Construction is progressing on the new surgery and support offices in Nokomis for Heartland Dental on the southern out parcel in Nokomis Plaza just north of Bank of America on the east side of N. Tamiami Trail, north of Laurel Road.

With a projected opening of Aug. 1, it is the second development in the retail park following the recent opening of the Nokomis Burger King restaurant.

Founded in 1997, Heartland Dental today is the nation’s largest dental support organization providing non-clinical, administrative support services to 1,400 dentists across 37 states.

Movies for familiesBring the family every 2nd and 4th Thursday at 6:30 p.m. all summer long for the fun and nostalgia of a classic drive-in movie theater at CoolToday Park.

See summer movies nights presented by Venice Pier Group while experiencing the comfort of a modern venue featuring comfortable seating, a variety of concessions offerings, state-of-the-art sound system, and unobstructed views of our 80’ x 40’ high-definition video display.

Tickets are $5 and are available at the CoolToday Ticket Office. Upcoming movie lineup includes 5/9- E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial; 5/23-The Incredibles 2; 6/13-The Little Mermaid; 6/27-Back to the Future, for details visit or call 941-413-5000.

Safety facility groundbreakingThe public are invited by Venice Police Department to a groundbreaking of the City’s new Public Safety Facility at 1575 E. Venice Ave. at 9 a.m. Friday, May 17. Parking will be available near Venice Church of the Nazarene at Ramsey Road.

Located on 10 acres, the project, currently budgeted at $17.6 million is to be completed in August 2020. The 31,421 square feet facility will be Category 5 hurricane rated with winds in excess of 157 mph. In a hurricane, it will be an Emergency Operations Center for city staff.

Still accepting applicationsGulf Coast Community Foundation is still accepting applications for the Summer 2019 Gulf Coast Board Institute. Deadline to apply for this high-level nonprofit governance training series is Friday, May 17. The online application is available at

Gulf Coast will select up to 20 applicants to participate in the upcoming project. The group will meet for four full-day training sessions on consecutive Fridays from July 12 to Aug. 2. It covers topics, the fundamentals of nonprofit board governance, financial and legal oversight responsibilities, and creating a highly functioning and engaged board.

Opportunity for sight-impaired teensTeenagers ages 14–17 who are legally blind or have a vision challenge leading to legal blindness and are physically capable of handling a 60–90 pound dog who meet more requirements can enroll for the Guide Dog Camp for a fun hands-on learning experience at no-cost.

A two-day overnight camp where they will learn about caring and working with a guide dog. Their parents will learn what a guide dog could mean for you. It takes place at the Southeastern Guide Dogs 33-acre campus in Palmetto.

Next classes will be on Friday, June 14 from 1 p.m. to Saturday, June 15 at 3 p.m. Call 941-729-5665.

Stores close downtownMore closures on West Venice Avenue, The Tea & Spice Exchange of Venice at 101 W. Venice Ave. near Made in Italy restaurant which opened in September, 2017 is understood to be moving to Fisherman’s Village in Punta Gorda. Mrs. Candlewick’s store at 307 W. Venice Ave. which opened in 1974 has closed.

Give blood receive giftsOneBlood holds a blood drive on Wednesday, May 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. outside Venice City Hall, 401 W. Venice Avenue. All donors receive a free movie ticket voucher, wellness checkup including blood pressure, temperature, iron count, pulse and cholesterol screening; and a snack. ID required.

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