2012-03-08 / What to Do, Where to Go

WHAT TO DO, WHERE TO GO


The Charlotte Sports Modelers Society hosts the 2012 Southwest Florida Aerobatic Challenge from 8:30 a.m.-sunset March 10 and from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. March 11 at its flying field on Kings Highway, 5.5 miles northeast off Exit 170 of I-75. Signs will be posted. Enjoy contests, demos and more by scale airplanes. 
COURTESY PHOTOS The Charlotte Sports Modelers Society hosts the 2012 Southwest Florida Aerobatic Challenge from 8:30 a.m.-sunset March 10 and from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. March 11 at its flying field on Kings Highway, 5.5 miles northeast off Exit 170 of I-75. Signs will be posted. Enjoy contests, demos and more by scale airplanes. COURTESY PHOTOS Theater
¦ Stained Glass - By the Royal Palm
Players March 9-10 at the Boca Grande
Community Center. 964-2670 or www.
royalpalmplayers.com.
¦ My Fair Lady - At the Barbara
B. Mann Performing Arts Hall though
March 11. (239) 481-4849 or www.
bbmannpah.com.
¦ Red - By Florida Rep through March
25. (239) 332-4488 or www.floridarep.
org.
¦ The Great American Trailer
Park Musical - By Broadway Palm
Dinner Theatre March 8-April 29. (239)
278-4422.
¦ In The Next Room, or The
Vibrator Play - By Laboratory Theater March 9-24. (239) 218-0481 or www.
laboratorytheaterflorida.com.
¦ Dog Sees God: Confessions of
a Teenage Blockhead - By FGCU
Theatre at 8 p.m. March 9-11 at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center. www.
sbdac.com or (239) 333-1933.
¦ 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.
Thursday, March 8
¦ Guided Tour - The Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center hosts a free
two-hour guided hike at Deep Creek
Preserve starting at 8:30 a.m. 10797 SW
Peace River St. 575-5435 or chec@sunline.net.
¦ 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. 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. 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. tonight through
Saturday at the Charlotte Players Langdon Playhouse. Enjoy an evening of
music and light comedy. $12. 255-1022.
¦ Nostalgia Time - The Charlotte
Players present “USO Memories” at
7:30 p.m. at the Cultural Center Theater,
2280 Aaron St. $15. 625-41275.
¦ Live Music - Patchouli performs
from noon-2 p.m. center court at Fishermen’s Village. 639-8721.
¦ Dinner Music - DJ Noelle performs 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 - Mike Miller performs
from 6-9 p.m. at the Nav-A-Gator. 9700
SW Riverview Cir., Lake Suzy. 627-FISH.


George Casey (County Clare, right) and Cahal Dunne (County Cork, left) present laughter and songs from Ireland at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. March 18 at the Cultural Center of Charlotte County. $15- $17. 2280 Aaron St., Port Charlotte. 625-4175 or www.theculturalcenter.com. George Casey (County Clare, right) and Cahal Dunne (County Cork, left) present laughter and songs from Ireland at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. March 18 at the Cultural Center of Charlotte County. $15- $17. 2280 Aaron St., Port Charlotte. 625-4175 or www.theculturalcenter.com. ¦ 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 9
¦ Cancer Fundraiser - The 17th
annual Cattle Barons’ Ball, benefiting
the American Cancer Society, starts at 7
p.m. at the Charlotte Harbor Event and
Conference Center, 75 Taylor St. Enjoy a
black-tie event with a unique menu, the
signature R.O.C.K. Auction and more.
$125. 627-3000, ext. 3801.
¦ Meet the Author - Naomi Pringle
lectures and signs copies of her novel
“Ginga’ Root Tea” at 1 p.m. at the Cafe
Philo Book Club at the Charlotte County Englewood Library, Tringali Center,
Englewood. 681-3739.
¦ Benefit Concert - The Higher
Ground Performing Arts Company presents an “Inspire” benefit concert at 7:30
p.m. at the Cultural Center Theater.
2280 Aaron St. $10 adults and $7 students and seniors. 625-3622 or www.
highergroundperformingarts.com.
¦ Music Fest - The third annual
PODS Englewood Music Festival is set
for today and Saturday 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.
¦ Live Tunes - The Zombie Band
performs from 8 p.m.-midnight at Joe
Cracker Sportsgrille, 1020 El Jobean Rd.
258-3444.
¦ 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 10
¦ History Program - “The Patriot
and the Widow,” a talk about Union
refugees living on Useppa Island during
the Civil War, by author and historian
Robert Macomber, starts at 10 a.m. at
the Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association.
2001 Shreve St. 637-1655.
¦ Sports Yoga - Yoga for Tennis
runs from 1-3 p.m. at The Yoga Sanctuary. Enhance your game with a yoga
practice designed specifically for tennis
players. $35. 505-9642 or www.theyogasanctuary.biz.
¦ Free Yoga - A free yoga class taught
by Meghan Gunther starts at 1 p.m. at
Yoga at Periwinkle Place. Donations benefit Port Charlotte High School’s Project
Graduation. 2605 Tamiami Trl. 380-5845.
¦ Seafood Event - The Peace River
Seafood Festival runs from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
today and from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at
Laishley Park, 100 E. Retta Esplanade.
Enjoy seafood vendors, business and
craft vendors, a water-ski show and
more. 206-1188.

¦ Renowned Singer - Turning Leaf
Productions brings Franc D’Ambrosio to
the Cultural Center Theater at 7:30 p.m.
2280 Aaron St. 625-4175 or www.theculturalcenter.com.
¦ Photo Tour - A photograph tour of
Babcock Ranch starts at 8:30 a.m. Get up
close and personal with wildlife. $39.95.
(800) 500-5583 or www.babcockwilderness.com.
¦ Fast Cars - Punta Gorda Speedway features Open Wheel Modifieds,
plus Street Stock, Cowboy Cadillacs and
Dwarf Cars. Gates open at 4 p.m. with
racing starting at 6. 8655 Piper Rd. www.
puntagordaspeedway.com or 575-7223.
¦ Dinner Music - Daniel Ribel 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 11
¦ Band Plays - The Charlotte County
Concert Band, under the direction of
DeVere Fader, presents “March Musicale” at 2 p.m. at the Cultural Center
Theater. $7-$8. 2280 Aaron St. 625-4175.
¦ Nature Hike - The Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center offers a free,
guided tour of Prairie/Shell Creek Preserve at 8:30 a.m. 3081 Duncan Rd. at
575-5435 or chec@sunline.net.
¦ Trop Rock - Jim Morris perform
from 2-5 p.m. at the Nav-A-Gator. 9700
SW Riverview Cir., Lake Suzy. 627-FISH.
¦ 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 12
¦ 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.

¦ Jazz Concert - The Charlotte
County Jazz Society presents Dave
Pruyn and the Jazz Legacy Big Band at 7
p.m. at the Cultural Center of Charlotte
County, 2280 Aaron St. Free for members, $15 for non-members. 625-4175,
766-9422 or www.ccjazz.org.
¦ Nature Hike - The Charlotte
Harbor Environmental Center offers a
free, guided tour of Prairie/Shell Creek
Preserve at 8:30 a.m. 3081 Duncan Rd.
575-5435 or chec@sunline.net.
¦ Open Mic - The Peace River
Center for Writers hosts an Open Mic
Nigh from 6:30-8:30 p.m. center stage
at Fishermen’s Village. Read, sing and
listen. 637-3514.
¦ 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.
Tuesday, March 13
¦ Celebrity Bartenders - Port
Charlotte’s own Tony Hargrove, who
played with the New Orleans Saints
during Super Bowl XLIV, is the guest
bartender, assisted by Jomo Brown, at
the Military Heritage Museum’s Night
at 5 p.m. at John Hall’s Goal Post Grill
and Sports Bar, 3575 Tamiami Trl. Enjoy
music by Herb and Leslie Isley of the
Armadillo Band. 575-9002.
¦ 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
639-1947.
Wednesday, March 14
¦ Wine Program - The Italian American Club of Venice hosts “A Wine Tasting,” an informative wine program by
Whole Foods of Sarasota wine specialist
Kelly Snyder and staff, at 7 p.m. at 1375
Ringling Dr., Venice. $15. For tickets:
412-4287 or 493-8883.
¦ Miami Trip - The Travel Team of
Burnt Store Presbyterian Church offers
a Miami trip that includes a breakfast
snack, lunch, a tour of Vizcaya, a stop
at the Lincoln Road Mall, motor coach
transportation and all gratuities. The
bus leaves at 7 a.m. $89. 11330 Burnt
Store Rd. info83@embarqmail.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.
¦ Fun for Singles - The Shell Factory
hosts a Singles Mingle from 6-9 p.m. every
Wednesday in the Dolphin Club with
music by Erich. (239) 995-2141, ext. 117.

Upcoming Events
¦ Country Western - One Eyed Cat
performs from 7-9 p.m. March 15 center
stage at Fishermen’s Village. 639-8721.
¦ Art Event - Punta Gorda Gallery
Walk runs from 5-8 p.m. March 15 in
the downtown Punta Gorda Historic
District. Enjoy art, music, shopping and
dining. 391-4856.
¦ Nostalgia Tunes - Cul-Cen Productions presents “Do You Remember,”
featuring music from the 1950s, ’60s,
Motown and Broadway, March 15-17 at
the Cultural Center of Charlotte County. In addition to the Cul-Cen Chorus,
performers include The Tappers, Jim
Reuter and Denise Joop. $9 for members, $10 for non-members. 625-4175,
ext. 221.
¦ 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.
¦ Irish Supper - The Episcopal
Church of the Good Shepherd in Punta
Gorda serves its annual Irish Corned
Beef and Cabbage Dinner at 6 p.m.
March 17 in celebration of St. Patrick’s
Day. $12. 401 W. Henry St. 639-2757.
¦ Wine Event - Gilded Grape Winery hosts a Wine Tasting and Customer
Appreciation St. Patrick’s Day event
from 6-9 p.m. March 17. Enjoy karaoke
under the stars with Dino. $5. 235-9463
or www.gildedgrape.com.
¦ Home Tours - The Punta Gorda
Historical Society offers historic homes
tour from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 17 and
from noon-4 p.m. March 18. See eight
buildings in the PG Historic District.
$10. Get tickets at the PG Woman’s
Club Building, 118 Sullivan St. 639-
1887 or pghs118@centurylink.net.
¦ Crafts & More - The Spring Buckler’s Craft Fair runs March 17-18 at the
Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference
Center. $6. (386) 860-0092 or bpcrafts@
cfl.rr.com.
¦ Art Fest - The annual Peace River
National Art Festival runs from 10 a.m.-
5 p.m. March 17-18 at Laishley Park.
639-8810.
¦ Irish Fest - A St. Patrick’s Day
Celebration runs from 5-9 p.m. March
17 at Fishermen’s Village. Enjoy traditional Irish tunes by Lee County Pipes
& Drums and Marcille Wallis & Friends
plus Irish dancers and food. 637-4874.
¦ Beatles Tribute - The Royal
Palm Players host The Nowhere Band
at 4 p.m. March 18 at the Boca Grande
Community Center. The band blends
brings The Beatles to life with period
costumes and authentic instruments.
$79 adults, $50 kids under 12. 964-2670
or www.royalpalmplayers.com.
¦ Authentically Irish - George
Casey (County Clare) and Cahal Dunne
(County Cork) present laughter and
songs from Ireland at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
March 18 at the Cultural Center of Charlotte County. $15- $17. 2280 Aaron St.,
Port Charlotte. 625-4175 or www.theculturalcenter.com.

¦ Fashion Show - The American
Business Women’s Association holds its
Spring Fling Fashion Show from 1-5 p.m.
March 18 at Visani, 2400 Kings Highway. $25, with proceeds benefiting the
ABWA’s scholarship program. 255-3555.
¦ Concert Series - Burnt Store
Presbyterian Church’s 2012 Concert
Series comes to a close at 7:30 p.m. March
19 with a performance by the Woody Herman Orchestra. $20. 11330 Burnt Store Rd.
639-0001 or info83@embarqmail.com.
¦ Jazz & More - The Charlotte
County Big Band plays at 7 p.m. March 19
at the Cultural Center of Charlotte County, 2280 Aaron St. $8-9. This is a fundraiser for the Charlotte High School Band.
www.charlottecountybigband.com.
¦ Lunch Program - PGICA hosts
a Lunch and Learn from 11:30 a.m.-1
p.m. March 20 at 20.01 Shreve St. Enjoy
a free lunch and a lecture featuring Dr.
Charles Triola on the topic of P.A.D.
Reservations required: 637-1655.
Ongoing Events
¦ Yoga Class - Yoga at Periwinkle
Place offers Yoga Flow at 5:30 p.m. on
Mondays and Fridays. Walk-ins are $10.
855-0232 or portcharlotteyoga.com.
¦ Glass Exhibit - “American Studio Glass: Fifty Years of Extraordinary
Achievement” is on view in the Richard
and Barbara Basch Gallery at the Ringling
College of Art and Design through March
24. The exhibition of more than 30 works
features some of the major figures in the
American Studio Glass movement. 2363
Bradenton Rd., Sarasota. 351-5100.
¦ Plant Sale - A Native and Florida
Friendly Plant Sale runs from 9 a.m.-2:30
p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays throughout
the winter season at CHEC’s Alligator
Creek Preserve, 10942 Burnt Store Rd.
Proceeds help fund environmental programs at CHEC. 575-5435.
¦ Flea Market - The Train Depot
Outdoor Flea Market runs from 8:30
a.m.-2 p.m. on the third Saturday of each
month at the Punta Gorda Train Depot
Freight Dock at Taylor Road and Carmalita Street. To reserve space: 639-6774.
¦ Fitness Classes - Certified group
exercise instructor Mimi Ford presents
Forever Fit Total Body Workouts from
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Mondays and
Wednesdays at the Franz Ross Park
YMCA in Port Charlotte. Forever Fit is a
low impact/variable intensity class that
is included with a YMCA membership.
629-9622.

¦ Tai Chi - Sharon Fultz instructs tai
chi on Mondays and Wednesdays from
noon-1 p.m. at the Punta Gorda Woman’s
Club, 118 Sullivan St. 276-0674 or 639-1887.
¦ Fitness Program - The Cultural
Center Fitness Salon offers the Silver-
Sneakers Fitness Program, an exercise
program designed for older adults.
(800) 295-4993, 625-4175, ext. 263, or
www.silversneakers.com.
¦ SilverSneakers - SilverSneakers
members can enjoy full membership
privileges at the Punta Gorda YMCA,
including the use of cardiovascular and
toning equipment and participation in
fitness classes. SilverSneakers classes
are offered twice a week. 505-4000.

¦ Bicycle Rides - Acme Bicycle Shop hosts rides of 15-35 miles, weather permitting, every Saturday. Meet at Acme in the Crosstrails Center in Punta Gorda. Rides start at 8:30 a.m. Helmets required. 258-3400 or 286-5393. ¦ Sunday Pedal - Acme Bicycle Shop hosts a 50-mile Sunday Breakfast Ride on the second and fourth Sundays of the month, starting at the Winn-Dixie parking lot in Punta Gorda near I-75 Exit 164. Meet at 7:15 a.m. and depart at 7:30. Helmets required. 258-3400 or 286-5393. ¦ Love to Garden? - The Charlotte County Master Gardeners present plant clinic featuring Florida gardening tips at the PGICA from 2-4 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at the Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association, 2001 Shreve St. ¦ Tai Chi - A free, informal gathering to practice tai chi is held every Saturday from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at Gilchrist Park. ¦ Open Market - Every Thursday from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., there is an Open Market for all vendors, businesses, and anyone who has anything to sell, held in the Fountain Room of the Cultural Center of Charlotte County. Tables are $25; 10 percent discount if you sign up for the month. 625-4175, ext. 253. ¦

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