Charlotte County Florida Weekly

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THEATER

Rock of Ages – At Broadway Palm Theatre though June 25. Dinner and a show option. 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’s a half-price preview at 8 p.m. June 2. 1634 Woodford Ave., Fort Myers. 239-218-0481 or www.laboratorytheaterflorida.com.

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

Special exhibit – The Military Heritage Museum hosts “The Art of War” exhibition by Sgt. Phillip Scott Moore. This traveling exhibition of 18 pastel paintings is on display through June 30. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. 900 W. Marion Ave., Punta Gorda. www.militaryheritagemuseum.org or 941-575-9002.

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.

 

 

New Exhibition – North Port Art Center and Wellen Park host award-winning artists Kathy Wilke, Sharon Eng and Cara Guagilardo through the month of June at the Wellen Park Welcome Center. The art on display may be purchased. 12275 Mercado Drive, Venice. www.northportartcenter.org or 941-423-6460.

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. 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.

Artists Highlighted – The Sea Grape Gallery’s June’s 3D Artist of the Month is silver jewelry artist Nancy VanTassell and the 2D Artist of the Month is water-media artist Jim Beech. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. 113 W. Marion Ave., Punta Gorda. 941-575-1718 or www.seagrapegallery.com.

John Carfi takes the stage at Visani today through June 11. A veteran of the Comedy Store in California, Mr. Carfi was once a writer for Joan Rivers. The two-item minimum policy is in effect. 2400 Kings Highway, Port Charlotte. 941-629-9191 or www.visani.net. COURTESY PHOTO

John Carfi takes the stage at Visani today through June 11. A veteran of the Comedy Store in California, Mr. Carfi was once a writer for Joan Rivers. The two-item minimum policy is in effect. 2400 Kings Highway, Port Charlotte. 941-629-9191 or www.visani.net. COURTESY PHOTO

Art & Music – North Port Art Center’s “Art & Music” exhibits challenge artists to draw inspiration from the meaning and emotions of songs or incorporate subjects from the lyrics and title of songs. For the June exhibit, artists used “Garden Party” by Ricky Nelson as inspiration. On display through June 24. For July, the song for inspiration is “Cheeseburger in Paradise.” The deadline June 25. A reception is July 8, and the exhibit will be on display through July 29. 5950 Sam Shapos Way, North Port. www.northportartcenter.org or 941-423-6460.

THURSDAY 6.2

New Class – The Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association offers a Ladies Dance for all levels from 11 a.m.-noon on Thursdays. Get introduced to steps from salsa, rumba, Charleston, swing, blues, tango and paso doble; no partner needed. Instructor: Nathalie Lemoine. Registration required: lemoineswfl@gmail.com, 941-830-3151 or www.pgica.org. 2001 Shreve St., Punta Gorda.

 

 

Fishermen’s Village – Mike Gorka performs from 5-9 p.m. in Center Court and Cheesebrothers in Paradise performs from 4-8 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.

Laugh Time – Comedian hypnotist Rich Guzzi astounds audiences at Visani tonight through Saturday. Tickets start at $10. The 9:30 p.m. show on Saturday is R-Rated. The two-item minimum policy is in effect. 2400 Kings Highway, Port Charlotte. 941-629-9191 or www.visani.net.

Music at Charley’s – The Mixed Up Duo 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 – Remedy 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.

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

FRIDAY 6.3

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.

Kids’ Fun – Kids to Parks Day takes place from noon-3 p.m. on Friday at Englewood’s Tringali Park, 3460 N. Access Road, Englewood, and noon- 3 p.m. Saturday at Port Charlotte’s McGuire Park to kick off the Summer Reading program. Outdoor games and activities take place throughout the park with the REC2U Mobile Program. 1120 Centennial Blvd., Port Charlotte. www.CharlotteCountyFL.gov/libraries.

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

All-Day Tunes – Dean’s South of the Border hosts music from open to close. Pirate Radio performs from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; Neptunes perform from 2:30-6:30 p.m.; and Picking Crew performs from 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. 130 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda. 941-575-6100 or www.deanssouthoftheborder.com.

Art Reception – The North Port Art Center hosts a reception for the exhibition “Art in Public Places” from 5-7 p.m. at Schmidt Real Estate-Century 21. View more than 50 paintings by local artists available for purchase. The exhibit is on display until July 31. 100 W. Venice Ave., Venice. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday Friday. 941-423-6460.

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

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. Fridays at Coastal Expressions & Wine. $6 for bingo cards. 1133 Bal Harbor, Suite 1135, Punta Gorda. www.coastal-expressions.com/events.

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

Woodworkers Welcome – The Lemon Bay Woodcarvers meet from noon-2:30 p.m. every Friday at Community Presbyterian Church in Kastner Hall. All levels of carvers are welcome including beginners interested in learning the art of woodcarving. Instructions provided. A $1 donation is requested. 405 S. McCall Road, Englewood. Call 410-320-1489 or email mazz102@yahoo.com.

Guitar Man – Steve Widmeyer, “One Voice, One Guitar,” performs from 7-10 p.m. 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. tonight and Saturday. 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.

SATURDAY 6.4

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, nuts, baked goods, homemade pasta, kitchenware, beef and fresh seafood, citrus, jewelry, candles and soaps, crafts, cheese and live music. www.facebook.com/PuntaGordaFarmersMarket or www.puntagordachamber.com/punta-gorda-farmers-market.

Bargains Available – The St. Vincent de Paul Rummage Sale runs from 9-11 a.m. 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.

Yoga Workshop – The Art of Teaching: Body Reading & Assisting is offered from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Yoga Sanctuary. Through discussion and practice, participants explore a multitude of ways that postural assists can be offered. Register in advance. $108. 112 Sullivan St., Punta Gorda. 941-505-9642 or www.theyogasanctuary.biz.

Fishermen’s Village – Austin James performs from noon-4 p.m. and Paul Roush performs from 5-9 p.m. in Center Court. Rick Rourke 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 – Mark Gorka performs from 1-5 p.m. at Hurricane Charley’s. The Music Box Duo 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 – Hey Bob performs from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Sunsets performs from 2:30-6:30 p.m.; and Dukes of Brinkley perform from 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. at Dean’s South of the Border. 130 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda. 941-575-6100 or www.deanssouthoftheborder.com.

At The Celtic Ray – West of Galway performs from 4-7 p.m. and Sean Chambers performs from 9 p.m. to midnight at The Celtic Ray. 145 E. Marion Ave., Punta Gorda. 941-916-9115 or www.CelticRay. net.

Live Music – Bill Fredrick performs at 5:30 p.m. at Coastal Expressions & Wine. 1133 Bal Harbor, Suite 1135, Punta Gorda. Free. www.coastal-expressions.com/events.

Special Dance – Dance with Daddy runs from 6-8 p.m. 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. 941-627-1628 or www.charlottecountyfl.gov.

Live Music – Mickey Basil Solo performs from 6-9 p.m. 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 and 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.

SUNDAY 6.5

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. 501 Shreve St., Punta Gorda. 941-380-6814.

Tunes at Dean’s – Bittersweet Saloon performs from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. and J&B Acoustics performs from 2:30- 6:30 p.m., then Oncoming Storm 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 – Dan Meadows performs in Center Court from noon-4 p.m. and Beth Travers 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 – Kit Jones performs from 1-5 p.m. and Doug Coventry performs from 6-10 p.m. at Hurricane Charley’s. 300 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda. 941-639-9695 or www.hurricanecharleys.com.

At The Celtic Ray – Alicia Merritt & Coddle Stew performs from 4-7 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 6.6

Free class – The Charlotte County Genealogical Society hosts a free Zoom genealogy class from 10:30 a.m.-noon. on Mondays. This week, Nancy Zazza presents “How to Bring Your Genealogy to the Reunion.” CCGSI members receive the link by email; non-members can email dharris122@yahoo.com for the link. www.ccgsi.org or 941-380-2898.

Society Meets – The Charlotte County Genealogy Society meets at 7 p.m. via Zoom for a German Round Table discussion on “Researching Southern Germany and Surrounding Areas” with the German Special Interest Group (SIG) chair Dottie Baugh. CCGSI members receive the link by email; non-members can email dharris122@yahoo.com for the link. www.ccgsi.org or 941-380-2898.

Music Bingo – Belgian Monk hosts Monk-A-Delic Music Bingo from 7-9 p.m. Mondays. 318 Tamiami Trail #111, Punta Gorda. 833-843-6665 or www.thebelgianmonkpg.com.

Music at Charley’s – Jonny Puma 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 – Emojis 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 6.7

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.

A.M. Yoga – The Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association offers Mellow Morning Yoga with instructor Linda Haverlock from 10-11 a.m. on Tuesdays. The class is a safe and playful alignment based yoga practice that incorporates both mind and body. $10 per class. 2001 Shreve St., Punta Gorda. Info: lmhaverlock@gmail.com. Registration is required at www.PGICA.org.

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.

Music at Charley’s – Jamie LaRitz 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 – Ron Lorenzo 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.

Don’t Miss – Visani presents a dinner show featuring CCR & Rolling Stones tribute bands at 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 5 p.m.). Creedence Clearwater Revival played rootsy blues rock and Bad Moon Rising has them covered. Jumpin’ Jack Flashback, the Stones tribute band, plays the gritty rock of the British supergroup. $46.21 for dinner and the show. 2400 Kings Highway, Port Charlotte. 941-629-9191 or www.visani.net.

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

WEDNESDAY 6.8

History Program – Learn about the “Summer Fun” of Punta Gorda past: the Hotel Charlotte Harbor pool and the Freedom Swim across the bay history at the Punta Gorda History Center at 1 p.m. Free admission. 512 E. Grace St., Punta Gorda. To reserve a seat: 941-916-8800 or 941-916-3640.

Chamber Meets – Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce hosts Networking at Noon at 88 Keys at the Wyvern Hotel. $15 for this members’ networking event. 101 E. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda. Register or join at 941-627-2222 or www.charlottecountychamber.org.

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 – Ronn Daniels 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 – Torched 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.

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 – John Carfi takes the stage at Visani today through June 11. A veteran of the Comedy Store in California, Mr. Carfi was once a writer for Joan Rivers. The two-item minimum policy is in effect. 2400 Kings Highway, Port Charlotte. 941-629-9191 or www.visani.net.

UPCOMING

Next week – The Celtic Ray presents Ben Prestage from 7-9 p.m. June 9. 145 E. Marion Ave., Punta Gorda. 941-916-9115 or www.CelticRay.net.

Fossil Group – The Southwest Florida Fossil Society meets June 12 and the second Sunday of every month from 2-4 at the PG Boat Club, 802 Retta Esplanade (past Fisherman’s Village). Meetings include guest speakers, show and tell, ID of finds, raffles, and kid’s corners. Field trips are open to members. 941-993-6694 or email sue.coller@yahoo.com.

Laugh Contest – Visani presents First Comic Standing: A Comedy Competition Round 2 at 7:30 p.m. June 14. Ten stand-up comedians compete for a paid feature spot, opening for a nationally touring comedian at Visani and The Comedy Zone. Free admission but two-item minimum per person. 2400 Kings Highway, Port Charlotte. 941-629-9191 or www.visani.net.

Historic Presentation – A presentation about Corrie ten Boom is set for 9:30-10:30 a.m. June 14 in the sanctuary at Burnt Store Presbyterian Church. Learn her story, told in her book “The Hiding Place,” in this actor-portrayal by Karla Chandler. Ms. ten Boom saved more than 800 Jews during WWII, was imprisoned in a concentration camp and began a worldwide evangelistic campaign following the war. Love offerings welcome. 11330 Burnt Store Road, Punta Gorda. 941-639-0001.

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.

Total Body – Yoga 101: From the Ground Up, a course for all body types, is offered from noon-3 p.m. June 12 at the Yoga Sanctuary. $50. A three-hour course designed to give you the confidence to practice yoga’ foundational standing postures. 112 Sullivan St., Punta Gorda. 941-505-9642; www.theyogasanctuary.biz.

Painting Class – Oil Painting in a Day the Bob Ross Way with Jan will be offered from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. June 13, at the Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association. Students paint and complete the same painting in one day. Janice Britland teaches. $60, includes supplies. 2001 Shreve St., Punta Gorda. Registration is required at www.PGICA.org or 941-637-1655.

Craft Class – The Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association presents the class “Card Making with Patti” from 10 a.m.- noon June 16. Participants create four cards using pre-cut designs while learning new techniques. Instructor provides all supplies. Register in advance at www.PGICA.org 941-875-5850 or patti_ boese@comcast.net. 2001 Shreve St., Punta Gorda.

Help Kids – A “Bags & Brews Adult Charity Cornhole Tournament” is set for 10 a.m.-2 p.m. June 18 at the Charlotte County Fairgrounds. The event is hosted by Camelot Community Care to benefit kids in foster care services and programs in Charlotte County. The

indoor tournament is registering teams and sponsors now. 2333 El Jobean Road, Port Charlotte. www.camelot4kids.com.

ONGOING

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.

Art Workshops – 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.

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: June 24. 802 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda. 941-743-2472 or www.puntagordaboatclub.org.

Second Saturday – The Second Saturday Dance Lesson and Party takes place from 2-5 p.m. on the second Saturday of the month at the Punta Gorda Woman’s Club. Refreshments available. $15 USA Dance members, $25 member couple; $17 non-members, $30 non-member couple. 118 Sullivan St., Punta Gorda. Reservations requested at 330-501-2366.

Last Saturday – The Yoga Sanctuary offers a Spring Sensory Awareness Practice Series from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. the last Saturday of the month in June. Each session has theme. $45 for single session; $120 for all three sessions. Next session: June 25. 112 Sullivan St., Punta Gorda. 941-505-9642 or www.theyogasanctuary.biz.

Fourth Sunday – A Social Dance Party takes place from 2-5 p.m. the 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. Next dance: June 26. 330-501-2366.

Last Sunday – The Heartland-Southwest Bluegrass Bash is held the last Sunday of the month at Craig’s RV Resort. This bluegrass jam and concert is free for members of the Heartland Bluegrass Association and the Southwest Florida Bluegrass Association, $7 donation for non-members. BYO chairs. A family membership is $25 per year. Campsites are available at $25 per night. Dry camping is $10. Food concession on Saturday. 7895 N.E. Cubitis Ave., Arcadia. Next event: June 25 with Jam Band, Gator Ridge Ramblers and Bear Hill Bluegrass. 941-467-2051 or www.heartlandbluegrass.org. ¦

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