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Wed  May 17 2017 08:30AM
It’s not just about the flowers. Music will be as plentiful as petals during the 14th annual Hibiscus Festival, to be held Friday, Saturday, May 19-20, at music will be … Find out how to read more online.
Saddle up for fun — Enjoy Fifth Annual Memorial Day Barrel Race
Wed  May 24 2017 08:30AM
A production of the Arcadia Rodeo Association, the Fifth Annual Memorial Day Barrel Race is a popular two-day event that draws more competitors and spectators each time it’s held. This … Find out how to read more online.
Enjoy works by watercolor artist, potter at Sea Grape Gallery
Wed  May 24 2017 08:30AM
Through July 6, Sea Grape Gallery, 113 W. Marion Ave., Punta Gorda, will be featuring two of their artists, Joanne Stramara, watercolor artist, and Bonnie Benande, potter. Stramara grew up … Find out how to read more online.
‘Last Comic Standing’ alumni Joe Machi will be live at the castle
Wed  May 17 2017 08:30AM
“Last Comic Standing” alumni Joe Machi will be live at the castle, Visani on Kings Highway, Port Charlotte, May 18-20. In addition to his TV appearances, Machi is also the … Find out how to read more online.
St. Armands Seafood & Music Festival brings its flavor to Sarasota
Wed  May 17 2017 08:30AM
Fresh on the heels of a very successful such festival in Venice, the St. Armands Seafood & Music Festival will be making its debut on Saturday and Sunday, May 20-21. … Find out how to read more online.
The sweet fruit grown in DeSoto County to be showcased
Wed  May 17 2017 08:30AM
Everyone is aware that Florida is a large producer of citrus fruits, but here’s something you may not know — the state also grows more than 18 percent of the … Find out how to read more online.
Jungle Jam musical fundraiser
Wed  May 3 2017 08:30AM
Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary is launching a $500,000 capital campaign at a Jungle Jam musical fundraiser with Grammy Award-winning talent and local favorites along with self-guided tours … Find out how to read more online.
Bling is the thing for the Dragon Lady
Wed  May 10 2017 08:30AM
Twenty-five years ago Nancy McCune discovered the perfect way to relieve stress. After a rough day at the Miami office where she worked as a branch manager overseeing a large … Find out how to read more online.
Inaugural Venice Seafood & Music Festival set for Centennial Park
Wed  May 10 2017 08:30AM
The Venice Seafood & Music Festival may not be the first event of its kind produced by Sarasota-based Paragon Fine Art Festivals, but it is definitely the most recent. The … Find out how to read more online.
Calling all poets for writing workshop led by award-winning poet Anne Marie Macari
Wed  May 3 2017 08:30AM
The Hermitage Artist Retreat will host a free poetry writing workshop led by artist-in-residence Anne Marie Macari from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, May 4, at the Manasota Key campus … Find out how to read more online.
Experience West Indies culture at the West Indian Carnival
Wed  May 24 2017 08:30AM
There is a rich culture associated with the West Indies group of islands. Extending from the waters off southwestern Florida to the coast of Venezuela in South America, and the … Find out how to read more online.
Versatile clay creations by Pat Kelly
Wed  May 24 2017 08:30AM
Potters belong to one of the oldest professions in the world, according to Pat Kelly. “When you think of it, our history is written in clay. Prehistoric human beings first … Find out how to read more online.
Going country for a good cause
Wed  May 17 2017 08:30AM
Grab your boots and country duds or come as you are to this weekend’s Denim & Diamonds fundraiser planned by the Leadership Charlotte Class of 2017 (LC17) of the Charlotte … Find out how to read more online.
Gallagher bringing Sledge-O-Matic to Englewood
Wed  May 17 2017 08:30AM
There has never been a comedian quite like Gallagher. If you were around in the ’70s and ’80s, you most definitely saw him on TV, or if you were lucky, … Find out how to read more online.
‘Once on This Island, A Musical,’ tells a Caribbean love story
Wed  May 17 2017 08:30AM
Venice Theatre is delighted to present its final “Generations” show of the 2016-17 season, the Caribbean-flavored musical “Once on This Island.” This lively production is directed and choreographed by Brad … Find out how to read more online.

Wed  May 10 2017 08:30AM
“All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” — Abraham Lincoln She has been honored by the most powerful people in the world, … Find out how to read more online.
Art at the Fair Grounds juried show comes to Charlotte County
Wed  May 10 2017 08:30AM
Beat the heat this weekend at Art at the Fair Grounds where juried artists will show off their creations in a cool, covered pavilion. The idea for the Saturday, May … Find out how to read more online.
Key Lime Festival a ‘magic,’ tasty time
Wed  May 10 2017 08:30AM
Right when the fun starts, Jeff the Juggler will be there. The veteran entertainer will perform from 10 a.m. to noon at the fifth annual Key Lime Festival, to be … Find out how to read more online.
Discover settler life at Lord-Higel House
Wed  May 10 2017 08:30AM
In celebration of the City of Venice’s 90th Anniversary this year, the public is invited to an event at the Lord-Higel House on Tuesday, May 9, from 4 p.m. to … Find out how to read more online.
Maryellen Hooper returns to Visani Two special Mother’s Day performances available
Wed  May 3 2017 08:30AM
Visani will be open Sunday, May 14, hosting two shows for children, 13 and up, with Maryellen Hooper. This special occasion only happens twice a year at Visani and The … Find out how to read more online.


Inaugural Venice Seafood & Music Festival set for Centennial Park
Wed  May 3 2017 08:30AM
The Venice Seafood & Music Festival may not be the first event of its kind produced by Sarasota-based Paragon Fine Art Festivals, but it is definitely the most recent. The … Find out how to read more online.
Discover settler life at Lord-Higel House
Wed  May 3 2017 08:30AM
In celebration of the City of Venice’s 90th Anniversary this year, the public is invited to an event at the Lord-Higel House on Tuesday, May 9, from 4 p.m. to … Find out how to read more online.
Oscar Scherer State Park to celebrate Earth Day
Wed  Apr 26 2017 08:30AM
lmost 50 years ago, in 1970, the modern environmental movement was born. Gaylord Nelson, a Wisconsin governor and later state senator, was the official founder of Earth Day, which was … Find out how to read more online.
Notable soprano saxophonist to be featured musician at EUMC
Wed  Apr 26 2017 08:30AM
On Sunday, April 30, masterful soprano saxophonist and recording artist Eirinn Abu will be the featured musician at the 7:45 a.m., 9:15 a.m. and 11 a.m. worship services in the … Find out how to read more online.
Celebrate Earth Day
Wed  Apr 19 2017 08:30AM
Almost 50 years ago, in 1970, the modern environmental movement was born. Gaylord Nelson, a Wisconsin governor and later state senator, was the official founder of Earth Day, which was … Find out how to read more online.
Clay Walker headlines CountryFest
Wed  Apr 19 2017 08:30AM
No matter how you slice country music fans — traditional, bluegrass, contemporary — they know what they like. And CountryFest is sure to provide it. This is the 24th year … Find out how to read more online.
‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ shines at Broadway Palm
Wed  Apr 19 2017 08:30AM
Broadway Palm is proud to present Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s “Jesus Christ Superstar,” playing now through May 14. This timeless musical phenomenon has wowed audiences for over 40 … Find out how to read more online.
Handcrafted sand sculptures by Matt, Mike and Marc
Wed  Apr 19 2017 08:30AM
If you are a person who enjoys living or vacationing in Southwest Florida, you probably spend lots of time at the beach where you soak up sunshine, gather shells and … Find out how to read more online.
Eighth Annual Suncoast BBQ & Bluegrass Bash
Wed  Apr 12 2017 08:30AM
Barbecue — a word that gets many mouths watering. Different regions break it down to type of meat preferred, wet vs. dry rubs and the style of sauces. Most people … Find out how to read more online.
25th Annual Shark’s Tooth Festival is a great find for family fun
Wed  Apr 12 2017 08:30AM
It’s only fitting that in a town known as the “shark’s tooth capital of the world,” there would be an annual festival honoring the plentiful fossilized finds. The 25th Shark’s … Find out how to read more online.

Wed  Apr 26 2017 08:30AM
Downtown Punta Gorda will belong to the Punta Gorda Block Party again on Saturday, April 29, when the popular street festival comes back from a two-year hiatus and returns to … Find out how to read more online.
‘Dearly Departed’ is laughter, family chaos at patriarch’s funeral
Wed  May 3 2017 08:30AM
Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe closes its 2016-2017 season with “Dearly Departed,” which runs through May 27. In this delightful and heartwarming comedy written by David Dean Bottrell and Jessie Jones, … Find out how to read more online.

Wed  Apr 26 2017 08:30AM
Charlotte County Pride will hold its fifth annual Pride Fest from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 29, at Laishley Park, 100 Nesbit St., Punta Gorda. It has all the … Find out how to read more online.
Shelton rocks the gospel sound of Elvis
Wed  Apr 26 2017 08:30AM
Come be a part of a special encore tribute show featuring the gospel music of Elvis Presley performed by internationally acclaimed entertainer and Elvis tribute artist, Mark Shelton, at 7 … Find out how to read more online.
Lemon Bay Playhouse presents ‘I Ought to Be in Pictures’
Wed  Apr 19 2017 08:30AM
The Lemon Bay Playhouse announces its upcoming show, “I Ought to Be in Pictures.” The play, the sixth production of the season, was written by Neil Simon and will be … Find out how to read more online.
Eighth Annual Suncoast BBQ & Bluegrass Bash
Wed  Apr 19 2017 08:30AM
Barbecue — a word that gets many mouths watering. Different regions break it down to type of meat preferred, wet vs. dry rubs and the style of sauces. Most people … Find out how to read more online.
North Port Concert Band presents ‘My Kinds of Towns’
Wed  Apr 19 2017 08:30AM
The 80-member North Port Concert Band conducted by Dennis Silkebakken will present “My Kinds of Towns” on Sunday, April 23, at 3 p.m. The concert will take place at the … Find out how to read more online.
Jazz Club of Sarasota, Baltimore Orioles team up for Jazz in the Ballpark
Wed  Apr 19 2017 08:30AM
The Jazz Club of Sarasota and the Baltimore Orioles have teamed up to present a jazz concert, “Big Band Jazz Through the Decades,” for Jazz in the Ballpark. The special … Find out how to read more online.
Catch last performances of Charlotte Players’ ‘Things My Mother Taught Me’
Wed  Apr 12 2017 08:30AM
A diverse cast delivers a delightful show for Charlotte Players’ final production of the season, “Things My Mother Taught Me,” which continues at the Langdon Playhouse through Saturday, April 15. … Find out how to read more online.
Cintron’s tribute to Frankie Valli comes to Visani on Easter
Wed  Apr 12 2017 08:30AM
William Cintron will be performing his tribute to Frankie Valli at Visani on Sunday, April 16, at 6:30 p.m. “William is a gifted, dynamic singer and performer who has the … Find out how to read more online.


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