Newsletter Oct 16 - 22 , 2011


Where Locals Go

Fishing Report

Happy Hours Bars/Clubs

Things to do

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Marco Island

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Pine Island
Florida Keys
Key West

Seafood Recipes


CityFest, Oct. 21-31

CityFest, Oct. 21-31, music, farmers market, Cool Cruisers Car Show, water taxi and boat cruises, sidewalk sales, Stone Crab Fest, Swamp Buggy Parade, arts and craft show, concerts, talent contest, pet adoptions and pumpkin decorating, Fifth Avenue South, Third Street South, Naples Waterfront, Tin City, Bayfront, Crayton Cove and 10th Street Design District, Naples.

CityFest, Oct. 21-31

Stone crab season begins Saturday

By ASSOCIATED PRESS Posted October 10, 2011

MIAMI — After a five-month hiatus, stone crab season is just around the corner.

The annual season begins Saturday. The event will be marked in Miami Beach on Friday, when the famous Joe's Stone Crab restaurant opens for its 99th season.

The large claws are considered a delicacy. Harvesting is accomplished by removing one claw from the live crabl and returning it to the ocean where it can regrow the lost limb.

The Miami Herald reports that there are a number of rules fishermen must follow. For example, egg-bearing female stone crabs cannot be declawed. The crabs must be caught in baited traps, declawed, and then released. No spears or hooks can be used.

Stone crab season runs from Oct. 15 to May 15

The 5th annual City of Bonita Springs RiverFest and Imperial River Challenge

The 5th annual City of Bonita Springs RiverFest and Imperial River Challenge is taking place on Saturday, October 22 at Riverside Park in Bonita Springs. All proceeds from the day’s activities will benefit the Bonita Springs Waterways Conservation Fund and the Bonita Nature Place. RiverFest is part of the Calusa Blueway Paddling Festival. For complete information about the full festival, visit estly doesn’t have the slightest notion what he’s doing

The 5th annual City of Bonita Springs RiverFest

Tropical Fest at Golden Gate Community Center

Collier County Parks & Recreation is hosting Tropical Fest at Golden Gate Community Center, 4701 Golden Gate Pkwy. The event will run from Thursday, October 20 to Sunday, October 23. Event hours are6 p.m. – 11 p.m. Entrance into the event is free.

There are a variety of activities and entertainment planned for this 4 day festival. Live entertainment will include Latin, Salsa, Reggae and Mexican / Tejano music. Enjoy a full scale carnival with interactive games, children’s activities and plenty of delicious food.

For more information, visit or call 252-4180.

Tropical Fest at Golden Gate Community Center

Occupy Wall Street movement comes to Naples with march down 5th Avenue

Occupy Naples protestors march along Fifth Avenue South on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011, in Naples. Hundreds of protestors gathered demonstrated at Naples City Hall, along Fifth Avenue South and on U.S. 41 South in conjunction with global protests against corporate greed and government cutbacks. David Albers/Staff

Occupy Naples

Southwest Florida's Hottest Bachelor Party

You're invited to meet Southwest Florida's Hottest Bachelors as featured in Gulfshore Life's 2011 October issue. Gulfshore Life’s Bachelor Party is on Oct. 27 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at Pure in Mercato. Meet and greet this year’s handsome, charming and available men. Enjoy complimentary cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and live entertainment and of course meet Southwest Florida's Hottest Bachelors. Reservations are required. Register today at Reservations are required

or make reservations, call 594-6022. For more information, call 449-4154 or visit

For more information

Walk the walks, run the races

Here are some walks and runs coming up to raise awareness about and funds for various nonprofit organizations and causes:

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2011 Halloween

Searching for local Halloween events.Below is this year's list of local Halloween events from today through October 31, 2011.

2011 Halloween

Hotels are noting the rising popularity of women-only floors

Hotels are noting the rising popularity of women-only floors, and some are trying to capitalize on a possible new trend with rooms featuring amenities specially tailored for female guests. "When it first came back around, in the early 2000s, it was more about what hotels thought women wanted -- pretty rooms, good hairdryers, things like that. But it sounds like they've been talking to women instead of just guessing," said Katie Davin, an associate professor and director of hospitality education for Johnson & Wales University

Women-only hotel floors are growing in popularity

Sign up now for field trips into Florida panther territory

The first annual Florida Panther Festival set for Saturday, Oct. 29, at North Collier Regional Park will shed light on the plight of the Florida panther through interactive activities about the endangered cat’s life and habitat.

Activities include presentations by panther biologists, interactive walks, fun and educational activities for children, livestock pen demonstration, bluegrass music, food vendors, information from various conservation agencies and organizations in panther territory, and much more. Admission is free.

In conjunction with the festival, a variety of field trips are being offered Friday, Oct. 28, into areas where panthers roam. Field trip choices include a guided swamp buggy tour and hike at the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge, a bird rookery swamp trail hike at the CREW Land & Water Trust, an extensive swamp buggy ride through Big Cypress National Preserve, a guided tour of Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary and guided bicycle tours through Picayune Strand State Forest and Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park. Registration is required, and fees apply.

For more information on the field trips and registration, call 353-8442, ext. 229, or
visit Florida Panther Festival.

Facebook and Twitter, once considered time-sucking pastimes, now valuable tools

ONCE THOUGHT TO BE THE SOLE PROVINCE of loquacious teenagers and young adults with too much time on their hands, social media — Facebook, Twitter and the like — have in the last two years become indispensable tools for businesses in Southwest Florida.

Tropical Fest at Golden Gate Community Center


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WebMD Health

Listeria Outbreak Now 2nd Largest in U.S. History

By Daniel J. DeNoon WebMD Health News

Oct. 10, 2011 -- The current listeria outbreak from cantaloupes is now the second largest in U.S. history.

The toll now stands at 109 cases and 21 deaths. A pregnant Iowa woman miscarried due to cantaloupe-linked listeria infection.

A person infected with listeria may take up to two months to develop the serious illness known as listeriosis. It may be several weeks before an illness is reported to the CDC, so cases that began after Sept. 11 may not yet be counted.

That count now has passed the 1998 listeria outbreak in hot dogs and deli meats. That outbreak sickened 108 people. There were 14 deaths and four miscarriages.

Listeria Outbreak

Choosing To Be Happy

By Tom Valeo WebMD Feature Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD

A popular greeting card attributes this quote to Henry David Thoreau: "Happiness is like a butterfly: the more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder." Strategies for Happiness: 7 Steps to Becoming a Happier Person

Happiness Strategy

10 Fast Stress-Busting Pick-Me-Ups

Sun Damaged Skin Slideshow

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Satya Twena’s captivating hats are part of a three-day headwear trunk show at Marissa Collections this weekend.

1-Friday marks the start of the Fall City Fest in Naples which runs through Oct. 31 and culminates in a giant Halloween Bash on Fifth Avenue. On Friday grab your stilettos and join the Stiletto Sprint at 5 p.m. or catch Naples City Improv at 8 p.m. at the Norris Center. This weekend make sure to see the talent show, go doggie speed dating (to find your perfect pet pal) and catch a concert in Cambier Park. (

2-Fashionistas should stop by Marissa Collections for Oscar de la Renta (today and Friday) and Hatmosphere (today through Saturday) trunk shows this weekend. Oscar de la Renta will showcase a resort wear collection. The Hatmosphere trunk show features Satya Twena and other millinery designers, including Albertus Swanpoel, Christine A. Moore and Phillip Treacy. A portion of the proceeds from the Hatmosphere show will benefit the Naples Botanical Garden. (263-4333)

3-On Saturday, sample your way through the arts at Alliance for the Arts’ Fall for the Arts event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Watch area performing groups sing, dance, play instruments and act in mini-performances on the amphitheater stage. Local artists will display their talents doing painting, drawing, sculpting and mixed media demonstrations. Best of all, the event is free. (939-2787)

4-Head out to the inaugural Rocktober Roundup on Saturday. The Shane Wooten Band headlines the festival which runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Ave Maria’s La Piazza Town Center. Part country party and part rock show, the festival has music, mechanical bull rides, old time photos, farm animals, games, swamp buggies and down-home cooking. (403-6857)

5-Take the kids to Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium’s Friendly Forest. This scare-free zone, meant for children pre-kindergarten to fifth grade, offers kids a fun outlet for trick-or-treating, plus eco-crafts, nature games, an environmental scavenger hunt and a laser light show. Admission is $5 for kids and $10 for adults. If you miss out this weekend, the center opens the forest up on Oct. 28–29, too. (275-3435)


  • We all have “what if” moments but rarely are we given a second chance to seize an opportunity. In Later Life, presented by the Naples Players, Austin and Ruth are given a second to chance to seize happiness after passing it up 30 years ago. The play opens at 8 p.m. on Wednesday in Tobye Studio and remains on stage to Nov. 19. (263-7990)
  • Amateur anglers should take an hour to get some sweet tips for locals Tuesday morning. Join park naturalists at Lovers Key for the 10 a.m. fishing clinic 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 in Southwest Florida. The program is free upon entry to the park, and reservations are required. (463-4588)
  • See two amazing exhibits for the price of one this week at the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs. The Exquisite Corpse showcases 10 internationally renowned figurative glass sculptors who have had their figurines mixed and matched together, creating new pieces using three different artists’ figurine parts (head, torso and legs) to create one piece. Robotic Portraiture features work of hybrid imagery, merging human and high-tech components. Both shows run to Nov. 26. (495-8989))

  • Attention, ladies! Grab your little black dresses and best girlfriends for Community Cooperative Ministries Incorporated’s (CCMI) sixth annual Becoming Cosmopolitan event to be held tonight from 6–8:30 p.m. at Harborside Event Center in downtown Fort Myers’ River District. Last year, more than 250 women attended the event featuring glamorous shopping with local vendors, gourmet hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, sinfully delicious chocolate and desserts and a live and silent auction all in celebration of the cosmopolitan lifestyle in Southwest Florida. For more information, call 332-7687, ext. 107, or visit
  • Shop at Saks Fifth Avenue, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH and today through Oct. 23 for Key to the Cure when Saks will donate 2 percent of sales up to $500,000 to local and national women's cancer charities. Pick up a limited edition T-shirt designed by Elie Tahari exclusively to benefit Saks Fifth Avenue’s Key to the Cure. Visit for more information.
  • Join Radiology Regional Center on Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Lely Palms for Pink Friday and from 5–9:30 p.m. for the Stiletto Sprint on Fifth Avenue South to take advantage of the Mobile Mammo Coach. This coach is a customized, mobile breast-imaging clinic, bringing the latest technology in digital mammography directly to you. Convenience, state-of-the-art technology, and exceptional quality are the reasons why women choose this service. For more information, visit

  • Naples Meetup Calendar

    "Nexx Level" 60's to 90's Motown, Soul, R&B, @ The Sandy Parrot on 41 in Estero

    Sunday, October 23, 2011, 6:00 PMSelected By: Ed Kennedy

    * Happy Hour until 6:30, .75 cent Miller Draft, $1.75 House Wine & Wells.

    * Great Food & Appetizers!

    * "Nexx Level" 60's-90's Classic Soul, Motown, R&B, Pops, 7:30-10:30.

    * No cover charge, just a 2 drink minimum (alcohol or non-alcohol).

    View the Sandy Parrot for music and menu:

    * Save 50%-90% off at Restaurants, Beauty Salons, Vacations and more at:

    "Groupon" www.groupon/r/uu10164915

    Ron Paul 2012 Sign Waving [economic / monetary focus]

    Monday, October 24, 2011, 4:00 PMSelected By: daniel Cook

    Grass by the publix shopping center

    US 41 and Golden Gate Parkway, Naples, FL (map)We'll be setup in the grass alongside U.S. 41 accross from the Publix shopping centerSelected By: daniel Cook

    Come join Collier County patriots in a sign waving supporting Ron Paul for President!!! Our focus will be the economy and Ron Paul's plan to cut $1 Trillion from the budget in his first year. His plan includes an audit of the Federal Reserve Bank, ending foreign aid, ending the wars, cutting Congressional pay, cutting the Federal Government workforce by 10%, eliminating the Department of Energy, Department of Education, and Department of Commerce (to name just a few). His plan will also repeal ObamaCare and Dodd-Frank bill.

    Although not a part of his plan, Ron Paul supports totally abolishing the Federal Income Tax. Ron Paul is the only candidate with a plan to return Constitutional government which will allow our economy to recover and restore American prosperity.

    Bring your friends and family, bring your American flags, Ron Paul signs, and of course your energy as we promote freedom and liberty by supporting Ron Paul in 2012.

    Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam

    Tuesday, October 25, 2011, 9:30 AMSelected By: Terri Parr

    Calistoga Bakery and Cafe

    7941 Airport Rd, Naples, FL (map)Selected By: Terri Parr

    This club started with THE LAW by Frederic Bastiat and then HAMILTON'S CURSE by Thomas Delorenzo. We are now reading THE Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam. Are they just radicals or is this a part of Islam? Come and find out.

    Tennis in Veterans Park

    Tuesday, October 25, 2011, 7:00 PMSelected By: Becky

    Veterans Community Park

    1895 Veterans Park Dr, Naples, FL (map)I will be on the tennis courts. Usually the first set.Selected By: Becky

    The tennis courts are the very first right as you enter the park. There will be a meetup sign on the fence of the courts where we will be playing. Please be on time to help me to secure the spot.

    We will start playing at 7:00 p.m. If anyone wants to coordinate meeting for dinner before or after we play, please send a note to me and I will add it to the Calendar as a separate event. It is free to play on these courts.

    Be sure to practice on a wall at a community park near you a day or two before attending the event

    Wednesday, October 26, 2011, 6:00 PMSelected By: Lareen

    The Naples Pier

    12 Ave South, Naples, FL (map)Selected By: Lareen

    !!!!Sunset is way early now : New Start Time ***6:00PM @ the Pier***

    Hey Everyone The plan is to meet at the sand volleyball courts to the left of the Naples Pier for a fun friendly co-ed game of volleyball and watch the sunset. If you're not into playing volley ball then just bring a beach chair or towel to sit on and take in all the beach has to offer. Sunset will be around 7:00 PM so let's start the games at 6:15PM!!!

    The Naples Pier is at 12 Ave South and the Gulf.

    Would the first people to arrive at the Pier please grab the court closest to the Pier for our group.....Thanks

    Check the TIDES: http://www.setanchor....

    5 miles from 14th Ave S to Gordon Pass - WITH INSTRUCTOR

    Wednesday, October 26, 2011, 6:00 PMSelected By: Heidemarie Klimt

    Beach Parking at 14th Avenue South, Olde Naples

    14th Avenue South, Naples, FL (map)Gulf Shore Blvd South. Two Avenues South of the Naples Pier. Park at Beach Parking on 14th Ave S. Meter takes 0.25 cents if you don't have a Collier Beach Parking Sticker.Selected By: Heidemarie Klimt


    This walk takes us from 14th Ave South on the Olde Naples Beach to Gordon Pass ~5 miles roundtrip... We love to go swimming after this sweaty walk = sunset swim!

    Check the TIDES: http://www.setanchor....

    Join our group & learn how to walk with nordic poles. Your one-time fee for Introduction to the nordic pole walking technique is $10 - which is your annual membership fee as well. We have walking poles for you to try for your first introduction, to rent & for purchase if you like to continue. Call Heidemarie Klimt, NPW USA Master Instructor in Naples at [masked]. NordicPoleWalking USA LLC webpage: http://www.polewalkin....


    Precious Metals Investing - Mike Joyce, Owner of Gulf Coast Coin and Jewelry

    Wednesday, October 26, 2011, 6:30 PMSelected By: Richard Molek

    Crowne Plaza Hotel Fort Myers At Bell Tower Shops

    13051 Bell Tower Drive, Fort Myers, FL (map)A private room adjacent to the Shoeless Joe's Sports Cafe in the hotel.Selected By: Richard Molek

    Michael Joyce, owner of Gulf Coast Coin and Jewelry, will be presenting a seminar on investments in precious metals. Come join us for a timely, interesting presentation! Doors open for dinner at 6:30 (dinner over by 7:30), and the seminar will begin at 7:45.

    The seminar is being offered at no charge to attendees, but please RSVP if you plan to attend, as space is limited.

    Why are Sound Money Politics and Precious Metals Investing Relevant for Libertarians?

    What the Sound Money movement is all about:

    About the Sound Money Center http://www.soundmoney...

    Tom Woods addressing the Mises Institute on "Smashing Myths and Restoring Sound Money": Smashing Myths and Restoring Sound Money | Thomas E. Woods, Jr. - YouTube

    A Guide to Sound Money (free PDF, 23p.): A Guide to Sound Money – Atlas Network http://atlasnetwork.o...


    Thursday, October 27, 2011, 6:00 PMSelected By: DONNA

    Bell Tower Shops

    Daniels Pkwy & US 41, Fort Myers, FL (map)At the main fountain, you'll hear the musicSelected By: DONNA

    Beautiful outdoor venue where you can enjoy a drink, food or coffee. Dance to Geek Sqwad, one of our favorite bands, 6-9:00.

    Lets get together and shoot pool.

    Friday, October 28, 2011, 10:00 PMSelected By: robert

    Champion Billiard Inc Co

    2348 Pineland Avenue, Naples, FL (map)Selected By: robert

    Lets all get together and be social. Come shoot pool, throw darts, or just relax and be social. There are about 16 hourly regulation tables and 4 quarter bar tables plus 2 dart boards. Dj for music to move to and the kitchen stays open to 1 a.m.

    This meet up will be bi-weekly and bowling on the alternate weeks.

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