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PARADISE FRIENDS            Dan Kain, 248-210-0350,,

                           November already. Where has this year gone? Halloween’s done, Thanksgiving is coming up and
                           the holiday season is kicking off. We’re thankful that Hurricane Irma spared us (mostly), that our
                           snowbird friends are starting to return and the heat of summer is behind us. Remember, Daylight
                           Savings ends on November 5 so don’t forget to set your clocks back.

                           Join us for these activities in November…                           Ladies Lunch Bunch

                           Friends to Go – Those of you on Facebook should keep an eye out for pop-up events posted to the
         Paradise Friends group. These are impromptu events organized by whoever posts the suggestion. If there’s something
         you want to do but don’t want to wait until it becomes a Choice event, or you just want a little company, then post it to the
         Facebook group and see who else wants to join you. It could be as simple as going kayaking, touring an orchid nursery,
         a lunch or maybe a painting class.

         Tables of 8 – The best way to get to know people is in a small group. Here’s the perfect opportunity. However, just
         because it's called Tables of 8, it doesn’t mean it must always be 8. If a host only wants 6 in the group, or wants more
         than 8, that's up to them to decide. The hosting assignments will rotate, and you should expect to be a host
         approximately every 4  month you participate. If you don’t want to host in your home, just make a reservation at a
         restaurant of your choice - how easy is that?  If hosting in your own home, you pick the menu and each Paradise Friend
         guest will bring a dish to share. Either way, this is a great way to get together with longtime friends and meet new ones.
         The next gatherings will be held on November 2 and are already set. However, if you want to get on the list for
         December 7, sign up on our website by November 20. For more info contact Nancy Gamblin at

         Ladies Lunch Bunch – Ladies, join us for lunch at noon on
         Thursday, November 9 at Miceli’s Restaurant, 3930 Pine Island
         Rd. NW, Matlacha. Miceli’s offers quality food in a fun and
         relaxing atmosphere. Following lunch, take the opportunity to
         stroll through the fine art galleries and specialty shops in
         Matlacha. Sign up on the PF website calendar.

         Chow Hounds Men’s Lunch Bunch – Also at noon on Thursday,
         November 9, the men will be lunching at Harpoon Harry’s,
         Fisherman's Village, 1200 W Retta Esplanade. It’s an upbeat
         seafood cafe overlooking the Peace River. There’s a large
         selection of appetizers and sandwiches, a raw bar, salads, soups
         and entrees. No sign up needed, just show up. For more info
         contact Bert Leitsch at

         Mixers - No reservations needed for this one either. On                  Chow Hounds Men’s Lunch Bunch
         Thursday, November 16, come to the St. Andrews South
         Clubhouse, 1901 Deborah Dr, Punta Gorda, from 5 to 7 p.m. It’s
         the monthly opportunity to mix and mingle, enjoy complimentary
         appetizers and have a beverage or two from the cash bar. For
         more info contact Cindy Morrell, or
         Struss Shirk,

         Choice – On Thursday, November 23 join us for a joint
         Thanksgiving meal with our ‘Just For Fun’ friends. The location is
         still TBD but will probably be in a local park. Sign up online and
         indicate which Thanksgiving dish you can bring. Watch for
         emails with more details.

         General Meeting – join us at the PGICA on Thursday, November
         30 at 5:30 p.m. We will celebrate the club’s Third Birthday and
         also elect our 2018 officers. As always, BYOB. Watch for emails
         with more details.                                                                                 Choice

         Membership - The Paradise Friends Club is open to all PGI Civic Association members. If you would like to join us, we
         would love to have you. Dues are $20 per year/per person and you can order nametags for $11 each. You can get a
         form from the PGICA lobby or from Julie Scharpf. Leave the completed form and check at the PGICA office or send it to
         Julie. Her contact information is 908-917-2264,, 2714 Mayaguana Ct, Punta Gorda, FL 33950.

         Send photos for possible inclusion in The Commentator to Ann Slattery,

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