Naples Entertainment Events in December

The Naples Philharmonic has a full schedule planned for this December. Check out the highlights below, there’s something for everyone. Call 239-597-1900.

12/4 A Scottish Christmas
12/7 Linda Eder
12/9 Kathy Mattea Christmas
12/9 Seasonal Treasures
12/10 Brian Stokes Mitchell
12/18 The Big 3 Palladium Orchestra
12/21 It Had To Be You
12/27 Woody Allen’s New Orleans Jazz Band
12/27 Kenny Rankin
12/28 The Manhatten Transfer
12/29 Four Of A Kind
12/31 New Year’s in Paris and Vienna

The Naples Players will perform Wait Unit Dark from 11/22 to 12/16
Call 239-263-7990.

The Naples Dinner Theatre will be performing two plays. Call 239-514-7827.
South Pacific until 12/10
Sugar from 12/14 to 1/21

The Barbara B. Mann in Fort Myers has the following on their schedule. Call 239-481-4849.
George Carlin on 12/7
Tony Bennett on 12/10
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels from 12/12 to 12/17
A Christmas Carol on 12/21
The Moscow Ballet’s The Nutcracker on 12/26 and 12/27
Lewis Black on 12/28
Salute to Vienna on 12/30

Zizi at Bellasera. Where’s the turkey?

Having our first visit to Zizi at Bellasera on 9th St N on Thanksgiving, left us hungry and disappointed.  I thought they had a good reputation for their dining room but a major holiday is not the time you want to find out whether or not a restaurant meets your standards.

The hot items of the buffet were in the lobby where everytime someone came in from outside, the cool air swished over the hot items.  Of course, most often the lids were left in the open position so that may have contributed to the lukewarm to cool menu items.  Speaking of menu items, most lacked  seasoning and left me wondering what I had to do to get a tasty dinner.  After telling the wait staff, new trays of food were put in and they were a little warmer but nothing that would constitute a “warm meal.” 

Not being a pumpkin pie eater, or traditional Thanksgiving desert lover, I skipped over the deserts but did get a small slice of chocolate cake which was very, very dry.  My husband, who’ll eat just about any pumpkin pie, decided his two bites were enough.  Apparently, that had no taste and was quite disappointing as well.  Even with booking the reservations 2 weeks in advance, we still ended up at the door to the kitchen!  This holiday was not one for the record books as being memorable or delicious. Next year, we’re trying the restaurant prior to a holiday!     

Habitat for Humanity builds two more homes in Bonita Springs

The News-Press is reporting on two new homes being built by the Habitat for Humanity of Lee County. These homes are to be built in the Rosemary Park community of Bonita Springs by residents of Bonita Springs and Pelican Landing. The organization has built 26 homes in the area and with the help of residents from Shadow Wood they will soon complete their 29th home in Bonita Springs. The Habitat builds simple, but decent housing for families who otherwise could not afford it. The homes are sold to the homeowners at no profit with an interest-free mortgage. The homeowners have three major requirements that they must meet. First they must put down a $1200 down payment. Next they must complete a class on homeownership and then they must contribute by putting in 500 hours of labor into their new house which is commonly called “sweat equity”. Habitat for Humanity of Lee County received the prestigious Affiliate of the Year Award this year for its contribution to the community. They have built more than 650 homes since 1982.  

Home Builders confidence on the rise for the second straight month.

Home builders have some promising signs to be happy about. Rex Nutting, of the Dow Jones Business News, reports that the National Association of Home Builders said that its members are feeling more optimistic about the near future and that the index has risen for each of the past two months.
The index went up to 31 in October and 33 in November after being at a 15-year low of 30 in September. The index in June of 2005 peaked at 72 and was at 61 this time last year. It seems as if the market is slowly heading back up according to these indicators. This is good news for the economy and everyone involved with real estate including the builders, realtors, buyers and sellers.

Nutting reports that David Pressly, president of the National Association of Home Builders believes “More and more builders are seeing light at the end of the tunnel. Our members are telling us that the market is steadying after a significant downward correction. We look for sales to stabilize and gradually move up in the coming months.”

It appears that many economists are agreeing with this assessment including the chief economist for FAO Economics which is quoted as saying “The data tell us that the worst of housing is behind us.”

We see a dramatic increase in activity in the Naples, Florida real estate market. Signs of improvement such as the number of visitors and part-time residents returning to the area, open houses, viewings and contracts have increased for the Ruth Bethem Real Estate Team over the past month. Everyone is in the “ready” mode for the upcoming selling season with many properties on the market to choose from and many under fair market value. It remains a buyers market and will probably remain so throughout the next year.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House comes to the Naples – Bonita Springs area!

Yeah! Ruth’s Chris Steak House has opened it’s Coconut Point Mall location on U.S. 41 in Bonita Springs/Estero. This is the first of two that will be in the area that includes the Coastland Center Mall location in Naples which is scheduled to open on Feb 1st. Ruth’s Chris is a premiere steak house that features New Orleans type appetizers, fresh seafood and of course great U.S. Prime steaks. The restaurants secret is to cook the steaks to 1800 degrees and serve it sizzling on a 500 degree plate.
The restaurant company was founded over 40 years ago by Ruth Fertel in New Orleans and is the largest fine-dining company in the country that includes 99 locations worldwide. 
The company is very community oriented and the proceeds from wine sales at the opening parties were donated to the local Habitat for Humanity chapter.
Ruth’s Chris, which has 260 seats, will employ about 87 people and will be open for dinner at 5:00 pm. Reservations are suggested and can be made by calling (239) 948-8888 or online at