One of our favorite hard-working service organizations in Collier County is all smiles these days – Lighthouse of Collier, Inc.
The group that serves blind and other visually impaired people here is very pleased that it has been accredited by the national body that monitors the work of such organizations.
The designation by the National Accreditation Council demonstrates to the public that Lighthouse of Collier is providing quality programs/services for the blind. It also means that Lighthouse now can apply for state financial support through the Florida Division of Blind Services.
The mission of Lighthouse of Collier is to promote the development, implementation and on-going evaluation of programs and services which foster independence and enhance the quality of life for the blind, visually impaired and their caregivers.
One of the organization’s popular programs last summer was a program that included a week of tennis at the Arthur Allen Tennis Center, a boat ride, courtesy of the Freedom Waters Foundation and time spent with the horses at the Naples Equestrian Challenge.
The tennis program, known as Soundball Tennis, gives blind and visually impaired people a chance to enjoy that game.
As Kathleen Peck of Lighthouse explains, the players can hear the audible foam tennis ball that makes a rattling noise when it moves. Kathleen says the tennis program and the rest of the camp activities were big hits last summer. So we suspect the tennis program will be expanded at the Lighthouse summer camp program this coming summer.
You can get more information at the web site www.lighthouseofcollier.org or by phone at 239-430-EYE4 (3934).
Another fun way to ‘get around’ in Naples
Tired of kayaking? Bored with boat rides? How about a camel ride for a change?
It’s available these days at the Naples Zoo, back by popular demand for a third year.
Several of these dromedary denizens of Naples Zoo are strutting their stuff for humans to enjoy an onboard stroll around the zoo grounds for $5 per person, plus the cost of admission to the zoo.
“Last year, thousands of visitors rode the camels. Yes, thousands,” says zoo co-owner Tim Tetzlaff. “They loved it, the adults and the kids, and more are loving it now. We’ll be offering the camel rides all season, at least through March.”
For information phone the zoo 239-262-5409. Web site: www.caribbeangardens.com.
News about Marco’s ‘2wice As Nice’ consignment shop
It’s time now for Islanders who have good, upscale clothing and accessories they’d like to sell to contact the 2wice As Nice classy consignment shop.
The store that featured fine merchandise at its first stop on South Collier Boulevard will be reopening before the end of the month at its new location, up the boulevard at 217 North Collier. That’s in Crown Royal Plaza at the corner of North Collier and Saturn Court.
The creator of 2wice As Nice, island entrepreneur Judy Barney, is pleased to welcome the shop’s new owner/manager, Anna Daniel, formerly of Marco Community Bank and Mutual of Omaha Bank.
“I’ll be helping her get familiar with the store and she brings extensive business expertise and excellent customer service,” Judy says.
“We’ll accept very lightly used, upscale clothing and accessories, men’s, women’s and even children’s,” Judy explains.
2wice as Nice will have a grand opening soon. Meantime, you can phone 389-0227 for information or an appointment.
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