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Kids Contest. The daughters of David and Mindy Slenn, the girls have a younger brother Elliot (age 1). Their father is an attorney with Quarles & Brady LLP and their mother, who currently stays home full time, has a background in healthcare administration. Simone and Brielle attend Lambs of Faith Preschool.

10 Top 10 Ways To Reduce Holiday Stress by Mia Adler Ozair

Get yourself ready for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s with our 10 tips on easing holiday stress.

12 Manners Made Easy by Carol J. Alexander

It’s never too early to start teaching your children good manners. We have age-appropriate suggestions just in time for Thankgsiving dinner.

14 Holding On To the Thanks by Lara Krupicka One mom works to hold on to the sense of gratitude she finds each Thanksgiving.

16 Enterovirus: Fast Facts to Protect Your Kids by Beth N. Davis

What it is, the symptoms, treatments and prevention.

18 How Martial Arts Combats Bullying by Kerrie McLoughlin

Approximately 49% of children are bullied at some point in childhood, learn how martial arts can help your child avoid being a victim.

45 30 Days of Giving by Stacy Nicolau

We’re highlighting 30 local nonprofits that need your time, money and attention this year!

50 Children Living Well With Diabetes by Stacy Nicolau In honor of National Diabetes Awareness Month, meet local children thriving after a diagnosis of diabetes. Plus, we have a list of events and organizations that support the cause.

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David Lawrence Center and Collier County Public Schools have been long-standing partners in ensuring the mental wellness of children in the classroom and beyond. This collaborative partnership is designed to improve student achievement by addressing mental health concerns. From strengthening awareness for teachers and parents so they are better equipped to address student mental health needs to developing new in-school services to manage specific student needs, this partnership is crucial to childhood wellness in today’s complex, high stress environment.

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David Lawrence Center and the School District are committed to the health and happiness of our children. Together, we are identifying needs and ensuring appropriate access to services for early identification andl lintervention. f o r M e n t a l We ness

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Mental Health is Our Concern. Mental health is a community issue. Fortunately, there’s a community solution. National studies indicate that two to four children in every American classroom struggle with a social emotional condition. Without treatment, grave consequences and challenges can develop. 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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All over Naples families are getting busier. School is mid-semester with homework and after-school activities keeping the kids busy. Mom and dad are busy with their own jobs. After-work hours are filled with getting the kids to their various activities while overseeing school work and attending to all the chores of daily life. Yes, life is busy! It’s easy to forget to really notice the joys of daily life, to stop long enough to appreciate that your kids are thriving or that you really love your work or to notice your thoughtful spouse. To me, the magic of Thanksgiving is in reminding us that all of the little moments–the sweet discussion you had with your daughter on the way to dance class or the laughter around the dinner table when your little one tried to repeat a joke he overheard at school really are the best times. Thanksgiving doesn’t require gifts or decorations or anything beyond a nice meal with people you care about–that’s precisely why it’s so special. One thing you can do this Thanksgiving is to take note of your child’s manners or lack thereof. It’s never too early to start gently guiding your child towards good manners and the dinner table is the perfect a place to start. You’ll find great suggestions in Carol Alexander’s article “Manners Made Easy” on page 12. Assistant Publisher Stacy Nicolau was busy this month writing two excellent articles. She profiles 30 non-profits that need your help in “30 Days of Giving” which starts on page 45. You’ll find all of the organizations as well as the 30 she profiled last year on our website at Stacy also wrote “Children Living Well With Diabetes.” Stacy talked with several local experts as well as with several children who are thriving since their diagnosis. Their inspirational stories begin on page 50. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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Family Movie & DVD Reviews N

ew on the big screen for kids and teens in November is a very big hero, a Mockingjay, some crazy penguins and lots more. Here’s a sneak peek at what’s new in theaters and on DVD and Blu-ray this month. Note that release dates are subject to change. In Theaters 11/07 (2D/IMAX) Ok for Kids 13+ Reel Preview: 5 of 5 Reels With our time on Earth coming to an end, a team of explorers undertakes the most important mission in human history: traveling through a wormhole beyond this galaxy to discover whether mankind has a future among the stars. Directed by Christopher Nolan, the all-star cast includes Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Ellen Burstyn, John Lithgow, Michael Caine, Mackenzie Foy and Casey Affleck. Packed with drama, special effects and family themes, look for “Interstellar” to do well during the upcoming awards season.

and 2003’s “Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd” (a high school prequel that didn’t star Carrey or Daniels). Yes, it’s been 20 years since that first movie. Now the dimwits are on the road in search of one of their long lost children in the hope of gaining a new kidney. Directed by Peter and Bobby Farrelly, this movie also stars Kathleen Turner, Laurie Holden, Rob Riggle and Paul Blackthorne.


BIG HERO 6 Rated PG for action and peril, some rude humor, and thematic elements In Theaters 11/07 (2D/3D) Ok for Kids 6+ Reel Preview: 5 of 5 Reels From Walt Disney Animation Studios and the team behind “Frozen” and “Wreck-It Ralph” comes this action-packed comedy-adventure about the special bond between Baymax (voiced by Scott Adsit), a plus-sized inflatable robot, and prodigy Hiro Hamada (Ryan Potter). When a devastating event befalls the city of San Fransokyo and catapults Hiro into the midst of danger, he turns to Baymax and friends -- adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago (Jamie Chung), neatnik Wasabi (Damon Wayans Jr.), chemistry whiz Honey Lemon (Genesis Rodriguez) and fanboy Fred (T.J. Miller). Determined to uncover the mystery, Hiro transforms his friends into a band of high-tech heroes called “Big Hero 6.” Directed by Don Hall and Chris Williams, this movie is one of the best family flicks of 2014.


Rated PG-13 for sexual content, including suggestive gestures, partial nudity, language and thematic elements In Theaters 11/14 • Ok for Kids 13+ Reel Preview: 3.5 of 5 Reels How does a young starlet cope with the pressures of fame? That’s the question examined in “Beyond the Lights,” which follows the story of Noni (Gugu Mbatha-Raw, who wow’d audiences in “Belle”), the music world’s latest superstar. Just as Noni reaches her limit, she meets Kaz Nicol (Nate Parker), a young cop and aspiring politician who’s been assigned to her detail. Drawn to each other, Noni and Kaz fall in love, despite the protests of others who urge them to put their career ambitions ahead of romance. But ultimately, Kaz’s love gives Noni the courage to find her own voice and follow her own dreams. Directed and written by Gina Prince-Bythewood, this movie also stars Minnie Driver, Aml Ameen, Danny Glover and Aisha Hinds.



Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual humor, partial nudity, language and some drug references In Theaters 11/14 • Ok for Kids 14+ Reel Preview: 3.5 of 5 Reels

Rated PG-13 for some intense perilous action and brief strong language

Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels reprise their signature roles as Lloyd and Harry in this franchise that began with 1994’s “Dumb and Dumber”

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THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY - PART 1 Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some disturbing images and thematic material In Theaters 11/21• Ok for Kids 13+ Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels The worldwide phenomenon of “The Hunger Games” continues to set the world on fire with “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1,” which finds Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) in District 13 after shattering the games forever. Under the leadership of President Coin (Julianne Moore) and the advice of trusted friends, Katniss spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and a nation moved by her courage. Directed by Francis NEAPOLITANfamily • November 2014

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Lawrence from a screenplay by Danny Strong and Peter Craig, this movie is based on the third novel in a trilogy written by Suzanne Collins. I’ve read all the books and love these movies. Jennifer Lawrence is the perfect Katniss.

PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR Not Yet Rated; Likely G or PG In Theaters 11/26 (2D/3D/IMAX 3D) Ok for Kids 5+ Reel Preview: 4.5 of 5 Reels Those crazy penguins are back! Yes, now we can discover the secrets of the most entertaining and mysterious birds in the global espionage game. Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private must join forces with the chic spy organization, the North Wind, led by Agent Classified voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch (yes!) to stop the villainous Dr. Octavius Brine (John Malkovich), from taking over the world. Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, Chris Knights, Ken Jeong, Annett Mahendru and Peter Stormare also lend their voices to this cute family movie directed by Simon J. Smith.


Reel Review: 3.5 of 5 Reels This fun-filled holiday set includes 12 “peppasodes” of the Nick, Jr. series. Peppa and George write letters to Santa, decorate the Christmas tree, sing festive songs and stay awake all night waiting to catch a glimpse of the big guy himself. There’s also a trip to Pirate Island, a visit to the Dentist, a school bus adventure and much more! Little ones love this series, filled with lots of snorts, laughter and puddle-jumping.

NEW ON DVD/BLU-RAY: PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE Rated PG for action and some peril On DVD/Blu-ray 11/04 Ok for Kids 6+ Reel Review: 4 of 5 Reels World-famous air racer Dusty Crophopper (voiced by Dane Cook) joins forces with a dynamic crew of elite firefighting aircraft in a comedy adventure. Together, the fearless team battles a wildfire at Piston Peak National Park, and Dusty learns what it takes to become a true hero. Great animation, a compelling story and positive messages make this a winner for kids.

Rated G • On DVD/Blu-ray 11/04 Ok for Kids 5+ Reel Review: 4.5 of 5 Reels “Rio 2” is bright, fun and colorful, and also includes lots of snappy tunes! Now your little ones can sing along with their favorite characters in this cool sing-along version just in time for the holidays. “What is Love,” “I Will Survive,” “Rio Rio” and more are included. The story follows Blu, Jewel and their three kids as they fly from Rio de Janeiro to the Amazon rainforest in search of more birds like them. Blu-ray bonus features: “Rio 1” Refresher; Birds & Beats: The Singing Talents of Rio 2; and “I Will Survive” multi-language music video.

PEPPA PIG: PEPPA’S CHRISTMAS Not Rated • On DVD 11/04 Ok for Kids 3+

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 Rated PG for adventure action and some mild rude humor On DVD/Blu-ray 11/11 Ok for Kids 7+ Reel Review: 4.5 of 5 Reels Stunning visuals, great characters, epic music and a poignant story all combine to make this one of the best family movies of 2014. This sequel to the hit 2010 movie finds our beloved friends Hiccup and Toothless discovering an ice cave that’s home to hundreds of wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, who has a unique connection to Hiccup. Voices include Jay Baruchel, Kristen Wiig, America Ferrera, Cate Blanchett and Gerard Butler.

THE WIND RISES Rated PG-13 for some disturbing images and smoking • On Blu-ray 11/18 Ok for Kids 11+ Reel Review: 5 of 5 Reels From Oscar-winning filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki (Best Animated Feature, “Spirited Away,” 2002) comes this lovely, spellbinding tale about Jiro, a man who dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes and whose character is inspired by the famous Italian aeronautical designer Caproni. Nearsighted and unable to be a pilot, he becomes one of the world’s most accomplished airplane designers, experiencing key historical events in an epic tale of love, perseverance and the challenges of living and making choices in a turbulent world. Now on blu-ray, this set features dazzling picture and sound, as well as some fascinating bonus features. 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.

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By Mia Adler Ozair

Top 10 Ways to Reduce Holiday Stress Our tips will help you make the most of the holiday season


umpkin pie and turkey dinner. Shopping and regifting. Getting together with family and friends. No matter what your traditions, the holiday season is almost here. For some, it’s a favorite time of year filled with joy and laughter. For others it’s unwanted encounters, financial pressure and even depression. But for most of us, it’s a mixed bag full of a little bit of everything. Here are some key tips to make the most of this holiday season.


Choose your holiday activities purposefully. Just because you’ve always done it doesn’t mean you have to always do it. If gathering with a certain group of people is uncomfortable or causes anxiety, consider changing-up your holiday routine. Have dinner with one group and dessert with another. For example, drop in for a particular part of the night to give your holiday greetings and then move along to another activity or event.


Care for yourself. Take some time for quiet relaxation before going out or hosting a holiday party. Take a bath, read a book, get a massage. Get plenty of sleep to wake feeling rested and ready for whatever comes your way.


Limit alcohol consumption to prevent next morning after-affects. And by morning-after affects I mean regretting telling your in-laws how you really feel, taking a “selfie” that is not of your face, or winning the “Most Wild at the Office Party” award. Of course it’s always fun to have a glass of wine or two, but knowing your limits will prevent not just a hangover but any embarrassing behavior that you will be held accountable for at a later time.


Establish a budget and stick with it. Gifts, parties, and holiday wardrobes can all add up quickly. Financial planning before the holidays will prevent financial headaches after the holidays.

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Laugh—a lot. If the food burns, if someone is particularly loud and obnoxious, or if plans don’t go as planned, there is really only one thing to do . . . smile and laugh it off! The holidays only come but once a year so do your best to take things lightly and make the best of it.


Consider the gap between action and reaction—plan how you will react. Given what I just said above, let’s be real: most of us already know what we are walking into at a family holiday event. Most people don’t change that drastically from one year to the next unless they have been actively working on themselves. With that said, it leaves the burden of reaction on you. It is within your power to expect certain behaviors from certain people and choose in advance how you will react. If the person doesn’t do as expected, great! But if they do, you are prepared to avoid any major fall-out.

Check out these books to help you focus on gratitude: Gratitude: A Way of Life by Louise Hay Gratitude Works!: A 21-Day Program for Creating Emotional Prosperity by Robert A. Emmons Choosing Gratitude: Your Journey to Joy by Nancy Leigh DeMoss


Leave ample time if travel is a part of your holiday plan. Weather and unforeseen circumstances and wreak havoc on our travel plans and cause chaos and disappointment. When booking flights or traveling long distances, give yourself enough time to create a comfortable cushion that will allow you to arrive on time even if something unexpected comes up.


Ask for help when you need it. Whether it is help A Simple Act of Gratitude: with cooking and cleaning, or How Learning to Say mental and emotional support, Thank You Changed My Life don’t go it alone. Ask family and by John Kralick friends to chip in and help. If the holidays are an emotional time for you, either because you have lost someone special that you miss or it is a particular trigger for you, speak with a professional who can offer you support. Don’t wait until it is too late. You deserve to have the support and love that you need during this time of year, and all other times as well.

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Prioritize. Make a list of the most important things to do or experience this holiday season and get started early. Knowing what is most important to you will enable you to sail through the season without last-minute pressures and stresses and will connect you to a sense of joy that the holidays can bring.

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Easy It is never too early to start teaching good manners. Even toddlers can begin to learn the basics of saying “please” and “thank you.” With the holidays coming up, this is the perfect time to consider whether your kids need a refresher course (or Manners 101!).


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“Etiquette is the art of being confident in every situation,” says Dawnya Sasse, founder of My Club Etiquette, a six-week manners course taught in a club setting in Virginia. The word etiquette derives from the French word for ticket. Manners coaches believe that teaching children proper etiquette gives them the “ticket” to a more successful life. “They do better in interviews,” said Susan Teter, Certified Manners Coach from Virginia, “and are more comfortable in various situations like eating out, formal parties or visiting others’ homes.” We’ve all been there. You call a local business to inquire for a particular product and the employee on the line gives you the impression she would rather be anywhere than at work. Or, you’ve checked out at the grocery and the cashier spent the entire time texting a friend. No smile, no “hello,” no “have a nice day.” “Children who exhibit good manners stand out among the rest,” said Teter. Unfortunately, as we’ve seen, so do those with bad manners. My friends Curt and June struggled to teach their two boys decent table manners until June came up with a game. She placed a tiny toy car beside each plate. When someone at the table witnessed another’s bad manners, he could take that person’s car from him. At the end of the meal, everyone got to keep the cars they ended up with. June succeeded in making learning a new behavior fun and rewarding. By implementing these ideas, you can too. According to Teter, “It is never too early to start teaching good manners. Even a young child can be taught to look a person in the eye when speaking to them.” In our family, we taught our children to sign the words “please” and “thank you” even before

they could speak. Remember, even if a child is too young to understand the meaning behind the behavior, he can still learn the proper behavior. As a child matures, though, it is important to explain the purpose behind the behavior you are trying to instill. We do not wipe our greasy fingers on the table cloth because the grease will not wash out and will ruin the cloth. We do not fly paper airplanes in a restaurant because the other patrons will not enjoy their meal. As a child’s understanding grows, we explain that respect for other people and their property is the basis for the behavior we are trying to teach. As parents, we need to keep the age of our child in mind and not expect too much of him. Trying to teach too much at one time is a common mistake. Concentrate on one area, like sitting still in church, one week, and opening doors for others the next week. Age Appropriate Manners Ages 1-2: Learning the Right Words Little ones can begin learning to say “may I,” “please,” “thank-you,” and “you’re welcome.” Start introducing the concept of saying “excuse me” for burping or bumping into someone as well as saying “I’m sorry” after doing something wrong. Have your toddler hand you their cup after a drink to start building on the idea of clearing the table and picking up after themselves. Ages 3-6: Playing Well With Others Children of this age are socializing more and playing with others. Sharing and taking turns can be reinforced with toys and games. This is the time to teach your child to never hit or call children names. It’s also time to teach him to pick up toys, books, and dirty clothes.

Just as June made learning a new behavior fun with her toy car game, you can use a sticker chart with rewards for your children. Every time you witness the child demonstrating proper manners, he gets a sticker. When the chart is full, he gets a reward. “I keep an ice cream bucket full of prizes,” said Juanita, another local mom, “When one of the boys gets five stars on his chart he gets to pick a prize out of the bucket.” Another fun method is role-playing. This technique is especially effective for phone manners because you can practice making and answering calls between the house phone and the cell phone. Of course it’s always better to demonstrate proper etiquette than to teach it. Woe to the father that says, “Do as I say, not as I do.” But if things seem to be going slowly, don’t give up hope. If mom and dad don’t talk out loud in the theatre, chances are little Johnny won’t grow up doing it either. He will eventually figure out that that behavior is inappropriate. Lastly, it’s always okay to call in reenforcements. Having Grandma teach Susie to set a proper table may have a greater impact on Susie than if mom were doing it. You could also purchase a manners curriculum to do with your children, hire a manners coach, or attend a manners club or class. Outside assistance can incorporate role playing, game playing, prizes, and peer pressure. Remember, it’s never too early and it’s never too late to train your children. And by following some of these methods, hopefully your child will have a “ticket” for success. Freelance writer CAROL J. ALEXANDER lives with her family in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.

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One mom works to hold on to the sense of gratitude she finds each Thanksgiving.


’m making leftover turkey sandwiches - pieces of toast spread with mayonnaise and topped with thin slices of turkey and globs of homemade stuffing. The phone rings and I quickly lick my fingers, savoring the zip of sage, before grabbing the receiver. It’s my mother-in-law, calling with her annual day-after-Thanksgiving request. She’s not asking me to go shopping. Instead she’s calling with another question: what do my children want for Christmas? Pretty soon there will be others emailing and phoning to find out the same thing. Aunts, uncles, grandparents, greatgrandparents will all want to know what my children would like for Christmas. I glance at my three girls, scattered around our kitchen setting out food and 14

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My biggest question: how do I cultivate gratitude in my family amidst a consumer culture that has made an art of creating wish lists? How do I sustain the thankful spirit for more than 24 hours?

plates, preparing for our lunch. I know what their answer will be. It’s the same every year. They won’t want much, not yet at least. But they will soon enough, once I start prodding them. The irony of the situation slaps me like a linebacker hitting his opponent. The words of gratitude, the remembrances of all the plenty we enjoy, have barely died on our lips. The leftovers of our Thanksgiving dinner have yet to be relished. And now I have to ask my girls what they want. What possibly could they want? The rods in their closets are crammed with filled hangers. Bins of Polly Pockets, Legos, and American Girl doll accessories cover the toy shelves in our house. Our two-car garage can only fit one car beside the bikes and outdoor toys. They have all they need and much NEAPOLITANfamily • November 2014

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of what they hadn’t even thought to want. Every year the question of what my kids want for Christmas leads me to using tactics that would make a telemarketer blush. First I ask for their lists. But rarely are those lists long enough to match the number of people shopping for them. So I shove toy catalogs and store wish books into their hands. I remind them of things they’ve noticed on shopping outings. I urge them to think of something more, some object they think they’ll enjoy. I do these things in the name of pleasing others-pleasing those who love my daughters and want to show it by bestowing well-liked gifts. I do it to please my girls, however momentarily, in the receiving of those gifts. I do it to please everyone but myself. Each year when I badger my children for their wish lists, I feel a bit of myself slipping away. That part of me that says to “let them be.” The part that My biggest wish this year says they can enjoy Christmas is for a holiday from the without so much stuff. Am I selling us out, myself and my holiday rush. I wish for children? Am I bowing to conThanksgiving to extend sumerism to blot out gratitude beyond one parade-and- so quickly? What if we made no wish football-filled day. lists? Would we continue to be thankful for what we already have? And my biggest question: how do I cultivate gratitude in my family amidst a consumer culture that has made an art of creating wish lists? How do I sustain the thankful spirit for more than 24 hours? My biggest wish this year is for a holiday from the holiday rush. I wish for Thanksgiving to extend beyond one parade-andturkey-and-football-filled day. I wish that Christmas would move back to its place (at least back to December) and stop stealing the show from Thanksgiving. I’m thankful for leftover turkey sandwiches. I’m thankful for three grinning girls sitting around my counter eating them. And I’m thankful for grandmas who faithfully call each year to find out what these children would enjoy receiving. The only thing I still need on this day after Thanksgiving is a little more time to enjoy how fortunate we are. My grip on the phone receiver relaxes as I turn away from my children and gaze at the Thanksgiving decorations on the fireplace mantle in the next room. “Can I get back to you on that?” I say to my mother-in-law. I breathe a sigh of gratitude as she agrees to let it go for today, because today I plan to continue making a list of what we have to be thankful for. And that’s the list I need most right now. LARA KRUPICKA is a parenting journalist who’s fortunate to have a terrific husband and three very lucky girls. She’s grateful for the abundance that her family enjoys and the people who enjoy bestowing it on them. NEAPOLITANfamily • November 2014

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Covenant Church of Naples Friday, Nov. 21 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Activities include: 6 Inflatables, Hay Ride Fall Crafts, Carnival Games, Firetruck, Storytelling, Music and much more! Free Food including Hamburgers, Hotdogs, Nachos, Cupcakes and Drinks

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By Beth N. Davis


Fast Facts to Protect Your Kids


his year a little known virus has presented in over 40 states in the US, making over 500 people very ill. Below, learn more about what enterovirus is and how you can protect yourself and your children. What is it? Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) is one of more than 100 viruses classified as “non-polio enteroviruses” that circulate in the US each year. The virus is known to cause mild to severe respiratory illness. While it has been present in the population since 1962, EV-D68 is making a larger impact on children around the US this year. EV-D68 can only be diagnosed by doing specific lab tests on specimens from a person’s nose and throat. While hospitals and some doctor’s offices can test patients to see if they have an enterovirus infection, most cannot specifically test to determine the type of enterovirus. Because of the unusually large number of cases in the US this year, the CDC has recommended testing for patients with severe respiratory illness when the cause is unclear. Symptoms Symptoms can range from mild to severe with more serious symptoms being experienced by children with pre-existing respiratory illness. Mild symptoms may include fever, runny nose, sneezing, cough, and body and muscle aches while more severe symptoms may include wheezing and difficulty breathing. It is


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recommended that anyone with respiratory illness should contact their doctor if they have difficulty breathing or if their symptoms worsen. How Do You Get It The virus can be found in an infected person’s saliva, nasal mucus, or sputum. EV-D68 spreads from person to person when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or touches a surface that is then touched by others. In general, infants, children, and teenagers are most likely to get infected with enteroviruses and become ill. That’s because their immune systems have not been fortified by previous exposures to these viruses. Treatments There is no specific treatment for people with respiratory illness caused by EV-D68. For mild respiratory illness, you can help relieve symptoms by taking over-the-counter medications for pain and fever however aspirin should not be given to children. In the case of severe respiratory illness, your child may need to be hospitalized. There are currently no antiviral medications currently available for people who become infected with EV-D68. Parents of children with asthma should be sure to discuss emergency asthma preparations with their child’s pediatrician. Prevention You can help prevent yourself from becoming ill and spreading EV-D68 and other respiratory illnesses by following some common

sense precautionary measures. • Encourage children to wash their hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. • Discourage them from touching their eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands and be sure to avoid close contact (such as kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils) with people who are sick. • Teach your child to cover their coughs and sneezes with a tissue or shirt sleeve, not their hands. • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if your child becomes ill or someone else in the home is sick. • Keep sick kids at home. It helps viruses from spreading and allows your child to recover more quickly. • Additional illnesses can worsen enteroviruses so get a flu shot. While not a prevention of EV-D68, the shot will likely protect your child from the added risk that EV-D68 would present if the flu were contracted at the same time. If you notice signs or symptoms of enterovirus, consult your child’s doctor. If you are concerned, go with your gut. This virus has proven itself fast acting and can become deadly overnight if left untreated. BETH N. DAVIS writes from Silver Spring, MD where she and her husband are raising their four children. NEAPOLITANfamily • November 2014

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By Kerrie McLoughlin

How Martial Arts Combats Bullying According to, a study found that approximately 49% of kids in 4th through 12th grade said they had been bullied at least one time in the previous month. Bullying can lead to low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, poor performance in school and, in some extreme cases, even suicide.


here is bullying happening? It’s happening most often at school, including at recess and on the school bus, but school isn’t the only place. It also occurs where kids are gathering in large groups, like at amusement parks, block parties, campgrounds and swimming pools. And of course we can’t forget about cyberbullying, which includes using cell phones and computers as ways to bully with words and spread untrue words and embarrassing photos. So what can we, as parents, do about this widespread problem? Well, it turns out martial arts is a great place to start. Of course, martial arts can’t necessarily tackle the cyberbullying issue, but it can give our kids the self-confidence they need to handle people who are not treating them well in a specific situation. Lindsey Watts, mom of a daughter who has been in martial arts for four years, says, “Martial arts gives kids discipline and teaches them respect. They learn self-control, perseverance and integrity. They learn to help build a more peaceful world.” One mother shared a sad situation that happened to her son, “My son was in 2nd grade when he was being bullied. We had no idea it was going on; we just knew that something wasn’t right ...” Her son ended up bullying another child and was sent to see the principal, where the story came out that a boy at recess, someone her son called a friend, had been bullying him. Later other issues came out, like that he had been pushed, tripped and poked. “We


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then realized our good-natured son … may be setting himself up for more bullying. Our son was very shy, but just wanted everyone to like him so he befriended everyone.” Dave Kovar, founder of Martial Arts Against Bullying (MAAB) and life-long martial arts professional, shares on his website, “I believe that no other industry is in a better position to do something about bullying than the martial arts industry … The mere act of training in martial arts and having children develop a higher level of confidence decreases their chances of being bullied in the first place.” The mom from the previously mentioned bullying situation shared her family’s resolution. “We decided our son needed help with handling himself and building his confidence up. [Tae Kwon Do] gave my son confidence to know that he had the strength within him to stop something first with his words, and — as a last resort — defense. Never to hit first, never to intentionally hurt the person hurting you but to just keep yourself safe. My son is now 10 years old and has his high brown belt in TKD. My son walks tall now. He’s not afraid to stand up for himself or others. TKD has taught him that fighting is never the answer. It’s only a last resort to protect himself from harm or to protect someone else from harm.” Robyn Morrow, mom of a Tae Kwon Do student, “I was teased and called four eyes as a child and had a hard time feeling connected to people, but that pales in comparison to the stories I’ve heard happening nowadays. My oldest child is skinny and tall, but holds his head high and walks tall … I think his confidence is in large part due to his years at Tae Kwon Do … He knows he has the power to break boards, so I would guess that gives him more confidence too. I am so glad we made the choice to enroll him in Taekwondo classes before he reached the awkward teenage age he’s entering now.” Martial arts comes with other benefits as well. Jody Jones, mom of 3, says, “I think martial arts helps form a great foundation for understanding the benefits of structure, discipline and hard work. Attaining a black belt, or any higher belt rank, is a manifestation of what you can gain through the physical and mental discipline of mental arts. It’s an experience that’s hard to duplicate for your children, and the concept of working extremely hard to attain your goals is one that you carry into your adult life and work.” KERRIE MCLOUGHLIN is the homeschooling mom of 5, author of several ebooks on and blogger at

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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 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 first-hand account of the program. 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. Pick and choose There are myriad types of martial arts from which to choose. Some of the more popular class options include: • • • • • • •

Karate: A Japanese self-development system that involves punches and kicks. Tae Kwon Do: A Korean form of a military art, it involves punching and kicking, as well as meditation and breathing techniques 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 self-defense method that focuses on using the opponent’s strength and weight against him. Aikido: A Japanese method that is similar to Jujitsu, but not as competitive and uses gentler movements. 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.

Check out the following studios to get your child started in martial arts: Florida Karate Center 6634 Willow Park Drive, #200, Naples (239) 254-0060 Gulf Coast Karate Academy 10565 Tamiami Trail North, Naples (239) 653-9358 Impact Martial Arts 5926 Premier Way, #128, Naples (239) 596-1633 Tiger Rock Martial Arts 1575 Pine Ridge Road, #12, Naples (239) 596-2501




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November is a Natural for Family Events at Naples City Parks Get out in the cooler fall weather to enjoy these family events sponsored by the City of Naples Community Services Department and local organizations. Free Saturday Nature Talk Series Bring your children and learn together how nature can flourish in the city—with the proper care. The Naples Preserve continues its tradition of the free nature talk series but it’s now on Saturdays when it is easier for you to attend. The presentations will inform and entertain both adults and children over the age of 5. Nature Talks are held on Saturdays at 10 a.m. The schedule is “Nightlife in The Preserve” on Saturday, Nov. 1, which will feature video of the preserve’s animals caught on motion-triggered night cameras and “Life in our Butterfly Garden” on Saturday, Nov. 22. Additionally, free guided tours of the preserve’s boardwalk will take place at 10 a.m. on the Saturdays of November 1, 8, 15 and 22. For more information, call 2614290. (The Naples Preserve is located at 1690 Tamiami Trail N., on the corner of US 41 & Fleischmann Blvd.) Whirl-n-Twirl 2014 Hula Hoop-a-thon Enjoy the whoopla as amateur and professional teams compete to keep their hula-hoops

moving during this fundraiser for the Naples Alliance for Children. See the doggie hoop trick team from “Ruffgers Dog University.” Face painting, balloons, food vendors and hula-hoop vendors. Held in Cambier Park on Saturday, Nov. 15 from 9 a.m. — noon. For more information, call 821-3517. (755 Eighth Avenue South, Naples) Free Concerts at the Bandshell Bring a blanket for the whole family and enjoy free jazz concerts in Cambier Park from 2 – 4 p.m. on Sundays in November. Concert schedule: Music Makers on November 2; Naples Concert Band on November 9; Naples Philharmonic Orchestra on November 12; Gulfcoast Big Band on November 16; Music Makers on November 23; Naples Dixieland Band on November 30. For more information, call 213-3058. (755 Eighth Avenue South, Naples) School’s Out Fun Day for Elementary School Kids Need childcare when school is closed but you

have to work? Both Fleischmann and River Park 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 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. You must register no later than than two weeks prior to the event – space is limited. Scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 26 – send lunch and snacks with your child. $25 per child. To register, call Fleischmann Park 213-3020 or River Park 213-3037. 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 from Tuesday, Nov. 25 through Saturday, Nov. 29 from 6 to 9 p.m. Live music and bells resound from every courtyard and plaza as Santa arrives. For more information, call 649-6707. (Third Street S. and Broad Avenue, Naples)


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Advance Registration: $25* Race Day Registration: $30* Children 18 and under: $10* FGCU Students: Complimentary w/Student ID* * Includes one (1) daily grounds ticket to the Shootout (Must be 17 or older to receive ticket, 16 and under receive complimentary Shootout admission)

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Kids Helping Kids Festival

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he second annual Kids Helping Kids Festival is set for Nov. 9, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Centennial Park in Downtown Fort Myers. The event will include a 5K run, entertainment, food and activities. The free festival will begin immediately after the 5K, and will feature a boot camp-style obstacle course for children and adults, a rock wall, youth entertainment, bounce houses, food and more. There will be a basketball clinic put on by the Florida Gulf Coast University men’s basketball team. There will be a Buddy Holly performance at 10 a.m. by the Broadway Palm Dinner Theater. General admission to the event is free and tickets will be available for purchase for food and activities. Tickets are $10 for unlimited activities. Kids Helping Kids Festival provides a forum for youth to come together, celebrate and learn how to turn their passion into service. For more information visit:

Boogie on the Beach: Music for the Soul


oin Lighthouse of Collier, Inc., Center for Blindness and Vision Loss at The Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club on November 9 from 12:30 to 4:30 pm for a fun filled afternoon. Boogie on the Beach will feature live-music by Sanctum Soul, awesome food and fabulous auction items. The proceeds from the event go towards helping Lighthouse of Collier to continue their services to the estimated 14,000 blind/vision impaired children and adults in Collier County. Sponsorships and tickets are available at or by calling 239-430-3934.

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aturday, Nov. 15 is a great day to hoop it up for kids! That’s when friends, families and co-workers will gather at Cambier Park in Naples at the first Whirl ’n Twirl hula hoop-a-thon, a fundraiser to benefit the nonprofit Naples Alliance for Children. During Whirl ‘n Twirl, each team – of any size – will receive one hula-hoop. The challenge is to keep that hoop in motion all morning. Pledges collected by the teams will help Naples Alliance for Children provide and expand its programs for the health, education and wellbeing of children and families in Collier County. Teams are asked to collect pledges; In return, Naples Alliance for Children has planned a high-energy, fun morning full of contests and prizes. The event runs from 9 a.m. to noon. To learn more or to register a team, visit or call 239513-7990. Cambier Park is on Park Street between 5th Avenue South and 8th Avenue South, Naples.

Grand Opening Friday November 14th • 5-8 pm Live Music & Hor’s Deourves, Makeup Artist, Fashion Show Located at Shops at Vanderbilt, between “Toast” & “The Good Life”

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WGCU Public Media Distributes Free Books


GCU Public Media is distributing free early-learning books to 400 pre-kindergarten through first grade children in Southwest Florida, thanks to a generous donation from Carson-Dellosa Publishing to PBS KIDS. WGCU is distributed the books to select Title I schools in Collier, Lee and Hendry Counties this fall as part of the WGCU Curious Kids Learning Workshops. For information about WGCU’s Curious Kids Learning Workshops contact Paula Sklodowski @ 239-590-2510.

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Pinecrest Elementary School Principal Susan Jordan (right) and Assistant Principal Christine Gray (left) accept their school’s donation from WGCU’s Outreach Coordinator Paula Sklodowski. Photo provided by WGCU.

The Gobble Gobble Four Miler To Benefit St. Matthew’s House

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The Gobble Gobble Four Miler is a family friendly annual event, taking place on Thanksgiving Day. Start times are as follows: The 1 Mile Fun Walk/Run begins at 7:25 a.m.; The Competitive Chip Timed Event begins at 7:30 a.m. ; The Fun Run/Walk 4 Miler begins at 7:35 a.m.; and The Lil’ Gobbler’s dash begins at 8:50 a.m. Whole Foods will once again be providing all natural pumpkin pies and fruit following the race. The cost of registration includes a custom, high quality tech shirt. Those registering early enough will be getting hydrapouches (a unique drinking vessel for runners). The race has been capped to maintain quality for all participants. The mission of St. Matthew’s House (SMH) is to change lives in a spiritual environment that is both compassionate and disciplined, as well as providing housing for the homeless and food for the needy. A 501(c)(3) non-profit entity, SMH, along with Immokalee Friendship House, has been serving the homeless, hungry and hopeless in Collier County since 1987. For information check NEAPOLITANfamily • November 2014

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Friends of Fakahatchee Announce Fall Schedule of Swamp Walks and Tram Tours


he Friends of Fakahatchee have announced their fall schedule of swamp walks and evening adventures in Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park. In addition to its five-hour Biologist-Led Swamp Walk, the group is again offering the 3-1/2 hour Tram Tour and Swamp Walk. Two evening adventures—a Moonlit Tram Tour and The Boardwalk After Dark— have been added to the schedule. Both swamp walks take visitors into the heart of the Fakahatchee Strand, home to more orchid species than any other place on the North American continent. The Preserve is also a haven for diverse wildlife and migratory birds. The Biologist-Led Swamp Walk is a long and strenuous adventure beginning at 9:30 a.m. and concluding at 2:30 p.m. The cost is $75 per person with $60 youth tickets for those under 18. This walk is offered Friday, Nov. 7, Saturday, Nov. 8, Friday, Dec. 12, and Sat., Dec. 13. The Tram Tour and Swamp Walk begins at 9:30 a.m. and concludes by 1 p.m. It begins with a ride on the group’s Ghost Rider tram to the site of the swamp walk. After about 90 minutes of walking through the swamp, participants board the tram for the return trip. The Tram Tour and Swamp Walk is offered Thursday, Nov. 13, Thursday, Nov. 27, Thursday, Dec. 11, and Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015—New Year’s Day. Swamp walkers should dress appropriately for the weather and wear long pants and lace-up boots or sneakers (no waders or open-top boots). A hat and long-sleeved shirt are also recommended. Walkers should bring water, snacks, and bug repellent if you are sensitive. A change of clothes for the drive home is also recommended. The park entrance is on the west side of SR 29 between I-75 and U.S. 41. Swamp walkers meet at the Ranger Station off Janes Scenic Drive no later than 9:30 a.m. It is located at 137 Coastline Drive, Copeland, FL. The Moonlit Tram tour begins Thursday, November 6 and Saturday, December 6. The tour allows visitors to view Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park under the illumination of a full moon. An experienced naturalist leads each tram tour. The tour leaves from the ranger station at 137 Coastline Drive, Copeland, off Janes Scenic Drive. Please arrive early as the tram leaves promptly at 5:30 p.m for the tour. The Boardwalk After Dark adventure is offered at 6 p.m. on Friday, November 7 and Friday, December 5. It allows visitors to see the Big Cypress Bend boardwalk in a whole new light. The 2300-foot boardwalk is sheltered by bald cypress trees, many of them hundreds of years old. The walk ends at a gator pond, where the tour leader will check for the gleaming eyes of frogs and larger inhabitants. The Big Cypress Bend boardwalk is marked by a large sign on U.S. 41 17.1 miles east of the intersection of CR 951 (Collier Blvd) and US 41. The Boardwalk After Dark adventures begin at 6 pm and conclude at approximately 7:30 p.m. For full details, directions and reservations visit

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Sound Minds Music Festival and Mental Health Symposium Scheduled for Nov. 15

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he David Lawrence Center, Collier County’s only comprehensive, not-forprofit mental health and substance abuse treatment facility serving children, adults and families, is proud to pair up with IMHRO (International Mental Health Research Organization) to host the first ever Sound Minds™ Music Festival and Mental Health Symposium. The event will be held on Saturday, November 15th, 2014 at the Naples Botanical Gardens with an exclusive dinner for VIP guests immediately following at Windstar on Naples Bay. The symposium is from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. and will feature nationally renowned scientists, local experts and mental health advocates for brain science and early detection and intervention. Symposium attendees can learn how to recognize early signs in youth to interrupt the negative course of some mental illnesses and improve the long-term outcome for individuals in our community from the following featured keynote speakers: Carrie Bearden, PhD, Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences and Psychology at UCLA; Scott Russo, PhD, Assistant Professor of Neuroscience at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai; Scott Haltzman, MD, Senior Psychiatrist, Outpatient Medical Services at the David Lawrence Center; Distinguished Fellow, American Psychiatric Association and Author; Brandon Staglin, Mental Health Advocate/Consumer and Director of Marketing Communications for both IMHRO and the Staglin Family Vineyard. The presentation will be followed by a moderated audience Q&A session with seasoned television personality Fox 4 news anchor Patrick Nolan who will serve as the event emcee. After the symposium, ticket holders will enjoy a private “meet the speakers” reception, wine tasting and concert from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. in the picturesque Mosaic Garden of the Naples Botanical Gardens featuring live performances by local artists Alex Dean, Chloe and John Bowlin. For VIP guests, the evening will be capped off with an exclusive dinner experience at 6:30 p.m. at Windstar on Naples Bay featuring wine parings from the acclaimed wines of the Staglin Family Vineyard. VIP tickets which include access to the symposium, reception, concert and dinner are $1,000 per person. For individuals wishing to attend the symposium, reception and music festival the cost is $125 per person. Sponsorship packages are also available. Although the symposium is open to the public, preregistration is required and there is a limited capacity. Proceeds will be shared between David Lawrence Center to provide mental health and substance abuse services to children, adults, and families in our community and IMHRO to fund their neuropsychiatric research initiatives. For additional information or to reserve a ticket, contact the David Lawrence Foundation at 239-304-3505 or visit

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he Happy Fox Movie Co. will provide everything you need to host an outdoor movie under the stars. An outdoor movie party is perfect for birthday parties, graduations, football events, pool parties and much more. Happy Fox provides the jumbo inflatable movie screen, quality sound system, and HD projection. The company can also provide concessions like popcorn upon request. For more information check Facebook at or call (239) 293-1985.

A Christmas Carol at Broadway Palm


roadway Palm welcomes the holidays with one of the most beloved holiday stories of all-time, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, playing November 20 through December 27, 2014. From a cold-hearted miser to a lovable softie, the story of Ebenezer Scrooge gives hope in the power of love and the spirit of Christmas. This classic story captures the essence of the holidays and is perfect entertainment for the entire family. Performances are Tuesday through Sunday evenings with selected matinees. Ticket prices range from $37 to $60 with discounts for groups of 20 or more. Tickets can be reserved by calling (239) 278-4422, by visiting, or by stopping by the box office at 1380 Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers.

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1 Saturday Call for time. One-Day Saturday Art Class. Great art classes offer students ages 3-18 the opportunity to connect, grow and challenge themselves in a supportive environment. Classes include drawing, painting, duct tape crafts, sewing, cooking and more. Held at Center for Performing Arts-Moe Auditorium, 10150 Bonita Beach Road SE, Bonita Springs. Call 232-4958989 for information. 7:30 AM. Third Street South Farmer’s Market. Held in downtown Naples in the parking lot behind Tommy Bahama’s. Held weekly on Saturday. 8:00 AM. Community Yard Sale at Golden Gate Community Center. This program is designed to let the general population buy or sell craft or yard sale items. Must reserve spots at Golden Gate Community Center, 4701 Golden Gate Pkwy, Naples. Call 239-252-4180 for more information. $10 per reserved parking space. Open to the public. 800 AM. Veterans Community Park

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about 30 minutes. Registration is required. Held at South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy, Estero. Held weekly on Saturday. 10:00 AM. Ghosts in the Garden. Everglades Wonder Gardens in Bonita Springs celebrates “Ghosts in the Garden” with a daytime event for families and a nighttime event for adults only. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., kids are invited to come in costume and enjoy trick or treating stations, pumpkin painting, photo opportunities with birds from Bird Gardens of Naples, games and other surprises, all free with regular admission. From 5 to 9 p.m., adults can celebrate the holiday in costume with food, beer, wine, dancing to a dee-jay, door prizes, raffles and silent auction. Tickets for the evening event are $40 and may be purchased at the door. Everglades Wonder Gardens is located at 27180 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs. 10:30 AM. Speed Stacking at South Regional Library. You will learn the art of speed stacking then enjoy some fun competition. How fast can you stack and unstack the cups? Open to ages 9 – 11 years. Held at South Regional Library 8065 Lely Cultural Parkway, Naples. Call 239252-7542 for information.

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10:30 AM. Swamp Buggy Races. Family Fun for all ages. See buggies & jeeps race through the Mile-O-Mud. Saturday practice: gates open at 10:30am. Sunday main event: gates open at 10:30am, Green flag at 12:30pm. Tickets: www.swampbuggy. com. Held at Florida Sports Park, 8250 Collier Blvd, Naples. 11:00 AM. Honoring Veterans and Their Families. All Armed Forces personnel and families are welcome, active and retired. Join us in honoring Veterans and families with our “Salute to Our Veterans” ceremony including a color guard/honor guard at 12:00pm. The Paradise HOG Chapter (sponsored by Harley Davidson, Naples) Ride for Veterans will finish in the parking lot at 11:00 am. We will be joined by the Marine Corps, Barron Collier HS JROTC, the Coast Guard, the Red Cross, The Injured Warrior Fund of Florida, LLC, the Paradise HOG chapter, and more. Held at The Home Depot (Airport & Davis) 1651 S. Airport Pulling Rd, Naples. Call 239-793-2203 for information. 11:00 AM. Car Cruise In at Miromar Outlets. See all your favorite makes and models of classic, exotic and custom cars. Located near the Restaurant Piazza, lakeside. Held at 10801 Corkscrew Rd, Estero.

Call 239-498-1301 for information. 3:00 PM. Improv Cafe-Youth Improv. Local youth improv groups perform short and long form improv that includes suggestions provided by you, the audience. Be as involved in the show as you’d like; whether you’re just setting a scene with your suggestions, or whether you’re on stage as a player. Snacks and beverages available. Held at Center for Performing Arts-Moe Auditorium 10150 Bonita Beach Road SE, Bonita Springs. For further information call 239495-8989 or visit 7:00 PM. Fall Concert Series at Gulf Coast Town Center. All concerts take place in Market Plaza from 7 to 9 P.M. Admission is free. Gulf Coast Town Center is located at 9903 Gulf Coast Main Street, Fort Myers. Held weekly on Saturdays.

2 Sunday Call for time. Take Steps for Crohn’s and Colitis. Take Steps for Crohn’s and Colitis is a family friendly community walk dedicated to raising mission critical funds and awareness for inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD). Held at Bell Tower Shops, Bell Tower Shops Daniels Pkwy and US


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41, Fort Myers. Call 239-489-1221 for information. 8:00 AM. South Seas Women’s Pro Classic. Returning to beautiful Captiva, Florida, November 2nd-9th will be the South Seas Island Resort Women’s Pro Classic , a $50,000 USTA Pro Circuit Event. As the final stop on the 2014 USTA Pro Circuit Women’s Calendar, world-class tennis will be in full swing at the awardwinning resort as some of the best emerging tennis stars compete. Located at 5400 Plantation Road, Captiva. Check ssirproclassic. com for more information. 2:00 PM. Free Concerts at the Bandshell. Bring a blanket for the whole family and enjoy free jazz concerts in Cambier Park, 755 8th Ave. S., Naples. Call 239-213-3058 for information.

3 Monday 9:00 AM. Toys for Tots collection. Enjoy half-price admission to the Everglades Wonder Gardens when you donate a new, unwrapped toy between Nov. 3 and Dec. 3 for the Toys for Tots campaign. One discount per person and per toy donated. Located at 27180 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs, call 239-992-2591 for information. 3:30 PM. Rubberband Loom Club. Bring your rubberband bracelet loom and rubber bands and we’ll learn to make easy rings, bracelets, and charms. Open to ages 8 – 11 years. Held at South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Parkway, Naples. Call 239252-7542 for information. 4:00 PM. Monday Manicures at Naples Regional Library. Have fun with your friends while you paint your nails. Open to ages 11-17 years. Held at Naples Regional Library, 650 Central Avenue, Naples. Call 239-261-8208 for information.

4 Tuesday 10:00 AM. Moms and Tots Storytime with Miss Jessica and Miss Felicia. A toddler favorite, the girls read, sing, dance and color, creating a fun atmosphere of learning and lots of laughter. Come and ask about the little green frog song. All ages are welcome. Held at Barnes & Noble, 5377 Tamiami Trail North, Naples. Call 239-598-5200 for information. Held weekly on Tuesday. 4:00 PM. All About Horses at Estates Branch Library. What does a horse eat? How do you care for one? Learn the answers to these questions and more, then see a horse up close. Open to ages 4-10 years. Held at Estates Branch Library, 1266 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples. Call 239-455- 8088 for information. 4529 Executive Drive, Suite 101, Naples, FL 34119

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4:30 PM. Speed Stacking with Cups at Golden Gate Branch Library. Middle school student and national competitor Dalton N. will demonstrate the sport of Speed Stacking. Then you can push your speed, concentration and accuracy skills to the edge by learning how to Speed Stack. Open to grades 1 through 5. Held at Golden Gate Library, 2432 Lucerne Road, Naples. Call 239252-4542 for information. 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. Held at Bell Tower Shops, Daniels Pkwy and US 41, Fort Myers. Call 239-489-1221 for information. Held NEAPOLITANfamily • November 2014

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5 Wednesday 9:00 AM. November Ikebana Meeting Features Sogetsu Workshop. November ushers in the holiday season leading off with Thanksgiving. Held at Moss Hall of Moorings Presbyterian Church at 791 Harbour Drive. Loris Dallal, a creative and popular master of the Sogetsu style will be giving a presentation at the meeting followed by a workshop on festive floral arrangements for the Thanksgiving holidays. Please make advance reservations for the workshop by calling Sensei Dallal at 239 254-9999 or A fee of $5.00 will be charged at the door with the advanced reservation. A full Ginza or Japanese market will be available to purchase flower arranging materials and other interesting items. Consult website at www.Ikebananaples. com for updates and further information. 6:00 PM. Fall Festival at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic School. Kids of all ages will enjoy carnival rides, games and food booths at this year’s St. Elizabeth Seton Festival. Festival held on November 5th & 6th 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.; November 7th 6:00 p.m. – Midnight; November 8th


1:00 p.m. – Midnight; November 9th 2:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Held at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic School 2730 53rd Terrace SW, Naples. Call 239-455-2262 for information. 10:00 AM. Family Story Time at South Regional Library. This program is for the whole family and lasts about 30 minutes. Registration is required. Held at South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy, Estero. Call 239-533-4400 for information. Held weekly on Wednesday. 10:30 AM. Family Story Time at Bonita Springs Library. This program is for the whole family and lasts about 30 minutes. Held at Bonita Springs Public Library, 26876 Pine Avenue, Bonita Springs. Call 239-533-4860 for information. Held weekly on Wednesday. 11:00 AM. Free Kids Crafts at Miromar Outlets. Kids from toddlers to twelve are invited to participate in free fun activities. Located at Miromar Outlets, 10801 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. Call Held weekly on Wednesday. 11:00 AM. First Baptist Academy PreK Grandparents’ Day. The FBA PreK classes are hosting their annual Fall Fellowship/Grandparents’ Day. This special

time of songs, refreshments, and fellowship is one way First Baptist Academy honors our parents and grandparents. Held at First Baptist Academy, 3000 Orange Blossom Drive, Naples. Call 239-597-2233 for information. 6:00 PM. Mercato Wine Walk. Naples Sunset Rotary Club is sponsoring the 2nd Annual Mercato Wine Walk on November 5, 2014 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm . This years will be better than ever with live music and door prizes. Participating Mercato businesses will offer each ticket holder a small sample of red or white wine along with a tasty hors d’oeuvre. All proceeds will benefit local charities. Held at 9128 Strada Place, Naples. Call 239-594-2748 for information.

6 Thursday 9:00 AM. First Baptist Academy Open House. During our Open House, guided tours of the school facility will be provided. Curriculum will be on display. Our Admissions Director, Guidance Counselor, and Principals will be available to answer questions. Our Open Houses are open to FBA families, as well as the general public. We always happy to meet with you on an

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Many Collier County Library programs require preregistration, please call ahead for any program you are interested in attending to check requirements. individual basis. Held at First Baptist Academy 3000 Orange Blossom Drive, Naples. Call 239-597-2233 x566 for information. 9:00 AM. Coconut Point Farmer’s Market. The Coconut Point Farmers Market is open at 23105 Fashion Drive in Estero. This market is an outdoor, dog-friendly shopping destination featuring local seafood, meats, beautiful flowers, locally harvested honey, baked goods, hand-made soaps, hand-woven baskets and hats, and one-of-a-kind hand crafted items. Held weekly on Thursday. Call 239-992-9966 for information. 3:15 PM. PJ Library. A program of JFCS, invites families to a fun, educational program where we will create and decorate everything needed to celebrate Shabbat wherever you are. The program will take place on three consecutive Thursdays, November 6, 13 and 20. On each date the children will create another element for their box. We will have a light snack at each session. The cost of the program is $18 per child, and includes all three sessions. Space is limited. To reserve a space for your child(ren) send a check to

payable to JFCS to: JFCS atten-PJ Library 5025 Costello Dr., Suite #101 Naples, FL 35103. For more information, please call Anne Chernin at JFCF at (239) 325-4444. 5:00 PM. Whole Foods Block Party. Join us for free samples at our weekly storewide block party. Be sure to vote for your favorite recipe for a chance to win a $25.00 Whole Foods Market gift card. Drop off your completed ballot at Customer Service. Held at 9101 Strada Place, Naples. 6:00 PM. Dog’s Night Out at Coconut Point. Bring your furry family and come out to Coconut Point for our Dog’s Nite Out. This event is the first Thursday of every month. It’s a chance for you to get to know other dog lovers and a night of socializing for your dog. Near Tony Sacco’s. Held at Coconut Point, 23106 Fashion Drive, Estero. Call 239-992-9966 for information. 6:00 PM. Naples International Film Festival Opening Night Film and Party. Opening night film and party at ArtisNaples kicks off the Naples International Film Festival. Watch films and visit with the filmmakers all weekend long at Sil-

verspot. Go to http://www.naplesfilmfest. com/ for schedule.

7 Friday Call for times. Fair at Fenway South. Midway rides, attractions, petting zoo and live entertainment Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays November 7-23. Ride wristbands and discounts available online only www. Held at JetBlue Park, 11581 Daniels Pkwy, Ft. Myers. Call for time. Guardian Anglers Charity Fishing Tournament. The Friends of Rookery Bay and Coastal Conservation Association, Florida will jointly host the Guardian Anglers all-Release Charity Fishing Tournament. Men, women and children anglers are invited to participate. The two-day event begins Friday evening with the Captains’ Meeting and reception for all anglers and includes cocktail party, live and silent auctions, and raffles at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center. On Saturday, the “shotgun start” leaves from Calusa Island Marina in Goodland, and concludes with an Awards Dinner at

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Pelican Bend Restaurant on Isles of Capri where prizes will be awarded. Cost for anglers to participate is $100, and tickets are also available for non-anglers to attend the evening events. To register: 9:00 AM. Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum 17th Annual American Indian Arts Celebration. The event will feature an exciting array of artisans, food vendors, children’s craft activities, musical performances, dance demonstrations, a wildlife booth, and Native American camp life recreations. Held at 34725 West Boundary Road, Immokalee. Call 877-902-1113 for information. 10:00 AM. Fresh Food Fridays. Come out to the new SW Florida Performing Arts Center at the corner of Bonita Beach Rd. and Imperial Blvd. every Friday for Fresh Food Fridays. Held at Southwest Florida Performing Arts Center 11515 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs. Held weekly on Friday. 6:00 PM. Wine Tasting & Live Music . Join us the first Friday of every month in the cafe and Lifestyle Center for wine-tasting and live music. This month enjoy over 25 wines from around the world. Proceeds benefit a local charity. Payment is accepted in the cafe, upon arrival. Held at Whole Foods, 9101 Strada Place, Naples. Call 239-552-5100 for information. 7:00 PM. An Evening of Music and Arts. Southwest Floridians are invited to enjoy an Evening of Music & Arts with a concert by multiple award-winning recording artists Jaci Velasquez and Nic Gonzalez. Additional guest performers will include Naples Philharmonic principal second violinist Dave Mastrangelo, a gospel choir and others. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for the “Inspired Artworks” show and expo. Seating for the Evening of Music & Arts begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person. Tickets for preferred seating and a pre-concert reception are $50 each. The venue is Covenant Church of Naples, 6926 Trail Blvd., across from Pelican Bay. For tickets or more information, visit, or call 239-250-1822.

8 Saturday Call for time. One-Day Saturday Art Class. Great art classes offer students ages 3-18 the opportunity to connect, grow and challenge themselves in a supportive environment. Classes include drawing, painting, duct tape crafts, sewing, cooking and more. Held at Center for Performing Arts-Moe Auditorium, 10150 Bonita Beach Road SE, Bonita Springs. Call 232-495-8989 for information. 7:00 AM. Naples Cup Regatta. Check for additional info. Held at Lowdermilk Park 1301 Gulf Shore Blvd N, Naples. 7:30 AM. The Olde Naples KidsCan Fun Walk. Call for details 239-434-6697. 8:00 AM. JRDF Walk to Cure Diabetes. Go to to register or support a team. Held at Bell Tower Shops, Daniels Pkwy and US 41, Fort Myers. 8:00 AM. Sugden Park Community Yard Sale. This yard sale is held at Sugden Regional Park and is designed to let the general population buy or sell craft items, yard sale items or produce. Must reserve spots at Vineyards Community Park only. To reserve your space you must pay at East Naples Community Park, 4284 Avalon Drive, Naples. For more information call 239-580-9117. NEAPOLITANfamily • November 2014

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8:00 AM. VYCP Community Yard Sale. This program is designed to let the general population buy or sell craft items, yard sale items or produce. Must reserve spots at Vineyards Community Park, 6231 Arbor Rd, Naples, only. Call 239-353-9669 for more information. 8:00 AM. Walk for Life and Diaper Derby. Pregnancy Resource Center of SWFL will this fundraiser at Golden Gate Community Park from 8:00am-12pm. The Diaper Derby is especially designed for crawlers, wobblers and toddlers under 3. There will be prizes, food and fun for the whole family. Families who participate with their toddler and/or participate in the walk are encouraged to get sponsorships from friends and family. Contact Marcie Garcia for more information at 239-513-9775 or visit the event website, where you can register and download a sponsorship form. 8:00 AM. Walk to Cure Diabetes. The fall walk in Fort Myers is back. Don’t forget to register your team and check those emails for prize opportunities. if you have questions about the Walk or registration contact Gina Dengler at Held at Bell Tower Shops, Daniels Pkwy and US 41, Fort Myers. 8:00 AM. Annual Christmas Bazaar. While you’re out enjoying your Saturday, beat the crowds and start your Christmas shopping early. Christmas decorations, gift baskets, bake goods and gourmet items, chicken pot pies, lovely crafted gifts, white elephant gifts and new and pre-loved jewelry will be available for purchase. Held at North Naples United Methodist Church, 6000 Goodlette Road North, Naples. Call 239-593-7600 for information. 10:00 AM. Aviation Day 2014. Attractions include aviation aircraft exhibits, airplane and helicopter rides, children’s activities, character appearances, clowns, face painting, demonstrations by police and fire departments, refreshments and more. Free event. held at Paige Field, off North Airport Road, Fort Myers. Check for information. 10:00 AM. Fine Art and Craft Show at Cambier Park. Located at 755 8th Ave. S., Naples. 11:00 AM. Saint Ann Fall Bazaar. Saint Ann will host a Fall Bazaar at the Jubilee Center, 525 Ninth Ave. S., Naples. The event is open to the public. Event includes local vendors, a bake sale, 50/50 raffle, a chili cook-off contest, outside activities for kids all ages, games with prizes and food. Located at 525 Ninth Ave. S. Naples. 1:00 PM. Thanksgiving/Turkey Fun at Bonita Springs Library. Come out to the Bonita Springs Library for an hour of decorating Thanksgiving and Turkey-themed kids crafts. All supplies will be provided by the library. Sponsored by Friends of the Bonita Springs Library. Located at 26876 Pine Avenue, Bonita Springs. 1:30 PM. “Folding Paper: The Infinite Possibilities of Origami” Activity Day. Enjoy a brief tour of the current exhibition “Folding Paper: The Infinite Possibilities of Origami” a hands-on, interactive exploration of origami with projects related to the theme of the exhibition. A great afternoon for the entire family. Free and open to the public. Held at Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs 26100 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs. Call 239-495-8989 or check www. for information.

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include a 5K run, entertainment, food and activities. The morning kicks off with a 5K run at 7 a.m. There will be prizes for top finishers in a variety of categories. To register for the 5K, visit The free festival will begin immediately after the 5K, and will feature a boot camp-style obstacle course for children and adults, a rock wall, youth entertainment, bounce houses, food and more. There will also be a basketball clinic put on by the Florida Gulf Coast University men’s basketball team. In addition, there will be a Buddy Holly performance at 10 a.m. by the Broadway Palm Dinner Theater. General admission to the event is free and tickets will be available for purchase for food and activities. Tickets are $10 for unlimited activities. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Golisano Children’s Hospital and the children of Southwest Florida. Held at Centennial Park 2000 West First Street, Ft. Myers. Check for more information. 1:30 PM. Boogie on the Beach. Join Lighthouse of Collier, Inc., Center for Blindness and Vision Loss at The Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club from 12:30 to 4:30 pm for a fun filled afternoon by the beach with live entertainment, food and

refreshments. Boogie on the Beach will feature live-music by Sanctum Soul and fabulous auction items. The proceeds from the event go towards helping Lighthouse of Collier to continue their services to the estimated 14,000 blind/vision impaired children and adults in Collier County. Sponsorships and tickets are available at or by calling 239-430-3934. 2:00 PM. Naples Christian Academy Open House. Naples Christian Academy is an independent, non-denominational, coeducational school serving children from Pre-K3 through grade 8. Known for rigorous academics and exceptional faculty who have a passion for teaching. As a small and close-knit learning environment, Naples Christian Academy is a place where each teacher and administrator knows every student well. Naples Christian Academy allows children to develop in a Christ-centered, supportive environment. Call 239-4551080, ext. 226 or visit www.napleschristian. net for information. Located at 3161 Santa Barbara Blvd., Naples. 7:00 PM. Naples Philharmonic Youth Orchestra Fall Concert. The Naples Philharmonic Youth Orchestra performs beloved classical works for a variety of

musical eras. Free. Held at Artis-Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples. Call 239597-1900 for information.

10 Monday 10:30 AM. Baby Basics Champagne Brunch and Fashion Show. Enjoy delicious food, local models, and a showing of fall’s latest fashions by Kay’s on the Beach. Baby Basics participants and their parents will also be in attendance to speak about the program and how it has benefited their family. Held at Wyndemere Country Club, 700 Wyndemere Way, Naples. CHeck for information. 4:00 PM. Champions for Learning Champions Challenge. Join teachers, school leaders, students, parents, and community members in the annual Champions Challenge, which provides an interactive experience around timely issues in education and challenges us as a community to connect our students to their future. Held at The Naples Grande Beach Resort 475 Seagate Drive, Naples. Check for information. 6:00 PM. Meet the Turkey and Family at East Naples Library. The 4-H group will

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11 Tuesday Call for time. National Parks Free Admission. Free admission to Everglades National Park. Located at 40001 State Road 9336, Everglades City. Call 305-242-7700 or check ever/planyourvisit/directions.htm for information. 12:00 PM. USO Show and Veterans Memorial Service. The Depot’s annual USO show faithfully recreates the sights and big band sounds of the 1940s with an afternoon of music and memories that brought the “greatest generation” onto the dance floor. 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. The USO show will be held from 12 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. A limited number of chairs will be provided, but visitors are encouraged to bring their own. Located at 1051 Fifth Ave S, Naples. For information, call (239) 262-6525.

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5:30 PM. Raku & You. 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. Attendees enjoy a picnic-style meal. Everyone goes home with their very own Raku masterpiece. For more information call 239-495-8989 or visit the Center’s website at Located at 26100 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs. 6:45 PM. FBA Holiday Kick-Off Concert. Enjoy the students as they perform in drama, band, choir, and strings. Concert begins at 6:45p in the Commons chapel. Located at 3000 Orange Blossom Drive, Naples. Call 239-597-2233 for information.

12 Wednesday 4:00 PM. Lego Club at Estates Branch Library. Share ideas, be creative, make new friends and have fun. LEGO bricks will be provided. Your LEGO creation will be put on display at the library. Open to ages 5-11 years. Held at 1266 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples. Call 239-455-8088 for information. 5:00 PM. Wednesday Science Adventures at East Naples Library. Take your love of science to the next level by using iPad technology to combine virtual science with real time activities. It is a great opportunity to use technology to explore some favorite topics in Chemistry, Biology, Space, earth and Physical science. Held at East Naples Library, 8787 Tamiami Trail East, Naples. Call 239-775-5592 for information. 6:00 PM. Free Naples Philharmonic Concert at Cambier Park. A Naples Philharmonic favorite returns. This much-anticipated annual concert features the Naples Philharmonic performing a mixture of light classics and familiar popular pieces. Held at 755 8th Ave. S., Naples. Call 239-597-1111 for information.

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Tish from 4H is back to introduce foods from around the world. Come prepared to try new and different items from new and different cultures. Open to grades 1 through 5. Held at Golden Gate Library, 2432 Lucerne Road, Naples. Call 239-252-4542 for information. 3:30 PM. Thursday Science Adventures at Marco Island Library. We’re powering up an experimentation station. Take your love of science to the nest level by using iPad technology to combine virtual science with real time activities. This drop-in activity is a great opportunity to use technology to explore some favorite topics in Chemistry, Biology, Space, Earth and Physical science. Open to grades 2 – 5. Held at Marco Island Branch Library, 210 S. Heathwood Drive, Marco Island. Call 239-394-3272 for information. 5:30 PM. Mammals at Immokalee Branch Library. A representative from the Kowiachobee Animal Preserve will be here to discuss fascinating facts about mammals. This is your chance to meet a ferret, a skunk, and a sugar glider up close and personal. All ages welcome. Held at Immokalee Branch Library, 417 North First Street, Immokalee. Call 239- 657-2882 for information.

14 Friday 6:00 PM. 4th & 5th Grade Dance. Dance the night away with current music and disco lighting. Located at the Golden Gate Community Center, 4th and 5th graders can join us for $10 a child. Pizza and soda are included. You can get your tickets 2 weeks prior to dance at the Golden Gate Community Center. Space is limited so get your tickets now. For more info call 239-252-4180 or visit our website at 6:00 PM. East Naples Community Park Kids Nite Out. Kids will have the opportunity to socialize & enjoy playful activities with their friends. Refreshments, face painting, games, crafts and prizes will be available. Held at East Naples Community Park, 3500 Thomasson Drive, Naples. Call 239-252-4414 for information.



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6:00 PM. Golden Gate Community Center 4th and 5th Grade Dance. Dance the night away at our Elementary School dance. Tickets on sale two weeks prior to dance. Held at 4701 Golden Gate Pkwy, Naples. Call 239-252-4180 for information. 6:00 PM. Max Hasse Community Park 5th Grade Dance. Dance the night away at our Elementary School dance. Tickets on sale two weeks prior to dance. Located at 3390 Golden Gate Pkwy, Naples. Call 239-348-7500 for information. 6:30 PM. The Wizard of Oz. Children For The Arts Acting Troupe will present The Wizard of Oz at Pine Ridge Middle School Auditorium, 1515 Pine Ridge Road, Naples. General Admission at the door is $7.50/person. Performances are Friday, November 14th at 6:30pm and Saturday, November 15th at 1:00pm. For more information call 239-571-3305. 7:00 PM. Youth Theater Performance “Charlotte’s Web.” This story about a runty pig saved by the wits of a heroic spider is a true classic. E.B. White’s masterpiece, heralded by many as the greatest children’s book ever written comes to life presented by the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs Youth Players. Performances: Friday, November 14, 2014; 7:00pm; Saturday, November 15, 2014; 2:00 & 7:00pm (Center for Performing Arts -Moe Auditorium) Tickets: $15 Adults / $6 Youth & Students. Call 239-495-8989 or check for information. NEAPOLITANfamily • November 2014

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15 Saturday Call for time. One-Day Saturday Art Class. Great art classes offer students ages 3-18 the opportunity to connect, grow and challenge themselves in a supportive environment. Classes include drawing, painting, duct tape crafts, sewing, cooking and more. Held at Center for Performing Arts-Moe Auditorium, 10150 Bonita Beach Road SE, Bonita Springs. Call 232-495-8989 for information. Call for time. Kids Archery at Bass Pro Shops. All equipment provided. Located at 10040 Gulf Center Drive, Estero. Call 239461-7800 for information. 7:00 AM. Bicycle Bully Busters at Trek Bicycle Store. It’s time to register for one of three guided riding events at Bicycle Bully Busters on Saturday, November 15, starting at Trek Bicycle Store at Coconut Point Mall. A 40-mile ride starts at 7, perfect for experienced cyclists who crave a bit of a challenge. At 7:30, another adventurous group will embark on a 25-mile excursion. A 10-mile fun ride begins at 8 for families and anyone who just wants a little wind in their hair (under a helmet, of course.). Cost of registration is $25 per person for ages 16 and up, and $15 for ages 15 and younger. Registration includes a pre-ride carb-loading breakfast, ride support, post-ride lunch, event technical shirt, an event village featuring informational bullying resources and lots of fresh air fun from 7 to 10 a.m. Held at Coconut Point, 23106 Fashion Drive, Estero. Call 239-992-9966 for information. 9:00 AM. Naples Alliance for Children Hula Hoop-a-Thon. Pledges collected by the teams will help Naples Alliance for Children provide and expand its programs for the health, education and well being of children and families in Collier County. Teams are asked to collect pledges, in return, Naples Alliance for Children has planned a high-energy, fun morning full of contests and prizes. The event runs from 9 a.m. to noon. To learn more or to register a team, visit or call 239-513-7990. Held at Cambier Park, 755 8th Avenue South, Naples. 9:00 AM. Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Held at Fleischmann Park, 1600 Fleischmann Drive, Naples. Register online at id=5681&pg=entry or day of walk at 9 am. 9:00 AM. America Recycles Day at Rookery Bay BOGO. In celebration of America Recycles Day, the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center offers “buy one, get one free admission.” Higher price prevails. Cannot be combined with other offers. Held at Rookery Bay 300 Tower Road, Naples. Call (239) 417-6310 for information. 10:00 AM. Florida Panther Festival. Learn about the Florida panther, one of the world’s most endangered mammals and the state land animal for Florida, which has its primary habitat right here in Southwest Florida. Enjoy fun and interesting educational activities, learn about living in close proximity to predators for protection of pets and livestock at the Living With Wildlife Pavilion, experience a nature hike on the park’s boardwalk with rangers and biologists with interactive stops to learn about panthers and their world, along with great food and music. No native Florida panthers will be on display at the festival, since there are so few of these endangered animals remaining. Rangers will have many opportunities to view video from their panther research of both adult panthers and kittens in the wild. Festival field trips will be available to explore panther 40

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1:30 PM. Pups ‘n’ Books at Headquarters Library. Stop by to read to a dog or just to pet one. All ages welcome. Held at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Drive, Naples. Call 239-593-0870 for information.

2:00 PM. Free Concerts at the Bandshell. Bring a blanket for the whole family and enjoy free jazz concerts in Cambier Park. For more information, call 239213-3058. Located at 755 Eighth Avenue South, Naples.

11:00 AM. Thanksgiving Storytime at Barnes and Noble. Join us November 15 for Thanksgiving Storytime featuring The Great Thanksgiving Escape. The title is a hilarious, kid-friendly take on Thanksgiving - full of family, food and lots of fun. Join us for Storytime and activities. Barnes & Noble is located at 5377 Tamiami Trail North, Naples. Call 239-597-2040 for information.

6:00 PM. The Naples Grape Escape. The Naples Grape Escape is a true festival of fine food, exquisite wines and outstanding artisan beers. The main is event is a full six blocks of entertainment, food and drink taking place on Saturday evening, November 15th all along Naples’ famous Fifth Avenue South in Old Naples. Additional opportunities on Friday include vintner dinners, wine seminars, private parties and much, much more. VIP ticket packages available at various levels as well as general admission. Ticket information will be available soon.

2:00 PM. Live Acoustic Music at Alliance for the Arts. The concert features Bill Metts, the Sawgrass Drifters and Captain Joe & the Bottom Feeders. Tickets are $8 at the door, or $6 for Alliance members. Seating is open and first come, first serve. Children 12 and under are free with adult. Alliance for the Arts is located at 10091 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers. Call 239-939-2787 for information.

12:00 PM. Collier Family Farms Fall Fest. Free and open to the public, the Fall Fest will feature hay rides, cowboy demonstrations, live music by The Other Brothers, pony petting, bbq from Jonesez BBQ and fried alligator from Scoopz Bistro, frozen

7:00 PM. Movie Night at Cambier Park Bandshell. Outdoor Family Movie Night at Cambier Park Bandshell, 755 8th Ave. S., Naples. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets to watch the night’s featured film on a two story inflatable screen. Call 239-213-3058

habitat in the wild on the day after the festival on Sunday (various fees apply to field trips). For more information, contact 239353-8442 or www.floridapantherfestival. com. Held at North Collier Regional Park 15000 Livingston Rd, Naples. 10:00 AM. Estero Fine Art Show. Top artists participate and compete for cash prizes in this high-quality art show, which is juried by a team of art professionals. Live art demonstrations are conducted throughout each day. Held at Miromar Outlets, 10801 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. For more information, visit

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4:00 PM. iPad Math and Munchies at Naples Regional Library. Registration required. Located at 650 Central Avenue, Naples. Call 239-262-6853 for information.

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Performances: Dec. 12 & 13, 19 & 20 at 7 pm and Dec. 14 & 21 at 2pm Tickets: $15 for adults; $10 Students ages: 6 -21 and $5 for children 5 and under. In Blackburn Hall at Sugden Community Theatre, 701 5th Avenue South, Naples, FL 34102 For information on KidzAct class schedules and auditions visit us online at and click on Learn!

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Naples Regional Library. Join us on the front lawn to interact with over 20 animals from our locally-owned petting zoo. You might see sheep, goats, pot belly pigs, bunnies, ducks, and maybe some baby animals. Naples Regional Library is located at 650 Central Avenue, Naples. Call 239-2626853 for more information. 5:30 PM. Raku & You. 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. Attendees enjoy a picnic-style meal. Everyone goes home with their very own Raku masterpiece. For more information call 239-495-8989 or visit the Center’s website at Located at 26100 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs.

18 Tuesday 10:00 AM. Love Monster and the Perfect Present Storytime at Barnes and Noble. Barnes & Noble is located at 5377 Tamiami Trail North, Naples. Call 239597-2040 for information. 6:00 PM. Movies on the Lawn at Mercato: The Lego Movie. Lawn chairs and blankets welcome. Located at 9128 Strada

Place, Naples. Call 239-594-9400 for information. 6:30 PM. Make a Dreamcatcher at South County Regional Library. Learn more about one of the most fascinating traditions of native Americans, the dream catcher. Create one to keep or give to a special person. Supplies are limited. Sponsored by the Friends of South County Regional Library, Inc. Registration is required. Located at 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy, Estero. Call 239-479-4636 for information.

19 Wednesday 6:00 PM. GirlTalkTV’s Favorite ThingsFall Edition. Over 20+ Vendors giving you their best. Also sharing our favorite DJ, giveaways, and gifting fun beauty makeovers. Proceeds support Dress for Success SW Florida. Tickets on sale now for only $25. Held at Naples Botanical Gardens, 4820 Bayshore Drive, Naples. Call 239784-4706 for information.

20 Thursday Call for time. Holiday Shop. A portion of proceeds will benefit Providence House.

Held at The Naples Woman’s Club, 570 Park Street, Naples. Call 239-262-6331 for information. 5:30 PM. Cooking up a Feast at Marco Island Library. Come learn all about the first Thanksgiving and make a Thanksgiving snack. We will provide the dry ingredients and a recipe; you bring a large clean jar with lid. Create a Thanksgiving craft to take home to help you decorate for the holiday. All ages welcome. Located at 210 S. Heathwood Drive, Marco Island. Call 239-394-3272 for information. 5:30 PM. Thursday of Thanks at Immokalee Branch Library. Stop by the library to decorate a craft for fall and Thanksgiving. All ages welcome. Located at 417 North First Street, Immokalee. Call 239-657-2882 for information.

21 Friday Call for time. 28th Annual American Sand Sculpting Championship. Come join us on Fort Myers Beach for the 27th Annual American Sand Sculpting Championship and Beach Festival. This will be a fun-filled event that will include World Class Master Sand Sculptors, a State Cham-

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Many Collier County Library programs require preregistration, please call ahead for any program you are interested in attending to check requirements. pionship contest, Amateur contest, Quick Sand Speed Sculpting, Sand Sculpting Demonstrations and Lessons, Chain Saw Art, Flying Colors, a kids activity area with bounce houses and slides, and more than 60 vendors. Call 239-454-7500 or email for additional information.

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10:00 AM. Heartsaver CPR/AED & First Aid Classes. A Heartsaver Certified Instructor is available at the Golden Gate Community Center on Friday November 21st. CPR/AED is from 10am-1pm followed by First Aid class from 1pm-4pm. Classes are $40 each and you can preregister at any Collier County Park. For more info call 239-252-4180. Golden Gate Community Center is locatd at 4701 Golden Gate Pkwy, Naples.

7:00 PM. 4th and 5th Grade Lock-In at Cornerstone Church. This promises to be tons of fun for 4th and 5th graders everywhere. It’s a sleepover at church full of games and activities that kids will love, in a safe and happy environment. Contact the number or email provided for more information to register. Registration ends November 14th. Located at 8200 Immokalee RD., Naples. Call 239-354-9160 or email dominiquenash@cornerstonenaples. org for information.

4:15 PM. Cinderella Auditions. Children For The Arts After-School Theater Program will hold auditions for Cinderella at Pine Ridge Middle School Auditorium. Auditions are open to children ages 6-15 with or without experience. A $245 participation fee is required to enroll in the program prior to auditions. For further information

6:00 PM. IMSP Popcorn and Movie Night. This program provides a safe environment for children and a chance to watch great movies. $5. Held at Immokalee Sports Complex 505 Escambia Street, Immokalee. Call 239-657-1951 for information.

22 Saturday Call for time. One-Day Saturday Art Class. Great art classes offer students ages 3-18 the opportunity to connect, grow

and challenge themselves in a supportive environment. Classes include drawing, painting, duct tape crafts, sewing, cooking and more. Held at Center for Performing Arts-Moe Auditorium, 10150 Bonita Beach Road SE, Bonita Springs. Call 232-4958989 for information. 8:00 AM. Adventure Race at Rookery Bay. Race consists of a 3K Kayak in Henderson Creek followed by a 4K Trail Run. Participate as an individual, relay or tandem team. Limited number of kayaks available for rental with registration. Registration includes T-Shirt, post race refreshments, free admission to the Environmental Learning Center. All proceeds benefit The Friends of Rookery Bay. Held at 300 Tower Road, Naples. Call 239-417-6310 for information. 11:00 AM. Taste of Bonita. Two days of food, fun and festivities, including a Chili and BBQ cook off, car show, live music, arts &v crafts, ice sculpture, kids play area and tastes from local restaurants. Held at Riverside Park, downtown Bonita Springs. Call 239-277-1197 for information. 1:30 PM. “Folding Paper: The Infinite

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Possibilities of Origami” Activity Day. Enjoy a brief tour of the current exhibition “Folding Paper: The Infinite Possibilities of Origami” a hands-on, interactive exploration of origami with projects related to the theme of the exhibition. A great afternoon for the entire family. Free and open to the public. CAll 239- 495-8989 or check for information. Located at 26100 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs. 2:00 PM. Monthly Young Adult Book Club at South Regional Library. This month the movie If I Stay will be shown and immediately following the movie a discussion of the book written by bestselling author Gayle Forman. Refreshments will be available. Located at 8065 Lely Cultural Parkway, Naples. Call 239-252-7542 for information.

23 Sunday 2:00 PM. Free Concerts at the Bandshell. Bring a blanket for the whole family and enjoy free jazz concerts in Cambier Park. Located at 755 8th Ave. S., Naples. Call 239-213-3058 for information.

24 Monday 5:00 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. Music and bells resound from every courtyard and plaza, Santa arrives, the crèche is alive at Third and Broad, and…the snow falls – which it continues to do every evening. Christmas on Third Street South is full of joy and spirit. Call 239-434-6533 for more information. CEDR 1003 NeaFamily 1-4 pg Horiz.4_Layout 1

26 Wednesday 9:00 AM. Holiday Camp at My Gym. Fun, safe care for children during the holiday week. Members $35/day Nonmembers $45/day Siblings get $10 off. Located at 13020 13020 Livingston Road #17, Naples. Call 6:00 PM. Free Admission to The Baker Museum. Enjoy free admission to The Baker Museum the last Wednesday of each month from 6 to 9pm. A local band offers musical entertainment and audiences of all ages are welcome to view the galleries and learn from our docents. Located at ArtisNaples, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples. Call 239-597-1900 for information.

27 Thursday 7:00 AM. Turkey Trot 5K. The run/walk event will be held at Cambier Park at 7:30 AM on Thursday, November 27th, 2014. This beautiful 5k course will wind through downtown Naples with festivities staged from the picturesque Cambier Park. Net proceeds from the race benefit St. Matthew’s House. Check event/gcr-turkey-trot for information. 7:00 AM. Thanksgiving Day Gobble Gobble Four Miler. Family friendly event including a one mile walk and a L’il Gobbler’s Dash. Held at Venetian Village 4200 Gulf Shore Blvd, Naples.

28 Friday Call for time. The Nutcracker. Held at Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre through December 21. Call 239-278-4422 for additional information. 2/18/13 9:45 AM Page 1 9:00 AM. Black Friday

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Gardens. Looking for a bargain today? We have one. Enjoy buy one, get one free admission. Higher price prevails. Cannot be combined with other offers. Located at 27180 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs. Call 239-992-2591 for information.

29 Saturday Call for time. One-Day Saturday Art Class. Great art classes offer students ages 3-18 the opportunity to connect, grow and challenge themselves in a supportive environment. Classes include drawing, painting, duct tape crafts, sewing, cooking and more. Held at Center for Performing Arts-Moe Auditorium, 10150 Bonita Beach Road SE, Bonita Springs. Call 232-4958989 for information. Call for time. Survival Beach. The 5K Adventure Race takes place on Ft. Myers Beach. The course will be roughly the length of a 5K and will consist of 10-15 obstacles that each runner will have to complete on their way to the finish line. Call 239-463-4588 for information.

30 Sunday 7:30 AM. 10th Annual Iron Joe Turkey Ride. Fully Supported Bicycle Road Ride with Lunch. Proceeds will benefit Naples Pathways Coalition. We are working for safe pathways in Collier County to make biking and walking safer and more enjoyable for everyone. Call 239-777-7718 for information. 2:00 PM. Free Concerts at the Bandshell. Bring a blanket for the whole family and enjoy free jazz concerts in Cambier Park. Located at 755 8th Ave. S., Naples. Call 239-213-3058 for information.

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ast November we kicked off our Thirty Days of Giving Initiative to give readers information on a variety of local nonprofits whose services help improve the life of members of our community. This year we are highlighting thirty different nonprofits with the hopes that one of their missions will resonate with you and ignite your passion to participate either by attending an event or giving your time. Do you have a friend or family member with a challenging disease? Fundraiser walks usually are morning events where the whole family can enjoy some fresh air, exercise and fun activities. If you are a natural teacher, many literacy organizations can use tutors and mentors. Love animals? There are organizations dedicated to improving animal welfare that even children and teens can get involved with. Do you have a passion for art and culture? By attending a music or art festival you can keep the arts alive and access to art education available to all residents of Collier County. CHECK OUT NEAFAMILY.COM OR WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/NEAFAMILYMAG DAILY IN NOVEMBER FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT EACH OF OUR THIRTY DAYS OF GIVING ORGANIZATIONS. NEAPOLITANfamily • November 2014

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THIRTY DAYS OF GIVING ABLE ACADEMY 239-352-7600 ABLE (Applied Behavioral Learning Enterprises) was founded by Naples special education educator and behavior analyst Dr. Colleen Cornwall. The ABLE Academy is a non-profit organization committed to the study of human behavior and development and its effective application to persons with identified needs. Progress is not a hope, but a guarantee resulting from the use of scientifically validated procedures for adding, decreasing or extinguishing behaviors. ABLE Academy includes a full time school program for preschool through high school, social skill classes and an early intensive intervention clinic. How you can help: 100% of donations help offset the cost of therapy for children in need. ANGELS UNDERCOVER 239-596-0690 Angels Undercover of Collier County was founded by Jackie Bennett in 2010 when she learned that two-thirds of Collier County students were on free or reduced lunches and 30% were living at or below the poverty line. Angels Undercover of Collier County, Inc., promotes education by providing clothing (school uniforms, underwear and socks) to those who otherwise would come to school inadequately dressed. By giving the children school clothing and undergarments, Angles Undercover helps them arrive at school ready to learn. How you can help: 100% of donations go to clothing for a needy child. $25 will provide one student with two shirts, two pants, socks and underwear. BABY BASICS OF COLLIER COUNTY Founded by Jean Ann Lynch in New Jersey, Baby Basics of Collier County is one of 13 such programs in the country. Baby Basics of Collier County supports hard working parents who are struggling to make ends meet and need diapers for their babies. Baby Basics of Collier County currently serves about 345 babies at nine distribution sites. Since 1994, Baby Basics of Collier County has distributed almost three million diapers to families in the area. How you can help: Volunteers help move and distribute diapers, organize diaper drives, assist with publicity and participate in several fundraising events throughout the year.

CARE CLUB OF COLLIER COUNTY, INC. 239-353-194 The Care Club of Collier County is a not-forprofit organization that provides day care for people afflicted with Alzheimer’s Disease and other memory disorders. The Care Club also provides respite during the day for 24-hour caregivers. How you can help: Donations are accepted. Call for other opportunities. CHARITY FOR CHANGE 239-592-6787 This program engages students in volunteer activities while teaching character development, community involvement, educational activities and etiquette. During each session the children vote on a charity that they wish to support. The mission is to create and promote opportunities for charitable giving as a way of living through character education and community engagement. How you can help: Volunteers are needed for classroom set up, attending charity visits, fundraising and community events, and script writing/stage show productions.

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FIRST BOOK COLLIER COUNTY First Book Collier County is a local chapter of a national organization whose mission is to provide books (often their first) to underprivileged children to read at home with their families. Each book comes with a nameplate for the child. Since 2005, the local organization has provided 450,000 books to needy children. How you can help: Donations are accepted to provide new books to needy children. FRIENDS OF ROOKERY BAY 239-530-5940

COLLIER HARVEST 239-455-3663

Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve provides a basis for informed stewardship of estuaries in Southwest Florida through research and education.

Collier Harvest is dedicated to the elimination of hunger in Naples and surrounding areas by collecting excess and near-expiration food from area retailers and redistributing it to social service agencies.

How you can help: Rookery Bay relies on the work of more than 300 volunteers. Opportunities for individuals and groups include gift shop, fish feeding and touch tank management, greeters, special event helpers, docents, butterfly garden assistants, and grounds and building management assistants.

How you can help: Volunteers are needed for food pick up and distribution. Donations also are needed. DRUG FREE COLLIER 239-377-0535 The mission of Drug Free Collier is to be Collier County’s primary resource for information and tools to prevent juvenile alcohol and substance abuse. Programs include Operation Medicine Cabinet, Alcohol Vendor Training and The CORE Society, where fellow students teach alcohol, tobacco and drug-free alternatives to their peers. How you can help: Teens can join CORE Society; donations are welcome. THE EDUCATION FOUNDATION OF COLLIER COUNTY /CHAMPIONS FOR LEARNING 239-643-4755 The mission of Champions for Learning is to invest in innovative practices that enrich the en-


vironment for student learning by giving students the opportunity to gain life skills they need to succeed in an ever more competitive world, helping parents to support their children’s studies, and awarding grants to teachers and principals to develop and share best practices. This is also the organization that houses the Golden Apple Teacher Recognition Program. How you can help: Volunteer opportunities include mentoring, assisting families with scholarship applications, coaching high school students on goals, test preparation, math and writing skills, fundraising, and office work.

GIRLS ON THE RUN COLLIER COUNTY 239-777-3720 https// Girls on the Run is a transformational physical activity-based positive youth development program for girls in third to eighth grades. Held at public and private schools across Collier County as well as The Boys and Girls Club, the program teach life skills through dynamic, interactive lessons and running games. The program culminates with the girls being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5K running event. The goal of the program is to unleash confidence through accomplishment while establishing a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness. How you can help: Coaches are needed to run the after school program as well as running buddies to motivate the girls and run alongside them in the final 5K. Donations ensure any girl can participate as well as provide appropriate footwear to those in need.

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The Infinate Possibliities of Origami Folding Paper is curated by Meher McArthur with tour organized by the Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles, and International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC. The exhibition was generously supported by the E. Rhodes & Leona B. Carpenter Foundation.

Sponsored by The Sansom Foundation Incredible traveling exhibition for all ages

Free Family Activity Saturdays Saturdays, 1:30 to 3:30pm November 8 & 22 December 6 & 20 January 3

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THIRTY DAYS OF GIVING THE GLITTER FOUNDATION 239-293-2932 Founded in 2013 by Naples jeweler Amanda Jaron, this young foundation already has organized several events to raise money for art therapy and art education programs for at-risk children and adolescents. Through collaborations with the community, social service agencies and schools, The Glitter Foundation is encouraging children to empower themselves through expression in art. How you can help: Volunteers are needed to help with events and fundraisers. THE HOLOCAUST MUSEUM AND EDUCATION CENTER OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA 239-263-9200 The museum began as a Florida middle school exhibit created by teachers and students studying the Holocaust and was later turned into a museum in 2001. The mission is to promote respect and understanding by teaching the history and lessons of the Holocaust through artifacts that tell the individual stories of the Holocaust. The museum conducts educational programs and activities to students at all grade levels and public programs that highlight stories related to the Holocaust and other genocides. How you can help: The museum needs volunteers as docents, student educators, grant writers and for office work. There are many opportunities for student interns as well. HUMAN TRAFFICKING AWARENESS PARTNERSHIPS, INC. 239-415-2635 Human trafficking is prevalent in Southwest Florida and the victims often are between the ages of 10-15. The mission of this organization is to increase public awareness in order to increase recognition of these victims who may be living among us. Programs aim to educate children so they do not become victims, and to educate businesses, such as malls, to recognize signs of trafficking. How you can help: Donations fund the programs that empower communities to take action. By bringing awareness campaigns into your local organizations, churches and neighborhoods, you can increase the awareness and prevention of human trafficking. THE IMMOKALEE FOUNDATION 239-430-9122 Founded by Parker Collier, The Immokalee


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Foundation is committed to strengthening the Immokalee community with programs to promote literacy, college preparation and advanced vocational training, and provide scholarships.

animals as well as many farm animals with the mission of being an educational center as well as a preserve. The preserve is available for field trips or they can bring presentations to the schools.

How you can help: Become a mentor with the intention of working with a single student from seventh grade through graduation. Volunteers also can help with office work and events.

How you can help: This all volunteer staff welcomes people of all ages, including children and teens who need volunteer hours and weekend warriors who like to help out with bigger onsite building and maintenance projects.

JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA 239-225-2590 Junior achievement is dedicated to educating youth on business, economics and succeeding in a global economy. How you can help: Volunteers teach funfilled, easy to follow lessons, while bringing their own personal experiences in business, personal finance and career preparation into the classroom. JUVENILE DIABETES RESEARCH FOUNDATION (JDRF) 239-591-2825 JDRF’s mission is to raise funds for diabetes research, provide educational and informational materials, develop community-wide understanding of diabetes and its complications and provide support services to persons in the community who are interested in and affected by diabetes. How you can help: Help raise funds for JDRF by attending events or forming a team for the Walk for the Cure. K IS FOR KIDS FOUNDATION 239-596-5437 Started at Laurel Oak Elementary School by founder Karen Clawson as a way to bring more books into the library, K is for Kids is a studentled volunteer-based organization that puts kids on both the giving and receiving ends of its mission to build readers and leaders. Students create “Fun’raisers” where new books and money are donated to needy children and shared reading spaces such as school and organization libraries. One middle school held a “Book for Jeans” day where students who donated a book were allowed to deviate from dress code and wear jeans that day.

LACES OF LOVE Laces of Love Charitable Foundation, Inc., was founded by then school teacher Jeanne Nealon after learning that one of her students had to share shoes with his siblings. Laces of Love’s mission is to provide new shoes (especially sneakers) to low income and disadvantaged children in Collier and Lee Counties, and to educate the public on the needs of these children. To date, Laces of Love has donated more than 30,000 pairs of new shoes. How you can help: Hold an event in which participants bring a pair of new shoes. A donation of $100 can provide new shoes for 4-6 children. LITERACY VOLUNTEERS OF COLLIER COUNTY 239-262-4448 Literacy Volunteers of Collier County seeks to foster literacy and improve lives through their tutoring programs with students, families and in the workplace. How you can help: Volunteers are trained as tutors; opportunities also are available for office work, marketing, grant writing, fundraising and library management. NAPLES CAT ALLIANCE 239-300-0829 This volunteer organization includes a shelter for rescue and adoptions, Trap, Neuter and Release (TNR) program for feral cat colonies, low-cost spay and neuter programs and a thrift store to support its mission and to reduce euthanasia. How you can help: Volunteers and donations are vital to care for the kittens and cats at the shelter, as well as the feral colonies in the TNR program.

How you can help: Volunteers can host a “Bring a book, bring a friend” event or volunteer their time with the youth leadership program.

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NAPLES INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (NIFF) 239-775-3456 Naples International Film Festival’s mission is to celebrate independent film and filmmakers in an intimate festival setting that enhances the cultural and artistic life of our community. For one weekend every November, the community can have the unique opportunity of seeing independent films before they are picked up for release, and chatting with the filmmakers themselves at the screening. How you can help: NIFF uses volunteers year-round for projects and over the four-day festival to ensure that screenings go smoothly. NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS (NAMI) 239-260-7300 According to the NAMI website, one in four families are affected by severe and persistent mental illness. Through education, support and advocacy, NAMI hopes to help these people recover and thrive in their community. Programs include crisis training for law enforcement and other agencies, screenings, family education, prescription assistance, and support groups. How you can help: Volunteers help in the drop-in center, as speakers at events and in the food pantry and clothing donation area. NEIGHBORHOOD HEALTH CLINIC 239-261-6600 The Neighborhood Health Clinic was created by Dr. Bill and Nancy Laschied as a way for the working poor to receive quality medical care. Patients are employed but their family income must be at or below 200% of the poverty level and ineligible for government assistance programs or uninsured to be eligible for care. A nominal fee ($5-$30) is charged for services. How you can help: Volunteers include physicians, nurses and other medical workers as well as non-medical volunteers who help with office work, inventory, intake, courier services and fundraising. PROVIDENCE HOUSE 239-692-8779 Providence House is a Catholic faith-based program for vulnerable women with young children in the Collier County area who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. The two-year self-sufficiency program offers moms the opportunity to make important long-term changes so they can realize their goals for economic independence. How you can help: Volunteer for child care while moms are in school or life skills programs, mentoring, facility maintenance, fundrais-

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ing, or wish list collection. SHY WOLF SANCTUARY EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE CENTER, INC. 239-455-1698 Shy Wolf Sanctuary is a refuge for cougars, wolves and wolf-dogs, several exotic species of fox, prairie dogs, Florida gopher tortoises, sugar gliders, a panther and a North American bobcat. This award-winning sanctuary is one of the few places permitted to care for the threatened Florida gopher tortoise. Founder Nancy Smith and her husband Bill have been offering sanctuary and a home to exotic, stray and injured animals for more than 20 years, becoming a 501(c)(3) taxexempt organization in 2001 and credentialed with multiple licenses required to care for these animals. How you can help: Donations are needed to help develop the new 20-acre habitat, a hurricane shelter, vet clinic, welcome center and classrooms. Volunteers can help care for the animals, prepare their meals and clean enclosures. UNITED ARTS COUNCIL OF COLLIER COUNTY 239-254-8242 This organization provides arts education to atrisk students and low-income adults; advocates for more art education in the schools, more funding for the arts and art in public places. Programs include a Summer Arts Camp in Immokalee and Miracle Plus afterschool programs in low-income elementary schools.


November Nonprofit Events See our print calendar on pages 30-44 or our website at for additional event information on these November events benefitting local non-profits. Baby Basics Champagne Brunch and Fashion Show November 10 at 10:30 a.m. Wyndemere Country Club The Immokalee Foundation Charity Classic Celebration November 14 The Ritz Carlton The Immokalee Foundation Charity Classic Pro-Am Golf Tournament November 17 The Old Collier Golf Club 5th Annual Rookery Bay Adventure Race November 22 at 8:00 a.m. JRDF Walk to Cure Diabetes November 8 at 8:00 a.m. Bell Tower Shops

How you can help: Volunteers are needed for special events and as teaching assistants in afterschool arts programs.

Naples International Film Festival Opening Night Gala November 6 at 6:00 p.m. Artis-Naples


NIFF Film Screenings and Panel Discussions November 7-9 Silverspot Cinema

Hospice pet volunteers visit patients in nursing homes, assisted living communities and private homes. They offer a welcome distraction from illness and help people feel a little less lonely. How you can help: VITAS trains friendly, well-behaved pets to be Paw Pals. A registered VITAS Paw Pals volunteer, always accompanied by its human companion, knows how to visit patients near the end of life and is at ease in medical and residential facilities as well as private homes.

The Saturday Night Party November 8 at 9:30 p.m. Avenue5 Providence House 9th Annual Luncheon November 15 Holiday Boutique to Benefit Providence House November 20 The Naples Woman’s Club A Hot Night for Cool Arts Presented by the United Arts Council November 13 La Playa Beach and Golf Resort


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By Stacy Nicolau

Living Well With Diabetes

hen Jennifer Lange bought Little People’s Preschool in Naples from a woman who happened to have diabetes, she never expected that finding a cure for the disease would become part of her mission. Soon after becoming the owner and director of the school, a family with a diabetic three year-old came to her with a desperate plea. The family could not find a preschool facility that felt capable of caring for their daughter, who was the youngest child in Florida at the time with an insulin pump. Lange did not hesitate to accept the child into her program and educate herself on what would be required to care for her. Four years later her own daughter, Cami, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Four year-old Cami was just getting over a cold when Lange noticed that she was continuing to not feel well and appeared to be losing weight. Over the next week, other

symptoms began to appear such as vomiting after sweets and increased thirst and urination. After being potty-trained for two years, Cami began having accidents. Noticing her child’s extreme weakness at a St. Jude’s Trikea-thon being held at the preschool, Lange realized that her daughter was suffering from more than a cold and took her directly to her pediatrician where the disease was diagnosed.

The facts Formerly known as juvenile diabetes, type 1 diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disease where the body’s own immune system destroys the cells of the pancreas that produce the hormone insulin. Insulin converts sugar (glucose) and carbohydrates into energy the body needs to live. In type 2 diabetes (T2D), the body originally produces too much insulin to respond to high blood glucose levels but eventually the insulin that the body does make becomes inefficient. Insulin takes the

glucose into the cells for energy. Without this transport, glucose builds up in the blood and the cells, which need the glucose to survive, become starved. The complications of both diseases can result in infection, organ failure, loss of consciousness (contributing to accidents), stroke, coma and death. T1D is incurable because the body cannot make insulin at all. In T2D, there is an opportunity for management and prevention of progression of the disease through diet modification, weight loss and medication. T1D used to be referred to as juvenile diabetes because childhood is when it commonly is diagnosed. Because 85% of juvenile diabetics actually are adults who were diagnosed as children, the term type 1 diabetes became a more appropriate name, according to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) website. The organization has no plans to change its name because of its established name recognition, which is vital to maintain

Formerly known as juvenile diabetes, type 1 diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disease where the body’s own immune system destroys the cells of the pancreas that produce the hormone insulin. Insulin converts sugar (glucose) and carbohydrates into energy the body needs to live.


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support for its research, states Gina Dengler, the development manager for the Florida Suncoast JDRF chapter.

The growing child, along with the adrenaline, running and excitement of a vigorous sport can make insulin levels even more unpredictable. Lange found that Cami’s adjustment to high school, combined with her academic, social and sports schedule, diverted her attention from conscientious self-management of her health and her glucose readings temporarily got out of control. Now in her sophomore year at Barron Collier High School, Cami is keeping her glucose on target and is “living

urination, Balavage credits Gulf Coast High School nurse Deb Ramos with providing her family the reassurance they needed by communicating with the family on a daily basis. Living with the disease Balavage says that the diagnosis was After Cami’s diagnosis, the family that Lange much harder for her husband and her than originally supported by accepting their diait was for her son because he had felt sick for betic child into her preschool became a great so long and was feeling better with treatment. source of support and hope for them. Lange “For us as parents, the ever present worry is also credits JDRF staff member Sarah Rankin that there will be a horrible complication,” for spending hours with the family providing she explains. “We had to change eating habstrategies for living with T1D. its, buying habits, be prepared Lange describes manageto take walks at 3:00 a.m. to ment of the disease in a four bring down a high number or year-old as a “rat race,” and to sit and wait to bring up a low not as simple as counting the (number).” carbohydrates and calculatBeing diagnosed only a ing how much insulin she couple of years before he was would need to inject into set to go out on his own, Miher child. “Emotions, illness, chael decided he was going to exercise, hormones all affect manage this disease from the how insulin is metabolized,” very first day, Balavage says, she explains. “The most ternot only by learning to test rifying time was at night. My his glucose and administer husband would check her at his insulin, but by accepting 11:00 p.m. or so and I would that for the rest of his life, he wake her at 2:00 a.m. to make would always have to carry sure we hadn’t given her too these supplies, learn how to say much insulin. It’s crazy: Insuno to the second slice of pizza, lin is what her body needed to Barron Collier sophomore Cami Lange is a youth ambassador for JDRF and provides learn when and when not to stay alive, but if I overdosed support by talking to newly diagnosed children and assisting families with learning exercise, to develop a new love about their insulin pumps. her, it could also kill her.” If for orange juice, and accept that Cami’s glucose reads too low, sleeping through the night was and loving life,” according to her mom. Lange must give her some juice and retest to a thing of the past. “I think that the hardest thing about until her level is acceptable. In college, she says, “he carries the same being a type one diabetic and going to school challenges with him today as when he was is when you have to pull out your kit or New challenges first diagnosed. This disease requires attention your pump and then you have to explain to The school years provided unique challenges. for every second of every day.” Currently, his the whole class that no, I’m not some weird Cami began kindergarten with her first insublood glucose levels have not required him to person on their phone or poking themselves lin pump at Naples Park Elementary, which set an alarm to check his levels at night but for no reason,” Cami says. at the time did not have a full-time nurse. She if they were to become unstable, he would Although she is 16 she hasn’t gotten her required frequent visits to the school clinic to require an alarm to alert him. driving permit yet. Lange says that when she test her blood glucose and bolus her insulin The families of both Cami and Michael does drive she will have to test her glucose pump based on the results. Lange fought to have used their experience to help others liv“every time she puts her key in the ignition” get a full-time nurse at the school and for ing with diabetes. Michael’s sister, Kristi, is and always have a quick access to a source of Cami to be able to have her pump managed in in medical school at the University of Florida sugar” with her. the classroom so she wouldn’t have to worry and spent a year working with diabetes reLange and her husband, Chuck, still about her getting weak on the way to the searcher Dr. Todd Brusko. Tami Balavage wake Cami nightly because she is not aware clinic. Lange would attend all field trips with started the local nonprofit Help A Diabetic if her blood glucose is too low while she is her so that she could manage her pump off Child Foundation with the mission of providsleeping. They worry about college, now school grounds. Sleepovers at friends’ homes ing glucose testing supplies to children in need three years away. were not an option. and financially strapped college students who By the time Cami reached Pine Ridge may be managing their disease independently Coping in college Middle School, she was in charge of her own for the first time. “Diabetes is a very costly Tami Balavage has already faced that fear; her testing, counting carbs and bolusing insulin. disease,” Balavage states on her foundation’s son Michael has T1D and is a sophomore at As an adolescent, her body image and desire website. At an average daily cost of nearly the University of Florida. Diagnosed at age to conceal the pump became an issue. She also $25 per day for the necessary supplies and 16, after about a year of fatigue, gastrointesbegan traveling with her club lacrosse team, medication, “these costs have a direct and tinal symptoms and about three months of which added even more challenges to her care. negative impact on one’s ability to manage weight loss and increasing thirst and frequent NEAPOLITANfamily • November 2014

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impact on one’s ability to manage this disease properly.” By providing these necessary supplies to families in need, Balavage hopes to reduce the stress and fear parents have of the avoidable complications of diabetes. Being an ambassador Cami Lange is a youth ambassador for JDRF and provides support by talking to newly diagnosed children and assisting families with learning about their insulin pumps. Jennifer Lange has been involved with JDRF since the year of Cami’s diagnosis as a volunteer with the annual Walk to Cure Diabetes, co-chair of its annual Hope Gala held in March and as a member of the board of directors. The world’s largest private funder of T1D research, JDRF also provides education and support for families and schools. JDRF ensures that the schools that T1D children attend are safe and accommodating their needs by providing school advisory toolkits for the educators and administration. “I think being a JDRF ambassador is a special opportunity for kids like me because I get to tell my story to people and explain how rough type one diabetes has made my life, but also how it has made me a stronger person,” Cami says. “The JDRF supporters I’ve met over the years have given me strength and hope that the cure will be found one day.” STACY NICOLAU is the assistant publisher of Neapolitan Family Magazine, a registered nurse and mom of three.

Local Diabetes Support Organizations American Diabetes Association 1511 North Westshore Boulevard Suite 980, Tampa, Florida, 33607 813-885-5007 While the office is not located in Southwest Florida, the American Diabetes Association is committed to research and provides patient advocacy and programs such as Family Links, Safe at School and Workplace Prevention which are resources for bringing families together, educating school administrators and promoting wellness in the workplace.

Its purpose is to raise funds for diabetes research, provide educational and informational materials, develop communitywide understanding of diabetes and provide support services.

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation 5625 Strand Blvd., Suite 504 Naples FL 34110 941-907-0811 or 239-591-2825 The Florida Suncoast Chapter covers all of Southwest Florida from Manatee to Collier Counties and east to Lake Okeechobee.

Florida Camp Experiences for Children with Diabetes For information on camps throughout Florida dedicated to giving children with diabetes a traditional camp experience while learning about how to thrive with their disease, visit


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Help A Diabetic Child Foundation 239-821-5051 The mission of this organization is to provide glucose testing supplies and insulin to children and young adults who are in need. The website also provides education, resources and links to research being done by the physicians and scientists on the foundation’s board of directors.

November Diabetes Awareness Events

Unless otherwise specified, more information about the events below can be found by calling the Suncoast chapter of JDRF at 941-907-0811 or 239-591-2825 or go to Walk to Cure Diabetes November 8, 2014 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Bell Tower Shops 13449 US 41, Fort Myers Join Cami’s Crusaders or form your own team at this family friendly walk followed by music, kids’ activities and plenty of family fun including photo booth, bounce house, face painting, team challenges, refreshments and more! 3rd Annual Sugar Shoot Out Golf Tournament November 7, 2014 11 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. University Park Club 7671 The Park Blvd, University Park, FL 34201 I Decide to Stop Diabetes Day November 9, 2014 Nationwide Churches across the country are engaging their communities in celebration of I Decide to Stop Diabetes Day. For information go to Diabetes Symposium: From Pediatric to Adult November 15, 2014 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Florida Southwestern College 8099 College Parkway, Fort Myers This free event will feature Dr. Nicole Johnson. She is the former

Miss America 1999, has Type 1 Diabetes, is executive director of Bringing Science Home at USF Health, and will provide young adults and their parents/guardians advice on life with Type 1 Diabetes. Reservations required. JDRF Polo Cup
 February 15, 2015 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sarasota Polo Club 8201 Polo Club Lane, Sarasota, FL 34240 Hope Gala – OneNight March 7, 2015 6:00 p.m. Ritz-Carlton 2600 Tiburon Drive, Naples For tickets or sponsorship information please call the office at 239591-2825 Southwest Florida Tour de Cure April 12, 2015 Start times depend on route length chosen 8131 Lakewood Main Street, Lakewood Ranch, Florida A day of fun where cyclers of all levels join forces to raise funds for diabetes research, education and advocacy in support of the American Diabetes Association. For more information call 813-885-5007 or go to

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