Paisley Craze Band

Rockadelic ’60s Music with the Paisley Craze Band will be held today, at the Wakeman III Cultural Center Theater, 2280 Aaron St., Port Charlotte. Tickets: $15-$20. Call 941-625-4175.

BPW meets

The Business & Professional Women of Englewood/Venice invites women to join its monthly dinner meeting Tuesday, Nov. 20. Relation building is at 5:15 p.m., dinner 5:45, at Left Coast Seafood Co., 385 U.S. 41 Bypass, N., Venice. Kathy Castellano will speak about the Wobbly Feet Foundation.

Cost: $23 (door) or $24 (Paypal). Reservation deadline is Friday, Nov. 16, 5 p.m. Visit:

Nokomis Trolley Tours

Learn history of Old Venice. Saturday, Nov. 17, during tours at 10 a.m. and noon. Tickets $25, available at Collectors Gallery and Framery, 118 Nokomis Ave., and Venice Museum/Archives, 351 S. Nassau St. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Suncoast Concert Band

Suncoast Concert Band will present an “American Music” concert Sunday, Nov. 18, 3 p.m. at Northminster Presbyterian Church, 3131 61st St., Sarasota.

Music by several eminent American composers will be featured, including Aaron Copland, Jerome Kern and John Philip Sousa. There will be highlights from “Show Boat,” Autumn Leaves” and an arrangement of “Just A Closer Walk With Thee.” Tickets are $5. Call 941 907- 4123 for ticket info and availability.

Christmas Walk

The annual Downtown Christmas Walk will be held Thursday, Dec. 6, 5-8 p.m., downtown Venice. Enjoy holiday shopping, treats and visits with Santa & Mrs. Claus.

Big Brothers/Sisters Celebration

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast will celebrate its 50th Anniversary with an Open House Thursday, Nov. 29, from noon to 6 p.m., at its main office, 1000 South Tamiami Trail, Suite C, on the island of Venice. The public is invited to stop by, greet the staff, enjoy yummy food and entertainment.

Selby Lights in Bloom

The popular holiday light display at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens returns Dec. 20 and runs for 15 select nights (Dec. 20-23, 26-30 and Jan. 1-6) to mark the event’s 15th anniversary. Lights in Bloom will showcase one million lights set in holiday scenes, 811 South Palm Ave., Sarasota.

Admission: $20 members; $25 nonmember; ages 5-12 are $7; five and under are free. “Selby Experience” tickets are $125 adults, $30 ages 4-17, and includes reserved parking, early admission, open bar, buffet and holiday desserts. Tickets available at

Art & Craft show

Sarasota Art & Handmade Home Show returns Nov. 30-Dec. 2, (10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday & Saturday; 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sunday); Robarts Arena, 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota. The event features ceramics, decorative fiber, glass, jewelry, leather, painting, photography and more by 100 of the nation’s top artists and local ones.

Tickets: $12/day; $11 seniors; $6 students; and $13 for a three-day pass; under 10 are free.

For more information, call 941-365-0818. For more about the artists, call 845-355-2400, or visit:

Veterans Day Observance

American Legion NO-VEL Post 159 will host the annual Venice Area Veterans Day Ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 at Patriots Park in Venice. Venice Mayor John Holic will read a proclamation from the city of Venice and County Commissioner Charles Hines will read one from Sarasota County. All area Veterans’ organizations will participate. Sun Coast Wind Ensemble will provide patriotic music. The public is invited. Limited seating, so bring a chair.

Family Promise fundraiser

Family Promise South Sarasota County will hold its second annual Dream Walk Saturday, Nov. 10, 9 a.m., at Venice Presbyterian Fellowship Hall, 825 The Rialto. Interested walkers are asked to find 10 sponsors to donate for local homeless families.


VPAC Community Day

The Venice Institute for Performing Arts will hold its first Community Day at the Venice Performing Arts Center, 1 Indian Ave., Venice, Wednesday, Nov. 14, from 4 to 6 p.m. Community members, business owners, and arts-lovers are all invited to gather at the VPAC to celebrate the diverse arts offerings in Venice. Representatives from groups that use the theater will talk about their organizations; all are welcome to enjoy a backstage tour.

Women’s Sertoma meets

Women’s Sertoma Club of Venice will meet Thursday, Nov. 15, 6 p.m. in Room J at Venice Community Center, 326 S. Nokomis Ave. The main event will be our annual club auction. Bring a friend. Guests are welcome. Call Mary Littel, 941-716-2092.

Backstage at Players

Backstage at The Players (Theatre), 838 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, will run Donald Margulies’ “Sight Unseen through Nov. 18.” This is about a critically acclaimed artist who is so popular that now his art works are bought “sight unseen.”

Tickets are $18 for this blackbox theater show. Call 941-365-2494; visit:

Sand Sculpting at Crystal Classic

The 2018 Siesta Key Crystal Classic International Sand Sculpting Festival runs through Nov. 12, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., on Siesta Beach. Planned are 24 Master Sculptors coming from nine countries, building 16 sculptures, some up to 10 ft. tall.

The festival is open Saturday and Sunday nights until 9 p.m. with live music, drinks at the party tent, and a fabulous light display of the amazing sculptures. For more details, visit:

Blues Fest Volunteering

Habitat SSC is participating in the 2018 Blues Fest at Maxine Barritt Park and is seeking volunteers to join them to help during the fun-filled weekend Nov. 16 & 17. They offer free entry to all volunteers on the day they sign up to help.

Sign up online at: For more information, visit: For more information, visit

Venice Blues Festival

Sunset Blues Crawl Friday, Nov. 16, 5-10 p.m., Maxine Barritt Park, 1800 S. Harbor Drive, Venice; Saturday, Nov. 17, festival runs from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. at the park (tickets $30 online, $35 at the gate); and Sunday, Nov. 18, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., is a Bloody Mary Blues Brunch at Hotel Venezia.

Proceeds to benefit Habitat for Humanity South Sarasota County.

Tickets available at Habitat Restore, 1400 Ogden Road, or its administrative office at 280 Alligator Drive. For more details, visit:

Fox Lea Farm hosts Show Jumping

“Show Jumping Under the Stars,” $25,000 Grand Prix, will be held Saturday, Nov. 17, 6-9 p.m., at Fox Lea Farm, 800 North Auburn Road, Venice. It is open to the public.

Admission $10; VIP tables available at $300 per table, seats six people. Free parking. Call 941-786-8028.

Cory Kukral, John Deere Equipment Sales, and Fox Lea Farm host. Food, beer, wine and other beverages on sale. Gates open at 4:30 p.m., followed by guided public course walk at 5:45 p.m.; first horse on course at 6:30 p.m.

Holiday Tea date set

Venice Art Center, 390 S, Nokomis Ave., will hold its annual Holiday Tea Friday, Dec. 7, at 2:30 p.m.

Features: Prizes for most elegant and most creative hats, musical performance by Le Voci Di Venezia (Venice High students), champagne sponsored by Lueanne Wood, P.A.

Event Sponsor: Ehrhart Family Foundation.

Offer for Holiday Singers

Venetian Harmony Chorus, a female barbershop chorus, is making an offer. Any woman who comes to at least three rehearsals between now and Dec. 8 can be in our Christmas Show Saturday, Dec. 8 at 3 p.m. Rehearsals are held every Monday night from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church, 701 N. Indiana Ave., Englewood. You will be given plenty of help for the four or five songs you’re required to sing. If interested, call 941-4801480 and visit our website:

Sandy Claws Beach Run

The 42nd annual Sandy Claws Beach Run on Siesta Beach returns Saturday, Dec. 8, to

kick off the holiday season. For more details, call 941-861-5000 or visit:

Tennis Ball fundraiser set

The Boca Grande Club will hold the 11th annual Tennis Ball to benefit Suncoast Humane Society Wednesday, Jan. 23, 6-9 p.m. at its clubhouse. The Tennis Ball kick soff the Boca Grande Club’s six-week Professional Tennis Exhibition tournament that runs Jan. 30 through March 6.

Tickets are $125 and include dinner and beverages. Reserve now at Suncoast Humane Society, their three Thrift Stores, and the Boca Grande Club. Online purchases can be made at

Big Brothers Sought

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast is recruiting men to be mentors for male youths, ages 6-18, waiting for a Big Brother in both their Community-based and School-based Mentoring programs.

To make a positive impact on a young man’s life and ignite his potential within and for

more information about becoming a Big Brother, contact Rose Bloch, central intake coordinator, at 941-488-4009 or

Snook Haven Exhibit

Venice Museum & Archives (VMA), 351 S. Nassau St., Venice, displays its new seasonal exhibit: “Snook Haven: The History of Movies, Mischief, and Music on the Myakka.”

VMA’s hours are: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and the first and third Saturdays of the month from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.


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