FRIDAY, MAY 17 -- SATURDAY, MAY 18
37th annual Blue Water Open Dolphin Mania Charity Fishing Tournament: Hosted by the Exchange Club of Indian River Foundation, at Fort Pierce City Marina, 1 Avenue A, Fort Pierce. Registration at 6 p.m. Friday, May 18, near the marina's tiki bar. Mandatory Captain's meeting begins at 7 p.m. Friday. Tournament checkout is at 6:30 a.m. Saturday, May 18 (weather date is Sunday, May 19). The angler who catches the biggest dolphin in this year's dolphin-only Blue Water Open will win the top prize of $5,000. The second place winner will receive $2,000, the third place gets $1,000, and the anglers who catch the next five largest weighed fish will each earn a $400 Bounty Booty Winner's prize. Payout is based upon a minimum of sixty (60) entries in the tournament. Prizes will also be awarded to the Junior Angler (age 14 or less), the Lady Angler, and others. Entry fee per boat is $250. The fee to enter the optional Mahi Moolah contest is $100. All proceeds from the Exchange Club Blue Water Open Dolphin Mania Charity Fishing Tournament benefit the foundation's local youth-related projects for the prevention of child abuse. For more information, call John Binkley at (772) 532-9375 or Warren Lewis at (772) 321-6813. Visit www.bluewateropen.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
FRIDAY, MAY 17
Concerts in the Park: 5:30-8 p.m., Riverview Park, Sebastian. Atlantic Bluegrass Band will perform.
SATURDAY, MAY 18
Spring Fiesta: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 18. A celebration of the performing arts for children, at Riverside Children's Theatre. Music, magicians, clowns, puppets, theater, mimes, hands-on activities. Free. RCT Showcase at 10 a.m. 'Totally Red' at 11 a.m. 'Pirate Goodie & the Magic Chest' at 12:30 p.m. Christopher Tracy Magic Show at 1:15 p.m. 'Miss Nelson is Missing' at 2:15 p.m. For more information, visit http://riversidetheatre.com/riverside_childrens_theatre.php
Disasters & Dreams PowerPoint Program: 1 p.m. at the Sebastian Fishing Museum on the south side of Sebastian Inlet State Park. From the disaster of the Treasure Coast's 1715 Spanish shipwrecks to the dreams of the future on the Space Coast. Regular park entry fees apply. The park information line is (850) 245-2157.
Hurricane Preparedness Expo: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Treasure Coast Square mall, 3174 N.W. Federal Highway, Jensen Beach. The mall and the American Red Cross - Palm Beaches Treasure Coast Region, and sponsor Expert Shutter Services, Inc., host this event to prepare residents for hurricane season. The free expo will feature vendors, educational presentations and fun activities for kids that focus on safety and preparedness for this hurricane season.
SUNDAY, MAY 19
Emilio Rutllant in concert: 3 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Vero Beach, 520 Royal Palm Blvd. Vero Beach's own Emilio Rutllant is a graduate of Vero Beach High School, obtained his bachelor's degree in music performance at Stetson University, and is now pursuing a master's degree at the University of Miami School of Music. This summer he will travel to Italy to debut at La Scala Conservatory. He will be accompanied on piano by First Presbyterian's Director of Music and Arts, Jacob Craig, and will be joined in a duet by Jane Weise, his former flute teacher. There is no charge for admission, a free will offering will be received. For more information, call Jacob Craig at (772) 562-9088.
TUESDAY, MAY 21
'Bach to the Future:' 7 p.m. spring concert by the Vero Beach High School Orchestra program in the Performing Arts Center, 1707 16th Street, Vero Beach. Also features performances by students from Gifford Middle School. All seating is reserved at $12 orchestra level and $10 mezzanine level. Proceeds benefit the arts education of Indian River County students. For tickets, call (772) 564-5537.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 22
Roadside Rally: A Roadside Rally, coordinated by the Indian River County Citizens Advisory Support Group, will be held at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22, at the intersection of 45th Street and 33rd Avenue. The rally will be to "just say no" to abusive behavior, stop bullying and stopping violence. Everyone is welcome to make and bring your own sign.
"Treasure Finders Roadshow" from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Sebastian West branch on 1110 Roseland Road in Sebastian to benefit Harvest Food & Outreach Center. Renowned local expert Ralph Oko from Treasure Coast Collectibles will provide valuations for collectibles. Mr. Oko will be available by appointment. Call (772) 581-1341 to secure an appointment time to present up to three items for appraisal. A $5 donation per item to benefit Harvest Food & Outreach Center is requested.
Presentation on Drug Endangered Children: 2-5 p.m. Guardians for New Futures and Indian River County Sheriff's Office will host an informative presentation on drug endangered children at Children's Services Council of Martin County, 101 S.E. Central Parkway, Stuart. The presenter will be Michelle Akin from the state of Florida's Child Death Review Committee. Seating is limited. To register, visit www.gfnf4kids.org. For more information, call Elizabeth Mackenzie at (772) 201-1996 or email email@example.com
THURSDAY, MAY 23
Vero Beach Christian Business Association: 11:30 a.m. at The Plaza, located at 884 17th Street, Vero Beach. Former congressman and practicing physician Dave Weldon will discuss healthcare reform during the monthly luncheon of the Vero Beach Christian Business Association. Dr. Weldon will give a presentation on the changes that have already been implemented in the healthcare reform and what changes are still to come. Dr. Weldon served in the United States House of Representative for seven terms from 1995 to 2008, representing Florida's 15th Congressional District, which included Indian River County. There will be an opportunity to ask Dr. Weldon questions after the presentation. The cost of the luncheon is $15 if reservations are made before May 20, and will be $17 after that date. The cost includes a full buffet of a salad, entrees, sides, dessert and beverages provided by Culinary Capers. A nonprofit organization, the Vero Beach Christian Business Association is an equipping ministry for Christian business leaders, holding monthly luncheons and donating its surplus funds each year to local Christian ministries. For more information, go to the website at www.vbcba.org.
Roseland jam session: 2-5 p.m. at the Roseland Community Center, located at the corner of 129th Avenue and Bay Street. Features local residents who want to keep their musical skills sharp. There will be another on May 30, same time, same location. For more information, call (772) 913-2182.
'Enjoy Life, Choose Laughter:' 10:30-11:30 a.m., North Indian River County Library, 1001 Sebastian Blvd., Sebastian. Nancy Johnson will present an interactive and free program about laughter. For more information, call (772) 589-1355 or visit www.sebastianlibrary.com.
FRIDAY, MAY 24
Night Sounds at Sebastian Inlet concert series: 7-9 p.m. at the pavilion on Coconut Point, located on the south side of the inlet, overlooking the water. 23 Treez will perform a mix of reggae, rock, funk and jazz fused together for a beach sound. Regular park entry fees apply. The park information line is (850) 245-2157.
SATURDAY, MAY 25
Cast Net Class: 1 p.m. at the Sebastian Fishing Museum on the south side of Sebastian Inlet State Park. Learn to make, repair and throw cast nets. Regular park entry fees apply. The park information line is (850) 245-2157.
MONDAY, MAY 27
Memorial Day Service: 11 a.m. at Memorial Park at Riverview Park. The VFW and the American Legion will host this memorial service.
Sebastian Elks Memorial Day Family Picnic: Starts at noon, members and guests are invited. Hamburgers, hotdogs, a dunk tank, shady tents, bounce house, horseshoes, activities for children. Music provided throughout the afternoon by 'Music by Chuck.' The Sebastian Elks lodge is located at 731 S Fleming St, Sebastian. Contact the lodge at (772) 589-1516.
TUESDAY, MAY 28
Friends of St. Sebastian River meeting: Starts at 7:30 p.m. Alex Gomez of Pure Produce in Micco will give a presentation on the what, why and how of hydroponic gardening at the next meeting of the Friends on May 28. The meeting is free and held at the North Indian River County Library, 1001 Sebastian Blvd. in Sebastian. For more information, visit www.fssr.org, or call (772) 202-0501.
THURSDAY, MAY 30
Roseland jam session: 2-5 p.m. at the Roseland Community Center, located at the corner of 129th Avenue and Bay Street. Features local residents who want to keep their musical skills sharp. For more information, call (772) 913-2182.
FRIDAY, MAY 31 -- SUNDAY, JUNE 2
20th annual Blue Water Open fishing tournament: Captain's meeting held Friday, May 31 - registration at 5 p.m.; meeting at 6 p.m. The tournament itself starts June 1 at 6 a.m. Weigh-in runs from 2-5 p.m. Awards, giveaways and raffles will be held Sunday, June 2 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Captain Butcher's Marina, 1730 Indian River Drive, Sebastian. For more information, visit www.bluewateropen.com.
SATURDAY, JUNE 1 -- SUNDAY, JUNE 2
Treasure Coast Marine Flea Market & Boat Sale: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Indian River Fairgrounds, 7955 58th Ave., Vero Beach. Nautical and marine related merchandise and services, plus art, seafood, fishing supplies, a marine décor area and a shrimp eating contest. Visit www.FLNauticalFleaMarket.com for more information.
SATURDAY, JUNE 8
Florida's one-of-a-kind mud run: On June 8, more than 3,000 men and women, ages 14 and older, are expected to put their endurance and determination to the test with the demanding, one-of-a-kind "Beat the Gauntlet" obstacle course and mud run at Fellsmere's Mesa Park. Volunteer drill sergeants will motivate runners as they are sent out in waves, beginning at 9 a.m., through the course, which covers 200 acres and six miles. It consists of an assault obstacle ropes course developed by the Unites States Army, a grueling 1.4-mile run through Florida's Natural Preserve and a challenging man-made obstacle course, including ice, water, fire and, of course, tons of mud. All are invited to take the challenge. Finishers receive dog tags as medals, and all are invited to the Beat the Gauntlet After Party, which includes awards for Top Male, Top Female, Top Team (Male), Top Team (Female), Top Team (Mixed), Best Costume, Worst Costume and Top Team Tug of War, barbecue, DJ, bands, beer (21 or older to drink) and a multitude of vendors at Mesa Village. Parking costs $10, and registration is priced competitively. Visit www.BeatTheGauntlet.com for details.
SUNDAY, JUNE 9
Junie B. Jones Stupid Smelly Bus Tour: 2 p.m. at the Children's Store at Vero Beach Book Center. Tenth anniversary of the national tour, which brings first grader Junie B. Jones to life through theatrical performances and a chance to have books stamped with her signature stamp pad. The events are open to the public, and are recommended for children ages 5 and up. Vero Beach will be one of 20 cities visited from May through July. For a full list of tour cities and events, visit JunieBJones.com.
TUESDAY, JUNE 11
Take control of your credit score seminar: 5:30-7 p.m. at Seacoast National Bank, 1206 U.S. 1, Vero Beach. Enrollment is open now. Seacoast's Gene Broome, a community lending officer, will present this credit seminar which will help consumers to better manage their credit history, whether good or bad, and how to protect their credit rights. Admission is free and space is limited. Reservations may be made by emailing Michele.Knight@SeacoastNational.com or call (772) 564-8816. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, visit SeacoastNational.com.
Sebastian Area Historical Museum is dedicated to preserving and display the history of the Sebastian area with exhibits and artifacts from the Ais Indians, Pelican Island, Clothing, Family Life, Quilts, Fishing, Agriculture, and Early Transportation. The museum is located at 1235 Main Street, City Hall Complex, Sebastian, and is open Tuesday thru Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturdays, during the summer, from 1 p.m. to 4. Admission is free and the reference library is open by appointment. Call (772) 581-1380.
Friends After Diagnosis breast cancer support group: Two groups meet at Indian River Medical Center, 1000 36th Street, Vero Beach. One meets on the third Saturday of each month, from 10-11 a.m., in the executive dining room off the cafeteria. The other meets on the second and fourth Monday of each month, from 2-3:30 p.m. in the Cancer Center. Anyone who is a survivor, caretaker, friend or family member who has been touched by breast cancer is welcome to attend. For more information, contact Lin Reading at (772) 978-9392 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Turtle Walks: Advance registration required. Turtle walks are limited to 20 guests each, and are conducted in June and July on Fridays through Wednesdays at 9 p.m. at the Sebastian Fishing Museum on the south side of the Sebastian Inlet Bridge. Each program begins with a PowerPoint presentation at 9 p.m.; please arrive a few minutes early. If authorized scouts find turtles, the group will go directly to that turtle's location after the presentation. If not, around 10 p.m., the whole group will go to the beach with guides and walk up to 3 miles to look for nesting sea turtles. Participants must be in fair physical condition. No flash photography is permitted. Flashlights are not to be used on the beach, but may be used while crossing dunes to begin and end the walk. No water or restrooms available during the walk. Wear comfortable walking shoes or sneakers and insect repellent; long sleeves and pants are suggested. Each program may end as late as 1 a.m. Seeing sea turtles is not guaranteed, but it's common. Contact the Sebastian Fishing Museum, (772) 388-2750.
Spark of Divine Learning and Healing Center holds monthly meetings, workshops and classes including yoga, a drum circle, tarot reading and more. For more information, costs and a schedule, call (772) 257-6499 or visit www.meetup.com/spark-of-divine-spirit-unity-reiki-unconditional-love/events/calendar.
Garden walk with country care roses, weekends from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 14070 109th St., Fellsmere. For more information, call (772) 559-5036.
Vero Beach Elks Lodge sends cookies to soldiers: Homemade or store-bought cookies may be dropped off at 10 a.m. on the third Thursday of every month. Money donations for shipping costs are also appreciated. Bring cookies to Vero Beach Elks Lodge 1774, 1350 26th St. Vero Beach.
Friday farmer's market in downtown Vero Beach. For more information, call (772) 581-2746.
Men's singles tennis pyramid: Play runs from 6-8 p.m. every Thursday at the Riverside Racquet Complex, 350 Dahlia Lane, Vero Beach. This is an adult league for ages 18 and older; men's levels of 3.5/4.0. The fees are $2 per week for members and $5 per week for non-members (plus $1 light fee per hour when applicable). Participants must check inside the pro shop with the attendant on duty and pay before going to the courts. Players must register weekly by sending an email to Brian Orzel, singles pyramid coordinator at email@example.com by noon on Thursdays. A maximum of 14 players will be accepted for these pyramid or ladder format sets against three different opponents. For more information contact Gaby Dwyer, tennis supervisor, at (772) 231-4787 or contact Brian Orzel at (772) 538-0465.
Sunset Saturday night cruises: Oceanside Business Association of Vero Beach's sunset Saturday cruises on the second Saturday of the month located on the corner of Ocean Drive and Dahlia Lane. For more information, visit www.VeroBeachOBA.com.
Sunset at the plaza sponsored by Mulligan's Beach House will have arts, crafts, live music, kids eat free and more every Thursday from 5-8 p.m. at the Vero Beach Mulligan's, 1025 Beachland Blvd., Vero Beach.
Indian River Civic Association and the Florida Irish-American Society are conducting a food drive to benefit a local Veteran's Group Home. Every Wednesday at noon the Irish Club, located at 1314 20th Street in Vero Beach, invites the public for a home-made lunch and dessert while listening to the big band sound of a local senior musical group. All ages are invited, and the cost is $7, no reservation required. Please bring a non-perishable food item. Every month the IRCA distributes this food, along with fresh meat to the veterans. For more information, call (772) 913-1196 or (772) 569-1460.
Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge: Call the refuge at (772) 562-3909, Ext. 275, or visit fws.gov/pelicanisland/events
Italian-American War Veterans, Post No.3 and Women's Auxiliary, located at 2500 15th Ave., Vero Beach, holds business meetings at 7 p.m., on the second Wednesday of each month. Social meetings are held at 6 p.m., on the fourth Wednesday of the month. New members welcome. For information, call (772) 231-5673 or (772) 770-2558.
Vero Beach Railroad Station in downtown Vero Beach was originally built in 1903. It is on the National Register of Historic Places, and is open Tuesday from 10 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., and Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Visitors can tour the exhibit center and get a glimpse of local history from prehistoric times through World War II. There is a model train display that offers panoramic views of historical sites in Indian River County. The railroad station is located at 2336 14th Ave., Vero Beach. For more information, call (772) 778-3435.
Indian River County Historical Society preserves the artifacts, sites and structures related to Indian River County heritage and offers maps and directions to sites of historic interest throughout the county. The society is housed in a 1903 Vero Beach Train Station, located at 2336 14th Ave., Vero Beach, and is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. For more information, call (772) 778-3435.
The Heritage Bluegrass Band performs every Tuesday night, from 7:30-10 p.m. There is no admission charge and donations are appreciated. Light refreshments are available. The Heritage Center is located at 2140 14th Ave., Vero Beach.
Guided kayak tours: Visitors paddle along the Indian River Lagoon and enjoy nature at its tropical best. Experience the thrill of close encounters with dolphins, manatees and exotic birds. The guide is a master naturalist and U.S. Coast Guard captain. Cost is $47 each for a 2-1/2 hour tour. Reservations are required. Space is limited to 12 participants. For more information call (772) 234-3436.
Indian River Citrus Museum tells the story and preserves the artifacts, photographs and memorabilia of the pioneers who established the most distinguished citrus fruit in the world. Open Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., in the Heritage Center, 2140 14th Ave., Vero Beach. For more information call (772) 770-2263.
McKee Botanical Garden is an 18-acre botanical garden listed on the National Register of Historic Places and endorsed by the Garden Conservancy. This Florida hammock offers a diverse botanical collection, as well as several restored architectural treasures, the hall of giants and Spanish kitchen. Self-guided tours are available Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday from noon-5 p.m. It is closed Mondays and major holidays. Admission is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for children. It is located at 350 U.S. 1, Vero Beach. It also has a gift shop, library and café. For more information, call (772) 794-0601 or www.mckeegarden.org.
McLarty Treasure Museum features treasures discovered from ancient Spanish ships wrecked in 1715, off of Indian River County's coast. Open seven days a week from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is $1 for ages 6 and older. Located at 13180 A1A, Vero Beach, north of County Road 510. For more information, call (772) 589-2147.
Environmental Learning Center: An elevated boardwalk creates a trail through a mangrove forest, butterfly garden, native plant garden, wet labs and more. Also there are canoe tours, workshops and other activities. It's open daily, with one-hour tours offered throughout the week. There is no admission charge. Visitors can also see the Florida cracker-style home of poet Laura Riding Jackson on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. The center is located at 255 Live Oak Drive, Vero Beach, south of the Wabasso Bridge. For more information call (772) 589-5050 or visit www.elcweb.org.
ORCA: Enjoy the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area, 350 acres along the Indian River Lagoon in southern Indian River County. The trail system takes you through a variety of distinct natural communities. A canopy of live oaks, orchids, wild coffee bushes, mangrove wetlands and wildlife are part of the experience. There is a bird watching observation platform and tower and the "awesome pine," the largest slash pine tree in the world. Park is open daily from dawn to dusk, with weekly and monthly guided nature walks. There is no admission charge. For more information, call (772) 778-7200, Ext. 173.
St. Sebastian River buffer preserve: Hiking, jogging, walking and nature study are permitted throughout the preserve, except in areas posted as closed or restricted. Access point is off County Road 512, just west of Sebastian Middle School. The preserve is open for daily use only, except for overnight camping by permit. Horseback riding is allowed on Wednesday. Contact the preserve office to make camping reservations and obtain a permit at (321) 953-5004.
Environmental viewing area gives a close-up view of manatees and other wildlife during the winter months. Limited parking is available; see signage. It is west of the Vero Beach Municipal Power Plant on Indian River Boulevard, near the 17th Street Bridge, in Vero Beach.
Artists Guild Gallery, 1974 14th Ave., Vero Beach. Call (772) 299-1234 or visit www.artistsguildgalleryverobeach.com.
The Gallery at Windsor, 10680 Belvedere Square, Vero Beach. By appointment only. (772) 388-4071.
Gallery 14, 1911 14th Ave., Vero Beach. (772) 562-5525.
The Laughing Dog Gallery, 2910 Cardinal Drive, Vero Beach. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday. (772) 234-6711
Tiger Lily Art Studios and Gallery, 1903 14th Ave., Vero Beach. (772) 778-3443.
Vero Beach Museum of Art features exhibitions of international, national and state importance are shown throughout the year in four galleries. The museum also houses a gift shop store and is the largest teaching museum school in Florida. It is located at 3001 Riverside Park Drive, Vero Beach. For more information, call (772) 231-0707
BARS AND CLUBS
Capt. Hiram's Resort, 1580 U.S. 1, Sebastian. For a look at the full entertainment lineup, visit www.hirams.com. (772) 589-4345
Earl's Hideaway Lounge and Tiki Bar, 1405 Indian River Drive, Sebastian. Live Delta Blues music Tuesday nights by Ernie Southern. (772) 589-5700, (772) 388-2597 or www.earlshideaway.com.
J.J. Manning's Irish Pub, Wednesday night, wine and bingo night at 7 p.m.; Thursday, pub quiz night at 7 p.m. 740 S. Fleming St., Sebastian. (772) 589-1238. www.jjmanningirishpub.com
Kelley's Irish Pub, 484 21st St., B, Vero Beach, Friday night sing-along in the piano bar. (772) 567-3838.
Kilted Mermaid,1937 Old Dixie Highway Vero Beach. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 5 p.m.-1 a.m. Wednesday, open mic jam session; Thursday, trivia with Jason; Friday, live music; Saturday, live music. Call (772) 569-5533.
Long Branch Saloon, 2199 Seventh Ave., Vero Beach. (772) 569-4075.
Marsh Landing, 44 N. Broadway St., Fellsmere: Bluegrass jam every Thursday night from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Call for other entertainment schedules. (772) 571-8622.
Riverside Cafe, 1 Beachland Blvd., Vero Beach, Live entertainment. (772) 234-5550.
Tropical Inn Resort LGBT Brevard's Premier Gay & Lesbian Resort. Friday's female impersonator show; $15 includes two drinks. Seating starts at 8 p.m. Show starts at 9 p.m. Call for reservations. Saturday's Tiki Bar Poolside 2-10 p.m. Live performances and DJ JAM Masters. Sunday's, tiki bar poolside noon-10 p.m. T-dance, 4-8 p.m. Live performances and DJ JAM Master. The resort is located at 4700 Dixie Highway N.E. Palm Bay. For more information, call (321) 951-0350.
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