April 2, 2021

Sorry folks, they’re temporarily closed ...
Eagle Grille & Miller’s Dockside are closed temporarily as a safety precaution during COVID.
The restaurants and bar anticipate re-opening on Tuesday, April 6 for lunch and dinner in Miller’s Dockside. On Wednesday, both upstairs and downstairs will be open and the restaurants will resume normal hours. For more information, check the website at The team at Miller’s dockside & Eagle Grille thank you for your understanding!

Easter “Lilly” Pulitzer Sale ...
It’s time for the Annual Easter Lilly sidewalk sale at Boca Grande’s Palm on Park. The sale continues through this weekend. Store hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
Select items and apparel will be 30 to 90 percent off. The sale will be outside and masks are required. Located at 444 4th Street. For more information call (941) 964-4448.

Sunsets of Boca Grande ...
Stop into Sunsets of Boca Grande in the Railroad Plaza in downtown Boca Grande for mimosas and great fashions today, Friday, April 2 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The newly re-opened store has a beautiful casual collection of women’s apparel, perfect for our SW Florida lifestyle. The store also has an extensive selection of accessories and gifts. Located at 443 4th Street W. For more information call (941) 855-9834.

Smile for the camera at J.McLaughlin ...
Today, Friday, April 2 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., all are invited to Boca Grande’s J.McLaughlin store on Park Avenue for a special Sip and Shop with photographer James Dillon.
You can be the model and he will make your very own mood board!
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Boca Grande Preschool. For more information call (941) 855-9163.

Trunk shows at The Inn ...
All are invited for a season of trunk shows at The Gasparilla Inn.
The current show with Daniella Ortiz and Oliphant will end at 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 3.
Starting Thursday, April 8 through Saturday, April 10 the next show will feature Jennifer Tyler.
Trunk shows are held in the Garden & Palm rooms at The Inn from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Questions? Call Jennifer Jaskowiak at (941) 964-4548. Masks are required.

Good Friday Community Way of the Cross ...
The Good Friday Community Way of the Cross will take place today, Friday, April 2.
“The Way” will begin at noon in the courtyard of Our Lady of Mercy Church on Park Avenue. It will also end there at 1 p.m.
If you plan to join this pilgrimage of prayer, you are asked to wear a mask and to maintain appropriate physical distance from other participants (or households).
You may also join us in your golf cart. Thanks to Mark Spurgeon for providing the portable sound system.

Shop & explore with a view!
The gift shop and Lighthouse Museum are open at the Port Boca Grande Lighthouse.
Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Masks and social distancing are required. Donations and proceeds from the gift shop help support the lighthouse. Closed Sunday and Monday.

Fools Run 5k- World’s Okayest Run ...
The Fools Run 5k is exactly the kind of fun we all need right now!! So let’s get Foolish and plan on an in person event!
This year’s Fools Run 5K will be partnering with Miss Venice Fastpitch, to help raise funds for youth scholarships, new equipment, and hopefully enough to even improve some of the facility!!!
The run will be held Saturday, April 3, (4-3-21) at the boat ramp at Manasota Beach. This will be a chip timed road race along Manasota Key Rd., starting and finishing at the boat ramp. Your finishing time will be texted or emailed to you based on what you have set up through RunSignUp. Due to COVID rules, finishing times will not be posted on site, and there will sadly be no top finisher’s awards. A “to-go” style breakfast will be provided by Chick-fil-A. Registration comes with your choice of an amazingly soft tri blend shirt in unisex or ladies’ v-neck cut.
Start time is 7:20 a.m., end time is 9 a.m. The race begins at 8570 Manasota Key Rd. in Englewood. To register ($35) for the race, go to

Joshua Citrus First Saturday at The Grove Stand ...
Come out to the Joshua Citrus Grove Stand the first Saturday of every month during our season for some great local music, family fun and food truck! 
The next event will be held on Saturday, April 3 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Joshua Citrus is located at 4135 SE County Road 760 in Arcadia.

Boca Bargains open by appointment ...
Boca Bargains is open by appointment only. Only six shoppers will be allowed in the store for 45 minute intervals. You can view “Featured Items For Sale” on the website This is just one of the many treasures you can find ... 6’ x 10’ Persian rug from Iran in immaculate condition $1,800.
Customers and sales volunteers must wear masks and maintain a safe social distance. Temperatures will be taken before entering the store and hand sanitizer will be used. To make an appointment, call Candy at (813) 601-2759.
No donations are being accepted from the public at this time. Please do not leave items outside of the building.

Boca Grande tortoise & the Hare egg races ...
Grab your running shoes and join your friends and neighbors for the Boca Grande Community Center’s new twist on egg hunts, Tortoise and the Hare Egg Races on Saturday, April 3 from 9 to 11 a.m.
Bring your camera for a photo opportunity and meet the Easter Bunny and his tortoise friend. Put your looking glasses on and see how many eggs you can spot in our contactless egg hunt and use your thinking caps to guess how many jelly beans fit into a jar. Family fun for everyone! The event will be held on Saturday, April 3 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the Boca Grande Community Center.
Registration is required to be assigned a socially distanced race lane and heat time. Groups are asked to arrive 15 minutes before your heat to check-in and line up but encouraged not to be too early.
Volunteers are welcome and needed. Contact Khoreen at the Boca Grande Community Center to volunteer and/or register by calling 941-964-2564 ext 2 or (239) 470-2712.
Book signing at The Tide ...
Looking for a great children’s book about travel? Come see the Tissie Travel books at The Tide in Boca Grande.
Author Sandy Judy will be signing her Tissie Travels children’s books this Saturday, April 3 from 10 a.m. to noon. The Tide is located on Park Avenue in downtown Boca Grande in the old Theater Building near Scarpa’s.

Cruisin on Dearborn ...
Every month on the first Saturday, Saturday, April 3, Dearborn Street in historic downtown Englewood turns into a great car show. Cruisin’ on Dearborn from 2 to 8 p.m.
The car show is open to all street rods, classics, antiques, muscle cars, even a dragster or two. No trophies, awards, or registration fees. DJ, door prizes and raffle. Shops and restaurants are open for your convenience.

Boca Grande’s Lighthouse United Methodist Church ...
All are invited to festive Easter Services at the Lighthouse United Methodist Church (corner of 3rd St. & Gilchrist) on Sunday, April 4.
The 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. services will feature a brass quartet, organ, timpani and percussion and a Praise Ensemble that will include selections from Handel’s ‘The Messiah.’
The children’s Easter Experience is geared for children ages five to 12 years. Children are invited to attend one of the interactive classes celebrating the amazing Easter story through ‘Resurrection Eggs.’ A staffed nursery is available for both services.
Masks are required and reservations are encouraged. To make a reservation, call (941) 964-2479 or email
An overflow area will be available in the Fellowship Hall with a live feed of the service.

3rd Street Bistro open Easter Sunday for dinner...
Looking to have Easter dinner in a beautiful setting? Make reservations now for dinner in 3rd Street Bistro’s Secret Garden!
Jazz guitarist Russell Donnellson will be at Boca Grande’s 3rd Street Bistro this week on Wednesday, April 7 and Friday, April 9 from 5 to 9 p.m.
Enjoy dining inside or outside. Open nightly for dinner. For more information and for a reservation call (941) 964-0155.
Riding Out the Pandemic-Self Quarantine with the Animals
Please join the next Boca Grande Camera Club’s Zoom meeting on Tuesday, April 6 at 10 a.m. featuring Dan Cox.
When the pandemic first hit, Dan and his wife were about to embark on a three month travel schedule starting in northern India, on to Japan and eventually Indonesia. They made it through most of that schedule except for the last of two photo tours to Indonesia.
Dan will be discussing those three adventures taking you to the beauty of the Himalayas, the wilds of Japan, and jungles of Borneo.
After realizing there’s no Coronavirus in the wilds of the west he plans an ongoing adventure of exploring close to home, hangin’ out with the animals. You can find his website at
Membership or other questions? Please contact or check out the Facebook page. New members are welcome.

Celebrate National Everglades Day ...
Boca Grande’s J.McLaughlin store is celebrating National Everglades Day here and across the state of Florida on Wednesday, April 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
J.McLaughlin stores are supporting the Everglades Foundation in all its 24 stores through out Florida.
Fifteen percent of the day’s proceeds will be donated. This year we are specifically giving to the Everglades Literacy Program (part of the Everglades Foundation).
The program has impacted 3,700 teachers and 100,000 students in Florida. Boca Grande’s J.McLaughlin store is located at 360 Park Avenue. For more information call (941) 855-9163.

Stump Pass State Park Nature Walks ..
Lemon Bay Conservancy is offering free, guided walks, through the month of April, on Thursdays (Thursdays, April 8, 15 and 29) at Stump Pass State Park on Manasota Key beginning at 9 a.m.
Contact Charlie at (914) 799-0664 to pre-register and for additional details. (When calling, please note that Charlie’s area code is 914, not 941).

Art Show in Boca Grande...
The Boca Grande Art Center will be presenting the 2021 Member Art Show beginning Thursday, April 8.
The Member’s Opening Preview will be on Thursday, April 8 from 1 to 5 p.m.
Regular show hours will be on Friday, April 9 and Saturday, April 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday’s hours will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 236 Banyan Street in Boca Grande. All are welcome!

Royal Palm Players creates Pandemonium - A COVID Cabaret ...
On Thursday, April 8, 9 and 10 at 5 p.m., under the Friends Pavilion at the Boca Grande Community Center, another fabulous theatrical experience is opening ...
Pandemonium - A COVID Cabaret was written by Alice Court, Tad Ingram (the director) and Erica Ress Martin. Royal Palm Players Board members, led by Ann Fletcher, Bill Whitney and Priscilla Masselink offered suggestions along the way and Emmy Award-winning set designer Laura Brock put everything together into a show designed for fun.
Picture a 1950s television show like The Ted Mack Amateur Hour, where the host and the announcer banter throughout the show, where crazy commercials are performed in real time and where performers try their best to get the audience on their side. (Yes. American Idol just updated the premise.)
Seating is socially distant. Golf cart and lawn chair options are available at $50 per square. Each square can seat up to 4 people and masks are required as you enter. Call Kathy at (941) 964-2670 or drop by the RPP office and reserve your square today.

Blood drive on island ...
The Boca Grande Clinic will be hosting a blood drive with the Big Red Bus on Thursday, April 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. All donors will receive a $10 eGift card, a tie-dyed t-shirt, and a coupon for a free single ice cream cone courtesy of The Loose Caboose Restaurant! Plus, a wellness checkup including COVID-19 antibody test, blood pressure, temperature, iron count, pulse and cholesterol screening. To make your appointment go to
Social distancing/safety protocols are being followed. Please make your appointment online; however, walk ins will be taken if there are available openings. If you have any issues with scheduling your appointment, please contact lori.Obrien@oneblood.Org or call her at (941) 467-3517.

Ray McLendon visits Boca Grande ...
Boca Grande’s Made To Inspire is delighted to have Ray McLendon, son of the original Highwaymen R.A. McLendon, performs demonstrations in the gallery on Friday, April 9, 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, April 10, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Highwaymen used vivid and bright colors in their painting to display the beautiful, untouched Florida landscape. They painted wind bent palm trees, serene sunsets, churning oceans and bright red Poinciana trees.
Now, children of the original Highwaymen, called Legacy Highwaymen are painting and making names for themselves. Come see this self-taught artist amaze you with this talents! For more information call (239) 250-2094

Grande Glee Live!
All are invited to attend a free concert called Grand Glee Live! at the Friends Pavilion at the Boca Grande Community Center on Thursday, April 15 at 5 p.m.
This free cocktail concert will feature the songs that the performers did not get to sing last season.
The Glee gang has been rehearsing these songs for the past year on Zoom. Come out an enjoy the free concert featuring your friends and neighbors. See you on April 15 at the Friends Pavilion!

Boca Boys on YouTube ...
Three new episodes are coming soon ... When four somewhat cranky, very funny, old friends decide to isolate together during the pandemic, this hilarity is non-stop. Dating, children, exercise, chores and, yes, even love are just a few of the topics the Boca Boys discuss endlessly.
Entirely shot on zoom, starring actors you know and some will surprise you. Boca Boys is written and produced by Erica Ress Martin. She and Priscilla Masselink directed this hysterical sitcom specially created for and about Boca Grande. So tune in to Spark Boca Grande TV on YouTube to watch each episode. If you miss it, Boca Boys will be on demand 24/7. Boca Boys.
It’s one more fun thing to do in Boca Grande.