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Cheap April Fool’s pranks that won’t break your bank or your friendships

April Fool’s Day is known for good-spirited jokes and pranks between friends, family members and even colleagues. However, sometimes good-spirited can turn into cold-hearted, and a prank’s friendly nature can easily backfire. So here are some harmless April Fool’s Day pranks that won’t break the bank or leave you without friends. The “Dripping Cup” prank should be  familiar to seasoned pranksters, but there are some who may not know about its simplistic brilliance. Take a pin and poke a few holes in a plastic cup. The victim of the prank will have a hard time figuring out why the...

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Collier County Fair comes to Naples

Fair food and fun has arrived in Naples with the Collier County Fair, which began on March 16 and will go on until the 26. The fair, which is located on the Collier County fairgrounds in Naples, has its traditional rides, shows and entertainment. Some of these events and performers include “real swimming mermaids,” an educational grizzly bear exhibit, performing tigers, a motorcycle show and more. One of the prominent features in this year’s fair is a demolition derby, in which the winner received a $2,000 grand prize in the fair’s Crash-and-Bash; it took place Sunday, March 19. There...

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Valentine’s Day date ideas under $50

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and you’re probably realizing that the $20 in your bank account isn’t going to cover an extravagant dinner at a top-notch restaurant or the present of your loved one’s dreams. The good news for financially strained college kids is that there are plenty of low budget Valentine’s Day activities and gifts that will make the day just as good and, dare I say it, even better than it would be if they dropped $100. You’re probably asking yourself what kinds of activities there are out there that are budget-friendly and still romantic...

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Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center events to watch for in March

March is a big month for the Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center, with events to look for such as Fort Myers Film Festival, Mano Mudd’s “Down and Dirty” exhibit and “Luau of Life.” Below is a list of must-attend events coming to the Southwest Florida area. Mano Mudd – “Down and Dirty” Mano Mudd brings his nationally acclaimed work to Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center March 3, 2017. Mudd’s exhibit “Down and Dirty” will feature 2D and 3D contemporary works, as well as visual art projections, during Art Walk from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. His work...

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FGCU Programming Board to host Open Mic Night and Casino Night events

Programming Board is kicking off the spring semester with an Open Mic Night on Thursday, Jan. 19 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Veteran’s Pavilion. The event gives FGCU students and guests a chance to show off their hidden singing talents, or just to support their friends who will be performing — or laugh with the ones who are doing so jokingly. Their second event of the semester will be Casino Night. The gambling-type event will be in the Cohen Center Ballroom on Jan. 26 from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. Activities include poker, blackjack, roulette, bingo,...

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Spring into a cleaner new year

Spring is here, and with the new season comes the phrase you’ve probably heard a parent or relative say, “spring cleaning.” Christmas passes, and as the new year approaches, junk seems to pop up as it is accumulated over the months. Extra wrapping paper, decorations and that box that still hasn’t been unpacked since you moved into your dorm this semester pile up until there is no other option but to get cleaning. While spring semester does bring a lot of work and worry, consider the idea that spring cleaning may help relieve stress. According to Shape Magazine, cleaning...

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Annual Fair at Fenway South to bring fun to Jet Blue Park

The Fair at Fenway South is coming to Jet Blue Park in Fort Myers for another two big weekends filled with rides and activities for all ages. This year’s festivities will include a daylong petting zoo, the Lance Gifford Illusion Show, the Fearless Flores Thrill Show, the lion and tiger show and a Friday-only Las Vegas hypnotist show. The illusion show features Miami Magic’s Magician of the Year and two-time Entertainer of the Year award winner Lance Gifford. The Fearless Flores thrilling motorcycle show features the Flores family — Ricardo, Arcelia, Cyndel and Volorian. As ninth and 10th generation...

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Budget-friendly dorm decorations for Fall

‘Tis the season for flannel, pumpkin carving and fall crafts. If you live in South Village or North Lake, it may be hard to keep those festive jack-o-lanterns aglow and stay within housing code. That’s where our five budget-friendly dorm decorations come to the rescue. We’ve put together a list of festive fun to suit every student’s desire to ring in the spook-tacular holiday. Fall Mason Jars – You’ll need the following items; a small mason jar, orange and black paints, green spray paint, glitter, painter’s tape, a glue gun, a small twig and some fall-colored ribbon. Place plenty...

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Upgrade your Friday plans with Art Walk in Downtown Fort Myers

A world of artwork opens up on the exposed bricks of First Street. On the first Friday of the month, local and national artists stake their claims, showcasing and selling their original artwork, jewelry and handmade pieces. Art Walk, put on by local galleries, is a self-guided event celebrating the visual arts in downtown Fort Myers. Here, spectators watch artists painting live, have portraits drawn in 15 minutes or less, and walk among the art, browsing for one of a kind pieces. The event, taking place on Oct. 7, is free and family friendly, attracting visitors of all kinds,...

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LASO Game Night to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

On Tuesday, Sept. 27 from 6:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., the Latin American Student Organization at FGCU will be hosting a Game Night. The game night will take place in Sugden Hall, room 111. This event will have food, refreshments and many different games. Some of those games will be dominoes, UNO and checkers. This will be the second event LASO is hosting to commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month, the first being Miami Vice Nights on Sept. 21. Hispanic Heritage Month takes place from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 and was established in 1968 by Lyndon B. Johnson. Many Hispanic...

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