Caribbean Party Fun
Don’t miss the Gift of Life Caribbean Party with a Purpose on Sunday, Nov. 10, 1 to 5pm, at Farlow’s on the Water, 2080 S. McCall Rd. Owner Keith Farlow is hosting the Lemon Bay Sunrise Rotary Club fundraiser for the Gift of Life, Intl., with the goal of giving 100 children aged one to twelve an urgent heart operation in India. Entertainment will be provided by the Big Bamboo Band & Sonny Jim. Order drinks and appetizers to enjoy while listening to the music or book a table for a meal. Bring a chair to sit on patio. There will be a 50/50 draw and a raffle for a drinks hamper. Cost is $10 cover charge per person. To book a table, call Farlow’s directly at 474•5343 or email Maurice Price at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GCUMC Holiday Sale
Find your treasures at the Holiday Sales at Gulf Cove United Methodist Church! There’s no telling what can be found at the Men’s Club Barn Sale. The Crafty Ladies will show off their handmade wares at the Crafts Sale in Oaks Cove. The Ladies are also offering goodies for the tummy at their Bake Sale. Find out exactly what can be yours on Friday& Saturday, November 8 & 9, 9am to 3pm. Gulf Cove UMC is located at 1100 S. McCall Road in the Gulf Cove area. For more information, contact the church at 697•1747 or GulfCoveUMC@gmail.com.
Fall Boat Expo
The Sarasota Boat Expo returns to Robarts Arena at the Sarasota Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, November 8-10. You will find discounted show prices from 12 new regional boat dealers. Attendees can sit in on sessions at the Captain Joe Fishing School, materials provided for these hands-on seminars. Hours: Fri. & Sat. 10am to 6pm. Sun. 10am to 5pm. Admission is $5, kids ages 12 and under free. Learn more at sarasotaboatexpo.com.
Get some Christmas shopping out of the way at the Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 9, 8:30am to 2pm, in the Fellowship Hall at Englewood United Methodist Church, 700 E. Dearborn St. Browse the Kitchen Korner, Raggedy Ann & Andy dolls, Sports Fan Dept., Painted Pots & Glasses and much more.
Sarasota Medieval Fair
The annual Sarasota Medieval Fair returns weekends, November 9 through December 1, at the Sarasota County Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota. Enjoy the fun of medieval times with jousting, human combat, chess tournaments, Celtic music, pub crawl, artisan marketplace, daily shows and much more. Hours: 10am to 5:30pm. For tickets and further information, visit sarasotamedievalfair.com.
Veterans Day Ceremony
A Veterans Day Remembrance Ceremony will be held at the Veterans Memorial at the end of West Dearborn Street where it meets Harbor Lane on Lemon Bay Monday, Nov. 11 at 11am. Master of Ceremonies will be Sr. Vice Cmdr. Ray Thompson, U.S. Navy, Retired. The LBHS ROTC Drill Team will give a demonstration. Honor Guard is Englewood Fire Dept. Refreshments will be served afterwards by the Lemon Bay Garden Club.
Veteran Appreciation Day
The public is invited to come celebrate the 100th anniversary of the American Legion Post 113 Rotonda West on Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 11, 11am-3pm. A ceremony will be held followed by a free lunch at noon then entertainment. Commemorative coins will be given out to active military and veterans with ID while supplies last. Post 113 is located at 3436 Indiana Road. The event is being supported by the Englewood Chamber and the Englewood Area Board of Realtors and sponsored by Farlow’s on the Water, Key Agency and Michael Saunders & Company.
Explore Jewish Mysticism
An international professor in Kabbaleh is coming to Venice on Monday, Nov. 11 to present a talk on Mind Yoga and the Kabbaleh of Mindfulness at 10am in the Chabad Education Center, 21560 Angela Lane, Venice. Rabbi Laibl Wolf is an Australian attorney, educator and motivational speaker who will guide attendees through ten steps to health and balance. To RSVP and/or more information, call Chabad of Venice at 493•2770 or visit chabadofvenice.com/mindyoga.
Healthy Hearts Luncheon
Englewood Community Hospital invites all to their annual Healthy Hearts Luncheon and Fashion Show on Friday, Nov. 15, 11:30am to 1:30pm. Enjoy an afternoon of fun, fashion and food while benefiting the American Heart Assoc. 2020 Charlotte County Heart Walk. Silent auction, fashion show by Ivy’s on Dearborn and gourmet lunch provided by Lock n’ Key. Tickets $75 (+ $4.22 fee.) Tickets may be purchased online at Eventbrite.com/e/2019-healthy-hearts-luncheon or call 475•6571. Suncoast Auditorium is at 779 Medical Drive.
Venice Chalk Festival
Don’t miss the amazing chalk paintings when the Chalk Festival returns to the Venice Airport, 675 Airport Avenue East, November 15-18. This year’s theme is “Garden of Wonders – a tribute to the marvels of the natural world and the human imagination.” Featured events include 2D & 3D pavement paintings, restoration of the Megalodon Shark, Garden of Wonder Maze, music festival, Kids interactive area, Kurt Wenner Illusion Environment, food, beverages and vendors. Hours: 8am to 6pm. For tickets and further information, visit chalkfestival.org.
Learn to Scull Day
Lemon Bay Crew Club invites you to try quad sculling on Saturday, Nov. 16, 8 to 11am, at Indian Mound Park, 210 Winson Ave. In a quad scull, each rower holds two oars in this wide and stable boat. Call, text or email to schedule your time: email@example.com or 941•999•1987. Give this fun sport a try. If you like it, the club will be offering a series of coached sculling classes.
Manta Market Opens
The Manta Market starts its new season on Saturday, Nov. 16, 9am to 2pm, at Lemon Bay High School, 2201 Placida Road. Browse fine arts, crafts, artisanal foods, plants and more. The following market date is December 14. Follow it on Facebook.com/Manta Market.
Learn About County Government
Charlotte County Government Academy is a one-day course scheduled for 8am to 5pm, Monday, Nov. 18. It is recommended to anyone who wants to know more about local government. The free program provides the opportunity to share and learn about the various county departments: public works, parks, transit, human services, and more. Government Academy will be held at the Charlotte County Administration Center in Murdock. Register online at CharlotteCountyFL.gov or by phone 623•1092. Space is limited and registration will close at 5pm Nov. 8 or when full. For more information call the Public Information Office at 623•1092.
Historical Society Guest Speaker
On Tuesday, Nov. 19, 7pm, author, speaker, international traveler, ship captain and retired business owner D.L. Havlin will be the first guest speaker for the Lemon Bay Historical Society at the new Green Street Church location, 501 S. Indiana Avenue. Havlin will be doing a presentation on Thomas Edison’s life in Florida. Havlin grew up in Florida and many of his novels are set in Florida, steeped in Florida history and cover topics of interest to Floridians. For more info on Havlin, visit lemonbayhistory.com/events.
What is your greatest legacy? Yourself.
Local resident Domini Hedderman from Your Book Boutique invites you to a creative writing workshop on Wednesday, Nov. 20,
10-11:30am at the Englewood Chamber of Commerce, 601 S. Indiana Ave. This inspiring and uplifting class will guide you through writing a legacy letter to your loved ones that describes your deepest, most heartfelt thoughts and feelings about what’s most important to you. Your personalized letter can share your thoughts, memories, values, hopes, dreams, and wisdom. A legacy letter can make a special, unique gift for your friends and family! Workshop space is limited. Cost is $20. For info or to book your spot, contact Domini Hedderman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 814•873•3836.
Becoming a Floridian?
If you are considering being domiciled in Florida or moved here to benefit from homestead laws, no state income tax and favorable estate planning codes, you might want to explore your Florida checklist by attending a seminar on Thursday, Nov. 21, 10-11am at the Englewood Chamber of Commerce, 601 S. Indiana Avenue. This free seminar is offered through Englewood Bank & Trust. Presenter is Dean Hanewinckel, P.A. Due to limited seating, please RSVP at any Englewood Bank office or by calling Kerry Hunter at 473•3629 or email@example.com.
Fall Fashion Show
Venetian Harmony Chorus (VHC) invites you to their “Fall into Fashion” Show on Thursday, Nov. 21 at 11:30am. Fashions will be by A’Tu, in Sarasota. The show will be held at the Boca Royale Golf & Country Club, 1601 Englewood Road. Have fun with a Chinese auction, baskets and 50/50. Tickets are $25 which include lunch and a performance by the VHC. Proceeds will help the VHC, a nonprofit barbershop singing organization. Purchase tickets by calling 480•1480 or see a chorus member.
Coming Soon: Waterfest!
Englewood Beach Waterfest celebrates its fifth year November 21 through November 24. Kick off the event by attending the Pre-Race Party PowerUP on Thu. Nov. 21, 5 to 10pm, at The Lighthouse Grill at Stump Pass, 260 Maryland Ave. Race fans can catch a glimpse of the race boats and mingle with race officials, Waterfest Board members and other race fans. Table reservations are suggested by calling 828•1368. Coastal JAMZ will provide music and there will be a BBQ Buffet and cash bar. On Friday evening, Nov. 22, head down to Dearborn Street for the Dearborn Street Block Party, 5 to 9pm. Race boats will be displayed and enjoy great food, drinks and music. VIP Block Party tickets are available online. Sat. & Sun. Nov. 23 & 24 are race days at Englewood Beach. Saturday’s races are for points for the world championship races on Sunday. The gate opens at 9am and races start at 10am. Be sure to explore the Family Conservation Center with exhibits from Mote Marine, many conservation groups and clubs, and kids’ activities. Open both Sat. & Sun. from 10am to 4pm. Food and beverages also onsite. Tickets are $20 online early bird price and $25 at gate for two-day ticket. VIP tickets are also available. Order online at englewoodbeachwaterfest.com. Tickets may be purchased at ticket outlets around town (see list online.)
Great Garage Sale
The second annual Great Garage Sale will be held on Saturday, Nov. 23, 8am to 1pm at the Charlotte Sports Park, 2300 El Jobean Road, Port Charlotte. Free admission. Come see what treasures you can find! For more info, contact Debbie Thibideau at 235•5010.
Christ Lutheran Thanksgiving Meal
Christ Lutheran Church invites all to join them for dinner from 1–4pm on Thur. November 28. Christ Lutheran Church, 701 N. Indiana Avenue, is thrilled to be joining with other churches in the area to provide a Free Thanksgiving Day Dinner again this year. Meal delivery is available by calling 474•1989. The dinner is open to everyone in the community all are welcome to share this delicious meal and good fellowship. Volunteers are needed for set-up, clean-up, serve as table hosts and hostesses and drivers for meal delivery within the Englewood area. Please call: 474•1989 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
End Zone Thanksgiving Meal
The End Zone Sports Grille continues their tradition of offering a free Thanksgiving dinner open to all on Thanksgiving, Nov. 28. Serving hours are 11:30am to 3:30pm in the restaurant at 2440 S. McCall Rd. Enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, yams, cranberry sauce and dessert. For updates, visit the End Zone Sports Grille on Facebook or call 473•9663.
Trash Carts Coming!
Delivery of new single stream recycling carts for solid waste customers living in unincorporated portions of Sarasota County has started. These carts will allow residents to place all recyclable material into one container instead of separating the items into two separate bins for curbside collection. Although cart deliveries are projected to be completed by December 20th, the new system will be not be implemented until the week of January 6th. Carts used before that date will NOT be emptied. For more information, contact Sarasota County at 861•5000.
The History & Preservation Coalition of Sarasota County announces nominations are open for the 2019 Sarasota County Heritage Awards. The Coalition wishes to recognize individuals and groups that have made outstanding contributions to the preservation & understanding of the area’s prehistorical & historical resources. Award categories are archaeological conservancy, historical research, organizational achievement, historical collections preservation, historic structure preservation, student scholar award and Lillian Burns individual achievement. To learn more and download a nomination form, go to historicpreservationsarasota.org/heritageawards. Submission deadline is February 15 and the awards ceremony is April 25.
New Topics Series
New College of Florida and the New College Foundation announce the 2019-2020 season of New Topics, a five-lecture series. The series runs November - April and includes a conservationist program manager from Disney on Nov. 12; an historian and jeweler who adorned the main characters of Downton Abbey on Jan. 23; a contemporary Sherlock Holmes who excels in recovering stolen and looted works of art on Feb. 20; the research manager at Disney’s Animals, Science and Environment on Mar. 26 and experts in New Urbanism and environmental studies on Apr. 22. Each program is at 5:30pm in the Mildred Sainer Auditorium, 5313 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. Tickets are $15. RSVP to ncf.edu/new-topics, or by calling the hotline at 487•4888.
CARING AND SHARING
Holidays Without Hunger Needs Donations
Monetary donations are greatly needed to ensure the success of the upcoming Holidays Without Hunger Packing Event on Saturday, Dec. 7. $40,000 is needed to meet the goal of packing over 200,000 meals for hungry children in Englewood schools. Any size monetary donation would be appreciated, and corporate sponsors are being sought to ensure this year’s successful mission. Lemon Bay Sunrise Rotary along with the Yah Yah Girls are spearheading this event. If you would like to be a part of feeding Englewood’s hungry children, please contact Bruce Birch at 769•2311 for check pick-up or to give credit card info or mail a donation to LBSR Foundation, PO Box 897, Englewood, FL 34295-0897 and write Holidays Without Hunger on the memo line. LBSR Foundation is a 501c3. Volunteers are also needed to help pack the meals at Sky Academy, 881 S. River Road, on December 7, 9 to 11am. You can also contact Joe McCarty at 468•4580 for more information.
Dollars for Mammograms will be giving away two $250 grocery gift card prizes in the 19th Annual Grocery Benefit to raise funds for their “No Cost Mammograms for Women Who Can’t Afford Them” program. Tickets are 6 for $5 or 18 for $10. The drawing will be November 25 at Xpertech Auto Repair – winner need not be present to win. Tickets can be purchased at Key Agency, 1201 S. McCall Road or Short Stop Printing, 1101 S. McCall Road. You can also mail your check to Dollars for Mammograms, PO Box 366, Englewood, Fl 34295-0355. Visit dollarsformammograms.org for more information.
Wreaths Across America
Donations are being sought for this year’s Wreaths Across America project at Gulf Pines Memorial Park, 2401 Englewood Rd. The goal is to raise enough money for 1550 holiday wreaths to be placed on veteran headstones in honor of their service and sacrifices made for freedom. Wreaths cost $15 each and for every two wreaths ordered, a free one is received. The date for the wreath laying cemetery is Saturday, Dec. 14 at noon. Volunteers are also needed to lay the wreaths. To donate or volunteer, please call Nancy Carstens at 698•0911. Learn more about the project at wreathsacrossamerica.org.
LBP Benefit Performance
There will be a benefit performance of “It’s a Wonderful Life” at Lemon Bay Playhouse, 96 W. Dearborn St., on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 7:30pm. The beloved American holiday classic comes to life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. Lemon Bay Playhouse and volunteers are donating their time and talent for this one-night benefit performance for New Paradigm of Catholic Charities, whose mission is to provide affordable, transitional housing to families who may be at risk for homelessness while teaching them the self-sufficiency life skills. Tickets are $23 and may be purchased online at lemonbayplayhouse.com or contacting the box office at 475•6756.
Senior Men’s Softball
Open practice is now underway for Senior Men’s Softball on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays starting at 8:15am at the Adult Softball Fields #1 & #2, Englewood Sports Complex, 1300 S. River Road. “This is a great opportunity for men over 60 to play recreational softball,” according to Rudy Davis, league coordinator. Practices run through December and drafts for new players will be conducted the first week in January. There are 3 league divisions: Gold is the most competitive with the most skilled players; Silver is still at a competitive level & Bronze is for players who enjoy the recreational aspect of playing. The winter league runs January through the end of March. Learn more and register online at englewoodseniorsoftball.weebly.com or fill out a form at the Englewood Sports Complex.
Turkey Trot Fun Run/Walk
The annual Turkey Trot Fun Run and Walk is set for Thanksgiving Day on Thursday, November 28 at Ann & Chuck Dever Regional Park, 6791 San Casa Dr. Registration begins 6:30am for the 7:30am event. Adults: $15; Child $5. You can pre-register at Real Bikes Englewood (445•7325) located at 445 S. Indiana Avenue (cash or check only). You can also register at ACTIVE.COM. Goody bags will be presented to the first 200 registrants and all the items, food and prizes are being donated. All the funds from this 5K non-timed fun run and walk is donated to the Englewood Area Cancer Foundation (EACF). EACF is a nonprofit that has supported more than 100 local families since 2011. Please call Erin Halstead with Michael Saunders at 270•0539 or Melody at Real Bikes Englewood 445•7325 with any questions.
Sandy Claws Beach Run
Runners can sign up now for the 43rd annual Sandy Claws Beach Run on Siesta Key Beach on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 8am. There will be both a 5K and 1-mile run. Music, food and raffle prizes. Holiday-themed costume contest. Register by Nov. 20 for best price. Register at scgov.net (keywords registration and reservations) or visit tinyurl.com/sandyclawssrq2019.