THEATER Second Time Around – By the Charlotte Players on select dates Oct. 20-29 at the Langdon Playhouse. Evening shows start at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. $18 for adults; $9 for students. 1182 Market St. www.charlotteplayers.org or 255-1022. Later Life – By Lemon Bay Playhouse through Nov. 5. Curtain is at 7:30 […]

Punta Gorda Chamber ribbon cuttings

1. Captain’sTable2. DreamcatcherFashion Truck3. Joyce Vein& AestheticInstitute4. Twin IslesCountry Club

House Hunting

1 Mandershaw Lane, Punta Gorda

This spectacular equestrian estate on 11-plus private acres is surrounded by beautiful oaks and native plants. The gorgeous chef’s kitchen has granite counters, custom cabinets, stainless double oven and island cooktop. There is a formal dining room, and the kitchen opens to the great room facing the pool. The great room has a fireplace with a stone chimney, has vaulted […]

Micro Memoirs

One of this year’s Sanibel Island Writers Conference authors proves great things can be tiny

BETH ANN FENNELLY WAS AT THAT place where no writer wants to be. The words just weren’t coming. A little embarrassing for someone who teaches writing at the University of Mississippi in its MFA program. She’s also Mississippi’s poet laureate. Ms. Fennelly and her husband, author Tom Franklin, had just published the critically acclaimed “The Tilted World,” their collaborative novel […]

It’s a wrap on another Florida Weekly Writing Challenge

Talk about a challenge. Choosing one winner from among a record 256 entries in the 2017 Florida Weekly Writing Challenge proved a difficult assignment for our editors and senior writers who had that responsibility. Nine of us divided up the initial load, each picking two favorites from the 28-29 stories we read. Then all nine of us read the 18 […]

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. Mythology & Storytelling asPsychotherapy10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23Fee: $32 with an optional cateredlunch available for an additional$10Instructor: Jaha Cummings This course discusses traditional indigenous counseling methods based on the […]

Big girls don’t cry, nor do small girls who think and act big


¦ “Play Big” by Jen Welter with Stephanie Krikorian. Seal Press. 288 pages. Hardcover, $26. At once sports memoir and empowerment handbook, this feisty and engaging “how-to” is bound to attract a lot of attention. The author, a Vero Beach native, broke the glass ceiling in professional football in a variety of ways. She moved from being a championship performer […]

Gear up for graveyards, music and later-in-life love

Fall has always been my favorite time of year. It reminds me of the beginning of the school year and the prospect of great adventures. And while the temperature is cooling down, Southwest Florida’s cultural scene is just heating up. Read on for some adventures you might want to experience yourself. Florida Graveyards and Ghost Towns Judy Berger’s voice resounds […]

Good Intentions


Lucy was careful to extend her arm so that her wrist rested on the windowsill and the tip of her cigarette breached the cement facade of their fourth story apartment. This way, the smoke spiraled upward and away instead of upwards and into the corners of the unit her husband Kelly was so careful to keep so very clean. That, […]


LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Good news: Your outspoken views about a controversial on-the-job situation could find unexpectedly strong support from a most unlikely workplace faction. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) You might have to draw on your reservoir of spiritual strength to help someone special through a difficult time. Your loving attitude makes all the difference. SAGITTARIUS […]