Memorial Day was first observed in 1868. The celebration memorialized the sacrifices of the Civil War and the proclamation was made by General John A Logan. Following the proclamation, participants decorated graves of more than 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers. In years since World War …

Punta Gorda Library, 424 W. Henry St., hosts a free program, Yoga Tots Storytime, from 10:15 a.m. 10:45 a.m. on Fridays for children ages 12-36 months. Bring your toddler, towels or yoga mat to stretch your mind and muscles with a story and fun yoga poses. For more information, call 941-833-…

Burnt Store Presbyterian Church members, Kathy Tardy and Mary Will, worked with the students at the Crossroads Good Hope Academy on a project to develop butterflies. The boys took larva to caterpillars and the butterflies developed. This educational experience culminated with a butterfly rel…

In last week’s column I mentioned all the “important” dates in the month of August and already this week celebrations occurred for National Girlfriends Day, National Mountain Climbing Day, National Raspberry Cream Pie Day and National Ice Cream Sandwich Day. Don’t fret if you missed those, b…

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Rotary is an international charitable organization comprised of professional and business leaders whose goals are humanitarian service, high ethical standards and the promotion of goodwill and peace around the world. The Punta Gorda Rotary’s mission, like that of Rotary International, is bot…

On Saturday, July 28, New Operation Cooper Street, along with the City of Punta Gorda, held its inaugural summer picnic/block party at the Cooper Street Recreational Center. Families enjoyed food vendors, music and games.

Over 700 people attended the “Logan Strong, Belisle strong” fundraising event held on Saturday, July 21 at Hurricane Charley’s Raw Bar and Grill in Punta Gorda. The “Tight Lines For Logan” fishing tournament was held earlier in the day. The event included a silent auction, raffles and it sol…

A little rain didn’t stop folks from strolling thru downtown Punta Gorda on Thursday, July 19. Alive After 5, sponsored by the Downtown Merchants Association, held “Christmas in July”, with live music, car shows, wine and food tastings, shopping and dining at many of the downtown businesses.

Last Saturday evening the Orient Express “left” the Punta Gorda station and was another successful fundraiser for the Fred Lang Foundation. What an honor to serve with such a wonderful group of board of directors and volunteers. We have already started working on next year’s “Summer of Love,…

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The second annual Kiwanis Benefit Dart Tournament was held on the Thursday, July 19 at the Icehouse Pub in Punta Gorda.

Mochi is a St. Bernard rescued by her mom, Carla Rickert, and currently resides in Burnt Store Village. Mochi is not an international celebrity just because she has a sunny disposition. She is in the Guinness World Records because she is the dog with the world’s longest tongue. She and her m…

The Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor & Convention Bureau is pleased to announce Julie Pennock and Brynja Phipps joined more than three hundred tourism industry professionals from across the United States, at Southeast Tourism Society’s (STS) 27th Annual Marketing College. Ms. Pennock …

On Friday July 13, Sabor Latino, a night of Latin food, music, dance, coffee and more, was held at the Towles Plaza in Punta Gorda. The evening began with a Latin buffet at Cilantro’s Restaurant, a Zumba and POUND demonstration at Curves by Zumba, and then on to The Bean on 41, where Latin c…

The Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center was full of talent and entertainment on Saturday, July 14, for the 2018 Charlotte Idol finals. Eighteen finalists performed a song of their choice to hopefully be chosen to continue their quest for the title. Entertainment was provided by memb…

Last Friday I kicked off my weeked with the Punta Gorda Chamber’s Sabor Latino, or Latin night, an evening of Latin food, music, dance and coffee. We started the evening off at Cilantro’s Restaurant with a Latin buffet full of traditional deliciousness followed by a visit to Curves where we …

The summer heat did not stop the Southwest Florida German Shepherd Rescue from participating in a dog rescue event on Saturday, July 14 at TT’s Tiki Bar, behind the Four Points Sheraton in Punta Gorda, overlooking the Charlotte Harbor. People stopped by to inquire about the rescue, founded b…

An unveiling of the new arts exhibit was held on Thursday, July 12 at the Wyvern Hotel in downtown Punta Gorda. From the lobby of the hotel, to each guest floor, local artists have the opportunity to showcase their artwork as well as sell their pieces. Artwork is rotated every six months thr…

The Visual Arts Center, 210 Maud St., Punta Gorda, recently held its Art Explorer’s Club summer camp. Each day is a unique art experience with a different media, instructor and project‑drawing, pottery, jewelry, clay, watercolor & more. Classes are grouped for age-appropriate lessons, an…

The Sunrise Kiwanis Shoes for Kids project collects new tennis shoes for children (pre-K, elementary, middle, and high) in the Charlotte County Public School System. The need for the 2018-2019 school year is 5,000 new pairs of sneakers. Sunday, July 22 is the last day to drop off a new pair …

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The new activity pool has opened at South County Regional Park, 670 Cooper St., Punta Gorda. Its most recent addition is the new kid’s activity pool which is located just off the main pool area. It features a transitional shallow wading pool with a small slide, downspouts, bubblers and many …

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The lineup for the third annual Big Orange Music Fest has been announced. The festival will be held on Saturday, Nov. 3 at Laishley Park. Nick Nemec and his father, Matt, who form Edgewater Events, landed Trombone Shorty and Lukas Nelson for the event.

Visual Arts Center members select three works to feature in the Member’s Showcase, on display in the Main Gallery from June 23 through July 20. The awards reception for the Member’s Showcase was held on June 28. At the reception, artists were recognized and a total of $800 was awarded to fir…

The Military Heritage Museum’s Annual 4th of July “Party on the Roof Top,” was held on Wednesday, July 4, at the Herald Court Parking Garage, in Punta Gorda. The rain did not stop the attendees from having a great time and the rain cleared up in time for the fireworks display.