Garden Club sale

The Lemon Garden Club has weekly sales from 9-11 a.m. each Friday at their historic clubhouse, 480 Yale St., Englewood. The club had to cancel its annual November garden tour due to the pandemic, but the members work each Friday propagating plans — their specialty is broeliads — and making interesting crafts and unique cards for sale. The club follows safe practices and asks that anyone coming to the clubhouse wear a mask, or get one there. For more information, please call 941-474-9068

Friends bookstore reopens

The Friends of the Shannon Staub Library's used bookstore is reopening during National Friends of Libraries Week, Oct. 19-24, on the campus of Suncoast Technical College, 4675 Career Lane, near Toledo Blade and Cranberry boulevards. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friends president Liz Napoli said customers can get complimentary Hershey kisses and pretzel hugs during the week. The Dawg Pound truck and Sunny Days Ice Cream will be there 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. for Food Truck Friday, Oct. 23. Face masks are mandatory in the college. Bookstore shoppers may wear their own or request free, washable masks at the library checkout desk.

Raffle at Art Center

The North Port Art Center, 5950 Sam Shapos Way, invites the public to to visit the art center to enter to win a one-of-a-kind work of art now through Oct. 31. The artworks were donated by local artists and are on display for viewing. Raffle tickets are $1 or six for $5. The winner will be announced 6 p.m. Nov. 2 on Facebook Live and will be contacted by phone or email. The art center is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday. Visit for information.

Lemon Bay golf scramble

The third annual Lemon Bay Athletics golf tournament is set for Oct. 31 at Rotonda Golf & Country Club's The Hills course. Scramble entry is $75 per player, or $300 per foursome. All proceeds support the student athletes at Lemon Bay High. Hole sponsorships are also available for $100. For more information, contact athletic director Ryan LaVallee at 941-474-7702 ext. 3015, or email

Halloween decoration contest

The Old Englewood Village Association board is sponsoring a house and business decorating contest in place of the annual Safe Walk on Dearborn Street. Decorations must be Halloween themed with no political theme or signs. All entries must remain decorated through Oct. 31 in the ZIP codes 34223, 34224, 33947 and 33946.

A business owner or homeowner can enter a photo on the OEVA website until midnight on Oct. 24. Voting will open to the public on Oct. 26 and run until 8 a.m. on Halloween. On Halloween Day, the winners will be announced and prizes delivered. Each person can vote on their device one time for the three favorite homes and three favorite business entries. Prizes for homeowners are $200 in gift certificates for first place; $100 in gift certificates for second place and 10 winners will receive $50 each in gift certificates. For more information, visit

St. David’s Thrift Shop reopens

St. David’s Thrift Shop, in the Beall’s Outlet shopping center, 485 Indiana Ave., Englewood, is now open being closed for much of the summer. 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. For more information, please call 941-474-1047.


Sonrise Baptist Church, 11050 Willmington Blvd., Englewood will have its annual Trunk-n-Treat from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Oct. 31. The event is free and open to the public. Safe spacing and safety protocols will be in place as children can goodies as they go from car to car, trunk-n-treating. For more information call, 475-5363.

Fine Art Winter Market

The North Port Art Center has issued a "call to artists and vendors" to its first Fine Art Winter Market, set for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 5 at the art center, 5950 Sam Shapos Way, North Port. There will be 10-by-10-foot outdoor vendor tables. Call Cheryl at 417-861-2527 or e-mail for additional information or to reserve your space.

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

Bingo resumes

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, Enlgewood. 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.

'Out of the Box'

The North Port Art Center, 5950 Sam Shapos Way, will exhibit “Out of the Box" through Nov. 7. Artwork will be created on unusual surfaces such as palm pods, boat paddles, fan blades and various shapes. Stop by to view this unusual and fun exhibit. The art center is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday, 5950 Sam Shapos Way. Call for additional information at 423-6460 or visit


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