1. See the Work of Future Masters
They could be future Picassos, Van Goghs or Pollocks, even though they still live with mom and dad. See masterpieces created in their “early period” at the Venice Art Center’s South Sarasota County Schools Art Show, May 7-20. veniceartcenter.com
2. Indulge in Some Wicket Fun
The Sarasota County Croquet Club is 160 members strong, but happy to welcome more. The club plays on a regulation-size court in Venice, and offers free clinics Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. sarasotacountycroquet.com
3. Visit the Old Neighborhood
Venice’s Venezia Park neighborhood, with 1920s-era Mediterranean Revival homes, is on the National Register of Historic Places and can be viewed up close with a self-guided tour. Walking tour maps are available at the Venice Main Street office as well as the Venice Area Chamber of Commerce.
4. Tour the Historic Train Depot
Venice’s beautifully restored train depot was once the lifeline of the city, not to mention the circus train with its lions, tigers and elephants. Get the details on a tour led by the Venice Area Historical Society, Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., May-October. venicehistory.com
5. Do Something Nice for Mom
How can you make mom feel special on May 8? Treat her to a massage, facial or other spa treatment at any of Venice’s first-rate spas and salons, including Venice Day Spa, Spa Venice, James Griffith Salon or Simplicity Salon and Day Spa. Heck, while you’re at it, treat yourself, too.
6. And Don’t Forget Dear Old Dad
Father’s Day is June 19. Many local golf clubs offer discounted summer rates and summer memberships, like Mission Valley Country Club, missionvalleycc.com. If golf isn’t his bag, consider a charter fishing trip aboard the Legacy with Captain Denny Deaver, charter-boatfishing.com.
7. Team Up to Fight Cancer
Join a team or just go to support all the teams in the American Cancer Society’s signature Relay for Life event, May 13-14 at the Venice Airport Festival Grounds. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to participate or donate.
8. Remember Those Who Served
May 30 is a day to honor the men and women who gave their lives for our country. A ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. in Patriots Park, at the north end of U.S. 41 Bypass. The Venice High School band will perform, after which American Legion Post 159 will host an open house, 11:30 a.m. at 1770 E. Venice Ave.
9. Go Crazy Over Crafts
Venice comes alive with its annual craft festival, June 18-19. Hundreds of artisans display their wares and tempt you with great food, too. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event is free, with the exception of those items you just can’t resist taking home. venicemainstreet.com.
10. Get a Tan While you Spike and Set
You may not be Misty May-Treanor or Kerri Walsh, but you can channel your inner Olympian at Venice or Caspersen Beach, where impromptu volleyball games take place on almost any given day. Like it a bit more competitive? Check out the summer beach volleyball league sponsored by SoCo Sports, socosports.com.