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Farmer Market Saturdays in Ave Maria

Ave Maria’s Farmers Market is a weekly tradition that the community enjoys each season, from November through April. Sponsored by SW Florida Markets LLC, the market is centrally located in the Town Center every Saturday from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. The farmers market offers both residents and visitors a large selection of fresh locally grown produce and citrus, fresh seafood, Italian breads, local honey, soaps, candles, oils, jewelry, crafts, flowers, hats, handbags, clothing and more. A few favorites from the first market included Naples Breads and Pastries and Golden R. Farms. Naples Breads and Pastries foundation is from Naples, but offers fresh baked bread and pastries every week in Ave Maria. Golden R. Farms displayed and sold their grape jelly, strawberry, blackberry, and Christmas jam, and dog treats. Many visitors posted their delight on social media including this happy customer, “These vendors were so nice! Love that they use organic products. They had pet treats, as well!

Shopping at the farmers market is a great way to plan your Thanksgiving week meals and support local vendors at the same time. Pick up some fresh red and yellow bell peppers and whip up this tasty leftover turkey stuffed pepper dish. Perfect for watching those college football games the weekend after the holiday.

Farmer markets are just one of the ways Ave Maria creates a community within the town. The market brings people together in the beautiful backdrop of Ave Maria on sunny Saturday mornings.

Ave Maria is located at the intersection of Oil Well and Camp Keais Roads in Eastern Collier County. The main entrance, on Oil Well just west of Camp Keais, leads to the Town Center. Take I-75, exit 111, follow the signs east to Ave Maria, approximately 20 minutes. For more information, please visit http://www.avemaria.com/ or call 239-352-3903.


Its Fall in Ave Maria

October is filled with spooky and fun activities throughout the month for our residents and visitors. To start off the month residents enjoyed one of Ave Maria’s signature monthly events, First Friday Fun, at Oil Well Craft Beer with lawn games, live music, and cold craft beer. Oil Well Craft Beer was busy this month hosting the charity event, Boozin for Boobs, as well as Bingo Night and Brew & Paint. They finish October with a Halloween Party for ages 21 and up on October 20 and a Wine Tasting event on October 23, which are both opened to the public, and a Trunk or Treat on October 27.

Del Webb Naples, Collier County’s only Del Webb active-adult community, is its own little community inside of our small town and their lifestyle director keeps the fun going all month with events and activities exclusive to Del Webb residents. They are looking forward to the Fall Festival and Halloween Party on October 26 and October 27. Lots of “boos” and wicked fun for sure!

Ave Maria University continue their fall sports season with soccer and football throughout the month. Come join the action on October 27 when the AMU women’s soccer team takes on South Eastern University and the AMU football team takes on Keiser University. Spending a Saturday in Ave Maria enjoying restaurants in the Town Center followed by a coallegiate sports match is a great fall weekend activity for both residents and visitors.

All Ave Maria residents are looking forward to the Fall Festival on October 27. There will be music, games, hay rides, food trucks and more! Residents will also be able to compete in the Pie Baking and Scarecrow Making contests. It’s a great place to live and play! For more information about Ave Maria, check out our website. https://www.avemaria.com/


Ready…Set…Labor Day!

With Labor Day right around the corner we thought we would share what’s happening in Ave Maria. Labor Day traditionally marks the end of summer, but we are fortunate to enjoy warm sunshine and tropical weather year-round in our Southwest Florida location.

Residents here kick off the long weekend with a Beach Walk and Breakfast for anyone living in Del Webb Naples neighborhood. Afternoons and evenings can be spent at happy hour at the Ave Maria Pub & Grill located in the Town Center or with homemade pizza and pasta specials at Gino’s Trattoria.

Spending Saturday and Sunday in one of the on-site parks in Ave Maria tires out the little ones and certainly logs steps on the fitness tracker for mom and dad. A friendly competition between friends on the baseball field in North Park is a great way to meet residents from other neighborhoods within Ave Maria. Parents gather at the tot lot playground and soccer fields at North Park too. What better way to enjoy a holiday weekend than at your very own water park! A resident only Pre-Labor Day Celebration at the Ave Maria Water Park will be held Saturday, September 1st from 11am to 2pm with live deejay, food specials, and activities. University students in Ave Maria can attend the Ave Maria University Gyrenes women’s soccer team match against Trinity Baptist at 3pm on Saturday, September 1st.

Our very own Del Webb Naples’s lifestyle director has planned a S’more Fun Labor Day party on Monday at 5:30pm while the Rusty Putter restaurant at Panther Run Golf Club will host a Labor Day BBQ. Living in a Del Webb community has perks and benefits encouraging active adults to engage socially and physically. Whether it’s a yoga or water aerobics class or themed dinner and dance, there is always something to do at Del Webb Naples. Staying young both in body and mind is evident when you live in our Southwest Florida Del Webb Naples neighborhood.

The popularity of craft beer has certainly made its way to Ave Maria. Oil Well Craft Beer, located in the Park of Commerce, will feature open mic night on Friday, August 31 at 8pm and Naples Smoked BBQ from 6-9pm. The Ave Maria Pub & Grill also serves a wide variety of craft beer as well as delicious burgers, pizzas and salads.

With Ave Maria only 40 minutes from the beautiful beaches of Naples and just 70 miles from the hustle and bustle of Ft Lauderdale, a quick road trip is also a fun possibility for Labor Day weekend. Living in Ave Maria certainly has its benefits. Stop by our New Home & Welcome Center to learn more about the area’s most talked about new home town.

 


Summer Sunscreen Safety

With summer in full swing, you may be headed outdoors to enjoy the weather or flocking to the beach for some fun in the water. Staying out of the sun can be tough, especially when you live in Ave Maria and Southwest Florida. Whether you’re spending your time cheering on Ave Maria University athletics, splashing in the private water park, playing a game of bocce ball, tennis or a round of golf course, it’s important to stay protected.
In recognition of July being National UV Safety month, here’s some important information — along with a few tips — to keep in mind as you head outdoors.

Sun Safety
The skin is the body’s largest organ. It protects you against heat, sunlight, injury, and infection. Yet, some of us don’t consider the necessity of protecting our skin from the effect of UV rays.
According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 5.4 million basal skin cancers are diagnosed annually, and nearly 3.3 million people are diagnosed with squamous cell skin cancers annually.

Skin Cancer Facts
• Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States
• One in five Americans will develop skin cancer during their lifetime
• A person’s risk for melanoma doubles if he or she has had more than five sunburns
• Most people diagnosed with melanoma are white men over age 50
• People who first use a tanning bed before age 35 increase their risk for melanoma by 75 percent

Unprotected sun exposure can:
• Cause skin cancer
• Cause vision problems and damage your eyes
• Suppress your immune system
• Age your skin prematurely

Protecting Your Skin
The sun’s glare is most intense at midday. Staying in the shade between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. will further protect your skin. Ave Maria residents have access to fun activities indoors too. The community is centered around a quaint Town Center that provides residents with many of life’s necessities and plenty of shade. Friends and families gather nightly at the local pizza shop or meet up to sip a few beers at the pub. Walk indoors at the fitness center or do a little shopping at the many boutiques in town.
There are simple, everyday steps you can take to safeguard your skin from the effects of UV radiation from the sun.
• Cover Up: Wearing a hat, or other shade-protective clothing can partly shield your skin from the harmful effects of UV rays. Protective gear may include long-sleeved shirts, pants, hats, and sunglasses.
• Select the Right Sunscreen: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) new regulations for sunscreen labeling recommend that your sunscreen have a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15 and should protect against both UV-A and UV-B rays.
• Apply the Right Amount of Sunscreen: Apply at least one ounce or a palm-full of sunscreen every two hours. You should apply it more often if you are sweating or swimming, even if the sunscreen is waterproof.

By learning about the risks associated with too much sun exposure and taking the right precautions to protect you and your family from UV rays, everyone can enjoy the sun and outdoors safely. If you are having any problems after being in the sun, be sure to talk to your healthcare provider.


Relocating to Florida Has Many Benefits

Ave Maria Sunset

Moving to Florida? Or just beginning to think about it? Either way, there are many benefits to living in the Sunshine State besides the sunshine!

Florida is a tax friendly state. Florida has no state income tax, which means Social Security retirement benefits, pension income and income from IRAs or 401(K)s are all untaxed. Florida also has no estate or inheritance tax while property taxes are close to the national average. Many retirees and active-adults find relocation to Florida beneficial during those years when living off a pension or 401(K) come to consideration.

If you’re relocating to Southwest Florida you may still be working and wondering about employment in your new town. Ave Maria is located in Collier County, home to several large employers including NCH Healthcare System, Collier County School District, Collier County Government, Arthrex, Inc, Ritz Carlton Naples, Naples Grande Resort and John R Wood Realtors. Collier County enjoys a robust tourist season each winter resulting in increased job opportunities in this area. Hospitality and service personnel often work during season and then enjoy their summers off. Retirees looking for a part-time position can often find one during season when employers are looking for added help. The job opportunities in Southwest Florida are many and in several industries.

Connecting with the local Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce can be a helpful tool when moving to Florida. Their page, Why Live Here?, includes several awards and accolades for Naples and Collier County. Did you know we were named the Happiest, Healthiest City in the United States in a 2015 Gallup Healthways Well-Being Index? Ave Maria students are zoned for Collier County Public School District which was rated “A” by the Florida Department of Education and is the 5th highest ranked school district in the state.

Most importantly- the people of Southwest Florida are warm and welcoming, especially in Ave Maria where neighbors quickly become friends. Our golf-cart friendly community encourages walking, biking and golf carting from the supermarket to the pub and to the parks. Our Master Association hosts new homeowner events encouraging residents to meet each other and to introduce them to the new clubs available to them in Ave Maria. Discover your new life in Southwest Florida and Ave Maria today. Call 239-352-3903 for more information.