WHAT TO DO, WHERE TO GO
¦ The Dog Show - By The Paradise Acting Company at 7 p.m. June 20-21 in the Loranger Gallery at the Ringling Englewood Art Center. The hour-long play features 12 characters telling stories about the dogs, with the dogs right on stage with them. The EAC features “The Artist’s Best Friend” exhibit in its gallery. Come an hour early and tour the collections of animal portraits. $10 adults; $5 children. 350 Old McCall Road, Englewood. 474-5548.
¦ Black Is the Color of My Voice - By Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe and starring Apphia Campbell through June 22. $21.50. 1646 10th Way, Sarasota. 366-1505 or www.wbttsrq.org.
¦ Marvin Gaye: Prince of Soul - By Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe and starring Sheldon Roden July 16-Aug. 10. $29.50. 1646 10th Way, Sarasota. 366-1505 or www.wbttsrq.org.
¦ The Heiress - By Lemon Bay Playhouse through June 29 at 96 W. Dearborn St., Englewood. $18. www.lemonbayplayhouse.com or 475-6756.
¦ Dinner Train - Seminole Gulf Railway’s Murder Mystery Dinner Train presents “Royal Palm Noir” Fridays and Saturdays through Sept. 22. (239) 275- 8487 or www.semgulf.com.
¦ Mid-Life! The Crisis Musical - By Broadway Palm Theatre through June 21. 1380 Colonial Blvd. www.BroadwayPalm.com or (239) 278-4422.
¦ Faith County - At Cultural Park Theater through June 22. 528 Cultural Park Blvd., Cape Coral. (239) 772-5862 or www.culturalparktheater.com/.
¦ Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - By Broadway Palm Theatre June 26-Aug. 9. $18 for children 18 and under. www.Broadway- Palm.com or (239) 278-4422.
Thursday, June 19
¦ Student Art - A reception for the VAC Student Show is set for 7-8:30 a.m. at the Visual Arts Center, 210 Maud St. 639-8810 or www.visualartcenter.org.
¦ HD Opera - Sarasota Opera’s “HD at the Opera House” Series presents “La traviata” by Giuseppe Verdi, a production from the Royal Opera House, at 7 p.m. tonight and at 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Showings are in the William E. Schmidt Opera Theatre at the Sarasota Opera House. A 15-minute welcome and pre-show discussion precede each show. $20-$25. 61 N. Pineapple Ave. 366-8450 or www.sarasotaopera.org/Opera_ in_ HD.aspx.
¦ Art Event - The Downtown Punta Gorda Gallery Walk is set for 5-8 p.m. in the Punta Gorda Historic District. Enjoy a variety of artists and musicians plus shops and eateries. Free. 391-4856.
¦ Art Reception - Charlotte Memorial Funeral Home and Cemetery hosts a wine and appetizer reception for awardinning resident artist Henry August from 5-7 p.m. See a collection of his oil paintings and meet the artist. 9400 Indian Spring Cemetery Road. www.charlottememorial.com.
¦ Comedy Show - Comedian Chris Tucker performs tonight through Saturday at Visani. Times vary. 2400 Kings Hwy. 629-9191 or www.visani.net.
¦ Dog Obedience - A Dog Training Class is offered through July 10 at the Suncoast Humane Society, 6781 San Casa Dr., Englewood. Three obedience levels are available based on dogs’ needs. Stop by to pre-register. 474-7884 or http://www.humane.org.
¦ Acoustic Blues - Frank Greathouse plays acoustic blues from 5-9 p.m. every Thursday at Pressellers Restaurant, 209 West Olympia Ave. 639-2091.
¦ Pasta Galore - Every Thursday is Pasta Night at 6 p.m. at the Sons of Italy, 3725 Easy St., Port Charlotte. Enjoy pasta, meatballs, salad, dessert, beverage and coffee. $7.50 members; $8.50 guests. Karaoke follows. For reservations: 764-9003.
Friday, June 20
¦ Benefit Event - Help Support Drug Free Charlotte County at 6:30 p.m. at the Charlotte Sports Park, 2300 El Jobean Road. Join the Stone Crabs for a night of fun and “Be the Wall.” $9. Tickets include box-level seat against the Palm Beach Cardinals with a portion or proceeds going to Drug Free Charlotte County. 255-0808, ext. 3205 or chrissie. email@example.com.
¦ Discussion Group - A Downton Abbey Support Group meets from 10:30 a.m.-noon in the North Port Library’s Juliano Room. Enjoy a discussion of the nonfiction book “The Chronicles of Downton Abbey” by Jessica Fellowes and Matthew Sturgis. 13800 Tamiami Trl. Pre-registration preferred at www.sclibs.net/calendar.
¦ Live Jazz - Saxman Leslie DaCosta performs from 5-9 p.m. every Friday outside in the garden at Pressellers Restaurant, 209 West Olympia Ave. 639-2091.
¦ Weekly Dances - The Cultural Center of Charlotte County hosts Friday Night Dancing with live entertainment from 7-10 p.m. 2280 Aaron St. 625-4175 or www.theculturalcenter.com.
¦ Quilting Group - The Peace River Quilter’s Guild meets from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church. 833-4477.
¦ Wine & Song - D’Vines hosts a California Wine Tasting from 7-9 p.m. Tony O strums the strings starting at 8 p.m. 701 JC Center Ct. 627-9463 or www.dvineswineandgifts.com/.
¦ Live Music - Jim Morris performs from 5-9 p.m. center stage at Fishermen’s Village, 1200 W. Retta Esplanade. 639-8721 or www.fishville.com.
¦ Produce Stand - A Farm Fresh Produce Stand with GMO-free fruit, vegetables and more is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Nav-A-Gator. 9700 SW Riverview Cir., Lake Suzy. 627-3474.
Saturday, June 21
¦ Health Program - A Parkinson’s Community Education Event is set for 10:30 a.m.-noon in the North Port Library’s Juliano Room. Get an overview of Parkinson’s and learn how the new North Port Neuro Challenge Foundation office can help. 861-5000.
¦ Bikers & Veterans - A Veterans & Bikers Appreciation Day Event is set for 1-7 p.m. at Habana Cigar Lounge, 209 Wood St. Raffle proceeds benefit the Vietnam Wall of SWFL to be built in Laishley Park. Enjoy vendors, food, beer and wine. 637-1977.
¦ Democratic Night - The Stone Crabs present Democratic Night at 5 p.m. at the Charlotte Sports Park, 2300 El Jobean Road. Gates open at 5 p.m.; the game starts at 6 p.m. Events include a VIP Democrat throwing out the first pitch, vouchers for free hot dogs, chips and soda, and post-game fireworks. 258-3542.
¦ Rock & Awe - “Celebrating Queen” runs from 7:30-9:30 p.m. At the Cultural Center of Charlotte County, 2280 Aaron St. Enjoy two hours of rock and awe. 675-4175 or www.theculturalcenter.com.
¦ Yoga Event - The Yoga Sanctuary holds a Summer Solstice Celebration at 7 a.m. at Gilchrist Park. Enjoy a short morning yoga practice to welcome the sun followed by a guided meditation. Free. Bring something comfortable to sit on. www.theyogasanctuary.biz or 505-YOGA (9642).
¦ Live Music - Beans and Seeds performs from 6:30-10 p.m. at Farlow’s On The Water, 2820 South McCall Road, Englewood. 474-5343 or http://www.farlowsonthewater.com/.
¦ Flea Market - The Punta Gorda Historical Society holds an outdoor flea market from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at its Train Depot Antique & Collectibles Mall. Call and reserve a free space to sell your wares, or plan on attending to check out the treasures. The museum and mall will be open and refreshments will be available. 1009 Taylor Road. 639-6774.
¦ Read With Dogs - Suncoast Humane Society pet therapy teams help children read at 10 a.m. at Historic Spanish Point, 337 N. Tamiami Trl., Osprey.
¦ Bollywood Music - Yaadon Ki Baarat performs with a live band at 8 p.m. at the Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center. Indian food, drinks and merchandise are available for purchase. 75 Taylor St. 833-5444
¦ Wildlife Party - Join Luna, Peace River Wildlife Center’s white eastern screech owl, in celebrating his luau themed party from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. This family-friendly event features games, refreshments and children’s activities, plus photos with Luna. $5 donation; $3 for kids under 12. 400 W. Marion Ave. www.PeaceRiverWildlifeCenter.org or 637-3830.
¦ Benefit Event - H.E.L.P. Night at the Ball Park is set for today at the Charlotte Sports Park, 2300 El Jobean Road. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Events include a silent auction and fireworks. Bring donations of cereal, peanut butter and jelly and/or toilet tissue. $12. 625-4543 or www.helpincharlottecounty.org.
¦ Wine & Song - The Gilded Grape Winery holds a customer appreciation and wine-tasting event from 6-9 p.m. Enjoy wine, karaoke under the stars, and food. $10. 4034B Tamiami Trl. 235-9463.
¦ Jazz Music - Herb Geri plays smooth jazz and easy-listening guitar music from 5-9 p.m. every Saturday outside in the garden at Pressellers Restaurant, 209 West Olympia Ave. 639-2091.
¦ Wine & Music - D’Vines holds a Little Italy Wine Tasting from 7-9 p.m. Leslie DaCosta plays the sax at 8 p.m. 701 JC Center Ct. 627-9463 or www.dvineswineandgifts.com/.
¦ Prom Night - “Prom Night With the Doo Wop Crew” is set for 5-9 p.m. center stage at Fishermen’s Village, 1200 W. Retta Esplanade. Enjoy fun and music as a prom king and queen are crowned. 639-8721 or www.fishville.com.
¦ Trop Rock - Punta Gorda’s own Jim Morris performs from 2-5 p.m. at the Nav- A-Gator. Cover charge is canned goods and non-perishable food items. 9700 SW Riverview Cir., Lake Suzy. 627-3474.
¦ Paddle Boarding - Hooked On SUP offers free Stand Up Paddleboard demos from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. every Saturday at Cape Haze Marina, 6950 Placida Rd., Englewood. Get help and advice from a certified instructor. 504-1699 or www.hookedonsup.com.
¦ 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 8:30 a.m.-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.
¦ Latin Dance - Every Saturday is Latin Dance night from 9 p.m.-2 a.m. at Morales Cuban Restaurant, 3492 Tamiami Trl. 627-9355.
Sunday, June 22
¦ Open House - The Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club hosts an Open House and Cookout for prospective new members from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Enjoy burgers and hot dogs while learning about the organization. 4400 Lister St. 629-5131.
¦ Open Mic - The Celtic Ray hosts open mic night at 8 p.m. every Sunday with host Christian Ferrell. Musicians, poets, comedians, singers and dancers are invited to showcase their talents. 145 Nesbit St. http://celticray.net.
¦ Farmers Market - The Punta Gorda Historical Society’s Farmers Market runs from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at History Park, 501 Shreve St. Shop for vegetables, bakery, meats, seafood, plants, gifts and more. When the market closes, guided tours by Miss Starr of the ever-changing gardens are available. $5 suggested donation includes a plant to take home. 380-6814.
¦ Music and More - A Farm Fresh Produce Stand with GMO-free fruit, vegetables and more is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Nav-A-Gator. Swamp Donkie performs from 2-5 p.m. Cover charge is canned goods and nonperishable food items. 9700 SW Riverview Cir., Lake Suzy. 627-3474.
Monday, June 23
¦ Teen Classes - The Cultural Center’s Learning Place offers low-cost classes for teens in Spanish, German, art, pottery, Zumba, social dancing, photo editing and laughter yoga beginning today. Some are four-week classes that meet twice a week, but most are six-week classes that meet once a week. Classes end by July 31 and none of the classes meet on July 4. Stop by 2280 Aaron Street to register.
The Arts & Humanities Council of Charlotte County has chosen Toni Conran “Artist of the Month” for June 2014. Ms. Yarbrough was honored with a proclamation from the Board of County Commissioners. Her photographs can be viewed at the Florida Coupon Network, 312 Sullivan St., Punta Gorda. 764-8100 or www.charlottearts.org.
¦ Music Camp - Burnt Store Presbyterian Church offers a Drama/Music Camp from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. today through June 27 for kids in grades 2-5. Students learn about acting, singing, dancing and set-making in a hands-on experience. $75; includes lunches, costumes, playbooks and CDs. Participants perform “Cinderella” at 7 p.m. June 27 in the church sanctuary. Tickets are $5. 11330 Burnt Store Road. firstname.lastname@example.org or 639-0001.
¦ Kayak Trip - GAEA guides offer a kayak trip in Shell Creek from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $40, includes all equipment. For reservations: (239) 694-5513 or (866) 256-6388.
Tuesday, June 24
¦ Fabulous Film Tuesday - “Winter’s Bone” (2002) is shown at 1 p.m. at the FGCU Herald Court Centre. $5. 505-0130.
¦ Tribute Show - Elvis tribute artist Dwight Icenhower performs at 7:30 p.m. at Visani. Dinner and show: $40. 2400 Kings Hwy. 629-9191 or www.visani.net.
Wednesday, June 25
¦ Book Talk - A Wednesday Eve Book Discussion Group meets from 6-7:30 p.m. at the North Port Library Conference Room. Enjoy a viewing of a short DVD and a discussion of “Ringling: The Florida Years, 1911-1936” by David C. Weeks. Pre-registration preferred at www.sclibs.net/calendar.
¦ Open Mic - An open mic hosted by Danny Beach is set for 6-9 p.m. at the Nav-A-Gator. 9700 SW Riverview Cir., Lake Suzy. 627-3474.
¦ Comedy Show - Comedians Julie Scoggins and Ricky Reyes perform tonight through Saturday at Visani. Show times vary. 2400 Kings Hwy. 629- 9191 or www.visani.net.
¦ Singer/Guitarist - Michael Hirst performs from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. near Good ‘Ole Days Coffee Cafe at Fishermen’s Village. 1200 W. Retta Esplanade. 639- 8721 or www.fishville.com.
¦ Nature Hike - The Manatee-Sarasota Sierra Club holds a Sleeping Turtles North three-mile hike on June 28. Wear sturdy shoes, carry water, sunscreen and stay for an early lunch. $5. For location, details and reservations: 484-4113.
¦ Yoga Program - The Yoga Sanctuary presents Yoga for Wrist Relief at 1 p.m. June 29. Learn simple yoga techniques that will improve strength and flexibility and relieve pain. $35. 112 Sullivan St. www.theyogasanctuary.biz or 505-YOGA (9642).
¦ Fourth Fun - Fishermen’s Village hosts its annual Fourth of July Celebration starting with the Freedom Swim at 9 a.m. The fun includes face painting, live music and a fireworks display. 639- 8721 or www.fishville.com.
¦ Inaugural Concert - The new choral group Bion Cantorum, led by Roy Engler, celebrates America with an inaugural concert at 4 p.m. July 4 in the Cultural Center Theater. Enjoy patriotic standards plus guest performances from local veterans and the Windmill Village Dancers. $14 for members; $15 for nonmembers. 2280 Aaron St. www.theculturalcenter.com or 625-4175.
¦ Fireworks Viewing - Watch the fireworks from the best spot in town at the Military Heritage Museum’s July 4th Party on the Roof at 7 p.m. on top of the Herald Court Parking Garage. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, music and dancing. $20 individual; $20 for a table of 10. To sign up: www.freedomisntfree.org or 575-9002.
¦ Performances Aplenty - aact- WorldFest 2014 runs through June 21 at the Venice Theatre, 140 Tampa Ave. W. A full festival pass is $324; main stage performance pass $302; three-performance block $30; two performance block $20. www.venicestage.com/international or 488-1115
¦ Student Show - The Visual Arts Center Student Show runs through July 1. 210 Maud St. www.VisualArtCenter.org or 639-8810.
¦ Stellar Baritones - “Baritones UnBound: Celebrating the UnCommon Voice of the Common Man” runs through June 29 at Asolo Rep. The show runs through June 29, featuring veteran singers Jeff Mattsey, Mark Delavan and Marc Kudisch in a performance studded with classics from Broadway, opera and beyond. Tickets start at $20. 5555 N. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota. 351-8000, (800) 361-8388 or www.asolorep.org.
¦ Summer Show - The “Summer Sensations” exhibit runs through June 26 at the Visual Arts Center. See work by artists Kelly Gaylord, Raida Lopez, Lefty Majher and Alvin Toffler. 210 Maud St. 639-8810 or www.visualartcenter.org.
¦ Barre Challenge - Studio Seven offers a Barre Challenge at 7 p.m. Tuesdays and at 9 a.m. Fridays. The class focuses on establishing a solid core through the utilization of the ballet barre while increasing flexibility and toning the body. $7 per class. 2509 Rio de Janeiro Ave. 764-0680 or email@example.com.
¦ Zumba Workout - Studio Seven offers a Zumba workout at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays. Enjoy a high-energy, cardio salsa workout. No dance experience necessary. $7 per class. 2509 Rio de Janeiro Ave. 764-0680 or firstname.lastname@example.org
¦ Wine Tastings - The Gilded Grape Winery offers wine tastings from noon- 4 p.m. every Wednesday-Saturday. Enjoy six tastings plus one cordial and instruction on wine making. $10. 4034B Tamiami Trl. 235-9463. ¦
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