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Summer Continues with Art, Wine Tasting, Live Music, and Comedy!

Things to do this week in Venice include a volunteer opportunity, the first non-profit in a series to be featured on Venice Patch.

As August draws to a close with the kids heading back to school and vacations a distant memory, there are still plenty of events during the weekdays to cheer you up and remind you that living in Venice really is an endless summer!

There are many non-profit organizations in Venice that serve our community. Over the next few weeks local non-profits will be featured in this column.

The Mildred Cursh Foundation is 9-year-old organization founded by Antoinette Reynolds that primarily serves the Oakwood Community in Venice with programs for children whose parents are in prison.

Programs include after-school tutoring, food distribution, summer events (such as an annual fishing trip) and educational events, many held at the First Baptist Church of Venice. The name honors Mildred Cursh Reynolds, who lived in Oakwood and was intrumental in creating the Concerned Parents Group and the Oakwood Beautification Committee.  An upcoming fundraiser for the foundation will be at the Vera Davis Center on Nov. 4 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. The $15 admission includes live music from Love Serenade and food. See the website for more details on programs and to get involved.

Speaking of school getting going, tt's not too late to sponsor a WE Student Art Banner, to support the . A banner created by the kids with your name will be placed on Abbot Kinney Boulevard when you make a donation.

Tuesday night is acoustic Music night at (aka The Whaler) with Jeremy Parker of Meet Me at the Pub at 9 p.m. Jeremy sings original tunes and a few covers, while adding humourous touches to them. Free.

Wednesday brings a wine tasting, live music and comedy. hosts a wine tasting in its in-store wine bar with a selection of five wines from whites to reds at 7 p.m. for $15. RSVP appreciated for the wine tasting. After the wine tasting, head over to for a few laughs plus a coffee for Open Mic night. If you are a funny person, sign up at 6:30 p.m, if you're there to laugh the free show starts at 7 p.m.

On Thursday, start your weekend early with live music from Miss Jessica and The Sugar Shack Attack at . This is Miss Jessica's new weekly venue on Thursday nights, a free show from 8 p.m. to midnight. This is sure to be fun one!

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