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Wed  Jul 16 2014 08:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE ‘The Beatles’ tribute show by the Nowhere Band On Tuesday, July 22, Visani presents “The Beatles Tribute Show” starring The Nowhere Band. Covering the full spectrum of The … Find out how to read more online.

Wed  Jul 16 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA Punta Gorda Atelier Artists to host reception in Fort Myers Eight artists from the Punta Gorda Atelier will display work ranging from fashions and sculpture to abstract paintings … Find out how to read more online.
Cruising on the high seas
Wed  Jul 16 2014 08:00AM
Going on a cruise is probably one of the simplest ways to travel and see the world. You board a ship, unpack once and spend the rest of your time … Find out how to read more online.
The Blue Rooster is something to crow about
Wed  Jul 16 2014 08:00AM
“It all started with fried chicken.” Devin Rutkowski, co-owner and “head rooster” of the Blue Rooster in Sarasota, knows on which side his bread is generously slathered with butter. His … Find out how to read more online.
Shrimp Feast and family fun presented by local Kiwanis Clubs
Thu  Jul 10 2014 02:10PM
Royal Palm Marina’s “Doctor of the Docks” Mike Sternberg has ordered 500 pounds of shrimp for the Local Kiwanis Clubs’ 3rd Annual Shrimp Feast. This Saturday he expects to prepare … Find out how to read more online.
Cormick’s is simply delicious
Wed  Jul 16 2014 08:00AM
According to Jim Long, the owner of Cormick's in Venice, he has created the restaurant he always wanted to have. Cormick's is a small, casual eatery that serves breakfast and … Find out how to read more online.
Summer time and the reading is easy
Wed  Jul 16 2014 08:00AM
‘War and Peace” is a book for winter — too heavy in more ways than one for the beach. Lighter fare is needed, especially when hauling coolers, umbrellas, beach towels … Find out how to read more online.
World Oceans Day Family Festival at Mote Marine
Thu  Jul 10 2014 02:10PM
A worldwide ocean celebration is on the horizon — join the fun during the World Oceans Day Family Festival on Saturday, June 7, in The Aquarium at Mote Marine Laboratory. … Find out how to read more online.
‘Whipping Man’ opens Friday
Thu  Jul 10 2014 02:10PM
West Coast Black Theatre Troupe presents “The Whipping Man” as its second production of the season. The Civil War is over and Passover has begun when Confederate Army Capt. Caleb … Find out how to read more online.

Thu  Jul 10 2014 02:10PM
OPENING THIS WEEK Escape Plan | Runtime: 1 hr. 56 min. | Rated R for violence and language throughout. Action superstars Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger team up in the … Find out how to read more online.

Wed  Jul 16 2014 08:00AM
Upbeat focuses on pop and rock music of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. By Tom Lovasko, Sun Correspondent … Find out how to read more online.
‘What about the cilantro?’
Wed  Jul 16 2014 08:00AM
When Dary Colom’s mom went to work in Carolina, a beachfront town east of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Dary was in charge of cooking for her sisters and brother. Rice, … Find out how to read more online.

Wed  Jul 16 2014 02:38PM
OPENING THIS WEEK Planes: Fire & Rescue Runtime: 1 hr. 23 min. | Rated PG | For some peril and action When world famous air racer Dusty learns that his … Find out how to read more online.
It's Mango Mania time in Matlacha
Wed  Jul 16 2014 08:00AM
Plan to visit Matlacha, a little piece of Old Florida, this weekend. Mango Mania, now celebrating its 18th year, is a festival that promises to draw more than 8,000 attendees … Find out how to read more online.
Hemingway’s legend honored this week at Key West
Wed  Jul 16 2014 08:00AM
Hemingway Days is one of Key West’s longest- running and most popular annual events at Key West. Celebrating the July 21 birthday of one of America’s most famous writers, the … Find out how to read more online.
Drama Desk winner is second Banyan offering
Wed  Jul 16 2014 08:00AM
“The Sty of the Blind Pig” by Phillip Hayes Dean is Banyan Theater’s second play of the season. Winner of the Drama Desk Award in 1971, the play is set … Find out how to read more online.
Artist Series offers game alternative
Thu  Jul 10 2014 02:10PM
While most people may be glued to their TV sets on Super Bowl Sunday, there are plenty of alternatives here on the Cultural Coast of Florida. For chamber music fans, … Find out how to read more online.
Florida Highwaymen sale at Mission Valley CC
Thu  Jul 10 2014 02:10PM
Traveling the highways and byways of Florida for some 40 years, a group of 26 self-taught African-American artists supported themselves by painting what they saw in tropical Florida. Known as … Find out how to read more online.
Coastal Cleanup at Cedar Point Park
Thu  Jul 10 2014 02:10PM
It’s time again for the International Coastal Cleanup. Interested individuals and groups are encouraged to participate in this annual event scheduled for Saturday Sept. 21 at 9 a.m. Meet at … Find out how to read more online.


‘Love, Loss and What I Wore’ to benefit the Lung Cancer Research Council
Thu  Jul 10 2014 02:10PM
A fun, local production of “Love, Loss and What I Wore,” will be held at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Cultural Center of Charlotte County. The play, written by … Find out how to read more online.
Venice Theatre brings pop culture phenomenon to life with Schoolhouse Rock Live!
Thu  Jul 10 2014 02:10PM
Venice Theatre’s Generations Series is proud to present the musical version of the Emmy Award-winning Saturday morning series, “Schoolhouse Rock.” Schoolhouse Rock Live! opened Thursday, Sept. 12 and runs through … Find out how to read more online.

Thu  Jul 10 2014 02:10PM
Gregg Allman returns to Sarasota
Thu  Jul 10 2014 02:10PM
Tickets are now on sale for an evening with Gregg Allman & Friends, set for Jan. 8, 2014, at the Sailor Circus Arena, 2075 Bahia Vista St., Sarasota Doors open … Find out how to read more online.

Thu  Jul 10 2014 02:10PM
Tom Lovasko lives in Port Charlotte and is originally from Whiting, Ind. He is a retired newspaper advertising manager, a singer/songwriter and music collector. Upbeat focuses on pop and rock … Find out how to read more online.
September Gallery Walk — summer’s almost gone
Thu  Jul 10 2014 02:10PM
Thursday is Gallery Walk in Downtown Punta Gorda from 5 to 8 p.m., and they have all kinds of things going on to end summertime in Punta Gorda. This is … Find out how to read more online.
Darrell’s — an affordable, southern-style, family restaurant
Thu  Jul 10 2014 02:10PM
Darrell’s Restaurant opened barely three months ago, and the place it’s already buzzing with activity. Located in Venice’s quaint Brickyard shopping area on U.S. 41, Darrell’s features catfish, shrimp and … Find out how to read more online.
Winning season at Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall
Thu  Jul 10 2014 02:10PM
If you enjoy Broadway shows, you’ll love what’s happening this season at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall in Fort Myers. You can enjoy five great performances during their … Find out how to read more online.

Thu  Jul 10 2014 02:08PM
DJ SCUBE STEVE, 8 p.m. - close.  Cornhole contest 8 p.m. - close. Rattler’s Old West Saloon, 111 W. Oak St., Arcadia. LIVE MUSIC WITH DANE, 5 p.m. -  7 … Find out how to read more online.

Thu  Jul 10 2014 02:08PM
Summer is coming to an end, sort of
Thu  Jul 10 2014 02:10PM
As we head into the last few weeks of September, “summer” will start to fade away in Southwest Florida. We all know Oct. 1 is when the snowbirds start to … Find out how to read more online.
New youth chorus auditions
Thu  Jul 10 2014 02:10PM
The Exsultate! Chorale will hold auditions for a new Youth Chorus Monday, Sept. 30 between 4 and 6 p.m. at Venice High School. The auditions are open to all Venice … Find out how to read more online.

Thu  Jul 10 2014 02:10PM
VINCENT BROWN, (live music), 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Flounders Restaurant, 1975 Beach Rd., Englewood. JAZZ IZZ IT, (live music), 6 p.m. -9 p.m. Blue Lagoon Restaurant, 2000 Oyster Creek … Find out how to read more online.
‘Kollections Band’ has lots of talent and experience
Thu  Jul 10 2014 02:10PM
The Kollections Band was formed in 2010 when four musicians, who were playing with other bands, united one evening for an impromptu jam session. Immediately, there was a distinct sound … Find out how to read more online.
‘The Ultimate Life’
Thu  Jul 10 2014 02:10PM
OPENING THIS WEEK Battle of the Year | Runtime: not stated. | Rated PG-13 for some rude behavior and language. A hip-hop mogul (Laz Alonso) recruits his friend (Josh Holloway), … Find out how to read more online.
Family fun at the Fairgrounds Spring Spectacular
Thu  Jul 10 2014 02:08PM
The Spring Spectacular to be held at the Charlotte County Fairgrounds this weekend is not just for kids. It’s a family affair– complete with prizes, games, food and fun for all … Find out how to read more online.
Dining out with...
Thu  Jul 10 2014 02:10PM
Two businesses that you would never guess would be similar to each other are the restaurant and the funeral home businesses. Larry Taylor owns Larry Taylor Funeral and Cremation Services … Find out how to read more online.
Do the zoo with half off online tickets
Thu  Jul 10 2014 02:08PM
Now through Nov. 4, Florida residents can enjoy a full zoo for half price at Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens. It’s a fun way to catch up with family time … Find out how to read more online.
Cruising the local waters
Wed  Jul 9 2014 08:00AM
Editor’s note: This is the first part in a two-part series on cruises — local and broader range ones. For more on broader range cruises, check out the second part … Find out how to read more online.

Wed  Jul 9 2014 08:00AM
Upbeat focuses on pop and rock music of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. By Tom Lovasko, Sun Correspondent … Find out how to read more online.


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