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FROM THE PUBLISHER

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FAMILY MOVIE PREVIEWS

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CITY CONNECTION

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FAMILY LAW

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COLLIER COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT UPDATE

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COLLIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

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ESTATE PLANNING

16 Party Games for Tweens and Teens. You might even get them to put down their phones. by Tiffany Doerr Guerzon 18 Budget Friendly Birthday Parties. Throw a memorable party for your kids without breaking the bank. by Anna Futrell 20 Destination: Weird Hotels. Spend the night under water, in a teepee, a jail, or even inside a dog. by Karen T. Bartlett

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22 Momentum Moms. Meet Susan Suarez, a nonprofit consultant so inspired by the field trips her children experienced at the Holocaust Museum in Naples that she became its new CEO. 40 Summer Fun. How to plan a photography safari for your kids. by Christa Melnyk Hines Gunnar Hjortaas will be in kindergarten at Lake Park Elementary (LPE) this fall. He is the son of Amy Byington and Andy Hjortaas, and the brother of Isla Hjortaas. He enjoys paddle boarding, skim boarding, dirt bikes, and tennis. Thank you to Grace and Shelly’s Cupcakes for providing the cupcake that was later devoured by our cover boy. www.graceandshellyscupcakes.com Cover photo by Peggy Farren of Avant Garde Photography • 239-263-7001

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42 Celebrating Blueberries. In honor of National Blueberry Month, here are ideas and recipes for all things blueberry. by Meagan Ruffing 44 Cyber Safety. Learn how to stay safe online this summer while you are on the road (or at home). by Ginny Lundstrom

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Co-Publisher Stacy Nicolau snicolau@neafamily.com 239-370-5333 Co-Publisher Leigh Ann Newman lanewman@neafamily.com 239-272-0529 Travel Editor Karen T. Bartlett mostlykidsguides@gmail.com 239-595-9026 Feature Writer Anna Snyder Cover Photographer Peggy Farren www.naplesportraits.com Field Photographer Lisette Morales lisettemoralesart@gmail.com Intern Ginny Lundstrom 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 ©2018 by Neapolitan Family Publishing LLC. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or part without written permission is strictly prohibited. NEAPOLITANfamily • July 2018

THIS MONTH: Birthdays!

July is the half way point of summer vacation, so by now you are either in a great routine or at your wit’s end. After the first full week of June, I lost track of what day it was. Since every day felt like Saturday, I forgot when Saturday actually was and I missed taking my daughter to her volleyball game. By the end of the first week, my kids had eaten from every fast casual restaurant and food delivery in town plus three dozen eggs, resurrected the old Wii from the attic, completed a couple of series on Netflix, and created at least 20 loads of laundry. (True story: You CAN use a pool towel more than once and not die.) Luckily, our travel plans started in week two, which effectively broke up the boredom with new and interesting adventures. My son and youngest daughter went to California to visit relatives while I went with my oldest daughter on a school trip to Spain. Probably the most important thing to all of us was how to find the free Wi-Fi to stay connected and to, um, alleviate the boredom during the journey. Our intern Ginny Lundstrom talked to the Center for Cyber Safety and Education to learn how to keep our data and our children safe on the internet while traveling, as well as at home (page 44). Many of you who are spending the summer here at home in Naples have planned out the summer schedule with various summer camps and team sports, but for those of you who have a few gaps will find lots of free and almost free things to do in our calendar. Be sure to check out some of the wonderful children’s theater performances this summer from KidzAct, The Broadway Palm Theatre, Centers for the Arts Bonita, and Gulfshore Playhouse, as well as the free kids movies at Paragon Theaters, sponsored by Neapolitan Family. To discover even more events, don’t forget to check out our calendar online daily at neafamily.com. Finally, July is our birthday issue, and we offer several articles on how to plan a memorable celebration, as well as details on how to win one of seven FREE birthday parties in our annual Birthday Party Giveaway. Turn to page 5 to find out which local venues are providing the perfect party for your child. Stay cool, stay dry, and enjoy July!

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FAMILY MOVIES

Family Movie Previews for July HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3: SUMMER VACATION

ANT-MAN AND THE WASP Rated PG-13 for some suggestive material In theaters 7/6 • For kids 12+

Rated PG for some action and rude humor In theaters 7/13 • For kids 7+

In the aftermath of “Captain America: Civil War,” Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) grapples with the consequences of his choices as both a super hero and a father. As he struggles to rebalance his home life with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, he’s confronted by Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) and Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) with an urgent new mission. Scott must once again put on the suit and learn to fight alongside The Wasp as the team works together to uncover secrets from their past. Based on the Marvel comic, Ant-Man was directed by Peyton Reed. The movies also features Hannah John-Kamen, Judy Greer, Walton Goggins, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Laurence Fishburne.

The monster family embarks on a vacation on a luxury monster cruise ship so Drac can take a summer vacation from providing everyone else’s vacation at the hotel. It’s smooth sailing for Drac’s Pack as the monsters indulge in all of the shipboard fun the cruise has to offer, from monster volleyball to exotic excursions, and catching up on their moon tans. But the dream vacation turns into a nightmare when Mavis realizes Drac has fallen for the mysterious captain of the ship, Ericka, who hides a dangerous secret that could destroy all of monsterkind. Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky, the movie stars Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, and David Spade.

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YOUR COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS

New Bereavement Program Helps Children Grieve

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aples Therapeutic Riding Center has launched a new children’s bereavement equine-facilitated learning program. Participating in the first group of sessions were five children coping with the recent loss of a parent, and who were enrolled in Avow Hospice’s bereavement support group, which helps children through their journey of grief in a unique, healing process. Children are able to identify and vocalize feelings needed for healing in an intimate, safe environment where the trust and comfort of loving horses allows them

time to process grief. “Kids don’t often express their anger or sadness about the death out loud due to fear of the response from other adults in their life,” said Alexis Hobson, children’s services coordinator at Avow. “The horse is another living, breathing being for them to experience closeness with. They provide comfort without judgment or fear of

someone else finding out what the child shared.” Visit www.naplestherapeuticridingcenter.org or avowcares.org.

NAA Adds Summer Yoga and Mommy & Me Music Classes

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he Naples Art Association (NAA) has added summer classes aimed at siblings and parents of its ARTScool summer camp attendees. The classes will run through Aug. 2. Led by Laura-Maria Chami, Mommy & Me Music Class is offered every Monday and Wednesday, 9-10 a.m., and features original songs, instrument play, and movement to purposeful, age-appropriate activities. The Monday classes are geared toward one-month to nine-month-old babies while the Wednesday classes are for nine-month to 24-month-old children. The cost is $30 per class or $200 for the entire ARTScool session. For more information and to register, call 239-451-0918 or email soarmusictherapy@ gmail.com. Yoga is offered Tuesday and Thursday, 9-10 a.m., led by local yoga instructor Elizabeth Coyle-Veren. This class will explore the principles of Hatha Yoga. The cost is $12 per class and attendees are asked to bring their own mats. Walk-ins are welcome. Visit www.NaplesArt.org or call 239-262-6517.

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Naples Teen Sells Advertising on Prom Dress, Donates Proceeds

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ubrey Garcia, like many teenagers in Collier County, witnessed firsthand the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma and searched for ways to help those in need. Garcia’s fundraising idea was to sell blocks of advertising on her prom dress, and the 17-year-old student reached out to local businesses and organizations with her idea. “I got a lot of rejections, but heard a lot of positive feedback as well,” Garcia said. The teen ended up collecting $1,550 through eight sponsorships and, after careful consideration, decided to donate the money to Guadalupe Center. Guadalupe Center, which has a mission of breaking the cycle of poverty through education for the children of Immokalee, selected 2018 Immokalee High School graduate Barbara St. Fleur, a senior in its college-preparatory Tutor Corps program, to receive the funds. St. Fleur’s laptop was severely damaged during the hurricane, and she’s been using a borrowed computer since last fall. St. Fleur is heading to Arcadia University in Pennsylvania on a full scholarship, and needed to find a permanent solution. When Garcia presented St. Fleur with a new laptop, it was the first time the two teens had met, but after chatting, they realized both were taking dual enrollment classes at Florida SouthWestern State College. St. Fleur, 18, was happy to see a fellow teen step forward and make the news for a positive action.

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“You usually don’t hear about a dress or fashion unless a person is wearing something inappropriate, so for her to use her prom dress for a good cause is amazing,” said St. Fleur. Golden Gate High held its prom at the Hilton Naples, and Garcia wore a black skirt coupled with a white sleeveless top. The dress featured advertisements from Barron Collier Companies, the Maurizi family, Remnant Construction, S&J Renovations, Asset Management Solutions, FOX4, Goodyear, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, each printed on fabric paper, attached to a sash made by Garcia and pinned to her skirt. Only a small group of friends knew about Garcia’s dress before prom night. “Everybody is so stuck on graduation and prom, and what they want to wear,” Garcia said. “They all wondered, ‘Why are you wearing logos?’ After they found out, though, most of them thought it was a cool idea.”

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CITY CONNECTION PARKS DEPT.

By Laura Tichy-Smith

Summertime Fun for Everyone

Enjoy summer with your family at these programs and events offered by the City of Naples Community Services Department and local organizations. Parade to Start Your Family Fourth

Free Weekly Jazz Concerts

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 July 4 at the corner of Broad Avenue South and Third Street South, just north of the Naples Pier. The parade ends in front of Cambier Park around noon. Pack a picnic to enjoy afterward in the shade of the grand trees of Cambier Park or head to the nearby beaches to splash in the surf with your kids. Call 239-213-7120.

The Naples Jazz Masters Band offers weekly Dixieland jazz concerts at the Norris Center at 1 p.m. every Saturday in July. Freewill donation requested. Call 239-213-3049. (755 8th St. South, Naples)

Festive Fourth Fireworks A fabulous finale for your Fourth of July celebration, the City of Naples’ breathtaking fireworks display rockets over the water from the Naples Pier starting at 9 p.m. with echoing ka-booms. This year, the fireworks will be choreographed to patriotic music broadcast by WAVV 101.1 FM, so be sure to bring a portable radio because they don’t stream their broadcast online. Park 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 before the free fireworks begin. Call 239-213-7120.

Free Summer Jazz Concert Join the tradition of the once-a-month summer lawn parties the whole city loves as the Naples Beach Club Hotel hosts its Summer Jazz Series from 6:30-9:30 p.m. on July 14. You can bring folding chairs for your family, but you likely won’t be sitting much as you boogie to the dynamic big-city sounds of Tampa’s Late Night Brass. Food and beverages are available for purchase from the hotel. Overflow parking at Lowdermilk Park features free trolley service to the hotel. Visit www.naplesbeachhotel.com or call 239-261-2222. (851 Gulf Shore Blvd. N., Naples) Summer Family Scavenger Hunt Grab the family, get out this summer, and join the City of Naples in its first-ever Family Scavenger Hunt. To participate, you will need to take a selfie with your family at each of 11 Naples businesses from July 16-20, and then email the photos to Fleischmann Park by 5 p.m. on July 20 to be

entered into the drawing for a grand prize. Pre-registration is required and costs $20 per family. To register, call 239-213-3020. 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 skate on July 25 from 8-10 p.m. Call 239-2133020. (1600 Fleischmann Ave., Naples) A Day at the Ballpark The City of Naples has set up a day trip by charter bus to see the Tampa Bay Rays battle the New York Yankees during Florida Parks and Recreation Day at the ballpark. Concessions will be discounted during the game on this special day. The cost is $50 per person for transportation and a game ticket. Pre-register soon to reserve your spot. July 25 from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Call 239-213-3020. City Parks 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. Camps run until August. For prices and more information, call 239-213-3020.

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By Reuben Doupé and Dale Klaus

Choosing the Best School

electing the best school for your child can be a difficult scenario for divorced parents. There are both practical and legal implications involved in what should be a simple decision. Depending on the family, there may be a question of public or private school, and if private school is selected, which school is best. For most intact families, this is an easy decision, but for divorced parents this decision can be full of suspicions about motive and reasons for each parent’s decision. As with all major decisions for children, school choice requires the parents to carry out shared parental responsibility. Pure shared parental responsibility requires the parents’ mutual consent for all major decisions. Conceptually, this requires the parents to discuss major decisions and engage in give-and-take until an agreement is reached. The difficulty arises when a stalemate occurs. Our firm has yet to see a case with three parents for a child, so that means a 1-1 vote is nearly always a possibility. Under shared parental responsibility there is no tie-breaker. In the context of a school choice, such a stalemate would mean the child will continue attending the same school. If the child has not yet gone to school and the parties cannot agree to a private school, then public school is going to be the result. A judge cannot make the choice for you; a judge may only select one parent over the other to make the ultimate decision.

The only way to effectively avoid these situations is to address them before they happen. At the time of divorce, try to include all possible future conflicts in a detailed parenting plan to have the answer addressed in advance. Second, even if the parents agree that a child will attend public school, the issue of which parent’s address should be used for the selection of the public school could be a cause of confusion. When Florida changed the custody laws to eliminate reference to custody and to requiring parenting plans, the statue also mandated that parenting plans must include a designation of which parent will be the school-based parent. This requires the parties to address this issue at the time of their divorce. When making this decision, consideration should be given to the geography of the parents in relation to the schools, the timing of which parent will need to drop off or pick up from school on various dates, as well as consideration of the value or grades of the

schools, history at certain schools or attendance by siblings, step-siblings, or friends of the child. In these situations, hopefully parents can ignore their personal feelings for one another and make a decision that is best for their child. The selection of a school is a very important decision for any family, one that becomes more complicated in a divorced family. However, with early planning and communication, parents should be able to agree upon the school that is in the best interests of the children. Ideally, parents should tour the schools together, ask questions, and investigate all of their options. In the end, they should work together and select a school that is right for their child and remember to put the needs of the children over the disagreements of the parents.

DALE KLAUS and REUBEN DOUPÉ are Family Law and Divorce Attorneys with Coleman, Hazzard, Taylor, Klaus, Doupé & Diaz, PA. Visit www.CHTlegal.com or call 239-298-5200.

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COLLIER COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS

By Jennifer Kupiec

Celebrating Success at CCPS

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e did it! We made it through another successful school year filled with learning, friendships, and fun. This year certainly brought its challenges (Hello, Irma!) but together, we pulled through to ensure that student achievement continued as our driving force. There have been countless #CCPSSuccess stories to celebrate this year. Our graduation rate climbed to 88.2% (an increase of 1.5 percentage points over last year). Our Class of 2018 graduates broke a CCPS record by earning $41,384,849 in scholarships (an increase of more than $6 million over last year). Our third graders improved their test scores by two points while the state average declined by one point and CCPS is ahead of the state average by two points. Plus, so many more #CCPSSuccess stories happened every day at every school and in every classroom. When talking about #CCPSSuccess, one of the first things to come to mind is graduation. It’s the ultimate success story for us. This year, we celebrated more than 3,000 graduates! To see our students walk across that stage headed onto their career or college pathway is always uplifting and exciting. When asked to share some advice with our younger students, almost all of our graduates said the same thing: “Don’t procrastinate.” Another word of advice: “Participate.” Getting involved in various clubs and activities helps you to find your passion and keeps you connected with your fellow students. So, to all of our current students, we hope to see you involved next school year, whether it be in sports, clubs, or music. But before the school year begins, we have summer. And while summer is full of sun and fun, it should also include learning. The summer slide can diminish what our students have absorbed during the school year. That is why we have resources available on our website to help your children continue their growth and learning during the summer months. When visiting www.collierschools.com, you’ll see rotator images at the top. Click on the Summer 2018 image, which links to our Keep Learning Alive Summer 2018 Learning and Resource Guide as well as additional resources and information.

Completing some activities each week will ensure our students return in August well on their way to another successful year. Looking for different activities and camps this summer? Check out the Virtual Flyer page of our website. There you’ll find information from outside agencies detailing different opportunities for our students and parents. Flyers are updated every month, so there’s always something new to check out. Visit www.collierschools.com/ virtualflyers or press the Virtual Flyers button located on the lefthand side of the district’s home page (www.collierschools.com). To stay connected with us during the summer, follow us on social media @collierschools on Facebook and Twitter. You may also want to follow your child’s school Facebook and Twitter pages. They are all there! Our school pages open the classroom window and provide you with an inside look at the phenomenal learning experiences occurring every day. Enjoy your summer and we’ll see you in August!

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COLLIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

By Kristine Gill

Teach Your Child When to Dial 9-1-1

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s adults, we often take for granted when and how to get in touch with emergency personnel. Educating your children about the process is tantamount to your safety and theirs. Here are a few tips for educating your children: • Tell your child to call 911 if they have an emergency; when you need a deputy for a crime, the fire department for a fire, or an ambulance if someone is hurt. • Tell your child to call 911 for a real emergency, never as a joke. • Teach your child their first and last name, parent’s names, address, and phone number. • The Collier County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) participates in the Red E. Fox program, where the Red E. Fox mascot will visit schools and events to educate students. To request Red E. Fox for your next event, call 239-252-9380. As parents, it’s also important to keep up-to-date on the latest in 911 communications here at the CCSO. Did you know you can text 911? In the event of an emergency when you cannot speak or don’t want to speak for fear of your safety, you can text 911 anywhere in Collier County to begin messaging a dispatcher. The feature is not available everywhere, so be sure only to use this feature while in Collier County.

CCSO also has been part of two new pilot programs testing smartphone features that would more readily supply your personal information to dispatcher in the event of an emergency. The first is a feature we tested in partnership with Google that would use the map’s data features on your phone to communicate an accurate location for your emergency. This can be especially helpful in rural areas. Early tests went well and soon the feature will be a permanent one locally. Uber also is looking to improve its emergency features by allowing users to call 911 through its app. Doing so would provide your location to dispatchers as the Uber vehicle moves. While you might never need to use this feature while riding in an Uber, it can be extremely helpful in providing location information if you are in an unfamiliar place. This feature is also expected to become permanent here in Collier County. In the meantime, you can always set up a Smart 911 profile with CCSO to provide important information in the event of an emergency. To do so, visit Smart911.com. The site allows you to upload your personal location information, a photo, and any medical information first responders might need in an emergency. Doing so can save your life or the life of your child.

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p until about age 10, most kids are happy if a birthday party includes balloons, a couple of games, and cake. But as children move into the tween and teen years, party planning becomes more complicated. Partygoers in this age group still enjoy celebrating with friends, but want more than a round of musical chairs. Here are five sure-fire party ideas that can be tailored to fit tweens and teens of either gender.

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Glow-in-the-Dark Sock Hop Turn down the lights for a fantastic party theme. Use black lights to illuminate your party space for a glowing good time. Decorate the room with white streamers and neoncolored balloons, and make the party table pop with a white table cover along with neon plates and napkins. Peruse party and dollar stores for everything from glow necklaces and bracelets to glow-inthe-dark makeup and nail polish. Glow.com has an amazing variety of glowing products, from LED flashing ice cubes for your punch to glow-in-the-dark bubbles. In the invitation, let guests know that under black lights, anything white or neon-colored shows up, so they should dress to shine! Pick up a package of neon or black and white patterned socks at the local discount store, one pair per guest. Give each partygoer a pair of socks, put on music, and they can move those feet to the beat.

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Murder Mystery Dinner Party A murder mystery party is a fun, scripted way for partygoers to mingle and puzzle out clues. MyMysteryParty.com is a great website with multiple party scenarios to choose from, including mysteries without a murder. You can choose age, gender, and number of players. This instant download comes with everything: recipes, invites, name tags, and even ice breaker party games. All you will need is a few simple costumes that you can pick up from the dollar store, such as an army hat for a soldier, a feather boa for a movie star, etc. And if you don’t feel like cooking up elaborate dinner fare, kids will be just as happy with pizza and chips.

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BIRTHDAYS

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hen it comes to our kids’ birthdays, the temptation is to make each year’s celebration bigger and better than the last, which usually means the cost grows along with our children. It certainly is easy to get carried away. But, fortunately, it’s easy to throw a fun and fabulous birthday party for your child without breaking the bank. Here are just a few ideas on how to get started. Plan ahead. It is possible to create lovely decorations, creative food, and exciting games for a birthday party while keeping costs low. In order to accomplish this, though, it is important to plan everything ahead of time. DIY decorations take a significant amount of effort. Give yourself several weeks to accomplish your party “to do” list. Keep an eye out for sales on party items, especially right after any major holiday. Monica Meistrell, a mom of four, said her four-year-old son wanted an unusual theme for his big day. “He started talking

about having an eyeball-themed party several months before his birthday (January 1). I was able to buy Halloween decorations at deep discounts because I started planning and preparing so far ahead of time. We also plan and prepare for parties in advance in order to spread out expenses and keep them reasonably priced.” Food. For a cost-conscious birthday party, food typically represents the highest dollar output. Consider hosting a party during a time of the day when

guests will not require a main meal. Serve snacks rather than a full meal. Snacks and treats cost less than main dishes, such as pizza, chicken, etc. Snack tables are easy and relatively inexpensive. Rather than purchasing pre-made snack platters, chop up some vegetables and serve them with ranch dressing or hummus. Buy chips in bulk from a discount warehouse such as Sam’s or Costco. “We always do finger foods and snacks instead of a full meal,” said Ashley McLean, a local Naples mom of three. “And we love Costco for this type of spread!” Another option may be to ask family members to bring food to the party. Kaitlyn Jared, a Southwest Florida mom of one, explained her family’s approach to party food. “The last two years we have done a chili bar and cupcakes for dessert. My mom usually makes a huge pot of chili, and we provide lots of toppings.” Themes and Activities. Kids often request various character-based themes

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for their birthday parties (i.e. Frozen, Paw Patrol, Spiderman, etc.). This can result in over-spending on licensed products. Select plain colored table cloths, napkins, plates, and balloons, and then add in more special, theme-centered décor. For example, for a Frozen-themed party, look for balloons and other supplies with a snowflake/winter theme, and limit your expensive Elsa, Anna, and Olaf purchases. Print out specialized décor online, and create a couple of DIY decorations using a simple Google search. Birthday party activities at various venues around Southwest Florida come with a price tag. Hold your party at a local park or beach and plan some outdoor games and activities. Or, consider hosting the party at your home where you can easily control the environment and direct the activities. The internet is flush with easy ideas for crafts, party games, and activities. For example, a water-based theme party provides endless options for activities: homemade slip and slides, water balloons, sprinklers, etc. Friends. Budget-friendly birthday parties often mean smaller numbers. This

is not necessarily a bad thing. One Naples mom, Courtney Newbery, seeks input on the guest list from her children. “I let my children invite two or three friends to their birthday party, and we choose simple activities. We want our children to feel celebrated, and this helps make the event significant.” This also makes friends feel special and gives direction to the party. Deciding to limit numbers can help keep costs down. Ban the goodie bag. The goodie bag is one area where the cost that can quickly get out of hand. Most parents (and kids) would be happy to go home from a party without a bag filled with toys and more treats. Focus on what’s important at your party: fun, family, friends, and (of course) cake. Something different If you’ve decided that the traditional yearly birthday party isn’t right for your family, here are some ideas for a twist on the standard party, as well as alternative celebrations. • Plan a party for your child only every other year. This creates excitement and

makes each party special without spending too much on a regular basis, particularly if you have a bigger family. • Forgo a traditional birthday party in favor of a special activity, such as a movie on the big screen, a family adventure or weekend trip, or a night out to a special restaurant. • Consider planning a party alongside another family. If your child’s birthday aligns with another close friend’s special day, you could split costs by throwing a combined party. • While children are young, consider throwing family-only birthday parties. This can make the party more manageable financially and take the pressure off for providing entertainment, games, etc. • Head to any one of our local dollar stores for party supplies and favors. Comparison shop to save money on paper plates, décor, and other favors. The main take-away here is this: keep it simple. It is so easy to go over the top for our children’s birthday parties. But memorable celebrations don’t have to be expensive. Give yourself time, do some research, and enjoy the process.

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TRAVEL

By Karen T. Bartlett

Destination: Weird Hotels

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Glass-domed igloo At Kakslauttanen in Finnish Lapland, your personal igloo sits right out on the tundra beneath the magnificent Northern Lights all during the aurora borealis season. kakslauttanen.fi Luxury tin can On New Zealand’s remote Banks Peninsula, there’s nothing to distract you from the volcanic mountains, bushwalking trails, and inspiring views. It’s so rustic that you get a tin can to sleep in. Well, actually, it’s formerly a humble grain silo, retrofitted with kitchen, balcony, and all the comfy amenities you need. silostay.com 20

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o maybe you’re not quite ready to bed down in a renovated sewage pipe, or a giant replica of an intestine, but you could if you wanted to. Seriously: check out Hotel Casanus in Belgium (casanus.com) and Das Park Hotel in Germany (dasparkhotel.net). Perhaps you’d prefer to stay atop a construction crane. Not for vertigo sufferers, maybe, but for everyone else, there are spectacular panoramic views of Amsterdam at the Crane Hotel Faralda (faralda. com). Don’t sneer; it’s a five-star luxury hotel that regularly caters to billionaires and royals and you have to book way ahead. In this world of mine-is-weirder-than-yours, just about anything can – and has – been made into a hotel room. Like a birds nest made of sticks or a sci-fi-perfect UFO way up in the trees in Sweden (treehotel.com). And there’s more…

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Sleep beneath the star(fish) The world’s only undersea hotel is less than three hours away on Key Largo at the top of the Florida Keys. At the Jules Undersea Lodge you get to sleep with the fishies (through your porthole window) and your doors are actual round ship’s hatches. Hungry? No worries; your pizza is delivered by a SCUBA diver. Amenities include dive lessons in the hotel’s private lagoon, marine biology presentations, and all the fun of the upper Keys. jul.com

Sioux Indian teepee Marfa is a tiny desert town in West Texas famous for the mysterious orbs that appear in the night sky. Choose a Sioux-style teepee, an artisanal Mongolian yurt, a vintage trailer, or a luxe safari tent at El Cosmico (see photo, facing page). A great time to go is the last weekend in August for this year’s Marfa Lights Festival. elcosmico.com Parents: stay out! The kids get to sleep in cool tents (with their own personal televisions) right inside your KidKamp Suite at the family-focused Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine, Texas. Other themed suites feature log cabin and wolf den decor. Rates include admission to the guestsonly water park and lots of activities. greatwolf.com

A bed in the cockpit Even if you don’t book a room in the cockpit of its McDonnell Douglas MD-80 fuselage or the 1965 Boeing 727, the famous Hotel Costa Verde near Costa Rica’s Manuel Antonio National Park is a fabulous family destination. The El Avion pub-style restaurant is the fuselage of a C-123 Fairchild airplane, and the kids will love the patio restaurant with its mind-boggling arttile floor featuring giant local animals, birds, and butterflies. costaverde.com

The Trojan Dog? Forget the Trojan Horse. Your family of four (and your dog, of course) can stay in the belly of the world’s largest beagle at the Dog Bark Park Inn (see photo below). From a kids’ point of view, this has to be the most adorable hotel room on the planet. They have all kinds of themed amenities, including dog-shaped cookies. It’s in Cottonwood, Idaho. www.dogbarkpark.com

Little red caboose, anyone? The Featherbed Railroad Caboose Bed and Breakfast in California Wine Country is a dream glampsite for railroad fans. Each of the super-cool vintage Santa Fe and Southern Pacific railroad cars has its own theme, from Casablanca to Harley Davidson to the Wild West. Of course they all have featherbeds. featherbedrailroad.com Put the kids in jail The Liberty in Boston, formerly the Charles Street Jail, incarcerated seriously bad criminals in its day. Now it’s all fancied up as a luxury hotel, but the original three-story arched windows, bars, and catwalks are still there. Dine in Clink or Alibi or alfresco in The Yard. libertyhotel.com

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A berth on The Queen Mary This ship, permanently at anchor in Long Beach, California, is no replica. It’s the original, dating back to 1929, and it’s reportedly the most haunted ship in America. You stay in a real ship’s cabin, dine in the ship’s dining rooms, walk the promenade, and poke around the historic exhibits from bow to stern. At night you can join a ghost tour or other themed event. The 4th of July is a huge deal, with fireworks. queenmary.com

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usan Suarez has been CEO of the Naples Holocaust Museum for just over a year, but is no stranger to the local nonprofit community. As a consultant, employee, and volunteer, Suarez has been an integral part of many nonprofit organizations here in Southwest Florida. While she was building her career, she also was raising a family with husband Carl. Since her two children were little, Suarez has involved them in her professional and volunteer activities, modeling a life of service to others.

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Where did you attend college? I graduated from Stanford University with a double-major in French and Economics and later received an MBA from Santa Clara University. Tell us about your career path and how it brought you to your current position. I realized early in my career that I wanted to work in the areas of nonprofits and philanthropy. After many years of working for nonprofits like the American Red Cross and two community foundations, I thought consulting for these types of organizations would be a good way to balance motherhood and work for the first few years after our daughter was born. My consulting practice became so successful that I continued doing that for many years. I joined the Holocaust Museum as CEO about one year ago. I knew from my kids’ personal experiences that its education programs were top notch and I feel so strongly that its mission to inspire action against bigotry, hatred, and violence is so important in our world today. My connections with so many local organizations also help me create new partnerships for the museum. What do you love about your job? I knew I would love helping the Holocaust Museum with its next stage of growth as an organization. The opportunity to lead a capital campaign for a new, larger facility and be part of a team to create updated exhibits is incredible. What I didn’t realize was the amazing interactions I would have with Holocaust survivors and their adult children who also share their parents’ stories with students and museum visitors. Our volunteers inspire me every day.

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Tell us about your husband and kids. My husband Carl grew up in Naples, then moved to California for graduate school and work in Silicon Valley. A few years after we met, Carl suggested we move back to Naples to the “bubble” where he grew up. It has been a great place for us to raise our family. Both our kids were born in Naples. Ashley is 15. She is very creative and loves musical theater. She has been in dozens of shows with KidzAct at The Naples Players and at church since she was five years old. CJ is 12 and plays basketball and tennis. He has also more recently started performing with KidzAct. Both our kids are excellent students and we are very proud of them! Volunteer positions. I am a graduate and member of Greater Naples Leadership and served on the board for two terms after graduating. I currently serve on the board of The Naples Players, am a member of the Community Services Advisory Board for the City of Naples, am an Ambassador for the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce, and serve as past chair of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. How do you balance being a mom with your professional and charitable obligations? When my kids were younger I often brought them with me to my charity events, such as walk-a-thons, art fairs, etc. They have learned a lot about giving back and volunteering by helping at events and listening to me talk about my nonprofit and volunteer work. They both give to charities they care about which makes me very proud. My husband and I share being the kid-taxi to all their various activities. Do you have any favorite local spots you like to go as a family? Family favorites include Mama Mia’s Pizza, South Street

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6:30 p.m. Libraries Rock and Readers Roll. Join Joey, Alexandra, and, of course, Sydney, the live Eclectus parrot, as they lead audiences on an adventure in finding their tune. Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check collierlibrary.org.

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3:30 p.m. Meals of Hope Mobile Food Pantry. Every Monday. Frozen food, fresh produce, and canned goods will be given away to families in need. Everyone is welcome. Lely Presbyterian Church, 110 St. Andrews Blvd., Naples. Visit mealsofhope. org.

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6:30 p.m. Junie B Jones The Musical Jr. July 6-8. Laugh yourself silly with Junie B. Jones in this hilarious adaptation of the beloved series. Sugden Community Theatre, 701 Fifth Ave. S., Naples. Call 239-263-7990 or check naplesplayers.org.

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3:30 p.m. Kindness Club. Kids can participate in fun activities designed to encourage kindness and help make the world a better place. Grades 2-6. Dress for mess. South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy., Estero. Call 239-479-4636 or check collierlibrary.org.

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2:00 p.m. The Naples Players present Chicago. Through July 29. Set in the roaring twenties, Chicago is packed with show-stopping songs and spectacular choreography. Sugden Community Theatre, 701 Fifth Ave. S., Naples. Call 239-263-7990 or check naplesplayers.org.

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5:00 p.m. Movie for Teens. Cool off in the library and enjoy a popular movie musical. Popcorn and Popsicles will be served, while supplies last. East Naples Library, 8787 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples. Call 239-775-5592 or check collierlibrary.org.

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3:00 p.m. Teen Cooking 101. Learn how to cook in a variety of methods. Be ready to eat the great things we cook. Ages 11-15 years. Registration required. Estates Branch Library, 1266 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples. Call 239-455-8088 or check collierlibrary.org.

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5:00 p.m. Open House. Come see Montessori Academy of Naples’s new home at 2655 Northbrooke Drive. Tour the new facility and meet our staff. Or call 239-597-2255 to schedule a private tour. Visit www.naplesmontessori.org.

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3:00 p.m. Breakout Box - Don’t Jump Our Claim. It’s 1850 and someone’s trying to steal your California gold. Solve clues and save your gold from the claim jumpers. Ages 6-10. Estates Branch Library, 1266 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples. Call 239455-8088 or check collierlibrary.org.

wednesday 10:00 a.m. Naples July 4th Parade. The fun begins for your family at 10 a.m. at the corner of Broad Avenue South and Third Street South, just north of the Naples Pier. The parade ends in front of Cambier Park around noon.

10:00 a.m. Eyes on Endangered Species. Listen to riddles and rhymes to discover endangered species. Play a matching game to learn about animals that need our help, and even meet one up-close. Conservancy, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples. Call 239-2620304 or visit conservancy. org.

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9:30 a.m. Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary Family Funday. Free admission for kids 18 and younger, kid-friendly boardwalk tour, animal encounters, and hands-on crafts. Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, 375 Sanctuary Rd., Naples. Visit corkscrew.audubon.org.

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6:00 p.m. Parents Night Out. $5. Games, activities, and fun will be had by all. Enjoy your night out. Ages 4-17. Eagle Lakes Community Park, 11565 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples. Call 239-252-4414 or check colliergov.net.

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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. Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check collierlibrary.org.

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6:30 p.m. Summer Jazz on the Gulf. The fun, free concert series on the Gulf. Located at The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club, 851 Gulf Shore Blvd. N., Naples. Call 239261-2222 or check www. naplesbeachhotel.com.

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

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4:00 p.m. Jumbo Colored Slime. A funfilled evening of making ooey gooey slime using household ingredients. Ages 11-17. Registration required. Naples Regional Library, 650 Central Ave., Naples. Call 239-262-6853 or check collierlibrary.org. 2:00 p.m. Movie Day: Jumanji. Four teenagers are sucked into a video game. Rated PG-13. Children under age 13 may attend only if a parent is present to give permission. South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy., Estero. Call 239479-4636 or check collierlibrary.org. 26

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9:00 a.m. Pony Days. Every TuesdayFriday through Aug. 10. Horseback riding, pony painting, games, and more. Cornerstone Farm South, 3375 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., Naples. Call 239-5957618 or check cornerstonefarmsouth.com.

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2:00 p.m. Libraries Rock Film Series: Moana. An epic adventure about a spirited teen who sets sail on a daring mission to save her people. Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check collierlibrary.org.

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6:00 p.m. Paw Patrol Live. The Great Pirate Adventure. All paws on deck. An action-packed, music-filled production. Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, 13350 FSW Pkwy., Fort Myers. Call 239-481-4849 or check www.bbmannpah.com.

5:00 p.m. Sensory Night at C’mon. For children on the autism spectrum and/or with other sensory integration disorders. Lighting and sound are muted. Cool down spaces are provided. Registration is required. C’mon, 15080 Livingston Rd., Naples. Call 239-514-0084 or check www.cmon.org. 24

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10:30 a.m. Teaching Children to Save. Children will learn about saving, spending, and decision making through a fun interactive story time. Ages 3-7. Registration is not required. Naples Regional Library, 650 Central Ave., Naples. Call 239-262-6853 or check collierlibrary.org.

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10:30 a.m. WONDER in the Garden. This month’s theme is Worm Wranglers. No registration required. Included with regular admission. Located at Naples Botanical Garden, 4820 Bayshore Dr., Naples. Call 239-643-7275 or check www.naplesgarden.org.

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6:30 p.m. Collier County Kids Got Talent. Can you sing, dance, or act? Do you know how to perform magic tricks? Participate in the first-ever Collier County Kids Got Talent show. Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check collierlibrary.org.

11:45 a.m & 5:30 p.m. Annie. Select dates through Aug. 11. The classic musical about everyone’s favorite orphan and her dog Sandy. Kids 18 and under are just $20. Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, 1380 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers. Call 239-278-4422 or check BroadwayPalm.com.


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8:00 a.m. Farmer’s Market and Native Plant Sale. Local fresh produce, seafood, honey, arts and crafts, native plants and trees, and more. $1 per vehicle admission. Located at Koreshan State Park, 3800 Corkscrew Rd., Estero. Call 239-992-0311 or check www.floridastateparks.org for additional information. 10:00 a.m. Guided Tours of Historical Koreshan Settlement. Explore structures and gardens of the 19th century utopian settlement and learn about these idealistic pioneers. The walking tour is about 90 minutes and is accessible. Located at Koreshan State Park, 3800 Corkscrew Rd., Estero. Call 239-992-0311 or check www.floridastateparks.org for additional information. 10:30 a.m. WONDER in the Garden. Imagine, create, and explore throughout the Children’s Garden every day this month with lessons and activities about a monthly theme, which is Worm Wranglers for July. No registration required. Included with regular admission. Located at Naples Botanical Garden, 4820 Bayshore Dr., Naples. Call 239-643-7275 or check www.naplesgarden.org for additional information. 11:30 a.m. Spanish Church Service. St. Monica’s church, in support of the Latino community, will hold a Spanish speaking service every Sunday. Located at St. Monica’s Church, 7070 Immokalee Rd., Naples. Call 239-591-4550 or check www.stmonicasnaples. org for additional information. 2:00 p.m. The Naples Players present Chicago.

Select dates through July 29. Set in the roaring twenties, with its universal tale of fame, fortune, and “All That Jazz,” Chicago is packed with show-stopping songs and spectacular Fosse-style choreography. Located at Sugden Community Theatre, 701 Fifth Ave. S., Naples. Call 239-263-7990 or check naplesplayers. org for additional information. 5:30 p.m. Annie. Select dates through Aug. 11. Dinner at 5:30 p.m., show at 7 p.m. The classic musical about everyone’s favorite orphan and her dog Sandy. Children 18 and under are just $20 for the buffet and the show. Located at Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, 1380 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers. Call 239-278-4422 or check www.BroadwayPalm.com.

2 MONDAY 10:00 a.m. Fourth of July Make and Take. Stop by the library all day to make a festive craft. All ages. Registration is not required. Located at Estates Branch Library, 1266 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples. Call 239-455-8088 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information. 10:00 a.m. Baby Rhyme Time. During this special storytime, you and your baby will learn new nursery rhymes and fingerplays, interact with puppets, sing, read books, and dance. Registration is required. Located at South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy., Estero. Call 239-479-4636 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information.

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11:00 a.m. Family Fun Scavenger Hunt. Harry Pawter is missing. Can you help us find him? See the Reference Desk during normal library hours for details. Located at South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-252-7542 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information. 3:30 p.m. Kindness Club. Join us at the library to create kindness in our community. Kids can participate in fun activities designed to encourage kindness and help make the world a better place. For grades 2 - 6. Some activities may be messy, so dress for mess. Located at South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy., Estero. Call 239-479-4636 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information. 3:30 p.m. Meals of Hope Mobile Food Pantry. Every Monday. Frozen food, fresh produce, and canned goods will all be given away to families in need. Everyone is welcome. Located at Lely Presbyterian Church, 110 St. Andrews Blvd., Naples. Check www.mealsofhope.org for additional information.

3 TUESDAY Call for times. Montessori Toddler & Primary Class Open House. The class openings are for students ages 12 months through five years. Located at Children’s Montessori, 2535 Northbrooke Plaza, Naples. Call 239-593-6668 for more information or to reserve a tour space. 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 www.miromaroutlets.com for additional information. 9:00 a.m. Pony Days. Every Tuesday-Friday through Aug. 10. Horseback riding, pony painting, games, and more. Located at Cornerstone Farm South, 3375 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., Naples. Call 239-595-7618 or check cornerstonefarmsouth. com for additional information. 10:00 a.m. Eyes on Endangered Species Little Explorers Program. Listen to riddles and rhymes to discover endangered species around the world. Keep your eyes open as we play a matching game to learn about animals that need our help in our own backyards and even meet one up-close. Located at Conservancy, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples. Call 239-262-0304 or check www.conservancy.org for additional information. 2:00 p.m. Tuesdays At The Movies. Beat the heat at the library. Enjoy the cool with a snack. All movies will be rated G or PG. Registration is not required. Located at Marco Island Branch Library, 210 S. Heathwood Dr., Marco Island. Call 239394-3272 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information. 3:30 p.m. Meals of Hope Mobile Food Pantry. Every Tuesday. Frozen food, fresh produce, and canned goods will all be given away to families in need. Everyone is welcome. Located at Greater Naples YMCA, 5450 YMCA Rd., Naples. 6:15 p.m. Snowball Fight. Get ready to dodge, duck, and dive. Then relax with guided meditation. A fun and heart-healthy program. Bring a beach towel or yoga mat. Drop in program. Located at South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy., Estero. Call 239-479-4636 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information.

NOW - AUG 11 The classic musical about everyone’s favorite orphan and her dog Sandy. As part of a publicity campaign for Oliver Warbucks, Annie and Sandy are placed in the lap of luxury for a week. However, Annie’s stay turns out to be much more than anyone had bargained for as she works her way into everyone’s hearts! The popular score includes It’s the Hard Knock Life, Easy Street and Tomorrow.

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4 WEDNESDAY 10:00 a.m. Naples July 4th Parade. Bring the family and enjoy the annual Naples 4th of July parade. Located at Fifth Avenue South, Naples. 10:00 a.m. Free Kids’ Crafts. Kids from toddlers to 12 are invited to participate in fun activities. Located at Miromar Outlets, 10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero. Call 239-948-3766 or check www.miromaroutlets.com for additional information. 7:15 p.m. Independence Day Fireworks Cruise. Enjoy on-the-water views of the fireworks show after sunset while experiencing the natural beauty of our coastal waterways. Located at Pure Florida, Tin City, 1200 Fifth Ave. S., Naples. Check www.purenaples.com for additional information. 9:00 p.m. July 4th Fireworks at Naples Pier. Located at Naples Pier, 25 12th Ave., Naples. Call 239-213-3062 or check www.naplesgov.com for additional information.

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5 THURSDAY 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. Located at Rookery Bay, 300 Tower Rd., Naples. Call 239-417-6310 or check rookerybay.org.

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10:00 a.m. Tai Chi in the Garden. Instructor Karen McNeil hosts this energyflow exercise in the South Grove of the Garden. Every Thursday. Located at Naples Botanical Garden, 4820 Bayshore Dr., Naples. Call 239-643-7275 or check www. naplesgarden.org for additional information. 10:00 a.m. Eyes on Endangered Species Little Explorers Program. Listen to riddles and rhymes to discover endangered species around the world. Keep your eyes open as we play a matching game to learn about animals that need our help in our own backyards and even meet one up-close. Located at Conservancy, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples. Call 239-262-0304 or check www.conservancy.org for additional information. 1:00 p.m. Needlework Makerspace: Sewing. You can learn some basic sewing techniques while making a small coin case, or you can sit down at a sewing machine and help put together some charity quilts. Bring a friend, your mom or dad, or even a grandparent and learn a new skill together. Located at South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-252-7542 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information. 2:00 p.m. Meals of Hope Mobile Food Pantry. Every Thursday. Frozen food, fresh produce, and canned goods will all be given away to families in need. Everyone is welcome. Located at Golden Gate Senior Center, 4898 Coronado Pkwy., Naples. Check mealsofhope.org for additional information. 3:00 p.m. Breakout Box - Don’t Jump Our Claim. It’s 1850 and someone’s trying to steal your California gold. Race against the clock to solve clues and save your gold from the claim jumpers. Ages 6-10 years. Registration required. Located at Estates Branch Library, 1266 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples. Call 239-455-8088 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information. 5:00 p.m. Out Of My Hands. Blending choreographed juggling with illusions, Gerard Tricarico, a professional juggler, delivers a high-energy show that is innovative and interactive. Located at Immokalee Branch Library, 417 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239-657-2882 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information.

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9:00 a.m. Kids Free Fridays – Fish. In celebration of the Rookery Bay Reserve’s 40th anniversary, this popular summer education program provides free admission with programming geared towards children ages 12 and younger who are accompanied by an adult. Located at Rookery Bay, 300 Tower Rd., Naples. Call 239-417-6310 or check rookerybay.org for additional information. 9:00 a.m. Find it Fridays. Kids enjoy a scavenger hunt all day. Ask for more details at the ticket counter. Located at Everglades Wonder Gardens, 27180 Old 41 Rd., Bonita Springs. Call 239-992-2591 or check www.evergladeswondergardens.com for additional information. 10:00 a.m. Drop-In Baby Fitness Mommy and Me. Instill healthy habits for life in your toddler by attending the class every Friday. $5 per child. Located at Fleischmann Park, 1600 Fleischmann Dr., Naples. Call 239-213-3020. 5:00 p.m. First Friday’s Art for Art Lovers. Gourmet food, fine wine, and art demonstrations. Located at Shops of Olde Marco, 258 Royal Palm Dr., Marco Island. Call 239-394-2787 for additional information. 5:30 p.m. Mommy/Daddy & Me Painting. First Friday of the month. Each parent and child will paint their own canvas. A different theme every month: usually super cute animals. All materials included. Located at Fleischmann Park, 1600 Fleischmann Dr., Naples. Call 239-213-3020 for additional information. 6:30 p.m. Junie B Jones The Musical Jr. July 6-8. Laugh yourself silly with Junie B. Jones in this hilarious Broadway Junior adaptation of Barbara Park’s beloved series. Located at Sugden Community Theatre, 701 Fifth Ave. S., Naples. Call 239-2637990 or check naplesplayers.org for additional information.

7 SATURDAY 7:30 a.m. Third Street South Farmer’s Market. Sample locally grown fruits and vegetables and your favorite prepared foods. Located in the parking lot behind Tommy Bahama and along 13th Avenue South. Call 239-434-6533 or check www. napleschamber.org for additional information. 8:00 a.m. Farmer’s Market. Every Saturday. Fresh fruits and vegetables, seafood, honey, prepared foods, wears, specialty foods, and more. Located at Shoppes at Vanderbilt, 2355 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., Naples. Call 239-273-2350. 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

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Blvd., Fort Myers. Call 239-939-2787 or check www.artinlee.org. 9:00 a.m. Kids Workshops. Every Saturday. A new craft each week. All attendees must be accompanied by a parent or adult at all times. Recommended for ages 5-12. Kids get to keep their craft, a certificate of achievement, a workshop apron, and a commemorative pin. Located at Home Depot, 2251 Pine Ridge Rd., Naples. Call 239-597-1515 or check www.homedepot.com for additional information. 10:00 a.m. Kids Cruise Free Saturday Summer Program with Pure Florida. Kids cruise free when accompanied by a full-fare paid adult. Enjoy a 1.5 hour cruise during which children can learn about the ecology in Southwest Florida and observe the variety of wildlife present on the waters. Located at Tin City, 1200 Fifth Ave. S., Naples. Call 239-262-4200 or check www.tin-city.com for additional information. 10:00 a.m. Chesstival. Join us in the Solarium for our first annual Chess Festival. We’ll start with a brief explanation of chess, continue with hands-on chess instruction, and end with time to participate in a match. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check collierlibrary.org. 10:00 a.m. Artists@Work at GreenMarket. Members of the SWFL Florida Fine Craft Guild demonstrate their specialties during this free, family friendly demo day. Located at Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers. Call 239-9392787 or check www.artinlee.org for additional information. 4:00 p.m. Improv Cafe. Bring your family out to “Little Shop of Improv” the first Saturday of every month. Located at Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs, 10150 Bonita Beach Rd., Bonita Springs. Call 239-495-8989 or check artcenterbonita.org. 8:00 p.m. Improv Tonight. Be as involved in the show as you’d like; whether you’re just setting a scene with your suggestions, or whether you’re on stage as a player. Located at Center for Performing Arts-Moe Auditorium, 10150 Bonita Beach Road SE, Bonita Springs. Call 239-495-8989 or check www.artcenterbonita.org.

9 MONDAY 9:00 a.m. Belt Ranking Summer Camp. Camp hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Located at Whiz Kids Play Zone and Tutoring Center, 1050 Pine Ridge Rd., Naples. Call 239-263-7017 or check whizkidsnaples.com for additional information. 1:00 p.m. Golden Gate Library Summer Reading and 10th Anniversary Party. Celebrate our 10th Anniversary with our “Libraries Rock” Summer Reading Program Kick-Off Party. Come register for our summer reading program and enjoy cake and drinks. Located at Golden Gate Library, 2432 Lucerne Rd., Naples. Call 239-252-4542 or check collierlibrary.org. 3:00 p.m. Rock Hounds. Discover the fascinating world of geology and never take limestone for granite again. With the exception of meteorites, all rocks fall into three categories. Learn how rocks are formed and the difference between stones and minerals. Ages 9-15 years. Located at Estates Branch Library, 1266 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples. Call 239-455-8088 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information. 6:15 p.m. Katie Adams: Cracker Cinderella. In this original version of Cinderella, puppets crafted like old-fashioned dolls, a helpful tree fairy, and a gown made with magic moss are all combined to bring a unique flavor of old-time Florida to this beloved rags-to-riches tale. Located at South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy., Estero. Call 239-479-4636 or check collierlibrary.org. 6:30 p.m. Makey Makey Rocks. Turn any everyday object into a touchpad. You will be able to touch a banana to turn on a computer, clap to take a photo, put on a pair of sunglasses to play music, and more. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check collierlibrary.org.

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10 TUESDAY 9:00 a.m. Summer Baseball Camp. For youth ages 6-8 looking to sharpen their skills and fundamentals under the guidance of Fort Myers Miracle players, coaches, and staff. Located at Hammond Stadium, 14400 Six Mile Cypress Parkway, Fort Myers. Call 239-768-4210. 2:00 p.m. Stained Glass Picture. Capture the beauty and wonder of nature in our “Stain A Frame” pictures that we will paint and then hang in our windows. Ages 1117 years. Registration required. Located at Golden Gate Library, 2432 Lucerne Rd., Naples. Call 239-252-4542 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information. 2:00 p.m. Morse Code Bracelets and Necklaces. Use Morse Code – a series of internationally recognized dots and dashes – to make a super cool bracelet or necklace with a hidden message. Ages 11-17 years. Registration required. Located at South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-252-7542 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information. 4:00 p.m. Drum Circle. Join international drummer “Bongo Man” Maurice

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Tordjman in this exciting percussion instruments program. Feel the beat and have fun with this “hands and drums on” experience. Ages 5-11 years. Registration required. Located at Vanderbilt Beach Library, 788 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., Naples. Call 239-597-8444 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information. 4:00 p.m. The Earth’s Break Up: Escape Room. In this escape room adventure, you will travel back in time where you must rely on your survival skills and knowledge of Earth in order to endure and return to the present day, or you will be stuck in the time of the dinosaurs forever. Located at Bonita Springs Public Library, 26876 Pine Ave., Bonita Springs. Call 239-992-0101 or check www.leegov.com/library. 4:30 p.m. Skulls and Bones with Rookery Bay. Discover the many animals that call Southwest Florida home. Listen to an expert from local environmental and educational center Rookery Bay to learn how mammals, fish, birds, and reptiles are monitored within the Reserve. Located at East Naples Library, 8787 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples. Call 239-775-5592 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information. 5:00 p.m. Open House. Come see Montessori Academy of Naples’s new home at 2655 Northbrooke Drive. Tour the new facility and meet our staff. Or call 239-597-2255 to schedule a private tour. Located at Montessori Academy, 2655 Northbrooke Dr., Naples. Call 239-597-2255 or check www.naplesmontessori.org for additional information.

11 WEDNESDAY 9:00 a.m. Pee Wee Play Dates. Children and their caretakers are invited to a play date. Have fun with our toys and games and listen to music. It’s a great opportunity to make friends and discover new activities. For children ages 9 months to pre-K. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information. 10:00 a.m. Family Storytime. Your whole family is invited to this enjoyable, all-ages storytime that encourages the development of pre-reading skills through songs, rhymes, fingerplays, and stories. Registration is required. Located at South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy., Estero. Call 239-479-4636 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information.

3:00 p.m. Dinosaur Discovery. Discover the science of paleontology as you examine some fabulous fossils to unearth secrets of the past and create your own fossil. Ages 6-10 years. Registration required. Located at South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-252-7542 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information. 3:00 p.m. Teen Cooking 101. Cooking is an adventure that all teens should take. Tish from 4-H will show us how to cook in a variety of methods. Be ready to eat the great things we cook. This is hands-on learning that will last a lifetime. Ages 11-15 years. Registration required. Located at Estates Branch Library, 1266 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples. Call 239-455-8088 or check collierlibrary.org. 4:00 p.m. Lego Club. Share ideas, be creative, make new friends, and have fun. Test out your wheeled creation on our super-fast test track. Bricks will be provided and your creation will be put on display at the library. Ages 5-11 years. Registration is not required. Located at Estates Branch Library, 1266 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples. Call 239-455-8088 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information.

12 THURSDAY 10:00 a.m. Family Storytime. An enjoyable, all-ages storytime that encourages the development of pre-reading skills through songs, rhymes, fingerplays, and stories. Registration is required. Located at South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy., Estero. Call 239-479-4636 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information. 3:00 p.m. Let’s Make Some Noise. We’ll create three musical instruments out of everyday recyclable products. Ages 6-11 years. Registration required. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information. 4:00 p.m. Attack of the Locks: Escape Room. Can you help the droid R5D4 put himself back together and save the galaxy? Find the clues and solve the puzzles to claim victory. Ages 11-17. Registration not required. Located at Naples Regional Library, 650 Central Ave., Naples. Call 239-262-6853 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information.

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6:00 p.m. Hot Summer Nights. Free. Take pictures with McGruff the Crime Dog, scale our rock wall, and enjoy free food. The kids will love spending time meeting our deputies. Located at Frank E. Mackle, Jr. Community Park, 1361 Andalusia Terrace, Marco Island. Call 239-642-0575 or check www.cityofmarcoisland.com for additional information. 7:30 p.m. Cirque du Soleil Crystal. July 12-15. Cirque du Soleil creates a frozen playground and a world of wonder on ice that defies all expectations. Located at Germain Arena, 11000 Everblades Pkwy., Estero. Call 239-335-0457 or check www. germainarena.com for additional information.

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9:00 a.m. Kids Free Fridays – Mammals. This popular summer education program provides free admission with programming geared towards children ages 12 and younger who are accompanied by an adult. Located at Rookery Bay, 300 Tower Rd., Naples. Call 239-417-6310 or check rookerybay.org for additional information. 2:00 p.m. Family Movie Days. This summer the theme is “Libraries Rock” so we will be showing movies featuring music. Bring the family and get ready for a musical adventure. Popcorn and water will be served. First come, first seated. All ages. Registration is not required. Located at Immokalee Branch Library, 417 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239-657-2882 or check collierlibrary.org. 3:00 p.m. Hands On Herpetology. Learn all about Florida’s reptiles and amphibians through this interactive program. Ages 5-11 years. Registration is not required. Located at Golden Gate Library, 2432 Lucerne Rd., Naples. Call 239-252-4542 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information. 5:00 p.m. Parent Night Out. $25 per family. Come enjoy pizza, crafts, edible art, games, fun experiments, an outdoors nature hunt, and fun for all ages. Pre-registration required at office@cornerstonenaples.org. Located at Cornerstone UMC, 8200 Immokalee Rd., Naples. Call 239-354-9160 or check www.cornerstonenaples.org. 6:00 p.m. Parents Night Out. $5. Games, activities, and fun will be had by all. Enjoy your night out. Ages 4-17. Located at Eagle Lakes Community Park, 11565 Tamiami Trail East, Naples. Call 239-252-4414 or check colliergov.net.

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14 SATURDAY 8:00 a.m. Community Yard Sale. Find yard sale bargains with the convenience of having all the sales in one location. Call to reserve a spot to sell used items. Located at Golden Gate Community Park, 3300 Santa Barbara Blvd., Naples. Call 239-252-6128 or check colliergov.net for additional information. 10:00 a.m. Kids Read Down Fines. Children and teens can earn a $2 credit for every 15 minutes they read in the designated area for a total of $8. Credit may be applied to cards issued to patrons age 18 and under only, and applies only to charges on overdue materials. Located at Bonita Springs Public Library, 26876 Pine Ave., Bonita Springs. Call 239-992-0101 or check www.leegov.com/library. 2:00 p.m. Postcard Make and Take. Take a break from your electronics and compose an old-fashioned postcard to a friend or relative. Tell them what you did this summer or just say, “Wish you were here.” All ages. Registration is not required. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-5930870 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information. 6:30 p.m. Summer Jazz on the Gulf. The fun, free concert series on the Gulf. Located at The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club, 851 Gulf Shore Blvd. N., Naples. Call 239-261-2222 or check www.naplesbeachhotel.com for additional information. 8:00 p.m. Comedy Night @ TNP. This Naples-based improvisational theater group delights audiences with scenes, games, and songs. Every scene is driven by suggestions from the audience. Located at Sugden Community Theatre, 701 Fifth Ave. S., Naples. Call 239-263-7990 or check naplesplayers.org for additional information.

16 MONDAY 6:15 p.m. The Science of Sound with DoDad’s Lab. Can you hear me now? Children will learn about volume, pitch, and wave through exciting experiments and activities that will get everyone laughing and learning. Sponsored by Friends of South County Regional Library, Inc. Located at South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy., Estero. Call 239-479-4636 or check collierlibrary.org. 6:30 p.m. Libraries Rock and Readers Roll. Join Joey, Alexandra, and, of course, Sydney, the live Eclectus parrot, on an exploration as they lead audiences on an adventure in finding their tune. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check collierlibrary.org.

17 TUESDAY 9:00 a.m. Summer Baseball Camp. For youth ages 9-12 looking to sharpen their skills and fundamentals under the guidance of Fort Myers Miracle players, coaches, and staff. Located at Hammond Stadium, 14400 Six Mile Cypress Parkway, Fort Myers. Call 239-768-4210 for additional information. 10:00 a.m. All the Way to the Ocean Little Explorers Program. Hear about how two best friends made a difference in what travels all the way to the ocean. Explorers will discover how they too can reduce the amount of trash in our oceans and take home a fun upcycled craft. Located at Conservancy, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples. Call 239-262-0304 or check www.conservancy.org for additional information. 1:00 p.m. Rockin’ Magic Show. Joey, Alexandra, and Sydney (the Eclectus parrot) will lead you on an adventure featuring comedy, magic, music, and audience interaction. Sponsored by the Friends of the Bonita Springs Library. Located at Bonita Springs Public Library, 26876 Pine Ave., Bonita Springs. Call 239-992-0101 or check www.leegov.com/library for additional information. 3:00 p.m. Sharpie Rocks. Use your artistic skills to make a rock into art. Ages 11-17 years. Registration is not required. Located at South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-252-7542 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information. 4:00 p.m. Dance To The Rhythm. Join Emily Gibson with Lee Memorial Health System as we move and groove to our favorite hits. Keep cool and stay fit during this indoor dance and fitness class. Sponsored by the Friends of the Bonita Springs Library. For grades 6-12. Located at Bonita Springs Public Library, 26876 Pine Ave., Bonita Springs. Call 239-992-0101 or check www.leegov.com/library. 4:00 p.m. Bad Art Contest. It’s harder than you think. Using our art supplies, create the ugliest piece of art you can. There will be a prize for the absolute worst. Ages 11-17 years. Registration is not required. Located at Naples Regional Library, 650 Central Ave., Naples. Call 239-262-6853 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information.

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5:30 p.m. Petting Zoo with the 4-H. Back by popular demand. Miss Tish from UF/IFAS Extension Collier County will bring some more animals for all to pet. Enjoy the beautiful weather on the porch while you learn about some furry friends. Ages 3-11 years. Registration required. Located at Vanderbilt Beach Library, 788 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., Naples. Call 239-597-8444 or check collierlibrary.org.

18 WEDNESDAY 2:00 p.m. Cooking 101. Cooking is an adventure that all should take. Come and learn how to cook in a variety of methods. Be ready to eat the great things we cook. Ages 7-11 years. Located at Golden Gate Library, 2432 Lucerne Rd., Naples. Call 239-252-4542 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information. 3:00 p.m. Nature Survival Strategies. Television shows can teach you everything you need to know about surviving in the wild, but animals live, thrive, and survive in the wild every day. Located at South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-252-7542 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information. 4:00 p.m. Walking on Water. Love science? Come and mix up a batch of gooey material that behaves just like quicksand. Don’t stand still for too long or you might find yourself sinking. All ages welcome. Registration required. Located at Naples Regional Library, 650 Central Ave., Naples. Call 239-262-6853 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information.

19 THURSDAY 10:00 a.m. All the Way to the Ocean Little Explorers Program. Hear about how two best friends made a difference in what travels all the way to the ocean. Explorers will discover how they too can reduce the amount of trash in our oceans and take home a fun upcycled craft. Located at Conservancy, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples. Call 239-262-0304 or check www.conservancy.org. 1:00 p.m. Needlework Makerspace: Sewing. You can learn some basic sewing techniques while making a small coin case or you can sit down at a sewing machine and help put together some charity quilts. Bring a friend, your mom or dad, or even a grandparent and learn a new skill together. Located at South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-252-7542 or check collierlibrary.org. 3:00 p.m. Wax Art Candles. It looks like sand art, but it is wax and makes a beautiful candle. Ages 11-17 years. Registration required. Located at Estates Branch Library, 1266 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples. Call 239-455-8088 or check collierlibrary.org. 5:00 p.m. Movie for Teens. Cool off in the library and enjoy a popular movie musical to celebrate our summer reading theme, “Libraries Rock.” Popcorn and Popsicles will be served to complete the pop music movie showing, while supplies last. Located at East Naples Library, 8787 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples. Call 239-7755592 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information. 6:00 p.m. Hot Summer Nights. Free. Take pictures with McGruff the Crime Dog, scale our rock wall, and enjoy free food. The kids will love spending time meeting our deputies. Located at McLeod Park, 208 S. Copeland Ave., Everglades City. Check www.colliersheriff.org for additional information. 6:00 p.m. Third Thursday on Third Street South. Live music in the Fleischmann Courtyard. Located at Third Street South, Naples. Call 239-434-6533 or check www.napleschamber.org. 7:00 p.m. Laughter is the Best Medicine. Grab the whole family and experience critically-acclaimed improv comedy like you’ve never seen before. Located at Opera Naples, 2408 Linwood Ave., Naples. Check operanaples.org for additional information. 7:00 p.m. PFLAG Support Group Meeting. The Naples chapter of PFLAG (Parents Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) meets on the third Thursday of each month. Call 239-513-4568 for location.

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9:00 a.m. Kids Free Fridays – Birds. In celebration of the Rookery Bay Reserve’s 40th anniversary, this popular summer education program provides free admission with programming geared towards children ages 12 and younger who are accompanied by an adult. Located at Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, 300 Tower Rd., Naples. Call 239-417-6310 or check rookerybay.org for additional information. 10:00 a.m. Art Smarts. Join us for a special story time focusing on process art. This month’s theme will be The Rock We Live On. We’ll enjoy some stories and sing some songs. Wear some old clothes because we’ll get inventive creating an awesome

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volcano. Ages 2-5 years. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information. 1:00 p.m. Harry Potter Hogwarts House Challenge. Come to Hogwart’s Great Hall. Join the house of Slytherin, Ravenclaw, Gryffindor, or Hufflepuff for this amazing house challenge. Search for scrolls in the balloon pit. Then head to Spinner’s End, Snape’s childhood home filled with spells. Located at Immokalee Branch Library, 417 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239-657-2882 or check collierlibrary. org for additional information.

21 SATURDAY 10:00 a.m. Junior Ranger Program. Come in for a fun learning experience and become a Junior Ranger. Discover and learn about plants, animals, and other secrets of the park. Meet in the picnic area. Ideal for children ages 6-12. Located at Koreshan State Park, 3800 Corkscrew Rd., Estero. Call 239-992-0311 or check www.floridastateparks.org for additional information. 10:30 a.m. Kids Read Down Fines. Children and teens can earn a $2 credit for every 15 minutes they read in the designated area for a total of $8 in one session. Credit may be applied to cards issued to patrons age 18 and under only and applies only to charges on overdue materials. Located at South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy., Estero. Call 239-479-4636 or check collierlibrary.org. 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 collierlibrary.org for additional information. 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. Ages 11-17 years. Registration required. Located at Golden Gate Library, 2432 Lucerne Rd., Naples. Call 239252-4542 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information. 2:00 p.m. Aquarium Time. Want to have a pet but your parents say “No.”? Come to the library and make your own aquarium. No water required. Ages 5-10 years. Registration required. Located at Marco Island Branch Library, 210 S. Heathwood Dr., Marco Island. Call 239-394-3272 or check collierlibrary.org.

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23 MONDAY 9:00 a.m. American Ninja Worrier Summer Camp. Camp hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. $199 per week. Located at Whiz Kids Play Zone and Tutoring Center, 1050 Pine Ridge Rd., Naples. Call 239-263-7017 or check whizkidsnaples.com for additional information. 10:00 a.m. Riverdale Escape Room. Save the Date. Reserve your time slot for your team at the Immokalee Branch Library for our newest escape room. Don’t forget to bring your “A” game. Solve the clues and puzzles to help save Jughead. Grades 6-12. Registration required. Located at Immokalee Branch Library, 417 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239-657-2882 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information. 5:30 p.m. Science Tellers. The Science Tellers present Wild West: The Mystery of the Golden Piano. Located at South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-252-7542 or check collierlibrary.org. 6:15 p.m. Rockin’ Magic Show. Joey, Alexandra, and Sydney (the Eclectus parrot) will lead you on an adventure featuring comedy, magic, music, and audience interaction. For children who have completed kindergarten through fifth grade. Free tickets available beginning July 16. Located at South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy., Estero. Call 239-479-4636 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information. 6:30 p.m. Collier County Kids Got Talent. Can you sing, dance, or act? Do you know how to perform magic tricks? Then come and participate in the first-ever “Collier County Kids Got Talent” show. Prizes for all participants will be awarded. Ages 6-11 years. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information.

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2:00 p.m. Opioid Grief Support Group for Children and Families. A support group for children and families who have had a family member die due to the growing opioid crisis. Located at Valerie’s House, 1762 Fowler St., Naples. Check www.valerieshouseswfl.org.

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24 TUESDAY 1:00 p.m. PBS Kids Read. Join WGCU for fun with some of your favorite PBS KIDS shows, their books, and more. For children who have completed K-5. Registration begins July 17. Located at Bonita Springs Public Library, 26876 Pine Ave., Bonita Springs. Call 239-992-0101 or check www.leegov.com/library for additional information. 1:00 p.m. Rocking with Recipes. Cooking 101 – Cooking is an adventure that all should take. Come and learn how to cook in a variety of methods. Be ready to eat the great things we cook. Located at East Naples Library, 8787 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples. Call 239-775-5592 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information. 3:00 p.m. Makerspace. Enjoy some hands-on STEAM activities including Legos, Keva planks, puzzles, crafts, and more. Ages 3-11 years. Registration is not required. Located at Vanderbilt Beach Library, 788 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., Naples. Call 239597-8444 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information. 4:00 p.m. Spread Some Sunshine. Make someone smile while earning community service hours. Drop in and create a photo rock for local residents of Bonita Springs. Highlight your own creativity while we paint rocks with inspiring designs or words of encouragement. Located at Bonita Springs Public Library, 26876 Pine Ave., Bonita Springs. Call 239-992-0101 or check www.leegov.com/library. 5:00 p.m. Sensory Night at C’mon. For children on the autism spectrum and/ or with other sensory integration disorders. Lighting and sound are muted and cool down spaces are provided. Limited participation in order to minimize crowds, and registration is required. Located at Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples, 15080 Livingston Rd., Naples. Call 239-514-0084 or check www.cmon.org for additional information.

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3:00 p.m. Introduction to Cooking. Ms. Tish with the 4-H extension service will be here to help you learn the basics of cooking. You’ll learn to read a recipe, measure and combine ingredients, and make some delicious but easy dishes. Ages 8-11 years. Registration required. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information. 4:00 p.m. Science is Fun Series: Jumbo Colored Slime. Join us for a fun filled evening of making ooey gooey slime using household ingredients. Ages 11-17 years. Registration required. Located at Naples Regional Library, 650 Central Ave., Naples. Call 239-262-6853 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information. 6:00 p.m. Art After Hours. Enjoy free admission to The Baker Museum the last Wednesday of each month from 6-9 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.

26 THURSDAY 9:00 a.m. Homeschooling Parent Conference. Veteran home educators will lead three days of training to inform and encourage parents who are homeschooling or are interested in homeschooling. Located at New Hope Ministries, 7675 Davis Blvd., Naples. Call 239-349-0122 or check newhopeministries.org for additional information. 2:00 p.m. Movie Day: Jumanji. Four teenagers are sucked into a jungle-themed video game. This movie is rated PG-13. Children under age 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 or check collierlibrary.org. 6:00 p.m. Hot Summer Nights. Free. Take pictures with McGruff the Crime Dog, scale our rock wall, and enjoy free food. The kids will love spending time meeting our deputies. Located at Max A. Hasse Jr. Community Park, 3390 Golden Gate Blvd., Naples. Call 239-348-7500 or check colliergov.net for additional information.

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27 FRIDAY 9:00 a.m. Kids Free Fridays – Reptiles. In celebration of the Rookery Bay Reserve’s 40th anniversary, this popular summer education program provides free admission with programming geared towards children ages 12 and younger who are accompanied by an adult. Located at Rookery Bay, 300 Tower Rd., Naples. Call 239-417-6310 or check rookerybay.org for additional information.

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2:00 p.m. End of Summer Reading Party. Join us for an afternoon of games and fun to close out the Summer Reading program. This will be the last day to turn in books for the summer reading program. Located at Immokalee Branch Library, 417 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239-657-2882 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information.

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7:00 a.m. Eagle Lakes 5k. The second event in the Elite Events Summer 5k Series takes place at Eagle Lakes Community Park. Located at Sugden Regional Park, 4284 Avalon Dr., Naples. Call 239-793-4414 for additional information. 2:00 p.m. Libraries Rock Film Series: Moana. An epic adventure about a spirited teen who sets sail on a daring mission to save her people. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check collierlibrary.org. 6:00 p.m. Harry Potter. Celebrate the Boy Who Lived at a party featuring everything about the magical series by J.K. Rowling at this after-hours event. We’ll have refreshments, games, and fun for everyone. All ages. Located at Naples Regional Library, 650 Central Ave., Naples. Call 239-262-6853 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information.

30 MONDAY 10:30 a.m. Teaching Children to Save. Presented by the Federal Savings and Loan, children will learn about saving, spending, and decision making through a fun interactive story time. Ages 3-7 years. Registration is not required. Located at Naples Regional Library, 650 Central Ave., Naples. Call 239-262-6853 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information.

Star Spangled Bonita

Riverside Park, Bonita Springs Saturday, July 4 • 5 p.m.

Includes a kids’ amusement ride area, contests, live entertainment & laser and fireworks show! The Bonita Springs prade will take place at 9 a.m. 239-949-6262

Mangomania Tropical Fruit Fair German-American Social Club 2101 Pine Island Rd., Cape Coral July 14 - 15

Kid-friendly activities, games, contests, fruit & more! 239-283-0888

Jurassic Quest

Lee County Civic Center 11831 Bayshore Rd, North Fort Myers July 20, 21 & 22

New 24 ft Carnotaurus & T-rex rides! Walking Dakotaraptors, Dilophosaurus & Dinosaurs! Fossil digs, paleontology & fossil stations. www.jurassicquest.com

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Germain Arena, 11000 Everblades Pkwy, Estero July 27 - 28 239-948-7825

Paw Patrol Live! The Great Pirate Adventure

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31 TUESDAY 10:00 a.m. Oopsie Otter Little Explorers Program. Come join us in reading about Oopsie Otter and her playful pals! You otter be ready to dance and play as we will sing silly songs and act just as an otter would while slipping through our rivers. Located at Conservancy, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples. Call 239-262-0304 or check www.conservancy.org. 6:00 p.m. Paw Patrol Live. The Great Pirate Adventure. All paws on deck. An action-packed, music-filled production. Located at Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, 13350 FSW Pkwy., Fort Myers. Call 239-481-4849 or check www. bbmannpah.com. 6:15 p.m. Game Day. Drop in and play Jenga, spoons, Uno or rock out on the Wii. It’s your choice. Share laughs with new friends. Located at South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy., Estero. Call 239-479-4636 or check collierlibrary.org for additional information.

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HEALTHY, HAPPY FAMILY

By Dr. Alicia Fernandez Garcia, Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida

How to Choose and Use Sunscreen

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unscreen is a part of our lives here in Southwest Florida year-round, but since it’s summer and we are all spending more time at the beach and in the pool, it’s the perfect time to make sure we are choosing and using sunscreen correctly. There are so many sunscreens out there: how should I choose one? Let’s look at the reasons we need sunscreen: UVA and UVB sunrays. UVAs are present year-round and penetrate the skin deeper than the UVBs, causing deeper and longer lasting damage like wrinkles, sun damage spots, and cancers like melanoma that start in the deeper skin layers. UVB rays are more intense in summer when the sun is closer to the earth. They are thought to cause sun burns and skin cancer more than UVAs. Choose a broad sunscreen that covers both type of sun rays. Studies show that the sun exposure and skin trauma like sunburns and deep tanning incurred during childhood causes skin damage we see as adults. Avoiding skin cancer and other the skin damage starts in childhood by using sunscreens daily and year round. What SPF is the best? Sun protection factor (SPF) is what gives the sunscreen it’s protection value. SPF of 15 provides 93% coverage or protection, while SPF 30 offers 96-97% protection. It has been noted that an SPF of more than 50 may not offer more protection than lower SPFs. Use at least SPF 30 with infants and children and

those with fair skin that burn easily. What is the best way to apply sunscreen? Sprays, creams, or lotions (waterproof or not) – sunscreens should be applied at least 15 minutes before going out in the sun, and reapplied every 2-3 hours. Reapply every 1-2 hours if sweating heavily or getting wet, even with waterproof sunscreen. The sunscreen with the most oils stays on longer, so look for this to help keep protection longer. Don’t forget your lips and ears, and scalp for those with thin or balding hair. If you have sensitive skin, avoid sunscreens with PABA and fragrance, as these tend to cause more skin reactions. Apply in a small area to test for

a reaction before applying all over. Each sunscreen uses different chemicals to provide protection. Zinc oxide and titanium oxide offer the most protection and are not absorbed by the skin, which is very important for infants and children. Should I use sunscreen on my baby? Sunscreen should be used only when necessary, and then sparingly, for infants younger than six months. The best way to protect an infant’s skin is by using hats and light-weight clothing and keeping the baby in the shade. Never use an adult sunscreen on a baby younger than six months. Children older than six months can use adult sunscreens, but sunscreens made for children are preferred. Adolescents may want to look for those that do not clog pores, noted by noncomedogenic on the label. For mature skin, choose one that has antioxidants that helps with aging skin. Some studies have shown improvement of previous sun damage on skin while using this type of sunscreen daily. All in all, what is important is to pick a sunscreen that feels good on one’s skin and to use it correctly. Reapply as indicated on the label. Remember, the sun is out all year, and in Florida more often than not. And the sun can be harmful at any time of the year, even on a cloudy day or in the middle of winter on the ski slopes. Clouds or no clouds, protect yourself and those you care for year round. Remember, use it daily and be safe.

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ESTATE PLANNING

By Norell Albanis

The Unexpected Costs of Caring for Elderly Parents in Your Home

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ulti-generational households are becoming the new (or maybe it’s really old) in-vogue way to handle the care of aging parents. And I’m all for it so long as you consider the implications and set your family up for success. With Mom or Dad moving in, you can anticipate some extra expenses; not just financially, but also emotionally. It’s hard to know what to expect, and you might face costs you didn’t see coming. Having an elderly parent move in with you is a major life event that requires financial and emotional preparation. Here is a rundown of some unexpected costs of caring for elderly parents to get you thinking about what lies ahead if you decide to move mom or dad into your home. Remodeling. Many people don’t think about the modifications they might need to make to their home to welcome an elderly parent. If your parent is living with you long-term, you will want to make him or her comfortable, which might entail adding a new addition to your home, creating a private living space out of a shared area, making accommodations for single-level living if your parent cannot navigate the stairs, or adding mobility adaptations such as a walk-in bath or chair lifts. Lost Work Productivity. Moving your elderly parent in, helping him or her get acquainted with the area, and checking out activities can all eat into your work week. Expect further loss of productivity if you have to take your parent to run errands, to medical appointments, or to therapy sessions. You can look into senior transportation services if you are unable to take time off from work, but remember to budget for the extra expense. Home Help. If your parent is interested in independent daytime activities, visit a nearby senior center for information on classes and programs. If your parent requires more intensive care, assess adult day care centers that provide rehab, meals, counseling, and therapeutic activities. If you are providing full-time care in your home, look into respite or companion services to give you a break and help your parent expand his or her social circle. In-home care can be a significant expense, but unless you are able to take time away from your busy day, your elderly parent might need it. Long-term care insurance will sometimes cover some or all of the costs, and you might be able to get assistance from certain programs through the VA or other community organizations. Miscellaneous Household Expenses. The costs of simply having another household member can be unexpectedly high, especially if that member spends most of his or her day at home. You should expect such extra expenses as increased electricity bills, special foods, and personal care products. Remember that elderly parents have special needs, and those needs can be expensive. Medical Expenses. Even with insurance, your parent might have steep out of pocket costs for co-pays, prescriptions, mobility aids, supplements, vitamins, and other uninsured medical expenses.

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For certain conditions, these costs can quickly add up. Long-Term Expenses. As your parent ages, his or her needs will change, too. These changing needs can result in unexpected long-term costs. When your parent’s retirement funds are exhausted or when they face deteriorating health, you might have to consider the staggering costs of long-term care in an assisted living facility or nursing home. Therapy. Moving mom or dad into your home could bring up all of the unresolved emotional issues that have not yet been addressed within your family dynamic. This isn’t something to be afraid of, so long as you have the right support. On the contrary, it can be a great opportunity to heal inter-generational wounds that would otherwise get passed on to you and your children and their children. Caring for an elderly parent can result in both unexpected expenses and unexpected benefits. Now that they have become dependent on you, you might also need to consider making changes to your insurance policies or revising your estate plan. To secure your spot for a free Kids Protection Workshop at 5660 Strand Court on Saturday, July 21, from 9-10 a.m., email rsvp@albanislaw.com. Breakfast will be provided. NORELL ALBANIS is an estate planning attorney, and can be reached at 239-314-2353 or by visiting albanislaw.com.

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By Christa Melnyk Hines

How to Plan a Photography Safari

photography safari, or photo scavenger hunt, is a creative, interactive way to usher your kids away from screens and out into nature this summer. Getting kids outside is more important than ever. The Kaiser Family Foundation reports that kids are spending upwards of seven hours a day with screen technology, which means less time outside playing. According to a nationwide poll conducted by The Nature Conservancy, only about 10 percent of children spend time outdoors everyday. In the poll, kids said they aren’t interested in being outside, they don’t have access to parks or outdoor recreation, or they’re uncomfortable outdoors. But spending time outdoors has numerous mental and physical heath benefits. Research finds that kids who spend time outside are more creative in their play, more physically active and have enhanced attention spans. And as they get older, children who’ve spent time outdoors show a greater appreciation for the environment. I found that by taking my nine and 11-year-old sons out on a photography safari at one of our local parks, we were able to slow down and intentionally observe nature’s quiet rhythm, including wildlife, insects, and seasonal plants and colors. Here’s how to plan a photography safari with your family: Select a location. Parks with nature trails, botanical gardens, nature centers, and zoos provide plenty of material for a safari. Or start in your own backyard.

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Consider the time commitment. Set aside 30 minutes to an hour. Or, if you’re on vacation, turn the safari into a multi-day event where snapshots are collected over the duration of your trip. Gather your supplies. If you don’t have a digital camera and you’re uncomfortable with your child borrowing your phone or iPad, check out inexpensive, kid-friendly digital camera options available online and at large discount stores like Walmart and Target, or purchase a disposable camera. Also, pack sunscreen, bug spray, water, and snacks. Construct your list. Do some advance research of your destination to decide what to include on your list. Maybe you plan to hike in a forest or camp at a national park this summer. Make a list of animals, plants, birds, or landscapes to be on the look-out for. Decide how many and what types of items to put on your list according to the age of your child. Types of lists. If you’re going to the zoo, you might craft a list of adjectives that describe different animals. For example, look for animals that are striped, have tusks, swim, waddle, fly, etc. I opted to keep my list for the park general and stuck to having my kids search for particular colors, shapes, and textures. To challenge kids who are already handy with a camera, you might have them hunt for interesting angles, lighting, and reflections. Establish ground rules. For our safari, we decided that we couldn’t choose the same subjects to photograph. Consider how NEAPOLITANfamily • July 2018


you will structure your hunt. For example: Can we help each other? Is there a time limit to complete the list? Can we only shoot natural objects or are manmade subjects game too? Will we head out together or split into groups? How competitive do we want the hunt to be? Decide if you want friendly competition. I opted not to make our safari a competition with prizes at the end. But you could, especially if you’re hosting a large group of kids that you plan to split into teams like a Boy Scout/Girl Scout group or for a birthday party. Dollar stores offer a variety of inexpensive prize options. You might award prizes to teams who captured the funniest, most striking, or most creative images. Review and discuss. Go through your photos together and share what you like about each other’s photos. Ask your kids about their favorite shots and why they like them. Make it seasonal. Help your kids see the beauty of the changing seasons through the eye of their cameras. They may be surprised about how much nature has to offer even in the winter. Look for wintering birds, animal prints in snow, wild grasses, and stick-like tendrils of ivy that will resume its climb when spring arrives. My sons and I began to see all kinds of various shapes and interesting colors that we’d never before noticed when we’d visited the park in the past. We watched a goose swimming gracefully across the lake, a fisherman casting his line, and a kayaker paddling smoothly across the water. We peered over a bridge and marveled at the geometric design engineers used to build the lake’s dam. And best of all, while we walked side by side, cameras in hand, we simply enjoyed each other’s company.

Freelance journalist CHRISTA MELNYK HINES and her husband are the parents of two boys, ages 11 and 13. Her latest book is Happy, Healthy & Hyperconnected: Raise a Thoughtful Communicator in a Digital World.

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SUMMER FUN

By Meagan Ruffing

July is National Blueberry Month: 11 Ideas for All Things Blueberry

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y little girl Hannah loves blueberries. My son on the other hand, not so much. With July being National Blueberry Month I thought it would be fun to come up with as many blueberry-loving ideas as I could. After all, what’s not to love about this indigenous flowering plant? Here are 11 kidfriendly ideas for all things blueberry. 1. Blueberry Pickin’ Patch. Kids love anything hands-on. Look on the Internet or visit your local Chamber of Commerce to find out where the nearest blueberry patches are. Set a date, load the kids in the car, and show them first-hand where to get this delicious fruit. 2. Blueberry Pancakes. It’s Sunday morning and your family is waking up to the smell of delicious blueberry pancakes sizzling on the griddle. If they want to help, drop the batter on the griddle and let your kiddos plop blueberries in the batter (with supervision, of course). This healthy, yummy breakfast will be sure to satisfy everyone’s appetites. 3. Flavored Water. Add a little oomph to your water and throw in a couple of blueberries for more flavor. 4. Smoothies. Add fresh blueberries to your smoothie for added antioxidants or better yet, add frozen blueberries to get that extra icy texture. 5. Rainbow Platter. Assemble a cute fruit tray and arrange different pieces of fruit by color to make a rainbow. Blueberries can be the ‘blue’ ray in the rainbow and the kids will love that you’ve recreated something so cool! 6. Connect the Blueberries. Get a pint of blueberries and arrange them one-by-one on a piece of construction paper to create a shape (example: circle). Have your son eat the blueberries as he picks them up to drawn a line where the blueberry was. When all of the blueberries are gone, your child has had a healthy snack and he’s learned how to create art out of something edible.

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7. Growth. Plant a blueberry bush with your children. This will be a great way to teach them how to get their hands dirty while seeing the fruits of their labor for years to come. 8. Ice Cubes. Fill up your ice cube tray and let your daughter put one or two blueberries in each cubicle. Put them in the freezer and voila! Throw them in your next glass of water and now you have a pretty and yummy drink. 9. Jam. Who doesn’t love jam? Find an old family recipe or scope one out on the Internet. Do most of the leg work but let your kids get involved in the kitchen by having them ‘measure’ out the blueberries to put in the pot for boiling down with sugar and water. 10. Road Race. Let your son line up blueberries on the floor or table to make ‘roads’ where his matchbox cars can drive along. He’ll love the idea of building his own racetrack and you’ll love the extra time to get things done around the house! 11. Fun Facts. Let school-aged children get on the computer and see how many facts they can find about blueberries. This is a great way to teach them about taking something from the environment and picking it up apart to learn all that they can. Be sure to try some of these ideas for National Blueberry Month. Your kids will have a blast learning about all things blueberries and you’ll feel good knowing that they’re eating a healthy and nutritious fruit. Meagan Ruffing loves finding new ways to teach her kids about healthy foods. Sign up for her free monthly parenting newsletter at www. meaganruffing.com and like her on Facebook.

Simple and Delicious Blueberry Recipes to Make With Your Kids Banana and Blueberry “Ice Cream” Recipe by The Bon Appétit Test Kitchen, from www.bonappetit.com 4 firm ripe bananas, cut into chunks, frozen overnight 1 cup blueberries Pinch of kosher salt Purée bananas, blueberries, and salt in a food processor, scraping down sides as needed, until smooth and creamy. Cover and freeze. Let sit at room temperature 10 minutes before serving. Ice cream can be made 5 days ahead. Blueberry-Chia Ice Pops Recipe by Nicole Rucker, from www.bonappetit.com 1 cup blueberry–chia seed jam ¾ cup coconut water 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice Pinch of kosher salt ½ cup fresh (or frozen, thawed) blueberries Special Equipment: Six 4-ounce ice-pop molds Purée jam, coconut water, lime juice, and salt in a blender until smooth. Add blueberries and pulse just to break up some of the berries. Pour into ice-pop molds, insert sticks, and freeze until solid, at least 3 hours. Run under hot water for several seconds to unmold. Can be made 1 week ahead. Quick and Easy Blueberry Muffins Recipe Recipe by Adam and Joanne Gallagher, from www.inspiredtaste.net 1½ cups all-purpose flour ¾ cup granulated sugar, plus 1 tablespoon for muffin tops ½ teaspoon kosher salt 2 teaspoons baking powder 1 ⁄3 cup neutral flavored oil 1 large egg 1 ⁄3 – ½ cup milk; dairy and non-dairy both work 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract 6-8 ounces (about 1 cup) fresh or frozen blueberries Heat oven to 400 degrees. For big-topped muffins, line 8 standardsize muffin cups with paper liners. Whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Add oil to a measuring jug that holds at least 1 cup. Add the egg then fill the jug to the 1-cup line with milk (1/3 to 1/2 cup milk). Add vanilla and whisk to combine. Add milk mixture to the bowl with dry ingredients then use a fork to combine. Do not over mix. Fold in the blueberries. Divide the batter between muffin cups. Sprinkle a little sugar on top of each muffin. Bake muffins 15-20 minutes or until tops are no longer wet and a toothpick inserted into the middle of a muffin comes out with crumbs, not wet batter. Transfer to a cooling rack. To store, place them in a plastic bag, seal, and store at room temperature for 2 to 3 days. To freeze, wrap them tightly in aluminum foil or place them in freezer bags. Freeze for up to 3 months.

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CYBER SAFETY

By Ginny Lundstrom

How to Stay Safe Online While Traveling (or at home)

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What are your top tips for Internet safety while traveling? • Don’t post pictures on social media of your vacation while you are still on the trip. This could alert thieves that your home is unattended. • Don’t connect to unsecure Wi-Fi at your hotel or during your travel. If you don’t have to enter a password, or the password is generic and the same for everyone, it isn’t secure. If you do have to connect, don’t do any sensitive transactions like check bank accounts, etc. • Bring your own phone chargers and cords. Don’t use those free stations (with their cords) that you find in public places. You don’t know what that cord is really connected to behind the kiosk. Plug into a wall plug like you would normally do.

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Turn off Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connections on your devices when you are not using them. This will limit hackers’ ability to connect to your device without you even knowing it (good advice all the time, not just traveling). How can we make parents more aware of the dangers? Most parents are intimidated by technology today. It is all new to us and we can’t keep up with the constant changes. Instead of embarrassing ourselves with “stupid” questions to our children, we go along with what they are doing and saying without doing any homework on our own. What parent hasn’t asked their child for help with a phone or computer? We live with the belief that our child won’t do anything dangerous or stupid online. But their definition of dangerous is different than ours. They grew up chatting with strangers online, giving out personal information to online friends, and downloading the latest apps. All things we were raised to never do. Their trust level is high and suspicions are low. Parents need to be involved in what their child is doing online. They need to have conversations and ask questions. I’m not saying you have to interrogate them but be involved. Help them understand the dangers that exist online and help them learn how to make good decision. On our website www.SafeAndSecureOnline.org/parents you will find videos and tip sheets to help parents with these exact issues. With many apps, like SnapChat, locations services are turned on, and most people don’t even realize it. Why is this dangerous? This is an issue with most apps and with phones themselves. We all need to go through our devices on a regular basis and turn off the unnecessary tracking and notification settings on our phones and apps. Did you know there is a tracking device or geo-tagging on your phone’s camera? It not only takes a picture but marks exactly where it was taken. So, when you post it online someone can figure out where you are or where you live, all hidden in a photo. The danger of tracking is just that – you are giving away personal information that isn’t necessary. There is no need for strangers to have all that information. It can lead to stalking, harassment, bullying, or worse. What should people know before using public Wi-Fi? You should avoid using public Wi-Fi if possible. That includes ones at your hotel and local coffee shop unless you know it is secure. If you don’t have to put in a password or it asks for a generic password like “hotelguest,” then it is not secure. If you are given a unique password when checking into the hotel, you are more likely to be on a secure network. Often that password will be your last name and room number that no one else would know. Don’t hesitate to ask at the desk about their security. Don’t be fooled by the name that comes up on the Wi-Fi. When setting up a Wi-Fi connection you can name it anything you want. So just because it says your hotel name, your favorite coffee shop, or “Secure Wi-Fi”, it doesn’t mean that it is a trusted site. Pat Crave’s best (and most effective tip) is also the most simple, yet hardest for many of us, to carry out. Remember you are on vacation … UNPLUG! Get off the grid for a few days and enjoy your time together. Make memories that you can post about later when you get home. Your friends (and work) will all still be there when you get home. NEAPOLITANfamily • July 2018

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