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  The Venice public schools are within the LA Unified School District. There are four elementary schools (Beethoven, Broadway, Coeur d'Alene, and Westminster), one junior high school (Mark Twain) and one high school (Venice). For detailed information on the schools visit their web site at

... pictured is the campus of Venice High School



Venice boasts a beautiful new library, located on Venice Boulevard at Ocean Avenue. The Friends of the Library host a number of programs throughout the year for children and adults. These programs frequently feature well-known producers, actors and business people. Their phone is 310.821.1769. Check out their website for more information and local events ...



The James Collins Youth Center ... home of the Boys and Girls Club of Venice ... has just completed a 4.6 million dollar facility. They offer a wide variety of sports, educational and creative programs for young people ages 6 to 18. For more information on their programs call 310.390.4477.


  The Vera Davis McClendon Family and Youth Center houses seven non-profit organizations which offer a variety of educational and social services to the Venice community (youth through seniors) free of charge ... educational programs include computers, the arts, citizenship, social issues ... just to name a few. Call 310.305.1865 for more info.

Beyond Baroque ... one of Venice's historic buildings ... is now a literary arts center. The center has a book store which is open Tuesday through Saturday from 2 - 6 pm. They also have a schedule of poetry readings, creative writing workshops, and performances that are open to the public. For information and a schedule they can be reached at 310.822.3006.

  SPARC (Social and Public Art Resource Center) is a community-based non-profit arts organization dedicated to producing, presenting and preserving public artworks that reflect the lives and concerns of our diverse ethnic population, women, working people, youth and the elderly. SPARC works are a collaboration between artists and local residents, resulting in art which arises from within the community rather than being imposed upon it. Visit their web site at
  Penmar Park Recreation Center offers senior programs and is a popular meeting place for community events. The grounds of the surrounding park include lighted baseball/softball field, tennis courts, 9 hole golf course.    

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