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12 Unique Ways to Celebrate Mother’s Day Teaching Teen Drivers VBS Directory Is Your Baby Eco-Friendly?

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YMCA SUMMER CAMP PRICING There is no place like the YMCA Summer Camp – A home away from home where kids laugh, learn, explore and grow in the outdoors, while creating memories and friendships that last a lifetime. Kids discover not just the wonders of day camp but the joy of exploring their unique traits, talents and interests and the power of sharing their strengths and skills to benefit the group. That’s why more than 700 kids in Collier County attended the Y’s summer camp last year; to belong, achieve and build relationships. In addition to weekly themes, campers will enjoy: • Weekly Field Trips • Themed Activities • Large Group Games • Small Group Activities • Team Building Activities • Snack and Lunch • Swimming • Sports • Fun Ceremonies • Arts and Crafts • Environmental Education • Performing Arts • Sports Camps* • Swim Team*

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Learn more about Local Mental Health Heroes during our Mental Health Awareness Month Health Fair & Grand Opening Celebration • • • • •

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Free, Family Fun Event Open to the Public Girl Scouts Earn a Mental Health Patch

Friday, May 12, 2017 3:30 - 6PM David Lawrence Center 6075 Bathey Lane, Naples • • • • •

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FAMILY FUN ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS AND ADULTS Health and Wellness Demonstrations Brief Educational Presentations Community Resource Tables Food Vendors Art Therapy Craft Station Super Hero Photo Booth Rock Climbing Wall Fire Truck Demonstration Meet a Therapy Dog & Therapy Horse Contests & Games Children’s Art Therapy Showcase

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May 2017 TABLE OF CONTENTS

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FROM THE PUBLISHER

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REEL LIFE WITH JANE Movie reviews for the entire family

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CITY CONNECTION City of Naples Parks News and Events

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COLLIER COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT UPDATE

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COLLIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Community safety

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Celebrate Mother’s Day. Choose from 12 unique local events.

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Help Nonprofits Help New Parents. Learn how two local nonprofits are aiding new parents in crisis. by Anna Snyder

THE OUTNUMBERED MOTHER Advice from Amy Hunter

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Special Apps. Brothers are changing the world, one app at a time. by Leigh Tahirovic

FAMILY LAW Guidance from legal experts

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Destination: Summer Festivals. Join communities around the country this summer as they extol everything from cherries to bats to UFOs. by Karen T. Bartlett

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Rules of the Road. Take some of the stress out of helping your teen get on the road. by Diane Turner Maller

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Eco-friendly Babies. Reduce, reuse, recycle baby gear. by Anna Snyder

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Momfidence! Advice for new moms on how to find your confidence. by Christina Katz

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Vacation Bible School Directory. Our annual round-up of free and low-cost religious education programs for the summer.

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Water Safety. Top 10 tips from a survival swimming instructor. by Leigh Ann Newman

on the cover… Troy Fuller is the 2-year-old son of Isaac and Abby Fuller of Naples. Isaac teaches physical education at Laurel Oak Elementary, while Abby is assistant principal at Vineyards Elementary. Troy loves Paw Patrol, his big sister Noelle (who appeared on our cover in 2015) and cutting the grass with Daddy. Cover photo by Peggy Farren of Avant Garde Photography • 239-263-7001

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

Mondays and Wednesdays, or Tuesdays and Thursdays 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Ages 2-4 years by Jan. 1

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Mondays: Aug. 21. - Sept. 25, $92 Tuesdays: Aug. 22 - Sept. 26, $110 Wednesdays: Aug. 23 - Sept. 27, $92 Thursdays: Aug. 24 - Sept. 28, $92 Monday/Wednesday option: $184 Tuesday/Thursday option: $202

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SUMMERDANCE 2017 This summer we will offer weekly thematic five day dance camps for children Ages 3-8. Our structured, fun-filled camps will include multiple styles of dance, arts & crafts and other fun dance activities that will keep your dancer focused and leave them with happy memories and a wonderful summer experience. Crafts and a camp T-shirt are included. Each week will conclude with an In-Studio demonstration, so plan to bring your cameras!

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Hours: 7AM-6PM Begins: June 5th 2017 Free Enrollment! Call 239-261-7442 Weekly field trips including Sun & Fun Lagoon, Seagate Park, the Movie Theater, the Children’s Museum, The Imaginarium, and more! Small group sizes for one on one instruction and activities. Summer review and curriculum to keep minds active, exploring, and learning while having fun. Join us this summer for adventure, excitement, and making memories that last. Certified teachers, private facility with cameras, gated entry, and snacks included.

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from the publisher… the parenting magazine devoted to collier county

P.O. Box 110656 Naples, FL 34108 info@neafamily.com Co-Publisher Stacy Nicolau advertising, marketing, social media, editorial snicolau@neafamily.com 239-370-5333 Co-Publisher Leigh Ann Newman graphic design, accounting, editorial lanewman@neafamily.com 239-272-0529 Travel Editor Karen T. Bartlett mostlykidsguides@gmail.com 239-595-9026 Feature Writers Anna Snyder Leigh Tahirovic Cover Photographer Peggy Farren Editorial submissions are welcome. We reserve the right to edit, reject, or comment editorially on all material contributed. We cannot be responsible for return of any unsolicited materials. Articles and advertisements in Neapolitan Family do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the publisher nor does the publisher assume responsibility for statements made by our advertisers or editorial contributors. Acceptance of advertising by Neapolitan Family does not constitute an endorsement of the products, services, or information. We do not knowingly present any product or service which is fraudulent or misleading in nature. Neapolitan Family is available free of charge at more than 200 distribution points throughout Collier County as well as digitally at neafamily.com. Neapolitan Family is ©2017 by Neapolitan Family Publishing. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or part without written permission is strictly prohibited. NEAPOLITANfamily • May 2017

THIS MONTH: Mother’s Day

We were so prepared in August, weren’t we? We got the kids ready for a new school year with brand new shoes and uniforms, healthy (maybe even organic!) food for their lunch boxes, thick stacks of notebook paper, sharpened pencils with intact erasers, and a haircut. Now it’s May, and we are barely getting it done. Cheese sticks and a juice box seem like a legitimate lunch and the uniforms and shoes have holes in them. Everyone could use a haircut and summer is approaching fast. With end of year awards ceremonies, recitals, and sports championships, who has time to plan summer? Summer won’t plan itself, but it will arrive and we are here to help. Last month, we published both our Summer Camp Directory and the CCPS Spring/Summer Activities Guide full of camps and community resources so you can have all the information you need in one spot. We then transferred all of that amazing information to our website so that you can continue to access it and click on links for the next few months. We loved meeting so many of you at Kidapalooza at C’MON and the Mercato Summer Camp Fair and enjoyed hearing how your plans are going, offered advice on the camps that might fit your needs, and got some amazing feedback from you as well. Be sure to stop by our booth to say hi at the David Lawrence Center Mental Health Awareness Health Fair on May 12, where we will have plenty of Summer Camp Directories and CCPS Guides in case you need a new copy, as well as our May issue where there is even more summer information and our annual Vacation Bible School Directory. It’s important during this busy month to also take time out to appreciate moms. We have a guide to the best events for celebrating Mother’s Day on page 16 and Anna Snyder has written two articles about helping new moms in the community and tips for saving money on eco-friendly baby products and cleaning supplies. Happy Mother’s Day!

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REEL LIFE WITH JANE

By Jane Louise Boursaw

Family Movie & DVD Reviews New movies for kids and teens in May include new installments of Guardians of the Galaxy, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and Pirates of the Caribbean. Here’s a sneak peek at all the new movies for kids and teens this month. Note that release dates are subject to change.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, VOL. 2

DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: THE LONG HAUL

Not yet rated, likely PG-13 In Theaters 5/5 • Ok for kids 12+ Disney, Marvel Reel Preview: 4.5 of 5 Reels

Not yet rated, likely PG In Theaters 5/19 • Ok for kids 8+ 20th Century Fox Reel Preview: 3.5 of 5 Reels

Set to the backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.

Based on the popular book series by Jeff Kinney, this installment of the “Wimpy Kid” franchise finds Greg (Jason Drucker) convincing his family to take a road trip to attend his great grandmother’s 90th birthday. But what he really wants is to attend a nearby gamer convention, and of course, the trip goes hilariously off course and shenanigans ensue. Directed by David Bowers, this movie also stars Alicia Silverstone, Tom Everett Scott, Charlie Wright, and Owen Asztalos as Rowley.

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PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES Not yet rated, likely PG-13 In Theaters 5/26 • Ok for kids 12+ Disney Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels Johnny Depp returns to the big screen as the iconic, swashbuckling anti-hero Jack Sparrow in the all-new “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” directed by Espen Sandberg and Joachim Ronning. The rip-roaring adventure finds down-on-hisluck Captain Jack feeling the winds of ill-fortune blowing strongly his way when deadly ghost sailors, led by the terrifying Captain Salazer (Javier Bardem), escape from the Devil’s Triangle bent on killing every pirate at sea – especially Jack. Jack’s only hope of survival lies in the legendary Trident of Poseidon, but to find it he must forge an uneasy alliance with Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario), a brilliant and beautiful astronomer, and Henry (Brenton Thwaites), a headstrong young sailor in the Royal Navy. At the helm of the Dying Gull, his pitifully small and shabby ship, Captain Jack seeks not only to reverse his recent spate of ill fortune, but to save his very life from the most formidable and malicious foe he has never faced. Also stars Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom, and Stephen Graham. KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD Rated PG-13 for sequences of violence and action, some suggestive content, and brief strong language In Theaters 5/12 • Ok for kids 13+ Warner Bros. Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels Acclaimed filmmaker Guy Ritchie brings his dynamic style to the epic fantasy action adventure “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.” Starring Charlie Hunnam in the title role, the film is an iconoclastic take on the classic Excalibur myth, tracing Arthur’s journey from the streets to the throne. When Arthur’s father is murdered, Vortigern (Jude Law), Arthur’s uncle, seizes the crown. Robbed of his birthright and with no idea who he truly is, Arthur comes up the hard way in the back alleys of the city. But once he pulls the sword from the stone, his life is turned upside down and he is forced to acknowledge his true legacy, whether he likes it or not.

JANE’S REEL RATING SYSTEM One Reel–Even the Force can’t save it. Two Reels–Coulda been a contender. Three Reels–Something to talk about. Four Reels–You want the truth? Great flick. Five Reels–Wow. The stuff dreams are made of. JANE BOURSAW is the film critic and editor-in-chief of Reel Life With Jane. Images used with permission of the studios and distributors.

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CITY CONNECTION PARKS DEPT. By Laura Tichy-Smith

‘May’ Your Summer Be Wonderful

Start planning your super fun summer now by enrolling your children in Naples City Parks’ exciting themed specialty camps and 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. Improv Comedy Classes/ Mini Workshops: Ages 16+ Have fun, laugh, and learn the basic rules of improvisational comedy with improv professional Margot Escott. Try a two-hour Mini Improv workshop or join ongoing weekly classes to learn new games and practice skills you can apply to everyday life. Escott has been teaching and performing improv professionally in Southwest Florida for the past five years. For over 25 years, she has presented workshops and seminars on “Therapeutic Value of Humor and Play” on a national level. Class is on Saturdays, 10 a.m. to noon, May 6-27. $25 per session. Call 239-213-3037 to register. (301 11th Street N., Naples) Baby Fitness (18 months+) Instill healthy habits for life in your toddler by attending the drop-in class called Mommy and Me Open Gym on Fridays,

10-11:30 a.m. $5 per child. For more information, call 239-213-3020. (1600 Fleischmann Blvd., Naples) After-school Solutions The Adventures and Gymnastics Club at Fleischmann Park offers great fun with many activity choices for your child at this after-school 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 to Friday 2:45-6 p.m. (also open on all early release days). $50 per week for first child, and $45 per week for siblings (inquire for partial week rates). Call to 239248-6122 to register. (1600 Fleischmann Blvd., Naples) Parents’ Night Out Hosted by Miss Cricket Want a Friday night out? Miss Cricket, the gymnastics and after-school instructor at Fleischmann Park, hosts dinner, games, and a big screen movie, which means a tired kid for you to pick up. Friday, May 19, 6-9:30 p.m.; $20. Pre-registration required. Call 239-213-3020. (1600 Fleischmann Blvd., Naples)

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COLLIER COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS

By Amanda Jackson, Communications & Community Engagement

Something’s Cooking at Pine Ridge

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omething’s cooking at Pine Ridge Middle School (PRMS). The Earl of Sandwich Competition recently wrapped up and students’ tasty creations are being served in the cafeteria daily. The goal of this innovative new competition is to cultivate students’ creativity while integrating a relationship between the classroom and the cafeteria. Family and Consumer Science teacher Sandy Brock came up with this idea early in the school year. She tasked her students with creating a unique sandwich, made with only ingredients found in the school cafeteria. “I thought it would be an important activity because a lot of students eat sandwiches, not only for lunchtime,” Brock said. “A lot of kids are on their own in the evenings with working parents, and sandwiches can be a very healthy, nutritious dinner for them.” Brock’s three eighth grade classes finalized their masterpieces and did a live demonstration for their classmates. Then, they sampled sandwiches and voted for their favorites. The winning cooks took their demos to the big screen, creating their sandwiches live on the morning announcements before they were put up for sale in the school cafeteria. Stephanie Vargas was one of these winners. Her sandwich, the “Stephwich,” is made using a large tortilla, American cheese, turkey, pepperoni, romaine lettuce, and mayonnaise.

“The first thing I do is brown the pepperoni in a skillet to build the flavors. They leave extra oils on the pan so I put the tortillas on there to give it a little extra flavor on the outside of the tortilla,” she explained. “I put the cheese on one side of the tortilla, let it melt, [then] adds the turkey.” Finally, she spreads mayo on the outside edge of the tortilla. “Since I was a little girl, I never liked the outside edge of the tortilla because it didn’t have any flavor,” Vargas said. “So when I put the mayo on, it adds a little bit more flavor to the edge. I would eat the middle of the tortilla and just leave the crust.” For Vargas, the inspiration for her sandwich was close to home. “I had these ingredients at my house, and my mom always told me you have to be creative with the ingredients you have on hand, so I just got creative,” she said. Ainsley Ivy, winner for “Ainsley’s Quesadilla” shares that sentiment. “I’m sort of a picky eater, and it’s something my mom and I make together for my family. It’s quick, simple, and good,” she explained. She created her sandwich with sautéed green pepper, pepperoni, and Canadian ham, which she placed on a tortilla on a skillet, added some cheese, threw on a second tortilla, and flipped it for perfection. The third group of winners was made up of Camryn Addison, Gisette Velesco, and Kaitlyn Nguyen, and their sandwich the “CGK.” It’s made using toasted bread, homemade honey mustard, pepper jack

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cheese, turkey pepperoni, turkey, onion, and lettuce. “The kids like seeing their peers out there creating things. It inspires them, and they think this is something they could do too,” Brock said. The excitement is most noticeable in the school cafeteria where sandwiches are flying off the shelf. “Reactions have been very positive,” PRMS food services manager Marie Ervin said. “The kids are thrilled. When the sandwich or quesadilla first comes out, they’re always rushing to get it. If I made 100 sandwiches, it probably wouldn’t be enough.” Brock hopes to see this program grow into more schools in the future.

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COLLIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE By Kristine Gill

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get wary sometimes,” said Cpl. Sylee Gibson, ow do you take your coffee? Cream who works in East Naples. “So what I’ve done and sugar? Next time, the Collier is jump in the drive thru and force people to County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) talk to me. They love it. They think it’s the wants you to enjoy yours with one of our greatest thing.” deputies. A few times a month, the CCSO partMaking a difference ners with a business in one of our various Many people who find themselves at the districts to offer Coffee with a Cop. The location of an event will stay a few more moevents typically take place early in the mornments to engage a deputy in conversation. And ing at a coffee shop or café where members so far, those exchanges, however brief, seem to of the public are invited and encouraged to be making a difference. linger a bit with their morning caffeine boost, “I have been out in public and people maybe talking with a deputy about their recognize me from these events and feel comshared community. fortable enough to come over and say hello,” “We get a nice opportunity to interact Sgt. Orr said. “This causes other people to with citizens as they are heading to work,” Cpl. Sylee Gibson mans the drive-thru come over and engage in conversation.” said Sgt. Tom Orr, the district administrative window at Dunkin’ Donuts in a recent When events are held in the afternoons sergeant in North Naples. “Coffee With a Cop” event. or on weekends, and especially in the summer, Sometimes people plan to show up and more children are able to attend, which makes for an even better other times, if you happen to be in the Dunkin’ Donuts drive turnout. That presents an additional opportunity for law enforcethru on one of those mornings, you might get your order handed ment to engage with minors to build relationships for the long haul. to you by one of Collier County’s finest. “I do find that people “It really helps kids feel more comfortable around law enforcement, rather than be afraid,” Sgt. Orr said. That’s an effort the CCSO continues to make throughout a Our 21s t child’s K-12 education by stationing Youth Relations deputies at year! each public school.

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Slurpee, ice cream, or coffee? The events typically last for two to three hours and while the goods at each business are not free, the conversation is. Events take place in various districts from North Naples to East Naples and the Estates. If you don’t see an upcoming event near you, chances are there is one in the works. And sometimes the events are geared toward sweet treats. The districts have partnered with several businesses to offer Ice Cream with a Cop. “Ice Cream with a Cop hits a broader audience,” Sgt. Orr said. “We have grandparents bringing their grandchildren, parents bring their children, teens coming with friends, and just regular working class people stopping by on a break from work.” In recent months, CCSO has expanded the effort, partnering with ice cream parlors and even convenience stores to offer Custard with a Cop or Slurpees with a Cop. It’s all about meeting the public where they are, and we’re willing to go just about anywhere as long as there’s a treat involved. “They call us,” Cpl. Gibson said of area businesses looking to take part. “They want to do this.” If you’re a business looking to partner with the CCSO for a similar event, contact Erin Dever at erin.dever@colliersheriff.org. For additional information about our upcoming events, like the CCSO Facebook page. NEAPOLITANfamily • May 2017


YOUR COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS

Mental Health Month Fair & Grand Opening on May 12

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avid Lawrence Center is hosting a day of free family fun activities as part of its Mental Health Month Fair and Grand Opening Celebration on May 12. The David Lawrence Center, Collier County’s only comprehensive, not-for-profit mental health and substance abuse treatment facility serving children, adults, and families, is opening up its main campus off of Golden Gate Parkway (6075 Bathey Lane, Naples) for a free, informative, fun afternoon from 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Mental Health Fair and Open House features fun lawn games, contests with great prizes, an art therapy craft station, children’s art therapy showcase, a superhero photo booth, rock climbing wall, fire truck demonstration, and the chance to meet former NFL players, and a therapy horse, and pet therapy dog. Food vendors will also be onsite. There will be health and wellness presentations, along with facility tours and ribbon cuttings for the David Lawrence Center’s new Children’s Outpatient Building, Genoa pharmacy, and the new Healthcare Network of SW Florida medical practice. For more information, visit DavidLawrenceCenter.org or call 239-455-8500, ext. 1568.

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Sensory Friendly Theater Classes, Performances Offered by KidzAct

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of Able Academy, to create a sensory friendly theater program for students with special needs. “We believe that every member of our community deserves access to high-quality arts education and performance, and our he Naples Players’ (TNP) KidzAct youth theater program is new classes for children with developmental delays, including partnering with local occupational therapist Mary Fellonz, autism and sensory processing challenges, is just the beginning owner of MF Therapy, and Dr. Colleen Cornwall, founder of our initiatives to continue to serve an even wider base of our community,” said Bryce Alexander, artistic director of TNP. “Combined with sensory friendly performances of ‘The Music Man’ and ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ in our new season, I am thrilled to see how excited our community is to provide high quality theater education and experience to these underserved members.” TNP Education Director Craig Price has been tapped to lead the program, and his personal experience with disability has been a driving factor in creating a welcoming environment that celebrates all members of the community in the theater. “I am excited to bring my experience reaching out to engage the most underserved children in our community,” Price said. “My own children fall into this underserved category, so this is a project I am passionate about.” This summer, Acting for Autism Spectrum Disorder/Sensory Processing Disorder is open to all ages during TNP’s four summer sessions. Actors will learn teamwork, patience, sensory awareness, and communication through emotion-oriented, confidence-building theater games. Classes will take place in a noise- and light-sensitive theater with a quiet waiting area for parents and students. The camp is led by theater professionals who have 20 years of dedicated experience creating fun, welcoming, and safe classroom environments for all students. The class is tailored to the specific needs and interests of each student. Participants will receive personal attention and are encouraged to demonstrate their ideas in their own unique way. Class culminates in a final show for family and friends which highlights the talents and skills of each student. Dates for Summer classes are: Session 1 – June 5-16; Session 2 – June 19-23 and June 26-30; Session 3 – July 3-7 and July 10-14 (no class July 4); Session 4 – July Camp begins June 5th 17-21 and July 24-28. Early pick-up available For details, call 239-434-7340, ext. Flexible camp hours 127, or visit www.naplesplayers.org.

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Apple Blossom Awards Honor Early Childhood Teachers

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arly childhood educators were recognized and celebrated at The Apple Blossom Awards Luncheon, held last month at the Vineyards Country Club. Yamila Jach from A Step Up Early Childhood Development Center, won as CCCR Teacher of the Year; Dignorah Ledo Diaz of Fun Time Academy was named Preschool Teacher of the Year; and Amanda Martinez of The Guadalupe Center received Infant/ Toddler Teacher of the Year award. A special award, the Myra Shapiro Early Childhood Leadership Award, was presented to Myra Shapiro who was recognized for her lifetime achievements and as leader of the Naples Alliance for Children (NAFC) for 20 years. Founded and previously hosted for 20 years by the NAFC (which dissolved last year), the awards and event this year was conducted by Collier Child Care Resources (CCCR), a nonprofit organization that operates four early childhood education centers and provides training for early learning professionals. “CCCR considers it a privilege to continue NAFC’s Apple Blossom Awards,” said Niccole Howard, executive director of CCCR. “These annual awards underscore the importance of each and every one of our early childhood education teachers and the far-reaching, positive influence they have in shaping young children’s minds and attitudes toward learning and getting along in the world.” For additional information, visit www.collierchildcare.org or call 239-643-3908.

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Something for Everyone This Mother’s Day

Have you run out of ideas for Mother’s Day? From a look-alike contest to a free workout to traditional tea parties, we’ve found 12 unique ways to celebrate the important women in your life. Free Mother’s Day Admission at the Conservancy 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples May 11-13 (Closed Sunday) Free admission for Mom when accompanied by another paid adult and child. Mad Hatter Mother Daughter Tea The Family Church 1450 Winterberry Dr., Marco Island May 13, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Come elegantly dressed for this one-of-akind tea party for mothers and daughters. The Mother/Daughter Mad Hatter Tea Party returns the day before Mother's Day bringing games, arts & crafts, and the grand finale of morning tea and baked treats. $20 per person. Mother/Daughter/Granddaughter Look-Alike Contest Miromar Outlets 10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero May 13 at 11 a.m. Mothers, daughters, and granddaughters compete together for prizes in this annual family event located near Bloomingdale’s the Outlet Store. Mother’s Day Brunch on Sugden Plaza Fifth Avenue South May 14, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Treat Mom to brunch dining al fresco on the timeless and chic Fifth Avenue South. All proceeds from the event benefit the multicultural ministry of Young Life in Collier County, which ministers to adolescents from middle school to college and helps them grow in their faith. Tickets are available at www.mothersdaybrunch.org. The cost is $25 per adult and $15 per child, ages 4-12. Children under 4 are free. 16

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Mother’s Day at the Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens 1590 Goodlette Frank Rd., Naples May 14 Moms enjoy free admission with paid child ticket. Download the coupon at napleszoo. org.

Mother’s Day Storytime: How to Raise a Mom Barnes & Noble 5377 Tamiami Tr. N., Naples May 13 at 11 a.m. This hilarious, heartwarming new story about raising a happy, healthy mom is filled with charming role-reversal humor, creative ideas, and lots of love. Activities to follow. Free Classes at The Sand Barre 3375 Pine Ridge Rd., Suite 202, Naples May 13 and 14 Free classes all weekend to celebrate moms. Sign up in advance to reserve your spot at the barre at www.thesandbarre.com. For questions, call 615-519-1329. Mother’s Day in the Garden Naples Botanical Garden 4820 Bayshore Dr., Naples May 14 Treat Mom or Grandma to a stroll through the tropical landscapes of the Garden this Mother’s Day. Mothers and grandmothers are free. The first 200 mothers or grandmothers to check in at the Chabraja Visitor Center will receive a special gift. Regular Garden admission for all other guests. Mother’s Day Tea Party May 8, 6 p.m., Headquarters Library May 11, 5:30 p.m., East Naples Library You are invited to our Mother’s Day Tea Party. Bring mom, grandma, auntie, and sister, and let’s celebrate our special ladies with music, art, and a treat. Dress to impress. Ages 4 years and older. Registration required.

Moms Cruise Free on the Double Sunshine Pure Florida, Tin City May 14 Passengers cruising from Pure Florida’s Naples location will sail the Gordon River aboard the M/V Double Sunshine. Cruises set sail at 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m., and 4 p.m., with sunset cruises departing at 7 p.m. Adult admission is $37.50 during the day and $40 for the sunset cruise. Children’s admission is $18.75 during the day and $20 for the sunset cruise. Drinks and snacks will be available for purchase on-board. Moms cruise free with purchase of adult or child ticket. Mother’s Day Specials at the Naples Beach Hotel 851 Gulf Shore Blvd. N., Naples May 14 The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club is hosting its elegant annual Mother’s Day Brunch in The Everglades Room overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Mother’s Day. The resort also is offering several Mother’s Day gift options, including the 3rd Night Free on Mother’s Day weekend, and a special “Just for Her” package at The Spa throughout May. Mommy and Me Mother’s Day Tea Vineyards Community Park 6231 Arbor Blvd. W., Naples May 13 Vineyards Community Park will be hosting a Mother’s Day Tea Party in its Community Center. Put on your tea party best and enjoy refreshments and Mother’s Day activities. For more information or to register, call 239-252-4105. NEAPOLITANfamily • May 2017


ASK THE OUTNUMBERED MOTHER

By Amy Hunter

Advice on tolerating others

Amy Hunter grew up in the suburbs of Long Island singing Barbara Streisand hits into her hairbrush. When she’s not writing her hilarity-fueled parenting memoir as The Outnumbered Mother, she’s a Naples-living, butt-wiping, soccer-team carting, gourmet-chef attempting, tennis-skirt wearing, non-tennis playing, self-proclaimed bad mamma jamma to three sons and a very understanding husband. You can find Amy online at the Theoutnumberedmother.com. Q. A close mom friend recently quit drinking alcohol. While I commend her for making an enormous change in her life, she’s become quite boring and somber since she’s sober. How should I handle this huge change in her personality? Amy. All you can do is be a supportive friend. I’m assuming your close friend quit drinking because she felt that her alcohol consumption was a problem, for her, while it may never have been an issue for your relationship with her. If many of the activities you participated in together involved drinking, that factor might be making her feel pretty awkward about your friendship as well right now. Addiction is often linked to feelings of worthlessness, and I’m relatively sure that pointing out how dull she’s become since her sobriety is probably the wrong direction to take at this point. Unfortunately, large life changes like this usually become a person’s main talking points as they are struggling with it. So,

just as if your friend recently took up CrossFit, or veganism, or became an Android phone user, it’s probably going to dominate much of the conversations for a long while. Be supportive. And if her friendship is important enough to you, you’ll figure out a way to make the camaraderie work. Q. My daughter is in preschool and has become close friends with two little girls. She’s always asking to have playdates with them outside of school, which I’ve facilitated. The problem? I don’t get along with either of the moms of these little girls. What should I do? Amy. Ugh. While I’ve been in your shoes on more than one occasion, the only thing you can do is the answer you don’t want to hear the most. Suck it up. Unfortunately, you child is still too young to attend playdates at the home of another child unsupervised. At the preschool level, it’s crucial for your daughter to learn to navigate the world of social activities, and finding and keeping friends is a huge step in the right direction to succeed in that world. You should consider yourself insanely lucky that you only dislike the parents and not the child your kid has befriended. It could always be worse. Your only job now is to be present enough for your daughter to develop independent friendships without your judgment and to be savvy enough to avoid interactions with the moms you dislike. Good luck.

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MOTHER’S DAY By Anna Snyder

Celebrate Mom by Helping New Parents in Need

If you are searching for a way to give to other families in our community this Mother’s Day, here are two organizations that need your help, as they, in turn, provide desperately needed assistance to new parents. Newborns in Need: Southwest Florida About 18 months ago, Liane Sanson, a local mom, got the itch to do something more. She wanted to help meet the needs of children in the community. In researching opportunities to get involved in some way, she discovered a national organization, Newborns in Need, that has local chapters all over the country. “I was drawn to this organization that provides for babies born into crisis situations because each local chapter has the freedom to meet the needs of the individual community in a variety of ways,” Sanson said. “Each chapter is a bit different, and they are able to help their local communities in different ways.” Sanson decided to start a chapter here in Southwest Florida. “I love that Newborns in Need is fiscally responsible; administrative costs are very low, and almost all the money we raise goes directly to help families in crisis,” she explained. Sanson’s organization has partnered with The Birth Place at Naples Community Hospital on Immokalee Road to distribute newborn essentials kits. Each kit has clothing, diapers, wipes, and other essential items parents need to provide a healthy start for their newborn. Any family facing a crisis situation is eligible to receive a kit – whether it’s a stay in the NICU, a financial crisis, an unexpectedly early delivery, or any other type of stressful situation. Newborns in Need also partners with nurses at Healthy Start (the Florida Department of Health) to identify families who may need additional baby gear and equipment, and to distribute these items. “One mom desperately wanted to breastfeed her baby but had no way of obtaining a pump. We were able to get a brand new one to her right away. She was so excited,” Sanson said. 18

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Liane has a core of five or six volunteers fully committed to the organization who assist in fundraising and other projects, and another group of 15-20 who help pack up essentials kits on a monthly basis. “I got involved because as a mom of two, I know how important it is to have the basics in those first few weeks. Sadly, that’s not a financial reality for everyone,” said volunteer Molly Smith. “For us, being a part of Newborns in Need is a family affair. My six year old has helped pack and deliver the newborn essentials to the hospital. I love that she has had a chance to take an active part in helping others in our community.” Newborns in Need relies on volunteers like Molly to pack boxes, fundraise, and organize and distribute baby equipment to families, and since its inception in 2015, Newborns in Need has helped about 100 families in Naples. For additional information on volunteering with or donating to Newborns in Need, contact Sanson at naples@newbornsinneed. org or 239-248-0769 or visit www.newbornsinneed.org. Pregnancy Resource Center of Southwest Florida Started 20 years ago, Pregnancy Resource Center (PRC) provides free medical care, educational classes, and resources for pregnant and new moms in crisis from its two locations in Naples and one in Estero. “Women who need pregnancy verification to qualify for Medicaid can come to any of our clinics for a free sonogram,” said Janet Custer, PRC’s executive director. “Our healthcare staff provides women with accurate dating and assistance in signing up for Medicaid online. The registration process can be difficult for women in our community who do not have access to a computer or the internet. We also provide a list of doctors in the area who will care for them until Medicaid kicks in.” PRC also provides free educational classes to pregnant women. Topics include nutrition, budgeting, giving up smoking, planning for the baby’s birth, and newborn care. NEAPOLITANfamily • May 2017


“Each time a pregnant mom attends a class or completes required homework or activities, she receives what we refer to as a ‘baby buck.’ Baby bucks may be spent at our boutique, which has virtually every baby item she might need: cribs, car seats, breast pumps, strollers, changing tables, etc. Every time a pregnant mom attend one of our educational classes, she also gets a packet of diapers and wipes,” Custer explained. All services offered by the Pregnancy Resource Center are available free of charge, including medical access, baby gear and items, STD testing, counseling, and the opportunity for moms in need to build community and receive educational support. Many women come to PRC on a weekly basis looking for support – and help, according to Custer. One such mom came into the clinic, alone and scared. “She was not planning on getting pregnant, but she attended weekly classes for seven months,” Custer said. “She received support and got sober. When she had to go on bed rest, we were able to help cover her rent and support her as she completed a vocational degree. Now, she has a healthy baby, new friends, and is beginning her career.” For additional information on volunteering with or donating diapers, wipes, and new/gently used equipment to PRC, contact Custer at 239-253-0465 or jcuster@prcnaples.org. ANNA SNYDER has a degree in English and Secondary Education from Wheaton College. She and her husband, Jim, have a daughter, Windley. Anna is passionate about writing, cooking, running, and playing the piano.

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TECHNOLOGY

By Leigh Tahirovic

Brothers Inspire Each Other to Change the World, One App at a Time

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ohn J. Ciocca could be the next Mark Zuckerberg. Like Zuckerberg’s Facebook, Ciocca created a social media network that targets a specific audience. And he found inspiration in his older brother, Christian. youBelong is an app for individuals with special needs and their families to meet others. It works similar to Facebook where users post information and photos. You can make comments and promote social events. John J., 17, developed it to help Christian, who was born with Down syndrome, make friends. “It’s a way to make connections,” said John M. Ciocca, father of Christian and John J., “a way to make playdates for kids with special needs.” But this app was not John J.’s first attempt at computer coding – rather it was around No. 30. His app niche is one directed to others like Christian. Just 14 months apart in age, they were inseparable growing up. John J. took on the role as big brother, always watching out for Christian, making sure he was okay, offering assistance with toys, and helping Christian learn new tasks, explained John M. “Having John that close [in age] was a blessing for Christian,” said their father of the boys’ upbringing. “He took care of [Christian] right from the start.” A close family, John M. is a kindergarten teacher at Three Oaks Elementary School in Estero and mom Maria is the executive director for Juniper Communities, an assisted living community in Naples. The boys attend Estero High School together. A job opportunity for Maria brought the family to Bonita Springs two years ago from Voorhees, N.J. It was at their shore home in Ocean City, N.J., where inspiration first struck John J. in 2012. Bored and cooped up while his family slept, John J. picked up his computer and started playing around writing computer code. A self-proclaimed techie to the core, John J. spent that summer taking Code Academy classes, learning different technologies. “I played 20

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games on my phone and it seemed so cool if I could create one,” said the teen. That sparked a desire to learn all he could about computer coding. He spent more time working on apps. “It was a weekend project to build a game,” said John J., who shares a first name with his dad, but not a middle name that would have made him a “junior.” The teen’s first major project was a dating app for people with special needs that took about six months to construct, but it was plagued by issues. “He couldn’t really get the app to work properly,” said John M., “so he scrapped it.” As his skills grew, the Estero High junior wrote gaming apps and eventually created a money manager app, a to-do list app called BusyBee, as well as other utility apps. All are sold through the App Store, but are only available on the Apple iOS. “There are about 30 apps in all,” said John M., who spends his off-school time marketing the family business, Ciocca Apps. And it’s truly a family business. The three Ciocca males love brainstorming together, especially while enjoying a nightly dip in the family hot tub. “We bounce ideas off each other,” said John M., “to see what will work.” But it takes all three to find the recipe for app success. John M. is often the “idea man,” the one with the concept; John J. creates it, spending hours, days, and months writing the computer code, and Christian normally is the inspiration. One example is MyVoice, an app that gives non-verbal individuals a way to communicate. It works like a large PECS [Picture Exchange Communication System] book but electronic. “That was the first big one he created that really worked right,” said John M., who encouraged his son to build the app after teaching special education in New Jersey for 10 years where he saw non-verbal students struggle to manage the large, bulky PECS books to communicate. “It’s a type-to-talk program … some schools [in the U.S. and abroad] are looking at it to load onto iPads.” Though the boys fit in nicely at their new school, it was a NEAPOLITANfamily • May 2017


struggle for Christian to connect with other people with special needs, explained John M. Back home in New Jersey, the family was very active in BUDS [Bringing Up Down Syndrome] but there isn’t a chapter in Southwest Florida. “There is nothing like that here,” said John M. “There’s Special Olympics, but that is centered on sports and once the season was over Christian was left without social connections.” That’s when the Ciocca’s formed a chapter of Fantastic Friends, a social group that hosts a monthly gathering which pairs a member with a volunteer, who helps facilitate interaction. “We set up a chapter here to help Chris meet friends,” said John M. It launched last November. Building apps is John J.’s passion, and he doesn’t really envision taking youBelong to the level that Facebook achieved. “We don’t really have the know-how to make it into the next Facebook,” said John M., pointing out the costs involved with maintaining youBelong. “We could sell ads to generate revenue,” explained John M., noting their main desire is to have youBelong become well-known among the special needs community. “We’d love for someone to acquire it … to scale it to the next level.” Plus, they are working on another app that they are keeping secret right now. The boys recently attended prom together, opting to take an Uber over a limo. Soon John J. will venture off to college to study computer engineering; he dreams of working at SpaceX as an engineer. Christian will walk with his graduating class this May, though he will likely return to Estero High for at least another year. If you ask Christian about his future, he enthusiastically replies, “I’m going

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TRAVEL

By Karen T. Bartlett

Destination: Bats and Blueberries and Indian Pow Wows, Oh My!

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ummer’s coming and summer is for festivals. As you start mapping out your family vacation, be sure to check your destinations to see what’s going on while you’re in the neighborhood. There are kite festivals and hot air balloon festivals, pirate festivals and Harry Potter festivals, a UFO festival, and yes, even the Great Texas Mosquito Festival, featuring – and I’m not making this up – a mosquito-calling contest. I’m skipping that one, but feel free to check it out if you must: mosquitofestival.com. Meanwhile here are some others that may appeal.

National Cherry Festival If blueberries belong to Lexington, cherries definitely belong to Traverse City, Michigan. This huuuuge eight-day extravaganza July 1-8 has everything one should expect of a cherry festival worth its crust. You’ve got your cherry pie, your cherry lemonade, your Cherry Queen, Prince and Princess, and (naturally) your cherry pit-spitting contest. There

the spring planting or harvest when kids are in school, this one’s July 7-9, smack in the middle of summer vacation time. There are solemn and joyful ceremonies, spectacular dancing, and oh, those drums! Traditional Indian food and craft booths are set against the awe-inspiring backdrop of the ancient Taos Pueblo on the northern outskirts of Taos, New Mexico. Taos Pueblo is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Inside tip: arrive early for a close-up view of the Grand Entry of the dancers. taospueblopowwow.com

are carnival rides, Big Wheel races, junior and grownup parades, and exclusive ages 2-12only Kids Club games and activities hosted by that big red superhero himself, Super Cherry! Go and have fun! cherryfestival.org

Bat Fest Now, about those mosquitoes I mentioned earlier: Another Texas town has a better idea. Picture this: Night is falling on Austin, Texas. The pink and golden sunset goes to lavender and then to midnight blue. A million and a half Mexican free-tailed bats are waking up ravenously hungry from a long day’s sleep with a delicious mosquito and bug banquet on their minds. Imagine the spectacle all million and a half of these flying rodents make as they emerge in immense black waves from their secret place under the Congress Avenue Bridge. Each August, Austinites celebrate their contribution to insect control with a one-night fun festival. This year it’s August 19, from 4 p.m. to midnight, and worth staying up late for. There’s music, food, kids crafts, and bat- themed activities. Wear your finest bat costume for the contest. roadwayevents. com/event/bat-fest

Taos Pueblo Pow Wow This is one of my fave indigenous festivals in the world. Unlike many other U.S. Native American festivals that take place at

KAREN T. BARTLETT, travel editor of Neapolitan Family and publisher of the popular guidebooks, Mostly Kids’ Guides, has authored 11 destination travel books.

Smithsonian Folklife Festival If a world cultural tour is not in your budget this year, may I suggest the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington D.C., with artisans, storytellers, dancers, and performers from all 50 states and more than 100 countries, sharing authentic traditions you may never have heard of. Don’t tell the kids it’s educational. It is, of course, but with circus performers, chainsaw carvers, and such on the agenda they wouldn’t believe it anyway. The huge, lively event takes place June 29-July 4 and July 6-9 on the National Mall. festival. Dancers prepare to perform at the National Cherry Festival si.edu in Traverse City, Mich., last year. Photo by Gary Ennis. Used with permission of National Cherry Festival.

Lexington Blueberry Festival Blueberry spitting contest, blue lights and bubbles parade, Big Wheel race, fireworks, rides, car and bike shows, food, a 5K run and glow run, plenty of live music, and of course, the Miss Blueberry pageant. Is that all? Of course not! If you’re lucky enough to be in the neighborhood of Lexington, Ohio, the weekend of August 1720, make time for this super-fun festival. lexblueberryfest.com 22

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Plan Ahead for the Summer

ummer is fast approaching and with it comes long sunny days, less hustle and bustle, and a relaxed schedule. However, if you are a parent who is divorced or separated, you might find that the lazy days of summer are complicated by time sharing schedules, coordinating vacation dates, and childcare options for your children. Here are some tips to help you navigate coparenting during the summer months; however, you should always consult your parenting plan or court order to make sure you are following its defined terms. Plan ahead: Most parenting plans require that parents exchange important dates and requests for travel by a specific date each year. It is important for co-parents to work together to plan out their children’s schedule so that you can address any potential issues before they happen. One suggestion is to exchange dates by April 1 each year. That way, if there is a problem, there is ample time to address the issue prior to the beginning of summer. Vacations: It is helpful to have an idea of what vacations you will want to take with the children and when you generally would like to travel. If your parenting plan requires notice to the other parent, make sure that you do so in a timely manner. Oftentimes parents may select conflicting travel dates and one way to handle this is to give each parent a year that their travel requests will take priority over the other parent’s dates. For example, Mom even years and1-4 Dad odd years. 1 CEDRhas 1003 NeaFamily pghas Horiz.4_Layout

Summer camps: If your children are of school age, and both parents work, then summer camp may be a great way to keep your children busy during the summer months. Shared Parental Responsibility dictates that the parents must mutually agree on extracurricular activities for the children, which include summer camps. For this reason, it is (again) important to cooperate and plan ahead for the children’s camp activities. Additionally, these costs are often split by the parents equally or otherwise depending on income. Keep in mind that the cost for summer camps (and after-school care) which are incurred to allow both parents to work may qualify one or both parents for a tax credit. If these costs are divided between the parents by a percentage, then each party should declare their respective percentage share of the costs for their tax return, and not the amount they may have actually paid to the camp assuming a portion was reimbursed. Create calendar. 2/18/13 9:45 a AM Page 1 A shared calendar

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is the best way to keep everyone on the same page when it comes to a hectic summer schedule. There are numerous apps or calendar accounts that can be shared between individuals, so choose the one that may work best for your family. Be flexible. Good co-parenting means being flexible when a request for a change is made. If a last minute opportunity arises for your children to visit a distant relative or to visit a place they have never explored, consider what that time will mean to them and think closely before you say no because you might lose out on time with your children. After all, summer is a time for children to rest, relax, and recharge and what better way to do that then let them be kids and enjoy their summer unfettered from the conflicts of their parents.

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10:00 a.m. Pure Florida’s Free Mother’s Day Cruise. Moms cruise free with purchase of an adult or child ticket. Four sailings, including a sunset cruise. Tin City, 1200 Fifth Ave. S., Naples. Call 239-2624200 or check www.tincity.com.

6:30 p.m. Art After Dark. We’ll use several mediums to design glowing pieces, create some shimmering projects, and have lots of iridescent fun. Ages 6-12. Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239593-0870 or check public. collier-lib.org.

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6:00 p.m. Mother’s Day Tea Party. Let’s celebrate our special ladies with music, art, and a treat. Dress to impress. Ages 4 and older. Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239593-0870 or check public. collier-lib.org.

3:30 p.m. Meals of Hope Mobile Food Pantry. Every Tuesday until 5:30 p.m. Frozen food, fresh produce, and canned goods will be given away to families in need. Ever yone is welcome. YMCA, 5450 YMCA Rd., Naples. Call 239-597-3148 or check greaternaplesym-

5:30 p.m. Diabetes Outreach Series. Free educational series for all individuals dealing with type 1 and type 2 diabetes, including parents, children, families, friends, teachers, and medical professionals. YMCA, 5450 YMCA Rd., Naples. Call 239-597-3148 or visit greaternaplesymca. org. 9

11:45 a.m. Clue: The Musical. Also at 5:30 p.m. The internationally popular board game is now a fun-filled, interactive musical. Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, 1380 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers. Call 239-278-4422 or check www.BroadwayPalm.com.

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10:30 a.m. Disney on Ice Worlds of Enchantment. Disney on Ice returns to Germain Arena with Worlds of Enchantment through May 21. Germain Arena, 11000 Everblades Pkwy., Estero. Call 239-335-0457 or check www.germainarena. com.

3:30 p.m. Mental Health Fair. Fun lawn games, contests, art therapy craft station, children’s art therapy showcase, superhero photo booth, rock climbing wall, fire truck, and more. David Lawrence Center, 6075 Bathey Ln., Naples. Call 239-455-8500 or check www.DavidLawrenceCenter.org. 12

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3:30 p.m. Lego Club. Share ideas, be creative, make new friends, and have fun. Bricks will be provided. Ages 5-11. South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-2527542 or check public. collier-lib.org.

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5:30 p.m. Makerspace. A place where kids of all ages can have fun while they create, construct, learn, and share. Legos, Keva planks, crafts, coloring, puzzles, and games. Immokalee Library, 417 North First St. Call 239-657-2882 or check public.collier-lib.org.

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5:00 p.m. Montessori Academy Open House. Learn more about our programs during the school year and summer months for children from infants to 15 years old. 2659 Professional Cr., Suite 1118, Naples. Visit www.naplesmontessori. org or call 239-597-2255.

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8:00 a.m. The Garden School of Naples Montessori Grand Opening. Discover a world-class Montessori environment for children ages 2-6 years. The Garden School, 6051 Bayshore Dr., Naples. Call 239-424-9084 or check gardenschoolnaples.com.

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Players presents a modern version of the timeless tale about a boy who wouldn’t grow up. Moe Auditorium, 10150 Bonita Beach Rd. S.E., Bonita Springs. Call 239-495-8989 or check artcenterbonita. org.

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8:30 a.m. Great Dock Canoe Race. An annual

11:00 a.m. Big Impressions by Little Artists. Purchase art by local children and professional artists. Fundraiser for CCCR’s early childhood education efforts. Hilton Naples Hotel, 5111 Tamiami Tr. N., Naples. Visit collierchildcare.org.

4:30 p.m. ArtPlay Classes for Children with ASD. Designed to engage children with ASD in the arts while focusing on identity development, self-awareness, self-esteem, social communication, and building positive coping skills. Call 239-939-2787 or check www.artinlee.org .

9:30 a.m. Homeschool Day at Rookery Bay. Students will use microscopes to identify different species of plankton, learn about sharks, and enjoy a story or trail walk. Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, 300 Tower Rd., Naples. Visit rookerybay.org.

6:00 p.m. Volunteer Jobs for Teens. Learn where to look for job opportunities, how to present yourself, how to fill out an application, and interview with confidence. South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy., Estero. Call 239-479-4636.

10:00 a.m. Baby Parent Rhyme Time. You and your baby will learn new nursery rhymes and fingerplays, interact with puppets, sing, read books, and dance. South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy., Estero. Call 239-479-4636.

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8:00 a.m. Stand-Up Paddle Board Luau Races for Special Olympics. Competitive and family races precede the main event, which is at 11 a.m., with Special Olympic Athletes and their coaches. Located at Vanderbilt Beach Park, 280 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., Naples.

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10:00 a.m. Memorial Day at the Conservancy. Free admission for current and retired military with valid identification. Conservancy, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples. Call 239-262-0304 or check conservancy.org.

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4:00 p.m. Family Fun Sunday at Fort Myers Miracle. Receive a voucher for up to four free tickets for Sunday home games at Dairy Queen. All kids 12 and under can run the bases. Hammond Stadium, 14400 Six Mile Cypress Pkwy., Fort Myers. Call 239-768-4210.

11:15 a.m. Spanish Church Service. St. Monica’s Church holds a Spanish speaking service every Sunday. St. Monica’s Church, 7070 Immokalee Rd., Naples. Call 239591-4550 or check www. stmonicasnaples.org.

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5:00 p.m. Sensory Night at C’mon. For children on the autism spectrum and or with other sensory integration disorders. Limited participation to minimize crowds, and registration is required. C’mon, 15080 Livingston Rd., Naples. Call 239514-0084 or check www. cmon.org. 23

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1:00 p.m. End of School Teen Bash. Music, food, obstacle course, inflatable joust. Located at Mackle Park, 50 Bald Eagle Dr., City of Marco Island. Call 239642-0575.

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4:00 p.m. Book Buddies. During oneon-one reading time, Big Reading Buddies are paired with Little Reading Buddies. Ages 7-17 years. Registration required. Golden Gate Library, 2432 Lucerne Rd., Naples. Call 239252-4542 or check public. collier-lib.org.

10:00 a.m. Free Kids Crafts. Kids from toddlers to 12 are invited to participate in fun activities. Miromar Outlets, 10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero. Call 239-948-3766 or check www.miromaroutlets.com.

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10:00 a.m. Drop In Baby Fitness Mommy and Me. Instill healthy habits for life in your toddler. $5 per child. Fleischmann Park, 1600 Fleischmann Dr., Naples. Call 239-213-3020.

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

1 MONDAY 9:00 a.m. Baby Boot Camp. Certified fitness professionals instruct exercise classes for pregnant, post-natal, and ultra-fit moms. Classes are weekly on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday at MundoMax Playland. Located at Miromar Outlets, 10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero. Call 239-948-3766 or check www.miromaroutlets.com for details. 10:00 a.m. Baby Parent Rhyme Time. During this special storytime, you and your baby will learn new nursery rhymes and fingerplays, interact with puppets, sing, read books, and dance. Registration is required. Located at South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy., Estero. Call 239-479-4636 for additional information. 5:30 p.m. Art Classes for Kids Every Monday. Kids will explore and work with different techniques and media. Acrylics on canvases, watercolor, collages, mixed media etc. Lots of fun and creativity for kids ages 4 to 12. Located at Etudes de Ballet, 3285 Pine Ridge Rd., Naples.

2 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

Tr. N., Naples. Call 239-597-2040 or check bn.com for additional information. 10:00 a.m. Family Story Time. Your whole family is invited to this enjoyable, all-ages storytime that encourages the development of pre-reading skills through songs, rhymes, fingerplays, and stories. All children attending must be registered. Please be on time. Located at South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy., Estero. Call 239-479-4636 for additional information. 3:30 p.m. Meals of Hope Mobile Food Pantry. The Meals of Hope Mobile Pantry will be in the YMCA parking every Tuesday from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Frozen food, fresh produce, and canned goods will all be given away to families in need. Everyone is welcome. Located at Greater Naples YMCA, 5450 YMCA Rd., Naples. Call 239-597-3148 or check greaternaplesymca.org for additional information. 6:00 p.m. Chess Club K-12. Join Antonio each Tuesday as he shares his skills at chess with students entering kindergarten through 12th grade. For all playing levels, beginner to advanced. Registration is not required. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information. 6:00 p.m. How to Find Volunteer Jobs for Teens. Learn where to look for job opportunities, how to present yourself, how to fill out an application, and interview with confidence. Presented by Nancy Frede. Located at South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy., Estero. Call 239-479-4636 for additional information.

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3 WEDNESDAY 9:00 a.m. Ikebana Naples Chapter. Attendees are invited to bring all materials to make an arrangement. They will be able to shop at a full Ginza or Japanese marketplace. Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month. Located at Moss Hall of Moorings Presbyterian Church, 791 Harbour Dr., Naples. 9:00 a.m. Summer Art Show. Free admission during gallery hours. In Studio 1 and 2 at Fort Myers Beach Art Association. Located at 3030 Shell Mound, Fort Myers Beach. For additional information, call 239-463-3909 or visit www. fortmyersbeachart.com. 9:30 a.m. Homeschool Day at Rookery Bay. Curious about what lives underneath the waves? Ever wonder about how microscopic plankton are connected to sharks? Students will use microscopes to identify different species of plankton and learn about their roles in the estuarine ecosystem. We’ll then head to the top trophic level to learn about sharks; what species are here and why some sharks are considered to be indicator species. Depending on the age a story time or trail walk will also be included. Maximum of 30 students ages 7-14. Cost is $15, includes one child and one adult. Each additional child is $10. Price includes admission to the Environmental Learning Center for the day. Located at Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, 300 Tower Rd., Naples. Visit rookerybay.org. 9:30 a.m. Historical Walking Tours. Admission is $10/members or $16/nonmembers. This tour includes a 30-minute tour of Historic Palm Cottage and a 90-minute walking tour around the Naples Historic District. Reservations required. Located at Historic Palm Cottage, 137 12th Ave. S., Naples. Call 239-261-8164 for additional information. 10:00 a.m. Free Kids Crafts at Miromar Outlets. Kids from toddlers to 12 are invited to participate in fun activities. Located at Miromar Outlets, 10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero. Call 239-948-3766 or check www.miromaroutlets.com for additional information. 10:00 a.m. Preschool Story Time at South County Regional Library. Parents and caregivers encourage independence by waiting nearby in the library for this program. The stories and activities may be longer but just as fun. Please note, you must register for each week of the six-week session. Please be on time. Located at South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy., Estero. Call 239-4794636 for additional information. 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 Ave., Bonita Springs. Call 239-992-0101 or check library. Lee-county. com for additional information. 5:30 p.m. Sewing Classes for Kids. Every Wednesday. Sew both by hand and machine. Please bring your own machine, but if you don’t have one, we provide you with one. Be prepared to sew awesome and cool stuff. Ages 5-13. Located at Etudes de Ballet, 3285 Pine Ridge Rd., Naples.

4 THURSDAY 6:00 a.m. 2017 Community Prayer Breakfast. The Southwest Florida community is invited to observe the National Day of Prayer. This free, ticketed event will include a buffet-style breakfast followed by inspiring keynote speakers. Guest passes are required, and you may request tickets online at cypresslakeumc.com/ prayerbreakfast. Located at Harborside Event Center, 1375 Monroe St., Fort Myers. Call 239-321-8110 or check www.harborsideevents.com for additional information. 10:00 a.m. Toddler Tales at South County Regional Library. This interactive time for toddlers ages 18-36 months and their caregiver will include storytelling, wordplay, fingerplays, and music-making designed to advance pre-reading skills. Registration is required. Located at South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy., Estero. Call 239-479-4636 for additional information. 10:00 a.m. Little Explorers. 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. Ages 18 months to 5 years. Located at Conservancy of SW Florida, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples. Call 239-262-0304 or check www. conservancy.org/summercamp for additional information. 10:00 a.m. Tai Chi in the Garden. Instructor Karen McNeil hosts this energyflow exercise in the South Grove of the Garden. Every Thursday. Located at Naples Botanical Garden, 4820 Bayshore Dr., Naples. Call 239-643-7275 or check www. naplesgarden.org for additional information. 4:00 p.m. Book Buddies. During one-on-one reading time, “Big Reading Buddies” are paired with “Little Reading Buddies”. Ages 7-17 years. Registration required.

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May 30 - August 11, 2017

Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs

Ages 4-18 There is always something fun and new for budding artists, actors, chefs, musicians and dancers at the Centers for the Arts Summer Camps! We want summer fun and learning to be affordable for your family through our generous discounts and scholarships. Our many opportunities include painting, drawing, cartooning, clay, wheel throwing, cooking, dance, music, theater and more!

Registration now open! CENTER FOR PERFORMING ARTS

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Located at Golden Gate Library, 2432 Lucerne Rd., Naples. Call 239-252-4542 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information. 4:30 p.m. ArtPlay Classes for Children with ASD. ArtPlay is designed to engage children with ASD in the arts while focusing on identity development, self-awareness, self-esteem, social communication and building positive coping skills. Located at Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers. Call 239-939-2787 or check www.artinlee.org for additional information. 6:30 p.m. Evening on Fifth. Features an array of live musical performances. Located at Fifth Avenue South, Naples. Call 239-692-8436 or check www.fifthavenuesouth. com for additional information.

5 FRIDAY 9:00 a.m. Find it Fridays. Kids enjoy a scavenger hunt all day. Ask for more details at the ticket counter. Located at Everglades Wonder Gardens, 27180 Old 41 Rd., Bonita Springs. Call 239-992-2591 or check www.evergladeswondergardens.com for additional information. 10:00 a.m. Drop In Baby Fitness Mommy and Me. Instill healthy habits for life in your toddler by attending the drop-in class called Mommy and Me Open Gym on Fridays, 10-11:30 a.m. $5 per child. Located at Fleischmann Park, 1600 Fleischmann Dr., Naples. Call 239-213-3020 for additional information. 11:00 a.m. Big Impressions by Little Artists. A fundraiser to support CCCR’s early childhood education efforts. Buy art created by young children, as well as professional artists. Sponsored by CCCR. Ticket are $75. Sponsorships available. Located at Hilton Naples Hotel, 5111 Tamiami Tr. N., Naples. Visit collierchildcare.org. 5:00 p.m. First Friday’s Art for Art Lovers. Gourmet food, fine wine, and art demonstrations. Located at Shoppes of Old Marco, 258 Royal Palm Dr., Marco Island. Call 239-394-2787 for additional information. 6:00 p.m. Cinco de Mayo Celebration. Join Miromar Outlets and La Bamba Real Mexican Food Restaurant & Tequila Bar for an exciting Cinco de Mayo Celebration, including live entertainment, a Margarita Crawl, a chance to win prizes, and more. Located at Miromar Outlets, 10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero. Call 239-948-3766 or check www.miromaroutlets.com for additional information.

6 SATURDAY 7:30 a.m. Third Street South Farmer’s Market. Parking lot behind Tommy Bahama’s. Located at Third St. S., Naples. Call 239-434-6533 or check www. thirdstreetsouth.com for additional information. 8:00 a.m. Farmer’s Market. Open every Saturday. Located at Shoppes at Vanderbilt, 2355 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., Naples. Call 239-273-2350 or check www. facebook.com/pages/Shoppes-at-Vanderbilt-Farmers-Market/130258607139935 for additional information. 8:30 a.m. Great Dock Canoe Race. To learn more about the Naples Junior Chamber’s Great Dock Canoe Race or to register as a participant, please visit www. greatdockcanoerace.com. Located at Crayton Cove, Naples. Call 239-594-8875 for additional information. 9:00 a.m. Greenmarket. Join us on our 10-acre campus every Saturday to find an exclusive selection of locally grown, caught, and cultivated foods and other products available to sample and purchase. Located at Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers. Call 239-939-2787 or check www.artinlee.org for additional information. 9:00 a.m. Chess Club K-12. Join the chess club for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. For all playing levels, beginner to advanced. Registration is recommended. Located at Marco Island Branch Library, 210 S. Heathwood Drive, Marco Island. Call 239-394-3272 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information. 9:30 a.m. WONDER Kids. Drop in anytime until 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday to the Smith Children’s Garden for fun activities. Located at Naples Botanical Garden, 4820 Bayshore Dr., Naples. Call 239-643-7275 or check www.naplesgarden. org for additional information. 10:00 a.m. Celebrating our Heroes and Community Day. MADD of SWFL will be Celebrating Our Heroes in law enforcement and first responders with a exhibition softball game. Come watch Guns (Law Enforcement) versus Hose (Fire and Rescue) out on the field at JetBlue Park. Located at JetBlue Park, 11581 Daniels Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-334-4700 for additional information. 10:00 a.m. Little Explorers. Explore nature and discover amazing animals through multi-sensory, interactive activities, stories, and animal-themed crafts. No registration

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8:00 a.m. Farmers Market. Join us in the historic settlement of Koreshans. Our quaint summer market offers local produce, fresh seafood, local honey, handcrafted goods, pickles and olives, and fresh mozzarella cheese. Located at Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd., Estero. Call 239-992-0311 or check www. floridastateparks.org for additional information. 9:00 a.m. Sunday Birding at the Conservancy. Join a Conservancy volunteer naturalist on the beach near the pass to view birds through a scope and ask questions. Look for your guide in the orange vest near the pass on Sundays between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Located at Clam Pass Beach Park, 410 Seagate Dr., Naples. 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 Rd., Estero. Call 239-992-0311 or check www.floridastateparks.org for additional information. 11:15 a.m. Spanish Church Service. St. Monica’s church, in support of the Latino community, will hold a Spanish speaking service every Sunday. Located at St. Monica’s Church, 7070 Immokalee Rd., Naples. Call 239-591-4550 or check www.stmonicasnaples.org for additional information. 12:00 p.m. Artis-Naples Free Community Day. Come explore the entire ArtisNaples campus, with art and activities for all ages. Free activities include live music, exposure to instruments for kids, and access to all museum exhibitions and galleries. Located at Artis-Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., Naples. Call 239-597-1111 or check artisnaples.org for additional information. 12:00 p.m. Sip and Shop Sundays. Visit the Bloody Mary Bar at Waterside Shops’ Pavilion every Sunday from until 3 p.m., with proceeds donated to different charities each month. Located at Waterside Shops, 5415 Tamiami Trail N, Naples. Call 239-598-1605 or check www.watersideshops.com for additional information. 12:00 p.m. Germain BMW Tennis USTA ProCircuit Women’s Open. Two tournaments held in two consecutive weeks. The series is sponsored by Germain BMW SUNDAY of Naples. Get your tickets at www.eventbrite.com. Use code ASC2017 for free tickets. Located at Academia Sánchez-Casal, 4995 Airport Pulling Rd. N., Naples. 8:00 a.m. Stand-Up Paddle Board Luau Races for Special Olympics. Race 1 2:00 p.m. Free Concerts at the Bandshell. Bring a blanket for the whole family at 9 a.m. will be competitive, Race 2 at 10 a.m. is for families, and Race 3 at 11 a.m. and enjoy free jazz concerts in Cambier Park. Located at Cambier Park, 755 8th is the main event, with the Special Olympic Athletes and their coaches. Registration Ave., S., Naples. Call 239-213-3058 or check www.naplesgov.com for additional will be that day at the Beach Box Café. $25 fee. Located at Vanderbilt Beach Park, information. 280 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., Naples. BE_ads_multiple sizes_2.qxp_be_half_page_7.25x4.5 2/6/17 11:41 AM Page 1 is required to join in the fun. Ages 18 months to 5 years. Located at Conservancy of SW Florida, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples. Call 239-262-0304 or check www. conservancy.org/summercamp for additional information. 10:00 a.m. Artists@Work at GreenMarket. Members of the SWFL 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 Blvd., Fort Myers. Call 239-939-2787 or check www.artinlee. org for additional information. 11:00 a.m. Barnes and Noble Storytime. Storytime every Saturday. Located at Barnes & Noble, 5377 Tamiami Tr. N., Naples. Call 239-597-2040 or check bn.com for additional information. 2:00 p.m. Alligator Fishing at Everglades Wonder Gardens. Every Saturday, join us for Alligator Fishing. For $5 on top of regular admission, 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 Rd., Bonita Springs. Call 239-992-2591 or check www.evergladeswondergardens.com for additional information. 4:00 p.m. Improv Cafe. Make Saturday afternoon the best time of the week when you bring your family out to “Little Shop of Improv”, the first Saturday of every month. Located at Centers for the Arts of Bonita Springs, 10150 Bonita Beach Rd., Bonita Springs. Call 239-495-8989 or check artcenterbonita.org for additional information. 8:00 p.m. Improv Tonight. 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. Beer and wine available. Located at Centers for Performing Arts-Moe Auditorium, 10150 Bonita Beach Road SE, Bonita Springs. Call 239-495-8989 or check www. artcenterbonita.org for additional information.

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3:00 p.m. Meet the Composers Classical Music Series. Join international artist and lecturer Dr. Anne McLean the first Sunday of each month as she performs in a multi-media presentation highlighting a great composer’s music, fascinating historical insights, and visual images of that unique era. Located at Center for Performing Arts – Hinman Auditorium, 10150 Bonita Beach Rd., Bonita Springs. Call 239-495-8989 or check www.artcenterbonita.org for additional information.

May Picks in Lee County

8 MONDAY 8:00 a.m. Youth Haven Golf Tournament. Registration is now open online at www.youthhavenswfl.org/events. Individual player registration is $500 and sponsorships are available. Space is limited so make sure to sign up early. For more information, email angela.navarro@youthhavenswfl.org. Located at Grey Oaks Country Club, 2400 Grey Oaks Dr. N., Naples. 6:00 p.m. Mother’s Day Tea Party. You are invited to our Mother’s Day Tea Party. Bring mom, grandma, auntie, and sister, and let’s celebrate our special ladies with music, art, and a treat. Dress to impress. Ages 4 years and older. Registration required. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information.

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Florida Travel Rally 2017 Lakes Regional Park, Fort Myers Tuesday, May 2 • 4 - 7 p.m.

Face painting, magic, cuddly critters, hospitality races, miniature train rides, exhibitors & more! 239-338-3500

Annual Taste of the Beach

Old San Carlos Boulevard, Fort Myers Beach Sunday, May 7 • 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

More than 20 restaurants will participate along with live on-stage concerts. 239-454-7500

Disney’s Peter Pan Jr

Center for Performing Arts - Hinman Auditorium 10150 Bonita Beach Road SE, Bonita Springs May 12 - 14

Based on the Disney film and J.M. Barrie’s enchanting play, Disney’s Peter Pan Jr. is a modern version of the timeless tale about a boy who wouldn’t grow up.... 239-495-8989

Mother/Daughter/Granddaughter Look-alike Contest Miromar Outlets, Estero Saturday, May 13•11 a.m.

Mothers, daughters and granddaughters compete together for prizes! 239-948-3766

Disney on Ice: Worlds of Enchantment Germain Arena 11000 Everblades Pkwy, Estero May 19 - 21 239-948-7825

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10:00 a.m. Safari Squad Family Program. Safari Squad, programs for age 3-5, feature an animal encounter, storybook reading, an arts and crafts project, and free-choice play stations, all focused on a special, new theme each month. Located at Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens, 1590 Goodlette-Frank Rd., Naples. Call 239-262-5409 or check www.caribbeangardens.com for additional information. 4:00 p.m. Ozobots. Have fun programming and competing with these crazy mini-robots. Grades 3 and older. Registration is limited and required. Located at Estates Branch Library, 1266 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples. Call 239-455-8088 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information. 5:00 p.m. Mini Succulent Planters. We’ll make some attractive, but practical succulent planters out of old plastic eggs, hexagon tile pieces, and gold leaf pens. A perfect gift for Mother’s Day, to decorate your room or lined up as a centerpiece on a table. Ages 12-18 years. Located at Vanderbilt Beach Library, 788 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., Naples. Call 239-597-8444 or check public.collier-lib.org for more information. 5:30 p.m. Diabetes Outreach Series. Free educational and informative series for all individuals dealing with type 1 and type 2 diabetes including parents, children, families, friends, teachers, medical professionals or anyone touched by this disease. Located at Greater Naples YMCA, 5450 YMCA Rd., Naples. Call 239-597-3148 or check greaternaplesymca.org for additional information.

10 WEDNESDAY 10:00 a.m. Safari Squad Family Program. Safari Squad, programs for age 3-5, feature an animal encounter, storybook reading, an arts and crafts project, and free-choice play stations, all focused on a special, new theme each month. Located at Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens, 1590 Goodlette-Frank Rd., Naples. Call 239-262-5409 or check www.caribbeangardens.com for additional information. 4:00 p.m. Lego Club at East Naples Library. Share ideas, be creative, make new friends, and have fun. Bricks will be provided and your creation will be put on display at the library. Ages 5-11 years. Registration is not required. Located at East Naples Library, 8787 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples. Call 239-775-5592 or check public. collier-lib.org for additional information. 4:00 p.m. Lego Club at Estates Branch Library. Share ideas, be creative, make new friends and have fun. Bricks will be provided. Your creation will be put on display at the library. Ages 5-11 years. Registration is not required. Located at Estates Branch Library, 1266 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples. Call 239-455-8088 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information. 7:00 p.m. Epilepsy Support Group. Join us for our monthly support group. Located at Greater Naples YMCA, 5450 YMCA Rd., Naples. Call 239-597-3148 or check greaternaplesymca.org for additional information.

11 THURSDAY 3:30 p.m. Lego Club at Marco Island Library. Join the club and share ideas, be creative, make new friends, and have fun. Lego® bricks will be provided. Ages 5-11

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years. Registration is not required. Located at Marco Island Branch Library, 210 S. Heathwood Dr., Marco Island. Call 239-394-3272 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information. 5:30 p.m. Makerspace. Join us for a place where kids of all ages can have fun while they create, construct, learn, and share. Experience Legos, Keva planks, crafts, coloring, puzzles, and games. Registration is not required. Located at Immokalee Branch Library, 417 North First St., Immokalee. Call 239-657-2882 or check public. collier-lib.org for additional information. 5:30 p.m. Mother’s Day Tea Party. You are invited to our Mother’s Day Tea Party. Bring mom, grandma, auntie, and sister, and let’s celebrate our special ladies with music, art, and a treat. Dress to impress. Ages 4 years and older. Registration required. Located at East Naples Library, 8787 Tamiami Trail East, Naples. Call 239-775-5592 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information.

12 FRIDAY 3:30 p.m. Mental Health Fair and Grand Opening Celebration. Fun lawn games, contests with great prizes, an art therapy craft station, children’s art therapy showcase, a superhero photo booth, rock climbing wall, fire truck demonstration and food. Sponsored by Neapolitan Family. Located at David Lawrence Center, 6075 Bathey Ln., Naples. Call 239-455-8500 or check www.DavidLawrenceCenter. org for additional information. 5:30 p.m. Stay in May Concert at the Zoo. The legendary Tokens are joined by Rocky and the Rollers to bring you back to the world of Doo Wop and Rock ‘n Roll at Naples Zoo. Located at Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens, 1590 GoodletteFrank Rd., Naples. Call 239-262-5409 or check www.caribbeangardens.com for additional information. 6:00 p.m. IMCP Indoor Movie Night. Come and enjoy a family oriented movie. Popcorn and drinks will be provided. $5. Located at Immokalee Community Park, 321 North 1st St., Immokalee. Call 239-657-4449 for additional information. 6:00 p.m. Golden Gate Community Center 3rd-5th Grade Dance. Video dance party. Tickets on sale two weeks in advance. $10. Located at Golden Gate Community Center, 4701 Golden Gate Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-252-4180 or check colliergov.net for additional information. 6:00 p.m. Fifth Grade Dance. Tickets on sale two weeks in advance. $10. Located at Max A. Hasse Jr. Community Park, 3390 Golden Gate Pkwy., Naples. Call 239348-7500 or check colliergov.net for additional information. 7:00 p.m. Peter Pan, Jr. Through Sunday. The Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs Youth Players are proud to present Peter Pan Jr. Based on the Disney film and J.M. Barrie’s enchanting play, Disney’s Peter Pan Jr. is a modern version of the timeless tale about a boy who wouldn’t grow up. Located at Moe Auditorium, 10150 Bonita Beach Rd. S.E., Bonita Springs. Call 239-495-8989 or check www.artcenterbonita. org for additional information.

13 SATURDAY 7:00 a.m. Annual Lover’s Key Turtle Trot 5K. For more information or to register visit www.friendsofloverskey.org. Located at Lovers Key State Park, 8700 Estero Blvd, Estero. Call 239-463-4588 for additional information. 10:00 a.m. Mother’s Day at the Conservancy. Free admission for Mom when accompanied by another paid adult and child. Located at Conservancy of SW Florida, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples. Call 239-262-0304 or check www.conservancy. org for additional information. 10:00 a.m. Mad Hatter Mother/Daughter Tea. Come elegantly dressed for this one-of-a-kind tea party for mothers and daughters. Games, arts & crafts, and the grand finale of morning tea and baked treats. Located at The Family Church, 1450 Winterberry Dr., Marco Island. 10:00 a.m. Safari Squad Family Program. Safari Squad, programs for age 3-5, feature an animal encounter, storybook reading, an arts and crafts project, and free-choice play stations, all focused on a special, new theme each month. Located at Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens, 1590 Goodlette-Frank Rd., Naples. Call 239-262-5409 or check www.caribbeangardens.com for additional information. 10:00 a.m. Academia Sánchez-Casal Tennis Kid’s Day. Kids can enjoy tennis games, popcorn, face painting, cookies, inflatable bounce house with a slide, obstacle course, music, and much more. Free advanced registration at www.asckidsday.eventbrite.com. Located at Academia Sánchez-Casal, 4995 Airport Pulling Rd. N., Naples. 11:00 a.m. Mother’s Day Storytime: How to Raise a Mom. This hilarious, heartwarming new story about raising a happy, healthy mom is filled with charming

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role-reversal humor, creative ideas, and lots of love. Activities to follow. Located at Barnes & Noble, 5377 Tamiami Tr. N., Naples. Call 239-597-2040 or check bn.com. 11:00 a.m. Mother/Daughter/Granddaughter Look-Alike Contest. Mothers, daughters, and granddaughters compete together for prizes in this annual family event located near Bloomingdale’s the Outlet Store. Located at Miromar Outlets, 10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero. Call 239-948-3766 or check www.miromaroutlets. com for additional information. 12:00 p.m. Pretty Princess Spa Day. Facials, manis, pedis, brunch and sweets, face painting, activities, prizes, and swag bags. Located at Golden Gate Community Center, 4701 Golden Gate Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-252-4180 or check colliergov. net for additional information. 4:30 p.m. Zombie Invasion 5K. Located at Rotary Park, 5505 Rose Garden Rd., Cape Coral. Call 239-549-4606 for additional information. 8:45 p.m. Honor Flight Welcome Home. The Collier County Honor Flight will be welcoming home 70 WWII and Korean War Veterans at the Southwest Florida International Airport. Please consider helping by volunteering your time to make it a special welcome home. Located at RSW, 11000 Terminal Access Rd., Fort Myers.

14 SUNDAY 10:00 a.m. Pure Florida’s Mother’s Day Cruise Free. Moms cruise free with purchase of an adult or child ticket. Cruises set sail at 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., with sunset cruises departing at 7 p.m. Located at Tin City, 1200 Fifth Ave. S., Naples. Call 239-262-4200 or check www.tin-city.com for additional information. AGES 9-14 AGES 9-14 AGES 13-18 9:00 a.m. Mother’s Day at the Naples Zoo. Moms enjoy free admission with AUDITIONS MAY 6 & 13 AUDITIONS MAY 6 & 13 AUDITIONS JUNE 3 paid child ticket. Download the coupon at napleszoo.org. Located at Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens, 1590 Goodlette-Frank Rd., Naples. Call 239-262-5409 or REGISTER NOW @ NAPLESPLAYERS.ORG! check www.caribbeangardens.com for additional information. KIDZACT YOUTH THEATRE OF THE NAPLES PLAYERS 9:00 a.m. Mother’s Day Brunch Event at Sugden Plaza. Host Mom to brunch dining al fresco on the timeless and chic Fifth Avenue South. All proceeds from the TNP @ SUGDEN THEATRE • 701 5TH AVE SOUTH • NAPLES • FL 34102 event benefit the multicultural ministry of Young Life in Collier County. Tickets NAPLESPLAYERS.ORG (239) 434-7340 EXT. 125 will be available online at www.mothersdaybrunch.org. Located at 649 Fifth Ave. S., Naples. Call 239-692-8436 or check www.fifthavenuesouth.com for details. 9:00 a.m. Mother’s Day in the Garden. Treat Mom or Grandma to a stroll TNP KIDZACT MAY 2017 QUARTER PAGE AD.indd 1 4/17/17 4:00 PM through the tropical landscapes of the Garden this Mother’s Day. Mothers and grandmothers are free. The first 200 mothers or grandmothers to check in at the Chabraja Visitor Center will receive a special gift. Located at Naples Botanical GarR O Y A L P A L M A C A D E M Y den, 4820 Bayshore Dr., Naples. Call 239-643-7275 or check www.naplesgarden. Providing the Best in Private Catholic Education for Grades PreK through 8th org for additional information. 11:00 a.m. Family Fun Expo Featuring the Octonauts. Tickets can be purchased at the Germain Arena box office in advance or on the day of the event, and are available online at germainarena.com. Located at Germain Arena, 11000 Everblades Pkwy., Estero. Call 239-335-0457 for additional information.

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9:30 a.m. Essentials of Digital Photography Workshop. You will learn how to use your camera’s shutter, aperture, ISO control, and the drive modes to create images with impact and creativity. No previous experience is necessary. $35. Located at Rookery Bay, 300 Tower Rd., Naples. Visit rookerybay.org. 5:30 p.m. Coloring for Teens. Love coloring? Come spend an evening relaxing and coloring with your friends. Coloring pages and pencils will be provided. Refreshments will also be available. Ages 11-17 years. Registration is not required. Located at Immokalee Branch Library, 417 North First St., Immokalee. Call 239-657-2882 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information. 6:30 p.m. Art After Dark. Join us for a unique art program. We’ll use several mediums to design “glowing” pieces, create some “shimmering” projects, and have lots of “iridescent” fun. Ages 6-12 years. Registration required. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check public. collier-lib.org for additional information.

16 TUESDAY 4:00 p.m. Makerspace. Come join us for a place where kids of all ages can have fun while they create, construct, learn and share. Experience Legos, Keva planks, crafts, coloring, puzzles and games. Registration is not required. Located at Vanderbilt Beach Library, 788 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., Naples. Call 239-597-8444 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information.

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17 WEDNESDAY 3:30 p.m. Lego Club at South Regional Library. Join the club and share ideas, be creative, make new friends and have fun. Bricks will be provided. Ages 5-11 years. Registration is not required. Located at South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-252-7542 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information.

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10:00 a.m. Little Explorers. 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. Ages 18 months to 5 years. Located at Conservancy of SW Florida, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples. Call 239-262-0304 or check www. conservancy.org/summercamp for additional information. 11:45 a.m. Clue the Musical. Also at 5:30 p.m. The internationally popular board game is now a fun-filled, interactive musical that brings the world’s best-known suspects to life. Running through June 24. Located at Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, 1380 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers. Call 239-278-4422 or check www. BroadwayPalm.com for additional information. 6:00 p.m. Pajama Story Time. Wear your pajamas and bring your favorite teddy bear. We’ll sing songs and tell bedtime stories, then finish with a craft. All ages. Registration required. Located at Immokalee Branch Library, 417 North First St., Immokalee. Call 239-657-2882 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information. 6:00 p.m. Third Thursday on Third Street South. Live music in the Fleischmann Courtyard. Located at Third St. S., Naples. Call 239-434-6533 or check www. napleschamber.org for additional information. 7:00 p.m. PFLAG Support Group Meeting. The Naples chapter of PFLAG (Parents Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) meets on the third Thursday. of every month. Call 513-4568 for location or more information.

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19 FRIDAY 10:30 a.m. Disney on Ice Worlds of Enchantment. Disney on Ice returns to Germain Arena with Worlds of Enchantment through May 21. Tickets are $87, $67, $47, $37, $32, and $22. Parking is $10. Located at Germain Arena, 11000 Everblades Pkwy., Estero. Call 239-335-0457 or check www.germainarena.com for additional information. 6:30 p.m. Buddy Break Respite Program for Kids With Special Needs. Three-hour monthly session of free respite care for children with special needs and their siblings. Every third Friday at Naples Seventh Day Adventist Church. Advanced registration required. Located at Naples Seventh-day Adventist Church, 5050 Davis Blvd., Naples. Call 239-213-3351 or check www.naplessdachurch.org for additional information.

20 SATURDAY 8:00 a.m. MHCP Community Yard Sale. 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. Located at Max A. Hasse Jr. Community Park, 3390 Golden Gate Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-348-7500 or check colliergov.net for additional information. 8:00 a.m. The Garden School of Naples Montessori Grand Opening Open House. The Garden School offers a world-class Montessori environment for children between the ages of 2 and 6, one which nurtures independence and promotes physical, social and emotional well-being. Located at The Garden School, 6051 Bayshore Dr., Naples. Call 239-424-9084 or check gardenschoolnaples.com for additional information. 10:00 a.m. Family Fun Day. Free visit for annual members. Located at Conservancy of Southwest Florida Nature Center, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples. Call 239-262-0304 or check www.conservancy.org for additional information. 10:00 a.m. Magic Carpet Family Concert: Woodwinds. For children ages 3-9, these concerts feature musicians from the Naples Philharmonic performing a 45-minute program while demonstrating their instruments and answering questions. Located at Artis-Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., Naples. Call 239-597-1111 or check artisnaples.org for additional information.

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10:00 a.m. Little Explorers. 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. Ages 18 months to 5 years. Located at Conservancy of SW Florida, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples. Call 239-262-0304 or check www. conservancy.org/summercamp for additional information. 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.

21 SUNDAY 4:00 p.m. Family Fun Sunday at Fort Myers Miracle. Go to any participating Dairy Queen to receive a voucher for up to four free tickets at Sunday home games. Following the game, all kids 12 and under can run the bases. Located at Hammond Stadium, 14400 Six Mile Cypress Pkwy., Fort Myers. Call 239-768-4210.

22 MONDAY 8:30 a.m. Revolutionary Learning Center Open House. Come to one of our Open House times to meet the staff, tour the facility, and find out how our wraparound social and emotional learning program can provide positive change for your child. Program is geared for students in middle school through college. Located at Revolutionary Learning Center, 5495 Bryson Dr., Suite 423, Naples. 9:30 a.m. Music Together. A highly interactive musical experience designed for young children and their caregivers, presented by Family Music Time. Registration is required. 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.

23 TUESDAY 5:00 p.m. Sensory Night at C’mon. C’mon provides Sensory Nights for children on the autism spectrum and or with other sensory integration disorders. Sensory Nights have limited participation in order to minimize crowds, and registration is required. Located at Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples, 15080 Livingston Rd., Naples. Call 239-514-0084 or check www.cmon.org for additional information.

25 THURSDAY 5:00 p.m. Walk at the Promenade. Located at Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26795-27911 South Bay Dr., Bonita Springs. Call 800-799-0178 or check www. promenadeshops.com for additional information.

29 MONDAY 10:00 a.m. Memorial Day at the Conservancy. Free admission for current and retired military with valid identification. Located at Conservancy of Southwest Florida, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples. Call 239-262-0304 or check www. conservancy.org for additional information.

31 WEDNESDAY 9:00 a.m. Classical Conversations- Parent Practicum. Our three-day practicum offers fellowship as we pursue deeper understanding of how to homeschool our students in the classical Christian tradition. We think about the characteristics of learners at every age, and we ponder ways to give our students the foundation they need to become life-long learners and deep thinkers. Located at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 1955 Curling Ave. Naples. 1:00 p.m. End of School Teen Bash. Music, food, obstacle course, inflatable joust. Located at Mackle Park, 50 Bald Eagle Dr, City of Marco Island. Call 239642-0575 for additional information. 6:00 p.m. Art After Hours. Enjoy free admission to The Baker Museum the last Wednesday of each month from 6 to 9 p.m. 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 239-597-1111 or check artisnaples.org for additional information.

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TEENAGERS

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bilities and readiness can take place. Some adolescents choose to wait a little longer than age 16 or 17 before seeking licensure to drive. Parents may need to be patient for the anticipated independence and help from the teen in transporting family members to school events. Take an active role in helping your teen learn to drive. Start the conversation about safe driving early and recognize that the rules and driving laws have changed since you acquired your license. Make regular time available to supervise your teen’s driving. Each state requires a minimum number of supervised driving hours to qualify for taking the driver test. AAA recommends at least 50 hours (including night time driving) of certified driving practice. Professional driver education recommended. Are you the one who can

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calmly talk a new driver through a lane change in heavy traffic without gripping the door handle and audibly sucking in your breath? The best person to sit in the passenger seat ready to prompt and cue a nervous teen may or may not be the parent when it comes to more complex driving skills. Consider the talent and comfort level of adult members in your family. Often recommended, a professional driver education instructor can round out and fill in the gaps of what family members can provide. Additionally, driver educators typically provide training and tips for passing the driver test specific to your local Motor Vehicle Division. Train attention. Nothing will bring a teen’s attention to the present moment like a traffic situation that requires the

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driver to hit the brakes and STOP. Everyone will need to take a deep breath when that happens. Coach your teen to notice the immediate surroundings. Proceed with caution. Ensure that cell phones are silenced and stowed out of reach while the car is in motion. Scan. Wide visual scanning is an important component to safe driving and is often weak in the inexperienced teen. New drivers tend to focus on the area just in front of the car. As your teen gains experience watch for a widening of the teen driver’s view. Help her learn to use the mirrors and remind her to notice objects in her peripheral vision. Foster defensive driving. Defensive driving is more than a set of skills. It is an attitude that underlies the constant decisions your teen will make while driving. In addition to learning to adjust to varying road conditions and traffic situations your teen will need to adjust for other drivers who do not follow the rules. Establish family driving rules and limits. All states now use varying elements of the graduated licensing system designed to increase the safety of teen drivers. Restrictions during the provisional

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licensing period usually include limited night driving and a ban or strict limits on the number of passengers. Families can choose to set more specific rules and limits for their teen drivers. For example, you may want your teen to be off the road by 8 p.m. even though the legal requirement is midnight. In addition to an ongoing conversation, parents may find it helpful to set specific rules and limits in a Parent-Teen Driving Agreement. An example can be found at www.cdc.gov/ parentsarethekey. Emphasize responsibility. Just as the driver’s manual says, “Driving is a privilege.” This concept may be the most important one for your teen to learn. Abusing the privilege can lead to harm or result in tragedy. Sometimes it is only after an accident that a young person realizes how much responsibility driving requires. Exposing your teen and family to presentations from those who have learned from poor judgment or preventable tragic errors may drive the message home and prevent the need to experience such things first hand. Prepare for the test. Practice questions are available on the state Department

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of Motor Vehicles website to give a taste of what will be encountered in the computerized knowledge test. Take care that the vehicle used for testing is one that your teen feels comfortable driving and carries current registration and insurance cards. Drive test administrator Tony Handsaker urges teens to focus on their driving when they arrive for test day. He observes that often young people are distracted by texting. They may be sleepy. Sometimes teens are nervous when they come to take the drive test, especially when they may not have had enough practice to be ready. Being prepared goes a long way toward making the drive test a positive experience. Often a memorable moment, becoming a licensed driver is cause to celebrate for your teen. The license represents years of preparation and marks a new level of responsibility and maturity on the road toward adulthood. DIANE TURNER MALLER is a freelance writer who has safely completed driver training with two teenage children. She still receives regular check-in calls from family travelers.

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HAPPY, HEALTHY FAMILY By Anna Snyder

Eco- & Walletfriendly Options for Your Baby

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abies are a gift – a gift that requires countless hours of work, sleepless nights, and diapers, diapers, and more diapers. Parents of newborns are almost always recognizable – unkempt hair, bags under their eyes, workout clothes that double as napping attire, and the everpresent cup of coffee or tea in hand. We can all agree that caring for a newborn requires a level of almost unthinkable fortitude and grit. We also can agree that parenting is a process that requires endless small decisions which can impact our children, our health, and our environment in the long-term. Having a newborn in the home requires a tremendous amount of products and equipment, and I hear: “Wow! That [cool new baby product] is amazing. We didn’t have things like that when I had my babies!” over and over again. Though I concur – there ARE so many amazing products for babies available today – I found myself wondering if I really needed certain items to properly care for my baby. Many other Southwest Florida parents probably feel the same way – all the hand-me-down items I received from friends and family members serve as evidence. What are a few ways that we can pare down the equipment and products we use to parent our babies? What local resources exist for parents to create an eco-friendly environment for their babies? 38

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Cloth diapers Let’s start with cloth diapers. Cloth diapering a newborn through the age of two years old is a great way to conserve money and reduce waste. The average parent will spend approximately $2,000 on diapers over the course of 2-3 years. In the first year of your baby’s life alone, he or she will probably use between 2,500 and 3,000 diapers. To reduce waste and save money, you might consider cloth diapering. Cloth diapers are available at a variety of price points and require a tremendous amount of water to clean; however, including increases in water usage, they still represent a savings – both for the environment and for your bottom line. I used cloth diapers for the first two years of my daughter’s life. The decision was mostly financial in nature. Because of cloth diapering (the set of cloth diapers we used was a gift), I didn’t need to order diapers online or run out to purchase boxes of diapers. We didn’t have the monthly burden of paying for diapers and wipes (I also used cloth wipes). Though I dreaded the process before my daughter was born, I quickly grew to enjoy the benefits of cloth diapering. They were easier on my daughter’s sensitive skin, and our water bill went up by only about $5 per month. I didn’t have the burden of figuring out how to find the best prices on the most effective diapers.

Cloth diapers come in a variety of styles. Some are adjustable up to a certain weight and can be used for the entirety of your baby’s time in diapers. Others are to be used only while your baby is in a certain weight range. Some have pockets and cloth inserts; others are “all in one”; still others have diaper covers with cloths that lie flat inside the covers. Most cloth diapers require a specific type of detergent (we made ours out of nontoxic ingredients, which also turned out to be cheaper), and many require line-drying. If cloth diapers seem overwhelming to you, there are many reviews, opinions, and tips available online. There are countless websites with information regarding cloth diapering (I like the Cotton Babies website). As with all things baby-related, everyone seems to have a very strong opinion based upon personal experience. Here are a few tips from some other Naples moms: • “Use a sprayer. If you’re starting out, don’t buy an entire stash of the same thing in case they don’t work for your baby, or you hate the system. Buy one of each type you’re interested in, and see which you like best. Don’t put anything with elastic or a waterproof layer in the dryer. In general, you get what you pay for when it comes to cloth diapers.” Abby Collett • “Hang dry your diapers outside to get rid of stains.” Tia Cyr • “Kawaii are the most affordable. Connecting a sprayer to the toilet is super handy.” Julie Gutierrez • “I use homemade laundry soap, and it works great! Don’t use diaper ointments; they leave grease marks in diapers that are almost impossible to get out. Many daycares will allow cloth diapers if you have a doctor’s note. Extra inserts are a must for double stuffing at night, or as the baby gets older for pocket-style diapers.” Michelle Rinas For local assistance with cloth diapering, and for more information about the types of cloth diapers available, parents can visit Twinkle Twinkle Little Store. The store offers (along with gently used baby equipment and clothing) cloth diaper systems. “Moms run the store – most of the moms who work here regularly use or have used cloth diapering systems and are available to answer any questions,” said store manager Shana Smith. NEAPOLITANfamily • May 2017


Baby products Cloth diapering may not be for you, and that’s okay! Many stores in Naples (along with many online retailers) offer environmentally friendly baby products without chemical additives along with baby products that contain only organic ingredients. Bathing babies and putting lotion on their bodies is another chance to make a more environmentally friendly choice. Many brands of diapers available are free of chemical additives and bleach. Not only are eco-friendly diapers, wipes, soaps, and lotions better for our environment because of how they are made, they are also better for our babies, as so much of what we put on their bodies is absorbed into their skin and bloodstream. Locally, organic baby products can be found at stores such as Lucky’s, Food & Thought, Whole Foods, and Publix. Reduce, reuse, recycle Many baby products available to parents are not necessary – though it is difficult to decipher what will be essential to your own family prior to your first baby’s birth. Every family is different, and what is crucial for one family may not be important for another. Reducing the number of baby items purchased for the home reduces inevitable waste when the equipment is no longer necessary. Buying used items reduces the amount of created items, and the amount of waste that is eventually produced. Selling and purchasing used baby gear at stores like Once Upon a Child or Twinkle Twinkle

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Little Store is a great way to achieve that goal. There are many other options for obtaining used baby items, such as garage sales, borrowing or swapping items with family and friends, or local online Facebook sale groups. Other ideas Local mom Gracey Nam is passionate about creating an eco-friendly home for her one-year-old daughter. To reduce the amount of chemicals used in her home, “We use olive oil or coconut oil instead of lotions or moisturizers with chemicals. I also use an Amazon Prime subscription for diapers, wipes, paper towels, coconut oil, and several other products we use frequently instead of making multiple trips to the grocery store. We try to cut down on waste by using glass containers and mason jars instead of plastic wrap and aluminum foil.”

Her family also strives to be proactive when it comes to their health and wellness which “cuts back on trips to the doctor and pharmacy. We get plenty of sunshine, eat healthfully, exercise, and try to get plenty of good sleep. I use almost all homemade, non-toxic cleaning products in my home; this saves money and creates a healthy home environment.” Allison Eberhardt also works to create an environmentally friendly home for her two young children. “I tend to use more natural solutions to common problems I encounter as a mom. Typically, these solutions are cheaper and safer. I often use a vinegar and water mixture to clean. I use hats, sun shirts, and umbrellas instead of sunscreen. These items are reusable and can be passed down to the next child.” She also buys items that will serve her family long-term. “This seems so simple, but we try to take care of what we have and buy things that have a long-term use. It keeps things out of landfills and is a lot cheaper than paying twice for the same item. I would rather pay a little extra for a stroller that we can use for all of my kids than a cheap one that gets trashed and needs to be replaced for each baby.” Lauren Odor, local mom to two girls ages two and five months, offers this advice: “Don’t buy any toys your first year or two as a parent. Other people will. Resale shops have pajamas and clothes with the store tags still on them, but for much less.” To create an environmentally friendly home for our babies does not have to be an overwhelming task. It can start with one small change, and these small changes can have great impact on future generations.

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Momfidence! Address Your Needs & Stand Strong, Mom

magine a mom standing in a superhero pose: hands cocked on hips, chest out, and chin jutting up toward the sky. Chances are good that this is not how you feel every day, mom. In fact, you may notice that you rarely feel this way. Why is it that motherhood, a status so desired, often can seem as challenging as it is wonderful? Once a baby is born, our lives are no longer our own. We are transformed. We have much more on our hands than a new mouth to feed. According to the IRS, we have a new dependent. We are no longer an individual, or even a couple, and our scope of responsibilities expands to small group status. No wonder moms often feel overwhelmed and insecure. What do veteran moms know that can help new moms feel reassured? Perhaps, instead of saying, “Congratulations on your new arrival," we should say, "Welcome to the ranks of confident mothers. Here are our insider secrets.” Give yourself pep talks. The first few months – okay, years – of motherhood can be unsettling. Your little one needs you so completely and is growing and changing so quickly. Merely keeping up can feel challenging. Expect motherhood to put you to the test. You are up for it. You can do this. Take excellent care of yourself and avail yourself to all of your newborn's needs. As you do, your baby will get off to a secure start in the world. Repeat: I feel overwhelmed and that's okay. This feeling will pass once I admit it to someone and keep carrying on.

Practice self-acceptance. With so much time going to baby and what little time is left going to practical duties, appearances may slip a bit. So why not lower the stakes? Wear clothing that fits comfortably, even if it's not as fashionable as usual. Get your hair cut in a way that won't demand styling for a while. Forego makeup and appreciate your natural glow. You can still get dressed up for an occasional date night or to socialize with friends. But on stay-at-home days, simplify your needs and save time and energy. Repeat: I look good enough to take care of this baby. I can let go of impressing the outside world temporarily and simply focus on meeting our needs. Expect co-parenting. Feedings, diaper changes, daily logistics, oh my! No mom can raise a child on her own. So if you are partnered, it's important to co-parent. This means that you share care for your growing baby. And don't think co-parenting will be a drag. Think of how much you will learn about each other. Start having conversations on an ongoing basis about how to juggle responsibilities. Repeat: Sometimes co-parenting is confusing. But if we take time to discuss our parenting hopes, dreams, and needs as we go, everyone's desires will get addressed. Weave a network of support. They say it takes a village to raise a child and this is true, if parents are going to keep their sanity. You may think needing help is a sign of your deficiencies. But flip this thinking on its head. Creating a strong yet flexible network of

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supporters is your primary job as a new mother. Research resources at your disposal and do not hesitate to ask veteran moms who live in your area what was helpful to them. Don't stop until you create an extended team of support. Repeat: There are ample services available in my area for pregnant women and new mothers if I seek them out. We can find all the resources we need. Be calmly informed. If you suspect there is a problem with your baby, don't wait for matters to worsen before you act. Place a few inquiries by phone, so you can determine if you need to take any steps. Illnesses can progress swiftly in infants, and you might miss early signs and end up in the emergency room at 3 a.m. Keep a bevy of parenting books within reach, try swiftly polling other parents on social media, and directly consult those more experienced when something concerning comes up. Above all, trust your instincts. Repeat: There is nothing wrong with asking questions. When I have a concern, the input of informed friends and professionals can quickly set my worst fears straight. Stand up for yourself. Vulnerability is common feeling among new moms. Chalk it up to all the changes going on in your life plus fluctuating hormones. You may feel uncertain, confused, even lost sometimes. You may also find yourself on the receiving end of a barrage of advice, some of it unsolicited. Try not to get worked up about those who seem to know it all. They are usually well-meaning folks who are trying to help. And if their help is having the opposite effect, you can and should let them know how you feel. Repeat: When I am feeling shaky, and others are making me feel worse, I can simply say, "I am not looking for any more input at this time, but thanks for trying to help."

Keep your balance. A mother's life is not typically full of long stretches of free time. One baby needs a lot of attention and may sleep little. When you have more than one child, finding alone time becomes tricky. Smart moms learn how to find rest and relaxation in the nooks and crannies of each day. They accept that a messier home than usual is totally understandable. They remember that their happiness deserves preserving as much as possible. Repeat: When I take excellent care of myself I can go from overwhelmed to confident more easily. I value my own company, no matter how scarce, more than ever. Author, journalist, and writing coach CHRISTINA KATZ remembers the jumble of feelings that came with becoming a mother. She wants to remind all new moms that they really do pass.

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Vacation Bible School Directory 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 Pkwy., Naples VBS is a week-long event in the summer for those entering kindergarten through 5th grade. The theme will be Operation Arctic, Exploring the Coolest Book on the Planet – The Bible (from Answers in Genesis). The cost is $12 per child which includes crafts, snacks and a t-shirt, and will be collected on the first day of VBS. DATE: June 12-16; 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. CONTACT: Sue Nite at 239-261-7486 or sue@cpccnaples.org or register online at www.cpccnaples.org/vbs-registration. Cornerstone United Methodist Church 8200 Immokalee Rd., Naples Join us for Hero Central VBS as we learn do good, seek peace, and

go after it! Every child gets a cape and a CD. The cost is $15 for the first child and $10 for each additional child. DATE: July 31-August 4; 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. CONTACT: Call 239-354-9160 or office@cornerstonenaples.org. Covenant Church of Naples 6926 Trail Blvd., Naples For kids ages 3 years to rising 6th graders. The theme is SonQuest Rainforest. Children will have a great time with lively songs, hilarious skits, creative crafts, exciting games, Bible stories, and tasty snacks. DATE: June 19-23, 8:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. CONTACT: Register online at www.covenantnaples.com or call 239-597-3464.

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East Naples Baptist Church 1697 Shadowlawn Dr., Naples Theme TBA. DATE: July 16-21; 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. CONTACT: 239-774-1282 or visit www.eastnaplesbaptist.org East Naples United Methodist Church 2701 Airport Rd. S., Naples This year’s theme is Deep Sea Discovery: God is With Me Where Ever I Go! For ages 4 years to fifth grade. Nursery care provided for children 3 and younger. DATE: June 19-23, 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (light dinner provided) CONTACT: Kristin@enaples.org or visit www.enaples.org. Emmanuel Lutheran Church 777 Mooring Line Dr., Naples Free VBS, “Water of Life,” for children who are in kindergarten 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 5-9; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. CONTACT: 239-261-0894 ,ext. 312, or Gina@naplesemmanuel. com. Register online at www.NaplesEmmanuel.org. Faith Bible Church Naples 6464 Immokalee Rd., Naples Are your kids ready to chill out this Summer? They won’t want to miss a minute at Operation Arctic where kids will learn about the coolest book on the planet (the Bible!) as they enjoy songs, crafts, games, food and dramas. We’re calling all explorers who have completed pre-K4 through 6th grade to join us for an amazingly cool adventure! DATE: June 5-9; 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. CONTACT: 239-514-4986, faith@faithnaples.com, or visit www. faithnaples.com First Baptist Church 3000 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples VBS is for children entering pre-K4 through rising 6th graders. Maker Fun Factory is an exciting Bible-based adventure your kids will love. The daily Bible Point is carefully integrated throughout the morning as kids learn they are “Created by God” and “Built for a Purpose”. DATE: June 5-9; 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. CONTACT: 239-596-8600, ext. 350, or register online at www. fbcn.org. First Presbyterian Church 250 Sixth St. S., Naples Join VBS for a trip for Maker Fun Factory. Includes music, games, bible stories, crafts, and more. Children must be 3 years old and potty trained through completed 5th grade. DATE: July 10-14; 9 a.m. to noon CONTACT: 239-262-1311 www.fpcnaples.org NEAPOLITANfamily • May 2017

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Grace Lutheran Church 860 Banyan Blvd., Naples Family VBS. DATE: July 31-August 2; 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. CONTACT: Call Kami at 239-261-7421, ext. 7.

For children ages 4 through 5th grade. This year theme is Galactic Starveyors: “Searching the Visible, Discovering the Invisible”. DATE: June 19-23, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Free. CONTACT: Christine Gory, 239-949-1845, bonitaspringsacademy@ gmail.com or www.nlcbonita.com.

Moorings Presbyterian Church 791 Harbour Dr., Naples For children ages 4 through 5th grade. Theme is Hero Central: Discover Your Strength in God! $35. Registration begins May 1. DATE: June 26-June 30; 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. CONTACT: 239-261-1487. Register online at mooringschurch.org.

North Naples Baptist Church 1811 Oakes Blvd., Naples Galactic Starveyors VBS helps kids ages 3 years to teens to discover the God of the universe through exciting Bible study, music, drama, crafts and games. DATE: June 5-9, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. CONTACT: 239-597-2201 or email Gayle at gayle@nnbc.life. Registration info at www.nnbc.life.

Naples Christian Church 8000 Goodlette Rd. N., Naples Free VBS for ages 4 years through 5th grade with a Maker Fun Factory theme, where kids learn that they are “created by God, built for a purpose”. Afternoon field trips offered for a small fee (TBA). DATE: June 19-23, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (free); optional field trips, 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. CONTACT: Jeanie Holmes at kids@napleschristian.org or visit www. napleschristian.org Naples Church of Christ 12760 Livingston Rd., 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 visit napleschurchofchrist.com Naples United Church of Christ 5200 Crayton Rd., Naples Aftercare is available, provided by Precious Cargo Academy. This year’s theme is “Hero Central - Discover Your Strength in God!” Children in grades K-6 will love our Super He-ro/Super She-ro theme with Music, dance, art, drama, snacks and games. DATE: June 5-9; 9 a.m. to noon. CONTACT: Nancy at Nancy@naplesucc.org or 239-293-7748. New Life Church 3971 Via Del Rey, Bonita Springs

Our Savior Lutheran Church 1955 Curling Ave., Naples The sessions are open to children ages 4 through 8th grade. This year’s theme is Operation Arctic. DATE: July 10-14, 9 a.m. to noon CONTACT: Register at oursaviornaples.org or call 239-597-4091. San Marco Catholic Church 851 San Marco Rd., Marco Island Free VBS for ages 3 and up. www.sanmarcochurch.com. DATE: July 10-14; 9 a.m. to noon CONTACT: Kim Adamason at 239-394-5181. St. Monica’s Episcopal Church 7070 Immokalee Rd., Naples VBS Music Camp. For children aged 3 through fifth grade. DATE: June 5-9; 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. CONTACT: 239-591-4550 or www.stmonicasnaples.org. Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church 1225 Piper Blvd., Naples Children in pre-K3 and 4 only are welcome to join this VBS for crafts, songs, games, and snacks. Theme is Maker Fun Factory. DATE: July 17-21 from 9 a.m. to noon CONTACT: 239-597-5410, ext. 201 or visit www.vpcnaples.org.

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By Leigh Ann Newman your own stress. Or designate an adult (who can swim) as the pool watcher. Switch every 30 minutes. 5. Learn CPR and first aid. Be prepared in case of an accident. 6. Take the toys out of the pool. Many babies and toddlers fall into pools while reaching for a toy. Remove the temptation when you are done swimming for the day, and you’ll have the added benefit of your pool filter and chemicals working more efficiently.

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o mark National Water Safety Month, I’ve compiled my top 10 list for keeping your family safe in and around water. Drowning is the number one cause of death in Florida for children ages 1-4, and this is a statistic we can all help to change. 1. Adult supervision. And I don’t mean sitting by the pool with a book or your phone (although you should keep your phone handy in case of an emergency). Drownings are silent. You won’t hear a scream or a splash. A child can lose consciousness after being submerged for two minutes. After 4-6 minutes, permanent brain damage can occur. While having a lifeguard and other swimmers and parents present may make you feel safer, the reality is that lifeguards can be distracted, and other parents are watching their own children, not yours. 2. Swimming lessons. Children can learn to float as young as six months old, and kids

7. Throw out the water wings. Water wings are toys – dangerous toys. If you are using a flotation device, make sure it is U.S. Coast Guard approved. However, never depend on flotation devices to take the place of adult supervision. Young children can, and do, take off life jackets.

at any age need to know how to keep themselves safe in the water. There are a variety of programs and instructors out there. Ask your pediatrician and friends for recommendations. Call a variety of instructors and swim schools so that you know what is available. A little research will help you determine the right one for your family.

8. Talk to your kids. Start early. Go over the pool rules every day your kids are in the water. Your words will sink in and can prevent accidents. 9. Check the furniture on the lanai. Children have climbed over pool fences and drowned. If a table or chair is light enough for a toddler to pick up or push, don’t leave it on the lanai.

3. Physical barriers. A must for any backyard pool is a fence at least four feet high, with a self-latching and self-locking gate. Pool fences save lives. Period. But they are not fool-proof. Even self-latching gates don’t always close completely. Older siblings and even adults can forget to latch the pool fence, so check the fence and the gate regularly. Have an alarm on the door(s) from your house to the pool, and set it every time you go inside.

10. The most fun piece of advice: Get in the water with your kids! Once you get over getting your hair wet, you’ll discover what a blast you can have with your kids in the water, especially while they are young enough to still want Mom and Dad in the pool. LEIGH ANN NEWMAN is a survival swimming instructor and co-publisher of Neapolitan Family.

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