Around The Town
It’s October and that means the Englewood Farmers Markets are open for another season of fresh produce, bakery goods and other culinary delights. Clothing, artistic creations, and much more are available every Thursday from 9am to 2pm. Detours will direct you around the W. Dearborn Street Improvement Project construction. Due to construction in the Dearborn Street Plaza, the Englewood Farmers Market is now located at the corner of W. Dearborn and N. Mango Street and under the management of the Rotary Club of Englewood Sunset. Other various farmers market vendors will be in their usual spots.
Is Florida Residency for You?
Kerry Hunter, Trust Development Officer at Englewood Bank & Trust, has scheduled one more complimentary Trust and Investment Management Services seminar for October, Becoming a Floridian. The seminar takes place on Thursday, October 21, 10-11:30am, at the Englewood Florida Chamber of Commerce, 601 South Indiana Avenue. Presented by Dean Hanewinckel of the law office of Dean Hanewinckel, P.A., the free seminar addresses issues that new state residents need to know. It will examine the checklist you need to complete to become a Floridian, common problems with other states’ documents, and some helpful tips. To register, visit www.englewoodbank.com or contact Hunter at 473•3629 or email@example.com.
Water Quality Update
Register now for the virtual Sarasota County Water Quality Update on Monday, October 18, 11am to 12:30pm, online via Zoom. Hear from experts about the science of water quality, local efforts, and opportunities for action. The event is free, but you must register at www.eventbrite.com/e/169503283885 to receive your link and save your spot for this limited-capacity event. Learn more about this event at scgov.net/waterqualitysummit.
Single Member District Review
In 2018 the voters of Sarasota County approved to change their Home Rule Charter for Single Member Districts. The idea was to make the county commissions accountable to the members of their district without influences from the other districts. The County Board has asked the Charter Review Board to see whether they can reverse what the voters approved in that 2018 vote. The Charter Review Board meets on Wednesday, October 20. Take a survey at www.cdpsarasota.org, and voice your opinion prior to that meeting.
FL Lifestyle Fashion Show
Join the Women’s Council of Realtors for their Living the Florida Lifestyle Fashion Show on Wednesday, October 20, 5-8pm at The Twisted Fork, 2208 El Jobean Rd, Port Charlotte. Proceeds will benefit the Homeless Coalition of Charlotte County. Along with the fashion show, there will be chance and silent auctions for great baskets, designer handbags & sunglasses, wine and dine combinations, and more! Individual tickets are $60 per person. Contact Sharon Rodgers at 716•7731 for ticket and table information.
C.A.R.E. Lunch & Learn
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and The Center for Abuse and Rape Emergencies (C.A.R.E.) is asking you to join them on Thursday, October 21 at noon for a free Lunch and Learn about Domestic Violence. Attendees will hear from domestic violence advocates, Charlotte County Sheriff’s office, and legal professions. The luncheon will be held at 6868 San Casa Drive. C.A.R.E. provides victim services to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other violent crimes in Charlotte County, offering “Help, Healing, Hope” to the local community. For more information and to RSVP, visit https://carefl.org or call 475•6365 or 639•5499.
Dollars for Mammograms Fundraiser
The Treasure Lanes Broad Street Bar & Grill is holding its Third Annual Corn Hole Tournament benefiting Dollars for Mammograms on Saturday, October 23 with check-in starting at noon. The tournament begins at 1pm. There will a Booze Basket Raffle with tickets 1 for $10; 3 for $25. Pre-register for the tournament for $25; day of event $30. For more information, call 625•3930. Treasure Lanes is located at 1059 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte. Visit www.dollarsformammograms.org to learn more.
Walk To Prevent Suicide
Charlotte County will hold its Out of The Darkness Walk to bring attention to suicide and prevention on Saturday, October 23. Registration begins at 8:30am in Lashley Park, 100 Nesbit Street, Punta Gorda. The walk is 9:30-11am. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US. Please help ensure mental health is looked upon in equal importance to physical health and bring hope to those affected by suicide. Funds raised from the Out of the Darkness Walk help fund research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support survivors of suicide loss. Pre-register at afsp.org/CharlotteCo.
St. Francis of Assisi Women’s Guild is hosting a Thrifty Treasures (Rummage) Sale Friday October 29, 9am to 3pm and Saturday, October 30, 8am to 2pm. An Early Bird sale is offered on Thursday, October 28, 3 to 6pm with a $5 entry fee. Browse and choose from many specialty items such as bottled pure vanilla extract, new Christmas cards, seasonal door wreaths and center pieces. The very popular and expanded “Boutique Room” will be open with great bargains on top name and just-like-new items, designated rooms full of jewelry, small appliances and more. A baked goods table will be available for those who need a pick-me-up boost while gathering treasures. The drop off window for items is Wednesday & Thursday, October 27 & 28, 9am-2pm. St. Francis of Assisi is located at 5265 Placida Rd, Grove City.
Coats for Kids
Knights of Columbus Council 7672 St. Francis of Assisi will be asking for donations to provide coats for Englewood Elementary and Vineland Elementary students. The collection will take place during the hours of 8am to 4pm on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday October 28 to 30 in front of Publix at Merchants Crossing, 1500 Placida Road. Through their collection last year, they were able provide 180 coats for both schools. Please look for the K of C members on those days and donate to this very worthy cause which is just one of the local charities the Knights support. Total proceeds are used for the purchase of these coats. For questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Penny Sales Tax
The Sarasota County Surtax Advisory Task Force is hosting public input meetings to welcome community feedback on the future of the Penny Sales Tax, which currently funds public safety, transportation, school priorities and other local improvements. Projects include roadway resurfacing, school renovations and new school construction, water quality improvements, sidewalk construction, park and athletic field improvements, library renovations and new library construction, neighborhood improvements, sewer and utility system improvements, and public safety enhancements, which includes fire station construction. Feedback is vital in selecting future projects to address the needs of the community. The current Penny Sales Tax will be up for an extension on November 8, 2022. For Englewood residents, the closest public input meeting is at the William H. Jervey, Jr. Venice Public Library, 300 Nokomis Ave. S, Venice, on Thursday, October 28, 6 to 7pm. Learn more about the history of the Sarasota County Penny Tax and previous projects completed through tax revenues by visiting sarasotacountysurtax.net.
Join Englewood Charlotte Library for a ‘drive-thru’ old-fashioned family picnic on Saturday, October 30, 11am-1pm. This event celebrates 100 years of Charlotte County history. Drive thru to receive a free hot dog lunch and a bag of Centennial goodies. The library is located at 3450 North Access Rd. For more information, call 681•3736 or visit https://bit.ly/family_picnic.
First Monday Supper
Gulf Cove United Methodist Church has announced the November menu for their monthly First Monday Supper. The Monday, November 1st menu includes shepherd’s pie, salad, roll, and a dessert. The free carry out dinner will be available between 3:30 and 5:30pm. To reserve a meal, register through the link on the church’s homepage, https://GulfCoveChurch.com, email GulfCoveUMC@gmail.com, or call the church office at 697•1747, Monday-Thursday, 9am to noon. Meals are free, but donations are appreciated. Gulf Cove UMC is located at 1100 S. McCall Road, in the Gulf Cove area of Port Charlotte.
Sustainable Communities Workshop
Sarasota County’s 16th Annual Sustainable Communities Workshop, an online event, is scheduled for Wednesday, November 10, to showcase strategies for healthy, resilient, thriving communities. Under the “Roots of Sustainability” theme, the virtual conference will draw together residents, students, and community members of all ages, sectors, and walks of life to learn about environmental, economic, and social aspects of sustainability. Featured speakers and panelists will discuss the latest sustainability strategies, resources, and best practices, while focusing on the roots of sustainability. Featured speakers include Meg Lowman – author, explorer, scientist, and change-agent for conservation. She is a global pioneer of tree canopy science; Rob Greenfield – an activist and humanitarian who is dedicated to leading the way to a more sustainable and just world; Tai Simpson, known as “The Storyteller” in the indigenous language of the Nez Perce Tribe, uses contemporary and traditional storytelling to champion inclusion, equity, and liberation. The $10 workshop (students $5) provides online access to the day-long event featuring expert speakers, breakout sessions, and networking opportunities. For more information and to register, visit www.scgov.net/sustainablecommunities or call the Sarasota County contact center at 861•5000.
Dearborn Street Update
Wright Construction has been placing the paver bricks in the intersection of Elm/Magnolia and Dearborn Street and anticipates finishing that intersection very shortly, weather permitting. They will then close the Orange Street/Dearborn intersection. The pervious concrete parking spaces in front of Englewood’s On Dearborn and StyleCraft Cabinetry and Construction have been poured as has the concrete for the new paver brick sidewalks. Bricks are being placed along the north side of the street between Elm and Orange Street. With the opening of the Elm/Magnolia intersection, demolition of the Orange Street intersection will begin. Wright Construction will also be demolishing the sidewalks and driveways on the south side of Dearborn, between Magnolia and Orange and the sidewalk on the north side of Dearborn between Orange and Mango. The construction of the new driveways and the paver brick sidewalks will immediately follow demolition. For questions, contact the Englewood CRA at 473•9795.
DOH (Department of Health) Sarasota is offering Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccines and the Pfizer booster vaccine on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 8:30am - 6 pm, and Tuesday and Friday, 8:30am - 4pm, at the 2200 Ringling Blvd location in Sarasota. Vaccines are also offered Monday through Friday, 8:30 am - 4 pm at the North Port location, 6950 Outreach Way. Stay up to date on vaccine hours and everything COVID-19 by calling 861•5000 or visiting SarasotaHealth.org.
ECH Visiting Hours Expand
Englewood Community Hospital (ECH), 700 Medical Blvd., announces new visitor hours effective immediately. Thanks to a continued decline in the number of COVID-19 cases in the community, some of those restrictions are being lifted. Visiting hours are now 7 days per week, 7am to 7pm, for inpatient units, and 9 to 11am and 4 to 7pm for patients in the Intensive Care Unit. All visitors must attest to not having COVID-19 symptoms or exposure to a COVID-19 positive individual prior to entering the hospital. Visitors for ICU patients will be limited to one individual at a time during designated hours. For patients undergoing procedures, visitors must remain in the waiting area. Face coverings are required at all times on campus. For more details, visit englewoodcommunityhospital.com.
Energy Bill Assistance
The Charlotte County Human Services Department is now accepting applications for assistance with electric bills. The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program 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 have been extended through March 31, 2022, 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 have been extended through March 31, 2022, 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. For your convenience, apply online at www.CharlotteCountyFL.gov and complete the Fastrack application in the “help paying bills” section. If you have questions or need assistance with the Fastrack application, contact Charlotte County Human Services at 833•6500.
Charlotte County Parking Lot Closures
Cape Haze Pioneer Trail parking closure
Parking lot repairs will begin at two of the Cape Haze Pioneer Trail parking lots. Rotonda Blvd. East trailhead and the R. David Johnson trailhead (Harness Rd) will be closed Oct. 26-28, 2021. Please use caution around construction areas and avoid closed parking lots during completion of the work.
Placida Park Boat Ramp Parking Closure
Parking lot repairs will begin Oct. 26, 2021 at Placida Park (boat ramp) located at 6499 Boca Grande Causeway, Placida, FL 33946. Portions of the lot will be closed intermittently Oct. 26-28, 2021. Please use caution around construction areas and avoid closed parking spaces during completion of the work.
Demonstration Gardens Open House Oct. 23
The Charlotte County Master Gardener Demonstration Gardens will hold an Open House from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 23. The garden is located at 25550 Harbor View Road, Port Charlotte.
CARING & SHARING
Annual Grocery Benefit
Tickets for the 20th Annual Grocery Benefit for Dollars for Mammograms, Inc., are now available. There will be three $350 grocery gift card winners. The drawing is Monday, November 22 and the winners need not be present to win. Tickets are six for $5 or eighteen tickets for $10. Proceeds will benefit Dollars for Mammograms, a non-profit organization, that provides free mammograms to women and men who are unable to afford them. Tickets may be purchased at Key Agency, Inc., Short Stop Printing, RAVE, Key Realty, Grande Aire, Ivy’s on Dearborn, Lickity Split Café, Michael Saunders (Irene Slattery), Mike Douglas Plumbing, Rumors Wine Bar, Stevens the Florist South, and Xpertech Auto Repair, Inc. You can also purchase tickets by mailing a check, payable to Dollars for Mammograms, Inc., PO Box 366, Englewood, FL 34295-0366. Your ticket stubs will be filled out and put in the barrel, so enclose your full name, telephone number and email address.
RWWC OneBlood Drive
Please help sponsors GFWC Rotonda West Woman’s Club and the Hills Golf and Country Club by giving blood and supporting life at the Big Red Bus blood drive on Thursday, October 21, 9am to 2pm. The Big Red Bus will be at the Hills Golf and Country Club, 100 Rotonda Circle, Rotonda West. October brings attention to Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Donate blood during this drive by registering at the OneBlood.org website or contact Ellen Lang at email@example.com or at 917•579•7770.
Safe Boating Class
The Englewood Coast Guard Auxiliary will teach a Boating Skills and Seamanship online class using ZOOM. The class will be held for four consecutive nights, Monday, October 25 through Thursday, October 28, from 6-8pm, and you can participate from the comfort and safety of your own home. The class is $35 per person. There will be five instructors to make sure your questions will be answered. This class results in a CG AUX Certificate and a State of Florida Safe Boating ID Card. Registration is easy: Go to www.coastguardenglewood.com, Boating Safety Classes. (Note: you must register each person individually).
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