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Bubba Blackwell brings daredevil action to DeSoto
Wed  Feb 25 2015 08:30AM
Come out Saturday to Desoto Speedway in Bradenton on Feb. 28 for an exciting night of racing action with pro late models running for 50 laps along with street stock, … Find out how to read more online.
Sixth Annual Shorts Aloud Festival presents “The Magic of Readers Theater”
Wed  Feb 25 2015 08:30AM
Get out your calendars and a pencil! Lemon Bay Playhouse is proud to announce that the Sixth Annual Shorts Aloud Festival, produced by Kathy Amelia, is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. … Find out how to read more online.
Violinists Angela and Jennifer Chun pair with Venice Symphony for March performances
Wed  Feb 25 2015 08:30AM
The Venice Symphony presents the celebrated violinist duo, Angela and Jennifer Chun, at 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 13, and at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 14, at the Venice Performing Arts … Find out how to read more online.
Heron Creek — Country Club dining for everyone
Wed  Feb 25 2015 08:30AM
You couldn’t ask for a more beautiful setting. The clubhouse at the Heron Creek Golf & Country Club sits on top of a hill, with views of the immaculate golf … Find out how to read more online.
Gulf View Grill — casual and elegant beachfront dining
Wed  Feb 25 2015 08:30AM
Gulf View — the name says it all! The Gulf View Grill faces beautiful Englewood Beach and offers spectacular waterfront views from five locations — the Down Under Bar, the … Find out how to read more online.

Wed  Feb 25 2015 08:30AM
Hope for Haitians Committee fundraiser tonight The Boca Grande Hope for Haitians Committee will celebrate the completion of its fourth Friendship Village in Pon Batay, Haiti, and also will reveal … Find out how to read more online.

Wed  Feb 25 2015 08:30AM
“Church Basement Ladies” plays this weekend Charlotte Players presents the third Main Stage Production in its 54th season,“Church Basement Ladies.” The musical is a celebration of the church basement kitchen … Find out how to read more online.
‘Title of Show’ opens in Cook
Wed  Feb 25 2015 08:30AM
The FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training season continues with “Title of Show” which had a soft opening last week in the Cook Theatre at the FSU Center for the Performing … Find out how to read more online.
Venice venues are having a sellout season
Wed  Feb 25 2015 08:30AM
Venice Theatre is selling out every show lately. If you are evening thinking of buying tickets to “Road to Nirvana” in the Pinkerton from March 12-29 or next month’s “The … Find out how to read more online.
South Florida Museum opens National Geographic photo exhibit
Wed  Feb 25 2015 08:30AM
Now open at the South Florida Museum in Bradenton is “Ocean Soul,” a traveling exhibit from National Geographic featuring the work of underwater photographer and lifelong diver Brian Skerry. Skerry … Find out how to read more online.

Mon  Mar 2 2015 01:55PM
OPENING THIS WEEK Focus Runtime: 1 hr. 44 min. | Rated R | For language, some sexual content and brief violence A veteran con man (Will Smith) is thrown off … Find out how to read more online.
Craig Rubadoux art exhibit opens March 3
Wed  Feb 25 2015 08:30AM
Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art gallery presents an exhibition showcasing paintings, drawings and mixed-media works by Craig Rubadoux from March 3 to April 25. The opening reception with the artist is … Find out how to read more online.
From air to sea with Jim Kaletta
Wed  Feb 25 2015 08:30AM
Jim Kaletta, and his wife Heidi, dine at Tortuga’s Restaurant every week. “My wife loves fish, especially the grouper,” he said. “I like the shrimp quesadilla. We’ve had various fish … Find out how to read more online.
Italian Feast is all that and more
Wed  Feb 18 2015 08:30AM
The 27th annual Italian Feast & Carnival will fill the Venice Municipal Airport Festival Grounds with all things Italian for four days beginning at 4 p.m. Thursday. From cannolis to … Find out how to read more online.
Everything’s up to date at River City
Wed  Feb 25 2015 08:30AM
Wind up Doug Amaral, sit back, and listen to him expound passionately about his food, his vision, his life, his River City Grill, his affection for Punta Gorda, and the … Find out how to read more online.

Wed  Feb 25 2015 08:30AM
Papa and Mama Root to perform Thursday Oldies (1950s - 1970s) rock ‘n’ roll tribute and Americana original music duo Papa and Mama Root will perform from 5:30 p.m. to … Find out how to read more online.
Michael Mendez performs Latin soul music
Wed  Feb 25 2015 08:30AM
Following his stellar performance as Flick in The Players production of the musical, “Violet,” Michael Mendez will present an evening of Latin soul music and more at 8 p.m. Monday, … Find out how to read more online.
Eddie & the Edsels — a fresh approach to danceable music
Wed  Feb 25 2015 08:30AM
The Morris brothers — Bill, Dan, and Tristan — have their act together. At a 1950s theme party in Cleveland 30 years ago, they decided to change the name of … Find out how to read more online.
Lee County Fair serving up fun for six counties
Wed  Feb 25 2015 08:30AM
Not only does the Southwest Florida & Lee County Fair offer something for everyone, as a district fair it serves Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hendry and Lee counties too. Fairgoers … Find out how to read more online.
Events, events and more events
Wed  Feb 25 2015 08:30AM
Staying home is not an option. There are always fun events in our region. Just this week we have a woodcarving show, the Funk Fest, a Wine Walk, a doll … Find out how to read more online.


Barbary Coast Dixieland Show Band returns to Venice
Wed  Feb 25 2015 08:30AM
The Barbary Coast Dixieland Show Band returns to Venice for the eighth season of the Venice Community Concert Series at Venice Presbyterian Church. Denny Kalgren, one of the series’ promoters … Find out how to read more online.

Mon  Feb 23 2015 12:19PM
OPENING THIS WEEK The DUFF Runtime: 1 hr. 41 min. | Rated PG-13 | For crude and sexual material, teen partying and some language A comedic snapshot about what it’s … Find out how to read more online.
The stars are aligning in Englewood
Wed  Feb 18 2015 08:30AM
Movie and music industry stars are coming to Englewood Beach on Thursday to launch the upcoming production of the movie “Asarum,” which is being filmed in Englewood, Boca Grande and … Find out how to read more online.
Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe presents ‘Jazz Hot Mamas’
Wed  Feb 18 2015 08:30AM
Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe’s season continues with “Jazz Hot Mamas,” a world premiere by WBTT founder and artistic director Nate Jacobs. In this sizzling musical revue, Jacobs salutes the great … Find out how to read more online.
Nik Wallenda headlines for this year’s Circus Sarasota at Benderson Park
Wed  Feb 18 2015 08:30AM
It’s a great stop for the big top to set up shop. After years of performing across from Ed Smith Stadium, Circus Sarasota has moved its 2015 winter show — called … Find out how to read more online.
Jazz Club offers two February concerts
Wed  Feb 18 2015 08:30AM
The Sarasota Jazz Club presents the Michael Royal Trio and the Kitt Moran Quartet in its Jazz at Two series this month. The Michael Royal Trio will perform “an assortment … Find out how to read more online.
Surf’s up at Venice Museum and Archives
Wed  Feb 18 2015 08:30AM
Test your sand savvy at the Venice Museum and Archives in the Triangle Inn. Newly opened in the museum space is “Making Waves: Venice Area Beaches Then and Now. “ … Find out how to read more online.
Wine & Jazz Festival reaches milestone
Wed  Feb 11 2015 08:30AM
The Punta Gorda Wine & Jazz Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary this month with what John Wright is calling the biggest event yet. Wright is justifiably proud of the festival, … Find out how to read more online.
Dulcinea delivers dulcet ditties
Wed  Feb 18 2015 08:30AM
The traditional folk duo Dulcinea was formed several years ago through a chance meeting in Punta Gorda’s Gilchrist Park when Phil Pittenger, a visitor from central New York, beheld the … Find out how to read more online.
Ntino’s Family Restaurant & Pizzeria
Wed  Feb 18 2015 08:30AM
No one could ever accuse Venice’s Antonaras family of being lazy. Between the two generations of family members, they own no less than four businesses in town, including the Green … Find out how to read more online.

Wed  Feb 18 2015 08:30AM
Take ‘Dancing Lessons’ at Florida Studio Theatre Sometimes two left feet can lead to the discovery of true grace and strength during life’s most difficult steps. Join Ever Montgomery and … Find out how to read more online.
Carman comes to North Port with ‘No Plan B’
Wed  Feb 18 2015 08:30AM
The ministry of multi-award-winning singer Carman will visit the St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church with his No Plan B Tour at 7 p.m., Feb. 21, at 5550 South Sumter Blvd., North Port. … Find out how to read more online.
North Port Chorale will take you ‘Into the Night’
Wed  Feb 18 2015 08:30AM
The North Port Chorale will present “Into the Night” on Feb. 21 at the North Port Performing Arts Center, 6400 W. Price Blvd., North Port. The chorus will sing several … Find out how to read more online.
Daria Tomashosky at Michelangelo
Wed  Feb 18 2015 08:30AM
Originally from New York, Daria Tomashosky moved to the area 20 years ago and has spent 18 of those years in North Port. She managed the Ukrainian Village condos on … Find out how to read more online.
Guy LaBree’s life to be celebrated Feb. 21
Wed  Feb 18 2015 08:30AM
Artist Guy LaBree was one of Arcadia’s best-known residents whose talents were legendary among the Seminole Tribe. LaBree made an impressive contribution to the art world as well as in … Find out how to read more online.
A wonderful life
Wed  Feb 18 2015 08:30AM
A warm waft of garlic, meatballs, and fresh-floured dough fills Jonathan’s Pizzeria in downtown Albany. From the age of 5, little Darrell Hornberger hung out there, taking it all in. … Find out how to read more online.
Discover original works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry at the Dearborn Street Book Festival
Wed  Feb 18 2015 08:30AM
Southwest Florida visitors and locals are invited to meet more than 60 authors this Saturday at Pioneer Park, located at 305 W. Dearborn St., Englewood. Diana Harris, historical columnist for … Find out how to read more online.
‘Mary Poppins’ soars over Venice stage
Wed  Feb 18 2015 08:30AM
I am glad I got my tickets weeks ago for last night’s opening of Disney’s and Cameron Macintosh’s “Mary Poppins” at Venice Theatre. Buddy — “The Buddy Holly Story” sold … Find out how to read more online.
Hitting the road to Giraffe Ranch
Wed  Feb 18 2015 08:30AM
One of the fun things about being retired and living in Venice is the opportunity for exotic adventures via various bus tours — yet another way to make a road … Find out how to read more online.
Let’s Go! eat some delicious Italian food
Wed  Feb 18 2015 08:30AM
I live in Venice. I’m lucky. Not that I prefer Venice over other towns, but I’m lucky because Venice has some unique events all year long. From the Venice Shark’s … Find out how to read more online.


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