Englewood East meeting

“What you like to see for the future of Englewood East?” will be the topic at the next Englewood East Property and Homeowners’ Association meeting, set for 2:30 p.m. today at the Englewood Charlotte Library, 3450 N. Access Road, Englewood. The group will also talk about ways to get their voices heard by Charlotte County Commissioners. This will be the last meeting for the season, until the association reconvenes in October. The public is welcome.

‘Choices and Chances’

The Englewood premier of the film “Chioices and Chances” will be shown at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Suite 1C on the first floor of the Edgewater Center, 1460 S. McCall Road.

CC-TV (Charlotte County TV) in collaboration with Charlotte County Fire/EMS, Fawcett Memorial Hospital, Charlotte Behavioral Health Care, Charlotte County Public Schools, Drug Free Communities, Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office, The Other West Coast and other local entities produced a film to express to teens their importance to those who care about them and love them. The “Choices and Chances” video series is designed to educate and start a conversation about hard topics through the power of storytelling. The audience will walk away filled with emotion, insight, and inspiration, and a greater understanding of how they can take meaningful steps to have a positive impact. Topics tackled include texting while driving, bullying, drinking, drugs, abuse, survivor guilt and teen suicide effect everyone in our community.

See and share the trailer on YouTube, youtu.be/uODoiKBKWks. For more information, contact the Englewood Community Coalition at 941-681-0091.

Stroke awareness

In recognition of National Stroke Awareness Month, Englewood Community Hospital is hosting a free Lunch & Learn session at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at at the Suncoast Auditorium behind the hospital at 779 Medical Drive, Englewood. Two stroke-related topics will be presented. Managed service provider Katie Forsman will speak on “Aphasia: Difficulty with Words.” Physical therapist Rick Carrick will speak on “Balance and Fall Protection.” Please register for this event by calling 941-473-3919 or at EnglewoodCommHospital.com.

Touchdown Club golf

The Lemon Bay Touchdown Club’s annual golf tournament is set for a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Rotonda Golf & Country Club’s Hills Course, 100 Rotonda Circle. Cost for the four-person scramble is $75 per golfer. The tournament benefits the Lemon Bay High School Manta Rays football program. For more information, contact Holly Haynes at 941-270-2479 or Carla Bounds at 941-539-3700, visit lbtdclub.com or email lbtdclub@gmail.com to register online.

Leadership luau

The Leadership Englewood Class of 2019 will host its Leadership Luau from 5-10 p.m. Saturday at 40 Acres, 1500 Crestwood Road, Englewood. There will be a pig roast, live entertainment, cornhole tournament, liquor toss, cash bar and auctions. Tickets are $65. Proceeds benefit Meals on Wheels of Englewood, Project Phoenix of Englewood and The Homeless Coalition. For more information, contact Darcy Woods at 941-627-4313, Ext. 134 or email darcy.woods@cchomelesscoalition.org.

Bird volunteers wanted

The Friends of Stump Pass, in collaboration with Audubon Florida, is starting a Bird Steward Program for Stump Pass Beach State Park this summer and is looking for volunteers to participate. A training session will be held from 1-3 p.m. Saturday on Manasota Key at the Pelican Landing clubhouse, 2700 N. Beach Road, Englewood. For the past several years, threatened least terns and Wilson plovers have nested at Stump Pass Beach State Park. Unfortunately, dogs on the beach pose a threat to these nesting shorebirds. The course is designed to educate the public. Everyone is invited to bring a friend and attend this meeting. Contact Mary Lundeberg at 651-331-1839 or marylundeberg@gmail.com for more information.

Free kayaking trips

Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center will have free kayak excursions leaving from Cedar Point Environmental Park, 2300 Placida Road, Englewood from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. May 18, May 24 and May 29.

After an introductory program on safety and kayak handling, participants will walk a short distance to Lemon Bay where a small group of 10 participants will use 11-foot, sit-on, single-person kayaks to navigate the shallow water in search of dolphin, wading birds, and other marine life. All kayaks, life vests, paddles, and seats are provided.

Participation is limited to ages 16 and above; under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited, so register at 941-475-0769. Visit www.ChecFlorida.org for additional kayak dates and other educational programs.

Free drivers education

Charlotte County Schools is having a free driver’s education program at Lemon Bay, Port Charlotte and Charlotte high schools. Registration deadline is May 21. The program consists of six hours of classroom instruction and six hours of behind-the-wheel driving beginning. Classroom sessions are 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. June 4-6, and the first group begins driving on June 7. Driving days are Monday-Friday with two students per vehicle for eight consecutive weekdays at the same time each day for 90 minutes. A .5 class credit is awarded for successfully completing all parts of the program, which includes classroom, driving, and homework. A certificate to submit to your insurance company is provided with the completion of the survey and the above requirements. Applications are available at each school’s main office or guidance office and are due May 21. A student must have a Restricted Learner’s License by June 4. For additional questions, contact Ault’s Driver Education Center at 941-474-5125.

Englewood Democratic Club

The Englewood Democratic Club will hold its monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. May 22 at Elsie Quirk Library, 100 W. Dearborn St. The Club will hear from Patrick Hurley, Charlotte County DEC chair, Jo Bloom, voter registration leader in Sarasota County, and Linda DeMeritt, chair of the Charlotte County Precinct Coordinating Committee. Meetings are open to the public and we welcome all. For more information, call 941-475-4607

Flag football

Register now for summer flag football in Englewood, set for May 25-July 27. The Englewood Family YMCA and the Englewood Cats have planned this league for players in the third through eighth grades. Teams will be swapped weekly to allow each athlete to play with a new coach and teammates.

Teams will start play at 9 a.m. Saturdays at the Warren Loranger Englewood YMCA, 701 Medical Blvd. beginning May 25. Cost is $50 for members, $60 for nonmembers. For more information and to register, contact Jesse Sullivan at 941-475-1234 or JSullivan@ENGYMCA.org. Visit www.SWFYMCA.org for more information.

Memorial Day BBQ

The Jewish Congregation of Venice will hold a Memorial Day barbecue at 1 p.m. May 27 at the center, at 600 North Auburn Road in Venice. Sponsored by the Jewish War Veterans under Post Commander Bob Aaron and the JCV Social Committee, the menu will consist of hot dogs, hamburgers, side dishes, desserts, and beverages. In addition, a full length feature film will be shown. Cost is $8 for members, $10 for non-members. Call 941-484-9022 weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for information and reservations.

Scholarship golf

The Education, Athletics & Excellence Scholarship Foundation will have its 6th annual golf tournament at 8:30 a.m. June 1 at Lemon Bay Golf Club, 9600 Eagle Preserve Drive. Cost to play is $80 per person, or $90 after May 24, and includes green and cart fees and luncheon at the awards ceremony. Registration is at 7:30 a.m. Play with former NFL players and support scholarships for local students. Sponsorships are available at several levels. Contact Rhondy Weston at 941-286-1548 or rhondyweston@gmail.com.

Friends of Elsie Quirk

The Friends of Elsie Quirk Library will gather at 2:30 p.m. May 30 at the upstairs meeting room of the library, 100 W. Dearborn St., Englewood, for their annual meeting. All interested are residents are invited. The Friends provide books, technical equipment, volunteer opportunities, and community programs for all age groups at the library.

Hurricane seminar

Englewood United Methodist Church will host its annual free community Hurricane Awareness Seminar from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. June 3 in the church’s Fellowship Hall, 700 E. Dearborn St., Englewood.

Guest speakers will be Sarasota County’s emergency management director Edward McCrane, Charlotte County’s emergency management director Jerry Mallet, and Bridgette Montalvo of the American Red Cross. There will also be representatives from many organizations on hand with table displays, plus information on evacuation routes, shelters, preparations for your family, home, pets and more.

The church is accepting nonperishable food donations for Englewood Helping Hand. and the Suncoast Community Blood Mobile will be on site for donations from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call Sue at 941-270-2505.

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