February 2014 Life In Naples Magazine

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Creating Time To Discover The New Year

Naples Art AssociationArt and time are two undeniably valuable resources. Art enriches our lives. From the quality of our marketing to the intimacy of our living rooms, art brings depth and inspiration. Consider spending some valuable time engaging in art culture.

For the past 60 years, the not-for-profit Naples Art Association has focused their time and resources on promoting and advancing education, interest and participation in the arts. Today that commitment yields rotating exhibitions at The von Liebig Art Center and around the community, many festivals in the downtown area and Mercato, and an extensive educational outreach program reaching children and adults. Without a doubt you will find an art workshop, class, lecture, or event that will bring the enriching value of art creation and appreciation into your life.

February is an important month for the Naples Art Association. Many of our recurring programs continue in February and we enjoy new programming while celebrating 60 years of commitment to art culture and the community. On February 1st, Naples Art Association will host a special Art in the Park where the community is invited to celebrate our 60th anniversary with cake, make and take projects and a special Bark in the Park event.

There will be an ART Connects lecture with Helen Noble Discover 8on February 4th called 25,000 Seeds ~ Where    Love Grows. A new exciting lecture series called Music and the Arts continues in February.

On February 6th, Dinner with Artists continues with a unique and exclusive dinner featuring the fusion of visual and culinary arts. Sculptor, John Merchant presents a dazzling abstract scupltural style while chef Michael Kang adds a garnish of the hottest new Asian-inspired, French-influenced cuisine at Veranda E at Hotel Escalante. Session 4 workshops and classes begin February 8th.

February culminates with Naples National Art Festival and the Naples National Art Festival Gala.

A Community Celebration

Discover 2Naples Art Association functions in support of the community and is supported by the community. For that reason, February programming focuses on building community and creating opportunities to engage in art culture in creative and interesting ways. February 1st will be the kind of day where people come together to have fun and imagine, discover, create with each other. Art in the Park is a community favorite. In February, Art in the Park will feature make and take art projects for people with young hearts. Kim Walbert and David Hammel will facilitate the projects with opportunities to paint on paper or make clay vessels.

Collaboration with The Humane Society of Naples makes it exciting and encourages you to Creating Time to Discover A in the New Year bring your four-legged friend. With all the creative juices flowing, our pets might get jealous if they don’t get a chance to be creative. Tell Fido not to worry, a large canvas and non-toxic paints will be available for our furry furever friends to collaborate on an art project of their own.

The Humane Society of Naples will be on hand with their Mobile Adoption Vehicle to find a few furever discover 3    homes for dogs and cats that are in need of loyalty and love. Maybe most importantly, this event will be a community celebration reflecting on the 60 years of service by the Naples Art Association to the community of Naples and the 60 years of support the community of Naples has committed in order to make the Naples Art Association what it is today. Both NAA and the Naples community continue to grow and evolve in exciting and important ways. Please, help the NAA celebrate the important 60 year milestone by bringing your friends, family, furry friends, and enthusiasm to February’s special Art in the Park/ Bark in the Park /Community Celebration!

Imagine ! Discover ! Create !

February’s ART Connects lecture is going to be a great discussion with author and skin care activist Helen Noble. Helen is an amazing and dynamic personality. She is passionate about encouraging women everywhere to access their inner beauty and vitality.

Discover 4To Helen, beauty remains an “unmistakable grace and an interconnectedness of mind, heart, body, and spirit.” The theme of the night is “25,000 Seeds ~ Where Love Grows,” which is also the title of her recent book. The book, 25,000 Seeds ~ Where Love Grows, is an inspired romance that reads like a heart-toheart between friends, covering the many faces of love, nature, food, and relationships.

The book was born out of pictures from Noble’s travels. When reviewing the pictures at hom

e, Noble

realized that they begged to tell their stories. Noble’s elegant writing style gently reminds us not to hold on too tightly to what we think is all-important. Instead, by letting go we discover what really matters.

Expect an interesting and engaging discussion on creativity, romance, and self-discovery.

Music and the Arts, a partnership between NAA and The Naples Jazz Orchestra, is a new opportunity at that provides the chance to engage in face to face

discussions with some of the most important, spirited, and engaging American Jazz Legends alive today.

Have you ever dreamed of talking music theory with Freddy Cole, asking Bob Stone what inspires him, or talking to Mark Pettey about the Harlem Renaissance? Music and the Arts puts you together with artists in a relaxed and comfortable discussion format that include hors d’oeuvres inspired by the favorite recipes of Jazz greats, beverages, and an informal running theme: how the visual arts inspired the careers of these master Jazz musicians. In February, Music and the Arts will feature Freddy Cole, Bob Stone and other fantastic Jazz musicians discussing the arts at The

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von Liebig Art Center.

Tickets for these events must be purchased in advance. Proceeds benefit art and music scholarship programs provided by each organization. For more information or to buy tickets visit NaplesArt.org. Dinner with Artists combines visual and culinary arts into unique evenings to remember.

On February 6th, Michael Kang and John Merchant will mix their ingredients to deliver striking abstract sculptures paired with the best in non-traditional Chinese-French cuisine.

By pairing visual arts and gourmet cuisine the artists create a masterful multi-dimensional culinary experience that is unconventional to both the palate and the eye. Veranda E at The Escalante will host the event. They offer the ultimate culinary experience and are the only fine dining restaurant in Naples with their own on-premises sustainable organic garden.

Tickets for this exclusive event are $75.00. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit

NaplesArt.org.

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Session 4 workshops and classes offer a great opportunity to hone your fine art skills, meet people with similar interests or try a new hobby. The Naples Art Association organizes a variety of art classes led by Master Artists and other experts. These classes are wonderful for learning a new technique, meeting Master Artists and having fun with other artists, both novice and advanced. Dan Jensen, who has attended classes presented by The Naples Art Association at The von Liebig Art Center for years, said it well, “You can’t go out and play golf every day.”

Dan started out with Naples Art Association as an accomplished fur

niture artist who hadn’t touched

brush to canvas in almost 25 years. In 2009, Dan began taking painting classes with the Naples Art

Association at The von Liebig Art Center. He made it a priority to paint every day. Now, he is an

accomplished oil painter. Dan was recently elected into The Arts Club of Chicago, an elite group of 53

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artists where Pablo Picasso scored his first one-man show. Dan partially credits the Naples Art

Association for his success, “It’s been a great experience. The facility is great and the class sizes work.

” Whether you are a beginner or already an accomplished artist, you will

find classes and instructors at NAA’s The von Liebig Art Center that will be valuable and engaging. Dan says, “Even Tiger Woods needs a swing coach.” For more information on upcoming classes and workshops, please visit NaplesArt.org.

Heralding the Next 60 Years

On February 20th, come celebrate with fellow art supporters, 60 years of history, education and impact the NAA provides to the residents and guests of Collier County. Our annual Naples National Art Festival Gala will be held at the Naples Beach Club. The evening will be a night to remember.

Come experience incredible talent and live art demonstrations during the evening. New this year will be a silent auction as well as a live auction to include a trip. You won’t want to miss this night in the tropics.

Discover 10The Naples National Art Festival Gala is a glamorous celebration of all that Naples Art Association has accomplished in the past 60 years and everything that will be accomplished in the next 60 years. Attendance assures a wonderful evening celebrating with like-minded people and shows your support for Naples art culture. Tickets are available. For more information visit NaplesArt.org or call Chelsea at 239.262.6517 ext.100.

Just two days later, February 22nd marks the start of Naples National Art Festival, counted among the community’s premiere, must–see events. The festival gathers more than 260 artists and awards $5,000 in cash. Naples National Art Festival is held in scenic Cambier Park and along 8th Street South. Naples Art Association’s most prestigious display of fine art from around the world draws crowds in excess of 20,000.

An Invitation To Connect

Come and enjoy high quality art, engaging personalities of the artists and the festive atmosphere. To Discoverfacilitate parking and for convenience, a free shuttle is available to festival attendees during festival hours. An Invitation to Connect Come see why the Naples Art Association at The von Liebig Art Center has been voted one of the best galleries in Naples, enjoy the second largest art resource library in Southwest Florida, take a class with a master instructor or find the perfect gift in our one of a kind gift shop. Visit Naplesart.org for information on upcoming events and schedule of classes and workshops. The Naples Art Association is built from the resources and passion of our community to serve the members of our community. Come be a part of the art: Imagine! Discover! Create!

Naples Council On World Affairs Broadens Horizons

Naples Council 3The Naples Council on World Affairs has been in business since 1981. It’s grown to an organization of more than 2400 members. The purpose is to bring the news and issues of world affairs to its membership, whose interest in world affairs foster their membership. The Council offers ten lectures each season every other Monday.The organization always has a sellout crowd of about 1500 people. The speakers travel here on Sundays and speak twice on Monday at 3:45 and 7:30. The organization is a membership only mission.

“There are some 94 of these organizations throughout the country but we are the only large volunteer organization throughout the country,” says Daniel Bumstead, who is former past president and currently the chairman of the outreach committee. “The Board members devote a great deal of their time to the Council ensuring great programming. This is only one of several unique qualities.”

He says Naples being a retirement community gives the membership time to read and discuss issues concerning international affairs.

In addition to the ten major lectures, secondary lectures are organized on a regular basis. Other activities include the Great Decisions program, which accommodates hundreds of members who attend these discussion groups to discuss the important issues of the world.

“This is a very enthusiastic group of people because they devote time to both,” says Bumstead.

The Naples Council for World Affairs has several superstar programs that benefit area students. One is a Model United Nations event that takes place every March for two days. Teams from all over Collier and Lee counties participate, pretending they are delegates to the United Nations and representing various countries. Scholarship funds are awarded to the outstanding performers. This is only the beginning,naples council 2 though.

“We are currently fielding scholarship applications from area high school students for the Experiment in International Living program that sends students for five to seven weeks in a foreign country,” says Bumstead. “And for the Governor’s Institute in Vermont, which is for two weeks of political, cultural and social mixing between American and foreign students in Brattleboro, Vt. Then there are scholarships to the summer school at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. These are for one-week of intensive lecturing and study on either international relations or national security affairs on the Georgetown campus.”

The Outreach Committee is currently organizing the Academic World Quest at both the middle school and high school levels. This is a contest in which teams from a multitude of schools manage questions posed to the entire group. The Middle School Academic World Quest will be held on February 15 at Community School beginning at 9 am. Attendance is free to the public. The high school Academic World Quest will be held on March 15, same time and place. The public is invited to attend both these events. The winning high school team receives a trip to Washington to compete in a national contest. Last year the team from Community School came in second in the nation.

“We’re in the schools working with kids and they are just amazing,” Bumstead says. Every year the Council also sends three to four teachers for specialized training on how to teach foreignrelated matters. For membership or more information on the Naples Council on World Affairs visit www.ncwa-fl.org or call 239.649.3942.Naples council

Expanding Creative CAPAbilities

bayshore 3The Bayshore Cultural and Performing Arts Center (CAPA) mission is to provide a state-of-the-art cultural and performing arts center that showcases local visual and performing artists, thereby offering affordable and accessible educational, cultural and performance opportunities for the community.

With community support, a dedicated group of Collier County citizens plans to fulfill this mission to provide a gathering place where the arts will flourish, entertain, educate and enhance the quality of life for all Southwest Florida residents and visitors.

A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, CAPA is led by a board of directors and leadership council that include representatives of many Collier County cultural and performing arts groups as well as leaders from the business community and government sector.

Originally formed as Bayshore Arts in 2005, CAPA grew under the guidance of Founding President Maestro Erich Kunzel — internationally acclaimed conductor and recording artist — to include a cultural bayshore 2and performing arts center. Collier County Commissioner Donna Fiala, long-time supporter of the arts in Collier County, also has been instrumental in moving CAPA toward the fulfillment of its mission and in the creation of the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) Bayshore Arts District where the new center will be located. Plans call for the CAPA center to anchor the Arts District.

According to CAPA Board President Chick Heithaus, “Collier County has many outstanding cultural and performing arts organizations and talented visual and performing artists. However, the majority of them are in a constant search for adequate rehearsal, performance and studio space. The CAPA center will address this need, and will provide a home for these organizations and artists. This will supersede the need for individual arts organizations to launch capital campaign efforts to build their own singleuse facilities, thus conserving community resources.”

In November, the CAPA board’s offer to purchase a 37.25-acre property located in the Arts District as the site for the new CAPA center was formally approved by the property seller. The site is across from Naples Botanical Garden, at the northwest corner of Bayshore Drive and Thomasson Drive. Now CAPA is seeking lead donors to help raise the $8,000,000 required to secure the purchase.

BAYSHORE CULTURAL AND PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

CAPA currently provides a number of visual and performing arts programs including Jazz on the Green, November through April, and the Erich Kunzel Community Concert Series, December through May, at the Edison State College Collier County campus. Both feature nationally known, locally-based professional performers as well as emerging young stars of tomorrow.

BayshoreLast November’s dynamic art happening fundraiser, CAPA ART FORMS — SCULPTURE, at The von Liebig Art Center was a major success with many of Southwest Florida’s most accomplished sculptors participating and donating a portion of their works sold that evening to support CAPA. CAPA also presents an annual gala. The 2014 gala, Swing Into Spring for the Arts, sponsored by Windstar on Naples Bay Lovers of the Arts, will be on March 22 at Windstar on Naples Bay. It will include a reception with music by the Stu Shelton Trio, dinner, live auction and dancing to the swing music of The Music Makers Big Show Band. Tickets are $145.00 per person. Proceeds support CAPA operations and services. For information, concert tickets, reservations, and to learn how you can support CAPA, call 239.775.2800, at bayshorecapa.org, or via email at bayshorecapacenter@centurylink.net.

Let’s Face It

face it 2I am often asked what style is best for my face shape. The four face shapes are round, square, heart, and oval. However you must also consider other factors. Which are texture, features, skull shape, and density of hair? I would like to take the time to arm you with a little knowledge. There are three main types of texture: Straight, Wavy or Curly, and Kinky.

With a heart shape face you could get away with a nice pixie cut with straight, hair providing the hair is not extremely thin. Doing so can make the hair appear much thinner. The skull shape is important for a stylist to understand when designing. Hair can be cut with the shape of the skull accenting areas, for example using the bone structure to create fullness. It can also be cut on the bias to help create layers and movement. Our features change as we mature and lose/gain weight. This is very important to understand, it can even change how we see our face shape.face it

If you have fleshiness to your face shape round layers can accent the fleshiness. At times stronger and even square layers can help minimize the fleshiness, and the opposite is true if you have strong hard lines. Features also to consider are cowlicks, which are not always a bad thing. Working with a cowlick can put a unique signature on the cut. Providing you want it signed.

Goodlette Named Hodges University’s Humanitarian Of The Year

Dudley GoodletteRecently, Hodges University announced that long-time Naples attorney and community leader J. Dudley Goodlette as its 2014 Humanitarian of the Year. The award will be presented during a luncheon event on Thursday, February 6, 2014, at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples. “The Humanitarian of the Year Luncheon has become a highly anticipated, respected and celebrated event,” said Phil Memoli, Vice President of University Advancement for Hodges University. “The annual award recognizes those citizens who exemplify the spirit of benevolence and public service in the Naples community. This is the eighteenth year in which Hodges University has bestowed the award upon a local individual or couple.” The honoree each year is chosen by past Humanitarians based on very specific criteria. Past recipients look at the candidate’s philanthropic nature and spirit to determine whether it is of such magnitude that the honoree has moved society in a better, stronger direction. “It’s essential that the person or family has generously given of their time, talent and treasures to a variety of local causes,” said Memoli. “However, their desire to serve others must also be demonstrated. We want guests attending the event to leave asking themselves what they can do to give back to the community as our honoree has.” Other criteria used in the selection process are the candidate’s business excellence, creative thinking, inspiring leadership and courageous action, along with his/her adherence to high moral and ethical principles. “Many of these attributes are part of the educational outcomes we instill in our students at Hodges University,” said Dr. Jeanette Brock, president of Hodges University. “When our students can see the importance of these outcomes demonstrated in the lives of our honorees, it becomes a solid foundation in their own educational experience and eventual future success.” To that end, a Hodges alumnus is also honored during the luncheon with the Hodges University Founder’s Award, recognizing a graduate who has provided outstanding and distinguished service to our community. This year’s recipient has yet to be named. Mr. Goodlette was selected this year not only for his business acumen, but also for his charitable service in the Naples area. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Community Foundation of Collier County and currently serves as a member of the Emeritus Board. He also established the Goodlette Leadership Fund at the Community Foundation. Other local organizations that he has supported include the YMCA of the Palms, Boys & Girls Club of Collier County, Children’s Trust of Collier County, and Boy Scouts of America and Southwest Florida. Past winners of the Award include John R. Wood (2013), William and Nancy Lascheid (2012), Dolph and Sharon von Arx (2011), Juliet C. “Judy” Sproul, Katherine “Katie” Sproul and Jennifer Sproul Sullivan (2010), Terry and Christine Flynn (2009), Jerry and Arlene Nichols (2008), Truly Nolen (2007), Michael Watkins and Ellin Goetz (2006), Clyde Butcher (2005), Peter Thomas (2004), William Schoen (2003), Frances Pew Hayes (2002), Earl Hodges (2001), Corbin Wyant (2000), Jack Humphrey (1999), Myra Janco Daniels (1998), and Lavern Norris Gaynor (1997). For additional information regarding the award luncheon, call Alyssa DeLora at 239.938.7826 or visit www.hodges.edu/support.

State Of The City

After 60 years of serving the community of River Park, Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church is in need of renovatiState of the cityons. The building is much more than a place of worship for the community; it is a life blood for so many. The church is invested in the community and is a vital part of Naples’ rich history.

Rewind to 1927 in Naples, and many African Americans lived and worked in an area in town called the “Ditch Bank” which is now known as Crayton Cove. The area was called the Ditch Bank because the workers there cut the canal connecting Naples Bay to the Gulf of Mexico and the excavated dirt was piled on the banks. This community of African Americans met for weekly prayer at the Ditch Bank which would eventually turn into Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church. The church was formally organized by Reverend Mack Duffey in 1929 after he was invited to preach a sermon before the congregation.

Today, the church is located at 1003 3rd Avenue North, Naples and was built in 1954. The land for the church was generously donated by the Watkins Family, owner of the Naples Beach Hotel. Although the church had humble beginnings, it gives back big to the community in the form of services it provides. Not only is it a soulful place to worship, it also serves as a safe haven for many of the less fortunate. The church coordinates with the State to offer assistance to low income families: utility bills; rental assistance to members in need; provide counseling to those dealing with a crisis; and coordinates with the local food bank to distribute food to the homeless, to name a few. The church recently partnered with the City to build the first community gardens to encourage healthy eating by growing fruits and vegetables. The garden has been a success and is located at the River Park Community Center which is across the street from the church.

Community is what comes to mind when I think about Macedonia because of the warm welcome the congregation gives to its visitors. I remember when Delores and I attended the church on August 4, 2013 with Governor Rick and First Lady Ann Scott who came after they were invited by members of the youth choir. They welcomed us with open arms and it was a treat to hear the youth choir sing. What a joyful noise we heard that Sunday.

After my visit to the church, I could not help but think, “What a wonderful congregation and how can I help make a difference?” I have formed a great relationship with Pastor Lonnie Mills of Macedonia and learned that the church was in need of renovations required to meet current hurricane standards because most of the original structure is still in place. There is a long list of needed repairs such as new doors and windows, a new pew, a classroom for the youth, new sidewalks, ramps, and ADA restrooms, to name a few. That was my cue to get involved.

That was when the idea to have a Soul Food Gala to raise funds to help with the renovations of the church was developed. I stepped forward as the Honorary Chair, with Irene Williams, Chair and Macedonia member, and Councilman Bill Barnett as the celebrity auctioneer. The gala will be an event to remember and will feature good ole fashion southern soul food, performances by the youth and male choirs, a live and silent auction and much more. The evening will be filled with good fun, food, and fellowship. Caribbean or African attire is optional. The gala will be held on February 13th at 6 p.m. at the River Park Community Center, 301 11th Street North, Naples. Patrons will be given an opportunity for naming rights at the church. This is an event you do not want to miss if you want to help make a difference and eat some good soul food while doing it.

This year, Macedonia will be celebrating its 85th anniversary in the City. Join me in celebrating this part of history in Naples. The church is one of the many organizations in the community that have contributed to our beauty and character that people from around the world travel to see and experience. History plays a part in being a link to a sustainable place to live, work and play and preserving it benefits everyone culturally, economically, and socially.

I am asking the community to support the gala, whether by attending the gala, making a donation or making any difference you can. Please contact Macedonia if you are interested in attending or getting involved by calling 239.262.4877 or visit their website at http://www.mmbcnaples.org/

 

BEACH RENOURISHMENT COMPLETION

I am extremely proud that the 2013 beach renourishment was completed ahead of schedule, on budget, and without any major issues. The Vanderbilt Beach sector began on October 14th and was completed on November 14th with delivery of 89,927 tons. The Park Shore sector began on October 16th and was completed on December 6th with 122,500 tons delivered. The Naples Beach sector began on October 21st and was completed on December 10th with delivery of over 100,000 tons. Renourishment of the Pelican Bay beaches was unfortunately delayed due to a permit challenge and is scheduled to begin during the first two weeks of January 2014. The quality of sand, the professionalism of the contractor, truck driver, and other personnel was outstanding.

Our thanks to Gary McAlpin, Coastal Zone Manager for his leadership, planning, and execution associated with this project. It takes a team to accomplish this type of success. I also want to thank Clint Perryman and Ricky Simpson of Collier County; Joe Hennelly and Jerry Henry of Philips & Jordan, Bernie Eastman of Eastman Aggregate; Nick Stewart of Stewart Mining; Steve Keehn, and Tara Brenner of Coastal Planning and Engineering; Roger Jacobson, City of Naples Code Enforcement and Harbor Manager, and all the Naples Police Officers who insured routes were followed and speed limits observed, and the Collier County Sheriff officers who did the same in the County.

This was a very controversial issue with the potential for fatal pitfalls. Many individuals were opposed, including some City Council members. I was committed to the project as the beaches needed sand, this was the best alternative with truck haul costing $16 million and dredging costing $32 million, and the risk reward analysis indicated that the project could be accomplished successfully. Fortunately it went extremely well.

Because of City Council’s concern, the City of Naples project was reduced from the six-year template to only provide enough sand to return to an 85 foot beach in Park Shore and 100 foot beach on the Naples beach, with a project cost reduction to $9.6 million. This means with normal erosion we will be revisiting the City beaches in two to three years. The County added sand to Vanderbilt Beach consistent with the six-year design authorized by FEMA for Tropical Storm Fay damages.

The economic impact on our local economy has been significant. Some 13,500 truckloads of sand were delivered to the Naples, Park Shore and Vanderbilt beaches. This represents over $2,500,000 paid to local truckers as many of the drivers were owner/operators. They purchased approximately 460,000 gallons of diesel fuel in Collier County costing in excess of $1,725,000. Some 317,000 tons of sand was purchased from Stewart Mining costing $2,700,000. Also, 60 jobs were created at the mine and from the contractors who renournished the beaches.

In addition, 12 local inspectors were hired by Collier County on a temporary basis to aid in construction inspections, sand quality control and quantity confirmation. Local companies also provided the surveys, material testing, turbidity monitoring and the Naples Police off-duty officers provided traffic coordination on the project adding an additional $400,000 to the local economy. When using a normal multiplier, the economic benefit to the local economy has been well in excess of $10,000,000. In addition to a wonderful new beach, the greatest accomplishment was over 1,380,000, accident free, safe miles driven by the truck drivers. This was accomplished by inspection of the trucks prior to starting the job, education of the drivers as to expectations, enforcement of speed limits and assigned routes and daily monitoring of the project by the entire team. My appreciation to all for a job well done.

 

GET INVOLVED!

Progress continues on the new park on the Gordon River and the conceptual plan is becoming final with a City Council approval on March 5th. A public meeting was held on January 14th from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at City Hall, Council Chambers, 735 8th Street South. This meeting was a design charrette targeted to seasonal residents who were away during previous public meetings.

Please review the Park’s link on the City’s website at ww.naplesgov. com. Please mark the Gala date on your schedule for the evening of March 15th at the Park site located near Goodlette-Frank Road and Riverside Circle, adjacent to the Gordon River. If you are interested in an invitation, naming opportunities or have any questions, give me a call at 239.248.1550 or email me at mayor@naplesgov.com. I am very excited about this opportunity to reach so many people in the community and encourage each of you to become involved with your local government as you deem appropriate. All ideas, suggestions or comments are welcome, please let me know.

Chalk & Chowder

At first glance it’s hard to imagine either having anything to do with the other but dig a little deeper and they are found to have much in common. Chalk and chowder will be in abundance along 5th Ave South and Cambier Park on January 25th working their magic to raise funds for charity. The Pelican Bay Rotary Club will be sponsoring Chalk Art 2014 ” A Street Painting Extravaganza” along 5th Ave South beginning at 8am and running through 5pm. Professional artists and local students will transform 5th Ave South into a open air art gallery with their street chalk drawings. Pelican Bay Rotary is using proceeds from Chalk Art 2014 to help fund college scholarships for local high school seniors as well as aiding other local groups St Matthews House, the Boy Scouts and Kids-Against-Hunger to name a few. The event is free but visitors may purchase a voting ballot to help choose the best chalk drawing.

You’ve walked 5th Ave South, marveled at the incredible art work being created in front of you and now you are feeling a bit peckish. Point your feet towards Cambier park and stroll on over to support The Harry Chapin Food Bank. Empty Bowls Naples is hosting this event beginning at 11am and running through 2pm. Local artists have donated their talents but so have our very own educators and students to handcraft soup bowls for the event. Students from Barron Collier High, Gulf Coast High and Vineyards Elementary are among those students giving to this worthy cause. For a $15 donation you are able to choose any bowl to your liking and proceed to have it filled with a soup and a side of bread. The soup and bread are all donated by local restaurants such as Bistro 821, Naples Flatbread, Calistoga and Brio’s Tuscan Grille to name a few.

These events will allow you to not only give your eyes a feast but feed you body and soul as you touch the lives of so many with your donation. Take in the beautiful surroundings as you walk 5th Ave South, enjoy the peaceful park setting as you break bread with your fellow dining companions and above all reflect on your good fortune for your Life In Naples.

 

Camelot Lost

Barnes & Noble at Waterside Shops is presenting an author event on Thursday January 23rd at 7:00pm. Clint Black is the author of Five Days in November an accounting of the tragic assassination of President John F. Kennedy  and the aftermath. What sets this book apart from the myriad that are already out on the subject? The iconic photo that ran in the evening newspapers that day showed a Secret Service agent jumping onto the back of the car attempting to protect the President. Clint Black is the agent in the photo.

His book is deeply personal and recounts the events of that horrible day and the days leading up to the funeral. History definitely comes alive on the pages both through his descriptive words and the countless photos. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear from Mr. Black first hand about the day that changed America forever.

 

Jazz HOT !

It’s a beautiful day in Naples with moderate temps and sunny skies. After several days of up and down temperatures and gray, rainy weather today is our reward ! It is a picture perfect kind of day to spend outside and the perfect place is Cambier Park. Today’s musical sounds are that of  jazz by the Naples Dixeland Jazz Band. They play traditional jazz with the original tunes of the 1920s. An integral part of the band’s show is their famous New Orleans Style Strutting Umbrella Ladies. They definitely bring sass to the show ! It is hard not smile and laugh with the joy the band and ladies bring. The concert begins 2pm at the Cambier Park Bandshell. This is the type of day that makes those family and friends Up North envious when you give them the details of your Life In Naples.