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Updated: 02/13/2014 03:39:23PM

Tour and tribute on tap in Venice this week

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By Kim Cool

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Home tour devotees and women heading back to school will share a special Valentine event Friday in Venice — the annual tour of homes sponsored by the Venice Branch of the AAUW. Five Venice-area homes will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There also will be an orchid sale and raffle. Tour proceeds benefit the club’s Re-Entry Scholarship program for women who are continuing their education by completing unfinished degrees or changing majors.

Proceeds from last year’s tour funded scholarships for six women, including one who finished her degree in education last December and was immediately hired by the Sarasota County School Board. Tickets may be purchased in advance for $20 at Venice Stationers, 211 W. Venice Ave.; Deborah’s Quilt Shop, 337 W. Venice Ave.; Cardware at Jacaranda and Center; and at Ophelia’s Pasta House at 411 Laurel Road in Nokomis. Friday, tickets are $25 and can be purchased at tour homes: 2291 Scenic Drive, 508 Everglades, 621 Valencia, 500 Hauser Lane and 114 Martellago Drive. Visit:

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