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National Reading Month Visit the Cliffs of Insanity MOMentum Mom Cyndee Woolley
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Come Out to the Collier County Fair! Thursday, March 15 to Sunday, March 25! This year only, featuring the largest slide south of Tampa! Enjoy Rides, Games, Demolition Derby, Family Living / Livestock Competitions, Live Music, Food, & So Much More! Our event will also feature a STEAM Initiative (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math).
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Did You Know? The Collier County Fairgrounds is not a part of Collier County or State of Florida government and thus receives no tax dollars or other subsidies. We are a private, not-for-profit organization dedicated to enriching our community by promoting education and South West Florida agriculture while showcasing and rewarding youth achievement. We accomplish this by producing a first-class eleven day Fair each Spring with quality family entertainment and providing facilities and resources for year-round events. Over the years we have given back to a long list of other not-for profits and charities throughout our community. Your money stays here, and we thank you all for supporting us.
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March 2018 TABLE OF CONTENTS
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FROM THE PUBLISHER
REEL LIFE WITH JANE
COLLIER COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT UPDATE
on the cover…
Jimmy Thomas, Jr. (right) is 5 years old and attends kindergarten at Pelican Marsh Elementary School. He is a very active boy who loves the outdoors, reading, experimenting, and spending time with his brother. Justin Thomas is 3 years old and attends pre-kindergarten at Manatee Elementary School. He born with spina bifida (myelomeningocele and hydrocephalus) and is currently wheelchair-bound, but that doesn’t slow him down. He is extremely independent, loves water play, Mickey Mouse, and his brother. Cover photo by Peggy Farren of Avant Garde Photography • 239-263-7001
15 Postpartum Depression. Answers to your questions about postpartum depression from a psychologist. by Joyce D. Pallens 18 MOMentum Moms. Cyndee Woolley demonstrates how she favors presence over balance while building her career, leading community service events, and being a single mom. by Anna Snyder 22 Destination: The Cliffs of Insanity. Visit the west coast of Ireland to take in the breath-taking Cliffs of Moher, made famous in countless movies. by Karen T. Bartlett 36 Work from Home. Three options for earning extra income from home. by April O’Leary 38 Photo Essays. Experience the popular Empty Bowls and Chalk Art Festival fundraisers through the eyes of our field photographer. by Lisette Morales 40 St. Patrick’s Day. The best spots in Southwest Florida to celebrate the Patron Saint of Ireland. Celebrate National Reading Month! 43 Reading Rescue. How to help your struggling reader. by Diana Myers-Finch 44 Book Recommendations. Local middle schoolers list their favorites. 45 Story Time. Collier County libraries offer a long list of story times for you to enjoy with your child.
Neapolitan Family would like to give a special thank you to East Naples Branch library for hosting our cover shoot, and to PAWS Assistance Dogs for allowing us to include Mickey (right) in our cover. Mickey is a delightful 1.5-year-old golden retriever who is training to become a service dog for a veteran. Part of his training involves the Pups ‘n’ Books program at Collier County Public Library branches, where children can read to PAWS dogs. This training also involves visiting schools and retirement communities so that the dogs become accustomed to being in many different environments. The training process typically takes 2-2.5 years to complete, and can cost up to $40,000. Dogs are provided at no cost to veterans. PAWS is one of the beneficiaries of the upcoming Celebrity Martini Glass Auction on March 24. Visit www.naplescmga.com for details on the event. To find out more about PAWS, visit www.pawsassistancedogs.org.
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Increased time online exposes children to cyber bullying and numerous other stressors. It also affects the amount of sleep they get. All of this can lead to increased anxiety, depression and other mental and social disorders. We can help. We offer numerous programs to improve your child’s mental wellness and build strength in coping with the many challenges they face in today’s world AND online. We encourage children and youth to reduce their “screen” time and emphasize the importance of their “me” time, enabling them to bask in a light other than that of their smartphone screen -- that of their inner light.
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One of the best parts about my job is that I work entirely from my home office. I am home when my kids get ready for school, when they come home after school, and when they are sick and need to stay home. It’s a great set up: I have a comfy office chair, two computers to multitask with, cozy beds for my two dogs under my desk, and a door that locks when I need to make and receive business calls. The hard part is when I need to use the doors to close my work day so I can be present for my children. Some days, okay most days, the boundaries of work and family become blurred. When I read our MOMentum Mom Cyndee Woolley’s response to balancing work and motherhood for her family, I was impressed with her advice to worry less about balance and more about presence. Despite her obligations to running her business and community service, she declares a time when the phone and computer are completely off and she spends time giving her daughter her full attention. She learned this advice from her grandmother, who once told her that her biggest regret is that she spent too much time cleaning and not enough time playing with her kids. If working from home is something that you would like to learn more about, life coach and home business mentor April O’Leary gives great advice on how to get started on page 36. When I do get to leave my home office, it is to do fun things like shoot the cover of our magazine, and this month we decided to celebrate National Reading Month by featuring the popular Pups ‘n’ Books program at the Collier County Public Library, along with our Cover Kids Jimmy and Justin and PAWS Assistance pup-in-training Mickey. In addition to reading to dogs, children can enjoy story times weekly at every library branch (times listed on page 45). For older children looking for a new book to read, we turned to our Reader Recommends columnists for their very favorite books they have read so far in their young lives, on page 44. There is a lot more to celebrate in March, and you will find the best St. Patrick’s Day and Easter events, as well as Community Passover seders to attend throughout this issue and in our print and online calendar. Finally, we wish to extend our sincerest condolences to our neighbors in Parkland, Florida for the horrific tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine’s Day. We hope that the 17 lives that were taken will not be in vain, and we stand with the community and support the changes that will help prevent another school shooting from ever happening again.
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REEL LIFE WITH JANE
By Jane Louise Boursaw
Family Movie Previews for March
Movies for kids and teens in March include tales about missing gnomes, outcast dogs, time travel, and more. Let’s take a closer look.
A WRINKLE IN TIME Rated PG for thematic elements and some peril • In theaters 3/9 Ok for kids 7+ Reel Preview: 5 of 5 Reels After learning that her astrophysicist father Alex (Chris Pine) is being held captive on a distant planet deep in the grip of a universe-spanning evil, Meg Murry (Storm Reid) works with her younger brother, new friend and fellow student Calvin O’Keeffe (Levi Miller), and three astral travelers, Mrs. Which (Oprah Winfrey), Mrs. Whatsit (Reese Witherspoon), and Mrs. Who (Mindy Kaling), to save him. Based on the 1962 novel by Madeleine L’Engle and directed by Ava DuVernay, this fantasy adventure film also stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michael Peña, and Zach Galifianakis. ISLE OF DOGS Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and some violent images In theaters 3/23 • Ok for kids 13+ Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels Set in a dystopian future Japan in which 8
dogs have been quarantined on a remote island due to a “canine flu,” Isle of Dogs follows five local dogs – Chief, Rex, Boss, Duke, and King. They are fed up with their isolated existence until a boy named Atari Kobayashi ventures to the island to search for his dog, Spots. Directed by Wes Anderson, this movie features the voices of Edward Norton, Scarlett Johansson, Bryan Cranston, Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray, and Greta Gerwig. “Fantastic Mr. Fox” collaborators Ian Mackinnon and Peter Saunders will once again be the puppet masters. LOVE SIMON Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, sexual references, language, and teen partying • In theaters 3/16 Ok for kids 14+ Reel Preview: 4.5 of 5 Reels Everyone deserves a great love story. But for 17-year-old Simon Spier, it’s a little more complicated: he’s yet to tell his family or friends that he’s gay, and he doesn’t actually know the identity of the anonymous classmate he’s fallen for online. Things get even more complicated when his secret
falls into the hands of the class clown, who blackmails Simon into playing Cupid. Directed by Greg Berlanti, this movie stars Logan Miller, Nick Robinson, Jennifer Garner, and Katherine Langford. READY PLAYER ONE Rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi action and violence, bloody images, suggestive material, nudity, and language In theaters 3/29 • Ok for kids 12+ Reel Review: 4 of 5 Reels In the near future, a young outcast named Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) escapes from his daily drudgery by logging into an online game called “The Oasis.” When the game’s billionaire founder dies, he offers players his fortune as the prize in the virtual treasure hunt. Watts gets in on the action, but soon finds himself facing off against corporate foes who will go to any lengths to get the money – in both the real world and “The Oasis.” Directed by Steven Spielberg and based on the novel by Ernie Cline (who also wrote the screenplay), this movie also stars Olivia Cooke, T.J. Miller, Simon Pegg, Mark Rylance, and Ben Mendelsohn. NEAPOLITANfamily • March 2018
I CAN ONLY IMAGINE Rated PG for thematic elements including some violence In theaters 3/16 • Ok for kids 9+ Reel Preview: 3.5 of 5 Reels Based on the popular Christian song of the same name by Bart Millard, this movie follows the true story of Millard, lead singer of the Christian band MercyMe, and how he wrote what is now the most-played radio single in Christian music history. Directed by Jon Erwin and Brett McCorkle, this movie stars Trace Adkins, Dennis Quaid, Cloris Leachman, J. Michael Finley, and Madeline Carroll. GNOME ALONE Rated PG for rude humor/behavior In theaters 3/2 • Ok for kids 6+ Reel Review: 3 of 5 Reels Forced to move into a decrepit old house filled with garden gnomes, young Chloe (voiced by Becky G) soon discovers that the house is hiding something terrifying. While home alone after school, Chloe and nosy neighbor Liam (Josh Peck) discover that the
gnomes are actually alive! Chloe and Liam team up with the rag-tag group of gnomes to fight off an of invasion menacing little monsters called Troggs and save the world. Directed by Peter Lepeniotis, this animated family movie also features the voices of Tara Strong, David Koechner, Olivia Holt, and George Lopez. GOD’S NOT DEAD: A LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS Rated PG for thematic elements including violence and suggestive material. In theaters 3/30 • Ok for kids 9+ Reel Review: 3 of 5 Reels After a deadly fire rips through St. James Church, Hadleigh University leaders use the tragedy to push the congregation off campus, forcing the church to defend its rights and bringing together estranged brothers for a reunion that opens old wounds and forces them to address the issues that pulled them apart. Directed by Michael Mason, this third installment of the popular faith-based franchise stars Jennifer Taylor, John Corbett, Ted McGinley, Tatum O’Neal, Shane Harper, and David White.
SHERLOCK GNOMES Not yet rated; likely PG In theaters 3/23 • Ok for kids 6+ Reel Review: 3 of 5 Reels First introduced in the film “Gnomeo and Juliet,” the adorable title characters and their garden ornament friends have a new adventure featuring the legendary Sherlock Gnomes. In London, gnomes are disappearing from the gardens. Gnomeo (James McAvoy) and Juliet (Emily Blunt) join forces with Sherlock Gnomes (Johnny Depp) and his sidekick Watson (Chiwetel Ejiofor) to discover what is behind the mystery. Directed by John Stevenson, this cute family movie is executive produced by Elton John. JANE’S REEL RATING SYSTEM 1 Reel–Even the Force can’t save it. 2 Reels–Coulda been a contender. 3 Reels–Something to talk about. 4 Reels–You want the truth? Great flick! 5 Reels–Wow! The stuff dreams are made of. JANE LOUISE BOURSAW is the editor of ReelLifeWithJane.com and OldMission.net.
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Each child took a turn putting paint on the canvas under the watchful eye and gentle direction of artist Mally Khorasantchi, and soon their individual efforts began to come together to create a cohesive abstract painting. Mally explained that later she will add more detail to the painting, as well as her own unique artistic flair, before the painting will be ready to auction at the fundraising event. “I think it’s a wonderful and unique experience for our children to interact with an artist of Mally’s caliber,” said Alicia Browner, director of fundraising and events at CCCR. “Even though they’re still very young, the hope is that this will inspire some of them to continue exploring their creative side as they grow older.” Big Impressions by Little Artists will be held on Friday, March 9 at 11 a.m. Tickets are $75 per person, and available for purchase online at www.collierchildcare.org.
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unior Achievement of Southwest Florida is seeking entrepreneurial, business-minded teens for its CEO Academy, a summer camp that teaches students the basics of starting and operating a successful business. Open to rising high school juniors and seniors from Charlotte, Collier, and Lee counties, the camp runs from June 4-8 at FGCU’s Emergent Technologies Institute. To apply, visit www.JASWFL.org or call 239-225-2590.
hirteen children from the Little Wonders VPK class visited a professional artist’s studio to prepare an original piece of art that will be auctioned off as part of Collier Child Care Resources (CCCR) fundraising event, Big Impressions by Little Artists, which supports CCCR in its mission to provide exceptional child care services to the children and families who need them most.
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CSN Grad, Author Chessy Prout to Speak at Wellfit Program
ational teen advocate and author Chessy Prout, a former Naples resident and a 2017 graduate of the Community School, will share her inspiring story following the traumatic aftermath of her sexual assault at a prestigious New Hampshire boarding school. Recognized as among those who planted the seeds for the #MeToo movement when she came forward in her pursuit of justice, Prout’s book, “I Have the Right To: A High School Survivor’s Story of Sexual Assault, Justice, and Hope,” is available March 6. Together, she and co-author Jenn Abelson, an investigative reporter for the Boston Globe’s Spotlight Team, will share Prout’s message of hope, letting survivors know they are not alone. Raised in Japan, Chessy matriculated to St. Paul’s School – a boarding school in New Hampshire that her father and sister had attended. There, as a freshman, Chessy was the victim of a sexual assault. Chessy’s case and trial garnered national and international media attention, as her assault was part of the ritual competition at the school called “Senior Salute.” Two years later, in Chessy’s pursuit of justice, she decided to step forward publicly. In August 2016, she launched the #IHaveTheRightTo initiative with the organization PAVE, for which she is an ambassador. As a PAVE ambassador, Chessy has traveled around the country to speak about the importance of consent education in K-12 schools; encourages survivors and others to assert their most important, basic rights; and uses her voice to let other survivors know they are not alone. Registration is available online at www.WellfitGirls.org. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit Wellfit Girls’ five-month fitness, leadership, and empowerment program dedicated to inspiring, challenging, and empowering teen girls to climb high in all areas of life.
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DLC’s Mental Health Symposium Features Screenagers Documentary
avid Lawrence Center’s 5th Annual Sound Minds Mental Health Symposium is set for March 24 at Moorings Presbyterian Church at 3:00 p.m. and features a screening of the award-winning documentary Screenagers. The film examines the impact of video gaming and social media on teenagers. There is a $10 suggested donation per person for the symposium. VIP tickets are $125. For sponsorships and ticket information, visit DavidLawrenceCenter.org or contact Moira Larkin at 239-354-1445 or firstname.lastname@example.org. NEAPOLITANfamily • March 2018
these birds ARE only in town until APRIL 15! Come meet these playful African Penguins before they leave town! At Naples Zoo now through April 15, 2018.
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By Reuben Doupé and Dale Klaus
How to Know When It’s Time
s divorce lawyers, we are often asked about the divorce rate. The divorce rate for any specific geographic location is calculated by simply dividing the number of divorces by the number of marriages during a certain period of time. Florida’s Bureau of Vital Statistics tracks, among other things, the number of marriages and divorces that occur in our state. In 2016, for example, there were 167,416 marriages performed in Florida (3,077 here in Collier County); and there were 79,677 dissolutions of marriage (1,226 here in Collier County). This results in a divorce rate of 47.6% statewide (39.8% in Collier). While the annual 2017 figures have not yet been released, through September 2017 those rates are 47.3% and 43.8%, respectively. Skewing the data is the fact that only Florida residents can get divorced in Florida, while anyone can get married in Florida. Because Florida is a destination for weddings of non-residents, many couples may marry here and then return to their home state, where they may or may not ever divorce. Further, Floridians may marry in another state then divorce in Florida, and Florida divorces may involve couples that married in another state. Suffice it to say, due to these numerous variations, it is impossible to say exactly how many marriages end in divorce, but using the figure above is the best we can do for now. The divorce rate among all marriages is in the
range of 45-50%. The point of this statistic is to let you know that if you are considering divorce, you are not alone. Even if you do not have many divorced friends in your social circle, there are many out there who can offer you support. Knowing when or if you should start the divorce process can be very stressful and a very difficult decision. There are some specific circumstances in which this decision can be very simple, such as cases of infidelity or domestic violence, or variations of deceit between spouses. But for the majority of divorcing couples, it is not such a black-and-white decision. If you find yourself in this place, don’t go it alone. Reach out for the support of those that are in the best position to help you through this difficult decision (this may not include friends or family). Seeking advice from counselors, whether professional therapists or church counselors, is always a good idea. Your lawyer is there to advise you on your legal rights, to make sure you
are informed of your rights, and to help you exercise those rights if you wish. Your lawyer is not trained to help you determine whether it is time to end your marriage. But knowing your rights may be an important consideration. It is easy to fear the unknown, and consulting with a family law attorney before you have made your decision may help you understand what is in store if you decide to divorce. Knowing what rights you have and what your financial picture may look like after a divorce may be a very important factor in determining if and when you divorce. Finding the right confidant or advisor to guide you through the process is very important and is not a step that should be skipped. This applies to emotional advice as well as legal advice.
DALE KLAUS and REUBEN DOUPÉ are Family Law and Divorce Attorneys with Coleman, Hazzard, Taylor, Klaus, Doupé & Diaz, PA. Visit www.CHTlegal.com or call 239-298-5200.
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By Joyce D. Pallens, Psy.D.
Learn About Postpartum Depression JOYCE D. PALLENS, Psy.D., a licensed psychologist with the Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida, answers your questions about postpartum depression. What is postpartum depression? Postpartum depression (PPD) is a mood disorder that is diagnosed when a woman exhibits positive symptoms of depression after having a baby. Women with postpartum depression experience difficulty bonding with their babies and some may reject their babies. They can experience feelings of sadness, emotional numbness, excessive worries, guilt about being a “bad mom,” irritability, social isolation, and frequent headaches or body pain, as well as finding themselves eating too much or too little, sleeping too much or too little, and having difficulty taking care of themselves, their baby, and other family members. What is the difference between postpartum depression and the “baby blues”? Having a baby is a very challenging stage of life for some parents, both emotionally and physically. About 80% of women experience the baby blues after having a baby. This is considered a normal reaction to the adjustment process of having a baby, especially for first-time moms. Women feel worried, tired, overwhelmed, and sad; however, these symptoms typically resolve themselves within a few days to no more that 4-6 weeks. On the other hand, postpartum depression is a complication or extension of the baby blues, and it affects approximately
15-20% of women after giving birth. A woman is diagnosed with PPD if she exhibits five or more of the following symptoms over a two-week period on a mostly daily basis during pregnancy or up to 4 weeks following delivery: feeling down, depressed, or hopeless; little interest or pleasure in doing things; change in appetite or weight; change in sleep patterns; feeling tired or agitated/irritable; feeling guilty or worthless; difficulty concentrating and making decisions; and recurring thoughts of death. How do you screen for PPD in your practice? Usually, every woman has two postpartum examinations appointments with a gynecologist or midwife. During these visits, the staff nurse uses a screening tool called Edinburg Postnatal Depression Scale. If the woman scores high according to the scales, a same-day appointment with a behavioral health provider is requested. We monitor depressive symptoms during pregnancy as well using the Patient Health Questionnaire-9 (PHQ-9). Also, every woman that comes for her annual visit at our clinic answers the nine questions of the PHQ-9. The process is the same for Behavioral Health consultation, depending on the score and intensity of the symptoms reported. Does PPD affect women only? No, fathers can suffer from postpartum depression, too. Symptoms are similar for both women and men. However, the research on PPD in men is not as extensive as it is for women. How does someone develop PPD?
There are some high-risk factors. For example, history of anxiety or depression or any other mental health condition, anxiety or depression during pregnancy, maternal age (for example, adolescent mothers have a higher risk), lack of social support, lack of economic resources, cultural factors, pregnancy complications, baby health complications, and violence – especially domestic violence – can all increase the likelihood of PPD developing. What is the treatment for PPD? Treatment will depend on the intensity of the symptoms. For mild symptoms, psychotherapy and behavioral health interventions are the best treatments, which consist of one-on-one therapy/intervention with the patient. The treatment of choice is cognitive behavioral therapy, which provides validation and helps new parents replace fearful thoughts, feelings, and behaviors with more positive/realistic ones. If the symptoms are more moderate or severe, we can combine medication with psychotherapy. The medication commonly prescribed are antidepressants, specifically the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. How can family and friends help? They can be there for the new parent, help with the baby and household chores, validate feelings, and recognize the difficult process of taking care of a newborn. Also, they can encourage the new mom to talk with a health provider about how she/he feels. The health provider will provide information and coordinate care, if necessary.
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CITY CONNECTION PARKS DEPT.
By Laura Tichy-Smith
Forecast for Fun: Spring Break Entertainment, classes, and sports await you at these programs and events offered by the City of Naples Community Services Department. Free Concerts at Cambier Park and River Park Bring a blanket for the whole family and enjoy free concerts in Cambier Park. All concerts at 2 p.m. Naples Concert Band on March 4, Naples Dixieland Jazz Band on March 11, Gulfcoast Big Band on March 18, and Naples Big Band on March 25. Call 239-213-3058. (755 Eighth Ave. S., Naples). The Jazz Masters will present a free concert of Dixieland jazz at the River Park Community Center on Saturday, March 17 at 2 p.m. Call 239-213-3037. (301 11th St. N., Naples) Parents’ Night Out Hosted by Miss Cricket Want a Friday night out? Miss Cricket, the gymnastics and afterschool instructor at Fleischmann Park, has got you covered. Dinner, games, and a big screen movie equal a tired kid to pick up. Call for February’s date; $22. Pre-registration is required. Call 239-213-3020. (1600 Fleischmann Blvd., Naples) Free Tuesday Morning Nature Talk Series Bring your children and learn together how nature can flourish in urban and suburban
areas, with the proper care. The Naples Preserve continues its free nature talk series featuring guest speakers from natural areas around SWFL. The presentations will inform and entertain both adults and children over the age of 7. All talks are at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays. The schedule is: March 6 – Galapagos; March 13 – Flint Pen Strand; March 20 – Two World’s Collide: South Florida’s Temperate and Tropical Life. Call 239-261-4290. (1690 Tamiami Tr. N., corner of US 41 & Fleischmann Blvd.) Baby Fitness (18 months and up) Instill healthy habits for life in your toddler by attending the drop-in Mommy and Me Open Gym on Fridays, 10-11:30 a.m. $6 per child. Call 239-213-3020. (1600 Fleischmann Blvd., Naples) School’s Out Fun Day for Elementary School Kids Need childcare when school is closed but you have to work? Fleischmann Park has planned fun activities for your child’s day off from school, including crafts, games, and sports. Send lunch and snacks with your child. Fun Day runs 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. You must register no later than no later than two weeks prior to the event. Space is limited. Friday, March 30. $30
per child. To register, call 239-213-3020. (1600 Fleischmann Blvd., Naples) Come on in, the Water’s Free! The River Park Aquatic Center is open. Featuring fun for everyone from tiny tot to serious swimmer, pool admission is free for residents of Collier County. The kids will love the beach-like shallow end with play fountains, dump buckets and water slide, while the grownups will enjoy the lap swimming exercise lanes and sunbathing deck. Parents will rest assured their children are in good hands with the Red Cross certified lifeguards on watchful duty. Hours are Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Call 239-213-3040. (451 11th St. N., Naples) Spring Break Camps Fleischmann Park offers a variety of spring break camps sure to appeal to any kid. March 12-16. $25 per day or $105 per week, except where noted. Spring Break Fun Days ($33 per day. K-6); Skate/BMX Camp (ages 7-12); High and Beyond Climbing Camp! (ages 5+); Jr. Fitness Spring Break Camp (ages 10+); Creative Art Camp ($120 per week. Ages 6-13). To register, call 239-213-3020. (1600 Fleischmann Blvd., Naples)
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By Amanda Jackson, Communications & Community Engagement
Making Connections in the Café
uring a breakfast of doughnut holes and apple juice, students at Calusa Park Elementary School’s (CPE) International Friendship Café discuss where they came from and where they’re going. The new club recently hosted its second meeting, a place for students to make lasting connections in the school. As the meeting started, teacher Sandy Mendoza listed different topics and asked students to stand up when they heard something they liked. “Do you like chocolate? Pizza? Did you move here from Venezuela?” This ice breaker led into the group’s activity for the month: creating a collage representing their favorite parts of living in the United States of America. “I like getting to see new friends who are from different states and countries that I never knew about,” third grader Sheyla Garcia said. She moved to the U.S. from Cuba. “I didn’t have many toys in Cuba, so I’m cutting out a lot of pictures of toys.” She said her favorite part about living here is the food, her school, and toys. Other students decorated their collages with pictures of sports stars, books, games, animals, and more. “I was born in the United States but spoke Spanish, and I remember going to the first day of kindergarten and not knowing
what was going on,” Mendoza explained. “I wanted to establish a space for students to get to know each other and realize they’re not the only ones going through the English language learning process.” She said the first meeting was a little nerve-wracking for students. “They didn’t realize why they were here. When they understood that they’d be meeting students like them from other countries and they’d be speaking Spanish and doing activities together, they were so excited.” Mendoza says she’s already seen a change in students’ academics. “They’re more relaxed, participating in class more.” She added that she has seen changes socially as well. “In the hallways you’ll see kindergartners talking to fifth graders, fifth graders talking to third graders,” said Mendoza. “It’s built a community, which is what we wanted.” The International Friendship Café is expanding next month. CPE has students from Bulgaria, Pakistan, Korea, and other countries who will be joining the group. Their next activity is discussing their future goals and dreams. “The first questions they ask, ‘When will we do this again? When will I get to see my new friends again?’ We can’t wait to expand this to even more students,” Mendoza said.
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Cyndee Woolley and her daughter Bridget enjoying a walk on the Gordon River Greenway. Photo by Lisette Morales.
By Anna Snyder
yndee Woolley is everywhere! She has spent her life and career in Naples and her love for our community overflows into all aspects of her life. Cyndee’s heavy involvement with local small businesses and nonprofit organizations is an outflow of her passion for Southwest Florida. She lives to make our community great. Born and raised in Naples, Cyndee attended what was then Edison Community College, as well as the University of West Florida. She has spent her career in market-
ing and communications and, after working in this capacity for a variety of organizations, Cyndee started her own firm, C2 Communications. This successful venture, coupled with the publication of her book, Building Brand You, display her desire to help businesses succeed through the power of story. But Cyndee doesn’t stop there. Most notably, she recently started The League of Courageous Women, a nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging young women in middle school, high school, and beyond to dream big dreams, set high goals, and actively pursue leadership opportunities.
Cyndee is a mom to an 11-year-old daughter, Bridget, an aspiring dancer who loves to travel and excels in school. She and her daughter spend lots of time together; I especially enjoyed hearing Cyndee’s perspective on family time, motherhood, and the idea of balance. College? I was born and raised in Naples. I got my associate’s degree from what used to be Edison Community College (now Florida SouthWestern State College). I went on to University of West Florida, where I received my bachelor’s degree in management and marketing. I decided to gain some work experience before pursuing a master’s degree. I am currently working towards a master’s in business administration from Hodges University. Career Path? I have always wanted to be a small business owner. Before starting a business, I knew I needed experience in different sectors. I’ve been involved in sales and marketing since 2000 in various capacities: hospitality, construction, public relations, and communications. Throughout my career, my real passion has been the ability to share someone’s story as a way to compel others to get engaged in the community and take action. I love to hone in – to share others’ stories. I built my business (C2 Communications) as a way to pursue this passion. Tell us about your book. I wrote Building Brand You in a time when social media was just emerging and the economy was flailing. It’s a tool book designed to help business owners answer the question “How do I market myself?” What motivates you in your career? C2 Communications is nine years old, and it has been so rewarding on a professional level for me. I’m really interested in making the community a better place for my daughter, especially as I see her grow and change. And as a single mom, the business has allowed me to create a better life for us. Tell us about your daughter. Bridget is 11 years old, going on 30. She’s smart and compassionate. She’s an aspiring dancer. NEAPOLITANfamily • March 2018
Bridget sets really big goals for herself, and she puts her heart and soul into achieving these goals. Nothing can deter her when she sets her mind on something. Bridget attends Gulfview Middle School. What has been your greatest accomplishment? There’s a group of my daughter’s friends I’ve been able to inspire. I’ve connected with them, and I’ve been able to connect them with other leaders in the community. Inspiring the next generation of women leaders has given me a lot of hope. I’ve loved being a part of shaping this group of girls as they set big goals. What has been your biggest regret? I had the opportunity to backpack across Europe after I graduated from college. I should have taken that opportunity to travel before I had to start making payments on my student loans. I wish I had traveled before becoming a mom – before work. Tell us about your volunteer positions and community involvement. I’m a member of the Northside Naples Kiwanis Club, and am on the board of Keep Collier Beautiful, a nonprofit dedicated to improving waste handling practices in Collier County. I’m also heavily involved with the Leadership Collier Foundation and a member of the Public Relations Society of America. In addition, I’m executive director of the Farm City BBQ of Collier County. I’ve been on the Farm City BBQ committee for 16 years, but formally took over the organization around 10 years ago and filed for nonprofit status in 2011. We’ve donated about half-a-million dollars back into youth leadership programs. What’s next for you? Research shows that about 44% of girls in 4th and 5th grade desire to be a leader. In middle school, there
is a point at which that number drops dramatically. About 36% of girls in 6th grade want to be leaders. Within a relatively short period of time, they are losing momentum to be engaged as leaders in their schools and within their family units. A new non-profit organization I’ve started seeks to raise up the next generation of women leaders. The League of Courageous Women is dedicated to inspiring young women to make bigger goals. Through various events and programs, we are connecting middle school, high school, and adult women with one another to inspire future leaders. Our goal is to raise awareness about the need for cultivating women leaders and elevate the conversation about women in leadership. On September 29, we are hosting a Leadership Summit; we’re partnering with various agencies and organizations, including Hodges University, to present topics related to women in leadership. We’re planning to continue hosting networking events, connecting women of various ages. Additionally, we are planning to add on a formalized mentorship program and implement a “Courageous Cash Kickstarter Program.” The fund will support girls who have ideas on ways to improve their schools and home. How do you balance motherhood, your career, and your burgeoning nonprofit? I don’t think balance is the answer. I think presence is the answer. We get offbalance when we’re at home, and all we’re thinking about is being at work. Or when we’re at work, and all we think about is being at home. True fulfillment and balance happen when we shut our phones off, talk with one another, and genuinely listen. Best parenting advice you’ve ever received and from whom? When I was
starting my business, I was crazed and stressed. I worked long hours, and I stayed up so late. Sometimes, I would drive home and tell my daughter, “Mommy’s computer is at the office tonight,” or “Mommy shut her phone off for the day.” I would see her face light up with excitement. I remember my grandmother telling me that her biggest regret is that she spent too much time cleaning and not enough time playing when her kids were little. I really internalized that. I want to be the example of that for my daughter. And now that she’s 11 and has her own phone, she says to me quite often, “I’m shutting my phone off to be with you.” What does a typical weeknight look like for you? Every night is different; our schedule is a mix of ballet, board meetings, and many other activities. However, I believe in making time for family meals. We always sit down to dinner together. I also make breakfast every morning before school. What do you do for fun on the weekends? My daughter is very active in ballet, and so I often do pilates on the weekends at her dance studio. We enjoy walking the Gordon River Greenway. My daughter and I enjoy traveling to explore various places and go to concerts – it’s something meaningful we pursue together. What do you love about Naples? I love that we have a quieter pace of life here. We have the ability to slow down and enjoy each other. We have great schools, and it’s safe to send our kids to school here. Naples is a great place to have a family and spend quality time with your family. I love visiting Miami, New York City, and Los Angeles, but I come back to Naples because it’s a great quality of life for my daughter.
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Planning for the Future When Your Child Has Special Needs
here are ten planning steps you can take right away to take charge of your child’s future care. A typical child could recover from a failure to plan, but a child with special needs may never recover. Although some people with special needs are able to support themselves as an adult, many will need to rely on government assistance. Most importantly, you must put in place a clear plan for the care of your children if something happens to you. This is critical: don’t leave the care of your family and assets to chance. The next 10 steps will map out exactly what you need to do. 1. Name guardians for both the short term and the long term. If you have children under 18, you must give clear legal
authority for designated caregivers to take custody of your children immediately if there is an emergency. Ideally, make sure these people live within 20 minutes of your home as these are the people who will step in until your permanent guardians can arrive. And you must also designate in writing exactly who you would want to care for your children in the long term. 2. Identify the need for future care planning. If your child won’t be selfsufficient as an adult, you’ll need to make plans to secure their future. If your child is still very young, you may not be able to predict this yet – you’ll want to be hopeful, but at least plan for all possibilities. Tragically, many people with disabilities end up living in poverty.
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Medicaid and Medicare provide health insurance; Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) provide monthly cash assistance. Medicaid recipients might also be able to participate in so-called “Medicaid waiver” programs, which provide supported housing and work programs. While there is no need to do special planning to preserve Medicare or SSDI benefits, many disabled adults rely on Medicaid and SSI for full or at least supplemental support. To qualify for these programs, recipients must meet certain income and asset limits. If your child has more than $2,000 in their name or if you die and your money doesn’t go to your child the right way, it could disqualify them from receiving benefits. Even if you think your family can provide for your child’s lifetime needs, it’s probably wise to position your child to qualify for Medicaid because of the many programs that could enhance your child’s quality of life, such as supported living and work environments. 5. Create a life care plan. A life care plan can help ensure your child receives appropriate care (whether at home or in a residential facility), identify public and private sources of support, and give you the peace of mind knowing that you are making the best choices for your child. 6. Prepare a living trust and will. Make the transition of your financial wealth as easy as possible for your family. Any inheritance your child receives would likely disqualify them from government benefits. Further, your financial assets may be subject to a court process called probate, which is a lengthy, public, and oftentimes expensive
court process that could leave your loved ones without immediate and protected access to your money. If you plan with a revocable living trust, in addition to a will, you can avoid probate and decide who has access to your children’s inheritance, without the information entering the public record and being available to predators who might be particularly attracted to vulnerable beneficiaries, such as the young and disabled. 7. Establish a special needs trust. A special needs trust is designed to manage resources while maintaining the individual’s eligibility for government benefits. Medicaid and other public benefit programs will not pay for everything your child might need. Therefore, a special needs trust can pay for medical and dental expenses, necessary or desirable equipment, training and education, insurance, transportation, and special foods. Finally, a special needs trust can help you avoid one of the most common mistakes parents make – or are advised to make – disinheriting a child with disabilities to protect public benefits. The main problem with this advice is that government programs typically finance a very minimal standard of living, and adults with special needs may not be able to supplement those benefits through work. 8. Build a team. During your life, you can manage the trust, but when you and your spouse are no longer able to serve as trustees, you can choose who will serve according to instructions that you have provided. Make sure that whoever you choose is financially savvy, well-organized, and, most importantly, ethical. Sometimes family members lack the skills needed to successfully administer a special needs trust.
Instead, consider selecting a professional trustee in conjunction with an advocate/ care manager. 9. Provide enough financial resources. As a parent, it’s your responsibility to make sure you have enough savings, investment resources, or life insurance to care for your child if you can’t. Life insurance is one of the best ways to get money into a special needs trust. Work with a trusted advisor to determine exactly how much insurance would be sufficient, and designate the trust as the beneficiary of your life insurance so it doesn’t get pulled into the court process and become unavailable when it’s most needed. 10. Pass on more than just your money. Think of the knowledge you have gained spending a lifetime caring for your child. Be sure to write or record a complete set of instructions to guide future caregivers and trustees. Include information regarding residential preferences, medical concerns, preferred doctors and therapists, essential therapies, and social activities. Although these instructions are not legally binding, they can reflect your thinking on a range of issues and provide a plan for caregivers to follow.
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Destination: The Cliffs of Insanity
By Karen T. Bartlett ou’re watching Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. From a secret cliff-top castle, Dumbledore flies Harry across the raging sea to the dark and mysterious Horcrux Cave, a jagged opening in a towering rock. If you’ve been to the wild and sensuous west coast of Ireland, you might think that those epic jagged rock cliffs, which are about 300 million years old, look a lot like the Cliffs of Moher. And you’d be right. But wait, you say. Aren’t those the Cliffs of Insanity from The Princess Bride? Right again! The scene: Andre the Giant, the evil Vizzini, and fencing master Inigo Montoya have kidnapped Princess Buttercup. They scale the rock face with their captive, but The Man in Black (her true love, Westley) climbs up after them, dramatically defeats the bad guys, and rescues Buttercup. The rugged west coast of Ireland has hosted many spectacular movie scenes (Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Ryan’s Daughter, Far and Away, and more). But it’s hard to beat the Cliffs of Moher – rising straight up to over 700 feet at the highest point – to make the fantasy come alive.
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Facing page: Cliffs of Moher. Left: Kylemore Abbey, once a private 33-bedroom castle with spectacular Victorian gardens and later home to an order of Benedictine nuns. kylemoreabbey.com. Above: Book a touristy but great fun medieval banquet at the nearby 15th Century Bunratty Castle. shannonheritage.com/bunrattybanquet. Right: Take a side trip to Connemara, home to the famous wild white ponies. Photos by Karen T. Bartlett.
Try to wrap your senses around some of the world’s most breathtaking scenery: a sea of swaying grasses and wildflowers under blue skies and heavy meringue clouds on sunny days, and mist-enshrouded fairy tale castles when fog rolls in. In the icy Atlantic below are basking sharks, grey seals, and dolphins. A herd of wild goats dating back to medieval times claim their territory at the base of the cliffs. In summer, fat cows graze on impossibly green pastures, and a huge colony of more than 1,300 Atlantic puffins nests on
rocky ledges carved out in the Ice Age. A coastal path skirts the coastline for about eight miles between the nearby villages of Hags Head and Doolin. The views are stunning: the Aran Islands to the west, the Maumturks and Twelve Pins mountain ranges to the north; the dramatic Dingle Peninsula and Loop Head to the south. Do the whole walk on your own (best for children 10 and up) or get a guide for a shorter portion, from Doolin to the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre. doolincliffwalk.com
You also can see the mighty “Cliffs of Insanity” from the water. A 60-minute cruise from Doolin takes you past O’Brien’s Tower, a puffin’s habitat, and Harry Potter’s sea cave. cliffs-of-moher-cruises.com Admission to the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Center includes a paved walkway with observation points, including O’Brien’s Tower and the interpretive center. There’s a picnic area, restaurant, gift shop, and local artisans’ craft booths built into the hillside. Children under 16 are free. cliffsofmoher.ie
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5:00 p.m. Family Fun Library Night. An evening of fun, snacks, crafts, a scavenger hunt, prizes, stories, and the opportunity to get a library card. East Naples Library, 8787 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples. Call 239-775-5592 or check collierlibrary.org.
10:00 a.m. Marco Island Irish Celebration Festival. Free. Irish-related vendors as well as food and music. Located at Veteran’s Community Park, 901 Park Ave., Marco Island. Check www.colliergov.net.
3:30 p.m. Manatees, Manatees. Learn about their diet, bone structure, and what they need to survive and thrive. Build a mini manatee out of everyday materials. Ages 5-11. Registration required. South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-252-7542 or check collierlibrary.org. 5
7:00 p.m. Auditions for Gulfshore Playhouse Teen Conservatory. Program dates are July 9-August 3. Located at Gulfshore Playhouse, 755 8th Ave South, Naples. Call 239261-7529, ext. 207, or check www.gulfshoreplayhouse.org.
2:00 p.m. Lego Art History. Learn about different types of art and the periods in which they were created, then create your own masterpiece out of Lego bricks. South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-252-7542 or check collierlibrary.org.
5:00 p.m. Irish Music. Wear your green and join Jimmy McEvoy and his friends for some St. Patrick’s Day music. Naples Regional Library, 650 Central Ave., Naples. Call 239-262-6853 or check collierlibrary.org.
6:00 p.m. Pajama Party. It’s Spring Break and we are having a Pajama Party. Listen to picture books, snack on juice and cookies, or dance to fun music. East Naples Library, 8787 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples. Call 239-775-5592 or check collierlibrary.org.
2:00 p.m. Teen Movie Day. Ages 1317. Come to the library and join us for an afternoon movie. Popcorn and water will be served. Immokalee Branch Library, 417 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239-657-2882 or check collierlibrary.org.
5:30 p.m. 14th Annual Magic Under the Mangroves. The Conservancy’s gala dinner and auction fundraiser. Located at Conservancy of Southwest Florida Nature Center, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples. Call 239-262-0304 or check www.conservancy.org.
6:00 p.m. Batfish Bash for the Bay. Celebrate the taste and feel of Old Florida and life along the Gulf coast. Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, 300 Tower Road, Naples. Call 239-417-6310 or check rookerybay.org.
10:00 a.m. Community Purim Carnival. Celebrate Purim by dressing up in your favorite costume. Bounces, dunk tank, photo booth, petting zoo, arts and crafts, Way Too Tall Torrie, and more. Temple Shalom Preschool, 4630 Pine Ridge Rd., Naples. Call 239-4553227 or check TempleShalomPreschool.org. 9
11:00 a.m. Saint Patrick’s Day Parade on Fifth. Draws more than 40,000 people to downtown Naples each year to celebrate Irish heritage and Irish culture in America. Fifth Avenue South, Naples. Call 239692-8436 or check www. fifthavenuesouth.com.
9:00 a.m. Fort Myers Beach Shrimp Festival. Saturday and Sunday. Enjoy a parade, 5k run, art fair, food expo, and shrimp-eating contest. Located at Fort Myers Beach. Check www.visitfortmyersbeach.com.
11:00 a.m. Cape Coral Irish Festival. Performances by local Irish dance schools, along with games and crafts for kids. German American Social Club, 2101 SW Pine Island Rd., Cape Coral. Call 239-283-1400 or check www.gasc-capecoral.com for additional information. 6:30 p.m. Dr Seuss Birthday Celebration. Join us for story time, games, and activities in celebration of the beloved author’s birthday. Located at Barnes & Noble, 5377 Tamiami Tr. N., Naples. Call 239-597-2040 or check bn.com.
4:00 p.m. Girls Who Code. Become part of the national movement for girls to have a voice in tech. Creativity and fun guaranteed. Middle school and older. Visit GirlsWhoCode.com for more information. Naples Regional Library, 650 Central Ave., Naples. Call 239-262-6853 or check collierlibrary.org. 1
mantic, and touching, The Music Man is family entertainment at its best. Through April 8. Located at Sugden Community Theatre, 701 Fifth Ave. S., Naples. Visit naplesplayers.org.
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6:30 p.m. Flashlight Teen Egg Hunt. We’ll be outside, so bring a flashlight and a basket. Ages 11-17. Immokalee Branch Library, 417 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239-6572882 or check collierlibrary.org.
1:30 p.m. Israel 70th Birthday Celebration. Sponsored by Jewish Federation of Collier County and Chabad Naples. Preschool of the Arts, 1789 Mandarin Rd., Naples 34102 Mandarin Rd., Naples. Call 239-2632620 or check naplespreschoolofthearts.com.
10:30 a.m. Bunnies, Bunnies, Bunnies. Join us for story time to meet Lexi Lop the bunny and listen to a story. Golden Gate Library, 2432 Lucerne Rd., Naples. Call 239-252-4542 or check collierlibrary.org.
4:00 p.m. Spring Egg Hunt. Make a fun spring container to use during the hunt. Return your eggs to the library and get a special treat bag. Ages 3-8. Registration required. Vanderbilt Beach Library, 788 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., Naples. Call 239-597-8444 or check collierlibrary.org.
5:30 p.m. Eggstravaganza. Join us for a story and a craft, then we will have our annual Easter egg hunt. Ages 2-10. Immokalee Branch Library, 417 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239-657-2882 or check collierlibrary.org.
2:00 p.m. Women Air Force Pilots. From 1942 to 1944, 1,830 women left homes and jobs for the chance to become the first women to fly for the U.S. military. Meet two of these women and hear their story. South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-252-7542 or visit collierlibrary.org. 28
7:00 p.m. Passover Seder. Located at Chabad Jewish Community Center, 1789 Mandarin Rd., Naples. Call 239-262-4474 or check www.chabadnaples.com.
6:00 p.m. Temple Shalom Second Night Family Seder. $65 for non-members, $55 for members. Children 13 and under are free. Temple Shalom, 4630 Pine Ridge Rd. Naples. For reservations, call 239-455-3030. Check www.naplestemple. org.
9:45 a.m. The Great Surprise. Free interactive fun for the whole family. Science activities that reveal the true meaning of Easter. Complete with egg hunt and Kona Icee. Covenant Church of Naples, 6926 Trail Blvd., Naples. Call 239-597-3464 or visit www.covenantnaples.com.
11:00 a.m. Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival. This three-day festival has become the largest annual event on Marco Island. Located at Veteran’s Park, 901 Park Avenue, Marco Island. Check www.colliergov.net.
9:00 a.m. World Water Day BOGO. In celebration of World Water Day, enjoy buy one, get one free admission. Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, 300 Tower Road, Naples. Call 239-417-6310 or check rookerybay.org.
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6:30 a.m. Fitness Camp. A 60-minute fitness class offered by a certified fitness professional and designed specifically for women. Every Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at the WINK Playland. Located at Miromar Outlets, 10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero. Call 239-9483766 or check www.miromaroutlets.com. 9:00 a.m. Clam Pass Guided Walks and Birding. Join Conservancy volunteers for a free guided walk along Clam Pass boardwalk, bay, and beach (meet at parking lot tram stop) Monday-Saturday. On Sundays, meet guides in orange vests on beach for free birding. Ask questions and view birds with scope. Located at Clam Pass Beach Park, 410 Seagate Dr., Naples. 9:00 a.m. Pee Wee Play Dates. Every Thursday. Children and their caretakers are invited to a play date. Have fun with our toys and games and listen to music. Ages 9 months to pre-K. Registration not required. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information. 10:00 a.m. In the Tall, Tall Grass. Come discover what lives in a seemingly “empty” field. After that, kids can become scientists as we explore what can be found in nature. Located at Conservancy of SW Florida, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples. Call 239-262-0304 or check www.conservancy.org. 2:00 p.m. Guided Tours of Historical Koreshan Settlement. Explore structures and gardens of the 19th
century utopian settlement and learn about these idealistic pioneers. The walking tour is about 90 minutes and is accessible. Located at Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd., Estero. Call 239-992-0311 or check www.floridastateparks.org. 4:00 p.m. Girls Who Code. Every Thursday through May. Join us to become part of the national movement for girls to have a voice in tech. Creativity and fun guaranteed. Middle school and older. Registration is not required. Visit GirlsWhoCode.com for more information. Located at Naples Regional Library, 650 Central Ave., Naples. Call 239-262-6853 or check collierlibrary.org. 4:00 p.m. Sunset BBQ and Songwriters at Sunset. The concerts will take place in the large gazebo located right on the beach. Located at Lovers Key State Park, 8700 Estero Blvd., Estero. Call 239-463-4588. 4:45 p.m. Kid’s Yoga Club. For ages 5-9. Join us as we go on exciting adventures through story telling, yoga poses, and songs. Located at Whiz Kids Play Zone and Tutoring Center, 1050 Pine Ridge Rd., Naples. Visit whizkidsnaples.com.
2 FRIDAY 9:00 a.m. Find it Fridays. Kids enjoy a scavenger hunt all day. Located at Everglades Wonder Gardens, 27180 Old 41 Rd., Bonita Springs. Call 239-9922591 or check www.evergladeswondergardens.com. 10:00 a.m. Drop In Baby Fitness. Instill healthy
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habits for life in your toddler by attending the drop-in Mommy & Me class every Friday. $5 per child. Located at Fleischmann Park, 1600 Fleischmann Drive, Naples. Call 239-213-3020. 5:30 p.m. Mommy/Daddy & Me Painting Afternoon. First Friday of the month. Parent and child each paint their own canvas. All materials included. Advanced registration required. Located at Fleischmann Park, 1600 Fleischmann Dr., Naples. Call 239-213-3020 for additional information. 6:30 p.m. Dr Seuss Birthday Celebration. Join us for story time, games, and activities in celebration of the beloved author’s birthday. Located at Barnes & Noble, 5377 Tamiami Tr. N., Naples. Call 239-597-2040 or check bn.com.
3 SATURDAY 7:30 a.m. Third Street South Farmer’s Market. Parking lot behind Tommy Bahama’s. Located at Third Street South, Naples. Call 239-434-6533 or check www. napleschamber.org for additional information. 8:00 a.m. Birds of the Beach Workshop. Southwest Florida is a critical stopover site for thousands of migrating and wintering shorebirds. Learn the life history of these birds and the amazing journeys many of them make annually. Located at Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, 300 Tower Rd., Naples. Call 239417-6310 or check rookerybay.org for additional information. 8:00 a.m. Farmer’s Market. Every Saturday. Fresh fruits and vegetables, seafood, honey, prepared foods, specialty foods, and more. Located at Shoppes at Vanderbilt, 2355 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., Naples. Call 239-273-2350 or check Facebook for additional information. 9:00 a.m. Greenmarket. An exclusive selection of locally grown, caught, and cultivated foods and other products available to sample and purchase every Saturday. Located at Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers. Call 239-9392787 or check www.artinlee.org for additional information. 9:00 a.m. Marco Island Art and Craft Show. A selection of arts and crafts for perusal and purchase. Located at Marco Island Center for the Arts, 1010 Winterberry Dr., City of Marco Island. Call 239-394-4221 or check marcoislandart.org. 10:00 a.m. Bonita Springs Art Festival. Enjoy the artwork of 200 artists. Artworks of the highest quality. Located at Riverside Park, 10450 Reynolds St., Bonita Springs. 10:30 a.m. W.O.N.D.E.R Kids. Drop in on Saturday and Sunday to the Smith Children’s Garden for fun activities. Located at Naples Botanical Garden, 4820 Bayshore Dr., Naples. Call 239-643-7275 or check www.naplesgarden.org. 11:00 a.m. Seminole Shootout Battle Reenactment. The highlight of a twoday series of special events presented by the Seminole Tribe of Florida. Located at Seminole Tribe Youth Ranch, 1195 State Road 29, Immokalee. Tickets are available at www.seminoleshootout.com. 11:00 a.m. Cape Coral Irish Festival. Performances by local Irish dance schools, along with games and crafts for kids. Located at German American Social Club, 2101 SW Pine Island Rd., Cape Coral. Call 239-283-1400 or check www.gasc-capecoral. com for additional information. 11:30 a.m. League of Courageous Women Luncheon. CCPS Superintendent Dr. Kamela Patton is the featured speaker for this organization dedicated to mentoring middle and high school girls. Located at The Arlington Naples, 7900 Arlington Cr., Naples. Call 866-986-9690 for additional information. 4:00 p.m. Improv Cafe. Bring your family out to “Little Shop of Improv,” the first Saturday of every month. Located at Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs, 10150 Bonita Beach Rd., Bonita Springs. Call 239-495-8989 or check artcenterbonita.org.
4 SUNDAY 9:00 a.m. Yoga in the Park. Traditional yoga class focuses on breathing, stretching, and postures. Modifiable for all ages and levels of participants. Beginners welcome. Some mats provided. $10 cash. Park admission free. Located at Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd., Estero. Call 239-992-0311 or check www. floridastateparks.org for additional information. 11:30 a.m. Spanish Church Service. St. Monica’s church holds a service in Spanish every Sunday. Located at St. Monica’s Church, 7070 Immokalee Rd., Naples. Call 239-591-4550 or check www.stmonicasnaples.org for additional information. 12:00 p.m. Sip, Shop, and Share. Join us on Sundays for live music and enjoy a mimosa or savory bloody mary. Waterside Shops will donate 10% of sales from a featured retailer to Make-A-Wish Southern Florida. Located at Waterside Shops, 5415 Tamiami Tr. N., Naples. Call 239-598-1605 or check www.watersideshops.com.
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2:00 p.m. Free Concerts at the Bandshell. Bring a blanket for the whole family and enjoy free jazz concerts in Cambier Park on Sundays. Located at Cambier Park, 755 8th Ave. S., Naples. Call 239-213-3058 or check www.naplesgov.com. 7:00 p.m. Auditions for Gulfshore Playhouse Teen Conservatory. Program dates are July 9-August 3. Located at Gulfshore Playhouse, 755 8th Ave. S., Naples. Call 239-261-7529, ext. 207, or check www.gulfshoreplayhouse.org. 7:00 p.m. Rhythm in the Night Irish Dance Spectacular. One of the fastest growing and most well-attended Irish dance shows in the country. Located at Southwest Florida Performing Arts Center, 11515 Bonita Beach Rd., Bonita Springs. Call 239389-6901 or check www.swflperformingartscenter.com for additional information.
5 MONDAY 10:30 a.m. Mommy & Me Kid’s Yoga Club. Ages 2-5. Join us as we go on exciting adventures through story telling, yoga poses, and songs. Located at Whiz Kids Play Zone and Tutoring Center, 1050 Pine Ridge Rd., Naples. Visit whizkidsnaples.com. 3:30 p.m. Manatees, Manatees. Learn all about their diet, bone structure, and what they need to survive and thrive. Then build your own mini manatee out of everyday materials. Ages 5-11 years. Registration required. Located at South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-252-7542 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information. 4:45 p.m. Kid’s Yoga Club. Ages 5-9. Located at Whiz Kids Play Zone and Tutoring Center, 1050 Pine Ridge Rd., Naples. Visit whizkidsnaples.com. 6:00 p.m. Art Classes for Kids. Every Monday. Kids will learn and explore art in a fun environment, encouraging them to discover their creative voice. Fun projects with acrylic on canvases, watercolor, collages, STEAM projects, and more. Located at Fleischmann Park, 1600 Fleischmann Drive, Naples. Call 239-213-3020.
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10:00 a.m. Free Tuesday Morning Nature Talk. Bring your children and learn together how nature can flourish in urban and suburban areas, with the proper care. Located at Naples Preserve, 1690 Tamiami Tr. N., Naples. Call 239-261-4290. 10:00 a.m. Moms and Tots Storytime. A fun atmosphere of learning and lots of laughter. All ages. Located at Barnes & Noble, 5377 Tamiami Tr. N., Naples. Call 239-597-2040 or check bn.com for additional information. 3:30 p.m. Meals of Hope Mobile Food Pantry. In the YMCA parking every Tuesday from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Frozen food, fresh produce, and canned goods will be given away to families in need. Everyone is welcome. Located at Greater Naples YMCA, 5450 YMCA Rd., Naples. Call 239-597-3148 or check greaternaplesymca.org. 5:00 p.m. Irish Music. Wear your green and join Jimmy McEvoy and his friends for some St. Patrick’s Day music. Located at Naples Regional Library, 650 Central Ave., Naples. Call 239-262-6853 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information. 6:00 p.m. Chess Instruction K-12. For beginner players. Every Tuesday. Registration is not required; space is limited to the first 24 walk-in students. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or visit collierlibrary.org.
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7:00 a.m. Marco Island Farmer’s Market. Each Wednesday from mid-November to mid-April. Located at Veterans’ Park, 901 Park Ave., Marco Island. Check www. collierparks.com for additional information. 10:00 a.m. Free Kids’ Crafts. Kids from toddlers to 12 are invited to participate in fun activities. Located at Miromar Outlets, 10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero. Call 239-948-3766 or check www.miromaroutlets.com for additional information. 10:30 a.m. Family Story Time. This program is for the whole family and lasts about 30 minutes. Located at Bonita Springs Public Library, 26876 Pine Ave., Bonita Springs. Call 239-992-0101 or check www.Leegov.com/library. 11:00 a.m. St Monica’s Farmers Market. Great local produce, honey, food, herbs and spices, and local handmade items. Every Wednesday afternoon, November through April. Located at St. Monica’s Episcopal Church, 7070 Immokalee Rd., Naples. 5:30 p.m. Sewing Classes for Kids. Come and learn to sew by hand every Wednesday. $20 per child. All materials included. Located at Fleischmann Park, 1600 Fleischmann Dr., Naples. Call 239-213-3020. 5:30 p.m. Parent/Teen/Child Mental Health Support Group. For parents/
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caregivers and children ages 6+ with a mental illness. Opportunity for diagnosed youth ages 6-18 to socialize, receive support, and enjoy refreshments. Parents and youth meet jointly and then break up into groups according to age. Located at NAMI of Collier County, 6324 Trail Blvd., Bldg. C, Naples. Call 239-434-6726 or check namicollier.org for additional information. 7:30 p.m. The Music Man. Funny, warm, romantic, and touching, The Music Man is family entertainment at its best. Through April 8. Located at Sugden Community Theatre, 701 Fifth Ave. S., Naples. Visit naplesplayers.org.
8 THURSDAY 5:30 p.m. Parent/Child Book Club: March to Fifth Avenue. Calling all parents and kids. Bring a few of your favorite books to the library and share what you like about them. After we talk, we’ll walk to Fifth Avenue for a treat. You pick, you pay. All ages welcome. Located at Naples Regional Library, 650 Central Ave., Naples. Call 239-262-6853 or check collierlibrary.org. 5:30 p.m. 14th Annual Magic Under the Mangroves. The Conservancy of Southwest Florida is hosting the 14th annual Magic Under the Mangroves gala dinner and auction fundraiser at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida Nature Center. Located at Conservancy of Southwest Florida Nature Center, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples. Call 239-262-0304 or check www.conservancy.org.
9 FRIDAY 8:00 a.m. Birding Basics. Enjoy this fun and informative class designed to help you identify birds around you. Oriented toward the beginning birder, the classroom session explores how to use birds’ plumage, shape, behavior, and habitat to recognize various species. Located at Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, 300 Tower Rd., Naples. Call 239-417-6310 or check rookerybay.org. 10:00 a.m. TSP Community Purim Carnival. Celebrate Purim by dressing up in your favorite costume. Join us for a morning of fun with a bounce house, inflatable obstacle course, dunk tank, photo booth, petting zoo, arts and crafts, Way Too Tall Torrie, and much more. Located at Temple Shalom Preschool, 4630 Pine Ridge Rd., Naples. Call 239-455-3227 or check TempleShalomPreschool.org. 6:00 p.m. Parents Night Out. Join us for our Minecraft Parents Night Out Party. Ages 4-12. $20 per child. Pre-registration required. Located at Whiz Kids Play Zone and Tutoring Center, 1050 Pine Ridge Rd., Naples. Visit whizkidsnaples.com.
10 SATURDAY 7:30 a.m. Giant Yard Sale. Call 239-213-3020 to register for a booth. Located at Fleischmann Park, 1600 Fleischmann Dr., Naples. 8:30 a.m. Shape Up. Offers everything from a 2-mile run/1-mile walk to yoga on the beach, fitness classes, paddleboard demos, and boot camps. Located at Lowdermilk Park, 1301 Gulf Shore Blvd. N., Naples. Visit www.healthcareswfl.org/shape-up. 9:00 a.m. Fort Myers Beach Shrimp Festival. 5K run, parade on Saturday, and art fair and food expo on Saturday and Sunday, with a shrimp-eating contest on Sunday. Located at Fort Myers Beach. Check www.visitfortmyersbeach.com. 10:30 a.m. The 15th Annual CurePSP Awareness & Memorial Walk. The walk, which is less than one mile in length, is wheelchair- and family-friendly. Located at Mackle Park, 50 Bald Eagle Dr., Marco Island. Call 239-642-0575. 2:00 p.m. Robotics Demonstration. Join us for this fun demonstration of the Sylvan Robotics classes. Located at Bonita Springs Public Library, 26876 Pine Ave., Bonita Springs. Call 239-992-0101 or check www.Leegov.com/library. 6:00 p.m. Jane Seymour Exhibition. A new collection of original artwork by award-winning actress will be on exhibition and for sale. Located at Mercato, 9128 Strada Pl., Naples. Call 239-594-9400 or check www.mercatoshops.com.
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11 SUNDAY 10:00 a.m. Marco Island Irish Celebration Festival. Free. Irish-related vendors as well as food and music. Located at Veterans’ Community Park, 901 Park Ave., Marco Island. Check www.collierparks.com. 11:00 a.m. Baby Leprechaun Races. In this fun event, babies must crawl past the finish line to compete for prizes. Located at Miromar Outlets, 10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero. Call 239-948-3766 or check www.miromaroutlets.com for additional information.
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12 MONDAY 1:00 p.m. Maker Space. Bring your friends and have some fun together. Registration not required. Located at Immokalee Branch Library, 417 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239-657-2882 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information. 5:00 p.m. Needlework Makerspace: Weaving Friendship Bracelet. Learn the basics of finger weaving to make a friendship bracelet. Bring a friend, your mom or dad, or even a grandparent and learn a new skill together. All ages. Registration recommended. Located at South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-252-7542 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information. 5:00 p.m. Family Fun Library Night. Enjoy an evening of fun, snacks, crafts, a scavenger hunt, prizes, stories, and the opportunity to get a library card. Located at East Naples Library, 8787 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples. Call 239-775-5592 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information.
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2:00 p.m. Lego Art History. Learn about different types of art and the periods in which they were created, then create your own masterpiece out of Lego bricks. Grades 2-5. Located at South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-252-7542 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information. 3:30 p.m. Layered Imagery With Marjorie Pesek. Artist Marjorie Pesek will share her unique collage art technique of layered imagery. Participants create their own masterpiece from a sketch and magazine clippings. Ages 8-11. Located at Golden Gate Library, 2432 Lucerne Rd., Naples. Call 239-252-4542 or check collierlibrary.org. 6:00 p.m. Celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day. Features music, crafts, and a performance by Kellyn Celtic Arts Irish Dance Academy. Located at South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy., Estero. Call 239-479-4636 or check collierlibrary.org.
14 WEDNESDAY 2:00 p.m. Teen Movie Day. Ages 13-17. Join us for an afternoon movie. Popcorn and water will be served. Located at Immokalee Branch Library, 417 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239-657-2882 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information. 4:00 p.m. Lego Club. Share ideas, be creative, make new friends, and have fun. Test out your wheeled creation on our super-fast test track. Bricks will be provided and your creation will be put on display at the library. Ages 5-11 years. Registration is not required. Located at Estates Branch Library, 1266 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples. Call 239-455-8088 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information.
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5:00 p.m. Family Game Night. Bring your favorite family game and share with other families. All ages. Located at Immokalee Branch Library, 417 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239-657-2882 or check collierlibrary.org. 6:00 p.m. Saint Patrick’s Day 5K Fun Run. Runners are encouraged to dress in green and/or costume. Live Irish music, outdoor games, and a huge beer garden. Located at Fit and Fuel Cafe, 819 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., Naples. Visit gcrunner. org for additional information. 6:00 p.m. Pajama Party. It’s Spring Break and we are having a pajama party. Listen to picture books being read aloud, snack on juice and cookies, or dance to fun music. Located at East Naples Library, 8787 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples. Call 239775-5592 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information. 7:00 p.m. PFLAG Support Group Meeting. The Naples chapter of PFLAG (Parents Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) meets on the third Thursday of each month. Call 239-513-4568 for location.
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2:00 p.m. Movie Day. Join us for an afternoon movie. All ages. Popcorn and water will be served. Located at Immokalee Branch Library, 417 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239-657-2882 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information. 6:00 p.m. Batfish Bash for the Bay. Celebrate the taste and feel of Old Florida and life along the Gulf coast. Located at Rookery Bay Environmental Learning
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Center, 300 Tower Rd., Naples. Call 239-417-6310 or check rookerybay.org for additional information. 6:30 p.m. Buddy Break Respite Program for Kids With Special Needs. Threehour monthly session of free respite care for children with special needs and their siblings. Registration required. Located at Naples Seventh-day Adventist Church, 5050 Davis Blvd., Naples. Call 239272-8031 or check www.naplessdachurch.org for additional information.
17 SATURDAY 10:00 a.m. Fort Myers Beach Saint Patrick’s Day Parade. Bagpipes lead this parade from Santini Marina Plaza North on Estero Boulevard to the Church of the Ascension. Located at Santini Marina Plaza, 7205 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach. Check www.fortmyersbeach.org. 10:00 a.m. Junior Ranger Program. Come in for a fun learning experience and become a Junior Ranger. Discover and learn about plants, animals, and other secrets of the park. Ages 6-12. Located at Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd., Estero. Call 239-992-0311 or check www.floridastateparks.org for additional information. 11:00 a.m. Saint Patrick’s Day Parade on Fifth. 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. Located at Fifth Avenue South, Naples. Call 239-692-8436 or check www.fifthavenuesouth.com for additional information. 1:30 p.m. Pups ‘n’ Books. Stop by to read to a dog or just to pet one. Dogs are provided by PAWS Assistance and Therapy Dogs. All ages. Registration is not required. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information. 5:00 p.m. Saint Paddy’s Day Celebration. Enjoy a night of Irish dance performances and live music at Venetian Village. Located at Venetian Village, 4200 Gulf Shore Blvd., Naples. Check venetianvillage.com.
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19 MONDAY 4:00 p.m. Lego Club. Join the club and be ready to accept this month’s building challenges. Share ideas, be creative, make new friends, and have fun. Bricks will be provided. Ages 5-11 years. Registration is not required. Located at East Naples Library, 8787 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples. Call 239-775-5592 or check collierlibrary.org.
20 TUESDAY 4:00 p.m. Spring Egg Hunt. Make a fun spring container to use during the hunt. Return your eggs to the library and get a special treat bag. Ages 3-8. Registration required. Located at Vanderbilt Beach Library, 788 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., Naples. Call 239-597-8444 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information. 7:30 p.m. Movies on the Lawn. Feature film is Lion. Located at Mercato, 9128 Strada Pl., Naples. Call 239-594-9400 or check www.mercatoshops.com for additional information.
22 THURSDAY 9:00 a.m. World Water Day BOGO. In celebration of World Water Day, the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center offers buy one, get one free admission. Cannot be combined with other offers. Located at Rookery Bay, 300 Tower Rd., Naples. Call 239-417-6310 or check rookerybay.org.
23 FRIDAY 10:00 a.m. Farmer Minor and Daisy the Pig. Come enjoy a special visit with Farmer Minor and his real live pig, Daisy, and her two pug friends. Have fun learning all about pigs with stories, songs, and a simple pig craft. Ages 2-5 years. Registration required. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information. 11:00 a.m. Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival. This three-day festival has become the largest annual event on Marco Island. Located at Veterans’ Park, 901 Park Ave., Marco Island. Check www.collierparks.com.
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6:00 p.m. IMCP Indoor Movie Night. $5. Enjoy a family orientated movie. Popcorn and drinks will be provided. Ages 5-11. Located at Immokalee Community Park, 321 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239-657-4449 or visit www.collierparks. com for additional information.
24 SATURDAY 9:30 a.m. Little Bunny Garden Party. Create a spring craft and participate in a bunny carrot/egg hunt. Registration required. Ages 3-7. $10. Located at Vineyards Community Park, 6231 Arbor Rd., Naples. Call 239-363-9669 or check collierparks.com. 9:45 a.m. The Great Surprise. Free interactive fun for the whole family. Have fun with science activities that reveal the true meaning of Easter. Complete with egg hunt and Kona Ice. Located at Covenant Church of Naples, 6926 Trail Blvd., Naples. Call 239-597-3464 or check www.covenantnaples.com. 10:00 a.m. Cornerstone Kids Pre-K/Kinder Play Day. Join us at Can U Dig It Park off Livingston Road. Snacks and drinks will be provided. Meet under the shelter for the fossil dig. Call 239-354-9160 or check www.cornerstonenaples.org for additional information. 10:30 a.m. Easter Egg Hunt. There will be food, baked goods, vendors, a petting zoo, tractor rides, face painting, and a balloon twister. Located at 31 Produce, 18672 State Road 31, Alva. Call 239-313-8213 for additional information. 11:00 a.m. Family Easter Event. Celebrate Easter with Easter-themed games and visiting with the Easter Bunny. Bring your Easter basket to collect winnings and a camera. Located at Golden Gate Community Center, 4701 Golden Gate Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-252-4180 or check collierparks.com. 11:00 a.m. 60.5 Years of Service. Come celebrate 60.5 years of library service. We’ll read some birthday stories, dance to some “far out” tunes, participate in some “groovy” games, and decorate mini birthday cakes. All ages. Registration is not required. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information. 1:00 p.m. Magician Cesar Domico: A Comedy Magic Show. Come celebrate the Collier County Library’s 60th anniversary by attending this comedy magic show for the whole family. Located at South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples. Registration not required. Call 239-252-7542 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information. 2:00 p.m. Tremendous Tic-Tac-Toe. Play Tic-Tac-Toe with your family. Located at South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-252-7542 or check collierlibrary.org. 3:00 p.m. David Lawrence Center’s 5th Annual Sound Minds Mental Health Symposium: Screenagers. This award-winning documentary explores the impact of the digital age on children’s mental health. Located at Moorings Presbyterian Church, 791 Harbour Dr., Naples. Visit davidlawrencecenter.org.
25 SUNDAY 1:30 p.m. Israel 70th Birthday Celebration. Sponsored by Jewish Federation of Collier County and Chabad Naples. Located at Preschool of the Arts, 1789 Mandarin Rd., Naples. Call 239-263-2620 or check naplespreschoolofthearts.com.
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26 MONDAY 4:30 p.m. Maker Space For “Little Makers”. Create and build with different kinds of materials. Make a craft or teach a robot how to find a treasure. Ages 2-5. Registration required. Located at East Naples Library, 8787 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples. Call 239-775-5592 or check collierlibrary.org. 5:30 p.m. Amazing Sea Turtles. Rookery Bay Reserve staff will be here with some great information on the fascinating sea turtles. Ages 6-11. Registration required. Located at Estates Branch Library, 1266 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples. Call 239455-8088 or check collierlibrary.org. 6:30 p.m. Flashlight Teen Egg Hunt. We’ll be outside, so bring a flashlight and a basket. Ages 11-17. Located at Immokalee Branch Library, 417 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239-657-2882 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information. 7:00 p.m. Wellfit Girls Hosts Event with National Teen Advocate Chessy Prout. An exclusive speaking engagement and book signing national teen advocate and author Chessy Prout, a former Naples resident. Located at Venue Naples, 13240 Tamiami Tr. N., Suite 205, Naples. Visit wellfitgirls.org.
27 TUESDAY 10:30 a.m. Bunnies, Bunnies, Bunnies. Join us for story time to meet Lexi Lop the bunny and listen to a story. All ages. Registration not required. Located at Golden Gate Library, 2432 Lucerne Rd., Naples. Call 239-252-4542 or check collierlibrary.org. 3:30 p.m. Easter Egg Coloring. Come to the library to color Easter eggs. We also will make a basket to hold the eggs, and then decorate an Easter cookie. Ages 5-11. Registration required. Located at Golden Gate Library, 2432 Lucerne Rd., Naples. Call 239-252-4542 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information. 5:00 p.m. Sensory Night. For children on the autism spectrum and or with other sensory integration disorders. Lighting and sound are muted and cool down spaces are provided. Limited participation in order to minimize crowds, and registration is required. Located at Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples, 15080 Livingston Rd., Naples. Call 239-514-0084 or check www.cmon.org for additional information.
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28 WEDNESDAY 2:00 p.m. Women Air Force Service Pilots. Between 1942 and 1944, at the height of World War II, 1,830 women left homes and jobs for the opportunity of a lifetime: to become the first women in history to fly for the U.S. military. Meet two of these extraordinary women and hear their story. Located at South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-252-7542 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information. 6:00 p.m. Art After Hours. Enjoy free admission to The Baker Museum the last Wednesday of each month from 6 to 9 p.m. Audiences of all ages are welcome to view the galleries and learn from our docents. Located at Artis-Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., Naples. Call 239-597-1111 or check artisnaples.org for additional information.
29 THURSDAY 9:00 a.m. First Baptist Academy Open House. Come visit FBA’s campus and take a tour, talk to teachers, and learn more about the rigorous academics. Located at First Baptist Academy, 3000 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Check www.fbalions. org for additional information. 5:30 p.m. Eggstravaganza. Join us for a story and a craft, then we will have our annual Easter egg hunt. Ages 2-10. Registration required. Located at Immokalee Branch Library, 417 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239-657-2882 or check collierlibrary.org.
30 FRIDAY 10:00 a.m. Art Smarts. We’ll enjoy some stories, sing some songs and wear some old clothes because we’ll get inventive dying and decorating eggs. Ages 2-5 years. Registration required. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information.
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2:00 p.m. Tie-Dyed Easter Eggs Teen/Tween Event. Watch the magic happen as you create beautiful eggs using several tie-dye techniques. Wear old clothes or bring a paint shirt, as it could get messy. Ages 11-17. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information. 5:00 p.m. Community Passover Seder. Seder service conducted by Rabbi Howard Herman who will guide us through a feast of history, culture and rituals – some old and some new. Located at Pelican Marsh Golf Club, 1810 Persimmon Dr., Naples. 6:00 p.m. MCHP Easter Bunny Hop 5th Grade Dance. $10. Dance the night away at our “Easter Bunny Hop” Elementary School dance. Tickets on sale two weeks prior to dance. Includes pizza and a drink. Located at Max A. Hasse Jr. Community Park, 3390 Golden Gate Blvd., Naples. Call 239-348-7500 or check collierparks. com for additional information. 6:30 p.m. Congregational Passover Seder. A complete holiday meal will be served and each table will be set with the traditional foods and beverages. Located at Jewish Congregation of Marco Island, 991 Winterberry Dr., Naples. For reservations, visit www.marcojcmi.com. 6:45 p.m. Passover Seder Beth Tikvah Synagogue. $90 for members and $95 for nonmembers. Special children’s price not yet available. Located at Beth Tikvah Synagogue, 1459 Pine Ridge Rd., Naples. Contact Sue Brown at 239-298-5485 or email@example.com. 7:00 p.m. Passover Seder. Located at Chabad Jewish Community Center, 1789 Mandarin Rd., Naples. Call 239-262-4474 or check www.chabadnaples.com for additional information.
31 SATURDAY 7:30 a.m. Hop to the Top Easter 5K. Choose between the competitive 5K, untimed 5K fun run, or the 1-mile walk. Located at North Collier Regional Park, 15000 Livingston Rd., Naples. Call 239-252-4000 or check www.collierparks.com for additional information. 9:00 a.m. Eggstravaganza. Collect toy-filled eggs and participate in face painting
and crafts. Ages 1-12. Free. Located at Immokalee Community Park, 321 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239-657-4449 or visit www.collierparks.com for additional information. 9:00 a.m. Science Saturday: Critter Photography. Spend the day enjoying programs, labs, and activities centered around a theme. Located at Rookery Bay, 300 Tower Rd., Naples. Call 239-417-6310 or check rookerybay.org for additional information. 9:00 a.m. Eagle Lakes Community Park Easter Color Run. This will be 5K race with many Easter-colored blast zones. Located at Eagle Lakes Community Park, 11565 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples. Call 239-252-4414 or check collierparks.com. 9:00 a.m. Breakfast with the Easter Bunny. Kids are invited to have breakfast and meet the Easter Bunny. Breakfast is for children only, $5 per child. Coffee provided for adults. Pre-registration is required. Located at Miromar Outlets, 10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero. Call 239-948-3766 or check www.miromaroutlets.com for additional information. 10:00 a.m. Royal Scoop Easter Egg Hunt & Games. Free to the public, and children up to 10 years of age are welcome to hunt our over 26,000 treat-filled Easter eggs and play our eggcellent Easter games in the church field across the street. Located at Royal Scoop Homemade Ice Cream, 15 8th St., Bonita Springs. Visit www.royalscoop.com for additional information. 10:00 a.m. Funny Bunny Easter Event. Candy-filled eggs will be hidden, just waiting to be found. Located at North Collier Regional Park, 15000 Livingston Rd., Naples. Call 239-252-4000 or check www.collierparks.com. 11:00 a.m. Photos with the Easter Bunny. Located at Miromar Outlets, 10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero. Call 239-948-3766 or check www.miromaroutlets.com for additional information. 12:00 p.m. Easter Cookie Decorating. Decorate a fun shaped cookie for Easter. Located at Miromar Outlets, 10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero. Call 239-948-3766 or check www.miromaroutlets.com for additional information. 6:00 p.m. Temple Shalom Second Night Family Seder. $65 non-members, $55 members. Children 13 and under, free. Located at Temple Shalom, 4630 Pine Ridge Rd., Naples. For reservations, call 239-455-3030. Check www.naplestemple. org for additional information.
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WORKING FROM HOME
By April O’Leary
Making Extra Income from Home
y first daughter, Sadie, was born in September 2001. I was the ripe old age of 24, recently married, and new to Florida. Being a diligent professional, I was trying to get my teacher’s license transferred so I could work once Sadie was a bit older. Unbeknownst to me, I had to get hired on full-time first before I could apply. Nursing and confused, I had no idea how that could be possible. I had a newborn after all. Did they not understand that? So I gave up the idea of going back to teaching and ended up staying home for the next eight years, and added two more girls to the brood. I was the president of the local MOMS club, volunteered for the Relay for Life, and hosted playgroups regularly, but always felt that something ‘adult’ was miss-
ing. I didn’t feel intellectually challenged and didn’t know how I could fill that need without sacrificing time with my girls. The world of home-business ownership eluded me. Today, years later, I have coached women to succeed in three different types of home-based business models. All of them offer flexibility and the potential to earn money without sacrificing your ability to be home with your kids. Here are brief descriptions of these models of business and some examples of moms in Southwest Florida who have already chosen to start their own business. If they can do it, you can too! 1. Starting a Business from Scratch Whether you are a skilled photographer, a former teacher who wants to tutor on
the side, or a crafty entrepreneur who prefers producing products, the opportunities to start your own business are endless. Elizabeth Valdez and her husband JC founded Driven Transportation, an executive transportation service, in 2009. With two young children, they can work their business around their schedule. “What I love most about driving is the flexibility,” said Elizabeth. “Staying on top of marketing can be challenging, but we’re hoping to grow 25-30% in 2018. Working with my husband has brought us closer together. It’s worth it.” While Elizabeth provides a service, Sabrina Hall, mother of two and owner of Rainbow Frog Textiles, weaves beautiful baby wraps made of hand-dyed yarn and works after her children are in bed, with hopes to someday quit her job as a nurse. Starting a business from scratch has its challenges. “In the start, I was only breaking even,” Hall said. “But after two years, I am making a profit. It’s growing right now and, honestly, I don’t see a stop.” She sells both commissioned and ready-to-buy pieces through her Facebook ‘chatter groups’ and her website, www.therainbowfrog.com. While starting a business from scratch can seem overwhelming, it is an excellent option for those who want to do their own thing without any restrictions from a larger entity. You can make it as simple or complex as you want, and you can provide a service or a product. You can sell online or personto-person. Anything goes in this business.
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2. Starting a Traditional Franchise Most of us think of traditional franchises as large-scale operations that carry a considerable overhead and have a location, but that is not always the case. There are plenty of traditional franchises that can be run from home or on site. Tina Benett, mom of three, wasn’t looking to run a franchise when she discovered Zumbini, an early childhood development music and movement class for children ages 0-4 and their caregivers. “I fell in love with this program while watching Zumbini Time with my threemonth-old son on BabyFirst TV channel,” Benett said. “I wanted to sign up for a class because he loved the music and songs, but the closest class was in Miami, so I brought it to Naples.” She became a certified Zumbini instructor, and believes the support of the program sets the teachers up for success. “The best part of being a Zumbini instructor is seeing the developmental growth these children have that takes place in a session and knowing I had a hand in it.” She encourages any mom who wants to build a business and loves working with children and adults to take a look at the Zumbini opportunity.
3. Starting a Virtual Franchise Danielle Russo-Slugh and her husband Marc moved from New York City to Naples three years ago. Former traders on the New York Stock Exchange, they wanted a lessstressful business with a lower overhead that would give them the opportunity to make a lucrative income and help people, too. After Marc survived Stage 4 cancer, nothing was more important to them than health, so they decided to pair their passion for a healthy, holistic lifestyle with a virtual franchise business model called Isagenix. “We feel so fortunate to have been able to partner with some amazing people in the U.S. and recently started developing a team in the U.K. Growing our business online has been amazing. Marc and I get to work together, and we just bought our dream house near Seagate Beach. Our vision for 2018 is to grow our business tenfold and help even more people,” said Danielle. Starting an online business is not for everyone. The learning curve of developing skills on social media, getting comfortable with sales conversations, and navigating technology can feel overwhelming, but for anyone who would prefer to earn while they
learn, this can be a great option. “Many moms you know, and probably see on social media, have chosen this model. It has a low start-up cost, and all the training, mentorship, and website support is included,” Danielle said. If you find a company and product line that you believe in, do your own research. Look for someone who is successful and ask them to be your mentor and virtual franchising could be your path to profitability. I have found entrepreneurship to be a fantastic path for moms. We’re smart. We are capable of juggling a lot of roles. We thrive on a challenge. And, most importantly, we want to work from our strengths and help others in the process. While there is not one right path for every mom, I believe that home business ownership can be an excellent way to bring additional money into your household while giving you a chance to develop your professional skills, meet new people, and, most importantly, have fun. APRIL O’LEARY is a certified life coach and home business mentor. Visit apriloleary.com for more information.
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Empty Bowls & Two of Naplesâ€™ most popular annual events, Empty Bowls and Chalk Art Festival, are held each year on the same day. Residents and visitors flock to Cambier Park to buy a bowl (handcrafted and painted by local potters, artists, educators, students, and volunteers) and sample soups from 50 local restaurants. In 2018, Empty Bowls raised more than $173,000 for the fight against hunger. After eating their fill of soup, the crowd strolls over to Fifth Avenue and watches artists transform the pavement into colorful works of art, sponsored by the Naples-Pelican Bay Rotary Clubs. Funds raised are used to meet a variety of local needs, including college scholarships and feeding the hungry.
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Where to Celebrate... from Lee County
St. Patrick’s Rhythm in the Night: Irish Dance Spectacular
Southwest Florida Reading Fest 1651 Lee Street, Downtown Fort Myers Saturday, March 3 • 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. 239-533-4826
Lehigh Acres Spring Festival
Veterans Park, 5 Homestead Rd. S., Lehigh Acres March 9 - 17 Nick Kids Shows, Midway carnival rides and games, pageants, cook-off, idol contest, live music, craft show and more. www.LehighSpringFestival.com
Fort Myers Beach Shrimp Festival & Parade Lynn Hall Park, Fort Myers Beach March 10 - 11 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Shrimp Festival parade on March 10, 10 a.m. www.fortmyersbeachshrimpfestival.com
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Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium, 3450 Ortiz Ave., Fort Myers Saturday, March 10 • 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Special animal presentations, planetarium shows, crafts & activities. 239-275-3435
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March 4 at 7 p.m. • Southwest Florida Performing Arts Center 11515 Bonita Beach Rd. S.E., Bonita Springs The show re-imagines traditional Irish dance to take the audience on an exciting journey of a fallen hero and his rise to redemption for an unforgettable experience the entire family will enjoy. Check swflpac.com or call 239-245-9910, ext. 101. Cape Coral Irish Festival March 3 from 12-8 p.m.; March 4 from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. German American Social Club 2101 SW Pine Island Rd., Cape Coral Enjoy two days of continuous Irish entertainment sponsored by the Cape Coral Irish Club. Live music by West of Galway, Brendan Nolan, Jamison Celtic Rock, and many more; performances by local Irish dance schools; games and crafts for kids; vendors; food; and more. Check capecoralirishfest.com. Fort Myers Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade March 17 at 10 a.m. Santini Marina Plaza North on Estero Boulevard in Fort Myers Beach Bagpipes lead this parade from Santini Marina Plaza North on Estero Boulevard to the Church of the Ascension. Check www. fortmyersbeach.org. Marco Island St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Hooley
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Day in SWFL Naples St. Patrick’s Day Parade March 17 at 11 a.m. • Fifth Avenue South, Naples Wear your green and enjoy the revelry of the Naples St. Patrick’s Day Parade, followed by an all-day celebration with live music at Sugden Plaza on Fifth Avenue South. Check naplesparade.com. Baby Leprechaun Races March 11 at 11 a.m. • Miromar Outlets, 10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero In this fun event at the WINK Playland, babies must crawl past the finish line to compete for prizes. Registration begins at 11 a.m. Visit www.miromaroutlets.com. St. Patrick’s Day 5K Fun Run March 15 at 6:15 p.m. • Fit and Fuel, 819 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., Naples Runners are encouraged to dress in green and/or costume. The race will be followed by a celebration with live Irish music, outdoor games, and a huge beer garden. The event is coordinated by Gulf Coast Runners. Visit gcrunner.org. St. Paddy’s Day Celebration March 17 at 5 p.m. • Venetian Village, 4200 Gulf Shore Blvd., Naples Enjoy a night of Irish dance performances and live music at Venetian Village. Check venetianvillage.com. Irish Music March 6 at 5 p.m. Naples Regional Library, 650 Central Ave., Naples Wear your green and join Jimmy McEvoy and his friends for some St. Patrick’s Day music. Call 239-262-6853 or check collierlibary.org. NEAPOLITANfamily • March 2018
Best Summer Ever Starts June 4th! YMCA Summer Day Camp (Ages *5-13) Greater Naples YMCA
REGISTRATION OPENS: March 3rd WEEKLY COST: YMCA Members: $100/YMCA Guests: $125 GET MORE INFO: www.GreaterNaplesYMCA.org *Must have completed kindergarten. One time $100 registration fee applies for camp registrations.
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By Diana Myers-Finch
How to Recognize and Resolve Your Child’s Reading Difficulties
oes your child see letters, numbers, or words backward? Is he unable to identify the names of letters by the beginning of kindergarten or unable to identify the sounds of letters by the beginning of first grade? Was she delayed in acquiring speech (First words should happen by about one year of age and phrasing should be in place between 18-24 months.)? Does he have difficulty in pronunciation beyond the age of five or six years? Does she not seem to pick up on nursery rhymes? Does your adolescent child have difficulty retrieving known words when expressing himself in speech? These signs may indicate dyslexia. Learning challenges, including dyslexia, a diagnosis that can include many different sensory processing difficulties, may be largely overcome with the right academic intervention. Ideally, intervention should be applied as early as possible, between kindergarten and third grade. Learning difficulties are not limited to dyslexia. Any child experiencing difficulty in developing reading and writing skills may benefit from a specialized literacy intervention program with the right practitioner. Before hiring a tutor, ask to see records of the tutor’s graduate work and certifications as a reading specialist. “A teacher’s knowledge of how children learn to read as well as her experience teaching a specific program will ultimately determine the success of even the best reading programs,” stated Sally Shaywitz, in her book Overcoming Dyslexia. For a medical diagnosis of dyslexia, a neuropsychologist can be consulted for evaluation at a cost of several thousand dollars, which may not be covered by insurance. However, an official diagnosis often is unnecessary. A qualified reading specialist can assess the academic needs of the student and implement effective intensive intervention. There are three main program components for successfully teaching reading and writing to children with dyslexia and other learning challenges. The components should be combined seamlessly to create a powerful program for accelerated learning. The first component is a multisensory approach to instruction.
This allows the student to both receive (read) and produce (write) information through the use of methods that involve neuropathways connected to two or more of the senses (sight, hearing, touch/ kinesthetic movement). The second component of an effective program is phonics instruction. Orton-Gillingham has been popularly considered the ‘gold standard’ of phonics instruction for children with dyslexia since the 1930s. The approach is systematic, highly structured, and multisensory, staying within the Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD) throughout each lesson. Developed by famous psychologist, Lev Vygotsky in the early 1930s, the ZPD is defined as the difference between what a child can do by himself and what he can accomplish with expert support. To round out a powerful program, the third component is a ‘whole language’ type of approach. These practices teach reading and writing within a larger context of activity that is meaningful for the student. Reading interesting stories that capture the imagination and writing personal anecdotes in a journal are examples of lesson elements within this framework. These elements bring enjoyment and creativity to the process, which increases motivation for the student. Among the strategies of Reading Recovery, a program that has been internationally popular since the mid 1980s, is the practice of posing the questions, “Does it look right?”, “Does it sound right?”, and “Does it make sense?” This allows the student to cross-check multiple types of information to confirm their responses during reading. Hiring private academic help can be an expense that some families cannot afford. Fortunately, in the state of Florida the Gardiner Scholarship provides funds to help pay for private reading specialists and certain other supports under particular circumstances. For more information on the scholarship, visit www.fldoe.org. DIANA MYERS-FINCH, M. ED., is president of Reading Rescue of Naples. Visit www.readingrescue.com.
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CELEBRATE NATIONAL READING MONTH
Middle Schoolers’ Favorite Books
There’s no better way to celebrate National Reading Month than by sharing a story time at the library with your child (see schedule on facing page), and then taking home an armful of books. To provide you with guidance for selecting those books, we asked some middle school students to list their favorites. Eli Denard, 7th grade, homeschooled • Treaties, Trenches, Mud and Blood by Nathan Hale is a graphic novel about the gory, grueling history of WWI. • Robin Hood by Howard Pyle is about an English outlaw who steals from the rich to give to the poor. • Old Yeller by Fred Gipson is a fiction book. When a stray dog comes for an unexpected stay with his family, Travis Coates reluctantly takes him in. • Magician’s Nephew by C. S. Lewis is from The Chronicles of Narnia series. In this fantasy story, which takes place in the late nineteenth century in London, two children, Polly and Digory, are sent out of this world by Digory’s evil uncle. • My Side of the Mountain by Jean C. George is an adventure fiction book set in the Catskill Mountains near Delhi, New York. It gives the fictional account of how Sam Gribley survives in the wilderness after he runs away from his home in New York City. Vivienne Hunter, 6th grade, Gulfview Middle School • Llama Llama Mad at Mama by Anna Dewdney is a story about a child who has to go to the grocery store with his mom. It was definitely one of my favorites as a kid. • Frozen Charlotte by Alex Bell is about a girl whose best friend dies. To find out more about his death, she goes to visit her cousins in Scotland. • The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch is a story about a princess whose prince doesn’t love her. She doesn’t seem to notice until a dragon burns everything down. • Cinder by Marissa Meyer is about a young cyborg, Cinder, in New Beijing who works for her stepmother and is a mechanic. There is a plague going around and her younger sister gets it. • Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson. This book was probably one of the first books I read. I loved this book. It’s about a witch who finds animals whenever she loses her hat or wand.
Aydin Khan-Bridgers, 7th grade, Seacrest Country Day School • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. I really loved this book. It’s a dystopia where a virtual world has practically overtaken reality. The book is fast-paced, it has interesting characters, and it was fun to learn about games and movies from the 1980s. • The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. I read this with my dad. It is about a hobbit, dwarfs, and a wizard who travel on a long journey to a castle. • Flotsam by David Weisner. I was in first grade when I read this book. There are only illustrations, and there are no words, so I was actually reading by interpreting the pictures. • The Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney. These books are funny, and any time I read one of the books in the “Wimpy Kid” series, I laugh out loud. • Hatchet by Gary Paulsen is about a boy named Brian who survives a plane crash and is stranded in the Canadian woods. Bella Schaab, 6th grade, Gulfview Middle School • Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins is about a young girl who goes to a school to learn to control her magic. • Enclave by Ann Aguirre. In a world where humans are forced underground, Duece is determined to be a warrior. Will her mysterious partner cause her to quit? • The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey. Echo travels on a quest to find the mythical firebird and hopefully stop a war against the Avicen, mysterious and feathered beings who took her in. • Paper Towns by John Green. Quentin has spent a lifetime admiring Margo from afar, so what happens when she suddenly cracks open his window and leads him on a magical rampage, only to disappear soon after? • Eighth Day by Dianne K. Salerni. Jax Aubrey discovers a secret Eighth Day with roots tracing back to Arthurian legend.
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