Sarasota, North Port debates

The North Port Area Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Cowork Hive of North Port, will host a series of debates for the North Port City and Sarasota County commission races as the upcoming Primary Election approach. Both Debates will be presented live on the North Port Area Chamber Facebook page. 

The North Port City Commission debate will be held from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, July 7 for North Port District 1 and District  2 seats. District 1 candidates are David Iannotti, Richard Suggs and Nicholas Trolli.  Candidates for District 2 are Cheryl Cook, Barbara Langdon and Jacqueline Moore

The Sarasota County Debate will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 9 for District  5. Candidates are Ron Cutsinger, Christopher Hanks and Alice White.

Candidates in both debates will be able to provide an opening and closing statement and will answer questions established by the  chamber's Government Relations Committee. 

The Allamanda Garden Club of North Port is celebrating its 55th anniversary by presenting its "Yard of the Year" contest. Judges are looking for some of the most beautifully and creatively landscaped front yards in North Port. Yards must be designed and maintained by the homeowner or tenant. Judging will take place from the street and will be based on general overall appearance, maintenance, neatness and most importantly, curb appeal.

Three winners will be selected. Winners will receive a "Yard of the Year" sign to place on their property for one year and will be special guests at the Allamanda Garden Club 55th Anniversary luncheon on Nov. 20. Photos of each yard will be featured on the Allamanda Garden Club website, social media sites as well as in local newspapers. In addition, winners will be featured on the Chat with Pat Radio Show on WKDW 97.5FM.

Application and additional guidelines are available on the Allamanda Garden Club website, Deadline is Sept. 15. Judging will begin the following week. Winners will be announced October 2020. For more information, call Emily Panek at 941-423-0743.

Football skills camp

The North Port Mustangs Boosters will present the Off the Grid football skills and agility camp featuring certified trainer Alex Portee. The camp is for players 5 to 14 years old and is $25 per session. Camp sessions are June 20 and June 27. Sessions for skilled position players are July 11 and July 18. All sessions are 10 a.m. to noon at Larry Thoennissen Field, 4946 City Center Blvd., North Port. Register at

Blood drive

Key Agency will host a blood drive from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. June 24 in the parking lot of the business, 1201 S McCall Road, Englewood. The OneBlood Big Red Bus will be there. There will be free COVID-19 antibody testing for all donors, along with a free OneBlood T-shirt, a coupon for Culvers, and a wellness check. Please bring photo ID. Visit and use the sponsor code 11246.

Sailing camp

The Englewood Sailing Association has changed the schedule for its annual “Learn to Sail” camp.

The new dates announced this week are July 6-10, July 13-17 and July 27-31. The dates were pushed back over concerns surrounding the COVID-10 pandemic. Sailing Association members are incorporating social distancing and cleaning procedures in place and will use the month of June to practice them.

The Learn to Sail camps are for youngsters aged 10-17 who know how to swim. Sessions are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Indian Mound Park, 210 Winson Ave., Englewood. The course is offered at $150. Students must know how to swim. Boats and books are provided. Need-based scholarships are available. For more information log on to or call 941-451-9856.

Intermediate and advanced sailing courses are also offered. Adult sailing is also available for members. For more information, visit online-program-registration, then select “Specialty Camp” then “2020 Sailing Camp.”

Football, cheer signups

The Englewood Area Athletic Association, parent organization for the Englewood Cats football and cheer programs, are holding online registration for the fall 2020 season. The organization entered the American Youth Football in 2019. The first practice is set for 6-8 p.m. July 20 at Larry Nicol Filed at Ann Dever Park, 6791 San Casa Drive, Englewood. Practices are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Register at Click the registration link for required documents. To volunteer or to donate to the organization, email or visit the Englewood Cats 2020 Facebook page and send a message.

St. David’s Jubilee Center

St. David’s Jubilee Center of Englewood announced its free Clothes Closet will reopen June 30 from 10 a.m. to noon. Due to COVID-19, to ensure the safety of our volunteers, no clients may enter the building. Please ring the doorbell at the ramp to alert volunteer, and complete the form outside. The volunteer will fill the order and bring clothes outside.

The Food Pantry is open 10 a.m. to noon Monday through Wednesday. Each family will receive a box of food based on the number of members in their household and if the family has children. Also available are hygiene products, paper goods, and toiletries. Bread and pastries donated by Publix are given out daily to those in need.

The Jubilee Center will begin accepting gently used, laundered summer clothing and shoe donations from 9-10 a.m. June 23 for clients. Donations are limited to two sealed plastic bags of clothing per household donation. Men’s gym shoes size 10-10½ and mens jeans size 30-34 are greatly needed. For more information, call 941-681-3550.


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