Charlotte County Florida Weekly




Lemon Bay presents Shorts Aloud Festival

The Ninth Annual Shorts Aloud Festival, produced by Kathy Amelia, is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18, at Lemon Bay Playhouse, 96 W. Dearborn St., Englewood. The show is presented by the Lemon Bay Playhouse Readers Theater Group. Each performance consists of six short comedic selections covering a variety of life situations with an interesting twist. These three performances guarantee a unique theater experience with a lighthearted and amusing flair.

Reserved seats are $12. For information and tickets:, or visit or call the box office at 475-6756.



Readers Theater members also provide an outreach program service. They are available to perform at local libraries, clubs and other community organizations free of charge. Contact the business manager at 474-9610 for more information on having a troupe come to your event.

Novelist Tim Dorsey comes to Sandman

The New York Times bestselling author Tim Dorsey will speak about his latest Florida novel, “The Pope of Palm Beach” (published Jan. 30 by William Morrow & Co.) at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 19, at Sandman Book Co., 16480 Burnt Store Road, Punta Gorda. This novel is No. 21 in the hilarious Serge Storms mystery series. After the talk, Mr. Dorsey will sign copies of his books.



RSVP is required. To register, call 505-1624 or email

Author talks bioenergy healing

Biotherapist, healer, speaker, wellness coach and author Csongor Daniel will talk about his book “Bioenergy Healing: Simple Techniques for Reducing Pain and Restoring Health Through Energetic Healing” at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, at Copperfish Books, 103 W. Marion Ave., Punta Gorda.

Mr. Daniel, a North Port resident, was one of the first officially recognized bioenergy healers in the former Yugoslavia, trained by the legendary Zdenko Domancic more than 25 years ago. He has been healing and lecturing internationally ever since. His unique, humorous approach to teaching reflects in his writing. He believes that we were all born to be healers.

RSVP to 205-2560 or

‘Fences’ screened at Renaissance Academy

This month’s Fourth Friday Free Movie, scheduled for Feb. 23, is “Fences.” Hosted by Women Against Racism & Discrimination, the event is open to everyone.

The film — starring Viola Davis and Denzel Washington, who were in the original Broadway production of August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play — earned both critical and popular acclaim.

Mr. Washington portrays Troy Braxton, an African-American who supports his family as a sanitation worker in Pittsburgh in the 1950s. A talented baseball player, Troy had to give up his dream of a baseball career because no African-Americans played in the major leagues at that time. This loss haunts him and leads him to make a decision that threatens to tear his family apart. As Braxton’s wife, Ms. Davis was a shoe-in for the Best Supporting

Actress Academy Award of 2016.

The program begins at 1 p.m. at

FGCU’s Renaissance Academy, 117

Herald Court, Punta Gorda. Attendees are invited to remain after the movie for comments and discussion.

Lemon Bay holds auditions for two shows

In keeping with its new policy of “cluster” auditioning, Lemon Bay Playhouse will hold open auditions for two upcoming productions from 7-8:30 p.m. Sunday and Monday, Feb. 25 and 26, at the playhouse, 96 W. Dearborn St., Englewood. The two plays are: “The Tin Woman” by Sean Grennan and “Sylvia” by A.R. Gurney.

“The Tin Woman” will be directed by Will Horton and runs from April 25 through May 13. It calls for a cast of four female and two male actors.

“Sylvia” will be directed by Murray Hudson and runs from June 6 through June 24. It calls for a cast of three female and two male actors.

For more details about the auditions visit or call the box office at 475-6756. Scripts and sides are available for perusal on the website (sides only) or at the box office between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. weekdays. ¦

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