Around The Town
ECCC Resumes In-Person Visits
The Englewood Community Care Clinic (ECCC) re-opened for in-person patient visits on Monday, April 12. The clinic is open on Monday and Thursday evenings starting at 5pm. Patients will be seen on a walk-in basis (no appointments). The 70+ volunteer physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses and administrative personnel are excited to re-open and meet the clinic’s mission of providing free medical services to the uninsured and working poor in Charlotte and Sarasota counties. The clinic is located in the Mac Horton West County Annex at 6868 San Casa Drive. For more information, please call the clinic at 681•2081 or go to www.englewoodclinic.org.
Farmers to Families Food Box Program
Farmers to Families Food Box program will be in Charlotte County 9:30 a.m., April 22 at Franz Ross Park while supplies last. Fresh produce, dairy, and meats will be available free to the community. All drivers are requested to wear masks. Franz Ross Park is located at 19333 Quesada Ave. in Port Charlotte. For information, visit www.coadfl.org. or contact Joe Sabatino at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Emergency Communications Demo
There will be an Emergency Communications demonstration by local Amateur Radio Operators on Saturday, April 24, 10am to noon. Stop by to see how they can provide county-wide and beyond communications in the event of a disaster. A portable emergency trailer will be set up near the main Pavilion in the Ann and Chuck Dever Park, 6791 San Casa Drive. You’ll be able to see how “Ham” radio operators can set up stations in the field that will provide voice calls and email messages locally and to other Hams across the rest of the county - without functional cell towers or internet services if there was a major county-wide disaster. This event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Charlotte and Englewood Amateur Radio Clubs. Learn more about the club at earsradioclub.org.
Seeking Neighbor of the Month Entries
Are you or someone you know going above and beyond to help their community? The Sarasota County Englewood CRA would like to showcase them in Sarasota County Neighborhood Service’s new newsletter feature, “Neighbor of the Month!” The column spotlights individuals who are either strengthening their community, helping their neighbors, or spreading joy. The team at Neighborhood Services has chosen to highlight the Englewood community for their inaugural column, so please share your feel-good stories! The deadline for submission is Monday, April 19; however, you can continue to send in feel-good stores to be featured in the Englewood newsletter, along with consideration for possible inclusion in a future Neighborhood Services Connect newsletter. Submissions can be emailed to email@example.com. Please include a photo of the person or project. The Englewood CRA is eager to share the great work being done by so many of you! For more information, call 473•9795 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Boating Safety Course
The Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 99, Cape Haze is offering a Boat America, virtual boating safety course, on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, April 20, 21, 27 and 28, from 6:30 to 8:30pm via a Zoom virtual meeting. This eight-hour class will be held over four, 2-hour evening sessions. Successful completion of the course satisfies Florida’s requirement for boat operators to obtain a Florida Boater Safety Education Card (required by Florida law for anyone born after 1 January, 1988, operating a vessel with a 10 hp motor or greater.) Cost for the class is: $45 per person, $60 per couple sharing workbook or $25 per middle or high school student. For more information and to register for the class, contact Larry Piper at email@example.com or text message/voice mail 717•752•0081.
Earth Day Clean-Up
Come and join the Rotary Club of Englewood at their Earth Day Clean-Up on Thursday, April 22 at 9am. Earth Day is an annual event celebrated around the world on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection. Volunteers are needed to help clean up the Englewood Veterans Memorial & Freedom Pavilion, located on Lemon Bay at the end of West Dearborn Street. Bring your own gloves and a refillable drinking container (jugs of water will be provided.) COVID-19 safety recommendations will be followed, including masks & social distancing. For more information, go to TheRotaryClubofEnglewood.org. Let’s celebrate Mother Earth while working together towards a greener planet!
Community Mango Tree Project
The Englewood Chamber of Commerce is very excited to be a part of a new wonderful community campaign with Angel Land Food Forest. The vision is for Englewood residents to plant a mango tree in their yard within five feet of the sidewalk/street, that will produce fruit for anyone to enjoy. The tree will have a plaque stating “I am a Community Mango Tree. Please enjoy my fruit! Be kind – leave some for others. Please pick during daylight hours.” Angel Land Food Forest will plant, mulch, fertilize and prune the tree. A “ground-breaking” ceremony will be held to celebrate this mission on Earth Day (Thursday, April 22) at 10am at the Englewood Chamber, 601 S. Indiana Avenue. Angel Land Food Forest’s mission is to help feed the hungry locally by creating Food Forests. The trees are free. Donations are appreciated, with a dollar match by the foundation. Learn more at https//angellandfoodforest.org/free-mango-tree. If you are interested in a free tree or to donate towards this campaign, call Angel Land Food Forest at 909•0500.
“Restore Our Earth” Webinar
Restoring the planet starts with each person through their daily actions. But, taking that first step - knowing what to do - can be confusing. UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County invites you to attend their free virtual webinar “Earth Day 2021: Restore Our Earth,” on Thursday, April 22 at noon, and learn simple steps to create a better future. In just one hour, you will learn sustainable solutions you can adopt that mesh with your lifestyle, focusing on energy, water, “green” buildings, waste, transportation, food, and other categories. You must register for the zoom link only on this website: ufsarasotaext.eventbrite.com. For questions, call 861•5000.
Earth Day Holistic Celebration
Mystic Shore Englewood is holding an Earth Day Holistic Weekend, Friday, April 23 to Sunday, April 25, at their store located at 4020 N. Access Road. Hours are Friday, 2 to 7pm, and Saturday & Sunday, 10am to 3pm. Free admission. On site will be practitioners in reiki, life coaching, angel oracle, alternative medicine, hydrochromotherapy, and crystals. There will also be a powerful New Moon Activation Ceremony on Saturday, April 24 at 8pm to be held at Chadwick Park, across from Englewood Beach. Release old energy and activate your new intentions in alignment with the new moon. Register at www.eventbrite.com/e/activation-circle. If you have never been to Mystic Shore Englewood, stop by and explore the shop. For more information, contact Terri at 951•0548.
Annual Tree Fair
The 12th Annual Tree Fair will be held on Saturday, April 24, 10am to 2pm, at the North Port Community Center, 4940 Pan American Blvd. in North Port. Hosted by People for Trees Inc., the fair will include tree planting workshops, beginning at 10:30am, 11:30am and 12:30pm. There will also be vendors and food. Sale price is $15 for three-gallon pots of trees four to eight feet tall. Native tree species include longleaf pine, dahoon holly, sweetgum, red maple, southern red cedar, elm, sycamore and hickory. Learn more at www.peoplefortrees.com or call 468•2486.
Florida Residency Seminar
Kerry Hunter, Trust Development Officer at Englewood Bank & Trust, and local attorney Dean Hanewinckel will present “Becoming a Floridian,” a complimentary Trust and Investment Management Services seminar on Thursday, April 29 from 10-11:30am at the Englewood Chamber of Commerce, 601 South Indiana Avenue. “This seminar is designed for individuals who are considering being domiciled in Florida or have moved here from another state,” said Hunter. “Dean and I will discuss the benefits of Florida residency, such as our homestead laws, no state income tax, and favorable estate-planning codes.” The pair will also address the viability of out-of-state documents in Florida. Hanewinckel, who operates his own office in Englewood, has been serving his clients’ estate-planning, real estate law and business law needs since 1984. To register for the free seminar, visit www.englewoodbank.com or contact Hunter at 473•3629 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Attendees are asked to social distance and face coverings are required. Seating is limited.
PG Hibiscus Festival
The 16th Annual Punta Gorda Hibiscus Festival is scheduled for Friday, April 30 through Sunday, May 2 in Gilchrist Park, 400 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda. Friday Night Music Festival – 6 to 10pm. Lil’ Miss Hibiscus Pageant is 9am, Saturday. The plant sale, featuring hibiscus, exotics, trees, and organics, runs Saturday, 9am to 4pm and Sunday, 10am to 3pm. Live music Saturday, 9am to 4pm and Sunday, 10am to 3pm. Vintage Motor Car Club is Saturday, 11am to 3pm. Crafts booths and food vendors on site. Free admission-donations accepted. For more information, visit thehibiscusfestival.com.
SW Florida Climate Summit
The Coastal & Heartland National Estuary Partnership (CHNEP) is excited to host the 2021 Southwest Florida Climate Summit. This free virtual public event will be held on Thursday, May 6, from 9am to 4:30pm. The Summit will feature experts with interactive audience question & answer sessions to exchange ideas on expanding the region’s capacity to respond to climate challenges, and to build climate resilience in area communities. Topics include the State of Climate Change in SW Florida, Policy and Legal Framework for Climate Action, Growing Climate Awareness, and Actions to Move Resiliency Forward in Southwest Florida. Presenters from Florida Gulf Coast Water School, Environmental Defense Fund, Florida Clinicians for Climate Action, CLEO Institute, Growing Climate Solutions and more will be sharing their expertise and answering questions from the audience. There will also be addresses from climate leaders such as Florida’s Chief Resiliency Officer and Secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Noah Valenstein, and Senator Marco Rubio. “With continued sea level rise, severity and frequency of severe storms and wildfires, and other climatic changes occurring here in Southwest Florida,” says Jennifer Hecker, CHNEP Executive Director, “it is imperative that we accelerate our efforts to build more resilient communities. The Climate Summit is intended to convene climate professionals and the public to advance collective climate work in our region.” Registration is required. For registration and additional information, please visit www.chnep.org/2021-climate-summit.
Disaster Preparedness Webinar
Hurricane season is approaching and being prepared for a weather disaster can save your life. Join UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County for a webinar on Wednesday, May 12 at 11am to learn ways you should prepare to stay safe. This class will offer tips and ways to prepare for unexpected disasters, such as hurricanes. Learn how to assemble an emergency supply kit and other ways to prepare for emergencies. Please register for this event ONLY at ufsarasotaext.eventbrite.com rather than any third-party websites, as they are not affiliated with UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County. For questions or further information, please call 861•5000 or email email@example.com
COVID-19 Vaccine Walk-In Clinics
The Sarasota County COVID-19 vaccine registration system, a partnership between the Department of Health in Sarasota County and Sarasota County government, is transitioning to the next phase of community vaccinations by offering walk-up, no appointment needed, first-dose clinics at Sarasota Square Mall. Vaccines are offered Monday through Saturday. The county registration system will no longer accept new accounts; however, those currently registered can continue to view their accounts and receive appointment notifications. With the walk-in transition, those receiving their first vaccine dose will be given a second dose appointment. For clinic hours and more information, visit Sarasotahealth.org or scgov.net.
New Wednesday Mini-Market
The Dearborn Center has launched a weekly “Mini-Market” on Wednesdays, 9am to 2pm, at their location, 501 W. Dearborn Street. Chris and Victoria, of the Englewood-based Tiny Ranch, will be selling their cage-free eggs, artisan bread, and select produce. They will be joined over time by other local vendors. Help support small local businesses! For more information, call 681•8188.
Centennial Year Events
Who Was Rose Phillips Wilson?
The next program in the Venice Area Historical Society (VAHS) will be “Rose Phillips Wilson” by re-enactor Kathryn Chesley on Tuesday, April 20 at 7pm. Ms. Chesley re-enacts the woman who ran the only newspaper in Sarasota in 1900. Her editorials spearheaded many changes in the area, including the period when Sarasota became a county and women were encouraged to vote. The Betty Intagliata Lecture Series, “Celebrating 100th Anniversary of Sarasota County by Bringing Local History to You” programs, are online-only video presentations. The link to each video will be on the VAHS website - www.veniceareahistoricalsociety.org - on the Education Page. You will be notified by email when each is available for viewing.
Charlotte County will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the county’s creation with a Centennial Gala, 6-11pm, Friday, April 23, at the Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center. This gala will include a cocktail hour, dinner, cash bar, dancing and live entertainment. Tickets are $65 per person and can be purchased at www.charlottecounty100.com/centennial-gala. The Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center is located at 75 Taylor St. in Punta Gorda. For questions, contact Cindy DiGiacomo at 235•5009.
Ukrainian Culture in Sarasota County
If you would like to learn about the history of Ukrainian culture in Sarasota, register for Ukrainian-Americans in Sarasota County: History and Culture on Saturday, April 24 at 1pm. This live in-person event, with presenter Dr. Vita Bodnaruk, will be held on the front patio of the Jacaranda Public Library. A display of Ukrainian Pysanky eggs is on display inside through the end of April. Register for this free event at scgovlibrary.librarymarket.com/events.
Underwater Prehistoric Sites
Steven H. Koski, Sarasota County Archaeologist, will present the fascinating history of Warm Mineral Springs and Little Salt Spring in a virtual format available on demand all day on Wednesday, April 28. He will explain how these sites are a portal to Florida’s past, and also play an important role in local cultural heritage. You can access this presentation on April 28 at scgovlibrary.librarymarket.com/events.
Amateur Sand Sculpture Contest
The Sarasota County Centennial invites you to take part in the 48th Annual Amateur Sand Sculpture Contest at Siesta Key Beach on Saturday, May 1, 8:30am to 3pm. This is a free, family-friendly event. Cash prizes for first, second and third place. Registration begins at 8:30am; judging at 1pm and awards presented at 2pm. Be sure to look for the Sarasota County Centennial sand sculpture at the event. For questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org or send a message through the Sarasota County Centennial Facebook page.
Virtual Program on Mental Health
Community Conversations is a health series by the Florida Department of Health in Charlotte County that will invite various public health experts to discuss current health topics and trends most relevant to area residents. On Wednesday, May 5 from 2 to 3pm, the speaker will be Dr. Maka Tsulukidze, MD, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor at the Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) in the Department of Health Sciences, Marieb College of Health & Human Services. Dr. Tsulukidze will discuss current mental health trends and provide practical research-based strategies that can be taken by everyone to improve daily mental health, especially in this time of COVID. A Q&A session will follow. According to Dr. Pepe, Health Administrator, “Mental health is a key component to overall wellness.” This virtual program is free and open to all! To register, please go to www.surveymonkey.com/r/CCSpr21. For any questions about this event, email HealthyCharlotte@flhealth.gov.
Missed Trash Pickup Online Form
Sarasota County is aware of delays being experienced with curbside collection of garbage, recycling, yard waste, etc. for residents living in unincorporated parts of the county. This is an issue that is due in part to vendor staff shortages caused by COVID and a continuing increase in solid waste customers. If service is missed at a residence, the best option is to contact Waste Management directly at 493•4100 to report the missed pickup. However, callers who experience longer than normal wait times on hold can alert the county about service issues via an online form at www.scgov.net/collectionserviceform.
Help Save Affordable Housing
Florida Realtors are asking for your help to save affordable housing. Recently, the Florida legislature unveiled legislation, HB 5401 and SPB 2512, to permanently redirect two-thirds of the housing trust funds each year away from affordable housing, to sea level rise and wastewater infrastructure projects. For nearly 30 years, the State Housing Initiative Program, funded from a portion of the documentary stamp taxes on real estate transactions, helped 217,000 households with down payment and closing cost assistance, among other housing programs. In 1992, Realtors advocated for this tax (10 cents per $100 of value) on the condition that all monies collected went to housing programs. The Englewood Area Board of Realtors is urging you to visit https://affordablehousingfl.org/ today to tell your elected leaders to honor the intended purpose of the trust funds and support affordable housing by voting NO on HB 5401 and SPB 2512!
Public Service Announcement
The Charlotte County Property Appraiser is now accepting 2022 Property Tax 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 5pm, March 1, 2022. The telephone number is 941•743•1593.
Caring & Sharing
Show off your prized vehicle while enjoying the party at a Car Show/Fundraiser on Sunday, April 18, 11am to 3pm. There will be trophies awarded, raffles for gift baskets, food trucks, vendors and a DJ spinning the tunes. Car registration is $10, but spectators are free. Hosted by On the Spot Window Tint, funds raised will be used for a local man undergoing cancer treatment. The location is On the Spot Window Tint, 7630 Sawyer Circle, Port Charlotte (off Gasparilla Road.) For more information, call 402•6588.
Big Red Bus Blood Drives
Englewood area OneBlood “Big Red Bus” blood drives will be held on the following dates: Saturday, April 17, 10am to 4pm: Pet Supermarket, 1951 S. McCall Road. Tuesday, April 20, 10am to 4pm: Bealls, 1500 Placida Road. Friday, April 23, 11am to 4pm: Winn-Dixie (Palm Plaza,) 1951 S. McCall Road. Saturday, April 24, 9am to 3pm: Symbiont Service Corporation, 4372 N. Access Road. Wednesday, April 25, 10am to 5pm: Lemon Bay Sunrise Rotary, 1951 S. McCall Road (Palm Plaza.) 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.
Ride 4 Our Furry Friends
Help Peace River K9 Search & Rescue (PRSAR) by participating in the 31-Day Virtual Bike Challenge, May 1 through 31. Open to all riders at any level, anywhere and via any bike. The challenge is to ride as many miles as you can in 31 days. Cost is $30. An After Party for riders will be at Real Bikes Venice on Saturday, June 5, 10am to 12pm, awards and prizes will be announced and presented. A group ride will be held at 8am the day of the party. Awards to top three male/female riders, top team award, t-shirts and raffle prizes. Learn more and register at www.beachbumtiming.com. PRSAR’s mission is to assist local, state, military, federal, private agencies and families as a force multiplier in the recovery of lost, missing and abducted persons in urban, wilderness, natural and man-made disasters. They are a non-profit all volunteer organization and do not receive any government funding.
Golf with Celebrity Guests!
Plan to attend the 8th annual EAE Golf Tournament to benefit area youth in need of financial assistance to achieve higher education. The Education, Athletics & Excellence (EAE) Scholarship Foundation fundraiser event is set for Saturday, May 29 at the Rotonda Golf & Country Club on The Hills Course. Former NFL & college players will be joining the fun. Registration starts at 7:30am with a shotgun start at 8:30am. Early registration cost is $80 per person/$300 per team by May 26. Fee includes greens & cart fees and lunch. There will be awards, raffles and golf prizes. Sponsorship opportunities available. For more information, visit eaefoundation.org or contact Rhondy Weston at 286•1548 or email@example.com.
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