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Children, adults and even the pets were dressed up on Halloween. The Isles Yacht Club held their annual pet costume party, and in downtown Punta Gorda everyone enjoyed the wonderful weather and vast array of candy.

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The second annual YMCA Harbor Nights dinner and auction was held on Oct. 20, at Laishley Park, in Punta Gorda. The event, sponsored by SKY Family YMCA, featured dinner, dancing, live entertainment and a silent auction. Proceeds benefit SKY Family YMCA’s charitable activities ranging from sch…

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The PGI Fishing Club volunteers recently took seven kids, from Crossroads Academy for a day of fishing on the harbor. This quarterly PGI Fishing Club event, with the help of Fishin’ Frank’s who supplied the bait, provided a fun fishing opportunity kids of all ages.

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On Thursday, Oct. 18, the monthly Third Thursday Wine Walk was held in downtown Punta Gorda. Folks enjoyed a leisurely stroll to all the stores, restaurants and non-profits downtown, where they enjoyed a tasting of different wines in each store. To participate in next month’s Wine Walk, you …

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They say that “offense bring in fans, but defense brings championships.” That was the case for the Charlotte JV football team as they used six turnovers to easily roll over Port Charlotte 31-7 last week. That win gave the Tarpons the Charlotte County Championship.

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It was “Jersey Day” at Peace River Elementary as the teachers and students came to school wearing their favorite team’s colors. There were both college and professional football teams represented along with a few baseball T-Shirts.

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Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens is celebrating its first anniversary after a year of growth on almost every front. The word that most accurately describes the garden’s past year is ‘more,’ as in more plants, more sculptures and more visitors who want to experience both.

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‘Muttini Mingle” was held in Fishermen’s Village, on Thursday, Oct. 4, in Punta Gorda. The “Mingle,” is held once a month, and sponsored by “Salty Paws.” Proceeds are donated to a local animal shelter.

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Punta Gorda Elks Lodge 2606, recently held its annual Octoberfest Celebration. The event, hosted by the Lodge “Past Exalted Rulers” association, featured a German-style dinner and beer, traditional music and participants in Octoberfest costume. According to Lodge leadership, the 2018 dinner …

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Award winning Saxophonist Mindi Abair will bring her music festival “Wine + Music” to the Charlotte Harbor event Center on Nov. 17. Mindi is in town to discuss her plans with Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce President John Wright, and to interview with iHeart radio Announcer Jeff Collins.

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Charlotte County is one step closer to having its own pickleball complex at Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW). PicklePlex of Punta Gorda at FSW recently signed a lease with FSW to begin construction on the first 16 courts.

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Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center is proud to host its 4th annual Harvest for the Harbor fundraiser from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Nov. 9. This magical evening takes place at the Laishley Park pavilions, offering a gorgeous view of Charlotte Harbor as the sun sets beneath the horizon, paintin…

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On Saturday, Oct. 6, Burnt Store Presbyterian Church, along with the Animal Welfare League, held its annual Blessing of the Animals. Blessings were given for 39 dogs, six cats, two birds and one very cuddly and furry rabbit.

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