SATURDAY, SEPT. 29
. "Night Sounds" from 7-9 p.m. hosted by the Friends of Sebastian Inlet State Park supporting National Public Lands Day, the concert will showcase recording artists Billy Mure, Debbie Murphy and the Top Hats. Sebastian Inlet State Park is located south A1A in Melbourne.
FRIDAY, OCT. 5 - SATURDAY, OCT. 6
. Riverside Theatre presents "The Comedy Zone," Waxlax Stage, Riverside Theatre, Vero Beach, 7:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m. Featuring Brian Bradley and Rahn Hortman. Cost: $15. Website: www.riversidetheatre.com.
SATURDAY, OCT. 6
. Education program, Sebastian Inlet State Park, Sebastian, 1 p.m. Learn techniques for catching snook and redfish in the inlet. Cost: Park entry fees apply. Website: www.floridastateparks.org/sebastianinlet/events.cfm.
. Craft show, Riverview Park, Sebastian, 9 a.m. Hosted by the Craft Club of Sebastian. Rain date: Oct. 7. Cost: Free. Website: www.sebastiancraftclub.com.
. Pet blessing, St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church, Sebastian, 10 a.m. Event includes vendors, representatives of animal organizations, music, raffles and children's activities. Website: www.stelizabethssebastian.org.
. Community appreciation day, McKee Botanical Garden, Vero Beach, 10 a.m. Cost: $1. Website: www.mckeegarden.org.
. Sunset Saturday night concert series, Humiston Park, Vero Beach, 5 p.m. Enjoy live music and entertainment oceanside. Cost: free. Website: www.verobeachoba.com.
. Flea market, St. Sebastian Catholic Church, Sebastian, 8 a.m. Antiques, collectibles, crafts, plants, household goods and more. Cost: Free admission. Call (772) 581-8665 for more information.
. Open house, Riverside Theatre, Vero Beach, 1 p.m. Tour the backstage area and shops of the largest regional theater in the state and see how the magic happens. Giveaways and light refreshments served. Cost: free. Website: www.riversidetheatre.com.
SATURDAY, OCT. 6 - SUNDAY, OCT. 7
. State Special Olympics-Aquatics Championship, North County Aquatic Center, Sebastian, 8 a.m. Cost: Not available. Website: www.specialolympicsflorida.org.
. Autumn in the Park, Riverside Park, Vero Beach, 9 a.m. The Treasure Coast Pilot Club presents the 25th annual juried crafts and artworks show. Cost: free admission and parking. Website: www.autumn-in-the-park.org.
SUNDAY, OCT. 7
. Sunday "smokeless" Bingo will resume at 12:45 p.m. sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 189 at 807 Louisiana Ave., in Sebastian. Proceeds go towards scholarships for family of veterans, transportation, needs and gifts for veterans. For more information call (772) 589-8710.
TUESDAY, OCT. 9
. Quarter auction, St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church, Sebastian, 6 p.m. A fun-filled event with local vendors, food and items for auction. The benefits will go toward a local charity. Cost: free. Website: www.stelizabethssebastian.org.
FRIDAY, OCT. 12
. Indoor movie, St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church, Sebastian, 6:30 p.m. Movie is shown in the parish hall. Snacks are available. Cost: free admission. Website: www.stelizabethssebastian.org.
SATURDAY, OCT. 13
. Nurse On Call and Pointe West will be honoring local heroes through a Family Fun Day for the county's Honor Flight Program, a nonprofit organization created to honor American's veterans. Live music, food, bounce house, games, face painting, and petting zoo. All proceeds from food, raffles and T-shirt sales will be used towards transporting veterans to Washington D.C. For more information, call (772) 770-1167.
. Education program, Sebastian Inlet State Park, Sebastian, 1 p.m. Learn techniques for preparing and smoking fish. Cost: Park entry fees apply. Website: www.floridastateparks.org/sebastianinlet/events.cfm.
. The Met: Live in HD, The Majestic 11 Theatre, Vero Beach, 12:55 p.m. Donizetti's "L'Elisir d'Amore." Cost: $275 for a season ticket. Website: www.verobeachopera.org.
. Beachside half marathon and 10k run, Riverside Park, Vero Beach, 5 a.m. Proceeds go toward the Indian River County Healthy Start Coalition. Cost: $40-$85, depending on the race and date of signup. Website: www.beachsidehalfmarathon.com.
. Bowling fundraiser, Vero Bowl, Vero Beach, 4:30 p.m. "Let's Bowl for Health" is a fundraiser for Treasure Coast Community Health's children's dental sealant program. Cost: $20 per person. Website: www.tcchinc.org.
. Art show, Sebastian River Art Center, Sebastian, 10 a.m. The Sebastian River Art Club presents "Festival of Fine Art." Cost: free. Website: www.sebastianriverartclub.org.
SATURDAY, OCT. 13 - SUNDAY, OCT. 14
. Gun show, Indian River County Fairgrounds, Vero Beach, times vary. Dealers will have large selections of ammunition, new and used guns, accessories and more. Express concealed weapons permit classes offered. Presented by Patriot Productions. Cost: $4. Website: www.showclix.com/event/3719362.
. Fort Pierce Orchid Society will celebrate its 50th anniversary from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the St. Lucie County Shrine Club, 4600 Oleander Ave., Fort Piece. The event is open to the public. Admission is $3, kids under 12 free, and free parking. This year's theme is "Falling for Orchids" There will be orchid vendors, supply vendors, orchid displays, a food vendor, and raffles for orchids, a basket and a handmade quilt. The show is an American Orchid Society accredited and judged show. The Fort Pierce Orchid Society meets the second Saturday of the month, 10 a.m. at the Garden Club of Fort Pierce, 911 Parkway Drive, Fort Pierce. For more information, call (772) 465-4674 or visit www.myfpos.com.
SATURDAY, OCT. 13 - MONDAY, OCT. 15
. Atlantic Surfing Federation Championship, Sebastian Inlet State Park, Sebastian, time to be announced. Contest will take place by the north jetty. Cost: Park entry fees apply. Website: www.atlanticsurfing.org.
SUNDAY, OCT. 14
. Bowling tournament, Vero Bowl, Vero Beach, 1 p.m. The sixth annual "Bowl to Build" tournament will benefit the Indian River County Habitat for Humanity's scholarship education program. Cost: $30. Website: www.irchabitat.org.
THURSDAY, OCT. 18
. Treasure nights trunk show extravaganza, Riverside Theatre, Vero Beach, 5 p.m. Benefits Harvest Food and Outreach Center and Riverside Theatre. Cost: $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Call (772) 231-8207 for more information.
FRIDAY, OCT. 19
. Variety show, Sebastian Elks Lodge No. 2714, Sebastian, 7 p.m. The nonprofit organization, The Welcome Wagon, will present the "Fall Follies Variety Show." Proceeds will go toward local charities. Cost: $7. For more information, call (772) 571-7715.
FRIDAY, OCT. 19 - SATURDAY, OCT. 20
. Riverside Theatre presents "The Comedy Zone," Waxlax Stage, Riverside Theatre, Vero Beach, 7:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m. Featuring Frankie Paul and Gid Pool. Cost: $15. Website: www.riversidetheatre.com.
. Musical, Waxlax Center for the Performing Arts, Saint Edwards School, Vero Beach, times vary. "The Sound of Music" will be presented by the theater students. Cost: Not available. Website: www.steds.org.
FRIDAY, OCT. 19 - WEDNESDAY, OCT. 31
. Scarecrows in the Garden, McKee Botanical Garden, Vero Beach, times vary. View dozens of scarecrows created by local families, schools and businesses. Cost: Garden admission fees apply. Website: www.mckeegarden.org.
SATURDAY, OCT. 20
. Star party, Sebastian Inlet State Park, Sebastian, 7:15 p.m. The Indian River Astronomy Society will host a stargazing party at the day use area, a half mile south of the bridge, weather and clouds permitting. Telescopes will be provided, or bring your own. Cost: Park entry fees apply. Website: www.floridastateparks.org/sebastianinlet/events.cfm.
. Education program, Sebastian Inlet State Park, Sebastian, 1 p.m. Learn how to make, repair and throw a cast net. Cost: Park entry fees apply. Website: www.floridastateparks.org/sebastianinlet/events.cfm.
. Frightening formals on 14th Avenue, The Heritage Center, Vero Beach, 7 p.m. Attire for the Halloween dance party is zombie formal. Event benefits the Heritage Center and Indian River Citrus Museum. Cost: $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Website: www.veroheritage.org.
. Indoor garage sale, Vero Beach Community Center, 8 a.m. Community garage sale. Cost: free. Website: www.covb.org.
. Outdoor movie, LaPorte Farms, Sebastian, 5:30 p.m. Watch a movie under the stars and enjoy the animals. Cost: Donations requested. Website: www.laportefarms.com.
. Howl-O-Ween Dog Pawrade and Pet Expo, Dogs for Life, Vero Beach, 2 p.m. A costume contest and parade with raffles, live entertainment, food and drinks. Rain date: Oct. 27. Cost: free. Website: www.dogsforlifevb.org.
. Marching band festival, Vero Beach High School, Vero Beach, 9 a.m. The 31st annual Treasure Coast Crown Jewel Marching Band Festival. Cost: preliminaries and finals competition, $12, finals only, $10. Website: www.crownjewel.vero-beach.fl.us.
. Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, Riverview Park, Sebastian, 7:30 a.m. A noncompetitive fundraising walk to fund lifesaving research and support programs. Cost: Not available. For more information, call (772) 562-2272.
. 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.
. 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.
. 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
. 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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