September 22nd 2023


Ballyhoo... your local calendar of events

Get your Hudson’s fix quick today, then get out and about with nature ... 

“Let’s Eat, Englewood!” ...

The Englewood Florida Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the 9th annual Restaurant Week Promotion, “Let’s Eat, Englewood!” planned for Thursday, Sept. 14 to Thursday, Sept. 28. “Let’s Eat, Englewood” is an event where people will have the opportunity to experience a culinary adventure through our community without breaking the bank. Three-course dinners will be available for $35 and 2-course lunches for $18. Visit for a list of participating restaurants and for local restaurants that are offering takeout.


Hudson’s ...

Will be closing on Friday, Sept. 22 at 2 p.m. to begin their annual maintenance. They will reopen on Tuesday, Oct. 3.

Barbara Anne’s Jewelry ... 

Don’t forget to visit this month for their September sale! 50 percent off all sterling silver and gold jewelry. This is a great opportunity to start your early Christmas shopping. Located at 410 Park Ave. in Boca Grande. Call (941) 964-1776. 


Punta Gorda symphony ...

Don’t miss your chance to secure your seat for the upcoming season! Season tickets are a fantastic way to enjoy all six performances throughout the season and include a 10 percent discount. New this season, choose a Flex Pack, four concerts of your choice with a five percent discount. Individual tickets are available to each concert, including Premium, Regular and Student/Youth pricing. All performances are held at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center at 3:30 p.m. Visit or call (941) 205-5996 for tickets.




Englewood Lions Club ...

Is selling poinsettias and other flowers as a fundraiser for their community projects. This year they are offering red poinsettias in a variety of sizes and also red winter roses. The phone number is (941) 698-7508. (This is an answering machine, so please leave a clear message and someone will get back to you ASAP.) Or email The order deadline is November 11, but early ordering is encouraged to ensure availability of plants.


September antique fair ...

Historic Arcadia hosts an antique fair on Saturday, Sept. 23 starting at 8 a.m. The streets will be filled with 35 to 100 vendors selling their antiques and collectibles, along with three blocks of 25 antique stores. At 108 W. Oak St., Arcadia.


Venice 5K ...

Venice Falcon Soccer Club is hosting this 5K. Enjoy the beautiful scenery while testing your skill and stamina on the paths of Maxine Barritt Park, 1800 Harbor Dr. S., Venice. Saturday, Sept. 23 at 8 a.m. Register at


National Public Lands Day ...

Celebrate the nation’s largest volunteer event at Alligator Creek, 10941 Burnt Store Rd., Punta Gorda on Saturday, Sept. 23 from 9 a.m. to noon.  Volunteers will assist with various select projects around the park such as painting, planting and invasive plant removal. Contact to help make a difference today!


Bowland car show ...

The Florida West Coast Car Club is hosting a car show at Bowland Entertainment Center, 3192 Harbor Blvd., Port Charlotte on Saturday, Sept. 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be trophies, door prizes, 50/50 and much more. Donations benefit local veterans.


Directing workshop ...

Lemon Bay Playhouse is putting on a 3-week class beginning Saturday, Sept. 23 from noon to 1:30 p.m., focusing on the work of a theatre director. An easy-to-use guide for directing live theatre. Registration required at


Key Lime & Tropical Fest ...

Fishermen’s Village annual Key Lime & Tropical Fest has become a highly anticipated event each year! Saturday, Sept. 23 from noon to 9 p.m. at 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda.


Cool pickle ...

The Florida West Coast Car Club is hosting a car show at Cool Pickle in Paradise, 8501 Placida Rd., Placida on Sunday, Sept. 24 from 3 to 6 p.m. Trophies, door prizes, music and food for purchase. 


Kayak Eco-Tour ...

Join Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center and Biotica Eco-Tours on a guided kayak eco-tour of Lemon Bay and surrounding mangrove habitats, including nearby bird rookery. The fee of $50 includes kayaks and other equipment for the day. Monday, Sept. 25 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Cedar Point Environmental Park, 2300 Placida Rd., Englewood. Biotica Eco-Tours (941) 350-4905.


Nighttime wading ...

Embrace your nocturnal side with Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center for a two-hour nighttime wading adventure through seagrass beds of Lemon Bay at Cedar Point Environmental Park, 2300 Placida Rd., Englewood. Tuesday, Sept. 26 from 5 to 7 p.m. Call (941) 475-0769.

Free movie night ...

ActivAge at Chelsea Place is hosting “STILL A Michael J. Fox Movie” on Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 5:30 p.m. 3626 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte.


Charlotte Players ...

11th annual Comedy for a Cause will be presented by the Charlotte Players on Friday, Sept. 29 at 6 p.m. at The Langdon Playhouse, 1182 Market Cir., Port Charlotte. Tickets $30.


Local artist helps animals ...

Boca artist Kelly Reark donated two pieces of art to be auctioned off at the Suncoast Humane Society Art for Animals Auction event being held at the Waverly Restaurant and Bar on Saturday, Sept. 30 from 5 to 8 p.m. Tickets are available now for $65. Please visit


Golf tournament ...

Southwest Florida Honor Flight fundraiser at the Riverwood Golf Club, 4100 Riverwood Dr., Port Charlotte. Check-in begins on Saturday, Oct. 28 at 7:30 a.m. Registration deadline is October 1 at

Venice Vikings Run ...

Venice Vikings Football & Cheer is hosting a Venice Vikings Run on Sunday, Oct. 1 at 9 a.m. Letson Stadium, 1001 Pinebrook Rd., Venice. 1 mile, walk, run or jog. Register at


Our Lady of Mercy ...

The formal installation of Fr. Anthony Hewitt by Bishop Frank Dewane will take place at the 10:30 a.m. mass on Sunday, Oct. 1. A luncheon for both (and fellow parishioners) will immediately follow in our new Parish Life Center, 240 Park Ave., Boca Grande. Call (941) 964-2254.


Jazz in the Park ...

Come check out the talented and hardworking Venice High School Jazz Bands as they perform their fall concert, “Jazz in the Park” on Wednesday, Oct. 4 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Centennial Park, 200 W. Venice Ave., Venice.


Charlotte Players ...

“Murder at the Howard Johnson’s” will be presented by the Charlotte Players from Thursday, Oct. 5 through Sunday, Oct. 15 at The Langdon Playhouse, 1182 Market Cir., Port Charlotte. Tickets $30.




Cruisin’ on Dearborn ...

Hundreds of cars & thousands of car lovers will converge on W. Dearborn St., Englewood on Saturday, Oct. 7 from 2 to 8 p.m. Free admission.


Celebrating 76 years ...

Join The Temptation Restaurant on Saturday, Oct. 7 from 4 to 9 p.m. as they celebrate their reopening and the lighting of the martini sign for the first time since July 2022. The restaurant at 350 Park Ave., Boca Grande will be celebrating 76 years, and Makers Mark will be on hand serving the new Makers Mark Temptation Private Select Bourbon (released that day).  There will be live music, drinks & food.


Reggae nights ...

Reggae nights concert on Venice Island! Saturday, Oct. 7 from 4 to 9 p.m. Centennial Park, 200 W. Venice Ave., Venice.


Manasota Mystique ...

Englewood Chamber of Commerce’s signature event will be held on Saturday, Oct. 7 from 5 to 10 p.m. at the Boca Bay Pass Club, 898 Gulf Blvd, Boca Grande. Tickets and information are available at 


What’s open, what’s closed information ...

Restaurants, Grocery & Grab-n-go

Hudson’s Grocery will close Friday, Sept. 22 at 2 p.m. and reopen on Tuesday, Oct. 3.  441 Park Ave. (941) 964-2621.

Kappy’s Island Shoppe is open Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Miller’s Dockside is closed and will reopen on Oct. 12. 

Park Avenue Wine & Spirits continues to be open regular hours. 350 Park Ave. (941) 964-2327.

Pink Pony will be closed through October 1.

The Temptation Restaurantwill reopen on October 7.  

Tortuga will be open for Taco Tuesday during the months of August and September from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 471 Park Ave. (941) 964-0109

Retail Establishments & Marinas

Ariel LTD is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday until October. Call (941) 964-0480 if you’d like them to ship you anything or with questions. 444 4th St., Boca Grande

Barbara Anne’s Jewelry and Boutique is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. located at 410 Park Ave., Suite 1, Boca Grande (941) 964-1776 or online

Boca Bargains is available during the off season by calling JoAnn at (727) 638-0740 to make an appointment. For furniture, call Candy at (813) 601-2759.

Boca Blooms is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Located at 411 Palm Ave., Boca Grande (941) 964-1111. 

Fugate’s is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Located at 428 4th St. W., Boca Grande. (941) 964-2323.

The Boca Grande Historical Society’s History Center will re-open in October. Watch for upcoming announcements about the new exhibit. For more information call (941) 964-1600.

Miller’s Dockside will be closed through Thursday, Oct. 12. 

The Palm on Park is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday until October. Need a Lilly fix? Give them a call and they will gladly ship it to you! 444 4th St., Boca Grande (941) 964-4448.

Smart Studio is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment by calling (908) 892-4719. Located at 370 Park Ave., Boca Grande.

Salons, Massage & Exercise

Banyan Tree Pilates & Yoga is open for private sessions, massages and classes all summer. Beach yoga every Saturday at 8 a.m. at 7th Street Beach. Call (941) 964-4404 to sign up or
Additional Information

Boca Grande Health Clinic is located at 320 Park Ave. Call (941) 964-2276. 

Englewood Bank open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. 301 Park Ave. Call (941) 964-9096.

Johann Fust Community Library is open. For hours and Restaurants, Grocery & Grab-n-go

Hudson’s Grocery will close Friday, Sept. 22 at 2 p.m. and reopen on Tuesday, Oct. 3.  441 Park Ave. (941) 964-2621.


Now Showing

Lemon Bay Playhouse ...

“Baggage,” a romantic comedy about two difficult single people who get their luggage mixed up at the airport. Now through Sunday, Sept. 24. Lemon Bay Playhouse, 96 W. Dearborn St., Englewood. Tickets $25.

North Port Art Center ...

Visit North Port Art Center new exhibit, “Wild Wild West,” through Sept. 29. Frontier towns, wagon trains, American Indians, horses and cowboys, to name a few. The awards ceremony will be held on Saturday, Sept. 16 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Located at 5950 Sam Shapos Way, North Port. Open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. Call (941) 423-6460 for more information.

Sea Grape Gallery ...

Two artists will be featured at the Sea Grape Gallery at 113 W. Marion Ave., Punta Gorda. Call (941) 575-1718. Donna Pape, oil painter, and Nancy Giffin, Shaker-style basketry artist. Their artwork and others will be on display until Thursday, Oct. 5.

Venice Theatre ...

It’ll “light up the room!” This campy, over-the-top musical called “Reefer Madness,” now through Sunday, Oct. 8. Presented by the Venice Theatre, shown at the Pinkerton Theatre, 140 Tampa Ave. W., Venice. Tickets $37.


Food donations needed

 Please continue to support The Englewood Helping Hand blue barrel campaign. This off island mission  supports and helps those in need right in our backyard!

There are blue barrel locations around Boca Grande in front of the Barnichol, at the registration building at the Boca Grande Club, at Parsley-Baldwin Real Estate, at Englewood Bank & Trust, at the Post Office and two more barrels at the Lighthouse United Methodist Church.

Here are some suggestions:

Tuna Fish, Spaghetti Sauce, Canned Meats, Ramen Noodles, Cereal/Pancake Mix, Canned Veggies, Rice/Snacks, Canned Fruit, Pasta/Mac & Cheese, Soups/Chili, Canned/Dried Beans, Evaporated Milk, Peanut  Butter/Jelly, Canned Sloppy Joe, Deodorant/Razors, Bar Soap, Feminine Products, Condiments, i.e., Ketchup, Mustard, etc.                          

Interested in volunteering, or have questions, call Jane at (941) 223-2367 for further information.

Boca Grande Church Service Schedule

• Lighthouse United Methodist Church - 300 Gilchrist Avenue. 

Worship service held at 10 a.m. (in-person & live-streamed on Facebook).

• First Baptist Church - 421 4th St. W. In-person worship is at 10 a.m. on Sunday. Adult Sunday School is at 9 a.m. on Sunday. 

(941) 964-2386

• Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church - 240 Park Avenue. 

Weekday mass at 8 a.m., Saturday Vigil mass is at 5 p.m., Sunday 

masses at 9 & 10:30 a.m. Confessions: Saturdays 11:30 a.m. to noon. 

(941) 964-2254 

• St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church- 390 Gilchrist Ave. Sunday worship is at 9:30 a.m. in-person & live-streamed on YouTube. Pastoral care is always available by calling (941) 964-2257, ext. 1.