Beach Sidewalk Construction
Gulf Boulevard sidewalk construction from the south public beach parking lot entrance to the Stump Pass Beach State Park entrance will start Nov. 30. Warning signs and flaggers will be in place to aid in travel through this area. Travelers may experience intermittent lane closures, slow-moving traffic and/or temporary delays and should allow extra time when planning to travel through this area. The Public Works Department reminds motorists to remain alert at all times and to exercise caution when traveling in the vicinity of construction zones. More information about this project is available atwww.CharlotteCountyFL.gov.
Holiday Crashers Seeking Couches
While being in close proximity with others during the upcoming holidays (and in general) is discouraged, snuggling up on the couch with a lonely, homeless pet is certainly not! Suncoast Humane Society’s “Holiday Crashers” initially started as an idea to recruit volunteers to spend time with cats and dogs staying at the shelter during the holidays, especially those accompanied by fireworks. CEO Maureen O’Nell shares, “The holidays this year are different for many of us who won’t be traveling or attending traditional events. Hosting a Holiday Crasher is a meaningful way to offer all of the extra love you have to give to a shelter dog or cat. A true gift of compassion.” Suncoast Humane Society provides any supplies needed to foster a pet including food, crate, leash, medication (if any is needed), etc. As a holiday foster, you decide the length of time that you would like to host a couch crasher. To host a Holiday Crasher, please submit a foster application online at www.humane.org or contact Foster Coordinator, Fatime Duka, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vietnam Vets Homecoming Vietnam Vets will be given their due in a huge celebration Saturday, November 21 in Port Charlotte. A “Welcome Home Vietnam Vets Parade” starts at 9am. Parade route is from Port Charlotte Beach Park, north on Harbor Blvd, west on Edgewater Dr., to Gaines Veterans Park on Edgewater. The “Welcome Home Thunder” motorcycle ride leaves the old Elks Lodge on Veterans Blvd., Port Charlotte at 10am and travels to the Charlotte County Fairgrounds. The main event at the Charlotte Sports Park Stadium, 2300 El Jobean Rd., Port Charlotte, kicks off a full schedule of events starting at 1pm. The music lineup includes Mike Riley & the Boogiemen, Jack Michael Band and culminates with a concert by Lee Greenwood followed by fireworks. Veterans will be admitted at no charge but must register. Tickets for the rest of the public are $20 for general admission or $40 for preferred seating. For more details, registration and tickets, go to www.welcomehomevietnamvets2020.org.
Cape Haze Farmers Market
A new Farmers Market is scheduled to open on Tuesday, November 24 at 6900 Placida Road, next to Cape Haze Convenience Store. The Cape Haze Fresh Market will be open 9am to 1:30pm every Tuesday and will offer a variety of products for sale like local farm produce, handmade soaps, jewelry, artwork by local artists including Carroll Swayze, essential oils and repurposed, upcycling products. Thirty vendors are on board to start, with more welcome. The market will be a convenient stop for those in the Cape Haze, Rotonda, East Englewood and Boca Grande. The market concept was created by Steve Legg who wanted to support small, home-based businesses by providing the opportunity to conduct their business in a public gathering place in the hope that these businesses would grow to open a storefront in the future. The market plans to donate a portion of the proceeds to local charities. For updates, follow it at Cape Haze Fresh Market on Facebook. For more information and interested vendors, contact the Market at CapeHazeFreshMarket@gmail.com.
Free Thanksgiving Dinner
Gulf Cove United Methodist Church will serve a free Thanksgiving dinner with turkey and all the traditional fixings for the community on Thursday, November 26, noon until 3pm. Because of the pandemic, this year’s dinner will be by drive-thru only; there will be no seating inside the church. Just pull up in the drive-thru lane and request the number of dinners you need! While church members will miss speaking with you over the dinner table, blessings will be with you wherever you go. GCUMC is located at 1100 S. McCall Road, Port Charlotte, in the South Gulf Cove area. The church’s phone number is 697•1747, and website is http://GulfCoveChurch.com.
Friday Night Bingo
The public is welcome at Friday Night Bingo at the Englewood Elks, 401 N. Indiana Avenue. Doors open at 4pm and early bird games start at 5:45pm. Jackpot games and hot ball included. Refreshments available. For questions, call 474•1404.
Boating Safety Program
Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 87 is offering a four session on-line Boating Skills and Seamanship Class by the Coast Guard Auxiliary Englewood, FL, on November 30–December 3. Sessions will be held from 6 to 8pm. Registration fee is $35. To register, visit the flotilla website: www.coastguardenglewood.com and click tab for Boating Safety Classes, then register at bottom of page. Students are responsible to acquire their own copy of “Boating Skills and Seamanship, 14th edition” available at most book sellers including Amazon. Call Dane Hahn at 681•0312 for more information.
Full Moon Yoga
The next Full Moon Yoga by Loving Light Yoga & Healing Center on Englewood Beach will be Monday, November 30, 6 to 7pm (weather permitting.) Enjoy the afterglow of the sunset and gentle yoga under the moonlight. Cost is $5. Sunset is 5:35pm with Moonrise at 5:50pm. Glow sticks will be given out before class. For more information about Loving Light Yoga and their studio and beach classes, call 473•0135 or visit www.lovinglightyoga.com.
Life Realized Events
Life Realized, formerly known as The Open Studio, has announced their upcoming event calendar. Choose from art classes such as Art Journaling and various adult Intro to Art sessions, a wellness course for caretakers, open mic night, Englewood Opry, farmers markets, fermentation workshops and a special exhibit, “Aprons: The Ties That Bind,” is a nostalgic trip through time in an unique exhibit featuring over 75 aprons. This exhibit is a tour held on selected dates November 25 through December 20. Tour cost is $2 at the door. The calendar web address is https://liferealized.org/event-calendar. Their new location is 501 W. Dearborn Street.
Holiday Lights Cruises
Enjoy holiday lights from the water when you take one of King Fisher Fleet Christmas Light Canal Cruises, available December 1 through 31. The family-oriented cruises tour residential canals in Punta Gorda to view holiday lights, displays and decorations on homes, boats, seawalls and docks. Tours last one hour and depart nightly at 6pm, 7:30pm and 9pm from Fishermen’s Village Marina, 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda. Tickets are $25 adult and $15 for children 3-11 (plus tax.) It is recommended that tickets be purchased in advance at www.kingfisherfleet.com or call 639•0969.
Selby Gardens Holiday Light Show
Lights in Bloom®: An Open-air Holiday Light Show returns to Marie Selby Botanical Gardens’ Downtown Sarasota campus beginning December 12. In 2019, this family-friendly experience was selected for inclusion in USA Today’s Top Ten List of Botanical Garden Holiday Light Shows. You can visit nightly from 6 to 9pm December 12 - December 23, December 26 - 30, and January 1 & 2. Guests will be immersed in the glow of more than two million lights all in a safe and socially distanced outdoor gardens-wide experience. Activities will include spray-on face painting, balloon artistry, and photo opportunities, but no Santa and interactive games this year. Masks are required. A trolley will be available from 5:30 to 10pm from the Sarasota Friendship Center (1888 Brother Geenen Way). Ticket sales are limited to ensure a safe environment, so guests are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance online at selby.org. General admission is $20 member/$25 non-member, children 5 to 17 $7. Visit www.selby.org for more information.
GCUMC Barn & Crafts Sale
Find your Treasures at the Holiday Sale at Gulf Cove United Methodist Church on Saturday, December 5 from 9am to 2pm. There’s no telling what can be found at the Men’s Club Barn Sale. The Crafty Ladies will show off their handmade wares in the Oaks Cove. Masks and social distancing are required. Gulf Cove UMC is located at 1100 S. McCall Road in Port Charlotte, just south of the Myakka River on State Road 776. For more information, contact the church at 697•1747 or GulfCoveUMC@gmail.com. The church’s website is http://GulfCoveChurch.com.
Gulf Pines Veteran Wreaths
On Saturday, December 19 at noon, Wreaths Across America will be at Gulf Pines Memorial Park to remember and honor veterans through the laying of Remembrance wreaths on the graves of America’s fallen heroes and the act of saying the name of each and every veteran aloud. Please help the cemetery place wreaths on as many veteran graves as possible by clicking the red “Sponsor” button, located on Gulf Pines Memorial Park Wreaths Across America Page at https://wreathsacrossamerica.org/pages/46940/Overview. If you would like to volunteer to participate in the wreath laying ceremony, please click the “Volunteer” button next to the cemetery name below. Your support of Gulf Pines Memorial Cemetery and Wreaths Across America is appreciated.
Lemon Bay Cemetery Wreath Laying
Plans are underway for a holiday wreath laying ceremony on the graves of veterans buried in Lemon Bay Historic Cemetery on Saturday, December 19. There are over 130 service members buried there and volunteers & sponsors are needed to participate in the wreath placement to honor those military personnel who served the country. All CDC safety guidelines have been implemented for this ceremony. Volunteers are asked to register so they will be informed when the wreath laying details are finalized. To volunteer and/or sponsor a wreath, please go to www.WreathsAcrossAmerica.org/pages/47689. You can also find out more about the Wreaths Across America’s mission to - Remember, Honor, Teach - that is carried out each year, coordinating with the wreath-laying ceremonies carried out at Arlington National Cemetery and across the country.
Spread Holiday Joy, Not the Flu!
Charlotte County Health Department is urging residents to contact their healthcare provider or pharmacy to get vaccinated against the flu as soon as possible. Once vaccinated, it takes about two weeks to offer protection. Getting the flu shot this year is even more critical this year to protect frontline health care workers and hospital systems who will continue to care for people with COVID-19 and other illnesses. Also, it is possible to have the flu and COVID-19 at the same time! To minimize the spread of both respiratory illnesses: Stay home if you’re sick. Cover coughs and sneezes. Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly. Wear a face covering when around others or if social distancing isn’t possible. Prevention is the key. The Florida Department of Health in Charlotte County offers free flu vaccinations for children ages 6 months to 18 years and vaccines for adults are $26.64. Appointments can be made by calling 624•7200.
CARES Act Funds Increased
Sarasota County Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES) has increased individual assistance grants from $5,000 per household to $10,000. CARES Ambassadors are available at several Sarasota County libraries and at the Goodwill Manasota Job Connection Center to provide assistance for individuals applying for CARES assistance. Business assistance is not offered. You can also learn more and fill out an application at www.scgov.net/government/health-and-human-services/covid-19-coronavirus/sarasota-county-cares-5898. If you have questions regarding Sarasota County CARES, call 861•2273.
Pearl Harbor Day Remembrance
The Pearl Harbor Day Remembrance Ceremony scheduled for December 7th at AMVETS Post #777 has moved to VFW Post 10178, at 550 N. McCall Road. Time and details for the ceremony to remember and honor veterans and survivors of the attack on Pearl Harbor were still being worked out at press time. For more information, call the VFW Post at 474•7516. The details will also be announced on the Englewood Review Facebook page and the website www.EnglewoodReview.com.
Elks New Year’s Eve
Tickets will go on sale Monday, November 30 for the Englewood Elks New Year’s Eve celebration on Thursday, December 31. Ring in the New Year with the Dance Fuzion Band after a delicious dinner of grilled prime ribeye steak or twin lobster tails. Doors open at 7pm with dinner served at 8pm. Tickets are $54 for members and $59 for non-members (tax included.) Due to COVID-19 guidelines, seating is limited so get your tickets early. Tickets may be purchased Monday–Friday, 9am to noon, at the lodge located at 410 N. Indiana Avenue.
Caring & Sharing
Kids Clothing Donations Sought
Kids’ Needs of Greater Englewood is accepting donations for their annual Christmas Gift Away through Tuesday, December 1. The nonprofit organization needs new sneakers, sock, underwear and clothing. Following is a list of sizes for donated shoes, socks and underwear. Sneakers: - elementary sizes 11-5, adult size 6-12 (new or gently used.) New underwear: elementary sizes 4-18, adult sizes small, medium & large (boxer briefs for boys.) New socks: elementary and adult. Elementary clothing: Girls size 4-16, Boys size 4-18 (no tank tops, printed t-shirts, swimwear or pjs.) New or gently used school uniforms for Vineland Elementary and Sky Academy. Of course, monetary donations are always cheerfully accepted! Please make checks payable to Kids’ Needs of Greater Englewood, PO Box 3203, Placida, FL 33946. Drop box locations can be found on their website: kidsneedsenglewood.com. For questions, you can call Becca at 315•256•6613 or email email@example.com.
Mistletoe Ball Goes Virtual
The Homeless Coalition invites you to join them celebrating the 13th Annual Mistletoe Ball. The “Home for the Holidays” theme promises to keep you safe and comfortable on Tuesday, December 1. Trade in your tuxedo and heels for sweats and slippers. In order to keep all participants safe, the event will be hosted virtually, and you can join in from the comfort of your own home throughout the day. More details will follow regarding what is planned for this special day. For live updates, please RSVP to their Facebook event at this link: https://www.facebook.com/events/2719692781580241/ All event proceeds benefit the Homeless Coalition’s programs and services to alleviate and prevent hunger and homelessness. For more information, please contact Joanna Pohopin at 627•4313, Ext. 132 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You will not want to miss out on this sensational day!
Big Red Bus Blood Drives
OneBlood “Big Red Bus” has these upcoming blood drive dates scheduled in the Englewood area. Please note, however, that blood drives are subject to change at any time. If you would like to donate blood, appointments are required and can be scheduled at www.oneblood.org. Englewood dates are Friday, November 20, 11am to 5pm – Gulf Coast Hardware, 975 S. McCall Road; Tuesday, November 24, 11am to 5pm – Winn Dixie, 1951 S. McCall Road; Sunday, November 29, 11am to 5pm – Walmart, 2931 S. McCall Road. Tuesday, December 1, 10am to 4pm – Bealls, 1500 Placida Road. Saturday, December 5, 10am to 4pm – Winn Dixie, 4100 S. McCall Road. Monday, December 7, 10am to 4pm – Bealls Outlet, 425 S. Indiana Avenue.
Senior Giving Tree
Tis the season once again, and the Englewood community is asked to brighten a senior’s holiday by participating in the Senior Giving Tree. Beginning Wednesday, December 2, you may pick up a senior’s request for a gift from the Giving Tree located at Heritage Oaks of Englewood, 7374 San Casa Drive or Englewood Ford, 1908 South McCall Rd. After purchasing and wrapping the gift, simply tape the name card back on the wrapped package and return it to the Giving Tree by Wednesday, December 16 for delivery. Please consider participating as there are many deserving elderly folks in the community that otherwise will not receive a holiday gift. For questions and more information, please contact Sue McNamara at Doctor’s Choice Home Care: 270•2505.
Toys for Tots Tailgate
The need is great this year for toy donations so Toys for Tots can provide a Christmas gift for all deserving local children. Tailored Inspections will be hosting a toy drive to benefit Toys for Tots on Saturday, December 5th. Drop off an unwrapped toy or bicycle between 11am to 1pm at the Englewood Chamber of Commerce, 601 S. Indiana Avenue. Enjoy a free lunch provided by Tailored Inspections (hotdogs, chips and soda.) Help them fill a truck bed of toys!
Men’s Slow Pitch Softball
The Englewood Men’s Senior Softball League holds open, preseason practice sessions for anyone interested in playing slow pitch softball. Practices are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8am to 10:30am on the adult softball fields at the Englewood Sports Complex, 1300 River Road. Must turn 60 during 2021 to play. Visit englewoodseniorsoftball.weebly.com for more information. County approved COVID-19 guidelines are in place.
Habitat Turkey Trot
The 22nd Annual Turkey Trot for Charlotte County Habitat for Humanity has gone virtual this year. From Sunday, November 22 through Sunday, November 29, you may participate in the virtual race at the location of your choice and with whom you choose. Just map out a 3.1 mile run on your phone. You have the option of registering for the 5K Virtual Race run/walk at $40 or the Charity 5K run/walk at $25. All participants that sign up for the $40 entry will receive a finisher medal and a shirt later in December. There will not be place medals this year. After completing the race, you will be able to upload your results any time during race week and share photos on the Habitat for Humanity Facebook page. Find out more and register at charlottecountyhfh.org/event/turkey-trot.
Toys for Tots Tournament
Come enjoy a game of golf while knowing you are supporting Toys For Tots when you participate in Toys For Tots Tournament on Saturday, December 12 at Long Marsh Golf Course in Rotonda. The four-player scramble has a shotgun start at 8:30am and the entry fee includes golf, food and prizes. Entry fee is $50 + unwrapped gift; members of Rotonda Golf & Country Club pay $40. For more information, call 698•0918.
Basketball Open Gym Restarts
Charlotte County recreation centers are once again offering basketball open gym in two-hour time slots for shooting and skills work. No pick-up games will be allowed. Reservations are required. Registration can be completed online at www.charlottecountyfl.gov/recreation or by calling one of the county recreation centers. Reservations will open at 8am the day prior and are non-transferable. Regular program fees will be due upon entry. One person per basket; baskets will be assigned on arrival and players must remain at the assigned basket. Patrons must follow the posted conduct and safety rules relating to COVID-19 while in recreation centers. Bring your own water as water fountains are closed. For information, contact Lonne Moore at 627•1074 or Lonne.Moore@CharlotteCountyFL.gov.