December 15: Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce 34th Annual Christmas Parade. Starts at Charlotte High School and proceeds through downtown Punta Gorda on Taylor Street. www.charlottecountychamber.org

December 15: Holiday Day Shopping at the Flea Market on the Train Dock. Benefits the Punta Gorda Historical Society. 1009 Taylor Road. 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

December 16: Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce Lighted Boat Parade. For information www.puntagordachamber.com

December 16: Farmers Market at the History Park presents the Fiddle Crabs String Band. 501 Shreve Street. 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. www.fishville.com

January 3, 2013: Destroy and recycle your sensitive documents FREE. Edison College, Charlotte Campus, 26300 Airport Road. Shipping/Receiving area, look for Building N. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. No businesses, please.

January 12-13: Fine Arts & Crafts Show, Fishermen’s Village, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. For information, 352-344-0657.

January 26: 2nd Annual Charlotte Harbor Chili Challenge & Beer Festival, Laishley Park. For information www.smugglersevetns.com

March 30: TEAM Punta Gorda Annual Golf Tournament, St. Andrews South.

April 6: Pedal & Play in Paradise!

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