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Oleanders for a Spring, Summer and Fall Show of Color

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By Mike Malloy mikemalloy@naplesbutterfly.com Oleanders (Nerium oleander) an evergreen shrub that makes a great specimen plant when planted in the garden but also makes a great hedge or container plant. However you decide to use this plant shrub, hedge or standard (tree), it will always be a very colorful and showy plant. Oleanders bloom from spring to fall, coming in colors of orange, pink, red, white and yellow. Some have single flowers and there are others with a double bloom. Flowers are usually in clusters at the end of branches. Oleanders can grow up to 12 feet and are almost ... Read More »

Healthy Kids Day and Dottie’s Duck Derby

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By Don Manley The Greater Marco Family YMCA will present two of its signature events as one seamless extravaganza of fun, healthy living information and fundraising. Both the Y’s Healthy Kids Day and the Dottie’s 20th Annual Duck Derby fundraiser will be held backto-back on Saturday, April 25 at the organization’s Sand Hill Street campus. “We’re trying to showcase our youth this year and make it more of a fun, interactive event and hopefully, get a good turnout from that,” said Charlene Garcia, the Y’s school age (after-school program) coordinator, who is also coordinating Healthy Kids Day. The festivities will ... Read More »

La Tavola-Family, Food and Friends

Marco Island restaurateurs Guy and Lisa Verdi discuss their dining philosophy.

By Don Manley The traditional family gathering place – the kitchen table – evokes thoughts of heartwarming moments for long-time Marco Island restaurateurs Guy and Lisa Verdi. Such memories and their shared Italian heritage served to inspire the Verdi’s selection of a name for their new restaurant, which they have dubbed “La Tavola,” Italian for “the table.” “I really thought long and hard about it,” said Lisa Verdi. “I thought about how Guy and I, both here and when we travel to Italy and France to visit family, the best times and our favorite memories are always around the table ... Read More »

Coastal Comments

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala donnafiala@colliergov.net Have you been wondering what those piles of dirt are just south of the Dunkin’ Donuts on 951/41? We have too, so I called the County Growth Management Division, who had to do a little research. Staff advised that the lot was cleared under an approved Site Development Plan when the lot was part of the Shoppes of Eagle Creek. Since then the vegetation had re-grown on the lot and the parcel had been removed from the Shoppes of Eagle Creek. The Property Owner had the lot cleared again, both of which constitute a violation. The ... Read More »

Collier County’s First Senior Center: Over 150 Attend First Birthday Party To Celebrate New Name, Expansion

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Submitted The Naples Senior Center, a program of JFCS of Southwest Florida, hosted more than 150 guests on March 31 to enjoy a huge birthday cake, browse artwork by members and listen to dignitaries express gratitude for the role the Center plays in giving local seniors a place to find friendship, activities and services. When the Naples Senior Center opened a year ago, it was the first such center in Collier County. In one short year, it has grown to 580 members. “When JFCS began planning the Senior Center we did some research,” Dr. Jaclynn Faffer, president and CEO of ... Read More »

Conservancy’s Earth Day Festival April 18

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Submitted The Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s annual Earth Day Festival, an eco- and family-friendly event for all ages, takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 18 at the Conservancy Nature Center, 1495 Smith Preserve Way in Naples. The festival features live animal shows, special programs, live music, local vendors and exhibits. The environmentally friendly event offers activities for all ages including electric boat tours along the Gordon River, educational programs for kids and adults, expert lectures, arts and crafts, face painting, hands-on habitat experiences, live music, locally made crafts and tasty festival food. Along with new events, ... Read More »

The Angels Have Arrived

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Plant Talk Mike Malloy mikemalloy@naplesbutterfly.com One of late spring and summer show stopping plants that is showing its face all around South Florida is the Angels Trumpet or (Brugmansia spp.) Also blooms in the fall. You would have to be blind folded driving around Naples and Marco not to see these landscape gems. This plant is in the Solanaceae family, native to tropical South America and has been naturalized her in North America. Large flowers are fragrant but more intense at night to attract moths for pollinating. Angels Trumpet is the common name referring to the large pendulous flowers it ... Read More »

Chihuly at Fairchild

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Speaking of Travel Vickie Kelber As part of the Art at Fairchild program at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables, a special installation of glass sculptures by Dale Chihuly will be on display until May 31, 2015. Instituted in 2004, Art at Fairchild has brought exhibits by such artists as Roy Lichtenstein and Fernando Botero to this tropical wonderland; Chihuly was here once before in 2005. Born in 1941 in Tacoma, Washington, Dale Chihuly is credited as a leader in establishing glassblowing as a fine art. He studied at the University of Wisconsin in the first university level ... Read More »

NCH “Volunteers are Aces” Las Vegas, Baby!

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By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com On Wednesday, March 25, NCH Healthcare recognized a most valued group of people at an awards luncheon held at Hideaway Beach Club. The theme was Las Vegas, Baby! – and their Aces were the volunteers of Marco Island Auxiliary that contribute so much to the value and quality of care people receive. Many of the volunteers dressed to fit the Vegas theme; feathered boas, special hats and belted baubles. Most apparent were the smiles and the general feeling was that of an extended family, rather than co-workers. Their work is not easy and their reward is ... Read More »

2015 “Stamp Out Hunger” Letter Carrier’s Food Drive

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Submitted Collier Harvest announces the 2015 Letter Carrier’s Food Drive is going on NOW through Saturday, May 9th. Collier Harvest, the non-profit agency that manages the “Stamp Out Hunger” event locally, asks residents of Naples and Marco Island to place their non-perishable food donations by their mail boxes anytime between now and Saturday, May 9th, to be picked up by their letter carriers. All residents, including seasonal residents returning home, may also drop off donations at the post office on North Goodlette-Frank Road or the Coco River post office on Immokalee Road. Collier Harvest welcomes volunteers, middle school age and ... Read More »

Exploring the American Workforce at Marco Island Historical Museum

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Submitted What would life be like without teachers, doctors or firefighters? Every day Americans are hard at work on farms, factories, in homes or at desks keeping our communities thriving. The Marco Island Historical Museum, in cooperation with the Florida Humanities Council, will explore the professions and the people that sustain American society when it hosts “The Way We Worked,” a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition. “The Way We Worked” will be on view April 4, 2015 through May 16, 2015. A free opening reception will take place on Tuesday April 7 from 5pm to 7pm. The Marco Island Historical Museum ... Read More »

Last Fakahatchee Island cruise of season

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The Friends of Fakahatchee have announced their final cruise of the season to historic Fakahatchee Island on Saturday, March 21. Fakahatchee Island was once home to a thriving community of farming and fishing families and was first inhabited by the Calusa. On the way to the island, Everglades National Boat Tours will cruise among the mangroves of the Ten Thousand Islands. On the island, a Friends of Fakahatchee naturalist will lead a walking tour and describe the island’s colorful history. Cold drinks and snacks will be served on the boat. Please bring bug repellent and wear long-sleeved shirts and closed shoes. Jackets are ... Read More »

Art of Steve Malinchoc and William Moseley

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Marco Island Center for the Arts announced today its March exhibit will feature the Art of Steve Malinchoc. Unlike most of the Art Center exhibitions that feature multiple artists in the main galleries, Malinchoc’s personal collection is so extensive that the Center chose to adorn both Lauritzen and Rush Galleries for what will be Malinchoc’s first ever exhibition. “Steve’s art should not be missed,” according to Executive Director for the Center, Hyla Crane. Crane continued, “His work is enticing, engaging and quite unlike what we usually see at the Art Center.” Also, in the La Petit Gallery, the Center will ... Read More »

Naples Zoo Announces New Panther Exhibit

Naples Zoo officials announced today they are breaking ground on a permanent home for a young Florida panther that cannot be returned to the wild after it was blinded by a shotgun blast. This new panther exhibit will focus on expanding public awareness of the issues surrounding the growing number of cats in the area. And to meet the increased need to care for injured or orphaned panthers, Naples Zoo is also creating habitat space to provide temporary care along with an all-new large animal veterinary clinic. This is part of a cooperative effort with the US Fish and Wildlife ... Read More »

Friends of Fakahatchee three tram tours

The Friends of Fakahatchee have announced their final four tram tours of the season. The group’s Ghost Rider tram will offer naturalist guided tours of Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park on March 24, and April 4. Riders on the 2 1/2 hour tour will learn about the park’s history and unique ecosystem that is home to a profusion of orchids, air plants, birds, and mammals including the Florida panther. Tours leave at 10 a.m. and return at 12:30 p.m. Advance reservations are required at $25 per person. For those who want to immerse themselves in the Fakahatchee, the Friends offer the season’s final Tram Tour and ... Read More »

Conservancy to host Earth Day Festival April 18

Featuring live animal shows, special programs, live music, local vendors and exhibits, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s annual Earth Day Festival is a “not-to-be-missed” eco- and family-friendly event for all ages. The public is invited to the Conservancy’s annual Earth Day Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 18 at the Conservancy Nature Center, 1495 Smith Preserve Way in Naples. Conservancy biologist and python expert Ian Bartoszek will share his innovative work with pythons in Southwest Florida; the Naples Zoo will present its popular animal show featuring live animals; and Conservancy Veterinarian, Dr. P.J. Deitschel will be back to ‘wow’ ... Read More »

SCHLEHR Selected as Puppy Raiser

Kaitie Schlehr, Lighthouse of Collier Case Manager, has been selected by Southeastern Guide Dogs to be an official Puppy Raiser. As a puppy raiser, Kaitie will provide Carley, the new puppy, with home life experiences, while teaching her basic obedience. Puppy raisers take the puppies everywhere—to work, out to eat, on trips, and even grocery shopping. The dogs need real-world training in order for them to grow up to successfully guide a visually impaired person. The puppy-raising experience requires a great deal of commitment, time, energy, and focus. Once the dog has matured, Kaitie will say goodbye to Carley in ... Read More »

Naples Children & Education Foundation presents Conservancy with $80,000 grant

The Naples Children & Education Foundation presented the Conservancy of Southwest Florida with an $80,000 grant on March 9. The grant, awarded through funds raised during the Naples Winter Wine Festival, will provide support for the Conservancy’s work with the Boys and Girls Club of Collier County as well as the Conservancy’s summer camp programs. Naples Winter Wine Festival Grant Committee Chair Jim Dixon and co-chairs Chuck and Sharon Hallberg and Sandi and Tom Moran presented the check to Nicki Dardinger, Director of Education for the Conservancy. Also on hand were two children, Alexander Knapp and Taniya Wright, who have ... Read More »

Somewhere Between Duty and Distraction

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Artful Life By Tara O’Neill Here’s one that definitely doesn’t apply to just artists, but certainly requires some artful adjustments: The Home Office. You know, the one that modern technology promised would help us shed the scales of The Work Place and allow us the freedom and flexibility to work from our own nests? May I just say, it ain’t that easy. In fact, it can be really hard. How, for example, is one to stay focused (yes, the f-word) when the kittens need feeding – and then play-time, dang they’re cute – and there’s that laundry to do, the ... Read More »

40 Years of Marco Players

The cast of “Love, Loss, & What I Wore” rehearses.

By Don Manley The Marco Players is still going strong 40 years after staging its first production. “Challenging ourselves to do better and better work, a good fiscal outlook and having actors and directors who want to work here,” has been a key to the theater group’s longevity and success said Beverly Dahlstrom, its artistic director and president of its board of directors. “This doesn’t mean everyone will like everything we do,” she added. “But the work that we do is interesting and varied. Technically, like all the 501cs (nonprofits) on the island, a successful show is what brings in ... Read More »