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Neighbors Helping Neighbors Halloween Costumes On a Dime Build a Backyard Vegetable Garden The Accidental Tourist: Evacuation to Atlanta NEAPOLITANfamily • October 2017

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The Haunted ‘Gross’ Walk October 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 & 28 Collier County Fairgrounds 751 39th Ave NE Naples, FL 34120

Events & Times Gates Open 7:00-11:00 PM Haunted Walk Tickets $15.00 Starts at Dark Bring the little ones out for: Haunted Hayrides, Cake Walk, Pony Rides, Kids’ Games, & all Your Favorite Food Vendors!

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October 2017 TABLE OF CONTENTS

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FROM THE PUBLISHER

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COLLIER COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT UPDATE

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REEL LIFE WITH JANE Movie previews for the month

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COLLIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Community safety

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ESTATE PLANNING Guidance from a legal expert

on the cover…

12 Neighbors Helping Neighbors. Photographs from readers document just a few of the countless acts of kindness in our area following Hurricane Irma. 16 Photo Essay. Photographer Lisette Morales captures the devastation caused by Irma, and the ensuing response from our community. 18 The Accidental Tourist: Evacuation to Atlanta. Making lemonade out of lemons, our travel editor used her Irma-enforced time in Atlanta to further explore this city with her daughter. by Karen T. Bartlett 21 Pediatric Care After a Hurricane. The important things to consider when it comes to your child’s health, before and after a storm. by Dr. Lou Romig

Wish our cover model Clayton Miller Happy Birthday as he turns 7 years old on October 7! Clayton, the son of Janet and Eric Miller, attends Veterans Memorial Elementary. He loves his teacher (Mrs. Cooley), reading, playing and watching football and baseball, doing anything outdoors, being surrounded by friends and family, and going to the beach and the pool. He has a sister, Kailey, and dog named Neeko. Cover photo by Hana Snajdrova of New Frame Photography • 239-200-9099

22 Building a Vegetable Garden. How to grow your own vegetables in your backyard. by Anna Snyder 37 Costumes on a Dime. Here are 11 ways to get your Halloween costumes for less. by Meagan Ruffing 38 Time to Adopt a Cat. We have photos of 12 adorable cats who are waiting at local shelters and rescues for you to given them a forever home. 40 Fall Festivals and Fun. We’ve rounded up the best pumpkin patches, haunted houses, fall festivals, and Halloween events for your family.

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from the publisher… the parenting magazine devoted to collier county

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

THIS MONTH: Hurricane Irma & Fall Festivals

It’s been a challenging few weeks for everyone in Southwest Florida. Hurricane Irma hit us square in the mouth, and we’ve all faced a multitude of challenges, both personally and professionally, in her wake. Neapolitan Family went to press a week late, but we are thrilled to be publishing our October issue, and are excited that you have picked up a copy to enjoy, hopefully while enjoying cherished air conditioning! We all now have our Irma stories. Mine involves northern Alabama, too many Waffle House visits, and never, ever (ever) trusting hotels.com again. On page 8, Kamela Patton, superintendent of Collier County Public Schools, details the dedication and effort of hundreds of CCPS employees who turned our schools into shelters that gave refugee to thousands during and after the storm. Turn to page 18 to read about how Karen T. Bartlett’s turned her evacuation to Atlanta into an opportunity to explore that city with her daughter. Photographs from both our readers (pages 12-13) and photographer Lisette Morales (pages 16-17) tell a multitude of heart-warming tales about how our community banded together to help each other recover, from cleaning up debris to distributing food and water to playing the ukulele in the parking lot at Home Depot. On page 21, a physician guides us in preparing for our kids’ medical needs during a hurricane, and what to look for afterward. In the silver-lining vein, writer Ann Snyder provides practical advice on page 22 on turning your Irma-damaged backyard into a vegetable garden. But we can’t forget about Halloween. If Irma-related expenses have slashed your Halloween costume budget, you’ll find lots of ideas on page 37 on how to get great costumes for your kids at bargain prices. And don’t forget to check out our annual list of fall festivals, Halloween events, and haunted houses. These events are the perfect opportunity to take a break from reality and enjoy an afternoon with our families. While we have done our best to verify the accuracy of the information provided, please call or check the event’s website before attending, as Irma may have forced some changes. Wishing you an uneventful October,

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COLLIER COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS

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Hurricane Irma: The Inside Story

want to personally tell you the story of Hurricane Irma from within Collier County Public Schools (CCPS). We began storm preparations with 10 schools ready to provide shelter for evacuees. Irma’s forecast track had her heading for the east coast. However, as Irma changed direction and headed right for Collier, the storm surge predictions became dire and the evacuation zones expanded. We quickly opened 29 schools as storm shelters, housing 17,000 guests. That was 100% of available schools! Here’s the breakdown: • 29 (54%) schools were opened. • 20 (40%) schools were unable to be opened as they were within the projected storm surge area. • 3 (6%) schools were unable to be opened due to wastewater treatment plant (septic – if electricity went out, we would be unable to use bathrooms). • Prior to Hurricane Irma, CCPS had never opened more than 10 schools as shelters. This is a 190% increase of opened shelters! For the first time, CCPS opened its doors to being pet shelters for dogs, cats, and even birds. All were opened within 30 hours! This required a sudden and mass effort from all CCPS departments, school-based administrators, and volunteers to get these shelters activated and keep them operational for several days. Most of these shelters had evacuees and some even housed law enforcement helping to ready our community. For example, we had various agencies staying at Oakridge Middle School and Cypress Palm Middle, such as Florida Highway Patrol and Florida Fish and Wildlife. Barron Collier High was a staging area for all incoming resources. The National Guard took up residence at Gulf Coast High School and were responsible for feeding stations throughout the county. 8

By Dr. Kamela Patton, Superintendent, Collier County Public Schools

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We had our challenges. For example, Palmetto Ridge High School, functioning as a special needs shelter for 240 residents, lost its air conditioning. The county was waiting on a part to be flown

in, and it did not arrive. Collier County Emergency Management sent 10 indoor air conditioning units. The person needed to assemble these air conditioners did not arrive. Therefore, the principal, assistant principal, and facility manager together got all 10 units up and running. We might have some new engineering teachers. I am very proud of our people doing “whatever” it takes!!! In some shelters, water mains broke, causing low water pressure. Due to power failure, the lift stations failed, causing sewage back up into the school. The cavalry came to the rescue, and port-a-potties were deployed in the morning. I had the opportunity to personally witness it all as I visited 16 shelters and the County Emergency Operations Center.

The most important part to remember about Hurricane Irma is how CCPS staff and volunteers came together and made our guests feel special and worked to calm those who were so worried. Our staff had activities and movies for kids, we offered cell phone charging stations, and some shelters even barbecued for guests – again going above and beyond to make people as comfortable as possible. One positive memory occurred at Gulf Coast High School. The school’s flag was stuck at the top of the flagpole before the storm and staff tried but could not get the flag down. Needless to say, the flag flew away in the storm. The National Guard saw what had happened, and performed an entire flag-raising ceremony with the principal’s new flag! Guests were all very touched as they watched. Here is one of many compliments to our staff. “I want to thank you so much for opening Veterans Memorial Elementary as a shelter for county employees. Mrs. Franklin and her staff were wonderful under the stress of the hurricane and I always felt safe and informed. My children never showed any fear because the staff were so calm and collected at all times. This includes the cooking staff, cleaning and maintenance staff, teachers, and the Parks and Recreation employees. My family and I are ever grateful.” On this page is a picture of another thank you note, for Immokalee Middle School from the Florida National Guard. This is just a small sample of the efforts during this storm. Our work was essential to keeping Collier residents safe and getting Collier County back up and running. When the schools are settled, so is the community. I want to personally thank the hundreds of dedicated Collier County Public School staff and volunteers who stood tall when our community needed a safe place to stay! We are #CCPSStrong! NEAPOLITANfamily • October 2017


REEL LIFE WITH JANE

By Jane Louise Boursaw

Family Movie Previews for October Movies for kids in October include a look at A.A. Milne’s life and a new My Little Pony tale. will the cost be to the family? Directed by Simon Curtis, this movie also stars Stephen Campbell Moore, Alex Lawther, and Richard McCabe. MY LITTLE PONY: THE MOVIE Rated PG for mild action Ok for kids 4+ • In Theaters 10/6 Reel Preview: 3.5 of 5 Reels

GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN Rated PG for thematic elements, some bullying, war images, and brief language Ok for kids 6+ In Theaters 10/13 Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels This film offers a rare glimpse into the relationship between beloved children’s author A. A. Milne (Domhnall Gleeson)

and his son, Christopher Robin (Will Tilston), whose toys inspired the magical world of Winnie the Pooh. Along with his mother, Daphne (Margot Robbie), and his nanny, Olive (Kelly Macdonald), Christopher Robin and his family are swept up in the international success of the books, the enchanting tales bringing hope and comfort to England after the First World War. But with the eyes of the world on Christopher Robin, what

This new animated movie finds a dark force threatening Ponyville. The Mane 6 – Twilight Sparkle, Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy, and Rarity – embark on an unforgettable journey beyond Equestria where they meet new friends and exciting challenges on a quest to use the magic of friendship and save their home. Directed by Jayson Theissen, this movie features all new music, with the Mane 6 characters voiced by Tara Strong, Cathy Weseluck, Andrea Libman, Tabitha St. Germain, and Ashleigh Ball. Voice talent also includes Kristin Chenoweth, Emily Blunt, Zoe Saldana, Liev Schreiber, and Taye Diggs. JANE’S REEL RATING SYSTEM 1 Reel–Even the Force can’t save it. 2 Reels–Coulda been a contender. 3 Reels–Something to talk about. 4 Reels–You want the truth? Great flick! 5 Reels–Wow! The stuff dreams are made of.

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Grand Opening!

YOUR COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS

Robert of Philadelphia Gives Back With Hurricane Hugs & Hairstyles

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s soon as power and water were restored to Robert of Philadelphia Hair Salon, owners and siblings Robert DiLella and Tracey DiLella knew they had something great thing to offer. They invited anyone in need of clean hair to come in to their Bayfront location for a complimentary shampoo and blow dry. Clients were offered a cool respite from their powerless homes and hurricane recovery with cold water, a place to charge their phones, and someone to share their Irma story with. Yvonne Parry showed up for her scheduled appointment surprised and amazed by the what was happening at the salon. “While getting our hair done we could hear each other’s story. It was a very scary time for all of us. Everyone was overwhelmed and exhausted,”

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PHOTOS, Above: Robert DiLella (right), co-owner of Robert of Philadelphia Hair Salon in Naples, poses with stylist Carly Stubbs (left) and two clients who enjoyed a complimentary shampoo and blow dry. Left: Clients are treated to a shampoo and blow dry. Facing page: A younger client shows off her freshly styled hair.

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she reflected. “The atmosphere was a combination of somber reflection and appreciation to be in an air-conditioned place and getting just a little bit of pampering.” The week after Hurricane Irma hit, DiLella estimates they donated their services to over 250 people. Overwhelmed by the hugs and the tears shared among stylists and clients, the DiLellas have decided to continue this free service as long as the people in Collier County need it. For details, call 239-263-3122.

Naples Zoo to Reopen Oct. 14; Boo at the Zoo to Run Oct. 20-22

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fter suffering significant damage from Hurricane Irma, the Naples Zoo has announced a reopening date of Saturday, Oct. 14, thanks to efforts from staff and volunteers, including crews from a number of zoos across the country. To welcome the community back into the zoo and historic gardens, admission will be free that weekend for Collier County residents and just $5 for all other Florida residents. Currently, donations for recovery efforts are being accepted at www.napleszoo.org/give. “With the support we have been shown, our staff felt strongly that we wanted to give back to the community with this weekend,”

said Jack Mulvena, Naples Zoo president and CEO. While donations can help rebuild exhibits and structures in weeks or months, the winds of Hurricane Irma removed decades of growth inside the botanical garden in just a few hours – including two nearly century-old specimens planted by gardens founder Dr. Henry Nehrling. The zoo’s horticulture team alongside multiple crews of arborists from The Davey Tree Expert Company is on-site conducting extensive tree care. Recovery has been expedited by a tremendous team effort between staff and volunteers – and even crews coming from as far away as Kansas City Zoo, Oklahoma City Zoo, Sedgwick County Zoo, St. Louis Zoo, and Topeka Zoo. These efforts, plus donations, have enabled the zoo to open in about the same amount of time as that following Hurricane Wilma in 2005, even though the damage was more severe with Hurricane Irma. This means that Boo at the Zoo event will run as planned, Friday, Oct. 20 through Sunday, Oct. 22. This annual family event that has become a tradition in Naples will start daily at 10 a.m. daily and end at 3 p.m. Activities include trick-or-treating, education stations, a game garden, a costume contest with prizes and a DJ. The costume contest will take place each day at 1 p.m. with three categories for everyone to participate. As always, guests can enjoy watching rare animals going wild “carving” pumpkins and other treats with tooth, horn, and claw. All the fun is included in regular zoo admission. Children 12 and younger in costume will receive free admission. For this family-friendly event, only adults accompanied by children are permitted in costume. For details, call 239-262-5409 or visit napleszoo.org.

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Neighbors Help We asked for pictures of your family helping with the recovery effort following Hurricane Irma, and we just had to share the evidence of our readers’ generosity with everyone!

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COLLIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

By Kristine Gill

How You Can Help After Irma

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s Hurricane Irma set her sights on Collier County back in September, we at the Collier County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) watched as an even stronger force rose to meet her. Neighbors helped install hurricane shutters. Friends welcomed strangers to weather the storm in safe places. We wished each other good luck and safety and checked in whenever possible. And folks banded together in the aftermath of the storm to donate food and water to those in need. They grabbed chainsaws and cleared neighbors’ driveways and opened their homes so those without power or water could get some relief. Our first responders pulled long shifts to keep the roadways and our property safe. County employees labored on weekends and overnight to ensure we had safe drinking water and hot meals. Utility crews restored power at break neck speed. We are prouder than ever to be #CollierStrong. But the work is far from over. Hurricane Irma wreaked widespread and significant damage. The storm destroyed homes and sent flood waters rushing into others, ruining personal possessions, spreading mold, and making some places unlivable. Families face months of recovery and mounting expenses for repairs and cleanup. And as you know, some of the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Irma, places such

as Immokalee and Everglades City, were already hard pressed to make ends meet. So what can we do to help? How can we continue to display that communal strength we showed in the immediate aftermath? The following is by no means a comprehensive list of ways to share of your time and resources, but it’s a start. And there’s no better way to pass on the importance of

Above: Cpl. David Shreeve poses for a photo with power crews who worked tirelessly following the storm to restore electricity. Cpl. Shreeve thanked them for their work with burgers and fries for lunch.

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caring and sharing to our children than to invite them to take part in these activities and to lead by example. If you want to help, you can: • Contribute to the new Collier Comes Together Disaster Relief Fund through the Community Foundation of Collier County, which has teamed up with the CCSO and other local law enforcement agencies • Sign up at VolunteerFlorida.org to be dispatched to help in local relief efforts. • Donate or spend time helping Habitat for Humanity of Collier County rebuild its homes. • Volunteer at a local nursing home, where residents were shaken up and displaced during the storm. • Send food through Meals of Hope with a donation. • Help the American Red Cross provide food, shelter, and comfort with a donation. • Ask your place of worship how it is helping, and volunteer with other members. And if you don’t have time or money to lend, we’re sure you have a well of kindness you can share. Smile more. Ask your co-workers how they’re doing – and mean it. Let someone cut in line at the grocery store or offer to watch a friend’s children while they make repairs to their home or just get away for the evening. Together we can show each other and everyone watching what it means to be #CollierStrong.

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ESTATE PLANNING

By Norell Albanis

Is Estate Planning Part of Your Disaster Readiness Kit?

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s an estate planning attorney, it’s my job to prepare people for the unthinkable. I help my clients ensure that if something happens to them, their affairs will be in order and their children will be cared for the way they want, by the people they want, no matter what. Simply put, it’s my job to give people peace of mind. Despite that, I could not give myself peace of mind in the wake of Irma. I was totally unprepared to deal with a hurricane. As of Wednesday before the storm hit, I had no storm shutters, no bottled water, and not even a working flashlight. In a panic, my husband rushed to the hardware store for supplies while I spent the morning frantically planning our evacuation vacation. After several trips to three different hardware stores and waiting in line for hours for plywood and gas, we somehow managed to board up the house and pack our clothes and important belongings. Like thieves in the night, we stole our kids from their beds and made our way to Tennessee hours before the light of dawn on Thursday. During that very long drive, it occurred to me that our lastminute scrambling wasn’t all that different from what I have seen so many families go through after the death of a loved one. Too often, grieving families are left scouring the house to find a will, accounts, bills, anything – all while having to make funeral arrangements and entertain out-of- town guests. And to make matters worse, when a family is faced with no estate plan in place, they simply don’t know where to begin. Death is an ugly, messy business. If you want to make things as easy as possible for your family in the event something happens to you, then you need to have an estate plan. Dealing with a storm like Hurricane Irma gives us pause to reflect on our lives, families, and safety plans, and is an opportunity to think not only about storm preparation but also how those preparations relate to estate planning. Your safety plan should include estate planning – the ultimate form of disaster readiness – because it spells out exactly what will happen if you die or become incapacitated. Your estate plan contains several documents to help you. • If you become injured and cannot make your own decisions, your durable power of attorney, living will, and health care directives provide instructions on how to deal with your finances and medical care, and name agents who will carry out those instructions on your behalf. • Your Last Will and Testament dictates how your property and assets will be distributed upon your death. A will, however, will not keep your family out of probate court. This is why many people choose to also include a Living Revocable Trust in their estate plan. A trust is the best way to avoid the expensive, long, and public probate process. • Finally, if you have minor children, your plan will specify who will care for your children, who will manage their inheritance until they are old enough to manage it themselves, and other important decisions pertaining to them.

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Once you have an estate plan in place, make sure you put it, along with all of your other important documents, in a fireproof safe and preferably in a waterproof container. Other important documents should consist of your insurance policies, birth certificates, marriage certificates, passports, property deeds, car titles, banking and other asset information, and tax records. Also be sure to make copies and scan documents to your hard drive. While people sometimes choose to keep important documents in a safe deposit box, it is not a good place to keep a will. This is because upon your death, an original will must be produced in court. If your will is in a safe deposit box, and nobody other than the decedent is authorized to access the safe deposit box, it is very difficult to get the will and may even require a court order. So before the next disaster strikes, whether it be it a hurricane, illness, or accident, give yourself the peace of mind of knowing that you prepared to the best of your ability. If you don’t already have an estate plan in place, put it on your to-do list and make sure you actually check it off your list. Estate planning is one of the most postponed “I’ll get to it” items on people’s lists. At the eleventh hour, the last thing you want to be worrying about is paperwork and estate documents.

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After Irma

Freelance photographer and community activist Lisette Morales felt fortunate to have power and little damage from Hurricane Irma, so she set out to follow area relief volunteers in Immokalee, Everglades City, Goodland, and Bonita Springs, to document the story that will undoubtedly become part of the fabric of Collier County history. At times, the destruction and devastation was so overwhelming that she could only take photos of the aftermath, and not the faces of those in the midst of their own personal crisis. A few Collier County citizens did agree to be photographed, in the hopes that it would bring more recognition to the plight of those who had lost so much. “As a photographer, I don’t believe for a second that I took those photos,” Lisette commented. “Rather, the people gave these photos to me, by showing their true and raw selves in one of the most challenging and humbling moments of their lives.”

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TRAVEL

By Karen T. Bartlett

The Accidental Tourist: Evacuation to Atlanta

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en days ago I had a schedule and responsibilities and bills to pay. I had a writing assignment and a photo shoot that would help pay those bills. Instead, I found myself running up large American Express charges at Home Depot, stuffing bins, and cramming them into closets and hallways. My priorities changed, and like several thousand other Neapolitans, I became an accidental tourist. This is my Irma story. For more than a week, my only daughter has been begging me to be rational and drive to Atlanta. Her first messages went something like this: “Dear Mom, why don’t you come to Atlanta? It will be fun.” Her last messages were more like, “MOM! Get in the car and start driving now!” By the time I recognize her wisdom, it’s two days till bulls-eye. Now I’m facing a 20-hour crawl up I-75 with the specter of running out of gas on a dark highway. The only flights to Atlanta have outrageously inflated price tags. So despite Sarah’s pleas, I’ll hunker down with my significant other and his family and ride out whatever is to come. But my guardian angel intervenes, in the form of the worst nightmare of my

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life. In the dream, which wasn’t about a hurricane but is too horrifying to describe, I’m screaming at my precious child, “Get out! Get out!” But in the dream, it’s too late. So at 3 a.m. I’m wide awake with my heart pounding out of control. In the dark, I stumble around stacked up, plasticcovered furniture to find my laptop and surf the airlines. Of course I knew what I’d find, but what else can I do at 3 a.m.? Sold out Scrolling Delta, every line on every page contains two words: SOLD OUT. Then American: SOLD OUT. SOLD OUT. SOLD OUT. And then Southwest. By this time I’m scrolling with glazed eyes through the SOLD OUTs when a single line – one single aisle seat – does not show the two dreaded words. Plus, it’s bargainpriced at $113. With the nightmare still in my head, I stare at that spot transfixed, expecting it to disappear. It doesn’t. I sprint for my beleaguered American Express card, and 150 minutes after sunrise, I’m at Gate 5, Terminal B, waiting to board one of the last flights out of RSW before the airport shuts down. It’s not until my daughter enfolds me

in a long hug in the arrivals lane that I learn the chilling rest of the story: she also had wakened from a nightmare around 3 a.m. She was screaming “MOM! MOM!” Two toothbrushes and three pairs of jeans So now I’m unpacking my carry-on. Here’s what I find: four summer t-shirts (it’s autumn here), some underwear, my passport and birth certificate (Really? My birth certificate?), and a rain jacket. Also, my laptop (no power cord), my phone (no charger), one Kindle, and three identical Kindle power cords that do not fit the computer or the phone. Also, two toothbrushes, two oversize vanity mirrors, and three (yes, three) pairs of jeans. I honestly can’t imagine how thousands of evacuating moms in Irma panic mode managed to pack rationally – not just for themselves, but also for a variety of kids, dogs, cats, partners, and elders. But I’m safe and there’s electricity here. Sarah and Mike have made me a cozy nest. They’re feeding me massive quantities of delicious home cooked food, and they’ve made me an accidental tourist in my own former city. Their historic NEAPOLITANfamily • October 2017


shoots for the secneighborhood, ond edition of my called the Old family guidebook, Fourth Ward, A (mostly) Kids’ overlooks the AtGuide to Naples, lanta BeltLine, a Marco Island & reclaimed railroad The Everglades, route-turned peat places that now destrian/cycling won’t look picpath through this ture-perfect again emerald green city for months or lonthat will one day ger. Which means connect all the that the new book historic neighis highly unlikely borhoods where to be ready for the Atlanta began. start of the season. There’s Callan But my loved ones Castle, the 19th are safe and my Century mansion home survived. built by CocaPHOTOS, Left: The Atlanta skyline. Above: Street art in Atlanta. I’m reminded, Cola founder Asa through countCandler; the Sweet less texts, emails, and Facebook messages I can’t stop gawking at brick walls, old Auburn district, the birthplace of Martin that a lot of people care about my family bridges, and former industrial buildings Luther King, Jr. and Ebenezer Baptist and me. It’s a bittersweet story. Some of painted with street art, turning Atlanta Church; Freedom Parkway and the Carter my friends lost everything. Many lost a into one of America’s best outdoor galCenter; and magnificent views of the lot. All of us are still trying to deal with leries. It turns out that I’ve arrived just in Atlanta skyline. intense stress, and the full reality hasn’t time to watch (and join) Atlanta’s iconic We’ve been exploring the onceeven unfolded yet. annual Lantern Festival. Right up there crumbling factories, warehouses, and railBut we take the blessings where we with Naples’ own Swamp Buggy Parade, road depots being re-purposed as trendy can. For me, it was an unexpected week it’s one of the most unique and happy shopping and dining enclaves. We’ve of family bonding, hugs, and some muchparades I’ve ever seen. How could it not peeked through wrought iron gates into needed laughs. I pray that a year from now, be, with creators named The Krewe of the magnolia-shaded gardens. We checked everyone will be able to look back at some Grateful Gluttons? out Doux South Pickles and other local small blessing, if only the realization that As I write this, we’ve just returned delectables at Freedom Farmer’s Market. when a crisis hits, miracles do happen, and from a bountiful Ethiopian meal at the We’ve indulged in sushi, Asian dumphuman kindness is at its best. home of our friends Yohannes and Eden. lings, and people watching at Krog Street There’s still no power in Naples and my Market; and peeked in at bakeries, tapas flight home has been canceled. I missed restaurants, and noodle bars. Families are KAREN T. BARTLETT, travel editor of Neamy deadline and the shoot got postponed everywhere: walking, cycling, skateboardpolitan Family and publisher of the popular indefinitely (I really needed that money). ing, and running along the BeltLine. Adorguidebooks Mostly Kids’ Guides, has authored And most critically, I had planned a able babies and dogs peek out of jogging 11 destination travel books. full schedule of site visits and photo strollers and backpacks.

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fter a severe storm or hurricane, there are common pediatric complaints seen in emergency departments as a result of the weather experienced. Children with seasonal and environmental allergies may have acute allergy symptoms, sometimes severe, and children with asthma/reactive airway disease can have attacks of wheezing and trouble breathing. This is due to high winds that can cause unusual types and amounts of pollen and other allergens to be in the air and deposited on surfaces. In addition, flooding can cause the proliferation of mold, which can be highly allergenic (causing allergy symptoms). Children with allergies and asthma who are on daily medications to prevent allergy symptoms (such as loratidine, cetirazine, montelukast or inhaled oral/nasal steroids) should continue those medications and those who are not taking them might benefit from starting them after a storm. Children assisting with post-storm clean-up around the home can be exposed to allergens through contact with plant/tree debris and contaminated surfaces. Children with severe allergies or asthma should not participate in these activities or should wear masks while assisting other family members. Some children are dependent upon powered nebulizer machines to treat their asthma/reactive airway disease. Unfortunately, loss of power is a common problem during and after storms. Albuterol, the medication used for acute wheezing and wheezy cough, can be given quite effectively to even very young children using a metered dose inhaler and spacer chamber with a mask or mouthpiece. This equipment does not need power and is very portable easy to use. Ask your primary care provider about obtaining an albuterol inhaler and spacer chamber if your child uses albuterol via nebulizer. In communities severely affected by a storm, pharmacies may not be open or easily accessible for days to weeks. Part of a family’s hurricane preparations, both before the season starts and when a storm is forecasted to possibly affect their area, should include ensuring all family members have a sufficient supply of their prescriptions and over-the-counter medications to last for

two weeks after a storm. In the state of Florida, the law requires that insurance companies approve and pay for early refills on prescription medications when the patient’s county of residence is under a hurricane warning and the governor has designated the county/state is in a state of emergency. This applies only when the prescription has refills available. It is best NOT to wait until your area is under a hurricane warning to get additional medications but the law can help if necessary.  Post-storm pediatric illness and injury is predictable, and by being prepared, we can enhance the level of medical care available to children after a storm. DR. LOU ROMIG is the medical director for After Hours Pediatrics Urgent Care, sister company to EPN Urgent Care in Naples.

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GARDENING

By Anna Snyder

It’s Time to Create a Family Vegetable Garden In Your Backyard

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urricane Irma left our yards and landscaping in tatters, but the silver lining of this mess is we now have an opportunity to start fresh, and finally build out that space in our backyard for an edible garden. What can an edible garden in Southwest Florida include? Our growing season typically runs from September/October to April/ May. Edible gardens may include fruit trees such as Florida avocados, citrus, mango, and papaya trees. Additionally, the vast amount of sunshine we receive during the growing season lends itself to tomato production, leafy greens, herbs, and many other types of vegetables. Edible landscaping For some advice about how, exactly, to begin an edible garden, I turned to a few local experts. Erica Klopf, owner of Florida Edible Landscaping, a landscaping business dedicated to building sustainable, edible gardens in Southwest Florida, shared some valuable information with me. Born and raised in Naples, Erica attended FGCU and holds degrees in Art and Environmental Studies. I asked her why her landscaping designs focused on food. “Families should grow food because it is practical. When we grow food, we take responsibility for the health of our property and family. What limits us as a region is the lack of knowledge on how and what to grow. The future, though, is locally grown, and our children will realize this.” Klopf offered advice on how families can take the first step in edible gardening. “A simple way to get started is to stop by Food and Thought and look at what seedlings they have to offer. I’ve

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had great success growing their plants, and it’s one of the only local sources for organic seedlings that are appropriate to our seasons and climate. Their staff can help you get all the materials you need, such as compost, fertilizer, and foliar sprays. They also stock perennial fruit trees and herbs, which will also thrive in your home garden.”   Many families are overwhelmed by the thought of planting and maintaining a vegetable garden. “The critical move when starting a garden is to start small,” Klopf said. “The power move when starting a garden is a simple irrigation system.” She suggested a timer hooked up to the hose and connected to a drip line. She also recommended using vegetable fertilizer as well as mulch. “Before you plant the seedling, mix a handful of organic vegetable fertilizer into the soil. Make sure to put 2-4 inches of mulch throughout the whole garden.”  Klopf encouraged gardeners to prune their vegetables and plants. “Pull off all damaged leaves once a week. Pulling damaged leaves will encourage your plants to grow quickly, the same way trimming your nails or hair encourages healthy growth.” Harvest Bee Farm I also received some helpful advice on gardening from Kenneth Alaimo, lead farmer at Harvest Bee Farm. This 2 ½ acre bio-dynamic farm is located near the corner of Pine Ridge Road and Logan Boulevard. Fall 2017 marks the farm’s third growing season. “We started off as a simple garden, and we’ve expanded to a larger farm,” Alaimo explained. “We grow market produce, including seasonal fruits, vegetables, and herbs. We also provide farm-fresh eggs, tea blends, and honey.” NEAPOLITANfamily • October 2017


I asked Alaimo what he enjoys about farming, and why he would encourage families to grow their own food. “Growing and sharing food allows me to express love and positivity in a new way,” he said. “We have a small community of people for whom we grow food, and it brings me so much joy. I want families in Southwest Florida to experience this joy.” As for the benefits of backyard vegetable gardens, “It’s easy to produce higher quality food when you grow it yourself on a small scale; this is what we’re trying to do at the farm as well. Families have complete control of how their food is grown and produced,” he said. Alaimo shared some suggestions for aspiring vegetable gardeners. “Choose higher areas on your property, if possible. And if your neighbor utilizes fertilizers or sprays, try to choose an area far away from the property line.” Alaimo recommended that families keep it simple and just get started. “Use flower pots, build a raised bed, or tear up a section of grass in your yard. Put compost and mulch directly in the ground – whatever it takes to get started.” Start small, so you don’t feel overwhelmed. “Banana trees grow really well, and so do mango trees,” he said. “Start with a few herbs in pots, and consider composting kitchen scraps.” And for those families who want to have a vegetable garden but don’t have the inclination or space, Alaimo encourages participation in a CSA (community sponsored agriculture). “A CSA allows families to partner with a local farm,” he said. “They essentially buy stock up front in the farm and receive a share of the growing season, thereby participating in weekly production. Each week, families pick up a box of vegetables from the farm. Variety changes, and they typically receive a discount on the food based on what it would have cost to purchase the vegetables on a weekly basis.” Alaimo participates in the Sunday Farmer’s Market on the Southeast corner of Livingston and Pine Ridge Roads and loves to answer any and all questions backyard vegetable gardeners may have. He also offers Southwest Florida families the opportunity to participate in the Harvest Bee Farm CSA for $375 for the season (box pick-up weekly from December through the first week of May).

many reasons we have a vegetable garden in our backyard,” Emily shared. “We love knowing where our food comes from and eating fresh, organic, non-GMO foods. We love spending time outdoors as a family and are able to save money on produce by growing our own food.” Both Gabe and Emily have worked on farms extensively during their adult lives. Emily has spent time in a few different farming environments. “I had the opportunity to go ‘WWOOFing’ (Willing Workers on Organic Farms, an organization that connects volunteers with farmers all over the world) on an organic farm in Cape Cod. I’ve also been able to volunteer at some local farms here in Collier County. I learned a lot from these experiences, including basics on growing, harvesting, crop rotation, and composting. I loved spending time outside, getting my hands in the dirt, and interacting with plants. It gave me such a strong sense of joy.” Gabe cited a similar experience. “I spent four seasons working on a 120acre organic family farm in Boulder, Colorado. Through farming, I developed a strong work ethic and learned the importance of teamwork. I found that farming was very therapeutic and taught me patience. Plus, I love getting dirty!” Gabe and Emily encouraged other families to just start gardening, even if they are inexperienced. “If you’re interested in starting a garden, just do it,” Emily said. “Don’t let doubts or worries hold you back, and enjoy the process. It’s okay to start small and learn as you go. Planting seedlings is much easier than starting from seeds.”

Local resources • The University of Florida IFAS Collier County Extension Office offers many workshops, along with a Master Gardener Program. These programs provide research-based information and resources for aspiring gardeners in Southwest Florida. Their website has valuable information as well. Visit collier.ifas.ufl.edu. • Gardeners of Southwest Florida offers informal meet-ups on a weekly basis to discuss issues related to local gardening, and they address various topics related to growing in our sub-tropical environment. Membership is free. Visit www.meetup.com/FloriHow one local family gardens daGardeners for more information on topics and events. Emily Denlinger and Gabe Green live in San Carlos Park • Food & Thought at the Gateway Naples shopping center with their almost-two-year-old son Wilder. Both Emily and Gabe offers weekly classes on organic gardening topics, and they often feel passionate about self-sufficiency, (mostly) plant-based eating, cover edible gardening issues and tactics. Visit foodandthought. and providing a whole food diet for their family. “There are so com for more information. CEDR 1003 NeaFamily 1-4 pg Horiz.4_Layout 1 2/18/13 9:45 AM Page 1

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9:00 a.m. First Annual Youth Empowerment Day. Ongoing activities including a fishing clinic, self-defense demos, nature trial hike, shore bird talk, and more. Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd., Estero. Call 239-992-0311 or check www.floridastate-

7:00 p.m. Mercato Movies on the L a w n . Enjoy Angry Birds, beginning at dusk, under the stars shown on a giant inflatable screen. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, and well-behaved pets. Mercato, 9128 Strada Pl., Naples. Call 239-594-9400 or visit mercatoshops.com.

2:00 p.m. Manatees, Manatees. Did you know that the West Indian Manatee is an important part of Florida? Learn about their diet, bone structure, and what they need to survive. South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples. Call 239252-7542 or check public.

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10:00 a.m. Safari Squad: Who Turned Out the Lights? Bring 3-5 year olds for a playful adventure at our program for our youngest learners. Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens, 1590 GoodletteFrank Rd., Naples. Call 239-262-5409 or check www.caribbeangardens. com. 10

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4:00 p.m. Playful Interactions. Children with ASD will have opportunities to interact with same-aged peers while participating in structured activities with guidance from their caregiver. Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check public.collier-lib.org. 9

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monday 5:00 p.m. Montessori Academy Open House. A fully licensed, not-for-profit educational institution and serves students from 2 months to 15 years old. Montessori Academy of Naples, 2659 Professional Circle, Suite 1118, Naples. Call 239597-2255 or visit www. naplesmontessori.org.

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10:00 a.m. China Exhibit Grand Opening. C’mon hosts its latest traveling exhibit Children’s China: Celebrating Culture, Character, and Confucius. For children 3+. Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples, 15080 Livingston Rd., Naples. Call 239-514-0084 or check www.cmon.org.

8:30 a.m. Private Bounce Session for Children with Additional Needs and Siblings. Every other Sunday. $10 per child. Parents must stay. Bounce Naples, 2320 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., Naples. Call 239-298-1499 or email Info@AdditionalNeeds. info for details.

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6:00 p.m. Girl Scout Parent Interest Meeting. See why Girl Scouting is right for your family. Everything girls do at Girl Scouts is 100 percent girl-led and girl-focused. Eden Park Elementary School (cafeteria), 3650 Westclox St., Immokalee.

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11:00 a.m. Read for the Record. Join children around the world in reading Quackers. Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples; Golden Gate Library, 2432 Lucerne Rd., Naples; and Immokalee Branch Library, 417 N. First St., Immokalee. Visit public.collier-

4:00 p.m. Lego Club. Share ideas, be creative, make new friends, and have fun. Bricks provided and your creation will be put on display at the library. Ages 5-11 years. Estates Branch Library, 1266 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples. Call 239-4558088 or check public.collier-lib.org. 11 4:00 p.m. Lego C l u b . Join the club and accept the monthly building challenge. Share ideas, be creative, make new friends, and have fun. Bricks provided. Ages 5-11. East Naples Library, 8787 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples. Call 239-775-5592 or check public.collier-lib.

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5:30 p.m. Zine Workshop. Make your own mini-magazine in this two-part workshop. Create content, form a layout, and produce a small publication. Materials provided. Ages 14+. Naples Regional Library, 650 Central Ave., Naples. Call 239-262-6853 or check public.collier-lib. org. 5

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10:00 a.m. Free Kids Crafts. Kids from toddlers to 12 are invited to participate in fun activities. Miromar Outlets, 10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero. Call 239-948-3766 or check www.miromaroutlets.com for additional information.

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10:30 a.m. Curious George & the Golden Meatball. All performances begin with a buffet. Through Nov. 17. Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, 1380 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers. Call 239-278-4422 or check www.BroadwayPalm.com.

7:00 p.m. Haunted Gross House. Oct. 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 & 28. Haunted hay ride, pony rides, cake walk, games, food, and more. Costume contest and Trunk or Treat Oct. 28. Collier County Fairgrounds, 751 39th Ave. N.E., Naples. Call 239455-1444 or visit colliercountyfair.com. 13

5:30 p.m. Mommy/ Daddy & Me Sewing Afternoon. Sew an adorable owl parent & baby by hand. Parent will sew the parent stuffed owl and the child will sew the baby stuffed owl. Registration required. Fleischmann Park, 1600 Fleischmann Dr., Naples. Call 239-2133020. 6

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10:00 a.m. Boo at the Zoo. October 20-22. Trick-or-treating, education stations, game garden, daily costume contest with prizes and a DJ. Every child in costume will receive free admission. Naples Zoo, 1590 Goodlette-Frank Rd., Naples. Call 239-262-5409 or check www.caribbeangardens.com.

10:00 a.m. Teen Escape Room. Celebrate the grand opening of our new Teen Room. Teens and their families are welcome to bust out of our new area by solving puzzles and riddles. Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239593-0870 or check public. collier-lib.org. 14

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5:00 p.m. Parents Night Out. Bring your children ages 3 months-12 years to the YMCA for Parents’ Night Out. Available to all family membership holders. Greater Naples YMCA, 5450 YMCA Rd., Naples. Call 239-597-3148 or check greaternaplesymca.org for additional information.

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4:00 p.m. Haunted Gingerbread Houses. Construct a candy haunted house and then eat it, if you dare. 6th grade and older. \Naples Regional Library, 650 Central Ave., Naples. Call 239-262-6853 or check public.collier-lib. org.

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5:00 p.m. Halloween Family Fun and Trunk or Treat. \Music, face painting, bounce houses, food, costume contest, and tons of spooky fun. $5 per family. Immokalee Community Park, 321 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239-657-4449.

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4:30 p.m. Get Slimed. Why is slime so slimy? Find out the answer while making Borax-free slime. Take home your slime with the recipes. Ages 8-14. Registration required. Located at East Naples Library, 8787 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples. Call 239-775-5592 or check public.collier-lib. org. 23

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11:00 a.m. Backyard Family Bash. \This family fun event is complete with local restaurants, games, and contests for adults and kids and live entertainment by local bands. Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers. Call 239-939-2787 or check www.artinlee.org. 22

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4:30 p.m. Fifth Avenue South Halloween Spooktacular. Costume contests, live music, games, street dances, spooky movies, and trick or treating. Fifth Avenue South, Naples. Call 239692-8436 or check www. fifthavenuesouth.com.

5:00 p.m. Sensory Night. For children on the autism spectrum and or with other sensory integration disorders. Limited participation to minimize crowds, and registration is required. Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples, 15080 Livingston Rd. Call 239-514-0084 or check www.cmon.org. 24

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5:30 p.m. Creative Writing Club. Whether you write poetry, stories, or just scribble, this is the group for you. Play games, hone your skills, and share your work. Ages 14-18. Registration required. Naples Regional Library, 650 Central Ave., Naples. Call 239-262-6853 or visit public.collier-lib.org. 26

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YOUR COMMUNITY October EVENTS CALENDAR SUBMISSIONS: To submit your event for both our online and print calendars, go to the Calendar at neafamily.com and follow the instructions for inputting event information. The deadline for print calendar events is the 12th of the month preceding publication. You can submit events anytime for the online calendar. Note: Please check dates and times before attending events. As Neapolitan Family staff does not enter all calendar data, we cannot guarantee its accuracy.

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CALL OR CHECK THE EVENT’S WEBSITE BEFORE ATTENDING. IN THE WAKE OF HURRICANE IRMA, WE ARE UNABLE TO CONFIRM THAT EACH EVENT WILL BE HELD AS ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED.

1 SUNDAY 8:00 a.m. Koreshan Sunday Farmer’s Market and Native Plant Sale. Local and organic produce, fresh seafood and dips, unique crafts, local honey, native plants, handcrafted jewelry, hot crepes and BBQ, beautiful art, and cool gifts. Located at Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd., Estero. Call 239-992-0311 or check www.floridastateparks.org for additional information. 8:30 a.m. Private Bounce Session for Children with Additional Needs and their Siblings. A biweekly private session for children with additional needs and their siblings. The cost is $10 per child and supported by Table Of Grace Church and local businesses. Parents must stay and monitor the safety of their children. Located at Bounce Naples, 2320 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., Naples. Call 239-298-1499 or email Info@AdditionalNeeds.info for details.

9:00 a.m. Yoga in the Park. Traditional yoga class focuses on breathing, stretching and postures. Modifiable for all ages and levels of participants. Beginners welcome. Some mats provided. Bring a water bottle. $10 cash. Park admission free. Located at Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd., Estero. Call 239-992-0311 or check www.floridastateparks.org. 9:00 a.m. Sunday Birding at the Conservancy. Join a Conservancy volunteer naturalist on the beach near the pass to view birds through a scope and ask questions. Look for your guide in the orange vest near the pass on Sundays between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Call 239-262-0304 or visit conservancy.org. Located at Clam Pass Beach Park, 410 Seagate Dr., Naples. 9:30 a.m. W.O.N.D.E.R Kids. Drop in anytime between 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday to the Smith Children’s Garden for fun activities. Located at Naples Botanical Garden, 4820 Bayshore Dr., Naples. Call 239-643-7275 or check www.naplesgarden.org for additional information. 10:00 a.m. Historical Tours at Koreshan State Park. Explore the 19th century religious Koreshan settlement, its structures and gardens, and learn about these idealistic pioneers. $2 for adults, $1 for children over 6. Located at Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd., Estero. Call 239-992-0311 or check www.floridastateparks.org for additional information. 11:00 a.m. Koreshan Baking. Join us for a pinch of history and a taste, too. Located at Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd., Estero. Call 239992-0311 or check www.floridastateparks.org.

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11:15 a.m. Spanish Church Service. St. Monica’s church, in support of the Latino community, hold a Spanish speaking service every Sunday. Located at St. Monica’s Church, 7070 Immokalee Rd., Naples. Call 239-591-4550 or check www. stmonicasnaples.org for additional information.

2 MONDAY 9:30 a.m. Free Boardwalk Tours. A Corkscrew environmental educator will conduct the guided walks, offering visitors a unique opportunity to experience the sights and sounds of the awakening swamp, from its cypress forest and lettuce lakes to its pine forest, and open prairies. Located at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, 375 Sanctuary Rd. W., Naples. Call 239-348-9151 or check corkscrew.audubon.org. 10:00 a.m. Children’s China Exhibit Grand Opening at C’mon. C’mon hosts its latest traveling exhibit Children’s China: Celebrating Culture, Character, and Confucius. Children 3 and older can experience the art of paper cutting, discover their lunar calendar animal, and play traditional musical instruments. Through Jan. 14, 2018. Located at Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples, 15080 Livingston Rd., Naples. Call 239-514-0084 or check www.cmon.org for additional information. 3:30 p.m. Breastfeeding Club Immokalee. Meet other breastfeeding mothers and share your breastfeeding experiences. Get advice and tips on breastfeeding your child. Open to any breastfeeding mother. Located at Immokalee WIC, 419 N. First St., Naples. Call 239-252-7312 or check collier.floridahealth.gov/events. 4:00 p.m. Playful Interactions. Also Oct. 23. Children with ASD will have opportunities to interact with same-aged peers while participating in structured activities with helpful guidance from their caregiver. Every Monday in October. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check public.collier-lib.org. 4:30 p.m. Pups ‘N’ Books. Stop by to read to a pup or just pet one. The service dogs-in-training are provided by PAWS Assistance and Therapy Dogs. All ages welcome. Registration is not required. Located at East Naples Library, 8787 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples. Call 239-775-5592 or check public.collier-lib.org. 5:30 p.m. Art Classes for Kids. Kids will explore and work with different techniques and media. Acrylics on canvases, watercolor, collages, mixed media, etc. Lots of fun and creativity for kids ages 4 to 12. Located at Etudes de Ballet, 3285 Pine Ridge Rd., Naples.

3 TUESDAY 10:00 a.m. Free Tuesday Morning Nature Talk. Bring your children and learn together how nature can flourishes in urban and suburban areas, with the proper care. Located at Naples Preserve, 1690 Tamiami Tr. N., Naples. Call 239-261-4290 for additional information. 10:00 a.m. Moms and Tots Storytime. 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. Located at Barnes & Noble, 5377 Tamiami Tr. N., Naples. Call 239-597-2040 or check bn.com. 10:00 a.m. Little Explorers Program. Provides the youngest visitors the opportunity to explore nature and discover amazing animals through multi-sensory activities, stories, and crafts. No registration required. Located at Conservancy of SW Florida, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples. Call 239-262-0304 or check www. conservancy.org for additional information. 3:30 p.m. Meals of Hope Mobile Food Pantry. The Meals of Hope Mobile Pantry will be in the YMCA parking every Tuesday from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Frozen food, fresh produce, and canned goods will all be given away to families in need. Everyone is welcome. Located at Greater Naples YMCA, 5450 YMCA Rd., Naples. Call 239-597-3148 or check greaternaplesymca.org for additional information. 5:00 p.m. Montessori Academy of Naples Open House. Join us for our Open House, or call to schedule a private tour. We are a fully licensed, not-for-profit educational institution and serves students from 2 months to 15 years old. Located at Montessori Academy of Naples, 2659 Professional Circle, Suite 1118, Naples. Call 239-597-2255 or visit www.naplesmontessori.org for more information. 6:00 p.m. Chess Instruction K-12. Join Antonio as he shares his skills at chess with students K-12. Only for beginner players. Registration is not required, but space is limited to the first 24 walk-in students. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check public.collier-lib. org for additional information. 6:00 p.m. Girl Scout Parent Interest Meeting. Come see why Girl Scouting is right for your family. Everything girls do at Girl Scouts—attend troop meetings,

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4 WEDNESDAY 10:00 a.m. Free Kids Crafts. Kids from toddlers to 12 are invited to participate in fun activities. Located at Miromar Outlets, 10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero. Call 239-948-3766 or check www.miromaroutlets.com for additional information. 10:00 a.m. Preschool Story Time. Parents and caregivers encourage independence by waiting nearby in the library for this program. The stories and activities may be longer but just as fun. You must register for each week of the six-week session. Please be on time. Located at South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy., Estero. Call 239-479-4636 for details. 10:30 a.m. Family Story Time. This program is for the whole family and lasts about 30 minutes. Located at Bonita Springs Public Library, 26876 Pine Ave., Bonita Springs. Call 239-992-0101 or check library.Lee-county.com. 5:30 p.m. Parent/Teen/Child Mental Health Support Group. For parents/ caregivers and children ages 6+ with a mental illness. Opportunity for diagnosed youth ages 6-18 to socialize, receive support, and enjoy refreshments. Parents and youth meet jointly and then break up into groups according to age. Located at NAMI of Collier County, 6324 Trail Blvd., Bldg. C, Naples. Call 239-434-6726 or check namicollier.org for additional information. 5:30 p.m. Sewing Classes for Kids. Every Wednesday. Sew both by hand and machine. Please bring your own machine, but if you don’t have one, we will provide you with one. Be prepared to sew awesome and cool stuff. Ages 5-13. Located at Etudes de Ballet, 3285 Pine Ridge Rd., Naples. 6:00 p.m. Girl Scout Parent Interest Meeting. Come see why Girl Scouting is right for your family. Everything girls do at Girl Scouts—attend troop meetings, sell cookies, camp in the great outdoors, engage in STEM, and beyond—is 100 percent girl-led and girl-focused. Located at Sabal Palm Elementary School (cafeteria), 4095 18th Ave. N. E., Naples.

5 THURSDAY 10:00 a.m. Toddler Tales. This interactive time for toddlers ages 18-36 months and their caregiver includes storytelling, wordplay, fingerplays, and music-making designed to advance pre-reading skills. Registration is required. Located at South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy., Estero. Call 239-479-4636 for additional information. 10:00 a.m. Tai Chi in the Garden. Instructor Karen McNeil hosts this energyflow exercise in the South Grove of the Garden. Every Thursday. Located at Naples Botanical Garden, 4820 Bayshore Dr., Naples. Call 239-643-7275 or check www. naplesgarden.org for additional information. 10:00 a.m. Little Explorers Program. Provides the youngest visitors the opportunity to explore nature and discover amazing animals through multi-sensory activities, stories, and crafts. No registration required. Located at Conservancy of SW Florida, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples. Call 239-262-0304 or check www. conservancy.org for additional information. 11:00 a.m. Breastfeeding Club Golden Gate. Meet other breastfeeding mothers and share your breastfeeding experiences. Get advice and tips on breastfeeding your child. Open to any breastfeeding mother. Located at Golden Gate WIC, 4945 Golden Gate Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-455-1931 or check collier.floridahealth.gov/ events for additional information. 3:30 p.m. Lego Club. Join the club and share ideas, be creative, make new friends and have fun. Bricks will be provided. Ages 5-11 years. Registration is not required. Located at Marco Island Branch Library, 210 S. Heathwood Dr., Marco Island. Call 239-394-3272 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information. 5:30 p.m. Zine Workshop. Make your own mini-magazine in this two-part workshop. Create content, form a layout, and produce a small publication to share with your friends. Materials will be provided. Ages 14 and up. Registration required. Located at Naples Regional Library, 650 Central Ave., Naples. Call 239-262-6853 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information. 6:00 p.m. Girl Scout Parent Interest Meeting. Come see why Girl Scouting is right for your family. Everything girls do at Girl Scouts—attend troop meetings, sell cookies, camp in the great outdoors, engage in STEM, and beyond—is 100 percent girl-led and girl-focused. Located at Avalon Elementary School (cafeteria), 3300 Thompson Dr., Naples.

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6 FRIDAY 10:00 a.m. Drop In Baby Fitness. Instill healthy habits for life in your toddler by attending the drop-in Mommy and Me class every Friday. $5 per child. Located at Fleischmann Park, 1600 Fleischmann Dr., Naples. Call 239-213-3020 for details. 3:00 p.m. Breastfeeding Club East Naples. Meet other breastfeeding mothers and share your breastfeeding experiences. Get advice and tips on breastfeeding your child. Open to any breastfeeding mother. Located at East Naples WIC, 3339 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples. Call 239-252-6875 or check collier.floridahealth.gov/events. 5:00 p.m. Fort Myers Beach Pirate Festival. A 3-day event on Old San Carlos Boulevard on Fort Myers Beach. Check www.visitfortmyersbeach.com. 5:30 p.m. Mommy/Daddy & Me Sewing Afternoon. Sew a super adorable owl mom/dad & baby by hand. Parent will sew the parent stuffed owl and the child will sew the baby stuffed owl. Parent and child, $35; siblings, $16; additional adults, $20. All materials provided. Registration required. Located at Fleischmann Park, 1600 Fleischmann Dr., Naples. Call 239-213-3020 for additional information. 6:00 p.m. Farmer Mike’s U Pick. Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in October. Located at Farmer Mike’s U Pick, 26031 Morton Ave., Bonita Springs.

7 SATURDAY 7:30 a.m. Third Street South Farmer’s Market. Parking lot behind Tommy Bahama’s. Located at Third Street South, Naples. Call 239-434-6533 or check www. napleschamber.org for additional information. 8:00 a.m. Community Yard Sale. Find yard sale bargains with the convenience of having all the sales in one location. Call to reserve a spot to sell used items. Located at Immokalee Community Park, 321 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239-657-4449. 8:00 a.m. Farmer’s Market. Every Saturday. Fresh fruits and vegetables, seafood, honey, prepared foods, wears, specialty foods, and more. Located at Shoppes at Vanderbilt, 2355 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., Naples. Call 239-273-2350 or check Facebook for additional information. 9:00 a.m. Greenmarket. An exclusive selection of locally grown, caught, and cultivated foods and other products available to sample and purchase. Located at Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers. Call 239-939-2787 or check www.artinlee.org. 9:00 a.m. Autism Speaks SW Florida Walk. For more information and to register, visit act.autismspeaks.org. Located at North Collier Regional Park, 15000 Livingston Rd., Naples. 10:00 a.m. Artists@Work at GreenMarket. Free, family friendly demo day that takes place during the weekly GreenMarket. Located at Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers. Call 239-939-2787 or check www.artinlee.org. 11:00 a.m. Barnes and Noble Storytime. Every Saturday. Located at Barnes & Noble, 5377 Tamiami Tr. N., Naples. Call 239-597-2040 or check bn.com. 11:00 a.m. ASWFL Hunger Games. Over 30 gourmet food trucks and local restaurants will gather to compete with their best dishes. Beer stations, local celebrity judges, and live entertainment. Located at Six Bends Harley Davidson, 9501 Thunder Rd., Fort Myers. Check sixbends.com for additional information. 12:00 p.m. SWFL Pride Fest. Please bring a chair to sit on. No coolers. Due to insurance reasons, we ask you to please leave your animals at home. For information about volunteering or to get signed up, please visit prideswfl.com. Located at Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers. 2:00 p.m. Fest Italiana. Enjoy Italian culture with our guest presenter, Dr. Cimarusti, who will share Italian music and basic musical instruction on the accordion. Enjoy a craft and an Italian sweet as well. Ages 4+. Registration required. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information. 4:00 p.m. Lego Make and Take. Celebrate the new movie and build a Lego Ninjago Green Dragon Mini Model to take home with you. Located at Barnes & Noble, 5377 Tamiami Tr. N., Naples. Call 239-597-2040 or check bn.com. 4:00 p.m. Improv Cafe. Bring your family out to “Little Shop of Improv”, the first Saturday of every month. Located at Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs, 10150 Bonita Beach Rd., Bonita Springs. Call 239-495-8989 or check artcenterbonita.org. 5:00 p.m. Parents Night Out. Why scramble for a sitter when you can bring your children ages 3 months-12 years to the YMCA for Parents’ Night Out?  First and third Saturday of each month. Available to all YMCA Family Membership holders. Located at Greater Naples YMCA, 5450 YMCA Rd., Naples. Call 239-597-3148 or check greaternaplesymca.org for additional information.

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8:00 p.m. Improv Tonight. Be as involved in the show as you’d like. Located at Center for Performing Arts-Moe Auditorium, 10150 Bonita Beach Road SE, Bonita Springs. Call 239-495-8989 or check www.artcenterbonita.org.

10 TUESDAY 4:00 p.m. Stained Glass Art Class. Learn the art of stained glass when we use glass stain to create special scenes of the ocean. Ages 11-17 years. Registration required. Located at Golden Gate Library, 2432 Lucerne Rd., Naples. Call 239-252-4542 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information. 6:00 p.m. Girl Scout Parent Interest Meeting. Come see why Girl Scouting is right for your family. Everything girls do at Girl Scouts—attend troop meetings, sell cookies, camp in the great outdoors, engage in STEM, and beyond—is 100 percent girl-led and girl-focused. Located at Shadowlawn Elementary School (cafeteria), 2161 Shadowlawn Dr., Naples.

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3:30 p.m. Turtle Tales. Learn all about these amazing reptiles with Tish Roland from Collier 4-H and make a turtle craft out of recycled materials. Ages 7-11 years. Registration required. Located at Marco Island Branch Library, 210 S. Heathwood Dr., Marco Island. Call 239-394-3272 or check public.collier-lib.org. 5:30 p.m. Zine Workshop. Make your own mini-magazine in this two-part workshop. Create content, form a layout, and produce a small publication to share with your friends. Materials will be provided. Ages 14 and up. Registration required. Located at Naples Regional Library, 650 Central Ave., Naples. Call 239-262-6853 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information. 6:00 p.m. Girl Scout Parent Interest Meeting. Come see why Girl Scouting is right for your family. Everything girls do at Girl Scouts—attend troop meetings, sell cookies, camp in the great outdoors, engage in STEM, and beyond—is 100 percent girl-led and girl-focused. Located at Eden Park Elementary School (cafeteria), 3650 Westclox St., Immokalee.

13 FRIDAY 6:00 p.m. Lakes Park Halloween and Fall Festival. Through October 29. Monday-Friday, 6-9 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Located at Lakes Regional Park, 7330 Gladiolus Dr., Fort Myers. Call 239-533-7575 for details. 4:00 p.m. Blackout Poetry. What happens when you give teenagers pages of a book, a supersize sharpie, and a couple of minutes? It’s a fun way to get your creative juices flowing and write poetry. Grades 6-12. Registration required. Located at Marco Island Branch Library, 210 S. Heathwood Dr., Marco Island. Call 239-394-3272 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information. 7:00 p.m. Haunted Gross House. Oct. 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, and 28. Features a haunted hay ride, pony rides, cake walk, children’s games, food vendors, and more. Costume contest and Trunk or Treat on October 28. Located at Collier County Fairgrounds, 751 39th Avenue NE, Naples. Call 239-455-1444 or check www.colliercountyfair.com/fairgrounds-info for additional information.

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14 SATURDAY 8:00 a.m. Community Yard Sale. Find yard sale bargains with the convenience of having all the sales in one location. Call to reserve a spot to sell used items. Located at Max A. Hasse Jr. Community Park, 3390 Golden Gate Pkwy, Naples. Call 239348-7500 or check colliergov.net for additional information. 8:30 a.m. Private Bounce Session for Children with Additional Needs and their Siblings. A bi-weekly private session for children with additional needs and their siblings. The cost is $10 per child and supported by Table Of Grace Church and local businesses. Parents must stay and monitor the safety of their children. Located at Bounce Naples, 2320 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., Naples. Call 239-298-1499 or email Info@AdditionalNeeds.info for additional information. 9:00 a.m. Shape Up. All ages and skill levels are welcome. 20-minute sessions with some of Naples’ top fitness professionals. $5 in advance, $10 onsite. Children under 10 are free. First 500 receive a free t-shirt. Located at Lowdermilk Park, 1301 Gulf Shore Blvd. N., Naples. 9:00 a.m. Collier Con. The Collier Con will promote graphic novels and different aspects of comic con such as gaming, movies, cosplay, escape rooms, and panel discussions. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information. 10:00 a.m. Cape Coral Fall Vendor and Craft Fair. Free admission. Wellbehaved pets are welcome. Features vendors, crafters, face painting, and food. Located at Jaycee Park, 4125 20th Pl., Naples. 10:00 a.m. Teen Escape Room. Celebrate the grand opening of our new Teen Room by experiencing our Escape Room. Teens and their families are welcome to bust out of our new area by solving puzzles and riddles with our graphic novels. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-5930870 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information. 10:00 a.m. Magic Carpet Family Concert: Brass. An up-close concert with instrument demonstrations, these performances are a great way for families to learn more about instruments and music-making. Located at Artis-Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., Naples. Call 239-597-1111 or check artisnaples.org. 10:00 a.m. Safari Squad Family Program: Who Turned Out the Lights? Join the

Squad. Bring 3-5 year olds for a playful adventure at our program for our youngest learners. Located at Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens, 1590 Goodlette-Frank Rd., Naples. Call 239-262-5409 or check www.caribbeangardens.com. 1:00 p.m. Bonita Springs Cowboy Festival. Dress in your best Western Wear and come enjoy free food, games, bounce houses, raffle prizes, and a pumpkin patch. Located at Arc of Life Family Spinal Care, 26731 Dublin Woods Cr., Naples. 1:00 p.m. Star Wars Movie and Selfie Day. We’re looking for Trekies and Star Wars fans to join us for our first Collier Con Selfie and Movie Day. Come dressed as your favorite Trekie or Star Wars character, take a selfie, and enjoy watching Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information. 1:00 p.m. Fort Myers SpookTacular Dog Costume Contest. Free to attend. Registration fee to enter costume contest. Love is Fur Ever Dog Rescue will be hosting a SpookTacular Dog Costume Contest along with vendors to shop and support. Located at Gulf Coast Town Center, 9903 Gulf Coast Main Street, Fort Myers. Check www.gulfcoasttowncenter.com for additional information. 2:00 p.m. Blackout Poetry. What happens when you give teenagers pages of a book, a supersize sharpie, and a couple of minutes? It’s a fun way to get your creative juices flowing and write poetry. Grades 6-12. Registration required. Located at South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-252-7542 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information. 4:00 p.m. Bonita Springs RocktOberfest ‘Round the World. Features live music with the SCS Band with Oompah music during the breaks, dancing, German food and drinks. Raffle prizes and a Harley poker run. Located at Artichoke & Company Wine Club, 11920 Saradrienne Ln., Naples. Call 239-263-6979 or check www. artichokeandcompany.com for additional information.

15 SUNDAY 9:00 a.m. First Annual Youth Empowerment Day. Ongoing activities including a fishing clinic, self-defense demos, nature trial hike, shore bird talk, and more. Located at Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd., Estero. Call 239-992-0311 or check www.floridastateparks.org for additional information.

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16 MONDAY 2:00 p.m. Manatees, Manatees. Did you know that the West Indian Manatee is a fun and important part of Florida? Join Everglades Park Ranger, Helen Johnson, to learn all about their diet, bone structure and what they need to survive and thrive. Located at South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples. Call 239252-7542 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information. 7:00 p.m. Free Community Memorial Service. Anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one is invited to attend Rememberings, a community memorial service at Avow, 1095 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples. Call 239-649-3697 or check avow.thankyou4caring.org for additional information.

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10:00 a.m. Little Explorers Program. Provides the youngest visitors the opportunity to explore nature and discover amazing animals through multi-sensory activities, stories, and crafts. No registration required. Located at Conservancy of SW Florida, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples. Call 239-262-0304 or check www. conservancy.org for additional information. 1:00 p.m. Movie Day – Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie. Come to the library and join us for an afternoon movie show. First come, first seated. All ages. Registration is not required. Located at Immokalee Branch Library, 417 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239-657-2882 or check public.collier-lib.org for details. 1:00 p.m. Needlework Makerspace. Would you like to learn how to knit? Bring a friend, your mom or dad, or even a grandparent and learn a new skill together. All ages. Registration is recommended. Located at South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-252-7542 or check public.collier-lib.org for details. 7:00 p.m. Mercato Movies on the Lawn: Angry Birds. Customers are invited to bring their lawn chairs, blankets, and well-behaved pets for movies under the stars shown on a giant inflatable screen. Located at Mercato, 9128 Strada Pl., Naples. Call 239-594-9400 or check www.mercatoshops.com for additional information.

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4:00 p.m. Lego Club. Join the club and be ready to accept the monthly building challenge. Share ideas, be creative, make new friends, and have fun. Bricks will be provided. Ages 5-11 years. Registration is not required. Located at East Naples Library, 8787 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples. Call 239-775-5592 or check public.collier-lib.org.

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Call your library for times. Read for the Record. Join children around the world in reading Quackers, written and illustrated by Liz Wong. Quackers is a duck, but when he meets some new friends who look like him and call themselves cats, he KIDZACT YOUTH THEATRE OF THE NAPLES PLAYERS has to find a way to combine the best of both worlds. Check public.collier-lib.org. TNP @ SUGDEN THEATRE • 701 5TH AVE SOUTH • NAPLES • FL 34102 10:00 a.m. Little Explorers Program. Provides the youngest visitors the opportunity to explore nature and discover amazing animals through multi-sensory NAPLESPLAYERS.ORG (239) 434-7340 EXT. 125 activities, stories, and crafts. No registration required. Located at Conservancy of SW Florida, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples. Call 239-262-0304 or check www. conservancy.org for additional information. 4:00 p.m. Girl Scout Parent Interest Meeting. Come see why Girl Scouting is Do TNP KIDZACT SEPTEMBER 2017 QUARTER PAGE AD.indd 1 8/18/17 4:28 PM right for your family. Everything girls do at Girl Scouts—attend troop meetings, sell cookies, camp in the great outdoors, engage in STEM, and beyond—is 100 percent girl-led and girl-focused. Located at Lake Trafford Elementary School (cafeteria), • Certified Reading Specialist 3500 Lake Trafford Rd., Immokalee. • 25 Years Experience • Methods: Orton-Gillingham 5:00 p.m. Montessori Academy of Naples Open House. Join us for our Open & Reading Recovery House, or call to schedule a private tour. We are a fully licensed, not-for-profit edu• Children with Dyslexia, cational institution and serves students from 2 months to 15 years old. Located at ADD and other challenges Montessori Academy of Naples, 2659 Professional Circle, Suite 1118, Naples. Call • Approved service provider for the Gardiner Scholarship 239-597-2255 or visit www.naplesmontessori.org for more information. • Downtown Naples Location 5:30 p.m. Things That Go Pop in the Night. Join master balloon artists and magi• All Ages cians Joey and Alexandra Evans as they take a journey through some of Halloween’s greatest characters and stories. Located at Immokalee Branch Library, 417 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239-657-2882 or check public.collier-lib.org. SAT and ACT Preparation Tutorial for 5:30 p.m. Lexi Lop and the Best Library Book Ever. Join us for a special presentaReading, Writing and Essay Sections tion of this book staring Lexi the Lop-eared rabbit. After the reading, you’ll get to info@ReadingRescueCenters.com • ReadingRescueCenters.com feed and pat Lexi and her friend. A theme-related craft will be included. Ages 6-10

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years. Registration required. Located at Naples Regional Library, 650 Central Ave., Naples. Call 239-262-6853 or check public.collier-lib.org for details. 6:00 p.m. Third Thursday. Live music in the Fleischmann Courtyard. Located at Third Street South, Naples. Call 239-434-6533 or check www.napleschamber.org. 7:00 p.m. PFLAG Support Group Meeting. The Naples chapter of PFLAG (Parents Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) meets on the third Thursday of each month. Call 239-513-4568 for location.

20 FRIDAY 10:00 a.m. Boo at the Zoo. This family event runs 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. October 20-22. Trick-or-treating, education stations, game garden, daily costume contest with prizes and a DJ. Every child in costume will receive free admission. Located at Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens, 1590 Goodlette-Frank Rd., Naples. Call 239-262-5409 or check www.caribbeangardens.com for additional information. 10:30 a.m. Curious George and the Golden Meatball. Broadway Palm Children’s Theatre presents full-scale productions that are great for all ages. All performances begin with a buffet. Showing select matinees through November 17. Located at Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, 1380 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers. Call 239-278-4422 or check www.BroadwayPalm.com for additional information. 4:00 p.m. Cape Coral Oktoberfest. October 20-22 & 27-29. German food, domestic and German beer, live music, dancing, and Gemütlichkeit. Carnival area for kids with rides and games. Located at German American Social Club, 2101 S.W. Pine Island Rd., Naples. Call 239-283-1400 or check www.gasc-capecoral.com. 5:00 p.m. Candy Haunted House Creations. Children will use an assortment of candy, frosting, and cookies to design their own haunted candy house. Everything is included to make a yummy work of art. Located at Vineyards Community Park, 6231 Arbor Rd., Naples. Call 239-363-9669 or check colliergov.net for details. 6:00 p.m. Trunk or Treat. Trick or Treat in a safe location that is well lit. $5. Located at Max A. Hasse Jr. Community Park, 3390 Golden Gate Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-348-7500 or check colliergov.net for additional information. 6:00 p.m. North Fort Myers Fall Festival. At this family-friendly Fall Festival, everything is free. Costume contest, candy, face painting, games, photo booth, inflatables, DJ, prizes. Free candy bag for the first 200 participants for the costume contest. Located at North Fort Myers Community Park, 2000 N. Recreation Park Way, Naples. Call 239-533-7200 or check www. Leegov.com.

21 SATURDAY 10:00 a.m. Boo at the Zoo. This family event runs 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., October 20-22. Trick-or-treating, education stations, game garden, daily costume contest with prizes and a DJ. Every child in costume will receive free admission. Located at Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens, 1590 Goodlette-Frank Rd., Naples. Call 239-262-5409 or check www.caribbeangardens.com for additional information. 10:00 a.m. Junior Ranger Programs. Come in for a fun learning experience and become a Junior Ranger. Discover and learn about plants, animals, and other secrets of the park. Meet in the picnic area. Ideal for children ages 6-12. Parental presence required. Located at Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd., Estero. Call 239-992-0311 or check www.floridastateparks.org for additional information. 1:30 p.m. Pups ‘N’ Books. Stop by to read to a dog or just to pet one. Dogs are provided by PAWS Assistance and Therapy Dogs. All ages. Registration is not required. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information. 6:00 p.m. Family Halloween Event. Collier County Parks and Recreation’s annual Family Halloween Event. Come in your best Halloween costume and walk through different Halloween-themed rooms, enjoy Halloween music and crafts. Located at Golden Gate Community Center, 4701 Golden Gate Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-252-4180 or check colliergov.net for additional information.

22 SUNDAY 10:00 a.m. Boo at the Zoo. This family event runs 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. October 20-22. Trick-or-treating, education stations, game garden, daily costume contest with prizes and a DJ. Every child in costume will receive free admission. Located at Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens, 1590 Goodlette-Frank Rd., Naples. Call 239-262-5409 or check www.caribbeangardens.com for additional information. 11:00 a.m. Backyard Family Bash. Bring your chairs and blankets and join us

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for a Backyard Bash. This family fun event is complete with local restaurants, games, and contests for adults and kids and live entertainment by local bands. Located at Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers. Call 239-939-2787 or check www.artinlee.org for additional information.

23 MONDAY 4:30 p.m. Get Slimed. Why is slime so slimy? Find out the answer while making three different kinds of Borax-free slime. Take home your slime with the recipes and impress your family and friends. Ages 8-14 years. Registration required. Located at East Naples Library, 8787 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples. Call 239-775-5592 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information. 6:00 p.m. Girl Scout Parent Interest Meeting. Come see why Girl Scouting is right for your family. Everything girls do at Girl Scouts—attend troop meetings, sell cookies, camp in the great outdoors, engage in STEM, and beyond—is 100 percent girl-led and girl-focused. Located at Manatee Elementary School (cafeteria), 1880 Manatee Rd., Naples.

24 TUESDAY 4:00 p.m. Halloween Party. Put on your Halloween costume (optional) and join the parade. Make some crafts and play fun games. Don’t forget: It’s trick or treat. Ages 3 years and older. Registration required. Located at Vanderbilt Beach Library, 788 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., Naples. Call 239-597-8444 or check public.collier-lib.org. 4:30 p.m. Dining Etiquette for the Professional Interview. Using proper dining etiquette is essential. Even after you have obtained the job, you can profit or suffer because of your manners. Good manners are always in style. Located at a private club in Naples. Call 434-531-8677 or visit southernschoolofetiquette.com. 5:00 p.m. Sensory Night. For children on the autism spectrum and or with other sensory integration disorders. Sensory Nights have limited participation in order to minimize crowds, and registration is required. Located at Golisano Children’s

Museum of Naples, 15080 Livingston Rd., Naples. Call 239-514-0084 or check www.cmon.org for additional information. 6:00 p.m. Mercato Trick or Treat Halloween Extravaganza. Kids get a head start on collecting candy as they visit participating merchants. The piazza outside The Counter will also feature a pumpkin patch photo area with Maleficent and Batman, a DJ spinning Halloween tunes, stilt walker, face painters. Located at Mercato, 9128 Strada Place, Naples. Call 239-594-9400 or check www.mercatoshops.com. 6:00 p.m. Girl Scout Parent Interest Meeting. Come see why Girl Scouting is right for your family. Everything girls do at Girl Scouts—attend troop meetings, sell cookies, camp in the great outdoors, engage in STEM, and beyond—is 100 percent girl-led and girl-focused. Located at Highlands Elementary School (cafeteria), 1101 Lake Trafford Rd., Immokalee.

25 WEDNESDAY 9:00 a.m. Library Book Sale. Through Saturday. Located at Naples Regional Library, 650 Central Ave., Naples. Call 239-262-6853 or check public.collier-lib.org. 5:00 p.m. Giants of the Everglades Exhibit Opening Reception. Enjoy artwork and refreshments provided by the Friends of Rookery Bay. Cost is $3, or free for Friends of Rookery Bay and the United Arts Council members. Located at Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, 300 Tower Rd., Naples. Call 239-417-6310 or check rookerybay.org for additional information. 6:00 p.m. Girl Scout Parent Interest Meeting. Come see why Girl Scouting is right for your family. Everything girls do at Girl Scouts—attend troop meetings, sell cookies, camp in the great outdoors, engage in STEM, and beyond—is 100 percent girl-led and girl-focused. Located at Village Oaks Elementary School (cafeteria), 1601 State Rd. 29 S., Immokalee. 6:00 p.m. Art After Hours. Enjoy free admission to The Baker Museum the last Wednesday of each month, 6-9 p.m. A local band offers musical entertainment and audiences of all ages are welcome to view the galleries and learn from our docents. Located at Artis-Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., Naples. Call 239-597-1111 or check artisnaples.org for additional information.

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26 THURSDAY 3:30 p.m. Halloween Fun. Come to the library for some Halloween fun. We will play a game and make some crafts and an edible treat. Ages 5 years and older. Registration required. Located at Golden Gate Library, 2432 Lucerne Rd., Naples. Call 239-252-4542 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information. 5:30 p.m. Creative Writing Club. Whether you write poetry, stories, or just scribble, this is the group for you. Play games, hone your skills, and share your work. Participants who attend all four workshops will be rewarded. Ages 14-18 years. Registration required. Located at Naples Regional Library, 650 Central Ave., Naples. Call 239-262-6853 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information.

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27 FRIDAY 10:00 a.m. Art Smarts. We’ll read a story, sing some songs, and then wear some old clothes, because we’ll have some creative fun through developmentally appropriate art experiences. Registration required. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check public.collier-lib.org. 4:00 p.m. Stone Crab Festival. Three-day event. Friday, 4 -10 p.m. at Tin City; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at various locations. Free admission. Food and beverages for sale. Located at Tin City, 1200 Fifth Ave. S., Naples. Call 239262-4200 or check www.tin-city.com for additional information. 6:00 p.m. Pumpkin Hunt. Pumpkins in the park? You Bet. They’re hidden all over the place. Who put them there? We don’t know but we need you to help us find them. Includes fun festive activities. Located at Vineyards Community Park, 6231 Arbor Rd., Naples. Call 239-363-9669 or check colliergov.net for additional information. 6:30 p.m. North Collier Regional Park Family Costume Crawl. Trick or treat stations, prizes for best costume, and a mud pie contest. The first 50 to arrive will receive a Collier County Parks Bag. Located at North Collier Regional Park, 15000 Livingston Rd., Naples. Call 239-252-4060 or check colliergov.net. 6:30 p.m. Trick or Treating. $3 per child. Dress in your best Halloween costume and don’t forget the trick or treating bags. Located at Eagle Lakes Community Park, 11565 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples. Call 239-252-4414 or check colliergov.net.

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28 SATURDAY 9:00 a.m. Boo Bash. Bring your little monsters for a fun, family Halloween event. It’s a scary good time with trick-or-treating, fantasy characters, jugglers, stilt walkers, live music, party favors and candy. Located at Waterside Shops, 5415 Tamiami Tr. N., Naples. Call 239-598-1605 or check www.watersideshops.com. 9:00 a.m. Science Saturday. An opportunity for families to spend the day at the Environmental Learning Center enjoying programs, labs, and activities centered around a different science theme, on the last Saturday of every month. Located at Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, 300 Tower Rd., Naples. Call 239417-6310 or check rookerybay.org for additional information. 9:30 a.m. Hoots and Hisses at the Conservancy. Eco-friendly, family fun event featuring Super Science Show with Mr. Glen, Creepy Creature Show, Spooky Scavenger Hunt, face painting, costume contest, Halloween crafts and games, and more. Located at Conservancy of SW Florida, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples. Call 239-262-0304 or check www.conservancy.org for additional information. 11:00 a.m. Mad Scientist Halloween Program. This Halloween-themed science special event is filled with fun, creepy, exciting, and inspiring interactive demonstrations. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information. 11:30 a.m. Manners Matter for Teens, Part I. Knowledge of the correct behavior gives individuals the confidence they need which leads to success in school, college and throughout their careers. During the workshop students will participate in interactive and engaging lessons. For more information, call 434-531-8677 or visit southernschoolofetiquette.com. 12:00 p.m. Fall Community Day and Halloween Concert. Come dressed in costume and enjoy free Halloween-themed activities. Halloween concert at 4 p.m. Naples Ballet performance. Located at Artis-Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., Naples. Call 239-597-1111 or check artisnaples.org for additional information. 2:00 p.m. Mad Science Halloween Spooktacular. This Halloween-themed science special event is filled with fun, creepy, exciting, and inspiring interactive demonstrations. Located at South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-252-7542 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information.

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2:00 p.m. Monster Mash. Wear your spookiest attire, take complementary photos in our Halloween-themed back drop, and enjoy arts and crafts. Enjoy a special trick-or-treat event with participating retailers. Located at The Village on Venetian Bay, 4200 Gulf Shore Blvd. N., Naples. Call 239-261-6100 or visitvenetianvillage. com for details. 3:00 p.m. SWFL Pet Fashion Show. Dress your pet to impress in any couture fashion inspired by your favorite designer, country, culture, ethnicity, or city. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Gulf Coast Humane Society. Located at Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, 2301 First St., Fort Myers. Call 239-333-1933 or check www.sbdac.com for additional information. 4:00 p.m. Koreshan State Park Family Halloween Festival. Take a fun hayride, be a part of the parade, and compete in the costume contests. Located at Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd., Estero. Call 239-992-0311 or check www. floridastateparks.org for additional information. 4:00 p.m. Marco Island’s Halloween Spooktacular. Free event. Costume con-

test at 5:30 p.m. Games, prizes, Halloween music, arts & crafts, food, treats, and a costume contest with prizes for ages 10 and under. Located at Mackle Park, 1361 Andalusia Terrace, Marco Island. Call 239-642-0575 or check www.cityofmarcoisland.com for additional information.

29 SUNDAY 8:30 a.m. Private Bounce Session for Children with Additional Needs and their Siblings. A bi-weekly private session for children with additional needs and their siblings. The cost is $10 per child and supported by Table Of Grace Church and local businesses. Parents must stay and monitor the safety of their children. Located at Bounce Naples, 2320 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., Naples. Call 239-298-1499 or email Info@AdditionalNeeds.info for additional information. 5:00 p.m. Halloween Family Fun and Trunk or Treat. Have the joys of trick or treating all in one spot. Music, face painting, bounce houses, food, costume contest, and tons of spooky fun. $5 per family. Located at Immokalee Community Park, 321 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239-657-4449 for additional information.

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12:00 p.m. Halloween Trick or Treat. Wear your Halloween costume (optional) and stop by for a scavenger hunt, a spooky craft, and a treat. All ages welcome. Located at East Naples Library, 8787 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples. Call 239-775-5592 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information. 4:00 p.m. Haunted Gingerbread Houses. Construct a candy haunted house and then eat it, if you dare. Sixth grade and older. Registration is not required. Located at Naples Regional Library, 650 Central Ave., Naples. Call 239-262-6853 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information.

31 TUESDAY 9:00 a.m. Trick or Treat. Visit the library in your Halloween costume and we’ll give you a special treat. All ages. All day. Located at South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples (239-252-7542) and Immokalee Branch Library, 417 N. First St., Immokalee (239-657-2882 ). Call or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information. 9:00 a.m. Halloween Fun. Come into the library wearing your costume and experience our “Haunted Hallway” and pick up a treat. Ages 2 years and older. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0870 or check public.collier-lib.org for additional information. 10:00 a.m. Trick or Treat at the Library. Visit the library in your Halloween costume and we’ll give you a special treat. All ages. Located at Marco Island Branch Library, 210 S. Heathwood Dr., Marco Island. Call 239-394-3272 or check public. collier-lib.org for additional information. 4:30 p.m. Fifth Avenue South Halloween Spooktacular. Costume contests, live music, games, street dances, spooky movies, and trick or treating. This fantastic event attracts more than 30,000 ghoulish creatures to Fifth Avenue South in downtown Naples. Located at Fifth Avenue South, Naples. Call 239-692-8436 or check www. fifthavenuesouth.com for additional information.

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HALLOWEEN

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Costumes on a Dime: 11 Ways to Get Your Kid’s Costume for Less

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here is always this sense of excitement in the air when October rolls around. Costumes are proudly displayed in stores, candy adorns the grocery aisles, and kids seem to talk endlessly about what they are going to be. But for a mother, thoughts of too much candy and expensive costumes are what’s on her mind. This year, why not take the thrill of Halloween into your own hands? Find a cheaper costumer (or gasp, make it!), sort through your child’s candy bag (or eat it!), and embrace those little voices that beg to share their latest fad with you. Here are 11 ways to find a cheaper costume for this year’s Halloween: 1. If costumes are too expensive for you this year, check out the regular toy aisles for every day dress up outfits. Halloween costumes can be marked up just because, so go for one of your kiddo’s favorite heroines and reuse it at your next dress up party. 2. Twinkle Twinkle Little Store and Once Upon a Child in Naples carry costumes at a discounted price, and they will buy your old costumes. 3. Call a friend and swap your child’s Hulk outfit for their Ironman one. 4. Shop online. Amazon and Ebay are both great websites to use when you are looking for more affordable options. 5. Make your own. Take ideas from Pinterest and find items you have laying around the house. Make a list of the items you do not have and grab them the next time you are out so that you are not worrying about it. 6. Post a message on Facebook and let friends and family know

that you are looking for costumes. Borrow or “rent” one for a few dollars and save yourself a trip to the store. 7. Garage sales are one of the best places to find costumes. Seriously. Especially newborn to 12 months age where they cannot really be worn again as dress up outfits. At that age, you wear them once and that is it. Take advantage of one mom’s love for buying expensive tutus and turn it into one of your best saving money moments. 8. Consignment stores are a great place to find gently used costumes. 9. Price match. This is a big one. Some stores like Toys R Us and Walmart will actually match any competitor’s lower price. Most stores will adjust the price of an item if it has gone on sale within 14 days of when it was purchased. It never hurts to ask. 10. Lay-a-Way. If your child absolutely has to have the most expensive or one-of-a-kind costume that cannot be found anywhere, ask the store if lay-a-way is an option. 11. The number one tip for getting the most ridiculously priced costumes? Snag ‘em up right after Halloween for the following year. Most costumes are marked down by 70-90% off their original prices. Enjoy the fruits of your labor this year as your kids walk out the door in their new-to-them, cheap-to-you costumes. Less time worrying about money means more time diving into the candy. MEAGAN RUFFING is a parenting journalist and stay-at-home mom to Dylan, Hannah, and Ellie Rose. She plans on getting her kids the costumes they want this year without breaking the bank.

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f you are thinking about adding a pet to your family for the first time, or increasing the size of your menagerie, October is an ideal time to welcome a cat (or two) in need of a home. We’ve all gotten back into the groove of the school year schedule, and there are several weeks left before the excitement and stress of the holidays.

Pictured on these pages are some of the balls of fluff patiently waiting at local shelters and rescues for you to pick them up. You can also visit Brooke’s Legacy cats at Petco. For cats from Naples Cat Alliance, go to PetSmart at the Coconut Point Mall in Estero, and the new PetSmart at 13100 Tamiami Trail East in Naples. The Humane Society Naples has two locations: the

main shelter at 370 Airport Pulling Road North, and at Coastland Center Mall. For additional information, contact Humane Society of Naples at 239-6431555 or visit www.hsnaples.org; Brooke’s Legacy Animal Rescue at 239-434-7480 or visit www.brookeslegacyanimalrescue.org; and Naples Cat Alliance at 424-835-1523 or visit www.naplescatalliance.org.

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Pumpkin Patches, Haunted Houses, Fall Festivals, & Halloween Events Please call or check websites before attending, as some events may have been changed or cancelled due to Hurricane Irma.

Pumpkin Patches

OAKES FARMS 2205 DAVIS BLVD., NAPLES 239-732-0144 OAKESFARMS.COM Sales of pumpkins, hay bales, and corn stocks. Check website for hours. ST. MONICA’S CHURCH 7070 IMMOKALEE RD., NAPLES 239-591-4550 STMONICASNAPLES.ORG Pumpkin patch runs Oct. 7-31 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day.

Fall Festivals

CAPE CORAL OKTOBERFEST GERMAN AMERICAN SOCIAL CLUB 2101 SW PINE ISLAND RD., CAPE CORAL 239-283-1499 CAPECORALOKTOBERFEST.COM The Cape Coral Oktoberfest is the largest local party of the year. German food, domestic and German beer, live music, dancing, and more. Carnival area for kids with rides and games. Friday-Sunday, Oct. 20-22 and 27-29.

COVENANT CHURCH OF NAPLES FALL FESTIVAL 6926 TRAIL BLVD., NAPLES 239-262-6853 COVENANTNAPLES.COM Featuring a climbing wall and inflatables for fun, family entertainment, this fall festival offers something for the whole family from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Nov. 10. Come and enjoy the hay ride, crafts, corn pit, and carnival games. Our food area will offer hamburgers, hot dogs, nachos, cupcakes, and drinks. COWBOY FESTIVAL BONITA SPRINGS 26731 DUBLIN WOODS CR., NAPLES 239-200-7248 Arc of Life is hosting its 2nd annual Cowboy Festival. Everything is free. Dress in your best western wear and come enjoy free food, games, bounce houses, raffle prizes, and a pumpkin patch. Saturday, Oct. 14, 1-4 p.m. FALL FOR THE ARTS FESTIVAL AT ALLIANCE FOR THE ARTS 10091 MCGREGOR BLVD., FORT MYERS 239-939-2787 ARTINLEE.ORG Celebrate the changing season with your family and friends at the Alliance for the Arts during Fall

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7330 GLADIOLUS DR., FORT MYERS 239-533-7575 LEEGOV.COM The Halloween and Fall Festival features fun rides, games, pumpkins, food and the muchanticipated spooky Halloween Express Train Ride that runs through the Halloween Village. There will be tons of pumpkins, inflatables, hayrides, scarecrow contest displays, and food and beverages available for purchase. Free admission. Activities range in cost from $2 to $14. Oct. 13-29. Monday - Friday: 6-9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. FLEAMASTERS FLEAMARKET PUNKIN’ PALOOZA 4135 MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. BLVD. FORT MYERS 239-334-7001 FLEAMALL.COM Pick out a pumpkin from the Great Pumpkin Patch to decorate and take home. Children’s crafts, face painting, live music, fall crafts, clowns, and bargains Friday to Sunday, Oct. 13-15 and Oct. 20-22. Free admission and parking. FORT MYERS BEACH PIRATE FESTIVAL OLD SAN CARLOS BLVD. FORT MYERS BEACH FMBPIRATEFEST.COM This family friendly event features a pirate bazaar, themed live music and performances, exhilarating

live ship battles, children’s activities, and the jolly Pub Quest (21+ event). Come dressed in your pirate best and be sure to enter the costume contests. Kids and adults are separate times. Friday, Oct. 6, 5-10 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 7 and Sunday, Oct. 8, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission $5 for adults ages 13+, children 12 and under free. GOLDEN GATE COMMUNITY CENTER FALL FESTIVAL 4701 GOLDEN GATE PKWY., NAPLES 239-252-4180 • COLLIERPARKS.COM Full-scale carnival. Discount tickets available at local stores in Golden Gate City area or at the gate. Friday-Sunday, Nov. 3-5 from 6-11 p.m. HALLOWEEN FESTIVAL AT KORESHAN STATE PARK 3800 CORKSCREW RD., ESTERO 239-992-0311 • FLORIDASTATEPARKS.ORG Celebrate the fall season with a fun hayride, a parade, and costume contests. Children can enjoy activities and treats. Fun for families and children 12 and under. Saturday, Oct. 28 from 4-9 p.m. IMMOKALEE FIRST SEMINOLE BAPTIST CHURCH FALL FESTIVAL 800 CHURCH LN., IMMOKALEE 239-370-0230 SEMINOLEBAPTIST.CHURCH Join us for free food, games, and fellowship on Tuesday, Oct. 31 from 6-8 p.m.

NORTH COLLIER FIRE RESCUE FESTIVAL AND COSTUME PARTY VETERANS COMMUNITY PARK 1885 VETERANS PARK DR., NAPLES 239-657-8575 NORTHCOLLIERFIRE.COM Come out to the North Collier Fire annual costume party and open house on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 5-8 p.m. Free. NORTH FORT MYERS FALL FESTIVAL 2000 N. RECREATION PARK WAY FORT MYERS 239-533-7200 • LEEGOV.COM Join the North Fort Myers Recreation Center for a free, family-friendly Fall Festival. There will be a costume contest, candy, face painting, games, photo booth, inflatables, live DJ, and prizes. A free candy bag for the first 200 costume contest participants. Friday, Oct. 20 from 6-9 p.m. PRIDE FEST AT ALLIANCE FOR THE ARTS 10091 MCGREGOR BLVD., FORT MYERS 239-939-2787 PRIDESWFL.ORG Please bring a chair to sit on. No coolers. For insurance reasons, we ask you to please leave your animals at home. Saturday, Oct. 7, 12-5:30 p.m. STONE CRAB FESTIVAL BAYFRONT PLACE AND TIN CITY

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NAPLES STONECRABFESTIVAL.ORG Looking for an entertaining weekend full of seafood and fun? Then you definitely don’t want to miss out on this year’s annual Stone Crab Festival. Friday, 4 -10 p.m. at Tin City; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at various locations. Free admission. Food and beverages for sale.

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BOO AT THE ZOO AT THE NAPLES ZOO 1590 GOODLETTE-FRANK RD. NAPLES 239-262-5409 • NAPLESZOO.COM Activities include trick-or-treating, education stations, a game garden, a daily costume contest with prizes, and a DJ. Costume contests will be held every day at 1 p.m. with three different categories for everyone to participate. As always, guests can enjoy watching rare animals going wild “carving” pumpkins and other treats with tooth, horn, and claw. All the fun is included in regular admission. Every child in costume will receive free admission to Naples Zoo. Kids ages 12 and under. For this family-friendly event, only adults accompanied by children are permitted in costume. Oct. 20-22, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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BOO BASH AT WATERSIDE SHOPS 5415 TAMIAMI TRAIL N., NAPLES 239-598-1605 • WATERSIDESHOPS.COM & CMON.ORG Bring your little monsters to enjoy this family fun event at Waterside Shops. It’s a scary good time with trick-or-treating, fantasy characters, jugglers, stilt walkers, live music, party favors, and many more surprises. $12 per child donation benefits C’mon. Space is limited to 350 children, and reservations are required. Purchase tickets at cmon.org/events. Saturday Oct. 28 from 9-10:30 a.m. CANDY HAUNTED HOUSE CREATIONS AT VINEYARDS COMMUNITY PARK 6231 ARBOR RD., NAPLES 239-363-9669 • COLLIERPARKS.COM Children will use an assortment of candy, frosting, and cookies to design their own haunted candy house. Everything is included to make a yummy work of art. $12. Friday, Oct. 20 from 5-6 p.m. DECORATE YOUR OWN FRANKENPUMPKIN ORCHARD SUPPLY HARDWARE 1000 IMMOKALEE RD., NAPLES 239-659-5210 • OSH.COM Orchard Supply Hardware is hosting a free create-your-own FrankenPumpkin. Children 12 and under are welcome to come in with adult supervision and decorate their own pumpkin to take home. Orchard will supply the hardware decorations and the pumpkin. Saturday, Oct. 7 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. FAMILY HALLOWEEN EVENT AT GOLDEN GATE COMMUNITY CENTER 4701 GOLDEN GATE PKWY., NAPLES 239-252-4180 • COLLIERPARKS.COM Come dressed in your best costume and don’t forget a trick or treat bag to collect goodies. There will be crafts, games, candy, and much more. $3. Saturday, Oct. 21 from 6-8 p.m. FORT MYERS SPOOKTACULAR DOG COSTUME CONTEST 9903 GULF COAST MAIN STREET, FORT MYERS 239-267-5107 • GULFCOASTTOWNCENTER.COM Free to attend. Registration fee to enter costume contest. Love is Fur Ever Dog Rescue will be hosting a SpookTacular Dog Costume Contest along with vendors to shop and support. Saturday, Oct. 14 from 1-4 p.m.

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FORT MYERS NIGHTMARE ON THIRD STREET 13431 3RD ST., FORT MYERS SHORES ANIGHTMAREONTHIRDSTREET.COM Free to the public, but donations are appreciated. Not recommended for children or sensitive people. One of the biggest private home haunted walks. The haunted walk contains startling nightmare scares, blood, gore, and intense themes. There is a front yard cemetery display with animated props along with a 900 sq. ft. haunted house. Saturday, Oct. 28 and Tuesday, Oct. 31 from 7-11 p.m.

houses, food, costume contest and tons of spooky fun. $5 per family. Sunday, Oct. 29 from 5-8 p.m.

HAUNTED WALK AT CALUSA NATURE CENTER AND PLANETARIUM 3450 ORTIZ AVE., FORT MYERS 239-275-3435 • CALUSANATURE.ORG Haunted Walk is open nightly Oct. 19-31 from 7-10 p.m. Visitors can expect the fright of their life as they try and make their way through the swampy woods, taken over by strange, mutant half-human-half-animals and even eerier creatures prowling the grounds. For visitors 16+.

HALLOWEEN FUN HEADQUARTERS LIBRARY 2385 ORANGE BLOSSOM DR., NAPLES 239-593-0870 • COLLIERLIBRARY.ORG Mad Scientists age five and older are welcome at the Headquarters Library on Saturday, Oct. 28 starting at 11 a.m. On Tuesday, Oct. 31, come into the library wearing your costume and experience our “Haunted Hallway” and pick up a treat from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Registration is not required. Ages 2 years and older.

IT’S THE GREAT PUMPKIN, CHARLIE BROWN AT BASS PRO SHOPS 10040 GULF CENTER DR., FORT MYERS 239-461-7800 • BASSPRO.COM Charlie Brown and his friends are back for another Halloween event here at Bass Pro Shops. Free 4x6 photo taken of you in your Halloween costume. Free crafts for the kids, and a new game to play for a chance to win a prize. Oct. 21-22 from 12-5 p.m. Check the website for times Oct. 27-31.

HALLOWEEN PARTY AT THE VANDERBILT BEACH LIBRARY 788 VANDERBILT BEACH RD., NAPLES 239-597-8444 • COLLIERLIBRARY.ORG Put on your Halloween costume (optional) and join the parade. Make some crafts and play fun games. Don’t forget: It’s trick or treat. Ages 3 years and older. Registration required. Tuesday, Oct. 24 from 4-5 p.m.

HALLOWEEN FAMILY FUN AND TRUNK OR TREAT AT IMMOKALEE COMMUNITY PARK 321 N. FIRST ST., IMMOKALEE 239-252-4449 • COLLIERPARKS.COM Have the joys of trick or treating all in one spot. Music, face painting, bounce

HALLOWEEN FUN GOLDEN GATE LIBRARY 2432 LUCERNE RD., NAPLES 239-252-4542 • COLLIERLIBRARY.ORG Come to the library for some Halloween fun. We will play a game and make some crafts and an edible treat. Ages 5 years and older. Registration required. Thursday, Oct. 26.

FALL COMMUNITY DAY AND HALLOWEEN CONCERT AT ARTIS-NAPLES 5833 PELICAN BAY BLVD., NAPLES 239-597-1900 • ARTIS-NAPLES.ORG Come dressed in costume and enjoy free Halloween-themed activities from 12-4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28. Halloween concert at 4 p.m. Don’t miss the Naples Ballet performance.

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HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR ON FIFTH AVENUE SOUTH FIFTH AVENUE SOUTH BUSINESS DISTRICT, NAPLES 239-692-8436 • FIFTHAVENUESOUTH.COM Costume contests, live music, games, street dances, spooky movies, and trick or treating. This fantastic event attracts more than 30,000 ghoulish creatures to Fifth Avenue South in downtown Naples. Monday, Oct. 31 from 4:30-8:30 p.m. HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR MARCO ISLAND MACKLE PARK, 1361 ANDALUSIA TERRACE, MARCO ISLAND 239-642-0575 • CITYOFMARCOISLAND.COM Games, prizes, Halloween music, arts and crafts, food, treats, and a costume contest with prizes for ages 10 and under. Located at Mackle Park, 1361 Andalusia Terrace, Marco Island. Saturday, Oct. 28 at 4 p.m. Costume contest at 5:30 p.m. HALLOWINE AT MERCATO 9128 STRADA PL., NAPLES 239-594-9400 • MERCATOSHOPS.COM Dress up in your favorite Halloween costume and enjoy drinks and food while visiting over a dozen Mercato hot spots. On the day of the event, go to the registration tent and obtain your commemorative wine glass, goodie bag, wristband, and passport; then travel to all the venues for fun and enjoyment. Raffle drawings at 9 p.m. Sponsored by Naples Gulf Shore Rotary Club. 50% of the proceeds from Hallowine will go to the Rotary’s Irma Disaster Relief Fun. Wednesday, Oct. 26 from 6-9 p.m. HAUNTED GINGERBREAD HOUSES AT THE NAPLES REGIONAL LIBRARY 650 CENTRAL AVE., NAPLES 239-262-6853 • COLLIERLIBRARY.ORG Construct a candy haunted house and then eat it, if you dare. Sixth grade and older. Registration is not required. Monday, Oct. 30 at 4 p.m. HAUNTED GROSS HOUSE AT THE COLLIER COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS 751 39TH AVE. NE, NAPLES 239-455-1444 • COLLIERCOUNTYFAIR.COM. The Naples Haunted Gross House is back this year, bringing you the only haunted house in Collier County. Last three weekends in October. Admission: $15 per person to walk through the Haunted “Gross” House. Not recommended for young children or sensitive people. This event will also feature a haunted hay ride, pony rides, cake walk, children’s games, and food vendors. Proceeds benefit Making Life Fair Fund. Starts Friday, Oct. 13 from 7-111 p.m. On Saturday, Oct. 28 is the Trunk or Treat from 7:30-8:30 p.m., and the costume contest is at 8 p.m. HOOTS AND HISSES AT THE CONSERVANCY 1495 SMITH PRESERVE WAY, NAPLES 239-262-0304 • CONSERVANCY.ORG Eco-friendly, family fun event featuring Super Science Show with Mr. Glen, Creepy Creature Show, Spooky Scavenger Hunt, face painting, costume contest, Halloween crafts and games, and more on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. MAD SCIENCE HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR AT THE SOUTH REGIONAL LIBRARY 8065 LELY CULTURAL PKWY., NAPLES 239-252-7542 • COLLIERLIBRARY.ORG This Halloween-themed science special event is filled with fun, creepy, exciting, and inspiring interactive demonstrations. There will be an amazing demonstration of air pressure, making a large spider disappear, and melting a witch with a cool chemical reaction. You will see eerie floating eyeballs and a spooky fog storm created. Ages 5+. Registration required. Saturday, Oct. 28.

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MALL-O-WEEN AT MIROMAR OUTLETS 10801 CORKSCREW RD., ESTERO 239-948-3766 • MIROMAROUTLETS.COM Free to attend. Families can bring their children to safely trick-or-treat at participating stores while supplies last. Tuesday, Oct. 31 from 6-8 p.m. MERCATO TRICK OR TREAT HALLOWEEN EXTRAVAGANZA 9128 STRADA PL., NAPLES 239-594-9400 • MERCATOSHOPS.COM Kids get a head start on collecting candy as they visit participating merchants. The piazza outside The Counter will also feature a pumpkin patch photo area with Maleficent and Batman, a DJ spinning Halloween tunes, stilt walker, face painters, and food vendors. Visit GiGi’s Children’s Boutique to register for the costume contest. Diapers and other items will also be collected to benefit Baby Basics of Collier County. Tuesday, Oct. 24 from 6-8 p.m. MONSTER MASH VENETIAN VILLAGE 4200 GULF SHORE BLVD., NAPLES 239-261-6100 • VENETIANVILLAGE.COM Wear your spookiest attire, take complementary photos in our Halloweenthemed backdrop, and enjoy arts and crafts. Enjoy a special trick-or-treat event with participating retailers. Saturday, Oct. 28 from 2-5 p.m. NORTH COLLIER REGIONAL PARK FAMILY COSTUME CRAWL 15000 LIVINGSTON RD., NAPLES 239-252-4060 • COLLIERPARKS.COM There will be trick or treat stations, prizes for best costume, and a mud pie contest. The first 50 to arrive will receive a Collier County Parks Bag with a give away item. Friday, Oct. 27 at 6:30 p.m. PUMPKIN DECORATING CONTEST AT THE IMMOKALEE BRANCH AND SOUTH REGIONAL LIBRARIES 417 N. FIRST ST., IMMOKALEE • 239-657-2882 8065 LELY CULTURAL PKWY., NAPLES • 239-252-7542 COLLIERLIBRARY.ORG Visit the library starting Oct. 23 and pick up a pumpkin picture, take it home, decorate it, and bring it back to the library by Oct. 27 to be displayed. Library staff will pick the winners and you will win a small prize. Winners will be announced on Oct. 31. Ages 2-17 years. Registration is not required. PUMPKIN HUNT AT VINEYARDS COMMUNITY PARK 6231 ARBOR BLVD. W., NAPLES 239-353-9669 • COLLIERPARKS.COM Pumpkins in the park? You Bet. They’re hidden all over the place. Who put them there? We don’t know but we need you to help us find them. Includes fun, festive activities. Friday, Oct. 27 from 6-7 p.m. SHE KILLS MONSTERS SUGDEN COMMUNITY THEATRE 701 5TH AVE. S., NAPLES 239-263-7990 • NAPLESPLAYERS.ORG Performances are being held from Oct. 11 to Nov. 5. She Kills Monsters transports you into the world of the Dungeons & Dragons playbook left behind by Tilly Evans when she dies suddenly at the age of 15. Check website for dates and times, and to purchase tickets. SPOOKY SCAVENGER HUNT AT THE VANDERBILT BEACH LIBRARY 788 VANDERBILT BEACH RD., NAPLES 239-597-8444 • COLLIERLIBRARY.ORG During library hours, look for all the spooky pictures hidden in the library and get a prize when you find all of them. All ages. Registration is not required. Monday, Oct. 2 through Tuesday, Oct. 31.

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HOGWARTS HALLOWEEN AT BARBARA B. MANN PERFORMING ARTS HALL 13350 EDISON PKWY., FORT MYERS GULFCOASTSYMPHONY.ORG A not-so-spooky Halloween concert that’s sure to be fun for the whole family. At 1 p.m., come dressed for the costume contest, try the instruments of the orchestra in the Musical Discovery Zone, and enjoy safe trick-or-treating. Then at 2 p.m., hear the orchestra perform a concert with music from the Harry Potter series and Halloween favorites. All tickets $10. Sunday, Oct. 29. THINGS THAT GO POP IN THE NIGHT AT IMMOKALEE BRANCH LIBRARY 417 N. FIRST ST., IMMOKALEE 239-657-2882 • COLLIERLIBRARY.ORG Join master balloon artists and magicians Joey and Alexandra Evans as they take a journey through some of Halloween’s greatest characters and stories. Thursday, Oct. 19 at 5:30 p.m. TRICK OR TREAT AT THE EAST NAPLES LIBRARY 8787 TAMIAMI TRAIL E., NAPLES 239-775-5592 • COLLIERLIBRARY.ORG Wear your Halloween costume (optional) and stop by the East Naples Branch library for a scavenger hunt, a spooky craft and a treat. All ages welcome. Registration is not required. Monday, Oct. 30 from 12-6:30 p.m. TRICK OR TREAT AT THE LIBRARY: IMMOKALEE, SOUTH REGIONAL AND MARCO ISLAND BRANCHES 417 N. FIRST ST., IMMOKALEE • 239-657-2882 8065 LELY CULTURAL PKWY., NAPLES • 239-252-7542 210 S. HEATHWOOD DR., MARCO ISLAND • 239-394-3272 COLLIERLIBRARY.ORG

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Visit the library in your Halloween costume during regular library hours and we’ll give you a special treat. All ages. Registration is not required. Tuesday, Oct. 31. TRICK OR TREAT AT EAGLE LAKES COMMUNITY PARK 11565 TAMIAMI TRAIL E., NAPLES 239-252-3527 • COLLIERPARKS.COM $3 per child. Dress in your best Halloween costume and don’t forget the trick or treating bags. Friday, Oct. 27 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. TRUNK OR TREAT AT MAX HASSE PARK 3390 GOLDEN GATE PKWY., NAPLES 239-252-4200 • COLLIERPARKS.COM Have the joys of trick or treating in a safe location that is well lit. There will be music, face painting, bounce houses, food available for purchase, and a costume contest. $5. Friday, Oct. 20 from 6-8:30 p.m. TRUNK OR TREAT AT OAK CREEK CHARTER SCHOOL 28011 PERFORMANCE LN., BONITA SPRINGS 239-498-6864 • OAKCREEKCHARTER.ORG There will be decorated trunks, inflatables, games, food, a DJ, bounce house, obstacle course, dunk tank, candy, and an haunted bus. Food and drinks available for purchase. Free admission. Games and inflatables require a wristband to participate. $10 at the door or $5 in advance. Friday, Oct. 27 from 5-7 p.m. ZOMBIE FUN RUN 1655 VICTORY LANE, NAPLES COLLIERSCHOOLS.COM/PRH The Zombie Fun Run is a 5K run/walk race with obstacles and zombies that try to take away the flags participants wear. Make it back with at least one and you’ve survived this zombie apocalypse. Dress up in your zombie best and try to survive. Sunday, Oct. 15 at 7 a.m.

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Neapolitan Family October 2017 Digital Issue  

The only family magazine devoted to Collier County. This month features our Annual Fall Festival and Halloween Guide, as well as extensive...