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Naples Earth Day 2019 Fun at the Conservancy

Officially, April 22nd is Earth Day. But, honestly, every day should be Earth Day. For almost 50 years, people and organizations use this day to point out what we should be doing to help the environment. When everyone makes even a small change in their unhealthy habits, it makes a mighty big impact. The Conservancy of Southwest Florida highlights how our day-to-day habits affect wildlife at their Naples Earth Day 2019 event.

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida hosts their Naples Earth Day 2019 activities on April 13th. Enjoy several hands-on activities, interactive exhibits, and fun yet educational introductions to various animals living at the conservancy.

What: Naples Earth Day 2019
Where: Conservancy of Southwest Florida (1495 Smith Preserve Way)
When: Saturday, April 13th, 10 am to 3 pm
Admission: $10/adult, $5/child
Contact: Conservancy of SW Florida (239) 262-0304

Naples Earth Day 2019 at the Conservancy

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This year, the Conservancy celebrates Naples Earth Day 2019 on Saturday, April 13th. Mr. Glen hosts the Super Science Show with his animal buddies (both puppets and real life). Various staff members discuss how animals spend their day, including reptiles, amphibians, fish, and birds. Travel around the waterways at the Conservancy via boat.

Kids will love all of the interactive exhibits on display. Get your face painted before you participate in an archaeological “dig” for prehistoric fossils. Visit the care center to see how the conservancy makes sick animals feel better. Play some of the fun games set up on-site. And, when you get hungry, stop at one of the food trucks for delicious bite to eat.

Admission to Naples Earth Day 2019

Admission to all Naples Earth Day 2019 activities at the Conservancy is totally affordable for all. Adults pay just $10 per person. Each kid costs $5 per person. However, if you’re a member of the conservancy or are under two years old, you get in for free. Everyone is welcome. Ask about how to become a member when you visit. It’s easy to join and worth much more than the price of admission. Happy Earth Day!

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2019 Naples Boat Show: 1st Boat Show of the Year!

On the shores of Southwest Florida, boating is a way of life. We love our time out on the water. Even though we’re in the middle of winter, 80 degree weather means that any time’s a great time to go boating. If you’re looking to upgrade to a new model or want to buy your first seafaring vessel, then you need to make sure you head over to the 2019 Naples Boat Show!

Looking to buy your first Day Cruiser or do you want to upgrade from your current Runabout? Need new safety gear? Visit the 2019 Naples Boat Show Jan 17th - 20th at the Naples Municipal Airport for great deals in the new year!

What: 2019 Naples Boat Show
Where: Naples Municipal Airport (160 Aviation Dr N)
When: January 17th-20th, 10 am to 5 pm
Admission: $10/day for adults, Kids 12 & under FREE, parking FREE
Contact: Marine Industries Association of Collier County (MIACC) (239) 682-0900 or via email

2019 Naples Boat Show

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Whether you’re in the market for a day cruiser or a yacht, a pontoon or a sailboat, the 2019 Naples Boat Show offers something for everyone. You’ll see offerings from the best boat manufacturers around today, including Chaparral, MasterCraft, Sea Ray, Viking Yachts, and so many more. Update your emergency equipment. Outfit everyone onboard with the right sized vests. Remember, Florida law states that all children under the age of six must wear a life jacket at all times on any 26 foot or under vessel. Also, anyone on a PWC or being towed behind a boat must always wear a life jacket. So, it’s a good time to make sure you have life jackets that fit every passenger on your boat.

Tickets for the 2019 Naples Boat Show

Admission for the 2019 Naples Boat Show runs just $10 per day per adult. All kids ages 12 and under get in for free. Parking is also FREE on-site during the boat show. Please keep your pets at home. They aren’t allowed on the airport premises during the boat show. To order your tickets now, visit the 2019 Naples Boat Show’s online box office here.

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Naples Woman’s Club Flea Market 2017

The Naples Woman's Club Flea Market 2017 is open for business on March 25th. You can shop, sell or donate items for sale. Everyone's welcome.Once a year, the Naples Woman’s Club hosts a shopping event unlike any other.  The Naples Woman’s Club Flea Market 2017 sets up shop inside the club on Saturday.  It’s so big that it cannot be contained inside those four walls.  It spills out into the parking lot as well.  If you like one-of-a-kind items you won’t find anywhere else, this is the place to be!

What: Naples Woman’s Club Flea Market 2017
Where: Parking Lot of the GFWC Naples Woman’s Club (570 Park St)
When: Saturday, March 25th, 9am to 3pm
Admission: FREE
Contact: Bonnie Slobodien, Naples Woman’s Club (239) 262-6331 or via email

Naples Woman’s Club Flea Market 2017

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Beginning at 9am, the Naples Woman’s Club Flea Market 2017 will be open for business.  Take your time as you meander through dozens of vendor booths both inside and outside the Naples Woman’s Club headquarters.  You’ll find antiques, collectibles, vintage items, handmade goods, etc.  In addition to merchandise, members of the club offer their own home baked goods: bread, cookies, cakes and more.

Want to Sell Your Own Stuff at the Market?

Does your HOA prohibit garage/yard sales in your neighborhood?  Do you live in a condo complex with no space to sell?  Has spring cleaning provided you with lots of extra stuff you need to get rid of?  Make a few bucks and set up a booth at the Naples Woman’s Club Flea Market 2017.  Contact Pam Zbierajewski at napleswomansclub@comcast.net to discuss renting a booth.  They only cost $30 outside and $40 inside.  You’d better hurry, though.  There’s not much time left!

Donations Accepted

Don’t want to hassle with renting and setting up a booth at the Naples Woman’s Club Flea Market 2017?  That’s OK.  They have their own area set aside at the market where they sell various and sundry items to raise money for their philanthropic work.  Simply drop off gently used items found during your spring cleaning at their booth on Saturday.  They accept almost anything.  Contact Bonnie Slobodien (239-262-6331) to find out the particulars.

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2017 Downtown Naples Festival of the Arts

The 2017 Downtown Naples Festival of the Arts takes place along Fifth Ave South on March 18th & 19th with 230+ booths filled with art.Creativity needs to be encouraged.  Art breaks through language barriers.  It helps bring people together in many ways.  Celebrate the arts at the 2017 Downtown Naples Festival of the Arts March 18th and 19th.  Show artists that their work is important, too.

What: 2017 Downtown Naples Festival of the Arts
Where: Along Fifth Ave South
When: Saturday, March 18th, 10am to 6pm & Sunday, March 19th, 10am to 5pm
Admission: FREE (donations appreciated)
Contact: The Naples Art Association (239) 262-6517

2017 Downtown Naples Festival of the Arts

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Fifth Ave South becomes “artist row” at the 2017 Downtown Naples Festival of the Arts.  Participating artists of all mediums set up shop in more than 230 booths along the street.  This also marks the last major art festival for the season hosted by The Naples Art Association.  There won’t be another like it until next winter.

The backdrop of Mediterranean-style buildings and beautiful flower-lined streets lends itself well to the art found at the 2017 Downtown Naples Festival of the Arts.  Do you like oil paintings and sculptures?  Or do you prefer wood and metal work?  You’ll find fine craftsmanship of all of these types at the festival.  In addition, you’ll see photographs, mixed media, digital art, exquisite jewelry and amazing leather pieces.  You’ll also have the opportunity to meet the talent behind these pieces in person.  You won’t find this anywhere else.

Come see why this festival has been named the Sunshine Artist’s 200 Best of 2015.  Parking for the 2017 Downtown Naples Festival of the Arts can be found along 5th Ave.  On the hand, you might want to “go green”, enjoy the sunshine and bicycle to the event.  However you get there, enjoy yourself.

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Naples St Patrick’s Day Parade 2017

Bring a lawn chair. Scout for your spot early. The Naples St Patrick's Day Parade 2017 will be THE place to be on March 11th. Don't miss it!Officially, St Patrick’s Day takes place on March 17th.  But, why wait?  The City hosts the Naples St Patrick’s Day Parade 2017 on the weekend before.  It’s fun that the entire family can enjoy together.  And it won’t cost you a dime.

What: Naples St Patrick’s Day Parade 2017
Where: 5th Ave South
When: Saturday, March 11th, 11am to 1:30pm
Admission: FREE
Contact: City of Naples (239) 213-1000

Naples St Patrick’s Day Parade 2017

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Fifth Ave South shuts down to automotive traffic for most of the day so that Naples St Patrick’s Day Parade 2017 can make its way along the roadway.  More than 40,000 people come to the downtown area for this one event.  So, make sure you get there early.  You’ll want to scout the parade route to find a good vantage point for you and your crew.  Bring your own lawn chairs for comfort, too.  But, trust me.  You probably won’t be doing a whole lot of sitting.

The day starts off with a flag raising ceremony at The Dock at Crayton Cove Restaurant (845 12th Ave S).  At 9:30am, the Naples St Patrick Foundation (sponsor of the annual parade) takes a moment to honor our vets as well as the firefighters, police officers and EMT workers in our community.  This very moving event includes a own color guard and music.  Free danish and coffee will be available as well.

The Naples St Patrick’s Day Parade 2017 starts off by the Celebration Community Church on 8th St S in Downtown Naples.  Participants head north on 8th St before turning west on 5th Ave S.  Once they come to 3rd St S, they continue south until they reach their final destination at 11th Ave S.

I’d like to leave you with a little Irish blessing.  May joy and peace surround you, contentment at your door.  And happiness be with you now and bless you evermore!

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2017 Naples National Art Festival

The 2017 Naples National Art Festival has been one of the top 10 national festivals for 7 years running, according to Sunshine Artist Magazine.The weatherman says we can expect temperatures in the 80’s this weekend.  Much of the rest of the country gets stuck with rain and cold weather.  But not us!  Enjoy the gorgeous outdoors this weekend in Southwest Florida.  Visit the 2017 Naples National Art Festival.

What: 2017 Naples National Art Festival
Where: Cambier Park (585 Park St)
When: February 18th & 19th, 10am to 5pm
Admission: FREE
Contact: Naples Art Association (239) 262-6517

2017 Naples National Art Festival

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Once you set foot in Cambier Park this weekend, you’ll understand why Sunshine Artist Magazine ranked this event in its top 10 national festivals for the last seven years.  The 2017 Naples National Art Festival could very well extend that streak for yet another year.

The 2017 Naples National Art Festival welcomes artists of all media to participate in its juried festival.  Artists compete for a $2000 grand prize for “Best of Show”.  The festival needs your help to determine the “People’s Choice” award winner.  That person receives automatic admission into the Naples National Art Show.  Simply visit the Naples Art Association booth at the event to cast your vote for your favorite piece on Saturday.  Votes will be tallied on Sunday afternoon, with the winner announced by the end of day.

More than 20,000 people visit our Naples neighborhood just to experience this must-see festival each year.  Not only do you get to see artwork up close, but you also get to interact with the artists themselves.  Watch live performances.  Then, after you’ve worked up an appetite, have a bite to eat at any of the wonderful Naples restaurants in the area.

Parking for the 2017 Naples National Art Festival can be found along 5th Ave S and Cambier Park.  With so many people visiting, it might be tough to find a parking spot.  So, come early.

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Naples Boat Show 2017

The Naples Boat Show 2017 takes place at the Municipal Airport January 19th-22nd. Tickets available online.Boats and Naples go together like peanut butter and jelly.  You can’t have one without the other.  One trip to the marina will show you how much boats have become integrated into the Marco Island/Naples lifestyle.  If you are in the market for a new one or want to upgrade from your old one, visit the Naples Boat Show 2017 next weekend at the Municipal Airport.

What: Naples Boat Show 2017
Where: Naples Municipal Airport (160 Aviation Dr)
When: January 19th-22nd, 10am to 5pm
Admission: $10/adult/day, FREE/child ages 12 & under
Contact: Tiffany Sawyer-Schank, Marine Industries Association of Collier County (239) 682-0900 or via email

Naples Boat Show 2017

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The Marine Industries Association of Collier County (MIACC) hosts the Naples Boat Show 2017.  This year marks the 50th anniversary of the MIACC’s boat show.  Vendors from all over the country showcase everything from flat bottom boats to million dollar yachts.  Keep your safety gear up-to-date.  Find the latest and greatest gadgets and accessories to make your time on the water even more fun.

In addition to the more than 150 vendors on hand at the Naples Boat Show 2017, guests will be entertained by live music each day.  Several seminars are scheduled throughout this three day event.  Learn about shore fishing, live bait retrieval, scuba diving, spearfishing and more.  A kids’ club will be set up on-site to keep the little ones busy as well as entertained.

The MIACC provides parking for the Naples Boat Show 2017 absolutely free of charge.  Please keep pets at home for their comfort as well as yours.  Tickets can be purchased at the gate or online at the Naples Boat Show 2017 event page.  Bring the family.  Have a great time.

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Naples Holiday Snowfall 2016

Who says it never snows in Florida? It will be doing that twice. Watch the Naples Holiday Snowfall 2016 at the Village Shops or on 3rd St.Who says it doesn’t snow in Florida?  Prepare for a Christmas miracle.  Not one, but two different places in our Naples community celebrate a Naples Holiday Snowfall 2016: the Village Shops and Third St.  One takes place on Christmas Eve and the other happens right before New Year’s Eve.

Naples Holiday Snowfall 2016

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Are you ready for Christmas?  Still have last minute shopping to do?  Visit the Village Shops on Venetian Bay this Saturday, December 24th.  Cross the last names off your Christmas gift list.  Then, watch the Naples Holiday Snowfall 2016 beginning at 4pm.  Santa will be there to take requests from and photos with good little boys and girls.  Mrs. Claus tells the BEST stories.  Listen to carolers sing traditional holiday tunes.  Dancers perform to classic Christmas music as well.  Once you’re done shopping and visiting with Santa, you might work up an appetite.  Stop by one of the great restaurants inside Venetian Bay right on the water.  Admission to the Naples Holiday Snowfall 2016 at the Village Shops is absolutely free of charge to the public.

The wintery fun doesn’t stop there.  If you can’t make it to the Venetian Bay on Christmas Eve, you’ll have another opportunity to enjoy Naples Holiday Snowfall 2016 action on Thursday, December 29th.  That’s when 3rd St South celebrates their holiday snowfall as part of its 3rd Thursday on 3rd celebration (even though it’s technically the fifth Thursday of the month).  Beginning at 7:30pm, snow falls on 3rd St and 13th Ave.  While this happens, live holiday music plays in the background.  Admission to this event is also free.

Looking for something special to do for the Christmas holiday?  Have out-of-town guests you want to entertain?  Visit one or both of the Naples Holiday Snowfall 2016 events taking place in the next several days here in the Naples/Marco Island area of Florida.  Merry Christmas to all!

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Naples Snowfest 2016 and Christmas Parade

Enjoy a winter wonderland in Florida at the Naples Snowfest 2016 and Christmas Parade. Over 100 tons of snow greets guests at the Snowfest.Who says it can’t snow in Florida?  Sure, we might have to truck it in.  But the Naples Snowfest 2016 is worth it.  Then, just a few days later, the Naples Christmas Parade treks through town.  The holidays have officially arrived!

What: Naples Snowfest 2016 and Christmas Parade
Where: 4701 Golden Gate Parkway (Snowfest) & 3rd St to 5th Ave (Parade)
When: Dec 3rd, 3pm to 9pm (Snowfest) & Dec 6th, 6pm to 8pm (Parade)
Admission: $2 per person, kids 3 & under FREE (Snowfest)
Contact: Collier County Parks & Recreation (239) 352-4180

Naples Snowfest 2016 and Christmas Parade

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First, we kick off the holiday season with the Naples Snowfest 2016 this Saturday, December 3rd.  Come see the Golden Gate Community Center transform into a winter wonderland.  More than 1200 blocks of ice will be fed through an ice chipper to create 100+ tons of snow.  Sled your way through the powdery stuff on the man-made toboggan hills.  Pony rides, a petting zoo and an arts and crafts center allow kids to really get into the holiday spirit.  Take the polar plunge without actually getting wet.  This polar plunge involves a large inflatable slide and no water.

Try your hand at the holiday-themed carnival games.  Hop aboard the carnival rides.  Visit Santa at his temporary home away from home…the Florida “South Pole”.  For a small fee, your child can take a professional-quality photo with the jolly old elf himself.  Don’t forget to visit Mrs. Claus’ kitchen for tasty treats cooked up with help from local civic groups.

The following Tuesday, grab your lawn chairs because the Naples 2016 Christmas Parade comes to town.  From 6pm to 8pm, marching bands, floats and other fun entries parade down Naples streets to herald the holidays.  The parade begins on Broad Street.  It then makes its way north on 3rd St.  Finally, it winds its way east on 5th Ave where it eventually ends at 8th St.  You’re welcome to line up anywhere along the parade route.  Just get there early to find the best spot.  I hear that Santa will be bringing up the rear of the parade.  You won’t want to miss it!

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