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“I FINALLY FOUND NEW LIFE AT LAST.” – B R IA N N A

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Brianna is a shining example of what it means to #StandUp for youth mental health. After being plagued during much of her childhood with anxiety and depression, she began using the coping skills she learned while in treatment at David Lawrence Center and “finally found new life at last.” A child’s life can be greatly hindered by a mental health challenge, and one of the biggest barriers to seeking treatment is the heavy stigma that still exists. If addressed early, more children, like Brianna, have a chance to learn the skills necessary to live a healthy and greatly fulfilling life.

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Come Out to the Collier Fair! Thursday, March 12 to Sunday, March 29

50+ Rides • Games • Live Music Family Living & Livestock Competitions Food • And So Much More! Tickets on Sale NOW! Buy your tickets today at:

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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 annual 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 2020 TABLE OF CONTENTS

in every issue . . . 07

FROM THE PUBLISHER

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FAMILY MOVIE PREVIEWS

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YOUR COMMUNITY

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COLLIER COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS UPDATE

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YOUR CHILD’S HEALTH

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15 March Madness. See the cutest basketball players around, and learn more about our contests. 16 Story Time. Boost your child’s literacy and meet new friends at any of these local story times. 18 20 in 2020. Check out our list of 20 outdoor playgrounds in Collier County, and try out a new place to play. 20 College Prep. Get answers to your questions about the ACT and SAT tests and learn what your junior should focus on in the college planning process. by Amanda Sterk, Ed.D., and Ashley McNaughton 35 St. Patrick’s Day. Plan where to celebrate the holiday in SWFL. 36 Destination: Get Your Irish On. Go beyond St. Patrick’s Day and experience the Irish spirit worldwide. by Karen T. Bartlett

Róisín Bridie Tara Welch is 4 years old and the youngest of six kids. She is in VPK at Peace Lutheran Early Learning Center, is a dual Irish citizen, loves to Irish dance at the Drake School of Irish Dance in Coral Springs, sing, draw, and play with her five cats and two dogs. Cover photo by Peggy Farren of Avant Garde Photography 239-263-7001 • naplesportraits.com

38 Tame Spring Allergies. Learn how to allergy proof your home. by Tiffany Doerr Guerzon 40 8 Tips for New Parents. Advice on what isn’t worth stressing over after bringing home your new baby. by Sarah Lyons 42 Cooking. Find out why you need an air fryer, and try some new recipes. by Anna Snyder

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THIS MONTH: March Madness

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 Writers Anna Snyder Katherine Baron 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 that 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 ©2020 by Neapolitan Family Publishing LLC. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or part without written permission is strictly prohibited. NEAPOLITANfamily • March 2020

I feel like I am betraying my age if I talk too much about the weather, but this winter has been too warm. While I don’t look forward to the crush of season, I wait all year for the 70 degree days and the possibility of needing to pull on a sweater one chilly evening. But I am remaining optimistic that temperatures soon will fall under 80. Which will be the perfect time to take your kids to one of the many outdoor playgrounds in Southwest Florida. As part of our year-long 20th anniversary celebration, we are bringing you “20 in 2020”. For March, we’ve given you “20 Places to Play in 2020”. On pages 18-19, you will find our list of 20 local playgrounds, including the new Baker Park. If you have been yet, it is well worth a visit. You can stroll along the beautiful trails along Gordon River, fish off of the docks, watch your kids run across the wide expanse of green grass, or just play on the new playground equipment. March also means St. Patrick’s Day and spring break. We’ve provided all of the important details on where you can be Irish for the day in SWFL on page 35, along with suggestions of places to visit to continue your celebration of Irishness all year long on page 36. Our spring break coverage this year focuses on those of you with high school students who are starting to plan for college. Beginning on page 20, your questions about the ACT and SAT have been answered, and you can find out what your 11th grader should be doing now in the college planning process. Check out the world’s cutest basketball stars on page 15, as part of our March Madness contest. If you missed our first contest of 2020, stay up to date with all contest news on our website or social media. Happy March!

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FAMILY MOVIES

Family Movie Previews for March an honored warrior and earn her the respect of a grateful nation and a proud father. The movie stars Yifei Liu, Donnie Yen, Jason Scott Lee, Yoson An, Gong Li, and Jet Li. I STILL BELIEVE Rated PG for thematic material In theaters 3/13 The true story of Christian music star Jeremy Camp and his journey of love and loss that proves there is always hope. The film features Britt Robertson, Melissa Roxburgh, Abigail Cowen, and K.J. Apa.

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ONWARD

Rated PG-13 for sequences of violence In theaters 3/27

Rated PG for action/peril and some mild thematic elements In theaters 3/6

When the emperor of China issues a decree that one man per family must serve in the Imperial Army to defend the country from northern invaders, Hua Mulan, the eldest daughter of an honored warrior, steps in to take the place of her ailing father. Masquerading as a man, Hua Jun, she is tested every step of the way and must harness her inner strength and embrace her true potential. It is an epic journey that will transform her into

Set in a suburban fantasy world, Disney and Pixar’s Onward introduces two teenage elf brothers, Ian and Barley Lightfoot, who embark on an quest to discover if there is still a little magic left in the world that would enable them to spend one last day with their father. Voice talents include Tom Holland, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Octavia Spencer, and Chris Pratt.

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YOUR COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS

St. John Neumann Catholic High School presents

MARCH 20,21 7PM MARCH 22 3PM TICKETS /Info: SJNCELTICS.ORG

St. John Neumann Students Present West Side Story

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t. John Neumann Catholic High School (SJN) drama department is staging the classic Broadway show West Side Story March 20-22 at the Justin Holecek Student Life Center, 3000 53rd St. SW, Naples. This is the fourth musical production performed by SJN’s drama department. What began as a small drama club has grown into a thriving theater arts department now under the direction of Cindy Brewer. Shows are at 7 p.m. March 20 and March 21, and 3 p.m. on March. 22. Tickets can be purchased at sjnCeltics.org. Follow @SJNplayers on Instagram.

Books for Collier Kids Expanding Program to 3-Year-Old Children

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ooks for Collier Kids (BCK), a local nonprofit organization that provides new books to children in low-income families in Collier County, is expanding its reach ensure that children as young as 3 years old have access to new books. Each year BCK distributes 100,000 books to more than

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8,000 boys and girls. This number will increase in 2020, as BCK plans to give at least three titles annually to 3-year-old children at Grace Place, Guadalupe Center, Fun Time Early Childhood Academy, and through Collier County Public Schools’ prekindergarten registration sites. For more information call 239-394-4062 or visit www. BooksforCollierKids.org.

The Wizard of Oz - 2019

Meet Daniel Tiger and Katerina Kittycat at Be My Neighbor Day

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BS Kids TV stars Daniel Tiger and Katerina Kittycat are the guests of honor at WGCU’s 2nd Be My Neighbor Day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on March 28 at the Myra Janco Daniels Public Media Center on the campus of Florida Gulf Coast University. The free event features games, crafts, performers, and other activities in three neighborhoods inspired by Mister Rogers: Meet the Helpers, Science & Environment, and Education & Creativity. The free party includes giveaways and photo opportunities with the costumed characters. New this year is a breakfast with Daniel and Katerina from 7:30-8:30 a.m. in the Cohen Center. For tickets and details, call Anne Stavely at 239-590-2329 or email astavely@wgcu.org. Parking is free. Visit wgcu.org/events.

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COLLIER COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS

By Jennifer Kupiec

Collier County Public Schools ‘Model’ United Nations

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e are told not to discuss it at the dinner table. It’s been known to bring about heated disagreements. Yet, politics and the discussion and debate of such can be very valuable. Just ask any high school student who participates in Model United Nations (MUN). MUN is a simulation of the United Nations where students are assigned a country, committee, and topics in which they will debate throughout the course of a weekend. It teaches students how to research complex topics with great depth, and represent the interests of an entire country. Skylar Fry, a senior at Gulf Coast High School, enjoys the opportunity to really understand the world. “From learning foreign policy to compromising with those who may have different agendas or perspectives, this club has truly opened my eyes to our world and allowed me to have a hand in solving some of the most pressing issues.” Participants in MUN conferences, known as delegates, are occasionally assigned other organizations or political figures. That is where things get interesting. At this year’s Ivy League Model United Nations Conference (ILMUNC), another Gulf Coast senior, Jenia Browne, was chosen to represent British politician Dominic Raab. “It was definitely the most challenging room I’ve been in, mostly because it was a far more realistic view of politics, lobbying included,” explained Browne. “I definitely learned a lot about foreign affairs and European politics.” Gulf Coast’s Model United Nations (GCMUN) has seen a tremendous amount of success nationally. It has earned the Outstanding Delegation Award (second place overall) at the international ILMUNC, one of the largest and most prestigious conferences held for high 12

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The Gulf Coast High School Model United Nations team.

school MUN. The team also received Best Large Delegation (first place overall) at both Georgia Tech’s MUN competition and Gator MUN, which is held at the University of Florida. And another outstanding accolade – they’ve brought home the Burdell Cup four years in a row from Georgia Tech. “These students have turned our team into a national powerhouse,” said Sue Soulard, coach of GCMUN. “They are impressive!” Soulard’s former students now run MUN competitions at Georgetown University, West Point, and the University of Florida. She also has students who now work in the U.S. Department of State. For schools like Immokalee High School (IHS), MUN is just ramping up. Coach Diana McGowen revived the club five years ago after it was disbanded due to lack of interest. Her hope is for her students to gain friendships with people they never would have met otherwise and to obtain knowledge about the world and

the conflicts that embroil it. “I participated in MUN in high school and college. It was a very rewarding experience that taught me a lot about how different countries interact with each other,” McGowen said. Miffordens Registre, a senior at IHS, was recruited by a friend his sophomore year and slowly fell in love with the craft of public speaking. “I enjoy compromising with other countries for a global solution to impact the world for generations to come.” In his last competition, he represented Italy on its Counterterrorism Committee. IHS senior Alejandro Ligas-Villagomez has enjoyed the people he has met along the way and the problems they aim to solve. “I enjoy imagining we’re really fixing the world. If students get involved in things such as MUN and learn how to utilize what they’ve learned, the world ahead would be in for an enormously great impact.” NEAPOLITANfamily • March 2020


YOUR CHILD’S HEALTH

By Dr. Andrew Podos, Millennium Physician Group

How to Pick the Right Pediatrician

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t might sound silly, but is the pediatrician a pediatrician? Nowadays, many kinds of healthcare providers can be found caring for children. Family practice physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants can all be certified to treat kids. Ultimately, these different healthcare providers can be as experienced and caring as pediatricians, but it’s important to educate yourself, as a parent, regarding the differences among them. Pediatricians are, after all, kid experts. They are the most extensively trained healthcare providers who take care of children. 1. How many patients does the pediatrician see in a normal day? It’s important to choose a pediatrician who will give your child the time and attention needed for acceptable medical care, and it’s reasonable to be wary of a pediatrician who doesn’t seem to have time to address all your concerns in an unhurried manner. Bedside manner and time for questions are clues as to how much time and diligence a pediatrician will give your family. Also, asking about the availability of same-day appointments will give you a clue as to a particular office’s ability to get you in, in the case of a sudden illness. 2. Does the pediatrician return phone calls personally? If a pediatrician is extremely busy, there won’t be time to return phone calls during the workday. Most pediatric offices screen parent calls through a nurse or assistant to determine if a patient visit or other

treatment is recommended. However, it is a reasonable expectation that a pediatrician speak directly with the parent on the phone in certain circumstances. Every day, healthcare is centering more on the patient experience. This means staff should be considering customer service, in this case, the parents! Ask your potential pediatrician if he or she is willing and able to get on the phone to answer your questions in a timely manner. 3. What feeling does the pediatrician give you? As mentioned above, healthcare is revolving around the patient experience. Things like how the staff treats patients, how the doctor deals with patients, and customer service are big considerations. This is even more important for pediatricians, as we need to make sure that not only our patients are taken care of but also that their parents are satisfied. Phone etiquette, the etiquette of office staff, and the availability of same-day appointments all are important for patient satisfaction as well. Ask a pediatrician about “the patient experience” or “patient satisfaction”. The answer should be very telling and go a long way toward choosing the right pediatrician. DR. ANDREW PODOS is a board-certified pediatrician with Millennium Physician Group in Naples. He has nearly 20 years’ experience caring for children from birth to adulthood.

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March Madness

Check out the insanely cute pictures of our readers’ favorite basketball stars! In our first contest of 2020, we asked for photos of your kids in their favorite basketball gear, from local teams to the pros. The top vote getter won a $100 Visa gift card, courtesy of Creative World School early childhood center, plus a free entry to our Cover Kids Contest. Keep checking neafamily.com/contests for your next chance to win!

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March is National Reading Month. What better way to celebrate than by enjoying a story time with your child? Please check with the location before attending, as schedules may change without notice. Registration is not required, except where noted. Note that early voting will be held at the Headquarters Library March 7-14, which will affect parking.

Story Times

BARNES & NOBLE 5377 Tamiami Tr., Naples 239-598-5200 • barnesandnoble.com Tuesdays: Storytime with Miss Mary Ellen, 10 a.m. BONITA SPRINGS LIBRARY 10560 Reynolds St., Bonita Springs 239-533-4860 • leegov.com/library One Wednesday each month (March 25): Baby Rhyme Time, 10:30-11 a.m. Ages birth to 18 months. One Thursday each month (March 26): Family Story Time, 10:30 -11 a.m. All ages. ESTATES BRANCH LIBRARY 1266 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples 239-252-7109 • collierlibrary.org Wednesdays & Thursdays: Toddler Story Time, 10-10:20 a.m. Ages 16-35 months. Preschool Story Time, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Ages 3-5 years.

EAST NAPLES BRANCH LIBRARY 8787 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples 239-252-7140 • collierlibrary.org Thursdays: Family Story Time, 10:30-11 a.m. All ages.

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GOLDEN GATE BRANCH LIBRARY 2432 Lucerne Rd., Naples 239-252-4542 • collierlibrary.org Tuesdays & Wednesdays: Family Story Time & Craft, 10:30-11 a.m. All ages.

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HEADQUARTERS REGIONAL LIBRARY 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples 239-252-7369 • collierlibrary.org Tuesdays: Walk-in Preschool Story Time, 11-11:30 a.m. Ages 3-5 years. Tuesdays & Thursdays (registration required): Mother Goose 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. IMMOKALEE BRANCH LIBRARY 417 N. First St., Immokalee 239-252-7073 • collierlibrary.org Tuesdays: Family Story Time, 10-10:45 a.m. All ages. MARCO ISLAND BRANCH LIBRARY 210 S. Heathwood Dr., Marco Island 239-252-7064 • collierlibrary.org Thursdays: Family Story Time, 10:30-11:15 a.m. All ages. NAPLES REGIONAL LIBRARY 650 Central Ave., Naples 239-252-5135 • collierlibrary.org Wednesdays: Family Story Time, 10:30-11 a.m. All ages. SOUTH REGIONAL LIBRARY 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples 239-252-7542 • collierlibrary.org Registration required Tuesdays: Family Story Time, 10:30-11:15 a.m. All ages. VANDERBILT BEACH BRANCH LIBRARY 788 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., Naples 239-252-7160 • collierlibrary.org Wednesdays: Toddler/Preschool Story Time, 10:30-10:55 a.m. Ages 18 months-5 years. NEAPOLITANfamily • March 2020

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20 Places to Play in 2020 Get out and try something new this year! Specifically, a new outdoor playground. You might be surprised at what you find hidden across Collier County, and it’s always fun to visit an old favorite. The newest public park in our area, Baker Park, opened to rave reviews in late 2019. Granted, the playground equipment may be more limited than at some other parks, but with a new splash pad and expansive green areas as well as docks and beautiful views of the Gordon River, it is a great place for your little ones to blow off steam. Or head to the brand new playground at the Naples Zoo.

Baker Park

Splash Pad at Baker Park

Lowdermilk Park

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Baker Park 50 Riverside Cr., Naples Cambier Park 755 8th Ave. S., Naples Charlie C. Anthony Park 1500 5th Ave. N., Naples Donna Fiala Eagle Lakes Community Park 11565 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples

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East Naples Community Park 3500 Thomasson Dr., Naples Fleischmann Park 1600 Fleischmann Blvd., Naples Golden Gate Community Center 4701 Golden Gate Pkwy., Naples Golden Gate Community Park   3300 Santa Barbara Blvd., Naples 

Naples Zoo

Gordon River Greenway   1590 Goodlette-Frank Rd., Naples  Immokalee Airport Park  330 Airways Rd., Immokalee Immokalee South Park 418 School Dr., Immokalee  Lowdermilk Park 1301 Gulfshore Blvd. N., Naples

Fleischmann Park

Max Hasse Jr. Community Park 3390 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens 1590 Goodlette-Frank Rd., Naples North Collier Regional Park 15000 Livingston Rd. N., Naples Pelican Bay Community Park 764 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., Naples

Gordon River Greenway

Sea Gate Park 5115 West Blvd., Naples Sugden Regional Park 4284 Avalon Dr., Naples Veterans Community Park 1895 Veterans Park Dr., Naples Vineyards Community Park   6231 Arbor Blvd. W., Naples 

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EDUCATION

By Amanda Sterk, Ed.D.

Your Top ACT/SAT Questions Answered by an Expert

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receive a lot of questions regarding the ACT and SAT tests: what they are, when best to take them, what it means for college admissions. While some schools are moving away from using standardized test scores for college admission, for most schools it is a big part of the college admission application. Not only is admissions connected to your score, but often times scholarships as well. A few extra points here and there can make a big difference. For this article, I am not going to into the philosophy of the test and all the arguments for or against. The thing you should know is that they are necessary for most four-year universities. Two-year state or community colleges also will use it, but may have other tests you can take such as the Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT). Here are some basic questions I hear frequently. 1. Should I take one of these tests? Consider the path that you’re planning after high school to determine if you should take the ACT or SAT. While it may not be a requirement, depending on the school you’re attending, consider taking the long-term view when making the decision. You may be planning to attend a school or program that doesn’t require the ACT or SAT (some schools are even test optional), but your plans may change down the road and taking the tests in high school will be much easier than later in life. 2. What’s the difference between the ACT and the SAT tests? While the ACT and SAT are both standardized tests that can help you get into college, they do differ a bit from each other. The ACT is focused on achievement, measuring the bigger picture of what you’ve learned in school, while the SAT measures aptitude, testing your reasoning skills and verbal abilities. Check out the Princeton Review for more information on the two tests and their differences. My suggestion is to take both tests early on, see how those scores compare against what you need for the colleges you are

considering, and then take the “better” score test again after more preparation. Unlike decades ago, universities have no preference on which test you take; they care about your highest score. 3. How do I prepare for the ACT/SAT? There are a number of different ways to prepare. Your school may offer test prep courses, and going private can often be extremely costly. This is one of the issues people have with the test. There are several good websites out there that can give you diagnostic tests, flashcards, practice tests, and overall guidance. Be careful of private tutors; make sure they are legitimate. Just because they charge a lot does not mean they are good or can get you results. On the other hand, there are certain strategies students can learn to be able to do better on the test. Knowing what the test makers are seeking for answers and shoring up some academic weaknesses could prove beneficial for students. Private tutors or computer programs often can help in this area. One suggestion is to take the test first and see how your student does as a baseline. On the second attempt have your child study on their own using some outside resources (online, book, at school, etc). If their scores are still not where they need to be, then on the third attempt consider some private, specialized tutoring to gain a few more points. 4. When should I take the test for the first time? Typically, students will take the ACT or SAT no later than spring of their 11th grade year. This is to strengthen your math, reading, and writing. However, some students start earlier to begin practicing, and sometimes it is needed for certain high school programs like dual enrollment. 5. How many times can I take the test? It’s generally advised to take the test no more than three times, to avoid raising red flags with admissions counselors. Prepare for the test as though you’re

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TESTING TIMELINE Testing Timeline for Success

Fall 10th

8th-9th Special Programs

Testing is not a focus, but some academic summer programs might require testing.

This is a key time to start taking these tests for college admissions. Most experts suggest taking both ACT and SAT and see which score is highest. Admissions

Spring 11th

Spring 10th

Fall 11th

Dual Enrollment

PSAT

Pre-Tests

This is a great time to plan taking the tests if your student may be interested in Dual Enrollment. PERT, ACT or SAT accepted.

Many schools offer Pre-ACT or PSAT in the fall of 10th grade year. Be sure to watch for dates and sign up.

Many seniors use this as their last testing time for college admissions. Most colleges have a priority deadline of November 1st. Admissions

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only going to take it one time, and do your best. If you’re not satisfied with your score, you can take it again. 6. What is the cost for the ACT and SAT tests? There are several price ranges: one includes the full test with the writing portion. I highly suggest you do both. There also is a late fee registration if you miss the regular deadline. ACT: $39.50; ACT with writing: $56.50; SAT: $43; SAT with essay: $54.40; SAT subject tests: $26 (to be taken if specific programs ask for it). If you qualify for free or reduced lunch, there are waivers for both tests. You may use two waivers. You will need to see your high school guidance counselor for this waiver. You also are entitled to waived application fees at some colleges and universities, so be sure to ask. 7. Should I send my scores directly to the college/university I am considering? It will ask you in the beginning part of the two

The 11th grade PSAT is used for multiple scholarships, such as National Merit Scholarships. As well, fee waivers can start being used for ACT and SAT.

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tests if you want to send your scores to a college/university of your choice. At this point, it is free. However, you do not know how you will score, especially if it is your first time. My suggestion is to not send your scores the first time; after you feel more confident, and know approximately what you might get, then I would send it using the free service. If you decide not to do so, and send it later, you will have to pay. It’s $12 for ACT for each school, and the SAT is $11.25. 8. How do I sign up? ACT: actstudent.org, SAT: collegeboard. org. You will need your six digit school code. You select which date you want to take it and at which high school. I hope this helps provide some basic background information on these tests. As a reminder, the ACT and SAT are just one aspect of your college admission; your recalculated GPA, courses taken, extracurriculars, and overall school success play a big part.

Amanda Sterk, Ed.D., is the director of Accelerated Programs at Florida Southwestern State College, where she works with students, parents, school counselors, and school districts to understand and participate in accelerated learning programs in SWFL. She is the founder of Unmaze.me, an online resource for colleges admissions, scholarships, and financial planning, and is the author of College UnMazed: Your Guide to the Florida College and University System. This article is reprinted with permission from the book, which is available on Unmaze.me and Amazon.com. NEAPOLITANfamily • March 2020

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EDUCATION

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f you have not already begun, it is time to get started! Juniors who begin planning for college now will give themselves a few extra months to prepare quality applications and find better fit schools. Unfortunately, many students delay planning until the summer before senior year and end up squeezing months of work into just a few weeks before they submit their applications, which often are sub-par. Here are a few things to work on over the next few months to help you prepare to apply for college before you begin senior year.

throughout high school. Include activities both inside and outside of school, as well as jobs, hobbies, and awards. Write quality descriptions of the activities and your role in the organizations. Doing this now will give you a better picture of what may be missing. While it is not a good idea to suddenly add lots of new activities or clubs, you still have time to increase your involvement in what you currently do and add things that complement it. Writing your resume now also will make the process of completing your application later much simpler.

College search Begin researching colleges online and thinking about the qualities you want in your future school. Often, students do not know what they want until they actually set foot on a few campuses. Planning now allows you plenty of time to do some visits this spring while the semester is in full swing and you can get a feel for student life on campus. Use your breaks and weekends to do some campus visits. If you are unable to visit, do your best to research online and connect with past or current students to get more information.

Testing SAT and ACT test dates are right around the corner. You should allow yourself 4-6 weeks to prepare for the tests and by taking them this spring, you will have time to get your scores, work on your areas of weakness, and retake them before you have to submit your applications. Also, taking these tests before the end of your junior year will give you an idea of where you stand and what level of schools you should consider your targets, safeties, and reaches. Students who end up taking the tests in the fall of their senior year face the added stress of having to worry about getting the new scores added to their applications and making sure they arrive in time to be considered.

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Essays The Common Application recently announced that the essay prompts for the 2020-21 application year will remain unchanged from the past year. This means you have plenty of time to brainstorm and write your best essay. Schools that require other essays may not announce the prompts until later in the summer, but you can get this one out of the way early and often times it can be re-used for schools that do not use the Common Application. Take the time to write several drafts and review for grammar and content improvements. Career exploration A very important part of college planning is figuring out what you want to study. While you may change your mind several times throughout the next few years, you can do some exploration now to get on the right path. Organize job shadows, internships, and/or summer exploration programs to help you dig a little deeper into potential careers and college majors. Do not be afraid to ask family and connections for help with organizing these opportunities. These do not need to be long-term commitments – even if it is only for a few hours or days, that may be all that is needed to help you eliminate or solidify your interest in a potential major or career. Ashley McNaughton is an independent college counselor at ACM College Consulting, LLC. Visit acmcollegeconsulting.com.

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11:00 a.m. Baby Lepre- ] chaun Races. Cheer on your baby to crawl across the finish line and compete for prizes. Miromar Outlets, 10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero. Check www. miromaroutlets.com.

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5:00 p.m. St. Paddy’s Day Celebration. Join us for an Irish dance performance from Tir Na Nog Irish Dance Academy. Venetian Village, 4200 Gulf Shore Blvd., Naples. Check www. venetianvillage.com.

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9:00 a.m. Estuary “Edventures” – Uplands & Ecotones. Student day camp for school vacation day. A day in the field with hands-on learning about our local waters and wildlife. Rookery Bay, 300 Tower Rd., Naples. Call 239-530-5940 or check rookerybay.org.

10:00 a.m. Home School Connection. Test your creative thinking and problem-solving skills with our Mystery STEM Challenge. South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy., Estero. Call 239479-INFO or check www. leelibrary.net.

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4:00 p.m. Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! Celebrate Dr. Seuss’s 116th birthday with stories, crafts, and a birthday treat. Ages 2-11. Registration is not required. Immokalee Library, 417 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239-657-2882 or check collierlibrary.org.

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10:00 a.m. Cape Coral Strawberry Fest. Strawberry treats, art & crafts, games, contests, pony rides, face painting, and more. German American Club, 2101 SW Pine Island Rd., Cape Coral. Check www. capecoralfest.com.

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10:00 a.m. Preschool Program: Women’s History Month. Free program for ages 2-5 years who have not yet entered kindergarten. Registration required. Collier Museum at Government Center, 3331 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples. Check www. colliermuseums.com or call 239-252-8476.

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9:00 a.m. Pee Wee Play Dates. For ages 9 months to preK. Have fun with our toys and games and listen to music. Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-252-7369 or check collierlibrary.org.

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6:00 p.m. Collier Fair Opening Day. The fair runs through March 29. 50+ rides, games, live music, family living and livestock competitions, food, and so much more. Collier Fairgrounds, 751 39th Ave. NE, Naples. Check collierfair.com or call 239455-1444.

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10:30 a.m. Prereaders Playtime. Develop prereading skills while having tons of fun. Includes practical activities that you can recreate at home for your children’s enrichment. Up to age 5. Bonita Springs Library, 10560 Reynolds St., Bonita Springs. Call 239-479-INFO or check leelibrary.net.

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11:00 a.m. 12th Annual Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival. A full weekend of fun. Live music and seafood specialities. Veterans’ Community Park, 901 Park Ave., Marco Island. Call 239-252-4682 or check marcoislandseafoodandmusicfestival.com.

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6:00 p.m. Minecraft Parents’ Night Out. Open play, Minecraft games, crafts, movie, and popcorn. Ages 4+. Registration is required and spaces are limited. Whiz Kids, 1050 Pine Ridge Rd., Naples. Check whizkidsnaples.com or call 239-263-7017.

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10:30 a.m. Cookie Monster Celebration. Drop in for scavenger hunt, games, a craft, and cookies. Best for ages 2-6 years. Estates Library, 1266 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples. Call 239-252-7109 or check collierlibrary.org.

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7:00 a.m. Immokalee Cattle Drive & Jamboree. Celebrate the rich traditions of Florida’s agricultural heartland. Immokalee Pioneer Museum at Roberts Ranch, 1215 Roberts Ave. W., Immokalee. Check colliermuseums.com.

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9:00 a.m. Free Kids Fishing Clinic. Catch and release event. Kids ages 5-15 will be given a free rod and reel at the completion of the clinic. Naples Pier, 25 12th Ave. S., Naples. Call 239-682-0900 or check miacc.org.

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4:30 p.m. Autism Spectrum Teen Hangout. A space for teens on the spectrum to be themselves and talk with their peers. A blend of clinical engagement and fun activities. Registration required. Family Initiative Office, 730 SW 4th St., Cape Coral. Call 239-910-0712 or check fi-florida.org.

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10:00 a.m. Little Explorers: Bugs. Learn which bugs fly, crawl, and jump, and then move like your favorite bug. Sort and match our bugs and make a bug craft of your own. Ages 5 and younger. Conservancy, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples. Check conservancy.org or call 239-262-0304.

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10:30 a.m. Disney On Ice Mickey’s Search Party. Tickets start at $18. Hertz Arena, 11000 Everblades Pkwy., Estero. Check hertzarena.com or disneyonice. com.

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11:15 a.m. Daily Programs for Kids. Be a Biologist at 11:15 a.m. Scales and Tales at 12:15 p.m. Ocean Discoveries at 1:15 p.m. NovemberApril, Wonders of Wildlife at 2:15 p.m. Conservancy, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples. Call 239-262-0304 or check conservancy.org.

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4:00 p.m. The African Children’s Choir. Ages 7-10 present children’s songs, traditional spirituals, percussion, and dance. Cypress Lake United Methodist Church, 8570 Cypress Lake Drive, Fort Myers. Check cypresslakeumc.com or call 239-482-1250. 10:30 a.m. W.O.N.D.E.R. in the Garden. Families will imagine, create, and explore with lessons and activities on a monthly theme, which is Fabulous Flowers for March. Naples Botanical Garden, 4820 Bayshore Dr., Naples. Check naplesgarden.org.

6:00 p.m. Anime Club. Make new friends while watching shows, eating snacks, and crafting interesting things. Bonita Springs Library, 10560 Re ynolds St ., B oni t a Springs. Call 239-479INFO or check leelibrary. net.

3:30 p.m. Meals of Hope Food Pantry. Frozen food, fresh produce, and canned goods will be given away to families in need. Lely Presbyterian Church, 110 St. Andrews Blvd., Naples. Check mealsofhope.org.

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YOUR COMMUNITY MARCH EVENTS CALENDAR SUBMISSIONS: To submit your event for both our online and print calendars, go to the Calendar at neafamily.com and follow the instructions for inputting event information. The deadline for print calendar events is the 12th of the month preceding publication. You can submit events anytime for the online calendar. Note: Please check dates and times before attending events. As we do not enter all calendar data, we cannot guarantee its accuracy.

1 SUNDAY 7:00 a.m. Naples Bike Brunch. Bike rides for all levels and a special five-miler for families. Live music, lunch, craft beers, and a silent auction. Helmets required. Located at Lowdermilk Park, 1301 Gulf Shore Blvd. N., Naples. Call 239-777-7718 or visit naplespathways.org. 9:00 a.m. National Geographic Photo Ark Exhibition. Features large-format, stunning images of endangered animals. Located at Naples Zoo, 1590 Goodlette-Frank Rd., Naples. Call 239-262-5409 or check napleszoo.org. 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 visit naplesAl-Anon.org for other meeting days and locations. 10:00 a.m. Cape Coral Strawberry Fest. Strawberries, art & crafts, games, contests, pony rides, face painting, and more. Located at German American Club, 2101 SW Pine Island Rd., Cape Coral. Check capecoralfest.com. 10:30 a.m. W.O.N.D.E.R. in the Garden. Families will imagine, create, and explore with lessons and activities on a monthly theme, which is Fabulous Flowers for March. Located at Naples Botanical Garden, 4820 Bayshore Dr., Naples. Check naplesgarden.org.

12:00 p.m. Sunday Programs. Join us for a day of themed activities. Included with price of admission. Located at C’mon, 15080 Livingston Rd., Naples. Call 239-514-0084 or check cmon.org. 2:00 p.m. Alligator Interactive. A rare opportunity to interact with our mature alligators. Located at Everglades Wonder Gardens, 27180 Old 41 Rd., Bonita Springs. Check evergladeswondergardens.com. 2:00 p.m. Free Concert in the Park. Enjoy the music of the Naples Concert Band. Located in Cambier Park, 755 8th Ave. S., Naples. Call 239-270-1221 or visit naplesconcertband.org.

2 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 thoughts in the teen journals. Located at Vanderbilt Beach Library, 788 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., Naples. Call 239-252-7160 or check collierlibrary.org. 8:00 a.m. Yoga with the Flamingos. Join our flamingos, peacocks, and a certified yoga instructor for a restorative yoga session. Located at Everglades Wonder Gardens, 27180 Old 41 Rd., Bonita Springs. Check evergladeswondergardens.com. 9:30 a.m. Essentials of Digital Photography. Understand your camera’s features and get the best photos possible. Located at Rookery Bay, 300 Tower

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Rd., Naples. Call 239-530-5940 or check rookerybay.org. 11:00 a.m. Bereaved Moms Grief Support Group. Under the direction of a professional counselor, discover ways to cope with the very difficult loss of a child. Located at Hope HealthPark, 9470 HealthPark Cr., Fort Myers. Call 239-9857716 or check HopeHCS.org. 11:15 a.m. Daily Programs for Kids. Be a Biologist at 11:15 a.m. Scales and Tales at 12:15 p.m. Ocean Discoveries at 1:15 p.m. November-April, Wonders of Wildlife at 2:15 p.m. Located at Conservancy, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples. Call 239-262-0304 or check conservancy.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. 3:30 p.m. The Cat in the Hat. Listen to the classic Dr. Seuss’ story. Located at Immokalee Library, 417 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239-252-7073 or check collierlibrary.org. 4:00 p.m. Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! Celebrate Dr. Seuss’s 116th birthday with stories, crafts, and a birthday treat. Ages 2-11. Registration is not required. Located at Immokalee Library, 417 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239-252-7073 or check collierlibrary.org. 4:00 p.m. Meals of Hope Mobile Food Pantry. Frozen food, fresh produce, and canned goods will be given away to families in need. Located at River Park Recreation Center, 301 11th St. N., Naples. Check mealsofhope.org. 4:30 p.m. Golden PAWS Readers. Practice reading aloud to these special dogs. All ages. Located at East Naples Library, 8787 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples. Call 239252-7140 or check collierlibrary.org. 5:30 p.m. Dr. Seuss Classics Come to Life. Join Broadway and film actor Duffy Hudson in this fast paced romp through the classic works of Dr. Seuss. Located at Estates Library, 1266 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples. Call 239-252-7109 or check collierlibrary.org.

3 TUESDAY 8:00 a.m. Yoga at Naples Art Association. The class will be taught on the basic principles of Hatha Yoga. Please bring your own yoga mat. Located at Naples Art Association, 585 Park St., Naples. Call 239-262-6517 or check naplesart.org. 9:00 a.m. Rejuvenating Yoga. Achieve healthy flexibility in a beautiful, natural setting. Located at Koreshan State Park, 3800 Corkscrew Rd., Estero. Call 941208-2336 or check laurabaumannyoga.com. 9:00 a.m. World Wildlife Day BOGO. Buy one get one free entrance to celebrate World Wildlife Day and raise awareness of endangered species and conservation efforts. Located at Rookery Bay, 300 Tower Rd., Naples. Call 239-530-5940 or check rookerybay.org. 10:00 a.m. Storytime with Miss Mary Ellen. Join us for reading, singing, and coloring in a fun-filled atmosphere of learning and lots of laughter. All ages are welcome. Located at Barnes & Noble, 5377 Tamiami Tr. N., Naples. Call 239598-5200 or check stores.barnesandnoble.com. 12:00 p.m. Preschool Open Gym. Bring your children ages 6 & under, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 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. 3:00 p.m. Meals of Hope Mobile Food Pantry. Frozen food, fresh produce, and canned goods will be given away to families in need. Located at East Naples Community Park, 3500 Thomasson Dr., Naples. Check mealsofhope.org. 3:00 p.m. Meals of Hope Mobile 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. 5:00 p.m. Scoopie Kid’s Night. Every Tuesday. Face painting, balloon animals, and crafts. Located at Culver’s of Naples, 5775 Airport Pulling Rd., Naples. Call 239-596-4640 or check culvers.com.

4 WEDNESDAY 9:00 a.m. Pee Wee Play Dates. For ages 9 months to preK. Have fun with our toys and games and listen to music. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-252-7369 or check collierlibrary.org. 10:00 a.m. Free Kids Crafts. Kids from toddlers to 12 enjoy fun activities in WINK Playland. Located at Miromar Outlets, 10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero. Call

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10:15 a.m. Mini Wonders. Thursdays and Fridays. Toddler fun and activities dedicated to our little learners 5 and younger. Every month we explore new books, create art projects, tinker, and more. Located at Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples, 15080 Livingston Rd., Naples. Call 239-514-0084 or check cmon.org. 10:30 a.m. Prereaders Playtime. Develop prereading skills while having tons of fun. Includes practical activities that you can recreate at home for your children’s enrichment. For children up to age 5. Located at Bonita Springs Library, 10560 Reynolds St., Bonita Springs. Call 239-479-INFO or check leelibrary.net. 2:00 p.m. Meals of Hope Food Pantry. Frozen food, fresh produce, and canned goods will be given away to families in need. Located at Golden Gate Senior Center, 4898 Coronado Pkwy., Naples. Check mealsofhope.org. 3:00 p.m. Book Buddies. During one-on-one reading time, Big Reading Buddies are paired with Little Reading Buddies. Ages 7-10 years. Located at Golden Gate Library, 2432 Lucerne Rd., Naples. Call 239-252-4542 or check www. collierlibrary.org. 3:30 p.m. Lego Club. Be creative, make new friends, and have fun. Bricks will be provided. Ages 5-11. Located at Marco Island Library, 210 S. Heathwood Dr., Marco Island. Call 239- 394-3272 or check collierlibrary.org. 5:30 p.m. Free Positive Discipline Parenting Workshop Series. Fun and educational parenting workshops. Located at Greater Naples YMCA, 5450 YMCA Rd., Naples. Call 239-597-3148 or check 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 NaplesAl-Anon.org for other meeting days and locations.

6 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. 10:30 a.m. Artify with Ms. Sharon. Children ages 6-11 are invited to explore new art projects or advanced techniques during this monthly program. All materials provided. Located at Bonita Springs Library, 10560 Reynolds St., Naples. Check leelibrary.net. 10:30 a.m. Mommy & Me Story Time Yoga Class. Toddlers to age 6. $20 per mother and child. Space is limited. To register call 561-400-7337 or email

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7 SATURDAY 9:00 a.m. Ave Maria Farmers Market. Every Saturday until 2 p.m. Located at Ave Maria, Annunciation Cr., Immokalee. Call 239-352-3903. 9:00 a.m. First Saturday Market. Food, local vendors, and yard games. Located at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 1955 Curling Ave., Naples. Call 239-297-4091 or check oslcnaples.org. 9:00 a.m. Free Kids Fishing Clinic. Kids ages 5-15 will be given a free rod and reel at the completion of the clinic. Located at Naples Pier, 25 12th Ave. S., Naples. Call 239-682-0900 or check miacc.org. 9:00 a.m. Free Saturday at Naples Zoo. Collier County residents get in free the first Saturday of every month with proof of residency. Located at Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens, 1590 Goodlette-Frank Rd., Naples. Call 239-262-5409 or visit napleszoo.org. 9:00 a.m. Kids’ Workshops. A new craft each month. Ages 5-12. Located at Home Depot, 2251 Pine Ridge Rd., Naples. Check homedepot.com. 9:00 a.m. Science Saturdays. Unleash your inner scientist or marine biologist with hands-on discovery labs for all ages. Located at Rookery Bay, 300 Tower Rd., Naples. Call 239-530-5940 or check rookerybay.org. 9:00 a.m. Yoga for Kids. Ages 2-5. $20 per child, $15 for siblings. Call 239703-6671 or email tatianatholt@gmail.com to register. Located at We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym, 17640 Tamiami Tr. S., Fort Myers. Check www. werockthespectrumfortmyers.com. 10:00 a.m. Art in the Park. The Naples Art Association connects local artists with art shoppers with this juried art show. Located at Cambier Park, 755 8th Ave. S., Naples. Check naplesgov.com. 10:00 a.m. Beginning Crochet. Learn the basics of crochet. Located at Marco Island Library, 210 S. Heathwood Dr., Marco Island. Call 239-394-3272 or check collierlibrary.org. 10:00 a.m. Free Kids’ Fishing. We supply the rods, reels, bait, and knowledge. Located at Bass Pro Shops, 10040 Gulf Center Dr., Fort Myers. Call 239-4617800 or check basspro.com. 10:30 a.m. Pups ’n’ Books. Practice your reading skills with our furry friends. Dogs provided by Golden PAWS Assistance Dogs. All ages. Located at Naples Regional Library, 650 Central Ave., Naples. Call 239-252-5135 or visit www. collierlibrary.org. 11:00 a.m. Kids Zone. A different craft every month. Kids also receive an ID badge, lanyard, and collector’s pins. Located at JCPenney at Coastland Center Mall, 2076 9th St. N., Naples. Call 239-261-6010 or check jcpenney.com. 1:00 p.m. Autism Spectrum Play Group. Open to ages 5-16. $10 per child. A safe, structured, and supervised place for your child to interact with others. Located at Christ Community Church, 4050 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers. Check fi-florida.org. 1:00 p.m. First Saturday Films. Enjoy a first run children’s film on the first Saturday of the month. All films rated G, PG, or PG-13. Snacks provided. Located at Marco Island Library, 210 S. Heathwood Dr., Marco Island. Call 239-394-3272 or check collierlibrary.org. 1:00 p.m. World of Reptiles. Learn some fascinating facts. Ages 5+. Located at Estates Library, 1266 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples. Call 239-252-7109 or check collierlibrary.org. 8:00 p.m. Collision of Rhythm Music/Dance. Tap-dancing classical virtuoso Aaron Williams and beatbox-juggling keynote speaker Bronkar Lee. Located at Centers for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, 10150 Bonita Beach Rd., Bonita Springs. Call 239-495-8989 or check artcenterbonita.org.

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8 SUNDAY 9:00 a.m. Sensory Sensitive Sundays. Less crowding and a quieter environment, dimmed lighting, the show and music turned down or off entirely, limited appearances by Chuck E., full menu, access to all games and rides. Located at Chuck E. Cheese’s Fort Myers, 5020 Cleveland Ave., Fort Myers. Call 239-334-0563 or check chuckecheese.com.

2:00 p.m. Shy Wolf Sanctuary. Meet some four-legged furry residents of Shy Wolf Sanctuary. Located at Immokalee Library, 417 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239-252-7073 or check collierlibrary.org. 6:00 p.m. Mario Day Party. Celebrate Mario, everyone’s favorite plumber, at this special game day featuring Nintendo games, snacks, and themed crafts. For ages 11-18. Located at Bonita Springs Library, 10560 Reynolds St., Bonita Springs. Call 239-479-INFO or check leelibrary.net.

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9 MONDAY 10:00 a.m. Home School Connection. Test your creative thinking and problemsolving skills with our Mystery STEM Challenge. Use a variety of materials and work as a team to solve a problem. Located at South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy., Estero. Call 239-479-INFO or check leelibrary.net. 1:00 p.m. No School Fun Film. Abominable. Rated PG. Located at Estates Library, 1266 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples. Call 239-252-7109 or check www. collierlibrary.org. 3:30 p.m. Kindness Club. Fun activities designed to encourage kindness and help make the world a better place. Ages 7-11. Located at South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy., Estero. Call 239-479-INFO or check leelibrary.net.

10 TUESDAY 9:00 a.m. Estuary “Edventures” – Uplands & Ecotones. Student day camp for school vacation day. A day in the field with hands-on learning that will leave you with a greater understanding and appreciation of our local waters and wildlife. Located at Rookery Bay, 300 Tower Rd., Naples. Call 239-530-5940 or check rookerybay.org. 10:00 a.m. Ave Maria Arts & Crafts Festival. Sculptures, paintings, photography, ceramics, and more. Located at Ave Maria Town Center, Annunciation Cr., Immokalee. Call 239-352-3903 or check avemaria.com.

10:00 a.m. Color Me Amazing Wednesday. A fun and relaxing hour of coloring intricate designs and patterns while listening to soothing music. Located at East Naples Library, 8787 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples. Call 239-775-5592 or check www. collierlibrary.org. 10:00 a.m. Preschool Program: Women’s History Month. Free program for ages 2-5 who have not yet entered kindergarten. Registration required. Located at Collier Museum at Government Center, 3331 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples. Call 239252-8476 or check colliermuseums.com. 10:00 a.m. Use Your Senses. Toddler class. How does your sense of smell, touch, hearing, and sight measure up to animals? Put your senses to the test through immersive sensory-based play. Located at Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens, 1590 Goodlette-Frank Rd., Naples. Call 239-262-5409 or check napleszoo.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. Bricks will be provided. Your creation will be put on display. Ages 4-11. Located at Estates Library, 1266 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples. Call 239-252-7109 or check collierlibrary.org.

12 THURSDAY 9:00 a.m. Ancient Forest Walking Tours. A guided boardwalk tour in Corkscrew’s ancient bald cypress forest, the world’s largest remaining old growth bald

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cypress forest. Participants must be at least 16 years old. Located at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, 375 Sanctuary Rd., Naples. Check corkscrew.audubon.org. 10:00 a.m. We Love Eric Carle. Calling all preschoolers. Join us for a storytime celebrating the wonderful world of Eric Carle. This program will feature books, flannel stories, activities, and crafts. Located at South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy., Estero. Call 239-479-INFO or check leelibrary.net. 2:00 p.m. Pie Baking Made Easy. We won’t be baking a pie, but you will learn tips and techniques to make delicious pastry. Ages 12+. Located at Golden Gate Library, 2432 Lucerne Rd., Naples. Call 239-252-4542 or check collierlibrary.org. 6:00 p.m. Collier Fair 2020. The fair runs through March 29. 50+ rides, games, live music, family living and livestock competitions, food, and so much more. Located at Collier Fairgrounds, 751 39th Ave. NE, Naples. Check collierfair.com or call 239-455-1444. 7:00 p.m. YA Book Club. Join us every second Thursday of the month to discuss compelling stories and characters. Located at Barnes & Noble, 5377 Tamiami Tr. N., Naples. Call 239-598-5200 or check stores.barnesandnoble.com.

13 FRIDAY 10:00 a.m. Le Leche League Monthly Meeting. All breastfeeding mothers and mothers-to-be interested in breastfeeding are welcome. Located at Center Point Community Church, 6590 Golden Gate Pkwy., Naples. Visit lllsunshinestate.org. 11:00 a.m. Color Me Amazing. Join us for a fun and relaxing hour of coloring while listening to soothing music. Registration required. Located at South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-252-7542 or visit collierlibrary.org. 2:00 p.m. Spring Break Matinee. Frozen II. Rated PG. Located at Golden Gate Library, 2432 Lucerne Rd., Naples. Call 239-252-4542 or check collierlibrary.org. 3:00 p.m. Pie Baking Made Easy. We won’t be baking a pie, but you will learn tips and techniques to make delicious pastry. Located at Estates Library, 1266 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples. Call 239-252-7109 or check collierlibrary.org. 6:00 p.m. Minecraft Parents’ Night Out. Open play, Minecraft games, crafts, movie, and popcorn. Ages 4+. Registration is required and spaces are limited. Located at Whiz Kids, 1050 Pine Ridge Rd., Naples. Check whizkidsnaples.com or call 239-263-7017. 8:00 p.m. Outdoor Movie Night. Bring a blanket for the whole family. Located at Cambier Park Bandshell, 580 8th St. S., Naples. Call 239-213-3058 or check naplesgov.com.

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14 SATURDAY 7:00 a.m. Immokalee Cattle Drive & Jamboree. Celebrate the rich traditions of Florida’s agricultural heartland. Located at Immokalee Pioneer Museum at Roberts Ranch, 1215 Roberts Ave. W., Immokalee. Check colliermuseums.com. 8:00 a.m. 33rd Annual Antique Engine, Quilt & Craft Show. Through Sunday. Vendors and demonstrators will be on hand with antique and rare engines, antiques, crafts, food, and more. Located at Koreshan State Park, 3800 Corkscrew Rd., Estero. Call 239-992-0311 or check friendsofkoreshan.org. 8:00 a.m. Birds of the Beach. Southwest Florida is a critical stopover site for thousands of migrating and wintering shorebirds. Located at Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, 300 Tower Rd., Naples. Call 239-530-5940 or check rookerybay.org. 10:00 a.m. Use Your Senses. Toddler class. How does your sense of smell, touch, hearing, and sight measure up to animals? Put your senses to the test through immersive sensory-based play. Located at Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens, 1590 Goodlette-Frank Rd., Naples. Call 239-262-5409 or check napleszoo.org. 11:00 a.m. Immokalee Bluegrass Festival. Live music, food, and vendors. Free admission and parking. Located at Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee, 506 S. First St., Immokalee. Check immokaleebluegrass.com. 11:00 a.m. Kids Zone. The craft for March is a magical guardian door ornament. Kids also receive an ID badge, lanyard, and collector’s pins. Located at JCPenney at Coastland Center Mall, 2076 9th St. N., Naples. Call 239-261-6010 or check jcpenney.com. 11:00 a.m. Naples’ St. Patrick’s Day Parade. This long-standing tradition draws more than 40,000 spectators. Located at Downtown Naples, Fifth Avenue South, Naples. Check naplesparade.com. 2:00 p.m. National Pi Day. Learn about the history of pi, make a placemat, and then make edible individual pies to eat. Ages 6-14. Located at Golden Gate

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Library, 2432 Lucerne Rd., Naples. Call 239-252-4542 or check collierlibrary.org. 2:00 p.m. St. Patrick’s Pony Fun Day. Ride the ponies and search for the pot of gold. Ages 5+. Scavenger hunt and more while learning how to safely ride a horse. Space is limited. Located at Cornerstone Farm South, 3375 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., Naples. Check cornerstonefarmsouth.com. 3:00 p.m. PAWS to Read with K-9 Caring Angels Therapy Dogs. Dogs are the perfect reading companions because they create a relaxed, comfortable and safe environment for sharing books. Located at Bonita Springs Library, 10560 Reynolds St., Bonita Springs. Call 239-479-INFO or check leelibrary.net. 4:00 p.m. Sensory Friendly Saturdays. Free from 4-6 p.m. for families with autism spectrum disorder or other sensory processing needs. Located at Naples Botanical Garden, 4820 Bayshore Dr., Naples. Check naplesgarden.org. 5:00 p.m. Group for Parents of Children with ASD. A welcoming environment for parents and caregivers to meet, share experiences, ideas, ask questions, and receive support. Located at We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym, 17640 Tamiami Tr. S., Fort Myers. Check werockthespectrumfortmyers.com or call 239-362-3378. 5:00 p.m. Kid’s Night Out. For ages 6 months to 12 years. Preregistration is required. Dinner included. Located at Greater Naples YMCA, 5450 YMCA Rd., Naples. Call 239-597-3148 or check greaternaplesymca.org.

15 SUNDAY 9:30 a.m. Zoo Yoga. Start your day with an animal-themed yoga class designed for all ages. Bring your own yoga mat, towel, and water. Located at Naples Zoo, 1590 Goodlette-Frank Rd., Naples. Call 239-262-5409 or check napleszoo.org. 11:00 a.m. Baby Leprechaun Races. Cheer on your baby to crawl across the finish line and compete for awesome prizes. Located at Miromar Outlets, 10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero. Check miromaroutlets.com.

16 MONDAY 1:00 p.m. No School Fun Film. Wonder Park. Rated PG. Located at Estates Library, 1266 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples. Call 239-252-7109 or check www. collierlibrary.org. 2:00 p.m. Dog Man Afternoon Fun. Have a howling good time celebrating Dog Man, our four-legged hero with games, a craft, and comic creation. For ages 6-11. Located at Bonita Springs Library, 10560 Reynolds St., Bonita Springs. Call 239479-INFO or check leelibrary.net. 2:00 p.m. Movie Afternoon. Playing With Fire. Rated PG. Spend your day off from school with a movie and popcorn. All ages. Located at Immokalee Library, 417 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239-252-7073 or check collierlibrary.org. 3:00 p.m. Alligator Feeding. The third Thursday of every month. Watch our animal handlers hand feed our alligators. Located at Everglades Wonder Gardens, 27180 Old 41 Rd., Bonita Springs. Check evergladeswondergardens.com. 7:00 p.m. Films for Film Lovers. RBG. An intimate portrait of an unlikely rock star: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Located at Centers for the Arts of Bonita Springs, 10150 Bonita Beach Rd. SE, Bonita Springs. Check artcenterbonita.org.

17 TUESDAY 1:00 p.m. Tuesday Matinee. Enjoy a first run film on the third Tuesday of the month. All films are rated PG or above. Some films may have violence and/or adult language. Located at Marco Island Library, 210 S. Heathwood Dr., Marco Island. Call 239-394-3272 or check collierlibrary.org. 6:00 p.m. Lego Club. Join us for a short story and building challenges. Bricks provided. Ages 6-11. Registration is requested. Located at Bonita Springs Library, 10560 Reynolds St., Bonita Springs. Call 239-479-INFO or check leelibrary.net.

18 WEDNESDAY 11:00 a.m. Make and Take Craft. Come make a fun craft after story time. While supplies last. All ages. Located at Naples Regional Library, 650 Central Ave., Naples. Call 239-252-5135 or check collierlibrary.org. 11:00 a.m. Spring Break Magic. Join Master Magician Joey Evans as he tickles your funny bone. Registration is required. Located at Bonita Springs Library, 10560 Reynolds St., Bonita Springs. Call 239-479-INFO or check leelibrary.net.

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3:00 p.m. Lego Fun. Share ideas, be creative, and have fun. Bricks provided. All ages. Located at Immokalee Library, 417 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239-2527073 or check collierlibrary.org. 5:30 p.m. March Madness Pizza Taste-Off. Teens taste pizza from different establishments and vote for their favorite without knowing where the pizza is from while enjoying artsy pizza activities. Ages 11-18. Located at South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy., Estero. Call 239-479-INFO or visit leelibrary.net.

19 THURSDAY 10:00 a.m. Music and Movement with Ms. Leslie. Sing and move along with your child during this highly interactive program. For children through age 5. Located at South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy., Estero. Call 239-479-INFO or check leelibrary.net. 2:00 p.m. An Afternoon at the Movies. Aladdin. Rated PG. Located at Bonita Springs Library, 10560 Reynolds St., Bonita Springs. Call 239-479-INFO or check leelibrary.net. 3:30 p.m. Lego Fun. Ages 5-13. Share ideas, be creative, make new friends, and have fun. Bricks will be provided and your creation will be put on display. Located at South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-252-7542 or check collierlibrary.org. 4:00 p.m. Quilling for Beginners. Learn the basics of quilling. Ages 12-18. Registration is required. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-252-7369 or check collierlibrary.org. 4:00 p.m. Teens: DIY Program. Join us after school for a fun and easy hands-on craft. Ages 11-17. Supplies are limited. Located at Naples Regional Library, 650 Central Ave., Naples. Call 239-252-5135 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.

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20 FRIDAY 10:00 a.m. Art Smarts. Ages 2-5 years. Join us for a new story time focusing on process art. We’ll read a story and sing some songs. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-252-7369 or check www. collierlibrary.org. 11:00 a.m. 12th Annual Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival. A full weekend of fun. Live music and your favorite seafood specialities, along with beer and wine. Located at Veterans’ Community Park, 901 Park Ave., Marco Island. Call 239-252-4682 or check marcoislandseafoodandmusicfestival.com. 2:00 p.m. Living With Florida’s Wildlife. Learn how to be safe and respectful with wildlife and about why taking care of Florida’s wild creatures is important for our environment. Located at Bonita Springs Library, 10560 Reynolds St., Bonita Springs. Call 239-479-INFO or check leelibrary.net. 6:00 p.m. Coconut Point Concert Series. Free. Enjoy an evening of live music for the entire family. Located at Coconut Point Mall, 23106 Fashion Dr., Estero. Call 239-992-9966 or check simon.com.

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21 SATURDAY 10:30 a.m. Cookie Monster Celebration. Drop in for scavenger hunt, games, a craft, and cookies. Best for ages 2-6 years. Located at Estates Library, 1266 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples. Call 239-252-7109 or check collierlibrary.org. 1:00 p.m. Brain Fair 2020. Learn the facts about brain injury awareness. Located at South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-252-7542 or check collierlibrary.org. 1:30 p.m. Pups ’n’ Books. Stop by to read to a dog or just to pet one. Dogs are provided by PAWS Assistance and Therapy Dogs. All ages. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-252-7369 or check collierlibrary.org.

22 SUNDAY 6:00 p.m. Courtyard Concert: HUGS Ukulele Group. Join us for an outdoor concert. Bring your own chair. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-252-7369 or check collierlibrary.org.

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3:30 p.m. Where Do Panthers Live? Learn about the Florida Panther, how to avoid contact with these wild animals, and what to do if you happen to find one. Located at Golden Gate Library, 2432 Lucerne Rd., Naples. Call 239-252-4542 or check collierlibrary.org. 5:00 p.m. Sensory Night. For children on the autism spectrum and/or with other sensory integration disorders. Limited participation to minimize crowds. Located at Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples, 15080 Livingston Rd., Naples. Check cmon.org or call 239-514-0084. 6:00 p.m. Anime Club. Make new friends while watching shows, eating snacks, and crafting interesting things. Located at Bonita Springs Library, 10560 Reynolds St., Bonita Springs. Call 239-479-INFO or check leelibrary.net. 6:00 p.m. Shadows in the Swamp. The swamps of Big Cypress at night hold many secrets that few are brave enough to discover. Located at Naples Regional Library, 650 Central Ave., Naples. Call 239-252-5135 or check collierlibrary.org.

25 WEDNESDAY Call for times. Garden Lights. The garden stays open late, so you can savor the magic of a Naples sunset overlooking the preserve. Located at Naples Botanical Garden, 4820 Bayshore Dr., Naples. Check naplesgarden.org. Check naplesgarden.org.

26 THURSDAY 10:00 a.m. Little Explorers: Bugs. Learn which bugs fly, crawl, and jump, and then move like your favorite bug. Sort and match our bugs and make a bug craft of your own. Ages 5 and younger. Located at Conservancy of Southwest Florida, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples. Check conservancy.org or call 239262-0304. 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 Golden Gate Library, 2432 Lucerne Rd., Naples. Call 239-252-4542 or check collierlibrary.org. 4:00 p.m. Teens: Movie @ the Library. Watch a film after school. Ages 11-17. Located at Naples Regional Library, 650 Central Ave., Naples. Call 239-252-5135 or check collierlibrary.org.

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28 SATURDAY 10:00 a.m. Family Art Labs. Explore something new every month as a family: art making, gallery activities, games, and more. Located at Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers. Call 239-939-2787 or check artinlee.org for additional information. 11:00 a.m. Garlic Fest. Family-friendly event featuring live local music, food trucks, and activities for kids. Located at Centennial Park, 2000 W. First St., Fort Myers. Check 93xfm.com/garlic-fest.

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4:00 p.m. The African Children’s Choir. This choir of African children ages 7-10 presents an exciting blend of children’s songs, traditional spirituals, percussion, and dance. Located at Cypress Lake United Methodist Church, 8570 Cypress Lake Drive, Fort Myers. Check cypresslakeumc.com or call 239-482-1250.

31 TUESDAY 10:30 a.m. Animals Alive: All About Dogs. Learn about respecting dogs and how to care for them. Ages 5+. Located at Immokalee Library, 417 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239-252-7073 or check collierlibrary.org.

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Where to Celebrate...

St. Patrick’s Day in SWFL Marco Island St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Hooley

Baby Leprechaun Races

March 1 at 1-5 p.m. Veterans’ Community Park, Marco Island The parade ends at Veterans’ Community Park with a festival featuring fun, games, and food. Visit cityofmarcoisland.com.

March 15 at 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Miromar Outlets, 10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero Cheer on your baby to crawl across the finish line and compete for awesome prizes. Visit miromaroutlets.com.

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Fort Myers Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade

March 7-8 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. German American Social Club, 2101 SW Pine Island Rd., Cape Coral Enjoy two days of continuous Irish entertainment sponsored by the Cape Coral Irish Club. Live music by Screaming Orphans, Derek Warfield & The Young Wolf Tones, and Albannach. Irish dance performances, games and crafts for kids, vendors, food, and more. $10 for adults, free for children 12 and younger. Visit capecoralirishfest.com.

March 16 at 10 a.m. Santini Marina Plaza North on Estero Boulevard, Fort Myers Beach Bagpipes lead this parade. Visit fortmyersbeach.org.

Naples St. Patrick’s Day Parade March 14 at 11 a.m. Fifth Avenue South, Naples This long-standing Naples’ tradition draws more than 40,000 spectators. Visit naplesparade.com. St. Patrick’s Day Pony Fun Day March 14 at 2 p.m. Cornerstone Farm South, 3375 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., Naples Ride the ponies and search for the pot of gold. Ages 5+. Scavenger hunt and more while learning how to safely ride a horse. Space is limited. Visit cornerstonefarmsouth.com. NEAPOLITANfamily • March 2020

St. Patrick’s Day Fun March 17 at 3:30-4:30 p.m. Immokalee Branch Library, 417 N. First St., Immokalee Wear green and express your inner Irish with crafty creations. Ages 5-11. Call 239-252-7073 or visit collierlibrary.org. St. Paddy’s Day Celebration March 17 from 5-5:30 p.m. Venetian Village, 4200 Gulf Shore Blvd., Naples Join us for an Irish dance performance from Tir Na Nog Irish Dance Academy. Visit venetianvillage.com. Make and Take Craft: St. Patrick’s Day March 18 at 4 p.m. Naples Regional Library, 650 Central Ave., Naples Make a fun craft after story time. All ages. Call 239-252-5135 or visit collierlibrary.org. neafamily.com

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TRAVEL

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Destination: Get Your Irish On!

Finn McCool and the Giant’s Causeway So here’s what happened. Once upon a time long, long ago, a troublemaking giant from Scotland named Bennandonnar decided to stomp his way south through the Irish Sea and take over Ireland. Which didn’t sit well with Irish giant Fionn MacCumhaill (Finn McCool for short). He threw massive boulders into the sea facing Scotland, creating a bridge that he could stride across and take the enemy down. Much drama and trickery ensued 36

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in the best fairy tale fashion, but eventually Bennandonnar retreats to Scotland in defeat, furiously tearing up the causeway as he goes. Today, the four mile-long Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland is a super-mc-cool place to visit, with its surreal formations of 40,000 basalt rock columns and giant flat stones dubbed Giant’s Eyes. The Causeway Coastal Route is an eco-adventurer’s dream, meandering through marshes, along beaches, past castles and through picturesque seaside towns. And, of course, Game of Thrones country is all around. Visit discovernorthernireland.com King Puck and the Puck Fair If you’re free in August, head to the oldest fair in Ireland, dating back 400 years, to help celebrate a very old goat. No, not some politician – or your weird uncle thrice removed – but an actual wild mountain goat. Kind of the cloven-hoofed Paul Revere of Killorglin, Ireland, this

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he St. Patrick’s Day Parade is all well and good (especially if you happen to be in New York City, Chicago, or Savannah, Georgia, on or around March 17). But if you crave more Irish than a day of green beer and marching bands, why not dig a bit deeper into the Irish tradition: meet some other real and mythical characters, and make a summer vacation of it? May I suggest:

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heroic creature is said to have charged down from the mountaintop to warn the villagers that Oliver Cromwell’s murderous army was coming. Now, each year, Old Puck (or one of his most worthy descendants) is captured and escorted into town for a three-day fair, which includes horse and cattle shows, flea markets, ceiligh music, Irish dance workshops, wild geese shenanigans, stilt walkers and strongmen, a parade, and of course, the goat-crowning ceremony. Weekend or not, the festival is held every August 10, 11, and 12. Afterward, King Puck is released back into the wild. Cape Cod Irish Village Okay, South Yarmouth isn’t as over-the-top Irish as Boston (America’s biggest Irish heritage city) or Scituate, just up the coast (where over 60% of the population claims Irish ancestors!), but at the Cape Cod Irish Village Inn you can chow down on some corned beef and cabbage or shepherd’s pie in the dining room, have a pint in the pub, or do some impromptu Irish dancing year-round. South Yarmouth is centrally located on the cape, close to everything from salt marshes and giant sand dunes to lighthouses and cranberry bogs, endless bike paths, and whale-watching experiences. Not the least bit Irish, but not-to-miss, is the historic Whydah Pirate Museum. Visit discoverpirates.com; capecod-irishvillage.com. World’s Largest Celtic Music & Culture Festival If you guessed that the location is Milwaukee, Wisconsin, you’d be right! If Irish music and dance get your heart racing, skip St. Patrick’s weekend and plan to visit in August during the Milwaukee Irish Fest. The four-day festival has lots of family activities, including the Leprechaun Village and leprechaun contest, Celtic Canines, pipe and drum performances, storytelling, prizes, and children’s culture and play areas. Several nearby hotels have Irish Fest packages. Visit irishfest.com. Photos, facing page, top: The Giant’s Causeway on the Antrim Coast in Northern Ireland. Facing page, bottom: Rachel Newman of Naples at the Giant’s Causeway. Above: The King Puck statue in Killorglin, Ireland. NEAPOLITANfamily • March 2020

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YOUR FAMILY’S HEALTH By Tiffany Doerr Guerzon

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he flowers are blooming, birds are singing, the sun is shining … and the kids are sneezing. For children with seasonal allergies, warm spring breezes bring pollen, causing itchy, watery eyes, sneezing, and runny noses. If you suspect your child suffers from seasonal allergies (also called hay fever or seasonal allergic rhinitis) first visit your pediatrician for a diagnosis and medical recommendations. In the meantime, although you can’t control the pollen count, you can control some of the allergens in your home with these tips. Keep that pollen outside where it belongs! On spring days, kids are more likely to spend time outside. Taking a before-bedtime shower or bath can wash pollen out of the hair. This keeps pollen and other allergens from falling on the pillowcase and being breathed in during sleep. Pollen counts are highest in the evening. Consider taking playtime indoors on evenings when that pollen count climbs – or change into clean clothes after being outdoors to avoid spreading pollen around the house. Grass is a common allergic trigger. Keep kids with allergies inside with doors and windows closed while the lawn is being 38

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mowed. Then, stay inside until the grass settles. If itchy eyes are a problem, wearing a wide brimmed hat and/ or sunglasses can help shield the eyes from pollen. Allergen-proof the bedroom One-third of every 24 hours are spent sleeping – more for younger kids! Because of this, it makes sense that controlling allergens in the bedroom can have a big impact on your child’s symptoms. Dust contains all sorts of allergens including mold, pollen, and dust mites. Dust mites are microscopic bugs that are found on every continent except Antarctica. They live in even the cleanest of homes and according to the Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America, they may be the most common trigger of year-round allergies and asthma. By controlling dust and dust mites in the bedroom, you can reduce exposure. Start with the bed. Mattresses and box springs are a haven for dust and dust mites. Since you can’t wash these, encasing your mattress and box spring in dust-proof or allergen-impermeable covers traps dust and mites inside. Plastic and vinyl covers are least expensive and work well for kids still potty training – but NEAPOLITANfamily • March 2020


some find sleeping on plastic uncomfortable. Find allergen covers online and at most big box stores. Another good resources for all products allergy related is AllergyStore.com. Once you have the mattress and box spring covered, turn your attention to the bedclothes and pillows. To kill dust mites, bedding must be washed weekly in water that is at least 130 degrees Fahrenheit. Many homes with small children have the hot water heater set below this temperature to prevent scalding. If your water heater is set lower than 130, you can wash bed clothes at a commercial establishment or use an additive in the wash that kills dust mites. Remember, you will need to wash pillows weekly as well. Or to make it easier, encase pillows in allergen covers; then you only need to wash the pillow cases. These allergen pillow covers come in many forms: cotton, polyester, and even vinyl. Most allergy sufferers feel that the cotton covers are most comfortable. Dust and vacuum regularly, but do it early in the day so that any remaining dust has time to settle before bedtime. Always use a damp cloth to dust; using a dry cloth or feather duster stirs up more dust. If you have wall-to-wall carpet, make sure your vacuum has a HEPA filter, which keeps what is sucked up in the vacuum from getting into the air. Consider an air filter. There are many of these on the market at reasonable prices. You can use a free standing filter for small areas such as a bedroom or add a HEPA filter to your central heating or air conditioning unit. An air filter doesn’t help as much as frequent cleaning, however. Close windows at night. Keep the allergens where they belong – outside. If you have fur babies, try to keep them out of the allergic person’s bedroom. Even if your child isn’t allergic to dogs or cats, fur can trap pollen and bring it into the sleeping space. You and your child can still enjoy the outdoors by controlling the home environment and leaving that pollen outside where it belongs. For more information, visit aafa.org/page/pollen-allergy.aspx and aafa.org/page/dust-mite-allergy.aspx. TIFFANY DOERR GUERZON is a freelance writer and the mother of three kids with seasonal allergies.

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PARENTING By Sarah Lyons

8 Don’t Sweat it Tips for New Parents

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aving a baby is one of the most exciting and anticipated moments in a parent’s life. You have prepared the nursery, installed the car seat, read parenting books, and it’s time to bring your baby home and start life with a new family member. While having a new baby is a fun and exciting time, it also can be exhausting and overwhelming. Adjusting to having an infant at home takes time and there are several things you don’t need to sweat as you figure out your new normal. Here is a list of eight things that aren’t worth stressing over while you enjoy time with your new baby.

I had something to put in the oven or crock pot when I was tired from taking care of a newborn,” said Wendy Haviland, mom of two. You also can ask friends to set up a meal train where family and friends bring dinner during the first few days after the birth of your baby. This will eliminate the need to shop and cook when you are recovering.

1. Housework It’s nice to have a house that is neat and clean but the thing about housework is that it never goes away. Once you get the house clean, it’s messy again. While you enjoy your new baby, try to let some of the cleaning go. Do the bare minimum while you rest, recover, and recuperate from birth and snuggle your newborn.

3. Spoiling baby When I first became a mom I was warned that I shouldn’t hold my newborn too much or while he was sleeping because it might “spoil” him and then he would never sleep in his own bed or let me put him down for a few minutes. This simply is not true. There is no such thing as a spoiled baby. Newborns sleep most of the day and they find great comfort in being held. It also creates a strong bond between parent and child. There is no such thing as sleep training a newborn or spoiling a new baby. Enjoy as much cuddle time as you care to and let that worry go.

2. Cooking Immediately after bringing home baby is not the time to cook elaborate meals or, sometimes, any meals at all. However, you do need to eat regular and nutritious meals, so keep it simple. Stock the pantry with items that are quick and easy to eat while you care for the baby. “I prepared freezer meals before the baby was born so

4. Naptime There is one old saying that is true – “sleep when the baby is sleeping.” This really is the best advice you will receive. As a person that likes to keep busy, I found it hard to allow myself to take naps during the day. Once the exhaustion of being up most of the night nursing my newborn hit me, I decided to give myself permission

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to take a nap when my baby does. Moms need rest and your body needs time to recuperate after the stress of giving birth. 5. Accept help It can be hard to accept help when you are used to doing everything yourself but when you have a new baby at home any assistance offered can be a huge blessing. Take people up on their offers to bring meals, help with older children’s carpool, or clean the house. Don’t just have them do the easy, quick chores that aren’t difficult to keep up on – let them vacuum the house, do laundry, and wash dishes which all seem to get behind quickly. While you have help, jump in the shower, take a nap, or run a much needed errand. People offer to help because they want to. You can always pay it forward when you find your new normal. 6. Take turns It can be hard, especially for breastfeeding moms, not to get overtired. As much as possible, share the task of caretaking with your partner. Some moms will find it hard to pass the baby care to their husbands, but dads often feel left out and want to jump in. He may not do things exactly as you do but that’s okay. As long as baby is clean, fed, and happy then there isn’t anything to stress over. This also will give dad time to bond with baby as well.

7. Take a break Having a new baby can be physically and emotionally taxing. It is okay to admit you may need a break sometimes. If you are feeling overwhelmed, schedule a time your spouse or a friend can take care of the baby while you step out of the house for a short while. Breastfeeding moms may find it is hard to get away for extended periods but typically taking a break for an hour or two can do a lot to improve your mood. 8. Be flexible When you are adjusting to having a new baby, it’s important to realize it will take awhile to find your routine again. When planning an outing, think ahead. Pack items you might need, including extra diapers, clothes for you and the baby, and be prepared to feed baby on the go if needed. It’s also important to accept that sometimes an outing will not go as well as planned and it’s okay to head home early. Be flexible and go easy on yourself when it comes to taking baby out for the first time and when trying to get things done around the house. Adding a new family member is both exciting and disruptive. In time, you will adjust to your newborn and won’t be able to imagine your family without them. In the meantime, give yourself, your spouse, and your other children time to adjust to this big change. It’s okay to let go of some of the things that take up your time and focus on your baby.

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COOKING By Anna Snyder

The Air Fryer That Thing You Never Knew You Always Needed

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f you know anything about current parent culture, you’re probably at least vaguely aware of a counter-top convection oven-esque device affectionately re-branded and marketed as “The Air Fryer.” Parents the world over are passionately devoted to this small appliance. What makes the air fryer so addicting and so indispensable to modern American parents, who are constantly pressed for time yet desperately attempting to prepare nourishing, tasty food for their families? The air fryer uses a mechanism that circulates hot air – very similar to a convection oven – and yet fits nicely in that small space between your coffee maker and the stand mixer perched reclusively in the corner of your kitchen counter, collecting dust. The circulating heat creates a delicious caramelization such that food gets crispy on the outside and cooked evenly on the inside – in short, baked food that tastes fried. And, guess what else? This otherworldly, magical process is almost instantaneous in comparison to the odious, prosaic tasks of preheating, baking, or (audible sigh of disgust) stovetop frying. With various sizes available at an array of price points, what’s not to love? I began my passionate affair with the air fryer in October 2019 when Costco offered a rather large-sized one for $30 off, a feel-good deal so attractive, it would have been irresponsible not to buy it. And to me, the air fryer embodies

*That Thing* I never knew I always needed. I hope you love your air fryer as much as I do! Please send me all your best recipes. In case you’re wondering, I’m never not using the air fryer. So, without further ado, enjoy these recipes and tips!

Delicious Chicken Nuggets (recipe adapted from skinnytaste.com)

Crispy Zucchini Curly Fries (recipe courtesy of allrecipes.com)

2-3 boneless skinless chicken breasts, trimmed and cut into bite-sized pieces 2 teaspoons olive oil Salt and pepper, to taste 6 tablespoons breadcrumbs 2 tablespoons panko 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese

1-2 medium zucchinis 1 egg, beaten 1 cup panko ½ cup Parmesan cheese 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

Cut zucchini into spirals using a spiralizer tool. Beat egg in a shallow dish. Combine panko, Parmesan cheese, and Italian seasoning Stir prepared chicken pieces with olive oil and sprinkle with salt in a 1-gallon zippered plastic bag. In batches, dip the zucchini in and pepper. Combine remaining ingredients in a zippered 1-gallon the egg mixture, and then place it into the breadcrumb mixture. plastic bag. Add the prepared chicken pieces to the plastic bag and Shake up all of the zucchini in the mixture. Air fry in batches shake to coat. Place chicken pieces on the basket – do not overat 400 degrees for about 10 minutes, flipping halfway through. crowd. Air fry the chicken for 8 minutes at 400 degrees, flipping Transfer the fries to a paper towel-lined plate and serve with ranch Visit www.covenantnaples.com/Moms-Morning-Out the pieces halfway through cooking. dressing. 42

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Perfect Salmon Fillets (recipe adapted from noblepig.com) 2 salmon fillets of comparable thickness 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil 1 teaspoon ginger 1 teaspoon honey 1 tablespoon soy sauce or coconut aminos 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce ½ teaspoon garlic powder Salt and pepper, to taste

Combine all ingredients except for the salmon in a 1-gallon zippered storage bag. Place fillets inside the bag and allow to marinate in the refrigerator for several hours. Take out of the fridge and let fillets sit for approximately one hour on the countertop. Place fillets in the basket of the air fryer and cook at 390 degrees for 7 minutes.

Air Fryer Chicken Wings (recipe courtesy of foodnetwork.com) Ah, chicken wings – comfort food, party food, midnight snack food, out-to-eat at a bar food. What if they could not have so many calories, never get soggy, and taste delicious? Enter: the air fryer. 2 pounds chicken wings, split at the joint and tips removed Salt 4 tablespoons unsalted butter ½ cup hot sauce or buffalo sauce Ranch or blue cheese dressing, for serving Obligatory celery sticks, for token nutrients and leftover ranch dressing

Spray the air fryer basket with nonstick cooking spray. Pat the chicken wings dry and sprinkle with salt. Place the wings in the fryer basket so they are not touching. Cook for 24 minutes at 360 degrees, flipping halfway through. Flip the wings yet again, and increase the temperature to 390 degrees. Cook for 6 minutes more. While the wings are cooking, melt the butter, and then whisk in the hot sauce. In a large bowl, toss the wings with the butter mixture. Serve with the dressing and celery sticks on the side.

Best. Brussels Sprouts. Ever. I eat air fried Brussels sprouts just about every day for lunch. I change up the seasonings depending upon my mood. I often eat them with sriracha ranch dressing, some diced avocados, and a bit of spicy salsa and/or, if I’m especially hungry, eggs over medium, as shown in the photo above. 1-2 cups Brussels sprouts, quartered 1 teaspoon olive oil 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast ½ teaspoon smoked paprika Salt and pepper to taste

Place quartered Brussel sprouts in a bowl. Stir in remaining ingredients. Place in air fryer – do not overcrowd. Cook at 400 degrees for 8 minutes, opening and shaking basket halfway through. Optional: stir in a piece of chopped bacon to your mixture in place of nutritional yeast. Continued on page 45

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Air Fryer Tips and Benefits Do not overcrowd your air fryer with food. This impedes the circulation of the hot air and makes it unable to crisp evenly. Though many recipes suggest preheating the air fryer, I have never done this. Consider using spray oil to coat the basket, and spray food halfway through. This creates the delicious browning/caramelization effect. Trial and error is the best way to perfect cooking times, as air fryers differ from brand to brand. It’s the perfect opportunity to cook without a recipe! You can open the basket and check food often, throw small amounts of food together, and enjoy culinary creations right away. The Internet posits that in order to convert conventional oven cooking times to the air fryer, cut cooking time by 20% and cooking temperature by 30 degrees. Again, trial and error works well in this case, along with a quick-read food thermometer. Look for air fryer instructions on the frozen food packages you know and love; many of them now come with this information. And parents everywhere rejoice! Go from frozen tundra chicken nuggets to a steaming dip in the refreshing ketchup pool in seven minutes flat. When Naples turns from jealousy-inducing wintery pleasant-ville to summery unbearable kiln, the air fryer provides a cooking option that doesn’t heat the entire kitchen and negate the effects of our hard-working air conditioners. Additionally, as a small, countertop appliance, the air fryer uses less electricity overall than an oven in order to cook food. The air fryer makes food taste like it has been fried in oil – thus, it shines brightest when attempting to make fried foods a bit healthier … just a bit. So, try items such as chicken wings, chicken nuggets and strips, and onion rings. They are so delicious!

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Diced Seasoned Potatoes My 5-year-old daughter loves these potatoes, and they are such a great way to round out just about any meal. We eat them for dinner with roasted broccoli and burgers or for a weekend breakfast with scrambled eggs and fruit kabobs. 2-3 diced Yukon gold potatoes 1 small sweet onion, chopped 1 teaspoon olive oil 1 teaspoon paprika Salt and pepper, to taste

Add all ingredients to a bowl and stir together to combine. Place in air fryer at 400 degrees for 11 minutes or so, shaking halfway. (Depending upon the size you dice your potatoes, it may take a bit less time to achieve desired doneness, so be sure to check intermittently.)

Prosciutto Wrapped Stuffed Figs (recipe adapted from skinnytaste.com) 8 figs 4 thin slices prosciutto, cut in half lengthwise ¼ cup goat cheese (or blue cheese)

Starting at the stem end, cut figs in half nearly through, but leave the blossom end in tact. Press a small spoonful of the cheese into the center of each fig and close them up. Wrap each fig with a slice of prosciutto and secure with a toothpick. Air fry at 400 degrees for about 6 minutes – or until the prosciutto is crisp. These are delicious served as an appetizer or over a mixed-greens salad and drizzled with a vinaigrette.

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