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Updated: 08/03/2014 08:00:01AM

More than the basics at Back 2 School Carnival

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Lilly, an English springer spaniel from Peace River K9 Search & Rescue, draws attention from the Anderson family of Port Charlotte — Robby, Deborah and their 2-year-old son, Kyle.

SUN PHOTO BY GARY ROBERTS

David Condrey, 11, of Port Charlotte shoots a basket at Saturday’s Back 2 School Carnival at the Family Services Center in Port Charlotte.

SUN PHOTO BY GARY ROBERTS

Bounce houses were a big hit at the Back 2 School Carnival, sponsored by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Charlotte County.

SUN PHOTO BY GARY ROBERTS
Enjoying the Xbox games and educational videos of the Punta Gorda Police Department’s Interactive Center are, from left, Nicholas and Lexi Angelina; Chris Evans and her son, Jack; and Ariah Wiggins and her Chihuahua, Angelina. While the mobile play station was making its first trip outside of Punta Gorda, the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office also was on hand at Saturday’s Back 2 School Carnival, passing out bicycle helmets at the event.

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Dolores the alligator is part of the animal zoo presented by Jeremy Birchfield of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at the carnival. A king snake and a gopher tortoise also were on hand for young animal lovers to see.

By GARY ROBERTS

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PORT CHARLOTTE — Angie McKamey and her 10-year-old daughter, Graci, showed up early Saturday morning to help set up the first Back 2 School Carnival, to which the Boys & Girls Clubs of Charlotte County played host. Then they joined in on the fun among the bounce houses, face painting, games and demonstrations, while taking home a bag filled with free school supplies.

But Graci has even more fun during the week, attending the Boys & Girls Clubs summer camp, also located at the Charlotte County Family Services Center, 21450 Gibralter Drive, Port Charlotte. There, the programs include swimming and horseback riding, and field trips to other points of interest. And she met some new friends.

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