While the snowbirds are packing their suitcases for the journey down here, we year-rounders are weeks into our own season.

We’ve had the unveiling of the John Nolen exhibit at the Venice Museum and Archives, the Venice Art Show had it’s first show of the season, Whimsy, the Venice Area Chamber of Commerce had its big annual bash at the Mission Valley Country Club, and half a season of Venice High football (the Indians are crushing teams all over.)

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Marsha Ouimette's "Curly Shirley" the People's Choice Award winner at the "Whimsy" show at the Venice Art Center.

Today and tomorrow, you can find out about Venice area fitness and activities, meet boat and RV dealers, and learn about local restaurants and shops at the Consumer Expo at the Venice Community Center, 326 S. Nokomis Ave. It is sponsored by the Chamber, which corralled about 100 businesses to show off their stuff. And, if you’re like me, with boxes of old mortgage papers, credit card statements and eight-year-old tax returns, the Chamber is offering free document shredding 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. There’s a three-box limit.

(Do crooks still dig through garbage bins or is identity crime all digital these days?)

TJ Carneys is having its grand reopening tonight and tomorrow, with live music 8 p.m. to close. Tom Carney has gone full circle now, from TJ Carney’s to a brew-pub concept and now back with the familiar Irish Pub us long-timers remember well.

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Free Friday night concerts begin next week in the Gazebo at Centennial Park, featuring blues artist Al Fuller and his band. Concert starts at 7 p.m.

And then on Saturday, Oct. 9, there’s a Venice Blues Festival pre-party at the Venice Community Center, featuring Kat Riggins, Kat Crosby and Lady Katt. Concert is 7 p.m.-10 p.m.; $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Cash bar and food truck on site.

To get an overview of this season’s events, including productions at Venice Theater, you have to check out this month’s Venice Magazine. Executive editor Kay Kipling covers it all, including profiles of Tony-winning singer, actor and dancer Ben Vereen, who is directing Hair at Venice Theater, and Venice Symphony conductor Ken Bowermeister.

And then there's the ultimate local fest--the SunFiesta, with its bed races, Miss Sun Fiesta, parade and food. That's the traditional end of "locals season"--that glorious time after summer vacations and before snowbirds arrive, when it's all about us--the people who brave summer, work, and have kids in the schools.

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