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Friday Facts for January 7, 2022

Dear Chamber Member and Chamber Friends,

Here are your Friday Facts

For Our Community and All Our Members.

From John Wright, President, Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce. Here is a copy of John’s Column printed in the newspaper on January 4, 2022.

For Our Members Only

PG Chamber radio show: Exclusively for PG Chamber members: NOW BOOKING FOR FEBRUARY 2021. Our monthly radio show on Seaview 104.9FM during the Bob Alexander Radio Show is on the first Wednesday and Thursday of each month. The process is very simple – no need to visit the studio. Bob will call you, set up a recording time and it’ll be done over the phone and inserted directly into the programming of this very popular show. You get the option to record two x 2.5 minute slots or else simply record one and have it aired twice during the show. Bob will be able to let you know exactly during which hour it will air. The cost is an incredible $110 (payable to the PG Chamber, not iHeart). To register for the show, simply email John Wright. The rest we’ll take care of for you. Only ten businesses per month, so don’t delay. Offering you a great way to promote your business, advertise an event or simply to show your community support.

For Our Community and All Our Members

Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office – Recently, neighboring counties have seen a rise in hotel parking lot vehicle burglaries. When traveling, always remember to park vehicles in well-lit areas, remove valuables and lock your doors.

From the Clerk of the Circuit Court & County Comptroller – Roger Eaton: Are you or someone you know planning a wedding ceremony, or applying for a marriage license? If so, the Charlotte County Clerk’s office is here to help! Our hassle-free marriage services make it easy for you to say, “I do!”. Start by applying online for a marriage license or scheduling your marriage ceremony at the Justice Center in Punta Gorda.

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Where’s John Now?

Take a Tour of a Local Business and Chamber Member with John. CLICK HERE to find out where he visited this week.

This video will be shared here in Friday Facts, on our Chamber website, and on our Chamber Social Media pages. If you would like to have a visit from John please contact Tara Zajas at tzajas@puntagorda-chamber.com or call the office (941) 639-3720 to schedule a date. [/box]

Janet says Thank YouA Message from Janet

“I want to thank everyone for all of their well wishes. It’s truly appreciated.”

~Janet Garofoli

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Chamber Calendar of Events Members ONLY

Networking Events – January 2022

January 12: Business Over Breakfast 7:15am- 8:30am. (CHANGE OF VENUE!) Wake up and smell the coffee with your Chamber at St. Mary Baptist Church located at 605 Mary St in Punta Gorda hosted by Dream Chasers & Dream Makers. Please be sure to RSVP to reception@puntagorda-chamber.com or call 941-639-3720.

January 18: Business After Hours 5:30pm Come and join your Chamber for our Business After Hours Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center located at 75 Taylor Street in downtown Punta Gorda. Don’t forget to bring a gift to promote and showcase your business! Please be sure to RSVP to reception@puntagorda-chamber.com or call 941-639-3720.

January 26: Networking Luncheon 12 Noon-1:30pm. Come and join your Chamber for our Networking Lunch at the Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association located at 2001 Shreve St. Punta Gorda. Reservations Required. This is our annual State of the City Address with the Mayor. Please be sure to RSVP to reception@puntagorda-chamber.com or call 941-639-3720. NOTE: Cancellations not accepted after 3pm on Friday before event. Cost is $20.00 per person pre-paid. We take cash, check, Mastercard, Visa, Discover & Amex

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25th Annual Punta Gorda Sullivan Street Craft Festival

Saturday, January 15th – Sunday, January 16th, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Free Admission


City Wide Garage Sale, 2021-2022 Schedule

8am – 12 noon, $15.00 per entrant, Parking Lot at 1133 Bal Harbor, Punta Gorda FL

You get two parking spots – one for your vehicle (no commercial vehicles) and one for a table (you provide.) Setup 7am. Trailers require 2 spaces (4 parking spots) – $30


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February 12, 2022

March 12, 2022

April 9, 2022

May 14, 2022

Please contact the Punta Gorda Chamber at 941-639-3720 or email reception@puntagorda-chamber.com.

  • All registrants need to be pre-registered with payment.
  • There will be NO admittance the day of the event.
  • Non-Refundable, Non-Transferable.
  • Sale Held Rain or Shine, No Rain Dates

All the Following Information is for Our Community.

Please Support Our Local Businesses!

Partners in Action News

Four Points by Sheraton (Platinum) – Please join us at T.T.’s Tiki Bar this weekend for a great line up! On Friday, we have Zombie University playing at 7 pm. On Saturday, we have Deven Starr playing at 1 pm and then fan favorite 22N will take the stage at 7:00 pm. On Sunday, finish off the weekend listening to Zodiac at 3:00 pm. The Tiki Bar….always sizzling.

TIME Realty Services, Inc (Gold) – The last 7 days brought us these stats for Punta Gorda, Port Charlotte & North Port: 71 new listings, 153 pending (new contracts), & 145 sold (new closings). How can we assist you? Give us a call and let’s talk about your real estate goals.

Downtown Farmers Market (Gold) The Saturday Punta Gorda Farmers Market is open every Saturday from 8am until 1pm. January Newsletter!

Creative Window Treatments (Silver) –  is your local Hunter Douglas Showcase Dealer. We offer all types of custom window treatments for any business or commercial setting with 2 locations to serve you. Call for your FREE In-Home consultation! 941-637-0015 / 941-828-0000

Isles Yacht Club (Silver) – IYC Charity Cup Series! The Isles Yacht Club Series is a multi-faceted fundraising competition for the benefit of Valerie’s House and Charlotte County Habitat for Humanity. For more information or to see sponsorship opportunities, click here.

Charlotte Players (Bronze) – Charlotte Players- Exit Laughing. When the biggest highlight of your life for the past 30 years has been your weekly bridge night out with the “girls”, what do you do when one of your foursome inconveniently dies? Come check out the first play of 2022 January 6-16. For more information go to www.charlotteplayers.org or call 941-255-1022.

Gulfshore Opera (Bronze) – Start off 2022 with Opera Meets Broadway! January 25th at 7pm

C.A.R.E. (Support) Ladies and Gentlemen the greatest event of all time is set for Saturday January 29, 2022 |6:00pm. Come one, Come all to the 34th annual C.A.R.E. Ball located “Under the Big Top” at the Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center in downtown Punta Gorda. This year’s we will feature a traditional three course sit down dinner, open bar, silent auction (fan favorite), and casino tables. We encourage guests to be creative with their formal wear. To purchase your tickets/ sponsorship opportunities visit www.care2022.givesmart.com. We’ll see you under the Big Top!

The Center for Abuse and Rape Emergencies presents Standing Together Responding to the Call January 31, 2022 located at Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center. This is a community collaboration to educate the public in the fight to end Human Trafficking. Cost: Free Refreshments will be provided in the morning. For more information visit www.carefl.org/events/ Let’s stand together to END Human Trafficking.

Frank Desguin Family (Support) – Copy of Frank’s Column in the newspaper. Did you know this column, which I am privileged to write for the Charlotte County Historical Society, has appeared, typically every other Wednesday, for over ten years? Consequently, I thought it appropriate to revisit the Society’s and now defunct, Historical Center’s evolution.

The Punta Gorgeous Store (Support) – The Punta Gorgeous Store is at the Punta Gorda Chamber!
We are excited to announce that you can find the full range of Punta Gorgeous merchandise at the Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce! Stop by the Chamber to see the collection today and visit us online at www.thepuntagorgeousstore.com. Chamber members receive a 10% discount on all purchases!

Member Information

Valerie’s House – Valerie’s House is a nonprofit organization that helps grieving families who have lost a loved one in Charlotte, Sarasota, Lee, and Collier County. Contact Christine Carey to volunteer, mentor, refer families, fundraising opportunities, and/or donate (christine@valerieshouse.org or 239-841-0382). We can also schedule Valerie’s House Tours. Valerie’s House’s website: www.valerieshouse.org

Kona Ice – Have Kona Ice of North Cape Coral to your Event or Parking Lot in the month of January and we will Donate 20% of Proceeds to the Charity of YOUR choice!! Give us a call at 239-365-9591 or email us at csphillips@kona-ice.com

Rossini Trattoria Gastronomica – Monday, January 17th at 6pm – 4 Course Dinner with Wines from Cantele’s Family. Click here for the menu!

Charlotte County Concert Band – The Charlotte County Concert Band, under the direction of Conductor Bob Miller has planned a special program to open the New Year. The concert entitled “Out of this World” will be on Friday night, January 14, at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center in Punta Gorda. Heather Ivy, an internationally acclaimed Modern Classical Soprano, will be the featured soloist.

We hope that you will join the band on Friday night, January 14, at 7:30 for this concert of music sure to send you out of this world. The Charlotte Performing Arts Center is on the campus of Charlotte High School located at 701 Carmalita Street, Punta Gorda, 33950.  Tickets are available online at www.charlottecountyconcertband.com or at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center the night of the concert

King Fisher Fleet – An introductory course in Florida Fishing is being offered at the PGI Civic Association on Shreve Street in Punta Gorda. 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 demonstrated 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 may pick up helpful tips as well. The instructor is long time local fishing guide Capt. Ralph Allen who might even reveal the locations of a few local hotspots! The course is open to all members of the public and is held on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. for six weeks beginning on Wednesday January 12, 2022. The cost for the class is $50 and advance registration is recommended by calling 941-637-1655.

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Guardian Ad Litem Foundation – The Guardian ad Litem Foundation, 20th Judicial Circuit, will host its newest fundraising event, “What’s your Superpower 5K Walk/Run & Kids Fun Run,” on Feb. 19 in Fort Myers.

The event will be held on the campus of Florida SouthWestern State College and feature a traditional 5K race for runners of all ages, as well as a children’s run and a virtual run for those unable to join the race in person.

Punta Gorda Symphony – Punta Gorda Symphony kicks off the new year on January 16, featuring guest artist and award-winning violinist Sirena Huang on Dvořák’s Violin Concerto at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center in Punta Gorda. Huang will be accompanied by Punta Gorda Symphony under the direction of Music Director and Conductor Maestro Raffaele Livio Ponti. The concert begins at 7:30pm with a pre-concert talk at 6:30pm included with ticket purchase.

Edison and Ford Winter Estates –  Edison and Ford Winter Estates offers several opportunities throughout the year for residents and guests to learn about gardening in Florida. Garden Talks are offered once a month all year long (most months) and cover a wide range of topics from growing orchids to pruning techniques. Gardening Classes are held during the winter and spring months and delve deeper into gardening solutions.

In January, Introduction to Florida Gardening Part I and II will be offered. These classes are helpful for anyone new to Florida or new to gardening in the sunshine state because the amount of sunlight and rain, as well as soil structure is quite different than what many people are used to in the northern states. The classes build on the monthly Garden Talks and provide a more in-depth look at different areas of gardening. Taught by horticultural specialist, Karen Maxwell, each class focuses on gardening aspects specific to Southwest Florida.

Punta Gorda Historical Society – The Punta Gorda Historical Society presents “Kickback”. Music at the History Park January 12th from 4 to 6pm. bring a chair and beverage. Food trucks will be on site.

Dellutri Law Group – Have you taken the steps to protect you and your family if something unexpected happens to you or your spouse? Start 2022 off right and get answers to all your estate planning questions and learn how to protect your family by contacting Mark Martella, Esq. with the Dellutri Law Group, PA at 941-206-3700 or mmartella@dellutrilawgroup.com to schedule a complimentary one hour, no obligation consultation, and learn how to be prepared for the unexpected in 2022.

Hampton Manor of Punta Gorda – Hampton Manor Premier Assisted Living and Memory Care of Punta Gorda offers support of activities of daily living while enabling our residents to remain as independent as possible. Our community should open their doors by the last part of this years quarter, however we are actively taking reservations to offer a locked in pre-opening rate for the first two years. Please contact Amie Conti, Community Development Manager at (941) 201-8053 or email amie@hamptonmanor.co. Visit our website at www.hamptonmanor.co to view our virtual tour of our Cape Coral community that is similar to Punta Gorda.

Charlotte County Imagination Library – Charlotte County Imagination Library (CCIL), an affiliate of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and a program of the Charlotte Players, Inc., announced the receipt of a $1,375.00 donation from the Alligator Park Association on Taylor Road in Punta Gorda. Alligator Park residents, through the leadership of Becky Hedden, adopted CCIL for their charitable giving during the holiday season. Click here to learn more.

Fisherman’s VillageJanuary calendar of events.

Punta Gorda Airport – Arrive early! You’ll be thankful you did. New airport bar, routes, attractions & more!

Peace River Shopper Latest Edition.

Community News

Join the CHARLOTTE COUNTY PARLIAMENTARIANS UNIT for their winter class: “THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION OF ROBERT’S RULES OF ORDER” This course in intended for those who wish to apply Robert’s Rules of Order for more effective meetings. Topics include Motions, Agendas, Voting Procedures, and Bylaws. 6-week sequence, Thursdays, 9 to 11:30 am. January 20 – February 24, 2022 at the Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association building, 2001 Shreve Street, Punta Gorda 33950 Tuition is $40 paid to the PGICA by check or credit card. To register, call the PGICA 941-637-1655, or go online www.pgica.org. Registration is required by January 14, 2022. Students will be provided access to relevant materials. For further information, contact Joyce Gleason 941-637- 921 or joyglee16@gmail.com


ARCHway Institute – Newsletter

Animal Welfare League –Pawsitive News

C.A.R.E. – December Newsletter

Charlotte County Habitat for Humanity – Newsletter

Cooperfish BooksJanuary Newsletter

Loveland Center – Exciting Updates

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

Punta Gorda Mural SocietyDecember Newsletter


The Yoga Sanctuary – January Newsletter


John Wright, President
Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce

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Platinum Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

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)

Support Partners