Gas money for hurricane victims.

American Legion Post 254 in North Port is in dire need of monetary donations to deliver two loads of food and personal items to hurricane victims through an American Legion post in Lake Charles, Louisiana. They need gas for the 1,800-mile round trip and money for a two-night stay. Two members are leaving Saturday and plan to be back Monday if they can get the needed donations. Donations can be dropped off at the post, 6648 Taneytown St. in North Port Estates. For more information, call 941-462-9578. "Please help us to help them," said Paul Orsino, North Port commander. "They were hit hard by the hurricane which was very strong and deadly. They will need help for some time. We are hoping to have the truck filled by the end of next week."

Sign up for Englewood Cats

The Englewood Cats seek football players and cheerleaders for the 2020 football and cheer season. The organization is getting ready for their jamboree, set for Sept. 19. The Cats are part of the American Youth Football and Cheer League.

Players and cheerleaders age 5-14 years old are welcome for Flag (5-6 year olds), 8U, 10U, 12U and 14U. The fee for football is $150, and $185 for cheer. Sibling discounts and scholarships are available. Come by the field at 6791 San Casa Drive, Englewood, from 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays, or visit https://playyon.com/eaaa/.

Last year, more than 100 kids played on five football teams and four cheer teams. Two cheer teams placed in the top 10 at national competition in Orlando, and the 14U Cougar football competed in the AYFC Regional and National Football Competition. This year, the organization is following all CDC guidelines for playing.

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.

Mother & Son night

The North Port Parks & Recreation Department will host a Mother & Son night from 6-8 p.m. Sept. 18 on the green space adjacent to the George Mullen Activity Center, 1602 Kramer Way. The evening will be packed with wacky games and the opportunity to make unforgettable memories. Grandmothers, aunts, guardians, and mother-figures are also welcomed to attend, and a pre-packaged picnic dinner is included. Registration is open to kids from kindergarten through sixth grade. Due to COVID-19, this event will be held outside and capacity is limited based on current CDC guidelines. All attendees are reminded to practice good physical distancing and masks are strongly encouraged. The fee is $20 per couple, and $10 per each additional person. Pre-Registration is required as space is limited to ensure proper physical distancing. Sign up today by calling 941-429-PARK(7275) or register at http://bit.ly/NPMotherSonNight or email Parks@CityOfNorthPort.com.

Boating course

Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 87 is offering a four session on-line Boating Skills and Seamanship class Sept. 21-24. Sessions will be 6-8 p.m. Registration fee is $35. Register at www.coastguardenglewood.com and click tab for Boating Safety Classes then register at bottom of page. Students are responsible to acquire their book “Boating Skills and Seamanship, 14th edition” available at most book sellers including Amazon. Call Dane Hahn at 941-681-0312 for more information.

Women in Business virtual forum

North Port's Women in Business forum takes place virtually from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 23 via Zoom. The theme, “When Life Gives You Lemons…,” reflects the resiliency and creativity successful businesses have mastered. There’s no charge, and participants can join from anywhere in the country.

This forum will provide practical guidance and inspiration to make the best out of any lemons life throws at you. It will include a panel of local investors with a variety of backgrounds and experiences who will give participants a rare opportunity to hear first-hand what funders look for in a company. They will also give insights for entrepreneurs who need financing.

The event is presented by North Port Area Chamber of Commerce, Vision Quest Leadership, LLC, City of North Port Economic Development Division, and SCORE Chapter 318 -District 480. All have strong roles in the planning and presentation. To register, go to NorthPortAreaChamber.com. Enter “Lemons” in the search bar in the top right.

Free concert in the park

North Port’s Parks & Recreation Department will host a free Concert in the Park on Sept. 25, at the City Center Front Green, 4970 City Hall Blvd. Bradenton's Hatley Band will play classic oldies, country, tropical, and classic rock. Admission and parking are free, but pre-registration is required due to current capacity limitations per CDC guidelines. Bring chairs, blankets, to claim an 8-foot circle painted on the grass for six people. Seating will open to reservation holders at 6 p.m. with music starting at 7 p.m. There will be food and non-alcoholic drink vendors. No outside alcohol is permitted. Please use face masks, when physical distancing isn’t possible. Free registration is open at https://bit.ly/ConcertInPark or by calling 941-429-PARK(7275). If assistance is needed with the registration process, please call 941-429-7275. People may also enjoy a livestream of the concert on the North Port Parks & Recreation Facebook page starting at 7 p.m. Sept. 25.

'Let the Colors Unfold'

The North Port Art Center exhibit "Let the Colors Unfold" will run through Oct. 2 at the center, 5950 Sam Shapos Way, North Port. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. A virtual reception will be 6:30 p.m. Sept. 11. The center is COVID-19 compliant. Please visit www.northportartcenter.org for additional information or call 941-423-6460.

'Yard of the Year'

The Allamanda Garden Club of North Port is celebrating its 55th anniversary by presenting its "Yard of the Year" contest. Judges are looking for some of the most beautifully and creatively landscaped front yards in North Port. Yards must be designed and maintained by the homeowner or tenant. Judging will take place from the street and will be based on general overall appearance, maintenance, neatness and most importantly, curb appeal.

Three winners will be selected. Winners will receive a "Yard of the Year" sign to place on their property for one year and will be special guests at the Allamanda Garden Club 55th Anniversary luncheon on Nov. 20. Photos of each yard will be featured on the Allamanda Garden Club website, social media sites as well as in local newspapers. In addition, winners will be featured on the Chat with Pat Radio Show on WKDW 97.5FM.

Application and additional guidelines are available on the Allamanda Garden Club website, allamandagardenclub.com. Deadline is Sept. 15. Judging will begin the following week. Winners will be announced October 2020. For more information, call Emily Panek at 941-423-0743.

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.

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