Manasota Neighborhoods Summit
Join the Neighborhood Services teams of Manatee County, the City of Sarasota, and Sarasota County for the annual Manasota Neighborhoods Summit on Friday, February 26 at 8:30 am. This year’s summit will be virtual, so you and your neighbors can participate from the comfort of your home. Guest speakers will present an array of topics, including Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT), Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED), Robert’s Rules of Order, Neighborhood Beautification, and so much more. Go to www.scgov.net/neighborhood.
Lunch & Learn Workshops Resume
Lunch and Learn workshops are returning to Englewood beginning Thursday, February 25th, thanks to the Englewood Chamber of Commerce and the event sponsors. Workshops are held on the fourth Thursday of each month from 11:30 am to 1 pm in the Community Room of the Englewood Chamber building at 601 S. Indiana Avenue. The workshops and lunch are provided at no cost. The topic for this month is “How to Create a Video to Promote Your Business” with Scott Heinis from North Port Cowork Hive. For more information and to register, visit www.englewoodchamber.com or call 474•5511.
Town Hall Meetings
The Old Englewood Village Association (OEVA) is holding monthly public town hall meetings to discuss subjects that are of importance to the Englewood community and the OEVA organization. The outdoor meetings will be held on the third Monday of each month at The Open Studio, 380 Old Englewood Road. Start time is 3:30 pm, which will be adjusted as the days lengthen to accommodate the Dearborn Street merchants. Please note that state and CDC guidelines regarding COVID-19 will be adhered to by placing chairs a safe distance apart and face masks will be worn. For more information, email email@example.com or call 275•2899.
GCUMC Closet of Hope
The Closet of Hope at Gulf Cove United Methodist Church (GCUMC) offers free clothing for children and adults of all ages. The Closet is open every Saturday (except holidays) from 9:30 am until noon. Reservations are no longer necessary. Individuals must present a photo ID at the door which reflects their residence in Charlotte County or in Englewood, North Port, or Venice in Sarasota County. Please wear a mask and practice social distancing. Clothing donations are accepted when the Closet is open. Gulf Cove UMC is located at 1100 S. McCall Road (SR 776) in Port Charlotte, just before the Myakka River bridge. Phone 697•1747.
CARING & SHARING
Publix Feed the Harbor
The 12th Annual Feed the Harbor food drive is set for Sunday, February 28, 9am to 3pm. Publix stores in Englewood are local donation sites. Stop by and help stock area food pantries. Non-perishable food items and personal hygiene products are in great demand by Englewood families due to COVID-19.
Avon Sales Benefit
The Jubilee Center at St. David’s Episcopal Church is excited to announce a Valentine’s partnership with local Avon Lady, Lacee Brown! During the month of February, 10% of all online sales and 15% of all over the phone sales from every Avon purchase with Lacee will be donated to the Jubilee Center. This will benefit the Jubilee Center by allowing the center to stock up on some of the needed essential food and self-care items. If you would like to support this effort, contact Lacee Brown at 468•0699 or visit www.youravon.com/laceebrown.
Project Graduation Fundraiser
Come and enjoy the evening at Casino Night presented by Tiffany Square Bingo on Saturday, March 16. This fundraiser for Lemon Bay High School Project Graduation includes dinner, three adult beverages, $100 in casino chips, $10 in free play on Tiffany machines and lots of fun. Tickets are only $25! Doors open at 5 pm for ticket holders only. Gaming tables open at 6 pm and tables close at 9 pm. To purchase tickets, call 208•5999. Tiffany Square Bingo is located at 2828 S. McCall Road.
Pack the Pantry Poker Run
Join in the fun of a Poker Run on Saturday, March 27 by boat, car or motorcycle. There are five stops around Charlotte Harbor. You could win $500 & a trophy, or one of the many other prizes in the raffle drawing. The Pack the Pantry Poker Run is sponsored by Englewood Beach Waterfest to benefit Charlotte County Homeless Coalition and Englewood Helping Hand. On Friday, March 26, there will be a pre-race party at the Four Points Sheraton, 33 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda, from 5 to 9 pm. All participants should bring four non-perishable food items or give a cash donation (minimum $5) in the box provided. There will be a cash bar & cash food, live music and raffle tickets for sale. On Saturday, March 27, registration opens at 8:30 am at the Sheraton Four Points Tiki Bar. The Poker Run is from 9 am to 5 pm. Award presentations and raffle drawing to follow the Run. Pre-registration discount ends March 11; online registration ends March 24. For more information and registration, visit
The annual Piggy’s Revenge happens on Sunday, February 28, at the T. Mabry Carlton Reserve in Venice. Presented by SCORR (Sarasota County Off Road Riders,) you can choose from off road loops of 10, 20, 40 or 60 miles. New this year is a beginner guided wilderness double track ride. Have a great adventure, some cool Piggy swag, a cold beer and a homemade grilled bratwurst for only $45! For more information, go to http://blog.piggysrevenge.com, www.scorrider.com or FB @ Scorrider where you can register online.
Adult Learn to Sail Classes
The Englewood Sailing Association has announced they will hold their next Adult Learn to Sail Class March 8 – 11 at Indian Mound Park, 210 Winson Avenue. The classes run from 10am to 2pm each day and are limited to adults 18 or older. Cost is $195 per student. Registration is through ESA’s website. For more information, visit www.englewoodsailing.org or call 681•8190.
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CENTENNIAL YEAR EVENTS
Architectural History of Sarasota
“Designing Sarasota: An Architectural History” is a special exhibit available for in-person viewing through April 17. This free program is one of the many special events scheduled as part of the Sarasota County Centennial Celebration and takes place at the Center for Architecture Sarasota, 265 S. Orange Avenue, Sarasota. Thi is an exhibit of Sarasota’s unique architecture, from the earliest native Americans through the settlement and early development of Sarasota, to the international fame of the Sarasota School of Architecture and today’s talented architects. This exhibit is designed for visitors and area residents alike. Exhibit visitors are limited to ten at a time, so reservations are preferred and can be made online at www.cfasrq.org. Masks required. Phone is 350•5430.
Centennial Art Show
Charlotte County Libraries & History Centennial Art Show features local artists and original works of art created or based on the book “Our Fascinating Past (Charlotte Harbor),” starting with a reception on Saturday, February 27, 1 pm with the show available for viewing for approximately one month at the Charlotte Mid-County Regional Library, 2050 Forrest Nelson Blvd., Port Charlotte. There are about 20 pieces of artwork submitted by area artists. To complement the show, an assortment of local history books is available to borrow through any library branch. For information, contact Albert Municino at 764•5562.
Centennial Outdoor Story Time
Celebrate Sarasota County’s Centennial Thursday, March 11, 10:45 am. Join Sarasota County Parks specialist Nathalie, along with Elsie Quirk Library’s Cris and George, for an in-person outdoor story time at the Lemon Bay Park and Environmental Center, 570 Bay Park Blvd. Come celebrate Sarasota County’s Centennial with stories of local wildlife and the founding of the park! For more information, call 861•1200.
History of Woodmere Lumber
The history of the Woodmere Lumber Company, which was located in the north end of Englewood, is the topic for the March program presented virtually by the Venice Area Historical Society on Tuesday, March 16. Presenter is Harry Klinkhamer, Historical Resources Manager, City of Venice. Program will include old photographs. To register for this free online program, visit www.veniceareahistoricalsociety.org and click on the Education tab.
All That Jazz
Enjoy the jazz of the 1920s and learn about Charlotte County’s founding when the Military Heritage Museum and the Charlotte County Florida Historical Society present “All That Jazz” on Saturday, March 20 at 7pm. This narrated concert tells the story of the county’s founding in 1921 with the original music, photographs and words of that time woven together into an event that you will remember for years. Meet the people, places and music that brought Charlotte County into being. Admission is $30/$35. The concert is being held in the Gulf Theater at the Military Heritage Museum, 900 W. Marion Avenue, Punta Gorda. For tickets and more information, visit https://gulftheater.org. Phone: 575•9002.
Centennial Exhibit at Venice Museum
Want to learn more about how Sarasota County was formed? The Venice Museum & Archives has opened a new exhibit “Celebrating a Centennial: The Origins of Sarasota County. The museum, located at 351 Nassau Street South, Venice, is open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 10am to 1pm. Visit www.veniceareahistoricalsociety.org for more information.
Centennial Photo Mosaic Launched
Charlotte County has launched an interactive photo mosaic to celebrate its Centennial. This online interactive photo mosaic allows individuals to be part of the Centennial celebration by submitting photos taken throughout Charlotte County. Each photo submitted will be placed in the mosaic as a part of a larger picture. This mosaic will be available throughout 2021. Once the mosaic is completed, the image will be used for both printed and digital display throughout Charlotte County. To be a part of the Centennial Photo Mosaic, upload photos at https://photomosaic.charlottecountyfl.gov. Submissions become the property of Charlotte County and are subject to review by county staff before being posted. Photos can be uploaded from a desktop, tablet or mobile device. For information, contact Ashley Turner at 235•5008 or Ashley.Turner@CharlotteCountyFL.gov
Charlotte County hosts an ongoing program called History Quest. These treasure hunts are designed to encourage visitors to explore local historic sites using questing and geocaching. Questing is a place-based, educational scavenger hunt with clues and questions designed to pass along knowledge about a location. Printable Quest forms are available on the website. Geocaching is an outdoor treasure hunt using GPS devices. Participants use GPS coordinates, code breaking and other clues to find hidden containers (geocaches) at a specific location. Get started on the website at www.charlottecountyfl.gov/departments/community-services/libraries. For more information, call 629•7278.
Cemetery Self-Guided Tours
Two historical cemeteries in Charlotte County have self-guiding tours for visitors. Indian Spring Cemetery, 9500 Indian Springs Cemetery Road, Punta Gorda, was established in 1886. Open from dawn to dusk. Charlotte Harbor Cemetery, 4410 Church Street, Port Charlotte, is the oldest marked cemetery in Charlotte County. Open dawn to dusk. Printed guides for each cemetery are available at the entrance.
Army Airfield Exhibit
This permanent exhibit at the Punta Gorda Airport’s Bailey Terminal displays a glimpse into the past of the Punta Gorda Airport when it served as the Punta Gorda Army Airfield during WWII. Admission is free. The airport is located at 28000 Airport Road, Punta Gorda.