Art reception

North Port Art Center hosts Mini-Magic exhibit reception from 6:30-8 p.m. Friday, April 19. It will include awards and prices along with refreshments. The exhibit is displayed until May 10. The center is at 5950 Sam Shapos Way. For more information, call 941-422-6460.

Tree Fair

Tree Fair 2019 is set for 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April 27 at the North Port Community Education Center, 4940 Pan Am Blvd. It is hosted by People for Trees and has been since 1999. “Hundreds of 3-gallon native trees (approx.6-8 feet tall) will be for sale for only $15 each,” the group said in a news release. “Alice White, chair of People for Trees since its inception in 1997, will lead a number of outside tree informational “walk/talks” about the trees that will be for sale so attendees can choose just the right trees for their yards.” The day also includes a fairy house contest, enchanted forest, and a “fairy gathering” at 11 a.m. For more information, call White at (941) 468-2486, or email treelady12001@yahoo.com or visit www.peoplefortrees.com.

Easter egg hunt

AMVETS Post 2000 hosts an Easter egg hunt from noon-2 p.m. Sunday, April 21 for AMVETS families and North Port children. Children up to age 8 are invited — but registration is required by April 19. Sign up by stopping by the post or calling 941-429-1999. The post is at 401 Ortiz Blvd., Warm Mineral Springs.

Cook-Off

AMVETS commanders Woody Woodyard competes with Tim Brooke at 5 p.m. April 26 to decide who is the best cook. Each will cook up an entree, side and dessert for a donation of $8. The winner will donate the earnings to a charity of his choice. The post is at 401 Ortiz Blvd., Warm Mineral Springs. For more information, call 941-429-1999.

Friends of Wildlife

The North Port Friends of Wildlife hosts Bob Clark for a discussion from 6-7:30 p.m. April 23 at Shannon Staub Public Library, 4675 Career Lane, North Port. Clark is a member of the Venice Area Audubon Society who will discuss that group. He’ll also discuss www.ebird.org and statistical reporting of birds.

Volunteer sought

People for Trees is seeking volunteers for Tree Fair taking place from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 27 at North Port Community Education Center, 4940 Pan American Blvd. Volunteers are needed to unload trees, assist with activities and clean up after the fair. For more information, call Alice White at 941-468-2486 or email treelady12001@yahoo.com.

Wing Fest

Sons of AMVETS Post 2000 hosts Wing Fest from 2-8 p.m. Saturday, April 27. Music begins at 7:30 p.m. The post is at 401 Ortiz Blvd., Warm Mineral Springs. For more information, call 941-429-1999.

Fundraiser

North Port High School Project Graduation’s fundraiser are plastic lawn signs in blue and white celebrating North Port graduates. The cost is $20 per sign and includes the sign and a stake. For more information, contact Project Graduation at nphsprojectgrad@gmail.com or find it on facebook at NPHSProjGrad.

Garden club

The Allamanda Garden Club of North Port holds its next meeting from 1-3 p.m. Friday, April 26, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 4285 Wesley Lane. April’s topic is about bugs affecting plants. Carol Wyett-Evens of the Sarasota County Extension Service will discuss integrated pest management. The club meets the fourth Friday of the month between September and May. It is looking for new members. For more information, contact Emily 941-423-0743, or Lisa at 207-404-3494 or find it online at www.allamandaGarden Club.com.

NARFE meeting

National Active and Retired Federal Employees Chamber 1713 hosts a meeting from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, May 2 at Olde World Restaurant, 14415 Tamiami Trail, North Port. The meeting is open to the public and will discuss burial benefits with a representative from Sarasota National Cemetery discussing information and taking questions. For more information, call 941-240-6127.

Water quality summit

Sarasota County hosts a water quality summit from 1-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 5. The summit is at the Riverview High School auditorium, 1 Ram Way, Sarasota. It “is an effort to bring the community together with organizations working to protect area watersheds and to learn about science and actions occurring locally,” officials said. Registration is required. For more information, visit scgov.net/waterqualitysummit or call 941-861-5000.

Pinochle games

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.

Pinochle games

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.

Volunteers sought

North Port Meals on Wheels seeks drivers for deliveries starting April 1. The job requires about 90 minutes of commitment per week. It starts about 9:30 a.m. at 13624 Tamiami Trail. To volunteer or for more information, call 941-474-8802 or email northportmealsonwheels@gmail.com.

Volunteers needed

WKDW FM is seeking volunteers to assist with its “Writers on the Air” show that takes place from 2-4 p.m. Sundays. For more information, call Linda at 941-223-1262.

Volunteers needed

The Friends of the North Port Library are seeking volunteers to help run its bookstore inside the library. The bookstore helps raise funds for special reading programs at the library. Schedules are usually for about 2-3 hours per week. To apply, stop by the North Port Public Library bookstore.

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 lschell2@verizon.net.

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