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    Charlotte Sun Column – November 1, 2017

    October 31, 2017

          Grab your soon to be replaced 2017 calendar and mark down some great networking opportunities, starting with the Nov. 8 Networking at Noon at the Burg’r Bar, 317 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda.  Please make a reservation and select your food choice in the Chamber store or by calling 627-2222.

         The public is invited to attend our 21st Annual Holiday Celebration with table top displays during the Nov. 15 Third Wednesday Coffee.  Members will decorate the tables with a holiday theme and many will have give-a-ways and yummies as they showcase their products and services.  Please join us from 7:15 to 8:30 a.m. at the Event Center and get some ideas for your holiday shopping list.

         The Nov. Business Card Exchange is a Nov. 16 at Busey Bank in Port Charlotte.

         The “Lighting of the Village” is Sat., Nov. 18, starting at 5:30 p.m. at Fishermen’s Village.  The annual Downtown Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting, with music, Santa, snow showers and more, will be held on Fri., Dec. 1 at 5 p.m. in the City Marketplace property.  Punta Gorda Founders’ Week will be celebrated December 1 through December 7 with lots of fun and educational events.  Visit www.puntagordafoundersweek.com for a complete schedule of events

         Our 39th Annual Christmas Parade is Sat., Dec. 9.  We’ll step off at noon from the Charlotte Performing Arts Center (next to Charlotte High), head north on Taylor and disband at the Event Center.  The reviewing stand will be in front of Centennial Bank.   For more information, please visit our website or call our Port Charlotte office at 627-2222.

         And, two of my favorites are in November, the fifth annual Comedy for a Cause fundraiser, postponed due to Irma, will be held on Thurs., Nov. 9, when eight area business leaders will perform improvisation comedy. Tickets may be purchased by calling 941-255-1022.  The United Way of Charlotte County’s 4th Annual Beaujolais 2017 Celebration is on Wed., November 15 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Visual Arts Center.  Enjoy tapas and wine tastings.  Tickets are $40 each and can be purchased by calling me or 627-3539.

         Rabbit, rabbit!