2017-06-15 / Top News


The COW mobile feeding unit will feed hungry children in Charlotte County this summer. 
COURTESY PHOTO The COW mobile feeding unit will feed hungry children in Charlotte County this summer. COURTESY PHOTO School mobile unit feeds kids

Monday through Friday, from now until July 28 (except July 4), Charlotte County Public Schools is offering lunch at no charge via its Mobile Feeding Unit (Champ’s on Wheels) for kids and teens aged 1 to 18. The food is brought to specific locations. This service is open to all children — no signup required.

COW is part of the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program. The stops will be:

• 11 to 11:30 a.m. at Hampton Point Apartment Homes, 2511 Luther Road (near buildings 11 and 12 Punta Gorda.

• 12:30 to 1 p.m. at Seven Palms Apartments (near buildings 5 and 8), 1200 Slash Pine Circle, Punta Gorda.

Food must be consumed on the premises. For more information, call 575-5400 x111.

Nav-A-Gator offers half-price group tours

Would you like to cruise along the Peace River on a fully covered pontoon, while your captain and guide narrate and help you spot alligators, birds and manatees? The Nav-A-Gator is offering a half-price discount to your group or club this summer for a 1½-hour, fully narrated eco-tour where you learn the history of the area as well as the wildlife and plant life along the river. The ride is appropriate for all ages.

This half-price discount for this relaxing ride on a 30-passenger vessel brings the price down to $12.48 person (plus tax, unless your organization is tax-exempt). There must be a minimum in your group of 20 passengers. The departing time could be morning or afternoon. The offer expires July 15. For more information or to reserve a date, call 627-3474.

Plant society plans nature walk

The Mangrove Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society invites the public to join in a nature walk through the healthy expanse of wildlife-rich habitats in the Babcock-Web Wildlife Management Area at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 24, at 29200 Tuckers Grade, Punta Gorda. The area provides wide-open vistas of pine flatwoods, freshwater marshes and dry prairies.

For more information, contact Al Squires at 769-3633 or email ahsquires1@comcast.net.

Kids can learn yoga

Kids Yoga — a fun class that helps children explore movement and breath — is being offered starting Saturday, June 24, at Palm Power Yoga, 1205 Elizabeth St., Punta Gorda.

Kids Yoga. The class for ages 4-7 is from 1 to 2 p.m., while ages 8-11 attend from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Special pricing is available: four weeks for $40, or $15 drop-in. Discounts are available for siblings.

Sign up online at www.PalmPowerYoga.com or call 979-6017 to reserve your spot.

Kids’ snorkeling workshop on tap

Fantasea Scuba, 3781 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte, is offering a snorkeling workshop for kids from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 17. For more information, call 627-3888.

Punta Gorda Police reach out to kids

PGPD has partnered with 7-Eleven convenience stores to help make summer a little cooler with Operation Chill. Officers will be on the lookout for kids making good choices or doing good deeds in our community and will “ticket” them with a coupon for a free Slurpee.

Tree ID book available

The Arbor Day Foundation has a book that helps people identify trees in a simple, step-by-step process. “What Tree Is That?” — a book to help people identify trees throughout the Eastern and Central regions of the United States — is available for a $5 donation to the nonprofit tree-planting organization.

“What Tree Is That?” is a fun, easy-to-use tree identification guide that features hand-drawn botanical illustrations highlighting the distinctive characteristics of many tree species. It uses a unique step-by-step approach for identifying the species of each tree, explaining what to look for in the shape of the leaves, differences in the leaf stems and twig structures, and specific characteristics of fruits, flowers, buds and bark.

Nature lovers and professional arborists alike have called this pocket field guide a must-have, user-friendly resource. Its beautiful, full-color illustrations are in precise detail and depict natural colors, shapes and textures so users can make a positive species identification in just a few easy steps.

To obtain a tree identification guide in full color, send your name, address and $5 for each guide to: What Tree Is That? / Arbor Day Foundation / 100 Arbor Ave. / Nebraska City, NE 68410.

You can also order the book online — as well as view an online interactive version — at www.arborday.org. ¦

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