COMING EVENTS

March 16: St. Patrick’s Eve Celebration at Fishermen’s Village starting at 11 a.m. Parade, live music, bagpipes and restaurant food specials. Runs until 8 p.m.

March 16-17: Peace River National Art Festival, Laishley Park. For information, www.visualartcenter.org

March 16: Flea Market, historic Freight Dock at the Train Depot. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 1009 Taylor Road. 941-639-6774.

March 16-17: 12th Annual Walking Tour of Historic Homes & Buildings sponsored by Punta Gorda Historical Society. Old-fashioned lunch offered at the Woman’s Club. Saturday from 10 a.m-4 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Donation is $10 in advance and $12 day of tour. Call for ticket locations, 941-639-1887.

March 23: Easter Egg Hunt, Punta Gorda History Park, 501 Shreve St. Begins at 10 a.m. Event is for children from 1 to 10 years of age. Participants will need to bring a basket for hunting eggs. Free, fun-filled family event. 941-639-1887 for information.

March 23-24: Spring Arts & Crafts Show in Gilchrist Park. www.mypromotions.com

March 23-24: Ponce de Leon Festival celebrating the 500th Anniversary Landing of Ponce de Leon. Laishley Park. For information, 941-639-4856.

March 23-24: Florida International Air Show at Punta Gorda Airport. USA Today featured this show among its top 10 best air shows in the world! www.floridaairshow.com

March 29: Replicas of the Nina and Pinta Ships will dock at Fishermen’s Village Marina through April 2. The general public is invited to visit the ships for a walk aboard self-guided tour. Prices are $8 for adults, $7 for senior citizens, and $6 for students 5 to 16 years of age. Children 4 and under, free. Open every day from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. 639-8721 for more information.

March 30: TEAM Punta Gorda Annual Golf Tournament at St. Andrew’s South Golf Club, 1901 Deborah Drive. $80 per player includes greens fees/golf cart, breakfast and lunch. Raffles, prizes and fun! Benefits TPG’s all-volunteer organization’s operations throughout the year. www.teampuntagorda.org for registration form. Look under events.

April 6: Pedal and Play in Paradise! Registration now open. www.pedalandplayinparadise.com

April 13: War on the Peace Dragon Boat races return. www.puntagordachamber.com

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