Around The Town
School Supplies Tax Holiday
The Florida Back-to-School Sale Tax Holiday has been extended to ten days for 2021, giving consumers a longer time to purchase qualifying back-to-school supplies for the new school year without paying sales tax. The school supply tax holiday starts on Saturday, July 31 and ends on Monday, August 9. A brief overview of items exempt from sales tax are most school supplies selling for $15 or less, clothing, footwear and accessories selling for $60 or less, and the first $1,000 of the sales price of computers and accessories (when purchased for noncommercial and personal use.) For a complete listing and more information, visit www.floridarevenue.com/backtoschool.
First Monday Supper
Gulf Cove United Methodist Church invites you to pick up a free, drive-thru dinner on the first Monday of every month between 3:30-5:30pm. The menu for Monday, August 2 includes baked chicken, mashed potatoes, corn, roll, & dessert. To reserve a meal, email GulfCoveUMC@gmail.com, or call 697•1747, Monday-Thursday from 9am-noon. Although the meals are free, donations are appreciated. Gulf Cove UMC is located at 1100 S. McCall Road in the Gulf Cove area of Port Charlotte.
Food Truck Party
Come socialize at this party/celebration on Saturday, August 7, from 4 to 7pm, at On the Spot Window Tint, 7630 Sawyer Circle (off Gasparilla Road). Try great tasty food from the food trucks. Kids can enjoy the Bounce House, and you can browse the many vendors present. Please bring donation(s) of back-to-school items, boxed food, clothing, shoes, etc., to be given to the Jubilee Center at St. David’s. Those donating an item will receive a free raffle ticket. There will also be a 50/50 raffle. Music by DJ David. So, join the fun at On the Spot Window Tint! This event is also sponsored by Wiseguys Barbershop and Rollin-Glow Auto Body. For more information, call 402•6588.
Cruisin’ on Dearborn
Vintage car owners and car enthusiasts converge on West Dearborn Street on the first Saturday of the month to display their “baby” and view all the others from 2 to 8pm. Music to cruise by is sponsored by Old Englewood Village Association. Raffle tickets for prizes are available, too. Enjoy the shopping and various eateries in the downtown Dearborn area. Free admission. The next Cruisin’ date is Saturday, August 7.
“History Comes Alive” Program
Charlotte County Libraries and History is celebrating Charlotte County’s centennial with a “History Comes Alive” program, showcasing the county’s past through vignettes performed by local community members. The three- to five-minute vignettes will be based on historical Charlotte County events and oral written histories. Performances will be filmed in advance for viewing on the Charlotte County Community Services YouTube Channel, www.youtube.com/CharlotteCountyCommunityServices, on Saturday, August 28. Performances may possibly be performed live on that date. Interested performers should call Bill MacDonald at 613•3192.
Sarasota County Auto Tours
Celebrate the Centennial of Sarasota County with a free smartphone Auto Tour App for iPhones and Androids. Eight unique auto tours can be accessed at the driver’s leisure with expert historical narration and turn-by-turn directions. Created by the Sarasota County Centennial Committee, the tours are free to download through the Apple App and Google Play Stores. Search “Sarasota County Auto Tours” to download the app. The tours are Englewood, Bee Ridge, Vamo to Laurel, Phillippi, Sarasota Bayfront, Sarasota Downtown Five Points, Sarasota Courthouse Area, and Fruitville to Miakka. Celebrate the 100th Birthday of Sarasota County in a COVID safe and convenient manner at your convenience. Hear about the history and interesting stories about the amazing people who developed Sarasota County. Visit www.sarasotacountycentennial.com to learn more about how you can celebrate the Centennial of Sarasota County.
Dearborn Street Project Update
At the Sarasota County Englewood Community Redevelopment Area (CRA) July advisory board meeting, an update was provided regarding the status of the West Dearborn Street Improvement Project. The construction start date for the project has not yet been established due to some discrepancies in the survey documents, so surveyors are currently on the street confirming the survey documents. The work commencement date will be announced when that is verified. Also, the Dearborn Street Plaza Improvement contract was awarded to Stellar Development by Sarasota County Commissioners on Wednesday, July 14. The start of the Plaza improvements, including the construction of a permanent bandshell and restrooms, will hopefully begin in mid to late August. For more information about both these projects, contact the Englewood CRA office at 473•9795 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jubilee Center Advocate
Due to the unmet need for housing resources along with food and clothing donations offered by the Jubilee Center at St. David’s, Administrator Ruth Hill recently announced they have joined with Suncoast Partnership to End Homelessness and now have a volunteer Jubilee Center Advocate available to assist those who are homeless or on the verge of homelessness with agencies that may help them. Mother Vickie of St. David’s Episcopal Church was able to help with providing the basic office equipment through an Episcopal Charity Grant. The Jubilee Center Advocate is available to help locate agencies that can assist clients on Tuesdays, 10am to noon, at the Jubilee Center, 401 S. Broadway. Set up an appointment by calling 681•3550 or drop by on Tuesday mornings.
Walk-in COVID Vaccine Clinics
The Florida Department of Health in Charlotte County (DOH-Charlotte) will be offering COVID-19 vaccines to all eligible Florida residents at multiple Charlotte County locations. The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine will be administered at these walk-in clinics. Individuals in need of second dose vaccines are welcome at all locations. Appointments are available, but only at the Charlotte Department of Health location at 1100 Loveland Blvd., Port Charlotte. Health Hero’s is also at this location to provide the Pfizer vaccine for school age children 12-17, from 2-5:30pm. To make an appointment, call 624•7200. The Mid-County Regional Library, 2050 Forrest Nelson Blvd., Port Charlotte, is another location for walk-in vaccines from 3 to 5pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:30am to 4pm, while supplies last. For all vaccine clinic locations and hours of operation, as well as more information about COVID-19 vaccine availability, please visit the DOH-Charlotte website: http://charlotte.floridahealth.gov. Getting both doses of these vaccines maximizes your ability to receive full immunity. For more information regarding COVID-19, please visit cdc.gov or floridahealth.gov.
Public Service Announcement
Property Tax Exemptions – The Charlotte County Property Appraiser is now accepting 2022 Exemption Applications. Homestead exemption applications can be filed online. Visit www.ccappraiser.com for further instructions. In addition, applications may be filed in person at one of the office locations: 18500 Murdock Circle, Port Charlotte; South County Annex, 410 Taylor Street, Punta Gorda; and West Charlotte Annex, 6868 San Casa Drive, Englewood; or obtain an instruction sheet and application form at www.ccappraiser.com to apply by mail. The filing deadline is 5:00 pm, March 1, 2022. The telephone number is 941•743•1593.
CARING & SHARING
Men’s Clothing Needed
The free Clothes Closet at the Jubilee Center at St. David’s needs the following men’s items: Men’s T-Shirts (small, medium, large,) Men’s Shorts (small-waist 28-30, medium-waist 32-34,) Men’s Underwear (small, medium, large,) and Men’s Gym Shoes (sizes 9, 10, 10 1/2, and 11.) Also, socks and towels are very much in demand by the clients. The Jubilee Center is located at 401 S. Broadway on the campus of St. David’s Episcopal Church. The free Clothes Closet is open on Tuesdays, 10am to noon. The Jubilee Center is open Monday through Wednesday, 10am to noon. For questions, call 681•3550.
Kids’ Sneakers Needed
Donations of new kids’ sneakers are needed by Kids’ Needs of Greater Englewood to provide shoes for children at the start of a new school year. The new sneaker donations will be handed out at the Back-to-School Bash on Saturday, August 7 at the Englewood Sky Academy, 871 S River Road. Needed Shoe Sizes: Boys & Girls 1-4 and Men and Women 5-8. You can drop off new sneakers up to Monday, August 2 at the Englewood YMCA, 701 Medical Drive; Steven’s the Florist, 3455 S. Access Road; Key Agency Realty, 1201 S. McCall Road; Englewood Chamber of Commerce, 601 S. Indiana Avenue; Country Hound Café, 1951 S. McCall Road; and Synovus Bank, 3100 S. McCall Road. For more shoe donation info or arrange pick up, call Becca at 315•256•6613.
Funding Review Volunteers Needed
United Way South Sarasota County (UWSSC) has officially kicked-off their Allocations Process for the 2021-2022 funding cycle! Please consider this your personal invitation to become a volunteer for one of UWSSC’s most important initiatives. Each year UWSSC provides funding to local nonprofit agencies to support human services programs in health, education, and financial stability. Approximately ten teams are created with five to six people on each team. A Team Captain leads their team of volunteers in reviewing funding applications and conducting site visits/interviews with the agencies applying for funding. Volunteer reviewers assist in the vetting process of each agency applying for funding. Time commitment: Grant management software has streamlined this process which only requires approximately 20 to 25 volunteer hours over a four-month period from July through October. The software is easy to use, and training is provided. We hope you will consider serving on a Review Team or as a Team Captain. Volunteers are a vital part of this process, and your volunteer hours will be of great service to the community! For more information, please contact: Jackie Dean, Programs & Volunteer Coordinator, at 484•4811, ext. 103 or email email@example.com.
Plan now to donate blood at one of the Englewood OneBlood “Big Red Bus” blood drives that are scheduled on the following dates. Please note that blood drives are subject to change at any time. Donors are requested to visit the OneBlood website at www.oneblood.org to schedule an appointment. Sunday, July 25, 10am to 4pm: Winn-Dixie, 4100 McCall Road. Thursday, July 29, 10am to 3pm: Englewood Charlotte Library, 3450 N. Access Road. Friday, July 30, 10am to 3pm: Big Lots, 1855 Englewood Road. Tuesday, August 3, 10am to 4pm: Bealls, 1500 Placida Road. Friday, August 6, 10am to 4pm: Bealls Outlet, 425 S. Indiana Avenue. Sunday, August 8, 10am to 4pm: Walmart, 2931 S. McCall Road. Tuesday, August 10 and Wednesday, August 11, 8am to 1pm: Englewood Fire Department, 599 S. Indiana Avenue. Friday, August 13, 10am to 4pm: Gulf Coast Hardware, 975 S. McCall Road. Friday, August 20, 11am to 5pm: Englewood Pet Supermarket, 1951 S. McCall Road (Palm Plaza.) Saturday, August 28, 9am to 3pm: Symbiont Service Corporation, 4372 N. Access Road. Monday, August 30, 8am to noon: Englewood YMCA, 701 Medical Blvd. Monday, August 30, 1 to 4pm: Winn Dixie, 1951 S. McCall Road (Palm Plaza.)
Styrofoam Coolers Needed
Meals on Wheels needs small Styrofoam coolers for their clients again. They need to be large enough to lay the meal (about the size of a TV dinner) flat in the cooler. If you have any you can donate, please bring them to the Meals on Wheels office at 400 Loma Linda, Monday-Saturday between 8am and 2pm. For questions, call 474•4445.
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