Collier County

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Courtesy of The Immokalee Foundation

January is National Mentoring Month and The Immokalee Foundation is looking for adults who would like to provide guidance and support to Immokalee students while developing mutually rewarding relationships. Read more



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Libby Whittle, of North Naples, has epilepsy and recently had a Make-A-Wish experience in Key West at a therapeutic program where she swam with dolphins. Read more



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We created a special event search just for Fourth of July and fireworks events coming up in Southwest Florida, in Collier and Lee counties. Read more

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For many children in Southwest Florida, school is their main source for a nutritious meal. To make sure no child goes hungry over the long summer break, Lee and Collier schools are participating in the USDA summer food service program. Read more


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Andrea Stetson

Like a bus or taxi, the Naples Bay Water Shuttle takes passengers to numerous locations, only via waterways, and for less than the cost of a cruise or charter service. And kids love it. Read more

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Mother's Day is nearly here and several Southwest Florida attractions and businesses are offering deals for moms and grandmas, from free admission to Sun Splash to 20% off "Corteo" tickets. Read more



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Industry surveys show that camps are filling up earlier each year, and now is the perfect time to find the right camp. American Camp Association President and CEO Tom Rosenberg offers tips for finding the best summer camp for your child. Read more

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Discover some of the best trails in Southwest Florida for families with kids. Read more

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The Community School of Naples hosted Collier County’s first Florida state-qualifying robotics competition February 9. The school’s Computer Science Department Chair Sean Headrick and his students organized the “Best in Southwest” VEX Competition. Read more



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Sun-N-Fun Lagoon is open on weekends starting Saturday, February 16 until the water park opens fully for summer in late May. Read more

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Collier County’s popular Beach Buses help residents and visitors alike avoid driving in beach traffic and focus more on enjoying the day. Collier Area Transit, or CAT, provides a free shuttle service to North Collier beaches until April 29. Read more



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Memorable Mobile Parties has added STEM-based “The Glamatory” to the company’s roster of party themes. Guests learn the science behind perfume and make their own, experiment with dry ice and become a mad scientist creating green hair. Read more


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Andrea Stetson

The menu at Alpine Restaurant in Naples features classic German, Slovak, Czech, Polish and Hungarian meals. All are made from scratch, so there’s a bit of a wait, but it is worth it. Read more


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Andrea Stetson

For 20 years, Marvin worked as a painter seven days a week to give his family a better life. Then in March 2017, the family was driving to church when they were stopped for a broken headlight. Marvin was deported. Read more



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The couple weren’t expecting a New Year’s baby, but Kasey Rose Aranda was born at 2 a.m. Tuesday at the BirthPlace at NCH North Naples Hospital. Read more



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The Community School of Naples Veterans Appreciation Club, a middle school club, honors U.S. military veterans through projects big and small all year long. Their latest project involves interviewing veterans and painting their portraits. Read more



Andrea Stetson

The kids’ menu at Poached is extensive and cheap, and it caters to all the kid favorites. Everything from the chocolate chip pancakes and cheesy eggs to the dino nuggets, mac and cheese, sandwiches and more are $5 including a drink. Read more



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The News-Press took down its online paywall for election coverage. So you can get information on the issues and the latest on results without subscribing. Read more



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How to stay safe from seasonal poison mishaps. Read more


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    Luke Franke

    In a flurry of mulch and dust, five young pigs with The Show-me Swine Racers round the first turn in a heated race during the Collier County Fair in 2018.

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    Special to SW FL Parent & Child

    The Conservancy of Southwest Florida hosts a Halloween event October 27.

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    Courtesy of Collier County Parks and Recreation

    The play structure at the Gordon River Greenway is shaped like a tree.

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    Eagle Lakes Community Park

    The family pool at the new aquatic center at Eagle Lakes Community Park on U.S. 41 East.