If every person attending Venice downtown Christmas Holiday Parade brought one food item or gave $1, the outcome would be amazing, stated Bob Nemitz, a troop representative. Collecting non-perishable food items and cash donations will be Venice Boy Scout Troop 77 at and before the parade on Saturday, Nov. 24.

These items benefit the South County Food Bank serving families in the Venice area. Last year, the Scouts gathered around 200 pounds of canned goods and boxed food items plus twice the cash donations of the previous year, according to Nemitz.

The parade starts at 7 p.m., with pre-parade activities at 5:30 p.m., and the route is shifted to Tampa Avenue due to ongoing construction on West Venice Avenue.

Just Pauline is back

Classics through the decades with Just Pauline is a free event at the Gazebo downtown on Friday Nov. 30 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. She sings Motown, reggae, soft pop and country.

Jewelry to the rescue

South Venice Yacht Club members are holding their “bake and bling” sale. The bake goods and jewelry sale is from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday Dec. 2, at 4425 Yacht Club Drive. Jewelry to the Rescue restores unused jewelry which is then sold with the profits donated to the club. Admission is 1 piece of jewelry or $3.

Chorus holiday show

Enjoy listening to a variety of holiday music by the Venetian Harmony Chorus, an Capella ladies singing group. Their holiday show performance will be Saturday, Dec. 8, at 3 p.m. in the fellowship hall at Christ Lutheran Church, 701 N. Indiana Ave., Englewood. Tickets are $10 at the door or from a chorus member. Raffles, door prizes and refreshments will be served afterward. Call 941-480-1480 or visit www.venetianharmony.com.

New library opening

The new William Jervey Jr. Venice Public Library at 300 Nokomis Ave. S. is set to open on Saturday, Dec. 15, with a ribbon-cutting at 9 a.m.

Performing arts recognized

Venice Institute for Performing Arts has earned the 2018 Platinum GuideStar Seal of Transparency. The highest level of recognition offered by GuideStar, the world’s largest source of nonprofit information. It highlights progress made toward its mission, sustaining the local arts community through innovative educational programs and first-class entertainment.

There are currently 2.7 million nonprofits in the GuideStar database. The institute is now ranked among the top 0.05 percent.

Pettit promoted

Caldwell Trust Company of Venice have promoted Kim Pettit to the position of operations specialist in the Venice office. She brings decades of financial experience that began in 1994, just after she completed high school.

Upcoming events:

• Christmas Boat Parade on Saturday Dec. 1, at 6 p.m. on Intracoastal waterway;

• Christmas Walk Downtown on Thursday, Dec. 6, 5 to 8 p.m.;

• Friday Night Concert with Larry Yunker & Michael Dempsey at Gazebo on Dec. 7 from 7 to 9 p.m.;

• Golf Cart “Not Parade” on Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m. in Venice Wine & Coffee;

• Holiday Tree Lighting on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 5 p.m. in West Blalock Park;

• Chanukah Klezmer Festival in Centennial Park on Sunday, Dec. 9, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.;

• Christmas Friday Night Concert with Mindy Simmons on Dec. 14, 7 to 9 p.m. at Gazebo.

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