Mini-workshop for teachers planned

The local chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, a group of Key Women Educators, is holding a free mini-workshop entitled Coffee, Donuts, and Literacy from 9 a.m. to noon on Sept. 29 at Murdock Baptist Church, 18375 Cochran Blvd., Port Charlotte. Certified teachers of reading and general education will present four literacy topics of interest designed for teachers, parents, students, and interested community members. In-service points for educators available as well as free continental breakfast, free books, and networking. For more information visit www.// For free workshop registration email us

Comedy For A Cause

Don’t miss the sixth annual Comedy For A Cause today, at the Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center, 75 Taylor St., Punta Gorda. It’s the funnest, funniest fundraiser around. Enjoy a delicious dinner while local celebs entertain with side-splitting improvisational antics. Tickets for the dinner and show are $85 or $25 for the show only. For more information, call 941-255-1022 or visit

Floridians to hold meeting

The Floridians will hold its September meeting on Sept. 18, beginning with coffee at 9:30 a.m., at St. James Episcopal Church, 1365 Viscaya Drive, Port Charlotte. The program will feature Leslie Martin, Executive Director, from Jesus Loves You Ministry, Inc., a mobile outreach for the homeless in SW Florida. The Floridians is a civic-minded, social organization that meets monthly, September through May. Group activities include visits to area cultural events, concerts and local attractions as well as active flight bridge, lunch bunch and book discussion groups. The Club also raises money to donate to local charities. For more information, call 941-255-6995.

El Jobean Fishing Pier to be closed

El Jobean Fishing Pier, 5001 El Jobean Road in El Jobean, will be closed Sept. 17-20 for asphalt repairs on the walking path and handicap parking spots. Please use caution around the construction area. For information, contact Brenda Sisk at 941-833-3824 or

Basket Bingo scheduled

The Animal Welfare League will hold a Basket Bingo from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 21 at the Fraternal Order of Eagles, 23111 Harborview Road, Port Charlotte. Tickets are $25 for 10 rounds of Bingo for a chance to win a gift basket worth at least $50 per game. Tickets are available at the shelter's adoption building, 3519 Drance St., Port Charlotte. For more information, call 941-625-6720.

Free seminar offered

“Are You Prepared for Disability or Incapacitation?” is the question Charlotte State Bank & Trust Vice President Christine Hause will be asking at a free seminar from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. today, at the Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association, 2001 Shreve St. Speaking from a Trust officer’s perspective, Christine will address issues you should consider to ensure that your care and affairs will be handled according to your wishes. Call the association at 941-637-1655 to register or get more information.

Amp'd Youth car wash

Community Life Center is holding a car wash for its Amp’d youth group from noon to 4 p.m. on Sept. 15, at the Punta Gorda office of Charlotte State Bank & Trust, 2331 Tamiami Trail. The church is raising money to help fund trips to the Rise youth conference in November at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando. The mission of the Amp’d youth group is “to empower students to be their best selves through building a relationship with Christ.” The group meets in the Children’s & Youth Facility at Community Life Center every Wednesday beginning at 6:45 p.m. The center is located at 19048 Edgewater Drive, Port Charlotte. For more information on the church, visit the website at or call 941-629-0999 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Local Chapters of Business Women

The Punta Gorda/Port Charlotte Chapter of Business Women will hold its next lunch meeting from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sept. 20 at Isles Yacht Club, 1780 West Marion Ave., Punta Gorda. Guest speaker will be Jacquye Schimmel with K9 Fit Club. Cost is $20 per person and vegetarian and special dietary meals are available upon request. For more information or to make a reservation, call 239-985-0400 or email

Fred Lang Front Nine

The Fred Lang Front Nine event will take place at 10 a.m. on Oct. 6 at various establishments throughout Punta Gorda. Play nine holes of putt-putt golf at nine different locations. Free shuttle is provided between locations. Cost is $100 per foursome. Register by Sept. 29 at any of the following participating locations: Beef O'Brady's, Belgian Monk, Burg'r Bar, Celtic Ray Public House, deans South of the Border, Hurricane Charley's, Ice House, Leroy's and Orange House Wine Bar. Proceeds benefit Charlotte Behavioral Health Care through the Fred Lang Foundations. For more information, call Jill at 412-973-0429 or Liz at 407-927-3882.

Players announce auditions

Auditions for the Charlotte Players production of “Arsenic and Old Lace” will be held on Sunday, Sept. 16, and Monday, Sept. 17, at the Charlotte Players Community Theater Center, 1182 Market Circle, Port Charlotte. Ian Bisset, who is directing this classic of American theater, is seeking adult actors of all ages. Auditions begin at 7 p.m. both days.

The New York Times said the play was “so funny that none of us will ever forget it.” The Players’ version will come to the Langdon Playhouse in November. Tickets are on sale now and available at or by calling 941-255-1022 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Rollin' on the River 

Harbor Heights Peace River Rotary will host "Rollin' on the River" from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Sept. 29 at the Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club, 4400 Lister St., Port Charlotte. This annual casino fundraising event benefits the students of Charlotte County through educational scholarships. Enjoy an evening of casino style gaming with a chance to win exciting raffle prizes. Tickets are $75 per person and includes, event, food, cash bar, five complimentary raffle tickets and $5,000 in casino money. For more information, call 941-916-9888 or email at

Punta Gorda Garden Club

The Punta Gorda Garden Club will resume its regular monthly meeting schedule at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 19, in the Fellowship Hall at the First United Methodist Church, 507 W. Marion Ave., Punta Gorda. This month's guest speaker will be Master Gardener, Lynn Buth who will present a program on invasive plants including information on how to identify these intruders in our Florida gardens and ways to control them. 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.

Job Fair scheduled

The local Charlotte County Human Resources Group is sponsoring a Job Fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 20 at the Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center, 75 Taylor St., Punta Gorda. 

This will be a great opportunity to meet and greet potential employers and colleges. Career related resources will be available. Bring multiple copies of your resume to offer to prospective employers. For more information, call Robin Roleson at 941-235-5900 Ext. 3252.

Pool to close for swim meet

South County Regional Park Pool will be closed Sept. 15 for Charlotte High School’s Tarpon Invitational swim meet. The pool will resume normal hours of operation on Sept. 16. For more information, contact Aquatics Coordinator Maria Eidam at 941-833-3809 or


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