December 11, 2014 RSS feed / Top News

Immokalee students fill boxes with gifts for children around the world

Students of The Immokalee Foundation have had a hand in helping make the holidays brighter for children overseas by donating shoeboxes filled with gifts to Operation Christmas Child. More...

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For the sixth consecutive year, the Naples law office of Quarles & Brady recently hosted third grade students from Golden Terrace Elementary School at The Naples Zoo. More...

Merchants of Crayton Cove decorate holiday trees for auction to benefit Corkscrew sanctuary

Stroll through Crayton Cove and imagine one of the village’s inventive holiday trees as part of your own decor. Place the winning bid on your favorite and you can call it your own.  More...

Tune up your driving skills with AARP refresher class

AARP offers classes to help older drivers learn about new traffic laws, refresh their driving skills and reduce their risk for tickets and accidents. Drivers over age 55 might be eligible for a discount on auto insurance.  More...

PAWS Assistance Dogs volunteers available for speaking engagements

PAWS Assistance Dogs is booking speaking engagements and demonstrations for the 2015 season. More...

Time on your hands? Help out at the museum

The Friends of the Collier County Museum are looking for cheerful volunteers to help with sales in the gift shop at the main museum in the Collier County Government Complex at 3331 Tamiami Trail E.  Shifts are available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. More...

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As is their holiday tradition, residents of Eagle Creek Country Club collected toys for distribution to area families. Members of the East Naples Fire Department attended the club’s holiday party and gathered the gifts for distribution.   More...

ED JORDAN

blends today’s trends into timeless designs

A designer with a background in fine art and art history is a joy for any homeowner to work with. Not only does such a designer appreciate beautiful designs, he understands the stories behind them.  More...

A Bay Colony condo goes from dated to cutting-edge

When your Naples address is Bay Colony, having the perfect home is all but a requirement. More...

Wrapping experts chime in on how to present the Perfect Present

Naples is home to several gift stores with all manner of fine paper, ribbons and bows, tags and other essentials for the perfectly wrapped present. More...

‘Glamorous Retreats’

Jan Showers’ previous book, “Glamorous Rooms,” showcased the brilliant designer’s work from the past three decades. More...

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Arts & Entertainment News

Brantley Gilbert

brings the party at Lakeside Country Bash

WITH A STRING OF CHART-TOPPING country hits and a pair of hit albums under his belt, Brantley Gilbert has become a bona fide headliner in the genre.  More...

Music plays a large part in celebrations of the season

“He who sings prays twice.”  — St. More...

ARTS COMMENTARY

Murder and mindless mirth at the Howard Johnson’s

Nothing says Christmastime like plotting murder.  …Especially if it’s set in a cheap Howard Johnson’s motel room.  This month, through Dec. More...

Baker Park master plan reflects the people’s input

A garden takes shape long after its stewards enrich the soil and plant seeds. Nurturing hands tend to it, and only then does the first speck of green peek through to wash itself in life-giving sunlight. More...

C-SCAPES

Happy holidays

I am one of the fortunate non-natives of Naples: I have family here so I always have someone to spend the holidays with. More...

Five tips for charitable giving during the holidays

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services offers five tips today that consumers should consider before making a charitable contribution this holiday season.  More...

Excellent educators singled out as Teachers of Distinction

Twenty-three Golden Apple Teachers of Distinction for 2014-15 learned of the honor in surprise visits to their classrooms earlier this week. More...

Gift cards on your list?

Read the fine print before you buy

The Better Business Bureau has some tips for those who turn to gift cards as a convenient solution for the relative or friend who is hard to please or who lives far away.  More...

Traffic deputies on the road

Here’s where Collier County Sheriff’s Office traffic-enforcement deputies will be the week of Dec. 15-19:  Monday, Dec. 15  Rattlesnake Hammock Road and St. More...

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz headlines Speakers Assembly luncheon

United States Sen. Ted Cruz will be the featured speaker at The Speakers Assembly of Southwest welcomes Sen. Ted Cruz as guest speaker at its meeting Friday, Jan. 16, at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Report & Spa in Bonita Springs. More...

CLUB NOTES

¦ Pilot Club of Naples/Naples Pilot Foundation meets at 6 p.m. on the second Thursday of every month at Perkins, 3585 Pine Ridge Road in Naples. The next meeting is Dec. 11. More...

THE DIVA DIARIES

Single friends give peek through window to the world of digital dating

I must start this missive with a disclaimer: While I am indeed married, I am not one of those “smug marrieds” that Bridget Jones refers in her diary. In fact, I’d say that most of my girlfriends happen to be unmarried.  More...

Nora Butler Designs:

Coastal, tropical, whimsical

There is a reason USA Today once rated Nora Butler Designs the best gift shop in the city of Naples. With its airy, light space and colorful items carefully placed throughout, the charming store always puts smiles on faces. More...

Gifts from the gifted

Some of our favorite designers and architects wrap it up for the holidays

With the holidays here and the joyful mood the season brings, we felt it would be rather festive to ask local designers featured in Luxe Living issues past to put their creative and artistic talents to work and wrap up a passel of presents. More...

A customer appreciation party co-hosted by Ruffino Cabinetry, Elevee Custom Clothing and Gulf Coast International Properties

1. Marie Price, Samara Wignall,  Gayleme Salomons, Rickey  Lamitie, Sarah Burke and  Lauren Wilmering 2. Lillian Anastasia, Trinity Hansen,  More...

GALLERY GUIDE

Astratta Art in Tre Galleria 1170 Third St. S. 331-1841; TreGalleria.com ¦ 6-8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19 – Opening reception for “Come Out of the Cold,” an exhibit of works by Eastern European artists whoa re painting in Naples. More...

Business News

Garden shops

... as unique as their owners

When Steven Chase was 10, he lived in a neighborhood built on an old mango grove, which had left the soil unusually rich and dark. He grew zinnias and sunflowers that shot up to over 6 feet. More...

Women have different needs than men for their financial security

Nearly half of all American women, no matter their background, share a fear that may seem odd given the wealth of some: They are afraid of losing their financial independence, otherwise known as “Bag Lady Syndrome,” according to a recent More...

BUSINESS MEETINGS

¦ A Job Search Support Group meets from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Mondays at the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce. Contact Karen Klukiewicz at kluk77@comcast.net or visit napleschamber.org.   More...