'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. on Saturday, at Hurricane Charley’s, 300 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda.

Honorees include eleven 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.

Casino trip

Knights of Columbus Council 7997 hosts a bus trip to Immokalee Casino on Monday, Nov. 12. It leaves from the North Port Wal-Mart parking lot with buses boarding at 8 a.m. The cost is $25. For more information or to make reservations, call Michael at 941-400-7416. 

Harvest for the Harbor

Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center will host its 4th annual Harvest for the Harbor fundraiser from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. today, at the Laishley Park pavilions. Guests will enjoy dinner and dessert from La Fiorentina. The evening also includes drinks, a live band, dancing underneath the stars, a silent auction, and much more. This affair benefits environmental education programs in Charlotte County. Tickets are $125 each and can be purchased by calling 941-575-5435 or by visiting our website at http://www.checflorida.org/hfth.html.

The Charlotte County Concert Band presents 'American Tribute'

Today at 7:30 p.m., the Charlotte County Concert Band, under the direction of Bob Miller, will present its opening concert of the 2018 – 2019 season, “American Tribute” at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center, 701 Carmalita Str., Punta Gorda. Join for a sensational night of music that honors both our country and the men and women that have served in our armed services. Tickets are are available online at www.charlottecountyconcertband.com or at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center the night of the performance. Season tickets for next season’s concert series are also available online.

Eagles to host annual fashion show

The Eagles Ladies Auxiliary No. 3296 is hosting its annual fashion show with fashions by Bon Worth at noon on Saturday, at the Eagles Lodge, 23111 Harborview Road, Charlotte Harbor. There will be a luncheon of chicken salad, fruit and dessert. Tickets are $10 per person. There will also be a Chinese auction, and door prizes. For more information, call May Cotton at 941-456-3070.

Post 103 to host ceremony

D.N. McQueen American Legion Post 103, 2101 Taylor Rd., 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.

Beer and BBQ

AMVETS Post 2000 hosts beer and barbecue festival at 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16. The menu is Texan mesquite smokes brisket, smoked sausage, potato salad, beef and beans, roll and draft beer for $12. Entertainment by Greg Gage. The post is at 401 Ortiz Blvd., Warm Mineral Springs. For more information, call 941-429-1999.

Friends of Wildlife

North Port Friends of Wildlife hosts Jamie Reynolds for a discussion on ecosystems in the area at 6 p.m., Nov. 28, at Shanon Staub Public Library, 4675 Career Lane, North Port. Reynolds, a Punta Gorda resident, is a Florida master gardener and will discuss the Florida master naturalist program. For more information, visit www.northportfriendsofwildlife.org or call 941-876-3720.

AMVETS dinner

Sons of AMVETS Post 312 hosts dinner with advanced sales required. The event takes place from 5-7 p.m. Nov. 17 and includes prim rib, baked potato, dessert and salad for $12. Reservations are required by Nov. 15. Money raised go to the building fund. For more information, call 941-429-5403. 

Safe boating

Venice Sail and Power Squadron hosts America’s Boating Coarse from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17. The cost is $50. The class is at Waymire Training Center, 1450 Lucaya Ave., Venice. Registration is required by Nov. 10. In Florida, a boating safety ID card is required for boat operators born after Jan. 1, 1988 which is issued after successfully completely the course. For more information, call 941-244-8331.

Toy drive

North Port Women for the Moose holds a toy drive Saturday, Nov. 10. Those who bring in a $10 toy or donation receive a hamburger or hot dog dinner. Dinner is from 5-7 p.m. with a cake walk at 7 p.m. The moose is at 14156 Tamiami Trail, North Port. 

Bake sale

AMVETS 2000 Ladies Auxiliary hosts a bake sale starting at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17 until the items are sold out. Proceeds benefit auxiliary-sponsored charities. The post is at 401 Ortiz Blvd., Warm Mineral Springs. For more information, call 941-429-1999.

Casino trip

San Pedro Holy Name Society hosts a one-day trip leaving at 8 a.m., Monday, Nov. 19. The cost is $25 per person. For more information, call Ron 941-416-5559.

Garden club

North Ports Allamanda Garden Club meets from 1-4 p.m. Nov. 16 at Trinity United Methodist Church, 4285 Wesley Lane, in North Port. Master gardener Lisa Colburn will present "Art and Whimsy in the Garden." It is also preparing for its Dec. 7 garden show. For more information, contact Emily Panek at 941-423-0743. 

Volunteers needed

North Port Meals on Wheels is seeking volunteers to be drivers or kitchen assistants available to work midday once a week for a few hours for meal preparation or delivery. To volunteer or for more information, call Terry Repose at 941-685-6969 or email npmealsonwheels@gmail.com.

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. at the Mid County Regional Library, Forrest Nelson Blvd., Port Charlotte.

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://www.pbs.org/pov/)

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

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.

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 www.pggc.org or the Punta Gorda Garden Club's Facebook page.

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 Nov. 15, 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 Sergeant Diane 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 by clicking here so that room capacity can be monitored. The event is also listed on the CCSO Facebook Page.

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.

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 Couny 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 8 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.

'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, Dr Bill 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 sfscott2011@hotmail.com.

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 Nov. 15 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 galvinsusan242@gmail.com.

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 PG 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 www.pggc.org, or club Facebook page.

Community Redevelopment Agency meeting set

The Charlotte County Board of 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 Nov. 13, 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 5th annual Beaujolais celebration from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Nov. 15, 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 alicata@dcwis.com.

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 kays-ponger.com. 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.

Women's Forum to host lunch

The Peace River Federated Republican Women's Forum will meet on Wednesday, at the Punta Gorda Isles Country Club, 1780 West Marion Ave. The meeting will begin at noon and end at 1 p.m. Social time is from 11:30 a.m. to noon. Guest speaker will be Roger Eaton, Charlotte County Clerk of Court. Lunch is $20 for members and $22 for guests. For reservations email peaceriverforum@gmail.com or call 941-916-7224. Reservations must be made no later than Nov. 9.

Greatest Hits from Opera to Broadway

LLI will host Maestro Raffaele Ponti of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra for his first “Behind the Notes” presentations of the 2018-2019 season at 4 p.m. on Nov. 16, at Florida SouthWestern State college at 26300 Airport Road, Punta Gorda.

Registration can be made in advance online at LLI’s website (lifelonglearning-charlotte.org) or in the LLI campus office, Room B114 on the Charlotte campus of Florida SouthWestern State College. Admission of $20 per person is also available at the door on the day of the presentation and payment can be made by credit card, check or cash.

Volunteer with AARP Tax-Aide

AARP Tax-Aide needs volunteers for this tax season. You'll be helping people in your own community with a much needed service that's free, individualized and has no strings attached. You will work with taxpayers directly; filling out tax returns and helping them seek a refund. Experience isn't necessary-we'll train you on the latest tax preparation forms and software. Love working with people? Be a greeter. You will welcome taxpayers, help organize their paperwork and manage the overall flow of service. Contact us at www.aarp.org/taxaide or give us a call locally at 941-625-2285 and ask for Steve.

48th Annual Christmas Bazaar

The Cultural Center, 2280 Aaron St., Port Charlotte, will host its 47th Annual Christmas Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 9 and 10, and from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Nov. 11. Admission is free all three days. Over 80 vendors will be available to offer an array of great handmade crafts, gifts, retail items and more. Free pictures with Santa will be taken from noon until 2 p.m. each day in Centennial Hall. Beaches Café will be serving a convenient menu of favorites. There will also be a cookie sale, famous strawberry shortcake, apple dumplings and other delicious delights. Prize drawings will take place daily. Live music on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, as well as special deals in the Thrift Shops and Centennial Hall. Bingo will be offered Friday and Saturday in the music room beginning at 10 a.m. with $15 game packs available. For more information, call 941-625-4175 or visit www.theculturalcenter.com.

Charlotte County Delegation Meeting

State Representative Michael Grant, Chairman of the Charlotte County Legislative Delegation, announced the date of the annual Charlotte County Delegation Meeting, along with the deadline for filing local bills for consideration during the 2019 Legislative Session. The Delegation will convene from 9 a.m. to noon on Dec. 6 at the Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association, 2001 Shreve St., Punta Gorda, to conduct local business including a public hearing on local bills and other issues of public interest. Charlotte’s delegation includes the Senator from Senate District 23, the Senator from Senate District 26, and Representative Michael Grant, House District 75.

Local governmental bodies, special interests, and citizens wishing to address the delegation must contact the chairman’s office no later than 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30, 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 fax, e-mail or U.S. mail -- at the office of the chairman by the deadline. Likewise, any printed materials intended for inclusion in the meeting package (6 copies, 3-hole punched) must be received by the deadline.

The deadline for filing local bills with the delegation chairman is also 4 p.m. on Nov. 30. 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 Representative Michael Grant, 4355 Pinnacle Street, Suite C, Charlotte Harbor, FL 33980.

The public is welcome and encouraged to attend this annual meeting. For further information, contact Representative Grant’s office at 941-613-0914.

Genealogy Society to meet

The Southwest Florida Genealogy Society will hold its next meeting at 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 17, at the Mid-County Library, 2050 Forrest Blvd., Port Charlotte. The program, "Surfin' with SWFLGGS" will be presented by Dottie Baugh. Come learn about the website and Facebook page. For more information, visit https://swflgg.org.

Seeking mentors

The Homeless Students Gap Fund of Charlotte County is seeking mentors to provide students the extra attention they need to solve problems, build skills and enhance competence. Training will be provided on Nov. 14 and 15 from 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at the Port Charlotte Middle School, 2300 Midway Blvd., Port Charlotte. For more information, contact Nancy Cwynar, ncwynar@gapfund.org or call 941-676-2018.

Salvation Army holiday volunteer opportunities

The Salvation Army has numerous volunteer opportunities for this holiday season. They include organizing a food drive at your business, school, church or neighborhood; Serve food, greet people, set up and clean up at the Community Thanksgiving afternoon meal from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 22; “Ring the Bell” at a kettle location for a 4-hour minimum period, an entire day or even the whole kettle season. There are many other ways to volunteer. To learn more, contact Lisa.A.Davis@uss.salvationarmy.org or call 941-629-3170 Ext. 403.

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