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Charlotte County Florida Weekly
EACH YEAR IN MAY, PEOPLE WHO GREW UP in Harlem then left come from all over the United States to the community’s Brown Sugar Festival. But for many drivers passing by on U.S.
On March 7, 160 men and women elected from districts representing 67 Florida counties and 20.7 million residents will begin the 2017 legislative session at the capitol in Tallahassee. And they will be well paid for it, both in salary and benefits.
On March 4, 1829, only 11 days before his 62nd birthday, newly elected and apparently still-nimble President Andrew Jackson found himself sneaking out a back window of the White House to escape the massive, liquor-laced crowd gathered for his inauguration.
The Rev. Bill Klossner is approaching his new position as president of the board of the Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens with the same infectious zeal he has demonstrated in the multitude of roles he has previously taken in Charlotte County. He speaks about the diverse botanical and artistic beauty of the gardens, slated to open in the fall, with the passion of a preacher.
We’re less than two weeks away from the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump. No one doubts this is a watershed moment in the history of American democracy. In addition to those appalled by Trump’s election, I hear from readers who voted for the man. His supporters are jubilant.
We’ve come a long way from Daniel Patrick Moynihan excoriating the U.N.’s 1975 “Zionism is racism” resolution in one of the finer exhibits of righteous indignation in the history of American speechifying.
Sometimes it’s hard to see what’s right in front of us. The reason is that we tend to focus on too large an area. Hunters train themselves to look at a wide area but pick up small areas of movement.
Pending home sales dipped in November to their lowest level in nearly a year as the brisk upswing in mortgage rates and not enough inventory dispirited some would-be buyers, according to the National Association of Realtors. Only the Northeast saw monthly and annual pending sales gains last month.
Buying a puppy seems like a simple process. Puppies are available from private individuals, pet stores, shelters and online sellers.
The Uncommon Friends Foundation is now accepting applications for its 2017 student scholarships, which will be awarded to deserving students, veterans, struggling adults and single parents who are pursuing degrees in education, law, technology and other studies.
Historic Cookie House tours begin
Charlotte County Historical Center will be offering tours of the historic Cookie House. The Cookie House was part of the 10-acre research compound known as the Bass Biological Laboratory founded by John F. Bass Jr. in the 1930s. The scientific exploration of this facility is linked to today’s Mote Marine Laboratory.
Peanut allergy is a growing health problem for which no treatment or cure exists. People living with peanut allergy, and their caregivers, must be vigilant about the foods they eat and the environments they enter to avoid allergic reactions that can be severe and even life threatening.
Riverside Behavioral Center and Bayfront Health Punta Gorda announce a four-part “lunch and learn” series on the Florida Baker Act (Florida Mental Health Act), which allows the involuntary examination and hospitalization of an individual. The Baker Act can be initiated by judges, law enforcement officials, physicians or mental health professionals.
The public is invited to attend and participate in the following January events and observances hosted by Bayfront Health Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda. To learn more, visit BayfrontCharlotte.com.
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The Captiva Community Panel will present information about how rising seas could impact Captiva, Sanibel and Pine Island Sound at “Now In My Back Yard.” The symposium will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13, at the South Seas Island Resort Conference Center. The event is open to the public.
The keynote speaker will be Harold Wanless, Ph.D., from the University of Miami.
The Dunes Golf & Tennis Club will host Robbie’s Run, a benefit for the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, on Saturday, Jan. 14. The Care Mobile is a program of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwest Florida.
The Florida Lottery has reached a new record of more than $6.2 billion in sales during calendar year 2016, surpassing the previous year’s sales by more than $411 million. The Lottery’s 2016 contributions to the state’s Educational Enhancement Trust Fund are expected to reach $1.6 billion, a 7 percent increase over last year.
Sorry to say it, millennials and you other tech addicts, but at some point you’re going to have to stow away the smartphone and brave the world, meet people, shake a few hands and talk about, well, your business and how you can help a potential client. Gasp. Yup, you read it correctly.
As my wife will tell you, I can’t stand shopping. This is especially true of clothes shopping. I never know what looks good on me or what style of jeans happens to be in at the moment. Because of this, I avoid department stores as much as I can. I probably haven’t been in one in more than a year.
“Are You Prepared?” is the central question posed in a series of estate and investment planning seminars at two Charlotte State Bank & Trust offices. Vice President Christine A. Hause and portfolio manager Samuel A.
The Florida Small Business Development Center at Florida Gulf Coast University will host a series of training seminars this month. Both will be offered on Tuesday, Jan. 17, in the Sugden Welcome Center on the FGCU campus.
Imagine coming home to 12.76 acres and a beautifully newly remodeled four-bedroom, four-bathroom home with a pool on a sparkling freshwater lake, with a barn and wood shop, all centrally located in the beautiful Southwest Florida area.
The Peace River Painters owe their existence to Hurricane Charley.
When the Category 4 storm churned up the Peace River in 2004, many buildings in Punta Gorda suffered damage, including the Visual Arts Center. Having no place to work, a group of VAC artists followed instructor Frank
The year 2016 was full of unpredictability, rife with absurdity and also, sadly, a year of tremendous loss in the arts.
¦ “The Magdalen Girls” by V.S. Alexander. Kensington. 304 pages. Trade paperback, $15.
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.
Although he may not look it — with a James Bond-like hunkiness and dreamy brown eyes — Thomas Pandolfi is a virtuosic classical pianist whose performances of Chopin and Liszt have taken him all over the world.
Notably lacking from Martin Scorsese’s “Silence” is the distinctive dynamic style that makes the master auteur’s work special.
CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Your need to succeed might overwhelm obligations to your loved ones. Ease up on that workload and into some well-deserved time with family and friends.
What drives most collectors?
I can’t speak for others, but for me, it’s the thrill of the hunt.
Back in the ’80s and ’90s, before there was an internet and before you could just look anything up and order it, I loved to drive to Miami for the day to go record shopping.
The 19th century in the U.S. was a time of invention. The patent office at first required a working model of an invention, but later, just accurate drawings and details were enough. Victorians loved gadgets and specialty tools.
Five nationally and internationally acclaimed professional artists-in-residence will perform in several Gulfshore Opera productions this season, presenting a fresh blend of experience and talent to Southwest Florida.
“Phantom,” by playwright Arthur Kopit and composer Maury Yeston, at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, is not to be missed. It is an entrancing, intimate and deeply personal affair.
In many parts of the world, wine isn’t considered a beverage. It’s food … part of the meal.