Free dentistry day
for first responders and hospital staffLocal first responders and hospital staff in the North Port community and surrounding areas will have the opportunity to receive free dental services at Price Creek Dentistry on May 25. Dr. Timothy Lee and team at Price Creek Dentistry will be partnering with Dr. Abelardo Heredia from Pine Island Road Dental Care in Cape Coral to honor and support local first responders and hospital staff as part of Free Dentistry Day, a day dedicated to providing free dental care to the growing number of individuals without dental insurance. Cleanings and fillings will be provided per patient between 8 a.m. and noon at 1500 Price Creek Way, North Port. Patients will be accepted by appointment only. Patients are asked to bring a valid form of employment verification or identification (Employee badge, company ID, etc.). For more information, call 941-200-5094 or visit http://FreeDentistryDay.org.
Aspen Dental’s Day of ServiceAspen Dental to provide free dental care for veterans on June 11. Advance appointments are required. Locations include 1750 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte, and 379 Kings Highway, Punta Gorda. Veterans can call 844-277-3646 for additional locations and to schedule an appointment.
‘Celebrating Charlotte: Celebrating What Makes This Home’Valerie’s House is hosting its a fundraising event from 1-5 p.m. July 30 at the Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center, 75 Taylor St., Punta Gorda, to raise funds to support Charlotte County children grieving the loss of loved ones. Organizers are planning a day of food samples from some of the areas best restaurants, local brewery tastings, fashion and shopping in the marketplace for unique creations and handmade items. Dillard’s will present a fashion show and provide mini makeup makeovers. General admission tickets are $25 with children ages 5 and younger admitted free with paying adult. VIP tickets are $35 each and entitle the purchaser to shop one hour before doors officially open. Tickets are available at www.valerieshouse.org/events. All funds raised will be used to support programming costs of Valerie’s House in Charlotte County, including materials for group nights and school groups, staff for group nights, counseling services, legal, financial and food assistance for grieving children and families.
FSW Dental Hygiene Clinic provides low cost dental servicesWant to get your teeth cleaned and support student learning? The Dental Hygiene Clinic at Florida SouthWestern State College is currently accepting patients. The clinic is open for summer hours through June 23, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday in building A on the FSW Lee Campus, 8099 College Parkway, Fort Myers. The FSW Dental Hygiene Clinic provides dental services including examinations, cleanings, X-rays and dental sealants performed by FSW Dental Hygiene students under the guidance of professional FSW Dental Hygiene faculty. The cost is $30 for children ages 17 and under and $50 for adults. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 239-985-8334.
Charlotte County ‘Fit for Life’ Senior Games 2022Oct. 1-Nov. 1. This Olympic-style event focuses on athletic competition and recreation opportunities for men and women 50 and over. Events will take place at various Charlotte County recreation facilities and parks. Registration is open for track and field events. Registration begins Aug. 15. For additional information, call 941-681-3760, visit the Ann & Chuck Dever Regional Park Recreation Center, 6961 San Casa Drive, Englewood or online at www.CharlotteCountyFL.gov.
Visually Impaired Peer GroupThe Visually Impaired Peer Group meets from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. weekly at the Wintergarden Presbyterian Church, 18305 Wintergarden Ave., Port Charlotte. Coffee and cookies/snacks provided. We play cards, Bingo, have sing-a-longs and go out to eat at local restaurants. For more information, call 941-268-7900.
Weight Loss & Fitness Support GroupTOPS (Take-Off-Pounds-Sensibly) is an affordable, welcoming and non-judging support group focused on weight loss and health management. Meetings focus on underlying weight issues such as stress-induced and emotional eating, how weight affects health and strategies for obtaining and maintaining a healthy weight. TOPS meets every Wednesday at South Punta Gorda Heights Civic Association, 11200 1st Ave., Punta Gorda. Weigh-in starts at 8:45 a.m. Meeting starts at 9:15 a.m. For more information, visit topschapter0828.wordpress.com.
There are also meetings on Fridays at the First Presbyterian Church, MacDonald Hall, 2230 Hariet St., Port Charlotte. Weigh in starts at 8:15 a.m., Meeting starts at 8:50 a.m. For more information, call 304-919-3794.
Dance 2 B FitChoreographed dance with movement and strengthening for every muscle group. The dance is low impact and designed to be enjoyed, especially for the non-dancer. Great music and appropriate for all age groups. Thursday mornings from 9-10 a.m. at Ann and Chuck Dever Regional Park Recreation Center, 6961 San Casa Drive, Englewood. $2. For more information, call 941-681-3760.
Pedaling for Parkinson’s10:45-11:30 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. YMCA, 2905 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda. For more information, call 941-505-0999 or email email@example.com. For additional locations, visit www.pedaling forparkinsons.org.
Rock Steady Boxing12:45-2:15 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. YMCA, 2905 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda. For more information, 941-505-0999 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beach Yoga9 a.m. Monday through Saturday at North Jetty Beach, 1000 S. Casey Key Road, Nokomis. 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. Monday through Friday at Manasota Beach, 8570 Manasota Key Road, Englewood. For more information, call 941-313-0358.