Legion chicken dinner

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 113, Rotonda West, will again have its incredible Chicken Dinner on Saturday at the Post, 3436 Indiana Road. The menu will include a one-half baked chicken, macaroni salad, baked beans, cole slaw, roll and dessert. Dinner is served from 4-6 p.m. There will be music in the lounge from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Advance tickets until Nov. 9 are $10 (see the bartender), and will be $12 at the door. Call the Post at 941-697-3616 for information. The public is welcome.

F.A.M.E. Music City

The Friends for the Advancement of Music Education are getting ready for the Music City festival, set for today and Saturday at Pioneer Plaza, 349 W. Dearborn St., Englewood. Organizers are booking dozens of bands and live performers for a nonstop weekend  of entertainment. There will be food and merchandise vendors, a silent auction and fun. Proceeds from the festival go directly to purchase musical instruments for local music students at several area schools. The festival is set for 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. tonight, and will continue from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday. For information, follow F.A.M.E. Music City on Facebook.

Luncheon, fashions

Englewood Community Hospital will have its annual Healthy Hearts Luncheon and Fashion Show from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday Nov. 15 at the Suncoast Auditorium, 779 Medical Drive, Englewood. Tickets are $75, which includes  a gourmet lunch, fashion show, key note speaker goody bag. Silent auction items will be available. All proceeds benefit the American Heart Association and the 2019 Charlotte County Heart Walk. For information and tickets, visit Eventbrite: https://bit.ly/2xoiRMN or contact Tiffany Briggs at Tiffany.Briggs@hcahealthcare.com, or 941-473-5053.

Rotonda open house

Rotonda West residents, new and not so new, are invited to attend the 2018 Community Open House at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15 at the Community Center, 646 Rotonda Circle, Rotonda. Representatives of Association committees will be on hand to explain their missions, as well as social and service organizations that serve residents. A number of Englewood area nonprofit service organizations and churches will also be represented. Refreshments will be served. The Open House was created several years ago and residents have found it to be especially informative.

Elks Hoop Shoot

The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Englewood Lodge 2378 is holding its annual Hoop Shoot Free Throw contest at 9 a.m. Nov. 17 at the Englewood YMCA, 701 Medical Blvd. Boys and girls aged 8-13 are eligible to enter in one of six divisions. First-, second- and third-place winners will win certificates and trophies. First-place winners advance  to the South Southwest district contest. Proof of age is required at registration. The Elks will serve refreshments at the conclusion of the competition. Entry is free. For more information, send an email to englewoodelks2378@comcast.net.

Garden Club Tour, Fair

The Lemon Bay Garden Club is planning its annual Fall Garden Tour & Fair, set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16 and Saturday Nov. 17 centered around the clubhouse at 480 Yale St., Englewood. Six area gardens are on the self-guided tour, plus the clubhouse garden. Cost for the tour is a $15 donation. The fair at the clubhouse will feature homemade crafts and cards,baked goods, baskets for raffles and many plants grown by the members and available for purchase. For tickets and more information, please call Cheryl Tomasi at 941-882-2041 or Rose Sheedy at 941-276-1798.

Waterfest Block Party

The public is invited to the free Englewood Beach Waterfest Block Party, set for 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Nov. 16 on West Dearborn Street, Englewood. A block of the downtown thoroughfare will be closed off to traffic, and more than 40 world-class speedboats from the OPA championship races will be on display. Come check out the boats, meet the crews visit the vendors, food trucks and beverage stations. The shops and restaurants in Historic Englewood will also be open for business. Visit englewoodbeachwaterfest.com for more information.

Rain barrel workshop

Sarasota County will have a rain barrel workshop at 10 a.m. Nov. 17 at the Englewood Sports Complex, 1300 S. River Road, Englewood. Learn how to install and use rain barrels to conserve water, reduce runoff and save money. Rain barrels are $37 after the class. Learn more at sarasotaext.eventbrite.com email Sarasota@ifas.ufl.edu or call 941-861-5000.

Englewood Turkey Trot

Registration is open for the 5th Annual Englewood Turkey Trot, set for 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Nov.  22 in Englewood. This Family Fun Run benefits the Englewood Area Cancer Foundation. Cost is $15 per adult $5 per child. Day of event registration also available at 6:30 a.m., and adults are $20, and children are $5. Advance registration and information is available at www.active.com.

Free Thanksgiving Dinner

Gulf Cove United Methodist Church, 1100 McCall Road, Port Charlotte (Gulf Cove area) will offer free Thanksgiving dinner for the community. Come and enjoy turkey and all the traditional fixings. Orders for take-outs may be requested that day at the door. Homebound individuals who live within 10 miles of the church may call before noon on Tuesday, Nov. 20, to request delivery. No reservations. Volunteers are welcome. For more information, contact the church at 941-697-1747 or GulfCoveUMC@gmail.com, or visit GulfCoveChurch.com.

Free Thanksgiving dinner

Christ Lutheran Church will offer a free Thanksgiving Day dinner from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 22. The dinner is open to everyone in the community all are welcome to come share this delicious meal of turkey and all the fixings, and good fellowship. For children, there will be a bounce house, activities and games.

Meal delivery is available by calling 941-474-1989.

The church is providing this dinner as a satellite location for the New Hope Church of North Port. The church is in need of donations, including turkeys from 10-12 pounds, as well as canned corn, green beans, turkey gravy and cranberry sauce. Bring them to the church office between 9 a.m. and  1 p.m. Monday-Friday through Nov. 9. The church can use volunteers for set-up, clean-up, to serve as table hosts and hostesses and drivers for picking up up food in North Port, and for meal delivery in the Englewood area. Volunteers can call to sign up at 941-474-1989. A volunteer training session will be  from 4-5 p.m. Nov. 8.

Thanksgiving Art

The Annual Englewood Bank & Trust Thanksgiving Art Festival is set for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 24-25 on the grounds of Englewood Bank & Trust, 1111 S. McCall Road, Englewood. This is a small high-quality boutique-style art show featuring 50 of the nation’s top award-winning fine artists and craftsmen working in every media. Find handmade clothing to large original watercolors, sculpture, hand-forged jewelry, acrylics, pottery, photography, everything you can imagine will be represented. New this year is the addition of professional glassblower Rich Fizer, who will be on site blowing glass “live” each hour both days. Bring a chair and your friends and family to watch. For directions and more information about the show please call Carroll Swayze at 941-266-6434.

Thanksgiving buffet

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10178 will have a Thanksgiving buffet featuring turkey and  ham with all  the fixings from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 22 at the post, 550 N. McCall Road, Englewood. Cost is $12. Call 941-474-7516 for tickets and reservations.

Winter concert at LBHS

The Lemon Bay High School band program invites the community to enjoy their annual Winter Concert and Silent Auction, set for 7 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Lemon Bay Performing Arts Center, 2201 Placida Road, Englewood.

Enjoy holiday selections from the band and the jazz ensemble, and browse the many items up for bid, including art pieces, tickets to area attractions, gift certificates for local restaurants and services, local concerts and more. Admission to the concert is free. To make a donation or for more information, please visit www.bandsoflbhs.com.

Holiday Tea

The GFWC Rotonda West Woman’s Club will serve delicious food, lovely assorted teas, door prizes, and drawings at its annual Holiday Tea, set for Dec. 8 at the Rotonda Hills Golf & Country Club, 100 Rotonda Circle, Rotonda West. Doors open at 10 am and the tea is from 11 am to 1 pm. There will be prizes for the prettiest, funniest and most original decorated hats. The donation is $25 and proceeds will benefit Operation Smile. For tickets or to make a donation, contact Clare Imrie, 941-214-8553, rwwcmembership@hotmail.com, or Joyce Crumpton, 941-830-0135, joycebcrumpton@aol.com.

Toys for Tots

Toys for Tots in Englewood will hold a toy drive from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 8 at Snook's Bayside Restaurant, 779 W. Wentworth St, Englewood. The day will feature music by Macdaddy and Trixie Train, with a special visit by Santa. Please bring donations of new, unwrapped toys for Toys 4 Tots, which will be there to collect the gifts at end of the event.

Sounds of the Season

Take a break from the holiday hustle and bustle to enjoy “Sounds of the Season” by renowned saxophone and guitar Artists Eirinn Abu & Manny Lopez at 7 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Lemon Bay High School Performing Arts Center, 2201 Placida Road, Englewood. This concert is a benefit for the Lemon Bay High School Band program and will feature a special guest appearance by LBHS Band students. Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased from any LBHS Band student, online at www.bandsoflbhs.com or at the box office the night of the event. For more information, contact Cheryl Deal at 941-323-8641.

Swindle’s Peculiarium

The Great Mr. Swindle’s Traveling Peculiarium and Drink-Ory Garden under the big top will return Jan. 10-20 to 349 W. Dearborn St., Englewood. This circus is sponsored by Sarasota County and the Kiwanis Club of Englewood-Cape Haze, which will also receive a portion of the proceeds. Tickets to the 90-minute spectacle go on sale Nov. 14, and may be purchased at www.mrswindles.com or by calling 1-888-718-4253. Guests are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance as the shows do sell out.

Bluegrass in the Park

Everyone is invited to enjoy country and bluegrass music from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. each Thursday rain or shine at Indian Mound Park, 210 Winson Ave., Englewood. Two bands, The Sidemen and Gulf Breeze Bluegrass will play with guest musicians by invitation. The shows are free and done in cooperation with the Sarasota County Parks Department. Seating is available or bring your own lawn chair. The program is set for Dec. 13 to April 15, 2019.

Englewood Senior Softball

Englewood Senior Softball is signing up players now. The league runs January trough the end of March at the Englewood Sports Complex, 1300 River Road.

The league's mission is to provide recreational softball for men over 60. There are three divisions, Gold (over 60), Silver (over 67) and Bronze (over 67 and players with declining skills). The 8:30 a.m. practices are each Wednesday and Friday for the Gold Division, and Tuesdays and Thursdays for Silver and Bronze. Monday is an open practice.

Come out to practice, meet the players, sharpen your softball skills, and have some fun. Registration forms for the 2019 season are available at the Englewood Sports Complex office building. Visit englewoodseniorsoftball.weebly.com or call 941-460-9645 for more information.

CHEC VOLUNTEERS

Enjoy learning about and teaching others about nature? Looking for a fun and educational way to meet like minded people? Consider becoming a volunteer with Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center at Cedar Point Park, 2300 Placida Road, Englewood.

Office volunteers work shifts from either 8:30 a.m. to noon, or noon to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Volunteers can work one shift per week or just a shift a month. Duties include answering the phone, taking messages, scheduling programs, greeting the public and answering questions.

From October through April, volunteers are need as Trail Guides to lead guided nature walks through several local Charlotte County properties. These are usually from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. various days of the week. A training session can be scheduled. You will learn about some plants, animals and interpretive techniques that may help you lead these “walks in the woods.”

If interested, contact Bobbi Rodgers at 941-475-0769 or bobbi@CHECflorida.org. To learn more about Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center (CHEC), go to www.checflorida.org or visit us on FaceBook.

Borrow a life jacket

The Englewood Coast Guard Auxiliary, 1929 Englewood Road (State Road 776), has life jackets for lending. Stop by and borrow one or more for free, courtesy of the Coast Guard Auxiliary and the Sea Tow Foundation. Life jackets are available in all sizes, 24-7 in a rack front of the building. Return the life jacket when you are finished. For more information, visit www.coastguardenglewood.com or call Dane Hahn at 941-370-3555.

AMVETS Karaoke

Englewood’s new AMVETS Post 777, 3386 N. Access Road, sponsors Karaoke Night with pizza at 6 p.m. each Monday. The only exception is the second Monday, which is the group’s monthly meeting. All veterans and guests are invited. Post 777 is one-year old with 100 members. For membership information, call Andy Hackleman at 941 830-5082, or email him at a.hackleman@yahoo.com.

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