Harbor Style — Harbor Style March 2018
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1-11 Alone Together

Charlotte Players present a comedy in which Middle age couple Helene and George are beginning to enjoy their empty nest until all three of their sons charge back home after experiencing some hard knocks in the real world. Performances held at Langdon Playhouse in Port Charlotte. Visit www.charlotteplayers.org for tickets and information.

1-30 Nature Preserved

“Nature Preserved,” a photography exhibit by David Sussman, will be held at Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center’s Caniff Center in Punta Gorda. This exhibit is the most extensive nature collection seen at one location by one artist. The exhibit’s Closing Reception and Raffle Drawing will be held March 22 from 5-7 p.m. Exhibit closes March 30. For more information, call (850) 866-8566.

3 USO Dinner and Show

The GFWC Punta Gorda Woman’s Club presents “An Old Time USO Dinner and Show” at the historic Woman’s Club building in Punta Gorda, beginning with dinner at 5 p.m. followed by show, auctions and dancing to big band music until 10. Tickets are $45 and may be purchased by calling (612) 418-2075. Benefits the local charities of the Woman’s Club.

3 EggFest

Lemon Bay Sunrise Rotary’s SW FL EggFest takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 348 W. Dearborn Street. An EggFest is a festival type event where the Big Green Egg enthusiasts (EGGheads) showcase their talents on the Big Green Egg barbecue. Taster tickets are $30. Visit www. swfloridaeggfest.com for information.

3 Buchan Airport Fly-In Breakfast

The 12th Annual Buchan Airport Fly-In Breakfast will be held at Buchan Airport in Englewood from 9 a.m. to noon. Admission and parking are free. Donations will be graciously accepted. Enjoy breakfast under the tent, including quiche, pastry, orange juice and coffee, all available for $6.

3 Charlotte Chorale

The Charlotte Chorale presents “Gabrieli to Gershwin” at 4 p.m. at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center in Punta Gorda. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students. To order tickets, call (941) 204-0033.

4 Author Mary Alice Monroe

Copperfish Books in Punta Gorda hosts New York Times Bestselling Author Mary Alice Monroe at 2 p.m. to talk about her latest novel Beach House for Rent. After her talk, Mary Alice will be happy to sign copies of her books. Refreshments will be provided. To reserve a seat, call (941) 205-2560 or email copperfishbooks@comcast.net.

6 Neil Berg’s Piano Men

Englewood Performing Art Series presents Neil Berg’s Piano Men, a tribute to the compositions and songwriting of two of the most iconic composers of the 20th century: Billy Joel and Elton John. Concert held at the Englewood United Methodist Church. Visit www.englewoodpas.org for tickets and information.

6-11 My Fair Lady

The Royal Palm Players present My Fair Lady at the Boca Grande Community Center. With live music, a fabulous chorus and songs like I Could Have Danced All Night, Get Me To The Church On Time and I’ve Grown Accustomed To Her Face, you’ll be humming the music for days. Visit www.royalpalmplayers.com for tickets and information.

7 Punta Gorda Short Film Festival

The Charlotte Harbor Office of Film & Digital Media and Asbury Shorts/USA present the 4th Annual Punta Gorda Short Film Festival, hosted by the Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce at the Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person and $25 at the door (general admission). Call (908) 618-1776 or (941) 639-3720 for ticket information.

7-31 Flemming

Lemon Bay Playhouse in Englewood presents this Sam Bobrick play in which Henry Flemming sells his lucrative brokerage firm to become a detective. On his very first case, and to the horror of his wife, Karen, and his two crazy neighbors, Suzy and Stan, the Flemming living room begins to fill up with dead bodies. Visit www.lemonbayplayhouse.com for tickets and information.

9 Dancing with the Charlotte Stars

Dancing with the Charlotte Stars, the most fun fundraiser in Charlotte County, is preparing an evening of entertainment featuring six local celebrities and four dance studios at the Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center beginning at 6 p.m. Event benefits the Arts & Humanities Council of Charlotte County. Go to www. DancingWithTheCharlotteStars.org to learn more and vote for your favorite dancer.

9-10 Annual Courtyard Sale

Celebrate Sea Grape Gallery’s 30th year with great values in paintings, giclee prints, photography, jewelry, wood, pottery, glass and so much more! Sale takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Call (941) 575-1718 or visit www.seagrapegallery.com for information.

9-10 Pedal and Play in Paradise

Pedal and Play in Paradise is all about having fun while supporting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and TEAM Punta Gorda’s Bicycle Initiatives. This twoday event features rides for the casual bike rider, more serious cyclists, mystery lovers and folks who just want to tour our beautiful city and learn about its future. Visit pedalandplayinparadise.com for information and registration.

10 Rigoletto

The Gulfshore Opera presents a story of lust, abduction and revenge with many thrilling and familiar melodies. Performance begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Cultural Center Theater in Port Charlotte. Tickets range from $28-$48. Purchase tickets at www.gulfshoreopera.org or call (239) 529-3925.

11 Jazz with Pizzazz Brunch

The Venice Symphony’s annual Jazz with Pizzazz Brunch will take place at 11 a.m. at Plantation Golf and Country Club in Venice. Enjoy brunch with a seafood and carving station, complimentary Bloody Mary or mimosa, and jazz music by The Bill Buchman Trio in support of The Venice Symphony education and musician programs. Tickets are $80 and are available by calling (941) 207-8822.

12 Big Band Jazz

Join the Charlotte County Jazz Society at the Charlotte Cultural Center Theater for Dave Pruyn and the Jazz Legacy Big Band at 7 p.m. Concert is open to the public for $20 per person. Call the Cultural Center box office at (941) 625-4175 for tickets.

12-14 Spring Book Sale

Come to the Spring Book Sale at the Johann Fust Community Library on Boca Grande, presented by the JF Library Foundation. Hundreds of almost new and used hardback and trade paperback books, DVDs, CDs and rare books will be available. Call (941) 964-0211 for information.

15-Apr 8 A Midsummer Night’s Dream

The Venice Theater presents this Shakespeare classic featuring star-crossed lovers, an inept band of actors, the king and queen of the fairies and their impish henchman Puck, who creates romantic and comic havoc for all. Visit venicestage.com for tickets and information.

16-17 Venice Symphony

The Venice Symphony presents A Symphonic Journey at The Venice Performing Arts Center with Guest Conductor Janna Hymes leading musicians in a concert featuring Dvorak’s New World Symphony, Die Fledermaus Overture and Samuel Barber’s Violin Concerto performed by guest soloist Irina Muresanu. Tickets are $25-$42. Call (941) 207-8822 or buy online at www.thevenicesymphony.org.

17 Placida Seafood Festival

Placida Seafood Festival, hosted by the Rotary Club of Placida, features live music, food, drinks, nautical vendors, art, crafts, kid zone and so much more! Parking is $3 per car and admission to the festival is free!

17 Pioneer Day

The DeSoto County Historical Society’s 14th Annual Pioneer Day and Barbecue takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at DeSoto Veterans Memorial Park just west of Arcadia. Fun for the whole family includes bodacious barbecue plus special and traditional Florida foods, demonstrations of old-fashioned skills and crafts, musical entertainment, vintage automobiles, Florida authors and artists and more. For information call (863) 266-5774 or visit www.historicdesoto.org.

17-18 Peace River National Art Festival

The Peace River National Art Festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Laishley Park in Punta Gorda. Enjoy more than 80 booths of fine art and exquisite crafts, art demonstrations, music, food, wine and beer hosted by the Visual Arts Center. For more information, visit www.VisualArtCenter.org or call (941) 639-8810.

18 Charlotte Symphony Orchestra

The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, led by Maestro Rafelle Ponti, present “An Evening of John Williams and Friends,” featuring music from Star Wars, E.T. and Raiders of the Lost Ark as well as movie scores by Horner, Zimmer, Badelt, Elfman and Rozsa. Concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Visit charlottesymphony. com for tickets and information.

19 Green Gala

Capture the beach spirit of the iconic 1950s and 60s at the 22nd Annual BIPS’ Green Gala at the Boca Bay Pass Club at 5:30 p.m. An unforgettable evening of dining, dancing, and fun! Tickets are $150. Call (941) 964- 0060 or visit www.barrierislandparkssociety. org for tickets and information.

19-24 Blockbusters of Broadway

The Venice Theater presents the 26th Annual Silver Foxes Blockbusters of Broadway, featuring songs from hit musicals like Fiddler on the Roof, My Fair Lady, Les Miserables and South Pacific. The Silver Foxes are a troupe of professionally directed, volunteer performers who have been bringing entertainment to the area for nearly 26 years. Visit venicestage.com for tickets and information.

20 The Sarasota Orchestra

Making their 36th appearance to the Englewood Performing Arts Series, the Orchestra will present its annual Spring Pops Concert. What a way to end the season! Concert held at the Englewood United Methodist Church. Visit www.englewoodpas. org for tickets and information.

22-25 The Game’s Afoot

It is December 1936 and Broadway star William Gillette, admired for his leading role in the play Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast-members to his Connecticut castle for a weekend of revelry. But when one of the guests is stabbed to death, it’s up to Gillette, assuming the persona of Holmes, to track down the killer before the next victim appears. The Charlotte Players will perform at the Cultural Center Theater in Port Charlotte. Visit www.charlotteplayers.org for tickets and information.

24 Toast to Venice

Celebrate Life in Paradise with an array of food and beverage vendors at the 10th Annual Toast To Venice at Maxine Barritt Park in Venice from 2 to 5 p.m. Advance Purchase Tickets are $40; day of tickets are $45. Visit www.venicenokomisrotary.org/ toast-to-venice for tickets and information.

24 Golf Scramble

A golf scramble to raise funds for St. Vincent de Paul, Sacred Heart Conference, will be held at St. Andrews South Golf Club in Punta Gorda. The cost is $80 per person, which includes 18 holes of golf, cart, continental breakfast and lunch. Registration forms are available at the Club or may be requested by phone or email from Gary and Lynn Reeves, (941)-202- 2216 or golf4svdp@gmail.com.

24 Bike Parade and Woman’s Club Fair

Decorate your bike, scooter, wagon, golf cart or yourself and join the annual Bike Path Parade at 5th St. Bike Path on Boca Grande. The parade starts at 10:30 a.m. at the bike path and ends at the community center, where the Woman’s Club Fair will be starting at 11 a.m. Registration forms can be obtained at the Boca Grande Community Center.

24 Easter Paw-rade

Donte’s Den invites all dogs and the people who love them to an Easter Dog Paw-rade at Four Points Sheraton in Punta Gorda. The event begins at 1 p.m. on the great lawn with a mix and mingle and Easter egg hunt. At 2 p.m., the Dog Show begins. Admission is $20 and includes light food and entertainment. Dog show entry is $25 per category. Register your pup online at DontesDen.org.

24 Blue Gala

The Charlotte County Democrats host the annual Blue Gala at Kingsway Country Club in Lake Suzy, featuring keynote speakers Rep. Sean Shaw, FL-Dist 61, Candidate for Florida Attorney General, and David Shapiro, Candidate for Congress, Dist. 16. Tickets are $90 and are available by calling (941) 764-8440.

24-25 Spring Fine Arts Show

The Rotary Club of Englewood’s 38th Annual Spring Fine Arts Show takes place along Dearborn Street in Englewood. In addition to visiting the unique shops and great restaurants that create the charm of West Dearborn Street, shoppers can stroll through the booths of over one hundred artists from all over the US! Visit www.therotaryclubofenglewood. org/fine-arts-festival.html for information.

24-Apr 26 Primavera

Primavera means spring: fresh, exciting and inspired by a world in bloom all around us! This multimedia exhibit is on display at the Visual Arts Center in Punta Gorda through April 26. On March 29, the public is invited to the opening wine & cheese reception at 5 p.m. For more info visit www.VisualArtCenter.org or call (941) 639-8810.

25 Community Appreciation Day

Octagon Wildlife Sanctuary hosts its annual Open House with free admission for everyone! Meet more than 150 exotic animals, encounter awesome volunteers and enjoy food and beverages. Open house runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information call (239) 543-1130.