Around The Town
Pioneer Days Volunteer Meetings
The public is invited to attend and be a part of the 2022 Englewood Pioneer Days festivities. Volunteers are needed to serve in many roles or, if you just want to keep abreast of what’s happening, feel free to attend one or more of the committee meetings held at the Elsie Quirk Library, 100 W. Dearborn Street. Upcoming meetings are set for 6pm on Wednesdays, August 17 and 31.
Fish Fry at GCUMC
Gulf Cove United Methodist Church invites you to a Fish Fry on Friday, August 19, from 3 to 7pm. The meal includes hand-breaded fish, French fries, hush puppies, coleslaw, roll, and dessert. You can dine-in (which includes a beverage) or drive-thru. A vegetarian option of tortellini in Alfredo sauce is also available. This is a fundraiser for the church’s two sister churches in Cuba (Nicaro and Frank Pais), where grocery store shelves are often empty by mid-month. Advance tickets cost $15 ($5 for children under 12); at the door, tickets are $16/$6. Tickets can be obtained from the church office from 9am to noon, Monday through Thursday, 941•697•1747. Gulf Cove UMC is located at 1100 S. McCall Road, Port Charlotte, in the Gulf Cove area.
Rain Barrel Workshop
UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County is hosting a rain barrel workshop on Saturday, August 20 at 10am in Woodmere Park, 3951 Woodmere Blvd., Venice. During this class you will learn how the use of rain barrels can conserve water, save money by reducing the use of potable water in landscapes (lower utility bills), and reduce stormwater runoff by storing and diverting runoff from impervious surfaces like roofs. Practical tips on the construction and installation of rain barrels will be provided. Please register for this event only at www.ufsarasotaext.eventbrite.com. Rain barrels will be available for pickup until 11:30am the day of the workshop. If you would like to take home a rain barrel(s), please complete your purchase by 11:59pm, Thursday, August 18 on the website registration page. The workshop is free, but rain barrels are $23 (limit four.) For questions or further information, please call 941•861•5000 or email email@example.com.
Kenducky Derby Duck Race
Upcoming speck-quack-ular event! Family Promise of South Sarasota County will be hosting its first Annual Kenducky Derby at the North Port Aquatics Center, 6205 Price Blvd., North Port. This ducky fun event takes place on Saturday, August 20, 8-10am. Donate for your ducks now. One “lucky duck” is $25; a Quack Pack (5 ducks) is $100, Quackers Dozen (12 ducks) is $250, and a Flock of Ducks (25 ducks) is $500. Visit www.familypromisessc.org for more information, to donate now to have a duck in the race, and/or to sign up as a sponsor.
Florida Soundscapes Sound Bath
Enjoy a healing sound journey while you feel your mind and body relax into a deeply peaceful, rejuvenating state as you are immersed in soothing sound vibrations. This body/mind experience will be held on Saturday, August 20, 10:30 to 11:30am, at the Ann & Chuck Dever Regional Park Recreation Center. Cost is $25. For more information, call 941•681•3760.
Metaphysical & Holistic Fair
Spirit Fest, Southwest Florida Extravaganza, comes to the Charlotte Harbor Event Center on Saturday & Sunday, August 20 & 21. There will be special guests, workshops, and mediumship gallery both days on many different subjects. Explore 90+ booths. Hours: Saturday 10am to 6pm and Sunday, 10am to 5:30pm. Admission is $12 per day or $18 weekend. Kids 12 & under are free. For more details, visit www.SpiritFestFL.com or call 321•313•2543. The Event Center is located at 75 Taylor Street, Punta Gorda.
Primary Election Voting
The Florida Primary Election takes place Tuesday, August 23. You must provide a valid photo ID to vote. Early voting is Saturday, August 13 - Sunday, August 21 for Sarasota County residents and takes place at the Robert L. Anderson Bldg., 4000 Tamiami Trail in South Venice. For questions, Sarasota County residents should contact or visit the elections office in the Robert L. Anderson Bldg. or call 941•861•3760. In Charlotte County, Early Voting runs Monday, August 8 – Sunday, August 21 at Mac V. Horton West County Annex, 6868 San Casa Drive. For questions, call 941•833•5400 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Vote-by-mail ballots must be received in the Elections Office by 7pm, Tuesday, August 23.
An Odd Ball Party
The Rotonda American Legion Auxiliary Unit 113, 3436 Indiana Rd, Rotonda West, will present an “Odd Ball Party” on Saturday, August 27th. The public is welcome! Dinner is $8 and will be served from 5 to 7pm. The choices are sloppy Joes or chicken sandwich, Cole slaw & chips. Bring an odd ball dessert to share. Music from 6:30-9:30pm by “Rockin’ Wayne”, and a special appearance from Santa Claus! There will be an odd ball costume contest, a conga line, and hula hoop contest, 50/50 raffle, game reverse draw, and basket raffle. The Post is currently accepting donations for men’s large and X-large T-shirts with pockets and men’s briefs/boxers. For additional information, call 941•697•3616.
Pioneer Days Bring You Back to the Future
The Englewood Pioneer Days Committee has announced their plan for the 66th year of this community event. The theme of this year, “Back to the Future”, is to acknowledge that time has passed, but this longtime tradition will continue. Little Miss/Mr Englewood Pageant: Unfortunately, the Little Miss/Mr Englewood Pageant for 2022 has been cancelled. Covid has reached some of the volunteers that work on this wonderful event. We do not believe it is safe or in the best interest of our community to attempt to host this event. On Saturday, August 27, the Cardboard Boat Races return to the Ann & Chuck Dever Regional Park Pool, 7001 San Casa Drive. This exciting event is always fun for the entire family. Doors open at 8:30am and the first race will begin at 10am. Applications are online at www.englewoodpioneerdays.com. The Coast Guard Auxiliary will host a build-a-cardboard-boat workshop on Saturday, August 13 at 9am. Chalkfest 11.0 takes place at Ann & Chuck Dever Regional Park, 6961 San Casa Drive, on Sunday, August 28, 9am to 2pm. As always, chalk will be provided. There will be food, vendors, and music. This year, the Englewood Pioneer Days Committee has decided to hold a three-day festival at Pioneer Plaza, 325 W. Dearborn Street. Come out and enjoy a long weekend of entertainment and fun. There will be contests, more live music, food, vendors, and award presentations. Once again, the Kids’ Area will be free. The pie and watermelon eating contests return, as will the Beard Contest. On Saturday & Sunday, September 3 & 4, the festival will be open noon to 9pm. The Car Show will be slightly different this year, with only one event on Dearborn Street from 11am - 2pm on Sunday, September 4. Sunday afternoon, head over to the Lemon Bay Woman’s Club, 51 N. Maple Street, for a longtime Englewood tradition. The Diaper Derby, full of charming baby fun, will take place at 2pm. On Labor Day, September 5, the Park will open at 8am and the Parade starts at 9am (rain or shine). The festivities end at 3pm. The Mayor for a Day contest is underway. The search for a Grand Marshall has begun - if you would like to nominate someone, follow the link at www.englewoodpioneerdays.com. This is a celebration of Englewood’s past and future. Each year, thousands of visitors gather to share in the celebration of this amazing town. The Englewood Pioneer Days Facebook page has pictures from past events. All current information, contest forms, current parade and vendor participants are available on the web site: www.englewoodpioneerdays.com.
Cooking with Chef Warren
Come learn about cooking seafood when Chef Warren presents “Seafood 101 – For 2 at Home” on Tuesday, August 23, 10:30am to 12:30pm. Join Chef Warren for an exciting cooking demo as he answers questions such as: “What’s the best way to cook fish? Should I buy my seafood fresh or frozen? My fish always seems to come out dry. Is there a fix?” He will also share dozens of kitchen tips, cooking hints and humorous anecdotes about the joys and challenges of cooking seafood for two! The demonstration will be held at the Elsie Quirk Library, 100 W. Dearborn Street. Registration is preferred as seating is limited to 30 participants. Register online at www.scgovlibrary.librarymarket.com or call 941•861•1225.
Seeking Knee Pain Relief?
Is knee pain affecting your everyday activities? “Relief from Knee Pain” is the second in a Wellness Series presented by HCA Florida Englewood Hospital on Thursday, August 25, 8 to 9am. This free informative health talk with Joseph Noah, MD, a local orthopedic specialist, will walk you through causes of pain and treatments, including total knee replacement. A continental breakfast will be served. The talk will be held in the Suncoast Auditorium, 779 Medical Drive, on the hospital campus. Registration is required and new sessions will be added monthly. To register, call 941•473•3919. To learn about upcoming sessions or to register online, visit www.hcafloridahealthcare.com/englewood.
Boat Builders Wanted
Calling all kids and adults who want to have fun in the water during Englewood Pioneer Days by participating in the Cardboard Boat Races on Saturday, August 27, 8:30am to noon. Participants must build their own boat using cardboard and it should be painted. No wood, plastic, metal, staples, fiberglass, or cloth. Duct tape is allowed but can’t cover the boat. The races will be held in the Ann & Chuck Dever Regional Park pool, 7001 San Casa Drive. There will be three classes: age 12 & under, age 13 through high school, and seniors. Registration is at the door and all contestants must be registered. Cost is free for 12 & under, teens $10 per boat, and adults $10 per person. Awards for race winners, best design/decoration, and audience favorite. Contestants must wear life jackets (available at pool, if needed.) Dane Hahn, of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Englewood, is hosting a boat building workshop on Saturday, August 13, 9am, at the swimming pool. Get tips on building a winning boat. For questions, contact Hahn at 941•681•0312.
Pirate Poker Run
The Englewood Beach Waterfest Pirate Poker Run returns this year on Saturday, September 10. Don’t miss out on all the fun! Dress like a pirate and join in the revelry. There will be six stops in Englewood, accessible by boat, bike, or car. Hugh cash prizes for winning hands and prizes for best costume and pirate boat. The Pre-Poker Party is 4 to 9pm, Friday, September 9 at Loggerhead Palm Harbour Marina Pool and Pavilion (located behind Leverock’s), 7092 Placida Road. Pre-registered participants can pick up their Poker Run packages and onsite registration is available. Outdoor pool with live music, a cash bar and food will be available. The Poker Run & Tournament is Saturday, September 10 with the poker hand playing at the Lighthouse Grill at Stump Pass Marina, 260 Maryland Avenue. Registration on the day of the Poker Run is 9 to 10am at Lighthouse Grill, and poker chip distribution stops are open at 10am and close at 3:30pm. The benefiting charity this year is The Jubilee Center at St. David’s, so bring up to ten non-perishable original boxed or canned food items to the Poker Party between 3 and 6pm and receive a free raffle ticket for each “accepted” food item. To learn more and register your crew, go to www.englewoodbeachwaterfest.com.
Island Lighthouse Seasonal Closure
Gasparilla Island Lighthouse, located at 220 Gulf Blvd., Boca Grande, is closed for the remainder of the summer season. The lighthouse will reopen on Sunday, October 30th. The historic landmark was built originally in 1881 and began service in Delaware. In 1927, it was moved and reassembled on Gasparilla Island. Note: The Port Boca Grande Lighthouse at the southern end of Gasparilla Island is also closed for seasonal maintenance until the end of August. For more information, visit the Barrier Island Parks Society website, www.bips.org.
Free Mosquito Fish Program
Charlotte County Mosquito Control provides Gambusia holbrooki (mosquito fish) free to Charlotte County residents. Personnel have used them as part of a biological control effort, releasing them into flooded woods, ditches, and abandoned swimming pools. Mosquito fish reach 2-3” in length, reproduce rapidly, consume mosquito larvae, and are native to Florida. They can be placed in ornamental and backyard ponds, ditches & swales, and large areas of standing water. If you are interested in getting some mosquito fish for your property, please call the mosquito control hotline at 941•764•4370. A biological team member will perform an inspection to determine the number of fish needed before bringing them out to you for release.
My Neighborhood Info
Charlotte County has launched a new website feature called “My Neighborhood”. To use My Neighborhood, visit www.charlottecountyFL.gov and click My Neighborhood in the top menu. Users type their address in the search field and then scroll through information about their property, elected officials, voting precincts, county services & facilities, schools, garbage pick-up schedules, and public safety. Data may not appear for protected citizens per Florida Statute 119.
Sarasota Co. Recovery Plan Report
Sarasota County has published the second Annual Recovery Plan Performance Report (7/1/21 to 6/30/22) which details the county’s use and activities related to the U.S. Treasury award of $84.2 million dollars of American Rescue Plan Act, State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds. Sarasota County Board of County Commissioners discussed these funds in multiple meetings and took action on prioritization and allocation to eligible projects: $25 million allocated to support the development or permanent acquisition of nearly 700 affordable housing units; $14 million allocated to water quality improvement projects, including the conversion of the Venice Gardens Water Reclamation Facility; $12.5 million allocated to fund salaries of Fire & Emergency Medical Services personnel; and $8 million allocated to mental and behavioral health initiatives and services, including addressing homelessness. For more information, call the Sarasota County Contact Center by dialing 311 or visit www.scgov.net.
Habitat for Humanity Corrected Income Guidelines
Habitat for Humanity South Sarasota County states that due to a brief clerical error, the new income guidelines were temporarily incorrectly listed. Rates have been corrected prior to the September open enrollment, which runs September 1 through 15. To learn more about the Home Ownership program and application, visit www.habitatsouthsarasota.org/homeownership.
CARING & SHARING
Winn Dixie Launches Youth $2 Lunch Pack
Southeastern Grocers Inc., parent company and home of local Winn-Dixie grocery stores, together with the SEG Gives Foundation, has launched a new “Break from Hunger” program to provide accessible, healthy meal options to ensure no child goes hungry. Now through Labor Day, customers and associates, ages 17 and younger, can purchase a specially prepared “Student Summer Lunch Pack” meal box at any Winn-Dixie deli department for only $2! Just request a “Student Summer Lunch Pack” from the deli. The Englewood locations for Winn Dixie are 1951 S. McCall Road and 4100 S. McCall Road. For questions, call your local Winn Dixie location.
OneBlood Blood Drives
The following OneBlood “Big Red Bus” blood drives have been scheduled in the Englewood area during the remainder of August. 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. Tuesday, August 16, 11am to 5pm: Lemon Bay Sunrise Rotary, 1201 S. McCall Road. Sunday, August 21, 2 to 5pm: Big Lots, 1855 Englewood Road. Tuesday, August 23, 10am to 4pm: Bealls, 1500 Placida Road. Sunday, August 28, 9am to 12:30pm: Englewood United Methodist Church, 700 E. Dearborn Street. Sunday, August 28, 1:30 to 5pm: Publix-Merchants Crossing, 1500 Placida Road. Tuesday, August 30, 10am to 4pm: Englewood Charlotte Library, 3450 N. Access Road.
T-Shirts for Vets
American Legion Post 113 Rotonda Auxiliary is collecting T-shirts for Veterans. Sizes needed are Large and Extra-Large V-Neck shirts with pocket in any color. Donations of underwear briefs are also appreciated. Donations can be dropped off at the Post, 3436 Indiana Road in Rotonda West, or at the Englewood Chamber of Commerce, 601 S. Indiana Avenue. Deadline is Tuesday, August 30th. For questions, call the Post at 941•697•3616.
Back to School Wish List
The Center for Abuse and Rape Emergencies (C.A.R.E.) is accepting school supply donations at their ReUse Stores in Englewood and Pt. Charlotte through Friday, August 26. Suggested items are back packs, loose leaf paper, pocket folders, pencils, pencil boxes, calculators, boxes of tissues, glue sticks, composition books, round-tip scissors, lunch boxes/bags, and hand sanitizer. Donations may be dropped off Tuesdays through Fridays, 10am to 2pm. The ReUse Englewood location is 7070 Environmental Way, off Gulfstream Blvd. Phone 941•697•8800.
Charity Benefit Golf
All are invited to participate in the Charity Benefit Golf Tournament at Rotonda Golf & Country Club’s The Hills course on Saturday, August 20. The four-person scramble has an 8:30am shotgun start. Cost includes lunch, closest to pin, men’s/women’s/couples/mixed flights, 50/50 raffle, and continental breakfast. Cost is $35 members, $55 non-members. The tournament benefits St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. For more information and to register, call 941•697•2414.
CDBIA Bowling & Billiards
The Charlotte-DeSoto Building Industry Association invites you to participate in their ninth annual Bowling & Billiards event, presented by Harbor Home Builders, to be held at 6pm on Saturday, August 20 at Bowland, 3192 NE Harbor Blvd., Port Charlotte. Registration for each bowler includes bowling, shoes, food and non-alcoholic beverages and FUN! Pool Tournament will start at 8pm. Cash prize for first and second place. Registration price is $45 per person for bowling, with teams up to six people, and $30 for pool tournament. Sponsorship is available. For more information or to register, please visit www.cdbia.com or call 941•625•0804.
NBP Rec Days
Nathan Benderson Park (NBP) invites your family to their next NBP Rec Day on Wednesday, August 24 from 10am to 2pm. Try stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, canoeing, fishing and even sail with a captain. Cost is $10/person; $5/person with accompanying child age 7+; children 6 & under, free. NBP is located at 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota. Learn more at www.nathanbendersonpark.org.
Ladies Golf Clinic
The Rotonda Golf & Country Club invites all ladies to attend their Ladies Golf Clinic and Dinner on Friday, August 26. The clinic starts at 3:30pm and is followed by dinner at The Hills. Only $20 per person. For more information and to register, call 941•697•2414. Come and learn with your friends!
YMCA Sandbar Half Marathon/5K
The YMCA of SW Florida will be hosting its annual half marathon on Saturday, October 8 on beautiful Manasota Key. The race route has much of the course under tree canopy and without many turns. Participants can run, run/walk, or do the race virtually. Races begin at 7am. Free hot meal at the SandBar Tiki & Grille starting at 8:30am along with free draft beer. Awards and finisher medals. Start & end point is south end of the parking lot at Englewood Beach, 2100 N. Beach Road. Cost is $75 for half marathon & $40 for 5K, price increases after August 31st. Go to www.runsignup.com and search for the race. For questions, call the YMCA at 941•475•1234.
Pars4Paws Golf Tournament
Save animals’ lives one swing, drive, and putt at a time. You are invited to be a part of the 11th annual Pars4Paws Golf Tournament on Saturday, November 5. The tournament will be held at the exclusive Links Course at the resort at the Longboat Key Club. Fee includes breakfast to go on the course, complimentary beverages, and a luncheon barbeque buffet. Your participation supports Satchel’s Last Resort, a mission of saving dogs and cats with nowhere else to go. If you don’t golf, you can provide support just by attending the luncheon. Golf registration is 7 to 8am. Lunch is 11:30am. Helicopter Ball Drop 50/50 is at 1:30pm. Single tickets are $195; foursome $780. To learn more and register, go to www.satchelslastresort.org.