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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


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



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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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.



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



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 

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

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:



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 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

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.




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 online.

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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



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, 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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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 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.




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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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,


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 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…

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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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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. 

image::Photograph of Spoonbill by Jim Gleaves

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 More…

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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



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.




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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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.



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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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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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


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.”

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“Into the Looking Glass,” by Dawn Currie of Indian Harbor Beach, won both 1st place in Black and White and won the “People’s Choice” award


McKee Botanical Garden is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Annual Waterlily Photo Contest held in conjunction with the 13th Annual Waterlily Celebration on June 17.

On Friday, June 16, three accomplished photographers judged 128 spectacular photos submitted by local residents and beyond.  The judges selected a first, second and third place winner, as well as an honorable mention in the following adult categories (Color, Black and White, and Manipulated).  A Youth category for photographers 17 and under was also judged and a first, second and third place winner was selected.

On Saturday, during the 13th Annual Waterlily Celebration, the public was given the opportunity to cast their vote for the “People’s Choice” award. 

The list of winners included:

People’s Choice Winner –  “Into the Looking Glass” by Dawn Currie More…

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Vero Classical Ballet is holding “Princess Ballet Camp” for ages 4 to 8 from 9:30 am to Noon on weekdays beginning Monday, July 10 and ending Friday, July 21 at Leisure Square, 3705 16 Street in Vero Beach.   Princess Ballet Camp is a fun, enriching, and educational summer activity that focuses on a ballet and story of the day. Join Mrs. Amy, Mrs. Margaret, Mrs. Marilyn and guest teacher Mrs. Yvonne Miller for a week (or two!) of delight and excitement. Daily activities will include: Ballet Class, Arts and Crafts, Music Class, Snack, Story of a Famous Ballet and  Dress-up Time/Tea Party.  Participants will also put on a live performance at 11:30 am for parents on Friday, the last day of camp.  There will also be surprise visits from a Princess and Ballerina Guest!  For details, visit More…

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Riverside Theatre announces KIDSPOT, a special area designated for kids 12 and under, at select performances at the Theatre’s outdoor Loop.  KIDSPOT access is complimentary to children with tickets to a performance of Willy Wonka or iRascals.

Designed to enhance a child’s enjoyment at the theatre, KIDSPOT will engage children with activities, arts and crafts, games with prizes, character meet and greets, and complimentary refreshments.

KIDSPOT will be open one hour prior to evening performances and one hour after matinee performances. For evening shows, children will receive a dinner item and beverage prior to the show.  For matinees, they will receive a complimentary snack and beverage after the show.  Allergy sensitive options are available upon request.  Parents and older kids can purchase food, snacks, and drinks separately.

Willy Wonka and iRascals show dates and times are listed below. KIDSPOT performances are designated with a (KS).

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Willy Wonka JR. and Willy Wonka KIDS

The delicious adventures experienced by Charlie Bucket on his visit to Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory light up the stage in this captivating adaptation of Roald Dahl’s fantastical tale. Featuring the enchanting songs from the 1971 film starring Gene Wilder, Willy Wonka JR. and Willy Wonka KIDS follow the enigmatic candy manufacturer as he stages a contest by hiding golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. The children must learn to follow Mr. Wonka’s rules in the factory – or suffer the consequences.

The hour-long version of Willy Wonka JR. starring children aged 12 to 18 takes place:

June 16 @ 1:30pm & 7:30pm (KS);                                       June 17 @ 1:30pm (KS) & 5:30pm (KS)

A shorter version, Willy Wonka KIDS, starring children aged 7 to 12 takes place:

June 23 @ 1:30pm & 7:30pm (KS)                                         June 24 @ 1:30pm (KS) & 5:30pm (KS)

 iRascals JR. and iRascals KIDS More…

Single Tickets now on sale for Riverside Theatre 2017-2018 Season Reply


Single tickets for Riverside Theatre’s exciting 2017-2018 Season of shows are now on sale. Building on the success and support the theatre has received over the last few years, Riverside is proud to present another ambitious season of music, comedy, and drama.

The season begins in October with a wonderful musical showcasing the songs of Hank Williams with Hank Williams: Lost Highway. January brings the Broadway hit musical, Million Dollar Quartet, followed by the play about football legend Vince Lombardi in Lombardi. The next production on the Stark Stage is one of the most acclaimed musicals of all time, Gypsy, and the season concludes with the Broadway smash hit, Mamma Mia. Two distinctive theatre pieces play on the Waxlax Stage: The Mystery of Edwin Drood in January and the Off-Broadway smash, Buyer & Cellar in March.

Individual tickets start at $35 and can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 772-231-6990 or online at Continue reading…

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The Vero Beach Museum of Art offers Art & Film on Tuesdays at 5:30 this month beginning June 13 and continuing on June 20 and 27. “The World of Wes Anderson” features The Life of Aquatic with Steve Zissou (June 13); Fantastic Mr. Fox (June 20) and The Grand Budapest Hotel (June 20) Free with museum admission: Adults $6; Seniors $5; Free with Museum membership. There is still time to register for Adult Art Classes beginning today. Family programs include Art Babies, Kidz Art Shops, Artful Storytime and Toddler Tours. Summer Art Camp for ages 4-16 continues through July 28th, and enjoy the Deborah Butterfield, Horses exhibit. For offerings, visit


Indian River County Courthouse: Gina DeMario

Indian River County Administration Bldg A: CCIRC member artists

Indian River County Main Library: Vero Beach Art Club

Image: by Chris Gunkel at County Admin



The Second Annual Vero Beach Wine + Film Festival (VBWFF) begins on Thursday, June 8 and continues on Sunday, June 11 at various screening locations in Vero Beach. VBWFF focuses on providing a truly unique festival, allowing guests to fully experience films with tailored wine and drink pairings, special guests and immersive viewing. Visit the website, for current offerings and to purchase passes ranging from a one-day pass to screenings, wine tastings and panel discussions is $40; four-day passes are $95 to $100. Passes with extras range from $185 to $2,500.


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McKee Botanical Garden is proud to be a Blue Star Museum and one of more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to military personnel and their families this summer in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and the Department of Defense. McKee Botanical Garden will offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day, May 29, through Labor Day, September 4. The program provides families an opportunity to enjoy the nation’s cultural heritage and to learn more about their community.



— Comedy Zone-Summer Nights: Shows at 7:30 and 9:30 pm with comedians Philly Plowden and Juanita Lolita.

–Live in the Loop: Free Outdoor Concerts beginning at 6 pm with Wiley Nash (rockin’ blues) on Friday and Voodoo (groovy rock) on Saturday. Visit for more information. More…

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Visit for Calls to Artists, Auditions, Scholarships and more opportunities throughout the state or sign up for our Monday Morning Newsletter at

Singers! Community Church invites you to participate in the July 2 Independence Day Celebration. Rehearsal on June 28, 7 pm.

McKee Botanical Garden is currently accepting photo submissions for the 13th Annual Waterlily Photo Contest in conjunction with the Annual Waterlily Celebration to be held on Saturday, June 17. Deadline for submission is June 13.
Image: 2016 Honorable Mention – “Beautiful Reflection” by Lee Benson More…

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Summer is the perfect time for beginning and intermediate students to take an evening art class in the Vero Beach Museum of Art’s Museum Art School. The summer term begins the week of June 5. Register in-person at the Museum during business hours or visit the Museum’s website to register. Summer class offerings include Photography 101 (beginners); Yoga at the Museum (all levels); You Can Draw (beginners/intermediate); Drawing in Everyday Life (beginners/intermediate); The Joy of Watercolor (beginners); Oil and Acrylic Abstract Painting (beginners/intermediate); Studio Painting (intermediate/advanced); Acrylic Painting-The Basics and More (beginners/intermediate); Terracotta Masks-Beyond the Clay (beginners); and Summer Clay Studio (all levels). For further information about classes or registration, please call Ellyn Giordano, Museum Art School Registrar at (772) 231-0707, ext. 116. More…

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“The Garden” by Krystial Comins

McKee Botanical Garden is currently accepting photo submissions for the 13th Annual Waterlily Photo Contest in conjunction with the Annual Waterlily Celebration to be held on Saturday, June 17 from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm.
The Garden is currently accepting submissions for its annual photo contest through Tuesday, June 13. Photos must be of waterlilies and lotus photographed at McKee Botanical Garden in 2016 or 2017 with a film or digital camera. Participants may submit one photo in each of three style categories: Color, Black and White, and Manipulated. A Youth category is also available for aspiring photographers ages 17 and under. A complete list of rules with the entry form can be found at Photos will be judged by a panel of judges on Friday, June 16. More…

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Riverside Theatre Education’s  Spring Dance Recital – May 11-12

A celebration of the performing arts for kids, this annual event features performances, children’s entertainers, hands-on activities, and fun for the whole family! May 11 & 12 @ 7:30pm, Tickets: $10. Performances take place on the Anne Morton Theatre @ Riverside Theatre’s Education Building.

The Comedy Zone – May 19-20 @ 7:30pm & 9:30pm – Riverside’s showcase of professional comedians touring the comedy circuit on the Waxlax Stage and local musicians on the Live in the Loop stage. Comedians are: Mark Klein and Cam Bertrand. Tickets for comedian showcase: $18, $16. FREE music @ Live in the Loop outdoor stage. Comedy performances take place on the Waxlax Stage @ Riverside Theatre

Howl at The Moon Experience – May 26-27 @ 7:30pm & 9:30pm – More than a dueling pianos show, Howl at the Moon is a high-energy music show. Come sing, dance, and howl as the most talented musicians perform your favorite rock, pop, and dance hits from the 80’s, 90’s, and today! Local musicians will continue to perform on our outdoor stage between Howl performances. Howl Tickets: $22, $20, $18, $16. FREE music @ Live in the Loop outdoor stage. Performances take place on the Waxlax Stage @ Riverside Theatre.


The Comedy Zone Experience – Summer Nights – June 2-3, @ 7:30pm & 9:30pm – Experience Backyard Fun with Comedy Zone Summer Nights. Enjoy summertime games like corn hole, ladder ball, and others played on Riverside’s backyard. On select nights, special Summer Wine and Craft Beer tastings will also be available for a nominal fee. Comedy Zone showcases professional comedians touring the comedy circuit. Scheduled comedians are: Philly Plowden and Juanita Lolita. Tickets for comedian showcase: $18, $16. FREE music @ Live in the Loop outdoor stage. Comedy performances take place on the Waxlax Stage @ Riverside Theatre More…

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The Vero Beach Cultural Arts Village has applied for a grant with A Community Thrives, brought to you by USA Today Network to facilitate development of the infrastructure of the Village. Visit: to see the video grant application.

The Vero Beach Museum of Art is currently exhibiting significant examples of Deborah Butterfield’s (at left) distinctive sculpture based on the equine form in the exhibition Deborah Butterfield: Horses continuing through Sunday, June 4. View 16 unique sculptures in the exhibition Larry Kagan: Object/Shadow, (at right) on view through Sunday, May 21. Digital montages by photographer Jeffery Becton, The View Out His Window (and in his mind’s eye) continues through May 7.



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Saturday Night Fever through April 30. Tickets start at $35.


The Center for Spiritual Care, 1550 24 Street in Vero Beach, is hosting “A Conversation with Mari Perron”, on Thursday, April 27 from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm. This is a wine and cheese reception for her only appearance on the Treasure Coast. Please RSVP 772-567-1233.



The Sunrise Theatre in Fort Pierce presents An Evening with America on Friday, April 28 at 8 pm. Hear hits such as I Need You, Ventura Highway, Don’t Cross The River, Tin Man, Lonely People, Three Roses, and Sister Golden Hair. For tickets ( $59/$49) visit





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Art in Public Places announces a new exhibition, “Saudade,” mixed media by Gina DeMario (at right) now on view at the Indian River County Courthouse, 2000 16th Avenue in Vero Beach.  On view through August 24th.  Visit 9 am to 5 pm Weekdays.


Based on the 1977 blockbuster film, Saturday Night Fever whisks you back to the 1970s, where open shirts, bell-bottoms and disco were all the rage.  April 11 – 30.  Tickets start at $35.


The Vero Beach Cultural Arts Village has applied for a grant with A Community Thrives, brought to you by USA Today Network to facilitate development of the infrastructure of the Village.  The application is in the form of a video now on the USA Today website along with many other applicants.  At Noon on Wednesday, April 12, voting for your favorite video opens and will continue through May 12th.  A person may vote once a day for the one month period.  The ten entries in each category with the highest number of votes will move forward to a panel of judges for review.  We need your help!   Please take a minute and vote for the Vero Beach  Cultural Arts Village.    Visit: to see the video grant application.  Vote today for a better tomorrow! More…

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Tony Jacob Tischler) and Stephanie Alexandra Matteo) compete for first place in the 2001 Odyssey dance contest from Saturday Night Fever.


The so-called Disco Era of the 1970s hardly qualifies as an era having only lasted about five years, but the soundtrack of those years – Saturday Night Fever – is timeless. You probably have one of the 40 million copies of that vinyl album somewhere in your storage unit. I don’t want to know if you still have the bell-bottoms and platform shoes, but if you do, you will want to drag them out because Riverside Theatre has a torrid case of Saturday Night Fever and you’ll want to catch it. On second thought, put those bell-bottoms back into storage. But don’t miss the show at Riverside!

Based on a 1975 New York Magazine article, “Tribal Rites of the New Saturday Night,”  the 1977 movie was a major hit and the 1999 musical theater adaptation of Saturday Night Fever ran on Broadway for 500 performances  long after the disco fad had faded. However, then as now, the music and story are timeless.

The main character, Tony Manero, was played in the film by John Travolta and handled superbly onstage by Jacob Tischler in this Riverside production. Tony works in a hardware store and lives for the weekends when he can strut his stuff on the 2001 Odyssey Disco dance floor. He gets no emotional support or encouragement from his parents, who idolize his priest brother.  His loser friends idolize him, including a wannabe girlfriend and dance partner, Annette (Nicole Colón). When Tony sets his sights on first place in a dance contest, a $1,000 grand prize and maybe a life, he spurns Annette in favor of a new girl, the relatively classier Stephanie Mangano (Alexandra Matteo).


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Some members of the committee gather at Riverside Theatre for a planning meeting. Left to right- Beverly Paris, Mark Wygonik and Alicia Quinn (all seated). Standing are Barbara Hoffman and Oscar Sales. Photo by Marty Paris


Since 1996, The Cultural Council of Indian River County has been recognizing individuals in the community who have strived to demonstrate support of the arts in a variety of means. To that end, an annual event has been held inviting those who have been nominated and later selected to receive this honor, in a wide array of categories that have included cultural leadership roles in business, education, philanthropy and volunteerism, as well as an award that recognized a local artist of their field who earned the respect of the community and their peers for their dedication to their art. More…