Main Street Vero Beach receives national accreditation Reply


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Main Street Vero Beach has been designated as an accredited Main Street America™ program for meeting rigorous performance standards set by the National Main Street Center. Each year, the National Main Street Center and its Coordinating Program partners announce the list of accredited Main Street America programs in recognition of their exemplary commitment to preservation-based economic development and community revitalization through the Main Street Approach®.

“It is a great honor to recognize this year’s 828 nationally Accredited Main Street America programs for their outstanding work to transform downtown and neighborhood commercial districts,” says Patrice Frey, President & CEO of the National Main Street Center. “Main Streets are the heart of our communities, and the work they do to create quality public spaces, catalyze local entrepreneurship, and support downtown housing is more important than ever. Across the county, Main Street America programs truly strengthen the economic, social, and cultural fabric of their entire communities.”

The organization’s performance is annually evaluated by Florida Main Street, which works in partnership with the National Main Street Center to identify the local programs that meet ten performance standards. Evaluation criteria determines the communities that are building comprehensive and sustainable revitalization efforts and include standards such as fostering strong public-private partnerships, securing an operating budget, tracking programmatic progress and actively preserving historic buildings. More…

Hunts honored with Book of Golden Deeds Reply

Roy Howard and John Wurzburger of Exchange Club of Vero Beach with Jane McNulty, Ginny and Austin Hunt and Barb Lowry, Chair of United Against Poverty’s Indian River Community Board of Directors.


Austin and Ginny Hunt, founders of United Against Poverty (formerly Harvest Food & Outreach Center), were awarded with the “Book of Golden Deeds” Award from the Exchange Club of Vero Beach at their June 20, 2017 meeting. The award recognizes dedicated volunteers who give endless hours of their time and talents toward making their communities better places to live. 

“We founded United Against Poverty based on the great commandment to love people the way that we would want to be loved and this basic principal continues within the organization to this day,” commented Austin Hunt, United Against Poverty Founder/CEO.  “We are truly honored to accept this award on behalf of the countless volunteers, board members and staff that consider their work to be a calling and who have formed the organization to be what it is today.”   More…

Indian River Community Foundation awards grant to United Against Poverty Reply

Jeffrey Pickering, CEO of Indian River Community Foundation, presents Barbara Lowry, Chair of UP’s Indian River Community Board (center) and Annabel Robertson, UP Indian River County Executive Director, with a $50.000 grant to support UP’s Success Training for Employment Program (STEP).


United Against Poverty (UP) of Indian River County recently received a $50,000 grant from Indian River Community Foundation through its “Established Program Grant” program. The grant specifically supports the Success Training for Employment Program (STEP).  

“This grant is especially important to our purpose, which is to empower and inspire people to become self sufficient,” explained UP Executive Director Annabel Robertson,. “With 86 percent job retention rates, STEP is consistent with the national average. This is remarkable because most of the people who enroll in STEP believe that they are unemployable. STEP changes their minds and transforms their lives.” More…

Christ Church Vero Beach to host Veterans Salute Barbecue Reply


Christ Church Vero Beach will host the 3rd ANNUAL VETERANS SALUTE BARBECUE Saturday, July 15, 2017 from 1 pm – 3 pm .

The event is being held inside the new Christ Church Vero Beach building located at 667 20th Street in Vero Beach, FL and is the first public event for the church’s 9.23 Community Center.  

The 2017 Veterans Salute Barbecue welcomes veterans, their families and friends. The lunch, provided by Christ Church Vero Beach volunteers, will feature pork barbecue, coleslaw and beans followed by cherry cobbler for dessert. Tea, water, coffee and lemonade will also be available.

The day’s ceremonies will include an honor guard and the dedication of Christ Church Vero Beach’s newly installed flagpole. An American Flag that was first flown over the US Capital on Easter Day 2017 will be raised during the dedication ceremony. In the future, this very special US Flag will be flown exclusively on military and national holidays

RSVPs are encouraged.

For RSVPs and additional event information please contact Mrs. Connie Boyter at 772-696-2160 or

McKee Botanical Garden announces waterlily photo contest winners Reply

“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…

Dr. Cronin of IRSC selected for leadership program Reply


Dr. Marta Cronin

The National Community College Hispanic Council (NCCHC) has announced that Dr. Marta Cronin, Vice President of Academic Affairs at Indian River State College, is participating in the NCHCC Leadership Development Program as a 2017 Fellow.

Dr. Cronin joined IRSC in 2001 as a faculty member and has been appointed to positions of increasing responsibility.  The Port St. Lucie resident holds a Doctorate from the University of Sarasota and was promoted to IRSC Vice President of Academic Affairs in 2016.

Dr. Cronin is one of twenty-two members of the 2017 Hispanic Fellows cohort selected from college candidates from around the country.  The program is hosted by the University of San Diego School of Leadership and Education Sciences and engages participants in leadership training and new strategies to help students succeed.  It is designed to develop a pool of highly qualified Latinos interesting in educational career advancement.

VNA welcomes new board member, Karen Schievelbein Reply

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Karen Schievelbein

The Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) welcomes Karen Schievelbein to their board of directors. A VNA and Hospice Foundation board member and finance committee member, Schievelbein’s professional background includes business development, financial analysis, risk management and accounting. She has served as chief financial officer for Blue Cross of California, Blue Shield of California and United Behavioral Health before becoming the chief operating officer of Spectera UnitedHealthcare Dental from which she retired in 2007. 

”The role of the VNA and Hospice Foundation is to strategically build and strengthen relationships with people interested in supporting the local health care delivery system  and specifically the areas of home health care, hospice services and community wellness programs through the VNA,” said Anne Cooney, Chair of the Foundation’s Nominating Committee. “Karen’s unique health care experience and accounting expertise aligned well with our organization’s commitment to accountability, fiscal responsibility and transparency for our donors and partners.”  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…

Hundreds turn out to support Jermey Gable’s struggle with cancer Reply

From Left: Jermey Gable, Shotsi Lajoie, David Moshier, Kristie Gallagher, Calvary Church Pastor Jim Gallagher, Camp Haven Executive Director Lalita Janke, Elizabeth Moshier


Chipolte, Vero Beach. The rain was no deterrent for the hundreds of people who came to show their moral and financial support for Jermey on this dreary evening full of hope. Our facebook posts and flyers told them they could make dinner a selfless act by joining Camp Haven for a fundraiser at Chipolte to support Jermey and his family in their struggle.

On Friday May 5th, Jermey found out he has adenocarcinoma in his pancreas and it had spread to his liver. The oncologist suggested that he start an aggressive form of chemo therapy ASAP but Jermey has no health insurance. Jermey is 41and has a young family. Baby Maiya is just 17 months old. We are asking for prayers and financial support to ease the many challenges Jermey, Brenda and the children will face in the months ahead. More…

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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.


More than 120 high school diplomas presented at IRSC ceremony Reply


Approximately 121 Indian River State College High School and GED Preparation graduates participated in the Adult Secondary Education Graduation Ceremony on Thursday, May 25, at 6:00 p.m. in the McAlpin Fine Arts Center at the Main Campus in Fort Pierce. Commencement speaker Ann L. Decker, Executive Director of IRSC Foundation, addressed the graduates with inspirational remarks about their educational journey and career paths.

Many of these graduates will continue their education in one of IRSC’s certificate or degree programs. As Dr. Kelly Amatucci, Assistant Dean of the School of Education, explained, “Students enrolled in the IRSC Adult Education program have the opportunity to simultaneously begin their career while completing their high school credential. Ongoing support is provided through mentoring and career inventories. Financial support is also available for students in need who would like to register for college courses.” More…

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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…

Historic Dodgertown’s annual Memorial Day Invitational set to welcome teams from across the state Reply


Historic Dodgertown, one of the nation’s most popular tournament destinations, will welcome nearly 50 youth teams and their families this weekend at the annual Memorial Day Invitational, a baseball tournament for youth ages 9 to 14.

Families from throughout Florida, from as far as Jacksonville to Miami, will travel to Vero Beach for the three-day tournament. Game times are scheduled throughout each day, from 8 a.m. under blue skies to 8 p.m. under the lights. The public is invited to attend and tickets are priced at just $5 per person each day. Concession stands will be open and parking is free. 

Historic Dodgertown provides tournament participants an experience not found elsewhere.

From 1948-2008, Historic Dodgertown was the Spring Training home of the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers. Today, the same fields and facilities used by the tournament teams are the same as trained and played on by Hall of Famers from Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella and Sandy Koufax, to managers Walter Alston and Tommy Lasorda, and to recent inductees Pedro Martinez and Mike Piazza, both of whom started their careers right here at Dodgertown in Vero Beach. 

In 2012, Historic Dodgertown opened the Quad, a set of four fields designed for youth baseball and accordance with girls and women’s softball regulations. Recently the State Junior College Softball Championships and the State High School Softball Championships were held at the Quad.

Historic Dodgertown welcomes tournaments and games throughout the year in the sports of baseball, softball, soccer, lacrosse, rugby, football, and land training for water sports. In addition the conference center, including hotel villa rooms and recreational amenities (pool, tennis, basketball, sand volleyball, paths and fields for recreation), hosts business meetings, parties, retreats, reunions and social gatherings.

To learn more about Historic Dodgertown, please visit or call (772) 569-4900.

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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…

Health Care on Wheels mobile health clinic to be at VNA offices beginning June 1 Reply


Beginning June 1, VNA’s Health Care on Wheels mobile health clinic will now be at VNA’s offices six days a week.

Starting June 1, the Visiting Nurse Association’s (VNA) Health Care on Wheels mobile health clinic will now be stationed six days a week at VNA’s Vero Beach office located at 1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach 32960. Hours of operation will remain the same, Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 7 p.m., closing for lunch from 12 – 1 p.m., and Saturdays 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Serving residents of Indian River County for over 25 years, VNA’s mobile health clinic has treated over 53,000 patients at no-cost and has served as a much needed resource to residents in need of same-day, non-emergency medical attention but do not have the means or coverage to pay for it. The clinic is operated by the VNA in collaboration with the Indian River County Hospital District.

VNA registered nurse practitioners on board the clinic can examine, diagnose and prescribe medications for minor, non-urgent illnesses such as upper respiratory infections, sore throats, earaches and minor cuts. The clinic also offers school, sports and work physicals. Immunization records are required for school and sports physicals. Patients are seen on a first-come, first-served basis. For children to receive care, they must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

The low cost price options for the Health Care on Wheel’s services are $60 for a sick visit; $40 for work physicals; and $30 for sports physicals.  There is no charge for services for uninsured residents of Indian River County who have the Hospital District Care Card. Applications for the card can be picked up at the clinic. 

For more information about the VNA’s Health Care on Wheels and its services please visit, or call 772-567-5551.


Dogs For Life celebrates donors, volunteers, graduates 1

Devon Williams of Quilt of Valor presents to Jim Taylor and his service dog Paipai

Shelly Ferger, CEO/Founder of Dogs For Life, along with the DFL board members, staff, donors, and friends celebrated their 2016 top donors, volunteers, and assistance dog team graduates.

Kathi G. Schumann, board president, expressed her ongoing dedication to DFL and their consolidated focus to assist the veterans of Indian River County. During the awards presentation, she also cited the criteria for the Kathi Schumann Award, which was presented for the first year and given to L.A. Bykowsky.

There was much socializing and engaging introductions with new donors, volunteer award recipients, 2 graduating service dog teams and 7 re-certifying team members.

2016 Award Recipients

Assistance Dog Team…………………….Larry Ingham and Lola

Pet-Assisted Therapy Dog Program.……..Laura Beebe and Sadie

Volunteer of the Year Award..……………Sherry Ingham

Individual Philanthropist Award………….Kathi G. Schumann

Corporate Philanthropist Award…………Coast to Coast Landscaping

Corporate Philanthropist Award…………VCA Florida Veterinary League

Media Marketing Award…………………Treasure and Space Coast Radio

Assistance Dog Team Graduates ……….Mark and Ranger, Pamela and Skye

Everyone enjoyed a delicious BBQ lunch and then the agility dog show by the 4-H Dog Masters Club. All the young club members did an excellent job talking about their 4-H involvement and then all showed their dog’s skills during the show.

To wrap-up the afternoon everyone gathered in the Training Center for desserts and more celebration. Devon Williams with Quilt of Valor presented a beautiful custom made quilt to Jim Taylor, US Army (Ret.) and a smaller version to his service dog PiaPia. Shelly Ferger presented well deserved awards. She stated, “Dogs For Life can never say just how much we appreciate our donors and volunteers or how proud we are of our service dog team graduates.”

If you are interested in learning more about Dogs For Life and our service dog training for veterans in Indian River County, please call us at (772) 567-8969 and we will gladly arrange for a tour of our campus, which includes an Off-Leash Dog Park.


Crossover Mission ads two new board members Reply


Crossover Mission announces the addition of two new members to its Board of Directors. Joining the Board of Directors are John Vanderzee and Steve Hodges.

“Both John and Steve embody the spirit of community and bring talent, energy, and fresh thinking to Crossover Mission,” said Cathy De Schouwer, co-founder and director of Crossover Mission. “We are very fortunate to have them on our team as we strive to make a difference in the lives of the at-risk youth in our community.”

Born and raised in Michigan, John Vanderzee earned an Engineering degree from Princeton. After graduation, he joined the Navy where he was an officer on active duty from 1954-57. More…

McKee Botanical Gardens to host discussion on sea turtles June 2 Reply

On Friday, June 2, Kendra Cope, Indian River County’s Coastal Environmental Specialist and Sea Turtle Coordinator will lead a discussion on sea turtle biology and local impacts on sea turtles, and she will share steps that Indian River County is taking to make our beaches a better habitat for sea turtle nesting. 

Kendra Cope is an Environmental Specialist for the Coastal Engineering Division of Indian River County.  In her role as Indian River County’s Sea Turtle Coordinator, she manages the IRC Sea Turtle Program and its numerous volunteer opportunities, including the nesting, stranding, education and lighting programs.  Kendra received her Master’s Degree in Conservation Biology at the University of Central Florida as part of the UCF Marine Turtle Research Group.  She is also the organizer of the annual Sebastian Lionfish Festival and serves on the Executive Board of the Friends of the Carr Refuge.

The presentation will take place from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm in the Richardson Education Building at McKee Botanical Garden on June 2.  The cost to attend is $10 for McKee members and $12 for non-members.  To register call 772-794-0601. 

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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…

State softball finals on now at Historic Dodgertown Reply


Semi-Finals today, finals tomorrow at Historic Dodgertown.

The top high school softball teams in the State of Florida will converge onto Historic Dodgertown to compete for the Florida State Championship in each of the nine (9) respective classifications. Regional Finals have concluded around the state to determine which high schools have advanced to the State Softball Finals. This four-day event will include 36 teams competing in semi-final rounds on Wednesday and Friday then championship rounds Thursday and Saturday.

This is the first year of a new three-year agreement with the FHSAA, which is proudly hosted by the Treasure Coast Sports Commission, Historic Dodgertown, Indian River County Parks and Recreation, Indian River County, and St. Lucie West Centennial High School. More…

McKee Botanical Garden accepting submissions Waterlily Photo Contest Reply


“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…

McKee Botanical Garden offers special for Mother’s Day Reply


On Sunday, May 14, McKee Botanical Garden will offer free admission to all mothers with any paid admission to the Garden in celebration of Mother’s Day. 

Treat Mom, Grandma, or someone who is like a mother to you, to a special Mother’s Day this year…instead of buying flowers, bring her to McKee Botanical Garden and give her a day filled with natural beauty. The memories you make will last longer than any gift you purchase.  “We want to honor all of the mothers and grandmothers on this special day by offering free admission with any paid admission to the Garden.  There is so much to enjoy in the Garden during this time of year” stated McKee Executive Director Christine Hobart. 

The Garden has more than 10,000 native and tropical plants, historic structures, and one of the largest collections of waterlilies in the state of Florida. 

McKee’s summer admission rates of $10 adults, $9 seniors and $5 children ages 3 to 12 apply.  Admission is free for members and children under 3.  Hours of operation are Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm and Sunday, noon to 5pm.  The Garden is closed on Mondays. 

McKee Botanical Garden is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to nurture and enhance a historic garden in a unique tropical setting for the education, enjoyment and enrichment of all.  McKee Botanical Garden is located at 350 US Highway 1 in Vero Beach.

Riverside Theatre schedules busy June celandar Reply

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…

Laura Moss: Self-described ‘queen’ of Vero Beach 3

Mayor Laura Moss recently described herself as a “queen.”

Speaking to a group of children gathered for a tree planting event, Laura Moss recently introduced herself as the Mayor of Vero Beach. “What’s the mayor?,” one child asked. Moss replied, “Well, the mayor is like being the queen.”

Given the way Moss has recently muzzled discussion of the proposed sale of Vero Electric, it seems she sees her self-described role as “queen,” not as a ceremonial one, but more as that of a monarch with absolute power and authority over her subjects.

Last Tuesday, when civic activist Brian Heady appeared before the City Council during public comment time, he sought to make a public records request related to the proposed power sale.  Moss had Heady removed from the meeting.  By the time City Attorney Wayne Coment could offer Moss guidance on the likely illegality of barring Heady from the meeting, he had already left City Hall. Likely, he was headed home to begin preparing a lawsuit against Moss and the City.

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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.



Florida Junior College Women’s Softball Championships at Historic Dodgertown Reply

Games begin tomorrow and continue through the weekend

The 2017 Florida Junior College Women’s Softball Championship will be played at Historic Dodgertown beginning Friday, April 28 through Sunday, April 30. Sixteen teams from across the state will compete for the title, and the top two winners will move on to play in the Junior College World Series next month in St. George, Utah.

The tournament, in its third consecutive year played at Historic Dodgertown, is co-hosted by the Treasure Coast Sports Commission and Historic Dodgertown. The teams will play their games at the Quad area, a recent addition to the property, consisting of four softball fields, each with its own outdoor batting cage and warm-up pitcher’s mound. Players, coaches, families and friends will stay at multiple hotels throughout Vero Beach and the Treasure Coast, adding to the economic impact in the region.

The championship event opens Friday with the following schedule. Games will be played that evening beginning at 4 p.m. in accordance with the double elimination format. The tournament continues Saturday and Sunday with morning and evening games. More…

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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





Blessing of the Animals Set for Saturday, May 6 Reply


The Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County (HSVB) invites members of the community and their companion animals to the annual Blessing of the Animals on Saturday, May 6th, 2017, at 10:00 A.M. The service will be held in the Humane Society’s Volunteer Pavilion located at 6230 77th Street (Hobart Road), Vero Beach. The Blessing of the Animals is being held in conjunction with “Be Kind to Animals Week,” a nationally recognized week celebrating the human/animal bond and promoting the protection of all animals. More…

VNA awarded $6,000 by Grand Harbor group Reply

Pictured from left are: Maureen McCaffery, Grand Harbor Community Outreach Program; Ann Marie McCrystal, VNA and Hospice Foundation Grants Committee Chairman; Caryn Llewellyn, Grand Harbor Community Outreach Program; Mary Linn Hamilton, VNA of the Treasure Coast President/CEO; Kathy Orton, VNA of the Treasure Coast Vice President Clinical Services; and Kerry Bartlett, VNA of the Treasure Coast Vice President Foundation


Recently, the Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) was awarded a $6,000 grant from the Grand Harbor Community Outreach Program to provide a portion of the support required in the Medicaid-Eligible Patient Care Program (M-EPCP). Due to VNA’s 42 year commitment to providing charitable care, the M-EPCP provides funding for people whose low income qualifies them for Medicaid. Qualified patients are under the age of 65, and either under-insured, or without health insurance or money to pay for their health care. The M-EPCP will allow the non-profit home health organization to provide necessary, and sometimes urgent, medical care for an estimated 120 indigent home health patients during the next fiscal year. More…