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The 2020 Holiday Season is
Bright in Downtown Venice
Downtown has a little more sparkle this year. Venice MainStreet collaborated with the City of Venice and funded additional holiday lights and decorations in the downtown district. More lights were added to Miami Avenue and Tampa Avenue; two oaks in Centennial Park were highlighted as feature elements; and decorations were installed on the Centennial Park gazebo and information kiosk.

Venice MainStreet also funded decorations installed by the Venice Area Garden Club on Miami Avenue and in Centennial Park. We are hoping to keep the season bright for residents and visitors. To donate in support this and other Venice MainStreet efforts, go to VisitVeniceFL.org/give.

Photo credit: Nikki Callegari, https://www.nikkicphotography.com/
Thank you,
concert guests, for cooperating for a great, safe concert series!
Venice MainStreet was able to bring 3 end-of-year concerts back to downtown Venice. We worked with the City of Venice on an event plan to ensure safety. Free tickets for reserved spaces "sold out" online within a day!

These concerts were made possible thanks to our sponsors The Boutique by the Beach, Ciao Gelato, and Daiquiri Deck. Thanks Troll Music for donating the sound equipment and staff for The Sounds of Christmas.
Shop from the comfort and safety of your home, while supporting our local economy and small businesses. Here’s a list of Venice MainStreet Partners offering online shopping, phone orders, curbside pick up, shipping, gift cards or other methods of remote shopping.


Happy Holidays from
The Silver Foxes of Venice Theatre!

Need a little Christmas? The Silver Foxes Dancers have got some to share! 
Watch the video!
Click circle below
to play
Events
(Subject to change or cancellation. Click on website links for information on COVID safety protocols, if provided.)
It’s that time of year when trees in
West Blalock Park
twinkle in the night! 
Nightly from 6-10 p.m.
through Jan. 1, 2021

Thanks to Venice Area Beautification Inc. (VABI) and the organizations, families and other volunteers who adopted trees this year. They have set a new record of 103 decorated trees for the holidays.

Enjoy their beauty from the comfort of your vehicle, or grab a mask and take a socially-distanced stroll through the park to see them up close. Due to COVID-19, there will be no formal tree lighting event this year. However, the trees are lighted nightly from 6-10 p.m. through Friday, Jan. 1, 2021, for the public to enjoy. 

West Blalock Park and the Monty Andrews Arboretum are located at 401 Pensacola Rd. on the island of Venice, across from the Venice Museum and near the Venice Community Center.

Information provided by
Lorraine Anderson
City of Venice Public Information Officer
401 West Venice Avenue, Venice, FL 34285
Via City Hall Switchboard: (941) 486-2626 ext. 7401
Direct: (941) 882-7401
www.venicegov.com
Made in Italy
117 W Venice Ave, Venice, FL 34285
941-488-8282
Ongoing
Classes, Events and Tours
(Subject to change or cancellation)
Beach Yoga with Elin
Venice Beach
Daily: 8am and 9am
Mondays thru Thursdays: 5pm
FREE
941-408-9642
Blue Lotus Meditation Center
Online meditation and classes
Zoom links to participate
DONATIONS APPRECIATED
941-323-8033
deerdancre2211@aol.com

Laughter Yoga Venice

In person: Centennial Park, Saturdays at 10am
Zoom online: Wed. 9:30am,
Thurs. 9:15am & Sat. 10am
FREE
203-856-6427
laughteryogavenice@gmail.com
Sundays Bingo

Knights Hall, 512 Substation Rd.
Sundays: Doors open at 11:30 Games start at 1pm-4pm
Packages of 14 games start at
$7

Contact: Council7052@gmail.com
Venice Drum Circle
Venice Beach
Sundays 1.5 hours before sunset
FREE
Venice Farmers Market
City Hall
Saturdays 8am-12pm
FREE ENTRY
**MASKS REQUIRED**
941-445-9209
info@thevenicefarmersmarket.org
Venice Florida Tours
Downtown Venice
Walking history tours, ghost tours
and group tours available
CONTACT FOR PRICING
Reservations required
817-793-8433
venicefloridatours@yahoo.com
Venice Tennis Clinics
Hecksher Park (downtown)
Saturdays, Sundays 12-5pm
Reserve your one-hour slot
FREE
Contact: ed2000@gmx.com
Know someone who wants to get involved in the community, but isn’t exactly sure how?

Serving on a City of Venice advisory board is an excellent way to get started. Three regular seats and 1 student seat on different boards are open. Boards are currently meeting in a hybrid format, both in-person and virtually via Zoom.

Vacancies are as follows:

Historic Preservation Board, 1 vacancy
• Citizen Tax Oversight Committee, 1 vacancy
• Fire Pension Board of Trustees, 1 vacancy
• Public Art Advisory Board, 1 student vacancy

More information on these boards and requirements can be found online HERE. You can also contact Administrative Coordinator Mercedes Barcia in the City Clerk’s Office at mbarcia@venicegov.com or 941-882-7392.

If you are interested in serving on a board, please submit your application HERE. All applications meeting the requirements will be considered when vacancies occur. The window for application submittals is 10 days and may be extended if needed. If you are selected to serve on a City board, you will be required to comply with the state public records and sunshine laws. 
Shop and Dine LOCAL with These Venice MainStreet Partners!
TODAY at Twist Boutique & Sunbug until 7PM
The January thru February schedule is done! 
There are in-house and virtual classes.
Sign up today - space is limited!

You can sign up for classes on our website: VeniceArtCenter.com or call us at
941-485-7136
Celebrate the 12 Days of Christmas with
The Lifestyle Locators- Flerlage Team
WIN GIVEAWAYS each day!
Here's how to enter win on Facebook:

1. COMMENT with your answer to the question of the day
2. SHARE the post
3. LIKE The Lifestyle Locators Facebook business page (required to be eligible to win)

Winner picked each night!
Make sure to check back each day!

Lifestyle Locators- Flerlage Team
1314 E. Venice Ave., Suite B, Venice, FL 34285
(941) 232-6810

Celebration Corner
303A West Venice Ave. Venice, FL 34285
941-484-2206
Elf on the shelf Jodie is packing up lots of Stonewall Kitchen yummy products. Why not gift our beautiful gift sets? No need to wrap, they are beautifully boxed!
205 West Venice Avenue, Venice, FL 34285
(941) 485-0319
Cafe Venice, 101 W. Venice Ave., Venice, FL 34285
136 W Venice Ave # 138, Venice, FL 34285
(941) 488-4128
HOLIDAY GIFT CARD SALE ☃️

Get a $20 Bonus Gift Card when you buy $150 in Gift Cards! Starting 12/14 until Monday 12/21, you can take advantage of this fantastic deal!

The Gift Card Holiday sale is not available on
E-GiftCards and limit 2 per customer

CALL 941-484-9551
TO ORDER YOUR GIFT CARD OR STOP BY
THE RESTAURANT TODAY
Meet Bernie! Bernie arrived on 12/5/20. Being a young kitten he is curious, adventurous, and is full of action! Bernie loves being held and he loves to play, so make sure to have plenty of toys and that will keep him entertained. 
Meet Diesel! This handsome boy arrived on 11/18. He is unsure of himself at the shelter, but once he is feeling safe and secure in a home setting, his adorable personality will shine. Diesel is house trained and crate trained. The more we get to know him the more we fall in love and you will too!
656 S. Tamiami Trail, Rialto Shopping Plaza
9 am to 5 pm Mon-Sat

6781 San Casa Drive, Englewood, FL 34224
Phone: (941) 474-7884
Community Links
VENICE MAINSTREET ONLINE DIRECTORY:
Thank You, Partners!

We truly appreciate
your support
Thank you to the following Partners for renewing
this week with Venice MainStreet:
Business Partners
CenterState Bank
Clyde Butcher Venice Studio & Gallery
Towers of Venice

Community Partners
Sandra Murphy
Martha Norman
Tammy Stark & Philip Heller

Plantinum Sponsors


Gold Sponsors



Silver Sponsor


Bronze Sponsors

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