March 23, 2017 RSS feed / Top News

Remember lost loved ones at Avow butterfly ceremony

Avow invites everyone to its annual butterfly release and community memorial service Saturday, March 25, at Cambier Park. Children’s activities begin and a walk-through tent with hundreds of live butterflies opens at 10 a.m.  More...

Red Sox here for four more Spring Training games

The “boys of summer” head back north after next week to start the regular Major League Baseball season in Boston. More...

Rabbi addresses anti-Semitism at U. of Florida

Rabbi Adam Grossman, CEO of Hillel at the University of Florida-Gainesville, will speak about the rising tide of anti-Semitism on campus as part of the Shabbat service at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 24, at the Unitarian   More...

Get mellow with the manatees at Crystal River Plantation

While watching manatees hanging out at Florida Power & Light’s Manatee Lagoon in Riviera Beach one day, I thought about how cool it would be to get to know those gentle giants up close. More...

James Bond to Rockefeller, Amelia Island delivers legends on wheels

BEHIND THE WHEEL

The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is one of those great shows because the enthusiasts are the real winners. More...

Sharpen your road skills at AARP class

AARP offers classes to help older drivers learn about new traffic laws, refresh their driving skills and reduce their risk for tickets and accidents. Drivers over age 55 might be eligible for a discount on auto insurance. More...

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The third annual Bosom Buddies tennis exhibition and silent auction at Fiddler’s Creek raised $11,656 to support BB efforts to provide physical, emotional and educational support to women with breast cancer and lymphedema. More...

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Arts & Entertainment News

SEE YOU AT THE FAIR!

It lights up the dark in central Collier County for a few more shining nights

The Fair! America’s flashing light, sugar-coated, sausage-smelling, greasy fried tradition is right now set up in a big old field off Immokalee Road east of I-75. That’s right. The Collier County Fair’s in town ’til Sunday. More...

Gulfshore Playhouse presents ‘The Merchant of Venice’

Gulfshore Playhouse presents William Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice” March 25-April 15 at The Norris Center. Company founder and Artistic Director Kristen Coury directs the production. More...

A cruel past threatens to wreak havoc on an uncertain present

FLORIDA WRITERS

Though many of Randy Wayne White’s earlier entries in his Doc Ford mystery series have generated fear, not one has been as persistently scary as “Mangrove Lightning.” An odd brew of local history, unnatural quirks in the natural wor More...

Naples Flower Show blooms at the garden

Humans sometimes arrange plants and flowers in ways that capture their botanical nature better than soil does. More...

Cheers to the Celebrity Martini Glass Auction and its founder

PROFILE IN PARADISE

Brenda Melton was a major market account representative for Datamax for 15 years, and she’s used her well-honed marketing skills for charities on the Paradise Coast.  More...

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Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida has expanded its retail operations with a 1,600-square-foot store and donation center in the Heritage Bay shopping center off Immokalee Road in North Naples. Store hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. More...

Consider the future of religious freedom

“The Future of Religious Freedom” is the topic when Jennifer Marshall of The Heritage Foundation addresses the Christian Rights & Freedom Institute at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 23, in the parish hall at St. More...

CLUB NOTES

¦ Toast of The Coast Toastmasters Club #6544, recognized by Toastmasters International as a President’s Distinguished Club, meets from noon to 1 p.m. More...

Too many shoes? Donate them to help bring Special Olympics star to town

Naples-based nonprofit Character and Thought Foundation is raising funds to help bring Loretta Claiborne, the most decorated Special Olympics athlete in history, to Southwest Florida to visit to Collier and Lee county schools and communities April 27 More...

Watch out for CCSO traffic deputies

Here’s where CCSO deputies will be on traffic detail the week of March 27-31:  Monday, March 27  Livingston and Pine Ridge roads: Speeding  Immokalee Road and Palm River Boulevard: Red-light running  48th Terrace S.W. More...

Step out with Blue Zones Project on National Walking Day

Blue Zones Project–Southwest Florida celebrates National Walking Day Wednesday, April 5, with a 1-mile community walk. People across America are welcome to participate in the event sponsored by the American Heart Association.  More...

A cautionary tale about (not) waiting for your big break

THE DIVA DIARIES

Regular readers of this column are probably pretty darned stoked for an exciting update on my amazing progress as I work out and get strong and fit. Last week I waxed on and on (and on) about how I had just joined a gym. More...

Business News

LOST IN TRANSLATION

How to arouse a chicken, and other mistranslated marketing messages

“WHEN YOU SAY SOMETHING, MAKE sure you have said it. The chances of your having said it are only fair.”  That bit of advice is from William Strunk Jr. and E.B. More...

Rick Medwedeff invites everyone to be his guest

FROM THE TOP

Rick Medwedeff is anything but a slave to the routine.  In fact, the day-to-day, changeable nature of his position as general manager of the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort is something that appeals to him about the job.  More...

Hodges U. hosts Hispanic chamber Spring Job Fair

The Southwest Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce holds its 2017 Spring Job Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, at the Fort Myers campus of Hodges University, 4501 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers.  More...