ReStore seeks helpers

ReStore in Venice will hire a warehouse processor and needs volunteers in Venice and North Port. If you have a few hours per week and want to serve in a fun environment, You can help answer phones and schedule pickups; sort and process donated items.

Contact Venice ReStore, 941-493-0529 or North Port ReStore 941-564-6307.

Venice Museum hours

Venice Museum & Archives is open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday. In addition to normal hours, seasonal Saturday hours run from October through April (11a.m. – 3 p.m. on the first and third Saturdays of each month).

Peace Pole Project

Venice Peace Project holds meditation the third Friday of the month at 400 Shamrock Blvd. (gazebo), 5-6 p.m. Sit in silence, meditate, pray, hold good thoughts. Bring a blanket or chair, sunglasses, hat and water. Visit:

Lifeguard hours

Sarasota County announced beach lifeguard operational hours on all guarded beaches from 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Sarasota County’s guarded beaches are Lido Beach, Siesta Beach, Nokomis Beach, North Jetty Beach, Venice Beach and Manasota Beach.

Call Sarasota County contact center, 941-861-5000; visit:

Free swim lessons

Sarasota YMCA offers free swim lessons for up to 50 area children who would not otherwise be able to afford program fees.

The program is available for children ages 3-12, providing two lessons weekly for four weeks at both the Frank G. Berlin, Sr. and Evalyn Sadlier Jones branches of the YMCA in Sarasota.

For more details, call 941-951-2916 or visit:

Amateur Radio Club

Tamiami Amateur Radio Club (TARC) holds open meetings the second Wednesday every month at the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 86, 1200 Harbor Drive South, Venice, at 7 p.m.. Contact Jim Shortill, 941-485-7327.

The club administers FCC Amateur Radio License testing the second Saturday of the month at Jacaranda Public Library, 4143 Jacaranda Blvd., Venice, at 10 a.m. Contact Don Jansen, 941-223-1129.


U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary seeks volunteers

Flotilla 86 of the USCG Auxiliary serving Venice and beyond, seeks interested volunteers to join its ranks. Members are volunteers augmenting United States Coast Guard missions. The non-military Auxiliary has no law enforcement authority. It promotes boating safety upon inland and coastal waters primarily through boater education, free vessel safety inspections and patrols.

Open meetings are the first Tuesday of the month at the training center, 1200 Harbor Drive South, Venice. Fellowship is at 6:30 p.m.; formal meeting is at 7 p.m. Call: 941-488-1900.

Barbershop singers sought

The Barbershop Harmony Society has opened its membership up to women and singers of every age, background, gender, race, sexual orientation, political opinion and spiritual belief.

“Every person who loves to harmonize has a place in our family,” says a Society letter. For details, call Lee Frayer, of Sarasota, music director of Venice Gondolier Barbershop Singers Show Chorus, 941-953-3752.

Hearing loss group meets

The HLAA Sarasota/Manatee Chapter meets at noon the second Wednesday of each month at the Sarasota North Library, 2801 Newtown Blvd., Sarasota. A hearing loop is installed; the Chapter provides CART (Communication Access Real-time Captioning), so hearing is not stressful. Lunch & Learn ($5 for lunch or bring your own).

Members and guests are always welcome – no RSVP required. Visit:

Volunteer drivers needed

Just a few hours a month can change someone’s life. ITN SunCoast is Sarasota and Manatee’s nonprofit ride service for people age 60+ and adults with vision challenges. Help your neighbors maintain their independence by driving for us. Call 941-364-7530. Mileage reimbursement and other benefits are provided.

Women’s Resource Center classes

Women’s Resource Center invites area women to educate, empower, engage and enrich.

WRC offers career coaching, mental health counseling, astrology, meditation, financial, family law consultation and resource advice.

For program details at the Venice Center, call 941-485-9724; visit:

Capitol Steps return

The Capitol Steps will return to Venice Theatre, 140 W. Tampa Ave., for six performances — three in December (Dec. 29, 30 and 31) and three in March (March 3 and 4, includes a 3 p.m. matinee on March 4).

For tickets, call the box office at 941-488-1115; visit:

Military college entry exams set

State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) offers free college credit to eligible military personnel and spouses who pass College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams. Passage of each free exam earns three to six hours of college credit, a savings of about $300-$600, based on SCF’s current tuition rates.

For more details, call 941-408-1540 in Venice; visit:


Florida Studio Theatre’s improv troupe offers exciting, free-form spontaneous fun Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. in Bowne’s Lab. Improv members follow the funny when sparked by an action or suggestion.

Tickets are $15, available at the FST Box Office, 1241 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota, in person, by calling (941) 366-9000, or at:

NAMI meetings

The National Alliance on Mental Illness family support group meets in Venice the first Wednesday of the month (call for date), 7-8:30 p.m., at Venice Health Park, 1201 Jacaranda Blvd., room 1283. Call 941-376-9361; visit:

Barbershop singers wanted

The Venice Gondolier Barbershop Chorus is actively seeking new or experienced barbershop singers. You will enjoy great harmony, singing, and fun atmosphere. The chorus meets every Monday evening at 6:15 p.m. at Lakeside Lutheran Church, 2401 South Tamiami Trail, Venice. Drop in or call Bill Tedrow at 941-445-0230.

Herman’s Hermits to return

Tickets for next year’s performance of Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone are on sale now at Venice Theatre, 140 W. Tampa Ave., Venice.

Tickets are $65 for shows on these dates: Sunday, Jan. 20 at 8 p.m., and Monday, Jan. 21 ​at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Call 941-488-1115 or visit:

’Buddy Holly’ returns 2019

“Buddy Returns” to Venice March 17 and 18, 2019, for three performances at Venice Theatre, 149 W. Tampa Ave. – Sunday, March 17, 2019 at 8 p.m., Monday, March 18, 2019 at 3 p.m. and at 8 p.m.

Tickets are on sale now. Call 941-488-1115 or visit:


Residents, year-round and seasonal, are encouraged to register for the CodeRED alert notification system. It allows residents to receive calls, email alerts or text messages about events that could impact their neighborhood and help protect their family or property. Alerts include water or sewer interruptions, missing person alerts, major traffic detours and severe weather warnings.

For more information, call 941-861-5000.

To register, enter your first and last name, physical address and primary phone numbers at:

Veteran Wellness Clinics

Veterans Wellness Clinics (VWC) are held at American Legion Post 159, 1700 E. Venice Ave., Venice, the last Tuesday of the month, 9 a.m. to noon.

Volunteer practitioners sought in areas of acupuncture, chiropractic, dermatology, massage, meditation, reflexology, reiki, yoga, PAD and hearing testing, ear wax removal and more.

Contact Diane Wedge at: Provide credentials and proof of liability insurance to participate.

Walking group

The Saturday Morning Walking Group meets at 8 a.m. at Volunteer Park on the island of Venice at the end of Publix shopping center and completes up to a 2.5-mile walk on Venetian Waterway Park at your own pace. All are welcome. Call 941-412-1620.

Venice Art Center lectures

Venice Art Center has scheduled demos and lectures for 2018, 11 a.m.-noon, for a cost of $3 members, $5 nonmembers. For topics and dates, visit:

Veterans’ stories

Don Moore, a correspondent for Sun newspapers, which includes the Venice Gondolier, writes about area veterans. If you are a veteran and would like to tell your story, contact

Kids volunteer

Kids can get involved in volunteering for charity and your neighborhood’s recycling by collecting aluminum cans and turning them in for cash to help build a home for Habitat for Humanity South Sarasota County. Take cans to Venice Scrap Metal, 181 James St., Venice. Call at 941-493-6606, ext. 228.

TWIG donations

The Twig, 826 Pinebrook Road, Venice, welcomes all children in foster, kinship and non-relative care to shop for clothing items and shoes free of charge in a boutique-like environment that is just for them. Monetary donations help pay for bills and buy clothing to stock the boutique.

Clothing donations are accepted on the fourth Monday of every month, 4 - 6 p.m.

For more information about what The Twig does to encourage and inspire foster families and to see their wish list, visit: Facebook: TheTwigCares; Instagram: @thetwigcares; Twitter: @TheTwig316;

Food needed

The Salvation Army’s Food Pantry, 1051 Albee Farm Road, Venice, has these immediate needs: staple items such as: soups, complete meals in cans (spaghettios, stews, etc.) jelly in plastic jars, boxed macaroni and cheese, instant potatoes and rice.

Food donations are accepted between 9 a.m. and noon, and 1 and 4 p.m. Call 941-484-6227 for more information.

Mixed Choir seeks singers

The Gulf Coast Community Choir, a 501(c)(3) multi-ethnic adult mixed choir in Sarasota, seeks singers. All voices are welcome. Specially needed are male voices and altos. Call 941-379-0232, Carol Poteat-Buchanan, to arrange for an audition.

Venice Art Center courses

Venice Art Center, 390 S. Nokomis Ave., has a Course Selection Guide that offers over 400 classes given by 52 instructors. For more details or to register for a class, call 941-485-7136; visit:


Pickleball schedule at Venice Community Center, 326 S. Nokomis Ave., Venice: Mondays (excluding holidays) 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Intermediate+; 2-5 p.m., Beginner; 5-8 p.m. Open Play/Social Play. A pass costs $20 and is good for 10 visits to any indoor county pickleball center. You can drop into any session you want and all equal $2 per visit. Call: 941-861-5000.

Walking club

The Salvation Army’s Walking Club, 1051 Albee Farm Road, meets Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 9-10 a.m. (except holidays); public is welcome.

Exercise in a cool, safe place while listening to music and chatting with fellow walkers. No fee, walk at your pace. Call 941-484-6227.

Our Mother’s House needs donations

Our Mother’s House of Catholic Charities can always use donations of laundry detergent, diapers and cleaning supplies for the moms and children. Call Joyce Scott, program director, at 941-485-6264.

Donate life

LifeLink is a non-profit organization dedicated to organ and tissue recovery for transplantation. Contact LifeLink of Florida for more information on organ and tissue donation, 800-262-5775. To register as an organ and tissue donor, visit: or

Habitat seeks volunteers

Volunteers are needed to work in the Habitat for Humanity South Sarasota County ReStore Monday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1-4 p.m.; flexible times and hours; needed for work site plumbing and for other volunteer activities. Call 941-493-6606; visit:

WRC programs

The Women’s Resource Center, 530 U.S. 41, Bypass S, Suite 5A, Brickyard Plaza, Venice, supports women with centers in Bradenton, Sarasota and Venice. “Get Connected” and “Challenge” offer opportunities for women to navigate life transitions, discover new skill sets, explore effective communication, and meet new people. Contact Chris Braun, 941-747-6797,, or visit:

Joey O photo display

Photographic works on canvas by Joseph John Orchulli II, a.k.a. Joey O, are on display at The Cottage Art Gallery in Nokomis. His display is titled, “North Jetty Exposure.” Visit:


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