Newsletter July 15 - 21, 2012
New exhibits and events will be featured on the second Saturday of every month at the Mercato shopping center.
"Saturday Nights Alive" "Saturday Nights Alive," a new monthly art showcase, debuts at Mercato on Saturday evening, July 14, and will continue with local artists, dancers and musicians on the sidewalks of the center on the second Saturday of every month.
Featured artists for July are muralists Juan Diaz and Daniel Venditti, whose works have recently been installed at Mercato adjacent to Sur La Table and Grace & Shelly’s Cupcakes. The artists will discuss their work — "The Light Within" and "We Are Above It All" by Mr. Diaz and "Faces" by Mr. Venditti — at 6 p.m. in a "Saturday Nights Alive" one-night-only pop-up gallery in Suite 5130, next to Sportalm.
"Saturday Nights Alive" visitors will be able to enjoy more art, music and performance along the sidewalks of Mercato from 7-9 p.m. July’s participants include hoop dancers, Duct tape art and mandolin, tambourine, guitar and Native American flutes music.
In celebration of the launch of the monthly event, Mercato is hosting a Backstage Pass giveaway. Customers can pick up a pass at any of 12 featured merchants for their chance to win a $250 gift card or a $500 cash grand prize drawing. For a list of participating merchants and complete contest details, visit www.facebook.com/ mercatonaples. ¦
Federal judge orders park service to close swamp buggy trails U.S. District Judge John Steele in Fort Myers signed an order Tuesday requiring the National Park Service to close some 25 miles of swamp buggy trails in 14 days in the Bear Island unit of the 725,000-acre preserve in eastern Collier County.
The decision should send a message to federal preserve managers that they must be more responsible stewards of the preserve's natural resources, said John Adornato, regional director for the National Parks Conservation Association, one of the groups that sued the federal government over the trail decision.
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
When: 8 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Sundays in July; 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily in August
Where: Naples Botanical Garden, 4820 Bayshore Drive, Naples
Cost: Free for members and their dogs; $12.95, adults; $7.95, children 4-14; $7.95, dogs
Information: 239-643-7275 or www.naplesgarden.org
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)
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.
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 18, 2012 | 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.Where: Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park - Naples, FLPrice: Free | Ages: All ages
Join a Master Naturalist for a walk discovering beach treasures. Learn about sea shells, sea creatures and tidal movement. This is a great interactive event. Call for reservations at 239-597-6196. The only fee is the park entrance fee. Should you need assistance to enable your participation, please contact the park office in advance.
When: July 18, 2012 | 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.Where: Sugar Palm Bakery, 5417 Airport Rd. @ Pineridge Rd. -Ages: 18+
Come have lunch in a relaxed atmosphere with great food while learning how to protect yourself, your family and business against the number one crime facing our nation and our area-Identity Theft.
When: July 19, 2012 | 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.Where: Matanzas Pass Preserve -Price: Free | Ages: All ages
Mangrove guided walk: 9:30 to 11 a.m. Thursdays, Matanzas Pass Preserve, 199 Bay Road, Fort Myers Beach. Free. 239-533-7444
When: July 16, 2012 | 1:30 p.m.Where: Veterans Community Park - North Naples - Naples, FLPrice: $5 | Ages: All ages
Line dance classes: Beginners, 1:30 p.m. Mondays; intermediates, 1:30 p.m. Thursdays, Veterans Community Park, 1895 Veterans Park Drive, Naples. $5. 239-272-7431
When: July 20, 2012 | 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.Where: Lovers Key State Park - Bonita Springs, FLAges: 12+
Join a park ranger for a relaxing 1½ mile kayak tour. Learn the history of Black Island and experience some of the wildlife that call the waterways of Lovers Key home. Bring your own kayak or rent one from the park concession. Reservations required, call (239) 463-4588.
When: July 20, 2012 | 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.Where: Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium - Fort Myers, FLAges: All ages
Tuesdays & Fridays, except Friday 7/27
Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium
Where: Fort Myers, FL
The Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium, a private, not-for-profit environmental education center, includes a small natural history museum, an Audubon aviary which houses permanently injured birds of prey, nature trails and a planetarium that features astronomy programs and laser light shows. Admission to the center and planetarium is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 3 to 12. Group rates are available.
10 a.m.: Guided Walk (Tuesdays and Fridays, except last Friday of the month)
1 p.m. Live Reptile Program
1:30 p.m. Planetarium Show, "Stargazing"
1:30 p.m.Planetarium Show, "The Sky Tonight" (Tuesdays)
2:20 p.m. Meet the Mammals
3 p.m.Planetarium Show, "Two Small Pieces of Glass" (Not shown Tuesdays)
3 p.m. Planetarium Show, "Venus; Planet in the Sunset & Spotlight" (Tuesdays)
3 p.m. Dog Days Sundays ($5.00 per dog, Sundays only)
Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium
When: July 20, 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
When: July 16, 2012 | 3 p.m.Where: Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens - Naples, FLPrice: $10.50 - $18.75 | Ages: All ages
Explore Nature's Carnivorous Side: Discover the important role predators play in nature while viewing live animals from exotic cats to more unusual hunters. Your hosts further illustrate with quick wildife clips and close up views on the live cam while live animals exhibit natural behaviors.
The Safari Canyon open-air theater combines the fascinating information and wildlife footage of a nature program with the thrill of experiencing those same animals live and up close. Exclusive to Naples Zoo, Planet Predator is an extraordinary collaboration of conservationists and wildlife film makers.
Arrive a few minutes early to learn wildlife trivia, recent conservation data, and fun nature facts.
When: July 20, 2012 | 5:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.Where: Olde Naples Chocolate 945 5th Ave N Naples FL 34102 -Ages: 18+Tickets: http://www.oldenapleschocolate.com/proddetail.php?prod=classHappyHour
Come out for a fun evening of chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate. We supply the chocolate and the fun! Invite your friends and have fun together making homemade chocolates. Participants learn the secrets to chocolate making and take home their delicious creations including a personalized chocolate greeting card.
When: July 20, 2012 | 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.Where: Tony's Off Third - Naples, FLPrice: $20 | Ages: 21+Tickets: http://www.tonysoffthird.com/WineEvents.html
Sample 20 wines for $20 at this popular annual summer wine tasting hosted by local wine expert Sukie Honeycutt.
List of wines & full details including registration at http://www.tonysoffthird.com
When: July 20, 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.
When: July 20, 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
When: July 17, 2012 | 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.Where: Fred's Food, Fun & Spirits - Naples, FLPrice: Free | Ages: 18+Tickets: http://www.fredsnaples.com
Every Tuesday and Friday, House of Cards hosts a free Texas Hold Em Poker Tournament. Each weekly winner is entered to play in the $500 cash prize tournament held every two months. Player with highest points nightly wins Fred’s Gift Certificate.
When: July 20, 2012 | 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.Where: Seminole Casino Immokalee - Immokalee, FLPrice: Free | Ages: 21+Tickets: http://www.seminolecasinoevents.com
To kick off the day of funk, Seminole Casino Immokalee will host a free party at its Zig Zag Lounge on Friday, July 20, at 7 p.m. Party-goers with the funkiest outfits will be rewarded with great prizes. They’ll also groove to live tunes from blues and R&B group Nouveaux Honkies. The band’s sounds have been compared to that of the Rolling Stones, with hints of Dire Straits, Curtis Mayfield, Jimmy Hendrix and Howlin’ Wolf. The group’s second album, Where Do I Go, reached number 3 on the roots country chart.
Also in the Zig Zag Lounge on Friday, from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m., the casino celebrates ladies with complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, great prizes and giveaways. Ladies must be Seminole Casino Players Club members (membership is free).
The “Fantasy of Funk” festival begins at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 21, just outside of the casino. More than 10 food trucks from across the state will be on hand. The outdoor event features performances by George Clinton and the Parliament Funkadelic, Nouveaux Honkies, Bonerama and Glen David Andrews Band.
When: July 20, 2012 | 9:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.Where: Naples Marina & Excursions - Naples, FLAges: All agesTickets: http://www.cruisefishdive.com
Every Friday night we will be having our party boat cruise departing at 9:30pm, There will be music and lights and you can even have a private party. You will need to reserve in advance. Call 239-592-1200
When: July 21, 2012 | 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.Where: Marco Island Racquet Center - Marco Island, FLPrice: Free - $6 | Ages: 18+
The Marco Island Racquet Center has begun its women's social round-robin program that meets from 8 to 10 a.m. each Saturday.
The program is free for center pass-holders and $6 per week for nonmembers.
It is open to the public and players of all skill levels.
The cost for an annual pass is $215 for adults and $29 for children younger than 18.
The racquet center is at 50 Bald Eagle Drive.
Call 394-5454 for more information.
When: July 21, 2012 | 9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.Where: Understand Photography Studio - Naples, FLPrice: $59 - $79 | Ages: All agesTickets: http://www.meetup.com/UnderstandPhotography/events/calendar/
PHOTO EDITING BASICS WITH ADOBE PHOTOSHOP ELEMENTS 9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
$59 early registration through July 11$79.00 regular price July 12 through 21
This cram course is designed to get you started and teach the basics of Photoshop Elements version 9 or 10. We highly recommend you upgrade if you have an earlier version.
Understanding the various tools,layers,layer masks,cloning,portrait retouchingand raw conversions
.... are some of the topics covered in this course.
Participants must provide their own laptop, with a mouse (or Wacom tablet), and should have basic computer skills. Please note - even if you never use a mouse, you will really, really need one for this class. It's just too tough to edit with that little track pad.
Unfortunately, Photoshop CS and Photoshop Elements are not as user-friendly as we'd like! Take this class and you'll have a strong foundation.
Instructor Peggy Farren
When: July 21, 26, 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.