Around The Town

June 13, 2024 at 1:45 p.m.


 

 

Spread Spencer’s Sparkle is giving away Pride flags during the month of June as part of their mission to bring visibility and awareness to the LGBTQ+ community in honor of their son Spencer. 
The flags measure 3’ x 5’ and feature the seven colors of the rainbow. These flags are available to both residents and businesses to display during June. You can pick up one of the free flags Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm, at Gulf Coast Auto Salvage, 2851 Avenue of the Americas, or Xpertech Auto Repair, 101 N. McCall Road. Learn more about Spread Spencer’s Sparkle at spreadspencerssparkle.com. Pictured here with one of the flags are Blaise Castellano and Kathy McClure of Castle Air Cooling and Heating.



Flag Retirement Ceremony
The Rotonda West American Legion Post 113 will hold a Flag Retirement Ceremony on Flag Day, Friday, June 14, 11am, at the Post located at 3436 Indiana Road. All are invited to attend this patriotic event sponsored by Post 113, Sons of The American Legion and Honor Guard. If you have a flag to be retired, bring it for disposal during the flag burning ceremony. For more information, call 941•697•3616.

For Dinosaur Lovers
Jurassic Quest is coming to the Lee County Civic Center the weekend of June 14-16. Your family can experience a realistic dinosaur exhibit, an interactive raptor training experience, dinosaur rides, bounce house, games, fossil digs, crafts, and more. Hours are Friday, noon to 6pm; Saturday, 9am to 6pm; and Sunday, 9am to 5pm. Admission is $22 ages 2+, or $36 for additional activities. Lee County Civic Center is located at 11831 Bayshore Road, North Ft. Myers. Promo codes and tickets are available online at jurassicquest.com.

Dad’s Day Block Party
Dads – Father’s Day celebrates you, so if you are looking for something fun to do, hit the Dad’s Day Block Party on Saturday, June 15, 10am to 2pm, at The Mall at University Town Center, 140 University Town Center Drive, Sarasota. There will be sports player meet & greets, food & drink samples, mini golf, Father’s Day activities/workshops, photobooths and 40+ vendors that cater to fathers and families. Free entry and parking. Go to 2024 Dad’s Day Block Party at the University Town Center Facebook page to reserve a spot. For questions, call sponsor Florida Penguin Productions at 727•674•1464.

Public Safety Apprec. Night
The Public Safety Appreciation Night, in recognition of Charlotte County public safety personnel, will be Saturday, June 15, 6 to 10pm, at the Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center, 75 Taylor Street, Punta Gorda. The evening will include a cocktail hour, dinner, a DJ and a program honoring public safety personnel. General admission is $40 (plus fees) and $25 for public safety employees (plus fees). Learn more at puntagordarotary.org. Tickets may be purchased at eventbrite.com. In addition to honoring Charlotte County’s finest, the event will benefit Charlotte County Sheriff’s Explorer Post 29 and Do the Right Thing of Charlotte County, Inc. The event is hosted by the Rotary Clubs of Charlotte Harbor Sunset, Harbor Height/Peace River and Punta Gorda. For more information, call Nancy at 941•916•2323.

Juneteenth Celebration
Celebrate Juneteenth with Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe (WBTT) on Sunday, June 16, noon to 6:30pm. This free event features live performances throughout the day, including a dance presentation by Monessa Salley from Sarasota Contemporary Dance and musical numbers by WBTT’s Stage of Discovery students. There will also be short films by Ringling College students and art displays. Vendors will be onsite. Stay after the festival for a free performance of WBTT’s summer production, “Coconut Cake”, at 7:30pm that evening. Westcoast Black Theatre is located at 1012 N. Orange Avenue in Sarasota. Learn more at westcoastblacktheatre.org.

Bag O’ Books Sale
The Friends of the Englewood Charlotte Library will be sponsoring a “Bag O’ Books Sale” from Monday, June 17 through Saturday, June 22 in the bookstore located within the library at 3450 N. Access Road. Sale hours are Monday-Friday, 10am to 4pm, and Saturday, 10am to 1pm. A vast variety of books will be available: fiction, nonfiction and best-selling authors. Purchase a bag for $5 and fill it with your summer reading materials.

Cooking with C.A.R.E.
The Center for Abuse and Rape Emergencies (C.A.R.E.) Invites you to experience a journey through the Mediterranean with a delightful four-course dinner paired with wines, all in support of C.A.R.E. The event is Monday, June 17, 5:30pm, at UnWINEd Wine & Beer Bar, 320 Sullivan Street, Punta Gorda. General admission is $90 per person and includes a four-course gourmet dinner and sommelier selected wine pairings. The VIP Package for $250 a couple also includes front row seats, hands-on participation with Chef Luis for one course and a special memento. For more information and reservations, call 941•639•5499

Get Your Boating Safety Card
The Englewood Coast Guard Auxiliary is offering an online Boating Skills and Seamanship course Monday-Thursday, June 17-20, from 5:45 to 8pm, on-line via Zoom. Cost is $45. This course qualifies for the U.S. Coast Guard and NASBLA certifications. For more information and to register, go to coastguardenglewood.com.

Tringali Hockey Rink Closed
The hockey rink at Tringali Park (3460 N. Access Road) will be closed for maintenance beginning Monday, June 17th. The rink is anticipated to reopen on Monday, July 1st. For questions, contact Lonne Moore at 941•613•3237.

Travelogues with Jane Mahler
Take a scenic tour of The Dalmation Coast through photographs and dialogue with world traveler Jane Mahler on Tuesday, June 18, 10:30am to noon, at the Elsie Quirk Library, 100 W. Dearborn Street. See medieval villages, the Dinaric Alps along the Adriatic coastline, visit a 145-year-old interfaith cemetery, learn about Croatia’s most famous artist and learn about the impact of the 1992-95 Bosnian war on this area of the world. This free program is sponsored by the Friends of Elsie Quirk Library.

Englewood CHAT Meeting
Plan to attend the June meeting for the Englewood Community Action Team (CHAT) on Tuesday, June 18, 10:30 to 11:30am, at the Elsie Quirk Library, 100 W. Dearborn Street. This community-led group works in coordination with the Community Health Partnership to improve the health of Sarasota County residents. The agenda will include an update/video from the recent Englewood Walking Tour and a presentation by Kay Tvaroch on Community Strategic Planning. The public is encouraged to attend and be a part of making life healthier and better for Englewood residents. You can also attend the meeting via Zoom. Meeting ID: 262 745 127 623. Passcode: 3GMfVe. For questions, call Andre at 941•861•2974.

North Port Birthday Bash
The City of North Port invites the community to its 65th Birthday Celebration on Tuesday, June 18, 4 to 6pm, at the City Center Front Green, 4970 City Hall Blvd. Attendees can look forward to a variety of activities and treats at the birthday bash, leave their mark on a community art project and take a photo with a replica hot air balloon representing the city’s history. For more information, go to northportfl.gov/65.

Handling Food During Storms
Do you know how to handle your foods in the refrigerator and freezer if basic services were cut off? UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County is offering a free webinar on Wednesday, June 19, noon to 12:30pm, on ways to prepare your food supply for unexpected disasters such as hurricanes. Learn how to handle your cold food supply ahead of a storm, during, and after a storm so your food supply is not money lost. Register for this webinar only at ufsarasotaext.eventbrite.com. For questions, call 941•861•5000.

Summer Fun with the CRA
The Englewood CRA invites you to join them on Wednesday, June 19, 4 to 6pm, for some hot food and cool tips about beating back summer bugs. This free event will take place at Pioneer Plaza, 325 W. Dearborn Street. The mobile Sarasota County Pop-Up Library will be there so you can register for a library card or find your next summer read. For questions, contact the CRA at 941•473•9795.

Board Game Bonanza
Come join staff and other patrons for Board Games Bonanza on Wednesday, June 19, 5:30 to 7:30pm, at the Elsie Quirk Library, 100 W. Dearborn Street. Challenge others to see who can make the highest word count in Scrabble or practice your bluffing game with Sheriff of Nottingham. There are plenty of games to choose from. All ages are welcome to play and have fun! For questions, call 941•861•1225.

World’s Largest Swim Lesson
Charlotte County will host the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson on Thursday, June 20, 10 to 10:30am, at these county pools: Ann & Chuck Dever Regional Park Pool, 7001 San Casa Drive; Centennial Park Pool, 1120 Centennial Blvd., Pt. Charlotte; Pt. Charlotte Beach Park Pool, 4500 Harbor Blvd., Pt. Charlotte; and South County Regional Park Pool, 670 Cooper Street, Punta Gorda. This local event is one of the thousands held around the world on this day created by the World Waterpark Association that encourages children to learn to swim and raises water awareness. The event is free, and no registration is required. For questions, call 941•833•8309.

Pioneer Trail Repair Closure
Asphalt replacement and repairs are underway on the Cape Haze Pioneer Trail and trail segments will be closed when under repair during the project. These sections will change as work gets completed. Patrons are asked to avoid the work areas. All repairs should be completed by Monday, June 20th

Moonlight Yoga
Join Loving Light Yoga for Moonlight Yoga - Summer Solstice on Thursday, June 20, 8 to 9pm, on Englewood Beach, 2100 N. Beach Road. Enjoy the glow of the sunset and the rising of the moon while engaging in a gentle yoga flow with a drumbeat. All are welcome; bring a blanket or mat. Cost is $5 cash or venmo Loving Light@loving-light. For questions, email Lata at [email protected] or text 239•280•6745.

Human Trafficking Lunch & Learn
Human trafficking is a global issue that affects millions of people, regardless of age, gender, or socio-economic background. It is a crime that exploits individuals for forced labor, sexual exploitation and other forms of exploitation. Plan now to attend a free program to understand this issue, identify signs of trafficking and take action to prevent it. EPIC Community Resource Center, 655 N. Indiana Avenue, invites everyone to a free Lunch & Learn event on this subject on Friday, June 21, noon to 1pm. Thomas Nettesheim, an expert in the field of human trafficking prevention, will share valuable insights and experiences, including the different forms of human trafficking, recognizing signs and indicators of trafficking, exploring the impact of trafficking on individuals and communities, learning how to support and advocate for victims, and discussing ways to combat human trafficking locally and globally. Reserve your free ticket by Wednesday, June 19th online at epiccommunitycenter.org. For more information, call 941•460•6022.

Summer Trivia Night
The Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast will hold its next monthly trivia night on Friday, June 21, 5 to 8pm, at Bay Preserve, 400 Palmetto Avenue, Osprey. The June trivia theme category is Wetland Wonders: Florida’s Freshwater Habitats. The event is free and family friendly. Trivia begins at 6pm and teams can have up to eight members and multi-generational teams are encouraged. The food truck this month will be Chick-N-Nooga. Attendees should bring their own seating for this outdoor event. Learn more and RSVP at conservationfoundation.com/events. For questions, call 941•918•2100.

GCUMC Family Movie Night
Gulf Cove United Methodist Church invites you and your family to a free showing of “Popular Theory” on Friday, June 21, 6pm, inside the church at 1100 S. McCall Road, in the Gulf Cove area of Port Charlotte. Bring your own snacks & drinks to enjoy along with free popcorn. Please, no drop-offs. For questions, call the church at 941•697•1747.

Jehovah’s Witness Convention
Jehovah’s Witnesses will present their 2024 “Declare the Good News!” convention Friday through Sunday, June 21-23 at Hertz Arena, 11000 Everblades Pkwy., Estero. The “Declare the Good News!” convention program will present Bible-based videos, discourses and interviews on topics such as: “Why We Don’t Fear Bad News”; “Use the Good News to Defeat Bad News”; and “Everlasting Good News—In What Sense?” Saturday spotlights a baptism of candidates from surrounding communities and symposiums, while a two-part video feature will captivate the audience on Friday and Saturday mornings. Sunday will feature a symposium and public Bible discourse. Each day starts at approximately 9am and ends at 5pm. All are welcome and there is no admission charge. To learn more, go to jw.org, click on About Us, and choose conventions.

Great American Picnic
Celebrate summer at the Great American Picnic on Saturday, June 22, 4 to 9pm, in downtown Wellen Park. There will be family-friendly activities, carnival games, watermelon eating contest, a pie bake-off and live music by “Whiskey County”. Mobile bars, food kiosks and the downtown restaurants offer a variety of food and drink for purchase. The event schedule can be found at wellenpark.com/events.

Monday Adult Movie Night
Come to the Elsie Quirk Library on Monday, June 24, 5 to 7pm, to enjoy a full-length feature film on their big screen. Movies may be rated PG-13 or R. To find out the title and film rating, contact the library at 941•861•1225. The movie is free, and the public is welcome.

Website Safety
Join library staff on Tuesday, June 25, 10:30 to 11:30am, for this month’s session of Tech Basics, which covers website safety. Learn what a website is, what makes it secure or insecure, and how you can identify a safe site. Also covered will be VPNs (Virtual Private Networks), online shopping and more. The program will be held at the Elsie Quirk Library, 100 W. Dearborn Street. Registration is required at scgovlibrary.librarymarket.com/events or call 941•861•1225.

Discover Dearborn Celebrates PRIDE Month
The next “Discover Dearborn” will be a special one. Discover Dearborn will celebrate PRIDE month and raise money for Spread Spencer’s Sparkle on Tuesday, June 25, 4 to 7pm. The Dearborn Coffeehouse and Bakery - Joe Maxx, 450 W. Dearborn Street, will be hosting “Disco at The Dearborn.” The featured celebrity barista will be Donnie Stephens from Spread Spencer’s Sparkle. Many of the local merchants on West Dearborn Street will stay open for your shopping and dining pleasure. The Dearborn Coffeehouse will donate all proceeds from the evening’s event to Spread Spencer’s Sparkle. Stay up to date by visiting the Discover Dearborn Facebook page.

Coaster Making for Adults
The Creation Station Adventure for June is designing your own ceramic coaster using infusible markers and the Circuit EasyPress. This fun free activity will be Wednesday, June 26, 3 to 4:30pm, at the Elsie Quirk Library, 100 W. Dearborn Street. Registration is required at scgovlibrary.librarymarket.com/events or call 941•861•1225.

Fall Prevention Workshop
Falls are not inevitable – the risk can be reduced. Register now for a free Fall Prevention 101 Workshop on Monday, July 1, 10:30am to noon, at the Elsie Quirk Library, 100 W. Dearborn Street. Kelly Ward from the Florida Dept. of Health Sarasota County will speak on what can increase the risk of falling, how to reduce your fall risk, why your balance changes with age, and what to do if you’re caught in the “cycle of fear” of falling. Register online at scgovlibrary.librarymarket.com/events or call 941•861•1225.

Freedom Fest
Celebrate America at Punta Gorda’s Freedom Fest on Saturday, June 29 at Laishley Park, 150 Laishley Court, Punta Gorda. The event runs from noon to 10pm and provides entertainment for the entire family. Featured this year will be Water-Mania, a group of 12 giant water slides of various types for all ages. Also featured is a large Kids Fun Zone. There will also be festival food, beer and beverages with live music throughout the day. Be sure to stay for the fireworks display beginning at 9pm, with fireworks being shot from two barges over the Peace River. Learn more at puntagordafireworks.com.

Happy 4th of July Party
The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 113 will present a Happy 4th of July Party on Thursday, July 4, noon to 4pm. “Bandana” will provide music from 1 to 4pm. Enjoy a chicken dinner for lunch. Basket raffle & 50/50. $20 per person includes lunch. Proceeds benefit local veteran charities. The public is welcome to attend this party at the Post, 3436 Indiana Road. Call 941•697•3616 for more information. God Bless the USA. 

Independence Day Picnic
Don’t miss one of Marie Selby Botanical Garden’s most beloved summer traditions. Celebrate Independence Day at their All-American Cookout on Wednesday, July 4, 5:30 to 9:30pm, at the downtown campus, 1534 Mound Street, Sarasota. The evening includes family-friendly activities and games on the great lawn and a great view of the Sarasota fireworks over Sarasota Bay. General admission is $35 adult and $10 for children ages 5 to 17. Food vendors will be onsite. Parking is off-site at the Sarasota Art Museum, 1001 S. Tamiami Trail, with complimentary trolley service. All-inclusive tickets featuring a buffet dinner by Michael’s on East and an open bar, are $200 adult and $50 per child. For questions, call 941•366•5731.

Light Up Lemon Bay
Lemon Bay Sunrise Rotary will once again be putting on the “Best Fireworks Display in SW Florida” on Thursday, July 4, 9:05pm, from Middle Beach, for the Englewood community. If you have viewed the show in past years, you know indeed that it’s a 30-minute spectacular full of “oohs” and “ahs”. But fireworks are expensive, and the club needs your donation to reach the $40,000 price tag. Consider a sponsorship that includes tickets to the VIP tent on Middle Beach and enjoy a front row seat for the fireworks show. But any donation amount will help add to cover the cost. You can donate online at lemonbaysunriserotary.com or put your donation in one of the fireworks rockets at businesses around town. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, contact Doug Izzo at 941•474•5511.

Liberty Litter Cleanup
The Englewood CRA is participating in Sarasota County’s Litter Cleanup event on Friday, July 5, 7 to 9am, at Indian Mound Park, 210 Winson Avenue. Come join them to clean up after the Independence Day holiday. Pre-event volunteer registration is required by noon on Wednesday, June 26th and no walk-ups will be accepted this year. To register online, go to scgov.net and search for Keep Sarasota County Beautiful. You can also call 311 to register.

Concerned About Falling?
Learn to manage concerns about falls and reduce your fall risk through a free series starting Monday, July 8 and ending Monday, August 26 at the Elsie Quirk Library, 100 W. Dearborn Street. A Matter of Balance is an award-winning program designed to help people learn practical strategies to manage falls & increase physical activity levels. The class meets on Mondays from 10:30am to 12:30pm. This class is offered by the Florida Dept of Health Sarasota County, Elder Affairs Florida, and Area Agency on Aging for SW Florida. Register online at scgovlibrary.librarymarket.com/events or call 941•861•1110.

Hunks in Heels Tickets
Get your tickets now for an evening of fun! Hunks in Heels is back on Saturday, July 20th at the Englewood Elks, 401 N. Indiana Avenue. Englewood men don a pair of heels for a lip-sync competition that will have you laughing and cheering them on during this fundraiser for Spread Spencer’s Sparkle. Your $85 ticket includes dinner, the show and opportunities to bid on silent auction items. Doors open at 5:30pm. Tickets may be purchased at spreadspencerssparkle.com. Spread Spencer’s Sparkle is a non-profit honoring the life of a young Englewood man, Spencer Stephens, who was tragically killed in an auto accident and is a kindness movement focusing on LGBTQ+ awareness, youth, theatre arts, and community needs. 

Sock Hop
Come to the Sock Hop! The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 113 invites you to their Sock Hop on Saturday, July 20, 5 to 9pm, at the Post, 3436 Indiana Road. The cost is only $15 per person and a ¼ chicken dinner is included. Music will be provided by “Seasons of Sound” with Eric Stefanik. Dress in sock hop attire. 50/50 raffle. Donations of new school supplies will be accepted, to be used for education. Call 941•697•3616 for more information.

Venice Calendar Photo Contest
The City of Venice is holding its annual photography contest for the 2025 calendar that showcases the beauty and charm of the “City on the Gulf”. Photos should be of landscapes, architecture, nature, and/or wildlife that are indicative of Venice and taken within Venice city limits. Up to four photos may be submitted by Wednesday, July 31st as an email attachment to [email protected]. Complete rules may be found at venicegov.com and search for 2025 photo contest. For questions, call Lorraine at 941•882•7401.

Sarasota County Burn Ban
A burn ban is currently in effect for Sarasota County due to local drought conditions and the increased chance of fire hazards. All outdoor burning is prohibited unless a permit has been issued and is applicable for the unincorporated areas of Sarasota County. Exceptions to this include cooking on barbeque grills or pits that do not exceed three feet in diameter and two feet in height, or any other valid state or county authorized burn. The burn ban will lift automatically if drought index falls below 500 for seven consecutive days and the announcement will be made on scgov.net and county social media pages. For more information, call 311 or visit scgov.net/fire.

Charlotte County Burn Ban
Charlotte County has imposed a ban on all outdoor burning and the use and discharge of fireworks and sparklers due to continued drought-like conditions on the recommendation of Charlotte County Fire-EMS Fire Chief Jason Fair. The outdoor burn ban includes recreational fires, the burning of yard waste and pile burning for land clearing. Agricultural and silvicultural controlled burns authorized by the Florida Forest Service are permitted. Commercial and permitted fireworks shows may be excluded from the ban on a case-by-case basis with approval from the local fire marshal. The burn ban will remain in place until it is repealed by the Board of County Commissioners. For information, contact Todd Dunn at 941•833•5610

Fertilizer Ban in Effect
From June 1 to September 30, please remember that fertilizers containing nitrogen or phosphorus are NOT allowed on your residential or commercial turf or landscape plants. Why, you ask? During the summer rainy season, excessive fertilizing and improper application can lead to runoff. When the runoff reaches waterways, the fertilizer nutrients can nourish harmful aquatic algae and kill aquatic life. If you want to keep your lawn green during summer, try iron products with micro-nutrients to help keep lawns green as these products are allowed. For tips and more information, go to tinyurl.com/fertilizertips. For your county regulations, go to scgov.net or charlottecountyfl.gov.

El Jobean Fishing Pier Closed
The El Jobean Fishing Pier located besides SR 776 at the Myakka River bridge (4370 Garden Road, Pt. Charlotte) is closed until further notice due to a fire that burned some of the pier. For more information, contact Breanna at 941•235•5008 or [email protected].

Sharing & Caring

Englewood Helping Hand Adds Hours
Englewood Helping Hand is now open additional hours for those working during the regular pantry hours on Wednesday and Thursday, 8am to 1pm. The food pantry/referral services will be open on the first and third Wednesday of the month from 4:30 to 6:30pm. Englewood Helping Hand is located at 700 E. Dearborn Street, on the campus of Englewood Methodist Church. Services are free to residents in need in the greater Englewood area in Sarasota and Charlotte Counties, and include groceries and household supplies, backpacks for the homeless, utilities assistance, referral services and financial aid for those in crisis. Donations of nonperishable food, personal hygiene and household supplies are always welcome and can be dropped off during pantry hours. Learn more at englewoodhelpinghand.com or call 941•474•5864.

Produce for Those in Need
All Faiths Food Bank offers a produce food distribution on the fourth Thursday of each month at the Englewood Sports Complex, 1300 S. River Road. They will be set up in one of the softball fields from 9am to 10am for drive-through pickup. The June date is Thursday, June 27th. For more information, contact All Faiths Food Bank at 941•379•6333.

All Faiths Food Bank Summer Schedule
All Faiths Food Bank will be distributing food for those in need on the following dates in Englewood during June, July and August. Mondays, July 1 and August 5, 10 to 11am: Englewood Elks Lodge, 401 N. Indiana Avenue. USDA & groceries. Tuesdays through August, 9:30am to 12:30pm: Englewood Bible Church, 501 Yale Street. Groceries. Wednesdays through August, 8am to 1pm: Englewood Helping Hand, 700 E. Dearborn Street. USDA & groceries. Wednesdays, June 19, July 3 & 17, August 7 & 21, 4:30 to 6:30pm: Englewood Helping Hand, 700 E. Dearborn Street. USDA & groceries. Thursdays through August, 5 to 7pm: Englewood Bible Church, 501 Yale Street. Groceries. Thursdays June 27, July 25, August 22, 9 to 10am: Englewood Sports Complex, 1300 S. River Road. Produce only. Saturdays, June 15, July 20, August 17, 9 to 10am: Englewood Methodist Church, 700 E. Dearborn Street. Groceries. Please note schedule is subject to change. For more information, visit allfaithsfoodbank.org or call 941•379•6333.

Community Blood Drives
To the Englewood Community: A young girl who lives in Englewood is fighting leukemia at All Children’s Hospital. She needed a platelet transfusion recently and had to wait seven hours for platelets to be available. She also requires whole blood transfusions. Ava is O+ blood type and can receive any platelets, but for whole blood, she can only receive O+ or O-. Platelet donation is a 2 ½ hour process and an appointment is needed. If you would like to donate blood for Ava, just tell the OneBlood staff. Summer is a slow time for blood donations, so blood donations are needed for others as well. The OneBlood “Big Red Bus” has scheduled the following blood drives in Englewood during June. Incentives are offered to donors such as gift cards and T-shirts during June. Donors are requested to visit the OneBlood website, oneblood.org, to schedule an appointment. Please note that blood drives are subject to change at any time. Friday, June 14, 10am to 4pm: Englewood Area Board of Realtors, 3952 N. Access Road. Wednesday, June 19, 10am to 4pm: Key Agency, 1201 S. McCall Road. Sunday, June 23, 10am to 4pm: Walmart, 2931 S. McCall Road. Tuesday, June 25, 1 to 4pm: Lemon Bay Plaza, 1855 Englewood Road. Friday, June 28, 11am to 5pm: Publix at Merchants Crossing, 1500 Placida Road. Saturday, June 29, 9am to 3pm: Symbiont Service Corp., 4372 N. Access Road.

Sports

ACO Gulf Coast Cornhole Festival
The ACO Gulf Coast Classic Cornhole Festival, presented by the American Cornhole Organization, will be in Punta Gorda Thursday, June 13 through Saturday, June 15. Open Play – Battle of the Bags is Thursday, June 13, 7pm, at Twisted Fork, 2208 El Jobean Road, Pt. Charlotte. Teams of four will play multiple games for $5,000 guaranteed purse. $50 per player online registration or $250 walk-up team. The Tiki Toss is 6pm on Friday, June 14 at TT’s Tiki Bar, Four Points Sheraton, 33 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda. Singles cornhole with five game guarantee. $20 per player online registration or $30 walk-up. Forty people will win $50 each. Harborside Shootout is 3pm on Saturday, June 15 at TT’s Tiki Bar. $100 online registration; $150 walk-up. For more information and registration, visit americancornhole.com/gulfcoast.

Republican Club Golf Outing
The West Charlotte County Republican Club is holding a golf outing on Saturday, June 29 at Lemon Bay Golf Club, 9600 Eagle Preserve Drive. Registration opens at 7am with a shotgun start at 8:30am. The format is scramble and the outing is limited to 120 golfers. There will be contests and prizes, including $10,000 for a hole-in-one. The $150 cost per player includes greens fee, cart, bag handling, continental breakfast and a buffet lunch. Non-players may enjoy lunch for $25. For more information, contact Ray at 941•759•0001.

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