Gold Medal Reading
GLUED TO YOUR TV?
Can’t get enough of those Olympic Games?
Worried about going through withdrawal after the closing ceremonies?
Don’t sweat it. There’s a way you can still feed your Olympic fever. Here are three Olympic-related books — two novels, one memoir — you might want to check out. Full Story
ARTScool kids build world’s longest clay-link chain
More than 200 young art students have had a hand — or hands — in making the world’s longest claylink chain at ARTScool, the Naples Art Association summer program at The von Liebig Art Center. At more than 90 feet long, the chain breaks the previous record of 75 feet, 4 inches long held by an artist in Berkeley Springs, W.Va., according to www.recordsetter.com. Full Story
Library showcases ‘Organized Chaos’ created by Neapolitan Jackie Morelisse
The first-ever collection of oil and acrylic paintings and mixed media works exhibited by Naples artist Jackie Morelisse is on display through Aug. 31 in the West Wing Art Gallery at the Naples Regional Library. The exhibit is made possible by the Friends of the Library of Collier County. Full Story
Some random thoughts while watching the Olympics
THE OLYMPIC GAMES OPENING CEREMONIES are big, no-holds-barred spectacles.
Even if you didn’t know that Danny Boyle, artistic director of Great Britain’s Opening Ceremonies, was a movie director, you might have guessed by all the movie references. Full Story
Piano concert will benefit art on Marco
Classically trained concert pianist Bryan Andrew Tari will perform a benefit for the Marco Island Center for the Arts at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, at IberiaBank on Marco. Full Story
¦ LEO (July 23 to August 22) You might think you’re not getting the royal treatment you deserve. But be careful not to become a royal pain by complaining about it. Be patient and allow things to work out. Full Story
It’s an ingenious premise: Life is boring and you’re unfulfilled. How cool would it be to have new memories implanted in your brain, and you can’t tell that they’re fake? What “Total Recall” does with this idea ultimately works, but only after you get through the dull first hour and things click into gear for an exciting second half. Full Story
Farewell, My Queen .. Full Story
Vintage toy maker still going strong
Knowing the name of the maker of any collectible or antique adds value, but sometimes a name creates a mystery. There are many vintage children’s toys marked “Steelcraft,” but books or online searches don’t quickly turn up the history of the mark. Full Story
Debut novel about abuse is fresh in vision, tone and technique
¦ “Cosette’s Tribe” by LeahGriffith. Nonpareil Press. 298 pages.$24.99 clothbound, $14.99 paper. Full Story
Storm photo inspires top-notch flights of fancy
The submissions continue to rush in for what might be the best Florida Weekly Writing Challenge ever. Both the quantity and quality of stories from local writers has been nothing short of impressive this year. And the competition is just getting started. This week we’re printing a handful of our favorite stories based on the accompanying photo of an offshore rain shower. Full Story
This deal occurred many years ago in a board-a-match team contest in Maryland. The North-South pair in the auction shown were Simon Becker and B. Jay Becker, this writer’s uncle and father, respectively, both of whom passed away in the late 1980s. Full Story
THIS WEEK ON WGCU-TV
¦ THURSDAY, AUG. 9, 8 P.M.Celtic Woman - BelieveRenowned for alluring stage productions and songs of heartwarminginspiration, the singing sensation CelticWoman presents an extravagant production with a dazzling array of visual andmusical effects. Full Story
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It’s never too early to mark your calendar for galas and fundraisers not to miss in the coming social season. Nor is it too soon to list your nonprofit organization’s event in Florida Weekly. Send Save the Date details to editor Cindy Pierce at email@example.com. Full Story