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BACK TO SCHOOL EXPO ’17 The staff of Neapolitan Family will choose our 12 favorites and then readers will vote for the GRAND PRIZE winner!

We are excited to announce BIG changes to our Cover Kids Contest, which will be held this year at the 2017 Back to School Expo at the Greater Naples YMCA on August 12. MissyK Photography will be capturing an image of each entrant. The entry fee entitles you to one free download of your child’s photo, an audience with Geri Muck of Protocol Models, and the chance for your child to be one of our cover models. Preregistration starts July 15 at neafamily.com.

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July 2017 TABLE OF CONTENTS

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FROM THE PUBLISHER

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PARENT PREVIEWS Movie reviews for the entire family

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COLLIER COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT UPDATE

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CITY CONNECTION City of Naples Parks News and Events

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COLLIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Community safety

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FAMILY LAW Guidance from legal experts

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THE OUTNUMBERED MOTHER Advice from Amy Hunter

on the cover… Isabella, 9, is the daughter of Enrique Gomez, graphic artist for MHK Architecture and Planning in Naples. Bella just finished third grade with honors at St. Ann’s. She is a voracious reader, loves to play basketball, sing-dance, and ride her bike. She has planned a summer full of adventure, which started with making friends with Bolo the giraffe during her cover shoot at the Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens. Cover photo by Peggy Farren of Avant Garde Photography • 239-263-7001

18 Make a Birthday Mess. Here are 17 creative birthday activities for an unforgettable party. by Christina Katz 20 Marvelous Marco. Discover all that this nearby island has to offer for a day trip or vacation. by Leigh Tahirovic 37 Give Fellow Parents a Break. Volunteer with Buddy Break, a free respite program for parents of kids with special needs. by Leigh Ann Newman 38 Dining Out With Your Kids. How to take your kids to a restaurant and actually enjoy yourself. by Lyn Hunter 40 Summer Fun. What to do with your little ones this summer. by Anna Snyder 42 Destination: Bradenton. Celebrate the 69th birthday of Snooty, the world’s oldest manatee (as far as we know). by Karen T. Bartlett 44 A Family Resort. The renovated Omni Orlando is welcoming families. by Leigh Tahirovic

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

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Full day zoo admission for 12 kids and 8 adults plus two-hour space rental. Value $750.

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from the publisher… the parenting magazine devoted to collier county

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

THIS MONTH: Birthdays!

Birthday celebrations are a big part of childhood memories. Whether your family enjoys big parties or smaller gatherings to celebrate the day, planning a stress-free and memorable experience can be, well, stressful. So in July, Neapolitan Family is excited to invite you to enter to win one of six amazing and FREE birthday parties! There are a variety of parties offered, so there is one that your kids are sure to love. All you have to do is enter for the parties you want, once a day, every day in July. If you prefer to host a creative party at home, Christina Katz brings you 17 “messy” ideas that will delight your guests. If you don’t have a birthday party coming up but want to crash someone else’s, head up to Bradenton to help Snooty, the world’s oldest known manatee, celebrate his 69th birthday. Now that we have hit the halfway point of summer vacation, you may be hearing some complaints of boredom around the house. July is a great time to get out and explore Southwest Florida, without the seasonal traffic. On page 20, former resident Leigh Tahirovic gives us 10 reasons to cross the Jolley Bridge to Marco Island, the best of which may be to enjoy their fantastic Fourth of July festivities and fireworks show. For other July 4th events, be sure to head to our calendar on page 28, as well as lots of other family-friendly happenings throughout the month. On page 40, Anna Snyder gives us great tips on entertaining the toddler set. If your idea of a good time is dinner out with the kids, Lyn Hunter fills us in on how to raise darling diners. And if you think your darling diner should be on the cover of Neapolitan Family, check out the details of our Cover Kids Contest on page 3. Happy Independence Day!

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MOVIE REVIEWS

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Family Movie Reviews from New movies for kids and teens in July include Spider-Man and The Emoji Movie. Here’s a sneak peek at all the new movies for kids and teens this month. Note that release dates are subject to change. SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING

Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are brought to the City of a Thousand Planets after an unknown villain threatens the peace that has been achieved here. Charged with saving the galaxy, this mission is full of battle sequences, sexual moments, and some strong language.

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sci-fi action violence, some language, and brief suggestive comments. In Theaters July 7

WISH UPON MPAA Rating: PG-13 for violent and disturbing images, thematic elements, and language In Theaters July 14 A mysterious box grants a teen girl (Joey King) several wishes. What she doesn’t realize, however, is that none of these requests come without great costs. This horror story is certain to be creepy with its grotesque images and frightening consequences for greed and vengeance.

THE EMOJI MOVIE MPAA Rating: PG for rude humor In Theaters July 28

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This famous Marvel Comics character has been played by several actors, but in this film Tom Holland stars as the young Peter Parker (aka Spider-Man). He was first introduced in Captain America: Civil War (2016), and now gets his own name on the marquee. In this script, he is a teen in need of some mentoring to master his superhero powers. That tutelage will come with plenty of violent action, like that found in other PG-13 rated Avenger movies from this franchise.

This animation goes inside the world of smart phones where emojis live. One of these icons is Gene (voice of TJ Miller), who is unhappy that he is allowed to represent only one emotion. Expect some crude humor and silly antics in this journey of self-expression. WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sci-fi violence and action, suggestive material, and brief language In Theaters July 21 Whether or not they are familiar with the graphic novel, this sci-fi adventure is sure to capture teens’ attention as special operatives

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi violence and action, thematic elements, and some disturbing images. In Theaters July 14 In this third outing of the re-booted Planet of the Apes franchise, Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his band of primates battle against a human army led by the Colonel (Woody Harrelson) in a genocidal war. Features frequent violent altercations and weapons use.

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COLLIER COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS

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vidual Facebook and Twitter pages. These pages open the window to your child’s school, giving an inside look at the phenomenal learning experiences occurring every day. Many schools will also share videos of events, sometimes even using Facebook Live to stream events. For a broader view of the district, be sure to follow @collierschools on both Facebook and Twitter. The district’s page is your one-stop shop for a collection of school successes and important announcements. You can find a list of schools with their social media URLs on www.collierschools.com/communications by clicking social media on the left-hand side of the page. If you find yourself constantly on the go, CCPS has a great app (for both Android and iPhone) that offers many important features. A major feature of the app is the push notifications. You can choose to receive updates from the district and your school. This means when something important is happening at your school, you’ll receive an alert on your phone, just like when you receive a text message. You can also check grades, lunch menus, scholarship information, bus routes, and so much more. Find this app by searching Collier County Public Schools in your app store and be sure to follow your child’s school in the settings. CCPS News With so many awesome things happening in the district, it can be difficult to keep up with it all. That’s where CCPS News steps in. This two-minute news program gives you a rundown of what’s new and noteworthy in the district. From important parent information to upcoming events and school achievements and accolades, this is the news you need to know. Episodes are released bi-weekly to the district and school websites, district social media pages, and school Facebook pages. Finally, this isn’t just a way to connect with the district but the community at large. CCPS offers a Virtual Flyers program where approved outside agencies can submit their camp, activity, or program information to the district. These opportunities are then posted to the Virtual Flyers page for parents to view and see what’s out there. When submitting, community members can choose what age group and schools the event pertains to, making it easy for parents to search by their school. There’s even an option to search by summer flyers, which is perfect for this time of year. Flyers are updated every month, so there’s always something new to check out. Visit www.collierschools.com/virtualflyers or press the blue Virtual Flyers backpack which can be found on the district’s homepage (www.collierschools.com) or your school’s homepage. Remember, schools will begin posting important information to their homepages, such as dress code, school supply lists, as well as back-to-school and meet-the-teacher events. Be sure to keep checking in for more information. Continue to enjoy your summer! NEAPOLITANfamily • July 2017


CITY CONNECTION PARKS DEPT. By Laura Tichy-Smith

Summer of Fun in Naples

Enjoy summer with your family at these programs and events offered by the City of Naples’ Community Services Department and local organizations. A Night at the Preserve Nature Sleepover (Ages 7-12) Your child will delight to find out what goes on at the Naples Preserve when the sun goes down. Join the staff for a unique sleepover with surprises all night long. Make food ornaments for the animals and watch them enjoy their treats on our night-vision camera. Play fun nature games and experience the Preserve at midnight when we take a walk on the boardwalk. Includes pizza for dinner, a movie with snacks, and breakfast. Limited enrollment. Friday, July 28 from 5 p.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday, July 29. $50 per child. Call 239-261-4290. (1690 Tamiami Tr. N., Naples, at the corner of U.S. 41 & Fleischmann Blvd.) Who Doesn’t Love a Parade? A patriotic holiday tradition punctuated by the pounding drumbeat of marching bands, the 4th of July Parade takes on a distinctively Naples twist when its route is through the posh, palm-lined avenues of downtown. The fun begins for your family at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 4, at the corner of Broad Avenue South and 3rd Street South, just north of the Naples Pier. The parade route proceeds north on 3rd Street to swank 5th Avenue South. After traveling east on 5th Avenue, the route turns south at the corner of 8th Street South to end in front of Cam-

bier Park around noon. This morning parade beats the heat and will be a perfect way to start the festivities. Call 239-213-7120. Free Summer Jazz Concert Join the tradition of the summer lawn parties the whole city loves as the Naples Beach Club Hotel hosts its Summer Jazz Series, 6:30-9:30 p.m. on July 8. You can bring folding chairs, but you likely won’t be sitting much as you boogie to the dynamic music of the band Pocket Change. Food and beverages available for purchase from the hotel. Overflow parking at Lowdermilk Park. Call 239-261-2222. (851 Gulf Shore Blvd. N., Naples)

Summer Late Night Skate (All Ages) The action gets hotter after the sun goes down. Join others who enjoy your sport at The Edge Skatepark for a late night with pizza and soda. $10, Friday, July 28. Call 239-213-3020. (1600 Fleischmann Ave., Naples)

Summer Camps Continue Last-minute registration is still available for some city summer camps. Themes include nature, art, science, computers, athletics, sports, and performing arts. Festive Fireworks

Frog Call Adventure Field Trip

A fabulous finale for your 4th of July celebration, the City of Naples’ breathtaking fireworks display rockets over the water from the Naples Pier starting at 9 p.m. Park in the early evening at one of the many City beach access points along Gulf Shore Boulevard (free with your beach parking sticker), and enjoy the fiery beauty of nature’s sunset show

Meet at the Naples Preserve to caravan out to the wilds of Collier County to listen to the frogs call and learn more about these amazing amphibians. Each family will receive a frog call CD. $10 per family. Thursday, July 13 at 7:30 p.m. Call 239-261-4290. (1690 Tamiami Tr. N., Naples, at the corner of U.S. 41 & Fleischmann Blvd.).

You may sign up for either one or two days per week!

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

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Deputies Ticketing Kids For Doing the Right Thing

f a Collier deputy catches your children in the act this summer, they might just get a “ticket.” The Collier County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) is again participating in 7-Eleven’s Operation Chill, a program that aims to reduce crime and build rapport between kids and law enforcement. If a deputy spots a child wearing a helmet, picking up trash, or observing crosswalk rules, he or she could get a “ticket” for a free small Slurpee at 7-Eleven. Hundreds of agencies around the country have participated in the program since it began in 1995. Youth Relations Bureau Captain Beth Jones said Operation Chill is a great way to develop relationships with the youth in the community, while teaching the importance of making good decisions, being kind, and doing the right thing. The program goes hand-in-hand with another initiative the sheriff’s office promotes year round. Students are recognized during award ceremonies for the good deeds they do either in school or in the community as part of the Do The Right Thing program. While it is usually teachers who nominate students, anyone in the community can do so. Do you know a child who has “done the right thing” and deserves special recognition? We would love to hear from you. Forms are available to fill out online to submit to the CCSO.

Visit www.colliersheriff.org/we-can-help/parent-resources/dothe-right-thing. The award ceremonies are held six times a year at the Lorenzo Walker Institute of Technology, 3702 Estey Ave., Naples, in the school cafeteria at 3:30 p.m. Dates are updated throughout the summer for 2017-18 school year on www. colliersheriff.org. In the past, winners have been recognized for standing up to bullies, giving found valuables to adults, donating birthday money to a nonprofit, and alerting adults to bad behavior by fellow students. We’ve even seen students rescuing other students from dangerous situations and calling 911 when their teacher needed medical attention. During the ceremonies, a CCSO representative explains the award for each student and hands out certificates and medals. Students from elementary school through high school are eligible for nomination. So tell your kids to be on their best behavior this summer. Our deputies will be patrolling parks, community events, and camps looking to hand out free treats courtesy of 7-Eleven. And you could find yourself being recognized at an upcoming Do The Right Thing Ceremony. Thanks for helping to keep Collier County a great place and a safe place!

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YOUR COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS

Mary Poppins Flies Onto the Broadway Palm Stage

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atch the Broadway adaptation of the classic tale of Mary Poppins at Broadway Palm June 29 through August 12. Based on the books by P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney film, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins delighted Broadway audiences for more than 2,500 performances and received nominations for nine Olivier and seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Everyone’s favorite nanny takes the stage in this musical adventure. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family how to value each other again. You’ll hear beloved songs such as Chim Chim Cher-ee, A Spoonful of Sugar, and Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. Performances are Wednesday through Sunday evenings with selected matinees. There is a summer special for children 18 and under: tickets are $20 for the buffet and the show. Adult ticket prices range from $40 to $65, with discounts for groups of 20 or more. To purchase tickets, call 239-278-4422, visit BroadwayPalm.com, or stop by the box office at 1380 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers.

Valerie’s House Starts Support Group for Grieving Fathers

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alerie’s House has introduced a new support group for men who are grieving the loss of a spouse and raising their children alone. The program will be led by a licensed therapist who will help the dads face issues they’ve had since their wife’s death. Their children also will meet, using art therapy and bonding with other children to help grieve the loss of their moms.

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

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YOUR COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS Angela Melvin, founder and president of Valerie’s House, understands this as she herself was a child of loss, raised by her father. “Dads often find it difficult to ask for help when raising their children in grief,” Melvin said. “This is a special group for those

dads and their children to connect and help each other.” The Valerie’s House Dads group will meet twice a month at the Valerie’s House-Fort Myers location at 1618 Avalon Place. The services are free. For the meeting schedule, contact Angela Melvin at 239-841-9186 or Angela@valerieshouseswfl.org. Valerie’s House helps children and families work through the loss of a loved one together. In addition to Fort Myers, Valerie’s House also holds meetings at The Village School, 6000 Goodlette-Frank Rd., Naples, and at Cape Christian Church, 2110 Chiquita Blvd. S., Cape Coral. For more details, visit www.valerieshouseswfl.org.

Xcel2Fitness Combines Fitness, Character for Boys in Grades 3-5

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new nonprofit with a mission to use fitness to impact character in boys has launched in Naples. Xcel2Fitness, modeled on the successful Girls on the Run program, employs a six-week curriculum that teaches speed, agility, strength, balance, and cardio while incorporating teamwork, leadership, and goal setting. Boys in grades 3-5 meet after school twice a week for one hour. After the six weeks, all teams in the area will meet for “The Big Event”, a timed obstacle course challenge. Registration is $125 per child, and scholarships are available for families with financial need. For more information, contact Melissa ParesAlvarado at melissa@xcel2fitness.com.

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DLC’s Children’s Programs Receive Grants to Expand

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he David Lawrence Center (DLC) recently received a $12,400 grant from The League Club, Inc. to expand the art therapy program in the Children’s Crisis Stabilization Unit (CCSU) and a $150,000 grant from the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation for its Children’s Inpatient Holistic Wellness Program. The Toulmin grant will be used to incorporate more comprehensive, holistic services for children residing in the eight-bed inpatient CCSU who are experiencing an acute behavioral, emotional, or psychiatric crisis. The funding will, in part, be used to employ a full-time rehabilitation specialist who will oversee the Children’s Crisis Unit Wellness Program and facilitate daily wellness groups. DLC recently doubled the capacity of the CCSU to better meet the needs of the children involved, and The League Club grant will be used to fund art therapy to the additional four children the unit can now serve. For additional information, call 239-455-8500 or visit www.DavidLawrenceCenter.org. NEAPOLITANfamily • July 2017


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FAMILY LAW

By Dale Klaus and Reuben Doupé

Don’t Get Lost in the Paperwork

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t the outset of any divorce or child support action, you will face the daunting task of providing your lawyer with a pile of paperwork to meet the requirement of Mandatory Disclosure. Getting all of the necessary documents together may feel like an onerous punishment, but it is a vital step in getting your case complete and getting you the relief you require. Mandatory Disclosure is a requirement placed upon both parties to a family law action by the Florida Family Law Rules of Court. Mandatory Disclosure rules apply in any family law case that includes a financial claim, i.e. equitable distribution, support, or attorney’s fees. Each party to such an action must obtain specific records, which include tax returns, bank statements, credit card statements, and pay-stubs, to name just a few; and provide copies of those documents to the other party. While the Mandatory Disclosure list may seem like unnecessary busy work, these documents are vital for your attorney to assess your case and help you get the relief to which you are entitled. This is especially true for a spouse who is not completely informed of their family’s financial circumstances. In order for your attorney to give you complete legal advice on your case, that attorney needs to know the financial circumstances of your family. Mandatory Disclosure may not give your attorney everything he or she needs to answer your questions, but it will be a great start and should help your attorney identify what other information is necessary. If one party is late or refuses to cooperate with discovery, whether Mandatory Disclosure or otherwise, then motions can be filed with the court seeking a judge’s assistance in getting compliance. Getting the court involved takes time. For example, a motion has to be filed, then a hearing has to be scheduled, and it can take as much

as four to six weeks to get in court. Getting the court involved can be costly. Your attorney has to be prepared to attend court on your behalf. Further, if you are the party not complying with the discovery rules, you may be ordered to pay sanctions, such as paying the other side’s attorney fees incurred on the motion. For these reasons, it is vital that you pay careful attention to the Mandatory Disclosure requirements. It is vital that you get all of the required documents to your lawyer and that you do so in a timely manner. Complete and timely production of documents will assist your lawyer in effectively and efficiently getting you through your action and it will help your lawyer get you the result you deserve.

DALE KLAUS and REUBEN DOUPÉ are partners at Klaus Doupé, a leading law firm in Naples focusing solely on marital and family law. Visit www.Marital-FamilyLaw. com or call 239-403-9800.

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BIRTHDAYS

By Christina Katz

A Festive Mess 17 Creative Birthday Activities for an Unforgettable Party

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don’t mean to brag, but my husband and I have thrown quite a few awesome birthday parties over the years. However, when reflecting back over all the parties we’ve thrown, it’s clear to me that the most memorable parties were not the most elaborate or even the most expensive. They were simply the messiest. Messy and birthday parties go together better than you might imagine. After all, what could be more festive than a little bit of parentapproved pandemonium? The key to milking the most fun out of any birthday party is including more messy fun. And if you really want to throw the party to top all parties, go for a totally messy party from beginning to end. If a little bit of mess is memorable, than a lot of mess just might be unforgettable. In that spirit, here is a list of 17 indoor and outdoor ideas that won’t break the bank. 1. Take aim, color. Mark off a square play arena outdoors with five-foot tall Bamboo garden stakes and blue painters masking tape. Fill squirt guns or squirt bottles with non-toxic watercolor paints, don a pair of clear swim goggles, and let the kids decorate each other dressed in white t-shirts and leggings or sweats. The only rule is no one leaves the field until the paint is all spent. 2. Take a whack at it. Fill a store-bought piñata 2/3 of the way full with cooked, well-drained spaghetti. Then 18

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add small plastic toys, foil-wrapped granola bars, and plastic wrapped candies. To extend the fun, hang the piñata on a pull cord threaded through an eyehook so you can pull it up and down as kids swing at it with a bat or broom handle. Secure a tarp underneath with Duck tape (indoors) or camping stakes (outdoors) for easy cleanup. 3. Eggcentric art. Break the tops off real eggs and pour the yolks and whites into a container to make quiche or a soufflé later. Keeping empty shells in the carton, fill each with acrylic paints of various colors. Outside or in the garage or basement, hang a large canvas against a sturdy wall or fence and let the kids take aim and fire until they make a masterpiece. Use plastic drop cloths to catch the splatters as needed. 4. Franken-beauty. Make natural facial masks out of banana, avocado or

cocoa. Sit guests around a large table in pairs to take turns applying masks to each other’s faces. Be sure to have some hand mirrors handy so everyone can see what all the squeals are about. 5. Construction junction. Supply lots of sheets, blankets, and pillows for fort construction. If you can mount a few Hula Hoops strategically around the room, they come in handy. You might also supply bandanas and bungee chords. Be sure to inspect the results for hazards. Keep food and drinks strictly separate. 6. Reach for the foam. Play messy Twister in the yard by mixing foam shaving cream and food coloring. Wear clothing that can get stained. If no one wants to worry about clothing stains, simply use white shaving cream for the same effect. 7. Pudding slide. Make about a gallon of chocolate pudding. Drop large spoonfuls of pudding onto a Slip & Slide. Have guests take a running start down a low-grade slope. To make the slide more slippery, have guests sprinkle it with water from a sprinkler can or set the hose sprayer to mist. Add more pudding or water, as needed. 8. Slime ball. Find an online recipe to make nontoxic slime and let guests prepare it. Then play a game of hide the bouncy ball in the slime. Use a blindfold and a timer to see who can find their party favors the fastest. Enjoy the groans. 9. Picasso footsie. Roll NEAPOLITANfamily • July 2017


out a long sheet of paper and pour puddles of acrylic paint at one end. Have each guest step in one color per foot and walk across the paper. Switch to the other side of the paper to balance out the look. Hang art on a fence or wall to dry. 10. Musical silly string. Put half the group in the middle on a plastic tarp. Encircle guests with the other half of the group. Turn on the music. Have the inside group move in one direction and the outside group move in the other direction, while spraying the inside group with silly string. When the music is turned off, switch groups. 11. Pasta fling. Cook one box of spaghetti per party guest. Get some five-gallon buckets and fill them 2/3 of the way with water. Add enough flour to thicken the water, then add spaghetti. The only rules are: use your own spaghetti, no bucketdumping, and no touching – just throwing. Put the buckets in the square play arena and get the heck out of the way. 12. Mud puddle fun. On a sturdy table at playing height, fill a small kiddie pool with dirt and just enough water to make mud. Add digging and pouring toys for an hour of industry for young guests. 13. Duck-Duck-Dump. Have kids sit in circle for a game of duck-duck-goose. But first, hand them a cup of water and

half-cup of flour to pour over each goose’s head. 14. The opposite of tiny bubbles. Make bubble mix with ten cups of regular Dawn Dish soap and five gallons of water. Let it sit overnight. Do not agitate the solution as you pour it into a small wading pool slightly larger than a Hula Hoop in diameter. Have guest don a pair of clear

goggles and stand in the middle of the pool without splashing. Let two party guests lower a Hula Hoop over the guest and then pull it straight up into a giant bubble. 15. Three-legged color run. Set up a start and finish line for a short jaunt. Tie the legs of two guests together and have them wear clear swim goggles and white play clothing. Have other guests stand on the sidelines and throw color from bags of nontoxic Holi colors (the type used for

Color Runs, available online). The winners take on the next pair of challengers until everyone has run. The most colorful pair wins. 16. Sloppy volley. Divide guests into two groups. Put a line across the center of your play arena like a tennis court. Everyone has to stay on their own team and wear swim goggles. Place a table of supplies within reach of the backcourt. On the table, supply large bowls of chilled mashed potatoes, Jello, pudding, and cooked oatmeal. Tint food with food coloring if clothing can be stained. On your mark, get set, food fight! 17. Trashion runway. For a couple of months before the party, don’t discard your reusable recyclables. Spread them out evenly in tarps with plenty of clear tape, masking tape, painter’s tape, and Duck tape. Pair guests up into design teams. Give a one-hour time limit. The assignment is to design a runway-worthy fashion for each team out of only the trash that’s been supplied. Have a runway show afterward to display the results. Like most parents, CHRISTINA KATZ’ s first instinct is not necessarily to throw the messiest party. But she’s learned that sometimes it’s fun to throw tidiness out the window for the sake of big birthday fun.

Making Messy Work For You Remember, the key to throwing an unforgettable party isn’t about choosing the trendiest theme or the hottest destination or decorating your guts out with the latest Pinspirations. The key is simply to let kids make a mess and have fun doing it. These tips will save you some sanity. 1. If you can’t go outside, consider using a wellventilated garage, shed, or basement. 2. Check out the painting supply section of your local store for inexpensive items to protect your party space. 3. Have a designated photographer who may not be NEAPOLITANfamily • July 2017

slimed, spaghettied, or painted. 4. If you only have one messy activity planned, save the best for last. 5. If you go with a totally messy party, go with messy food, too, buffet style or make-your-own. 6. If you don’t want kids to get stained or dirty, you can still make a mess. Just use smocks, shower caps, and bandanas to cover up. 7. The sky’s the limit when it comes to making messes. Use your imagination; then consider safety precautions, as needed. neafamily.com

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Marvelous Marco

MARCO ISLAND

By Leigh Tahirovic

The Top 10 Reasons to Cross the Jolley Bridge

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hether you are looking for a daylong outing or a weekend getaway, Marco Island offers an alluring atmosphere full of world-class resorts, gorgeous beaches, and scrumptious seafood. A short distance from the Ten Thousand Islands, the island is also your gateway to outdoor adventures and ecotours. Plus, Marco is steeped in Southwest Florida history, giving even locals an excuse to explore. Here are 10 reasons to take a trip south, across the Jolley Bridge. The Marriott The Marriott opened even before the Jolley Bridge was four lanes, and recently became the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort, after a $250-million renovation that is still underway. Stay at this beachfront resort in one of its redesigned guest rooms and dine at the new restaurants, but should you want a weekend sans kids, soon you can stay in the adult-only tower with a roof-top pool and 12,000-square-feet indoor entertainment room. The renovations, which have taken more than two years, feature a redesigned and expanded main pool deck. Don’t fret, the multimillion dollar views remain the same.

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Marco Museum Come learn that Marco Island was home to some of Florida’s earliest settlers, the Calusa Indians. Inside the Marco Island Historical Museum, you can see a replica of a Calusa Indian village, complete with exhibits that showcase how these natives lived in the 1500s when Spanish explorers first discovered them. A new exhibit, “What’s Old is Not Forgotten,” opened in June and features local photography works of famous landmarks, such as the famous Cape Romano Dome House and the Horr Plantation House. While visiting, look at the building’s unique architecture and outdoor mural, and use both to educate your children. The museum is free to tour and is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. The beaches Don’t forget your Collier County beach parking sticker before going to Marco Island, or it will cost you to park at its two major beach access points: Tigertail Beach and South Beach. The former, situated near Big Marco Pass, offers beachgoers plenty of reasons to stay for the day, including beach rentals, a children’s playground, food ven-

dors, and restrooms. Since it’s a designated wildlife area, Tigertail is home to many shorebirds and has a unique tidal lagoon. Every winter, there are wildlife birding talks on select days. South Beach allows beachgoers to access the Gulf of Mexico and is nestled between several plush, luxury resorts. Many athletic enthusiasts begin their outdoor adventures here. There are also restrooms. The parks Mackle Park has one of the nicest outdoor playgrounds in Collier County. It has a pavilion for shaded play, and the splash pad beckons those who need a cooldown after exploring the castle-style play area. Take a walk around the lake for a nice shaded stroll. Or visit Veterans Community Park where a farmers market is held every Wednesday from early November to late April. The wide-open space is where numerous community events are hosted year-round. The YMCA Fitness enthusiasts can work out in The Greater Marco Family YMCA’s stateof-the-art fitness center, but families are the NEAPOLITANfamily • July 2017


ones who really benefit from the facilities. Kids can compete on the Y’s swim team, learning from one of the best swim coaches in Collier County, Coach Kamal. Or snag a deal on swim lessons this July – three lessons for just $10 (restrictions apply). Summer camp is another draw to the Marco Y, featuring theme weeks and fieldtrips for campers. And kids can take cooking classes in the teaching kitchen. Best of all, members of the Greater Naples YMCA receive reciprocal benefits. The golf Add some friendly family competition with a visit to Marco Golf and Garden, where you can enjoy a round of miniature golf. A garden, complete with native plants and trees, is the backdrop to this fun course where even “pro” golfers will find entertainment. Or see if you can play at the Island Country Club, where invited guests can play 18 holes on this championship course originally designed by pro golfer Gene Sarazen in 1966. It was reconfigured in 1991 with new bunkers and water features. The food Get a glimpse of Marco’s beautiful inland waterways while eating at the Snook Inn. It’s known for its outdoor dining and live music, but the food is why locals call it a place-not-to-miss. The fried shrimp basket is a crowd-pleaser, and since every meal comes with trip to the salad bar, even kids will get a vegetable. If you’re in the mood for Italian, try Joey’s Pizza. Whether you choose the Sicilian or the regular crust pizza, your kids will love every bite, and their prices won’t take a bite out of your wallet, especially when you eat their lunch specials. At breakfast, you

from Marco’s early pioneer period. Or test your wits at Xtreme Escape Games, where you and seven others will be trapped in a room, left to solve the puzzle to get out. Parents, it is recommended that no one under 14 take part in the game.

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can visit Doreen’s Cup of Joe (next door to Joey’s) where the omelets are mouthwatering. Another favorite (from the lunch menu) is the Oven Roasted Turkey Breast with Brie Cheese croissant. The entertainment If your island adventure is plagued by rain or cold temperatures, head indoors to the Marco Movies. Showtimes are very regular at (close to) 3-, 6- and 9-o’clock hour with matinees on weekends for select shows. Every seat offers optimal viewing and has a place to enjoy the full menu. Or choose one of the two playhouses: the Island Theater Company and The Marco Players Theater. The community playhouses put on several productions a year, and the Island Theater Company produces a children’s show in the summer. Adult adventures It doesn’t need to be October to get a fright on Marco Island. Take a historical ghost tour with Marco Murder and Mayhem, where tour-goers begin their adventure at Marco’s oldest building, the Olde Marco Inn, which is haunted by ghosts

The events Marco Island is possibly best known for its holiday events and parades. Every year, the Fourth of July festivities and fireworks show attracts about 12,000 people. The daylong event has contests, live music, and food vendors making it a fun-filled day on Marco’s beautiful beaches. The island’s parades – St. Patrick’s Day and Christmas – are lively and navigate through most of the island’s major roadways, where paradegoers can watch the floats pass by. But the Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival, held in March, is the island’s largest event of the year. The three-day festival overtakes Veterans Community Park and features some 60 food vendors and has a dedicated kids zone. Buy a VIP ticket which comes with a lobster meal! And every December, visitors can celebrate the season at Christmas Island Style events throughout the month. One popular attraction is the Christmas light house decorating contest, where many of the island’s homes and businesses are decked out in holiday regalia. Or watch Santa Claus arrive by helicopter as a kick-off. LEIGH TAHIROVIC is a wife and mother who loves traveling and Civil War History. She moved to Naples in 2001 and began a career in journalism. She is a freelance writer for magazines and newspapers in South Florida.

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ASK THE OUTNUMBERED MOTHER

By Amy Hunter

Advice on Bored Kids and Birthday Party Etiquette Amy Hunter grew up in the suburbs of Long Island singing Barbara Streisand hits into her hairbrush. When she’s not writing her hilarityfueled parenting memoir as The Outnumbered Mother, she’s a Naples-living, butt-wiping, soccer-team carting, gourmet-chef attempting, tennis-skirt wearing, non-tennis playing, self-proclaimed bad mamma jamma to three sons and a very understanding husband. You can find Amy online at the Theoutnumberedmother.com.

all else fails, you can throw them outside with a hose and a couple of buckets. That worked like magic for my brother and me when we were kids.

Q: Now that school is out my kids are perpetually saying they’re bored. How do I combat summer boredom and stay sane at the same time?

Amy: This is one of those long debated questions among parents, and I believe the answer is situational depending on two different factors: the age of the child and the location of the party. If you have your child’s party outside of your home, at a site that is rented hourly, I don’t think you should have your child open gifts at the party. Opening gifts takes up too much time, and you want the birthday kid and their guests to enjoy themselves at the location you’ve chosen for that particular activity. Now, if you’re throwing the party at your home, opening gifts is perfectly acceptable because you control how long the party continues from the get-go. On the other hand, if the birthday child is under the age of five, opening gifts in front of guests is probably a poor choice. Not only are children that age quickly bored, but their little friends don’t usually understand the concept of personal property, and they’ll want to open and play with all the new toys. This never ends well because of broken and missing pieces. I know many gift givers want to see the expression of the recipient when opening their gifts, but kids under five are completely unpredictable, which sometimes hurts the feelings of the giver. Hope this clears up your disagreement. Party on.

Amy: Ugh, the annual, “I’m bored” summer war cry is a typical thing in our house. Besides the fact that my kids are scheduled to the gums throughout the school year, so they aren’t used to downtime, I believe this is a universal feeling during summer. The thing about being bored is that beating boredom is a crucial life skill that needs to be developed. If kids don’t experience boredom and find a way to conquer it, they become teens and adults that suffer from long-term boredom, where nothing is ever exciting. The tricky part as a parent dealing with boredom is that you either attempt to set up many activities for your children, bringing them right back to the overscheduled, no downtime situation they were in throughout the year or we are tempted to become their entertainment, which doesn’t help them figure out a way to find something interesting on their own. In my opinion, the best avenue is to have many suggestions and alternative toys and games on hand so they can make their own choices based on what interests them. Some suggestions are Legos, dolls, board games, books, and arts and crafts. When

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Q: My girlfriends and I have a long-running disagreement, and we need an impartial voice to settle it once and for all. Should a child open gifts at their birthday party? What do you think?

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9:00 a.m. Free Admission Days for Military. For current and retired military with valid identification. Also valid on July 5. Conservancy of SW Florida, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples. Call 239-262-0304 or check conservancy.org.

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4:00 p.m. John Storms’ World of Reptiles. The dynamic John Storms will be here with his fascinating reptiles. Ages 5+. Registration required. East Naples Library, 8787 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples. Call 239775-5592 or check public. collier-lib.org.

9:00 a.m. Sunday Birding at the Conservancy. Join a naturalist on the beach near the pass to view birds through a scope and ask questions. Clam Pass Beach Park, 410 Seagate Dr., Naples. Call 239-262-0304 or visit conservancy.org.

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7:00 p.m. Mary Poppins. Through August 12. Wednesday-Sunday evenings with selected matinees. Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, 1380 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers. Call 239-278-4422 or check BroadwayPalm.com.

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10:00 a.m. Build a Better World Scavenger Hunt. All through July, look around for pictures of famous structures from around the world. Ages 5+. Vanderbilt Beach Library, 788 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., Naples. Call 239-597-8444 or check public.collier-lib.org.

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9:30 a.m. WONDER Kids. Drop in anytime 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday to the Smith Children’s Garden for fun activities. Naples Botanical Garden, 4820 Bayshore Dr., Naples. Call 239-643-7275 or check naplesgarden.org.

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NEAPOLITANfamily • July 2017 11:30 a.m. Children’s Etiquette and Social Skills. We will learn how to set the table and then sit down and eat the meal together. Entering grades 3-5. Registration required. Golden Gate Library, 2432 Lucerne Rd., Naples. Call 239-252-4542 or visit public.collier-lib.org.

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9:00 p.m. Fireworks at Naples Pier. Features a 20-minute display with special effects musically choreographed to patriotic selections. Located at Naples Pier, 25 12th Ave., Naples. Call 239-213-3062 or check naplesgov.com.

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6 3:00 p.m. Sharpie Tie Dye. Bring a washed white T-shirt and prepare to design. Entering grades 6-12. Registration required. Estates Branch Library, 1266 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples. Call 239455-8088 or check public. collier-lib.org.

2:00 p.m. Midweek Boredom Busters. Drop in to build, make, or play during the Summer Reading Program. Some projects may need adult assistance. South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy., Estero. Call 239-479-4636.

3:30 p.m. Sphero, Sphero. Come play some challenging games and exercises with these crazy little rolling robots. Ages 6-10. Marco Island Branch Library, 210 S. Heathwood Dr., Marco Island. Call 239-394-3272 or check public.collier-lib.org.

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5:30 p.m. Family Mental Health Support Group. For parents/caregivers and children ages 6+ with a mental illness. Socialize, receive support, and enjoy refreshments. NAMI of Collier County, 6324 Trail Blvd., Bldg. C, Naples. Call 239434-6726 or check namicollier.org. 5

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10:30 a.m. Mission to Space With the Nutty Scientist. Join a “mission to space” and explore science, followed by a 20-minute session of Amazing Air. Ages 4-6. Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or visit public.collier-lib.org.

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6:30 p.m. Beauty & The Beast Jr. Presented by Naples Players’ KidzAct in Tobye Studio. Located at Sugden Community Theatre, 701 5th Ave. S., Naples. Call 239-434-7340 or visit naplesplayers.org.

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11:00 a.m. Barefoot Sandals. Create beaded sandals to wear on your bare feet while you’re at the beach this summer. Ages 9-17 years. Registration required. Marco Island Branch Library, 210 S. Heathwood Dr., Marco Island. Call 239-394-3272 or check public.collier-lib.org.

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1:00 p.m. 4-H Cribbage. Youth and adults are welcome to come and learn to play. Math skills are needed; recommended for ages 8+. Free. Located at Collier County Extension Office, 14700 Immokalee Rd., Naples. Call 239-2524800 or check collier.ifas. ufl.edu.

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4:00 p.m. Improv Cafe. Bring your family out to “Little Shop of Improv” on the first Saturday of every month. Centers for the Arts of Bonita Springs, 10150 Bonita Beach Rd., Bonita Springs. Call 239495-8989 or check artcenterbonita.org.

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5:00 p.m. Sensory Night at C’MON. For children on the autism spectrum and/or with other sensory integration disorders. Limited participation, and registration is required. Children’s Museum of Naples, 15080 Livingston Rd., Naples. Call 239-514-0084 or check cmon.org.

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3:00 p.m. Into The Woods Selections. Students from Gulfshore Playhouse Teen Conservatory perform selections from Into the Woods. All ages welcome. Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or visit public.collier-lib.org.

6:00 p.m. Art After Hours. Enjoy free admission, 6-9 p.m. A local band offers musical entertainment. 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. Out of My Hands. Professional juggler Gerard Tricarico will entertain you with his interactive juggling and illusion show. All ages. Registration required. Immokalee Branch Library, 417 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239-657-2882 or visit public.collier-lib.org.

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8:00 a.m. Koreshan Sunday Farmer’s Market. Local and organic produce, fresh seafood, crafts, local honey, native plants, jewelry, hot crepes, BBQ, and art. Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd., Estero. Call 239-992-0311 or check floridastateparks.org.

3:00 p.m. Build a Better Sand Castle. Use kinetic sand and everyday kitchen tools to make your own epic sand art creations. Ages 6-12. Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check public.collier-lib. org.

7:30 a.m. CCSO Summerfest: Gone Fishing. Tuesdays-Fridays during July, until August 4. Walk-ups welcome with adult supervision. Located at Naples Pier, 25 12th Ave., Naples. Call 239-213-3062 or check naplesgov.com.

6:00 p.m. PAW Patrol Live. PAW Patrol is on a roll with its first-ever live tour. Also Wednesday at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Center, 13350 FSW Pkwy., Fort Myers. Call 239-481-4849 or visit www.bbmannpah.com.

11:00 a.m. Needlework Makerspace. Learn many forms of needlework from crochet to sewing. Instructors will be available. All ages. Registration recommended. South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-252-7542 or visit public.collier-lib.org.

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6:00 p.m. Hot Summer Nights 2017. Free family fun night. Music, dancing, games, sports, movies, bounce house, and karaoke. Free food. Vineyards Community Park, 6231 Arbor Rd., Naples. Call 239-363-9669 or check colliersheriff.org.

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10:00 a.m. Kids Free Fridays. Different theme each week. Free admission for children ages 12 and younger who are accompanied by a paying adult. Located at Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, 300 Tower Rd., Naples. Call 239-417-6310 or visit rookerybay.org.

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10:00 a.m. Little Explorers: Oozey Octopus. Provides our youngest visitors with the opportunity to explore nature and discover amazing animals through activities, stories, and crafts. Conservancy, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples. Call 239-262-0304 or visit conservancy.org. 29

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8:00 p.m. Sister Act. An entertaining and uplifting musical comedy. Runs Thursdays-Sundays during July. Located at Sugden Community Theatre, 701 Fifth Ave. S., Naples. Call 239-434-7340, ext 39, or check naplesplayers.org.

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Call for times. Mary Poppins. Through August 12. Wednesday through Sunday evenings with selected matinees. Located at Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, 1380 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers. Call 239-278-4422 or check BroadwayPalm.com. Call for times. Sister Act. Runs Thursdays-Sundays through July 30. Located at Sugden Community Theatre, 701 Fifth Ave. S., Naples. Call 239-434-7340, ext 39, or check naplesplayers.org. 7:30 a.m. Third Street South Farmer’s Market. Parking lot behind Tommy Bahama’s. Call 239-4346533 or check napleschamber.org. 8:00 a.m. Farmer’s Market. Fresh fruits and vegetables, seafood, honey, prepared foods, wears, specialty foods, and more. Located at Shoppes at Vanderbilt, 2355 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., Naples. Call 239-2732350 or check Facebook for additional information. 8:00 a.m. Community Yard Sale. Find yard sale bargains. If you are interested in selling used items, please call to reserve a spot. Located at Immokalee Community Park, 321 North 1st St., Immokalee. Call 239-657-4449 for additional information. 9:00 a.m. Greenmarket. Join us on our 10-acre campus every Saturday to find an exclusive selection of locally grown, caught, and cultivated foods and other products available to sample and purchase. Located at Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers. Call 239-939-2787 or check artinlee.org. 9:00 a.m. Chess Club K-12. Join the chess club for

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students in K-12. For all playing levels, beginner to advanced. Registration is recommended. Located at Marco Island Branch Library, 210 S. Heathwood Dr., Marco Island. Call 239-394-3272 or check public. collier-lib.org for additional information. 9:30 a.m. WONDER Kids. Drop in between 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays to the Smith Children’s Garden for fun activities. Located at Naples Botanical Garden, 4820 Bayshore Dr., Naples. Call 239-643-7275 or check naplesgarden.org. 10:00 a.m. Little Explorers Program. Little Explorer Play Zone provides our youngest visitors with the opportunity to explore nature and discover amazing animals through multi-sensory activities, stories, and crafts. No registration required. Located at Conservancy of SW Florida, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples. Call 239-262-0304 or check conservancy.org. 10:00 a.m. Artists@Work at GreenMarket. Free, family friendly demo day that takes place during our weekly GreenMarket. Located at Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers. Call 239-9392787 or check artinlee.org for additional information. 11:00 a.m. Barnes and Noble Storytime. Every Saturday. Located at Barnes & Noble, 5377 Tamiami Tr. N., Naples. Call 239-597-2040 or check bn.com. 12:00 p.m. Baby Care Classes. Golisano Children’s Hospital of SWFL’s comprehensive baby care class covers a variety of topics, from newborn screenings to diapering to circumcision to car seat safety. Cost is $25, which includes a course book. Located at Greater Naples YMCA, 5450 YMCA Rd., Naples. Call 239597-3148 or check greaternaplesymca.org.

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2:00 p.m. Barefoot Sandals. Create beaded sandals to wear on your bare feet while you’re at the beach this summer. Ages 9-17 years. Registration is required. Located at South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-252-7542 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information. 2:00 p.m. Alligator Fishing. Every Saturday. For $5 plus admission, you get a cane pool with a hot dog on the end of it to feed our 37 gators. Located at Everglades Wonder Gardens, 27180 Old 41 Rd., Bonita Springs. Call 239-992-2591 or check evergladeswondergardens.com. 4:00 p.m. Improv Cafe. Bring your family out to “Little Shop of Improv” on the first Saturday of every month. Located at Centers for the Performing Arts of Bonita Springs, 10150 Bonita Beach Rd., Bonita Springs. Call 239-495-8989 or check artcenterbonita.org for additional information. 7:00 p.m. Movies at the Park. $4. Located at Eagle Lakes Community Park, 11565 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples. Call 239-252-4414 or check colliergov.net. 8:00 p.m. Improv Tonight at the Center for The Arts Bonita Springs. Be as involved in the show as you’d like. Beer and wine available. Located at Centers for Performing Arts-Moe Auditorium, 10150 Bonita Beach Rd., Bonita Springs. Call 239-495-8989 or check artcenterbonita.org for additional information.

Dr. Jennifer B. Hughes, DMD Pediatric Dentist

• Over 15 years experience. • In-network provider for Cigna, Delta Dental, FL Healthy Kids, MetLife, Principal and more.

239-260-7672

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2 SUNDAY 8:00 a.m. Koreshan Sunday Farmer’s Market. Local and organic produce, fresh seafood and dips, unique crafts, local honey, native plants, handcrafted jewelry, hot crepes and BBQ, beautiful art, and cool gifts. Located at Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd., Estero. Call 239-992-0311 or check floridastateparks.org. 9:00 a.m. Sunday Birding at the Conservancy. Join a naturalist on the beach to view birds through a scope and ask questions. Look for your guide in the orange vest near the pass on Sundays between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Located at Clam Pass Beach Park, 410 Seagate Dr. Naples. Call 239-262-0304 or visit conservancy.org. 10:00 a.m. Historical Tours at Koreshan State Park. Walk the grounds of the utopian community that helped establish Estero. Located at Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd., Estero. Call 239-992-0311 or check floridastateparks.org. 11:15 a.m. Spanish Church Service. St. Monica’s Church, in support of the Latino community, holds a Spanish-speaking service every Sunday. Located at St. Monica’s Church, 7070 Immokalee Rd., Naples. Call 239-591-4550 or check stmonicasnaples.org for additional information. 12:00 p.m. Sip and Shop Sundays. Visit the Bloody Mary Bar at Waterside Shops’ Pavilion every Sunday, with proceeds donated to different charities each month. Located at Waterside Shops, 5415 Tamiami Tr. N., Naples. Call 239-598-1605 or check watersideshops.com for additional information.

3 MONDAY 9:00 a.m. Free Admission Days for Military. Free admission for current and retired military with valid ID. Also valid on July 5. Located at Conservancy of SW Florida, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples. Call 239-262-0304 or check conservancy.org. 9:00 a.m. Peaceful Coloring. Coloring is the latest stress buster. Pick up colored pencils and pictures to color at the circulation desk or add your creative coloring skills to the large picture in the Teen Area. Ages 11-17 years. Registration is not required. Located at Immokalee Branch Library, 417 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239-657-2882. Also located at South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-252-7542 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information. 9:00 a.m. Summer Fun Scavenger Hunt. Look around the Marco Island Library for pictures of all kinds of summer fun. All ages welcome. Registration is not required. Located at Marco Island Branch Library, 210 S. Heathwood Dr., Marco Island. Call 239-394-3272 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information. 9:00 a.m. Proud to be an American Scavenger Hunt. Come search for famous American people, places, and things hiding in the Children’s Library and earn a small prize. Located at Immokalee Branch Library, 417 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239-657-2882 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information. 9:00 a.m. Clean Beaches Week BOGO. In celebration of Clean Beaches Week, the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center offers “buy one, get one free admission.” Higher price prevails. Cannot be combined with other offers. Must pay at door. Located at Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, 300 Tower Rd., Naples. 9:00 a.m. Build a Quilt. We will supply you with the fabric and fabric markers for you to create a quilt block. Your block will be added to other blocks to create quilts, which will be donated to needy children in the Naples area. All ages. Registration not required. Located at South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy.,

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Naples. Call 239-252-7542. Also located at Marco Island Branch Library, 210 S. Heathwood Dr., Marco Island. Call 239-394-3272 or check public.collier-lib.org. 9:00 a.m. Build a Better World Scavenger Hunt. Come look around the Children’s Library for pictures of famous structures from around the world. Earn a prize when you find all of them. Ages 5 years and older. Registration is not required. Located at Vanderbilt Beach Library, 788 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., Naples. Call 239597-8444 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information. 9:30 a.m. Free Boardwalk Tours. A Corkscrew environmental educator will conduct the guided walks, offering visitors a unique opportunity to experience the sights and sounds of the awakening swamp, from its cypress forest and lettuce lakes to its pine forest, and open prairies. Located at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, 375 Sanctuary Road W., Naples. Call 239-348-9151 or check corkscrew.audubon.org. 11:00 a.m. Needlework Makerspace. Every Monday in July, learn many forms of needlework from crochet to sewing. Instructors in various needle arts will be available each week. Bring a friend, your mom or dad, or even a grandparent and learn a new skill together. All ages. Registration recommended. Located at South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-252-7542 or check public.collier-lib.org. 5:30 p.m. Art Classes for Kids. Kids will explore and work with different techniques and media. Acrylics on canvases, watercolor, collages, mixed media, etc. Lots of fun and creativity for kids ages 4-12. Located at Etudes de Ballet, 3285 Pine Ridge Rd., Naples.

4 TUESDAY 6:30 a.m. Fitness Camp. A 60-minute fitness class offered by a certified fitness professional and designed specifically for women. Every Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at the WINK Playland. Located at Miromar Outlets, 10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero. Call 239-948-3766 or check miromaroutlets.com for additional information. 7:30 a.m. CCSO Summerfest: Gone Fishing. Tuesdays through Fridays every week until August 4. Walk-ups welcome with adult supervision. Located at Naples Pier, 25 12th Avenue, Naples. Call 239-213-3062 or check naplesgov.com for additional information.

7:00 a.m. Moe’s Firecracker 5K. Celebrate the 4th of July by running our fast, flat course. This is one of Naples’ oldest and best attended 5K races. Located at Fleischmann Park, 1600 Fleischmann Dr., Naples. Visit gcrunner.org/firecracker5K.html. 8:30 a.m. Open Gym. Tuesday-Friday through July 28. Middle school students, 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. High school students 1- 4 p.m. Located at Immokalee High School, 701 Immokalee Dr., Immokalee. 10:00 a.m. Free Tuesday Morning Nature Talk. Bring your children and learn together how nature can flourishes in urban and suburban areas, with the proper care. Located at Naples Preserve, 1690 Tamiami Tr. N., Naples. Call 239-261-4290. 10:00 a.m. Moms and Tots Storytime with Miss Jessica and Miss Mary Ellen. A toddler favorite, the girls read, sing, dance, and color, creating a fun atmosphere of learning and lots of laughter. All ages are welcome. Located at Barnes & Noble, 5377 Tamiami Tr. N., Naples. Call 239-597-2040 or check bn.com for details. 10:00 a.m. City of Naples July 4th Parade. The parade will start on Broad Avenue South in Naples. Call 239-692-8436 or check fifthavenuesouth.com. 10:00 a.m. Family Story Time. An enjoyable, all-ages storytime that encourages the development of pre-reading skills through songs, rhymes, fingerplays, and stories. Registration required. Located at South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy., Estero. Call 239-479-4636 for additional information. 3:30 p.m. Meals of Hope Mobile Food Pantry. Every Tuesday in the YMCA parking until 5:30 p.m. Frozen food, fresh produce, and canned goods will 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. 4:00 p.m. July 4th Celebration. A free ice cream social. Food and beverages will be available to purchase. The entertainment will start at 6:30 p.m., and the evening will end with a fireworks display at 9:15 p.m. Located at Sugden Regional Park, 4284 Avalon Dr., Naples. Call 239-793-4414 for additional information. 4:00 p.m. Fort Myers 4th of July Freedom Fest. Free live music, patriotic motor show, food vendors, and children’s activities throughout the Historic River District. Live bands will perform on five stages in the downtown area. Fireworks display starting at 9:30 p.m. Located at Fort Myers River District. Call 855-732-3836. 7:15 p.m. Fireworks Cruise. Pure Florida will celebrate the Fourth of July with Independence Day firework cruises, cruising from its Naples and Fort Myers loca-

SummerCAMPS2017 hAPPY cAMPERS All of our camps include snack, free explore time, FREE early drop off (8am) and late pick up (5pm) a free t-shirt, and participation in our Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead Challenge Badge program which is designed to keep kids engaged, curious, and always learning more.

Makers and tinkerers Emerging Engineers LOVE our STEAM Camp, 3D Printing and Engineering Camps, the Robotics camps, and the Coding and Game Design camps. Build greatness this summer!

Artists and Musicians Creative kids adore our STEAM Camp, Electric Arts, Smart Art and Exploring Artists camp. There’s no better way to express themselves, learn new skills, and experiment with new technologies and new ideas this summer!

Schedule

Visit www.fullsteamaheadFL.com for complete pricing, descriptions, ages and enrollment info. June 6 - 10 June 13 - 17 June 20 - 24 June 26 - 30

STEAM Camp v1.0 Electric Arts || Minecraft Builders || Minecraft Advanced STEAM Camp v2.0 Exploring Artists || Smart Art || Robotics || Coding & Game Design

July 3 - 7 July 10 - 14 July 17 - 21 July 24 - 28

STEAM Camp v3.0 3D Printing || Engineering STEAM Camp v4.0 Electric Arts || Advanced Robotics || Coding & Game Design

July 31 - Aug 4 Aug 7 - 11

STEAM Camp v5.0 Advanced 3D Printing

All camps held @ St. John the Evangelist (625 111th Ave N. Naples, FL)

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tions. Located at Tin City, 1200 Fifth Ave. S., Naples. Call 239-262-4200 or check tin-city.com for additional information. 9:00 p.m. Marco Island 4th of July Celebration. Entertainment and fireworks. Public parking located at intersection of Swallow Ave. & Collier Blvd., Marco Island. 9:00 p.m. Fireworks at Naples Pier. Features a 20-minute display with special effects musically choreographed to patriotic selections. Located at Naples Pier, 25 12th Ave., Naples. Call 239-213-3062 or check naplesgov.com for additional information.

5 WEDNESDAY 9:00 a.m. Winter in July Scavenger Hunt. Look around the Children’s Library for pictures of all kinds of things you only see in the winter up north. All ages welcome. Registration is not required. Located at South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-252-7542 or check public.collier-lib.org. 9:00 a.m. Summer Art Show. Free admission. Wednesday and Thursday at Fort Myers Beach Art Association, 3030 Shell Mound, Fort Myers Beach. 10:00 a.m. Free Kids Crafts at Miromar Outlets. Kids from toddlers to 12 are invited to participate in fun activities. Located at Miromar Outlets, 10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero. Call 239-948-3766 or check miromaroutlets.com. 10:00 a.m. Story Times. Ages 16 months-3 years. 10:30 a.m., ages 3-5 years. Located at Estates Branch Library, 1266 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples. Call 239455-8088 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information. 10:30 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 Avenue, Bonita Springs. Call 239-992-0101 or check library.Lee-county.com. 2:00 p.m. Midweek Boredom Busters. Drop in to build, make, or play Wednesday afternoons during the Summer Reading Program. Some projects may need adult assistance. Located at South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy., Estero. Call 239-479-4636 for additional information. 3:00 p.m. Board-Um Busters. Looking for something to do? Want to make new friends? Spend the afternoon playing board games in the children’s room. Ages 5-13 years. Registration is not required. Located at Estates Branch Library, 1266 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples. Call 239-455-8088 or check public.collier-lib.org. 3:30 p.m. Sphero, Sphero. Play some challenging games and exercises with these crazy little rolling robots. Ages 6-10 years. Registration required. Located at South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-252-7542 or check public.collier-lib.org. 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. Parents and youth meet jointly and then break up into groups according to age. Located at NAMI of Collier County, 6324 Trail Blvd., Bldg. C, Naples. Call 239-434-6726 or check namicollier.org for additional information. 5:30 p.m. Sewing Classes. Every Wednesday. Sew both by hand and machine. Please bring your own machine, but if you don’t have one, no problem. We provide you with one. Be prepared to sew awesome and cool stuff. Ages 5-13. Located at Etudes de Ballet, 3285 Pine Ridge Rd., Naples.

6 THURSDAY 2:00 p.m. Movie Day. A dog looks to discover his purpose in life over the course of several lifetimes and owners. Registration requested. Rated PG-13. Children under 13 may attend only if a parent is present to give permission. Located at South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy., Estero. Call 239-479-4636. 2:00 p.m. Build a Tower: Speed Stacking. Come meet Dalton, a speed stacking champion. You will learn the art of speed stacking then enjoy some fun competition. How fast can you stack? All ages. Registration required. Located at Immokalee Branch Library, 417 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239-657-2882 or check public. collier-lib.org. 3:00 p.m. Lego Challenges. Participate in some fun, group building relay activities using Lego bricks. Prizes will be awarded. Entering grades 1-5. Registration required. Located at Golden Gate Library, 2432 Lucerne Rd., Naples. Call 239-252-4542 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information. 3:00 p.m. Build a Red, White, and Blue Painting. Create a masterpiece using red, white, and blue colors. All ages welcome. Registration is not required. Located at Naples Regional Library, 650 Central Ave., Naples. Call 239-262-6853 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information.

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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 walling@ncanaples.com.

We buy & sell gently used kids stuff • Clothing (newborn to size 16), toys, baby furniture, equipment and more. • We pay cash on the spot. • No appointment necessary, clothes must be freshly laundered and brought in a plastic container.

13560 Tamiami Trail N #4, Naples,

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Tir Na Nog Academy of Irish Dance

Our mission is to promote the heritage and culture of Irish Dance.

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3:30 p.m. Sphero, Sphero. Come play some challenging games and exercises with these crazy little rolling robots. Ages 6-10 years. Registration required. Located at Marco Island Branch Library, 210 S. Heathwood Dr., Marco Island. Call 239-3943272 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information. 4:00 p.m. Minecraft Group. Minecraft is a great way to build creativity, improve problem solving, and develop cooperation and communication skills. All players work cooperatively, and the more experienced players are happy to help new players. $10. Located at Ventana Services, 1660 Trade Center Way, Suite 5, Naples. Call 239-810-3498 or check ventanaservices.com. 5:30 p.m. All About Beekeeping. Trisha from 4-H will be here to tell us all about bees and their critical role in our community. She will even bring an observation hive. All ages. Registration required. Located at Immokalee Branch Library, 417 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239-657-2882 or check public.collier-lib.org. 6:00 p.m. Mercato Music Series. Variety of music genres. Located at Mercato, 9128 Strada Pl., Naples. Call 239-594-9400 or check mercatoshops.com]. 6:00 p.m. Zoomers Amusement Park. Every Thursday in July: Book reading, activities, art & crafts, snack, one hours of unlimited games. Every Friday in July: Movie, popcorn and drink, and choice of two attractions. Price: $15 both days. Located at Zoomers Amusement Park, 17455 Summerlin Rd., Fort Myers. Call 239-481-9666 for additional information. 6:00 p.m. Play Pokemon. From creative play and craft activities to the official Pokemon League Card Game. Bring their own cards and collectibles. Encourages strategic thinking and reading and math skills, in fun and engaging ways. $10. Located at Ventana Services, 1660 Trade Center Way, Suite 5, Naples. Call 239810-3498 or check ventanaservices.com.

7 FRIDAY 9:00 a.m. Find it Fridays. Kids enjoy a scavenger hunt all day. Ask for more details at the ticket counter. Located at Everglades Wonder Gardens, 27180 Old 41 Rd., Bonita Springs. Call 239-992-2591 or check evergladeswondergardens.com. 10:00 a.m. Drop In Baby Fitness Mommy and Me. Instill healthy habits for life in your toddler by attending the drop-in Mommy and Me class every Friday. $5 per child. Located at Fleischmann Park, 1600 Fleischmann Dr., Naples. Call 239-213-3020 for additional information. 10:00 a.m. Art Smarts. Join us for a story time focusing on process art. We’ll read a story, sing some songs, and then put on old clothes, because we’ll have some creative fun through developmentally appropriate art experiences. Ages 2-5 years. Registration required. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information. 10:00 a.m. Kids Free Fridays – Sea Turtles. A different theme every week. This popular summer education program provides free admission for children ages 12 and younger who are accompanied by a paying adult. Located at Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, 300 Tower Rd., Naples. Call 239-417-6310 or visit rookerybay.org. 2:00 p.m. Friday Movies. All ages. Registration is not required. Located at Immokalee Branch Library, 417 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239-657-2882 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information. 5:00 p.m. First Friday’s Art for Art Lovers. Gourmet food, fine wine, and art demonstrations. Located at Shoppes of Old Marco, 258 Royal Palm Dr., Marco Island. Call 239-394-2787 for additional information. 6:00 p.m. Hot Summer Nights 2017. Free family fun night. Music, dancing, games, sports, movies, bounce house, and karaoke. Free popcorn, snow cones, and hotdogs at most locations. For more information go to www.colliersheriff.org. Located at Mackle Park, 50 Bald Eagle Dr., City of Marco Island. Call 239-642-0575 for additional information. 6:30 p.m. The Naples Players’ KidzAct Presents Beauty & The Beast Jr. Tobye Studio. Call for times and tickets. Located at Sugden Community Theatre, 701 5th Ave. S., Naples. For more information, call 239-434-7340 or visit naplesplayers.org.

8 SATURDAY 10:00 a.m. Kids Read Down Fines. Children and teens earn a $2 coupon or credit for every 15 minutes they read in the designated area for a total of $8 in one session. Credit may be applied to cards issued to patrons age 18 and under and applies only to overdue charges. Located at South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy., Estero. Call 239-479-4636 for additional information. 11:00 a.m. Cinema Saturdays. Watch the Disneynature film “Oceans”. Movie

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is included with admission. Also at 2 p.m. Located at Conservancy of SW Florida, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples. Call 239-262-0304 or check conservancy.org for additional information. 1:00 p.m. 4-H Cribbage. Youth and adults are welcome to come and learn to play. Math skills are needed; could be frustrating for youth under 8. You are welcome to use our cribbage boards and cards or bring your own. Free. Located at Collier County Extension Office, 14700 Immokalee Rd., Naples. Call 239-252-4800 or check collier.ifas.ufl.edu for additional information. 6:30 p.m. SummerJazz on the Gulf. This free outdoor event combines an appealing and diverse selection of live jazz entertainment with picturesque views of the Gulf of Mexico, gorgeous sunsets, and refreshing breezes. Located at Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club, 851 Gulf Shore Blvd. N., Naples. Call 239-261-2222 or check naplesbeachhotel.com.

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10 MONDAY 10:30 a.m. Story Times. Mondays: Walk-in Activity Time, 10:30 a.m., Ages 18 months-5 years. Located at Vanderbilt Beach Library, 788 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., Naples. Call 239-597-8444 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information. 3:00 p.m. Build a Tower: Speed Stacking. Come meet Dalton, a speed stacking champion. You will learn the art of speed stacking then enjoy some fun competition. How fast can you stack? Ages 8-12 years. Registration required. Located at Vanderbilt Beach Library, 788 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., Naples. Call 239-597-8444 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information. 4:00 p.m. John Storms’ World of Reptiles. The dynamic John Storms will be here with many of his fascinating reptiles. Ages 5 years and older. Registration required. Located at East Naples Library, 8787 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples. Call 239-775-5592 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information. 5:30 p.m. Blackout Poetry. What happens when you give teenagers pages of a book, a supersize sharpie, and a couple of minutes? It’s a fun way to get your create juices flowing and write poetry. Entering grades 6-12. Registration required. Located at Immokalee Branch Library, 417 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239-657-2882 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information. 6:30 p.m. World of Reptiles. Come ready to see some awesome and BIG reptiles. Learn some fascinating facts and ask lots of questions. Ages 4 years and older. Registration required. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check public.collier-lib.org.

Teaching love and appreciation for the art of dance. Offering classes for ages 2-18 in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Lyrical, Pointe, Technique and Improv

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239-513-6999

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11 TUESDAY 10:00 a.m. Free Kids Movies at Paragon Theaters. First come, first served. See page 9 for full schedule. Located at Paragon Pavilion Theaters, 833 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., Naples. Call 239-596-0008 or check paragontheaters.com. 11:30 a.m. Children’s Etiquette and Social Skills. Treat your child to a fun and educational manners program with Tish from 4-H. We will learn how to set the table and then sit down and eat the meal together. Entering grades 3-5. Registration required. Located at Golden Gate Library, 2432 Lucerne Rd., Naples. Call 239252-4542 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information. 3:00 p.m. Build an Animal Reptile Rendezvous. Meet live reptiles up close and discover what makes them so unique. Discover how they have survived millions of years and their importance to our local ecosystems. All ages welcome. Registration is not required. Located at Naples Regional Library, 650 Central Ave., Naples. Call 239-262-6853 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information. 3:00 p.m. Box Transformations. Transform an old cigar box into a keepsake box or purse. Ages 11-17 years. Registration required. Located at South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-252-7542 or check public.collier-lib.org. 5:30 p.m. Leggo My Magic Show. Joey, Alexandra, and Sydney the Parrot are back by popular demand for another award-winning comedy, magic, and music show. It’s pure fun. Ages 5+. Registration required. Located at South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-252-7542 or check public.collier-lib.org. 5:30 p.m. John Storms’ World of Reptiles. The dynamic John Storms will be here with many of his fascinating reptiles. Ages 5 years and older. Registration required. Located at Estates Branch Library, 1266 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples. Call 239-455-8088 or check public.collier-lib.org. 6:00 p.m. Chess Club, K-12. Join Antonio every Tuesday in July as he shares his skills at chess with students entering K-12. For all playing levels, beginner to advanced. Registration is not required. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check public.collier-lib.org.

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11:00 a.m. Children’s Etiquette and Social Skills. Treat your child to a fun and educational manners program with Tish from 4-H. We will learn how to set the table and then sit down and eat the meal together. Entering grades 3-5. Registration required. Located at Immokalee Branch Library, 417 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239-657-2882 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information. 2:00 p.m. Free Clinic. Free clinic every second Wednesday of the month, 2-6 p.m. Call 239-529-5580 to schedule an appointment and verify eligibility. Walk-ins also accepted. Located at PANIRA Healthcare Clinic, 5039 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples. 3:00 p.m. Construct Your Own Smoothies. Love smoothies? Want to learn some great recipes and make your own? All supplies will be provided. Entering grades 6-12. Registration required. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check public.collier-lib.org. 4:00 p.m. Lego Club. Share ideas, be creative, make new friends, and have fun. Bricks will be provided and your creation will be put on display at the library. Ages 5-11. Registration is not required. Located at Estates Branch Library, 1266 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples. Call 239-455-8088 or check public.collier-lib.org. 8:00 p.m. Midsummer’s Night’s Steam. Strap on your goggles, corsets, top hats, bustles, and bows, and experience the largest steampunk show in Southwest Florida’s history. Located at Sugden Community Theatre, 701 Fifth Ave. S., Naples. Call 434-7340, ext 39, or check naplesplayers.org for additional information.

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10:00 a.m. Little Explorers Program. Provides our youngest visitors the opportunity to explore nature and discover amazing animals through multi-sensory activities, stories, and crafts. No registration required. Located at Conservancy of SW Florida, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples. Call 239-262-0304 or check conservancy.org. 2:00 p.m. Build Your Own Candy Bar. Melt your chocolate, choose your add-ins, and design your own label. It all adds up to yum. Entering grades 6-12. Registration required. Located at Golden Gate Library, 2432 Lucerne Rd., Naples. Call 239252-4542 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information. 2:00 p.m. Leggo My Magic Show. Joey, Alexandra, and Sydney the Parrot are back by popular demand for another award-winning comedy, magic, and music show. Ages 5 years and older. Registration required. Located at Immokalee Branch Library, 417 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239-657-2882 or check public.collier-lib.org. 2:00 p.m. Box Transformations. Transform an old cigar box into a keepsake box or purse. Ages 11-17 years. Located at Marco Island Branch Library, 210 S. Heathwood Dr., Marco Island. Call 239-394-3272 or check public.collier-lib.org. 3:00 p.m. Sharpie Tie Dye. Bring a washed white T-shirt and prepare to design. Entering grades 6-12. Registration required. Located at Estates Branch Library, 1266 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples. Call 239-455-8088 or check public.collier-lib.org. 3:00 p.m. Build A Better Monster. Express your creativity by making your very own sock monster. This little creature can be as expressive or wacky as you like. Ages 6-12 years. Registration required. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check public.collier-lib.org. 4:00 p.m. Makerspace. A Makerspace is a place where kids of all ages can have fun while they create, construct, code, learn, and share. Experience robots, electricity, Lego, and more. Ages 4-14 years. Registration required. Located at East Naples Library, 8787 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples. Call 239-775-5592 or check public.collier-lib.org. 5:30 p.m. Leggo My Magic Show. Joey, Alexandra, and Sydney the Parrot are back by popular demand for another award-winning comedy, magic, and music show. Ages 5+. Registration required. Located at Marco Island Branch Library, 210 S. Heathwood Dr., Marco Island. Call 239-394-3272 or check public.collier-lib.org. 6:30 p.m. CPR Class for AHA Certification. The City of Naples Fire-Rescue Department is providing CPR classes for American Heart Association certification on the second Thursday. Register online or call to check availability. Located at River Park Community Center, 301 11th Street North, Naples. Call 239-213-3037 or check naplesgov.com.

14 FRIDAY 10:30 a.m. Mission To Space With The Nutty Scientist. Come and join a “mission to space” experience and explore science, followed by a 20-minute session of Amazing Air. Ages 4-6 years. Registration required. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check public.collier-lib.org.

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11:00 a.m. Table Manners for Teens. Learn how to set a proper table, then enjoy a meal from soup to dessert while practicing newly-refined table manners. Tish from 4-H will also cover other etiquette issues such as when to remove your hat, etc. Entering grades 6-12. Located at South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-252-7542 or check public.collier-lib.org.

15 SATURDAY 10:00 a.m. Family Yoga. A free 45-minute beginners’ yoga class for families with toddlers to tweens. Bring your own mat. Located at Miromar Outlets, 10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero. Call 239-948-3766 or check miromaroutlets.com. 10:00 a.m. Little Explorers Program. Provides our youngest visitors with the opportunity to explore nature and discover amazing animals through multi-sensory activities, stories, and crafts. Located at Conservancy of SW Florida, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples. Call 239-262-0304 or check conservancy.org. 11:00 a.m. Barefoot Sandals. Create beaded sandals to wear on your bare feet while you’re at the beach this summer. Ages 9-17 years. Registration required. Located at Marco Island Branch Library, 210 S. Heathwood Dr., Marco Island. Call 239-394-3272 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information. 1:30 p.m. Pups ‘N’ Books. Stop by to read to a dog or just to pet one. Dogs are provided by PAWS Assistance and Therapy Dogs. All ages. Registration is not required. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information. 3:00 p.m. Build a Book: The Crowns of Croswald. Discuss this exciting new release from D. E. Night. If you haven’t read the book yet, you’ll be convinced to read it after this program. Assemble a royal treat, then decorate your own crown. Entering grades 6 and up. Registration not required. Located at Naples Regional Library, 650 Central Ave., Naples. Call 239-262-6853 or check public.collier-lib.org.

17 MONDAY 10:30 a.m. Solar Science and Water Habitats. Enjoy some solar experiments utilizing solar paper and solar beads. Also, learn about Florida’s water habitats and see

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how water quality testing is done. Ages 5-9 years. Registration required. Presented by Pure Florida. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check public.collier-lib.org. 3:00 p.m. Build a Better Beach Community Turtle Talk. Find out about turtles, especially those that commonly nest on our beaches. Find out the causes of sea turtle population decline and the laws used to protect them. Games and activities included. Ages 6-12 years. Registration required. Located at Vanderbilt Beach Library, 788 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., Naples. Call 239-597-8444 or check public.collier-lib.org. 4:00 p.m. Ozobot Fun. Program the Ozobot robots using color-coded and blockbased coding with the Ozoblocky App. Ages 7-12 years. Registration required. Located at East Naples Library, 8787 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples. Call 239-775-5592 or check public.collier-lib.org.

18 TUESDAY 9:00 a.m. Free Homeschooling Conference. Veteran home educators will lead three days of training, July 18-20, designed to inform and encourage parents who are homeschooling or are interested in homeschooling. Located at Covenant Church of Naples, 6926 Trail Blvd., Naples. 2:00 p.m. Layered Imagery. Artist Marjorie Pesek will share her unique collage art technique of Layered Imagery. Participants will be supplied with a sketch of an animal and will create a collage masterpiece using magazine clippings. Ages 9-14 years. Registration required. Located at South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-252-7542 or check public.collier-lib.org. 3:00 p.m. Leggo My Magic Show. Joey, Alexandra, and Sydney the Parrot are back by popular demand for another award-winning comedy, magic, and music show. It’s pure fun. Ages 5 years and older. Registration required. Located at Golden Gate Library, 2432 Lucerne Rd., Naples. Call 239-252-4542 or check public.collier-lib.org. 5:30 p.m. Leggo My Magic Show. Joey, Alexandra, and Sydney the Parrot are back by popular demand for another award-winning comedy, magic, and music show. It’s pure fun. Ages 5 years and older. Registration required. Located at Estates Branch Library, 1266 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples. Call 239-455-8088 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information.

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7:00 p.m. Mercato Movies on the Lawn. Outdoor movies are on the third Tuesday of the month beginning at dusk. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, and well-behaved pets for movies under the stars shown on a giant inflatable screen. Located at Mercato, 9128 Strada Pl., Naples. Call 239-594-9400 or check mercatoshops.com. 6:00 p.m. PAW Patrol Live. PAW Patrol is on a roll with its first-ever live tour. Also Wednesday at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Located at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Center, 13350 FSW Pkwy., Fort Myers. Call 239-481-4849 or visit www. bbmannpah.com.

6:00 p.m. Third Thursday. Live music in the Fleischmann Courtyard. Located at Third Street South, Naples. Call 239-434-6533 or check napleschamber.org. 7:00 p.m. PFLAG Support Group Meeting. The Naples chapter of PFLAG (Parents Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) meets on the third Thursday of each month. Call 239-513-4568 for location.

19 WEDNESDAY 11:00 a.m. Teen Etiquette and Social Skills. Treat your child to a fun and educational manners program with Tish from 4-H. We will learn how to set the table and then sit down and eat the meal together. Entering grades 6-8. Registration required. Located at Immokalee Branch Library, 417 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239-657-2882 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information.

3:00 p.m. The Wonders of Dry Ice With The Nutty Scientist. The science of dry ice will be discussed in this fascinating presentation. Ages 6-11 years. Registration required. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check public.collier-lib.org. 6:00 p.m. Hot Summer Nights 2017. Free family fun night. Music, dancing, games, sports, movies, bounce house, and karaoke. Free popcorn, snow cones and hotdogs at most locations. Located at McLeod Park, 101 Broadway Ave., Everglades City. Visit www.colliersheriff.org for more information.

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3:00 p.m. Build A Better Sand Castle. Use kinetic sand and everyday kitchen tools to make your own epic sand art creations. Ages 6-12 years. Registration required. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-5930870 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information. 3:00 p.m. Design Your Own Skyline. Create some really cool art for your room. Entering grades 6-12. Registration required. Located at Estates Branch Library, 1266 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples. Call 239-455-8088 or check public.collier-lib.org. 3:00 p.m. Build a Balsa Wood Airplane. Build, decorate, then fly a balsa wood airplane. All ages welcome. Registration is not required. Located at Naples Regional Library, 650 Central Ave., Naples. Call 239-262-6853 or check public.collier-lib.org. 3:30 p.m. Layered Imagery. Artist Marjorie Pesek will share her unique collage art technique of Layered Imagery. Create a collage masterpiece using magazine clippings. Ages 9-14 years. Registration required. Located at Marco Island Branch Library, 210 S. Heathwood Dr., Marco Island. Call 239-394-3272 or check public.collier-lib.org.

10:30 a.m. The Science of Water. Enjoy a submersibles engineering challenge and learn about water and the environment. Ages 8-12 years. Registration required. Presented by Pure Florida. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check public.collier-lib.org. 5:30 p.m. Out of My Hands. Gerard Tricarico, professional juggler, will entertain you with his interactive juggling and illusion show. All ages. Registration required. Located at Immokalee Branch Library, 417 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239-6572882 or check public.collier-lib.org.

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25 TUESDAY 5:00 p.m. Sensory Night at C’MON. For children on the autism spectrum and or with other sensory integration disorders. Sensory Nights have limited participation in order to minimize crowds, and registration is required. Located at Golisano

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26 WEDNESDAY 6:00 p.m. Art After Hours. Enjoy free admission to The Baker Museum the last Wednesday of each month, 6-9 p.m. A local band offers musical entertainment and audiences of all ages are welcome to view the galleries and learn from our docents. Located at Artis-Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., Naples. Call 239-597-1111 or check artisnaples.org for additional information. 6:30 p.m. Laughter Yoga and Positive Mindfulness Class. Free class. Participants will learn ways to use laughter yoga and positive mindfulness to relax and cope with life’s challenges. Bring your family and friends to The House of Gaia to join Ventana and Monarch Wellness for a very fun evening. Located at House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Naples.

27 THURSDAY 10:00 a.m. Little Explorers Program. Little Explorer Play Zone provides our youngest visitors the opportunity to explore nature and discover amazing animals through multi-sensory activities, stories, and crafts. No registration required. Located at Conservancy of SW Florida, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples. Call 239-2620304 or check conservancy.org for additional information. 2:00 p.m. Build a Better World with DAS. Come see some real animals from Domestic Animal Services and learn how we can take care of them. Petting is optional. Ages 6-11 years. Registration required. Located at Marco Island Branch Library, 210 S. Heathwood Dr., Marco Island. Call 239-394-3272 or check public. collier-lib.org for additional information. 3:00 p.m. Build a Giant Game Day. Join us for an hour of indoor fun. Play our giant-sized games and test your skills. All ages welcome. Registration is not required. Located at Naples Regional Library, 650 Central Ave., Naples. Call 239-262-6853 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information. 3:00 p.m. Into The Woods Selections. Students from Gulfshore Playhouse Teen Conservatory will perform selections from Stephen Sondheim’s beloved musical, directed by Broadway’s Jeffrey Binder (The Lion King, Mary Poppins). All ages welcome. Registration is not required. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check public.collier-lib.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 public.collier-lib.org for additional information.

28 FRIDAY 11:00 a.m. End of Summer Party. Local magician Keith Barber will amaze you with his hilarious tricks. After you’ve had your laughs, we’ll finish with pizza and ice cream. For everyone who participated in the summer reading program. Registration is not required. Located at Immokalee Branch Library, 417 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239-657-2882 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information. 6:00 p.m. Hot Summer Nights 2017. Free family fun night. Music, dancing, games, sports, movies, bounce house and karaoke. Free popcorn, snow cones and hotdogs at most events. For more information go to www.colliersheriff.org. Located at Vineyards Community Park, 6231 Arbor Rd., Naples. Call 239-363-9669 or check colliergov.net for additional information.

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29 SATURDAY 10:00 a.m. Little Explorers Program. Little Explorer Play Zone provides our youngest visitors the opportunity to explore nature and discover amazing animals through multi-sensory activities, stories, and crafts. No registration required. Located at Conservancy of SW Florida, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples. Call 239-2620304 or check conservancy.org for additional information. 10:00 a.m. Kids Day. Kids from toddlers to 12 are invited to participate in fun activities. Kids will receive a free slice of pizza from Luna Pizza, a coupon for a free regular pretzel from Mr. Pretzels, and a coupon for a free kids’ cone from Dairy Queen. Located at Miromar Outlets, 10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero. Call 239-9483766 or check miromaroutlets.com for additional information.

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The stadium is converted into a wet and wild waterpark! Gates open at 9 a.m. with slides, water balloons, fire hoses & more! Game at 11:05 a.m. Miracle vs St. Lucie Mets. 239-768-4210

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VOLUNTEERING By Leigh Ann Newman

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y volunteering efforts over the years have tended to focus on activities in which my daughter was involved: I was her soccer and volleyball coach, and her Girl Scout leader. I realized recently that it was time to shift that focus to outside our family. While we were putting together Neapolitan Family’s annual list of local nonprofit organizations, one group in particular caught my attention. Since January, I’ve volunteered once a month at Nathaniel’s Hope Buddy Break. Buddy Break Naples is a threehour session of free child care for kids with special needs. “Typical” siblings also are welcome, so parents can have a few kid-free hours to enjoy date night, run errands, or simply relax. Once a month, volunteers (buddies), VIPs (the children with special needs), and typicals (siblings) gather at the Naples Seventh Day Adventist Church. Buddies show up 30 minutes before the VIPs to have time to grab a slice of pizza, read their VIPs file, and chat with other buddies. I’ve been paired with a different child each month. The organizer matches the VIPs with the buddies—all VIPs have a buddy, so the number of children who can attend every month depends on the number of volunteers, which varies. The matching process takes into consideration the needs and abilities of both buddy and the VIPs. My first night, I was paired with a boy who is a Buddy Break veteran and didn’t require much assistance, which provided a gentle introduction to the evenings. Like parenting, my Buddy Break nights have included a little of everything: running from room to room for three hours straight, turning back on the DVD player and lights that my buddy enjoyed switching off; stretching out on my back on the sidewalk outside and learning new things about our galaxy; assisting in the bathroom or changing a diaper; spending two hours building and playing with a marble maze; helping with craft projects; keeping little hands out of the snacks; petting the therapy dogs; running races outside; and, of course, putting shoes back on. The nights swing from chaotic to boring (two hours is a really long time to play with a marble maze) to fun to relaxing to rewarding and back again. Some months, Buddy Break turns away VIPs because of a lack of buddies, especially in the summer. This is the ideal volunteer opportunity for anyone, from students to retirees, no matter how busy you are. Volunteers are asked a few weeks ahead of each event if they will attend. There is no requirement to attend every session. Like with most volunteer posts, there are a few forms to fill out, a background check, and training session, but once those are taken care of, you are ready to volunteer. One of the major benefits for me is that my daughter (who is NEAPOLITANfamily • July 2017

12 years old) and I can volunteer together (there are age restrictions for volunteers). She is either paired with me and my buddy, or helps with the typical siblings, or recently has been paired with a girl her age with Asperger’s syndrome. This girl is the reason I was flat on my back in a parking lot in East Naples, looking up at the stars and realizing, as I listened to her name every constellation in the sky, just how much I had to learn from these children.

Buddies and VIPs ham it up at June’s Buddy Break, courtesy of Naples Photo Booth.

While Buddy Break always is on the look out for more volunteers, there also is a pressing need for another group (ideally a church) to host another event each month, according to coordinator Michelle Crombie. Even with more volunteers at the Seventh Day Adventist Church location, Buddy Break is limited by space to a certain number of VIPs. More Buddy Breaks around town would provide an additional night for parents already participating and would allow more kids overall to participate. To learn about volunteering, contact Michelle Crombie at 239-272-8031 or buddybreaknaples@gmail.com.

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KIDS ON THE GO

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t’s only sort of a joke that I refer to my family as the Hunter Family Circus. Let’s just say that, as a group, we have no chill. If you were to see me with my four children on the sidewalk or in the aisle at the store, you would never imagine that I take them out to eat. You’d probably never imagine that I do it as often as I do, either, but my husband is a chef, which means that we are a restaurant family. Perhaps surprisingly, the kids have been in restaurants since they were a few weeks old. Over the years, I’ve developed a series of strategies and tactics for dining out that works for our family, and perhaps they’ll help you confidently brave a restaurant adventure with your children.

but also not fast food because standing in lines will be the end of your sanity. Diners and casual restaurants like BBQ joints or Mexican restaurants are great places to start. They have the capacity to seat large parties

Start early Set out the rules from toddlerhood if possible. I know that’s hard to imagine, but, in my experience, the kids rose to the behavioral bar we set for them. We expected that they would act like small humans in public eating situations, and they grew to meet those expectations like champs. Some of our Three-year-old Josie Hunter proves that there is a world beyond mac & cheese and chicken fingers standard rules are the following: • No getting up from the table without for toddlers. (as a family with four children, this is a your adult. concern for us at all times), no one expects • No climbing on or under the table. total silence or stillness from the patrons, • No standing on chairs. and there’s finger-food for everyone. The • Use your inside voice. seated dining experience at a casual dining • Utensils are for eating, not sword-fighting. establishment is closer to the home dining • Any tantrums will result in our leaving the experience for the kids than a fast-food premises as quickly as possible and, at the place, and I am always so grateful to the very least, will mean there will be no dessert. server, cooks, bussers, and dishwashers for Speaking of dessert: dessert is bribery doing the work involved in cooking, servto ensure people eat their dinners, even for ing, and washing up after a meal. My hands adults, so don’t feel guilty about using it as and attention are free to focus on keeping the reward for good behavior, even if clean the kids entertained. plates aren’t happening at that meal. Start casually Begin your attempts in family dining as casually as you can – as in not fine dining, 38

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Speaking of servers... Make friends with your server. I always acknowledged right away that I knew

asking for a table for five with four kids’ menus, a booster, and two high chairs was a big request, and I always – even still – tip generously if I’m dining with my children. There are always going to be more trips to the table for your server whenever children are involved. Your server will be bringing you extra cutlery (it’s always falling on the floor), napkins (for dirty faces and inevitable spills), and condiments (there’s just never enough ketchup in the world). There’s also going to be extra cleanup involved whenever children eat, so the server will have to spend extra time on cleaning up the floor and turning the table for the next patron. That server will deserve all 20% of the tip, and always feel free to show your gratitude for the night off from dish duty by tipping more. Plan your strategy Advance planning is helpful, but not necessary as long as you remember the most important rule of dining out with children: order the kids’ food as soon as your server comes to take your drink orders. Other suggestions for planning in advance include checking restaurant’s website before you go for kid’s menu options, or for food your kid will eat from the adult menu if there’s no children’s menu available. Always pack your own supplies: wipes, crayons/paper, sippy cups/cups with lids, and I have been known to pack my own booster/high chair in the car in case there are none available at the restaurant. The Fisher-Price Healthy Care Booster Seat and the Regalo Easy Diner Portable Hook On High Chair are both options I’ve used. Adjust your timing In the early attempts at working out the kinks, try to visit the restaurant at off-hours times, meaning slightly earlier or slightly later than the average meal times for other NEAPOLITANfamily • July 2017


non-kid people. It will be less crowded, so everyone involved from the restaurant staff to your kids will be less stressed. In fact, if you can time your arrival in the half-hour or so before the kids are starving, you’ll save yourself some emotional drama – and the kids will behave better, too. Be strong There will be other people in the restaurant, and they may not be as excited about your new adventures in dining out as you and your family are. In fact, they may be downright and obviously hostile. Be strong, my friends! Resist caving in when other diners give you and your children the stink-eye for existing in the same restaurant space and time as they do. My children are impeccably behaved in restaurants 90% of the time, and we STILL get dirty looks from people who think we are crazy to take them out for dinner – or who just thought they were in some kind of “child-free” space. Those people can enjoy my smiles and suggestions that they join us and keep their opinions to themselves. As one of my girlfriends always says, “Do your best and ignore the rest.”

If you are really worried your children will misbehave in the restaurant and you missed out on the training-from-toddlerhood option, never fear – bribery is still

There’s no way, realistically, to get through every meal in a restaurant with 3 children under 5 completely unscathed, but we just kept trying. your friend! There will be at least one restaurant that your child will be interested in visiting, and use that desire to your advantage. Practice table manners at home, working up from plastic dishes

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to the china, and remind them about the goal each time you pass the restaurant your child wants to try. Ultimately, although I’d argue that it’s most important to start trying early (like from as early as you can muster up the courage to try) the truth is that any time is a good time to try to learn new skills and new ways to be part of the world outside your family and home. None of this should suggest that we don’t have our own war stories of terrible tantrums in the middle of a meal at a busy restaurant, but, by and large, my children (now 11, 6, 5 and 5 – yes, I have TWINS) have always been well-behaved dinner companions. There’s no way, realistically, to get through every meal in a restaurant with 3 children under 5 completely unscathed, but we just kept trying, working on the assumption that they like eating out more than they like throwing angry fits. LYN HUNTER lives in Naples with her many children, husband, and Great Dane. She has a Ph.D. in English and is working on figuring out what to do with it.

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chool-aged children have a wide range of activities from which to choose: summer reading to complete, dance camps to attend, organized sports in which to participate, music and art lessons to enjoy, swim teams to join – well, you get the idea! So many options exist during summer months for children over – let’s just say for argument’s sake – about five years old. So, where does that leave me (and all the other moms of littles in Southwest Florida)?! Long, hot summer days without our usual school-year activities stretch ahead of us like an endless road trip in an A/C-less station wagon with vinyl seats and a broken stereo system. What do we do with the time that we have? How do we keep from overheating? And, perhaps more importantly, how do we keep our little ones out of trouble? The play date Schedule playdates this summer so that your little ones can fight over cool toys while you sip coffee and catch up on conversation with your friends. Play dates are a great way to add structure to the week, invite others over to your home to teach your kids the importance of sharing their toys, and connect with other moms. Remember, coffee and snacks are essential to a successful play date! And moms, let’s all agree that we don’t have to clean up our homes for one another if we don’t feel like it. The impending flurry of activity from a gaggle of three year olds renders that type of preparation completely unnecessary. So, please believe me: your house isn’t too small, and it’s not too messy. You don’t need to go

Photos above from left: Running in the waves at the beach; exploring the Little Explorer Play Zone at the Conservancy; beating the heat at the Splash Pad at Fleischmann Park; playing at the Mother Nature’s House at C’mon.

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out and buy anything or do anything special to have another mom and her kids over. So, does next Wednesday at 10 a.m. work for you? We’ll be there with doughnut holes! The water We live in a beautiful place. It’s hotter than hot and brighter than bright during the summer months, but beautiful nonetheless. There are lots of totally free and low-cost ways to wear little children out during the summer months. The beach, especially early in the morning when there’s shade from the high rise condominiums, is a fantastic way to watch your toddler run around and eat sand. Don’t forget the beach toys; if she doesn’t have her own (and even if she does), she’ll try to take another family’s bucket and shovel. Also, to get sand off of the hard-to-reach areas of your toddler’s body, dry her off, and sprinkle on some baby powder. The sand wipes right off. There are some splash pads in our area, too, that provide a way for children to interact with one another and keep cool. Some of these are true splash pads, and others are more like two-foot-deep kiddie pools with water features. This list is by no means comprehensive. If you know of any others, let us know on the Neapolitan Family Facebook page. • Vineyards Community Park • Fleischmann Park • River Park Aquatic Center • Naples Botanical Garden • Golden Gate Community Park • Sun-N-Fun Lagoon A couple of cheap kiddie pools and a sprinkler attachment for the hose also can create a backyard paradise for young children. Invite a few other families over for a play date to beat the heat and create an opportunity for kids to track mud through your house while looking for a bathroom. NEAPOLITANfamily • July 2017


The calendar In your next free moment (because we all have SO many!), make sure you check out the Neapolitan Family calendar. It is my go-to resource for structured activities in the community for little ones. Go to page 24 for the pull-out monthly calendar and page 26 for the full print calendar. Don’t forget to visit www.neafamily. com, as there are events on the website that don’t make it into print because of space limitations. You might be surprised at the number of events in our community for families with young children. The Collier County Library system, along with the Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples (C’mon), the Greater Naples YMCA, and Collier County Parks and Recreation, all have programs specifically for children ages 18 months to 5 years old (and older, of course). What are other parents doing? From the beautiful photos I see on social media, it seems like all the other moms of toddlers have life figured out. (Ha!) In reality, though, how do stay-at-home parents provide structure and meaningful activities for their children? Here are some ideas. • “I take my children swimming whenever possible. It’s exercise, it keeps them cool, and it wears them out so they sleep well.” Jenna, mom of three (ages 7,5, & 3) • “My favorite is naptime. I love naptime.” Allison, mom of two (ages 3 & 8 months) • “My kids love to go to the library. We also go to story time at Barnes & Noble, and we go to the Naples Botanical Gardens as much as possible.” Ann, mom of two (ages 7 & 3) • “If there’s no thunder or lightning, we all go outside and

play in the rain! We cool off, and it’s an activity that takes no prep work, no money, and the kids sleep hard afterwards.” Sally, mom of three (ages 3, 2 & 6 months) • “TV & naps! In all seriousness, we go to the Chick-fil-A playground, fenced-in outdoor playgrounds, or the children’s museum – anything to keep their minds and bodies busy. Otherwise they destroy the house!” Ashley, mom of five (ages 10, 8, 5, 3 & 3) • “We go in the backyard to our dirt pile with diggers and dump trucks. I hang a hose over the tree to drip into a baby pool. These two activities give my kids hours of fun and entertainment so I can enjoy a nice, cold drink.” Katie, mom of three (ages 7, 2 & 2) • “Our family likes to attend outdoor concerts together.” Christine, mom of two (ages 4 & 2) • “When my kids were little, we made forts out of blankets and cushions, and we rolled up socks to have snow ball fights. We used to take walks, ride bikes, visit parks, and go to any pool possible (as well as the beach). I also signed my kids up for several Vacation Bible Schools at area churches.” Sharon, mom of four (now grown) children To connect with other Southwest Florida moms, visit Facebook – there are many groups with thousands of members. I see posts all the time about moms looking to schedule activities with other moms. There is a lot more going on during the summer than you might think. So, to all my fellow parents in Naples with young children, enjoy your family, and have a great summer! ANNA SNYDER has a degree in English and Secondary Education. She and her husband, Jim, have a daughter, Windley. Anna is passionate about writing, cooking, running, and playing the piano.

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By Karen T. Bartlett

Destination: Bradenton

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uly is a big birthday month in my world, and if you think we women are a teensy bit sensitive about revealing our ages, you haven’t met my two guys. The younger one’s discovery of his first gray hair sent him flying to the “Just for Men” counter at the drug store. And the older one treated me to the evil eye for a week for putting a certain (true) number on his birthday cake. This year he may or may not get a cake. Which is why I’m so excited about Snooty the Manatee’s 69th Birthday Bash & Wildlife Festival in Bradenton on Saturday, July 22. As far as marine scientists can tell, Snooty’s the oldest manatee in the world. It’s no wonder that he has far outlived a manatee’s average 50-year lifespan: he’s one seriously pampered trichechus

manatus. He gets only the best organic grasses, fruits and vegetables, impeccable health care, and tons of love from his fans all over the world. Snooty’s all-day outdoor birthday party will feature live music, free cookies, food trucks, games, activities, and awesome naturalist exhibits. Mote Marine’s shark tooth dig pit, touch tank, and other displays will be there, as well as Save the Manatee Club, Florida Forest Service, and State Park rangers. The first-ever Snooty mascot will make his debut for photo ops at the festival. At noon, everyone will head over to the viewing window in the Spanish Plaza to sing as the birthday boy noses into his yummy raw birthday cake made of beets, kale, strawberries, and his other faves.

If you and the kids can’t make it to Snooty’s party, here are six other ways to feel the love. 1. Send a birthday card. For real. Hundreds flow in from all over the world. The address is: Snooty, South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton, FL 34205. 2. Visit him anytime at the South Florida Museum, where he greets guests daily during demonstrations and feedings. 3. Check him out on the snootycam at www.southfloridamuseum.org. 4. Listen to manatee chatter, chewing and, umm, outrageous flatulence sounds here: www.savethemanatee.org/audio.htm 5. Adopt a manatee of your own! A huge manatee poster, adoption certificate, and even a stuffed manatee come with your package. savethemanatee.org. 6. Get a free bright yellow “Go Slow, Manatees Below” banner for your boat, kayak, or dock at savethemanatee.org. 42

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“Baby Snoots” was born in captivity in 1948 just a few hours before his mother died from a boat injury. He came to the South Florida Museum a year later, and has been a beloved Bradenton citizen ever since. Snooty presides over his own aquarium inside the museum, where he serves as a mentor for stressed-out and injured manatees in the rehab and release program. Right now, his little buddies are Baca, who is suffering from cold stress syndrome; Gale, an orphaned baby; and Randall, who got himself stuck in a culvert. Over six decades, Snooty has helped dozens of manatees prepare for rerelease into the wild. He’s also one smart cookie. Studying him has helped researchers determine that in many ways manatees are on the same intellectual level as dolphins. Bradenton is north of Sarasota, about two hours from Naples. The free outdoor festival hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets to the museum’s inside exhibits, including Snooty’s aquarium and the state-of-the-art Bishop Planetarium, are half price all day. ($9.50 for adults; $7 for children; free for active military personnel, teachers, and kids under 3). The museum remains open until 5 p.m. SouthFloridaMuseum.org, 941-746-4131. KAREN T. BARTLETT, travel editor of Neapolitan Family and publisher of the popular guidebooks, Mostly Kids’ Guides, has authored 11 destination travel books. She has two children, a human partner named Randall (who as far as she knows has never been stuck in a culvert), and a two-ton adopted manatee named Ariel. NEAPOLITANfamily • July 2017


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TRAVEL

By Leigh Tahirovic

The Omni Orlando Beckons Families

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xperience a whole new world in Orlando – and skip the visit to see that little black-and-white mouse, because the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate offers enough attractions to satisfy every age: Dad can enjoy a round of golf, Mom can have a relaxing spa experience, and the kids can take a plunge down the 125-foot water slide or float along the lazy river. If grandma and grandpa come along, they can spend the day in the shade in a poolside cabana, and since the Omni is pet-friendly, your furry friend can come too. After undergoing a $40 million renovation, the Omni has added more guest rooms, another zero-entry kids’ pool, and a wave pool. The additional 93 guest rooms are designed to accommodate families in a two-, three- or four-bedroom combination. Families may opt for a villa, which has a full kitchen. (Ask about Omni’s grocery delivery service.) Florida resident rates are available, as well as other packages that include golf lessons with tee times or spa treatments, and if you do choose to visit Walt Disney World, there is a daily shuttle. My family stayed in adjoining guest rooms, overlooking the pools, in the main hotel tower. The king bed was luxurious and had more than enough pillows to go around. Ask for feather pillows for an additional comfort; the front desk was happy to honor my request. In the next room, there were two comfy queen beds, identical to the king bed. My family of five had enough space – and TVs – to keep everyone happy. Having two bathrooms made getting dressed for dinner a breeze. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, the Omni hosts its 102 Days of Summer Fun campaign. Guests can take part in dive-in movies, splash parties, cooking demonstrations, golf clinics, and more. On select days, the resort has a fireworks show. Other family-friendly activities include a miniature golf course, a par 3, nine-hole golf course as well as the recently renovated international golf course. (The national golf course is being renovated.) Take a golf lesson at the David Leadbetter Golf Academy, even if you’ve never picked up a club before.

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I took a golf lesson and in just one hour, I was swinging my club with more precision. The coach, Michael Sanabria, showed me simple ways to grip my club. That lesson really helped when I played miniature golf with my kids, but avoid playing in the early evening when the mosquitos come out in droves. Don’t miss watching the sunset outside on the golf course, but bring bug repellent. The best way to enjoy those balmy summer days is relaxing poolside. The formal pool is an elegant escape for kid-free couples, especially if you reserve a cabana. The covered area has comfortable, cushioned chaise lounges and comes stocked with a refrigerator filled with beverages and a fruit plate. There is a TV and a ceiling fan, and Wi-Fi access. The new zero-entry pool also has cabanas, making it a comfortable – and shaded – place to relax, especially if you have a baby or toddler. The Omni sells swim diapers for $2 at the pool hut. That was a blessing for me, since I ran out. Families can take a dip in the original zero-entry family pool, where older kids can ride the 125-foot corkscrew water slide or organize a game of water basketball with new friends. Try the lazy river too, where guests can float along the 850-foot river on an inner tube while dodging the water obstacles. Beware, those can strike, waking you up from a peaceful ride. Enjoy one of the three new water slides; little kids can sit on Mom or Dad’s lap while going down the largest, middle slide. Another must-do is taking a dip in the wave pool. The Omni is the first resort in Orlando to have a wave pool. If you’re hungry, the Omni has plenty of options. At Trevi’s, guests can sample Italian fare served family style. (The meatballs are scrumptious!) It is an affordable option for large parties, but don’t miss the breakfast buffet served daily. It’s an enormous feast that is worth the splurge. Every morning of our stay, my kids couldn’t wait to pile their plates with bacon and get a specialty omelet from Ana, who will create any concoction imagined. The service was impeccable, like all of the Omni staff delivers. On the main lobby floor, you will find David’s Club, an upscale sports bar, but the only thing resembling a sports bar is the large

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TV. I didn’t stay for cocktails, but our dinner at David’s Club was fabulous. Next time, I’ll send my kids to Omni Kids Escape ($12/ hour per kid) and eat a relaxing meal with my spouse. Zen is another option for an evening meal, where guests can enjoy Pan-Asian cuisine. For something different, sign up for the sushi making class, $12. It’s fun learning how to craft California rolls. I thought the class was a real treat, learning the precise amount of pressure it takes to cut a sushi roll. Even kids can get in on the fun, but those knives are very sharp. If getting out of your chaise lounge is too much effort, dine at Croc’s while sitting poolside. Waiters will deliver your morsels to you, or if liquid libations are more your speed, choose from an array of cocktails, either frozen or on the rocks.

Grab a pack of s’mores at the Broadway Deli for roasting at the fire pit. My city kids really loved burning their marshmallows, but parental guidance was need to avoid poking other guests enjoying the fire. While the hotel was spread out, it was not so big that you need transportation to get around. If you stay in a villa, which are situated away from the main hotel tower, it may be a trek to get your family, especially little kids who aren’t walking, to the pools. LEIGH TAHIROVIC is a wife and mother who loves traveling and Civil War History. She moved to Naples in 2001 and began a career in journalism. She is a freelance writer for magazines and newspapers in South Florida.

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The only parenting and family magazine devoted to Collier County. Our July issue is all about birthdays, summer travel and local events.

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