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M AY I S M E N TA L H E A LT H A W A R E N E S S M O N T H
“I FINALLY FOUND NEW LIFE AT LAST.” – B R IA N N A
T O M E N TA L H E A LT H S T I G M A
May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and Brianna is a shining example of what it means to #StandUp for youth mental health. After being plagued during much of her childhood with anxiety and depression, she began using the coping skills she learned while in treatment at David Lawrence Center and “finally found new life at last.” A child’s life can be greatly hindered by a mental health challenge, and one of the biggest barriers to seeking treatment is the heavy stigma that still exists. If addressed early, more children, like Brianna, have a chance to learn the skills necessary to live a healthy and greatly fulfilling life.
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May 2019 TABLE OF CONTENTS
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FROM THE PUBLISHER
FAMILY MOVIE PREVIEWS
COLLIER COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT UPDATE
COLLIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
on the cover…
18 What’s in a Number? Find out what life is like for moms with families of all different sizes. by Anna Snyder 20 MOMentum Moms. Meet Phuong Gano, whose extraordinary childhood led to her lesson plans in her classroom and the Stand Up For Justice Award. by Stacy Nicolau 23 Campus Visits. Learn how to make the long journey worth your time and money. by Ashley McNaughton 34 Things Moms of Big Families Will Understand. Large families mean more of everything, from food to love. by Sarah Lyons 36 National Drowning Prevention Month. A Tampa mom, driven by the death of her toddler son, is fighting to pass a law to help prevent child drownings in Florida. by Brittany Howard 38 Destination: Costa Rica. If you or your kids love turtles, head to Costa Rica for your next vacation. by Karen T. Bartlett
Taylor (11), Gemma (10), Sawyer (8), Ryder (7), William (4), Oliver (2), and Harrison (8 months) are the children of Robert and Sarah Forbis of Naples.
42 Vacation Bible School Directory. Our annual roundup of free and low-cost religious education programs for summer.
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THIS MONTH: Mother’s Day
When my daughter was little, Mother’s Day meant waking up at 6 a.m. to a mixing bowl overflowing with soggy Cheerios, accompanied by a Diet Coke. As I choked my way through the trough of disintegrating cereal and later cleaned the trail of milk running through the house, I had to keep reminding myself that it was the thought that counted. My now-teenager knows better these days, and since she can operate both a Keurig and a waffle maker, I no longer dread my Mother’s Day breakfast. We are celebrating all different kinds of mothers this month. Our cover features the seven Forbis children, and you can learn about what it’s like to be a mom of big family from writer (and mom of five) Sarah Lyons on page 34. Writer Anna Snyder talked to several local moms (including Sarah Forbis and me) about what it’s like to be a mom of different sized families, from one kid all the way up to eight (!) children, on page 18. A mom from Tampa describes her journey on page 36 from grieving after the fatal drowning of her two-year-old son to fighting for legislation in Florida to prevent more tragic deaths. Finally, our MOMentum Mom Phuong Gano’s extraordinary childhood has shaped her both as a teacher and as a mother, and you will find her inspiring story on page 20. Happy Mother’s Day!
Family Movie Previews for May
POKÉMON DETECTIVE PIKACHU
Rated PG for some action/peril In theaters 5/24 • For kids 5+
Rated PG for action/peril, some rude and suggestive humor, and thematic elements In theaters 5/10 • For kids 7+
Rated PG for thematic elements and brief action In theaters 5/3 • For kids 5+
A live-action adaptation of Disney’s animated classic, this is the tale of the charming street rat Aladdin, the courageous and self-determined Princess Jasmine, and the Genie who may be the key to their future. The film stars Will Smith as the Genie; Mena Massoud as Aladdin, Naomi Scott as Jasmine, Marwan Kenzari as Jafar, Navid Negahban as the Sultan, Billy Magnussen as Prince Anders, and Numan Acar as Hakim.
The first-ever live-action Pokémon adventures stars Ryan Reynolds as Pikachu. When ace private eye Harry Goodman goes missing, prompting his son Tim to find out what happened. Aiding in the investigation is Harry’s former Pokémon partner, Detective Pikachu. Tim and Pikachu join forces to unravel the tangled mystery.
In this movie musical, the free-spirited Ugly Dolls confront what it means to be different, struggle with their desire to be loved, and ultimately discover that you don’t have to be perfect to be amazing, because who you truly are is what matters most. Voice talents include Kelly Clarkson, Nick Jonas, Janelle Monáe, Blake Shelton, and Pitbull.
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pose, beloved dog Bailey finds his new destiny and forms an unbreakable bond that will lead him, and the people he loves, to places they never imagined. Bailey (voiced again by Josh Gad) is living the good life on the Michigan farm of his “boy,” Ethan (Dennis Quaid) and Ethan’s wife, Hannah (Marg Helgenberger). He even has a new playmate: Ethan and Hannah’s baby granddaughter, CJ. The problem is that CJ’s mom, Gloria (Betty Gilpin), decides to take CJ away. As Bailey’s soul prepares to leave this life for a new one, he makes a promise to Ethan to find CJ and protect her at any cost. Thus begins Bailey’s adventure through multiple lives filled with love, friendship, and devotion. GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS A DOG’S JOURNEY Rated PG for thematic content, some peril, and rude humor In theaters 5/17 • For kids 7+ Some friendships transcend lifetimes. In A Dog’s Journey, the sequel to A Dog’s Pur-
Rated PG-13 for sequences of monster action violence and destruction, and for some language In theaters 5/31 • For kids 12+ The new story follows the heroic efforts of the cryptozoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of huge monsters, including the mighty
Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. When these ancient superspecies, thought to be mere myths, rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity’s very existence hanging in the balance.
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YOUR COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS
Taste of Immokalee interns.
Taste of Immokalee Rolling Out In 200 Publix Across Florida
aste of Immokalee, a social business created and operated by high school students, will have its line of salsa and sauces on the shelves in 200 Publix stores by the end
of May. The products already are available in select Publix stores in Collier and Lee counties, but Taste of Immokalee’s inclusion in the Publix Florida Local Program will expand its distribution across the state. The salsas and sauces can be found on the “Buy Local” shelves at Publix. Taste of Immokalee products are unique not only because teen entrepreneurs are behind the business, but also because the profits are used to support youth programs and alleviate poverty in Immokalee. “Immokalee is one of the poorest communities in Florida; it is also home to many of our students,” said Marie Capita, executive director of Taste of Immokalee. “Their passion for Taste of Immokalee is driven equally by their desire to learn the skills needed to succeed in business, and to make an impact and break the cycle of poverty that is rampant in their hometown.” For more information, visit www.tasteofimmokalee.com.
WellFit Girls Summer Camp For 8th and 9th Grade Girls
ising 8th and 9th grade girls in Naples can participate in a two-week summer camp through WellFit Girls that culminates in a four-day hiking trip in Georgia. The Wellfit Adventure Camp runs July 15-August 1 and includes a two-week leadership and fitness program for incoming 8th and 9th grade girls in Naples, concluding with an expedition to Cloudland Canyon in Georgia. For more information, visit wellfitgirls.org. 10
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Immokalee High Student Aims For National Office this Summer
Sixth grader Priya Deonarine, who studied baby fish raised by students in Seacrest’s ichthyology program, at Science Saturday.
Seacrest Hosts Free Science Day
eacrest Country Day School in Naples recently opened its campus to the public for Science Saturday, an annual event partnering with science, nature, gardening, and animal organizations to celebrate science. The free community event featured hands-on science demonstrations for kids from toddlers to teenagers. For more information, visit www.seacrest.org.
enchy Dutreuil, a junior at Immokalee High School (IHS) and Immokalee Foundation student, is heading to Beta Club’s national convention this summer, where he hopes to be elected national club secretary. He currently holds that post for the club at the state level. Beta Club is a serviceoriented organization that promotes academic achievement, character, service, and leadership among students. Dutreuil also is involved in many networking opportunities, summer programs, activities and events, as well as IHS’s mock trial program. He hopes to become a biomedical engineer or a computer software engineer. “Wenchy is an excellent student,” said Amber Barr, The Immokalee Foundation’s program services director. “He is in the top 10 of students in his class and is dual-enrolled at Florida Gulf Coast University.” For more information, visit immokaleefoundation.org.
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Early childhood teachers honored by Collier Child Care Resources.
Teacher of the Year Honors for Three Early Childhood Educators
arly childhood educators in Collier County were honored last month at the Apple Blossom Awards, hosted by Collier Child Care Resources (CCCR). Naomi Handapangoda from Little Wonders, a CCCR Early Childhood Development Center, was honored as the Infant/Toddler Teacher of the Year. Jenny Theodore from Fun Time Learning Academy was named Preschool Teacher of the Year. Sydney Nelson from Calusa Park Elementary was recognized the School Year Only Teacher of the Year. Lavern Norris Gaynor received the Myra Shapiro Early Childhood Leadership Award for decades of philanthropy directed toward local children. “We must strive to understand the impact that early childhood educators make in a child’s most formative years,” said Niccole Howard, CCCR executive director/CEO. “Teachers are often unrecognized and underpaid. CCCR is proud to host the Apple Blossom Awards as a way to honor our children’s real heroes.” For more information, visit collierchildcare.org.
Children’s Museum of Naples Welcomes One Millionth Visitor
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he Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples (C’mon) celebrated its one millionth visitor recently. The Elliott family from Rhode Island received an enthusiastic welcome from C’mon staff and a gift bag. Based on the initial projections, C’mon should have welcomed its one millionth visitor in mid-June 2025. “When C’mon first opened in 2012, it was estimated 75,000 guests would visit within the first year,” said Executive Director Karysia Demarest. “Instead, C’mon welcomed 195,353 guests through its doors in the first year alone. We are overwhelmed with the incredible success of reaching this amazing milestone six years earlier than projected.” For details, visit www.cmon.org or call 239-514-0084. NEAPOLITANfamily • May 2019
COLLIER COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
By Jennifer Kupiec
Meet the Golden Apple Winners
rowing up, Krista Fusco didn’t feel her teachers cared about her as a person. Due to a learning disability, she struggled in school and remembered her teachers getting frustrated easily. It was during this time she decided to become a teacher. “I wanted to make sure students felt like they belonged and were valued no matter what obstacles they were facing,” she said. Fusco, a fourth grade teacher at Vineyards Elementary School, recently was honored, along with six of her colleagues, at Champions For Learning’s 29th Annual Golden Apple Celebration of Teachers dinner for doing exactly what she said she would do all those years ago. “Never in a million years did I think I would be recognized for mixing laughter and learning together,” Fusco said. “It’s so rewarding and humbling to be honored for doing what you love! It was also so empowering for my class to see me win the Golden Apple and, in return, win themselves!” Many of Fusco’s students have learning disabilities just as she did growing up, but she provides them with a nurturing environment that includes a whole lot of fun. “I love watching my students learn and love being at school,” Fusco said. “I love watching them overcome obstacles they never thought they could. It’s magic!” For Immokalee Middle School (IMS)
Director of Bands Philip Barton, the Golden Apple recognition validated that what he is doing is both effective and appreciated by the community. Currently in his 11th year teaching, Barton wants to provide his students an opportunity musically he never received when he was in school. “I’ve realized that I have an innate ability to explain things logically, and I enjoy equipping my students with the tools they will need to be successful in both music and life,” he explained. If you ever have the chance to witness a performance by the IMS band, you’ll see how far he’s taken the program and the students, successfully preparing them for the next level. Gulf Coast High School’s Kim Benedict had wonderful high school teachers who influenced the course of her life more than she ever thought possible. “A lot of how I teach reminds me of how they taught me many years ago,” she said. Benedict was humbled, honored, and a little overwhelmed by all the attention that comes with receiving a Golden Apple. “While I am honored by all the attention, it also shines a deserving light on my students and everyone at Gulf Coast High,” she added. Fusco summed it up best: “Know that every student that walks into your class is someone’s whole world, and you can be the difference between an amazing or average day for them; be their amazing!”
Top row, L-R: Golden Apple recipients Philip G. Barton, Kim Benedict, and Stephanie Cashion. Bottom, L-R: Jill Striz, Ashley Stafford, Deniece Giovinazzo, and Krista Fusco.
2018-19 Golden Apple Award Recipients • Philip G. Barton, Immokalee Middle School; • Kim Benedict, Gulf Coast High School; • Stephanie Cashion and Deniece Giovinazzo, East Naples Middle School; • Krista Fusco, Vineyards Elementary School; • Ashley Stafford, Lake Park Elementary School; • Jill Striz, Village Oaks Elementary School.
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COLLIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
By Kristine Gill
Start Early to Keep Your Kids Safe Online Keeping your children safe online starts at a younger age than you might expect. At the Collier County Sheriff’s Office, we’re talking to parents of children in elementary school about how to monitor their children’s activity while also teaching them how to avoid trouble on the internet. Detective Sgt. Wade Williams of our Special Crimes Bureau and the Internet Crimes against Children Task Force regularly gives presentations at local schools on the topic. If you’d like to have him speak at your school, fill out our speaker form online at colliersheriff. org/my-ccso/request-a-speaker. In the meantime, here are some tips to help keep kids and parents safe on social media and online: Use parental monitoring software. Both free and paid parental monitoring apps are available with a wide variety of features. These apps can do everything from monitor the content of your child’s texts to sending alerts when your child adds a new contact. Check your child’s electronic devices often. Always know what apps your child is using and how the app can be used to communicate with others. Any app or website that allows your child to communicate and interact with unknown people is not safe. Never give out identifying or personal information – home address, school name, telephone number, age, marital status, or financial information in chat rooms or bulletin boards. Keep the computer in a family room rather than the child’s bedroom. Share an email account with your children to oversee their mail, and consider joining your children when they are in private chat areas. Don’t post photographs of your children on web sites that are available to the public. Enforce the age requirement on social media apps. Learn their dialect. Kids have a language of their own when it comes to communicating online. Make sure you know what they are talking about.
Guard your location. Kids may have fun tagging posts or photos with a location taken from a mobile device’s GPS, but parents might not want their child’s precise whereabouts broadcast. Inquire about your internet service provider’s privacy policies and exercise your options for how your personal information may be used. Never allow your child to arrange a face-to-face meeting with someone they have “met” online unless they have received your permission. If you become aware of the transmission, viewing, or use of child pornography while online, immediately report it to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s CyberTipline at 800-843-5678 or www.cybertipline. com. Instruct your child not to click on any links in emails from people they don’t know. Such links could lead to inappropriate web sites or infect the device with a virus. Remember that people online may not be who they seem. Someone indicating that “she” is a “12-year-old girl” could really be a 40-year-old male predator. Be careful about offers that involve personally coming to a meeting, having someone visit your house, or sending money or credit card information.
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CITY CONNECTION PARKS DEPT.
By Laura Tichy-Smith
“May” Fun Come Your Way Plan your kids’ super fun summer now by enrolling your children in Naples City Parks’ exciting themed specialty camps, and mark your calendar for free special family events offered by the City of Naples Community Services Department Summer Camp for Kids Ages 4-15 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: nature and junior naturalist research; arts & crafts; theater, stage magic, dance, and performance; scientific exploration; web, 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, then click “Parks and Recreation Program Guides” tab, and click on the summer specialty camp guide. First Friday Family Art Night Bring your kids (ages 8+) to the Norris Center every month and spend a fun evening together learning a new art form. In May, you’ll create a mosaic flower pot. Friday, May 3, 7-9:30 p.m. $30 plus $5 supply fee. Pre-registration required. Call 239-213-3058. (730 Eighth St. S., Naples) Mommy/Daddy & Me Painting Looking for an evening-out activity you can do with your kids? Fleischmann Park is offering a painting night with your child
(ages 5+). One parent and one child each will paint a canvas, and the paintings will combine to create a unified masterpiece. Supplies included and step-by-step instruction provided. Friday, May 3 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. $35 for one parent and child ($5 extra for day-of registration). Call 239-213-3020. (1600 Fleischmann Blvd., Naples) After-school Solutions The Adventures and Gymnastics Club at Fleischmann Park is a fun 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-Friday, 2:45-6 p.m. (also open on all early release days). $50/week for first child and $45/week for siblings. Partial week rates available. Call 239-248-6122 to register. (1600 Fleischmann Blvd., Naples) Open Gym (18 months and older) Instill healthy habits for life in your toddler by attending the Mommy and Me Open Gym on Wednesdays from 10-11:30 a.m. $6 per child. Call 239-213-3020. (1600 Fleischmann Blvd., Naples) Take Me Out to the Ballgame Reserve your spot now for a field trip on July 24 to Tropicana Field to watch the Tampa Bay Rays take on the Boston Red Sox. Ages 9 and under must be accompanied by parent or coach. Trip includes charter bus transportation and game ticket. $40 if you reserve before June 1, or $50 after June 1. Call 239-213-3020.
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YOUR CHILD’S HEALTH
By Eileen Christine Calderon, Psy.D., Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida
What is Autism?
utism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a brain developmental disorder characterized by a broad range of conditions that reflects differences in the way that children develop. It often impairs behavior, social interaction, and verbal and nonverbal communication abilities. It is important to emphasize that although people with autism may share common symptoms and difficulties, it is classified as a spectrum disorder because symptoms, presentation, and severity vary among individuals. Although ASD can be diagnosed at any age, it is considered a developmental disorder because symptoms generally appear in the first two years of life. A small number of children appear to develop normally during the first year, and then experience regression in areas of acquired development between 18 and 24 months of age. About 1 in 59 children have been identified as having ASD, according to the Centers for Disease Control’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network. ASD occurs in all ethnic, racial, and economic groups, and is about four times more common among boys than girls. What are the symptoms of ASD? Symptoms can range from mild to severe, and may appear gradually or suddenly. Atypical development, such as delays in language, communication, motor, play, etc. may be observed from birth or become noticeable during the 12- to 36-month period,
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and can be a sign of ASD. Symptoms include: • little or no eye contact; • failing to respond to someone calling their name or to other verbal attempts to gain their attention; • rarely sharing enjoyment of objects or activities by pointing or showing things to others; • delays or regression in language development; • odd movements and gestures, such as hand flapping; • repeating certain behaviors or having unusual behaviors, such as rocking back and forth; • becoming upset by slight changes in routine or difficulties adjusting to new situations; • a sensitivity to light, noise, touch, textures, clothing, temperature, tastes, or smells that affects behavior or triggers tantrums. Although people with ASD have many challenges, they may also have strengths, including being able to learn things in detail and remember information, such as memorizing difficult lists of items; excelling in math, science, music; or drawing detailed, realistic pictures. What are the causes of ASD? There is no single identified cause for ASD. Some combination of genetic, biological, and environmental factors is believed to cause ASD. Currently, researchers are studying several genes, brain regions, neurotransmitters, and the possibility that a faulty immune response to a virus, elevated concentrations of proteins in the blood at birth, dysregulation of specific neuropeptides, or major stress during pregnancy may lead to the disorder. How is ASD diagnosed? There are no medical tests, like a blood test or MRI, to diagnose ASD. Specialists such as a psychologist, child psychiatrist, developmental pediatrician, or a child neurologist diagnose ASD by looking at the person’s behavior and development. ASD is a complex disorder that can occur along with other illnesses, mental health conditions, and learning disorders. A comprehensive evaluation should begin by ruling out a medical condition and hearing difficulties. If ASD is suspected, the person should be referred to the above specialists to complete an assessment and begin treatment as early as possible. Can ASD be cured? ASD can be a lifelong disorder – there is no way to prevent ASD and it is not yet treatable, though medication can help some symptoms. Early detection and interventions such as behavior, speech, physical, and occupational therapy can significantly improve symptoms and the ability to function, teaching the child critical social, communication, functional, and behavioral skills. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all children be screened for autism at their 18- and 24-month well-child visits. Additional screening might be needed if a child is at high risk for ASD or developmental problems. Those at high risk include children who have a family member with ASD, some ASD behaviors, older birth parents, certain genetic conditions, or a very low birth weight. All caregivers should talk to their doctor about ASD screening. NEAPOLITANfamily • May 2019
By Hudson Casto
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand Editor’s Note: This Young Adult version of Unbroken tells the fascinating story of a former Olympian’s courage, cunning, and fortitude following his plane crash in enemy territory. Louie was an Olympic runner With hopes and dreams ahead World War II started to unfurl But fate had different thoughts instead
Then the plane shot at them Oops the plane was Japanese Louie and his friends hid under the rafts Except now they looked like Swiss cheese
Louie joined the Air Force He was a bombardier on a plane One day he was on a rescue mission Until Mayday - the plane hit the water like a train
The plane flew away The very same day And left them alone The rest of the way
He climbed onto an inflatable raft Grabbed a second for two friends And off they went Through the water’s swells and bends
On day 44 After drifting 2,000 miles They came upon an island Of boats there were piles
One day as they drifted They saw a plane in a cloud So they shot signal flares And shouted out loud
Some Japanese came In a cell they were locked They were now POWs And horrendously mocked
How does this story end? Will Louie escape and win? If so, it will be a long route. Want to know? Read Unbroken and find out. I recommend the young adult version of this book, for kids about 12 years and older, and adults. Is this the book for you? Go to Collier County Public library and check out this biography. You can often find Hudson Casto rollerblading, unicycling, playing tennis, reading, or attending Covenant Church. He lives with his parents, sister, and brother in Naples. He’s 11 years old and finishing fifth grade, his first year being homeschooled.
NEAPOLITANfamily • May 2019
By Anna Snyder
What’s in a Number?
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have a different number of children? In honor of Mother’s Day, local writer Anna Snyder (and mom of one) talked to women in Southwest Florida with families of all different sizes (from one child to eight) about the unique joys and challenges of being a mom to their particular-sized brood. 1 kid: Leigh Ann Newman is the mother of Rachel (14). 2 kids: Jenny Lampion and her husband Carlos have Max (8) and Linnea (4). 3 kids: Brandi Kermundu and her husband Jude have Malachi (5), Finley (4), and Everly (18 months). 4 kids: Courtney Newbery and her husband Derek have Zeke (8), Mercy (6), Mya (4), and Chloe (3). 5 kids: Kelly Eastman and her husband Jamin have Emma (13), Avery (11), Logan (11), Ailyn (7), and Olivia (3). 6+ kids: Jeannine McInerney and husband Ryan are a blended family. Their children are: Mercy (his, 12), Massimo (his, 11), Jakob (hers, 9), Killian (his, 9), Autumn (hers, 7), and Evelyn (2), plus one on the way! 7 kids: Sarah Forbis and husband Robert have Taylor (12), Gemma (11), Sawyer (9), Ryder (8), William (4), Oliver (2), and Harrison (8 months). 8 kids: Sarah Masterson and her husband have eight kids: Lukas (21), Lauren (20), Adam (18), Christian (16), Grace (14), Emma (12), Caitlin (9), and Caleb (4).
Career Leigh Ann: co-publisher of Neapolitan Family, formerly a stay-at-home mom. Jenny: Former middle school teacher, now a stay-at-home mom. Brandi: Former third grade teacher, currently online English teacher. Courtney: Runs an Etsy shop selling clothing and accessories. Kelly: Former missionary, now a stayat-home mom. Jeannine: Works at Covenant Church of Naples Mom’s Morning Out. Sarah F.: Former film student, now a stay-at-home mom. Sarah M.: Former occupational therapist, now a stay-at-home mom. What is your biggest challenge as a mom? Leigh Ann: Keeping up with the changes and not doubting myself. Jenny: The “Treat Yo-Self” category is probably my biggest challenge as a mom. I don’t often take care of myself – it’s all about my kids. Anybody else feel me?! Brandi: Making sure I take care of myself! If I’m constantly running on empty, then my kids are not getting the best version of me. When I make time to take care of myself spiritually, physically, and mentally, I’m a much better mom. Courtney: Patience. I want to be 18
quicker to listen and slower to become frustrated. Kelly: It’s challenging not to let my kids become a higher priority than my relationship with Christ or my husband. I love my kids more than words can say, but I do them a disservice if I don’t prioritize my faith and my marriage. Jeannine: Balancing roles as both a mom and a stepmom. I have a very strong bond with my biological children, but I’m still getting to know my stepchildren, and they’re getting to know me. Experts say it takes seven years to blend. We’re almost there! Another struggle is the shared parenting and back and forth with visitation. Both of our exes live on the other coast. We are all of our children’s main caregivers, but every other weekend, we meet the other parent at the halfway point on Alligator Alley. Sarah F.: I put a lot of pressure on myself. I think with social media it’s easy to compare yourself with others and always wonder whether you are doing enough, doing your best, and if your kids are getting everything they need from you. Sarah M.: Remembering to take the time to parent each child the way he/she needs to be parented. Some kids need more encouragement and praise, while others respond to tough love and discipline. Learning those nuances and taking the time to practice them is a challenge.
What do you love about the size of your family? Leigh Ann: Since it’s just the two of us, my daughter and I have a very strong bond. I love being able to focus just on her. Jenny: I love that I have a traditional “King’s Family,” or a family with a boy and a girl. Brandi: Being outnumbered can be tough, but I love the way our family works. My kids are all fairly self-sufficient and capable of big kid jobs to help me out. I remind them regularly “Mama can’t do it all,” and they find such pride in being helpful. Courtney: My kids are getting to the age where they really enjoy playing with one another. There is always someone around who wants to hang out. Kelly: There are always voices, music, and signs of life around. Jeannine: Honestly, I’ve had a hard time adjusting to having a lot of kids, but there is beauty in the struggle. My faith has grown as a result, and I’ve realized I can’t do this all on my own. I never turn down words of wisdom or advice from more experienced parents, I now accept help, and I’ve learned to give myself and others grace. Plus, there is never a dull moment in our home, and who doesn’t want to master driving a 12-passenger van!? NEAPOLITANfamily • May 2019
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Clockwise from above: Kermundu Family, Lampion Family, Newbery Family, Eastman Family, and Masterson Family.
Sarah F.: I love everything about the size of my family! My house is loud – there is always something going on and lots of laughter. I’m really so lucky that my kids genuinely all get along. They love being together and would consider each other their best friends. They are never bored and always have someone to talk to and play with. I absolutely love it and wouldn’t trade it for the world. Sarah M.: Despite the moments of organized chaos, I love having a big family. Our kids are pretty close in age, so it’s rare that anyone is lonely. The younger kids learn a great deal from the older kids, and the older kids help around the house with the chores, driving, and even babysitting. We work hard to instill a sense of pride in being a big family, and reinforce the importance of family, sticking together, and loving one another – despite their differences. Have any strangers commented on your family size? Brandi: People generally seem to respond positively to me when they see my three littles. Of course there is the occasional “Wow! You sure do have your hands full” remark, but I take that as a badge of honor. Courtney: Random strangers are always commenting, especially when it’s just NEAPOLITANfamily • May 2019
me and the kids. The most common phrases are: “Wow, you’ve got your hands full,” and “Are those really all yours?” I generally just smile and nod. Kelly: Yes! Comments are mixed, but I would say more positive than negative. Jeannine: The question I get asked most is: “Are they all yours?” My husband is Irish, and I’m Cuban, so our kids look very different. When strangers ask I always say, “Yes, although we are a blended family.” Sarah F.: Of course! Almost everywhere we go. Though more people tend to be shocked by the fact that I have seven children but only one girl. I’m even shocked by that. I am so grateful for Gemma and since she is 10, she is such a great helper to my younger children. Sarah M.: It never ceases to amaze us what some people think they can say to a total stranger in public. When we were younger it would bother us and catch us off guard. In time, we realized the comments were always the same. The usual comments include: “You all need to buy a TV,” or “You guys know how that happens don’t you?” We wear these comments as a badge of honor now. These folks have no idea what they are missing in a big family. What do you want for Mother’s Day? Leigh Ann: I’d like my daughter to
make better waffles than she did for my birthday. Brandi: I want my kids to show gratitude for all I do. Ideally, I’d also love to be pampered and have some quiet time! Jenny: I’d like some handmade cards from my kids and a TJ Maxx gift card from my husband. Courtney: I would love a clean house and just a few hours to myself. Kelly: A day of all play and no work. Jeannine: I’d love to have a little romantic weekend with my husband where we can enjoy one another’s company, sleep in, take naps, have an uninterrupted conversation, and go out to dinner. Sarah F.: Some peace and quiet! Just kidding. I do love when they each make me something and I really cherish those gifts. I also just absolutely love being a mom and being around all of my children. On Mother’s Day, I feel very proud and grateful. I know kids grow up so fast and I just want to soak up every moment because before I know it they will be out of the house living their own lives. So on Mother’s Day I’m just so thankful to be a mom to seven extraordinary kids. Sarah M.: Just a day spending time on the boat heading to the beach with all my kids at home is enough! (One caveat: no cooking or going to Publix for me that day.) neafamily.com
MOMentum Moms By Stacy Nicolau
s a first generation Asian-American, third grade teacher Phuong Gano was raised to believe that education was the key to success. The daughter of a post-Vietnam War refugees, her parents met on the journey from Vietnam to Boston in 1982, where they settled and worked in hotel restaurants and housekeeping to build a new life. Her father immigrated with three siblings and her mother came alone. Even though the Vietnam War ended in 1975, economic sanctions, the unstable political climate, ethnic persecution, and ensuing wars with neighboring countries lead to a worldwide humanitarian crisis. While living in Vietnam was dangerous, leaving was even more so, until the United Nations created the Orderly Departure Program to ensure safe passage and a destination abroad ready to receive the refugees. Phuong knew that her parents left family and the life they knew in Vietnam to pursue the American Dream in a peaceful country. However, Phuong never knew her mother. When she was three years old, her mother was murdered and Phuong learned early on that leaving one dangerous environment does not guarantee safety in another environment. A few years after her parents came to America, there was an argument about missing family money that came to a tragic end. An accused cousin shot and killed five family members and critically wounded two others at their home, including Phuongâ€™s mother and herself. Phuong survived because a nearby truck driver ran into the gunfire to scoop her off the porch and help get her to the hospital.
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Phuong was left with facial paralysis. Her childhood dramatically changed after this incident. Her main guardian became her aunt, who helped her father raise her. No one talked about her mother and Phuong did not ask. The subject was far too painful. At the time, it was one of the worst mass shootings in Boston history. For many teachers like Phuong Gano, lessons learned in childhood and in the home lead to lessons taught in the classroom. Phuong began developing her lesson plans at home at the age of seven, playing school with her cousins. Her unique life experience led her to be the teacher and mother she is today, and put her on the path to earn the Stand Up For Justice Award. Phuong met husband her Tom in 2004 when they were in college. Their two sons Cassius (9) and Marcus (4) keep them busy with baseball, reading, and homework during the week. On the weekends, they love spending their time outdoors at the beach, playing, going out for ice cream, and enjoying the tree house her husband built for the boys. When did you know that you wanted to become a teacher? The teacher in me came out when I was about seven years old. I grew up with six cousins. As the oldest, it was my job to “teach” my younger cousins. Come to think of it, I made them all play school with me whether they liked it or not. How many years have you been a teacher? I have been teaching for 12 years. This is my ninth year with Collier County Public Schools. I spent almost two-and-a-half years teaching in an inner city private school in Boston. What do you love about teaching your current grade at Shadowlawn Elementary School? What would surprise us about your school? This is my second year at Shadowlawn Elementary and I absolutely love teaching third graders. One of the reasons why I love third graders is their ability to understand humor. Shadowlawn Elementary is a Title 1 school where 82% of our students are economically needy. However, if you were to step into our school, you would not be able to tell. Our staff does an amazing job at making sure that our students are taken care of if they are in need. We are constantly vigilant of how they come to school, their emotional state, and we make sure that they get what they need before we start teaching them. Tell us about your Stand Up For Justice Award. What did you do to be recognized? The Stand Up For Justice Award is a
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Continued from page 21 for others’ differences into their activities with students in a transformative, impactful, and caring way. Her goal was to create a resource for educators of any discipline to incorporate strategies that promote understanding and respect among students, countering bigotry and bullying. In the beginning of this year, I decided to start a project called “Project Lunch Notes.” As a parent, I like to write little notes and put them in my son’s lunchboxes. I did not really think he noticed them at first, until he called me out one day when I forgot to write one. He really liked reading them and told me that it made him feel special. I decided to implement note writing in my classroom as a kindness initiative. Children cannot be kind to others if they have not felt kindness themselves. Therefore, I made each student their own “lunch notes” notebook to keep all their notes in. Once or twice a month, the students would get a random classmate’s notebook and write that classmate a kind note. When I started this project, I had no idea how the students would receive it. However, they loved it and wanted to write in it every day. They all started to become more conscious of their words and how it could affect their peers. About two weeks ago, I had them write an encouraging note to their classmate about the FSA. One student wrote, “I noticed that you are shy. But I believe in you. You can pass the FSA. Don’t give up!” How has your childhood influenced you as a mother and a teacher? Growing up without a mother greatly influenced how I am as a parent. My aunt did her best to raise me as her own and I never felt
unloved. However, there was always something missing. When I became a mom, I knew that I wanted my children to feel a love I never felt from a “mother.” In a way, Project Lunch Notes did stem from my idea of what a mother should be like. When my husband and I first start-
“Children can’t be kind to others if they haven’t felt kindness themselves.” –Phuong Gano ed dating, I would pack him lunch and sometimes write a note and then he told me his mom use to do that for him when he was younger. I really liked that idea and did it when I had kids. What are some of your more memorable gifts received for Teacher Appreciation Week? One of the nicest things that I received was an unexpected message from a parent. It was a genuine thought and very simple. All it said was “Thank you, teacher, for making the children happy.” Once, I had a parent ask me “ What is your favorite coffee from Dunkin Donuts?” The next morning, her child came in bearing my favorite cup of coffee. During Teacher Appreciation Week,
Shadowlawn Elementary goes out of its way to make the teachers feel appreciated. Last year, we got coffee on a couple of mornings, free lunches a couple of days, and small tokens of appreciation in our mailboxes each day. What is the best advice you have received about parenting? The best advice about parenting that I received was actually from my husband, and it was to listen. A few months back, my nine-year-old and I got into a little argument. Well, it was more like me being short with him and then sending him to time out because he talked back in a rude manner. My husband then said, “I think he was trying to tell you something. Did you listen to him?” So, I took a deep breath and walked over to our son and asked, “Why didn’t you do what I asked?” It turned out that he just wanted to finish doing whatever he was doing with his dad (which would have taken only a few more minutes) before he started doing what I had asked. I was too busy trying to get him to do it “now” and I thought that he was ignoring me. Once I “listened” to him, he calmed down. He left time out, did what I asked, and then continued on with his dad. What advice would you give the parents of your students? I would give them the same advice: take a deep breath and just listen. In our hearts we want to always protect children, give them advice, and guide them. As parents, I find the hardest thing to do is to take a step back with the “telling” and give in to the “listening” part. Teacher Appreciation Week is May 5-11.
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Campus Visits Done Right
hat may seem to be a long drive for a boring tour given by an overly peppy guide who speaks faster than ever imagined possible is actually more valuable than most families think, if done right. Giving students a clearer picture of what they want and don’t want from their future college, providing them with an opportunity to demonstrate interest to their top choices, getting their questions answered, and showing them what they are working for and where they may be in a short time are all reasons not to forgo campus visits. Here are five tips for getting the most out of your campus visits. 1. Research first. Walk onto campus with some knowledge of the school and programs you are interested in. It is unlikely you will know exactly what you want to major in, but you probably have some ideas. These visits are a chance to sort through them. You should have your questions that were not answered online ready to go so that you can ask the admissions counselors or program directors on site. 2. Tailor your tour. Make arrangements ahead of time with the admissions office to meet the people you want to meet and see what you want to see. If you think you are interested in English, try to schedule a meeting with an advisor for that department and look at those classrooms and curricula. Interested in science? Take a good look at the labs and at what students are doing in their classes, and speak with some professors. Although many schools will not be able to or want to accommodate such individual requests, you can take the initiative to do most of these things on your own while on campus, and if it is a school in which you are truly interested, be persistent. Some schools also have open houses or visits geared specifically toward certain majors or departments. Pay attention to their schedules and attend one that best matches your interests. In addition to the academic facilities, you may be interested in athletics, arts, or another side of campus life. Explore NEAPOLITANfamily • May 2019
those as well. Scheduling your tour around an athletic competition, concert, or other student event is a fun and easy way to explore beyond the tour. 3. Get a feel for student life. General student characteristics and social life can vary significantly by campus. Visiting campus while school is in session is crucial. Take the time to eat in a campus dining hall, visit the library, tour the student activity center, and pick up a campus paper and other information on student activities to get a feel for campus life. If you can not attend a tour while students are on campus before applying, try to revisit later. 4. Explore the area. Campus location can play a big part in your college decision, and it is better to find out what you think of the town/city now. Safety, transportation, and entertainment options are among the things to take into consideration off-campus. 5. Take notes. After a few tours, the campuses and information may start to blur together. During or after your visit, do not forget to write down your thoughts. You can even snap a few pictures to jog your memory later. Big or small, urban or rural, religious or not – students may have no idea what they prefer until they experience it in person. Campus visits are invaluable for showing students what qualities they want in their future school. Even visiting a school a student knows they have no interest in can prove helpful as it shows them a different side of things and gives them a clearer picture of what they do not want. You wouldn’t buy a car without driving it or a house without going inside, so why would you pay for an education at a school that could potentially cost more than either of those without visiting beforehand? Do the campus visits, and do them right! Ashley McNaughton is an independent college counselor at ACM College Consulting, LLC. Visit acmcollegeconsulting.com. neafamily.com
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10:00 a.m. Safari Squad: Turtley Fun. A turtle and tortoise “shellebration”! Come out of your shell and have a turtley awesome time with us. Naples Zoo, 1590 Goodlette-Frank Rd., Naples. Call 239-262-5409 or check napleszoo.org.
2:00 p.m. You Can’t Take it With You. Also May 11-12 at 6:30 p.m. Presented by KidzAct. Tickets are $20. The Naples Players, Sugden Community Theatre, 701 5th Ave. S., Naples. For tickets, visit NaplesPlayers. org or call the Box Office at 239-263-7990.
3:30 p.m. Animals Alive: Up Close With Animals. Enjoy live animals and learn how the Kowiachobee Preserve takes care of exotic, endangered, and domestic animals. Registration required. Golden Gate Library, 2432 Lucerne Rd., Naples. Call 239252-4542 or check www. collierlibrary.org. 7
10:00 a.m. Mother’s Day Make & Take. Stop by the children’s room to make a craft for mom’s special day. All ages. Registration is not required. Estates Library, 1266 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples. Call 239455-8088 or check www. collierlibrary.org.
9:30 a.m. Alateen Meetings. Alateen is a peer support group for teens who are struggling with the effects of someone else’s problem drinking. 24 Hour Club, 1509 Pine Ridge Rd., Naples. Call 239-263-5907 or visit naplesAl-Anon.org for other meeting days and locations.
5:00 p.m. Montessori Open House. Visit Montessori Academy of Naples, which serves students from two months through 9 years old. Montessori Academy, 2655 Northbrooke Dr., Naples. Call 239-597-2255 or check www.naplesmontessori.org.
7:00 p.m. Willy Wonka Jr. Also May 18. Join the CFABS Youth Players as the delicious adventures of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory light up the stage. Center for Performing Arts, 10150 Bonita Beach Rd., Bonita Springs. Call 239495-8989 or check www. artcenterbonita.org.17
9:00 a.m. Free Zoo Admission for Moms. Naples Zoo is celebrating Mother’s Day with free admission for moms May 10-12. Naples Zoo, 1590 Goodlette-Frank Rd., Naples. Call 239-262-5409 or check napleszoo.org.
10:00 a.m. Endangered Species Day. You can help protect our endangered species. Enjoy special activities for families and guests all day at the Conservancy Nature Center. Conservancy, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples. Call 239-262-0304 or visit conservancy.org.
1:00 p.m. Parents’ Movie Matinee. Parents, enjoy a movie just for the adults. Staff will have activities set up for your kids next door. Immokalee Library, 417 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239-657-2882 or visit collierlibrary.org.
10:00 a.m. We Love Unicorns. A magical unicorn storytime featuring books, flannel boards, activities, and crafts. Ages 2-5. Registration required. South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy., Estero. Call 239533-4400 or check www. leegov.com.
6:30 p.m. Shrek the Musical. Presented by Seacrest Country Day School through May 10. Seacrest Country Day School, 7100 Davis Blvd., Naples. Call 239793-1986 or check www. seacrest.org.
12:00 p.m. KidzAct Auditions. Children ages 9–14 are invited to audition for Madagascar Jr. and Once on This Island Jr. The Naples Players, Sugden Community Theatre, 701 5th Ave. S., Naples. Call 239-434-7340, ext. 130, or check www.naplesplayers.org. 6:00 p.m. Preschool Prom. Show up in your fancy duds for a special night for families of preschoolers. Dancing, photo booth, and light refreshments. Golden Gate Community Center, 4701 Golden Gate Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-252-4180 or check collierparks.com.
10:30 a.m. School House Rock. Select dates in May. The beloved Saturday morning cartoon series is back. $19 includes lunch and show. Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, 1380 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers. For tickets and more information, visit broadwaypalm.com or call 239-278-4422. 2
10:30 a.m. Baby Rhyme Time. Up to 18 months. You and your baby will learn new nursery rhymes and fingerplays, interact with puppets, sing, read books, and dance. Bonita Springs Public Library, 26876 Pine Ave., Bonita Springs. Call 239533-4860 or check www. leegov.com. 1
10:30 a.m. WONDER in the Garden. Every day, imagine, create, and explore with lessons and activities. Naples Botanical Garden, 4820 Bayshore Dr., Naples. Call 239-6437275 or visit naplesgarden. org.
3:00 p.m. Kids’ Field Day. Kids will enjoy fun themed activities and games along with drinks and snacks. Ages 5-12. Vineyards Community Park, 6231 Arbor Blvd. W., Naples. Call 239-252-4105 or check collierparks.com.
10:15 a.m. & 11:15 a.m. Mini Wonders. Every Thursday. Toddler fun and activities dedicated to little learners 5 and younger. C’mon, 15080 Livingston Rd., Naples. Call 239-514-0084 or check www.cmon.org.
6:00 p.m. Museum Night Out: Retro Game Night. Play games and enjoy the ice cream sundae bar, all free. All ages. RSVP encouraged, as spots are limited. Free admission. Naples Depot Museum, 1051 5th Ave S, Naples. Call 239-252-8419 or check colliermuseums. com. 31
12:00 p.m. Jack & the Beanstalk. Also May 25, 29, and 31. Join us as Jack discovers what’s at the top of this giant beanstalk. $19 includes lunch and show. Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, 1380 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers. Call 239-278-4422 or visit broadwaypalm. com. 24
10:00 a.m. Maker Saturday. Create, construct, discover, and share with our hands-on building materials. Ages 4-12. Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0334 or check collierlibrary.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. Lighting and sound muted. Cool down spaces provided. Registration is required. C’mon, 15080 Livingston Rd., Naples. Call 239-514-0084 or check www.cmon.org. 28
8:15 p.m. Movies on the Lawn: Grease. Bring your blankets and chairs. Food and drinks available for purchase. No coolers, please. Mercato, 9132 Strada Pl., Naples. Check www.mercatoshops. com.
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12:00 p.m. Auditions for Madagascar: A Musical Adventure Jr. All youth are welcome to audition or participate. Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, 10150 Bonita Beach Rd., Bonita Springs. Call 239495-8989 or check www. artcenterbonita.org.
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9:00 a.m. Toddler Time. A great shared experience for child and parent. Sky Zone Trampoline Park, 14181 S. Tamiami Tr., Fort Myers. Check www. fortmyersstore.skyzone. com.
12:00 p.m. Free Kids Protection Workshop. Free indoor play, caregivers, and lunch provided. Reserve your spot by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Whiz Kids, 1050 Pine Ridge Rd., Naples. Visit albanislaw.com.
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1 WEDNESDAY 9:00 a.m. Pee Wee Play Dates. Wednesdays. Ages 9 months to pre-K. Have fun with our toys and games and listen to music. Drop-in program, no registration required. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0334 or visit collierlibrary.org. 10:00 a.m. Free Kids Crafts. Kids from toddlers to 12 are invited to participate in fun activities in WINK Playland. Located at Miromar Outlets, 10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero. Call 239-948-3766 or check www.miromaroutlets.com for additional information. 10:00 a.m. Open Gym (18 months and older). Instill healthy habits for life in your toddler. $6 per child. Located at Fleischmann Park, 1600 Fleischmann Blvd., Naples. Call 239-213-3020 or visit naplesgov.com. 10:00 a.m. Preschool Open Gym. Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Also at 1 p.m. Bring your children ages 6 and younger. This is not a drop-off open gym. $9. Located at Gymnastic World Naples, 2187 Trade Center Way, Naples. Call 239-592-0608 or check gwnaples.com. 10:30 a.m. Baby Rhyme Time. For babies up to 18 months. During this special storytime, you and your baby will learn new nursery rhymes and fingerplays, interact with puppets, sing, read books, and dance.
Located at Bonita Springs Public Library, 26876 Pine Ave., Bonita Springs. Call 239-533-4860 or check www.leegov.com. 10:30 a.m. Family Story Time. For all ages but best for toddlers. Stories, songs, and hands-on activities, all focusing on pre-literacy skills. Registration is not required. Located at Naples Regional Library, 650 Central Ave., Naples. Call 239-252-5135 or check collierlibrary.org. 10:30 a.m. WONDER in the Garden. Every day, imagine, create, and explore with lessons and activities. Located at Naples Botanical Garden, 4820 Bayshore Dr., Naples. Visit naplesgarden.org or call 239-643-7275. 5:30 p.m. Art Classes for Kids. For ages 4+. Explore acrylics on canvas, watercolor, collages, STEAM projects, and much more. $15 per class or $48 per month. Located at Paradise Wellness Center, 28410 Bonita Crossing Blvd., Bonita Springs. Call 786-374-6002 or check www.muralistica.com. 7:30 p.m. Lost in Yonkers. Through May 26. During the 1940s, two young brothers find their lives turned upside down when their father moves south for work, leaving them with their no-nonsense grandmother. Located at Blackburn Hall, 701 5th Ave. S., Naples. Visit naplesplayers.org.
2 THURSDAY Library Hours. Teen Activity Corner. Tired of sitting in class all day? Come relieve some stress by
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working on a puzzle, suggesting a good read, or writing some thoughts in the teen journals. Located at Vanderbilt Beach Library, 788 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., Naples. Call 239-597-8444 or check collierlibrary.org. 10:00 a.m. Fabulous Frogs. Ages 18 months to 5 years. Learn about a variety of animals in our ecosystems. Explore our Gopher Tortoise Preserve gazebo on a nature walk with a naturalist. Bring home your very own frog catcher. Located at Conservancy, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples. Call 239-262-0304 or visit conservancy.org. 10:15 a.m. & 11:15 a.m. Mini Wonders. Every Thursday. Toddler fun and activities dedicated to little learners 5 and younger. Located at C’mon, 15080 Livingston Rd., Naples. Call 239-514-0084 or check www.cmon.org. 10:30 a.m. Bilingual Story Time. Features children’s easy reader and picture books, read in English and Spanish. Located at East Naples Library, 8787 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples. Call 239-775-5592 or check www.collierlibrary.org. 10:30 a.m. School House Rock. Also May 3, 5, 8, 10, and 11. The beloved Saturday morning cartoon series is back. $19 includes lunch and show. Located at Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, 1380 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers. For tickets or more information, visit broadwaypalm.com. 2:00 p.m. Meals of Hope Food Pantry. Frozen food, fresh produce, and canned goods will be given away to families in need. Everyone is welcome. Located at Golden Gate Senior Center, 4898 Coronado Pkwy., Naples. Visit mealsofhope.org. 3:30 p.m. Lego Club. Join the club and share ideas. Be creative, make new friends, and have fun. Bricks provided. Ages 5-11. Located at Marco Island Library, 210 S. Heathwood Dr., Marco Island. Call 239-394-3272 or check collierlibrary.org. 5:30 p.m. Logiscool Open House. Learn about our programs, including fun-based after-school coding classes and summer camps. Located at Logiscool Davis, 1715 Heritage Tr., Suite 203, Naples. Call 239-673-0051 or check www.logiscool.com. 7:30 p.m. Alateen Meetings. Alateen is a peer support group for teens who are struggling with the effects of someone else’s problem drinking. Located at Habitat for Humanity Tutor House, 5250 Floridan Ave., Naples. Call 239-263-5907 or check www.NaplesAl-Anon.org for additional meeting dates and locations.
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3 FRIDAY 9:00 a.m. Find It Fridays. Kids enjoy a scavenger hunt all day. Located at Everglades Wonder Gardens, 27180 Old 41 Rd., Bonita Springs. Call 239-992-2591 or visit evergladeswondergardens.com. 11:30 a.m. Dig Deeper. A fun, fast, and interactive learning opportunity. Located at Naples Botanical Gardens, 4820 Bayshore Dr., Naples. Visit naplesgarden.org. 4:00 p.m. Family Night. $7 per child. Located at Whiz Kids, 1050 Pine Ridge Rd., Naples. Visit whizkidsnaples.com or call 239-263-7017. 6:00 p.m. Preschool Prom. Show up in your fancy duds for a special night for families of preschoolers. Enjoy a night of dancing and light refreshments. Take pictures in our photo booth for unforgettable memories. Located at Golden Gate Community Center, 4701 Golden Gate Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-252-4180 or check collierparks.com. 7:00 p.m. School Age Open Gym. For kids in grades K-8. Join us for lots of fun. Supervised but not structured. No parents. $10 per child. Located at Naples Progressive Gymnastics, 4795 Mercantile Ave., #3, Naples. Call 239-455-3700. 7:00 p.m. Supervised Drop-off Open Gym. Ages 5-13. Drop off your child or stay and watch. $10. Located at Gymnastic World, 2187 Trade Center Way, Naples. Visit gwnaples.com or call 239-592-0608.
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Library hours. May the Fourth Be With You. Join us for a Star Wars themed scavenger hunt. Find all the hidden characters and win a pocket prize. All ages welcome. No registration required. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0334 or check www.collierlibrary.org. 8:45 a.m. Additional Needs Bounce Session. The first Saturday and second Sunday of each month. Music is at a low volume or not played at all. Children are safe and monitored both by parents and Bounce employees. Located at Bounce Naples, 2320 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., Naples. Call 239-302-3848 or check www. additionalneeds.info. 9:00 a.m. Kids Workshops. A new craft each month. All kids must be accompanied by a parent or adult at all times. Recommended for ages 5-12. Located at Home Depot, 2251 Pine Ridge Rd., Naples. Visit homedepot.com. 9:00 a.m. Free Zoo Admission. Admission is free on the first Saturday of every
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month for Collier County residents with ID. Located at Naples Zoo, 1590 Goodlette-Frank Rd., Naples. Call 239-262-5409 or check napleszoo.org. 9:00 a.m. Summertime Science Saturdays. Hands-on discovery labs for all ages. Located at Rookery Bay, 300 Tower Rd., Naples. Call 239-530-5940 or check www.rookerybay.org. 10:00 a.m. Beginning Crochet. Learn the basics of crochet. Located at Marco Island Library, 210 S. Heathwood Dr., Marco Island. Call 239-394-3272 or check www.collierlibrary.org. 10:00 a.m. Free Kid’s Fishing. We supply the rods, reels, bait, and knowledge. Located at Bass Pro Shops, 10040 Gulf Center Dr., Fort Myers. Call 239-461-7800 or check www.basspro.com. 10:00 a.m. Student Volunteer Orientation. Rookery Bay Research Reserve is encouraging high school and college students to learn about the Reserve and the ways they can volunteer. Located at Rookery Bay, 300 Tower Rd., Naples. Call 239-530-5940 or check www.rookerybay.org for additional information. 10:30 a.m. Pups n’ Books. Stop by to read to a dog or just to pet one. Dogs are provided by PAWS Assistance and Therapy Dogs. All ages. Registration not required. Located at Naples Regional Library, 650 Central Ave., Naples. Call 239252-5135 or visit collierlibrary.org. 12:00 p.m. Kids’ Fun Day. Fun for the entire family. Waterslide, bounce house, face painting, music, hot dogs, police car, fire truck, and more. Located at East Naples Baptist Church, 1697 Shadowlawn Dr., Naples. Call 239-774-1282 or check www.eastnaplesbaptist.org for additional information. 12:00 p.m. KidzAct Auditions. Children ages 9–14 are invited to audition for Madagascar Jr. and Once on This Island Jr. Located at The Naples Players, Sugden Community Theatre, 701 5th Ave. S., Naples. Call 239-434-7340, ext. 130, or check www.naplesplayers.org. 1:00 p.m. Autism Spectrum Playgroup. Saturdays. Open to ages 5-16. $10 per child. Located at Christ Community Church, 4050 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers. Call 239-910-0712 or visit www.fi-florida.org. 1:00 p.m. Logiscool Open House. Learn about our programs, including fun-based after-school coding classes and summer camps. Located at Logiscool Davis, 1715 Heritage Tr., Suite 203, Naples. Call 239-673-0051 or check www.logiscool.com. 4:00 p.m. Sensory Friendly Saturdays. Free admission from 4-6 p.m. for families with children with autism spectrum disorder or other sensory processing needs. RSVP to email@example.com. Located at Naples Botanical Garden, 4820 Bayshore Dr., Naples. Check www.naplesgarden.org or call 239-643-7275. 7:00 p.m. Temple Shalom Preschool Art Show and Auction. Benefits TSP Scholarship Fund. Free event open to the public. Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, raffles, and silent auction. Located at Temple Shalom, 4630 Pine Ridge Rd., Naples. Call 239-455-3227 or visit www.templeshalompreschool.org.
5 SUNDAY 9:00 a.m. Sensory Sensitive Sundays. Less crowding and a quieter environment, dimmed lighting, shows and music turned down or off, limited character appearances, full menu, access to all games and rides. Located at Chuck E. Cheese’s, 5020 Cleveland Ave., Fort Myers. Call 239-334-0563 or check www.chuckecheese.com. 9:00 a.m. Toddler Time. A great shared experience for child and parent. Located at Sky Zone Trampoline Park, 14181 S. Tamiami Tr., Fort Myers. Check www. fortmyersstore.skyzone.com for additional information. 9:30 a.m. Alateen Meetings. Alateen is a peer support group for teens who are struggling with the effects of someone else’s problem drinking. Located at 24 Hour Club, 1509 Pine Ridge Rd., Naples. Call 239-263-5907 or visit naplesAl-Anon.org for other meeting days and locations.
6 MONDAY 10:00 a.m. Baby Rhyme Time. You and your baby will learn new nursery rhymes and fingerplays, sing, read books, and dance. Playtime will follow. Registration is required. Located at South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy., Estero. Call 239-533-4400 or check www.leegov.com for additional information. 10:00 a.m. Mother’s Day Make & Take. Stop by the children’s room to make a craft for mom’s special day. All ages. Registration is not required. Located at Estates Library, 1266 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples. Call 239-455-8088 or check www. collierlibrary.org for additional information. 3:30 p.m. Meals of Hope Food Pantry. Frozen food, fresh produce, and canned
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goods will be given away to families in need. Located at Lely Presbyterian Church, 110 St. Andrews Blvd., Naples. Check mealsofhope.org or call 239-537-7775. 4:30 p.m. Family Game Night. Bring your favorite family game to the Immokalee library and share with other families. Located at Immokalee Library, 417 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239-657-2882 or check www.collierlibrary.org. 4:30 p.m. Pups & Books. Stop by to read to a pup or just pet one. Service dogsin-training provided by PAWS Assistance and Therapy dogs. Located at East Naples Library, 8787 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples. Visit collierlibrary.org or call 239-775-5592. 6:00 p.m. Art Classes for Kids. Ages 5-12. Fun projects with acrylic on canvases, watercolor, collages, mixed media, and much more. Located at Fleischmann Park, 1600 Fleischmann Dr., Naples. Visit muralistica.com. 6:00 p.m. Gamer’s Club. Ever wonder what your kids are up to in those online games? Worry no more. Located at Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead, 2655 Northbrooke Dr., Naples. Visit fullsteamaheadfl.com or call 239-451-3142. 6:00 p.m. Minecraft Club. Every Monday. A safe and productive place for your kids to stretch their minds and skills, relate to other kids, and create in Minecraft. Ages 6-12. Located at Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead, 2655 Northbrooke Dr., Naples. Check fullsteamaheadfl.com or call 239-451-3142.
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7 TUESDAY 10:00 a.m. Storytime with Miss Mary Ellen. Join us for reading, singing, and coloring in a fun-filled atmosphere of learning and lots of laughter. All ages welcome. Located at Barnes & Noble, 5377 Tamiami Tr. N., Naples. Call 239-598-5200 or check stores.barnesandnoble.com. 3:30 p.m. Animals Alive: Up Close With Animals. Enjoy live animals and learn how the Kowiachobee Preserve takes care of exotic, endangered, and domestic animals. All ages. Registration required. Located at Golden Gate Library, 2432 Lucerne Rd., Naples. Call 239-252-4542 or check www.collierlibrary.org. 3:30 p.m. Meals of Hope Food Pantry. Frozen food, fresh produce, and canned goods will be given away to families in need. Located at Greater Naples YMCA, 5450 YMCA Rd., Naples. Check mealsofhope.org or call 239-537-7775. 6:00 p.m. Chess Instruction, K-12. Join Antonio as he shares his skills at chess with students in grades K-12. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Check collierlibrary.org or call 239-593-0870. 6:15 p.m. DIY Stress Balls. As the school year comes to a close, are you feeling a little stressed-out and in need of some calm in your life? Located at South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy., Estero. Call 239-533-4400 or check www.leegov.com for additional information.
8 WEDNESDAY 10:00 a.m. Color Me Amazing. A fun and relaxing hour of coloring intricate designs while listening to soothing music. Located at East Naples Library, 8787 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples. Call 239-775-5592 or check www.collierlibrary.org. 4:00 p.m. Lego Fun. Share ideas, be creative, and have fun. Test out your wheeled creation on our super-fast test track. Located at Estates Library, 1266 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples. Visit collierlibrary.org or call 239-455-8088. 6:30 p.m. Shrek the Musical. Presented by Seacrest Country Day School through May 10. Located at Seacrest Country Day School, 7100 Davis Blvd., Naples. Call 239-793-1986 or check www.seacrest.org for additional information.
9 THURSDAY 10:00 a.m. We Love Unicorns. A magical unicorn storytime featuring books, flannel boards, activities, and crafts. Ages 2-5. Registration required. Located at South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy., Estero. Call 239-5334400 or check www.leegov.com for additional information. 10:30 a.m. Mother’s Day Picnic. A read-aloud story, edible crafts, and an indoor picnic. For children ages 2-5, with a grown-up. Located at East Naples Library, 8787 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples. Call 239-775-5592 or check www.collierlibrary.org for additional information. 2:00 p.m. May Movie Matinee. Little Women. Located at East Naples Library, 8787 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples. Call 239-775-5592 or visit collierlibrary.org. 3:30 p.m. Lego Fun. Bricks will be provided and your creation will be put on display. Ages 5-11 years. Located at South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-252-7542 or check collierlibrary.org.
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4:30 p.m. Ray the Trapper. Local alligator and wildlife trapper Ray Simonsen explains how he helps rid the area of nuisance alligators and aids other animals that may be in trouble. Located at Naples Regional Library, 650 Central Ave., Naples. Visit collierlibrary.org for additional information.
10 FRIDAY 9:00 a.m. Free Admission for Moms. Naples Zoo is celebrating Mother’s Day with free admission for moms May 10-12. Located at Naples Zoo, 1590 Goodlette-Frank Rd., Naples. Call 239-262-5409 or check napleszoo.org. 9:00 a.m. World Migratory Bird Day. Visitors can support the effort to protect birds as well as reduce plastic pollution with buy one get one free entrance today. Located at Rookery Bay, 300 Tower Rd., Naples. Call 239-530-5940 or check www.rookerybay.org for additional information. 10:00 a.m. Le Leche League Monthly Meeting. All breastfeeding mothers and mothers-to-be interested in breastfeeding are welcome to come to a meeting or call for breastfeeding help. Located at Center Point Community Church, 6590 Golden Gate Pkwy., Naples. Check lllsunshinestate.org. 11:00 a.m. Color Me Amazing Friday. A fun and relaxing hour of coloring intricate designs and patterns while listening to soothing music. Located at South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-252-7542 or check www.collierlibrary.org.
11 SATURDAY 8:00 a.m. 5th Annual 5K Run for Backpacks. Lipman Family Farms is hosting its 5th Annual Run for Backpacks, which includes a walk and Fun Run to raise money to fill backpacks with school supplies. Located at Immokalee High School, 701 Immokalee Dr., Immokalee. Call 239-657-4421 or check lipmanfamilyfarms.com. 8:30 a.m. Bark on the Ark Doggie Cruise. A dog friendly cruise to Keewaydin Island. Located at Pure Florida at Tin City, 1200 Fifth Ave. S., Naples. Call 239263-4949 or check www.purefl.com. 10:30 a.m. Kids Read Down Fines. Children and teens can earn a $2 credit
for every 15 minutes they read in the designated area for up to $8 in one session. Located at South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy., Estero. Call 239-533-4400 or check www.leegov.com for additional information. 1:00 p.m. A Dog’s Way Home. Rated PG. Registration is not required. Located at Estates Library, 1266 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples. Call 239-455-8088 or check www.collierlibrary.org for additional information. 1:00 p.m. Makerspace Night. Join us for crafts and fun entertainment. Located at Immokalee Library, 417 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239-657-2882 or check www.collierlibrary.org for additional information. 1:00 p.m. Mamma Mia! Teen Audition Prep Class. Prepare for Mamma Mia Teen auditions on May 18. Located at Sugden Community Theatre, 701 5th Ave. S., Naples. Call 239-434-7340, ext. 130, or check www.naplesplayers.org. 1:00 p.m. Parent’s Movie Matinee. Parents, come to the library to enjoy a movie just for the adults. Bring your kids and staff will have activities set up for them next door. Relax and enjoy popcorn and some grown-up time. Located at Immokalee Library, 417 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239-657-2882 or visit collierlibrary.org. 2:00 p.m. Books & Bites: Monthly Teen Book Club. Meet new friends, eat snacks, and discuss great books. Grades 6-12. Located at South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-252-7542 or check collierlibrary.org. 2:00 p.m. Mother’s Day Card Making for Kids. Make a Mother’s Day card of your choice. All ages. Registration is not required. Located at Golden Gate Library, 2432 Lucerne Rd., Naples. Call 239-252-4542 or check www.collierlibrary.org. 2:00 p.m. Mother’s Day Card Making for Teens to Adult. Teens and adults are welcome to make a beautiful card for Mother’s Day. All materials are provided. Registration is not required. Located at Golden Gate Library, 2432 Lucerne Rd., Naples. Call 239-252-4542 or check www.collierlibrary.org. 2:00 p.m. Mother’s Day Crafts and Treats. Surprise mom, grandmother, or any caregiver with unforgettable handmade gifts. Also enjoy a shareable treat. Ages 3-10 years. Registration required. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0334 or check www.collierlibrary.org. 2:00 p.m. Pony Fun Day. Spend a day at the farm. Located at Cornerstone Farm South, 3375 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., Naples. Call 239-595-7618 or check www. cornerstonefarmsouth.com.
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2:00 p.m. You Can’t Take it With You. Also May 12-13 at 6:30 p.m. Presented by KidzAct. Tickets are $20. Located at The Naples Players, Sugden Community Theatre, 701 5th Ave. S., Naples. For tickets, visit NaplesPlayers.org or call the box office at 239-263-7990. 5:00 p.m. Kid’s Night Out. Fun and engaging activities in a safe and friendly environment. Located at Greater Naples YMCA, 5450 YMCA Rd., Naples. Visit www.greaternaplesymca.org.
12 SUNDAY 8:45 a.m. Additional Needs Bounce Session. The first Saturday and second Sunday of each month. Music is at a low volume or not played at all. Children are safe and monitored both by parents and Bounce employees. Located at Bounce Naples, 2320 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., Naples. Call 239-302-3848 or check www. additionalneeds.info. 10:00 a.m. Free Mother’s Day Cruise. Moms cruise for free aboard all sightseeing cruises when accompanied by a full-fare paid adult or child. Located at Pure Florida, Tin City, 1200 5th Ave. S., Naples. Call 239-263-4949 or visit purefl.com.
13 MONDAY 9:30 a.m. Essentials of Digital Photography. Get the best pictures possible, and truly understand your camera’s features Located at Rookery Bay, 300 Tower Rd., Naples. Call 239-530-5940 or check www.rookerybay.org. 4:00 p.m. Ozobot Workshop. Learn about ozobots and coding with your very own little robot. This workshop is fun for any age. All ages. Registration is not required. Located at Immokalee Library, 417 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239657-2882 or check www.collierlibrary.org for additional information.
14 TUESDAY 10:00 a.m. Safari Squad: Turtley Fun. A turtle and tortoise “shellebration”! Come out of your shell and have a turtle-y awesome time with us. Located at Naples Zoo, 1590 Goodlette-Frank Rd., Naples. Call 239-262-5409 or visit napleszoo.org. 2:00 p.m. Feature Film. Ready Player One. Located at South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-252-7542 or visit collierlibrary.org. 2:00 p.m. Stop the Bleed. Did you know that you may be able to save a life by taking simple actions immediately? Stop the Bleed is a national awareness campaign and call-to-action. Located at Naples Regional Library, 650 Central Ave., Naples. Visit collierlibrary.org for additional information.
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15 WEDNESDAY 5:00 p.m. Montessori Open House. Visit Montessori Academy of Naples, which serves students from two months through 9 years old and offers both school year and summer programs. Located at Montessori Academy of Naples, 2655 Northbrooke Dr., Naples. Call 239-597-2255 or check www.naplesmontessori.org. 2:00 p.m. Stop the Bleed. Did you know that you may be able to save a life by taking simple actions immediately? Stop the Bleed is a national awareness campaign and call-to-action. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0334 or check www.collierlibrary.org.
16 THURSDAY 11:30 a.m. Crafternoon. This month we will be painting mugs. Limited seating; registration required. Located at Estates Library, 1266 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples. Call 239-455-8088 or check www.collierlibrary.org. 7:00 p.m. PFLAG Support Group Meeting.The Naples chapter of PFLAG (Parents Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) meets on the third Thursday of each month. Visit pflagnaples.org or call 239-963-4670 for location.
17 FRIDAY 2:00 p.m. Movie Afternoon. Popcorn and water provided. All ages. Registration is not required. Located at Immokalee Library, 417 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239-657-2882 or check collierlibrary.org.
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6:30 p.m. Buddy Break Respite Program for Kids With Special Needs. Threehour monthly session of free respite care for children with special needs and siblings. Crafts, games, movies, special activities. Pre-registration required. Volunteers needed. Located at Naples Seventh-day Adventist Church, 5050 Davis Blvd., Naples. Visit www.nathanielshope.org/our-programs/buddy-break. 7:00 p.m. Willy Wonka Jr. Join the CFABS Youth Players as the delicious adventures of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory light up the stage in this captivating adaptation of Roald Dahl’s fantastical tale. Located at Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, 10150 Bonita Beach Rd., Bonita Springs. Call 239-495-8989 or check www.artcenterbonita.org for additional information.
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8:00 a.m. Bark on the Ark Doggie Cruise. A dog-friendly cruise. Located at The Marina at Edison Ford, 2360 W. First St., Fort Myers. Call 239-263-4949 or check www.purefl.com. 8:00 a.m. Early Childhood Education Symposium. “The Challenges of Behavior: Is There No End!?” is open to early childhood teachers, administrators, and parents with young children. Located at Avow Ispiri Community Center, 1205 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples. Call 239-643-3908 or visit www.collierchildcare.org. 10:00 a.m. Endangered Species Day. You can help protect our endangered species. Enjoy special activities for families and guests all day at the Conservancy Nature Center. Located at Conservancy, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples. Call 239-2620304 or visit conservancy.org. 11:00 a.m. Carnival & BBQ Event. Join us for food, vendors, bounce house, face painting, water slide, and more. All are welcome. Located at Precious Cargo Academy, 5200 Crayton Rd., Naples. Call 239-261-7442 or check Preciouscargoacademy.org for additional information. 12:30 p.m. Mamma Mia! Teen Auditions. Children ages 14-18 (completed grades 8-12) are invited to audition. Located at The Naples Players, Sugden Community Theatre, 701 5th Ave. S., Naples. Call 239-434-7340, ext. 125, or check naplesplayers.org for additional information. 1:00 p.m. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. Located at Estates Library, 1266 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples. Call 239-455-8088 or check www. collierlibrary.org for additional information. 1:30 p.m. Pups ‘n’ Books. Stop by to read to a dog or just to pet one. Dogs provided by PAWS Assistance and Therapy Dogs. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0334 or check collierlibrary.org. 2:00 p.m. Harry Potter Studios Tour and Trivia Quiz. Visit the Warner Bros. Studios outside London, where all eight Harry Potter movies were filmed, now a tourist attraction. Sets, costumes, props, and design drawings are all there. Located at Naples Regional Library, 650 Central Ave., Naples. Visit collierlibrary.org for additional information.
19 SUNDAY 9:30 a.m. Zoo Yoga. Start your day with an animal-themed yoga class for all ages. Breathe, stretch, and relax in nature. Located at Naples Zoo, 1590 Goodlette-Frank Rd., Naples. Call 239-262-5409 or check napleszoo.org. 12:00 p.m. Free Kids Protection Workshop. Free indoor play, caregivers, and lunch provided. Reserve your spot by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Located at Whiz Kids, 1050 Pine Ridge Rd., Naples. Visit albanislaw.com.
20 MONDAY 12:00 p.m. Auditions for Madagascar: A Musical Adventure Jr. All youth are welcome to audition or participate, and parents and siblings are encouraged to help out with costumes and scenery Located at Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, 10150 Bonita Beach Rd., Bonita Springs. Call 239-495-8989 or check www.artcenterbonita.org. 4:00 p.m. End of Year Celebration. Join us for some snacks and excitement as we celebrate the upcoming summer break. Ages 11-17. Located at Naples Regional Library, 650 Central Ave., Naples. Visit collierlibrary.org. 4:00 p.m. Pizza and Games. Bring your friends, eat pizza, and play games for a fun night out. Ages 11-17. Registration not required. Located at Immokalee Library, 417 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239-657-2882 or visit collierlibrary.org. 6:00 p.m. Make Your Own Candy Bar. Create your own mini candy bars,
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make a personalized wrapper, and play chocolate trivia. Ages 11-17. Registration required. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0334 or check www.collierlibrary.org for additional information.
21 TUESDAY 10:00 a.m. Free Photowalk. Join Joe Fitzpatrick as he leads a free photowalk. Located at Immokalee Farmer’s Market, 424 New Market Rd. E., Immokalee. Visit understandphotography.com for additional information. 8:15 p.m. Movies on the Lawn: Grease. Bring your blankets and chairs. Food and drinks available for purchase. No coolers, please. Located at Mercato, 9132 Strada Pl., Naples. Check www.mercatoshops.com.
24 FRIDAY 12:00 p.m. Jack & the Beanstalk. Also May 25, 29, and 31. Join us as Jack discovers what’s at the top of this giant beanstalk. $19 includes lunch and show. Located at Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, 1380 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers. Visit broadwaypalm.com. 2:00 p.m. Early Release Movie. Ferris Beuller’s Day Off. Located at Golden Gate Library, 2432 Lucerne Rd., Naples. Call 239-252-4542 or visit collierlibrary.org. 7:00 p.m. Naples Philharmonic Free Chamber Concert. Reserve your tickets online or by phone beginning May 16. Located at Naples United Church of Christ, 5200 Crayton Rd., Naples. Call 800-597-1900 or check artisnaples.org.
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25 SATURDAY 10:00 a.m. Maker Saturday. Create, construct, discover, and share with our hands-on building materials. Ages 4-12. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0334 or check www.collierlibrary.org. 1:00 p.m. Movie Matinee. Mary Poppins Returns. Located at Estates Library, 1266 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples. Call 239-455-8088 or check www.collierlibrary.org. 2:00 p.m. Crafternoon. Learn how to make an engaging, environmentallyfriendly craft. All ages. No registration required, but arrive early because supplies are limited. Located at Naples Regional Library, 650 Central Ave., Naples. Visit collierlibrary.org for additional information.
28 TUESDAY 5:00 p.m. Sensory Night at C’mon.For children on the autism spectrum and/ or with other sensory integration disorders. Lighting and sound muted. Cool down spaces provided. Limited participation. Registration is required. Located at C’mon, 15080 Livingston Rd., Naples. Call 239-514-0084 or check www.cmon.org.
30 THURSDAY 2:00 p.m. Afternoon Movie. Enjoy the end of school with a movie at the library. Popcorn and water will be provided. All ages. Registration is not required. Located at Immokalee Library, 417 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239-657-2882 or check www.collierlibrary.org for additional information. 3:00 p.m. Kids’ Field Day. Kids will enjoy fun themed activities and games along with drinks and snacks. Ages 5-12. Located at Vineyards Community Park, 6231 Arbor Blvd. W., Naples. Call 239-252-4105 or check collierparks.com for additional information.
31 FRIDAY 10:00 a.m. Art Smarts. Ages 2-5 years. Join us for a new storytime focusing on process art. We’ll read a story and sing songs. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0334 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information. 6:00 p.m. Museum Night Out: Retro Game Night. Play games and enjoy the ice cream sundae bar, all free. All ages. RSVP encouraged, as spots are limited. Free admission. Located at Naples Depot Museum, 1051 5th Ave. S., Naples. Call 239252-8419 or check colliermuseums.com for additional information.
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By Sarah Lyons
8 Things Moms of Big Families Will Understand
The seven children of the Forbis family of Naples, shown here with mom Sarah and dad Robert, are our May cover kids.
fter the birth of our triplets two years ago, we went from a family of five to a family of eight overnight. It was a big adjustment for everyone, but we have settled into a comfortable routine. It is evident that there are parts of my daily life that only other mothers of large families will truly understand.
The housework never ends Lots of people means lots and lots of stuff. School papers, shoes, dirty clothes, dishes, and toys can quickly take over the entire house. Large families manage housework by sharing chores, keeping 34
up on daily tasks, and changing their perspective on what “clean” means. In a large family, you clean for the allotted amount of time and move on to the next thing on your to-do list. Within minutes, the house is usually “messy” again anyway. You get a lot of attention in public Large families aren’t as common nowadays, so when a large family goes out in public they attract attention. This comes in the form of anything from open mouth stares to questions like “Are you done?” or “Are they all yours?” While some people are critical, others appreci-
ate seeing a big family out enjoying time together. It is really loud When I explain to people that our family is loud, I don’t think they fully understand what this means. The noise in our home is not only loud but constant. Someone is always talking, singing, playing, arguing, listening to music, or watching TV – often many of these happen at the same time. To be heard over each other, the kids talk louder and sometimes at the same time. It is literally never quiet. A mom of many knows that if she hears silence, the kids most likely are up to no good. NEAPOLITANfamily • May 2019
Someone always needs something A mom of any number of children knows that she is never “off-duty”. Moms keep information about the location of household items and details about countless family-related information in their brains at all times. In a large family, someone always needs help with something, can’t find something, or needs something – a drink, diaper change, homework help, or a ride somewhere. Our kids, and even our husbands, turn to us first when a need arises. We are taxi drivers, nurses, teachers, coaches, counselors, chefs, housekeepers, cheerleaders, and more. Food goes fast It takes a lot of food to feed several growing bodies. Eating out is a treat because it costs a small fortune and, consequently, home cooked meals are the norm. Moms of many are usually good at meal planning and stretching ingredients. They also know that when a favorite food is in the house, it won’t last long. A large batch of cookies is usually gone the same day.
A mom of many knows that if she hears silence, the kids most likely are up to no good. There is no excuse for boredom In a big family there is no excuse for boredom because there is always someone to play with. If you don’t like what one sibling is doing, you can join another activity with another group. In a large family, you always have enough people to play a game of kickball or duck-duck-goose. Plus, you know if you mention being bored to your busy mom, she will start passing out chores to lighten her load. Sharing is a way of life Kids in big families learn to share
early in their lives. Clothing and toys are passed down the line until they practically fall apart. Often times no one remembers who the item originally belonged to and it becomes public property. Kids also share rooms which is both annoying and fun. While many kids from large families dream of having their own room, they also enjoy having a slumber party every night with their siblings. There’s a lot of love The best part of having a big family is that there are so many to love. Watching the kids laugh and play together or seeing an older child comforting a younger one instantly warms the heart. Kids in large families have built-in friends and always have someone in their corner Those moments make all the hard work that goes into mothering a lot of kids worth it. Moms of many know that each child is an individual and recognize their unique gifts and differences. Each child is part of a family, a team that works together, and celebrates successes of each other along the way.
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DROWNING PREVENTION AWARENESS MONTH
Keeping Kids Safer for Kacen
y amazing, wild, sweet and perfect little boy, Kacen, was such a fun and energetic two-year-old. I used to tell him he was too smart for his own good, and how that would get him into trouble one day. I never dreamt those silly words would turn into a nightmare that would come true so quickly and unfathomably tragic. On September 28, 2017 – the day before his third birthday – Kacen opened a sliding-glass door and bypassed an inadequate and defective gate on a fence that surrounded a pool and fatally drowned. His twin sister witnessed her brother’s tragic and final moments of life. She tried saving him by telling the adult babysitter that Kacen was in the pool, but it was too late. The pain of losing a child is beyond unbearable. It is deep. It is raw. It is something that could never be understood by a soul who’s never endured this kind of despair. We all have choices in the midst of our emotions, and I decided to take this unrelenting pain and put it toward something proactive and positive. I started a non-profit organization, K.A.C.E.N.S. C.A.U.S.E. (Keeping Adults and Children Educated Nationwide Creating Awareness on Unsafe Swimming Environments). We currently have a bill sponsored and filed for this legislative session called Kacen’s Cause Act. It requires all Florida homes with pools to have two (instead of only one, as currently required) safety barriers installed at time of transferring home ownership. Passing this law will make Florida a safer place for our children. Florida is an exceptionally high-risk state for child drownings, and is ranked in the top three states with most pools. Editor’s Note: Kacen’s Cause Act did not make it to a vote during the Florida legislature’s most recent session. While it made significant progress in the state senate, it was blocked in the state house. The bill will be filed again in August or September, and hopefully make it to a vote in January 2020. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death for children ages 1 to 4 years old in the United States. Most child drownings happen in familiar places, and statistics show that 65% of them happen in the child’s home pool, while approximately 30% happen in pools owned by friends or relatives, like in my son’s case. Did you know that drowning is the third leading cause of death worldwide, according to the World Health Organization? More than half of the child drowning victims had been out of sight of an adult for only five minutes or less. Most children involved in a drowning incident were not expected to be near or in the pool, yet that is where they were found. Drowning is a silent death, nothing like how the movies depict it. It is quick and quiet – there is no tell-tale warning! Most people think this would never happen to them, but unfortunately it can happen to anyone in the blink of an eye. The bottom line is these are our children, our future. We 36
By Brittany Howard
Brittany and Jeremy Howard with son Kole and twins Kacen and Kaedence. must protect them! We must educate the adults and children of today on the current laws, guidelines, safety measures, and drowning awareness to help save the adults and children of tomorrow. Kacen could have been anything he wanted, but sadly he will never get the chance to follow the life path that was meant for him – it was stolen from him too soon and too quickly. From the depths of my heart and soul, I want to spread this awareness to protect every child, and prevent this from happening ever again. NEAPOLITANfamily • May 2019
“The pain of losing a child is beyond unbearable. It is deep. It is raw. It is something that could never be understood by a soul who’s never endured this kind of despair.”
Top Tips for Water Safety
rowning 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. Here are some tips for keeping your family safe in and around water from Leigh Ann Newman, Neapolitan Family copublisher and a PediaSwim-certified survival swimming instructor. Lifeguard your bathtub. Never leave your young child unsupervised in the bathtub. The statistics are sobering. In 2018, 88 children died from drowning in Florida, according to Florida Department of Children and Families. Ten of those drowning occurred in the bathtub, and four of those drownings happened while an older child was also in the tub. Adult supervision. Drowning is 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. Always keep your eyes on the kids in the water. Swimming lessons. Children can learn to float as young as six months old. There are a variety of programs and instructors
out there. Ask your pediatrician and friends for recommendations. Dump the water wings. Water wings are toys – dangerous toys that give children and adults a false sense of security. If you are using a flotation device, make sure it is U.S. Coast Guard approved. Flotation devices should never take the place of adult supervision. Physical barriers and alarms. A must for any backyard pool is a fence at least four feet high, with a self-latching and selflocking gate. Pool fences save lives. Period. Any door or window that leads to the pool should have an alarm. You can get those alarms for free from NCH Safe & Healthy Kids Coalition (www. safehealthychildren.org), which is also a great resource for information on water safety. Learn first aid and CPR. Be prepared in case of an accident. Take away temptation. Many babies and toddlers fall into pools while reaching for a toy. Remove the temptation when you are done swimming for the day. This also helps to keep your pool cleaner. Get in the water. 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 still want you in the pool.
Women, Infants, and Children Program (WIC) services are relocating from Golden Gate to Naples at the end of June. The Naples and Immokalee locations will still provide: Healthy Foods Nutrition Education Nutrition Counseling Breastfeeding Support … and more! Call to make an appointment: Naples: 239-252-8208 Immokalee: 239-252-7310 This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
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By Karen T. Bartlett
Destination: Costa Rica
nce again, thousands of mama loggerhead sea turtles are arriving on our Southwest Florida beaches to dig their nests. Since both the nesting (May-July) and hatching (August-October) usually occur between midnight and 4 a.m., it’s not easy to encounter one in progress. If you want practically a guarantee – as much as Mother Nature allows, of course – Costa Rica is your destination. You’ll stay in a jungle lodge in the world famous Tortuguero National Park. Tortuguero is Spanish for Land of Turtles, and its 22 miles of turtle nesting beaches is the reason you’re here. At a few minutes before 8 p.m., you’ll pull on your sturdy rubber boots (supplied by the lodge) and meet your naturalist guide for a boat ride across a narrow canal beneath an inky black sky. It’s Green Season (which means it drizzles a lot, and sometimes there are torrential rains that come and go in the blink of an eye), so you might be issued rain gear. Your small group tour begins on a low, rocky cliffside path bordering the wild Caribbean Sea. No flashlights are
allowed, so it’s single file along the cliff. The brief messages move from the guide at the front all the way down the line: “branch on the trail,” “watch the hole,” and so on. While sea turtle populations decline around the globe, they have increased exponentially in Costa Rica, and this coast is said to host the largest colony of green turtles in the world. Permitted local residents of the tiny village of Tortuguero patrol the beaches nightly, so they can alert your guide when a nesting mama is ready to lay her eggs. You walk until the tracker’s message comes in, and then you skitter carefully down a path in the dunes. The lush, palmfringed black sand beach and raging surf are magnificent in the daytime, but downright spooky this night. You won’t see the heads of several giant green turtles bobbing just a few feet from shore, but to the trained eyes of the naturalists they are as visible as in daylight. For your experience, the tracker has picked out a 300-pound mama turtle that crawled onto the gravely beach about an hour ago and has positioned herself over her newly dug nest. Your small silent
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group will gather in a semi-circle just a few feet from her rear flippers. With only the light from the guide’s infrared flashlight, you will witness the slippery plop of 80-100 rubbery golf ball-size eggs dropping into the nest. Mama turtle is in kind of a trance, and without light or sound, you’re not disturbing her work. No photography is allowed, but the awe you feel is something that will stay in your mind’s eye for a very long time. Leatherback turtles are still nesting this month. Green turtle nesting season is July through October. If you go Tortuguero is only accessible by air and boat. For a silky smooth experience, book your entire trip through a top ranked operator such as costaricaexpeditions.com or costaricaexperts. com. My personal favorite lodges are Mawamba Lodge (mawamba. com) and Tortuga Lodge and Gardens (tortugalodge.com). Ostional Wildlife Refuge: synchronized nesting If one, or six, or ten simultaneous nestings aren’t enough for you, head for Ostional Wildlife Refuge near LaRoca on Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula. On a dark night, just before the new moon during Green Season, you can witness the jaw-dropping phenomenon of arribada (“the arrival”). It’s a synchronized nesting of hundreds of thousands of olive ridley sea turtles coming ashore at the same time. Or wait another 50 days, and come for the hatch. Multiply 100,000 nests by a modest 100 hatchlings per nest, all hatching within a few days of each other! At only two feet long, the olive ridley is the smallest of the sea turtles. Arribada is seen in only nine places around the world. Nesting season is August to November.
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By Norell Albanis
Protect Your Furry Family
f you’re an animal lover and have a pet of your own, you likely consider your pet to be a member of the family. And since your furry friends can provide protection, emotional support, and unconditional love, such consideration is well deserved. It’s sad but true that many pets end up in shelters after their owner dies or becomes incapacitated. In fact, the Humane Society estimates that 100,00 to 500,000 pets are placed in shelters each year for exactly this reason, and a large number of these animals ultimately are euthanized. The law considers your pet nothing more than personal property. That means that without plans in place, your pet will be treated just like your couch or vacuum, in the event of your death or incapacity. For example, if you die without including any provisions for your pet’s care in your estate plan and none of your family or friends volunteer to take in your pet, your faithful companion likely will end up in an animal shelter. While you can leave money for the care or your pet in a will, there will be no continuing oversight to ensure your pet (and the money you leave for its care) will be cared for as you wish, if you do it that way. Indeed, a person who is named in your will as the
guardian of your pet could drop off the animal at the shelter and use the money to buy a new TV – and face no penalties for doing so. What’s more, a will is required to go through a court process known as probate, which can last for a year or longer and leave your pet in limbo during that entire time. And a will only goes into effect upon your death, so if you’re incapacitated by accident or illness, it will be useless for protecting your pet. Pet trusts The best way to ensure your animal companions are properly taken care of in the event of your death or incapacity is to create a pet trust. Pet trusts go into effect immediately and allow you to lay out detailed, legally binding rules for how the funds in the trust can be used. Pet trusts can cover multiple pets, work in cases of incapacity as well as death, and remain in effect until the last surviving animal dies. Here are a few of the most important things to consider when setting up a pet trust: Caregivers. The most important decision when creating a pet trust is naming the caretaker. The caretaker will have custody of
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your pet and is responsible for it’s daily care for the remainder of your pet’s life. As with naming a guardian for your children, make certain you choose someone who will watch over and love your pet just as you would. Consider the caretaker’s physical ability – naming someone elderly to raise your Great Dane puppy might be asking too much. Also make certain your pet fits in with the caretaker’s family members and other pets. Discuss your wishes ahead of time with a potential caretaker – never assume they are willing to take on the responsibility. In case your first choice for caretaker is unable to take in your pet, name at least one or two alternates. If you don’t know any suitable caregivers, there are a variety of charitable groups that can provide for your pet if you’re no longer able to, such as Safe Haven® Surviving Pet Care Program. Trustees. Trustees manage the trust’s funds and ensure your wishes for the animal’s care are carried out in the manner the trust spells out. Given the potential conflict of interest, you may consider naming someone other than the caregiver as trustee. In this way, you now have two people who are invested in ensuring the care of your pet and money are properly handled. Caretaking instructions. At the very least, your caretaking instructions should outline your pet’s basic requirements: dietary needs, exercise regimen, medications, and veterinary care. Be sure you think about all of your pet’s future needs, including extra services like grooming, boarding, and walking. Beyond basic care, you can also lay out instructions for just about any other special treatment you want your furry friend to receive. From sleeping arrangements and yummy treats to weekly visits to the park and favorite toys, a pet trust can provide Fido and Fluffy with whatever lifestyle you wish for them. Finally, don’t forget to address what you want done at the end of your pet’s life, such as burial, cremation, or memorial services. Funding. When determining how much money to put aside for your pet’s care, you should carefully consider the pet’s age, health, and care needs. Remember, you’re covering the cost of caring for the animal for the rest of its life, and even basic expenses can add up over time. But most pet owners want their beloved pets to receive more than just the bare necessities. So make sure you carefully calculate the costs for any special treatments or services you include in the trust and leave enough money to pay for them. And if you end up leaving more money behind than needed, you can always name a remainder beneficiary, such as a family member or charity, to inherit any funds not spent on the pet.
NORELL ALBANIS is an estate planning attorney, and can be reached at 239-314-2353 or by visiting albanislaw.com.
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Vacation Bible School Directory If you are looking for a few days of Christian education for your child this summer, you’re sure to find a program that will meet your needs. Vacation Bible Schools are either free of charge or low cost. Programs fill up quickly, so be sure to register as early as possible.
Featured Vacation Bible Schools COVENANT CHURCH OF NAPLES 239-597-3464 6926 Trail Blvd., Naples covenantnaples.com June 10-14, 8:45 a.m. to 12 p.m. F.A.I.T.H. Lab is a science-inspired, Christ-focused Vacation Bible School for children 4 years old to those entering 6th grade. The Biblical truth combined with hands-on science exploration equals unforgettable faith lessons for your children. 239-596-8600, x2 FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH 3000 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples fbcn.org/VBS June 3-7, 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Free. For children 4 years old by Sept. 1, 2019, through current 5th graders. This year’s theme is In the Wild: Amazing Encounters with Jesus. FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF NAPLES 239-262-1311 250 6th St. S., Naples fpcnaples.org June 24-28, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. $25 per student/$50 family maximum (scholarships available). Ages 4 years-5th grade. This year’s theme is To Mars and Beyond. Daily crafts, snacks, games, music, and much, more. Registration begins May 1, and can be completed online. 239-213-5222 MOORINGS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 791 Harbour Dr., Naples mooringschurch.org June 24-28, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. $35 (scholarships available: request before June 1). Registration opens May 1, and is all online. The VBS program is for children who will be 4 years old by Sept. 1, 2019, and have attended at least one year of preschool through 5th grade. This year’s theme is Roar: Life is Wild, God is Good. NAPLES UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST 239-261-5469 5200 Crayton Rd., Naples naplesucc.org July 29-Aug. 2, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. $15 per child, $25 per family for the week. Wrap around care available from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. for $65 per child. For children in grades K-5. This year’s theme is Rolling River Rampage: Experience the Ride of a Lifetime With God. Pizza party and bounce house on Friday. 42
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June 3-7; 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. For children entering grades K-5. Online registration available. EAST NAPLES UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 2701 Airport Rd. S., Naples
June 17-21, 5:30-8 p.m. For ages 4 through 5th grade, youth, and adults. Nursery care available for children 3 and younger. This year’s theme is Roar: Life is Wild, God is Good. A light dinner is provided. EMMANUEL LUTHERAN CHURCH
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June 3-7, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. $25 per child. For children who have completed grades K-8. The theme is Peace Works: Empowering the Next Generation of Peacemakers. FAITH LUTHERAN CHURCH
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June 10-14, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free, and includes lunch. For children 4 years old through 5th grade. This year’s theme is Roar: Life is Wild, God is Good. Optional afternoon field trips and activities offered for a small fee from 12:30-5 p.m., for children in grades K-5.
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NORTH NAPLES BAPTIST CHURCH 1811 Oakes Blvd., Naples June 3-7, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free. For ages 3 through teens.
OUR SAVIOR LUTHERAN CHURCH 1955 Curling Ave., Naples 239-597-4091 oursaviornaples.org July 8-12, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Free. For children ages 4 through 8th grade. The weekâ€™s theme is One Nation Under God. SAN MARC0 CATHOLIC CHURCH 851 San Marco Rd., Marco Island 239-394-5181 sanmarcochurch.org June 24-28, 9 a.m. to noon. Free. For ages 3 years (potty trained and able to stay with a group) through 5th grade. Grades 6 and up are welcome as group leaders. This yearâ€™s theme is Athens. ST. AGNES CATHOLIC CHURCH 7775 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., Naples 239-592-1949 stagnesnaples.org June 17-21, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $40 per child. This yearâ€™s theme is Roar: Life is Wild, God is Good. For children entering grade PreK-4 to 5th grade in the fall. ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST 625 111th Ave. N., Naples 239-566-8740 saintjohntheevangelist.com June 3-7, 9 a.m. to noon. $40 per child. Ages 4 through those who have completed 4th grade. This yearâ€™s theme is Roar: Life is Wild, God is Good. Aftercare is available until 3 p.m. for $60 per child. Volunteers (18+) welcome. VANDERBILT PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 1225 Piper Blvd., Naples 239-597-5410 July 15-19, 9 a.m. to noon. $40 per child. For children in PreK-3, PreK-4, and kindergarten.
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NEAPOLITANfamily • May 2019
Are you ready for the BEST SUMMER EVER? This year we have SO MANY exciting Summer Camp options to ensure your kids have FUN all summer long. At the Naples YMCA Summer Day Camp, we create an exciting, safe environment for everyone to have an unforgettable summer of fun.
Y SUMMER CAMP FOR AGES *5 - 13 Y KIDS: $100/WK | GUESTS: $125/WK TIME: 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Drop-off: 7:00 am - 9:00 am | Pick-up: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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E N D A N G E R E D S P E C I E S D AY You can help protect our endangered species. Enjoy special activities for families and guests all day at the Conservancy Nature Center.
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