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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, Dec. 22

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

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

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

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.

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

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

Free Mon­day Night Movie, 5 p.m., Elsie Quirk Library, 100 W. Dear­born St.

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.

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

 Tues­day, Dec. 23

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.

Free Guided Walk, 8 a.m., Tippeca­noe II Mit­i­ga­tion Pre­serve, 2400 El Jobean Road. Join Stu Lewis on a guided bird­ing walk. This 150 acre pre­serve is home to sev­eral fam­i­lies of the threat­ened Florida scrub jay. Meet in the park­ing lot. 941−475−0769

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

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.

Chris­t­ian Women’s Con­nec­tion lun­cheon and pro­gram, 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m., Engle­wood Elk’s Lodge, 401 Indi­ana Ave. $11. Local celebrity “Miss Goodie Two-Shoes” Marie Smith as guest speaker. She just returned after a three-month min­istry in Ger­many. There also will be a Christ­mas carol sing. Open to all women, these meet­ings are held the sec­ond Tues­day monthly through April. Call 474‑7746 for infor­ma­tion and reservations.

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.

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

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, Dec. 24

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

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

Christ­mas Eve Can­dle­light Ser­vices, var­i­ous times, Gulf Cove United Methodist Church, 1100 S. McCall Road, Gulf Cove. Three can­dle­light ser­vices will be held: 6:30 p.m. con­tem­po­rary ser­vice for the whole fam­ily; 8 p.m. tra­di­tional wor­ship ser­vice; 11:30 p.m. med­i­ta­tive ser­vice, with Holy Com­mu­nion.  (941) 697‑1747; gulfcoveumc@centurylink.net; http://gulfcovechurch.com.

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, Dec. 25

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Free Christ­mas Din­ner, noon to 3 p.m., Engle­wood United Methodist Church Fel­low­ship Hall, 700 E. Dear­born St. Turkey with all the trim­mings sur­rounded by Christ­mas cheer and music in the air.  Park­ing lot shut­tle ser­vice will be avail­able.  For trans­porta­tion to and from the church, or for home-bound food deliv­ery, call 941−286−2958 now or as soon as pos­si­ble but no later than 2 p.m. on Christ­mas Day. Take out orders must be placed and received only on Christ­mas day and in person.

 Fri­day, Dec. 26

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

Free Guided Walk, 9 a.m.,  Cedar Point Park, 2300 Placida Road. Get wild and wet! Join Bobbi Rodgers on a Sea­grass Adven­ture Wad­ing Trip into Lemon Bay in search of marine organ­isms such as sea horse, crabs and juve­nile fish.  Reg­is­tra­tion required. 941−475−0769

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

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.

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

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

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.

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, Dec. 27

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.

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

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

Sun­day, Dec. 28

Free Guided Walk, 9 a.m., Bill Coy/Buck Creek Pre­serve off Placida Road. Join Bob Cooper on a guided walk through the 81-acre pre­serve. The scrubby flat­woods and man­grove swamp bor­der Buck Creek, which flows into Lemon Bay.  Meet in the park­ing lot. 941−475−0769

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

Coming soon…

Mon­day, Dec. 29

Free Guided Walk, 10 a.m., Cedar Point Envi­ron­men­tal Park, 2300 Placida Road. Bring the pre-school wee ones for a one-hour Moms & Tots Nature Adven­ture.  The theme will be “New Year’s Beauty.” All chil­dren must be accom­pa­nied by an adult. Reser­va­tions are required. 941−475−0769

Tues­day, Dec. 30

Free Guided Walk, 9 a.m., Cedar Point Park, 2300 Placida Road, Get wild and wet! Join Bobbi Rodgers at on a Sea­grass Adven­ture Wad­ing Trip into Lemon Bay in search of marine organ­isms such as sea horse, crabs and juve­nile fish.  Reg­is­tra­tion required. 941−475−0769

Tues­day, Dec. 30

Free Guided Walk, 9 a.m., Tippeca­noe Envi­ron­men­tal Park, 2400 El Jobean Road. Join Don Youso on a guided walk through the 308-acre park that includes habi­tats such as scrub, pine flat­woods, marsh and wet­lands. Meet behind the Char­lotte County Sports Park. 941−475−0769

Wednes­day, Dec. 31

Free Guided Walk, 9 a.m., Cedar Point Park, 2300 Placida Road. Get wild and wet!  Join Bobbi Rodgers on a Sea­grass Adven­ture Wad­ing Trip into Lemon Bay in search of marine organ­isms such as sea horse, crabs and juve­nile fish.  Reg­is­tra­tion required. 941−475−0769

Sat­ur­day, Jan. 17

Rotonda West Woman’s Club Trivia Night Fundraiser, 5:30 p.m., Rotonda Elks, 303 Rotonda Blvd. E., Rotonda.  Trivia Mas­ter  Jim Wasowski.  Cash for win­ning team. Ham­burger or cheese­burger with fries or tuna and egg salad plate.  Pro­ceeds ben­e­fit Char­lotte County C.A.R.E. and Canine Com­pan­ions for Inde­pen­dence.  $20. NO tick­ets sold at the door. 941−697−5303 or 941−460−4184.