Vero Beach, Florida was named a 2016 Tree City USA community by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management. This is the 36th year Vero Beach has earned the national designation.
Vero Beach achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program’s four requirements: a tree board, a tree-care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita, and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.
Cleaner air, improved storm water management, energy savings, and increased property values and commercial activity are among the benefits enjoyed by Tree City USA communities.
On April 28, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. the City of Vero Beach and the Vero Beach Tree and Beautification Commission will be planting a tree at MacWilliam Park located at 3361 Bridge Plaza Drive, Vero Beach, Florida, to commemorate Arbor Day. The Vero Beach City Council and the schoolchildren from Beachland Elementary School have been invited to participate. All interested parties are cordially welcomed to attend this Arbor Day celebration.
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.
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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.
CAST YOUR VOTE FOR THE CULTURAL ARTS VILLAGE GRANT
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: http://act.usatoday.com/submit-an-idea/#/gallery/60252360 to see the video grant application. Vote today for a better tomorrow! More…
Shannon Bowman, Childcare Resources of Indian River; Paul Sexton, Hibiscus Children’s Center; Suzanne Bertman, 2016-17 Impact 100 President; Peggy Cunningham, Alzheimer & Parkinson Assoc. of IRC; Dr. Edie Widder, ORCA – Photo By Phil Reid Photography
On April 19th, the membership of Impact 100 voted at their Annual Meeting to select the winners of this year’s awards. Since this year’s membership consists of 439 members, four $100,000 Impact Grants will be awarded, with the remaining $39,000 divided evenly among the three Merit Grant winners. Each year, Impact 100 awards every dollar of membership funds in grants to Indian River County nonprofits.
With today’s awards, Impact 100 will have donated more than $3.3 million dollars to non-profits in Indian River County over the last nine years.
The four winners of the 2017 Impact Grants are: More…
Editor’s note: Vero Beach City Council member Col. Tony Young issues regular updates on the work of the Council and on events happening in Vero Beach. Young released the update April 14.
Col. Tony Young
Passover, Easter Time: This week is abbreviated. Most government offices are closed tomorrow. Please take the opportunity to celebrate one of our basic liberties: Religious Freedom! Having served where that is denied, I realize we should all appreciate the privilege to practice any faith or not. Vero Beach is rich in the spiritual realm. Our houses of worship manifest the faiths we hold dear. These days are numbered so let’s use them wisely.
Monday is the second special-call meeting to address our City Vision. It is essential to look ahead and express our desires. We understand constraints. Businesses and families deal with limited means as a norm. But, goals are guideposts of life. Without them, our efforts are disjointed, and hap stance. These discussions help drive decisions. The process is the key. Along the way, we will adjust course. We can find resources, reduce our appetite, extend the horizon, or realign priorities. All are variables in the mix. Visions are part of all dynamic organizations. More…
VNA’s Camp Chrysalis provides support to local children who have experienced the loss of a loved one through a variety of interactive activities among peers who have had a similar experience.
Do you know a child who has experienced the loss of a loved one? If they are an Indian River County resident, they are eligible for VNA Hospice’s Camp Chrysalis, a one-day bereavement retreat for children. The no-cost camp will be held from 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday, April 29th at the Intergenerational Recreation Center (1590 9th St. SW, Vero Beach). The theme ‘April Showers Bring May Flowers’ will focus on the progression of the calm before the storm, the storm itself, the rainbow that signifies hope and the growth of new life.
The camp is staffed by VNA bereavement counselors and activity leaders who are trained in bereavement support. Special camp activities are designed to help children work through their grief and understand that their emotions are a normal part of the grieving process. Campers have an opportunity to interact with peers who have experienced a similar loss and discover they are not alone.
Camp Chrysalis is free of charge for Indian River County children ages 6—12, and is not limited to those who have been served by VNA Hospice. Camp Chrysalis is made possible by the Clint S. Malone Memorial Fund through the Indian River Community Foundation, Otis G. Pike Charitable Trust and Quail Valley Charities.
Application deadline is April 21st. For more information or to register a child, contact Amanda Cannon at email@example.com, or call 772.567.5551. For more information about VNA services please visit http://www.vnatc.com.
2017 Leadership Indian River County minority scholarship recipient David Myers of D Myers & Associates Mortgage Consulting with Marine Bank President and CEO Bill Penney.
Marine Bank & Trust will support Leadership Indian River County by providing a minority scholarship for the fifth consecutive year. Marine Bank’s continued support ensures that a deserving individual can experience and benefit from the Indian River Chamber of Commerce program. This year’s recipient is David Myers of D Myers & Associates Mortgage Consulting.
Leadership Indian River County is a community leadership program that includes a seven-session training program providing a hands-on, multi-disciplinary study of Indian River County’s current infrastructure, resources and issues in order to expose potential leaders to the challenges and opportunities of the area.
“Our community is fortunate to have a leadership program of this caliber in our community,” said Bill Penney, president and CEO of Marine Bank & Trust. “Marine Bank is proud to provide a future leader with the benefits of this experience. The Leadership Class of 2017 will one day influence the future growth and prosperity of our economy and we congratulate Mr. Myers on receiving this scholarship.”
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…
TCFB Board Chair Miguel Coty, TCFB President and CEO Judith Cruz, and Izra Brown, finance director, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Treasure Coast Food Bank has launched its new $2.4 million fresh food processing plant and fresh produce initiative, the Florida Agriculture & Nourishment Collaborative.
The multi-pronged social enterprise program is expected to channel 25 million pounds of fresh, nutritious produce from area farms into the hands of food-insecure individuals and children during its inaugural year. It also will generate up to 15 new jobs.
Dignitaries and friends celebrated the launch at the new facility on Thursday with Treasure Coast Food Bank’s board and staff. They honored philanthropist H. William Lichtenberger for his $1.5 million gift and invaluable support for the new initiative. More…
The phenomenal Russian pianist Sergey Belyavskiy, who astounded local audiences in Spring 2016 with an incredible performance before a full house at The Emerson Center, is coming back on April 21 for an encore performance.
“He plays with such tremendous passion and precision, he quickly captures everyone’s hearts,” states Amy Gallo, executive director of The Emerson Center. “His finale last year, Gershwin’s ‘Rhapsody In Blue,’ started a thunderous, standing ovation that lasted for several minutes. We all remember it so well. At that moment, we knew that Sergey would be invited back.” More…
Many folks have volunteered and contributed to the success of our chapter by developing courses, leading and organizing birding field trips, writing grants for funding, maintaining our the Audubon House, initiating special events, and yes contributing money to keep projects going. At our annual meeting on March 20, 2017, we recognized the outstanding contributions individuals have made not only to our chapter but to our community. These awards highlight our activities and inspire us all to work together to improve our quality of life and make Indian River County a sustainable, environmentally, and happy place to live. More…
Gabriel DeAvila (left) and his brother Daniel demonstrate the glass vial prototype their U-Labs business created during the Entrepreneurial & Innovation Challenge at Indian River State College.
Business expansion is now possible for the student winners of the inaugural Indian River State College Entrepreneurial & Innovation Challenge. Five teams were guided through the entrepreneurship process to develop a Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) product, with support funded by the National Science Foundation. Following a Shark Tank presentation, the originators of three student-developed businesses took home $6,000 in prizes. More…
Late Saturday night, the Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County (HSVB) took in 13 dogs rescued from several overburdened animal shelters in Puerto Rico. The island’s animal shelters are trying to help more than 300,000 street dogs known as “satos” whose typical fate is abandonment and starvation. Many dogs are left to die on Puerto Rico’s notorious “Dead Dog Beach.” Working late into the night, HSVB staff transported the dogs from Ft. Lauderdale Airport to HSVB, walked, watered and fed the dogs and let them settle in to their kennels to rest.
Robby, Bobby, Godiva, Chillah, Alaia, Luilli and Lobo are just a few of the rescued pups set to find refuge in loving homes across the Treasure Coast. “Our plan is to give these dogs a full medical evaluation right way. They’ve been through a lot so our behavior team will also help them adjust to their new lives and new families,” Director of Operations Maria Ramirez said. “Our goal is to help these dogs start happy new lives as soon as possible,” she added. According to Ramirez, the dogs will be placed for adoption as soon as they receive all necessary care. More…
Informative FREE program is part of our Florida Humanities Series…
Close to home, in nearby Ft. Pierce, a private enclave exists as home for more than 250 chimpanzees. Living on enriched island habitats with trees, hills, climbing structures, and platforms, these deserving animals are our neighbors at Save The Chimps, the world’s largest chimpanzee sanctuary. Their unique home and the intriguing non-profit organization that supports them will be the subject of a free presentation at The Emerson Center on Thursday, April 13, at 7:00 PM.
Executive Director Molly Polidoroff and veterinarian Dr. Jocelyn Bezner will share the podium to tell about this massive facility, considered by many to be the Treasure Coast’s best-kept secret. More…
The Signature Art Gallery of Vero Beach, 4344 US Highway 1, is having a clearance sale featuring works by over 30 artists, local to internationally renowned, including paintings, photography, sculpture and prints.
The A.E. Backus Museum & Gallery, 500 N. Indian River Drive in Fort Pierce is exhibiting “The Best of the Best” juried show with over 100 works on display through May 19th. Artists exhibiting in this show are from as far away as Miami, Orlando and Okalawaha, Florida. See the new wing housing the Museum’s A.E. Backus collection. Visit BackusMuseum.com.
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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.
Vero Beach lifeguard Tim Capra was off duty shooting an interview with me when he was called into action. Watch as he saves two swimmers caught in a rip current at South Beach in Vero Beach.
Fishing boats, sport boats, jet skies, pontoon boats, kayaks and rowing sculls are all on display this weekend at the 34th Annual Vero Beach Boat Show being held in Riverside Park. Show hours are Saturday and Sunday 10:– to 5:00.
Historic Dodgertown CEO, and former Dodger owner, Peter O’Malley
Significant and unique artifacts from the O’Malley family collection will be on display during the Brooklyn Historical Society’s special exhibit, “Until Everyone Has it Made: Jackie Robinson’s Legacy,” April 5, 2017-June 2018. The exhibit coincides with the 70th Anniversary of Robinson becoming the first African American to play Major League Baseball for the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947.
The Brooklyn Historical Society will prominently display from its permanent collection the 17-foot long 1955 Dodger World Championship banner, which was presented as a gift to the Society from Peter O’Malley in 1995. The white banner, which was first raised on Opening Day 1956 at Ebbets Field, with blue lettering reads, “World Champions 1955 Dodgers”. O’Malley said when he donated the banner, “It belongs in Brooklyn.” Robinson played on that World Series winner, the first and only one in Brooklyn. More…
On March 31, 1948, baseball legend Jackie Robinson made his Dodgertown debut and the major league Dodgers held their first spring training game on this historic property.
To commemorate this day in history, more than 60 fourth grade students from Dodgertown Elementary School in Vero Beach visited Historic Dodgertown today for an interactive history lesson, which included welcome messages by City and County officials and the District School Superintendent, plus an outdoor scavenger hunt to further the students’ education. More…
Volunteers thanked at recognition event
Actual service recipients expressed their appreciation for United Way, sharing their experiences and holding up numbers demonstrating the $3,051,063 raised through this year’s annual campaign at an event for volunteers and donors held at Grand Harbor Club, Wednesday, March 30, 2017.
“We call this a generational campaign,” explained Campaign Co-chair Debbie Morgan, “when we help a person, we help a family, when we help a family, we help a community.” United Way continues to emphasize its focus on community impact, making a measurable difference for Indian River County residents in the areas of education, financial stability and health.
Susan Adams, United Way Board Chair, welcomed and thanked guests, then introduced Andrew Weintraub, representing HealthFirst Health Plans, the evening’s sponsor. “It’s an honor to continue our relationship and support this event,” explained Weintraub. More…
Photo Caption: Top (L to R): Melody Ipolito, Melanie Coppola, Nikki Bouldin, Dorie Moore, Lourdes Soto, Ciara Golliher, Heather Reeb, Jacquline Carlon Bottom (L to R): Shelley Stuven, Pam O’Donnell, Connie Johnson Not Pictured: Patti Carter, Angela Schwerer, Rachel Gambee,
The Junior League of Indian River is proud to announce the nominees for the 2017 Woman of the Year. Local women were nominated by their peers for the important impact they’ve had in our community. The 2017 Woman of the Year winner will be revealed at the luncheon taking place on Wednesday, April 26 at 11:30 a.m. at the Oak Harbor Clubhouse (4755 S Harbor Dr., Vero Beach). Tickets for the 5th Annual Woman of the Year luncheon are $100 and can be purchased online by April 18 at www.womanoftheyear.info. More…
Featuring the songs of the Bee Gees
The Riverside Theatre will present Saturday Night Fever April 11-30.
Riverside Theatre, led by Producing Artistic Director/CEO Allen D. Cornell and Managing Director/COO Jon R. Moses, ends the 2016-2017 Season with the exciting musical, Saturday Night Fever. Performing on the Stark Stage from April 11 – 30, 2017, Saturday Night Fever is sponsored by Linda & Mel Teetz and Riverside Theatre’s Patron Producers Group. Saturday Night Fever is produced in association with the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia.
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. Tony Manero, a talented street-wise kid from Brooklyn, yearns of escaping his dead-end job and becoming ‘disco king’ at the local club. He meets a young lady who can help him achieve his dance dreams, but will she accept his advances and help him change his world? Packed with legendary hits from The Bee Gees, Saturday Night Fever sizzles a with compelling story and explosive dance.
The film made John Travolta an icon, and revived disco music to new heights around the world. The story is based on an article written by Nik Cohn for New York Magazine, “Tribal Rites of the New Saturday Night.” More…
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The Christians through April 9. Visit RiversideTheatre.com for more information & tickets.
THURSDAY, APRIL 6
The Palm House Gallery, 3227A Ocean Drive (upstairs) in Vero Beach, is holding an opening reception on Thursday, April 6 from 5 to 8 pm for its Oil and Water Art Show featuring artists: Wendy Douglas, Dede Gilbert, Rick Kelly, Kathy Kemp, Madeline Long, Suzy Mellott, Lee Moore, Jack Staley, Emily Tremml and Janet Kipp Tribus. 10% of all sales will be contributed to Quail Valley Charities.
HairPeace will perform at the North Indian River County Library Coffee House on Friday, April 7th, from 7 to 9 p.m. This local favorite band returns with Ray and Chrystine entertaining with their original folk/rock sound. Free.
Main Street Vero Beach presents The 14th Annual Hibiscus Festival this weekend on 14th Avenue downtown. Thursday, April 6 at 7 pm with the Miss Hibiscus Pageant at the Heritage Center.
The Atlantic Classical Orchestra will perform Masterworks IV – Heart & Soul on Thursday, April 6 at 7:30 pm at the Waxlax Center for the Performing Arts on Saint Edwards Campus. For details & tickets, call the ACO office at 772.460.0850. More…
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Mame: Through March 26
The Christians: March 21 – April 9 – Twenty years ago, Pastor Paul’s church was a modest storefront. Now it houses thousands, with a coffee shop in the lobby and a baptismal font as big as a swimming pool. But on the day they celebrate the end of their indebtedness, Pastor Paul is about to share some news his congregation isn’t used to hearing. It is a sermon that will shake the foundation of his congregation’s beliefs. How could one’s convictions change overnight? From one of America’s new, exciting playwrights, comes this mesmerizing play about faith and redemption and its power to unite or divide. For tickets, visit RiversideTheatre.com
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The Pajama Game through March 26
A new trolley service connects the art galleries and eateries on 14th Avenue, to the Majestic Plaza, Royal Palm Pointe, past Riverside Park and to the shops and restaurants on Ocean Drive. A full day’s hop on-hop off pass is available for $10. The trolly runs Tuesdays through Saturdays from 9:15 am to 9:15 pm. Visit TreasureCoastTrolley.com.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22
The Vero Beach Museum of Art presents a new Lifelong Learning Series with Michael Verde. “Voices of Myth-A Modern Reawakening” will be held March 22 – 24 and “Lives That Have Shaped the World-Muhammed, Confucius and Plato” will be held March 29 – 31. Visit VeroBeachMuseum.org for details. More…
McKee Botanical Garden is pleased to announce its 2017 Spring/Summer Class Schedule. Registration is now open for this series of classes which features hands-on workshops and lectures on a variety of topics.
McKee’s class schedule offers something for everyone…whether you are interested in plants, sea turtles, cooking, photography or children’s workshops, the Spring/Summer class schedule has you in mind.
For the plant and gardening enthusiasts, we are offering an “Orchid Mounting” workshop on Saturday, April 8 from 10 am – 12 pm and “Fat Plants of the World – Succulents and Other Rare Plants” on Saturday, May 20 from 10 – 11 am.
For those who love to cook or want to learn more about cooking, the schedule includes the following classes: Cooking with Urvi “Introduction to Indian Vegetarian Cooking” on Saturday, April 29 from 2 – 4 pm.; “Cooking with Kim Coveny of Joey’s Seafood Shack” on Saturday, June 24 from 1:00-2:30 pm.; and “Lighten Up” a series of five healthy cooking demonstrations including one for children by Michael Clifford, Jr. and Jayne McAllister of SeaLantro in Vero Beach. Sessions will take place each Saturday beginning Saturday, July 8 until Saturday, August 5 from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm, and include topics such as “How To Prep Like a Pro”, “Delicious Ways to Prepare Vegetables”, “Demystifying Grains and Glutens”, “Healthy Snacks”, and “Fun and Healthy Cooking for Kids”. More…
The 70th anniversary of Jackie’s contribution to sports and society honored in fourth annual game, benefiting United Way of Indian River County
Historic Dodgertown and United Way of Indian River County are pleased to announce the fourth annual Jackie Robinson Celebration Game will take place on Saturday evening, April 15 at Holman Stadium. Tickets for this popular game will go on sale March 23 at multiple locations, and the event is expected to sell out.
This year the St. Lucie Mets will play the Kissimmee Florida Fire Frogs, formerly known as the Brevard County Manatees. The Fire Frogs team is an Atlanta Braves affiliate. Game time is 6:35 p.m., with gates opening at 4:30 p.m. More…
Over the course of this 28-year career at the Coca-Cola Company, Brian Korkus served in numerous positions, including Vice President of Application and Technology Support, IT Director and General Manager of Global Field Operations.
A native of Southern California, Korkus studied Business Administration at Pasadena City College and California State University, Los Angeles. He began his career in Accounting in small manufacturing companies, before working for the Xerox Corporation.
Over the years Korkus organized a number of company-sponsored fundraising events in support of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and charities focused on combating Human Trafficking and victim support. More…
Would you believe… Europeans settled ‘La Florida’ long before Jamestown?
Sorry, Jamestown, but Dr. Michael Francis is coming to set the record straight.
Almost a century before the English settled at Jamestown, Virginia, Europeans colonized Florida where their offspring have remained. This often-ignored, misunderstood period in American history is the subject of Dr. Michael Francis’ 7:00 p.m. lecture on March 9 at The Emerson Center in Vero Beach. The event is part of the venue’s popular Florida Humanities Series and admission is free.
Dr. Francis is a master storyteller who delivers a captivating, often humorous perspective that brings his presentation to life. Francis is a Professor of History at the University of South Florida in St. Petersburg. More…
Riverside Theatre presents Mame, from March 7 through 29. Mame Dennis is a larger-than-life personality living the high life in the Roaring Twenties in New York City. Patrick, her orphaned 10-year-old nephew, comes to live with her and she introduces him to an eccentric lifestyle and madcap cast of characters. When the stock market crashes and Mame loses her fortune, she tries, with comically disastrous results, to find a job for the first time in her life, but perseveres with humor and style. For tickets, visit RiversideTheatre.com.
The Vero Beach Theatre Guild presents the musical comedy, “The Pajama Game,” from Thursday, March 9 through Sunday, March 26. Set in 1950’s Cedar Rapids, Iowa at the Sleep Tite Pajama Factory, this comedic, fast paced story focuses on the stormy and romantic relationship between feisty union rep, Babe Williams, and the new factory superintendent, Sid Sorokin. “The Pajama Game” opens Thursday, March 9, and runs through Sunday, March 26, with six matinees and nine evening performances. Tickets are $28 and $30, students under 18 half price, and can be purchased by calling 562-8300 or online at verobeachtheatreguild.com.
THURSDAY, MARCH 9
The film In Marjorie’s Wake: A River in Time will be shown on Thursday, March 9, from 2-3 p.m. at the North Indian River County Library tracing the 1933 journey of author Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and Dessie Smith on the St. Johns River as described in Cross Creek. Free. More…
L to R: Jeffrey Shearer, Tykes & Teens; Shannon Bowman, Childcare Resources of IRC; Andrea Berry, IRC Healthy Start Coalition; Linda Downey, Ballet Vero Beach; Dr. Edith Widder, Ocean Research & Conservation Association (ORCA); Judy Lemoncelli, Alzheimer and Parkinson Association of IRC; Paul Sexton, Hibiscus Children’s Center. PHOTO BY Laura Steward
The ninth annual Impact 100 of Indian River County grant finalists were announced today at a packed house of media, grant finalists, committee members and other invited guests.
Impact 100 has concluded its intensive vetting process by selecting seven (7) grant finalists to present to the full membership for final selection of grant recipients at the April 19th Annual Meeting at Oak Harbor. This year’s grants will mean Impact 100 membership will award over $3 million dollars since their inception.
“The quality of the grants we received this year is a reflection of the dedication of the nonprofits to improve the lives of those who live in Indian River County,” says Grant Chair Wanda Lincoln. “This year’s Grant Panel Volunteers worked tirelessly to review each grant and conduct site visits. We are pleased to present these Finalists to our Impact 100 Membership for Final Voting on April 19th.”
Since the membership again numbers over 400, four $100,000 grants will be awarded, with any remaining funds divided evenly among the other finalists. Each year, Impact 100 awards every penny of membership funds in grants to local nonprofits.
The 2017 Impact 100 Grant finalists are: More…