Step Back in Time February 11

Local Historical Exhibit with local historians on hand to answer questions Thursday, February 11, 5-8 p.m. at Kays-Ponger and Uselton 635 E. Marion Ave. Free event with refreshments.  Donations requested to benefit the American Cancer Society.   

Highwaymen Paintings on Display during February at Charlotte State Bank


In recognition of Black History Month in February, Charlotte State Bank & Trust is exhibiting Florida Highwaymen paintings at its Punta Gorda office, 2331 Tamiami Trail. The artwork, which is available for purchase, is on loan from Arcadia Realtor and gallery owner Mac Martin. The Highwaymen were mostly self-taught African-American artists who sold their artwork along the side of the road from the 1950s through the 1980s. Their paintings have a distinctive style and depict lush Florida foliage and scenery in vivid

Gallery Walk This Thursday to bring alive Dead Poets and Characters from Literature and History


To celebrate Literary Awareness Month, the Punta Gorda Downtown Merchants Association has organized an evening called "Literary Characters Unite" this Thurday night downtown 5 to 8 p.m.

Walk through locations  all over downtown and meet authors, and characters out of history and fiction .  "Edgar Allan Poe" will perform in front of the to-be-soon location of Copperfish Books at 103 W. Marion. Agatha Christie will be at the Sea Grape Galley at 113 West Marion Ave., and Dr. Seuss at Edward Jones Financial Advisors at 100 Sullivan Street.... more

PGI Home Tours for Share the Love for the Kids January 30

Share the Love for the Kids Home Tour is Saturday, January 30. The tour features six beautiful homes and three unique gardens, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. starting at Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association 2001 Shreve St. in Punta Gorda. Early tickets are $25, tickets day of event are $30.  Contact: 303-838-3242.  www.beyondourselves.peapps.com.

Benefits New Operation Cooper Street, Backpack Kidz, and AMIKids Crossroads.

Punta Gorda Short Film Festival is March 9 at Charlotte Harbor Event Center

Save the date for the 2nd annual Punta Gorda Short Film Festival hosted by the Punta Gorda Chamber at the Charlotte Harbor Event Center March 9.

Brass Band Concert at Burnt Store Presbyterian Church January 23

Tim Zimmerman and the King's Brass will play an unforgettable benefit concert for the Charlotte Chorale on Saturday, January 23 at 4 p.m. at Burnt Store Presbyterian Church.  For Tickets call Ginny Bowden at (941) 637-5917.  

Charlotte Harbor Chilli Challenge and Beer Festival January 30 Laishley Park

The 5th annual Charlotte Harbor Chili Challenge and Beer Festival is coming to town on January 30. Twenty chili teams will set up their chili cooking booths in Laishley Park in an effort to persuade the judges and the general public that their chili is the best. In addition to the Chili cooking, there will be a full slate of activities

Commemorative Air Power History Tour coming to Punta Gorda Airport March 11-13


The CAFAirPower History Tour is coming to Punta Gorda Airport on March 11 through the 13th.  The Barnstormer Weekend will feature rides in B-17, C-45, P-51, T-6, T-34, and a Stearman.  You can experience the sights, smells and sounds of historic World War II aircraft. Visitors will be allowed to get up close and touch the airplanes . . . tour the cockpit . . . talk to the crews . . . teach the kids . . . watch the planes fly or take a ride in a WWII plane.


Funkfest 7 is March 4 and 5 Downtown Punta Gorda

Funkfest 7 is March 4th and 5th in Downtown Punta Gorda. Bands include:
Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes
Have Gun, Will Travel
Motel Radio
The Greg Billings Band
Das Funk Haus
Jason Brownie
Here Come the Mummies
Turkuaz
Moon Hooch
Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes 
Zombie U 
Whiskey Moped
   Emily Bronzini

For details and tickets funkfestpuntagorda.com

Colors of Sullivan Street Benefit February 21

A splash wine and paint event will be held February 21 at 1 p.m. at the Punta Gorda Woman's Club to l benefit the Punta Gorda Historical Mural Society's  fund to preserve  28 Murals. Cost is
$40. per person which  includes Appetizers, First Drink, All Supplies.
Tickets are sold on a first come basis. purchase them atwww.letsgetsplashed.com or call 941-429-4942

C.A.R.E. Ball is A Night in Old Havana on January 23

The Center for Abuse and Rape Emergencies of Charlotte County invites you to a Night in Old Havana from 6 p.m. on January 23 at the Charlotte Harbor Event Center.  Enjoy dinner, dancing, open bar, auctions, gaming and more.  Cuban dress encouraged.  Call 941 -639-5499 or www.carefl.org.  Tickets are $130.