February 25, 2010 RSS feed / Top News

Women’s bar association helps preserve Collier’s past with Pioneering Tribute

Naples Backyard History wants Collier County residents and visitors alike to know that the Naples Pier was built in 1888, and that the city’s first mayor, Speed Menefee served for a total of 15 minutes. More...

This week on WGCU TV

. THURSDAY, FEB. 25, 10 p.m. Mike Douglas: Moments and Memories   A nostalgic look back at the Emmy-winning “The Mike Douglas Show” and the man who became America’s best-loved daytime talk show host.   More...

Everglades author will discuss the Fakahatchee

Local historian Marya Repko is a northeasterner and former software engineer who came under the spell of the Everglades. More...

Edison State College honors Phil founder Myra Daniels

Myra Janco Daniels, founder, chairman and CEO of the Philharmonic Center for the Arts, has been awarded the Edison State College 2010 Holland T. Salley Leadership in Fostering Education Award. More...

Sailing champion shares views on America’s Cup and Olympics

Champion sailor Bob Billingham will share his unique perspective on America’s Cup and Olympics action at the Gulf Coast Sailing Club’s next regular meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 10, at Hamilton Harbor Yacht Club. 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 on 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 addresses 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...

Drug Free Collier luncheon guests will hear straight dope from an expert

Drug Free Collier welcomes guest speaker Joseph A. More...

Check out the Marco library expansion

After 11 months of construction, the Marco Island Branch Library is ready to open the doors to Rose Hall, an additional 4,000 square feet of meeting space that can accommodate 150 people. More...

Rescue group seeks volunteers, offers low-cost shots

Volunteer Services for Animals needs volunteers to provide foster homes for cats and kittens and to clean cages and take rescued animals to scheduled veterinarian appointments.   More...

Marco Police Foundation plans luncheon

The Marco Police Foundation invites members and guests to “Lunch with the Chief” beginning at noon Tuesday, March 2, at CJ’s on the Bay, 740 N. Collier Blvd. Guest speaker will be Sgt. Maj. More...

Private dinners benefit arts and learning

The Naples Woman’s Club and The von Liebig Art Center team up for 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...

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...

Photo

Fourth-graders from Royal Palm Academy celebrated Mardi Gras with residents of The Glenview retirement center. Fat Tuesday came to life with masks and beads, costumes and boas. More...

Conservation groups sue USFWS for failing to protect Florida panther

Five conservation groups — the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, the Sierra Club, the Center for Biological Diversity, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility and the Council for Civic Associations — have filed a lawsuit in Fed More...

ABOARD THE CONSERVANCY’S GOOD FORTUNE

Rookery Bay cruise passengers get an eyeful of osprey

Perfect weather and an outgoing tide greeted us when our trip on the Good Fortune began. Guests from around the country and as far away as England and Canada joined us.   More...

Special Sections

Arts & Entertainment News

A multi-feature at the museum

Exhibits showcase art glass, bronze sculptures, paintings and photography

W ITH SEVERAL BLOCKBUSTER SHOWS UNDER WAY simultaneously at the Naples Museum of Art, I was intrigued to find out which is garnering the most attention and commentary from visitors.   More...

Opera Naples brings ‘The Magic Flute’ to Cambier Park

In a magic realm far, far away, a young prince must rescue the beautiful princess. Will he give in to the dark side or follow the light?   Find out when Opera Naples presents “The Magic Flute” at 7:30 p.m. More...

THEATER REVIEW

‘Jersey Boys’: Almost just too good to be true

Wow!   Sometimes the hype surrounding a musical is so ridiculously inflated that it’s impossible for the show to meet expectations when you finally do see it. More...

Helping in Haiti

Teddy bears deliver immediate comfort; long-term help planned

A small team of psychologists and translators from Naples departed for Haiti recently in a six-seat airplane stuffed as near possible to the rafters with teddy bears. More...

Friday is final day of Everglades fest honoring Marjory Stoneman Douglas

Every year, the Museum of the Everglades in Everglades City pays tribute to Marjory Stoneman Douglas, the writer and activist who changed the image of the Glades from a useless swamp to the teeming River of Grass that is at the heart of Florida. More...

Set your sights on outpost Everglades City for tour of historic homes and buildings

Everglades City is in many ways an outpost of Southwest Florida’s past, a place where one doesn’t have to try very hard to picture life before Wal-Mart and McDonalds. More...

Wednesday waterfront walks provide glimpse of city’s past and present

Hump day could soon become regarded as history day in Naples. More...

Heisman winner, Gator Tim Tebow will address Winged Foot scholars

Fresh from his appearance in a Super Bowl ad advocating his anti-abortion views and then the NFL draft in April, University of Florida star quarterback Tim Tebow will address some of Collier County’s greatest student athletes as the keynote sp More...

Set sail for the 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...

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...

Clean out the medicine cabinet and take drugs for proper disposal

Drug Free Collier will collect unused or expired prescriptions and over-the-counter medication for proper disposal during Operation Medicine Cabinet Pharmaceutical Take-Back Day. Numerous locations are participating as drop-off sites from 10 a.m. More...

Coast Guard Auxiliary seminar demystifies distress

All marine radios manufactured since 1999 have a little red door on the front labeled “DISTRESS.” While this feature appears to be a significant advance, it can also give boaters a false sense of security if they assume someone will come More...

Author will address Marco arts foundation

Members and guests of the Marco Island Foundation for the Arts will hear from political thriller novelist Kara Small Bodman at the regular luncheon meeting beginning at noon Tuesday, March 2, at the Marco Island Yacht Club.   More...

Naples ikebana chapter hosts Sumi-e artist

The Naples chapter of Ikebana International holds its next regular meeting at 9 a.m. Wednesday, March 3, at Moorings Presbyterian Church. More...

When spring is in the air, so is family festival fun

East Naples Community Park hosts its fourth annual Spring Festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 20. Nearly 1,500 people attended last year and participated in Easter egg hunts as well as the arts and crafts fun. More...

Shabbaton dinners feed body, mind, soul

Chabad Naples holds 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...

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...

Foundations team up for high-flying adventure

When three World War II fighter planes took to the picture-perfect cloudless skies in Fort Myers one recent afternoon, they provided the thrill of a lifetime for passengers and helped create opportunities of a lifetime for children in Immokalee. More...

Programs provide starting point for Everglades expeditions

Big Cypress Marketplace launches “It’s Our Nature,” a series of programs for nature lovers in partnership with Big Cypress National Preserve. More...

Business News

Turning chocolate to dollars

It’s impossible to read anything about chocolate without the accompanying magniloquence: The Aztec “food of the gods,” so exquisite, so heavenly, chocolate melds with our taste buds, arousing our passions and granting divine satiat More...

MONEY&INVESTING

Venture capital: A solution for local jobs in the ‘new economy’

The returns on venture capital investments in the past 20 years have been gargantuan.   But the payoff has not just been to the benefit of the investors; the benefit has also been to the national economy as 20 percent of the current U.S. More...

BUSINESS MEETINGS

. Join a social networking and business consultation class offered by Professional Writing Services from 10 a.m. to noon every Saturday at Starbucks, 960 Immokalee Road. More...