July 17: 3rd Annual Celebrity Host Happy Hour to benefit the Guardian ad Litem Project, Voices for Kids of Southwest Florida. Our own CEO Nancy Prafke will be participating. Special happy hour prices. Jack’s Restaurant, 201 W. Marion Avenue. 5 p.m to 7:30 p.m.

July 20: Downtown Punta Gorda Gallery Walk, 5-8 p.m. TEAM will be offering pavers for sale to support the fountain and beautification project at the Veteran’s Memorial. For more information, visit http://www.pgdowntownmerchants.com

July 27 -29: Pirate Fest at Fishermen’s Village. Live entertainment, food, drinks and plenty of pirates! For more information visit http://www.fishermensvillagepiratefest.com/ or call 941-575-3067.

Save the Dates

October 21: 3rd Annual Tour de North Port. Features 15-, 35-, 65- and 100-mile routes thoughout North Port. Benefits development of the Tree Whiz environmental center. For information www.peoplefortrees.com

October 29: TEAM Punta Gorda Annual Meeting. Punta Gorda Civic Association Building.

November 17: Punta Gorda Civic Association, as part of its 50th anniversary celebration, is hosting “A Harbor Happening.” Boaters are invited to anchor in the harbor or hook up to a mooring ball for an aerial photograph that will be taken to promote Punta Gorda as a boating community. A picnic will be held at Laishley Park from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. and music plays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

November 24: Latin Fest presented by the Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce featuring Jose Feliciano. Edison College. Tickets start at $55. Available online at www.puntagordachamber.com

December 7: Finale of the City of Punta Gorda’s 125th Anniversary Celebration. Council would like your ideas on how to commemorate it. Send to City Manager Howard Kunik at hkunik@pgorda.us

December 15: Fifth Annual Mistletoe Ball benefiting Charlotte County Homeless Coalition at the Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center. Contact Rex Koch 941-637-0544 for more information.

February 16: Annual Wine & Jazz Festival featuring Sergio Mendez, Richard Elliott, Rick Braun and Mindi Abair. Special event on Sunday with Mindi Abair! Visit Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce for tickets and details www.puntagorda-chamber.com


June 16: Outdoor Flea Market, Punta Gorda Historic Train Depot, 1009 Carmalita, Punta Gorda. Call 941-639-6774 for more info.

June 15-17: Dads Cruise for Free for Father’s Day on King Fisher Fleet. Located at Fishermen’s Village. A variety of cruises each day. 941-639-0969.

June 21: Downtown Punta Gorda Gallery Walk, 5-8 pm. For more information, visit http://www.pgdowntownmerchants.com

June 22: Free Jim Morris concert, 8-10 p.m., Harborwalk Scoops and Bites, 150 Laishley Court. For more information, call 941-505-8880.

July 4: Fourth of July Celebration and Freedom Swim at Fishermen’s Village. Swimmer’s arrive at Harpoon Harry’s. Live entertainment throughout the day. For more information, call 941-639-8721.

July 4: Celebrate American Spirit, Charlotte Symphony Orchestra’s Pop Series, 6 p.m. Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center, Punta Gorda. For more information, call 941-205-9743.

July 13-15: 43rd Annual “Christmas In July” Bazaar, Cultural Center of Charlotte County, 2280 Aaron St., Port Charlotte. For more information, call 941-625-4175.

July 27 -29: Pirates Fest @ Fishermen’s Village.  Live entertainment, food, drinks and plenty of pirates!  For more information visit http://www.fishermensvillagepiratefest.com/ or call 941-575-3067.


There was a time not all that long ago when a laptop and a smart phone were not required to conduct real estate.  It feels like that changed over night.  Now if you aren’t tech savvy you are losing business.  When I started my career I was in an office in the heart of downtown and people actually walked in to seek information.  This was a mere eight years ago.  Now 97% of the people looking for real estate begin their search online.

The internet has had a huge effect on how we conduct real estate, but it doesn’t stop there.  The internet has also had a profound effect on what we refer to as our “slow” season.  Summer time in Florida was a chance to kick back a bit, relax and perhaps plan a vacation.  Not so much now.  The internet knows no such season and as a result we stay busy year round.  Our northern friends have access to our market all of the time and they are online looking for deals.  Our roads may be less congested but the internet is going full speed.

I have moments when I long for those simpler days when we were not so dependent on technology but it is way of the world. It is adapt or go the way of the dinosaur.


May 19-20: 7th Annual Hibiscus Festival, Laishley Park. Children’s beauty contest, music, food, tours, fun.


May 19: The Punta Gorda Historic Train Depot Antique & Collectibles Mall, Outdoor Flea Market, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Sell or shop on the freight dock. 1009 Taylor Road. 941-639-6774 for information.


May 28: The Military Heritage Museum and Charlotte County Veterans’ Council, Memorial Day Ceremony, Center Court, Fishermen’s Village. 11 a.m. Bring a chair. Reception at museum follows. 941-575-9002.


June 2: Leadership Charlotte Class of 2012 host Night of Knights benefiting the Yah-Yah Girls Back Pack Kids and Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic. 6 p.m.



June 5: The Arts & Humanities Council of Charlotte County hosts the 16th Annual Charlie Awards Ceremony and Dinner at the Cultural Center of Charlotte County. Honorees are Barbara Albin, James Abraham and Maestro Toshimasa Francis Wada. Tickets $50.



June 9: National Marina Day, Fishermen’s Village, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and the Charlotte Harbor Nature Fest & Outdoor Recreation Expo, Fishermen’s Village, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.


June 15-17: Dads Cruise for Free for Father’s Day on King Fisher Fleet. Located at Fishermen’s Village. A variety of cruises each day. 941-639-0969.



January 21-22: Sullivan Street Arts & Crafts Show, 10
a.m.-5 p.m. between W. Retta Esplanade
and W. Virginia Avenue

January 21-22: Arts & Crafts Show, Fishermen’s
Village, Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sunday, 12 p.m.-6 p.m.
January 28: Hands Across the Harbor run, bike and walk
from Bayshore Live Oak Park across Gilchrist Bridge and back. For information
January 28: Walk for the Poor, sponsored by St. Vincent de
Paul, at Sacred Heart Church. For information 286-8045
January 28-29: Fiesta! Italia, Laishley Park. For
February 11: Smuggler’s Chili Challenge, Laishley Park.
For information 637-5953
February 16: Punta Gorda Historic Mural Society presents
“Boogie on the Harbor” fundraiser for upcoming murals. Charlotte Harbor Events
& Conference Center. For information 637-6418
February 18: Punta Gorda Chamber’s Wine & Jazz
Festival, featuring The Rippingtons, Peter White and Mindi Abair. For tickets
call 639-3720 or order online www.puntagordachamber.com
February 25: Taste of Punta Gorda sponsored by the Rotary
Club, Laishley Park. For information 575-2388 or email tombeck2127@yahoo.com

March 24:  TEAM
Punta Gorda Annual Charity Golf Tournament.  St. Andrews South Golf Course, 1901
Deborah Drive.  Registration forms at St. Andrews and on line www.teampuntagorda.org

March 24-25: Florida International Air Show featuring the
Blue Angels. More information to come.


If you are looking for an excellent dining experience with great atmosphere you need to try Trabue Restaurant.  Located at 258 W. Marion in downtown Punta Gorda, this eatery supplies both.  Dine indoors and enjoy the eclectic decor or enjoy our fabulous weather in the adjoining garden.  Either way Trabue won’t disappoint.  The menu includes soups, salads, and full entrees and of course yummy desserts.

Duo Pork Chops and Trabue Salad


22nd Annual Lighted Boat Parade
your calendar for Sunday, December 11 for this great

year’s lighted boat parade promises to be bigger and better than ever thanks to the support and partnership of Smugglers Enterprises and Fishermen’s
The best viewing spots are
Edgewater Lake in Charlotte Harbor, Fishermen’s Village, the bridges of US41
North and Southbound (no chairs will be permitted at this location) and Laishley
Park Marina as the final stop. The attached route map will give you estimated
times of arrival of the parade at each stop. For further details, please call
the Punta Gorda Chamber at 941-639-3720.


Whats Happening Logo

November 16 – TEAM Punta Gorda Annual Meeting, Punta Gorda
Isles Civic Association, 2001 Shreve.  7-8:30 pm.


November 17 – Downtown Punta Gorda Gallery Walk.
November 19 – Punta Gorda city-wide garage sale, 8 am to
noon. Call 941-639-3720 for spaces.  Reservations a must.
November 19 – Charlotte Harbor Nature Festival, 2300 El
Jobean (Charlotte Sports Park), 10 am to 3 pm.

: Charlotte County Habitat for Humanity’s “Turkey Trot” fundraiser.
For more information about this annual event go to:  www.charlottecountyhfh.org


December 2, 3 – Punta Gorda Garden Club “Holly Days”
historic home tour.


December 2 – Christmas Tree Lighting
December 3 – 4th Annual Mistletoe Ball benefiting the
Charlotte County Homeless Coaltion.  For more information, visit http://www.cchomelesscoalition.org
December 8 – Community Garden Grand Opening, 4 pm,
South County Regional Park


December 11 – Lighted Boat Parade
December 15 – Punta Gorda Gallery Walk. TEAM
Punta Gorda has arranged a Christmas party for kids at Herald Court Park and
Florida Gulf Coast University at Herald Court Centre from 5 to 8 p.m.  Santa
will be at the Herald Court Park  and Clowns from CLOWNS FOR US will create
balloon animals and face painting.  Refreshments will be served.  Twin Isles
Country Club with supply the refreshments and assist TEAM beautification

January 7 -15 – Disabled Sailing World