Real-life paranormal investigation planned

Participate in a real-life paranormal investigation. Join 10 other ghost hunters for a private spirit expedition from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Nov. 17, at the historic Price House in History Park. Engage with paranormal investigation leader Richard J. Ferrara and historical researcher Evie Alexander. Bring your own equipment or use ours. This house has a credible history of ongoing paranormal activity. As a plus, the original Punta Gorda jail, called the Calaboose, is located behind the house and is available for investigation. Space is limited to 11 participants and must be reserved in advance. Bring your own beverages and snacks as needed. Tickets are $29 each and a portion is donated to the Punta Gorda Historical Society. For more information, call 941-276-6384.

Film series offered

The Immigration Justice Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Charlotte County, in partnership with the Hispanic American Citizens Council, will host a series of four films dealing with immigration issues: Monday, Nov. 19, Nov. 26, Dec. 3, all at 5:30 p.m.

The first film on Monday, will be “Sin Pais,” chronicling a family’s harrowing deportation story. This film will be shown at UUFCC, 1532 Forrest Nelson Blvd., Port Charlotte. All films will be followed by an open discussion led by trained personnel. (Films come from POV, PBS Show, award-winning nonfiction film series, HTTP://

The public is invited to view these free films and witness the struggle of ordinary people searching for better lives. For more information: email, or call, 941-627-4303.

Master Gardener plant and gardening sale

The Charlotte County Volunteer Master Gardeners will be having a plant and gardening sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Nov. 17, at Charlotte County Environmental Campus, 25550 Harborview Road, Port Charlotte.

The treasure-trove of plants for sale are propagated by Master Gardener volunteers and will range in variety at reasonable prices. There will be garden art, used gardening equipment and books.

The Master Gardeners will be available during the plant sale to answer questions and give research-based, unbiased gardening advice. Do not miss this horticultural opportunity! All monies go to improve community horticultural outreach educational programming in Charlotte County. For more information, call 941-764‑4340.

LLI presentation: ‘Make the rest of your life the best of your life’

Sherry Austin, a Certified Retirement Coach, can help you get the most out of your retirement years. by examining the six most important life areas: Work or Volunteer; Health and Wellness, Money, Family Relationships, Leisure and Social, and Personal Development.

The class will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, in Classroom E113 on the Charlotte campus of Florida SouthWestern State College, 26300 Airport Road, Punta Gorda. Fees are $10 for Friends members and $15 for non-members. Registration can be made online at For more information, call 941-629-6330.

Nature Through Our Eyes

Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center (CHEC) will host “Nature Through Our Eyes,” an art exhibit by Barbara Archer-Baldwin and John Baldwin. This exhibit features scenic photographs by John and stunning pastels and acrylics by Barbara, as well as spectacular pieces that are a harmonious blend of both artists’ work.

“Nature Through Our Eyes” is displayed in the Caniff Welcome Center, 10941 Burnt Store Road, Punta Gorda, open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. An opening reception will take place on Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. A $5 suggested donation for the evening includes access to the art exhibit, mingle time with the artists, a demonstration by Barbara Archer-Baldwin, book sales, wine, hors d’oeuvres, and live music.

Climate change lecture to be held

Learn about “Climate Change in SW Florida” with James (Jim) William Beever III, Planner IV for the Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council (SWFRPC), at 10 a.m. on Thursday, at Bayshore Live Oak Park, 23157 Bayshore Road, Port Charlotte. Jim is an expert in Natural Resources and Climate Change in southwest Florida.

This program is presented by Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center. Bayshore Live Oak Park is a Charlotte County facility. For information and/registration for this free program, call 941-475-0769.

CCSO Speaker Series announced

Charlotte County Sheriff Bill Prummell has announced the first in a series of presentations that will be hosted throughout the county by the Sheriff’s Office. The CCSO Speaker Series will cover a variety of topics that focus on crime prevention through education. The first topic in the series will be Identity Theft and Scams, presented by Sgt.mDiane Young of the Economic Crimes Unit. Attendees will learn the common ways people fall victim to identity theft and scams and learn best practices to protect themselves and their family. This presentation will be held from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 20, at the Mid-County Regional Library in Port Charlotte. It is requested that you RSVP for the event through Eventbrite. The event is also listed on the CCSO Facebook Page.

Guardian Ad Litem child advocate orientation

The Florida Guardian Ad Litem program supports volunteers who advocate for the best interests of the 416 children in Charlotte County who have been abused, neglected or abandoned by the adults in their life. If you are interested in being a champion for the children in your community, attend a one-hour orientation at the GAL office, 18500 Murdock Circle Bldg. B Suite 203, Port Charlotte. Orientation will be held from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Nov. 26. Open to all full-time residents at least 21 years of age with eight to 10 hours monthly to volunteer on their own schedule with staff support and free training. For more information or to sign up for orientation, call 941-613-3233.

Punta Gorda Garden Club to meet

The Punta Gorda Garden Club will meet at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, in the Fellowship Hall at the First United Methodist Church, 507 W. Marion Ave., Punta Gorda. The guest speaker will be master gardener, Dolly Tomalinas who will present a program on Fairy Gardens for Christmas. Guests are welcome to attend the club’s regular, free monthly meetings which begin with light refreshments followed by a speaker and a brief meeting. For more information, call 219-613-7506 or visit the club’s website or the Punta Gorda Garden Club’s Facebook page.

‘Gardening for Wildlife’

Bill Dunson, Phd, Penn State University Professor Emeritis will deliver a program, “Gardening for Wildlife” at the Nov. 29 meeting of the Peace River Butterfly Society. Retired biology professor, Dunson is a frequent speaker and outing leader in SW Florida, where he is a winter resident. The meeting will be held at 10 a.m. at the GFWC Women’s Club, 20271 Tappan Zee Drive, Port Charlotte. For more information or to RSVP for the Nov. 30 outing, call 941-625-0381 or email

CCGSI Meeting and Genealogy Classes

Charlotte County Genealogical Society, Inc. (CCGSI) continues free meetings and genealogy classes at Mid-County Regional Library in Room C, 2050 Forrest Nelson Blvd., Port Charlotte on Nov. 14, 19 and 26 and on Tuesdays, Nov. 20 and 27. All classes and meetings are free and open to the public.

Audubon Society to meet

Peace River Audubon Society will hold its next meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, at the First Alliance Church, 20444 Midway Blvd., Port Charlotte. Guest speaker will be Jerry Waters. The subject for Jerry Water’s talk is “Share Your Passion.” This presentation is intended to encourage others to use personal contacts, social media and other venues to share their love nature. For more information, contact

PCHS Band to perform

The Port Charlotte High School Band will be having its fall concert at 7:15 p.m. on Monday, at Murdock Baptist Church, 18375 Cochran Blvd., Port Charlotte. The wind orchestra and symphonic band will be featured. Concert is free to the public, but donations are gratefully accepted. For more information, call 941-626-7631.

Sons of Italy Western night planned

Sons of Italy, 3725 Easy St., Port Charlotte, will host its annual Western night on Nov. 17 with musical guests Al Williams and Patricia Brac. Dinner includes one-half chicken, all the fixings and desserts. Tickets are $19 per per person. For more information or to make a reservation, call 941-764-9003. Everyone is welcome.

2018 Holly Days Home Tour announced

The Punta Gorda Garden Club will presents its 2018 Holly Days Home Tour, “Silver Bells” from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. Four homes and one church in the Historic District will be lushly decorated with flowers and greens. Cost is a $15 donation. A poinsettia market and light refreshments will be served at First United Methodist Church, 507 W. Marion Ave., Punta Gorda. For more information, call 941-916-3341, visit, or club Facebook page.

Post 103 to host ceremony

D.N. McQueen American Legion Post 103, 2101 Taylor Road, Punta Gorda, will host a celebration to honor veterans on Sunday. The Veterans ceremony will be at 11 a.m. with a free picnic to follow. Entertainment will be Van at noon, followed by Bandana at 3 p.m., and the closing act It Takes Two at 6 p.m. Any veterans wishing to join are asked to bring their DD214. For more information, call the Post at 941-639-6337.

Community Redevelopment Agency meeting set

The Charlotte County Commission, acting ex-officio as the governing board of the Charlotte Harbor Community Redevelopment Agency, will conduct a meeting at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, or as soon thereafter as it may be heard, in Room 119 of the Charlotte County Administration Center, 18500 Murdock Circle, Port Charlotte. Discussions include, but are not limited to, a resolution amending the Rules of Procedure for the Charlotte Harbor CRA Advisory Committee.

The meeting is open to the public and citizens are invited to speak on agenda items only. For more information, call 941-764-4941.

Beaujolais 2018

The United Way invites the public to celebrate the fifth annual Beaujolais celebration from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, at the Visual Arts Center, 210 Maud St., Punta Gorda. Enjoy tapas, wine tasting and jazz music. Tickets are $50 each and may be purchased by calling 941-627-3539 or text wine2018 to 51555.

Peace River Audubon Christmas Bird Count

Volunteers are needed for the Peace River Audubon’s 2018 Christmas Bird Count on Dec. 15 and encompasses a 15-mile diameter circle, the center point being approximately downtown Punta Gorda. The circle is divided into about 12 areas, the furthest south areas being Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center (CHEC) and Cecil B Webb preserve. There are three water areas: the southern part of Charlotte Harbor including the area around Alligator Creek; the northern part of the Harbor; and the Peace River from the US 41 bridge. Each area is headed up by an individual who determines where their group goes in their particular area, where and when they meet. In some cases they break up into smaller groups covering particular areas, such as a golf course. Most groups start about 7 a.m. and go until about noon. Some go out again later in the afternoon to count birds coming in for the evening.

To sign up for the bird count or for more information, contact Tony Licata at 941-505-9775, email

Wine and Cheese reception offered

Kays-Ponger & Uselton Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 635 E. Marion Ave., Punta Gorda, will host a wine and cheese reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday. Stop by and support local Arts & Humanities and meet local artist Sandra Manzkes. For more information, call 941-639-1133 or visit website at The event is free and open to the public.

Craft show planned

The Eagles Ladies Auxiliary 3296 is hosting a craft show from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Dec. 8, at the Eagles Lodge, 23111 Harborview Road, Charlotte Harbor. The sale will be held indoors at the lodge. Tables are available at a cost of $20 for non-members and $15 for Eagle Members. There will be a bake sale and a food truck will be on site serving breakfast and lunch. The event is free to the public. For more information, call or text Bonnie Worden at 571-438-1212.

Southern Supper scheduled

To help shine a focus on men and woman who have been instrumental in the development of the Punta Gorda community throughout its history, the Punta Gorda History Center honors new inductees to its History Hall of Honor each year. This year’s event and Southern Supper will be held at 5 p.m. today, at Hurricane Charley’s, 300 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda.

Honorees include 11 individuals. The Center will also recognize the First Baptist Church of Punta Gorda which will celebrate its 100th anniversary at the beginning of next year, the Charlotte Sun/Punta Gorda Herald which celebrates its 125th anniversary this year, and Kays Ponger & Uselton, one of the oldest continuously operating businesses in Punta Gorda.

For more information on the event or to obtain tickets, call 941-258-2080.


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