Dear Chamber Member,
Here are your Friday Facts – Enjoy reading them and have a great Friday and an even better weekend. If you have anything that you would like to put into the Friday Facts please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org by noon each Thursday.
PG Chamber radio show: Now Booking for March 2020
Every month, your Punta Gorda Chamber teams up with local iHeart Media DJ – Bob Alexander to focus on Chamber members and what they are up to. For only $105, you get to pre-record 2 x 2 ½ minute slots (which can be the same or different) which will be inserted into Bob’s show on the first Wednesday and Thursday of each month. This is one of the largest local radio audiences available to us. You don’t even have to go to the studio any more. Bob will call you to record your message(s)! If you are interested, please email email@example.com to get you on your way. Ideal for business promotions, events or simply to get your name out on air.
Your Chamber Staff,
John, Pat, Carole, Hazel, Stephanie & Janet
Chamber Calendar of Events
Please remember to RSVP to: firstname.lastname@example.org or 941-639-3720.
January 21: Business After Hours 5:30 pm – 7 pm
Come and join your Chamber for our Business After Hours at Coldwell Banker Sunstar Realty Fisherman Village. Don’t forget to bring a gift to promote and showcase your business! Please be sure to RSVP email@example.com or call 941-639-3720.
January 29: Networking Luncheon – 12 Noon – 1:30 pm Come and join your Chamber for our Networking Lunch at The Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association, 2001 Shreve Street, Punta Gorda. This will be the State of the City Message given by our Mayor Nancy Prafke. Please be sure to RSVP to 941-639-3720 or firstname.lastname@example.org Cost is $15.00 per person. Lunch must now be pre-paid at time of reservation. We take cash, check, Mastercard, Visa, Discover & Amex
February 8: City Wide Garage Sale at Comfort Storage
8 am–12 pm $15.00 per entrant. You get two parking spots – one for your vehicle (no commercial vehicles) and one for a table (you provide) – Set up 7:15am Location: Comfort Storage Parking Lot, 3811 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda.
Punta Gorda Pub Crawl
$10, 50% goes to Harry Chapin Food Bank, 50% goes to support the Punta Gorda Chamber. Win Air Fare for two to Ireland, need not be present tow in, drawing Feb 29th. Visit PuntaGordaPubCrawl.com for information.
6th Annual Punta Gorda Short Film Festival
Wednesday, March 4, 2020, $20. Details & Tickets: https://pgsfftix.bpt.me/
To promote business in Punta Gorda and all our surroundings areas, for the benefit of our entire community.
Sponsored by Pat Oliva
Remember to utilize the certificates in the New Member packet. These are very valuable to your business.
Partners in Action News
Bayfront Health Punta Gorda/Port Charlotte (Platinum)
Bayfront Health’s Annual Health, Safety and Women’s Expo Putting your health and safety first, because you don’t come second.
Bayfront Health’s 2020 Health, Safety and Women’s Expo will be held February 1 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center, 75 Taylor Street, Punta Gorda. This is an event designed especially for you: Showcasing products, services and health and safety preparedness courses. Whether it’s fashion and financial planning or health and wellness, there will be over 100 professionals representing a variety of local businesses and organizations offering something for everyone, including head-to-toe pampering, demonstrations, educational information, health and wellness products, arts and crafts, health screenings, sweepstakes, massages, and more. And, attendees have the opportunity to participate in the following health and safety preparedness seminar, course and demonstrations:
- 11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: Active Shooter Preparedness Seminar – Presented by Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office Training Officer Mark Bala, learn the products, tools, and resources to help you prepare for and respond to an active shooter incident.
- 12:30-1:45 p.m.: Hands-Only CPR and Stop the Bleed Training Course – In this 2-part course, find out when and how to perform hands-only CPR, and become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives. Both fast, easy to remember and can help you save a life.
- Public Safety Demonstrations – Hands-on action stations to include hands-only CPR and stop the bleed tourniquet training. These stations will be open and offered all day.
Admission to the Health, Safety and Women’s Expo is free and doors open at 9:00 a.m. Those wishing to attend the Active Shooter Preparedness Seminar and Hands-Only CPR and Stop the Bleed Training Course are encouraged to arrive well in advance of the start time. Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. As a local leader in heart care and proud Go Red for Women sponsor of the American Heart Association, Bayfront Health and all participating vendors are donating proceeds from this event to support efforts to reduce death caused by heart disease and stroke.
Sponsor and vendor opportunities are still available. Call 941-766-4285 for details. To learn more about this and other events and activities planned at Bayfront Health, visit BayfrontHealthEvents.com. Vendors participating and in attendance at the Health, Safety and Women’s Expo in no way implies Bayfront Health’s approval or endorsement of their products or services. The CPR class is designed for informational purposes only; it is not a certified class.
Four Points by Sheraton (Platinum)
*Friday, January 17-Sweet Talkers Band at T.T.’s Tiki Bar from 7:00-11:00 PM. -Lobster Pot Friday’s at Dockside Grill from 4:00-10:00 PM. For reservations, please call 941-637-6770 X. 141
*Saturday, January 18– Music for a Miracle at T.T.’s Tiki bar from 3:00-11:00 PM. -Comedy in the Library! For tickets, please e-mail email@example.com or call 305-343-2930
*Sunday, January 19– Torched at T.T.’s Tiki Bar from 3:00-7:00 PM.
*Tuesday, January 21– Howler band at T.T.’s Tiki Bar from 6:00-10:00 PM.
*Wednesday, January 22-Dan Meadows (solo artist) at T.T.’s Tiki Bar from 2:00-5:00 PM.-J&B Acoustics at T.T.’s Tiki Bar from 6:00-10:00 PM. Prime Rib Wednesday’s at Dockside Grill! For reservations or more information, please call 941-637-6770 X141
*Thursday, January 23– Kelsey Miles (solo artist) at T.T.’s Tiki Bar from 6:00-9:00 PM
Saturday Farmers’ Market(Gold)
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Charlotte Players (Bronze)
Come see a classic Driving Miss Daisy thru Jan 19 at Charlotte Players Langdon Playhouse. Located at 1182 Market Circle in Port Charlotte. Tickets are $22 and can be purchased by calling (941) 255-1022 or online at www.charlotteplayers.org. Showtimes are 7:30pm and Matinees at 2:00pm on Jan 19.
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Charlotte Players are happy to bring Top of the World, A Carpenters Tribute to The Charlotte Performing Arts Center on January 30. Debbie Taylor and her eight-member “Top of the World” band play the Carpenters hit songs such as A Song For You, Superstar, Top of the World and Yesterday Once More. The show performs arrangements from the Carpenters songbook with layered harmonies combined with musicians who showcase their creativity on the drums, guitar, saxophone, trumpet, flute, and many other instruments. Charlotte Performing Arts Center is located at 701 Carmalita St in Punta Gorda. The show begins at 7:30pm. Preferred tickets are $49 and Regular tickets are $44. For more information, call (941) 255-1022 or online check out a preview video of the band at www.charlotteplayers.org.
“Top of the World” is the first of six shows Charlotte Players is hosting at CPAC this season. Upcoming are the popular Edwards Twins musical impressionists, singer Kitt Moran’s salute to Johnny Mercer, “Sister’s Easter Catechism,” and tributes to Liberace and Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Visit the website for more information.
OneSource Accounting & Tax Co.(Bronze)
Individual filing begins Jan. 27.
The IRS announced that it will begin accepting individual 2019 returns on Jan. 27, 2020, and business returns beginning Jan. 7, 2020. Many software companies will accept tax returns before Jan. 27 and then will submit the returns when IRS systems open. Updating of the e-file system to allow for the recent extender legislation is currently in process. Most tax software will prevent you from e-filing these forms until allowed by the IRS. The IRS cannot issue refunds claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC) before mid-February. It is anticipated that the earliest EITC/ACTC related refunds to be available in taxpayer bank accounts or on debit cards starting on February 28, if they chose direct deposit and there are no other issues with the tax return.
Profiles Nail Boutique (Support)
We are partnering with HipNotique in downtown Punta Gorda with a promotion for your feet….
Buy any pair of sandals 👡👡 at HipNotique and bring the receipt to Profiles for 10% off your pedicure 💅~
Or get a pedicure with Profiles and bring the receipt to HipNotique to get 10% off a pair of sandals like the cute reversible 2-in-1 Modzori.”
Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association (Support)
Jukebox Time Machine
A Unique Musical That Celebrates Jukebox Hits Through the Decades Back by popular demand – Pat Surface and American Pie Journey back in time with this multi-media tribute to the timeless artists and songs that topped the charts (including tributes to The Beatles, The Eagles, Glen Campbell, Patsy Cline, Judy Garland, Buddy Holly, Linda Ronstadt, Johnny Cash, and more). A true variety show with something for everyone. From the boppin’ sounds of the 50s and the generation-defining anthems of the 60s – through ever-changing styles of the 70s – Jukebox Time Machine is an entertaining blast to the past. With dynamic video, behind the scenes stories of the New York City music biz, and the joyful sounds of timeless tunes, this is more than a musical. It is an experience. The group’s Woodstock 50th Anniversary Tribute Show sold out last season. Jukebox Time Machine continues the story through the New York City music business, Jimi Hendrix’s recording studio, Electric Lady, the hit-making machine, Arista Records and Max’s Kansas City (the famous NYC club). The band’s incredible voices and guitar leads bring down the house and the evening will include their popular Trivia Segment with prizes.
Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association, 2001 Shreve Street, Punta Gorda. 7 p.m. Saturday, January 18. Tickets $20. Online www.pgica.org or call 941-637-1655 All PGICA concerts & cabarets are open to the general public.
Visual Arts Center (Support)
Painting, pottery, jewelry, weaving, sculpture, glass and photography Classes begin 1/13 – Register for Classes & Workshops at VisualArtCenter.org. View “Plein Air Exhbit” and “Mural Rendering Exhibit” on display Jan 7-30. Quickdraw & Luncheon 1/13 9a-1p. Plein Air Festival is Jan 7-30, with outdoor painting events all month! Click Here to Register for all events. The Visual Arts Center is located @ 210 Maud St, across from Fishermen’s Village. Gallery & Gift Shop Hours: M-F, 9-4 & Sat, 10-2. Calendar of Events, Classes, Memberships and Call to Artists at visualartcenter.org or call 941.639.8810.
Unless otherwise noted workshops are held at the Visual Arts Center: 210 Maud Street, Punta Gorda. To register online, visit visualartcenter.org. For more info, call 941.639.8810
Let’s Get Splashed! with Marki Raposa
Wednesday January 22, at 6:00pm
Cost: $40 (includes paints, canvas, wine & snacks)
Join our art and wine evening adventure! Paint a new scene every month. Creative, entertaining and memorable!
Etched Wine Glasses with Belinda Duclos
Wednesday, January 29 at 6:00pm
Cost: $40 (includes supplies, wine & snacks)
Let’s get together for some fun! We will create a set of playfully etched wine glasses that are dishwasher safe and won’t fade over time, unlike those painted ones!
Pine Needle Baskets Workshop with Kathryn Erickson
1/25, 2/1 and 3/28 from 10am-2pm Cost: $100 ($90 VAC members). If you can sew, you can learn how to form pine needles into a piece of art. Learn to coil pine needles and finish basket on your own. Nothing but patience is needed!
Upcoming Ribbon Cuttings, Ground Breakings, Launchings, Ceremonies & Dedications. These are all 5:30 pm unless otherwise noted. Come out and welcome our newest members.
January 23, 2020: Punta Gorda Historical Society will be opening a gift shop inside of the Trabue Land Office. The shop is called “Hibiscus – An Artisan Shop” all items in the shop are provided by local artisans and small businesses. History Park, 501 Shreve Street, Punta Gorda.
January 24, 2020: Jones Family Insurance,312 Mary Street, Punta Gorda
January 30, 2020: Soul Dance Temple, 2705 Tamiami Trail, Suite 314, Punta Gorda (In Towles Plaza).We will have refreshments at the studio for the ribbon-cutting. Immediately after, there will be a gentle Yoga class followed by a mix of Flamenco, Israeli Dancing, and Belly Dancing class free for chamber members interested in trying it out.
February 5, 2020: Twin Isles Country Club’s Grand Re-Opening of their new Golf Course, 301 Madrid Blvd., Punta Gorda
February 6, 2020: Dentists of Port Charlotte, 1720 Tamiami Trail, Suite 102, Port Charlotte. (Next door to the Metro Diner)
February 24, 2020: wellBeing Acupuncture, 1401 Tamiami Trail, Suite B, Punta Gorda
March 26, 2020: Society of St. Vincent de Paul, 25200 Airport Road, Punta Gorda.
April 3, 2020: Gator Mikes, 35 NE Pine Island Rd., Cape Coral 4 pm
Fact of the Day
First U.S. Honorary Citizen
There are currently eight people who have received the distinction of being named honorary United States citizens. There are eight, but only one of them could be the first. Those bragging rights belong to former British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill.
Question of the Week
Which Gas Station in Punta Gorda sells boiled peanuts?
Events for Week of January 17 – January 26
Remember to click these links to see events that are coming up
The Orange House Wine Bar
320 Sullivan St., Punta Gorda 941-505-8233
We are now open for breakfast and lunch!
Tuesday-Saturday 8 am – 2 pm
Fri. January 17: 7pm -10 pm
Sat.January 18: 7pm- 10 pm
Soul Dance Temple
Saturday 1/18 Intro to Flamenco Technique for Adults at 10 AM. Flamenco/Classic Spanish for Adults at 11 AM. 941-347-7280. www.souldancetemple.com
Sunday 1/19 Meditation, and gentle YOGA at 10AM. Drop in for $15 – Free for Soul Connections members. Metaphysical Lecture at 11 AM is free.
Monday 1/20 Intro to Ballet for Adults at 10 AM. Ballet for Adults at 11 AM. Pre-Ballet for children at 4 PM. Ballet for Children at 5 PM. Meditation & YOGA at 6 PM for Adults. Intro to Flamenco for Adults at 7 PM. 941-347-7280.
Tuesday 1/21 Intro to Ballet for Adults at 10 AM. Ballet for Adults at 11 AM. Pre-Ballet for children at 4 PM. Ballet for Children at 5 PM. Modern Workout for Adults at 6 PM. Belly Dancing for Adults at 7 PM. 941-347-7280.
Wednesday 1/22 Intro to Ballet for Adults at 10 AM. Ballet for Adults at 11 AM. Pre-Ballet for children at 4 PM. Ballet for Children at 5 PM. Meditation & YOGA at 6 PM for Adults. Soul Connections at 7:10 PM. 941-347-7280.
Thursday 1/23 Polynesian Hula for Adults at 10 AM. Belly Dancing at 11 AM. Flamenco for Children at 5 PM. Modern Workout for Adults at 6 PM. Belly Dancing for Adults at 7 PM. 941-347-7280.
Saturday 1/25 Intro to Flamenco Technique for Adults at 10 AM. Flamenco/Classic Spanish for Adults at 11 AM. Free Intro to QIGONG at 12 PM to 1PM. 941-347-7280.
Sunday 1/26 Real Astrology 101 – Electromagnetism – Workshop 3 PM to 5 PM. We are electromagnetic. The 12 signs are focal points of solar energy. 12 Jungian Archetypes of psychologist Carl Jung. Introduction. Energy. What you need to know that is not taught in schools. Why we need to know. Why it has been misunderstood, and suppressed. 3 Basic Factors Learn the Basics. Coffee or tea. For more information visit www.souldancetemple.com or call 941-347-7280.
Giacomo Puccini composed some of the world’s greatest operas, exploring themes of love, death, familial and societal pressures. GO’s Professional Artists in Residence and featured artist, Robyn Lamp, perform selections of Puccini’s masterpieces including Tosca, Turandot, Madama Butterfly and provide a sneak peek into the upcoming La Bohème.
January 17 – 7:00pm First United Methodist Church
507 W Marion Ave, Punta Gorda, FL 33950
Tickets: $35 Premium Seating, $25 General Admission
Tickets still available!
America’s Got Talent Finalist Emanne Beasha
To Perform with Charlotte County Concert Band
The Charlotte County Concert Band, under the direction of Guest Conductor Daniel Bowles has announced a special change to the concert on January 17. Emanne Beasha, who gained national recognition last year as a finalist on the popular TV show America’s Got Talent, will be performing with the Charlotte Band this Friday evening at the CPAC.
Emanne lives in North Port, reported Band board member and close family friend Dr Doug Joyce. “There was a rush of excitement locally when she was on the show last year. I asked her and her mother if Emanne would be willing to perform with the Charlotte County Concert Band this season if it fit into her schedule. Fortunately, things worked out and she became available to sing at our concert on January 17.”
Since being a finalist on AGT, Emanne has traveled the country and world performing opera to thrilled audiences. She also enjoys performing modern pop type music in an operatic style. “Emanne has developed her own style which she refers to as ‘Popera’, Dr Joyce continued. The result is really quite amazing.” We hope that you will join the band on Friday night, January 17, at 7:30 for this very special event. The Charlotte Performing Arts Center is on the campus of Charlotte High School located at 701 Carmalita Street, Punta Gorda, 33950. Tickets are available online at www.charlottecountyconcertband.com or at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center the night of the concert. Due to the anticipated crowd size, it is highly recommended that tickets be purchased online before the date of the concert.
Copperfish Books presents Joy Sheffield Harris on Jan 19 at 2PM. Click Here for all the details.
MarineMax Venice will be providing demonstrations of the Boston Whaler 38 Realm at the Isles Yacht Club on Wednesday Jan 22. Click Here for more details.
Senior Friendship Center
Many businesses in our community have been sponsors of Senior Friendship Centers’ birthday club. Thanks to these gracious sponsors, our birthday celebrations have truly been special events for our senior clients and have also provided them with valuable resources and information. Sponsorship of a monthly birthday celebration at our Harbour Heights location involves providing treats for approximately 20 guests and a 15 minute presentation of your business, services, or any topic of interest relevant to seniors age 60+.
If you would like to become a sponsor in 2020 or know of a business that might be interested, please contact Jeanne DeLauro at 941-255-0723 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Many and heartfelt thanks!!
Gator Mike’s is sponsoring a Gator Fest 2020, on March 6th, Featuring the band Buckcherry. There are sponsorship opportunities available. Click Here to see all of the info.
Click Here to see Latitude 78 flyer.
United Way of Charlotte County has done presentations to over 1500 people here in Charlotte County during the last few months. Won’t you help us make it to our 2000 person goal of sharing the good work being done? We are mobilizing the power of our community to break the cycle of poverty through individuals sharing their time, talents & treasures and getting businesses engaged. Local lives are being transformed. Please call our office (941) 627-3539 to schedule a 5-25 minute presentation for your group or business.
“We’re glamming it up here at HipNotique!
Space is limited so make your appointment ASAP at www.originalfairyhair.com (HipNotique cannot take your reservation!) We will make every effort to accommodate walk-ins but we cannot guarantee if her schedule is booked with appointments! And as usual, we will be pouring wine, treats provided by Charlene Demetrops-(The Cocoa Exchange) and music to sing & dance with Karaoke Queen Jeannie Smyth~ so come join the party!” .
Click Here to see the flyer.
We are partnering with Profiles Nail Boutique in downtown Punta Gorda with a promotion for your feet….
Buy any pair of sandals 👡👡 at HipNotique and bring the receipt to Profiles for 10″% off your pedicure 💅~
Or get a pedicure with Profiles and bring the receipt to HipNotique to get 10% off a pair of sandals like the cute reversible 2-in-1 Modzori.”
Allegiant Announces New Nonstop Service to Savannah with One-Way Fares as low as $44*
Allegiant today announces a new nonstop route to Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport (SAV) from Punta Gorda Airport (PGD) beginning June 6, 2020. To celebrate, the company is offering one-way fares on the new route as low as $44.* The new seasonal route via Punta Gorda Airport (PGD) will operate twice weekly. Flight days, times and the lowest fares can be found only at Allegiant.com. *About the introductory one-way fares: Seats and dates are limited and fares are not available on all flights. Flights must be purchased by Jan. 16, 2020 for travel by Aug. 15, 2020. Price displayed includes taxes, carrier charges & government fees. Fare rules, routes and schedules are subject to change without notice. Optional baggage charges and additional restrictions may apply. For more details, optional services and baggage fees, please visit Allegiant.com
Valerie’s House Launches Grief Support Program for Young Adults Program meets needs of growing number of grieving college-age and young adults
Valerie’s House, the first and only grief support program in Southwest Florida focused solely on helping children grieve, has launched a program to help young adults work through their grief following the death of parent, sibling or friend. The program is a result of recent studies that show 1 in 3 college students have experienced the death of a family member or close friend within the last 12 months, according to 2018 research. Valerie’s House Founder and CEO Angela Melvin says she is not surprised with the statistics as it was when she was 18 years old and a freshman at the University of Florida, that she began to openly grieve the loss of her mother Valerie, who died when she was 10 years old and who the organization is named after.The Young Adult Grief Support Group is geared toward 18 to 25-year-olds and will meet at Valerie’s House- Fort Myers, 1762 Fowler Street in Fort Myers from 6:00pm – 8:00pm on the 1st Monday of each month. Valerie’s House Program Coordinator Ally O’Brien, who has been working with Valerie’s House since she was an intern at Florida Gulf Coast University four years ago, will lead the group. O’Brien said. “My hope with this group is that we can support and relate to one another.”To learn more about the program or sign up, visit www.valerieshouseswfl.org/young-adult-program.
About Valerie’s House.
Valerie’s House opened in January 2016 in a cozy home in downtown Fort Myers and has grown to three locations and to help more than 800 grieving children and their families by providing a safe, comfortable place to heal together following the death of someone they love. Valerie’s House offers support groups and other activities at a home at 1762 Fowler Street in Fort Myers and a home in Naples at 819 Myrtle Terrace. Valerie’s House also holds group meetings at 1st United Methodist Church in Punta Gorda. Valerie’s House is a United Way partner agency and is fully supported through community donations that can be made online at www.valerieshouseswfl.org or by mail to Valerie’s House, Inc., P.O. Box 1955, Fort Myers, FL 33902.
Mark Martella, Esq. of Icard Merrill
“Is one of your financial goals to get debt free in 2020? Are you confused about your options and what is the best way to do if? Consolidation? Debt negotiation? Bankruptcy? To get answers to all your questions, contact Mark Martella, Esq. of Icard Merrill at email@example.com or 941-206-3700 to schedule a confidential, complimentary one hour, no obligation consultation to come up with a plan to eliminate your debt in 2020 and enjoy a debt free, stress free life.”
Point to Ponder
Thought for the Week
“Do it! Move it! Make it happen! No one ever sat their way to success, but remember, success is getting what you want. Happiness is liking what you get.”
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Chelsea Place, Senior Care Conference
Joke of the Week
My wife and I run a small restaurant where we often name our specials after our employees, dishes like “Sally’s Chicken” after our maitre d who gave us the recipe, and “Rod’s Ribs” after a waiter who had his personal style of barbecue.
One evening after rereading the menu, I broke with this tradition and changed the description of the special we had named after our chef.
Despite her skills and excellent reputation, somehow I didn’t think an entrée named “Salmon Ella” would go over big with our customers.
Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce
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