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Come to the Fair! GREAT EVENTS FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY AT
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Vintage Market Days
An upscale vintage-inspired market featuring original art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, handmade treasures, home décor, outdoor furnishings, delicious food, and more. This is so much more than a flea market! Tickets & Hours For admission to all three days of the event, tickets are $10. General admission tickets for Saturday and Sunday are $5 and are valid for both days. Children under 12 are free.
Collier County Fair March 15-25 The region’s premier fair, the 2018 Collier County Fair features rides, games, demolition derby, family living/livestock competitions, food, live music, and so much more! Fun for the entire family! 2018 Megapasses are $26 and are available at CollierCountyFair.com.
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February 2018 TABLE OF CONTENTS
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FROM THE PUBLISHER
REEL LIFE WITH JANE
THE OUTNUMBERED MOTHER
COLLIER COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT UPDATE
COLLIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
18 MOMentum Moms. Dr. Sterling Sigmond balances taking care of your family’s fur babies with looking after her own four- and two- legged family members. by Heather McDermott 20 Big Swamp Smoke Off. Our field photographer captured the flavor of this fun family event at the Collier County Fairgrounds. by Lisette Morales 22 STEAM in the Garden. Five lessons kids learn while digging in the dirt. by Patricia O’Connor Carlson
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23 Dual Enrollment. The pros and cons of encouraging your kids to start their college educations while still in high school. by Rebecca Barton 33 National Dental Month. Dr. Reinaldo Lasanta answers questions about your family’s dental health. Hadley Huber-Balogh is the daughter of Dr. Stacey Huber and Andrea Balogh, owners of Animal Oasis Veterinary Hospital. Hadley currently is in kindergarten at Seacrest Country Day School. Hadley loves gymnastics and swimming, and one day hopes to follow in her mommy’s footsteps and become a veterinarian. Thank you to Seacrest for hosting our cover shoot!
34 Instant Pot. Recipes and tips for cooks who are new to this recent phenomenon, as well as the Instant Pot masters. by Anna Snyder 37 Education Directory. This special advertising section provides details on the best preschools, private schools, and providers of homeschool, tutor, and special needs services in Naples.
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College is several years away for my daughter, and yet I’m already experiencing tuition sticker shock. (Don’t even talk to me about the fact that my baby will be leaving home.) So my ears perked up when Neapolitan Family co-publisher Stacy Nicolau told me that her daughter, Bella (a high school junior), opted to participate in the Accelerated Collegiate Experience at FGCU. This dual enrollment program allows high school students to get a jump on college and score up to two years of a FREE college education (and even free text books and student health services). If you think it sounds too good to be true, head to page 23, where our former intern (and now copy editor) Rebecca Barton shares her own dual enrollment experience. Rebecca will graduate from Florida State University this May, and spent her junior and senior years of high school studying full time at FGCU. For those of you with younger children at home, our expanded education guide continues to provide details on the area’s best preschools, but we’ve added in the top private and charter schools, as well as homeschool, special needs, and tutoring services. The directory starts on page 37. Did you get an Instant Pot for Christmas? I hope you didn’t decide to bring yours back to Florida in checked luggage, like I did. Mine may not be pretty anymore, but it functions. I’m still working out the kinks, and while I’m not sure it will ever achieve the “life-changing” status that I’ve been promised on Facebook, my Instant Pot has produced some delicious meals. Anna Snyder, our resident foodie, shares some great Instant Pot recipes from her own arsenal on page 34, along with tips to help you get up to speed. Happy Valentine’s Day!
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REEL LIFE WITH JANE
By Jane Louise Boursaw
Family Movie Previews for February Movies for kids and teens in February include a new version of “Peter Rabbit” and a fresh Marvel installment with “Black Panther,” and the stop-motion animation “Early Man.” Let’s take a closer look. PETER RABBIT
Rated PG for some rude humor and action • In theaters 2/9 Ok for kids 6+ Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels
Rated PG for some rude humor and action In theaters 2/16 • Ok for kids 6+ Reel Review: 4.5 of 5 Reels
Peter Rabbit, the mischievous and adventurous hero who has captivated generations of readers, now takes on the starring role of his own irreverent, contemporary comedy with attitude. In this film directed by Will Gluck, Peter’s feud with Mr. McGregor (Domhnall Gleeson) escalates to greater heights than ever as they rival for the affections of the warm-hearted animal lover who lives next door (Rose Byrne). James Corden voices Peter with playful spirit and wild charm, with Margot Robbie, Elizabeth Debicki, and Daisy Ridley performing the voice roles of the triplets, Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail. Based on the beloved children’s book characters created by Beatrix Potter, the film is a mix of animation and live-action.
Set at the dawn of time, when prehistoric creatures and woolly mammoths roamed the earth, “Early Man” tells the story of Dug, who – along with his sidekick Hognob – unites his tribe against the mighty Bronze Age in a battle to beat them at their own game. This stop-motion animation film is produced by Aardman Animation and directed by Nick Park, director of “Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.” Voices include Eddie Redmayne as Dug, Maisie Williams as Goona, Tom Hiddleston as Lord Nooth, and Timothy Spall as Chief Bobnar, the chieftain of Dug’s tribe.
BLACK PANTHER Not yet rated; likely PG-13 In theaters 2/16 • Ok for kids 12+ Reel Preview: 4.5 of 5 Reels Directed by Ryan Coogler, this movie stars Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa, the prince of the African nation of Wakanda, who must take over the throne after his
father’s murder. Created by Stan Lee and considered to be the first black hero in mainstream comics, Black Panther fought alongside Captain America, The Avengers, and The Fantastic Four. The film also stars Forest Whitaker as Zuri, an elder statesman in Wakanda; Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia; Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger; Florence Kasumba, reprising her “Captain America: Civil War” role as Ayo, a member of the Dora Milaje; and Daniel Kaluuya as T’Challa confidant W’Kabi.
JANE’S REEL RATING SYSTEM 1 Reel–Even the Force can’t save it. 2 Reels–Coulda been a contender. 3 Reels–Something to talk about. 4 Reels–You want the truth? Great flick! 5 Reels–Wow! The stuff dreams are made of. JANE LOUISE BOURSAW is the editor of ReelLifeWithJane.com and OldMission.net.
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YOUR COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS
Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King at the Golden Gate Library
ome to the library to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with local students as they perform readings, share their artwork, and play music on Tuesday, Feb. 6 from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Golden Gate Library, located at 2432 Lucerne Rd., Naples. There will be refreshments afterward in the craft room. This event is for all ages and registration is not required. Visit www.collierlibrary.org.
Popular Camel Rides Return to Naples Zoo Through May 5
ack by popular demand, a caravan of camels has returned to Naples Zoo so guests can take a ride on the ship of the desert. Naples Zoo guests can enjoy a ride on one of our camels daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Saturday, May 5. The camels and their riders are guided by a professional handler on a private trail between Royal Palm Walkway and Shoreline Trail in the Zoo. This memorable experience is available to Naples Zoo guests and members for $7. For additional information, visit www.napleszoo.org, follow at www.facebook.com/napleszoo or call 239-262-5409.
Fort Myers Reading Festival Attracts Best-Selling Authors
ore than a dozen acclaimed and best-selling authors are coming to Fort Myers to meet fans and talk about their books at the 19th annual Southwest Florida Reading Festival on Saturday, March 3 at the Fort Myers Regional Library, located at 2450 First St. in downtown Fort Myers. Notable children’s writers include Michael Hall and Jennifer Ward. Scott Turow and J.T. Ellison headline the adult authors’ list, which also includes Patti Callahan Henry and Jessica Shattuck. The complete list of authors can be found at www.ReadFest.org. The festival is a day-long event filled with author presentations, lively activities for children, the latest library technology, and book signings. Every child in attendance will receive a free book. Admission to the festival is free. The Reading Festival aims to build a literate community by encouraging children to develop an interest in reading independently, which fosters an increase in vocabulary and improved writing skills. For more information go to www.ReadFest.org.
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Autism on the Seas Offers Free Cruise Ship Tours on Feb. 25
amilies of kids and adults with special needs who are considering taking a cruise with Autism on the Seas (AOTS) are invited to take a free tour of a cruise ship in Port Canaveral on Sunday, Feb. 25. The 2-3 hour tour is conducted by the Royal Caribbean International and AOTS staff while the cruise ship is docked in port. Registration is required, and a limited number of spots are available. To register, visit www.autismontheseas.com/SeasforAutism.
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“Tamara serves as Vice-Chair of the Collier Child Care Resources Board of Directors. I have had the fortune of being led by Tamara and her heart and passion applies to everything she involves herself in. As an Executive Board Member, she understands the challenges that face children and non-profit organizations locally and is well equipped to make a positive impact in and out of the board room. Her approach is always fair and considerate, a natural-born thinker with a perfect blend of integrity and business acumen. As a leader of an educationrelated non-profit organization that focuses on providing the best start in life to those that need it the most, I was excited to hear Tamara is running for County Court Judge and fully support her candidacy”. —Niccole Howard, Chief Executive Officer, CCCR
As a wife and mother living and working in Collier County, Tamara became passionate about early childhood development and education when her daughter, Gabriella, entered pre-school. After finding a superior early education at Child’s Path, Tamara became involved with Collier Child Care Resources (CCCR). Child’s Path is just one of the early childhood education centers operated by CCCR. Tamara is currently the Vice Chair at CCCR and plans to remain committed to volunteering her time and efforts to make education for our children a priority. Tamara has lived in Collier County since elementary school and is dedicated to this community and the families who live here. Tamara is running for County Court Judge in the 2018 general election and would appreciate your vote in the primary on August 28, 2018.
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ASK THE OUTNUMBERED MOTHER
By Amy Hunter
Advice on Discipline, Activities Q: I can’t get my husband to agree with me about discipline. We have an eightmonth-old baby together, and he’s been the only dad my four-year-old and sevenyear-old boys have ever known. Where should I draw the line?
should draw the line, I’m not entirely sure what sort of discipline is on the table here. I pretty much draw the line at corporal punishment. To me, hitting seems like a last resort, and I’d rather not raise a hand to my children.
Amy: Okay, so here’s the thing. Kids are a lot more perceptive than we give them credit for. They can spot weakness from a mile away. If you and your husband don’t present a united front when it comes to discipline, they will exploit that vulnerability and use it to their advantage. I recommend that you and your husband sit down and come to some sort of compromise on what is and is not appropriate for the offense committed. Then the kids won’t have a weaker parent to commiserate with, and you both will be on the same page. As far as where you
Q: What are some fun activities you do with your kids at home? I’m running out of ideas for crafts. Amy: Eek. If you’re looking for craft ideas, you’ve come to the wrong place. I’m not really a crafty mom. Might I suggest Pinterest? When we’re at home, the older kids read, watch TV, play on their computers or Xbox, chat with friends, or go outside to play. As for my three-year-old, he enjoys imaginative play, puzzles, Play-Doh (Lord help me), coloring, painting, snacking, and watching TV. Sometimes the boys
like helping me cook dinner or assisting me with sorting socks (aka the bane of my existence). I try to keep their at-home schedule less structured because they have so many structured activities after school. Besides all three being in soccer, they also attend religious school, and each has music lessons. I hope that helps. Amy Hunter grew up in the suburbs of Long Island singing Barbara Streisand hits into her hairbrush. When she’s not writing her hilarity-fueled parenting memoir as The Outnumbered Mother, she’s a Naples-living, butt-wiping, soccer-team carting, gourmetchef attempting, tennis-skirt wearing, nontennis playing, self-proclaimed bad mamma jamma to three sons and a very understanding husband. You can find Amy at theoutnumberedmother.com.
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By Eli Denard
The Lion’s Paw by Robb White
he Lion’s Paw is about a runaway boat, the search for a mysterious seashell, and one boy’s loyalty. What if you could sail away from your regular life straight into an adventure? In The Lion’s Paw, by Robb White, two South Florida kids escape an orphanage and sneak down to a harbor. They had always dreamed about being sailors, so they slip quietly through the dark onto a beautiful sailboat. There they fall asleep. In the morning, they find themselves in the middle of an action-packed journey with 16-year-old Ben, who is on a mission to protect the boat that belongs to his military father. Before his dad left for the Navy, he told Ben to find a rare Lion’s Paw seashell. After hearing the news that his father is “Missing in Action,” Ben casts off for Captiva Island, away from his mean uncle, who wants to sell the boat. With his new friends, Nick and Penny, he sets sail with the Coast Guard chasing them. Will they escape to find the Lion’s Paw and to rescue Ben’s missing dad? This is one of the best historical fiction novels I have ever read. I loved reading about local places in a book, like Boca Grande and Fort Myers. It also includes information about shells and local animals. It was written a long time ago, but The Lion’s Paw feels new, like it could have happened in 2018, except there are no iPhones. I recommend this book to readers who like adventure. I really enjoyed the characters. Ben was strong, confident, and loyal, but Nick was
re-released it because so many people wrote to them asking for it. In fact, Bookfinder. com ranked it as the most requested out-ofprint children’s book. On Amazon, 161 out of 167 reviewers gave it five stars. Robb White was also a screen writer for films. He wrote 27 books. Many of his adventure novels are about young heroes working as a team. I was sad to read that Robb White died in 1990. He was an author I would have really liked to meet. I’m planning to read all of his other books. I don’t recommend actually running away from normal life to go on a crazy sea adventure, but you can do it over the weekend when you read The Lion’s Paw. Purchase on Amazon or order from thelionspaw.org.
my favorite because I could relate to him. He was 9. He never gave up, no matter what, like when he wrestled an alligator. At age 12, Penny was a good sailor and a cook. She was also strong and tough and she took care of her younger brother. It was an interesting read because they were always on the move, being chased. It was fast paced. It is a classic, my mom says. Which I think means a lot of grown-ups read it when they were young. It has been out of print for a long time, but the family of the author has
ELI DENARD is 12 and in the 7th grade. He schools at home, plays piano and golf, and raises chickens. He is active in 4H, and he likes books. Lots of books. He also likes adventures.
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COLLIER COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
By Amanda Jackson, Communications & Community Engagement
HLE is Lighting the Way in Collier
lighthouse is seen as a welcoming structure, a reassuring sign of steady ground ahead, and an optimistic symbol of hope for all looking to move forward safely. Highlands Elementary School (HLE) recently was recognized as a Leader in Me Lighthouse School – the first in Collier County. With this designation, HLE is an example for other Leader in Me schools across the country and world. “This is an achievement that we didn’t think would happen until later this year, but because we have such stellar leaders, they jumped on the bandwagon and they wanted this more than anything,” said HLE Principal Laura Mendicino. As part of the Leader in Me program, students participate in leadership teams and classroom roles throughout the year. HLE’s goal is to give students the opportunity to meet others, work together on community projects, and strengthen their natural leadership skills in an area of passion. As Mendicino explained, there are more than 3,500 Leader in Me schools in the world, but only 350 are Lighthouse schools – 22 of those are in Florida, and now one in Collier County. HLE hosted a school-wide celebration to share the news with students, staff, and guests. “The fact that our students can light the path for Collier
County is extremely profound,” Mendicino stated. “Many times at a Title I school, people don’t think that’s going to happen, but our students have risen to the occasion. Our students are capable of amazing things, and they are leading the way for excellence not only in themselves but in the school and the community of Immokalee. It has really been empowering for the students and, in turn, that’s positively impacted our staff as well.” HLE has more than 47 student leadership teams for students of all grade levels. They meet once or twice a month for about 30 minutes. Mendicino said each group has a giveback goal, either to the school, the community, or the nation. This year, HLE has a student Lighthouse team made up of 33 student leaders who meet with the parent and staff Lighthouse team to plan events, boost school culture and morale, and plan celebrations. They even were part of the creation of the school calendar. “We know that with student leadership, our students are setting goals for success. They’re developing the habits they need to be successful,” Mendicino said. “The Lighthouse pinnacle is a cherry on top. We just want to make sure we’re setting that foundation for our kids, and being a Lighthouse school gives us the affirmation that we are accomplishing that.”
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Who Pays the Attorney?
n every divorce, each spouse (or party) will eventually ask themselves if they can afford to hire an attorney. In some cases, the answer is plain. Perhaps there are simply no assets to argue over and the divorce is a simple matter of paperwork, or perhaps both spouses have set money aside to hire counsel. The hiring of an attorney in a dissolution of marriage action is most often a personal decision that everyone should be able to make on their own. An implicit unfairness exists, however, when one spouse wields the financial power and controls all the family’s money, and the other spouse has no access to money. This is where the law may have to intervene to level the playing field. The Florida Dissolution of Marriage Act contains a provision for the recovery of attorney’s fees to assist in these imbalanced situations. The purpose of the law is to ensure that both parties have equal access to legal counsel. The law does this by placing the
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burden of paying attorney’s fees on the spouse that is more capable of paying from their financial resources. This law exists to avoid situations where someone is shortchanged in exercising their rights simply because they could not afford an attorney. A request for attorney’s fees is the last of the financial claims to be addressed when these items are presented to a court to determine. This falls last in line because the decision-maker must know the post-divorce financial situation of both parties to determine if an award of fees is necessary. This means looking at each party’s debts, income (including alimony), and expenses (including support obligations). The closer the parties are to being equal in this situation, the more likely each party has to pay their own attorney’s fees; conversely, the more disparate the parties’ respective assets and income is going to be post-divorce, the more likely it is that one party has to pay all of the attorneys’ fees.
While this law holds true for consideration at the end of the case, parties in a divorce require access to funds early on to hire an attorney to represent them. Most often, the attorney retainers for both parties are paid from whatever marital funds to which the parties have access. If one party is cut-off from the marital assets, then the court can grant “temporary relief” including attorney’s fees from the other. Again, the goal and intent of the law is to allow for fairness and for both parties to have equal access to hiring counsel. Nothing can make someone feel more helpless than being thrust into a divorce without the means to secure an attorney to advise them and advocate for them. Especially when their spouse has hired an attorney and cut off their access to funds. If you find yourself in a situation like this, reach out to an attorney to assist you in exercising your rights permitted under the law to level the playing field in your divorce.
CITY CONNECTION PARKS DEPT.
By Laura Tichy-Smith
February is Fun at the Naples City Parks Entertainment, classes, and sports await you at these programs and events offered by the City of Naples Community Services Department. Free Concert at River Park Community Center
Free Concerts at the Cambier Park Bandshell
The Jazz Masters will present a free concert of Dixieland jazz at the River Park Community Center on Saturday, Feb. 17 at 2 p.m. Call 239-213-3037. (301 11th St. N., Naples)
Bring a blanket for the whole family and enjoy free concerts in Cambier Park. Concert schedule: Naples Dixieland Jazz Band on Feb. 4 at 2 p.m.; Stardust Memories Big Band on Feb. 5 at 7 p.m.; Naples Concert Band on Feb. 11 at 2 p.m.; Naples Big Band on Feb. 12 at 7 p.m.; Gulfcoast Big Band on Feb. 18 at 2 p.m.; Stardust Memories Big Band on Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. Call 239-2133058. (755 Eighth Ave. S., Naples)
Parents’ Night Out Hosted by Miss Cricket Want a Friday night out? Miss Cricket, the gymnastics and afterschool instructor at Fleischmann Park, has got you covered. Dinner, games, and a big screen movie equal a tired kid to pick up. Call for February’s date; $22. Pre-registration is required. Call 239-213-3020. (1600 Fleischmann Blvd., Naples)
Free Tuesday Morning Nature Talk Series Bring your children and learn together how nature can flourish in urban and suburban areas, with the proper care. The Naples
Preserve continues its free nature talk series featuring guest speakers from natural areas around SWFL. The presentations will inform and entertain both adults and children over the age of 7. All talks are at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays. The schedule is: Feb. 6 – She Sells Sea Shells; Feb. 13 – Canary in a Coal Mine: Invertebrates Indicate Ecosystem Health; Feb. 20 – Conservation Collier Trails; Feb. 27 – Beauty and Beast: Tale of the Lionfish. Call 239-261-4290. (1690 Tamiami Tr. N., corner of US 41 & Fleischmann Blvd.) Baby Fitness (18 months and up) Instill healthy habits for life in your toddler by attending the drop-in Mommy and Me Open Gym on Fridays, 10-11:30 a.m. $6 per child. Call 239-213-3020. (1600 Fleischmann Blvd., Naples)
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COLLIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
By Kristine Gill
Deputies Keeping Schools Safe
ach day, families throughout Collier County send their children off to school, entrusting their education and wellbeing to the dedicated employees of our school district. The Collier County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) also is looking out for students and their safety. The CCSO stations a Youth Relations Deputy (YRD) at each of the schools throughout the Collier County Public Schools system. Partnerships also are in place with private schools and charter schools that request a law enforcement presence. These deputies report to the same building on a daily basis and are ready for duty bright and early as school buses roll in and sleepy students head to class. When they aren’t patrolling the hallways or taking reports based on concerns
and crimes reported within the school, these deputies are building relationships with students. They know your children by name and they are there to help. Our YRDs oversee school events and also are leading educational programs for students and parents addressing social
media and substance abuse. In the summers when school is out, those same deputies run free programs for kids. These include our Summerfest events, which range from building a boat with deputies and fishing on the Naples Pier to open gyms and our Hot Summer Nights series with family-friendly entertainment. The CCSO has been ahead of the curve on this front, having stationed deputies in schools long before it became the norm. We want to take this opportunity to remind parents of this invaluable resource. If you have a question or concern that you think a YRD could answer, get in touch with your child’s school or call the CCSO Youth Relations Bureau. Captain Beth Jones heads the division and is happy to assist. Call her at 239-252-0144.
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By Heather McDermott terling Sigmond always knew that she wanted to be a veterinarian. There was never a Plan B. She recounts a story her mom tells from when she was around five years old and rescued an injured grasshopper from her home in Golden Gate Estates. From then on she was hooked. That began a lifetime of owning unusual pets, including a baby crocodile, birds, hermit crabs, goats, ponies, chickens, rabbits, pigs (Pinkie Pig, to be specific), mice, turtles, and, of course, dogs and cats. (She currently owns a hedgehog which she says is more of a night owl, so not the most interesting pet.) Sterling, clearly an animal lover, has lived and cared for animals in the Naples area her entire life. Her parents hail from Connecticut but, searching for a warmer climate, drove as far south as they could. Born in Lee Memorial hospital in 1978, Sterling is a proud product of Collier County Public Schools. Her sister Monet, also of Naples, chaperoned Sterling’s first date at
the tender age of 16 with her high school sweetheart (now husband), Scott. She met him when she was 14 but was too young to date, so she claims he endured endless board games with her family. Fast forward to 2017, and with 14 years experience as a veterinarian under her belt, she decided to take on the challenge of opening her own practice, Naples Coastal Animal Hospital, located at 956 2nd Avenue North. Tell me about your decision to open your new business. After completing my undergraduate degree at the University of Florida in three years, I graduated from [UF] vet school with a degree in Animal Sciences. I worked for a newly opened animal hospital in the area for two years, and then for 11 years at another wonderful local animal hospital. I always knew I wanted to work on domestic animals and be part of the family atmosphere of Naples, and even raise my own family here. I have always wanted to provide more personalized medicine and care, allowing more time for my clients, and even home
visits. Down the line, we plan to provide concierge care, which would allow clients access to my cell phone, after-hours visits, and in time-sensitive cases [I would] meet clients at the emergency hospital and act as a liaison and facilitate for them. We currently don’t have these types of services in animal medicine here. Also, we will provide specialized individual needs regarding vaccinations or titers (blood test to gauge the level of vaccine still in an animal’s body). This is extremely personalized medicine. What was your family’s take on your decision to open your own business? My entire family was extremely supportive. The kids even drew pictures that they brought to school of what the new practice would look like! In January 2017, I started the process. I met the wonderful ladies at Wholesome Hound and became aware that there was space available next door on 2nd Street North. I went to the city council for lengthy discussions, received approval (they voted unanimously for me as they, too, saw the need), and now the mayor brings his pet to me. He even cut the ribbon on our opening day. How do you balance being a mom with your professional and charitable obligations? I really just try to live in the moment. My mom always nudges me to take time now to ensure that I’m a part of my kids’ lives when they are older. I want them to know that I always have time for them. I am lucky because I’m able to have my husband and family join me in my charitable endeavors so they can experience giving back, which is a great lesson for the kids. We participate in the local “Bark For Life” event, which is supported by the American Cancer Society and raises money and awareness for pets with cancer. I also work with local rescue groups on difficult situations they encounter. We recently fostered four puppies whose mother could no longer care for them as her milk had dried up. We received a call and immediately took on all their vet NEAPOLITANfamily • February 2018
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care, bottle feeding them day and night and house training them until we could adopt them out to good homes. We were really happy as they probably would not have survived without our care. I strongly believe in giving back to the local public schools, so I frequently support school and PTO fundraisers and offer a “Vet for the Day” raffle prize, which allows the winning child to shadow me all day, seeing patients and even viewing x-rays and surgery. I also go into many public schools in the area to talk about age-appropriate topics like pet handling and medical issues. I really love to be able to do this. What is a typical week night like for your family? We are constantly running from one extracurricular activity to another! My kids love swim, book club, drama, and Mathletes. On a rare quiet night at home, we all get into our PJs and eat pizza, play games, and watch a movie. My husband is a great cook so he loves to get us all around the table for family meals and to recap our day. Do you have any favorite local spots you like to go as a family? We love Brooks Burgers! The kids love the Popsicles they give out after dinner. And Peace, Love and Little Donuts is a favorite. Every morning my son Vanden begs to go there for breakfast. We also love to hang out at Cambier Park every Sunday to regroup with family, relax, enjoy church in the park, as well as taking the dogs and kids biking on the Gordon River Greenway. What’s the best parenting advice you’ve received? Bob Marino, my best friend’s dad, always says to divide your responsibilities into four quarters: urgent and important, urgent and not important, not urgent but important, not urgent and
Facing page: Sterling Sigmond behind the front desk of her new veterinarian practice, Naples Coastal Animal Hospital. Above: L-R: Scott, Catalina, Vanden, and Sterling Sigmond, along with Trapper and Keeper.
not important. Prioritize your day based on that formula. I try to do this. Best and worst part of your kid’s current ages? With Catalina (11) and Vanden (9) being so close in age, often they are in the same clubs as they have similar interests, so that can create clashes between them. They love being together but, as all siblings do, they also need time apart. Also, I sometimes find it sad that they don’t need me as much as they did when they were little. But on the flip side, we now have great conversations. They want to learn so much, about everything! And when we don’t know the answers, we say to them “Oh, that’s a great thing for YOU to research.” Your proudest moments as a mother?
When they show kindness. They’ve both been recognized for it at school, which makes me so happy. Recently, Catalina asked to sit next to an ESL [English as a Second Language] student displaced by the hurricane to help her adjust to a new environment, and now they are really good friends. What are your hopes and goals for 2018? Once things are fully up and running at the practice, I want to get out into the community even more to hold educational talks on pet care or on specific topics like wildlife hazards to pets. I want the practice to be a place we hold drop-in sessions and a place that all pet owners in the community feel comfortable visiting. People are already loving it as much as we are, and we want to see that continue.
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Big Swamp Smoke Off
January’s chilly weather didn’t keep the crowds away from the Big Swamp Smoke Off at the Collier County Fairgrounds. The yearly event draws the country’s top BBQ teams, as well as local families looking for good food and fun.
Photographs by Lisette Morales
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By Patricia O’Connor Carlson
STEAM Education in the Garden
hether or not children realize it when their hands are dirty with soil, gardening is an organic opportunity for learning. Not just any kind of learning, but buzz-worthy STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) learning. “The children are engaged in all of those aspects and don’t realize it. There is a tremendous amount of free learning through gardening,” said Brenda Gibbon, Lower School Spanish and gardening teacher at Seacrest Country Day School in Naples. Gibbon and Dr. Caron Staples, sustainability and AP Environmental Science instructor at Seacrest, provided a breakdown on what STEAM concepts kids are digging into while gardening. Science. It’s hard to believe, but that 4-year-old prekindergarten student introducing worms into the garden is getting up close with chemistry, life cycles, genetics, botany, and biology. “Life cycles of plants lead to replenishing nutrients in the depleted soil. Recharging the soil organically creates an opportunity for vermiculture (using worms to decompose organic food waste) and animal husbandry, experiencing everything full cycle,” said Staples. Technology and Engineering. Students explore these interlocking concepts by figuring out how to construct the garden and determine what materials are needed. Students use software and apps to inquire about elevation, weather conditions, and what location is suitable for certain types of plants. “A firm grasp of measurement (with fraction expertise) and construction power tools becomes useful as does requesting accurate supplies and building materials,” said Staples. “These structures are constantly needing repair and upgrades, and require constant troubleshooting to solve the multitude of problems that arise in the world of agriculture.” Art. “Choosing a seed or picking a plant is like making the first stroke on a canvas,” said Gibbon. A garden is full of aesthetics, textures, colors, and smells that make it come alive in children’s eyes. Gardening is also a therapeutic outlet where children practice mindfulness and experience stress-relief through the physical and repetitive act of putting their hands in dirt. Math. Imagine constructing a grid or table literally from the
ground up, without the confines of technology or a spreadsheet. That’s how Lower School students at Seacrest are introduced to these concepts that will impact their understanding of number sense throughout their academic lives. “Counting, measurement, discussions about shapes and geometry, even ratios and percentages – all of these things organically come up when we explore our garden with our students,” said Gibbon. Oh, wait, there is one more “S” we’d like to introduce. Spanish. The garden is a perfect place to introduce young students to a foreign language. “That’s an added bonus,” said Gibbon. “They’re picking up Spanish vocabulary while their hands are occupied with something else.” PATRICIA O’CONNOR CARLSON is the communications manager at Seacrest Country Day School.
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By Rebecca Barton
My Dual Enrollment Experience
y high school experience was different than most. While many teenagers take AP and some dual enrollment classes to potentially earn college credit while in high school, I had the opportunity to take this to another level. My junior and senior years, I was exclusively attending classes at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) through the Accelerated Collegiate Experience. While this program definitely isn’t for everyone, it was exactly what I needed at the time. But that’s not to say it was completely without its drawbacks. The Pros Exploration of interests. While I was a traditional student in many ways, my educational interests were not. I was fascinated with areas of history and English that are not possible to teach at a high school where students with similar interests are few and far between. For example, a creative writing class at my high school had to be cancelled because only a few students had signed up, but classes at FGCU in even more niche subjects were filled to capacity. At FGCU, I was able to take courses such as literature with a focus on fairy tale and folklore, Medieval European history, an interdisciplinary approach to the Crusades, and Stellar Astronomy. While I did still take traditional classes like Economics, Calculus, and Government, I was able to cater my educational experience to my interests and gain a better understanding of what I should be doing after I graduated.
Clubs at college and high school. While doing dual enrollment, I had the best of both worlds. I served as secretary of my Mu Alpha Theta math team in high school and I was also able to participate in the Theater Club at FGCU, where I was able to pursue my passion for theater at the collegiate level. Easier transition. Change isn’t the easiest thing for me. The thought of leaving home and everything I knew at the end of senior year was daunting. However, participating in this program made me much more confident, as I proved I could succeed at a university and learned how college worked while still having my support network at home. Up to two years of free tuition. At FGCU, my tuition, text books and materials, and student health services all were free. But only students enrolled at public high schools receive the benefit of free books – private, charter, and home school students do not. The Cons Missed my friends. Because I did full-time dual enrollment, I was not at high school, and some of my classes were at very odd hours. This, naturally, made it difficult to see my friends who were still on the traditional schedule of school, extracurriculars, and homework. However, I did have the opportunity to make many new friends at college, and my best friends and I made plans to ensure we didn’t drift apart. I could also
come to high school lunches to visit, which I did when my schedule permitted. Drive to school. Instead of taking 15 minutes with traffic to get to school on time, I was now driving an average of 45 minutes to get to class.
Dual Enrollment Requirements For FGCU: • The Fall 2018 application deadline is 5 p.m. on April 13, 2018 • Must have completed 4 semesters of high school • Attend an ACE information session • Completed application and required documents • Qualifying ACT or SAT test scores • High school transcript with minimum 3.7 weighted/3.0 unweighted GPA • Recommendation from high school counselor For Florida SouthWestern College (year round enrollment): • Be a high school sophomore or above • Completed application • Qualifying College Placement exam (PERT), ACT or SAT scores • High school transcript with minimum 3.5 (sophomores) or 3.0 (juniors and seniors) unweighted • Recommendation from high school counselor For more information, applications, and important dates, visit fgcu.edu and fsw.edu, and contact your student’s guidance counselor.
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2:00 p.m. Free Concerts at the Bandshell. Bring a blanket for the whole family and enjoy this free jazz concert by Naples Dixieland Jazz Band. Cambier Park, 755 8th Ave. S., Naples. Check www.naplesgov.com.
3:30 p.m. Lego Club. Join the club and share ideas, be creative, make new friends, and have fun. Bricks will be provided. Ages 5-11 years. Registration is not required. South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-252-7542 or check collierlibrary.org. 4:00 p.m. Sweets for the Sweet. Make some edible Valentine crafts that you can eat or share with your sweethearts. Ages 3-11 years. Registration required. Vanderbilt Beach Library, 788 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., Naples. Call 239-597-8444 or check collierlibrary.org.
4:00 p.m. Valentine Workshop. We’ll have all the supplies to help you design valentines for those you love. Ages 2 years and older. Registration is not required. Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check collierlibrary.org.
2:00 p.m. Florida’s Haunted History. Are you daring enough to find out more about strange, unexplained occurrences in your own state? Bonita Springs Public Library, 26876 Pine Ave., Bonita Springs. Call 239-992-0101 or check www.Leegov.com/library.
4:30 p.m. Celebrating Our African American Heritage. Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with our students as they perform readings, share their artwork and play music. All ages. Golden Gate Library, 2432 Lucerne Rd., Naples. Call 239-252-4542 or check collierlibrary.org. 6
4:00 p.m. Valentine STEAM Projects and Activities. Use science, technology, engineering, art, and math to make some Valentine fun. Ages 6-11 years. Registration required. Estates Branch Library, 1266 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples. Call 239455-8088 or check collierlibrary.org. 5
10:00 a.m. Ladybug Trails. Help our ladybug friend tell time as he goes on a wild adventure. Make your own ladybug clock craft so you can follow along with the story. For ages 5 and younger. Conservancy, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples. Call 239-262-0304 or check conservancy.org.
2:00 p.m. Valentine Make and Take. Make some Valentine’s crafts for your special someone. All ages. Registration is not required. Immokalee Branch Library, 417 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239-657-2882 or check collierlibrary.org.
6:00 p.m. Marco Mystery & History Tour. Marco Island’s frightful past comes alive with tales of hard times, hostile tribes, lawlessness, and crimes that led to murder. Olde Marco Inn, 100 Palm St., Marco Island. Call 239-537-8353 or check marcomysteryandhistory.
10:00 a.m. Vintage Market Days. An upscale vintage-inspired indoor/outdoor market featuring original art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, home décor, and more. Collier County Fairgrounds, 751 39th Ave. N.E., Naples. Call 239-455-1444 or check colliercountyfair.com.
9:00 a.m. Dinosaurs in the Garden. Includes 10 large-scale animatronic dinosaur models that move and growl, and will give you a sneak peek into life millions of years ago. Naples Botanical Garden, 4820 Bayshore Dr., Naples. Call 239-643-7275 or check naplesgarden.org.
Check website for times. Everglades Seafood Festival. Great seafood, refreshments, and handmade arts and crafts. The kids will love the rides on the midway. Everglades City Library, 102 Copeland Ave. N., Everglades City. Check evergladesseafoodfestival.org. 10
10:00 a.m. Pony and Unicorn Day. Southern Fresh Farms will be hosting a fun day of pony rides, courtesy of All Small Ponies. Some of the ponies will be dressed as unicorns. Southern Fresh Farms, 8500 Penzance Blvd., Fort Myers. Check www.southernfresh.farm. 8:15 a.m. Kindergarten Open House at Seacrest Country Day School. We invite you and your child to learn more about our vibrant kindergarten classes. Seacrest Country Day School, 7100 Davis Blvd., Naples. Call 239-793-1986 or check www.seacrest.org
4:00 p.m. Sunset BBQ and Songwriters at Sunset. The concerts will take place in the large gazebo on the beach. Seating is available for the first 80 people. Additional seating on the sand. Lovers Key State Park, 8700 Estero Blvd., Estero. Check www.friendsofloverskey.org. 1
4:30 p.m. What’s Bugging You? The program will focus on the ways insects improve our lives. East Naples Library, 8787 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples. Call 239-775-5592 or check collierlibrary.org.
10:30 a.m. Seas for Autism Cruise Ship Tour. Families who have children with special needs can tour a Royal Caribbean cruise ship for free with Autism on the Seas staff while the ship is docked in port at Port Canaveral. Check autismontheseas. com/SeasforAutism.
4:00 p.m. Playful Interactions. For children with ASD. All children that participate must be accompanied by an adult caregiver so that 1:1 assistance is maintained. Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check collierlibrary.org.
9:30 a.m. Zoo Yoga. Start your day with an animal-themed yoga class designed for all ages. Bring your own yoga mat, towel, and water. Naples Zoo, 1590 Goodlette-Frank Rd., Naples. Call 239262-5409 or check www. napleszoo.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 disorders. Limited participation. Registration is required. Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples, 15080 Livingston Rd., Naples. Call 239-514-0084 or check www.cmon.org.
3:30 p.m. Meals of Hope Mobile Food Pantry. In the YMCA parking every Tuesday. Frozen food, fresh produce, and canned goods will be given away to families in need. Greater Naples YMCA, 5450 YMCA Rd., Naples. Call 239-597-3148 or check www.greaternaplesymca.org.
6:00 p.m. Art After Hours. Enjoy free admission to The Baker Museum from 6-9 p.m. Audiences of all ages are welcome to view the galleries and learn from our docents. Artis-Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., Naples. Call 239-597-1111 or check artisnaples.org.
5:30 p.m. Ray the Trapper. Learn how local alligator trapper Ray Simonsen helps rid the area of nuisance alligators. Come see the live alligator. Ages 5+. Marco Island Branch Library, 210 S. Heathwood Dr., Marco Island. Call 239-394-3272 or check collierlibrary.org.
6:30 p.m. Marco Island Movie in the Park. Beauty and the Beast. Free. Mackle Community Park, 1361 Andalusia Terrace, Marco Island. Call 239-642-0575 or visit cityofmarcoisland.com.
9:00 a.m. Give Kids a Smile Day. Children receive free dental sealants, fluoride treatments, dental treatments, toothbrush, toothpaste and floss, dental screenings, and more. Florida SouthWestern State College, Collier Campus, 7007 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples. Visit www.fsw.edu.
YOUR COMMUNITY February EVENTS CALENDAR SUBMISSIONS: To submit your event for both our online and print calendars, go to the Calendar at neafamily.com and follow the instructions for inputting event information. The deadline for print calendar events is the 12th of the month preceding publication. You can submit events anytime for the online calendar. Note: Please check dates and times before attending events. As we do not enter all calendar data, we cannot guarantee its accuracy.
9:00 a.m. Clam Pass Guided Walks and Birding. Join Conservancy volunteers for a free guided walk along Clam Pass boardwalk, bay, and beach MondaySaturday. On Sundays, meet guides in orange vests on beach for free birding. Located at Clam Pass Beach Park, 410 Seagate Dr., Naples. 9:00 a.m. First Responders Career Fair. Hosted by Collier County Public Schools, the 2018 First Responders Career Fair features trained professionals in emergency care. Located at Collier County Fairgrounds, 751 39th Ave. N.E., Naples. Check www. collierschools.com. 9:00 a.m. Pee Wee Play Dates. Have fun with our toys and games and listen to music. For children 9 months to pre-k. Drop-in program, no registration. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information. 9:00 a.m. First Baptist Academy Open House. Visit FBAâ€™s campus and take a tour, talk to teachers, and learn more about the rigorous academics. Located at First Baptist Academy, 3000 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. 10:00 a.m. Toddler Tales. For ages 18-36 months and caregivers. Storytelling, wordplay, fingerplays, and music-making designed to advance pre-reading skills. Registration is required. Located at South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy., Estero. Call 239-479-4636 or check collierlibrary.org.
8:00 a.m. Birding Basics. Designed to help novice birders identify birds. Located at Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, 300 Tower Rd., Naples. Call 239-417-6310 or check rookerybay.org. 8:15 a.m. Kindergarten Open House. We invite you and your child to learn more about our vibrant kindergarten classes. Located at Seacrest Country Day School, 7100 Davis Blvd., Naples. 10:00 a.m. Drop In Baby Fitness Mommy and Me. Instill healthy habits for life in your toddler by attending every Friday. $5 per child. Located at Fleischmann Park, 1600 Fleischmann Dr., Naples. Call 239-213-3020 for additional information. 5:30 p.m. Mommy/Daddy & Me Painting Afternoon. Parent and child will paint their own canvas. Registration required. Located at Fleischmann Park, 1600 Fleischmann Dr., Naples. Call 239-213-3020. 7:00 p.m. Ghost Walk. Includes a nighttime stroll along candlelit pathways, walking through restored Koreshan buildings, and a treat. $25. Located at Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd., Estero. Call 239-992-0311 or check www.floridastateparks.org.
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for fun activities. Located at Naples Botanical Garden, 4820 Bayshore Dr., Naples. Call 239-643-7275 or check www.naplesgarden.org. 10:00 a.m. Pony and Unicorn Day. Southern Fresh Farms will be hosting a fun day of pony rides, courtesy of All Small Ponies, a rescue in Punta Gorda. Some of the ponies will be dressed as unicorns. Located at Southern Fresh Farms, 8500 Penzance Blvd., Fort Myers. Check www.southernfresh.farm for additional information. 11:00 a.m. German Fest. Lots of games and entertainment for the whole family, along with authentic German food and beer. Live German music, dancing, face painting, and games. Located at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 1955 Curling Ave., Naples. 11:00 a.m. Food Truck Cook-Off for Charity. Enjoy food, live music, inflatable games, activities for kids, and displays by the sheriff and fire departments. Located at Living Word Family Church, 34120 Immokalee Rd., Naples. 11:00 a.m. Marco Island Souper Bowl. Purchase a one-of-a-kind ceramic bowls hand painted by local students, and then fill that bowl with a sample of soup from local restaurants. Located at Mackle Park, 1361 Andalusia Terrace, Marco Island. Call 239-642-0575 or check www.cityofmarcoisland.com. 4:00 p.m. Improv Cafe. Bring your family out to “Little Shop of Improv”, the first Saturday of every month. Located at Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs, 10150 Bonita Beach Rd., Bonita Springs. Call 239-495-8989 or check artcenterbonita.org.
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4:00 p.m. Playful Interactions. For children with ASD. All children that participate must be accompanied by an adult caregiver so that 1:1 assistance is maintained. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-5930870 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information. 4:00 p.m. Valentine STEAM Projects and Activities. Use science, technology, engineering, art, and math to make some Valentine fun. Ages 6-11 years. Registration required. Located at Estates Branch Library, 1266 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples. Call 239-455-8088 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information. 4:30 p.m. Pups ‘n’ Books. Stop by to read to a pup or just pet one. The service dogsin-training are provided by PAWS Assistance and Therapy Dogs. All ages welcome. Registration is not required. Located at East Naples Library, 8787 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples. Call 239-775-5592 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information. 6:00 p.m. Art Classes for Kids. Kids will learn and explore art in a fun environment, applying different methods and media, encouraging them to discover their creative voice. Located at Fleischmann Park, 1600 Fleischmann Dr., Naples. Call 239-213-3020 for additional information.
6 TUESDAY 10:00 a.m. Safari Squad: Animal Families. Feb. 6, 7, and 10. Bring 3-5 year olds for a playful adventure. Whether it’s a big hairy mane on a lion, antlers on a deer, fluffy chicks, or caterpillars: come learn how animal moms, dads, and babies can look wildly different. Located at Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens, 1590 Goodlette-Frank Rd., Naples. Call 239-262-5409 or check www.napleszoo.org. 3:30 p.m. Meals of Hope Mobile Food Pantry. In the YMCA parking every Tuesday from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Frozen food, fresh produce, and canned goods will all be given away to families in need. Everyone is welcome. Located at Greater Naples YMCA, 5450 YMCA Rd., Naples. Call 239-597-3148 or check greaternaplesymca.org for additional information. 4:30 p.m. Celebrating Our African American Heritage. Come to the library to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with our students as they perform readings, share their artwork, and play music. There will be refreshments afterward in the craft room. All ages. Registration is not required. Located at Golden Gate Library, 2432 Lucerne Rd., Naples. Call 239-252-4542 or check collierlibrary.org. 5:00 p.m. Needlework Makerspace: Button Valentine. Create a beautiful valentine while learning how to sew on a button. All ages. Registration is recommended. Located at South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-252-7542 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information.
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7 WEDNESDAY 11:30 a.m. Family Story Time. This program is for the whole family and lasts about 30 minutes. Located at Bonita Springs Public Library, 26876 Pine Ave., Bonita Springs. Call 239-992-0101 or check www.Leegov.com/library. 2:00 p.m. Florida’s Haunted History. Are you daring enough to find out more about strange, unexplained occurrences in your own state? Located at Bonita Springs Public Library, 26876 Pine Ave., Bonita Springs. Call 239-992-0101 or check www. Leegov.com/library for additional information. 5:30 p.m. Sewing Classes for Kids. Come and learn to sew by hand every Wednesday. Sew super cute stuffed animals, modern characters, bags, and much more. $20 per child. All materials included. Located at Fleischmann Park, 1600 Fleischmann Dr., Naples. Call 239-213-3020 for additional information. 5:30 p.m. Parent/Teen/Child Mental Health Support Group. For parents/ caregivers and children ages 6+ with a mental illness. Opportunity for diagnosed youth ages 6-18 to socialize, receive support, and enjoy refreshments. Located at NAMI of Collier County, 6324 Trail Blvd., Bldg. C, Naples. Call 239-434-6726 or check namicollier.org for additional information.
8 THURSDAY 2:00 p.m. Valentine Make and Take. Make some Valentine’s crafts for your special someone. All ages. Located at Immokalee Branch Library, 417 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239-657-2882 or check collierlibrary.org. 3:30 p.m. Lego Club. Join the club and share ideas, be creative, make new friends, and have fun. Bricks will be provided. Ages 5-11 years. Registration is not required. Located at Marco Island Branch Library, 210 S. Heathwood Dr., Marco Island. Call 239-394-3272 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information.
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Call for times. Footloose. Located at Center for Performing Arts – Hinman Auditorium, 10150 Bonita Beach Rd., Bonita Springs. Call 239-495-8989 or check www.artcenterbonita.org for additional information. 10:00 a.m. Vintage Market Days. An upscale vintage-inspired indoor/outdoor market featuring original art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, handmade treasures, home décor, and more. Located at Collier County Fairgrounds, 751 39th Ave. N.E., Naples. Call 239-455-1444 or check www.colliercountyfair.com. 4:00 p.m. Ireland’s Music Through the Years and Dancing. Traditional Irish band Wolfhound and Irish dancing by Celtic Spirit School of Dance. Located at Norris Community Center, 755 8th Ave. S., Naples. Call 239-213-3058. 6:00 p.m. Zoobilee. Enjoy delicious cuisine from some of Naples finest restaurants and caterers while exploring the zoo’s historic botanical garden, showcasing incredible wildlife from around the world. Located at Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens, 1590 Goodlette-Frank Rd., Naples. Call 239-262-5409 or check www.napleszoo.org. 6:00 p.m. Indoor Movie Night. Come and enjoy a family-oriented movie. Popcorn and drinks will be provided. Ages 5-11 years. $5. Located at Immokalee Community Park, 321 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239-657-4449. 6:00 p.m. Daddy Daughter Dance. Treat your special girl to a semi-formal evening out with Daddy. Ages 3+. $3. Located at Eagle Lakes Community Park, 11565 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples. Call 239-252-4414 or check colliergov.net.
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Check website for times. Everglades Seafood Festival. More than 100 vendors offer a variety of great seafood, refreshments, and handmade arts and crafts. The kids will love the rides on the midway. Friday through Sunday. Located at Everglades City Library, 102 Copeland Ave. N., Everglades City. Check evergladesseafoodfestival.org. 10:00 a.m. Valentine Family Fun. Come play some valentine games, create original valentines and decorate some valentine cookies (while supplies last). All ages. Registration is not required. Located at South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-252-7542 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information. 10:30 a.m. Science Saturday. Make magnetic slime. Pet a baby alligator. Manipulate robots. Admission is free. Located at Seacrest Country Day School, 7100 Davis Blvd., Naples. 1:00 p.m. Upcycled Crafts. Create a heart-filled masterpiece. All supplies will be
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provided. O nline registration requested. Located at Bonita Springs Public Library, 26876 Pine Ave., Bonita Springs. Call 239-992-0101 or visit www.Leegov.com/library. 2:00 p.m. Mardi Gras Celebration. Prepare for the upcoming Mardi Gras day by sharing a story, making a craft, and enjoying a sweet treat. Ages 6-11. Registration required. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information. 3:00 p.m. Paws to Read. Read to Baxter, the golden retriever who loves hearing stories, or just stop by to pet him. All ages. Located at South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-252-7542 or check collierlibrary.org. 5:30 p.m. Night at the Museum: Pirate Ball. Pirates will be landing on the shores of C’mon’s biggest fundraiser of the year. Live music and dancing, silent and live auction, dinner, drinks, and more. Located at Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples, 15080 Livingston Rd., Naples. Call 239-514-0084 or check www.cmon.org.
12 MONDAY 9:00 a.m. Darwin Day. In celebration of Charles Darwin’s birthday, receive “buy one, get one free” admission. Located at Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, 300 Tower Rd., Naples. Call 239-417-6310 or check rookerybay.org. 4:00 p.m. Valentine Workshop. We’ll have all the supplies to help you design valentines for those you love. Ages 2+. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check collierlibrary.org. 4:00 p.m. Lego Club. Join the club and be ready to accept this month’s building challenges. Share ideas, be creative, make new friends, and have fun. Bricks will be provided. Ages 5-11 years. Registration is not required. Located at East Naples Library, 8787 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples. Call 239-775-5592 or check collierlibrary.org.
13 TUESDAY 10:00 a.m. Ladybug Trails. Feb. 13 and 15. Help our ladybug friend tell time as he goes on a wild adventure. Make your own ladybug clock craft so you can follow along with the story. For ages 5 and younger. Located at Conservancy of SWFL, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples. Call 239-262-0304 or check www.conservancy.org. 4:00 p.m. Sweets for the Sweet. Make some edible Valentine crafts that you can eat or share with your sweethearts. Located at Vanderbilt Beach Library, 788 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., Naples. Call 239-597-8444 or check collierlibrary.org.
14 WEDNESDAY 3:30 p.m. Lego Club. Join the club and share ideas, be creative, make new friends, and have fun. Bricks will be provided. Ages 5-11 years. Registration is not required. Located at South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples. Call 239252-7542 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information. 4:00 p.m. Lego Club. Share ideas, be creative, make new friends, and have fun. Bricks will be provided. Donate bricks you no longer use. Your creation will be put on display. Ages 5-11. Located at Estates Branch Library, 1266 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples. Call 239-455-8088 or check collierlibrary.org.
15 THURSDAY 10:00 a.m. Wesley Strawberry Festival and Art Show. Free admission. Located at Wesley United Methodist Church, 350 S. Barfield Dr., Marco Island. 3:30 p.m. Manatees, Manatees. Located at Golden Gate Library, 2432 Lucerne Rd., Naples. Call 239-252-4542 or check collierlibrary.org. 7:00 p.m. PFLAG Support Group Meeting. The Naples’ chapter of Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays meets on the third Thursday of each month. Call 239-513-4568 for location.
16 FRIDAY 10:00 a.m. Art Smarts - Chinese New Year. Don’t miss this special art smart featuring stories, songs, and process art celebrating Chinese New Year – The Year of the Dog. Ages 2-5 years. Registration required. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check collierlibrary.org. 5:00 p.m. Parent Night Out. Leave your kids with us for some Valentine’s fun. Games, crafts, dancing, and more. Located at Cornerstone UMC, 8200 Immokalee
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Rd., Naples. Call 239-354-9160 or check www.cornerstonenaples.org. 6:00 p.m. Marco Mystery & History Tour. Marco Island’s frightful past comes alive with tales of hard times, hostile tribes, lawlessness, and crimes that led to murder, many unsolved to this day. Located at Olde Marco Inn, 100 Palm St., Marco Island. Call 239-537-8353 or check marcomysteryandhistory.com. 6:30 p.m. Buddy Break Respite Program. Free respite care for children with special needs and siblings. Registration required. Located at Naples Seventh-day Adventist Church, 5050 Davis Blvd., Naples. Call 239-272-8031 or check naplessdachurch.org.
17 SATURDAY 8:00 a.m. NAMI Walk at Cambier Park. This fun community event is filled with food, games, and entertainment for the whole family. Located at Cambier Park, 755 8th Ave. S., Naples. Check www.namicollier.org. 9:00 a.m. Dinosaurs in the Garden. Includes 10 large-scale animatronic
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22 THURSDAY 2:00 p.m. Maker Space Time. Play with bricks, Keva planks, games, and other materials. Located at Immokalee Branch Library, 417 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239-657-2882 or check collierlibrary.org. 5:30 p.m. Hands On Herps. Learn all about Florida’s reptiles and amphibians through this interactive program. All ages welcome. Registration is not required. Located at Naples Regional Library, 650 Central Ave., Naples. Check collierlibrary.org. 5:30 p.m. Ray the Trapper. Local alligator and wildlife trapper talks about how he helps rid the area of nuisance alligators. Located at Marco Island Branch Library, 210 S. Heathwood Dr., Marco Island. Call 239-394-3272 or check collierlibrary.org.
9:00 a.m. Science Saturday. An opportunity for families to spend the day enjoying programs, labs, and activities centered around a different science theme, on the last Saturday of every month. Located at Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, 300 Tower Rd., Naples. Call 239-417-6310 or check rookerybay.org. 9:00 a.m. Give Kids a Smile Day. Children receive free dental sealants, fluoride treatments, dental treatments, dental screenings, and more. Located at Florida
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4820 Bayshore Dr., Naples. Call 239-643-7275 or check www.naplesgarden.org. 10:00 a.m. Trucks, Trucks, Trucks. Experience all kinds of trucks up close and personal. Truck crafts in the Children’s Library. Located at South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-252-7542 or check collierlibrary.org. 10:00 a.m. Junior Ranger Program. Discover and learn about plants, animals, and other secrets of the park. Located at Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd., Estero. Call 239-992-0311 or check www.floridastateparks.org. 1:30 p.m. Pups ‘n’ Books. Stop by to read to a pup or just pet one. The service dogs-in-training are provided by PAWS Assistance and Therapy Dogs. All ages welcome. Registration is not required. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check collierlibrary.org.
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SouthWestern State College, 7007 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples. Check www.fsw.edu. 10:00 a.m. Superhero Festival. A superhero-themed fundraiser to benefit the scholarship/outreach fund at Two Happy Hands Signing Academy, 3440 Marinatown Ln., Fort Myers. Call 239-233-6517 for additional information.
25 SUNDAY 10:30 a.m. Seas for Autism Cruise Ship Tour. This free cruise ship tour program is for families who have children with special needs, conducted by Autism on the Seas staff while the ship is docked in port. Check www.autismontheseas.com/SeasforAutism. 11:00 a.m. Woofstock. Admission benefits the no-kill pet shelter. Located at Mercato, 9128 Strada Pl., Naples. Call 239-594-9400 or check www.mercatoshops.com.
26 MONDAY 4:30 p.m. What’s Bugging You? The program will focus on the ways insects improve our lives. Located at East Naples Library, 8787 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples. Call 239-775-5592 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information.
27 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 are muted and cool down spaces are provided. Limited participation in order to minimize crowds, and registration is required. Located at Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples, 15080 Livingston Rd., Naples. Call 239-514-0084 or check www.cmon.org.
28 WEDNESDAY 6:00 p.m. Art After Hours. Enjoy free admission to The Baker Museum . Located at Artis-Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., Naples. Check artisnaples.org.
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NATIONAL DENTAL MONTH
Interview With a Dentist Dr. Reinaldo Lasanta is the acting dental director for the Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida and a practicing dentist at the company’s Dental Care Central location in Naples. For National Dental Health Month, Dr. Lasanta answers questions about your family’s dental health. How can I improve the whiteness of my teeth? Dr. Lasanta: There are several things we can do, with the primary method being diet control. Avoid sodas and other sugary or acidic drinks and dark-colored drinks like coffee. Coffee is one of the worst culprits for teeth discoloration because it is both dark in color and acidic. When altering your diet, moderation is key. If you still are not seeing improved results, you can visit a dental professional to assess your dental health and see why your teeth may be discolored. Some stains can be intrinsic and point to a deeper issue that needs to be addressed by your dental professional. What is tooth sensitivity and why do I have it? In most cases, tooth sensitivity is due to a hyper reaction to a stimulus, such as something hot or cold. Because there are many reasons why you may be experiencing hypersensitivity, I would recommend that you see a dentist to determine the cause. How often should I or my child get a dental checkup? Generally speaking, children and adults should plan on getting a dental cleaning twice a year. At least once a year, the cleaning should also include an exam with a dentist. One of the most important parts of your dental care is ensuring continuity of care. Regular visits with your dentist ensure that he or she can be proactive in the treatment of any issues affecting your oral health. Prevention is always better than treatment. What are the best ways to practice good oral hygiene at home? The most important way to practice good oral hygiene at home is to set healthy habits by brushing teeth 2-3 times a day for two minutes, and flossing once a day followed by the use of an anti-cavity mouthwash.
At what age should my child first see a dentist? We recommend your child first see a dentist when the first tooth appears or before the child’s first birthday. It is incredibly important to see children at a young age to familiarize them with the dental environment. Additionally, baby teeth have very important functions, such as allowing the child to eat properly and maintaining the space for the adult teeth to come in later. Poor dental health in children can cause other problems later. When do baby teeth typically fall out? Typically, baby teeth fall out when children are around six years old, as that is the time when the permanent teeth start emerging and baby teeth cease to function. This may vary. Do you have any advice on how to get my child to brush their teeth? Brush your teeth together: not only will your child will learn from your example, but it will make the time go faster. Also, find ways to make it a little more fun, such as singing a song.
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Instant Pot: Instant Good
ne of the hottest topics on social media isn’t politics or religion. Discussion, ideas, and points of view abound when talking about the latest and greatest in kitchen appliances: the Instant Pot. A day isn’t complete unless one friend or another – or a member of the Naples Moms Facebook group – asks a question or seeks advice about the Instant Pot. What, exactly, is the Instant Pot? It’s an all-in-one, high-quality, programmable pressure cooker that is all the rage with busy
families everywhere. The Instant Pot can cut cooking time by up to 70%, can be used as a slow cooker, and can even sauté food prior to cooking (i.e., browning meat, sautéing onions and garlic, etc.). When I look at Instant Pot discussions, I notice that those who love the Instant Pot LOVE it; they are obsessed and cook just about everything in it. Others claim they don’t really use it, that it’s still in the box, and by their actions say the Instant Pot is “meh.” So, which is it? Is the Instant Pot worth the approximately $100 price tag, or perhaps more importantly, the storage space in your kitchen cabinet? The answer to that question is completely dependent upon your family’s lifestyle and food preferences. The Instant Pot does take some getting used to. The apparatus cuts cooking times significantly and does – as promised – maintain flavors and prevent meat from drying out. Cooking dried beans is a cinch, as well as whole chickens, soups, hard boiled eggs, and even popcorn! However, using the Instant Pot does require planning and preparation. Parents cannot arrive at home at 5:30 p.m. and have a crowd pleasing dinner on the table
WHITE BEAN CHILI My friend Ashley uses her Instant Pot almost daily. She has five children and she finds the Instant Pot an efficient way to prepare food for her crew. She created and perfected this recipe herself. She’s an Instant Pot guru! 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 medium onion, chopped ½ jalapeno pepper, deseeded and chopped 4 cloves of garlic, minced 2 tablespoons dried oregano 1 teaspoon cumin ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes 3-4 cups chicken broth (can be prepared in the Instant Pot) 3 cups pre-cooked chicken (see instructions below on cooking it yourself in the Instant Pot) 2 cans or 4 cups cooked white beans (see instructions below on cooking the beans in the Instant Pot) Black pepper, to taste Sea salt, to taste
Press the sauté button. Sauté peppers and onions in the olive oil for 3 minutes. Add garlic and stir for 1 minute. Turn the sauté 34
in 15 minutes. (With my own limited skills and imagination, I’ve found the 15 minute dinner is only possible with frozen pizza.) I didn’t understand the pressurized system until I began to use the Instant Pot. The recipes typically require dishes to cook for 30-60 minutes at high pressure. Cooking times increase by about 10-15 minutes because it takes some time for the Instant Pot to reach this level of pressure, and THEN the cooking times begin. When the cooking time ends, quick release of the pressure takes a bit of time (with a valve, maybe five minutes), while natural pressure release takes longer (which is recommended for tender, moist meat). When you’re attempting to feed little ones, the additional 15-30 minutes makes quite a difference. A bit of research, watching some YouTube videos, and asking your friends will help you make a wise decision as to whether to invest in an Instant Pot. It’s a commitment to a different cooking method, one that promises to be more efficient, delicious, and user-friendly. Visit www.neafamily.com for more Instant Pot recipes from Anna Snyder.
setting off. Add all other ingredients to the pot. Set to the Instant Pot’s chili setting for 30 minutes. Let the pressure release naturally when it is done. Top with avocado, Greek yogurt, and/or tortilla chips. To cook a whole chicken in the Instant Pot: Place a whole chicken in the Instant Pot. Add chopped celery, chopped carrots, 2 chopped onions, 4 cloves of garlic, and 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar. Cover with water to the fill line on your Instant Pot. Cook on the soup setting for 120 minutes. Let the pressure release naturally. Let the contents cool, and then pick the meat off the chicken. Strain chicken broth and store for future use. To cook white beans in the Instant Pot: Rinse 2 cups dried white beans. Put beans along with 3 cups water and a pinch of salt into the Instant Pot. Turn to bean setting and cook for 40 minutes. NEAPOLITANfamily • February 2018
MEATLOAF AND MASHED POTATOES (iwashyoudry.com) Did you know that you can cook meatloaf and mashed potatoes at the same time in the Instant Pot? It’s true! My friend Kelly has done it, and she said both dishes turned out beautifully.
TIKKA MASALA (Recipe from www.savorytooth.com) Another friend uses her Instant Pot about once a week and has a few recipes she rotates. One of her family’s favorites is this popular Indian dish. For marinating the chicken: 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, chopped into bite-sized pieces 1 cup plain 2% Greek yogurt 1 tablespoon garam masala 1 tablespoon lemon juice (about half a lemon) 1 teaspoon black pepper ¼ teaspoon ground ginger For the sauce: 15 ounce can tomato sauce 5 cloves garlic, minced 4 teaspoons garam masala ½ teaspoon paprika ½ teaspoon turmeric ½ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon cayenne 1 cup heavy whipping cream (added last)
For the meatloaf: 2 pounds ground beef 1 cup bread crumbs 2 eggs ½ cup onion, diced 2 teaspoons garlic powder 2 teaspoons dried parsley ½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon pepper ½ cup barbecue sauce For the meatloaf topping: 2 tablespoons brown sugar 2 tablespoons mustard 1 ⁄3 cup ketchup For the potatoes: 3 pounds yellow potatoes, washed and quartered 1 cup chicken broth 1 cup half and half 4 tablespoons butter ¾ cup sour cream 1 teaspoon garlic powder Salt and pepper, to taste
Evenly layer the quartered potatoes in the bottom of the Instant Pot. Pour the chicken broth over the top. Place the rack that came with the Instant Pot over the top so it lays flat. Combine the ingredients for the meatloaf (minus the topping) in a large bowl. Shape the meat mixture into a loaf and place it on a piece of tin foil. Shape the foil up and around the edges of the meatloaf, creating a pocket for it. Place the meatloaf on top of the rack in the Instant Pot and secure the lid. Cook on high pressure for 25 minutes. Use the quick release method, and check the meatloaf for an internal temperature of 155 degrees. Carefully lift the meatloaf out of the Instant Pot and place it on a baking sheet. Mix the ingredients for the topping and brush all over the meatloaf. Place the meatloaf under the broiler for 3-4 minutes. Meanwhile, add the remaining ingredients to the Instant Pot and mash the potatoes until smooth and creamy. Slice the meatloaf and serve with the mashed potatoes.
Combine all marinade ingredients in a bowl (minus the chicken). Add chicken chunks and stir so that the chicken is covered. Let sit in the refrigerator for at least an hour. Press the sauté button on the Instant Pot. Remove chicken from marinade and sauté until the chicken is cooked on all sides – about five minutes. Add all of the sauce ingredients (except for the cream) over the chicken and stir. Cover and lock the lid. Cook at high pressure for 10 minutes. Use the quick release valve to release pressure. Press the sauté button (low heat). Add cream to the pot and stir. Simmer until the sauce is thickened to your liking (a few minutes). Serve over basmati rice or with naan. Garnish with cilantro.
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Education Directory PRESCHOOLS and PRIVATE SCHOOLS CHILD’S PATH 3144 Santa Barbara Blvd., Naples 239-353-4144 www.CollierChildCare.org A CCCR Early Childhood Development Center. Child’s Path is a full-service child development center which is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. for children ages 2-5. VPK and School Readiness vouchers accepted; partial scholarships available to income-eligible families. Highly qualified teachers with a combined 130 years of experience provide children with the consistency and skills necessary for them to flourish, following the Reggio Emilia philosophy of education which promotes child-centered learning in an arts-based environment and inspires a desire for life- long learning. 2535 Northbrooke Plaza Dr., Naples 239-593-6668 www.ChildMont.com CHILDREN’S MONTESSORI Children’s Montessori School is a private early childhood preschool program. In our Montessori environment, children learn by exploring and discovering concepts with a “hands-on” approach using manipulative equipment and instruction while also encouraging the student to progress at their own pace. The Montessori Method develops the whole child, not just his intellectual faculties but also his powers of deliberation, initiative, and independent choice. The school was founded in 1998 by owner and director Tracy Taylor, and offers classes for children ages 18 months through kindergarten with VPK integrated into the Extended Primary program. The full school hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with various schedules available. 12101 Immokalee Rd., Naples 239-330-3810 covenantnaples.com/moms-morning-out COVENANT CHURCH Covenant Church of Naples Mom’s Morning Out is a ministry for both children and parents/guardians. Our purpose is to provide a loving environment for children while offering parents and caregivers a needed break. Daily activities for the children are based around a theme. Using that theme, the children will experience story time (both literature and Bible), outdoor play and free play, and art and music. For ages 2-4 (as of January 1). 250 Sixth St. S., Naples 239-262-8315 www.fpcNaples.org/preschool FIRST PRESBYTERIAN PRESCHOOL First Presbyterian Preschool, where we are growing the God-given gifts and potential of each child, began caring for the children of the Naples community over 50 years ago. Today, the preschool offers a part-time, half-day program for children ages 18 months to 5 years that follows the same calendar as the Collier County Public Schools. First Presbyterian Preschool is a certified VPK provider. Our program offers a play-based curriculum that is individualized to meet each child’s needs, as well as small class sizes and extremely low student-to-teacher ratios. 6051 Bayshore Dr., Naples 239-424-9084 www.GardenSchoolNaples.com THE GARDEN SCHOOL OF NAPLES The Garden School of Naples offers a world-class Montessori environment for children between the ages of 2 and 6, one which nurtures independence and promotes physical, social, and emotional well-being, while creating space for intellectual and academic excellence, and supporting a wide range of creative and artistic endeavors. Our strong focus on modern environmental education introduces compassion, connectedness, good citizenship, and conscientious stewardship of the Earth as key elements of early childhood development. We are currently accepting applications for our 2018-2019 academic year. We offer both a morning and an full-day academic preschool and kindergarten program certified by the American Montessori Society.
LITTLE PEOPLE’S SCHOOL • For 2-5 year olds 868 94th Ave. N, Naples 239-597-5064 GUIDING HEARTS x INSPIRING MINDS x SHAPING LIVES
Over the last 43 years, it has been our mission to partner with Christian families in the education and discipleship of their children. We fulfill our mission through biblical integration in all aspects of our programs to teach children to love God, think biblically, and serve others. The PreK - eighth grade program holds dual accreditation from Advanced Ed/SACS and ACSI. Students at NCA are afforded an unparalleled experience through: • Invested, compassionate faculty • Integrated curriculum • Interactive classrooms • Remarkable fine arts and athletic programs Call us today for your personal tour of our campus to watch our students in action and see for yourself why we say at NCA:
“We are more than a school; we’re family!” For more information, please contact Kayla Walling at 239-455-1080 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION GRACE CLASSICAL ACADEMY 3971 Via Del Rey, Bonita Springs 239-247-2479 www.GraceClassicalFlorida.com Grace Classical Academy exists to create an academically challenging environment that is classical in its teaching method and Christian in its perspective. GCA endeavors to educate our children to reflect the model of Jesus Christ for the purpose of influencing their community for God’s glory. GCA seeks to produce students of scholastic, cultural, and theological substance, who are eager to share God’s blessings. GCA strives to produce students who exhibit honesty, integrity, and humility and are able to exercise wisdom and communicate truth. We foster an environment centered on an enduring love of learning and the pursuit of truth, goodness, and beauty in all of God’s creation. LITTLE PEOPLE’S SCHOOL 868 94th Ave. N., Naples 239-597-5064 www.LittlePeoplesSchool.info Little People’s School was founded over 35 years ago by certified elementary teachers who were dedicated to the education of young children. The staff at LPS believes that children learn best when involved physically and intellectually in their learning environment. Students enjoy a small child-to-teacher ratio which allows children to have the optimal opportunity to learn basic concepts in math and literacy through age-appropriate programs of art, science, literature, music, social studies, character development, and, of course, play. Part-time, full-time, and VPK programs are available. 777 Moorings Line Dr., Naples 239-980-9021 www.CollierChildCare.org LITTLE WONDERS PRESCHOOL A CCCR Early Childhood Development Center. Little Wonders is a full-service child development center which is open Monday-Friday from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. for children ages 1-5. Enrollments currently are being accepted. Located in Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Naples, Little Wonders offers a highly qualified teaching staff. VPK and School Readiness vouchers accepted; partial scholarships available to income-eligible families. Little Wonders follows a Reggio Emilia-inspired approach to learning, which promotes child-centered learning in an arts-based environment and inspires a desire for life- long learning. METHODIST DAY SCHOOL 388 1st Ave. S., Naples 239-262-1152 www.fumcnaples.org We are a hidden gem. We are proud to offer preschool classes for students 2-5 years old Monday through Friday, with regular hours of 8:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. and extended hours from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Our program is set up so that each year, students continue to build on the learning blocks of the previous year until reaching Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten. Methodist Day School was founded in 1961 under the auspices of First United Methodist Church, having the unique distinction of being the oldest preschool in Collier County. MDS follows the Collier County Public Schools calendar. 2659 Professional Cr., Naples 239-597-2255 www.NaplesMontessori.org MONTESSORI ACADEMY OF NAPLES Montessori Academy of Naples offers comprehensive Montessori programs for students ages 8 weeks to 15 years old. The time-proven Montessori method is evident in the carefully prepared, reality-based environments that foster independence and self-discipline and encourage young hands and minds to engage, experiment, and explore. The core of the seasoned and professional staff averages more than 15 years of Montessori classroom experience and all staff maintain their professional credentials. School snacks and lunches include farm-fresh fruits and vegetables courtesy of the school’s student-run organic produce co-op. School hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., including early arrival and after-school programs. VPK and summer programs also are available.
Our Educated and Dedicated Staff Encourages Creative, Expressive, Hands on Learning Your child will receive quality interaction with our low student-teacher ratios and will enjoy our spacious, shaded, fun-filled play area.
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SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION NAPLES CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 3161 Santa Barbara Blvd., Naples 239-455-1080 www.NaplesChristian.net Naples Christian Academy is an independent, non-denominational Christian school that serves children pre-kindergarten to 8th grade. Our preschool program ensures that every child is interested, excited, and engaged in learning using a thematic curriculum approach that stresses exploration and creativity while incorporating a broad-based learning experience. Creative activity centers encourage children to explore, discover, and create. The activities encourage problem-solving and enhance socialization, self-concept, and language development. Dedicated, well-trained, and caring teachers strive to ensure that each child experiences success, grows a positive self-image, and acquires a love for learning in a Christian atmosphere. NAPLES PRESCHOOL ACADEMY 1275 Airport Pulling Rd. S., Naples 239-403-7977 www.NaplesPreschoolAcademy.com Naples Preschool Academy offers a top-notch facility where children learn, explore, and excel while having fun in an extremely safe and secure environment. The Academy offers trained staff, ample room, and state-of-the-art new indoor and outdoor playgrounds. The school is VPK certified and accepts School Readiness children. 5450 YMCA Rd., Suite 100, Naples 239-963-3778 www.GreaterNaplesYMCA.org NAPLES YMCA EARLY EDUCATION CENTER The Greater Naples YMCA offers a comprehensive curriculum for ages 3 months to 5 years that focuses on building relationships, the learning environment, how children learn, and how teachers and families can work together to strengthen the child’s growth and development, ensuring school readiness. The program is rated in the top 95% in Collier County. The teacher-to-child ratio is lower than state requirements, which allows teachers to give more attention to children and help them achieve milestones. We now offer 3 locations, including our new site on the Florida SouthWestern State College campus. PRECIOUS CARGO ACADEMY 5200 Crayton Rd., Naples 239-261-7442 www.PreciousCargoAcademy.org Precious Cargo Academy sees early childhood education as the foundation for lifelong learning. Precious Cargo strives to establish opportunities for play, cognitive development, laughter, and promoting social-emotional growth. Through extensive research and adoption of the Creative Curriculum, we offer children the right balance of skills, intellect, and global awareness. The academy embraces the importance of balancing academics with children’s individual needs, with the goal of teaching the “whole” child. Precious Cargo is an inclusive school welcoming all families. Teachers are supported by an administration passionate about education. 1789 Mandarin Rd., Naples 239-263-2620 www.NaplesPreschooloftheArts.com PRESCHOOL OF THE ARTS Preschool of the Arts: A creative and nurturing early childhood learning environment for your child. Preschool of the Arts is Naples’ premier early childhood program that focuses on the whole child and provides a state-of-the-art environment rich in hands-on opportunities for children to grow socially, emotionally, physically, and cognitively. Our multiple award-winning program is rooted in a Progressive Reggio-inspired environment where young children receive a warm, happy, and enriching educational experience. Offering music, visual, performing and culinary arts, yoga, gardening, My Gym, science, and foreign language. Ages: 12 months to 5 years old. Full- and part-time availability .
Full & Part Time Programs 8:30 am - 2:30 pm Extended Hours Available NOW ACCEPTING SUMMER VPK
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SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION ROYAL PALM ACADEMY 16100 Livingston Rd., Naples 239-594-9888 www.RoyalPalmAcademy.com Royal Palm Academy’s mission is to provide an education of rich academics with Catholic content while teaching the mind, educating the heart, and forming the character of tomorrow’s leaders. From pre-kindergarten three-year-olds to our 8th grade graduating class, we offer our students an advanced curriculum enhanced by foreign language, music and fine arts programs, as well as science and computer labs. The unique family feeling at Royal Palm ensures healthy peer relationships and friendships. We value our families as our greatest asset and treasure the essential connection between home and school. As a private Catholic school, we offer access to the sacraments and many opportunities to grow in spiritual life. SAINT ANN CATHOLIC SCHOOL 542 Eighth Ave. S., Naples 239-262-4110 www.stann.net Since 1956, Saint Ann School has provided excellence in education of spirit, mind, and body. From our academic programs to our athletic programs to our arts programs, students are able to participate fully. For more information, visit our website www.stann.net, facebook.com/SaintAnnSchool, or call 239262-4110. Scholarships and financial aid available. 3000 53rd St. S.W., Naples 239-455-3044 www.sjnceltics.org ST. JOHN NEUMANN CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL St. John Neumann Catholic High School is a Roman Catholic, coeducational, college preparatory high school serving Southwest Florida since 1980. We are committed to providing our students with a rigorous, quality, Catholic, college-preparatory education rooted in the Gospel values and the educational philosophy of St. John Bosco. We create a unique personalized learning environment that prepares each student to positively impact the world through faith, integrity, intelligence, personal responsibility, joy, and selfless service. SJN is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. SEACREST COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL 7100 Davis Blvd., Naples 239-793-1986 www.Seacrest.org Seacrest Country Day School, a preschool through 12th grade coeducational, college preparatory independent school, is how school should be. From the first day of early childhood education to the last day as seniors, our students are engaged in learning, research, problem solving, intellectual exploration, and collaboration. A robust after-school program helps students explore other interests and talents like robotics, cooking, yoga, and engineering concepts. Community outreach partnerships provide hands-on learning opportunities and teach good citizenship. Seacrest fuels intellectual engagement, teaches ownership of the educational experience, cultivates quality of character, and inspires students to lead lives of significance. Small School. Big Experience. 727 108th Ave. N., Naples 239-597-5748 www.SmallWorldNaples.com SMALL WORLD EARLY LEARNING CENTER It is the philosophy of Small World that early childhood be a time of fun, warmth, exploring, and discovery. Preschool children are creative and enthusiastic learners. The staff strives to nurture and encourage these qualities. We offer an atmosphere that promotes social, emotional, physical, and intellectual growth, and development of the child as a whole. The learning process is approached through an emergent curriculum education, which emphasizes the interests of the child. We offer programs for children 6-weeks to 5-years old. Small World is VPK certified, offering full-day, half-day, and partial-week programs.
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239.594.9888 | www.royalpalmacademy.com 16100 Livingston Road | Naples | Florida 34110 Accredited by: Florida Kindergarten Council, Florida Council of Independent Schools, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, National Association for Private Catholic Independent Schools, Member of Council for American Private Education. Royal Palm Academy admits students regardless of race, color, national, or ethnic origin. Royal Palm Academy is a non-profit corporation.
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SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION SUNSHINE LEARNING CENTER 4143 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples 239-775 -5437 www.sunshinelc.com Sunshine Learning Centerâ€™s philosophy is that children learn best through active play and exploration in a stimulating environment. Each child is a unique individual and learns best through meaningful play. The curriculum choices encourage curiosity, discovery, independence, self-reliance, practical life skills, and problem solving, which allow individual growth and development of a positive self-image. Your child will experience math, science, art, and literacy each day. We offer VPK prep (3 year olds) , VPK (4 year olds), and second year VPK (5 year olds). TEMPLE SHALOM PRESCHOOL 4630 Pine Ridge Rd., Naples 239-455-3227 www.TempleShalomPreschool.org Temple Shalom Preschool has been distinguished for many years as a top preschool in Naples. Programs are offered for children ages birth to age 5 and are top quality, dedicated to preparing a firm foundation for students entering kindergarten and successive school years. Its dedicated and well-trained staff provides a caring and loving atmosphere in which each child flourishes and grows to meet his or her full potential. Enrichments in science, art, technology, STEM, storytelling, puppetry, drama, gardening/nutrition, music, fitness, and foreign language are offered. 1225 Piper Blvd., Naples 239-594-9557 www.vpcnaples.org/preschool VANDERBILT LEARNING CENTER We believe that young children develop their abilities best in a warm, caring, and loving atmosphere. We believe that each child differs from all other children in many respects, and each age has its own special needs and characteristics. VLC allows for the individuality of each child in order to build positive attitudes toward self, others, and learning. We strive to provide an enriching program in a Christian setting to all children, regardless of race, religion, creed, or national origin. Weekday preschool and kindergarten. Full- and part-time classes available for ages 2 and up. Extended morning and afternoon care available. THE VILLAGE SCHOOL 6000 Goodlette Rd., Naples 239-593-7686 www.villageschoolnaples.org The Village School is proud to offer a diverse range of courses from preschool to 11th grade, with 12th grade to be added by 2019. As a STEAM school, students are actively engaged in collaborative, cross-curricular learning using an integrated approach with dedicated and experienced teachers in an environment where Christian values are nurtured. Students discover their passions through academics, athletics, and the arts. We promote intellectual, emotional, social, and spiritual development through experiential and hands-on activities in a caring and encouraging Christian environment.
HOMESCHOOL, SPECIAL NEEDS, & TUTORING SERVICES EASTER SEALS ACADEMY 8793 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples 239-403-0366 www.EasterSeals.com/florida The new Easter Seals Academy provides exceptional services, outreach, school-to-work transition, and advocacy so that people ages 11+ with autism and other disabilities can live, work, and play in our community. Individualized curricula, functional academics, and community-based instruction are incorporated with a strong focus on employability.
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Collier Child Care Resources, Inc. provides high-quality early childhood care and education inspired by the Reggio Emilia philosophy of learning with a daily focus on music & the arts in a child=centered curriculum. We offer a safe learning environment with credentialed teachers to ensure that all children enter kindergarten “ready to learn”.
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SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION EDUCATIONAL PATHWAYS ACADEMY 3180 Estey Ave., Naples 239-289-3639 www.EducationalPathwaysAcademy.com The mission of Educational Pathways Academy is to educate, equip, and empower students with a primary diagnosis of a language-based learning difference such as dyslexia. We offer a customized educational curriculum and authentic learning opportunities for students through which they can receive a well-balanced social and academic experience tailored to unique needs, interests, talents, learning styles, stages of development, and personalities. GRADES UP! 1575 Pine Ridge Rd., Suite 4, Naples 239-273-5851 www.GradesUpNow.com Our certified teachers tutor middle school and high school students in a variety of subjects. No sign up fees, no long-term contracts. READING RESCUE OF NAPLES 2430 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., #360, Naples 239-233-9400 www.ReadingRescueCenters.com Certified reading specialist helping children in grades K-3+ with dyslexia, ADD, autism, and second language and other learning challenges. Trained and certified in Orton-Gillingham and Reading Recovery, plus 25 years experience. 1055 Pine Ridge Rd., Naples 239-989-4155 www.sparkofswfl.com SPARK HYBRID EDUCATION CENTER Spark is a hybrid education center providing classes in mathematics, science, language arts, and social studies for homeschool students ages 5-14. Our mission is to equip students with the knowledge, problem-solving skills, and work habits that instill a sense of responsibility for their education and a passion for learning.
CHARTER SCHOOLS COLLIER CHARTER ACADEMY 12101 Immokalee Rd., Naples 239-330-3810 www.CollierCharter.org Collier Charter Academy is a tuition-free public charter school, serving students in grades K-7 for the 2018-2019 academic year. We will be adding 8th grade for the 2019-2020 school year. Teachers, students, and parents work together to set goals and develop a Personalized Learning Plan. Our team monitors individual progress and delivers customized instruction designed to help each student achieve their highest potential. Call to schedule a tour. GULF COAST CHARTER ACADEMY SOUTH 215 Airport Pulling Rd. N., Naples 239-784-1539 www.gccas.org We are a tuition-free, uniformed K-8 public charter school in Naples with amazing teachers and a compassionate administration, nestled inside a family atmosphere with a zero tolerance for bullying. We are a STEM school that also offers free tutoring, before- and after-care, physical education, music, art, Spanish, technology, clubs, recess, and sports teams. We believe that every child can learn and we are powered by FORZA Education management with the motto, “Giving parents a choice and children a chance.”
Meet CC. CC is in the First Grade. She dreams of becoming a doctor, police chief, astronomer and artist.
We say – why wait? Do you have a CC? We’d love to meet you both. At Seacrest Country Day School your child’s education is personalized and so are our tours. We invite you to learn, listen, and be inspired. Schedule a private tour today at seacrest.org
7100 Davis Blvd. Naples, FL 34104 239.793.1986
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Programs are twice a week!
Pre-K Programs: 10 AM (Most enjoyed by children 5 and younger)
JANUARY 2 & 4 Outstanding Owls
Learn about owls and why they are important to our ecosystems! Make your very own owl craft and sing along to our favorite owl song! Swing by the von Arx Wildlife Viewing Pavilion to visit our wildlife ambassador owl!
JANUARY 16 & 18 The Little Lazy Lizard
Help our lizard friend find his dinner! Make your very own lizard, and see if you can find any lizard friends scurrying around our Mangrove Boardwalk or Nature Trails!
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JANUARY 30 & FEBRUARY 1 Precious Panthers
Join Felina on her journey to discover where she belongs! Prowl like a panther as we discover what itâ€™s like in the big cat world!
FEBRUARY 13 & 15 Ladybug Trails
Help our ladybug friend tell time as he goes on a wild adventure! Make your own ladybug clock craft so you can follow along with the story!
FEBRUARY 27 & MARCH 1 In the Tall, Tall Grass
You never know what you might find by using your senses, such as seeing, touching, hearing, and smelling! Kids can become scientists as we explore what can be found in nature around the Conservancy.
Conservancy Members are FREE!
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Non-members: FREE with Nature Center admission. Visit www.conservancy.org/little-explorers
Neapolitan Family is the only regional parenting and family publication devoted to Collier County, including Naples, Marco Island, Immokalee...
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Neapolitan Family is the only regional parenting and family publication devoted to Collier County, including Naples, Marco Island, Immokalee...