Comedy for a Cause: Sept. 14

Get ready for some belly laughs at the sixth annual Comedy for a Cause on Friday, Sept. 14, at the Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center. County Commissioner Director Chris Constance promises another hilarious evening as local business and community leaders take the stage for a night of spontaneous hilarity as they perform a series of improvisational skits. Think “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” without the network censors.

The performers, who will compete for Judges’ and People’s Choice Awards, include:

  • Sherri Dennis, editor of the Punta Gorda Herald for Adams Publishing Group
  • Jared Forma, general manager of Charlotte Stone Crabs Baseball, Tampa Bay Rays Spring Training
  • Cherie “Get R Done” George, customer relations director for the Gettel Automotive Group
  • Melanie “The Big Bopper” Markel, owner of Array of Cabinets
  • Marie Pearlingi, LMT BMC, owner of Marie Massage, LLC
  • Gary “Mayor of Vice” Wein, Vice Mayor of Punta Gorda;
  • Bob “Bad to the Bone” White, business development director for the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce.

Comedy for a Cause is the Charlotte Players’ principal fundraiser. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit community theater’s many community programs, including the Charlotte County Imagination Library and Kids OnStage.

Tickets purchased in cast members’ names also go toward the People’s Choice Award. VIP dinner and show table seating is $85 with a 6 p.m. entrance, and show-only tickets are $25 with a 7:15 p.m. entrance. Both are available from any of the performers or at or

Due to the improvisational nature of the show, it has been rated for adults only. For more information please contact Event Chair Marie LaBrosse (941-815-6230, or the Charlotte Players (941-255-1022,

Auditions for the Nutracker Ballet

Hands & Hearts for Performing Arts, Inc. is holding auditions for The Nutcracker Ballet that will be performed Dec. 15 and 16 at the Wakeman Cultural Center Theater in Port Charlotte.

Auditions for children and youth ages 8-18 for female and male dancers, acrobats/gymnasts and actors are invited to audition will be Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, from 9 am. to 2 p.m.

Auditions for professional and amateur dancers and actors ages 16 to 55+ will be Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, at 4 p.m. Female and male dancers are needed for leading dance and character roles (Cavalier, Sugar Plum Fairy, Snow Queen, Nutcracker Prince and Rat King). Adult dancers need to bring a brief resume (no headshot needed). Adult performers are also needed for the Party Scene requiring simple choreography.

Auditions will be held at the Starz Choice Dance Academy (238 Seaboard Ave, Venice, Fl 34285). Details and registration information is available at

Charlotte Harbor marine life mural

Punta Gorda Mural Society is raising funds for the Harborwalk Mural. The mural will be painted on the retaining wall under the U.S. 41 southbound bridge along the Punta Gorda Harborwalk. This walkway is used by more than 1,000 walkers and bicyclists every day (2,000 in season). It will capture our Charlotte Harbor marine life, past and present. Learn more at www.puntagordamurals.

VAC will participate in Margin & Mission Ignition 2018

The Visual Arts Center will participate in Margin & Mission Ignition 2018, an initiative of The Patterson Foundation designed to strengthen entrepreneurial capacity and increase nonprofit mission impact through the development and implementation of earned-income strategies. No Margin, No Mission, a social enterprise and national consulting firm engaged by The Patterson Foundation, will consult with the nonprofits for 30 months to develop and implement business plans for revenue-generating ventures. The five organizations participating will come together throughout the process to learn from and share with one another based on their experiences.

VAC The FUN Arts Festival

The Visual Arts Center will hold a new event, The FUN Arts Festival. Six local celebrities will be paired with six local professional artists to create one-of-a-kind pieces of art that will be on display in the Goff Gallery from October 26 to November 16. The local celebrities are Stacey Deffenbaugh-Meyer, Kim Devine, Dr. Corey Girwood, Carlton Hughes, Carmel Kisiday and Jake Williams. The revealing of pairings will be on Sept. 21 and the finale will be on Nov. 21. Many more events will be held as part of the festival.