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Around Town, Arts/Enteretainment, Business, Club Chat, Nature Calls and Kids News
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December 3, 2022

Around The Town

Tea with Betty
On the first Saturday of the month, enjoy a cup of tea and learn about Englewood’s history during “Tea with Betty”. Betty Nugent, owner/curator of the historic Lampp House and location of the Englewood Museum, will share Englewood’s past. Learn more about your new hometown or this town you are visiting. The Englewood Museum is located in the historic Lampp House at 604 W. Perry Street. The tea is free, but donations towards the upkeep of the Englewood Museum are greatly appreciated. The December date is Saturday, December 3 at 3pm. Learn more about the museum at www.eahmuseum.org.

‘Cruisin’ on Dearborn
In spite of the construction on West Dearborn Street, ‘Cruisin’ on Dearborn continues to take place on the first Saturday of the month from 2 to 8pm. Anyone with a classic car or a love of cars is invited to this free event. Saturday, December 3 is the next Cruise In. Enjoy music to cruise by and music trivia sponsored by the Old Englewood Village Association. Don’t forget to visit the businesses that remain open for your shopping pleasure and stop by the broadcast booth and get your raffle tickets for prizes.

Poinsettia Parade & Festival
Enjoy a holly-jolly holiday at the signature Poinsettia Parade and Festival event on Saturday, December 3, 4 to 8pm. This year’s theme is “What a Wonderful North Port Life!” This North Port event is perfect for the whole family, and includes a tree lighting ceremony, food and merchandise vendors, entertainment, attractions, and a parade. The Poinsettia Parade will travel south from Sylvania Avenue down Sumter Boulevard to the City Center Front Green and will offer parade watchers a display of dozens of floats and other entertainment. The Poinsettia Festival will take place throughout the grounds of the City Center Campus where attendees of all ages can enjoy an array of holiday festivities. Admission and parking are free.

CoolToday Jingle Jam
The Jingle Jam at CoolToday Park returns for its fourth year on Saturday & Sunday, December 3 & 4. The event will feature the Tomahawk 5k, Holiday Market, Caddy Carts golf cart parade, carriage rides, kids crafts and activities, holiday entertainment, and appearances by Mr. & Mrs. Claus. The fun starts at 10am both days. Visit www.cooltoday.com for more information.

Wintergreen Weekend
Get in the holiday spirit when Wintergreen Weekend returns to the Historic Spanish Point campus Saturday & Sunday, December 3 & 4, 10am to 5pm. Kick off the holidays with time-honored traditions like Dickens carolers from The Classical Academy of Sarasota and hand-bell performances by the Ring Sarasota ensemble! This family-friendly event will also feature “reindeer” rides, art activities, and storytelling. Festive food and beverages will be available for purchase. Admission is free for Selby Gardens members and included with general admission. Tickets for non-members are $16 adults and $11 students ages 5 to 17. Historic Spanish Point is located at 401 N. Tamiami Trail, Osprey. For more information, call 941•366•5731.

Water Quality Virtual Update
Sarasota County invites you to attend their Water Quality Virtual Update 2022 on Monday, December 5 from 3 to 5pm. This opportunity will provide information from county and community leaders about what is being done locally to protect the water quality. Hear from experts about the science of water quality, local efforts, and opportunities to take action! Registration is required for this free event at this link: bit.ly/VirtualUpdate2022. For more information, visit www.scgov.net/waterquality.

Health in Motion Bus
The Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County “Health in Motion” staff will be on-site at the Elsie Quirk Library on Tuesday, December 6, noon to 4pm. Receive no-cost health screenings and referrals for general health and wellness. 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 appointments 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.

December Card Party
Reserve your table now for the Wednesday, December 7th Card Party at St. Francis of Assisi Church. Deadline to register is Monday, December 5th. Cost is $9 per person, which includes lunch, card play, and door prizes. Doors open at 11am and lunch is served at 11:30am. All are welcome. To register online, go to www.sfoachurch.com, click on Parish Life, Parish Women’s Guild, and Card Party. You can also register by calling 941•697•4899 and press 6. St. Francis of Assisi Church is located at 5265 Placida Road.

ECH Hosts Digestive Health Talk
HCA Florida Englewood Hospital is pleased to announce the next topic in a Wellness Education Series, “Digestive Health – Relief for GERD and Constipation.” According to the National Library of Medicine, GERD is one of the most common gastrointestinal disorders occurring in 18-20% of adults in the United States. “Digestive Health – Relief for GERD and Constipation” will be held on Wednesday, December 7 from 11:30am to 12:30pm with Gastroenterologist Karolina Siniakowicz, D.O., a member of the medical staff of Englewood Hospital. Dr. Siniakowicz will share symptoms, causes and treatments for both GERD and constipation. The session will be held at the Venice Area Chamber of Commerce, located at 597 S. Tamiami Trail in Venice. A free boxed lunch will be served. Registration is required. To register, call 844•706•8773. To learn about upcoming sessions or to register online, visit https://bit.ly/EnglewoodWellnessSeries2022. New sessions will be added monthly.

Estate Planning Basics
Englewood Bank & Trust will offer a seminar on Estate Planning Basics on Thursday, December 8, 10am, at the Englewood Chamber of Commerce, 601 S. Indiana Avenue. This free seminar will review the basic elements of an estate plan, including last will and testament, power of attorney, and health care directives, focusing on the specifics and benefits of each and the pitfalls to avoid. The seminar will also include planning tools for non-married couples and couples who have remarried, plus ways to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your assets. Presented with Lori Wellbaum Emery of Wellbaum & Emery, P.A. To register, visit www.englewoodbank.com or contact Kerry Hunter at 941•473•3629 or khunter@ebtfl.com.

Christmas Dinner Dance
You are invited to a Christmas Dinner & Dance on Friday, December 9 from 5 to 10pm. St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church is sponsoring the dinner dance at American Legion Post 113, 3436 Indiana Road in Rotonda West. Music provided by “Seasons of Sound” dance band. Tickets are on sale in the parish office, 5262 Placida Road, for $30 per person with a cash bar. For more information, call the office at 941•697•4899.

Hurricane Ian Relief Celebration
All members and non-members of AAA are invited to the AAA Hurricane Ian Relief Celebration on Friday, December 9, 11am to 3pm. There will be vendors, a DJ, food trucks, free giveaways, and fun for all. For every AAA membership sold, $20 will be donated to Charlotte County Hurricane Relief. The event will be held at the AAA Office, 21229 Olean Blvd. in Pt. Charlotte. For more information, call Maria Porter at 941•627•1544.

December Manta Market
Manta Market Season Five brings you more of the arts, crafts, artisanal foods, and other items that you have loved in the years past one Saturday each month. The next market date is Saturday, December 10, 9am to 2pm. Shay’s Legendary BBQ and a variety of goods will keep you replenished. Each Market is a little different; you will see your favorite vendors and always some new ones to check out! Watercolors, acrylic paintings, prints, photography, pottery, jewelry, fused glass, stained glass, mixed media art, customizable gifts, wearable art, home decor, gifts for your pets, beauty and health goods, custom wood-turned art, woodwork and carvings, garden sculpture, handmade furniture, holiday gifts, plants, seashells, and more. Convenient parking and restrooms, 2201 Placida Road (Lemon Bay High School).

Christmas on Dearborn
Mark your calendar for this year’s Christmas on Dearborn on Saturday, December 10, 4 to 9pm. Watch a free holiday movie at Pioneer Plaza, 325 W. Dearborn Street. Enjoy music & entertainment. There will be a Kids Bike Parade with prizes, Santa’s sleigh rides, cookie decorating, craft stations, face painting, a free bike raffle, and food vendors. Presented by the Old Englewood Village Association.

Holiday Parade on Wheels
Want to be part of the first Parade on Wheels on Dearborn Street set for Saturday, December 10. All ages are welcome, and any non-motorized wheeled contraption is allowed (bikes, strollers, wheelchairs, wagons, scooters, wheelbarrows, roller skates, etc.) Decorate your wheels, wear a holiday outfit, and join in the fun! There will be a free decorating workshop before the parade in the courtyard of the Old Florida Outdoor Center (463 W. Dearborn Street) starting at 3pm. Awards will be given to the best decorated and full of holiday spirit float on wheels! For more info, please email Marie at zigamazoo@yahoo.com. Parade will start at dusk from the Old Florida Outdoor Center and go up Dearborn Street to end at Pioneer Plaza where the Christmas on Dearborn festivities are underway, including bike raffles and a free holiday movie.

Lighting of the Lighthouse
Ring in the holiday season at the lighting of the Port Boca Grande Lighthouse on Saturday, December 10 from 5:30 to 8pm. Enjoy live music, refreshments, and participate in the countdown to lighting over 10,000 lights. The Port Boca Grande Lighthouse is located at 880 Belcher Road, Boca Grande, at the southern end of Gasparilla Island. Hosted by the Barrier Islands Park Society. For more information, call 941•964•0060.

Englewood Veg Fest
The First Annual Englewood Veg Fest will take place on Sunday, December 11 from 10am to 3pm in Pioneer Plaza (325 W. Dearborn Street). This unique and fun, family-friendly, 100% plant-based experience showcases and explores the benefits “For People, Animals & Our Planet”, with food, products, and services available for purchase. Educational speakers will talk on various aspects of the lifestyle, utilizing a large professional outdoor display screen for their slide show presentations. Free admission. Everyone welcome! Learn more at www.aplantbaseddiet.org/englewood-veg-fest.

Post-Ian Waterways Clean Up
The Lemon Baywatch Committee of Lemon Bay Conservancy is helping to coordinate a multi-organizational effort spearheaded by Suncoast Waterkeeper to remove debris left by Hurricane Ian in local creeks and canals. The first Post-Ian Waterways Clean-Up Day is scheduled for Sunday, December 11 at 9am. Volunteers are asked to bring their kayaks or Jon boats to meet at Holiday Estates, 1245 Kingfisher Drive. Volunteers can register online at biy.ly/waterway cleanup or by phone 239•222•2443. Hats, gloves, sunscreen, and closed-toe shoes are recommended. Volunteers are also needed for land side clean-up. All are welcome! Lunch will be provided.

EGSFL to Meet
The December meeting of the Englewood Genealogical Society will be on Wednesday, December 14, 1:30 to 4:45pm, at the Elsie Quirk Library, with Zoom participation available. Ann Mohr Osisek will be the presenter of “Backing Up to the Boat”, a program covering immigration and naturalization records from the 1600s to the twentieth century and the resources available to locate these records, plus how-to tips and tools. Guests are welcome. To participate via Zoom, click the link under the meeting at www.egsfl.org.

Becoming a Floridian
Considering being domiciled in Florida or have moved here from another state to benefit fully from homestead law, no state income tax and favorable estate planning codes? Will your out-of-state documents work in Florida as you had planned? On Thursday, December 15 at 10am, join Dean Hanewinckel of the Law Office of Dean Hanewinckel, P.A., to explore your checklist to be a Floridian, common problems with other states’ documents, and some helpful tips. This free informative seminar, offered by Englewood Bank & Trust, will be held at the Englewood Chamber of Commerce, 601 S. Indiana Avenue. To register, visit www.englewoodbank.com or contact Hunter at 941•473•3629 or khunter@ebtfl.com.

Cookies by the Pound
The Annual Bazaar of the GFWC Rotonda West Woman’s Club was canceled by Hurricane Ian. But just in time for Christmas, the club is baking all your favorite cookies. Homemade cookies will be for sale at $8 per pound on Friday, December 16, from 10am to 2pm at the Rotonda West Community Center, 646 Rotonda Circle.

Selby “Lights in Bloom”
Tickets are now on sale for Selby Gardens holiday tradition, “Lights in Bloom”. This award-winning holiday tradition, now in its 19th year, features more than two million lights that illuminate the downtown Sarasota campus along with photo opportunities, fun activities, festive food and beverages, and entertainment. The spectacular event runs from Saturday, December 10 through Thursday, January 5 from 6:30 to 9pm. General admission tickets are $30 for non-members, $25 for members, $15 for children 5-17, and free for children ages four and under. To purchase tickets and learn more, visit www.selby.org. Selby Gardens is located at 1534 Mound Street in Sarasota.

The Nitemare BE4 Christmas
Tickets are available now for The Nitemare BE4 Christmas, the reincarnation of Pumpkin Palooza. Presented by Habitat for Humanity South Sarasota County, the event is scheduled for Saturday, December 17, 1 to 8pm, at Pioneer Plaza on downtown Dearborn Street (325 W. Dearborn Street). Play pumpkin putt-putt and games, have fun with the Elf Snowball Fight, see Halloweentown House, Christmastown, have a pony ride, and visit the petting zoo. Shop vendors and more. Live entertainment by “Pure Country of SW Florida”. General admission pass for anyone ages 4 and up is $10; children 3 years and under are free. Purchase tickets online at www.pumpkinpalooza.givesmart.com.

New Sarasota Coounty Watering Schedule
Starting January 2023, Sarasota County will go to a new watering schedule. The new ordinance will allow watering to be spread out over six days. All customers will irrigate their lawns one day Monday through Saturday instead of Tuesday or Thursday. Customers may water once a week, with no watering between 10am and 4pm. The new watering days will be assigned based upon street address, as follows: Monday-addresses ending in 0/1; Tuesday-addresses ending in 2/3; Wednesday-addresses ending in 4/5; Thursday-addresses ending in 6/7; Friday-addresses ending in 8/9; Saturday-addresses with no number or end in a letter; Sunday-no watering. The new schedule should help spread water usage throughout the week, reducing stress on water systems. The new schedule will apply to all citizens residing in unincorporated Sarasota County who use water resources, whether from public or privately owned water utility systems, private wells, or private connections with surface water bodies. This ordinance will not apply to those using reclaimed/reuse water or saltwater, and there will be a grace period and warnings for water customers who are unaware of the changes before fines are issued.

Toys For Tots Donations Sought
Englewood Bank & Trust locations are once again serving as collection points for donations to help brighten the holiday season for those in need. Donations will be distributed by two prominent charitable organizations, the Salvation Army and Toys for Tots. Residents are invited to bring unwrapped toys to the following branches during business hours through Wednesday, December 14: Englewood Bank & Trust Gulf Cove branch, 12651 S. McCall Rd., Englewood Bank & Trust Cape Haze branch, 8725 Placida Rd., #10; and Englewood Bank & Trust Boca Grande branch, 301 Park Ave. The age groups currently in the highest need of gifts are 0-24 months and teenagers.

Senior Giving Tree
It’s the holiday season and once again Aveanna Home Healthcare is seeking your help with their Senior Giving Tree. There are many deserving elderly folks that have no one to give them a gift this holiday season. The Giving Tree provides a meaningful gift to these individuals. You may pick up a senior’s request for a gift. Purchase and wrap the gift, tape the name card on it and return it to The Giving Tree, which is located at Heritage Oaks Assisted Living & Memory Care, 7374 San Casa Drive. For more information, please call Sue McNamara at 941•270•2505.

Giving Tree Toy Drive
Bring a smile to a child during this holiday season. Paradise Exclusive is accepting donations of unwrapped toys or gift cards on behalf of Suncoast Little Brothers and Little Sisters. Toys are suggested for ages 6 to 12 and gift cards for ages 13 & up. Stop by the Paradise Exclusive office at 8300 Wilshire Drive and pick up a gift tag today to support the “Littles” at Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Suncoast. For more information, contact Jessica Souza at 941•698•0303, ext. 103.

OneBlood Blood Drives
The following OneBlood “Big Red Bus” blood drives have been scheduled in the Englewood area during the month of December. 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. Sunday, December 4, 1 to 4pm: Publix-Merchants Crossing, 1500 Placida Road. Friday, December 9, 1 to 5pm: Englewood Bank & Trust, 1111 S. McCall Road. Saturday, December 10, 10am to 4pm: Walmart, 2931 S. McCall Road. Friday, December 16, 10am to 4pm: Bealls Outlet, 425 S. Indiana Avenue. Tuesday, December 20, 10am to 4pm: Bealls, 1500 Placida Road. Thursday, December 22, 10am to 4pm: Publix-Olde Village, 55 N. Indiana Avenue. Tuesday, December 27, 11am to 5pm: Big Lots, 1855 Englewood Road. Thursday, December 29, 11am to 5pm: Publix-Merchants Crossing, 1500 Placida Road.

Sexual Violence Support Group
The Center for Rape and Emergencies (C.A.R.E.) hosts a Sexual Violence Support Group that meets every Wednesday from 3 to 4pm. In this support group, survivors can talk openly and honestly about their feelings and experiences with others who understand and gain tools for managing the effects of trauma. When participating in support groups, survivors can experience a sense of empowerment, control, and hope. The group meets at C.A.R.E., 6868 San Casa Drive. For more information, call the hotline at 941•637•0404. Please spread the word if there is anyone you know who is in need of these services.

VITA Volunteers Needed
Are you looking to make a difference in the lives of others? The United Way of South Sarasota County (UWSSC) is looking for volunteers to help with their VITA site in Englewood. VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) is a program that offers FREE tax preparation services to low- and moderate-income households. This is a great opportunity to learn valuable skills and use your new or existing tax knowledge to give back to your community. The Englewood VITA site team is in need of one Greeter/Screener, one Site Coordinator, four Tax Preparers and one Quality Reviewer. No experience is necessary. Your online training is provided for free after which you will be IRS-certified. Greeter/Screener does not need to be IRS-certified. Volunteer team spots are limited, please register as soon as possible by Thursday, December 15th. VITA sites will operate February 2, 2023, through mid-April 2023. UWSSC will host a kickoff orientation on Tuesday, January 10th, a perfect opportunity to ask an IRS-assigned representative any questions and learn from an experienced site coordinator about what to expect on a typical day. If you have questions, please contact Teri Andrews, Director of Programs, at tandrews@uwssc.org. Learn more about the program and sign up to volunteer at www.uwssc.org/volunteer-for-vita.

Sandy Claws Beach Run
Kick off the holiday season by participating in the 46th annual Sandy Claws Beach Run on Siesta Beach in Sarasota on Saturday, December 10. To register, visit www.runsignup.com (keywords Sandy Claws). Registration will close at 7:45am on the day of the event. Early packet pickup will be from 3-6pm on Thursday, December 8, at the New Balance Sarasota store, 1872 Stickney Point Road. The one-mile fun run will start at 8am, followed by the 5K run at 8:20am. The holiday-themed costume contest winners and race awards will be announced starting at 9:15am. For more information, call 941•861•5000.

YMCA Sandbar Half/5k
The Englewood YMCA Sandbar Half Marathon and 5k on Manasota Key has been moved to Saturday, January 14. Runners will enjoy a race route without many turns and with much of the course under tree canopy. Free draft beer and a hot meal at the Sandbar Tiki & Grille starting at 8:30am. Live music while you wait for awards. Start time is 7am for the half marathon and 7:15am for the 5k. Registration is now open and runs until Friday, January 6th. Current cost is $85 for half marathon and $45 for the 5k. Sign up available at www.runsignup.com.
The items appearing in this column are as accurate as possible. Please call the listed numbers for confirmation and further information. If you have an upcoming event you would like to have considered for “Around the Town” please send info and/or photo to The Englewood REVIEW, 370 W Dearborn St, Suite B, Englewood, FL 34223, or email: englewoodreview@comcast.net.

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