Charlotte County Florida Weekly

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CONCERT

Patriotic Concert – The Venice Symphony Patriotic Pops Concert and Fireworks. Music from the great American songbook, a tribute to veterans, film favorites and more, followed by fireworks. Tickets from $15 at www.Ticketmaster.com and at the CoolToday Park box office. 7:30 p.m. (gates open at 5:30 p.m.) Saturday, May 28, CoolToday Park, 18800 S. West Villages Parkway, Venice. 941-413-5000.

THEATER

Rock of Ages – At Broadway Palm Theatre though June 25. Dinner and a show options. Matinees Thursday and Saturday. 1380 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers. 239-278-4422 or www.broadwaypalm.com.

The Birds – By The Laboratory Theater of Florida on select dates June 3-July 2. Show times vary and there are half-price previews at 8 p.m. June 1 and 2. 1634 Woodford Ave., Fort Myers. 239-218-0481 or www.laboratorytheaterflorida.com.

Maytag Virgin – By Florida Repertory Theatre through May 29 in the ArtStage Studio Theatre. $59. 2268 Bay St., Fort Myers. 239-332-4488 or www.floridarep.org.

The Savannah Sipping Society – By Lemon Bay Playhouse June 8-26. 96 W. Dearborn St., Englewood. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. $23, $18 students. 941-474- 9610 or www.lemonbayplayhouse.com.

ART

On Display – “The Artistry of Dance” exhibit is on display through June 13 in Rebecca Hall at the Visual Arts Center. Photographers on display are Larry McNiff, Sorcha Augustine, Mark Schermeister, Angel Tisdale and Chase Rossman. 210 Maud St., Punta Gorda. www.visualartcenter.org or 941-639-8810.

New Exhibit – The exhibit “Water, Water Everywhere” is open at the Visual Arts Center through June 13. A reception takes place at 5 p.m. today. The judged and juried exhibit of 2D and 3D art features everything to do with water from boating, fishing, shells, beaches and sun. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday and Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. 210 Maud St., Punta Gorda. 941-639-8810 or www.visualartcenter.org.

On Display – The exhibit “Florida’s Best” is open at the Visual Arts Center through June 14 in the Goff Gallery at the Visual Arts Center. A reception is planned at 5 p.m. May 26. Hours: 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Monday and Friday; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. 210 Maud St., Punta Gorda. 941-639-8810 or www.visualartcenter.org.

Art & Music – North Port Art Center’s 2022 Exhibit Schedule and Call to Artists is focused on music. The exhibits challenge artists to draw inspiration from the meaning and emotions of songs or incorporate subjects from the lyrics and title into your work. Each month is a different challenge For June, artists used “Garden Party by Ricky Nelson” as inspiration. That exhibit is open now and a reception takes place from 6:30-8 p.m. Friday. Work is on display through June 24. For July, the song for inspiration is “Cheeseburger in Paradise.” The deadline June 25. Reception July 8. On display through July 29. 5950 Sam Shapos Way, North Port. www.northportartcenter.org or 941-423-6460.

THURSDAY 5.26

Fishermen’s Village – Flatwater performs from 4-8 p.m. in Center Court and Paul Roush performs from 5-9 p.m. in at the Sunset Beach Tiki Bar. 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda. 941-639-8721 or www.fishermensvillage.com.

Live Music – Doreen & Bobby perform hits from the ’50s to the ’80s from 5-8 p.m. at Nino’s Bakery & Restaurant. Minimum purchase of two drinks and one food item per person required. Reservations recommended. 3078 Cooper St. (Extension), Punta Gorda. 941-833-8912 or www.ninosbakery.us.

Music at Charley’s – Steve Amato performs from 6-10 p.m. at Hurricane Charley’s. 300 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda. 941-639-9695 or www.hurricanecharleys.com.

Tunes at Dean’s – Cross Eyed Chicks perform from 7-11 p.m. at Dean’s South of the Border. 130 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda. 941-575-6100 or www.deanssouthoftheborder.com.

At The Celtic Ray – Paul Duffy performs from 7-10 p.m. at The Celtic Ray. 145 E. Marion Ave., Punta Gorda. 941-916-9115 or www.CelticRay.net.

Funny Guy – America’s funniest retired cop, Mike Armstrong, performs today through Saturday at Visani. Show times vary. This is an R-rated show. 2400 Kings Highway, Port Charlotte. 941-629- 9191 or www.visani.net.

FRIDAY 5.27

Funny Guy – The Library Comedy Club presents a special show by Marc Price, known for his role as “Skippy on the popular 1980s TV show “Family Ties,” at 7:30 p.m. The club is located inside Four Points by Sheraton Punta Gorda Harborside. $20 reserved seating. 33 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda. Full bar and menu. 305-343-2930 or email degame@att.net.

Cabaret Show – Players Circle Theatre presents Brian Gurl’s Red Hot Cabaret today through Sunday. From Gershwin to Puccini to Celtic Rock, expect the unexpected. Mr. Gurl is joined by vocalist Michelle Pruyn and violinist Carlann Evans. Show times vary. $25 general admission; $35 VIP seating. 16554 N. Cleveland Ave., North Fort Myers. 239-800-3292 or www.PlayersCircleTheater.com.

Dance Fusion – The Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association presents a Dance Fusion Class from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Fridays and Tuesdays. $12 per class. No class June 7 and 14. 2001 Shreve St., Punta Gorda. zumbawithcarla@gmail.com or www.PGICA.org.

Field of Honor – Thousands of flags are on display at Laishley Park from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. through Sunday to honor veterans and first responders including doctors, nurses, police and fire, etc. Find out how you can honor someone at this healing Field of Honor for $40. 120 Laishley Court, Punta Gorda. www.healingfield.org/event/puntagordafl22.

Music at Charley’s – David Henry performs from 1-5 p.m. at Hurricane Charley’s. Acoustic Fire performs from 6:30-10:30 p.m. 300 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda. 941-639-9695 or www.hurricanecharleys.com.

Live Music – Kit Jones performs at 2 p.m. at Riviera Bar and Grill. 5500 Deltona Drive, Punta Gorda. 941-639-2633 or www.rivierabarandgrillpuntagorda.com.

All-Day Tunes – Dean’s South of the Border hosts music from open to close. Lee James performs from 2-6 p.m. and Storm Warning performs from 8 p.m.- midnight. 130 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda. 941-575-6100 or www.deanssouthoftheborder.com.

Fishermen’s Village – Mark Gorka performs from 5-9 p.m. in Center Court and Cheesebrothers in Paradise performs 4-8 p.m. at the Sunset Beach Tiki Bar. 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda. 941-639-8721 or www.fishermensvillage.com.

Sunset Social – Punta Gorda Boat Club Sunset Social meets from 5-7 p.m. at the clubhouse. Bring an appetizer to share and BYO beverage of choice. 802 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda. 941-743-2472 or www.puntagordaboatclub.org.

Karaoke – Jimmy St. Onge hosts karaoke from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday and Friday through May on the Patio at Nino’s Bakery & Restaurant. 3078 Cooper St. (Extension), Punta Gorda. 941-833-8912 or www.ninosbakery.us.

Live Music – Bill Fredericks performs from 6-9 p.m. at The Grille at 1951. 1951 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte. www.thegrillat1951.com or 941-255-0994.

Bingo Night – Wine-O Bingo is offered from 6-8 p.m. on Fridays in May at Coastal Expressions & Wine. $6 for Bingo cards. 1133 Bal Harbor, Suite 1135, Punta Gorda. www.coastal-expressions.com/events.

Karaoke Night – Leng Sommers hosts karaoke from 7-10 p.m. at Gilded Grape Wine Bar. 3796 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte. 941-235-9463 or www.gildedgrape.com.

At The Celtic Ray – JP Soars performs from 9 p.m. to midnight at The Celtic Ray. 145 E. Marion Ave., Punta Gorda. 941-916-9115 or www.CelticRay.net.

Woodcarvers – The Lemon Bay Woodcarvers meet from noon-2:30 p.m. every Friday at Community Presbyterian Church Kastner Hall. All levels of carvers are welcome and instruction is provided. A $1 donation is requested. 405 S. McCall Road, Englewood. 410-320-1489 or mazz102@yahoo.com.

SATURDAY 5.28

Patriotic Concert – The Venice Symphony Patriotic Pops Concert and Fireworks. Music from the great American songbook, a tribute to veterans, film favorites and more, followed by fireworks. Tickets from $15 at www.Ticketmaster.com and at the CoolToday Park box office. 7:30 p.m. (gates open at 5:30 p.m.) at CoolToday Park, 18800 S. West Villages Parkway, Venice. 941-413-5000.

Bluegrass Bash – The Heartland Bluegrass Music Association hosts a show at 1 p.m. at Craig’s RV Resort. Performers are Heartland-Southwest Jam Band at 1 p.m., Fiddling Steve & Friends at 2 p.m. and Paddle Faster at 3 p.m. Parking lot pickin’ and bluegrass jams occur throughout the weekend. A Beginner Friendly Bluegrass jam starts at 10 a.m. Free for members; $7 for non-members. Camping is available for $10 dry/$25 with hookup. 7895 N.E. Cubitis Ave., Arcadia. 941-467-2051, www.heartlandbluegrass.org or heartlandbluegrass@gmail.com.

Downtown Market – The Saturday Farmers Market is open from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays at the corner of Taylor and Olympia in downtown Punta Gorda. Vendors offer produce, baked goods, homemade pasta, crafts, live music and more. www.facebook.com/PuntaGordaFarmersMarket or www.puntagordachamber.com/punta-gorda-farmers-market.

Saturday Fun – Joshua Citrus offers “Saturday at the Grove Stand” featuring live music and a food truck from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays through May. The Grove Stand sells fresh citrus, veggies and juices. 4135 S.E. County Road 760, Arcadia. 863-494-6166, 800-749-8219, olivia@joshuacitrus.com or www.joshuacitrus.com.

Fight dizziness – The Yoga Sanctuary offers a Spring Sensory Awareness Practice Series from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The theme for this session is “Recalibrating the Vestibular System.” Anyone who has experienced dizziness can benefit from this practice for enhanced functioning of the delicate organs of balance in the inner ears, auditory pathways, and visual field. $45. 112 Sullivan St., Punta Gorda. 941-505-9642 or www.theyogasanctuary.biz.

Guitar Virtuoso – Steve Cipriano performs from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Nino’s Bakery & Restaurant. 3078 Cooper St. (Extension), Punta Gorda. 941-833-8912 or www.ninosbakery.us.

Fishermen’s Village – Dan Meadows performs from noon-4 p.m. and Mark Gorka performs from 5-9 p.m. in Center Court. Yard Dog Charlie performs from 4-8 p.m. at the Sunset Beach Tiki Bar. 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda. 941-639-8721 or www.fishermensvillage.com.

Music at Charley’s – Kenny Rose performs from 1-5 p.m. at Hurricane Charley’s. He Said She Said performs from 6:30-10:30 p.m. 300 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda. 941-639-9695 or www.hurricanecharleys.com.

Tunes at Dean’s – J&B Acoustics performs from 1-5 p.m. and Scarlett Drive performs from 8 p.m.-midnight at Dean’s South of the Border. 130 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda. 941-575-6100 or www.deanssouthoftheborder.com.

Live Music – Rudy Cox performs at 2 p.m. at Riviera Bar and Grill. 5500 Deltona Drive, Punta Gorda. 941-639-2633 or www.rivierabarandgrillpuntagorda.com.

At The Celtic Ray – Jimmy Farrell performs from 4-7 p.m. and Frank Bang performs from 9 p.m. to midnight at The Celtic Ray. 145 E. Marion Ave., Punta Gorda. 941-916-9115 or www.CelticRay.net.

Haunts & History – A Haunts and History Walking Tour runs from 6-7:30 p.m. Saturdays in May in Punta Gorda. Participants visit locations with credible reports of paranormal activities, learning about its dark history of human sacrifice, lust, tragic deaths and murders. $29 adults; $19 for ages 15 and under; free for age 3 and under. Make reservations at www.SWFloridaWalkingTours.com.

Live Music – Mickey Basil Solo performs from 6-9 p.m. today and June 4 at The Grille at 1951. 1951 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte. www.thegrillat1951.com or 941-255-0994.

Swing Time – The Sun Coast Swing Band, featuring Lady Z, performs from 6-8 p.m. today, June 4, July 16 and 30, and Aug. 20. Free admission, but reservations recommended. Minimum purchase of two drinks and one food item per person required. Reservations. 3078 Cooper St. (Extension), Punta Gorda. 941-833-8912 or www.ninosbakery.us.

Karaoke Night – Jeannie Smyth hosts karaoke from 7-10 p.m. at Gilded Grape Wine Bar. 3796 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte. 941-235-9463 or www.gildedgrape.com.

SUNDAY 5.29

Kayak Group – The Port Charlotte Kayakers meet for kayak trips from 9-11 a.m. on Sundays. Bring your own kayak and safety equipment. The group meets at 5 p.m. on Wednesdays for dinner and to determine the next kayaking destination. For location and details: 407-935-1949.

Farmers Market – The Punta Gorda Farmers Market runs from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sundays in History Park through June 26. Sundays in History Park through June 26. 501 Shreve St., Punta Gorda. 941-380-6814.

Tunes at Dean’s – Captain Rick performs from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. and Picking Crew performs from 2:30-6:30 p.m., then Latitude 26 takes the stage from 7-11 p.m. at Dean’s South of the Border. 130 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda. 941-575-6100 or www.deanssouthoftheborder.com.

Fishermen’s Village – Beth Travers performs in Center Court from noon-4 p.m. and Paul Roush performs from 4-8 p.m. at the Sunset Beach Tiki Bar. 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda. 941-639-8721 or www.fishermensvillage.com.

Music at Charley’s – Flatwater performs from 1-5 p.m. and Flip Flop Dave performs from 6-10 p.m. at Hurricane Charley’s. 300 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda. 941-639-9695 or www.hurricanecharleys.com.

Dancing Shoes – A Social Dance Party takes place from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, May 29, and every fourth Sunday of each month, at the Punta Gorda Woman’s Club. Dance lessons are also offered. $15 USA Dance members, $20 member couples, $17 non-members, $30 non-member couples. 118 Sullivan St., Punta Gorda. 330-501-2366.

Live Music – Mark Gorka performs at 2 p.m. at Riviera Bar and Grill. 5500 Deltona Drive, Punta Gorda. 941-639-2633 or www.rivierabarandgrillpuntagorda.com.

At The Celtic Ray – Champ Jaxon performs from 4-7 p.m. and Tan & Sober Gentlemen perform at 8 p.m. at The Celtic Ray. 145 E. Marion Ave., Punta Gorda. 941-916-9115 or www.CelticRay.net.

Drummers Wanted – The Punta Gorda YMCA hosts a Sunset Drum Circle from 7-8:30 p.m. Sundays at the Bayfront Center YMCA along the waterfront. This is a celebration for rhythmic instruments of all kinds. 750 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda. Dancers welcomed. Free. www.ymcaswfl.org.

MONDAY 5.30

Fishermen’s Village – Mark Gorka performs from noon-4 p.m. in Center Court. 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda. 941-639-8721 or www.fishermensvillage.com.

Music at Charley’s – Chris Connolly performs from 6-10 p.m. at Hurricane Charley’s. 300 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda. 941-639-9695 or www.hurricanecharleys.com.

Tunes at Dean’s – Pirate Radio performs from 7-11 p.m. at Dean’s South of the Border. 130 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda. 941-575-6100 or www.deanssouthoftheborder.com.

TUESDAY 5.31

Green Market – The Tuesday Harbour Heights Farmers Market is open from 8 a.m.-noon Tuesdays year-round at its new location at 27000 S. Dunnybrook Road, Punta Gorda. Some produce and food vendors stay late until 2:30 p.m. Email teddyehmann@earthlink.net.

Painting Class – The Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association presents a Landscape Painting in Oils Section 2 with instructor Mary Taglieri from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Thursdays. $175 for four sessions. 2001 Shreve St., Punta Gorda. Call 941-979-0901 for a supply list. Registration is required at www.PGICA.org.

Film Study – Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association continues its Foreign Language Film Series at 1 p.m. on Tuesdays in May. Today’s film: “Transit.” This German drama from 2018 is based on the novel by Anna Seghers. Award-winning journalist and local author Naomi Pringle hosts this popular classic and contemporary film series. Pre-commentary and a post-screening group discussion are included. English captions are provided. $8 at the door. 2001 Shreve Street, Punta Gorda. Register at www.PGICA.org or 941-637-1655.

Music at Charley’s – Kenny Giordano performs from 6-10 p.m. at Hurricane Charley’s. 300 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda. 941-639-9695 or www.hurricanecharleys.com.

Live Music – The Grille at 1951 presents the Tony Boffa Quartet from 6-9 p.m. 1951 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte. www.thegrillat1951.com or 941-255-0994.

Tunes at Dean’s – Dukes of Brinkley perform from 7-11 p.m. at Dean’s South of the Border. 130 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda. 941-575-6100 or www.deanssouthoftheborder.com.

The Alter Eagles perform a tribute to the Eagles at 7:30 p.m. at Visani (doors open at 5 p.m.). $46.21 for dinner and the show. 2400 Kings Highway, Port Charlotte. 941-629-9191 or www.visani.net.

WEDNESDAY 6.1

Karaoke – Jimmy St. Onge hosts karaoke from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday and Friday on the Patio at Nino’s Bakery & Restaurant. 3078 Cooper St. (Extension), Punta Gorda. 941-833-8912 or www.ninosbakery.us.

Music at Charley’s – Shindig performs from 6-10 p.m. at Hurricane Charley’s. 300 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda. 941-639-9695 or www.hurricanecharleys.com.

Live Tunes – Time Goodman Jazz Jam performs from 6-9 p.m. at The Grille at 1951, 1951 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte. www.thegrillat1951.com or 941-255-0994.

Music at Dean’s – Gary & Kerri perform from 7-11 p.m. at Dean’s South of the Border. 130 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda. 941-575-6100 or www.deanssouthoftheborder.com.

Pub Trivia – The Celtic Ray hosts Pub Trivia from 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays. 145 E. Marion Ave., Punta Gorda. 941-916-9115 or www.CelticRay.net.

Laugh Time – Comedian Hypnotist Rich Guzzi astounds audiences at Visani today through June 4. Show times vary. Tickets start at $10. The two-item minimum policy is in effect. 2400 Kings Highway, Port Charlotte. 941-629-9191 or www.visani.net.

UPCOMING

Kids’ fun – Kids to Parks Day takes place June 3 at Englewood’s Tringali Park and noon-3 p.m. June 4 at Port Charlotte’s McGuire Park to kick off the Summer Reading program. Outdoor games and activities throughout the park with the REC2U Mobile Program. 1120 Centennial Blvd., Port Charlotte. www.CharlotteCountyFL.gov/libraries.

Coming Up – Steve Widmeyer performs “One Voice, One Guitar” from 7-10 p.m. Friday June 3 at the Gilded Grape Wine Bar. The Maryland Seafood

Truck is on site from 6-8 p.m. 3796 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte. 941-235-9463 or www.gildedgrape.com.

Funny Guy – The Library Comedy Club presents headliner Rosco Nash at 7:30 p.m. June 3-4. The club is located inside Four Points by Sheraton Punta Gorda Harborside. $15 reserved seating. 33 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda. Full bar and menu. 305-343-2930 or email degame@att.net.

Bargains Available – The St. Vincent dePaul Rummage Sale runs from 9-11 a.m. Saturday June 4. The sale features household items, furniture, linens, clothing, shoes, purses, jewelry, books and toys. Rain date: June 11. 25200 Airport Road and Taylor Road, Punta Gorda. No pets. 941-575-0767.

Special Night – Dance with Daddy runs from 6-8 p.m. June 4 at Port Charlotte Beach Park Recreation Center. The event is for girls ages 3-12 and the special males in their lives. The event features music and dancing, appetizers, a craft and photo opportunities. The theme is “Enchanted Forest” and the attire is semiformal. 4500 Harbor Blvd., Port Charlotte. Tickets are $12.50 and the deadline to purchase tickets is May 27. 941-627-1628 or www.charlottecountyfl.gov. ¦

Hey, Kids – Artists from 8 to 20 are welcome at Summer Art Camp, which starts the week of June 6 at the Visual Arts Center. Six one-week sessions will be offered with a different instructor, project, theme, and media each week. Two groups: ages 8-10 and 11-14, plus a “Just for Teens” class for age 15-20 are offered. 210 Maud St., Punta Gorda. Register at www.visualartcenter.org.

Comedy Show – The Library Comedy Club presents headliner Jeff Gerbino at 7:30 p.m. June 17-18. The club is located inside Four Points by Sheraton Punta Gorda Harborside. $15 reserved seating. 33 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda. Full bar and menu. 305-343-2930 or degame@att.net

ONGOING

On Thursdays – The Portrait Open Studio workshops meet from 9:30 a.m.- noon on Thursdays at Visual Arts Center. Develop your portrait skills in any media with a live model. Easels available for use during session. 210 Maud St., Punta Gorda. Register in advance online at www.visualartcenter.org or 941-639-8810.

Call For Singers – Rehearsals are held from 7-8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays for Bion Cantorum, a nonprofit vocal ensemble, at First Presbyterian Church of Punta Gorda. The group is seeking singers at all levels for the July 3 patriotic concert. Sign up with Jean Finks at 941-626-1070, Joan Byron at 941-661-1553 or Denny Ausman at 941-204-2900. 25250 Airport Road, Punta Gorda.

Shopping Tours – Mystery Resale Shopping Bus Tour resumes its resale shopping bus tours every other Thursday, with pickup points from Venice to Naples. Organizers don’t disclose the location until shoppers are on the bus. Tickets include a catered lunch, door prizes, discounts, contests and more. Choose from 17 different cities. Email happythriftertours@gmail.com or www.thehappythriftershopper.com or 941-786-4847.

Fourth Friday – Punta Gorda Boat Club Sunset Social meets from 5-7 p.m. the fourth Friday of the month at the clubhouse. Bring an appetizer to share and BYO beverage of choice. Next meeting: May 27. 802 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda. 941-743-2472 or www.puntagordaboatclub.org. ¦

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