Coming up at the Renaissance Academy

The Renaissance Academy of FGCU offers lifelong learning classes to enrich life experiences at any age. The following sessions will be held at Herald Court Centre in downtown Punta Gorda. Organizing Windows Filesand FoldersNoon-2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 28,or 3-5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11Fee: $20Instructor: James Nelson Organizing files on your computer is just like organizing anything. Imagine you want to […]

Part 2: The Florida Weekly Writing Challenge

Round two of the 2017 Florida Weekly Writing Challenge continues with the photo prompt you see here. Since it was first published two weeks ago, more than 30 writers have submitted their original short stories inspired by the image. Here’s how the challenge works: We want your original narrative fiction using this picture as the starting point. Keep it to […]


THEATER Annoyance – By the Lemon Bay Playhouse Sept. 6-24. $20 adults; $14 students. 96 W. Dearborn St., Englewood. www.lemonbayplayhouse.com or 475-6756. Pilgrims – By Urbanite Theatre through Sept. 10. 1487 2nd St., Sarasota. 321-1397 or urbanitethratre.com. THURSDAY8.31 Open House – Lyn Muckerheide Dance Education hosts a free open house event for interested dancers and tumblers ages 3-12 from 4-6 […]

How art lessons turned me into an art lover


I love art. Perhaps there is nothing more satisfying than strolling a museum or a gallery and imagining the story and the message behind the work. Growing up in Fort Myers, we didn’t have lots of opportunities to be around art. My grandmother had a nice watercolor and an oil painting or two, but most of the artwork at our […]

Ancient screens were useful as well as decorative


Decorative screens were being used in rooms in China by the 7th century. But they were not used in Europe until the 1500s. It wasn’t until the 17th century that they became popular. Screens originally were used to protect those nearby from the heat of a fireplace or the cold from a drafty door. Europeans found many uses — screening […]

FGCU celebrates 20 years by putting alum art on display

To celebrate the school’s two decades, Florida Gulf Coast University’s Art Galleries at The Bower School of Music & the Arts invites the community to a 20th anniversary Art Walk from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31, in the ArtLab Gallery and the Wasmer Art Gallery. To start the celebration, the “20/20: Art Alumni Exhibition” showcases works by 20 graduates of […]

House Hunting

5318 Chaney Terrace, Port Charlotte

This is a one-of-a-kind home situated on four lots. This custom home has two solar modules for the pool pump, 26 solar modules for energy savings, 15 hurricane windows (double hung) and rollaway hurricane shutters. The water heater is solar powered and has an 80 gallon storage tank. In addition to the two-car attached garage, there is another four-car attached […]

At last

Some long-awaited and fresh fall movies finally hit our galaxy

THE SUMMER MOVIE SEASON IS OFFIcially behind us (thankfully), so it’s time to get excited for the Oscar bait that comes every autumn. Indeed, a quick look at the upcoming release schedule suggests there’s plenty to look forward to between now and Christmas. Remember, release dates are subject to change, but you’ll want to keep this lighthearted preview handy to […]

Visual Arts Center offers open house, introduces classes

The Visual Arts Center in Punta Gorda will host an open house featuring free demonstrations by talented VAC instructors from Wednesday, Sept. 6, to Saturday, Sept. 9. This will offer an opportunity to speak with instructors and ask questions about fine art and crafts classes beginning the week of Sept. 11. Classes are offered to suit both the experienced artist […]

Harper McDaniel a welcome new protagonist from a much-admired writer


¦ “When They Come for You” by James W. Hall. Thomas & Mercer, 288 pages. Trade paperback, $15.95. Add James W. Hall to the list of premier mystery/thriller authors who have jumped tracks from a classic series featuring a male protagonist to a new series featuring a female character. Having raved over Michael Connelly’s Renée Ballard and Randy Wayne White’s […]