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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. 8

Lemon Bay Fest activ­i­ties, see the offi­cial website.

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.

But­ter­fly Habi­tat Main­te­nance, 8 to 10 a.m., 3120 Gas­par­illa Pines Blvd. Join LBC vol­un­teers as they main­tain and improve the but­ter­fly habi­tat at Wild­flower Pre­serve.  Learn about but­ter­fly host and nec­tar plants.  Vol­un­teers meet at the Wild­flower Pre­serve park­ing lot.

Wild­flower Pre­serve Vol­un­teer Projects, 8 to 10 a.m., 3120 Gas­par­illa Pines Blvd. Join LBC vol­un­teers as they main­tain the trails at Wild­flower Pre­serve, plant native trees and shrubs, expand the but­ter­fly habi­tat, and improve the bird obser­va­tion area.

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

Great Deci­sions, 10:15 a.m. to noon, Elsie Quirk Library, 100 W. Dear­born St. Great Deci­sions is America’s largest dis­cus­sion pro­gram on world affairs. The name is shared by a national civic-education pro­gram, brief­ing book and tele­vi­sion series admin­is­tered and pro­duced by the For­eign Pol­icy Asso­ci­a­tion. The Great Deci­sions pro­gram high­lights eight of the most thought-provoking for­eign pol­icy chal­lenges fac­ing Amer­i­cans each year. 2016 Great Deci­sions books will be in the Friend’s of Elsie Quirk Library Book­store for pur­chase in early Jan­u­ary 2016. The price is $22 payable in cash or check made out to “Engle­wood Great Deci­sions.” 941−861−1216

Forty Car­rots Part­ners in Play, 10:15 to 11 a.m., Elsie Quirk Library, 100 W. Dear­born St. Join Forty Car­rots for a time of shar­ing and mean­ing­ful play. Designed for chil­dren up to age 5 and their parent/caregiver, this class is a chance to be a part­ner in your child’s play. Your child can prac­tice social skills includ­ing shar­ing with other chil­dren. Forty Car­rots’ learn­ing mate­ri­als give your child a chance to use his motor skills, while you chat with trained par­ent­ing edu­ca­tors. Use this oppor­tu­nity to ask ques­tions about sleep, dis­ci­pline, or other child devel­op­ment top­ics. The mean­ing­ful play time wraps up with a lively cir­cle time of songs, dance and fin­ger play. Class is lim­ited to 12 fam­i­lies. Come to the youth ser­vices desk to sign up the day of the ses­sion. 941−861−1212.

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

AARP Foun­da­tion Tax-Aide, 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.

Forty Car­rots Part­ners in Play, 11:15 to noon, Elsie Quirk Library, 100 W. Dear­born St. Join Forty Car­rots for a time of shar­ing and mean­ing­ful play. Designed for chil­dren up to age 5 and their parent/caregiver, this class is a chance to be a part­ner in your child’s play. Your child can prac­tice social skills includ­ing shar­ing with other chil­dren. Forty Car­rots’ learn­ing mate­ri­als give your child a chance to use his motor skills, while you chat with trained par­ent­ing edu­ca­tors. Use this oppor­tu­nity to ask ques­tions about sleep, dis­ci­pline, or other child devel­op­ment top­ics. The mean­ing­ful play time wraps up with a lively cir­cle time of songs, dance and fin­ger play. Class is lim­ited to 12 fam­i­lies. Come to the youth ser­vices desk to sign up the day of the ses­sion. 941−861−1212.

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

Read with the Dogs, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Elsie Quirk Library, 100 W. Dear­born St. Ages 5 and up (younger if accom­pa­nied with a care­giver). Chil­dren are invited to read to cer­ti­fied pet ther­apy dogs from Sun­coast Humane Soci­ety. This pro­gram encour­ages con­ver­sa­tion and devel­ops read­ing and com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills. The dogs love the atten­tion and the kids love the inter­ac­tion. Gifts of good used blan­kets, tow­els, dog toys. 861‑1200

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.

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

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.

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. 9

Lemon Bay Fest activ­i­ties, see the offi­cial website.

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

Grand­par­ents Rais­ing Grand­chil­dren, 9:30 to 11: 30 a.m., Engle­wood Com­mu­nity Hos­pi­tal, 700 Med­ical Blvd., Mod­u­lar Build­ing C. Sup­port group for grand­par­ents rais­ing their children’s chil­dren. 698‑1943.

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.

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

Engle­wood Cam­era Club, 1 p.m., Elsie Quirk Library, 100 W. Dear­born St. Learn how to cri­tique a photo. Photo judge and mem­ber Gary Renier explains what to look for when ana­lyz­ing images. All who are inter­ested in pho­tog­ra­phy are wel­come to join this group. There is no pre­req­ui­site for pho­to­graphic skill or experience.

Knit­ting and Cro­chet­ing Group, 1 to 3 p.m., Engle­wood Char­lotte Pub­lic Library, 3450 N. Access Road. All expe­ri­ence lev­els. Bring your own mate­ri­als. 941−681−3736

Friend to Friend, 1 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.

Man to Man, 2 to 4 p.m., Engle­wood United Methodist Church, 700 E. Dear­born St. Amer­i­can Can­cer Soci­ety Man to Man is a free pro­gram to help men and their fam­i­lies cope with prostate can­cer. The pro­gram lends sup­port dur­ing recov­ery and encour­ages men older than 50 to have an annual PSA test. The lat­est fig­ure indi­cate that, in 2009, 192,280 cases will be diag­nosed and 27,360 will die. Early detec­tion can reduce deaths. Sur­vivor David Wade will be the facil­i­ta­tor this year. 228‑5111.

Table Top Trivia, 3 to 4:30 p.m., Howard’s Restau­rant, 70 N. Indi­ana Ave. Music, prizes, food. www.TableTopTrivia.com

Sci­ence Explo­rations, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Elsie Quirk Library, 100 W. Dear­born St. ages 4–11. Learn basic sci­en­tific prin­ci­ples while enjoy­ing hands-on activ­i­ties. Sci­ence equip­ment pro­vided by Sun­coast Sci­ence Center/Faulhaber Fab Lab. Reg­is­tra­tion is required and lim­ited to 12 chil­dren. 941−861−1212.

 At Ease Vet­er­ans’ Min­istry, 4 p.m., Amer­i­can Legion Post 113, 3436 Indi­ana Road, Rotonda West. The mem­bers of Gulf Cove United Methodist Church are pro­vid­ing some of the sup­port and dis­cus­sion that our vet­er­ans deserve.

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.

Divorce­Care, 6 p.m., Engle­wood United Methodist Church, 700 E. Dear­born St. Unless you’ve been there, it’s hard to under­stand the hurt that comes from sep­a­ra­tion and divorce. The pro­gram is non­de­nom­i­na­tional and fea­tures prac­ti­cal infor­ma­tion and bib­li­cal teach­ing for recov­er­ing from divorce or sep­a­ra­tion. Each class is self-contained and you may attend any class dur­ing the 13 weeks it is in ses­sion. Each week there will be a video fea­tur­ing lead­ing divorce recov­ery experts, small group dis­cus­sion on that week’s topic and issues faced by indi­vid­ual group mem­bers, and a work­book for jour­nal­ing and per­sonal study exer­cises. The work­book is $15, but schol­ar­ships are avail­able if the cost is a hard­ship. For more infor­ma­tion or to sign up for the class, call the church office at 474‑5588 or Skip Wil­son, class facil­i­ta­tor, 473‑4235.

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.

Tak­ing Our Coun­try Back (Tea Party Meet­ing), 6:30 p.m., First Bap­tist Church of Engle­wood, 278 S. Mango St. Bob Wolf, author of “Awak­en­ing of the Silent Major­ity,” is the sched­uled speaker. Doors open at 6 p.m. The pub­lic is invited.

Pre­serv­ing Native Plants through Pho­tog­ra­phy & Con­ser­va­tion, 7 p.m., Lemon Bay Park, 570 Bay Park Blvd. Learn about native plants and their nat­ural habi­tats through speaker Jim Knoy’s knowl­edge of local con­ser­va­tion lands, illus­trated through his pho­tog­ra­phy. Infor­ma­tion about the speaker and exam­ples of his pho­tog­ra­phy may be seen at www.jimknoy.com. Florida Native Plant Soci­ety Man­grove Chap­ter. mangrove.fnpschapters.org. Free and open to the public.

 Wednes­day, Feb. 10

Lemon Bay Fest activ­i­ties, see the offi­cial website.

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

Wild­flower Pre­serve Vol­un­teer Projects, 8 to 10 a.m., 3120 Gas­par­illa Pines Blvd. Join LBC vol­un­teers as they main­tain the trails at Wild­flower Pre­serve, plant native trees and shrubs, expand the but­ter­fly habi­tat, and improve the bird obser­va­tion area.

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

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

AARP Foun­da­tion Tax-Aide, 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.

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

Sarasota’s Man of Mys­tery: John D. Mac­Don­ald, 2 to 3:30 p.m., Elsie Quirk Library, 100 W. Dear­born St.  This pro­gram is part of One Book/One Com­mu­nity, which hon­ors the legacy of John D. Mac­Don­ald in 2016 for his 100th birth Anniver­sary. Pre­sented by Cal Branche, a John D. Mac­Don­ald Scholar for 30 years, the pro­gram will con­sist of a pre­sen­ta­tion on Mac­Don­ald, along with read­ings of let­ters writ­ten dur­ing World War II between the novelist/short story writer and his wife Dorothy Mac­Don­ald, read by Branche and his wife, Nola
He was the first Florida fic­tion author to bring atten­tion and con­cern to Florida’s rapid growth and envi­ron­men­tal issues long before they were pop­u­lar. His defin­i­tive hur­ri­cane dis­as­ter novel “Con­do­minium” was just selected as the Florida Library Association’s One Book One State for 2016.

Cafe Philo, 3 to 5 p.m., Engle­wood Char­lotte Pub­lic Library, 3450 North Access Road. Stim­u­lat­ing dia­log about the larger ques­tions of life in an infor­mal set­ting. For peo­ple who are seek­ers, wish­ing to share and learn from and with oth­ers. This is a part­ner­ship pro­gram with the Arts and Human­i­ties Coun­cil of Char­lotte County.

SHINE – Med­ical Assis­tance, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.,  Elsie Quirk Library, 100 W. Dear­born St.  SHINE (Serv­ing Health Insur­ance Needs of Elders) will be on site to assist with Medicare ques­tions. SHINE coun­selors are unbi­ased, trained vol­un­teers who can assist with ques­tions regard­ing Medicare Part A & B, pre­scrip­tion drug plans and advan­tage plans. If you would like to make an appoint­ment to see a SHINE coun­selor, con­tact the Area Agency on Aging at 866−413−5337.

Minecraft After­school, 3:45 to 5 p.m., Elsie Quirk Library, 100 W. Dear­born St. Ages 7 and up. Unleash your imag­i­na­tion as you play Minecraft on the Xbox (360 Edi­tion). Explore, build and con­quer. A tuto­r­ial mode is avail­able for begin­ners. 2nd & 4th Wednes­day of the month. Reg­is­tra­tion is not required.

Food for the Soul, 4:30 to 7:30 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 finan­cially able, the requested dona­tion is $4 per per­son ($2.50 for a child under 10) with a $12 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; youth in grades 6–12 are invited to join ECHO (Ener­gized Chris­tians Help­ing Oth­ers); and adult ses­sions are also offered. All ses­sions end at 7:30. 941−697−1747; email gulfcoveumc@centurylink.net, or visit on the web. 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 697–753.

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

Lego Club, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Elsie Quirk Pub­lic Library, 100 W. Dear­born St. Make cool stuff with Legos. Ages 5 and older.

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

Sun­coast Trop­i­cal Fruit and Veg­etable Club Meet­ing, 6:30 p.m., Nokomis Com­mu­nity Cen­ter, 234 Nip­pino Trail E. Speaker Dr. Noris Ledesma, cura­tor of Trop­i­cal Fruit, Fairchild Trop­i­cal Botanic Gar­den will present “Prun­ing and Shap­ing of Mango Trees.”  suncoastfruitandveg@outlook.com 941−473−1451  or www.growables.org/clubs/suncoast.html

­­­­Thurs­day, Feb. 11

Lemon Bay Fest activ­i­ties, see the offi­cial website.

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

His­toric Cookie House Tour, 9 a.m. to noon, Cedar Point Envi­ron­men­tal Park, 2300 Placida Road. Cookie House was part of the 10-acre research com­pound known as the Bass Bio­log­i­cal Lab­o­ra­tory founded by John F. Bass Jr. in the 1930s, a fore­run­ner of Mote Marine Lab­o­ra­tory in Sara­sota. Tours are free and take place approx­i­mately every 15 min­utes on a first-come, first-served basis. 941–629-PAST (7278).

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. You do not need to wait for the Fall Bazaar or the Jan­u­ary Arts & Crafts Show to pur­chase hand-crafted items. They 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 med­i­tate. 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

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

Mas­ter Gar­den­ers, 10 a.m. to noon, Engle­wood Char­lotte Library, 3450 N. Access Road. Mas­ter Gar­den­ers are avail­able to answer ques­tions on gar­den­ing, tree and shrub care, lawn care and pests. 941−681−3736

Short Story Group, 10:15 a.m., Elsie Quirk Library, 100 W. Dear­born St. This group reads selec­tions from 50 Great Short Sto­ries edited by Mil­ton Crane (Ban­tam Clas­sic). A copy of this book is avail­able at the Elsie Quirk Library Ref­er­ence desk for read­ing in the library. Addi­tional copies may be pur­chased online or through a book­store. Spon­sored by the Friends of Elsie Quirk Library. Feb­ru­ary dis­cus­sion title: “Thawn Janet” by R.L. Steven­son, pg. 546 and “The Law” by Robert Coates, pg. 440

Story Time, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Elsie Quirk Library, 100 W. Dear­born St.

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

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

Fri­day, Feb. 12

Lemon Bay Fest activ­i­ties, see the offi­cial website.

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

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

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.

AARP Foun­da­tion Tax-Aide, 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.

Preschool Learn­ing Adven­ture, 11 to 11:45 a.m., Engle­wood Char­lotte Library, 3450 N. Access Road. Chil­dren ages birth to 6 years with a favorite adult have fun with engag­ing books, songs, and activ­i­ties as they build pre-literacy skills.  Reg­is­tra­tion required. 941−681−3736. http://www2.youseemore.com/charlottecounty/default.asp

Span­ish Read­ing Class, 3 to 4:30 p.m. Elsie Quirk Library, 100 W. Dear­born St.  This is a class for those who have had the beginner’s class, as well as any oth­ers who can read/speak basic Span­ish. Read­ing is at the begin­ning Inter­me­di­ate level, and con­sists of Span­ish sto­ries, trans­lat­ing them, and work­ing on pro­nun­ci­a­tion and gram­mar. The class meets for 15 weeks, Jan 8 to Apr 22. To reg­is­ter, con­tact Señor Dan: spanishfaculty@gmail.com

Ele­men­tary STEM Fun, 4 to 4:45 p.m., Engle­wood Char­lotte Library, 3450 N. Access Road. Stu­dents K-5 with care­giver. Cel­e­brate Sci­ence, Tech­nol­ogy, Engi­neer­ing and Math. Reg­is­tra­tion required. 941−681−3736

Mass, Lenten Sim­ple Meal, 4:30 p.m., St. Raphael Church, 770 Kil­bourne Ave. Din­ner in the parish cen­ter fol­lows Mass. $5 includes choice of soup, bread and a bev­er­age. Reser­va­tions are required as seat­ing is limited.Tickets will be avail­able for pur­chase at the St. Raphael Pasta Din­ner on Feb. 5 as well as in the parish office. 473‑9506.

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

Fri­day Night Skate, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Fri­days, Tringali Recre­ation Cen­ter, 3460 S. McCall Road. For grades K to 5. Music, con­ces­sions. You pro­vide the skates. $3 per child. 473‑1018

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. 13

Lemon Bay Fest activ­i­ties, see the offi­cial website.

Men’s Fel­low­ship Pan­cake Break­fast, 7:30 to 11 a.m., Engle­wood United Methodist Fel­low­ship Hall, 700 E. Dear­born St. Chil­dren under 12 eat free. Included in the $5 adult ticket are unlim­ited pan­cakes, orange juice, and bot­tom­less cof­fee or tea, with a choice of sides from egg and sausage, or bis­cuits and sausage gravy, or quiche and fresh fruit.  Live music. Buy nuts, honey, and hand-crafted gifts.  Pro­ceeds ben­e­fit local schol­ar­ships and char­i­ta­ble causes.  www.englewoodumc.net or call the office week­days at 474‑5588.

Lemon Bay Con­ser­vancy Open House, 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Wild­flower Pre­serve, 3120 Gas­par­illa Pines Blvd.  Wild­flower is an 80-acre for­mer golf course that is being restored as a wildlife pre­serve. Tours, dis­plays, self-guided walks. 941−830−8922

 

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

Art with Car­olyn, 10:30 a.m., Elsie Quirk Library, 100 W. Dear­born St. Ages 5 and up. Learn basic art tech­niques with cer­ti­fied art teacher Car­olyn John­ston. Reg­is­tra­tion is required and lim­ited to 10 chil­dren. 861‑1200

AARP Foun­da­tion Tax-Aide, 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.

The First Brass Five, 3 p.m., Engle­wood United Methodist Church Sanc­tu­ary, 700 E. Dear­born St. Sounds of “N’Orleans,” gospel, and blues includ­ing tunes like “Sugar Blues,” “Back Home Again in Indi­ana” and “Ain’t Mis­be­havin’.” $10. Tick­ets at www.englewoodumc.net or at the church.  Chil­dren and stu­dents are free with a pay­ing adult.  Free nurs­ery ser­vices for young chil­dren. See the web­site or call 474‑5588 dur­ing office hours for information.

Amer­i­can Legion Aux­il­iary Unit #113 and The Sons of The Amer­i­can Legion Be My Valen­tine Dinner/Dance, 5 to 10 p.m., 3436 Indi­ana Road, Rotonda West. Cel­e­brate Valentine’s Day with cock­tails from 5 to 6 p.m., din­ner from 6 to 7 p.m., and music with Tommy C and Judy Love from 7 to 10 p.m.  Ladies receive a flower and a valen­tine, and a king and queen will be announced.  Pub­lic wel­come. Tick­ets are $15 per per­son. Reserve by Feb. 8. 941−697−3616.

 Sun­day, Feb. 14

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, Feb. 15

Bar­rier Island Ecol­ogy: Mid­dle Beach & the Duis­berg Trail, 9 to 11 a.m., Blind Pass Park (Mid­dle Beach), 6725 Man­a­sota Key Road. Walk from the Gulf of Mex­ico shore to a lagoon off Lemon Bay with nat­u­ral­ist Dave Clay­ton at Blind Pass Beach. Bio­log­i­cal empha­sis will be on habi­tats. Included are beach, dune, coastal ham­mock and man­grove. Fairly easy stroll on the beach and the Duis­berg Nature Trail.

Wednes­day, Feb. 17

Coun­cil of Catholic Women (CCW) Monthly Meet­ing, fol­low­ing 8:30 a.m. Mass, Parish Cen­ter, St. Raphael Church, 770 Kil­bourne Ave. Guest speaker will be Father Mark, who will speak on his per­sonal deci­sion to join the Carmelites and the cre­ation of the other orders. Guests and new mem­bers are wel­come. 941−475−8382 or 630−319−9497.

Thurs­day, Feb. 18


Colos­sal Rum­mage Sale, 3 to 6 p.m. Engle­wood United Methodist Church Fel­low­ship Hall, 700 E. Dear­born St. $5 “Shop Early” fee. Just about every­thing imag­in­able fills the gymnasium-sized hall, inside and out. www.englewoodumc.net ; 474‑5588 dur­ing work hours.

Fri­day, Feb. 19

Colos­sal Rum­mage Sale, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Engle­wood United Methodist Church Fel­low­ship Hall, 700 E. Dear­born St. Free admis­sion.  Just about every­thing imag­in­able fills the gymnasium-sized hall, inside and out. Food and snacks will be avail­able at lunchtime. www.englewoodumc.net ; 474‑5588 dur­ing work hours.

Sat­ur­day, Feb. 20

Engle­wood Com­mu­nity Garage Sale, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Engle­wood Sports Com­plex, 1300 S. River Road. Out­door booth space is $10, $15 for indoor space with table included. The event will be open to the pub­lic with free admis­sion and park­ing. 941−861−5000, ask for the Engle­wood Sports Com­plex office.

Juve­nile Tar­pon Research, 8 a.m. to  noon, 3120 Gas­par­illa Pines Blvd. Join Lemon Bay Con­ser­vancy vol­un­teers in hands-on vol­un­teer work and use long seine nets to study the juve­nile tar­pon pop­u­la­tion in Lemon Creek at Wild­flower Pre­serve.  Inter­ested vol­un­teers should con­tact Jim Cooper in advance for details on par­tic­i­pa­tion.  Call 941−979−6258 or email jcoop43@comcast.net.

Colos­sal Rum­mage Sale, 9 a.m. to noon. Engle­wood United Methodist Church Fel­low­ship Hall, 700 E. Dear­born St. Free admis­sion.  Just about every­thing imag­in­able fills the gymnasium-sized hall, inside and out. Food and snacks will be avail­able at lunchtime. www.englewoodumc.net ; 474‑5588 dur­ing work hours.

Kids Fish­ing Clinic, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Cedar Point Envi­ron­men­tal Park, 2300 Placida Road. Free event. Drinks pro­vided. Chil­dren ages 8 to 12 wel­come and must be accom­pa­nied by an adult. Reg­is­tra­tion is lim­ited and manda­tory; call 941−475−0769. Offered by Char­lotte Har­bor Envi­ron­men­tal Cen­ter, in part­ner­ship with Mar­itime Com­mit­tee of T.E.A.M. Punta Gorda and Down­town Bait & Tackle.. Hands-on pro­gram teaches con­ser­va­tion based fish­ing tech­niques includ­ing knot tying, rod & reel use, fish iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and proper fish han­dling for respon­si­ble and eth­i­cal salt­wa­ter fish­ing. Vol­un­teers are wel­come and dona­tions are appreciated.

Fash­ion Show: J. McLaugh­lin Trunk Show, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Man­a­sota Beach Club, 7660 Man­a­sota Key Road. The J. McLaugh­lin Trunk Show to ben­e­fit Lemon Bay Con­ser­vancy. J. McLaugh­lin fea­tures styl­ish resort wear fash­ions for men and women.  Admis­sion to the fash­ion show is free. Lunch is avail­able for pur­chase. 941−474−2614 for lunch reservations.

Tues­day, Feb. 23

2016 Man­grove Sym­po­sium, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Char­lotte County East­port Envi­ron­men­tal Cam­pus, 25550 Har­borview Road, Port Char­lotte. Speak­ers will dis­cuss the role and value of man­groves; rules and laws that gov­ern man­grove trim­ming; and man­grove prun­ing tech­niques. $20, lunch included. Manda­tory reg­is­tra­tion is online.  .Infor­ma­tion: 941−764−4346 or staugler@ufl.edu.

Fri­day, Feb. 26

Stump Pass Beach and Bar­rier Island Ecol­ogy, 9 to 11:30 a.m., 900 Gulf Blvd. Expert biol­o­gist Dr. Bill Dun­son will lead this beach walk from the Stump Pass State Park park­ing area to the Pass at the south­ern end of the island and back, about 2.5 miles round trip. Bring water, lunch and a shady hat. State park entry fee $3/vehicle.

Febto­er­fest, 5 to 9:30 p.m., Pio­neer Park, West Dear­born Street. $3. Musi­cal enter­tain­ment, an ‘oom­pah’ band,  a vari­ety of foods besides Ger­man, Bavar­ian beer, and a children’s area with games and rides. Ger­man Clubs in South­west Florida are being invited to par­tic­i­pate. Ben­e­fi­ciary is Big Broth­ers Big Sis­ters of the Sun Coast-Englewood. 941−698−4250

Sat­ur­day, Feb. 27

Men’s Fel­low­ship Pan­cake Break­fast, 7:30 to 11 a.m., Engle­wood United Methodist Fel­low­ship Hall, 700 E. Dear­born St. Chil­dren under 12 eat free. Included in the $5 adult ticket are unlim­ited pan­cakes, orange juice, and bot­tom­less cof­fee or tea, with a choice of sides from egg and sausage, or bis­cuits and sausage gravy, or quiche and fresh fruit.  Live music. Buy nuts, honey, and hand-crafted gifts.  Pro­ceeds ben­e­fit local schol­ar­ships and char­i­ta­ble causes.  www.englewoodumc.net or call the office week­days at 474‑5588.

Eco­log­i­cal Dif­fer­ences between Wild­flower and Amber­jack, 9 a.m. to noon, 3120 Gas­par­illa Pines Blvd. Join expert nat­u­ral­ists Bob Cooper and Dave Clay­ton on a 2.5 mile round-trip hike from the Wild­flower Pre­serve “south of the bor­der” to adja­cent, county-owned Amber­jack Envi­ron­men­tal Park. Bring binoc­u­lars and wear good walk­ing shoes. Free.

Native Plant Walk, 9 a.m., Myakka State For­est, 2000 S. River Road. Join the Man­grove Chap­ter of the Native Plant Soci­ety for a slow stroll at Myakka State For­est. The for­est con­sists pri­mar­ily of mesic flat­woods with a mix­ture of lon­gleaf and slash pine with a pal­metto under­story and numer­ous depres­sion marshes. 941−474−1492;  dennyg29@msn.com.

Febto­er­fest, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Pio­neer Park, West Dear­born Street. $3. Musi­cal enter­tain­ment, an ‘oom­pah’ band,  a vari­ety of foods besides Ger­man, Bavar­ian beer, and a children’s area with games and rides. Ger­man Clubs in South­west Florida are being invited to par­tic­i­pate. Ben­e­fi­ciary is Big Broth­ers Big Sis­ters of the Sun Coast-Englewood. 941−698−4250

GFWC Rotonda West Woman’s Club Trivia Night Fundraiser, 5:30 p.m., Rotonda Elks, 303 Rotonda Blvd. E, Rotonda West. Trivia Mas­ter Jim Wasowski. Cash prize will be awarded to the win­ning team. Food choices are ham­burger or cheese­burger w/fries or tuna salad plate. Dona­tion is $20 and the pro­ceeds will ben­e­fit Char­lotte Co. C.A.R.E. and Canine Com­pan­ions for Inde­pen­dence. 941−697−5303 or 941−460−4184 for tick­ets. NO TICKETS SOLD AT THE DOOR.

Sun­day, Feb. 28

Febto­er­fest, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Pio­neer Park, West Dear­born Street. $3. Musi­cal enter­tain­ment, an ‘oom­pah’ band,  a vari­ety of foods besides Ger­man, Bavar­ian beer, and a children’s area with games and rides. Ger­man Clubs in South­west Florida are being invited to par­tic­i­pate. Ben­e­fi­ciary is Big Broth­ers Big Sis­ters of the Sun Coast-Englewood. 941−698−4250

Sal­va­tion Army Clear­wa­ter Citadel Corps Band and Song­sters, 3 p.m., Engle­wood United Methodist Church Sanc­tu­ary, 700 E. Dear­born St.  A free will offer­ing will be col­lected.  Free nurs­ery ser­vices are pro­vided for young chil­dren. www.englewoodumc.net or call 941−474−5588 dur­ing work hours.

“Proof” audi­tions, 7 p.m., Lemon Bay Play­house Annex, 80 W. Dear­born St. Drama, directed by Mur­ray Hud­son, requires a cast of two women and two men. Show will run April 27 through May 15. Scripts are avail­able for perusal at the box office between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. week­days. (941) 475‑6756; www.lemonbayplayhouse.com

Mon­day, Feb. 29

“Proof” audi­tions, 7 p.m., Lemon Bay Play­house Annex, 80 W. Dear­born St. Drama, directed by Mur­ray Hud­son, requires a cast of two women and two men. Show will run April 27 through May 15. Scripts are avail­able for perusal at the box office between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. week­days. (941) 475‑6756; www.lemonbayplayhouse.com

Thurs­day, March 3

Fourth Annual Health Fair, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Brook­dale Rotonda Senior Liv­ing Rotonda, 550 Rotonda Blvd. West. No admis­sion charge. Receipts from a raf­fle and food ser­vice will ben­e­fit Englewood’s Big Broth­ers Big Sis­ters to sup­port local youth pro­grams. Free ser­vices offered will be blood  pres­sure, vision and hear­ing, bone den­sity tests, bal­ance test­ing, stroke tests, Mem­ory Mobile for mem­ory screen­ing, and infor­ma­tion on healthy liv­ing. Other ser­vices are expected to par­tic­i­pate. Results will be kept confidential.

Sat­ur­day, March 5

Rotonda West Woman’s Club “Spring Fling,” 7 to 10 p.m., Amer­i­can Legion Post 113, 3436 Indi­ana Road, Rotonda West. Danc­ing and music by Tommy C and Judy Love and the Barstool Moun­tain Boys. Refresh­ments and door prizes. $12.50 tick­ets will be avail­able at the door or can be pur­chased in advance by call­ing Ella Kulik at 214‑8300.

Tues­day, March 8

Native Milk­weeds & Mon­archs Work­shop, 7 p.m., Lemon Bay Park, 570 Bay Park Blvd. Dis­cus­sion will be about “Florida Native Milk­weeds in the Gar­den” and how they can help both the Monarch but­ter­fly and a host of other pol­li­na­tors, as well as the impor­tance of pre­serv­ing local eco­types and bio­di­ver­sity. Our guest speaker will be Chris Parisi, owner and oper­a­tor of Rest­less Natives Nurs­ery in Tar­pon Springs. 941−474−1492, or email dennyg29@msn.com. mangrove.fnpschapters.org

Sat­ur­day, March 12

Men’s Fel­low­ship Pan­cake Break­fast, 7:30 to 11 a.m., Engle­wood United Methodist Fel­low­ship Hall, 700 E. Dear­born St. Chil­dren under 12 eat free. Included in the $5 adult ticket are unlim­ited pan­cakes, orange juice, and bot­tom­less cof­fee or tea, with a choice of sides from egg and sausage, or bis­cuits and sausage gravy, or quiche and fresh fruit.  Live music. Buy nuts, honey, and hand-crafted gifts.  Pro­ceeds ben­e­fit local schol­ar­ships and char­i­ta­ble causes.  www.englewoodumc.net or call the office week­days at 474‑5588.

Rotonda West Woman’s Club Fash­ion Show, 11 a.m., Jacaranda Coun­try Club, 1901 Jacaranda Blvd., Venice. “Spring into Sum­mer” Fash­ion Show and Lun­cheon. Fash­ions are by Bon­worth Cloth­ing Store on Peach­land Blvd., Port Char­lotte. Bev­er­age and social hour fol­lowed by lun­cheon and fash­ion show at noon. Con­tact Rachele at 941−697−5303 by March 7 for tick­ets. No tick­ets at door.

Sat­ur­day, March 19

Lucky Duck Fes­ti­val, noon to dusk, Amer­i­can Legion Post 113, 3436 Indi­ana Road, Rotonda West. Free admis­sion. Duck pull with 50 win­ners shar­ing more than a $5,000 prize pot. Also fea­tured are a flea mar­ket, car show with up to 150 cars, live music pro­vided by six bands, face paint­ing for kids, and food con­ces­sions staffed by area ven­dors. 941−697−3616.

Sat­ur­day, April 9

Men’s Fel­low­ship Pan­cake Break­fast, 7:30 to 11 a.m., Engle­wood United Methodist Fel­low­ship Hall, 700 E. Dear­born St. Chil­dren under 12 eat free. Included in the $5 adult ticket are unlim­ited pan­cakes, orange juice, and bot­tom­less cof­fee or tea, with a choice of sides from egg and sausage, or bis­cuits and sausage gravy, or quiche and fresh fruit.  Live music. Buy nuts, honey, and hand-crafted gifts.  Pro­ceeds ben­e­fit local schol­ar­ships and char­i­ta­ble causes.  www.englewoodumc.net or call the office week­days at 474‑5588.