Garden Club sale

The Lemon Bay Garden Club’s Rummage and Plant Sale continues 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today (Friday) and Saturday, Jan. 24-25 at their historic clubhouse, 480 Yale St., Englewood. This is the club’s biggest fundraiser of the year, and offers many unique items, including many plants lovingly grown by the club members. Proceeds benefit the club’s scholarship fund and its community projects. For more info or to donate items, please call 941-474-9069 or visit

Sailing open houseEnglewood Sailing Association will have an open house, set for 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 25 at Indian Mound Park, 210 Winson Ave., Englewood. The Sailing Association is an all volunteer, nonprofit teaching organization introducing youth and adults to the world of sailing. The group is always looking for potential volunteers. No prior sailing experience is required. The public is invited to come visit with the club members and see their facility at the park. To learn more about ESA, visit or call 941-500-9622.

Lions’ pork loin dinnerThe Englewood Lions have set their annual Pork Loin Dinner for 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25 at the Lions Club House, 4611 Placida Road. Dinner will be marinated pork loin, mashed potatoes, German sauerkraut, corn pudding, applesauce, apple crisp and a beverage. Tickets are $12 at the door, or $11 if purchased by Jan. 21. Reserve tickets by calling 698-7508. Take-outs are available. All proceeds benefit the local community.

Manta MarketThe Manta Market returns to Lemon Bay High School, 2201 Placida Road, Englewood, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25 at the school. The public is invited to check out the variety of up to 90 vendors, selling produce, art, artisanal and prepared food, and more. For more information about shopping and vendors, visit Manta Market on Facebook or email

Ham radio field day

The Englewood Amateur Radio Society members will be operating their radios and demonstrating their communications skills as part of the Ham Radio Winter Field Day, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 25 and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 26 at Lemon Bay Sunrise Rotary Park, 2710 S. McCall Road. All are welcome to come by and check out ham radio.

Invitational Art Festival

The 33rd Annual Englewood Bank & Trust Invitational Art Festival is 10 a.m to 5 p.m. Jan. 25-26 at the bank’s main branch at 1111 S. McCall Road, Englewood. Everything from handmade clothing to large original oil paintings, incredible sculpture, hand forged jewelry, acrylics, watercolors, pottery, photography, printmaking and glass will represented among the artists. Food and refreshments will be available. Carroll Swayze at 941-266-6434 for more information.

History of the Hermitage

“The History of the Hermitage: From Nudist Colony to Artist Colony,” with Patricia Caswell, Hermitage co-founder and program director, is set for noon Monday, Jan. 27, at the Manasota Beach Club, 7660 Manasota Key Road, Englewood. The 1907 cottage on the beach was rotted and rusted in the 1990s. It took a diverse team of caring folks to save it from the elements. Beach Club owner Buffy Crampton will add to the story as Caswell tells backstage tales — from pioneers to Pulitzers. The fee, which includes lunch, is $25. For reservations, call 941-474-2614.

Historian to speak

Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center welcomes back Historian John McCarthy, executive director of Historic Spanish Point, for a fundraising event at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28 at Cedar Point Environmental Park, 2300 Placida Road, Englewood. McCarthy will talk about the impacts of rising seas to the preservation strategies of local historical treasures, such as Manasota Key Burial site, Historical Spanish Pint, and Egmont Key. Learn how archeologists, local citizens, and Florida’s Native Americans are working to protect the past. Included in the $12 entrance fee ($8 for Friends of CHEC) are complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres. Reservations are mandatory at 941-475-0769.

Rec-Creation USA concert

The Englewood United Methodist Church Music Ministry Concert Series and Missions Committee will present Re-Creation USA on their “Color Me America” tour, performing at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29 at 700 E. Dearborn St. This group of young volunteer singers and dancers perform over 300 shows annually, half of which fund its mission to entertain in Veterans Homes and Hospitals throughout the U.S. The $10. tickets and information, visit, call 941-474-5588 or visit the church office. Concert proceeds benefit missions, here and abroad.

Neighborhood sale

The Tangerine Woods community will have a neighborhood flea market and craft sale from 8 a.m. to noon Feb. 1 at 755 Tangerine Woods Blvd., Englewood. Homemade items, baked goods and much more will be on sale. Call 941-473-2132 for more information.

Fun auction

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 113, 3436 Indiana Road, Rotonda West, is hosting a fun auction from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 1. Items from businesses and homemade items, bake sale and special prizes. There will be food available. Admission is free and open to the public. For information, call 941-697-3616.

‘Brains and Balance’

Charlotte County Community Services will be hosting the “Brains and Balance Past 60” program from 2-3 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Feb. 3 to March 18 at the Tringali Park community center, 3460 N. Access Road, Englewood. Research shows that staying mentally sharp and physically stable will improve the quality of life as we age. This class combines balance exercises along with brain training drills in a fun and interactive program. Register online at For information, contact Tricia Hamann at 941-681-3742 or

‘Cruising the Seas’

The St. Raphael CCW will be sponsoring a “Cruising the Seas” Fashion Show at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, at the Waverly Restaurant, 2095 N. Beach Road, Englewood. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the parish office, or by contacting Sue Salveggio at 508-308-1380 The Fashion Show proceeds will benefit the local charities in our community. Some of last years recipients are, Kids Needs of Englewood, Meals on Wheels, Venice area Pregnancy Care, FISH of Englewood, Englewood Community Care Clinic, Hugs for the Homeless to name a few.

Card party

The St. Francis Women’s Guild card party will be Feb. 5 at the Parish Hall, 5265 Placida Road, Englewood (Grove City). Doors open at 11 a.m. with a lunch served after 11:30. Play cards or games until 2:30 p.m. Please make your reservations by Feb. 3 at or call 941-697-4899 ext. 6 and leave a message. Tickets are $8 for lunch, drinks, playing time and door prizes. All are welcome.

Polka Party 2020

The Englewood Elks Lodge, 401 N. Indiana Ave., will will present Polka Party 2020 from 5-9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8. The Eddie Forman Orchestra, a western Massachusetts polka band that has been performing before audiences since 1968, will perform. Forman is an educator, performer, composer, arranger and recording artist who was inducted into the International Polka Music Hall of Fame in 2006. Doors and kitchen open at 4:30 p.m. Advance tickets are $16; $18.00 at the door. Call 941-474-1404 or 570-650-0436.

Lions flea market

The Englewood Lions Flea Market is held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. the second Sunday of each month at the Lions Clubhouse, 4611 Placida Road, Englewood. The next one is Feb. 9. Shop for crafts, jewelry, yard sales items, lots of food and knicknacks. Vendors are wanted. For more information, contact Kathy at 941-830-0129.

Knights pancakes

The Knights of Columbus of St. Francis of Assisi Church, 5265 Placida Road, Englewood, will have a pancake breakfast from 8:30 a.m. to noon Feb. 9. Cost is $6 and includes pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausages, biscuits and gravy, orange juice and coffee or tea, made with love by our Knights of Columbus, council 7672. Children under 12 eat free. Proceeds support local charities.

Native Plant Society

The Mangrove Chapter of The Florida Native Plant Society February Program meets Feb. 11 Lemon Bay Park 570 Bay Park Blvd., Englewood. Social time is at 6:15 p.m. with a 7 p.m. program featuring Tom Heitzman speaking on “Landscaping for Wildlife with Florida Native Plants.” An award-winning landscape designer, naturalist, and owner of Sweet Bay Native Nursery in Parrish, Heitzman has been working to preserve and plant Real Florida for decades, providing leadership to the local Serenoa Chapter Florida Native Plant Society and serving in multiple board and committee capacities with the Florida Association of Native Nurseries and Manatee Audubon. For more information on FNPS Mangrove Chapter upcoming programs and field trips see, email or call 941-769-3633.

Project Graduation

Lemon Bay High School Project Graduation committee will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, at the Media Center in Lemon Bay High School, 2201 Placida Road, Englewood. The committee is part of a nonprofit organization that plans a graduation-night gathering each year for the Lemon Bay graduating class. The all-night event includes games, activities, dancing, prizes, a memory walk and lots of food. Graduating seniors are encouraged to stay with their classmates one last time in this safe environment for the entire evening.

The committee meets twice monthly on Thursdays to organize fundraisers and plan for the event. Parents of all LBHS students are invited to participate. For more information, email, like Lemon Bay High School Project Graduation on Facebook, or plan to attend a meeting.

Advanced care planning

‘My Life, My Choice,” a program about advanced care planning, will be presented at 2 p.m. Feb. 18 in St. David’s Parish Hall, 401 S Broadway, Englewood. It’s hosted by The Women of St. David’s. Refreshments will be served. The Rev. Vickie McDonald will present “The Pastoral Perspective.” She will describe how a pastor provides a prayerful and spiritual presence focused on an individual’s wishes during illness or end of life. All are welcome. For more information, please call the church office at 941-474-3140.

Pig Pickin’ craft show

The 7th annual Pig Pickin’ and Arts & Crafts Show at Gulf Cove United Methodist Church, 1100 McCall Road, Port Charlotte (Gulf Cove area) is set for Feb. 21-22. The Arts & Craft Fair is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 21 and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 22.

The Pig Pickin’ is 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21. Ticket are $12 for Chef Alfred’s pulled pork or chicken plus extras, sauce. Eat in or pick up. Also choose cookies for $5 per container.

On Saturday, Feb. 22, enjoy Boy Scout Troop 776’s pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon. Tickets are $10 and includes pancakes, an omelet bar with Chef Alfred and his Junior Chefs, and more.

Get tickets in the church office, 941-697-1747.

Spaghetti dinner

The Knights of Columbus, Council 7672 will serve spaghetti dinner from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Feb. 27 in the Parish Hall of St. Francis of Assisi, 5265 Placida Road, Grove City. Spaghetti, meat balls, sausage, garlic bread, salad, dessert and a drink is $10, free for kids under 12. Proceeds go to local charities. Large tables can be reserved by texting 609-703-1332.

Rummage sale

The GFWC Rotonda West Woman’s Club will sponsor a rummage sale from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, Feb. 28 at the Rotonda West Community Center in Broadmoor Park, 646 Rotonda Circle. Household items, clothing, craft items, jewelry, books, and baked goods will be available. All proceeds will benefit the Englewood Community Care Clinic, Englewood Meals On Wheels, Habitat for Humanity, and the GFWC RWWC General Fund. For more information, please contact Linda Muir at 941-697-0505.

The GFWC Rotonda West Woman’s Club welcomes new members. Residency in Rotonda West is not a requirement. If interested, contact Clare Imrie at 941-214-8553 or

LBHS Poetry Slam

The Lemon Bay High School’s 7th Annual Poetry Slam “Shout Out at the Bay” is set for For 6:30 p.m. March 3 in the school’s Black Box Theater. The public is invited and admission is free.

This long-running LBHS event will pay $100 to the winner, $50 for the runner up, and several random gift cart prizes for participants. Register for Poetry Slam before Feb. 21. Practice is Feb. 28. There is no cost to register. Check out the LBHS homepage for more information at, or contact Mrs. Roach for more information.

Buchan Airport Fly-In

The 14th Annual Buchan Airport Fly-In is set for 9 a.m. to noon March 7 on the south side of Buchan Airport, 1390 Old Englewood Road. Watch the planes fly in and park while you eat breakfast under a tent. Quiche, pastries, orange juice and coffee served for $6. View vintage, experimental, homebuilt and general aviation aircraft. Meet and greet visiting aviators. Proceeds benefit LBHS scholarships. For additional information, please contact Dan Harrison at 941-474-1551 or

Blue Jean Ball 2020

The Englewood Elementary PTA will hold its annual fundraising Blue Jean Ball 2020, at 6 p.m. April 4 at the Limpin’ Donkey Saloon barn behind 570 Pinto Trail, Englewood. Tickets are $100 per person, or $40 for EES employees. Dress code is “Western Fun.” For more information, contact Rachel Faro at, or visit to purchase tickets.


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