2017-03-16 / Top News

COMMUNITY BRIEFS

Bank sponsors shredding event

Area residents are invited to bring their outdated personal and confidential papers to be shredded from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 18 at Charlotte State Bank & Trust’s Charlotte Harbor office. 23112 Harborview Road, Port Charlotte. The shredding is free except for one caveat: The bank is asking those who participate to also donate nonperishable food and personal care items for the Horn of Plenty Food Pantry at First Baptist Church of Punta Gorda. Food pantry volunteers will be on site at the bank to accept donations. Shredding will be done by Champion Shredding LLC, a licensed and bonded shredding company. The bank requests participants limit themselves to four boxes of papers and no magazines. For more information, call the Charlotte State Bank & Trust Charlotte Harbor office at 255-5235.

Burnt Store church has blood drive

Want to give something special for Lent? Give up a pint of blood. There will be a blood drive on March 19 at Burnt Store Presbyterian Church, 11330 Burnt Store Road, Punta Gorda. You will receive an umbrella just in time for the rainy season. You’ll also get a free mini physical. You will be checked in at a table in the Narthex before going to the bus. Remember to bring a photo ID and any physician’s approval, if needed.For more information, contact the church office at 639-0001 during normal business hours, or email office@bspconline.org.

FSW nursing program holds info session

Florida SouthWestern State College’s nursing program will hold an informational session at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 22, at the Charlotte campus, 26300 Airport Road, Punta Gorda, Building E, room 114. To register for this session, email or call Wendy Morris at Wendy.Morris@fsw.edu or 637-5667.

FSW’s Nursing program offers two degree programs to prepare entry level registered nurses, and RNs who want to advance their education and expand their employment opportunities. Nursing students can seamlessly complete the ASN degree, earn the RN license, and then complete the BSN degree 100 percent online while actively employed as an RN.

Isles fitness hosts public safety race

The Charlotte County Fraternal Order of Police will host the second annual Guns and Hoses Fallen Heroes Race on Saturday, March 25, in Punta Gorda Isles. The event starts at 7 a.m. and ends at 11 a.m. It includes a 10k, 5k, and 1-mile fun walk.

Isles Fitness, 1133 Bal Harbor Blvd., Punta Gorda, will be the host venue for event.

The race is a coordinated public safety event that represents and benefits local fire and law enforcement agencies, including the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office Employee Assistance Fund and the FOP organizations whose primary role is to support local public safety families and the community. Race signups take place online at www.runsignup.com or in person at Isles Fitness.

STEM Saturdays offered to students

On Saturday, March 25, the Punta Gorda/Port Charlotte Branch of the American Association of University Women will begin offering “STEM Saturdays,” a series of STEM activities for local students held at two Charlotte County libraries. Each monthly session will include information and hands-on activities on a variety of topics related to STEM learning. Presenters will include branch members and outside experts.

The first program offered is in conjunction with the Punta Gorda Garden Club, “The Buzz About Pollinators.” It will focus on bees, birds, and butterflies and their role in producing one-third of all the foods we eat, and what young people can do to promote Floridafriendly gardening practices.

The program is open to all Charlotte County students, K-seventh grade. Each of the two monthly sessions will be presented for two different age groups on the same day but at different times and places. The first activity is geared for K-third grade students and will take place from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Mid-County Regional Library, 2050 Forrest Nelson Blvd., Port Charlotte. The second, for fourth-seventh grades, is offered from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Punta Gorda Library, 424 Henry St., Punta Gorda.

Registration is limited. Contact AAUW member and program presenter Karen Noonan at 505-2803 to sign up or to get additional information on the program. Include the student’s name and grade level. ¦

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