Mayoral Candidates Sought
Help your favorite cause by running for Mayor of Englewood for a day! Englewood Pioneer Days is now accepting candidates for the contest. Your duties include cutting the ribbon at the Cardboard Boat Race and in the Parade on Labor Day. Your reward is the money collected for your chosen charity if you win. Any Englewood resident is eligible. All candidates must declare and register by Sunday, July 15. Applications may be downloaded from the website www.EnglewoodPioneerDays.com or can be requested by sending an email to info@EnglewoodPioneerDays.com. The forms should be completed online or can be mailed to EPD, PO Box 1411, Englewood, FL 34275 along with a photo of the candidate, a brief statement that includes information about the candidate (200 words or less), the charity and why that charity was chosen - along a $10 registration fee. Candidate information and on-line voting will be available on www.EnglewoodPioneerDays.com. “Votes” for candidates will be counted by the amount of money raised by the candidate ($1 = 1 vote.) Email: email@example.com with any questions.
Pioneer Days – A Journey in Time!
As the 62nd annual Pioneer Days celebration quickly approaches, it’s time to start getting creative. The committee is thrilled to announce this year’s theme: “Englewood Pioneer Days: A Journey in Time.” This celebration has seen numerous changes throughout its history. Knowing this, parade participants have the opportunity to utilize the known history and bring it to the present. Information and photos can be found at www.englewoodpioneerdays.com. The website contains images of past parades and events on the “history” link. The photos hold several ideas for floats as well. Parade participants can also create ‘floats from the future’ or use a more recent theme. The committee is excited to see what Englewood will bring this year. Parade and vendor applications are online at www.englewoodpioneerdays.com. This year’s celebration will start August 18 and end with the parade and festival on September 3.
Ham Radio Field Day
The public is invited to meet with community Amateur Radio operators as they participate in the national Field Day event, Sat. – Sun. June 23 –24 from 2pm Saturday to 2pm Sunday at the South Gulf Cove Pavilion, 14859 Ingraham Blvd, Port Charlotte. Amateur Radio operators provide a critical public service during times of disaster by providing reliable communications when the normal infrastructure is offline. Come see how they do it.
Free Medicare Counseling Available
Counselors from SHINE will be available to assist with Medicare enrollment questions at the Englewood Charlotte Library on Wednesdays from 10am – 1pm. SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) is a free program offered by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs and your local Area Agency on Aging. Specially trained volunteers can assist you with your Medicare, Medicaid, and health insurance questions by providing one-on-one counseling and information. SHINE services are free, unbiased, and confidential. Please call the Elder Help Line to schedule an appointment at 866•413•5337. The library is located at 3450 N. Access Rd.
Beginner Tai Chi Classes
Want to learn Tai Chi? Beginner Tai Chi classes will be held during June and July on Tuesdays 3-4pm and Saturdays 10-11am at Englewood Community Hospital’s Suncoast Auditorium. New students can start at any time. $6 per class drop-in. No class July 3 and July 7. Classes also available in Venice. For info, call Nancy or 492•2167 or email NDellamura@AOL.com.
Learn the basics of Medicare. Medicare 101 is a well-rounded presentation covering the components of Medicare and the many plan options for those soon to be eligible as well as those currently on Medicare. This free presentation will be held on Friday, June 29 from 1 – 3pm at the Englewood Charlotte Public Library, 3450 N. Access Rd. No RSVP necessary. For more info, call Area Agency on Aging for SW Florida at 866•413•5337.
Smoked Mullet Tickets Available
The Secret Society of Smoked Mullets will host their annual Award Luncheon Friday, June 29 from 11:30am till 1pm at The Waverly Restaurant (formerly The Gulf View Grill) on Englewood Beach. Winners will be announced for “The Englewood Legends Award”, along with the annual “Smoked Mullet Award.” The winners are chosen for their contributions to the area’s past growth and successes. Special guest speaker John McCarthy will discuss the discovery of the unique archaeological site located near Manasota Key in the Gulf. Tickets are $25 each, and space is limited. Tickets are available through the Englewood Chamber www.EnglewoodChamber.com.
Cognitive Fitness Seminar
Want to learn ways to enhance your cognitive fitness? Sign up to attend the free community health seminar “Keeping your Brain Fit” on Friday, June 29 from 11am – Noon at the Venice YMCA, 701 Center Rd. Enjoy lunch while you learn techniques presented by Carisa Campanella, BA, AS. Sign up at the Wellness Desk or call 492•9622. Space limited.
All ages are welcome to come to Elsie Quirk Library, 100 W Dearborn St. for rock painting fun on Sat. June 30 from 10am – Noon. Drop in between those hours to create your own unique self-guided rock art. Materials will be provided. Questions, call 861•1200.
FNPS Mangrove Chapter Field Trip
The Mangrove Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society invites you on a free summer field trip on Sat. June 30, 9am at Lemon Bay Park, 570 Bay Park Blvd. Take a leisurely walk in the shade to a wildfire area to check out the new plants sprouting after the fire. For more info, contact Al Squires at 769•3633 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: www.mangrove.fnpschapters.org.
Powerboat Grand Prix Coming
Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix Festival returns to Sarasota June 23 – July 4. Various events are scheduled before and after the race dates on June 30 and July 1. To see the scheduled activities and learn more, visit sarasotapowerboatgrandprix.org.
Baseball & Fireworks
Bring the family to that all American favorite pastime and have a great time watching the Charlotte Stone Crabs take on Ft. Myers on Tuesday, July 3 and enjoy their biggest fireworks show of their season afterwards. Before the game there will be a pregame Candy Drop, a $20 All-You-Can-Eat Picnic, and live pregame music from musician Tiki Tom! Tickets $8.50 - $25. Game time: 6:35pm. Charlotte Sports Park, 2300 El Jobean Rd, Port Charlotte. FL. For ticket information call 206•HITS(4487) or visit www.stonecrabsbaseball.com.
Device Tech Help
Got questions about using your electronic device – iPhone, iPad, Kindle, Android or another? Make an appointment to get answers with one of the computer gurus at the Englewood Charlotte Library, 3450 N. Access Rd. You can schedule a session to get the help you need. Register online at the library event calendar at www2.youseemore.com/charlottecounty. For more info, contact the library at 681•3736.
“Explorers’ Guide to the Solar System.” Plan to hear NASA/JPL Ambassador, Linda McKenna, present this program that focuses on NASA’s exploration of the Solar System, on Thursday, July 12, 2pm at the Elsie Quirk Library, 100 W. Dearborn St. Learn more at scgov.net/library or call 861•1200.
County Approves Dearborn Changes
Sarasota County Commissioners unanimously gave the green light to the proposed Englewood Town Center comprehensive plan amendment and now the amendment is on the way to Tallahassee for review by state agencies. The amendment will allow up to 25 units per acre for mixed commercial-residential developments on West Dearborn Street and one block both north and south of Dearborn. Although the current density limit of 13 units per acre will be increasing, the limit will remain the same for height (35 feet maximum.) The timeline with state approval projects a final public hearing before the County Commissioners on September 13.
Green St. Church Move One Step Closer!
The Green Street Church Project received a major boost when Sarasota County Commissioners approved a $100,000 reimbursement grant to the Lemon Bay Historical Society to help pay for the moving of the church to Lemon Bay Cemetery on S. Indiana Ave. (SR 776) from its present location on West Green St. The church was the first house of worship in Englewood, built by the Methodist congregation in 1928. The Englewood Community Redevelopment Area Advisory Board committed $50,000 to the move and later offered a $50,000 matching grant. The nonprofit Lemon Bay Historical Society surpassed that goal by raising more than $106,000 through fundraising and additional grants. Historical Society President Charlie Hicks said the next step is to obtain permits from the county and then find out how much FPL will charge to temporarily remove and replace the power lines during the one mile move. Hopefully, the move to its new permanent location will take place around the end of July. Donations can be made online at www.lemonbayhistory.com or mailed to Lemon Bay Historical Society, P.O. Box 1245, Englewood, FL 34295.
Sarasota County Library Mobile App
Sarasota County Libraries and Historical Resources has launched a new all-in-one library mobile app, offering a new way to streamline your library experience. The new app is compatible with Apple, Android and Amazon devices, enabling patrons to manage their accounts from the convenience of their devices. You can search the library catalog, renew items, place holds, download books, magazines and music. The app also allows you to view the event calendar, request a meeting room and browse resources for research and learning. To download the free app, search “Sarasota County Libraries” in your device’s app store. For more information call the Sarasota County Contact Center at 861•5000 or visit scgov.net.
Master Gardener Speaker’s Bureau
Did you know that the Charlotte County Master Gardener Program has guest speakers that will travel to your club/organization and association meeting to speak on many gardening topics? There are a number of popular presentations available including Palms, Butterfly Gardens, Fairy Gardens, Vegetable Gardening, Pest Management and many more. They are now scheduling talks for 2018/2019. Contact UF/IFAS Extension Charlotte County to schedule a speaker at 764•4340.
CARING AND SHARING
Wreaths for Veterans
It’s not too early to think about Christmas in regards to honoring the area’s fallen heroes. Gulf Pines Memorial Cemetery participates in Wreaths Across America, a wonderful, touching service where wreaths are placed on veterans’ graves for the holiday season. There are 1455 veterans buried at Gulf Pines and your help is needed to insure that every one of those heroes has a wreath recognizing their sacrifice this year. This year’s service will take place on December 15. The committee is asking for donations early so their goal can be reached. Wreaths are $15 each and for every two ordered, a free one is received. All money goes directly into purchasing the wreaths. If you would like to donate, please make your check payable to “Wreaths Across America” and send your donation to Nancy Carstens, P.O. Box 3553, Placida, FL 33946. Let’s make this happen for these fallen heroes! Questions, call Nancy at 698•0911.
Green Dot Bystander Training
Charlotte County Green Dot, a violence prevention strategy provided by the Center for Abuse and Rape Emergencies (C.A.R.E.) will be conducting “active bystander training” on Friday, June 29 from 9am to 3pm at the West County Annex, 6868 San Casa Dr. Participants will learn to identify signs of ongoing or potential abuse and several SAFE and realistic ways for them to help stop it in its tracks: domestic violence, sexual assault, child and elder abuse, bullying and stalking. Lunch, certificates and prizes will be provided to all attendees. To register for this free seminar, RSVP to email@example.com. For more info, call 979•7711.
July 4th Freedom Swim
This Charlotte Harbor holiday tradition continues on Wednesday, July 4. Due to construction, there will be two starting points. For those arriving by water, use the traditional starting point in the water offshore of the public beach at the west end of the north end of the southbound U.S. 41 bridge (Charlotte Harbor.) If you use ground transportation to participate, use the public sandy beach at the east end of Gilchrist Park, Punta Gorda to enter the water. The Green Hibiscus Trolley will provide free transportation between Fishermen’s Village and Gilchrist Park from 10am to 3pm (no kayaks.) The race starts at 11am after a discussion with swimmers at 10:50am. The landing will be at Fishermen’s Village, Punta Gorda. For more information, contact Michael Haymans at 661•5622.
YMCA Sprint Triathlon
The 2018 Englewood YMCA Sprint Triathlon will be held on Saturday, July 14 at 7am. You will swim 400 meters, bike 13 miles and run 3.2 miles. The start point will be Englewood Beach, Chadwick Park, Shelter 3. Packet pickup and pre-race pasta dinner will be Friday, July 13 at 4pm at Farlow’s on the Water, 2030 S. McCall Rd. Register online at www.active.com or stop by the YMCA, 701 Medical Blvd. Questions? Call Mike Schyck at 475•1234, ext. 226.
Trigali Park offers indoor pickleball in the Rec Center at 3460 N. Access Rd. Summer hours are Monday and Friday 11:30am – 1:30pm (beginners), Tuesday and Thursday 11:30am-1:30pm (all levels) and Wednesdays 11:30am-1:30pm (advanced.) Call 681•3742 for more information.