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VENICE — An estimated 10,000 people walked along W. Venice Avenue this past Saturday and Sunday during the 18th Annual March Art Classic, according to Venice MainStreet, Inc.

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Sarasota and Venice together were home to The Greatest Show on Earth from 1927 to 1992. Ringling’s Clown College, which began in Venice in 1968, remained in operation until 1996.

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Next time you are ordering wine at a restaurant or buying a bottle at the store, ask or look for a Grüner Veltliner. This is a white wine grape that is predominantly grown in Austria and is comparable to a Sauvignon Blanc, yet a little more interesting. It has crispness with green apple, cit…

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Venice Yacht Club Charitable Foundation (VYCCF) members partnered with community sponsors and about 120 riders in their second annual benefit bike ride, “Ride for a Better Community,” Sunday, Feb. 24.

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Grace Klutke, of Venice, Florida, was named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2018 semester at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. She is enrolled in the university’s College of Arts & Sciences.

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One of the most anticipated events of the year, the Venice Area Garden Club’s 30th annual Home Tour takes place this Friday and Saturday, March 8 and 9, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Showcased will be five homes and gardens on Venice island.

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While there are no historic homes on the Venice Area Garden Club’s 30th annual Home Tour, homes that have undergone renovations or that were built recently offer ideas for people who may be looking for inspiration.

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One of the “greenest” events scheduled for St. Patrick’s Day, Sunday, March 17, might be pianist/entertainer Brian Gurl’s newest show, which will feature an Irish fiddler, Carlann Evans, a violinist with the Sarasota Symphony; singer Michelle Pruyn, music director of Bay Point Church; and th…

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Snowbird season seems extra busy this year. In addition to all the extra cars and people, downtown Venice seems to have acquired a forest of gorgeous new palm trees in the West Venice Avenue median.

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During the early 2000s, Texas businesswoman Debbie Sardone owned a very successful cleaning company called Buckets & Bows Maid Service.

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Jolene Huelsenbeck, 37, is the manager of Tuesday Morning at Jacaranda Crossings, along the South Tamiami Trail. She was referred to me by a co-worker for my column and we chatted over coffee in a local restaurant.

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Venice MainStreet Inc. is holding a contest for an interactive mural in Historic Downtown Venice. The mural will be located predominately downtown for hundreds of thousands of yearly visitors to see. Work must be completed by June 14. A Visit Florida grant will pay for a portion of this project.

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