The Women’s Sertoma Club of Venice took on a huge job moving its annual Sun Fiesta from Centennial Park downtown to the Venice Municipal Airport. The downtown beautification project forced the move. Faithful fans braved the heat and new location and enjoyed community fun.

One of the high points of the event is the Miss Sun Fiesta competition. Miss Sun Fiesta is rewarded a $1,000 scholarship and each runner-up gets $500. Barbara Thompson and Vee Garry-Chiully deserve a hand for a nice competition.

The Attitude in Dance dancers win an award for their dancing through hot temps and in their gentle ballet shoes on the tarmac.

After serving as emcee for the Miss Sun Fiesta featuring 12 outstanding contestants, C.J. Fishman echoed what many Venice residents think about this magical place: “You can’t describe it, you’ve got to live it.”

Bravo, Women’s Sertoma Club of Venice members, for a job well-done.

Concert Band

It’s official: The concert season begins in Venice with an Honor America Concert at the Venice Performing Arts Center on Monday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. Visit for ticket info.

Happy Birthday

Venice High School teacher and my daughter, Shari, celebrates a bootiful birthday on Halloween. Born around noon 50 years ago, she brings joy and love to our family and to many of the students she’s taught in Venice for nearly 30 years. Have a howling good day, Shari.

One of our best

The special person of this week is Liz Maggio, whose generous spirit sparkles like the diamonds she generously donates to almost every fundraiser in town.

Liz owns Reflections in Gold. She enjoys seeing the happy faces of everyone who wins one of her gems at various events. She beamed as she placed the crown on Miss Sun Fiesta and presented the others with necklaces.

If not sending sparkles, Liz could easily open a fantastic restaurant. She loves to cook. In fact, before Hurricane Irma she spent hours cooking and distributing food to family and friends to make sure everyone had a stockpile.

Liz lives for her God, her family and friends. She smiles and blesses everyone no matter what is going on in her life. She is always kind and cheerful and ready with a smile and a warm hug. She is a wonderful friend.

Liz Maggio is one of the women who makes Venice a great place to live.

Fran Valencic is the ^psocial columnist for the Venice Gondolier Sun. She welcomes your tips and ideas. Contact her at^p


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