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‘You Can’t Take It With You’ opens MainStage season at Venice Theatre
Wed  Sep 20 2017 08:30AM
“You Can’t Take It With You” opens on Venice Theatre’s MainStage Tuesday, Sept. 26, and will run through Sunday, Oct. 15. Performances of this classic Kaufman and Hart comedy are … Find out how to read more online.
Hurricane-response workers offered a night out in Venice
Wed  Sep 20 2017 08:30AM
While Venice was spared the worst from Hurricane Irma, which impacted Sarasota County greatly with flooding, power outages and shortage of supplies, the Venice Institute for Performing Arts announces Thanks … Find out how to read more online.
61st annual Englewood Pioneer Days Parade and Festival
Wed  Sep 6 2017 08:30AM
It’s time for the annual festival that celebrates the history of a town and the pride of a community. The Englewood Pioneer Days Parade and Festival was started in 1956 … Find out how to read more online.
Visual Arts Center open house set
Wed  Sep 6 2017 08:30AM
From Wednesday, Sept. 6 to Saturday, Sept. 9, the Visual Arts Center in Punta Gorda will be the host for an Open House featuring free demonstrations by talented VAC instructors. … Find out how to read more online.
61st annual Englewood Pioneer Days Parade and Festival
Wed  Aug 30 2017 08:30AM
It’s time for the annual festival that celebrates the history of a town and the pride of a community. The Englewood Pioneer Days Parade and Festival was started in 1956 … Find out how to read more online.
The Animal Welfare League presents A Taste of Summer
Wed  Aug 23 2017 08:30AM
The Animal Welfare League of Charlotte County is an organization that takes in thousands of homeless animals each year, and not just cats and dogs. They coordinate an adoption program, … Find out how to read more online.
Sean Chambers to headline Blues Bash
Wed  Aug 30 2017 08:30AM
Two hair-raising moments helped shape the life of Sean Chambers as a guitarist. The first, the blues rocker recalled, was when he was 15. He’d started playing when he was … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte County Concert Band switches venues, sets concerts’ themes
Wed  Aug 30 2017 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — It’s a brand-new home for a brand-new season of music. The Charlotte County Concert Band will take up residency at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center for its … Find out how to read more online.
Chalk Fest 6.0
Fri  Aug 25 2017 05:35PM
The Sixth Annual Chalk Fest, taking place during Englewood’s Pioneer Days Festival, will feature chalk art demonstrations and an opportunity for chalk artists of all ages to show off their … Find out how to read more online.
New arts festival debuts at Fishermen’s Village
Wed  Aug 23 2017 08:30AM
Arts in August, an inaugural art festival taking place Saturday, Aug. 26, at Fishermen’s Village in Punta Gorda will feature original creations by local artists, art demonstrations, live music and … Find out how to read more online.

Wed  Sep 6 2017 08:30AM
This Friday and Saturday marks the second annual Big Orange Music Fest in downtown Punta Gorda, and once again, it’s sure to be an enjoyable experience for the whole family. … Find out how to read more online.
The Broadway Boys ready to light up Venice
Wed  Sep 20 2017 08:30AM
The Venice Institute for Performing Arts will be the host for The Broadway Boys on Sept. 23, at the Venice Performing Arts Center, 1 Indian Ave., Venice. First, they will … Find out how to read more online.
Lemon Bay Playhouse presents comedy, ‘Annoyance’
Wed  Sep 6 2017 08:30AM
For the opening production of its 31st season, the Lemon Bay Playhouse will present “Annoyance,” written by Sam Bobrick. This “adult” comedy, directed by Michele Strauss, opens tonight and runs … Find out how to read more online.
Broadway Palm opens children’s auditions for ‘A Christmas Story’
Wed  Sep 6 2017 08:30AM
Broadway Palm in Fort Myers is holding open children’s auditions for their upcoming production of “A Christmas Story” on Sunday, Sept. 10, at 1 p.m. Auditions are on a first-come, … Find out how to read more online.
Downtown Fall Bash Street Party returns for second year
Wed  Aug 30 2017 08:30AM
No plans for the Labor Day weekend? Well, you have a great reason to stay in town for the holiday. Come to downtown Punta Gorda for its Downtown Fall Bash … Find out how to read more online.
Alligator Hatching Festival
Wed  Aug 30 2017 08:30AM
Gatorama’s 14th annual Alligator Hatching Festival is currently underway through Monday, Sept. 4, at the animal park at 6180 U.S. Highway 27, Palmdale. The park is also celebrating its 60th … Find out how to read more online.
Sideshow oddities return at Two-headed Calf Fest
Wed  Aug 30 2017 08:30AM
Just about every St. Pete resident has a childhood story of the St. Petersburg Museum of History’s two-headed, six-legged calf. Removed from public viewing for nearly three years, the Two-headed … Find out how to read more online.
Exploring Downtown Englewood
Wed  Aug 16 2017 08:30AM
The community of Englewood has the unique distinction of sharing its boundaries with two counties, Charlotte and Sarasota. Some say that’s because Englewood is too beautiful to be contained by … Find out how to read more online.
Auction of Amemiya’s art set
Wed  Aug 23 2017 08:30AM
One of the area’s most gifted artists is also one of its oldest. At 93, Victor Amemiya of Arcadia is known for his exquisite creations featuring wildlife and landscape. Now, … Find out how to read more online.
Florida Studio Theatre’s summer cabaret series closes with a ‘Roar!’
Wed  Aug 16 2017 08:30AM
Florida Studio Theatre’s 2017 summer cabaret season wraps up with Carole Bufford’s “Roar! The Music of the 1920s and Beyond.” This sassy songbird sings audiences through the end of summer … Find out how to read more online.


View the Solar Eclipse at the FSW James & Barbara Moore Observatory
Wed  Aug 16 2017 08:30AM
Skygazers can enjoy a solar eclipse-viewing experience from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, at the James & Barbara Moore Observatory on the Florida SouthWestern State College Charlotte Campus, … Find out how to read more online.
Battle unites artists for ‘Textures, Tones & Textiles’ exhibit
Wed  Aug 9 2017 08:30AM
Internationally known artist Gina Battle of Punta Gorda has brought together eight Southwest Florida artists working in a variety of media for “Textures, Tones & Textiles” at the Sidney & … Find out how to read more online.
Anniversary time at Tiki Fest
Wed  Aug 9 2017 08:30AM
For Tiki Tom Watson and his partner, L.A. Daniels, playing the Tiki Fest at Fishermen’s Village will mean something special. Watson, an accomplished guitarist, and Daniels, a polished vocalist, will … Find out how to read more online.
Simple acts of kindness
Thu  Jul 27 2017 01:42PM
It all started with a life coach from Massachusetts — Megan Murphy — who on her daily walks on the beach began looking for inspiration — a “sign” as she … Find out how to read more online.
Island favorites: Performances by the Keoki Hula Walea Dancers
Wed  Aug 2 2017 08:30AM
Contrary to popular belief, not all hula dancing is Hawaiian, and nobody knows this better than Betty Jean “Keoki” Brooks who has been teaching and performing graceful hula dances since … Find out how to read more online.
Find magic in a box with Storyline
Wed  Aug 2 2017 08:30AM
There are no musical boundaries for Storyline. Drawing from the best of classic and power rock, pop, blues, funk, jazz and soul, the five-piece ensemble gives a high-powered show that … Find out how to read more online.
Stage set for Charlotte Idol finals
Wed  Jul 26 2017 08:30AM
Daulton Lunsford is no stranger to the stage. But the one he will take at the Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center on Saturday, July 29, will be on the … Find out how to read more online.
Venice Theatre SummerStock presents ‘Zombie Prom’
Wed  Jul 26 2017 08:30AM
Venice Theatre’s SummerStock program brings the campy musical “Zombie Prom” to the theater’s MainStage on Friday, July 28, through Saturday, Aug. 12. Curtain is at 7 p.m. on Thursdays through … Find out how to read more online.
Celebrate Snooty’s birthday at South Florida Museum
Wed  Jul 19 2017 08:30AM
Everyone’s favorite sea cow and the city of Bradenton’s official mascot, Snooty the manatee, is getting ready to celebrate his 69th birthday, and you are all invited. Join Snooty and … Find out how to read more online.
Alive After 5 celebrates Christmas in July with a Tropical Santa
Wed  Jul 19 2017 08:30AM
Come on down to Alive After 5 to meet a very special Tropical Santa Claus and participate in Christmas in July merriment in downtown Punta Gorda. Merchants, galleries and businesses … Find out how to read more online.
Exploring Downtown Venice
Wed  Aug 9 2017 08:30AM
Since a railroad line was first extended to Venice in 1911, the small town has been steadily gaining in both population and visitors numbers, and with good reason. Besides a … Find out how to read more online.
Social media superstar churns energy, humanity into nonstop laughter
Wed  Aug 9 2017 08:30AM
YouTube and social media superstar Vic DiBitetto returns to the castle on Kings Highway, Aug. 16-19, performing five shows. DiBitetto is a stand-up veteran who caught fire after his video … Find out how to read more online.

Wed  Aug 2 2017 08:30AM
If you have ever wondered what the big deal was about the “escape room” trend over the past five years or so, you likely have never experienced one. Only introduced … Find out how to read more online.
Work, learn, socialize with Charlotte County Woodcarvers and Sculptors
Wed  Aug 2 2017 08:30AM
Charlene Lowe, president of the 86-member Charlotte County Woodcarvers/Sculptors organization, is passionate about woodcarving and wood sculpting. “While living in Wisconsin I had an opportunity to learn old European-type woodcarving … Find out how to read more online.
Women of Comedy at Venice Performing Arts Center
Wed  Aug 2 2017 08:30AM
The Venice Institute for Performing Arts presents Women of Comedy, featuring local comedians, Haley Jordan, Sonya Gray, Tay Tufenkjian and Kathy McSteen, at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 8, at … Find out how to read more online.
‘Saved By The Bell’ star live
Wed  Jul 26 2017 08:30AM
Screech aka Dustin Diamond will be visiting the castle on Kings Highway for a week of hilarious stand-up comedy, Aug. 2-5. He played the bad guy on Celebrity Fit Club … Find out how to read more online.
Discover murals, dining and shopping in Punta Gorda
Wed  Jul 19 2017 08:30AM
If you’ve learned anything by living in Florida, summer is a time to get up early, get things done and then find an air-conditioned area to settle into for the … Find out how to read more online.
Imaginative works of wood, fabric by Peter Cull
Wed  Jul 26 2017 08:30AM
When Peter Cull discovers piles of weathered driftwood he imagines exotic birds, ferocious two-headed dragons, loggerhead turtles or whimsical “wood creeps.” “At times I don't envision anything at all until … Find out how to read more online.

Wed  Jul 12 2017 08:30AM
Hundreds of quaint, colorful ice cream shops dot Southwest Florida with an endless variety of flavors. What better month to check out the area’s offerings than during National Ice Cream … Find out how to read more online.
Patricia Plus Two to perform at Venice Performing Arts Center
Wed  Jul 19 2017 08:30AM
Venice Institute of Performing Arts event organizers have scheduled a series of once-a-month summer jazz concerts, and Southwest Florida residents who love jazz couldn't be happier. Fans will be treated … Find out how to read more online.


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