February 18, 2010 RSS feed / Top News

Private dinners benefit arts and learning

Supporters of The Naples Woman’s Club and The von Liebig Art Center team up to host themed dinners in 10 private homes throughout Naples on Wednesday, March 3. More...

Christian women connect for inspiration

The Naples Christian Women Connection is planning two luncheons where attendees can come together to find inspiration. More...

Zonta fashion show will help local girls g

The Zonta Club of Naples will hold its Spring Fashion Show and Fundraiser for PACE Center for Girls, Immokalee, and the Naples Teenage Parenting Program at 11 a.m. Friday, March 26, at The Strand Country Club. Tickets are $80. More...

Opera Naples pulls curtain open on plans for new home

Southwest Florida’s professional regional opera company has taken the first step in transforming a 20,000-squarefoot condominium building into the Opera Naples Center for Performing Arts. More...

Pedal power for amputees

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

2010 Komen Race for the Cure

The 2010 Susan G. Komen Southwest Florida Race for the Cure takes place Saturday, March 13, at Coconut Point in Estero. More...

Set sail for Porsche Cup of Naples

The Gulf Coast Sailing Club’s 34th annual regatta, the Porsche Cup of Naples, sets sail at 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 27-28. More...

Shabbaton dinners feed body, mind, soul

Chabad Naples announces a series of Friday night Shabbat dinners. The 24 hours beginning at sundown each Friday is the traditional Jewish Sabbath, a time for family and community gatherings. More...

Seminar highlights retirement lifestyle options

The Women’s Cultural Alliance and Jewish Family Services of the Jewish Federation of Collier County invite the public to a seminar about “Retirement Lifestyle Options” from 9:30 a.m. to noon Thursday, March 4, at Moorings Park. More...

Windsocks withstand the test of students’ creativity

On a recent Friday afternoon in Virginia Craig’s combined fourth- and fifth-grade class at Veterans Memorial Elementary School, numerous carefully designed and brightly colored windsocks decorated a bulletin board. More...

Explore FGCU during Eagle EXPO open house

The office of undergraduate admissions at Florida Gulf Coast University invites prospective students and their parents to gather information on all facets of becoming a student at FGCU during the Eagle EXPO open house from 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. More...

BEACH BUDDIES

More than 100 second-graders from the Guadalupe Center’s afterschool program in Immokalee made new friends at the 18th annual Buddy Day at the Beach sponsored by Friends of Hideaway Beach on Marco Island. More...

Fairy godmothers grant prom gown wishes

A few fairy godmothers will help make prom dreams come   try for girls who otherwise   More...

Fakahatchee ‘safari’ includes Cracker dinner, sunset bonfire

A “safari” through Fakahatchee Strand Preserve, sponsored by the Friends of Fakahatchee, takes place as part of the Fakahatchee Discovery Series on Saturday, Feb. 27. Activities will be under way from 1-7 p.m. More...

ABOARD THE CONSERVANCY’S GOOD FORTUNE

Life is good for birders and others aboard the Good Fortune

Twice a day, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida runs tours on its 30-seat pontoon boat, the Good Fortune. More...

Rescue group seeks volunteers

Volunteer Services for Animals, an agency that rescues and fosters cats and kittens, needs volunteers. Cat lovers are wanted to provide foster care to rescued felines. More...

Water park open weekends for winter and spring

Rather than wait until it’s blazing hot, the Sun-N-Fun Lagoon is encouraging people to enjoy the water attraction now, when it’s comfortably cooler. More...

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Arts & Entertainment News

15 THINGS YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT JERSEY BOYS

T HERE’S NO OTHER SOUND QUITE LIKE IT: A MIXTURE OF Beach Boys-esque harmonies, ’60s pop with a sprinkling of doo-wop, and impossible-to-forget melodies fronted by a soaring falsetto.   More...

As always, Naples National can be counted on to draw a crowd

Naples is abuzz with talk of this weekend’s 31st annual Naples National Art Festival. A record crowd of 25,000 people attended last year’s event; this year’s takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. More...

ARTS COMMENTARY

‘Glorious!’: A joyful massacre of music

Our depths of self-deception are, apparently, limitless.   More...

Florida Ocean Forum II will focus on Naples Bay

Improving an estuary’s water quality — and understanding the steps necessary to do so — will be the topic of a free lecture from 6:30-8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22, at North Collier Regional Park. Dr. More...

Club raffles in reverse to raise funds

The Naples Italian American Club puts a twist on traditional raffles to bring a new level of excitement and involvement to the process. More...

Fundraiser draws on the strengths of famed suffragist

Susan B. More...

Get acquainted with the Naples Newcomers Club

The Naples Newcomers Club is designed to help women who have been permanent residents of Naples for no more than five years meet and develop friendships with others who are new to the area and to learn about the culture and lifestyle of their new ho More...

Ride or walk for cancer alliance

Gulfview Middle School is the site for the sixth annual bike ride and walk to benefit Cancer Alliance of Naples and the Naples Pathways Coalition. The event takes place Sunday, Feb. 28. More...

Autism awareness at the Everblades

Join the Florida Everblades for a fun family night that benefits Autism Speaks. For every ticket sold, Autism Speaks will receive $8 to help fund research into the causes, prevention and treatments for autism. More...

Tommy Bowden will address Christian athletes

The Southwest Florida Fellowship of Christian Athletes hosts its “Join the Team” banquet from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, March 18, at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point in Bonita Springs. More...

ICAN AIDS Walk welcomes people, pooches

The Island Coast Aids Network holds the fifth annual Southwest Florida AIDS Walk on Saturday, April 3, at Cambier Park. The walk is open to everyone, and participants can choose between a 5K run or a one-mile stroll. More...

Survivors share recipes and stories

The Chabad Jewish Center of Naples and the Jewish Women’s Circle present an evening with Joanne Caras, author of the “Holocaust Survivor Cookbook,” at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22, at the home of Tracy Gurdian, 5221 Sand Dollar Lane. More...

Award-winning author to discuss American/Middle Eastern identity

The distinguished speaker series at Moorings Presbyterian Church presents Diana Abu-Jaber of Miami with a reading and reflections on her identity as the daughter of an American mother and Jordanian father.   More...

Get set for writing and speed-reading classes

Professor Nancy Shuster teaches several classes in the area to help lovers of the written word improve their skills. Her writing workshops take place from 10-11 a.m. every Wednesday at Fleischmann Park; speed-reading lessons are from 1:30-2:30 p.m. More...

Education Foundation ranks among Charity Navigator’s best-run nonprofits

Charity Navigator, an independent charity evaluator, has awarded The Education Foundation of Collier County with its highest four-star rating for sound fiscal management for a second consecutive year. More...

FGCU chemistry major headed to Scotland with scholarship

The St. Andrew’s Society of Southwest Florida has awarded FGCU junior Kristine Cosgrove a $5,000 scholarship to study at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland this spring. More...

Pat Barton earns recognition from state PACE group

Collier County civic leader and volunteer Pat Barton was honored as a Pioneer of PACE Center for Girls during the agency’s 25th anniversary celebration and leadership conference in Jacksonville, Fla.   More...

Collier Museum celebrates black history

The Collier County NAACP and Collier County Museums present a special edition of the group’s annual “read-in” featuring historical reenactments.   More...

ESU program will consider Florida’s railroad past

The Naples Branch of the English Speaking Union presents historian, author and professor Gregg Thomas with a program about Florida’s railroad history at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, at Moorings Presbyterian Church.   More...

Get in step with the Bird Patrol at Gator Hole Preserve

The Bird Patrol, a group of volunteer nature enthusiasts, offers an easy, inexpensive way to check out some of the region’s most interesting and beautiful wildlife inhabitants. More...

MARDI GRAS ON GOODLAND

Brave captains and crew in the 14th annual Goodland Mardi Gras Boat Parade plied the waters off Marco Island despite high winds and low temperatures on Saturday, Feb. 13. More...

Duo’s drive delivers doggie beds

Thanks to the efforts of local pet lovers and national organizations responding to a local call to action, 100 new dog beds have been donated to Collier County Domestic Animal Services. More...

Low-cost sterilization — ‘Five Days of Spay’

Collier Spay Neuter Clinic, in collaboration with Humane Society Naples and Collier County Domestic Animal Services, is observing “Five Days of Spay” Feb. 22-26. More...

Business News

Social networking gains credibility with businesses

Parker Bradtmiller sits at an austere glass desk that is bereft of the usual postit notes, comic strips and action figures you might expect at the IT guy’s station. More...

MONEY&INVESTING

Problems remain with credit default swaps

How to best summarize credit default swaps? Possibly an adaption of the silly theme song of the TV series “Lamb Chop’s Sing Along”: “This is the trade that does not end. Yes, it goes on and on, my friend. More...

IMAGINE SOLUTIONS

Extraordinary times require extraordinary solutions

Editor’s N ote: T he f irst-ever Imagine             Solutions C onference will pr emiere this         week. More...