Allamanda Garden Club

Allamanda Garden Club meets at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27 at Trinity United Methodist Church, 4285 Wesley Lane, North Port. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. The guest Sept. 27 is Laurel Schiller, owner of Florida Native Plants in Sarasota, and co-author of the book "Natural Florida Landscaping." The club meets the fourth Friday of most months September through May. It is a non-profit and has fundraisers for community projects, scholarships for students and school garden grants. For more information, call Emily at 941-423-0743 or Lisa at 207-404-3494 or find it on Facebook Allamanda Garden Club of North Port Inc. or www.allamandagardenclub.com.

Wine & Cheese party

AMVETS Post 2000 Ladies Auxiliary hosts an Early Bird Wine & Cheese Party from 4-6 p.m. Saturday Oct. 5. "This is to promote members of saving $5 on annual dues. If members pay their dues from Oct. 1.- 23., they will benefit in the savings. Dues expire for the year 2019 on Dec. 31. If they do not pay by the 31st deadline, they will have to re-apply again for membership." The post is at 401 Ortiz Blvd. Warm Mineral Springs. For more information, call 941-429-1999.

Buckaroo Bike Rodeo set

Children up to the age of 12 can take part in Buckaroo Bike Rodeo from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Oct. 19 at Dallas White Park, 5900 Greenwood Ave. North Port.The event is presented by People for Trees and the North Port Kiwanis Club. "As part of their 10th Anniversary Tour de North Port celebration, riders can 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." Those with top scores can enter raffles for a free bike 5-7, 809 and 10-12 age groups. The day also includes a bicycle safety check and helmet fittings/giveaways, the group said, from the Friends of the Legacy Trail Children participating must have a helmet, bike and a guardian or parent present. For more information, contact Alice White at (941) 468-2486.

'Life After Downton'

The 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? Can’t wait to see the movie? 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.” The next meeting is Sept. 20 in the Juliano Room. For more information, call 941-861-5000.

Casino trip

The Holy Name Society of San Pedro Catholic Church hosts a one-day trip to Immokalee Casino leaving at 8 a.m. Sept. 16 from the church. The cost is $25 per person. For more information or to make reservations, call 941-416-5559.

AMVETS dinner

The Sons of AMVETS Post 312 is hosting a prime rib dinner. It takes place from 5-7 p.m. Sept. 21 at the post, located at 7050 Chancellor Blvd., North Port. The dinner, at a cost of $14, includes prime rib, salad, baked potato and dessert. Tickets must be purchased by Sept. 18. Entertainment runs from 6:30-9:30 p.m. For more information, call 941-429-5403.

Back Pack Angels

North Port Coalition for Homeless/Needy Children, also known as Back Pack Angels hosts its September and October meetings at Shannon Staub Public Library, 4675 Career Lane. The meetings take place at 10 a.m. the first Tuesday of most months. The October meeting is Oct. 1. BPA is a nonprofit group that delivers hygiene products to schools and social services in North Port. It is always seeking volunteers. Learn more at www.backpackangels.org.

Tour de North Port

Registration is open for the 10th annual “It’s the Green Pumpkin” Tour de North Port. The ride is a bicycle ride fundraiser sponsored by People for Trees set for Sunday, Oct. 20. Tour de North Port is not a race; it is an organized bicycle ride. Cyclists can choose a 15-, 35-, or 65-mile route through North Port “that highlights the city’s parks and natural pine flatwoods settings.” It starts at 8 a.m. from Imagine School Upper Campus, 2757 Sycamore St., North Port. The day includes a 7 a.m. breakfast; catered lunch, desserts, rest stops and mobile support and gear, organizers said. Register online at www.peoplefortrees.com for $45 until Oct. 18; $50 at the event. The first 400 registrants receive a T-shirt, goodie bag, and “Got Shade?” sunglasses. Anyone wanting to be an event sponsor either as an event sponsor for $200 or T-shirt sponsor for $100 can contact Alice White at 941-468-2486 or email treelady12001@yahoo.com.

Toastmasters

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 Club 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 lschell2@verizon.net.

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 northportmealsonwheels@gmail.com 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.

Volunteers needed

Friends of the Mid-County Library at Forrest Nelson and U.S. 41 in Port Charlotte needs volunteers. The bookstore sells donated books, CDs and other media items. Proceeds go into library programs. Volunteers are needed who can help three hours a week, or substitute occasionally for other volunteers. Stop in any weekday between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. to fill out an application.

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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