Blue Star Memorial

The Allamanda Garden Club will be have a ceremony to rededicate the Blue Star Memorial Marker at 10 a.m. Friday, April 9, at the corner of Pan American and Tamiami Trail (U.S. 41). The public is invited to attend this event that honors all past and present veterans. The ceremony will have a military color guard, singers and dignitaries from the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs as well as North Port Commissioners

Beach restroom renovation

Charlotte County will close the restrooms at Englewood Beach Chadwick Park for renovation through May 21. Portable toilets and hand-washing stations will be available for public use during this time. For information, contact Lacey Solomon at 941-613-3238 or

Tringali Rec Center closed

Tringali Park recreation center, 3460 N. Access Road, Englewood, will be closed for annual maintenance April 12-18. For information, contact Erin Murphy at 941-681-3742 or

‘Something Old’

Get inspired by “Something Old,” the new exhibit at the North Port Art Center, 5950 Sam Shapos Way. It will run through April 30. An in-house reception will be held 6:30 p.m. April 16, when awards will be presented. All attendees are asked to wear mask and the art center will be covid-complaint. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. Call 941-423-6460 or visit

Swim lessons

Registration is open for swim lessons at the North Port Aquatic Center, 6205 W. Price Blvd. Weekend sessions will be available April 10-25 and May 15-30. Classes are Saturdays and Sundays, with course times varying based on the class level. The fee is $30 for North Port residents and $35 for non-residents. Programs, classes, and events are subject to change. Participants will be asked to practice good physical distancing and are encouraged to use a mask on the pool deck when distancing cannot be maintained. For more information, call 941-429-PARK(7275) or visit

Summer sailing camp

The Englewood Sailing Association’s Learn to Sail Summer Camps are for students 10 to 17. No previous sailing experience is required but students must be comfortable in the water and know how to swim. Camps are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 14-18, June 28-July 2, and July 12-16. Registration will be open until all spaces are filled. The cost is $150 and financial assistance is available if needed. To sign up or get more information, visit

‘Owls of the Eastern Ice’

Sarasota Audubon Society and North Port Friends of Wildlife will sponsor a virtual presentation “Blakiston’s Fish Owl: A Quest to Find and Save the World’s Largest Owl by Jonathan Slaght.” Jonathan Slaght, a wildlife biologist and author is the Russia & Northeast Asia Coordinator for the Wildlife Conservation Society. He will discuss his book “Owls of the Eastern Ice.” Register at For more information, call 941-876-3720 or visit

Blood drive

The GFWC Rotonda West Woman’s Club & Rotonda Golf and Country Club are joining for a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 12 at The Hills Marina, 100 Rotonda Circle, Rotonda West. The OneBlood bloodmobile will be there. Contact Ellen Lang at or 917-579-7770 for appointments.

Annual Tree Fair

The Annual Tree Fair sponsored by People for Trees will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 24 at the City Center Green, 4970 City Hall Blvd., North Port.

Hundreds of 3-gallon native trees (4-8-feet tall) will be $15 each, including sweetgum, elm, bald cypress, slash pine, longleaf pine, southern red cedar, dahoon holly, pignut hickory, red maple, sycamore and sugarberry. “Tree Talks” will start at 10 a.m. Find planting and tree climbing demonstrations. Florida Master Gardeners will be in the tree nursery area to answer all questions about the native trees for sale and have information about Florida-friendly gardening. There will be music and food trucks. People for Trees is a nonprofit native tree advocacy group in North Port since 1997. For more information, visit for more information or call Alice White 941-468-2486.

‘Left Coast Connections’ exhibit

The Englewood Art Center, a division of Ringling College of Art and Design, presents “Left Coast Connections,” a group exhibition curated by George Zebot, on exhibit through May 28. This exhibition features the work of 31 artists with connections to the visionary artist and teacher, Dick Oden, who taught at California State University Long Beach. Showings are by appointment only. For more information, visit or call 941-474-5548.

Centennial geocache treasure

Celebrate Sarasota County’s Centennial by finding treasure through a geocaching program at the North Port Library, 13800 Tamiami Trail. Families can use the geocaching app or to find one of the 100 specially made tokens to keep or pass on. Geocaching is an international treasure hunt where players use GPS, clues, and their own intuition to find prize boxes hidden all over the world. Other programs are coming soon. Call 941-861-1300 or visit Sarasota County library website,

LB Touchdown Club golf tourney

The Lemon Bay Touchdown Club will have its annual golf tournament Saturday, May 15, at Rotonda Golf & Country Club’s Hills course, 100 Rotonda Circle, Rotonda West. It will be a four-person scramble starting at 8:30 a.m. with a shotgun start. The tournament is a fundraiser to support the Lemon Bay Manta Ray football program. Cost to play is $75 per player. To register or to help sponsor, contact Jeremy Dowd at 941-223-4461 or Suzie Moore at 941-270-6148, or email

Garden Club sale

Lemon Bay Garden Club, 480 Yale St., Englewood, has a weekly plant sale from 9-11 a.m. Fridays. The club had to cancel its annual November garden tour due to the pandemic, but members work each Friday propagating plants, their speciality is bromeliads. Visitors are asked to follow the CDC guidelines which includes wearing mask in the gardens. For more information, please call 941-474-9068.

Englewood Opry

The Englewood Opry, featuring The Sidemen and the Gulf Breeze Bluegrass Band, will play classic country and bluegrass from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursdays at Life Realized, 501 W. Dearborn St., Englewood. The shows are BYOB and free. Bring a chair. For more information, visit

Crafty Ladies of GCUMC

The Crafty Ladies of Gulf Cove United Methodist Church have hand-crafted items available from 9-11:30 a.m. each Thursday at Oak’s Cove, the small building behind the church, 1100 S. McCall Road, Port Charlotte (Gulf Cove area). You can also call MaryEllen at 941-697-6384 to make an appointment for another day. Please note that masks and social distancing are mandatory. Email or visit for more information.

St. David’s Thrift Shop

St. David’s Thrift Shop, in the Beall’s Outlet shopping center, 485 Indiana Ave., Englewood, is now open. The store has many newly donated items, including clothing, accessories and household goods, all high-quality and reasonably priced. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Volunteers are needed to help at the store. For more information, please call 941-474-1047.

Coping with COVID

A COVID-19 support group meets at Tri-County Counseling for free from 6-7 p.m. Tuesdays, and 11 a.m. to noon Wednesdays at 12543 Tamiami Trail, Warm Mineral Springs. A mental health counselor helps participants learn to cope effectively with stress, anxiety and depression during this crisis. The counselor also helps with wellness techniques that foster mental and emotional health and gain invaluable support from other local residents struggling with similar issues. For more information, call 941-876-3060 or email

VFW Bingo

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10178’s Auxiliary Bingo game has resumed at 1 p.m. Saturdays at at the post, 550 N. McCall Road, Englewood. Members and their guests a re invited. The Canteen is open with non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages. Players are social distancing and following recommended cleaning protocols Call the post for more information at 941-474-7516.


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