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Category: Venice


Giving Challenge May 6-7: Kids of Yesterday Find Friendship for a Lifetime

Remember what it was like when you were a kid? What was important to you and what  friendship meant to you? Now flash forward and think of what that "kid of yesterday" can look forward to in the second half of life. Will the programs and services to support healthy, dignity and quality of life be there for you?   The Friendship Centers h...

RAIN DATE: MAY 17 Second Annual Antique Classic Car Show
The second annual Friendship Antique Classic Car Show in Venice has been rescheduled to May 17.  Don't miss this exciting opportunity to see some of the areas rare and beautifully restored vintage automobiles while enjoying a morning in the park-like setting of the Venice Friendship Center's campus on the Intracoastal Waterway. The Show runs from 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Admission is free to spectators. For exhibitors, pre-registration is $15,  $20 on the day of the event. Trophies and prize...

The Friendship Centers Caregiver Resource Centers are pleased to offer the Powerful Tools for Caregivers Graduate Program, building on  the strategies learned through the Powerful Tools course,  to provide additional support on the caregiving journey, with added focus on relationships and building resiliency.  Presenting the course...

Earl Grey on the Fairway High Tea Luncheon April 17
Join us for the second annual High Tea Event, "Earl Grey on the Fairway" luncheon to benefit the Friendship Centers Living Room Adult Day Service program in Lee County. It will be held April 17 at Club Renaissance in Fort Myers. The program includes speakers on wellness and tips for caregivers, a fashion show and silent auction accompanied by a scrumptious luncheon with savory treats to enjoy. Tickets are $35. Reserve yours by calling 239.275.1881. 

Venice Symphony members will present a free informational recital  on Saturday, April 5 .  at 11:30 p.m. at the Friendship Center, 2350 Scenic Drive, Venice.  In this presentation, the symphony invites the public to re-live Venice from the past with its new Circus Band. This professional group is made up of wind, brass and percussio...

Save the Date! The Venice Friendship Center and the Venice Area Chamber of Commerce Senior Outreach Committees' 2014 Health and Wellness Expo will be Thursday, April 24 from 9 a.m.  to noon at the Venice Friendship Center, 2350 Scenic Drive.  Admission is free and the public is welcome. Prizes and giveaways, entertainment, health informat...

Check out what's happening in our Centers here. From classes and activities, to dancing and special events, you're sure to find something of interest!

The fifth annual Madcap  - “Musicale and Musings” March 4 at the Friendship Center in Sarasota was a sold-out event, with the largest attendance ever. Guests were treated to eclectic mix of entertainment. The décor featured modern and antique musical instruments, sheet music, literature and art, accented by dramatic lighting...

Friends of the Center Membership

Q. What is Friends of the Center Membership? A:  It's  an opportunity to show your support for all the programs and services you receive through the Center, and to receive discounts on classes, facility rental and more. For just a few cents a day, you will help pay the costs to keep the center open -- including maintenance and ...

New research at Penn State shows adult day services can reduce stress for family caregivers. Senior Friendship Centers Living Rooms in Sarasota and Lee Counties are licensed by the State of Florida, and provide a safe, therapeutic program where your loved one can have fun, enjoy companionship and participate in activities.  
Sometimes it takes a team to bring back  a smile
Thanks to the caring team at Senior Friendship Center's Pat Buster Health Service in Venice, BettyGene's smile is back, and so is her health and confidence. 
Senior Friendship Centers is extending its support for caregivers through "Ten Minutes With Paula,"  a series of programs available at any time on Blogtalkradio.com. Hosted by Skip Cohen, the program looks at topics to help caregivers everywhere deal with the daily challenges of caring for a loved one.
Dakim BrainFitness, offered at Senior Friendship Centers in Sarasota and Venice, FL,  recently won a silver Edison Award for innovation. 
Caregiving can be an all-consuming responsibility. In the newest episode of "Ten Minutes with Paula," special guest Jane Johnson explains the importance of getting a break from caregiving to preserve one's health and well-being.
Caregiving is one of the greatest challenges and opportunities most of us experience in a lifetime. Belonging to a support group can be a lifeline on this journey.  Each week Paula Falk, director of the Caregiver Resource Center at Senior Friendship Centers in Sarasota, Florida, moderates a support group of caregivers dealing with the challenges of Alzheimer's. She's helped to provide guidance and a constant reminder to each member that they're not alone, that it's ...
Powerful Tools for Caregivers classes offered through the Caregiver Resource Centers in Sarasota and Venice is offer life-changing techniques and strategies to improve the health and well being of both caregivers and care-receivers.  
Kathy Silverberg: Season of Sharing helps all year-round

The Season of Sharing a program begun 13 years ago through a partnership between the Herald-Tribune and the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. Since then, it  has broadened to include other media outlets and nonprofit groups have become partners in this effort, which solicits donations during the holiday season and disburses the fun...

Hunger is a very real issue for many older adults in Southwest Florida. Friendship Centers Executive Director Nancy Green-Irwin of Lee County offers insight into the needs of older adults in this article publisehd in the Fort Myers News-Press Dec.16.
Finding the perfect a birthday or holiday gift for persons 50+ can be a challenge. Here's an idea, that will be enjoyed the whole year long. 

Venice Magazine's September-October Issue features an article by Paula Murray on the great need Senior Friendship Centers' clinics in Sarasota and Venice have for volunteer physicians and dentists.  See it here:  Calling All Doctors & Dentists: You Are Needed STAT!,  Continued here.   Both clinics are in gre...

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Friendship Centers
of DeSoto County

219 West Oak Street 
Arcadia, FL 34266
863.494.5965
Fax: 863.494.2387
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