Newsletter July 1 - 7, 2012
Plan your Fourth of July fun here
The City of Naples 4th of July Festivities an exciting way to celebrate Independence Day through a parade and fireworks. The parade, on Wednesday, July 4th, 2012, will kick off at 10:00 A.M. and will encompass Broad Avenue South, 3rd Street South, and 5th Avenue South. Join thousands to witness this spectacular event filled with festive floats and family fun.
The 4th of July Fireworks, on Wednesday July 4th, 2012, will begin firing off of the City Pier at 9:00 P.M. until 9:30 P.M. Set up your lounge chair or blanket for a night on the beach to enjoy this amazing display.
The Waterside Shops 4 th of July 2012 Cerebration Join The Waterside Shops for a casual BBQ, Haagen-Dazs treats, giveaways, and more. Plus, don't miss the fireworks show beginning at 9PM.
Space is limited. Lawn chairs welcome. Please RSVP to the Management Office or by phone at 239-598-1605 by June 27.
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
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
Seminole Gulf Railway, Murder Mystery Dinner Train presents “Deadly Doubles.” Game, Set, Love, Death. Tennis stars match wits against the mob in this humorous twist on the game of champions.
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 Wednesday and Thursday and 5:30 p.m. Sunday. $66 per person, plus tax and gratuity
239-275-8487 or www.semgulf.com
Light stretching and lots of laughing. Call 239-404-6306 for additional information or directions.
Enjoy exploring a beautiful, tranquil 2.5 mile loop on a naturalist-guided paddle through mangrove tunnels, bays and past a bird rookery. Tour includes brief paddling instruction and all equipment. To register, visit the website www.upacreekkayak.com or call 239-293-6232
Beginners level exercise. Cost: $10 per class ($8 prepaid) Questions? Call Ann Marina at 682-4575.
When: July 03, 2012 | noonWhere: Hideaway Beach Club - Marco Island, FLAges: 18+
Meets on the third Tuesday of each month at noon at the Hideaway Beach Club. The organization provides support for those who are alone or have experienced the death of a love one to come and meet others who are starting over.
When: July 03, 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.
When: July 04, 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
When: July 04, 2012 | 10 a.m. to noonWhere: Fifth Avenue South - Naples, FLAges: All ages
The Annual Fourth of July Parade will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The parade route will begin at Broad Avenue South, travel down Third Street South to Fifth Avenue South, and end at Eighth Avenue South. Join thousands to witness this spectacular event filled with festive floats and family fun.
Fifth Avenue South is one of the nation’s premier shopping, dining, and entertainment destinations. Historic and modern architecture blend together in eclectic sophistication; tropical blooms and lush greenery grace its pedestrian-friendly promenades; and sparkling storefronts are filled with the most enchanting gifts and treasures.
Fifth Avenue South is home to award-winning restaurants and cafés, world-class art galleries, chic boutiques, elegant inns, and a wealth of professional businesses and services.Mark your calendar and plan to make it to one or all of these special Fourth of July events.
For more information about the Fourth of July Parade or other happenings on Fifth Avenue South, please visit www.FifthAvenueSouth.com
When: July 04, 2012 | 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.Where: Naples Botanical Garden - Naples, FLPrice: Free - $12.95 | Ages: All ages
Pack up your picnic basket and head for the Garden for our last musical concert of the summer featuring the De Lei'ed Parrots on the Water Garden Performance Stage. The De Lei’ed Parrots would like to help you escape to a tropical paradise through their music which is a mixture of oldies, standards, trop-rock, dance tunes, and originals. Come out and be amazed at this group's versatility of music that is high-energy with a tropical flair. You don't want to miss this!
*Please, no alcoholic beverages allowed in the Garden during special events.
Regular Garden admission- Free for Members
Sponsored by: Bank of America
When: July 04, 2012 | 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.Where: Edison and Ford Winter Estates - Fort Myers, FLAges: All ages
The Edison & Ford Winter Estates is celebrating the Fourth of July in a big way this year. Both Henry Ford and Thomas Edison celebrated the Fourth of July, in fact Edison claimed it was his "favorite holiday."
Edison Ford is honoring Edison's enjoyment of the holiday with tours throughout the day; river cruises of the Caloosahatchee led by environmental experts with Captiva Cruises at 11 a.m., 12 and 1 p.m.; and an all-American BBQ at the Royal Palm Yacht Club from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Buffet lunch will include chicken, hot dogs, potato salad, baked beans, watermelon, iced tea, and desert.
Cost: Edison Ford Members, $30; non-members, $45; children ages 6 - 12, $40. For more information call 239-334-7419.
When: July 6, 2012 | 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.Where: Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center - Naples, FLPrice: Free - $5 | Ages: All agesFree admission for kids 12 and under accompanied by an adult. (Admission for adults is $5)
Activities include stories, crafts, films, touch tank and Virtual Dolpin Encounter and live video Q&A with trainers at the Dolphin Research Center in Marathon, Fla.
Registration is not required
When: July 07, 2012 | 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.Where: Naples Botanical Garden - Naples, FLPrice: $25 - $30 | Ages: 12+
The third of a four class series on how to capture a great image with your camera. Master Naturalist and Photographer Dr. Christine Cook will start by illustrating successful techniques in the classroom before taking you out to the Garden where you can practice with Christine’s guidance.
This class is excellent for beginning to experienced photographers that want to know how to set up for better pictures. It is recommended, but not mandatory, that you take all 4 classes to get the most from this course.
Please bring your own digital point-and-shoot or SLR camera and know how to use it at least on automatic. Bring a tripod if you have one. Sign up now; class is limited to 10 participants. To register call 239-643-7275 or email email@example.com. For details visit us at www.naplesgarden.org.
When: July 01,07, 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
Plan your hot summer nights around great
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.
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.