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Gulfshore Life's Third Annual Restaurant Week - Event dates: 08/13/2012 - 08/17/2012

The most delicious week of summer is here as Gulfshore Life hosts its third annual Restaurant Week, August 13-17, 2012.

Some of Southwest Florida’s finest restaurants will feature awe-inspiring meals prepared especially for this gourmet event.

Participating restaurants will offer two and three-course lunches or dinners at a fixed price.

To participate, just mention Gulfshore Life Restaurant Week or print one of the below featured menus. Become a fan and follow Gulfshore Life Restaurant Week on Facebook.



Assault begins on nonnative lionfish in Florida coastal waters

Lionfish are a venomous invasive species establishing themselves in Florida coastal waters. Most likely they were brought here by importers and by various circumstances are now loose in a new habitat. Shutterstock

Florida is stepping up its assault against nonnative lionfish spreading through the state's coastal waters and putting marine ecosystems at risk.

Under rules unveiled Monday, recreational fishermen will not need a fishing license to catch the colorful venomous pests as long as they are spearfishing or using a hand-held net. A license still is required to catch lionfish with a hook and line, which is rarely done.

Lionfish have up to 18 needlelike spines that inject venom when they are pressed. The meat of a lionfish is not poisonous and considered by some to be a delicacy.

  • Divers work off Naples to clean Santa Lucia Reef today

    Bryan Fluech of the University of Florida extension service unloads a bag filled with nets, ropes and lures retrieved from The Santa Lucia reef area in Naples after crews did a reef clean in 2008. Despite cutting the trip short because of heavy waves, the crew still managed to fill more than a dozen bags and buckets with debris.

    NAPLES —One of Collier County's most popular fishing spots is getting a makeover today during an annual artificial reef cleanup at Santa Lucia Reef, just south of Gordon Pass.

    Santa Lucia's prime location and abundance of fish species make it one of the county's most heavily fished reefs. However, in return, it collects a lot of debris.

    Divers will clean the Gulf reef, getting rid of things like cast nets, fishing lines, and lures that can not only be an eyesore, but also dangerous.


  • Move beyond Bud and try some new brews during Fort Myers Miracle's craft beer festival Few things go together as well as baseball and beer, two of America’s greatest pastimes.

    As the popularity of small, independent brewers continues to rise among the country’s drinkers, the Fort Myers Miracle have made a commitment to what’s known as craft beer.

    Fort Myers Miracle Craft Beer Festival.

    The area's only minor league baseball team has increased the quantity and quality of drafts at Hammond Stadium and has put on a number of events geared toward local beer lovers.The Miracle's latest effort to provide baseball fans better beer combines the two favorites with another of our country's rites of summer — fireworks.

    Papa John’s founder to raise price of pizza because of Obamacare . Papa John’s founder to raise price of pizza because of 'Obamacare'

    John Schnatter, CEO and founder of Papa John’s Pizza.

    Papa John’s warns it will have to raise the price of its pizzas due to President Obama’s health care law.

    In a conference call during last week’s shareholder’s meeting, John Schnatter, CEO and founder of Papa John’s, said pizza will cost up to 14 cents more when the Affordable Care Act goes into effect in 2014, according to Politico and WNEW.

    Schnatter, a Romney supporter, held a private fundraiser for the GOP presidential candidate at his Kentucky home in April. Schnatter also has a home in Naples.


    Hire people a with a fair wage including benefits for a fair days work. That way everyone will be happy.

    Papa John's pizza controversy: Another fast-food chain embroiled in culture war.

    Food for Thought

  • Restaurant/Foodservice employees (not corporate types - they receive benefits) typically receive little or no benefits. Sad but true. Typically only a few "Key" people may receive some benefits.

  • When a Food Service/Restaurant employee does receive medical benefits, they are of lower quality, more of a shared expense/risk policy with the employee's cost exposure greatly increase, Management included.

  • Vacation time. Mostly unpaid or minimium compared to most Industries.

  • Holiday pay, forget about it!

  • Food Services benefits as a whole does not compare well with other Industies. This is again true with the rank and file employee and Management.

  • Fast Food/Restaurants in particular are notorious for hiring part timers, no benefit cost.

  • What is papa's marketing cost? 10%, 15% on Sales of 1 -2 $$$ Billion dollars. Spend 1% of marketing for Benefits for your loyal employees and reap the benefits (happy and loyal employees).

  • If we can reject buying shoes, clothes, Apple products etc because of abusive labor laws, then we can refuse Papa Johns pizza too.

    PINK SLIP

    A quote from a John Wayne movie "Mcclintock" that I believe is most appropriate here.

    "I don't give jobs, I hire men with a fair wage for a fair days work. That way we're both happy".

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    Stepped up holiday patrols set for Naples Bay after ruling strikes speed zone law NAPLES — When boaters cruise along Naples Bay on the Fourth of July, there will be more marine officers patrolling the waters.

    Enhanced marine patrols are normal for holidays, but Independence Day is the first one since a Collier County judge on June 21 struck down the city's boat speed law. The law had created extended idle-speed zones on weekends and holidays in Naples Bay.

  • Summer dining deals in full swing in Southwest Florida It’s summer and the living is easy. Local restaurants are making it even easier on your budget to dine out with summer specials.

    Many places have specials for certain days of the week, some have sunset or early dining prices and one — Cloyde’s Steak & Lobster House — has extended its sunset menu for the whole evening every night of the week.

    Others have dinners for two that include a bottle of wine, or are offering easy-on-the-wallet lunch and dinner menus. Take advantage of the hot weather and enjoy good food without turning up the heat in your kitchen. The following are specials that do not require a coupon:

  • The Canadians are coming...and so are the Germans, English, Eastern Europeans and South Americans! International buyers are taking advantage of favorable home prices and dollar-to-loonie, -euro, -pound and -peso exchange rates to fuel a surge in Southwest Florida’s real estate market. For some local Realtors, foreign homebuyers account for 60 percent of their business, arriving on our shores — or driving across the border — to snap up investment and vacation properties at prices that are a ghost of the boom years.

    And many are paying cash. They’re also hiring local decorators and remodelers, shopping in our stores and dining at our restaurants — a boon to the economy, as well.

    "In Collier County, nearly two-thirds of our buyers are foreigners," says David Gallus, broker and owner of Premiere Plus Realty in Naples. "If we took foreign buyers out of the equation, we’d be dying. A lot of Americans don’t have the cash and banks are still reluctant to give loans even to well qualified buyers."

  • The Metropolitan Opera’s 'Live in HD' summer encore presentations The Metropolitan Opera’s "Live in HD" summer encore presentations continue on Wednesday evenings through this month at theaters across the country. Participating theaters in Southwest Florida are the Hollywood Stadium 20 in Naples, Belltower 20 in Fort Myers and Town Center Stadium 16 in Port Charlotte.

    Tickets are $12.50, and all screenings begin at 6:30 p.m.

  • Mondays offer second chance to catch FMff’s best offeringsFilm fans who missed some of the 77 movies screened during the Fort Myers Film Festival earlier this year have a chance to catch some of the best features at "Missed it Monday" starting Monday, July 30, and running through Sept. 3 at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center in downtown Fort Myers.

    Admission is $5. Doors open for happy hours at 6:30 p.m. and the shows start at 7 p.m.

    Join filmmakers and indie enthusiasts for dinner and drinks at Ford’s Garage prior to the event and get $2 off your entree. Then, enjoy the afterparty at Twisted Vine Bistro for late night happy hour on the patio.

  • Kids Free Fridays at Rookery Bay
  • When: August 10, 17, 24, 31, 2012 | 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.Where: Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center - Naples, FLPrice: Free - $5 | Ages: All ages

    Stay cool indoors at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center during the Kids Free Fridays program. Children 12 and younger who are accompanied by an adult, get in free. (Admission for adults is $5)

    Educators will present a different topic each week tied overall to marine mammals, including dolphins, manatees and whales. Activities include a marine critter touch tank, story time, films, and crafts, including mammal track printing and manatee puppets.

    Kids can also participate in a live video Q&A with trainers at the Dolphin Research Center in Marathon, Fla.

    A caterer will be on-site to sell kid- and mom-friendly lunches, such as sandwiches, snacks and gourmet salads.

    Registration is not required

  • Shelling in the Ten Thousand Islands
  • When: Through July & August | 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.Where: Marco/Naples area -Price: $60 | Ages: All agesTickets: http://www.fishandtournaples.com

    Two people for $60 shelling summer special for 1.5hrs. Limited seating available through July & August only! Our Florida naturalist captains will take you and a guest shelling in the remote Ten Thousand Islands.

    Call 239-970-0066 to book your trip.

  • Barrier Islands Guided Walk
  • When: August 10, | 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.Where: Bowditch Point Recreational Park - Fort Myers Beach, FLPrice: Free - $1 | Ages: All ages

    Barrier Islands guided walk: 1 to 2:30 p.m. Fridays and 9:30 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays, Bowditch Point Park, 50 Estero Blvd., Meet at the upper patio, Fort Myers Beach. Free. $1, parking or free with a Lee County Parks & Recreation parking Sticker. 239-533-7444 or www.leeparks.org

  • Murder Mystery Dinner Train: Dice, Deeds, & Death
  • When: August - Every Friday 2012 | 6:30 p.m.Where: Colonial Station - Fort Myers, FLPrice: $66 - $74 | Ages: All agesTickets: http://semgulf.com

    Seminole Gulf Railway, Murder Mystery Dinner Train presents “Dice, Deeds, & Death.” All passengers are hereby warned that pickpockets, card sharks, and hustlers are running rampant throughout the country’s train system. While railroads are trying to stop it, the mob is trying to take over the action.

    Join the fun as we unravel a comical mystery before your eyes. It is up to you to decide just who the killer is and why they would do such a dastardly deed.

    A prize will be awarded to the one super sleuth in each dining car. Price includes a scrumptious five course dinner, murder mystery show and train ride. Cash / Credit beverage service on board the train. Full bar, wine list, beer, and non-alcoholic offerings.

    Train departs promptly at 6:30 pm. Friday: $66, plus tax and gratuity, Saturday $74, plus tax and gratuity

    239-275-8487 or http://semgulf.com

  • CCSO's Hot Summer Nights - Fleischmann Park
  • When: August 03, 2012 | 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.Where: Fleischmann Park - Naples, FLAges: All agesTickets: http://www.colliersheriff.org/Index.aspx?page=3027

    This popular program hosted by the Collier County Sheriff's Office will take place Friday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m. at parks and other locations throughout Collier County.

    Open to students in middle and high school. Hot Summer Nights includes water slides, music, dancing games, sports, roller skating, and water park events. Kids can snack on snow cones, popcorn and hot dogs served up by deputies.

  • Texas Hold Em Tournament
  • When: August - Every Friday 2012 | 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.Where: Fred's Food, Fun & Spirits - Naples, FLPrice: Free | Ages: 18+Tickets: http://www.fredsnaples.com

  • Beginning Belly Dance Classes
  • When: July 27, 2012 | 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.Where: Oasis Parvaneh Women's Empowerment Center -Price: $8 - $12 | Ages: All ages

    Come and learn belly dance with Angela Hicks every Friday evening at 6:30 p.m.

  • Third Street South Farmers Market
  • When: August - Every Saturday 2012 | 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.Where: Third Street South - Naples, FLPrice: Free | Ages: All ages

    The farmer's market includes fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, homemade pasta, live herbs and plants, spices and teas, salsa, jams and jellies. The market is located behind Tommy Bahama, 1220 Third St. S., Naples. Free admission. Call 434-6533 for more information.Third Street Farmers Market

  • Shelling in the Ten Thousand Islands
  • When: July/August - Daily, 2012 | 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.Where: 750 Palm Point Dr. Goodland, FL 34140 -Price: $60 | Ages: All agesTickets: http://www.fishandtournaples.com

    Two people for $60 shelling summer special for 1.5hrs. Limited seating available through July & August only! Our Florida naturalist captains will take you and a guest shelling in the remote Ten Thousand Islands.

    Call 239-970-0066 to book your trip.

    750 Palm Point Dr. Goodland, FL 34140

  • Baby boot camp
  • When: August 10, 2012 | 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.Where: Miromar Outlets - Estero, FLPrice: Free | Ages: All ages

    A certified fitness professional offers exercise classes for pregnant, post-natal and ultra fit moms. In Miromar Outlet's Playland

    For more information, go to MiromarOutlets.com

  • Fortune Teller
  • When: August 10, 2012 | 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.Where: Bha! Bha! A Persian Bistro - Naples, FLPrice: Free | Ages: All ages

    One of Bha! Bha!'s three regular experts will offer a glimpse into the future for you. Complimentary with dinner.

  • Isles of Capri Kayak with Up A Creek Kayak Tours, Ten Thousand Islands Kayak - Mangrove Estuary Kayak Tours
  • When: August Daily, 2012 | 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.Where: Isles of Capri Paddle Craft Park - Ten Thousand Islands Kayak with Up A Creek Kayak Tours - Waters of Rookery Bay Reserve -Ages: 12+Tickets: http://www.upacreekkayak.com

    Paddle through twisting mangrove tunnels, quiet bays and over mudflats teeming with life on a 2.5 mile naturalist-guided tour. Linger with wading birds, soaring ospreys and leaping fish as you experience this pristine estuary and quiet, non-motorized launch site.

    Tour includes brief paddling instruction and all equipment. To register, visit the website www.upacreekkayak.com or call 239-293-6232

  • Orange Jeep Tour [Florida Safari]
  • When: May 1 - Aug 31, 2012 | 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.Where: Ave Maria La Piazza Town Center - Ave Maria, FLPrice: $20 - $30 | Ages: All agesTickets: http://orangejeeptours.com

    Take a jeep safari through beautiful and historic south west Florida ecosystems that are part of a massive wildlife preserve and then cool off in a 14 million dollar water park. Common sightings include gator, deer, otter, bear and numerous species of birds and small animals.

    Learn about conservation and history while enjoying a custom jeep ride narrated by a professional guide. Suitable for all ages the jeep ride is smooth non challenging with a variety of seating options, after that enjoy a cool dip in the water park and visit the town for a bite to eat at one of the restaurants and shops located in the town center.

    Information: 239-434-JEEP (5337)

  • Free admission for all emergency workers at Naples Zoo
  • When: Aug. 1-31, 2012 | 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.Where: Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens - Naples, FLPrice: Free - $19.95 | Ages: All agesTickets: http://www.napleszoo.org

    Free admission: Emergency workers are admitted free by purchasing an online ticket at www.napleszoo.org and redeeming it at the zoo along with identification from work (police, paramedics and firefighters) to the Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens, Aug. 1-31, 1590 Goodlette-Frank Road, Naples. Adult and child guests of emergency workers get $2 off regular admission. 239-262-5409

  • Castnetting
  • When: August 03, 2012 | 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.Where: Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park - Naples, FLPrice: Free | Ages: 4+

    Friday, August 3rd, 2012 – 9:30 AMBecome a self-sufficient fisherman by catching your own bait! Learn the basic techniques of CASTNETTING from a Ranger. Come get your feet wet. Fun for the whole family. Bring sunscreen and a willingness to participate. If you need special assistance, please call the park in advance. 239-597-6196

  • Matinee at the Museum: Beneath the 12 Mile Reef
  • When: August 03, 2012 | 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.Where: Collier County Museum - Naples, FLPrice: Free | Ages: All agesTickets: http://www.colliermuseums.com

    This is a story of competing boat crews diving for valuable sponges off the coast of Key West.

    A young man and a young woman from rival families fall in love. This film features incredible ocean scenery and a deep sea battle with a giant octopus. Starring Robert Wagner. Movie begins at 1 p.m. in the Collier County Museum’s lecture hall.

  • Ranger-led tour of Koreshan Historic Site
  • When: August 04, 2012 | 10 a.m.Where: Koreshan State Historic Site - Estero, FLPrice: $1 - $2 | Ages: All ages

    Rangers lead weekly tours of Koreshan, a state park and historic site.

    Koreshan, a nationally recognized historical site, was originally settled in the late 1800s as a utopian community. The site offers RV and tent camping, canoeing on the Estero River, a playground and nature trails. Parking fee is $4 per car.

  • Coastland Center Back To School Kids Fest
  • When: August 04, 2012 | noon to 3 p.m.Where: Coastland Center Mall - Naples, FLAges: 2+

    Featuring Special Free, Interactive Activities for Kids and Families a celebration featuring free, family-friendly activities.

    Parents and caregivers are invited to bring their children to the mall for an afternoon of fun, including make-and-take crafts, face painting, music, prizes and more.

    The event takes place near the Food Court and the Children’s Play Area. Activities also include a DJ spinning tunes and hosting games for families with children ages two to 12, Back to School themed crafts, and prizes. Children must be accompanied by an adult. All activities are free. Prizes and crafts are available, while supplies last.

    Become a fan of Coastland Center on Facebook. Coastland Center is located in Naples at 1900 Tamiami Trail N. For information, call (239) 262-7100 or visit www.coastlandcenter.com

  • Homemade Ricotta and Mozzarella Workshop
  • When: August 04, 2012 | noon to 2 p.m.Where: Sur La Table - Naples, FLAges: 18+Tickets: http://www.surlatable.com/browse/storeCalendar.jsp?storeId=076&&offset=1

    What You Will Learn

    Discover how easy it is to make fresh cheese right in your own kitchen. With just a few simple techniques and tools, you can prepare homemade cheeses that taste superior to store-bought varieties.

    We’ll walk through the basics for making ricotta and mozzarella, then show you how to make your own cheese tray for entertaining, and incorporate them into home cooked dishes.

    MENU: Homemade Ricotta Cheese - Homemade Mozzarella Cheese - Ricotta Gnocchi with Brown Butter and Parmesan - Ricotta Ice Cream with Raspberry Sauce

  • Flea and Farmers Market
  • When: Every Saturday and Sunday | 7:30 a.m. to noonWhere: Collier County Fairgrounds - Naples, FLPrice: Free | Ages: All ages

    The NEW location for the only weekly flea market in Collier County that was previously located at the Naples Drive-In Theatre for many years.

    Every Saturday and Sunday at the Collier County Fairgrounds. Eleven miles east of 75, just after Waterways on the right.

  • New! Palm Frond Baskets and Bracelets Workshop
  • When: August 04, 2012 | 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.Where: Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium - Fort Myers, FLAges: All ages

    Learn to make a saw palmetto frond basket or a cabbage palm leaf bracelet. We are pleased to welcome local author and native plant expert, Richard Workman. Richard will demonstrate and supply fronds for workshop attendees to make a basket or bracelet. Demonstrations begin at 1:00 and 2:45. Space is limited. Register at 275-3435. Included with regular admission.

  • Laughter Yoga
  • When: August 05, 2012 | 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.Where: Bija Yoga - Naples, FLPrice: Free | Ages: 12+

    Light stretching and lots of laughing. Call 239-404-6306 for additional information or directions.

  • Baby boot camp
  • When: August 01,02,03, 2012 | 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.Where: Miromar Outlets - Estero, FLPrice: Free | Ages: All ages

    A certified fitness professional offers exercise classes for pregnant, post-natal and ultra fit moms. In Miromar Outlet's Playland

    For more information, go to MiromarOutlets.com

  • Casino carnival
  • When: August 05, 2012 | 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.Where: Seminole Casino Immokalee - Immokalee, FLAges: 21+Tickets: http://www.winetrailandbeyond.com

    Wine trail and Beyond with Seminole casino Immokalee presents a afternoon of wine, food Latin music and dance.

    Seven of the best local restaurants,three awesome chocolateir's, wineries from around the world,latin orchestra and carnival dancers will be featured.

    It will be held on Aug 5, 2012 from 2-6pm at the Seminole casino in Immokalee Fl. The tickets cost is 75$. Tickets can be purchased online at www.winetrailandbeyond.com and at the Seminole Casino in Immokalee,shuttle service to event can be purchased for a addittional 25$;shuttle riders will be given 30$free play when they arrive at the casino.

    Shuttles will have two pickup and drop off locations Flemings Steak house located at 8985 Taniami Trl N Naples, Fl and the Butter Fly Estates located at 1815 Fowler St, Fort Myers, Fl. . Pickup times will be at 11:30 departing At 12 noon their wil be refreshment provided by Flemings and ButterFly Estates to kick off event for shuttle riders.

    Vendors participating include Antony's Trattoria, Bratta's,Ballyorney's, Cafe Brasil, Flutterby Cafe, French Connection, Hideaway Sports Bar, Irresistible Confections, Vicki's Sweet Things, Sweet Expressions Gift Baskets, Opici Wines co, Soutern Wine and Sprits, MarkHam and Terlato Wines International. You call 239-265-1948 for any addtional information on even.

  • Free admission for all emergency workers at Naples Zoo
  • When: All August 2012 | 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.Where: Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens - Naples, FLPrice: Free - $19.95 | Ages: All agesTickets: http://www.napleszoo.org

    Free admission: Emergency workers are admitted free by purchasing an online ticket at www.napleszoo.org and redeeming it at the zoo along with identification from work (police, paramedics and firefighters) to the Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens, Aug. 1-31, 1590 Goodlette-Frank Road, Naples. Adult and child guests of emergency workers get $2 off regular admission. 239-262-5409

  • Live Irish music
  • When: August 05, 2012 | 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.Where: O'Donoghue's Irish Bar and Grill - Marco Island, FLPrice: Free | Ages: All ages

    O’Donoghues’ Bar & Grill: 969 N. Collier Blvd., Marco Island, 239-389-0032. 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Irish traditional music jam.

  • Yoga Classes
  • When: August 06, 2012 | 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.Where: Saint Paul's Episcopal Church - Naples, FLPrice: $8 - $10 | Ages: 18+

    Yoga classes: Mondays 9:00 a.m., $8 per class with prepaid card or $10 drop in. St. Paul's Episcopal Church (3901 Davis Blvd., Naples – 643-0197)

  • Mangrove tunnel kayak
  • When: August 06, 2012 | 9 a.m.Where: Up A Creek Kayak Tours -Price: $45 | Ages: All ages

    Mangrove tunnel kayak: With Up A Creek Kayak Tours, 9 a.m. Monday, 1295 Capri Blvd., Isles of Capri. $45 plus tax. Includes all equipment and instruction. Registration is required. www.upacreekkayak.com or 239-293-6232

  • Isles of Capri Kayak with Up A Creek Kayak Tours
  • When: August 06, 2012 | 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.Where: Isles of Capri Paddle Craft Park -Ages: 12+Tickets: http://www.upacreekkayak.com

    Paddle through twisting mangrove tunnels, quiet bays and over mudflats teeming with life on a 2.5 mile naturalist-guided tour. Linger with wading birds, soaring ospreys and leaping fish as you experience this pristine estuary and quiet, non-motorized launch site. Tour includes brief paddling instruction and all equipment. To register, visit the website www.upacreekkayak.com or call 239-293-6232

  • Estuary Wading Trip
  • When: August 07, 2012 | 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.Where: Lovers Key State Park - Bonita Springs, FLAges: 12+

    Join a Park Naturalist to learn about the marine species that make the estuary and barrier island environments unique, and explore sea grass flats. Seahorses, shrimp, young fish, and egg casings of all sorts inhabit the grasses, which attract larger fish, mollusks and crustaceans, and manatees, dolphins and rays. Guests will get wet as they venture into the estuary. The Estuary Wading Trip is sponsored by the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program (CHNEP). Reservations required, call (239) 463-4588.

  • Beach Walk
  • When: August 07, 2012 | 10 a.m.Where: Lovers Key State Park - Bonita Springs, FLPrice: $1 - $5 | Ages: All ages

    Join a park naturalist for a one-mile walk through the estuary and along the beach. Learn about plants, birds, seashells and marine life.

    Fees for program participants are included in park admission: $5 for vehicles with two to eight passengers, $3 for vehicles with one individual, and $1 per pedestrian or cyclist. All programs take place at Lovers Key State Park at 8700 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach, Florida. To register, call 463-4588.

  • LIne Dancing Classes
  • When: August 07, 2012 | 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.Where: Saint Paul's Episcopal Church - Naples, FLPrice: $5 | Ages: 18+

    Line Dancing classes: Tuesdays 10:00 a.m., sessions 1+ hours, $5 at the door. St. Paul's Episcopal Church (3901 Davis Blvd., Naples – 643-0197)

  • Kids Crafts at Miromar Outlets
  • When: August 08, 2012 | 10 a.m. to noonWhere: Miromar Outlets - Estero, FLPrice: Free | Ages: 2+

    Kids from toddlers to 12 are invited to participate in free fun activities in Playland

    Aug. 1- Magic Scratch BeeAug. 8- Treasure Chest MagnetAug. 15- Yarn ButterflyAug. 22- Farm Animal HandprintAug. 29- Paper Plate SharkAlso, pick up a Hartstrings coloring contest sheet for your chance to win the monthly drawing for a $50 Hartstrings gift card!

    Visit MiromarOutlets.com for more information on events.

  • Guided Kayak Trip
  • When: August 08, 2012 | 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.Where: Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center - Naples, FLPrice: $40 - $45 | Ages: 12+

    Guided kayak trips: Visit Rookery Bay, Henderson Creek and mangrove tunnels, 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesdays, Rookery Bay, 300 Tower Road, Naples. $40, members; $45, others, includes equipment, instruction and learning center admission. 239-417-6310

  • Lovers Key Fishing Clinic
  • When: August 09, 2012 | 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.Where: Lovers Key State Park - Bonita Springs, FLAges: 12+

    Join park naturalists to learn a variety of tackle and fresh bait rigs, find out the best places to drop a line, and learn about the rules and regulations that pertain to game fishing in Southwest Florida. Reservations required, call (239) 463-4588.

  • Class: Folk dances
  • When: August 09, 2012 | 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.Where: Fleischmann Park - Naples, FLPrice: $5 | Ages: All ages

    Folk dances: 10 to 11:30 a.m. Thursdays, Fleischmann Park Community Center, 1900 Fleischmann Road, Naples. $5; 239-213-3020 or 703-303-4719

  • Summer Jazz on the Gulf at The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf ClubSummerJazz on the Gulf at The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club

    The smooth sounds of Jazz continue this summer at The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club’s 26th annual “SummerJazz on the Gulf” free concert series. Gorgeous sunsets, beautiful views of the Gulf, and refreshing breezes provide the perfect backdrop for the fun, free concert series held on the resort’s scenic Watkins Lawn overlooking the Gulf of Mexico.

    “SummerJazz on the Gulf” takes place one Saturday evening per month from 7 - 10 p.m. beginning in June. This year’s concerts will be on:

    • Saturday, June 25
    • Saturday, July 23
    • Saturday, August 27
    • Saturday, September 24, 2011.

    The entertainment lineup is not yet set, but last year’s entertainment included performances by Blue Dice, Late Night Brass, The Mike MacArthur Band, and Denise Moore and Then Some. All of the concerts are free, family-friendly, and open to the public.

  • Mercato's Summer Series of FUN!
  • MUSIC & MOVIES @ Mercato
    Plan your hot summer nights around great
    Mercato Nights Music Series:Movies on the Lawn
    06/07/12 - Jahgape06/19/12 - Secretariat
    07/05/12 - Damn Outlaws07/17/12 - Jaws
    08/02/12 - Mubone 08/21/12 - The Great Outdoors
    09/06/12 - The High Chiefs09/18/12 - Tootsie

    Hurricane season's arrival means time to check your property, flood insurance NAPLES — Making sure your property insurance is in order before the storm can make all of the difference after a storm.

    Hurricane season, which began Friday, is an important time to make sure you know what your insurance covers — and what it doesn't.

    This year in Collier County, it's also important to learn the details of changes in flood risks based on the 2012 FEMA flood insurance rate maps that went into effect May 16. New changes to the maps were announced Friday with more specific information to be released by June 14 that could ease the need for new flood insurance policies for thousands in Collier.

    Since half of the year is hurricane season, June through November, and the peak of that season lasts three months, August through October, it's good to know your risks and how to protect yourself and your property.

    Wildlife Clinic: watch for gopher tortoises under your car

    LOOK BEFORE DRIVING AWAYPlease take a minute to look under your car before driving away from our beach parking lots. Gopher tortoises frequently rest under parked cars. Injuries to these beautiful creatures are preventable if we all just take a moment and remember to look under our vehicles.

    SURPRISE RESCUEA man spotted a small cat in the road on Collier Boulevard when he was out for a morning jog. Somehow, the cat was uninjured, despite two trucks straddling it as they sped along. The jogger grabbed the cat right before it got to the median. The frightened cat burrowed into the jogger's chest as he carried it back home. Believing it was a stray house kitten, the man and his wife offered it food. It didn't take long for them to realize he had rescued a baby bobcat, not a domestic kitten!

    Senior cents-ability: there are discounts for seniors in many places — just ask If you're a retiree, coffee is still free at your local bank and at Chick-fil-A.

    There are senior discounts around time that may not be openly advertised, but they are there.

    Health and medications may be at the top of the list for senior needs, and some area institutions honor that. Local retail heavyweight Publix offers several basic prescription medicines free for all customers, but it's the first-line diabetes meds — metformin and lisinopril — that make the difference for seniors.

    Snook season gone until 2013

    Florida's snook fishing season will remain closed on the west coast until 2013 instead of opening as planned on Sept. 1, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) announced this week.

    Wildlife officials made the decision in light of a 2010 cold kill, which reduced the snook population on the state's coasts.

    Snook season was closed on both the Atlantic and Gulf coasts on Jan. 16, 2010, but it reopened last September on the Atlantic Coast, where the freeze was not as severe.

    Recreational snook season is expected to reopen in the Gulf on Sept. 1, 2013. Until then, catch-and-release of snook will be allowed.


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