September 2019 Around Town

Legacy Trail Extension Kick-Off Celebration The Sarasota County Commissioners unveiled the signed bond that finances the voter approved project at the kick-off celebration for the Legacy Trail Extension in late June. Held at Sarasota’s Payne Park, the event brought together elected officials, volunteers and the community to mark the official start of the ‘Race to Completion.’ The Legacy … Continued

August 2019 Around Town

County Teen Honored With National Award for Work Against Tobacco Sachit Gali, a recent Pine View graduate and president of the Youth Advocacy Board for Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT), is a Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids’ Youth Advocate of the Year. Sachit was honored in Washington, D.C., along with other U.S. regional winners, a group winner and a national winner. The … Continued

July 2019 Around Town

Off-Trail Bike & Brew 5K Race July 27 Off-Trail Bike & Brew will be hosting a 5K race on Saturday, July 27, at 6 p.m., and all are invited to participate. This neighborhood pub recently opened by owner Casey Arena offers 50 craft beers—most brewed in Florida—as well as snacks and free treats for kids. Off-Trail has bike … Continued

June 2019 Around Town

Holocaust Survivor Pieter Kohnstam Tells of Escaping Nazis Venice resident and Holocaust survivor Pieter Kohnstam told a standing-room-only audience at the Venetian Golf & River Club about his family’s escape from the Nazis during World War II. Kohnstam, author of the award-winning book A Chance to Live, speaks to groups around the world about his remarkable journey and his … Continued

May 2019 Around Town

American Association of University Women American Association of University Women worked with girls ages 9–-12 in a Jacaranda Library event called “Girls STEAM Ahead” to excite them about science, technology, engineering, art and math. The Venice branch of this nationwide organization is Florida’s largest with 250 members and hosts an annual Home Tour to fund scholarships for women delayed in pursuing … Continued

April 2019 Around Town

Venice Audubon Center & Rookery Welcomes April Migration Season Experience the Venice Audubon Center & Rookery! Nature lovers of all sorts can see birds nesting in their natural habitat. Bats emerge from the bat houses at dusk. Purple martins nest in their busy “condos” and gourds. A lovely butterfly garden showcases our insect friends. April is migration season, the perfect time for … Continued

March 2019 Around Town

Joy of Jazz – Tom Ellison Quartet Joy of Jazz is a free concert at Venice’s Centennial Park Gazebo on Sunday, March 24th at 2:00 PM. The event is co-sponsored by the Jazz Club of Sarasota and the Gulf Coast Community Foundation. Tom Ellison, on woodwinds and vocals, leads the quartet. The Jazz Club is dedicated to preserving … Continued

February 2019 Around Town

Phyllis Nolan’s Wire-Wrapped Seaglass Phyllis Nolan lived on St. Maarten, where she organized an international jewelry making club. What began as a social activity soon evolved into a passion for making beaded jewelry and wire-wrapped sea glass. Phyllis teaches wire-wrapping sea glass classes in the Suncoast Technical School Adult Enrichment Programs, at home parties as well as to communities throughout our region. Her classes are … Continued

January 2019 Around Town

Long-Time Venice Resident Earns Fellowship in International Organization Michael T. Hartley, CEO of DKE Inc., Comprehensive Wealth Counsel, was awarded the Advanced Certificate in Family Wealth Advising and honored as a Fellow of the Family Firm Institute at the 2018 FFI Global Conference in London. The certificates are presented to individuals who have achieved comprehensive professional … Continued