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Celebrate National Reading Month! Fun Facts About Dr.Seuss The Best Books to Read About Women's History Where to Find Local Story Times

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CLOSER TO ANIMALS. CLOSER TO NATURE. CLOSER TO FAMILY.

Traveling Art Exhibition

Naples Zoo is proud to showcase “Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea”. This traveling art exhibit features eleven larger-than-life marine animal sculptures made entirely of plastics found along beaches. Visit Naples Zoo to learn how you can make a difference for our waters today!

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Come Out to the Collier Fair! Collier Fairgrounds 731 39th Avenue NE, Naples, FL 34120

Thursday, March 14 to Sunday, March 24

50+ Rides • Games • Demolition Derby Family Living & Livestock Competitions Live Music • Food • And So Much More! Tickets on Sale NOW Megapasses - $26* Child Fair Admission - $5 (5 and under free) Adult Fair Admission - $10 *Service charge added to online orders

Did You Know? The Collier 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 Southwest Florida agriculture while showcasing and rewarding youth achievement. We accomplish this by producing a first-class 11-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 2019 TABLE OF CONTENTS

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FROM THE PUBLISHER

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FAMILY MOVIE PREVIEWS

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CITY CONNECTION

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COLLIER COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT UPDATE

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COLLIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

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ESTATE PLANNING

16 Boarding School. Local families talk about why boarding school is best for their children. by Anna Snyder 18 Understanding Concussions. A family care physician answers your questions about concussions. by Dr. Reinier Ramirez, M.D. 20 Momentum Mom. Cheryl Courson created Twinkle Twinkle Little Store as a place where new moms could shop, connect with other new moms, and even work. 22 7 Priceless Tips for NICU Parents. Valuable advice on dealing with this uncertain and overwhelming experience. by Sarah Lyons

on the cover…

Celebrate National Reading Month! 36 Fun Facts About Dr. Seuss. To celebrate National Reading Month, learn more about everyone’s favorite children’s author. 37 Books that Celebrate Women. Share these 10 books about important women in history with your children. by Cindy Hudson

Yulianna Reyna Vasquez is 22 months old and the daughter of Brian and Dyandra Vasquez, owners/operators of King Landscape Group in Naples. Yulianna loves to play outside, watch the television show Spirit, and sing and dance to her favorite songs.

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38 Story Time. Boost your child’s literacy and meet new friends at any of these story times. 40 Disney Tips. A local expert on Disney offers her advice for planning your next trip. by Leigh Ann Newman

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44 St. Patrick’s Day. Where to celebrate the holiday in SWFL.

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Best Summer Ever Starts June 3! Summer Day Camp (Ages *5-13) Greater Naples YMCA

REGISTRATION OPENS: March 1, 2019 WEEKLY COST: Y Members: $100 // Y 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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Co-Publisher Leigh Ann Newman lanewman@neafamily.com 239-272-0529 Co-Publisher Stacy Nicolau snicolau@neafamily.com 239-370-5333 Travel Editor Karen T. Bartlett mostlykidsguides@gmail.com 239-595-9026 Feature Writer Anna Snyder Cover Photographer Peggy Farren www.naplesportraits.com Field Photographer Lisette Morales lisettemoralesart@gmail.com Editorial submissions are welcome. We reserve the right to edit, reject, or comment editorially on all material contributed. We cannot be responsible for return of any unsolicited materials. Articles and advertisements in Neapolitan Family do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the publisher nor does the publisher assume responsibility for statements made by our advertisers or editorial contributors. Acceptance of advertising by Neapolitan Family does not constitute an endorsement of the products, services, or information. We do not knowingly present any product or service which is fraudulent or misleading in nature. Neapolitan Family is available free of charge at more than 200 distribution points throughout Collier County as well as digitally at neafamily.com. Neapolitan Family is ©2019 by Neapolitan Family Publishing LLC. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or part without written permission is strictly prohibited. NEAPOLITANfamily • March 2019

THIS MONTH: Celebrate National Reading Month I’m a reader. From first grade on, reading was what I loved to do most. I didn’t get into trouble at school for talking or passing notes -- I drew the ire of my teachers because I usually was reading instead of paying attention. I was the kid who took a book to sleepovers, just in case. So I was thrilled when my own daughter fell hard for books. Even though I’m no longer allowed to read to her every night before bed (darn teenagers), we now talk about and share books, search for independent bookstores whenever we travel, or simply sit in the same room and read. Reading with my daughter was the best investment I could have made in her future and our relationship. So it comes as no surprise that Neapolitan Family is celebrating National Reading Month in March. Our cover is an homage to Dr. Seuss -- even kids who don’t enjoy reading themselves love to listen to his clever rhymes and enjoy his whimsical artwork. Turn to page 36 for a list of fun facts about Dr. Seuss. On the following page, writer Cindy Hudson gives us a list of 10 books about great women in history, as March is Women’s History Month. Also, on page 38, we have compiled a list of local story times. While many of these are geared toward babies and toddlers, some story times welcome all ages. Don’t forget to check out our calendar, which lists family friendly events, such as the Southwest Florida Reading Festival in Fort Myers on March 2. Happy Reading!

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FAMILY MOVIES

Family Movie Previews for March

DUMBO Rated PG for peril/action, some thematic elements, and brief mild language In theaters 3/29 • For kids 6+ A young elephant, whose oversized ears enable him to fly, helps save a struggling circus, but when the circus plans a new venture, Dumbo and his friends discover dark secrets beneath its shiny veneer. Holt was once a circus star, but he went off to war and when he returned it had terribly altered him. Circus owner Max Medici (Danny DeVito) hires him to take care of Dumbo, a newborn elephant whose oversized ears make him the laughing stock of the circus troupe. But when Holt’s children discover that Dumbo can fly, silver-tongued entrepreneur V.A. Vandevere (Michael Keaton), and aerial artist Colette Marchant (Eva Green) swoop in to make the little elephant a star. WONDER PARK Rated PG for some mild thematic elements and action In theaters 3/15 • For kids 5+ Wonder Park tells the story of a magnificent 8

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amusement park where the imagination of a wildly creative girl named June comes alive. One magical day, June is running through the woods to find her way home when she discovers an old roller coaster car and climbs inside. She suddenly finds herself in Wonderland, an amusement park she had

created in her mind and put aside. All of her rides and characters are brought to life but are falling into disarray without her. Now, with the help of her fun and lovable park characters, June will have to put the wonder back in Wonderland before it is lost forever. Voicing the characters are Jennifer Garner, Matthew Broderick, John Oliver, Mila Kunis, Kenan Thompson, Ken Jeong, Norbert Leo Butz, Brianna Denski, and Ken Hudson Campbell. CAPTAIN MARVEL Rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi violence and action and brief suggestive language In theaters 3/8 • For kids 11+ Carol Danvers becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races. Set in 1995, Captain Marvel is Marvel Studios’ first female-led superhero movie, and stars Brie Larson (Captain Marvel), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Ben Mendelsohn (Talos), Clark Gregg (Phil Coulson), and Lashana Lynch (Maria Rambeau). The film was directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. NEAPOLITANfamily • March 2019


teenagers, she spends much of her time living in a hospital as a cystic fibrosis patient. Her life is full of routines, boundaries, and self-control – all of which is put to the test when she meets an impossibly charming fellow patient named Will Newman (Cole Sprouse). There’s an instant flirtation, though restrictions dictate that they must maintain a safe distance between them. As their connection intensifies, so does the temptation to throw the rules out the window and embrace that attraction. Further complicating matters is Will’s potentially dangerous rebellion against his ongoing medical treatment. Stella gradually inspires Will to live life to the fullest, but can she ultimately save the person she loves when even a single touch is off limits? A MADEA FAMILY FUNERAL FIVE FEET APART Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, language, and suggestive material In theaters 3/22 • For kids 12+ Stella Grant (Haley Lu Richardson) is a typical 17-year-old girl. But unlike most

Rated PG-13 for crude sexual content, language, and drug references throughout In theaters 3/1 • For kids 13+ A joyous family reunion becomes a hilarious nightmare as Madea and the crew travel to backwoods Georgia, where they find

themselves unexpectedly planning a funeral that might unveil unsavory family secrets. This latest installment in Tyler Perry’s Madea franchise stars Courtney Burrell, Tyler Perry, Patrice Lovely, Cassi Davis, and Ciera Payton.

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aples Zoo is celebrating the birth of a critically endangered Eastern bongo calf. First time mother, three-year-old bongo Amara, gave birth to a male calf in January. At birth, the calf weighed approximately 40 pounds and stood about two feet tall. The calf received a neonatal exam from the zoo’s staff veterinarian, Dr. Lizzy Arnett-Chinn, shortly after birth and was found to be healthy and thriving. Once the calf is following its mother, it will be introduced to its father and the exhibit for public viewing. The mother and father of the new baby bongo were specifically matched by the Species Survival Plan based on their ancestry, to create the greatest genetic diversity in the population over the next century. The bongos arrived last April from two different accredited zoos in Texas to contribute to the future of their species. Naples Zoo is pleased to be a part of this critical program to sustain the Eastern bongo population in zoos. Bongos are the largest of the forest antelope, and can weigh between 525 and 880 pounds. In addition to loss of their forest homes, bongos were hunted out over a century ago in Uganda, and only about 100 of these antelope remain in the wild in Kenya. But while wild populations were declining, accredited zoos had been carefully breeding mountain bongos. For more information, visit www.napleszoo.org.

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Opera Naples Presents Stop Bully! in Local Elementary Schools

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pera Naples residents artists recently toured elementary schools in Collier County to present a one-act children’s opera designed to teach children about bullying while also introducing them to opera. Stop Bully! provided children elementary schools in Naples, NEAPOLITANfamily • March 2019


Marco Island, and Immokalee with a unique introduction to opera and a message on the important topic of bullying. The presentation included an introduction about opera and etiquette, the performance, and a question-and-answer session between students and the performers. Curriculum guides and learning materials were given to teachers in conjunction with the children’s opera performance. Opera Naples’ Resident Artists Program is an artistically challenging residency for emerging professional singers who are pursuing a career in opera. Resident artists are selected through a national search to work with Opera Naples during the peak season and are given training, coaching, and career guidance by staff and other area professional artists. The resident artists perform principal roles in productions at the Wang Opera Center and secondary roles in mainstage operas performed at Artis-Naples. They also perform in various community events and concerts and the in-school opera tour. This season’s resident artists, soprano Kellie Motter, mezzo-soprano Megan Moore, tenor Achilles Bezanis, and baritone Sunyeop Hwang, were chosen from over 200 applicants. For more information, visit www.villageschoolnaples.org.

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ids and their families can explore several neighborhoods, all at WGCU’s broadcast building on the Florida Gulf Coast University campus, during WGCU’s annual Kids Day. Everything is free at Be My Neighbor Day, from games and activities to giveaways and photos with PBS characters from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 30 at the Myra Janco Daniels Public Media Center (the WGCU broadcast building). WGCU was inspired by Mister Rogers in setting up neighborhoods that include Meet the Helpers, Science and Environment, and Education and Creativity. More than two dozen community groups will be stationed in the appropriate neighborhoods, including The Conservancy of Southwest Florida, Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Preserve, and Collier and Lee County Library systems, along with first responders, schools, arts organizations, and more. Meeting and greeting the new kids on the block that day will be Daniel Tiger, Nature Cat, and Princess Presto from “Super Why.” For details, visit wgcu.com/ events or call 239-590-2510.

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CITY CONNECTION PARKS DEPT.

By Laura Tichy-Smith

Spring Break and More Entertainment, classes, and sports await you at these programs and events offered by the City of Naples Community Services Department.

Florida Gopher Tortoise Day Free Celebration Bring your children to the Naples Preserve on March 23 from 9 a.m. to noon to learn about the amazing and threatened Florida gopher tortoise. Activities include boardwalk tours; exploring a human-sized replica of a gopher tortoise burrow; meeting wildlife ambassador Trouper the Blind Raccoon and the rabbits of the Southwest Florida House Rabbit Rescue Society; activity table courtesy of The Conservancy of Southwest Florida; learning about recycling from Cycler the Robot; and crafts, games, and door prizes. Free Rita’s Italian ice for the first 50 kids. Call 239-2614290. (1690 Tamiami Tr. N.) Spring Break Camps Here’s just a sampling of the spring break camps available through Naples City Parks. Check the park department’s website for more information. All camps are March 11-15. Spring Break Fun Day Camps. Fleischmann and River Parks. 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Fun activities for your child’s days off from school, including crafts, games, field trips, and sports. Skate/BMX Camp (ages 7-12). Fleischmann Park, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Join Ben and the Ramp

Doctors Crew for this exciting camp. Must have own equipment. Cost is $105/week or $25/day. Rock Climbing Camp (ages 5+). Fleischmann Park, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The camp teaches different strategies to different levels of climbers, but helps all with self-confidence. Cost is $105/week or $25/ day. Art Camps (ages 5-15). Two different art camps in different locations aimed at different age groups. Prices and times vary. Call 239-213-3020. First Friday Family Art Night Bring your kids (ages 8+) to the Norris Center every month and spend a fun evening together learning a new art form. Friday, March 1, 7-9:30 p.m. $30 plus $5 supply fee. Preregistration required. Call 239-213-3058. (755 Eighth Ave. S., Naples) Mommy/Daddy & Me Painting Looking for an evening-out activity you can do with your kids? Fleischmann Park is offering painting night with your child (ages 5+). One parent and one child will each paint a canvas, and the paintings will combine to create a unified masterpiece. Supplies included and step-by-step instruction provided. Friday, March 1 from 5:307:30 p.m. $35 for one parent and child ($5

extra for day-of registration). Call 239-2133020. (1600 Fleischmann Blvd., Naples) Free Tuesday Morning Nature Talk Series The Naples Preserve continues its tradition of free nature talks featuring guest speakers from natural areas around Southwest Florida. All talks take place at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays. As of press time, the schedule is: March 5 – Swallow-tailed Kites; March 12 – The Price of a Feather; March 19 – Wonderful World of Microbes; March 26 – A Delicate Balance. Call 239-261-4290. (1690 Tamiami Tr. N., Naples) Free Concerts at the Bandshell Bring a blanket for the whole family and enjoy free concerts in Cambier Park. Schedule for March: Naples Concert Band on March 3 at 2 p.m.; Naples Big Band on March 4 at 7 p.m.; Naples Dixieland Jazz Band on March 10 at 2 p.m.; Stardust Memories Big Band on March 11 at 7 p.m.; Gulfcoast Big Band on March 17 at 2 p.m.; Stardust Memories Big Band on March 18 at 7 p.m.; Naples Concert Band on March 23 at 2 p.m.; Naples Big Band on March 24 at 2 p.m. Call 239-213-3058. (755 Eighth Ave. S., Naples)

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COLLIER COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS

By Jennifer Kupiec

CCPS Steam Conference Inspires

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n a packed auditorium with the lights dimmed low, a burst of flame came toward the crowd. The audience screamed in delight as Kate the Chemist, a.k.a. Dr. Kate Biberdorf, demonstrated which was a better fuel: flour or cornstarch. One by one, Kate the Chemist called student volunteers up to the stage to help with her experiments, a moment they will not soon forget. “A girl role model, a chemist … to ignite an entire auditorium of people,” said Collier County Public Schools (CCPS) Superintendent Dr. Kamela Patton, while explaining the strategy behind flying in Kate the Chemist from the University of Texas. Think Saturday morning TV show for kids combined with chemistry lessons, everything from how to make gummy worms and volcanos of slime to thunder clouds billowing from the stage. This year’s STEAM Conference drew a crowd of more than 1,800: students, parents, CCPS staff, district school board members, and other community leaders. “Eight years of making this even bigger and better, but most important, it’s the inspiration for kids,” said Patton. In addition to more than 50 interactive exhibits, school district staff rolled out four enhancements this year to the annual gathering. An expanded ARTwalk showcased works from students. Middle school entrepreneurship students all wore bright orange shirts along the Marketplace corridor where they pitched and sold their products to potential customers to create revenue to build more products. Around the corner from the Marketplace, Palmetto Ridge High School students enrolled in the culinary arts course sold snacks and refreshments at The Bistro Café. The fourth new feature put attention on the performing arts with a musical and dance performance showcase. Several years ago, Collier County Public Schools added the letter “A” to commonly used “STEM” in order to emphasize “arts” curriculum and activities which enable students to activate both sides of their brains. The STEAM Conference is also a time to think beyond graduation. The day exposed students and parents to a variety of

career pathways being taught at CCPS middle and high schools through NAF Academies and Project Lead the Way, which helps teach in-demand skills. For example, students in the Academy of Engineering mentored younger students in VEX Robotics, oceaneering with remotely operated vehicles, and designing clubhouses in 3D. “This is my third year in the Naples High Academy of Engineering and my third year at the STEAM Conference volunteering,” said Naples High School student Logan Szittai. “I just love seeing all of these little kids learning about engineering and the different things here.” “You’ve got these kids learning, but then there’s something else here about this community,” added Dr. Biberdorf. “You’ve fostered that mentoring aspect, that pipeline. It’s a community, it feels like a family, and I’m so grateful to be part of it.”

Covenant Church of Naples Mom’s Morning Out Providing a loving environment for children while offering parents and caregivers a needed break

Session 6 Starts April 8 Mon & Wed or Tues & Thu (one-day option available) 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Ages 2-4 years by Jan. 1

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COLLIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

CCSO and CCPS: Working Together to Protect our Schools By Kristine Gill

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he Collier County Sheriff ’s Office (CCSO) has always worked closely alongside members of the Collier County Public Schools to keep students safe. This past month, on the anniversary of the Parkland shootings, we reflected on that partnership. Over the past year, we have increased our efforts, working with the district to install video doorbells at each building. Those efforts also included a new after-school care program. Our Youth Relations Bureau (YRB) deputies met with teachers to conduct classroom safety assessments. The district also decided not to allow backpacks or bags at athletic events. And YRB increased its presence at school events. YRB deputies also helped to implement the use of student ID badges at the middle and high school levels. And recently, the district released an insightful public safety announcement (PSA) video, warning students of the increased charges that come with making a threat to our students or schools. The state amended Florida State Statute 836.10 in the wake of the Parkland shooting last year, making threats a felony. We encourage you to view this PSA alongside your children, to warn them that threatening comments will be punished under this new law. The same goes for passing along a threat. Additionally, students can face suspension or expulsion from school. The district and CCSO encourage students to report threats as part of a safety campaign called “See it? Say it. Don’t spread it. Report it.” To view the PSA, visit the district’s Facebook page at facebook.com/collierschools.

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ESTATE PLANNING

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By Norell Albanis

What You Should Know About Guardianship

hether through illness, injury, or other means, anyone can require a guardian to become appointed if they become mentally incapacitated. If there is no estate planning (or insufficient planning) in place to keep family or other loved ones out of court, a guardianship must be established via a court process in the county probate court. Obtaining guardianship can be an extraordinarily challenging and expensive process. It begins with filing a petition in court for guardianship and requesting the court declare the incapacitated person incompetent. In some cases, these types of filings are made “ex parte”, or in secret, and a guardianship can be established before family or close friends even know what’s happening. In other cases, such a filing can result in a heated dispute between family members and/or friends who may claim they would be better suited for the role. Of course, this assumes these matters haven’t already been decided through proper and up-to-date estate planning, including a valid durable power of attorney, advance health care directives, or even a pre-need guardianship, which are the best methods for ensuring this massive responsibility is handled as effectively as possible. Sadly, most people don’t consider the possibility of incapacity. If you do have a loved one who needs a guardian, here are some of the things you’ll need to know: Who can be appointed as guardian? Unless specified in a valid legal document, any family member or other interested person can petition for guardianship – even a close friend can do it if they are a Florida resident and can prove they are best suited for the position. That said, most courts give preference to the ward’s spouse or other close family members. In some cases, the guardian is required to post a bond, which typically requires good credit and a deposit to be held

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in the event of the guardian’s wrongdoing. This bond requirement often disqualifies friends and family who either don’t have good credit or the resources to post a bond. If a relative or friend is not willing – or capable – of serving, the court will appoint a professional guardian or public guardian. This is one of the ways that an estate can be drained extremely quickly. When are guardians appointed? A guardian will only be appointed if a court determines there is enough evidence to show a person is mentally incapacitated, such that they can no longer make legal, financial, and/or healthcare decisions. What are a guardian’s responsibilities? Depending on the ward’s mental capacity, a guardian can be given near complete control over a person’s life and finances. Some of the most common duties include: paying the ward’s bills; determining where they live; monitoring their residence and living conditions; providing consent for medical treatments; deciding how finances are handled, including how assets are invested and if any assets should be liquidated; managing real estate and other tangible personal property; keeping detailed records of all expenditures and other financial transactions; making end-of-life and other palliative-care decisions; and reporting to the court about the ward’s status at least annually. The extent of duties the guardian is re-

sponsible for is up to the court, and the guardian will not be allowed to act in areas the court has not authorized. Moreover, guardians are required to seek the ward’s preferences whenever possible – though ultimately, the decision about what action to take will be in the guardian’s hands. The court can also divide out responsibilities among multiple parties. For example, one person may oversee the financial decisions, while another handles living arrangements and healthcare decisions. What’s more, the court often requires detailed status reports, such as financial accounting, at regular intervals or whenever important decisions are made, such as the sale of assets. Are guardians compensated? Yes, guardians are entitled to reasonable compensation for their services based on the ward’s financial ability to pay. The appointed guardian is paid directly from the ward’s estate. In most cases, the compensation must be approved by the court ahead of time, and the guardian must carefully account for all of their services, the time spent on tasks on behalf of the ward, and any associated outof-pocket expenses. Given the level of responsibility and loss of control that comes with guardianship, the best course of action would be to get proper and updated estate planning in place ahead of time to ensure that if you or anyone you love becomes incapacitated, you can stay out of the court process altogether, if possible. NORELL ALBANIS is an estate planning attorney, and can be reached at 239-3142353 or by visiting albanislaw.com.

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EDUCATION

By Anna Snyder

Boarding School? Local Families Talk About Why Boarding School is Best for Their Kids

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hen you consider the idea of boarding school, what comes to mind? Perhaps stuffy, old world, antiquated, academic traditions? And yet, there are approximately 300 boarding schools in the United States and Canada where students participate in rigorous educational pursuits, receive focused attention from experienced faculty and staff, and prepare for the challenges of undergraduate institutions. Maybe boarding school is not on your radar, but did you know a number of Southwest Florida families choose to send their children to boarding schools? Rectory School, an independent junior boarding and day school in Pomfret, Conn., draws students for all over the country, including Collier County. This preparatory institution maintains a high level of academic excellence as well as a tight-knit community, according to Dawn Chmura, director of communications and dorm parent. “This is my 18th year at Rectory. I have never experienced a community quite like Rectory; as soon as you are a part of this community, whether as a child or an adult, you are immediately embraced into the family. Students become our children; we hope with them, we dream with them, and we seek to make them feel empowered, safe, and happy,” Chmura said. Parents send their children to boarding school for a host of reasons, according to Chmura. “Often, their children need something that isn’t available to them in

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their own backyard. It’s a hard decision for parents to make and when you think about sending a middle school-aged child away to a junior boarding school (Rectory goes through 9th grade), it’s even more difficult. In some cases, it’s because their child needs additional support because of a learning difference,” she said. Chmura cited the unique community available to students at boarding schools. “Boarding schools draw students from all around the world. Our students gain a global perspective that they wouldn’t necessarily have in their hometown schools. Additionally, students at boarding schools have access to amazing arts and athletics programs, state-of-the-art facilities, and teachers who understand each child on different levels because they are also their coaches and dorm parents.” Chmura also noted that the boarding school setting helps students gain confidence in themselves and their abilities. “I’ve seen students who may have struggled to read in the past become avid readers and gain so much confidence because of the focused, individualized attention. Our days are very structured. Students follow a routine that helps them accomplish everything they need to do throughout the day. This routine helps them build strong habits and set a firm foundation for their educational career and life.” Local families Dr. Theresa Vensel of Naples sends

her daughter to Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass. “The decision was driven by my daughter. My husband attended boarding school, and she grew up hearing stories about his experiences. Intrigued by the academics, environment, community, and opportunities, she started exploring various boarding schools by attending boarding school presentations in Boca Raton and researching schools online. In the fall of her 8th grade year, I traveled with her to visit and interview at six schools. Each school had a distinct feel, and Phillips Academy fit her best. She loved the mix of intense academics, diverse community, and the focus on kindness.” Vensel noted that her relationship with her daughter hasn’t suffered as a result of her living far from home. “We have always been very close; she calls frequently, even if for a few minutes as she is walking to the dining hall.” And, Vensel has seen her daughter’s confidence grow in leaps and bounds. “She has always been independent and great at multitasking. At Phillips, though, her time management skills have adjusted to encompass all aspects of her life. Her confidence has grown significantly. Each new adventure has given her the opportunity to realize how capable she is.” The Vensel family encourages other parents to seek out boarding school – if the process is driven by the child. “Being at boarding school is challenging in so many different ways. The individual who is drivNEAPOLITANfamily • March 2019


en enough to think outside the traditional local school path and want to go the boarding school route has a foundation to face academic, social, and environmental challenges. I was always a mom who encouraged academic independence beginning in early elementary school. If you are a parent who likes to be in daily communication with teachers regarding homework or tests or other such class details, I think it would be challenging.” Shannon and Jon Pertchik’s children, Harper and Cooper, attend different boarding schools. Harper is a junior at The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Conn., and Cooper is a freshman at Deerfield Academy in Deerfield, Mass. Like the Vensel family, the Pertchiks’ venture into the boarding school world was prompted by their daughter. One summer, Harper played on an international volleyball club that competed in Europe. One of her teammates talked at length about this thing called ‘boarding school.’ “For an entire year, Harper asked about attending such a place, and for one year we said no,” said Shannon Pertchik. But Harper’s persistence paid off. “After visiting several, our eyes and minds were opened to the incredible opportunities these places provided. Our son was hooked once he saw what our daughter was experiencing.” “Boarding school is certainly not for every child,” Pertchik cautioned. “For children who are independent, ambitious, willing to take a risk, and have at least a small sense of adventure, boarding school may be the right choice. For us, giving up the kids four years prematurely was extremely difficult. When we experienced these schools, though, we saw communities of ambitious,

strong students in environments with massive resources, and faculty, coaches and administrators who have chosen to assume a 24-7 life committed to students.” The Naples-based family’s lives are different than the norm because of boarding school. “Of course, logistically and practically we do not see our children every day,”

“Boarding school is not for every child. For children who are independent, ambitious, willing to take a risk, and have at least a small sense of adventure, boarding school may be the right choice.” — Shannon Pertchik Pertchik said, “nor do we taxi them around and have that time together riding in the car. However, in the broader picture, our relationships are just as strong, and perhaps in some ways stronger as a result of the distance. They still count on us for support and help. We spend a great deal of time visiting them, and we get to watch their sports live streamed. We miss them, and we think

they miss us, but we are very confident the choices and sacrifices we have made as a family will help them grow into more successful and fulfilled adults.” For Dana Zeitler of Naples, her years as a boarding school student at Foxcroft School in Middleburg, Va., taught her independence and also strengthened her relationship with her parents. “I enjoyed the experience, and I became more independent. I learned to balance a checkbook and do my own laundry. I gained a greater understanding of others’ nationalities and religions. Attending Foxcroft made me more of a free thinker, and I learned to look at issue from different perspectives. I had roommates from China, Switzerland, Kuwait, and friends from all over the world.” Zeitler credits boarding school with creating a healthier relationship with her parents. “I was not at home to rebel against my parents’ rules (my dad was pretty strict). So, I didn’t resent them during my high school years, and I appreciated them more. We only spoke once a week (there were no cell phones in the 80s). I missed them, but I was living with my friends, playing soccer and tennis, and riding horses.” Zeitler echoes the Vensels’ and Pertchiks’ perspective on the boarding school decision: “I’d recommend this type of experience if the student really wants to go. I was involved in picking my school, and I was excited to be there. It was like summer camp that lasted all year long for me!” Photo, left: Students at Rectory School, a junior boarding and day school in Pomfret, Conn.

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YOUR CHILD’S HEALTH

By Dr. Reinier Ramirez, M.D., family care physician, Health Care Network of Florida

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here are approximately 4 million sport-related concussions a year in the United States alone. This number may be rising due to increased awareness of brain injuries, as well as the increased athleticism. As the athletes get bigger and stronger, they are able to create the force necessary to cause a concussion. As a parent, it is important to understand this serious medical issue. What is a concussion? A concussion is a type of brain injury caused by a sudden blow to the head or the body, which shakes the brain inside the skull, temporarily preventing the brain from working normally and causing concussion symptoms. Many times, there are no visible signs and the person does not lose consciousness. Although concussions are often described as “mild” brain injuries, as they are non-life-threatening, their effects can be serious.

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What are the symptoms related to a concussion? First, let me explain what happens to the brain during a concussion. When your head or other part of the body is hit suddenly, it can cause the brain to twist or bounce off the other side of the hard skull and damage the nerves. The nerves release a chemical called glutamate, which results in a cascade reaction. This means that the nerves function abnormally and electrical activity of the brain is reduced. This results in symptoms such as headaches, nausea or vomiting, dizziness or balance problems, drowsiness, blurred vision, and difficulty concentrating or processing information. It can also make the person more sensitive to light or noise, and cause changes in mood such as becoming irritable, sad, nervous, or emotional. Most of these symptoms usually occur right after the injury, but some may take hours or a few days to develop. What should I do if I suspect my child has a concussion? It is extremely important to recognize the signs and symptoms of a concussion as early as possible. Early on, symptoms may be mistaken as something less serious and overlooked, or people may not want to admit there is

something wrong. Research indicates that there is a period of time after the concussion in which the brain is healing, is extra sensitive, and at a higher risk for longterm consequences, especially if a second concussion were to occur. Children and people with pre-existent brain abnormalities or mental conditions may be at an even higher risk. Therefore, it is crucial to identify the injury, remove the child from the potential dangerous activity, and have him/her evaluated by a healthcare professional with experience in the management of this condition. What should I know about concussions if my child plays sports? Although anyone can get a concussion from falls or accidents, sports, especially collision sports (i.e. football, hockey, soccer, and cheerleading), have the highest risk for concussion. Although the use of safety equipment such as helmets and mouth guards are extremely important, they are not a guarantee of protection. Most states have guidelines for managing and reporting concussions; however, all protocols should begin with the education of parents, players, and coaching

staff. In the event of a concussion during a game or event, a sideline evaluation should be performed. If a concussion is suspected, the player should be removed from the game immediately. Remember, when in doubt, sit it out, no matter how important the game may be. Once diagnosed with a concussion, mental and physical activity should be reduced to allow for healing to take place. This includes activities such as reading, playing video games, and sometimes even driving, depending on the severity of the injury. A graduated return-to-play protocol should be used for children, allowing them to return to academics first, then to sports after being medically cleared by their doctor. Returning to activities too soon could have long term effects, such as chronic headaches and dizziness, difficulty with understanding, or even seizures. Parents can use resources such as the Heads Up program or their physician to educate themselves on concussion symptoms and prevention as well as the following websites: • cdc.gov/headsup/youthsport • healthychildren.org • aafp.org/patient-care

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What is special about your business? The people you meet and develop relationships with in the business, both customers and employees, are deep and very gratifying. In larger communities and with our current love affair with social media, it is difficult for new mothers and parents to meet, make friends, and connect with each other. But within Twinkle Twinkle Little Store, we help each other, and the village mentality is strong and supportive. The idea of Twinkle Twinkle Little Store was born with the intention of being able to bring kids with you and free parents of the burden of [paying for] child care. Having children at the store has been the most wonderful opportunity for all parents that work at Twinkle Twinkle Little Store. It is not without challenges, but it is certainly most rewarding to work and still be with our kids as they grow. Tell us about your family. Brent is my wonderful husband of 13 years and is now corporate chef of Mainstreet Ventures which is the parent company of Real Seafood Company in Naples and Blue Pointe Grill in Fort Myers, as well as 20 other restaurants located in other states. We have a daughter and two boys, ages 12, 10, and 5. What is a typical weekday like in your household? A whole new world of productivity has opened up now that all my children are in school. After the kids come home from school, they have a regular routine of practicing music (guitar and piano), doing daily chores, and completing homework. I strongly believe in teaching the kids how to do things on their own, and not doing things for them, so that they can learn to be responsible indi-

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viduals and have pride in their work. What do you like to do for fun with your family? My kids are fish and we love to swim at the beach, River Park Aquatic

“Having children at the store has been the most wonderful opportunity for all parents that work at Twinkle Twinkle Little Store.” — Cheryl Courson Center, and Sun-n-Fun. We enjoy traveling everywhere. We are fortunate to have extended family in Malaysia. Our local favorites are the Conservancy of SWFL which provides reciprocal benefits to dozens of centers at Association of Nature Center Administrators and the IMAG in Fort Myers, which is a part of the Association of Science-Technology Centers Travel Passport Program. When we travel to new cities, we love to take advantage of our reciprocal membership benefits and highly recommend

them to all families. Tell us about your community service passion. Close to our heart is our very own Twinkle Outreach Program, which is a store-operated community service program. The Twinkle Outreach program distributes free gear and clothing to those in need within the store as well as off site, especially during post-hurricane recovery efforts. Additional goods are shared with other local charities, including (but not limited to) St. Matthew’s House, Guadalupe Center, Family to Family, and Eva’s Closet. Twinkle Outreach also raises money to put toward other community services, such as funding for WGCU/PBS Kids and daily free car seat installation assistance to anyone and everyone who may need it. What would surprise us about you? I never expected to own a retail store. I am passionate about music, art, and travel and didn’t expect to be in this field when I was younger. Thanks to my children currently learning piano and guitar, my own passion for music has been reinvigorated. I enjoy playing piano, guitar, ukulele, and singing. I am still waiting for more time to present itself so I have the opportunity to resume painting. What is your favorite parenting advice? Give a man a fish and feed him for a day, but teach him how to fish and feed him for a lifetime. Even young toddlers can be taught to do so many things. Our kids, including the five-year-old, cook, clean, and certainly pull their weight. Their responsibilities also nurture pride in their work. I also highly recommend the book “Smart Money, Smart Kids” as it instills a great financial foundation for kids to last them a lifetime.

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YOUR FAMILY’S HEALTH

By Sarah Lyons

Seven Priceless Tips for NICU Parents

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arents do many things to prepare for the arrival of a new baby – decorating the nursery, buying a car seat and stroller, selecting a name, and so much more. No matter how much preparation you do, the unexpected can happen. Due to a variety of reasons, you could find yourself in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) sitting by your newborn baby. When I found out I was expecting triplets, I was told it was highly likely they would spend time in the NICU due to premature birth. I had absolutely no idea how to prepare; the information was overwhelming and the uncertainty was frightening. I have found the true experts are parents who have been through the experience. The information they share gives you a glimpse into what you can really expect during the NICU experience. Here are some of the most valuable tips.

It is normal to feel nervous about caring for your child. Ask the NICU nurses how you can get involved in your child’s care. They usually are more than willing to teach you how to work around their medical equipment. “Once I began taking my son’s temps, changing diapers, and assisting with bathing, I felt so much more comfortable and less intimidated by the experience,” said mom Rachel Watts.

Get involved When you visit your child in the NICU for the first time it can be very intimidating. Your baby will be covered with wires and may look tiny and fragile.

Take care of yourself When your child is in the NICU it is easy to be focused on their health above all else. Amidst all the struggles we must not forget Mom just gave birth, often by

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Babies progress at their own pace “Don’t put a timeframe on how long you expect them to be there,” said Nikki Rhyme, mother of triplets born last year. The rule of thumb is that babies born prematurely typically will go home around their due date; however, this is not always the case. Jessica Craine, mom of twins, noted: “Anytime I was frustrated, I had to sit back and realize that my boys have learned to breathe, suck, and swallow, all before most kids are born.”

emergency Cesarean-section and sometimes after weeks of bedrest. Take care of yourself during this time. Eat healthy meals, drink water, take breaks, spend time with your significant other and older children, and ask for help. “Tell your friends and family you’re struggling and you need support,” said Rachel Watts. Many times they want to help but won’t know what to do unless you ask. Give them specific tasks that will make your life easier, like preparing a meal for your family or doing a load of laundry. Document this special time The NICU is a stressful place, which makes it easy to forget to document your baby’s milestones. “Record the true day of their first bath, when they wore clothes the first time, when they moved from an incubator to a crib ... these are memories I will cherish forever,” said Jessica Craine. “I wish I had more photos of this time,” added Alex Tichet, mother of triplets. Although it is hard to see your tiny baby fighting in the NICU, many parents cherish those photos because they are proof of how far their amazing and strong child has come. NEAPOLITANfamily • March 2019


Be your child’s advocate “Remember they are your babies, and you have a voice in how things go. Don’t be afraid to ask questions,” advised triplet mom Michelle Glasser. The doctors and nurses work hard to give your child the best possible care but the parent plays a big part in the care their child will receive. “Try to be present during rounds to get updates on the baby’s status and care,” advised mom Courtney Harreld. Some of the things you see will be heartbreaking “I wasn’t prepared for some of the things we saw and neither was my husband. We could see the doctors working on babies to save their lives. Incredibly heartbreaking,” explained Jenna Mrnak, mother of triplets. It will be difficult to witness some of the things that go on in the NICU as babies struggle to grow and thrive. It is best to take comfort in the knowledge that miracles do happen there. It will end “A great piece of advice I got from my best friend who had also had a NICU baby was to picture yourself and your baby a couple seasons in the future when you are doing something totally normal,” said Eve Bernfeld, mother of three. “This helped to remind me that things would be normal … someday.” Each day in the NICU seems like an eternity, but when your child comes home and the years go by, that time becomes a distant memory. “It seems like it is a never-ending experience regardless of if it’s five days or five months, but it will be a thing of the past before you know it,” said Jennifer Pena. Our NICU experience was one of the most difficult seasons my family has walked through. Even so, I find myself looking back on it fondly because I am more aware of how miraculous life is. It is a stressful place to be, but the NICU staff is there to do everything possible to get your baby well and home with your family.

SARAH LYONS is a proud mother of six who writes from her home in a suburb of Kansas City. The inspiration for this article comes from her experience in the NICU after the birth of her 18-month-old triplets. NEAPOLITANfamily • March 2019

Newborns in the NICU: Tips for Family and Friends By Sarah Lyons

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hen a friend is struggling through a difficult time, it is natural to want to lend a hand. Often the families that need the most help are reluctant to ask for it, which makes it hard to know exactly how to assist a friend. Here are nine ideas on how to show your support: Bring a meal. Friends and family often send versatile casseroles like lasagna. Try thinking outside the 13x9 pan. Why not bring the family the fixings for breakfast and lunch rather than just dinner? Stock the freezer with easy, ready-to-make items like pizza, pasta dishes, soups, and crock pot meals. Or bring the family their favorite take out or send a gift card. Set up a meal train. When one meal just doesn’t cover it, set up a meal train using websites like signupgenius.com or takethemameal. com. Discuss with the family the most convenient dates and times to deliver meals and solicit friends to fill all the open spots. Social media is a great place to recruit people you might not otherwise think to ask. Help with pets. If the family is making trips to the doctor or hospital, offer to feed the cat or walk the dog while they are out. This will help give the family peace of mind while they focus on what is important. Offer to babysit. Show support by offering to babysit, even if it is just for a couple hours. If you are taking your own children to the park, swing by and pick up their children for the afternoon. This gets them out of the house and gives the parents a break. Driving the kids to school or activities is also a big help for a family that is dealing with change. Clean the house. Sweep the floor, change laundry loads, vacuum, do dishes, or fold some laundry. Even a little bit of picking up can make a big difference. A clean house during chaos can bring some much needed peace during a chaotic time. Run errands. If you are on your way to the store anyway, why not send a quick text and ask if the family needs anything: toilet paper, diapers, or snacks? Does mom want a coffee or some lunch? Many grocery stores offer drive-through pick up these days. Have the family order and pay for groceries online, then pick them up and deliver them. Offering to help put them away would be an extra bonus. Leave a surprise on the doorstep. If the family is not up for visitors, leave a surprise on the doorstep for them. You can create a care package with special treats, magazines, snacks, and a card. Take food to the hospital. It is common knowledge that hospital food is not gourmet. If someone is in the hospital supporting a family member, offer to deliver food to them. Bring homemade meals for them to warm up later or offer to sit at their loved one’s bedside while they take a walk and get some fresh air. Listen. Sometimes a long talk is very therapeutic. When you visit, listen attentively and offer your support. Call and check on them, even if you just leave a voicemail. In these times of texts and emails, receiving a phone call shows you will go the extra mile to support a friend. However, even an email or text shows you are offering support while leaving it in their hands to respond when the time is right. neafamily.com

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9:00 a.m. Spring Break Camp. A different theme every day. $40/day members, $45/ day non-members. For grades 2-6. Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples, 15080 Livingston Rd., Naples. Call 239-514-0084 or check www.cmon.org.

7:00 p.m. AbbaFab. You can dance, you can jive, you can have the time of your life! This multimedia concert is a tribute to some of the greatest music produced in the 70s and 80s. Broadway Palm Dinner Theater, 1380 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers. Visit broadwaypalm.com.

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4:30 p.m. Pups & Books. Stop by to read to a pup or just pet one. The service dogs-in-training are provided by PAWS Assistance and Therapy dogs. All ages welcome. Registration is not required. East Naples Library, 8787 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples. Visit collierlibrary.org or call 239-775-5592. 4

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10:00 a.m. Dr Seuss Safari Squad. Also March 13 & 16. Ages 3-5. Animal encounter, storybook reading, arts & crafts project, and free-choice play stations. Naples Zoo, 1590 Goodlette-Frank Rd., Naples. Call 239-262-5409 or check napleszoo.org.

3:30 p.m. Firefighters: Heroes of our Neighborhood. Get to know our local firefighters. Hear stories and safety tips and make a craft. Ages 4-11 years. Registration not required. Golden Gate Branch Library, 2432 Lucerne Rd., Naples. Call 239-252-4542 or check collierlibrary.org. 5

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2:00 p.m. Just Dance the Night Away. Show off your dance moves with your friends. Music, snacks, and lots of fun. Ages 11-17. Registration is not required. Immokalee Branch Library, 417 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239-657-2882 or check collierlibrary.org.

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7:30 p.m. Guys & Dolls. Performed by Naples Players through April 7. Considered one of the greatest musicals of all time, Guys & Dolls is filled with some of the most wonderful show tunes ever. Blackburn Hall, 701 Fifth Avenue South, Naples. Visit naplesplayers.org.

10:30 a.m. Disney On Ice Presents Frozen. Dazzling ice skating, special effects, and unforgettable music. Hertz Arena, 11000 Everblades Pkwy., Estero. Visit www. hertzarena.com for tickets.

6:00 p.m. Collier County Fair Opening Night. Through March 24. Rides, food, agriculture, livestock, and lots of free entertainment. MegaPasses on sale now. Collier County Fairgrounds, 751 39th Ave. N.E., Naples. Visit www. collierfair.com.

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9:00 a.m. Mini Camps. Spring break camp. Classes include robotics, coding, Minecraft, piano, ukulele, art, and much more. Earn badges, make new friends, and learn the day away. Full STEAM Ahead, 2655 Northbrooke Dr., Naples. Visit fullsteamaheadfl.com. 3:00 p.m. Community Field Day. Kids will enjoy fun themed activities and games, along with drinks and snacks. Vineyards Community Park, 6231 Arbor Blvd. W., Naples. Call 239-252-4105 or check collierparks.com.

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10:30 a.m. WONDER in the Garden. Every day, imagine, create, and explore with lessons and activities. Naples Botanical Garden, 4820 Bayshore Dr., Naples. Visit naplesgarden.org.

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11:00 a.m. Naples St. Patrick’s Day Parade. This Naples’

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12:00 p.m. Free Community Day. Free activities include live music, hands-on art experiences, and access to the galleries. Artis-Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., Naples. Call 239-597-1900 or check artisnaples.org.

10:00 a.m. SWFL Reading Festival. Multiple stages with the celebrity authors. Buy books and have the authors personalize and sign them. Kids will be mesmerized by the storytellers. Fort Myers Regional Library, 2450 First St., Fort Myers. Visit readfest.org.

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9:30 a.m. Alateen Meetings. Alateen is a peer support group for teens who are struggling with the effects of someone else’s problem drinking. 24 Hour Club, 1509 Pine Ridge Rd., Naples. Call 239-263-5907 or check www.naplesAl-Anon.org for other meeting days and locations. 3

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10:00 a.m. Naples Fine Art Show. The show includes the budding artist competition for ages 9-19. Galleria Shoppes at Vanderbilt, 829 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., Naples. Visit www.shopvanderbilt. com.

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5:30 p.m. Family Book Club. Join us as a family and discuss this month’s pick. Stop by the circulation desk to check out this month’s book. Immokalee Library, 417 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239-657-2882 or check collierlibrary.org.

9:00 a.m. Pee Wee Play Dates. Wednesdays. Ages 9 months to pre-K. Have fun with our toys and games and listen to music. Drop-in program, no registration required. Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239593-0870 or visit www. collierlibrary.org. 27

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5:00 p.m. Montessori Open House. Learn about our programs and tour our new facility. Montessori Academy of Naples, 2655 Northbrooke Dr., Naples. Check www. naplesmontessori.org or call 239-597-2255.

6:00 p.m. Museum Night Out: Retro Game Night. Play games and enjoy the ice cream sundae bar for free. All ages are welcome. Limited seating. RSVP recommended. Naples Depot Museum, 1051 Fifth Ave. S., Naples. Visit www. colliermuseums.com or call 239-252-8419. 29

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4:00 p.m. Easterseals Camp Challenge. March 22-24. Ages 6+. Experience lifechanging activities that help campers achieve greater independence. Easterseals Camp Challenge, Sorrento, FL. Visit easterseals.com/ florida.

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7:00 p.m. Magician Keith Raygor. Experience Keith Raygor’s engaging magic and mind reading. Pavilion Royal Scoop, 2355 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., Naples. Call 239-597-4043 or check www.royalscoop.com.

10:00 a.m. David Lawrence Center’s Sound Minds Mental Health Symposium. Features Austin Eubanks, an injured Columbine survivor and an addiction treatment industry expert. Moorings Presbyterian Church, 791 Harbour Dr., Naples. Call 239-304-3505 or visit dlcsoundminds.org. 23

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8:00 a.m. Be a Knight For a Day. Children grades K-11 can experience a day in the life of a Knight as they sit in on a typical day at The Village School. RSVP on website as space is limited. The Village School, 6000 Goodlette Rd., Naples. Visit villageschoolnaples. org. 26

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7:45 p.m. Movies on the Lawn: Wonder. Bring your blankets and chairs. Food and drinks available for purchase. No coolers, please. Mercato, 9132 Strada Pl., Naples. Check mercatoshops.com.

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6:00 p.m. Minecraft Club. Every Monday. A safe and productive place for your kids to stretch their minds and skills, relate to other kids, and create in Minecraft. Ages 6-12. Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead, 2655 Northbrooke Dr., Naples. Check fullsteamaheadfl. com or call 239-451-3142.

8:00 a.m. Shenanigans on the Lake Regatta. A fun-filled day of sailing and racing for individuals with special needs. T-shirt, dinner, and prize for all participants. Sugden Regional Park, 4284 Avalon Dr., Naples. Call 239-252-4414 or check collierparks.com.

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3:00 p.m. Mini Moo Petting Zoo. Pet and feed a variety of animals. All ages. Estates Branch Library, 1266 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples. Call 239-455-8088 or check collierlibrary.org.

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1 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 visit evergladeswondergardens.com. 9:30 a.m. Messy Michelangelos. Sensory play. Get messy, make masterpieces, then leave the clean up to us. Located at Whiz Kids, 1050 Pine Ridge Rd., Naples. Call 239-263-7017 or check www.fimnaples.com. 10:30 a.m. WONDER in the Garden. Every day, imagine, create, and explore with lessons and activities. Located at Naples Botanical Garden, 4820 Bayshore Dr., Naples. Visit naplesgarden.org. 1:30 p.m. Homeschool Information Meeting. Learn how and why the classical model of education is the natural path for children. Located at Golden Gate Community Park, 3300 Santa Barbara Blvd., Naples. Visit members.classicalconversations.com. 4:00 p.m. Family Night. $7 per child. Located at Whiz Kids, 1050 Pine Ridge Rd., Naples. Visit whizkidsnaples.com or call 239-263-7017. 7:00 p.m. First Friday Family Art Night (ages 8+). Ages 8+. Spend a fun evening as a family learning a new art form. $30 plus $5 supply fee. Located at Norris Center, 755 Eighth Ave. S., Naples. Call 239-213-3058 to register or visit naplesgov.com. 7:00 p.m. School Age Open Gym. For kids in

grades K-8. Join us for lots of fun. Supervised but not structured. No parents. $10 per child. Located at Naples Progressive Gymnastics, 4795 Mercantile Ave., #3, Naples. Call 239-455-3700. 7:00 p.m. Supervised Drop-off Open Gym. Ages 5-13. Drop off your child or stay and watch. $10. Located at Gymnastic World, 2187 Trade Center Way, Naples. Visit gwnaples.com or call 239-592-0608.

2 SATURDAY 9:00 a.m. Free Zoo Admission. Admission is free on the first Saturday of every month for Collier County residents with ID. Located at Naples Zoo, 1590 Goodlette-Frank Rd., Naples. Call 239-2625409 or check napleszoo.org. 9:00 a.m. Kids Workshops. Ages 5-12. Located at Home Depot, 2251 Pine Ridge Rd., Naples. Call 239-597-1515 or visit homedepot.com. 9:00 a.m. Science Saturdays. Spend the day enjoying programs, labs, and activities centered around a different science theme each week. Located at Rookery Bay, 300 Tower Rd., Naples. Call 239-5305940 or check www.rookerybay.org. 10:00 a.m. Ciclovia Immokalee. This monthly free family event promotes healthy living. Located at Immokalee Community Park, 321 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239-252-4449 or check ifas.ufl.edu. 10:00 a.m. Free Kid’s Fishing. We supply the

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rods, reels, bait, and knowledge. Located at Bass Pro Shops, 10040 Gulf Center Dr., Fort Myers. Call 239-461-7800 or check www.basspro.com. 10:00 a.m. Southwest Florida Reading Festival. Multiple stages with the celebrity authors. Buy books and have the authors personalize and sign them. Kids will be mesmerized by the storytellers. Located at Fort Myers Regional Library, 2450 First St., Fort Myers. Visit readfest.org for additional information. 10:30 a.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 not required. Located at Naples Regional Library, 650 Central Ave., Naples. Call 239252-5135 or visit collierlibrary.org. 11:00 a.m. Bark-A-Que. Fun, food, music, and service dogs. Don’t miss the Ben Allen Band, silent auction, and raffles. Located at North Collier Regional Park, 15000 Livingston Rd., Naples. Visit www.medicalservicedogs.org. 12:00 p.m. Logiscool Open House. Come learn about our programs for kids, including fun-based after-school coding classes. Located at Logiscool Davis, 1715 Heritage Tr., Suite 203, Naples. Call 239-673-0051 or check www.logiscool.com. 1:00 p.m. Autism Spectrum Playgroup. Saturdays. Open to ages 5-16. $10 per child. Located at Christ Community Church, 4050 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers. Call 239-910-0712 or visit www.fi-florida.org. 1:00 p.m. Spring Super Science Show. Get ready for some scientific fun as we explore the world of chemistry by building the best bubbles, observe phenomena with dry ice, and make and take home your own slimy polymer. Ages 5+. Located at Naples Regional Branch Library, 650 Central Ave., Naples. Call 239-252-5135 or visit collierlibrary.org. 2:00 p.m. Alligator Interactive. Purchase a ticket for a bait fish, we tie it on the end of bamboo pole, and you get to feed the alligators. Every day. Located at Everglades Wonder Gardens, 27180 Old 41 Rd., Bonita Springs. Call 239-992-2591 or visit evergladeswondergardens.com. 4:00 p.m. Sensory Friendly Saturdays. Free admission from 4-6 p.m. for families with children with autism spectrum disorder or other sensory processing needs. An air-conditioned take-a-break space will be provided, as well as hands-on activities for the whole family. Registration required. RSVP to education@naplesgarden. org. Located at Naples Botanical Garden, 4820 Bayshore Dr., Naples. Check www. naplesgarden.org. 6:00 p.m. Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration. Enjoy a family friendly birthday celebration. Ages 5-12. $5. Located at Immokalee Community Park, 321 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239-252-4449 or visit colliercountyfl.gov. 6:00 p.m. Parents’ Night Out. Drop off the kids for a fun night of games and activities. Located at Sky Zone Trampoline Park, 14181 S. Tamiami Tr., Fort Myers. Visit fortmyersstore.skyzone.com.

3 SUNDAY 9:00 a.m. Sensory Sensitive Sundays. Less crowding and a quieter environment, dimmed lighting, show and music turned down or off entirely, limited character appearances, full menu, access to all games and rides. Located at Chuck E. Cheese’s, 5020 Cleveland Ave., Fort Myers. Call 239-334-0563 or check www. chuckecheese.com for additional information. 9:30 a.m. Alateen Meetings. Alateen is a peer support group for teens who are struggling with the effects of someone else’s problem drinking. Located at 24 Hour Club, 1509 Pine Ridge Rd., Naples. Call 239-263-5907 or check www.naplesAlAnon.org for other meeting days and locations. 10:00 a.m. Toddler Time. Wednesdays and Sundays. A time for little ones to discover the joy of being active, bouncing under parental supervision, without interference from the big kids. Located at Sky Zone Trampoline Park, 14181 S. Tamiami Tr., Fort Myers. Visit fortmyersstore.skyzone.com. 11:00 a.m. Car Cruise-In. See your favorite makes and models of classic, exotic, and custom cars near WINK Playland. Located at Miromar Outlets, 10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero. Visit www.miromaroutlets.com.

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4 MONDAY Library Hours. Teen Activity Corner. Tired of sitting in class all day? Relieve some stress by working on a puzzle, suggesting a good read, or writing some thoughts in the teen journals. Located at Vanderbilt Beach Branch Library, 788 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., Naples. Call 239-597-8444 or check collierlibrary.org. 10:00 a.m. Maker Mondays. Kids can create, construct, discover, and share

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while their caregivers enjoy coffee and conversation. Ages 4-12 years. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or visit collierlibrary.org. 3:30 p.m. Meals of Hope Food Pantry. Frozen food, fresh produce, and canned goods will be given away to families in need. Located at Lely Presbyterian Church, 110 St. Andrews Blvd., Naples. Check mealsofhope.org or call 239-537-7775. 4:30 p.m. Pups & Books. Stop by to read to a pup or just pet one. The service dogs-in-training are provided by PAWS Assistance and Therapy dogs. All ages welcome. Registration is not required. Located at East Naples Library, 8787 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples. Visit collierlibrary.org or call 239-775-5592. 5:00 p.m. Whirl and Twirl Class. Ages 4+. Join the fun in our weekly tumbling class taught by Michelle Lee of TriTone Fit. $20 per class. Located at InPlay Family Fun, 4035 Santa Barbara Blvd., Naples. Call 239-963-9716 or check www. inplayfamilyfun.com for additional information. 6:00 p.m. Art Classes for Kids. Ages 5-12. Fun projects with acrylic on canvases, watercolor, collages, mixed media, and much more. Sign up ahead of time so that we have enough materials for you child. Located at Fleischmann Park, 1600 Fleischmann Dr., Naples. Visit muralistica.com for additional information. 6:00 p.m. Gamer’s Club. Ever wonder what your kids are up to in those games that they play online? Worry no more. Located at Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead, 2655 Northbrooke Dr., Naples. Visit fullsteamaheadfl.com or call 239-451-3142. 6:00 p.m. Minecraft Club. Every Monday. A safe and productive place for your kids to stretch their minds and skills, relate to other kids, and create in Minecraft. Ages 6-12. Located at Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead, 2655 Northbrooke Dr., Naples. Check fullsteamaheadfl.com or call 239-451-3142.

5 TUESDAY 10:00 a.m. Colorful Chameleons. Also March 7. Ages 18 months to 5 years. Multi-sensory, interactive activities, stories, and crafts. Meet ambassador animals. Located at Conservancy, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples. Call 239-262-0304 or visit conservancy.org. 10:00 a.m. Preschool Open Gym. Bring your children ages 6 and younger. Also at 1 p.m. and on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. This is not a drop-off open gym. $9. Located at Gymnastic World Naples, 2187 Trade Center Way, Naples. Call 239-592-0608 or check gwnaples.com. 3:30 p.m. Firefighters: Heroes of our Neighborhood. Get to know our local firefighters. Hear stories and safety tips and make a craft. Ages 4-11 years. Registration is not required. Located at Golden Gate Branch Library, 2432 Lucerne Rd., Naples. Call 239-252-4542 or check collierlibrary.org. 3:30 p.m. Meals of Hope Food Pantry. Frozen food, fresh produce, and canned goods will be given away to families in need. Located at Greater Naples YMCA, 5450 YMCA Rd., Naples. Check mealsofhope.org or call 239-537-7775. 6:00 p.m. Chess Instruction, K-12. Join Antonio, as he shares his skills at chess with students entering K-12. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Check collierlibrary.org or call 239-593-0870. 7:30 p.m. Alateen Meetings. Alateen is a peer support group for teens who are struggling with the effects of someone else’s problem drinking. Located at Iglesia Pentecostal Church, 757 107th Ave. N., Naples. Call 239-263-5907 or check www.NaplesAl-Anon.org for additional meeting dates and locations.

6 WEDNESDAY 9:00 a.m. Pee Wee Play Dates. Wednesdays. Ages 9 months to pre-K. Have fun with our toys and games and listen to music. Drop-in program, no registration required. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or visit collierlibrary.org. 10:00 a.m. Open Gym (18 months and older). Instill healthy habits for life in your toddler. $6 per child. Located at Fleischmann Park, 1600 Fleischmann Blvd., Naples. Call 239-213-3020 or visit naplesgov.com. 10:00 a.m. Homeschool Information Meeting. Learn how and why the classical model of education is the natural path for children. Located at Chick-fil-A, 5825 Airport-Pulling Rd. N., Naples. Visit members.classicalconversations.com. 2:00 p.m. Hoopla at the Library. Bring your device and download the application that will allow you to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, eBooks, comic books, and TV shows. Class size is limited. Located at Estates Branch Library, 1266 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples. Call 239-455-8088 or check collierlibrary.org.

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5:30 p.m. Logiscool Open House. Come learn about our programs for kids, including fun-based after-school coding classes. Located at Logiscool Davis, 1715 Heritage Tr., Suite 203, Naples. Call 239-673-0051 or check www.logiscool.com. 7:30 p.m. Guys & Dolls. Performed by Naples Players through April 7. Considered one of the greatest musicals of all time, Guys & Dolls is filled with some of the most wonderful show tunes ever. Located at Blackburn Hall, 701 Fifth Ave. S., Naples. Visit naplesplayers.org.

7 THURSDAY 10:15 a.m. & 11:15 a.m. Mini Wonders. Toddler fun and activities dedicated to little learners 5 and younger. Two workshops every Thursday. Located at C’mon, 15080 Livingston Rd., Naples. Call 239-514-0084 or check www.cmon.org. 2:00 p.m. Meals of Hope Food Pantry. Frozen food, fresh produce, and canned goods will be given away to families in need. Everyone is welcome. Located at Golden Gate Senior Center, 4898 Coronado Pkwy., Naples. Visit mealsofhope.org. 3:00 p.m. Community Field Day. Kids will enjoy fun themed activities and games along with drinks and snacks. Located at Vineyards Community Park, 6231 Arbor Blvd. W., Naples. Call 239-252-4105 or check collierparks.com. 3:30 p.m. Lego Club. Join the club and share ideas. Be creative, make new friends, and have fun. Bricks provided. Ages 5-11. Located at Marco Island Library, 210 S. Heathwood Dr., Marco Island. Call 239-394-3272 or check collierlibrary.org. 4:00 p.m. Spring Break Celebration. Celebrate the upcoming spring break with a chance to win the ultimate prize: candy! All ages. Registration not required. Located at Naples Regional Branch Library, 650 Central Ave., Naples. Visit collierlibrary.org. 5:00 p.m. Family Game Night. Bring your favorite game. Enjoy an evening of family fun and see what other families like to play. Located at Immokalee Branch Library, 417 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239-657-2882 or check collierlibrary.org. 5:30 p.m. Parenting Workshops. Free positive discipline parenting workshops every Thursday. Come and meet other families from your community in these fun and educational sessions. Located at Greater Naples YMCA, 5450 YMCA Rd., Naples. Visit www.greaternaplesymca.org. 7:30 p.m. Alateen Meetings. Alateen is a peer support group for teens who are struggling with the effects of someone else’s problem drinking. Located at Habitat for Humanity Tutor House, 5250 Floridan Ave., Naples. Call 239-263-5907 or check www.NaplesAl-Anon.org for additional meeting dates and locations.

8 FRIDAY 7:00 a.m. School’s Out Fun Days. Located at Greater Naples YMCA, 5450 YMCA Rd., Suite 100, Naples. Visit www.greaternaplesymca.org. 9:00 a.m. Mini Camps. Classes include robotics, coding, Minecraft, piano, ukulele, art, and much more. Try out our many challenges, earn badges, earn S.T.E.A.M. cents, make new friends, and learn the day away. Located at Full STEAM Ahead, 2655 Northbrooke Dr., Naples. Visit fullsteamaheadfl.com. 10:00 a.m. Le Leche League Monthly Meeting. All breastfeeding mothers and mothers-to-be interested in breastfeeding are welcome to attend, or call one of our leaders for breastfeeding help. Located at Center Point Community Church, 6590 Golden Gate Pkwy., Naples. Visit LLLsunshinestate.org. 11:00 a.m. Color Me Amazing Friday. Join us for a fun and relaxing hour of coloring intricate designs and patterns while listening to soothing music. Located at South Regional Branch Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples. Call 239252-7542 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information.

9 SATURDAY Call for times. Immokalee Cattle Drive & Jamboree. Experience the pioneer spirit and rich agricultural history of Florida’s heartland with a cattle drive and jamboree. Located at Immokalee Pioneer Museum at Roberts Ranch, 1215 Roberts Ave. W., Immokalee. Visit colliermuseums.com for additional information. 8:30 a.m. Bark on the Ark Doggie Cruise. A dog friendly cruise to Keewaydin Island. Departing from Pure Florida at Tin City, 1200 Fifth Ave. S., Naples. Call 239-263-4949 or check www.purefl.com for additional information. 9:00 a.m. Free Kids Fishing Clinic. Ages 5-15. Learn about casting, knot tying, tackle, and ethical angling. Kids receive a free rod and reel. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Located at Naples City Pier, 25 12th Ave. S., Naples. Call 850-487-0554 or visit www.outreach.myfwc.com for additional information.

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12:00 p.m. Community Day. Free activities include live music, hands-on art experiences, and access to the galleries. Located at Artis-Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., Naples. Call 239-597-1900 or check artisnaples.org. 1:30 p.m. St. Patrick’s Day Celebration. Crafts, games, and treats. Ages 5-11 years. Registration required. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0334 or check collierlibrary.org. 2:00 p.m. Books & Bites: Monthly Teen Book Club. Meet new friends, eat snacks, and discuss great books. Ages 11-17 years. Located at South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples. Visit collierlibrary.org or call 239-252-7542. 2:00 p.m. Family Movie Day: Christopher Robin. Located at South Regional Branch Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-252-7542 or check collierlibrary.org. 2:00 p.m. Introduction to 3D Printers. Learn 3D printers and how they are changing manufacturing today. Located at Golden Gate Branch Library, 2432 Lucerne Rd., Naples. Call 239-252-4542 or check collierlibrary.org. 2:00 p.m. Poetry Exchange. Have a favorite poem, or want to share what you’ve written? Share it with the group. Located at South Regional Branch Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-252-7542 or check collierlibrary.org. 5:00 p.m. Kid’s Night Out. Fun and engaging activities designed for kids in a safe and friendly environment. Located at Greater Naples YMCA, 5450 YMCA Rd., Naples. Visit www.greaternaplesymca.org. 5:30 p.m. Parents’ Night Out. Ages 2.5-11 years. Join us for a evening full of laughter, surprises, activity, and great friends. Located at My Gym, 13020 Livingston Rd., Naples. Call 239-431-6499 or check www.mygym.com.

10 SUNDAY 5:00 p.m. Kid’s Night Out. A great opportunity to encourage children in fun and engaging activities designed for them in a safe and friendly environment. Located at Greater Naples YMCA, 5450 YMCA Rd., Naples. Visit ww.greaternaplesymca.org. 7:00 p.m. AbbaFab. You can dance, you can jive, you can have the time of your

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life. This multimedia concert is a tribute to some of the greatest music produced in the 70s and 80s. Located at Broadway Palm Dinner Theater, 1380 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers. Visit broadwaypalm.com.

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11 MONDAY 9:00 a.m. Spring Break Camp: DNA Extractions & Tie-Dye. Grab your goggles and lab coats and help us kick off our first day of spring break camp. A different theme every day. $40/day members, $45/day non-members. For grades 2-6. Located at Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples, 15080 Livingston Rd., Naples. Call 239-514-0084 or check www.cmon.org for additional information. 9:00 a.m. Spring Break Camp. Registration now open. $175/week or $40/day. Spaces are limited. Located at Whiz Kids, 1050 Pine Ridge Rd., Naples. Call 239263-7017 or visit whizkidsnaples.com. 2:00 p.m. Spring Break Week - Crafternoon Fun. Spend your spring break afternoons at the library. Families are invited to make a special craft in our children’s area. Located at East Naples Branch Library, 8787 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples. Call 239-775-5592 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information. 4:00 p.m. Food Around the World. Try new items from different cultures. Ages 6-11 years. Registration required. Located at Estates Branch Library, 1266 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples. Call 239-455-8088 or check collierlibrary.org.

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12 TUESDAY 9:00 a.m. World Water Day. Learn about the water around us with buy-one get-one-free entrance in honor of World Water Day. Located at Rookery Bay, 300 Tower Rd., Naples. Call 239-530-5940 or visit rookerybay.org. 10:00 a.m. Dr Seuss Safari Squad. Also March 13 & 16. Ages 3-5 years. Features an animal encounter, storybook reading, an arts & crafts project, and freechoice play stations. This month’s theme is One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, ZOO Fish! Located at Naples Zoo, 1590 Goodlette-Frank Rd., Naples. Call 239-2625409 or check napleszoo.org. 2:00 p.m. No School Fun Film. Show Dogs. Rated PG. 92 minutes. All ages. Registration is not required. Located at Estates Branch Library, 1266 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples. Call 239-455-8088 or check collierlibrary.org. 2:00 p.m. Spring Break Matinee. Tuck Everlasting. Located at Golden Gate Branch Library, 2432 Lucerne Rd., Naples. Call 239-252-4542 or check collierlibrary.org.

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13 WEDNESDAY 10:00 a.m. Color Me Amazing Wednesday. Join us for a fun and relaxing hour of coloring intricate designs. Located at East Naples Library, 8787 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples. Call 239-775-5592 or visit collierlibrary.org. 10:00 a.m. Preschool Program. For 2-5 year olds who have not yet entered kindergarten. Located at Collier Museum at Government Center, 3331 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples. Call 239-252-8476 or check colliermuseums.com. 2:00 p.m. Just Dance the Night Away. Show off your dance moves with your friends. Music, snacks, and lots of fun. Ages 11-17. Registration is not required. Located at Immokalee Branch Library, 417 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239657-2882 or check collierlibrary.org. 4:00 p.m. Lego Fun. Share ideas, be creative, and have fun. Test out your wheeled creation on our super-fast test track. Located at Estates Library, 1266 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples. Visit collierlibrary.org or call 239-455-8088.

14 THURSDAY 2:00 p.m. Pi(e) Day. Come celebrate National Pi Day with a pie tasting contest. Enter your favorite pie and watch as judges select the best local amateur and professional pie in town. Play games, make fun crafts, get your face painted, and listen to some fun music. At 2:30, learn how to bake a pie. All ages. Registration is not required. Located at Naples Regional Branch Library, 650 Central Ave., Naples. Visit collierlibrary.org. 3:30 p.m. Lego Fun. Bricks will be provided and your creation will be put on display. Ages 5-11 years. Located at South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-252-7542 or check collierlibrary.org. 5:30 p.m. Children’s Bereavement Groups. Avow Kids offers children’s bereavement groups for children ages 6-11 and their parents every second and fourth

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Thursday of the month. Located at Lyon Center, 1223 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples. Call 239-646-3191 or visit avowcares.org. 5:30 p.m. Family Karaoke Night. Bring the family and show off your singing and dancing skills. Located at Immokalee Branch Library, 417 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239-657-2882 or check collierlibrary.org. 6:00 p.m. Collier County Fair 2019. Through March 24. Rides, food, agriculture, livestock, and lots of free entertainment. Megapasses for rides are on sale until March 14. Located at Collier County Fairgrounds, 751 39th Ave. N.E., Naples. Visit collierfair.com for additional information.

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10:30 a.m. Disney On Ice presents Frozen. Dazzling ice skating, special effects, and unforgettable music. Located at Hertz Arena, 11000 Everblades Pkwy., Estero. Visit hertzarena.com for tickets and more information. 2:00 p.m. Movie Afternoon. Enjoy your last day of spring break at the library with a movie. Popcorn and water will be provided. All ages. Registration is not required. Located at Immokalee Branch Library, 417 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239-657-2882 or check collierlibrary.org. 6:00 p.m. Spring Ghost Tour. Marco Island’s frightful past comes alive with tales of hard times, hostile tribes, lawlessness and crimes that led to murder, many unsolved to this day. Located at Marco Mystery & History Tours, 100 Palm St., Marco Island. Visit marcomysteryandhistory.com. 6:00 p.m. Bash for the Bay. Enjoy a great evening out and support Rookery Bay Research Reserve. Located at Rookery Bay, 300 Tower Rd., Naples. Call 239-5305940 or check www.rookerybay.org for additional information. 6:30 p.m. Buddy Break Respite Program for Kids With Special Needs. Monthly sessions of free respite care for children with special needs and siblings. Crafts, games, movies, and special activities. Pre-registration required. Volunteers needed. Located at Naples Seventh-day Adventist Church, 5050 Davis Blvd., Naples. Call 239-272-8031 or visit www.facebook.com/BuddyBreakNaples.

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10:00 a.m. Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge Open House. A free family-friendly environmental education field day. Guided trail hikes, archery demonstrations, and a free lunch are included. Located at Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge, 12085 SR 29 South, Immokalee. Visit www.floridapanther.org. 10:00 a.m. Kindness Rocks Project. Paint rocks with inspiring pictures and words. Located at South Regional Branch Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-252-7542 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information. 10:00 a.m. Sensory Friendly Movie Screening. Wonder Park: Dream Bigger. For anyone with sensory issues who will prefer that the lights are up, the sound is down, and there is freedom to move around. Located at Paragon Theaters, 833 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., Naples. Call 239-596-0008 or check paragontheaters.com. 1:00 p.m. Family Science Lab. Bodacious Bugs. Learn about the qualities that make insects unique. Explore the difference between insects and arachnids and observe a grasshopper dissection. Located at C’mon, 15080 Livingston Rd., Naples. Call 239-514-0084 or check www.cmon.org. 1:30 p.m. Pups ‘n’ Books. Stop by to read to a dog or just pet one. Dogs are provided by PAWS Assistance and Therapy Dogs. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0334 or check collierlibrary.org. 2:00 p.m. Pony Fun Day. Learn how to safely groom, feed, and ride a horse while also learning horsemanship fun facts and participating in equestrian-themed games, crafts and activities. Located at Cornerstone Farm South, 3375 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., Naples. Call 239-595-7618 or check cornerstonefarmsouth.com. 2:00 p.m. Tales from the Emerald Isle. Kate Danaher tells the stories of Eamon Kelly, Ireland’s renowned Abbey Theatre actor and storyteller. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0334 or check collierlibrary.org.

17 SUNDAY 9:30 a.m. Zoo Yoga. Start your day with an animal-themed yoga class designed for all ages. $10 for members, $12 for non-members. Children under 3 are free. Kids must be accompanied by an adult. Located at Naples Zoo, 1590 GoodletteFrank Rd., Naples. Call 239-262-5409 or check napleszoo.org.

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18 MONDAY 3:00 p.m. Mini Moo Petting Zoo. Pet and feed a variety of animals. All ages. Located at Estates Branch Library, 1266 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples. Call 239455-8088 or check collierlibrary.org.

19 TUESDAY 10:00 a.m. The Very Busy Spider. Also March 21. For 18 months to 5 years. Interactive activities, stories, and crafts. Meet ambassador animals. Located at Conservancy, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples. Call 239-262-0304 or visit conservancy.org. 7:45 p.m. Movies on the Lawn: Wonder. Bring your blankets and chairs. Food and drinks available for purchase. No coolers, please. Located at Mercato, 9132 Strada Pl., Naples. Check www.mercatoshops.com.

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20 WEDNESDAY 9:00 a.m. Moms Appreciation Day. Moms receive a coupon for a free drink and treat while their children have fun at free kids’ crafts. Located at Miromar Outlets, 10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero. Visit www.miromaroutlets.com. 10:00 a.m. Homeschool Information Meeting. Learn how and why the classical model of education is the natural path for our children. Located at Anchor Christian Church, 11651 E. Terry St., Bonita Springs. Visit members.classicalconversations.com for additional information. 5:00 p.m. Montessori Open House. Learn about our programs and see our new facility. Located at Montessori Academy of Naples, 2655 Northbrooke Dr., Naples. Check www.naplesmontessori.org or call 239-597-2255. 6:30 p.m. Almost Free Photowalk. Join Joe Fitzpatrick as he leads a photowalk at Collier County Fair. Located at Collier County Fairgrounds, 751 39th Ave., N.E., Naples. Visit www.understandphotography.com.

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4:00 p.m. Spring Planting. Learn about the life cycle of the plant and plant some seeds in pots to take home. Ages 5-11. Located at Vanderbilt Beach Branch Library, 788 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., Naples. Call 239-597-8444 or check collierlibrary.org. 5:30 p.m. Crafter’s Choice. We will have all types of goodies to help you create from your imagination. All ages. Registration is not required. Located at Immokalee Library, 417 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239-657-2882 or check collierlibrary.org. 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. Visit pflagnaples.org or call 239-963-4670 for location.

22 FRIDAY 10:00 a.m. Art Smarts. Ages 2-5 years. Join us for a special storytime focusing on process art. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or visit collierlibrary.org. 1:00 p.m. Ukrainian Easter Egg Decorating Hands-On Workshop. Many cultures celebrate Easter with colored eggs but none have made it as intricate or as traditional as the Ukrainians. Located at South Regional Branch Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-252-7542 or check collierlibrary.org. 4:00 p.m. Easterseals Camp Challenge. March 22-24. Ages 6+. Join us at Camp Challenge for weekend camp. Experience life-changing activities that help campers achieve greater independence. Located at Easterseals Camp Challenge, Sorrento. Visit www.easterseals.com/florida for additional information.

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Church, 791 Harbour Dr., Naples. Call 239-304-3505 or check dlcsoundminds.org. 11:00 a.m. Drop-in Bilingual Musical Story Time. Sing along while learning Spanish children’s songs. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0334 or check collierlibrary.org. 11:00 a.m. Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival. Through March 24. Delicious seafood, live music, vendors, Kids’ Zone, and more. Located at Veterans Community Park, 1895 Veterans Park Dr., Marco Island. Call 239-252-4682 or check marcoislandseafoodandmusicfestival.com for additional information. 1:00 p.m. Brain Fair 2019. Informational and educational opportunity to learn the facts about brain injury awareness. Located at South Regional Branch Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-252-7542 or check collierlibrary.org. 2:00 p.m. Crafternoon. Learn how to make an engaging, environmentally friendly craft for all ages. Located at Naples Regional Library, 650 Central Ave., Naples. Call 239-252-5135 or visit collierlibrary.org. 7:00 p.m. Balloon Animals. Balloon animals by Evans Entertainment. Located at Pavilion Royal Scoop, 829 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., Naples. Call 239-597-4043 or check www.royalscoop.com.

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24 SUNDAY 8:00 a.m. Shenanigans on the Lake Regatta. A fun-filled day of sailing and racing for individuals with special needs. T-shirt, dinner, and prize for all participants. Located at Sugden Regional Park, 4284 Avalon Dr., Naples. Call 239-2524414 or check collierparks.com for additional information.

25 MONDAY 6:00 p.m. Introduction to Martial Arts. Features instruction and a demonstration by local martial arts trainer Jason Castellano. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0334 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information.

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26 TUESDAY 8:00 a.m. Be A Knight For A Day. Children in grades K-11 can experience a day in the life of a Knight as they sit in on a typical day at The Village School. Lunch is included. RSVP on website as space is limited. Located at The Village School of Naples, 6000 Goodlette Rd., Naples. Visit www.villageschoolnaples.org. 3:30 p.m. Piece a Pizza. Everyone will make an individual pizza to take home and bake, and then enjoy a piece of pizza. Ages 5-11 years. Registration is required. Located at Golden Gate Branch Library, 2432 Lucerne Road, Naples. Call 239252-4542 or check collierlibrary.org. 5:00 p.m. Sensory Night at C’mon.For children on the autism spectrum and/or with other sensory integration disorders. Lighting and sound muted. Cool down spaces provided. Limited participation. Registration is required. Located at C’mon, 15080 Livingston Rd., Naples. Call 239-514-0084 or check www.cmon.org.

28 THURSDAY 5:30 p.m. Family Book Club. Join us as a family and discuss this month’s pick. Stop by the circulation desk to check out this month’s book. Located at Immokalee Library, 417 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239-657-2882 or check collierlibrary.org.

29 FRIDAY 6:00 p.m. Museum Night Out: Retro Game Night. Last Friday of every month. Bring your own blanket and revisit your childhood game closet. Play games and enjoy the ice cream sundae bar for free. All ages are welcome. Limited seating. RSVP recommended. Located at Naples Depot Museum, 1051 Fifth Ave. S., Naples. Call 239-252-8419 or visit colliermuseums.com.

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31 SUNDAY 10:00 a.m. Naples Fine Art Show. The show includes the budding artist competition for ages 9-19. Located at Galleria Shoppes at Vanderbilt, 829 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., Naples. Visit www.shopvanderbilt.com.

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Neapolitan Family is celebrating National Reading Month! Below is a tribute to everyone’s favorite children’s author, Dr. Seuss. We also offer a list of books on the next page to share with your kids so that you all can learn more about important women in history. Finally, we have a roundup of story times for all ages in Collier and Lee Counties. Get busy reading!

Dr.Seuss Fun Facts Source: Seussville.com 1. Dr. Seuss was not a doctor. He received an honorary doctorate from several schools, including Dartmouth and Princeton. 2. Dr. Seuss and his first wife, Helen, could not have children. He created an imaginary daughter, Chrysanthemum-Pearl, and dedicated his second book to her. He acquired two step-daughters with his second wife, Audrey. 3. And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street was his first book, and it was rejected by more than 20 publishers. 4. For the first 30 years of his career, Dr. Seuss’ main source of income was from his job in advertising. That changed with his 13th book, The Cat in the Hat. 5. Yertle the Turtle, The Sneetches, Horton Hears a Who, The Lorax, and The Butter Battle Book all were inspired by the politics of his time, including the rise of Hitler, anti-semitism, nuclear bombs, and pollution. 6. The Lorax made the American Library Association’s annual list of challenged and banned books due to its perceived stand against the logging industry. 7. Feeling grumpy the day after Christmas, Dr. Seuss wrote How the Grinch Stole Christmas to help him rediscover the joy of the holiday. He drew the character based on his own sour face in the mirror. 8. Dr. Seuss wrote his best selling book Green Eggs and Ham on a bet from his publisher that he could not write a book using 50 or fewer different words. 9. Dr. Seuss was challenged to write a primer book for first graders using no more than 225 different words that children wouldn’t be able to put down. The first two words that rhymed on the list were cat and hat, which turned into the second best-selling book of his career. 10. Oh, the Places You’ll Go was his last book and the only book in his top eight best sellers that wasn’t a beginner book.

Top Ten Bestselling Dr.Seuss Books of all Time 1. Green Eggs and Ham (1960) 2. The Cat in the Hat (1957) 3. One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish (1960) 4. Hop on Pop (1963) 5. Oh the Places You’ll Go (1990) 6. Dr. Seuss’s ABC (1960) 7. The Cat in the Hat Comes Back (1958) 8. Fox in Socks (1965) 36

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9. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1957) 10. My Book About Me (1969)

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CELEBRATE NATIONAL READING MONTH BOOKS

By Cindy Hudson

10 Books to Read With Your Kids During Women’s History Month

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arch is Women’s History Month, and while your kids may encounter activities about famous women from history at school or your local library, this month is also a good time to open a conversation at home. You can easily do that by reading a book with your child about a famous woman from history. Books can help you talk about ways that women pushed the boundaries in the work they sought to do, the rights they pushed for – like the right to vote and the right to own property – and more. Here are a few ideas for great books to read with your child this month. Check with your local librarian for even more suggestions. Fiction Promise the Night, by Michaela MacColl. Ages 9 to 12. Introduces young readers to Beryl Markham, an Englishwoman who grew up in the wilds of Africa and became an aviatrix and the first woman to fly solo from Europe to North America. Caddie Woodlawn, by Carol Ryrie Brink. Ages 9 to 12. Depiction of American pioneer life and the role women were expected to play in it. Caddie has no interest in being a “lady,” preferring to run in the woods with her brothers. Based on the real-life stories of the author’s grandmother. Nonfiction Rebel in a Dress: Cowgirls and Rebel in a Dress: Adventurers, story by Sylvia Branzei, illustrations by Melissa Sweet. Ages 8 to 12. Showcases women who pushed the boundaries of their times to achieve what they wanted. Includes quotes from the women featured and those who knew them, as well as notes about other events going on in the world during the times in which they lived. Girls now are mostly told they can do and be anything they want, and these books show just how far society has come for that to happen. Herstory: 50 Women and Girls Who Shook Up the World, written by Katherine Halligan, illustrated by Sarah Walsh. Ages 8 to 12. This large-format book details the achievements of women who made significant changes to how the world works. Working in a variety of fields, they brought innovations that were often difficult for women to accomplish during the times they lived. In Disguise! Undercover with Real Women Spies, by Ryan Ann Hunter. Ages 9 to 12. Highlights the stories of women who acted as spies during the American Revolution, the Civil War, World War I, World War II, and other conflicts. Readers also will learn about some of the techniques used in spying over the years and how to try out a few of them. NEAPOLITANfamily • March 2019

Limitless: 24 Remarkable American Women of Vision, Grit, and Guts, by Leah Tinari. Ages 10 and up. An oversized format book that features compelling portraits of notable women artists, musicians, politicians, activists, and more. Short biographical information and quotes capture the spirit of each trailblazer. Tinari was inspired to create the portraits to show her son that women can be role models. My Name is Not Isabella: Just How Big Can a Little Girl Dream, story by Jennifer Fosberry, pictures by Mike Litwin. Ages 5 to 8. Focuses on some of the strongest females in history, like Sally Ride and Rosa Parks, as seen through the eyes of a little girl who looks up to them. Brief biographies in the back of the book offer more information and can lead to further exploration. The Heroine’s Bookshelf: Life Lessons from Jane Austen to Laura Ingalls Wilder, by Erin Blakemore. Ages 13 and up. Pairs favorite heroines in literary history with their female authors and analyzes both the similarities and differences in their lives. In the past, women faced multiple barriers in bringing their stories to print, and many of them, even those we think of as successful, struggled with poverty their entire lives. Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World, by Pénélope Bagieu. Ages 13 and up. A graphic novel that profiles the lives of feisty women throughout history. Some are well known, like the reporter Nellie Bly and performer Josephine Baker. Others are lesser known but made advances in medicine, sports, volcanology, and more. CINDY HUDSON writes about reading, books, and family literacy. Find out more at MotherDaughterBookClub.com.

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Story Times SOUTH COUNTY REGIONAL LIBRARY 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy., Estero 239-533-4400 • www.leegov.com/library Mondays: Baby Parent Rhyme Time, 10:00-10:45 a.m. Tuesdays & Thursdays: Family Story Time, 10-10:30 a.m. All ages. BARNES & NOBLE 5377 Tamiami Tr., Naples 239-598-5200 • barnesandnoble.com Tuesdays: Storytime with Miss Mary Ellen, 10 a.m. GOLDEN GATE BRANCH LIBRARY 2432 Lucerne Rd., Naples 239-252-4542 • www.collierlibrary.org Tuesdays & Wednesdays: Family Story Time & Craft, 10:30-11 a.m. All ages. IMMOKALEE BRANCH LIBRARY 417 N. First St., Immokalee 239-657-2882 • www.collierlibrary.org Tuesdays: Family Story Time, 10-10:30 a.m. All ages.

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HEADQUARTERS REGIONAL LIBRARY 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples 239-593-0870 • www.collierlibrary.org Tuesdays: Walk-in Preschool Story Time, 11-11:30 a.m. Ages 3-5 years. Tuesdays & Thursdays (registration required): Baby Story Time, 10-10:25 a.m. Ages 3-15 months. Toddler Story Time, 10:30-10:55 a.m. Ages 16 months to 3 years.

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CELEBRATE NATIONAL READING MONTH INPLAY FAMILY FUN 4035 Santa Barbara Blvd., Naples 239-963-9716 • InPlayFamilyFun.com Tuesdays: Preschool Story Time & Crafts, 10-11 a.m. Price: $15. SOUTH REGIONAL LIBRARY 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples 239-252-7542 • www.collierlibrary.org Registration recommended Tuesdays: Family Story Time, 10:30-11:15 a.m. All ages (best for toddlers). BONITA SPRINGS LIBRARY 26876 Pine Ave., Bonita Springs 239-533-4860 • www.leegov.com/library Wednesdays: Baby Rhyme Time, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Ages birth to 18 months. Thursdays: Family Story Time, 10:30 -11:30 a.m. All ages. NAPLES REGIONAL LIBRARY 650 Central Ave., Naples 239-252-5135 • www.collierlibrary.org Wednesdays & Saturdays: Family Story Time, 10:30-11 a.m. All ages (best for toddlers).

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ESTATES BRANCH LIBRARY 1266 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples 239-455-8088 • www.collierlibrary.org Wednesdays & Thursdays: Toddler Story Time, 10-10:20 a.m. Ages 16-35 months Preschool Story Time, 10:30 a.m. Ages 3-5 years. VANDERBILT BEACH BRANCH LIBRARY 788 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., Naples 239-597-8444 • www.collierlibrary.org Wednesdays: Toddler/Preschool Story Time, 10:30-10:55 a.m. Ages 18 months-5 years EAST NAPLES BRANCH LIBRARY 8787 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples 239-775-5592 • www.collierlibrary.org Thursdays: Family Story Time, 10-11 a.m. All ages. MARCO ISLAND BRANCH LIBRARY 210 S. Heathwood Dr., Marco Island 239-394-3272 • www.collierlibrary.org Thursdays: Family Story Time, 10:30-11:15 a.m. All ages.

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Tips for Your Next Visit to Disney

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ike many Florida parents, I consider myself a Disney World expert. Then I met Naples mom Heather Welch, and decided I’m really just an amateur. Heather is travel coordinator for Travel Treasures and specializes in all things Disney. Not only is she a former Disney Cast member, she has visited the Disney parks in California, Paris, Hong Kong, and Tokyo. The kicker is that Heather has frequently visited the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando with her six kids and has lived to tell the tale. So I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to tap into her wealth of knowledge and share some of her advice, especially with spring break looming. Tell us about how the changes and construction currently going on at Disney World affects going to certain parks. The Walt Disney World Resort is always evolving. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Hollywood Studios is slated to open in Fall 2019, so the

back area of Hollywood Studios is off limits, but guests can check out the new Toy Story Land. Each park has seasonal closings for certain attractions, so it’s best to check the official website www. disneyworld.com before you go. If someone only has one full day at Disney, which park do you recommend they visit? I would suggest the Magic Kingdom, since it’s the most iconic of the four parks, and has a variety of attractions and entertainment for all ages. What is the best park for babies and toddlers? Traveling with babies and toddlers doesn’t have to be daunting, but I would suggest the Magic Kingdom for the number of attractions that are slower paced. Little ones also may recognize the characters and enjoy the afternoon parade. I’ve traveled to the Walt Disney World Resort with a baby as young as three months old. However, I would not recommend bringing an infant during the summer

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heat; the temperatures are miserable for adults, and just not comfortable for little ones. If you nurse or need baby supplies, each of the four theme parks has a Baby Care Center that is marked on the respective park map. If the weather isn’t a factor and your baby/ toddler is comfortable in a stroller or baby carrier, then bring them along and they can go on certain attractions in the carrier or jump out of the stroller at the line. Kids under three are free, so let them enjoy the fun! The cost of annual passes continues to increase. Are they still worth it? Buying an annual pass, in my opinion, may still be a great deal if you know that you will travel either on day trips or mini-breaks enough to cover the cost of the pass. There are several tiers of passes depending on how much you want to do while at the parks, park hop, visit water parks, etc. There are discovery tickets available from time to time that may be a better bet if you don’t plan on going to the parks throughout the year or for more than four days. These have some restrictions, but may be a good alternative. Staying at an on-site Disney resort is obviously more expensive than staying off-site: what are the benefits of staying one-site and do they outweigh the costs? While some resorts may be more expensive on-property versus others in the Lake Buena Vista area, there are several benefits to consider. Florida residents can take advantage of discounts on resorts at different times throughout the year and these generally are at lower peak times, which means potentially less crowds. Guests who stay at a Disney resort can enjoy free parking at the theme parks during their stay, and free transportation around the resort via bus, boat, and monorail. Guests staying off-site have to pay for parking or take the hotel shuttle. There are charging privileges and package delivery to your room, and access to Extra Magic Hours at the parks. These are times before or after regular opening hours during which only resort guests can access the parks. Lines are significantly shorter, and the parks are far less crowded. Check the Disney website for the schedule for each park. Many local families head to Disney during spring break. Is it crazy to go this time of year, in terms of crowds? It will be crowded, but if this is the only time you can go, plan ahead with your Fast Pass+ selections to alleviate some of the wait. What advice can you give us on dining at Disney: best value or best character experience? And is the meal plan worth the price? The best value for dining and character experience is a buf-

Left, facing page: The new Toy Story Land at Hollywood Studios. Above: Pandora – The World of Avatar at Animal Kingdom. Photos courtesy of Walt Disney World Resort. fet/all-you-care-to-eat, of which The Crystal Palace in the Magic Kingdom is a great example. The Crystal Palace features Winniethe-Pooh and friends, serves all three meals and is a convenient stop inside the park. Other great experiences are Cinderella’s Royal Table in the castle, or the newer Be Our Guest restaurant. It can be difficult to get reservations for both of these restaurants, so it’s a must to plan ahead. Chef Mickey’s in the Contemporary Resort serves all day and guests can see Mickey Mouse and friends. Each park and several resorts have character dining, so it really depends on if the kids have a preference for certain characters, whether you can get a reservation. Dining reservations may be made up to 180 days prior to your visit. One of the Disney Dining Meal Plans may be a great add-on if you’ve booked a room and ticket package. Day visitors and those visiting on an annual pass won’t be able to take advantage of the meal plan option, but if you go often enough, you could consider purchasing a Tables in Wonderland pass (available to Florida residents, annual passholders, and Disney Vacation Club members) that gives dining discounts at select dining locations. For more information, visit Travel Treasures on Facebook or contact Heather Welch at 203-942-0041 or heather.welch74@ gmail.com.

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LOCAL EVENTS

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By Karen T. Bartlett

Be Part of a World Record Attempt in Pinwheels

omething fun is afoot (literally) at the Naples Pier on Saturday, April 13, when kids and families, teachers and students, city and county dignitaries, beachgoers and visitors are invited to join together with their toes in the sand to plant the most unusual beach garden ever seen: a shimmering display of thousands of silver and blue toy pinwheels, just steps from the water’s edge. It will take approximately 4,000 pinwheels to make the design, which will form the shape of a giant flowerpot containing one enormous flower. The sparkle of all those pinwheels turning in the breeze will be visible as far as a mile along the beach in both directions, and viewed from the pier or the air, it will be a stunning work of public art. The massive pinwheel display is the creation of the Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) of Collier County in recognition of National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Pinwheels are the symbol of hope for abused children, and each April, “gardens” of toy pinwheels bloom all over the United States. The Naples pinwheel garden is believed to be the largest in America, and the only one that is planted on a beach. Now in its fourth year, this year’s event is especially exciting because the CAC is making an official attempt to break the Guinness record for the largest toy pinwheel display in the world. Yes, the world! The current record is 2,222 pinwheels, held by a hotel in Dubai. “With the help of our friends in the community, including the Paradise Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau, scout, church and homeschool groups, school counselors and educators, business leaders, Collier County Sheriff’s deputies, and lots of children, we fully intend to break their record,” said Jackie Stephens, CEO of the Children’s Advocacy Center. As long as the supply lasts, a pinwheel will be provided for anyone who would like to plant one in this beautiful garden. Pinwheels will be available beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday morning. There will be an official counting ceremony at 10 a.m. The honorary chair of the event and emcee for the ceremony will be

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NBC-2 News anchor Peter Busch. Mayor Bill Barnett will present a special proclamation. Award-winning singer-songwriter Carlene Thissen will sing the song she has written for the children served by the CAC. There will be a drawing for prizes after the count. Sand artist Dan Duling will be putting the finishing touches on another one of his amazing sculptures. This will be his first sand sculpture on the beach at the pier. His largest sand sculpture to date was a 40’ x 30’ sand dragon. A real kid-pleaser was his life-size T. rex eating a small dinosaur. So mark your calendar for Saturday, April 13 and be part of history!

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By Tracy Taylor, founding director, Children’s Montessori School of Naples

Why Choose Montessori?

arents face the daunting task of deciding on the best direction of education for their children, often at an early age. The Montessori Method of Education is a popular choice for many children starting in early childhood for a number of reasons which are based on more than 100 years of continuing research and educating children. Dr. Maria Montessori, founder of the Montessori Method of Education, characterized the young child as possessing an extraordinary capacity: the ability to absorb information from his or her surroundings. Dr. Montessori named this quality “the absorbent mind.” Recent neurological research supports her findings. Young children are sensorial explorers, soaking in every aspect of the environment, including language and culture. Children’s development during the early years focuses on learning to be independent. Dr. Montessori recognized the inner need of a child to “help me to do it myself.” The corresponding educational environment should support this natural drive, enabling children to become competent and confident learners. Montessori education embraces the full development of children, addressing all aspects (physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and spiritual) of the whole child. The Montessori classroom is a “living room” for children. Children choose their work from among the self-correcting materials displayed on open shelves, and they work in specific areas that help teach order and self-discipline. Over time, the children develop into a “normalized community,” working with high concentration and few interruptions. Normalization is the process whereby a child moves from being undisciplined to self-disciplined, from disordered to ordered, from distracted to focused, through working in the environment. This process occurs through repeated work with materials that captivate the child’s attention. In the Montessori classroom, academic competency is a means to an end, and the manipulative are viewed as materials for development. Children learn by exploring and discovering concepts with hands-on manipulative equipment. Individualized learning allows

students to progress at their own pace. Logical and creative thinking skills are developed, and problem-solving skills encouraged. Lessons in grace and courtesy teach respect for self and others and promote positive social interaction and development. A non-competitive environment encourages children to learn to work and achieve intrinsic rewards rather than for external reinforcement or to please others. Montessori education develops the whole personality of the child, not merely intellectual faculties but also powers of deliberation, initiative, and independent choice, with their emotional complements. Montessori schools are designed to help each student discover and fully develop their unique talents and abilities, allowing him to learn optimally at his own pace. The focus is on key developmental stages: learning is child-centered, and teachers are guides who help facilitate the learning experience. The hands-on curriculum encourages concrete versus abstract ideas. The classroom environment creates order and self-discipline. Children who have been educated using the Montessori method grow into competent students who love learning. The solid foundation of education begun early in life creates a self-confident, contributing adult.

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