Casino trip

The Knights of Columbus Council 7997 host a bus trip to Immokalee Casino with the bus boarding at 8 a.m. Jan. 14 at North Port Walmart. The cost is $25. For more information or to make reservations, call 941-400-7416.

Community sale

The Chabad of Charlotte County is hosting a Community Garage Sale from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday at 204 E. McKenzie St., Punta Gorda. It will include furniture, clothing, books and other items.

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.

DAR meeting

The Daughters of the American Revolution is hosting a meeting from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Jan. 29 at the North Port Public Library. It is looking for people who have Revolutionary War patriots in their family tree — and note the service is not limited to fighting with the militia. It is being sponsored by the Hickory Bluff Chamber of DAR and the Myakka Chapter of NSDAR Sarasota. For more information, call 941-456-2199.

Novelist speaks

Novelist Virginia Czaja, who writes under the name Virginia Crane is the guest speaker at Shannon Staub Public Library at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8. Czaja has written more than a dozen books. She is a North Port resident and may hold a writing exercise during her talk. The event is hosted by the Friends of the Shannon Staub Library. The library is at 4675 Career Lane, North Port.

Free throw championship

Knights of Columbus Council 7997 in North Port hosts a free-throw championship Wednesday, Jan. 16 at the Gene Matthews Boys & Girls Club, 6851 S. Biscayne. Registration begins at 3 p.m. with the championship starting at 4 p.m. There will be 12 age brackets for boys and girls. For more information, call Chuck at 941-441-7541 or Mike at 941-380-7248.

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.

Show of Shows

The Society of the North Port Performing Arts Center has its three “Show of Shows 2019” scheduled. The shows include Eric Kearns and his Voice of Legends concert at 7 p.m. Jan. 19 where his sings hit songs from a repertoire of more than 100 singers; Paisley Craze set for 7 p.m. Feb. 2 — Paisley Craze is a band that covers music from the 1960s; and the final Show of Shows is at 7 p.m. March 2 with comedian Gid Pool, who is known worldwide, along with singer Jim Mazz — a well-known Las Vegas performer. 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.

Meals on Wheels fundraiser

North Port Meals on Wheels has a fundraiser set for Tuesday, Jan. 15 with a portion of sales from Bocca Lupo Pizza locations in North Port and Port Charlotte going back to the nonprofit. To take part, call North Port’s Bocca Lupo at 941-423-9653 or Port Charlotte’s location at 941-206-9653.

AMVETS dinner

The Sons of AMVETS Post 312 hosts its monthly dinner from 5-7 p.m. Jan. 19 with prime rib, potato, dessert and salad for a donation of $14. Tickets must be bought by Jan. 17. Music takes place from 6:30-9:30 p.m. For more information, call 941-429-5403. AMVETS Post 312 is at 7050 Chancellor Blvd., North Port.


The North Port Friends of Wildlife hosts a Mary Lundeberg discussion at 6 p.m., Jan. 16 at Shannon Staub Library, located at 4675 Career Lane, North Port. Lundeberg will discuss “wild Florida” with slides of her work. Her art has been exhibited in art galleries, books and newspapers in several states. For more information, call 941-876-3720 or visit

Health fair

A free health fair is set for noon — 3 p.m. Jan. 17 at Elite Training & Fitness, 946 Tamiami Trail, No. 204, in Port Charlotte. A doctor will be on hand discussing internal medicine and other issues. Along with that, it includes glucose, blood pressure and hearing screenings along with massages, posture screenings and balance testing. For more information, contact Julie Anne McGready at or call 941-286-3475.

Car show

The Friends of Shannon Staub Public Library hosts its charity car show from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20 at the library. Registration is $10 donation and is open to all makes and models. It takes place at the library and Suncoast Technical College, 4445 Career Lane, North Port. For more information, email

‘Red Hot Bunco’

The North Port Coalition of Homeless/Needy Children, also known as the Back Pack Angels, is hosting Red Hot Bunco as a fundraiser at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, at New Hope Church, 5600 S. Biscayne Drive, North Port. It will include dice games, a 50/50 drawing, raffles, a silent auction and a Crazy Hat contest. Tickets are $20. Back Pack Angels is a nonprofit that helps supply hygiene products to children in need in North Port. For more information, call 941-876-4809 or 813-758-2805.

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 or call Melina Frederick at 941-447-0475 or email

Concert Band

The North Port Concert Band has scheduled its 32nd season. It continues at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17 with “Thanks for the Memories” and that’s followed by a 3 p.m. Feb. 17 concert called Sweet Suites. A concert called “Let’s Dance” is set for 7:30 p.m. March 28, and the season wraps up at 3 p.m. April 28 with “On The Menu.” All concerts are at the North Port Performing Arts Center, 6400 W. Price Blvd., at North Port High School. For more information, visit Tickets are also on sale at the box office at the high school campus from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Allamanda Garden Club

The Allamanda Garden Club of North Port has its next meeting at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25 at Trinity United Methodist Church, 4285 Wesley Lane, North Port. Meetings are held the fourth Friday of each month from September through May. This month’s program is “Where the Wild Things Are” focusing on Peace River Wildlife Center in Punta Gorda. For more informaiton, call 941-423-0743 or visit

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

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 or call Susan Ricard at 941-423-6347.


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