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MOTHER’S DAY Meet the Naples Mom who wants to change how you share photos
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How Our Mother’s Home and Sunlight Home help needy mothers WATER SAFETY: Dump the floaties! CELEBRATE TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK
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MAY 2016 TABLE OF CONTENTS
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ON THE COVER
FROM THE PUBLISHER
COLLIER COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD UPDATE
COLLIER COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT UPDATE
RACHEL RECOMMENDS Book reviews for kids by a kid
CITY CONNECTION City of Naples Parks Department News and Events
on the cover…
16 New Mom’s Corner. Help for New Moms: Our Mother’s Home and Sunlight Home both offer support for needy new mothers in southwest Florida. by Anna Futrell 18 Vacation Bible School Directory. Religious education programs for the summer. 20 A Different Kind of Vacation Bible School. Traveling to Nicaragua to provide VBS for 20 missionary children. by Sherry Kendrick 22 Living With Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis. Naples teen is Youth Honoree for Walk to Cure Arthritis. by Stacy Nicolau 38 Local Mom is the Picture of Innovation. Naples mother Katie Field is the driving force behind a photo application that makes photo sharing easier. by Stacy Nicolau 40 Show Teachers Some Love. Teacher Appreciation Week is May 2-6. by Anna Futrell
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42 Education: Six Books to Give High School Graduates. by Cindy Hudsom 44 Why I Hate Floaties Local swim instructor offers all the reasons why floaties are a really bad idea and what you should be doing to protect your children in and by the water. by Leigh Ann Newman
Hadley Miller is the daughter of Marc & Megan Miller of Naples. She is in the second grade at St. Ann Catholic School. Cover photo by Peggy Farren of Avant Garde Photography • (239) 263-7001 CEDR 1003 NeaFamily 1-4 pg Horiz.4_Layout 1 2/18/13 9:45 AM Page 1
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5 REASONS YOUR CHILDREN NEED TO EXPLORE YMCA SUMMER CAMP WYHOWAY Summer Day Camps at the Y share one thing: they’re about discovery. Children have the opportunity to explore nature, find new talents, try new activities, gain independence and make lasting friendships and memories. And, of course, it’s fun too. Here are 5 reasons to explore summer camp at the Y: Core Values: Unlike many other summer camps that aim to keep kids only physically active, the YMCA takes pride in teaching core values alongside their regular camp activities. Caring, honesty, respect and responsibility are taught through daily lessons, games and talks. An entire summer in a new environment, making new friends and learning about values is what the YMCA Summer Camp offers the kids of Collier County. 20 Acres of Adventure: The Greater Naples YMCA sits on 20 fenced acres for campers to explore with experienced camp counselors and guides. Canoeing, archery, rope challenge courses, swimming, tennis, basketball, baseball, rock wall, arts and crafts and so much more are there to explore. Not to mention, our 96,000 square foot Wellness Center which makes for great indoor exploration on those pesky rainy days.
Social Development: Summer camp for kids, aged kindergarten through 5th grade, is a perfect time for kids to form new friendships and develop life-long social skills. The camps at the YMCA take careful planning to put kids of similar age and abilities in groupings that will best suit their needs and encourage social interaction and growth. Peace of Mind for Parents: YMCA Summer Camp Counselors are trained in adult and pediatric CPR and First Aid to keep your campers safe. Fire drills, lost camper drills, weekly swim assessments and weather safety practices are all part of the 30+ hours of training every camp counselor receives at the YMCA. Rest easy knowing our staff is well trained to assess and manage all potential emergency situations. National Park Service Collaborative: The partnership with the National Park service connects YMCA Summer Camp children to nature while creating a movement to foster the next generation of leaders and outdoor stewards.
We also offer specialty sports camps for those children who wish to concentrate on specific sports during the summer, chaperoned transit service in partnership with CAT transit as well as scholarships to families of children who otherwise could not afford camp. Stop in today and see all that the Y has to offer to make this summer the BEST. SUMMER.EVER! Visit www.greaternaplesymca.org to register today or for more information.
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Happy Mother’s Day to me!
As I write this, I am just back in Naples after spending 2 weeks in California for my daughter’s wedding. There’s nothing like walking your only child down the aisle towards her future to put you in the mood for reflection. I’ve said more than a few times that I won the daughter lottery–Alex has brought nothing but happiness to my life and my gratitude that I was blessed with my wonderful child is boundless. This Mother’s Day I get to celebrate in another way–as a mother-in-law. My new son-in-law Britton is not just the perfect partner for my daughter but everything I could have asked for in a son. I am doubly blessed and eternally grateful. We’re celebrating Mother’s Day with two articles in this issue: Anna Futrell visited Our Mother’s Home and Sunlight House. Both organizations are dedicated to helping local mothers by providing specialized services. Stacy Nicolau spoke with Katie Field, a Naples mother who is hoping her new app will change the way you share your family photos. We’re also celebrating teachers with Anna’s article on Teacher Appreciation Week on pages 40-41. She profiles 3 special teachers plus offers a few ideas on what teachers really want as gifts. Leigh Ann Newman–the mother of our book review columnist Rachel–is also a certified swim instructor and she has some really important information in her “Why I Hate Floaties” article on pages 44-45. In addition, this is our annual Vacation Bible School Directory month. You’ll find the directory on pages 18-19 and on page 20, Sherry Kendrick shares her experience leading a Vacation Bible School in Nicaragua. To all the mothers reading, I hope your Mother’s Day is as special as you!
COLLIER COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD UPDATE
By Julie Sprague, Collier County School Board
An Important Reminder for Parents and Students:
Prom Safety Tips
here are many rites of passage for high school upperclassmen but probably none as big as prom or graduation. The months of April and May are considered “prom season,” a time where students get dressed up and dance the night away. It can also be a dangerous time of year. I want to make sure our teens in Collier County stay safe and make this a night to remember for all the right reasons. Two of the major concerns I often hear about during this time of year are underage drinking and drinking and driving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), for the past several years during prom weekend, approximately 300 teens have died in alcoholrelated car accidents. Also according to the NHTSA, one in three children under age 21 who died in alcohol-related accidents died during prom and graduation season.
Here are a few ways parents can help their teens stay safe during prom: • Make sure your child knows the dangers of drinking and driving. Have that conversation with them leading up to prom night. • Know the details of prom from your child’s school. • Ask what your child’s plans are throughout the night and address transportation plans. • Don’t provide alcohol to teens at a party. An American Medical Association study reported that 10% of parents believed it was appropriate and safe for underage teens to attend both prom and graduation parties where alcohol is served, if a parent is present. Know where your child will be before and after prom and whether alcohol will be served. • Give your son or daughter the option to call you if they are ever in a situation where they’re too drunk to drive or if they are with an intoxicated driver.
There are also tips you can share with your child: • • • •
Teens should plan for safe transportation before prom night. Make sure they never leave their drinks unattended. Never drink and drive, and if a friend has been drinking, make sure they don’t drive. Encourage them to watch out for one another during and after the dance
Most importantly, make sure they enjoy themselves. This is a big night for both you and your child and will be one they’ll never forget. I hope you can use some of these tips to ease your prom anxieties and ensure every child is safe.
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COLLIER COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
By Amanda Jackson, Communications & Community Engagement
The “Girls Entering Engineering Club” Encourages Girls to Share Their Passion W
hen Alexa Pellechia competed in the Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) Solar Go-Kart Race last year, she was the only girl, not only on the Gulf Coast High School (GCHS) team, but in the entire competition. Finishing her sophomore year, Pellechia knew she couldn’t be the only girl out there interested in engineering. It’s a sentiment echoed by fellow females at the school who entered the NAF (National Academy Foundation) Engineering Academy in its inaugural year. “We were all in engineering last year. We took the starting class in the academy,” says sophomore Madisyn Tedro. “We all really enjoyed it, but it was kind of weird because it was a predominately male class.” When speaking to other girls, they wondered two things, why weren’t more girls taking engineering and how they could convince them to get involved. “We just sat down, brainstormed, and the next year, we perused what we talked about, and it became this,” says sophomore Sophia Kvachneva. And like that, the Girls Entering Engineering Club (GEEC) was formed. With a mission to share their passion for engineering, the GEECs hope to introduce the field to young girls. 10
“Engineering is becoming more relevant as time goes on, and a lot more fields are developing. Right now, there aren’t as many females working in these fields as males or pursuing these degrees in college. If we can somehow engage girls and say, ‘hey you can study these fields too,’ those numbers would increase,” Pellechia says. Just this year, they’ve visited many local elementary schools to talk to girls about engineering, and also spoke at the district’s iSTEM Conference and FGCU’s Project Lead the Way. When they’re not inspiring others, the GEECs are challenging themselves, and their major goal was the Solar Go-Kart Race. Pellechia became the project manager of the first all-girls team in race history. “It was great to have all these girls want to participate, unlike the previous year when it was all guys. Having a smaller group of girls, we could all work on the small projects together and really get an idea of how each piece worked before moving on to the next part.” “Parents were cheering, there were people from other schools cheering. Even the boys from other schools were coming over and saying, ‘Whoa, this is really cool. How did you do this?’ It was really cool to share that with other people,” Tedro says.
They might’ve been newcomers, but you wouldn’t be able to tell from their results. The GEECs placed second in the relay competition and third in the speed races. The GCHS boys’ team won the overall championship, and while the GEECs celebrated with them, Tedro says they really know what to fix to make sure they take home the title next year. After working on the go-kart for five months, the GEECs are looking toward the future of their club. “We want to have a GEEC Club or some type of girl’ STEM club in every high school in Collier County. We found it was so important for us to have this connection with other girls who share the same passion, and we think that if we had that on a broad scale, even more girls would be drawn to the field,” Tedro says. Right now, they’re contacting teachers at every high school and spreading their message. She says she hopes other schools will begin their clubs as soon as the next school year. Sophomore Viva Lass sums it up. “People think that girls aren’t interested in the engineering field, but being in class just proves that we are out there, we are interested, and we want more females to feel the same way.” NEAPOLITANfamily • May 2016
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RACHEL NEWMAN is 10 years old and in the fifth grade at Sea Gate Elementary. She is active in Irish dancing, piano, flute, acting and volleyball. Writing, reading, and watching “I Love Lucy” are her great joys, along with taking pictures of her cats.
Tristan Hunt and the Sea Guardians: The Shark Rider by Ellen Prager
“The Shark Rider” is a book about a teenager named Tristan Hunt, who has underwater powers: he can speak to sharks and sting rays. Last year (this is the second book in a series), Tristan found out about his powers and became part of a summer camp that helped any children who had special powers relating to the ocean/sea. In this book, Tristan and his friends are going on their first mission due to the older group getting ill. Tristan’s adventure is life-threatening and full of surprises. In his journey, he must find out who or what is creating the strange activity going on in the ocean around Virgin Gorda. Author Ellen Prager is a marine biologist who found a love in writing. She’s written 21 books and has a third Tristan Hunt and the Sea Guardians coming out in the spring. At first when Dr. Prager started writing, she wrote for younger children and for adults. But soon teachers told her she had skipped an entire age group. Dr. Prager then chose to create Tristan Hunt and the Sea Guardians for tweens and teens. This isn’t my all-time favorite book because I felt some of it was predictable and there was too much happening. I enjoy stories that really get me leaning in one direction and then turn me completely around in another direction. With so much action it was harder to comprehend everything and remember a decent amount of the book when I finished it. I did enjoy when Tristan talked to a young shark, a female black tip. When I was reading Tristan’s conversation with her, I imagined the shark having a southern accent. It was very funny. She used the words “honey” and “sugar” and she was a VEGAN shark. Just imagine a vegan shark! This book was not my favorite, but it is definitely a yes for children who love action and science. Please let me know what YOU think about the book. Remember, I’m always open to recommendations. I might even mention you in the column if I write a book on your recommendation! Just send me an email at info@neafamily. com with “Rachel Recommends” in the subject line. 12
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CITY CONNECTION PARKS DEPT. by Laura Tichy-Smith
May you have a wonderful start to your summer! Start planning your kids’ super fun summer now by enrolling your children in Naples City Park’s exciting themed specialty camps, as well as marking your calendar for free special family events offered by the City of Naples Community Services Department and community organizations. Summer Camps for Children Ages 3 to 18 With an astonishing variety of themes offered at nine park locations, you’re sure to find a day camp to please every child in your household. While the camps are educational, your kids will be having so much hands-on fun they won’t even realize they are really learning. The weekday camps run while school is out from June to August and include offerings for children interested in nature and junior naturalist research; arts and crafts; theater, stage magic, dance and performance; scientific exploration; computer skills for web design, movie, and video game design; aquatics and snorkeling; and nearly any sport or outdoor recreation interest you can imagine. For a brochure about the summer camps with dates and registration information, call (239) 213-3020, or visit ww.naplesgov.com, click on “Parks and Recreation” under the Departments tab, and click on the summer program guide for more information. Last Chance! Free Concert at the Bandshell Concert season wraps up in May with this event your whole family will enjoy. Bring a blanket and enjoy the final jazz concert in Cambier Park for this season with the Naples Dixieland Jazz Band, Sunday, May 1 from 2 – 4 p.m. For more information, call 213-3058. (755 Eighth Avenue South, Naples) Afterschool Solutions The Adventures and Gymnastics Club at Fleischmann Park offers great fun with many activity choices for your child at this afterschool club hosted by an energetic, well-trained staff. Your child will participate in gymnastics and sports fitness classes as well as daily homework and enrichment time. Monday -- Friday 2:45-6 p.m. (also open on all early release days). $50/week for first child and $45/ week for siblings (inquire for partial week rates). Call to 239-248-6122 to register. (1600 Fleishmann Blvd., Naples) Mother’s Day at Venetian Village The Village at Venetian Bay offers a celebration and photos in honor of Mother’s Day. Saturday, May7 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. For more information, call (239) 403-2218. (4200 Gulf Shore Blvd N., Naples)
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NEW MOM’S CORNER
By Anna Futrell
Help For New Moms Our Mother’s Home and Sunlight Home both offer support for needy new mothers in Southwest Florida.
s a new mom, my desire is to help other new moms, particularly as they go through pregnancy and the newborn phase. If you are like me in your desire to reach out and help others, I want to share with you some ways that we, as moms, can come together and support other new moms in Southwest Florida.
Our Mother’s Home
I had the opportunity to visit Our Mother’s Home in San Carlos Park. Established in 2000, the home is specifically for young women in the foster care system who are pregnant and want to keep their babies. Its mission is to end the repetitive cycle of foster care and generational poverty that afflicts teen mothers and their children. This organization exists for the purpose of transitioning teen mothers and their children from foster care and human trafficking to stable, happy, and productive lives by providing a safe and nurturing home, education, parenting support, and physical, mental, and spiritual care. Our Mother’s Home is a private 501(c)3 organization that raises about 50-60% of its funding through donations. Families who foster children receive a monthly stipend from the state. If one of the young women in their care becomes pregnant and would like to keep her baby, the state does not offer a stipend for that baby – just for the mother. As such, many foster families are unable to continue having the mother and her baby live in their home. Our Mother’s Home provides a way for young women in foster care to transition out of the system and to keep their babies with them. Length of stay ranges from a few months to several years. Young women receive training in baby care, food purchasing and preparation, and personal finances. They are held accountable for attending school and completing homework. They receive counseling and help in the transition out of the home and into a job and living situation. Graduates from the program often go on to pursue higher education and various career paths. Since its opening, Our Mother’s Home has housed more than 200 women and babies, and boasts a 90% success rate of preserving families through successfully transitioning foster mothers to self-sufficiency. For more information on the home, you can visit www.ourmothershome.com. How You Can Help • Host a Sweet Sixteen Party. Our Mother’s Home is in its sixteenth year of operation, and as such, is encouraging members of the community to pledge support by hosting “Sweet Sixteen” parties. These parties can be hosted anywhere with the support of Our Mother’s Home staff 16
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and administration. They are designed to introduce people to the mission and vision of Our Mother’s Home and to encourage giving and participation. • Volunteer. For information about participating as a volunteer at Our Mother’s Home, contact the home directly by calling (239) 267-4663 or visiting www.ourmothershome.com. • Donate Items. Our Mother’s Home has a long wish list. If you have partial boxes of diapers your baby has outgrown, baby food, non-perishable food, maternity clothes, baby clothes, baby products, or baby gear, consider donating these items to Our Mother’s Home rather than selling them.
Located in Naples, Sunlight Home is a residential maternity home that provides a safe, loving, family atmosphere that serves pregnant women physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Founded in 1994, Sunlight Home was created to help break the cycle of poverty and abuse for pregnant women and teens through a Christ-centered environment. Since its opening, the home has served hundreds of women and children. “We’ve had stays for as short as one day
up to as long as three years. Every mom has unique needs, and we seek to meet those needs,” says Director Linda Hale. “We are all about our mission of restoring hope by helping moms reunite with their families. Each situation looks very different, so that is accomplished in different ways.” As a 501(c)3 organization, Sunlight Home is not-for-profit and does not take any type of government assistance, and instead relies on support from individuals, churches, and other private organizations. “Our mission is to provide a Christcentered, safe environment for pregnant women,” Hale says. “We have birth classes, parenting classes, Bible studies, counseling, financial mentoring, and other educational opportunities for our residents. We want each mother to understand that their babies are a precious gift from God.” For more information on Sunlight Home, visit www.sunlighthome.org.
needs on a regular basis; they need volunteers to drive moms to their doctor appointments; they need mentors and counselors. Contact Sunlight Home directly to set up a meeting on how to volunteer. • Contribute Items. Sunlight Home maintains a wish list of cleaning products, household items, and other items on Amazon.com. To access this wish list, visit www. sunlighthome.org. Sunlight Home is also very grateful for any donation of diapers, wipes, gently used maternity and baby clothing, as well as baby gear.
How You Can Help • Donate. Get involved by pledging a financial gift. Gifts go directly towards helping moms and their babies. • Volunteer. Sunlight Home is constantly seeking volunteers to serve. Volunteer positions run the gamut: the home has repair
ANNA FUTRELL has a bachelor’s in English and Secondary Education from Wheaton College. Anna and her husband, Jim have a daughter, Windley. Anna is passionate about writing, cooking, running, playing the piano, and encouraging other new moms in their journey.
I hope you find these ideas as exciting as I did. I am continuously amazed at the needs that exist in Southwest Florida, and learning more about how I can help other new moms excites me because I can do something to meet a need and lend aid. Contact either one of these organizations – you will not be sorry!
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Vacation Bible School
If you are looking for a few days of Christian education for your child, you’re sure to find a program that will meet your needs. Programs are either free of charge or low cost to congregants and guests of the religious institutions listed in our guide. Programs fill up quickly; be sure to call for more information and to register as early as possible.
Center Point Community Church 6590 Golden Gate Parkway, Naples VBS is a week-long event in the summer for Kindergarten through 5th grade students. The theme will be Ocean Commotion: Diving into Noah’s Flood. $12/child includes crafts, snacks and t-shirt. DATE: June 13-17; 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. CONTACT: 239-261-7486 or www.cpccnaples. com. Cornerstone United Methodist Church 8200 Immokalee Rd., Naples VBS is for kids ages 3 to 11 years. The cost is $15/child. Every child who pre-registers gets a t-shirt and every family gets a CD. The theme is Cave Quest: Following Jesus, The Light of the World. DATE: June 20-24; 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. CONTACT: email@example.com or (239) 354-9160. Covenant Church of Naples 6926 Trail Blvd., Naples VBS is from for kids ages 3 years to rising 6th graders. The theme is Son Treasure Island. Children will have a great time with lively songs, hilarious skits, creative crafts, exciting games, Bible stories and tasty snacks. DATE: June 13-17. CONTACT: (239) 597-3464 or www.covenantnaples.com East Naples Baptist Church 1697 Shadowlawn Drive, Naples Theme TBA. DATE: July 17-23; 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. CONTACT: (239) 774-1282 or go to www. eastnaplesbaptist.org East Naples United Methodist Church 2701 Airport Rd South, Naples DATE: TBA. CONTACT: Elaine Thomas at (239) 774-4696 Emmanuel Lutheran Church 777 Mooring Line Drive, Naples Free VBS, “A Love That Never Ends,” for children who are age 3 by September 2015 through grade 5. Our Bible Camp is offered free of charge; however, we are requesting a non- refundable registration fee of $15 which will be given to the Camp’s mission project. Children will need to bring their own lunches daily. DATE: June 13-17; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. CONTACT: (239) 261-0894 ext. 312 or firstname.lastname@example.org; Register online at www.NaplesEmmanuel.org Faith Bible Church Naples 6464 Immokalee Road, Naples At this Vacation Bible School program, your kids will dive deep into the account of Noah and the Flood from the book of Genesis.
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DATE: June 13-17; 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. CONTACT: (239) 514-4986 or www.faithnaples.com First Baptist Church 3000 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples VBS is for children entering Kindergarten through rising 6th graders. Theme is Submerged: Finding the Truth Below the Surface. DATE: June 13-17; 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. (Friday ends at 11:25 a.m.) CONTACT: (239) 596-8600, ext. 350 or register online at www.fbcn.org. First Presbyterian Church 250 Sixth Street South, Naples Join VBS for a trip to Egypt. Includes music, games, bible stories, crafts and more! Registration begins May 1. Children must be 3 years old and potty trained through completed 5th grade. DATE: July 11-15; 9 a.m. to noon CONTACT: (239) 262-1311 www.fpcnaples. org Grace Lutheran Church 860 Banyan Blvd., Naples DATES: August 1-5 CONTACT: Call Kami at (239) 261-7421, ext. 7 or email email@example.com Moorings Presbyterian Church 791 Harbour Drive, Naples For children aged 4 by Sept 1 through completed 5th grade. Theme is Surf Shack: Catch the Wave of God’s Amazing Love. DATE: June 20-24; 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. CONTACT: (239) 261-1487; or Jennifer Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org. Register online at www.mooringschurch.org. Naples Christian Church 8000 Goodlette Rd. N., Naples Free VBS includes lunch for ages 4 yrs–5th grade with a Cave Quest theme, where kids learn that Jesus gives hope, courage, direction, love and His power! Optional afternoon camp offered for a small fee, 12:30-5pm, for
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K – 5th grade DATE: June 27-July 1; 9 am-12:30 pm CONTACT: Jeanie Holmes email@example.com or (239) 597-4411 or go to www. napleschristian.org
rising 5th grader. $30 registration fee. DATE: June 13-17; 9 a.m. to noon. CONTACT: (239) 566-8740, email Jasmine Dina at firstname.lastname@example.org or sign up online at: www.saintjohntheevangelist.com.
Naples Church of Christ 12760 Livingston Road, Naples VBS for preschool through fifth grade; adult classes also available. DATE: June 26-29; 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. CONTACT: Kathleen at (239) 455-5252 or go to www.napleschurchofchrist.com
St. Monica’s Church 7070 Immokalee Rd, Naples This year’s theme is “And God Saw it was Good.” Camp begins each day with an Opening Rally and Worship with a Bible story skit and ends with a Closing Rally. For children aged 3 through fifth grade. Each camper will receive a T-shirt. A snack is also provided. The cost for the week is $25.00 for the first child in a family and $20.00 for additional children from the same family. DATE: June 27-July 1; 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. CONTACT: (239) 591-4550 or email@example.com.
New Life Church 3971 Via Del Rey, Bonita Springs DATE: Date and time TBA. CONTACT: Kerri Hall at kerri.lynn.hall@ gmail.com or www.nlcbonita.com. North Naples Baptist Church 1811 Oakes Blvd., Naples 239-261-7486 ”Submerged!” VBS open to ages 3 through adult. VBS includes Bible stories, music, drama, games, snacks, crafts and mission stories. DATE: June 9-17, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. CONTACT: (239) 597-2201 or email Gayle at firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration info at www. nnbc.net. Our Savior Lutheran Church 1955 Curling Avenue, Naples The sessions are open to children ages 4 through 8th grade. More information is available at www.oursaviornaples.org. DATE: July 11-15; 9 a.m. to noon CONTACT: (239) 597-4091 St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church 625 111th Avenue North, Naples This exciting and fun-filled week is a chance for the youth of our parish and community to learn about our faith through music, games, crafts and activities. This year’s theme is: Cave Quest – Following Jesus, the Light of the World. open to children ages 4 through
Salvation Army, Naples 3180 Estey Avenue, Naples Free VBS open to children ages 5-12. Activities will include crafts, music and games. DATE: June 14-17; 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. CONTACT: (239) 213-3084 or (239) 210-3078 San Marco Catholic Church 851 San Marco Road, Marco Island www.sanmarcochurch.com Free VBS for all ages. DATE: July 11-15; 9 a.m. to noon CONTACT: Kim Adamason at (239) 394-5181 Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church 1225 Piper Blvd., Naples Children 3 years of age through rising 5th graders are welcome to join this VBS for crafts, songs, games, and snacks. This year’s theme is Cave Quest: Following Jesus, The Light of the World DATE: July 20-24 from 9 a.m. to noon CONTACT: (239) 597-5410, ext. 201 or go to www.vpcnaples.org. Wesley United Methodist Church 350 S. Barfield Road, Marco Island Free for ages 4- grade 5. Check the website
Covenant Church of Naples Vacation Bible School June 13-17, 2016 • 8:45am-12 noon Free Vacation Bible School for children from 3 years old to entering 6th grade.
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VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
By Sherry Kendrick, Children’s Director, Covenant Church
A Different Kind of Vacation Bible School
ver the years I’ve probably planned 20 or more different Vacation Bible Schools (VBS). Some of them have been small with 50 kids and some of them have been much bigger with more than 300. But this past March, I had the privilege of embarking on a new VBS adventure: bringing Vacation Bible School to Nicaragua for about 20 missionary kids ranging in age from one to 13. Every two years, Missionary Ventures International hosts a spiritual retreat for its Central American missionaries to enjoy a time of learning and also to enjoy time with each other. My associate pastor, Dr. Trent Casto, was asked to be a conference speaker to the missionaries regarding the spiritual importance of the mercy ministries they have to many families in Nicaragua. My friends, Emily and Susan, and I went to take care of the missionary kids. We flew to Managua, Nicaragua, late one Sunday afternoon, and then embarked on a threehour ride from the airport to the edge of the rain forest. We were excited to provide a fun, faith-based experience, so we brought a pirate-themed VBS program with us. This meant packing everything we needed for Bible stories, crafts, games, and music into suitcases. It wasn’t easy, but we did it. And, most importantly, the kids loved it. They relished making crafts and pretending to be pirates with their eye patches and
bandanas. The older kids even performed a pirate-themed play for us on what they had learned. We played and sang and snacked – just like we do in Vacation Bible School here at home. It was different because it was small and in one little room and with all ages together, but it was still the same in how much we enjoyed getting to know each other and sharing our faith journey together. Argh, ye matey!
SHERRY KENDRICK is the Children’s Director of Covenant Church of Naples.. An educator for over 30 years in both school and church settings, Sherry says being a children’s director is her dream job because it combines her love of children with her love of her faith.
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oon after my son Alex turned two years old, a close friend of mine commented that his gait was “gimpy.” A late walker at almost 18 months, I dismissed her observation as overly critical and chalked it up to his newly minted mobile skills. Still, I brought it up with my pediatrician and she, too, determined he was just fine. Over the next year his “gimpy-ness” At three years old, Alex became a more pronounced hobble, was diagnosed with Juvepartnered with a loss of appetite and nile Rheumatoid Arthritis weight, along with fatigue and cranki(JRA), a rare childhood ness. When his hands and feet became disease that affects only swollen, the pediatrician sent Alex to about 300,000 children a pediatric orthopedist, which still in the United States. JRA resulted in no diagnosis. Finally, when was later renamed JuveAlex was no longer able to close his nile Idiopathic Arthritis hands into a fist, the pediatrician sent (JIA) to include more peus to a Miami rheumatologist who took diatric autoimmune disone look at him from across the room eases affecting the joints as and simply stated: “Well, it’s obvious he well as other body systems. has arthritis.” After hearing a litany of treatments, appointments, and medication risks, the only question I could muster up was “is he going to be able to play football one day?” I don’t even like football. At three years old, Alex was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA), a rare childhood disease that affects only about 300,000 children in the United States. JRA was later renamed Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) to include more pediatric autoimmune diseases affecting the joints as well as other body systems. According to the American College of Rheumatology, JIA is diagnosed based on the presence of the following symptoms for at least six weeks: inflammation of one or more joints, persistent fever or rash, joint stiffness when awakening, limping, difficulty with fine NEAPOLITANfamily • May 2016
motor skills, reluctance to use an arm or leg, reduced activity level, and inflammation of the eye. Many children do not experience all of these symptoms. Lab work may be positive for rheumatoid factor or antinuclear antibody (ANA) but need not be positive for diagnosis. Lyme disease and lupus also must be ruled out. Alex began treatment with steroids, anti-inflammatories, and weekly injections of Enbrel and methotrexate. We used special numbing cream so he could bravely face the shots and learned how to swallow pills by practicing with Tic-Tac candies. These medications focus on suppressing his immune system and keep it from attacking his joints and organs. As a result, he cannot receive live virus vaccines and must avoid serious illnesses. Physical and occupational therapists worked with him to improve his mobility, strength, and fine motor skills. Early and aggressive treatment is important to arrest the disease and prevent long-term damage to the joints and disability, his doctors explained. Because JIA is rare, there are very few pediatric rheumatologists in the United States and there are none in Southwest Florida. Like many other patients, we must travel to receive specialized care. While some local patients travel to Miami, St. Petersburg, Orlando or Gainesville, we ultimately chose a pediatric rheumatology program at Duke Children’s Hospital in North Carolina. Three year-old Cade Lawhon, son of Megan and Tony Lawhon of Naples, was diagnosed last year with oligoarthritis, a type of JIA that involves one to four joints. Megan says his first symptom was a swollen ankle that would not get better, even with a cast. In addition to seeing an Orlando pediatric rheumatologist every three months and two local opthalmologists for uveitis (a common symptom of JIA that involves dangerous inflammation of the eye), Cade is being treated by a holistic chiropractor. Megan says that after his diagnosis she was most worried about her son losing his vision due to the uveitis and also that he would not be able to enjoy sports one day. After Cade received steroid injections into his affected joints and switched to a gluten and dairy-free diet, his mom states that he has returned to life as an energetic and active little boy. “I would highly recommend talking to a parent of a child with JIA,” Megan says she would advise parents of newly diagnosed children. “The information available online is daunting, but personal experiences offer a light at the end of the tunnel.” Now 13 years old, my son Alex must remain on his weekly injections to stay in remission, but his disease is controlled and he is thrilled to begin his third season of football with the Naples Gators. He also has received the honor of being the Youth Honoree at the Walk to Cure Arthritis in Boca Raton on May 7. Alex hopes to help raise money and awareness for kids like him who struggle with this painful disease. “I want more people to be aware that kids get arthritis too, and you can’t tell by looking at them,” Alex states on his team page. “I really want to let kids who are newly diagnosed know that, while they may have to start taking a lot of medicines, they don’t have to necessarily give up the activities that they love the most and that they can be a normal kid.” For more information, go to www.kidsgetarthritistoo.org. To read more about Alex’s story and The Walk to Cure Arthritis go to www.kintera.org and click on “Meet our Youth Honoree.” NEAPOLITANfamily • May 2016
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12:00 p.m. Community Day at Artis-Naples. Free activities include live music, an instrument petting zoo for kids and access to all museum exhibitions and galleries.Located at ArtisNaples, 5833 Pelican Bay Boulevard, Naples. Call 239-597-1111 for information.
6:30 p.m. Fish Biology 101 at Headquarters Library. Tish from 4-H will be here with some marine creatures that you can help dissect. Grades 2 through 4. Registration required. Located at 2385 Orange Blossom Drive, Naples. Call 239-593-0870 for information.
8:00 p.m. Outdoor Movie: The Good Dinosaur. Join Arlo the friendly dinosaur and Spot the caveboy on their journey back home to find their families.Located at Mercato, 9128 Strada Place, Naples. Call 239-594-9400 for additional information.
4:30 p.m. Mini Catapults at Vanderbilt Beach Library. Get your hands busy and create this easy catapult. Grades 1 through 5. Registration required. Located at Vanderbilt Beach Library, 788 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Naples. Call 239-597-8444 for additional information.
7:00 p.m. Star Wars Night at JetBlue Park. Fans will have the chance to see Star Wars characters at the ballpark as part of the fun. JetBlue Park, 11581 Daniels Pkwy, Fort Myers.
9:00 a.m. Mother’s Day in the Garden. Mothers and Grandmothers are free. Regular Garden admission for all other guests: $14.95 Adults; $9.95 ages 4-14; Kids under 4 Free.Located at Naples Botanical Garden, 4820 Bayshore Drive, Naples. Call 239-643-7275 for information.
10:30 a.m. Drop-In Knitting Workshop. Want to learn new knitting stitches or need help with a project already started? Bring your own knitting supplies. Registration is not required. Located at Estates Branch Library, 1266 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples. Call 239-4558088 for information.
5:30 p.m. Fancy Nancy Tea Party at East Naples Library. You are invited to a “Fancy Nancy” tea party with crafts and yummy treats. Ages 3 years and older. Registration required.Located at East Naples Library, 8787 Tamiami Trail East, Naples. Call 239-775-5592 for information.
11:00 a.m. Taste of Collier. An afternoon of family fun featuring live performances by area musicians, crowd-pleasing ice-carving demonstrations, cooking competitions with local top chefs, and of course, savory samples. Located at Shoppes at Vanderbilt, 2355 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Naples.
5:00 p.m. Open House at Montessori Academy. ffering programs for children 8 weeks to 15 years old. Located at 2659 Professional Circle, Suite 1118, Naples. Call 239-597-2255 for additional information.
4:00 p.m. Make Treasure Boxes at Naples Regional Library. Join us in this two-day workshop and make a memorable gift for your mother. Ages 12 years and older. Registration not required. Located at 650 Central Avenue, Naples. Call 239-262-6853 for addiitonal information.
Call for time. KidzAct Presents: F A M E . May 20-22. Call for tickets and times. 239-434-7340 or www. naplesplayers.org.Located at Sugden Community Theatre, 701 5th Ave S Naples, FL, Naples. Call 239-434-7340, ext 39 for additional information.
8:00 p.m. Patriotic Pops Concert. Join the Naples Philharmonic and the Naples Philharmonic Chorus for their annual star-spangled Pops concert and tribute to the troops. Located at Artis-Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Boulevard, Naples. Call 239597-1111 for additional information.
5:00 p.m. Parent Night Out Fiesta. $25 per family (pizza included). There’s crafts, dancing, games, and fun! To register please call the church office at 239-3549160 or email us at office@cornerstonenaples. orgLocated at Cornerstone UMC, 8200 Immokalee RD., Naples.
6:00 p.m. Kid’s Night Out. Old fashioned fun on the farm – horses, goats, pig, ducks, chickens, dinner, camp fire, marshmallow roasting, farm games & activities, crafts, “ride in” movie. Providence Equestrian Center, 13731 E Terry Street, Bonita Springs. Call 239-948-7669 for information.
2:00 p.m. Read and Share Book Club at Headquarters Library. Read any good books lately? Want to share them with others? Bring a book, tell us about it and make new friends. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Drive, Naples. Call 239593-0870 for info.
6:00 p.m. Cinco de Mayo on Fifth. Enjoy live Music, shopping, dining, dancing on fabulous 5th Avenue South! - See more at: www.fifthavenuesouth.com for information. Located at Fifth Avenue South, 649 Fifth Avenue South, Naples.
11:00 a.m. Memorial Day at Everglades Wonder Gardens. We honor Veterans for their service by offering them free admission. Located at 27180 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs. Call 239992-2591 for additional informaton.
9:00 a.m. Collier County Sheriff’s 5K Fun Run and Safety Fair. Enjoy some hot dogs, lemonade, snow cones and popcorn. Visit with SWAT, Bomb Squad, K-9, Crime Prevention, Mounted Patrol, Aviation and climb the rock wall. Contact (239) 455-3121.
11:00 a.m. Mother/Daughter/ Granddaughter Look-Alike Contest. Mothers, daughters, and granddaughters compete together for prizes. Held at Miromar Outlets, estero. Call 239-948-3766 for informaton.
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7:30 p.m. Ocean Trivia Night at Rookery Bay. Dr. Prager will do a book signing in celebration of the release of her new book Stingray City. Located at Rookery Bay, 300 Tower Road, Naples. Call 239417-6310 for additional information.
5:00 p.m. Sensory Night at C’MON. C’mon provides Sensory Nights for children on the autism spectrum or with other sensory disabilities who would be unable to visit the museum during regular hours.Located at 15080 Livingston Road, Naples. Call 239-514-0084 for information.
12:00 a.m. Dog Daze of Summer with the Fort Myers Miracle. Bring your pooch to the park on the Dog Daze of Summer! Located at Hammond Stadium, 14400 Six Mile Cypress Parkway, Fort Myers.
6:00 p.m. Free Admission to The Baker Museum. A local band offers musical entertainment and audiences of all ages are welcome to view the galleries and learn from our docents.Located at Artis-Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples. Call 239597-1900 for additional information.
11:00 a.m. Color Me Amazing at South Regional Library. Join us for a fun and relaxing hour of coloring intricate designs and patterns and listening to soothing music. Located at South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Parkway, Naples.
8:00 a.m. Community Yard Sale at Max Hasse Community Park. Find yard sale bargains with the convenience of having all the sales in one location. Located at 3390 Golden Gate Pkwy, Naples. Call 239-348-7500 for additional information.
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7:00 a.m. Fairgrounds Flea Market and Farmers Market. For space or additional info call: (239) 455-1444. Held at Collier County Fairgrounds, 751 39th Avenue NE, Naples. Held weekly on Saturday and Sunday. 8:00 a.m. Koreshan Farmer’s Market. Come and get your fresh produce, seafood, baked goods and other food items while walking the paths of the historic settlement. Vendors will be available from 8:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Located at Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Road, Estero. For more information, call 239-992-0311 or visit floridastateparks.org. Held weekly on Sunday. 9:00 a.m. SUP Luau Races. For more details and Pre-registration go on www.supspecialolympicsnaples.org or call 239-370-6577. Held at Ritz-Carlton, 280 280 Vanderbilt Beach Rd, Naples. 9:30 a.m. WONDER Kids at Botanical Gardens. Drop in anytime between 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday to the Smith Children’s Garden for fun activities. Located at Naples Botanical Garden, 4820 Bayshore Drive, Naples. Held weekly on Sunday.
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10:00 a.m. Historical Tours at Koreshan State Park. Walk the grounds of the utopian community that helped establish Estero. Located at Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Road, Estero. For more information, call 239-992-0311 or visit floridastateparks.org. Held weekly on Sunday. 11:00 a.m. Fort Myers Taste of the Beach. Gates open at 11:00 a.m. Food will be served until it runs out or at 4:00 p.m. Tickets will be available on site. Live music will be provided by Jo List and Friends from 12-4pm. Located at Fort Myers Beach. Contact Rhonda Murray at 239-454-7500 or rhonda@fmbchamber. com for more information. 11:00 a.m. Taste of Collier. Taste Of Collier, a long-standing Naples tradition, is an afternoon of family fun featuring live performances by area musicians, crowdpleasing ice-carving demonstrations, cooking competitions with local top chefs, and of course, savory samples. Located at Shoppes at Vanderbilt, 2355 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Naples. 2:00 p.m. Free Concerts at the Bandshell. Bring a blanket for the whole family and enjoy free jazz concerts in Cambier Park. Located at Cambier Park, 755 8th Ave. S., Naples.
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Call 239-213-3058 for additional information. Held weekly on Sunday.
2 MONDAY 9:00 a.m. Homeschool Day at Rookery Bay. Students will use microscopes to identify different species of plankton and learn about their role in the estuarine ecosystem. They will also learn about sharks, which species are here, and why some sharks are considered to be an indicator species. Located at Rookery Bay, 300 Tower Road, Naples. Call 239-417-6310 for additional information. 10:00 a.m. Beachcombing and Shelling Talk. What do wrack lines, jellies, blue buttons, beachhoppers, ghosts, sea pork, and beans have in common? Come find out at this lecture on Beachcombing & Shelling. Located at Barefoot Beach Preserve, 505 Barefoot Beach Blvd., Bonita Springs. Call 239-252-4000 for additional information. Held weekly on Monday. 5:30 p.m. Fancy Nancy Tea Party at East Naples Library. You are invited to a “Fancy Nancy” tea party with spectacular crafts and yummy treats. Ideas inspired by Fancy Nancy books by Jane O’Connor. Dress to impress (optional)! Ages 3 years and older. Registration required. Located at East Naples Library, 8787 Tamiami Trail East, Naples. Call 239-775-5592 for information.
3 TUESDAY 10:00 a.m. Moms and Tots Storytime with Miss Jessica and Miss Mary Ellen. A toddler favorite, the girls read, sing, dance and color, creating a fun atmosphere of learning and lots of laughter. Come and ask about the little green frog song. All ages are welcome! Located at Barnes & Noble, 5377 Tamiami Trail North, Naples. Call 239-5972040 for additional information. 10:00 a.m. Celebrate Children’s Book Week with Froggy at South County Regional Library. Celebrate reading with Jonathan London’s beloved book character. Froggy will be appearing during the program for hugs or high fives as well as photo opportunities. Located at South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy, Estero. Call 239-479-4636 for additional information. 10:30 a.m. Drop-In Knitting Workshop at Estates Branch Library. Want to learn new knitting stitches or need help with a knitting project already started? Want to share your knitting talent and ideas? This is the class to attend! Bring your own knitting supplies. Registration is not required. Located at Estates Branch Library, 1266 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples. Call 239-455-8088 for additional information. 11:00 a.m. TED Talk Tuesdays at South Regional Library. Prepare to be excited and engaged as we view a TED talk, followed by discussion. Materials will be made available for those who would like to check-out items related to the subject. Coffee and a refreshment will be served. Located at South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Parkway, Naples. Call 239-252-7542 for additional information.
4 WEDNESDAY 9:30 a.m. Historical Walking Tours. Come enjoy this very popular 2 to 2.5 hour walking tour through parts of the Naples Historic District including alleys and the Naples Pier. Located at Historic Palm Cottage, 137 12th Avenue South, Naples. Call 239-261-8164 for additional information. 10:00 a.m. Exploring Coastal Estuaries. Explore the Coastal Estuaries with a naturalist guided walk to the estuary and along a sandy trail to the beach. Explore one of the most productive ecosystems in nature NEAPOLITANfamily • May 2016
and the unique coastal habitats at the Preserve. Located at Barefoot Beach Preserve, 505 Barefoot Beach Blvd., Bonita Springs. Call 223252-4000 for additional information. 10:00 a.m. Free Kids Crafts at Miromar Outlets. Kids from toddlers to twelve are invited to participate in fun activities. Located at Miromar Outlets, 10801 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. Call 239-948-3766 for additional information. Held weekly on Wednesday. 10:00 a.m. Art for Mom & Me at Rookery Bay. Local artist Marjorie Pesek will lead this 1-hour workshop for children and adults at all levels of creative talent. She will share her unique art technique of Layered Imagery. Registration fee ($25) includes one adult, one child and supplies. Located at Rookery Bay, 300 Tower Road, Naples. Call 417-6310 for additional information. Held weekly on Wednesday. 10:30 a.m. Family Story Time at Bonita Springs Library. This program is for the whole family and lasts about 30 minutes. Located at Bonita Springs Public Library, 26876 Pine Avenue, Bonita Springs. Call 239-533-4860 for additional information. Held weekly on Wednesday. 4:00 p.m. Make Treasure Boxes at Naples Regional Library. Join us in this two-day workshop and make a memorable gift for your mother. Ages 12 years and older. Registration not required. Located at Naples Regional Library, 650 Central Avenue, Naples. Call 239262-6853 for additional information. 4:30 p.m. Florida Travel Rally 2016. Over 45 exhibitors. Face painting, magic, cuddly critters, miniature train rides and more. Held at Lakes Regional Park, Fort Myers. Call 239-338-3500 for additional information.
5 THURSDAY 10:00 a.m. Little Explorers Program at Conservancy. Explore nature and discover amazing animals through multi-sensory, interactive activities, stories, and animal themed crafts. No registration is required to join in the fun. Located at Conservancy of Southwest Florida Nature Center, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples. Call 239-262-0304 for additional information. 10:00 a.m. Celebrate Children’s Book Week with Froggy at South County Regional Library. Celebrate reading with Jonathan London’s beloved book character. Froggy will be appearing during the program for hugs or high fives as well as photo opportunities. Located at South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy, Estero. Call 239-479-4636 for additional information. 10:00 a.m. Mother’s Day Make and Take Craft at Estates Library. Located at Estates Branch Library, 1266 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples. Call 239-455-8088 for additional information. 11:00 a.m. Tai Chi in the Garden. Instructor Karen McNeil hosts this energy-flow exercise in the South Grove of the Garden. Every Thursday at 10 am. Located at Naples Botanical Garden, 4820 Bayshore Drive, Naples. Call 239-643-7275 for additional information. 2:00 p.m. Mystery and True Crime Book Club at Headquarters Library. Do you love a good whodunit? Is In Cold Blood on your top ten list? Join other amateur detectives to share your favorite mysteries and true crime books. Who knows? Maybe you’ll uncover a new favorite author! Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Drive, Naples. Call 239-593-0870 for additional information. 3:30 p.m. Cinco de Mayo at Golden Gate Library. Come and learn about this special day in Mexican history with some music, crafts and food. We will also learn about this beautiful culture. Grades K through 5. Registration required. Located at Golden Gate Library, 2432 Lucerne Road, Naples. Call 239-252-4542 for additional information. 5:30 p.m. Mother’s Day Crafts at Immokalee Library. Make a craft
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to present to mom or grandma on her special day. All ages. Registration is not required. Located at Immokalee Branch Library, 417 North First Street, Immokalee. Call 239-657-2882 for additional information. 6:00 p.m. Cinco de Mayo on Fifth. Enjoy live Music, shopping, dining, dancing on fabulous 5th Avenue South! - See more at: www. fifthavenuesouth.com for information. Located at Fifth Avenue South, 649 Fifth Avenue South, Naples. 6:00 p.m. Cinco de Mayo Concert and Fiesta. Food & margaritas from MASA, bounce house, face painters & more. Located at Mercato, 9128 Strada Place, Naples. Call 239-594-9400 for additional information.
6 FRIDAY 9:00 a.m. Find it Fridays at Everglades Wonder Gardens. Kids enjoy a scavenger hunt all day! Ask for more details at the ticket counter. Located at Everglades Wonder Gardens, 27180 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs. Call 239-992-2591 for additional information. Held weekly on Friday. 10:00 a.m. Beachcombing and Shelling Talk. What do wrack lines, jellies, blue buttons, beachhoppers, ghosts, sea pork, and beans have in common? Come find out at this lecture on Beachcombing & Shelling. Located at Barefoot Beach Preserve, 505 Barefoot Beach Blvd., Bonita Springs. Call 239-252-4000 for additional information. Held weekly on Friday. 5:30 p.m. Totally 80’s Gratitude Glam. This event is a fund-raiser benefitting the PACE Center for Girls in Immokalee, FL. Learn more at: www.pacecenter.org/locations/collier-at-immokalee. Located at The Colosseum, 2059 Tamiami Trail East, Naples. 6:00 p.m. Kid’s Night Out is Parent’s Date Night. Old fashioned fun on the farm – horses, goats, pig, ducks, chickens, dinner, camp fire, marshmallow roasting, farm games & activities, crafts, “ride in” movie on our giant outdoor screen and we’re so easy to get to. Located at Providence Equestrian Center, 13731 E Terry Street, Bonita Springs. Call 239-948-7669 for additional information. 7:00 p.m. Weekend Concert Series at Gulf Coast Town Center. Located at Gulf Coast Town Center, 9903 Gulf Coast Main Street, Fort Myers. Held weekly on Friday.
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7 SATURDAY 7:30 a.m. Third Street South Farmer’s Market. Parking lot behind Tommy Bahama’s. Located at Third Street South, Naples. Call 239434-6533 for additional information. Held weekly on Saturday. 8:00 a.m. Farmer’s Market. Open every Saturday (June to October) Indoors at the Shoppes at Vanderbilt unit 190-196. Located at Shoppes at Vanderbilt, 2355 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Naples. Call 239 273 2350 for additional information. Held weekly on Saturday. 8:00 a.m. Immokalee Community Park Yard Sale. If you are interested in reserving a spot to sell used items please call the respective park location to reserve a spot. Located at Immokalee Community Park,, 321 North 1st Street, Immokalee. Call 239-657-4449 for additional information. 9:30 a.m. WONDER Kids at Botanical Gardens. Drop in anytime between 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday to the Smith Children’s Garden for fun activities. Located at Naples Botanical Garden, 4820 Bayshore Drive, Naples. Call 239-643-7275 for additional information. 10:00 a.m. Artists@Work at GreenMarket. Members of the SWFL NEAPOLITANfamily • May 2016
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Florida Fine Craft Guild demonstrate their specialties during this free, family friendly demo day that takes place during our weekly GreenMarket. Located at Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers. Call 239-939-2787 for additional information. 10:00 a.m. Free Kids Fishing at Bass Pro Shops. We provide the Rod and Reel, and the Bait....all you need to provide is the kid who wants to have a fun time fishing. Hope to see you on the First Saturday of each month. Located at Bass Pro Shops, 10040 Gulf Center Drive, Fort Myers. Call 239-461-7800 for additional information. 11:00 a.m. Barnes and Noble Storytime. Located at Barnes & Noble, 5377 Tamiami Trail North, Naples. Call 239-597-2040 for additional information. Held weekly on Saturday. 11:00 a.m. Mother’s Day Take Home Craft at Bonita Springs Library. Create a present for Mom. For ages 5 and up. Located at Bonita Springs Public Library, 26876 Pine Avenue, Bonita Springs. Call 239-992-0101 for additional information. 11:00 a.m. Mother/Daughter/Granddaughter Look-Alike Contest. Mothers, daughters, and granddaughters compete together for prizes. Held at Miromar Outlets, Estero. Call 239-948-3766 for information. 11:00 a.m. Mother/Daughter/Granddaughter Look-Alike Contest. Join us along with 95.3 the River on Saturday, May 7 near Bloomingdale’s The Outlet Store Registration: 10 AM Contest: 11 AM Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams. Located at Miromar Outlets, 10801 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. Call 239-948-3766 for additional information. 2:00 p.m. Gator Fishing at Everglades Wonder Gardens. For $5.00 on top of regular admission prices, you get a cane pool with a hot dog on the end of it to feed our 37 gators. Located at Everglades Wonder Gardens, 27180 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs. Call 239-9922591 for additional information. 6:30 p.m. Cinema Days - Turtle The Incredible Journey. Spend the morning at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida Nature Center, pack a lunch, and then cool off inside with a movie and popcorn on our theater-size screen with surround sound. Located at Conservancy of Southwest Florida Nature Center, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples. Call 239-262-0304 for additional information. 7:00 p.m. Star Wars X-Wing Event at Barnes and Noble. Join us as we celebrate all things Star Wars and learn to play Star Wars X-Wing™. “May the 4th Be With You!”Located at Barnes & Noble, 5377 Tamiami Trail North, Naples. Call 239-597-2040 for additional information. 7:00 p.m. Weekend Concert Series at Gulf Coast Town Center. Located at Gulf Coast Town Center, 9903 Gulf Coast Main Street, Fort Myers. Held weekly on Saturday. 8:00 p.m. Improv Tonight at the Center for The Arts Bonita Springs. Be as involved in the show as you’d like; whether you’re just setting a scene with your suggestions, or whether you’re on stage as a player. For further information call 239-495-8989 or visit www.artcenterbonita.org. Located at Center for Performing Arts-Moe Auditorium, 10150 Bonita Beach Road SE, Bonita Springs.
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under 4 Free. Located at Naples Botanical Garden, 4820 Bayshore Drive, Naples. Call 239-643-7275 for additional information. 9:00 a.m. Mother’s Day at the Naples Zoo. Mother’s Day Online Coupon for Free Ticket for Mom with Child Ticket Purchase. Located at Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens, 1590 Goodlette-Frank Road, Naples. Call 239-262-5409 for additional information. 9:00 a.m. Mother’s Day at the Wonder Gardens. Celebrate Mother’s Day by bringing Mom to the Wonder Gardens! Mothers enjoy FREE admission when accompanied by paying family. Located at Everglades Wonder Gardens, 27180 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs. Call 239-992-2591 for additional information.
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9 MONDAY 7:00 p.m. Star Wars Night at JetBlue Park. Fans will have the chance to see Star Wars characters at the ballpark as part of the fun. In addition, all fans who purchase tickets through this special offer will receive a limited edition BB-8 Red Sox Baseball with their ticket. Located at JetBlue Park, 11581 Daniels Pkwy, Fort Myers. 7:00 p.m. Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation: Intro, Breath & Body. This 3 week series on finding a stress free, joyful life will also be held on May16 and 23. Held at Collier County Public Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples. Cost: $15-$40 sliding scale. Register online at: www.floridamindfulness.org.
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4:30 p.m. Mini Catapults at Vanderbilt Beach Library. Get your hands busy and create this easy catapult. Follow the crowd outside to see how far you can launch your squishy items and if you can reach your targets. Grades 1 through 5. Registration required. Located at Vanderbilt Beach Library, 788 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Naples. Call 239-597-8444 for additional information. 6:15 p.m. No-Sew Creations at South County Regional Library. Make your own doll or monster. They are super cute and very easy. All supplies provided. Located at South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy, Estero. Call 239-479-4636 for additional information. 6:30 p.m. Evenings at the Conservancy - Jennifer Hecker: Legislative Wrap Up. The environmental education lecture series continues in 2016 with new topics and some sell-out favorites. Presentations are held in Eaton Conservation Hall/Jeannie Meg Smith Theater. Seating is space-available. Located at Conservancy of Southwest Florida Nature Center, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples. Call 239-262-0304 for additional information.
11 WEDNESDAY 4:00 p.m. LEGO Club at Estates Branch Library. Share ideas, be creative, make new friends and have fun! LEGO® bricks will be provided. Your LEGO® creation will be put on display at the library. Ages 5-11 years. Registration is not required. Located at Estates Branch Library, 1266 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples. Call 239-455-8088 for additional information. 5:00 p.m. Open House at Montessori Academy. Offering programs for children 8 weeks to 15 years old. Located at 2659 Professional Circle, Suite 1118, Naples. Call 239-597-2255 for additional information.
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12 THURSDAY 10:00 a.m. Immokalee Sports Complex Pool Party. Come listen to music and enjoy the day with friends and family while relaxing in the pool. Located at Immokalee Sports Complex, 505 Escambia Street, Immokalee. Call 239-657-1951 for additional information. 2:00 p.m. Movie Day at South County Regional Library. During the Cold War, an American lawyer is recruited to defend an arrested Soviet spy in court, and help the CIA facilitate an exchange of the spy for a Soviet captured American U2 spy plane pilot. This movie is rated PG-13. Located at South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy, Estero. Call 239-479-4636 for additional information. 2:00 p.m. Dueling Dominoes at Naples Regional Library. Choose either Chicken Foot or Mexican Train and show off your skills. Prizes for all participants. Open to ages 12 years and older. Registration not required. Located at Naples Regional Library, 650 Central Avenue, Naples. Call 239-262-6853 for additional information. 2:00 p.m. Read and Share Book Club at Headquarters Library. Read any good books lately? Want to share them with others? Join us for Read & Share! Bring a book, tell us about it and make new friends. You can also bring books to swap with others. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Drive, Naples. Call 239-593-0870 for additional information. 3:30 p.m. Celestial Sun Catchers at Golden Gate Library. Sun, moon, planets and more. We will use glass stain to color these designs to create a luminous effect in any window. Open to ages 11-17. Registration required. Located at Golden Gate Library, 2432 Lucerne Road, Naples. Call 239-2524542 for additional information. 4:00 p.m. Lego Club at Marco Island
Library. Join this new club and share ideas, be creative, make new friends and have fun! LEGO® bricks will be provided. Ages 5-11 years. Registration is not required. Located at Marco Island Branch Library, 210 S. Heathwood Drive, Marco Island. Call 239-3943272 for additional information. 5:00 p.m. Fizzy Fruit and Perfume Soda at Vanderbilt Beach Library. Expand your food horizons. We’ll be creating two tasty colorful and aromatic food and soda combinations. Using the library’s iPads we’ll “capture” your culinary displays. Dry ice will be used. Ages 11-17 years. Registration required. . Located at Vanderbilt Beach Library, 788 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Naples. Call 239597-8444 for additional information. 5:30 p.m. Wine & Dezine Just for Fun Workshop – Anne Chaddock. Betcha didn’t think you could paint! Well you can. This is most fun you’ll ever have with a brush. Friends, fun, wine and leave with your own masterpiece in just three hours. Located at Naples Art Association, 585 Park St. Naples, Florida 34102 Park St., Naples. Call 2392626517 for additional information.
Naples. Call 239-252-7542 for additional information. 4:00 p.m. Lego Club at Estates Branch Library. Share ideas, be creative, make new friends and have fun! LEGO® bricks will be provided. Your LEGO® creation will be put on display at the library. Ages 5-11 years. Registration is not required. Located at Estates Branch Library, 1266 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples. Call 239-455-8088 for additional information. 5:00 p.m. Parent Night Out Fiesta. Join us for a fiesta time! Just $25 PER FAMILY (pizza included). There’s crafts, dancing, games, and fun! To register please call the church office at 239-354-9160 or email us at office@ cornerstonenaples.orgLocated at Cornerstone UMC, 8200 Immokalee RD., Naples. 7:00 p.m. Fiddler on the Roof. Presented by CFABS Youth Players. Friday and Saturday. Located at Center for Performing Arts-Moe Auditorium, 10150 Bonita Beach Road SE, Bonita Springs. Call 239-495-8989 for additional information.
9:00 a.m. Collier County Sheriff’s 5K Fun Run and Safety Fair. Bring the family for a free Safety Fair and enjoy some free hot dogs, lemonade, snow cones and popcorn. Visit with SWAT, Bomb Squad, K-9, Crime Prevention, Mounted Patrol, Aviation and climb the rock wall. The 5K run/walk starts immediately following the 8:30am opening ceremony. Contact the Golden Gate Substation with any questions at (239) 455-3121. 10:00 a.m. Twinkle Outreach. Any local families in need are welcome to come by and receive free children’s clothing or baby equipment. Families simply show up and apply for the items they may need, and will be able to select and receive things that day based on their nee... Located at Twinkle Twinkle Little Store LLC, 4172 Tamiami Trail North, Naples. Any questions about the giveaway
9:00 a.m. International Migratory Bird Day BOGO. In celebration of International Migratory Bird Day, the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center offers “buy one, get one free admission.” Higher price prevails. Cannot be combined with other offers. Must pay at door. Located at Rookery Bay, 300 Tower Road, Naples. Call 417-6310 for additional information. 11:00 a.m. Color Me Amazing at South Regional Library. Join us for a fun and relaxing hour of coloring intricate designs and patterns and listening to soothing music. You will be surprised how relaxing coloring is. The library will provide all coloring books and supplies. For adults. Located at South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Parkway,
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may be emailed to TwinkleTwinkleLittleStore@yahoo.com. 11:00 a.m. Ding Darling presents Raptors and Owls at South County Regional Library. Join the J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge staff and discover which birds of prey live in our area and their adaptations for survival. This program is family friendly and will be followed by an owl craft. Located at South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy, Estero. Call 239-479-4636 for additional information. 11:00 a.m. Naples Final Great Dock Canoe Race. This year will be the final Great Dock Canoe Race in Naples. The race started in 1977 as an end-of-season celebration. It’s been a great 40 years! www. greatdockcanoerace.com/Located at Crayton Cove, Naples. 2:00 p.m. Teen Book to Movie Club at South Regional Library. Teens are invited to join us at our new Movie Club featuring primarily book- to-movie adaptations! Bring your friends, chow down, and let us know if the movie lived up to the book. Located at South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy, Estero. 4:00 p.m. Lego Club at Estates Branch Library. Share ideas, be creative, make new friends and have fun! LEGO® bricks will be provided. Your LEGO® creation will be put on display at the library. Ages 5-11 years. Registration is not required. Located at Estates Branch Library, 1266 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples. Call 239-455-8088 for additional information. 6:00 p.m. The Giver Challenge. Friendly trivia-style games in the spirit of the character and charity theme of The Giver Program and Presentation of the Character in Collier Awards. To Benefit Charity for Change. Silent Auction, Dinner, Games, Dancing. For tickets and information go to www.charityforchange.com. Located at Hilton Naples Hotel, 5111 Tamiami Trail North, Naples. 7:00 p.m. Spring Slumber Party at Rookery Bay. During this special program, your child (ages 11 - 14) will learn more about the changing seasons: critter seasons, to be exact! Several animals return to the reserve during this special time of year to continue the success of their kind. Located at Rookery Bay, 300 Tower Road, Naples. Call 239-417-6310 for additional information.
15 SUNDAY 12:00 p.m. Community Day at Artis-Naples. Come explore the entire Artis—Naples campus, with art and activities for all ages! Free activities include live music, an instrument petting zoo for kids and access to all museum exhibitions and galleries. Located at Artis-Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Boulevard, Naples. Call 239-597-1111 for additional information. 1:00 p.m. Celebrate Israel at Mercato. Join us for a multi-cultural event celebrating Israel on the 68th anniversary of its independence. Enjoy Israeli dancing, music by Simcha, games, speakers, crafts, art, food by Stage Deli, and a Mount Masada climbing wall. Located at Mercato, 9128 Strada Place, Naples. Call 239-594-9400 for additional information. 1:30 p.m. Kids Run the Bases at JetBlue Park. For more info go to www. boston.redsox.mlb.com/schedule. Located at JetBlue Park, 11581 Daniels Pkwy, Fort Myers. 4:00 p.m. Cirque Du Cinema. Join us for an exciting show of amazement and wonder!!! Proceeds benefit Friends of Foster Children Forever. Bringing hope and healing to foster children in our community. Sponsored by: Naples Progressive Gymnastics, Southern Aerial Arts & B... Located at Naples Progressive Gymnastics, 4795 Mercantile Ave #3, Naples. Call 239-455-3700 for additional information. NEAPOLITANfamily • May 2016
FAMILY NEWS 6:30 p.m. Fish Biology 101 at Headquarters Library. Tish from 4-H will be here with some marine creatures that you can help dissect. You’ll learn the differences in the aquatic structure of fish compared to humans. Lots of hands-on activities. Grades 2 through 4. Registration required. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Drive, Naples. Call 239-593-0870 for additional information.
8:00 p.m. Outdoor Movie: The Good Dinosaur. Join Arlo the friendly dinosaur and Spot the caveboy on their journey back home to find their families. Located at Mercato, 9128 Strada Place, Naples. Call 239-594-9400 for additional information.
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4:00 p.m. LEGO Club at South Regional Library. Join this new club and share ideas, be creative, make new friends and have fun! LEGO® bricks will be provided. Your LEGO® creations will be put on display at the library. Ages 5-11 years. Registration is not required. Located at South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Parkway, Naples. Call 239-252-7542 for additional information. 5:00 p.m. The Tyrant’s Daughter Book Talk at Vanderbilt Beach Library. Teen talks are a thing. Spend an hour with others who like to read/listen to capital A+ books, participate in clever activities and snack. Grades 6 through 12. Registration required. Located at Vanderbilt Beach Library, 788 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Naples. Call 239-5978444 for additional information.
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19 THURSDAY 7:00 p.m. PFLAG Support Group Meeting. The Naples chapter of PFLAG (Parents Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) meets on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 7 pm. Call 513-4568 for location. 8:00 p.m. Patriotic Pops Concert. Join the Naples Philharmonic and the Naples Philharmonic Chorus for their annual star-spangled Pops concert and tribute to the troops. Located at Artis-Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Boulevard, Naples. Call 239-597-1111 for additional information.
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pre-register. Registration is limited. Located at 4701 Golden Gate Pkwy, Naples. Call 239-252-4180 for additional information. 6:00 p.m. Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE. Ticket prices are determined by seating, ranging from $29.03 - $52.88: http://bbmannpah.com/performance.php?id=799. Located at 13350 Edison Parkway, Fort Myers. Call 239-481-4849 for additional information. 6:00 p.m. Family Bingo and Pizza Night. Square Bingo cards! Pizza in the round! Soda in cups! The family that spells together yells (Bingo!) together. Join us for a night of family fun. Prizes and treats galore. RSVP NOW See more at: www.artinlee.org/event-calendar/ category/events. Located at Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers. Call 239-939-2787 for information. 6:30 p.m. Sleeping Beauty. Children For The Arts After-School Theatre Troupe will present Sleeping Beauty on Friday, May 20 at 6:30pm and Saturday, May 21 at 1:00pm at Pine Ridge Middle School. Production stars children ages 6-15. General admission at the door is $5/child. Located at Pine Ridge Middle School, 1515 Pine Ridge Road, Naples. Call 239-571-3305 for information.
21 SATURDAY 10:00 a.m. Democratic Women’s Club
of Collier County. Join us to discuss issues important to all progressive Democrats through the eyes of the Democratic Women of Collier County and their supporters. Located at Walden Oaks, 6710 Lone Oak Blvd., Naples. Call 239-434-7754 for additional information. 10:00 a.m. Free Kids Cruise. Free kids cruise on the 10am sightseeing cruise with purchase on an adult ticket. Watch for local wildlife and learn about area history aboard the Edison Explorer. Call 239.919.2965 for reservations in Fort Myers. Located at The Marina at Edison Ford, 2360 West First Street, Fort Myers. 11:00 a.m. Memorial Day at Everglades Wonder Gardens. We honor Veterans for their service by offering them free admission. Located at 27180 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs. Call 239-992-2591 for additional information. 1:00 p.m. Sleeping Beauty. Children For The Arts After-School Theatre Troupe will present Sleeping Beauty on Friday, May 20 at 6:30pm and Saturday, May 21 at 1:00pm at Pine Ridge Middle School. Production stars children ages 6-15. General admission at the door is $5/child. Located at Pine Ridge Middle School, 1515 Pine Ridge Road, Naples. Call 239-571-3305 for information.
23 MONDAY 9:30 a.m. Music Together at South County Regional Library. A highly interactive musical experience designed for young children and their caregivers, presented by Family Music Time. Please register all children who will be attending. Located at South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy, Estero. Call 239-479-4636 for additional information. 5:00 p.m. Sensory Night at C’MON. C’mon provides Sensory Nights for children on the autism spectrum or with other sensory disabilities who would be unable to visit the museum during regular hours. Located at Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples, Livingston Road 15080 Livingston Road, Naples. Call 239-514-0084 for information.
24 TUESDAY 6:15 p.m. Teen Coloring at South County Regional Library. Come socialize, relax and color. Coloring pages will be provided or you can bring your own color book. Pencils, sharpeners and light snacks will also be provided. Located at South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy, Estero. Call 239479-4636 for additional information. 7:30 p.m. Ocean Trivia Night at Rookery
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Bay. Dr. Prager will do a book signing in celebration of the release of her new book Stingray City, the third in her fiction adventure series for middle graders, Tristan Hunt and the Sea Guardians. Located at Rookery Bay, 300 Tower Road, Naples. Call 239-417-6310 for information.
25 WEDNESDAY 6:00 p.m. Free Admission to The Baker Museum. Enjoy free admission to The Baker Museum the last Wednesday of each month from 6 to 9pm. A local band offers musical entertainment and audiences of all ages are welcome to view the galleries and learn from our docents. Located at Artis-Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples. Call 239-597-1900 for additional information.
26 THURSDAY 12:00 a.m. Dog Daze of Summer with the Fort Myers Miracle. Bring your pooch to the park on the Dog Daze of Summer! Dogs get in for free and there are dog vendors on the concourse with treats, puppy promotional items and much more! Located at Hammond Stadium, 14400 Six Mile Cypress Parkway, Fort Myers. 2:00 p.m. Movie Day at South County Regional Library. A 70-yearold widower has discovered that retirement isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Seizing an opportunity to get back in the game, he becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site. Rated PG-13. Located at South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy, Estero. Call 239-479-4636 for additional information. 5:00 p.m. Walk at the Promenade. Located at Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26795-27911 South Bay Drive, Bonita Springs. Call (239) 4958989 for additional information.
27 FRIDAY Call for time. Watermelon Festival at Fleamasters Fleamarket. Specifics times will be confirmed at a later date. Free to attend. Entry fees for contests are at: www.fleamall.com/_pages/melon.html. Held at Fleamasters Fleamarket, 4135 Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Fort Myers. Call 239-334-7001 for additional information. Also held May 28-29. 11:00 a.m. Color Me Amazing at South Regional Library. Join us for a fun and relaxing hour of coloring intricate designs and patterns and listening to soothing music. You will be surprised how relaxing coloring is. The library will provide all coloring books and supplies. For adults. Located at 8065 Lely Cultural Parkway, Naples.
28 SATURDAY 8:00 a.m. Community Yard Sale at Max Hasse Community Park. Find yard sale bargains with the convenience of having all the sales in one location. If you are interested in reserving a spot to sell used items please call the respective park location to reserve a spot. Located at Max A. Hasse Jr. Community Park, 3390 Golden Gate Pkwy, Naples. Call 239-348-7500 for additional information.
29 SUNDAY 11:00 a.m. Thomas the Tank Engine Expo. Children’s activities, carnival games and vendor exhibits. Located at Germain Arena, 11000 Everblades Pkwy, Estero. Call 239-335-0457 for additional information. NEAPOLITANfamily • May 2016
By Stacy Nicolau
Local Mom is the Picture of Innovation Naples mother Katie Field is a driving force behind a photo application that organizes photos in a private virtual space that can be accessed by invited friends and family.
urrently, there are over 5,000 photos of my children marooned on my iPhone and tens of thousands floating around somewhere on a digital cloud. Almost none have been printed except for a precious few that made it into my first child’s baby book. Like most parents on Facebook, I am eager to share the best of my kids’ childhood moments with those who care to witness them. But not every one of my “friends” wants to see all of these pictures, and after they are posted they seem to disappear into a digital wasteland. In this era of over sharing, Naples mom Katie Field began to imagine an application that could help her manage and share all of her favorite photos of her children without annoying her Facebook friends. For her twins, she explained, she documented everything in a baby book. But when her third child was born, she regrets that she only accomplished writing his name in the baby book. With three sons under the age of 5, this busy mom wanted an easy tool to help her document her family life. Together with her husband Farouk AlShorafa, a computer systems engineer and Florian Vlad, a founder of media publishing site Twinzapp.com, they developed BUN, a photo application that piggybacks onto Facebook to organize photos in a private
virtual space that can be accessed by invited friends and family. The tool, which appears under Facebook albums in a profile, uses the digital time stamp to organize her uploads into albums for each of children. Special events also can be designated. Only invited friends and family can view the pictures on their timelines as they are posted, or look through earlier albums through the app. As her children get older, they can look through their virtual albums and know exactly how old they were in each photo. Unlike regular Facebook posts, the photos cannot be shared by any-
one other than the owner. “I wanted something for each child to tell their story,” Field explains. “This will be their keepsake tailored just for them.” Moms of older children with digital regrets (like me) can take advantage of this tool as well. By uploading photos from their phones and computers, the app will sort the photos and organize them into a timeline for each child. Field and her co-founders also hope that organizations such as sports teams, scouting troops and preschool teachers will benefit from BUN after the app’s next update. Currently, her children’s preschool teachers will text photos of the children to the parents or post them on the school’s Facebook page. BUN would allow small groups to share photos privately among group members. After presenting their idea at the Southwest Florida Venture Pitch event in Naples, BUN received the audience award for “Best Pitch” and generated enough interest for the developers to move forward with designing the app. Launched in the Apple App Store last February, BUN is a free download that currently is available only to Apple iOS users. Future updates will include android availability and a tiered storage plan. Users must have a Facebook account to use the app. For more information go to www. BUNphotos.com.
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Summer Cooking Class for Kids Spend your summer with WT Cafe and learn cooking fundamentals Recommended ages for 6-12, limited seating
Week #1–June 6th–10th. Making of a Meal–Students will make and bring home a full dinner from apps to dessert. Week #2–June 13th–17th. Creative Cooking–Students will use art in cooking making appetizers and desserts. Using special utensils to make food fun and creative. Week #3–June 20th–24th. Breakfast in Bed–Students will learn fun and easy recipes to make for their parents for a special breakfast. Egg bakes, French toast, and more! Week #4–June 27th–July 1st. Lunch Time! Students will learn techniques for making a healthy lunch! Homemade fruit roll ups, homemade pretzels, foods kids love, fresh and healthy! Week #5 Closed Fourth of July Week Week #6–July 11th–15th. Making of a Meal Week #7–July 18th–22th. Creative Cooking Week #8–July 25th–July 29th. Breakfast in Bed Week #9–August 1st–5th. Lunch time! Email: email@example.com for enrollment forms
All classes are from 9:00 to 12:30, includes lunch and all supplies, $225 per session. NEAPOLITANfamily • May 2016
By Anna Futrell
Show Teachers Some Love!
Teacher Appreciation Week is May 2-6
eacher Appreciation Weeks is May 2nd – 6th this year, and we would like to introduce three Collier County Public School Teachers who have dedicated their careers to serving our community and helping students grow. There are vast numbers of teachers in Collier County who love helping students learn and grow – teachers who pursue the profession with dedication, hard work, and love. As we honor them the first week of May, we say thank you and we encourage them in their passion for their students. Jenna Shaffer, Poinciana Elementary School Tell us about your background and education. I graduated from the University of North Florida with a BA in Special Education. I fell in love with this area of education when I started babysitting for a family who had a child with severe autism. I enjoyed working one on one with him and being a part of his communication and behavior progress. What do you love about your job? Teaching children with special needs is a job that most people think, “Wow! That must be such a difficult job. I don’t know how you do it.” I think the opposite. I don’t know how I could do any other job! I am so Jenna Shaffer and family
grateful and blessed to have this position. There is nothing more rewarding than hearing a five year old child speak his first word or a student with autism make eye contact with me for the first time. What frustrates you about teaching? I get frustrated with the expectation from the district and/or state that we are considered an effective or highly effective teacher only if our students score a certain way on tests. This is especially frustrating when working with a population of students who have disabilities. Sometimes it can take years before they become successful in a particular area, and most of the time those areas we try and focus on are social emotion/behavior skills rather than measurable academic goals.
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What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? What’s that? Right now my life revolves around my two girls and teaching! I also love to read and decorate my home. Austin Gomez, Gulf Coast High School Tell us about your education and teaching experience. I have a BA in Music from Florida State University and a Masters in Music Education (also from FSU). I have been teaching for 16 years, and I have taught elementary, middle and high school music. I began my teaching career in Tennessee and also taught in Tallahassee. I am currently in my fifth year at Gulf Coast High. What do you enjoy about teaching? I love watching students grow in maturity, intellect and musicianship. My position as a band director is unique in that I have students in band all four years, every day.
I get to know them really well and make great memories with them. They become like family; our band program is tight-knit. What frustrates you? It is always difficult to accomplish your goals when financing is always such a big issue. Each year, it gets more and more expensive to meet the band’s needs. We are very fortunate here in Collier County to have great support for the arts, but fundraising is and always will be a challenge. At the end of the day, we put the needs of the students first.
What do you do in your spare time? I love to spend time with my family; our favorite hobbies are cycling, swimming, going to the beach, going to the park, playing golf, tennis, roller hockey, ice skating, going to restaurants and watching movies. Debbie Graham, East Naples Middle School Tell us about your background and education. I graduated from the University of South Florida with a BS in Elementary Education. Later, I received my Masters in Educational Leadership from FGCU. Over the past 25 NEAPOLITANfamily • May 2016
years, I have taught in five Collier County Public Schools: Sea Gate Elementary, Laurel Oak Elementary, Avalon Elementary, Lely Elementary, and I presently teach Critical Thinking and STEAM at East Naples Middle School. I enjoy switching schools because it gives me different perspectives; it challenges me, and I get to meet wonderful teachers who inspire me with new ideas. What do love most about teaching? The students! Teaching energizes me; I love to consider new ideas, and I love to see the world from my students’ points of view. I love figuring out how to connect with the students so that whatever I am teaching has meaning and purpose for them. I am constantly amazed by the abilities, passions and creativity of my students. All students are unique, and each one brings unique values, experiences, likes and dislikes, and it is up to me to sort it out and connect with them. Collier County has some absolutely incredible, dedicated teachers, and I love connecting with other educators. I know so many teachers that go above and beyond every single day. What frustrates you about teaching? I get frustrated by paperwork, equipment not working, not having the resources I need when I need them, and I get frustrated by time. It takes so much time to plan and prepare properly – this is both good and bad! What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? I like to play with my granddaughter. She is absolutely precious! I like to travel, read, and visit with friends over coffee. I am active at my church, and I serve on the board of Grace Center Foundation (located in Ethiopia). Ideas for Teacher Appreciation Week Want to show your child’s teachers how much you are thankful for their hard work and dedication? Show them you care with a thoughtful gift in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week. Sometimes the best gift is the simple one. Skip the apple knick nack or candle and opt for a gift card that will surely be appreciated! Coffee and Tea Gift Cards. Most every teacher enjoys stopping for coffee or tea on the way to work. Purchasing a gift card for Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts for your child’s teacher is a very thoughtful way to say thank you for all of their hard work on your child’s behalf. Gift Cards to Major Stores (i.e. Walmart, Target, Barnes & Noble, Amazon). Many people view gift cards as impersonal, although for teachers, a gift card is the ultimate personal gift. They are able to purchase items for themselves (or their classrooms) that they would otherwise not be able to purchase. Gift cards – for teachers – are very memorable, welcome gifts. Spa Treatment Gift Card. Most teachers would love to spend a day relaxing. Buying your child’s teacher a
manicure, pedicure or other spa treatment is a great way to show you care! If you really want a gift to wrap, consider one of these suggestions: Photo Albums and Picture Frames. Many teachers love to take pictures of their families, their students, and various creative projects. Purchase a picture frame or photo album, and have your child write a thoughtful letter or create a piece of art for his or her teacher, and place it inside the frame or album. Containers, Baskets and Tote Bags. Most teachers love organization systems. Purchase a basket or tote bag and fill with fun items that fit around a theme. For example, you may want to purchase a tote bag and fill it with a beach towel, sunscreen, snacks for the beach, and a water bottle.
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By Cindy Hudson
Books to Give High School Graduates
do in life is geared especially to teens on the cusp of making decisions about life and career. Step-by-step exercises help them identify their strengths and interests. The Quick and Easy College Cookbook: 300 Healthy Low-Cost Meals that Fit Your Budget and Schedule by Adams Media Especially designed for firsttime cooks with limited cooking facilities, this cookbook is good for any high school grad moving away from home and cooking on his own for the first time. Recipes highlight low-cost ingredients with high nutritional value. The Naked Roommate: And 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into in College, 6th Edition by Harlan Cohen Full of easy-to-digest bits of information that help prepare college-bound students for life away from home, living around people who are not their family. Tips are useful, especially when dealing with topics that may be too embarrassing for teens to bring up on their own.
igh school graduation. A time for moving tassels from right to left and throwing caps into the air. It may also be a time of stress as you look for a gift you know will hit the mark. Buying gift cards to major retailers is easy, but it’s also somewhat impersonal. If you want to wrap up something a bit more thoughtful, pair the gift card with a book. Leaving home for the unknown can be nerve wracking for high school grads, and books especially for them can inspire, give practical information, and help them figure out how to make the transition from high school to the next stage in their lives. Here’s a list of six titles sure to help grads in the weeks and years ahead.
Seuss-isms! A Guide to Life for Those Just Starting Out...and Those Already on Their Way by Dr. Seuss A small book that carries big messages from several of the good doctor’s books. Consider these words of wisdom: “UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” Seuss art illustrates the quotes. What Color is Your Parachute? for Teens, Third Edition: Discover Yourself, Design Your Future, and Plan for Your Dream Job by Carol Christen and Richard N. Bolles This iconic guide for figuring out what you want to
77 Things You Absolutely Have to Do Before You Finish College by Halley Bondy and James Lloyd These tips range from practical to fun, and they can inspire students to seek new experiences and activities easily available to them on campus or nearby. Adulting: How to Become a Grownup in 468 Easy(ish) Steps by Kelly Williams Brown These ideas for young adults leaving home offer advice in many areas of life, including managing money, navigating friendships and romances, thriving in jobs, and so much more. The tone is conversational, and the steps seem like something a wise, trusted friend would tell you about how to live life. CINDY HUDSON writes about books, reading, and family literacy at MotherDaughterBookClub.com. NEAPOLITANfamily • May 2016
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HEALTH AND SAFETY
By Leigh Ann Newman
Every time I’m in the toy section at Target, I walk down the aisle of goggles, swim toys, and floaties. And every time I see a parent reach for inflatable arm bands or a something, I want to shout “NO!” and lunge at her and snatch the item out of her hands.
o most people, this might seem like an extreme reaction, but not to me. I’m a survival swimming instructor here in Naples, and I hate floaties. I may even have to have an “I Hate Floaties” tshirt made. I teach babies and toddlers how to stay safe in the water, and floaties make my job so much harder. So why in the world do I hate floaties? Aren’t they fun for kids, don’t they keep them safe in the water? My answer: kids also think that it’s fun to run out into traffic, and no, they do not keep kids safe. By floaties, I’m referring to inflatable arm bands, bathing suits with floats sewn into them, and puddle jumpers. My definition does not include toys like pool noodles, kick boards, or floats. The problem with floaties is that they give both children and parents a false sense of security. Parents think they can relax and let a child play by himself in the water, forgetting that a kid
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(even those younger than two years old) can remove any floatie if he really wants to. But more importantly, floaties give children a sense that they can stay afloat in the water at all times. A child who spends most of her time in the pool wearing a floatie believes that she is swimming unassisted, and so will also think that she can stay above the water without a floatie. I want children to respect the water: not to fear it, but to understand that they have limitations. Children who wear floaties all of the time don’t have that understanding. The wrong position The most efficient position for swimming is horizontal. Floaties keep kids vertical. Treading water, or trying to swim with your head above the water takes so much more effort and energy than swimming in the proper horizontal position or floating on your back. When I start a new student,
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I can always tell who wears floaties because they start out swimming vertically, and it can take me a long time to correct that. I currently have an 18-month-old student who can swim 10 yards underwater by herself, because her feet are at or near the surface at all times. She has never worn a floatie. Another student, 2.5 years old, can barely cover one yard because his feet drop every time he starts to swim. He is exhausted after those few feet because it’s such a struggle to push his body through the water. He is a floatie addict and cries for his floatie at every lesson. I keep telling him that in a few weeks, he won’t need his floatie because he will be swimming and floating all over the pool by himself. I know many survival instructors who believe floaties should never be used, under any circumstances. I, however, understand that in some situations, floaties can serve a purpose. If you have more than one child, or know that your attention may be taken from the water (at a party, for example), a life jacket or a puddle jumper (please, never, ever use inflatable arm bands) can help, but should never substitute for direct supervision. You also can incorporate floaties into a family play session in the pool. Many of my
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swim families use this rule: children have to swim for 20 minutes without a floatie. Many kids end up not resorting to a floatie after the 20 minutes, and those that do have had enough time in the water unassisted to understand their limitations. The best options Life jackets and puddle jumpers have the added benefit of being U.S. Coast Guard approved for use on boats, and life jackets are the hardest of all floaties for a child to remove by himself. Inflatable arm bands can easily be taken off, and also often deflate. Swim suits with floats that you can remove put children out of balance and make swimming difficult. So think twice before you use a floatie, and use them wisely and sparingly. But above all, have fun with your children in the water this summer. LEIGH ANN NEWMAN is certified by PediaSwim as survival swimming instructor and is a member of the Infant Aquatics Network. She teaches children ages 6 months to 6 years in Naples and Bonita Springs. Visit www.abcswimschoolnaples.com or call (239) 272-0529 for more information.
LIFE JACKET LOANER STATIONS Collier County has 12 “Kids Don’t Float, Life Jackets Do!” Life Jackets Loaner Stations in Collier County. Life jackets are available to borrow, free of charge at the following locations: Barefoot Beach Clam Pass Delnor Wiggins Pass State Park (two locations) Gulf Shore Blvd Beach Lowdermilk Park Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club Naples Pier South Marco Island Sugden Park Tigertail Beach Vanderbilt Beach
For additional information on water safety (as well as other health and wellness topics related to children) check: www.safehealthychildren.org.
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