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.

Pioneer Trail lot closedThe Cape Haze Pioneer Trail parking lot entrance closest to State Road 776 will be closed Oct. 16 and Oct. 20 for parking lot maintenance. Cape Haze Pioneer Trail is at 1688 Gasparilla Road, Rotonda. For information, contact Vicki Chichura at 941-623-1054 or Vicki.Chichura@CharlotteCountyFL.gov.

Arlington Drive to closeArlington Drive at Cape Haze Drive in West Charlotte County will be closed from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Nov. 3. Detour signs will be in place to aid in travel through this area. Travelers are encouraged to choose an alternate route when possible. The utilities department reminds motorists to remain alert at all times and to exercise caution when traveling in the vicinity of construction zones. For information, contact Dean Campbell at 941-764-4364 or Dean.Campbell@CharlotteCountyFL.gov.

Pumpkin PlungeEnjoy traditional harvest-time activities with a new aquatic twist at the first Pumpkin Plunge at the North Port Aquatic Center, 6205 W. Price Blvd., 9:30-11:30 a.m. Oct. 24. Participants can select a pumpkin to take home with them from a floating patch. The fee is $9 per child. Children under 11 must be accompanied by an adult. Physically distanced activities and games will be provided. Pre-registration is required at bit.ly/PumpkinPlunge or in-person at the North Port Aquatic Center. Due to COVID-19, all attendees are asked to practice proper physical distancing. Masks are not required but are strongly encouraged when proper physical distancing cannot be maintained. Call 941-429-PARK(7275) or email Parks@CityOfNorthPort.com.

Scare your car cleanEnglewood Car Wash, 287 S. Indiana Ave., Englewood, will have its second annual Haunted Car Wash from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 29 and 6-9 p.m. Oct. 30. Scare your car clean for a suggested donation of $10. All proceeds benefit Lemon Bay Boys Soccer Club. Call 941-681-2167.

Halloween Drive-ThruGrande Air Services is hosting a Halloween Drive-Thru Candy Bash from 3-5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30 at their service center, 1606 Faust Drive, Englewood. Children can come dressed up, and their parents and loved ones can come through a car pool line to get candy. Please check out Grande Air Services on Facebook for more information.

Raffle at Art CenterThe North Port Art Center, 5950 Sam Shapos Way, invites the public 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 www.northportartcenter.org for information.

Lemon Bay golf scrambleThe 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 ryan.lavallee@yourcharlotteschools.com.

Trunk-n-Treat 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.

Halloween decoration contestThe 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 EnglewoodFL.org.

Drags to the RescueSuncoast Humane Society’s annual drag show fundraiser has gone virtual with “Drags to the Rescue.” The competition runs through Oct. 31. Contestants should be dressed in drag and submit 3-minute or shorter videos of singing, dancing, lip syncing, or performing comedy or rap via a public YouTube link. Contestants must be Florida residents, 18 or older. Prizes include a $1,000 Amazon gift card, a virtual trip to Paris and more. The entry fee is a $25 donation, and Suncoast Humane Society reserves the right to ensure all video entries are appropriate. All submissions will be available for public voting through Oct. 31. Each vote is a $1 donation with a minimum of 5 votes each time ($5). The winner will be announced at 8 p.m. Nov. 28 in a star-studded crowning celebration live on Facebook.

The contest will feature exciting performances by the Naple’s own Bambusa Babes and Sarasota’s very own actress, comedian and TV host, Beneva Fruitville. To enter, vote, for a full list of official rules, or to learn more about Suncoast Humane Society, please visit www.humane.org.

Hijacked Halloween

Hijacked Halloween is 3-6 p.m. Oct. 31 at the American Legion, 6648 Taneytown St., North Port Estates. It’s a contactless drive-thru featuring more than 100 trunks of goodies hosted by the North Port Kiwanis. Children will vote on the top two best-decorated trunks. Anyone, nonprofit, business or church or youth group interested in having a trunk or sponsoring one can call Justin at 941-237-7907. Families are asked to bring a pop-top canned good to be distributed to the needy through North Port Social Services.


Haunted drive-thru

From 8-11 p.m. Oct. 31 is a haunted drive-thru at the American Legion, 6648 Taneytown St., in North Port Estates. Drivers travel 5 mph while “trapped” inside your vehicle, watching scenes from horror movies come alive. There might be a few dangerous, crazed prison escapees on the loose. The drive-thru is not recommended for children 10 and under. The event is free but a non-perishable item is recommended as a donation. Call 941-423-7311 for more information.

‘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 www.northportartcenter.org.

Chamber golf scramble

The North Port Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a “COVID-19 Relief” scramble golf tournament Nov. 21 at the Charlotte Harbor National Golf Club in North Port with an 8 a.m. shotgun start. Registration fee is $90, or $360 per four-person team, and includes green fees, golf cart, continental breakfast, lunch buffet, range balls, contests, raffle prizes and goody bags. There will be lots of ways to win prizes. Visit www.northportareachamber.com for registration and sponsorship information. Proceeds benefit the chamber.

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 npac@npartcenter.org for additional information or to reserve your space.

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 plants — their specialty is bromeliads — 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.

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.

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 ashley@tri-countycounseling.org.

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.

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