New pool hours

The pool at the North Port Aquatic Center, 6205 W. Price Blvd., has switched to new winter hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily, excluding Wednesdays. For more information about the North Port Aquatic Center, please visit

BOGO book saleAdd to your New Year reading collection with a buy-one-get-one sale on used softcover books through Jan. 18 at the bookstore at Shannon Staub Public Library at Suncoast Technical College, 4675 Career Lane, North Port. Get a BOGO book on your birthday, too. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday. For more information, call Alan Savela at 231-912-7541.

Fraud Prevention ForumThe U.S. Attorney’s Office with the North Port Police Department will lead a fraud and scam prevention forum from 2-4:30 p.m. Thursday, at Morgan Family Community Center, 6207 W. Price Blvd., North Port. The FBI and the IRS will also join to help educate residents. Register at usaoflm PreventionForum or call 813-301-3061 for more information.

Tip-a-CopJoin North Port Police officers while they volunteer as Celebrity Waiters to raise money for Special Olympics Florida from 5-9 p.m. Thursday, at Buffalo Wings & Rings, 1081 W. Price Blvd.

Buckaroo Bike Rodeo reduxAll children up to age 12 are invited to take part in the Buckaroo Bike Rodeo, a free event from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, at Dallas White Park, 5900 Greenwood Ave. North Port. Presented by People for Trees and the North Port Kiwanis Club, this is the bike rodeo that was originally planned for October, but was cancelled due to inclement weather.

A bike rodeo allows young riders to test their bike riding skills at various stations such as “ZigZag,” “Stop on a Dime,” and “Figure 8” earning points that can be redeemed for prizes. The top scoring riders will be eligible to enter raffles for one of three free bikes in the age groups of 5-7, 8-9, 10-12. There will also be a Bike Safety Check station sponsored by Real Bikes of Venice and Bicycles International, and Helmet Fittings/Giveaways provided by the Friends of the Legacy Trail. Children need to bring a helmet, bike, and a parent/guardian. For more information or to volunteer, contact Alice White 941-468-2486.

Auditions for Braves Spring TrainingCool Today Park will hold open auditions this weekend at the Spring Training facility for the Braves. Singers, musicians, entertainers of all kinds will be considered for entertainment during the 2020 Atlanta Braves Spring Training season, which runs through March.

The open auditions with Braves staff take place from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, at Cool Today Park, 18800 S. West Villages Parkway, West Villages. Those interested should arrive at Gate 1 for entry and registration.

Atwater Park meetingNorth Port Parks & Recreation will have a public input meeting about the proposed future Community Center at Atwater Community Park set for 6-8 p.m. Jan. 22 at the Atwater Elementary School cafeteria, 4701 Huntsville Ave. This is an opportunity for residents to provide their feedback on potential amenities this facility could offer and ask questions about the project itself. The Community Center is included in Phase IV of the Atwater Community Park master plan, and includes a community center, activity area with play court, access from Waycross Street, as well as additional parking. For more information, call 941-429-7275 or visit

Allamanda Garden ClubAllamanda Garden Club meets at 1-3 p.m., Jan. 24 at Trinity United Methodist Church, 4285 Wesley Lane, North Port. The speaker is Gil Macadam who will discuss tropical ferns. The club meets the fourth Friday of most months September through May and is looking for new members and are open to the public. Check them out on Facebook or

Speak for the TreesPeople for Trees, a non-profit native tree advocacy group in North Port since 1997, will conduct a membership drive at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 28 at the Morgan Family Center, 6207 W. Price Blvd. Sign up for a $20 membership will receive a free 3-gallon native tree and a personal Florida-friendly yard consultation given by a Florida Master Gardener. People for Trees memberships support community native tree plantings in schools, parks, and public areas, encourages stronger protection of our tree canopy during land development, and promotes the numerous benefits of having a healthy tree canopy. For more information contact Alice White, 941-468-2486, or visit

Environmental speakerNorth Port Friends of Wildlife is sponsoring a talk by Dr. Jennifer Jones at 6 p.m. Jan. 29 at the Shannon Staub Library, 4675 Career Lane, North Port. She will speak on the ways environmental education creates positive outcomes for Southwest Florida by helping people form personal connections to nature, leading to better environmental behaviors and outcomes.

Jones is an associate professor of Environmental Studies and director of the Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education at Florida Gulf Coast University. Her research and teaching interests focus on the relationships between people and nature, including political ecology, biodiversity conservation, global food sustainability, and environmental governance. She previously served on the faculty of Virginia Tech, Williams College, and the University of Tennessee. She was president & CEO of Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont and as a Program Director for the International Honors Program, part of World Learning, where she managed study abroad programs on six continents. She currently serves on several Commissions for the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. For more information, please call 941-876-3720 or visit www.northportfriendsof

O-Town MotownThe 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. 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.

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

Grief seminarThe North Port Community United Church of Christ, 3450 S. Biscayne Drive, holds its 5th Annual Grief Seminar from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1. Registration is at 8:30 a.m., followed by breakfast. Then light a candle in memory of your loved one placing it next to the framed photo that you have brought with you. During the seminar “When Another Morning Dawns,” led by experienced grief counselor and pastor, the Rev. Attila Szemesi, the group will participate in an interactive program with speakers and a question and answer period presenting support for those who have experienced grief through loss in their lives either recently or in the past. One never knows when the sense of loss will strike us. Lunch is then served and the interactive discussions will continues during the afternoon. Please call 941-426-5580 to register. Leave a message if necessary and your call will be returned. This community event is free with a love offering accepted to cover the cost for food.

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 or contact Sarah Good with the Parks & Recreation Department at 941-429-PARK(7275).

Friends CookbookThe Friends of Shannon Staub Library are selling their “Friends Focus on Food” cookbook at the reduced price of $10 at the Friends book story adjacent to the library, 4675 Career Lane, North Port, on the Sarasota County Tech College campus. It’s a collection of 300 favorite recipes from friends, neighbors and relatives. The store is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and offers other holiday items. Call 941-861-1765 for information.

Pierogies, kielbasa

St. Andrew’s Ukrainian Religious and Cultural Center offers pierogies and kielbasa for take-out from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. each Friday at the center, 4100 S. Biscayne Drive, North Port. Enjoy homemade pierogies with potato and cheese, and with sauerkraut and kielbasa, kishka and homemade breads. Please call Gene at 941-786-5256 for more information.

‘Life After Downton’

Life After Downton group meets at 10 a.m. on the first and third Friday of the month at North Port Public Library, 13800 Tamiami Trail. “Are you missing Downton Abby? Love all things English?” That’s what the group has as its passion. According to the leaders, it’s a “friendly group that get’s together … to have a ‘cuppa tea and view past episodes, discuss the characters, and plan visits to tea rooms, lunches and one day trips.” It also discusses programs like “Poldark,” “The Durrells,” “Call the Midwife,” and “Grantchester.” Please call 941-861-5000.

Chord Company

The Lemon Bay Chord Co. is looking for chorus members for their winter-spring performance season. Rehearsals are 6:30 p.m. Thursdays at Christ Lutheran Church, 701 Indiana Ave., Englewood. The ability to read music is not required, but being able to carry a tune is helpful. Personal coaching can be available. Enjoying good music and camaraderie is what we are all about. For more information, call 941-429-0215 or 585-465-2770.


North Port Toastmasters meets at 6:30 p.m. Mondays at Lakes of North Port. The group works to help people “become a more effective communicator, improve your speaking skills and to enhance your leadership potential.” The Lakes of North Port is at 1015 Ohana Way.

Rotary of North Port Central

The Rotary Club of North Port Central meets from noon to 1 p.m. every Wednesday at Olde World Restaurant, 14415 Tamiami Trail, North Port. For more information, call 941-626-5880.

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

Meals on Wheels

North Port Meals On Wheels needs volunteers available for a few hours a week to help with cooking or delivering food for the organization. “Need in North Port has become critical so consequently has our need for volunteers to assist us,” the nonprofit says. Anyone who wants to get involved can call or email 941-474-8802.

Art center to raffle tickets

North Port Art Center is raffling one suite for the 2020 Charlotte Stone Crabs on Oct. 26. The raffle for the suite includes 14 tickets in the air conditioned suite for a $240 value. Tickets are $5 each or three for $10. For tickets or more information, call 941-423-6460 or stop by the center at 5950 Sam Shapos Way between 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Tax-aide volunteers

The AARP Tax-Aide Program needs volunteers for the next tax season. Those with computer or tax-related experience are needed. Volunteers receive training and IRS certification. The volunteers offer free tax preparation for low and moderate incoming people nationwide in person. Anyone interested can call 941-423-5477.

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.

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.

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.

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