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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…

Moody’s economist speaks to Chamber’s Economic Leadership Alliance Reply


Dr. Mark Zandi, Bill Penney, and Helene Caseltine at Quail Valley on August 10, 201

On Thursday, August 10, the Indian River County Chamber of Commerce Economic Leadership Alliance welcomed Moody Analytics’ Chief Economist, Dr. Mark Zandi to speak to a small group at the Quail Valley River Club. Taking topic suggestions from the crowd, Dr. Zandi spoke brilliantly about subject matter most relevant to our local business owners and residents with regard to the U.S. and Florida economy. His overall outlook was positive.

Dr. Zandi directs economic research for Moody Analytics, a subsidiary of Moody’s Corp, which is a leading provider of economic research, data, and analytical tools. He regularly conducts briefings on the economy for corporate boards, trade associations, and policy makers, and has testified before Congress on topics including economic outlook, the nation’s fiscal challenges, the merits of fiscal stimulus, and financial regulatory reform. Having owned a home in Vero Beach since 2007, Dr. Zandi answered questions from the group spanning topics including unemployment, labor force, economic prospects, future recessions, real estate, the federal reserve balance sheet, and interest rates. More…

Military Moms prayer group honors Marc Richards with Braveheart Award Reply

Marc and Chris Richard with Military Moms Prayer Group


The Military Moms Prayer Group has named Marc Richard, owner of Postal Connections, as the recipient of the group’s 2017 Braveheart Award. The award, which honors “Extraordinary service to U.S. troops and to the Military Moms Prayer Group,” was presented to Marc at a July reception in his honor at the home of Linda Colontrelle, the group’s president.

Marc, a West Point graduate and nine-year veteran of the Army, was recognized for his help in streamlining the procedures for the prayer group’s gift-box outreach to U.S. troops deployed overseas. Through his efforts, his company has become a primary hub for shipping the care packages.

“I am truly honored to be the recipient of the Braveheart Award,” said Marc. “Knowing that I can play a small part in helping a great organization like the Military Moms Prayer Group has been very rewarding. Recognition with this award is very humbling, especially when I think about all that our troops go through in defending the freedoms we enjoy.” More…

Brerner, Deigl, Perry join Executive Roundtable Reply


Karen Deigl

Angela Perry

Three community leaders have been invited to become members of the Executive Roundtable of Indian River County bringing the number of voting members to twenty-two.

The Executive Roundtable of Indian River County is a group of executive level community leaders from the school system, law enforcement, government and social service organizations, who come together to identify solutions and accomplish system changes that will protect and enhance the lives of Indian River County children, individuals, families and senior residents. Their meetings are held the last Thursday morning of each month at the United Way of Vero Beach. 

The new members are Karen Deigl, President/CEO of Senior Resource Association where she successfully advocates for older adults and their families; Angelia Perry, the Executive Director of the Gifford Youth Achievement Center and Ann Berner of the Southeast Florida Behavioral Health Network . 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.

Airport’s World War II legacy ribbon cutting set for August 18 Reply


On Friday, August 18th, Vero Beach Regional Airport will conduct a ribbon cutting ceremony at the airport terminal lobby, 3400 Cherokee Drive in Vero Beach, to commemorate the Airport’s World War II legacy and especially celebrate the historical display of Lieutenant John Carney, United States Navy. Guests will start to arrive at 9:30 AM just after the Elite Airways flight departs for Newark, New Jersey.

Indian River County Historical Society, led by Carolyn Bayless and Ruth Stanbridge, presented the WWII artifacts which Ms. Alma Carney has held so dear for so many years to the Airport Staff. The artifacts are themselves a time capsule of LT Carneys experience as a Pilot trainee at Vero Beach Naval Air Station and his experience during WWII and Korean War. The Mayor of Vero Beach, Laura Moss, will be on hand to join Ms. Carney when she officially cuts the ribbon. More…

Healthy Start Coalition holds annual Giving Closet event Reply


The annual Healthy Start’s Giving Closet, presented by the IRC Healthy Start Coalition and their partner Kidz Closet Charities, took place Saturday, August 5 at the new offices of Healthy Start located in the Bridgewater Building on Indian River Boulevard, Vero Beach.

New and used baby, toddler, children’s and maternity clothes, shoes, books and toys, were delivered in six van loads by Kidz Closet who donates over 20,000 pieces/items of clothing and goods for this yearly event.  Held in Healthy Start’s new spacious office space, in multiple rooms and labeled by age, staff assisted with any questions or directions to the enjoyment of all parents and children in attendance. Over 60 client families in Indian River County were given two garbage bags each to fill the sorted by gender and size articles and toys, all free of charge. More…

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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…

Riverside Dance Festival continues through Saturday, Aug. 5 Reply


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…

Today anniversary of O’Malley’s induction into Baseball Hall of Fame Reply


On this date in 2008, the National Baseball Hall of Fame holds its Induction Ceremonies in Cooperstown, New York, as Dodger owner Walter O’Malley is one of the inductees in the “Class of 2008.” Elected to the Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee on December 3, 2007, O’Malley was the full-time owner of the Dodgers, the most accomplished franchise in the modern era, from 1950-79.

In 1999, ABC Sports Century Panel named visionary O’Malley in its Top 10 Most Influential People “off the field” in sports history, while The Sporting News named O’Malley the 11th Most Powerful Person in Sports in the last century. O’Malley is widely-recognized for the westward expansion of baseball in 1958 and for helping to design, build, maintain and privately finance Dodger Stadium, which opened on April 10, 1962. 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…

Back To School Party coming to Riverside Theatre Aug. 5 Reply


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


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…

Exchange Club hears from Treasure Coast Food Bank speakers Reply


Homer Gutierrez, Triana Romero, and Jonathan Rose

Treasure Coast Food Bank Senior Director of Programs Homer Gutierrez was the guest speaker at a recent meeting of the Exchange Club of Indian River County gathered for lunch at CJ Cannons. Gutierrez and Director of Marketing and Communications Triana Romero shared how Treasure Coast Food Bank fights hunger and poverty in its four-county service area.

“On behalf of Treasure Coast Food Bank, I want to thank you for having us visit with you today. Since the Exchange Club is very focused on the care and safety of children, I’m sure you’ll be very interested in how our efforts support that as well,” Gutierrez said.

More than 100,000 people in Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin and Okeechobee counties struggle with hunger, including 21,000 in Indian River County, or 15.2 percent of the population, he said. Contributing to that struggle is the relatively high cost of a meal in Indian River County. At $3.40, it is well above the national average cost of $2.94, according to data from the most recent Map the Meal Gap study. More…

Elite Development Invitational underway at Historic Dodgertown Reply


Week One of Baseball (Ages 13-14) Features Appx. 130 Amateur Players with Diverse Backgrounds Learning from Former Major League Players and Coaches in a Spring Training-Environment

Schedule Includes Player Workouts, Games and Special Presentations by Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. and Former Major League Manager Bo Porter

Details for Week Two of Baseball (Ages 15-17), Including a Visit by Commissioner Rob Manfred, And Softball Week (Ages 18u) to be Announced at a Later Date


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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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On this Independence Day, InsideVero salutes all residents of Vero Beach and Indian River County who have protected our cherished liberties through service in the United States Armed Forces. Below left is Vero Beach resident, Colonel Jim Thompson, U.S. Army Retired. Thompson, a graduate of Vero Beach Senior High School, completed ROTC training at Mercer University. He began two years of active duty service in September, 1954 at Fort Lee, Virginia, and served another 28 years in the United States Army Reserves, retiring in 1984 as Colonel. He served a total of 30 years and 30 days. Thompson and his wife, Lois, live in Vero Beach.

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.



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.


Historic Dodgertown to host Independence Day youth baseball tournament Reply

Letter writing opportunity to support Operation Gratitude available during the holiday tournament


Youth baseball teams will celebrate this holiday weekend by playing in Historic Dodgertown’s Independence Day Tournament. The teams, from as far as Indiana, Georgia and throughout Florida, represent players from 12U to 18U.

Historic Dodgertown is also pleased to support Operation Gratitude and offer participants and guests a letter writing opportunity during the tournament, which will be delivered to troops serving our country. 

Tables will be set up between Fields 1 and 2 (on Vin Scully Way) with paper, pens and colored markers so players, families and guests can take a moment to thank active servicemen and women. Following the tournament, Historic Dodgertown will send all the letters to Operation Gratitude for their dissemination. Participants can know their words will encourage someone abroad. More…

McKee Botanical Garden to host healthy cooking series Reply


McKee Botanical Garden is hosting a series of five healthy cooking demonstrations, “Lighten Up,” including one for children by Michael Clifford, Jr. and Jayne McAllister of Sealantro in Vero Beach.  All workshops will take place each Saturday beginning July 8 until August 5 from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm, in the Cafe at McKee Botanical Garden. The cost for each session is $45 for McKee members and $50 for non-members. The final workshop, “Fun and Healthy Cooking for Kids” is a workshop for children only and the cost is $35 for McKee members and $40 for non-members. Participants will enjoy lunch during each demonstration.

Space is limited and advanced registration is required. Participants can register for classes directly at McKee Botanical Garden located at 350 US Highway 1, Vero Beach, FL  32962 or by calling 772-794-0601. Classes fill up quickly and walk-ins will not be accepted, so register now. To view a complete description including dates, times and fees for all classes, please visit  More…

Main Street Vero Beach receives national accreditation Reply


Elaine Jones

Carolyn Kleinpeter

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…