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The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services contracts with All Faiths Food Bank to distribute free U.S. Department of Agriculture commodities. Eligible residents will receive nine to 12 free commodities.

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The members of the Business and Professional Women of Englewood and Venice will welcome longtime member Kathy Castellano as the speaker at their Nov. 20 dinner to be held at the Left Coast Seafood Restaurant in Venice.

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More than 200 walkers are expected to participate as Family Promise of South Sarasota County hosts its 2018 Dream Walk, set for Saturday, Nov. 10 in downtown Venice. Activities will begin at 9 a.m. at Venice Presbyterian Church, 825 The Rialto on the island in Venice.

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Venice United Church of Christ Women’s Fellowship will hold its Outreach Auction (former Basket Auction) and Silent Auction Saturday, Nov. 10, 9 a.m., at the church, 620 Shamrock Blvd. Drawings at 11 a.m. Proceeds benefit local nonprofit organizations. Call: 941-493-6741.Sarasota Concert Ban…

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With “Pumpkins, Pumpkins, Pumpkins” as the theme, children of the VABI/Venice Library Children’s Garden Club (CGC) plant pumpkin seeds in the VABI raised bed. They heard about growing and roasting pumpkin seeds when Grandma Greenbean read from a big book on pumpkins. All tasted pumpkin seeds…

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The Healthy Start Coalition of Sarasota County was recently awarded a $2,000 grant from the Junior League of Sarasota to fund postpartum breastfeeding support for moms at risk for early breastfeeding cessation.

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It’s hard to believe, but it is already time to pack up those shoeboxes with gifts for children across the ocean. In order to ensure the gifts arrive in time for the holidays, the Operation Christmas Child’s (OCC) National Collection Week is Nov. 12-19.

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Venice High School’s Transition lead teacher Valerie Fletcher and her class of 23 students and seven adults kicked off Make a Difference Day at West Blalock Park Friday Oct. 26. The group mulched the playground at West Blalock. Monty Andrews, Larry Ivey and Jim Foubister were on hand to assist.

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Those who attend the upcoming meeting of American Association of University Women (AAUW) will be able to see what young girls learned about DNA, robotics and engineering at the “Girls STEAM Ahead” event held in April.

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