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The Arts Issue Your Child’s Brain on Art 5 Great Kindie Artists for Littles The Arts Directory A Day in the Life of Stage, Band, and Dance Moms NEAPOLITANfamily • September 2019

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Activities for Your Child

Helping Hands•Caring Hearts•Healing Support

Children often mask their feelings of grief behind smiles or even unusual behaviors.

• Parent and child bereavement groups

We’ve been helping Collier’s children unmask and process grief for more than 35 years, all without charge to families.

• Individual and group meetings with professional counselors

We support children through divorce/ separation, incarceration, deportation of a family member, death of a loved one or pet, loss of a friend, and other losses that affect your child.

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• Grief workshops at Collier County schools

• Camp MendingHeart day and overnight camps that feature art, music, and healing activities • Teen movie nights • Book discussion groups

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The Avow Kids program is based in Aunt Janet’s House, a comfortable and kid-friendly home on the Avow campus. It includes meeting and activity space, a grief cave, plus room for family dinners, movie nights, and therapy sessions that incorporate art and music. Ask us for a tour!

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“I FINALLY FOUND NEW LIFE AT LAST.” – B R IA N N A

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T O M E N TA L H E A LT H S T I G M A

Brianna is a shining example of what it means to #StandUp for youth mental health. After being plagued during much of her childhood with anxiety and depression, she began using the coping skills she learned while in treatment at David Lawrence Center and “finally found new life at last.” A child’s life can be greatly hindered by a mental health challenge, and one of the biggest barriers to seeking treatment is the heavy stigma that still exists. If addressed early, more children, like Brianna, have a chance to learn the skills necessary to live a healthy and greatly fulfilling life.

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September 2019 TABLE OF CONTENTS

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FROM THE PUBLISHER

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FAMILY MOVIE PREVIEWS

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CITY CONNECTION

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COLLIER COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS UPDATE

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ESTATE PLANNING

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YOUR CHILD’S HEALTH

on the cover…

16 A Bridge Between Villages. Follow the journey of Principal Beverly Budzynski from Sea Gate Elementary in Naples to Village Oaks Elementary in Immokalee, in the first installment of a threepart series. by Stacy Nicolau 20 Back to School Pictures. Check out our readers’ photos from the first day of school. 22 Destination: Barefoot Beach Preserve. Spend a day at the beach, and you may meet Trouble, one of 200 gopher tortoises that call the preserve home. by Karen T. Bartlett

Photo by Gene Schiavone

36 Dance, Band, and Stage Moms. Learn what daily life is like for families of kids who are committed to the arts. by Anna Snyder

Bridget Woolley is 13 years old. She has trained in classical ballet for nine years with Naples Dance Conservatory. Her dream is to become a professional ballerina and open a dance studio, so all children can experience the freedom of self-expression through dance. Follow her on Instagram @BridgetDance4Life. Cover photo by Peggy Farren of Avant Garde Photography 239-263-7001 • naplesportraits.com

38 5 Great Kindie Artists for Your Little Ones. It’s never too early to introduce your children to quality music. by Jan Pierce 40 Boost Your Child’s Brain Power With the Arts. Discover how the arts are every bit as beneficial to brain development and learning as traditional academics. by Shannon Dean 42 The Arts Directory. Find great local classes to guide your child’s interest in music, visual arts, the stage, and dance.

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THIS MONTH: The Arts

Co-Publisher Leigh Ann Newman lanewman@neafamily.com 239-272-0529 Co-Publisher Stacy Nicolau 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 www.naplesportraits.com Field Photographer Lisette Morales lisettemoralesart@gmail.com 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 that 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 ©2019 by Neapolitan Family Publishing LLC. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or part without written permission is strictly prohibited. NEAPOLITANfamily • September 2019

My daughter can’t sing. No, I’m not being mean. She knows it, and embraces it. She’s a talented flutist, but cannot carry a tune to save her life. That doesn’t stop her from singing loudly and often. Her singing reminds me that we all can enjoy doing things for which we may not have a talent. Which brings me to my point: Your kids don’t have to be gifted in the arts to sing, dance, act, or play an instrument. Children can find countless ways to express themselves artistically, both in a structured setting and at home. The proven benefits to them are the same whether they win awards and capture big roles or sing in the shower and fingerpaint in the kitchen. Writer Shannon Dean shows us how beneficial the arts are to brain development and learning on page 40. If you are looking for lessons and classes in the arts, turn to page 42 for our annual arts directory, which lists local organizations offering opportunities for kids to learn more about music, dance, theater, and the visual arts. Anna Snyder’s article on page 36 gives us a glimpse into the lives of three families for whom the arts are a major commitment. With the new school year underway, we are all experiencing changes. Beverly Budzynski, principal at Sea Gate Elementary for the past eight years, has embraced change in a major way, taking the helm at Village Oaks Elementary (VOE) in Immokalee. Co-publisher Stacy visited VOE and Budzynski the day before school started to learn more about her journey from Naples to Immokalee. The story, the first in a three-part series, is on page 16. Happy September!

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FAMILY MOVIES

Family Movie Previews for September quest to reunite the magical creature with his family at the highest point on Earth. But to help Everest get home, the trio of friends will have to stay one step ahead of Burnish (Eddie Izzard), a wealthy man intent on capturing a yeti, and zoologist Dr. Zara (Sarah Paulson). AD ASTRA Rated PG-13 for some violence and bloody images, and for brief strong language For kids ages 13+ In theaters 9/20 Astronaut Roy McBride (Brad Pitt) travels to the outer edges of the solar system to find his missing father and unravel a mystery that threatens the survival of our planet. His journey will uncover secrets that challenge the nature of human existence and our place in the cosmos. The film also stars Liv Tyler, Tommy Lee Jones, Ruth Negga, and Donald Sutherland.

ABOMINABLE Rated PG for some action and mild rude humor For kids ages 6+ In theaters 9/27 When teenage Yi (Chloe Bennet, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) encounters a young yeti on the roof of her apartment building in a modern Chinese city, she and her mischievous friends, Jin (Tenzing Norgay Trainor) and Peng (Albert Tsai), name him Everest and embark on an epic

DOWNTON ABBEY Rated PG for thematic elements, some suggestive material, and language For kids ages 10+ In theaters 9/20 The television series Downton Abbey fol-

lowed the lives of the Crawley family and the servants who worked for them at the turn of the 20th century in an Edwardian English country house. The highly anticipated film continues the tale of the beloved Crawleys and their intrepid staff as they prepare for the most important moment of their lives. A royal visit from the king and queen of England will unleash scandal, romance, and intrigue that will leave the future of Downton hanging in the balance. Written by series creator Julian Fellowes and starring the original cast.

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CITY CONNECTION PARKS DEPT.

By Laura Tichy-Smith

Fall Heats Up With Cool Events in Naples

School has started, but there still is time for fun at these events offered by the City of Naples Community Services Department and other local organizations Free National Museum Day Come to the Naples Depot Museum to celebrate the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum Day. Take a tour of Naples’ first passenger train station, ride a miniature railroad, and join in a full day of lively, educational activities for both adults and children. Sponsored by the Friends of the Collier County Museums. Sept. 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 239-252-8421. (1051 5th Ave. S., Naples) Outdoor Movie Night The summer fun of outdoor movie nights has been extended! Bring a blanket for the whole family and enjoy a free movie on a two-story inflatable screen in Cambier Park. Christopher Robin will be shown on Sept. 6 at sunset. Call 239-213-3058. (755 8th Ave. S., Naples) Take a Class Fall is a fantastic time to learn something new. Fleischmann Park boasts a variety of classes and sports leagues for both

adults and children. Call 239-213-3020 for prices, dates, and registration. (1600 Fleischmann Blvd., Naples). After-school Solutions Afternoon Adventures at Fleischmann Park offers great fun with many activity choices. Your child will have daily homework and enrichment time as well as sports activities. Monday-Friday from 2:45-6 p.m. Also open on all early release days. Call 239-213-3020 for prices, dates, and registration. Partial-week rates available. (1600 Fleischmann Blvd., Naples) Last Free Summer Jazz Concert of 2019 Enjoy the last concert in this year’s Summer Jazz Series at Naples Beach Club Hotel from 6:30-9:30 p.m. on Sept. 14. You can bring folding chairs, but you likely won’t be sitting much as you boogie to the dynamic sounds of Ari & The Alibis. Food and beverages are available for purchase from the hotel. Overflow parking at Lowdermilk Park. Call 239-261-2222. (851 Gulf Shore Blvd. N., Naples).

Free Jazz Concerts The Naples Jazz Masters Band formed a few years ago as a year-round offshoot of the Naples Dixieland Jazz Band. It offers Dixieland jazz concerts at the Norris Center at 1 p.m. on Sept. 7, 21, and 28. Freewill donation requested. Call 239213-3049. (755 8th Ave. S., Naples) Come On In, the Water’s Free! The River Park Aquatic Center is open. Featuring fun for everyone from tiny tot to serious swimmer, pool admission is free for residents of Collier County. The kids will love the beach-like shallow end with play fountains, dump buckets, and water slide, while the grownups will enjoy the lap swimming exercise lanes and sunbathing deck. Parents will rest assured their children are in good hands with the Red Cross certified lifeguards on watchful duty. Call for information on swimming classes offered for a fee during the fall. Current hours are MondaySaturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday 12-5 p.m. Call 239-213-3040. (451 11th St. N., Naples).

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YOUR COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS

SHALOM YELADIM! Shalom Yeladim! (Hebrew for 'Hello Children!') is a brand new FREE monthly program at Temple Shalom for parents and their little ones (2-4 year olds). Through crafts, play, yoga, music and fun, kids will begin to learn about Judaism in a hands-on and experiential way.

SHALOM YELADIM! Parents are invited to join their children on this engaging Jewish educational

A free program for parents and children ages 2-4.

journey. Temple Shalom membership is is not required. Shalom Yeladim! (Hebrew for 'Hello Children!') a brand new FREE monthly Through crafts, play, yoga, music and fun, families program at Temple Shalom Interfaith for parents andwelcome! their little ones (2-4 year olds). kids will begin to and learn about Judaism. Through crafts, play, yoga, music fun, kids will begin to learn about SESSIONS Temple Shalom membership is not Judaism in a hands-on and experientialrequired. way.

Tish Poorman (right, black shirt), holds auditions for one of her shows as program director of Children for the Arts based at Pine Ridge Middle School in Naples.

Local Children’s Theater Director Celebrates 30 Years

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hat began as one woman’s effort to launch a theater summer camp in Cambier Park in 1988 has lasted 30 years and touched the lives of countless children Interfaith9:00am-11:30am families welcome! Sep.15, Oct.27, Nov.17, Dec.8, Jan.26, Feb.23, Mar.22, Apr.26 in Collier County. Tish Poorman, now program director of Parents are invited to join their children on this engaging Jewish educational 9-11:30 a.m., Sundays Children for the Arts, is celebrating three decades of bringing journey. Temple Shalom membership REGISTER HERE is not required. 9/15, 10/27, 11/17, 12/8, 1/26, 2/23, 3/22, 4/26 Interfaith families welcome! theater to local kids. https://tinyurl.com/shalomyeladim After that first summer camp, Poorman founded the SouthRegister at tinyurl.com/shalomyeladim west Florida Children’s Theater, which ran from 1989-2003. SESSIONS The theater company moved locations over the years, and then 9:00am-11:30am This program supported Children!') by the Jewish Federation of Greater landed in a small black box theater. After that building was im! (Hebrew forgenerously 'Hello is aNaples brand new FREE monthly Sep.15, Oct.27, Nov.17, Dec.8, Jan.26, Feb.23, Mar.22, Apr.26 sold, Poorman closed the theater and launched Children for the 4630 Pine Ridge Rd., Naples, FL 34119 Temple Shalom for parents and their little ones (2-4 year olds). Arts (CFTA). She also started a theater program at Gulfview 239-455-3030 • ReligiousSchool@Naplestemple.org REGISTER HERE Middle School, and subsequently at other schools. For the past rafts, play, yoga,https://tinyurl.com/shalomyeladim music and fun, kids will begin to learn about nine years, CFTA has offered an after-school theater program at Judaism in a hands-on and experiential way. Pine Ridge Middle School for children ages 6-15. Poorman also LittlePeoplesSchool.info teaches an improvisational class for ages 10-15. Former Neapolitan Family intern Rebecca Barton got her start in theater with Poorman. “Children for the Arts gave me nvited to join their children on this engaging Jewish educational the support and platform to grow and become a leader and a l Top Rated VPK teammate. I always felt like I had a mentor in Tish,” Barton said. ourney.l Preschool Temple Shalom membership is not required. “I added a theater major to my degree, and am grateful for all the Twos & Threes direction I was given since the age of 11.” Interfaith families welcome! l Summer Camp In addition to directing, Poorman has written plays for chill Owned/operated by dren. In 1999 she wrote The Hollywood Kids!, a musical comedy certified elementary that has been produced three times, most recently in May. teacher with over (239) 597-5064 22 years experience CFTA’s productions planned for this school year include 868 94th Ave. N., Naples l DCF licensed, Beauty and the Beast, Alice in Wonderland, and Peter Pan. For lpsparentnews@aol.com #C20CO7400 details, call 239-571-3305 or visit www.childrenforthearts.com.

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Volunteer Mentors Needed for Immokalee Foundation Students

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he Immokalee Foundation is seeking adults to volunteer as mentors to encourage and guide middle and high school students. The process is simple: A foundation mentor is matched with a student in grades 7-12, and commits to meeting with their mentee for at least one year, once a week for a minimum of 15 half-hour sessions throughout the school year. The mentor shares knowledge and life experience, and perhaps proficiency in math or another school subject once in a while. Some of the students come from homes in which they will be the first to attend college. Having an adult who has navigated some of the experiences their parents didn’t is valuable. “My mentees teach me so much about their cultures, interests, and hopes for the future,” said Joni Hodapp, an Immokalee Foundation mentor since March 2018. For additional information, visit immokaleefoundation.org or call 239-430-9122.

The new Bonita Springs Public Library at 10560 Reynolds St., Bonita Springs.

New Public Libraries Open in Bonita Springs and Fort Myers

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ee County last month opened the doors of two new public libraries. The larger buildings offer dedicated spaces for child and teen programs. The new two-story Bonita Springs library is more than double the size of the old building, at 30,988 square feet, and is located at 10560 Reynolds St., approximately a mile from the former location on Pine Avenue. The North Fort Myers Public Library remains at 2001 North Tamiami Tr. The new library is 26,300 square feet, more than triple the size of the old building that stood on the same site. Construction began in late 2017. A grand opening celebration will be held on Saturday, Sept. 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the North Fort Myers library. For more information, visit www.leegov.com/library or call 239-479-4636. NEAPOLITANfamily • September 2019

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COLLIER COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS

By Jennifer Kupiec

Talk About Safety With Your Kids; Track the Bus

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ith the school year underway, now would be a good time to talk safety, specifically for those riding the bus or walking/biking to school. We encourage parents to have conversations with their children regularly about the dangers and how to protect themselves against harm. Following are some useful tips for students. Avoid distractions. Stay off your cell phone and do not use headphones or ear buds. Students need to stay alert to their surroundings and nearby traffic. Stay in designated areas. Bus riders should stay off the road while waiting at bus stops. Walkers/bike riders should stay on sidewalks and use crosswalks. Be aware of your surroundings. Calling Florida home means we need to be mindful of wildlife. Students should keep an eye out for animals such as bears, snakes, alligators, and more. Also, watch for cars, bikes, and other vehicles. If a child sees a suspicious person or strange activity, including

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social media posts and pictures, the child should always report it to an adult or police officer. This could be the principal, school counselor, or Youth Relations Bureau deputy at the school, or you may call 911 or 239-252-9300. See It? Say It! Don’t Spread It! Report It! Have a bus rider and want to be in-the-know on when the bus will arrive? Collier County Public Schools parents may now track their child’s school bus with the WheresTheBus app. The app is free and secure, with all parent and guardian information checked and verified. Here’s a list of the steps required to obtain access: 1. Go to www.WheresTheBus.com. 2. In the “Parents” section on the left side of the screen, click on the “Set Up Account” button. 3. When prompted, select Collier County. 4. Enter student information (birth date and student ID). 5. Once your information is validated, you will receive an email with instructions and app download information. We wish everyone a safe and happy school year!

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Keeping track of which restaurants offer free or discounted kid’s meals is an impossible task for parents, so we’ve done the legwork for you. Check the details below for each restaurant, as days and purchase requirements vary, even among different locations of some of the chains. APPLEBEE’S 5082 Airport Pulling Rd., Naples 239-434-7744 Kids’ meals are $1.99 every Sunday. BEEF O’BRADY’S 7385 Radio Rd., Naples 239-348-2100 One free kid’s meal with the purchase of an adult entrée on Tuesdays 4-8 p.m. BOB EVANS 2570 Northbrooke Plaza Dr., Naples 239598-5255 One free kid’s meal with each adult entrée purchase every Tuesday. BURGER FI 1514 Immokalee Rd., Naples 239-631-5647 12712 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples 239-331-3606 Every Tuesday, kids 12 and younger receive a free kid’s meal with the purchase of an adult meal. In-store orders only. BURNTWOOD TAVERN 9110 Strada Pl., Naples 239-631-8964 One free kid’s meal with each adult entrée purchase every Monday. CICIS PIZZA 2650 Immokalee Rd., Naples 239-597-0306 Kids 0-3 eat free every day. D’AMICO & SONS 4691 9th St. N., Naples 239-430-0955

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One free kid’s meal with each adult meal purchase 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. on Sundays. HURRICANE GRILL & WINGS 6345 Naples Blvd. #7, Naples 239-513-9900 One free kid’s meal with the purchase of an adult entrée on Saturdays. IGUANA MIA 28051 S. Tamiami Tr., Bonita Springs 239-949-1999 Half-priced kids’ meals all day on Sundays with each adult entrée purchase. KRUK’S PHILLY STEAKS 6434 Naples Blvd., Naples 239-572-8128 Kids 12 and under eat free with the purchase of an adult meal on Tuesdays from 3-8 p.m. LOZANO’S MEXICAN RESTAURANT 405 New Market Rd. E., Immokalee 239-658-9255 Purchase an adult entrée, get one kid’s meal free on Wednesdays after 3 p.m.

239-593-4993 One free kid’s meal with the purchase of an adult combo meal on Tuesdays after 3 p.m. PERKIN’S RESTAURANT & BAKERY 4335 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples 3585 Pine Ridge Rd., Naples 27941 Crown Lake Blvd., Bonita Springs 239-498-0300 One free kid’s meal with the purchase of an adult meal every Tuesday from 4-10 p.m. PINCHERS CRAB SHACK 1200 5th Ave. S., Naples 239-434-6616 One free kid’s meal every day with the purchase of adult entrée $15.99 or more. RIB CITY 9191 Tamiami Tr. N., Naples 239-591-3500 3871 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples 239-417-9090 Kids under 4 years old receive a free meal with the purchase of each adult meal every day. Dine-in only.

MILLER’S ALE HOUSE 6320 Hollywood Dr., Naples 239-591-0125 Kids eat free on Tuesdays with the purchase of an adult meal.

STEAK ‘N’ SHAKE 2620 Pine Ridge Rd., Naples 34109 239-262-1039 Kids eat free Saturdays and Sundays. Dinein only with the purchase of an adult entrée over $8.

MOE’S SOUTHWEST GRILL 6434 Naples Blvd., Naples 239-594-0065 7335 Radio Rd., Naples 239-352-1212 1016 Immokalee Rd., Naples

STEVIE TOMATO’S SPORTS PAGE 15215 Collier Blvd. Naples 34119 239-352-4266 One free kid’s meal with the purchase of a full-priced adult meal every Monday.

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A Bridge Between Villages By Stacy Nicolau Photos by Lisette Morales

Facing page, top: The view from the bridge. Middle: Community volunteers prepare the concrete areas of the bridge for the murals. Bottom: The staff of Village Oaks Elementary. 16 neafamily.com

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Follow the journey of Collier County Principal Beverly Budzynski from an A-rated elementary school in Naples to a D-rated school in Immokalee with Neapolitan Family in this three-part series.

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hen former Sea Gate Elementary School Principal Beverly Budzynski first talked to me about becoming the new principal at Village Oaks Elementary School beginning in fall of 2019, she was bursting with excitement about her plans: “First, I am going to start with the bridge.” The bridge she is referring to is a pedestrian walkway that connects Farm Workers Village and Village Oaks Elementary School (VOE) over State Route 29 in Immokalee. State Route 29 is a mostly two-lane highway that winds through eastern Collier County farmland and the Everglades. The L-shaped bridge that connects the two villages is a strikingly urban rusted steel and concrete structure that emerges at the only traffic light intersection heading southeast of the main street in Immokalee. When I visited VOE the day before school started last month, excited families were trickling across the recently power washed bridge to meet their new principal and teachers. Along the way, they passed community volunteers on the bridge who were painting over graffiti to create a blank canvas on which each grade will paint its own mural this school year. Budzynski said that she wanted to start with cleaning the bridge and brightening it with the class murals because “the walk on the bridge is the way over 100 students start their school day. It is important that the day start out with a welcoming and encouraging experience for all students.” One of the community volunteers on the bridge, Frank Rincon of the Benison Center, a local distributor that links communities in need to donated resources and supplies, was archiving the progress of the bridge as he recorded the painters applying the fresh base coat canvas for the murals. Together with Budzynski and Abel Jaimes, director of Collier County Public Schools Federal, State, and Competitive Grants, they have galvanized the county, community, and volunteer resources to carry out this restoration project. On the other side of the bridge, teachers and office staff were finishing the new teacher meet and greet event, giving information to the parents in both Spanish and English, as the excited students enjoyed the super hero decorations and photo booth. Some students walked away with brand new school clothes, courtesy of Angels Undercover, a local nonprofit that provides new uniforms and undergarments to students in need. While the pedestrian walkway is concrete and steel, Budzynski is the human bridge between these two communities. Budzynski, who has 33 years of experience in education (22 of those years in Title I schools), including eight years at Sea Gate, said that the staff’s dedication, energy, and passion for the Immokalee community is admirable. “Many staff drive a significant distance to teach in Immokalee. The respect and admiration from the community and parents for the staff at VOE is also very apparent in daily interactions. You can feel the excitement and energy Continued on page 18

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Above: Village Oaks Principal Beverly Budzynski. Below: Budzynski (center) with Assistant Principals Tiffany Wind (L) and Katie Sandlin (R).

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when you walk through the campus. Staff voluntarily spent the summer together on beautification projects around the campus. They made a rock garden, planted flowers, and improved the landscaping.” In the 2018-2019 academic year Village Oaks Elementary had 597 students, with 97% classified by the school district as economically needy and 75% of homes speak a primary language other than English. Sea Gate had 747 students, 39% of whom were classified as economically needy and 35% whose homes speak a primary language other than English. Sea Gate earned an A grade from the Florida Standards Assessments (FSA) and was designated as a National Blue Ribbon School in 2008 and 2018. Village Oaks is one of 33 Title I schools in Collier County. According to the CCPS website: Title I is a federal program that provides funds to school districts and schools with high numbers or high percentages of children who are disadvantaged to support a variety of services. Title I funds can be used for resources such as extended day care, tutoring, technology, equipment, summer programs and instruction, professional development, supplies, and parent resources. Many students at Village Oaks are at school for nearly 12 hours each school day, eating breakfast, lunch, and dinner while there. Budzynski’s five-year goal for VOE is to improve the school’s grade (determined by FSA) from a D to an A. School secretary Petra Adame, who has worked at VOE for 31 years, also would like to see the school’s grade improve. Adame said that she thinks improving attendance is one of the school’s biggest challenges, and would help raise the school’s grade. Bridging the gap between the Naples and Immokalee schools with Budzynski are two teachers from Sea Gate Elementary who were so inspired by her enthusiasm for her new position that they joined her team at Village Oaks as well. The robust Sea Gate Parent Teacher Organization, which historically has raised funds for a budget large enough to fund field trips, enrichment programs, classroom supplies, and community outreach for their own school, has launched a school supply drive and become a sister school for Village Oaks to support its unique needs. Fifth grade teacher Audra Barton followed Budzynski from Sea Gate “because of her infectious enthusiasm and love for kids. She inspires me to be the best me and teacher that I can be. I am excited to get a chance to be with the hard-working, dedicated teachers and staff of VOE and to help make a difference in the lives of the children here.” She admits that one of her biggest challenges will be the one-hour drive.  Lynn Conroy, who also teaches fifth grade and followed Budzynski, said she is “most excited about working with the children of this community and making them love coming to school, so that they will want to learn.” She feels her biggest challenges will be the language barrier with many of the students and families, and the issues that are unique to children living in poverty. She said she is impressed with staff at VOE and the Immokalee community. “This is a very tightknit community where people watch out for each other’s children,” Conroy said. “It truly is a village.” NEAPOLITANfamily • September 2019


ESTATE PLANNING

By Norell Albanis

Why We All Need a ‘When I Die’ File

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f you were to suddenly die today, would your loved ones know how to quickly find your estate planning documents? Would they know how to access all of your financial accounts? How about your insurance policies? What about your login and password to all of your digital assets? A crucial part of estate planning that frequently gets overlooked is ensuring your loved ones can easily locate all of your planning documents and other key assets upon your death or incapacity. One simple way to handle this important task is to create a “When I Die” file. According to A Beginner’s Guide to the End: Practical Advice for Living Life and Facing Death, this is a “findable file, binder, cloud-based drive, or even a shoebox where you store estate documents and meaningful personal effects.” This new book by Shoshana Berger and BJ Miller recently was excerpted in TIME magazine, and the excerpt discussed the importance of creating such a file to “save your loved ones incalculable time, money, and suffering” upon your death. In agreement with Berger and Miller, I would add that this file is every bit as important in the event of your potential incapacity, not just your death – and perhaps even more so. A logistical nightmare Following the death of her elderly father, Berger learned first-hand how agonizing it can be to not have a “When I Die” file. Though her father made his will and trust easily accessible, Berger and her sister spent nearly two years tracking down his other planning documents and assets and finalizing his affairs. Berger recalled “sleuthing through his file cabinet and mail and requesting what seemed like a mountain of duplicate death certificates to prove to various companies that he had actually died.” Berger recommended that in addition to creating your “When I Die” file, you should also call your internet, cable, NEAPOLITANfamily • September 2019

cell phone providers (as well as any other companies that bill you on an ongoing basis) and add your partner or children as joint owners. Unless you add a loved one’s name to these accounts, Berger said those you leave behind could be in for a torturous ordeal.

If your planning documents such as wills, prenuptial agreements, and insurance policies cannot be located, it will be as if they never existed. “If billing accounts are not in both your and a loved one’s name, your survivors will end up spending hours … begging bureaucrats to shut them down or convert the accounts to their name so they can manage them,” she said. “Think of every frustrating call you’ve had with your cell provider, and then multiply it by 10.” Beyond burdening your loved ones with needless work and expense, if your planning documents, such as wills, prenuptial agreements, and insurance policies, cannot be located, it will be as if they never existed. The same goes for valuable assets like stocks, bank accounts, and other financial property no one knows about. Given this, you should make sure your “When I Die” file contains an updated inventory of all your assets and their location. And don’t forget to include your online property in this inventory. What to include in your file Because the TIME excerpt includes

only a partial collection of the items Berger and Miller suggest including in your “When I Die” file (their book has the full list), we have added a few items to their list to provide a more detailed inventory: • updated inventory of all your assets and their location, including password and access info for all digital assets; • advance healthcare directive (for incapacity); • durable power of attorney (for incapacity); • will and living trust (with certificate of trust); • marriage or divorce certificate(s); • instructions for your funeral and final disposition; • legacy recording or letter to send a message of love to your family, or an ethical will explaining why you made the choices you did in your real will; • letters, cards, photos, and other treasured sentimentals; • Kids Protection Plan naming long and short-term guardians, along with detailed care instructions for both, if you have minor children. Each family is unique, so this is just a minimum of what should be included in your “When I Die” file. And because death or incapacity can strike at any moment, don’t wait to get your affairs in order. Albanis Law is offering a free Kids Protection Workshop on Sunday, Sept. 15 from 12-1 p.m. at Whiz Kids, 1050 Pine Ridge Rd., Naples. NORELL ALBANIS is an estate planning attorney and can be reached at 239-314-2353 or by visiting albanislaw.com. neafamily.com

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Colin, 7th, Pine Ridge Middle, and Caden 4th, Sea Gate Elementary.

Kayli, 3rd, Collier Charter Academy, and Bryli, age 3.

Haley, 2nd, and Lexi, PreK, Heights Elementary.

Collin, 1st, and Hannah, 3rd, Laurel Oak Elementary.

Madeline, 1st, Collier Charter Academy, and dad Phillip.

Sam, 1st, Pinewoods Elementary.

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Aliyah, 3rd, Poinciana Elementary.

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Ayla, K, Estates Elementary.

Chase, PreK, Osceola Elementary.

Danae, 7th, Pine Ridge Middle, Thiago, 4th, Osceola Elementary, and mom Claudia.

Madeleine, K, Veterans Memorial Elementary.

Lucy, K, Big Cypress Elementary.

Giovanna, PreK, Corkscrew Elementary.

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Nathan, K, Laurel Oak Elementary.

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TRAVEL

By Karen T. Bartlett

Destination: Barefoot Beach Preserve

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hat did I tell you about crossing the road? Right, now go to your room!” Sounds familiar, right? This line is best spoken in parental tones with hands on hips for extra impact. But here’s the thing: This particular conversation takes place regularly, not between a human parent and child, but between my friend Cinde Kavan, a Collier County park ranger, and Trouble, one of the 200 gopher tortoises that live in the wild at Barefoot Beach Preserve. The funny part, she says, is that Trouble actually seems to hang his head as he contritely turns around and heads back to safety.

Kids think Cinde, who goes by her ranger name Montana, has one of the coolest jobs around, and I agree. After 13 years on the job, she knows quite a few of the free-ranging critters personally, and apparently the long-timers know her, too. Among her favorites are Big Mama, who lives in a huge sand mound full of individual burrows affectionately dubbed “the condo,” and Thumper, who spent 18 months in the hospital at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida before being released in the preserve. The rangers, with the help of signs throughout the preserve, plead for respect of the slow-moving, gentle creatures as they cross the

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road or stroll beneath parked cars. They also give free talks in the Learning Center and guided island tours for the public during the winter season. Had world-renowned beach critic Stephen Leatherman (“Dr. Beach”) not named Barefoot the most stunning white sand beach in the world a few years ago and several times since, many people may never have discovered the real secret: The Saylor Nature Trail at the southern tip of the Barefoot Beach Preserve. The wild jungle footpath twists and turns for a mile and a half between the dunes and the spooky gnarled roots of a murky mangrove swamp. As you meander along the narrow sandy trail beneath a canopy of Old Florida vegetation, you might well imagine a Calusa Indian harvesting some of the medicinal herbs or leaves from the fish-poison tree to stun his fish before catching it. Look for QRcoded signs to pop up fascinating factoids on your smartphone. Along the trail is a palmetto-thatched picnic shelter/education hut set into the foliage, a restroom, and two short paths through the scrub for beach access at the rugged end of the preserve. Getting there The entrance to Barefoot Beach Preserve is quietly tucked behind a community of beachfront mansions accessible from Bonita Beach Road. There’s a residential gatehouse but visitors drive right through, soon leaving civilization behind. After passing through the official preserve gatehouse ($8 fee or free with Collier County beach sticker), you can choose from three large parking lots with crossovers to the beach. Facilities include restrooms and showers, bike racks, and drink vending machines. The beach is wheelchair accessible, and the park has beach wheelchairs and children’s life jackets to lend. The nature trail is accessed at Parking Lot #3, where there also is a beach access on the gulf side and a launch area for the canoe trail on the estuary side. Though most of the special programs run only from January through April, now is a great time for us locals to slip in and enjoy “our” island ahead of the season crowds. While sea turtles are hatching on the beach, newly hatched gopher tortoises are emerging from their land nests. Please drive slowly! And if you happen upon Trouble trying to sneak across the road, just give him a stern look and send him to his room. Visit colliercountyfl.gov or friendsofbarefootbeach.org or call 239-252-4000 for more information.

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10:30 a.m. W.O.N.D.E.R. in the Garden. Also on Sept. 2. The garden will be closed for maintenance Sept. 3-30. Imagine, create, and explore with lessons and activities about a monthly theme. Naples Botanical Garden, 4820 Bayshore Dr., Naples. Visit www. naplesgarden.org.

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5:30 p.m. Collier County Public Schools College Night. Visit with representatives from colleges and universities across the country. Golden Gate High School, 2925 Titan Way, Naples. Check www. collierschools.com.

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12:00 p.m. Free Kids Protection Workshop. Free indoor play, childcare, and pizza provided. Reserve your spot by emailing rsvp@albanislaw.com. Whiz Kids, 1050 Pine Ridge Rd., Naples. Check albanislaw.com.

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5:00 p.m. Montessori Open House. Learn about school year and summer programs that serve students from 2 months through 9 years old. Or call 239-5972255 to schedule a private tour. Montessori Academy of Naples, 2655 Northbrooke Dr., Naples. Check naplesmontessori.org.

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3:00 p.m. Lego Club. Share ideas, be creative, and have fun. Bricks provided, so come and let your imagination run wild. All ages. Registration is not required. Immokalee Library, 417 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239-657-2882 or check collierlibrary.org.

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10:00 a.m. Safari Squad: Jungle School. Also Sept. 11 and 14. How do lions learn to hunt? How do parrots learn to fly? See how animals big and small learn about everyday life. Naples Zoo, 1590 GoodletteFrank Rd., Naples. Call 239-262-5409 or check napleszoo.org.

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6:15 p.m. Teen Action Group: Project Linus. Learn about issues that affect our community and inspire change by participating in community service projects. South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy., Estero. Call 239-479-4636 or check leegov.com/library.

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4:00 p.m. Meals of Hope Food Pantry. Frozen food, fresh produce, and canned goods will be given away to families in need. River Park Recreation Center, 301 11th St. N., Naples. Visit mealsofhope.org.

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wednesday 6:00 p.m. Girl Scout Back to School Troop Building Night. Learn about all the exciting things a girl can do in Girl Scouts, and explore ways for adults to volunteer. Lake Park Elementary, 1295 14th Ave. N., Naples. Call 800232-4475 or check gsgcf. org.

tuesday 5:30 p.m. Logiscool Computer Coding Open House. Come join us and learn about how your children can code really cool things. Meet our instructors and tour our location. Logiscool, 1715 Heritage Tr., Suite 203, Naples. Call 239-776-8475 or check logiscool.com.

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5:30 p.m. Diabetes Prevention Program. A free program designed to help you make modest lifestyle changes and cut your risk of Type 2 diabetes by more than half. Lee Health, 12550 New Brittany Blvd., Suite 100, Fort Myers. Call 239-424-3127 or visit leehealth.org.

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6:00 p.m. Family Open Gym. Ages 6 and younger. Parents must stay. $9. Gymnastic World, 2187 Trade Center Way, Naples. Check gwnaples.com or call 239-592-0608.

6:45 p.m. Girl Scout Back to School Troop Building Night. Learn about all the exciting things a girl can do in Girl Scouts, and explore ways for adults to volunteer. Big Cypress Elementary, 3250 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples. Check gsgcf.org.

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6:00 p.m. Parent’s Night Out at Logiscool. An evening of fun for kids from kindergarten through 14 years old. Awesome activities, coding, and more. Pizza included. Logiscool, 1715 Heritage Tr., Naples. Call 239-776-8475 or visit logiscool.com.

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7:30 p.m. Alateen Meetings. Alateen is a peer support group for teens who are struggling with the effects of someone else’s problem drinking. Habitat for Humanity Tutor House, 5250 Floridan Ave., Naples. Check NaplesAl-Anon.org or call 239-263-5907.

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10:15 a.m. & 11:15 a.m. Mini Wonders. Every Thursday. Toddler fun and activities dedicated to ages 5 and younger. C’mon, 15080 Livingston Rd., Naples. Call 239-514-0084 or check cmon.org.

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7:30 a.m. Kowiachobee Animal Preserve at Farmers Market. Visit us at the farmers market the second Saturday of each month through October. Third Street South, Naples. Check thirdstreetsouth. com.

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9:00 a.m. Avow & Hope Bereavement Day Camp. This free day camp, hosted by Avow Hospice and Hope Healthcare, is led by professional staff for children ages 7-17 who have lost a loved one. Camp will be held at the Conservancy, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples. Call 855-454-3104 or check hopehcs.org.

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10:00 a.m. Free Kids Crafts. Kids from toddlers to 12 enjoy fun activities in WINK Playland. Miromar Outlets, 10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero. Call 239948-3766 or check www. miromaroutlets.com.

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10:30 a.m. Family Story Time. Enjoy stories, songs, and a craft for children of all ages and their caregivers. Marco Island Library, 210 S. Heathwood Dr., Marco Island. Call 239-394-3272 or check collierlibrary.org.

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10:00 a.m. Art Smarts. Ages 2-5 years. A special extended program featuring a fun-filled morning trying our new board games. Light snack provided. Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0334 or check collierlibrary.org.

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9:00 a.m. National Estuaries Day. A free day of family fun. Boat trips, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, touch tanks, live animal presentations, crafts, Junior Scientist lab activities, live music, and more. Rookery Bay, 300 Tower Rd., Naples. Call 239-530-5940 or check rookerybay.org.

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2:00 p.m. Monday Matinee. Celebrate Roald Dahl’s birth month by watching The BFG. Rated PG. Golden Gate Library, 2432 Lucerne Rd., Naples. Call 239-252-4542 or check collierlibrary.org.

9:00 a.m. Toddler Time. A great shared experience for child and parent. Sky Zone Trampoline Park, 14181 S. Tamiami Tr., Fort Myers. Check www. fort-myersstore.skyzone. com.

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5:00 p.m. Wellfit Girls Open House. Learn about our new programs for teen girls, meet coaches and program directors, get scholarship information, and hear from alumni. Neubek Photographers Gallery, 6240 Shirley St., #205, Naples. Visit wellfitgirls. org.

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3:30 p.m. Family Game Night at the Library. A night of board games, scavenger hunts, snacks, and prizes. All ages welcome. South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-252-7542 or check collierlibrary.org.

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1 SUNDAY 9:00 a.m. Sensory Sensitive Sundays. Less crowding and quieter, dimmed lighting, shows and music turned down or off, limited character appearances, and full menu. Located at Chuck E. Cheese’s, 5020 Cleveland Ave., Fort Myers. Call 239-334-0563 or check chuckecheese.com. 9:00 a.m. Toddler Time. A great shared experience for child and parent. Located at Sky Zone Trampoline Park, 14181 S. Tamiami Tr., Fort Myers. Check fort-myersstore.skyzone.com. 9:30 a.m. Alateen Meetings. Alateen is a peer support group for teens who are struggling with the effects of someone else’s problem drinking. Located at 24 Hour Club, 1509 Pine Ridge Rd., Naples. Call 239-263-5907 or visit naplesAl-Anon.org for other meeting days and locations. 10:30 a.m. W.O.N.D.E.R. in the Garden. Also on Sept. 2, and then the garden will be closed for maintenance until Oct. 1. Imagine, create, and explore with lessons and activities about a monthly theme. Located at Naples Botanical Garden, 4820 Bayshore Dr., Naples. Visit naplesgarden.org. 11:00 a.m. Free Tickets for Veterans. Free admission for veterans to all Miracle home games. Located at Hammond Stadium, 14100 6 Mile Cypress Pkwy., Fort Myers. Call 239-533-7695 or check milb.com. 11:15 a.m. Be a Biologist. Step into the shoes of our

science and research team members as you learn about their current projects. Located at Conservancy of SWFL, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples. Call 239262-0304 or check conservancy.org. 11:30 a.m. & 5:30 p.m. Once. Select dates and times through Sept. 28. From the very first note, Once pulls you in and doesn’t let you go. Located at Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, 1380 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers. Check broadwaypalm.com. 12:00 p.m. Sunday Programs. Join us for a day of themed activities. Included with price of admission. Located at C’mon, 15080 Livingston Rd., Naples. Call 239-514-0084 or check cmon.org. 12:15 p.m. Scales and Tails. Learn about alligators, snakes, sea turtles, and wonderful reptiles. Located at Conservancy of SWFL, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples. Call 239-262-0304 or visit conservancy.org. 1:15 p.m. Ocean Discoveries. Features the area’s only loggerhead sea turtle, a moray eel, and dozens of fish. You’ll even see a fishy feeding. Located at Conservancy of SWFL, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples. Call 239-262-0304 or check conservancy.org.

2 MONDAY 9:30 a.m. Aerobics With Soul. Discover the joy and benefits of working out to music and movements that add the heat and beat, the heart and soul of Africa to aerobics. Located at South Regional Library,

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8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-252-7542 or check collierlibrary.org. 11:00 a.m. Bereaved Moms Grief Support Group. Under the direction of a professional counselor, discover ways to cope with the very difficult loss of your child. Located at Hope Healthcare, 9470 HealthPark Cr., Fort Myers. Call 239985-7716 or check HopeHCS.org. 4:00 p.m. Meals of Hope Food Pantry. Frozen food, fresh produce, and canned goods will be given away to families in need. Located at River Park Recreation Center, 301 11th St. N., Naples. Visit mealsofhope.org. 5:30 p.m. Diabetes Prevention Program. A free program designed to help you cut your risk of Type 2 diabetes by more than half. Located at Lee Health, 12550 New Brittany Blvd., Suite 100, Fort Myers. Call 239-424-3127 or visit leehealth.org.

3 TUESDAY 10:00 a.m. Storytime with Miss Mary Ellen. Join us for reading, singing, and coloring in a fun-filled atmosphere of learning and lots of laughter. All ages. Located at Barnes & Noble, 5377 Tamiami Tr. N., Naples. Call 239-598-5200 or check stores.barnesandnoble.com. 12:00 p.m. Preschool Open Gym. Also Wednesdays. For children ages 6 and younger. This is not a drop-off open gym. $9. Located at Gymnastic World Naples, 2187 Trade Center Way, Naples. Call 239-592-0608 or check gwnaples.com. 3:00 p.m. Meals of Hope Food Pantry. Frozen food, fresh produce, and canned goods will be given away to families in need. Everyone is welcome. Located at East Naples Community Park, 3500 Thomasson Dr., Naples. Visit mealsofhope.org. 5:30 p.m. Logiscool Computer Coding Open House. Come join us and learn about how your children can code really cool things. Meet our instructors and tour our location. Located at Davis Logiscool, 1715 Heritage Tr., Suite 203, Naples. Call 239-776-8475 or check logiscool.com. 6:00 p.m. Kid Craft-Palooza. Create your next artistic masterpiece with our cool crafting supplies. All materials provided. For grades K-5. Registration is not required. Located at Bonita Springs Public Library, 10560 Reynolds St., Bonita Springs. Call 239-479-4636 or check leegov.com/library. 6:00 p.m. Kids Read Down Fines. Kids earn a $2 credit for every 15 minutes they read in the designated area for a total of $8. Located at Bonita Springs Public Library, 10560 Reynolds St., Bonita Springs. Call 239-479-4636 or check leegov.com/library. 6:00 p.m. Tech-tachular Tuesdays. Tweens and teens will receive an introduction to new technology and coding languages. This month, Ozbots and 3D pens will be available for you to explore. Located at Bonita Springs Public Library, 10560 Reynolds St., Bonita Springs. Call 239-479-4636 or check leegov.com/library.

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4 WEDNESDAY 9:00 a.m. National Wildlife Day: BOGO. Celebrate National Wildlife Day with buy one get one free admission. Located at Rookery Bay, 300 Tower Rd., Naples. Call 239-530-5940 or check rookerybay.org. 9:00 a.m. Pee Wee Play Dates. Wednesdays. Ages 9 months to preK. Have fun with toys and games and listen to music. Drop-in program, no registration required. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0334 or visit collierlibrary.org. 10:00 a.m. Free Kids Crafts. Kids from toddlers to 12 enjoy fun activities in WINK Playland. Located at Miromar Outlets, 10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero. Call 239-948-3766 or check miromaroutlets.com. 4:00 p.m. Lego Club. An hour of creative and engaging fun. Bricks provided. Ages 8-14. Registration required. Located at East Naples Library, 8787 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples. Call 239-775-5592 or check collierlibrary.org. 6:00 p.m. Girl Scout Back to School Troop Building Night. Learn about all the exciting things a girl can do in Girl Scouts, and explore ways for adults to volunteer. Located at Lake Park Elementary, 1295 14th Ave. N., Naples. Call 800-232-4475 or check gsgcf.org. 6:00 p.m. Game Night Fall Season Kickoff. Small group competitive gaming sessions, board games, and card games will be available. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0334 or check collierlibrary.org.

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Rd., Naples. Call 239-514-0084 or check cmon.org. 10:30 a.m. Baby Rhyme Time. For children up to 18 months. You and your baby will learn new nursery rhymes and fingerplays, interact with puppets, sing, read books, and dance. Located at Bonita Springs Public Library, 10560 Reynolds St., Bonita Springs. Call 239-479-4636 or check leegov.com/library. 2:00 p.m. Meals of Hope Food Pantry. Frozen food, fresh produce, and canned goods will be given away to families in need. Everyone is welcome. Located at Golden Gate Senior Center, 4898 Coronado Pkwy., Naples. Visit mealsofhope.org. 4:30 p.m. Teens: DIY Project. Make your own key fob to hold your school ID, keys, and trinkets. Ages 11-17. Supplies are limited to first come, first served. Registration is not required. Located at Naples Regional Library, 650 Central Ave., Naples. Call 239-252-5135 or visit collierlibrary.org. 7:30 p.m. Alateen Meetings. Alateen is a peer support group for teens who are struggling with the effects of someone else’s problem drinking. Located at Habitat for Humanity Tutor House, 5250 Floridan Ave., Naples. Call 239-263-5907 or check NaplesAl-Anon.org.

6 FRIDAY 9:00 a.m. Find It Fridays. Kids enjoy a scavenger hunt all day. Located at Everglades Wonder Gardens, 27180 Old 41 Rd., Bonita Springs. Call 239-992-2591 or visit evergladeswondergardens.com. 4:00 p.m. Family Night. $7 per child. Located at Whiz Kids, 1050 Pine Ridge Rd., Naples. Visit whizkidsnaples.com or call 239-263-7017. 6:00 p.m. Family Open Gym. Ages 6 and younger. Parents must stay. $9. Located at Gymnastic World, 2187 Trade Center Way, Naples. Check gwnaples.com or call 239-592-0608. 7:00 p.m. School Age Open Gym. For kids in grades K-8. Supervised but not structured. No parents. $10 per child. Located at Naples Progressive Gymnastics, 4795 Mercantile Ave., #3, Naples. Call 239-455-3700.

7 SATURDAY 7:00 a.m. Leg It for Literacy. Celebrate National Literacy Day with a competitive, chip-timed 5K or the non-competitive fun run. Located at Sugden Regional Park, 4284 Avalon Dr., Naples. Call 239-262-4448 or check runsignup.com. 8:30 a.m. Pony Pals Club. Riding instruction and curriculum, horse care, crafts, and games. Ages 5-17. Located at Providence Equestrian Center, 13731 E. Terry St., Bonita Springs. Call 239-948-7669 or check providenceequestriancenter.com. 8:45 a.m. Additional Needs Bounce Session. The first Saturday and second Sunday of each month. Music is played at a low volume or not at all. Children are safe and monitored both by parents and Bounce employees. Located at Bounce Naples, 2320 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., Naples. Call 239-302-3848 or visit additionalneeds.info. 9:00 a.m. Avow & Hope Bereavement Day Camp. This special free day camp, hosted jointly by Avow Hospice and Hope Healthcare, is led by professional staff. For children ages 7-17 who have lost a loved one. Registration is required. Camp will be held at Conservancy of SWFL, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples. Call 855-454-3104 or check hopehcs.org. 9:00 a.m. Free Zoo Admission. Admission is free on the first Saturday of every month for Collier County residents with identification. Located at Naples Zoo, 1590 Goodlette-Frank Rd., Naples. Call 239-262-5409 or check napleszoo.org. 9:00 a.m. Kids Workshops. A new craft each month. All kids must be accompanied by an adult. Recommended for ages 5-12. Located at Home Depot, 2251 Pine Ridge Rd., Naples. Visit homedepot.com. 9:00 a.m. Science Saturdays. Free for kids under 5. Unleash your inner scientist or marine biologist with hands-on discovery labs for all ages. Located at Rookery Bay, 300 Tower Rd., Naples. Call 239-530-5940 or check rookerybay.org. 9:00 a.m. Scoops For Library Cards. Receive free ice cream when you sign up for a new library card or show your current library card. All ages. Located at South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-252-7542 or check collierlibrary.org. 9:00 a.m. The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall. On display for two days. Located at JetBlue Park at Fenway South, 11581 Daniels Pkwy., Fort Myers. Call 239-334-4700 or check travelingwall.us. 10:00 a.m. Family Activity Days. Families will create exciting art projects to take home. Get inspired by our Small Wonders: Insects in Focus exhibition and create your own art based on insects. Located at Center for Visual Arts, 26100 Old 41

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Rd., Bonita Springs. Check artcenterbonita.org. 10:00 a.m. Free Kids’ Fishing. We supply the rods, reels, bait, and knowledge. Located at Bass Pro Shops, 10040 Gulf Center Dr., Fort Myers. Call 239-4617800 or check basspro.com. 10:00 a.m. Super Hero Vendor Event. Vendors, crafts, free face painting, children and adult super hero contests, children’s activities, giveaways, raffles, and more. Located at North Collier Regional Park, 1500 Livingston Rd., Naples. Check facebook.com/Sun.Leaf318. 12:00 p.m. Frozen Jr. Auditions. Open to students of all abilities ages 9–18 currently enrolled in grades 3-12. Auditions are by appointment only and students can register online. Located at The Naples Players Sugden Community Theatre, 701 5th Ave. S., Naples. Call 239-434-7340, ext. 130, or check naplesplayers.org. 10:30 a.m. Pups ‘n’ Books. Practice your reading skills with our furry friends. Dogs are provided by Golden PAWS Assistance Dogs. All ages. Registration is not required. Located at Naples Regional Library, 650 Central Ave., Naples. Call 239-252-5135 or visit collierlibrary.org. 1:00 p.m. Autism Spectrum Playgroup. Saturdays. Open to ages 5-16. $10 per child. Located at Christ Community Church, 4050 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers. Call 239-910-0712 or visit fi-florida.org. 6:00 p.m. Parents’ Night Out. Drop off the kids for a fun night of games and activities. Located at Sky Zone Trampoline Park, 14181 S. Tamiami Tr., Fort Myers. Visit skyzone.com. 1:00 p.m. First Saturday Films. Enjoy a first-run children’s film on the first Saturday of every month. All films will be rated G, PG, or PG-13. Located at Marco Island Library, 210 S. Heathwood Dr., Marco Island. Call 239-394-3272 or check collierlibrary.org. 1:00 p.m. Teen Beading Workshop. Design an original beaded piece of jewelry. Materials provided. Class size limited. Ages 12-17. Registration required. Located at Estates Library, 1266 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples. Call 239-455-8088 or check collierlibrary.org. 2:00 p.m. Going to the Dogs. Bring in old jeans or large t-shirts. We are making dog pull toys. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0334 or check collierlibrary.org. 2:00 p.m. Saturday Movie. Missing Link. Rated PG. All ages. Registration is not required. Located at Immokalee Library, 417 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239657-2882 or check collierlibrary.org.

9 MONDAY 10:00 a.m. Homeschool Exploration: Mystery STEM Challenge. Work as a team to solve a problem using a variety of materials. Located at South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy., Estero. Call 239-479-4636 or check leegov.com/ library. 3:00 p.m. Naples Philharmonic Concert. A free chamber music performance. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239593-0334 or check collierlibrary.org.

10 TUESDAY 10:00 a.m. Safari Squad: Jungle School. Also Sept. 11 and 14. How do lions learn to hunt? How do parrots learn to fly? Come and see how animals big and small learn about everyday life. Located at Naples Zoo, 1590 Goodlette-Frank Rd., Naples. Call 239-262-5409 or check napleszoo.org. 10:00 a.m. Baby Story Time. Ages 3-15 months. Songs, rhymes, and stories designed to promote language development. Registration is required. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0334 or check collierlibrary.org. 10:30 a.m. Family Story Time and Craft. Come and join other parents and their children for stories, songs, and crafts. All ages are welcome. Located at Golden Gate Library, 2432 Lucerne Rd., Naples. Check collierlibrary.org or call 239-252-4542. 2:00 p.m. Classical Music Concert. Come hear musicians from the Naples Philharmonic perform a variety of chamber music repertoire. Registration required. Located at South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples. Call 239252-7542 or check collierlibrary.org. 6:00 p.m. Artify with Ms. Sharon. Explore a new art project or technique each month. This month’s project and technique will be glazed watercolor paintings. Grades K-5. All materials provided. Dress for mess. Located at Bonita Springs

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Public Library, 10560 Reynolds St., Bonita Springs. Call 239-479-4636 or check leegov.com/library. 6:00 p.m. Teen Gaming Night. Drop in to our new tweens- and teens-only space to play with an assortment of board games and the new video game center. For grades 6 and up. Located at Bonita Springs Public Library, 10560 Reynolds St., Bonita Springs. Call 239-479-4636 or check leegov.com/library. 6:15 p.m. Teen Action Group: Project Linus. Learn about issues that affect our community and inspire change by participating in community service projects. Located at South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy., Estero. Call 239-479-4636 or check leegov.com/library.

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10:00 a.m. Volunteer Tutors Needed. Tutors needed to help adults and children learn to speak, read, and write English. No language other than English is needed. Located at Literacy Volunteers of Collier County, 8833 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples. Call 239-262-4448 or check collierliteracyvolunteers.org. 10:00 a.m. Color Me Amazing Wednesday. Join us for a fun and relaxing hour of coloring intricate designs and patterns while listening to soothing music. You will be surprised by how relaxing coloring is. Located at East Naples Library, 8787 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples. Call 239-775-5592 or check collierlibrary.org. 10:30 a.m. Preschool Story Time. Join us for stories, activities and an art project for children ages 3-5. Registration is not required. Located at Estates Library, 1266 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples. Call 239-455-8088 or check collierlibrary.org. 11:00 a.m. Make and Take Craft. Some of our favorite children’s picture books featuring our story time theme will be displayed for you to check out or read at your own pace at the library. Located at Naples Regional Library, 650 Central Ave., Naples. Call 239-252-5135 or visit collierlibrary.org. 6:00 p.m. Game Night. Game Night Challenge will be every week in the YA Room. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0334 or check collierlibrary.org.

12 THURSDAY 10:30 a.m. Bilingual Story Time. Children’s easy reader and picture books, read in English and Spanish. Located at East Naples Library, 8787 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples. Call 239-775-5592 or check collierlibrary.org. 10:30 a.m. Family Story Time. Enjoy stories, songs, activities, and a craft for children and an adult. Located at Marco Island Library, 210 S. Heathwood Dr., Marco Island. Call 239-394-3272 or check collierlibrary.org. 3:30 p.m. Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. Celebrate with crafts, music, stories, and a treat. Registration is required. Located at Golden Gate Library, 2432 Lucerne Rd., Naples. Call 239-252-4542 or check collierlibrary.org. 4:30 p.m. Fuse Beading. Join us for a night of creative fun using fuse beads. Create a star, horse, flower, and other fun shapes. All ages. Registration is not required. Located at Immokalee Library, 417 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239-657-2882 or check collierlibrary.org. 6:00 p.m. Girl Scout Back to School Troop Building Night. Learn about all the exciting things a girl can do in Girl Scouts, and explore ways for adults to volunteer. Located at Calusa Park Elementary, 4600 Santa Barbara Blvd., Naples. Call 800-232-4475 or check gsgcf.org.

13 FRIDAY 10:00 a.m. Le Leche League Monthly Meeting. All breastfeeding mothers and mothers-to-be interested in breastfeeding are welcome. Or call one of our leaders for breastfeeding help. Located at Center Point Community Church, 6590 Golden Gate Pkwy., Naples. Visit lllsunshinestate.org. 11:00 a.m. Color Me Amazing Friday. A fun and relaxing hour of coloring intricate designs and patterns while listening to soothing music. Located at South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-252-7542 or check collierlibrary.org. 6:00 p.m. Parent’s Night Out at Logiscool. An evening of fun for children from kindergarten through 14 years old. Led by our school instructors, kids will enjoy a special agenda planned just for them with awesome activities, coding, and more. Pizza included. Located at Logiscool, 1715 Heritage Tr., Naples. Call 239-7768475 or visit logiscool.com.

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6:00 p.m. Paint the Town Parents’ Night Out. A night filled with fun, games, crafts, and, of course, paint. Located at Whiz Kids, 1050 Pine Ridge Rd., Naples. Call 239-263-7017 or check whizkidsnaples.com.

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14 SATURDAY 7:30 a.m. Kowiachobee Animal Preserve at Farmer’s Market. Visit us at the farmer’s market the second Saturday of each month through October. Located at Third Street South, Naples. Check thirdstreetsouth.com. 9:30 a.m. Yoga Cruises. Improve core strength, flexibility, and balance along the gulf and soft white sand beach of Keewaydin Island. Located at Pure Florida at Tin City, 1200 5th Ave. S., Naples. Call 239-263-4949 or check purefl.com. 10:00 a.m. Cape Bazaar Craft & Art Fair. Vendors, food, tiki bar, live music, face painting, and more. Free admission. Located at 155 Santa Barbara Blvd. N., Cape Coral. Check llsnevents.com. 1:00 p.m. Bee Keeping. Learn the basics: how to acquire your own bee colony, tools, and supplies, and how to handle bees. Taste some honey and view an observation hive. Ages 12+. Located at Estates Library, 1266 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples. Call 239-455-8088 or check collierlibrary.org. 2:00 p.m. Agriculture in the Classroom. Learn about farming in Florida. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-5930334 or check collierlibrary.org. 2:00 p.m. Saturday Movie. Shazam. Rate PG-13. Ages 8+. Registration is not required. Located at Immokalee Library, 417 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239657-2882 or check collierlibrary.org.

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9:30 a.m. Zoo Yoga. Start your day with an animal-themed yoga class for all ages. Breathe, stretch, and relax in nature. Located at Naples Zoo, 1590 GoodletteFrank Rd., Naples. Call 239-262-5409 or check napleszoo.org. 12:00 p.m. Free Kids Protection Workshop. Free indoor play, childcare, and pizza provided. Located at Whiz Kids, 1050 Pine Ridge Rd., Naples. Reserve your spot by emailing rsvp@albanislaw.com. Located at Whiz Kids, 1050 Pine Ridge Rd., Naples. albanislaw.com. 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. Visit pflagnaples.org or call 239-963-4670 for location.

16 MONDAY 10:00 a.m. Baby Rhyme Time. Up to 18 months. You and your baby will learn new nursery rhymes and fingerplays, interact with puppets, sing, read books, and dance. Registration is required. Located at South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy., Estero. Call 239-479-4636 or check leegov.com/library. 3:00 p.m. Family Game Time. Drop in for a fun family game extravaganza. All ages; children under 13 must be accompanied by a participating adult. Located at Bonita Springs Public Library, 10560 Reynolds St., Bonita Springs. Call 239-4794636 or check leegov.com/library. 5:30 p.m. Collier County Public Schools College Night. Visit with college and university representatives from across the country. Located at Golden Gate High School, 2925 Titan Way, Naples. Check collierschools.com.

17 TUESDAY 5:00 p.m. Montessori Open House. Learn about school year and summer programs that serve students from 2 months through 9 years old. Or call 239-5972255 to schedule a private tour. Located at Montessori Academy of Naples, 2655 Northbrooke Dr., Naples. Check naplesmontessori.org. 6:00 p.m. Lego Club. Join us for a short story and Lego building challenges. Bricks provided. For grades K-5. Registration is requested, but not required. Located at Bonita Springs Public Library, 10560 Reynolds St., Bonita Springs. Call 239-479-4636 or check leegov.com/library. 6:00 p.m. Make Your Own Book Bag. Tweens and teens will combine duct tape and magazine cutouts to create fun and inventive bags. All materials provided. For grades 6+. Located at Bonita Springs Public Library, 10560 Reynolds St., Bonita Springs. Call 239-479-4636 or check leegov.com/library.

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6:30 p.m. Girl Scout Back to School Troop Building Night. Learn about all the exciting things a girl can do in Girl Scouts, and explore ways for adults to volunteer. Located at Vineyards Elementary, 6225 Arbor Blvd. W., Naples. Check gsgcf.org.

18 WEDNESDAY 3:00 p.m. Lego Club. Share ideas, be creative, and have fun. Bricks provided. All ages. Registration is not required. Located at Immokalee Library, 417 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239-657-2882 or check collierlibrary.org. 6:00 p.m. Girl Scout Back to School Troop Building Night. Learn about all the exciting things a girl can do in Girl Scouts, and explore ways for adults to volunteer. Located at Sea Gate Elementary, 650 Seagate Dr., Naples. Check gsgcf.org.

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19 THURSDAY 10:00 a.m. Kid’s Crafternoon. Spend an hour making crafts. Grades 1-5. Registration is required. Located at South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-252-7542 or check collierlibrary.org. 10:30 a.m. Family Story Time: Recycling Counts. Learn all about recycling as we read books, recite rhymes, and make a simple craft. Located at East Naples Library, 8787 Tamiami Tr. E., Naples. Call 239-775-5592 or check collierlibrary.org. 6:45 p.m. Girl Scout Back to School Troop Building Night. Learn about all the exciting things a girl can do in Girl Scouts, and explore ways for adults to volunteer. Located at Big Cypress Elementary, 3250 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples. Check gsgcf.org. 6:45 p.m. Girl Scout Back to School Troop Building Night. Learn about all the exciting things a girl can do in Girl Scouts, and explore ways for adults to volunteer. Located at Laurel Oak Elementary, 7800 Immokalee Rd., Naples. Check gsgcf.org.

21 SATURDAY 1:00 p.m. Family Game Afternoon. Bring your favorite family game to the Immokalee library and share with other families. Located at Immokalee Library, 417 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239-657-2882 or check collierlibrary.org. 1:30 p.m. Pups ‘n’ Books. Stop by to read to a dog or just to pet one. Dogs are provided by PAWS Assistance and Therapy Dogs. All ages. Registration is not required. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0334 or check collierlibrary.org.

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3:30 p.m. Family Game Night at the Library. A night of board games, scavenger hunts, snacks, and prizes. All ages welcome. Located at South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-252-7542 or check collierlibrary.org. 3:30 p.m. Kindness Club. Activities designed to encourage kindness and help make the world a better place. For grades 2-6. Registration required. Located at South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy., Estero. Call 239-4794636 or check leegov.com/library. 4:30 p.m. Soap Making. Learn how to make homemade soap. Ages 8-14 years. Registration required. Located at Estates Library, 1266 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples. Call 239-455-8088 or check collierlibrary.org. 4:30 p.m. Teens: Movie @ the Library. Join us after school for a movie and some snacks. Ages 11-17. Registration is not required. Located at Naples Regional Library, 650 Central Ave., Naples. Call 239-252-5135 or visit collierlibrary.org.

24 TUESDAY 3:30 p.m. Where Do Panthers Live? Learn about the Florida panther from a panther specialist. Located at Golden Gate Library, 2432 Lucerne Rd., Naples. Call 239-252-4542 or check collierlibrary.org. 5:00 p.m. Sensory Night. For children on the autism spectrum and/or with other sensory integration disorders. Limited participation. Registration required. Located at C’mon, 15080 Livingston Rd., Naples. Visit cmon.org. 5:00 p.m. Wellfit Girls Open House. Learn about our new programs for teen girls, meet coaches and program directors, get scholarship information, and hear from alumni. Located at Neubek Photographers Gallery, 6240 Shirley St., #205,

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Naples. Visit wellfitgirls.org. 6:00 p.m. Kids’ Open Game Night. Play card and board games in the Youth Services room. For grades K-5. Registration is not required. Located at Bonita Springs Public Library, 10560 Reynolds St., Bonita Springs. Call 239-479-4636 or check leegov.com/library. 6:00 p.m. Bad Art Contest. Tweens and teens will create masterpieces of bad art to contribute to our Gallery of Regrettable Art, and vote on the best worst creation. All materials provided. Located at Bonita Springs Public Library, 10560 Reynolds St., Bonita Springs. Call 239-479-4636 or check leegov.com/library.

26 THURSDAY 3:00 p.m. Book Bingo. Bring a friend and win some prizes. All Ages. Registration is not required. Located at Immokalee Library, 417 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239-657-2882 or check collierlibrary.org. 3:30 p.m. Lego Club. Share ideas, be creative, make new friends, and have fun. Bricks will be provided and your creation will be put on display. Located at South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-252-7542 or check collierlibrary.org.

27 FRIDAY 10:00 a.m. Art Smarts. Ages 2-5 years. A special extended program featuring a fun-filled morning trying out our new board games. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0334 or check collierlibrary.org.

28 SATURDAY 9:00 a.m. National Estuaries Day. A free day of fun. Boat trips, kayaking, standup paddle boarding, touch tanks, live animal presentations, crafts, Junior Scientist lab activities, live music, and more. Located at Rookery Bay, 300 Tower Rd., Naples. Call 239-530-5940 or check rookerybay.org. 10:00 a.m. Blessing of the Stone Crab Fleet. Food, live music, frog jumping contest, and more. Located at Rod and Gun Club, 200 Riverside Dr., Everglades City. Check facebook.com/EvergladesStoneCrab. 1:00 p.m. Saturday Movie Matinee. Bumblebee. Rated PG-13. Registration is not required. Located at Estates Library, 1266 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples. Call 239-455-8088 or check collierlibrary.org. 1:00 p.m. Toy Story of Terror. To celebrate National Library Card Sign-up Month, we will be showing Toy Story of Terror. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0334 or check collierlibrary.org. 2:00 p.m. Happy Cat. Bring any scrap material or old t-shirts to make cat toys using sewing machines. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-593-0334 or check collierlibrary.org. 3:00 p.m. Reading with Maggie. Practice your reading skills with our furry friend, Maggie, a friendly and insured black lab who loves children and enjoys reading. All ages. Located at Vanderbilt Beach Library, 788 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., Naples. Call 239-597-8444 or check collierlibrary.org.

30 MONDAY 10:00 a.m. Living Monopoly. An interactive version of the popular game. Located at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples. Call 239-5930334 or check collierlibrary.org. 11:00 a.m. No School Fun Film. A Dog’s Journey. Rated PG. Registration is not required. Located at Estates Library, 1266 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples. Call 239-455-8088 or check collierlibrary.org. 2:00 p.m. Monday Matinee. The BFG. Rated PG. Located at Golden Gate Library, 2432 Lucerne Rd., Naples. Call 239-252-4542 or check collierlibrary.org. 2:00 p.m. Movie Afternoon. Pokemon Detective Pikachu. Rated PG. All ages. Registration is not required. Located at Immokalee Library, 417 N. First St., Immokalee. Call 239-657-2882 or check collierlibrary.org. 6:00 p.m. Teens Crafternoon. Spend an hour making crafts. Ages 12-18. Registration is required. Located at South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples. Call 239-252-7542 or check collierlibrary.org.

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hen children are abused, abandoned, or neglected, someone needs to step forward and provide compassionate, unwavering care in loco parentis. In 2001, I met a local grandmother who was willing to welcome her grandchild into her home instead of having the court system assign that child to a stranger’s home. There was just one problem – she didn’t have an extra bed, and the Florida Department of Children and Families requires a bed before the court can grant temporary custody. So I donated a bed from my own home. Since then, nearly 3,000 Southwest Florida children have been helped through Bedz for Kidz, a program now managed through Guardian ad Litem Foundation, 20th Judicial Circuit. Many more selfless individuals across Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry, and Glades counties have room in their hearts and homes to shelter a child but need an extra bed to be approved as foster parents or guardians. Over the years the stories we’ve heard from children are both heartwarming and heartbreaking. I remember a precious 5-year-old girl who was placed in a home with a new bed, and her comment was, “Now I don’t have to sleep in the bathtub anymore!” Then there was a boy who was severely burned by his father, and we went out of our way to make sure he had a nice, comfortable bed with deluxe linens, pillows, and blankets to help in his recovery. His response: “Is there someone more deserving that needs this bed?” These children have been through so much trauma, heartbreak, and uncertainty in their lives. Their parents may have abused them. Their parents may be drug users, alcoholics, or behind bars. Guardian ad Litem and the Guardian ad Litem Foundation are there to help, providing trained volunteers who serve as a child’s voice as they navigate the judicial, education, and child welfare system. The foundation’s Children’s Needs Program provides funds so children still can have birthday parties, go to the movies, or visit an amusement park while in foster care or a temporary setting.

Bedz for Kidz started with that first donation, and it’s grown into a community-wide initiative. Although I still do most of the shopping and fundraising, and my husband, John, assembles beds and furniture, so many community partners have stepped forward to help. Rotary and Kiwanis clubs, as well as realtor associations, have provided monetary donations. The Southwest Florida Quilters Guild sews quilts, and Project Linus has provided blankets. Price Cutter Furniture offers discounts that help stretch donations. Although we’ve delivered nearly 3,000 beds, our work is not done. There are more grandparents, relatives, and future foster parents willing to open their hearts and homes, but they need a bed – or two or three – to make sure siblings aren’t split apart. Keeping brothers and sisters together should be a priority. Bedz for Kidz relies on donations to purchase cribs and twin, double, and bunk beds, as well as dressers, lamps, and end tables. We also accept donations of new linens, including sheets, pillowcases, blankets, and throws featuring children’s characters – princesses and superheroes are especially loved by the children. For details, visit VoicesForKids.org or call 239-533-1435.

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YOUR CHILD’S HEALTH

By Alexandra Sarac, D.O., FAAP, Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida

When Your Baby Needs to See the Pediatrician, and What to Expect

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At each subsequent visit, your pediatrician will continue to take measurements and perform a complete physical exam. Developmental issues, oral health, nutrition and fitness, sleep, safety, and psychological wellbeing will be discussed. Family dynamics also are assessed. Important screenings for anemia, vision, and hearing are performed periodically after the 12-month visit. Parents undoubtedly will have questions for the pediatrician. Consider writing down your questions beforehand so you don’t forget them in the moment. Why are pediatrician visits necessary? Pediatrics is unique because it allows for health supervision before disease onset. Through these visits, pediatricians have a unique opportunity to identify and address important social, developmental, behavioral, and health issues that could have significant and long-lasting effects on children’s lives as adults.

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By Anna Snyder

A Day in the Life of Stage, Band, and Dance Moms W hen a child makes a commitment to the arts, the entire family makes a commitment to the arts. The schedules can be tedious and exhausting. Between practices, performances, and academics, how do families fit it all in? Local parents shared their experiences supporting their kids’ dedication to the stage, dance, and band. Cyndee Woolley, Dance Mom of Bridget Bridget Woolley, a 13-year-old student at Gulf View Middle School, has participated in structured dance instruction since she was 4 years old. Dance is now an integral part of the Woolley family’s dynamic, according to Bridget’s mom, Cyndee. “It’s just who we are. It informs the rhythm of our year.” This includes summer travel, intensives, workshops, and competitions. Bridget spent one year on a competition team during which she began working in different styles, but the experience confirmed her great love for classical ballet and pointe work. Training season for dance runs concurrent with the school year, and the time commitment has jumped up a notch for the Woolleys this year. “The dance program she participates in this year involves

L-R: Bridget and Cyndee and Woolley. 13 to 15 hours per week of training, which is more than she has ever done,” Cyndee said. “On a typical day, I drop her off at school, and then my mom picks her up and drops her off at dance. I then pick her up from dance, and we eat dinner together.” Coming together for this meal is significant. “Every day, no matter how late it is, we eat dinner together,” Cyndee noted. “I hear how her day went, and I cheer her up if it was difficult, or I cheer her on if it went well.” Committing so many hours each day may sound overwhelming for a 13-yearold, but under the increased pressure,

Bridget continues to thrive. “She has big dreams and big goals, which continually motivate her to get her work done faster,” Cyndee said. “And, her grades have continually improved with each increase in time she spends dancing. I can tell when she’s in her zone and in her happy place.” Bridget’s ultimate goal is a career as a professional dancer, and to open a dance studio specifically for therapeutic dance. Cyndee views her role in achieving these objectives as her daughter’s support system. “Bridget’s commitment to dance and hard work is all her. My job is to support her and help her grow into the powerful woman she is meant to be.” Sandra Annoye, Marching Band Mom of Olivia Olivia Annoye, a 15-year-old sophomore at Barron Collier High School (BCHS), plays the flute in the Cougar marching band. Her schedule on marching band days is exhausting. The school day at BCHS starts at 7:05 a.m. and ends at 2:05 p.m. Then she practices with the girls’ varsity golf team from 3-5 p.m. From golf, she goes directly to marching band rehearsal from 5:30-9 p.m. Olivia starts hitting the books at about 9:30 p.m. “Practice days are very hectic, but

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ing a heavy uniform and hat, and torrential rain happens unexpectedly during halftime performances, our family feels that the marching band season is too short. We’re always left wanting more.” And the Annoye family likely will get more, as Olivia’s high school band experience has been such a positive experience that she plans to continue to march in college.

Olivia Annoye with the Barron Collier High School Marching Band at the 2018 Peach Bowl in Atlanta. fun,” said mom Sandra Annoye. “Fridays are performance days; the Cougar marching band performs at all home football games and most away games. We make those days a family affair. In addition to being spectators, Jim (Olivia’s dad) and I are BCHS Band Boosters and volunteer in the concession stand for home games. We serve as chaperones for away games.” This investment of time and energy by the entire Annoye family has paid dividends. “We love the sense of community and camaraderie we feel being part of the BCHS marching band,” Sandra explained. “We’ve met so many amazing parents and students and made great friends. We even have fun working in the concession stand in 90 degree weather. And even though Olivia marches in extreme heat while wear-

Torrie Heathcoat, Stage Mom of Rowan and Ashton Both Rowan, 14, and Ashton Heathcoat, 9, have a passion for theater. Their parents, Torrie and Andy Heathcoat, have theater backgrounds. “We actually met doing a show,” Torrie said. “It was inevitable that our kids would gravitate to theater. Our daughter, Rowan, started performing at age 6 in musicals all over Southwest Florida, until sixth grade, when she chose to pursue other interests. Ashton currently attends an arts-based elementary school, so he was exposed to the arts early on.” A typical day in the Heathcoat household starts early. “Ashton’s school offers before-school activities, so he is a part of Boys in Black, a singing, dancing boys’ group. He’s at school at 7 a.m. to practice,” Torrie said. Afternoons and evenings also are hectic. “When Ashton is in a show, rehearsals are every day. After the show opens, he performs every other night from 7:30-10 p.m.” Ashton also has voice and dance lessons and plays ice hockey. Just to make things are little more chaotic is that fact that this schedule often fluctuates. “Ashton has an agent, so when he’s requested for a TV or film audition, it means driving to Miami with very short

The cast of Nickelodeon’s I Am Frankie, in which Ashton Heathcoat (bottom left) had a regular role this past year.

notice,” Torrie noted. The Heathcoats still make room for family time. “We love to go to the beach and watch the sunset. We have monthly game nights and take family walks to reconnect,” she said. Her advice to parents of other aspiring artists is to be all in, while also making sure that your child wants to be all in. “Have your child as prepared as they can be; have them take singing, acting, and dance lessons. Southwest Florida offers so many classes and workshops. As a stage mom, you have to go with the flow and expect the unexpected. And, if your child isn’t all in, pushing them to perform and audition will not go well,” she explained. ANNA SNYDER lives in Naples with her husband and daughter. She loves to write, read, crochet, and run. She writes about her family’s adventures at marriedtoafisherman. com.

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By Jan Pierce

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ood music is one of the joys of life, and educators know that an early introduction to music is a great way to begin the learning process. The lyrics and rhythms of music build skills that lead to reading and math proficiency and, besides, music is fun. Your preschoolers will absolutely love the five kindie music groups listed below. Grab their songs for your playlists, and consider going to their concerts. It’s never too early for the introduction of quality musical experiences for your little ones. Dan Zane and Friends Dan Zanes has been around a long time and is known as the crown prince of music for kids. His energy is contagious as he connects kids to the music of the past. He’s won many awards, including a Grammy for his engaging and multicultural musical offerings. Find Dan Zanes at www.danzanes.com.

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Trout Fishing in America National Public Rad has dubbed Keith Grimwood and Ezra Idlet the Lennon and McCartney of Kids Music. This awardwinning group is famous for songs such as My Hair Had a Party Last Night. This country-rock group will have your kids’ toes tapping in no time. Find Trout Fishing at www.troutmusic.com. Elizabeth Mitchell Elizabeth Mitchell introduces children to the delights of traditional American music. Her folk and bluegrassy sounds take children back to the times of the Carter family and Woody Guthrie. Mitchell focuses on language exploration in her simple and charming videos. Songs such as Froggie Went a-Courtin’ entertain and engage children in beautiful ways. Find Elizabeth Mitchell at www.youaremyflower.org. Justin Roberts This Grammy nominee is both a songwriter and performer. He hails from Chicago and his band is called The Not Ready for Naptime Players. His songs are all about growing up. Roberts is prolific and has produced 13 albums of songs for kids. Find Justin Roberts at www.justinroberts.org. The Okee Dokee Brothers Joe Mailander and Justin Lansing have been lifelong friends. This Colorado-born duo brings your kids songs about friendships and the great outdoors. The songs encourage creativity and an enjoyment of nature. Their bluegrass style includes rhythms that get everyone dancing along. This group is footstomping fun. Find the Okee Dokee Brothers at www.okeedokee.org. NEAPOLITANfamily • September 2019

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By Shannon Dean

How To Boost Your Child’s Brain Power With Creative Arts

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n a highly competitive world that places a huge premium on easily measured achievements, creative arts sometimes are considered an extra for which there is not enough time or money. However, experts believe that this thinking is dated, as research indicates that the arts are every bit as beneficial to brain development and learning as traditional academics. The benefits of childhood exposure to the arts Enhanced development, academic performance, and selfconfidence: Teachers intuitively know that the arts increase academic performance, behavior, and attendance. And recent brain research confirms that the arts boost memory, intellectual curiosity, and self-esteem. In its published study, Champions of Change: The Impact of the Arts on Learning, the Arts Education Partnership said, “When well taught, the arts provide young people with authentic learning experiences that engage their minds, hearts, and bodies and nurtures the development of cognitive, social, and personal competencies.” Diverse, highly valued skills that contribute to future success: There’s often an assumption that an investment in the arts is a financial loss. Sure, it’s nice to have an artistic child, but having a successful, employable child is the real goal. Fortunately, it is possible to have all three, because exposure to the arts develops the skills that will be highly valued in the future. The evolving workplace

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rewards creative thinkers who can generate innovative and original ideas in a variety of media. Former U.S. Department of Education Secretary Richard Riley has said, “If young Americans are to succeed, they will need an education that develops imaginative and tough-minded thinking. The arts powerfully nurture this ability over other areas of learning.” Better still, in a world that is becoming more diverse, exposure to the arts helps children appreciate different points of view. Broadway composer Stephan Swartz explained, “The arts are about increasing sympathy, increasing in people the ability to see things from other people’s point of view, and understanding that the world is not just from your own narrow perspectives, but from the perspective of people from other cultures.” Yet, while the arts open a world of possibilities to a child, they also give him a greater sense of himself. While enjoying artistic experiences, children are stripped of pretenses and self-consciousness. As a result, they develop an awareness of, and appreciation for, their unique individuality. Easy, inexpensive ways to incorporate the arts Exposing a child to the arts need not be time consuming, difficult, or expensive. Most communities offer enhancement programs at recreation centers, libraries, museums, or performing art centers at little or no cost. It also is easy to reinforce concepts at home. Here NEAPOLITANfamily • September 2019


are different types of creative arts that children enjoy, the benefits that each provides, and suggestions for how to incorporate them at home: Music: Listening to, singing, and playing music has an undeniable effect on reasoning, language, math, and social behavior. Exposure to music actually can form new, permanent connections in a child’s brain. Aimee Carter, the owner of Delightful Sounds, teaches music to children with developmental delays. She said that all of her music students experience substantial developmental, emotional, and social gains. Music director Tom Tietjen said that his music students enjoy greater self-awareness, cooperation skills, and an appreciation of different cultures. Parents can play or make music at home, but don’t be afraid to take your child to the symphony. Many offer child-friendly performances and instrument “petting zoos” that expose a child to different instruments and sounds. It’s fun to watch a child’s reaction when she instinctively gravitates toward an instrument. Theater: Encourage dramatic role-play, story enactment, or viewing live theater. Such exposure enhances a child’s imagination, builds her self-confidence, and improves memory and reading skills. Drama students also learn to comfortably express their emotions in a group setting, a skill that becomes important as they approach adulthood. At home, encourage pretend play. Many kids instinctively act out their favorite stories. Consider a family talent show to allow even shy children to shine in the safety of their own home. Check out local theater offerings that are specifically for kids. Visual arts: Exposure to painting, drawing, sculpture, photo-

graphy, and architecture help develop a child’s fine motor and critical thinking skills. Artist and teacher Virginia Larrea-LaTourrette sees improvements in her students’ self-discipline, organizational skills, and self-esteem. She said that art can make academic subjects (particularly geometry) more accessible: “Children learn that art is connected with all learning, so even boring subjects can be fun.” It’s easy to encourage the visual arts at home because kids love to draw, sculpt, and build. Allow kids to use an old smartphone to take photographs and then choose one for framing. Look for family nights at your local museum, and ask your child to describe what he likes about his favorite pieces. Literary arts: Exposure to or creating written works, poetry, and narratives encourage self-exploration and intellectual curiosity. Despite geographic or socioeconomic barriers, literature can teach kids to appreciate the opinions and differences of others while also recognizing and honoring their own abilities and backgrounds. Literary reading is in a steep decline, with the most dramatic drop off happening in the youngest age groups. Consider reading the classics as a family. Swiss Family Robinson, Through the Looking Glass, Treasure Island, and Little Women are popular choices. Know that many publishers offer classic stories with age-appropriate text. Another option is poetry written specifically for children. Encourage your kids to write their own stories and poems. With all of the offerings and choices available, consider incorporating the arts into your family’s daily routine. Even if your child does not become the next Shakespeare, Mozart, or Picasso, these small and easy efforts yield substantial benefits.

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DANCE BACKSTAGE DANCE ACADEMY 239-566-3535 bdaNaples.com • frontdesk@bdanaples.com Backstage Dance Academy offers a professional dance education for girls and boys ages 2 to 18. Students can stretch their imaginations in our Children’s Division or nurture their skill and artistry in our Academy Division. Whether you’re enrolled in one of our ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, or lyrical classes, our professional instructors will teach a challenging and engaging class designed to inspire and transform each student. If you are interested in joining our dedicated dance family centered around a common love of dance, stop by and visit our friendly staff, or call us for more information on how you can bring the joy of dance into your child’s life. We look forward to meeting you. CITY OF NAPLES • 239-213-3020 NaplesGov.com • jfox@naplesgov.com The City of Naples offers a variety of activities for everyone from

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prekindergarten to adults all year long. Programs include arts, water sports, language, and more. Specialty summer camps are offered for prekindergarten to teens. COLLIER COUNTY PARKS & RECREATION 239-252-4000 CollierParks.com Peg.Ruby@colliercountyfl.gov The Collier County Parks & Recreation Division offers a variety of programs involving the arts. Dance classes are offered at our community centers at affordable prices. This enables children and adults from all economic and cultural backgrounds to fully participate in the study of dance. Our class schedule is updated three times a year (fall, winter/spring, summer), so check the website toward the beginning of each session for updates. The basics of ballet, jazz, tap, and dance technique are stressed for all students. The opportunity to participate in recreational social and cultural outlets is critical to the quality of life in any community. We provide programming for all ages and abilities, including sports leagues/ camps/competitions, aquatics, arts, dance, community classes,

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Neapolitan Family September 2019 Digital Issue  

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