On Nov. 29, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Beach Life by Terry will be holding its "Champagne Friday." Shoppers can enjoy complimentary champagne, mimosas and lite bites at the store while discovering an eclectic array of handcrafted jewelry, clothing and gifts. Opened in January, Beach Life by Terry is featured in this issue. 941.303.0970. BeachLifeByTerry.com
Island Way Boutique hosts a fashion show and luncheon at ABBY’S on Miami restaurant in Historic Downtown Venice, 220 Miami Ave. W. Purchase tickets at Island Way Boutique, 225 W. Miami Ave., for a minimum $20 donation. Proceeds from ticket sales go to Habitat for Humanity. The event features prizes and shopping discounts from the boutique. 941.451.9668
Visit the new farmers market at Cool Today Park, the Spring Training Home of the Atlanta Braves every Wednesday, 8 a.m. to noon, October through March. The Atlanta Braves Farmers Market is run with the same mission, the same passion and the same game plan to offer the best quality food and agriculture vendors as the Venice Farmers Market. AtlantaBravesFarmersMarket.org
Join Venice Institute for Performing Arts and Venice MainStreet, Inc. for the Gazebo Starlight Cinema series. Movies start at sundown in downtown Venice's Centennial Park. Bring blankets, chairs and the whole family to kick-off your weekend and enjoy these free monthly movies in the park. Support your local Venice Avenue businesses by bringing snacks or dinner to the movie.
Venice Symphony Youth Orchestra presents a concert Dec. 6 at Venice's Good Shepherd Church and will perform at the annual City of Venice Tree Lighting. All area students 8 and older who play a stringed instrument and read music are invited to audition. Tuition scholarships are available. For a performance schedule, details and an application, email VSYO@TheVeniceSymphony.org or visit TheVeniceSymphony.org.
The lively Venice Farmers Market features dozens of vendors, locally grown fruits and vegetables and crafts of all sorts. The Farmers Market was featured in our April issue. TheVeniceFarmersMarket.org
The annual Venice Christmas Boat Parade of Lights will be held on Saturday, Dec. 7 with the starting signal at 6 p.m. The parade will be held on Sunday in case of rain. The parade starts above Albee Farm Bridge heading south with the turn around before Circus Bridge. All boats welcome! Contact Joe Zgrzepski. 941.718.8644 JoeZgrzepski@gmail.com VeniceChristmasBoatParade.com
Classic Creations in Diamonds and Gold will host the Venice Area Young Professionals Monthly Mixer, Dec. 12 at 5:30 p.m. VAYP will collect toys for the Child Protection Center's holiday season. Anyone can attend the event. VAYP and Chamber members pay $5. Future members or nonmembers pay $10. Small plate snacks and beverages will be provided. 941.497.6331 ClassicCreationsJewelers.com
Returning for the third year, the Sarasota Cuban Ballet brings their stunning production to the VPAC for three performances. Accompanied by 26 musicians from The Venice Symphony with guest conductor Joeseph Caulkins and a brand new set, these pre-professional performers will stun you with their elegance and strength in this holiday tradition. Tickets are $20 per child, free for parents.
Venice Area Beautification, Inc., will be hosting its 13th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting event at the Monty Andrews Arboretum at West Blalock Park. Santa will be making an appearance, and there will be crafts for the kids, entertainment and refreshments. Everyone is welcome to attend this community-wide celebration of the holiday season.
Singing Christmas Carols is where it all began for the Ditchfield Family Singers! They consider it a true privilege to share this special time of year with you. Journey with them from Victorian England and the traditional carols through the Christmas classics made popular by contemporary performers. Tickets cost $27.