Thank you, YouFit Venice, for joining Venice MainStreet! YouFit offers HIIT+ small group training classes led by a personal trainer, Olympic weightlifting platforms and bumper plates, cardio machines, grass-like turf for functional training and stretching, on-demand classes, and personal training. Get your heart pumping, tone your muscles, build strength, lose weight, and increase your flexibility at YouFit!
Venice High School along with the City of Venice will host a “Parade of Champions” on Saturday, March 25 at 11:30 a.m. in downtown Venice. VHS will be celebrating the Venice High Volleyball Team’s 2023 Class 7A State Championship, along with 2 VHS students who captured state swimming titles, Maeve Eckerman and Amadeusz Knop.
The parade will step off at Venice High at 11:30 a.m. and travel west on Milan Ave., north on Nokomis Ave., west on Venice Ave., and north on Nassau St. to the Gazebo in Centennial Park. The parade will include Venice Fire and Police vehicles. School officials and City dignitaries will speak at a program to follow in the park. Come out March 25 and support the athletic accomplishments of VHS, wear your green and show your Venice pride!
Information and image provide by Lorraine Anderson, City of Venice Public Information Officer.
Thank you, Tamiami Amateur Radio Club, for joining Venice MainStreet as a Nonprofit Partner! First organized in 1960, the Tamiami Amateur Radio Club now has more than 100 members engaged in the active pursuit of the amateur radio hobby. The club makes use of new DMR technology, which allows seasonal members to keep in touch with the local, full-time club members here in Venice.
The club has been a proud affiliate of the Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL) since 1963. Some members are certified Volunteer Examiners (VEs). The club sponsors a monthly FCC license testing session on the 2nd Saturday of each month at 10 am. Club membership is open to all ham radio operators and to those who want to become ham radio operators. Monthly club meetings are held at Venice Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 825 The Rialto, Venice 34285 on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 7 PM.
Thank you, Blue Breaks Sports Cards & Hobby Shop, for joining Venice MainStreet! Blue Breaks offers over 80,000 singles, supplies, new wax and more. Whether you have a few minutes or hours, you will have fun browsing the collectibles. They are the only Topps MVP and Upper Deck Certified Diamond Dealer store in the area. Enjoy coming out to one of the Trade Nights, sell, trade or exchange and meet fellow sports fans.
Contact 1213 US 41 Bypass S Venice, Florida 34285 (941) 837-2429 email@example.com bluebreaks.com
Thank you, Venice Shuffleboard Club, for joining Venice MainStreet as a Nonprofit Partner! The Club was organized in 1938 and is still very active with year round games and memberships available on game days. Games are held at Hecksher Park in downtown Venice, 450 W Venice Avenue, Venice, Florida 34285.
2022-2023 Winter Games November – April Mondays, Wednesday, Fridays Sign-in at 12:30pm; games start at 1:00pm Non-member guests are welcome (arrive by 12:30pm). Daily fee. VSC members will assist you. Equipment is available on game days.
2023 Summer Games May – October Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays 9:30am-11:00am Non-member guests are welcome. Game day fee for couples is $5 or $3 for single. Equipment available.
Thank you, Ken Orton Gallery, for joining Venice MainStreet! The Ken Orton Gallery & Workhouse is the home of Ken Orton original paintings as well as archival reproductions, poster prints and digital copy. It is rooted firmly in the belief that only Ken Orton himself and his highly trained art technicians, digital copy team, and organization are capable of providing Ken Orton prints at museum quality standards. The Workhouse does not outsource its print work to any third party vendors. When you make the decision to become a patron of Ken Orton, you have the confidence that all work is generated by Ken Orton, and the Ken Orton Workhouse and is guaranteed to be a Ken Orton work.
About Ken Orton Ken Orton was born in Birmingham, England in January of 1951. He attended Birmingham and Manchester Colleges of Art between 1969 and 1973. He taught at the Moseley School of Art in his hometown, before in 1979, leaving England to live in Spain. For 20 years, from 1979 to 1999, he was in charge of the Centre de Arte Joan Miro of the Baleares International School in Palma de Mallorca. In 1999 he left Spain and now lives between his homes in the Catskill Mountains New York and the gulf coast of Florida. Ken Orton’s original oil paintings can be found in many of America’s most prestigious galleries. Additionally, his paintings are located in the United Kingdom in the Catto Gallery Hampstead. Ken Orton Gallery, located in Venice Florida, is the source for all official Ken Orton works.
Contact Rick Intemann, Production Manager firstname.lastname@example.org Gallery: 941-275-3239 Workhouse: 941-275-3759 116 Corporation Way Venice, FL 34285 kenortongallery.com
Thank you, Our Mother’s House, for joining Venice MainStreet as a Nonprofit Partner! Our Mother’s House of Catholic Charities Diocese of Venice, Inc. has provided transitional housing to homeless mothers and their children since 1987. The program’s mission is to offer single mothers and their preschool-age children a safe and secure environment to achieve increased self-sufficiency through education, vocational training, and personal growth.
Our Mother’s House provides shelter and guidance for single mothers and their children who would otherwise be homeless. Children attend Early Head Start while mothers are in school or working. Mothers work toward self-sufficiency and work closely with case managers to reach their established goals. They also attend weekly life skills classes, such as parenting, self-esteem, nutrition, and financial literacy. In addition, mothers agree to follow house rules and regulations, follow their care plan, attend house meetings, and accept communal responsibilities.
Child Care Our Mother’s House and Children First of Sarasota County partner to provide a Early Head Start program for the resident children. The licensed and certified program ensures the children are ready to enter the public school system. Children also receive daily breakfast, lunch, and snacks while in school.
Volunteers Our Mother’s House welcomes volunteers. Volunteers are needed for assistance with childcare, maintenance, fundraising, and administration. Please consider giving your time to this worthy program.
Thank you, Florida Comedy Network, for joining Venice MainStreet! The Florida Comedy Network offers curated comedy shows for communities, special events, celebrations, private and public venues.
Kathy McSteen has applied her passion for the people and craft of comedy and her business experience to create opportunities for others to shine, perform in their own Florida communities, and learn from seasoned professionals. McSteen explains, “We’re not competing with our wonderful area comedy clubs who bring in top-notch touring entertainers year round. But, a lot of local talent likes to play in their own backyard. And, Florida abounds with clubhouses, groups, and small venues looking for reasonably priced, fun entertainment that can come to them. Florida Comedy Network LLC tries to serve that population and help talent achieve their personal goals, whether that’s to experience the joy of performing, become the best they can be, or graduate to a club contract or their own show. We also network with established performers and groups to offer audiences the best in Florida talent.”
There are so many fun ways to discover local Venice history! Here are some great options to explore.
Historic Downtown Venice Self-Guided Tour Online map available HERE Pick up a printed map at the Centennial Park Information Kiosk at 200 West Venice Avenue or at the Venice MainStreet Office at 101 West Venice Ave. Suite 23, Venice, FL 34285.
Historic Venice Train Depot Explore on your own or take a docent-led tour of the historic 1927 Venice Train Depot. Tours are offered by the Venice Area Historical Society (please check website for tour details). Explore the adjacent Rollins W. Coakley Railroad Park with its statue of the famous Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus animal trainer, Gunther Gebel Williams; a restored caboose, donated by CSX Corporation; and restored Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Train Car (new exhibit in 2023). Located at 303 East Venice Ave., Venice, FL 34285. veniceareahistoricalsociety.org
Kentucky Military Institute display at San Marco Building Visitors to the historic San Marco on Tampa Avenue can enjoy a display honoring the legacy of the Kentucky Military Institute (KMI) in Venice. Funded by the KMI Alumni Association, in partnership with the Venice Centre Association and its collection, it includes memorabilia, photographs and a documentary on the fascinating history of the military school in Venice from 1933 to 1970. 238 Tampa Avenue West, Venice, FL 34285 Learn more about the San Marco
Lord-Higel House Constructed in 1896 by Joseph Lord, the Lord-Higel House is the second oldest house in Sarasota County. 409 Granada Ave., Venice, FL 34285 veniceheritage.org
Sarasota County Auto Tours The Sarasota County Centennial Committee is pleased to announce the release of its auto tours available on a free app. Explore Sarasota County’s notable landmarks and places of interest. As you travel from place to place we’ll take you back in time. Hear the stories and see the sights that are part of the colorful history of Sarasota County, Florida. Audio narration and travel directions will trigger automatically as you drive (with GPS location services enabled on your phone). Auto Tours include the following: BAYFRONT, BEE RIDGE, COURTHOUSE AREA, DOWNTOWN/5 POINTS, ENGLEWOOD, FRUITVILLE to MIAKKA, PHILLIPPI, and VAMO to LAUREL. Narrated history tour download available HERE
Venice Museum & Archives Located in the historic Triangle Inn listed on National Register of Historic Places. Docent-led tours available. Current Exhibits: Florida Modern: The Sarasota School of Architecture in Venice, February 5, 2024- January 15, 2025 Rediscover Floridaland, October 9, 2023 through July 31, 2024 351 Nassau Street South, Venice, FL 34285 (941) 486-2487 venicemuseum.org
Venice Quest Scavenger Hunt Presented by Venice Area Chamber of Commerce. Download free Scavify App at Google Play or AppStore. Hunt themes include: – History – Arts & Culture – Downtown/Venice Beach Walk – Young at Heart – Shark Spotting – Search for Fairy Doors – Venice Public Library Centennial Quest venicechamber.com ________________________________________________ NEED TICKETS OR RESERVATIONS:
Sarasota Suncoast Tours/ Key Culinary Tours Offers Sarasota County area ghost tours, family adventure tours, private group sightseeing trolley or mini bus tours, and food tours. Venice tours include International Wine Walk Tour, Historic Venice Culinary Tour and Shark’s Teeth & More Family Adventure. keyculinarytours.com sarasotasuncoasttours.com
Architectural Walking Tours
Offered by Venice Museum & Archives Seasonal walking tours (typically January through April)
Explore historic neighborhoods and architecture on Venice island led by Architectural Historian, Sebastian Liseo. venicemuseum.org
Venice Florida Tours Offers Venice history walking, bicycling, ghost tours, as well as tours by golf cart. Private tours are also available upon request. venicefltours.com
ShopVeniceFL.com is a one-stop online shop with all your favorite Venice, Florida products. Whether you’re a local, a seasonal resident, or someone who vacationed here and loved a product from one of the Downtown Venice businesses – we have a wide variety of products and experiences just for you! Venice MainStreet’s commemorative brick orders and art festival poster orders are also now available on ShopVeniceFL.com. We are continually adding more businesses’ and nonprofits’ products, so check back on the website often! Shop Local, Shop Venice.