Celebrate Veterans

Suncoast One Title invites the public to join for a celebration of our great nation’s Veterans at the Laishley Park pavilions, near the Vietnam Wall of South West Florida from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. Come out and celebrate the sacrifice and service of the veterans in our community. $5 for a plate of food. Free food for veterans and their families, with proper ID. For information contact Tyler Crane at tyler.crane@veteranexcursions.com.

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 Nov. 11. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

FUN Arts Festival

The Visual Arts Center, 210 Maud St., Punta Gorda will host, The FUN Arts Festival at 6 p.m. on Nov. 16. This gala will culminate a month long celebration of art. Coinciding with the event, the FUN Arts Festival exhibit will feature art from artists around the area celebrating the master artists that inspire them, on display through Nov. 16 in Goff Gallery.

The event is centered around six local celebrities who will be paired with six local professional artists to create a one-of-a-kind piece of art. Our local celebs are Stacey Deffenbaugh-Meyer, Kim Devine, Dr. Corey Girwood, Carlton Hughes, Carmel Kisiday and Jake Williams. Our celebrities are raising funds on Crowdrise for the chance to select their artist and support the Visual Arts Center.

At the FUN Arts Festival Gala, celebrities will unveil their creations and the community can vote for the people’s choice award. Judges will determine a winner as well. This event will be a lively reception with appetizers, entertainment, beer and wine and more.

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.

Wine + Music with Mindi Abair

Mindi Abair and The Boneshakers, Keb’ Mo’, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, The Greg Billings Band and Shawn Brown will be appearing from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Nov. 17, on the lawn of the Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center, 75 Taylor St., Punta Gorda. Tickets for show only, are $50 – bring a lawn chair. No coolers, beer, soda, water, wine, liquor all available for purchase, along with food items. VIP tickets area available for $100, and includes pre-show reception with cash bar and hors d’oeuvres provided. Meet Mindi and have CDs signed in a private environment. Chat with her and her guests.

Post-show meet ‘n greet with Mindi and stage-front seating and dance area. For more information, call the Chamber at 941-639-3720 or visit the website at www.puntagordachamber.com.

Nature Festival planned

The 19th annual Nature Festival will be taking place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 17, at Laishley Park in downtown Punta Gorda, Florida. The Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program together with other festival sponsors including the City of Punta Gorda, Charlotte County, Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast, Lemon Bay Conservancy, Mosaic, Peace River Audubon and WGCU Public Media are providing this free family- friendly event to celebrate and educate our citizens about the exceptional natural environment of Southwest Florida.

The festival will feature more than 30 exhibitors and vendors, children’s activities such as face painting, make-and-take nature crafts, animals, games and prizes, music, and more. Presentations and guided walks on native plants and wildlife will be led on-site. Food trucks featuring delicious food, drinks, and desserts for purchase will also be available.

Annual craft fair planned

Eagle Point MHP, located at 10303 Burnt Store Road, Punta Gorda, will be holding its 12th Annual Craft Fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 17. There will be a bake sale, raffle table, Christmas table along with many one of a kind crafters. A luncheon is provided at a nominal cost. The event is free to the public. For more information, call 860-324-9513.

Lighting of the Village

The official “Lighting of the Village” will take place on Nov. 17 at Fishermen’s Village, Marion Avenue, Punta Gorda. The festivities begin at 5 p.m. at Santa arrives at the Village followed by an official ribbon cutting at 5:30 p.m. This celebration is the official kick off of the annual “Festival of Lights, a display of more than one million lights and themed decorations. Admission is free, but patrons are encouraged to bring toilet paper, paper towels and bleach to be donated to “Share the Blessings Ministry,” an all volunteer nonprofit charity benefiting those in need in Charlotte County.

Due to the popularity of this event, parking will fill up fast. Overflow parking will be available at the former IMPAC building, 900 W. Marion Ave., and Five Star Realty, 1203 W. Marion Ave. Golf carts will be available for transportation from parking to the Village entrance.

For more information, call 941-639-8721 or visit www.fishville.com.

Paddle Punta Gorda

Sign up for Paddle Punta Gorda and experience a kayaking adventure on one of seven area waterways. The 8 a.m. on Nov. 17 event is sponsored by TEAM Punta Gorda. Registration can be made online at www.teampuntagorda.org. Participation is limited to 20 kayakers per waterway, 18 or older, for a total of 140. An after-party will be held at Laishley Park and will include lunch, free beer and more. Cost is $30 per paddler, payable in advance. For more information, email team@teampuntagorda.org or call 941-637-TEAM.

Turkey in the Hole Celebration

Gator Wilderness Camp School, 44930 Farabee Road, Punta Gorda, will host its annual Turkey in the Hole Celebration Meal and Fundraiser Auction on Nov. 17. It is a family fun day starting at 9:30 a.m. Campsite tours run until 11 a.m., from 10 a.m. to noon will be children’s games, followed by a dinner at noon. A program will be performed by the boys at 1 p.m. and at 1:30 p.m. the auction will begin. The event is free and open to the public.

Turkey Trot 2018

The 20th annual Turkey Trot, 5K run/fun walk, will be held at 7:30 a.m. on Nov. 22, at FSW State College, 26300 Airport Road, Punta Gorda. Proceeds benefit Charlotte County Habitat for Humanity. For more information or to register for this Thanksgiving tradition, visit www.charlottecountryhfh.org.

Observatory at FSW

The James & Barbara Moore Observatory located on the Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW) Charlotte Campus, 26300 Airport Road, Punta Gorda, has opened for the 2018-2019 season. Observation sessions are held on the first Friday of each month and begin 30-45 minutes after dark, outdoors and weather permitting. Sessions are free and open to the public. Schedule of Observatory Viewing Sessions are as scheduled for Dec. 7, Jan. 4, 2019; Feb. 1, 2019; March 1, 2019; April 5, 2019; May 3, 2019. Additional observation sessions may be scheduled or changed depending on celestial events. For more information or for a full schedule of observatory events, call 941-637-3518 or 941-637-5652, or visit https://www.fsw.edu/charlotte/observatory.

Craft Fair and Awareness event planned

Charlotte Harbor Evening’s Rotary Club is hosting a Craft Fair and Awareness Event on from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 1, under the pavilion at Laishley Park in Punta Gorda. There are a few covered spaces still available for interested crafters for $30, with an additional $10 for electrical. Money raised benefits the Tender Hearts Partnership, a local non-profit whose mission is to provide safe, fun, peer-based free events and activities for the intellectually challenged residents of our community. For vendor information, contact Suzanne van Drus at 941-662-7753.

Chamber Annual Christmas Parade

The Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce’s 40th Annual Christmas Parade will be at noon on Dec. 8 from Charlotte High School, north on Taylor and to disbanding at the Event Center. Christmas through the Years is the theme. Awards will be presented to first, second and third place winners in a variety of categories – Best Float (flatbeds or trailers), Best Decorated Car or Pickup Truck, and Best Marching/Performing Unit and will be announced and presented at the Third Wednesday Coffee on Dec. 19. Deadline to enter is Nov. 12. For more information, contact the Chamber office at 941-627-2222.

Charlotte Chorale’s annual Christmas Concert

Join in celebrating the Christmas Season with The Charlotte Chorale’s annual Christmas Concert, “A Season of Hope,” at 4 p.m. on Dec. 9, at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center, 701 Carmalita St., Punta Gorda. “A Season of Hope” will transport you back to a simpler time of Christmas memories of children, family, friends, good food and warm wishes.

Reserved seat tickets can be purchased by calling 941-204-0033. Adults $25, students $10, payment by credit card available. Ask about season ticket discounts. For more information, visit www.charlottechorale.com or email: thecharlottechorale@yahoo.com.

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.

Players to present ‘Singin’ in the Rain’

The Charlotte Players will present “Singin’ in the Rain on Feb. 15-24, at Charlotte Performing Arts Center, 701 Carmalita St., Punta Gorda. The “Greatest Movie Musical of All Time” is faithfully and lovingly adapted by Broadway legends from their original award-winning screenplay. Each unforgettable scene, song and dance is accounted for, including the show-stopping title number. Hilarious situations, snappy dialogue and a hit-parade score of Hollywood standards. Seating is reserved for all shows. Ticket prices vary. For more information, call 941-255-1022 or visit www.charlotteplayers.org.

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