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Reading Rocks! Teen Battle of the Bands contest is open for entries
Wed  Feb 15 2017 08:30AM
Teen bands of all genres can enter the Reading Rocks! Teen Battle of the Bands until today. The top three bands will perform live on March 18 at the Southwest … Find out how to read more online.
Veteran rockers take stage at Rockpack
Wed  Feb 15 2017 08:30AM
Bobby Kimball hammered out a couple of test chords on the keyboard. It was a Saturday night. A crowd had gathered at the Tiki Bar in Punta Gorda. People had … Find out how to read more online.
Explore downtown Punta Gorda at Alive After 5
Wed  Feb 15 2017 08:30AM
Come to Alive After 5, a downtown Punta Gorda tradition, from 5 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 16. Participating downtown merchants stay open late and provide live music, artist wares … Find out how to read more online.
New stage set for Banjo Bash
Wed  Feb 15 2017 08:30AM
“The banjo is such a happy instrument — you can’t play a sad song on the banjo — it always comes out so cheerful.” — Steve Martin Some of that … Find out how to read more online.
French cellist virtuoso Moreau to perform in Sarasota
Thu  Feb 9 2017 08:30AM
Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota presents Edgar Moreau, cello, with Jessica Xylina Osborne, piano, at 3 p.m. Feb. 12, at Faith Lutheran Church, 7750 Beneva Road, Sarasota. The duo’s program, … Find out how to read more online.
DaVinci owner finds ‘home’ in serving loyal customers
Wed  Feb 8 2017 08:30AM
A little more than a decade ago, Sal Aggimenti, left John F. Kennedy International Airport in the middle of a Northeastern snowstorm, heading for Florida. He had seen an ad … Find out how to read more online.
Oh, so fast, and oh, so sweet
Wed  Feb 8 2017 08:30AM
The Ferris wheel is new — and it’s high. The slide is back — and it’s fast. The candy exhibit is about to be unwrapped — and it is sweet. … Find out how to read more online.
‘It’s Cabaret Follies’ Style’ brings variety show to Cultural Center
Wed  Feb 1 2017 08:30AM
Sneak into the speakeasy atmosphere at the Cultural Center, and behold flapper dancers performing a variety show that might make one feel like gangsters are lurking in the midst, as … Find out how to read more online.
Meet The Mersey Beatles at Englewood Event Center
Wed  Feb 8 2017 08:30AM
Following the success of their 2016 U.S. debut tour, The Mersey Beatles, an all-Liverpool-born Beatles tribute band and the house band for 10 years at the world-famous Cavern Club, will … Find out how to read more online.
Surprise your loved ones with Singing Valentines
Wed  Feb 8 2017 08:30AM
Local barbershop chapters of the Barbershop Harmony Society throughout North America and around the world will be providing barbershop quartets to present a unique and memorable Valentine’s gift which can … Find out how to read more online.
Montgomery headlines Hoedown for the Troops
Wed  Feb 15 2017 08:30AM
John Michael Montgomery is a name. If it isn’t immediately recognized, one of the songs it’s associated with will be: “I Swear,” “I Can Love You Like That,” and the … Find out how to read more online.
Showing the love: Wrap up Valentine’s Day plans
Wed  Feb 8 2017 08:30AM
Though the true origin of Valentine’s Day is rather obscure, most historians believe that around the 14th century is when Feb. 14 began to be associated with matters of the … Find out how to read more online.
See award-winning watercolor art at Art Center Manatee
Wed  Feb 15 2017 08:30AM
The Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society juried exhibition at Art Center Manatee drew an unprecedented number of entries, but only a select few of the talented painters won awards. Lakewood Ranch … Find out how to read more online.
Venice Chorale presents ‘From the Stage: Music of Opera, Oratorio and Broadway’
Wed  Feb 15 2017 08:30AM
The Venice Chorale presents “From the Stage: Music of Opera, Oratorio and Broadway” as the second of its three regular-season concerts at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19, at the Venice … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte County Concert Band presents ‘Music the World Over’
Thu  Feb 9 2017 08:30AM
The Charlotte County Concert Band will present its concert entitled “Music The World Over” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12, at the Cultural Center of Charlotte County, 2280 Aaron St., … Find out how to read more online.
Find crafts, home goods, produce and more at Arcadia's Downtown Market Place
Wed  Feb 8 2017 08:30AM
Arcadia's Downtown Market Place, held every fourth Saturday of the month, offers collectibles, crafts and a variety of baked goods and produce for sale. During the winter season the market … Find out how to read more online.
Cracker Fair is grand finale of Lemon Bay Fest
Wed  Feb 8 2017 08:30AM
Englewood's 15th Annual Cracker Fair tops off a weeklong celebration of "Lemon Bay Fest — Englewood's History with Zest," taking place from Feb. 4-11 at Pioneer Park, 300 W. Dearborn … Find out how to read more online.
Sea lions make a splash at the Florida State Fair
Wed  Feb 8 2017 08:30AM
The only traveling sea lion act in the country will travel up Route 75 from its home in Myakka City to the Florida State Fair. Sea Lion Splash is made … Find out how to read more online.
Go ape for the Gas House Gorillas
Wed  Feb 8 2017 08:30AM
The Gas House Gorillas is a modern rock band that puts its own twist on classic favorites. Lead singer Renee Adorna, 48, said she has been performing since she was … Find out how to read more online.
Naples Botanical Garden fuses art, nature
Wed  Feb 1 2017 08:30AM
Outdoor art museum or tropical garden? You can have both at Naples Botanical Garden, 4820 Bayshore Drive, Naples. The garden accents the beauty of Southwest Florida with specialty areas highlighting … Find out how to read more online.


Edison & Ford Winter Estates to host annual Garden Festival
Wed  Feb 1 2017 08:30AM
From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Feb. 11 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 12, Edison & Ford Winter Estates will hold its annual Edison Garden Festival. … Find out how to read more online.
Sign-ups begin for Alliance for the Arts summer camps
Wed  Feb 1 2017 08:30AM
The Alliance for the Arts offers three summer camp options: Minis Arts Camp for 4- and 5-year-olds, Summer Arts Camp for grades K–6, and Musical Theatre Intensive Camp for grades … Find out how to read more online.
DeSoto Arts showcases Florida art at local college
Wed  Feb 1 2017 08:30AM
Paintings, sculptures, photography and other work by some of the area’s best artists will be on display at the Fifth Annual Art of the River exhibit beginning Thursday, Feb. 2. … Find out how to read more online.
Art from the heart with Vincent Monluc
Wed  Feb 1 2017 08:30AM
Retired art professor, cartoon animator and studio manager Vincent Monluc loves having the freedom to paint, exhibit his work and visit his native country Vietnam, as often as possible. “Although … Find out how to read more online.
‘A lot of everything’ at the Sullivan Street Art and Craft Festival
Wed  Jan 18 2017 08:30AM
When American Craft Endeavors were scouting the country for cities to host their shows, they looked at Punta Gorda and immediately decided it had that potential to be a success. … Find out how to read more online.

Wed  Feb 1 2017 08:30AM
March 16, 2016 Upbeat by Tom Lovasko Top of Billboard Chart on March 16 1965 – “Eight Days A Week” by the Beatles 1975 – “Black Water” by the Doobie … Find out how to read more online.
Area premiere of ‘Copenhagen’ at Manatee Performing Arts Center
Wed  Feb 1 2017 08:30AM
The Manatee Players and Little Grey Hat Productions present the area premiere of the play, “Copenhagen” by Michael Frayn, July 9-19 (Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m.; Sundays at … Find out how to read more online.

Thu  Jan 26 2017 09:35AM
OPEN MIC WITH COWBOY JAMES, 8 p.m. - 12 a.m. Open Road Bar, 4313 NW Highway 70, Arcadia. 863-494-0140. JUST JOYCE , (live music), 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Moose … Find out how to read more online.
Venice Theatre pays tribute to Neil Diamond and John Denver
Wed  Jan 18 2017 08:30AM
“America’s Diamond Live starring Jay White” makes its Venice debut on the Venice Theatre MainStage Sunday, Jan. 22, at 8 p.m., and Monday, Jan. 23, at 3 and 8 p.m. … Find out how to read more online.
Masterful wood sculptures and paintings by Ashley Gray
Tue  Jan 24 2017 05:02PM
Award winning-artist/wood sculptor, Ashley Gray, became fascinated with woodcarving, one of America’s earliest art forms, when he was just 7 years old. During a family visit to Maine, he persuaded … Find out how to read more online.
Buz Terry Jazz Orchestra concert at Fishermen’s Village
Wed  Feb 1 2017 08:30AM
Fishermen’s Village is proud to host The Buz Terry Jazz Orchestra for a live concert from noon to 3 p.m. Feb. 24 in the newly remodeled courtyard area between Scotty’s … Find out how to read more online.
Punta Gorda Antiques Show Feb. 4 & 5
Wed  Feb 1 2017 08:30AM
The Punta Gorda Antiques Show returns to the Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center with a good and diverse collection of antiques, art and fine and fun jewelry that will … Find out how to read more online.
Sea Grape Gallery’s artists of the month for February
Wed  Feb 1 2017 08:30AM
From Thursday to March 2, Sea Grape Gallery will be featuring two of their artists, Kelly Gaylord, mixed media artist and Bob Rioux, stained and blown glass artist. While working … Find out how to read more online.

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Wed  Feb 1 2017 08:30AM
April 20, 2016 Upbeat by Tom Lovasko Top of Billboard Chart on April 20 1962 – “Good Luck Charm” by Elvis Presley 1972 – “The First Time Ever I Saw … Find out how to read more online.
Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe presents ‘Cotton Club Cabaret’
Wed  Feb 1 2017 08:30AM
Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe’s sizzling 15th anniversary season concludes with Cotton Club Cabaret, a reprise of its first-ever official production in 2000. The joint will be jumpin’ with this high-spirited, … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota improv festival coming to Florida Studio Theatre
Wed  Feb 1 2017 08:30AM
How do you know summer is near? Is it the smell of Coppertone or the hum of speed boats racing through the bay? In Sarasota, hearing the name “Sarasota Improv … Find out how to read more online.
Venice-Nokomis Rotary Fine Art & Craft Festival
Wed  Jan 18 2017 08:30AM
More than 80 artisans plus many purveyors of food and drink will fill the festival grounds at Venice Municipal Airport this weekend for the 25th Annual Venice-Nokomis Rotary Fine Art … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte Players presents ‘Not Now, Darling’ performances at the Cultural Center
Wed  Jan 18 2017 08:30AM
Charlotte Players is proud to announce performance dates for the first Main Stage production of their 2016-2017 Season, the comedy, “Not Now, Darling,” written by Ray Cooney and John Chapman. … Find out how to read more online.

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