The Society of the North Port Performing Arts Center has planned its 2020 Show of Shows an evening of classics with O-Town Motown. It’s set for 7 p.m. tonight, Feb. 1 at North Port Performing Arts Center, 6400 W. Prince Blvd. Come groove to the sounds of the great soul artists of the golden era of Motown music. Tickets are $30. To order tickets visit or call the Box Office at 941-426-8479.
Canned food drive Housing Our People Everywhere and #HeroesStrong has planned a canned food donation drive from 10 a.m. to noon today, Feb. 1 at George Mullen Activity Center in North Port. The group is supporting the community of Chipley in Northern Florida, which is still feeling the effects of Hurricane Michael that struck the area in 2018. For more information, call 941-416-5804 or visit www.projecthope.global.
Amvets 312 Riders will have a steak dinner from 4:30-6:30 p.m. tonight, Feb. 1 at the post, 5070 Chancellor Blvd., North Port. It’s $12 and includes a cooked-to-order T-bone steak, baked potato, salad and dessert. Pre-sale only by Jan. 28. Music from 6:30-9:30 by The Allegros. Call 941-429-5403.
Back Pack Angels
North Port Coalition for Homeless-Needy Children aka Back Pack Angels will meet at 10 a.m. Feb. 4 at the Olde World Restaurant, 14415 Tamiami Trail. BPA meets the first Tuesday of every month, usually at the North Port Library, but for February and March 5, it will meet at Olde World. BPA collects hygiene products for all the needy children in our North Port Schools, relying on fundraisers and donations. For a list of products needed and drop-off places, visit www.backpackangels.org, and like them Facebook. Contact Dianne Patterson 813-758-2805 for more information.
Get groovy at Woofstock
The North Port Park & Recreation Department has planned Woofstock, set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Canine Club, 6700 Appomattox Drive. The event will include plenty of shopping, treats for you and your dog, demonstrations, and fun activities with prizes awarded throughout the event. Admission and parking are free. The contest line-up includes Grooviest Thread Contest at 11 a.m., Far Out Trick Contest at 12:15 p.m., and the Pet Look-a-Like Contest at 1:15 p.m.
Bring some dog food or supplies to donate. The city will collect items for a local pet shelter. Dogs looking for their ‘fur’ever home will also be onsite at Woofstock and ready for adoption.
All dogs in attendance must be vaccinated, display current tags, and be on a leash throughout the event. Handlers must be at least 18 years old. Any dog displaying aggressive behavior will immediately be removed from the park by its handler. Handlers are responsible for removing and disposing of dog waste. For more information, visit www.CityOfNorthPort.com/Woofstock or contact Sarah Good with the Parks & Recreation Department at 941-429-PARK(7275).
North Port Meals on Wheels will be have a pancake breakfast fundraiser from 8-10 a.m. Feb. 8 at Family Table Restaurant, 14132 Tamiami Trail, North Port. Tickets are $10 at the door or from a MOW volunteer and includes two pancakes, scrambled eggs, one sausage, one bacon and choice of coffee, tea, juice or soda. Proceeds go to helping those in the community that cannot provide healthy, home-cooked meals for themselves.North Port Meals on Wheel is an all volunteer organization that appreciates your assistance in caring for our community. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
The BIG Rally
North Port will welcome the Atlanta Braves for their first full Spring Training with “The BIG Rally,” set for 1-4 p.m. Feb. 15, on the City Center Front Green, 4970 City Hall Blvd.
The rally is a community party that will feature family friendly events, including youth baseball and softball skill instruction, a giant inflatable demolition game, inflatable tomahawk throw, speed-pitch station, and other giant yard games, food, bands, Braves representatives. Vendors will be on site selling food and beverages. The Rotary Club of North Port Central will sell beer and wine. A highlight will be wiener dog races, where dachshunds will compete for the title “North Port’s Top Dox.” The races will take place in categories based on age, and begin at 2:45 p.m. For more information, to register as a vendor, or to register your dachshund in the Wiener Dog Races, visit CityofNorthPort.com/TheBigRally.
2020 Census Public Meeting
The City of North Port is hosting a public meeting about the upcoming 2020 US Census from 10-11 a.m. Feb. 19 in Commission Chambers on the second floor of City Hall, 4790 City Hall Blvd. A representative from the Census Bureau will be at the public meeting to discuss details about the census, how it impacts North Port, and employment opportunities.
Public Works Road-E-O
The North Port Public Works Road-E-O is set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22 at the North Port Department of Public Works, 1100 N. Chamberlain Blvd. City equipment operators will participate in the “Road-E-O” which showcases their skills in a challenging obstacle course competition. There will be children’s activities, equipment demonstrations, interactive booths, music, food vendors and bounce houses. Check out trucks up close, and get in a garbage/recycling truck and see what it’s like to operate the arm.
Community Yard Sales
North Port Parks & Recreation will host two Community Yard Sales this spring at the City Center Front Green, 4970 City Hall Blvd. Dates are Feb. 22 and March 21, both Saturdays, and hours are 8 a.m. to noon. Admission and parking is free for all shoppers. Rent a space for $10 where you can sell your goods. Need a table? For only $5 more, Parks & Recreation will supply one for you. All spaces and tables must be reserved in advance. Stop by the Morgan or Mullen Centers or contact Parks & Recreation at -941-429-7275 to reserve space. For more information, call 941-429-PARK (7275) or visit www.CityofNorthPort.com/YardSale.
Kayak the Myakka
People for Trees will host an informal kayak paddle on the Myakka River, launching at 9 a.m. Feb. 23 at Sleeping Turtles Preserve North, 3462 Border Road, Venice. Leisurely paddle up the river for about 90 minutes, then head back. Enjoy the unspoiled beauty of the river. Parking is along the dirt road leading to the primitive launch site. Bring your own kayak, life vest, water. Reservations are not required. For more information, contact Michelle 760-650-6116 or Alice White 941-468-2486 or visit www.peoplefortrees.com.