This Weeks Happenings 6/30/14

sea4th of July Festivities
Englewood Firecracker Festival – Patriotic family fun

returns to Englewood’s Dearborn Street when the Lemon Bay Sunrise
Rotary Club hosts the Englewood Firecracker Festival. Festivities begin at 10 a.m. with a musical lineup beginning with Kate
Keys and carrying through the day with Ellie Lee and Blues Fury, and The Mulch Brothers. Vendors will serve up fare including
hot dogs, hamburgers and pulled pork and a beer tent along with other chilled beverages will keep festival-goers cool.
Fireworks over Lemon Bay are anticipated to begin around 9 p.m. Admission is free and donations for the fireworks display
are being accepted. or 941.468.3050 Englewood
4th Fest 2014 Laishley Park Punta Gorda presented by Grande Aire. Water-Mania, featuring a dozen waterslides, is the
highlight of this family-friendly Fourth of July event in Laishley Park. Visitors can enjoy playing games, browsing through
displays and vendors, fun food and cooling off with ice-cold beverages. Gator Nate & The Gladezmen take the stage at
3:30 p.m. followed by The Boogiemen Rock-n-Soul Revue, a Fourth of July tradition, at 6 p.m. leading up to the patriotic
fireworks display over Charlotte Harbor. Following the fireworks finale, the band Jack Michael & Drive 31 will give a special
performance. The fireworks display, presented by the famous Santore Brothers of Garden State Fireworks, will begin at 9
p.m. over the spectacular Peace River. Gates open at 11 a.m. Admission is $3 for the fireworks display and a wrist band for
unlimited daily use of the waterslides is $10. Laishley Park, Punta Gorda, or 941.637.5953
Punta Gorda
23rd Annual Charlotte Harbor Freedom Swim – 4th of July Celebration – Hundreds of swimmers are anticipated to make a
patriotic splash during the 23rd Annual Charlotte Harbor Freedom Swim across the Peace River. This 1.5 mile leisurely swim
requires the exercising of common sense (including swimming with a buddy) and courtesy. Many participants in this annual
“blobblefest” will wear red, white and blue attire while floating on neon foam noodles or paddling either a standup paddleboard
or kayak. Remember, this is not a race but a happening. The Freedom Swim is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. and
participants are encouraged to arrive early for the discussion with swimmers. Participants will swim from the public beach at
the west side of the north end of the southbound U.S. 41 Bridge in Charlotte Harbor to Fishermen’s Village in Punta Gorda.
Reach the public beach either by traversing the shoreline under the two bridges, or from the west side of the U. S. 41 right
of way walk directly onto the beach without trespassing on the private property between the beach and the former Sea
Horse Marina. The trolley will be running between Fishermen’s Village and the public beach between 8 a.m. and noon. Vessels
will be required to operate at idle speed in the Peace River Channel from the U.S. 41 Bridge to Marker Number 2 while
swimmers are in the Channel. For more details: 941.661.5622 or Punta Gorda
Annual 4th of July Celebration at Fishermen’s Village Waterfront Mall Fishermen’s Village will host their annual 4th of
July Celebration beginning with welcoming Charlotte Harbor Freedom Swim participants at 9 a.m. Family-friendly activities
can be enjoyed from 11 am to 4 pm and live music with the Garbage Men is from noon to 3 pm and The Kollections from 5
pm to 9 pm. The evening ends with a spectacular fireworks finale over Charlotte Harbor beginning at 9 pm. Admission and
parking are free. For more details: or 941.639.8721 Punta Gorda
Military Heritage Museum’s July 4th Party on the Roof – Watch the fireworks from the best spot in town! Top of the Herald
Court Parking Garage, Downtown Punta Gorda $20 per person, $200 for a table of 10. Free hearty hors d’oeuvres, cash bar,
music and dancing with Gator DJ 7:00 p.m. Sign up at or by calling 941.575.9002. Punta Gorda
The Wyvern Hotel 4th of July Celebration – Rooftop BBQ & Pool Party with live music by American Made, perfect view and
great food. For more details: 941.639.7700. Punta Gorda
THIS WEEK’S Happenings
June 30, 2014
Charlotte Harbor offers a wide array of activities to enjoy.
Below is a sampling of happenings going on this week in our community.
For our full listing of events, log on to
THIS WEEK’S Happenings
4th of July Festivities – continued
Harpoon Harry’s 4th of July’s Celebration, the terminus for the annual Charlotte Harbor Freedom Swim is Harpoon Harry’s
and to celebrate Independence Day and greet swimmers and their guests, the bar opens at 9 am with a full menu available
at 10 a.m. Expect kids face painting, art & crafts, hula-hoop contest, drink specials and more. DJ Franco will provide entertainment
all day long until 8 pm when Heart N Soul takes the stage through 11 pm. Harpoon Harry’s is a popular locale to
watch the Fourth of July fireworks display over Charlotte Harbor, scheduled for 9 p.m. 1200 W. Retta Esplanade. For more
details: or 941.637.1177 Punta Gorda
The Cultural Center presents the Bion Cantorum’s Debut Concert, “Let Freedom Ring!” The destination’s newest choral
group will have its public debut July 4 at 4 pm at the Cultural Center of Charlotte County. Bion Cantorum is a choral group
dedicated to providing beautiful, exciting music to area residents. Guests to the performance will be treated to songs as
“Testament of Freedom” by Randall Thompson, “I Hear American Singing” by Andre J. Thomas, and “Dixie” – arrangement
by Norman Luboff. The Windmill Village Dancers and local veterans will make guest performances. Reserved seating is $15
and $14 for Cultural Center Members. For more details: or 941.625.4175. Port Charlotte
Visani Comedy Zone presents comedian Gallagher. World-famous comedian Gallagher became a household name by
smashing watermelons during his highly rated HBO specials. But millions of comedy fans around the world were already in
love with his razor-sharp observations, hilarious dead-on insights, and incredibly creative word play. The “Real” Gallagher –
pure stand-up comedy. No raincoat required. July 2, 3 and 5. For more details: or 941.629.9191. Port Charlotte
Englewood Event Center presents The Mulch Brothers with opening act Tuk’r Hill. Thursday, July 3. Doors open 6 pm.
Opening act starts at 7 pm. Main act starts at 8 pm. Full service bar. Damon Fowler “Sounds of Home” Blues Musician with
Lucky 7. Saturday, July 5. For more details: or 941.270.3324. Englewood
Visani presents Elvis tribute artist, Dwight Icenhower and the Blue Suede Review Band. Icenhower has performed all over
the United States and recently finished tours in China and Japan. He has won a myriad of “Elvis Awards” too numerous to
mention. He has shared the stage with personal friends of Elvis, including DJ Fontana, The Jordanaires, The Sweet Inspirations,
Cynthia Pepper, Julie Parrish, Charlie Hodge and Joe Esposito. July 1. For more details: or 941.629.9191.
Port Charlotte
The Orange House Wine Bar presents Cape Coral blues player Jackie Lee with Tim Goodman. July 3. For more details: or 941.505.8233. Punta Gorda
JD’s presents live jazz music every week. This week’s bands include: Danny Sinoff Trio, Kitt Moran Trio and Patricia Dean.
For more details: or 941.255.0994. Port Charlotte
The Wyvern Hotel presents music by DJ Face from noon to 4 pm and American Made from 7 pm to 11 pm on Friday, July
4. Enjoy The Kollections on the rooftop from 7 pm to 11 pm on Saturday, July 5. For more details: or
941.639.7700. Punta Gorda
Flounders Restaurant and Tiki Bar presents live music every day. This week’s bands include: Gemini Jam Night and
Straight Up. For more details: or 941.460.8280. Englewood Beach
Mango Bistro presents Intuit Jazz Band, based out of the Sarasota/Tampa area, is a young and eclectic, jazz-spirited quartet
that adds a modern flare to the traditional art form of jazz. Incorporating influences from diverse genres such as funk,
R&B, Latin, world and experimental music, this group creates a truly unique listening experience that appeals to all listeners,
from devoted jazz lovers to general audiences alike. Saturday, July 5, 6:45 pm to 9:45 pm. For details: or
941.681.3500. Englewood
Presseller’s Restaurant Garden presents live music on Thursday by Frank Greathouse. He will play and sing his Delta Blues
at 6 pm. Leslie Dacosta, jazz master extraordinaire, will play Friday at 6 pm. Herb Geri, easy listening guitar and smooth
jazz, will play Saturday at 6 pm. An excellent way to sit back, relax and enjoy. Located at 209 W. Olympia Ave. For more
details: or 941.639.2091. Punta Gorda
Fishermen’s Village presents Michael Hirst from 5:30 to 8 pm at Center Stage, Thursday, July 3. Listen to Garbage Men
from noon to 3 pm and The Kollections from 5 pm to 9 pm at center stage on Friday, July 4. For more details: or
1.800.639.0020. Punta Gorda
Waterfront Music Jam Session at Gilchrist Park every Thursday from 6 pm. FREE. 400 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda
Farlows on the Water presents live music Wednesday – Saturday. This week’s bands include: Gary Dilley, Joe Fiorentino,
Caribbean Cowboy and The McCarthy Band. For more details: or 941.474.5143. Englewood
Celtic Ray Irish Pub presents live music by Marcia, Paul Duffy and Open Mic Night. For more details: or
941.916.9115. Punta Gorda
Dockside & Grill & TT’s Tiki Bar presents music every day this week. Bands include: Kerry & Gary. For more details: docksideandtiki.
com or 941.637.6770. Punta Gorda
Two Brothers presents live blues music every Friday and Saturday night. This week enjoy Lauren Mitchel, a national recording
artist with a special guest appearances by Billy Seward. For more details: or 941.347.8483. Punta
Nav-A-Gator presents the number one trop rock music venue in the USA. This week’s bands include: Gary & Kerri, Jimmy
Parrish and Tim Williams at 9700 SW Riverview Cir., Arcadia, FL. For more details: 941.627.FISH or Arcadia
Stump Pass Grill presents live music this week by Wally Rutan and Kenny Rose. For more details: or
941.697.0859. Englewood
Punta Gorda Historical Society presents Tory’s Trio Band, who will perform a free concert Saturday, July 5 from 2 pm – 4
pm on the Punta Gorda Historical Society’s historic train dock. Bring a chair, sit back and enjoy the music. The Depot Museum
and Mall will be open for your perusal. Refreshments will be available. The Depot is at 1009 Taylor Road and Carmalita
Street. For more details: 941.639.6774. Punta Gorda
THIS WEEK’S Happenings
THIS WEEK’S Happenings
King Fisher Fleet presents a Fireworks Cruise on July 4. This special cruise will depart at 7:30 pm on Independence Day,
Friday, July 4th, for a tour of Charlotte Harbor to watch the sun set over the water. After sundown, the cruise will navigate
to the mouth of the Peace River to be in place for the Laishley Park fireworks display that is set to begin around 9 pm. The
cruise will include finger foods from The Village Fish Market, desserts from Simply Sweet, and an open non-alcoholic bar.
Passengers may bring their own beverages in a small cooler. This all-inclusive private party costs $49+tax and tickets are
available on a first-come first-served basis. Book early as these tickets go fast. For more information about this special
cruise, or to make reservations, 941.639.0969 or Punta Gorda
Don Pedro State Park Island Shuttle – Enjoy the natural beauty and serenity of Don Pedro Island which is accessible only
by boat. Fee includes state park and parking fees. Shuttle leaves from 8450 Placida Rd. Captiva Cruises is also running
beach trips out of Boca Grande to Cayo Costa and lunch trips to Cabbage Key and Useppa Islands. The cost for the Don
Pedro trip is $15 and the Boca Grande trips are $30. For more details call Captiva Cruises at 941.889.8000 or on Facebook
enter ‘Don Pedro State Park’ with available cruises. Cape Haze
Smoke and Roses presents a July 4th Sailabration. Celebrate July 4th on the water during a sailing charter and enjoy the
most spectacular views of the freedom swim, sunset and fireworks. Choose your package, private parties for up to six people.
Launch location is 140 Leland ST SE, Port Charlotte. For prices and reservations call 605.366.7673. Port Charlotte
‘It’s Time! Kayak & Canoe’ is offering kayak rentals for the Freedom Swim. Those interested in being part of the Freedom
Swim without swimming can rent a kayak from ‘It’s Time! Kayak & Canoe.’ Single kayak rentals are $30 and tandems are
$45. Boats must be reserved in advance and will be waiting for paddlers at the swimming starting point and can be left at
Fishermen’s Village. Boaters are responsible for transportation back to the launch site. For more details: www.itstimekayakandcanoe.
com or 941.255.3686, ask for Mike or Audrey. Punta Gorda
Charlotte BMX Track presents open practice Monday. For more details: or charlottebmx.
net Punta Gorda
Charlotte Stone Crabs take to the field July 3 at 6:30 pm against the St. Lucie Mets and are offering special packages for
Independence Day. The Family Pack for $40 consists of four tickets, four hot dogs and four sodas and for $15 the Classic
Cookout package includes a reserved level ticket and all-you-can-eat picnic. Reserve these packages in advance. The
patriotic fireworks display presented by Cool Today immediately follows the game. For details: stonecrabsbaseball. com or
941.206.4487. Port Charlotte
Cultural Center presents Monday Fun with Music, Wednesday Square Dancing and Karaoke with Bernie & Bob, Friday
Night Dance with top local entertainers, including Erich, Jay Smith, MC2 and more. Full cash bar available. For more details: or 941.625.4175. Port Charlotte
Englewoods on Dearborn presents Karaoke Night on Wednesdays. For more details:
or 941.475.7501. Englewood
Englewood Beach Drum Circle gathers every Sunday, year around (weather permitting) about one hour before sunset.
Everyone is welcome to either drum, hoola hoop, dance or just enjoy the rhythm as they drum the sun down. They play
specific African, Brazilian and bellydance rhythms but you don’t have to know them to drum along. For more details: danceenglewood.
com or 941.445.1365. Englewood Beach
THIS WEEK’S Happenings
Downtown Merchants Association Farmer’s Market: Saturday 8 am to noon on Taylor Street and Herald Court, by the
historic courthouse. Voted the best small market in Florida and 15th in the USA, they have a large number of vendors
offering fruits and vegetables, pickles, jams and jellies, orange juice, German bakery, fresh homemade pasta, kitchenware,
cupcakes, beef and fresh seafood, fresh citrus, jewelry, candles and soaps, dip mixes, Florida arts and crafts, cheese,
baguettes and olives, homemade pies, orchids, organic produce, personalized pens, kettle corn, coffee beans and drinks,
native and exotic plants, natural facial products and all natural smoothies. There is always live entertainment. For more
details: Call Jerry Presseller the Market Manager at 941.391.4856. Punta Gorda
Punta Gorda Historical Society’s Farmer’s Market: Sunday from 9 am to 1 pm, History Park, 501 Shreve Street. Shop for
vegetables, bakery, meats, seafood, plants, gifts and more. When the Market closes at 1 pm, guided tours by Miss Starr
of the ever-changing gardens are available. A $5 suggested donation gets you a plant to take home. For more details:
941.380.6814. Punta Gorda
Sea Grape Gallery presents Kate Staber, Oriental brush painter. Kate, originally from Connecticut, began the study of
Oriental brush painting over 35 years ago under some of the great masters in China using the traditional techniques dating
back ten centuries. Zen Buddhist monks practiced the art to develop their powers of concentration. As Kate explains “every
stroke has to be very controlled and is worked without under-drawing or touchups requiring a confident approach to
the subject, whether a simple flower or a complex landscape.” Kate’s paintings give the viewer a feeling of tranquility and
emotional involvement which can be equated to the spiritual elevation of Zen. Kate has exhibited and won awards in juried
shows all of over the United States and in Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing and Xiamen, China. In 1988 Kate was chosen by
then First Lady Nancy Reagan to paint two Easter eggs which are on display in a permanent collection in the Smithsonian
Museum in Washington, D.C. Many pieces of Kate’s artwork are prominently on display at Sea Grape Gallery. In addition,
more of her art and the art works of all Sea Grape artists can be viewed at For more details: or 941.575.1718. Punta Gorda
Florida Gulf Coast University’s Renaissance Academy at Herald Court Centre presents “Growing Orchids: A Common
Sense Approach,” taught by Noreen Chervinski from 10 am to noon on Tuesday, July 8. Chervinski, who has grown orchids
since 1970, explains her common sense approach in this one-day workshop. She will demonstrate potting, caring
and feeding, and problem solving, using live orchids. “I have bought, sold and killed more orchids than you can imagine,”
Chervinski said. Growers will leave feeling less intimidated by the wonderful, fragrant orchid. For more details and course
fees or to register call 941.505.0130. Punta Gorda
The Arts & Humanities Council of Charlotte County has chosen Lionel Lewis “Artist of the Month” for July 2014. Lewis will
be honored with a proclamation from the Board of County Commissioners on July 22, 2014. His work can be viewed at the
Art & Humanities Council’s office in the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce building, Port Charlotte. The public is invited
to visit. Lionel Lewis was a self-taught artist until he enrolled at the American Art Academy where he first learned the
fundamentals of drawing and design. Early influences were the paintings of Paul Klee and Walter Kadinsky. Lewis moved
on to NYC Community College where he earned an Associate Degree in Art and Design. Family matters forced Lewis on a
fifteen year sabbatical from painting but he kept his dream alive by working in the field of picture framing, furniture restoration
and woodworking. He moved to SW Florida in 1998. Discovering the Visual Arts Center in 2003, sparked his return
to painting. A few years later, he met instructor Alberto Cruz who became his mentor. It is Cruz’ philosophy of thinking “outside
the box” that steered Lewis on his “current journey of what he describes as Modern Abstractionism”. He looks forward
to increase the use of color, unfamiliar shapes and movement of form in his work. Lewis has exhibited at the FGCU Herald
Court Campus and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Port Charlotte. For more details: 941.764.8100 or
Port Charlotte
THIS WEEK’S Happenings
Florida Gulf Coast University’s Renaissance Academy at Herald Court Centre presents “Tai Chi: Meditation in Motion”
taught by Sharon Fultz every Monday and Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome. For more details including
fees: or 941.505.0130. Punta Gorda
The Open Studio presents Tai Chi. Join Sue Drummer for Beginner’s Mind Tai Chi Chang, Yang Style. Sue has been practicing
Tai Chi for 18 years and teaching for three years. The class is FREE, but donations are accepted. Every Tuesday from
5:30 pm to 6 pm. For more details: or 941.681.2782. Englewood
Loving Light Yoga presents a Good Morning Yoga class. This class is beginner-friendly, available to all ages and all levels
of ability. Located at Chadwick Park at north-end near the volleyball net and right of the pavilion. Classes are Monday
through Sunday and an hour long. Hours from May through October are 8:30 am. The Sunset Yoga classes are scheduled
on Mondays & Wednesdays at 6:30 pm. Bring a blanket or sheet and plan to have fun. There is a parking fee. For details: or 941.473.0135. Englewood Beach
Acme Bicycle Shop presents Saturday Morning Acme Ride. Leisure, medium, fast and unlimited. Coffee’s on at 8 am.
Wheels roll at 8:30 am. Leisure, medium and fast are no drop. Unlimited is until you can’t hang on. For more details: acmebicycleshop.
com or 941.639.2263. Punta Gorda
Peace River Riders Wheels and Wings V – 50/32/15 mile rides and a 10 mile gentlemen’s mass start race within the 50
mile route. Speed Trap Alley – break the speed limit and receive a written warning from Punta Gorda Police suitable for
framing. Mystery Ride for the 15 milers. Includes Ride, SAG stops, T-shirt, 10 wings and two drinks. Watch their Facebook
page for even more exciting features: Registration $30 pre-reg, $40 day of (no
t-shirt). It’s a Ride, a Party and an Event all rolled up into one. For more details:
It’s a Free Ride! Loaner bicycles can be found at a number of locations including the Charlotte Regional Medical Center’s
Wellness Center, Laishley Municipal Marina, Four Points by Sheraton, Fishermen’s Village Marina, Isles Yacht Club Marina
and The Wyvern Hotel. TEAM Punta Gorda has partnered with the City of Punta Gorda, which has developed the Bicycle
Loaner Program. For more details: or 941.637.8326. Punta Gorda
Opening This Week: Earth to Echo, Deliver Us From Evil, America and Tammy.
Movies: Transformers: Age of Extinction, Think Like a Man Too, Jersey Boys, 22 Jump Street, How to Train Your Dragon 2,
Edge of Tomorrow, The Fault in Our Stars, Maleficent, Chef and X-Men: Days of Future Past. Regal Town Center Stadium 16
– 1441 Tamiami Trail, Unit 701. For more details: or 941.623.0114. Port Charlotte
Florida Gulf Coast University Florida Gulf Coast University’s Renaissance Academy at Herald Court Centre is offering a
“Patron Selected Film Series” during June and July. From 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday July 1, The Rape of Europa (2007) documents
12 years of the Nazis pillaging works of art throughout Europe and the international effort to locate, protect and return
millions of valuable treasures. Narrated by Joan Allen the film traces the story of art lovers and everyday heroes who tried
to thwart the looting Nazis and reveals how experts from Europe and the United States are working to recover priceless
works of art missing or hidden for decades. For more details and fees call 941.505.0130. Punta Gorda

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