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Naples Sunset Puppy Picnic to Benefit Humane Society Naples

Today is National Dog Day. Barbatella, Dorona, and Sea Salt celebrate with Dine for a Paw at their restaurants tonight. Ten percent of their proceeds from today’s sales benefit the Humane Society. And your pets can dine with you! Yet another fun way to celebrate your pets and support Humane Society Naples is by attending the Naples Sunset Puppy Picnic.

Enjoy delicious food, decadent champagne, fun games, and puppies at the Naples Sunset Puppy Picnic on the lawn at Mercato on Aug 31, 2019.

What: Naples Sunset Puppy Picnic
Where: Lawn at Mercato
When: Saturday, August 31st, 2019 5 pm to 8 pm
Contact: Naples Mercato (239) 431-8259

Naples Sunset Puppy Picnic

Search homes for sale in the Naples/Marco Island areaNaples Flatbread Kitchen’s Bubble Lounge provides the Veuve Clicquot Champagne and delicious tidbits for guests to purchase. Humane Society Naples provides the puppies for adoption. But that’s not all. Some of the special menu items created especially for this evening’s event include gouda mac and cheese bites, Santa Fe chicken egg rolls, Grandpa Vinny’s meatballs, and 72-hour short ribs. Pay just $5 each for these delicious morsels. The chef also plans on putting out a selection of their famous flatbreads for just $3 each. Or pick up a piece of pizza for just $2 per slice. Margaritas and vodka spritz cocktails will also be available for $10 each. For designated drivers and others not inclined to imbibe in alcohol, pick up a bottle of water for $2 each.

While puppies, food, and champagne may be the main courses of this event, that’s not all guests will have to keep themselves busy. DJ Travis plays music to keep the atmosphere festive. And you have the opportunity to play some fun lawn games as well.

Bottle Reservations Required

With limited supplies, bottles sell out quickly. So, they require reservations if you plan on purchasing one. To guarantee that you receive a bottle of yellow label or rose, visit the Naples Flatbed reservation website here. They start at $75 each. With each bottle, receive two free souvenir champagne flutes. They sell out quickly as well!

Michelle Thomas, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, Luxury Naples/Marco Island Homes & Condos

Dine for a Paw Naples 2019

For millions of households in the US, pets rule. They bring love and comfort. And they teach children about responsibility as well as how to care and feel compassion for another living creature. Unfortunately, about six and a half million cats and dogs end up in shelters across the country each year. To help care for these furry friends, three local Aielli Group restaurants offer up Dine for a Paw Naples 2019, with a portion of all sales being donated to our local humane society.

Bring your precious pooch out to eat at Barbatella, Dorona or Sea Salt with you on August 26th for Dine for a Paw Naples 2019. 10% of sales benefit Humane Society Naples.

Dine for a Paw Naples 2019

Barbatella, Dorona & Sea Salt

Search homes for sale in the Naples/Marco Island areaTo celebrate National Dog Day, Aielli Group restaurants invite dog owners and their pets to dine “al fresco” for lunch or dinner at one of their three local Naples restaurants: Barbatella, Dorona, and Sea Salt. Ten percent of all sales from every lunch and dinner served on Monday, August 26th, will be donated to Humane Society Naples. Doors open from 11:30 am to 9 pm. Pets may dine with their people out on the patio at any time. However, interior dining remains for humans only. Reservations aren’t required but you can always give the restaurant of your choice a call beforehand.

The owners of the Aielli Group restaurants enjoy giving back to the community. In addition to the Dine for a Paw event, they also support the Naples Children and Education Foundation with their Celebrity StarTender series at Dorona. On August 28th, NCEF CEO Maria Jimenez-Lara and NCEF Trustee Bob Edwards with Edwards Asset Management play celebrity bartenders (aka “StarTenders”) from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Half of the bar sales and all of the StarTender tips directly benefit NCEF. You must reserve your spot in order to participate by sending in your RSVP via email.

Humane Society Naples

Humane Society Naples is a “no-kill” shelter. As such, they never know how long they’ll be hosting animals before they find them homes. They rely on the generous donations of folks such as yourselves to feed, shelter, and care for these precious creatures. Last year alone, they managed to find homes for almost 2900 dogs and cats. All you have to do to help is to dine at one of the Aielli Group restaurants next Monday, August 26th. They’ll take care of the rest. Thank you in advance.

Michelle Thomas, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, Luxury Naples/Marco Island Homes & Condos

Dogs in the Garden at Naples Botanical Garden

Dogs provide companionship and a sense of calm for many people. They become members of the family, albeit a bit more harry than most. We enjoy taking them as many places with us as possible, just like we would our children. Right now, you can visit the Naples Botanical Garden with your favorite pooch two days a week for their Dogs in the Garden days.

If you love the gardens but can't bear the thought of leaving your precious pup at home, bring them with you during Dogs in the Garden days at the Naples Botanical Garden (every Sunday & Tuesday from now until the end of September 2019).

What: Dogs in the Garden
Where: Naples Botanical Garden (4820 Bayshore Dr)
When: Every Sunday & Tuesday from now through September 29th, 8 am to 11 am
Admission: $19.95 for human non-members, $14.95 per canine, members and their dogs get in for free
Contact: Naples Botanical Garden (239) 643-7275/(877) 433-1874 or via email

Dogs in the Garden at Naples Botanical Garden

Search homes for sale in the Naples/Marco Island areaIt’s a truly wondrous time to visit the Naples Botanical Garden right now. Blooming flowers present a beautiful landscape everywhere you look. Guided tours are available every day the garden is open. W.O.N.D.E.R. allows families to learn and play together in the garden with a different theme each month. And Mally Khorasantchi’s artwork is on display in Kapnick Hall through September 2nd. But every Sunday and Tuesday from 8 am to 11 am, the garden allows our extra-furry family members (ie, dogs) to explore the gardens with us. And for members of the garden, your pooches get in absolutely free as well. But, please, for your peace of mind as well as that of others on the garden’s grounds, please keep your dogs leashed at all times.

Tickets for the Botanical Garden

Tickets are always available at the on-site box office. However, if you like to plan ahead, purchase your tickets online via the Naples Botanical Garden website here. Adults (ages 15+) must pay $19.95 per person to enter. Kids ages 4-14 cost $9.95 while children under 4 get in absolutely free of charge. On Sundays and Tuesday through September 29th, non-members pay $14.95 per pup. However, all members get in absolutely free of charge as do their dogs. If you’d like to become a member, individual and family memberships are available on an annual basis. Visit the garden’s website here for more information.

Michelle Thomas, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, Luxury Naples/Marco Island Homes & Condos?

Naples Jazz Society Free Summer Concert Series 2019

Charlie Parker. John Coltrane. Billie Holiday. Ella Fitzgerald. Dizzy Gillespie. Louis Armstrong. Miles Davis. What do these fine musicians have in common? Jazz. With its roots in blues and ragtime, this music continues to influence musicians across all genres today. Now, if you love jazz music, you probably went to last month’s SummerJazz on the Gulf event at Naples Beach Hotel. Missed it? There’s another one scheduled for August 17th. But if once a month just isn’t enough, get yourself out to the Naples Jazz Society Free Summer Concert Series 2019 going on now.

Every Saturday from 1 pm to 3 pm from now until Sept 28th, enjoy a fabulous live performance by several talented local musicians at the Naples Jazz Society Free Summer Concert Series at Naples' Norris Community Center.

What: Naples Jazz Society Free Summer Concert Series 2019
Where: Norris Community Center (755 8th Ave)
When: Every Saturday 1 pm to 3 pm, now through September 28th
Admission: FREE (donations greatly appreciated)
Contact: Dr. Jim Gover, Naples Jazz Society (239) 263-1113 or via email

Naples Jazz Society Free Summer Concert Series 2019

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Every Saturday between now and the end of September brings us a fresh new free summer concert performed by the Naples Jazz Society. This group of incredibly talented musicians showcase music from all of the greats mentioned above…and then some. And it’s all provided absolutely free of charge to the public. However, any donations you see fit to offer are always greatly appreciated. They help keep projects like these going.

Naples Jazz Society

The Naples Jazz Society began back in 1995 as a way for musicians to promote this American music in Southwest Florida. They concentrate on the music specifically from the early, early days of jazz in the US (1890s) all the way up to the music created and performed in the 1940s. The Naples Jazzmasters perform free summer concerts every year at the Norris Community Center. They rely on donations from audience members as well as fundraisers and private donations given to the Naples Jazz Society to continue their efforts. So, please give what you can when you watch their summer concert series.

Michelle Thomas, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, Luxury Naples/Marco Island Homes & Condos?