Floridians monthly meeting

The Floridians will hold its February meeting Feb. 21 at St. James Episcopal Church, 1365 Viscaya Dr., in Port Charlotte, at 9:30 a.m. The Club members will participate in a “Murder in the Roaring Twenties” party game, complete with costuming and decorations. The Floridians will also be planning their annual fund raising event, Games Day, that will be held on Saturday, Feb. 22. The proceeds from this event will be donated to the Charlotte County Special Olympics. The Floridians is a civic-minded, social organization that meets monthly, September through May. Group activities include visits to area cultural events, concerts and local attractions as well as active flight bridge, lunch bunch and book discussion groups. The Club also raises money to donate to local charities. New members are welcome. For more information, call 941-255-6995 or visit the Club’s website at thefloridians.club. You may also visit the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/thefloridians.

Trash and Treasure

There will be a Trash and Treasure today , from 8 a.m. to noon. It is annual extravaganza being held at the San Antonio Ministry Center, 24445 Rampart Blvd., Port Charlotte. In seven different rooms, there will be a generous assortment of home accessories, small appliances, lamps, books, games, linens, sporting goods, homemade bakery goodies, and a generous assortment of tools will also be available. For more information, call Linda at 941 286-3304.

Walk for the poor

The four St. Vincent de Paul Conferences in Charlotte County (Sacred Heart, St. Charles Borromeo, St, Maximillian Kolbe, and San Antonio) provided assistance, including food, clothing, linens, housewares, furniture and financial assistance to help pay bills and prevent homelessness. Each year, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul hosts the Walk for the Poor to raise funds and to increase awareness of the needs of the less fortunate living in Charlotte County community. The 11th annual Walk for The Poor begins at 9 a.m. today  at the Laishley Park Pavilion in Punta Gorda and proceeds along the Trabue Harbor Walk. Every penny raised remains here in Charlotte County. For more information call: 941-268-9678; to register or donate, visit https://svdp-dov.org/charlotte and click on Walk for the Poor.

Women With a Mission casino trip

Women With A Mission is sponsoring a bus trip to the Immokalee Casino on Saturday, March 7. The cost for this popular trip is $25 per person, which covers the round-trip bus fare and tip for the driver. The bus will leave the Murdock Walmart parking lot promptly at 9:30 a.m., and will return the same evening arriving around 6 p.m. There will be complimentary water and treats on the bus and a 50/50 drawing will be available. Reservations will be taken on a first come basis. For more information, call Marie at 941-255-0005.

Floridians 2020 Games Day

The Floridians will hold its annual Games Day fundraising event on Saturday, Feb. 22 at St. James Episcopal Church, 1365 Viscaya Drive, Port Charlotte, at noon. In addition to an excellent lunch, the Club’s members have created beautiful baskets that are filled with all manner of items to be raffled off. The proceeds from this event will be donated to the Charlotte County Special Olympics Club Shirts project. The Floridians is a civic-minded, social organization that meets monthly, September through May. Group activities include visits to area cultural events, concerts and local attractions as well as active flight bridge, lunch bunch and book discussion groups. The Club also raises money to donate to local charities. The Floridians is actively seeking new members. For more information, call 941- 255-6995 or visit the Club’s website at thefloridians.club. You may also visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/thefloridians.

Voting rights films

The basic constitutional right to vote is the topic of two films at the Mid County Library in February.

The first will be the 2014 historical drama Selma on Feb. 17, at 5:30 p.m. Selma is based on the 1965 Selma to Montgomery march led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

A documentary, Suppressed: the Fight to Vote, will be the second film, on Feb. 24, at 5:30 p.m. This 37 minute film examines the 2018 midterm election in Georgia. Voters and poll watchers from across the state tell their personal stories.

Both are part of the Black History Film Series sponsored by the library, the Blanchard House Museum of African American History and Culture, and the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Charlotte County. Films are followed by discussions and are free and open to the public. 2050 Forrest Nelson Blvd. 941-613-3192.

Czech / Slovak Club to Meet

The American Czech and Slovak Club of Southwest Florida will meet on Feb. 17 at Luigi’s Italian Restaurant, 3883 Tamiami Trail, in Port Charlotte at noon. The meeting will begin with a social followed by lunch on your own, ordering off of the menu or enjoying their buffet. There will be a short business meeting after lunch. Current club members reside from Fort Myers to Sarasota in Southwest Florida. They meet monthly from October through April, on the third Tuesday, and focus on preserving the Czech and Slovak customs, heritage and language through music, food and history. The Club has also been a participant in the Cultural Heritage Center of Southwest Florida and are planning a picnic to be held in March. The Czech and Slovak Club invites and welcomes anyone interested in honoring the culture and heritage of the Czech and Slovak people. For further information or reservations call 941-286-3467 or email mert4677@aol.com.

Black History Month celebration

A Black History Month celebration will be Feb. 22 at 5 p.m., at St. Mary Primitive Baptist Church, 605 Mary St., in Punta Gorda. The event will feature Zeigler Family of West Palm Beach, Luna Muni violinist from Fort Myers, Iglesia Cristiana Elim from Fort Myers, and IAm4Given from Fort Myers. The emcee will be Rev. Lance Abercrombia. For more information contact Lance at 239-940-1832.

Retired educators meeting

Charlotte County Retired Educators Association will meet Feb. 12 at 9:30 a.m. at the Woman’s Club of Port Charlotte, at 20271 Tappen Zee Dr. The program will be about Relaxation Techniques with presenter, Marcy Zalecki. Anyone working for a school board in any position or any state is welcomed to come and see what our group is about. The local dues for the first year is free. Lunch after the meeting will be at a local restaurant.

Snowbird Baseball Classic

One of the country’s largest collegiate spring baseball tournaments returns to Charlotte County from today to March 22, when the Snowbird Baseball Classic swings into action. In its 12th season, the tournament welcomes 21 NCAA Division I and 23 Division III schools. Games will be played at North Charlotte Regional Park, soon to be called Centennial Park (1185 O'Donnell Blvd, Port Charlotte), South County Regional Park (670 Cooper St., Punta Gorda), and CoolToday Park, the new spring training home of the Atlanta Braves (18800 S. West Villages Parkway, North Port in Sarasota County).

Schools from across the country will compete during the five-week event. Participating Division I institutions include: The Ohio State University, Dartmouth College, U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and Villanova University. A complete list of teams and the full schedule are available at www.snowbirdbaseball.info. Last year’s Snowbird Baseball Classic generated an estimated $13.3 million total economic impact.

For additional information about the Snowbird Baseball Classic, contact Deanna Sandei with Snowbird Baseball at 708-220-2769 or deanna@snowbirdbaseball.com.

Boone County, Indiana, lunch

The annual Boone County, Indiana Luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, at the Shell Factory on U.S. 41 in North Fort Myers. Meal choices are as follows: 1. fish with fries; 2. chicken salad with fruit; 3. house salad with grilled chicken; 4. BLT with fries; and 5. open-faced turkey with veggies. Call 239-246-6364 by Feb. 11 to provide your menu choice.

Punta Gorda Garden Club meeting

The Punta Gorda Garden Club will meet on Feb. 19, at 1 p.m., at Fellowship Hall at the First United Methodist Church, 507 W. Marion Ave., Punta Gorda. The guest speaker will be Gil Mac Adam, naturalist, instructor and gardening consultant who will present a program on “Staghorn Ferns.” Guests are welcome to attend the club's regular, free monthly meetings which begin with light refreshments followed by a speaker and a brief meeting. For more information about the Punta Gorda Garden Club and its programs and activities contact club co-president, Carol Houston at 941-764-7177 or visit the club's website www.pggc.org or the Punta Gorda Garden Club's Facebook page.

Free garden talks

The PGI Green Thumbs organization is sponsoring a series of informal garden talks on the third Friday of each month, January through April, from 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. at the Punta Gorda Nature Park, at the corner of Bal Harbor Boulevard and Aqui Esta Drive. These are free and open to the public. Each talk will cover a different topic for gardeners to learn about and apply at home.

Feb. 21: A Rose is a Rose ... and is also an Herb

March 20: Bromeliads

April 17: Pruning Your Landscape

All talks will be led by experienced gardeners associated with the nonprofit Green Thumbs organization. Seating is limited, so consider bringing your own chair. For more information, contact Joyce Laubach at joycelaubach@hotmail.com or 484-535-0520.

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