CDBIA Scavenger Hunt

The CDBIA Scavenger Hunt: Building Industry Edition takes place Oct. 16. Teams of four will be given a list of clues to find the signs around town. The first team to return to the meeting point and post the photos will win $500. Each team - up to four people - is $50. Cash prize is $500 for first place, $250 for second place and $100 for third place. Refreshments will be served. For more information, visit or call 941-625-0804.

New Deep Creek stop sign

The intersection of Sandhill and Deep Creek boulevards will be converted to a four-way stop on Oct. 20. Travelers may experience traffic delays. 

Rotonda blood drive

Rotonda West Woman’s Club & Rotonda Golf & Country Club and holding a blood drive from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 21. The One Blood bus will be at The Hills Marina, 100 Rotonda Circle, Rotonda West. For more info, visit, or contact Ellen Lang at or 917-579-7770.

Old car gathering

At least 50 old cars will be on display from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Masonic Lodge on the corner of Airport and Taylor Road, Punta Gorda. There will be music, food and door prizes. All proceeds support the Masonic Lodge 115 scholarship fund.

Concert in the Park

North Port’s Parks & Recreation Department will host a free Concert in the Park at 6 p.m. Nov. 19 at the City Center Front Green, 4970 City Hall Blvd. American Made will play from the 1960s-1980s. Admission and parking are free. Bring chairs or blankets. Seating is first-come, first-served beginning at 5 p.m. The Rotary Club of North Port will sell beer and wine, and other food and drink vendors will be on hand. No outside alcohol permitted. For more information, call 941-429-7275 or visit

Valerie's House

Valerie’s House has resumed in-person grief support groups after a six-week hiatus caused by the COVID-19 spike. Group sessions have resumed at all three Valerie’s House locations, including in Charlotte County at First United Methodist Church. The nonprofit, which helps children grieve the loss of a loved one, has experienced an increasing number of families seeking grief counseling. About 20 percent of the new families have lost a loved one due to COVID-19. In addition, Valerie’s House is now providing grief support groups for students, teachers and staff at several schools, most recently adding Myakka Elementary School in Punta Gorda.

Valerie’s House is implementing safety precautions at all of its locations, including requiring all employees to be vaccinated and wear masks during group therapy sessions. Families, however, will not be required to be vaccinated. More information can be found at

Beyond Ourselves Bash

The Beyond Ourselves Bash, "An Evening Under the Stars" will be held from 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Nov. 9 at Twin Isles Country Club to benefit the Homeless Coalition and the Peace River Wildlife Center. The evening will include dinner, music, silent auction, raffle, wine pull and 50/50. Go to the Beyond Ourselves website to register:

Back Pack Angels fashion show

North Port Coalition for Homeless/Needy Children (Back Pack Angels) will have an Appleumpkin fashion show-luncheon fundraiser from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 4 at Trinity United Methodist Church, 4285 Wesley Ave., North Port. Tickets are $25. Tickets for drawings may be purchased from Dianne at 813-758-2805 or Carol at 860-620-7656. Back Pack Angels is a nonprofit that works with North Port schools and preschools to deliver hygiene products to children. The Angels meet at 10 a.m. the first Tuesday of every month at AMVETS 312, 7050 Chancellor Blvd., and are always looking for volunteers. Visit or its Facebook page for list of hygiene products and drop-off sites.

Legislative delegation meeting

The Charlotte County Legislative Delegation will meet from 9 a.m.-noon Nov. 10 at the Military Heritage Museum, 900 W. Marion Ave., Punta Gorda. Charlotte’s delegation includes Sen. Joe Gruters, Senate District 23; Sen. Ben Albritton, Senate District 26; and Rep. Michael Grant, House District 75.

Local governmental bodies, special interests and residents wishing to address the delegation must contact Grant's office no later than 4 p.m. Nov. 5 for inclusion on the agenda. Requests for time on the agenda must include the name, address and phone number of the speaker, and be received in writing — by email or U.S. mail. Any printed materials intended for inclusion in the meeting package (six copies, three-hole punched) must be received by the deadline.

The deadline for filing local bills with the delegation chairman also is 4 p.m. Nov. 5. All local bills must be accompanied by completed paperwork required by the Florida Legislature, including original signatures of the legislative sponsors, and be forwarded to Rep. Michael Grant, 4355 Pinnacle St., Suite C, Charlotte Harbor, FL 33980.

For more  information, call Grant’s office at 941-613-0914.

Professional Women in Building Triathlon

The Charlotte-DeSoto Building Industry Association will hold the inaugural Professional Women in Building Triathlon at noon Nov. 7 at the Twisted Fork in Port Charlotte. The three events are ax throwing, cornhole and mini-golf. The prizes are: $300 for first place, $200 for second and $100 for third place. A portion of the net proceeds from this event will benefit the Professional Women in Building Scholarship fund, which helps women build a career in construction. This event is open to everyone. Cost is $60 per person, which includes a Twisted Fork feast and an event shirt. For more information, visit or call 941-625-0804.

Cooper Street seeks volunteers

Cooper Street, a nonprofit after-school program for students grades K-6, has reopened under new management. Volunteers are needed to help children with their homework from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Vaccination and masks are required. For more information, call Cate 941-626-9140.

Charlotte Chorale concerts

The Charlotte Chorale announces its 2021-22 season with three choral concerts commencing with the Christmas concert "A Time of Wonder" at 4 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center in Punta Gorda. The concert will include traditional and not-so-traditional Christmas music. The next concert "America The Beautiful," will be performed at 4 p.m. March 12 at Burnt Store Presbyterian Church in Punta Gorda. The third and final concert of the season showcasing Italian composers, "Viva Italia!" will be at 4 p.m. April 23 at Burnt Store Presbyterian Church in Punta Gorda.

Additionally, the Charlotte Chorale will bring offer the concert, "Enchanting Music at Twilight," performed by the internationally acclaimed pianist, Tianshu Wang, at 4 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center in Punta Gorda. Tickets and reservations for this concert are separate from The Charlotte Chorale concert tickets.

Tickets and reservations for the three Chorale concerts and the special concert featuring  Tianshu Wang can be purchased by calling the ticket office 941-204-0033. Individual concert tickets are $25 for adults/$10 for students, or season tickets (three concerts) are $65 for adults /$25 for students. Tickets for the special concert featuring Tianshu Wang are available at a price of $40 for adults/$20 for students. For more information, go to or call 941-204-0033. Rehearsals begin in October 2021. The Chorale is open to new members with experience in choral singing.

Sweetheart Ball

The North Port Parks & Recreation has planned a father-daughter Sweetheart Ball, set for 6-8:30 p.m. Oct. 22 at the George Mullen Activity Center, 1602 Kramer Way. Set sail for an evening of adventure, filled with dancing, dinner and dessert, craft-making, entertainment and a photo booth. Grandfathers, uncles, guardians, and father-figures are welcome to attend with their little sweethearts. Semi-formal attire is recommended. Register at There will also be a special sensory hour from 6-7 p.m. featuring less intense music and lighting sponsored by Clara’s Clubhouse, will be available throughout the evening. The fee is $20 per couple and $10 per each additional attendee. Attendees can also register in person by stopping at the Morgan Family Community Center. For more information, visit

City CRA member needed

The Punta Gorda Community Redevelopment Agency is seeking one member to fill a position expiring on Nov. 16. Appointee must be a Charlotte County. The purpose of the agency is to implement the policies, projects and programs contained in the Punta Gorda Downtown Redevelopment Plan. Please call Nina at 941-743-1300, then press 2 or email for an application or for additional information.


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