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    Charlotte Sun Column – November 8, 2017

    November 7, 2017

         Coordination is the key to putting on a successful parade.  First, you have to contact the North Pole to make sure you-know-who is available (he is).  You need to get roads closed, proclamations read, port-a-potties ordered, judges, reviewing stands, shuttles, golf carts, cooperation from several state and local organizations and much more.  We need to know the length of the float, truck, number of walkers, bikers, etc., so that elves Ron Thomas and Ed Hill can measure the parking lot the night before parade day and have you ready to go.  I write all of this to encourage you to get your registration form to us so we can be prepared. 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.

          Networking at Noon is today at the Burg’r Bar, 317 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda.  Please call our Port Charlotte office at 627-2222 to see if there’s still room and to select your food choice.

         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 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. at the Event Center and get some ideas for your holiday shopping list.

         The Nov. Business Card Exchange is  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 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

         We are a collection site for Toys for Tots in our Port Charlotte office and for the Fresh Jersey Tomatoes 2nd Annual Toy Drive tor children receiving services from Charlotte Behavioral Health Care in our Punta Gorda office.  It’s so nice to have two offices to serve the community twice.  Please drop off a new, unwrapped toy at a location near you and support local children in need.  Thank you!