Early Voting & Drop Off Boxes
In Charlotte County, early voting is taking place through Sunday, November 1 every day from 7am to 7pm. In Englewood, you can vote early at Mac V. Horton West County Annex, 6868 San Casa Drive. There is a “drop box” for depositing your Vote by Mail Ballot at this location as well. For more information and other drop box locations, visit www.charlottevotes.com. For Sarasota County residents, early voting can be done daily through Sunday, November 1 from 8:30am to 6:30pm at eight locations where vote by mail drop boxes are also located. For Englewood residents, the nearest locations are RL Anderson Building, 400 Tamiami Trail South, Venice and Biscayne Plaza, 13640 Tamiami Trail, North Port. For other locations and more information, visit www.sarasotavotes.com.
Boating Safety Class
Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 87 is offering a four session online Boating Skills and Seamanship Class by the Coast Guard Auxiliary, Englewood, FL, October 26-29. Sessions will be held from 6 to 8pm. Registration fee is $35. To register, visit the flotilla website, www.coastguardenglewood.com, click tab for Boating Safety Classes then register at bottom of page. Students are responsible to acquire their book “Boating Skills and Seamanship, 14th edition” available at most book sellers including Amazon. Call Dane Hahn at 681•0312 for more information
Centennial Partners Meeting
A Charlotte County Centennial Partners meeting is scheduled for 5:30pm Wednesday, October 28 at Punta Gorda Charlotte Library, 401 Shreve St., Punta Gorda. The meeting is open to the public. The meeting will include an update on plans to commemorate the April 23, 2021 Centennial anniversary of the creation of the county. Community organizations are invited to share what they are working on and coordinate activities. The Centennial website, www.CharlotteCounty100.com, provides historical information about the county and features a central calendar of events submitted by community groups. People can also sign up to receive emails about the Centennial. A Facebook page, www.facebook.com/CharlotteCounty100, allows people to share information, events, photos and videos.
Englewood Bank & Trust will be holding an estate-planning seminar on Thursday, October 29, 10 to 11:30am, at the Englewood Chamber of Commerce, 601 S. Indiana Avenue. The seminar will review the basic elements of an estate plan, including last will and testament, power of attorney and health care directives, focusing on the specifics and benefits of each and the other pitfalls to avoid. Kerry Hunter, Trust Development Officer for Englewood Bank will be joined by Lori Wellbaum Emery of Wellbaum & Emery, P.A. The seminar is free, but registration is required at www.englewoodbank.com or call Kerry at 473•3629.
Englewoods on Dearborn Restaurant and Bar is hosting a Halloween Party on Saturday, October 31, 7 to 11pm. Paisley Craze will provide the musical treat. Check it out at 362 W. Dearborn Street. You can follow Englewoods on Dearborn on Facebook.
Friends of Tiffany Square Bingo is hosting a Halloween Party on Saturday, October 31, 5 to 8pm at Tiffany Square Bingo, 2828 S. McCall Road. Enter the costume contest where you could win $100 for first prize. There is also a Make a Delicious Dessert contest with a first prize of $50. Judging for the contest will be at 7:30pm. Party food will be served starting at 5:30pm. Drawings for wheel spins every 30 minutes. You must be actively playing a machine to be eligible for cash prizes. For more information, call 208•5999.
Full Moon Yoga
Come join Loving Light Yoga at Englewood Beach for a gentle yoga flow while watching the sunset as the sky gently darkens and the Full Moon raises on Saturday, October 31, 6:30-7:30pm. Sunset is at 6:47pm; Moonrise is at 6:58pm. Bring a sheet or blanket and enjoy. Glow sticks will be given out just before class begins. Cost for class $5. No registration required. Loving Light Yoga offers daily beach yoga classes at the north end of Englewood Beach as well as studio and other special classes. Learn more at www.lovinglightyoga.com.
Sarasota County CARES
Sarasota County has launched their Coronavirus Relief Fund application process for businesses, individuals and non-profit agencies that have been negatively impacted financially from COVID-19. Help is available in the form of individual grants up to $5,000 per household and small business and nonprofit grants up to $49,999.99. The approved grants require no repayment. The allocation amount is $18.9 million to be used to mitigate the financial impact in the following categories: economic recovery, food, water and housing. For more information or to begin the application process, visit scgov.net/CARES. Instructional videos for the application process are available on the website. In addition, a CARES Funds Call Center is available Monday through Saturday, 8am to 7pm, by calling 861•CARE (2273) or visit a local library to speak with a CARES Act Ambassador.
Ainger Creek Bridge Repair
Repairs to the Ainger Creek Bridge on Placida Road are underway. Multiple traffic reconfigurations will occur during the bridge repairs. Warning signs and/or flaggers will be in place to direct traffic. Travelers will begin to experience intermittent, slow-moving traffic, and/or temporary delays within the construction limits 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. For information, visit www.CharlotteCountyFL.gov.
New Renaissance Festival
The SunCoast Renaissance Festival is coming to the Sarasota Fairgrounds on weekends during November. This is a new area festival, not to be confused with the Sarasota Medieval Fair which has been cancelled for this year. The SunCoast Renaissance Festival’s goal is to bring the finest Renaissance acts in the land to Sarasota. There will be stage shows, live music, artisan merchants and demonstrations. Daily tickets are $23 for adults, $20 seniors, $17 children age 5 5 to 11. Dates are November 7-8, 14-15, 21-22 and 27-29. Gates are open 10am to 6pm. For entertainment schedule, tickets and more information, visit suncoastrenaissancefestival.com. The fairgrounds is located at 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota.
SOLID 7 Dice Run
Come out and have fun day participating in the SOLID 7 Dice Run to support Mission 22 on Saturday, November 7. The ride starts at Bert’s Black Widow Harley, 2224 El Jobean Road in Port Charlotte. Sign up 9am; run begins at 10:30am. The object is to roll a seven at each of the five stops and the person with the most sevens wins. Afterwards enjoy “Storm Warning” and free beer, burgers and dogs at Bert’s. Entry fee is $10, $10 per passenger and $10 for extra dice cards. You can win a Combat Vet handmade wooden flag donated by Flags of Valor or a full day boat rental donated by Gasparilla Marina. Tickets are $10 for each raffle. Mission 22 offers treatment for veterans with PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury and other issues. For more information, contact Mitch Mesenberg at 740•1842.
Welcome Home Vietnam Vets
Vietnam Vets will be given their due in a huge celebration to be held Saturday, November 21 in Port Charlotte. The event was originally scheduled to be held last March but was postponed due to COVID-19. Most of the activities will now be presented on Friday and Saturday, November 20 & 21. A notable exception will be the Vietnam Wall “roll call” – the reading of every single name of the more than 58,000 on the Vietnam Wall of Southwest Florida in Punta Gorda starting Monday, November 16, 8am. At about noon on Friday, November 20, after the last name is read from the roll call, a somber memorial service will be held at the wall, with feature remarks by retired Sgt. 1st Class Melvin Morris, Medal of Honor recipient. A huge kick-off party starts at 2pm at TT’s Tiki Bar, outside the Four Points by Sheraton Punta Gorda Harborside in Punta Gorda. This portion of the event is free and features musical artists the Bandana Band, Bobby G. Rice, James Marvell and Tomey Sellars. On Saturday morning, November 21, a “Welcome Home Parade” in Port Charlotte leads off the day at 9am. There will be UH-1 Huey Helicopter Rides at the Charlotte Sports Park 9am to noon. More than 200 riders are expected to participate in the “Welcome Home Thunder” motorcycle ride starting at 10am in Port Charlotte and riding to the Charlotte County Fairgrounds. The gates open at 11am with an afternoon of events scheduled starting at 1pm. The day 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.
The Sandlot is Open!
Families and thrill-seekers who don’t mind getting a little dirty while having fun can find it at The Sandlot Off-Road Adventure Park now open at the site formerly known as Florida Tracks and Trails. With more than 1,100 acres, it’s Florida’s newest and largest family-friendly off-road park. Off road vehicles - AT/UTV, motocross riders, dirt bikes, go carts, 4 X 4s – can explore five motocross tracks and 25+ miles of one directional, mixed-use cross-country trails that are designed for riders of all ages and experience levels. Guided tours are also offered to show newbies what they are missing out on. The Beach features a swimming lake, white sand beach, and tiki bar & grill. Camping is available on site for RV/trailer and self-contained camping. The Sandlot is located at 39450 Bermont Road, Punta Gorda. Open weekends 8am to 6pm. Membership option. Admission fee is determined by vehicle. Learn more at www.sandlotoffroad.com or call 877•743•3767.
Great Garage Sale
Clean out your closets, gather your unwanted items, and bring them on down to sell at the 3rd Annual Great Garage Sale at the Charlotte Sports Park. Interested vendors can rent a 10-foot by 40-foot space for $30. Vendors must bring their own tables, chairs and tents. Registration deadline is Monday, November 30. There will be free admission for shoppers from 8am to 1pm, Saturday, December 5. Booth spacing will adhere to CDC guidelines. No food or beverage providers will be on site. The Charlotte Sports Park is located at 2300 El Jobean Road, Port Charlotte. For information, contact Debbie Thibideau at 235•5010 or Debbie.Thibideau@CharlotteCountyFL.gov.
Parking Pass Purchases
For returning seasonal residents and visitors, the payment meters at Englewood Beach and other Charlotte County recreational areas are no longer an option. All transactions must be completed through the Parkmobile app. For frequent users, parking passes are now available for purchase at Charlotte County recreation centers and pools. Parking passes can also be purchased through the mail, phone, or the tax collector’s office. Download the application online at www.CharlotteCountyFL.gov/parks and click Parking & Parking Passes. For information, contact Mike Koenig at 625•7529 or Mike.Koenig@CharlotteCountyFL.gov.
Share What You Know
What do you know that should be shared, something you’ve learned as you’ve moved through life? Could be anything - changing a flat bicycle tire, doing something creative in music, art, crafts, or a hobby you are passionate about. Maybe it’s something from a job or career... Life Realized is looking for people from all types of backgrounds and experiences the opportunity to do so at The Dearborn Center, 501 W. Dearborn Street. You can teach on-going classes in art, crafts, self-improvement, etc. in their classroom space, present “one-off” mini-lectures on something you know, share life experiences, pivotal moments or revelations in a “TED Talk” style format or introduce members of the Englewood community to your passion, and maybe get them “hooked” as well. The Dearborn Center can provide a large, flexible, indoor or outdoor space configured as needed (mindful of COVID-19 social distancing guidelines). A sound system is available. Call 681•8188 or email Admin@liferealized.org with your ideas and “PRESENTER” in the Subject line. Even if you don’t think others would be interested, run your idea by them; you might just be surprised.
Caring & Sharing
Big Red Bus Blood Drives
OneBlood “Big Red Bus” blood drive dates have been scheduled for October and November 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 Tuesday, October 27, 10am to 3pm: Palm Plaza, sponsored by Lemon Bay Sunrise Rotary, 1951 S. McCall Road; Sunday, November 1, 9am to 1pm – Englewood United Methodist Church, 700 E. Dearborn Street; Sunday, November 1, 2 to 5pm – Walmart, 2931 S. McCall Road; Friday, November 6, 10am to 4pm – Bealls, 1500 Placida Road; Saturday, November 14, 9am to 1pm – Symbiont Service, 4372 N. Access Road; Saturday, November 14, 2 to 5pm – Pet Supermarket, 1951 S. McCall Road; Monday, November 16, 10am to 4pm – Bealls Outlet, 425 S. Indiana Avenue; 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.
Thanksgiving Foods Needed
It’s hard to believe Thanksgiving is only a month away! The Jubilee Center, St. David’s Episcopal Church food pantry, has been busy as ever! The numbers of those accessing the pantry have surpassed the numbers served in 2019 so The Jubilee Center is very thankful to be able to continue their ministry of serving those in need in the Englewood Community! Food donations are being sought to be able to provide Thanksgiving boxes of food with fixings for a complete dinner for their clients. Suggested donations include canned ham for single household, small hams (3-4lbs) or turkey breast for small households, larger hams for bigger families, $10 Publix gift cards, canned sweet potatoes, whole white canned potatoes, instant mashed potatoes, boxed turkey or cornbread stuffing, canned cranberry sauce, turkey or chicken gravy, canned fruit, olives, pickles and canned pumpkin. Donations may be brought to The Jubilee Center, 401 S. Broadway, on Tuesdays between 10am & noon. For other times, call 681•3550.
“Virtual” Volunteers Needed
Now, perhaps more than ever, the mission and impact of Big Brothers Big Sisters are evident and urgent. There is a need for virtual mentoring for children ages 6-14, which consists of providing online/virtual extra help with reading or math or just a friend to talk to. All information sessions, interviews and match meetings are done through video conferencing, and the schedule is flexible based on everyone’s availability. Big Brothers Big Sisters provides guidance, coaching and support in ensuring that Bigs have the tools and resources to meet virtually with their Littles. “The young people we serve are likely to bear the heaviest burdens of trauma and economic fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic. They face increased anxiety, stress, fear and worry, including a much greater exposure to adverse childhood experiences,” states Joy Mahler, President & CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast. For additional information about becoming a “virtual” Big, please contact Natalie Anderson at 473•4003 or email@example.com
Holiday Greetings for Troops
During a time of year when families have empty seats at their tables and deployed troops are missing home, Wreaths Across America Radio (WAAR) airs messages from troops from across the country and overseas, and encourages folks at home to send a holiday greeting to them in the form of an internet radio greeting. The “Holiday Greetings” program provides American military families and civilians the opportunity to extend holiday greetings and thanks to service members and veterans through an international internet radio station at www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/radio (hashtag #WreathsRadio.) Anyone can participate by calling 833•369•1351 to record a short holiday greeting. Wreaths Radio will play Holiday Greetings on-air during the holidays between November 23 and December 31 to help bring families, loved ones, members of the military and Americans closer together for the holiday season.
LBHS Athletic Golf Scramble
Come and support Lemon Bay High School (LBHS) student athletes! The third Annual Lemon Bay Athletic Golf Scramble is scheduled for Saturday, October 31 at the Rotonda Golf and Country Club – Hills Course. All proceeds go to support the student athletes of Lemon Bay High School. Cost is $75 per person ($300 per foursome.) Hole sponsorships are $100. For more information, contact Ryan LaVallee at 474•7702, ext. 3015 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Driving Out Hunger” Golf Scramble
The Homeless Coalition invites you to participate in the 9th Annual “Driving Out Hunger” Fall Golf Scramble on Saturday, November 21 at the Riverwood Golf Club, 4100 Riverwood Drive in Port Charlotte. This event is a four-person scramble with men’s, women’s, and mixed teams. There will be a delicious continental breakfast and southern-style barbeque lunch. The cost is $95 per person. The cost includes breakfast, lunch, 25 tickets to the chance auction, two drink tickets, and mulligans for each team. Registration begins at 7:30am on the day of the event, and shotgun start is at 8:30am. The Homeless Coalition works toward driving out hunger in the community with their Hot Meals program and weekly Food Pantry. The Pantry distributed food to more than 4,600 people in the last year, of whom 30% were seniors. Please contact Darcy Woods at 627•4313, Ext. 134 or email Darcy.Woods@cchomelesscoalition.org to reserve a spot. Your support assists the Homeless Coalition in continuing to provide programs and services to the community residents in greatest need.