Summer Backpack Program The Summer Backpack program for kids is underway at St. David’s Jubilee Center of Englewood and runs through Wednesday, August 3rd. Any family with children who resides in Englewood can come every two weeks to receive a box of food for the family along with a backpack filled with kid-friendly food and snacks for each child. Must provide photo ID or utility bill to show proof of residence. The Jubilee Center is open Monday through Wednesday, 10am to noon, and located at 401 S. Broadway. Phone: 941•681•3550.
Bermuda Triangle Escape Room
Elsie Quirk Library wants to know if you think you can escape the Bermuda Triangle unscathed? Bring your friends and test your skills in this game full of challenges and puzzles. There will be four sessions available on Wednesday, July 6 from 2pm - 5pm to play the Bermuda Triangle Escape Room in the library located at 100 W. Dearborn Street. Registration is required and limited to six players ages 8-18. Register online at www.scgovlibrary.librarymarket.com or call 941•681•1225.
Scallop Seashell Luminary
Teens are invited to build seashell luminaries using card stock pieces and assorted craft materials on Thursday, July 7, 4 to 5pm, at the Englewood Charlotte Library, 3450 N. Access Road. This craft activity is free, but you must register online at www.charlottefl.ent.sirsi.net or by calling 941•681•3736.
Nature Themed Summer Camps
Summer Camp is back at Cedar Point Environmental Park! There are four weeks of camps that will give your children great opportunities to get hands-on outdoor experience out in nature learning about conservation and having a blast! Each week has a different theme. Week 1, July 11-15: Ancient Florida; Week 2, July 18-22: Marine Explorers; Week 3, July 25-29: Plant-A-Palooza; and Week 4, August 1-5: Florida Animal Fanimalies. The camps run Monday through Friday, 9am to 3pm, with before-care beginning at 8am and after-care lasting until 5pm if needed. The price for camp is $150 per week, and the registration can be found at www.checflorida.org. If you have any questions, please call 941•475•0769 or email email@example.com.
Jr. Home Run Derby
Swing Away! Charlotte County Community Services is hosting the Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run and Jr. Home Run Derby on Saturday, July 16, 8:30am to noon, at the Harold Avenue Regional Park baseball fields, 23400 Harold Ave. in Port Charlotte. MLB Pitch, Hit and Run is for boys and girls ages 7 to 14, baseball and softball. MLB Jr. Home Run Derby is for boys and girls ages 12 and under and 14 and under. To register, visit CharlotteCountyFL.gov/recprograms. For information, contact David Plautz at 941•883•3579 or David.Plautz@CharlotteCountyFL.gov.
Origami Ocean Life
Teens, bring your friends and learn how to make origami ocean life creatures with award winning origami artist, Kuniko, at the Elsie Quirk Library on Wednesday, July 20, 2 to 3:30pm. Participants will follow along as Kuniko shows how to fold 2-3 ocean creatures such as fish, turtles, and whales. Registration is required and limited to 10 tweens and teens ages 9-18. Register by going online to www.scgovlibrary.librarymarket.com or call 941•861•1225. The library is located at 100 W. Dearborn Street.
Back to School Bash
Mark your calendars now for the Back-to-School Bash Drive-Thru on Saturday, August 6, 9am to noon. Open to Englewood residents (bring ID), the bash will take place at Sky Academy, 871 S. River Road. Kids from Pre-K to 12th grade will receive free backpacks, school supplies, and more. For questions, call the YMCA at 941•475•1234 or Living Hope Church at 941•460•8506.
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