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Friday Facts for April 22, 2022

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Dear Chamber Member and Chamber Friends, here are your Friday Facts from the Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce.

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Chamber President John Wright’s newspaper column from April 19

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For Our Members Only

PG Chamber radio show: Exclusively for PG Chamber members: NOW BOOKING FOR MAY 2022. Our monthly radio show on Seaview 104.9FM during the Bob Alexander Radio Show is on the first Wednesday and Thursday of each month. The process is very simple – no need to visit the studio. Bob will call you, set up a recording time and it’ll be done over the phone and inserted directly into the programming of this very popular show. You get the option to record two x 2.5 minute slots or else simply record one and have it aired twice during the show. Bob will be able to let you know exactly during which hour it will air. The cost is an incredible $110 (payable to the PG Chamber, not iHeart). To register for the show, simply email John Wright. The rest we’ll take care of for you. Only ten businesses per month, so don’t delay. Offering you a great way to promote your business, advertise an event or simply to show your community support.

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For Our Members

PG Chamber radio show: Exclusively for PG Chamber members: NOW BOOKING FOR MAY 2022. Our monthly radio show on Seaview 104.9FM during the Bob Alexander Radio Show is on the first Wednesday and Thursday of each month. The process is very simple – no need to visit the studio. Bob will call you, set up a recording time and it’ll be done over the phone and inserted directly into the programming of this very popular show. You get the option to record two x 2.5 minute slots or else simply record one and have it aired twice during the show. Bob will be able to let you know exactly during which hour it will air. The cost is an incredible $110 (payable to the PG Chamber, not iHeart). To register for the show, simply email John Wright. The rest we’ll take care of for you. Only ten businesses per month, so don’t delay. Offering you a great way to promote your business, advertise an event or simply to show your community support.
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2022 GIVING CHALLENGE: APRIL 26-27

Here’s How To Support Some Of Our Area Non-Profits

Charlotte County Habitat for Humanity

Charlotte Local Education Foundation (CLEF)

Charlotte Players

Gator Wilderness Camp School

Homeless Coalition

Loveland Center

Military Heritage Museum

Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens

C.A.R.E

Punta Gorda Symphony

Punta Gorda Historic Mural Society

Senior Friendship Centers

The Society of St. Vincent DePaul

TEAM Punta Gorda

United Way

Valerie’s House

Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic

YMCA


Punta Gorda Englewood Beach Visitor & Convention Bureau

Annual Tourism Celebration Lunch, May 5

The Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor & Convention Bureau Annual Tourism presentation will take place at the Annual Tourism Celebration lunch on Thursday, May 5 at the Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center.


Pickle What?!?

Pickleball Poker Challenge!

That’s WHAT! Sign-up Today!

Join us for the First Annual Pickleball Poker Challenge

WHEN: Wednesday, May 18th, 6-8pm.

WHERE: PIcklePlex, 26300 Airport Rd, Punta Gord

FEE: $30 per Player.

Questions? Call: 941-639-3720

 

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Where’s John Now?

Take a Tour of a Local Business and Chamber Member with John. CLICK HERE to find out where he visited this week.

This video will be shared here in Friday Facts, on our Chamber website, and on our Chamber Social Media pages. If you would like to have a visit from John please contact Tara Zajas at tzajas@puntagorda-chamber.com or call the office (941) 639-3720 to schedule a date.

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Networking Events

**Please remember to RSVP directly to events by emailing reception@puntagorda-chamber.com, by calling us at 941-639-3720 or by paying for lunch online. We LOVE to see you but we appreciate knowing you’re coming to provide our host with an accurate count to better accommodate us. Thank you for your assistance!

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April 27: Networking Luncheon Noon-1:30 Come and join your Chamber for our Networking Lunch at Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club located at 4400 Lister St., Port Charlotte. Menu choices: Apple Walnut Cranberry Salad, Chicken Quesadilla or Corned Beef Reuben. Please be sure to RSVP to reception@puntagorda-chamber.com or call 941.639.3720. NOTE: Cancellations not accepted after 3 pm on Friday before event. Cost is $20 per person pre-paid. We take cash, check, Mastercard, Visa, Discover & Amex.

May 11: Business Over Breakfast 7:15-8:30 am Come join your Chamber for our Networking Breakfast at St. Andrews South Golf Club, 1901 Deborah Drive, Punta Gorda. Please be sure to RSVP to reception@puntagorda-chamber.com or call 941.639.3720. 

May 17: Business After Hours 5:30 pm Come and join your Chamber for our Business After Hours at the Illusions Salon and Spa, 115 Taylor Street, Punta Gorda. Don’t forget to bring a gift to promote and showcase your business! Please be sure to RSVP to reception@puntagorda-chamber.com or call 941.639.3720.

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All the Following Information is for Our Community.

Please Support Our Local Businesses!

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Four Points by Sheraton (Platinum) – The Four Points by Sheraton has an amazing comedy line up for this weekend. Please click for details! Also, please click here to see all of the bands scheduled at TT’s Tiki Bar in the month of April. Lastly, our Dockside Grill serves all you can eat fish and chips on Friday for only $12.95 and Prime Rib Saturday! The Tiki Bar … Always Sizzling!

TIME Realty Service, Inc (Gold) – Happy Friday! In the PG, PC, NP area the 7 day stats are: 185 new listings, 200 new contracts, 169 new closings. Check out my latest listing here: https://bit.ly/3rH1G5b Call to schedule a viewing: 239.699.4493

Downtown Farmers Market (Gold) The Punta Gorda Farmers Market is open every Saturday, 8 am-1 pm. April Newsletter!

CAM Realty (Silver) – Virtual office available in Downtown Punta Gorda, $99/+tax per month. A virtual office plan provides your company the image of a professional office without the cost of dedicated office space. Use our company address for a business mailing address and conference room access while growing your business. You can upgrade at any time to an executive suite when you outgrow a Virtual. Contact CAM Realty today to find out how affordable using a Virtual Office plan can be: 941.833.0083.

Creative Window Treatments (Silver) – Your local Hunter Douglas Showcase Dealer. We offer all types of custom window treatments for any business or commercial setting with two locations to serve you. Call for your FREE In-Home consultation! 941.637.0015 / 941.828.0000

WENG Radio (Silver In Kind) We want to help Chamber members by broadcasting information about their business to the public. Click here for a special chamber members only rate!

Charlotte Players (Bronze) – “There’s a Burglar in My Bed,” through this Sunday. Located at The Langdon Playhouse, 1182 Market Circle in Port Charlotte. For tickets call 941.255.1022 or go to www.charlotteplayers.org Charlotte Players 2022-2023 Season Is Coming! Season Ticket Renewal April 25: Public (All Ticket Sales Available). Reserve your tickets now!

Coastal Expressions & Wine (Bronze) – Join us:

  • Every Friday night for WINE-O BINGO. 6-8 pm. 1 card per/person. $6 a card for four games. Win wine bottles as prizes. 
  • Every Saturday night Live Music.   
  • Every Thursday night for Trivia. Get your team together (up to 6 people). Win wine & food gift certificates as prizes. Game starts at 6:30 pm.

1133 Bal Harbor Plaza, Suite 1135 in the ISLES. Full food/wine/beer/non-alcoholic menu available on our website www.coastal-expressions.com. Call to make your reservation 941.214.8599

Gulfshore Opera (Bronze) – Tosca opening this weekend. Tomorrow at 7 pm at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center in Punta Gorda. Tickets start at $35. The Spring Celebration with the GO Divas will be May 19 at 7 pm at the Gulf Theater in Punta Gorda. Tickets start at $25. Visit www.gulfshoreopera.org or call 239.529.3925 to purchase tickets. For more information, click here.

Military Heritage Museum (Bronze In Kind) – Gulf Theater Happenings!

C.A.R.E. of Charlotte County (Support) – April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. C.A.R.E is inviting everyone to register for tomorrow’s “Walk For Awareness” April 23 in Larry Taylor Kiwinis Park in Port Charlotte. We will have refreshments and shirts for anyone who would like to participate. For more information call 941.639.5499 or visit our website www.carefl.org. Let’s support survivors everywhere!

Drug-Free Punta Gorda (Support) – Saturday, April 30 from 10 am to 2 pm is National Rx Drug Take Back Day. Do your part for a safe community and clean environment.

Fabulous Finds/Charlotte County Homeless Coalition (Support) – The 2nd Annual “Hope for Homeless” Spring Golf Scramble to benefit The Homeless Coalition will be held on Saturday, May 21 at Burnt Store Marina. Contact Meghan if you would like to be a sponsor or would like to have a foursome at 941.627.4313, Ext. 134 or meghan.himelein@cchomelesscoalition.org 

Frank Desguin Family (Support) – Copy of Frank’s Column in the newspaper. Did you know my last column covered just a few of the area’s past commercial docks?

Marco Office Supply (Support) – Paper alert! Stay informed. Get the facts.

Perfectly Polished Nail Boutique (Support) Show Your Support Sports Bra Drive to Benefit C.A.R.E. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and to show support, clients and the public are invited to drop off a new, unused sports bra to Perfectly Polished Nail Boutique for donation to the Center for Abuse and Rape Emergencies (C.A.R.E.) Cash and check donations will also be appreciated. The boutique is located at 121 E. Marion Avenue, Suite 111 in downtown Punta Gorda.

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Copperfish Books Independent Bookstore Day, Saturday, April 30. Kids event on May 5 with “Bug on the Rug” author Sophia Gholz.

Punta Gorda Rotary Club – Healing Field of Honor, 9 am to 6 pm, Friday, May 27-Monday, May 30. Thousands of flags will be on display over Memorial Weekend at Laishley Park in Punta Gorda.

Honor your Hero – A veteran, deceased or living, doctor, nurse, First Responder, family member, friend. Become part of this event by either dedication of a flag or becoming a sponsor. For more information: WWW.healingfield.org/event/puntagordafl22/

Rossini Trattoria Gastronomia – Special gourmet dinner this Sunday, April 24 at 6 pm. To see the menu, click here.

Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center – Come CHEC it out! The Earth Day Celebration is tomorrow from 9 am – 12 pm.

Punta Gorda Coffee and Tea – Mother’s Day is right around the corner. Get Mom a Handcrafted Coffee and Tea Gift Basket this year with a variety of Teas, Coffees, Steepers, Mugs and more. Our handcrafted baskets can also be combined with items from our sister store Punta Gorda Chocolate and Wine, so don’t worry we have everything from AM to PM!

Punta Gorda Chocolate and Wine – Have you checked out L.J.’s Cheese Corner on our Facebook Page? The first Monday of every month we post a cheese corner with a story and a recipe using one of our Gourmet Cheese’s that we sell in shop. These Cheeses are from around the world, from small creameries, and we craft the perfect recipe’s using them. Make you to check this out the first Monday of every month on our Facebook Page.

Meals on Wheels of Charlotte County – First Annual “Take A Swing Against Hunger” Golf Tournament, Saturday, April 30 at Deep Creek Golf Club. Click here for more information.

Edison and Ford Winter EstatesMother’s Day Pop-up Flower Shop, May 8, 9 am – 2 pm

Archway – 2022 Golf & Tennis Event raised $41,000 to help people recover from substance use disorders.

Punta Gorda Boat Club – Sunset Social. Do you have your own boat? Interested in swapping stories with other boaters? Want to learn more about boating in Charlotte Harbor? Well then, come join us for our Sunset Social which is held every fourth Friday from 5 to 7 pm at our Clubhouse 802 W Retta Esplanade in Punta Gorda. We’ll be happy to tell you more about our Club as well. Bring an appetizer to share and the beverage of your choice. Call Jan at 941.743.2472 for more information, or check us out at puntagordaboatclub.org. Hope to see you there!

Yoga Sanctuary – Embrace the Mud. Earth Day Celebration tomorrow at 9 am.

Twin Isles Country Club Summer memberships now available.

Charlotte Technical CollegeCharlotte Technical College in partnership with CareerSource Southwest Florida Job Fair, April 29, 11 am-3 pm. Free to the public with 57 employers to connect with.  

Sea Grape Gallery – Sea Grape Gallery’s Artists of Month for April. From now to May 5, Sea Grape Gallery will be featuring two of their artists, Joanne Stramara, watercolor artist, and Bonnie Benande, stoneware potter. Celebrating their 34-year anniversary this year, the gallery is located at 113 W. Marion Avenue, Punta Gorda and can be reached at 941.575.1718. 

Valerie’s House – Valerie’s House is participating in Remake Learning Days. We will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo with crafts, food, and fun. This is a free event for the entire family on Thursday, May 5 (5-8 pm) at the Family Services Center.

Save the Date for our Celebrating Charlotte Fundraising Event! Join us on Saturday, July 30 (1-5 pm) at the Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center. All proceeds will benefit Valerie’s House-Charlotte County. Contact Christine Carey for vendor and sponsorship opportunities 239.841.0382 or christine@valerieshouse.org 

F45 Training Port Charlotte West – Outside track events are held two times a week: on Wednesdays at 5:30 pm and on Saturdays at 8:30 am, until we open by the end of May/June time frame. We will have a live DJ and everyone has the ability to try one class at no cost.

Suncoast Humane Society – This year we will break ground on our new state-of-the-art facility that is the FUTURE of animal welfare. To find out more click here.

Unwined Wine and Beer Bar Happy Hour! Tuesday – Saturday 3-6 pm House Wine $5 Craft Beer $3.50. 525 E. Olympia Ave. Suite 3, Punta Gorda.

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Punta Gorda Historical Society – Hosts a variety of musicians in the Park on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month through May 2022 from 4-6 pm. Bring your own chair and beverage of choice, peruse the Food Trucks for your dining pleasure. 

Fishermen’s VillageApril Calendar of events. Sunset Beach April Events. May Calendar of Events. Sunset Beach May Events. A Day of Celtic Music, May 14, Noon-9 pm.

Peace River Shopper Latest Edition.

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Punta Gorda Hibiscus Festival Is Back The Punta Gorda Hibiscus Festival is back in Gilchrist Park April 29-May 1. The festival benefits the Charlotte County Historical Society. The festival is aided by and promotes Chakulla and the Hunger Bus, “Singing Out For Food.” We invite you to bring non-perishable food items to help fill our food pantries.

Join us Friday, April 29 from 6-10 pm for a concert of fabulous music. Enjoy sweet & savory food and beverages while listening and dancing.

Saturday, April 30, the event opens at 9 am to sell Hibiscus, Exotics, Trees, Organics etc., as well as crafts and other types of goods. Also starting at 9 am will be the crowning of the Hibiscus King and Queen and the Lil’ Miss Hibiscus Pageant. Music will continue on two stages from 10 am until 4 pm.

Sunday, May 1, the festival will open at 10 am with music, food and plants galore until 3 pm.

Charlotte County Utilities Department Summer Internship Program

The Charlotte County Utilities Department is seeking applicants for its six-week summer internship program. Applicants must be current high school students. The paid internship program will give students hands-on experience while learning about water distribution, treatment facilities, and wastewater collection.

The program starts on Monday, June 13 and ends on Friday, July 22. The hours are 7 am to 3:30 pm.

For information, contact Jodi Sullivan at 941.764.4508 or Jodi.Sullivan@CharlotteCountyFL.gov.

Boy Scouts Seeking Help

There are 10 scouts and four adults preparing to going South Carolina for a week in June. Summer camp is a very important part of Boy Scouts. There are a lot of life lessons packed into this annual trip. We really don’t want these boys to miss this opportunity. The cost for transportation has tripled this year from what it was in previous years. Here’s how you can help:

Tomorrow at Charlotte State Bank in Punta Gorda Troop 433 will wash your car. They only ask for a donation. 9:05 am -2:15 pm.

Loaning a vehicle to the troop for a week in June would be a tremendous help: Either a full-size pick-up truck that could carry people as well as tow a trailer or a 15 passenger van.

Contact Ben Shultz, Scout Master, at 239.248.9525.

Charlotte County Orders Burn Ban

Charlotte County issued an emergency order Tuesday banning outdoor burning (including yard waste and recreational fires) and the private use and discharge of fireworks and sparklers. This prohibition does not affect attended barbecue/cooking equipment or burn permits issued by the Florida Forest Service. The ban will remain in effect until the County Commission repeals it.

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Looking for a new position or changing careers? Starting/finishing a degree or obtaining certifications? The 2022 Southwest Florida Regional Career Fair is for YOU, Tuesday, April 5 from 9 am-3 pm at the Suncoast Credit Union Arena at SouthWestern Florida State College in Fort Myers. In partnership with CareerSource of Southwest Florida, there will 100+ employers and educational/career specialists. Admission is free. Register at www.careersourcesouthwestflorida.com

Job Fair – Monday, April 11

The Charlotte County Human Resources Department in partnership with CareerSource Southwest Florida has scheduled a job fair from 3-7 pm, Monday, April 11 at the Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center, 75 Taylor St. in Punta Gorda. This is a multi-agency event with employers from Charlotte County Public Works, Utilities, Building Construction Services, Recreation and Pools, Information Technology, Public Safety, Fire & EMS as well as the Tax Collector, schools and more. Potential on-site interviews and resume assistance will be available.

For information contact Charlotte County Human Resources www.charlottecountyfl.gov/departments/human-resources. For all jobs available at Charlotte County, visit www.charlottecountyfl.gov/jobs.
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ARCHway Institute – Newsletter

Animal Welfare League –Pawsitive News

C.A.R.E. – Newsletter

Charlotte County Habitat for Humanity – Newsletter

Copperfish Books April Newsletter

Florida WeeklyApril Newsletter

Loveland Center – April Newsletter

Military Heritage Museum – Happenings & Highlights

Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens – Gardens at a Glance News

Punta Gorda Mural SocietyNewsletter

SandStarNewsletter

Senior Friendship Center – Newsletter

The Yoga Sanctuary – Newsletter

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Charlotte Players

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Florida Premier Contractors

Granny Nannies

Gulfshore Opera

Hoff’s Air Authority

PicklePlex of Punta Gorda

State Farm Insurance Agency – Mike Martin

Superior Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning

Wotitzky, Wotitzky, Ross & Young, PA

 

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