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    Charlotte Sun Column – November 22, 2017

    November 21, 2017

         The Board of County Commissioners and Punta Gorda City Council have proclaimed November 24 through December 24 as Shop Charlotte Month.  We’ve run this public service reminder for years:  Whereas, the Board of Directors of the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce, Inc. recognizes the importance of supporting the growth of our local economy, and Whereas, purchasing cars, boats, consumer good, gifts and other products and services in Charlotte County can contribute greatly to local growth, with each dollar spent returning to our economy, and Whereas, the goal of Shop Charlotte is to strengthen opportunities and jobs and the general prosperity of all by asking Charlotte County residents to plan their next shopping spree right here at home, and all consumers are encouraged to make every effort to support local merchants and stores with the Charlotte County area and Shop Charlotte all year long.  This Saturday is Small Business Saturday and many downtown and uptown stores will have specials to encourage you to stop and shop and local mom and pop businesses.

         We’ve also received proclamations for our 39th Annual Christmas Parade is on 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.

          The Downtown Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting celebration will be held on Fri., Dec. 1 at 5:00 p.m. in the City Marketplace property.  Punta Gorda Founders’ Week is December 1 through December 7.  Visit www.puntagordafoundersweek.com for a schedule of events.

         Next week we’ll be selling tickets to the Punta Gorda Garden Club’s 24th annual Holly Days Home Tour on Dec. 1 and 2 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Punta Gorda Historic District. Proceeds will fund the Club’s scholarship program and community projects.

         Please drop off a new, unwrapped toy(s) for Toys for Tots in our Port Charlotte office and for the Fresh Jersey Tomatoes 2nd Annual Toy Drive in our Punta Gorda office. Thank you!

         On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving.  On Friday (and every day), Shop Charlotte!