Get Involved: Top Nonprofits in Bonita Springs & Naples

One of the best parts about living in Bonita Springs and Naples is that there are a number of things to do — whether you want to relax by the beach, play a round of golf, go shopping or eat out at any of the excellent restaurants in the area, the list is endless. However, when you live a vacation lifestyle, you may develop a desire to do more than just relax. Finding activities in which you can help others can be gratifying and rewarding. This idea is supported by Stephanie Watson, who writes for Harvard Health Publications. She explains that volunteering your time can reward you with both physical and mental health benefits — meaning that individuals who volunteer can experience lower blood pressure and a longer lifespan while thwarting loneliness and depression. It also just feels good to give back!

Here are some options to get involved — the names of each nonprofit link to their volunteer page:

Help People

Literacy Council Gulf Coast

Bonita Springs, FL

If you’d rather not work with animals, the Literacy Council Gulf Coast is a great option to help adults and children improve their literacy. This nonprofit focuses on helping individuals in the immediate area, and you can volunteer your time by sharing stories, tutoring, or helping out with various other activities for the Council.

Cafe of Life

Bonita Springs, FL

Help out the less fortunate with the Cafe of Life, a nonprofit that focuses on assisting and meeting the needs of people in the community with nutritional and supplemental support. You can volunteer to be a cook or server or you can help deliver/pick up groceries. There are also options to help with administrative support. “Care, Share, and Serve” your fellow man!

Bonita Community Health Center

Bonita Springs, FL

The Bonita Springs Community Health Center is a nonprofit that offers a variety of healthcare services to people in the community. They rely on the help from volunteers to keep day to day operations running and to provide health care services. They try to match volunteers with their greatest interest. Contact them directly for more information on how you can help.

Centers for the Arts

Bonita Springs

The Centers for the Arts in Bonita Springs is an excellent nonprofit organization for you to volunteer your time — no special skills needed! Get immersed in the performing and visual arts environment by helping The Centers for the Arts, a nonprofit that seeks to enrich the lives of people in the community through art education, expression and appreciation. You can participate in special events, greet visitors, serve on committees, answer phones and assist with community outreach programs. Additionally, Centers for the Arts also has opportunities to volunteer that don’t require you to be gregarious and outspoken. You can help out the Centers by making copies, filing and entering data, or completing research.

Join a Cause

Habitat for Humanity – ReStore

Ft. Myers, FL

If you have time to volunteer, Habitat for Humanity ReStore offers a multitude of opportunities for people with a variety of skills. From their website, volunteer opportunities include: Driver Helper, Donation Processing, Handyman, Facilities Maintenance, Dispatcher, Social Media, and Volunteer Coordinator. Contact Habitat for Humanity to learn more and to find out how you can contribute.

SUSAN G. KOMEN SWFL

Bonita Springs, FL

Become an advocate for breast cancer awareness and volunteer with the Susan G. Komen Southwest Florida organization. You can volunteer to help out in the office, health care fairs, and help with marketing or as an organizer. You can also participate in or help out the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

Make-a-Wish Foundation Southern Florida

Bonita Springs, FL

The Make-a-Wish Foundation is responsible for orchestrating and making the dreams of children with life-threatening medical conditions come true. Be a part of something special and participate as an airport greeter, office volunteer, speaker, special events volunteer, or wish granter!

Help Animals

Humane Society – Naples

Naples, FL

If you love dogs and/or cats, you can make a difference in their lives by volunteering at the Humane Society in Naples. You can donate your time and help care for the animals who are being housed and cared for at the shelter by helping with daily operations, education and outreach (shelter tours and social enrichment opportunities), or acting as a canine coach or female ambassador (handling animals in the kennels, at events, and at the mall location).  You can also foster dogs or work special events and assist with the mobile adoption bus. There’s plenty of things to do within the shelter and outside that can benefit the animals in its care.

Naples Equestrian Challenge

Naples, FL

Naples Equestrian Challenge is a nonprofit organization that offers therapeutic horseback riding to adults and children with disabilities of Collier County. You don’t have to be a seasoned equestrian to volunteer your time, but if you have a love of horses, this is the place to be! If you don’t, all you need is a desire to be compassionate and give reliable support. The volunteer opportunities include side walking, leading, grooming, tacking, participation in fundraising activities, serving on the board or committee, and more. Volunteers do go through a training session prior to helping out.

Bird Gardens of Naples

Naples, FL

If large animals aren’t your thing, you can always work with the stunningly beautiful tropical parrots who live at the Bird Gardens sanctuary. This nonprofit focuses on caring for parrots in captivity, which come to the sanctuary from occasions of neglect, abuse, or abandonment. The Bird Gardens provides a beautiful home for the intelligent parrots and further gives back to the community by giving educational tours to the community. There are a multitude of volunteer options — when you visit the web page, scroll all the way to the bottom to reach out and express your desire to help.

Volunteer Today!

Volunteering at a local nonprofit is a fantastic way to help out the community and feel good about yourself. The above is a list of some of the nearby nonprofit organizations. If you have a desire to help, there’s someone out there who needs you. So, get out there and do some good!

Season’s Winding Down: Summer Events for Full-Time Colony Residents

Just because season is winding down doesn’t mean that you have to. There are plenty of wonderful summer events available to full-time residents of The Colony. If you’re looking for something to do this summer, look no further.

Travel Club

Are you interested in seeing all the sights that Switzerland has to offer? The Travel Club will be taking a spectacular trip this summer to see Scenic Switzerland by Train from July 31 – August 8. This memorable 9 day trip, includes visits to Zermatt, Lucerne, Montreaux, Zurich, and St. Moritz. For more information, email PLTravelClub@aol.com.

Canoeing & Kayaking

Both new and experienced paddlers in The Colony are always able to enjoy the natural beauty of Southwest Florida from a kayak or canoe at the Colony Kayak & Canoe Park. Don’t miss the last sunset/moonrise paddle of the season on May 4. You can sign up for the long paddle at 6:45 p.m. or the short paddle at 7:30 p.m.

Butterfly Garden

If you are interested in gardening or enjoy butterflies, then join the weekly garden gathering at the Butterfly Garden every Wednesday from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. This gardening group is always in need of volunteers to maintain the garden and keep the ecosystem healthy. Every Wednesday you can meet others who share your passion and use your knowledge and experience to help the garden thrive.

Sports Club

If you are looking to stay active this summer, there are plenty of opportunities to get together with friends for a game of golf or a tennis match at The Colony. There are multiple sports events offered by the club throughout the summer, which offer you the opportunity to meet others and keep your game sharp. Not a golfer or a tennis player? If you like cycling, the Cycling club meets every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning for a fun and refreshing group ride.

Other Colony Activities

Here are some other fun activities taking place this summer:

  • Mosaics Class: If you’ve been looking for a way to exercise your creativity, sign up for the Stained Glass Mosaics Class on May 7 from 1 to 3 p.m. If you have never worked with glass before, have no fear. The instructor will guide you through each step of the process.
  • Lunch Brunch: Who doesn’t love great food at a waterfront restaurant? On May 20, a group will be leaving at 11:30 a.m. for a fun lunch brunch at Coconut Jack’s.
  • Mah Jongg: If you like to play Mah Jongg (at the intermediate level), join the group on Mondays and Thursdays at 1 p.m. for a fun game with friends.

Find Your Place at The Colony Golf & Bay Club

Want to get in on the fun? There is always something exciting going on at The Colony Golf & Bay Club. Both in and out of season, this community offers a variety of activities for its residents. If you want to live in a vibrant community like The Colony, contact Jill Kushner to see what you’ve been missing!

4 Helpful Tips for New Kayakers & Canoers

Are you new to kayaking or canoeing? Participating in these water activities can be a great way to stay active while also enjoying the beautiful Florida scenery. If you live in The Colony, you do not have to go very far to enjoy these fun Florida activities. Along with 34 acres of white sand beaches, The Colony Bay Beach Park also offers a Back Water Bay Canoe Park. If you have been wanting to try canoeing or kayaking, but haven’t gotten the chance to get out on the water yet, have no fear!

If you’re a new kayaker or canoer, you may not know where to start. Use these tips to help you get started and enjoy some fun in the sun:

Go Canoeing and Kayaking With Friends

The best way to learn how to kayak or canoe is to practice, and practice is much more fun when you can enjoy the activity in the company of others. Bring your spouse or find a friend who is also interested in learning how to kayak or canoe. If you have friends who are experienced, ask them to show you the ropes. If not, learn together!

Join (or Create) a Community Canoe or Kayak Group

One of the best ways to stay motivated and continue to spend time on the water is to find a local kayak or canoe group. Here, you can meet others who enjoy these activities, including experienced paddlers who can give you some pointers. At The Colony in Pelican Landing, we have a number of residents that enjoy the occasional kayak/canoe season. Find others in the community who enjoy these activities and make kayaking or canoeing a weekly or monthly event.

Take a Canoe or Kayak Paddling Lesson

If you’re new to canoeing or kayaking, your first paddle might be a little daunting. The Colony Kayak & Canoe Park offers a first time paddle training session for those who have not yet been out on the water. During this training session, you can learn the basics of paddling and build your confidence so that you’re ready to get paddling.

Enjoy a Guided Canoe or Kayak Session

Southwest Florida offers many opportunities for guided canoe or kayak tours. These tours are led by seasoned paddlers who can teach you the basics while showing you the natural beauty of Florida. If you live at The Colony, you don’t have to go far for a guided paddle experience. These sunset/moonrise paddles are regularly scheduled throughout the season, but as the season comes to a close, the last paddle will take place on May 4, with a long paddle at 6:45 p.m. and a short paddle at 7:30 p.m.

Are You Ready to Enjoy the Best Kayaking in The Colony?

Imagine having these activities right in your own backyard. The Colony Bay & Golf Club offers this and more as part of its offering of luxury amenities. To find out more about how you can enjoy the best that Bonita Springs has to offer, contact Jill Kushner today!

January 2015 Pelican Landing Events: Part 2

Pelican Landing Bonita Springs, FL Community Events

Stay informed and up-to-date in your local community with the Pelican Landing Community Calendar. Participating in community events will help residents form lasting relationships with community members, staff, and residents. Meet your neighbors today by attending one of the following events:

Canoe/Kayak Equipment – Reminder

Throughout the season, you’ll need to go to the Community Center to receive the paddles, PFDs and to sign the waiver. If you’re kayaking from the Marina, please continue to go to the Marina for all your necessary equipment and waivers – equipment for the Marina will not be given out at the Community Center.

Pelican Landing Intermediate Bridge Classes

Pelican Landing in Bonita Springs offers intermediate bridge classes, which will run Thursdays from January 8th to February 26th at 2:00-4:30 PM. The intermediate bridge class will cover the following topics: Preemptive Opening Bids; Overcalls and Answering Overcalls; Takeout Doubles and Answering Takeout Doubles; and A Competitive Auction (when both pairs are bidding). The course is $250.00 plus book cost ($12.00), if you don’t already own one. Please make checks payable to Mary Ann Geppert. Deadline is January 2nd.

Pelican Landing Casual Friday Sail

Pelican Landing Bonita Springs will start their “Casual Friday Sail” beginning January 9th with Dave Gilmore and Geoff Withrington. Times will be posted on the calendar on the Sailing Center Webpage. Also, beginning that week on January 10th will be the “Saturday Sail to The Island”. Pelican Landing staff is looking for experienced sailors who would like to said to the Island and share a ride with the non-sailing residents (weather and conditions permitting). Please contact Anthony Gatto at Anthonygatto@comcast.net.

Pelican Landing Tennis-Pickle ball Social

Pelican Landing Bonita Springs will be hosting a Tennis-Pickle Ball Social Saturday, January 10th at Noon. Players will play a minimum of two 30-minute rounds with a playoff for the top players. Play is limited to the first 48 players who register. Pairing will be made prior to the event by the event coordinators. The final match will be an exhibition by our Tennis Staff against two Pickle Ball players. Immediately after the exhibition, there will be an awards ceremony and a social time in the community patio area. Lunch will be catered by Panera Bread and will be available before or between matches. Play and lunch is $17.50. If you don’t want to play, join us for lunch and cheer on your favorite players. Lunch only is $10.00 per person. The proceeds from this event will support the Tennis Center’s 20th anniversary celebrations including a community dinner-dance, which will be held at Pelican’s Nest on March 3rd.

Pelican Landing Cocktails & Canvas

Pelican Landing Bonita Springs will be offering Cocktail & Canvas Classes during the months of January, February and March. Pelican Landing resident Renata Vigoda will be teaching two classes. The first two are Tuesday, January 13th or January 20th at 1:00-4:00 PM. In these workshops, you will complete a painting in just one session then go home with you own creation. Renata will guide you each step of the way, and you’ll learn all about painting in the process. Snacks and special cocktails will be featured at each session to keep your creative juices flowing! All materials will be provided to you upon arrival – canvas, paint, brushes aprons, and inspiration. These are duplicate classes with the same image being painted at each one – this is being done to allow more people to attend the class. Cost is $30.00. Deadline to signup is January 3rd or January 10th.

Pelican Landing Intermediate Mah Jongg

Pelican Landing Bonita Springs is offering intermediate Mah Jongg classes. The classes are Thursdays, January 15th – February 5th at 10:00 AM – Noon. The cost is $60.00 for four two-hour classes. Learn strategy, how to change hands, and how to prevent your opponents from making Mah Jongg. It’s also the perfect class for brushing up on your game, if you haven’t played in awhile. Please make checks payable to Doris Loigman. Deadline to sign-up is January 8th.

Pelican Landing Travel Club Meeting: Backstage at RSW

On January 21st at 9:00 AM – 12:00 Noon you can choose to visit the new Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Station at Southwest Florida International Airport to get a comprehensive look at how the Lee County Port Authority operates Southwest Florida International Airport and Page Field. The morning begins sharply at 9:30 AM and ends at noon. We can accommodate 30 Pelican Landing residents (residents only) on a first-come basis. Reservation forms are available in the travel slot at the Pelican Landing Community Center. Details for an optional lunch is following (at a Gulf Coast Town Center Restaurant – order off menu, pay onsite) will be forthcoming to those who reserve. The Deadline to reserve is January 13, 2015. Fill out the reservation form today!

Pelican Landing Trump for the Cure

Save the date – Friday, January 30th. Second annual bridge tournament benefitting your own Pink Pelicans Race for the Cure Susan G. Komen team. Delightful day of bridge with lunch at the PLCA. Registration info available in early January, so mark your calendars now!

Pelican Landing Butterfly Garden

The Butterfly Garden at Pelican Landing hosts weekly Garden Gatherings at 8:30 – 10:30 AM every Wednesday. Everyone is welcome to attend – visit the Butterfly Garden Website today!

Pelican Landing Knitting

Pelican Landing has a knitting class every Wednesday at 10:00 AM now through April. If interested in attending contact Beth Baxter (239) 495-9315 with any questions.

Pelican Landing Singles

Pelican Landing Singles welcomes new members. For more information, email Pelicanlandingsingles@hotmail.com. Or see them on Facebook: PLSingles.

Attending a Pelican Landing Community Event?

If you choose to attend any of the events listed above, we’d love to hear your feedback – sharing your experience will enable current and future residents to actively participate!

January 2015 Pelican Landing Events: Part 1

Pelican Landing Bonita Springs, FL Community Events

Stay informed and up-to-date in your local community with the Pelican Landing Community Calendar. Pelican Landing makes it a goal to actively engage the local community. Participating in community events will help residents form lasting relationships with community members, staff, and residents. Meet your neighbors today by attending one of the following events:

Pelican Landing Lifestyle Fair

Friday, January 16th

1:00-3:00PM

Pelican Landing in Bonita Springs is pleased to announce their Annual Lifestyle Fair – featuring the community’s amenities, clubs, & groups in order to give residents the opportunity to learn about the lifestyle offered at Pelican Landing Bonita Springs. This event enables the residents to learn about the many activities and events planned in the local community. Pelican Landing promotes the residents to actively engage in a variety of activities that are close to their own homes – becoming acquainted with new neighbors is always a great way to become involved. If you’re interested in this event please sign up in the lobby so that the Pelican Landing staff will know how many people to expect. Refreshments will be served and hosted by the Community Center Advisory Group.

Pelican Landing Stained Glass Mosaic Class

Thursday, January 15th

1:00-3:00PM

Pelican Landing in Bonita Springs is offering a beginning mosaics class, which is a fun and creative event for the whole family. The instructor will guide you through each step so you can complete your project and take home a piece to showcase. You can embellish a glass dish that can be used as a candle holder, soap dish, spoon rest, coaster, ring dish, whatever comes to mind – be creative! You will have a large selection of stained glass in every color to choose from. Stained glass mosaics add a nice sparkle to your home and will make the perfect gift. Deadline to sign up: January 8th.

Pelican Landing Digital Camera Class

Monday, January 19th

2:00PM
Cost: $25

Pelican Landing in Bonita Springs is offering residents a digital camera class for those that need more experience. A seasoned professional photographer Frank Berna will teach the class. The deadline to signup is January 12th.

Pelican Landing Canoe/Kayak Amenity

First-Time Paddle

January 3rd at 10:00 AM

January 16th at 10:00 AM

Group Paddles

January 13th at 10:00 AM

January 21st at 10:00 AM

January 28th at 10:00 AM

If you’re interested in Paddle Sign-Up, please sign-up online or at the community center.

Off-Campus Paddle

January 15th

Paddle among the manatees at Manatee Park in Fort Myers. Departing from the Community Center at 8:30AM sharp, everyone will be carpooling to Manatee Park. Launching by the Caloosahatchee River, the trip will be roughly 3 hours in the warm waters from the power station where the manatees like to gather. Cost of single kayak is $40.00, tandem is $60.00, payable in advance. Launching for people with their own kayaks is FREE. Please sign up January 8th – contact John Kaiser at (239) 949-6934 or Jskaiser@maine.edu to reserve your spot.

 Pelican Landing Book Club

The Pelican Landing book club meets on the second Wednesday of the month, November through April @ 1:00 PM at the Community Center. The next meeting in January 14th, and the book to be discussed is The Round House by Louise Erdrich. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Pelican Landing Nature Photography Club

Wednesday, January 7th at 7:00 PM

Pelican Landing in Bonita Springs will be hosting a nature photography club at the community center. Pelican Landing resident Bill Richardson will show his photographs of Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands and the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu in Peru. Come and enjoy the amazing photographs that all tell a beautiful story!

Attending a Pelican Landing Community Event?

If you choose to attend any of the events listed above, we’d love to hear your feedback – sharing your experience will enable current and future residents to actively participate!

 

Thanksgiving Entertaining Ideas

For anyone who has hosted Thanksgiving dinner at his or her home before, it can be a stressful undertaking.  Whether you’re hosting it at your home in Florida or at your northern residence, expectations are high. The food has to be great, the table should look beautiful and you still have to find time to entertain your guests. Well don’t fret! Here are some steps to help you work out the details of both your meal, and the holiday table. The only thing this won’t do is stop giving you nightmares about forgetting to defrost the turkey in time.

Make a Plan

  • Something that has always worked for me is finalizing the menu well in advance. That way you know what you’re going to be serving.
  • If you want to try new recipes, perhaps only do one or two. Have a dry run of the new recipes before the day to reduce any surprises and to see if the recipe is going to be a good match.
  • Another great idea is creating a timetable of the things that need to be done on Thanksgiving Day. I’ve been at gatherings before where the host doesn’t really know when dinner will be served. Hours go by and guests start to get grumpy. So for starters, determine what time you want to sit down to eat and work from there.
  • Identify what needs to be done and at what time.
  • Prepare your grocery list ahead of time. There’s nothing like getting home after grocery shopping and realizing you forgot a key ingredient for the meal. Instead of having to call someone last minute and asking “can you pick up a few more sweet potatoes on the way over?” make sure you go through your recipes and write everything down. And above all, don’t forget the turkey!

Arrange Your Table

An attractive table requires giving a little forethought to individual place settings, serving pieces, and flower arrangements. I typically like going online or even on Pinterest to get some ideas on how to arrange my Thanksgiving table. I’ve gathered some quick links that may provide some inspiration.

Day of: Don’t Stress

  • Try cooking in advance of the big day. Start preparing desserts and side dishes a few days before Thanksgiving if you can. This will help you space out the holiday cooking and keep you from getting worn out.
  • Assign people tasks – have someone in charge of drinks, another for taking the food to the table, someone for cleaning up, etc. Remember, you should enjoy this day too.

Give Thanks and Dig In!

After all the planning, prepping, and stressing, this day is about giving thanks and being with family and friends. So raise your glass, give a toast, enjoy yourself amongst your guests – and enjoy the feast you just created!

Now, for those of you who prefer dining out on Thanksgiving, The Colony Golf & Country Club hosts a Thanksgiving buffet that is sure to make your mouth water. Arrive hungry, leave satiated. From 1-4 p.m. you are your family will enjoy a variety of delicious food from golden roasted turkey with traditional cranberry sauce and mashed potatoes to oven-seared tenderloin of beef and cavatelli pasta Provencal. Best of all you don’t have to clean up after the feast! For reservations call 239-390-4702.

Have any other entertaining ideas you’d like to share? Leave your comments.

I wish all of you as well as my Colony friends a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Ho, Ho, Ho: 2012 Holiday Events in Bonita Springs & Naples, Florida.

There’s nothing like spending the Holiday season in Southwest Florida. Now, I know to some of you it’s hard to get in the holiday spirit when you’re surrounded by palm trees, beaches and people in bathing suits, but trust me, it’s a fun time of year and it sure beats the cold weather, snow and blistery winds. You’ll immediately find yourself in the holiday spirit with this selection of upcoming events in Bonita Springs and Naples, Florida.

Christmas on Third Street South, Naples
11/19/2012, 6pm-10pm
Christmas on Third Street South is sure to get you in the holiday spirit! It’s a town tradition that takes place the Monday before Thanksgiving. You’ll feel like you’re in the North Pole (minus the frigid temps) will twinkle-light streets, nostalgic décor, and music and bells resounding from every courtyard and plaza. The mayor lights the Christmas tree, Santa arrives, and just in case you northerners are a little homesick, it even snows!

Miracle on 34th Street at Broadway Palm Dinner Theater, Naples
11/22/2012 through 12/25/2012
The musical adaptation of a holiday classic comes to life on the Broadway Palm stage. A white-bearded man claims to be the real Santa Clause and spreads a genuine wave of love throughout New York City bringing about an actual miracle on 34th Street. This dazzling musical is filled with humor, spectacle, beloved songs and is joyful entertainment for the entire family.

A Christmas Carol: The Concert, Naples
11/30/2012, 8pm
Held at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts, this concert is a must see. So don’t be a Scrooge… Join Bob Cratchet and Tiny Tim for this classic Dickens tale featuring full symphony orchestra, choir, rock/pop rhythm section, narrator and three soloists. Hear this vintage ghost story as you’ve never heard it before!

Bonita Springs Holiday in the Park
12/4/2012, 4:30pm – 9pm
Santa Clause and many other winter activities will kick off the holiday season during the
City of Bonita Springs Holiday in the Park. There will be live entertainment as well as train rides, horse and carriage rides, snow slide, holiday decorations and activities, and the lighting of the Christmas tree.

City of Naples Annual Christmas Parade
12/4/2012, 6pm – 8pm
The annual Christmas parade begins on Broad Street South, comes north on Third Street South, turns east onto Fifth Avenue South and then finishes as it turns onto 8th Street South. It’s always a good idea to get downtown early to get a parking space and a great seat at one of the outdoor restaurants or cafés along 5th Avenue South.

Bonita Springs Boat Parade
12/8/2012, 6pm
The parade begins and ends at The Fish House Restaurant located at 4685 Bonita Beach Rd. The US 41 bridge in Bonita Springs, over the Imperial River is an excellent vantage point to see the parade. Parking is limited. Plan to park at neighboring plazas; Kmart, Fresh Market, Riverview Terrace Office Park and walk to the venue.

Naples Christmas Boat Parade
12/8/2012, 6pm-8pm
Get in the Holiday spirit with this fun boat parade complete with the holiday sounds coming from the lavishly decorated boats. The best bet for viewing is at Pincher’s Crab Shack, Riverwalk Restaurant, Naples City Dock, Naples Landing, and Kelly’s Fish House.

Naples Ballet Presents: The Nutcracker
Saturday 12/15/12 beginning at 5pm
Sunday 12/16/12 beginning at 4pm
Held at The Performing Arts Hall at Gulf Coast High School, the Naples Ballet annual performance of the Nutcracker is like a Christmas gift just waiting to be enjoyed. You and your family will love this production!

 

Tis’ the Season for Farmers’ Markets in Bonita Springs & Naples!

Homemade jelly, seafood, baked goods, fresh fruits and vegetables, colorful plants and flowers are just a few items you’ll see as you stroll through the Bonita Springs and Naples Farmers Markets this season.

Bring your family, friends and four-legged companions and make an event of it. There’s nothing like strolling around the market meeting the local farmers who grown and produce these culinary delights.

Why do I love going? By purchasing from these local farmers, I know exactly where their food comes from, and the ingredients are fresher and likely contain fewer chemicals than the same ingredients found at a local supermarket. Not to mention it also helps stimulate our local economy!

So this season, head on out to the Bonita Springs and Naples Farmers Markets:

Bonita Springs Farmers Market
Riverside Park at the intersection of Old 41 Rd and Childers St.
(November-April) 
Every Wednesday from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm

Coconut Point Green Market
Coconut Point Mall
Vendors located in the parking lot adjacent to Panera Bread
(November 1st 2012 thru April 25th 2013) Every Thursday 9:00am – 2:00 pm

Farmer’s Market at The Promenade
26811 S Bay Dr.
Bonita Springs, Florida 34134
Every Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Old Naples Farmers’ Market
Third Street South
Naples, Florida
(Open year-round) 
Saturdays, 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

North Naples Green Market
1465 Golden Gate Parkway, Naples, FL 34102
The market will be held in the green space east if the IBERIABANK Centre on Golden Gate Parkway
(October 27th thru April 27th)  Every Saturday from 8:00 am-1:00 pm

Uncovering your Dream Home in Bonita Springs, Florida


Searching for a new or second home is easier once you understand what’s most important to you. I always tell clients who are considering moving to The Colony Golf & Bay Club that it’s best to organize your thoughts by writing down what you absolutely need in a new or second home, and what you don’t. After all, buying a home whether it be here at The Colony in Florida or elsewhere, is a huge decision. Here’s a good list to help you narrow down your decisions:

Look at the Community

  • Variety of architectural styles (vs. cookie cutter homes)
  • Natural lush landscaping
  • Walking and biking trails
  • Amenities like golf, tennis, and swimming
  • Activities and social events
  • Sense of community
  • People my age

Look at the Location

  • Beach access
  • Quick drive to shopping and dining
  • Access to theater, museums, and nightlife
  • Proximity to airports and public transportation
  • Quality school system (for families)

Determine the type of Home Structure

  • Single family or high-rise home
  • One- or two-car garage
  • Home office
  • Guest bedroom/bath
  • Formal living room
  • Eat-in kitchen
  • Patio or lanai
  • Bonus room

Think about Your Living Style

  • Low maintenance (high-rise homes)
  • Private land for tending a garden, making home improvements (single-family homes)
  • Gourmet appliances
  • Outdoor living area
  • View (Gulf of Mexico, natural preserve or Golf Course)
  • Light and bright
  • Lots of shade
  • Onsite amenities without leaving your home

I’d love to take you on a tour of The Colony, so feel free to contact me today. Happy Dream Home Hunting!

Top Entertainment Venues in Southwest Florida

It’s not difficult to find something to entertain you, your family or guests here in Southwest Florida. There are an appealing list of entertainment venues available providing endless possibilities for a night on the town or a day of fun and adventure.

Recently, Gulfshore Business recognized the top 15 entertainment venues in the Southwest Florida area. Here they are:

Whether it’s day or night, whether you have the entire family visiting or it’s just a couples night out, there’s always something to do or something to see in Southwest Florida.

What’s your favorite entertainment venue?