Gallery 14 show will feature tow impressionist artists Reply

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Gallery 14 presents Coastal Living: A Different Perspective – Impressionist Realism by Judy Stach and Ruth Martin. The show will run from October 31st through November 24th. There will be a reception for the public on Friday November 3 from 5-8pm as part of the First Friday Gallery Stroll. Judy,a highly respected and popular artist, spends her winters in Vero Beach. More…

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19

Main Street Vero Beach is holding its Networking Breakfast on Thursday, October 19 at 8 am.  The breakfast will be held at Florida Community Bank, 4000 20th Street in Vero Beach from 8 to 9 am.  The cost is $5 per person and free to Main Street members. Bring business cards and flyers.  RSVP to info@mainstreetverobeach.org. 

Join Certified Laughter Leader, Nancy Johnson for “Laugh & Learn” (LAL) on Thursday, October 19 at 10:30 am at the North Indian River County Library.  Start your day with laughter and a positive attitude!

 

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Riverside Theatre to present “My Romance: The Works of Richard Rogers” Nov. 14 Reply

Fall Luncheon Performers Kristin Carbone, Peter Lockyer, Michael St. John and Jennifer Hope Wills

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Allen D. Cornell, Riverside Theatre’s Producing Artistic Director, and Ken Clifton, Riverside’s Musical Director, have teamed up to create a special theatrical event showcasing some of the most beloved music by Broadway legend, Richard Rodgers. My Romance: The Work of Richard Rodgers takes place on the Stark Stage on Tuesday, November 14, 2017.

Featuring four highly accomplished Broadway and New York performers, this musical journey through the Richard Rodgers catalogue is an insightful look into the talents of a man that changed Broadway forever.

“After last season’s success with David Pittsinger in concert, Ken and I wanted to showcase the remarkable work of a musical master,” says Mr. Cornell. “These memorable tunes are lush, comical, romantic, and indicative of the lasting impression of a good song. I’m excited for our audiences to hear these timeless classics performed by our exceptional cast.” More…

20th Annual Festival of Trees to be full of ‘Sugar & Spice’ Reply

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Riverside Theatre, led by Producing Artistic Director/CEO Allen D. Cornell and Managing Director/COO Jon R. Moses presents the 20th Annual Festival of Trees. Benefitting Children’s Theatre programming and scholarships, the Festival, begins on Friday, November 17 with a glittering gala and continues with the regular showcase on November 18 & 19, 2017.

Featuring a “Sugar and Spice” theme, the entire Riverside Theatre campus will feature a sparkling world of Christmas trees, holiday displays, a Santa’s village, community choirs, and a fun night of surprises for the whole family on Saturday.

Chaired by the affectionately named “Tree Amigos” – Nancy Large, Lyn Law and Barbara Woodward, the Festival of Trees is Riverside Theatre for Kids’ largest benefit and supports children’s theatre programming and scholarships.

“We couldn’t be more excited about this year’s Festival of Trees! ‘Sugar and Spice’ is gearing up to be the biggest and the best, with the whole theatre campus once again involved,” says Lyn Law for the Tree Amigos. “This fun-filled event is not to be missed. There will even be room for a skating rink!” More…

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 THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12

The Treasure Coast Rock & Gem Society of Vero Beach will have a regular business meeting on Thursday, October 12, at 7 p.m. in the St. Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church, Old Parish Room.  Refreshments will be served.  For information call Ann Metz: 231-0218.

The Emerson Center, 1590 27th Avenue, will launch its Florida Humanities Series on Thursday, October 12 at 7 pm.  The 2017-18 season kicks off with a nostalgic and revealing look at the 70-year history of the Dodgers baseball team’s relationship with Vero Beach. On October 12, Craig Callan, Vice President of Historic Dodgertown, will recall how local businessman Bud Holman and other neighbors overcame obstacles to launch a Spring Training home for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Upcoming lectures are Florida’s Greatest Hurricanes (November 9);  Fort Pierce Jazz & Blues Society (December 14); Sean Sexton will discuss the Sexton Family in Vero Beach (January 11);  Ersula Knox-Odom will appear in character as Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune (February 1) and radio journalist Janie Gould presents a program entitled “Global Events That Touched Florida: Great Depression Through Cold War.” (March 29). Humanities programs.  VisitTheEmersonCenter.org.

 

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Riverside Theatre presents Hank Williams: Lost Highway Reply

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Riverside Theatre, led by Producing Artistic Director/CEO Allen D. Cornell and Managing Director/COO Jon R. Moses, starts its 44th season with the celebrated musical featuring the music of American Icon, Hank Williams, in Hank Williams: Lost Highway. Presenting sponsors for Hank Williams: Lost Highway are Ted & Dawn Michael with additional support from Riverside Theatre’s Patron Producers’ Group. Hank Williams: Lost Highway plays the Stark Stage at Riverside Theatre from October 24 through November 12, 2017.

A spectacular musical biography of a legendary singer-songwriter, Hank Williams: Lost Highway is an award-winning tribute to one of the great innovators of American popular music. Written by Randal Myler and Mark Harelik, the show follows Williams’ rise from his beginnings on the “Louisiana Hayride” to his triumphs on the Grand Ole Opry to his eventual self-destruction at the age of twenty-nine. Along the way, audiences are treated to indelible songs like “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry,” “Move It on Over,” and “Hey, Good Lookin’” and many more. Featuring a talented cast of performer/musicians, discover the show Rolling Stone calls, “exhilarating” and The New York Times says is, “smart, sweet, and poignant.” More…

“Leo, A Ghost Story” Based on the Award-winning children’s book by Mac Barnett Reply

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Allen D. Cornell, Producing Artistic Director/CEO of Riverside Theatre in Vero Beach, announces a new musical production by Riverside Theatricals, a division of Riverside Theatre. Focused on the creation of new musicals, Riverside Theatricals’ first two productions have focused towards young audiences starring professional performers. Leo, A Ghost Story is the division’s second production and plays Riverside Theatre October 20-28, 2017.

Based on the award-winning book by Author Mac Barnett and illustrated by Christian Robinson, Leo, A Ghost Story follows the adventures of Leo, a small kid, who just wants to make friends.

Featuring 9 original songs written by Ken Clifton with a libretto by Mr. Clifton and Ian Thompson, Leo, A Ghost Story is the delightful new musical for the entire family.

“Riverside Theatricals is a very exciting venture,” said Mr. Cornell. “By creating original works, this new division will expand Riverside Theatre’s mission in providing a total theatre arts experience for children and adults.” More…

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5

CLASSIC FILM AT NORTH LIBRARY

Join Joseph Gramm at 2 p.m., on Thursday, October 5, at the North Indian River County Library for “Classic Films with a Twist,” which includes a full-length showing of a feature film followed by discussion and a trivia contest with prizes and refreshments.  Admission is free. For more information please call (772) 589-1355.

FRIDAY OCTOBER 6

FIRST FRIDAY GALLERY STROLL

The First Friday Gallery Stroll around and along 14th Avenue  in downtown Vero Beach will be held on Friday, October 6 from 5 to 8 pm.  For those who prefer to ride, a vintage trolley will be touring the area and riding is free!   The trolley will be running on Gallery Stroll nights through April.  Here’s a preview of the exhibits from south to north:  Raw Space, 1795 Old Dixie Highway, presents ON THE OTHER SIDE OF MEMORY, Paintings, Sculptures & Fabric Installations by Colombian artist Alejo Santa Maria. Gallery 14 presents BODYSCAPES:  Photography by Allan Teger to Benefit “Friends in Pink” – a Show and Sale for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.   Artists Guild Gallery features new works by resident artists.  Main Street Vero Beach presents guest artist,  Ruth Feldman exhibiting encaustic paintings.   Flametree Clay Art Gallery “STEAMPUNK” exhibit will feature Victorian-Industrial-Modern technology with a Victorian Age design. More…

Craig Callan to explore Dodger archives with Emerson Center audience Reply

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The free Emerson Center’s Florida Humanities Series, in partnership with the Florida Humanities Council, will get underway on Thursday, October 12 at 7 p.m. with Historic Dodgertown’s Craig Callan as the season’s inaugural speaker. Callan will speak on “The Dodgers Come to Town: How Big-Time Baseball Found Vero Beach.”

Callan will provide a nostalgic and revealing look at the nearly 70-year history of the Dodgers baseball team’s relationship with Vero Beach. He will recount how local businessman Bud Holman and other neighbors overcame obstacles to launch a Spring Training home for the Brooklyn Dodgers. He will explain how, today, this facility has evolved into Florida’s premier sports and conference center hosting sporting events throughout the year. More…

Free Florida Humanities Series unveiled by The Emerson Center Reply

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Details are coming together for the launch of The Florida Humanities Series at Vero Beach’s Emerson Center on Thursday, October 12.

This series includes six free programs; showcasing lectures and performances all relating to Florida history, culture, and people. Since the series’ inception in 2007, these programs have become a favorite on the Treasure Coast’s entertainment scene. All performances begin at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday evenings.

Thanks to the generous support from Marine Bank and Trust and a grant from the Florida Humanities Council, these lectures and concerts remain free of charge.

The 2017-18 season kicks off with a nostalgic and revealing look at the 70-year history of the Dodgers baseball team’s relationship with Vero Beach. On October 12, Craig Callan, Vice President of Historic Dodgertown, will recall how local businessman Bud Holman and other neighbors overcame obstacles to launch a Spring Training home for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Today, this facility has evolved into Florida’s premier sports and conference center hosting sporting events throughout the year.  More…

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The Vero Beach Museum of Art has two new exhibits on view. The Masters of American Photography features some of the great iconic images of the 20th century by Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans, Edward Weston, Margaret Bourke-White, and other master photographers. Spanning nine decades of creative achievement, this exhibition, organized by the Reading Public Museum, represents a brief history of photography as art, addressing themes such as portraiture, landscape, still life, and cultural history. On view through January 14.

The kids will love 50 Years, 50 Works, 50 Reasons Maurice Sendak: The Memorial Exhibition. Organized to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Sendak’s classic Where the Wild Things Are. The exhibition features original illustrations for the book, which won the prestigious Caldecott Medal for pictorial excellence in 1964. The narrative follows a boisterous and adventurous young boy named Max who, having been sent to his room for misbehaving, ends up taking a rollicking trip to an island inhabited by Wild Things who crown him King before he returns home. The exhibition includes designs for an animated short film, a feature film, and an opera based on the book as well as a selection of works from the many other picture books that Sendak illustrated and examples from Sendak’s second career as a stage and costume designer. On view through December 31. More…

Sebastian Art Club celebrating 80th Anniversary Reply

Bronze sculpture of Paul Kroegel by Sebastian Art Club founding member Rosalee Taylor Hume. Kroegel was the original manager of the Pelican National Wildlife Refuge, the first such refuge in the country.

Founded in 1937, the Sebastian River Art Club is celebrating its 80th Anniversary with an art show and reception Saturday October 14, 2017, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm in the SRAC Art Center, 1245 Main Street, Sebastian. Public is invited to enjoy refreshments, an art show of recent works by Art Club members, special recognition presentations, and free raffles of artworks! Come chat with the artists and see what the Club is all about. SRAC’s Art Center is open Tuesdays, Thursdays and most Saturdays 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. For further information call 772-581-8281 or visit www.sebastianriverartclub.com.

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NOTICE: CELEBRATE THE ARTS FESTIVAL CANCELLED

The Cultural Council of Indian River County has cancelled the Celebrate the Arts Festival originally scheduled for Saturday, September 23, due to the effects of Hurricane Irma on the Riverside Park venue. 

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 22

ART OF NETWORKING THIS FRIDAY

The Art of Networking will be held on Friday evening, September 22, 5:00 – 7:00 pm at Riverside Theatre.  During this reception, the 2017-2018 Arts & Cultural Guide will be introduced and made available to the public.  We encourage all to attend and celebrate this upcoming season of cultural events and opportunities.   Admission is free for Cultural Council members and $5 for non members.  RSVP to 772-770-4857.

AT RIVERSIDE THEATRE September 22 & 23

Comedy Zone Experience: Shows at 7:30 and 9:30 pm with comedians  Carl “Cee-Jay” Jones and James Yon.  Come Hungry! Enjoy fire-grilled sandwiches and cold cocktails!

Live in the Loop: Free Outdoor Concerts beginning at 6 pm with Bobby Owen Band (Variety, Classic Rock) on Friday and The Rocket City Live (Classic Soul Rock) on Saturday.  Visit RiversideTheatre.com.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23

“DOGTOBERFEST” ON SATURDAY

The Humane Society of Vero Beach & Indian River County invites the public to celebrate “Dogtoberfest” on Saturday, September 23,  from 12:30  to 4:30 pm. Admission is free and will be held at the Humane Society, 6230 77th Street in Vero Beach.  “Dogtoberfest” is a family-friendly festival featuring music, food, beer, hay-rides, a kids zone, dog costume contest and a fun canine lure course. Guests may bring their well-behaved dogs on a leash. Visitors can have fun outdoors and then come inside the shelter to visit with dogs, cats and other animals who available for adoption.

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This September marks the 30th anniversary of Library Card Signup Month—a time when the American Library Association (ALA) joins public libraries nationwide to highlight the value of a library card.  During Library Card Sign-up Month any County resident of any age who signs up for a library card at the North Indian River County Library in Sebastian will be entered in a drawing for a gift card to Walmart or Paradise Ice Cream shop.  Indian River County Library cards are free to County residents – no purchase is necessary. The drawing will take place on Monday, October 2nd, at 10 a.m. and winners will be notified by phone, e-mail, or mail.  This local campaign is sponsored by the Friends of the North Indian River County Library.  The North Indian River County Library is located at 1001 Sebastian Boulevard in Sebastian.  For more information call the Library at 772 589-1355 or visit the Friends’ website at www.friendsncl.org.

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 1

First Friday Gallery Stroll

The First Friday Gallery Stroll around and along 14th Avenue  in downtown Vero Beach will be held on Friday, September 1 from 5 to 8 pm.  Here’s a preview of the exhibits:  Gallery 14 presents Colors of Summer 3:  New Work and Familiar Favorites by owner/artists (open this month on stroll night only)  Image at left: Mates by Barbara Landry.   Artists Guild Gallery features new works by resident artists.  Main Street Vero Beach presents guest artist, Ray Holmes’ Floribbean Fun Fish.  His fish are painted acrylic over fiberglass with his style of art – a fusion of the Caribbean Islands and Florida arts (at right).  Flametree Clay Art Gallery “Heard it through the Grapevine” will feature wine goblets, bottle chillers, cheese/cracker platters, grape leaf plates…anything to do with wine and wine tasting along with tasty treats by Wild Thyme Catering.

New Exhibit Opens at Foyer Gallery of Art

The Foyer Gallery of Art, located at the Emerson Center, 1590 27th Avenue, Vero Beach, will be having an Exhibition of oil paintings created by May Brandt, a well known local artist and plein air painter. Her Exhibit will begin on September 1st and run until October 31st.  Mark your calendar for a “Meet the Artist” event will take place on Thursday, October 12th in the Gallery from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.  Please visit the Foyer Gallery is from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm from Monday through Friday and on Sundays from 10:00 am to Noon.  More…

Riverside Theatre to host ‘Totally Awesome 80’s Party’ Reply

Reserve a table now at Riverside Theatre’s “Totally Awesome 80’s Night” performances of “Howl at the Moon” on Labor Day Weekend! Dine, dance and sing-along to songs from the 80’s that you request from our amazing musicians! Enjoy Air Guitar and 80’s dress attire contests for a chance to win some “rad” prizes! Plus drink specials and other surprises from the 80’s.

Party admission tickets $16-22, or…

Purchase in advance and save with an “80’s Night” package for just $30 per person you’ll get a: show ticket, fire-grilled sandwich, cocktail or beverage of choice, and dessert. 

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Ballet Magnifique – A Ballet Class for Special Needs presented by Vero Classical Ballet  is for children ages 5 to 14 with Down Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and Cerebral Palsy including those requiring a wheelchair. The classes are taught by experienced instructors, in a welcoming, nurturing, fun and creative atmosphere.  Classes are held every Tuesday, from 4:00 to 5:00 pm at Leisure Square, 3705 16th Street in Vero Beach.  Financial aid is available.  Call 772-360-8577 or visit www.veroclassicalballet.com/special-needs-program.

THURSDAY AUGUST 24

H.A.L.O.  No Kill Rescue presents Meows & Mutts at the Marsh on Thursday, August 24 at 6:30 pm  during Live Bluegrass Night at Marsh Landing Restaurant in Fellsmere. Enjoy signature cocktails & appetizers, live Bluegrass and fun raffle items while supporting H.A.L.O. Visit www.halorescuefl.org.

 

FRIDAY AUGUST 25

Violinists of the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra will perform Britten’s  String Quartet No. 2 and Vaughan Williams’s String Quartet No. 2 in A minor during British Roadtrip: Britten & Vaughan Williams concert on Friday, August 25 at 7 pm at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 1850  6th Avenue in Vero Beach.  Don’t miss this FREE program featuring two of Britain’s finest composers.  Tickets are not required.

Main Street Vero Beach hosts Downtown Friday on August 25 from 6-9 pm along 14th Avenue in Historic Downtown Vero Beach. Listen to the music of Anderson Council and during band breaks, hear rhythm & blues sensation, Gary Moore  and Stefan’s Tiny Sparks.  Stop by the Food Court where there is a great variety of delicious food vendors, ice cream, and cold drinks. Street vendors will be set up along 14th Avenue selling soaps, art, clothing and more.  This family-friendly event is fun for all ages. Free Admission. More…

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THURSDAY & FRIDAY, AUGUST 17 & 18

THEATRE-GO-ROUND PRESENTS NEW SUMMER SHOW

Theatre-Go-Round Dinner Theatre is presenting a special show, “Life Upon the Wicked Stage” with Shane Frampton and Phill Greenland at the Quilted Giraffe Restaurant on Thursday and Friday, August 17 & 18. They will be performing Broadway classics.   Enjoy dinner at 5:30 pm followed by the show at 7 pm.  The dinner theatre package is $55 per person.  On Sunday, August 20, Forever in Blue Jeans continues beginning at 4:30 pm.  Reserve by calling 772-252-9341.

FRIDAY & SATURDAY, AUGUST 18 & 19

AT RIVERSIDE THEATRE AUGUST 18 & 19

Howl at the Moon Experience: Shows at 7:30 and 9:30 pm with musicians Ken Gustafson and John Kenney.  Come Hungry! Enjoy fire-grilled sandwiches and cold cocktails!

Live in the Loop: Free Outdoor Concerts beginning at 6 pm with The Copper Tones (Variety & Classic Rock) on Friday and Soul Jam (Jam Rock) on Saturday.  Visit RiversideTheatre.com.

 

SATURDAY, AUGUST 19 

The Laura Riding Jackson Foundation is offering a free Teen Writers Workshop on college essays and applications from 1:00 to 4:00 pm on Saturday, August 19 at the Environmental Learning Center. During this three-hour session, attendees will learn how to navigate college applications on the web; get an overview of the application process and write at least one complete draft of their college essay.  Bring a device, computer, ipad or phone.  Sign up at www.lauraridingjackson.com. 

The Environmental Learning Center is hosting an “EcoTalk” on Saturday, August 19 at 11:00 am.  Make Prehistoric Florida Your Home with Kevin Gidusko, Public Archaeology Coordinator, Florida Public Archaeology Network.  Designed for the whole family, this interactive presentation teaches children about the raw and natural resources Native Americans used to build their campsites and villages.  For more information, visit DiscoverELC.org.

Sebastian Inlet State Park is having a Surf Fishing for Snook workshop on Saturday, August 19 from 1:00 to 3:15 pm at the Sebastian Fishing Museum in the park. This two-hour workshop introduces anglers to the art of Surf Fishing for Snook. The discussion will center on several tactics for catching snook in the surf with live bait and lures. Also included will be information on rods/reels, rigging hard, soft plastic lures and live baiting options. Anglers should bring a pen/pencil and something to write on. Snook season opens September 1.  For more information, visit: https://www.floridastateparks.org/park/Sebastian-Inlet

 
SUNDAY, AUGUST 20

SCSO’S THE MERRY WIDOW THIS SUNDAY

Farce, romance and jealousy abound when the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra and Orlando Light Opera collaborate in an updated production of Franz Lehar’s famed operetta, The Merry Widow.  Multiple Central Florida performances include a single Indian River County showing at 3:00 pm on Sunday, August 20 at the Vero Beach High School Performing Arts Center.  Lehar’s music sparkles in this English language production, staged and reimagined for the new millennium. Directed by Eric Pinder and conducted by Aaron T. Collins, The Merry Widow will please fans of the classic operetta and garner new admirers along the way.  $20 advance tickets for adults are available through the orchestra website at www.SpaceCoastSymphony.org Tickets at the door are $25.  The concert is free for those aged 18 and under or with a student ID.   

The Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County will be hosting a Disaster Animal Responders workshop on Sunday, August 20 from 10-3:30 p.m. conducted by RedRover, a nonprofit organization that provides national animal disaster response and training. This program is for adults interested in helping animals impacted by disasters at either a local or national level.  RedRover’s class will cover the set-up and operation of a temporary emergency animal shelter;  caring for, feeding and comforting animals displaced by natural disasters; reuniting animals with their families; saving animals from puppy mills and other abusive and neglectful situations; educating the public about issues such as puppy mills and animal hoarding and Disaster planning for pets.  The fee for this class is $45 and includes a RedRover t-shirt, training manual and light lunch. This program will be held at the Humane Society’s Adoption and Education Building, located at 6230 77th St., Vero Beach. Space is limited. To register call (772) 571-6418 or sign up online at redrover.org/joinresponders.


The Sunrise Theatre in Fort Pierce continues its Free Summertime Movies on Sunday, August  20 with A New Hope, starring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher  Tickets are available in person only at the theatre’s box office located at 117 South Second Street, Ft. Pierce, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Monday to Friday and two hours prior to each movie.  Limit 4 tickets per person.  Tickets are subject to availability. For more information call 772-461-4775.

 

UPCOMING

TAKE A TRIP WITH PIAS

The Pelican Island Audubon Society is hosting a day trip to Gainesville on Thursday, August 24.  Visit the Florida Museum of Natural History to view two exhibits: Butterfly Rainforest and Frogs! a Chorus of Colors.  Travel in comfort in the new Pelican Island Audubon passenger van. The Butterfly Rainforest is a living exhibit that features hundreds of free-flying butterflies and birds from around the world along with an assortment of other animals including turtles and fish.  Frogs! A Chorus of Colors is an interactive exhibition featuring fascinating living frogs, each adapted ingeniously for survival in locations around the world. Experience some of the most visually stunning, vocally pleasing and remarkably adaptable life forms on earth. Plan to leave Audubon House at 8:00 am and return at 7:30 pm. Combined transportation and museum ticket is $25. Bring a bagged lunch or buy a meal on your own at the museum cafeteria. Limited to twelve participants. Sign up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0f4daea72ca7fa7-visit online.

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 12

FUN ON THE WATER AT ELC

The Environmental Learning Center has two opportunities this summer to explore our beautiful lagoon.  Canoe Excursions are held every 2nd & 4th Saturday of the month through December 31 from 9:30 am to 11:30 am.  The cost is $15 for adults and $7 for children ages 8 to 11.   Pontoon Boat Excursions are on Saturdays from 9:30 am to 11:30 am.  The cruise takes you by Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge (the nation’s first national wildlife refuge) and mangrove islands where birds, manatees, and dolphins gather. ELC’s naturalist guide provides just the right touch of education through commentary and props, and will also provide information about ways we can positively impact the Indian River Lagoon. ELC will even provide binoculars for a better view!  The cost is $30 for adults; $10 for children (ages 4 to 11) and a 20% discount is given to ELC members.   Call  (772) 589-5050 ext. 114 to reserve a seat. 

The Indian River Genealogical Society is offering  Introduction to Genealogy Class  for free on Saturday, August 12, 19 and 25 from 10 am to Noon at the Indian River County Main Library. Sign up at the Main Library or call 772-444-7470. For more information, visit www.irgs.org.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 13

SUMMERFEST CONCERT AT CHRIST BY THE SEA UNITED METHODIST CHURCH AT 3 PM (SEE ABOVE)

The Sunrise Theatre in Fort Pierce continues its Free Summertime Movies on Sunday, August  13 with Hidden Figures, starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae.  Tickets are available in person only at the theatre’s box office located at 117 South Second Street, Ft. Pierce, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Monday to Friday and two hours prior to each movie.  Limit 4 tickets per person.  Tickets are subject to availability. For more information call 772-461-4775I

Meet the Artists at Emerson Center

The Foyer Gallery of Art will present a “Meet the Artists” Event on Sunday August 13, at the Emerson Center located on 1590 27th Avenue at the corner of 16th Street from noon until 2PM.  The participants in this event are 15 Unitarian Universalists Members and friends: Richard Atkinson, E. Marie Francis, Paul Gleaves, Phil Katrovitz, Jan Mathrani, George Michos, Jean Panuto, Al Parmentier, Katrina Pascale, Aksel Pederson, Carl Rantz, Pam Reiner, Marion Vrusho, Tobias Van Buren, and Debra West.  In our Lobby Gallery we have an invitational guest artist Sharon Morgan exhibiting her Mandalas.    Hope you can join us and meet all of our artists and enjoy their company and refreshments.  If you have any questions, please call Ellen Rantz at 772-581-5904.

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Symphony of the Americas “Summerfest” 2016

Tickets are on sale now for the Cultural Council of Indian River County’s  annual Summerfest Symphony Concert on Sunday, August 13 at 3 pm at Christ by the Sea United Methodist Church. The tickets are $35, are available at the Cultural Council Office, 2041 14th Avenue and on its website, www.cultural-council.org/summerfest. More…

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Now its sixth year, the Riverside Dance Festival is an intensive, two-week dance program that culminates with a performance on Saturday, August 5, 2017 at 2pm.

Begun in 2012 under the direction of Adam Schnell, Director of Dance Education at Riverside Theatre and Artistic Director of Ballet Vero Beach, the Riverside Dance Festival is a unique experience in intensive summer study for ages 10 and up.

From July 24 – August 5, accepted students from the local area and around the country will experience day-to-day life with New York’s acclaimed Ariel Rivka Dance (ARD), this year’s selected professional dance troupe. More…

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THURSDAY, JULY 27

ARTISTS:  BRING YOUR ART TO COUNTY ADMINISTRATION BUILDING

Cultural Council Artist Registry Members are invited to hang an art piece (no nudes, please) on Thursday, July 27  from 9 to 10 am  at the Indian River County Administration Building, 1801 27th Street in Vero Beach for a 3 month exhibit. If you are a new participant to this program, please e-mail Liz Mayo at lizmayo@artfullymanaged.com with your contact information for all of the details of the program. If you currently have a piece displayed, this is the time to take it down and (if you wish) replace it with a new piece.  In the e-mail, please include the name of your artwork, medium and price as soon as possible, so she can create a tag and encourage a sale.  It is a wonderful way, easy and FREE as a perk of CCIRC membership to expose your art to our community.

FRIDAY JULY 28

DOWNTOWN FRIDAY THIS WEEK

 

Main Street Vero Beach’s hottest event on the Treasure Coast is Downtown Friday scheduled for July 28 from 6-9 pm along 14th Avenue in Historic Downtown Vero Beach. Come dressed in your best Pirate Costume to show support for the annual Festival in Riverside Park this weekend. Listen to the music of Soul Jam with musical band breaks provided by Octopus’s Garden. This month’s band breaks will be Gary Moore, a rhythm and blues sensation and Flint Blade with his 12 String Chapman Stick. Bring your appetite and stop by the Food Court where there is a great variety of delicious food vendors, ice cream, and cold drinks. Walking Tree Brewery will be on hand with Craft Beer as well as wine and mixed drinks available. Many new street vendors will be set up along 14th Avenue selling soaps, art, clothing and more.  The Children’s area will have the Skateboard ramp for demonstrations by The Vero Beach Skate Park Alliance.  The Heritage Center and Citrus Museum will be open with special hours during Downtown Friday.  Free Admission.  More…

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CULTURAL COUNCIL PRESENTS SUMMERFEST 2017

Save the date for the Cultural Council of Indian River County’s  annual Summerfest Concert on Sunday, August 13 at 3 pm at Christ by the Sea United Methodist Church.  Twenty musicians from  ten countries around the world will be performing an exciting program including the works of Bach, Mendelssohn, Vivaldi, Piazzolla and Ravel as well as pieces by Lorenzo Turchi-Floris, Summerfest Composer in Residence.  Music students from middle through high school are invited to not only attend the performance as guests of the Cultural Council, but to personally interact with the Orchestra members prior to the performance. Vero Beach High School’s Symphony Orchestra has been invited to perform the first  piece on the program with the Summerfest Chamber Orchestra. Tickets, $35, are available at the Cultural Council Office, 2041 14th Avenue and on its website, www.cultural-council.org/summerfest.

THURSDAY, JULY 20

Join Main Street Vero Beach for a Networking Breakfast on Thursday, July 20 from 8 to 9 am.  This is open to all!  Take this opportunity to introduce your business to the community!  The event will be held at The Spa Downtown, inside the Vero Beach Athletic Club, 2043 14th Avenue.  RSVP to info@mainstreeetverobeach.org. More…

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The Education Foundation of Indian River County in partnership with Riverside Theatre will present a FREE, fun-filled family event, RT Star’s Back To School Party, on Saturday, August 5th from 10am to 2pm at Riverside Theatre followed by a performance by students of the Riverside Dance Festival.

With hands-on activities, live performances, face painting, a bounce house, and entertaining contests, this community-wide event will also feature back to school information from Administrators and Directors from the School District of Indian River County.

The Food Services Department will provide fresh produce, their meal plan, and information on their free/reduced lunch program. The Student Services Department will participate with health screenings and mind-body wellness programs. The Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten Program will share information on Kindergarten readiness. People from these informative programs, along with After School Programming and the Transportation Department, will be available for consultation. Plus, the Tobacco Free Partnership of Indian River County will be bringing their SWAT team (Students Working Against Tobacco) to the event with information and interactive games. More…

Riverside Theatre For Kids presents ‘Peter and the Starcatcher’ Reply

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Riverside Theatre for Kids, the educational arm of Riverside Theatre, presents the Tony Award®-winning Broadway hit play, Peter and the Starcatcher, on July 21 and 22, 2017.

Performing on Riverside’s main stage, Stark Stage, the play upends the century-old story of how a miserable orphan boy becomes the legendary Peter Pan.

A young orphan and his mates are shipped off from Victorian England to a distant island ruled by the evil King Zarboff. They know nothing of the mysterious trunk in the captain’s cabin, which contains a precious, otherworldly cargo. At sea, the boys are discovered by a precocious young girl named Molly, a Starcatcher-in-training who realizes that the trunk’s precious cargo is starstuff, a celestial substance so powerful that it must never fall into the wrong hands. When the ship is taken over by pirates – led by the fearsome Black Stache, a villain determined to claim the trunk and its treasure for his own – the journey quickly becomes a thrilling adventure. More…

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NEW EXHIBIT OPENS AT THE FOYER GALLERY IN THE EMERSON CENTER

A new exhibit is on view at the Foyer Gallery of Art in the Emerson Center featuring a variety of subjects and media created by members of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Vero Beach.   The exhibit will be on view through August 31.  To see the works, stop by Monday-Friday from 10 am to 4 pm and Sunday from 10 am to 12:30 pm. 

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The 4th Annual Vero Beach International Music Festival continues through July 14 at the First Presbyterian Church of Vero Beach, 250 Royal Palm Blvd.   All performances are open to the public and FREE, with a suggested donation of $20, which goes directly to the MBSC Scholarship Fund.  For a complete schedule, visit www.VeroBeachInternationalMusicFestival.com. More…

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VERO BEACH INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL THIS WEEK

The 4th Annual Vero Beach International Music Festival will be held from July 5-14 at the First Presbyterian Church of Vero Beach, 250 Royal Palm Blvd.  This is a one-of-a-kind festival that will feature performances from world-class musicians and singers in Americana, Rock, Celtic, World, and Jazz, as well as local and international students from the Mike Block String Camp.  All performances are open to the public and FREE, with a suggested donation of $20, which goes directly to the MBSC Scholarship Fund.  For a complete schedule, visit www.VeroBeachInternationalMusicFestival.com.

FRIDAY JULY 7

SEASON PREVIEW RECEPTION AT CENTER FOR SPIRITUAL CARE

The Center for Spiritual Care, 1550 25 Street in Vero Beach is hosting a reception on Friday, July 7 from 5 to 7 pm that features the work of artists with shows for the 2017-18 Season. Coming Attractions:  A Preview of 2017-18 Art at the Center presents the work of Bonnie Bolton, Rene Guerin, Joel Johnson, Regan Kenyon, Mark Kirby, Shotsie Cain Lajoie, Doraté Muller and George Paxton.  The exhibit will be on view throughout the summer.  Call 772-567-1233 for viewing hours.

 

 

FIRST FRIDAY GALLERY STROLL THIS WEEK

The First Friday Gallery Stroll will be on Friday, July 7 from 5 to 8 pm along 14th Avenue downtown. Here’s a preview of the new exhibits:

Gallery 14 features new work and old favorites by artist-owners and represented artists.  The Artists Guild Gallery’s resident artists present works with “On the Road” as the theme.  Main Street Vero Beach hosts guest artist, Myrna Renkert, (at left) a jewelry artisan and owner of Local Color Sea Glass.  Flametree Clay Gallery is exhibiting works with a patriotic theme to celebrate our nation’s independence.

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Riverside Theatre plans project for housing actors, designers, directors and guest artists 2

Star Suites by Riverside Theatre will be located on the corner of Aviation Boulevard and Flight Safety Drive, adjacent to Historic Dodgertown and less than a mile from the Vero Beach Regional Airport Terminal.

 

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The Board of Trustees of Riverside Theatre, Producing Artistic Director Allen D. Cornell, and Managing Director Jon R. Moses announce Star Suites by Riverside Theatre, an Actor’s Housing Project.

Star Suites by Riverside Theatre, a 60 one bedroom suite facility, is an enterprise primarily created to accommodate out-of-town actors, designers, directors and artists that work or perform at Riverside Theatre. The project will include a center courtyard, clubhouse, and garden terrace for outside gatherings.

“This Actor’s Village is a project that will lead the Theatre into our future,” says Heidi Waxlax, President of the Board of Trustees. “It is an essential component to secure the continuous operation of our Theatre. We needed to find a solution to the logistical difficulties faced by our staff and management who struggle to find adequate, affordable, and available housing for guest artists – a major component to our success.” More…

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NEW EXHIBITS AT THE VERO BEACH MUSEUM OF ART

Take a day to enjoy two exhibits at the Vero Beach Museum of Art. Watershed: Contemporary Landscape Photography, explores the increasingly fraught relationship between humankind and the environment, giving photographic aid to a concern that has reached global significance in recent years. Displaying works that evidence the undeniable impact on the earth, these photographers reveal the landscape as an activated space—one that is imprinted by mankind and marked by social performance.

 

Dan Gunderson: A View From Above features pieces composed of digital prints on a special metallic substrate.   An avid collector of art and cultural artifacts, he was fascinated by the colorful figures of super-heroes and other characters that his kids played with and then cast aside. Gunderson developed complex mandala-like arrangements of the colorful figures.   Seasonal rates admission: Adults $ 6 and Seniors $5.

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Riverside Theatre continues Vegas Nights and adds a Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament Reply

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Due to the continuing success of the Comedy Zone and Howl at the Moon evenings at Riverside Theatre, Vegas Nights returns for the entire month of July 2017.

In addition to the professional stand-up comedians and dueling pianists performing on the Waxlax Stage, patrons are invited to our exciting Las Vegas-style casino night parties with live entertainment inside and outside the theatre. Play a game of chance at the blackjack and craps tables, or get a lucky hand at Caribbean poker. Play with our ‘casino money’ and then cash in your winnings for raffle tickets to win some great prizes. All proceeds benefit children’s theatre scholarships and at Riverside Theatre.

“We experienced great success with Vegas Nights last summer,” says Jon Moses, Managing Director of Riverside Theatre. “People really enjoyed the different activities offered. We hope people return and enjoy as we continue to make each weekend a fun experience.” More…

Space Coast Symphony Winds and Chorus perform patriotic favorites at The Emerson Center Reply

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Indian River County residents are encouraged to don red, white and blue and wave the flag during the Space Coast Symphony Wind Orchestra’s free patriotic concert, America the Beautiful. The concert will be performed at 2:00 PM on Saturday, June 24 at the Emerson Center, 1590 27th Avenue, Vero Beach, 32960.

Presented in conjunction with the Space Coast Symphony Chorus, America the Beautiful will showcase our national heritage as conductor and artistic director Aaron T. Collins directs the wind orchestra with music by John Williams, Richard Rodgers, Lee Greenwood, and marches from “The March King,” John Philip Sousa. The concert will open with an extended version of the “Star Spangled Banner.” The women of the Space Coast Symphony Chorus will perform several works with the ensemble, including “God Bless the USA” and “Hymn to the Fallen” from the film, Saving Private Ryan. Among the many rousing patriotic numbers will be a salute to the men and women of the United States Armed Forces; veterans will be asked to stand when their service song is played. Audience members are asked to wear red, white and blue in a show of patriotic solidarity.

Artistic Director and Conductor, Aaron T. Collins, considers it an honor to salute the USA and our veterans. “We owe everything to the men and women who have worn our nation’s uniform,” said Collins. “These concerts are a powerful way to come together as a community and celebrate our great nation. To top it off, we are thrilled to be back at The Emerson Center for this awesome concert.”