Free U.S.Navy Band Concert Tuesday March 3 at Event Center

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The Charlotte Harbor Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America is sponsoring the U.S. Navy Band from Washington, D.C. in a free public concert on March 3 at 7 p.m. at the Charlotte Hqrbor Event Center in Punta Gorda.   The concert, part of a national tour,  will feature a variety of music including marches, symphonic selections, patriotic works and pop favorites.  Students from three local Charlotte high schools will joing the Band on stage to perform John Philip Sousa's "Washington Post March."

The band is the Navy's premier musical organization.  They perform frequently at the White House and Pentagon ceremonies and tour annually throughout the country. 

Free admission by ticket.  Tickets can be obtained by mailing a self-addressed stamped envelope along with your request to: Navy Band Concert, P.O. Box 511851, Punta
Gorda, FL 33251.  Ticket requests are limited to a maximum of four tickets per request.   

Share the Love for the Kids Home Tour of Punta Gorda Isles Saturday January 31

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Six unique homes in Punta Gorda Isles and three gardens in Punta Gorda Isles will be part of the "
Share the Love for the Kids" Home Tour on Saturday, Janury 31, 2015. The event helping to support New Operation Cooper Street and the Back Pack Kidz program is presented by Beyond Ourselves, the PGI Civic Association’s Community Service club.  The tour begins at 10 a.m. at the Isles Yacht Club.   

Advance tour tickets available for $20 from club members, in the lobby of the PGICA building and at both Punta Gorda and Charlotte County Chambers of Commerce. At the civic association, visitors may also buy optional lunch tickets for $20 (tax & tip included) for a meal at the Isles Yacht Club. Day of, tickets will be $25 at the Isles Yacht Club, where the event begins.

For more information, call (941) 916-9338 or visit

Annual Charlotte Harbor Chili Challenge and Beer Festival this Weekend Saturday, January 31

Returning  to Laishley Park in Punta Gorda on January 31, 2015 is the annual Charlotte Harbor Chili Challenge and Beer Festival.  Twenty-five chili cooking teams  will try to persuade judges and contest attendees that theirs is the best chili in the town.

In addition to the Chili cooking, there will be a full slate of activities during the festival. Merchandise vendors will be there as well as other food vendors to offer options to the chili.   Live music will be performed all day on the Main Stage and there will be a Kid’s Fun Zone to keep the young ones occupied.  What goes better with Chili than an ice cold beer?

Fifteen different craft beers from Microbreweries around the county will be available to try  in the Beer Tasting Tent. Specialty beers will be available as samples or by the bottle.

Admission is $3 - Kids under 12 free admission. Tickets are required for Chili, beer, other food and the kids area. Ticket value: $1 each.


11am - Gates Open & Craft Beer tent opens

12 noon - Chili Sampling begins

12:30pm - Live on stage - Deb & the Dynamics

3:00pm - Live on stage - The David Gerald Band

4:00pm - People's Choice voting ends

5:00pm - Awards Ceremony on Main stage

1st Annual Punta Gorda Film Festival Coming to Punta Gorda March 11

The 1st Annual Punta Gorda Film Festival - An Evening of the World's Best Short Films is coming to Punta Gorda on March 11.

Asbury Shorts U.S.A. and the Charlotte Harbor Office of Film and Digital Media presents the 1st Annual Punta Gorda Film Festival…An Evening of the World's Best Short Films on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at the Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center.

Hosted by The Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce, this exclusive ticketed event is directed by Doug LeClaire, who created Asbury Shorts NY in 1981 to keep great, award-winning short films in theaters. Nanette Leonard, with over 35 years of experience in the entertainment industry serves as executive producer.

Now in its 33rd season, Asbury Shorts USA, a non-competitive touring exhibition of award winning short films, is New York City’s longest running “concert” of its kind. The 90 minute program features selected independently produced short films from the world’s top film festivals including Oscar Winners, "Best of Show" awardees from US film festivals and International honorees.

“A Poet Long Ago” - from acclaimed director Bob Giraldi. Written by famed journalist and novelist Pete Hamill. The film stars Steve Schirripa (HBO’s “The Sopranos”) and Boris McGiver (Netflix: “House of Cards,” HBO’s “The Wire,”) as former grammar school classmates who meet by chance and reminisce about those younger days back in Brooklyn…opening up some old wounds. “A Poet Long Ago” was a special selection of The Hampton’s Film Festival in 2013 and won “Best Narrative Short Film” at The 2014 Garden State Film Festival in Atlantic City.>

‘Death, Taxes & Apple Juice.” This wonderfully charming short was the recipient of the “Audience Choice Award” at the 2012 Los Angeles Shorts Festival. Director Tamar Halpern’s delightful story of a young woman who is suffering a life crisis vents all her problems to her taxpreparer. Oh…the two of them are nine years old.

“Bye Bye Now” is a poignant look at the gradual disappearance of phone booths across all of Ireland. Directors Aideen O’Sullivan and Ross Whitaker’s charming short documentary is a whimsical and often deeply personal account of how an iconic relic from the past has touched the lives of so many. This film was a winner of the coveted “Audience Choice” Award at the extremely prestigious SILVERDOCS film competition in the United States.

For Additional Information: Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce: 941-639-3720 or Nanette Leonard 908- 618-1776

To purchase tickets: Please visit

Wine Glass Painting Class at Fishville on Monday, January 19

A Wine Glass Painting Class will be held at Fisherman's Village, Punta Gorda on Monday.

Location: "Simply Sweet" on their beautiful patio (located at the entrance to Fisherman's Village)
Date: Monday, January 19 at 10:00 a.m.

For 35.00 pp you will receive TWO glasses to paint and complimentary chocolate furnished by Simply Sweet.

You may REGISTER through January 17. All supplies are included.

Home and Garden Show at the Event Center Saturday and Sunday

This Saturday and Sunday (January 17-18) at the Charlotte Harbor Event Center, the Home and Garden Show is free and open to the public 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Featuring the latest in landscaping, decorating and remodeling ideas. the show is informative and educational.

Punta Gorda Sullivan Street Craft Festival This Weekend

The Punta Gorda Sullivan Street Craft Festival returns Saturday and Sunday, January 17 and 18 with the work of top artists and crafters.

This two-day outdoor-juried event features a wide variety of original crafts, functional art and unique gift items.

There will be gift items, 150 crafters from 30 di›erent states and the prices are set to suit all budgets — ranging from as little as $3 to $3,000. There is a vast array of craft media including folk art, pottery, personalized gifts, handmade clothing, basket weaving, beaded utensils, candles, cork assemblage, fabric design, fiber quilts, fused wax and glass, hair accessories, handbags and accessories, handmade cards, leather, mosaic, wood, painted wood, plaster craft and stained glass.

The festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days on Sullivan Street in Downtown Punta Gorda. It is free and open to the public. For more information, visit  or call 561-746-6615.

Charlotte County Chamber's Christmas Parade through Punta Gorda Saturday

The annual Christmas Parade in Punta Gorda will be Saturday, December 6th starting at 12 noon from Charlotte High school up Taylor Road into the Downtown area of Punta Gorda .   This year's parade is themed "Santa's Workshop."

Barktoberfest Pet Costume Contest at Fishville October 25th

Barktoberfest Pet Costume Contest will be held near Salty Paws at Fishville. Call 575-7599 for information. October 25 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Haunting on the Harbor Downtown Punta Gorda October 24 to October 31

The 5th Annual Haunting on the Harbor Halloween Festival and Haunted House will take place  October 24-28, 30-31, 2014 at City Marketplace in downtown Punta Gorda.

Pumpkin patches, hay rides, carnival games, fair food, live music, and the largest haunted house in Charlotte County are some of the features of the Haunting on the Harbor. The festival opens on Friday October 24th at 6:00pm; Saturday, October 25th and Sunday, October 26th at 1:00pm. Activities  There will also be a large kid’s play area with bounce houses, slides, rides, and more.

Returning this year is  the old fashioned hayride which will take a leisurely trip through the historic district of downtown Punta Gorda to view all of the Halloween-themed decorated houses. A decorated Pumpkin Patch with a professional photographer to capture your visit and costume contests will be held throughout the weekend.

The Kid’s Costume Contest will be held on Saturday, October 25th at 3:00pm- the Kid’s Contest is divided into 3 age groups-0-3, 4-7, and 8-14 years old. The Adult Contest will be held on October 25th at 9:00pm and is divided into male, female, and group categories. Our canine friends get their chance on Sunday, October 26th at 3:00pm when our Doggie Costume contest hits the Stage. There is no charge to enter any of the costume contests.

The Haunting presents live entertainment each day and night. Zombie University  will launch the scare fest on Friday night, Oct 24th at 8pm, On Saturday evening,  hypnotist Richard Barker takes  the Haunting stage. The Jack Michael Band will finish out the night with a special high energy concert.A complete list of entertainment is available at  There will be plenty to feast on at the festival too with all your carnival and Halloween favorites on hand for young and old, as well as adult beverages.

The highlight of the festival is the Haunting on the Harbor Haunted House. The largest anywhere in Charlotte County and one of the largest in Southwest Florida, enter if you dare! With over 5000 square feet of twists and turns with a different fright around every corner, this year's haunted house will have  new special effects never seen in Charlotte County, For the younger children (10 and under) The Not-So-Scary Fun House will be available. The Haunted House will be open throughout the weekend festival and the Haunted House ONLY will be open for special encore performances on Oct 30th and 31st, Halloween night starting at 6 pm!