Venice is not just a place for Snow Birds anymore!  We have lots of fun stuff going on the remainder of June!!  Take advantage of Venice Beach Villas Summer Special or our great mid-week rates and come down and check it out!!!

On Monday, June 20th, Cafe Venice is hosting a Wine Tasting with Tom Devine.  The menu includes five wines from Sur de los Andes (and five course of paired food). The cost is just $35 per person plus gratuity.  Call 941.484.1855 for reservations.  Don’t forget that the Lunch Bunch continues through the end of October (and stay tuned for a new “terrace menu” full of lighter summer fare).  Cafe Venice is located at 116 West Venice Avenue.

On Thursday, June 23rd, the Crow’s Nest is hosting a Wine Tasting with Rob The Wine Guy.  World wine values will be featured during this casual, dockside, marina event.  Taste wines and snack on hors d’oeuvres from 6:30pm until 8:30pm for just $15 per person (complementary take-home wine glass included).  Wines featured will also be available for retail purchase.  No reservations needed, just show up!  Call the Crow’s Nest (located at 1968 Tarpon Center Drive) for details:  941.484.9551.

The Legacy Trail Overpass, which will provide safe passage over the Tamiami Trail for users of the Legacy Trail bicycle route, and complete the Legacy Trail from Sarasota to Venice, will open later this year.  In anticipation of the completion of this important project new bike racks are being installed throughout the Historic District.  Twelve racks will be conveniently located on Miami, Nokomis, Tampa, and Venice Avenues within easy walking distance of recreation, shopping, and dining opportunities downtown.  They will have a total capacity of 67 bicycles.  The new racks should be installed by June 17, 2011.  This project is collaboration between the City of Venice, Venice Area Beautification Inc., and Venice MainStreet Inc.  ”This project wouldn’t be possible without the efforts of all three groups.  We appreciate everyone understanding bike racks to be a necessity for our community and look forward to residents and visitors alike enjoying the additional safety and convenience that the racks represent”, says Mindy Pieper, director of Venice MainStreet.

Join us in the Gazebo Friday, June 24th for a local favorite of the Friday Night lineup ~ The Gator Creek Band! Known for playing at the Venice Yacht Club, this contemporary country band will surprise you with a few classics, too!  The music starts at 7pm in Centennial Park.  Bring your blanket or your lawn chair & we’ll see you there! In the meantime, check out their website atwww.gatorcreekband.com.

The Friends of the Lord-Higel House has entered the 2011 National Trust Challenge grant contest.  Go online to the National Trust website to VOTE for the Lord-Higel House Restoration Project, and the Friends can receive one of three grants to put towards the restoration.  To VOTE, visit  www.lord-higelhouse.com & click on “2011 National Trust Challenge” and follow the directions from there.  You must vote by June 30th, 2011!

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