February 4, 2010 RSS feed / Top News

Photos from the Wine Festival

1. Champagne and sparkling wine flowed. 2. Celebrity Chef Bill Telepan and his staff at work in the penthouse kitchen of NWWF Trustees Barbara and Ron Balser on Friday evening. 3. More...

Catch up with local history at Palm Cottage

The Naples Historical Society presents free Gardenside Chickee Chats from 11 a.m. to noon in the Norris Gardens at Palm Cottage. Reservations are recommended.   More...

Naples campus expansion helps Hodges University celebrate 20 years

Hodges University announces a multimillion dollar expansion at its Naples campus to accommodate continued strong enrollment growth.   More...

ESU scholarship recipients will discuss their studies

Members and guests of the Naples branch of the English Speaking Union will hear from two Collier County high school English teachers at the ESU meeting beginning at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, in Moss Hall at Moorings Presbyterian Church.   More...

Sign up online for Komen Race for the Cure

The 2010 Susan G. Komen Southwest Florida Race for the Cure is set for March 13 at the Coconut Point mall in Estero. Online registration for individuals and teams is now open.   More...

Soup fills Empty Bowls and food bank coffers

Fourth annual event at Cambier Park benefits Harry Chapin Food Bank

More than 250 gallons of donated soup was ladled into 1,300 handmade bowls that sold for $10 each during the Empty Bowls event on Saturday, Jan. 30. More...

A day at DAS equals at day at Disney

Volunteer for a day at Collier County Domestic Animal Services and enjoy a free day at Disney. Hundreds of animals in the DAS shelter need friends to visit them and help them find new homes where they will be cared for with love.   More...

Woman’s Club, von Liebig plan themed dinners

Ten themed dinners (Key West Delight, Moonlight Clambake on Naples Bay, Italian Night at the Murphy’s and more) will take place private homes, hosted by supporters of the Naples Woman’s Club and The von Liebig Art Center on Wednesday, Ma More...

‘Vatican secrets’ will be divulged

The Italian Cultural Society will welcome the Vatican’s Fr. Mark Haydu for a talk about “Vatican Museum Secrets” when the society meets for luncheon at The Strand at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9. Cost is $38. More...

Naples Press Club welcomes author

The Naples Press Club presents “Happy Hour with Dr. Ralph Engelman,” author of “Friendlyvision — Fred Friendly and the Rise and Fall of Television Journalism,” at 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11. More...

Professional development workshops offered at Rookery Bay research reserve

Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve has a series of workshops that bring the latest scientific information and policy to scientists, stakeholders, key decision-makers, elected officials and anyone interested in improving decisions about More...

Hear about offshore drilling from experts at public forum

Offshore drilling is the next hot topic up for discussion at a public form from 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9, in the Community   Room at the Naples Daily News.           More...

Pro-am golf tourney at Pelican Marsh planned

Immokalee Housing & Family Services holds its inaugural pro-am golf tournament on Monday, April 12, at Pelican Marsh Golf Club. More...

Marco Bridge Run set for Valentine’s Day

The Greater Marco Island YMCA’s second annual Marco Bridge Run sets out from the Y at 7 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 14. This year’s event is dedicated to the memory of Carole Sbertoli.   More...

A full moon is a great reason to take a hike

Maybe there’s no scientific explanation for it, but anyone who has spent winter in Southwest Florida hwest Flored has noticed the ook full moons look huge here. More...

Generous hearts will help 11-year-old heart patient at Mercato First Friday

February is the month of love, a time to celebrate loved ones with tokens of affection that often come in the form of chocolate hearts. More...

CAPSULES

Extraordinary Measures (Brendan Fraser, Harrison Ford, Keri Russell) John Crowley (Fraser) leaves a successful career in corporate America to team up with a research scientist (Ford) in an attempt to save the lives of Crowley’s children, who ha More...

FGCU’s Renaissance Academy announces Great Scholars program at Bentley Village

Join some of the country’s foremost scholars and professors from Harvard, the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and Duquesne University at the 2010 Great Scholars Lecture Series sponsored by the Renaissance Academy of Florida Gulf Coast More...

This week on WGCU TV

. THURSDAY, FEB. 4, 9 P.M. More...

JDRA Foundation plans Aqua Ball

The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation holds its annual Hope Gala: The Aqua Ball beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples. More...

See stars for Naples Players

Glamour. Sparkle. Culinary delights. And a splash of Broadway. Find it all at “A Starry, Starry Night,” the annual gala to benefit The Naples Players on Saturday, Feb. 13, at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort. More...

League Club brings Broadway to town

The League Club presents the Tony Award-winning cabaret show “Forbidden Broadway” from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, at the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club. More...

Special evening for special people

“A Very Special Evening for Very Special People,” a benefit for the Foundation for Developmentally Disabled, takes place Saturday, Feb. 20, at St. John the Evangelist Kiney Hall in North Naples. More...

See inside historic homes

The Naples Historical Society’s 2010 Historic Homes Tour begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, at historic Palm Cottage. More...

Shop ’til you drop for The Shelter

Shop The Shelter for Abused Women & Children’s annual Designer Boutique from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 26-27, at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples, and support adult and child victims of family violence.   More...

A Beach Ball for children’s agency

The Children’s Advocacy Center of Collier County holds its 14th annual Gala, The Beach Ball, beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, on Watkins Lawn at the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club. More...

It’s magic for The Conservancy

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida hosts its sixth annual Magic Under the Mangroves gala on Thursday, March 4, 2010, under a tent at Cap d’Antibes at Pelican Bay. More...

‘Be who you aren’t’ at masquerade ball

The Collier Spay Neuter Clinic invites patrons and friends to “be who you aren’t” at its inaugural Mardi Paws Masquerade Ball from 6-10 p.m. Friday, March 26, at Collier’s Reserve Country Club. More...

Place your bets for Marco library

The Marco Island branch of the Collier County Public Library is holding a Las Vegas-style casino night from 7-10 p.m. Saturday, March 27. Professional dealers will oversee gaming tables for poker, blackjack, craps and roulette. More...

The 2010 Naples Invitational Art Festival

A benefit for Eden Autism Services at Fleischmann Park

7. Richard, Bonnie, Mattew and Paul Wagner 8. Melinda McAleer, Jill Spanbauer and Taire Malloy 9. Michael and Starr Joyce, Robert Joyce 10. Terry and Vickie Hunt 11. Rebecca and Chloie Atkinson, Richard Newell 12. More...

Special Sections

Arts & Entertainment News

It's All Good

Photographer Dennis Goodman takes center stage at downtown’s Art in the Park

The untamed world of the Florida Everglades is a mysterious, magical place. More...

‘Transitions’ exhibit reflects artist’s journey with ovarian cancer

Art Modern Gallery holds an opening reception for “Transitions,” a solo exhibition of works by Stella Farwell, from 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6. More...

Reception honors Baby Basics volunteers

Baby Basics of Collier County, a volunteer run organization that provides and distributes free diapers to children from low-income working families, recently honored 25 of its most dedicated volunteers a private cocktail reception given in their nam More...

Check out plan to educate public about library Friends

SPECIAL TO FLORIDA WEEKLY

The Friends of the Library of Collier County has launched a new membership campaign called “Library Cardholder or Friend?” in hopes of shedding light on confusion people have about being a member of the library.   More...

MOMENTS IN TIME

. On Feb. 4, 1959, Lawrence Taylor, one of the greatest defensive players in NFL history, is born in Williamsburg, Va. More...

Immokalee museum showcases photos from days gone by in rural Florida

Rural Floridians, most from days gone by, are the subject of a new exhibit at the Immokalee Pioneer Museum at Roberts Ranch. More...

Collier will have 10 museums in 2010

With the opening of the new history museum on Marco Island in February and the new Children’s Museum of Naples in the fall, the roster of museums in Collier County will total 10. More...

Grant helps middle school teacher with recipe for students’ success

For the past three years, teacher Mary Gust at New Beginnings, the alternative middle school in East Naples, has cooked up “Recipes for Success” to help her 60 students master math concepts. More...

First Baptist Academy plans open house

The faculty and staff of First Baptist Academy will hold an open house for prospective families from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, Feb. 11. More...

Ag Tour gives a glimpse of farm life

The Collier County Extension Services 2010 Ag Tour will visit several area farms, where experts will be on hand to answer questions about farm operations and explain how food goes from Southwest Florida farms to Southwest Floridians’ dining ta More...

Blind, visually impaired welcome to use equipment at Lighthouse

Lighthouse of Collier has recently installed several pieces of equipment to help the blind and visually impaired regain their independence. More...

A sweet evening with the Italian American Club

This Valentine’s Day, spend a night in Sicily with your sweetheart without ever leaving Southwest Florida. More...

OSU Club presents ‘Buckeyes’ event

The Ohio State Alumni Club of Naples invites alumni, fans and supporters to “Buckeyes in Paradise.” The event is the first-ever scholarship gala to raise funds for area honor students to attend Ohio State University. More...

Sailing club welcomes author

Author Nicholas Hayes speaks to the Gulf Coast Sailing Club about “Saving Sailing” at the Hamilton Harbour Yacht Club at 6p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10.   More...

Needlepoint group ready to stitch

The American Needlepoint Guild general meeting will be held at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 12, at St John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 625 111th Ave., Naples.   The ANG Stitch-In starts at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 26, at the church. More...

Add some education to a day at the beach

Several regular programs at Barefoot Beach Preserve give beachgoers a chance to do more than soak up the sun. Turn south off Bonita Beach Road onto Barefoot Beach Boulevard and go about 1½ miles to the park entrance. More...

Bike or walk for Baby Basics this Saturday

The first annual Baby Basics Biking and Walking Challenge takes place Saturday morning, Feb. 6, at North Collier Regional Park. The event will help raise funds to provide diapers to deserving families through Baby Basics of Collier. More...

‘Harley for Her’ party will cover it all

Naples Harley-Davidson will hold a “Harley for Her Garage Party” from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10. More...

Bike ride will benefit amputee organization

The second annual Miracle Limbs-Courage in Motion Bike Ride takes place Saturday, March 6, at North Collier Regional Park. More...

EMBRACE THE GREAT OUTDOORS AT ROOKERY BAY

Here’s what’s on tap at the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Environmental Learning Center in February. The center is at 300 Tower Road, 3/4 mile south of the intersection of U.S. More...

Senior Expo set for Golden Gate Community Center

Collier County’s Public Services Division hosts the 2010 Senior Expo from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, at the Golden Gate Community Center. More...

LATEST FILMS

‘Edge of Darkness’

Is it worth $10? Yes   More...

Celebrate reading at luncheon and dinner with the Bush family

Author and celebrity chef Art Smith — who served as personal chef to Oprah Winfrey for 10 years before opening restaurants in Chicago and Washington, D.C., and appearing on numerous TV shows and in a recent issue of People magazine — will More...

Town Hall speaker series welcomes the Bush brothers

George W. Bush, 43rd president of the United States, and his brother Jeb Bush, 43rd governor of Florida, will participate in a discussion at the Naples Town Hall Distinguished Speaker series on Tuesday, Feb. 16. More...

Parade of Beth Moné spring fashions will benefit Immokalee Foundation

Elementary school students from Immokalee will show off Easter finery and lively spring clothes at the Beth Moné Children’s Shoppe Easter Parade Fashion Show and Luncheon on Monday, Feb. 15, at Bay Colony Golf Club.   More...

Art sale for Freedom Waters

“Painting My Tomorrow,” an art exhibit and sale to benefit the Freedom Waters Foundation, takes place from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts. More...

Yellow brick road leads to Fun Time

Fun Time Early Childhood Academy’s third annual “play date fundraiser” will have the theme of “Follow the Yellow Brick Road.” The evening of fine dining and fun, complete with Mayor Bill Barnett as auctioneer, unfolds T More...

Humane Society’s 10th annual Pet Lovers Gala

The 10th annual Pet Lovers Gala to benefit Humane Society Naples takes place from 6-11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, at The Port Royal Club. This year’s theme is “Making a World of Difference.”   More...

Football legend will help mend hearts

Former NFL offensive guard Victor Rivas Rivers, spokesperson for the National Network to End Domestic Violence, will be the keynote speaker for the 10th annual Mending Broken Hearts with Hope luncheon to benefit The Shelter for Abused Women & Childr More...

Car dealer hosts NHC block party

The Neighborhood Health Clinic is gearing up for its annual block party set for 6-10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, at Naples Luxury Imports. More...

An ‘extra’ touch for classic concerts

Lagniappe — the Cajun word for “a little something extra” — is just what guests will discover at a benefit for Classic Chamber Concerts at the home of maestro William Noll on Sunday, Feb. 28. More...

Tickets on sale for travel auction

Miracle Limbs-Courage in Motion will welcome musician Michael Nix as the headline act at its international travel auction and dinner beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, March 5, at The Hilton Naples. More...

Wine Tasters raise glasses for charities

The Wine Tasters of Naples are planning “Cheers for Charity,” the group’s first fundraising gala, from 6-10 p.m. Saturday, March 27, at The Player Club at Lely Resort. More...

Wanderlust will cure travel cravings

Florida Gulf Coast University’s Resort & Hospitality Management Program will hold the 21st annual Wanderlust travel auction and gourmet dining extravaganza Wednesday evening, April 14, at the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club. More...

Business News

Meetings Paradise in

Options for corporate affairs are competitive, accommodating and breathtaking

Above and below: The Naples Beach Hotel boasts 34,000 square feet of meeting space, as well as outdoor venues for business functions. The tourism industry will forever remember October 2008 as a very bad time.   More...

Technical analysis: meaningful or voodoo finance?

A picture is worth a thousand words.   Do you want to hear about a product or see a product? Do you want to see a technology’s equations or see them at work? Do you want to hear about a blind date’s best features or see a picture? More...

Housing industry collapse leads to the beginning of Barringer Publishing

For Jeff Schlesinger, whose advertising and marketing career includes more than two decades in Naples, the collapse of home building presented a challenge. Many of his clients are local builders whose misfortunes have been his as well. More...