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Friday Facts for May 13, 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 May 10

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For Our Members Only

PG Chamber radio show: Exclusively for PG Chamber members: NOW BOOKING FOR JUNE. 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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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.

Download & Print the Registration form HERE. 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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Chamber Calendar of Events Members ONLY

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May 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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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.

May 25: Networking Luncheon Noon-1:30 pm Come and join your Chamber for our Networking Lunch at Four Points By Sheraton, 33 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda. Our speaker for this meeting with be Dave Gammon, Director, Charlotte County Economic Development. Lunch Choices: Chicken Caesar Salad, Rice Bowl with Chicken or Mahi, Turkey Club with fries, Veggie wrap with fries. 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 and AMEX. LIMITED SEATING – VERY FEW SEATS REMAIN!

June 8: Business Over Breakfast 7:15-8:30 am Come join your Chamber for our Networking Breakfast at the Burg’r Bar, 317 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda. Please be sure to RSVP to reception@puntagorda-chamber.com or call 941.639.3720. 

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Online Reservations for Chamber Luncheons are available by clicking HERE
(Please include your lunch choice in the comments box)

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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) – T.T’s Tiki Bar is celebrating their 11th Anniversary this Saturday! Come out for a great day of fun and music. We have Deven Starr playing in the afternoon and 22N takes the stage at 7:00 PM. VIP tickets are still available, so get them now. We will also have complimentary cake and cupcakes for our wonderful customers.  Please click here to see when all of your favorite bands will be playing at the Tiki in May. As always, the Dockside Grill serves their all your can eat fish and chips on Friday and Prime Rib special on Saturday. The Tiki Bar….always sizzling!

TIME Realty Services, Inc (Gold) – Happy Friday! Today the residential 7 day stat for PG, PC & NP shows: 186 new listings, 213 new contracts, 197 new closings. How can I provide assistance to you? Put my 24 years experience to work! Let’s sell something!

Downtown Farmers Market (Gold) The Punta Gorda Farmers Market is open every Saturday, 8 am-Noon (Summer Hours). May Newsletter

ShorePoint Health (Gold) ShorePoint Health Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda have a broad impact in the region. Over the course of a year, the impact of ShorePoint Health Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda adds up as the skilled and compassionate hands of physicians, nurses and other team members deliver quality care around the clock. Beyond clinical care, ShorePoint Health is a major employer and regularly invests resources to expand and enhance the services available locally. The overall community benefit each year is significant and totaled $284 million in 2021. Last year, the hospitals and clinics delivered care during 214,400 patient encounters as the pandemic heightened the need for medical care. Click here for the Community Benefit Report.

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) – Wedding Belles, now through May 22! Four garden club ladies meet a young girl who has come to their little Texas town to marry an infantry man before he ships off for World War II. Join us for the last play of this season! For tickets go to www.charlotteplayers.org or call 941.255.1022. The 2022 – 2023 season is just around the corner. Check here for details!

Coastal Expressions & Wine (Bronze) – Join us:

  • Every day for wine tastings. Tuesdays from 10-5, Wednesday-Saturday 10-9 (Except during WINE-O Bingo on Fridays from 5-8 pm)
  • Every day for lunch. Visit our website for our food menu. coastal-xpressions.com
  • Every Friday night for WINE-O BINGO. 6-8 pm. One card per/person. $6 a card for three 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.
  • Sip & Secure your mobile device with our local Amazon expert with a wine tasting & charcuterie board. Call to make your reservation.

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) – The last concert of Season 8! A Joyful Spring Sing: 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.

Military Heritage Museum (Bronze In Kind) – Gulf Theater Season 4 has arrived. Click here for the 2022-2023 schedule.

Animal Welfare League (Support) – Round of a Paws! April’s adoption numbers are in: 174! May is “Be Kind To Animals Month.”

C.A.R.E. (Support) – C.A.R.E is always looking for ways to improve the lives of our survivors. If you would like to donate furniture, bedding or clothes, please consider our reuse store! It is located at 19765 Kenilworth Blvd, for further inquiries their number is 941.624.3488. For more information check out our website, www.carefl.org. Fourth Annual Paula E. Hess Scholarship Luncheon is Tuesday, May 17 at Noon at the Isles Yacht Club. Click here for more information.

Drug-Free Punta Gorda (Support) – Two events not to miss: 2022 Annual Prevention Awards Breakfast, today (May 13) and Creating a Roadmap, May 20. Click here for details.

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 

Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens (Support) – Spring Plant Sale, Saturday, May 21, 9 am – 1 pm. Join volunteer and Master Gardener Dolly Tomalinas on Monday, May 23 for a hands-on workshop to build your own succulent terrarium garden, 9:30-10:30 am in the gift shop. Tickets are $20 for members and $30 non-members. The Gardens are open seven days a week in May.

Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic (Support) – Save the Date: Country for a Cause featuring Champ Jaxon, Friday July 8, 6-10 pm Charlotte Harbor Event Center. Click here for ticket information.

Visual Arts Center (Support) – Artistry of Dance Photography Exhibit opened on May 11.

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Punta Gorda Coffee and Tea – Are you walking around this weekend for the Crab & Music Festival? Don’t forget to come down and enjoy one of our NEW Spring Shakers, Frappe of the Month or even an amazing cup of our House Blend Fresh Brewed Coffee. We are open 7 am till 2 pm on Saturdays. 

Punta Gorda Chocolate and Wine – Are you ready for Wine Tastings AND Doug Coventry’s Live Music? Come down and celebrate next week’s Downtown Experience on Thursday May 19, from 5-8 pm. Our guests are welcome to sit outside, enjoy the live music, drink a bottle of wine or a can of beer. If you’re feeling adventurous we also have Cheese Boards and Charcuterie Boards made up fresh by our Cheese Monger’s

GluteFlex – GluteCorps Trailblazers Walking Club, Tuesdays at 8 am. Meet at Fitness Zone along Harbor Walk next to the Fishermen’s Village parking lot. Free five-mile walk. Click here for details. Or click gluteflex.com/trailblazers/ 

The Yoga Sanctuary – Is Turning 15! It’s an anniversary open house celebration and YOU are invited: Saturday, May 21, 10 am-3 pm. We’ll be opening our doors for a full day of fun! To celebrate this milestone, we’ll be offering 15 mini-classes, all 15 minutes each. Bring your friends, your family or a neighbor. Throughout the day, you can participate in one of the many mini-yoga classes being offered, meet others in the community and learn about the types of yoga and healing modalities The Yoga Sanctuary offers. Or just enjoy some organic tea and delicious snacks as you browse the studio and TYS boutique. There will be lots of Open House discounts on both services and retail, as well as some fun giveaways and raffle prizes! So be sure to mark you calendars because you do not want to miss out on this spectacular celebration! For more information, click here.

Stewart Title – First Annual Shred-It Day, Thursday, May 19. We care about your privacy. Click here for details.

Archway Institute – During May and June, we celebrate our HOPE Fund Sponsors and Legacy of HOPE Society Members. Click here for details.

TEAM Punta Gorda – Volunteers needed for Seagrass Monitoring Project, now through May 17. Click here for more information on how you can help.

Edison & Ford Winter EstatesRare orchids donated to Edison & Ford Winter Estates. The Estates are home to hundreds of orchids, some of which have been growing on the property since Mina and Thomas Edison called the place home. The orchid was Mina Edison’s favorite flower.

Sea Grape Gallery – Sea Grape Gallery’s Artists of Months for May and June. Now to July 7, Sea Grape Gallery will be featuring two of their artists, James Beech, watercolorist and acrylic artist, and Nancy VanTassell, jeweler. 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. 

Charlotte Behavorial Health Care – Now offering a Dungeons and Dragons therapy group intended for teens aged 14-17 who struggle with depression, anxiety, isolation and other interpersonal difficulties. Click here for more information.

988 Coming Soon: New Number to Call for People Facing Mental Health Crises. Everyone deserves access to the support they need, when they need it – and that includes mental health support. That’s why this year, starting on July 16, anyone facing a mental health crisis can call 988 and get connected to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (also called the Lifeline).

The Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) group is a powerful – yet simple – evidence-based process for creating the life and wellness you want. The group meets every Tuesday from 8:30-11 a.m. on CBHC’s Punta Gorda campus, located at 1700 Education Avenue. Click here for details.

Valerie’s House – 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 

Copperfish BooksNew books on our shelves this week.

Punta Gorda Symphony – Registration is now open for Punta Gorda Symphony’s Summer Music Camp, held from June 6-17, Monday-Friday, at Punta Gorda Middle School, in coordination with Charlotte Players Kids Onstage camp. This camp is open to all instrumental levels for students in grades 2-12.

Charlotte Harbor Yacht ClubServing lunch daily, Tuesday-Friday. Open to the public from 11 am-2 pm in May. Bring your friends. For reservations, call 941.629.5131.

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/

Twin Isles Country Club Summer tennis memberships now available now through September 30. Single or family tennis. $299 plus tax. For information, call 941.637.1232.

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. We will have a live DJ and everyone has the ability to try one class at no cost.

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 Village – Vendor Call! Fishermen’s Village is offering vendor space on the Village Promenade for their annual Independence Celebration to be held July 3 & 4! Promote your products/services to thousands of locals and visitors during this highly popular annual event! For pricing and space availability, contact Kathy Burnam, kburnam@fishermensvillage.com

May Calendar of Events. Sunset Beach May Events.
A Day of Celtic Music, tomorrow (May 14), Noon-9 pm.
June Calendar of Events. Sunset Beach June Events.

Fishermen’s Village is pleased to announce our new permanent Retail Hours of operation are now 10 am – 8 pm, Monday – Saturday, and 12 pm – 6 pm Sunday ALL YEAR ROUND. For those of you who didn’t know, Fishermen’s Village used to revert back to a 6 pm closing time during off season. Come by and enjoy that sunset and be sure to stay awhile! (Restaurants stay open later; visit www.fishermensvillage.com for more info.)

Peace River Shopper Latest Edition. Arcadia Community Local.

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Utility Assistance Applications

Now Being Accepted 

The Charlotte County Human Services Department is accepting applications for assistance with electric bills. Low-Income Home Energy CRISIS Assistance may also be available to households with the power off, a past due bill, final notice or security deposit. monthly gross income, to help offset the high cost of home energy. Emergency Home Energy Assistance Program, sponsored by the Department of Elder Affairs and the Area Agency on Aging of SW Florida and administered by Charlotte County Human Services may have funds available for those households with at least one member 60 years of age or older and a past due energy bill.

Apply online at www.Charlottecountyfl.gov and complete the Fastrack application in the “help paying bills” section. For more information click here or contact Human Services at 941.833.6500.

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.

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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

Loveland Center – May 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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