Healing Hearts

Healing Hearts will have their monthly gathering for lunch at noon Tuesday, Feb. 18 at The Olde World Restaurant, 14415 Tamiami Trail. With support of the North Port Community United Church of Christ, 3450 South Biscayne Drive, if you are a widow or widower, divorced or a lonely single, your are invited to join this gathering for conversation and fellowship. Please call Erica, 941-423-3031 with any questions.

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.

Thaxton to speak

North Port Friends of Wildlife is sponsoring a talk by Jon Thaxton at 6 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Shannon Staub Library, 4675 Career Lane. He will be discussing how human impacts are threatening the survival of Florida scrub-jays in the region. Thaxton creates and implements Gulf Coast Community Foundation’s key strategies for transforming the region’s nonprofit community and providing leadership on emerging issues. He works with nonprofit organizations, donors, and other community partners to invest Gulf Coast grants and resources in projects that will transform our region and improve public policies. A former Sarasota County commissioner, Thaxton is also recognized as a leading advocate for protecting the natural environment. A fifth-generation Floridian, he was raised on a farm near Osprey. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please call 941 876 3720 or visit www.northportfriendsofwildlife.org.

Public Works Road-E-O

The free 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. Visit www.cityofnorthport.com, or contact Kristina King at 941-240-8087 or klking@cityofnorthport.com for more more information or sponsorship.

Charity Car Show

The Friends of Shannon Staub Library will have their second annual Charity Car Show from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday Feb. 23 at Suncoast Technical College, 4445 Career Lane, North Port. There will be food trucks, music, door prizes, trophies, raffles and games for kids. It offers free admission for "gearheads" and their families. For bookworms, the Friends bookstore will be open. Car owners wanting to show their vehicles can pre-register now for $10 at www.friendsofsspl.org. It's $15 at the show. The rain date is March 1.

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 sale space for $10. Get a table for $5 more. 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.

Wing Fest Leap Night

The Sons of Amvets Post 2000 will have a Wing Fest from 2-8 p.m. Saturday Feb. 29 at 401 Ortiz Blvd., Warm Mineral Springs. It includes 10 flavors of jumbo wings, five for $5.50 or 10 for $9. Carry outs are available. The Leap Year Rave Party will start at 7 p.m. with entertainment by Jim & Kim. For more information, please call 941-429-1999.

Steak dinner

Amvets Riders 312 will have a steak dinner from 4:30-6:30 p.m. March 7, at the post, 5070 Chancellor Blvd., North Port. Tickets are $14 for a T-bone steak grilled to order, large baked potato, salad and dessert. Music with Bridget Phillips from 6:30-9:30 p.m.  It is presale only and tickets must be purchased at the canteen by Feb. 25. Call 941 429-5403 for information.

Yard and bake sale

Trinity United Methodist Church will have a yard and bake sale from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Mar 14 at the church, 4285 Wesley Lane, North Port. Find a large variety of home goods, clothing, accessories inside, furniture and tools outside. Lunch will be available. For information, contact Wendy Wohlfahrt at 845-407-1087 or Leslie Cook at 941-223-6504.

Community Night with the Braves

Step up to the plate at Community Night on March 21 at CoolToday Park, 18800 S. West Villages Parkway, the spring training home of the Atlanta Braves. The public is invited to showcase their North Port pride as the Atlanta Braves face the Pittsburgh Pirates. Gates open at 4 p.m. and the game starts at 6:05 p.m. Tickets are $15, which includes reserved seats for 500 North Port residents and a free promotional item while supplies last. Seats are in section 124 of the SunTrust Pavilion and are not assigned. All are first come, first served. Parking at CoolToday Park is $10 per vehicle. To order tickets, contact the Atlanta Braves by calling (941) 413-5000 or visit www.Braves.com/SpringTraining.

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