Originally known as “Horse and Chaise,” early settlers renamed the area "Venice" in 1888 in recognition of the many natural waterways around the area. As a City, Venice became a reality when The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers arrived in 1925 and began to build a retirement community for its members. Designed by well known city planner John Nolen, the original plan included wide paved boulevards with planted medians, small parks throughout the community, a golf course, a beach front amphitheater and lots reserved for schools and hotels as well as an agricultural area known as Venice Farms.

11 Wine Walk – Rediscover 
Your Downtown. Get your free wrist band from at 5 – 8 p.m. Centennial Park, 200 W. Venice Ave, or at Burgundy Square Breezeway, 227 Miami Ave., Venice, 34285. (Rain date Aug. 12) Call (941) 486-2626.

11 – 28. 42nd Street. The Tony award winning production
about retiring Broadway director Julian Marsh trying to mount a successful show during the Great Depression. Call for ticket price and times. Manatee Performing Arts Center, 501 3rd Ave. W., Bradenton, 34205. To learn more, call (941) 748- 5875.

14 A3 Concerts. See Travis Tritt and a few others at Robarts Arena. 6 p.m. 3000 Ringling Blvd, 34237. For more info, call (941) 953- 4359 or see

16 DO YOU LOVE MUSIC? Join the Manatee Community
Concert Band as they resume rehearsal in preparation for their “Let Freedom Ring” concert in November. The band is seeking to fill out its ranks with more volunteers. Practice Tuesday nights at 7 – 9 p.m. If you are interested, please visit for more information. Call (260) 410-4126.

17 A Tapas Party! Participants learn how to make and serve tapas in a class presented by Suzanne Andrews, at Mother’s Cupboard Spice Shoppe, 208 W. Miami Ave., Venice, 34285. From 6 – 7:30 p.m. Along with sampling a variety of tapas, recipes are available to take home for “Entertaining with elegance and ease” during the long hot summer. Preregistration is required by calling (941) 496- 7921. $35 covers food and class.

18 & 19. Song in the key of Pink. Join us to celebrate iconic singers who bravely fought breast cancer. Raise money for a great cause, and hear songs made popular by famous artists and much more. $17. 8 p.m. Venice Stage, 140 W. Tampa Ave. (941) 488-1115.

19 – 21. Gem, Jewelry and Bead Show. Exhibitors will be there selling and displaying gems, jewelry, crystals, minerals and beads of every shape, size and color. $4. 10 – 5 p.m. (941) 954- 0202. Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N.
Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, 34236. Visit

18 Gallery Walk and Talk – Phantom Bodies: The
Human Aura in Art. This walk and talk will address the themes and ideas explored in Phantom Bodies and see how artist have chosen to explore them. Free with admission. Tickets are required and must be picked up at admission on the day of the program. Space is limited. Members may reserve tickets in advanced at (941) 358-3180. 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, 34243. To learn more, visit

28 Muscle Car City’s Auto Flea Market. Only auto-related vendors allowed. Others will be made to leave. No memorabilia, die cast cars, or other items sold in Muscle Car City may be sold at flea market. Free. 7 a.m. – 1 p.m. Rick’s Treworgy’s Muscle Car City Museum, 3811 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda, 33950. To learn more, visit Any questions please call (941) 575-5959.

31 Join Sarasota County Aging Network for their 1st annual The Best of the Best of the ALF’s. Over 20 local ALF’s will be competing in a cook-off showcasing their culinary talent. $20. 4:30-7pm. Sahib Shriner’s Auditorium, 600 N. Beneva Rd, Sarasota, 34232. (941) 366-4449


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