March 29, 2012 RSS feed / Top News

17th Habitat for Humanity home funded by Collier’s Reserve residents

Members at Collier’s Reserve believe in extending themselves to others by “helping the community as a community” with a robust program of charitable causes and programs throughout the year.  More...

Vote now in statewide contest for architectural achievement

Floridians have just two weeks left to help pick the state’s No. 1 building.  More...

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Lectures delve into happiness in the Himalayas

The Frances Pew Hayes Center for Lifelong Learning at Hodges University presents a two-part program about the history and culture of the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, where people’s happiness is the guiding principle of government.  More...

‘Lunch & Learn,’ beginning birding and kayak outing set at Rookery Bay

April is a busy month at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, 300 Tower Road on the way to Marco Island. For reservations or more information about any of the following, call 417-6310, ext. 401, or visit www.rookerybay.org.   More...

59th annual Naples Flower Show blooms at the Garden

Naples Botanical Garden and the Naples Garden Club present the 59th annual Naples Flower Show from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 30-31, at the Garden. More...

Fire stations welcome donations for Happy Chapin Food Bank

The North Naples Fire District is hosting its second annual Snowbird Food Drive through the month of April to help stock the shelves at the Harry Chapin Food Band. More...

Port City Days focuses on boating safety

Flotilla 93 of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary in Naples and the U.S Coast Guard hold the 14th annual Port City Days celebration from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at the City Dock at Crayton Cove. More...

$7.43 million awarded

Wine festival founders present 2012 grants

Trustees of the Naples Children & Education Foundation, founders of the Naples Winter Wine Festival, presented $7.43 million in grant checks to charitable organizations that serve Collier County’s underprivileged and at-risk children.  More...

Tulips commemorate Parkinson Awareness Month

In observance of April as Parkinson Awareness Month, the Parkinson Association of Southwest Florida Inc. is taking orders for “Tulip Tuesday” coming up April 3. More...

Free water safety program makes a splash

Splash Week, a free water-safety program offered by the Greater Naples YMCA for children ages 3-12, takes place April 2-6, the week of spring break. More...

Sign up now to ‘Shoot for the Stars’

Registration is open now for “Shooting for the Stars,” a free basketball clinic held every August for ages 8-17. More...

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Arts & Entertainment News

Setting the stage ...

for a Miami City Ballet without Edward Villella

THE AUDIENCE APPLAUDED BEFORE THE first dancer even stepped onto the stage at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts earlier this month, the crowd apparently awed by the set itself — a rustic village scene tucked into a valley beneath a castle&rs More...

Harps, handbells tune up for a Hyacinth series first

The Hyacinth Concert Series at Moorings Presbyterian Church is celebrating its 30th year, and the April 1 presentation is a first. More...

Here Come the Mummies return to Punta Gorda for open-air concert

Big Crush Productions brings Here Come the Mummies back to Southwest Florida for FunkFest 3, an outdoor concert starting at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 31. More...

Photographs bring back ‘Memories of World War II’

Robert Hilliard, the novelist, playwright and memoirist, remains a paradoxical pacifist who once cheated at his draft board physical exam to get into war.  Ramrod straight and as slender as a reed  More...

PROFILES IN PARADISE

Leaving a legacy wherever she goes

Each week, I look forward to introducing listeners to a segment we call “What’s New with Boo.” Aside from the catchy title, I genuinely look forward to finding out what’s on Boo Mortenson’s mind. More...

Traveling exhibit shares Holocaust lessons to never forget

200 photographs on display at North Collier Regional Park

Violence motivated by race and ethnic background make up more than half of all hate crimes in the state, and more than 65 percent of anti-religious hate crimes are against Jews, vastly more than any other religious group.  More...

League of Women Voters has two meetings in April

The League of Women Voters of Collier County will welcome Nick Penniman, president of United Republic and the former executive director of the Huffington Post Investigative Fund, as guest speaker at the league luncheon and general meeting Tuesday, Ap More...

Hodges U. diversity awards announced

The Hodges University Diversity Committee awarded the 2012 Hodges University Individual Excellence in Diversity and the Corporate Excellence in Diversity awards at the university’s recent Diversity Festival.  The Individual Excellence in D More...

Education Foundation celebration will include ‘Heart of the Apple’

The Education Foundation of Collier County has named Herb and Ann Rowe recipients of the 2012 Heart of the Apple award in recognition of their significant collective impact on education and students in Collier County. More...

ABOARD THE GOOD FORTUNE II

Passengers’ ‘ooohs and aaahs’ accompany the sounds of nature

Spring on Rookery Bay has arrived, and evidence of new life abounds as a group of passengers from around the world await the beginning of the Good Fortune II sunset cruise. Several children delight in the mullet jumping in the inlet. More...

Put some things on your grocery list to help stock shelves at the Shelter

The Shelter for Abused Women & Children needs donations to help feed the women and children living in its 60-bed emergency safe haven.  “As we transition toward summer, we see a decrease in supplies of our most needed items, including More...

Donate fixin’s for favorite sandwich

In honor of National PB&J Day on Monday, April 2, the St. Vincent de Paul Society-Naples District Council has been collecting jars of peanut butter and jelly at locations throughout the Naples area for distribution to needy families.  More...

FAITH NOTES

‘Modern day psalmist’ gives free concert   Pianist/songwriter Marty Goetz will give a free concert of scriptures set to music beginning at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 1, at Covenant Church of Naples/ PCA. More...

Bullying doesn’t have to be tolerated

The behaviors and effects of bullying are highlighted and depicted weekly on the hit TV show “Glee,” symbolized in the cold vibrant red of a slushy tossed in the face or cruel, icy words from a malicious coach. More...

Fishing tourney ensures adventures can continue

The 15th annual Gene Doyle Fishing Tournament takes place Friday through Sunday, May 4-6. More...

Spreak break fun just for middle-schoolers

Middle-school students can have their very own spring break fun at Sports Camp. The program runs from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. April 2-6 at the new Sports Club center, 3275 Pine Ridge Road in Naples. More...

Bentley Village tournament lets golfers pick ‘Three Sticks for Kicks’

Vi at Bentley Village invites golfers to bring a putter and two other clubs of their choice to play “Three Sticks for Kicks” on Saturday, May 5. More...

Business News

Making music pay

Musicians cash in during season

MOST OF THEM HAVE HEARD “FREE BIRD” SHOUTED FROM A packed bar crowd, rocked a corporate event or just melted into the background as ambient music for a private dinner party or gala.  More...

MONEY & INVESTING

To Roth or not to Roth, that is the question

‘Tis tax time and, for most, not a season to be jolly.  But investors can choose to make the most of this unpleasant time of year. Investors might want to rethink certain strategies for their IRA retirement assets.  More...

BUSINESS MEETINGS

¦ A Job Search Support Group meets from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mondays at the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce. Contact Karen Klukiewicz at kluk77@comcast.net or visit www.napleschamber.org.  More...