Around The Town
Healthy Community Day
Join the YMCA’s initiative to improve the health and well-being of kids and families in the Englewood community. Guests will be able to use the Englewood YMCA facility for free on Saturday, May 7 from 9am to noon. There will be a youth sports demo, group exercise class, water safety demo, and more. The Y is located at 701 Medical Blvd. For further information, call the Y at 941•475•1234.
Art Across the Libraries
Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, in partnership with Van Wezel Foundation, invites all ages to explore drama, visual art, and movement with Van Wezel teaching artists who will help you showcase your creativity. Stop by and create on Saturday, May 7, 10:30am to noon at the Elsie Quirk Library, 100 W. Dearborn Street or at the Englewood Charlotte Library, 3450 N. Access Road from 1:30 to 3pm. This free program is part of the Suncoast Remake Learning Days Festival.
Cruisin’ on Dearborn
In spite of the construction on West Dearborn Street, Cruisin’ on Dearborn is still happening. Hundreds of cars and car lovers converge on Dearborn Street for this monthly car show on the first Saturday of the month from 2 to 8pm. Saturday, May 7 is the next Cruise In. Enjoy music to cruise by and music trivia sponsored by the Old Englewood Village Association. Don’t forget to stop by the broadcast booth and get your raffle tickets for prizes.
Bands, Brews & BBQ Fest
Don’t miss a fun day full of great live music, tasty BBQ, and over 40 craft beers to experience at the Annual Bands, Brews, & BBQ Fest on Saturday, May 7, 1 to 9pm, at Laishley Park, 100 Nesbit Street, Punta Gorda. The event features a great lineup of all-day entertainment with Deb & the Dynamics, The Marker 5 Band, Pure Country Band, and direct from Nashville, the winner of The Voice, Jake Hoot! There will be a large craft beer selection in the Brew Tent, food vendors, BBQ vendors, and full liquor bar. General admission is $8 in advance; $10 at the gate. Website: www.PuntaGordaBBQfest.com.
CRA Board Meeting
The next Englewood CRA Advisory Board meeting has been scheduled for Monday, May 9 at 1pm. It will be held at Lemon Bay Park and Environmental Center, 570 Bay Park Blvd. The public is welcome. For more information, call 941•473•9795 or email Englewood@scgov.net.
Free Health Screenings
The Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County, Health in Motion staff, will be on-site at the Elsie Quirk Library to provide no-cost health screenings and referrals for general health and wellness on Tuesday, May 10 from noon to 4pm. Nursing staff will help individuals who lack medical insurance find a medical home for ongoing health care through referrals to the Community Health Centers of Sarasota County. No appointment needed. The bus will be in the west parking lot at 100 W. Dearborn Street. Wellness staff will also be available in the front lobby of the library. Due to construction on W. Dearborn Street, please enter the library property from Cocoanut Avenue, one block north of Dearborn.
Medicare Savings Programs
Join Emmy Szoke on Wednesday, May 11, 1:30-2:30pm, to learn about Medicare Savings Programs that can help pay for Part B premiums, deductibles, co-insurance, co-pays, and prescription drugs. This free educational program will be held at Ann & Chuck Dever Regional Park, 6791 San Casa Drive. You could qualify for one of the Medicare saving plans that can pay for a portion, or all of the Medicare Part B expenses cited above. Call or text Emmy Szoke at 941•221•2455 to reserve your spot. Refreshments provided.
Music Festival Fundraiser
The Leadership Englewood Class of 2022 has announced EngleWOODSTOCK, a fundraiser to support local charitable organizations working to meet the needs of kids, vets, and pets. The event will feature music from the 60s with two bands on Saturday, May 14 at the Englewood Elks Lodge 2378, 401 N. Indiana Avenue from 4 to 9 pm. Paisley Craze and Coastal Jamz will perform a wide range of music from the British invasion, pop music, and rock and roll, to lighter, soft rock. Tickets start at $69 and include entry for music, buffet, 2 drink tickets, silent auction, and fun. Event t-shirts on sale for $35. Cash bar available. All proceeds will benefit Kids’ Needs of Greater Englewood, The Long Walk Home, and Englewood Animal Rescue Sanctuary (EARS). Discounted tickets are presold only and on sale now. Table sponsorships are also available online. Limited tickets will be available at the door while supplies last. Cash and credit cards are accepted. Must be 21 or older to attend. Tickets may be purchased by clicking here.
Light Consciousness Expo
The Light Consciousness Expo on Saturday & Sunday, May 14 & 15 will help you seek answers with like-mindedness in an atmosphere of healing, finding balance and peace. Discover your authentic self and walk your spiritual path with guidance from some of the best professional metaphysicians in the world. Renowned psychics, teachers, authors, artists, healers, medical intuitive people, massage therapists and energy workers are scheduled. A wide range of vendors will be showcasing their products and doing demonstrations. Keynote speakers, both paid and free lectures, and book signings. The Expo will be held at the Sarasota Event Center, 600 N. Beneva Road, Sarasota. Hours are Saturday, 10am to 7pm and Sunday, 10am to 6pm. Admission: $10 for 1 day pass, $15 for week-end pass. Online discount, $3 off. Attendance guaranteed to wake up your absolute true self - step lighter, minimize stress, improve sleep patterns, and manage pain easier. For additional information and tickets, go to www.SherryLord.com.
Disaster Preparedness Webinar
Being prepared for a weather disaster can save your life. Join IF/UFAS Sarasota Extension as they discuss ways you should prepare to stay safe in a webinar on Tuesday, May 17, 11am to noon. What would you do if basic services were cut off, like electricity or water, or if you had to suddenly leave your home? This class, led by Dr. Maria Portelos-Rometo, will offer tips and ways to prepare for unexpected disasters, such as hurricanes. Learn how to assemble an emergency supply kit and other ways to prepare for emergencies. Please register for this event only at ww.ufsarasotaext.eventbrite.com rather than any third-party websites, as they are not affiliated with the class. For questions or further information, please call 941•861•5000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pioneer Plaza Dedication
Finished! The renovations and improvements at Pioneer Plaza (formerly known as Pioneer Park and Dearborn Street Plaza) have been completed. The Sarasota County Commissioners along with the Englewood CRA cordially invite everyone to attend the dedication on Friday, May 20 at 9:30am. Come take a look at the new permanent bandshell and restrooms, landscaping, and walkways at 325 W. Dearborn Street. After the ribbon-cutting, there will be light refreshments and music until 3:30pm; food by Marie Laforge (Mango Bistro); music by Les Bernstein (Rehab on Dearborn,) and Joyce Colmar (Dearborn Street Farmers Market.) Bring your own seating. The music will be the first in a series of musical afternoons held on the stage in the Plaza. For more information, call the CRA at 941•473•9795.
Venice Beach Party
Save the date! There will be a Beach Party at Venice Public Beach on Saturday, May 21, 3 to 8pm. Bands, food trucks, and lots of fun in sun! Sarasota Steel Pan Band will perform at 3pm and Karate in the Garage at 6pm. Free trolley from Centennial Park in downtown Venice to the beach at 101 The Esplanade South. Chairs & blankets welcome but no coolers or pets. Rain or shine. Presented by Venice MainStreet: www.visitvenicefl.org.
Memorial Day Ceremony
The public is invited to the Memorial Day Wreath Laying Ceremony on Monday, May 30, 9am, at Gulf Pines Memorial Park, 2401 Englewood Road. The event will also include a 21-gun salute and special guest speaker. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call Gulf Pines at 941•474•2413.
County Wide Burn Bans
Dry conditions have prompted a countywide recreational burn ban in both Sarasota and Charlotte Counties. Both counties have issued a countywide recreational burn ban due to the dry weather conditions and an increased chance of wildfires. Recreational fires are defined as any non-commercial burning including campfires, bonfires and any open fire that is not specifically permitted by Florida Forest Service. This also includes discharge of fireworks and sparklers and yard waste. The only exception to the ban is cooking fires used on outdoor grills and burn permits issued by the Florida Forest Service. The mandatory burn ban will remain in effect until weather conditions change and the chance of wildfire decreases.
EWD Needs Your Help
On December 16, 2021, the Environmental Protection Agency announced the development of a new regulation, Lead and Copper Rule Improvements (LCRI), to better protect communities from exposure to lead in drinking water. As part of this ruling, all water systems are required to create a comprehensive service line inventory. Service lines are lines running underground from the Englewood Water District (EWD) meter at the curb to the household. In an effort to expedite the inventory process, the EWD is asking residents to self-report the material composition of their home’s service line. Please fill out the survey on the website at www.englewoodwater.com or stop by our office for a questionnaire. EWD would like to have your survey by Wednesday, June 1. If your home was constructed prior to 1987, it is likely you may have lead pipes. For further questions or concerns, please feel free to contact EWD at 941•474•3217.
Got Gardening Questions?
Master Gardeners are available at both the Elsie Quirk Library and Charlotte Englewood Library on Tuesday mornings from 10am to noon. Want to learn more about Florida-Friendly gardens, composting, or citrus trees? Need a plant or insect identified? Homeowners can receive free research-based lawn, landscape, and pest management help from the University of Florida/ IFAS Extension Service. Elsie Quirk Library is located at 100 W. Dearborn Street, phone 941•861•1225, and Charlotte Englewood Library is at 3450 N. Access Road, phone 941•861•3736.
County Public Transportation
Sarasota County Area Transit’s (SCAT) OnDemand service has carried thousands of passengers in less than a year, a success that has proven that new transportation alternatives provided cost efficiencies for the community. Launched in June 2021, this mobility option focuses on four specific zones that cater to residents and visitors alike. Those zones - North Port, Siesta Key, Englewood and Venice, and Lido and Longboat Key – provide rides within the zones and work in conjunction with fixed-route bus service to transport riders throughout the county. An OnDemand vehicle will pick up customers within 30 minutes of the ride request and take them to their destinations within the same zone. Other customers traveling similar routes may share rides. Minivans are used to deliver the service and are accessible for those using mobility devices or needing a ramp to board. Curb-to-curb rides for this new service will be available from 5am to 10pm, Monday through Saturday, and from 6am to 9pm, Sunday. Each ride will cost $1.25. Rides can be booked using the OnDemand app, through www.scgov.net/SCAT website or by calling 941•300•1553. Riders can pay online through the app or by paying cash to the driver. Reservations are required to use this service. For more information, call 311 or visit www.scgov.net. Charlotte County also offers an OnDemand curb-to-curb transportation service within its county but doesn’t connect with Sarasota County. Hours: Monday through Friday, 6:30am to 6pm and Saturdays, 9am to 6pm. Four-day reservations in advance are recommended by calling 941•575•4000, option #2.
CARING & SHARING
OneBlood Blood Drives
The following OneBlood “Big Red Bus” blood drives have been scheduled in the Englewood area. Please note that blood drives are subject to change at any time. Donors are requested to visit the OneBlood website, www.oneblood.org, to schedule an appointment. Monday, May 9, 10am to 4pm: Bealls Outlet, 425 S. Indiana Avenue. Saturday, May 14, 10am to 4pm: Walmart, 2931 S. McCall Road. Thursday, May 19, 1 to 5pm: Publix - Merchants Crossing, 1500 Placida Road. Saturday, May 21, 10am to 4pm: Winn-Dixie - East Englewood. Tuesday, May 24, 10am to 4pm: Bealls, 1500 Placida Road. Wednesday, May 25, 10am to 4pm: Englewood Charlotte Library, 3450 N. Access Road. Sunday, May 29, 2 to 5pm: Publix – Merchants Crossing, 1500 Placida Road.
The Charlotte County Human Services Department is now accepting applications for assistance with electric bills. Low-Income Home Energy Assistance is available once in a 12-month period to eligible households based on monthly gross income, to help offset the high cost of home energy. Applications accepted through September 30 or until all funds are expended. Low-Income Home Energy CRISIS Assistance may also be available to households with the power off, a past due bill, final notice, or security deposit. Applications accepted through September 30 or until all funds are expended. Emergency Home Energy Assistance Program, sponsored by the Department of Elder Affairs and the Area Agency on Aging of SW Florida and administered by Charlotte County Human Services may have funds available for those households with at least one member 60 years of age or older and a past due energy bill. Apply online at www.Charlottecountyfl.gov and complete the Fastrack application in the “help paying bills” section. For information, contact Human Services at 941•833•6500.
Shredding for Hunger
Keller-Williams Realty Gold is hosting “Shredding for Hunger” on Saturday, May 21, 10am to 1pm. Safely shred your documents and donate a bag of nonperishable food items for The Jubilee Center at St. David’s Food Pantry. This free event is in support of Keller Williams Red Day and will be held in their Englewood office parking lot, 1160 S. McCall Road. For more information, call 941•473•7399.
Boca Cares Grant Requests
Boca Cares has opened requests for applications from Greater Englewood Regional 501(c)(3) charities. All application submissions must be received no later than Friday, May 20, 5pm. The application and instructions can be accessed at: www.bocaroyalecares.com. Boca Cares is a charitable fund established to provide a meaningful opportunity for the Boca Royale community to support local 501(c)(3) charities.
Touchdown Club Golf Tournament
Sign up now for the Lemon Bay Touchdown Club Golf Tournament set for Saturday, May 14 at Rotonda Golf & Country Club’s Hills Course. Shotgun start at 8:30am. Four-person scramble. $75 per person. This annual golf tournament is to benefit Lemon Bay High School Manta Ray football players and funds support purchases such as jerseys, equipment, bus transport, and pre- and post-game meals. To register, contact Jeremy Dowd at 941•223•4461 or Suzie Moore at 941•270•6248. For more information, email email@example.com or contact them on Facebook: Lemon Bay Touchdown Club. The Hills Course is located at 100 Rotonda Circle.
Sunrise Rotary Golf Scramble
Lemon Bay Sunrise Rotary Golf Scramble takes place on Saturday, May 21 at the Rotonda Hills Golf Course, 100 Rotonda Circle. Free Bloody Marys and Screwdrivers. Prizes for top three finishers. Check-in time is 7:30am with an 8am start time. Registration is $75 per person. Register online at www.englewoodchamber.com. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Port Charlotte Habitat 5k/10k
Join this Charlotte County Habitat for Humanity fundraiser at this inaugural 5k/10k Run/Fun Walk on Saturday morning, May 21. Starting at 7am, this event will be an “in-person” family-friendly event this year. Come run through the beautiful streets and paved trails winding through West Port and Centennial Park in Port Charlotte. Be a part of the affordable housing solution. Charlotte County Habitat for Humanity is helping 36 families this year to achieve the dream of affordable homeownership. Registration fees vary according to race options and date of registration. For more information, go to www.raceroster.com/events and search for West Port Charlotte Habitat 5k10k.