March 4 – March 10 EVENTS

SunCoast Blood Bank will be hosting a blood drive at Elsie Quirk Library on Monday, March 6 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. All blood donors will receive a treat bag, blood pressure check, pulse and temperature reading, iron count, and a cholesterol screening. Participants will also be entered into a drawing to win an autographed copy of Stephen King’s bestseller, “Everything’s Eventual.” Stephen King credits blood donors with saving his life. On June 19, 1999, while taking a walk in Maine, King was struck by a van and received critical injuries. He credits blood donors with saving his life. King, who spends his winters in Sarasota County said, “Life is precious and I wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for the selfless acts of others. I’m a blood donor now, and I give as often as I can at SunCoast Blood Bank.”

Here are the Elsie Quirk Library events for this week:


  • The Suncoast Writers Guild will meet at 10:00 a.m.
  • AARP Tax Assistance Program is from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and offered by appointment. Please visit the library in-person to schedule your appointment.


  • Great Decisions starts at 10:00 a.m. This is America’s largest discussion series on world affairs. Attendees are asked to read each session’s selected Great Decisions topic before attending. This week’s topic is, Conflict in the South China Sea. The book can be purchased at the Friends bookstore for $23 each.
  • Forty Carrots’ Partners in Play is a free class for caregivers and children ages birth to 5 to enjoy together and is held from 10:15 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. or 11:15 a.m. to noon. Experience educational activities, join in circle-time fun, meet other families, and receive valuable parenting and child development information. Attendance is limited to 12 families per session.
  • AARP Tax Assistance Program is from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and offered by appointment. Please visit the library in-person to schedule your appointment.
  • Our Monday Night Movie starts at 5 pm. Newly divorced and at a crossroads, Liz Gilbert steps out of her comfort zone, risking everything to change her life. She embarks on a journey around the world as she pursues a quest for self-discovery.

(Drama, PG-13, 2 hrs. 10 mins.) (2010)

  • English for Spanish Speakers/Gratis Clase de Ingles para Hispanohablantes starts at 5:30 p.m. This class is for Spanish speakers who want to improve their English skills. Students should be able to speak some basic English.



  • Drop in for the Master Gardener Plant Clinic in partnership with UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County from 10:00 a.m. to noon. For more information, call 941-861-1307 or visit,
  • Sarasota Modern Quilt Guild meets at 1:00 p.m.
  • Join the Englewood Computer Club at 1:00 p.m., as they work together to better understand computers. For more information, email
  • Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead-Science is from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Registration is open to ages 5 through 11 and limited to 12 participants.




  • SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) will be here from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This is a free program offered by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs and Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida. Specially trained volunteers can assist you with your Medicare, Medicaid, and health insurance questions by providing one-on-one counseling and information. These services are free, unbiased, and confidential.
  • AARP Tax Assistance Program is from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and offered by appointment. Please visit the library in-person to schedule your appointment.
  • Athena Café meets at 11:00 a.m.
  • Englewood Authors meets at 5:00 p.m.
  • Pioneer Days Planning Committee meets at 6:00 p.m. All are welcome to attend and contribute ideas if interested in participating in the planning process for this annual event.



  • “75 is the New 55!” begins at 10:00 a.m. This program is part of the Healthy Choices series facilitated by Jack Swanton, Master Educator with Coastal Behavioral Healthcare. He will provide a 21 step evaluation for participants that will inspire them to passionately enjoy life. Sponsored by the Friends. No registration necessary.
  • The Short Story Discussion Group meets at 10:15 a.m. This month’s selection is, “That Evening Sun” by W. Faulkner and “The Second Tree” by E.B. White.
  • Family Storytime starts at 10:30 a.m. and is open to children ages birth to 5 and their families. Enjoy interacting with your child by participating in early literacy activities that include books, music and movement, crafts and other educational activities. No registration necessary. This week’s theme is, Colors.
  • The Knitting Club will meet to knit and chat from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • The MAC Users SIG meets at 1:30 p.m. to learn more about idevices (iPod, iPhone, etc.). All are welcome to attend.



  • AARP Tax Assistance Program is from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and offered by appointment. Please visit the library in-person to schedule your appointment.
  • Basic Conversational Spanish Class for Beginners will meet from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Learn basic conversational Spanish with instructor Dan Duffy. This class is for those who know little or no Spanish. Registration is required and limited to 50 participants. Register at for this free class that meets through April.
  • The Age of Henry VIII lecture series will start at 2:00 p.m.
  • Spanish Reading Group meets from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. This group is for students who have participated in the beginner’s class, as well as any others who can read/speak basic Spanish. Reading is at the beginning to intermediate level, and consists of Spanish storytelling, translation and pronunciation and grammar. This class is taught by Dan Duffy. For more information, contact Senor Duffy at


For more information on library programs, services, and resources visit us at 100 West Dearborn Street, call the Sarasota County Contact Center at 941-861-5000, or visit our website at


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