June 26, 2014 RSS feed / Top News

COMING UP AT THE RENAISSANCE ACADEMY

The Renaissance Academy of FGCU offers lifelong learning classes to enrich life experiences at any age. The following sessions will be held at Herald Court Centre in downtown Punta Gorda.  iPhone For Beginners   1:30-3:30 p.m. More...

THIS WEEK ON WGCU-TV

¦ FRIDAY, JUNE 27, 9 P.M. Great Performances at the Met La Boheme An exciting young cast stars in Franco Zeffirelli’s production of Giacomo Puccini’s popular work, the most-performed opera in Met history. More...

Harley’s new electric motorcycle creates buzz

The Harley-Davidson Motor Company has unveiled Project LiveWire — the first electric Harley motorcycle.  In keeping with the company’s customer led product development approach, consumers across the country will be able to ride and p More...

Congressional Medal of Honor recipients saluted at Coke Zero 400

During the upcoming NASCAR Coke Zero 400 weekend on July 3-5, Daytona International Speedway will pay tribute to four Congressional Medal of Honor recipients from the Vietnam War:  Don Jenkins, Staff Sergeant, U.S. More...

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Training for Greatness

Sports academies build character, sometimes create superstars

experience and wisdom of Mr. Martinez and Mr. Loughren gives them the ability to pick up subtle things others can’t see. More...

MINDING YOUR BUSINESS

Sea Grape: A whimsical gallery run by artists

If you live in Charlotte County and have attended any of the major art-related events, it would be difficult to not have heard of the Sea Grape Gallery, 113 W. Marion Ave., Punta Gorda (www.SeaGrapeGallery.com). More...

WCI Communities jumps to No. 74 on Builder magazine’s Top 100

WCI Communities, the Bonita Springs-based lifestyle community developer and luxury homebuilder, has been named to the No. 74 spot on the Builder Top 100 listing, published annually by Builder magazine. More...

Arts & Entertainment News

A short leap

Stage actress finds new comfort zone with role in locally produced film

Thank God for technology. Actress Rachel Burttram was in Maine when she received the call. A director who’d recently moved to Bonita Springs wanted her to audition for a short film he was making. More...

Casely and the Jank

Picture this: A new kind of pop music that makes you visualize something

Happenstance topped off the creative process that yielded a new musical style that Scott Corbin and Jean-Carlos Casely hope will join hip hop, house, EDM and R&B atop today’s groove-oriented charts.  More...

ARTS COMMENTARY

Summer is the season for do-it-yourself arts

In Southwest Florida, the year’s divided in two when it comes to the arts: season, and summer, each lasting approximately six months.  According to the calendar, summer’s officially here, but for local arts lovers, it’s already More...

Divine junction: One man’s passion for model railroads

Michael Ayotte recalls vividly that night about 20 years ago in Detroit when he received divine inspiration as he lay in bed.  “I get this message from God,” Mr. Ayotte says. “Get up and build a model railroad. More...

The only question that matters

Do you eat chicken from Arkansas fried in corn oil from Iowa?  I do, sometimes, and it tastes pretty good.  More...

‘Show us Your Charlotte’ initiative open for submissions

The Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau invites visitors and residents to participate in a yearlong program that encourages photographers of every skill level to submit Charlotte County photos for the “Show Us Your Charlotte” More...

COMMUNITY NEWS

Disaster planning guides available in Charlotte County   More...

GM again offers discount for military personnel

Almost 8,000 U.S. military veterans have purchased a new Chevrolet, Buick, GMC or Cadillac by taking advantage of General Motors’ enhanced Military Discount Program, which runs through Monday, June 30. More...

Volvo V60 marks the return of the sport wagon

Volvo has a reputation for safety and sensibility, but the oft-forgotten story is that its vehicles are as fast and fun as they are practical. Witness the 2015 V60 wagon, a stylish and economical alternative to a crossover SUV.  More...

Real Estate News

House Hunting:

584 Port Bendres Drive, Burnt Store Isles

This four-bedroom, 2½-bath, waterfront home in Burnt Store Isles is custom-built on an oversized lot with 157 feet of seawall and sailboat access to Charlotte Harbor. More...

Creating a backyard paradise — in a pot

Whether you’re looking for a visit to the desert, an English garden or tropical paradise, a few planters can help create the mood with planning and proper planting.  More...

WCI begins construction of Florencia Grand Villa model at Venetian Golf & River Club

WCI Communities has started construction on the third of five model homes planned for Venetian Golf & River Club’s new Artisti model home park, located within the 1,039- acre masterplanned community along the Myakka River in Venice.  More...