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Calendar

Schedule of events happening in Englewood, East Englewood, Rotonda, Cape Haze, Placida, Grove City, Gulf Cove, South Gulf Cove and El Jobean.

This week

Mon­day, Feb. 23

Men’s Fel­low­ship Prayer Break­fast, 7 to 8 a.m. Every Mon­day, Engle­wood United Methodist Church Fel­low­ship Hall, 700 E. Dear­born St., for men of all denom­i­na­tions. Good food and infor­ma­tive pro­grams. $2 dona­tion. 474‑5588.

Myakka River Wood­carvers, 8 to 11 a.m. Mon­days, Encore RV Park, 3737 El Jobean Road, El Jobean. All are wel­come. 697‑7933

Food Pantry, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., 180 Langsner St. Foursquare Gospel Church and St. David’s Epis­co­pal Church sup­ply the only Engle­wood food pantry that is open five days a week. The pantry needs canned meats and fruits, instant pota­toes, pasta prod­ucts, rice, beans of any kind, peanut but­ter and jelly. Dona­tions can be dropped off at Foursquare or St. David’s Epis­co­pal Church, 401 S. Broad­way. 941−276−6720.

St. David’s Epis­co­pal Church Thrift Shop, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 485 S. Indi­ana Ave. St. David’s Epis­co­pal Church Thrift Shop pro­vides cloth­ing and sundry items at afford­able prices.  The first week of the month and every Sat­ur­day are yellow-tag sale days (half price).  941−474−1047

Al-Anon, 10 a.m., St. David’s Epis­co­pal Church, 401 S. Broad­way. Mon­day Morn­ing Sun­shine Group for rel­a­tives and friends of per­sons with prob­lems of alco­holism or addiction.

Adult Skate, 10 a.m. to noon Mon­days, Tringali Recre­ation Cen­ter Unit 4, 3460 S. McCall Road. $2. 681‑3742

Forty Car­rots Part­ners in Play, 10:15 to 11 a.m. or 11:15 a,n, to noon, Elsie Quirk Library, 100 W. Dear­born St. Up to age 5. Forty Car­rots Par­ent­ing Cen­ter offers a FREE class for you and your child to enjoy play­time together. Expe­ri­ence new edu­ca­tional activi– ties, join circle-time fun, meet other fam­i­lies, and receive valu­able par­ent­ing and child devel­op­ment infor­ma­tion. Atten­dance is lim­ited to 12 fam­i­lies on a first come– first served basis. Tick­ets are avail­able at the youth desk the morn­ing of the program.

Bingo, 10:30 a.m., St. Fran­cis Church Hall, 5265 Placida Road, Grove City. Free cof­fee and dough­nuts at inter­mis­sion. Through May 15. 697‑4899, 697‑4525

One Book One Com­mu­nity Dis­cus­sion Group, 1:30 to 3 p.m., Elsie Quirk Library, 100 W. Dear­born St. “Orphan Train” by Christina Baker Kline. The book has a 91-year-old main char­ac­ter, Vivian, who wants to clean out her attic. Dur­ing the course of the book, she goes through the boxes and she recalls mem­o­ries about the boxes’ con­tents. She isn’t able to part with any­thing. This process is impor­tant to Vivian and a girl who has been asked to help her with the project. They become friends and learn one another’s stories.

Tidewell Grief Sup­port, 2 p.m., 401 S. Broad­way Road. Tidewell is con­duct­ing a grief sup­port group at St. David’s Epis­co­pal Church on the sec­ond and fourth Mon­days of the month. RSVP to 941−474−3140

Baby Doll Bal­let, 4 to 4:45 p.m., Tringali Recre­ation Cen­ter, 3460 N. Access Road. Ages 3 to 6 years. $30 per month. Instruc­tor Susanna Mazzar.

Baby Doll Bal­let, 4:45 to 5:30 p.m., Tringali Recre­ation Cen­ter, 3460 N. Access Road. Ages 7 to 12 years. $30 per month. Instruc­tor Susanna Mazzar

All You Can Eat Spaghetti, 5 to 7:30 p.m., Amer­i­can Legion Post 113, 3436 Indi­ana Road, Rotonda West. $7.50. Open to the pub­lic. Entertainment.

Mon­day Night Movie, 5 p.m., Elsie Quirk Library, 100 W. Dear­born St. Free. Con­tact the library for movie titles.941–861-1207

Adult Bal­let, 5:45 p.m. to 6:45 p.m., Tringali Recre­ation Cen­ter, 3460 N. Access Road. Adults who have pre­vi­ously danced. $30 per month. Instruc­tor Susanna Mazzar.

Yoga with Linda Davi­son, 7 to 8 p.m. Mon­days, Tringali Recre­ation Cen­ter Unit 2, Rooms A&B, 3460 S. McCall Road. $12/4 weeks. 681‑3742

Engle­wood Area Orchid Soci­ety, 7 p.m., Christ Lutheran Church, 701 N. Indi­ana Ave. If you like orchids, you are invited to come to our meet­ing. We have speak­ers famil­iar with orchids speak about grow­ing, buy­ing and car­ing for orchids. Infor­ma­tion, Gail Hop­per at 941−876−0412

 Tues­day, Feb. 24

TOPS, 7:30 a.m., 401 S. Broad­way Road. Visit a meet­ing at St. David’s Epis­co­pal Church for free. Dis­cover car­ing, sup­port­ive friends to help you take off and keep off pounds sensibly.

Beach yoga, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Tues­days, Engle­wood Beach. All Wel­come. Bring an extra-large towel or blan­ket. Dona­tion. 473‑0135

Food Pantry, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., 180 Langsner St. Foursquare Gospel Church and St. David’s Epis­co­pal Church sup­ply the only Engle­wood food pantry that is open five days a week. The pantry needs canned meats and fruits, instant pota­toes, pasta prod­ucts, rice, beans of any kind, peanut but­ter and jelly. Dona­tions can be dropped off at Foursquare or St. David’s Epis­co­pal Church, 401 S. Broad­way. 941−276−6720.

Hawai­ian Hula for Begin­ners, 9 to 10 a.m., Redeemer Lutheran Church, 6970 Mine­ola and May­port Roads. Learn favorites includ­ing “Tiny Bub­bles” and “Pearly Shells.” $6/class. 474‑6412

St. David’s Epis­co­pal Church Thrift Shop, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 485 S. Indi­ana Ave. St. David’s Epis­co­pal Church Thrift Shop pro­vides cloth­ing and sundry items at afford­able prices.  The first week of the month and every Sat­ur­day are yellow-tag sale days (half price).  941−474−1047

Mas­ter Gar­dener help desk, 10 a.m., Elsie Quirk Library, 100 W. Dear­born St. Get answers to your gar­den­ing questions.

Health & Well­ness Fair, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Ster­ling House, 550 Rotonda Blvd. West.  Screen­ing will range from blood pres­sure, hear­ing and vision to acupunc­ture, mas­sages and mem­ory test­ing by the Alzheimer’s Asso­ci­a­tion.. Also on hand will be rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Engle­wood Com­mu­nity Hos­pi­tal, Engle­wood Area Can­cer Foun­da­tion and Hos­pice, as well as the Engle­wood Fire Depart­ment and the Sheriff’s Office for its Life­Saver Pro­gram. Elder Affairs and the Vet­er­ans Admin­is­tra­tion will also be present. Brook­dale Home Health, par­ent com­pany of Ster­ling House, will con­duct bone den­sity and oxy­gen sat­u­ra­tion tests. Big Broth­ers Big Sis­ters of Engle­wood will ben­e­fit from the fundrais­ing event.  A raf­fle, Chi­nese auc­tion and give-aways will be fea­tured, as well as a light lunch for $3. (941) 698‑1198

Faith and Fel­low­ship, 10:30 a.m. to noon, St. David’s Epis­co­pal Church, 401 S. Broad­way. A group of men and women read and dis­cuss a book with a spir­i­tual mes­sage in an infor­mal set­ting. There is no home­work and no expense for par­tic­i­pants. New mem­bers are welcome.

Engle­wood Rotary Club lunch and meet­ing, noon to 1 p.m., Sun­coast Audi­to­rium, 700 Med­ical Blvd. $9 per per­son for mem­bers and their guests. 474‑0987

Friend to Friend, noon to 3 p.m., Gulf Cove United Methodist Church Room 109/110), 1100 S. McCall Road, Gulf Cove. This social gath­er­ing pro­vides a place where adults of all ages can meet for fel­low­ship and develop new friend­ships. Expect fun, laugh­ter, a relaxed atmos­phere, and more fun! If you wish to attend, all you need to bring is a non-alcoholic bev­er­age for your­self, a wide-open heart, and a wel­come spirit. 941−697−1747; e-mail gulfcoveumc@centurylink.net.

Wire­less Lap­tops for Begin­ners, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Elsie Quirk Library, 100 W. Dear­born St.  Learn how to nav­i­gate to Inter­net addresses, what the left and right mouse click/touch pad does, how to save to a mem­ory stick/”flash drive”, how to make and save a doc­u­ment, how to orga­nize files and pho­tos into fold­ers. Reg­is­tra­tion is required and lim­ited to 12 par­tic­i­pants. 4 lap­tops avail­able for those with­out a lap­top. (941) 861‑1207 to reserve your spot or email Ref­er­ence Librar­ian, Vic­tor Lorand at vlorand@scgov.net.

Teen Scene, 5 to 7 p.m. Tues­days, Jen­ner­a­tions Well­ness Fit­ness Cen­ter, 2828 S. McCall Road No. 7. Kids ages 10 to 17 are wel­come to work out in a safe and mon­i­tored envi­ron­ment. Stop in for a free trial. This pro­gram is designed to put exer­cise back into our children’s lives while cre­at­ing a healthy habit of well­ness. 460‑8177

Dual Diag­no­sis Recov­ery Anony­mous, 5 to 6 p.m., St. David’s Epis­co­pal Church, 401 S. Broad­way. 12-step pro­gram for those suf­fer­ing a men­tal ill­ness and an addiction.

Texas Hold-‘em Poker, 5 to 10 p.m., Bay City Grille, 115 W. Dear­born St. Non-gambling event. 941−240−2675

Adult Bal­let, 5:45 to 6:45 p.m., Tringali Recre­ation Cen­ter, 3460 N. Access Road. Adults with no expe­ri­ence. $30 per month. Instruc­tor Susanna Mazzar.

Zumba, 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. Tues­days, Tringali Recre­ation Cen­ter Unit 1, 3460 S. McCall Road. $7. 681‑3742

Body in Motion, 6 to 6:45 p.m., Tringali Recre­ation Cen­ter, 3460 N. Access Road. $30 a month. Put your body in motion, Breath-Flex-Health-Fitness with Instruc­tor Susanna Mazzar.

Fun Cho­rus, 6:30 p.m., St. David’s Epis­co­pal Church, 401 S. Broad­way. The group does not hold to a tight musi­cal expec­ta­tion and enjoys singing for retire­ment cen­ters, assisted liv­ing res­i­dences, and senior cit­i­zen com­mu­ni­ties in addi­tion to per­form­ing a spring con­cert. Con­tact R Wei­land, 474‑1510.

 Wednes­day, Feb. 25

UMW Cre­ative Work­shop, 7:30 a.m. to noon, Engle­wood United Methodist Church Fel­low­ship Hall, 700 E. Dear­born St. Drop in to make quilts, pil­lows, Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions, children’s and other novel items that raise money for local char­i­ties. 475‑0602

Engle-Walkers Club, 9 to 10 a.m., Engle­wood Sports Com­plex, 1300 River Road. Indi­vid­u­al­ized, progress track­ing of dis­tances and/or time walked. Uti­lize a vari­ety of walk­ing paths; rotate between out­door, marked trails and indoor laps in gym­na­sium. 861‑1980

Food Pantry, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., 180 Langsner St. Foursquare Gospel Church and St. David’s Epis­co­pal Church sup­ply the only Engle­wood food pantry that is open five days a week. The pantry needs canned meats and fruits, instant pota­toes, pasta prod­ucts, rice, beans of any kind, peanut but­ter and jelly. Dona­tions can be dropped off at Foursquare or St. David’s Epis­co­pal Church, 401 S. Broad­way. 941−276−6720.

Yoga, 9 to 10 a.m., Engle­wood Sports Com­plex, 1300 River Road. $4 per class, pen to all lev­els. Instruc­tor: Denise Man­guse. 475‑1180

Line Danc­ing with Eve, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednes­days, Amer­i­can Legion Post 113, 3436 Indi­ana Road, Rotonda West. First hour easy dances. Pub­lic wel­come. $4. 697‑8733

St. David’s Epis­co­pal Church Thrift Shop, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 485 S. Indi­ana Ave. St. David’s Epis­co­pal Church Thrift Shop pro­vides cloth­ing and sundry items at afford­able prices.  The first week of the month and every Sat­ur­day are yellow-tag sale days (half price).  941−474−1047

“The Liv­ing Gulf Coast” by Charles Sobczak, 10 a.m. to noon, Elsie Quirk Library, 100 W. Dear­born St.  Join author Charles Sobczak as he dis­cusses his book “The Liv­ing Gulf Coast.” This insider’s guide cov­ers 161 parks, pre­serves and eco-attractions through­out the six coun­ties of South­west Florida. It iden­ti­fies com­mon birds, mam­mals and rep­tiles found in the region with more than 600 vivid color pho­tographs. This is an indis­pens­able resource for all nature lovers. Awarded 1st place for best non-fiction title from the Florida Publisher’s Asso­ci­a­tion, and was recently fea­tured on BookTV’s “Cities Tour” pro­gram which aired nation­ally on C-SPAN.

Par­ent and Tot Play­group, 10 a.m. to noon, Tringali Cen­ter, 3460 N. Access Road. Free. Ages 5 and under with parents.

AARP Tax Assis­tance, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Elsie Quirk Library, 100 W. Dear­born St.  AARP Foun­da­tion Tax-Aide offers free assis­tance for fed­eral returns. By appoint­ment only. You must sched­ule your appoint­ment in per­son at Elsie Quirk Library’s front desk. 941−861−1216

Noon Day Eucharist, noon, St. David’s Epis­co­pal Church, 401 S. Broad­way. Mid-day casual Holy Com­mu­nion and Reflection.

Knit­ters for Appalachia, 1 to 3 p.m., St. David’s Epis­co­pal Church, 401 S. Broad­way.  474‑3140

Food for the Soul, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Gulf Cove United Methodist Church, 1100 McCall Road, Gulf Cove. The Rev. Bill con­ducts Pastor’s Bible Study, based on next Sunday’s ser­mon. From 5:30 to 6 p.m., an optional, light din­ner is served; if you are able to pay, the cost is $3 per per­son with a $10 fam­ily max­i­mum. At 6 p.m., there are var­i­ous activ­i­ties for all ages. A nurs­ery is avail­able for the very young through pre-K; Jesus Rocks is offered for grades K-5; all youth in grades 6–12 are invited to join the ECHO (Ener­gized Chris­tians Help­ing Oth­ers); and adult ses­sions are also offered. All ses­sions end at 7:30 p.m. 941−697−1747; gulfcoveumc@centurylink.net; gulfcovechurch.com

Crib­bage, 5:30 to 9 p.m. Wednes­days, Rotonda Com­mu­nity Cen­ter, 3754 Cape Haze Drive. Seven games against dif­fer­ent oppo­nents. $5 per per­son, all goes to prize pot. ACC rules, no mug­gins. A new deck of cards will be given to any­one who scores 24, 28, 29 or grand slam hand on the last play day of the month. Boston Bob, 276‑1511 or Jim at 697‑7535

St. David’s Youth Group Meet­ings, 6 p.m., St. David’s Epis­co­pal Church, 401 S. Broad­way Road. Weekly meet­ing to pre­pare a meal together, tend the gar­den, plan activ­i­ties, have fun. All com­mu­nity youth are wel­come. Con­tact Robin, 941−475−7848

Hawai­ian Hula Danc­ing, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednes­days, Sun­coast Audi­to­rium, 700 Med­ical Blvd. Part of the H2U pro­gram at Engle­wood Com­mu­nity Hos­pi­tal. 474‑6412

­­­­Thurs­day, Feb. 26

TOPS 512, 7:30 a.m., Cham­ber of Com­merce, 601 S. Indi­ana Ave. Take off pounds sen­si­bly. Vis­i­tors wel­come. 475‑8744

Beach yoga, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Thurs­days, Engle­wood Beach. All Wel­come. Bring an extra-large towel or blan­ket. Dona­tion. 473‑0135

Engle­wood Farm­ers Mar­ket, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., West Dear­born Street. Florida-grown fresh and organic pro­duce, six bak­ers includ­ing gluten free, fresh Florida wild caught seafood, a mar­ket butcher, gourmet food arti­sans, trop­i­cal plants, orchids, fresh cut flow­ers, cof­fee, tea, spices, olive oils, live music and more. Engle­wood Farm­ers Mar­ket wel­comes SNAP par­tic­i­pants and is launch­ing a 2-for-1 Florida Access Bucks bonus dol­lars when you pur­chase Florida-grown pro­duce and cit­rus.  www.englewoodfarmersmarket.org.

All Com­ers Bas­ket­ball, 9 to 11 a.m., Tringali Cen­ter, 3460 N. Access Road. Pick-up basketball.

Par­ents Time Out, 9 a.m., Engle­wood United Methodist Church. FREE drop-in child care for chil­dren ages 1 to 5. Fun filled morn­ing with games, sto­ries and crafts. For more details, call 941−681−3169 or visit the website.

Quilt­ing group, 9 a.m. to noon, St. David’s Parish Hall, 401 S. Broad­way Road. All quil­ters are wel­come. Quilts are made for Appalachia, Head Start and other char­i­ta­ble groups. Quil­ters also may work on their own projects. Con­tact Joan Plock, 941−698−1384; layneplock@embarqmail.com

Indoor Bad­minton, 9 to 11 a.m., Engle­wood Sports Com­plex, 1300 River Road. $2 per per­son. Drop-in pro­gram. Loaner equip­ment available.

Food Pantry, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., 180 Langsner St. Foursquare Gospel Church and St. David’s Epis­co­pal Church sup­ply the only Engle­wood food pantry that is open five days a week. The pantry needs canned meats and fruits, instant pota­toes, pasta prod­ucts, rice, beans of any kind, peanut but­ter and jelly. Dona­tions can be dropped off at Foursquare or St. David’s Epis­co­pal Church, 401 S. Broad­way. 941−276−6720.

Crafty Ladies of Gulf Cove United Methodist Church, 9 to 11:30 a.m., Gulf Cove United Methodist Church Oak’s Cove, (behind church), 1100 S. McCall Road, Gulf Cove. Hand-crafted items are avail­able every Thurs­day morn­ing (except hol­i­days) from 9 to 11:30 a.m. gulfcovechurch.com. 941−697−5533; e-mail gulfcoveumc@centurylink.net.

A Quiet Time with God, 9 to 10 a.m. Thurs­days, St. David’s Epis­co­pal Church, 401 S. Broad­way. Come any­time dur­ing the hour and stay for as long as you wish to pray or medi­ate. We will pray for each other if any­one has a request, oth­er­wise pri­vate, indi­vid­ual time in our chapel area. All are wel­come. 474‑3140

Line Danc­ing Club, 9:30 a.m. Thurs­days, Christ Lutheran Church, 701 N. Indi­ana Ave. Engle­wood Coun­try Lin­ers 423‑1898; 697‑3100

St. David’s Epis­co­pal Church Thrift Shop, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 485 S. Indi­ana Ave. St. David’s Epis­co­pal Church Thrift Shop pro­vides cloth­ing and sundry items at afford­able prices. The first week of the month and every Sat­ur­day are yellow-tag sale days (half price). 941−474−1047

iPads for Begin­ners, Part 2, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Elsie Quirk Library, 100 W Dear­born St. This class builds on the iPads for Begin­ners class. Top­ics will include, using email, sav­ing and shar­ing, orga­niz­ing apps, & also how to down­load Sara­sota Library eBooks (Sara­sota Library card and pin # is required). iPads are avail­able for par­tic­i­pants to use. If you bring your own iPad you will need an Apple ID. Reg­is­tra­tion is required and lim­ited to 10 par­tic­i­pants. (If you have an email, know/have your user­name and password)

Hawai­ian Hula for Begin­ners, 10 to 11 a.m. Thurs­days, Redeemer Lutheran Church, 6970 Mine­ola and May­port Roads.

Exer­cise Class for Parkinson’s and Neu­ro­log­i­cal Dis­or­ders, 10 to 11 a.m. Char­lotte County Parks & Recre­ation, Oys­ter Creek Cen­ter (room near pool), 6791 San Casa Drive. An exer­cise pro­gram by Deb Koy to increase flex­i­bil­ity, strength and coor­di­na­tion. Improve com­mu­ni­ca­tion, voice power and speech clar­ity. $8 per class. Monthly dis­counts. 941−681−3743

Read­ing Dis­cus­sion Group, 10:15 a.m., Elsie Quirk Library, 100 W. Dear­born St. Par­tic­i­pants must pur­chase all books or check them out from the library. A film, based on the novel, will be shown on Mon­days at 5 p.m. in the upstairs meet­ing room prior to the Thurs­day dis­cus­sion. Pat Burkey and Erin Kras­nove will be co-facilitators. Spon­sored by the Friends of Elsie Quirk Library. Feb. 19th read­ing selec­tion: “Atone­ment” by Ian McE­wan. 941−861−1216

Lap Time, 10:45 a.m., Elsie Quirk Library, 100 W. Dear­born St.

Story Time, 11 a.m., Elsie Quirk Library, 100 W. Dear­born St. “Move It!”

Engle­wood Bridge Club, noon to 4 p.m. Rotonda Golf & Coun­try Club, 100 Rotonda Cir­cle. $2. 698‑7945

Indoor Pick­le­ball, 1 to 3 p.m., Engle­wood Sports Com­plex, 1300 River Road. $2 per per­son. Drop-in pro­gram. All skill lev­els wel­come. Loaner equip­ment available.

Women’s Resource Cen­ter Peer Coun­sel­ing, 1 to 4 p.m., Engle­wood United Methodist Church, 700 E. Dear­born St. Make an indi­vid­ual appoint­ment with a trained, car­ing, non-judgmental vol­un­teer who lis­tens, pro­vides sup­port and makes refer­rals. Call The Women’s Resource Cen­ter of Sarasota’s Venice office to sched­ule a con­fi­den­tial appoint­ment. $5. 941−485−9724 www.theWomensResourceCenter.org.

Knit­ting Group, 1 p.m., Elsie Quirk Library, 100 W. Dear­born St. Bring your lat­est knit­ting project and make new friends, or get some help on your lat­est project.

Pick­le­ball, 1 to 4 p.m., Tringali Recre­ation Cen­ter, 460 N. Access Road. Pick­le­ball pad­dles and balls will be avail­able. All lev­els. 941−681−3742

Tampa Bay Ship­wrecks of The Civil War, 2 to 3 p.m., Elsie Quirk Library, 100 W Dear­born St.. The mar­itime bat­tles of the Civil War employed a greater diver­sity of ships than any pre­vi­ous sus­tained naval action. Learn about these diverse ves­sels and a few exam­ples of Civil War-related ship­wrecks in the Tampa Bay area. For adults.

Angel Food Min­istries, 4 p.m., St. David’s Epis­co­pal Church, 401 S. Broad­way. Get qual­ity food at a low cost from Angel Food Min­istries. Order at St. David’s Epis­co­pal Church office from 4 to 5 p.m. Thurs­day. Deliv­ery at St. David’s parish hall the last Sat­ur­day of each month. Cash, Debit/Credit, SNAP. Order on-line at www.angelfoodministries.com with debit or credit cards. There are no qual­i­fi­ca­tions, min­i­mums, income restric­tions or appli­ca­tions. Every­one is encour­aged to par­tic­i­pate. Con­tact M L Mat­teo 475‑1334.

Zumba, 5:45 to 6:45 p.m., Tringali Rec Cen­ter, 3450 N. Access Road. 941−681−3742

Kiwa­nis Club of Englewood/Cape Haze, 6 to 7 p.m. Thurs­days, Sassy Snap­per, 70 N. Indi­ana Ave. Net­work­ing begins at 5:30. Every­one is wel­come to attend. 445‑0751

Engle­wood Toast­mas­ters, 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. Thurs­days, Engle­wood United Methodist Church, 700 E. Dear­born St. Toast­mas­ters Inter­na­tional is a non-profit orga­ni­za­tion that gives its mem­bers the oppor­tu­nity to develop and improve their pub­lic speak­ing abil­i­ties through local club meet­ings, train­ing sem­i­nars and speech con­tests. 697‑1352

Divorce­Care, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Engle­wood United Methodist Church, 900 E. Dear­born St. The goal is to help peo­ple who have been divorced deal with the pain of the past and look for­ward to rebuild­ing their lives. Facil­i­ta­tor: Dr. Con­nie Ellis and Charles Fust. Pre-register by call­ing 941−474−5588. Free Child­care will be pro­vided upon request. $15 for the price of the book.

 Fri­day, Feb. 27

Gar­den­ing, 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. Fri­days, Lemon Bay Gar­den Club, 480 Yale St. Learn about Florida plants, prun­ing, and prop­a­ga­tion while work­ing with us in our club­house gar­dens. 475‑3192

Yard Sale, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. First Bap­tist Church, 278 S. Mango St. House­hold items, fur­ni­ture, organ, Sony multi scan pro­jec­tor, large tread mill, books and misc. 941−474−2473

Liv­ing the Ques­tions, 9 a.m. to noon, St. David’s Epis­co­pal Church, 404 South Broad­way Road. An intro­duc­tion to pro­gres­sive Chris­tian­ity. Top­ics are thought pro­vok­ing, rel­e­vant, and some­times, con­tro­ver­sial. The for­mat includes wor­ship, a DVD seg­ment, and guided dis­cus­sion. The group meets in the Parish Hall of St. David’s Epis­co­pal Church sec­ond and fourth Fri­days, begin­ning in Octo­ber and end­ing in May.

Engle-Walkers Club, 9 to 10 a.m., Engle­wood Sports Com­plex, 1300 River Road. Indi­vid­u­al­ized, progress track­ing of dis­tances and/or time walked. Uti­lize a vari­ety of walk­ing paths; rotate between out­door, marked trails and indoor laps in gym­na­sium. 861‑1980

Food Pantry, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., 180 Langsner St. Foursquare Gospel Church and St. David’s Epis­co­pal Church sup­ply the only Engle­wood food pantry that is open five days a week. The pantry needs canned meats and fruits, instant pota­toes, pasta prod­ucts, rice, beans of any kind, peanut but­ter and jelly. Dona­tions can be dropped off at Foursquare or St. David’s Epis­co­pal Church, 401 S. Broad­way. 941−276−6720.

Line Danc­ing with Eve, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Fri­days, Amer­i­can Legion Post 113, 3436 Indi­ana Road, Rotonda West. First hour easy dances. Pub­lic wel­come. $4. 697‑8733

Com­fort Con­nec­tion, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fri­days, Engle­wood United Methodist Church, 700 E. Dear­born St. Super­vised care and social­iza­tion for home-bound adults, regard­less of dis­abil­ity, to allow care­givers per­sonal time. Facil­i­tated by a reg­is­tered nurse and staffed by vol­un­teers from five local churches. $20 for five hours or $5 an hour for less time, includes snack and lunch. Frees reduced or waived for finan­cial need. Reg­is­tra­tion on site. 255‑9192; 474‑5588.

AARP Tax Assis­tance, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Elsie Quirk Library, 100 W. Dear­born St. AARP Foun­da­tion Tax-Aide offers free assis­tance for fed­eral returns. By appoint­ment only. You must sched­ule your appoint­ment in per­son at Elsie Quirk Library’s front desk. 941−861−1216

Lemon Bay Gar­den Club Stan­dard Flower Show, 2 to 5 p.m., Gar­den Club club house, 480 Yale St. Flo­ral designs and artis­tic crafts will be judged by National Gar­den Club judges. There will also be a judged Hor­ti­cul­tural Divi­sion fea­tur­ing numer­ous spec­i­men plants. Hand-crafted cards will also be avail­able and a selec­tion of plants includ­ing numer­ous bromeli­ads, will be for sale. Admis­sion is free, refresh­ments will be served and the pub­lic is invited to attend.  941−769−1019 or 941−473−5543.  On event days: 941−474−9068.

World’s Great­est Geo­log­i­cal Won­ders, 2 to 3 p.m., Elsie Quirk Library, 100 W. Dear­born St.  36 Spec­tac­u­lar Sites is your gate­way to an unri­valed adven­ture. In these lav­ishly illus­trated lec­tures that are suit­able for non-scientists and geol­ogy enthu­si­asts alike, Pro­fes­sor Michael E. Wyses­sion of Wash­ing­ton Uni­ver­sity in St. Louis intro­duces you to Earth’s most out­stand­ing geo­log­i­cal des­ti­na­tions. 941−861−1216

Treaty of Ver­sailles: The Treaty that Changed the World, 3:30 to 4:45 p.m., Elsie Quirk Library, 100 W Dear­born St. Paris 1919 — The treaty of Ver­sailles is signed and the vic­tors divide up the mid­dle east, Africa and the far east. The treaty set the stage for WW II, the cold war and future wars in the 20th and 21st cen­turies. Empires dis­solved, old coun­tries deleted and new coun­tries estab­lished. This class will review the his­tory of this time, the con­se­quences of the treaty, and the impact on Amer­ica in the 21st cen­tury. Mod­er­a­tor John Regan will use over­head slides and video for the presentation.

Amer­i­can Legion All-You-Can-Eat Din­ner, 5 to 7:30 p.m., Amer­i­can Legion Post 113, 3436 Indi­ana Road, Rotonda West. $10. Open to the public.

Free Poker Games, 5 p.m. Armadillo’s Bil­liard & Brew, 622 N. Indi­ana Ave. Play until close. 941−474−2356

Engle­wood Elks Bingo, 5:45 p.m., Engle­wood Elks Lodge, 401 N. Indi­ana Ave. Open to the public.

Tae Kwon Do, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Engle­wood Sports Com­plex, 1300 River Road. Ages 7–15, free. Instruc­tor: Ron Blago. 861‑1980

Sin­gles Soci­ety, 7 to 9 p.m., Engle­wood United Methodist Church, 700 E. Dear­born St. Fel­low­ship, food, and fun for 50’s to mid-70’s senior sin­gles. Weekly, except on or around hol­i­days, in Lampp Office Build­ing Mary Martha Suite. See www.englewoodumc.net for sched­ule. 474‑5588

Sat­ur­day, Feb. 28

Pan­cake Brunch, 7:30 to 11:30 a.m., Engle­wood United Methodist Church, 700 E. Dear­born St., Fel­low­ship Hall.  $5 ($3 chil­dren) buys unlim­ited pan­cakes; orange juice, and bot­tom­less cof­fee or tea; plus egg and sausage, bis­cuits and sausage gravy, or quiche and fresh fruit as side choices.  Live music. Buy nuts, grape­fruit, honey, and Cre­ative Work­shop hand-crafted gifts. Pro­ceeds ben­e­fit local char­i­ties. www.englewoodumc.net  474‑5588 weekdays.

Beach yoga, 9 to 10 a.m. Sat­ur­days, Engle­wood Beach. All Wel­come. Bring an extra-large towel or blan­ket. Dona­tion. 473‑0135.

Turbo Kick­box­ing, 9 to 10 a.m., Engle­wood Sports Com­plex, 1300 River Road. Ages 18 and older, $4 per class. Fast-paced, car­dio work­out set to music. Con­tact Tiff at 809‑6128 or email tiffany122807@gmail.com.

Native Plant Walk, 9 a.m., Sleep­ing Tur­tles South, 2800 N. River Road, Venice. Join the Man­grove Chap­ter, Florida Native Plant Soci­ety, for a slow stroll. Upland and wet­land com­mu­ni­ties are home to gopher tor­toise, bob­cat, swallow-tailed kite and osprey. Wild­flow­ers that may be observed include false fox­glove, blaz­ing star, pen­ny­royal and spi­der lily. Every­one is wel­come. 941−474−1492 or dennyg29@msn.com

Yard Sale, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. First Bap­tist Church, 278 S. Mango St. House­hold items, fur­ni­ture, organ, Sony multi-scan pro­jec­tor, large tread mill, books and misc. 941−474−2473

Closet of Hope, 9:30 a.m. to noon, Gulf Cove United Methodist Church, 1100 McCall Road, Gulf Cove. The Closet of Hope at Gulf Cove United Methodist Church offers free cloth­ing for indi­vid­u­als of all ages. To be eli­gi­ble for free cloth­ing, indi­vid­u­als must present a photo ID that reflects their res­i­dence in Char­lotte County or in Engle­wood, North Port, or Venice in Sara­sota County. 697‑1747 or youthdirector@ewol.com. Visit us on the web at gulfcovechurch.com.

St. David’s Epis­co­pal Church Thrift Shop, 9:30 a.m. to noon, 485 S. Indi­ana Ave. St. David’s Epis­co­pal Church Thrift Shop pro­vides cloth­ing and sundry items at afford­able prices.  The first week of the month and every Sat­ur­day are yellow-tag sale days (half price).  941−474−1047

Lemon Bay Gar­den Club Stan­dard Flower Show, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Gar­den Club club house, 480 Yale St. Flo­ral designs and artis­tic crafts will be judged by National Gar­den Club judges. There will also be a judged Hor­ti­cul­tural Divi­sion fea­tur­ing numer­ous spec­i­men plants. Hand-crafted cards will also be avail­able and a selec­tion of plants includ­ing numer­ous bromeli­ads, will be for sale. Admis­sion is free, refresh­ments will be served and the pub­lic is invited to attend.  941−769−1019 or 941−473−5543.  On event days: 941−474−9068.

Ten­nis clin­ics, 10 a.m. to noon Sat­ur­days, Rotonda Park & Pre­serve Ten­nis Courts, 100 Rotonda Blvd. East, Rotonda West. Clin­ics cover all aspects of the game. $30 per clinic. 681‑3742

Lis­ten & Learn Span­ish Sto­ry­time, 10:30 a.m., Elsie Quirk Library, 100 W. Dear­born St. Ages 3 to 11.

Read­ing Gar­den Cel­e­bra­tion, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Elsie Quirk Library, 100 W. Dear­born St. New Read­ing Gar­den ded­i­ca­tion. The project dates back to 2011, when the Friends of the Elsie Quirk Library decided they would like to design, con­struct and main­tain a gar­den at the library in cel­e­bra­tion of its 50th anniver­sary. Work­ing with Sara­sota County employ­ees, archi­tect Gre­gory Hall and land­scape archi­tect Kurt Crist, the Friends cre­ated a plan for the gar­den and received approval for this plan from the Board of County Com­mis­sion­ers. The funds to cre­ate the gar­den were con­tributed by the Friends and many gen­er­ous donors. The cer­e­mony will include remarks from Sara­sota County Com­mis­sion Vice Chair Alan Maio and Sara­sota County Libraries and His­tor­i­cal Resources Direc­tor Sara­beth Kala­jian, a spe­cial musi­cal per­for­mance by the chil­dren of Engle­wood Ele­men­tary School and refreshments.

AARP Tax Assis­tance, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., Elsie Quirk Library, 100 W. Dear­born St. AARP Foun­da­tion Tax-Aide offers free assis­tance for fed­eral returns. By appoint­ment only. You must sched­ule your appoint­ment in per­son at Elsie Quirk Library’s front desk. 941−861−1216

Sun­day, March 1

Moose Lodge Break­fast, 9 a.m. to noon Sun­days, Engle­wood Moose Lodge, 55 W. Dear­born St. Order all you’d like for $5. Com­plete break­fast with table ser­vice and all made to order. Enjoy break­fast and help local Moose char­i­ties. Din­ing entrance and park­ing is in rear of build­ing (on Green Street). For menu, go to the web­site. 473‑2670

Church ser­vice, 9 a.m., Hol­i­day Travel Park, 1475 Flamingo Drive. Non-sectarian ser­vices in the club­house with the Rev. Bob Trim­ble. 810−845−5257

Signed Wor­ship Ser­vice, 9:30 a.m., Gulf Cove United Methodist Church, 1100 McCall Road, Gulf Cove. Con­tem­po­rary wor­ship ser­vice dur­ing which the ser­mon is sup­ple­mented by sign lan­guage for the hear­ing impaired. 941−697−1747; gulfcoveumc@centurylink.net; gulfcovechurch.com

Audi­tions for “Oh, Mama! No, Papa!”, 7 p.m., Lemon Bay Play­house Annex, 80 W. Dear­born St. No appoint­ment required. The play will be directed by Rita Corn and calls for a cast of two men and four women. It will run from April 29 through May 17. Scripts are avail­able for perusal at the box office between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. week­days.  (941) 475‑6756.

Coming soon…

Mon­day, March 2

Audi­tions for “Oh, Mama! No, Papa!” 7 p.m., Lemon Bay Play­house Annex, 80 W. Dear­born St. No appoint­ment required. The play will be directed by Rita Corn and calls for a cast of two men and four women. It will run from April 29 through May 17. Scripts are avail­able for perusal at the box office between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. week­days.  (941) 475‑6756.

Fri­day, March 6

Blood drive, Engle­wood Bank & Trust, 1111 S. McCall Road. OneBlood’s Big Red Bus will be avail­able from 1:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. All donors will receive a free movie ticket voucher and a well­ness checkup, includ­ing blood pres­sure, tem­per­a­ture, iron count and cho­les­terol screen­ing. Donors should be at least 16 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds, and bring some form of photo iden­ti­fi­ca­tion. Appoint­ments are not required, but for faster ser­vice, appoint­ments may be made online at www.oneblooddonor.org using the spon­sor code #27823.

Sat­ur­day, March 7

Luck of the Irish Trivia Night Ben­e­fit, 7 p.m., Lemon Bay Park, 570 Bay Park Blvd. All pro­ceeds go to the Friends of Lemon Bay Park to help main­tain gar­dens, grounds, pond, and pro­grams. Admis­sion is $10 and includes snacks, baked goods, and one free entry for a door prize.  Water, soda, beer, and wine will be avail­able. All those arriv­ing wear­ing green will receive a free entry into a sec­ond Green Only raf­fle.  The night will also include a 50/50 raf­fle.  Game hosted by Jim Wasowski, Mr. Trivia.  Ques­tions will include gen­eral top­ics but with an Irish or St. Paddy’s Day con­nec­tion.  First place team wins $100.  Sec­ond place team wins $50.  Team size: 4 to 8.   No team?  No worry.  A space will be found for you at a table.  Pre-registration is highly rec­om­mended.  Email team name and size to: friendsoflemonbaypark@gmail.com  or call: 941−474−3065

Sat­ur­day, March 28

Easter Egg Hunt, 10 a.m., Gulf Cove United Methodist Church, 1100 S. McCall Road, Gulf Cove. Tod­dlers through age 12. After the hunt, there will be snacks and games. (941) 697‑1747 or gulfcoveumc@centurylink.net, or visit the web­site.

Rotary Club of Engle­wood 34th Annual Spring Fine Arts Fes­ti­val, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., West Dear­born Street. More than 100 artists dis­play work. Sev­eral food and drink ven­dors. Free admis­sion, but $2 dona­tion will be accepted.

Sun­day, March 29

Rotary Club of Engle­wood 34th Annual Spring Fine Arts Fes­ti­val, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., West Dear­born Street. More than 100 artists dis­play work. Sev­eral food and drink ven­dors. Free admis­sion, but $2 dona­tion will be accepted.

Sat­ur­day, April 11

Golf for Kids Needs, 8 a.m., Oys­ter Creek Golf Club, 6651 Ori­ole Blvd. Shot­gun start. $45 entry fee cov­ers golf, cof­fee and dough­nuts, lunch. Prizes, raf­fles and more. Spon­sor­ships avail­able. Click here to spon­sor or enter: Golf tour­na­ment flyer

Sat­ur­day, May 9

Ladies Day Tar­pon Tour­na­ment, 6 to 9 p.m., Boca Grande. Party will be held on Fri­day, May 8. Fee is $550. All pay­ments are due in full by March 6. First-place prize is $1,000, and any remain­ing por­tion will go toward C.A.R.E., Inc., The Cen­ter for Abuse and Rape Emer­gen­cies of Char­lotte County. Reg­is­ter at the Ladies Day web­site. Check out the Ladies Day Tar­pon Tour­na­ment Face­book page for cur­rent updates. 941−964−0568 or 941−473−4504.