PUNTA GORDA/ENGLEWOOD BEACH, Fla. (Dec. 05, 2017) –  The Cultural Heritage Center of Southwest Florida is pleased to announce the inception of Mini-Culture Camps for students who attend the Cooper Street Recreation Center. The mission of the monthly camps mirrors that of the Punta Gorda-based Cultural Heritage Center, to promote, inform, explore, and celebrate the multi-ethnic, diverse nature of Southwest Florida through educational programs, outreach efforts and celebrations of culture. 

Each month, a different group will present their culture. This may be done in a variety of ways ranging from seeing a costume to learning a few words of a language to hearing music to doing a craft or activity. The free Culture Camps will be held on the last Thursday of each month from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. at the Cooper Street Recreation Center, located at 650 Mary St. in Punta Gorda. 

Cultural Heritage Center of Southwest Florida Current Schedule
Nov. 30 Indian 
Jan. 25 Gullah
Feb. 22 Czech/Slovak
Mar. 29: Ukrainian

About the Cultural Heritage Center of Southwest Florida
The Mission of the Cultural Heritage Center is to promote inform, explore, and celebrate the multi-ethnic, diverse nature of Southwest Florida through educational programs, outreach efforts and celebrations of culture. Ethnic, religious and affiliate groups that form the core advisory board for the Cultural Heritage Center include but are not limited to: African Americans, Ukrainians, Indians, Latinos, Irish, Czechs, Slovaks, Haitians, Jews, Native Americans, Germans, Greeks, and Filipinos. Learn more by visiting culturalheritageswfl.org and www.facebook.com/CulturalHeritageSWFL 
Located halfway between Tampa and Naples on the Southwest Florida Gulf Coast, Punta Gorda /Englewood Beach is a charming collection of nine coastal communities surrounding the state’s second largest harbor. Florida’s premier year-round eco-tourism destination, the area offers a pristine unspoiled beauty. In 2014, Port Charlotte was named the top “U.S. Best Value Destination” by Trivago (the world’s largest online hotel search site), and the Charlotte Sports Park, spring training home of the Tampa Bay Rays, was voted “Best Spring Training Facility” by readers of USA TODAY. A haven for outdoor enthusiasts, Punta Gorda / Englewood Beach has been named one of SAIL magazine’s “10 Greatest Places to Sail in the United States,” ranked by Golf Digest as “Third Best Place to Live and Play Golf in America,” and rated by MONEY magazine as one of the “Best Places to Live in the South.” Englewood was named second of the Top Ten emerging travel destinations in the U.S. by TripAdvisor.com. The area is served by five airports: The Punta Gorda Airport (PDG) with private and charter air service, Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ), Southwest Florida International Airport, Ft. Myers, (RSW), St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport (PIE) and Tampa International Airport (TPA). For more information on visiting Punta Gorda / Englewood Beach visit http://PureFlorida.com or call1-800-652-6090.

Jennifer Huber                                
Tourism Public Relations Manager                                  
Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor & Convention Bureau             
(941) 743-1900 or jennifer.huber@charlottecountyfl.gov 

Michelle Tomao, Senior Account Executive
Aqua Marketing & Communications
(727) 452-4899 or Michelle@welcometoaqua.com
Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach