Collectors take a shine to iridescent glass

Ancient Roman iridescent glass dug up in Israel is now being featured in modern jewelry. One of the jewelry designers told viewers of a late-night shopping channel that the thin layer of iridescence called “patina” was taken from the ancient glass and assembled flake by flake on a base used to create new jewelry. A chemical reaction causes buried glass […]


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THURSDAY, AUG. 16, 10 P.M.He Touched Me: The Gospel Musicof Elvis PresleyThe rock-n-roller’s commitment togospel music was tested many timesby producers and record executives,until the Grammys overlooked Presley’snumber-one hits in favor of his best gospel performances. FRIDAY, AUG. 17, 9 P.M.Doo Wop Love SongsDoo wop’s biggest hits are assembledinto a collection featuring all the bestlove songs for sweethearts of all […]

Pets of the Week

To adopt or foster a pet — These animals are available for adoption at the Animal Welfare League, 3519 Drance St., Port Charlotte. All animals are neutered and current with their shots. The shelter is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day. To view adoptable pets, visit www.awlshelter.org. To adopt or foster a pet — For more information, […]

Time to Play

Keep your indoor cat healthy, happy with toys and games

When we think of pets who need exercise and playtime, cats do not automatically spring to mind, but they should. Our domestic cats don’t need to hunt for a living, but they still have those natural instincts to chase, climb and hide. Toys, games and other forms of entertainment enrich your cat’s life and burn calories, keeping him happy and […]

Wines from Alsace hit right note on hot summer days


While searching for that perfect wine to go with dinner these hot summer nights, consider Alsatian pinot blanc and pinot gris. These grapes produce wines that are filled with peach, pear, apricot and citrus flavors. Cool and refreshing, they pair well with many popular summer foods, ranging from light repasts to full-bodied roasts. Pinot blanc and pinot gris share a […]

Wine Dinner at the Sidebar Restaurant

Vernon Peeples book signing at Sandman Book Co.

Listen to family and friends, but only you know what’s best for you

When Jeff announced he was leaving her after 15 years of marriage, Beth was stunned. She knew things had been strained and they’d been arguing a lot, but she assumed they were just going through a rough patch. But Jeff told her he hadn’t been happy in a very long time, and needed time on his o wn to sort […]


Here are some capsule summaries of previously reviewed restaurants: . Lulu, Wyvern Hotel, 101 E. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda, 639-7700 The heat of Lulu’s original Latin fusion concept have been toned down a bit since Florida Weekly first reviewed it in July 2009. Diners will still find empanadas and tacos and components such as habanero chilies, plantains and chorizo sausage, […]