Largest tailgate party returns

Punta Gorda’s largest tailgate party returns at 11 a.m. on Saturday, for college football’s Rivalry Weekend. Laishley Park will be turned into an all out tailgate party including two super LED megatron’s, TVs, sports bars, DJ, food trucks, Hooters Girls, corn hole tournaments, yard games, Kidz Zone and more. Featured Games Michigan vs. Ohio State, Alabama vs. Auburn and Florida State vs. Florida plus many more. The tailgate is only $5, so bring the family and root for your favorite team in a festive atmosphere.

Southwest Florida’s Fallen Hero’s Wreath Program

This program started in Philadelphia in 2014 for fallen Police Officer John Pawlowski. The family was inspired by the national “Wreaths Across America” for Veterans. They are working to spread this memorial until it is nationwide. The National website is Legion Rider member Bud Boyer is Southwest Florida’s Chapter President. Help is needed to assemble the wreaths, which will be distributed on the first Saturday in December to our local fallen Police Officers, First Responders, and Firemen’s gravesites. Help to assemble wreaths at 2 p.m. on Sunday, at American Legion Post 103, 2101 Taylor Road, Punta Gorda For more information, contact Bud at 609-846-4221 or by email at

Haunted history tours scheduled

The popular Haunted History of Punta Gorda Walking Tour is a two-mile, two-hour paranormal trip through historic Punta Gorda. Tour guide Evie Alexander shares 30+ historical references throughout the course of the tour. The Thanksgiving weekend schedule is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on today and from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday. Cost is $29 for adults and $19 for kids under 17. Toddlers 3 and under in strollers are free. Reserve at or by phone at 941-276-6384.

Still time to enter the parade

There’s still time to put a float, decorated car or truck or your performing unit in the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce’s 40th Annual Christmas Parade. The parade will step-off on Dec. 8 at noon from Charlotte High School, head north on Taylor and disband at the Event Center. Christmas through the Years is the theme of the parade.

More than 60 businesses and organizations have already registered for this family-friendly event, and we have plenty of space for more! Decorate your car or truck and be sure to have a sign on it to promote your business. Grab your friends and sing and dance your way up Taylor Road. Enjoy some team building as you decorate a float.

Awards will be presented at the Chamber’s Dec. 9 Third Wednesday Coffee. To register, please call 941-627-2222 or visit the newsroom at

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, or club Facebook page.

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.

Christmas tea fundraiser

The Punta Gorda Womans Club will be hosting a fundraiser for its many charities at 12:30 p.m. on Dec. 2 at the Historical Womans Club Building, 118 Sullivan St., Punta Gorda. The theme this year a special holiday tea. Jackie Pierce will perform a wonderful and heartwarming one woman show, of a heartwarming rendition of “A Cup of Christmas Tea.” Join for tea and scones, wine and cheese, a light lunch, auctions and door prizes. Tickets contribution is $35 and tickets are limited. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Lynn at 941-639-5081.

NARFE plans luncheon

National Active and Retired Federal Employees Chapter 2194, Peace River, will hold its annual Holiday Luncheon meeting at 11 a.m. on Dec. 4, at the Elks Lodge 2606, 25538 Shore Drive, Punta Gorda. Entertainer Rita Beach will put us in a holiday mood and the Elks staff will provide a tasty turkey or ham dinner, with all the trimmings. RSVP to 765-506-0937 no later than Thursday, Nov. 29. The $14 ticket includes salad, entree, dessert, beverage, tax and tip, plus entertainment and door prizes. Since the Chapter is supporting the rest of the cost as a gift to members and their guests, please invite a friend or prospective member to join us to jump-start their holiday. This meeting is open to all Active and Retired Federal Employees and Survivor Annuitants. For more information, call 571-259-4280.

Walkabout at Charlotte Flatwoods Environmental Park

Join Peace River Audubon at Charlotte Flatwoods on Dec. 4 at 15801 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda, located in southern Charlotte County. Meet in the parking area at 8 a.m. for a birding walk around Spartina Marsh. The trail is 1.7 miles and meanders through pine flatwoods, depressional marshes, and around a freshwater pond. Make sure to bring binoculars, hiking shoes, water, and a hat and sunscreen. For more information, call 941-286-7638.

CSO Composers luncheon set

The Phantoms of the Orchestra, a volunteer group which supports the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, will hold its third monthly Composers Luncheon of this concert season from noon to 1 p.m. on Dec. 6, at the Punta Gorda Woman’s Club, 118 Sullivan St., Punta Gorda, and is open to the public. Guests are welcome.

The program will be a short PowerPoint presentation by Phantoms President, Dr. Sharon MacLaren, featuring composers whose music will be performed at the Dec. 16 CSO concert. The cost is $15, which includes a complimentary glass of wine. Make reservation by calling Janet Wilcox at 813-708-3292 by noon on Dec. 4.

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.

Chanukah celebration

The public is cordially invited to join for the holiday celebration of Chanukah at 7 p.m. on Dec. 8, (seventh night of Chanukah) for the lighting of the Menorah in front of the main entrance to Fishermen’s Village, 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda. Each night an additional light is kindled until the Menorah is ablaze with eight beautiful lights in celebration of Chanukah. The message of the menorah is a universal one, expressing the importance of bringing light, warmth and holiness to the darkest places. Chabad of Charlotte County, Rabbi Jacobson will be among those who will light the candles. Children participating will receive Chanukah treats. There will be a children’s performance by ‘The junior jacappelia.’ For more information, call 941-833-3381 or

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.

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 or email:

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

Bluegrass Saturday

Southwind Bluegrass Band is scheduled to perform at the next Bluegrass Saturday at 2 p.m. on Dec. 15 at Harbor Heights Park, 27420 Voyageur Drive, Punta Gorda. Monthly Bluegrass Saturday concerts showcase local and regional Bluegrass bands. A $5 donation is requested, along with one canned-good for the local food bank.

Bluegrass Saturday takes place outdoors in a tree shaded area Bring lawn chairs for seating. For more infomration, call 941-626-5399, or email

Paddle Shell Creek

Paddle Shell Creek from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Jan. 16. This is the longer upstream paddle to the shallows and Cypress Knee Garden with Florida Master Naturalist, Rick Fried, who lives on the creek. Bring your lunch. Participants must provide pfd, watercraft and be able to swim. Voluntary donations to Sierra Club are gratefully accepted. Reservations required. Call 941-637-8805.

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


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