Those searching for one-of-a-kind holiday gift items are invited to check out what 27 local artists and crafters will be offering for sale at Holiday Art Fair to be held at the South Venice Civic Association’s Community Center located at beautiful South Venice Beach.

Merchandise will include quilts by Donna Pietras, wind chimes by Jennifer Strall and books by local authors Judi Light and Kim Cool. Additional items include knitted scarves, jewelry, and pottery. Light will be offering Christmas note cards, prints, and her latest book entitled “Peculiar People of Pondering Pond.”

“Our members will be providing barbeque sandwiches and assorted goodies for lunch, and we are also inviting residents living in our South Venice Subdivisions to tour our facility and learn about our service to the South Venice community. Our organization keeps an eye on civic and service issues that affect South Venice and also provides educational and recreational resources. It’s a great way to meet neighbors and make friends,” explained publication chairman, Maureen Holland who suggested that anyone wishing to learn more about membership to the not-for-profit South Venice Civic Association go to or call 941-493-0006. Members support: neighborhood improvement projects, Shamrock Park monthly clean-ups, beautiful neighborhood initiatives, and a Community Emergency Response Team. Member benefits include a 12 page monthly newsletter, discounts to all SVCA events and hall rentals, plus information about exercise, dancing, and craft classes.

The South Venice Civic Association Holiday Art Fair will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 8, at their community center located at 720 Alligator Drive, Venice. Admission is free.


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