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 email@example.com.
The North Port Compassionate Friends meets from 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 19 for people who have lost a child, sibling or grandchild. For more information, call Kathy Holder at 704-609-7411.
'Moods of the Miakka River'
The documentary, "Moods of the Miakka River" will be shown at the next meeting of the Charlotte Sierra Club set for 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 19. Jono Miller will present and discuss the 14-minute film. The meeting takes place at Universalist Church, 1532 Forrest Nelson Blvd., Port Charlotte. For more information, call 941-423-2713.
Friends of Wildlife
The North Port Friends of Wildlife hosts a discussion at 6 p.m. March 20 at Shannon Staub Public Library, 4675 Career Lane, North Port, featuring Mollie Holland. Holland will discuss waterways in the region. For more information, call 941-876-3720 or visit www.northportfriendsofwildlife.org.
Price widening discussion
North Port officials will discuss the Price Boulevard widening project from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 21 at Commission Chambers at City Hall, 4970 City Hall Blvd. City engineers along with consultants are presenting an update on the project at 6:30 p.m. that night, officials said. For more information, call 941-240-8050, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Sun Coast Wind Ensemble has its next performance at 2 p.m. Friday, March 22 at Suncoast Catherdra MCC, 3276 E. Venice Ave., Venice. A variety of songs from “Miss Saigon,” “Les Miserables,” “Dances with Wolves” and “Aladdin” will be included with performers from North Port, Port Charlotte, Englewood and other areas as part of the ensemble. Admission is $5 at the door.
Car show benefits hurricane victims
AMVETS Post 312 hosts an open car show in an effort to assist Pensacola, Florida-area veterans affected by Hurricane Michael. The event is from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, March 23 at the post, 7050 Chancellor Blvd., North Port. There will be entertainment, a 50-50 raffle and bake sale. Register for $10 prior to the show; $15 at the door.
St. Nathaniel’s Episcopal Church hosts a church yard sale from 8 a.m.-noon March 23. To reserve a table at a cost of $15, contact Helen between 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays at 941-426-2520.
Tour de Parks
Friends of Legacy Trail hosts its annual Tour de Parks ride on Sunday, March 24. It starts and finishes at Venice Train Depot, 303 East Venice Avenue, Venice. There are 21-, 35- or 62-mile rides along Legacy Trail and other routes. Registration is $50 after March 20. The 62-mile ride begins at 7:30 a.m.; the 21-mile ride begins at 9:30 a.m. For more information, visit www.friendsofthelegacytrail.org.
North Port Art Center hosts an indoor Gallery Garage Sale from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, March 29 and Saturday, March 30 at the center, 5950 Sam Shapos Way. For more information, call 941-423-6460.
The Rotary Club of North Port Central hosts Vegas Casino Gaming Night from 5:30 — 10 p.m. March 30 at Heron Creek Golf & Country Club. Tickets cost $60 until March 10-March 27. No tickets will be sold at the door. To purchase tickets, call Maria at 941-426-0083 or email info@rotaryclubof northportcentral.com.
Allamanda Garden Club has two scholarships available for $2,000 each with a deadline of March 31. Requirements: Must be a college junior or senior or graduate/doctoral students pursuing degrees in the sciences or horticulture-related fields. College sophomores going into junior year are eligible. Preference to students who are residents of North Port, Port Charlotte, Englewood or Venice. For more information or to apply, visit allamandagardenclub.com or contact Lisa Colburn by emailing info@AllamandaGardenClub.com.
Spring Yard Sale
Knights of Columbus Council 7997 hosts its Spring Yard Sale on Friday, April 5 and Saturday, April 6 at the Parish Life Building in North Port. It starts at 8 a.m. They are currently collecting items for it, including furniture, clothing, books, yard tools, jewelry and others. If interested in donating items, contact Mike at 941-390-7248 or Tony at 617-320-1759.
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 www.relayforlife.org/northportfl or call Melina Frederick at 941-447-0475 or email email@example.com.
Free tax help
AARP is hosting its Tax-Aide Program at various sites around North Port until April 15, but membership with AARP is not required. It takes place:
• 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Mondays at Holiday Park Recreational Center, Tuscola Boulevard Phase 1 Hall;
• 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays at North Port Senior Center, 4940 Pan American Blvd.;
• 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursdays at San Pedro Catholic Church Activity Center, 14380 Tamiami Trail;
• 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Fridays at North Port Senior Center, 4940 Pan American Blvd.;
• 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Fridays — by appointment only — Shannon Staub Public Library, 4675 Career Lane. Call 941-861-1744.
Taxpayers seeking assistance should bring photo identification, last year’s tax return, a Social Security card along with income and deduction documents.
A North Port Quarter Auction will benefit North Port High School Project Graduation at 6:30 p.m. April 16 at Morgan Family Community Center, 6207 W. Price Blvd., North Port. Participants must be 18 or older. For more information, call 941-586-8126 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com or find it on facebook at NPHSProjGrad.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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 www.backpackangels.org or call Susan Ricard at 941-423-6347.