• Big Orange Music Festival has been postponed due to Hurricane Irma. Visit bigorangemusicfestival.com often for updates.
  • The Visual Arts Center Open House features free art demos and more, Sept. 20–23, various times (postponed due to Hurricane Irma). Get Full Schedule
  • Leadership Charlotte inducted Ed Hill, Bill Klossner and Linda Pizzarro into the 2017 Hall of Fame. Congratulations to all! 
  • The Florida International Air Show has added a 5K running event. Click to Enter 
  • Fishermen's Village hosts Nick's Kids Show, Sept. 16. Click for details.
  • Charlotte Chorale seeks vocalists: The Charlotte Chorale invites interested singers to participate in the community choral group, now in its 29th season.  Rehearsals begin on October 9th for the first concert on December 9th, to be held at 4PM at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center, 701 Carmalita Street, Punta Gorda.  The Chorale performs under the direction of Dr. William Dederer, who works with the performers to fulfill the mission to enhance, educate and enrich the lives of its audiences by presenting professional-level choral music of all genres.  For more information about joining the Charlotte Chorale please contact Jean Sutton at 864-420-3146.  For concert information, and to order concert tickets call:  941-204-0033.
  • FNPS Mangrove Chapter September 30 Field Trip: The Mangrove Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society invites the public to join in their annual summer walk along the water at Hathaway Park, 35461 Washington Loop Road in Punta Gorda. The walk is on Saturday, September 30 and begins at 9 am. This is the last walk of the summer season, shady and somewhat cool and, once again, we will be in search of the Pond Apple. DIRECTIONS: Rt 41 East over the Peace River to Punta Gorda. Turn left onto Rt. 17. Where Rt. 17 forks to the left, stay straight onto Washington Loop Rd (Rt. 764). Hathaway Park is on the left. Directions are also available on the Mangrove Chapter website: mangrove.fnpschapter.org. For more information contact Al Squires at 941.769.3633 or email him at ahsquires1@comcast.net. The Florida Native Plant Society promotes the preservation, conservation, and restoration of the native plants and native plant communities of Florida. Meetings, field trips and special events are free and open to the public. (The Mangrove Chapter GardenKeepers are sending out a call for volunteers. If you are interested in learning more about native plants and would like to garden with an interesting and fun group of people, join us at the Cedar Point Demonstration Garden on Monday mornings from 9-11.)

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