On June 9th of this year many young people took advantage of a program started in 1992 called the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Young Eagles Flight Program. The EAA is a membership organization based in Oshkosh, Wisconsin with nearly 200,000 members dedicated to growing participation in aviation.

All across this county, and over 100 foreign lands, kids between the ages of 8 and 17 lined up for a chance to experience the thrill of aviation by receiving their first flight in a small aircraft. 1994 saw the first International Young Eagles Day where EAA chapters, all around the globe, hosted local rallies and thousands of kids received their first flights. As of June 2017 more than two million youths have had their lives forever changed.

Locally, EAA Chapter 1067 schedules 17 of these events annually. The pilots participating in this program are Naples  residents  who volunteer their time and aircraft to make your child’s flight possible. Each pilot is licensed by the FAA, all aircraft are licensed by the government and conducted according to federal regulations so that each Young Eagle will experience a safe and enjoyable flight.

Chapter 1067 Young Eagles pilots and ground crew are Naples residents from a variety of professions such as medicine, law, military, commercial aviation, and business. After their flight, the Young Eagle is presented with a logbook with a unique code to activate a free EAA Student Membership that unlocks more opportunities and resources to further experience the world of flight such as:

 Free access to Sporty’s learn to fly course ($199 value)
More than 50,000 Young Eagles have enrolled since 2009
 Free admission to 300+ science and tech museums
 Free Academy of Model Aeronautics Student
 Free electronic copy of EAA Sport Aviation
 Free first flight lesson upon completion of first three
Volumes of Sporty’s learn to fly course ($130 value)
 Reimbursement after passing the FAA knowledge exam
($165 value)
 Access to flight training awards, education
scholarships, and more

The annual scholarships help outstanding students, who demonstrate financial need, to accomplish their goals in aviation. Prior to the recent demand for pilots, those interested in an aviation career would face expenses just about equal to medical school. A University of North Dakota study estimates a shortage of 14,000 U.S. airline pilots by 2026. The industry expects 29,000 will retire in the next 10 years. Boeing estimates that more than 600,000 new professional pilots will be needed worldwide, 117,000 in North America, in the next 20 years. Yes, it is a great time to consider aviation as a career.

A few years ago a student pilot could expect to pay well into six figures to get the ratings that would qualify them for an airline career. In addition, one might have to work as an instructor at a local flight school to obtain the magic number of 1500 hours required by the FAA/airlines. Once signed on with a commuter airline, as a first officer, you might expect a paycheck of about $18,000 your first year. While a senior captain might hit $300,000 during their career, it is hard to pay the student loans, and eat, on the entry level remuneration. Oh, how times have changed.

According to the Regional Airline Association (commuter airlines) the average first-year pay, now, is $58,549. This reporter has heard some lucky young pilots have received sign-on bonuses up to an additional $60,000. What has driven this is the major airlines have raided the commuters to cover their own shortages. Consequently, they are paying even more that just a few years ago. Last year there were about 38,000 new student pilot certificates issued. Compare that with over 63,000 issued in 2008. Not much math is needed to realize that the timing for an aviation career is ripe and EAA Chapter 1067 wants to help realize that dream.

Bruce Buchanan Board Member Naples Chapter EAA 1067


The Brennan Family: (seated) Patti Brennan, Barbara Brennan, (standing) Bob Maclaverty, Brennan Collins, Kelly Collins, Marilou Brennan, Jim Brennan, Ej Brennan, Kc Collins

More Collier County students will be receiving college scholarships this year as a result of The Founders Fund record -breaking Ed Brennan Memorial Golf Tournament and Banquet. Over $640,000 was raised at the two-day event which was held at Club Pelican Bay this past Spring. Over 270 guests were in attendance for the banquet and nearly 200 participated in the golf tournament. The presenting sponsor for the event was Preferred Travel of Naples.

Again, this year, Auctioneer Scott Robertson worked his magic during the ‘Ask’ which raised a record amount of $188,000. An auction item bringing in top dollar during the live auction was a gourmet meal for 12 prepared by Chef Joe of Club Pelican Bay. The Founders Fund, founded in 1991 by Club Pelican Bay golf members, is a non-profit charitable organization which provides financial assistance to students from Collier County in their pursuit of higher education.

Rob and Sue McNaghten with Mary and Scott Robertson

The four-year college scholarships make a huge difference in the lives of so many Collier County students who would otherwise be destined for a life of poverty in the absence of this educational lifeline,” says Rob McNaghten, 2018 Founders Fund Board President. “The results of our 2018 fundraiser exceeded our wildest dreams.”

Each spring, The Founders Fund selects approximately 25 to 35 graduating students from Collier County High Schools to receive scholarships based on their academic success and financial need. The $10,000 scholarships are awarded $2,500 per year as a renewable scholarship based on the student maintaining a B average. Currently, the Fund has 101 students receiving annual scholarships. Since its inception, The Founders Fund has granted over $3.9 million dollars in scholarships to over 680 Collier County students and has a scholarship commitment of over $250,000 annually.

For more information about scholarships, sponsorships or becoming a part of the organization, call 239-593-0124
or visit

RATES & RATINGS from the doctor’s corner

The following op-ed was published by the Naples Daily News on Sunday, October 21, 2018.

Allen Weiss MD, MBA, FACP, FACR President CEO, NCH Healthcare System

Astoundingly, Florida has the fourth-from-the-bottom worst medical care in America according to the Commonwealth Fund’s 2018 metrics. Further, Florida has dropped four places this past year based on five criteria: access/affordability, prevention/treatment, avoidable hospital use/cost, healthy lives, and disparity. Only Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Mississippi rate lower than Florida. Hawaii, a Blue Zones state that has embraced Medicaid expansion, is ranked first in the nation.

Specific Florida rankings include: “adult rich/poor insurance access disparity” 43rd; “disparity in rich/poor adults who report poor health” 44th; “adults without a usual source of care” 45th; “adults who went without care because of cost” 47th; “adult without all age-appropriate vaccines” 49th; and “hospital readmissions and Medicaid reimbursement per person” 50th. •

Florida also remains one of eighteen states rejecting funding to expand Medicaid coverage to people in households with income at or below 138% of the federal poverty level. Florida’s current uninsured rate is 13.3%, exceeding the national average of 9.4%. These facts, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s most recent estimates, show 2.6 million Floridians do not have health insurance coverage.

Only four states have higher percentages of uninsured: Texas 17.1%, Georgia and Oklahoma 13.9%, and Alaska 14.9%. •  A New England Journal of Medicine Special Article, entitled “Mortality  and Access to Care among Adults after State Medicaid Expansions,” validated that mortality reductions are greatest among
older adults, nonwhites, and residents of poorer counties with Medicaid expansion. In expansion states four measures improved:
(1) Medicaid coverage increased by 2.2%; (2) self-reported health status of “excellent” or “very good” went up 2.2%; (3) medically insured grew by 3.2%; and (4) delayed care dropped by 2.9%. • “Meaningful healthcare coverage is critical to living a productive,
secure, and healthy life,” is a wise quote from the American Hospital Association (AHA). As a healthcare professional and an
AHA Board member, I fully support this position. “The number of people with health insurance has increased significantly over the past five years, with more than 20 million individuals newly insured [nationally]. Most of these individuals were able to enroll in coverage offered through the Medicaid program, their employer, or the individual market as a result of coverage programs and insurance market reforms authorized by the Affordable Care Act (ACA).” •

How does Collier County’s health relate? While Hawaii ranks first of 50 states and the District of Columbia in overall health status according to the Commonwealth Fund, Southwest Florida (a Blue Zones region like Hawaii) ranks first in the nation for longest life expectancy—one that is also lengthening. Moreover, Hawaii has improved this past year in access/affordability and prevention/treatment.

Locally, Southwest Florida also enjoys improvement as the healthiest and happiest region three consecutive years according to the Gallup- Sharecare poll. Had Florida accepted Medicaid expansion, Collier County’s 17% of the 358,000 population who are uninsured (according to the Collier County Public Health Department) would have benefited, not only bringing equity locally but also matching residents’ wellness in the 32 expansion states and the District of Columbia.

Florida’s fear of increased cost by embracing expansion has proven unfounded. Florida should emulate the success of Hawaii
and Collier to decrease cost and improve health. • •

Helping everyone across Florida and our nation live longer, happier, and healthier lives is the right thing to do and should be
Please enter their email address at , and we will add them to our complimentary mailing list.



by Erick Carter

How can I change my hair forthe holidays?”

Is it only to be a temporary change? It can take time and be longer lasting than just the Christmas season.

So here are a few quick and easy ideas: Have you thought about adding extensions to give your hair a bit of color fun? Fashion color extensions can be purchased at most beauty supply stores. This allows you to add a pop of color, when placed properly in your hair. These types of extensions can be purchased as a clip- in for ease of use which is what I recommend.

If you’re looking for something that is a bit more permanent than a seasonal change and less maintenance than adding clipin extensions to your already busy beauty routine, you might add highlights. The best way (and to keep it low maintenance) is the pleating technique. The hair falls visually like pleats on a pair of pants. Bolder is highlights falling like curtains in your hair rather than the softer look of pleats—but, there is more upkeep. Pleats allow you to do highlights without trips to the salon every 4-6 weeks. In addition, it’s a quicker process, plus as they grow out you don’t see as much of the line of demarcation. Pleats can also be toned to a seasonal color by using a direct dye, which will last for about a month.

What kind of time do you wish to spend on your hair? Your budget? How long-lasting do you want this change to be? There are solutions to a fun-filled holiday look. How may your professionals help to make it so?

I am always open to questions so please feel free to email me yours. Who knows? It may end up as a feature in Life in Naples.

I would like to invite all readers to write in your questions. You can do so by email at or call me at 239.777.2380.


by Clay Cox
Owner/President • Kitchens by Clay

Tis the night before Christmas and all through the house not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse…except Mom!

Mom is busily prepping up a storm in her newly remodeled kitchen so that her family can have the best Christmas holiday ever.

You see, this is the first time that Mom has been able to use her new 48” range with the dual ovens below for a family dinner. She is looking forward to using the six burners and single griddle on the new range which will allow her to cook so much more and all at the same time.

Neatly nestled in its own appliance cabinet is her new Steam Oven. If she squealed she would be squealing with delight over her choices of use with the Steam Oven which can bake, roast, convection cook, steam or simply re-heat whatever she needs.

Even with all that cooking power Mom is going to need to warm some things up to just the right temperature before serving her drooling family the magnificent feast that she has prepared for us and, apparently, the entire state of Florida.

She’ll use the Steam Oven, which has already all but replaced the microwave in her kitchen for everyday use, to do that chore as well. But even still a microwave does have it uses so Mom had a drawer (style) Microwave installed which delights her as she no longer must reach over the hot stove to use it. And although Mom can surely reach me if I deserve a good whack she doesn’t want to reach for much else if it can be helped.

That brings me to the rest of the kitchen that she had done in just the right color, style and texture to please her for many years to come. She also had all the conveniences of modern-day storage put into the cabinetry. No longer will she have to sift through the silverware drawer to find just the right tool. Her pots and pans simply roll out to her and the lids are already on each one. She doesn’t have to look for the baking sheet as they are lined up neatly for easy use. And of course, there is much more.

So, on this holiday season we at Kitchens by Clay would like to wish you and yours a happy family holiday and a healthy and prosperous New Year. And yes, Virginia there is a Santa Clause. Just ask Mom.

Please E-mail Clay with your questions or comments at

Enjoy your remodel,

Clay Cox



Imagine attending the opening ceremonies of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, gaining access to some of the most exclusive red carpet events, spending time at luxurious properties in the most sought-after places or having the chance to sip and enjoy rare wines from vineyards around the world.

These experiences and more will be up for auction at the 19th annual Naples Winter Wine Festival, scheduled for January 25-27, 2019 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples. Bidders under the tent at the Naples Winter Wine Festival will have the opportunity to experience once-in-a-lifetime trips including truffle hunting in Italy, a South African safari in Kruger National Park and an exploration of the world’s most historic sites by private jet.

Among these jaw-dropping auction lots are global and stateside trips to prominent wine-making regions including Opus One in Napa Valley and Ceretto in the Piedmont region of Italy.

“Every year, our generous partners and longtime supporters provide our auction lot bidders with never before seen items and experiences,” said Tom Koehn, 2019 NWWF Co-Chair. “We always look to provide our bidders with the best of the best across the board and around the world – we are blown away by the lots secured for this year’s live auction.”

Other coveted auction items include:

  • 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan -Watch the world’s best athletes compete on sport’s biggest stage at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. The winning couples will spend six nights in Executive Rooms at the Hilton Tokyo and receive tickets to the opening ceremony and some of the most popular events, including gymnastics, swimming, diving and more. Throughout their seven-day trip, couples will also have the chance to explore Tokyo’s notable temples, landmarks, neighborhoods and museums, such as the Tokyo Edo Museum, Mori Art Museum, Meiji Jingu Shrine, Silver Pavilion, Fish Market and more. Ground transportation will be included throughout the trip.
  • Tribeca Film Festival with BVLGARI – Walk the red carpet with some of today’s most recognizable stars as a guest of world-renowned jeweler Bulgari at one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world. Two couples will receive Roundtrip Business Class Airfare to New York City and spend four nights at one of the city’s five-star luxury hotels with all-access passes to three days of the 2019 or 2020 Tribeca Film Festival. As guests of Bulgari, both couples will walk the red carpet for the exclusive premieres of Bulgari’s two short films and one additional Tribeca Film Festival gala premiere. Couples will be transported to and from the premieres by luxury car service.
  • Whirlwind Italian Tour with Ceretto – Two couples will receive a two-night visit to the Bricco Rocche guest house at Ceretto in Castiglione Falletto in September 2019, where they will enjoy a vertical tasting of single vineyard Barolo DOCG wines, partake in a barrel tasting of the latest vintage of Barolo, experience a wine trek through the Monsordo Bernardina Estate, and dine in the intimate setting of The Cube, the Artist’s House, and three-star Michelin restaurant Piazza Duomo with wine pairings. The two couples will then spend eight days in Piedmont, Lake Como and Milan where they will spend three nights in Suites at the Relais San Maurizio Hotel, three nights in Lake View Rooms at the Grand Hotel Tremezzo and two nights in Deluxe Rooms at Milan’s Mandarin Oriental. The couples will enjoy a hot air balloon over Turin, truffle hunting, full day Barolo wine tour, excursion in a private Venetian water coach, three-hour hike around Tremezzo, guided tour of Milan’s exclusive Quadrilatero d’Oro and a private backstage tour of the La Scala Opera House. Ceretto will also gift the winners with one 3-Liter of 2006 Ceretto Barolo Bricco Rocche DOCG, six bottles of Ceretto Barolo Prapo DOCG (from the 2006, 2008 and 2013 vintages), four bottles of Ceretto Barolo Brunate DOCG (from the 2011 and 2012 vintages), three bottles of 2008 Ceretto Barbaresco Bernardot DOCG and three bottles of 2008 Ceretto Barbaresco Bricco Asili DOCG. Ground transportation throughout the stay will be included.
  • Harvest Immersion with Opus One– The iconic Napa winery is offering a Three-Magnum Vertical of Opus One(2011, 2012 and 2013) and a three-day“Harvest Immersion” experience at OpusOne in Napa Valley in September 2019.The winning couple and three guest couples will stay at Ink House in Rutherford for three nights enjoying a series of unique dining experiences. This includes dinner at the new Opus One Veranda prepared by a globally renowned chef, lunch at the “Tree House” at Auberge du Soleil, dinner in The French Laundry’s private dining room and dinner in the Opus One Salon prepared by chef Gabriel Kreuther. Guests will also join winemaker Michael Silacci for tastings and participate in the harvesting of grapes. Ground transportation throughout the stay will be included. Privately Guided “Special Access”
  • South African Safari -Discover some of the world’s most remote lands and wildlife with a 12-night safari experience in Tanzania and South Africa. One couple will begin their adventure in Kilimanjaro to spend a night at the Legendary Lodge in Arusha before hopping on a charter flight to Katavi National Park for three nights in a luxury en-suite tent at Chada Katavi in Western Tanzania. They will spot giraffe, hartebeest, zebra, impala and elephants before jetting off to the Mahale Mountains for four nights in a luxury en-suite tent at Greystroke Mahale on Lake Tanganyika where they have the option of partaking in a Ntakata Forest “special access” experience to view animals such as chimpanzees, leopards, zebras and lions. The couple will then head back to Kilimanjaro for the second part of their journey to South Africa to join conservation filmmaker, photographer and expert guide James Suter on a four-day privately-guided safari through Kruger National Park. They will spend two nights at Singita Lebombo Lodge in the Lebombo Private concession and two nights at Singita Sweni Lodge in Kruger National Park where they can participate in tracking, mountain biking, archery, massages and a visit to the Singita School of Cooking. Ground transfers and internal charter flights will be included throughout the 12-night trip.
  • Europe & Ancient Cities Private Jet Tour – Witness the world’s most historic landmarks on a 14-day world tour via 15 passenger private jet. One couple will begin their group adventure in Luxembourg where they will enjoy three-nights’ accommodations at Le Royal Hotel, then head to Belgrade, Serbia for three nights at the Square Nine Hotel followed by a day trip to Varna, Bulgaria. The couple will then fly to Yerevan, Armenia where they will spend three nights at the Armenia Marriott Hotel Yerevan before heading to the beautiful city of Petra, Jordan for two nights at the Movenpick Resort Petra. The trip will conclude with three nights in Vienna, Austria where the couple will rest at Hotel Imperial before heading home. All private jet flights, meals, luxury transportation, local guides and sightseeing fees will be included in this package.
  • Driving in Style – Car enthusiasts will have a chance to take home one of the first Bentley Continental GT Convertibles in North America. The winners will receive Roundtrip Business Class Airfare to London in February 2019 and spend four nights at The Connaught Hotel, where they will visit the Bentley factory in Crewe to meet with the design teams to personally spec out their vehicle.

This year, Naples Children & Education (NCEF) has announced that they will target Children’s Mental Health for its annual Fund a Need initiative at the 2019 Naples Winter Wine Festival. Every year, the live auction includes an auction lot item dedicated to welcoming donations for the selected cause.

As the need for expanded access to proper mental and behavioral health care becomes more urgent, NCEF is taking the proper steps to provide better healthcare for at-risk children in the Collier County community and has selected this timely and important cause for the 2019 Fund a Need initiative.

If you’d like to support our cause, please visit

“The need to provide proper mental and behavioral health care is more prevalent than ever in our community,” said 2019 NWWF Co-Chair Jeannelle Brady. “Our community relies on the Naples Winter Wine Festival to raise as much money as possible to help as many children as possible. We’re thankful for the incredible amount of support we’ve received from our sponsors, guests and trustees and we’re looking forward to raising awareness and funds for this important cause.”

Ticket packages to the Naples Winter Wine Festival are limited to 600 guests and start at $12,500 per couple. A $30,000 package, which includes reserved seating for a party of four at a Vintner Dinner and under the Festival tent, is also available. To inquire about tickets to the Festival, please contact Barrett Farmer at or 239-514-2239. For all press-related inquiries, please contact or 212-691-2800.


The Naples Winter Wine Festival, one of the world’s most prestigious charity wine auctions, offers a weekend of unforgettable memories. Guests enjoy world-class food and wine during intimate dinners in private homes and are invited to bid on once-in-a-lifetime travel and wine experiences during an electrifying live auction. Since its inaugural event in 2001, the NWWF has raised more than $176 million, making a profound difference in the lives of hundreds of thousands of children.


The Naples Children & Education Foundation, the founding organization of the Naples Winter Wine Festival, is improving the educational, emotional, and health outcomes of underprivileged and at-risk children. Through its annual grants and strategic initiatives, NCEF has impacted over 45 of the most effective nonprofits in the community, providing 275,000 children with the services and resources they need to excel. NCEF’s unique approach, which emphasizes collaboration between organizations and bridges public and private resources, has become a blueprint for how to transform a community, one issue at a time.


Citing the urgent need for expanded access to mental and behavioral health care for at-risk children in our community, the Naples Children & Education Foundation (NCEF) announced that it will target Children’s Mental Health for its annual Fund a Need initiative at the 2019 Naples Winter Wine Festival.

Founded by NCEF, the Naples Winter Wine Festival enters its 19th year in 2019 and ranks as the most successful international charity wine auction in the world raising more than $176 million for children’s causes. At the 2019 Festival, guests  will have a chance to show their support through a live auction on January 26th, while those unable to attend the event will be able to donate online starting January 20th.

“Mental health issues cut across all families, all communities,” said Paul Hills, NCEF Grant Committee Chair. “This year’s Fund a Need initiative will support early identification, expert diagnosis, and effective treatment of childhood psychiatric and learning disorders needed in our community along with taking away the stigma for children and their families and empowering them with help, hope and answers.”

Research shows that one in 10 young people will struggle with a mental health issue before the age of 10, regardless of race and income, and that half of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by the age of 14. Furthermore, it is estimated that two to three children in every American classroom suffers from some type of social/emotional condition, the vast majority of whom never receive professional care. NCEF annually identifies a high-need area in Collier County as its Fund a Need priority and asks its supporters to help fill those gaps through contributions.

The 2018 Fund a Need initiative brought in more than $2.3 million for childhood hunger and expanded oral health care, ensuring more at-risk children will have access to nutritious food and proper oral health care. Here’s specifically how individual contributions can make a difference:

 $100,000 provides a bilingual psychologist to provide ongoing mental health services in-school and in healthcare clinics;
 $50,000 funds a school liaison staff member to help children with mental health needs cope in a school setting;
 $25,000 provides 1,190 pediatric patients an integrated intervention visit at the time of their primary care appointment;
 $10,000 provides mental health assessments for 80 children in need;
 $5,000 provides mental health educational programming for 300 at-risk teens;
 $1,000 provides social-emotional screenings – designed to identify children who may have or are at risk of having social
emotional and behavioral delays – for 20 children.

Mental Health is one of NCEF’s seven strategic, multipartner initiatives, which address children’s overall health needs
from head to toe. Dubbed “Beautiful Minds®,” the initiative aims to fundamentally transform and expand mental health care
for at-risk children by strengthening links among local health care providers, community mental health professionals, social
services and the public school system.

Under NCEF’s leadership, David Lawrence Center, Florida State University College of Medicine, Golisano Children’s
Hospital, Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida and National Alliance on Mental Illness have collaborated to reduce
and eliminate duplication of services, maximize resources, and increase the availability of high quality, best-practice
approaches. This innovative and ground-breaking coalition has created Collier County’s first integrated care system, an
organized coordination of primary and behavioral healthcare.

Among these collaborative efforts was a workshop in August at which experts on childhood trauma offered tips for helping
children struggling with toxic levels of stress by training adults who care for them. Toxic stress is the sustained exposure of
adverse childhood experiences without protective factors. This type of stress severely damages children’s cognitive, social and
behavioral development. NCEF also recently partnered with the Florida State University Center for Prevention & Early Intervention Policy on a “Think Tank” focusing on expanding trauma informed systems in Florida.

The session featured Dr. Vincent Felitti, one of the world’s foremost experts on childhood trauma and co-author of the “Adverse Childhood Experiences Study,” and included state leaders and policymakers as well as community leaders in
education, criminal justice, juvenile justice and health fields. “Integrating mental health and primary care services in a
culturally competent model produces the best outcomes and proves the most effective approach to caring for children with multiple healthcare needs,” said Maria Jimenez-Lara, chief executive officer of NCEF. “Diagnosing and treating problems early can make the biggest difference for children and for their families.”

Ticket packages to the 2019 Naples Winter Wine Festival are limited to 600 guests and start at $12,500 per couple. A $30,000
package, which includes reserved seating for a party of four at a Vintner Dinner and under the Festival tent, is also available. To inquire about tickets to the Festival, please contact Barrett Farmer at or 239-514-2239.


In October, construction began on Artis-Naples’ 8.5-acre Kimberly K. Querrey and Louis A. Simpson Cultural Campus. The repair and expansion of The Baker Museum-the first project of the visual and performing arts organization’s Master Plan -will be completed in November 2019. The project entails both repair of The Baker Museum building’s facade (necessitated by Hurricane Irma in September 2017), and the expansion of the facility to the south with an improved entrance, event  and educational spaces, and the addition of museum-support areas.

Steadfast patrons anxiously await what the future holds for The Baker Museum and the adjacent courtyard. Recently released renderings by Weiss/Manfredi Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism provide a very real and colorful glimpse of what’s in store. The images reveal The Baker Museum’s new curved exterior that will be clad in stone and metal with a design that ensures resistance against future storms. There will also be a new entrance, allowing for a larger lobby, relocation of the museum store and museum ticketing in the lobby. The first floor gains a space for lectures, rehearsals and educational programs. The monumental exterior stairway leads to the new second floor flexible event space.

Another exciting addition is the planned rooftop terrace which will provide views to the west. Each piece of the expansion is designed with Artis-Naples’ interdisciplinary mission in mind-providing maximum flexibility for artistic exploration. “Imagining the new spaces as they are filled with patrons, musicians and visual artists is extremely gratifying. It begins with a shovel in the ground and culminates with an enriching experience of art,” said Artis-Naples CEO and President Kathleen van Bergen.

The Baker Museum proper remains closed for the 2018- 19 season. However, exhibitions are being hosted in Artis-Naples’  Hayes Hall galleries and on the grounds of the campus. Highlights include: Intermission: Selections from the Permanent Collection (through January 6) explores the representation of music and dance through an in-depth look at a group of paintings, sculptures, prints and objects by 20th-century artists. Featured Works from the Bryna Prensky Collection
(through January 6) includes selections attesting to the keen eye of the late Bryna Prensky, an artist and former gallery owner who lived, studied, and worked in Mexico City for more than 25 years.

Isabelle de Borchgrave: Fashioning Art from Paper (February 2 through May 5) presents the full breadth of Isabelle de Borchgrave’s exploration of historical costume through the artful folding, crumpling, painting and sculpting of paper.
Philip Haas: The Four Seasons (through June 21) is a monumental, outdoor sculpture set inspired by Giuseppe Arcimboldo’s paintings of the same name featuring 14-foot-plus human busts made from vegetables; fruit; branches; leaves; ivy; and moss.

A Colorful Pause by Daniel Buren (through June 21) is a contemporary pergola on which, instead of flowers, panels of
vibrantly colored acrylic sheets are arranged alphabetically according to their French names. This installation is designed especially for Artis-Naples’ cultural campus.

Aging and Your Dental Health

The Link Between Medications and Cavities

You may wonder why you’re suddenly getting cavities when you haven’t had them in years. As we get older, we enter a second round of cavity prone years.

One common cause of cavities in older adults is dry mouth. Dry mouth is not a normal part of aging. However, it is a side-effect in more than 500 medications, including those for allergies or asthma, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, pain, anxiety or depression, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.

This is just one reason why it’s so important to tell your dentist about any medications that you’re taking. Your dentist can make recommendations to help relieve your dry mouth symptoms and prevent cavities.

Here are some common recommendations:

  • Use over-the-counter oral moisturizers, such as a spray or mouthwash.
  • Consult with your physician on whether to change the medication or dosage.
  • Drink more water. Carry a water bottle with you, and don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink. Your mouth needs constant lubrication.
  • Use sugar-free gum or lozenges to stimulate saliva production.
  • Get a humidifier to help keep moisture in the air.
  • Avoid foods and beverages that irritate dry mouths, like coffee, alcohol, carbonated soft drinks, and acidic fruit juices.
  • Your dentist may apply a fluoride gel or varnish to protect your teeth from cavities.

Visit a Dentist Regularly

Get regular dental checkups at least twice a year – pleased do not wait until you have pain. Why? As you age, the nerves inside your teeth become smaller and less sensitive. By the time you feel pain from a cavity, it may be too late and you may lose your tooth.

There are also more serious conditions that your dentist will look for, like oral cancer and gum disease, which do not always cause pain until the advanced stages of the disease. By then, it’s more difficult and costly to treat.

When you go to your dentist for a checkup bring the following information:

  • List of medications, including vitamins, herbal remedies, and over-the-counter medications
  • List of medical conditions and allergies
  • Information and phone numbers of all health care providers, doctors, and your previous dentist
  • Information about your emergency contacts, someone who can help make decisions on your behalf in the case of a medical emergency
  • Your dentures or partials, even if you don’t wear them. Brought to you by the ADA American Dental Association.

Dr. Cheryl L. Malick, a Naples resident since 1985, celebrates 15 years of serving our community at Dental Excellence, her state of-the-art dental office.

Dr. Malick is an honors graduate of the University of Florida Department of Biomedical Engineering and a research honors graduate from the University of Florida College of Dentistry.

She offers general and cosmetic dentistry services, including veneers, crowns, dentures, partials, implant restorations, fillings, whitening, dental cleanings, digital impressions and xrays, and CariVu caries detection.

We are pleased to be serving the Naples area and look forward to welcoming you to Dental Excellence, located near the corner of Airport Road North and Vanderbilt Beach Road. Call us today to schedule your complimentary consultation.

Zoobilee: Feast with the Beasts

ZOObilee, presented by FPL, returns to Naples Zoo on Friday, February 8, 2019 from 7 to 10 p.m. Naples Zoo’s annual fundraiser is a wonderfully unique night that includes live music, up close animal encounters, and cuisine samples from more than 20 of Naples best restaurants and caterers.

Beer and wine will also be served at this 21 and up event. During ZOObilee, guests will experience Naples Zoo like never before.  There will be colorful lights used to light up trees, photo opportunities, and unique animal encounters that guests don’t usually experience when visiting during a normal day. There are two ticket options to choose from. The $100 ticket gets you into the event, where the food, animal encounters, and entertainment are included. Guests with this ticket will still need to purchase alcohol. The $250 VIP ticket allows guests to enter an hour early, at 6 pm, and beer and wine are included! Naples Zoo members get a discount of $25 off tickets.

All proceeds from this event support Naples Zoo’s education programs and conservation initiatives. If you’d like to win a chance to go on an African safari with Naples Zoo staff, purchase a raffle ticket either at ZOObilee or online beforehand at Only 300 raffle tickets will be sold for this once in a lifetime safari for two. The winner does not have to be present at ZOObilee to win.

During ZOObilee, guests will experience Naples Zoo like never before. There will be colorful lights used to light up trees, photo opportunities, and unique animal encounters that guests don’t usually experience when visiting during a normal day.

To purchase ZOObilee tickets, visit or call 239-262-5409 ext. 145. We hope to see you there!