JANSON, a leading firm that provides branding, analytics and strategic communications services to the Department of Defense (DoD), today announced that it has been selected by the Military Heritage Museum (MHM) to brand its upgraded museum experience at its new facility in southwest Florida.

Thanks to another year of successful fund raising and strong community support the Punta Gorda Garden Club is delighted to award PGGC Higher Education Scholarships of $2,000 each to six students from our local area. Three of the winners are seniors in nearby high schools and three are curren…

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The Charlotte Harbor Event Center in Punta Gorda, hosted the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Explorer Post 29 and Do The Right Thing third annual Public Safety Appreciation Night. The program honored Charlotte County public safety personnel and included a cocktail hour, dinner and entertainment.

A free week of quality (no electronics allowed) camp experience for children ages 9-13 is hard to find these days, but thanks to the Punta Gorda Elks, that’s exactly what 86 local kids recently experienced on 405 acres in Umatilla, Fla.

A total of 11,347 students enrolled during the 2018 spring semester at The University of Alabama were named to the Dean’s List with an academic record of 3.5 or above or the President’s List with an academic record of 4.0 (all A’s). Alexander Charles Bartis of Punta Gorda, was named to the D…

Auditions for the Charlotte Players production of Agatha Christie’s murder mystery “The Mousetrap” will take place on Sunday, July 8, and Monday, July 9, at the Charlotte Players Community Theater Center, 1100 Market Circle, Port Charlotte. Director Ken Crisp will be seeing actors at 7 p.m. …

On Thursday June 21, Alive After 5, sponsored by the Downtown Merchants 
Association, provided live music, wine and food tastings, tarot card readings, shopping and dining for those strolling thru town.

The SunCoast Statesmen director, 
Dr. Ray Danley, was highly honored by being named to the Barbershop Society’s Hall of Fame. Dr. Ray Danley joined the Society, then SPEBSQSA, in 1957. He holds an Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto (ARCT) in vocal performance and earned his Docto…

Julie Mathis makes it a point to talk to each of the new Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce board presidents before they take office.

On Thursday June 21, Alive After 5, sponsored by the Downtown Merchants Association, provided live music, wine and food tastings, tarot card readings, shopping and dining for those strolling through town.

Now that July 4th has come and gone you know what that means? It means the countdown to Christmas has begun. There are only 171 days until Christmas! But to help you get in the spirit and start your Christmas shopping, the Downtown Merchants Association will present “Christmas in July” from …

This would be the weekend to get caught up on all your sleep and get prepared for a fun-filled fourth of July in Punta Gorda. If you are one of those brave souls that participate in the Freedom Swim, I applaud you. It is one tradition that I will have to take a pass on. A couple years ago I …

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Members of The Italian Heritage Social Club recently held its monthly dinner/dance, “Sock Hop,” at the Punta Gorda Woman’s Club Building. Music was provided by the Don & Jo Show and included ’50s style music that got the crowd in the mood. You do not have to be Italian to join the club. …

The Lifelong Learning Institute (LLI) will offer a trip to tour and hear the history of the Vinoy Hotel in St. Petersburg. The historical account found on the Marriott website shows that it was built in just 
10 months and opened on New Year’s Eve in 1925.

Sea Grape Gallery is pleased to announce Natasha Peet as our 2018 scholarship winner. Natasha is a 2018 graduate of Charlotte High School. She was born and raised in Southwest Florida and lives in Punta Gorda. Her plans are to attend Florida State University and study Architecture and Psycho…

The Charlotte Community 
Services Department participated in the ninth annual World’s Largest Swim Lesson on on Thursday, June 21, 
at Charlotte South County Regional Park, Punta Gorda. Tens of thousands of people worldwide participated in the event highlighting the importance of water safet…

During the Division 15 Babe Ruth All-Star baseball tournament in North Fort Myers June 9-10, there was a sight that nobody has seen in years; kids in uniforms with the words “Punta Gorda” emblazoned on the front.

The Hope Academy of Music has expanded its program to the Boys and Girls Club of Charlotte County. The ten-week summer program currently has fifteen students. Most of them will enter middle school in August and some will enter elementary schools which will afford them the opportunity to cont…

Volunteering has always been part of my life. My parents raised me to give back to the community, no 
matter how small of a 
contribution of time and talent, it will make a difference.

As most of you know, when snowbird friends leave the area, the volunteer base for most nonprofits can decrease significantly in number. This can be a burden for most, considering those that are year-round resident volunteers have to“pick up the slack.” If you have ever thought of volunteerin…

On Sunday, June 10, 
Southwest German 
Shepherd Rescue held “Paws in The Park”, a German Shepherd event at TT’s Tiki Bar at the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Punta Gorda. There was a training demo, a large pack walk, speakers and more.

Italia at River City Grill, 127 W. Marion St., hosted the Meals on Wheels event, “Gala D’Tuscany,” 
on Sunday, June 10. This festive fundraising event included a select menu, cash bar, silent auction and raffles. Proceeds will help feed over 150 local residents. Meals on Wheels needs full ti…

On Thursday, June 14, F.M. Don’s and Chef Keith 
welcomed the the C.A.R.E. Auxiliary Society’s “Cooking with Care” event. Guests enjoyed a cooking demonstration by Chef Keith Meyer featuring gulf shrimp, pork tenderloin and chocolate mousse. Proceeds benefitted The Center for Abuse and Rape …

Here is how Green Living Green Planet is making a difference in our community through the Eat For Life and the Drink Out of Anything But Plastic Programs. This is the fourth year where children enter a contest to help healthy living in Charlotte County. Meridith Meerman, a school teacher at …

More than 1,000 students were named to the Spring 2018 President’s List at Tallahassee Community College. To qualify, students must earn a semester grade point average of 4.0. Local students named to the list include Shanice Gibbs of Punta Gorda and Hanna Strand of Punta Gorda.

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