Ikebana arrangement by Neapolitan Stephanie English
COURTESY PHOTO It’s high season for clubs and organizations to hold special events and programs for members and guests as well as regular meetings. Here’s what some of them have planned:
¦ The Naples Alumnae Club of Pi Beta Phi hosts a “Beaux and Arrows” cocktail party from 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, in the clubhouse at Marbella Lakes. All Pi Phis in the Naples area are invited and are welcome to bring a guest. Cost is $10 per person. For reservations or more information, e-mail email@example.com.
The club is also planning a docent-led tour of the Naples Museum of Art as part of its annual Founder’s Day celebration. The tour will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 10, and will be followed by lunch and a Golden Arrow ceremony at 11:30 at the Club at Pelican Bay. For more information, call 262-2259 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABBAZIO ¦ Civitan International of Naples presents the “Naples Shining Stars Dinner Dance” at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 2, at the Country Club of Naples. The evening will raise funds for the formation of Challenger Little League Baseball for children with developmental disabilities.
Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased by calling Nery Kircher at 774- 2623, e-mailing email@example.com or sending a check made out to Naples Civitan Club at P.O. Box 7422, Naples FL 34101.
¦ The Italian American Society of Southwest Florida holds its reverse raffle and buffet dinner to benefit Avow Hospice on Saturday, March 3, Cypress Woods Country Club. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and the dinner service will begin at 6:30 p.m.
The grand raffle prize is $3,500; 10 additional cash prizes will be awarded, along with numerous bottles of wine.
SPECHT Admission is $100 for two people. Reserve your favorite number now by calling Phyllis Jensen at 285-1050.
¦ The Naples Garden Club presents “Slow Gardening” author Felder Rushing from 1-3 p.m. Monday, March 5, at Moorings Presbyterian Church.
Mr. Rushing’s “down-home” approach is rife with humorous anecdotes, garden irreverent metaphors and stunning photography to help gardeners get past the “stinkin’ rules” of horticulture. His overstuffed, quirky cottage garden has been featured in many TV programs and magazines, including a cover of Southern Living, and includes a variety of weather-hardy plants along with a collection of folk art. There is no turf grass, just plants, yard art, and “people places.”
BERRY Club members are admitted free; others pay $10. For reservations, visit www.naplesgardenclub.org. For more information, e-mail Linda LaRue Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org.
¦ Southwest Florida Federated Republican Women hold a “March Into Spring” fashion show and luncheon beginning at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 7, in the clubhouse at Arbor Trace, 15661 Vanderbilt Drive.
Tickets are $40. Reservations are required and can be made by calling
¦ Ikebana International-Naples holds its next meeting for members and guests from 9-11 a.m. Wednesday, March 7, at Moorings Presbyterian Church. The program will be about “ningyo” (Japanese dolls), from carved wooden Kokeshi dolls to holiday and ceremonial sets and dolls from the Noh dramas and Kabuki theater. Attendance is free; non-members are requested to make reservations by e-mailing email@example.com.
The group holds its annual flower exhibit, “The Language of Flowers,” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 23-24, at Moorings Presbyterian Church. Members will demonstrate the art of ikebana throughout the day, and guests can sign up for lessons or purchase supplies and books about ikebana. Admission is $5 per person.
For more information about Ikebana International-Naples, visit www.ikebananaples.com.
¦ The League Club presents “Ageless Secrets of Style” a luncheon with guest speaker Kim Johnson Gross, beginning at 11:30 a.m. Friday, March 9, at the Waldorf Astoria, Naples.
The author of “What to Wear for the Rest of Your Life” and a former fashion editor at Town & Country magazine, Ms. Gross will offer practical advice for assessing your wardrobe, paring it down and adding what’s missing. Her “Ageless Secrets of Style” luncheon partner is Chico’s on Fifth Avenue South.
Tickets are $125 per person. Proceeds will go to the League Club’s Community Trust Fund to support the efforts of orga- nizations including Baby Basics, Cancer Alliance of Naples, the David Lawrence Center, First Book Collier County, the Guadalupe Center, Harry Chapin Food Bank, Literacy Volunteers of Collier County, St. Matthew’s House and Youth Haven, among others.
For reservations or more information, call the League Club at 353-3100.
¦ The German American Club Gemuetlichkeit is holds its final dinner dance of the season on Friday, March 9, at St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church, 7100 Airport-Pulling Road. Doors open at 5 p.m. and dinner is served at 5:30 p.m.
Cost is $25 for members, $30 for others. Call 774-1582 for reservations. Everyone is welcome.
¦ The Ohio State University Alumni Club of Naples holds its annual gala beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 10, at the Hilton Naples. Honorary chair and guest speaker Kirk Herbstreit, Emmy Award-winning sports analyst and commentator, will promote the club’s OSU scholarship endowment fund.
Gala tickets are $135 for club members and $150 for others. For reservations or more information, call Sue or John Goldsberry at 405-7068 or visit www.naplesbuckeyes.com.
¦ The 2012 “Women Making History” luncheon sponsored by the Neapolitan chapter of the American Business Women’s Association takes place Friday, March 16, at the Hilton Naples. This year’s honorees, selected for their leadership and advocacy roles in business, philanthropic and civic affairs, are Joetta Abbazio, Barbara Berry and Suzanne Specht.
WINK-TV news anchor Lois Thome, a past honoree, will emcee the program. The national president of ABWA will deliver the afternoon’s keynote address.
Tickets for $45 per person or $400 for a table of 10 are available at www.abwaneapolitan.org.
The Neapolitan chapter of ABWA was founded in 1989 and is Collier County’s only ABWA chapter. Regular meetings take place on the fourth Tuesday of every month at the Hilton Naples. For more information, visit the website above.
¦ The Southwest Florida chapter of the Kiwi Club, a social and charitable organization of present and former flight attendants of American Airlines, TWA and other airlines acquired by or merged with American Airlines, welcomes new members.
The local chapter supports Pace Center for Girls-Collier at Immokalee and the Collier County Hunger & Homeless Coalition. For membership information, call Jeanne Preston-Horvath at 596-0260 or e-mail Jeanne.firstname.lastname@example.org.
¦ The Florida Camera Club Council holds its 2012 annual conference, “From Pixels to Print,” March 23-March 25 at the Hilton Naples. Numerous workshops and photographic outings are on the schedule.
World-renowned photographer and author George Lepp will give the opening remarks, and bird photographer Artie Morris will deliver the keynote speech. Both are Canon Explorers of Light. Bill Fortney, Nikon’s Ambassador of Photography, will also make a presentation, as will Neapolitan Connie Bransilver, who was recently part of a team financed by National Geographic that discovered a new species or sub-species of lemur in Madagascar.
Trips are planned Corkscrew Sanctuary, Naples Botanical Garden, Shy Wolf Sanctuary, Kowiachobee Animal Preserve, Tiger Tail Beach, Fakahatchee Strand, Clam Pass and The Naples Zoo, among others.
An association of 55 camera clubs throughout Florida, FCCC has more than 6,000 members. For more information about the conference, call Eric Hansen at (800) 891-3258, e-mail email@example.com or visit www.f3c.org.
¦ The Naples Newcomers Club welcomes women who have been permanent residents of Naples for no more than five years and who want to meet others who are new to the area.
The club meets for lunch at 11:30 a.m. on the second Thursday of every month at country clubs throughout the area. In addition, groups within the club plan outings and dates to share varied interests, such as mah-jongg and duplicate bridge, gourmet cooking and discussions about philosophy.
Prospective members are invited to coffee at 10 a.m. on the first Thursday of each month. For meeting locations and more information, call 298-4083 or visit www.naplesnewcomers.com.
¦ The Bonita Springs Newcomers Club welcomes women who have lived in Bonita for less than three years. Luncheons are held at area country clubs on the third Thursday of every month (December meeting is on the second Thursday).
Members must attend five luncheons a year and pay annual dues of $40. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.bonitaspringsnewcomersclub.com.
¦ Save the date for the Zonta Club of Naples’ seventh annual “Make A Difference” fashion show, auction and luncheon set for Friday, March 30, at The Club at the Strand. Proceeds will benefit the PACE Center for Girls-Collier at Immokalee and Naples Teenage Parenting Program (TAPP), the Sally Sitta Awards for Lorenzo Walker Institute of Technology in Health Sciences, Zonta International Amelia Earhart Fellowships and Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarships.
To donate silent auction items or become a sponsor, call Bernie Garabed at 571-2466.
To purchase tickets, call Jane Kolczun at 245-8173 or visit www.zonta-naples.org. ¦