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September 2017 TABLE OF CONTENTS
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FROM THE PUBLISHER
REEL LIFE WITH JANE Movie previews for the month
COLLIER COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT UPDATE
CITY CONNECTION City of Naples Parks news and events
COLLIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Community safety
FAMILY LAW Guidance from legal experts
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16 New in Town. A recent transplant explains how her family made Naples feel like home. by Cara Morgan 18 Money for the Arts. Discover the many resources available locally to help you pay for your kids to pursue the arts. by Anna Snyder 20 Why Theater? Learn how your children can benefit from becoming involved in theater. by Rebecca Barton 22 Discussing Diversity. How to help your children navigate turbulent waters. by Rabbi Adam Miller 37 Skipping School. Our travel editor confesses to taking her kids out of school to see the world (and blue-footed boobies). by Karen T. Bartlett
Jaxon, 2, and Ariana Nave, 5, are the children of Maria Ellis and Shaun Nave. Maria is owner/director of Dance Arts by Maria while Shaun is co-owner of Artisan Design. Ariana is a student at Bonita Springs Charter School. Jaxon and Ariana love to dance and play outdoors as much as possible. Cover photo by Peggy Farren of Avant Garde Photography • 239-263-7001
38 The Magic of Singing. 70 reasons to encourage your kids to raise their voices. by Christina Katz 40 Movie Musicals. Chose from 39 must-watch musicals to view with the entire family in the comfort of your own home. by Christina Katz 42 The Arts Directory. Neapolitan Family advertisers in the arts offer art, dance, music, and theater classes for children and adults.
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Hopefully, by now, your family has settled into the school year and your mornings are running smoothly. If you didn’t sign up for extra-curricular activities at our Back to School Expo in August, there is still time to discover your child’s interests. This month, we bring you our annual Arts issue, to help you fill your child’s schedule with music, theater, art, or dance lessons. Did your child see a KidzAct musical this summer and is now itching to get on the stage? Becca Barton tells us on page 20 all of the benefits she gained by participating in theater from a young age. Does your child love to sing? Christina Katz gives us 70 reasons on page 38 why singing is good for your heart and soul, even if you can’t carry a tune. And, if your child prefers to be in the audience, she also gives us a great list of family-friendly musicals to enjoy either live or on the screen, without paying big ticket prices. Lessons in arts education also can get pricey, especially when you have more than one talented child. On page 18, Ana Snyder spotlights several area organizations that can help you foot the bill. By now, children in Collier County Public Schools will have brought home the CCPS Activities Guide, published by Neapolitan Family and designed to be an all-inclusive directory of extracurricular activities and community resources for your family. Other families can pick up a free copy at their closest Collier County Public Library. While you are there, you can help the library celebrate its 85th anniversary, by participating in one of the many festivities they have planned in September. The public library also is a great resource if you are having difficulty explaining to your children about recent events in the news that involve hate speech and crimes. On page 22, we have a list of suggested books about diversity for every age level, along with a message of peace from Rabbi Adam Miller of Naples. Peace and Love,
REEL LIFE WITH JANE
By Jane Louise Boursaw
Family Movie Previews for September Movies for kids and teens in September include the return of a classic UFO movie, a new Lego movie (Ninjas!), and a sweet historical movie about Queen Victoria. Let’s take a closer look.
HOME AGAIN Rated PG-13 for thematic and sexual material. Ok for kids 13+ In Theaters September 8 Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels This modern romantic comedy stars Reese Witherspoon as Alice Kinney. Recently separated from her husband (Michael Sheen), Alice decides to start over by moving back to her hometown of Los Angeles with her two young daughters. During a night out on her 40th birthday, Alice meets three aspiring filmmakers who happen to be in need of a place to live. She agrees to let the guys stay in her guest house temporarily, but the arrangement ends up unfolding in unexpected ways. Alice’s unlikely new family and new romance comes to a crashing halt when her ex-husband shows up, suitcase in hand. “Home Again” is a story of love, friendship, the families we create, and one very big life lesson: starting over is not for beginners. Directed by 8
Hallie Meyers-Shyer, this movie also stars Nat Wolff, Pico Alexander, Jon Rudnitsky, Candice Bergen, and Lake Bell.
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Rated PG for mild action and rude humor. Ok for kids 7+ In Theaters September 22 Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels This big-screen Lego adventure takes place in Ninjago City, where young Lloyd, aka the Green Ninja (Dave Franco) and his secret warrior friends are called into action. Led by wise-cracking kung fu master Wu (Jackie Chan), they must defeat evil warlord Garmadon (Justin Theroux), aka the Worst Guy Ever, who also happens to be Lloyd’s dad. The epic showdown will test this fierce but undisciplined team of modern-day ninjas who must learn to check their egos and pull together to unleash their true power. Olivia Munn, Fred Armisen, and Michael
Rated PG • Ok for kids 7+ In Theaters September 1 Reel Preview: 5 of 5 Reels No, you haven’t time-traveled back to 1977, but you might feel like it when you see “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” again. The iconic movie is returning to theaters to celebrate its 40th anniversary. Here’s your chance to see it with your kids on the big screen. You know the story: After an encounter with a UFO, a line worker (Richard Dreyfuss) feels undeniably drawn to an isolated area in the wilderness where something spectacular is about to happen. Directed by Steven Spielberg, this classic movie also stars Francois Truffaut, Melinda Dillon, Teri Garr, Cary Guffey, and Bob Balaban. NEAPOLITANfamily • September 2017
BATTLE OF THE SEXES
This historical movie tells the extraordinary true story of an unexpected friendship in the later years of Queen Victoria’s (Judi Dench) rule. When Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal), a young clerk, travels from India to participate in the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, he is surprised to find favor with the Queen herself. As the Queen questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance with a loyalty to one another that her household and inner circle all attempt to destroy. Directed by Stephen Frears, this sweet movie also stars Michael Gambon, Eddie Izzard, and Ruth McCabe.
Rated PG-13 for some sexual content and partial nudity. • Ok for kids 13+ In Theaters September 22 Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels The electrifying 1973 tennis match between tennis star Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and ex-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) was billed as the “Battle of the Sexes” and became the most watched televised sports event of all time. The match caught the zeitgeist and sparked a global conversation on gender equality, spurring on the feminist movement. Trapped in the media glare, King and Riggs were on opposites sides of a binary argument, but offcourt each was fighting more personal and complex battles. With a supportive husband urging her to fight the Establishment for equal pay, the fiercely private King was also struggling to come to terms with her own sexuality, while Riggs gambled his legacy and reputation in a bid to relive the glories of his past. Directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, this movie also stars Elisabeth Shue, Sarah Silverman, Alan Cumming, and Bill Pullman.
VICTORIA AND ABDUL Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and language. Ok for kids 13+ In Theaters September 22 Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels
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espite it being 90 degrees outside, there was excitement in the air as teachers from Manatee Elementary School (MES) and Manatee Middle School (MMS) loaded up on school buses. Armed with coolers filled with multi-colored ice pops, the combined staff was nothing but smiles as they began their celebratory back-toschool tour. In partnership with Habitat for Humanity, the tour celebrated student success while giving teachers an inside look at the community surrounding the school. “We’re very excited that both of our schools moved up in grades,” said MMS Principal Pamela Vickaryous. “Our kids are awesome, our schools are awesome, our parents are wonderful, and we just
want to show the community how much we love them.” Staff traveled to four Habitat for Humanity neighborhoods near the schools. Students were told to meet at the playgrounds in each development. Staff members distributed ice pops to the children and joined them in games of basketball. Many students were accompanied by parents, siblings, and other family members. “This is great because families get to see us, get to know all of us, [and] get to know that we truly care about these kids,” commented Nancy Caliendo, a teacher at MMS. Fellow MMS teacher Joseph Oneto said the event goes beyond students, and it’s about the community as a whole.
“You have teachers, administration, students, and family members coming together around neighborhoods. We’re here to support neighborhoods. That’s what the school does,” Oneto said. “It’s important for our staff to get out into the community and see where our students live and to get a perspective that we wouldn’t normally have received had we just looked at a piece of paper,” Vickaryous explained. “This makes it three dimensional.” Vickaryous added that the event is especially important for new staff members who may not have known the Habitat community existed and the partnership the schools have with the community. Congratulations to both schools on their “B” grades!
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CITY CONNECTION PARKS DEPT. By Laura Tichy-Smith
Fall Heats Up With Cool Events School has started, but there is still time for fun at these events offered by the City of Naples Community Services Department and other local institutions. School’s Out Fun Day for Elementary School Kids Need childcare when school is closed but you have to work? Fleischmann Park and River Park have got you covered. They have fun activities planned for your child’s day off from school, including crafts, games and sports. Send lunch and snacks with your child. Fun Day is September 21, from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. You must register no later than two weeks prior. Space is limited. $35 per child. To register, call 239-213-3020. (1600 Fleischmann Blvd., Naples). Free National Museum Day Come to the Naples Depot Museum to celebrate the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum Day. Take a tour of Naples’ first passenger train station, ride a miniature railroad, and join in a full day of lively, educational activities for both adults and children. Sponsored by the Friends of the Collier County Museums. September 23 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 239-262-6525. (1051 5th Ave. S., Naples) Free Summer Jazz Concert Join the tradition of the once-a-month summer lawn parties that the whole city loves as the Naples Beach Club Hotel hosts its Summer Jazz Series from 6:30 p.m. to
9:30 p.m. on September 16. You can bring folding chairs for your family, but you likely won’t be sitting much as you boogie to the dynamic music of Late Night Brass. Food and beverages available for purchase from the hotel. Call 239-435-4345. (851 Gulf Shore Blvd. N., Naples)
Ballet at 4 p.m. on Mondays, and children ages 6-9 may take Jazz-Pop at 5 p.m. on Mondays, starting September 11. Classes cost $60 monthly. Call 239-213-3020. (1600 Fleischmann Blvd., Naples)
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The Adventures and Gymnastics Club at Fleischmann Park offers great fun with many activity choices for your child at this after-school club hosted by an energetic, well-trained staff. Your child will participate in gymnastics and sports fitness classes as well as daily homework and enrichment time. Monday–Friday from 2:45 p.m. to 6 p.m. (also open on all early release days). Call 239248-6122 for prices, dates, and registration. (1600 Fleischmann Blvd., Naples)
The River Park Aquatic Center is open. Featuring fun for everyone from tiny tot to serious swimmer, pool admission is free to residents of Collier County. The kids will love the beach-like shallow end with play fountains, dump buckets, and water slide, while the grownups will enjoy the lap swimming exercise lanes and sunbathing deck. Parents will rest assured their children are in good hands with the Red Cross certified lifeguards on watchful duty. Also, call for information about swimming classes. Current hours are Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Call 239-213-3040. (451 11th St. N., Naples) Got Rhythm? Find Out at Dance Class Fleischmann Park offers weekly dance classes taught by Jill Demchak. Children ages 10-15 may choose from Intermediate Tap Dance at 4:30 p.m. or Jazz Dance at 5:30 p.m. on Fridays, starting September 8. Children ages 4-6 may enroll in Beginner
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COLLIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
By Kristine Gill
Back-to-School Safety Tips
he Collier County Sheriff’s Office is reminding students and their families of a few key areas of safety as we enter the new school year. Don’t assume your child knows what to do in these situations. Keep these tips in mind as you teach your children the ropes. Walking to and from school • Plan a walking route to school or the bus stop. Choose the most direct way with the fewest street crossings and, if possible, with intersections that have crossing guards. • Walk the route with your child before school starts. Tell him to stay away from parks, vacant lots, fields, and other places where there aren’t many people around. • Teach your child to cross at designated crosswalks at intersections. • Mind all traffic signals and/or the crossing guard. Never cross the street against a light, even if traffic is not visible. • Wear reflective material; it makes you more visible to street traffic. • Be sure your child walks to and from school with a sibling, friend, or neighbor. • Teach your child never to talk to, accept rides from, or take gifts from strangers. • Tell your child that if anyone follows her on foot to get away as quickly as possible. If anyone follows her in a vehicle, she should turn around, go in the opposite direction, and try to quickly get to a spot where a trusted adult may help. Advise your child to be sure to tell you or another
followed or bothered by a stranger. The safe places can be used if your child needs help. • Teach your child what to do if the bus does not arrive on time. • Teach your child to stay with a group while waiting at the bus stop. • Explain to your child that an adult should not approach children for help or directions, but instead ask another adult.
trusted adult what happened. • Teach your child that if a stranger tries to take him away, he should quickly get away and yell, “This person is trying to take me away!” or “This person is not my father/mother/guardian!” • Teach your child that if a stranger tries to grab her, she must make a scene and make every effort to get away by kicking, punching, screaming, and resisting. Safety around the school bus • Make sure your child knows his bus number. This will reduce your child’s stress and avoid confusion on which bus to ride. • Make sure your child knows her telephone number and address. • Visit the bus stop with your children before the first day of school. • Walk the route to and from the bus stop with your child, pointing out landmarks and safe places to go if he is being
Bicycle safety • If your child rides a bike to school, instruct her to always travel with a friend. • Ride in well-lit areas and never take shortcuts. • Always wear a helmet while riding. Helmets should fit properly and the straps should always be fastened. • Wear bright-colored clothes and place reflectors on the bicycles. • Avoid wearing headphones because music can be distracting and cause children not to notice potential hazards around them. • Teach your child that he is subject to the rules of traffic signs and signals, just as motorists. He should be alert to traffic signs and know what they mean. It’s never too late to go over these tips with your children. As always, report any suspicious activity at the bus stop or during your child’s travels to school by calling our non-emergency line at 239252-9300. To report an emergency, as always, dial 911.
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YOUR COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS
Dora the Explorer and Diego Characters Return to Naples Zoo
he Naples Zoo is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with an entire weekend of special events, including an opportunity for kids to meet Dora the Explorer and Diego, the star of Go, Diego, Go! The Nickelodeon costumed characters will be in the Rain Forest Grove for a fiesta and will be available to pose with kids and families to take photos from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Guests will be able to enjoy the entire zoo as usual this weekend, and take part in the Zoo’s Third Annual Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration Weekend, which includes a DJ, dancing, games, and Dora and Diego. For more information, visit www.napleszoo.org, follow the Zoo at www.facebook.com/napleszoo, or call 239-262-5409.
Team USA Star Pitcher Joins Seacrest as New Softball Coach
aples native and former professional softball player Jaclyn Traina is teaming up with Major League Baseball legend John Kruk as co-head coaches of the Seacrest Country Day School softball team for the 2017-2018 school year. Born and raised in Naples, Traina joins Seacrest as co-head coach of the varsity softball team and a Lower School teaching assistant. Traina comes to Seacrest following a decorated softball career that includes professional leagues in the United States and Japan, four years as a pitcher on the USA Softball National Women’s Team, and an NCAA Division I Softball Championship with the University of Alabama. “Once I stepped on campus with Coach Kruk and met everyone,
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Diabetes Camp Offered Fun, Education for Kids with T1D
elp a Diabetic Child Foundation held the first Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) camp in Naples last month. The No Limits T1D Camp, held at the Greater Naples YMCA, provided campers with a full week of fun activities, healthy choices, and support, as they learned how to cope with the daily struggles of fighting the disease. The camp was made possible by Camp Angels, a non-profit organization that provides funding for children with Type 1 Diabetes to attend camp and with the support of the Greater Naples YMCA. HADC continues to develop and implement programs for people with diabetes, including regular informational outreach sessions, as well as the Help a Diabetic Child Foundation’s annual Diabetes Conference, which will be held this year on November 5 at the Greater Naples YMCA. For more information, contact Tami Balavage, HADC, at 239-821-5051 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 14
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Collier Library System Celebrates Its History and a New Director
elebrate some major milestones for Collier County Public Library and meet its new director, Tanya Williams, on Saturday, September 16 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Headquarters Library on Orange Blossom Drive. The Collier County Public Library system got its start 85 years ago in 1932 with its first lending library, which was located in the powder room of the Women’s Club of Naples. In 1957, The Friends
of the Library helped create the Collier County Free Public Library. From that humble start, the system grew to 10 locations, including the Headquarters Library, which is celebrating 15 years of service. Enjoy anniversary cake and refreshments, compliments of the Friends of the Library. Celebrate with some ukulele music fun in the courtyard from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. and a dance performance from the Naples Asian Professional Association in the Sugden Theater from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Right: Undated photos of parents and children observing National Book Week at a Collier County library on a Tuesday, which was then known as “Children’s Day” at Collier County libraries.
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By Cara Morgan
Making Naples Home
will never forget the rush of emotions that flooded over me the day we finally heard our relocation was to Naples, Florida. I was excited and nervous but, most of all, relieved that the agony of waiting was over. We threw ourselves into packing mode as the moving date quickly approached. Going through a house full of memories and boxing up the years spent in our first home was certainly not a task for the faint of heart. Illinois was home. It was all our family knew and it was where we thought we would always be, until an opportunity came along that altered the steady course we set ourselves upon. We mulled over the idea of moving for months and we kept coming back to this simple question, “Why not?” After all, we were still young, our kids could easily adjust to a new school, and the weather enticed us (just a bit). We waited until the last possible day to give my husband’s company our decision and didn’t look back. As the moving truck pulled away from our new house, we unpacked the sea of boxes that held our cherished Midwestern life and began to make Naples our home. The dictionary defines the word “make” as this: to form something by putting parts together, to construct or to create. When you move to a new place you have two options. The first option is to keep your old home, life, and memories in the forefront of your mind, never fully intending to allow your yourself to create a new life. The second option is to immerse yourself in your new surroundings, making every effort to experience all your community has to offer. We chose the latter because creating a life in Naples seemed like more fun than tirelessly reminiscing on the one we left behind. I can’t speak for all cities or cross-country moves, but making the transition to Naples was a fairly easy one. With beautiful beaches, lush green golf courses, and countless activities, there was something in Naples for everyone in our family. Change is never easy. I would be lying if I said our move didn’t come with its fair share of ups and downs, but our relocation to Naples has been an adventure and it has changed our family for the better because we allowed it to. Using these simple tips will help you make Naples your home, too.
Get plugged in: After we unpacked, the first thing I did was search for places to get involved. We joined a church, the school PTO, and signed the kids up for sports. I met some amazing people through my efforts, most of whom had once been a transplant like myself. Get outside: You don’t have to be outside all the time. After all, if the Florida sun won’t get you, the mosquitos will. What I really mean by “get outside” is simply experience all that Naples has to offer. One-of-a-kind restaurants, the Naples Zoo, multiple libraries with a slew of activities, playgrounds, etc. Neapolitan Family is packed with places to go and events in our area, so get out there and see for yourself why so many families love living in Naples. Let it go: (I couldn’t resist) I can recall our first autumn here in Naples. It was a hot and humid day in OCTOBER! I was picking out pumpkins from a side-of-the-road pumpkin patch, dripping sweat, all for the sake of the perfect pumpkin to carve. For a moment, I was disappointed. Back in the Midwest we strolled through acres of pumpkins to choose from with hot apple cider and doughnuts. While I was sulking about my less-than-perfect pumpkin experience, our three kids were having a blast. They were posing next to painted scarecrows and riding the mini tractor on display. I was gently reminded to let go of my expectations of what life was like in Illinois and chose to make our new life and memories right where we were. Open your home: As soon as friends and family catch wind that you live in the Sunshine State, be prepared for a plethora of visitors. I love inviting people to stay with us because it allows them to experience first hand why we made our decision to relocate. They can’t help but to get swept up by the ocean waves or enamored with the glowing lights of Fifth Avenue. We have a made it a tradition to take each guest to the Naples Pier, Tin City, and the All American Shake Shop. What will your traditions be? Guest contributor CARA MORGAN, her husband (who manages the Naples Aldi), and their three children are proud Illinois transplants who are now ocean- and Disney-obsessed.
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By Dale Klaus and Reuben Doupé
Enforcement of Court Ordered Obligations
ou have an order for the payment of support, now what? The goal is for everyone to meet their court ordered support obligations, and most parents and former spouses comply. However, there are always those that have not paid and will not pay, for many possible reasons. The court’s ability to enforce support obligations is vital to ensuring spouses and children receive the support they need and deserve. The necessary elements for a support case are straightforward. There must be: (1) a court order for the payment of support, and (2) a default in the payment of that support by the payor. If nothing else, proof of these two elements will entitle the support recipient to a money judgment for the amount in arrears. To get further sanctions, however, the recipient must also prove a third element: that the defaulting party had the “ability to pay” the support but willingly failed to do so. Proof of this third element will allow the court to enter the more severe contempt sanctions, discussed below, which are designed to assist the court in compelling the defaulting party to pay that which he or she rightfully owes. Ability to pay is a potentially complicated subject that would require more time and words than can be allotted during this column, but essentially, it must be proven that the defaulting party could have paid but chose not to pay the support. The good news for the recipient is that the law presumes that the payor has the “ability to pay” if the support is previously court ordered. Thus, for
the third element, it is really the defaulting party’s burden to prove that he or she cannot afford the support. Typically, this requires proof of a pretty bleak financial picture. If you can meet the three primary elements, then you may be entitled to contempt sanctions in addition to a money judgment for the arrears. The most severe sanction is ordering that the defaulting party be taken into custody and jailed until they pay a purge (usually a specific amount of money up to the total arrears). For this relief, it must be clearly proven that the defaulting party has the ability to pay the purge amount. The best evidence of this is money in the bank, but other proof may suffice. In other words, to put the person in jail, the court must find that they have the “keys to the jail cell” in the sense that the defaulting party has the ability to pay a purge amount which will allow them to get out as soon as they choose to make the payment. Other contempt sanctions include the implementation of an income withholding order to garnish pay to apply to future support payments, a monetary fine, suspension
of a driver’s license or other business license, and or recovery of attorney’s fees. Also, other traditional money judgment collection efforts are available, but those often are not helpful. You can seek court enforcement on support obligations by filing a Motion for Contempt and Enforcement by yourself or through you attorney. If qualified, a support recipient may use the State Department of Revenue to assist in prosecuting support enforcement. The key is not to sit back and get disheartened by non-payment. Enforcing support may feel like a dead-end, but the judicial system wants support to be paid, and the system wants to see court orders followed. If you are not getting the support that is ordered to be paid to you, please consult an attorney to get educated on your rights.
DALE KLAUS and REUBEN DOUPÉ are partners at Klaus Doupé, a leading law firm in Naples focusing solely on marital and family law. Visit www.Marital-FamilyLaw. com or call 239-403-9800.
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Finding the Funds to Fuel Your Child’s Passion for the Arts
aying for music, dance, or art lessons for your children can be difficult or even impossible for many families. Fortunately, there are many organizations in Naples that will help foot the bill. You might be surprised at just how much money is available through both need- and meritbased scholarships.
The Southwest Florida Symphony Amy Ginsberg, executive director at the Southwest Florida Symphony, recognizes the financial pressure parents are under to provide their budding musicians with opportunities to advance their skills. “As the cost of college, summer programs, lessons, and even instruments have risen rapidly, students are finding it increasingly difficult to keep up with costs associated with pursuing music education,” she explained. “In many cases, scholarships provide the only music education opportunity for local students as arts programs continue to disappear from schools,” Ginsberg said. “Our scholarship programs help deserving music students enhance their music education experience.” To apply for a scholarship (of up to $2,000), students submit an application and a recording of a selection (vocal or instrumental), and finalists are selected to perform before a panel of judges. “While not all of our scholarship win-
ners go on to pursue music as a career, it has provided each one of them with a greatly enhanced, well-rounded overall education. Those who have pursued careers in music have gone on to win other prestigious competitions and even perform with professional orchestras.” Naples Music Club The Naples Music Club (NMC) provides a variety of financial- and merit-based awards and scholarships, and has presented more than $650,000 to students in Southwest Florida since 1965. That figure includes more than $42,000 at its 2017 annual scholarship competition, which is open to middle and high school students in Collier, Bonita Springs, and Estero. “Scholarship winners use their awards for private lessons, instruments, music camps, and college expenses,” explained Linda Noel, NMC president. “Plan to attend our Scholarship Winners Recital in April 2018. You will be amazed at the talent of these young, hardworking student musicians,” she added. One such talented student is Melissa Leone. She won first place in the senior flute category in 2017, as well as the Turiel Award, NMC’s top honor. Melissa has been playing the flute since fourth grade, and in ensembles since sixth grade, including school bands, All-State Bands, and chamber ensembles. “I’ve played
in the Naples Philharmonic Youth Orchestra for the past three years, and this was a very important part of my life. I have formed wonderful friendships through music, and some of my fondest high school memories are from rehearsals, concerts, and summer festivals. The camaraderie that accompanies a common desire to create music is like no other that I have experienced,” she said. “Participating in their scholarship program is an excellent way for young musicians like myself to gain experience we might not get elsewhere.” Luciano Marsalli is another of NMC’s 2017 scholarship recipients. He is a vocalist and plays the violin: he used the $1,500 he received for capturing first place in the senior vocal category to attend a summer violin institute at Northwestern University. “At a young age, my parents had to keep me on task with both disciplines, but eventually I became self-motivated. The thing I love most about music is the great degree of beauty it holds,” Luciano said. Naples Concert Band Naples Concert Band (NCB) also supports music students through scholarship opportunities, and has presented more than $100,000 in awards. “We are trying to encourage young musicians by having them play with the adults in our band,” said NCB Conductor Harris Lanzel. “We
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Left: Luciano Marsalli won first place in the Senior Vocal Division at the 2017 Naples Music Club annual scholarship competition, and used his award to attend a summer violin institute. Right: Melissa Leone took first place in the senior flute category, and won the Turiel Award, the NMC’s top honor, and plans to use her scholarships toward lessons and music-related expenses.
hope our scholarship program will make it easier for them to take lessons, attend music camps, or purchase an instrument.” To qualify for scholarships, students audition for the NCB. If accepted, the students must play at least four concerts and participate in related rehearsals to be considered for a scholarship, Lanzel said. Dance Arts by Maria Maria Ellis, owner of Dance Arts by Maria, started providing scholarships during a downturn in the economy. “We decided to offer need-based scholarships over 10 years ago when the economy turned, and dancers had to cut back on lessons. When it came down to someone not continuing to dance because they couldn’t afford it or a student not trying something they might love because of cost, we decided to find a way to help
families in need. A child should never have to give up the opportunity to pursue their passion because of their financial situation.” In Ellis’ experience, students seize the opportunity to pursue their passion. “Our need-based dancers will work hard for the chances they are given, and they are appreciative of the opportunity. Scholarship students can help offset the cost of their scholarship by volunteering at studio events and helping with the younger students.” Ellis is always encouraged by her students’ drive to succeed. “Some of the strongest dancers who have graduated from our studio and are pursuing careers in the arts were scholarship students.” Naples Art Association The Naples Art Association, located in the heart of downtown Naples, is dedicated to providing access to everyone through need-based scholarships for their programs. “The Naples Art Association provides tuition assistance to help families send their aspiring artists to our youth education classes,” said Laurel Meny, a spokesperson for NAA. “In the 2016-2017 season, the Naples Art Association awarded over $6,000 worth of tuition assistance to needy families.” Schol-
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arships are awarded based upon need and cover from 10% to 80% of program costs. One Naples mother of six had wanted her children to take classes at NAA, but was deterred by the cost – until she discovered that NAA offers scholarships. “We heard about the wonderful art classes for homeschoolers at Naples Art Association, but we did not apply the first few sessions, as they were beyond our budget,” she said. “We were extremely grateful to receive tuition assistance. My daughters experienced the techniques and [learned the] history of art at the Naples Art Association. My children bring home beautiful art they created and talk about various artists. They so enjoy being instructed in person by an experienced art teacher, having access to quality art materials, and working with the other students.”
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Theater is Helping Kids Become Better Versions of Themselves
began acting when I was five years old. I played the dragonfly in a production of Froggy Day in Lindentown with KidzAct. From there, I was hooked, and I did KidzAct every summer. Eventually, I starred as Veruca Salt in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Jr. in fifth grade when my elementary school performed at the Naples Philharmonic (now Artis-Naples). I performed in the
first Youth Outreach Summer Program with Opera Naples and have continued every summer since. I performed in Children for the Arts Foundation productions through middle school, eventually continuing my involvement by directing the shows in high school. I’ve been an audience member watching the amazing theater that is produced in Naples. I am now pursuing a degree in theater
at Florida State University (go ‘Noles!). All of these experiences have led me to become a better version of myself. And I have seen these same transformations in the students I have directed. Becoming involved in theater and performing at a young age can help your children learn many important skills. Continued on page 22
Top: The KidzAct of Naples Players cast performs Sister Act. Jr. this summer. Below and right: Students from the Gulfshore Playhouse’s new Teen Conservatory’s perform Into the Woods.
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Why Theater? “Theater gives children the opportunity to not only showcase their talent, but to be involved in the arts. It develops their creativity, imagination, expression, as well as promotes confidence, and self-esteem, along with lifelong skills of critical thinking, public speaking, and teamwork.” – Tish Poorman, executive director, Children for the Arts Foundation (www.facebook. com/ChildrenForTheArts) “Being involved in the arts has a lasting impact on your life, especially for those who start at an early age. I have seen major transformations
occur in students through their involvement in the arts. I have watched many shy children blossom into confident performers, which then helps them become self-assured individuals in their every day life. Especially for teenagers, it is incredibly important to find a place of belonging – a place where they feel comfortable being themselves and a place where they have meaningful and positive friendships. Often, the stage or the rehearsal room becomes that place of joy and comfort. It provides them with a niche, which keeps them away from many alternative activities that can be negative and destructive. Instructors become positive role models who challenge and support them to be responsible young adults who express themselves in a healthy manner and respect others.” – Robin Frank, director of educational outreach, Opera Naples (operanaples.org)
“Theater makes us world citizens. It allows us to connect and engage with each other, to more deeply understand relationships, and to develop the vocabulary to articulate our feelings. We become better problem solvers and more compassionate human beings, able to develop empathy, to see different points of view, and to speak in front of a group. Academically, we learn how to understand and analyze language, how to write in different voices, and how to identify motif, subtext, and poetic forms. We also learn about different historical periods, cultures, and regions. Finally, theater gives us a safe space to address complex emotions, explore social issues, and make positive life choices.” – Hester Kamin, director of education, Gulfshore Playhouse (gulfshoreplayhouse. org) “Our theater classes all focus on building confidence. The performing arts is an important way to work on team-building skills, Cooperation, working towards a goal and accomplishing that goal as a team. Our performing arts programs focus on building personal confidence. Plus, if you need help speaking in front of people and thinking on your feet improv classes are for you. KidzAct, it’s a great way to learn new skills and make new friends!” – Craig Price, director of education, KidzAct (naplesplayers.org)
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Center: Sophie Sawyer and Kylie Campbell with students from KinderAct at The Naples Players Sugden Theatre. Clockwise, from upper left: The cast of a Children for the Arts’ production reads through a script. Kylie Campbell and Dawn Lebrecht Fornara teach KinderAct. Katie Cross teaches Acting for Film and TV at KidzAct. Katelyn Leslie, Randy Rankin, and Hunter Reum learn advanced singing for theater with Charles Fornara at KidzAct.
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Confidence Many kids struggle with self-confidence as they grow up. Theater is an excellent way to combat this tendency in your kids. As they work toward goals through rehearsals and performances, they are able to see that they can accomplish anything they put their mind toward, even if it’s out of their comfort zone. The standing ovation at the end of a show is a visual affirmation of the pride they feel. Providing an outlet On the other end of the spectrum, some young kids have so much personality that it can be hard for a parent to handle. Theater is a fantastic way to channel that energy into something productive and positive. Kids learn to focus their natural vivacity into the high-paced environment of a performance. 22
Self-expression As students enter the tween years, they often begin to experience moodiness and are reluctant to share problems with parents. It is incredibly hard to get through to children once they have shut down, and it is difficult to try and introduce strategies of self-expression once they are already in this stage. Parental suggestions are scorned and the gap becomes increasingly difficult to bridge. If kids already have a safe space where they can vent these new emotions in a positive manner, it can help them deal with the mountains (or are they molehills?) that arise with growing up. Teamwork For kids who aren’t athletically inclined (like me), it can be difficult to learn teamwork as easily as those playing team sports. Theater allows children to be part of a group and work together to reach a common goal. Learning to be responsible
for parts of a greater whole is integral to the art of theater. Public speaking In college, the one class all of my friends dreaded was public speaking. They had never learned how to speak clearly, to mitigate filler words such as “um” and “like,” or to project their voices. Because I started theater at a young age, all of this is second nature to me. I had the skills to be successful while my friends struggled. I have watched the kids I worked with learn to articulate their words and to clearly communicate their thoughts. Even though a lot of theater is memorizing someone else’s words, at its core, theater allows kids to learn how to tell a story so an audience understands it. This skill is integral to almost every job there is, from law to teaching to politics. Audiences come in sizes big and small, and with a background in acting, your child will be set up for success. NEAPOLITANfamily • September 2017
By Rabbi Adam Miller
Discussing Diversity at Every Age
Jewish text on parenting declares that parents are obligated to teach their children moral values, a trade, and how to swim. The first two parts we expect – instructing our children to be good people and how to make a living. But, swimming?!? As parents in Florida we know that swimming pools, lakes, and the Gulf of Mexico are both a blessing and a curse. As cool and inviting as the water appears, a child without the proper skills is at risk of serious harm or even death. It is every parents’ worst nightmare. Consequently, we teach our children at an early age to swim – for their safety and our peace of mind. Teaching a child to swim also serves as a larger metaphor for keeping kids safe. Parents are expected to prepare their children for potentially dangerous situations that appear safe on the surface, yet may carry hidden risks. It’s the logic behind why we instruct children to avoid talking with strangers, to be careful using the internet, and to always look both ways before crossing the street. Yet, there are some critical topics that parents hesitate to broach with children. This is particularly true when shocking events, like the events in Charlottesville, Virginia, shake our foundation. Just as one would not allow a young child without swimming skills into a pool alone, we should not leave our children to wade into the deeper of pools of life without our guidance. It is up to parents to provide the necessary education and moral guidance that children need.
Here are several books available at Collier County Public Library that will help you begin a conversation with your children about diversity. Picture Books One Love Adapted by Cecilia Marley In this illustrated version of Bob Marley's song, a young girl enlists her friends, family, and community to transform their neighborhood for the better. Strictly No Elephants Lisa Mantchev A boy is excluded from joining his friends’ pet club because of his unusual pet. Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down Andrea Davis Pinkey This picture book is a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the momentous Woolworth's lunch counter sit-in, when four college students staged a peaceful protest. NEAPOLITANfamily • September 2017
Kids should hear from a parent that there are indeed people who act out of hate, but that there are many more who act out of love. One place to start the conversation is with the sage advice of Fred Rogers (yes, Mr. Rogers). Mr. Rogers shared with his audience that during his youth, whenever he witnessed scary stories in the news, his mother would say, “Look for the helpers.” Talk with children about finding those individuals demonstrating courage in the face of injustice, helping those who have been wounded in tragic events, or responding to hate with love. Children are watching us, looking to adults, especially parents, to learn how to model their own behavior. With that in mind, we need to actively tread water ourselves – speaking out when we see someone treated unjustly, and standing up against currents of racism, bigotry, sexism, and anti-Semitism. There are times when we may need to accept that one cannot reason with someone who is filled with anger and venom. But we can always perform a positive act in response to hate. Parents are not expected to have all the answers. One can turn to religious leaders, mental health professionals, and others when the questions being asked require more details than you feel equipped to provide. In the end, we all desire the same outcome – to help our children stay afloat, no matter what storms life may bring. In Peace, Rabbi Adam Miller
Younger Readers The Story of Ruby Bridges Robert Coles For months six-year-old Ruby Bridges must confront the hostility of white parents when she becomes the first African American girl to integrate Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans in 1960. Anne Frank’s Chestnut Tree Jane Kohuth Hidden away in their secret annex in Amsterdam during World War II, Anne Frank and her family could not breathe fresh air or see the blue sky for years. But through an attic window Anne could see the branches of a tall chestnut tree. This small glimpse of nature gave Anne hope and courage. It inspired her writing, which, in turn, inspired the whole world. Young Adult Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl Anne Frank
The experiences of a 13-year-old girl and her family while they were in hiding from the Nazis during World War II. Hana’s Suitcase: A True Story Karen Levine A biography of a Czech girl who died in the Holocaust, told in alternating chapters with an account of how the curator of a Japanese Holocaust center learned about her life. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas John Boyne Bored and lonely after his family moves from Berlin to a place called "Out-With" in 1942, Bruno, the son of a Nazi officer, befriends a boy who lives behind a wire fence. I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb The remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls’ education, of a father who, himself a school owner, championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school. neafamily.com
4:00 p.m. Creative Fidgeting. Design and print a spinner of your very own to fidget with. Watch the 3-D printer create a spinner layer by layer. Ages 8-13. East Naples Library, 8787 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples. Call 239-775-5592 or check public.collier-lib.org.
8:00 a.m. 2nd Annual Naples 911 Memorial Stair Run. Run (or walk) up 110 stories as a tribute to first responders on 9/11. Greater Naples YMCA, 5450 YMCA Rd., Naples. Call 239-597-3148 or check greaternaplesymca.org.
5:30 p.m. Art Classes for Kids. Explore and work with different techniques and media. Acrylics on canvases, watercolor, collages, mixed media, etc. For kids ages 4 to 12. Etudes de Ballet, 3285 Pine Ridge Rd., Naples.
9:30 a.m. WONDER Kids. Drop in until 2 p.m. to the Smith Children’s Garden for fun activities. Naples Botanical Garden, 4820 Bayshore Dr., Naples. Call 239643-7275 or check www. naplesgarden.org.
3:30 p.m. Food Around the World. Come prepared to try new and different items from different cultures. Ages 5-11. Registration required. Golden Gate Library, 2432 Lucerne Rd., Naples. Call 239-252-4542 or check public.collier-lib. org.
6:00 p.m. Girl Scout Interest Meeting. Come see why Girl Scouting is right for your family. Everything girls do at Girl Scouts is 100 percent girlled and girl-focused. Laurel Oak Elementary School (Media Center), 7800 Immokalee Rd., Naples.
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10:00 a.m. Grandparent’s Day Free Admission. Free admission for grandparents when accompanied by another paid adult and child. Through Saturday. Conservancy, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples. Call 239-262-0304 or check www.conservancy.org. 4:00 p.m. Stained Glass Picture. Capture the beauty and wonder of nature in our “Stain A Frame” pictures. Ages 11-17 years. Golden Gate Library, 2432 Lucerne Rd., Naples. Call 239-252-4542 or check public.collier-lib. org.
10:30 a.m. Family Story Time. This program is for the whole family and lasts about 30 minutes. Bonita Springs Public Library, 26876 Pine Ave., Bonita Springs. Call 239-992-0101 or check library.Lee-county.com.
6:30 p.m. SWFL Epilepsy Support Group. Living with epilepsy is easier when you can share with others who are in a similar situation. Greater Naples YMCA, 5450 YMCA Rd., Naples. Call 239-597-3148 or visit greaternaplesymca.org.
6:00 p.m. 5th Grade Dance. Tickets on sale two weeks prior to dance. $10. Includes pizza and a drink. Max A. Hasse Jr. Community Park, 3390 Golden Gate Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-348-7500 or check colliergov.net.
3:00 p.m. Breastfeeding Club East Naples. Meet other breastfeeding mothers and share your experiences. Open to any breastfeeding mother. East Naples WIC, 3339 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples. Call 239-252-6875 or check collier.floridahealth. gov/events.
10:00 a.m. College 101. Learn the nuts and bolts of applying, scholarships, financial aid, and much more. For high school students and their parents. Registration is not required. Located at Naples Regional Library, 650 Central Ave., Naples.
10:00 a.m. Magic Carpet Family Concert: Percussion. An up-close concert with instrument demonstrations, these performances. Ages 3-9. Artis-Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., Naples. Call 239-597-1900 or check www.thephil.org.
5:00 p.m. Parents Night Out. Bring your children ages 3 months-12 years to the YMCA. First and third Saturday of each month. Available to all YMCA Family Membership holders. Greater Naples YMCA, 5450 YMCA Rd., Naples. Call 239597-3148 or check greaternaplesymca.org. 5:00 p.m. First Friday’s Art for Art Lovers. Gourmet food, fine wine, and art demonstrations. Shoppes of Old Marco, 258 Royal Palm Dr., Marco Island. Call 239-394-2787.
5:30 p.m. Fish Biology 101. Dissect marine creatures. Learn the differences in the aquatic structure of fish compared to humans. Hands-on activities. Grades 1-5. Estates Branch Library, 1266 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples. Call 239-455-8088 or check public.collier-lib. org. 25
4:00 p.m. Lego Club. Share ideas, be creative, make new friends and have fun. Bricks will be provided. Ages 5-11 years. Registration is not required. East Naples Library, 8787 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples. Call 239-775-5592 or visit public.collier-lib. org.
10:00 a.m. Hispanic Heritage Celebration with Dora and Diego. Enjoy this special celebration that includes a DJ, dancing, games, and the special guests. Naples Zoo, 1590 GoodletteFrank Rd., Naples. Call 239-262-5409 or check caribbeangardens.com.
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9:00 a.m. Bounce Playgroup for Preschoolers with Special Needs. A monthly playgroup for families with preschool age children with special needs so that they can play with their peers in a safe environment. Bounce, 2320 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., Naples. 5:30 p.m. Creative Writing Club. Whether you write poetry, stories, or just scribble, this is the group for you. Play games, hone your skills, and share your work. Ages 14-18.. Registration required. Naples Regional Library, 650 Central Ave., Naples. check public.collier-lib.org.
2:00 p.m. Movie Day: Boss Baby. It’s early release day, and if you have no place to go, come to the library and join us for an afternoon movie show. All ages. Immokalee Branch Library, 417 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239-657-2882 or check public.collier-lib.org.
6:00 p.m. Art After Hours. Free admission to The Baker Museum the last Wednesday of each month from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Live music while audiences of all ages may view the galleries and learn from our docents. Artis-Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., Naples. Call 239-597-1111 or check artisnaples.org. 27
4:30 p.m. Rosh Hashanah Drop-In Craft. Prepare for the New Year by constructing some crafts and taking away a sweet treat to go. L’Shanah Tovah. Ages 4-8. Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check public.collier-lib. org. 19 3:30 p.m. Meals of Hope Mobile Food Pantry. In the YMCA parking every Tuesday. Frozen food, fresh produce, and canned goods will be given away to families in need. Greater Naples YMCA, 5450 YMCA Rd., Naples. Call 239-597-3148 or check greaternaplesymca.org. 26
10:00 a.m. Art Smarts. Join us for a story time focusing on process art. Stories, songs, and creative fun through developmentally appropriate art experiences. Ages 2-5. Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check public.collier-lib. org. 29
6:30 p.m. Buddy Break for Kids With Special Needs. Threehour monthly session of free respite care for children with special needs and their siblings. Naples Seventhday Adventist Church, 5050 Davis Blvd., Naples. Call 239-213-3351 or visit nathanielshope.org.
6:00 p.m. Free Family Tennis Festival. A summer evening of family fun celebrating Hispanic heritage and Tennis for Everyone. Features tons of fun for adults and children of all ages. Greater Naples YMCA, 5450 YMCA Rd., Naples. Call 239-597-3148 or check greaternaplesymca.org. 30
2:00 p.m. Brainfuse Help Now. Get help with homework. Interact with a live tutor. Create your own flashcards. Form online study groups. Access free lessons and resources. Ages 10-18. Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239593-0870 or check public. collier-lib.org. 23
YOUR COMMUNITY September EVENTS CALENDAR SUBMISSIONS: To submit your event for both our online and print calendars, go to the Calendar at neafamily.com and follow the instructions for inputting event information. The deadline for print calendar events is the 12th of the month preceding publication. You can submit events anytime for the online calendar. Note: Please check dates and times before attending events. As Neapolitan Family staff does not enter all calendar data, we cannot guarantee its accuracy.
1 FRIDAY 5:30 a.m. Bootcamp. M-F, 5:30 a.m., 6:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m. Meet in the field near the industrial area for a great workout with Bodies by Blevins. Weights provided. Bring water, yoga mat, towel. $15 M-F, Saturdays free. Free park admission. Located at Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd., Estero. Call 239-992-0311 or check www.floridastateparks.org for additional information. 6:30 a.m. Fitness Camp. A 60-minute fitness class 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. Find it Fridays. Kids enjoy a scavenger hunt all day. Located at Everglades Wonder Gardens, 27180 Old 41 Rd., Bonita Springs. Call 239-9922591 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 Fridays. $5 per child. Located at Fleischmann Park, 1600 Fleischmann Drive, Naples. Call 239-213-3020 for additional information. 3:00 p.m. Breastfeeding Club East Naples. Meet other breastfeeding mothers and share your experiences. Get advice and tips. These clubs are open to any breastfeeding mother. Located at East Naples WIC, 3339 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples. Call 239-252-6875 or
check collier.floridahealth.gov/events for additional information. 5:00 p.m. First Friday’s Art for Art Lovers. Gourmet food, fine wine, and art demonstrations. Located at Shoppes of Old Marco, 258 Royal Palm Dr., Marco Island. Call 239-394-2787 for additional information.
2 SATURDAY 7:30 a.m. Third Street South Farmer’s Market. Parking lot behind Tommy Bahama’s. Located at Third Street South, Naples. Call 239-434-6533 or check www.napleschamber.org for additional information. 8:00 a.m. Community Yard Sale. Find yard sale bargains with the convenience of having all the sales in one location. If you are interested in reserving a spot to sell used items, please call. Located at Immokalee Community Park, 321 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239-657-4449 for additional information. 8:00 a.m. Farmer’s Market. Every Saturday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fresh fruits and vegetables, seafood, honey, prepared foods, specialty foods ,and more. Located at Shoppes at Vanderbilt, 2355 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., Naples. Call 239-273-2350 for details. 9:00 a.m. Greenmarket. Join us on our 10-acre campus every Saturday to find an exclusive selection of locally grown, caught and cultivated foods and other products available to sample and purchase. Located at Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers. Call 239-939-2787 or check www.artinlee.org for additional information.
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9:00 a.m. Chess Club K-12. Join the chess club for students in K-12. For all playing levels, beginner to advanced. In the Great Room. Located at Marco Island Lutheran Church, 525 N. Collier Blvd., Naples. Call 239-394-0332 or check www. marcolutheran.org for additional information. 9:30 a.m. W.O.N.D.E.R Kids. Drop in anytime between 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday to the Smith Children’s Garden for fun activities. Located at Naples Botanical Garden, 4820 Bayshore Dr., Naples. Call 239-643-7275 or check www.naplesgarden.org for additional information. 10:00 a.m. Historical Tours at Koreshan State Park. Explore the 19th century religious Koreshan settlement, its structures and gardens, and learn about these idealistic pioneers. $2 for adults, $1 for children over 6. Located at Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd., Estero. Call 239-992-0311 or check www. floridastateparks.org for additional information. 10:00 a.m. Artists@Work at GreenMarket. Free, family friendly demo day. Located at Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers. Call 239939-2787 or check www.artinlee.org for additional information. 11:00 a.m. Barnes and Noble Storytime. Every Saturday. Located at Barnes & Noble, 5377 Tamiami Tr. N., Naples. Call 239-597-2040 or check bn.com for additional information. 2:00 p.m. Alligator Fishing. Every Saturday. For $5 plus admission, you get a cane pool with a hot dog on the end of it to feed our 37 gators. Located at Everglades Wonder Gardens, 27180 Old 41 Rd., Bonita Springs. Call 239-992-2591 or check www.evergladeswondergardens.com 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 for additional information.
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5:00 p.m. Parents Night Out. Why scramble for a sitter when you can bring your children ages 3 months-12 years to the YMCA for Parents’ Night Out? First and third Saturday of each month. This service is available to all YMCA Family Membership holders. Located at Greater Naples YMCA, 5450 YMCA Rd., Naples. Call 239-597-3148 or check greaternaplesymca.org for additional information. 8:00 p.m. Improv Tonight. Be as involved in the show as you’d like; whether you’re just setting a scene with your suggestions, or whether you’re on stage as a player. Beer and wine available. Located at Center for Performing Arts-Moe Auditorium, 10150 Bonita Beach Rd., Bonita Springs. Call 239-495-8989 or check www.artcenterbonita. org for additional information.
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8:00 a.m. Koreshan Sunday Farmer’s Market. Join us in the historic settlement of Koreshans. Local and organic produce, fresh seafood and dips, unique crafts, local honey, native plants, handcrafted jewelry, hot crepes, BBQ, art, and cool gifts. Located at Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd., Estero. Call 239-992-0311 or check www.floridastateparks.org for additional information. 8:00 a.m. Native Plant Sale. Learning about and purchasing native plants can be a daunting task, but it just got easier. The Coccoloba Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society volunteers will be selling native plants at the Koreshan State Historic Site Farmers Market. Located at Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd., Estero. Call 239-992-0311 or check www.floridastateparks.org for additional information. 9:00 a.m. Yoga in the Park. Traditional yoga class focuses on breathing, stretching, and postures. Modifiable for all ages and levels of participants. Beginners welcome. Some mats provided. Bring a water bottle. $10 cash. Free park admission. Located at Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd., Estero. Call 239-992-0311 or check www.floridastateparks.org for additional information. 9:00 a.m. Sunday Birding. Join a Conservancy volunteer Naturalist on the beach near Clam Pass to view birds through a scope and ask questions. Look for your guide in the orange vest near the pass on Sundays between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Call 239-262-0304 or visit conservancy.org. Located at Clam Pass Beach Park, 410 Seagate Dr., Naples. 9:30 a.m. W.O.N.D.E.R Kids. Drop in anytime between 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday to the Smith Children’s Garden for fun activities. Located at Naples Botanical Garden, 4820 Bayshore Dr., Naples. Call 239-643-7275 or check www.naplesgarden.org for additional information. 11:00 a.m. Koreshan Baking. Join us for a pinch of history and a taste, too. Located at Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd., Estero. Call 239-9920311 or check www.floridastateparks.org for additional information.
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11:15 a.m. Spanish Church Service. St. Monica’s church, in support of the Latino community, will hold a Spanish speaking service every Sunday. Located at St. Monica’s Church, 7070 Immokalee Rd., Naples. Call 239-591-4550 or check www.stmonicasnaples.org for additional information. 12:00 p.m. Sip and Shop Sundays. Visit the Bloody Mary Bar at Waterside Shops’ Pavilion every Sunday, with proceeds donated to different charities each month. Located at Waterside Shops, 5415 Tamiami Tr. N., Naples. Call 239-598-1605 or check www.watersideshops.com for additional information. 3:00 p.m. Meet the Composers Classical Music Series. Join international artist and lecturer Dr. Anne McLean the first Sunday of each month as she performs a multi-media presentation highlighting a great composer’s music, fascinating historical insights, and visual images of that unique era. Located at Centers for Performing Arts – Hinman Auditorium, 10150 Bonita Beach Rd., Bonita Springs. Call 239495-8989 or check www.artcenterbonita.org for additional information.
4 MONDAY 3:30 p.m. Breastfeeding Club Immokalee. Meet other breastfeeding mothers and share your experiences. Get advice and tips. Open to any breastfeeding mother. Located at Immokalee WIC, 419 N. First St., Naples. Call 239-252-7312 or check collier.floridahealth.gov/events for additional information. 5:30 p.m. Art Classes for Kids. Every Monday. Kids will explore and work with different techniques and media. Acrylics on canvases, watercolor, collages, mixed media, etc. Lots of fun and creativity for kids ages 4 to 12. Located at Etudes de Ballet, 3285 Pine Ridge Rd., Naples.
5 TUESDAY 10:00 a.m. Free Tuesday Morning Nature Talk. Bring your children and learn together how nature can flourishes in urban and suburban areas, with the proper care. Located at Naples Preserve, 1690 Tamiami Tr. N., Naples. Call 239-261-4290. 10:00 a.m. Moms and Tots Storytime with Miss Jessica and Miss Mary Ellen. All ages are welcome. Located at Barnes & Noble, 5377 Tamiami Tr. N., Naples. Call 239-597-2040 or check bn.com for additional information. 10:00 a.m. Little Explorers Program. Little Explorer Play Zone provides our youngest visitors with the opportunity to explore nature and discover amazing animals through multi-sensory activities, stories, and crafts. No registration required. Located at Conservancy of Southwest Florida, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples. Call 239-262-0304 or check www.conservancy.org for additional information. 10:00 a.m. Family Story Time. An enjoyable, all-ages storytime that encourages the development of prereading 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 for additional information. 3:30 p.m. Crazy Eights Math Club. Children in grades 3-5 are invited to join us for hands-on games and activities that will have them fired up about math. Kids will build, run and jump, make music, and participate in other over-the-top fun activities. Registration is required. Located at South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy., Estero. Call 239-479-4636 for additional information.
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3:30 p.m. Meals of Hope Mobile Food Pantry. The Meals of Hope Mobile Pantry will be in the YMCA parking every Tuesday from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Frozen food, fresh produce, and canned goods will be given away to families in need. Everyone is welcome. Located at Greater Naples YMCA, 5450 YMCA Rd., Naples. Call 239-597-3148 or check greaternaplesymca.org for additional information. 6:00 p.m. Chess Instruction. Join Antonio as he shares his skills at chess with students entering K-12. Only for beginner players. Registration is not required; space is limited to the first 24 walk-in students. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check public.collier-lib.org. 6:00 p.m. Girl Scout Parent Interest Meeting. Come see why Girl Scouting is right for your family. Everything girls do at Girl Scouts—attend troop meetings, sell cookies, camp in the great outdoors, engage in STEM, and beyond—is 100 percent girl-led and girl-focused. Located at Laurel Oak Elementary School (Media Center), 7800 Immokalee Rd., Naples.
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sights and sounds of the awakening swamp, from its cypress forest and lettuce lakes to its pine forest, and open prairies. Located at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, 375 Sanctuary Road W., Naples. Call 239-348-9151 or check corkscrew.audubon.org for additional information. 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. 10:00 a.m. Preschool Story Time. Parents and caregivers encourage independence by waiting nearby in the library for this program. You must register for each week of the six-week session. Located at South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy., Estero. Call 239-479-4636 for additional information. 10:30 a.m. Family Story Time. This program is for the whole family and lasts about 30 minutes. Located at Bonita Springs Public Library, 26876 Pine Ave., Bonita Springs. Call 239-992-0101 or check library.Lee-county.com for additional information. 5:30 p.m. Parent/Teen/Child Mental Health Support Group. For parents/ caregivers and children ages 6+ with a mental illness. Opportunity for diagnosed youth ages 6-18 to socialize, receive support, and enjoy refreshments. Parents and youth meet jointly and then break up into groups according to age. Located at NAMI of Collier County, 6324 Trail Blvd., Bldg. C, Naples. Call 239-434-6726 or check namicollier.org for additional information. 5:30 p.m. Sewing Classes for Kids. Every Wednesday. Sew both by hand and machine. Please bring your own machine, but if you don’t have one, we will provide one. Be prepared to sew awesome and cool stuff. Ages 5-13. Located at Etudes de Ballet, 3285 Pine Ridge Rd., Naples. 6:00 p.m. Girl Scout Parent Interest Meeting. Come see why Girl Scouting is right for your family. Everything girls do at Girl Scouts—attend troop meetings, sell cookies, camp in the great outdoors, engage in STEM, and beyond—is 100 percent girl-led and girl-focused. Located at Golden Gate North Elementary School (Room #1-101), 4911 20th Pl. S.W., Naples. 6:00 p.m. Girl Scout Parent Interest Meeting. Come see why Girl Scouting is right for your family. Everything girls do at Girl Scouts—attend troop meetings, sell cookies, camp in the great outdoors, engage in STEM, and beyond—is
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10:00 a.m. Toddler Tales. This interactive time for toddlers ages 18-36 months and their caregiver will include storytelling, wordplay, fingerplays, and musicmaking designed to advance pre-reading skills. Registration is required. Located at South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy., Estero. Call 239479-4636 for additional information. 10:00 a.m. Grandparent’s Day Free Admission. Free admission for grandparents when accompanied by another paid adult and child. Through Saturday. Located at Conservancy of Southwest Florida Nature Center, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples. Call 239-262-0304 or check www.conservancy.org for additional information. 10:00 a.m. 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. Little Explorers Program. Little Explorer Play Zone provides the youngest visitors the opportunity to explore nature and discover amazing animals through multi-sensory activities, stories, and crafts. No registration required. Located at Conservancy of Southwest Florida, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples. Call 239-262-0304 or check www.conservancy.org for additional information. 11:00 a.m. Breastfeeding Club Golden Gate. Meet other breastfeeding mothers and share your experiences. Get advice and tips. Open to any breastfeeding mother. Located at Golden Gate WIC, 4945 Golden Gate Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-455-1931 or check collier.floridahealth.gov/events for additional information. 3:30 p.m. Lego Club. Join the club and share ideas, be creative, make new friends, 4:28 PM and have fun. Bricks will be provided. Ages 5-11 years. Registration is not required. Located at Marco Island Branch Library, 210 S. Heathwood Dr., Marco Island. Call 239-394-3272 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information. 4:00 p.m. Minecraft Group. Minecraft is a great way to build creativity, improve problem solving, and develop cooperation and communication skills. All players work cooperatively, and the more experienced players are always happy to help new players. $10 per player. Located at Ventana Services, 1660 Trade Center Way, Suite 5, Naples. Call 239-810-3498 or check ventanaservices.com for additional information. 5:00 p.m. Fuse Reading. Join us for a night of creative fun using fuse beads. Create a star, horse, flower, and other fun shapes. All ages. Registration is not required. Located at Immokalee Branch Library, 417 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239-657-2882 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information. 6:00 p.m. Mercato Music Series. Variety of music genres. Located at Mercato, 9128 Strada Pl., Naples. Call 239-594-9400 or check www.mercatoshops.com for additional information. 6:00 p.m. Play Pokemon. From creative play and craft activities to the official Pokemon League Card Game. Participants are encouraged to bring their own cards and collectibles. Pokemon encourages strategic thinking and reading and math skills, in fun and engaging ways. $10. Located at Ventana Services, 1660 Trade Center Way, Suite 5, Naples. Call 239-810-3498 or check ventanaservices. com for additional information. 6:00 p.m. Girl Scout Parent Interest Meeting. Come see why Girl Scouting is right for your family. Everything girls do at Girl Scouts—attend troop meetings, sell cookies, camp in the great outdoors, engage in STEM, and beyond—is 100 percent girl-led and girl-focused. Located at Poinciana Elementary School (cafeteria), 2825 Airport Pulling Rd. S., Naples.
8 FRIDAY 3:00 p.m. Breastfeeding Club East Naples. Meet other breastfeeding mothers and share your experiences. Get advice and tips. Open to any breastfeeding mother. Located at East Naples WIC, 3339 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples. Call 239-252-6875 or check collier.floridahealth.gov/events for additional information.
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9 SATURDAY 10:00 a.m. Paddle4Autism. Limit of 60 participants. Please email Paddle4Autism@yahoo.com to register your child(ren) for this event. Located at Vanderbilt Beach Park, 280 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., Naples. 10:00 a.m. Magic Carpet Family Concert: Percussion. An up-close concert with instrument demonstrations, these performances are a great way for families to learn more about instruments and music-making. For youth ages 3-9. Located at Artis-Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., Naples. Call 239-597-1900 or check www. thephil.org for additional information. 11:00 a.m. Science Saturday. Join Mr. Glen and his Science and Engineering team and the Sylvan Learning Center for interactive science projects. Located at Miromar Outlets, 10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero. Call 239-948-3766 or check www. miromaroutlets.com for additional information. 11:00 a.m. Lexi Lop and the Best Library Book Ever. Join Lexi the rabbit and her pals for a special presentation of this book staring Lexi the lop-eared rabbit. After the reading, you’ll get to feed and pat Lexi and her friend. A theme related craft will be included. Ages 6-10 years. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information.
10 SUNDAY 8:00 a.m. 2nd Annual Naples 911 Memorial Stair Run. Join the Collier County Sheriff ’s Office, North Collier Fire Rescue District, and the Greater Naples YMCA for the 2nd Annual Naples 9/11 Memorial Stair Run. Run (or walk) up 110 stories as a tribute to first responders on 9/11. Located at Greater Naples YMCA, 5450 YMCA Rd., Naples. Call 239-597-3148 or check greaternaplesymca.org.
11 MONDAY 4:00 p.m. Creative Fidgeting. See what it takes to find a design and print a spin-
ner of your very own to fidget with. Watch the 3-D printer in action, creating a spinner layer by layer. Construct a spinner using bearings and household materials. Ages 8-13 years. Located at East Naples Library, 8787 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples. Call 239-775-5592 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information. 6:00 p.m. Girl Scout Parent Interest Meeting. Come see why Girl Scouting is right for your family. Everything girls do at Girl Scouts—attend troop meetings, sell cookies, camp in the great outdoors, engage in STEM, and beyond—is 100 percent girl-led and girl-focused. Located at Corkscrew Elementary School (classroom #2101), 1065 County Rd. 858, Naples.
12 TUESDAY 3:30 p.m. Food Around the World. Tish from 4-H is back to introduce snacks from around the world. Come prepared to try new and different items from different cultures. Ages 5-11 years. Registration required. Located at Golden Gate Library, 2432 Lucerne Rd., Naples. Call 239-252-4542 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information. 3:30 p.m. Meals of Hope Mobile Food Pantry. In the YMCA parking every Tuesday from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Frozen food, fresh produce, and canned goods will be given away to families in need. Everyone is welcome. Located at Greater Naples YMCA, 5450 YMCA Rd., Naples. Call 239-597-3148 or check greaternaplesymca. org for additional information. 6:30 p.m. TED Talks and Teens. TED Talks are videos filmed at the annual Technology, Entertainment, Design conference that offer great ideas presented by some of the world’s most engaging speakers. Located at South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy., Estero. Call 239-479-4636 for additional information.
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3:30 p.m. Lego Club. Join the club and share ideas, be creative, make new friends and have fun. Bricks will be provided. Ages 5-11 years. Registration is not required. Located at South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples. Call 239252-7542 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information. 4:00 p.m. Lego Club. Share ideas, be creative, make new friends, and have fun. Bricks will be provided and your creation will be put on display at the library. Ages 5-11 years. Registration is not required. Located at Estates Branch Library, 1266 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples. Call 239-455-8088 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information. 6:00 p.m. Sierra Club Monthly Meeting. Sierra Club Calusa Group organizes and participates in outdoor adventures, environmental education, public outreach, and local environmental activities. We also lobby local and state government for pro-environmental policy and legislation. Located at Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium, 3450 Ortiz Ave., Fort Myers. Call 239-275-3435 or check calusanature. org for additional information. 6:00 p.m. Girl Scout Parent Interest Meeting. Come see why Girl Scouting is right for your family. Everything girls do at Girl Scouts—attend troop meetings, sell cookies, camp in the great outdoors, engage in STEM, and beyond—is 100 percent girl-led and girl-focused. Located at Lake Park Elementary School (cafeteria), 1295 14th Ave. N., Naples. 6:30 p.m. SWFL Epilepsy Support Group. Join us for our monthly support group. Living with epilepsy is easier when you can share with others who are in a similar situation. Located at Greater Naples YMCA, 5450 YMCA Rd., Naples. Call 239-597-3148 or check greaternaplesymca.org for additional information.
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4:00 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 them in our windows. Ages 11-17 years. Registration required. Located at Golden Gate Library, 2432 Lucerne Rd., Naples. Call 239-252-4542 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information. 5:00 p.m. Lego Madness. Looking for a Lego challenge? Join us and see what you can create. All ages. Registration is not required. Located at Immokalee Branch Library, 417 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239-657-2882 or check public.collier-lib. org for additional information. 6:00 p.m. Girl Scout Parent Interest Meeting. Come see why Girl Scouting is right for your family. Everything girls do at Girl Scouts—attend troop meetings, sell cookies, camp in the great outdoors, engage in STEM, and beyond—is 100 percent girl-led and girl-focused. Located at Naples Park Elementary School (cafeteria), 685 111th Ave. N. , Naples. 6:30 p.m. CPR Class for AHA Certification. The City of Naples Fire-Rescue Department is providing CPR classes for American Heart Association certification on the second Thursday of each month at Riverside Community Center. Registration required. Register online or call to check availability. Located at River Park Community Center, 301 11th St. N., Naples. Call 239-213-3037 or check www. naplesgov.com for additional information.
15 FRIDAY 6:00 p.m. 5th Grade Dance. Dance the night away at our Elementary School dance. Tickets on sale two weeks prior to dance. Includes pizza and a drink. Located at Max A. Hasse Jr. Community Park, 3390 Golden Gate Pkwy., Naples. Call 239348-7500 or check colliergov.net for additional information.
16 SATURDAY 10:00 a.m. College 101. This seminar gives inside information about college. Learn the nuts and bolts of applying, scholarships, financial aid, and much more. For high school students and their parents. Registration is not required. Located at Naples Regional Library, 650 Central Ave., Naples. 10:00 a.m. Touch a Truck. $2 per family. Eagle Lakes Community Park will be having a wide variety of specialty vehicles that you and your family can explore including police, fire and EMS. Located at Eagle Lakes Community Park, 11565 Tamiami Trail East, Naples. Call 239-252-4414 or check colliergov.net for additional information. 10:00 a.m. Hispanic Heritage Celebration with Dora and Diego. Guests will be able to enjoy the entire zoo as usual this weekend, and take part in this special
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celebration that includes a DJ, dancing, games, and Dora the Explorer and Diego, star of Go, Diego, Go. Located at Naples Zoo, 1590 Goodlette-Frank Rd., Naples. Call 239-262-5409 or check www.caribbeangardens.com for additional information. 10:00 a.m. Family Yoga with Kathryn. A free 45-minute beginners’ yoga class, for families with toddlers to tweens. Bring your own mat. Located at Miromar Outlets, 10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero. Call 239-948-3766 or check www.miromaroutlets. com for additional information. 10:00 a.m. Democratic Women’s Club of Collier County. Join us to discuss issues important to all progressive Democrats. Located at Walden Oaks, 6710 Lone Oak Blvd., Naples. Call 239-434-7754 for additional information. 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. Parental presence required. Located at Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd., Estero. Call 239-992-0311 or check www.floridastateparks.org for additional information. 11:00 a.m. Mariposa Martinez and More Tales From Latin America. Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with storyteller and puppeteer Katie Adams. Stories include “How Color Came to the World,” an Aztec myth about the origin of the rainbow and “Mariposa Martinez,” a favorite tale from Cuba about a butterfly. Located at South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy., Estero. Call 239-479-4636 for additional information. 11:00 a.m. Collier County Public Library 60th Birthday Celebration. Collier County Public Library is turning 60. Come help us celebrate with a 1950’s themed birthday bop. We’ll read some birthday stories, dance to some rock and roll tunes, participate in some cool activities and decorate mini birthday cakes. There will be ukulele music and fun in the courtyard. The Naples Asian Professional Association will perform. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information. 1:30 p.m. Pups ‘N’ Books. Stop by to read to a dog or just to pet one. Dogs are provided by PAWS Assistance and Therapy Dogs. All ages. Registration is not required. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information. 5:00 p.m. Parents Night Out. Why scramble for a sitter when you can bring your children ages 3 months-12 years to the YMCA for Parents’ Night Out? First and third Saturday of each month. This service is available to all YMCA Family Membership holders. Located at Greater Naples YMCA, 5450 YMCA Rd., Naples. Call 239-597-3148 or check greaternaplesymca.org for additional information. 6:30 p.m. SummerJazz on the Gulf Free Concert. Enjoy an appealing and diverse selection of live jazz entertainment with picturesque views of the Gulf of Mexico, gorgeous sunsets, and refreshing breezes. Located at Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club, 851 Gulf Shore Blvd. North, Naples. Call 239-261-2222 or check www.naplesbeachhotel.com for additional information.
17 SUNDAY 10:00 a.m. Hispanic Heritage Celebration with Dora and Diego. Guests will be able to enjoy the entire zoo as usual this weekend, as well as take part in this special celebration that includes a DJ, dancing, games, and the special guests. Located at Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens, 1590 Goodlette-Frank Rd., Naples. Call 239-262-5409 or check www.caribbeangardens.com for additional information.
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18 MONDAY 4:00 p.m. Lego Club. Join the club and be ready to accept the monthly building challenge. Share ideas, be creative, make new friends and have fun. Bricks will be provided. Ages 5-11 years. Registration is not required. Located at East Naples Library, 8787 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples. Call 239-775-5592 or check public.collierlib.org for additional information.
19 TUESDAY 10:00 a.m. Little Explorers Program. Little Explorer Play Zone provides the youngest visitors the opportunity to explore nature and discover amazing animals through multi-sensory activities, stories, and crafts. No registration required. Located at Conservancy of SW Florida, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples. Call 239-2620304 or check www.conservancy.org for additional information. 3:30 p.m. Meals of Hope Mobile Food Pantry. In the YMCA parking every Tuesday from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Frozen food, fresh produce, and canned
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goods will be given away to families in need. Everyone is welcome. Located at Greater Naples YMCA, 5450 YMCA Rd., Naples. Call 239-597-3148 or check greaternaplesymca.org for additional information. 4:30 p.m. Rosh Hashanah Drop-In Craft. Come prepare for the New Year by constructing some crafts and taking away a sweet treat to go (while supplies last). L’Shanah Tovah. Ages 4-8 years. Registration is not required. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information. 6:00 p.m. Girl Scout Parent Interest Meeting. Come see why Girl Scouting is right for your family. Everything girls do at Girl Scouts—attend troop meetings, sell cookies, camp in the great outdoors, engage in STEM, and beyond—is 100 percent girl-led and girl-focused. Located at Sea Gate Elementary School (cafeteria), 650 Seagate Dr., Naples. 7:30 p.m. Mercato Movies on the Lawn. Outdoor movies are on the third Tuesday of the month beginning at dusk. Customers are invited to bring their lawn chairs, blankets and well-behaved pets for movies under the stars shown on a giant inflatable screen. Located at Mercato, 9128 Strada Pl., Naples. Call 239-594-9400 or check www.mercatoshops.com for additional information.
20 WEDNESDAY 9:00 a.m. Giants of the Everglades Art Exhibit. Showcasing photography by local artist Dennis Goodman in our art gallery. Located at Rookery Bay Reserve, 300 Tower Rd., Naples. 1:00 p.m. Needlework Makerspace. Learn some simple sewing techniques. We’ll be making a small stuffed animal and a bag to carry it in. Bring a friend, your mom or dad, or even a grandparent and learn a new skill together. All ages. Registration is recommended. Located at South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-252-7542 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information. 2:00 p.m. Blackout Poetry. Remove unwanted words to express yourself in a unique way. All ages welcome. Registration is not required. Located at Naples Regional Library, 650 Central Ave., Naples. 2:00 p.m. Movie Day: Boss Baby. It’s early release day, and if you have no place to go, come to the library and join us for an afternoon movie show. All ages. Registration is not required. Located at Immokalee Branch Library, 417 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239-657-2882 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information.
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9:00 a.m. Bounce Playgroup for Preschoolers with Special Needs. Golisano Children’s Hospital and Naples Children & Education Foundation hosts a monthly playgroup for families with preschool age children with special needs. This provides the opportunity for children to play with their peers in a safe environment. Located at Bounce, 2320 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., Naples. 9:00 a.m. Maker Space. You can create, construct, learn, share, and have fun with friends. Play with Lego bricks, Keva planks, games, and more the whole day. All ages. Registration is not required. Located at Immokalee Branch Library, 417 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239-657-2882 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information. 10:00 a.m. Little Explorers Program. Provides our youngest visitors with the opportunity to explore nature and discover amazing animals through multi-sensory activities, stories, and crafts. No registration required. Located at Conservancy of SW Florida, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples. Call 239-262-0304 or check www. conservancy.org for additional information. 4:00 p.m. How to Meet a Dog. Domestic Animal Services will teach you how to safely interact with a dog and understand what they are saying to you. Ages 5-10 years. Registration required. Located at Marco Island Branch Library, 210 S. Heathwood Dr., Marco Island. Call 239-394-3272 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information. 4:30 p.m. Autumn Art. Get ready for autumn with a fun craft and a delicious treat. Ages 8-12 years. Registration required. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check public.collier-lib. org for additional information. 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 for additional information. 7:00 p.m. PFLAG Support Group Meeting. The Naples chapter of PFLAG
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(Parents Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) meets on the third Thursday of each month. Call 513-4568 for location.
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6:30 p.m. Buddy Break Respite Program for Kids With Special Needs. Three-hour monthly session of free respite care for children with special needs and their siblings. Located at Naples Seventh-day Adventist Church, 5050 Davis Blvd., Naples. Call 239-213-3351 or check www.naplessdachurch.org for additional information.
23 SATURDAY 8:00 a.m. Community Yard Sale. Find yard sale bargains with the convenience of having all the sales in one location. Call if you are interested in reserving a spot to sell used items. Located at Max A. Hasse Jr. Community Park, 3390 Golden Gate Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-348-7500 or check colliergov.net for additional information. 11:00 a.m. Museum Day Live. Enjoy a special day out with the family at the Naples Depot Museum, as guests of the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum Day Live. Located at Naples Depot Museum, 1051 Fifth Ave. S., Naples. Call 239262-6525 or check colliermusems.com for additional information. 2:00 p.m. Brainfuse Help Now. Learn how to: Get help with homework. Interact with a live tutor. Create your own flashcards. Form online study groups. Access free lessons and resources. Online quizzes and games. Ages 10-18 years. Registration required. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information. 4:00 p.m. SWFL Family Culture Festival. Delicious food, jewelry, clothing, live music, bounce house, face painting, and other games for the kids in our KidZone. Located at Seacrest County Day School, 7100 Davis Blvd., Naples. Call 239-7844085 for additional information. 6:30 p.m. Celebrate Life Social. The Lung Cancer Research Council, a nonprofit volunteer organization whose mission is to extend and save lives, is honoring survivors of all types of cancer by hosting its second annual Celebrate Life Social event. Located at Laishley Pavilion, 100 Nesbit St., Punta Gorda.
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25 MONDAY 4:00 p.m. Junior Makerspace. The Makerspace will be open to young makers this month. Children can have fun while they create, construct, learn, and share ideas using a variety of materials. Ages 3-7 years. Registration required. Located at East Naples Library, 8787 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples. Call 239-775-5592 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information. 5:30 p.m. Fish Biology 101. Tish from 4-H will be here with some marine creatures that you can help dissect. Learn the differences in the aquatic structure of fish compared to humans. Lots of hands-on activities. Grades 1-5. Registration required. Located at Estates Branch Library, 1266 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples. Call 239-455-8088 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information. 6:45 p.m. Girl Scout Parent Interest Meeting. Come see why Girl Scouting is right for your family. Everything girls do at Girl Scouts—attend troop meetings, sell cookies, camp in the great outdoors, engage in STEM, and beyond—is 100 percent girl-led and girl-focused. Located at Pinecrest Elementary School (cafeteria), 313 9th St. S., Naples.
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26 TUESDAY 3:30 p.m. Where Do Florida Panthers Live?. Come to the library to learn about the Florida panther from a panther specialist. Learn how to avoid contact with these wild animals and what to do if we happen to find one. Ages 5 -11 years. Registration required. Located at Golden Gate Library, 2432 Lucerne Rd., Naples. Call 239-252-4542 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information. 3:30 p.m. Meals of Hope Mobile Food Pantry. The Meals of Hope Mobile Pantry will be in the YMCA parking every Tuesday from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Frozen food, fresh produce, and canned goods will all be given away to families in need. Everyone is welcome. Located at Greater Naples YMCA, 5450 YMCA Rd., Naples. Call 239-597-3148 or check greaternaplesymca.org. 4:00 p.m. How to Meet a Dog. Domestic Animal Services will teach you how
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to safely interact with a dog and understand what they are saying to you. Ages 5-10 years. Registration required. Located at South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-252-7542 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information. 5:00 p.m. Sensory Night at C’mon. For children on the autism spectrum and/or with other sensory integration disorders. 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. 6:30 p.m. TED Talks and Teens. TED Talks are videos filmed at the annual Technology, Entertainment, Design conference that offer great ideas presented by some of the world’s most engaging speakers. Located at South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy., Estero. Call 239-479-4636 for additional information. 6:45 p.m. Girl Scout Parent Interest Meeting. Come see why Girl Scouting is right for your family. Everything girls do at Girl Scouts—attend troop meetings, sell cookies, camp in the great outdoors, engage in STEM, and beyond—is 100 percent girl-led and girl-focused. Located at Vineyards Elementary School (cafeteria), 6225 Arbor Blvd., Naples.
27 WEDNESDAY 6:00 p.m. Girl Scout Parent Interest Meeting. Come see why Girl Scouting is right for your family. Everything girls do at Girl Scouts—attend troop meetings, sell cookies, camp in the great outdoors, engage in STEM, and beyond—is 100 percent girl-led and girl-focused. Lely Elementary School (cafeteria), 8125 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples. 6:00 p.m. Art After Hours. Enjoy free admission to The Baker Museum the last Wednesday of each month from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. A local band offers musical entertainment and audiences of all ages are welcome to view the galleries and learn from our docents. Located at Artis-Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., Naples. Call 239-597-1111 or check artisnaples.org for additional information.
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28 THURSDAY 5:00 p.m. Hands On Art. Simple art fun for all. Dress for a mess. All ages. Registration is not required. Located at Immokalee Branch Library, 417 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239-657-2882 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information. 5:30 p.m. Creative Writing Club. Whether you write poetry, stories, or just scribble, this is the group for you. Play games, hone your skills, and share your work. Participants who attend all four workshops will be rewarded. Ages 14-18 years. Registration required. Located at Naples Regional Library, 650 Central Ave., Naples. 6:00 p.m. Girl Scout Parent Interest Meeting. Come see why Girl Scouting is right for your family. Everything girls do at Girl Scouts—attend troop meetings, sell cookies, camp in the great outdoors, engage in STEM, and beyond—is 100 percent girl-led and girl-focused. Located at Estates Elementary School, 5945 Everglades Blvd. N., Naples.
29 FRIDAY 10:00 a.m. Art Smarts. Join us for a story time focusing on process art. We’ll read a story, sing some songs and then wear some old clothes, because we’ll have some creative fun through developmentally appropriate art experiences. Ages 2-5 years. Registration required. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information.
30 SATURDAY 7:00 a.m. Walk Like MADD and 5K Dash. Walk or run across home plate to end drunk, drugged, and substance-impaired driving. Located at JetBlue Park, 11581 Daniels Pkwy., Fort Myers. Call 239-334-4700 for additional information. 9:00 a.m. National Estuaries Day. Free Admission. Join Rookery Bay for their annual celebration of the 29 estuarine research reserves around the nation. Located at Rookery Bay Reserve, 300 Tower Rd., Naples. 9:00 a.m. National Estuaries Day. This annual celebration recognizes the importance of estuaries, the habitat where rivers meet the sea. Includes staff-narrated boat tours (bus transportation provided to the boat), introductory 30-minute kayaking trips and stand-up paddleboarding. Located at Rookery Bay Reserve, 300 Tower Rd., Naples. 2:00 p.m. Greenhouse Planting and Seed Bombs. Come to the young adult room to help plant our new greenhouse. Then help save the disappearing bee population by making seed bombs to take home with you to plant in your own yard or planter. Ages 12-18 years. Registration required. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check public.collier-lib. org for additional information. 6:00 p.m. Free Family Tennis Festival. Join USTA Florida and the Greater Naples YMCA for a summer evening of family fun celebrating Hispanic heritage and Tennis for Everyone. This special tennis event will feature tons of fun on and off the court for adults and children of all ages. Located at Greater Naples YMCA, 5450 YMCA Rd., Naples. Call 239-597-3148 or check greaternaplesymca.org for additional information.
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By Karen T. Bartlett
Skipping School With a Purpose
y mother never missed a day of school well into her teens, and later, as a respectable mom herself – as well as a Girl Scout leader and substitute teacher – she certainly never considered taking us kids out of school for travel, no matter how educational it might be. That, she rightly believed, is what school field trips, winter break, and summer are for. I got a lot of my mom’s genes, but I didn’t get that one. So if you’re a teacher, principal or truant officer (do they still have these?) please skip the next paragraph. Because this is a confession. Sorry/not sorry As a travel journalist (the best job in the entire world), I had several opportunities to take my school-age kids along. We had rules, of course: no missing important projects, and pre-assigned homework delivered on time and so on. The world became one big geography/ science/ history lesson, with authentic sensory experiences and interactions with people of different cultures that even YouTube can’t deliver. Fast-forward to now, and these two little people have evolved into global citizens with advanced degrees and a respect for the vast world beyond our own. Pink dolphins There was that week, deep in the primitive jungles of Venezuela, when Sarah dove into the Rio Orinoco to swim with the pink Amazon dolphins. Our indigenous guide from the Warao Indian tribe took us by canoe to meet the basket and hammock artisans in his stilt house village, where we bonded with some sweet kids and their moms. As an adult, Sarah has felt at home working among remote and primitive tribes of West Africa. NEAPOLITANfamily • September 2017
Blue-footed boobies & lava lizards Christopher, the budding environmental scientist, paid as much attention to naturalists’ lectures as he did to the blue-footed boobies, sea lions, and lava lizards of the Galapagos Islands, where he personally met Lonesome George, the last remaining descendent of Charles Darwin’s Pinta Island tortoises (subspecies Geochelone nigra Abingdon). Lonesome George has since passed away. Reality check The thing that National Geographic documentaries and taking your kids to remote destinations have in common is that reality happens. You see and experience stuff they don’t put into the travel brochures. For example, as our charming translator/guide follows Sarah into the river of pink dolphins, he calls to me over his shoulder: “there are piranha in here, but nothing to worry about.” The ocelot kitten he told her was cuddly – well, not so much. And Christopher’s most poignant moment in the Galapagos happened when he lay beside a baby sea lion in a shallow tidal pool as (the naturalist explained) it struggled to survive the realities of natural selection.
Roles are reversed Chris was devastated when I was unable to take him along on safari at Mala Mala Game Reserve in South Africa where, coincidentally, a National Geographic documentary was being filmed. I promised him that if he graduated from high school with straight A’s I’d take him there. He did, and to my great remorse, I still haven’t fulfilled that promise. Now the roles are reversed. As I write this, Sarah has invited me to camp on a mountaintop with her to watch the once-ina-lifetime full eclipse of the sun. And as you read this, I’m heading to the primitive South Pacific islands of Vanuatu, where Chris is taking me to stand at the precipice of one of the most spectacular erupting volcanoes on the planet. Watch these pages in November for the full story. Travel Editor KAREN T. BARTLETT has written and photographed more than a dozen travel destination books and published hundreds of travel features in publications throughout the world. She’s the author of the award-wining family guidebook series, Mostly Kids’ Guides, and is currently working on the second edition of A (mostly) Kids’ Guide to Naples, Marco Island & The Everglades. neafamily.com
By Christina Katz
The Magic of Singing 70 Reasons to Encourage Your Kids to Raise Their Voices
t happened a couple of years ago. My then 10-year-old daughter was moping around the house, grousing about some aspect of our lives that was not as ideal as she perceived her friends’ lives. And that’s when the light bulb went off. “Hey, why don’t you go upstairs and practice your choir songs,” I said in as non-punitive a tone as I could muster. Truth was, I was tired of the grousing. Comparing her life to her friends’ lives was becoming a bad habit. But my daughter had been singing in her elementary school choir once a week before school for a couple years, and she had recently been chosen to attend the state choir event. The director sent the kids home with a CD of music to each listen to and practice on their own. I decided to jump on this opportunity to give my non-instrument playing daughter a bit of regular “singing practice” time. My suggestion caught my daughter off guard. She paused, perhaps about to argue, but then thought about it, shrugged, and said, “Okay.” As she retreated up the stairs, I called after her cheerily, “Give it at least 20 minutes of practice, okay?” I had the feeling I was onto something. Moments later, the sound of her voice came wafting down
the stairs. The kid who had been moping about was now totally immersed in her music study. Thirty minutes later, she skipped down the stairs, humming and cheerful. “What’s for dinner?” she said. “Can I make it?” I’d hit the mood-improvement jackpot for my child. Since then, “singing practice” has become something of an institution in our home. No matter how many times I suggest, “Time for singing practice?” to my daughter, she never argues, she’s always willing to give it a go. And every time she does it, her mood is lifted and her attitude gets an adjustment without any fussing or futzing from me. I’m not sure whether singing practice can work the same magic for every child, but now that you know how powerful the practice might be, doesn’t it seem silly not to try it with your own song-loving kids? Singing is healthy physically, psychologically, and socially whether your child’s singing is pitch-perfect or not. Once you consider the many benefits singing can have on any member of your family, you may even decide to set aside your own daily singing time, and start to look for ways to get your whole family singing together and with others. If you are not convinced, you will be, once you check out this list of 70 good reasons to sing more regularly: NEAPOLITANfamily • September 2017
1. To lift spirits and lighten moods 2. To learn to express a range of feelings 3. To recognize song patterns, rhythms, and rhymes 4. To find comfort or solace 5. To pass the time 6. To calm anxious nerves 7. To avoid boredom 8. To recover from disappointment 9. To make any experience more fun 10. To release frustration 11. To focus the mind 12. To relax the body 13. To develop a stronger musical ear 14. To improve body rhythm 15. To become a better listener 16. To work on skills of imitation 17. To develop memorization skills 18. To learn how to concentrate over time 19. To inspire the imagination 20. To understand storytelling better 21. To increase self-confidence 22. To experience a sense of doing something constructive 23. To learn new words 24. To expose yourself to many song styles 25. To improve math aptitude 26. To carry on family, religious, or state traditions 27. To make a contribution 28. To learn about history 29. To stimulate brain development 30. To discover personal tastes 31. To become a better communicator 32. To exercise the lips, tongue, mouth, and face 33. To improve articulation 34. To cause endorphins to flow 35. To help the brain learn to multitask 36. To speak with more eloquence 37. To learn about contrast and opposites 38. To share something special with others 39. To make music for free or inexpensively 40. To aid healing 41. To create a positive relationship with the self 42. To feel more grounded and present
43. To explore personal vocal range 44. To find a more natural speaking voice 45. To develop a sense of musical artistry 46. To release oxytocin, a natural stress reliever, in the brain 47. To sleep better at night 48. To strengthen your heart 49. To improve your posture 50. To feel safe and secure 51. To exercise the lungs, abdomen and rib muscles 52. To boost your immune system 53. To open up your sinuses and respiratory tubes 54. To develop a healthier breathing pattern 55. To experience joy 56. To feel individual power 57. To get involved in the arts 58. To have the experience of reaching goals 59. To alleviate some symptoms of depression 60. To encourage creativity through song invention or adaptation 61. To appreciate all forms of music better 62. To make the most of your vocal potential 63. To notice nuance and subtlety in vocal performances 64. To improve the quality of your singing voice 65. To participate in something positive 66. To better appreciate a variety of human experiences 67. To develop a sense of command over your voice and body 68. To develop leadership skills in a community 69. To make your life rich with song 70. To remember you are an instrument
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By Christina Katz
Burst Into Song?
39 Must-Watch Musicals the Whole Family Will Enjoy
o you love musical theater? Are you hoping to raise theatrical kids? Do you long to expose your kids to the productions you have either seen or have always wanted to see? Well, never fear. Here is a list of movie musicals you can watch and discuss with your kids at home as they grow. Of course, live musical theater comes with a steeper price tag than home-viewing options. So why not watch film versions at home first and then decide which shows to see on stage? Once you've previewed and ranked your top musical selections as a family, you can decide which musical productions to attend. Then you can make the most budget-friendly decisions for your family. Ready to burst into song? Here is a list of recommended films to check out, broken down by age:
Children 1. The Lion King 2. The Little Mermaid 3. Beauty and the Beast 4. Aladdin 5. Annie 6. You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Kids) 7. The Wizard of Oz 8. Mary Poppins 9. Singin' in the Rain 10. The Music Man 11. Meet Me in St. Louis 12. The King and I 13. Peter Pan 14. Fiddler on the Roof 15. The Sound of Music 16. Pirates of Penzance 17. Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory
Tweens 18. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers 19. High School Musical 20. Newsies 21. Oliver! 22. Guys & Dolls 23. Into the Woods 24. Hairspray 25. Bye Bye Birdie 26. White Christmas 27. Thoroughly Modern Millie 28. My Fair Lady 29. Mamma Mia! 30. Grease 31. West Side Story 32. The Phantom of the Opera 33. Oklahoma!
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Teens 34. Funny Girl 35. Little Shop of Horrors 36. Dream Girls 37. RENT 38. Les Misérables 39. Chicago Musical Theater Viewing Options DVD Streaming video High school productions College productions Community theater productions Children's theater productions Outdoor summer productions Professional productions in your nearest city Shakespearean festivals Broadway tours Travel to New York City
Ways to Save Money on Theater Tickets H Try out the local high school or college productions. They might be better than you expect and the ticket prices are usually inexpensive.
H See if you can usher shows at your city theater in exchange for a discount on tickets.
H Identify the best budget seats at your nearby theaters and then purchase your next set of tickets the first day tickets become available.
H Get on mailing lists and e-mail lists for your favorite theaters so you can always stay abreast of upcoming shows.
H Search the Internet for coupon codes for your favorite city theaters before you buy online.
H Like and follow your favorite theaters on social media and watch for any giveaways or discounts advertised there. H Rally friends, club-mates, or community groups and ask for a group rate.
Author, journalist, and writing coach CHRISTINA KATZ is married to a high school theater director, which means her family has memorized the scores of more musicals than she can count. She hopes you will support local and regional theaters in your area.
H Check for off-peak tickets (weekday nights) at a lower rate. H If you know you’ll want to see every show of the season, buy a subscription and save a bundle.
Dates & Times: Aug 16 to Dec 21 • Mon-Fri • 2:40 p.m. to 6 p.m. Cost: $450 per child Locations: East Naples, Immokalee, South Immokalee, Max Hasse,Veterans, Vineyards Community Parks & Golden Gate Community Center
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THE ARTS DIRECTORY
DANCE BACKSTAGE DANCE ACADEMY • 239-566-3535 bdanaples.com • firstname.lastname@example.org Backstage Dance Academy offers a professional dance education for girls and boys ages 2 to 18. Students can stretch their imaginations in our Children’s Division or nurture their skill and artistry in our Academy Division. Whether you’re enrolled in one of our ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, or lyrical classes, our professional instructors will teach a challenging and engaging class designed to inspire and transform each student. If you are interested in joining our dedicated dance family centered around a common love of dance, please stop by and visit our friendly staff at 5385 Jaeger Road, Unit 102, or call us for more information on how you can bring the joy of dance into your child’s life. We look forward to meeting you. CITY OF NAPLES • 239-213-3020 naplesgov.com • email@example.com The City of Naples offers a variety of activities that range from pre-kindergarten to adults all year long. Programs include arts, water sports, language, and more. Specialty summer camps offered for pre-K to teens.
our website toward the beginning of each session for updates. The basics of ballet, jazz, tap, and dance technique are stressed for all students. The opportunity to participate in recreational social and cultural outlets is critical to the quality of life in any community. The Collier County Parks & Recreation Division provides programming for all ages and abilities, including sports leagues/camps/ competitions, aquatics, arts, dance, community classes, senior, kids’ out-of-school programs, adaptive programs, special events, and more. Register online for free at www.collierparks.com or download our mobile app to play, connect, and discover with Collier County Parks & Recreation. DANCE ARTS BY MARIA • 239-513-6999 naplesdancearts.com • firstname.lastname@example.org Dance Arts by Maria, Inc., teaches a love and appreciation for the art of dance to all ages and levels of students. Dancers between the ages of 2-18 can learn ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, contemporary, and lyrical. In addition to recreational classes, the studio offers multiple performance team opportunities and an award-winning competitive team. The studio participates in charitable events throughout Naples, so keep an eye out for our dancers. To keep up-to-date check out our Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter pages @naplesdancearts.
COLLIER COUNTY PARKS & REC • 239-252-4000 collierparks.com • email@example.com
PURE ENERGY DANCE CENTER • 239-682-3241 pureenergydancecenter.com firstname.lastname@example.org
The Collier County Parks & Recreation Division offers a variety of programs involving the Arts. Dance classes currently are offered at our community centers at affordable prices. This enables children and adults from all economic and cultural backgrounds to fully participate in the study of dance. Our class schedule is updated three times a year (fall, winter/spring, summer) so please check
We believe in challenging, developing, and inspiring our students with positive reinforcement. Offering classes for 18 months through adults in all styles of dance and fitness. Morning, afternoon, and evening classes. Known for innovative teaching methods and providing BrainDance method for three decades. This develops every student into a whole dancer as skilled technician, critical
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thinker, collaborator, and creator. Working as a dance family, we treasure relationship building, sportsmanship, and friendship. Workshops, intensives, and specialty classes are offered at our studio. You or your child will learn real-world performance skills year round. Languages: English and Spanish. TIR NA NOG ACADEMY OF IRISH DANCE 239-455-7225 • facebook.com/TirNaNogNaples tirnanogdance.com • email@example.com Tir Na Nog Academy of Irish Dance was founded to continue the beauty and grace of Irish dance, to continue the heritage and tradition of the Irish Culture, and to share the camaraderie that has so greatly enriched the lives of the Oxx family. Classes are held on Tuesdays at St. John the Evangelist and on Thursdays at Temple Shalom. Beginners’s classes are held from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Your first session is free.
MUSIC & THEATER CHILDREN FOR THE ARTS • 239-571-3305 facebook.com/ChildrenForTheArts.com firstname.lastname@example.org After-school theater program for children ages 6-15 is held at Pine Ridge Middle School on Fridays from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Program culminates in performances held at the school. Participation fee is required. GREATER NAPLES YMCA • 239-898-7040 greaternaplesymca.org • email@example.com Make your own kind of music at the YMCA’s lessons and classes. We offer group and private opportunities for children starting at age 5 and adults of all ages. You can even take a bow at your own recitals and performances. Whether you’re re-capturing the music of your youth or you’ve never played a note, our music instructor can get you back in the groove. GULFSHORE PLAYHOUSE • 239-261-7529 GulfshorePlayhouse.org Gulfshore Playhouse Education serves Southwest Florida through a wide variety of unique educational opportunities. The Playhouse’s educational programming provides people from the diverse community accessibility to the art of theater. Program offerings for youth grades pre-K to 12 range from STAR (Student Theatre Artist in Residence) theater classes, summer camps, and productions to ThinkTheatre in-school and classroom programs. Gulfshore Playhouse also provides a variety of educational opportunities for adults, from Synergy Series audience enrichment programs to professional internships. FULL S.T.E.A.M. AHEAD • 239-451-3142 FullSteamAheadFL.com info@fullsteamaheadFL.com Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead, a program which offers enrichment in the arts and sciences, is located at St. John the Evangelist. Private music lessons are available, either as a part of the after-school program or separately. Instruments: piano, voice, flute, guitar. Base rate for lessons is $30/half hour. Discounts offered to students enrolled in the after-school program on the day of their lesson. NEAPOLITANfamily • September 2017
September Picks in Lee County
KIDZACT YOUTH THEATRE OF THE NAPLES PLAYERS 239-434-7340, ext. 127 naplesplayers.org • firstname.lastname@example.org KidzAct programs are offered year round in three sessions: Summer, Fall, and Winter/Spring for students 5-18 years of age. Six levels of skill/showcase classes are offered in singing, dancing, and acting. Teen programs in song, dance, and acting are also offered. KidzAct production classes present six full productions for advanced students, including musicals and “Shakespeare on the Plaza.” PIANO LESSONS WITH JO ANN • 239-293-6819 email@example.com Jo Ann Kravitz offers piano lessons in the convenience of your own home for all ages. Jo Ann has a degree in music and is able to offer flexible hours with reasonable rates. SISBARRO ACTING SCHOOL • 239-537-8353 sisbarroactingschool.com firstname.lastname@example.org Fall, spring, and summer acting classes for ages 5 to adult. Perfect for home-schooled children. Beginner and advanced classes. Visit our website for details.
Secret Keeper Girl
McGregor Baptist Church, 3750 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers Friday, September 8 • 6:30 p.m.
Does your daughter know her value as a daughter of the King? Is she confident of where her true beauty lies? Join us for the most fun a mom & daughter will ever have connecting and talking about true beauty and modesty. 800-691-8312
Parade for Heroes
47th Terrace SE in Cape Coral
Saturday, September 9 • 10 a.m.
The parade — which coincides with the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks., features First Responder EMS, Fire, Military and Law Enforcement, Clydesdales, Clowns, Flintstone Miniature Cars and more!
Kid's All American Fishing Derby
Cape Coral Yacht Club, 5819 Driftwood Pkwy, Cape Coral Saturday, September 16 • 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Derby Includes over one hour of fishing, angler education, bait, awards and participants lunch. In addition, each participant will receive a rod & reel to take home at the end of the derby. 239-574-0806
Tropical Fun-Shine Polynesian Show Rotary Park, 5505 Rose Garden Rd., Cape Coral Saturday, September 23 • 7 p.m.
Swaying hula dancers will mesmerize you as they tell a story with their hula hands to music of the islands. 239-549-4606
Peace Day in the Park
Jaycee Park, Cape Coral Sunday, September 24 • 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Live music, art, vendors, pet adoption, yoga, meditations, crafts, food, raffles, education, lots of fun & a sensation of community & peace! 239-560-5224
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VISUAL ART/PHOTOGRAPHY NAPLES ART ASSOCIATION • 239-262-6517 NaplesArt.org • Aimee.Schlehr@naplesart.org The Naples Art Association believes that a strong arts education is part of the foundation for a successful future. Youth who participate in the popular ARTScool summer education program delve into their creative sides. Special studio or art classes for children are offered throughout the year. Collier County high school art students have opportunities to earn scholarships to pursue their artistic studies at the collegiate level. UNDERSTAND PHOTOGRAPHY 239-263-7001 UnderstandPhotography.com Understand Photography provides photography lessons to photographers who prefer step-by-step, easy-to-understand instructions. The school’s mission and motto is “We Simplify the Technical.” Students can learn at their own pace, at the studio in Naples, on location or in the privacy of their own home via online classes. Workshops for teens as well as adults are offered.
MULTIPLE DISCIPLINES CENTERS FOR THE ARTS OF BONITA SPRINGS 239-293-6819 ArtCenterBonita.org • email@example.com The Centers for the Arts offers after-school and Saturday classes during the school year as well as spring break, holiday, and summer camps in visual and performing arts for ages 4-18. Agespecific small classes of 15 students or less. Generous discounts and scholarships are available. NEAPOLITANfamily • September 2017
Girls on the Run is a curriculum based, after-school character development program designed for 3rd – 8th grade girls of ALL fitness and ability levels.
Join the fun, sign up for the Fall Season! Program Dates: 2x/week, September 25th – December 16th Online registration opens August 21st • Registration Fee $150 – Scholarships Available
CURRENT FALL SITES:
Avalon Elementary: T/TH, 3-4:30 • Boys & Girls Club: M/W, 4-5:30 Calusa Park: M/W – 3-4:30 • Community School Naples: M/W, 3:15-4:30 Corkscrew Elementary: T/TH, 3-4:30 • Corkscrew Middle: T/TH – 4-5:30pm** Grace Place: tbd, 4-5:15 • Highlands Elementary: T/TH, 3-4:30 Lake Park: T/TH, 3-4:30 • Laurel Oak Elementary: T/TH, 3-4:30 ** Naples Park Elementary: tbd, 3-4:30 • Osceola Elementary: T/TH, 3-4:30 ** Palmetto Elementary: T/TH, 3-4:30 • Parkside Elementary: M/T, 3-4:30 Pelican Marsh Elementary: M/W, 3-4:30** • Sea Gate Elementary: T/TH, 3-4:30 Shadowlawn Elementary: M/TH, 3-4:30** • Tommie Barfield Elementary: M/W, 3-4:30 Veterans Memorial: T/TH, 3-4:30 • Vineyards: T/TH, 3-4:30 Waves of Wonder Montessori – M/W, 3-4:30 **Coaches still needed for some sites. Coaches do not need to be runners, just positive mentors. Volunteer hours available for high school students. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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For more information visit: www.GOTRCC.org or call (239) 777-3720
Xcel 2 Fitness is coming this fall!! Empowering boys to chase their dreams!
REGISTRATION opens September 25th! Xcel 2 Fitness an after school program for 3rd-5th grade boys with a mission to use fitness to impact character. Our a 6-week program teaches speed, agility, strength, balance, and cardio while embedding teamwork, leadership, and goal-setting into each session. Learn more at xcel2fitness.com/swflorida
Registration and Info
Sign up online at xcel2fitness.com/swflorida between September 25 and October 9!
For more info contact Melissa Pares-Alvarado at Melissa@xcel2fitness.com or 239.450.5501
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Are you ready to experience the difference? We will furnish:
18 Holes of Golf Plates, forks, napkins & candles Tables & Chairs Drinks: Coke, Sprite, etc.
“Teaching Beyond The Steps”
Ages 18 Months to Baby Boomers! · Creative Movement · Hip-Hop/Music Video · Ballet/Pointe · Jazz (all types) · Contemporary/ Modern
· Commercial Dance
Only $10.00 per person Bi (the Birthday Child is Free and gets 1 year of free golf) These figures are based upon a minimum of 10 people. We will require 10 days notice. Thank you!
(dancers who want to go pro or audition)
· Classical Spinal Stretch · Dance Party Workout! · Ballet Barre Bootcamp
VIEW WEBSITE FOR MORE CLASSES!
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CCPS ACTIVITIES GUIDE • FALL 2017
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Pre-K Programs: TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS, 10 AM (Most enjoyed by children 5 and younger)
SEPTEMBER 5 & 7 House for Hermit Crab
OCTOBER 3 & 5 Hungry, Hungry Caterpillar
SEPTEMBER 19 & 21 Tales of a Great Blue Heron
OCTOBER 17 & 19 Over in the Forest
Join us on a journey as our hermit crab friend searches for the right shell! Help our hermit crab friend find the perfect home! Bring home your very own craft crab, too!
Travel with Johnny as he discovers how to use his beak on a wonderful journey with his family, tackling the unexpected. Together, letâ€™s see if we can use our beaks like Johnny does!
Help us celebrate National Butterfly and Hummingbird day by helping us discover what a caterpillar eats! What is his favorite food, and why is he so hungry?
Experience a hands-on activity while reading about what critters we might find living in the forest, and how they move! Learn about animal tracks, and create your very own tracking guide!
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