heading north. The refuge trails will be located on the left-hand side about a half mile down the road. The trails are open from dawn to dusk all year long. For more information check www.fws.gov/refuge/florida_panther/.

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The Naples Depot Museum and Naples Train Museum The Naples Depot Museum is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is in downtown Naples. The Museum is located in the restored Seaboard Air Line Railway passenger station. Inside the museum your family will find Seminole dugout canoes, a mule wagon, antique swamp buggy, restored rail cars and interactive exhibits telling the story of how trade and travel transformed Naples from a village of 300 to what it is today. The museum is open Monday to Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and admission is free. The privately operated train museum features an interactive model layout and train ride for children. At any given time there are 10 trains operating simultaneously on the layout. Kids can operate a variety of train accessories from buttons located on the front of the layout making the visit interactive and even more fun. The Train Museum is open Thursday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Admission is adults $7, children 6 and older $4. Children under 6 are free. Admission includes a ride on the outdoor train. The Naples Depot Museum and Naples Train Museum are located at 1051 5th Ave S., Naples. For more information call (239) 262-6525 or check museums@colliergov.net.

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The Revs Institute for Automotive Research Ask 100 people if they’ve ever heard of The Revs Institute and 99 will look back blankly. Newly opened in March of 2014, the Revs Institute for Automotive Research, Inc. is dedicated to the study and celebration of the automobile–arguably the most important technologic object of the 20th century. On view to the public is the Collier Collection–over 100 of the most influential automobiles ever created. To enhance the visitor’s experience, many exhibitions have specially designed interactive displays and artifact showcases within the four themed galleries. If desired, guided tours through the exhibit space are led by knowledgeable docents and take a minimum of two hours to complete. The Revs Institute is housed in a multi-level, purpose built 80,000 square foot facility at 2500 S. Horseshoe Drive in Naples. The Institute is open on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Advance reservations are required), General admission is $17, docent-led tour $20, faculty, students and active military $12, children 8 and under are free. (Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult at all times) For information and to make reservations, call (239) 687-REVS or purchase tickets at: www.revsinstitute.org. NEAPOLITANfamily • March 2015

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ith the shift in overall energy that comes with spring, it’s easy to see how the tradition of spring cleaning came about. It’s invigorating to air out our homes and scrub deeply to make the indoors feel as fresh as the outdoors. But spring cleaning doesn’t have to apply only to our homes. It also works well for our calendars. Spring makes a great time to reevaluate our daily activities. Making time to examine what has worked and what hasn’t, returns an amount of control to our calendar that we may have felt slip away in the busyness of living it out.

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Here’s how you can give your daily planner a makeover that will restore energy to your days in the months to come: Start by pulling out your calendar and a blank piece of paper. As best you can, list out everything you typically do in a given week that doesn’t show on your calendar: from fixing meals and doing laundry to making appointments and running errands. Once you’ve created your list, you’re ready to look at it alongside your calendar. “Editing down your life’s responsibilities to something you can manage given the amount of energy and time you have is a process,” says Glynnis Whitwer, author of I Used to Be So Organized. “It’s almost like we can band-aid the schedule. But until we deal with that master schedule or project list... most women never get down everything in one place and acknowledge how much they have to do.” Be empowered knowing this first step will take you a long way beyond where most moms have gone. Then be ready to use that energy to tackle the next step. Purge One of my favorite things about spring cleaning is weeding out those items that are simply consuming space. The same can be true for our calendars. Just as it’s difficult to face that jam-packed closet in desperate need of cleaning, it can also be tough to think about the hectic days on your calendar. But the busiest times are the ones you should consider first. As you look over a recent month or two, search for the days with lots of ink. Reflect back to times where you may have wished to clone yourself. Were those isolated incidents, or were they common occurrences? What could you eliminate from your plans to ease the pace of those days? Next consider the value of your regular activities. Have some ceased to fulfill their purpose? Maybe the volunteer position you took when your children were young and you wanted adult company has started to squeeze out other pursuits you’d rather engage NEAPOLITANfamily • March 2015

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in. Scrutinize each day of your week for commitments you may have outgrown. Then pass them along to someone else. Some commitments require more deliberation to determine whether they are worth keeping or not. The best question to ask is: does this still work for me and my family? If it once gave you energy but now leaves you drained, it’s time to examine it more closely. Consider why it no longer works. If it can’t be fixed or reworked, it’s ripe for disposal. The greatest difficulty with some aspects of clearing out a schedule can be getting free from a commitment. Whitwer suggests finding a simple way to say no without making excuses. “I recommend women craft a really good response before they have to say it. Value the job you’re being asked to do. Value the importance of it. And value the person who is asking you. But decline with a simple response.” Dust Many things may stay the same in your daily schedule. The children will still attend school in the fall. You’ll continue washing the laundry. Spring-cleaning these items means dusting them off and seeing where they need to be polished. Go back to your busiest days. Could one of the activities be moved? Maybe it’s time for piano lessons to happen on Wednesdays instead of Mondays. Look for options to shift the overload from busy days to quieter ones. Dusting off your schedule means also being aware of upcoming changes. If your daily workout has been happening during morning preschool but you’ll be switching to afternoon kindergarten, you’ll need to rethink that part of your day. Accounting for it now allows you to put systems in place before the next school year to ensure your plan runs smoothly. Refresh Empty spots invite clutter - it’s why our homes never stay pristine for long. The same can be true of our calendars. While you’re cleaning out your calendar it’s a prime time to think about how much empty space you’d like to maintain in your days. If you’d like to have some quiet downtime to catch up with the kids for a half hour after school, it helps to write that in your calendar. Name the “empty spaces” so you’ve claimed them for what you wish them to be instead of allowing them to be taken over by other events. Like spring-cleaning your home, where you open the windows to let the fresh breezes cleanse your rooms, sampling new activities can freshen up your schedule. Is there a hobby you’ve been hoping to try? Maybe it would fit in one of those spots you emptied. Pencil it in. If you can’t imagine a particular pastime but know you’re up for a change, write down the promise of a new pursuit for yourself. Then be on the lookout for an activity you’d like to try during an empty calendar slot. Spring cleaning takes time and energy. It requires looking in every corner, purging, dusting, and refreshing. But the revival it brings makes it worth every minute. If you take this approach to your calendar you’ll be much closer to having a plan that brings energy to your days - for summer and beyond.

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