The ninth annual Serb Fest takes place this weekend featuring traditional Serbian music, food, dance, heritage exhibitions, a kids’ carnival and vendors at St. Sava Church, 8065 W. Price Blvd. It is from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $3. For more information, contact 941-894-9895.
Friends of Wildlife
The North Port Friends of Wildlife hosts Terry Root from 6-7:30 p.m. Feb. 20 at Shannon Staub Public Library, 4675 Career Lane, North Port. Root will discuss plastics and the harmful effects it has on wildlife. For more information, call 941-876-3720 or visit www.north port friendsofwildlife.org.
Valentines for Vets
The eighth annual Valentines for Vets dinner dance takes place from 6-9:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16 at the San Pedro Catholic Church Activity Center. Tickets are $15 and includes a dinner of salad, baked ziti, meatballs and dessert along with music by Happy Feet. For tickets, call Tony at 617-320-1759 or Ed at 941-661-5176.
‘House of Blues’
North Port Art Center holds a “House of Blues” reception from 6:30-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15. Awards will be presented and refreshments served. The center is at 5950 Sam Shapos Way. For more information, call 941-423-6460.
The Friends of the North Port Library sponsors a book sale in February. More than 2,000 books and other types of media will be for sale. The preview starts for members only from 1-4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13. It will be open for the public from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14 and Friday, Feb. 15 along with 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16. Membership applications are available at the library bookstore.
St. Nathaniel’s Sunday School spaghetti dinner fundraiser takes place from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16 at St. Nathaniel’s Episcopal Church, 4200 S. Biscayne Drive. The cost is $10 per adult; $5 per child 8 and younger or $20 per family. the fundraiser benefits Episcopal Relief and Development. For more information, contact 941-426-2520.
Meals on Wheels fundraiser
A fundraiser for Meals on Wheels is set for 8-10 a.m. Feb. 23 at Family Table Restaurant in North Port. The morning includes pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs and a beverage for $10 that can be purchased by calling Ellen Domke at 941-441-5121 or Jeanne Kilcourse at 941-626-1448 or at the door.
Back Pack Angels fundraiser
A fundraiser for North Port Coalition for Homeless/Needy Children, known as Back Pack Angels, takes place from 8-10 a.m. March 9 at Applebees in North Port. The morning includes pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs and a beverage for $10 that can be purchased by calling Joyce Hill at 941-876-4809 or Dianne Patterson at 813-758-2805. They can also be purchased at the door. It will include a 50-50 drawing and a raffle for Universal Orlando including four passes for two parks — a $680 value for a $15 raffle. For more information, visit www.backpackangels.org.
St. Nathaniel’s Episcopal Church hosts a church yard sale from 8 a.m.-noon March 23. To reserve a table at a cost of $15, contact Helen between 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays at 941-426-2520.
The Rotary Club of North Port Central hosts Vegas Casino Gaming Night from 5:30 — 10 p.m. March 30 at heron Creek Golf & Country Club. Tickets cost $55 until March 10 and $60 between March 10-March 27. No tickets will be sold at the door. To purchase tickets, call Maria at 941-426-0083 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Harbor Isles holds its annual Spring Craft Fair from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23. About 50 tables will have crafts, including pottery, jewelry, greeting cards and other items. The event is open to the public. Harbor Isles is along U.S. 41 just north of Ortiz Boulevard.
Suncoast Credit Union has three available for $2,000 each with a deadline of March 1 for Sarasota County students and March 31 for Charlotte County students. Requirements: Demonstrate financial need, plan to enroll in a four-year university, two-year college, or technical college in Florida, begin post-secondary school in 2019-2020, submit a statement of goals and extracurricular activities. Apply online at launchyourplan.com/suncoast-credit-union-scholarship/ Allamanda Garden Club has two scholarships available for $2,000 each with a deadline of March 31. Requirements: Must be a college junior or senior or graduate/doctoral students pursuing degrees in the sciences or horticulture-related fields. College sophomores going into junior year are eligible. Preference to students who are residents of North Port, Port Charlotte, Englewood or Venice. For more information or to apply, visit allamandagardenclub.com or contact Lisa Colburn by emailing info@AllamandaGardenClub.com.
Pinochle games take place from noon to 3 p.m. and from 6-9 p.m. Fridays at the North Port Senior Center, 4940 Pan American Blvd., North Port. For more information, call 941-426-2204.
Games of pinochle are scheduled from noon to 3:30 p.m. on Fridays at St. Pedro Catholic Church Hall, 14380 Tamiami Trail, North Port. For more information, call Terry at 941-698-4904.
Free tax help
AARP is hosting its Tax-Aide Program at various sites around North Port until April 15, but membership with AARP is not required. It takes place:
• 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Mondays at Holiday Park Recreational Center, Tuscola Boulevard Phase 1 Hall;
• 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays at North Port Senior Center, 4940 Pan American Blvd.;
• 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursdays at San Pedro Catholic Church Activity Center, 14380 Tamiami Trail;
• 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Fridays at North Port Senior Center, 4940 Pan American Blvd.;
• 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Fridays — by appointment only — Shannon Staub Public Library, 4675 Career Lane. Call 941-861-1744.
Taxpayers seeking assistance should bring photo identification, last year’s tax return, a Social Security card along with income and deduction documents.
Spring Yard Sale
Knights of Columbus Council 7997 hosts its Spring Yard Sale on Friday, April 5 and Saturday, April 6 at the Parish Life Building in North Port. It starts at 8 a.m. They are currently collecting items for it, including furniture, clothing, books, yard tools, jewelry and others. If interested in donating items, contact Mike at 941-390-7248 or Tony at 617-320-1759.
Writers on the Air
Writers gather together on Sundays at Common Grounds Meeting Hall to take part in Writers on the Air through WKDW Radio, 97.5 FM in North Port. Common Grounds is at 12735 Tamiami Trail, North Port. Writers are sought to read 3-5 minutes of poems, stories or screenplays. The public is welcomed as well. For more information, call Linda Schell at 941-223-1262 or email email@example.com.
Relay for Life
Relay for Life is set for April 13 at North Port High School’s football field. The leaders are currently looking for people wanting to form teams for fundraising along with survivors, people currently fighting cancer and caregivers of those who have had or currently has cancer so they can be honored at the event. Register online at www.relayforlife.org/northportfl or call Melina Frederick at 941-447-0475 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Back Pack Angels
The North Port Coalition for Homeless/Needy Children, also known as the Back Pack Angels, meets at 10 a.m. the first Tuesday of every month at North Port Public Library, 13800 Tamiami Trail. The group delivers hygiene products to North Port schools for students in need. For more information visit www.backpackangels.org or call Susan Ricard at 941-423-6347.
Show of Shows
The Society of the North Port Performing Arts Center has its “Show of Shows 2019” scheduled. The final Show of Shows is at 7 p.m. March 2 with comedian Gid Pool, who is known worldwide, along with singer and impressions of Bud Conover. Tickets are available from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the North Port Performing Arts Center box office, at North Port High School, 6400 West Price Blvd., North Port or by calling 941-426-8479.