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5th Annual Myakka River Kayak Festival - 4th of July Jam Blast at Snook Haven!

Come on down to Snook Haven to celebrate the 4th of July with family and friends at the 5th  Annual Myakka River Kayak Festival - 4th of July Jam Blast! Snook Haven, located at 5000 East Venice Avenue in Venice, will host this fun family event from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. It’s the perfect way to celebrate the 4th of July during the day - and you can still make it to the beach afterward for fireworks!

Live musical entertainment will take place from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Artists include Treble Hook, Steve Arvey and Florida Boys, plus a few more surprises along the way. Performers will bring a unique and powerful Americana/Bluegrass sound to the Snook Haven stage. It will be a day full of great music and great food in a fantastic “Old Florida” setting.

Kayak and canoe rentals will be available starting at 8:00 a.m., or you can bring your own. There is no cover charge for entrance.

The festival will benefit Friends of Sarasota County Parks, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of parks in Sarasota County.

Snook Haven has all the history and natural beauty that anyone seeking riverside dining will fall in love with. It's off the beaten path and near the riverbed in a natural cove with true old Florida ambiance. With indoor and outdoor dining, Snook Haven features a backwoods smokehouse menu featuring ribs, chicken and pulled pork, in addition to shrimp and fresh and smoked fish. Guests can also enjoy over 30 craft and domestic beers, many of which are from local Sarasota breweries. Snook Haven, Smack Dab on the River, is located at 5000 East Venice Avenue, Venice, FL 34292 (941) 485-7221,

#Donate4Life at Sharky's on the Pier's Blood Drive

Save lives and support a great cause by joining oneblood and Sharky's on the Pier for a Blood Drive on Sunday, June 23rd from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Look for the Big Red Bus in the Sharky's parking lot!

All donors will receive a complimentary movie ticket, a coupon for a free appetizer from Sharky's (valid up to $15) and a wellness checkup, which will measure blood pressure, temperature, pulse, iron count and cholesterol.

Please book your appointment online by visiting and using sponsor code #35067. Donors must be at least 16 years of age, and identification will be required. Individuals who are 16 years old must receive parental permission to proceed.

The drive is hosted by oneblood, the primary blood supplier to Venice Regional Bayfront Health. The organization supplied over 5,000 units to the hospital system in 2018 and supports 90 percent of Florida by serving over 200 additional hospital partners. For more information, visit or call 1-888-9-DONATE.