Calendar of Events

January 17,2020

Other Desert Cities ... 

Royal Palm Players and the Literature Forum present Other Desert Cities tonight, Friday, Jan. 17 at 4:30 p.m., in the Boca Grande Community Center’s auditorium. It is a reading like no other! Come experience this gut-wrenching drama. Brooke Wyeth returns home to Palm Springs after a six-year absence to celebrate Christmas with her parents, her brother and her aunt. Brooke announces she is about to publish a memoir dredging up a pivotal and tragic event in the family’s history – a wound they don’t want reopened. In effect, she draws a line in the sand and dares them to cross it.A collaboration between RPP and the Literature Forum, Dan Headington will narrate this intriguing staged reading with Sally B. Johnson, Stan Ikenberry, Nancy Ryan, Lew Hastings and Linda Rollyson. To purchase your ticket for today’s performance call the Royal Palm Players office at (941) 964-2670.

Low Lily: America Folk ...

The Friends of the Boca Grande  Community Center are delighted to bring Low Lily to the Boca Grande Community Center’s auditorium on Friday,  Jan. 17 at 5 and 8 p.m. Low Lily’s cohesive “American roots and branches” style comes naturally for musicians whose lives have been intertwined on the road and onstage for almost two decades. Low Lily brings together the world-class instrumental and vocal talents of Liz Simmons (vocals and guitar), Flynn Cohen (vocals, guitar and mandolin), and Lissa Schneckenburger (vocals and fiddle), with Corey DiMario (double bass). Call the Friends of the Boca Grande Community Center office at (941) 964-0827 to purchase your $35 general admission ticket. 

Boca Bargains ... 

With your generous donations Boca Bargains continues to stock the shelves with treasures and thus be able to support the Boca Grande Woman’s Club’s scholarships and community grant programs. Boca Bargains is excited to bring back its popular Early Bird Special. Come in from 9 to 10 on Monday and Wednesday to shop the Early Bird Special. This will continue through the month of January. The Boca Grande Woman’s Club team of volunteers looks forward to seeing you on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon with donations accepted those days from 9 to 11 a.m.  Boca Bargains is located at the corner of Park Avenue and Banyan Street in downtown Boca Grande. 

GPS/navigation seminar for mariners ...

Would you be able to state your exact position on the water in case of an emergency? Can you locate places you want to go to on the water and navigate there in the best and safest manner possible? Can you identify water depth and any obstacles or obstructions on the way there? To learn and enhance these skills, this is the class for you.The class will be held on Saturday, Jan. 18 from  9 a.m. to 5 p.m locally at the Cape Haze Community Center, 180 Spyglass Alley, Placida. Cost is $60 per person, which includes the 168- page workbook for the class which you will have also for future reference. To reserve your space, or if you have any questions, contact Larry Piper, email: Ldpiper1948@gmail.com or phone (717) 752-0081 (voice or text). 

BBQ ribs at the Boca Grande fire department ...

The firefighters at the Boca Grande fire department are “firing up the grill” to host a BBQ rib luncheon in the truck bay to benefit the Boca Grande Firefighter Association & Benevolent Fund. The BBQ rib luncheon will be on Saturday, Jan. 18 starting at noon. The lunch includes ribs, baked beans, potato salad, a roll and a drink. Cost is $25 per person. The event starts at noon and will go until all the ribs are gone. It’s recommended that you get there early ... there are some serious pit masters at the station.The firefighters are also soliciting dessert donations for the luncheon!  Please drop the donated baked goods at the station by 11:30 a.m. on Saturday Jan. 18. Boca Grande firefighter t-shirts and performance fabric shirts will also be available for purchase during the event. The Boca Grande Firefighters Association & Benevolent Fund 501(c)(3) supports local scholarships, local cancer patients, firefighters, first reponders and families in need in our community and elsewhere. For information contact Nancy at the fire station at (941) 964-2908.

28th Annual Fine Arts and Crafts Festival in Venice ...

The Annual Fine Arts and Crafts Festival on Saturday, Jan. 18 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m) and on Sunday, Jan. 19 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) is a 2-day celebration on the Venice Airport Festival Grounds.It is a festival of the arts that boasts many talented artists & craft makers, a children’s art display, food and drinks, non-stop live entertainment, classic cars, children’s activity area and the Venice City Road-E-O. Admission is $3. Kids are free. For more information see venicenokomisrotary.org/art-fest

Punta Gorda Sullivan Street Craft Festival ...

Beautiful downtown Punta Gorda is the location of the upcoming 23rd annual Punta Gorda Sullivan Street Craft Festival on Saturday, Jan. 18 and Sunday, Jan. 19. The free outdoor festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days along Sullivan Street.Unique and handcrafted arts and crafts will be showcased from more than 150 Florida-based and national craft artists during the event. The free event is pet-friendly for leashed animals and includes a full greenmarket of live plants, handmade soaps, delicious edibles and more. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce.

‘Hot Stove’ beach-style concert ...

The CoolToday Park is hosting a concert on Saturday, Jan. 18, at 2 p.m. The beach-themed concert on the front plaza lawn will feature performances by The Tams, Band of Oz and California Toe Jam. Concert tickets are $15 for general admission, $75 for VIP.A limited number of seats are available for an exclusive Q&A session with Braves executives and team staff. Includes light lunch, beer and wine. “Hot Stove” Q&A ticket $100.The CoolToday Park is located at 18800 South West Villages Parkway in North Port and is the spring training home of the Atlanta Braves of Major League Baseball. For tickets, please visit Ticketmaster.com or call (941) 413-5000.

Looking to pamper yourself? 

Licensed aesthetician Kristen Tucker will be at the Banyan Tree Pilates & Yoga from Monday, Jan. 20 through Friday, Jan. 31 for facials and all skincare services by appointment. Banyan Tree Pilates and Yoga is located on E. Railroad near 3rd Street Bistro. Call (941) 964-4404 to set up your appointment and consultation. 

Camera Club meeting ... 

The next Boca Grande Camera Club (BGCC) meeting will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 10 a.m. in the Houghton Room of  the Boca Grand Community Center. Perry Johnson, one of the BGCC’s most popular speakers, will show attendees a number of examples of ways to print images for presentation purposes. Johnson is the founder, owner and facilitator of the SRQ Photography School and has nearly 30 years of experience teaching countless photography workshops and courses to individuals, groups and businesses. He is an instructor at Selby Botanical Gardens and a guest instructor at the Ringling College of Art and Design, along with community colleges in the area. This promises to be a great presentation. New members of all levels are always welcome! For more information call Kathy at (630) 675-7234.

Need a great listener? 

Reading has gone to the dogs. The Johann Fust Community Library invites readers to read to Smokie the dog. Smokie is a great listener and provides readers the opportunity to practice reading skills aloud with a gentle friend. Come read to Smokie, the therapy dog on Tuesdays at 3 p.m. Smokie will be at the Johann Fust Community Library located at 1040   W. 10th Street in Boca Grande. For more information call (941) 964-2488.

Family story time ...

The Johann Fust Community Library is offering the following free program for children in January:Family Storytime - 10:15 a.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 22, 29For children through age 5. Your whole family is invited to this enjoyable storytime that encourages the development of prereading skills through songs, rhymes, fingerplays and stories.The Johann Fust Community Library is located at 1040 W. 10th Street in Boca Grande. For more information about a program or to register, please call the library at (941) 964-2488. 

12th annual gala to save animals’ lives ...

Just a few tickets remain for the  12th Annual Tennis Fur Ball ... Presented and hosted by the Boca Grande Club, Inc. to benefit Suncoast Humane Society’s programs, services and the homeless animals they serve. Formerly known as Tennis Ball, the event is featuring a new name – Tennis Fur Ball – and will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 22, from 6 to 9 p.m., at the clubhouse of the Boca Grande Club, Inc. Guests will enjoy a gourmet dinner, beverages, live and silent auctions featuring unique upscale items, such as art, entertainment, and experience packages. Tickets can be purchased at the Boca Grande Club by calling Stephanie at (941) 964-2211, ext. 4424, at the Suncoast Humane Society, 6781 San Casa Drive in Englewood or by calling Lena at (941) 474-7884, ext. 405 or online at humane.org.

Quarter charity auction ...

All are invited to the America Legion Post 113, located at 3436 Indiana Rd., Rotonda West on Wednesday, Jan. 22. Doors open at 6 p.m. auction starts at 7 p.m. There will be vendors, prizes, and a 50/50 raffle. Paddles are $3 each or 3 for $6. Don’t forget to bring one or two rolls of quarters to play. All proceeds go to the Lemon Bay High School Project Graduation.

Banyan Street Trunk shows are back! 

The annual Banyan Street Trunk Shows are back at the Crowninshield Community House on Thursday, Jan. 23 and Friday, Jan. 24 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. The participating vendors will be: Boo Gemes, Barbara Arnett Cashmere, Romantic Room, Yatra, PK Collection and Ginna Dunlap Stationary.

Women’s Bible Study ...

Please join the Boca Grande Women’s Nondenominational Bible Study. This year it will be held in the Fellowship Hall behind Boca Grande’s First Baptist Church at 1 p.m. starting Thursday, Jan. 23. Over five consecutive weeks, the bible study classes will be focusing on Philippians 4:6-8. The study guide, “Anxious for Nothing: Finding Calm in a Chaotic World!” was written by Max Lucado. Please call (941) 964-0669 to reserve a study guide.

Forgery, Fraud & Theft in the Art Market ...

The Boca Grande Art Center is excited to present a lecture by Laura Shannon Ballman on Thursday, Jan. 23 at 3 p.m. at the Boca Grande Community Center’s auditorium.Interested in crime and undercover operations in the 67 billion dollar art market?!All are invited to an interactive presentation and discussion about art forgeries, frauds, thefts. Participants will hear about a forger who lives in Florida, a blue-chip gallery that victimized some of the world’s most sophisticated collectors, and a still unsolved $500 million dollar art heist.Capital Art Strategies founder Laura Ballman will share exciting stories culled from her work on four continents. She’ll also provide useful tips to protect yourself against art world criminals who peddle fakes, launder money and steal cultural property. 

Shoeboxes for soldiers ...

Parishioners at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church are preparing Valentine’s care packages for U.S. military troops serving in the Middle East. All donations are welcome. The church is collecting the following items:• Protein Bars, Granola Bars, LARA bars • Beef jerky (lots and lots of beef jerky!!) • Cheap flip-flops (for showers) • Good quality socks for under boots (black, tan, olive) • Paperbacks, writing paper, magazines, puzzle booksItems should be dropped off to the church by 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23.  Saint Andrew’s is located at 390 Gilchrist in the heart of Boca Grande.

Save the date! Boca Grande Film Festival launch party ...

Pass-holders! Come get your first look at the 2020 Boca Grande Film Festival Program Book, grab your official festival passes, and stay up to date on important festival announcements!Don’t have a pass? All are welcome at the pavilion to help us celebrate the Grande Film Festival on Thursday, Jan. 23 at 5:30 p.m. at the Boca Grande Community Center Friends Pavilion. Enjoy a signature cocktail and hors d’oeuvres provided on-site by South Beach Bar & Grille.Don’t forget to grab your festival merchandise! Official Film Festival T-Shirts and prints with art by Brendan Coudal will be available for purchase at the launch party.Shirts and prints are $20 each. For more information and to purchase a pass call the Friends office at (941) 964-0827. 

Englewood Seafood & Music Festival ...

Is relaxing, having fun, enjoying good food and listening to great live music over the weekend ‘the plan’? If so, you need to attend the 3rd annual Englewood Seafood & Music Festival on Dearborn Street in Pioneer Park. Dates of the festivities are Friday, Jan. 24 through Sunday, Jan. 26. The fun and relaxation start Friday evening from 4 to 10 p.m. and continue Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free. Choose your foods from a diverse menu of seafood, meat and vegetarian dishes, all cooked fresh on site by local restaurants and food purveyors. While immersed in great food, listen to some of Florida’s top musical groups from genres such as R&B, blues, jazz, rock and Caribbean sounds. During breaks between performances, enjoy time shopping in a marketplace of fine arts, crafts and select fine products and food items.

The Guys are Back for Another Great Art Show ...

The guys are back in town. The “guys” being four talented artists who will be showing off their skills with brush, canvas and shells on Friday, Jan. 24, through Sunday, Jan. 26 at the Boca Grande Art Center.The weekend show features artists Johan Bjurman, John (Rocky) Dedrick, John W. Mitchell Sr. and Bob Vorel. The opening reception will be held at 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 24. The show will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 26. For more information call (941) 964-1700. 

Attention boat owners ...

Join the team at the The Gasparilla Inn Marina for Mercury Marine’s Demo Days at The Gasparilla Inn Marina! The Inn Marina is partnering with Marine Max and Mercury Engines to provide a complimentary two-day event. The Mercury truck will be on property with representatives and the opportunity to get out on the water and test out a new Mercury Marine Engine in our own backyard! Dates for the demo days are Friday, Jan. 24  and Saturday, Jan. 25
 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
 each day. The Inn Marina is located at  891 8th St E. in  Boca Grande. Call (941)-964-4622 for more info 

Saturday Manta Market ... 

The Manta Market at Lemon Bay High School has more than 90 vendors, great variety, great location, convenient parking and restrooms. This event supports student-based programs at LBHS as well as our local vendors, and it’s a great marketplace for our community. Dates for this season’s Manta Markets are: Saturday, Jan. 25, Saturday, Feb. 8, Saturday, Feb. 22 and Saturday, March 7. Markets will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Beach Bash for Stump Pass 

Where can you enjoy a cool beverage, tropical steel drum music, tasty light bites and a stunning sunset over Lemon Bay? The Friends of Stump Pass (FOSP) invite you to join us for the Beach Bash for Stump Pass, located at the Lighthouse Grill at Stump Pass Marina on Saturday, Jan. 25 from 4 to 7 p.m. With this fundraiser the FOSP will provide the rangers a much- needed all-terrain vehicle to use on the trails and beaches at Stump Pass Beach State Park.At the Beach Bash for Stump Pass, you’ll be greeted by the Caribbean sounds of 2nd-generation steel drummer Harold Antoine. Enjoy a buffet of tasty light bites catered by the Lighthouse Grill. There is a cash bar available. With your paid event ticket, enjoy a complimentary boat ride out to Stump Pass and back. Spaces are limited. Weather permitting. For boat reservations, contact Clif at Floridaclif@gmail.com. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased online at barrierislandparkssociety.org. For more event information and/or sponsorship opportunities, please contact friendsofstumppass@gmail.com.

33rd Annual Englewood Bank & Trust Invitational Art Festival ...

Everyone is getting excited about the 33rd Annual Englewood Bank & Trust Invitational Art Festival, Saturday, Jan. 25 and Sunday, Jan. 26  from 10 a.m. to  5 p.m. on the grounds of Englewood Bank & Trust’s main branch at 1111 S. McCall Road in Englewood. This is one of our community’s favorite events and each year residents and visitors look forward to seeing fifty of the nation’s top award-winning fine artists and craftsmen set up on the beautiful grounds of Englewood Bank & Trust near Beach Road.The location of the show is on the grounds of Englewood Bank & Trust on SR 776 near the corner of Beach Road. All the artwork in the show is handmade and the artists who create it will be here to talk to you about their work and their interesting lives. Every media will be represented.  Delicious food and refreshments will be available on site and Englewood Bank & Trust will provide plenty of free parking. For directions and more information about the show please call Carroll Swayze at (941) 266-6434.

ClamJam 2020 ... 

The upcoming ClamJam Event, will be located at the German-American Social Club, 2101 Pine Island Rd. in Cape Coral on Saturday, Jan. 25 (10 a.m. to 7 p.m.) and on Sunday, Jan. 26 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Attendees can enjoy two full days of arts & craft vendors, fresh local Pine Island and Southwest Florida seafood and other great foods, live music and contests for all ages, family event offers kids games and rides. Professionally made Clam Chowders; specially created dishes with Top Neck, Middle Neck, Little Neck, Steamers & Venus Clams. Eat them at the event or buy them by the dozen or pound, on ice and take it home for later. While supplies last.There will be other great foods available for those who don't or can't eat seafood. See ClamJamSWFL.com for all of the details and a schedule of live music.

9th Annual Charlotte Harbor Chili Challenge Blues & Beer Festival ...

The aroma of award winning chili will return to Laishley Park in Punta Gorda on Saturday, Jan. 25. That’s when the 9th annual Charlotte Harbor Chili Challenge Blues and Beer Festival is coming to town.Twenty chili teams will set up their chili cooking booths in Laishley Park in an effort to persuade the judges and the general public that their chili is the best. In addition to the chili cooking, there will be a full slate of activities during the festival. Merchandise vendors will be on hand as well as other food vendors when you’re ready to take a break from the chili. Live music will be performed all day on the main stage and there will be a Kid’s Fun Zone to keep the young ones occupied.At the festival, thirsty attendees will have an opportunity to sample different beers from small breweries not always readily available in our area. The Beer Tasting Tent will feature over 50 different craft beers from micro-breweries around the country to satisfy your thirst. Specialty beers will be available by samples or by the bottle.Admission is just $5, kids under 12 are free. Tickets are required for chili, beer, other food and the kids area. For more information on the festival see puntagordachilifest.com

Lemon Bay Conservancy Party ...

It’s January and Lemon Bay Conservancy is gearing up for its annual fundraiser “Toast of the Coast” to be held on Sunday, Jan. 26, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Lemon Bay Golf Club. Join your friends and neighbors for cocktails, tapas, music, raffles, auctions and conversation as the party goers celebrate conservation. Tickets are $100 per person. Call (941) 830-8922 for reservations.Lemon Bay Conservancy is pleased to announce that there is a  very special auction donation of a    Titlist 43 golf ball and pin flag signed by President George W. Bush to be awarded at “Toast of the Coast.” These items have been handsomely framed by Smart Studio of Boca Grande and are currently on display at Coral Creek Golf Club. Sealed bids are being accepted there and at Lemon Bay Conservancy office, 150 South McCall Road, Suite 2, Englewood. Bids will be accepted until 9 a.m. Friday, Jan. 24. For more information, call (941) 830-8922.

Your input is needed, its your community! 

The Boca Grande Community Planning Association wants your input! Please join us in a public meeting to discuss issues important to our community on: Monday, Jan. 27 at 4 p.m. at the Boca Grande Community Center Auditorium.The Boca Grande Community Plan was completed in 2004 and has become part of the Lee County Comprehensive Plan. Its purpose is to protect the quality of life, environment and the historic scale and tranquility of our island home. Lee County will be conducting a review of our Community Plan in 2021. Plan policies that have not yet been implemented because they require amendments to the Land Development or Zoning Codes can be addressed during this process. In preparation, residents of Boca Grande are invited to give their input on issues they feel need to be addressed or to suggest changes or additions to Lee County Zoning or Land Development Codes that would serve the distinct needs of our community. As part of this process, the Boca Grande Community Planning Association will be conducting a survey and will be sending it to the email addresses of residents who wish to be participate. If you want to receive the survey, please email: bocagrandecpa@gmail.com. The Boca Grande Community Plan is Goal 19 of The Lee Plan and can be viewed at the following link: leegov.com/dcd/planning/leeplanFor more information contact the Boca Grande Community Planning Association, Inc., P.O. Box 2404 Boca Grande, FL 33921 or email: bocagrandecpa@gmail.com.

From nudist colony to artistic colony ... 

The history of The Hermitage from nudist colony to artist colony will be the topic Patricia Caswell, Hermitage co-founder and program director will de discussing on Monday, Jan. 27 at noon at the Manasota Beach Club.The Hermitage is located at 7660 Manasota Key Road in Englewood.The 1907 cottage on the beach was rotted and rusted in the 1990s. It took a diverse team of caring folks to save it from the elements. Beach Club owner Buffy Crampton will add to the story as Caswell tells backstage tales - from pioneers to Pulitzers. The fee, which includes lunch, is $25. For reservations, call (941) 474-2614.

Grande Rounds event ...

The Boca Grande Health Clinic and the Boca Grande Health Clinic Foundation are presenting a series of lectures this season called Grande Rounds. The next lecture will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 28 from 9 to 11 a.m.The Healthnetwork Foundation presents: Chemotherapy or immunotherapy: That is the question. Dr. Tom Ervin discusses advances in cancer treatments with Dr. Gunther Koehne, Chief of Bone Marrow Transplantation of Hematologic Oncology at the  Miami Cancer institute.To secure a spot at that event, call the Boca Grande Health Clinic Foundation call (941) 964-0099. 

New at Special Effects ... 

Special Effects and Gasparilla Outfitters are thrilled to be the island representatives for Toadfish.Toadfish very specialized line of tools to make eating stone crabs, shrimp and oysters more enjoyable, easy and accessible. Individual tools for easily cutting through stone crab claws to get the whole claw meat! Toadfish has a beautiful oyster shucker, they have a beginner model tool and a pro tool (you know which one you are). And a fantastic little tool that de-veins and butterflies your shrimp! Toadfish also has a unique cup coolie that doesn’t tip over! You have to see it. Special Effects of Boca Grande & Gasparilla Outfitters are located in the heart of downtown Boca Grande. For more information call (941) 964-0907. 

On-Going Events

Churches

• Lighthouse United Methodist Church  -  Sunday worship services are at 10 a.m. Fellowship time follows the 10 a.m. Sunday morning service. For more information, call (941) 964-2479 or see bglighthouseumc.com.

• First Baptist Church - Sunday morning is at 10 a.m.

• Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church - Weekday mass at 8 a.m.

- Saturday vigil mass at 5 p.m. - Sunday mass at 9 & 10:30 a.m.

• St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church 

- Sunday worship and Eucharist is at 9:30 a.m., followed by a coffee hour after the service in the Chapter House. 

Weekly Events

• Al-Anon (closed) Meetings are scheduled to be every Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. during the fall and winter seasons at United Methodist Church, Third Street & Gilchrist Avenue. Enter behind the church from Third Street. 

• Alcoholics Anonymous (closed) weekly meeting at 8 p.m., Tuesdays at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church, Fellowship Hall.

• Barrier Island Parks Society is offering climb tours to the top of the Port Boca Grande Lighthouse every Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., now through Thursday, April 24. Cost is $10 per person. Reservations are not required, and climbs will be available as space allows. Please note that climbs will close due to inclement weather and on major holidays.

• Boca Bargains’ regular hours are Monday, Wednesday and Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon. Donations are accepted only when Boca Bargains is open, from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. Closed on Christmas day. 

• Boca Buns and Barre - Restore alignment and body strength using gentle, yet highly effective ballet movements. Classes are held every Tuesday and Thursday at 9 a.m. in the Boca Grande Community Center’s multi-purpose room with instructor Samantha Stone. For  information, call the Friends office at (941) 964-0827.

• Boca Grande Fire Control District monthly meetings are held on the third Wednesday of the month at 5 p.m., 360 E. Railroad Ave.

• Duplicate Bridge. Duplicate games have started for the season. They are held at 1 p.m. in the Crowininshield Community House. Game time will be at 1 p.m. every Monday & Wednesday and will start promptly. Be in your seat 15 minutes before game time. No food is allowed. For more information, see bgdbc.org or email BocaGrandeDuplicateBC@gmail.com.

 • Learn how to download free ebooks and audio books from the library to your iPad, iPhone, Kindle or laptop. Call the Johann Fust Community Library at (941) 964-2488 for your one-on-one appointment.

• Suicide bereavement group - All are welcome to attend the suicide bereavement group. The group will meet on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month in the Fellowship Hall of the First Baptist Church of Boca Grande from 5 to 6:30 p.m. For registration, call Carol Napoli at (239) 425-9873 and leave a message. Sponsored by Hope Hospice. 

• Sit down and get fit - Achieve all of the benefits of standing exercise, without the risk. Classes are held every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9:30 a.m. in the Boca Grande Community Center’s Special Interest Room with Instructor John Mannion. For more information, call the Friends office at (941) 964-0827.

• The Happy Hookers Rug Hooking, Needlepoint and Knitting Club - The Happy Hookers meet every Monday at 1 p.m. in the Houghton Room. Anyone who enjoys the company of fellow hookers or would like a little advice while working on their craft is welcome. Call Sylvia at (941) 964-0928 for details.

• Cribbage ... Wanna play? There are many games played on our beautiful island, but not cribbage! If you are interested in having a chance to once again play that wonderful game, please call Kappy’s Downtown at (941) 855-9355. We have tables and refreshments, so clean off the dust from your boards and if you are interested, just call. 

• Yoga with Dennis  is weekly on Mondays at 5 p.m. in the Boca Grande Community Center’s Houghton Room through the beginning of May. All levels of ability are welcome. $10 per class. Some mats are provided or you may bring your own. For more information, contact Dennis at (941) 830-1313.

• The Gasparilla Inn & Club offers a guided walking tour of The Inn’s main kitchen every Thursday and Saturday. The tour takes approximately a half hour. Attendees should meet in the lobby at 2 p.m. Tour is free of charge. For more information, call The Inn at (941) 964-4500. 

• Guided grounds/botanical walking tours of The Gasparilla Inn & Club property take place every Friday at 9 a.m. The walking tour meets on the front porch of The Inn and takes approximately a half hour. Tour is free of charge. For more information, call The Inn at (941) 964-4500. 

• Historical walking tours of the main building of The Gasparilla Inn & Club are twice weekly on Tuesday and Thursday. The walking tour meets on the front porch of The Inn at 10:30 a.m. and takes approximately one hour. Tour is free of charge. For more information, call The Inn at (941) 964-4500. 

• Free golf cart clinics - Kappy’s Carts will be offering free golf cart clinics weekly starting on Thursdays. The Thursday morning clinics will be from 9 to 11 a.m. near Kappy’s Downtown, in the parking lot closest to Sister’s Restaurant. Come get your tires filled and check your batteries. A golf cart mechanic will be on site for any questions or concerns you may have. If your cart needs additional servicing, Kappy’s Karts is offering a “Fall Season Tune-Up Special” for $99 ($89 for maintenance program members).

• Boca Grande Tap Class - Tap your way to fun, fitness and friends every Thursday in the Houghton Room at the Boca Grande Community Center. 10 a.m. intermediate class. 11 a.m. beginners class. For more information, call the Friends office at (941) 964-0827. 

• Grande Glee! You’re center stage, singing your favorite song. Belting it out as the audience goes wild.This is your chance to improve your vocal quality while you’re having fun. There’s no memorizing. No stress. Grande Glee costs just $30 a week, with 20 percent supporting the Community Center. Join fellow singers every Friday morning, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. For more information, email grandeglee@gmail.com. Then come join the fun.

• Boca Grande’s Farm & Fish Market -The market will be open every Friday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  through Friday, April 24. The Farmer’s market is located at the end of Wheeler Road, across form the tall lighthouse. 

• Learn to play croquet - The game is likened to playing chess and pool on grass. It’s not your childhood backyard game! Free croquet lessons are being offered every in Boca Grande on Mondays at 3:30 p.m. and Wednesdays at 4 p.m. at the three courts behind The Gaparilla Inn & Club on 7th Street.Everything you need to play will be available, but please wear white. Call or email Oakley Johnson at (202) 701-8071 or oakleyjohnson7@gmail.com for more information.