Newsletter October 30 - Nov 5, 2011



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Workers are shown holding a nearly 16-foot long Burmese Python that was captured and killed in Everglades National Park, Fla. The Python had recently consumed a 76-lb. adult female deer.

Vaccine prevented illness in 59% of adults aged 18 to 64, and in eight of 12 flu seasons studied.

British scientists have created a super breed of the love-it or hate-it vegetable that contains nearly three times the normal amount of glucoraphanin.

The Secrets of Long Life Sought in DNA of the Elderly

Thursday 6pm - 9pm. Stroll the waterfront and enjoy live entertainment, waterfront shopping and dining at The Village on Venetian Bay. For more information please call 261.6100.
Village Nights

  • Now Schedule of Events

  • Get ready Street Fair

  • Key West About the Fest

  • What to do Code of conduct
  • Costume Pretender In Paradise
  • Naples International keeps rolling

  • Get ready for Opening Night Film!

  • Film Festival Closing Ceremonies

  • November 3, Opening Night Film

  • Awards & Comedian Steve Mazan

    Apple's decision to embrace artificial intelligence with its new voice-controlled Siri personal assistant was undeniably a good shout. We could go on and on about how Siri-ously awesome Apple's new iPhone 4S feature is, but it's really something you've got to see for yourself.

    I hope everyone is ready for November. It looks like it is going to be pretty good. If we can get this Tropical stuff out of here and figure out what the Cold fronts are going to do.

    A Night of Soulful Blues with New York Attitude, " Kaleigh Baker, Thursday Nov 3rd In the Piazza next to "BRAVO" MERCATO. Free Admission Outdoor Bar. Lawn chairs welcome

    Thursday 6pm - 9pm. Stroll the waterfront and enjoy live entertainment, waterfront shopping and dining at The Village on Venetian Bay. For more information please call 261.6100.
    Village Nights

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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

    Shedding Light on 7 Suncreen Myths


    Michael C. Hall and Lucy Liu star in East Fifth Bliss, the opening night film at the Naples International Film Festival.

    1-The red carpet is rolling out at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts tonight for the opening night gala for the Naples International Film Festival. The festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. and a screening of East Fifth Bliss, starring Michael C. Hall and Lucy Liu, starts at 7 p.m. Then from Friday through Sunday enjoy documentary, feature and short films from all over the world playing at the Silverspot Cinemas at Mercato. (775-3456,

    2-Get outdoors and enjoy a weekend of racing, movies and water instruction at the sixth annual Calusa Blueway Paddling Festival. Every day is jam-packed with activities, which start today and run throughout Sunday. Canoe & Kayak magazine presents a film festival as part of the evening activities. Bring a folding chair or blanket and see a half-dozen short paddling films starting at 6 p.m. on Friday at Residence Inn by Marriott Fort Myers-Sanibel, 20371 Summerlin Road in Fort Myers. Cost for the movie is $15, or four-day festival pass admits you for free. (533-7474,

    3-Art lovers should head to Miromar Outlets for the fall Estero Fine Art Show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The festival features top-notch international and local artists from several disciplines including painting, clay, glass, sculpture, wood, fiber, jewelry and photography. Artists will be on hand to answer questions about their work and some will give live art demonstrations. The free admission and parking doesn’t hurt either. (

    4-Opera Naples and Theatre Zone join forces to produce Show Boat a 1927 classic musical about a show boat troupe and race relations in Mississippi in the early 20th century. Songs include "Ol’ Man River," "Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man" and "After the Ball." A total of three performances will be held on Nov. 5–6 at Naples High School Auditorium. (963-9050,

    5-The Phil delivers another spectacular opening this season: four-time Tony Award-winning singer and Private Practice star Audra McDonald performs with the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra at 8 p.m. on Saturday. McDonald will perform show tunes, classics from films and original pieces. An hors d’oeuvres and wine reception begins at 7 p.m. (597-1900,


  • Eat for a cause this Wednesday on Sanibel and Captiva during the inaugural IslandsDine4Hunger. A number of local restaurants and Community Cooperative Ministries Inc. are teaming up to help the hungry. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. Participating restaurants include The Mucky Duck, The Green Flash, Holy Smoke Heavenly Barbecue, Sea Star Cafe, The Dunes Golf and Tennis Club and Sharky’s at Sundial Beach & Golf Resort. A minimum of 20 percent of the gross proceeds will be donated to CCMI. (332-0441,
  • All this week, Gulfshore Playhouse presents the story of Ayelet, an Israeli girl whose grandmother drags her on a road trip across America only to pass away, leaving her alone in the small town of Goodview, Va. Handle with Care delivers laughs as Ayelet deals with a botched DHL delivery, an unexpected blizzard and an ill-equipped translator, on stage at the Norris Center to Nov. 20. (261-7529,


  • It’s time to tip your hat to the Naples Botanical Garden for the eighth annual Hats in the Garden fundraiser. Beginning at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, enjoy a parade of fashionable guests debuting millinery styles before settling down for an exclusive presentation by special guest Remco van Vliet, creative designer for the Metropolitan Museum of Art. NBC-2 anchor Kellie Burns hosts the afternoon, which also includes a delectable luncheon and a stunning jewelry display by Yvel.

  • Think you're up for 100 holes of golf? Find out at the inaugural Par 3 Marathon, benefiting Special Olympics Florida, on Nov. 7 at Vi at Bentley Village in Naples. There is no registration fee, but each participant must reach the minimum fundraising requirement of $500 to participate. Funds raised at the Par 3 Marathon will help Special Olympics Florida to fulfill its mission of providing year-round sports training and competition to 15,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities. To register and for more information, visit
  • Dr. Elizabeth Fox invites you to a complimentary educational seminar Nov. 9 at 2 p.m., covering plastic and reconstructive surgery and your life. Call 262-8585 for reservations or visit
  • The 2011 National Philanthropy Day Celebration on Nov. 10 at 5:30 p.m. at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, presented in conjunction with Gulfshore Life, will honor two honorees that have made a tremendous impact on the Naples philanthropic community: Arthrex in the category of Innovation in Philanthropy and Cyndi Fields, CFRE, director of development for the Shelter for Abused Women & Children in the category of Fundraising Executive of the Year. For questions about tickets or sponsorship opportunities, contact Tickets can be purchased at

  • Naples Meetup Calendar

    Last Sunset Volleyball at Naples Pier

    Wednesday, November 2, 2011, 5:30 PMSelected By: Lareen

    The Naples Pier

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


    Hey Everyone

    It's that time of year again....Day Light Savings Time kicks in this weekend after which sunset will be around 5:45PM....cryingangryshockangry....forcing us off the beach for Mid-Week volleyball and making us play under the lights at one of the county parks.....Soooooo, for this week only let's try to meet at the Pier at 5:30PM for a little extra game time before sunset.....The following week we'll start playing under the light at 6:30PM on Wednesdays. If you're new this year, make sure you get the new location low down froma veteran.

    This week, still 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.

    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

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

    Wednesday, November 2, 2011, 5:30 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....


    Bonefish Grill in Fort Myers: $5. Bang Bang Shrimp on Wednesday

    Wednesday, November 2, 2011, 5:30 PMSelected By: Carol Francis

    Bonefish Grill

    14261 S. Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers, FL (map)Carol's cell phone [masked]Selected By: Carol Francis

    "The Season" is coming . . . meaning the restaurants around here are going to be crowded soon and for the next few months!

    So, let's get together this Wednesday to socialize and take advantage of the $5. Bang Bang Shrimp Special and anything else you want!

    Enjoy inexpensive cocktails during Happy Hour until 6:30 pm, including $2.50 glasses of House Wine and other drink specials!

    I'll plan to be there by 5:30 pm, but remember, seating in the bar area is "first come, first serve", so I can't reserve seats. Some standing may be required while waiting for open seats!

    Join this Meetup to add comments or questions.

    calusa blueway paddling festival kickoff reception.

    Thursday, November 3, 2011, 5:00 PMSelected By: Jeff Z

    Residence Inn Fort Myers Sanibel

    20371 Summerlin Road, Fort Myers, FL (map)Selected By: Jeff Z

    Do you want to meet the paddling media, chat with a boat builder, or socialize with paddling club members from across the state? We're having finger foods, and liquid refreshments await you as we launch the 2011 festival. Cost is $15.00 or four-day admits you for free.

    chuck chuck

    liquid refresfments???? Wine or kool aid Posted Saturday at 2:33 PM

    Join this Meetup to add comments or questions.

    Evening in Paradise Beach Bike Ride and Venetian Village Nights! - Final 2011

    Thursday, November 3, 2011, 5:30 PMSelected By: Shawn

    Village on Venetian Bay

    4200 Gulfshore Blvd. North, Naples, FL (map)Contact information will be sent to all yes RSVP's at least 24 hrs priorSelected By: Shawn




    This will be a journey of about Seven (7) Miles and is for intermediate riders and above. It should last just around an hour traveling at approximately 10 - 12 mph. We will go rain or shine (unless there is lightning).

    The meeting spot will be in the PARKING LOT of Venetian Village on the north side of Park Shore Drive. This is in the same area as Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream. We will park in the far corner closest to the intersection of Park Shore Drive and Gulf Shore Boulevard North.


    Thursday, November 3, 2011, 6:00 PMSelected By: Pam

    The Great Calusa Blueway

    Sanibel, Fort Myers Beach area, Sanibel, FL (map)We will be at San Carlos RV Park, sites 90-95Selected By: Pam

    Price: $53.00/per person

    Refund policy



    Two for one! There are two unique festivals happening this weekend! We are concentrating on the paddling event, however if you tire of all the paddling activities, don't can always hit the beach for the Sand Sculpting Festival going on the same weekend! We will be staying at a waterfront RV park on Hurricane Bay. There are two kayak launches so bring your kayak or rent one in the area! We have limited space to start, but are able to expand if we fill up!

    Calusa Blueway Paddling Festival: Nov 3rd-Nov 6th, 2011Waterfront Camping and padding

    The Great Calusa Blueway Festival

    Thursday, November 3, 2011, 7:00 PMSelected By: lynette foster

    San Carlos RV Park & Island Resort,

    18701 San Carlos Blvd., 33931, Fort PierceFort Myers Beach, FL , FL (map)look for the kayaksSelected By: lynette foster

    This annual event is a big grand splash of kayaking, racing, fishing, and lots of eating and drinking. Join paddlers from all over the state for an excess of socializing, fun, and indulgence. There are several events and many choices for accomodations from which to to choose, more info at the website

    Cain Train Tavern Night

    Friday, November 4, 2011, 5:00 PMSelected By: Maryann Fitzpatrick

    South Street City Oven & Grill

    1410 Pine Ridge Road, Naples, FL (map)corner of Pine Ridge and Goodlette-Frank RoadsSelected By: Maryann Fitzpatrick

    Join us for fun and conversation with a dynamic group of Herman Cain supporters. Happy Hour prices on beverages, and a varied, reasonably-priced menu.

    Join this Meetup to add comments or questions.

    Calusa Blueway Paddling Festival Saturday Events

    Saturday, November 5, 2011, 8:00 AMSelected By: Colleen

    Sanibel Causeway Island B

    19999 Sanibel Island Causeway, Sanibel, FL (map)Selected By: Colleen

    There are many events happening for four days for this festival, beginning Nov. 3. Check out the website for more detailed information.

    Let's meet early to do a paddle to Picnic Island for breakfast and then attend some of the events on Causeway Island A - the first island as you go over the bridge. Meet on the second island (B) across the street from the public main restrooms. (where we had the luau) I am not sure how crowded it will get but leaving this early should be OK with parking on the second island. They are not letting anyone park on the first island. There are many activities going on - check out the site below.

    Bring breakfast, drinks, and all safety gear for a fun day on the water. Bring lunch, too if you plan on staying the day! They will also be selling food at the festival.

    I am not sure about the cost this year. You can buy a wristband for $60 which will get you into all the events for four days. Or you can pay as you go....not sure what events cost money. Just have some cash available. (I think there may be an $8 charge for some things....and some classes you have to sign up for. So check the website!)

    Guided trips, demonstrations, on-water instruction, Stand-Up Paddleboard activities, green events, speakers, new product testing, announcements, trolley service and food. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    No rentals available on site. If you just want to attend the festival and not do the morning paddle, your best bet is to catch the trolley at one of the locations posted on the web site. If you want to rent, there is a guided tour from Bunche Beach that morning. You can also rent at Bowditch Point and paddle about three miles to the festival. Watch the currents under the bridge.

    Free day at the zoo.

    Saturday, November 5, 2011, 11:00 AMSelected By: robert

    Naples Zoo & Caribbean Garden

    1590 Goodlette Rd N, Naples, FL (map)The zoo is located on Goodlette Rd. just south of Golden Gate Parkway. (Right across from Flieshman Park for all you volleyballers.)Selected By: robert

    The first Saturday of every month is free for Collier County residents so lets get togehter and enjoy the afternoon. Lions, Tigers, and bears oh-my! Tickets for non residents are $19.95. This zoo has many wonderful exibits including my favorite which is a short pontoon boat ride around Monkey Lake. There is definitely plenty to see so don't forget your camera. Hope to see you there.

    Here is a link to the zoo's web page if you would like to get more info.

    Cooking Class: Learn to Make Mozzarella

    Saturday, November 5, 2011, 2:30 PMSelected By: Suzanne

    Naples Tomato

    14700 Tamiami Trail North, Naples, FL (map)Private RoomSelected By: Suzanne

    Have you have ever wanted to know how to make fresh mozzarella cheese? This is a great way to have fun and impress your friends at the same time! Learn how to make mozzarella, buratta and eat your way through this class with other tastes from Italy and California. $35 per person includes a few glasses of wine or other beverage, cheese samples, some light snacks, class instruction and one pound of mozzarella curd to take home to make your own cheese.

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