Sarasota County Libraries Online Programs
Sarasota County Libraries is offering virtual programs for adults and children via Zoom links through its website www.scgov.net/government/departments/libraries. Select Library Programs or On Demand Programs from the menu on the left. September virtual programs include Zoom Trivia Night on September 16, 5pm; Mentalism & Money Magic with Star on September 14, on demand all day; Women & the Right to Vote in Sarasota County on September 17, 3pm; Purse Trash Can (adult craft) on September 23; Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Comes to Life on September 24, 6pm; Virtual Book Clubs on September 17 & 23; Author Rick Moskovitz Interview on September 25, 7pm as well as children’s programming and bedtime stories. See what interests you and your family at www.scgov.net/government/departments/libraries.
Library at Tringali Reopens
The Englewood Charlotte Public Library reopened to the public on September 8 at limited capacity from 10am-2pm Tuesday through Saturday. Previously announced curbside holds pickup will continue from 10am-5:30pm at Englewood Charlotte Public Library and the other three library locations. That service is offered Tuesday through Saturday. Signs will be posted at the Englewood Charlotte Public Library for following the CDC guidelines and floors will be marked to indicate appropriate social distancing. Plexiglass shields have been installed and hand sanitizer is available to the public. Face coverings will be required while visiting the library. Patrons are expected to follow all facility rules and CDC guidelines. Desktop computers will be available by reservation only at 10:30am and 12:30pm. Use will be limited to 1 ½ hours per person per day. Reservations can be made by calling the library at 681•3736. All library materials, except magazines and newspapers, are available. The meeting and study rooms are closed. For information, contact Lynda Citro at 681•3739 or Lynda.Citro@CharlotteCountyFL.gov.
CRA Meeting Cancelled
The monthly Englewood CRA Advisory Board meeting scheduled for Monday September 14 at Lemon Bay Park has been cancelled. If you need to contact the CRA, call 473•9795 or Englewoodcra@scgov.net.
Commission Meeting Scheduled September 15
The Charlotte County Commission will conduct a meeting at 2 p.m. or as soon thereafter as may be heard, on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 in Room 119 of the Charlotte County Administration Center, 18500 Murdock Circle, Port Charlotte, Florida. Discussions include but are not limited to a resolution adopting the U.S. 41 corridor project; proposed water quality project; and presentations on fiscal, financial model, utility, and project updates. The meeting is open to the public and citizen input is welcome.
Big Red Bus Blood Drives
OneBlood “Big Red Bus” mobile blood drives have been announced for September. Donors are requested to visit www.oneblood.org to schedule an appointment. September dates are as follows: Saturday, Sept. 12, 11am to 5pm, Pet Supermarket, 1951 S. McCall Road. Monday, Sept. 14, 10am to 4pm: Bealls Outlet, 425 S. Indiana Avenue. Tuesday, Sept. 15, 10am to 3pm: SKY Family YMCA Englewood, 701 Medical Blvd. Tuesday, September 22, 10am to 4pm: Bealls, 1500 Placida Rd. Friday, Sept. 25, 1 to 5pm: Englewood Bank & Trust, Main Office, 1111 S. McCall Road. Please note that blood drives are subject to change at any time. For questions about blood drives, contact Cheryl Ball, 239•362•9641 or Cheryl.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sarasota Extension Office Upcoming Classes
UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County continues to offer free classes on many subjects virtually through online webinars. Topics offered through the end of September include Invasive Plants & Animals on Tuesday, September 15, 9am; Biorational Pesticides: Eco-Friendly Pest Control on Tuesday, September 15, 10am and Wednesday, September 23, 1pm; Let’s Make Some Black Gold (composting) Wednesday, September 16, 10am; Wild Sarasota: Florida’s Wild Cats Wednesday, September 16, 2pm; Cooking with Herbs & Spices, Thursday, September 17, 2pm; Rain Barrel Workshop, Saturday, September 19, 10am; and Green Cleaning Your Home on Monday, September 21, 1pm. To see all the events and register, go to ufsarasotaext.eventbite.com.
Blue Gala Fundraiser
On Saturday, September 19 at 6pm, Charlotte County Democrats will host its annual Blue Gala fundraiser virtually. Contact Charlotte Country Democrats at 764•8440 for more information. To make a difference, purchase your virtual ticket at https://secure.actblue.com/donate/blue-gala-2020. Tickets are a $75 or more contribution.
Boating Safety Program Offered
Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 87 is offering a four session online Boating Skills and Seamanship class by the Englewood Coast Guard Auxiliary Monday -Thursday September 21 – 24. Sessions will be held from 6 to 8pm. Registration is $35. To register, visit the flotilla website, www.coastguardenglewood.com, click the tab for Boating Safety Classes, then register at bottom of the page. Students are responsible for acquiring a copy of “Boating Skills and Seamanship, 14th edition” available at most book sellers, including Amazon. Call Dane Hahn at 681•0312 for more information.
Have Fun Virtually
Looking for fun activities in which you virtually can participate? Check out these three virtual events offered by the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota. Digital Trivia via Trivia Hub Live takes place Wednesdays on September 28, October 28 and November 4 at 7pm. $10 per participant. On Saturday, September 26, 11am, learn a Magic Trick, taught and performed by REZA at this free event. Follow Me: The Virtual Detective, a virtual escape room experience on Wednesday, October 7 at 7pm. $23 per participant. Reservations can be purchased online at www.VanWezel.org or by calling the box office at 263•6799.
Charlotte County Pools Open
The pools at Port Charlotte Beach Park, Ann and Chuck Dever Regional Park and South County Regional Park are now open for recreational swimming with restrictions on the number of patrons allowed. Pool patrons must make a reservation for two-hour blocks of recreational swimming. One-hour blocks of lap swimming and water aerobics classes are still available. No walk-ins allowed. Pool admission and program fees by credit card only will be collected upon entry. Online reservations for recreational swimming will be accepted and can be made only for the next day. To make reservations, visit www.CharlotteCountyFL.gov/pools. Splash pad and diving board remain closed as do shower areas. Deck chairs will be provided for personal belongings as no lockers will be available. Water fountains will not be available. Patrons are encouraged to bring their own water and wear face coverings when entering the facility and speaking with staff. Facilities will have dedicated entry and exit points. Patrons should practice social distancing while moving through the facility. No spectators will be permitted in the facility. For information, contact Sean Vitarelli at 681•3744 or Sean.Vitarelli@CharlotteCountyFL.gov.
Manasota Mystique Is a Picnic!
The Englewood Chamber’s signature fundraiser event, the Manasota Mystique, will not occur on the first Saturday of November as it has for the previous eight years. Instead, the Chamber is planning a community picnic. The “Sunset Serenade – A Picnic on Lemon Bay” will occur on Saturday, November 14 from 4:30 – 8pm. The event location will be the grounds of Michael Saunders & Company, 1200 S. McCall Road. The local charity to benefit from the “Sunset Serenade – A Picnic on Lemon Bay” will be the Englewood YMCA. “The Y does so much for the Englewood community,” states the event Co-Chair Brian Faro, “and with COVID causing them to cancel their annual fundraising event, we want to help them any way that we can.” Chamber Executive Director Ed Hill explains the event will be much different from the traditional Manasota Mystique, but one element will be the same. “We’re pleased that Farlow’s on the Water and the Lock ‘n Key will once again be catering the event,” states Hill. A limited number of guests will enjoy the sounds of solo musicians and entertainment acts scattered throughout the one-acre outdoor venue. Sponsorship opportunities and ticket information will be available online at www.LemonBayPicnic.com. The COVID pandemic has forced the cancellation of most of the Englewood’s fundraising events. In addition to the Chamber’s traditional Manasota Mystique, the Englewood YMCA’s annual April event, Tropical Nights, was also canceled. The elimination of these revenue resources is causing hardships for the organizations involved.
Census Deadline Nears
If you have not completed the 2020 Census, the deadline is September 30. Take it today at www.census.gov. Residents who don’t have access to a computer at home can call toll-free 800•923•8282 for help completing the census or to request a traditional questionnaire. Not participating leads to a smaller count and that count total determines how much federal funding is received locally and also political representation in Congress.
Virtual Parade Entries Still Sought
It’s not too late! You can still submit entries for the Englewood Pioneer Days Virtual Parade as the reveal date for the parade, originally scheduled for Labor Day, has been postponed until this winter. The virtual parade is essentially a slideshow showcasing past parades, events and new participants. The theme “Mask-arade” will remain. The Pioneer Days committee is looking for you to share your memories in a short video, send old photos, share your artwork or chalk drawings or make your own mask and submit a photo of yourself wearing it or displaying it somehow. Your submissions can be emailed to EPDVirtualParade2020@gmail.com – in either MP4 or MSV format. If it’s larger than 25MB, please copy to a flash drive and drop in the secured mailbox at 30 S. Mango Street, next to Mango Bistro. Hopefully a finished product will be completed before the end of the year and the parade will be posted on several channels of social media. The committee hopes that a public viewing party at Dearborn Street Plaza will become possible. For questions, email email@example.com.
The Knight Trail Park Rifle & Pistol Range is temporarily closed after staff associated with the park exhibited symptoms of COVID-19. In an abundance of caution, staff at this location will be quarantined until they are cleared to return to work. Due to the job qualifications required for the safety and oversight of the range, alternate staffing is not available, so the range is closed until further notice. Updates will be posted at scgov.net/parks or call 861•5000.
New Topics Lecture Series
The New College Foundation announces the 2020-2021 season of New Topics, a six-part lecture series showcasing national speakers from a broad range of disciplines exploring topical issues. To mark New College’s 60th anniversary, this year’s series features noteworthy alumni whose New College experience prepared them for lives of note and careers of exceptional impact. The series runs October through March and will be presented via the Zoom platform. Each lecture will be presented at 5pm. Tickets are $10, and all proceeds go to fund student scholarships. Registration is required and can be made at ncf.edu/new-topics or by calling the New College events hotline at 487•4888. Reservations must be made at least 48 hours in advance to allow for processing and receipt email for Zoom link. The series is free for New College students, faculty, staff and alumni. The event is sponsored, in part, by Sarasota Magazine.
Caring & Sharing
Wanted: “Energy” Coach Volunteers
Become an “Energy Coach” volunteer and help low-income residents save energy, water and money at home. Registration is now open at ufsarasotaext.eventbrite.com for this program which includes 20 hours of training on energy and solar basics, building impacts on human health, conducting home energy audits and much more. The Energy Upgrade Volunteer Training workshop will be held 9am to 3pm on four consecutive Wednesdays, starting September 16 and aims to create a core of trained “Energy Coach” volunteers to support low-income residents through educational programs, in-home energy & water evaluations and efficiency updates. For more information and questions, contact Sophia Moundous at firstname.lastname@example.org or 861•9874.
COVID-19 Rental Assistance
The Sarasota Office of Housing and Community Development (OHCD) will be accepting applications for Sarasota County rental assistance to those who have been directly and negatively impacted by COVID-19. Applicants can receive a maximum of $9,000 or five months of rent assistance through the program. The funds will be distributed on a first-come, first served basis. Applications will be accepted through September 30 at www.scgov.net/government/planning-and-development-services/office-of-housing-and-community-development. A limited number of hard copies of the application will be available at each public library and at the City Hall Annex at 1565 First Street, Sarasota.
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