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January 15, 2021

Great art on screen ...

Friends of the Boca Grande Community Center will be bringing: Botticelli, The Florence and The Medici, Great Art On Screen today,  Friday Jan. 15, at 11 a.m.  

This series features extraordinary artists and art movements ranging from an in-depth look at the remarkable talent of the avant-garde artist Modigliani, to the heart of the Renaissance in Florence with Botticelli.  Viewers will be transported through the life of one of the most influential Renaissance painters Raphael, and many others.Other presentations in this series include:• Frida: Viva La Vida, showing Friday, Feb. 5• Maverick Modigliani showing Friday, March 12• Raphael: The Young Prodigy showing Friday, April 9Cost is $20 and the presentation will take place in the Boca Grande Community Center’s Auditorium. Designated seats will be socially distant. Masks will be required. Call the Friends’ office at (941) 964-0827 to purchase your tickets. 

 

Great Decisions study group - join the fun!

Great Decisions is America’s largest discussion program on world affairs. The program model involves reading the Great Decisions Briefing Book, watching the DVD and meeting in a Discussion Group to discuss the most critical global issues facing America today. Created by the Foreign Policy Association, the Great Decisions study group highlights eight thought-provoking global issues facing Americans each year.The preliminary topics for 2021 include:• The Role of International Organizations in a Global Pandemic• Global Supply Chains & National Security• China & Africa• Korean Peninsula• Persian Gulf Security• Brexit and The European Union•The Fight Over The Melting Arctic• The End Of GlobalizationDiscussion will be held on Fridays - Jan. 15, 22, 29; Feb. 5, 12, 26; March 5, 12 at 2 p.m. in the Boca Grande Community Center’s Woman’s Club Room or Houghton Room. Participants are expected to lead discussion. Course fee includes Great Decisions 2021 Briefing Book.Karen Zarse will facilitate this study group, but participants are expected to lead discussion. Cost is $35/person. Pre-registration required. Limited to 10 Participants.Call the Friends’ office at (941) 964-0827 to register. 

 

Then and Now: a historic photo tour ...

Visit the Boca Grande’s History Center’s pop-up archival presentation on Monday, Jan. 18, outdoors under canopies (tent tops but no sides) in the parking lot next to Boca Beacon/Gasparilla Outfitters building from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.The exhibit features archival historic photos (the THEN) and beautiful photos of the same locations today (the NOW). Do you know where Sity Hall was? Where was the Patio Bar? Who fell in love there? Who was Ernie Liles and where did he like to take a nap? Where was the ferry dock and who was Capt. Sprott? Where was the Little Inn and what is in that location now? Who was Miss Rachel and where did she live? And there’s more. All the answers are at the Pop-Up Archive. Experience Boca Grande history in this exciting and fun way! Free to everyone. Masks will be required and provided. Hand sanitizer will also be available.

 

The movies are back!

Movies in the Boca Grande Community Center’s auditorium have returned. Movies are on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursdays at 5 p.m.Stop by the Friends of the Boca Grande Community Center’s office to pick up a movie schedule. The auditorium capacity is 40 people with social distancing. Please only sit in the chairs marked with a green seat cover. Masks and hand sanitizer will be available in the lobby if needed.

 

Lecture: David Futch tells stories of old (and not so old) Boca Grande ...

David Futch will offer a sneak preview of the book he is writing sharing some never before told stories about several known residents and visitors from the Island’s past.The history of Boca Grande is full of stories. Some of them are charming, some funny, some outrageous. David Futch has included many of them in his upcoming memoir/history about Boca Grande to be published soon. On Tuesday, Jan. 19, he’ll be giving the Boca Grande Historical Society a preview reading of the book’s introduction and a few tidbits of stories and island recipes virtually. Florida author Randy Wayne White will be introducing David.David is a Florida native descended from families who have been in the United States since 1688 and in Florida since the early 1800s. His great-grandfather, Frank Futch, set foot on Gasparilla Island in 1880 working at Peacon’s Fish Rancho on the north end. The Futch family have been fishermen and women, boatmen, privateers and rum runners, although David’s father was a Florida Highway Patrolman and later a banker.David is a graduate of Clearwater High School, St. Petersburg Junior College and the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications. In Boca Grande he was a writer/editor for both the Boca Beacon and the Gasparilla Gazette and had many articles in the Pirate Coast magazine – all while also working as a fishing guide. In the early 1990s, he lived in Alaska and covered the legislature and the governor for the Anchorage Times. Please join us for the virtual (Zoom) presentation to be held at 2 p.m. (eastern time). To attend this event, register at bocagrandehistoricalsociety.com, or email to kkyle@leegov.com, or call the History Center at (941) 964-1600. You will receive the Zoom link by email on Monday, Jan.18. 

 

Healthnetwork webinar ... 

The Boca Grande Health Clinic Foundation invites you to join them for a Healthnetwork webinar on Wednesday, Jan. 20 at 9 a.m. Over 325 families have access to Healthnetwork through their support of the Boca Grande Health Clinic Foundation. Healthnetwork can help you prepare for international travel, help your children or grandchildren and partners with more than 50 of the top hospitals in the world to provide lifelines for the best care.Healthnetwork donates back to physicians and hospitals for the benefit of all. To register, visit bghcfoundation.com or call (941) 964-0099. Webinar is free and open to everyone. Already a Healthnetwork member? Invite family and friends to view this informational webinar. 

 

Coconut Cabaret: Cece Teneal – Portrait of a Queen, Tribute to Aretha Franklin

The Queen of Soul - Aretha Franklin taught us how to “Think” and demand “Respect” – while “Ridin’ on the Freeway!”  An award-winning songstress, Teneal will take music lovers on a trip down memory lane with stellar hits from Aretha Franklin’s musical catalog like: “Chain of Fools,” “Natural Woman,” “Think”, “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and of course “Respect”.  This live performance will be held outside under the Friends Pavilion on Friday, Jan. 22 at 4:30 p.m., so pull up your golf cart and bring your favorite snacks & beverages. Masks must be worn when leaving your designated space. Spaces may not be reserved before gates open. In the event of rain, you can watch the show from home via our virtual platform.Cost for the livestream event is $35, $100 golf cart or lawn chair space or $175 Sponsor Space which includes spaces include up to four people.To purchase a sponsorship, call the Friends’ office at (941) 964-0827.

 

Save the date ...

The Boca Grande Art Center will be hosting the “Guys Art Show” by Johan Bjurman & John Mitchell on Friday, Jan. 22 through Sunday, Jan. 24. For more information see bocagrandeartcenter.org/ or call (941) 964-1700. The Boca Grande Art Center is located at 236 Banyan St. 

 

Sip and shop for history ...

Please stop in and shop at J.McLaughlin on Monday, Jan. 25 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. for shopping and light refreshments in support of The Boca Grande Historical Society. 

Fifteen percent of sales on that day will support our efforts to continue our mission to collect and document island history, and to share it with our community, by bringing history to life.    

 

Learn to draw for beginners online class ...

The Boca Grande Art Center is happy to coordinate with Jacobina Trump in offering virtual workshops where our members can continue to be creative learning to draw! Jacobina is offering a series of on-line drawing classes beginning with Level 1.After you sign up for the series of six classes, you will receive an introductory video in your email inbox. You will need to provide a pencil, eraser and sketchbook. Other tools and a magazine will be sent to your home address prior to the first class.The class will meet by Zoom for an hour starting Monday Jan. 25 at 2 p.m., continuing for a total of 6 classes. Ten minutes before the class you will receive a link to the meeting. You will receive six brief videos of 10 to 20 minutes sent to your inbox after each of the Zoom meetings.Price is $197 for students signed up before Thursday, Jan. 21, at midnight, or $297 after that deadline. For the discount, please use the code ARTS21.To review the course description and sign up button, just visit jacobinatrump.com/learn-to-draw/.

 

History & Heritage: Politics - An Honorable Profession, Connie Mack ...

Connie Mack III has had many titles throughout his life and career. A former U.S. Senator, a crusader against cancer and a dedicated father, but his title of choice remains: citizen. His life in politics began as a member of the House of Representatives from Florida through the 1980s and was elected to the U.S. Senate through the duration of the 90s. When Mack left the Senate, he returned to the private sector and started a new career: serving on two bio-tech firm boards (Genzyme Corp. and Exact Sciences Corp.), along with M2Gen, a health informatics solutions company; and, he became chairman of the H.L. Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute. Threaded with candid stories, Mack’s memoir offers an inside look into the political culture and climate of the nation as it closed out the twentieth century and progressed into the twenty-first.The Livestream event will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 27 at 4:30 p.m. Cost to join the event is $35. Call the Friends of Boca Grande office to purchase tickets at (941) 964-0827, or visit the website: friendsofbocagrande.org

 

Guided Walk at Amberjack Environmental Park ...

Join Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center for a guided walk through the scrub and pine flatwoods of 217-acre Amberjack Environmental Park in Rotonda today, Friday, Jan. 15 at 9 a.m.Meet at the end of Gasparilla Pines Blvd. Please call (941) 575-5435 to register or for more information. All participants are required to wear face masks during the program.Amberjack Environmental Park is located at 6250 Gasparilla Pines Blvd, Williamsburg Way in Placida.

 

Adult Intro to Art: Expressive Floral Painting on Canvas ...

 If you’ve always wanted to try different art forms but didn’t know where to start, Adult Intro To Art will give you the chance! Learn to paint a beautiful floral still-life using loose and expressive brush strokes on an 11” x 14” canvas with instructor Kristen Marino.No art experience necessary. This class is held outdoors under shade trees, weather permitting, today, Friday, Jan. 15 from 1 to 4 p.m.For full information, please visit liferealized.org/event-calendar-2/. This class will be held at The Dearborn Center, 501 W. Dearborn St. in Englewood.

 

Third Friday Drive-In ...

The Third Friday Drive-In features a family friendly movie monthly. The next drive-in move will be today,  Friday, Jan. 15.There will be concessions on-site, attendees are welcome to bring their own food. The movie sound can be heard on car radios on 95.5 FM, as well as on the lawn if you are seated in chairs in front of the 40’ screen and listen through our speaker system.This is a free event in downtown Punta Gorda, right across from River City Grill (121 Marion Avenue).

 

Studio concert!

Local artist Carroll Swayze wishes Happy New Year to each and every one of you!  She’s started working on a whole new series and is looking forward to a healthy new year. That said, the Studio is open and she’s hosting some live music today,  Friday, Jan. 15. Attendees are asked to adhere to safe social distancing guidelines.Don’t miss national Dobro Champion Kraig Kenning today, Friday, Jan. 15 from 7 to 10 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m., live music starts at 7 p.m. at the Carroll Swayze Studio, 2373 Donovan Road in Englewood. Masks are mandatory to enter, suggested donation of $20, free parking, • Very Limited Seating • Masks Mandatory to Enter• Suggested donation of $20*• Free Parking Bring your friends, a chair, a picnic & a drink! Call or email Carroll to reserve your spot at (941) 266-6434 or SwayzeArt@msn.com.

 

24th Annual Punta Gorda Sullivan Street Craft Festival Returns ...

Beautiful downtown Punta Gorda is the location of the upcoming 24th Annual Punta Gorda Sullivan Street Craft Festival on Saturday, Jan. 16 and Sunday, Jan. 17. The free outdoor festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days along Sullivan Street and includes new protocols to ensure a safe, enjoyable time strolling amid the outdoor craft showcase.The free event is pet friendly for leashed animals, and includes a full greenmarket of live plants, handmade soaps, delicious edibles and more. Safety measures will be in place during the Festival. For more information contact info@artfestival.com or call (561) 746-6615.

 

Women’s Resource Center Hosts Women in Tech Information Session ...

Women’s Resource Center (WRC) is hosting an online webinar to encourage more women to consider the lucrative option of the technology sector at any stage in their career. The session is part of WRC’s monthly Career Connections program that links women to quality jobs and funded training programs. The free informational webinar is on Wednesday, Jan. 20, from noon to 1 p.m. Participants can attend by phone or computer and will be able to ask questions via a chatbox. Panelists include the new director of the Coding Academy at State College of Florida (SCF) and women in leadership roles at the Sarasota-based firms Dealers United, an automotive digital marketing firm, and SouthTech, a leading IT solutions company. Those interested can register at mywrc.org/WomeninTech or call (941) 256-9721 for more information. 

 

2nd Annual Trek for CHEC ...

All runners and walkers are welcome to the second annual Trek for Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center (CHEC ) event on Saturday, Jan. 23. This event will feature competitive runs and fun walks for people of all ages. Proceeds will help further environmental educational programs for children and adults. The first event begins at 8 a.m.  Each event’s start time has been extended to include a one hour window. You may start your event at any time during that one hour window. In this way, social distancing and safety protocols can be maintained. Several (trail)routes will be used simultaneously and at staggered times.You will be able to pick up your shirts after the race on Saturday, Jan. 23 at Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center, 10941 Burnt Store Rd., Punta Gorda. For more information and to register for the event see checflorida.org/trekforchec.html.

 

Lemon Bay Conservancy’s Ribbon Cutting ...

Lemon Bay Conservancy’s Wildflower Preserve has a new name and has a grand opening planned for Monday, Jan. 25. All are invited to the ribbon cutting celebration at 10:30 a.m. Come see the renovations. The Lemon Bay Conservancy is located at 120 Gasparilla Pines Blvd., in Englewood.Following the opening event, the Preserve will be open daily for LBC member access and we will schedule periodic special visiting dates for the general public. 

 

Lemon Bay Conservancy’s online auction ...

Lemon Bay Conservancy’s first event of the new year will be an online auction to be held Monday, Jan. 25 through Sunday, Jan. 31.The online auction will feature local kayak and fishing trips, wild life art, handcrafted jewelry, wines and spirits, and some great post-pandemic travel packages!  Go to lemonbayconservancy.org for a sneak peek at the fun items and more information on how to register to bid. All proceeds will go to the on-going environmental preservation, education, and advocacy programs.

 

Englewood Democratic Club Meeting ...

The Englewood Democratic Club will hold its first monthly membership meeting of 2021 by Zoom on Wednesday, Jan. 27 at 5:30 p.m.  For more information and instructions for attending the meeting, please go to englewooddemclub@gmail.com or call (941) 270-3441. The club welcomes its members and all other Democratic friends to the start of a new year.

 

ONGOING EVENTS IN BOCA GRANDE

Community Center Fitness Classes  The community center is holding fitness classes while sticking to safety guidelines. In addition to cleaning and sanitizing before and after each group, classes will have a limited capacity to accommodate social distancing. Please pre-register by calling the office at (941) 964-0827. 

Hatha Yoga with Dennis Domres

Mondays at 5 p.m. Houghton Room, $15/class. Pre-Registration Required. Class size limited to eight participants with social distancing. Masks are required. For more information, contact Dennis: (941) 830-1313.

 

Balance & Stability with John Mannion 

Monday, Wednesday & Friday: Class: 9:30 Multi-Purpose Room, $10/class, pre-registration required. Class size limited to eight participants with social distancing.

 

Boca Buns & Barre

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9 to 10 a.m., Multi-Purpose Room, $10/class. Pre-registration required. Class size limited to eight participants with social distancing. Please bring your own mats.

Grande Glee 

The cost is $25 per week for virtual. Participants warm up together. Perform for each other and attempt to sing back-up remotely.Soon, participants plan to start singing in person in a socially distant, mask wearing atmosphere. (In person cost increases to $30 per week.) Musical Director Sharon Ponte helps with breathing, tone placement, performance and more. For more information, email grandeglee@gmail.com.