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Greetings Parrot Peeps, As the Autumn winds begin to blow, and the air becomes clean and clear again, take some time to enjoy all that SW FL has to offer. This is the best month all year for festivals, fishing, and football! It don’t get much better than this!!! Oh, and “Go RAYS!”

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8 Bartender of the Month 12 CHPHC 13 Out & About 14 Visitors Bureau 17 Live Band Schedule 20 Featured Band 22 Jimmy Buffett 23 Punta Gorda Chamber 26 SBPHC 31 TBPHC 32 Tampa Bay & Co 34 Parrot Events 36 Parrot Scopes 38

From Oktoberfest, till the monsters show up on your doorstep, take some time this month to get up and get out there! Look for some great events and lots of fantastic places to eat, drink, and check out some awesome live music all month long... Enjoy, The Parrot Staff

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does to his lottery tickets after losing each week. Pumpkin Patch: What a pumpkin wears when trying to quit smoking. Skeleton: Any super model. Vampire Bat: What Dracula hits a baseball with. Witch: See “Mother-in-Law.” Zombie: What you look like when coming home at 2 a.m. Two blondes living in Oklahoma were sitting on a bench talking, and one blonde says to the other, ‘Which do you think is farther away.. Florida or the moon?’ The other blonde turns and says ‘Helloooooooooo, can you see Florida ?????’ Little Larry attended a horse auction with his father. He watched as his father moved from horse to horse, running his hands up and down the horse’s legs and rump, and chest. After a few minutes, Larry asked, ‘Dad, why are you doing that?’ His father replied, ‘Because when I’m buying horses, I have to make sure that they are healthy and in good shape before I buy. Larry, looking worried, said, ‘Dad, I think the UPS guy wants to buy Mom ....’ Larry’s kindergarten class was on a field trip to their local police station where they saw pictures tacked to a bulletin board of the 10 most wanted criminals. One of the youngsters pointed to a picture and asked if it really was the photo of a wanted person. ‘Yes,’ said the policeman ‘The detectives want very badly to capture him. Larry asked, “Why didn’t you keep him when you took his picture ? “ A police officer stops a blonde for speeding and asks her very nicely if he could see her license. She replied in a huff, ‘I wish you guys would get your act together. Just yesterday you take away my license and then today you expect me to show it to you!’

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Iupt was unfortunate when Cujo showed on my doorstep unannounced after

one of his many mental institution vacations. Unsure if he had escaped or was mistakenly released from the asylum, I really mean it when I say that I couldn’t locate my brown corduroy trousers fast enough. With a no pet clause in my rental agreement, and a bottle of booze, I lured the already loaded certified crackpot into my car and dumped him off at the house of the voodoo practitioner in Bahama Village.

Now you’re probably thinking that I’m the crackpot here but, wait a minute people, we’re talking about Cujo – King of Horrogami! Since I’ve had the displeasure of knowing the dirty low life he’s been involved in two kidnapping schemes, smuggled drugs, shot, stabbed, jailed, escaped from jail, broke back into jail, institutionalized, medicated, electroshocked, and the only person I’ve ever known to be bitten by a friendly Labrador Retriever. If that doesn’t constitute a little assistance from voodoo, well, I guess I don’t know what does. The next day it was business as usual.

The rent overdue and I was so far behind the eight ball that I wondered if I should even bother trying to make the Herald’s deadline. Unable to clear my head from the night’s fiasco I can only say that I too must have been out of my freakin’ mind when I decided to put the mess down on paper for the world to scrutinize. When Sunday’s paper hit the streets I had not yet had my first Bloody Mary before the answering machine began filling with messages that my good gonzo reputation was down the crapper and that social services had their Depends in a wad over my lack of sensitivity toward the insane. I probably should be writing in an attempt to redeem my good name but lack of space prevents it. However, I would like to apologize for my callous insensitivity and say that I feel bad for dumping Cujo off on that Voodoos’ doorstep—that poor voodoo lady. Before I’m sent to the gallows please

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clean. “All right already!” he begrudgingly growled. “Some tiki bar down the street left the Jagermeister machine on.” For the sake of hard times I couldn’t walk away without knowing how someone tells when a Jagermiester machine has been left on, so I asked. “Duhhh Sammie!” he said spraying the liquor dripping

HURRICANE LOVE By Mayor Gonzo Mays

just hear me out. (Hoping this doesn’t come off sounding too much like a Jerry Springer episode) I am a survivor of ten traumatic years in the Catholic school system where once a week, every week, my religion class would hike over to St. Paul’s Catholic Church for mass. But, unlike the other students, when it came time to take part in the eating of the body of Christ I was never allowed to participate even though I continually expressed my desire to do so since it fell around lunch time. Even worse than going hungry on hump day was the fear of the yardstick wielding nun who each day loomed over my desk and terrorized me with going to hell. The other children looked at me as if I suffered a contagious disease. I cried every afternoon on my way home to Audrey’s Satellite Lounge. The point being, regardless of the tormented years of my youth, I try and live life by the golden rule but if I were as demented as Cujo I would pray for some sort of intervention before the slow ridin’ and sad singin’ occurred, if you get my drift. Have I mentioned that Cujo cashed in his ninety-nine year old mother’s burial policy while she was on her deathbed? When Hurricane Katrina blew through the Florida Keys I checked myself in on the sixth floor of the La Concha Hotel – the highest point in Key West and central storm headquarters for media, police and the ghost of Hemingway. I was lying in bed staring up at the ceiling, which was leaking like a sieve, watching a plaster bubble that had swelled to the size of a soccer ball when the lights went out. Now I’m no genius but no electricity means no air conditioning, no food, no elevators, no ice and no cold beer. Hating to miss the bursting of the bubble I humped it down the ten flights of stairs looking to find a little hurricane party action. By the time I reached the final flight I was swearing that I was going to quit smoking when I stepped off the last stair onto the rain-soaked marble floor of the lobby and was thrown feet first into the air. It couldn’t have hurt worse if Hulk Hogan had body slammed me onto the concrete stairs—so much for the Wilson Duval nonskid deck shoes. Instantly sick

to my stomach, I suppressed the urge to vomit. It’s a wonder the fall didn’t break my back or crack open my skull. Growing up my parents accused me of being hardheaded—it has paid off. Gathering my senses I limped over to the bar where I took a window seat to watch Katrina do her thing. Drunken tourists partying in the middle of the street seemed oblivious to the unhinged metal street signs slicing every which way down Duval. Hotel patrons were placing bets on whether there would be a decapitation when one of the knuckleheads began to resemble someone I thought I knew. Thinking it was a hallucination brought on by head trauma I said a quick prayer nevertheless. “Oh Lord, please don’t let that extra-large green Hefty garbage bag raising hell in the winds and the rains of a hurricane be Cujo.”Suddenly the howling wind took a nasty turn and blew the laughing bag of trash into my direction. It was Cujo all right and he was as drunk as the infamous Cooter Brown. A tear trickled down my face. Why couldn’t that have been Johnny Depp?Cujo’s one

blue eye was red, his one green eye was red and both eyes were spinning round in his head like a Las Vegas roulette wheel on a Saturday night.He offered me a drink but I’ve known him to drink rubbing alcohol so I passed. My head was throbbing harder now that Cujo was on the scene and I was in real need of a vicodin. Because there was no electricity there was no liquor for sale on the island so I demanded Cujo give up his source for booze. “It was a gift from the Gods!” he shouted as he raised the near empty glass toward the heavens. With a little more prodding the fool came

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from his scraggly untrimmed mustache into my face. “The light was on!”I was wiping the spittle from my face when the door burst open and an angry looking bait camp woman with large cypress tree trunk legs muscled her way in through the overcrowded bar. Dressed in matching extra-large Hefty bag attire was none other than Cujo’s partner in crime Jalapeña Lena! Thinking back on that day I remember it being hard to tell if Cujo was happy to see Jalapeña or that full glass of Jagermeister she was carrying. Their greeting was primitive. They slobbered, staggered and slurred inaudible words while looking into one another’s glass to make sure they shared equal parts of alcohol. Watching the spectacle I couldn’t help but wonder if Son of Cujo would become a Steven King sequel.It wasn’t long before the rain and the Jagermeister stopped pouring and with it their affection for one another dried up as well. Cujo called Jalapeña “halitosis” and she took off a smelly athletic shoe and whacked him upside the head with it. Curious to see if the shoe had a sobering effect, at a safe distance I followed the gluttons on their crawl through Old Town. The two staggered along at the same pace with Cujo on one side of the street and Jalapeña Lena cursing a blue streak in drunken broken French on the other.Meeting his match and seemingly wanting to escape the wrath of the ragin’ Cajun when Cujo reached the dock at Schooner Wharf, without hesitating, he lepted into the churning waters of the Gulf of Mexico— and Jalapeña Lena followed!Now let this be a lesson especially to all you dogooders who want to try and save Cujo, just like Jalapeña Lena, you too may find yourself up to your neck in it—so to take a page from brother gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson, “f*@% the doomed!” “Mayor Gonzo Mays” a.k.a. Sammie Mays is the Honorary Mayor of Key West Florida, an award winning writer and author of the notable new holiday family classic Pirate Night Before Christmas. To order your child’s first edition copy please see ad in this issue of Parrot Entertainment Magazine or visit www. PirateChristmas.Net.

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Hey Charlotte Harbor Parrotheads, what tiiiiiime is it? It’s time to ask “where the hell does the time go?” Yours truly is already into her second full year of writing for the Parrot Magazine. Wow! Time does fly when you’re having rum! J We had our “Behind Door #3” Birthday Party over Labor Day weekend, and my, what a time!! Joe Cracker took excellent care of us Friday night while we danced the night away with the Jack Mosley Band. We had a 50/50 drawing and Let’s Make a Deal with many participants dressing up for the occasion (my roomie didn’t make a very good deal…she ended up with a bag of shells!). Saturday’s pool party was wonderful as always (thanks to Fig & Co for lunch). Saturday night at the Cultural Center of Charlotte County we had a helluva layout with plenty of room and some great food. Linda Harrison did a phenomenal job with the silent auction which alone raised almost $3000… and on her own birthday, to boot. There were tables decorated to the nines (I apologize for not writing down who won… they were all great), and people dancing to the tunes of Capt. Josh then Jim Morris and the Big Bamboo Band. This years Sunday Songwriters Spectacular at the Nav-a-gator put last years to shame. All of our 12+ Trop Rock artists kicked ass. I think everyone agreed Jack’s original song was the best (it was about CHPHC again so it just had to “win”), but all the artists got together at the end and sang their own “written that day” version of Changes in Latitude. It was quite humorous. There were lots of walk-ins at $10 a head so we raised a lot of money for charity. All in all another great Nav-a-gator afternoon. The CHPHC Board of Directors presented Dennis & Nancy Kirk with an actual CHPHC Behind Door #3 door to show our appreciation for all they do to support us. Kudos also go out to our sponsors Terry & Marianne Higgins (Sun-Fire Nurseries),

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the Kirks (Nav-a-gator), Mosaic, the McBrides (and they weren’t even able to attend), Squid, the Lehns family businesses along with all of our table sponsors. And a huge shout out to Linda Grother and the staff at the Holiday Inn Express and George our driver. They were all great. And though these numbers are probably a little low (final accounting is not completed), we raised over $5000 for the Peace River Wildlife Center and over $1500 for the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches. Very quickly, our last meeting was September 14th. We had Tequila Tom doing a fine job on stage, John Livecchi winning $187 in the 50/50 contest, and Tracey Willoughby, Fig Newton and Mary Gurley winning the “school spirit” contest during the meeting. Hey Tracey, Gooooooooo Gators!! Sorry, had to throw that in there. We also had lots of “back to school” donations for the kiddies, along with the pop-tops, pill bottles and cans. Thanks go out to everyone who takes the time to collect these items. It might be “garbage” to us, but I for one am glad it’s all being used and not ending up in a landfill. OK, that’s it for now. Our website is www. chphc.com. If you want to join this crazy club you can print out an app and mail it or join us at the next meeting, the second Tuesday of the month at the Coral Rock Tiki Bar (NE corner of Kings Hwy & US41). Some folks start getting there around 5:30 - the “official stuff” starts around 6:00. And remember, “Wrinkles only go where the smiles have been”.

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Punta Gorda on Oct. 16, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., It’s the 2010 Ultimate Rib Fest! Local restaurants and amateur foodies compete to win the Ultimate Rib Challenge. The day includes contests, prizes, entertainment, vendors, games and rides for the little “riblets.” (www.ultimateribfest.com) Girls Rock Your Boys During Rocktoberfest. Get your dose of metal during this all-day music fest at the Charlotte County Fair Grounds on Oct. 16. For $10 per person, you can head bang, mosh and just do what you do from 1 p.m. ‘til midnight inside the expo center. Bands scheduled to appear include Carnival of Soul, Haitz and We’re All Virus plus more than another dozen. Look for Ken Lovejoy as the event’s guest host.

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Things May Go Boo in the Night. Hear haunted tales and historical stories about Punta Gorda during a walking tour with Charlotte County paranormal researchers. Historic Ghost Tours of Punta Gorda are offered throughout the year and more frequently during October leading up to Halloween. Take a tour of a cemetery or downtown Punta Gorda. (www. ghosttourspg.com).

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Friday 1st Tropical Ave. – Portofino ~ 7:30-11:30pm The Crashers – Slip-Not Sunny Jim – Farlows on the Water ~ 6-10:30pm Charlie K. – Bubba’s Roadhouse ~ 8:30pm Storm Surge – Stump Pass Grill ~ 6-10pm Saturday 2nd Hightide – Lock N Key ~ 8pm The Crashers – Harpoon Harry’s Sunday 3rd Storm Surge – Snook Haven ~ 1-5pm Jeff Hughes – Lido Key Tiki Bar/Lido Beach ~ 3-7pm MaxMcCann – Lido Beach Resort ~ 12-4pm MaxMcCann – Brewski’s ~ 6-9pm Monday 4th Charlie K. – Woody’s Waterside ~ 6pm Tuesday 5th “Roy Orbison” – Visani’s Comedy Theater ~ 7:30pm Wednesday 6th Hightide – Bert’s Bar ~ 7:30pm Thursday 7th The Crashers Trio – Dean’s South of the Border ~ 7:30-

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October 11:30pm Friday 8th Hightide – Sharky’s on the Pier ~ 8pm Tropical Ave. – Portofino ~ 7:30-11:30pm Low Rent Band – Slip-Not ~ 8pm Gary & Kerri – Lock N Key ~ 8-11pm Cindy Walsh – Bubba’s Roadhouse ~ 8:30-11:30pm Storm Surge – Alli-Gators ~ 7-11pm MaxMcCann – Stump Pass Grille ~ 6:30-9:30 pm Saturday 9th Tropical Ave. – White Elephant Pub ~ 7-11pm Jack Mosley – Benedettos ~ 8-Mid Cindy Walsh – Pine Island

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Sunday 10th John Frinzi – Alli-Gators ~ 1pm John Reno – Nav-A-Gator ~ 2-5pm Gary & Kerri – Bert’s Bar ~ 2-6pm

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County Fairgrounds ~ 1pm Tropical Ave. – White Elephant Pub ~ 7-11pm The Crashers – Looney Bin DooWop Denny – Saltwater Café ~ 7-10pm MaxMcCann & The Displacements - Benedettos ~8-Mid Sunday 17th Jeff Hughes – Lido Key Tiki Bar/Lido Beach ~ 3-7pm MaxMcCann – Lido Beach Resort ~ 12-4pm Monday 18th Charlie K. – Woody’s Waterside ~ 6pm Tuesday 19th Al Holland – Visani’s Comedy Theater ~ 6-9pm Thursday 21st The Crashers Trio – Dean’s South of the Border ~ 7:3011:30pm Sunny Jim – Farlows on the Water ~ 6-9pm Friday 22nd Tropical Ave. – Slip-Not ~ 8-Mid The Crashers – Harpoon Harry’s Jack Mosley – Englewoods on Dearborn ~ 7-11pm MaxMcCann & The

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October Displacements - Benedettos ~8-Mid Saturday 23rd Tropical Ave. – Coral Rock ~ 8:30-12:30am The Crashers – Harpoon Harry’s DooWop Denny – Saltwater Café ~ 7-10pm Jack Mosley – Benedettos ~ 8-Mid The Yard Dogs – Nav-A-Gator ~ 2pm Gary & Kerri – Farlows on the Water ~ 7-11pm Cindy Walsh – Bubba’s Roadhouse ~ 8-11pm Storm Surge – Alli-Gators ~ 7-11pm Sunday 24th Gary & Kerri – Bert’s Bar ~ 2-6pm

Jeff Hughes – Lido Key Tiki Bar/Lido Beach ~ 3-7pm MaxMcCann – Lido Beach Resort ~ 12-4pm Monday 25th Charlie K. – Woody’s Waterside ~ 6pm Tuesday 26th “Memories” Oldies Show – Visani’s Comedy Theater ~ 7:30pm Wednesday 27th John Reno – Farlows on the Water ~ 6-9pm The Yard Dogs – Bert’s Bar ~ 6:30pm Thursday 28th The Crashers Trio – Dean’s South of the Border ~ 7:3011:30pm Gary & Kerri – Farlows on the Water ~ 6-9pm

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Friday 29th Tropical Ave. – Portofino ~ 7:30-11:30pm The Yard Dogs – Bubba’s Roadhouse ~ 8:30pm Storm Surge – Alli-Gators ~ 7-11pm MaxMcCann – The Crows Nest ~ 9-Mid Saturday 30th Tropical Ave. – White Elephant Pub ~ 7-11pm Jack Mosley – Benedettos ~ 8-Mid The Yard Dogs – Stump Pass Grille ~ 3pm MaxMcCann & The Displacements – Brewski’s ~9-1am

Sunday 31st Brent Burns – Nav-A-Gator ~ 2-5pm Jeff Hughes – Lido Key Tiki Bar/Lido Beach ~ 3-7pm MaxMcCann – Lido Beach Resort ~ 12-4pm

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This months’ feature artist is beyond one of a kind! Terez is a unique entertainer, singersongwriter, and recording artist. She was born in Southern California, and grew up in Brooklyn & Staten Island NY. She has been in Florida for 20 years now the last seven in Safety Harbor. She is a real triple threat, as her background is in acting, singing, and dancing as a Musical Theater Major at USF. She changed her major to psychology, and then into marketing, which has given her the foundation for everything she does today… I was fortunate to catch her performance recently during The 54th Annual Englewood Pioneer Days Festival on Labor Day… She wowed the crowd with her high-energy performance and riveting vocals! I caught up with her a couple days later and thanked her for coming down and playing in The Olde Englewood Village… “Well the pleasure was all mine… Tell your readers that they have a real gem right in your backyard in Englewood. I just did a little hike through Lemon Bay Park. It’s a beautiful spot… Wildlife signs galore! This is the first time I actually had a real live Bald Eagle fly right over my head, unreal… You’ve got this little oasis right there in Englewood...” Terez plays at local festivals, and venues throughout Central and SW Florida. She has been featured at many major events and venues including Superbowl XXXV, Walt Disney World, “Women Taking Care of the World” International Conference & Concert, Universal Studios and many more. She has just received the Moxy Woman “Visionary Women” award, and with over 15 years of experience doing everything from Vegasstyle revues to the front woman for non-stop dance bands, Terez always delivers a high

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incredible ability to both write and perform multiple styles of what she calls “feel-good” pop, rock, R & B and BEYOND… As I found out, there’s more to Terez than just music, although music is the central focal point that brings it all together. “I’ve always played music and I love to write, anything; books, editorial, songs, I’ve always been a wordsmith”, she told me… “I write songs that are empowering and inspiring… My vision is to continue to do what I love. Enjoy nature and the beauty on this planet. Do all words, music, speaking, book, playing, dancing, traveling, and hiking… Do all that and go BEYOND, and that to me is what makes life as good as it possibly can get!” It all started when I was asked to be a guinea pig for a consciousness exercise… It you had infinite time and money, and the infinite free mind of a child… THIS is your life, what would you do with your time and life… Now write it down, ready, set, go. I did this for seven days and what I discovered was that, speaking, empowering, writing kept coming up… Now at this time I was very intertwined in the music world so it all came together…” Another inspiration was when Terez was introduced to a friend of a friend Debbie Cohen. “She was teacher and told me a story about a challenge she had given to one of her students who is also a writer and performer to write a song about Master Mind. That’s a term that’s

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Life’… From that time forward, the material wouldn’t stop! “ Inspired, Terez put together a CD to bring to a Master Mind meeting. “It was positive words and a positive message nothing religious nothing spooky just what I call feel good music. Terez also engages in motivational speaking engagements and has been the keynote speaker for several conventions and seminars “ I try to keep what I say in a language that anyone can understand, to keep things open so no-matter what your religious beliefs or where you are in your journey or personal growth I use terms and ideas that you can get, anyone can get. My message can go anywhere form a church, to a corporate environment. Terez mixes music and motivation, which keeps her audience engaged and makes the process of learning fun. “Learning something new and empowering yourself doesn’t have to be so serous, heavy or hard. She also plays with a full band called Synchronicity “I’ve been working with them for seven years now, and I do a jazz duo called ‘Take 3’ with world renowned Jazz player Jerry Kenny who has worked with the tops in the business. It’s a whole different side of me… Well Terez, if there are any more sides of you, I won’t be able to figure out where you start, or end… I guess that’s why you are Terez & Beyond! Find out more about Terez on her website at: www.RockMySpirit.com

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“Your”Chamber By John Wright

“Your” Chamber of Commerce in Punta Gorda We kicked off the new fiscal year of the Chamber by throwing our annual awards’ dinner in September. It truly is the party of the year and almost anything can happen, and inevitably it does. This year we had fifteen businesses up for Business of the Year and six of them walked away with an award, although all fifteen were true winners. Octagon Wildlife Sanctuary won the Members’ Choice Award (the only award voted on directly by the entire membership), Turning Heads Salon received a “Special Recognition” Award for all their community outreach during the course of the year and Table 209 restaurant won “Newcomer of the Year”, The Visual Arts Center won Not-forProfit Business of the Year, Creative Window Treatments won Small Business of the Year and Jack’s Restaurant won Large Business of the Year. The banquet room of the Isles Yacht Club was packed and full of hilarity and camaraderie. One of the main highlights of the night was when the awards’ envelope was dropped from the ceiling on a “magical” wire that had remained obscured for the entire night. Maybe it was the drink, but the audience was very impressed! Also honored that night was Nancy Padgett for her services to the Board, Jerry Presseller for his lifetime service to Punta Gorda, Ron Olsen for his endless hours of service to the Chamber as outgoing Chair and Dorothy Strunk aka “Queen Dot”, who took the reigns of the Chamber Board that night. We can’t wait till the next one! Starting on Oct 2nd, we welcome Punta Gorda’s first “Entrepreneurial Academy” - a brand new program, co-sponsored by the City of Punta Gorda and Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce. It is a series of classes that will allow anyone with an entrepreneurial spirit and an idea for a new business venture to learn how to turn that dream into a reality and hopefully ensure that they succeed. There is room for up to twenty participants so if you have a thought for a business and want to hear how to become your own boss and run your own business, this is the program for you. An intense none class course will cost you a mere $150.00 although you will be getting a value of training well in excess of $3000.00! For more information, simply call us on 941-639-3720 and we’ll be happy to forward you contact details to the course facilitators. It’s as easy as that.

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Friday October 1st will be Punta Gorda’s 3rd Annual Downtown Oktoberfest. The fun starts on Taylor in front of the Old Historic Courthouse at 5.00pm. There’ll be German music, foods and plenty of German beer and wine. Entry is free and there’ll be prizes and much, much more. GNO (Girls Night Out) and Budweiser (Peace River Distributing) will once again be partnering with nine Punta Gorda locations in presenting the 3rd Annual “Bar Stool Open” benefiting services provided by Dollars for Mammograms. Last year’s event raised over $14,000 and enabled approximately 300 woman. It’s anticipated that another 100 teams will be registered prior to “tee off time” on 10/2! This annual

event has enabled Dollars for Mammograms the ability to expand the services that they provide into 18 Charlotte County zip codes! Participating locations this year include: Ice House Pub, River City Grill, Biehl’s Slip-Not Lounge, Phil’s 41, Beef O’Brady’s, Tapas One, Dean’s South of the Border, Jacks and the The Celtic Ray. This event is a nine hole miniature golf tournament that offers anyone the opportunity to play. Just get a team of four (4) putters together, men and/or women, and sign up at one of the participating locations. The cost is $100 per team and we are limited to the first 100 teams that register. The event will begin with a shotgun start at 10:30am and end with a wrap up party at 6:00pm at Biehl’s Slip-Not Lounge. Prizes will be awarded for a variety of accomplishments including best team name, best costume, high and low scores and best putter, so use that imagination! Dollars for Mammograms is a nonprofit 501 (C)(3) public foundation established solely for the purpose of providing no cost mammograms to area women who are uninsured or underinsured and cannot afford the cost of a mammogram. For more information about this foundation, go to www.dollarsformammograms.org. For more information about this fun filled event,

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please contact either Denise Dull at 941626-9439 or Kris Peterson at 941-815-1888. October 23rd, we invite you to our fall Citywide garage sale in the parking lot of Centennial Bank/Koch Zeman & Walsh CPAs located on the corner of Taylor and Virginia in downtown Punta Gorda. The sale starts at 8am till noon. To participate in the sale, call 941 639 3720 and get an application form. The cost is a mere $15.00 per vehicle and the rest is up to us. These sales always attract a great crowd. We are also planning for the Holiday Season already. On Saturday December 4th, we present our 21st annual Lighted Boat Parade across Charlotte Harbor. The route map is already posted to our Light Boat Parade page on our website www.puntagordachamber. com There, you will also find our registration form if you are a boater and want to join in the fun. There is no entry fee. Just must however make one mandatory safety meeting and then, following the parade, on Monday December 6th, we throw YOU a party for being part of the parade! We are conducting a European-style Christmas market this year, starting on Thursday December 2nd and running through to December 4th. That weekend is always a big weekend in town, with tree lighting, parades and this year, for the first time, the Jingle Bell Run to aid arthritis sufferers. The market will operate on the corner of Marion and Taylor from 4PM-10PM on Thursday and Friday night and all day Saturday. If you are a craft vendor or have a product that you would like to consider for the market, simply give us a call on 941 639 3720 and we’ll get you the details. Each vendor will be provided with a 10x10 tent, a table and chairs. All you need is the product, the time and a little cash! For a full listing of events as well as to search for our approved Chamber members’ details, please visit www.puntagordachamber.com The events and calendar link is a great page, but also visit the Friday Facts link – this is a weekly e-news publication which you can sign up for FREE, so that the latest and most up-to-date information on everything that is going on in both the City and the Chamber can be emailed to you every week. You’ll never be out of the loop again!

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W

e all know Halloween is celebrated at the end of October, but what other interesting facts do you know about the Fall Month that begins to usher in the change of seasons? Sure some people also realize Columbus Day is in October and many cities across America hold big celebrations and parades. Here are some really weird facts concerning the month of October — * October is the tenth month in the Gregorian calendar. It received its name from the Latin numeral “octo” meaning “eight”, because in the first Roman calendar it was the eighth month. * Did you realize Dayight Savings Time ends every year at 2:00 A.M. local time on the last Sunday of October? * The German Oktoberfest celebration (now held around the world) originally began on October 17, 1810, the wedding day of King Ludwig I. * In merry old England during olden times the month of October was once named “Winmonth”, which meant wine month. It has also been called ‘Teomonath’ (Tenth month) and ‘Winterfylleth’ (Winter full moon) in the Old Saxon traditions. October is: * October is Adopt-A-Shelter Dog Month, Children’s Health Month, * Class Reunion Month, Frugal Fun Month, National Crime Prevention Month, Family Health Month, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, National Positive Attitude Month, National Cookie Month, National Seafood Month – National Dessert & Cookie Month – National Popcorn & Popcorn Poppin’ Month – National Pretzel Month – National Pork Month – National Stamp Collecting Month and National Chili Month. * In October 1903, the first game of the first baseball World Series was played between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Boston Pilgrims. Cy Young was the first losing pitcher, in a world SeriesBaseball Game, but Boston did win the series. * In October 1962: Johnny Carson became host of “The Tonight Show”. * On October 1st, 1968: the now cult horror movie “Night of the Living Dead” had its world premiere in Pittsburgh, Pa. * Both John Lennon (famous Beatles member) and Bill Gates (Microsoft) were born in October.

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At our monthly meeting we presented checks totaling $9,000.00 to our environmental projects of Mote Marine, Save our Seabirds and The Reef Ball Project. This was money we made at our Birthday Bash in June while partying with a purpose. We cleaned the islands and had another great raft up/beach party on South Lido beach. This month we made a video to submit for the “Gypsies in the Palace” competition for the MOTOM. Did anyone say - tail gate? Yes, we did that too-it was before a Ray’s game, which about 40 members attended. Oh, by the way it was a good night for the Rays, beating Boston 3-2! Go Rays!!! This month we had our Happy Hour at the Honoluana Bar & Grill. To top it all off, we went “Croozin & Boozin” on a

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5 day Caribbean Cruise, so much to do, so little time….. We have some fun events coming up in October. First up is our annual Peace River Canoe Trip on Saturday, October 2nd. The Happy Hour will be held at the Gulf Drive Café’s new Tike bar on the beach on Anna Maria Island on October 8th. The Annual Golf outing to benefit the Alzheimer’s association will be held on October 9th. After the golf outing there will be a BBQ and party

at Twin Lakes for all participants, their guests and all club members. We will be in full force on October 23rd for the Alzheimer’s walk with a BBQ at South Lido beach following the walk.

If you are looking for a fun club to join don’t be shy, you can join at our monthly meeting held at the Saranama Eagles Club at 501 North Beneva Rd, or on our newly revamped website @ www.SBPHC.com -check us out! The meetings are held the last Thursday of every month from 6:00 to 9:00pm. September was our special live music night with Jim Morris playing in the courtyard. Till next time, remember – “We’re growing older, but not up!”

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Hey Tampa Bay Parrotheads, what tiiiiiiiime is it? It’s time to move back home. Yep, that’s right. Whiskey Joe’s on the causeway is where we started, and now our new home will be at the new Whiskey Joe’s. We’ve had a few events there over the last year and a half and it seems to have worked out well enough to make it our forever home. The first official meeting there will be Wednesday, October 6th and I hope everyone can make it out. We do have to give a big shout out to Derek at Gasoline Alley for hosting us for almost two years. It’s been a lovely cruise. Our 16th birthday party has come and gone, and yours truly had to miss it for the first time in 12 years!! Boy, did I miss a good time! It started off Friday night with the De’Leid Parrots at Jimmy Guana’s and carried on Saturday at the pool party with Flip Flop Dave and some apparently wild and crazy antics around the pool. I still haven’t found out what was up with the inflated gloves…and I’m not sure I want to know since most of them seemed to have ended up in Steve Bird’s bathing suit!! Saturday night started out with a moment of silence for 9/11, then A1A, with the fab Jeff Pike, entertained

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Tampa Bay Parrot Heads in Paradise Club Written by Charlotte Lanier aka Charlie Rose while folks danced in togas. There were awards and the formerly mentioned Mr. Bird, along with his beautiful bride Teresa Bird, won the best togas. Though members of TBPH Steve is also the prez of the Nature Coast PH club and Teresa is the secretary. Our lovely Miss Susan Martin won Parrothead of the Year, and there is no one more deserving. That woman works, and shops, her butt off for this club, and much of it on her own dime. She has run the raffles for several years now, and is in her second stint as Election Officer, which is a seriously thankless job. But Thank You!! And congrats. Mikeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee said that drunken calls to Cap’n Harry and Sarah Sunshine didn’t make it through, but little miss McGill did

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manage to get most everyone smeared with icing, as is her “tradition”. I am sure there was some champagne involved as well. Sunday brought out some hung over folks to listen to the wonderful Michael Weiss. Oh yeah, and we raised over $2500 for Clearwater Marine Aquarium in the process. Thanks to all the volunteers for making another great party happen. Still can’t believe I had to miss it!!! OK, so I am running out of room. If you didn’t sign up for Meeting of the Minds it’s too late by the time you read this (sorry about your luck). You can read all about it in the December issue. In the meantime you need to join us at our next Parrothead meeting. You can find us at Whiskey Joe’s (on the Tampa causeway next to the public parking for Ben T. Davis beach) on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month. Check out our website at www.finsup.com for more details about the club or any of our upcoming events (click on the “Events” banner and go to the month in which you need info). And remember, “Wrinkles only go where the smiles have been.” Pictures by Doc Susan and Betty Boop (Dorothy)

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Get Your Scream On In Tampa Bay! It’s here…I can’t believe it’s finally here! No, I’m not talking about a winning streak for the Rays, I’m talking about Fall! Fall is officially here, which means there are some exciting, and yes scary, events, festivals and celebrations for everyone to participate in. While they aren’t all scary, the ones that are will have you wanting to jump out of your skin! So, let’s not waste any time and get to the must-sees during October.

I would be remiss if I didn’t start with one of the Tampa Bay area’s signature events during October – Howl-OScream at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. We are told that this year’s event, which has a completely new theme – Revenge Rocks – will be taking sweet revenge on its most devoted fans! The basics: for 18 select nights Busch Gardens Tampa Bay transforms into Florida’s top-rated Halloween event – a park-wide nightmare of seductive surprises that will rock your world. Devious creatures infest Busch Gardens’ 335 acres with dark, sinister, adult-targeted fun, including more haunted houses than ever before, all-new spine-tingling scare zones and thrilling live stage shows.

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For those who haven’t been to this chilling event before, and even for those who have, Howl-O-Scream has turned in to one of the premier Halloween events in Central Florida, so don’t miss your chance to survive a night of pure terror! www. HowlOScream.com. And for those who would like something a little more family-friendly this Halloween, we have you covered too. When the sun goes down, the frights come out at ZooBoo, Tampa’s largest family Halloween event, taking place at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo! The basics: it’s a ghoulish good time for all during the multi-night celebration. Meander through the shadowy darkness of haunted houses like the new “Pharaoh’s Tomb of Revenge” or find spooky fun for little ones with their own “Boo House” and dazzling

seasonal lights. Enjoy free unlimited Zoo rides like the twisting, turning Tasmanian Tiger family coaster. www. LowryParkZoo.com. Another family-friend option to consider is the largest science center in the Southeast United States – Hall-o-Boo at MOSI. The basics: Hall-o-Boo goes

Hollywood, with fun and fright zones inspired by Hollywood classics. This fifth annual event includes children’s activities, trick or treat stations and science demonstrations. But it’s only for three days – Oct. 28-30! www.MOSI.org. For those of you who prefer the real thing, here’s something I suggest you get out and investigate – Ghost Tour of Tampa! There’s no theme park, no thrilling coasters, no live performances, just the real thing, and it’s waiting for you. You can experience this candlelit walking tour and “discover the other side of Tampa’s quirky past... a place of restless spirits, haunted theaters, and lost cemeteries.” So if you’re looking for the real deal this Halloween, check it out. they have nightly tours at 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.. Visit www.ghosttour.com to get the details.

I almost forgot – there’s Guavaween! I have mentioned this before, but you have to know that Guavaween is a Latin-style Halloween celebration based on Tampa’s nickname, “The Big Guava.” This annual celebration features the mythical Mama Guava, who has sworn to take the “bore” out of Ybor City, and

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a parade of her devoted followers. The festival is an all day event beginning with Family Fun Fest offering activities for the entire family. The “Mama Guava Stumble,” a satirical night parade, kicks off the evening’s activities and a huge street party featuring multiple stages of entertainment continues well past midnight. No matter what you do though, make sure you come decked out in your best costume! It all happens Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010 and the annual event is a major fundraiser for the Ybor City Chamber of Commerce (so there is an admission price), so be sure to visit all of the fine shops, restaurants, bars, clubs, galleries and theatres that make Ybor City great! There are the ins and notso-outs of how to survive Halloween in Tampa Bay! Get out there, get scared, and have a great time!

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Friday 1st RUSH TIME MACHINE TOUR 2010 APPEARING AT THE AMPHITHEATRE AT THE FLORIDA STATE FAIRGROUNDS in Tampa at 7:30pm. For more information call 1-800-ASK-GARY. Friday 1st & 2nd LIVE COMEDY WITH MIKE ARMSTRONG/TORIAN HUGHES AT VISANI’S COMEDY THEATER in Port Charlotte. For more information and tickets visit www.visani.net Friday 1st-9th NO SEX PLEASE, WE’RE BRITISH AT THE CULTURAL CENTER IN PORT CHARLOTTE please call for ticket prices. Production starts at 7:30pm. For more information visit www.charlotteplayers.org or call 941-625-4175 X222. Saturday 2nd FARMER’S MARKET DOWNTOWN IN PUNTA GORDA on Taylor St. and Herald Court by the Historic court House. From 8-1pm. There’s local farm fresh fruits and vegetables, live entertainment, fresh baked goods & fresh seafood, locally homemade soups-togo, fresh cheeses & fresh ground coffee, fresh cut flowers & potted plants and creative demonstrations & performers. Come One Come All! -------PUNTA GORDA SPEEDWAY EVENT – Super Late Model 100, Outlaw Modified, Super Stocks, Pro 4, Fab 4, road warriors, legends, Bandolero. For more information visit www.puntagordaspeedway.com -------CRUIZIN’ ON DEARBORN from 5-8pm in Englewood. Oldtime Cars-and oldtime tunes. Hundreds of old car enthusiasts and scores of old car brighten Dearborn Street. Music will flood the street and most restaurants and shops are open late! For more info visit our website at www.oldeenglewood.com -------“BAR STOOL OPEN” GNO(GIRLS NIGHT OUT) AND BUDWEISER (PEACE RIVER DISTRIBUTING) will once again be partnering with 9 Punta Gorda locations benefiting Dollars for Mammograms. This is a nonprofit public foundation established solely for the purpose of providing no cost mammograms to area women who are uninsured or underinsured and cannot afford the cost of a mammogram. This event is a nine hole miniature golf tournament that offers anyone the opportunity to play. Just get a team of 4 putters together, men and or women, and sign up at one of the

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SWFL October Events participating locations. The cost is $100 per team. We will begin with a shotgun start at 10:30am and end with a wrap up party at 6pm at Biehl’s Slip-Not Lounge. Prizes will be awarded for best team name, best costume, high and low scores and best putter, so use your imagination!! The Participating locations are- Ice House Pub, River City Grill, Biehl’s Slip-Not, Phil’s 41, Beef O’Brady’s, Tapas One, Dean’s South of the Border, Jack’s and The Celtic Ray. For more info for this event please contact Denise Dull @ 941-626-9439 or Kris Peterson @ 941-815-1888 or Jill Ferguson @ 412-973-0429. For more information about the foundation go to www.dollarsformammograms.org Hope to see you all there! -------“THINK PINK ON THE PIER” AT FISHERMEN’S VILLAGE from 106pm. Breast Cancer Awareness fundraiser. Memorial Walk, Bra Decorating contest and more. For more information call 941-575-3067. -------FLORIDA’S BLOOD CENTERS BLOOD DRIVE AT HABITAT FOR HUMANITY IN LAISHLEY PARK IN PUNTA GORDA from 11-2pm. Sunday 3rd, SHARKS SIESTA KEY TRIATHLON AT THE SIESTA KEY BEACH for more info visit www.siestakeychamber.com Saturday 2nd & 3rd 8TH ANNUAL FALL HOME AND GARDEN SHOW AT THE CHARLOTTE HARBOR EVENT CENTER in Punta Gorda. Starts at 10am. Sunday 3rd ANTIQUE AUTOMOBILE CLUB OF AMERICA’S COLLECTOR CAR SHOW in Historic Downtown Venice from 8-3pm at the Centennial Park. Tuesday 5th “ROY ORBISON” TRIBUTE BY MIKE T AT VISANI’S COMEDY THEATER in Port Charlotte. Tickets are $10. Show time is 7:30pm. For more info visit www.visani.net Wednesday 6th-9th LIVE COMEDY AT VISANI’S COMEDY THEATER WITH KEN EVANS/LARRY XL for more information visit www.visani.net Thursday 7th

FLORIDA’S BLOOD CENTERS BLOOD DRIVE AT TRUE BLUE POOLS/OLD MONTY’S PIZZA in Punta Gorda from 11-3pm. -------MUSEUM OF ART & CIRCUS MUSEUM PRESENTS ART AFTER 5: COCKTAILS & OBSERVATIONS from 5-8pm. Enjoy the Museum of Art permanent collection and special exhibition galleries, cocktails and great conversation on the loggia. Bring the family and explore the Circus Museum’s miniature circus and Wisconsin railroad car. After hours discounted admission are adults are $10, children ages 6-17 are $5, and under 5 are free. For more info go to www.ringling.org Friday 8th JONAS BROTHERS APPEARING AT THE AMPHITHEATRE AT THE FLORIDA STATE FAIRGROUNDS in Tampa at 7pm. For more info call 1-800-ASK-GARY. -------STONE TEMPLE PILOTS APPEARING AT ST.PETE TIMES FORUM at 7:30pm. For tickets and information visit www.sptimesforum.com Saturday 9th FLORIDA’S BLOOD CENTERS BLOOD DRIVE AT BIKERS FOR BLOOD BEACH COMPLEX at 4500 Harbor Blvd. in Port Charlotte from 10-12pm. -------FARMER’S MARKET DOWNTOWN IN PUNTA GORDA on Taylor St. and Herald Court by the Historic court House. From 8-1pm. There’s local farm fresh fruits and vegetables, live entertainment, fresh baked goods & fresh seafood, locally homemade soups-togo, fresh cheeses & fresh ground coffee, fresh cut flowers & potted plants and creative demonstrations & performers. Come One Come All! -------FOURTH ANNUAL BUCHANDEARBORN AVIATION DAY FLYIN BREAKFAST at the Buchan Airport in Englewood. Admission is $6.00. Hours are 9-1pm. For more information visit www.oldeenglewood.com -------CLASS CAR CRUISE NIGHTS AT BENEVA VILLAGE from 5-8pm.

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Address is at Taco Bell 3510 Clark Rd. Sarasota. Its open to the public with no entrance fee. -------PUNTA GORDA SPEEDWAY EVENT – Pro Trucks, rookie Trucks, sportsman, dwarf, TQ midgets, road warriors, cowboy Cadillac, mini stocks. For more information visit www.puntagordaspeedway.com -------SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE ON DEARBORN in Englewood. From 6-9pm. Shops will open late. Shop, dine, and play on Dearborn Street! Visit www.oldeenglewood.com -------OKTOBERFEST AT FISHERMEN’S VILLAGE in Punta Gorda. Fun activities for the entire family from 11-1pm. Live music and dance in the center court. For details call 941-575-3067 or visit www.fishville.com Saturday 9th & 10th HOLIDAYFEST AND CRAFTEXTRAVAGANZA AT THE CHARLOTTE COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS from 10-6pm. Walk down Reindeer Way to shop 100+ hand-made crafters, stroll through Candy Cane Lane and let the kids have fun with games, bounce houses, meet Santa, and so much more. Enjoy the sounds of Christmas as the music plays throughout the fairgrounds. A day of family fun for all ages to enjoy. Admission is $6, seniors are $4 and kids are $2-bring a canned good and receive $1 off. Parking is $2. For more info visit www.ginghamandlaceproduction.com Tuesday 12th CRESENT BEACH GROCERY ANNOUNCES ITS 2010 SERIES OF WINE & FOOD TASTINGS at Siesta Key’s Corner Grocery & Epicurean Oasis from 6-8pm. Admission is complimentary. We will be featuring wines around the world accompanied by hors d’ouvres from our gourmet deli. You are certain to find a wine that will excite your palate. -------LIVE MUSIC AT VISANI’S COMEDY THEATER WITH THE ELVIS TRIBUTE SHOW at 7:30pm. For more information visit www.visani.net -------FLORIDA’S BLOOD CENTERS BLOOD DRIVE AT MILLENNIUM PHYSICIAN GROUP in Port Charlotte from 10:30-1:30pm. Wednesday 13th STONE TEMPLE PILOTS WITH SPECIAL GUESTS BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB APPEARING AT THE GERMAIN ARENA at 7pm. For tickets and info visit www.

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germainarena.com Wednesday 13th-16th LIVE COMEDY-BRAD BRAKE/ ROY HABER AT VISANI’S COMEDY THEATER in Port Charlotte. For tickets and information visit www.visani.net Wednesday 13th – 17th RINGLING INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL AT THE JOHN AND MABLE RINGLING MUSEUM OF ART starts at 12am and ends at 11:55pm. For more information visit www.ringling.org Friday 15th SUGARLAND WITH LITTLE BIG TOWN AND RANDY MONTANA APPEARING AT THE AMPHITHEATRE AT THE FLORIDA STATE FAIRGROUNDS in Tampa at 7:30pm. For tickets and info call 1-800-ASK-GARY. -------FLORIDA’S BLOOD CENTERS BLOOD DRIVE AT HELGEMO & LIOU PEDIATRICS at 2040 Tamiami Trail in Port Charlotte from 1-4pm. Saturday 16th FARMER’S MARKET DOWNTOWN IN PUNTA GORDA on Taylor St. and Herald Court by the Historic court House. From 8-1pm. There’s local farm fresh fruits and vegetables, live entertainment, fresh baked goods & fresh seafood, locally homemade soups-togo, fresh cheeses & fresh ground coffee, fresh cut flowers & potted plants and creative demonstrations & performers. Come One Come All! -------PUNTA GORDA SPEEDWAY EVENT – checkered flag sprints, open wheel modified, legends, bando, road warriors, pro 4, fab 4. For more information go to www. puntagordaspeedway.com Saturday 16th & 17th EAST END VOLLEY BALL TOURNAMENTS IN SIESTA KEY The winners will receive trips including airfare and casino rooms for the tournament. For more information call 631-728-0397. Saturday 16th & 17th 16TH ANNUAL DOWNTOWN SARASOTA ART & CRAFTS from paintings to woodwork. Located along Florida’s Gulf of Mexico. Saturday 16th 2010 ULTIMATE RIB FEST AT PUNTA GORDA’S LAISHLEY PARK from 11-7pm. Southwest Florida’s PREMIER BBQ Event. Areas restaurants bring thousands of their best baby backs & spares for the community to enjoy. For more info visit www.ultimateribfest.com Saturday 16th & 17th PLACIDA ROTARY NAUTICAL

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SWFL October Events FLEA MARKET IN ENGLEWOOD from 9-5pm. CR 771-Englewood, Waterfront at the Fishery Restaurant. Family fun event with unique nautical bargains, crab races, pony rides, music & food and so much more. Admission is $3 per adult and ages 12 and under are FREE. No dogs Permitted. For more information visit www.placidarotary.net Saturday 16th & 17th 2ND ANNUAL BUCKLER CRAFT FAIR at the Charlotte Harbor Event Center. Fair starts at 10am. For more info visit www.bucklercraftfair.com Monday 18th FLORIDA’S BLOOD CENTERS BLOOD DRIVE AT PUNTA GORDA CIVIC ASSOCIATION at 2001 Shreve St. in Punta Gorda from 10-2pm. Tuesday 19th AL HOLLAND appearing at Visani’s Comedy Theater in Port Charlotte from 6-9pm. Music from the 50’s through the 90’s, specializing in Motown, soul & dance classics. No cover charge. For more information visit www.visani.net Wednesday 20th-23rd COMEDY HYPONOTISIT APPEARING AT VISANI’S COMEDY THEATER in Port Charlotte. For tickets and information visit www. visani.net Thursday 21ST FLORIDA’S BLOOD CENTERS BLOOD DRIVE AT FAWCETT MEMORIAL HOSPITAL in Port Charlotte from 7:30-4:30pm. -------THIRD THURSDAYS AT CA D’ZAN from 6-9pm. Held on the terrace of the mansion, allowing museum visitors to enjoy the beautiful sunsets on the Sarasota Bay while listening to popular regional bands.$5 admission tickets are available at the door only. Seating is very limited. For general info call 941-359-5700 Ext. 5705 or visit www.ringling.org -------GALLERY WALK IN PUNTA GORDA from 5-8pm. The Punta Gorda Downtown Merchants Association brings you art, music, live demonstrations, shopping and food. What a better way to spend an evening strolling through downtown Punta Gorda.

Friday 22nd FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE CONCERT IN VENICE at Centennial Park from 8-10pm. Saturday 23rd FARMER’S MARKET DOWNTOWN IN PUNTA GORDA on Taylor St. and Herald Court by the Historic court House. From 8-1pm. There’s local farm fresh fruits and vegetables, live entertainment, fresh baked goods & fresh seafood, locally homemade soups-to-go, fresh cheeses & fresh ground coffee, fresh cut flowers & potted plants and creative demonstrations & performers. Come One Come All! -------PUNTA GORDA SPEEDWAY EVENT – limited late model 50, sportsman, TQ Midgets, pro 4, fab 4, road warriors, super stocks, cowboy Cadillac. For more information visit www.puntagordaspeedway.com Sunday 24th LONGBOAT KEY FIRST EVER TRIATHLON hosted at the Longboat Key Club & Resort and will start at 7:30am and include a halfmile swim, 20-mile cycling ride and five-mile run. For more information visit www.longboatkeytri.com -------HALLOWEEN EXTRAVAGANZA AT FISHERMEN’S VILLAGE special events at Harpoon Harry’s, Halloween Costume Parade through village, trick-or-treat with the Village Merchants. Admission is Free. For more info visit www. fishville.com Monday 25th CARRIE UNDERWOOD PLAY ON TOUR APPEARING AT ST.PETE TIMES FORUM at 7:30pm. For tickets and information visit www. sptimesforum.com Tuesday 26th SUBLIME WITH ROME AND SPECIAL GUESTS THE DIRTY HEADS APPEARING AT GERMAIN ARENA at 7:30pm. For tickets and info visit www.germainarena.com -------“MEMORIES” OLDIES SHOW AT VISANI’S COMEDY THEATER in Port Charlotte. Tickets are $10. Show time at 7:30pm. For more info visit www.visani.net --------

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FLORIDA’S BLOOD CENTERS BLOOD DRIVE AT EDISON STATE COLLEGE in Punta Gorda from 10-3pm. Wednesday 27th-30th LIVE COMEDY WITH DALE JONES/NICHOLAS ANTHONY AT VISANI’S COMEDY THEATER in Port Charlotte. For tickets and show times visit www.visani.net Wednesday 27th FLORIDA’S BLOOD CENTERS BLOOD DRIVE AT CHARLOTTE REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER in Punta Gorda from 8:30-3:30pm. Friday 29th NORTH PORT’S CITY HALLOWEEN TRICK-OR-TREAT AT CITY HALL for more information visit www.northportchamber.com Friday 29th-31st SARASOTA PUMPKIN FESTIVAL AT THE SARASOTA COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS from 12-10pm on Fruitville Rd. benefiting All Children’s Hospital. $5/day for adults and kids 10 and under are FREE. Come see the entertainment & FUN! Please call Festival Information Line 24hrs at 941-706-7605. Saturday 30th FARMER’S MARKET DOWNTOWN IN PUNTA GORDA on Taylor St. and Herald Court by the Historic court House. From 8-1pm. There’s local farm fresh fruits and vegetables, live entertainment, fresh baked goods & fresh seafood, locally homemade soups-togo, fresh cheeses & fresh ground coffee, fresh cut flowers & potted plants and creative demonstrations & performers. Come One Come All! Saturday 30th PUNTA GORDA SPEEDWAY EVENT – super late model 100 laps, pro trucks, rookie trucks, south east champs, dwarfs, pro 4, fab 4, legends, bandolero. For more information visit www.puntagordaspeedway.com -------THE 3RD ANNUAL PUMPKIN BALL downtown Sarasota’s Halloween Street Party. Sarasota’s own side show event. For more info visit www.ThePumpkinBall. com -------HALLOWEEN PARADE IN DOWNTOWN VENICE from 4-5pm. This is a one time event. For more information call 941-4846722. Sunday 31 st FLORIDA’S BLOOD CENTERS BLOOD DRIVE AT SACRED HEART CATHOLIC CHURCH at 211 West Charlotte Ave. in Punta Gorda from 8-1pm.

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Libra

(September 24 - October 23) Guys: You will have no more worries about losing your hair. Especially when it’s a full moon. Owwwww! Ladies: Shaving your legs is gonna be a bitch.

Scorpio

(October 24 - November 22) Today you will enjoy a nice long nap. In dirt. Forever.

Sagittarius

(November 23 - December 22) Its time to bring out your inner witch or warlock, the moon is right and its time for some hocus-pocus! New song for your I-pod “I put a spell on you and now your mine”

Capricorn

(December 23 - January 20) Trick or treat? You’re actually both. By this time tomorrow you’ll be working the streets wearing 4 inch heels and spandex pants, going by your new name, Candi. And you girls are in for some bad luck, too!

Aquarius (January 21 -

Baker! The evil man who played Cousin Larry on the hit 1980’s sitcom Perfect Strangers!

Aries

(March 21 - April 20) You will soon come into a good deal of money. Spend it wisely. Or not. Doesn’t matter. Because you’re about to be skinned alive by flesh-eating zombies. (April 21 - May 21) You will get an unexpected visit from a recently deceased friend. Libra plays a role.

Gemini (May 22 - June 21) You will have good luck in romance. In fact, you will get a love bite on your neck that will drain your soul and turn you into a vampire... or CEO of a credit card company. Same difference.

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(June 22 - July 22) Today is your day to shine. Mostly because you’ll be lit on fire.

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Leo

(July 23 -August 21) Be ready to embrace change. Loose change. Because soon you will be homeless and begging for coins. But the good news is people will feel sympathy for you being that you have no legs and half a face.

Pisces

(August 22 - September 23) Your astrological planets have aligned in your favor! Unfortunately, it’s your spine that needs alignment as it will become horribly twisted after you fall down a flight of stairs fighting off a swarm of bees that were stinging you in the genitalia. Sagittarius plays a large roll.

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Taurus

February 19) join the celebration: even the dullest-seeming people will suddenly reveal an interest in you and your latest odd project. Keep an eye out for the prince in the frog costume, who may become your next lover or a new pet.

(February 20- March 20) You will meet the person of your dreams. Your bad dreams. That person will chase you as your run naked through your high school. Then your teeth will fall out of your head. You turn around to see who is chasing you... it’s Mark Linn-

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Don't miss your opportunity to be a special part of the new "Charlotte Today" TV show by being a sponsor or being featured in a segment on one of the shows. For more information on “Charlotte Today” including: _Sponsorship Opportunities _Featured Businesses _Events _Charities _People _Other show content Go to: www.charlottetodaytv.com

ABOUT THE SHOW The Charlotte Today Show is coming back. Comcast has had many requests to bring back the popular television show which aired for 8 years on SNN Channel 6. The new show will feature events, activities, entertainment, and local businesses – information and things that are important to the people of Charlotte County and surrounding areas. Charlotte Today will be aired every week with over 200,000 viewers. The show will also be available to over 300,000 homes and businesses in Southwest Florida, from Bradenton to Naples, on Comcast, Video On Demand”, Channel 199 – Charlotte Today will have its own tab under the “Searchlight” section of the on demand programming. Video On Demand programming is available 24/7 and the show will be free of charge. ABOUT BLACK FOX PRODUCTIONS Black Fox Productions has been servicing SW Florida businesses since 2007. Black Fox Productions provides many services including custom on-hold messaging, voice over, commercial and video production as well as advertising consulting and web development. For more information about Black Fox Productions services log on to www.blackfoxpro.com or call 941-204-2222

ABOUT THE HOST Kerri Black will be the host of the new Charlotte Today show. As one of the former hosts, she has plenty of experience hosting, producing, and directing a television show. Her ex p e r i e n ce comes from many areas of media including spending 10 years on Kix Country Radio 92.9 FM as part of the Todd, Bob, & Kerri morning show. Most recently you will recognize her voice and charismatic style from the Kerri & Company radio show which aired in the afternoons on The Beach, 98.9 FM. She has also been featured in many local and national TV and radio commercials as well as many area on-hold messages throughout SW Florida. Additionally, Kerri has lived in Charlotte County since 1981 and knows the community, along with its people, lifestyle, and the growth and change that has developed through the years. This experience will help her bring interesting and relevant topics to the show that will showcase the events and happenings in Charlotte County and surrounding areas.

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