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The Cottage Summer Kickoff: Art demonstrations, antique treasures, treats
Wed  Jun 28 2017 08:30AM
Southwest Florida residents and visitors who appreciate high-quality, affordable art and antiques are invited to enjoy a Summer Kickoff Celebration at The Cottage Art Gallery, a Nokomis Artists Cooperative located … Find out how to read more online.
Country music returns to Charlotte County with Ben Allen Band
Wed  Jun 28 2017 08:30AM
Nashville’s Top 40 country comes to Charlotte County for an incredible ladies’ night out at Porky’s Roadhouse. Showtime is 7 p.m. This is live country at its best performed by … Find out how to read more online.
Enjoy a psychedelic ’60s dance featuring Paisley Craze
Wed  Jun 28 2017 08:30AM
The Cultural Center will be hosting a 1960s Dance Party featuring Paisley Craze. The special event, which includes all live music and multiple cash bars, will be from 7 p.m. … Find out how to read more online.
Comedian, movie star Jamie Kennedy makes debut at Visani
Wed  Jun 21 2017 08:30AM
Visani, “The Castle on Kings Highway,” is ramping up its celebrity talent by bringing in movie star Jamie Kennedy. Jam actor, producer and comedian Jamie Kennedy’s recent work includes starring … Find out how to read more online.
Voices coming to Port Charlotte
Wed  Jun 21 2017 08:30AM
It will be a family reunion of sorts when contestants gather in Port Charlotte for the state finals of Talent Quest Florida, which bills itself as part of the “largest … Find out how to read more online.

Wed  Jun 7 2017 08:30AM
Some of you are already beat by the summer heat and the official first day of the season is two weeks away. School is out for summer break and your … Find out how to read more online.
Englewood Pioneer Days Parade and Festival
Wed  Jun 14 2017 08:30AM
This year’s 61st Annual Englewood Pioneer Days Parade and Festival theme is Beach Party — Englewood Style! It’s time to kick off the parade season with Grand Marshal nominations. Do … Find out how to read more online.
Lemon Bay Playhouse presents ‘Senior Follies’
Wed  Jun 14 2017 08:30AM
The Lemon Bay Playhouse’s upcoming show, “Senior Follies,” is the last production of the 2016-2017 season. The play is a comedy, written by Billy St. John and directed by Ric … Find out how to read more online.
SWFL SpaceCon makes debut in Fort Myers
Wed  Jun 7 2017 08:30AM
On June 10, Nexus9 will be hosting its first convention in Southwest Florida — SWFL SpaceCon — at the Crowne Plaza Hotel at Belltower Shops in Fort Myers. This one-day … Find out how to read more online.
Lemon Bay Playhouse presents ‘Senior Follies’
Fri  Jun 16 2017 08:07PM
The Lemon Bay Playhouse’s upcoming show, “Senior Follies,” is the last production of the 2016-2017 season. The play is a comedy, written by Billy St. John and directed by Ric … Find out how to read more online.
Florida band breaks out classic hits revival
Wed  Jun 21 2017 08:30AM
Complete with costume changes, choreography and even a little comedy, family members Dennis, Bonnie and Chad Johns make the “oldies” feel new again while performing ’50s through ’80s classic hits. … Find out how to read more online.
A tribute to Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin
Wed  Jun 28 2017 08:30AM
Let the countdown begin. The all new live entertainment super spot in Charlotte County is gearing up for a incredible All-star Concert event on Thursday, June 29, at Porky’s Roadhouse, … Find out how to read more online.
A day with Dad on the Suncoast
Wed  Jun 14 2017 08:30AM
Poor Dad. Every year, his special day is overshadowed by Mother’s Day the month before and the July Fourth holiday the month afterward. As a result, there aren’t usually a … Find out how to read more online.
Sea Grape Gallery’s 2017 art scholarship winner has works on display
Wed  Jun 21 2017 08:30AM
Sea Grape Gallery named Rachel Dolce as its 2017 scholarship winner. Dolce is a 2017 graduate of Port Charlotte High School. Sea Grape Gallery is displaying Dolce’s creative artwork at … Find out how to read more online.
Comedy for a Cause sets cast
Wed  Jun 21 2017 03:03PM
The eight-member cast of this year’s Comedy for a Cause fundraiser was introduced at a kickoff at Donato’s Italian Restaurant in Port Charlotte on June 5. The local business and … Find out how to read more online.
Bluegrass comes to Fishermen’s Village
Wed  Jun 14 2017 08:30AM
Doug Gerdon calls bluegrass “front-porch music. It’s family-reunion music.” Visitors to Fishermen’s Village will have a chance to sit a spell with Gerdon and other bluegrass musicians from noon to … Find out how to read more online.
Venice Theatre Guild presents YESTERDAYZE
Wed  Jun 14 2017 08:30AM
The Venice Theatre Guild invites audiences to enjoy a night of nostalgia when YESTERDAYZE returns to the theater’s MainStage on Saturday, June 17. The high-energy six-piece band takes the stage … Find out how to read more online.
Comedian, actor Ernst at Visani
Fri  Jun 16 2017 08:07PM
Visani will be hosting an Italian super star in the making, Bret Ernst, from Thursday through Saturday, June 8-10. Born in New Jersey, Ernst went to high school at Plantation … Find out how to read more online.

Wed  Jun 7 2017 08:30AM

• The Charlotte County Family YMCA is taking registration for all of the YMCA’s 2017 Summer Camp Programs. Campers will find fun new ways to spend their summer through individual, …

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Loveland Village students shine in ‘Las Vegas … Under the Neon Lights’
Wed  May 31 2017 08:30AM
Students from Loveland Village who participate in the theater arts partnership with Venice Theatre will present four performances of the original musical, “Las Vegas … Under the Neon Lights.” “I … Find out how to read more online.


Singer revives ’60s & ’70s solo show
Wed  Jun 7 2017 08:30AM
If you’re a fan of local music, odds are pretty good that at some point you’ve crossed paths with California Toe Jam, the venerable garage band from Sebring. Recently, Harry … Find out how to read more online.
Venice Theatre presents ‘I Never Saw Another Butterfly’
Wed  May 31 2017 08:30AM
Venice Theatre will reprise its 2015 production of Celeste Raspanti’s play ‘I Never Saw Another Butterfly’ for two evenings only — June 4 and 5. This moving drama captured attention … Find out how to read more online.
‘Clue The Musical’ brings popular board game to life
Wed  May 31 2017 08:30AM
Whodunit? That’s what Broadway Palm needs your help discovering as they present “Clue The Musical.” The popular board game is now a fun-filled, interactive musical, which brings the world’s best … Find out how to read more online.
Versatile clay creations by Pat Kelly
Wed  May 31 2017 08:30AM
Potters belong to one of the oldest professions in the world, according to Pat Kelly. “When you think of it, our history is written in clay. Prehistoric human beings first … Find out how to read more online.
Experience West Indies culture at the West Indian Carnival
Wed  May 24 2017 08:30AM
There is a rich culture associated with the West Indies group of islands. Extending from the waters off southwestern Florida to the coast of Venezuela in South America, and the … Find out how to read more online.
Versatile clay creations by Pat Kelly
Wed  May 24 2017 08:30AM
Potters belong to one of the oldest professions in the world, according to Pat Kelly. “When you think of it, our history is written in clay. Prehistoric human beings first … Find out how to read more online.
Going country for a good cause
Wed  May 17 2017 08:30AM
Grab your boots and country duds or come as you are to this weekend’s Denim & Diamonds fundraiser planned by the Leadership Charlotte Class of 2017 (LC17) of the Charlotte … Find out how to read more online.
Gallagher bringing Sledge-O-Matic to Englewood
Wed  May 17 2017 08:30AM
There has never been a comedian quite like Gallagher. If you were around in the ’70s and ’80s, you most definitely saw him on TV, or if you were lucky, … Find out how to read more online.
‘Once on This Island, A Musical,’ tells a Caribbean love story
Wed  May 17 2017 08:30AM
Venice Theatre is delighted to present its final “Generations” show of the 2016-17 season, the Caribbean-flavored musical “Once on This Island.” This lively production is directed and choreographed by Brad … Find out how to read more online.

Wed  May 10 2017 08:30AM
“All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” — Abraham Lincoln She has been honored by the most powerful people in the world, … Find out how to read more online.
Feel the power at Monster Slam 2K17
Wed  May 31 2017 08:30AM
It’s been more than 10 years since monster trucks have been in Punta Gorda. They are coming back and will be featured at the new 4-17 Southern Speedway in Punta … Find out how to read more online.
Celebrate the suds
Wed  May 24 2017 08:30AM
It’s time to come on out and celebrate the suds at Venice’s annual homage to beer — the Brew Bash. This popular event is the perfect opportunity for beer aficionados, … Find out how to read more online.
Sportsology: Bringing the science of sport to the South Florida Museum
Wed  May 31 2017 08:30AM
We’re not the fastest, strongest or most agile species on the planet. For most of us, our survival doesn’t depend on our ability to outrun panthers, wrestle bears or outfox … Find out how to read more online.

Wed  May 17 2017 08:30AM
It’s not just about the flowers. Music will be as plentiful as petals during the 14th annual Hibiscus Festival, to be held Friday, Saturday, May 19-20, at music will be … Find out how to read more online.
Saddle up for fun — Enjoy Fifth Annual Memorial Day Barrel Race
Wed  May 24 2017 08:30AM
A production of the Arcadia Rodeo Association, the Fifth Annual Memorial Day Barrel Race is a popular two-day event that draws more competitors and spectators each time it’s held. This … Find out how to read more online.
Enjoy works by watercolor artist, potter at Sea Grape Gallery
Wed  May 24 2017 08:30AM
Through July 6, Sea Grape Gallery, 113 W. Marion Ave., Punta Gorda, will be featuring two of their artists, Joanne Stramara, watercolor artist, and Bonnie Benande, potter. Stramara grew up … Find out how to read more online.
‘Last Comic Standing’ alumni Joe Machi will be live at the castle
Wed  May 17 2017 08:30AM
“Last Comic Standing” alumni Joe Machi will be live at the castle, Visani on Kings Highway, Port Charlotte, May 18-20. In addition to his TV appearances, Machi is also the … Find out how to read more online.
St. Armands Seafood & Music Festival brings its flavor to Sarasota
Wed  May 17 2017 08:30AM
Fresh on the heels of a very successful such festival in Venice, the St. Armands Seafood & Music Festival will be making its debut on Saturday and Sunday, May 20-21. … Find out how to read more online.
The sweet fruit grown in DeSoto County to be showcased
Wed  May 17 2017 08:30AM
Everyone is aware that Florida is a large producer of citrus fruits, but here’s something you may not know — the state also grows more than 18 percent of the … Find out how to read more online.
Jungle Jam musical fundraiser
Wed  May 3 2017 08:30AM
Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary is launching a $500,000 capital campaign at a Jungle Jam musical fundraiser with Grammy Award-winning talent and local favorites along with self-guided tours … Find out how to read more online.


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