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October 6-10:

Food for Florida Disaster Food Assistance Program available in             Indian River County

The Department of Children and Families (DCF), in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), will implement the Food for Florida Disaster Food Assistance Program in Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee counties to assist individuals and families impacted by Hurricane Irma from October 6-10, 2017.

To qualify for the Food for Florida Disaster Food Assistance program, applicants must have lived or worked in one of the counties declared for FEMA Individual Assistance on September 5, and not be receiving food assistance through the regular Food Assistance Program. Additionally, eligible individuals and families must have suffered a disaster-related loss, such as damage to their homes or self-employment property, loss of food, reduction or loss of income, or have incurred other disaster-related expenses. DCF will provide or mail Electronic Benefits Transfer cards to eligible individuals and families to use at authorized USDA food retailers. The program counts only income and expenses from September 5 through October 4, 2017.

Individuals are encouraged to fill out the initial application for assistance online no later than the day before visiting the Food for Florida site. The application is available on the Food for Florida website.

The Food for Florida disaster food assistance program will take place:

October 6-10, 2017

Indian River County Fairgrounds

7955 58th Avenue, Vero Beach, Florida 32967

 

 

Eminent Speakers Forum on August 31, 2017

The South Beach Property Owners Association (SBPOA) will present an Eminent Speakers Forum at the Waxlax Center for the Performing Arts, St. Edward’s School. The theme for this event is: “Protecting and preserving the quality of life and natural resources of the South Beach, Lagoon and Barrier Island.”

Speakers will be Dr. Valerie Paul, Ph.D., Smithsonian Marine Station; State Senator Debbie Mayfield; Vero Beach Mayor Laura Moss; Sheriff Deryl Loar and/or Major Eric Flowers of the Indian River County Sheriff’s Department.

 

The Forum will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 31, 2017.  Admission is free. Please RSVP to: cherylinvero@gmail.com.

 Come to the 28th annual Vero Kiwanis “Take A Kid Fishing” Tournament

The Kiwanis Club of Vero-Treasure Coast will hold its 28th annual “Take A Kid Fishing” Tournament on Saturday, June 3, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. until noon (registration starts 8:15 a.m.) at the fishing catwalk under Barber Bridge in Vero Beach. This free event is open to the first 250 kids ages 5-12 and their parent/guardian who attend (adult supervision required). A free cookout lunch will be served beginning at 11:00 a.m.

Kiwanis provides rods and reels to those who need them, as well as bait and fishing guidance. Kids can bring their own equipment if they wish. Prizes will be awarded for each age bracket and a special prize for the ugliest fish. The tournament is catch-and-release, which will be greatly appreciated by the audience of pelicans and other birds!

Flyers announcing the event have been distributed to all Indian River County elementary schools. Again, registration begins at 8:15 a.m. so arrive early to avoid the wait.

For more information, go to www.verokiwanis.com (under EVENTS) or call Jim Wolfe at (772) 299-0570.

This event is made possible through the support of Kiwanis members and sponsorships.  Each year Kiwanis members devote many hours to make this event successful.  Special thanks go Jim Wolfe who has chaired the event for many years.

 

 

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Indian River Genealogical Society to meet March 14

The Indian River Genealogical Society is pleased to announce Mr. Drew Smith, as our program speaker at our regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, March 14, 2017. This lecture is to be held at the Indian River County Main Library, 1600 21st Street, Vero Beach. The business meeting convenes at 10:00 AM, followed by light refreshments and the program. This meeting is free and open to the public.

Drew Smith, comes to us from Tampa, Florida where he is employed as a Librarian in the Academic Services Department at USF, since 2007. Born in New Jersey and raised in upstate South Carolina, he has been engaged in genealogy since his favorite aunt died in 1992. Mr. Smith is a prolific author of several books, as well as regular columns in various genealogical publications. Together with George G Morgan, Drew has been the co-host of The Genealogy Guys Podcast since 2005. He also hosts the Genealogy Connections Podcast. More information about Mr. Smith can be found at http://www.ahaseminars.com .

We can all use a little help organizing and documenting our research! Have you ever found something online, only to lose it with a few clicks? Drew Smith can always be counted on to show us the way to a more organized genealogy desk. This time he talks to us about using Evernote, a tool that allows genealogists to capture, organize, preserve and synchronize (across multiple devices) small pieces of information, including ideas, notes (typed, handwritten, and audio), photos, online articles, web pages and URLs.

Michael Francis Reveals Florida’s Forgotten History in a Free Program at The Emerson Center

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.
 
While Dr. Francis’ presentation bears the academic-sounding title “Before Jamestown: Europeans, Africans, and Indians in La Florida 1513-1607,” in reality, this master storyteller promises a captivating, often humorous perspective that brings his presentation to life. 
 
“Dr. Francis spoke here last year,” recalls Amy Gallo, executive director of The Emerson Center. “At the end of the program, our audience had just one regret – that the evening couldn’t last longer.” As a result, The Emerson Center invited Francis back again with a promise that he will dig even deeper into the history of this period. Francis is a Professor of History at the University of South Florida in St. Petersburg.
 
After this March 9 program, one presentation remains in this season’s Florida Humanities Series lineup. On April 13, Molly Polidoroff and Jocelyn Bezner will explain “Save the Chimps – The Treasure Coast’s Best-Kept Secret.”
 
The Florida Humanities Series is sponsored by the Florida Humanities Council (www.FloridaHumanities.org) with funds from the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs. Additional support from Marine Bank and Trust ensures that these important programs remain open to the public and free of charge. All performances begin at 7:00 p.m.
 
While the capacity of the Emerson Center exceeds 800 people, free general admission is offered on a first-come-first-served basis for all Humanities programs. No ticket is necessary. Guests are encouraged to arrive early to socialize, enjoy a pre-event wine bar, and claim preferred seating.  
 
The Emerson Center is handicap accessible and is conveniently located at 1590 27th Avenue, on the SE corner of 16th Street and 27th Avenue in Vero Beach. For more information, contact the Emerson Center Box Office at 772-778-5249 or visit the website atwww.TheEmersonCenter.org.

Vero Beach Dog Park Breaks Ground For New Entrance

On February 28, the Vero Beach Dog Park (VBDP) board of directors was joined by Vero Beach Mayor Laura Moss, park users and supporters to break ground for a new entrance and parking area at the dog park. The project is focused on the east entry of the 5-acre dog park conveniently located one block north of the SR 60 at the Barber Bridge at 3449 Indian River Drive East in Vero Beach. The new parking area is expected to be completed by the end of March.

Vero Beach based Coastmark Construction will serve as the projects’ general contractor. Project engineering was completed by MBV Engineering. Landscape and design by Surlaterre Landscape Architecture, LLC.  The Vero Beach Dog Park board of directors raised over $47,000 to cover the cost of this construction project which includes a small parking area, signage, and several handicap spaces. Landscaping will provide storm drainage functions as are required by the City of Vero Beach.

The 5-acre Vero Beach Dog Park is leased from the City of Vero Beach.  According to dog park Treasurer Clay Price, “$81,000 in capital improvements have been made to the Vero Beach Dog Park since the lease agreement began in March 2014, with about $47,000 more in investment to come from this entryway project.  All improvements to the site are paid for by funds raised through private sector contributions.”  No taxpayer dollars are used to pay for any dog park improvements.

The Vero Beach Dog Park Board of Directors are President Bob Joy, Senior Vice President Leah Muller, Vice President Jill Jones, Treasurer Clay Price, and Secretary Penny Chandler.  Directors are Mike Kanner, Joanna Yvorchuk, Christina Trammel, and Cindi Dixon.

Contributions to Vero Beach Dog Park can be made through their website www.verobeachdogpark.org

 

 

Michael Pollan to warn about America’s food chain at The Emerson Center’s CSpeak

If you ever thought “what’s for dinner” was a simple question, you could change your mind after hearing sustainable food advocate Michael Pollan. This bestselling author, whose writings have challenged the complacency of American food consumers and caused us to question whether the things we eat could be eating at us, will make two appearances at The Emerson Center on Saturday, February 25 as part of CSpeak, the Celebrated Speakers Series.

The author of In Defense of Food and The Omnivore’s Dilemma, Pollan is known for frank insights based on extensive research and his own real-world investigations. His advocacy has earned recognition from educators, journalists, governmental leaders, and health officials around the globe and his recommendations are changing the ways we grow, produce, and distribute food in this country and abroad.

While Pollan’s 4:00 p.m. program at The Emerson Center will be a traditional lecture, his 6:30 p.m. appearance will be an up-close, conversational format where Pollan responds to “most-asked” questions posed by The Emerson Center’s team as well as audience members. In between these programs, at 5:15 p.m., a backstage reception will be held with Pollan. Tickets remain available for both of the programs as well as the reception and can be reserved at www.cspeak.org or by calling 772-778-5249.

Michael Pollan’s appearance will be the third event in The Emerson Center’s 2017 Celebrated Speakers Series, a season of “top speakers” addressing “hot topics” in this Vero Beach venue. The remaining speaker will be internationally recognized climate change authority Michael Oppenheimer on March 18. Currently, single show tickets, discounted “mini-season” VIP subscriptions (for the last two programs), and passes to optional VIP receptions are available online at www.cspeak.orgwww.theemersoncenter.org/tickets, or from the box office at 772-778-5249.

The Emerson Center is handicap accessible and is conveniently located just two miles west of the 17th Street bridge, at 1590 27th Avenue, on the southeast corner of 16th Street and 27th Avenue in Vero Beach in the home of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Vero Beach. For more information, contact the Emerson Center Box Office at 772-778-5249 or visit the website at www.TheEmersonCenter.org.

FAU Harbor Branch to host regional qualifier for National Ocean Sciences Bowl

FORT PIERCE, Fla. (February 15, 2017) – Teams of local high school students will gather on Friday, Feb. 17 and Saturday, Feb. 18 to compete in the Florida Manatee Bowl at FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute (HBOI), 5600 U.S. 1 North, in Fort Pierce.
The annual regional competition tests teams through quick-answer buzzer questions, and the winners earn a spot in the National Ocean Science Bowl (NOSB). HBOI has co-hosted the event with the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences for 20 years, with the event location alternating each year between Fort Pierce and Miami.
“Now in its 20th year, the Florida Manatee Bowl opens up the world of environmental and earth sciences to high school students,” said Dennis Hanisak, Ph.D., FAU Harbor Branch director of education and event coordinator. “By exposing students to ocean science early on, they are better prepared to become knowledgeable citizens and future leaders. Although challenging, I know the Ocean Science Bowl will be a fun way for students, teachers, scientists and volunteers to come together and put ocean science into a real world context.”
Through this educational forum, the NOSB strives to encourage and support the next generation of marine scientists, policy makers, teachers, explorers, researchers, technicians, environmental advocates and informed citizens to be stewards of the ocean. St. Lucie County schools that will participate in the event include Westwood’s Marine & Oceanographic Academy and Fort Pierce Central High School.
For more information, contact Carin Campbell Smith at 772-242-2230 or carinsmith@fau.edu.

 

Sixth Annual ‘Love Your Lagoon’ gala another sold-out success

NEWS RELEASE

The work of local students conducting research on the Indian River Lagoon (IRL) will continue, thanks to proceeds from the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Foundation’s (HBOIF) highly successful “Love Your Lagoon” gala. The sixth annual sold-out event recently took place at FAU’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute (HBOI), with 315 people attending, raising critical funding to benefit HBOI research and outreach.
Proceeds from the event will fund the 2017 IRL Graduate Research Fellows program, supporting the work of students involved in direct Indian River Lagoon research at HBOI. The competitive process will result in support for salary, tuition, travel to present research, and/or necessary materials. Fellows will ultimately present their research at the 2018 IRL Symposium as well as the FAU Charles E. Schmidt College of Science Graduate Research Day.
In addition, proceeds from this year’s event supported the recent Indian River Lagoon Symposium – “Indian River Lagoon: An Estuary in Peril.” Attended by more than 600 over the course of two days, the IRL Symposium is a multi-institutional, multi-agency effort to provide a forum for discussing IRL science and its application to management of the lagoon.
Diane Dunmire Barile, former professor at Florida Atlantic University, was selected by the HBOIF board of directors as the “Leadership and Achievement Honoree,” receiving her award via live feed at the dinner. Barile, the founder of the Marine Resources Council, has been considered an early pioneer to raise awareness about human impact on the health of the Indian River Lagoon. Special tribute was also paid to Bob Brunjes of Treasure Coast Newspapers and the team reporting on the issues facing the Indian River Lagoon.
Honorary Host Committee Members included: Mr. Michael O’Reilly and Mrs. Marie O’Reilly, Co-Chairs; Mr. & Mrs. Bob and Amy Brunjes; Dr. Duane De Freese; Mr. & Mrs. Kevin and Bebe Grady; Mr. & Mrs. Rob & Michelle Naberhaus; Mr. & Mrs. John and Judy Orcutt; Ms. Marjorie Raines and Mr. Harold Baker; Mr. & Mrs. Bill and Laurie Stewart; Jim and Jonnie Swann Corp.; Mr. Pete Tesch; Mr. & Mrs. Luke and Molly Webb; and Ms. Laura Minton Young.
This year’s sponsors included: Mangrove Sponsors: Mr. Joseph Z. Duke, III and Mrs. Jennifer Johnson Duke; Mr. Michael O’Reilly and Mrs. Marie O’Reilly. Seagrass Sponsors: Ms. Marjorie Raines & Mr. Harold Baker. Oyster Sponsors: The Law Firm of Dean, Mead, Minton & Zwemer; Mr. James Johnson and Mrs. Gretchen Johnson; Treasure Coast Newspapers. Dolphin Sponsors: Evans Properties, Inc.; Ms. Katha Kissman; Mr. John Papa and Mrs. Barbara Papa; William J. Stewart, Esq. & Mrs. Laurie Kaneb-Stewart and the Law Firm of Rossway Swan Tierney Barry Lacey & Oliver, P.L.; Mr. Michael Toner and Mrs. Carol Toner; 97.1 Ocean FM and Newsradio 1490 WTTB AM/FM. Manatee Sponsors: Adams Ranch; AT&T; Ms. Marilyn C. Link; Dr. Ed Lippisch and Mrs. Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch; Mr. Michael D. Minton & Mrs. Misty Minton; Mr. Ed Michelson and The Atlanta Consulting Group; PNC; Wells Fargo. Seahorse Sponsors: Mr. & Mrs. Michael Brown, Sr; Mr. C. Amos Bussmann & Sea Technology Magazine; Dr. Joseph Ferro & Mrs. Olivia Ferro; Florida Power and Light; Drs. Tom & Shannon Galinis of Aesthetic Dentistry, Palm City; Mr. Patrick Higgs & Mrs. Nancy Higgs; Dr. Megan Davis-Hodgkins and Mr. Gary Hodgkins; Kmetz, Nuttall, Elwell, Graham CPAs; Mrs. Clare Kremer; Martin Health Systems; Metz, Husband & Daughton; Mikita Foundation; Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice Company; Ott Hydromet; Mr. Shaun & Ms. Stacey Plymale of Treasure Coast Legal; Dr. Thomas Plymale and Mrs. Sherry Plymale; Premier Estate Properties; Stuart Magazine; Jim and Jonnie Swann Corp.; Mr. Christopher Waln and Mrs. Janet Waln; Windsor; Wyland Foundation.
Mark your calendars now for the seventh annual “L

ove Your Lagoon” Gala, which is tentatively set for Friday, Feb. 2, 2018. For more information on next year’s event, call 772-466-9876 ext. 200 or visit http://www.hboifoundation.org.

Art Club announces it’s winners of “Art On The Island” exhibit

The show took place February 10-12 at the beautiful Marsh Island Clubhouse in Vero Beach, located just off the Wabasso Bridge on CR 510.

“This fine art and fine craft 3D show featured artwork by members of the Vero Beach Art Club in the categories of Sculpture, Mixed Media, Jewelry, Wood/Fiber, Ceramics, Glass and something new that we call 2D with Pizzazz” said Chairman of the event, Rae Marie Crisel. “In this category, artists who work on flat surfaces are challenged to add a three dimensional element to their work…..Pizzazz!”

ART ON THE ISLAND 2017 WINNERS

1st Place Sculpture

Al Gustave

“Dancers” Screen

1st Place Mixed Media

Gregory Ingerson

“Pin Point”

1st Place Pottery

Peggy Thomas

Raku: “Nautilus Box”

1st Place Glass

Eileen Farrell

“Breakfast”

1st Place Jewelry

Susan Gancher

“Onyx Is The New Black”

1st Place Wood/Fiber

Ron Miller

Untitled Jar

1st Place 2D with Pizzazz

Agnes Manganelli

“Just Add Water”

Best of Show

Gregory Ingerson

“Pinpoint”

Patrons’ Choice

Ed Uttridge

Untitled Kinetic Sculpture

Patrons’ Choice

George Paxton

Sculpture

“I’m Stepping Out On You”

Patrons’ Choice

Eileen Farrell

Glass

“Breakfast”

All art not sold at the show is available on the Vero Beach Art Club website for one week after the show.

For more information, call the Vero Beach Art Club office (772) 231-0303 or visit online at http://www.VeroBeachArtClub.org or http://www.Facebook.com/ArtOnTheIslandVeroBeach

Lisa Unger Featured at AAUW Book Author Luncheon Sat. Feb. 18

Reservations are now open for the annual American Association of University Women (AAUW) Book Author Luncheon, February 18th, at the Vero Beach Country Club.  This year, New York Times Best Selling author, Lisa Unger, will be featured.  Her fifteen mystery thriller novels have sold millions of copies and been named “Best of the Year” or top picks by the Today Show, Good Morning America and Entertainment Weekly to name a few.

Last year’s Book Author Luncheon featured the romance and contemporary novels of Debbie Macomber.  This year, Lisa Unger’s main characters are of a different genre, also women, but immersed in the suspense of her unique and inventive writing.  She combines her extensive knowledge of the human psyche with an understanding of trauma and fear to create novels that have earned her the reputation as one of the most skilled practitioners of the psychological thriller around today.  “Psychological suspense of the first order- if you haven’t read Lisa Unger, what are you waiting for?”-  author Harlan Coben.

Aside from the social atmosphere, excellent cuisine and an outstanding choice auction, the Book Author Luncheon gives attendees a literary look into the creative mind of a best-selling author.  Unger recalls, “When I was fifteen, a girl I knew was abducted and murdered.  We lived in a small, supposedly safe town, the kind of place you move to give your kids a happy suburban upbringing.  Then, on a day like any other day, a girl walking home fell victim to a monster.  I never saw the world in the same way again.  The theme of the lost girl runs through almost all of my novels in one way or the other.”   

To make reservations for the AAUW Book Author Luncheon at the Vero Beach Country Club on Saturday, Feb 18, 2017, visit:  verobeach-fl.aauw.net or send check for $60 to AAUW P.O. Box 2143, Vero Beach, Fl.  32961.  Proceeds from this fund-raiser provide IRSC scholarships for women.

 

How to begin your family history research

genealogyIndian River Genealogical Society is EXCITED to announce this 6 week class instructed by:  Pamela J. Cooper, retired supervisor of the IRC Main Library, Archive Center and Genealogy Department, has lectured and taught genealogy classes since 1986. She is a local, state and national speaker. This class will focus on: getting started and Libraries, census records, courthouse records, church and cemetery records, newspapers and military records and emigration, immigration, naturalization and passport records.  A variety of books will be referred to and most can be found at the library; however it is recommended that you own at least one book that you can refer to when help is needed. The books are titled:  The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Genealogy, 2nd Edition;Unpuzzling Your Past by Emily Croom (2001); Family Tree 

Registration is required with a deadline of january 17, 2017!

Where: Large meeting room (also known as the multimedia room) on the 1st Floor at the Main Library, 1600 21st Street, Vero Beach

Dates and Time: 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/21, 2/28 from 1-3:30 pm (please arrive 10 minutes prior for parking).

Cost: Course Handbook is $10; Class is Free but we invite you to join IRGS.

Registration forms are located on the IRGS table in the Archive Center and Genealogy Department of the Indian River County Main Library or you can visit www.irgs.org and print out the registration form.

For more information about IRGS as well as upcoming events please visit our website at www.irgs.org and look under the events section.

 

 

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Humane Society’s Bark in the Park set for January 21

Humane SocietyGet ready to strut your favorite mutts at the Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County’s (HSVB & IRC) fifth annual Bark in the Park festival. This fun-filled event is set for Saturday, January 21, 2017 from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at Riverside Park, located at 3200 Riverside Drive in Vero Beach. Bark in the Park is a kid-friendly and dog-friendly event that’s free to attend.

Join us at 10:00 a.m. as we kick off Bark in the Park with an amusing dog parade around Riverside Park. Afterwards, there will be shows throughout the day performed by the world-famous Disc-Connected K9’s World Famous Frisbee Dogs and K-9 demonstrations by the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office. Bark in the Park will also feature a fun dog lure course, an agility course, a kid’s zone, food and beverages. Need a fun item for Fido? Bark in the Park vendors will be on hand with a wide variety of dog supplies as well as pet-themed shirts, gifts, jewelry and much, much more.

Bark in the Park attendees can meet many of The Humane Society’s dogs available for adoption. Can’t adopt? Consider starting fundraising “pack” with family and friends to help raise money for Indian River County animals in need. For more information about attending, sponsorship and vending opportunities or creating a “pack,” please call Jennifer Downes at (772) 388-3826.

The Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County is the only animal shelter in Indian River County that promises to accept all animals regardless of age, health and behavior. Our nonprofit organization dedicated to helping and protecting the animals of Indian River County.

FAU Harbor Branch visitor’s center reopens to public 

‘Mission: Ocean Discovery’ public outreach programming reconvenes

The FAU Harbor Branch Ocean Discovery Visitor’s Center, 5600 U.S. 1 North in Fort Pierce, will reopen to the public on Tuesday, Jan. 3 at 10 a.m. The facility, which is the portal for “Mission: Ocean Discovery” public outreach programming, will offer updated displays and live exhibits that reflect current research being conducted at the institute. FAU and HBOI-related gear will be available for purchase, and visitors can also utilize a new FAU Admissions kiosk with information for prospective students.

Other “Mission: Ocean Discovery” programming will reconvene in January, with Immersion Tours offered each Wednesday morning and Marine Science Fridays offered on select Friday afternoons from January through March 2017. Additionally, the Ocean Science Lecture Series winter season will kick off on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017 with a talk by Anton Post, Ph.D., newly appointed HBOI executive director.

For more information, contact Gabby Barbarite, “Mission: Ocean Discovery” coordinator, at 772-242-2293 or gbarbari@fau.edu, or visit fau.edu/hboi.

Kiwanis Youth in Action are always willing to go the extra mile

 When it comes to outreach, the Kiwanis Youth in Action are always willing to go the extra mile. It’s no secret, members of the club are passionate about giving back, collaborating, and working together for the greater good.  Recently, more than 20 volunteers came out to the Women’s Refuge of Vero Beach to help paint the office building and landscape shed as well as pressure wash. 

“It’s pretty amazing to look at the property and see everyone smiling. The painters were conscientious of doing a good job, and they did. Most people love the new color because it looks like the ‘sunshine house,’ which we’ve always called it for years,” said organization’s Groundskeeper Sue Sargent.

The volunteers come through a partnership with the Kiwanis Club Youth in Action, Schlitt Brothers Inc. Richard Schlitt, Key Clubs from the Vero Beach High School and Charter High School; local church teen groups from Community Church, Saint Helen’s, Holy Cross, and Christ by the Sea.

“We do this type of service work a few times a year, including a beach and island clean up. Participating organizations consist of Habitat for Humanity, Camp Haven, and United Against Poverty. On any given workday, we usually have more than 70 teenagers spread out throughout the county. For some of these kids, it is their first time volunteering. It truly opens their eyes to the real need in our community,” said Kiwanis Club Board Member Al Sammartino. 

Serving the Treasure Coast since 1997, the Women’s Refuge is a non-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization offering a unique, spiritual approach to care for the wounded. Through their one-on-one biblical counseling, residential and non-residential programs, clients can find a new purpose, hope, and direction for their lives. For more information go to WomensRefuge.org.

United Way funding available for nonprofits

United Way is releasing its 2017-2019 Citizen Review Process grant application on December 16th, 2016, for education programs serving Indian River County.

The grant application will be made available on the web at www.unitedwayirc.org/CRPFunding. The deadline for the application is 4 p.m., March 1st, 2017.Those interested in applying for funding must attend a mandatory meeting on January 10th, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m., at the United Way Center.

Successful proposals will support at least one of 3 major focuses within United Way’s Education Impact area.

  1. Early Learning, aligned with the community goal to increase to 85% the children who enter kindergarten ready to succeed by 2019, serves children birth thru five years of age;
  2. School and Academic Success both support the outcome that All children succeed and achieve in school. Specifically, School Success aligns with the community goal to increase to 90% the 3rd graders who are performing on grade level and increase their positive behaviors by 2019, affecting children age 6-10. Academic Success affects children 11-14 years of age;
  3. Graduate for Success aligns with the community goal to increase to 90% the students who graduate on time from high school by 2019. This focus includes teens aged 15-18.

This funding process is open to any nonprofit that serves Indian River County children.  Programs that are new to this funding process are eligible for one year of funding, those that are currently funded by United Way are eligible for two year funding. Agencies that are not currently receiving United Way of Indian River County funding are required to pass an initial review by United Way volunteers. Programs that receive funding will be required to submit progress reports every 6 months.

If you are interested in becoming a United Way funded partner or to RSVP for the mandatory meeting, please contact Nate Bruckner at 772.567.8900 or nate.bruckner@unitedwayirc.org

United Way of Indian River County is encouraging people in the community to LIVE UNITED by volunteering their time and talent to a local cause. For more information on how you can LIVE UNITED and help create a brighter future for those in need in our community, please call 772-567-8900, visit our website at www.UnitedWayIRC.org, or go to www.VolunteerIndianRiverCounty.org.

 

25th Annual JUNGLE CLUB 5K RUN benefits Vero Beach Lifeguard Association

Jungle Club would like to thank all runners and sponsors for making this race a total success!

The VBLA is a 501C(3) non-profit organization formed in 2011 with a mission to promote lifeguarding and water safety in Vero Beach and the surrounding communities. To date, the VBLA has raised and donated over $20,000 worth of equipment to Vero Beach lifeguards so they can better perform their important public safety mission. Even though the VBLA has been educating the public about beach safety and equipping lifeguards with much needed equipment, there is still a lot of work to be done. Vero Beach ranks #1 in accidental death on the beach in South Florida along with the much larger cities of Miami Beach and Hollywood. The two major factors related to the deaths were from swimming after hours when lifeguards were off duty or swimming far from a guarded beach. The VBLA is producing a beach safety video which will be free to the public and shown in area hotels, schools, civic organizations and online. In addition they have plans to build a lifeguard tower and headquarters at Humiston Park.

Thank you for participating in the Jungle Club 5K Run. You are helping us save lives!

See Environmental Learning Center’s “WinterGreen Night Lights” Dec. 10

sign-in-mangroves-2-wintergreen-night-lights-2016The magic of the Environmental Learning Center’s lagoon island all decked out with holiday lights will once again be on display for the fourth annual WinterGreen Night Lights on Saturday, December 10, from 4 – 8 pm. Imagine canoeing through the mangrove tunnels (children must be at least 6 years old) or strolling the boardwalks and trails with holiday music filling the air all around the campus!

Says Executive Director Molly Steinwald, “We have so much to be grateful for this holiday season. WinterGreen Night Lights is an opportunity to be outside in nature to celebrate this special time of the year, to connect with each other and be inspired by all that the Indian River Lagoon has to offer.”

There will be holiday nature crafts – pinecone birdfeeders, nature crowns and picture frame decorating – as well as a visit by our own Tropical Santa. From 5:30 – 6 pm the Beachland Singing Sharks will perform carols, followed from 7 – 7:45 pm by the Sebastian River Middle School Madrigal Singers. Live music will also be provided throughout the evening by Boat Captain’s Blue Grass, Jingle Jammers, and Heart of Oak.

Notes Education Director Heather Stapleton, “The highlight is our canoe trails. There are so many places where families can walk or drive to see holiday lights. But where else can families PADDLE through them? We are so pleased to be able to offer such a unique experience.”

Fee for admission is $5 for adults and children 12 and older, and $3 for children 2 – 11. Admission is free for ELC members and children under age 2. This allows the ELC to offer a wide range of experiences in nature to the community. Admission and membership dollars are critical to the mission to educate, inspire and empower everyone to be active stewards of the environment and their own well-being.

The Environmental Learning Center is located north of Vero Beach off County Road 510 at the end of the Wabasso Bridge. Its 64-acre campus includes 1½ miles of boardwalks and nature trails, plus the Discovery Station interactive museum, aquariums, native plant gardens, picnic facilities and welcome center. ELC membership benefits, a list of its many field excursions, EcoAdventures, including nature walks, canoe excursions, and boating adventures, can be found at www.DiscoverELC.org.

 

Trees Make Great Neighbors!

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NEWS RELEASE

Keep Indian River Beautiful is a volunteer based nonprofit dedicated to improving our community through environmental projects. They coordinate efforts to remove litter, educate on recycling, manage the Upcycle It! Store in the Indian River Mall and over the past year have greatly increased their community beautification projects.

On October 22nd, 55 volunteers from the community including UPS employees, Publix employees and the Indian River Chamber Young Professionals Network planted 75 native trees at the Egret Marsh Stormwater Park.

The trees chosen will help remediate stormwater overflow at the park as well as stabilize the banks of the lakes. The three types of trees Red Maple, Pond Cypress and Bald Cypress were chosen specifically for their preference for wet roots and placed where they each would thrive.

Additional partners helped make this effort possible included Indian River County Stormwater Division, the Arbor Day Foundation, CSX, the UPS Foundation, Keep America Beautiful, the United Way of Indian River and Treasure Coast Turf & Trees.

This effort was part of the Arbor Day Foundation’s NeighborWoods® Month an annual campaign to plant and care for community trees during the month of October. Each year, tens of thousands of volunteers take action to make their communities greener and healthier by planting trees—keeping their neighborhoods vibrant.

A recent survey showed that trees are not only important to the environment, but also the home buyers.

  • 79 percent of Americans feel trees define their neighborhood’s character.
  • Nearly 3/4 of Americans (74 percent) would never move to a neighborhood without trees.
  • 59 percent of Americans have favorite trees in their neighborhoods.
  • 88 percent of people surveyed would pay more for a house with trees in the yard compared to a house without trees.
  • On average, Americans pay 18 percent more for a house with trees in the yard.
  • Nearly 2/3 of Americans (63 percent) would never buy a house that didn’t have trees in the yard.

“It’s apparent that trees have become part of American’s DNA when determining the value on where people want to live, however the value doesn’t stop with a home sale,” said Dana Karcher, Alliance For Community Trees program manager. “Trees have added benefits on a local and international scale including helping to mitigate climate change, reduce air pollution and control stormwater runoff.”

About Keep Indian River Beautiful

Keep Indian River Beautiful is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and local affiliate of Keep America Beautiful. Formed in 1998, Keep Indian River Beautiful is dedicated to improving our community and environment through education and hands-on volunteer opportunities. Our mission is to empower individuals to take greater responsibility for community environments by involving volunteers in litter prevention, beautification, recycling and conservation education. Visit us at KIRB.org or at our store located in the Indian River Mall. Ask us about volunteering or for more information on opportunities such as Adopt-A-Highway, Monofilament Recovery and Recycling. Great American Cleanup or upcoming beautification and tree planting projects.

About Keep America Beautiful

At Keep America Beautiful, we want to ensure that beauty is our lasting signature. A leading national nonprofit, Keep America Beautiful inspires and educates people to take action every day to improve and beautify their community environment. We envision a country where every community is a clean, green, and beautiful place to live. Established in 1953, Keep America Beautiful provides the expertise, programs and resources to help people end littering, improve recycling, and beautify America’s communities. The organization is driven by the work and passion of more than 600 community-based Keep America Beautiful affiliates, millions of volunteers, and the support of corporate partners, municipalities, elected officials, and individuals. To learn how you can donate or take action, visit kab.org. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram, like us on Facebook, or view us on YouTube.

 

About Arbor Day Foundation

Arbor Day Foundation is a million member nonprofit conservation and education organization with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees. More information is available at arborday.org

Winter In The Park Arts & Quality Craft Show Dec. 10-11

winter-in-the-parkDon’t miss this wonderful opportunity to make fabulous purchases from a wide selection of unique pieces of fine art and quality crafts for someone special on your holiday shopping list or choose an addition to a personal collection.

The 3rd Annual Winter In The Park Fine Art and Craft Show returns to Vero Beach just before the holidays where over 80 talented artisans and craftsmen will offer a wide selection of one-of-a-kind works of art and handmade creations including beautiful paintings, unique sculpture, fine jewelry, mixed media, fascinating photography, creative glass works and so much more!

The event takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Enjoy leisurely shopping from talented artisans and craftsmen situated under the beautiful oak trees at the popular Riverside Park located at 3001 Riverside Park Dr (across from Vero Beach Museum of Arts).

Admission and parking is free. For more information or to participate as an exhibitor call 330-493-4130.

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Youth Guidance King of the Hill tennis tournament set for Jan. 17-Feb. 21

Youth Guidance LogoThe 22nd Annual King of the Hill Tennis Tournament will be held for seven consecutive Tuesdays starting January 17th and ending February 21st. Benefitting Youth Guidance, the tournament will be held at The Moorings Yacht and Country Club, 100 Harbour Drive, Vero Beach; admission $8.00, playtime is at 6:00 p.m.  The fundraising event involves Professionals (U.S.P.T.A.) from Indian River and surrounding counties.

Tennis buffs will be able to cheer their local pros to victory while watching exciting matches at this annual fundraiser. The King of the Hill tournament originated in January 1996 to give tennis enthusiasts the opportunity to enjoy high level doubles competition while providing the tennis professionals the chance to participate in the festivities and enjoy the spirit of competition. Planned and organized by local tennis pro Gigi Casapu since its inception, the funds raised at King of the Hill support the Youth Guidance Mentoring & Activities Program.

In fulfilling its mission, Youth Guidance is dedicated to enriching the lives of Indian River County youth through mentoring relationships that inspire trust, self-esteem and positive futures.   If you are interested in learning more about Youth Guidance, or would like to sponsor this year’s King of the Hill tournament, please call 772.770.5040; or visit our website at www.youthguidanceprogram.org.

2017 Dancing with Vero’s Starts dancers announced

Left to right Standing: Karren Walter, Joe Del Campo, Yvonne M. Miller, Isaac Perez, Sergio Cisneros, George Go, Milo Thornton, Craig Galvin, Joe Wynes, Zeke Motta, Marianella Tobar , Bob Rose Seated Left to right Megan Raasveldt, Robbi Rose, Alla Kramer, Lisa Thompson Barnes, Georgia Irish Missing Beth Shestak, Shari & Joe Tessier

Left to right Standing: Karren Walter, Joe Del Campo, Yvonne M. Miller, Isaac Perez, Sergio Cisneros, George Go, Milo Thornton, Craig Galvin, Joe Wynes, Zeke Motta, Marianella Tobar , Bob Rose – Seated Left to right
Megan Raasveldt, Robbi Rose, Alla Kramer, Lisa Thompson Barnes, Georgia Irish – Missing Kaylan Keathley, Shari & Joe Tessier

Riverside Theatre’s Waxlax Theatre was the venue for the annual Meet & Greet for Dancing with Vero’s Stars on Sunday, November 6, where all dancers, instructors and the pairing of dancing couples were announced.

2017 Official Dancing Couples

Female

Star Dancer Lisa Thompson Barnes with Instructor Joe Tessier

Star Dancer Georgia Irish with Instructor Joe Wynes

Star Dancer Alla Kramer with Instructor Craig Galvin

Star Dancer Megan Raasveldt with Instructor Sergio Cisneros

Star Dancer Dr. Roberta “Robbi” Rose with Instructor George Go

Male

Star Dancer Joe Del Campo with Instructor Karren Walter

Star Dancer Azekiel “Zeke” Motta with Instructor Kaylan Keathley

Star Dancer Isaac Perez with Instructor Yvonne M. Miller

Star Dancer Robert “Bob” Rose with Instructor Marianella Tobar

Star Dancer Milo Thornton with Instructor Shari Tessier

 

“The Nutcracker: In Swingtime! Gold Watch Gala” Dec. 18 1:30 p.m.

Ballet Vero Beach Presents “The Nutcracker: In Swingtime! Gold Watch Gala” At Riverside Theatre’s Anne Morton Theatre Tickets 772-234-6990 or http://www.balletverobeach.org

Sad, but true! Our hard working nutcracker is taking a well deserved break after this year’s production, but not before he goes out in style! Join us, for one last gala performance. This one time only event will feature performances by forty talented local youth, notable The Nutcracker: In Swingtime!, alumni, and Adam Schnell, artistic director of Ballet Vero Beach, will be performing for the first time since his retirement from the stage in 2009, and for the first time ever in Vero Beach! The performance will feature a champagne and heavy hors d’ oeuvre/dessert reception, and is a fundraiser for Ballet Vero Beach’s forthcoming production, Nutcracker on the Indian River, an original Nutcracker set on the shores of the Indian River Lagoon.

Expert in family wealth continuity featured at symposium

NEWS RELEASE

United Way Logo“Personal relationships, family dynamics, and communication obstacles have a significant impact on families’ abilities to work and plan together especially around the subject of generational wealth,” explained Dr. David Lansky to a room of 50 local financial planners and attorneys. This discussion took place at the 6th Annual Charitable Giving and Estate Planning symposium presented by the Indian River Community Foundation in partnership with the United Way Foundation of Indian River County at Quail Valley, October 27, 2016.

Lansky, who carries Master’s and Doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from Rutgers University is published widely on family business and family wealth, including articles in Private Wealth Magazine, Family Business Magazine, and The Family Business Advisor and a regular column in The Journal of Practical Estate Planning. He has played a key role in the growth and transformation of many enterprising families, and in the business interests which they share.

“Dr. Lansky’s presentation was a way for us to build on the conversation sparked by the special report released at last year’s Symposium.  It quantified data specific to Indian River County on the impending intergenerational transfer of wealth, and qualified what 5% of that in the form of planned charitable gifts could do in sustaining the local non-profit sector by 2060,” explained Kyle Morgan, Board Chair for the United Way Foundation of Indian River County.

Scott Alexander, Board Chair for the Indian River Community Foundation said, “Our community is the beneficiary of a strong relationship between the United Way Foundation and the Indian River Community Foundation.  For the past 6 years the foundations have come together to hold a symposium for the estate planning and financial professionals in Indian River County. Dr. Lansky’s comments provided a perspective to the professionals in attendance that will enhance their ability to have meaningful discussions with their clients about leaving a legacy to their families and to the charities that they support in Indian River County.”

Lansky’s new book, Family Wealth Continuity, reveals that too many one-size-fits-all and elaborate continuity plans fail to take into account the idiosyncratic family factors that can interfere with continuity planning. David details further how building the right foundation will help families implement the best continuity plans.  Addressing that foundation effectively includes understanding the building blocks that make it up, assessing their strengths, and developing strategies to improve them.

The mission of the Indian River Community Foundation is to build a better community through donor-driven philanthropy. Learn more at www.ircommunityfoundation.org or call Jeffrey R. Pickering, CEO, at 772-492-1407.

The United Way Foundation is solely focused on building a permanent endowment to support the work of our local United Way here in Indian River County for generations to come. Learn more at www.unitedwayirc.org/unitedwayfoundation  or call Michelle Malyn, Executive Director, at 772-569-6777.

SANTA WHO?

Micah Nalzaro and Taryn Sovine performing on the spinning hoop - Photo by Jim Cole

Micah Nalzaro and Taryn Sovine performing on the spinning hoop – Photo by Jim Cole

A surfing incident has left poor Santa with amnesia.  What will happen to Christmas? Find the answer on December 17th by joining the 200-student Aerial Antics Youth Circus cast of performing arts students from Leisure Square as they tell the tale of Santa Who?

The City of Vero Beach Recreation Department will proudly present Santa Who? an original performing arts holiday production on December 17, 2016 at the Vero Beach High School Performing Arts Center.  Support the amazingly talented toddler, youth, teen, and adult performers by attending a show at 2:00 p.m. or 6:00 p.m.  The breathtaking acrobats, dancers and aerialists will leave the audience wanting more!

It’s not too late to join the cast of Santa Who?  Register NOW for the City of Vero Beach Recreation Department’s Fall 2 Gymnastics session at Leisure Square – 3705 16th Street, Vero Beach.  All Fall 2 Gymnastics participants ages 3 and older will have the opportunity to perform in Santa Who?

Santa Who? will be held at the Vero Beach High School Performing Arts Center on December 20th at 2:00pm AND 6:00pm.  

Advance tickets are available at Leisure Square and Riverside Racquet Complex.  Tickets may also be purchased at the door.  Admission donations are $7.00 for adults and $6.00 for children and seniors.  For more information call 772-567-2144 or 772-770-3775 or visit www.covb.org

Art Trail set for Dec. 10

The tour of 10 artists' studios includes (left to right) Sherry Haaland (pastel), Dawn Miller (pastel), Charlotte Dickinson (oil/watercolor), Dawn Mill (acrylic/oil/watercolor), Merana Cadorette (watercolor/acrylics/sculptured ceramics), Joan Earnhart (assemblage/wood), Peggy Thomas (stoneware/Raku pottery), Russell Hahn (postage stamp collage), Betsy Kurzinger (digital illustration/mixed media), George Paxton (sculpture)

The tour of 10 artists’ studios includes (left to right) Sherry Haaland (pastel), Dawn Miller (pastel), Charlotte Dickinson (oil/watercolor), Dawn Mill (acrylic/oil/watercolor), Merana Cadorette (watercolor/acrylics/sculptured ceramics), Joan Earnhart (assemblage/wood), Peggy Thomas (stoneware/Raku pottery), Russell Hahn (postage stamp collage), Betsy Kurzinger (digital illustration/mixed media), George Paxton (sculpture)

Vero Beach Art Club Event Benefits Scholarships & Educational Programs

The Vero Beach Art Club will sponsor the ninth annual Art Trail on December 10th from 10 am to 4 pm.  The event consists of a tour of 10 local artists’ studios with participants given a map to self-drive the area to visit each studio and meet the artist and see their latest work.  Tickets with the tour map are $25 in advance or $30  the day of the event. Tickets are available at the Vero Beach Art Club office in the museum (772-231-0303), at Artist Guild Gallery (772-299-1234), Main Street Vero Beach (772-643-6782), Gallery 14 (772-562-5525) and the Cultural Council Office (772-770-4857). Tickets are also available at each artist’s studio but are limited the day of event.

You can download a brochure on the VB Art Club website where you will find photos of the artists’ works: http://www.verobeachartclub.org/pdf/ArtTrail2016.pdf

 

19th Annual Festival of Trees Expanded!

 Riverside Theatre, led by Producing Artistic Director/CEO Allen D. Cornell, Managing Director/COO Jon R. Moses, and Director of Education Jim VanValen, presents the  19th Annual Festival of Trees. Benefitting Children’s Theatre programming, the Festival, begins on Friday, November 18 with a glittering gala and continues with the regular showcase on November 19 & 20, 2016.

Featuring a “Starry, Starry Night” theme, the entire Riverside Theatre campus will feature a sparkling world of Christmas trees, holiday displays, a Santa’s village, DIY demonstrations, and a NEW fun night of surprises for the whole family on Saturday.

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

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

Gala attendees on November 18th will welcome the holidays at the merry celebration which includes sumptuous food and drink, live entertainment by the Howl at the Moon musicians, and the grand event – the lighting of the Festival Forest.

There will be five distinct areas on the Riverside campus for people to enjoy: The Festival Forest, Santa’s Village, Grand Festival Hall & Expo, The Christmas Shoppe, and Winter Gardens.

The Festival Forest – Riverside Children’s Theatre is transformed into a magical forest with over 50 beautifully decorated trees.  Designers from all over the area volunteer their time, talent and treasure to create these unique, holiday masterpieces. The gingerbread village, a magical mix of large and small creations, is always a focal point in the display area and completes any home, holiday décor.

Santa’s Village – What would a holiday party be without Kris Kringle in attendance? This NEW outdoor area will feature music, performances, family activities, a synthetic skating rink, and Santa himself. Santa’s Village will also be the main location for Family Night where kids can enjoy the crafts, cocoa, and the twinkling decorations. Family Night Sponsor: George E. Warren Corporation.

Grand Festival Hall & Expo – Riverside Theatre’s main building will be a hub of activity with the Hall of Wreaths, the Community Stage on the Waxlax Stage with performances by local choirs, and classes and demonstrations of holiday projects by local artisans on the Stark Stage.

The Christmas Shoppe – The ever-popular Christmas Shoppe is the one stop location for unique gifts, gourmet cheeses, jellies, and holiday cheer.

Winter Gardens – New this year, Winter Gardens will be an exclusive area showcasing outdoor decorations and a fun family photo area.

And of course, the ever popular Breakfast with Santa returns with a visit with Ole St. Nick, musical performances, and a delectable breakfast. There will be a 9am Breakfast on Saturday, November 19 and Sunday, November 20.

New this year, BidPal will be the electronic service taking bids for all auctionable items. No need to be present to check on your bid. With BidPal, the #1 mobile bidding service, you can check on your smart phone and/or home computer   anytime over the weekend.

Festival hours:

  • Friday, November 18 – 6pm to 10pm (Gala Party)
  • Saturday, November 19 – 10am to 8pm (Regular Showcase & Family Night)
  • Sunday, November 20 – 10am to 5pm (Regular Showcase)

Tickets:

  • Preview Gala – $175
  • Regular Showcase – $10 adults and $5 children (good for admittance on Saturday, Sunday, and/or Family Night)
  • Breakfast with Santa – $20 adults, $12 children, and FREE for children under 3 (Breakfast tickets include admission to the regular showcases on Saturday and Sunday)

The Festival of Trees takes place November 18-20, 2016. To purchase tickets or for more information, call the Box Office at 772-231-6990 or online to www.riversidetheatre.com.

IRSC Opens Spring 2017 Registration

Registration for the 2017 Spring Semester begins November 1 at all Indian River State College campuses.  The priority admissions deadline for the Spring Semester is November 21.  Students should submit official transcripts, complete New Student Orientation, and the Initial Advising Session.  Classes begin Monday, January 9 at IRSC’s five local campuses and online.

Anyone interested in attending college should apply for financial aid early by completing the Federal Application for Student Financial Aid (FAFSA).  Over 70% of new students at IRSC receive financial aid they don’t have to pay back.

IRSC will hold free Finding Cash for College workshops during the week of November 14 at 6:30 p.m. at all Treasure Coast campuses.  The workshops will be held on Monday, November 14 at the Treasure Coast Public Safety Training Complex in Fort Pierce and Dixon Hendry Campus in Okeechobee; Tuesday, November 15 at the Mueller Campus in Vero Beach; Wednesday, November 16 at the Pruitt Campus in Port St. Lucie and Thursday, November 17 at the Chastain Campus in Stuart.

High school seniors and area residents interested in attending IRSC for the 2017-2018 school year that begins in August 2017 can begin applying for scholarships through the IRSC Foundation on November 1.  Hundreds of different scholarships are available.  In addition, IRSC students who plan to graduate in May, June or August 2017 with plans to continue their education at a university may be eligible for transfer scholarships.  For more information call 772-462-4786 or visitwww.irscfoundation.org.

IRSC is recognized statewide and nationally for quality, affordability and convenience and was recently selected as a Top Ten National Finalist for the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence.  The College is accredited by the prestigious Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, with transferability of course credits to other colleges and universities around the state and nation.  A quality education is ensured with small classes and personal attention from teachers and academic advisors.  IRSC is ranked as the 3rd most affordable college in the country by the U.S. Department of Education and provides easy accessibility with five campuses, community outreach locations and online courses.  IRSC offers over 100 programs including Quick Job Training, Associate Degrees and Bachelor’s Degrees designed to prepare students for good jobs and career advancement.

IRSC campuses are within a 20 minute drive for all Treasure Coast residents, including the Main Campus, 3209 Virginia Avenue, Fort Pierce; Chastain Campus, 2400 S.E. Salerno Road, Stuart; Dixon Hendry Campus, 2229 N.W. 9th Avenue, Okeechobee; Mueller Campus, 6155 College Lane, Vero Beach; and Pruitt Campus, 500 N.W. California Blvd., Port St. Lucie.

For more information, visit www.irsc.edu or call 1-866-792-4772.

 

The first Art in the Park for the season Oct 23rd at Humiston Park

The first Art in the Park for the Season is scheduled for Oct 23rd, at Humiston Park. Art in the Park is a monthly Fine Art & Crafts Show put on by the Vero Beach Art Club members on various Sundays. Members set up display tents to offer original art to visitors and residents. This monthly show provides the perfect opportunity to interact with artists and craft artisans and to buy beautiful selected works. The event is co-chaired this year by Yvonne Steere and Lionel Ogilvie.

The art exhibited usually includes: Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor and Pastel Paintings along with Collage Wall Art, Photography and Digital Art, Sculpture/Glass Works/Wood/ Ceramics, Jewelry, and other unique handcrafted items.

Come, bring the whole family to enjoy art of many of the creative members.  Hours 10am to 4pm. Please visit the The Artists’ Gallery at http://www.VeroBeachArtClub.org.

 

15th Annual Howl-O-Ween Dog Costume Pawrade & Pet Expo

Come and celebrate our 15th year! Dogs will be dressed in all kinds of fun costumes and everyone will get a prize! This year’s raffle items will be better than ever! Hobo Jim will provide live entertainment, the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit will present an exciting demonstration and the VFW Post 3918 Color Guard will open the Pawrade. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

DATE: October 22, 2016

TIME: 2 – 5 PM –  Pawrade at 4 PM

LOCATION: 1230 16th Avenue – Dogs For Life Off-Leash Dog Park

 

Riverside Theatre’s 2016-2017 Theatre Arts Workshops

Riverside Theatre’s Education Program announces a season of Theatre Arts Workshops geared to enhance each child’s imagination and creativity. Developed to further enhance the experience of live performances, these classes will engage and enlighten students in the world of theatre.

Whether the child’s interest is in singing, acting, dancing, directing, or even in the technical aspects of a show, each Theatre Arts Workshop will feature age appropriate experiences, topics and skills.

At each session of the Theatre Arts Workshops, students will receive theatre insight, while working with instructors and guest Directors, Choreographers, Designers, and Actors working on Riverside Theatre’s stage.

Each session is segmented by age. Primary Core Curriculum is geared to students aged 6 to 9. Intermediate Core Curriculum is geared to students aged 10 to 12. Advanced Core Curriculum is geared to students 13 to 17.

Most workshops contain 24 hours of instruction in acting, improvisation, script work, choreography and vocal instruction, direct schooling with professional show staff, and technical theatre insight.

Session 1 – Ring of Fire, The Music of Johnny Cash

Class dates: September 12 – October 19, 2016; Class days: Primary – Monday & Wednesday – 4pm to 6pm

Class dates: September 12 – October 6 & October 17 – 27, 2016; Class days: Advanced – Monday & Wednesday – 4pm to 6pm; Intermediate – Tuesday & Thursday – 4pm to 6pm

Session 2 – Festival of Trees Holiday Workshop

Class dates: November 7 – 17, 2016; Class days: Primary & Advanced – Monday & Wednesday – 4pm to 6pm; Intermediate – Tuesday & Thursday – 4pm to 6p

Workshop will end with performances during the Festival of Trees – November 18-20

Session 3A – Chicago, The Musical

Class dates: December 26 – 30, 2016; Class days: Intermediate & Advanced – Monday through Friday – 10am to 2pm

Session 3B – A Very Rascals New Year’s Celebration

Class dates: December 26 – 30, 2016; Class days: Primary – Monday through Friday – 10am to 2pm

Session 4 – Mame

Class dates: January 30 – March 8; Class days: Primary Monday & Wednesday – 4pm to 6pm; Class dates: January 30 – February 6 & February 20 – March 16; Class days: Advanced – Monday & Wednesday – 4pm to 6pm; Intermediate – Tuesday & Thursday – 4pm to 6pm

Session 5 – Saturday Night Fever

Class dates: March 27 – May 3; Class days: Primary – Monday & Wednesday – 4pm to 6pm;  Class dates: March 2 – April 10 & April 24 – May 11; Class days: Advanced – Monday & Wednesday – 4pm to 6pm; Intermediate – Tuesday & Thursday – 4pm to 6pm

Tuition for each workshop is $150. For more information, call the Education Office at 772-234-8052 or visit www.riversidetheatre.com/classes-camps.

Riverside Children’s Theatre Announces Singing and Dancing Classes

Participants will gain valuable performance skills as they stage, rehearse, and perform a play as a staged reading to be shared with family and friends at the end of the week. Emphasis will be on creating characters and telling a story without relying on costumes and sets. All levels of performers will gain valuable experience that will help them in future shows at RCT>

Singing Classes

 August 25, 2016 (Vero Beach, FL) Riverside Theatre’s Education Program offers singing classes to further the development of each student’s vocal ability. Taught by Debbie Quillinan, these classes follow specified curriculums for Intermediate and Advanced singers. Classes are:

Advanced Singing (Ages 14-18 yrs.)

Class dates:  September 13 – November 16; Class days: Wednesday – 4:00pm – 5:00pm

This advanced vocal class is designed for experienced singers who wish to take their skills to the next level. Students will increase their mastery of such areas as breath control, projection, pitch, vowel placement, and vocal interpretation by working on group numbers, solos, duets and trios.  The class may also serve as an excellent opportunity for students interested in building audition materials for future productions and college auditions.

Intermediate Singing (Ages 11-13 yrs.)

Class dates: September 13 – November 16; Class days: Wednesday – 5:00pm – 6:00pm

This intermediate vocal class is designed for students who wish to build upon their singing abilities by learning the successful techniques and methods practiced by professional performers.  Classes will emphasize skill development in breath control, pitch, range, diction, projection dynamics, vowel placement, and training in music interpretation and expression for performance.  This is a great way for students to increase their mastery in these areas and help build their Broadway repertoire in preparation for possible auditions.  Students will work on group numbers as well as solos, duets, and trios.

Students will be offered the opportunity to perform at scheduled times during the Festival of Trees, November 18-20, 2016. Tuition for each class is $80. Younger students with more advanced skills may be invited to enroll. Prerequisites for are  previous singing classes and/or musicals/chorus and permission from instructor.

For more information, call the Education Office at 772-234-8052 or visit www.riversidetheatre.com/classes-camps.

Dance Classes for Youth

Riverside Theatre’s Education Program offers dance classes for youth. Classes begin August 29, 2016 and end with a showcase by the students the weeks of May 8 – 12, 2017. (Please note: there is a Fall Break between November 14 – 27 and a Winter Break between December 12 – January 1.)

Class Schedule

For Ages 3, 4, 5

Creative Dance (3 & 4 yrs.)- Tuesday 3:30 – 4pm; Pre-Ballet (4 yrs.)- Tuesday 4 – 4:45pm; Beginning Jazz (4 & 5 yrs.)- Tuesday 4:45 – 5:30pm; Pre-Ballet 2 (5 yrs.)- Monday 4 – 4:45pm

For Ages 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Ballet 1 (6 & 7 yrs.)- Thursday 5 – 6pm; Jazz 1 (6 & 7 yrs.)- Thursday 4 – 5pm; Ballet 2 (8-10 yrs.)- Monday & Thursday 5 – 6pm; Jazz 2 (8-10 yrs.)- Monday 4 – 5pm

For Ages 11 and up

Modern (11 yrs. & up)- Tuesday 6 – 7pm; Ballet 3 (11 yrs. & up) – Tuesday & Thursday 6 – 7:30pm; Pre-Pointe (11 yrs. & up) – Wednesday 4 – 5pm; Jazz 3 (11 yrs. & up)- Monday 5 – 6pm; Tap (13 yrs. & up)- Monday 6 – 7pm; Ballet 4 (14 yrs. & up) – Tuesday & Thursday 4 – 6pm; Pointe (14 yrs. & up)- Wednesday 5 – 6pm; Jazz 4 (14 yrs. & up)- Monday 7 – 8pm

Tuition for classes start at $243 with monthly payment plans available.  For more information, call the Education Office at 772-234-8052 or visit www.riversidetheatre.com/classes-camps.

Theatre Workshop for Home Schooled Kids

August 25, 2016 (Vero Beach, FL) Riverside Theatre’s Education Program offers a theatre workshop for home schooled children. In this specially created workshop, students will receive 12 hours of theatre instruction over a 6-week period, while working with instructors and guest Directors, Choreographers, Designers, and Actors working on the professional stage.  This workshop will offer unique access to behind-the-scene workings of Riverside Theatre’s production of Ring of Fire.

Whether the child’s interest is in singing, acting, dancing, directing, or even technical, this workshop is perfectly suited for those with a willingness to learn about the performing arts.

Recommended for children ages 7 to 12, this intermediate curriculum will focus on:

o Background of the Show

o Johnny Cash’s musical history

o Introduction to “jukebox musicals”

o An overview of various eras of music with a special focus on country

o Learn a choreographed dance routine to “I Walk The Line”

o Learn a vocal performance using the song, “Ring of Fire”

o Work scenes from the show

o Learn the basics of sound technique

o Learn band set up for a theatrical production

Class dates: September 13 – October 18, 2016; Class days: Tuesdays – 10am – 12pm

A sharing for friends and family of class work will be presented on the final day of the workshop, October 18. Tuition for this workshop is $75. Younger students with more advanced skills may be invited to enroll. For more information, call the Education Office at 772-234-8052 or visit www.riversidetheatre.com/classes-camps.

 

 

 

 

McKee to celebrate ‘National Public Gardens Day” May 6

March 13 McKee.BOn Friday, May 6, McKee Botanical Garden will offer one free admission to the Garden with any paid admission (with coupon) in celebration of ‘National Public Gardens Day.’

Presented by the American Public Gardens Association (APGA), National Public Gardens Day is an annual celebration to raise awareness about the important role botanical gardens and arboreta play in promoting environmental stewardship, plant and water conservation, green spaces, and education in communities nationwide.

“We are pleased to participate in National Public Gardens Day, which recognizes the significance of public gardens and what they contribute to their communities,” said Christine Hobart, executive director of McKee Botanical Garden. “It’s a day for residents to come and learn more about McKee – from its unique plant collections and horticultural beauty to educational programs and conservation efforts. The Garden is a resource for all to enjoy.”

To take advantage of the buy one, get one free admission offer, please visit McKee Botanical Garden’s page on the National Public Gardens Day website at http://www.nationalpublicgardensday.org/content/mckee-botanical-garden and click on ‘Get this Offer.’ Coupon must be presented at the time of purchase. Coupons are not available at McKee Botanical Garden.

McKee Botanical Garden is one of more than 550 North American gardens, arboreta, museums, and zoos that will celebrate this year’s National Public Gardens Day. For more information on National Public Gardens Day, visit www.NationalPublicGardensDay.org.

Vero Beach lifeguards to compete against Canadian National Team

VBLA Lifeguard Competition Team

Members of the Vero Beach Lifeguard Association who are lifeguards in Brevard, St. Lucie, Indian River County and the City of Vero Beach will be holding a friendly scrimmage with 14 members of the Canadian National Lifeguard Competition Team on Monday, April 11th 5:30pm at South Beach Park in Vero Beach.

Events include run, swim and paddle relay races and line pull water rescues. The VBLA team is gearing up for the Southeast Regional Lifeguard Competition in Boca Raton in a few weeks. Last year the VBLA team placed 6th in the nation at the national championships in Daytona Beach.

The VBLA is a non profit organization whose mission is to support lifeguarding and water safety in Vero Beach and the surrounding communities. If you would like to help sponsor the team or get involved with the many projects the VBLA is currently supporting please visit http://www.vbla.org/ for more information.

Last chance to see McKee’s “Roar of the Dinosaur” exhibit

 

Roar - McKee

NEWS RELEASE

Come see what all the ROAR is about! Over 45,000 visitors have already been to McKee Botanical Garden to see ROAR of the Dinosaur and get a realistic glimpse into the prehistoric world and experience what life was like millions of years ago when dinosaurs roamed the earth.

The exhibit features 14 life-sized installations positioned throughout the Garden, where the massive creations appear right at home nestled among McKee’s native plants and jungle-like landscape. Dinosaurs range in size from 14-inch Sordes to a massive 33-ft. Daspletosaur, each one carefully crafted for authenticity. The exhibit also includes plants representative of the prehistoric time period as well as a Dino Dig Site where children are able to unearth hidden dinosaur bones. Interpretive signage containing facts about the dinosaur species accompany each display.

Roar of the Dinosaur incorporates sculptures from the highly successful Original Dinosaur Invasion, which took McKee visitors by storm in 2007 and Return of the Dinosaur Invasion which appeared at the Garden during its 2009-2010 season. In addition, Roar of the Dinosaur features four sculptures never-before-seen at McKee.

There are only three weeks left for you to see the Roar of the Dinosaur exhibition featuring the life-sized creations of well-known fossil collector Guy Darrough. After May 1, the exhibition will be extinct.

Here are some comments from those who have already attended…”We had a great visit today. Really cool exhibit, easy to read informational signs for each stop along the trails, and an all together BEAUTIFUL place!” stated Niki Boerner-Steward.

Creativity awarded in high school writing contest

Creative Writing Contest senior winners Dylan Picca and Michael Muros with Dr. Anthony Iacono, IRSC Vice President of Academic Affairs. Not pictured: Ty Lay Hatch.

Creative Writing Contest senior winners Dylan Picca and Michael Muros with Dr. Anthony Iacono, IRSC Vice President of Academic Affairs. Not pictured: Ty Lay Hatch.

Numerous public and private high school students in the four-county area of Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee counties participated in Indian River State College’s annual Creative Writing Contest hosted by the English/Communications/Modern Languages Department. Contestants entered original short stories, one-act plays and poems for a chance to win scholarships and other awards.

Dylan Picca of Sebastian River High School received first place in the Senior Awards category and won an IRSC scholarship, with Michael Muros of Okeechobee High School in second place and Ty Lay Hatch from Sebastian River High School in third place.

Lincoln Park Academy students swept the Junior Awards category with Maya Donnell in first place, Lindsey Allgire in second and Justin Heath in third.

Cristian Rios of Okeechobee High School won first place in the Sophomore Awards category, followed by Molly Thomas of Lincoln Park Academy in second and Shaelyn Haney in third from Somerset College Preparatory Academy.

In the Freshman Awards category, Cory Rathburn from Somerset College Preparatory Academy received first place. Second and third places were awarded to Kingsley Ehrich and Antonio Matos of Martin County High School, respectively. 

The winners were recognized at an awards ceremony March 31 at the Brown Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the IRSC Main Campus in Ft. Pierce.

Humane Society offers free pet ID tags April 16

Humane SocietyThe Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County (HSVB & IRC) will be teaming up with Girl Scout volunteers to offer FREE pet identification tags on Saturday, April 16th. The event is slated from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at The Humane Society’s Vero Beach Thrift Shop, located at 4425 20th St., Vero Beach. There is no limit to the number of tags participants can request and pet ID tags can be issued without pets being present. 

HSVB & IRC offers the free ID tags as a public service. Each tag is engraved with a unique identification number issued to that particular animal, the Humane Society’s 24 hour paging service and says “I AM LOST.” Humane Society employees are on-call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to respond to calls for lost or found animals. Free pet ID tags are always available at The Humane Society, located at 6230 77th St., Vero Beach. For more information call (772) 571-6418. 

The Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting and helping the animals of Indian River County.

Treasure Coast Food Bank set to assist those affected by changes in food assistance program

NEWS RELEASE

TC food bank logoRecent changes to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) work requirements for Able-Bodied Adults without Dependents (ABAWD) means there is now a three-month time limit to receive food assistance through the program if you are working less than 20 hours per week or unemployed. This change could affect thousands of families in the Treasure Coast.

For those affected by the change, you can meet these new requirements by enrolling in a work training program or by volunteering 20 hours a week while in search of new employment.

Treasure Coast Food Bank is here to help these individuals get back to work or provide volunteer opportunities while going through the process of your job search. If you are interested in volunteering or finding out more about local job training and employment search resources, please contact us at 772.489.3034. And as always, Treasure Coast Food Bank will continue to collaborate with its network of 400 partner agencies to provide emergency food to local individuals and families.

“We know there are many people in our community who want to work and are willing to take any job that they can find,” said Judith Cruz, CEO of Treasure Coast Food Bank. “But the reality is that it often takes more than three months to find and start a job, and because we believe everyone should have access to food, Treasure Coast Food Bank is fully prepared to assist those affected by the provision in a number of ways.”

The mandatory SNAP work requirement for people without children and without a disability was suspended in most states across the country in the aftermath of the financial and housing crisis that began in 2008. But as unemployment levels have fallen, the work requirement was reinstated on Jan. 1, potentially affecting SNAP recipients this month.
The Treasure Coast unemployment rate is now 5.2%, down nearly a full point from the same time the year before. However, there are more than 13,000 jobless residents according to data from the U.S. Department of Labor.

 ABOUT TREASURE COAST FOOD BANK – Treasure Coast Food Bank is the only food bank and largest hunger relief organization on Florida’s Treasure Coast, providing the community each year with millions of meals valued at more than $50 million through robust programs and in partnership with 400 charitable organizations in Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, and Okeechobee counties. In addition to food distribution, Treasure Coast Food Bank coordinates a full roster of direct service programs that not only solve the immediate problem of hunger, but help individuals and families gain long-term food security, better health outcomes, and self-sufficiency. Treasure Coast Food Bank is a member of Feeding America, the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. For more information on Treasure Coast Food Bank, call 772.489.3034, log on to stophunger.org, visit our Facebook page at facebook.com/tcfoodbank, or follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/tcfoodbank.

Cultural Calendar

Friday and Saturday, April 1-2

weekend - BBqThe Indian River Twisted Tail BBQ Cookoff, hosted by the Rotary Club of Vero Beach, will be held on Friday & Saturday, April 1st (5 pm to 10 pm) and April 2nd (10 am to 5 pm) at the Indian River County Fairgrounds, 7855 58th Avenue in Vero Beach.  Enjoy food, drink, live music and delicious barbeque.  Free admission.  Visit www.irtwistedtailbbq.com.

Friday, April 1

One Street Over will perform their mix of folksy, funky, bluegrass, and down-to-earth music at the Library Coffee House Friday, April 1, from 7 to 9 pm at the North Indian River County Library in Sebastian.  Admission is free.  For more information, call  (772) 589-1355.

weekend - The Yale Whiffenpoofs 2016The Yale Whiffenpoofs, the world’s oldest and best-known collegiate a cappella group, will perform sponsored by the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra. The concert will be held at 7:30 pm on Friday, April 1st at Vero Beach High School Performing Arts Center, 1707 16th Street.   $20 advance tickets are available at www.SpaceCoastSymphony.org. The concert is free for those aged 18 and under or with a student ID. Tickets at the door are $25.

The Vero Beach Choral Society presents, “If Music Be the Food of Love”, a concert of works by Mozart, Franck, Rutter, Durufle, Lauridsen, and Leonard Cohen. Two performances are scheduled:  April 1st at 7 pm at First Presbyterian Church of Vero Beach and April 3rd at 4 pm at Community Church of Vero Beach. Tickets, $10 in advance, $15 at door, $5 students.

First Friday Gallery Stroll – The First Friday Gallery Stroll will be held on April 1st from 5 to 8 pm along and around 14th Avenue in Vero Beach. Park in the public lot by Jetson Appliance and ride to the stroll.  Here’s a preview, strolling from South to North:

 Art on 18th Gallery, 1365 18th Street (1/2 block east of 14th Avenue), presents the artwork of painter/inventor Skip Fuller and fine jewelry by Saskia Fuller.

 The Other Half Gallery, 1847 14th Avenue, features the work of gallery artists Ann Lee Fuller, Helane Levine-Keating, Inverna Lockpez, Nat Thomas, Gerda Van Leeuwen, and Peter Yamaoka

Tiger Lily Studios & Gallery features new works by  Sharon Sexton, Julia Carter, Shotzi LaJoie, Travis Blanton, Cristina Abizaid and Glenda Taylor.

Gallery 14 presents Splendor of the Tropics on Wood: Colored Pencil Florals by Emily Heinzel.    Her dramatic pieces reflect her love of the textures, patterns and colors of tropical plants.  Each piece is a skillful study of the rhythm, movement and color inherent in our natural surroundings.

 The Artists Guild Gallery is featuring Ed Cortez, with drawings, paintings & ships through April.

 Main Street Studios hosts guest artist Silvia Forrest.  Silvia explores in vivid colors an all-consuming curiosity about the natural world. Working in oils, acrylics and pastels, she mixes realism with a layer of fantasy, abstract realism and pure abstraction in various combinations. Her show runs to May 3rd.

Flametree Clay Gallery, is exhibiting new clay works by gallery artists this month with raku, sculptural works and small pieces.

 Buzz TV Art Gallery, 2345 14th Avenue,  presents the art of Kathleen Lyle.  She paints in a variety subjects that she finds beautiful, mysterious, or evocative.

The Center for Spiritual Care, 1550 24th Street in Vero Beach,  is hosting a reception for pastel artist Dawn Miller whose work is on exhibit through April, on Friday, April 1st from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.

Saturday, April 2

The Laura Riding Jackson Foundation presents its Teen Writers Workshop with poet Sabrina ‘Fiyah Fly’ Carpenter on Saturday, April 2nd at 1 pm.  Teens (only) are invited to participate for free.  The event will be held in the Lagoon Room of the Environmental Learning Center. Visit LauraRidingJackson.com for details.

The  Center for Spiritual Care, Friends After Diagnosis and the Treasure Coast Ovarian Cancer Alliance are hosting Lunafest  at the IRSC Richardson Center, 6115 College Lane in Vero Beach, on Saturday, April 2nd.  Lunafest is a traveling film festival of award-winning short films by, for, and about women. Prior to the films the Honorable Judge Cynthia Cox will be presenting Ending Domestic Violence:  A Community Effort.  The program runs from 1:00 to 3:30 pm. Tickets ($25) at the Center for Spiritual Care (772-567-1233)or available at www.lunafest.org/verobeach.

weekend - WEB_Hemmings 2The Old Vero Ice Age Sites Committee will present Archaeologist Dr. Andy Hemmings on Saturday, April 2nd at 7 p.m. at the Emerson Center, 1590 27th Avenue in Vero Beach.  Hemmings, in this free presentation, will discuss recent findings and current thinking on the prehistoric inhabitants of the Vero site as we approach the centennial anniversary of many of the original discoveries from 1916.  For more information, contact 772-778-5249. To sign up for an excavation tour call 772-257-9018.

The Vero Beach Elks Lodge is holding its Installation of Officers Ceremony and Dinner for the 2016/2017 Season on Saturday, April 2nd.  Members and Guests are invited to attend.  Cocktails 5:15, Installation 6:15, Dinner 6:45 – Chef Al Mancini’s Loin of Pork, Potatoes, Veggie, Salad and Dessert: $15.  Music 7-10 by John LoBassco.  1350 26th Street.  Reservations 772-562-8450.

 Sunday, April 3

On Sunday, April 3rd, a special concert, “Two Virtuoso Classical Guitars and Piano Concert,” featuring Miguel Bonachea, Iván Rijos, and Marcos Flores  will begin at 3 pm at Christ by the Sea United Methodist Church. Works include the Aranjuez Concerto, and music by Granados, Bolling, and many more.  For tickets, $25.00 for Adults; $10.00 for Students, visit http://www.cbtsumc.org.

At 5 pm on Sunday, April 3rd, the Avenue D Children’s Choir will perform in the Sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church of Vero Beach, 520 Royal Palm Blvd.   This unique group not only focuses on facilitating an excellent performing and musical group, but also strives to create outstanding young adults.  Admission is free, and a love offering will be taken during the concert.  Call 772.562.9088  for more information.

The Vero Beach High School Performing Arts Center hosts the 23rd Annual Red, White & Blue concerts on Sunday, April 3rd  with performances at 2 pm and 7 pm and on Monday, April 4th at 7 pm.  For tickets, call 772-564-5537.

The Vero Beach Art Club is holding its final Art in the Park at Humiston Park on Ocean Drive on Sunday, April 3rd from 10 am to 4 pm.  Stroll the displays of a variety styles and mediums by club members.

weekend - GoochArtist Deborah Gooch is holding an open house at her new studio on Sunday, April 3rd from 11 am to 2 pm. The studio is located at 2304 7th Avenue in Vero Beach.  DeborahGooch.com.

Upcoming Events

TRAVEL TO THE BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL

Join Goodtime Getaways for a fascinating motor coach tour April 23 to the Mount Dora Blueberry Festival. Learn about the growing importance of blueberry crops to the state’s economy while you enjoy the sights of one of Central Florida’s most beautiful towns. Only $41 per person.  Call 888-569-6068 for your reservation.

Stroll down Ocean Drive from Sexton Plaza to Humiston Park on Wednesday, April  6th  from 5:30-8:30 pm for the Oceanside Business Association’s Taste of Vero. More than 20 restaurants will present tastings from their menus. Live musicians will be set up throughout the route to give this food event a festival flair.  H.A.L.O. No Kill Rescue will be on site selling beer and wine, of which 100% of proceeds benefit the shelter.  Tickets are $40 each, rain or shine, and entitle the guest to a taste from every restaurant participating. Purchase tickets may be purchased at the Riverside Theatre box office, by phone, in person or online at RiversideTheatre.com.

To commemorate Child Abuse Prevention Month, Hibiscus Children’s Center  will host their Annual Blue Ribbon Luncheon & Fashion Show on Thursday, April 7, 2016, at the Oak Harbor Club in Vero Beach. This year’s theme is “Hats Off To Hibiscus.” Guests are encouraged to wear hats. The festivities will begin at 11 am with a champagne reception. Guests will have the opportunity to bid on fabulous silent auction items and purchase raffle tickets for the chance to win very special prizes.  For tickets ($150) call (772) 299-6011, ext. 313 or online at HibiscusChildrensCenter.org.

 

 

McKee Botanical Garden’s 6th annual Fairy & Pirate Festival May 7

March 13 McKee.BMcKee Botanical Garden’s Sixth Annual Fairy & Pirate Festival will take place on Saturday, May 7 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, bringing the magical world of fairies, pirates and McKee Botanical Garden together for a fun-filled adventure!

Children will delight in themed activities such as the chance to dance around a maypole, follow a map in search of hidden treasure, make a wish at the wishing bush, and get a fairy manicure. Adding to the festivities will be face painting, temporary tattoos, and bean bag and ring toss games.

Attendees can also visit McKee’s “Gnome Depot,” a one-stop-shop for bark, leaves, shells and other natural materials perfect for building fairy houses. It is said that fairy spirits reside among the trees, flowers, plants, and creatures that live in gardens. The act of building a fairy house is believed to bring good luck as well as help the plants and flowers to grow. Visitors will be able to view a display of fairy houses created by McKee volunteers and staff and then create their own.

“The wonder and inspiration of the Garden will spark a magical curiosity and adventure in children,” explained McKee Executive Director Christine Hobart. “Our annual Fairy & Pirate Festival combines fun and fantasy to create a unique and lasting experience for our smallest visitors, bringing them and their families closer to nature and magic of McKee.”

Costumes are encouraged but not required. An assortment of fairy and pirate accessories will be available for purchase at McKee’s on-site Pixie Boutique. Osceola Bistro at the Garden Café will be open at 11:00 am serving snacks and light lunch fare.

Summer admission rates apply, which are effective May 1. ($10 Adults, $9 Seniors, $5 Children ages 3-12). Admission is free for McKee members and children under 3. Hours of operation are Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm and Sunday, noon-5 pm. The Garden is closed on Mondays. For more information, please call 772-794-0601 or visit http://www.mckeegarden.org. Advance tickets are available and may be purchased at Garden admissions during regular business hours.

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.

Under the Oaks Arts and Crafts Show a huge success

The Vero Beach Art Club does it again….80,000 visitors and beautiful weather was on tap this weekend for the 65th annual Under The Oaks Fine Arts and Craft show.  There were over 750 applications from artist from all over the world. The show is ranked in the top tier of art shows, attracting the best artists. The VB Art Club can only choose 209 artists, therefore making it a very competitive show. Some of the artists have been on the covers of major art publications.

Beth Fairchild Co-Chair of the event said, “One of the visitors told me that he had been to hundreds of art shows around the country and this was the best he had ever seen. I explained to him that we collect thousands of dollars of donations which are used for art supplies in the schools and the recreation department, scholarships to students wanting to pursue art as a profession, and many art education programs and exhibitions.” Fairchild continued.

New things were tried this year, including many first time applicants and  25% of the show were artists Vero had not seen in a while or displayed in a different medium. Piano music was provided by Sergei Novikov, a well known Russian musician, playing soft classical music that blended well with the art and the patrons. Winners of the show were announced Friday afternoon and can be found below.

2016 UNDER THE OAKS FINE ARTS & CRAFT SHOW AWARDS

BEST IN SHOWJohn Costin

Richard & Lillian Becker Family Foundation Award

ANNE MARYE BARNES AWARD:  Judy Mercer

Given to a Vero Beach Art Club Watercolor Artist of Merit

 RITA CARD AWARDKaren Leffel-Massengill

Outstanding Vero Beach Art Club Oil or Acrylic Artist

JEAN NAGY MEMORIAL AWARDDawn Mill


Historic Dodgertown and United Way of Indian River County Announce 3
rd Annual Jackie Robinson Celebration Game

NEWS RELEASE

Historic Dodgertown and United Way of Indian River County have announced the Third Annual Jackie Robinson Celebration Game will take place on Friday, April 15, 2016. The Florida State League’s Brevard County Manatees will host the St. Lucie Mets at Holman Stadium at the event co-sponsored by Massey Romans Wealth Management Team of Raymond James and Route 60 Hyundai.

“Historic Dodgertown is thrilled to once again partner with the United Way of Indian River County in hosting the Jackie Robinson Celebration Game,” commented Brady Ballard, Vice President, Historic Dodgertown. “We also want to recognize the efforts of the Mets and Manatees organizations, their Major League affiliates, the Florida State League office and Minor League Baseball in supporting this event that has truly become a great event for the Indian River County community.”

April 15 will mark the 69th anniversary of Jackie Robinson making his Major League debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers and will be recognized nationally throughout professional baseball. Robinson broke the color barrier in 1947 to become the first African-American to play Major League Baseball. The following spring in 1948, Dodgertown became the first and only integrated spring training site in the south.

“Anytime we get the opportunity to celebrate the life, accomplishments and legacy of Jackie Robinson, it is an opportunity to perpetuate his courage, vision and commitment,” said Minor League Baseball President & CEO Pat O’Conner. “Baseball is the great game it is today, in large part, because of the career of Jackie Robinson. Minor League Baseball is proud to be a part of this annual celebration in Vero Beach as we play a game at Historic Dodgertown to honor him.”

Advance tickets purchased Monday, March 28 through Wednesday, April 13, will sell for $6 each at all Seacoast and Marine Banks in Indian River, St. Lucie, and Brevard Counties, as well as at the United Way Center in Vero Beach and at Historic Dodgertown – WHILE SUPPLIES LAST.

Thursday, April 14, and Friday, April 15, tickets will sell at two locations, only, United Way Center and Historic Dodgertown, and ticket price is $8. Net ticket proceeds will benefit community service programs through the United Way of Indian River County. Check www.unitedwayirc.org/jackierobinson for more details.

“The Manatees franchise is proud to continue its partnership with Historic Dodgertown and the St. Lucie Mets in celebration of Jackie Robinson and his impact on America’s pastime,” said Kyle Smith, General Manager of the Brevard County Manatees.

 “United Way is grateful to participate in the Jackie Robinson Celebration Game,” United Way CEO Michael Kint explained. “This has become a phenomenal community-wide event that’s family friendly, affordable, and lots of fun. Proceeds from ticket sales will help us do our job providing people with access to a good education, financial stability and quality health care.”

The first Jackie Robinson Celebration game in 2014 saw the Manatees defeat the Lakeland Flying Tigers, 7-1 in front of over 4,000 fans. Last year, the crowd grew to 6,000 as the Mets defeated the Manatees, 9-3.

“The St. Lucie Mets are once again honored to play in the Jackie Robinson Celebration Game. Last year was a tremendous experience for our players, coaches, staff and fans. To be involved in a game at a historic venue like Holman Stadium and play in front of almost 6,000 fans was a highlight for our entire organization. We look forward to sharing this unique experience with a new group of Mets players in 2016,” commented Traer Van Allen, General Manager, St. Lucie Mets

About: United Way does the critical but largely invisible work required to reach community goals — it takes an entire community to make a difference. For more information about United Way or to give online, visit our website at UnitedWayIRC.org. United Way of Indian River County invites people to get involved by helping others. Go to www.VolunteerIndianRiverCounty.org to learn about local opportunities for service.

Scott Deal named 2016 entrepreneur of the year

Scott DealExemplifying the innovation, drive and persistence of a successful entrepreneur, Scott Deal of Vero Beach, founder of Maverick Boat Group, will be recognized with the Dan K. Richardson Entrepreneurship Program’s 2016 Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
Announcement of the award will be the highlight of the Entrepreneur of the Year Award dinner held on Thursday, March 24 at the Indian River State College Richardson Center at the Mueller Campus in Vero Beach. The award, which recognizes the entrepreneurial spirit and business and community achievement, is a central element of the Dan K. Richardson Entrepreneurship Program established by the IRSC Foundation and 13 other founding members to promote awareness and appreciation of the free enterprise system.

VNA to host caregiver conference April 14

VNA Home Health & Hospice is hosting a Caregiver Conference Thursday, April 14th from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Vero Beach. Open to the public at no-cost, the conference welcomes caregivers in the community to attend lunch, provided by VNA, followed by a moderated Q&A session with a panel of local experts specializing in senior needs and caregiver support. Panelists from the VNA, Heartbeat of the Treasure Coast, The Conversation Project, Alzheimer & Parkinson Association of Indian River County, Senior Resource Association, the Law Office of Marie Conforti, Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders (SHINE) and a local physician will be available to mingle with caregivers, and answer questions during the event.

“This conference will give organizations that provide resources to caregivers and their families the opportunity to better understand caregiver needs. This understanding will guide us in the delivery of services unique to the needs of caregivers in Indian River County,” said VNA President & CEO, Mary Linn Hamilton.

A non-profit home health agency serving Indian River County for over 40 years, the VNA looks forward to providing relevant topics and information to community caregivers to help meet their needs, and educate them on health care and other human services available in Indian River County. Those interested in attending the event should RSVP at http://www.vnatc.com/care, as space is limited. For questions, please call 772-978-5515.

Indian River Photo Club to meet March 24, 2016

Indian River Photo Club will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, Mar. 24th at the Vero Beach Community Center, 2266 14th Ave., Vero Beach at 6:30 PM. Our February presentation will be “Perspectives on Close Up/Macro Photography”. Refreshments will be served and guests are welcome. The theme for this month’s photo contest is “Open” and all member’s entries are welcome. For further information go to the IRPC web site at: www.indianriverphotoclub.org.

FAU Harbor Branch enters into public-private partnership

Harbor BranchFish farming researchers at Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute (HBOI) are now lending their knowledge and experience to a world-renowned leader in aquafeed technology. HBOI recently entered into a partnership with Zeigler Bros., Inc. to collaborate on the development of high quality and more sustainable shrimp feeds. The work involves applied studies on how diet affects the growth, health and quality of shrimp and fish.

“The team from Zeigler Bros., Inc. will work in our world-class facilities while collaborating with HBOI scientists,” said Megan Davis, Ph.D., HBOI interim executive director. “It is innovative public-private partnerships such as this that are strengthening the aquaculture industry.”

The partnership includes the creation of the Zeigler Aquaculture Research Center (Z-ARC) at HBOI, which provides the platform for researchers to conduct their evaluations.

“Our company strives to be a world leader in the development of new and better feeds for fish and shrimp,” said Craig Browdy, Ph.D., director of research and development at Zeigler Bros., Inc. “Sustainable feeds allow us to protect fisheries and the environment while improving growth and quality of cultured seafood. By striving for win/win solutions to problems of farmers, we can create jobs locally by growing U.S. production and exports while improving options for high quality, heart healthy seafood that ends up on our dinner tables.”

Marine aquaculture in the United States contributes to seafood supply, supports commercial fisheries, enhances habitat and at-risk species, and maintains economic activity in coastal communities and at working waterfronts in every coastal state.

“In St. Lucie County, we’ve identified aquaculture as a targeted industry because of its importance worldwide and our ideal location for year-round production,” said Pete Tesch, president of the St. Lucie County Economic Development Council. “We also value and encourage public-private partnerships, and this new relationship between HBOI and Zeigler is an excellent example of how successful they can be.”

The FAU Harbor Branch Aquaculture and Stock Enhancement program works to advance seafood production, ecosystem restoration and development of techniques for the aquaculture industry in the United States and globally.

Zeigler Bros, Inc. is an award-winning and growing export-based company in the United States with an expanding international footprint. For more than 80 years, and spanning three generations, the company has demonstrated a spirited commitment to technology and innovation.

For more information, contact Carin Smith at 772-242-2230 or carinsmith@fau.edu, or visit www.fau.edu/hboi.

Vero Beach Bridal Show & Tour set for February 27th & 28th  

Brides-to-be and wedding related vendors mark your calendars for the Vero Beach Bridal Show & Tour being held on February 27th & 28th. This year’s event includes an all-day VIP Bridal Tour on February 27th of seven of Indian River County’s most desirable wedding venues, Vero Beach Bridal Show on February 28th and an exclusive Groom’s Lounge.

VIP Brides and their guests will enjoy a morning reception at the Vero Beach Museum of Art then board a motor coach and be whisked away to Vero Beach Hotel & Spa, Hampton Inn Downtown, Oak Harbor, Bent Pine Golf Club, Up The Creek Farms and Cielo Blu Barn. Each 45 minute visit will include refreshments, a tour and presentation of the property as well as the opportunity for one-on-one time with venue planners. VIP Brides will also receive free admission to the Bridal Show on February 28th and VIP swag bags.

The Vero Beach Bridal Show will be held on February 28th at 1:00pm in Downtown Vero Beach with wedding vendors at the Vero Beach Community Center, Vero Beach Heritage Center, Courthouse Executive Center and the all new Grooms Lounge at The Grove.  The Vero Beach Bridal Show will end with a high-energy fashion show at 4:00pm at the Heritage Center sponsored by Isabella’s Bridal Co and Cardita’s Formal Wear.

New this year is the Grooms Lounge for the Grooms of registered Brides during the Bridal Show.  The Grooms Lounge is hosted by The Grove and open from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. The cost of admission for the Vero Beach Bridal Show is $10 in advance or $20 at the door.  The first 40 grooms will receive a swag bag full of groom goodies. The Grove will be offering drink specials and food provided by Chive.  In addition, there will be groom related vendors offering special discounts for participants.

The VIP Bridal Tour Ticket is $50 per Bride and $25 per guest.  The VIP Bridal Tour Ticket includes the VIP Bridal Tour and admission to the Vero Beach Bridal Show.  Space is limited and Brides are encouraged to register in advance to guarantee a seat for the VIP treatment.  Visit www.verobeachbridalshow.com to register or to purchase tickets.

If you would like to promote your business at the only Bridal Show in Indian River County, there are excellent opportunities including vendor display booths, sponsorships, print advertisements, swag bag inclusions and more.  For additional information on promoting your business or to register as a bride, please visit www.verobeachbridalshow.com and find us on Facebook at Vero Beach Bridal Show & Tour.  A limited number of vendor booths are still available, so reserve your spot now.

All proceeds from the Vero Beach Bridal Show & Tour will benefit Vero Heritage, Inc., the non-profit organization that operates and maintains the Vero Heritage Center, a national landmark facility built in 1935, listed on the National Register of Historic Places and a popular Indian River County wedding venue.

 

IRSC volleyball team named academic all-stars

The IRSC Volleyball team receives the annual Skull Award as the 2015 Academic All-Stars, with team members earning an average 3.41 GPA.

The IRSC Volleyball team receives the annual Skull Award as the 2015 Academic All-Stars, with team members earning an average 3.41 GPA.

Members of the Indian River State College Volleyball team were named Academic All-Stars for achieving the highest grade-point average for any athletic team at the College during the Fall 2015 Semester. The 15-member team earned an average 3.41 GPA.

“The ‘Academic All-Stars’ designation recognizes the importance of academic achievement for athletes, and I’m proud to see our volleyball team receive this academic honor,” said IRSC Athletic Director Scott Kimmelman.

In addition to their studies, the team has played a remarkable season winning the 2016 Southern Conference Championship and ranking 12th in the National Junior College Athletics Association. Head Coach Stephanie Skidmore was awarded Southern Conference Coach of the Year and the American Volleyball Coaches Association Northeast/Southeast Region Coach of the Year. Skidmore is aided by Aubree Parker, Assistant Coach.

The names and hometowns of the IRSC Volleyball team members are Hannah Artille, St. Petersburg; Imari Ashley, Gainesville; Katie Baumbach, Winter Haven; Kyliee Carney, Gainesville; Kaytlin Colbert, Maitland; Greta Dobenecker, Muenster, Germany; Madelyn Erwin, Orange Park; Alexandra Lilliquist, Vero Beach; Katie McInnis, Hialeah; Danielle Rapaglia, Pembroke Pines; Lindsey Robinson, Dover; Brooke Sowell, Deland; Madison Stowe, St. Augustine; Marilyn Suarez, Port St. Lucie; and Nicole Williams, St. Augustine.

Healthy Start Coalition launches new educational campaign for healthy babies in Indian River County

The Indian River County Healthy Start Coalition, in a mission to continually enrich the community with programs and services offered to enable every baby born here to receive a healthy start, is launching a new educational campaign. The campaign, which is a result of a children’s needs assessment and a community needs assessment which were completed by the Health Council of Southeast Florida in 2014 and 2015 respectively, identifies and prioritizes the top objectives for baby wellness and includes Getting Healthy before Pregnancy, Drug Free Pregnancies, Safe Sleep Practices, Benefits of Breastfeeding, and Communications with Your Baby.

The committee that oversaw the assessments consisted of representatives from a wide array of area organizations, in addition to the Healthy Start Coalition, that included the Indian River Medical Center, Visiting Nurse Association, Sheriff’s Department, Justice Department, Building Department, County Health Department and many others. Each of the top objectives, play an integral part in the healthy growth of babies from infancy through the first three years of their tender lives.

Getting Healthy before Pregnancy- Get healthy before you get pregnant because babies born to healthy women are more likely to be healthy! Make sure you use your birth control correctly and think about taking a multivitamin with 400 micrograms of folic acid daily. Aim for a healthy weight while eating healthy foods. Prevent and treat infections such as periodontal disease or sexually transmitted infections and always avoid harmful substances…alcohol, tobacco and drugs.
Drug Free Pregnancies- Use prescription drugs only if approved by your pregnancy doctor as any drug used goes into your baby’s body. Using recreational drugs of any kind (marijuana, methamphetamine, cocaine, prescription drugs, tobacco, etc.) at any time during pregnancy can make your baby be born addicted to those drugs. You could also place your developing baby at risk for premature birth, poor growth and birth defects. Recreational drugs affect your developing baby’s brain, causing him or her to have trouble concentrating, thinking and learning.
Safe Sleep Practices- The Healthy Start Coalition visited 93% of babies born at Indian River Medical Center providing caregivers with a onesie inscribed “This Side Up” on the front to remind parents and other caregivers to put babies on their “backs to sleep; helping to reduce the number of sudden, unexpected infant deaths in Indian River County. They also try to ensure that every baby has access to a safe crib, especially if the family can’t afford one. Safe sleep is one of the most important things we can do to prevent accidental death of our very youngest. Babies sleep safest alone in a crib and on their back.
Benefits of Breastfeeding- Breastfeeding is one of the most natural and beneficial acts a mother can do for her child. Dramatic health benefits have been proven to pass from mother to child through breast milk. The benefits range from antibodies which protect an infant at birth, to the exclusive nutrients in mother’s milk shown to prevent a number of childhood diseases including SIDS. Breastmilk is also the best food for infant brain development.
Communicate and Play with Your Baby- From day one, children are eager and determined to understand how the world works. They do this through playing and talking to them. Interact with your child at play and you will see the kind of concentration, passion, and creative excitement that artists and scientists bring to their projects. Playing with your child is not only fun, it’s one of the most important ways you can nurture his/her development. There are no rules when it comes to play. And you don’t need fancy toys; in fact, you are your child’s favorite toy. Follow the lead of your children, and discover what activities are right for them. Remember to talk, talk, talk and read to your child they are absorbing language faster than any other time in their life!!
According to Kathie Cain, Executive Director of the Healthy Start Coalition, “We intend to begin our campaign with the message for Getting Healthy Before Pregnancy with …Go before you show….For a healthy baby…see your doctor a soon as you think you are pregnant! We will begin posting large posters on the Go-line buses that transit throughout Indian River County, as well as area doctor offices, other health facilities and high traffic areas. We will continuing adding our messages as we progress, hoping to educate the community and letting them all know that this organization is here to serve them for all their pre and post pregnancy programs and services.”
The Indian River County Healthy Start Coalition assures the establishment, implementation, and monitoring of a system of care for pregnant women and children from birth to age three for our community. The Coalition is an administrative office that oversees the funding and services for six programs; MomCare, Healthy Families, Healthy Start Care Coordination, Belly Beautiful, TLC Newborn and Parents as Teachers. The Healthy Start Coalition office is located at 333 17th Street Suite R, Vero Beach, just west of the Alma Lee Loy Bridge. For more information visit http://www.irchealthystartcoalition.org or to reach Ms. Cain, call 772-563-9118 or email her at Kathie@irchealthystart.org.

 

Seaside grief support group at Christ by the Sea

It is a new year and the beginning of our fourth year of offering a compassionate community of support for those who have had a loved one die. Next Tuesday, February 9th, we will hold the first meeting of a 6-week group, addressing some of the most pressing challenges of the changes and stresses individuals face when their lives are so dramatically altered. We meet at 10-11:30 am in the chapel at Christ by the Sea on A1A.

This is a mixed group of women who have lost a husband, parents, siblings, children, friends… While each person’s grief journey is incredibly unique to her, there are still many experiences we all share in common. It is in meeting together that we are able to explore what is “normal” in a time of grief, to share the pain that is part of life and to hope for the joy that is also part of life.

Our group has grown over the years because good friends have encouraged others to join us. If you know someone who is grieving, consider inviting them and offering to come with them.

The Suicide Grievers’ Support Group continues to meet every month as well. Please contact me if you know someone you believe would be interested in attending. For more information, contact Angie Messner, MA, CT, Bereavement Specialist, 419-651-5401

Emerson Center to offer ‘Postage Stamp Callage’ presentation Friday, Feb. 12

Russ Hahn creating a postage stamp collage.

Russ Hahn creating a postage stamp collage.

On Friday, February 12th at the Emerson Center/Unitarian Universalist Fellowship on 1590 27th Avenue, Vero Beach, Russ Hahn will present a narrated slide show “Painting with Postage” a rare look at an unusual 150 year old art form, creating images of people, places and things with pieces of postage stamps. Called “Postage Stamp Collage”, the presentation offers a historical perspective on the art and artists engaged in this unique art form beginning in the mid 1800s following the invention of glue backed perforated stamps. Please RSVP at the Emerson Center 772-778-5880 now to see this amazing presentation.

 

 

United Way Announces Community Impact Goals

United Way of Indian River County has determined specific community impact goals which are paving the way for current and future investment in Indian River County. The United Way, along with community partners representing business, education, government, nonprofits and volunteers, have identified a select number of issues and strategies that promise to make a measurable difference in identified local human service needs.

United Way has created Vision Councils to lead these efforts. The Councils are comprised of strategically recruited members who have expertise or an identified skill set beneficial to the target issues of Education, Financial Stability, and Health. Members are local experts on the issues, direct service providers, business and government representatives and United Way staff and volunteers.

The goals approved for Education mirror efforts already underway in Indian River County and include 85% of children entering Kindergarten ready to succeed, 90% of 3rd graders performing at grade level and 90% of High School students graduating on time by the year 2019.

Under the impact area of Financial Stability, the goal is for 33% of low income families to be more financially stable by 2020. That stability includes access to nutritious food, safe sustainable housing, and the skills to achieve and maintain employment and avoid financial crisis.

Good health is fundamental to people’s capacity to enjoy their lives, provide for their families, and realize their dreams according to the Health Vision Council. They predict a 10% improvement in physical and mental health in the areas of healthy weight, major depressive episodes, and the ability to live independently; as well as a 10% improvement in the quality of life for mothers, infants and children in the areas of children’s oral health, child abuse, prenatal care, children’s mental health and childhood obesity.

The groundwork for these strategies lies in research of community data from various entities including, (but not limited to), IRC School Accountability, IRC Children’s Assessment, US Census Bureau, FL Department of Education, United Way ALICE Report, US Federal Poverty Guidelines, Florida Housing Data Clearinghouse, US Census Bureau, American Community Survey, IRC Community Health Assessment, IRC Needs Assessment for Adults Age 50 and Older, Florida Dept. of Health, and local agency stories and statistics.

This information was used to set the priorities for addressing pressing needs and the issues of greatest concern in Indian River County. Learn more about United Way’s Community Impact goals at www.UnitedWayIRC.org.

United Way supports a network of basic services in our community; shelter, meals, childcare, counseling, medical support, and helping people meet their urgent needs today. But it’s more than a quick fix, we are committed to giving people the tools they need to stand on their own tomorrow. The approach is thoughtful, strategic and driven by the concerns and efforts of those living in Indian River County.

It takes everyone in the community working together to create a brighter future. United Way’s online volunteer connection provides a link for individuals, families, teams, and corporate groups to engage in meaningful volunteer opportunities throughout Indian River County. From motivating children to discover and learn, to serving hot meals to low-income families, Indian River County residents are responding to critical needs. Find volunteer opportunities at www.VolunteerIndianRiverCounty.org and learn more about United Way at www.UnitedWayIRC.org .

Vero Beach Art Club exhibit at the Main Library

The Vero Beach Art Club displays themed exhibits which change every two months at the Indian River County Main Library, 1600 21st Street, Vero Beach.  Their current exhibit is The Great Outdoors and will run through March 15.  Any Member in good standing of the Vero Beach Art Club is invited to participate in these exhibitions.  The next one in March will be Springtime Florals.  For library hours call 770 -5060. For information on the exhibition Call the Vero Beach Art club.  231-0303

 

McKee Botanical Garden’s Feb. 13 motor car exhibition to feature ‘extinct’ but not forgotten cars

McKee Car Show

McKee Botanical Garden to host its Seventh Annual Motor Car Exhibition on Saturday, February 13, 2016 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm sponsored by Einstein Bros. Bagels, Velde Ford and Treasure and Space Coast Radio (The Breeze 93.7 FM, 94.7 Hot County, and 97.1 Ocean FM).

Don’t miss the opportunity to view forty carefully chosen “Extinct” but not forgotten cars made by a manufacturer or division of a manufacturer that no longer exists, on display throughout the Garden that coincides with our ‘ROAR of the Dinosaur’ sculpture exhibit. The show will feature a 1953 Hudson Hornet, 1912 Stanley Steamer, 1947 Crosley ice cream truck, and a 1931 Pierce Arrow, just to name a few.

To add dramatic contrast to the extinct cars, two of Europe’s latest supercars will be shown, a 211 mph Porsche 918 and a 949 horsepower Ferrari LaFerrari.

This highly-anticipated event annually draws car lovers from throughout the Treasure Coast and beyond. While the first show drew a small but enthusiastic crowd of 300, last year’s event was attended by over 3,400 car enthusiasts.

Many once-prominent car companies have not survived, but thanks to dedicated collectors, some of their outstanding cars have survived and will be on display. Viewers will see unique cars with such unfamiliar names as Lea Francis, Messerschmitt and Amilcar.

Take a step back in time as you wander the spectacular Garden filled with these beloved and “Extinct” cars and dinosaurs from Guy Darrough’s ‘ROAR of the Dinosaur’ exhibit.

Regular hours and admission fees apply: $12 Adults, $11 Seniors, $8 Children ages 3 – 12, and free for McKee members and children under 3. Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Sunday noon – 5:00 pm and closed on Monday’s. Advance tickets are available at Garden Admissions during regular business hours.

VNA Home Health & Hospice offering no-cost blood pressure and blood sugar screening

VNA Home Health & Hospice is offering the following no-cost blood pressure and blood sugar screenings in February 2016:

Blood Pressure and Blood Sugar Screenings: 

·         Tuesday, February 2 8:30  – 10 a.m. Gifford Youth Activity Center, 4875 43rd Ave., Vero Beach 32967

·         Wednesday, February 3 9 – 10:30 a.m. Curves, 333 17th St. Suite V Vero Beach, FL 32960

·         Wednesday, February 3 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. VNA Hidden Treasures Sebastian, 11646 US Highway 1, Sebastian 32958

·         Tuesday, February 9 9 – 11 a.m. VNA Hidden Treasures Vero, 656 21st Street, Vero Beach 32960

·         Tuesday, February 9 10 – 11:30 a.m. Vincent de Paul Thrift Shop, 5480 85th St., Wabasso 32960

·         Wednesday, February 10 8:30 – 10 a.m. Spanish Lakes, 1 Las Casitas Rd., Ft. Pierce 34951

·         Thursday, February 10 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. VNA Hidden Treasures Sebastian, 11646 US Highway 1, Sebastian 32958

·         Monday, February 15 9 – 10 a.m. River Park Place, 700 3rd Circle, Vero Beach

·         Tuesday, February 16 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Christi’s Family Fitness, 1250 Old Dixie Hwy, Vero Beach 32960

·         Wednesday, February 17 9 – 10:30 a.m. VNA Hidden Treasures Sebastian, 11646 US Highway 1, Sebastian 32958

·         Thursday, February 18 8:30 – 10 a.m. Gifford Youth Activity Center, 4875 43rd Ave., Vero Beach 32967

·         Thursday, February 18 9 – 11 a.m. VNA Hidden Treasures Vero 656 21st Street, Vero Beach 32960

·         Friday, February 19 9 – 11 a.m. VNA Hidden Treasures Sebastian, 11646 US Highway 1, Sebastian 32958

·         Saturday, February 20 9 – 10 a.m. Allen AME 6425 85th Street, Wabasso 32970

·         Monday, February 22 8:30 – 10 a.m. Sebastian Gym & Fitness, 345 Sebastian Blvd., Sebastian 32958

·         Monday, February 22 9 – 10:30 a.m. VNA Hidden Treasures, 656 21st Street, Vero Beach, 32960

·         Wednesday, February 24 9 – 11 a.m. VNA Hidden Treasures Vero 656 21st Street, Vero Beach 32960

·         Wednesday, February 24 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. VNA Hidden Treasures Sebastian, 11646 US Highway 1, Sebastian 32958

·         Sunday, February 28 8:45 – 9:45 a.m. St. Elizabeth Episcopal’s Church, 901 Clearmont St., Sebastian 32958

 

Blood Pressure Screenings:

·         Monday, February 1 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. VNA Hidden Treasures Vero 656 21st Street, Vero Beach 32960

·         Wednesday, February 3 12 – 2 p.m. North Indian River County Library 1001 Sebastian Blvd., Sebastian 32958

·         Thursday, February 4 9 – 11 a.m. VNA Hidden Treasures Vero 656 21st Street, Vero Beach 32960

·         Monday, February 8 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Harvest Food 1360 28th St., Vero Beach 32960

·         Thursday, February 11 8:30 – 10 a.m. Longevity Fitness Club & Spa, 650 12th St., Vero Beach 32960

·         Thursday, February 11 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. VNA Hidden Treasures Vero 656 21st Street, Vero Beach 32960

·         Monday, February 15 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. VNA Hidden Treasures Vero 656 21st Street, Vero Beach 32960

·         Thursday, February 18 12  – 1 p.m. South Mainland Library, 7921 Ron Beatty Blvd., Sebastian 32976

·         Thursday, February 18 12 – 1 p.m. Our Father’s Table Soup Kitchen 4221 28th Ave., Vero Beach 32960

·         Tuesday, February 23 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. By the River 11065 Ganga Way, #311 Sebastian 32958

·         Thursday, February 25 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. First Presbyterian Church, 520 Royal Palm Blvd., Vero Beach 32960

*For morning blood sugar tests, you will need to fast from midnight on. 

About the VNA
The VNA Home Health & Hospice provides home healthcare services—including Medicare-reimbursed and private-duty nursing; home health aides; physical, speech, and occupational therapy; in-home companions; and personal transportation—throughout Indian River County. The agency is also the only licensed hospice provider in Indian River County, offering end-of-life care in patients’ homes, local hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living facilities, and the VNA Hospice House. The non-profit organization also provides community wellness services such as flu vaccinations, no-cost blood pressure/blood sugar screenings, and speakers on health-related topics for local community groups.

United Way announces community impact goals

United Way LogoUnited Way of Indian River County has determined specific community impact goals which are paving the way for current and future investment in Indian River County. The United Way, along with community partners representing business, education, government, nonprofits and volunteers, have identified a select number of issues and strategies that promise to make a measurable difference in identified local human service needs.

United Way has created Vision Councils to lead these efforts. The Councils are comprised of strategically recruited members who have expertise or an identified skill set beneficial to the target issues of Education, Financial Stability, and Health. Members are local experts on the issues, direct service providers, business and government representatives and United Way staff and volunteers.

The goals approved for Education mirror efforts already underway in Indian River County and include 85% of children entering Kindergarten ready to succeed, 90% of 3rd graders performing at grade level and 90% of High School students graduating on time by the year 2019.

Under the impact area of Financial Stability, the goal is for 33% of low income families to be more financially stable by 2020. That stability includes access to nutritious food, safe sustainable housing, and the skills to achieve and maintain employment and avoid financial crisis.

Good health is fundamental to people’s capacity to enjoy their lives, provide for their families, and realize their dreams according to the Health Vision Council. They predict a 10% improvement in physical and mental health in the areas of healthy weight, major depressive episodes, and the ability to live independently; as well as a 10% improvement in the quality of life for mothers, infants and children in the areas of children’s oral health, child abuse, prenatal care, children’s mental health and childhood obesity.

The groundwork for these strategies lies in research of community data from various entities including, (but not limited to), IRC School Accountability, IRC Children’s Assessment, US Census Bureau, FL Department of Education, United Way ALICE Report, US Federal Poverty Guidelines, Florida Housing Data Clearinghouse, US Census Bureau, American Community Survey, IRC Community Health Assessment, IRC Needs Assessment for Adults Age 50 and Older, Florida Dept. of Health, and local agency stories and statistics.
This information was used to set the priorities for addressing pressing needs and the issues of greatest concern in Indian River County. Learn more about United Way’s Community Impact goals at http://www.UnitedWayIRC.org.
United Way supports a network of basic services in our community; shelter, meals, childcare, counseling, medical support, and helping people meet their urgent needs today. But it’s more than a quick fix, we are committed to giving people the tools they need to stand on their own tomorrow. The approach is thoughtful, strategic and driven by the concerns and efforts of those living in Indian River County.
It takes everyone in the community working together to create a brighter future. United Way’s online volunteer connection provides a link for individuals, families, teams, and corporate groups to engage in meaningful volunteer opportunities throughout Indian River County. From motivating children to discover and learn, to serving hot meals to low-income families, Indian River County residents are responding to critical needs. Find volunteer opportunities at http://www.VolunteerIndianRiverCounty.org and learn more about United Way at

‘Roar of the Dinosaur’ coming to McKee Botanical Garden
Roar - McKee

McKee Botanical Garden is pleased to announce that Roar of the Dinosaur, featuring the life-sized creations of well-known fossil collector Guy Darrough, will be on display at the Garden beginning February 2, 2016. McKee Botanical Garden.

Roar of the Dinosaur offers a realistic glimpse into the prehistoric world, allowing visitors to experience what life was like millions of years ago when dinosaurs roamed the earth. The exhibit will feature 14 life-sized installations positioned throughout the Garden, where the massive creations will appear right at home nestled among McKee’s native plants and jungle-like landscape. Dinosaurs will range in size from 14-inch Sordes to a massive 33-ft. Daspletosaur, each one carefully crafted for authenticity. The exhibit will also include plants representative of the prehistoric time period as well as a Dino Dig Site where children will be able to unearth hidden dinosaur bones. Interpretive signage containing facts about the dinosaur species will accompany each display.

Roar of the Dinosaur incorporates sculptures from the highly successful Original Dinosaur Invasion, which took McKee visitors by storm in 2007 and Return of the Dinosaur Invasion which appeared at the Garden during its 2009-2010 season. In addition, Roar of the Dinosaur will feature four sculptures never-before-seen at McKee.

“Dinosaurs are truly fascinating creatures, and we are thrilled to welcome back Guy Darrough’s life-like creations for this family-friendly exhibit,” stated McKee Botanical Garden Executive Director Christine Hobart. “Roar of the Dinosaur will inspire a new generation of paleontologists, and provide a unique and engaging way for our visitors to learn more about these prehistoric giants.”

Roar of the Dinosaur will be on exhibit at McKee Botanical Garden February 2 through May 1, 2016.

About Guy Darrough: Guy Darrough is a self-taught and highly accomplished fossil collector, fossil preparation expert, and illustrator who has worked in paleontology and related fields for 40 years. He has collected and studied fossils in Canada, Morocco, and many parts of the U.S. Guy’s accomplishments include amassing a premiere collection of Missouri fossils, making significant discoveries in Paleontology (including the discovery of a wide variety of Cambrian and lower Ordovician fossil animals previously unknown to paleontologists) and co-authoring in the Journal of Paleontology. He is the founder of Lost World Studios, which specializes in the construction and fabrication of prehistoric exhibits and related subjects. These exhibits combine life-like recreations of prehistoric animals with living plants and other creatures to provide a truly realistic experience. For more information, please visit http://www.lostworldstudios.com.

 

There’s an App for That!

The Indian River Genealogical Society is pleased to announce the program topic for the regular monthly meeting on February 9, 2016. The meeting is to be held in the first floor meeting room at the Indian River County Main Library, 1600 21st Street, Vero Beach. The business meeting convenes at 9:30 AM, followed by light refreshments and the program.  This meeting is free and open to the public.

Donna Moughty, a Professional Genealogist and former Regional Manager for Apple Computer, has been conducting family research for over 20 years. She teaches and lectures on a variety of subjects including Internet, Irish research and computer topics locally and at national conferences and institutes. In addition, she provides consultations, research assistance and training. Donna attended the National Institute for Genealogical Research at the National Archives, and the Third and Fourth Irish Genealogical Congress in Ireland, the Salt Lake Institute-Irish Research and the Institute for Genealogical and Historical Research at Samford University where she was an instructor for the Irish course in 2011. She is a member of Association of Professional Genealogist and the Genealogical Speakers Guild. Donna takes groups to Ireland each October to research. Her weekly genealogy blog can be found at www.moughty.com.

The subject of Ms. Moughty’s lecture is There’s an App for That! It’s amazing how far technology has brought us as genealogists. It’s been a catalyst to bring millions of people into the field of genealogy. In an article in September of 2012 from Bloomberg Businessweek, genealogy ranks second as the most searched topic on the Internet. Today, small devices such as the iPhone and iPad, as well as their various competitors are more powerful and connected than the computers we used ten years ago. Donna will discuss hardware and getting the right fit, what’s included, genealogy apps, organization and general productivity.

Cindy Hineman…We are who we are, because of who they were!! Leave Your Legacy, Connecting The Past With The Present, For The Future

Indian River Genealogical Society:  Providing Family History and Research Services since 2007

772 532-6288

Harvest Food & Outreach Center is Going Up in 2016

Harvest Food & Outreach Center recently announced that the nonprofit organization would be changing its name to United Against Poverty. The organization’s staff, with the help of experts and focus groups, has spent over a year researching and developing the new name and are looking forward to unveiling it within the next few weeks.
Vero Beach centers will become known as UP Indian River County. Likewise, the organization’s other campuses will be known as UP St. Lucie County and UP Orlando. Together they are United Against Poverty. In connection with the new name, the successful Harvest Outreach Preparation for Employment (HOPE) Program will also be taking a step up and will now be known as Success Training for Employment Program (STEP). As part of the transition, the new logo will begin to be incorporated into the center’s buildings, signage, newsletters and website over the next few months.
“With one comprehensive identity we position our organization to more effectively and efficiently serve the communities in which we are located,” explained Annabel Robertson, Executive Director of Harvest Food & Outreach Center in Indian River County. “Rest assured our programs and services will remain the same, it is only our name that will change. As always all money raised in Indian River County will support services in our local community.”
UP Indian River County will continue to provide the same holistic, multi-component approach that provides a hand up to those living under the 200% federal poverty level through resource development, resource protection, and resource connection.
In 2015, the Indian River County nonprofit organization provided a total of 162,144 services including crisis counseling, case management, education, subsidized food assistance, employment training and placement, and personal empowerment training. Low-income families saved $4.3 million in their grocery budgets through the Cost Share Grocery Program to pay for other life essentials such as rent, utilities, car repairs and medical bills. Case managers provided clients with 1,830 active referrals to other agencies that provide healthcare, domestic violence, mental health support, utility payment relief, employment placement, education and other services. And, in keeping with the organization’s purpose to lift people out of poverty, 51 education participants became employed, with 13 reducing government benefits and 17 achieving stabilized housing.
Vero Beach natives, Austin and Ginny Hunt, founded Harvest Food & Outreach Center, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, in 2003. Harvest’s model includes: 1) Education and Employment Programs that provide long term solutions for those in need toward self sufficiency, 2) Food Assistance that includes Harvest’s Food Pantry and Cost Share Grocery Program and 3) a Crisis Center that stabilizes people in crisis through counseling and active referrals to services in the community.
For information about tours, volunteering, donations, programs and services, visit harvestfoodoutreach.org.

Brevard Symphony to offer children’s concert Feb. 4

The Indian River Symphonic Association, in partnership with the Indian River County School Board, will present its annual Children’s Concerts on Thursday morning, February 4, 2016, at Community Church at two performances by the Brevard Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Conductor Christopher Confessore.

Each year, this very popular event attracts over 1400 fifth grade students whose teachers have prepared for this Concert experience using extensive educational study materials developed by the Brevard Symphony Orchestra.   This includes a power- point presentation featuring the Concert’s musical selections, composer biographies and an overview of the Orchestra sections, individual instruments, quizzes and games.

This program, which began in 1998, is made possible by generous annual support from the Symphonic Association’s Season Subscribers and other donors.

Since 2004, The Symphonic Association has also awarded $108,000 in Scholarship Grants to graduating students planning to major in music at colleges and music education institutions.   Students of any age are also encouraged to take advantage of reduced-price Symphony tickets for IRSA Concerts.

For further information, please contact the Indian River Symphonic Association Office at 772 778 1070.

Humane Society legislative program set for Saturday, January 30

The Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County will be hosting “Making a Difference for Florida’s Animals,” a legislative program and complimentary brunch in its Adoption and Education Center on Saturday, January 30th from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. The shelter is located at 6230 77th St., Vero Beach.

This program will provide the public with information about proposed animal-related bills and issues including: Injury reporting for Florida’s racing greyhounds, animal cruelty, dogs in hot cars and bear protection. Guest speakers are Kate MacFall, Florida Director for The Humane Society of the United States and Carey Theil, co-founder of the greyhound advocacy group Grey2KUSA Worldwide.

Space for this event is limited. To attend, please RSVP with Janet Winikoff at (772) 571-6418 by Wednesday, January 27th.

Indian River Photo Club to meet February 25 

Indian River Photo Club will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, Feb. 25th at the Vero Beach Community Center, 2266 14th Ave., Vero Beach at 6:30 PM. Our February presenter will be Aric Attas, a well-known photographic teacher, historian and web designer, who will be discussing “Creativity in Photography”. More information on him may be found at: https://potonlab.com/creativevision. Refreshments will be served and guests are welcome. The theme for this month’s photo contest is “Passion” and all member’s entries are welcome. For further information go to the IRPC web site at: www.indianriverphotoclub.org.

Willow School Bags and Bubbly Luncheon February 26

The Willow School will be hosting the 7th Annual Bags and Bubbly Luncheon on Friday February 26, 2016 from 11:30a-2:00p at the Grand Harbor Golf Club in Vero Beach.  Guests will be greeted and served champagne upon arrival, directed to the silent auction room, where they are invited to bid upon new and gently used designer handbags, jewelry, other fashionable goodies, and some fabulous gift certificates.    Silent auction will be followed by gourmet lunch, live auction and entertainment by comedian Ron Feingold. Tickets are $75 each.  Proceeds provide scholarships to children at the Willow School. For more  information call The Willow School at 772-770-0758 or visit our website at www.thewillowschool.org

“Helping Pets with Allergies” Talk on February 17

Does your pet have an itch he just can’t seem to scratch? Sebastian Animal Hospital’s Dr. Jeffrey Slade will be at The Humane Society addressing the common causes of pet allergies, what may trigger an allergic reaction, common medications as well as some of the newest treatments that can help improve your pet’s condition and keep him or her comfortable.

Space is limited therefore guests are asked to RSVP by calling (772) 571-6418.

Environmental Learning Center’s 20th Annual EcoFest Set

AFLOC StandUp Paddle BoardingNow is the time to put the Environmental Learning Center’s 20th annual EcoFest on your calendar.  Announced this week by co-chairs Linda Clerch and Maureen Kane, the Treasure Coast Chapter of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America will be the Premier EcoFest Sponsor. The theme is “Unplug, Explore, Discover.”  The ELC will be the perfect place to do just that between the hours of 11 am and 4 pm on Sunday, March 6.

“We are excited to be joined this year by A Florida Outdoor Center (AFLOC) who will provide two new and unique activities,” says Education Director Heather Stapleton. “If weather allows, stand up paddle boards will be offered in the lagoon off the ELC’s teaching platform, and fat tire bikes sampled on the ELC grounds.”

There is no admission charge and free parking will be available using shuttle service provided from satellite locations nearby. Music will once again be provided by The River Rats.

The line-up of customary favorites such as pond dip-netting and Quick Canoe Trips will be joined this year by kite flying and adult workshops. In addition to a wide variety of craft booths for all ages, this event will include plein air painting by local artists. Story Time on the stage in the Imagination Station will feature The Raft by Jim LaMarche.  Food will be available for purchase. As usual, the Vero Beach Power Squadron will donate all hamburger, hot dog and veggie burger proceeds to the ELC.

The Environmental Learning Center is located north of Vero Beach off County Road 510 at the western end of the Wabasso Bridge. Its 64-acre campus includes exhibit areas, native plant gardens, picnic facilities, gift shop, and visitor center. ELC membership benefits, a list of its many field excursions, EcoVentures, including nature walks, canoe excursions, and boating adventures can be found at http://www.DiscoverELC.org.

First Art in the Park is Jan 3

Art in the Park is a monthly Fine Art & Crafts Show put on by the Vero Beach Art Club members on various Sundays. Members set up display tents to offer original art to visitors and residents. This monthly show provides the perfect opportunity to interact with the fine artists and craft artisans to buy beautiful artwork directly from the artist.

The art exhibited usually includes: Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor and Pastel paintings along with Collage Wall Art, Photography and Digital Art, Sculpture/Glass Works/Wood/ Ceramics, Jewelry and Selected Crafts.

Located in front of beautifully landscaped Humiston Park along Ocean Drive on Vero’s barrier island. Close to beaches, shops, area activities, fine restaurants as well as casual dining cafes all within easy distance from the exhibit. The park has a children’s play area, restrooms, and covered and open picnic tables. Take time to sunbathe on the beach or swim before or after strolling the Art in the Park shows. What a great way to spend a Sunday morning or afternoon after brunch. Next Art in the Park Jan 31, 2016

DIRECTIONS: Go east over the Barber Bridge, Route 60. Drive straight to the end (toward the ocean) and turn right on Ocean Drive. Humiston Park is on your left after a few blocks. Look for tents.

 

Dogs For Life to hold Assistance Dog graduation ceremony Jan. 16

Larry & Lola, Chere & Stella, Wanda & Lola and Corinne & Aya, All hearing and service dogs graduating at Dogs For Life, Inc.

Larry & Lola, Chere & Stella, Wanda & Lola and Corinne & Aya, All hearing and service dogs graduating at Dogs For Life, Inc.

Dogs For Life, Inc. will hold an Assistance Dog Graduation Ceremony at the DFL Administrative & Training Center, at 1230 16th Avenue in Vero Beach, Fl. On January 16, 2016 at 2:00 P.M.

“We are thrilled for the first time to have four teams graduating at the same time” said Shelly Ferger, DFL Founder and CEO.
Chere McCoy with her service dog Stella, Wanda Haaland with her hearing dog Lola, Larry Ingham with his hearing/service dog Lola and Corinne Cruickshank with her service dog Aya, have completed all of the requirements of DFL and Assistance Dogs International to graduate the DFL Assistance Dog Training Program with honors.

With the doubling of teams in training this year, expect to see larger graduation ceremonies in the future in Vero Beach. DFL has had more veterans of war apply for training in 2015 than since our inception in February of 2002.

Hearing dogs are trained to alert their owners to a knock at the door, the phone ringing, an alarm clock and the smoke alarm. Other sounds can be trained as needed. Service dogs are trained to assist their owners with balancing on their feet, picking up items or tapping a 911 K-9 emergency phone. Service dogs can also be trained to help someone with the effects of post-traumatic stress, such as waking from a nightmare, creating subtle barriers in crowds, and alleviating oncoming panic attacks. Other tasks can be trained to mitigate mobility and stress related issues as needed.

Volunteer Nature Stewardship class begins Jan. 16

The Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory, University of Florida, and the Pelican Island Audubon Society will offer the twentieth free volunteer nature stewardship training class beginning on Saturday, January 16, 2016, from 1:30 to 4:30pm. This six-week class offers an exceptional opportunity to explore the habitats that surround and protect the Indian River Lagoon.

Learn about the intricate web of life along the Indian River Lagoon from faculty and experts from the Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory, the Pelican Island Audubon Society, the Indian River Mosquito Control District, Florida Atlantic University, and other organizations. Birds, plants, insects, and natural history are among the topics covered in each class session. You will gain a broad foundation for a better understanding of our valuable local natural resources and how you can protect them..

Each class session includes field activities at the adjacent Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area.  This 440-acre nature preserve on Oslo Road east of US Highway 1 surrounds the Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory and the Pelican Island Audubon House. The unpaved and mostly unimproved nature trails at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area provide easy access to a diverse array of plant communities including oak hammock, scrubby pine flatwoods, sand pine scrub, and mangrove forest.

The ability to walk comfortably on uneven surfaces, a curiosity about our local natural resources, and a willingness to share what you learn as a volunteer are the class prerequisites. In exchange for this free class, all participants are asked to volunteer in a manner that suits their interests and schedule. Some participants choose to lead nature walks, perform trail maintenance, or work to control invasive pest plants at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area.  Other people volunteer at local nature centers.  Classroom teachers, home schoolers, girl and boy scout leaders, and other educators are welcome to participate and share what they learn in their work.

The class is limited to 25 people. Visit http://ourorca.org to learn more and to register for the class.

 

ELC director to review ‘Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder” for AAUW Jan. 11
Molly Steinwald

Molly Steinwald

Join AAUW Vero Beach on Monday, January 11, 2016 at 9:30 AM at the Richardson Center on the Mueller Campus of Indian River State College, 6155 College Lane, Vero Beach for a review and discussion of Richard Louv’s groundbreaking work, Last Child in the Woods: Saving our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder.  Molly Steinwald, Executive Director of the Environmental Learning Center, will present her review of this forward-looking work, compared to Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring in impact.

Child advocacy expert Louv links the lack of nature in children’s lives to some of the most disturbing childhood trends, such as obesity, attention deficit disorder, and depression. Last Child in the Woods is the first book to bring together research showing that direct exposure to nature is essential for healthy childhood development – physical, emotional, and spiritual. Environment-based education directly improves standardized test scores and grade point averages and develops skills in problem solving, critical thinking, decision-making and creativity. Louv’s work has spurred a national dialogue among parents, health professionals, educators and nature-lovers; it will change the way you think about your future and the future of your children and grandchildren.

(From Amazon.com): “Today, average 8 year olds are better able to identify cartoon characters than native species, such as beetles and oak trees, in their own community. The rate at which doctors prescribe antidepressants to children has doubled in the past five years, and recent studies show that too much computer time spells trouble for the developing mind.” Yet weaning kids from their plugged in and turned on world faces difficulty: fears of strangers, more and more homework assigned by schools, and less and less access to natural areas. This book, with its practical suggestions, is a first step to remedying that.

Prior to joining the ELC, Molly served as Director of Science Education and Research at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh, PA. Ms. Steinwald is an accomplished educator, scientist and nature photographer with interests ranging from physiology to ecology to molecular biology to plant-people interactions.   She is an advocate and leader in education reform, focusing on connecting everyday experience and environmental awareness. Molly has a passion for importance of people living in harmony with nature in their everyday lives.

 

Junior League Accepting Nominations for Woman of the Year

The Junior League of Indian River is currently accepting nominations for the 2016 Woman of the Year.

Women make enormous contributions in our community every day, and the Junior League will highlight such accomplishments at its 4th Annual Woman of the Year Luncheon presented by Dale Sorensen Real Estate. The event, to be held on April 27, 2016 at Oak Harbor Club, will spotlight the achievements local women are making in Indian River County.

A Woman of the Year nominee is a woman who demonstrates high ethical standards personally, is a recognized role model, has a strong sense of community responsibility, and is outstanding in her contributions within Indian River County.
A woman can be nominated in one of four categories: Business/Professional, Civic/Non-Profit Professional, Volunteer, and Rising Star. As in previous years, judging of the nominations will be done by judges outside Indian River County to ensure impartial evaluation of the nominees.

The deadline for submissions is January 29, 2016.

“There are so many inspiring women in our community,” said event chair Allison Strazzulla. “It is such an honor for the Junior League to host this event every year, and we look forward to celebrating this year’s nominees.”

Nomination forms, sponsorship opportunities and additional event information can be found at http://www.womanoftheyear.info. Please contact Allison at (772) 633-2524 or allison.strazzulla@gmail.com with any questions. Special thanks to Newspaper Sponsor Indian River Press Journal/TCPalm.com.

Funds raised from the event will support Junior League initiatives, including Whole Child Indian River. Whole Child Indian River allows families to get connected to service providers through an online assessment of their needs. Parents can view detailed program descriptions, fees, and eligibility requirements so that they can make informed decisions about which providers are best for their family. The program is free, accessible 24 hours a day and confidential. For more information visit wholechildirc.org.

Last year, more than 30 women were nominated and honored at the Luncheon. Category winners were: Dr. Deepti Sadhwani – Business/Professional, Devon Green-Steele- Rising Star, Trudie Rainone – Volunteer, and Jessica Wood – Civic/Non Profit Professional.

Dr. Deepti Sadhwani was named the overall 2015 Woman of the Year.

The Junior League of Indian River is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. The organization reaches out to women of all races, religions and national origins who demonstrate an interest in and commitment to voluntarism.

 

McKee Botanical Garden hires new marketing and events manager

Connie Cotherman

Connie Cotherman

McKee Botanical Garden is pleased to announce Connie Cotherman as its Marketing & Special Events Manager.

Connie has lived in Vero Beach for the past 30 years with her husband Ross and their two children, Courtney and Danny. Connie was previously employed at the Humane Society of Vero Beach & Indian River County as the Assistant Development and Special Events Director and prior to that she worked for Norris & Company Real Estate and Barnett Bank and handled their marketing.

Connie is very familiar with working with non-profit organizations. She has been volunteering for various organizations in Vero Beach for the past 30 years, such as the United Way, American Cancer Society, March of Dimes, Vero Beach Fighting Indian Band Boosters, and many others.

She and her husband Ross, co-chaired the United Way Campaign in 2001, which raised $1.6 million for our community. Connie is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

“Connie brings an extensive knowledge of fundraising, special events, marketing and creativity to McKee. Her long-standing involvement in our community will be an asset to our organization and we’re delighted to welcome her to our team.”

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. Hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. The Garden is closed Mondays. To learn more, please call 772-794-0601 or visit http://www.mckeegarden.org.

 

Bar Association holds toy drive

The Indian River County Bar Association held their annual Holiday Party on December 10 at the Vero Beach Hotel and Spa’s Cobalt Room. The evening’s festivities also supported the Indian River County Lawyers Auxiliary Toy & Book Drive.

The Toy Drive was to help relieve stress for over 100 children that need to appear in Dependency Court each month in our county. The Auxiliary requires 1200 toys to run the program for a year. The Book Drive benefits “Pelican Island READS,” a program designed to put books in the hands and homes of struggling 3rd grade readers. Each registered guest was asked to bring toys and books for donation to help the needy children of Indian River County.

The Indian River County Bar Association which offers continuing legal education programs, a speakers’ bureau, pro bono programs to assure availability of legal services to the indigent, law related educational programs for the public, community service as well as ongoing events in the community.

For more information on the Indian River County Bar Association, visit http://www.indianriverbar.org, or contact Bar Association President Erin K. Grall at 772-569-0000, ErinGrall@verolawyers.com.

Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly to be lead speakers in Emerson Center’s Celebrated Speaker Series

Mark Kelly M-Photo (High Res with Gabby Giffords HEADSHOT 2012)Series subscriptions and single tickets for the Emerson Center’s 2016 Celebrated Speakers Series are limited but still available for sale. An easy phone call to The Emerson Center will buy tickets for the engaging and informative speakers in the four-program series. Series subscriptions are available for $275 and $255 until January 16, 2016. Single tickets for $80 and $70 are on sale now. Performances are held on Saturdays.

The series launches on January 16 with two distinguished Americans who survived an unthinkable ordeal. The husband-and-wife team of Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and Astronaut and U.S. Navy Captain Mark Kelly will take to the Emerson Center stage to recount the miraculous details about Giffords’ would-be assassin attack and the ongoing journey they have shared of strength, courage and determination. The husband-and-wife team will share stories that will amaze you, inspiring others to be their best while reaffirming what courage is all about. Individually and collectively, they exemplify leadership, the importance of teamwork, and courage under pressure. The event is sponsored by Indian River Estates, an ACTS Life Care Retirement Community.

Following on February 6, is lawyer and distinguished Chief Washington Correspondent for the National Law Journal, Marcia Coyle. Ms. Coyle will probe the inner workings of the Supreme Court while revealing the fault lines of the Roberts Court. Next to the podium, and back by popular demand from his appearance on the Emerson stage nine years ago, is America’s favorite humorist Dave Barry on February 27. On March 19, ending on a high note, is the final celebrated speaker, Michael Tougias. Mr. Tougias is a prolific author, dedicated researcher and captivating storyteller whose book, The Finest Hours, has been purchased by Disney for a film, starring Chris Pine and Casey Affleck. The film will be released in late January, just prior to his visit to Vero Beach.

The Emerson Center is conveniently located on the campus of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Vero Beach, on the SE corner of 16th Street and 27th Avenue. It has more than 300 parking spaces, an auditorium that seats over 800 people in comfortable padded seating, a raised stage that offers everyone unrestricted views, and professional state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems. There is an elevator to the 2nd floor balcony and seating for the physically challenged.

Kwanzaa Celebration and Pot Luck Dec 27

There will be a Kwanzaa Celebration Pot Luck at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Vero Beach (UUFVB) on Sunday, Dec 27th at 11:30 am. This free event will feature the seven principles of Kwanzaa: 1) Unity; 2) Self Determination; 3) Collective Work; 4) Cooperative Economics; 5) Purpose; 6) Creativity; and 7) Faith. The emphasis will be on Culture and Community and will include drumming, art, and poety. Admission is free, but a donation of food for the Pot Luck would be appreciated. UUFVB is located at 1590 27th Ave, Vero Beach, FL.

VNA “Shoo the Flu” dates stretch to December 12th!

The VNA’s ‘Shoo the Flu’ public vaccination clinics are being extended until Saturday, December 12th. This will be the last chance for community members to receive a flu shot from the VNA for the 2015 flu season. Getting your flu shot through the VNA ensures your money stays local within Indian River County to help provide care for those who cannot care for themselves.

Extended times and locations are as follows:

· Tuesday, December 8th 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Hidden Treasures Vero Beach, 656 21st Street, Vero Beach 32960
· Wednesday, December 9th 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Fearless Caregiver Conference, Vero Beach Community Center, 2266 14th Ave, Vero Beach 32960
· Thursday, December 10th 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Hidden Treasures Vero Beach, 656 21st Street, Vero Beach 32960
· Saturday, December 12th 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Hidden Treasures Vero Beach, 656 21st Street, Vero Beach 32960

The VNA offers two types of flu vaccinations: a preservative-free high-dose vaccine and a preservative-free quadrivalent vaccine. The high-dose vaccine is only for those individuals who are 65 years or older and contain four times the amount of antigens. The quadrivalent vaccine is for individuals 10 years or older and offers broader coverage than the regular flu shot. The pneumonia shot will also be offered at each VNA clinic. All VNA flu vaccines are manufactured in the United States.

For more information about the VNA’s Shoo the Flu clinics, please visit http://www.vnatc.com/flu, or call 772-567-5551.

 

Willow Travels-Bringing History to Life

Students on previous trip to Washington DC

Willow School students will set out on an historical exploration as part of their United States History, Civics and Political studies. Students in grades six through eight will travel to Washington DC this spring.

Engage, prepare, empower. This sums up the Willow Schools approach to learning. The use of the experiential learning model utilizes hands-on and immersion experiences to provide optimal learning opportunities. Field trips bring to life the topics introduced in the classroom, helping to cement concepts and reinforce learning.

“This is a chance to bring history alive and we have found that students remember more because of the personal experience,” shares Govinda Reinhalter, executive director of the Willow School.

The schools approach to learning creates an environment rich in opportunities for students to succeed, as was detailed in the recent article highlighting the schools mission and methodology in “Vero Beach Magazine.”

As twenty-five students and their chaperones fly to our nation’s capital on Sunday, April 24 they will find themselves immersed in the center of some of our countries most historic locales. During their stay students will walk the National Mall; visit the Lincoln, Jefferson and Roosevelt Memorials; tour the Smithsonian Museums, National Archives, Ford’s Theatre, National Zoo, Mount Vernon and hopefully the White House.

Willow School parents and students will be actively fundraising to make this trip a reality. Students have already completed a cookie dough sale, raising about $1000 toward the trip. They are currently selling Treasure Coast Enjoyment coupon books. The books are $35 and have two for one offers on dining, fast food, recreation, golf and more. On December 12 students and parents will host an All You Can Eat Waffle Breakfast from 9 to 11 a.m. at the school.

Fundraising will continue in 2016 with a Read-A-Thon, yard sale and GoFundMe campaign. All donations to the Washington DC Travel Fund are tax deductible. Checks can be mailed to The Willow School at 930 43rd Avenue Vero Beach, FL 32960.  For more information visit them on Facebook or http://www.thewillowschool.org.

 

Part-time teaching positions available at Indian River State College

Part-time teaching positions are available at Indian River State College for those who wish to share their knowledge, give back to the community and prepare the next generation for a rewarding career. Adjunct professors are sought for the following subjects: economics, sociology, psychology, philosophy, English, mathematics, chemistry, biology, and physics.  A Master’s Degree with 18 hours in the discipline is required to teach in these fields.

Visit the IRSC website at irsc.edu or call the Human Resources Department at 772-462-7280 for information on how to apply.

United Way and FamilyWize Announce Savings of $2,275,249 for County Residents

United Way of Indian River County and FamilyWize Community Service Partnership, an organization focused on improving the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities, today announced that local residents saved $2,275,249 on prescription costs, as a result of the successful partnership between the two organizations.

FamilyWize, a long-time partner of United Way, works with nearly 1,000 local United Ways to help make all FDA approved prescription medication more affordable for individuals with high prescription costs through the free FamilyWize Prescription Savings Card. Over the years, FamilyWize and United Way have partnered to help over eight million people save more than $830 million on the prescription medications they need.

Key highlights of the Health Impact Report from the United Way of Indian River County include:

  • $2,275,249 Savings on Prescription Medications
  • 20,645 Number of People Helped
  • 115,892 Number of Prescriptions

“Thanks to our partnership with FamilyWize, we are able to address health needs by providing a way for our Indian River County residents to save on prescription medication,” said Michael Kint, United Way CEO.  “By reducing the burden of high costs for those who are uninsured or underinsured, we are helping to build a stronger community.”

 The FamilyWize Prescription Savings Card, which is accepted at more than 60,000 pharmacies nationwide, covers all FDA approved prescription medications. The card is free to all consumers, insured and uninsured, and has an average savings of 42 percent. The FamilyWize Prescription Savings Card functions like a reusable prescription discount coupon, and does not require any personal information or eligibility criteria from the user. To take advantage of the savings that FamilyWize offers, consumers can download a card from FamilyWize.org, call 800-222-2818 and request a card to be sent to them, or download the free FamilyWize app.

FamilyWize also offers a Drug Price Lookup Tool, an online resource to compare prescription medication prices and find the local pharmacy with the lowest price.  Consumers can access the easy-to-use tool on FamilyWize.org or through the FamilyWize app.

United Way of Indian River County invites people to get involved by helping others. Go to www.VolunteerIndianRiverCounty.org to learn about local opportunities for service. For more information about United Way or to give online, visit our website at www.UnitedWayIRC.org

Holiday traditions around the world and in your family!

The Indian River Genealogical Society is pleased to announce the program details for their Annual Christmas/Holiday meeting to be held on December 8, 2015. The meeting is to be held in the first floor meeting room at the Indian River County Main Library, 1600 21st Street, Vero Beach. The meeting convenes at 9:30 AM and includes light refreshments. This event is free and open to the public.

Breaking from the customary meeting format, this month’s program will delight our members and guests with a few surprises! Holiday traditions are celebrated by family and friends the world over and IRGS is no exception. Join us as we hear from some of our Genealogy Interest Groups (GIGs!) in the form of old-fashioned sweet treats, old country traditions, research tips and tricks. (German, Polish, Swedish and Irish; ymmmmm!!) Most of all, this is the time for sharing stories and genealogy conversation with each other. Remember the ‘genealogy tradition’ of looking at lists of SURNAMES in hopes of finding those distant cousins who are looking for the same folks?? It’s back and in a whole new way!!

The December meeting also includes the yearly election and installation of officers for the 2016 IRGS Board of Directors. Installing those officers, with his usual flair, will be IRGS Past President, Pete Kersey. This is a tradition we look forward to and you can count on walking away with a smile!! From all of us to all of you, we wish you a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah, God Jul, frohe Weihnachten, Wesolych Swiat, Nollaig Shona Dhaoibh.

The Friends of the Library present a fashion show/fundraising event

The Friends of the Library present a Fashion Show and Fundraising Event.  Come see the unique ladies’ apparel, accessories and gifts the Friends Gift shop has to offer.  This will not be your ordinary fashion show.  There will also be games, raffles, prizes and refreshments. After the show, the gift shop will extend a one day only 25% discount toward anything purchased.  Free gift wrapping will also be available.

Join us Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at the Indian River County Main Library from 10:00-11:30 am.  Tickets can be purchased in the Friends Gift Shop located inside the IRC Main Library for a $5.00 donation.

The Friends of Indian River County Library is a non-profit organization that provides financial support to maintain a vibrant and modern library system.  By supporting the Friends of the Library, you will be supporting your community.

 

Hibiscus Festival welcomes second annual Hibiscus Ride

The Hibiscus Ride will again be a featured event of the 2016 Hibiscus Festival. For the second year Main Street Vero Beach will partner with Vero Cycling Club to present the signature bicycling event. The Hibiscus Ride will again offer multiple cycling routes designed to welcome cyclists from throughout the region.  The inaugural Hibiscus Ride attracted nearly 150 cyclists.

The Hibiscus Festival will take place on April 7-10, 2016.

Once again the Hibiscus Ride will feature a “Century” route – 100 miles of cycling along the Treasure Coast. Alternative routes will include a Metric Century (68 miles), a half Metric (32 miles) and a Casual ride (11 miles).

The 2016 Hibiscus Ride was announced by Janie Graves Hover, Chair of the Hibiscus Festival:

“The Hibiscus Festival has two days of Art and Music for bicyclists, their families and guests to enjoy in the City of Vero Beach’s historic downtown.   In addition to the Hibiscus Festival, the neighborhood features art galleries, antique stores and restaurants. The first Hibiscus Ride added a fresh level of hospitality and fun to the Festival. We are eager to build on that success.

Joining Ms. Graves Hoover to make the announcement was Vero Cycling Club President Giorgio Res:

“The partnership between Vero Cycling and Main Street Vero Beach established immediate success for the Hibiscus Ride and helped add a new layer of friendliness and fun to the Hibiscus Festival. We hope once again the beauty of the Hibiscus Ride will enhance the enjoyment of the Hibiscus Festival to attract even more visitors in 2016.

Registration for the 2016 Hibiscus Ride is open at https://raceroster.com/events/2016/6496/the-hibiscus-ride.  Route details for Hibiscus Ride will be finalized after the first of the year.

 

Main Street Vero Beach (MSVB) is a non-profit organization affiliated with the Florida Main Street program, part of the State Division of Historical Resources and is a member of The National Main Street Center a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The Hibiscus Festival is a yearly celebration for the City of Vero Beach, to increase awareness of the historic downtown sector, raise funds for Main Street Vero Beach that work toward the preservation and growth of the area and encourages community participation from residents, organizations and businesses.

Vero Cycling, Inc. is a member based non-profit organization formed to promote cycling in Indian River County, Florida; to encourage all cyclists of all levels, from beginning to advanced; to advocate for cycling related interests; to promote safe cycling; and to encourage respect among cyclists and non-cyclists.

 

Donations down, but demand high for Thanksgiving turkeys

With Thanksgiving in just over two weeks, the phones at Treasure Coast Food Bank are ringing continually with requests for turkeys. But so far, the number of donated turkeys is down this year.

Each year, Treasure Coast Food Bank provides thousands of turkeys to its partner agencies for families who otherwise couldn’t afford a Thanksgiving dinner. The need continues to be great as many Treasure Coast families can’t afford the traditional holiday meal.

Treasure Coast Food Bank’s annual Turkey Drop takes place on Saturday, Nov. 21, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Treasure Coast Food Bank will have its refrigerated truck with staff parked at Winn-Dixie in Sebastian for anyone wishing to donate a turkey.

In an effort to ensure that every family enjoys Thanksgiving, Treasure Coast Food Bank will have a limited number of Tofurkeys available for the first time this year.

Tofurkey is the creation of Oregon-based Turtle Island Foods and is made from a blend of wheat protein and organic tofu, satisfying the dietary requirements of vegetarians and vegans. Tofurkeys come as a small, pre-stuffed soy roast, which cooks in about an hour.

Everyone is encouraged to get involved by donating a turkey, hosting a food drive, or making a cash donation through Treasure Coast Food Bank’s Virtual Food Drive. A $25 donation provides a holiday meal for a family of four. Treasure Coast Food Bank, through its bulk buying power, can stretch a cash donation much farther than what the same dollars might buy in a local grocery store.

For more information about the Great Treasure Coast Holiday Food & Fund Drive or to register your online or traditional food drive, please visit www.stophunger.org.

Turkey Drop Sites (10 am-2 pm)
Winn-Dixie
995 Sebastian Blvd.
Sebastian 32958
CVS
1706 U.S. Highway 1
Vero Beach, FL 32960

HOPE resale boutique in Wabasso expands mission to youth

NEWS RELEASE

Hope Foundation of Indian River County President Warren L. Schwerin announced today that the foundation will expand its reach to the youth of Indian River County. To that end, the foundation has renovated its resale store at 8860 North US1 and plans immediately to award a total of $40,000 to four Indian River agencies serving young people.

The Hope Foundation will award $10,000 each to The Arc of IRC, Child Care Resources, Boys and Girls Clubs of IRC, and the Dasie Bridgewater Hope Center. The awards ceremony will take place on Thursday, December 3, at 4 pm at the newly renovated Hope Resale Boutique. The Foundation invites the public to the ceremony for a sneak preview of the renovated and well-stocked store. The store will open for sales the next day, Friday, December 4.

Asked about his increased concern for Indian River County youth, Schwerin said, “The 2014-2015 Children’s Services Advisory Committee’s report outlining the crisis among our children was a wake-up call.” Commissioned by the Board of County Commissioners, CSAC’s Needs Assessment Subcommittee issued the report after nine months of extensive study. The report states that 5715 children in Indian River County are living in poverty. “If you had those children line up as if they were waiting for a school bus, that line would stretch for more than a mile,” subcommittee chair Hope Woodhouse said. “All members of our community, especially our politicians, local grant makers, and the agencies serving children, should read the report or at a minimum the Executive Summary.”

Schwerin read the report and was moved to act. “We realized that we needed the Boutique’s revenue to reach out to more children than just those in Wabasso. The need is so great and the resources are so small,” said Schwerin. “So we are reaching out to four select agencies whose track record is solid in helping underserved Indian River County children.”

“We need to broaden the base of donors and volunteers in order to generate the revenue to impact more children’s lives. 100% of our profits will go to benefit children,” said Schwerin. “As I’ve said, we will continue to serve Wabasso kids through the Dasie Bridgewater Hope Center. And these $10,000 awards and our future profits will allow us to serve more of Indian River County’s neediest.”

The Boutique, formerly known as the Dasie Hope Thrift Shop, was built in 2007. Since then it has sold clothing, furniture and accessories donated by generous Indian River County residents. The Shop had become the “go-to” for high-end women’s designer clothes and accessories. The new store will accommodate more of the high-quality clothing, furniture, and accessories for which it has become known. Profits from the store will directly benefit Indian River County youth.

In 2007 the Schwerin family established The Hope Foundation of Indian River County. Formerly known as the Dasie Hope Foundation, its mission is to assist Indian River County youth.

For information on hours and pick-ups, please call 772-918-4640.

Impact 100 holds kick-off breakfast

Impact100_2015_Breakfast_20151112__MG_4587_Aric_AttasA new season of giving kicked off on Thursday, November 12 as Impact 100 hosted their Eighth Annual Breakfast at the Oak Harbor Clubhouse featuring dynamic guest speaker Jacki Zehner, named to the 2015 Top 50 Global Diversity Figures in Public Life by The Economist Magazine and CEO of Women Moving Millions. A full house of members and prospective members heard Zehner tell them to “… go All In for Her, apply a gender lens to how they spend their money not just on philanthropy but on everyday spending and go big, be bold and spend their time talent and resources on serving the needs of women and girls in the community.”

Impact100_2015_Breakfast_20151112__MG_4556_Aric_AttasWhen asked why Florida Power & Light is a sponsor of the Kickoff Breakfast, Bart Gaetjens, External Affairs manager for FPL, said, “At FPL, we not only provide our customers with affordable, reliable electricity, we also are committed to working together with the communities we serve to make Florida an even better place to work and raise a family. We are proud to partner with Impact 100 to continue making a difference in Indian River County.”

Impact100_2015_Breakfast_20151112__MG_4550_Aric_AttasFor the first time, an Impact 100 member has joined the ranks of Sponsor. Helen Robertson is a co-speaker sponsor. Impact 100 is also grateful for the continuing support of Press Journal/TCPalm as the media sponsor.

The Hill Group sponsored the event again this year and President Toby Hill said one day soon he expects that those who were helped by Impact 100 grants will be members and funding new grants to continue the legacy started seven years ago.

Impact100_2015_Breakfast_20151112__MG_4541_Aric_AttasThe mission of Impact 100 is to fund transformational grants in the community. President Rebecca Emmons said, “This year we are on track to fund close to $3 million in just eight years. The beauty of our organization is you can do as little or as much as you want. All that is required is your donation of $1000 and one vote to choose who the winners are. This year we expect to give at least four $100,000 grants.”

Those interested in joining Impact 100 may do so by going to their website; www.impact100ir.com. The deadline for joining the 2015-16 grant season is March 1st.

VNA Home Health and Hospice proudly support National Home Care and Hospice Month

VNA logoNovember is National Home Care and Hospice Month, a time when we are encouraged to thank those home care and hospice nurses, therapists, aides, social workers, counselors and professional who dedicate every day to the care of their patients. VNA Home Health and Hospice proudly supports this initiative by thanking its employees for their hard work and dedication, and the non-profit organization encourages you to thank all home care and hospice workers in our community by acknowledging the devotion that they provide to their patients each and every day.

With nearly 77 million baby boomers reaching the age of retirement, home care and hospice services are poised to be the foundation in our healthcare infrastructure. Those home care and hospice nurses, aides, therapists, social workers and professionals will continue to be a much-needed resource in our community.

The VNA provides home health, hospice and private care services in this community and is the only licensed hospice provider in Indian River County. For more information about VNA services, please visit vnatc.com.

About the VNA
VNA Home Health & Hospice, a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, provides home healthcare services—including Medicare-reimbursed and private-duty nursing; home health aides; physical, speech, and occupational therapy; in-home companions; and personal transportation—throughout the Treasure Coast. The agency is also the only licensed hospice provider in Indian River County, offering end-of-life care in patients’ homes, local hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living facilities, and the VNA Hospice House. The VNA also provides community wellness services such as flu vaccinations, no-cost blood pressure/blood sugar screenings, and speakers on health-related topics for local community groups.

 

Youth Sailing offers adult sailing lessons

Adult sailing lessons

Adult sailing lessons

Want to learn to sail? Youth Sailing Foundation of IRC has already taught 35 adults to sail and more of the community to learn the art of sailing. There are Trinkas for those that are more nimble and Mariners for those that might need alittle more security in a boat. Licensed instructors will be there to assist you, safety boats will be on hand to help make sure you are safe. The cost is $400 and is an 8 week course of sailing one day per week. See www.ysfirc.org go to adult sailing to fill out the forms and send them per the instructions. Stop by any Wednesday -Sunday to watch the sailing instructions in progress. Call 772-925-2521 for more information.

McKee Botanical Garden’s Paint Out to begin Wednesday, Nov. 11

Beginning Wednesday, November 11th, five Vero Beach artists and five Rocky Mountain artists will meet for McKee’s Five+Five+Five paint out event.

This inaugural event brings together the talents of FIVE Florida artists and FIVE Rocky Mountain West artists for FIVE days of plein air painting in Vero Beach. The Five + Five + Five Paint Out will feature local artists chosen for their long-time involvement with the Garden since the purchase of the property 20 years ago – Rick Kelly, Gus and Jan Miller, Sean Sexton and Emily Tremml.

Together they will collaborate with artists Dave Mensing, Caleb Meyer, Robert Moore, Silas Thompson and David Wilson represented by the Dana Gallery of Missoula, Montana. Gallery owners Dudley Dana and wife Candace Crosby are part-time residents of Vero Beach and have familial ties to the community.

The artists will paint in designated locations throughout the community November 11th and 12th, and exclusively at McKee Botanical Garden on Friday, November 13th and Saturday, November 14th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Come and watch the magic and creativity unfold as these ten professional artists paint ‘en plein air’ (outdoors)!

“In many ways the Garden is like a painting. You start with the trees, flowers, shrubs and ponds and then add the details, such as the water lilies and what you have in the end is a masterpiece,” stated Executive Director Christine Hobart. “The Five+Five+Five Paint Out is an opportunity to watch the artists’ creativity develop, spurred by the Garden’s lush surroundings and resulting in a masterpiece that one can purchase and take home.”

The completed paintings will be displayed for sale in McKee’s historic Hall of Giants. An art sale will take place at the Garden on Sunday, November 15th from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. Attendees are encouraged to come and meet the artists as they browse the display of original artwork. Admission to the art sale is free to the public, and light refreshments will be served. Twenty percent of the proceeds from the sale will benefit McKee Botanical Garden.

For more information about the Five+Five+Five Paint Out, including information about the artists, please visit http://www.mckeegarden.org.

The Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign Kicks-off November 20th

Helen-with-Red-Kettle_WEBEveryone has seen them. Every year people come to expect them. They are in front of Wal-Mart, Sams Club and the Publix, accompanied by the sound of ringing bells.

Starting Friday November 20th, the Salvation Army’s Christmas Red Kettle campaign kicks off at over 15 locations throughout Indian River County, ushering in the holiday season with five weeks of fund raising.

The proceeds from the campaign primarily help the Salvation Army’s numerous programs, including the mobile feeding canteen, social services, rental and utilities assistance, food pantry, and children’s after school activities for the 2016 year.

“Our year-round service provides help to hundreds of people throughout the year,” said Major Sam VanDenberg. “The kettles support our Christmas programs, but also support programs all year.”

The tradition of the red kettle is nearly as old as the Salvation Army itself, going back more than 100 years.

Started in San Francisco by Salvation Army Capt. Joseph McFee, the officer wanted to provide 1,000 free Christmas dinners to help the poor but had no way to pay for it.

As the story goes, McFee positioned a large black pot on the docks near ferry boat landings, drawing donations from passersby and those who traveled by ferry. Thus, the longstanding tradition was born.

Indian River County’s branch of the Salvation Army has been providing Christmas assistance for the past 20 years.

The Indian River County Salvation Army netted $120,000 last year through kettle donations and kettle sponsorships. It is bracing for a tough year this time out, especially with the increased demand of the services and the fact that Thanksgiving is a week later this year.
“We’ve had a dramatic increase in our services this year. Christmas registration has increased by 20 percent this year alone along with having 5 less days to ring the bell,” said Major Sam.

Volunteer Bell ringers are still needed for the 5-week campaign, which will total more than 30,000 hours. Some of the locations for Red Kettles are, Publix, Sams Club, Wal-Marts, Post offices and Winn Dixie.

The “Inaugural Kettle Kick-Off” this year will be held at the Christmas in Downtown Vero event on Black Friday November 27th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm and is sponsored by Treasure and Space Coast Radio. There will also be holiday snacks, coffee and we will be collecting unwrapped toys for the Angel Tree program that night as well said development director John Corapi

We need the community help as Volunteer bell ringers are vital to our success in helping the most in need said development director John Corapi. We would also like to thank our kettle location sponsors Vero Beach Christian Business Association, The Crockett Group, Christian FM, FPL, The Vero Beach Rotary Club Foundation, Spring Hill Suites, The Mayflower Society, Ocean FM and Velde Ford,

For more info on how to help The Salvation Army this holiday season and ring the bell call 772-501-7488 Or on facebook.com/pages/The-Salvation-Army-of-Indian-River-Co-Fl

Impact 100 breakfast Nov. 12

NEWS RELEASE

The women of Impact 100 are once again abuzz with excitement as a new season of giving gets underway with the Eighth Annual Kickoff Breakfast on November 12, 2015 at the Oak Harbor Clubhouse with dynamic guest speaker Jacki Zehner.

Registration begins at 8:15 am and reservations are required as the event sells out every year. Reservations can be made online at http://www.impact100ir.com or via check for $50 to IRCF/Impact 100, P.O. Box 643968, Vero Beach, FL 32964. Deadline for reservations is November 9th. For more information about the breakfast, email info@impact100ir.com or call Beth Howard or Laura Steward at their numbers above.

Rebecca Emmons, President of Impact 100, says “Entering our eighth year we are on track to achieve close to $3 million in grants funded by the end of this season. Women’s philanthropy is transforming Indian River County.”

Jacki Zehner dedicates her time and resources towards the advancement of women and girls. In 2012, Jacki became the Chief Engagement Officer and President of Women Moving Millions (WMM), a non-profit organization based in New York City dedicated to mobilizing unprecedented resources for the advancement of women and girls. With more than 240 members, each contributing a million dollars or more to organizations of their choice, WMM has successfully brought the needs of women and girls to the forefront of philanthropic giving.

Prior to her philanthropic focus, Jacki was a Partner and Managing Director at Goldman Sachs in New York City, where she was the youngest woman and first female trader to make partner.

This year’s Event Sponsor is The Hill Group. When asked why The Hill Group is involved with Impact 100 Toby Hill said, “From Impact 100’s inception it was obvious to me these women would enjoy great success. Their mission combined with dynamic leadership was sure to attract many new members. It is an honor for The Hill Group to sponsor this year’s Kickoff Breakfast for such a special group. Vero Beach is a better place thanks to Impact 100.”

Last season Impact 100 funded $454,000 into the community from 454 members for transformational grants that make a difference in Indian River County, achieving a milestone of over $2.5 million given out the past seven years. More information can be found at http://www.impact100ir.com.

 

OUR EVENT SPONSOR is The Hill Group

OUR SPEAKER CO-SPONSORS are FP&L and Helen Robertson, Impact 100 Member

OUR ADVERTISING SPONSOR is the Press Journal/TCPalm.com

Ancestry Trees Can Jumpstart Your Family History Research!

The Indian River Genealogical Society is pleased to announce the program details for their regular monthly meeting to be held on November 10, 2015. The meeting is to be held in the first floor meeting room at the Indian River County Main Library, 1600 21st Street, Vero Beach. The business meeting convenes at 9:30 AM, followed by light refreshments. The featured lecture begins at 10:30 AM. This meeting is free and open to the public.

Always at the forefront of what’s going on in the genealogy world, IRGS presents the newest method of bringing topnotch family history presentations to its members and our community. On November 10th we present a live webinar with DearMYRTLE.  DearMYRTLE is the nom de plume of Pat Richley-Erickson, author of the award-winning DearMYRTLE Genealogy Blog, consistently among the top 5 family history blogs internationally, where the focus is beginning genealogy topics. DearMYRTLE hosts several weekly hangouts including Mondays with Myrt, Wacky Wednesday, and moderates study groups including Beginning Genealogy, Mastering Genealogical Proof, the Written Conclusion, and Genealogy and the Law. Find out more at www.DearMYRTLE.com .

Ancestry Trees Can Jumpstart Your Family History Research—DearMYRTLE demonstrates the value and cautions using online trees, including the Ancestry.com sync option within Family Tree Maker 2014. Consider how deep the Ancestry.com search algorithm goes with the shaky leaf and the magnifying glass search options on a person’s profile page. Myrt has significantly revised this program, given the major changes with the new Ancestry.com. DearMYRTLE will appear virtually using a web-conferencing platform and one must be present to see and hear the presentation. Handouts will only be available on the day of the webinar at the meeting and due to contractual agreements, will not be archived on the IRGS website.

This is a program not to be missed!!

    Restaurants “Band” together for Charity

Thomas Warren, lead musician of the popular band Sweet Chariots, died last November in an automobile accident, as he was leaving a performance at the Kilted Mermaid in Vero Beach, according to the venue’s owner, Rick Norry. Warren and his band took the stage from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. He left the venue at midnight to head home to Apopka where Warren and his wife and daughter lived.  To honor this amazing musician, husband and father, Kilted Mermaid and Waldo’s Restaurant, (another venue the band frequently played) are joining together to present the “Thomas Warren Sweet Charity.”  “He was more than just a guy who played in a band regularly at either one of our places, Lee Olsen, Manager of Waldo’s said.  “He was like family to both restaurants and we want to do something in his memory.” Do something they will, as the dynamic duo of restaurants set out to present an entire weekend musical festival to help fund the Indian River Charter High School scholarship in Warren’s name.

The schedule includes:

Friday, November 13, Old Dixie South of Rt. 60 will be closed down from 5:30 to 11:30pm where a combination of Charter High School musicians and choir will be the opening act for the weekend of music. The Vero Beach Pipe and Drums preform at 7:30. American Car Classics will have their antique car show on display as well as many  food and craft vendors.  “Like a street festival in honor of Thomas” said Norry. The fun(d)raiser continues as Jangle Leg takes the stage.  Friday night at Waldo’s has the Mighty Flea Circus 8-11p.

The festival continues on Saturday at Waldo’s with Jangle Leg playing 1-4pm and Uproot Hootenanny (in a very rare Vero appearance)  from 8-11p.  Kilted will have Circus Mutt on Saturday evening.  Sunday at Noon Uproot Hootenanny, as the opening act on one of the two stages at Waldo’s, one on the deck and the first ever bandstand on the beach, with very popular Matt and Bruce Show taking the 2nd stage.  Waldo’s will also have the Bud and Jagermeister girls, with their famous u-pick it auction including 2 night stays, raffles and more.

Tax deductable donations should be made payable to Indian River Charter High School, in the memo section please note Thomas Warren.  Cash donations will also be graciously accepted.

Concert In the Park

Explore space at the IRSC Hallstrom Planetarium 

 The 360-degree immersive digital OmniStar projector at the IRSC Hallstrom Planetarium recreates the constellations on the 40-foot domed ceiling.

The 360-degree immersive digital OmniStar projector at the IRSC Hallstrom Planetarium recreates the constellations on the 40-foot domed ceiling.

Imagine relaxing in your favorite recliner as the light dims and the wonders of the universe illuminate before your eyes. Planets orbit, stars twinkle and meteors streak through the Milky Way as you explore space and learn fascinating details about astronomy and ancient history. In the words of Jon U. Bell, IRSC Hallstrom Planetarium Director, “The planetarium is a wonderful place to get to know your universe. You can view the constellations, learn about stars and traverse the wonders of the cosmos.”

The planetarium boasts an exciting lineup for the 2015-2016 Starlight Series. The following shows are presented Friday at 6:00 and 7:30 p.m. and Saturday are 1:00 and 2:30 p.m. Tickets are only $3.00 and can be purchased in person at the IRSC Box Office or by phone 30 minutes prior to show time.

Kick off the season with First and Farthest, which celebrates mankind’s great accomplishments in the Space Race, from the first rockets to the first man on the moon. This show sparks memories for those who experienced the Space Race and inspires new generations to keep exploring our universe. Show dates are Nov. 6, 7, 20 and 21.

Next, join us for Star of Winder in search of the star that may have guided the Magi to Bethlehem over two thousand years ago. Find out how an astronomer might explain this great mystery. This show on Dec. 4, 5, 11 and 12 has been a family holiday tradition at the Hallstrom Planetarium since 1993.

Start the New Year with a whirlwind tour of the Universe in Cosmic Zoom. Start with the stars and constellations in our own backyard then sail past the moon, sun, planets, nebulae, star clusters and the great barred spiral of the Milky Way outward to distant galaxies and far-flung quasars. Show dates are Jan. 22 and 23, Feb. 5 and 6, and Mar. 11 and 12.

Round out the season with Planet Crumbs, which analyzes small objects such as asteroids, cometary bodies, and even Pluto – the ninth world – that are left over from the formation of our solar system. Show dates are Apr. 22 and 23, May 13 and 14, and June 10 and 11.

In addition to the Starlight Series, join us at 11:00 a.m. on select Saturdays for “Kid Space” as we take children ages 4 to 12 on scientific voyages of discovery to learn about the stars, constellations, moon, planets and exploration of outer space. All children must be accompanied by an adult. In Legends of the Night Sky on Nov. 7 and 21, find out how Perseus and Andromeda made their way into the night sky. Celebrate the holiday spirit on Dec. 5 and 12 with Ornaments in the Sky. Travel from Earth to the stars and galaxies in a grand Trip Through Space on Jan. 23, Feb. 6 and Mar. 12. Finally, learn everything you want to know about Space Shapes/Sizing Up Space on Apr. 23, May 14 and Jun. 11.

For more information contact the IRSC Box Office at (772) 462-4750 or 1-800-220-9915. Box Office hours are Monday – Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at the IRSC Main Campus in Fort Pierce.

VNA offering no-cost bloom pressure blood sugar screening in November

VNA logoVNA Home Health & Hospice is offering the following no-cost blood pressure and blood sugar screenings in November 2015:

Blood Pressure and Blood Sugar Screenings:

· Tuesday, November 3 8:30 – 10 a.m. Gifford Youth Activity Center, 4875 43rd Ave., Vero Beach 32967
· Wednesday, November 4 9 – 10:30 a.m. Curves, 390 21st St., Vero Beach 32960
· Wednesday, November 4 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. VNA Hidden Treasures Sebastian, 11646 US Highway 1, Sebastian 32958
· Thursday, November 5 9 – 11 a.m. VNA Hidden Treasures Vero, 656 21st Street, Vero Beach 32960
· Saturday, November 7 8:30 -10:30 a.m. Our Savior Lutheran Church, 1850 6th Ave, Vero Beach 32960
· Tuesday, November 10 9 -11 a.m. VNA Hidden Treasures Vero, 656 21st Street, Vero Beach 32960
· Tuesday, November 10 10 – 11:30 a.m. Vincent de Paul Thrift Shop, 5480 85th St., Wabasso 32960
· Wednesday, November 11 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. VNA Hidden Treasures Sebastian, 11646 US Highway 1, Sebastian 32958
· Thursday, November 12 8:30 – 10 a.m. Longevity Fitness Club & Spa, 650 12th St., Vero Beach 32960
· Monday, November 16 9 – 10 a.m River Park Place 700 3rd Circle, Vero Beach
· Tuesday, November 17 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Christi’s Family Fitness 1250 Old Dixie Hwy., Vero Beach 32960
· Wednesday, November 18 9 – 10:30 a.m. VNA Hidden Treasures Sebastian, 11646 US Highway 1, Sebastian 32958
· Thursday, November 19 8:30 – 10 a.m. Gifford Youth Activity Center, 4875 43rd Ave, Vero Beach 32967
· Thursday, November 19 9 – 11 a.m. VNA Hidden Treasures Vero, 656 21st Street, Vero Beach 32960
· Thursday, November 19 9 – 10:30 a.m. Sebastian United Methodist Church, 1029 Maine St., Sebastian 32958
· Friday, November 20 9 – 11 a.m. VNA Hidden Treasures Sebastian, 11646 US Highway 1, Sebastian 32958
· Saturday, November 21 9 – 10 a.m. Allen AME Church, 6425 85th St., Wabasso 32958
· Monday, November 23 8:30 – 10 a.m. Sebastian Gym & Fitness, 345 Sebastian Blvd., Sebastian 32958
· Monday, November 23 9 – 10:30 a.m. VNA Hidden Treasures Vero 656 21st Street, Vero Beach 32960
· Wednesday, November 25 9 – 11 a.m. VNA Hidden Treasures Vero 656 21st Street, Vero Beach 32960
· Wednesday, November 25 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. VNA Hidden Treasures Sebastian, 11646 US Highway 1, Sebastian 32958

Blood Pressure Screenings:

· Monday, November 2 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. VNA Hidden Treasures Vero 656 21st Street, Vero Beach 32960
· Wednesday, November 4 12 – 2 p.m. North Indian River County Library 1001 Sebastian Blvd., Sebastian 32958
· Monday, November 9 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Harvest Food 1360 28th St., Vero Beach 32960
· Thursday, November 12 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. VNA Hidden Treasures Vero 656 21st Street, Vero Beach 32960
· Monday, November 16 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. VNA Hidden Treasures Vero 656 21st Street, Vero Beach 32960
· Wednesday, November 18 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Second Chance Thrift Store & Training Center 490 Old Dixie Hwy., Vero Beach 32962
· Thursday, November 19 12 – 1 p.m. Our Father’s Table Soup Kitchen 4221 28th Ave., Vero Beach 32960
· Tuesday, November 24 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. By the River 11065 Ganga Way, #311 Sebastian 32958

Yard Sale to Raise Funds for Cancer Care

Inspired by the courage of their patients, Indian River Medical Center employees are raising money to help patients pay for cancer care.

Philanthropy at Work Yard Sale
Time: 7 a.m. to noon
Date: Saturday, Nov. 7th
Place: Ambulatory Services Center at Indian River Medical Center
1000 36th Street
Vero Beach, FL 32960

All proceeds from the Philanthropy at Work Yard Sale will go to the Pay-It-Forward Fund, which offers assistance to cancer patients with limited finances.

The Indian River Medical Center Foundation creates financial support through philanthropy for the not-for-profit medical center. Through the generosity of our donors, the Foundation has raised more than $100 million to bring exceptional healthcare to our community.

Moonshot Moment “Page It Forward” Book Drive For the 2nd Annual Moonshot Moment Day of Service

Moon Shot MomentThe Learning Alliance is organizing a Moonshot Moment “Page it Forward” book collection, to end on November 3, 2015 – the 2nd annual Moonshot Moment Day of Service. Organizations can support the Moonshot Moment by collecting new or gently used books for children ages one through 12 (up to grade 5.) The books will be given to children in Indian River County.

Currently, over 1/3 of children are reading below grade-level in the United States. Inability to read is linked to poverty, dependence on welfare, unemployment, and crime. Studies show that access to printed materials has been found to be the “critical variable affecting reading acquisition.”1 However, these same studies show that on average, low income children often have no age-appropriate books in their home.
Marie O’Brien, Director of Community Outreach for the Moonshot Moment, says, “As a step toward achieving the Indian River County Moonshot Moment goal to have 90% of children reading on grade level by the end of third grade, we are working to ensure that all children will have books in their home! It’s a great time to clean up the bookshelves and “page it forward” by donating today.”

Drop off locations include, but are not limited to:
· All thirteen public elementary schools in the School District of Indian River County and the School District Main Office at 1990 25th Street, Vero Beach, FL
· Indian River Chamber of Commerce, 1216 21st Street, Vero Beach, FL
· ChristianFM Radio, 9055 Americana Road, #24, Vero Beach, FL 32966
· United Way, 1836 14th Avenue, Vero Beach
· School District of Indian River County District Offices – Vero Beach
· Vero Beach Boys & Girls Club, 1729 17th Ave. Vero Beach, FL 32960

· Sebastian Boys & Girls Club. 1415 Friendship Lane. Sebastian, FL 32958 (behind town hall)

· Fellsmere Boys & Girls Club, 22 S. Orange St., Fellsmere, FL 32948 (1st floor of old school house)

· Fidelity Investments, 3340 Cardinal Drive, Vero Beach

If you would like to be part of the Moonshot Moment Day of Service and to be a book drop off location, or if you want to learn more about the Moonshot Moment and the book drive program, please visit moonshotmoment.org or contact Marie O’Brien of The Learning Alliance, (mobrien@thelearningalliance.org) or call 877-548-READ.

57-team you baseball tournament this weekend at Historic Dodgertown

Dodgertown LogoThe second annual Baseball Youth Fall Championships will take place at Historic Dodgertown October 23rd-25th. There will be fifty-seven teams competing in age divisions 8u, 9u, 10u, 11u, 12u, 13u and 14u. While all teams competing are Florida-based, teams will be traveling from as far as Panama City, Miami, Tampa, Cape Coral and Daytona Beach. The Treasure Coast will also have its fair share of representation taking advantage of the opportunity to play state-wide competition in its own backyard.

Baseball Youth, The Nation’s Baseball Magazine for Kids, is a bi-monthly publication perfect for young baseball enthusiasts ages 14 and younger. As the ultimate travel ball source, Baseball Youth features age group rankings, team profiles, players to watch, tournament previews and recaps. They have hosted over 20 national events in 2015 including three at Historic Dodgertown. The Fall Championships are followed by the second annual Baseball Youth All American Games Jan 1-4, 2016, while the Baseball Youth MAJORS weeklong event took place this past July.

Game events will also take place at South County Regional Park and both facilities are open to the public with the $5.00 admission price. Friday will feature a handful of games at Historic Dodgertown starting at 7 p.m., while Saturday and Sunday will begin at 8 a.m. for both facilities.

McKee Botanical Garden to kick off Fall/Winter class series with cake decorating workshop Oct. 18

weekend -Registration is now open for McKee Botanical Garden’s Fall/Winter 2015 class series, which features hands-on workshops and lectures on a variety of topics. Space is limited and advanced registration by phone at 772-794-0601 is required for all classes. The series will kick off Sunday, October 18 with ‘Decorate Your Own Cake’ led by Lori Young, owner of Sweet Creations bakery.

In this tasty workshop, participants will get to decorate a frosted cake with colored icing, tips, fondant, cut outs and molds using nature as their inspiration. Participants can choose from two sessions: 1:00 to 2:00 pm or 3:00 to 4:00 pm. All ages are welcome, and children under age 12 must be accompanied by an adult. The cost is $30 for McKee members/$35 for non-members, and participants will take their cake home to enjoy afterwards.

The Garden will host an orchid mounting workshop on Saturday, October 24 from 10:00 am to noon. Participants will each receive a dendrobium orchid plant, a mounting base, and all other materials for creating their own mounted orchid display in class. Care and maintenance tips will also be shared by Alexis Smith, instructor and owner of Tropical Isles Orchids & Bromeliads. Cost is $50 for McKee members/$55 non-members and includes all materials.

 Always a sell out, ‘Natural Holiday Decorations’ will take place on Saturday, October 31. In this workshop, former McKee staff member Edna Carsner will show participants how to repurpose palm fronds, pine cones, lotus pods and other natural materials into environmentally-friendly holiday decor. Participants can register for either the morning session at 10:30 am or the afternoon session at 1:00 pm. Cost for either 90-minute session is $25 for McKee members/$30 non-members and participants are asked to bring a hot glue gun, glue refills and a scissors. All other materials will be provided.

Additional topics include:

‘Hypertufa Pots’ with Dr. Kendra Brown on November 6

   Basic session: 10:00 am – noon

   Advanced session: 1:30 – 3:30 pm (cost: $40/$45 per session)

‘Decorate Your Own Gingerbread House’ on November 22

   Session 1: 1:00 – 2:00 pm

   Session 2: 3:00 – 4:00 pm (cost: $40/$45 either session)

‘Create a Succulent Dish Garden’ on January 9 from 10:00 am to noon (cost: $55/$60)

‘Make a Viking Knit Bracelet’ on January 23 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm (cost: $50/$55)

A series of gardening lectures will also be offered on Thursday mornings beginning with ‘All About Succulents’ on October 29 from 10:30 am to noon. Additional topics include ‘Butterfly Gardening’ on November 5 from 11:00 am to noon and ‘Florida Native Ornamentals’ on January 14 from 11:00 am to noon.  The cost for each lecture is $15 for McKee members/$20 non-members.

Classes fill up quickly and walk-ins will not be accepted, so register now. To view a complete description of all classes, please visit http://www.mckeegarden.org/classes.php.

Breakfast with Santa and more for kids at Festival of Trees

Tickets are on sale now for the ever popular Breakfast with Santa on November 22 at Riverside Theatre, 3250 Riverside Park Drive, Vero Beach. Part of the Festival of Trees benefiting Riverside Children’s Theatre, a full breakfast catered by Disney’s Vero Beach Resort, entertainment and visits with Santa make for a special family time. Breakfast tickets also include entry to the Festival showcase that takes place next door at RCT. Breakfast seatings are at 8:30 and 10:30 am.

At the Festival, families will enjoy a walk through the twinkling forest of decorated trees. Kids can vote for their favorite display. Christmas choirs and musicians will share holiday sounds and model trains will travel through a gingerbread village. Additional activities for children include games, crafts and face painting. There will be plenty of opportunities for photos and even a few surprises are in store.

The Festival of Trees is an eighteen year Vero Beach tradition. Major sponsors include Platinum Presenting Sponsor George E. Warren Corporation and Platinum Sponsors Bill and Mary Ann Becker and the Corrigan Goddard Foundation. Net proceeds benefit the education and outreach programs of Riverside Children’s Theatre, the education arm of Riverside Theatre, Inc. For information or to purchase tickets go to http://www.riversidetheatre.com or call 772 231 6990.

Festival of Trees expands to month long of activities

NEWS RELEASE

Festival of Trees 112313The Festival of Trees, the annual welcome to the holidays benefiting Riverside Children’s Theatre, has this year expanded its activities to almost a month long of events. For the second year, two hands on girls night out workshops will be held to give attendees a head start on holiday preparations and, new this year, a Santa’s Elves workshop will give kids the opportunity to join the fun. Tickets for all events are limited and may be purchased at http://www.riversidetheatre.com.

November 4, Martha Ann Sloan of Create Art Studio will conduct a Holiday Paint Party for ladies. Attendees will be guided through the process of painting their own acrylic painting to take home. This event is sponsored by Southern Eagle Distributors.

The Girls Night Out Gingerbread Making workshop will take place on November 12 and will be led by the Festival’s gingerbread experts Faye and Shannan Estes. Participants will decorate a small gingerbread house to take home. Light bites from Chelsea’s on Cardinal are provided at both events. Both events begin at 6:30 pm.

Santa’s Elves Workshop for children ages 6 to 10 years will be taught by Martha Ann Sloan and assisted by Jennifer Lier. Children will make a surprise gift to give to a family member. Stories, games and refreshments will also keep little ones busy. Santa’s Elves Workshop is November 7 from 10 am to 12 pm.

All workshops are held in the Richardson Room of Riverside Children’s Theatre.

Shared Traditions, this year’s Festival of Trees on November 21 and 22, celebrates an eighteen year community tradition. Major sponsors include Platinum Presenting Sponsor George E. Warren Corporation and Platinum Sponsors Bill and Mary Ann Becker and the Corrigan Goddard Foundation. Net proceeds benefit the education and outreach programs of Riverside Children’s Theatre, the education arm of Riverside Theatre, Inc. For information about the Festival go to http://www.riversidetheatre.com or call 772 231 6990.

2015 Symposium on Poverty

The Symposium on Poverty & Hunger will be held at The Richardson Center on IRSC’s Vero Beach campus on Friday, October 2 at 8:30am. This event is hosted by Carter & Susan Hopkins and sponsored by Vero Insurance. The Symposium is designed to provide an educational experience that focuses on business, public and nonprofit sector employment partnerships. Featured speakers include James Wright, director of the University of Central Florida’s Institute of Social and Behavioral Sciences, will speak about work and well being among low and moderate-income families. Lars Gilberts, Florida Statewide Director of the ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) Program, will address the 2014 United Way ALICE Report. Maria Kim, President and CEO of The CARA Program, will discuss creating opportunities through quality employment including job coaching as a methodology to increase job retention and therefore increase employability and long-term employment. A panel discussion, comprised of local employers from key industries and facilitated by Dr. Katherine Nall, IRSC, will focus on issues that effect hiring and job retention from the employers’ perspective.

 IRSC offers fascinating study abroad experiencesIRSC Logo

Indian River State College will offer six diverse Study Abroad experiences during 2016, providing enriching life-changing experiences and the opportunity to earn college credits in international locations. Topics include interior design in Milan, Italy; service learning in Costa Rica; business in Prague and Europe; economics, sociology and statistics in Spain, France and Italy; historical, economic and cultural study of Jamaica; and the International Culinary Olympics in Germany.  IRSC students enhance their educational experiences through participation in Study Aboard and community members may choose to participate with the understanding that college-level assignments are required.

 International Studies in Interior Design will revolve around the Salone Internazionale del Mobile, an international showcase held annually in Milan, Italy, where the top designers in the world present exhibits and trends. The program will also include visits to Florida and Venice to study the art, architecture, history and culture of Italy from April 13 to 23.  For more information, contact Professor Ann Roccon at aroccon@irsc.edu.

 Students participating in Service Learning in Costa Rica will have the opportunity to earn college credits in Spanish, health science, and interdisciplinary studies.  This unique experience offers immersion in the Spanish language while engaged in community service activities in Heredia. Students will visit tropical rain forests, volcanic site and other points of cultural and historic interest during the May 16 to June 13 trip.  For more information, contact Professor Lori Fry at lfry@irsc.edu.

 Through an ongoing partnership between the IRSC School of Business and the Czech University of Prague, students will delve into topics related to international business, global marketing, economics and entrepreneurship, while earning credits and interacting with peers from around the world. Participants will reside in university dorms, attend seminars, visit multi-national businesses, and compare EU and US economic and business models during the May 14 to June 11 experience.  They will also learn about Czech and European culture and history, with excursions to Brussels, Luxemburg, and Amsterdam.  For more information, contact Dr. Herb Ricardo at hricardo@irsc.edu.

 From the first stop in Barcelona, Spain, and continuing through Nice, France, and Cinque Terre, Florence and Rome, Italy, this expansive Study Aboard experience will provide students with ample opportunities to explore the history, culture and customs of Europe.  They will engage in the applied study of global economic, mathematical and statistical concepts in the context of international relations, commerce, trade and social perspectives.  Adding to the scope of this May 8 to 19 experience, students will develop skills in photography and digital media.  For more information, contact Dr. Maria Davis at medavis@irsc.edu.

 History, economy and culture will be the focus of the July 3 to 10 trip to Jamaica, starting in Port Antonio, where tourism began in Jamaica in the 19th century.  The next stop will be Kingston, the capital of the island, followed by Port Royal, Montego Bay and St. Ann, where Columbus landed on May 5, 1494 on his second voyage.  Participation will enable students to understand and apply social science, history, technology, and mathematical concepts as they influence the US and Jamaica’s points of view. A service learning project and visit to the College of Agriculture, Science and Education will be included. For more information, contact Dr. Dean Wagstaffe at dwagstaf@irsc.edu.

 Participants will hone their skills in head-to-head competition with top culinary professionals from around the world at the 2016 IKA Culinary Olympics in Erfurt, Germany.   This gathering of top culinary talent will expose students to international culinary trends and provide networking opportunities for future employment. Professional training and experience in the culinary arts are required to participate in the Oct. 17-24 trip. For more information, contact Professor William Solomon at wsolomon@irsc.edu.

For general information, call the IRSC Call Center at 1-866-792-4772 or visit www.irsc.edu.

Remember the Ladies!Genealogical Society

The Indian River Genealogical Society is pleased to announce the program topic for the regular monthly meeting on October 13, 2015. The meeting is to be held in the first floor meeting room at the Indian River County Main Library, 1600 21st Street, Vero Beach. The business meeting convenes at 9:30 AM, followed by light refreshments. The featured lecture, begins at 10:30 AM . This meeting is free and open to the public.

Pamela J. Cooper, Genealogist, Lecturer and Librarian, has been the supervisor of the Archive Center and Genealogy Department in Vero Beach since 1986. She built the genealogy department collection from 250 titles to over 30,000 titles of materials from around the world. The Archive Center is a rich resource for Florida and Indian River County history. Mrs. Cooper has served in many capacities on local, state and national genealogical societies and organizations, plus she has received various awards for her work.

The subject of Mrs. Cooper’s lecture is Remember the Ladies! It is incredible and inexcusable that women have been overlooked or literally deprived of telling their stories over the centuries. Half of our ancestors were women and tracing females can be difficult and challenging. Your research requires creativity and patience when searching for records of the female line. The laws and customs of the time-period determine the location and existence of the records. It is time to reveal the “feme covert”—the “covered woman.”

For questions about this meeting, please call 772 444-7470 or send an e-mail to pr@irgs.org. Please access the society’s website at www.irgs.org to learn more about membership and upcoming events.

Beachside half marathon and 5K Fun Run

The 7th Annual Beachside Half Marathon, to benefit the Indian River County Healthy Start Coalition, will be held Saturday, October 10 at 6:45 am at Riverside Park located at 3001 Riverside Park Dr., Vero Beach

The race is a USATF Certified course.  The 13.1 mile Half Marathon starts near the Pavilion in Riverside Park with breathtaking views of the intra-coastal and ocean while crossing the two main bridges to Orchid Island. Participants will run through coastal neighborhoods and the Oceanside retail area with incredible views of the beach and ocean, finishing back at Riverside Park. Timing will be done by Runner’s Depot using the ChronoTrack Systems D-Tag. The course is also walker friendly.  The entry fee is $75 before October 1 and will increase to $85 after October 7. Entry includes pre-race pasta dinner, race shirt, running hat, post-race party, finisher medal and chip timing. There will be a special 5-year medal to any runner that has finished five (5) Vero Beach Beachside Half Marathons. Awards will be given to the overall male and female winners, top male and female master, top three finishers in each of the 5-year age groups, (starting with 15-19 and ending with 75+) for the Half Marathon only.

New this year is the 5K Fun Run which begins from the same location at 7:00 am. The course runs past Riverside Café and under the bridge before turning around and following the end part of the half marathon course. The entry fee is $25. Walkers are also welcome.

Another new feature is the Fund-Runner Competition, where awards will be given to the top three fund-raisers. Every participant raising $500.00 will receive a Garmin Vivosmart Activity Tracker and an invitation to the sponsor appreciation gala, held at Center for Advanced Eye Care. All prizes will be presented at the awards ceremony on race day. As always, goodies to all finishers of the Free Kids Run & Toddle Dash will be handed out.

The proceeds raised will support the Healthy Start Coalition and its six essential programs. The mission of the Indian River County Healthy Start Coalition is to offer a broad spectrum of programs to assure every pregnant woman and their young children receive necessary healthcare and support services.

For more information regarding any aspect of the Half Marathon or 5K Fun Run, please contact Cheri at the Healthy Start office, 772-563-9118.  Participants may register at Runners Depot, online or download a form at www.BeachsidehalfMarathon.org.

Brooks Brothers contributes $5,000 to youth sailing league

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On Tuesday September 1st, Youth Sailing Foundation of Indian River County Board Chairman Emeritus Charles Pope received a visit from the manager of the Vero Beach Brooks Brothers outlet store, Melody Rowdon-Brady, her District Manager Carla Layburn and their Human Resources Director Lee Carpenter, who presented Charlie with a check for $5,000.

Brooks Brothers is located at the Vero Beach Outlets.

One of Brooks Brothers’ part-time employees, Tom Hardy, is a Youth Sailing Foundation volunteer and publishes their Mainsheet newsletter.  Melody knew he volunteered for a nonprofit, so when she got “wind” the annual Brooks Brothers Golden Fleece Foundation’s charity 2015 community challenge grant opening, she asked Tom to write a grant request for a nonprofit he volunteered for and of course he chose the Youth Sailing Foundation.

Lo and behold, the grant submission was chosen as one of four finalists out of over 75 nationwide to recieve at least $3000.

As a finalist, on behalf of the Youth Sailing Foundation,Tom was invited to attend the Brooks Brooks annual conference last month in Greenwich, CT where, in front of over 800 people, Brooks Brothers Chairman of the Board and CEO Mr. Claudio Del Vecchio called his name to come up on stage and recieve the award for the top honor of $5000.

The grant is to fund eight scholarships to the Youth Sailing Foundation Vero Beach High School Sailing Team.  This Vero Beach High School Sailing Team video was shown on two enormous screens on either side of the stage.

The Vero Beach High School Sailing Team will now be displaying a Brooks Brothers banner at it’s homecoming float and at all regattas.

Youth Sailing Foundation of Indian River County teaches children from ages eight to 18 to sail for free.  It is monies like this that help pay the enormous overhead that comes with boats, water, kids, insurance, etc.  Over 500 children have successfully completed this program.

If you have an interest in volunteering, teaching, learning to sail yourself (there is a adult program, as well), call 772-925-2521 or visit www.ysfirc.org

Annual Gift Shop sale at Environmental Learning CenterELC Logo

A very popular annual sale takes place during September at the Nature Nook Gift Shop, located on the campus of the Environmental learning Center (ELC).Everything is offered at 20% off the regular price for Members, and 10% off for the general public. Everything in the “SALE ROOM” is 40% off.

There is an in depth section of Florida History and Native Plant books that are appropriate for all age groups. Some of the other items included are summer hats, jewelry, games, soap rocks, lamps, hand-carved wooden puzzle boxes, enamel bejeweled trinket boxes, and e-cloth, introduced last year. E-cloth is a chemical free cleaning cloth that removes over 99% of bacteria from hard surfaces. It uses plain water, and with proper care, will clean effectively for up to six years. It saves both money and environment by reducing the need to buy and use paper towels, wipes, spray cans, and chemical cleaners. Many items are appropriate for upcoming birthdays, or even early Christmas shoppers.

The proceeds from the Nature Nook sales support a very worthy cause, the educational programs conducted by the Environmental Learning Center. These programs are offered for people of all ages, and include a wide array including summer ecology camps, field excursions, boating and canoeing trips.

The Nature Nook Gift Shop is open Monday through Friday from 10 am until 4 pm, Saturday from 9 am until noon, and Sunday from 10 am until 4 pm. Many visitors combine a trip to the gift shop with a tour of the many interesting sights and exhibits at the ELC.

The Environmental Learning Center is located north of Vero Beach off County Road 510 at the western end of the Wabasso Bridge. Its campus includes exhibit areas, native plant gardens, picnic facilities, visitor center, as well as the Nature Nook Gift Shop. ELC membership benefits, and a list of its many field excursions, such as EcoVentures, nature walks, canoe excursions, and boating adventures can be found at www.DiscoverELC.org. Admission is $5 per person, children 12 and under free. ELC members receive free admission year-round. Visitors to the gift shop during September pay no admission, and the first Saturday of every month is free to all.

Alliance focuses on the importance of supporting local businesses during Restaurant Week Indian River County 

Restaurant Week was established last year by an alliance of local organizations, in order to support local restaurants during their slowest time of year.   As a group, they presented Restaurant Week as an opportunity for our residents to experience exceptional local culinary venues. At the same time the one-week event provided an opportunity to our great restaurants to offer special prix fixe menus, create new dishes and attract new clientele.

Because of their accomplishment in 2014, the alliance expanded to reach every corner of Indian River County.  “Last year was such a success, our coalition decided to approach the Sebastian River Area Chamber to see if their organization would also partner in recruiting restaurants and publicizing the event” stated Vicky Gould, a Restaurant Week partner representing Main Street Vero Beach. “It was a natural for us to partner in this event” said Beth Mitchell, President of the Sebastian Chamber.

Restaurant Week Indian River County (IRC) is scheduled this year Monday, October 5 through Saturday, October 10, 2015.  Restaurant Week IRC offers an extraordinary opportunity for restaurants to showcase their best creations and delight regular diners.  Restaurant Week IRC celebrates the community’s diverse dining opportunities prior to “season” with a focus on seasonal products while supporting local restaurant businesses.

The alliance presenting Restaurant Week Indian River County (IRC) is made up of the following organizations and their representatives:  Barbara Hoffman of Cultural Council of Indian River County, Ruth Stanbridge of Historical Society of Indian River County, Penny Chandler from the Indian River Chamber, Vicky Gould, representing Main Street Vero Beach, Georgia Irish of Ocean Side Business Association, and Beth Mitchell from the Sebastian River Area Chamber of Commerce.  These six organizations have a combined history of over 200 years promoting Fellsmere, Sebastian and Vero Beach.

“So far, 16 restaurants are registered to take part in the event and that number may grow” said Penny Chandler, Chamber president.  “This is not a fundraising event for any of our organizations but a way we can all work together to provide a fun event for the community and help the restaurant industry during this time of year” she said.

“This is the perfect opportunity to discover new local restaurant venues, or to invite your friends to take part in enjoying a night out” said Barbara Hoffman of the Cultural Council of Indian River County.

“During Restaurant Week you might enjoy a menu featuring locally grown produce and fresh caught local fish, and a favorite craft beer, or dessert” noted Kelly Holm who is managing the event for the six partner organizations. Holm is on staff at the Indian River County Chamber of Commerce.

www.restaurantweekirc.com  is your primary source for details of the 2015 Restaurant Week Indian River County event and will provide a list of participating restaurants along with their delicious prix fixe menus. The Chamber’s mobile app will be linked to the Restaurant Week website for the convenience of the public. Be sure to also follow Restaurant Week Indian River on Facebook.  Contact Kelly Holm for more information at 772-567-3491. Email info@restaurantweekIRC.com

Reservations are strongly recommended, so book your table early and directly with the restaurants you plan to visit.

Our Pineapples Are Coming Home!

Historic Hallstrom House

Historic Hallstrom House

The Hallstrom Farmstead and the Indian River County Historical Society are preparing for a special homecoming event on September 19, 2015 from 1:00 to 4:00. This Farmstead was an original pineapple plantation in the early 1900s and is located at 1736 SW Old Dixie Highway. This “Pineapple Homecoming” is also a fundraiser and membership drive for the Historical Society. Admission fee is Adults $8, $4 for children under 12 or $15 for Family.

A fun-filled afternoon is planned with stations set up to tell the history of pineapple growing in our county, how to plant them and carve them, and best of all, sampling of this delicious golden fruit – a “cash crop” of the early settlers of Indian River County. A special station for the children will feature crafts and face paintings. A cookbook of pineapple recipes will be available for purchase, along with other gift items in the Hallstrom gift shop. A tour of the House is also included in the admission price.

Slips of pineapple plants originally grown at the Farmstead are being replanted along with other specimen of the pineapple plants found along the “Golden Ridge” – the name given to the Atlantic Coast Ridge by these early pineapple growers. Also, on display will be sketches of the Society’s future plans at the Farmstead – including the restoration of the carriage house, an outside restroom area, creation of a summer kitchen, and a landscaping plan that will include, of course, pineapples!

Come – join the fun – on September 19, 2015 from 1:00 to 4:00 at the Hallstrom Farmstead, 1736 S.W. Old Dixie Highway – south from Oslo Road.

If you need additional information, please contact Janice Sellers at 772-778-3435 or email indianriverhistro@bellsouth.net; or www.irchistorical.org.

IRSC accepting applications for practical nursing program IRSC Logo

With the growing health care industry in Florida practical nurses are in demand.  To help Treasure Coast residents launch a rewarding career as a licensed practical nurse, Indian State College is now accepting applications for full-time and part-time LPN programs.

“There are many great job opportunities for LPN’s in a variety of health care settings,” said Dr. Ann Hubbard, IRSC Director of Nursing.  “This is the perfect time to prepare for a nursing career.”

The full-time program can be completed in a year with students attending from January, 2016 to December.  Classes are held at the Main Campus in Fort Pierce on Monday through Friday with additional clinical experiences at local health care facilities.

Openings are also available in the part-time program held at the Mueller Campus in Vero Beach.  Students complete this program in two-years, attending class on Monday and Wednesday evenings and gaining clinical experience on Friday or Saturday.

Students are well-prepared for the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN).

Financial aid is available for those who qualify and the application deadline for both programs is Sept. 10, 2015.   For general information, contact IRSC at 1-866-792-4772. For specific program information, contact the IRSC Nursing Department at 772-462-7570.

No Flea Market Sale at the Humane Society of Vero Beach & IRC

The Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County will be holding a “No Flea Market” sale from Friday, August 21 through Sunday, August 23 at its Adoption and Education Center located at 6230 77th St., Vero Beach. The sale will run daily from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

This fun-filled three-day event will feature hundreds of brand new, pet-themed items including jewelry, clocks, figurines, Christmas ornaments, mugs and much more. All proceeds from the Humane Society’s “No Flea Market” will benefit the animals of Indian River County.

For more information call (772) 388-3331 ext. 120.

Upcoming Town Hall meetings to discuss the Recycling and Solid Waste changes:

Starting October 1, 2015, all residents of Indian River County will have a convenient and user‐friendly way to recycle with Single Stream Recycling. Also, Unincorporated County and City of Fellsmere residents who subscribe for garbage collection will receive a 96‐gallon cart, switch to once-a-week garbage collection, and will see a 35% rate reduction (City of Fellsmere residents will see a 44% rate reduction).

If you are already a Waste Management customer for waste collection in unincorporated Indian River County or the City of Fellsmere, no action is required. A 10% discount will automatically be applied to your account.

Call (772) 770-5112 during normal business hours of 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday for more information or click here to view the Frequently Asked Questions.

Please plan on attending one of the following Town Hall meetings to learn more.

Tues. 8/25 6:00pm
Board of County Commissioner Chambers
1801 27th St, Vero Beach, FL 32960

Wed. 9/16 6:00pm
Board of County Commissioner Chambers
1801 27th St, Vero Beach, FL 32960

2015-08-20_Danny HoeyDanny Hoey named IRSC administrative director of minority affairsIRSC Logo

Dr. Danny M. Hoey, Jr., has been named Administrative Director of Minority Affairs at Indian River State College. Hoey will develop culturally diverse offerings for students and employees to promote the educational advancement of minority students, in addition to overseeing the Upward Bound and Student Support Services Programs.

“Danny brings extensive experience in institutional equity and diversity to his new position, with a strong track record in student recruitment, retention and completion,” said Dr. Anthony Iacono, IRSC Vice President of Academic Affairs. “He will play an important role in the College’s continued emphasis on cultural diversity and enrichment.”

A Fort Pierce resident, Hoey joined IRSC in 2011 as an Assistant Professor of English. He most recently served as the English Department Chair in addition to his professorship. His prior experience includes assisting the Division of Institutional Equity and Diversity at the University of North Texas, project coordination for diversity and cultural competency at RAMA Consulting Group, academic advising at Columbus State Community College, and coordinating collegiate services for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion Young Scholars Program at The Ohio State University. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree and a Master of Arts degree in English and Creative Writing, along with a Master of Arts degree in Africana Studies and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. He actively participates in the Association of Writers & Writing Programs, the Modern Language Association and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Local resident, Julie Lendon Stone, Ms. Florida Senior America 2015 candidate 

Julie Lendon Stone with Vero Beach Mayor Dick Winger

Julie Lendon Stone with Vero Beach Mayor Dick Winger

Julie Lendon Stone hopes to be crowned in Atlantic City on October 22. She was born and raised in California, studied classical voice and piano from the age of 6 years, through college. At 16, she won a 2-year scholarship when she took first place in a talent contest, sponsored by Bank of America.

At 18 she married and went to live with her husband in Venezuela, where she raised her 7 children. During her last years in Venezuela, she jumped at the opportunity to participate with a local American Theatrical group and performed in their production of The King and I, as Anna, and was the Musical Director for their production of Promises, Promises.

In 1994, Julie returned to the USA and began singing almost immediately at venues including The Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach, FL, Harrah’s in Reno, NV, the Royal Hawaiian Hotel in Waikiki, and several cruise ships.

in 2001 she met her second husband, Michael Stone. He encouraged her to begin recording, and together they formed their company, Essex Music, Inc. To date, she has recorded 14 albums, including 3 Christian albums. All albums are available online at iTunes and Amazon, and at her website, http://www.julielendon.com.

Today, Julie performs 5 days/evenings a week, on average. She and her husband travel up and down the state of Florida. Her audiences of choice are the amazing seniors in all their different situations, from country clubs to facilities such as Independent Living, Assisted Living, Nursing and Hospice.

Julie and her husband reside in Ft. Pierce FL. They have accumulated 19 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

GoLine Beachside Circulator Route Officially Begins

The GoLine Indian River Transit has officially launched its new Beachside Circulator Route, driving along VeroIV.021313.GoLine’s beachside to various shops, hotels and restaurants.

“We are excited to officially launch the new Beachside Circulator Route offering transportation to help relieve parking along Ocean Drive,” said Karen Deigl, President & CEO of GoLine Indian River Transit. “We are hoping it will be used by employees, retail and restaurant customers and tourists. We couldn’t be more thankful for the generous support and partnership with Vero Beach Hotel and Spa to make this Circulator possible.”

“Heaton Companies considers Vero Beach its second home,” said Lee Heaton, Vice President and Owner of the Vero Beach Hotel and Spa. “With increased shopping, dining and activity options along the beachfront, the shortage of parking has become an issue. We simply saw an opportunity that would assist in alleviating this problem, and wanted to help any way that we could.”

Route 16 runs every day, Sunday through Saturday, 5:40AM to 6:00PM, making stops every 20 minutes. The park and ride area is located at Riverside Park behind the tennis courts. Circulator maps and route information are available at www.golineirt.com. For any questions or more information, call 772-569-0903.

12th Annual WALK TO REMEMBER on Saturday November 14th

Alzheimer and Parkinson Association of Indian River County is holding their 12th Annual WALK TO REMEMBER on Saturday November 14th.  Tiffany Tripson, Elizabeth White and Dyan Kurth are chairing this year’s event and have added a 5K run before the traditional walk to expand the participation to the running community.

There areimage1 several ways to join in and support Walk To Remember.  Businesses can encourage their employees to form a team for the walk and groups of friends or neighborhoods can come together to make their own teams. It is not necessary to be on a team to participate in the walk; individuals are welcome.  Teams and individuals do their own fundraising and creative suggestions will be shared with Team Captains at the Kickoff Gathering in September.  The suggested donation is $25.00 per team member.  To sign up for Walk to Remember and the 5K, go to https://runsignup.com/Race/FL/VeroBeach/WalktoRemember5K.

The entry fee for the 5 K runners is $25.00 between now and November 10th and $30 to participate in the race after that.  The day of the 5K, registration begins at 6:30am and the start of the run is 7:30am.  Participating runners will receive a technical shirt featuring sponsors and packet pick up is Thursday November 12th and Friday November 13th from 12p-6p at Center For Memory & Motion 2300 Fifth Avenue-Suite 150 in Vero Beach. The run is being timed and certified by Mike Melton’s MCM Timing and Results.

Day of registration for the WALK TO REMEMBER is at 8:00am. After welcoming all of the participants in both events, a salute the Veterans starts the presentations on stage at 8:30am.  Then there will be a lively exercise warm up by John Sammartano of JAS Fitness before the walkers begin at 9:00am around the course at Riverside Park.  This is a family friendly event and there will be children’s activities and refreshments for everyone at the Walk and 5K.  The top three Walk To Remember fundraising teams and the team with the most walking team members will be recognized.  Teams are encouraged to create their own t-shirts to identify themselves with their company or group. Alzheimer and Parkinson Association is also giving an award for the team exhibiting the most “Team Spirit.”

The Alzheimer and Parkinson Association of Indian River County is an independent non-profit and not affiliated with any national organizations.  They operate the Center for Memory & Motion where Indian River County residents are served with Support Groups, Community Education and Training, Respite Care, Memory Screening, Project Lifesaver, The Virtual Dementia Tour, Art Programs, Parkinson’s Exercise and Tremble Clef Singing Classes.  All funds raised from the November Walk To Remember and 5K stay in Indian River County to provide services to community residents.

The Center for Memory and Motion is located to 2300 Fifth Avenue Suite 150 in Vero Beach.  To find out more about the events, e-mail WTRadmin@alzpark.org or contact the Alzheimer and Parkinson Association of Indian River County at 772 563 0505 or info@alzpark.org.

Indian River County a Bicycle Friendly CommunityBike Friendly

A coalition of civic and business leaders and bicycle enthusiasts was created to promote Indian River County as a bicycle friendly destination, and to put together a plan to make the county even friendlier to future cyclists. Some members of the coalition have been working, planning, doing for decades and the products of their work is everywhere in the county. But when they formed a coalition, things really accelerated.

In 2013 a decision was made to educate school kids on the bicycle rules of the road. In its first year members of the Metropolitan Planning Organization, in cooperation with law enforcement, trained more than 3,000 elementary school children on matters related to bicycle safety. In addition to the training, the MPO staff donated and fitted every kid with a new bicycle helmet. The program has become a yearly exercise for Indian River County school children.

In 2015 the Vero Beach business improvement organization, “Main Street Vero Beach,” partnered with Vero Cycling Club announcing the first “Hibiscus Ride,” a signature cycling event, in conjunction with the successful annual Hibiscus Festival. The Hibiscus Ride offered routes ranging from 11 to 100 miles -– the Hibiscus Century! Mmore than a hundred cyclists from throughout the region experienced Indian River County’s most beautiful landscape along wide, safe bike lanes that emphasized just how much the county has done over the years to welcome the biking community.

Working in conjunction with the Metropolitan Planning Organization in developing a long term plan for the community, cycling took a central place in conversations. Safer designs, more bike lanes, improved accommodations for the cycling public were all discussed and will certainly occupy significant attention as the county government effectuates its plans for the future.

For more information contact: Main Street Vero Beach, info@mainstreetverobeach.org, 772-643-6782.

Rotary Sunrise installs new officers

Club secretary Debbie Avery, treasurer Jim Kusel,incoming president Buck Vocelle

Club secretary Debbie Avery, treasurer Jim Kusel,incoming president Buck Vocelle

Sunrise Rotary of Vero Beach installed new officers recently at the Grand Harbor Beach Club. 2015-16 officers includ: President Buck Vocelle, President Elect Kevin Anderson, VP Stephen Kepley, Treasurer Jim Kusel, Secretary Debbie Avery, Immediate Past President Brian Carman, Directors at Large Robin Pelensky, Linda Scott and Ray Hooker, Membership chair Jack Kruiten

Downtown_Friday Logo BDowntown Friday June 26

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Main Street Vero Beach hosts the June Downtown Friday the 26th on 14th Ave between the Heritage Center and 20th St and across the 21st St and 14th Ave intersection from 6-9 pm. The band is Mixed Notes playing  R&B, Pop, Hip Hop, Oldies, Motown, Jazz, Funk, Caribbean music (all types) and alternative music. Youth Sailing Foundation is the nonprofit of the month. Look for American Freedom celebrations all up and down the street. Military Moms will be there and there will be lots of surprises. Help Main Street Vero Beach celebrate our freedom…Call 772-643-6782 for more information.

Elections Office invites all to celebrate 100 anniversary of women voting in Florida

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On Friday, June 19, 2015, Leslie Swan, Indian River County’s Supervisor of Elections is partnering with the City of Fellsmere to ring in the 100th Anniversary of Women Voting in Fellsmere and the state of Florida. This celebratory event is open to the public and will be held at the Fellsmere City Hall Auditorium (Old Schoolhouse Building), located at 22 South Orange Street, from 10 to 11 a.m.

In a charter that was hurriedly passed through and approved by the legislature, former Governor Park Trammell, made it possible for Mrs. Zena Dreier to cast her ballot in favor of making Fellsmere a town on June, 19, 1915. Thus, Mrs. Dreier was the first women to cast a ballot without restrictions in Fellsmere, in all of Florida, and even south of the Mason-Dixon Line.

Special guests, former County Commissioner Fran Adams, Mayor of the City of Fellsmere Susan Adams and the Honorable Alma Lee Loy will be ringing in the celebration with a brief history of the Birthplace for Equal Suffrage for Women in Florida, Historic Marker Recitation, commemorative proclamation and voting machine dedication.

Please join Leslie Swan and the Supervisor of Elections Office in honoring Mrs. Zena Dreier and Fellsmere’s founder, Edward Nelson Fell, whom led the state in creating a path for women to vote freely well in advance of the 19th Amendment. For further information and to RSVP, please contact Technical Programs Coordinator Stephanie Nelson at (772) 226-3446 or snelson@voteindianriver.com . 4375

Indian River Community Foundation announces second annual Community Enrichment Fund awards

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IRCF Board member Lois Appleby with The Learning Alliance co-founders Barbara Hammond and Ray Oglethorpe

IRCF Board member Lois Appleby with The Learning Alliance co-founders Barbara Hammond and Ray Oglethorpe

In partnership with an anonymous donor, the Indian River Community Foundation (IRCF) awarded this month over $200,000 to six local nonprofit organizations for programs to support education, the environment and historic preservation as well as vulnerable individuals and families.

Grants were made through the Community Enrichment Fund, a field of interest fund established last year by an anonymous couple who rely on IRCF’s grant making expertise to support their own broad philanthropic interests.

IRCF Board member Bob Burr with ORCA founder Edie Widder and IRCF Chief Executive Officer Jeff Pickering

IRCF Board member Bob Burr with ORCA founder Edie Widder and IRCF Chief Executive Officer Jeff Pickering

Following a competitive grants process, including a comprehensive review of 15 proposals by a volunteer grants committee, the organizations selected were Big Brothers Big Sisters of St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee Counties, Hibiscus Children’s Center, The Learning Alliance, LifeBuilders of the Treasure Coast, McKee Botanical Garden, and Ocean Research and Conservation Association. Programs funded include:

  • A collaborative effort between Big Brothers Big Sisters and Youth Guidance to establish a community-wide training program for all volunteer mentors in Indian River County. This $50,000 grant will support a full-time Trainer/Coordinator to provide consistent, evidence-based training for all Indian River County mentors.
  • Career Pathways to Independence is operated by Hibiscus Children’s Center on the Hibiscus Village campus. The $10,000 grant will fund educational materials that adhere to the new Florida standards, as well as technology for instruction and learning to support 150 foster children, ages 13-17, as they earn their high school diploma or GED.
  • Conscious Discipline expands a highly successful classroom behavioral management program funded last year at Indian River Academy. In its first year, the program helped decrease discipline referrals by more than half. This $43,244 grant will allow The Leaning Alliance to develop a district-wide training and coaching program based on Conscious Discipline in which all elementary teachers can participate.
  • LifeBuilders, founded by Public Defender Diamond Litty, reduces crime and recidivism by offering low-income individuals involved in the justice system support for a fresh start in life. This $10,000 grant will provide resources that to help fill small financial gaps that may stand in the way of a person becoming a productive member of the community. Examples include purchasing work boots or suitable clothing so the person can get and keep a job; substance abuse counseling; and educational classes.
  • McKee Botanical Garden will utilize a $50,000 grant to build a new storage facility to safely house and preserve historical documents and materials that date back to the original McKee Jungle Garden, founded in 1932 and the successful campaign to save McKee begun in 1992.
  • A $38,250 grant to Ocean Research and Conservation Association (ORCA) will fund expanded sediment testing for toxicity in the Indian River Lagoon to 70 sites near the Moorings and Oslo Park areas. Testing will identify pollutants, hot spots and troubled areas so that communities can work together to find solutions for restoration.

IRCF Chief Executive Officer Jeff Pickering said field of interest funds, like the Community Enrichment Fund, are a valuable tool for philanthropists who want proof their financial support is making an impact.

“The donors who established the Community Enrichment Fund had very specific ideas about the characteristics of the programs and organizations they wanted to support,” Pickering said. “By creating a request for proposals tailored to their interests, we are able to help the donors make informed decisions and monitor the outcomes of the programs.”

Pickering worked alongside the IRCF Grants Committee to review and evaluate the proposals using the donor’s criteria including organizational leadership and volunteer suppot, alignment with focus areas, and benchmarks for measuring success. Pickering said Grants Committee members spent many hours reading, evaluating, and deliberating about the proposals to ensure their recommendations aligned with the donors’ wishes.

“This is a very effective way for a donor to connect his or her personal values with high-impact opportunities,” Pickering said.

The Indian River Community Foundation was founded in 2005 to promote donor-driven philanthropy and has since grown to manage over $30 million in charitable assets, the majority of which are held in donor-advised funds. For more information visit www.ircommunityfoundation.com or contact Pickering at (772) 492-1407.

VNA Treasures to host volunteer open house June 24

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The VNA Hidden Treasures Hospice thrift stores will be hosting volunteer open houses on Wednesday, June 24th at their Vero location and Thursday, June 25th at their Sebastian location from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Community members interested in donating their time and talents to the VNA should attend one of the open houses. This will allow those interested to direct questions to the VNA volunteer manager, tour the store and fill out a volunteer application on the spot.

Volunteers will assist with running the cash registers, arranging merchandise, assisting customers and checking in donations. Volunteers should have a passion for customer service and a heart for the hospice philosophy. The hospice thrift stores have flexible schedules for volunteers.

VNA Hidden Treasures is located in Vero Beach at 656 21st Street in the Miracle Mile shopping plaza and in Sebastian at 11646 US1. For questions about the open houses, please call 772.978.5553.All of the proceeds from the stores benefit hospice care for Indian River County residents and also support the day-to-day operation of the VNA Hospice House, a specialized “hospice hospital” equipped to provide care for patients with acute needs.

About the VNA

The VNA of the Treasure Coast provides home healthcare services—including Medicare-reimbursed and private-duty nursing; home health aides; physical, speech, and occupational therapy; in-home companions; and personal transportation—throughout the Treasure Coast. The agency is also the only licensed hospice provider in Indian River County, offering end-of-life care in patients’ homes, local hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living facilities, and the VNA Hospice House. The non-profit organization also provides community wellness services such as flu vaccinations, no-cost blood pressure/blood sugar screenings, and speakers on health-related topics for local community groups.

United Way thanks Publix
Many thanks to Publix for an outstanding United Way Campaign. Russ Reaver, District Manager at Publix Supermarkets, along with Greg Rogolino, Miracle Mile Store Manager, stopped by the United Way of Indian River County office to hand over a corporate gift of $211,400.

Many thanks to Publix for an outstanding United Way Campaign. Russ Reaver, District Manager at Publix Supermarkets, along with Greg Rogolino, Miracle Mile Store Manager, stopped by the United Way of Indian River County office to hand over a corporate gift of $211,400. “Publix Supermarkets is our #1 workplace campaign,” said United Way CEO Michael Kint. “We could not do so much in this community without the help of the many generous Publix employees supported by a philanthropic corporate office.”

Youth Sailing Foundation of Indian River County offers summer camp for 8-13 year olds

PoseidonThe Youth Sailing Foundation of Indian River County offers summer camp for 8-13 year olds. They will learn to sail an Opti (8′ wooden sail boat), have some great fun, make new friends and learn to use the lagoon all at the Moorings Yacht Club off A1A.The day begins at 9am, includes lunch and ends at 3pm for five days. The cost is only $250. Call 772-567-9000 for any other information. Weeks that are still open are: June 15-19th, July 13-17th and August 10-14th.. www.ysfirc.org.

Senior Resource Association welcome three new board members

The Senior Resource Association (SRA) announces the appointment of Dr. Stephen C. Lundin, Teresa Hilton and Trudie Rainone. Stephen C. Lundin has a Master’s degree and PhD in Educational Psychology. He is a writer, public speaker, entrepreneur and filmmaker with a rich history as a graduate level educator.

Dr. Lundin is the best-selling author of nine business books, total sales in excess of 8 million copies worldwide. He spent a decade visiting 60 countries as speaker and consultant focusing on leadership, quality of work life, innovation and customer service. He serves on the Board of Advisors to the Leadership Program at Rollins University and the University of Charleston, and has 30 years of university teaching experience with MBA and Executive MBA students.  Locally, he also serves on the Board of The Source, the Mission Board of Community Church and teaches leadership in the Indian River Leadership Program conducted by the Chamber of Commerce.

Teresa Hilton is the founder of NoBull PR, a local private PR Agency providing sales and marketing services to businesses with an emphasis on healthcare and nonprofit sectors. NoBull PR was recognized as a top producer in medical sales for the last 10 years and has proven ability of showing market share growth and brand identity for national corporations and non-profit organizations such as Edelman Worldwide, HealthSouth, The Smile Train and the Governor of Massachusetts & Housing and Economic Development.

Trudi Rainone also joins the SRA Board of Directors, with 45 years of being an active volunteer in community organizations in the Northeast and Florida. Since moving to Vero Beach in 2000, she has served as Vice Chairperson for the last eight years of Quail Valley Charities raising more than a half million dollars last year. For the last six years, she has served on the executive board of Childcare Resources and has been a member of the Boys and Girls Clubs ‘Society of Angels’ for four years. Ms. Rainone also serves on the committee for the Sneaker Exchange and founded “Happy Feet.” Her efforts generated an additional $20,000 in donations this past year.

Previously while a full time mother in Mendham, NJ, she was a Volunteer Director of Meals on Wheels for seven years, President of Safe Rides (an organization working to eliminate underage drinking and driving) and a hospice volunteer for five years at Mercy Hospital in Rockville Center, New York.

Ms. Rainone also currently serves on the development committee for the Alzheimer’s & Parkinson’s Association of Indian River County.

She is a proud mother of four with two grandsons and resides with her husband of 47 years in Vero Beach.

“We are pleased to welcome our new Board Members and are excited to have such an experienced group of individuals to assist in providing a strong future for Senior Resource Association,” said Karen Deigl, SRA President and CEO.

Local professionals to compete for charity

United Way LogoLocal professionals have found a fun way to give back to their community playing softball at Historic Dodgertown for United Way of Indian River County. Spectators are welcome at 10:00 AM, Saturday, May 30, 2015, at Holman Stadium for the Sawbones vs Jawbones event. Tickets will be sold at the door, $5 per person, $10 per family.

Riverside Café and Dr. Nicholas Coppola on behalf of #livelikecole, have stepped up as GRAND SLAM SPONSORS. Home Run Sponsors include Anesthesia of Indian River; Florida Cancer Specialists; Bobby Guttridge, Attorney; Grall Law Group; and Rossway Swan Tierney Barry.

DOUBLE SPONSORS include Dr. Santos; Dr. Jeffrey Livingston; Dr. Konovsky; Dr. Storey; Dr. Rivera; Dr. Yerneni; Indian River Medical Center; and Gould Cooksey Fennell.

Proceeds from the game will support the significant work of advancing the common good in the areas of Education, Financial Stability and Health in Indian River County.

United Way of Indian River County invites people to get involved by helping others. Go to www.volunteerindianrivercounty.org to learn about local opportunities for service. For more information about United Way or to give online, visit our website at

Grand Harbor Community Outreach supports Harvest’s HOPE program

Peter B. Lake and Tom McGinnis from Grand Harbor Community Outreach present Annabel Robertson, Executive Director of Harvest Food & Outreach Center of Indian River County with $15,000 grant to support HOPE Program.

Peter B. Lake and Tom McGinnis from Grand Harbor Community Outreach present Annabel Robertson, Executive Director of Harvest Food & Outreach Center of Indian River County with $15,000 grant to support HOPE Program.

Grand Harbor Community Outreach recently awarded Harvest Food & Outreach Center with a $15,000 grant to support the nonprofit organization’s programs that are designed to inspire and empower people living in poverty to lift themselves and their families to economic self-sufficiency.

Specifically, the Grand Harbor Community Outreach grant will underwrite the Harvest Outreach Preparation for Employment (HOPE) Program, which is comprised of 120 hours of classroom learning experiences and 180 hours of on-the-job training for up to 20 participants through five cycles a year.  Harvest collaborates with other local nonprofit organizations, businesses and volunteers to help participants develop and hone skills that result in effective job searches, building and writing an impactful resume and successful interview interactions, to name a few.

In addition, Harvest offers a 16-unit computer lab that is available weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. without time restrictions, tutoring, ongoing career counseling, job coaching and mentoring for up to three years.  Currently on-the-job training is available in four areas: general merchandise, office and reception, warehouse and grocery operations. Additionally, nationally recognized certifications are available for each HOPE participant that successfully completes the program.

Harvest embraces a holistic, multi-component model that provides a hand up to those living at or under the 200% federal poverty level. Services require participation in the process and are provided free of charge.

“Our participants are typically comprised of motivated men and women who do not meet minimal eligibility requirements for other employment programs and have more than one barrier to employment opportunities,” explained Annabel Robertson, Harvest’s Executive Director of Indian River County. “HOPE empowers them to break down these employment barriers and learn to build upon their successes.”

Harvest is currently engaging participants in the second cycle of the 2015 HOPE Program and is planning three more sessions this year. Orientation sessions held at Harvest’s Life Enrichment Center at 2746 US Hwy. 1 in Vero Beach are slated for June 5, August 7 and October 16 with class cycles beginning at the Center on June 8, August 10 and October 19.

Harvest Food & Outreach Center, founded in 2003 by Austin and Ginny Hunt in Indian River County, provides a unique model focuses on resource development, resource protection, and resource connection. Services include: 1) Education and Employment Opportunity Programs that provides long-term sustainable solutions, 2) long-term Food Assistance through participation in educational workshops and volunteering and the Cost Share Grocery Program, and 3) a Crisis Center that stabilizes people in crisis through counseling and provides active referrals to services. For information about volunteering, donations and or taking a tour of the Vero Beach campus call 772-770-0740 or visit harvestfoodoutreach.org.

High school diplomas to be presented at IRSC ceremony 

Approximately 120 IRSC High School and GED Preparation graduates will participate in the Adult Secondary Education Graduation Ceremony at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19, in the McAlpin Fine Arts Center at the Main Campus, 3209 Virginia Avenue, in Fort Pierce.

Students in the IRSC High School program earn high school credits in traditional and online courses, while students in the GED Preparation program progress at their own pace to review high school subjects prior to taking the GED® exam. IRSC students at the high school level may also participate in dual or co-enrollment in several postsecondary programs to earn college credits for free.

IRSC’s High School offers the flexibility of enrolling at various points during the year, which combined with dual enrollment allows students to graduate throughout the calendar year, often with an Associate of Arts degree in addition to a high school diploma. Kelliann Sterrett, a December 2014 graduate from the Class of 2015, will return from an overseas mission trip to join her classmates at the ceremony. Five other classmates, including Hunter Bartlett and Scott Jones, will graduate with accelerated college credits toward an Associate in Arts degree.

The IRSC High School and GED Preparation programs award thousands of dollars per year in scholarships through the IRSC Foundation Inc., and this year, 28 of the 120 graduates from the Class of 2015 will be awarded scholarships.  Based upon her high academic achievements, Ashlie Siegert will be awarded the prestigious Full Academic Scholarship, which covers tuition and books and is renewable for a second year. Siegert, who is a graduate of Indian River State College High School, will be continuing her education at IRSC to earn a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. Zachery Garcia is the recipient of the Ann Polk Memorial Scholarship, which is awarded to a student majoring in education, early childhood education or nursing. Garcia is studying in the health science field and hopes to obtain his R.N. credentials.  Among the six graduates from prior years who will receive renewed or new scholarships, 2012 GED graduate Rahsaan Youngblood will be the recipient of a $5,000 Merrill Foundation IRSC Bachelor’s Degree Scholarship, which will enable him to complete his four-year degree in business.

Receiving the Laura F. Foster Scholarship for the school year 2015-16 are: Charles Bouie, Quintin Bray, Christopher Dickeson, Megan Hardman, Hua Huang, Reyana Jacobsen, Scott W. Jones, Eric Lexine, Chad Martin, Nicole Martin, Efrain Merced, Emily Rusignuolo, Karla Sanchez, Christopher Scott, Jeruscha Toussaint and Yu Nan Zheng.  Two students are chosen each year to receive the Merrill Foundation Scholarship. This year’s recipients are: Michelle Lemon and Justin Thrift. The Nowak Adult Education Endowed Scholarship is provided for students pursuing an Associate in Science degree or entering a technical certificate program. This year’s Nowak recipients are: Brianna Brumback, Za’Brik Byrd, Domonic Coppola, Natalie DeMello, Kristen Forester and Jennifer Scarboro. Chad Martin, a graduate of the IRSC High School, has been awarded a Performing Arts Scholarship to assist him with his study of dance at IRSC. Shane M. Robinson has earned a full-tuition and books scholarship from the Take Stock in Children program.

Along with the 28 graduates receiving scholarships, nine members of the Class of 2015 will be inducted into the National Adult Education Honor Society.  Denise Araujo, Hunter Bartlett, Nicholas Candido, Shauni Garner, Carson O’Neal, Jennifer Scarboro, Alexander Sousa, Savannah Spivey, and Verant Telemaque were selected by faculty for outstanding cooperation, attendance, perseverance and self-reliance in the IRSC High School and GED Preparation Program.

Many of these graduates will continue their education in one of IRSC’s certificate or degree programs. As Dr. Marta Cronin, Assistant Dean of the School of Education, explained, “The IRSC Adult Education program prepares students to enter a career field while they are still enrolled in Adult Education classes. Support for students is provided through career inventories, mentoring, and financial support to attend college classes.”

In addition to GED Preparation and high school classes, IRSC Adult Secondary Education also offers English as a Second Language (ESL) classes.  For more information, call the IRSC Call Center at 1-866-792-4772 or visit http://aecp.irsc.edu.

New GoLine bus stop shelter at Indian River County Sheriff’s Office

IMG_6238GoLine Indian River Transit has placed a new bus shelter on Route 8 at the stop on 41st Street in front of the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office for its riders. Indian River County Sheriff, Deryl Loar noticed the increased ridership at the stop and requested a bus shelter to better the experience for those individuals. The stop at times has reached over 25 riders in a day.

The newly built shelter at the stop also allows GoLine passengers to wait for the bus without the worry of inclement weather.

“This is the 39th bus shelter GoLine Indian River Transit has installed so far,” said Karen Deigl, President/CEO of the Senior Resource Association and GoLine Indian River Transit. “We look forward to installing more shelters for our bus stops in the future to provide the best riding experience for all public transit users.”

For more information about bus stops or shelters on the GoLine transportation system, visit www.golineirt.com or call 772-569-0903.

Navy SEALs Museum Expands

The Navy SEAL museum, soon to celebrate its 30th anniversary, is planning a fourth building on its campus at 3300 N. State Road A1A, North Hutchinson Island. An additional cost of $4 million, and another $4 million to set it up with displays. Local state representatives and senators are trying to get the Florida Legislature to establish funding for the expansion.

The museum has about 13,500 square feet of indoor exhibit area. Among its displays are the Maersk Alabama lifeboat. SEAL snipers famously saved Captain Richard Phillips from Somalian pirates on that lifeboat in 2009. Last November, the Army’s 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, Night Stalkers, flew a Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk to the museum for display.

New displays include more SEALs weapons, and lots of history about the killing of Osama bin Laden in 2011. SEALs killed bin Laden during a raid on his hideout in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

This is the museum’s third expansion. The first was in 1992. The second was in 2012.

Fort Pierce is where the Navy established its Amphibious Training Base in 1943, and the Navy Scouts & Raiders — the predecessors to SEALs — were born. By the time the training facility closed, about 140,000 trainees went through it.

About 60,000 visit the museum annually. In February, Michael Howard, former executive director, openly advocated in the press for moving the SEAL museum to Virginia or California.

 The museum is open Tuesdays to Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Sundays from noon the 4 p.m. It’s on the web at http://www.navysealmuseum.org. On Monday, May 25, the museum will have a Memorial Day commemoration. That’ll start at 10 a.m. Seating is limited, so early arrival is suggested.

14 students certified as Interpretive Guides at the Environmental Learning Center

ELC LogoFourteen students who attended a recent workshop at the Environmental Learning Center (ELC) have been certified as Certified Interpretive Guides (CIG) by the National Association for Interpretation. Other ELC volunteers also attended the workshop to improve their skills without being certified. The 32 hour workshop that they completed is designed to help volunteers and guides at Nature Centers, Zoos, Aquariums, Parks and Historic sites hone their interpretive skills to help them design and deliver effective programs, hikes, and other presentations.

Among the topics presented at the workshop were the history, definition, and principles of interpretation; strategies for making programs purposeful, enjoyable, organized, and thematic; techniques to make programs meaningful; and improving presentation and communication skills. Attendees wishing to be certified needed to attend all 32 hours of the workshop, score better than 80% on an open book exam, make a program outline, and deliver a 10-minute oral presentation.

The workshop was conducted by three instructors, Sarah Rhodes-Ondi, a naturalist at the ELC; Katrina Morrell, a Multi-Modal Communication Specialist with the Space Coast Transportation Planning Organization; and Kathy Gross, a National Park Service Ranger. All are Certified Interpretive Guides and Certified Interpretive Trainers. In addition, Katrina is a Certified Interpretive Planner.

Sarah Rhodes-Ondi notes: “The National Association for Interpretation certification program is a top tier professional development organization raising the standard of interpreter’s performance around the globe. The Certified Interpretive Guide Workshop is an excellent hands-on introduction to best practices in interpretation.” The ELC is planning to offer future workshops. Interested people may contact Sarah at Sarah@DiscoverELC.org to get more information and included on a list to be informed when workshops are scheduled.

The Environmental Learning Center is located north of Vero Beach off County Road 510 at the end of the Wabasso Bridge. Its 64-acre campus includes exhibit areas, native plant gardens, picnic facilities, gift shop, and visitor center. ELC membership benefits, a list of its many field excursions, Eco-ventures, including nature walks, canoe excursions, and boating adventures can be found at www.DiscoverELC.org. Admission is $5 per person, children 12 and under are free. ELC Members receive free admission year-round. The first Saturday of every month is free to all.

Jessica Wood, Vero Beach High School Guidance Director, selected as Junior League of Indian River County’s Woman of the Year Civic Professional

Jessica Wood, Vero Beach High School Guidance Director, was announced yesterday as the Junior League of Indian River County’s Woman of the Year in the Civic Professional Category. Mrs. Wood, who taught for seven years before seeking her school counseling degree, has said that she is motived by her students. Her desire to provide a safe place for students to go to receive support and encouragement was the driving force behind her change from classroom teacher to guidance counselor. Mrs. Wood was nominated for this honor by Megan Lugo, Vero Beach High School Guidance Counselor.

Dr. Fran Adams, Superintendent, attended the awards ceremony and said, “Jessica is someone who is dedicated to improving the lives of students. She spends many hours listening to the concerns and problems they have–concerns and problems that would challenge an adult, let alone a high school student. The passion with which she spoke in her acceptance speech was but an indication of the depth of her dedication to counseling students. She has said that students are her motivation and that they leave a lasting impression on her. I am certain that the impression that she leaves on her students will stay with them for their lifetimes. I am honored to salute Mrs. Wood and the work that she does.”

Dr. Adams added, “All of the women and students nominated for each of the categories in the Woman of the Year Program are people who make a difference in our community. They are change agents whose work has a deeply positive effect on us all. I was humbled to be in their presence and I offer them all my gratitude for their contributions to our community.”

Physical therapist assistants recognized for excellence

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Six students in the Physical Therapist Assistant program at Indian River State College were recently recognized for academic and clinical excellence during the two-year curriculum. Having completed rigorous studies and gaining invaluable hands-on experience with physical rehabilitation, the students are eager to join the workforce after graduation in May.

David Pfeiffer of Ft. Pierce received the Outstanding Scholar Award for the highest scholastic achievement in program coursework.  Kerri Trice of Oxford, Pennsylvania and Krystal Ward of Port St. Lucie also received Special Recognition for this award.

Michelle Roberts of Port St. Lucie received the Outstanding Clinician Award for demonstration of clinical excellence. David Pfeiffer and Ashley Landers, both from Ft. Pierce, also received Special Recognition for this award.

Wakendy Seraphin of Ft. Pierce was honored with the inaugural Leila Darress Award for outstanding perseverance in overcoming challenges to achieve academic goals. The award was created this year in honor of the former Physical Therapy Assistant program director.

The 2015 graduating PTA class is led by the following officers: President, Emma Carpenter from Saratoga Springs, NY; Vice President, Emiliano Almanza of Fellsmere; and Secretary/Treasurer, Lisa Pierre of Vero Beach.

For more information about the Physical Therapist Assistant Program at IRSC, contact Dr. Mary Geyer at (772) 462-7772 or mgeyer@irsc.edu.

Grand Harbor Community Outreach supports emergency Meals on Wheels program

CThe Senior Resource Association (SRA) received a $10,000 grant for its Emergency Meals on Wheels Program (EMOW) from the Grand Harbor Community Outreach Program. Emergency Meals on Wheels assists Indian River County seniors who are experiencing a “crisis situation,” and need short-term home delivered meals. The program targets isolated, home bound seniors who have been recently discharged from a health care facility or have a caregiver who is going into a healthcare facility for a brief period of time.

The EMOW program helps to ensure nutritional intake for seniors after being discharged from a healthcare facility within the last 30 days. The Emergency Meals on Wheels Program is proven to prevent hospital re-admissions and defer nursing home placement, thereby enabling recipients to remain living in their homes independently for a longer period of time.

“We are extremely grateful for this grant that will provide over 1,200 meals for seniors experiencing a ‘crisis situation’ over the next year,” said Karen Deigl. “We truly appreciate their continuous support of this vital program for our local recovering seniors in need.”

2015 ELC Summer Ecology AdventuresELC Logo

A wide range of summer camps for students from pre-kindergarten through the 7th grade is available at the Environmental Learning Center (ELC) this summer. Half day adventures are offered to children who are entering pre-kindergarten through the 3rd grade. Full day adventures target students entering the 4th through the 7th grades. The aim of all these programs is to help the student discover and appreciate the variety of living things that populate our Indian River Lagoon, and at the same time, have fun doing it.

“Little Wonders” introduces pre-kindergarten and kindergarten children who are at least 4 years old to nature through eco-activities, stories, and crafts. “Young Explorers” for those entering the 1st grade explores the forests, gardens, and trails on the ELC’s island campus. “Our Living World” is an opportunity for those entering the 2nd and 3rd grades to learn more about all the plants and animals on the island campus. Participants will receive a snack and a drink each day. The cost for each child is $60, or $55 for ELC Members, for the 4 day session.

For those entering the 4th and the 5th grades, “Island Adventure” will be spent exploring the barrier island and several islands in the Indian River Lagoon by canoeing, hiking, beachcombing, seining, and boating for 3 consecutive days. Highlights include the use of GPS for geocaching, exploring islands in the Lagoon, and seine netting off of a spoil island. The cost per student is $110, or $100 for ELC Members.

“Marine Safari” for those entering the 6th and the 7th grades is an energy intensive program where the participants will discover marine life through snorkeling, canoeing, beachcombing, and boating in the Indian River Lagoon. Students will enjoy seine netting in some of the best grass flats in the Lagoon, and great snorkeling in a tidal pool at the Sebastian Inlet. The cost for each student is $120, or $110 for ELC Members, for the 3 day program.

The complete schedule is available on line at www.DiscoverELC.org. To register for any of the programs or get additional information, call (772)589-5050 ext. 114.

There are a limited number of scholarships available through the Maggy Bowman Scholarship Fund. An application may be requested by calling ELC Naturalist, Rosemary Badger, at (772) 589-5050 ext. 108.

TC food bank logoTreasure Coast Food Bank launches Summer Hunger Campaign to feed 52,000 children

The final school bell of the year signals freedom and carefree childhood joy. But for more than 52,000 students on the Treasure Coast who depend on their schools for reliable low-cost meals, that final bell signals hunger.

Treasure Coast Food Bank is launching a Summer Hunger Campaign to raise enough money to feed those children who otherwise won’t know where to find meals this summer. Before the last school bell rings, Treasure Coast Food Bank wants to raise $250,000, enough to close the summer hunger gap.

“We know that only about 5 percent of the 52,000 children getting free and reduced-price meals during the school year have adequate nutrition during the summer,” said Treasure Coast Food Bank CEO Judy Cruz. “That’s unacceptable. Nutritious food ought to be just as accessible to our children during the summer as it is during the school year.”

Summer is traditionally a time of struggle for families in need of food with no access to the lunches the schools provide. In addition, it’s a time when donations to Treasure Coast Food Bank and its partner food pantries decrease.

“Our plan is ambitious because it needs to be ambitious,” Cruz said. “Each summer we watch the need escalate. While we have had summer feeding programs for the past three years, there are just too many children still going without meals.”

The money raised by the Summer Hunger Campaign will be used to provide meals at sites throughout the Treasure Coast in partnership with many agencies that provide summer programs. Those include the Boys and Girls Clubs, vacation Bible schools, camps, and Treasure Coast Food Bank’s own Your Plate Health & Wellness Center.

Treasure Coast Food Bank continues to recruit more agencies willing to provide summer breakfasts, snacks or lunches for children beginning in June.

Send your tax-deductible donation to Treasure Coast Food Bank, 401 Angle Road, Fort Pierce, 34947, or donate online at www.stophunger.org.

Historic Dodgertown family pays tribute to Billy DeLury

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Longtime Dodger executive Billy DeLury worked at Dodgertown, Vero Beach during Spring Trainings for 57 years. It was his favorite place to visit.

Longtime Dodger executive Billy DeLury worked at Dodgertown, Vero Beach during Spring Trainings for 57 years. It was his favorite place to visit.

Peter O’Malley, Terry O’Malley Seidler and the entire Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida organization mourns the loss of Billy DeLury, who was an integral member of the Dodger front office for 65 years, beginning on September 1, 1950.

DeLury was a familiar face at Historic Dodgertown for 57 years, where he first attended Spring Training in 1951. DeLury, 81, passed away on April 4.

His close friend, Vin Scully, said, “I was privileged to know Bill DeLury for more than 60 years, from the time he was an office boy in Brooklyn and rose to become a most valuable member of the organization as our traveling secretary. A Dodger from head to toe. A respected baseball man. And a deeply religious husband and father. Anyone and everyone in baseball who knew Bill will mourn his passing and he will be truly missed.”

Historic Dodgertown was unquestionably one of DeLury’s favorite places to work and visit. He averaged six to eight weeks a year on the campus, which he described: “Thinking of Dodgertown, what comes to my mind it’s like a city within a city. The Brooklyn Dodgers and Los Angeles Dodgers trained there for 60 years. The one thing that makes Dodgertown so unique over any other place is the continuity of the people, the players, the staff, the minor league players all live together. They all share the same dining room and living quarters together. There is continuity in sitting around at night talking baseball, talking about the past seasons that they went through. I think that brings an organization like the Dodgers a little closer together than other organizations.”

DeLury, who grew up in Brooklyn, had the opportunity to join the Dodgers as an “office boy” at age 17 in 1950. From that point, he worked continuously for the Dodgers until 2015, with the exception of 1957-58, when he served in the U.S. Navy. He distributed mail, sold advertising for the Dodgertown programs, moved into the minor league department and then worked his way into the Dodger ticket office as assistant manager.

During Spring Trainings, he sold season tickets in downtown Vero Beach at Rexall Drugs, Vero Beach Cadillac and Rice Brothers Laundry. His big break came when he was named Dodger traveling secretary, a challenging and significant position he held for 20 years. In recent years, he advised the team on travel and was an assistant to the team broadcasters like Scully.

Regarding Dodger owner Walter O’Malley, for whom Billy worked from 1950-79, he said, “who made it so you never wanted to work anywhere else.”

A Dodger through and through, he is survived by a daughter, Barbara DeLury, of Los Angeles. On Monday, April 13, a memorial service will be held at St. Stephen Martyr Catholic Church in Monterey Park, CA.

Environmental Learning Center receives national certification

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ELC LogoThe Environmental Learning Center, (ELC) has earned national certification as a Nature Explore Classroom from Dimensions Educational Research Foundation and the Arbor Day Foundation. The ELC joins a growing network of organizations and institutions that have created effective nature-based outdoor learning environments for children. This network allows for idea-sharing, peer support and continuous development.

ELC Naturalist, Rosemary Badger states, “We call our Nature Explore Classroom Imagination Station. One side is intentionally left “wild” where exploration is encouraged. The other side is located next to the large picture window of our Entry Pavilion, where visitors can look out at children and families enjoying the area. It makes me smile when I hear laughter and singing coming from Imagination Station and from seeing that the area is loved by so many.”

“Environmental Learning Center has shown tremendous leadership in growing the next generation of environmental stewards,” said Susie Wirth, Nature Explore Outreach Director. “Their commitment to providing research-based and nature-rich learning offers a wonderful example to educators throughout the country.”

The classrooms, which are being developed across the country, offer interactive elements such as musical instruments made of natural materials, garden or pathway areas and natural materials for building and creating art. Children who learn and grow in Certified. Nature Explore Classrooms enhance concentration, develop creativity and problem-solving, relieve stress and improve skills in many areas of development.

The mission of The Environmental Learning Center is to provide stimulating environmental education programs that instill an understanding of the natural world, enrich people’s lives, and inspire participants to be active stewards of the surrounding natural resources.

The Arbor Day Foundation is a million member nonprofit conservation and education organization with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees.  More information on the Foundation is available at arborday.org.

The mission of the non-profit Dimensions Educational Research Foundation is to inspire children, families and educators to connect more deeply with the world around them by providing innovative, research-based programs and resources.

The Environmental Learning Center is located north of Vero Beach, off County Road 510 at the western end of the Wabasso Bridge. Its 64 acre campus includes exhibit areas, native plant gardens, picnic facilities, gift shop, and a visitor center. ELC membership benefits, a list of its many field excursions, Ecology Adventures, including nature walks, canoe excursions and other boating adventures may be found at www.DiscoverELC.org. Admission to the ELC, a non-profit organization, is $5 per person; there is no charge for ECL members and children 12 and under. The first Saturday of every month is free-of-charge for all.

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  1. Press Release:

    FOUR CHAPLAINS MEMORIAL SERVICE 74th Anniversary
    Sunday, February 11, 2017, 2:00 pm
    At the Four Chaplains Monument, Riverview Park, Sebastian, Florida

    At 12:55 am on February 3, 1943, the USAT Dorchester was tragically sunk. Of the 902 young men on board only 230 survived. Many of those survivors owe their lives to the courage and leadership exhibited by the heroic Four Chaplains, who, in sacrificing their lives, created a unique legacy of brotherhood. These Four Chaplains gave their life jackets to save four soldiers and, in so doing, gave up their only means of survival. They were last seen on the deck of the ship with their arms linked together and their heads bowed in prayer as they went to their watery graves in the North Atlantic off the coast of Greenland. Each Chaplain received the Purple Heart and the Distinguished Service Cross posthumously.

    The Four Chaplains Monument in Sebastian is a “Living Monument” created by Dorchester Survivor Ernie L. Heaton and Monument President Larry Wapnick. It is a tribute to the Chaplains, Chaplain George L. Fox, Methodist, Chaplain Alexander D. Goode, Rabbi, Jewish Faith, Chaplain Clark V. Poling, Dutch Reformed Church and Father John P. Washington, Catholic Priest. Heaton was one of the last survivors to see the Chaplains alive. This is validated by an official Army Air Corp Document.

    In 2010, both Ernie Heaton and Larry Wapnick were elected to the Board of Directors of The Chapel of Four Chaplains, Phila, PA. The Chapel, founded in 1951, is devoted to the “Eternal Chaplains” and “Interfaith In Action”. Their mission is to “Encourage Cooperation and Selfless Service Among All People.” This Memorial Service in Sebastian, FL, honors them, and awards those who stand out in the community for their sacrifices in making it a better place to live with national awards.

    There will be a full military ceremony replete with Color Guard, a 21-gun salute and live Taps played by Duke Scales.

    The program will open with a Benediction, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance by Arnie Schwichtenberg, a Pearl Harbor Survivor and Boy Scout Troop 500 of Sebastian, followed by The National Anthem, sung by Tania Ortega Cowan of the Vero Beach Opera. There will be a welcome from Sebastian Mayor Bob McPartlan The ceremony will have messages and words from Lt. General Bill Welser , USAF Ret., and the Members of the Indian River County Ministerial Committee. They will again honor and perform the rituals of the Chaplains Ceremony. Their presentation is complete and beautiful. Tania Ortega Cowan of The Vero Beach Opera will sing patriotic songs. Pearl Harbor Survivor Arnie Schwichtenberg will recite the Pledge of Allegiance and speak as an honored guest. There will be many local Veterans Organizations also honoring these “Eternal Men!” Highlights of our annual ceremony will be awards given to those who have given back to our Indian River Community, Carol Kanarek and Ann Marie McCrystal both of the VNA/Hospice of the Treasure Coast. Sheriff Deryl Loar, a past recipient of the Medal of Honor, will also be a guest speaker.
    The ceremony will be completed with “Echo Taps” played by Duke Scales.
    Children and adults of all faiths, colors and creeds, are invited to come together as Americans for this anniversary service. The service should last no longer than one hour. It is a must for all to learn about the Four Chaplains sacrifice and why all Americans must stand together as the Chaplains did 74 years earlier.

    For more information contact: Larry Wapnick: president of the Four Chaplains Monument at 772 532 8749.

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