Charlotte Harbor – October 2014

Flip Flop Ball, a black tie affair without the tie. Key West style buffet, margarita bar, silent and live auctions, hermit crab
races and photos with tropical parrots. Live music by: Trop Rock Junkies. Saturday, Oct. 18, from 6 pm to 10 pm. For more
details:–punta-gorda/ Four Points by Sheraton Punta Gorda
Harborside, 33 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda
2014 Shrimptober Fest with live music, crab races, kid’s zone, nautical vendors, apparel, arts and crafts, fishing demonstrations,
beer, seafood and shrimp. Free admission. Donations accepted. Parking $2. Oct. 18 & 19. For more information
941.270.2220. No coolers or outside beverages. 13020 Fishery Road. Placida
Hemingway in Florida Ernest Hemingway, one of Florida’s most colorful and widely-read authors, left a lasting legacy in our
state. Award-winning author Diane Gilbert Madsen will be presenting an informative and fascinating talk on Hemingway in
Florida on Tuesday, Oct. 14 at 7 pm at the Punta Gorda Woman’s Club, 118 Sullivan Street. She promises to fascinate the audience
with many tidbits not well-known to the general public. Admission is a mere $5. Proceeds to benefit the Punta Gorda
Historical Society. This fun and informative talk is part of an educational series sponsored by the Society. Space is limited
so get your tickets early at the Woman’s Club Office, PGHS Office, Train Depot and Copperfish Books. For more information
call 941-639-1887. Punta Gorda
Race Around Palm Island This year the race will be going around the island with a choice of a 13-mile race, a 3-mile race
and a 1.5-mile fun paddle. All paddle craft welcome. Special pricing for racers at the Palm Island Resort. Make a weekend of
it. This is destination paddling at its finest. Sunday, Oct 19. For details: Palm Island
5th Annual Fall Festival and Pumpkin Patch The pumpkins are coming with carnival rides, food, vendors, bake sale,
bounce houses, pony rides, food, games, climbing wall, bungee jumping, blood mobile (no vampires), silent auction, and
much more. Fun for all ages. Oct. 18 – 19. For details: Christ Community United Methodist Church, 941.629.1593 or fallfestival., Punta Gorda
AMI Kids Crossroads 3rd Friday Drive In presents Transylvania on Friday, Oct. 17. 115 Tamiami Trail (Punta Gorda Marketplace
Property). For the movie time and details contact (941)575-5790 or Punta Gorda
Charlotte County Jazz Society is launching the season with a double concert: Dave Pruyn “Notes in Velvet” (A Tribute to
Mel Torme) and Paulette Pepper and Fine Thyme. Dave Pruyn has studied drums and trumpet and is still active today with
freelance work around the Tampa Bay and Orlando music scene. His voice has been said to be similar to his long-time
favorite Mel Torme. Monday, October 13, at 7 pm. For more details: Port Charlotte
The Blanchard House Museum presents a new exhibit: Henceforth and Forever More: The Long Road to Emancipation.
Open Tuesdays-Fridays from 10 am to 4 pm. Group tours can be arranged. For more details: 941.575.7518 Punta Gorda
The Walk to End Alzheimers to raise awareness and funds to fight Alzheimer’s disease will take place on Saturday, Oct.
18, at Gilchrist Park. Registration begins at 9 am. Walk begins at 10 am. Gilchrist Park, 400 W. Retta Esplanande. For more
details: Tiffany Kane 941.235.7470, or Punta Gorda
Barktoberfest Pet Costume Contest at Fishermen’s Village. Oct. 18 from 11 am to 1 pm. Presented by Salty Paws. Pre-registration
required. For more details 575.7599. Punta Gorda
THIS WEEK’S Happenings
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
Big Crush Distribution presents: Sipping In The Dark – A Tasting For Charity. You will be blindfolded in a dark room while
learning about the intricacies of the wine you are tasting, including specific aromas, the complexity of wine, and how it is
made. This unique wine experience will heighten your senses while giving you the firsthand experience of the world that
visually impaired people live in. Join Nurse On Call, Ameditrans, Quality Healthcare Center of North Port, and Regions Bank
to sip some wine and have a great time. Shuttle services provided by Ameditrans. Pick up and Drop off at your service.
Thursday, Oct. 16 5:30 pm. $10 donation to the Visually Impaired Persons of Charlotte County. Please call for route schedule.
RSVP’s kindly requested 941-627-1650. For more details: Big Crush Distribution, 3853 Acline Road
Suite # 202 Punta Gorda
Englewood Event Center presents Travis Taylor’s Busted Knuckle Bike Night. Free admission, live entertainment by Trilogy.
Raffle. Full bar and food service available. Friday, Oct. 17. Doors open 7 pm. Show 8 pm. For more details: englewoodeventcenter.
com or 941.270.3324. Englewood
Chilling Tales of Charlotte County – Visit the ghost of Charlotte County past with this traveling exhibit from the Historical
Center. Come and explore the stories of strange and unexplained phenomena lurking in the corners of our regional history.
Through Nov. 11 at Mid-County Regional Library, 2050 Forrest Nelson Blvd. 941.613.3161 Port Charlotte
Garden Guided Tour at the History Park. Walk the grounds with Florida Native Gardener, Starr Zachritz. Miss Starr will introduce
you to the 100 different kinds of hibiscus and a range of more obscure park flora. Have you ever seen a Chinese Hat
or 1834 Louis Philippe rose? Learn to recognize and the names of lesser known tropical plants. Watch for eagles, owls and
other wildlife while you enjoy this wonderful tour. Questions are welcomed. A five dollar suggested donation also gets you
a plant to take home. Sundays from 2 pm to 3 pm. For more information call 941-380-6814 or 501
Shreve Street, Punta Gorda
Englewood Beach Drum Circle gathers every Sunday, year-round (weather permitting) about one hour before sunset.
Everyone is welcome to drum, hoola hoop, dance or just enjoy the rhythm as they drum the sun down. They play specific
African, Brazilian and belly dance rhythms but you don’t have to know them to drum along. For more details: danceenglewood.
com or 941.445.1365. Englewood Beach
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. Also, enjoy cards
and games. Bingo on Friday and Saturday from 11:45 am to 3 pm. Cribbage on Wednesday from 12:45 pm to 4 pm. Mah-
Jongg on Tuesday and Thursday from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm, Friday from 1 pm to 5 pm. Pinochle on Monday from 5:30 pm
to 8:30 pm, Tuesday from 6 pm to 8 pm, Saturday from 1 pm to 3 pm. Double Deck Pinochle on Wednesday and Thursday
from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. Contract on Wednesday from noon to 3 pm and Friday 6 pm – 9 pm. Duplicate on Tuesday from 1
pm to 4 pm and Thursday from 9am to noon and from 1 pm to 4 pm. Chess on Tuesday from 1 pm to 4 pm, Thursday from
noon pm to 4 pm and Sunday 11 am to 3 pm. Scrabble on Wednesday from 1 pm to 4 pm. Euchre on Friday, 6 pm – 9 pm. For
details: or 941.625.4175. Port Charlotte
THIS WEEK’S Happenings
Peace River Seafood presents Mark the Pan Guy every Thursday from 4 pm to 7 pm. Come enjoy tropic rock with his steel
drums. For more information: 941.505.8440, 5337 Duncan Road, Punta Gorda
JD’s Bistro presents live jazz music every week. This week’s bands include the Danny Sinoff Trio, Kitt Moran Trio and Patricia
Dean. You are cordially invited to join them for an evening of relaxed elegance and exceptional cuisine. Soft seating, fire
place, rich wooden furniture, ivory linens and warm lighting set the tone for a comfortably elegant evening. For more details: or 941.255.0994. Port Charlotte
Fishermen’s Village presents live music this week by Singer/Guitarist Michael Hirst, Singer/Guitarist Fremont John and
Open Mic Night. For more details: or 1.800.639.0020 Punta Gorda
TT’s Tiki Bar offers music by DJ Vinny, Two Can Jam, Brown Sugar, Tropical Avenue and Beans & Seeds. From all over,
people find their way to this “off-the-beaten-path” hideaway with Tiki ambiance. Sink your toes in the sand while enjoying
tropical drinks or beer of choice with good people along the beautiful Charlotte Harbor. Great sunsets, great food, great
host and they’ve just added a great lineup of entertainment. Visit the Dockside Grill for Thursday Night Prime Rib and Friday
Night Lobster specials. For details: or 941.637.6770. Punta Gorda
Flounders Restaurant and Tiki Bar presents live music this week by Straight Up, Jam Night Gemini, Kenny Rose, Bus Stop,
Tropix, Flat Water, Trinadude, Hip Squad, SOB, Billy Rice, Democracy, Paisley Craze, Gari N Kerri and Guilty Pleasures. For
details: or 941.460.8280. Englewood Beach
Hurricane Charley’s presents live music this week by Sons of Beaches, Gary & Carrie, Trinity 7, High Tide Beach Party, Bandana,
St. Credieble and Souther Draw.
or 941.639.9695 Punta Gorda
Englewoods on Dearborn presents Biscuit Miller & The Mix, Harper & The Midwest Kind, Swingin’ Harpoon Blues Band and
Marty Stokes & The Capitva Band. Trivia on Tuesdays. For more details: or 941.475.7501.
The Orange House Wine Bar presents live jazz with Rory on keyboard and Richie on drums. Celebrate the season with the
sounds of jazz. Friday, Oct. 17, from 7 pm to 10 pm. For details: 941.505.8233. Punta Gorda
The Nav-a-gator Grill & Marina presents Paul Roush on Saturday from 2 pm to 5 pm. Never a cover charge but it is requested
to bring canned goods and nonperishable food items which are donated to local food banks. Nav-A-Gator is located at
9700 SW Riverview Cir Lake Suzy, three miles east of I-75 at exit 170 just off Kings Hwy. For more details: or
941.627.FISH. Lake Suzy
Two Brothers presents live blues music from national and international blues stars from all over the world, along with local
and regional artists every Friday night. For more details: or 941.347.8483. Punta Gorda
Mango Bistro presents the Swinging Bridge which are five talented gentlemen from the Venice area. Their great lead singing,
tight harmonies, dazzling instrumental breaks, and dead-on timing put them on a par with some of the foremost nationally
known bands. “The band has a great on-stage personality. They make the audience feel that they are included in the
fun the band is having on stage. They have a repertoire of songs and instrumentals that draws from traditional and contemporary
bluegrass, country, and other genres to create a show that is a treat for any bluegrass fan.” -Herb Washburn. Friday,
Oct. 17, from 6:45 pm to 9:45 pm. Also enjoy Latin Rendezvous performing an exciting blend of traditional and contemporary
Latin/world music, combining many different languages and a variety of exotic instruments. Member backgrounds include
South American and Scottish/Portuguese decent. Saturday, Oct. 18, from 6:45 pm to 9:45 pm. For details: www.mangobistro.
com or 941.681.3500 Englewood
Waterfront Music Jam Session at Gilchrist Park every Thursday from 6 pm. FREE. 400 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda
THIS WEEK’S Happenings
THIS WEEK’S Happenings
LIVE MUSIC continued
Farlows on the Water presents live music Wednesday – Saturday. This week’s bands include Joe Fiorentino, Rick Rice, EZ
Street and GK. For more details: or 941.474.5143. Englewood
Celtic Ray Irish Pub presents live music by Tucci, Hymm for Her, and Ellie Lee Band. Enjoy Pub Trivia every Wednesday
evening. You can play by yourself or with a group. Win prizes and have a pint while doing so. For more details:
or 941.916.9115. Punta Gorda
Visani Comedy Zone presents comedians Brian Bradley and Gid Pool. Brian Bradley is an Orlando native and UCF theatre
graduate Brian Bradley is one performer who breaks down the wall between audience and stage. Difficult to categorize,
Bradley combines acting, traditional stand-up comedy and improvisation in every show. Audiences are more than simply
spectators–Brian casts them as co-stars. He has been an MC at the world famous Comedy Store and a regular member of
the Comedy Store Players Improv group with Robin Williams, Andy Garcia, Jonathan Winters and Lucy Webb, and is now
a comedy favorite at colleges and nightclubs. Gid’s comedy has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, and on both the
NBC TV network and America Online. His irreverent look what parents are doing wrong raising their kids, the challenges
of trying to stay young, and what’s wrong with the world, has made him a hit not only in comedy clubs, but country clubs,
yacht clubs, and – an occasional redneck bar. He’s not just another young comedian. Oct. 15 – 18. For details: or
941.629.9191. Port Charlotte
Englewood Event Center presents All Star Comedy Night with Tim Pulnik, Geno “The Garbage Man” Williams and Drew
Schlatter. Saturday, Oct. 18. Doors open 7 pm. Show 8 pm. General admission $15. Full bar and food service available. For
more details: or 941.270.3324. Englewood
The Charlotte Players present The Cemetery Club. Three Jewish widows meet once a month for tea before going to
visit their husband’s graves. Ida is sweet tempered and ready to begin a new life, Lucille is a feisty embodiment of the girl
who just wants to have fun, and Doris is priggish and judgmental, particularly when Sam the butcher enters the scene. He
meets the widows while visiting his wife’s grave. Doris and Lucille squash the budding romance between Sam and Ida.
They are guilt stricken when this nearly breaks Ida’s heart. Performances begins at 7:30 pm. Tickets 15. Dates: October 16,
17, 18, 23, 24 & 25, 30, 31 & Nov. 1. For details: Langdon Playhouse 1182 Market Circle, Port Charlotte
Visani Comedy Zone presents the 9th Annual Al Holland Birthday Bash. Our Dance Floor will be open for this event.
Reserve early for best seating. In 2006 Al Holland turned 50. It was Visani’s 1st annual surprise birthday party for him. Al
Holland sang happy birthday to a fictional customer named Mia. To his surprise, he was Mia. Yes, Al sang happy birthday to
himself. He’s become too smart for another surprise, but who cares. It’s our 8th annual Birthday Bash. Al will be performing
his favorite songs at his own birthday party. In addition, a DJ will be playing your favorite disco dance music videos. DRESS
TO IMPRESS. Tuesday, Oct. 14. For details: or 941.629.9191. Port Charlotte
Lemon Bay Playhouse presents Give ‘Em Hell Harry! Veteran actor Jack Rabito has generously volunteered to produce
and perform Give ‘Em Hell Harry! at Lemon Bay Playhouse. This is a wonderfully dynamic one-man presentation of our
33rd President who was a haberdasher, farmer, WWI soldier and U.S. Senator. Harry Truman was a common man with common
sense, who was an open, outspoken and honest politician. He confronted some of the most critical problems of the
past century. He never stopped “shooting from the lip” about the issues he faced and the people he faced up to. His comments
on the leading political figures of his time are perceptive, deliciously candid, and sometimes downright prophetic.
Theater critics have called Jack’s stage work “Riveting,” “Emotionally honest,” and “Inviting the audience into the character’s
soul.” Jack brings honesty and passion to his portrayal of President Harry S Truman and lets Harry speak for himself.
Saturday, Oct. 18 at 7:30pm. Tickets are $18. For details: 941.475.6756 or Englewood
THIS WEEK’S Happenings
New Releases: The Book of Life, Fury and The Best of Me.
Movies: One Direction: Where We Are, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day, Dracula Untold, The
Judge, Annabelle, Gone Girl, Left Behind, The Good Lie, Equalizer, The Box Trolls, Walk Among the Tombstones, The Maze
Runner, This Is Where I Leave You, Dolphin Tale 2, and Guardians of the Galaxy. Regal Town Center Stadium 16 – 1441 Tamiami
Trail, Unit 701. For more details: or 941.623.0114. Port Charlotte
Florida Gulf Coast University’s Renaissance Academy at Herald Court Centre continues its October Foreign Film Series
with A Somewhat Gentle Man. In this 2011 Norwegian film, a gangster, who spent 12 years behind bars for murder, is bent
on revenge and sets out to kill the man who put him there. However, the promise of a normal life and news that he’s about
to become a grandfather prove to be tempting distractions. For more details including fees: visit
and enter the search term A Somewhat Gentle Man or call 941.505.0130. Punta Gorda
Englewood Farmer’s Market – In the heart of Olde Englewood Village, on West Dearborn Street, the Englewood Farmer’s
Market is now open every Thursday from 9 am to 2 pm. Florida grown fresh and organic produce, six bakers including
gluten free, fresh Florida wild caught seafood, a market butcher, gourmet food artisans, tropical plants, orchids, fresh cut
flowers, coffee, tea, spices, olive oils, live music and much more. The Englewood Farmers Market welcomes Supplemental
Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants and is launching two for one Florida Access Bucks bonus dollars when
you purchase Florida grown produce and citrus. For more details: Englewood
Boca Grande Farmers Market offers fresh, locally-grown produce, hand-made original arts and crafts, music and entertainment,
and a host of specialty items for discriminating tastes. The market is family owned and independently operated
by a US veteran, with no government funding and with the community at the heart of all they do. Boca Grande Farmers
Market’s unique retro and vintage flair is a nod to yesteryear’s island life. Bicycle, golf cart, and foot friendly. Your service
animal is welcome; other pets are not permitted on the grounds. There are no entry fees or parking fees. Runs seasonally
from October to April on Fridays from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm, rain or shine. Located at the ball field at 305 Wheeler Road on
Gasparilla Island. Take a left at the white Range Light. Boca Grande
The Nav-a-gator Grill & Marina offers farm fresh vegetables, fruits, jams, jellies and more. Sunday, Oct. 19 from 10 am to 5
pm. Nav-A-Gator is located at 9700 SW Riverview Cir Lake Suzy, three miles east of I-75 at exit 170 just off Kings Hwy. For
more details: or 941.627.FISH. Lake Suzy
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: Shop for vegetables, bakery goods, meats, seafood, plants, gifts and
more. Most Sundays enjoy local artists and musicians who will favor the Park. When the Market closes at 2 pm, guided
tours by Miss Starr of the ever-changing gardens are available. A $5 suggested donation gets you a plant to take home.
Sunday from 9 am to 2 pm, History Park, 501 Shreve St. For more details: 941.380.6814. Punta Gorda
Punta Gorda Historical Society’s Outdoor Flea Market : Check out the treasures. Refreshments will be available. The
Freight Dock is at 1009 Taylor Rd and Carmalita Street on the third Saturday of each month. Saturday, Oct. 18 from 9 am to
1 pm. For more details: 941.639.6774. Punta Gorda
THIS WEEK’S Happenings
Seashore Eco Tours offers kayaking tours along the Charlotte Harbor Aquatic Preserve. Discover miles of canopy mangrove
trails on the Woolverton Trail Kayak Tour. Learn about the history of the area and the trails while exploring nature
with Florida Master Naturalist certified guides. Trips are two hours and all inclusive. Woovlerton Trail Tours are offered
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at 9 am. $45 per person. Reservations required please call 855-2PADDLE or 855-
272-3353. Visit them and book online at Englewood
King Fisher Fleet offers the best of Florida both for sightseers and fishermen. Enjoy sightseeing cruises to the out-islands,
eco-tours, full and half day cruises, sunset cruises and harbor tours. For details: 941.639.0969 or Punta
Smoke and Roses offers a Boss Day and Sweetest Day specials. Thank your boss for their motivation and support with a
sailing charter. Get your co-workers together and pay tribute to your Boss. A group photo while sailing with your boss will
be included on charters during the month of October. Honor your sweethearts, close friends, relatives or employees with a
special gift of sailing. Sweets will be included for sweethearts sailing in October. Available seven days a week, you choose
the time, private parties only for up to six passengers start at $50 per person. A new launch location is 140 Leland ST SE,
Port Charlotte. For details: 605.366.7673 or Port Charlotte
Trick or Trot 5k Trail Run A fun, Halloween/Zombie-themed 5k Trail Run that takes place at a boo”tiful Charlotte County
park. The race is local running club Zoomers annual scholarship race. For more details: Ann Dever
Memorial Regional Park, 6791 San Casa Drive. Saturday, Oct. 18 at 8 am. Englewood
Boca Grande Scholarship Golf Scramble Every October, the Gasparilla Inn opens up their golf course for the Boca
Grande Chamber scholarship golf scramble. A way for you to give back to your community. 100% of the entry fee goes to
scholarship fund. This year we will give away $25K in scholarships. Monday, Oct. 13, 2014
941.964.0568 Boca Grande
Visual Arts Center in Punta Gorda presents a new exhibit, Mayhem, Chaos & Confusion with all media with interpretations
of man and/or nature’s disorder, fury and uncertainty. This themed exhibit is open until Oct. 23. The Art of Landscape Painting
Exhibit Members Show – Goff Gallery, through Oct 25 Artists: Tom Bond, Sue Krasny, Claire Wally, Bob Weitz For more
details: or 941.639.8810. Punta Gorda
Sea Grape Gallery features James Beech, watercolor and acrylic painting artist. Although Jim Beech‘s primary background
is in advertising design, graphic design and marketing communications, he began working in watercolors at an early age.
While he spends much of his creative energies painting landscapes and buildings of unusual character, he also enjoys
creating scenes of boats, ships and other waterfront subjects. Jim admits that one of his most gratifying experiences was
while living in New York, he established the Orange County Cultural Center which brought together teachers, children and
adults who were all interested in the arts. A few years later he moved to Canada where he continued creating his art but
also expanded his creative endeavors by studying at the Burlington Cultural Center in Burlington, Ontario. In 1991, Jim and
his family moved to Florida and reside in Punta Gorda. Many of Jim’s paintings are prominently on display at Sea Grape
Gallery. In addition, more of his art and the art works of all Sea Grape artists can be viewed at
For details: 941.575.1718. Punta Gorda
THIS WEEK’S Happenings
Taiji 13 Postures. 10 am, Friday’s. This one hour class will be experiential vs instructional. If you’ve ever wondered what
this ancient Chinese practice is all about, this is the class for you. It will feature: meditation (Wujii), centering (Zhang
Zhaumg), stretch n balance (Dao Yin Sheng Gong) and a new taiji or qi gong form each week. Cost is $12 and will be on a
drop-in basis. Contact instructor, Richard Curtis 407-923-831. Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association Punta Gorda
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 pm. Walk-ins are welcome. For more details including
fees: visit and enter the search term Tai Chi or call 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 and 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
It’s a Free Ride! Loaner bicycles can be found at a number of locations including the Bayfront Health’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
Ballroom Dance Classes. Lynn Pitz, former New York Athletic Club ballroom dance instructor, teaches classes suitable for
the beginner and intermediate dancer, in a variety of Latin International and American styles. Leather soled shoes should
be worn for class and pre-registration is requested. The cost of each class is $10 per person. Payable at the door. Don’t sit
on the sidelines at the next party or event, learn to dance. Every Thursday from 4 to 5 p.m. For class information contact
Lynn at 941.505.1506 or Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association Punta Gorda
Dao Yin Sheng Gong. Wednesdays at 10 am. Cost is $8 per lesson. This is an ancient Traditional Chinese Medicine system
of exercises of gentle twisting motions, involving breath control, the stimulation of acupressure points in the body
and mental development. These fluid harmonious movements aim to improve energy circulation within the whole body, to
loosen the joints, tone up and oxygenate the muscles, and to relax the nervous system. Contact instructor: Richard Curtis
407.923.8310. Register at the Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association office or call 637.1655. Punta Gorda
Line Dancing. Tuesdays from 9:45 am to 11:30 am. Cost is $5 per class. Register at the Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association
office or call 637.1655. Punta Gorda
Polynesian Dance Workout. Every Monday and Thursday from 10 am to 11 am. Cost is $10 and your first class is free. For
details call instructor Mary Taglieri, 941.979.0901. Register at the Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association office or call 637.1655.
Punta Gorda
THIS WEEK’S Happenings
King Fisher Fleet is offering an introductory course in Florida fishing, Let’s Go Fishing!, is being offered at the PGI Civic
Association building on Shreve Street. Topics to be covered include fishing techniques, tackle selection, rigging, knot
tying, lures, baits, cast nets, fish identification, tides, and fishing regulations for fishing in fresh and salt waters of Southwest
Florida. Rods, reels, lures, nets and other fishing equipment will be displayed during the class and there will be a number
of useful handouts issued to students. The class is geared towards beginning anglers, but more experienced fishermen
will pick up helpful tips as well. The instructor is long time local fishing guide and owner of King Fisher Fleet, Capt. Ralph
Allen, who might even reveal the locations of a few local fishing hotspots! The course is open to all members of the public
and includes six evening sessions which are to be held from 7 pm to 9 pm beginning on Wednesday, October 29. The cost
for the class is $40 and advance registration is recommended by calling 941-637-1655. Punta Gorda
Corks N Canvas: Join Ashley Randolf & The Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce for another fun-filled Corks N Canvas.
Thursday, Oct. 23 from 6 pm to 8 pm. $35. New location at the Visual Art Center, 210 Maud Street. For more details:
941.639.3720 Punta Gorda
Explore Ceramics: An Introduction to Working with Clay for beginners. Explore the tactile and fun nature of clay in this
introduction to the medium. Emphasis will be on the fundamental skills, vocabulary, equipment, materials, and preparations
specific to ceramics. Each 5-week series will focus on a specific project. Students should come prepared with creative
ideas for personalizing their projects, as well as ideas for building their own original clay creations. Oct. 15, 22, 29; Nov. 5,
12. Englewood Art Center, 350 S. McCall Rd. For more information Englewood
The Boca Grande Art Alliance presents a Sailor’s Valentine Workshop: The instructor will show how to begin with a basic
circle design on an octagonal framed plaque, and then expand on this to create a kaleidoscope of various designs with
colorful shells. The finished art product will be an island influenced memento. No previous experience needed. Optional
additional shells will be available for purchase. Deadline 11/3/14. $200/members. $225/non-members. Material fee $120.
Monday and Tuesday Nov. 17 – 18, 9:30 am -2 pm. For more details: 941.964.1700
Travel the World Programs at Punta Gorda Library: The Charlotte County Library System invites you to the Punta Gorda
Library, located at 424 W. Henry St, Punta Gorda, to Travel the World at your library. Some of these programs will be held
on the first Thursday of each month at 11 am from October to March. Each month will feature cooking or craft programs
celebrating a different area of our world. These programs include: Nov. 6, 2014, France – Paper Cone Wreath. Dec. 4, 2014,
Germany – Holiday Cookie Swap. Jan. 8, 2015, United Kingdom – A Cup o’ Tea. Feb. 5, 2015, Eastern Europe including
Russia – Smashing Sandwiches. March 5, 2015 – China – Upcycle That – Cherry Blossom Book Bag. Seating is limited to
25 people. For more information 941.833.5460. Punta Gorda
Lifelong Learning Institute presents Memoir Writing – Development of Personality. Memoirs tend to encompass the
writer’s entire life span, focusing on the development of personality. The quality of the work is determined by its context
and technique. The writing is generally from the first person point of view. This course provides the student with a valuable
set of time-tested tools and techniques with the objective of creating a story which can be enjoyed over time to future
generations. Edwin R. Ellis is an instructor for the Ringling College of Art and Design – Englewood Art Center. His skills and
experience include the development of marketing communications, and he enjoys helping individuals reach their writing
goals. He is founder of the Englewood Authors, as well as a volunteer for the Englewood Computer Club. Non-Member
Price: $45 Mondays, Oct. 27 – Nov. 17, from 1 pm to 2:50 pm (4 weeks). Also enjoy Poetry of Witness: Exploring Poetry
that Dares to Speak Out. Poetry is more than pretty words and comforting thoughts. It is also a voice, an occasion to
speak up and speak out. Poetry of witness is poetry that sees and speaks, giving a voice to those who would otherwise
have none. In this class you will read and discuss poems by many different contemporary poets, looking not only at what
they are saying but at their craft: how they use the tools of poetry to further their content. The class will be led by Dorothy
Howe Brooks, a local writer of poetry and fiction. Thursdays, Oct. 30 – Nov. 20, from 10 am to 11:50 am (4 weeks) Room
E-121 Non-member price $45. For more details: or 941.637.3533

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