Pancake breakfast

Port Charlotte United Methodist Men will host a pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. today

at the church, 21075 Quesada Ave., Port Charlotte. The cost is $5 per person. Children 6 and under eat free; ages 7-12 only $2; and those over 90 eat free. Breakfast includes: all the pancakes one can eat, scrambled eggs, sausage, hash browns, biscuits and gravy, orange juice, coffee and tea. For more information, call 941-625-4356.

Living with domestic violence simulationThe Social Justice Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, located at 1532 Forrest Nelson Blvd., Port Charlotte, in conjunction with the Center for Abuse and Rape Emergencies, (C.A.R.E.) invites men and women to participate in a Living with Domestic Violence simulation entitled “In Her Shoes,” at 10:30 a.m. today , at UUFCC. It is open to the public. The goals of the simulation are to heighten awareness of associated struggles, such as poverty; to illustrate domestic violence as a community problem; to show we all have a role in bringing domestic violence to an end, and to encourage creative and intentional thoughts to assist adult and child victims. Come, bring a friend, learn, discuss, and become proactive in dealing with this issue. For more information, call Herb Levin at 941-286-7939.

Blessing of the animalsBurnt Store Presbyterian Church, 11330 Burnt Store Road, Punta Gorda, will have its 5th annual blessing of the animals at 10 a.m. today . Last year, Pastor Tim blessed 39 dogs, six cats, two birds and one rabbit. All animals are welcome, but should be in cages or on leashes. For more information, contact the church office at 941-639-0001 or by email to

ECK Light and Sound Service

Eckankar, The Path of Spiritual Freedom, will host an ECK Light and Sound Service on at 11 a.m. Sunday at the LaQuinta Inn and Suites on Kings Highway in Port Charlotte. A speaker from Englewood will talk on “Are You Looking for a Sign from God?” The public is invited to attend. For further information, call 941-766-0637.

St. Vincent de Paul Mega Sale

St. Vincent de Paul/St. Max will hold its next Monthly Mega Sale on Oct. 11 and Oct. 12 at 17753 Toledo Blade Blvd., Port Charlotte. Specials this week include: 20% off decor and jewelry, 50% off Christmas, Halloween and framed art. There are color dot specials as well ranging from 50 cents to $2. Next week, linens will be 20% off Tuesday through Thursday. On Thursday, senior citizens can receive 20% off any non-sale item. The shop is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday. All profits go to buy food for the St. Vincent de Paul Pantry, located down the street from the shop.

Trunk-or-Treat event

Wintergarden Presbyterian Church presents Trunk-or-Treat from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, 18305 Wintergarden Ave., Port Charlotte. Come out for hotdogs, music, bounce house and candy. All are welcome.

Seminars answer difficult questions

Timothy Taylor, Charlotte Memorial Funeral Home Licensed Representative Advanced Planning Specialist, Arlene Chase, elder affairs attorney specializing in trusts, probate and wills, and Tim Stewart, Pastor at Burnt Store Presbyterian Church, will discuss funeral home arrangements and memorial service plans. The seminar is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 6 at Burnt Store Presbyterian Church, 11330 Burnt Store Road, Punta Gorda. A complimentary lunch will be provided by Charlotte Memorial Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens. All speakers will be available for questions following their presentations.

Brittany Ingman, CRPC, Financial Advisor, Merrill Lynch, will share information about second time around estate planning. Topics to be covered will include figuring out what is “yours,” “mine” and “ours” of a blended family. Attendees will learn how those decisions impact account titles and estate planning. Her presentation is scheduled for 2:30 to 4 p.m. on Nov. 13 at Burnt Store Presbyterian Church. A brief question-and-answer session will follow the formal presentation.

The workshops are hosted by the Endowment Committee of the church and are designed to bring interesting and informative subjects to church members and the community at large. There is no fee for either of the seminars, but registration is required. For more information, contact the church office at 941-639-0001 or by email to

Patriotic concert

A tribute to veterans concert is being planned for 7 p.m. Nov. 8 at Burnt Store Presbyterian Church, 11330 Burnt Store Road, Punta Gorda. The proceeds will go to the Southwest Florida Honor Flight and to Paws for Veterans. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Concert tickets are $20. Seating is limited. Tickets are available from 9 a.m. to noon Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the church.

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