Fashionable Tea Luncheon
Make plans now to attend the Fashionable Tea Luncheon at noon Saturday, January 20 at the Manasota Beach Club, 7660 Manasota Key Rd. You will be entertained with a period fashion show after enjoying the buffet luncheon. There are door prizes and a silent auction. This is a fundraiser to benefit Southwest Historical Organization of Resource and Education (SHORE). Tickets are $35. For more info and tickets, call 475•2696.
How to Make Your
The design of houses can impact the ability of residents to stay at home as they age or following an injury. Sarasota County sustainability staff will present age-friendly housing strategies and local programs that support them at a program on Wednesday, January 31 at 5:30pm to be held at the Elsie Quirk Library, 100 W Dearborn St. Registration is required. RSVP at eventbrite.com/e/how-to-make-your-home. Questions, call Sara Kane at 861•9802.
Learn about Englewood’s history by taking a free narrated golf car tour of Historic Englewood Village. The tours are offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:30am and depart from the Old Florida Gallery and Outdoor Center, 463 W Dearborn St. To RSVP, call 460•1561. Tours will be given through March.
Don’t Miss this Sweetheart Deal!
It’s time again for Lemon Bay Sunrise Rotary’s Sweetheart Deal for Two drawing! Grand prize is Caribbean 7-day all-inclusive resort, including airfare; First Prize is Up to Five Night Caribbean Cruise; 2nd Prize: $250 Romantic Dinner at the Melting Pot; 3rd Prize is $150 Dinner Certificate at restaurant of choice. Drawing held on February 8. Donation: $10 each. Tickets available from Rowley Insurance 475•7762 and Michael J Looney Electric 474•3104. Proceeds benefit the Lemon Bay Sunrise Rotary Community Trust, a 501(3) charitable trust. Official rules can be found at lemonbaysunrise.com/sweetheart.
Pig Pickin’ & Cookie Dash
Come to Gulf Cove United Methodist Church on Friday, February 9, 11am-7pm for an awesome shopping experience and a tasty treat. There will be hand-made crafts available for purchase. Plus, just $10 will get you a generous portion of Pulled Pork plus the extras (baked beans, coleslaw, pickles, bun, and sauce on the side.) Dine-in (and get a free beverage) or use the EZ-Drive-Thru to pick up your take-outs. For dessert, there are homemade cookies from the $5-per-container Cookie Dash table. Get your tickets from church members or at the office, 1100 McCall Rd, Gulf Cove area. For more information, call the church at 697•1747 or email: GulfCoveUMC@centurylink.net. Website: GulfCoveChurch.com.
Toy Train and Hobby Show
Calling all enthusiasts of toy trains, collectibles and hobbies. You will want to stop by the Englewood Elks, 401 N. Indiana Ave., on Saturday, January 20 to browse this show/sale. There will be a running train layout. Show hours: 9am-2pm. Cost: $5 adult; kids 12 and under free. For more info, contact Joe at 727•244•1341 or go to regalrailways.com.
On Wednesday, January 24 from 5-8pm, Jenny Wilkins will share the wonders of biking, hiking, climbing and camping in Colorado at the Elsie Quirk Library, 100 W Dearborn St.
New Syndicated Shows on WENG
Fiorini Broadcasting announced that WENG RADIO will broadcast two new nationally syndicated radio programs on their station 107.5 FM and 1530 AM. The Kim Komando Program will air on Saturdays from 11am-2pm and Canada Calling will air Monday - Saturday at 10am. “The Kim Komando Show,” is a three-hour call-in weekly radio show on technology. WENG will also carry a Tech update Monday – Friday in the 7am hour. The News Segment “Canada Calling” broadcasts daily from Canada and is a 5 and a half minute news program which updates Canadians travelling to the southern U.S. and beyond. Questions, please contact Joe Fiorini at WENG Radio 474•3231 or at email@example.com.
Historic Cookie House Tours
Charlotte County Historical Center is offering guided tours of the historic Cookie House. The Cookie House was part of the 10-acre research compound known as the Bass Biological Laboratory founded by John F. Bass, Jr. in the 1930’s. Much of its history is tied to today’s Mote Marine Laboratory. Free tours will be held every 15 minutes on Fridays, January 19, January 26 and February 9 from 1-4pm. The Cookie House is located at Cedar Point Environmental Park, 2300 Placida Rd. For more info, call Crystal Diff at 629•7278.
Englewood Seafood & Music Festival
Love seafood? Then don’t miss the premier of the Englewood Seafood & Music Festival on Saturday and Sunday January 27-28, 10am-6pm on downtown Dearborn St. All food entrees (seafood, meat and vegetarian) prepared fresh on site by local restaurants and food purveyors. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks available along with a diversity of side dishes and desserts. Listen to live musical performances on stage by some of Florida’s top musical talents. General admission to the festival and live musical performances is FREE. The event is hosted by the Olde Englewood Village Assoc. and Englewood Community Redevelopment Agency.
For You Boaters:
Suddenly In Command?
What if you were out boating when the boat operator becomes ill and unable to be at the helm? The Englewood Coast Guard Auxiliary is offering a safe boating class entitled: Suddenly in Command! Class is held Monday, January 22 at 7-9pm at the Coast Guard Auxiliary building, 1949 Englewood Road (Rt. 776). This boating class is open to the public, $15 for one, $25 for two. Seating is limited. This seminar is designed to assist boat occupants who are not normally at the helm. What do you do if the operator becomes ill, gets injured, falls overboard or has to attend to another emergency. Contact Dane Hahn to sign up for this event at 270•3555 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your seat(s).
Safe-Boating Course Offered
Peace River Sail and Power Squadron will present “America’s Boating Course®” a Two-Day Safe Boating Course on Sat. January 27 and Sat. February 10 from 8:30am-12:30pm at the Punta Gorda Boat Club, 802 Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda (just west of Gilchrist Park). The two sessions will cover boating law, safety equipment, safe boating practices, navigation, boating emergencies, personal watercraft, charts, GPS, trailering and much more. Attendees will receive the America’s Boating Course manual, and after passing an exam, a completion certificate. The class is approved by the Florida FWCC for the Florida Boater Safety Education ID Card and by the National Assoc. of State Boating Law Administrators and the U.S. Coast Guard. The $65 fee (for the first person, $25 for second sharing materials) covers the cost of the manual. For more info or to RSVP, call 637•0766 or email email@example.com. Registration deadline: Wednesday January 24.
Boating Safety Day
Peace River Sail and Power Squadron encourages you to attend a free Boating Safety Equipment Demonstration Day on Saturday, February 3, 10am to 1pm in front of the Punta Gorda Boat Club, 802 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda. Gain experience with flare guns, hand-held flares, and smoke signals with one on one instruction. Bring your trailered boat for a courtesy Vessel Safety Check. Required and additional suggested safety equipment for power, sail and paddle craft will be on display; knowledgeable Squadron members will be available to answer your questions as well as Punta Gorda Police Dept. Marine Officer, Punta Gorda Fire Dept., Florida Dept. of Environmental Protection - Clean Marina Program, Charlotte Harbor Sea Tow and Punta Gorda Learn to Sail. For more info, contact Public Safety Officer PRSPS, Rick Sluzewski, 210•588•3324 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Got Shark Teeth?
If you have too many shark teeth, consider donating them to the Englewood Chamber of Commerce. These popular souvenirs are handed out to visitors to the Chamber, 601 S Indiana Ave. Drop off your extras and then you can find more at your next beach outing. Phone 474•5511.
Bayfront Health Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda offers the following classes for January. Events are held at Bayfront Health Port Charlotte, 2500 Harbor Blvd, Port Charlotte unless otherwise noted. Visit bayfrontcharlotte.com/events for more or call 766•4285.
Quit Your Way
Mon. January 22, 2:30-4:30pm. Quitting tobacco isn’t easy. Free tools and services to help you get started. Call 866•534•7909 to register.
Lunch & Learn: Normal Aging versus the Onset of Dementia
Tues. January 23, 12-1:30pm. Learn the various stages and what to expect when visiting a doctor with concerns of dementia. Free. Lunch provided. RSVP required. Held at Royal Palm Retirement Center, 2500 Aaron St., PC. Call 627•6762 to register.
Emotions of the Heart: Stress Management Class
Tues. January 23, 1-2pm. Learn techniques to recognize, manage, overcome and cope with stress. Free. Held at Bayfront Health Wellness & Rehab Center, 733 E. Olympia Ave., PG. Call 637•2450 to register.
Stroke Support Group
Wed. January 24, 2–3pm. If you or a loved one have been affected by stroke, learn about available resources. Free. Held at Bayfront Health Punta Gorda Medical Office Plaza, 4th Floor Conf. Room, 713 E. Marion Ave., PG. Call 766•4231 for information.
What Do You Have To Lose?
Wed. January 24, 5-6pm. Or
Sat. January 27, 9-10am
If you’re considering weight loss surgery, this interactive session will educate you and allow you to ask questions. Speaker: Geoffrey Roelant, M.D., General Surgeon. Free. Bayfront Health Punta Gorda Medical Office Plaza, 713 E. Marion Ave., Ste. 131, PG. Register at www.BayfrontHealthEvents.com or call 766•4564 to schedule a free consultation.
Top 10 Things to Do For Arthritis
Thurs. January 25, 5-6pm. Learn tips to help you cope and find solutions for arthritis relief. Free. Village Place Health and Rehabilitation Center, 2370 Harbor Blvd., PC. RSVP required. Call 204•8508 to register.
Mended Hearts Support Group Luncheon & Discussion
Fri. January 26, 1-2pm. Mended Hearts is a national and community-based non-profit organization that provides support to those diagnosed with heart disease. Members draw on personal experience as they offer peer-to-peer support. Free. Call 766•4686 to learn more and RSVP.
CARING AND SHARING
Tidewell Hospice Volunteer Orientation
Do you want to make a big difference for people in your community and have the opportunity to meet new friends? Become part of Tidewell Hospice’s family of volunteers! Tidewell will offer orientation for new volunteers beginning Tuesday, January 30 at its Englewood staff center (12034 N. Access Rd.) Volunteers are needed in the office, at the hospice house, in private homes for respite care and much more. Pre-registration is required. Call for information about classes and times. To learn more and to fill out an application to become a Tidewell volunteer, visit www.tidewell.org, or contact Pamela Maren at 548•2336.
Courage Over Cancer Organizational Meeting
Courage Over Cancer is holding an organizational meeting for those interested in becoming a caregiver. The meeting on Sunday, January 21 at 12:15pm will answer questions and help you decide if this ministry is right for you. Courage Over Cancer, an outreach program of Our Journey of Hope, offers support and ministry to those affected by cancer. The meeting will take place in room #109, at Gulf Cove United Methodist Church, 1100 McCall Rd (Gulf Cove area.) To attend the meeting, have questions, or if you are personally in need of ministry, please contact Gulf Cove UMC at 697•1747 or GulfCoveUMC@centurylink.net. The church’s website is GulfCoveChurch.com.
Get your tickets for the Bra-Dazzle Lunch to be held on Saturday, February 24 from 10am-2pm. This luncheon raises awareness of the importance of getting a mammogram in a fun, light-hearted way. The entries in the Bra Decorating Contest will be exhibited by male models in skirts and then auctioned off. “Roll the Dice Chance Drawing” gives you a chance to win gift certificates or auctions. Proceeds will be used to provide no cost mammograms to women who cannot afford them. The event will take place at Jacaranda West Country Club, 1901 Jacaranda Blvd, Venice. Tickets are $50 and are available by calling Rita Bertler at 474•9154.
Diamonds and Pearls
The Center for Abuse and Rape Emergencies (C.A.R.E.) will host its 30th annual C.A.R.E. Ball on Saturday, January 27 at 6pm at the Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center. “Diamonds and Pearls Anniversary” is an appropriate theme as C.A.R.E. celebrates its 35th anniversary in 2018. The event raises funds for helping the victims of domestic abuse, sexual assault and victims of violent crimes in Charlotte County. There will be dinner, music, dancing, a silent auction, gaming and an open bar. Tickets are $135 per person and may be purchased by going to 501auctions.com/careball2018 or calling 639•5499.
Adult Learner Scholarships Offered
The Business and Professional Women of Englewood and Venice (BPWEV) are accepting applications through April 30 for $1,000 Christine Davis Memorial Scholarships for adult learners for the 2018-19 academic years. Female applicants must reside in either Sarasota or Charlotte County. Adult Learners are those women pursuing advanced education or retraining in college or vocational schools. BPWEV scholarship applications, instructions and contact information are accessible online at www.bpwev.org as of January 15. Also, BPWEV is engaged in the national program “Joining Forces with Women Veterans and Military Spouses”. The program provides resources and online connections to veterans and military wives to assist in their successfully obtaining meaningful employment and a career of their interest. BPWEV encourages Women Veterans and Military Spouses to apply.