2012-03-01 / What to Do, Where to Go

WHAT TO DO, WHERE TO GO


The 50-year-old classic rock band Invictas performs at 8 p.m. March 3 at the Punta Gorda BBQ and Music Festival at Laishley Park. The band arrives in “Big Caddy,” a hot-rod hearse. $5. (704) 995-3343. 
COURTESY PHOTOS The 50-year-old classic rock band Invictas performs at 8 p.m. March 3 at the Punta Gorda BBQ and Music Festival at Laishley Park. The band arrives in “Big Caddy,” a hot-rod hearse. $5. (704) 995-3343. COURTESY PHOTOS Theater
¦ Night Mother - By the Royal Palm
Players at 8 p.m. March 1-3 and at 2
p.m. March 4 at the Boca Grande Community Center. 964-2670 or www.royalpalmplayers.com.
¦ La Cage Aux Folles - Starring George Hamilton and Christopher
Sieber through March 4 at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts. (239) 597-
1900 or www.ThePhil.org.
¦ Jitters - At Cultural Park Theater,
Cape Coral, through March 4. (239)
772-5862.
¦ My Fair Lady - At the Barbara
B. Mann Performing Arts Hall March
7-11. (239) 481-4849 or www.bbmannpah.
com.
¦ Brigadoon - By Broadway Palm
Dinner Theatre through March 31. (239)
278-4422.
¦ TRU - By Florida Repertory Theatre
through March 18. (239) 332-4488 or
www.floridarep.org.
¦ Squabbles - By the Off Broadway
Palm Theatre through March 3. (239)
278-4422.
Symphony
¦ Scandinavian Night - The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra performs
“Scandinavian Night” at 7:30 p.m. March
3, with a pre-concert lecture at 6:30 at
the Charlotte Performing Arts Center,
701 Carmalita St. Enjoy the works of
Scandinavian composers Jean Sibelius
and Edvard Grieg will be presented,
including Grieg’s Piano Concerto performed by the young, award-winning
pianist Alex Beyer. www.charlottesymphony.com or 205-9743.
¦ Master Works - The Southwest
Florida Symphony presents a Master
Works Concert at 8 p.m. March 3 at the
Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall.
www.swflso.org or (239) 418-1500.
Thursday, March 1
¦ Bike Event - the Trident Triathlon
Club and the Bicycle Center host a Tri-
Seminar at 6 p.m. Learn about bike maintenance, training programs, proper fit
and more. Free Wine and cheese served.
627-6600 or www.bicyclecentercc.com.
¦ Silver Sneakers - A SilverSneakers social starts at 4 p.m. at the Punta
Gorda YMCA. Bill Buckley of Ameriprise
Financial speaks on “Living a Healthy
Life to 100 and Beyond.” Free. 10169
Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda. 505-4000.
¦ Annual Event - The Coastal Conservation Association Annual Banquet
starts at 6 p.m. at the Charlotte Harbor
Event & Conference Center. Enjoy dinner, raffles and auctions to raise funds
to protect marine resources. www.ccaflorida.org, 505-8556 or 639-6546.
¦ Variety Show - The Punta Gorda
Elks present the variety show “Memories
and Dreams,” produced by Sour Note
Productions, at 7 p.m. today through
Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Cultural Center Theater. $12. 586-1653.
¦ Live Music - One Eyed Cat performs from noon-2 p.m. center court at
Fishermen’s Village. 639-8721.


Burnt Store Presbyterian Church presents the My Three Sons Quartet of the Ditchfield Family Singers at 7 p.m. March 2. Love offering; open seating. 639-0001. Burnt Store Presbyterian Church presents the My Three Sons Quartet of the Ditchfield Family Singers at 7 p.m. March 2. Love offering; open seating. 639-0001. ¦ Dinner Music - It Takes Two (Sal
and Andrea Prado) perform from 6-8
p.m. at the Lions Den Restaurant at the
Kings Gate Golf Club. 24000 Rampart
Blvd. 625-0680, ext. 5.
¦ Live Tunes - Latitude performs
from 6-9 p.m. at the Nav-A-Gator. 9700
SW Riverview Cir., Lake Suzy. 627-FISH.
¦ Music Session - The Gilchrist
Park Music Jam Session takes place
from 6-10 p.m. every Thursday at 400
W. Retta Esplanade. Join in or listen
to diverse musical offerings of guitar,
bluegrass, jazz, folk and country music.
661-5622.
Friday, March 2
¦ Music & BBQ - The Punta Gorda
BBQ & Music Festival takes place today
through Sunday at Laishley Park. Gates
open at 6 p.m. tonight and Casey Weston
performs at 8 p.m. The fun includes vendors, an arts and crafts show, food, a
comedy show and other performances.
www.puntagordabbqfestival.com/.
¦ Family Singers - Burnt Store Presbyterian Church presents the My Three
Sons Quartet of the Ditchfield Family
Singers at 7 p.m. as part of the church’s
TGIV (Thank God It’s Variety) free
events outreach ministry. Love offering;
open seating. 11330 Burnt Store Rd. 639-
0001 or info83@embarqmail.com.
¦ Dance Night - “Dancing With the
Charlotte Stars 2012” starts at 6 p.m. at
the Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center. $70 ($25 is a donation to
the Arts & Humanities Council). Vote
for your favorite dancers online: www.
charlottearts.org.
¦ Live Tunes - The Tucci Band
performs from 8 p.m.-midnight at Joe
Cracker Sportsgrille. 1020 El Jobean Rd
258-3444.
¦ Live Music - Up the Creek performs from 5-9 p.m. center stage at Fishermen’s Village. 639-8721.
¦ Town Tours - Almost every Friday
through to May 2012, the Punta Gorda
Chamber of Commerce offers Discovery Punta Gorda tours by boat/trolley
combo or just trolleys. The two combo
tours depart Fishermen’s Village at 1:30
p.m. and 3 p.m. with the trolley-only
tour departing at 3 p.m. 639-3720.
¦ Quilting Group - The Peace River
Quilter’s Guild meets from 10 a.m.-2
p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church. 833-4477.

Saturday, March 3
¦ Rock Band - The Invictas perform
at 8 p.m. at the Punta Gorda BBQ and
Music Festival at Laishley Park. Enjoy
hits from the ’60s-’80s when the band
arrives driving a hot rod-hearse known
as “Big Caddy.” $5. (704) 995-3343, www.
theinvictas.com or www.puntagordabbqfestival.com/entertainment/ livemusic/ the-invictas/.
¦ Chorale Sings - “Barbershop is
Love” is the theme for the annual show
presented by the Cape Chorale at 2:30
and 7 p.m. at the Island Coast High
School auditorium, 2125 De Navarra
Parkway, Cape Coral. Lee County’s only
male singing group affiliated with the
national Barbershop Harmony Society
presents a host of four part barbershop
harmony songs. Tickets are available at
the door.
¦ Bluegrass Music - The Punta
Gorda Train Depot Antique Mall presents the bluegrass band Southwind from
2-4 p.m. Free. Bring lawn chairs for seating. 1009 Taylor Rd. 639-6774.
¦ Annual Sale - The Church of the
Good Shepherd in Punta Gorda has its
annual Rummage Sale from 8 a.m.-noon.
Shop for everything from electronics
and tools to toys and furniture. Proceeds benefit the outreach ministries
of the parish. 401 W. Henry St. 639-2757.
¦ Artful Lunch - A Bag Lady Tea is
set for 2-4 p.m. at the Visual Arts Center. Shop for a variety of handbags and
enjoy a tea luncheon and an auction. $15.
210 Maud St. 639-8810.
¦ Doll Show - The Port Charlotte
Doll Club’s 28th annual Doll and Teddy
Bear Show and Sale starts at 10 a.m. at
the Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center. Enjoy antique and modern
dolls, miniatures, doll clothes and accessories, door prizes and more. 497-1776.
¦ Treasures & Treats - The Burnt
Store Presbyterian Church Youth Group
holds its gigantic annual Treasures and
Treats Garage Sale, from 8 a.m.-noon
in the church fellowship hall. Bargains
include household items, furniture,
clothing, a Bake Shoppe and more. Proceeds fund church youth mission projects. 11330 Burnt Store Rd. 639-0001 or
info83@embarqmail.com.
¦ Live Music - One Eyed Cat performs from noon-2 p.m. center court and
Carol & Johnnie perform variety and
country classics from 5-9 p.m. center
stage at Fishermen’s Village. 639-8721.

¦ Church Party - DC3’s Weekend
House Party runs from noon-3 p.m. at
Deep Creek Community Church, celebrating its move into its first permanent home after 10 years operating as a
portable church. Enjoy an open house,
barbecue, bounce houses, giveaways
and live music. The Celebration Service
is at 10:30 a.m. March 4. 1500 Cooper St.
www.dc3.tv.
¦ Fast Cars - Punta Gorda Speedway
returns to action with Super Late Models for 100 laps on March 3. Gates open
at 4 p.m. with racing starting at 6. 8655
Piper Rd. www.puntagordaspeedway.
com or 575-7223.
¦ Live Tunes - Island Time performs
from 2-5 p.m. at the Nav-A-Gator. 9700
SW Riverview Cir., Lake Suzy. 627-FISH.
¦ Dinner Music - Mary Mancini &
Co. performs from 6-8 p.m. at the Lions
Den Restaurant at the Kings Gate Golf
Club. 24000 Rampart Blvd. 625-0680,
ext. 5.
¦ Wood Crafting - The Peace River
Woodturners meet from 6:30-9:30 p.m.
at the Charlotte County Cultural Center
Community Room. 2280 Aaron St., Port
Charlotte. 743-5140.
¦ Farmers Market - A farmers market is held every Saturday from 8 a.m. to
1 p.m. at Taylor Street and West Olympia Avenue in front of the old Charlotte
County Courthouse. Shop for fresh and
organic produce, seafood, baked goods
and more. 391-4856.
Sunday, March 4
¦ Original Music - Still Friends
opens for Still on the Hill at the next
Steve Fest concert starting with snacks
at 3 p.m. and music from 4-7 p.m. at 3712
Balboa Court, Punta Gorda. Bring a dish
to share, cooler and friends. $15. Free for
children. 743-8919.
¦ Political Talk - Mike Pheneger,
president of the American Civil Liberties Union in Florida and a retired
U.S. Army colonel with 30 years of
service in intelligence work, speaks on
the Bill of Rights, the Constitution, terrorism and geo-politics at noon at the
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. 1532
Forrest Nelson Blvd. 625-3186 or ZawistowskiTL@embarqmail.com.
¦ Live Tunes - Gary & Kerri perform
from 2-5 p.m. at the Nav-A-Gator. 9700
SW Riverview Cir., Lake Suzy. 627-FISH.
¦ Healing Music - A Crystal and
Tibetan Bowl Concert with Robert Austin runs from 6-7:30 p.m. at The Yoga
Sanctuary. Experience relaxation on a
deep level during a concert with 50-plus
singing bowls. $20. 505-9642 or www.
theyogasanctuary.biz.
¦ Farmers Market - The Punta
Gorda Historical Society has a farmers
market from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. every Sunday
in History Park, 501 Shreve Street. Vendors can call 380-6814 or e-mail Ldesguin@hotmail.com.
Monday, March 5
¦ New Exhibit - “Natures Way,”
a new art exhibit, opens at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Gallery,
1532 Forrest Nelson Blvd. The show
runs through mid-April. A free opening
reception is set for noon-1 p.m. March
11. 627-4303.

¦ Motown Night - “A Tribute to
Motown,” featuring The Men of Soul,
with special guest Verceal Whitaker,
starts at 7:30 p.m. at Visani. 2400 Kings
Highway. 629-9191 or www.visani.net.
¦ Hee-Haw Show - A Hee-Haw
Tribute, featuring Richard Kiser, Charlie
McCoy and Jason Coleman, starts at 7 p.m.
at the Cultural Center Theater. $13 members; $15 non-members. 2280 Aaron St.
625-4175 or www.theculturalcenter.com.
¦ Banjo Tunes - The Four Leaf
Strummers play from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. center stage at Fishermen’s Village. 637-0515.
¦ Painting Group - The VAC Plein
Air Group meets from 9 a.m.-noon, location TBA. 627-2770, 639-8810 or www.
vacpleinair.webs.com.
¦ Play Bells - The Joyful Ringers
handbell choir rehearses from 4-6 p.m.
Mondays in the Music Suite at North
Port High School, 6400 W. Price Blvd.
423-0726.
¦ Dance Classes - Professional
dance instructors Frank and Donna
Alsip have classes starting at 6 p.m.
at the Punta Gorda Historical Society
Woman’s Club, 118 Sullivan St. Learn
American and Latin dance styles. 473-
5468 or frankalsip@comcast.net.
¦ Singing Time - The North Port
Chorale rehearses from 6:30-9 p.m. on
Mondays in the Music Suite of the North
Port High School, 6400 W. Price Blvd.
423-7335 or www.northportchorale.info.
Tuesday, March 6
¦ Tenor Vocalist - World-renowned
tenor vocalist Maurice Lo Monaco performs a tribute to film and Broadway
songs at 7:30 p.m. at Visani. 2400 Kings
Highway. 629-9191 or www.visani.net.
¦ Florida Film - A screening of “A
Beautiful Noise,” filmed entirely in Sarasota and South Florida, starts at 6 p.m. at
the Mid-County Regional Library, 2050
Forrest Nelson Blvd. Free. 613-3166.
¦ Wood Art - The Charlotte County
Woodcarvers Club meets from 8 a.m.-
noon at the Punta Gorda Boat Club,
802 W. Retta Esplanade. 505-4246 or
6W39-e19d4n7.esday, March 7
¦ Country Sounds - Tribute artist
Crystal Gage performs at 7 p.m. at the
Cultural Center Dinner Theater. Dinner is served from 5:15-6:35. Show only,
$8-$9; dinner and the show, $23-$25.
2280 Aaron St. 625-4175 or www.theculturalcenter.

com.
¦ Lenten Study - Burnt Store Presbyterian Church offers a Lenten study
series titled “Final Words from the Cross”
at 5:45 p.m. every Wednesday through
March 28. The study series follows “The
Works” dinner at 4:45 p.m. Dinner is a $5
donation. 11330 Burnt Store Rd. 639-0001
or info83@embarqmail.com.
¦ Live Music - One Eyed Cat performs from noon-2 p.m. center stage at
Fishermen’s Village. 639-8721.
Upcoming Events
¦ Guided Tour - The Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center hosts a twohour guided hike at Deep Creek Preserve starting at 8:30 a.m. March 8. Free.
10797 SW Peace River St. 575-5435 or
chec@sunline.net.
¦ Nostalgia Time - The Charlotte
Players present “USO Memories” at
7:30 p.m. March 8 at the Cultural Center
Theater, 2280 Aaron St. $15. 625-41275.
¦ Meet the Author - Naomi Pringle
lectures and signs copies of her novel
“Ginga’ Root Tea” at 1 p.m. March 9 at
the Cafe Philo Book Club at the Charlotte County Englewood Library, Tringali Center, Englewood. 681-3739.
¦ Fashion Accessories - The Punta
Gorda Isles Civic Association’s Gifted
Gator Boutique presents its annual accessory fashion show and luncheon from
11 a.m.-1 p.m. March 8. Models display
handmade jewelry, totes, scarves, wraps
and more. $15. 637-1655 or www.pgica.org.

¦ Celebrity Bartenders - A Celebrity Bartender Night starts at 6 p.m.
March 8 on top of the Wyvern Hotel.
Tips go to the YMCA’s annual Community Kids Campaign. Celebrity Bartenders are Tampa Bay Ray’s players and
coaches. 629-0909, ext. 1.
¦ Music & Song - “A Little Music, A
Little Madness,” written and produced
by local author/composer Barbara Goldberg, starts at 7:30 p.m. March 8-10 at the
Charlotte Players Langdon Playhouse.
Enjoy an evening of music and light
comedy. $12. 255-1022.
¦ Stained Glass - By the Royal Palm
Players March 9-10 at the Boca Grande
Community Center. 964-2670 or www.
royalpalmplayers.com.
¦ Music Fest - The third annual
PODS Englewood Music Festival is set
for March 9-10 at Paul Morris Park, 1401
South River Rd. The headliner is Glenn
Leonard, former lead singer of the
Temptations. Acts include The Florida
Blues Brothers, Tuk’r Hill, Saint Tone
and the Jack Mosley Band. www.EnglewoodMusicFestival.com or 473-0231.
¦ Renowned Singer - Turning Leaf
Productions brings Franc D’Ambrosio
to the Cultural Center Theater at 7:30
p.m. March 10. 2280 Aaron St. 625-4175
or www.theculturalcenter.com.
¦ Band Plays - The Charlotte County
Concert Band, under the direction of
DeVere Fader, presents “March Musicale”
at 2 p.m. March 11 at the Cultural Center
Theater. $7-$8. 2280 Aaron St. 625-4175.
¦ Friends Lunch - The Friends of
the Punta Gorda Library present their
fourth annual luncheon at 10:30 a.m.
March 16 at the Twin Isles Country
Club. Literary actress Barbara Rinella
performs a one-woman show, “Cleopatra: A Life” by Stacy Schiff. $30-$35. 301
Madrid Blvd. 639-8839 or balbarran@
earthlink.net.
¦ Authentically Irish - George
Casey (County Clare) and Cahal Dunne
(County Cork) present laughter and
songs from Ireland at the Cultural Center at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. March 18.
Tickets are $15 and $17 respectively.
2280 Aaron St., Port Charlotte. 625-
4175 or www.theculturalcenter.com. ¦

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