The first Manta Market is set for 2 p.m. Saturday at Lemon Bay High School, 2201 Placida Road, Englewood. Come find arts, crafts, artisanal foods and more. The Manta Market will be open one Saturday each month at Lemon Bay. There is still some open space for vendors. Cost for spaces is $25 for one and $35 for two. Information and registration forms and can be found at www.lemonbayhigh.com/MantaMarket.html.
Lions Craft & Flea Market
Englewood Lions Craft & Flea Market will be 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13. at the clubhouse, 4611 Placida Road, Englewood. The Suncoast Blood Bank bus will also be there for blood donations. Vendors spaces are available for outside at $15 (bring table, chairs and 10-by-10 canopy). Inside 8-foot tables and chairs are furnished for $20 each. The Lions will host the Craft & Flea Market the second Sunday of each month through March. Call now to reserve your table for either inside or outside. For more information call Diane at 941-681-2161.
AMVETS 777 Ladies Auxiliary will have its monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 14, at the Post, 3386 N. Access Rd., Englewood. The Post encourages membership to those interested in making new friends and working to help Veterans in our area who are less fortunate and need assistance. This is a growing organization. Please contact Tina Bond, 1st Vice President, at email@example.com or 330-618-7295 for information about membership.
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 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.
Homeowners to meet
The Englewood East Property and Homeowners Association will meet at 2:30 p.m. Jan. 16 at the Englewood Charlotte Library in the Tringali Complex, 3450 Access Road, Englewood. There will be an election of officers for the 2019 year, discussion of local business and subjects of interest to residents over the course of the year. Please call 941-460-0086 for more information.
Chef’s Night for Kids
Looking for a chance to sample dozens of the area’s best restaurant offerings at a beautiful, easy-to-get-to waterfront location? The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Charlotte County will present Chef’s Night for Kids, from 6-9 p.m. Jan. 17 at the Charlotte County Beach Complex, 4500 Harbor Blvd., Port Charlotte.
The evening will feature tasty samples of appetizers, entrees and deserts from many area restaurants. There will be entertainment by Rick Krieger and a spectacular silent auction. All proceeds benefit the Big Brothers Big Sisters, a nonprofit one-on-one mentoring organization for children.
Jewelry to the Rescue
Jewelry to the Rescue is set for 4-7 p.m. Jan. 18 at VFW Post 10178, 550 N. McCall Road, Englewood. Clean out your jewelry box and bring items you no longer want or wear to benefit veterans through the VFW and Auxiliary. Shop previously donated vintage, reto, fine fashion, antique, unique originals and one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry. Entry is $5 or a piece of costume jewelry donation at the door. Public Welcome 941-830-01118
Back by popular demand, the Fabulous Hubcaps will perform at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 19 at the Englewood Elks Lodge, 401 N. Indiana Ave. Hear the best classics and see many of your favorite artists dressed in costume, delivering to you a dynamic show. Where else can you see Elvis, Little Richard, The Beach Boys, Tina Turner, Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, The Platters, and many more artists. Tickets are on sale Jan. 2 from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday at the lodge. Cost is $25 plus tax, with an optional dinner starting at 5:30 p.m. For information, call 941-474-1404.
An expo-style Charlotte County Government Day event will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 19 at the South Gulf Cove Pavilion, 14859 Ingraham Blvd., Port Charlotte. Representatives from Charlotte County government will answer questions and present information about the many programs and services available. Topics include parks and libraries, code compliance, MSBUs, health, driver license and vehicle registration, emergency management, mosquito control, and much more. The event is free and open to the public. For information, contact Elaine Jones at 941.764.4933 or Elaine.Jones@CharlotteCountyFL.gov.
Lions Club Pork Dinner
The Englewood Lions are hosting its annual Pork Loin Dinner from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Jan. 19 at the Lions Club House, 4611 Placida Road, Englewood. Dinner will be marinated pork loin, mashed potatoes, German sauerkraut, corn pudding, applesauce, apple crisp and a beverage. Tickets are $12 at the door. Advance tickets are $11 by Jan. 15. Reservations suggested, call 698-7508. Take-outs are available, too. All proceeds benefit the local community.
Toast to the Coast
The Lemon Bay Conservancy will have its Toast to the Coast fundraiser from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Jan. 20 at Lemon Bay Golf Club, 9600 Eagle Preserve Drive, Englewood. Tickets are $100, and include cocktails, live music, tapas, raffles and auctions. For reservations, call 941830-8922, or visit www.lemonbayconservancy.com. All proceeds benefit the nonprofit Conservancy.
Update on burial site
Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center will host a lecture by Historian John McCarthy on “The Manasota Key Off-shore Burial Site,” from 5-6:30 p.m. Jan. 22 at Cedar Point Environmental Park, 2300 Placida Road, Englewood. Entry for this fundraising event is $12 ($8 for Friends of CHEC), which includes wine and hors d’oevres. Socializing is from 5 p.m., with the lecture beginning at 5:30 p.m. Space is limited so reservations are mandatory for this informative program.
In 2016, divers discovered human skeletal remains and hand-woven burial fabric 300 feet off Manasota Key in 20 feet of water. It is believed that the remains were at the bottom of a freshwater pond during the Archaic Period when sea levels were 30 feet lower than today. “There’s nothing else like this on the planet … and it’s offshore Manasota Key,” said McCarthy, who is executive director of Historical Spanish Point in Osprey. He is collaborating with the Gulf Coast Community Foundation in presenting lectures about the recently discovered 7,000-year-old off-shore site.
For more about the event and CHEC, visit www.checflorida.org or call 941-475-0769.
The Suncoast Humane Society is planning its 11th annual Tennis Ball for 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Jan. 23 at the Boca Grande Club’s Clubhouse. There will be entertainment and live and silent auctions that offer upscale items, including art, entertainment and travel packages. Last year’s event raised nearly $80,000 for Suncoast Humane Society’s programs, services and the homeless animals they serve. Tickets are $125 and include gourmet buffet-style dinner and beverages, and may be purchased at Suncoast Humane Society and the Boca Grande Club and at www.humane.org.
The Tennis Ball serves to kick off the Boca Grande Club’s six-week Professional Tennis Exhibition tournament. It will be held every Wednesday from Jan 30-March 6 at the club. There will be men’s, women’s and mixed doubles, featuring top professional and collegiate players.
‘Moving the Church’
The Lemon Bay Historical Society will have a special narrated slideshow presentation, “Moving the Church in the Middle of the Night,” set for 6 p.m. Jan. 25 in the Sanctuary of Englewood United Methodist Church, 700 E. Dearborn St.
The evening will feature music by John Tuff and Friends plus a slideshow documenting the move of the Historic Green Street Church Museum from its longtime site at Green Street to its new permanent home on State Road 776, adjacent to the Lemon Bay Cemetery.
The building was originally constructed by Englewood’s Methodist congregation in 1928 at Green and Magnolia streets as the community’s first church. In 1962, the congregation built a larger sanctuary and desanctified the wooden building, moving it to face Green Street. The church eventually left its Green Street campus when it moved to its present location at East Dearborn and Pine streets.
The Historical Society took over the old building in 1988. It was restored in 1997-98, and moved in September to its present location. The slideshow will document the 1-mile move, which took place between midnight and dawn Sept. 11. The Historical Society is still fundraising to pay for expenses needed to get the church reopened to the public.
For more information, visit lemonbayhistory.com or call 941-473-8491. Donations for the church move can be made online or mailed to Lemon Bay Historical Society, P.O. Box 1245, Englewood FL 34295.
The GFWC Rotonda West Woman’s Club has a planned a night of fun and prizes Trivia Night, set for Jan. 25 at the Rotonda West Community Center, 646 Rotonda Circle. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the event starts at 7 p.m. It will be hosted by “Mr. Trivia” Jim Wasowski. The donation is $10 per person. Proceeds benefit International Outreach Programs. For tickets and info contact Jennifer at 816-678-4045 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Looking for treasures, unusual items, household goods, clothing, and who knows what? Attend the Lemon Bay Womans Club annual rummage sale at 51 N. Maple St. (at Cocoanut), Englewood. For $3, shop early fee 8-9 a.m. Friday Jan. 25. Free admission 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday Jan. 25 and Saturday Jan. 26. A light lunch will be available. Proceeds will go to local charities and to the upkeep of the clubhouse which is on the National Register of Historic Places. For additional information call Catherine at 702-743-8793.
Sailing open house
Everyone is invited to attend the Englewood Sailing Association Open House from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 26 at Indian Mound Park, 210 Winson Ave., Englewood. ESA is a volunteer nonprofit organization teaching youth and adults the joy of sailing on Lemon Bay. We are always looking for adult volunteers to assist us in a variety of ways. For more information about ESA please check out our website, englewoodsailing.org or call 941-681-8190.
Band Car & Truck Show
The Lemon Bay High School Band’s annual Benefit Car and Truck Show is set for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 2 in the front parking lot at LBHS, 2201 Placida Road, Englewood. This has been a school tradition and the band’s biggest band fundraiser for more than 15 years.
All classic car collectors, Jeep junkies and auto enthusiasts are invited to compete for a class trophy, display your vehicle with pride or just browse. There will be good food, fun and oldies music, along with live performances from LBHS Band ensembles.
Registration is $15 to compete or $10 to display if you submit registration via mail or website before Jan. 25. Registration from Jan. 26 to day of show is $20 to compete and $15 to display. Download registration form or register at www.bandsoflbhs.com, or pick one up at LBHS. For more information, contact Cheryl Deal at 941-323-8641.
Teach a Man to Fish
New Paradigm of Catholic Charities will host the 8th Annual Teach a Man to Fish Gala on Feb. 2 at the Englewood Elks Lodge 2378, 401 N. Indiana Avenue in Englewood.
Proceeds support families in Charlotte County who are at risk of becoming homeless with a transitional housing program that offers them financial and housing security by achieving self-sufficiency. The evening will include a cocktail hour, musical entertainment, an Italian dinner, a presentation about the program, live and silent auctions, and the raffle drawing for a winner for a trip for two people to Italy!
Tickets are $65. Sponsorship and underwriting opportunities are available. For more information and to purchase gala and raffle tickets, call 941-681-2194 or email email@example.com or visit www.catholiccharitiesdov.org and click on the Teach a Man to Fish logo.
Trail guides wanted
The Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center is looking for volunteer trail guides at Ceder Point Environmental Park, 2300 Placida Road, Englewood and other local Charlotte County properties. Tours are usually from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on various days of the week. A training session is set for 10 a.m. Feb. 4 at Cedar Point. Learn some plants, animals, and interpretive techniques that may help you lead these “walks in the woods.” 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.
Join the GFWC Rotonda West Woman’s Club for a rummage sale from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 16 at the Rotonda West Community Center, 646 Rotonda Circle. The sale will feature bakery items, jewelry, books, household items, clothing and lots more. For info contact Linda Muir at 941-697-0505. All proceeds will benefit ARC of Charlotte County, an adult day training program for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Bingo for designer bags
The GFWC Rotonda West Woman’s Club is sponsoring a fundraising designer bag Bingo game Feb. 17 at Englewood Elks Lodge 2378, 401 N. Indiana Ave., Englewood. Cost of $30 per person in advance and $35 at the door includes one set of bingo sheets for 15 games. Additional game sheets are $5. Proceeds benefit Back Pack Kidz, C.A.R.E. and GFWC RWWC Education Programs. Doors open at noon for designer bag preview, opportunity ticket sales/wine pull/silent auction. Bingo games start at 1 p.m. Contact Lois at 941-698-9116 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Donna at 941-697-4980 for tickets.
Bridge club meets
The Englewood Bridge Club meets from 12:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. each Thursday at the Hills Restaurant at the Rotonda Golf & Country Club, 100 Rotonda Circle, Rotonda West. The group was started about 25 years ago and plays contract bridge. New players are always welcome. The cost per person is $3. For more information, call 941-698-7945.
Florida Elks Youth Camp
The Englewood Elks Lodge announced that camp registration is now open for the Florida Elks Youth Camp. The Lodge will sponsor 100 children in the community between the ages of 9 to 13 to attend the camp at no cost to their families. The dates are July 7-13, 2019. Please register ASAP because the deadline is Feb. 28. If you have any questions or would like information, please contact Estelle Dichazi at 941-223-4008.
A 60-and-over men’s basketball league is starting up and will play Wednesday evenings from January through March at Woodmere Park Gym, 3951 Woodmere Park Blvd. (off Jacaranda Boulevard), Venice. For more information, visit www.60hoop.com or call Terry Wolfe at 802-345-1107.
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 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.
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 Hackl
A new spiritual gathering will be held at 5 p.m. at St. David’s Episcopal Church, 401 S. Broadway. People seeking a peaceful, centering, and tranquil experience will enjoy this Celtic Spiritual sanctuary featuring Celtic music and Gregorian chant. Music is humanity’s most primal language. We need no background other than being a human being to connect. Ancient sacred music featuring Gregorian chant, and Celtic instrumentals from musical periods spanning many centuries provides an ideal setting for meditative contemplation amid the bustle of everyday life. This is not a church service, and all are welcome. This gathering will be offered the third Sunday of each month, from 5 to 6 p.m. Email email@example.com for more information.