Sweetheart Ball

The North Port Parks & Recreation has planned a father-daughter Sweetheart Ball, set for 6-8:30 p.m. Oct. 22 at the George Mullen Activity Center, 1602 Kramer Way. Set sail for an evening of adventure, filled with dancing, dinner and dessert, craft-making, entertainment and a photo booth. Grandfathers, uncles, guardians, and father-figures are welcome to attend with their little sweethearts. Semi-formal attire is recommended. Register at http://bit.ly/SweetheartBall. There will also be a special sensory hour from 6-7 p.m. featuring less intense music and lighting sponsored by Clara’s Clubhouse, will be available throughout the evening. The fee is $20 per couple and $10 per each additional attendee. Attendees can also register in person by stopping at the Morgan Family Community Center. For more information, please visit www.CityOfNorthPort.com/SweetheartBall.

Boca Cares dinner dance

A dinner dance to benefit the greater community is set for 5:30-10:30 p.m. Oct. 23 at Boca Royale Country Club, 1601 Englewood Road, Englewood. Cost is $75 and includes herb-encrusted filet au Poivre with garlic red bliss mashed potatoes or Faroe Island salmon with lemon dill citrus butter and rice pilaf, or pasta primavera and choice of dessert. Dance to music by Coastal Jamz. A cash bar is available. Proceeds benefit the Boca Cares Fund in conjunction with the Gulf Coast Community Foundation. For more information and to make reservations, call 941-475-6464 or visit www.bocaroyalecares.com.

Back Pack Angels fashion show

North Port Coalition for Homeless/Needy Children (Back Pack Angels) will have an Appleumpkin fashion show-luncheon fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 4 at Trinity United Methodist Church, 4285 Wesley Ave., North Port. Tickets are $25. Ladies, mens and children fashions are presented by Dillards. Tickets for drawings may be purchased from Dianne at 813-758-2805 or Carol at 860-620-7656. Back Pack Angels is a nonprofit that works with North Port schools and preschools to deliver hygiene products tp needy children. The Angels meet at 10 a.m. the first Tuesday of every month at Am-Vets 312, 7050 Chancellor Blvd., North Port and are always looking for volunteers. Visit www.backpackangels.org or their Facebook page for list of hygiene products and drop-off sites.

Bingo at San Pedro

San Pedro Catholic Church Holy Name Society will be hosting bingo on Friday evenings. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. at the church, 14380 Tamiami Trail, North Port. Games will run until about 9 p.m. For more information, call Ron at 941-416-5559.


Rotonda blood drive

Rotonda West Woman’s Club & Rotonda Golf & Country Club and holding a joint blood drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 21. The One Blood bus will be at The Hills Marina, 100 Rotonda Circle, Rotonda West. Please visit oneblood.org/donate, or contact Ellen Lang at grammylang@gmail.com or 917-579-7770.

Shakespeare at The Hermitage

The Asolo Repertory Theatre is performing Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 1 on the beach at The Hermitage, 6630 Manasota Key Road, Englewood, next to Blind Pass Beach. The 45-minute adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies is $5 and free for students and teachers. For more information, visit hermitageartistretreat.org, email info@HermitageArtistRetreat.org, or call 941-475-2098.

Marathon volunteers needed

Organizers are looking for volunteers for the Publix Half Marathon/5K, set for Oct. 23 at Cool Today Park, 18800 W Villages Parkway, North Port. Several volunteer jobs are available. All volunteers get a pancake and bacon breakfast and a couple cold beers or soft drinks. The first 30 people to sign up online will receive a $10 Gift Card to Bocca Lupo. Sign up at raceroster.com/events/2021/36959/the-publix-half-marathon5k/volunteer. For more information, email racedirectortracy@icloud.com or call 941-504-0906.

Pickleball for a purpose

Support breast cancer awareness while playing some games of pickleball from 6-8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 18 at the IslandWalk clubhouse pickleball courts, 13605 Tantino Drive, North Port. Celebrate with games and live music while raising money for Dollars for Mammograms, a nonprofit, local agency that provides mammograms and follow up testing for underinsured and uninsured women. Sponsors are needed. Email Tina Forsythe at tforsythe@iwpickleball.com for more information.

Friends book store sale

The Friends of Shannon Staub Public Library’s used book store is celebrating National Friends of Libraries Week with Hugs (pretzels) and Kisses (Hersheys) from the Friends. The store, on the Suncoast Technical College Campus at 4675 Career Lane, is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. During the sale, which ends Oct. 23, browsers can enjoy treats while looking for half-priced treasures including used books, DVDs, CDs, and magazines. Take a chance in a folded book art raffle. The first five folks who join Friends of Shannon Staub Public Library during the sale will receive free a gift valued at $20, a Friends cookbook in a handcrafted, hand-painted, tote signed by local artist Cathy Girouard. Individual annual memberships are $25, $30 for families, and $100 for businesses. The bookstore staff accepts cash, checks, credit cards and donations. For more information about FOSSPL, visit www.friendsofsspl.org.

Tour de North Port

The 11th Annual Tour de North Port is set for Oct. 24 starting from Imagine School, 2757 Sycamore St. Group starts begin at 8 a.m. It’s an organized on-road scenic bicycle ride covering 15, 35, or 65 miles of the most beautiful, natural settings seen in all of southwest Florida. It is not a race. Registration ($50 online by Oct. 22, $55 day of) includes breakfast, a catered lunch, desserts, fully-stocked rest stops, mobile SAG, T-shirt and goodie bag. It’s sponsored by People for Trees, a nonprofit native tree advocacy group since 1997, as a fundraiser event. See www.peoplefortrees.com for more information. Early pickup for registration packet and T-shirt and check-in will be available on Oct. 23 during the Taste of North Port Food and Fest at the City Center Green, 4970 City Hall Blvd. from 10-2. Interested in volunteering or being a sponsor? Contact Alice White at 941-468-2486 or email treelady12001@yahoo.com

North Port Newcomer Day

Residents are invited to North Port’s annual Newcomer Day, set for 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 6 at the George Mullen Activity Center, 1602 Kramer Way. This expo is hosted by North Port Parks & Recreation, in partnership with the North Port Chamber of Commerce. Find information from 40 local nonprofits, government entities, and businesses and is designed to connect residents with resources, programs, and services within the community. Attendees will be asked to practice good physical distancing. Masks are not required, but strongly encouraged when appropriate distancing isn’t possible. For more information or to register as a vendor, visit www.CityOfNorthPort.com/NewcomerDay, call 941-429-PARK (7275) or stop by the Mullen or Morgan community centers.

Rotonda West craft bazaar

The GFWC Rotonda West Woman’s Club is holding a Craft Bazaar 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, at the Rotonda West Community Center, 646 Rotonda Circle. The bazaar will feature homemade cookies by the pound, Chinese auction, decorations, Christmas gifts, coastal art and much more

Concert in the Park

North Port’s Parks & Recreation Department will host a free Concert in the Park at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19 at the City Center Front Green, 4970 City Hall Blvd.) American Made will play rock hits from the ‘60s to the ‘80s. Admission and parking are free. Bring their chairs, blankets. Seating is first-come, first-serve beginning at 5 p.m. The Rotary Club of North Port will sell beer and wine, and other food and drink vendors will be on hand. No outside alcohol permitted. Please call 941-429-PARK(7275) or visit www.CityOfNorthPort.com/Concert.

Wreath-making event

Bring your creative side and holiday craft-making supplies and join The North Port Friends of Wildlife as they host a free event from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 23 at the Unity Church of Peace, 1250 Rutledge St., North Port. Plain wreaths will be provided by North Port Friends of Wildlife. Bring Christmassy like things like as Christmas bulbs, garland, ribbon and pine cones and a glue gun if you have one. Wreaths will be auctioned off Dec. 4. Proceeds benefit The Environmental Conservancy of North Port And Surrounding Areas. RSVP by calling 941-876-3720.{/div}


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