1. Find your inner ham and hit the stage by taking an improv or acting class at Venice Theatre. venicestage.com
2. Sip, socialize and be happy at a Venice Wine & Coffee Company wine tasting. venicewineandcoffeecompany.com
3. Help preserve the art of quilting by taking or teaching a quilting class at the Venice Area Quilters Guild. There’s a class for everyone, from beginner to professional. Contact Barb: firstname.lastname@example.org
4. Take your tot to the library on Tuesday mornings. Independent 3- to 5-year-olds can enjoy good, old-fashioned story time while you scope out the latest novel or just plain relax. sclibs.net/libraries/venice.aspx
5. Take a bird watching field trip. The Venice Area Audubon society coordinates field trips all around the county. Snowbirds aren’t the only spring migrants around here. veniceaudubon.org
6. Give Venice the runaround. Literally. Get out your running (or walking) shoes and see Venice on foot. Go to mapmyrun.com to plan your route.
7. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Shamrock Park. It is the perfect place to picnic, play tennis or basketball and it serves as the trailhead access for the southeast portion of the beautiful the Venetian Waterway Trail.
8. Venture down to Historic Spanish Point. It’s a “quiet oasis of history” right on Sarasota Bay in Osprey. historic-spanishpoint.org/
9. Take a tiki tour and get your island groove going. Casey Key Fish House, Osprey Beach Tiki Bar & Grill and Captain Eddie’s around here, or venture down to the White Elephant in Englewood.
10. Sail, learn to sail, or just hang out with the Venice Sailing Squadron (VSS). You don’t even have to own a boat to join, membership is open to all sailors or those who want to become sailors. venice-sailing-squadron.org