Editorials: Starfish, sand dollars, sand spurs & coconuts - Oct. 24, 2009

The 2010 Jonathan Green calendar.

The 2010 Jonathan Green calendar.

A look at some of the good, the bad and the questionable

Great art, great cause

A starfish for teamwork for scholarships.

Renowned artist Jonathan Green of Naples is making his work available again for calendars to raise funds (a look at the calendar at left).

Calendars are $14, plus shipping and handling. Checks should be made payable to the S.L. Franklin Scholarship Fund and mailed to 7005 Kiwi Place, Naples 34113. For more information, call 455-4958 or 352-2868.

A fitting tribute

A starfish to the Leadership Collier Foundation.

It has founded a civic scholarship in honor of Jim Mudd, who has stepped down as Collier County manager due to illness. It will be awarded annually to a prospective participant in one of the foundation’s programs including Leadership Collier, The Leadership Institute, Growing Associates in Naples or Youth Leadership Collier. “Throughout his tenure in Collier County, Jim Mudd has demonstrated a true passion for public service,” says Leadership Collier Foundation Chairman Ed Morton. “His ethics, commitment to the community and leadership abilities are precisely the attributes we hope to instill in our Leadership Collier participants. We are proud to honor Mr. Mudd in this fashion.”

Better treat, no tricks

A starfish to organizations from churches to libraries that have put together Halloween events beyond the norm of costumes and candy.

Wii bowling and an inflatable obstacle course at Moorings Presbyterian, trapeze artists at First Assembly Ministries and hay rides at Fort Myers Beach this weekend are terrific. For those who prefer to be spooked, why not get some smarts along with it at the “Creatures That Go Bump in the Night” parties, with barn owls and other critter guests at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida next Thursday and Friday. Whole Foods Market combines the best of both worlds on Oct. 31, when costumed kids can pick up all-natural treats.

A listing of all the events appeared in Showcase in Friday’s print editions and is online at www.naplesnews.com for the coming week. It’s an amazing, impressive array.

Phil has a deal for you

A mega sand dollar to the Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts.

Not only is it sending the Philharmonic Orchestra to Cambier Park for a free concert starting at 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon, it is opening its Naples Museum of Art on the Pelican Bay campus to families from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today for free. It’s called Family Day and will feature clowns, face painting, games, storytelling and, of course, hands-on art activities. There will be tours of the museum’s impressive art treasures from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (You can buy lunch at the snack bars.)

It’s an excellent opportunity to combine fun and culture, and you can’t beat the value: Tickets for a concert and the museum for a family of four would run $320.

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