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Friday Facts for Febuary 10, 2023

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Here Are Your Friday Facts From The Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce

Chamber President John Wright’s newspaper column from February 7.


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PG Chamber Radio Show: Exclusively For PG Chamber Members.


Our monthly radio show on Seaview 104.9FM during the Bob Alexander Radio Show is the first Wednesday and Thursday of each month. The process is simple. Bob will call you, set up a recording time and it’ll be done over the phone and inserted into the programming of this popular show. You get the option to record two slots or record one to air twice during the show. Bob will let you know during which hour it will air. The cost is $110 (payable to the PG Chamber, not iHeart). To register for the show, email John Wright. Only 10 businesses per month. It’s a great way to promote your business, advertise an event or show community support.

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**Please remember to RSVP directly to events by emailing reception@puntagorda-chamber.com, by calling us at 941.639.3720 or by paying for lunch online. We LOVE to see you but we appreciate knowing you’re coming to provide our host with an accurate count to better accommodate us. Thank you for your assistance!
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Tuesday, February 21: After Hours, 5:30-7 pm – Centennial Bank located at 401 Taylor St. in Punta Gorda. Please RSVP.

Wednesday, March 1: Networking Lunch, Noon-1:30 pm – Harbor Social. Lunch choices: Chicken Caesar Salad (can be done without the chicken), Burger and Fries or Mahi Taco with Black Beans and Rice. $20. RSVP by emailing reception@puntagorda-chamber.com, calling 941.639.3720 or pay online.

Wednesday, March 8: Business Over Breakfast, 7:15-8:30 am – HCA Florida Fawcett Hospital, Port Charlotte. Please RSVP.

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All the Following Information is for Our Community.

Please Support Our Local Businesses!

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Whitney Grace: A Letter to Broadway Encore

Join us for a delightful Italian buffet dinner followed by the talented Whitney Grace’s one-woman show!

Wednesday, April 5, 7-9 PM

Charlotte Harbor Convention & Event Center, 75 Taylor Street, Punta Gorda.

$50 per person for dinner and show

A Love Letter to Broadway Encore is a one-hour one-woman follow-up to her November 2022 extravaganza. She jumps from show to show featuring high-energy classics through dance, song and story.

For tickets go to https://www.chamberstaging.com/shop-chamber/

For more information, call 941.639.3720

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Laird’s Golf Challenge

Saturday, June 17
2021 Topgolf Blvd. (Just off I-75 in Fort Myers)

ENTRY FEE: $100 Per Person (4-6 People per team)

Includes Golf, Lunch buffet, & Festivities
Cash Bar, Prizes Galore

Deadline to enter: Thursday, June 8

No need to lug your clubs or wear golf shoes or bring balls and tees… TopGolf supplies everything you need!

For more information: Call 941.639.3720

Email tzajas@puntagorda-chamber.com for a form

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Four Points By Sheraton (Platinum) – T.T.’s Tiki Bar is exactly what you need. Come and enjoy a great meal while having a drink in your hand and toes in the sand. We have two bands making their Tiki debut this weekend. Tonight, we have Tiny Turner, a ZZ Top Tribute band, starting at 7 pm. On Saturday, we have a U2 Tribute Band taking the stage at 7 pm. Both bands are VIP events and you can purchase tickets now at ttspg.com. Please click here to see when all of your favorite bands are performing this month. It’s not too late to book your Valentine’s Day reservations in our Dockside Grill. Please click here for all of the menu details. Our new Tiki hut called Harborside Garden is now open for private events. We are currently booking weddings, rehearsal dinners, birthday parties, celebration of life, corporate events etc. It can hold up to 300 people for dinner and 500 for a reception-style get together. Please call Kelly Williamson at 941.637.6770 for more information. The following are our specials:

  1. Join us for Happy Hour in the Dockside Grill from 4-7 pm every day of the week. We offer $3 draft beer, $4 house wine and $5 premium cocktails
  2. Join us for Happy Hour at T.T.’s Tiki Bar from open to 6 pm Monday to Friday. We offer $4 drafts, $4 well cocktails and $5 house wines.
  3. The Dockside Grill serves all you can eat fish and chips every Friday for $12.95.
  4. The Dockside Grill serves Prime Rib every Saturday
  5. The Dockside Grill features a different nightly special.

TIME Realty (Gold) – It’s Friday! The 7-day rolling stat for PG, PC & NP show 204 new listings,  163 new contracts, 76 new closings and 199 new price decreases. The market has picked up – if you are considering selling, I would love to talk with you! Give me a call, cell 239.699.4493, and put my 25 years of experience to work for you.

Downtown Farmers Market (Gold) Open 8 am to 1 pm Saturdays. Produce, seafood, olives, pickles, guacamole, bakeries and more! More vendors in the parking garage breezeway.

Shore Point Health (Gold) – In recognition of American Heart Month, ShorePoint Health is taking the entire month of February to help people in the community learn ways to reduce their risks with the 28-Day Healthy Heart Challenge. www.ShorePointHealthCharlotte.com/heart-challenge and show your heart some love! ❤️”

The Wyvern Hotel (Gold) – Valentine’s Lovers Retreat, tomorrow includes King Room, four-course dinner and roof-top breakfast for 2. $399. Reservations required. Call 941.639.7700. 101 E. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda.

CAM Realty (Silver) – Virtual office available in Downtown Punta Gorda, $99/+tax per month. Provides your company the image of an office without the cost of dedicated office space. Contact CAM Realty: 941.833.0083.

Coastal Expressions Wine Bar (Silver) – Located in the ISLES at 1133 Bal Harbor Blvd in the Plaza at Suite #1135. If you haven’t been here before, we are more than just a wine bar, we offer a unique fun experience including enjoying delicious food, wine, beer, non-alcoholic drinks, retail wine by the bottle or that unique boutique gift … plus family fun activities by day or night.

Daily, (Tuesday 10 am – Saturday 9 pm) we offer Wine Tastings, Wine Flights, Wine and Food Pairings. Daily, we also serve breakfast flatbreads and mimosas, Flatbread lunch specials served with a complimentary glass of wine, beer or drink of your choice, a full dinner menu including dessert, our date night dinner special for two served with a bottle of red or white, of course our signature “Charcuterie Boards” with flavors of gourmet meats and cheeses from around the globe, our “anytime” date night special for two served with a bottle of red or white, and so much more … Visit our website at www.coastal-expressions.com to view our wine/beer and food menu, including our full “events calendar” with activities of fun things to do with your friend, spouse or when family is in town. Come check us out or give us a call at 941.214.8599.

Creative Window Treatments (Silver) – We are here for your window treatments needs. Area’s only Hunter Douglas Showcase Dealer, Plantations Shutters, Blinds, Shades, Drapery and more. Call 941.637.0015.

Fishermen’s Village (Silver) – February calendar of events and Sunset Beach Club February events. Luxury Romantic February Getaway at The Suites. Book today!

Punta Gorda Chocolate and Wine (Silver) – Only FIVE days until Valentine’s Day! Have you gotten that special someone their perfect gift? Let us craft you a Custom Gift Basket, Wine Basket, Chocolate Heart Box, Beer Basket and more! We will be open on Valentine’s Day from 10 am-6 pm, make it easy and pre-order NOW so all you have to do is pick it up on the way to that special someone. 

Punta Gorda Coffee and Tea (Silver) – Did you know that we have International Organic Coffee Beans? Come see the collection of beans freshly roasted by Black Gold Coffee Roasters. These beans are hand selected and roasted to perfection. Our beans can be ground at the store or you can take the whole beans with you and grind them at home.  

Military Heritage Museum (Silver in Kind) – Monday, February 13: Sweetheart Luncheon and Fashion Show, $35 per person. February Gulf Theater Happenings, click here.

WENG Radio (Silver In Kind) Chamber members can broadcast information about their business to the public. Click here for special rate.

Animal Welfare League (Bronze) – we’ve got kittens, yes we do! We’ve got kittens just for you! TOMORROW, in anticipation of a spring full of kittens and expecting momma cats, we invite you to spend the day with us in celebration. There will be food, drinks, games, raffles and of course KITTENS! Visit our Kitten Shower page on our website or our Facebook Event page for more information. Contact AWL’s Marketing Manager @Elizabeth Marcino for more information.

Charlotte Players (Bronze) – “Natural Woman: A Tribute to Carole King” starring Katie Pinder Brown, Monday, February 27. Natural Woman is the premier tribute to legendary singer/songwriter Carole King. Professional piano entertainer Katie Pinder Brown plays and sings live the iconic songs that defined a generation. At The Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center, 75 Taylor St., Punta Gorda.

The Edwards Twins February 13 and 14. Back by popular demand, The Edwards Twins, direct from Las Vegas! Join us at The Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center for this great show. Located at 75 Taylor Street in Punta Gorda.

“How The Other Half Loves,” Now through February 26. At 1182 Market Circle in Port Charlotte.

March 6: Folk Legacy Trio, 7:30 pm. At The Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center, 75 Taylor St., Punta Gorda.

For more information and tickets, go to www.charlotteplayers.org or call 941.255.1022.

Gulfshore Opera (Bronze) GO into February with community concerts, friendly social events and a full-scale opera production! “The Barber of Seville” will be performed February 19 in Estero and February 23 at the Charlotte PAC in Punta Gorda.

Join the GO Divas at the Emerald Isle with “Songs of Ireland” Touring March 8-15

PicklePlex® of Punta Gorda (Bronze) – You’re invited! Please join us for a PicklePlex® Expansion Celebration for our eight new courts on Friday, February 17, at 10:30 am. We’ll be convening outside courts 11-13 on the FSW Charlotte Campus, 2600 Airport Rd., Punta Gorda. It’s a Black/White event (come in your pickleball attire). There will be food, beverages, music and special activities. See you there!

Our “Monday Night Guided Practice” (perfect for newbies) has become so popular that reservations are now necessary. You will need to sign up by 9 am Monday mornings. The first 26 registered may attend. How to sign up: Download the Team Reach app to your phone; enter Group Code: 22mongp; select the calendar to choose preferred date(s); select Yes if coming or No if not. By registering, we can also message you if we need to cancel a session. Brand new players, please email gloria.reilly@pickleplex.org for special instructions – limited to 12 players (2 courts).

C.A.R.E. of Charlotte County (Support)Love Should NOT Hurt! February has been known as the month of love, and romance. Unfortunately, not all relationships are healthy and they can result in domestic violence or sexual violence. C.A.R.E.’s 24/7 SV Hotline 941.627.6000 has trained advocates that are here to help, promote healing and give hope.

Teen dating violence is an issue that that impacts everyone – not just teens – but their parents, friends and communities as well. February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. Together, we can raise the awareness about teen dating violence and promote safe, healthy relationships. C.A.R.E.’s 24/7 HELPLINE 941.637.0404

Drug Free Punta Gorda (Support) – Thursday, February 16 DFPG Coalition Meeting, 11:30 am-1 pm. Join in person (DFPG Office at East Elem School, 27050 Fairway Drive, Punta Gorda) or by zoom. RSVPs appreciated.

Frank Desquin (Support) – Did you know one of Punta Gorda’s early postmasters was a well-known Florida politician, minister and civil rights advocate? Click here to learn more.

Gator Wilderness Camp School (Support) Banquet Fundraiser, Thursday, March 9, Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association, 2001 Shreve St., Punta Gorda. Sponsor table of 8, $400. $80 individual ticket. Contact Melissa Bergey to reserve tickets or table. 941.639.7722 or email melissab.gatorcamp@gmail.com

Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens (Support) – Upcoming events:

Tomorrow: First Annual Art & Garden Soiree, 6-9 pm. For tickets: Events and Programs | Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens (peacerivergardens.org)

February 14-May 14: Caribbean Colors Exhibit featuring Leoma Lovegrove.

February 16: Wreath Class with Cathy Perry

February 21: Garden Goddesses and Gargoyles

February 26: Brunch with the Birds

March 24: Mums the Word: Murder Mystery in the Gardens

Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association (Support) – Introductory course in Florida Fishing is being offered at the PGI Civic Association. The instructor is local fishing guide Capt. Ralph Allen who might even reveal the locations of a few local hotspots! The course is open to the public and held on Wednesdays from 7-9 pm for six weeks beginning on February 22. Cost is $50 and advance registration recommended. Call 941.637.1655. 

Valerie’s House – Charlotte County (Support) A non-profit organization that helps grieving children and families who have lost a loved one to go on to live fulfilling lives. Our vision is that no child grieves alone. Would you like to be a Valerie’s House Volunteer Facilitator? Our next training will be in Port Charlotte on April 15-16. Please complete the volunteer application link to join us: Volunteer in SWFL — Valerie’s House (valerieshouse.org).

We will also be having our Charity Quarter Frenzy Fundraising Event on Thursday, March 9, 6 pm, 24 Twentyone Event Center, 2421 Tamiami Trail in Port Charlotte.

Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic (Support) – Raffle tickets available for a fabulous Caribbean vacation for two. Winning ticket will be drawn September 30. All proceeds aid our ability to fulfill our mission to provide quality medical and pharmaceutical care for the uninsured residents of Charlotte County.

Visual Arts Center (Support) – Are you looking for something creative to do this Valentine’s Day? The Visual Arts Center is offering the perfect accompaniment to your Valentine’s Day celebration! Join us on February 14 where we will set the scene with, wine, flowers and live music from principal Viola musician, Rachel Cox. You and your sweetheart will be able to enjoy an artistic endeavor together as you decorate your own delicious cupcakes. Join us before or after dinner or make this this the main event! We welcome you to tour our art galleries while you’re here and will have our outdoor patio open for star gazing as well. Limited reservations are available, please call 941. 639.8810 to save your spot before it’s too late, $50 per couple event runs 5-7 pm Valentines at the VAC – Visual Arts Center (visualartcenter.org)

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HipNOTique – The boutique will soon be reopening at 111 West Marion Avenue in Punta Gorda! The pop-up store that was going to be held at the PG Chamber office today has been cancelled.

Sugar Chic Boutique – Re-Grand Opening tomorrow 9 am to 6 pm, 211 West Olympia Ave., Punta Gorda. Free gift with purchase (while supplies last). Complimentary drinks at the door.

Octagon Wildlife Sanctuary – Within the next two weeks, the sanctuary will reopen with guided tours. Tour guides will give the history behind the animals. Yes, it’s different from how you visited in the past but we hope you’ll enjoy it even more. Reservations will be available online soon. octagonwildlife.org

Copperfish Books – Has been a fixture in the heart of Punta Gorda for more than 10 years now, and your support has sustained one of our community’s greatest treasures! We love our store, our team, our customers and the literary happenings that we’ve all created together. But it’s time for us move on to new adventures. And so we are announcing that Copperfish Books is for sale.

Guardian ad Litem Foundation, 20th Judicial Circuit Inc. – The sounds of smooth jazz will again be echoing across Charlotte County at the third annual Jazz on the Harbor, a music and culinary event that benefits the Guardian ad

Litem Foundation, 20th Judicial Circuit. Jazz on the Harbor will be held March 30 at Isles Yacht Club in Punta Gorda.

Punta Gorda Woman’s Club –Bunco Game Day!” Come one, come all! This event is on Friday, February 17, noon. Open to the public. Bunco is a fun dice game you can learn on the spot. Tickets cost $20 and include lunch and prizes! Call Ellen Say 941.204.1073. Tickets must be purchased at least one week before the game. Mahjongg Tournament fundraiser, Saturday, March 4, 1-4 pm. Registration: $30 due by February 25. 118 Sullivan Street, Punta Gorda.

Carmelo’s Italian Ristorante – Taste of Sicily Wine Tasting & Food Event, Tuesday, February 28, 6-9 pm. Tickets ($50) are limited and only available through RESY.

Coldwell Banker/Sunstar Realty – We are having a Grand Re-Opening Celebration on Tuesday February 14 from 4-6 pm. This will give people time to go to dinner with their loved one. Light refreshments. 2825 Tamiami Trail #A, Punta Gorda.

ARCHway Institute – Welcomes Matt Boggs to Board of Directors.

Burnt Store Presbyterian Church – Presents: Lenten Reflections with Pastor Jaco. Each Wednesday in March (1-29), Pastor Jaco will offer thoughts on The Disciplines of Lent, sharing his beliefs about the different spiritual disciplines that are needed during this special time in the church.  

Loveland Center – 3rd Annual Ability 5K Run/1K Walk, March 26, 7:30 am, Laishley Park, Punta Gorda

Boca Beacon – 41st Annual Rotary Fine Arts Festival, March 25-26, 10 am to 4 pm on West Dearborn St., Englewood.

Gold Theatricals – Presents “Love Letters” By A.R. Gurney. 

We love our Chamber! Use Code: PGCHAMBER for 25% off tickets to “Love Letters” being performed at The Charlotte Performing Arts center in Punta Gorda on Friday, February 17 at 7 pm. Visit goldtheatricals.com for tickets.

Sea Grape Gallery – It looks like Sea Grape will reopen around the beginning of March. Until then, visit seagrapegallery.com to view art and artist contact information.

Pomegranate & Fig Gift Boutique – Hello Valentine!. Love month equals engagement season. Spring Fashion is arriving every week. A classic returns; Mason jar re-usable bags are back in stock with pretty new packaging. Click here.

Meals on Wheels of Charlotte County – Mardi Gras on Marion, Saturday, February 25, 1:30 pm.

Players Circle Theater – “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” – This smash hit, side-splitting, funny musical exposes everything you’ve secretly thought about dating, mating, marriage and romance but were too afraid to admit. See why it is one of the longest-running Off-Broadway shows ever, with over 5,000 performances. Runs through February 26. Tickets $35-$50. playerscircletheater.com 239.800.3292.

Friday, February 10: Preview Show 8 pm

Saturday, February 11: Opening Night Show 7 pm 

Sunday, February 12: Show 7 pm

Tuesday, February 14: Show 7 pm

Wednesday, February 15: Show 7 pm

Thursday, February 16: Show 7 pm

Friday, February 17: Show 8 pm.

Monday, February 13: Danny Sinoff Sings Sinatra – The Capital Years – Show 7 pm $35 VIP $25 General

The Players Circle Theater is located at The Shell Factory in North Ft Myers, just 5 miles from Charlotte County line. Elegant, intimate theatre. Free parking. Dinner available before the show. 

The Rotary Club of Punta Gorda – The Punta Gorda Rotary Club Foundation is pleased to present the 15th annual Taste of Punta Gorda at Laishley Park from 11 am to 5 pm, Sunday, March 5. Sponsorships available. Sponsorship form.

Charlotte Harbor Paddlers Dragon Boat Club – Be part of our team. Free intro sessions every Tuesday in February, 10 am- noon, Burnt Store Boat Ramp, 230 Burnt Store Rd., Cape Coral.

Punta Gorda Historic Murals Society – Walking tours of the murals will be held every Tuesday and Thursday, now through March 30. Tours limited to 12. Click here for information.

Heroes Unmasked – A non-profit organization based in Southwest Florida to benefit children with illnesses. Get involved through hospital and residential visits dressed as superheroes and philanthropy partnerships. For more information, call 941.421.6556, visit HeroesUnmasked.org or email HeroesUnmasked@yahoo,com

Punta Gorda Pub Crawl – While there is no “pub crawl” in 2023, there will be a Hurricane Relief Concert and Food Drive on Saturday, February 25 from 11 am to 3 pm in the street between Nesbit and U.S. 41 NB in Punta Gorda.

Punta Gorda Symphony – Two great events you won’t want to miss! Valentine’s Day at the Visual Art Center, 5-7 pm $50 per couple. Jazz on the Lawn, February 18.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Charlotte County – Farm 2 Table, March 11, 5:30-9:30 pm, Laishley Park. Gourmet dinner, live entertainment, silent auction, cash bar. $125 per person. Click here for information and tickets.

The Grill at 1951 – Open Mahjong Luncheon every Tuesday at 11:30 am. Call Sari at 516.343.6996. Plan a special night for Valentine’s Day. We have the perfect dinner menu and place for you to have a romantic getaway that includes a live show.

Punta Gorda Boat Club – Boating in Charlotte Harbor Seminar

TOMORROW, 8:30 am-noon. If you are new to Charlotte County or just want a little more info on how to safely navigate your boat within our waters, this seminar is for you. $10 per person. As a special offer, anyone who attends our seminar will be entitled to join our boat club for 20% off the initiation fee. Call 941.639.3828 and leave your name and contact number. 

Connect Print & Promotions, LLC. – Every February we are pleased to host and sponsor the monthly “Business Over Breakfast” as our way of saying thank you, Punta Gorda!

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Charlotte County Imagination Library – Horses, Kids & Books, Oh My!!! HorsePower for Healing and Gilstad Literacy Foundation are collaborating on this event for families to benefit Charlotte County Imagination Library on Saturday, February 11.

An affiliate of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and a program of Gilstad Literacy Foundation, Inc., Imagination Library has received multiple grants and donations to support the program that mails a free book to enrolled children every month from birth until age 5. All children in this age range living in Charlotte County are eligible. Enroll at www.imaginationlibrary.com or www.charlottecountyimaginationlibrary.org

Nadine’s Closet – We sell custom, unique bold jewelry, hats (including vintage hats) and music boxes. Located downtown at 103 W. Marion, Punta Gorda, enter in the back and go up the stairs. A little hard to find but worth the trip!

Short Film Festival Returns – The Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor & Convention Bureau and Asbury Shorts USA present the 9th Annual Punta Gorda Short Film Festival on March 1 at the Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center. Tickets are available at the Chamber office.

Smargasy Inc. – Do you need help with your Digital MarketingLet’s talk. Call/text 239.214.8592.

TEAM Punta Gorda – Ride with us on Saturday, March 25: Pedal and Play in Paradise. A Cycling Celebration in Punta Gorda.

All Dry Services of Florida Gulf Coast – Locally owned, our services include water and flood damage, mold remediation, sanitizing and deodorizing, leak detection and air fogging services. Call 703.307.7379

Yogaz – A clothing line launched on Pine Island in January 2022. Yogaz founders Barbara and Buck Pelton have relocated to Punta Gorda and the Yogaz clothing line is now available at Punta Gorda’s local markets. For more information, go to yogaz.com or yogi@yogaz.com or call 507.382.7232

ERTC Refund – We help businesses recover the payroll taxes they paid for the employees they retained during the pandemic. Basically, it’s a refund of your payroll taxes. This is a $400 billion program. We want to qualify as many businesses as possible so they can get their share of that $400 billion. It costs nothing to find out if your business qualifies for this refund. I’ll do it for you – contact me by phone or text at: 941.200.1204 or send me an email at: bob.wenz@americanercprogram.com. All I need is your name, phone number, and email address, plus the legal name of your business to see if your business qualifies. Get qualified now!

Kelting Inspections – A proud partner of Hometown Heroes as we understand that we cannot thank our veterans enough for what they have done for our country. We offer discounts for veterans and active duty military! Call 941.655.8888 to schedule.

St. Vincent DePaul – St. Vincent de Paul, Sacred Heart Conference – Open to serve our neighbors in need 9 am-12 noon Monday-Wednesday-Friday at 25200 Airport Rd. Walk-ins welcome, no appointment necessary.

BioCide Labs – We can help with mold removal, treatment and prevention. Our main focus is the mitigation and remediation of water-damaged structures. We will walk you through the entire process over the phone and offer 15% off mold testing and remediation products when you mention the PG Chamber. Call 239.206.2854 or visit BioCideLabs.com

Quick Mobile Repair – Offering a quick turnaround time for repairing cell phones, tablets, laptops, gaming consoles, etc. We are scheduling house calls for any home tech issue. Located in the Cross Trails Center, 615 Cross St. #1104. For information or to schedule appointments, please call 941.655.6681.

Elie Electric Services LLC – We normally are marine based and working on our waterways, however during this time we will be working on land projects to help homeowners. 1512 Nina St., Port Charlotte. 941.763.5348. elieelectricservice.com

Copy Life – We have copy machines and printers. Email tmacia@copylifeinc.com or call 404.230.8443.

Edison and Ford Winter Estates – Gardening events, talks and classes offered. Click here for dates and times.

Strictly Sinatra performing on tonight.

Tomorrow: Celebrate Thomas Edison’s 176th birthday at10 am

February 11-12: 9 am – 4 pm, Annual Spring Garden Festival. More than 60 garden vendors with exotic and native plants and trees for sale.

February 14: Partnering with Captiva Spirits to offer guests a special Valentine’s Day Cocktail Chemistry Class. Visitors will learn how to make cocktails while enjoying appetizers, chocolate, music and a sunset view.

February 17: Neil Zirconia, a Neil Diamond tribute entertainer will perform at the next Rhythm on the River celebration. 

March 26: Annual Vintage “Base Ball” Tournament at historic Terry Park in Fort Myers. First game at 10 am.

Peace River Shopper Latest Edition. Arcadia Community Local.

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Ribbon Cuttings

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February 16: Burnt Store Title & Escrow, 1133 Bal Harbor Blvd., Punta Gorda. New location. 5:30 pm

February 20: St. Vincent de Paul, 25200 Airport Rd., Punta Gorda. Event from 4-7 pm. Ribbon cutting at 4:30 pm

February 25: Charlotte County Historical Society, 311 E. Charlotte Ave. Local Black History Mural Dedication. 10 am-Noon

February 28: Essential Constructs, Chamber office. 5:30 pm

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County Clerk Valentine’s Wedding Event

The Clerk’s office is now offering a Valentines themed wedding event in our ceremony room through February 17!  Come join us for an extra special event on February 14 as refreshments and music are provided as part of our Valentine’s Day wedding service.

Planting/Caring For Young Citrus Workshop

UF/IFAS Extension Charlotte County will be presenting a

class on “Planting and Caring for your Young Citrus” at 10 am, February 22 at Centennial Park Recreation Center, 1120 Centennial Blvd., Port Charlotte. Registered attendees will receive a ‘Sugar Belle’ citrus tree and an individual protective cover. Registration is open on Eventbrite. For information, contact Holly Bates at 941.764.4340 or Holly.Bates@CharlotteCountyFL.gov 

DEP Launches Hurricane Restoration Reimbursement Grant Program

The online grant application portal began accepting applications on February 1.

Punta Gorda Charlotte Public Library Winter Concert Sales

Charlotte County Libraries and History presents the Punta Gorda Charlotte Library Winter Concert Series at the Punta Gorda Charlotte Library located at 401 Shreve St., Punta Gorda. All performances are free and start at 5 pm. No tickets or reservation required. Schedule 

County Tourism Development Council Now Accepting EDP Applications

The Charlotte County Tourist Development Council is accepting applications for the 2023 Event Development Program (EDP). The EDP provides reimbursable funding to assist in the development of new events, occurring in low or shoulder seasons which promote Charlotte County as a tourist destination. The application is available online here. Program guidelines and application were recently revised. Applications due February 22 by emailing Brynja.Phipps@PureFlorida.com.”

FEMA Hurricane Ian Update

Recovery Update

Resource Report

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Employment Opportunities

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Aramark Hiring Event

TODAY, 8 am – 5 pm

Courtyard by Marriott Fort Myers

4455 Metro Pkwy Fort Myers, FL 33916

Candidates can RSVP by texting FDOCHIRING to 63000!

Or using this link:


Come be a part of the action! Join Charlotte Correctional Institute for an interview!

We will be hiring for Corrections Kitchen Workers.

Job Offers on the spot!

Starting at $19/hour

*$500 Sign-on Bonus*


Corrections Kitchen Workers supervise inmates to ensure that meal and food items are prepared in accordance with production plans. In this role, you will train workers in methods of performing duties, as well as assign and coordinate work to promote the efficiency of operations. This person is also responsible for the sanitation of the facility and maintaining personal safety, by conforming to all standards and regulations

The Grill at 1951

Hiring Multiple Positions – Start Now!

  1. Experienced Server for fine dining (or quick to learn)
  2. Front End Floor Manager
  3. Bartender
  4. Line cook
  5. Soup expert  
  6. Dishwasher (full & part time)

Please send Resume to: info@thegrillat1951.com

Call David with questions 239.298.2827

United Way of Charlotte County

Resource Development Director

Please share with your connections. We work with a great team, and serve an incredible community. All we need is someone to help us obtain the resources to continue making an impact! Click here for more information: https://www.unitedwayccfl.org/…/now-hiring-resource

The Yoga Sanctuary

Massage Therapists

While we have grown quite a bit just recently, our hope is to continue to expand our massage and wellness offerings. We are still on the search for experienced massage therapists who are looking for a long-term role in a stable and positive environment. Do you know someone? Send them our way! Click HERE

Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association

Event Technician (Part-time)

– This is a physical role requiring very flexible scheduling including weekends and evenings, a strong work ethic, initiative, exceptional organization, good judgement, and outstanding customer service skills. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Event Technician is responsible for: setting up and preparing the auditorium and classrooms for daily activities; setting up and breaking down the auditorium and classrooms for large special events; and staffing special events. $15-$17 per hour. Send resume to teriashley@pgica.org for consideration.


Facility and Maintenance Coordinator (Full-time)

Physical role requiring very flexible scheduling, strong work ethic, initiative, good judgement, and outstanding customer service skills. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Facility and Maintenance Coordinator is responsible for: setting up auditorium and classrooms for daily activities; setting up and breaking down auditorium and classrooms for large special events; staffing special events; and maintaining the cleanliness, repair and safety of the facility, equipment, and grounds. $17-$19 per hour. Includes paid vacations and holidays. Send resume to teriashley@pgica.org.

Coastal Expressions Wine Bar

Kitchen Help

Local, fun WINE BAR in the Isles of Punta Gorda is looking to expand their kitchen staff. Are you looking for a part-time position with a limited menu for easy prepping and execution? Flexible shifts to work with your “semi-retired” lifestyle! Or are you a high school student 18+ or new college graduate? Excellent opportunity to learn culinary skills in a small kitchen environment. Limited menu allows you to hone your skills in our prep kitchen. The position will include week days and/or evenings plus Saturdays. Occasional special events. Approx. 12-20 hours/week. $12/hour plus tips. Please send resume to loris@coastal-expressions.com or call 941.214.8599

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Animal Welfare League –January Pawsitive Press

C.A.R.E. – December Newsletter

Charlotte Community Foundation – January Newsletter

Copperfish Books – January Newsletter

Downtown Farmers Market – January Newsletter

Grill at 1951 – November Newsletter

Gulfshore Opera – January Newsletter

Loveland Center – December Newsletter

Military Heritage Museum – January Newsletter

Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens – January Gardens at a Glance

Punta Gorda Airport – PDG Buzz

Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor & Convention Bureau – Newsletter

Punta Gorda Historical Society – January Newsletter

Punta Gorda Mural SocietyJanuary Newsletter

Punta Gorda Symphony – Newsletter

SandStar Remodeling/AR HomesDecember Newsletter

SCORE – December Newsletter

Suncoast Humane Society – Humane Connection Newsletter

TEAM Punta Gorda – November Newsletter

TIME Realty Services Inc. – November Newsletter

The Yoga Sanctuary – January Newsletter

Platinum Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

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Animal Welfare League

Calenda Real Estate Group

Centennial Bank

Charlotte Community Foundation

Charlotte Players

Denise Henry –ReMax Anchor Realty

Farr, Farr, Emerich,Hackett, Carr, and Holmes Law Firm

HCA Florida Fawcett Hospital

Granny Nannies Home Care

Gulfshore Opera

Hoff’s Air Authority

Pickleplex of Punta Gorda

State Farm Agency -Mike Martin

Superior Carpet & Upholestry Cleaning

Wotitzky, Wotitzky, Ross, & Young, PA

Port Charlotte Florist (In Kind)

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