Mayors’ Feed the Hungry

The Venice High Athletic Department, along with Venice High school resource officers, will be collecting canned and packaged foods for “Mayors’ Feed the Hungry” on Thursday morning, Nov. 8 during the morning drop-off period (7-7:30 a.m.). The school asks that parents who drop off their students bring canned and packaged goods to be collected by Athletics and SROs as they are dropping off in the front loop of the school.

All goods collected from the food drive will be put to good use by the Laurel Civic Association, which provides Thanksgiving meals to over 120 local families.

Venice football playoff tickets for sale

Reserved seat tickets for the regional quarterfinals playoff game will be available for purchase at the Venice High School Football ticket booth on Thursday, Nov. 8.

Tickets are $9 for reserved seats and $8 for general admission.

Tickets may be purchased on Thursday between the hours of 3-5 p.m. at the football ticket booth.

2018 Dream Walk set for Nov. 10

Over 200 walkers are expected to participate as Family Promise of South Sarasota County hosts its 2018 Dream Walk Saturday, Nov. 10, in downtown Venice.

Activities will begin at 9 a.m. at Venice Presbyterian Church, 825 The Rialto on the island of Venice.

Participants can choose either a 4-mile or a 2-mile route.

The event is the annual fundraiser for Family Promise of South Sarasota County, which assists families with young children who are suddenly homeless. The organization works to re-establish stable housing and help family members gain the skills needed to maintain long-term independence.

Since its inception in late 2015, Family Promise of South Sarasota County has served over 170 people in 51 families with 99 minor children.

Doc’s Golf Tournament

Doc’s Golf Tournament, held annually in memory of Dr. John H. Bennett, will take place Saturday, Nov. 10, at Lake Venice Golf Club.

The deadline to register for the tournament is Nov. 7 and the cost to participate is $75 per golfer. Included with the cost of the tournament are a bloody Mary/screwdriver bar, grab-n-go breakfast, goodie bags, drinks and games on the course, hole-in-one prizes, lunch after the round, a silent auction and raffles.

Individual holes can be sponsored at three different levels, starting at $75 for a sign next to a hole. Major sponsorship packages begin at $475 and range up to $900.

Checks can be made payable to the Dr. John H. Bennett Memorial Foundation and entries can be mailed to Erick Bennett at 3405 Roslyn Road, Venice FL 34293 or emailed to Also, you can register online at JHBFoundation.

Proceeds from this tournament will go toward scholarships for students of Venice High School.

Second annual Alumni Basketball Game

The second annual Green vs. White Alumni Basketball Game will be held Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 6 p.m. in the TeePee at Venice High School.

The game is free of charge to the public, and all are welcome.

This alumni event is a chance to welcome back Venice basketball players from the past and thank them for the time and effort they gave as players to the Venice basketball program.

If you are a Venice High School basketball alum and would like to play, contact Nate Curtner at 941-201-9265 or

Junior tennis program

On Saturdays, the Mertz Tennis Academy is calling all kids who play tennis to come out and compete for fun.

All levels of junior players, including high school players, show up with rackets in hand for a fun time competing with other juniors their level. Afterwards, the kids enjoy pizza, drinks and each other’s company.

Kids play with and against kids their level whom they don’t know to make it a fun way to meet other juniors from different counties with the same interest.

The Mertz tennis program is not a weekly commitment. To register, call 941-412-0781.

YMCA youth flag football

Your child can learn the fundamentals of flag football in an environment that will help develop relationships, improve self-esteem and build character.

The YMCA’s volunteer staff will focus on teaching flag football fundamentals and ensure that all players play.

Age divisions: 5-7 (co-ed), 8-10 (co-ed), 11-13 (co-ed).

YMCA girls basketball academy

This fourth-year program will include drills to improve dribbling, shooting, passing, rebounding and defense.

The academy will also feature 3-on-3 half court and 5-on-5 full court games, foul-shooting contests and other fun activities to improve your child’s skill level.

An academy reversible jersey will be provided.

The camp will be led by current Venice High School girls varsity basketball coach Joel Holloway, along with former and current players. Register early, as space is limited to 80 players.

YMCA youth basketball league

Your child can learn the fundamentals of basketball in an environment that will help develop relationships, improve self-esteem and build character.

The YMCA’s volunteer staff will focus on teaching basketball fundamentals and ensure that all players play.

Age divisions: 5-7 (co-ed), 8-9 (co-ed), 10-11 (boys), 12-15 (boys).

Anyone interested in participating in any of the listed YMCA leagues can register for them by visiting the front desk of the Venice YMCA, or by going to until Dec. 9.


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