The Venice Historical Society is having a 20th Anniversary Champagne Brunch at The Historic Venice Beach House on Sunday, August 20th.

The featured guest speaker will be author, poet, essayist, screenwriter and former Venice resident Ray Bradbury, whose achievements include such works as The Martian Chronicles, Something Wicked This Way Comes, and Fahrenheit 451.

The brunch is also a fundraising event that includes local entertainment and a silent auction.

The event is scheduled from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, August 20th. The Historic Venice Beach House is at 15 30th Ave., Venice.

Tickets are $30 for Venice Historical Society members and $35 for non-members.

Reservations are required and invitations can be downloaded at www.veniceofamerica.org or call (310) 967-5170 to have an invitation mailed.

In the past two decades, the society has grown in its efforts to increase public awareness of Venice’s historical resources, to gather and disseminate information for the preservation of Venice structures, and to offer activities that will promote the preservation and enhancement of Venice features.

Over the years, the society has held meetings every other month at the Venice Library, educating the public on subjects ranging from the characters who performed on the Venice Pier to the living legends whose families were part of Abbot Kinney’s Venice of America to the memories of everyone and anyone who was raised in Venice.

The society has held historic tours, archival showings, and merchandising sales to get the word out on Venice’s history and plans to continue all these events.

Eventually, the society hopes to raise enough money for its dream to build a museum.

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