Easter family celebrationThe First United Methodist Church Punta Gorda will host a festive Easter celebration with family-fun activities from 10 a.m. to noon Sunday at Gilchrist Park, Punta Gorda. Guests will be able to pose with the Easter bunny and a giant cross with lilies. In addition, there will be a free petting zoo, craft table and free DIY Easter egg hunt kits will be given to each family to take home.

Easter cookoutFellowship Church of Englewood will be holding a free Easter cookout in addition to communion and baptism at 5:30 p.m. Sunday at Englewood Beach. For more information, call 941-475-7447 or go to

First Monday supperGulf Cove United Methodist Church is offering free carry-out dinners on the first Monday of every month. The April 5 menu includes meatloaf, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, roll and dessert. The dinners can be picked up between 3:30-5:30 p.m. April 5 at 1100 S. McCall Road, Port Charlotte. For more information, call 941-697-1747 or email

Healing Through the Arts FairChrist Lutheran Church will host the Healing Through the Arts Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 10 at 701 N. Indiana Ave. Englewood. The fair is a socially distanced show by various artists selling all sorts of crafts and paintings. Masks are required.

Commodities giveawayFree food will be given away from 4-5:30 p.m. every Thursday in a drive-thru manner at Community Life Center, 19048 Edgewater Drive, Port Charlotte. For more info, call 941-629-0999.

Free baked goodsFree baked goods, such as bread, muffins, buns, desserts, will be given away between 9:30-10:15 a.m. Tuesdays and Fridays at Praise Tabernacle, 18350 Edgewater Drive, Port Charlotte. For more info, call 941-766-9995.

Men’s prayer breakfastFellowship Church of Englewood is having its monthly men’s prayer breakfast from 8-9 a.m. on the first Saturday of every month at 140 Rotonda Blvd., Rotonda. It’s open to all men and it’s free. For more information, call 941-475-7447.


Closet of Hope at Gulf Cove United Methodist Church, 1100 S. McCall Road in Port Charlotte, offers free clothing for children and adults of all ages. The closet is open from 9:30 a.m. to noon every Saturday. 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. Clothing donations are accepted when the Closet is open.

Crafty Ladies of Gulf Cove United Methodist Church, 1100 S. McCall Road, will sell their hand-crafted items from 9-11:30 a.m. Thursdays (except holidays) at Oak’s Cove, the small building behind the church. Call MaryEllen at 941-697-6384 to make an appointment for another day. Mask required. Email; website

The St. Vincent de Paul Resale Shop, 17753 Toledo Blade Blvd., Port Charlotte, is open from 11 3 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Proceeds from the store support the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry. The shop now offers gift cards. The shop will be closed for the Easter holidays.

Christ Community United Methodist Church Thrift Store, 27000 Sunnybrook Road, Harbour Heights, is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Find household items, clothing for all ages, furniture. Mask required. Proceeds support outreach programs for the community. For more information, call the church office at 941-629-1593.

St. David’s Thrift Shop, in the Beall’s Outlet shopping center, 485 Indiana Ave., Englewood, is looking for volunteers who have three hours a week. Store hours are 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9:30 a.m.-noon Saturdays. Volunteer hours are flexible. Call Helen Diaguila at 941-474-1047.

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