Port Charlotte/Punta Gorda
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YMCA?s cheer squad learns new routines

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  • AmilIa Nichols, 6, jumps as high as she could during cheer practice on Monday evening held on the field at Port Charlotte Middle School. YMCA cheer practice for beginning cheerleaders was taking place under the coaching of Danielle Jones.
  • 1/23/2015
  • Album ID: 1896057

Annual Woodcarvers Show at the Cultural Center

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  • From the novice to the veteran woodcarver like Roy Wiik, all levels and techniques were on display Saturday for the annual Woodcarvers Show, along with live demonstrations throughout the day at the Cultural Center. The show was sponsored by the Charlotte County Woodcarvers, who meet at the Cultural Center from 8 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays in Centennial Hall.
  • 1/23/2015
  • Album ID: 1896052

The music of Gallery Walk

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  • HERALD PHOTO BY SUE PAQUIN -- Brenda Peck sang holiday favorites during the Dec. 18 Gallery Walk. --
  • 1/23/2015
  • Album ID: 1896063

Twirl your partner at the Charlotte Promenaders Square Dance Club

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  • HERALD PHOTOS BY BETSY WILLIAMS -- Thursday evenings at the Port Charlotte Beach Complex mean square dancing. The Charlotte Promenaders Square Dance Club starts with pre-rounds at 7 p.m. The evening offers callers from in and around the area for Plus Dance with Phase II Rounds. The weekly event is open to members and the public. For more information, call Cris Harding 941-429-1311. Never missing a dance are Dwayne and Judy Barnhill, who rarely took a break during the two-hour session.
  • 1/23/2015
  • Album ID: 1896049

Winter Instructional Dance for Junior Cotillion

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  • HERALD PHOTOS BY BETSY WILLIAMS -- While National League of Junior Cotillion is about ballroom dancing, white gloves and manners during Season I, the students, a majority of whom are local six-graders in the Charlotte Harbor Chapter, also are taught the proper use of silverware and how to set a formal place setting during the Winter Instructional Dance. Paige Deno, with a knife in one hand and a fork in the other, is about to learn the proper way to cut her food.
  • 1/23/2015
  • Album ID: 1896051

A dollar at a time

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  • PHOTO PROVIDED -- The Vietnam Wall of Southwest Florida Committee received a donation from the Charlotte Stonecrabs this past summer. From left to right, Jeff Cook, Director of Ticket Operations, Stonecrabs mascot Stoney, Bill Akins and Stonecrabs General Manager Jared Forma. --
  • 1/23/2015
  • Album ID: 1896046

YMCA hosts youth soccer league

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  • Practice, practice and more practice for these 5- and 6-year-old future soccer players. With three and four evenings a week and games on Saturday mornings, the Y Youth Soccer takes place on the fields at the Port Charlotte Middle School. Here, coach Jen Luikart poses with her yellow team members.
  • 1/23/2015
  • Album ID: 1896055

Great horned owl goes to school

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  • HERALD PHOTOS BY BETSY WILLIAMS -- Callie Stahl, Operations Manager at Peace River Wildlife Center, recently brought Bella, a full-grown, 10-month-old great horned owl, for a visit to Peace River Elementary School?s Title One reading program run by Chris Marcoguiseppe. Joining the two for a group photo are third-graders Lily Stahl, Bella Linares and her fifth-grade sister, Brianna.
  • 1/16/2015
  • Album ID: 1893299

Harbor Nights, Derby Days benefits school

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  • HERALD PHOTOS BY BETSY WILLIAMS -- Harbor Nights, Derby Days, a gala event benefitting St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School held Jan. 10, offered a variety of auctions, races, dinner, contests and fun. While it was held at St. Charles, guests came all over the county and North Port as this is the only Catholic school in the area. Teachers and staff members Petra Brandt, Melissa Elsberry, Pam Bass, Keelin Stauffer, Kim Powers and Maureen Monaghan pose with the onstage horse just before the start of the horse races.
  • 1/16/2015
  • Album ID: 1893296

Port Charlotte Library celebrates Saturday hours

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  • HERALD PHOTOS BY BETSY WILLIAMS -- Saturday was the first time in more than 10 years the Port Charlotte Library opened its doors on a Saturday. The hours of the library were trimmed down after major damage suffered from the Aug. 13, 2004, Hurricane Charley swept through the area. In celebration of the Saturday hours, the public was invited to enjoy free entertainment, music and refreshments while they browsed. Pat O?Rawe, Joan Page and her daughter, Janet Spooner, were checking out books, puzzles, DVDs and the computers during their Saturday visit. New Saturday hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • 1/16/2015
  • Album ID: 1893300
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