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16 Letting Go of the Holiday Tug-of-War

A few strategies for getting organized, staying honest and knowing when to say “no thanks” this holiday season. by Beth Fornauf

18 Karate Kid: Martial Arts for Children

The benefits of martial arts plus how to choose the right one for your child.

44 CCPS Offers Farm-to-School Snack Departments


Family Movie Reviews


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A unique program in Collier County Public Schools introduces children to new fruits and vegetables. by Stacy Nicolau

46 GIVING BACK: These 30 Local Non-Profits Need Your Help

Profiles of 30 local non-profits looking for your help! Whether you are looking for a volunteer opportunity for yourself or your family or you’d like to give a monetary gift, we have the information you need to make an informed choice. by Stacy Nicolau

52 GIVING BACK: Overcome the Obstacles and Volunteer With Your Family

Four common objections to volunteering and advice on how you can rise above them. by Cindy Hudson


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from the assistant publisher… This Month: Do You Feel It?

The cooler mornings illuminated by a golden sunshine. The aroma of pumpkin spice lattes. The rumble of gigantic car carriers loaded with northerners’ cars hovering next to you at the stoplight. This is how we know it is November in Naples. November is the month to give thanks, but at Neapolitan Family, we want to make it a month just to GIVE. Give your time. Give your ideas. Give your spare change. Give your support. Whatever your passion, whether it is the arts, education, animal or environmental preservation, feeding and sheltering the needy, or an awareness of an illness that has affected you or your family, there is an organization for you to support. If you need inspiration, refer to “The Thirty Days of Giving”, a resource of just a few of the many worthwhile nonprofits that are based in Collier County, and give back to our community. I also know it is November because our calendar is bursting at the seams. It is full of fall festivals, holiday celebrations and fundraising events because along with those car carriers come lots of generous visitors with open hearts and wallets. By simply showing up at a festival, participating in a walk or even sipping some wine, you and your family also can be a part of the awareness, the cure or the assistance that so many people need. If you would like to assist or adopt a family so that every child in Collier County has a gift to open during the holidays we have several organizations on our list that can help you get started. Be aware that Hanukkah starts at sundown the night before Thanksgiving, so for some families you may need to

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NOTE: We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the staff of St. Matthew’s House for graciously allowing us to use their facility for our cover shoot. For more information on St. Matthew’s please read “30 Days of Giving” on pages 46-50 or their website at


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Movie & DVD Reviews for you and your family


ovember brings time-traveling turkeys, a book thief, a fierce heroine, and a snow princess. Here’s a look at what’s new in theaters and on DVD and blu-ray this month. FREE BIRDS

PG for some action/peril and rude humor. In theaters 11/1. Ok for kids 6+. Reel Preview: 3.5 of 5 Reels. This cute animated comedy from Relativity Media finds two mismatched turkeys traveling back in time to save their own kind from being on the holiday menu every year. The great voice cast includes Owen Wilson, Woody Harrelson, Amy Poehler and Colm Meaney, with Jimmy Hayward (“Horton Hears a Who!”) handling directing duties. ENDER’S GAME PG-13 for some violence, sci-fi action and thematic material. In theaters 11/1. Ok for kids 13+. Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels. This adaptation from Orson Scott Card’s sci-fi novel takes place in the not-too-distant future, when our planet has come under attack from a malevolent race of aliens known as the Formics. Fleet Commander Mazer Rackham (Ben Kingsley) sent them fleeing back into the stars, but decorated Colonel Hyrum Graff (Harrison Ford) knows that the Formics will soon return even stronger than before. He finds a new hero in Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), who’s recruited into Battle School. DIANA PG-13 for brief strong language, some sensuality and smoking. In theaters 11/1. Ok for kids 13+. Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels. Kate Snell’s intimate biography “Diana: Her Last Love” serves as the inspiration for Oliver Hirschbiegel’s biopic starring Naomi Watts as the illfated Princess of Wales. Set during the final two years of her life, the film details Diana’s muchpublicized divorce from Prince Charles


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and her clandestine affair with Pakistani heart surgeon Dr. Hasnat Khan (Naveen Andrews). THOR: THE DARK WORLD Not yet rated; likely PG-13. In theaters 11/8. Ok for kids 12+. Reel Preview: 3.5 of 5 Reels. In this big-budget adventure set after the events of Marvel’s “The Avengers,” Chris Hemsworth reprises his role of Thor, returning to do battle with Malekith (Christopher Eccleston), the vengeful leader of a primordial race that seeks to destroy the Nine Realms. With Odin (Anthony Hopkins) unable to protect Asgard from the approaching darkness, the god of thunder reunites with Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) and prepares to make the ultimate sacrifice in order to save the world from certain destruction. Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, and Tadanobu Asano co-star. THE BOOK THIEF Not yet rated; likely PG. In theaters 11/15. Ok for kids 10+. Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels. Sophie Nelisse plays a young girl living with foster parents (Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson) in Nazi Germany who begins collecting forbidden books and sharing them with the Jewish refugee hiding in her home. This touching war drama adapted from Markus Zusak’s book is directed by Brian Percival (“Downton Abbey”) from a screenplay by Michael Petroni (“The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys”). GONE WITH THE WIND Rated G. In theaters 11/22. Ok for kids 7+. Reel Preview: 5 of 5 Reels. Everything old is new again when the 1939 classic “Gone With the Wind” returns to the big screen. You know the story: A spoiled Southern girl named Scarlett O’Hara (Vivien

Leigh) is hopelessly in love with married Ashley Wilkes (Leslie Howard). Enter Rhett Butler (Clark Gable), the black sheep of a wealthy Charleston family, who is instantly fascinated by the feisty, self-centered Scarlett. All set against a backdrop of the Civil War and Reconstruction era. DELIVERY MAN PG-13 for thematic elements, sexual content, some drug material, brief violence and language. In theaters 11/22. Ok for kids 13+. Reel Preview: 3 of 5 Reels. Vince Vaughn continues his trend of playing slackers in this Disney/Dreamworks comedy from director Ken Scott. The former sperm donor discovers that he is the biological father of 533 children, and that 142 of them have filed a lawsuit to learn his true identity. But these days he owes money to the mob, and his pregnant girlfriend can’t stand the sight of him. Learning of the lawsuit, David considers letting the truth come out, and finds that sometimes the best fathers are those who seem the least fit for parenting. THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some frightening images, thematic elements, a suggestive situation and language. In theaters 11/22. Ok for kids 13+. Reel Preview: 5 of 5 Reels. “The Hunger Games” saga continues in this sequel that finds a revolution brewing as Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) take a “Victor’s Tour” of the districts. Meanwhile, President Snow (Donald Sutherland) plots their downfall during preparations for The Quarter Quell, which occurs every 25 years to celebrate the Capitol’s victory over the districts. Frances Lawrence directs this second adaption of the popular Suzanne Collins books. NEAPOLITANfamily • November 2013

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FROZEN Not yet rated; likely G. In theaters 11/27. Ok for kids 5+. Reel Preview: 4.5 of 5 Reels. After the kingdom of Arendelle is cast into eternal winter by the powerful Snow Queen Elsa (voiced by Idina Menzel), her sprightly sister Anna (Kristen Bell) teams up with a rough-hewn mountaineer named Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) and his trusty reindeer Sven to break the icy spell. Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee co-directed this Walt Disney Animation Studios production based on Hans Christian Andersen’s beloved fairy tale “The Snow Queen.” BLACK NATIVITY PG for thematic material, language and a menacing situation. In theaters 11/27. Ok for kids 9+. Reel Preview: 3 of 5 Reels. Director Kasi Lemmons updates Langston Hughes’ play for the screen in this musical drama with a positive message. Jacob Latimore plays a street-smart Baltimore teen who lives with his single mom Naima (Jennifer Hudson). It’s Christmas, and this year

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Jordan is traveling to New York City to stay with his distant relatives Reverend Cornell (Forest Whitaker) and Aretha Cobbs (Angela Bassett). When their strict rules prove too oppressive for the rebellious teen, Jordan decides he’d rather spend the holidays with his mom, and embarks on an eye-opening journey that teaches him the true importance of faith and family. MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM PG-13 for some intense sequences of violence and disturbing images, sexual content and brief strong language. In theaters 11/29. Ok for kids 13+. Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels. Nelson Mandela’s life story is told in this adaptation of the South African leader’s autobiography that details his early life, education, 27-year imprisonment, and eventual presidency and rebuilding of the previously segregated country. William Nicholson provides the script, with Idris Alba and Naomie Harris heading up the cast. NEW ON DVD | BLU-RAY: MICKEY’S CHRISTMAS CAROL 30TH ANNIVERSARY - SPECIAL EDITION Rated G. On DVD/Blu-ray 11/5. Ok for kids 3+. Reel Review: 5 of 5 Reels.

Ring in the holidays with this new edition of Disney’s timeless tale, as Mickey, Goofy, Donald and all their pals star in a heartwarming retelling of Dickens’ unforgettable holiday tale. Ebenezer Scrooge (Scrooge McDuck) is too greedy to understand that Christmas is a time for kindness and generosity. But with the guidance of some wise ghosts (Goofy and Jiminy Cricket) and new friends, Scrooge learns to embrace the spirit of the season. WINNIE THE POOH: A VERY MERRY POOH YEAR Rated G. On DVD/blu-ray 11/5. Ok for kids 3+. Reel Review: 5 of 5 Reels. Pooh Bear and his Hundred Acre Wood pals celebrate Christmas and New Year’s Eve in this straight-to-video set. The first adventures finds the silly old bear playing Saint Nick to his buddies after failing to get an errant wish list off to Santa. The second adventure finds the gang in an identity crisis: Piglet inherits Tigger’s hop and Eeyore becomes a happy-go-lucky honey lover. It’s “The Twilight Zone,” Pooh style. These sweet tales will entertain little ones with warm fuzz-

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ies, good company, slapstick energy, and life lessons. THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY (Extended Edition) PG-13 for extended sequences of intense fantasy action violence, and frightening images. On DVD/Blu-ray 11/5. Ok for kids 12+. Reel Review: 4.5 of 5 Reels. Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) joins Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and a band of dwarves led by the brave Thorin (Richard Armitage) on a treacherous quest to reclaim their mountain home from the fierce dragon Smaug. This epic fantasy adventure is adapted from J.R.R. Tolkien’s beloved novel by the creative forces behind the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. Peter Jackson directs. THE LITTLE MERMAID (Diamond Edition) Rated G. On DVD/Blu-ray 11/19. Ok for kids 4+. Reel Review: 5 of 5 Reels. From the moment Prince Eric’s ship emerged from the fog in the opening credits, we all knew this animated Disney tale was pure magic. It’s the story of a headstrong young mermaid named Ariel who yearns to “spend a day, warm on the sand,” and ends up trading her voice to Ursula, the Sea Witch (Pat

Carroll), for a pair of legs. Ariel can only succeed if she receives true love’s kiss in a few day’s time, and she needs all the help she can get from a singing crab named Sebastian, a loudmouth seagull, and a flounder. This classic movie is witty and relevant, and features a great soundtrac. RISE OF THE GUARDIANS PG for thematic elements and some mildly scary action. On DVD/blu-ray 11/21. Ok for kids 7+. Reel Review: 5 of 5 Reels. One of my favorite family movies this year features Chris Pine as the voice of Jack Frost, who teams up with the Easter Bunny (Hugh Jackman), The Tooth Fairy (Isla Fisher), The Sandman, and Santa Claus (Alec Baldwin) to stop the malevolent specter Pitch (Jude Law) from stealing the dreams of children and using his dark powers to rule supreme. Guillermo del Toro serves as executive producer of this fantasy adventure based on the book by William Joyce, who co-wrote the screenplay with “Robots” scribe David Lindsay-Abaire. MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000: 25TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION Not rated. On DVD/Blu-ray 11/26. Ok for kids 10+. Reel Review: 5 of 5 Reels.

The MST3K gang is a favorite in this house. Laughing with Joel, Mike and the ‘bots is a great escape from all the cares of the world, and it’s great family fare for kids 10 and older. This new box set, housed in a neat tin, celebrates their silver jubilee with four previously unreleased episodes, plus tons of brand-new special features and a bonus DVD with two out-of-print episodes: “Mitchell” (Joel’s last episode as host) and “The Brain That Wouldn’t Die” (Mike’s first episode as host). Other episodes include: “Moon Zero Two” (ep 111), “The Day the Earth Froze” (ep 422, with short “Here Comes the Circus”), “The Leech Woman” (ep 802), and “Gorgo” (ep 909). JANE’S REEL RATING SYSTEM One Reel – Even the Force can’t save it. Two Reels – Coulda been a contender Three Reels – Something to talk about. Four Reels – You want the truth? Great flick! Five Reels – Wow! The stuff dreams are made of. Jane Boursaw is founder and editorin-chief of Reel Life With Jane, a family entertainment site specializing in movies, TV and celebrities. Visit her at or email

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HOLIDAYS By Beth Fornauf

Letting Go in the Holiday Tug-of-War I

t’s the most chaotic time of the year. As November approaches, parents start feeling the pull of the holidays. The stress of budgeting for presents, travel and holiday events is enough to rattle anyone’s holiday spirit, and trying to manage invitations, obligations and special events has many parents changing their tune from “Let it Snow!” to “Let it be over!” For many, it all starts with a simple question: what should we do for the holidays? This quickly snowballs into a never-ending list of follow-up questions. Should we travel? Should we stay home? Should we host friends? Should we visit family? What can we afford? Competition for your and your family’s time – from in-laws, siblings, friends, and work– has many parents wishing they could skip the holiday hoopla altogether. Yet there are ways to navigate the murky seas of familial and social obligations that accompany the holidays. All you need are a few strategies for getting organized, staying honest and knowing when to say “no thanks, but….” Read on to find out how to let go in your holiday tug-of-war. Define Non-Negotiables Every family has certain commitments that are non-negotiable. You simply need to make time for them in your schedule. Do yourself and your family a favor by determining what these are as early as possible. Does your oldest child have final exams

to study for? Or maybe your little one has a speaking role in the holiday pageant? Consider both scheduled events like parties, and ongoing ones like music lessons or sports. Compile a list of not-to-be-missed events for all of your family members, and note dates, venues and times so you aren’t frantically searching for them at the last minute.

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them in writing. But don’t stop at a list. Write the dates on the family calendar (and if you don’t have one of these, please create one immediately). This does not mean simply logging things in your smartphone or personal planner. Important family events need to be visible to parents and kids. This helps avoid conflict because everyone can see when something is happening, and also gives everyone a sense of ownership in making holiday plans. So if you expect your partner to attend your holiday ofthe things he sees are not just remembered, they form a part of his soul.

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fice party, don’t just assume it’s a go – put it in VERY VISIBLE writing. Check In As tempting as it might be to reply “yes” to the first ugly sweater party invitation that lands in your inbox, resist the urge. It’s unfair of you to commit to something without talking it over with the rest of the family. While you may be thrilled at the prospect of having Thanksgiving dinner with your parents at a nice restaurant, your kids may want to relax and stay home. Check-in with your home team before you make any decisions. You’ll avoid making assumptions, and are less likely to encounter whining and grumbling down the road. By seeking out other’s opinions and ideas in the planning phase, you may find yourself on the receiving end of the same respectful consideration in the future. Consider Your Kiddos When making holiday plans, it’s often easy to assume that your kids, especially if they are young, will roll with whatever you decide to do. But stop and think for a minute. Do you really want to fly (and risk delays and overbookings) across the country when your kids want to cozy up with you at home? For many, the magic of the holidays dwindles as we get older. If you have little ones, consider taking it easy and establishing traditions at home over the holidays. If your kids are older, you need to talk with them about their school work, activities, and sports schedules – many of which do not take a hiatus over winter breaks. Put Forth a Plan “B” Refusing an invitation, especially from a family member, can be tricky. You don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings or make things awkward. Instead of simply saying “no thank you,” or “sorry, we can’t make it,” offer an alternative. So maybe you can’t attend Christmas dinner at your in-laws’. Offer to host them for a New Year’s Day brunch instead. Better yet, save yourself some stress and plan a get-together for later in the month. Why not take advantage of one of the long weekends in January or February for a low-key visit?

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Take Time for the Team Amidst the chaos of holiday shopping, decorating and socializing, keep in mind that one of goals of this time of year is to celebrate with loved ones, especially your immediate family. That’s difficult to do if you’re always worrying about catching a flight to somewhere, or spending days trapped in the kitchen preparing a meal. Make it a point to carve out some family time with your kids, whether their toddlers or teenagers. You won’t have them home with you forever, and now is the time to make some memories that they can cherish. Schedule a game night, have a cookie-baking party, or get outdoors and build a snow family. Whatever you decide, make that time sacred and family-only. You’ll all be thankful you took some time to relax and enjoy each other’s company. Remember, the holidays aren’t about accepting every invitation that comes your way. Take some time, before the frenzy begins, to think about what you and your family should hold on to, and ways you can let go. Enjoy the season. BETH FORNAUF is a freelance writer. She plans to celebrate the holidays by hosting family, relaxing with her husband and two children, and enjoying some fun in the snow. NEAPOLITANfamily • November 2013

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he popularity of martial arts among children in this country continues to grow, and for good reason. The benefits children can derive from martial arts rival in number the variety of martial arts specialties. It’s just a matter of choosing which one is right for your child.

Jon Frost, owner of Tiger Rock Martial Arts says: “People often think self-discipline is the most important benefit to martial arts training, and indeed it is important, but I would rank it second. To me, the most important benefit of martial arts training for children has always been self confidence. A good program will allow a student to set and achieve goals, develop self defense and artistic skills, and earn belts based on their effort in class. This all builds self confidence, which is the foundation for success in life.” It’s recommended by the federal government that our kids get at least one hour of physical activity per day, the majority of which should come from “vigorousintensity” activities such as brisk walking or running. Handily, the American Academy of Pediatrics classifies martial arts, whether it’s karate, judo, tae kwon do, or jujitsu, as vigorous activity. Physically, martial arts help children develop agility, flexibility, strength and balance. At the same time, they learn to defend themselves and to identify and avoid potentially dangerous situations. Physical fitness is another great benefit of martial arts training, especially for children. In today’s world kids have entirely too much “screen time”. “Martial arts training allows kids to be “unplugged” and get some exercise and interact with other kids in a very structured and physically demanding way,” according to Frost.





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At White Dragon Martial Arts, we are focused on a 4-way fighting system. It is a combination of inside fighting, outside fighting, ground fighting and fight against weapons. We combine Kung Fu, Muay Thai, Chinese boxing (Wing Chun), Aikido and Filipino stick and knife fighting. Sifu Pedro Pineiro was inducted into the LAMA Hall of Fame as Instructor of the Year in 2013.

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KUNG FU KIDS At White Dragon Martial Arts, we are focused on a 4-way fighting system. It is a combination of inside fighting, outside fighting, ground fighting and fight against weapons. We combine Kung Fu, Muay Thai, Chinese boxing (Wing Chun), Aikido and Filipino stick and knife fighting. This is a complete mixed martial arts system. Sifu Pedro Pineiro was inducted into the LAMA Hall of Fame as Instructor of the Year in 2013. Sifu Pedro Pineiro (239) 601-4376 Classes are held at 654 104th Ave N, Naples, FL

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The benefits go far beyond the physical According to Tim Rupert, head instructor and program director at Gulf Coast Karate Academy: “Physical fitness is something all children critically need in today’s technologysaturated and sedentary world. Oftentimes children do not even realize that they are exercising as training is so engaging. As they become more confident in their physical abilities to defend themselves, they become stronger mentally and develop strong self discipline and respect for themselves and others.” •

Learning self-discipline and skills that will aid focus and concentrate.

Building confidence and self-esteem, along with an understanding of respect and courtesy.

Gaining knowledge of what it means to be a leader, which can be valuable in helping them avoid the negative peer pressure they will experience in school and social situations.

Finding the opportunity to flourish in an independent activity, while also utilizing mental skills.

Participating in a sport that many believe is actually safer than many other sports, such as football.

Judo: A Japanese competitive sport that helps children learns self-control and respect for opponents. Students learn how to throw a partner, using leverage and balance.

Jujitsu: A competitive Japanese selfdefense method that focuses on using the opponent’s strength and weight against him.

Special Benefits for Children with ADD & ADHD According to Pamela Morris of Florida Karate, “Martial arts training is often recommended for children with ADD and ADHD because benefits such as enhanced focus, self discipline and goal setting skills are brought home and into their school setting. Parents and teachers notice a difference in the child’s behavior because the goal is to have these positive behaviors transcend into all the other areas of their lives.”

Aikido: A Japanese method that is similar to Jujitsu, but not as competitive and uses gentler movements.

Pick and choose There are myriad types of martial arts from which to choose. Some of the more popular class options include:

Thai Chi: A Chinese form that focuses on weight-bearing moves, stretching and balance. It is very gentle and helps with flexibility and improving concentration.

Capoeira: A unique Afro-Brazilian art form that combines martial arts with dance, music and gymnastics.

Karate: A Japanese self-development system that involves punches and kicks.

Taw Kwon Do: A Korean form of a military art, it involves punching and kicking, as well as meditation and breathing techniques

Getting Started Before beginning any martial arts program, visit your pediatrician to ensure your child is physically able to participate. Then, it’s time to investigate local options and attend

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a test class or two. Talk to the instructors and then watch carefully how they interact with students the same age as your child. Are the students responding to the instructions eagerly? Are they attentive and enjoying the class? If possible, talk to parents for a firsthand account of the program. Darren Moore of American Sports Karate says: “When choosing a martial arts program, the parents need to understand that they are in most cases very uneducated consumers. To overcome this, I recommend the whole family visit at least two and preferably three or four different martial arts businesses prior to choosing. It is also always a good idea to have your children try a few classes out before you join a program. Most quality programs will happily offer such an opportunity at no cost. Finally, don’t feel obligated to sign a long term contract. A flexible monthly option is almost always the right choice for a young family member just starting out. One can always choose to commit for a longer term when and if the new young martial artist shows long term interest. If your child enjoys the sample class, find out what the minimum commitment for the studio will be. Even if your child enjoys the introduction class, there’s no guarantee that interest will remain long term. Try a

six-week session and give your child the option of renewing, before making a long-term commitment. Alex Timin of Impact Martial Arts believes that martial arts training offers important lessons in perseverance and determination. Timin says: “Martial arts training is often fun, but it’s not always easy. A good instructor pushes their students’ limits in both their physical skills and mental discipline. When students struggle, when they think they can’t do it, when they feel like they’ve failed - a good martial arts instructor is right there to inspire and encourage them to keep trying, to persevere, and definitely not to give up! Children in martial arts also learn to connect these experiences to their life outside of the martial arts classroom. When things aren’t easy, when they face challenges, when they feel like they “can’t” - kids can recall the many, many times their instructor told them, “Don’t give up, you can do it!” These lessons about perseverance are a huge benefit that children gain from being involved in martial arts training. Martial arts offers so much for kids, and it’s an activity your entire family can enjoy. Plus, with such an array of options for classes here in Southwest Florida, giving it a try is both smart and easy.

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otice the weather has mellowed and nights are cooler? It’s a great time to have family fun at these events sponsored by the City of Naples Community Services Department and other local organizations.

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How does a full day of fun at the River Park Aquatic Center sound as an option for childcare on school-closure days? Your child will learn how to use masks, snorkels and fins. Splash In Fun Day runs 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Space is limited to 20 and children must be able to swim one pool’s length by themselves. Scheduled for Monday, Nov. 11 and Wednesday, Nov. 27. Fee is $25 for first child, $20 for additional family members.

Bring your children and learn together how nature can flourish in the city, with the proper care. The Naples Preserve continues its tradition of its free nature talk series but now on Sundays at 2:00 p.m. when it is easier to attend. The presentations will inform and entertain adults and children over the age of 5. 1690 Tamiami Trail N., Naples (corner US 41 & Fleischmann Blvd.) 239-261-4290

November Nature Talk Schedule: Nov. 3: Geocaching How-To Heard of geocaching but don’t know what it is? The preserve is home to two caches, and “Lorriebird,” who placed them in the preserve, will be here to show the fine points of this modern-day treasure hunt. Nov. 10: A Gray Fox Family in The Naples Preserve with Becky Speer Earlier this year, a gray fox successfully raised three offspring in the preserve. Watch the video of their lives by day and night that has been put together from footage captured by motion-triggered cameras. Nov. 17: Meet Trouper the Blind Raccoon with Kyle L. Miller and Dot Lee The book “Trouper the Blind Raccoon” is the true story of a raccoon that survived brutal, human-inflicted injuries. Sanibel Island resident and children’s book author Kyle L. Miller put Trouper’s story into print. Trouper’s caregiver Dot Lee and Trouper himself will be at the preserve to tell you his story. Free Outdoor Family Movie Night With the cooler weather, outdoor movie night returns. Curl up with your kids on a blanket as you watch the surprise family movie on a two-story inflatable movie screen at the Cambier Park Bandshell. Saturday, November 16 at sunset.


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School’s Out Fun Day for Elementary School Kids Need childcare when school is closed on Monday, Nov. 11 but you have to work? Both Fleischmann and River Parks have you covered. They have planned fun activities for your child’s day off from school, including crafts, games and sports. Fun Day runs 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. You must register no later than two weeks prior to the event. Space is limited. Fee is $25 per child. Fleischmann Park 239-213-3020 River Park 239-213-3037

“Fit Family” Boot Camp Get active and get fit with your kids at this interval-based workout at Fleischmann Park led by ISSA certified teacher Kim Williams. 1600 Fleishmann Blvd., Naples 239-248-7960

Lil’ Putters Golf Camp (Age 5-9) Your kids can become a chip off the old putt when they learn the basics of golf at Fleischmann Park. Instructor Mike Smuniewski is a 20-year Class “A” PGA Professional and head instructor at Lely Resort. Classes are held on Thursdays from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. from

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Lil’ All Stars (Ages 3 to 6) Returning in November, you can sign your children up for this fun class that introduces them to the basic moves of many sports, such as kicking, hitting and catching. Held on Tuesdays from 4 to 4:30 p.m. from Nov. 5 to Nov. 26. Cost is $40 per child. 1600 Fleishmann Blvd., Naples 239-213-3020

Get in the Holiday Mood with Free Celebrations of Lights Do your kids miss the snow falling around the Christmas tree? Then take them to the Celebration of Lights, Third Street South’s official launch of the holiday season running nightly Monday, Nov. 25 through Friday, Nov. 29 from 6 to 9 p.m. Music and bells resound from the courtyard and plaza as Santa arrives. Third Street S. and Broad Avenue, Naples, 239-649-6707

Free Grand Illuminations and Let It Snow Festival The Village on Venetian Bay invites your family to visit on Friday, Nov. 29 and Saturday, Nov. 30 from 5 – 8 p.m. for their annual holiday festivities, which include a tree lighting ceremony on Friday night. 4200 Gulf Shore Blvd N., Naples Photos by Andrea Breznay 239-261-6100.

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aples Botanical Garden is proud to celebrate the annual Plant Sale and Garden Market, Saturday and Sunday, November 16 and 17, 2013. The Garden is kicking off the season with a weekend long celebration including plants, family activities and music. There is no admission for the Plant Sale and Garden Market which will take place both days from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. with a Saturday Garden Member preview from 8 – 9 a.m. Family Planting Day will be held on Saturday, November 16 in the Smith Children’s Garden; join staff in planting tomatoes, carrots, cauliflower and more. Be sure to join early, plants and garden spaces go quickly. The schedule for Sunday, November 17 is the usual programs: 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. is Dogs in the Garden Walk, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. is Yoga in the Garden on the Kapnick Caribbean Garden lawn and the Jazz series with The Alan Darcy Trio kicks off at 11:00 a.m. on the Water Garden Stage. The Plant Sale and Garden Market attracts flower vendors from across the state of Florida in a variety of specialties. Make plans to stay for live plant demonstrations on a wide variety of topics to hone your garden skills or inspire future projects and ask questions from the experts. Please remember to bring your own seating for all concerts and wear weather appropriate clothing. No outside food or beverage will be admitted to the Garden during special events; however, food and beverage will be available for purchase from the Garden Cart Café. For more information on the Plant Sale and Garden Market, please call Kara Laufer at (239) 325-1910 or KLaufer@

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he Shoppes at Vanderbilt today announced that the Indoor Market & Emporium has added the Neighborhood Organic Store, offering organic fruits and vegetables at farmer’s market prices. The pet-friendly Indoor Farmer’s Market also announced the return of its Saturday Outdoor Farmer’s Market, open 8 am until 2 pm in addition to its two-day Indoor Farmer’s Market & Emporium which is open every Friday from 12 to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Indoor Farmer’s Market & Emporium is located at the northwest corner of Airport-Pulling and Vanderbilt Beach Roads in North Naples. Additional information or vendor applications may be obtained from Laura Sloat, Market Manager at or by calling 239-273-2350.

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Hanukkah Events 2013

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he Early Learning Coalition of Southwest Florida (ELC) has partnered with Fort Myers, Estero and Naples Barnes & Noble Booksellers to host an in-store Book Fair on Saturday, November 23rd from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. A percentage of the daily sales, from this three-store event, will directly benefit the ELC’s Literacy Buddies Program. Customers attending this event will also be able to purchase books for donation to the Literacy Buddy Program directly. Each store will feature a wide variety of readings and activities throughout the event. There will be presentations by local fire departments, law enforcement agencies, dance performances, and much more. Presentations from child care centers will also be part of this event. There will be face painting and arts and crafts activities. The Naples store is located in the Waterside Shops at 5377 Tamiami Trail in Naples and they can be reached directly at 239-598-5200.

Fifth Annual Marco Island Community Hanukkah Celebration Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 5:45 PM Jewish Congregation of Marco Island 991 Winterberry Drive Join us for a Candle Lighting Ceremony, music, refreshments and lots of holiday spirit for the entire family. Hanukkah Crafts Monday, November 18, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. Headquarters Regional Library Get ready to celebrate Hanukkah by creating a variety of crafts. Open to ages 2-9. Register at or call 239-593-0870 Hanukkah Celebration Wednesday, November 27, 2013 5:45 p.m. on The Lawn at Mercato Greetings from community leaders, candle

Tenth Annual Hanukkah Festival and Parade Tuesday, December 3, 2013; Parade at 4:00 p.m.; Festival at 6:00 p.m. Chabad of Naples 1789 Mandarin Road We will light up the 7th night of Chanukah with a Grand Menorah lighting by Mayor John Sorey III, followed by Benji Rafaeli. Concert, latkes and donuts, face painting, bounce house, dreidels and gelt, and more.

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1 Friday Call for time. Game Nation Celebration. On November 1st, 2nd and 3rd the Fort Myers Downtown area will be transformed into a massive interactive, story based adventure. For times and tickets go to GNCelebration. com. 2000 West First Street, Fort Myers. 9:00 AM. Literacy Fridays. Come to the library any time on Fridays and participate in self-guided activities, specifically designed to enhance literacy and pre-reading skills. Best for preschoolers. 650 Central Avenue, Naples. 239-262-6853. Held weekly on Friday. 9:00 AM. American Indian Arts Celebration. Beautiful art, crafts and clothing alongside the rhythmic sounds of shakers, songs and dances, wildlife and traditional food provide a cultural experience. 34725 West Boundary Road, Clewiston. 877-902-1113. 10:00 AM. English Cafe. Practice your English with English Cafe, a free, conversation session for adult ESOL and ESL students. Each 90-minute session provides adult learners an opportunity to practice speaking


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Thanksgiving and Christmas food and gifts. Call 239-775-9447 for information. 7:00 PM. Fall Concert Series. Fall Concerts will be held on Friday and Saturday nights, on the stage in Market Plaza. Gulf Coast Town Center, 9903 Gulf Coast Main Street, Fort Myers. gulf.nsf/salesevents. Held weekly on Friday and Saturday. 8:00 PM. Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II. The world’s most beloved Looney Tunes and their legendary stars—Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd, Pepe Le Pew, Tweety, Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner—are projected on the big screen while their original scores are performed. Artis Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples. 239-597-1900.

2 Saturday Call for time. Swamp Walk Tours. Go on a guided swamp walk adventure and learn about the fragile Everglades ecosystem. Walks are approximately 1-1/2 hours long; call for reservations and times. 52388 Tamiami Trail, Naples. 239-695-2428. 7:30 AM. Third Street South Farmer’s Market. Parking lot behind Tommy Bahama’s. Third Street South, Naples. 239-

434-6533. Held weekly on Saturday. 8:00 AM. Community Yard Sale. Stop

by for a variety of yard sale bargains all in one location. Held at Veterans Community Park. Check or call 239-252-4000 for information.

8:00 AM. 4th Annual Southwest Florida Epilepsy Walk. You can join as an individual, family or you can create a team. You can then personalize your fundraising page and e-mail it to others to ask them to support you. North Collier Regional Park, 15000 Livingston Rd, Naples. 239-252-4060. 8:00 AM. JDRF Walk. Register at www. for this fundraising walk to cure diabetes. No entry fee but all donations accepted. Registration begins at 8am, walk begins at 9:30am. Music, snacks and activities for the whole family. Daniels Pkwy and US 41, Fort Myers. 239-489-1221. 8:00 AM. Heart Walk. Walkers are eligible for a Heart Walk t-shirt once they have raised a minimum of $100. For more information contact Teresa Carroll via phone at (239) 495-4915 or via email at teresa.carroll@heart. org. 755 8th Ave. S., Naples. 9:00 AM. Indoor Farmer’s Market. North Naples only indoor Farmer’s Market

& Emporium bringing together 40 plus local vendors of fruits, veggies, flowers, baked goods, prepared foods, jewelry & so much more. 2355 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Naples. 239-273-2350. www.facebook. com/pages/Shoppes-at-Vanderbilt-FarmersMarket/130258607139935. Held weekly on Saturday. 9:00 AM. Free Kids Workshop at Home Depot. On the first Saturday of each month, Home Depot’s free Kids Workshops offer fun and useful projects like building toolboxes, fire trucks and mail organizers. In addition to the project, each child receives a kid-sized orange apron. 2251 Pine Ridge Rd, Naples. (239) 597-1515. 9:00 AM. Free Zoo Admission for Collier County residents. On the first Saturday of every month, 12 times a year, Collier County residents receive free zoo admission all day long. Enter any time, all day long up until 4 p.m. with no coupon required - just proof of residency for all adults. 1590 GoodletteFrank Road, Naples. 239-262-5409. www. 9:30 AM. Boys & Girls Club of Collier County FORE-the-Kids Annual Golf Tournament. Boys & Girls Club of Collier County’s “FORE-the-Kids 10th Annual Golf Tournament” will offer a premier golf experience while supporting more than 3,000 young

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3 Sunday 10:30 AM. W.O.N.D.E.R. Kids. Every month’s programming begins with a story related to the monthly theme and is followed by family activities related to that theme. 4820 Bayshore Drive, Naples. 239643-7275. Held weekly on Sunday. 11:00 AM. Taste of the Town. The largest food and entertainment festival in Southwest Florida with more than 15,000 people attending, it also features live music, a rock climbing wall, giant slides, and other children’s entertainment. 11581 Daniels Pkwy, Fort Myers. 239-334-4700. 2:00 PM. Sunday Afternoon Bluegrass. Tickets are $7 at the door, or $5 for Alliance members. Seating is open and first come, first serve. Children 12 and under are free if accompanied by an adult. 10091 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers. 239-939-2787. 3:00 PM. Take Steps Walk to Support the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. Walkers are encouraged to create a team to help support people affected by digestive diseases. No registration fee; donations encouraged to receive a wristband for free food and drinks. Kid’s zone with entertainment and games. 7330 Gladiolus Drive, Fort Myers. 239-533-7575. 6:30 PM. Music Makers Show Band Dance Party & Concert. Playing top hits from the 30’s to the present. $8 per ticket and located at NEAPOLITANfamily • November 2013

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6:00 PM. Candy Sushi. Make a snack that looks just like sushi, but tastes like candy (because it is candy). You won’t believe your eyes. Open to ages 11-17 years. 8787 Tamiami Trail East, Naples. 239-7755592.

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8:00 AM. Coffee is On Us! Every Monday through Friday from 8:00 to 10:00am, get a free coffee of the day when you bring your own reusable mug. Just visit the coffee bar toward the back of the store in the Specialty Department. 9101 Strada Place, Naples. 239552-5100. Held weekly Monday through Friday. 8:00 AM. Cash for Candy at Children’s Dentistry. Children’s Dentistry of Naples will be holding their annual Cash for Candy event from November 4 through November 7. The office is encouraging children to trade in their excess Halloween candy for cash. Candy will be donated to deployed soldiers. 3021 Airport Road North, Suite 203, Naples. 239-262-3898. Also held on November 5 and 6. 9:45 AM. Hanging with the Giants. Hangin’ with the Giants introduces young audiences to the animated likenesses of jazz greats Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk in a high-energy, late-night talkshow format. 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples. 239-597-1900. www. 12:00 PM. Mommy Matinee Mondays. Each Monday at noon SilverSpot Cinema will feature one film with brighter lights and lower volume to welcome mommies, babies, strollers and crying for only $9.50. 9118 Strada Place, Naples. 239-592-0300. www.silverspot. net/contact-us.php. Held weekly on Monday.

9:45 AM. Hanging with the Giants. Hangin’ with the Giants introduces young audiences to the animated likenesses of jazz greats Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk in a high-energy, late-night talkshow format. Held at Artis Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples. 239-597-1900. 4:00 PM. Jason’s Deli Power of Ten to benefit Angels Undercover of Collier County. The Power of Ten recognizes 10 local charitable organizations who will be the beneficiary of 10 percent of the Naples Jason’s Deli’s sales every Tuesday. 2700 Immokalee Road, Naples. 239-985-7215. 5:00 PM. KIDding Around at Bell Tower Shops. Tuesdays from 5-7p are a fun-filled evening of kid-friendly activites full of exploration, discovery, creativity and fun with local organizations and groups. Free. Daniels Pkwy and US 41, Fort Myers. 239-489-1221. www. Held weekly on Tuesday.

6 Wednesday 10:00 AM. Free Kids Crafts at Miromar Outlets. Kids from toddlers to twelve are invited to participate in free fun activities and crafts. 10801 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 239-948-3766. www.miromaroutlets. com. Held weekly on Wednesday.

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7 Thursday Call for time. The 4th annual Storytellers Creative Arts Conference. The conference

will motivate participants to use their creativity in areas of art, music, performance, film, writing, etc. to make an impact on culture. Held at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 6926 Trail Blvd., Naples. (239) 250-1822. Runs through Nov. 9. Call for time. Naples Green Market. Customers will find an abundant selection


of local & organic produce that just left local fields, alongside hot from the oven breads, local seafood, gluten free cookies & treats and prepared meals ready to take home. 2777 Tamiami Trail, Naples. Held weekly on Thursday. Call for time. Naples International Film Fest Opens. Various events and screenings

at Silverspot Theater. Check for additional information. Events run through Nov. 9.

8 Friday 10:00 AM. Cape Coral Coconut Festival. This three-day event includes bands, entertainment, carnival games, food, contests, crafts & more. 400 Santa Barbara Blvd, Cape Coral, Cape Coral. 239574-0558 Runs through Saturday. 5:00 PM. Shop for Success. Shop for Success features 5,000 square feet of new and gently used designer and designer-inspired apparel and accessories with prices starting at just $5. 100% of the proceeds will benefit Dress for Success SW Florida. Held at the Bell Tower Shops, Daniels Pkwy and US 41, Fort Myers. 239-489-1221. 5:30 PM. Alla Prima, Alla Fun. Join friends for pizza, wine and art. The evening includes art supplies, aprons, wine, pizza and guidance. $45. Held at Art Center of Bonita, 26100 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs. 239-495-8989. 5:30 PM. Turtle Hurdles. Join a representative from the National Park Service to learn more about the endangered sea turtles that nest on Florida’s beaches in the summer months. Registration required. 417 North First Street, Immokalee. 239-657-2882. 5:30 PM. Pirate Party. Are you ready to walk the plank? Put on your best pirate costume and dock your ship at the library. Our professional pirate will twist balloons and paint your face. Participate in our scavenger hunt and find the treasure. All ages welcome. 650 Central Avenue, Naples. 239-262-6853. 7:00 PM. Golden Gate Community Center Outdoor Movie. Family oriented movie is

shown outdoors on the open field. Bring blanket or chairs for seating. Free event. Check or call 239252-4000 for information.

9 Saturday 7:00 AM. Naples Cup Regatta. Youth

sailing event held at Lowdermilk Park, 1301 Gulf Shore Blvd N., Naples. Call (239) 825-4528 for information. 8:00 AM. Community Yard Sale. Stop by for a variety of yard sale bargains all in one location. Held at Golden Gate Community Center. Check or call 239-252-4000 for information. 8:00 AM. Hope Hospice Tennis Challenge at The Sanctuary. The Sanctuary Golf Club of Sanibel is hosting a weekend of tennis to benefit Hope Hospice, a nonprofit health care organization dedicated to providing care and comfort to every individual and their loved ones as they fulfill life’s journey. The tournament calls for men’s and women’s doubles with single elimination from bracketed rounds; consolation rounds also will be played. 2801 Wulfert Rd., Sanibel. 855-4543100. 10:00 AM. Lecture: The Scientifically-


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Based Common-Sense Approach to Vaccines. Please RSVP to November 1, 2013 with the number of people attending this lecture. Held at 1221 Fifth Ave South, Naples. 10:00 AM. Golf for Diabetes–Help A Diabetic Child Foundation. Fundraiser to help purchase diabetic supplies and insulin for children and college students in need. Putting, Longest Drive, Closest Pin Contests. Prizes gift cards for $10, $20, $50 and $150. Golf Pro will evaluate swing in golf simulator with video playback. All players will recieve a PGA goodie bag, snacks and refreshments. Register your child ($5.00 per entry) at PGA Superstore 239-384-6380 or with Tami Balavage at 239-821-5051. Located at 2135 Tamiami Trail N, Naples. 10:00 AM. Naples Fine Art & Craft Show. Naples Artcrafters Fine Art and Craft Shows are located in Cambier Park at 755 8th Ave. S., Naples. 239-213-3058. 1:30 PM. Science and Art Activity Day. Create simple art and science projects. A great afternoon for the entire family. Special guest demonstrations and activities with Seacrest Country Day School’s science teacher Dr. John Fuller. Free and open to the public. Held at Art Center of Bonita Springs, 26100 Old 41 Road, Naples. 239-4958989. 3:00 PM. Cool Cupcakes. Come learn the art of cupcake decorating with Joanne Gasgcow of Simply Cupcakes. Following a demonstration you can decorate (and eat) your own cupcake. 8065 Lely Cultural Parkway, Naples. 239-252-7542.

10 Sunday 10:00 AM. Free Admission to C’MON for Military. Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples honors America’s heroes. Free admission today for active duty military personnel and veterans plus up to five family members. 15080 Livingston Road, Naples. 239-514-0084. 10:00 AM. 1st American Girl Fashion Show. Lee Memorial Health System Foundation invites girls, their friends and families to this fun, engaging program that will showcase historical and contemporary fashions for girls and their dolls. Proceeds will benefit the Golisano Children’s Hospital. Held at Naples beach Hotel, 851 Gulf Shore Blvd. North, Naples. 239-261-2222. 11:00 AM. Rotary Italian Fest. Italian festival with plenty of Italian food, pizza, desserts, beverages and an amateur marinara contest. Register for contest at Spaghetti eating contest and bounce house. Proceeds will benefit many local charities. 10091 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers. 239-939-2787. 2:00 PM. Naples Concert Band. Naples Concert Band now entering their 42nd year of providing quality musical programming to the Naples community. Free event atCambier Bark Bandshell, 755 8th Ave. S., Naples. 239-213-3058.

11 Monday 7:30 AM. School’s Out Fun Day for Elementary School Kids. Need childcare when school is closed but you have to work? Both Fleischmann and River Parks have you covered. They have planned fun activities for your child’s day off from school including crafts, games and sports. Send lunch and snacks with your child. Fun Day runs until 5:30 p.m. You must register no later than no later than two weeks prior to the event – space is limited. Send lunch and snacks with your child. NEAPOLITANfamily • November 2013

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$25 per child. To register, call Fleischmann Park at 239-213-3020 or River Park at 239-213-3037. 9:00 AM. School’s Out Splash In. Your children will enjoy a full day of fun at River Park Aquatic Center while school is out. Space is limited to 20 and children must be able to swim the length of the pool by themselves. $25 for first child, $20 for additional children. To register, call the Aquatic Center at 239-213-3040. 9:30 AM. Baby Basics Champagne Brunch and Fashion Show. Baby Basics’ annual Champagne Brunch and Fashion Show is hosted each year to raise funds for Baby Basics, a organization that provides free diapers and kindness to local infants and toddlers from low-income, working families. Held at Coastland Center Mall, 1900 Tamiami Trail North, Naples. (239) 262-2323. 11:45 AM. USO Show at Naples Depot. A special ceremony and opening address honors veterans from all of America’s armed conflicts. The USO Show at the Naples Depot will be held immediately following the Veterans Memorial Service in Cambier Park which begins at 10 a.m. 1051 5th Ave S, Naples. (239) 262-6525. 6:30 PM. Films for Film Lovers “The Butterfly”. Doors open at 6:30pm and films begin at 7:00pm. Be sure to join the lively and entertaining film discussion after each film, led by a Film Society Chairman and a Film Society Member. $9. Art Center of Bonita Springs, 26100 Old 41 Road, Naples. 239-495-8989.

12 Tuesday Call for time. Christmas at Historic Palm Cottage Begins. Annual holiday event showcases Historic Palm Cottage in a charming presentation of period relevant decorations with thousands of twinkling lights inside and outside of Naples oldest home. 137 12th Avenue South, Naples. 800-979-3370. Runs through the end of December. 4:00 PM. Jason’s Deli Power of Ten to benefit The Salvation Army, Collier. The Power of Ten recognizes 10 local charitable organizations who will be the beneficiary of 10 percent of the Naples Jason’s Deli’s sales every Tuesday between Sept.17 and Nov. 19. 2700 Immokalee Road, Naples. 239-985-7215. 5:30 PM. Raku & You. Raku is a centuries old pottery glazing and firing process. The technique produces a lustrous, often metallic, finish. Raku & You is an evening devoted to this ancient process. Attendees choose from a number of bisque fired pots and are given a brief history of Raku while glazing their pot in a simple or extravagant manner. Held at Aert Center of Bonita Springs, 26100 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs. 239-495-8989.

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Call for time. Hats in the Garden. The 10th Anniversary of Hats in the Garden features a runway show with the designs of several top fashion houses. Fashionable guests display their stunning millinery over a delicious luncheon and enjoy the runway show of red carpet designs. For more information check 10:00 AM. Senior Defensive Driver Class. Held the second Wednesday of every month, the Senior Defensive Driver Class offers valuable guidance for all drivers 55 years old and older as they learn about defensive driving, vehicle care, driving emergencies, impairment prevention and more. The classes take place at the AAA office in Fort Myers located at 2516 Colonial Boulevard. For a registration fee of $15 per person, this class will provide necessary information to make NEAPOLITANfamily • November 2013

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safer drivers and may even reduce one’s car insurance premium. 2516 Colonial Boulevard, Fort Myers. 239-939-6500. com/FortMyers. 4:00 PM. LEGO Club. Share ideas, be creative, make new friends and have fun. LEGO bricks will be provided or donate LEGO bricks your child no longer uses. Your LEGO creation will be put on display at the library. Open to ages 5-11 years. 1266 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples. 239-455-8088. public.

14 Thursday 1:30 PM. All About Panthers. Defenders of Wildlife are back with information about the Florida panther. Learn more about the habits of this fascinating creature. Open to ages 5 years and older. 2432 Lucerne Road, Naples. 239-252-4542. 6:30 PM. Dance, Laugh and Give Back at Blue Martini. Join us for a fun night of live comedy and music, delicious hors d’oeuvres and a raffle full of awesome prizes. 100% of ticket sales will benefit Southwest Florida Performing Arts and Cultural Learning Center. Held at Blue Martini, 9128 Strada Place, Naples. 239-594-9400.

15 Friday 10:30 AM. Arty Party. Wear old clothes because we will use paint to introduce preschool children to a number of artistic techniques. Open to ages 2-5. 2385 Orange Blossom Drive, Naples. 239-593-0870. 6:00 PM. Beer Tasting and Live Music at Whole Foods. Drop by Whole Foods for beer tastings in the Café and Lifestyle Center the 3rd Fri. of every month. This month sample tons of different beers, including select seasonal beers. Vendors will be on-site to answer questions and offer recommendations. 9101 Strada Place, Naples. 239-552-5100. 7:00 PM. Youth Theater performance of “Mr Toad’s Mad Adventure”. A delightful new version of Kenneth Grahame’s always popular The Wind in the Willows adapted by Vera Morris. Held at Art League of Bonita Springs, 26100 Old 41 Road, Naples. 239495-8989.

16 Saturday Call for time. Kids Archery at Bass Pro Shops. Kids Archery with all equipment provided. 10040 Gulf Center Drive, Fort Myers. 239-461-7800.

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Call for time. Miracle Limbs Fishing Tournament. All proceeds from the tournament directly benefit Miracle Limbs Courage in Motion, to assist Southwest Florida amputees who have suffered limb loss. Register at (239) 300-8156. 7065 Hamilton Ave, Naples. 8:00 AM. Community Yard Sale. Stop by

for a variety of yard sale bargains all in one location. Held at Max Hasse Community Park. Check or call 239-252-4000 for information.

9:00 AM. Open House at Lorenzo Walker Institute. Visit all the exciting programs offered at Lorenzo Walker Institute. The open house will feature free food, free games and prizes, free mini-manicures, free massages, cooking demonstrations and much more. The entire family is welcome. 3702 Estey Avenue, Naples. 239-377-0900. 9:00 AM. 2nd Annual Princess Day. Presented by the SWFL Foster & Adoptive Parent Association. Princess Day is open to all girls ages 0-18. Foster and girls adopted through foster care may register for free. All other girls may register for $50. Held at 9931 Interstate Commerce Drive, Fort Myers. 9:00 AM. Naples Botanical Garden Plant Sale and Garden Market. We are kicking off the season with a weekend-long celebration including plants, music and food. Join


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us for an event filled weekend as we celebrate the Garden with myriad programs to interest all guests. No admission charge for Plant Sale only. 4820 Bayshore Drive, Naples. 239-643-7275. Also held Sunday, November 17. 10:00 AM. Florida Panther Festival. A family-friendly, free event fostering education, protection & preservation for Florida’s state animal and one of our most precious natural resources, featuring indoor and outdoor exhibits, live music, local food, arts & crafts and children’s games. Held at North Collier Regional Park, 15000 Livingston Road, Naples. 239-252-4060. 11:00 AM. Taste of Bonita. Two day event. Saturday it’s a chili/ gumbo/BBQ cook-off and Jimmy Buffett tribute band in the evening. Sunday, sample food from more than 20 restaurants. Entertainment throughout the day and a kids’ play area with games and rides. 26876 Pine Avenue, Bonita Springs. 239-992-0101. services/locations/BN/pages/default.aspx. Runs through November 17. 2:00 PM. Youth Theater Performance of “Mr Toad’s Mad Adventure”. A delightful new version of Kenneth Grahame’s always popular The Wind in the Willows adapted by Vera Morris. 26100 Old 41 Road, Naples. 239-495-8989. 5:30 PM. Free Outdoor Movie Night. Curl up with your kids on a blanket in Cambier Park and watch a family movie on the inflatable screen. Call 239-213-3058 for additional information. 5:30 PM. The Naples Zoo Children’s Gala. Enjoy exciting games, music, activities, prizes, and kid-friendly food (plus delicious fare and cocktails for the adults too!) along with live and silent auctions with exclusive items selected with kids and families in mind. 1590 GoodletteFrank Road, Naples. 239-262-5409. 7:00 PM. Youth Theater Performance of “Mr Toad’s Mad Adventure”. A delightful new version of Kenneth Grahame’s always popular The Wind in the Willows adapted by Vera Morris. Held at Art League of Bonita Springs, 26100 Old 41 Road, Naples. 239-4958989.

17 Sunday 11:00 AM. Jazz Concert at Naples Botanical Garden. Visitors to the Garden can enjoy the Jazz in the Garden concerts for the price of general admission. Bring your own seating. No outside food or beverage permitted. 4820 Bayshore Drive, Naples. 239-643-7275. 11:00 AM. Family Fun Day. The festival, free with admission, includes games, activities, food and lots of fun. Held at Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples, 15080 Livingston Road, Naples. 239514-0084. 2:00 PM. Outdoor Concert. Enjoy a Sunday afternoon at a free

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18 Monday 4:00 PM. Mandala Art. Create mandala art for your room that you can frame and take home. Open to middle school age and older. 650 Central Avenue, Naples. 239-262-6853. 6:00 PM. Fall Festival. The whole family is invited to celebrate fall with great crafts and fun games. Open to ages 2-10 years. 8787 Tamiami Trail East, Naples. 239-775-5592.


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6:30 PM. Films for Film Lovers “The Italian”. Doors open at 6:30pm and films begin at 7:00pm. Be sure to join our lively and entertaining film discussion after each film, led by a Film Society Chairman and a Film Society Member. $9. 26100 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs. 239495-8989. 6:30 PM. Hanukkah Crafts. Get ready to celebrate Hanukkah by creating a variety of crafts. Open to ages 2-9. 2385 Orange Blossom Drive, Naples. 239-593-0870.

19 Tuesday 3:30 PM. Viva Florida Celebration: Tacky Tourist Day. Wear your tackiest Florida tourist outfit for a great photo, play some wacky games and make a Florida memento craft. Open to ages 5-10. 788 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Naples. 239-597-8444. 3:30 PM. Sewing with Trisha. Trisha from 4-H will be here to show everyone how to make a journal bag. Open to ages 5 and older. 2432 Lucerne Road, Naples. 239-252-4542. 4:00 PM. Jason’s Deli Power of Ten to benefit Children’s Advocacy Center of Collier County. The Power of Ten recognizes 10 local charitable organizations who will be the beneficiary of 10 percent of the Naples Jason’s Deli’s sales every Tuesday between Sept.17 and Nov. 19. 2700 Immokalee Road, Naples. 239-985-7215. 7:00 PM. Breastfeeding Class. Let us help make your breastfeeding experience a success by offering instruction, tips and techniques. Breastfeeding support groups are also available postpartum. Held at Physicians regional Hospital, Cost is $35 per couple. 8300 Collier Blvd., Naples. (239) 354-6000.

20 Wednesday 7:30 AM. Photography Swamp Walk Safaris. Photograhers swamp walk safaris are 3-4 hours and held behind Big Cypress Gallery. Call for reservations. $100. 52388 Tamiami Trail, Everglades City. 239695-2428. 5:30 PM. Bling It On! “Cabachon Necklace”. Bling It On! is an incredible evening of food, friends and jewelry. Start with wine and something tasty to eat followed by a demonstration of the beading techniques used in the evening’s project. Then put those techniques to work creating a piece of jewelry to wear or give as a gift. The evening includes jewelry supplies, wine, pizza and guidance. Held at Art Center of Bonita Springs, 26100 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs. 239-495-8989.


21 Thursday 2:00 PM. PFLAG Support Group. The Naples chapter of PFLAG (Parents Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays), a family based support, education and advocacy group for families with gay or transgender members, meets on the 3d Thursday of each month. Call 239-513-4568 for more information and meeting location.

22 Friday Call for time. Pigs in Paradise. The “Pigs in Paradise” National Championship BBQ Festival kicks off with pig races, live music and award-winning ribs. 506 South 1st Street, Immokalee. (239) 658-1313. Runs through November 24. NEAPOLITANfamily • November 2013

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9:00 AM. American Sandsculpting Championship Festival. Check out the amazing sand sculptures on Fort Myers Beach behind Holiday Inn. Fort Myers Beach. 239-454-7500. Also held Saturday, November 23. 1:00 PM. Thunder Slam. Three days of live action including demolition derbies, ATV-QUAD Football Derby, Monster Trucks, FMX, Stunt Flippers, Quad Racing & more. 11831 Bayshore Rd., Fort Myers. (239) 543-8368. 7:00 PM. Performance Series “Night Train”. Dance to the timeless music of the fifties. The band also performs jazz standards and early Rock ’n Roll hits. $20 members/$25 non-members / $30 at the door. Proceeds from the concert benefit our new Performing Arts Center. Held at Art Center of Bonita Springs, 26100 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs. 239-495-8989.

23 Saturday 10:30 AM. Book Fair. The Early Learning Coalition of Southwest Florida (ELC) has partnered with Fort Myers, Estero and Naples Barnes & Noble Booksellers to host an in-store Book Fair to benefit the ELC’s Literacy Buddies Program. For more information check

1:00 PM. Kid’s Creations and Science Projects. Come out to the Bonita Springs Library for an afternoon of crafting. Have a blast making crafts to take home or performing a science project. 26876 Pine Avenue, Bonita Springs. 239-992-0101. 1:30 PM. “Science & Art” Activity Day. Create simple hands-on projects related to the current exhibition “Science & Art”. A great afternoon for the whole family. Free and open to the public. Art Center of Bonita Springs, 26100 Old 41 Road, Naples. 239-495-8989.

24 Sunday 1:00 PM. Miami Dolphins Greater Naples YMCA Fundraiser. $20.00 of every ticket goes back to rebuilding the Y. To Purchase Tickets:

25 Monday Call for time. Parent Appreciation Day at Whole Foods. Free coffee and pastry for parents. Held at 9101 Strada Place, Naples. 239-5525100. 7:00 PM. Films for Film Lovers “The Kid with a Bike”. Abandoned by his father, a young boy is left in a state-run youth farm. In a random act of kindness, the town hairdresser agrees to foster him on weekends. Rated PG-13. Drama made in Belgium & France. Join us in our cozy space at Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs, 26100 Old 41 Road, Naples. 239-495-8989. 7:00 PM. Christmas on Third. Third Street South, full of twinkly lights and wonderful red and silver decorations, launches the Holiday Season as the Mayor lights the official Christmas tree. See Santa and a real snow fall! Third Street South, downtown Naples. 239-434-6533.

26 Tuesday 4:00 PM. Family Holiday Fun. Join us and learn about several simple


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decorating and craft ideas that can be used for any upcoming holiday. There will be crafts to make that are suitable for all members of the family. All ages welcome. 210 S. Heathwood Drive, Marco Island. 239-394-3272. 5:00 PM. Sensory Night. C’mon provides Sensory Nights for children on the autism spectrum and or with other sensory disabilities. Limited participation in order to minimize crowds, registration is required. 15080 Livingston Road, Naples. 239-514-0084. 7:00 PM. ABCs of Infant Care. This class is designed to prepare parents for the joys and challenges of caring for a newborn. This class will show you how to read your baby cues and respond accordingly. 8300 Collier Blvd., Naples. (239) 354-6000.

27 Wednesday 9:00 AM. School’s Out Splash In. Your children will enjoy a full day of fun at River Park Aquatic Center while school is out. Space is limited to 20 and children must be able to swim the length of the pool by themselves. $25 for first child, $20 for additional children. To register, call the Aquatic Center at 239-213-3040. 11:30 AM. Farm City BBQ. Proceeds from the BBQ are donated back into the community through youth leadership development programs. For more information call 239-643-0733. 5:45 PM. Hanukkah Celebration on the Mercato Lawn. Featuring the Naples Klezmer Revival Band, candle lighting and lots of holiday spirit for the whole family. Sponsored by Jewish Federation of Collier County. 9128 Strada Place, Naples. 239-594-9400. www.

28 Thursday 7:30 AM. Gobble Gobble Four Miler. Start your Thanksgiving right with a four mile walk or run. Bring the little ones and participate in the Lil’ Gobbler’s Dash. Dress up in themed Thanksgiving attire for a special gift. 4200 Gulf Shore Blvd, Naples.

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5:00 PM. Free Grand Illuminations and Let It Snow Festival. The Village on Venetian Bay invites your family to visit for their annual holiday festivities, which include a tree lighting ceremony on Friday night sure to delight the little kid in everyone. For more information, call 239- 261-6100. Located at 4200 Gulf Shore Blvd N., Naples. Also held on Saturday, Nov. 30. 6:00 PM. Chocolate and Spirits Festival. Chocolate samples, beverages and chance drawing tickets may be purchased at the event for $1 each. There will also be a silent auction to benefit the SWFL Reading Festival. Bell Tower Shops, Daniels Pkwy and US 41, Fort Myers. 239-489-1221.

30 Saturday 2:00 PM. The Nutcracker. This holiday season, join the Miami City Ballet and Naples Philharmonic for George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker. Also at 8 p.m. 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples. 239-5971900.

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Farm-to-School Snack Have you ever seen a watermelon radish? Thanks to the Farm to School Snack Program, many kids in Collier County Public Schools have not only seen the pink and green vegetable, they have gotten to try it, too. If you ever have smothered veggies in cheese, ranch dip or sent them undercover in a favorite sauce or baked good in order to get your kids to eat them, you might be surprised to know that your child has been trying them in the raw at school for the past year. Collier County’s Farm to School Snack Program (F2SS), modeled after the United States Department of Agriculture’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP), is a vital part of the B-Fit program that forgoes the stealthy health maneuvers by offering them to children as a snack in their whole, fresh-picked form. The purpose of the FFVP is to provide children in the poorest schools a fresh fruit or vegetable snack outside of breakfast and lunch three to five days per week in an effort to increase produce consumption and affect the present and future health of economically needy children. The FFVP currently is in 11 Collier Schools. Twyla Leigh, Collier County Schools supervisor of Nutrition, Menu Planning and Procurement, thought it would be wonderful if all the students in the district could benefit from a similar program. Trying something new “Many of our children are exposed to a limited variety of fruits and vegetables at home for various reasons,” she explains. Cost prevents some parents from purchasing fresh produce, but for others, it is a matter of preference. Parents often offer the fruits and vegetables they prefer, which may be limited. Together, Leigh and Collier County Public School Director of Nutrition Services Dawn Houser developed the F2SS program

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to give all Collier elementary students a chance to try something new. The program began last spring three days per week with local produce and was based on seasonal availability. The FFVP is offered three days per week and is funded by federal grants. For the current school year, the Farm to School snack is offered one day per week and the frequency varies based on the Department of Nutrition Services budget. The produce usually is served whole, raw and without dips, which keeps labor to a minimum. “We are the only school district doing this locally funded healthy snack program in Florida, or anywhere else as far as we know,” Leigh boasts. Popular pluot In September and October, the program began offering stone fruits as they came into season. The aromatic pluot, with its tangy purple plum skin and succulent apricot flesh was popular with the kids, and prompted my own children to add it to my shopping list. Leigh was pleasantly surprised to hear from Golden Gate Elementary School parents at a Wellness Wednesday meeting that their children were now asking for green beans and asparagus at home. Students at Big Cypress Elementary get to enjoy watching Principal Sean Kinsley try the produce selection of the day on the school’s morning news. Students are not just adding the food to the shopping list, they are adding it to their lunch tray as well. Leigh says that since the program has started, school cafeteria managers have noticed an increase in children selecting produce for their lunch trays. Healthy lessons The exploration of these new fruits and vegetables also may show up in the classroom that day. Leigh gives an example of a tangerine. For math, the students can make charts on how many seeds their fruit has, or how many students enjoyed the taste. Discussion of the tangerine industry fuels geography, culture and economic lessons. In language arts, the students can learn how to describe the unique flavors and appearances of the produce while in art they can draw it. Perhaps most importantly, the produce’s vitamins and healthy benefits become a relevant science lesson. You may wonder how the watermelon radish fared at school. “It looks like a watermelon, but it tastes like a radish,” Leigh says. And that, apparently, is still an acquired taste for our kids.


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ho can think of November without Thanksgiving coming to mind? Thanksgiving is a time to nourish our souls not only with a hearty meal, but also with family, friends and gratitude. For many families, a full plate is not guaranteed on Thanksgiving nor on any other day of the year. Another way to nourish our souls during this month of giving thanks is to teach our families to give of themselves. This guide spotlights 30 local charities and nonprofits to give you ideas for giving back to those in need, and as a resource if you need a helping hand. Check our Facebook and website daily in November to see more information about each of the following organizations.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Suncoast, Collier County Chapter 239-331-7133 • Lois Gomez at 331-7133 Big Brothers and Big Sisters provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-on-one relationships that change their lives for the better.

“The interior joy we feel when we have done a good deed is the nourishment the soul requires.” – Albert Schweitzer

GET INVOLVED: Naples High School was the first to match high school juniors and seniors with a child. Volunteers also can participate in a school-based program at Shadowlawn Elementary School, or by spending time interacting together out in the community. Brooke’s Legacy Animal Rescue Inc. 239-434-7480 Karen Hill, Admin@BrookesLegacyAnimal Brooke’s Legacy Animal Rescue saves adoptable


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pets from euthanasia at the kill shelters and places them in permanent, loving homes. Get Involved: Young students can volunteer with their parents. Opportunities include helping with cat care, fundraising, foster care, dog walking at events, event coordination, and donations of dog and cat supplies such as food, clay cat litter, leashes, bleach and paper towels. Families can foster or adopt pets and give them a second chance. Catholic Charities of Collier County 239-793-0059 Star Barto, Catholic Charities, rated four stars by Charity Navigator, aims to fight poverty, strengthen families and build communities through agency services and programs that ensure human dignity and enhance the quality of life for all persons regardless of race, creed, color or religious affiliation. The group’s service population includes individuals, couples, children, families, single parents, non-custodial families, refugees, migrant farm workers and many others in need of specific assistance. Get Involved: Catholic Charities currently needs help stocking food shelves and distributing food to those in need, K-12 tutors, volunteers with School on Wheels, and donations. Cancer Alliance of Naples 239-643-4673 Every dollar raised stays locally to help people touched by cancer by providing financial aid with non-medical bills (rent, utilities, automobile costs), support, education and information services. CAN also offers free group counseling, free nutrition programs, college scholarships for graduating seniors who are cancer survivors, and an extensive library for anyone in the community to use. Get Involved: Enjoy a comfortable volunteer office with plenty of coffee and a friendly environment. CAN volunteers assist with the reception desk, telephones, mailings and data entry. CAN volunteers also help with event planning and preparation throughout the year. KidsCAN is a program where high school kids help kids who are dealing with cancer. Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs 239-495-8989 • Volunteer Contact: The Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs provides opportunities for artistic expression, education and appreciation through exhibitions, performance and classes for children and adults. Get Involved: There is an opportunity for every interest including event helpers, ush-

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ers, education, office work and in the gift store. Collier County Hunger and Homeless Coalition 239-263-9363 Debra Mahr, The mission of this Coalition is to facilitate solutions to prevent and end hunger and homelessness by coordinating services in Collier County. Get Involved: The Hunger and Homeless Coalition is organizing the annual Point in Time Count and Outreach for people experiencing homelessness and at risk of homelessness in Collier County. Volunteers are needed on January 26, 2014, to assist with the count and the Get Help Clinics in Naples and Immokalee. David Lawrence Center 24/7 Access: 239-455-8500 Volunteer Contact: The David Lawrence Center has 40 different programs to provide intervention and treatment related to mental health and substance abuse. All of our lives are touched in some way by mental illness and substance abuse. Mental illness affects one in four families and one in nine will become substance abusers. Mental illness is often at the root of problems related to alcohol and other drugs. The Center’s mission is to inspire and create life-changing wellness for every individual through innovative behavioral health solutions. Get Involved: Work in Encores Resale Shop, administrative light office work or help set up and decorate for special events and fundraisers. Volunteers also can hold a book drive for the Center’s Child’s Path Preschool, donate or collect items on the Center’s wish list, for the Women’s Boutique or for holiday stocking stuffers. Domestic Animal Services 239-252-7387 • Volunteer Contact: 239-252-8657 The purpose of Domestic Animal Services is to return strays to their owners and promote adoption of homeless animals to new families, and to work toward ending the community problem of pet overpopulation. Get Involved: Opportunities available for volunteers (age 15 or older) include assisting in the shelter by socializing or grooming animals, helping customers by acting as an adoption counselor and appearing on or helping behind the scenes of the “Happy Tails” TV show. The Greater Naples YMCA 239-597-3148 • Bonita Springs YMCA 239-221-7560 • The YMCAs are dedicated to building healthy,

confident, connected and secure children, adults, families and communities by providing resources available to all persons regardless of status or ability to pay. Get Involved: Volunteers are always needed to coach and referee a variety of team sports, lead committees and teach classes. The Greater Naples YMCA needs donations to continue to rebuild the facilities damaged by the Labor Day fire. Habitat for Humanity of Collier County 239-775-0036 • Kara Kouloheras, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. This organization was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all. Get Involved: Teens age 16 or older are welcome to build homes on our jobsite as long as they have a parent or guardian with them. Younger kids can help by setting up refreshments for volunteers at break time on the jobsite. Habitat can provide house banks for children to collect loose change and cash to be put towards supplies for building homes for hardworking families in need. The Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida 239-334-7007 x141 Tanya Phillips or Katie Schweikardt, The mission of the Harry Chapin Food Bank is “to overcome hunger in Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry and Lee counties through education and by working in a cooperative effort with affiliated agencies in the procurement and distribution of food, equitably and without discrimination.” Get Involved: Children and their families can get involved by holding a food drive. Teens and their families (16 and older) can get involved by distributing food at a mobile pantry. Help a Diabetic Child, Inc. 239-821-5051 • Tami Balavage, The Help a Diabetic Child Foundation is dedicated to providing children with vital diabetic supplies, which helps families keep vigilant control over blood glucose levels and reduce complications from the disease. Get Involved: HADCF can provide volunteer opportunities to kids and families through one of the scheduled events such as car washes, hamburger/hot dog sales, information


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tion, customer appreciation night at a local fitness center, or the Golf for Diabetes event. Or, the kids and teens can develop their own ideas and plans for a fundraising event. Hope for Halloween Kristy Rea,

are provided to recipients free of charge through well-established food banks throughout the United States. Get Involved:Meals of Hope gives thousands of volunteer-minded individuals a way to make a positive impact by bringing food packing events to their local churches, schools, associations and other clubs and service organizations.

Hope for Halloween collects new and gently used costumes to families in need, allowing children to make lifelong memories, develop self-worth and be an active part of their community.

Miracle Limbs-Courage in Motion 239-591-8393 • Robert or Diana Ayres

Get Involved: Now that Halloween has just passed, you can donate cleaned costumes for distribution next Halloween. During the months of September and October, drop boxes are available to donate your old costumes or keep at your business, school or organization for collections.

This organization provides support to amputees so that they may more easily navigate the physical, psychological and financial hurdles that accompany the experience of losing a limb. Get Involved: Donate or raise money to help support amputees with prosthetics, surgeries and counseling.

Jewish Family & Community Services of Southwest Florida 239-325-4444 • Volunteer Contact: 239-325-4444 x205, or The mission of Jewish Family & Community Services of Southwest Florida, a non-sectarian human service agency, is to support individuals and families of all ages by providing a wide range of social services, including mental health counseling, case management, financial assistance and crisis intervention. Get Involved: Donate to the JCFS food pantry, help organize the pantry, perform light office work, or adopt a needy family for the holiday season and fulfill their wish list. Lighthouse of Collier, Inc. 239-430-3934 • Volunteer Info: Lighthouse of Collier promotes the development, implementation and ongoing evaluation of programs and services to foster independence and enhance the quality of life for the blind and visually impaired children and adults. Get Involved: Need volunteers for events, office work and fundraising. Meals of Hope 239-537-7775 • Steve Popper, Meals of Hope food packages, which are distributed by its accredited food bank partners, offer more than nutrition. To children who are dealing with the stress and insecurity of not knowing how or when they will receive their next meal, a comforting bowl of macaroni and cheese or beans and rice (both fortified with soy protein and 21 vitamins and minerals), provides a bit of hope to carry them through another day. All meals that are packed by sponsors and volunteers


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NCH Safe & Healthy Children’s Coalition of Collier County 239-552-7788 • Paula DiGrigoli, The Coalition facilitates and implements programs to combat childhood obesity, prevent childhood drowning and reduce Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Through its swim lessons, car seat safety checks and wellness programs, the Coalition aims at keeping Collier County children safe. Get Involved: We are always looking for volunteers who want to make a difference in our community. Because our risk areas are so diversified, everyone interested would be able to find something that matches their interests. Naples Equestrian Challenge 239- 596-2988 Missy Saracino, missysaracino@ Naples Equestrian Challenge improves the lives of children and adults with special needs through therapeutic riding and other equine-related programs. For individuals with impaired mobility, horseback riding gently and rhythmically moves their bodies in a three-dimensional motion, simulating the natural walking gait of humans. In addition to the physical benefits of riding a horse, our lessons are designed to help riders mentally focus to practice using their concentration in ways that very often do not come naturally to them. Horseback riding builds self-esteem, selfconfidence and self-control. Get Involved: Volunteers attend a New Volunteer Orientation and complete a Volunteer Application. Volunteers are required to attend a training session prior to volunteering for the program. Other opportunities such as fundraising and grounds maintenance are available.

The Naples Players and KidzAct 239-434-7340 Becky Troop, The mission of The Naples Players is to create and perform affordable, high quality amateur theatre; to encourage participation in and appreciation of theatre; and to provide educational and enrichment opportunities and outreach programs for all residents and visitors. Get Involved: There are more than 40 different types of volunteer jobs with the Naples Players, including actors, crew, costume workers, hairstylists, musicians, office assistants and ushers. Previous theatrical training is not required. PACE Center for Girls, Collier at Immokalee 239-377-9864 • Maribel Beltran, 239-377-9860 PACE provides girls and young women an opportunity for a better future through education, counseling, training and advocacy. PACE Center for Girls, Inc., is a nationally recognized and research-based model that features a balanced emphasis on academics and social services with a focus on the future for middle and high-school aged girls and young women. More than 50 girls, ages 12 to 18, attend the Collier County day program in Immokalee, and face a variety of challenges such as domestic violence, sexual abuse, academic underachievement, substance abuse, trauma, death of a parent and/or family history of incarceration. Get Involved: Families and children can get involved by attending events such as Love that Dress, annual food and gift drives at the holidays, sponsoring a monthly birthday bash held for the girls whose special day falls in that month (donate money or supplies) and yard work. The cafeteria needs repainting: donations of time, paint or supplies are appreciated, and all ages are welcome. Project Help, Inc. 239-649-1404 Office 239-262-7227 Hotline 24/7 Michelle English, 239-649-1404 Project HELP works with dignity and compassion to ease the pain of those affected by rape, violence, crime or loss of a loved one. Not only do they staff a crisis phone line 24 hours a day and seven days per week, they serve as advocates in court and work with the Naples Police Department to deliver tragic news and provide immediate support. Get Involved: We work with many volunteers. To work the 24/7 Hotline, you must be at least 18 year old and complete 40 hours training. Ages 14 and older can do light office work. Children and teens can help with events

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Josh’s teachers always complained he couldn’t sit still, picked fights, defied authority and didn’t follow directions. It got worse when he discovered marijuana and wouldn’t take his medications. This chemical irregularity led to violent outbursts, legal troubles and depression. Discipline only incited threatening behavior that caused him to be brought to the Crisis Stabilization Unit. His family doubted he would ever graduate. But with the help of the Education Day Treatment Program – a unique partnership with DLC and the Public Schools that helps kids with learning disabilities and behavioral health problems - he thrived on the low class size, self-paced learning model and team effort between the teachers, therapists and family. As the first graduate, he’s armed with feelings of pride and the pursuit of r M e nbegins t a l Wetoday. llness hisf odreams

His Mind is Our Concern. Mental health is a community issue. Fortunately, there’s a community solution. Josh is among one in four in Collier County who suffer from a mental illness. One in nine of us will experience some form of substance abuse. When a family member, friend or coworker battles a mental health or substance abuse problem, we suffer with them. Thankfully, David Lawrence Center is here for our community.

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A not-for-profit organization founded and still governed by community leaders, the David Lawrence Center is the behavioral health component of our community’s healthcare network. A true local resource, it relies on donations, fees and grants to invest in the health, safety and wellbeing of our community. When you or someone you love needs help, call on the highly compassionate, committed and competent professionals of the David Lawrence Center to inspire you to move beyond the crisis towards life-changing wellness.

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like carwashes or the Annual Walk. Project Outreach Angie Meister, Project Outreach organizes volunteer activities in the community, assists other organizations with their events and helps local hurting families in need. The group’s goal is to teach local youth the selflessness of serving. Get Involved: Join one of Project Outreach’s many projects such as serving dinner at St. Matthew’s House, hosting a party at Youth Haven or collecting for a food and clothing drive for the Immokalee House. Ricky King Children’s Fund 239-449-0209 • Jennifer Weidenbruch, The Ricky King Children’s Fund enriches the lives of children with disabilities in Southwest Florida by providing essential medical equipment (walkers, hospital beds and van conversions) and services not covered by insurance or Medicaid in times of need. Get Involved: Raise money to donate to the fund. Rushman-Micah Angel Foundation 239-216-2363 • Barbara Brown: The mission of the Rushman-Micah Angel Foundation is to serve as a family and community resource center to assist and advocate for children, youth and adults who have disabilities and socioeconomic disadvantages. The organization strives to help individuals and their families overcome barriers to work, play and creative opportunities so that individuals may lead independent, selfsustainable lives. Get Involved: Volunteers are needed for the foundation’s inclusive therapeutic sports camps, multi-media art projects and music festival that will occur periodically throughout the year. High school students, adults and seniors are needed to help at the events, in addition to the foundation’s need for event sponsors and donors. St. Matthew’s House 239-774-0500 Donna Martin: St. Matthew’s House provides housing for the homeless, food for the needy and structured prevention and recovery programs. Get Involved: St. Matthew’s relies on volunteers for counter and stock help at their thrift stores, to serve holiday community meals on Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter as well as throughout the year, administrative support,


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to pack groceries and organize food pantry and to hold fundraising events and donation drives for their wish list. The Salvation Army 239-775-9447 Christopher Nind: The Salvation Army is the world’s largest organization that provides aid to the homeless, the hungry and the hurting. The Army also provides youth programs, religious training and disaster services. Get Involved: The Naples canteen stands in a state of readiness to feed 500 people three meals within two hours of a disaster call. Volunteers are needed for programs including Seniors Club, Bikes for Work, Backpacks for School, and Youth Groups. The Child Care Center needs supplies, games and equipment for children ages one to five. Volunteers in the After School Program are needed for one hour between 3:00 p.m. and 6 p.m. one or two days per week to read with a child or help with homework. Donate supplies, games and equipment for students ages 5-12. Your help is very important during November and December to help collect, sort, stack and pack bags for holiday distribution to needy families. The Shelter for Abused Women & Children Confidential 24-hour crisis line: 239-775-1101 • Rebecca Thompson, 239-775-3862 The Shelter’s mission is to lead the community to prevent, protect and prevail over domestic violence through advocacy, empowerment and social change. More than just an emergency safe haven, the Shelter provides education, counseling, legal aid, transitional housing, support groups and healing arts such as yoga, creative writing and art. Get Involved:Volunteers are The Shelter’s foundation, providing invaluable support in our offices and throughout Collier County. Opportunities include: Youth Advisory Council that is made up of teens and preteens from across Collier County working to change the knowledge, attitudes, beliefs and behaviors of teens, reducing teen dating violence in our community. Holiday giving opportunities include: adopting a family, hosting a spirit of giving tree, making donations to the shelter’s wish list, recycling cell phones or volunteering in Options Thrift Shoppe (age 16 and older.) SWFL Foster & Adoptive Parent Association, Inc. 239-410-6090 • Joy Brinkdpoke: The SWFL Foster & Adoptive Parent Association advocates for the needs of foster/adoptive children and caregivers through outreach, mentoring and support.

Get Involved: Volunteers are needed at the group’s 2nd Annual Princess Day event in November to help put on a special day for princesses by collecting donations, helping decorate and set up the day before the event, dress up, and dance with the girls in the ballroom. Surfers for Autism, Inc. Dave Rossmann: The Surfers for Autism mission is to unlock the potential of people with developmental delays and support advocacy for autism issues and scientific research. “Surfers” and their families are treated like rock stars and enjoy a day filled with a range of activities including stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, live music, face-painting, games, fire engine tours and much more. A catered lunch is also provided, all at no cost to registered participants, their families and volunteers. This is a very special day where children with developmental delays interact with typical peers and wow families with their capabilities. Get Involved: You do not need to know how to surf to be able to volunteer. The majority of volunteers needed will be in the water but inexperienced volunteers will be at the water line or may assume duties in the activity tent or food tent. Minimum age to volunteer is 10 years old. Any volunteers under the age of 18 are required to have their waiver signed and notarized prior to the event. Youth Haven 239-774-2904 • Aileen Carroll, Youth Haven is Southwest Florida’s residential emergency shelter for boys and girls ages 6-16 who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect or abandonment. Children coming to Youth Haven are severely traumatized and in crisis. They have experienced abuse and/or hunger. Youth Haven is an immediate lifeline of safety, love and compassion for innocent children in crisis and first step in a long journey back to trust, confidence and joy. Youth Haven also provides an array of home and community-based parenting education, child and substance abuse prevention programs, financial crisis support and onsite and community based emotional and psychological counseling. Get Involved: One of the most important ways kids and families can help is during the holidays and back-to-school season. Many of these children have never had a new backpack or experienced the excitement of opening presents. Kids and families can send holiday cards, purchase gifts for our shelter children, or organize a drive, such as toy drive or food drive, to name a few.

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On September 2, 2013 the Greater Naples YMCA experienced a devastating fire. Today, we thank you for your ongoing support as we grow through this challenging time.

We continue to offer all YMCA youth programs and services!

Help us rebuild the Y! Donate at or at any First National Bank of the Gulf Coast.

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By Cindy Hudson

Overcome The Obstacles and

VOLUNTEER With Your Family


o you ever think of volunteering with your kids as a little like eating broccoli?

It’s something you know you should do, but you can’t get excited about it? Sure, you’ve heard about the benefits: volunteering can teach your children how to be compassionate for others and caring of the world around them. While helping out they can learn new skills, gain self-confidence and learn about people with different backgrounds and beliefs.


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Yet when you think about signing up, all you may be able to focus on are the obstacles. Fortunately, overcoming those barriers is a lot easier than learning to love broccoli. Here are several common objections to volunteering along with ways to rise above them. “WE’LL VOLUNTEER EVENTUALLY, BUT MY CHILDREN ARE TOO YOUNG NOW.” It’s true that many organizations have age restrictions about who is allowed to volunteer. But you may be able to work on a project that doesn’t involve showing up onsite. For instance, if you kids really love animals but they are too young to volunteer at a shelter, your family may be able to organize a blanket or towel drive, collect dog

food, or make cat toys. The bonus is that when you deliver your goods, you’ll probably be able to spend a little quality time playing with the animals you’re helping.’ “THERE ARE SO MANY GOOD CAUSES, THERE’S NO WAY WE CAN DECIDE ON ONE TO GET OUR HELP.” Think about your interests to help you decide where to give your time. Many non-profit service organizations can be broken down into three broad categories: human welfare, environmental welfare, or animal welfare. Once you define your broad category, think about what your family members like to do. For instance, if you all like being outdoors, you can work at a community garden for a local food bank NEAPOLITANfamily • November 2013

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to benefit human welfare. You can help clean up litter from local beaches or riverbanks to help the environment. Or you may want to participate in a backyard bird count or help restore a wild habitat to contribute to animal welfare. “I CAN’T EVEN GET MY KIDS TO HELP OUT AROUND THE HOUSE, THERE’S NO WAY I CAN GET THEM TO VOLUNTEER TO WORK SOMEWHERE ELSE.” The key is to make volunteering more like fun than work, which it can be. And you need to get buy-in from everyone involved. If you present a volunteer opportunity to your kids as something they will do whether they “like it or not,” you’ll almost certainly get resistance. But if you ask their opinions and give them a voice in choosing a cause to work for or a project to help out on, you may be surprised at the enthusiasm they show. “MY KIDS ALREADY SPEND TIME ON SERVICE PROJECTS THROUGH THEIR SCOUT TROOPS, THERE’S NO NEED FOR US TO SPEND MORE TIME VOLUNTEERING.” It’s true that service organizations of many types help kids learn the pleasures of giving their time. But there’s also an advantage to be gained from working together as a family. You get to see your kids succeed at tasks they may not normally do, and you may also find out about issues that are important to them. And it’s not bad that your children get to watch you commit your time and energy to something you believe is important. Another bonus: the possibility of meeting other families who believe in the same causes you do. Once you break the volunteer barrier, don’t be surprised if you find yourself adding a regular project to your family’s calendar. There’s something about helping an organization or contributing to an issue you care about that’s good for you. Just like broccoli, only better. CINDY HUDSON has volunteered as part of Girl Scout troops, school groups, mother-daughter book clubs, and with her family and friends. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and two daughters. Visit her online at In addition to our giving guide on pages 46-51, check these online sites for more ideas on how your whole family can get involved in helping out: • • • German School Ft. Lauderdale

Naples Preschool Academy 1275 Airport Pulling Road S., Naples

(239) 403-7977

• Top Early Learning Center • Safe And Secure • Spacious Rooms • Vpk Certified • Indoor And Outdoor Playground • Experienced Staff • Ages 7 Weeks5 Years Old


Play and Education Masters Degree CPR, First Aid Certified Clean driving and FBI record Hour/Day/Overnight

Ms. Lorel 514-5099

Windmill Creek A c a d e my Voted “Best Child Care” FIVE Years in a Row! Music Time Computers Playground Open 7 - 6 1000’s of Books VPK Certified

(239) 434-5439

Music Together of Naples

Group/Private/ Your Home or Mine

Saturday School Branch for Naples / Ft. Myers

Red Cross Instructor Lifeguard/CPR/1st Aid Infant to Adult Specializing in frightened swimmers

—25 years experience—

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Top Rated VPK • Preschool Classes Summer Camp 868 94th Ave. N, Naples (239) 597-5064



German classes for native speakers and foreign (954) language 288- classes for 7599 all ages

LITTLE PEOPLE’S SCHOOL • For 2-5 year olds

Collier County References Available



Early childhood music & movement classes for children and the grown-ups that love them.



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November Picks inLeeCounty is happy to introduce a complete

Children’s Birthday


We will furnish:

18 Holes of Golf Plates, forks, napkins & candles Tables & Chairs Drinks: Coke, Sprite, etc. 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! 2205 E. Tamiami Trail Naples, FL 34112

Aviation Day 2013

Page Field off North Airport Road, Fort Myers

(239) 793-4999

Saturday, November 2 • 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Attractions will include aviation aircraft exhibits, airplane and helicopter rides, children’s activities, giant slide & bounce houses, clowns, demonstrations by police & fire departments, exhibitors, refreshments & more. Free! www.


Taste of The Town


Over 40 restaurants participating, a fabulous band lineup on two stages and tons of activities for the kids. 239-277-1197

Baby alligators, tortoises, frogs, hermit crabs, geckos, fire skinks, chicks, iguanas, millipedes, scorpions, tarantulas, snakes, ducks and more.

JetBlue Park at Fenway South, Fort Myers Sunday, November 3 • 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Cape Coral Coconut Festival

Sun Splash Family Waterpark, Cape Coral November 7 - 10

This three-day event includes bands, entertainment, carnival games, food, contests, crafts & more.

American Sandsculpting Championship Festival Estero Boulevard, Fort Myers Beach November 22 - December 1

Fort Myers Beach behind Holiday Inn 239-454-7500 .

Thunder Slam

Lee Civic Center, North Fort Myers November 22 - 24 • 1 p.m.

Three days of live action including demolition derbies, ATV-QUAD Football Derby, Monster Trucks, FMX Stunt Flippers, Quad Racing & more!

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