Friday Facts for October 18, 2019

Dear Chamber Member,

Here are your Friday Facts – Enjoy reading them and have a great Friday and an even better weekend. If you have anything that you would like to put into the Friday Facts please send it to  by noon each Thursday.

We will be mailing out a newsletter on October 28th. If you would like to have a flyer in there please let us know. It is $100 and we need 1100 copies. Call the office to get on the list. 941-639-3720.

The Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce is looking for volunteers to help with our November mailing on Monday, October 28th from approximately 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. If you are available to help out, even for an hour or so, please call the Chamber at 941-639-3720. Thank you.

The Downtown Merchants and the Punta Gorda Chamber will be hosting the Downtown Fall Bash on Saturday, November 2, 2019 from 4:00-9:00 p.m. on Taylor Street in front of the old Court House. The Chamber is looking for volunteers to pour beer. There will be two shifts – 4:00-6:30 p.m. and 6:30-9:00 p.m. If you are interested in volunteering, please email the Chamber at or call the Chamber at 941-639-3720 with the time slot in which you would like to volunteer. As always, thank you for your support and assistance.

PG Chamber radio show: Now Booking for December
Every month, your Punta Gorda Chamber teams up with local iHeart Media DJ – Bob Alexander to focus on Chamber members and what they are up to.  For only $95, you get to pre-record 2 x 2 ½ minute slots  (which can be the same or different) which will be inserted into Bob’s show on the first Wednesday and Thursday of each month.  This is one of the largest local radio audiences available to us. You don’t even have to go to the studio any more. Bob will call you to record your message(s)! If you are interested, please email to get you on your way. Ideal for business promotions, events or simply to get your name out on air.

PicklePlex is looking for volunteers to help with a major tournament on October 25-27.
Anyone able to offer time should contact Donna Sullivan at

Your Chamber Staff,

John, Pat, Carole, Stephanie & Janet

Chamber Calendar of Events

Please remember to RSVP to: reception@ or 941-639-3720.

October 23: Networking Luncheon

12 Noon – 1:30 pm. Come and join your Chamber for our Networking Lunch at the Burg’r Bar, 317 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda.  Please be sure to RSVP to or 941-639-3720.   ​
Lunch Choices:

  • Cheeseburger & Fries
  • Chicken Sandwich & Chips
  • Chicken Caesar Salad

Cost is $15.00 per person pre-paid or $20.00 at the door. We take cash, check, Mastercard, Visa, Discover & Amex

November 13: Business Over Breakfast
7:15 am – 8:30 am Wake up and smell the coffee with your Chamber at our breakfast at Charlotte Memorial Funeral Home, 9400 Indian Spring Cemetery Road. Punta Gorda. Please be sure to RSVP to or call 941-639-3720

November 19: Business After Hours
5:30 pm – 7 pm Come and join your Chamber for our Business After Hours at Centennial Bank, 401 Taylor St., Punta Gorda . Don’t forget to bring a gift to promote and showcase your business! Please be sure to RSVP  or call 941-639-3720..

November 21: Third Thursday Wine Walk 5-8 pm
In Downtown Punta Gorda. Art-Music-Live Demonstrations-Shopping & Food! What better way to spend an evening out with old friends while you take the time to make new ones. Wine Walk works by donating $10 at the PG Chamber ( in advance or on the night) to get a wristband and passport that entitles you to a walking wine tasting – a map of all retail participants will accompany your wristband. Each location will have two different wine varietals to taste! Wristbands can also be purchased at Hipnotique on the day of the event. Not a wine drinker, you can still come and enjoy the atmosphere and shop, dine and stroll around.

November 27: Networking Luncheon, 12 Noon – 1:30 pm.
Come and join your Chamber for our Networking Lunch at Laishley Crab House, 150 Laishley Ct., Punta Gorda.  Please be sure to RSVP to 941-639-3720 or  Cost is $15.00 per person pre-paid or $20.00 at the door. We take cash, check, Mastercard, Visa, Discover & Amex

The Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce Invites you to a Halloween Party
Friday October 25th, 7pm-Late at Angela’s, 258 Marion Ave, Punta Gorda FL 33950
Costume Contest: Judging at 9pm, Winner Announced at 10pmLive Music by The Booty Shakers
Heavy appetizers and Happy hour all night!  BOGO House wines, wells and domestic beers.
$60 per person,Tickets must be purchased in advance! Space is limitedCall To Purchase: 941-639-3720

Downtown Bash Street Party
Saturday November 2nd 4 – 9 pm. Music 5pm. In front of the old courthouse on Taylor and Olympia Ave. Presented by the Downtown Merchants Association and the Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce.
Drink, Dine Dance. Free admission, bring your own seat. Not coolers, no pets. Beer, Wind, Soda, Water & Food Vendors.

City Wide Garage Sale 2019-2020 Schedule
8 am – 12 Noon, $15.00 per entrant
You get two parking spots – one for your vehicle (no commercial vehicles) and one for a table (you provide)
Set up 7: 15am
New Location: Comfort Storage Parking Lot, 3811 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda

  • November 9. 2019
  • December 14, 2019
  • January 11, 2020
  • February 8, 2020
  • March 14, 2020
  • April 11, 2020
  • May 9, 2020

Please contact Punta Gorda Chamber at 941-639-3720 or All Registrants need to be pre-registered with payment There will be no admittance the day of the event. Non-refundable, non-trasnferable sale held rain or shine… no rain dates.

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New Members

Mission Statement

To promote business in Punta Gorda and all our surroundings areas, for the benefit of our entire community.

David Allen Capital, Credit Card Processing
Breck & Dawn Rubin
283 Maraca St.
Punta Gorda, FL 33983
Business Financial Service
Sponsored by Pat Oliva

Remember to utilize the certificates in the New Member packet. These are very valuable to your business.

Partners in Action News

Bayfront Health Punta Gorda/Port Charlotte (Platinum) 
Click Here for October Events

Bayfront Health Port Charlotte is Shining Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Offering Mammogram Screening Specials All Month Long

According to, one in eight women—roughly 12%—will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime, and this year alone, more than 268,000 women and 2,600 men are estimated to be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in the U.S. To raise awareness and encourage more individuals to take action for their breast health, Bayfront Health Port Charlotte is lighting their building and landscape pink in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month for the entire month of October. They are also offering a digital mammogram screening for only $75. And, the Bayfront Health Medical Group OB/GYN team: Jennifer D’Abarno, M.D., Stephanie Finley, D.O., Hernán Fuentes, M.D., Ruben Guzman, M.D., Renee Schroeder, APRN, Dana Patterson, APRN, and Kelly Weaver, APRN, want to all stress the importance of mammograms and early detection.

“Early detection saves lives, offering a cure for breast cancer and less invasive surgical treatment options,” said Stephanie Finley, D.O., board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist. “The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommend women start mammogram screening at age 40 years, with annual screenings beginning at 45 years. Women with a family history of breast cancer may be at higher risk and may benefit from starting earlier. After age 75, women should discuss with their physician about decreasing or discontinuing mammogram screenings.”

Men—although rare—can also get breast cancer. Since men account for less than one percent of all breast cancer cases in the U.S., they are not routinely screened. However, men may be at higher risk due to a strong family history of breast cancer, in which screening may increase their chances for early detection. “If you have concerns about your risk of breast cancer, have symptoms or changes in your breasts, you should speak with your healthcare provider,” adds Hernán Fuentes, M.D., board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist. “Together you can determine what screening schedule is right for you.” Bayfront Health Port Charlotte offers mammography screenings at their Outpatient Diagnostic Services Center, located on campus at 2500 Harbor Blvd. Mammography appointments are available Monday – Friday as early as 9:00 a.m. To learn more about Bayfront Health’s $75 screening special and to schedule your mammogram, call 941-766-4321 or visit If you need to find a healthcare provider, start by visiting

For a list of risk factors and American Cancer Society recommendations, visit Appointments are on a first-come, first-served basis. An order from a physician or qualified healthcare provider is required. All mammogram reports will be sent to the physician/provider, and the patient is responsible for follow-up. Check with your insurance provider to confirm coverage for a screening mammogram. If you do not have insurance, options may be available to help with the cost. Visit, or call 941-766-4321. The price of $75 includes both the hospital and radiologist fees with MDsave voucher.

Captain’s Table (Gold)

Captain’s Table is now serving Brunch on Sunday from 10 AM – 2 PM. Please Come enjoy our Chef’s take on Brunch with delicious dishes while enjoying views of Charlotte Harbor. Lunch will also be available form 11 AM – 4 PM. For more information please call 941-637-1177.
October 22nd Gourmet Tapas & Wine. Click Here for info

Florida Southwestern State College (Silver) Nov 28th Turkey Trot – early registration

One Source Accounting & Tax Co. (Bronze) OneSource Accounting & Tax Co
Mary Anne Simone 315 E.Olympia Ave.,#224,Punta Gorda, 

Port Charlotte Florist (Bronze in Kind)
Click Here for info on their Wine & Design Workshop Series

Animal Welfare League (Support)
Click here for info on their upcoming raffle

Charlotte Players (Support)
The Charlotte Players is looking for individuals who are interested in working in the box office Monday through Saturday at the Langdon. We are also looking for individuals to run the box office for evening performances at Charlotte Performing Arts Center during the months of January through March for 7 shows.
Necessary skills:

  • Computer literate
  • Have communication skills
  • Able to donate 3 hours 1 or more days a week(mornings or afternoons)
  • Willing to go through a training period
  • No difficulties hearing on the phone

If you are interested please contact Steve Pignataro at 941-255-1022 or email

Marco Office Supply (Support)
How would you like to save money and give back to your chamber at the same time. Purchasing from Marco Office Supply (chamber member) instead of a big box store or Amazon will take care of both needs. We are a locally owned independent company serving Collier, Lee, Charlotte and Sarasota County. Keeping it local is keeping dollars in your community and putting 3.8 % back into the chamber’s pocket to assist with funding chamber offerings. Our services include basic supplies, cartridges (name brand and generic), furniture for office, schools, hotels, restaurants and recreational facilities, school and craft supplies, janitorial, break room, first aide, storage, printing, promotional and website design.  Interested, contact either Gina ( or Gaytha ( at 239-775-7513 for price quotes or appointments.

Profiles Boutique (Support)
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Collection for the benefits of the clients of C. A. R. E. or Charlotte County. C. A. R. E. is in need of shampoo, conditioner and body wash. Receive a 10% discount on your services for your donation.

Ribbon Cuttings

Upcoming Ribbon Cuttings, Ground Breakings, Launchings, Ceremonies & Dedications. These are all 5:30 pm unless otherwise noted. Come out and welcome our newest members.

October 23: United Way’s 53rd Annual Campaign Kickoff & Rally at Charlotte Sports Park.  8 am
The United Way of Charlotte County Campaign Cabinet is hosting the 2019-2020 Campaign Kickoff and Tri-Chamber Ribbon Cutting. Join for this free event and light breakfast. Afterwards, community members head out into the community to volunteer for our 53rd Annual Day of Caring.
It would be awesome if you and your team could join us. Please click here to volunteer.

October 24: Ribbon Cutting at Nature Park, Corner of Bal Harbor & Aqui Esta, Punta Gorda. Goes from 4:30 to 6 pm. Ribbon Cutting will be at 5:30 pm

October 29: Ribbon Cutting at Dr. John Guarino’s office, 4245 Kings Highway Unit A, Charlotte Harbor. Dr. John Guarino welcomes his new associate, Dr. Matthew Tufts. 5 pm

October 30: Meals on Wheels of Charlotte County
50th Anniversary Celebration, 3082 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte

November 4:  Ribbon Cutting at Visual Arts Center  Fun Arts Festival, 210 Maud Street, Punta Gorda  12 Noon

November 5: Ribbon Cutting for Pedal Punta Gorda, South Pavilion in Laishley Park, 120 Laishley Court, Punta Gorda

November 6: Ribbon Cutting at Punta Gorda Coffee & Tea Inc. to celebrate their One Year Anniversary, 117 Herald Ct. Unit 118, Punta Gorda.

November 12: Ribbon Cutting at Burnt Store Title & Escrow 150 Laishley Ct., Suite 122, Punta Gorda

November 14: Yesterdays Collectables, Antiques and Vintage Clothing, 4301 Sibley Bay Street, Unit B, (Corner of Hwy 41 & Sibley Bay) Charlotte Harbor

November 18: Hammer and Stain Punta Gorda, 208 Tamiami Trail Ste 112, Punta Gorda

December 5: Ribbon Cutting for MonarchDirect
It will be a big party with Punta Gorda Chamber, Charlotte County Chamber, Englewood Chamber, Venice Chamber and North Port Chamber. The ribbon cutting will be done at the Port Charlotte office, 1264 Market Circle, Suite 6, Port Charlotte. Gathering starts at 4:30 pm and the ribbon cutting will be at 5:30 pm.

December 12: Chelsea Place HomeCare, 126 East Olympia Ave., Suite 301, Punta Gorda.

Fact of the Day

Strongest Natural Material

In 2015 scientists discovered that snails possess the strongest natural material in the world… their teeth. It was discovered that limpets, an aquatic snail, have teeth that come close to the strength of the hardest man made materials. The teeth are up to 40% stronger than spider silk, which was thought to be the strongest natural material.

Question of the Week

Is the chamber a visitors center?

Events for Week of October 18 – October 29

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The Orange House Wine Bar
320 Sullivan St., Punta Gorda 941-505-8233
We are now open for breakfast and lunch!
Tuesday-Saturday 8 am – 2 pm
Fri. October 18:  7pm -10 pm
Spend Friday night right with live music from Tim Goodman and Rosanne Linder at The Orange House. Reserve your spot today!
Sat. October 19:  7pm- 10 pm
Come see Two-Time Emmy Award Winner Dave Powers this Saturday at The Orange House! Call to reserve your spot!

Roaring Lions presents A Night To Remember Oct. 18-20 Click Here to see the flyer

Edison and Ford Winter Estates Hosts Annual Quilt Show
On October 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Edison and Ford Winter Estates will host the annual “Airing of the Quilts” quilt show. Dozens of quilts from the Quilters’ Guild will be on display, suspended from clotheslines between trees and select antique quilts from the 1880s to 1940s will be on display inside the Thomas Edison house, Henry Ford house and the Edison guest house. Quilters’ Guild participants will also have quilts available for sale. Certified quilt appraiser, Lars Cain, will be on site and conducting appraisals from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. His vast experience includes the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian Institution. He has been sharing his expertise for many years and has spoken to more than 1,500 quilt groups throughout the Midwest, New England area and in Florida. Since 1977, he has appraised more than 20,000 quilts. Visitors may bring antique quilts for assessment. Verbal appraisals will be offered for $20 and the fee for a written appraisal is $50 per quilt.  The quilt show is included with a self-guided or guided tour of the historic home site and botanical gardens. Tickets may be purchased online or at the ticket counter. Admission is free for Edison Ford members. A food truck will also be on site. For more information, call 239-334-7419 or visit

Wreaths Across America Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser October 19th Click Here to see flyer for this event

Veteran Family Fun Day! October 19th Click Here to see the flyer for this event.

Paradise Golf Demo Day October 19th Click Here to see the flyer

Peace River and Sculpture Gardens
It is Peace River and Sculpture Gardens Second Anniversary and we want all to celebrate with us! We will have a short program at Noon on October 19th. It includes treats made by our staff to help celebrate.  We will have a scavenger hunt for kids of all ages and you can buy a ticket for a chance to win a 2006 Vespa Scooter donated by our wonderful founders, Mr and Mrs Tetrault! This vespa is a classic and is in mint new condition. $50 gets you a chance to win it! You can also enter to win memberships, and free passes to the garden! We may have a few other goodies to give away! Come join us from 9 am to 4 pm on Saturday October 19th. As always- Members get in free to this event!

The Yoga Sanctuary, 112 Sullivan St, Punta Gorda, FL 33950
The Sound Session:
An Ancient Experience of Healing and Meditation, Sunday, October 20th,  6 – 7:30pm  Tea Roman  $30
Join The Yoga Sanctuary in welcoming back Tea Roman for a restorative journey through yoga, meditation and sound. Experience a guided yoga and meditation journey with the sounds and vibrations of Tibetan Singing Bowls, the Didgeridoo, and the Shakuhachi bamboo flute. Often referred to as “Zen Flute,” the Shakuhachi is a pure mindfulness tool and has been used for centuries to guide mindful contemplation. When played with proper intention, each instrument takes the listener on a journey that clears the mind and allows for pure intention and insight to arise. For more information, call 941-505-YOGA (9642), email, visit our website or see our Facebook page,

October 22nd Team Punta Gorda October Team Mixer Click Here for info

New Homeschool Program at Edison and Ford Winter Estates Edison and Ford Winter Estates offers many programs for children throughout the year, including “Wednesdays with the Wild Wizard,” a new homeschool program for students in grades first through sixth. In this program, students will learn about science and engineering in a series of three day-long camps. Classes meet from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

October 23 — Henry Ford and Mechanics
Students will learn about mechanical advantage and design through live demonstrations, trial and error, and teamwork.

October 30 — A Lifetime of Innovation
From his early experiments with electricity to his search for rubber, students explore the scientific journeys of Thomas Edison’s impactful life.

Tuition for Edison Ford members: $45; or $125 for the three-class series; non-members: $50, or $140 for the three-class series.

For additional information, visit the website at or call 239-334-7419.

October 24 is World Polio Day, and the Punta Gorda Rotary Club, as well as Rotary Clubs worldwide, will be celebrating Rotary International’s struggle to End Polio by marking our historic progress toward a polio-free world and urging the community to help end the paralyzing disease.  Its noon luncheon meeting on Thursday the 24th at the Isle Yacht Club will feature Punta Gorda Mayor Nancy Prafke and guest speaker Rotary District 6960 Polio Chairperson J. J. Hummon. Interested community members are invited to join us by calling James Williams, Club President, 650-575-9825, not later than Monday, October 21. Lunch is $16 at the door. Seating is limited.

October 24th Partners in Tourism Go Big This Year. Click here to see info

October 25th TRUNK of TREATS 5-7 pm Halloween Party Presented by Burnt Store Presbyterian Church. You are invited to bring your children or grandchildren to Burnt Store Presbyterian Church!!!!!
Free food, beverage, candy, music and fun.
Dress up to SPOOK the crowd.
To aid those in need please bring a non-perishable food item to share with the local food pantry.

Jaguar Concours d’Elegance (Car Show)
See the most beautiful car design in the world…“JAGUAR”
Jaguar Cars from the early 1950s to current models.
Saturday, October 26, 2019 at The Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center, 75 Taylor St. Punta Gorda, Florida 33950 from 9:30 am To 4:00 pm. Click Here for all of the info.

Charlotte Symphony Orchestra
John Williams & Friends
October 27 — 2pm & 7:30pm
Charlotte Performing Arts Center, 701 Carmalita St, Punta Gorda, FL 33950 Make it a Halloween weekend to remember with your friends and the entire family! Come experience the music of your favorite Hollywood movies played live on October 27 as the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra performs the works of the biggest film score composers of our time including John Williams, Danny Elfman, Hans Zimmer, and others! Dress up in costume to show off your favorite characters from movies on the program, like Star Wars, Harry Potter, Spiderman, E.T., Pirates of the Caribbean, Indiana Jones, and more! Youth tickets are available for only $15. Groups of 8 or more receive 25% off with the special price code GROUP25. Tickets and information at or call 941-205-5996. See you for all the fun at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center on October 27!

October 29th Chelsea Place Masquerade Trivia NightClick Here for flyer with full info

Job Fair Charlotte Technical College, Wednesday, October 30, 2019  8:00-11:30
This free event will link employers from all industries with qualified adult students who are ready to go to work upon graduating. High school seniors who want to work while will also attend. Charlotte Technical College graduates achieve industry certification in over 20 disciplines, including A/C Refrigeration & Heating; Automotive; Business Management; Commercial Foods/Culinary Arts; Computer Systems & Information, Criminal Justice, Digital Design, Fire/EMT Healthcare and Cosmetology. Contact Claudette Baines:, phone 941-255-7500 ext. 280 or Maureen Watts, Assistant Director: Find out more about us at We look forward to hosting you at our Fall, 2019 Job Fair!

Member Information

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USA Dance Chapter Charlotte Harbor #6126 Ballroom Dance Lessons: Welcome All Levels of Dance
Due to your past support, we discovered there was a need for our own USA Dance Chapter.
We are no longer a part of #6049. We are a new chapter #6126. We can’t wait to see the friends we know and the ones we will meet.
“Physical exercise can reduce the signs of aging in the brain, and dancing has the most profound effect.” (Frontiers in Human Neuroscience). This is a recent study
Date: Every Wednesday until further notice
Time: 6-7   Beginning American Rhumba(4 weeks), Newcomers and beyond
7-8   Intermediate Rock & Swing(4weeks,) East Coast Swing, Jive, Lindy Hop, Rock 7 Roll
8-9   Intermediate/Advanced- Ballroom Dance Team, Learn show dances, exciting ballroom and Latin techniques
Location: Punta Gorda Women’s Club, 118 Sullivan St., Punta Gorda
Fees: $10 USA Dance Members   $12 Non-members
Contact: 614-439-8545 (Robin)
Email: (Laura)
Facebook: USA Dance Chapter #6126 Charlotte Harbor, FL
Instructors: Nathalie & Franck Lemoine, Board Members USA Dance #6126 Professional Dance Instructors from Paris, France. They have lived & taught in SWFL since 2018.

Visual Arts Center
Art exhibits “Harvest of Art” and “Three Art Guys” on display thru October. Wine & Painting socials are
Wednesday nights @ 6:00pm: “Etched Wine Glasses” on 10/23 and “Let’s Gets Splashed” spooky cat canvas painting on 10/30! Tickets $40 at Support the FUN Arts Festival “Battle of the Brushes” – Donate at The Visual Arts Center is located @ 210 Maud St, across from Fishermen’s Village. Gallery & Gift Shop Hours: M-F, 9-4 & Sat, 10-2. Calendar of Events, Classes, Memberships and Call to Artists at

The BEAN on 41 Coffee Shop
Recent local coffee shop market conditions call for a BEAN Revival! The BEAN on 41 Coffee Shop announces a new menu with perfect choices for fresh express breakfast bagel, right-sized lunches, and a place to have meetings and relax in your hometown coffeeshop. Stop by and enjoy a free slice of sweet potato pie with any specialty coffee or tea now through November 15th. Just mention your chamber membership for a taste of Sweet Shari’s pie! Tuesday nights are open bible group at 6pm with music, prayer and bible discussion with Moni and friends. We are looking forward this season and attracting our folks to the “green” BEAN. Our water is triple filtered. Our beans are locally roasted for freshness. No drive-through or chain can top that! Need a coffee cater? 239.314.6808 direct line.

Exhibits Harvest of Art  On Display Oct 7 – 31
Visual Arts Center
210 Maud Street, Punta Gorda
Cost: free
For more info visit or call 941.639.8810
We are celebrating the 30th Harvest of Art, the Visual Arts Center’s annual juried exhibit of traditional two-dimensional media on display October 7 – 31 in the Main Gallery. Sponsored by Centennial Bank. We’re across from Fishermen’s Village. Gallery & Gift Shop Hours: M-F, 9-4 & Sat, 10-2. Calendar of Events, Classes, Memberships and Call to Artists at

Three Art Guys On Display Oct 5 – Nov 8
Visual Arts Center, 210 Maud Street, Punta Gorda
Cost: free
For more info visit or call 941.639.8810
Three Art Guys are Ralph LaGro, Doug Michalski and Dave Kelley. View their impressive work October 5 – November 8 in Goff Gallery. We’re across from Fishermen’s Village. Gallery & Gift Shop Hours: M-F, 9-4 & Sat, 10-2. Calendar of Events, Classes, Memberships and Call to Artists at

Thelma Daida in Rebecca  Hall On display thru October
Visual Arts Center, 210 Maud Street, Punta Gorda
Cost: free
For more info visit or call 941.639.8810
Abstract artist Thelma Daida is on display in Rebecca Hall thru October. We’re across from Fishermen’s Village. Gallery & Gift Shop Hours: M-F, 9-4 & Sat, 10-2. Calendar of Events, Classes, Memberships and Call to Artists at

Offsite Exhibits featuring VAC members located at:
The Wyvern Hotel: 101 E Retta Esplanade
Nix & Associates Real Estate: 2421 Shreve St, Unit 111

Art Classes, Starting week of Oct. 21
Visual Arts Center, 210 Maud Street, Punta Gorda
Cost: $80+
For more info visit or call 941.639.8810
Drawing and painting, pottery, jewelry and glass classes begin soon at the Visual Arts Center. Register today at

Unless otherwise noted workshops are held at the Visual Arts Center: 210 Maud Street, Punta Gorda. To register online, visit For more info, call 941.639.8810

Mosaics with Judy Tame, 10/21 from 9a-12p
Visual Arts Center, 210 Maud Street, Punta Gorda
Cost: $100 ($80 VAC members)
Assemble a variety of materials to create decorative, interesting artwork with mosaics.

Alcohol Ink Workshop with Jill Lindsay
For Beginner/Intermediate: 11/18-20, from 9a-3p, and 3/30-4/1 from 9a-3p
For Advanced: Feb 17-18, 9a-3p
Visual Arts Center
210 Maud Street, Punta Gorda
Cost: $350 ($280 VAC members)
Learn how to create both abstract and realistic pieces with a unique and versatile medium.

Pine Needle Baskets ½ Day Workshop with Kathryn Erickson
Saturdays from 10am-2pm on 11/23, 1/25, 2/1 and 3/28
Visual Arts Center
210 Maud Street, Punta Gorda
Cost: $100 ($80 VAC members)
If you can sew, you can learn how to form pine needles into a piece of art. Learn to coil pine needles and finish basket on your own. Nothing but patience is needed!


F U N Arts Festival Ribbon Cutting, November 4, at 12:00 Noon
Visual Arts Center
210 Maud Street, Punta Gorda
Cost: free
For more info visit or call 941.639.8810
Join us at the Ribbon Cutting for the FUN Arts Festival ‘Battle of the Brushes’. Who will win the battle of the Brushes? Celebrities are raising funds on Crowdrise to support the Visual Arts Center. Go to to support our celebrity and artist volunteers.

FUN Arts Festival Finale, November 15 at 6:00pm
Visual Arts Center, 210 Maud Street, Punta Gorda
Cost: $50 per person
For more info visit or call 941.639.8810

Don’t miss the FUN Arts Festival ‘Battle of the Brushes’. This will be a night of dinner, dancing and fun. Finished artwork will be revealed- who will win the battle of the Brushes? Celebrities are raising funds on Crowdri

Point to Ponder

The I in Team

Thought for the Week

To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.

Member Newsletters

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All American Pet Resorts Punta Gorda

Archway Institute

Charlotte Arts & Humanities

Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center

Charlotte Symphony

Chelsea Place

Senior Care Conference

Copperfish Books

Drug Free Charlotte County

FGCU Renaissance Academy Fort Myers

FGCU Renaissance Academy Punta Gorda

Florida International Air Show

Gulfshore Opera


Key West Express

Military Heritage Museum

Punta Gorda Historic Mural Society

Right at Home

Spa One

Suncoast Humane Society

The Yoga Sanctuary

United Way

Visual Arts Center

Special Offers for Chamber Members

Air Trek Click Here for Special Key West Offer

Storm Smart Click Here for a special offer for Chamber Members.

Sleep Inn & Suites Click here for a special offer for Chamber Members.

LaQuinta Inn & Suites Click Here for Offer

Twin Isles Country Club

Joke of the Week

So What You’re Telling Me…

His request approved, the news photographer quickly used a cell phone to call the local airport to charter a flight. He was told a twin-engine plane would be waiting for him at the airport. Arriving at the airfield, he spotted a plane warming up outside a hanger. He jumped in with his bag, slammed the door shut, and shouted, “Let’s go!”

The pilot taxied out, swung the plane into the wind and took off. Once in the air, the photographer instructed the pilot, “Fly over the valley and make low passes so I can take pictures of the fires on the hillsides.”

“Why?” asked the pilot.

“Because I’m a photographer for cable news,” he responded, “and I need to get some close up shots.”

The pilot was strangely silent for a moment, finally he stammered, ‘So, what you’re telling me, is… you’re NOT my flight instructor?”

Charlotte Symphony Orchestra Changes Its Name to Punta Gorda Symphony

The Board of Directors of Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Inc. of Florida is proud to announce that it is changing the name of the organization to Punta Gorda Symphony, Inc.

The change has been in development for some time now, with the discussion arising periodically over the past five years. In the fall of 2018, the CSO Board, under the leadership of Chairman Michael Landsberg and in coordination with Music Director Raffaele Ponti, took decisive action and began putting the change into effect. “As the orchestra gains regional acclaim and wider media attention, we feel drawn to be more closely connected to this city we love – and which has shown such dedicated support over the years,” explains Ponti, who has attracted accomplished professional musicians and internationally-recognized guest artists to the orchestra.

The organization had been plagued with branding problems, the most nagging for symphonic music fans being that any internet search too often resulted in an out-of-state orchestra with a similar name. According to Landsberg, “We considered many options, but in the end Punta Gorda is a specific and unique geographic identifier for us, and its character as the cultural hub of Charlotte County suits our vision for the Punta Gorda Symphony.” This vision includes establishing the orchestra as a cultural cornerstone of Charlotte County and, more widely, of the Southwest Florida region.

In May 2019 the CSO Board hired Craig Badinger as Executive Director. He engaged Sarasota-based designer Paula Murray, Principal of Artefact Design, to craft the rebranding. Badinger relates, “I knew that Paula did enviable work for a number of local nonprofits, including major rebranding of some beloved arts organizations. She led our committee through a process that turned out to be both much smoother and more comprehensive than I’d expected.” The CSO Board and executive team are thrilled with the result.

The newly rebranded Punta Gorda Symphony website will launch on October 16, 2019. Public release of all information is also invited beginning October 16, 2019.

The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra will hold its final performances under the CSO name on Sunday, October 27, 2019 at 2:00pm and 7:30pm at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center. This concert, titled “John Williams & Friends”, serves as a pre-season teaser and features orchestral music from some of Hollywood’s most applauded blockbusters that audiences know and love: Star Wars, Harry Potter, E.T., Spiderman, and Pirates of the Caribbean, among others. Tickets are on sale now. Student tickets are only $15, and costumes are encouraged to help celebrate the program’s iconic movie characters.

The Punta Gorda Symphony will hold its first performance under the new name on Sunday, November 10, 2019 at 7:30pm at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center, as part of its regular subscription season. Tickets are now on sale.

For tickets or further information, please visit the CSO website, the new Punta Gorda Symphony website, or call 941-205-5996.

Member Information Continued

Punta Gorda Symphony Maestro Raffaele Ponti explains…

“Most symphony orchestras bear the name of the city they call home. Well, we are Punta Gorda – unique, one of a kind.”

The change has been in the works for some time. According to Chairman Michael Landsberg, “We considered many options, but in the end, Punta Gorda is a specific and unique geographic identifier for us, and its character as the cultural hub of Charlotte County suits our vision for the Punta Gorda Symphony.”

This vision includes establishing the orchestra as a cultural cornerstone of Charlotte County and, more widely, of the Southwest Florida region. Visit our new website at and read the full press release online.

Charlotte Local Education Foundation

The Golden Apple Teacher and Support Employee of the Year Gala will be held at Holy Trinity Event Center, Port Charlotte, on Saturday, January 11, 6:00 pm. Presented by CLEF and our generous Community Sponsors.

November 8, VIRTUAL tickets available online:

VIRTUAL ticket cost:
Nominees plus one guest – no charge
Nominees’ friends/family – $30 each (limit six tickets)
CCPS employee – $30
General public – $50

Charlotte Local Education Foundation needs VOLUNTEERS light office duties/MENTORS for students. Background check required. Contact CLEF at 941-255-7500, ext. 294

The Charlotte Players is looking for individuals who are interested in working in the box office Monday through Saturday at the Langdon. We are also looking for individuals to run the box office for evening performances at Charlotte Performing Arts Center during the months of January through March for 7 shows.

Necessary skills:
Computer literate
Have communication skills
Able to donate 3 hours 1 or more days a week
(mornings or afternoons)

Willing to go through a training period
No difficulties hearing on the phone
If you are interested please contact Steve Pignataro at 941-255-1022 or email

Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center
Harvest for the Harbor 2019
Click Here for all of the details

Sun Events is bringing some of your favorite bands and artists to the Cultural Center of Charlotte County!
Click Here for September & October Schedule

Senior Friendship Centers, Charlotte county, is holding its third annual “Healthy At Home” holiday donation initiative through November 28th. Every year during the holiday season, Senior Friendship Centers strives to provide gifts to those who visit our Friendship Cafés or receive our Home-Delivered Meals. Our clients rely on Senior Friendship Centers for daily hot meals as well as invaluable social activities. Research shows that loneliness and social isolation have the same risk for heart disease as smoking and increases the likelihood of mortality by 26 percent. Many of our clients have little or no nearby family support and the holidays are anything but joyful. Our “Healthy At Home” initiative provides a little holiday cheer as well as much needed gifts, which also may be the only gift they receive at the holidays. Our donation sites this year are: The Cultural Center in Port Charlotte (accepting donations through November 8 only), the Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce, 252 W. Marion Ave., Punta Gorda, Consulate Health Care at 18480 Cochran Boulevard, Port Charlotte, and four locations of the Charlotte County Sheriff’s office: in Punta Gorda at 7474 Utilities Road, in Englewood at 11051 Wilmington Boulevard, and in Port Charlotte at 992 Tamiami Trail and at the Promenades Mall. Click Here to see the flyer with all of the info. Click Here to see more info.


John Wright
Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce

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