FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4 THROUGH SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5

• Oktoberfest Nights: Celebrate Oktoberfest with German-themed food and music during our Oktoberfest Nights and enjoy Riverside’s showcase of professional comedians touring the comedy circuit on the Waxlax Stage and local musicians on the Live in the Loop stage. Comedians are: Drew Thomas and Mark Evans. October 4 and 5 at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Tickets for comedian showcase: $12 - $18 with free music at Live in the Loop outdoor stage. Comedy performances take place on the Waxlax Stage at Riverside Theatre.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4 THROUGH SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6

• 3M Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge U.S. Nationals: Welcome to the 3M Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge as seen on ESPN for a dozen years. The Challenge annually attracts hundreds of U.S. and Canadian municipal fire departments from more than 25 regional event locations and is now expanding to countries around the world, including New Zealand, Germany, Argentina, Chile, and South Africa. The Challenge seeks to encourage firefighter fitness and demonstrate the profession's rigors to the public. Wearing "full bunker gear" and the Scott 5.5 Air-Pak breathing apparatus, pairs of competitors race head-to-head as they simulate the physical demands of real-life firefighting by performing a linked series of five tasks including climbing the 5-story tower, hoisting, chopping, dragging hoses and rescuing a life-sized, 175 lb. "victim" as they race against themselves, their opponent and the clock. Many consider this to be the "toughest two minutes in sports." Free admission to the public. Kids firefighter combat challenge will be held. Fun for all ages with food trucks, cold beverages and music. Are you as tough as a firefighter? If so, here is your chance to prove it. Saturday, October 5 the pro-am challenge will take place. For additional information, CALL 772-871-5458. Join us from 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. located at Manatee Observation & Education Center, 480 N Indian River Dr, Fort Pierce.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5 THROUGH SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10

• Countryside Family Farms Fall Festival: Saturdays & Sundays 10 am – 5 pm $11.95 plus tax, buy online. $14.95 plus tax, buy at the gate. 2 and under free at Countryside Citrus, 6325 81st Street, Vero Beach. 772-581-0999 (toll free 888-550-5745) For more information visit www.countrysidefamilyfarms.com.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5

• Black & White Masquerade Centennial Ball: The Fifth Annual Black & White Masquerade Centennial Ball will be held Saturday, October 5, 2019, at the Vero Beach Country Club, 800 30th Street, Vero Beach. The festivities begin at 6:00 pm. Sponsored by Exchange Club of Indian River Foundation, this popular event features a cocktail hour, dinner, silent and live auctions, and more. Black and white country club attire is suggested; masks are encouraged but optional. We will be honoring Tammy Bursick & Tony Young, founders of the Centennial Committee, at the ball. There is a silent auction and a live auction. The live auction will feature Mrs. Centennial, Anna Valencia Tillery, as the celebrity auctioneer. The Bobby Owen Band, an outstanding four-piece Treasure Coast band will provide Classic Rock, Country, Blues, and Oldies music for dancing and listening pleasure. All proceeds – 100% – from the event benefit local projects for the prevention of child abuse. Sponsorships ranging from $250 to $5,000 are available now. Donations of items for the silent and live auctions, the raffle, and door prizes are welcome; cash contributions and gift cards and certificates in any amount are appreciated. Contact ngollnick@historicdodgertown.com, for details. The Exchange Club of Indian River Foundation is a charitable 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization (Federal ID #65-1098946, Florida Registration #CH14747). It was founded in 2001 exclusively for charitable purposes, specifically to aid in the prevention of child abuse. Because members believe every child in their community should have the opportunity to grow up healthy, safe, and strong, the Foundation funds local projects in pursuit of this goal. Nancy Gollnick is the chair of the event. To learn more about the Black & White Ball, working for prevention of child abuse, or donating to the Foundation, email, info@exchangeclubofindianriver.org, visit the club’s website http:/www.exchangeclubofindianriver.org/ and Facebook page, or call event chair Nancy Gollnick at 772-532-8758.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 7

• Movement at the Museum: Partnership with the Alzheimer’s & Parkinson’s Association / Music and movement program to improve flexibility, balance, and strength / 1-2:15 p.m. / $5 per person / No registration required. Located at the Vero Beach Museum of Art, 3001 Riverside Park Dr, Vero Beach.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11 THROUGH SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12

• Howl at The Moon: More than a dueling pianos show, Howl at the Moon is a high-energy music show. Come sing, dance, and howl as the most talented musicians perform your favorite rock, pop, and dance hits. Local musicians will continue to perform on our outdoor stage. October 11 and 12 at 7:30 p.m. Howl Tickets: $12 - $22 with free music at Live in the Loop outdoor stage. Performances take place on the Waxlax Stage at Riverside Theatre.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 15

• Friction Farm: Join us as the modern-folk music duo Friction Farm combine storytelling, social commentary and humor to create songs of everyday life, local heroes and quirky observations on Tuesday, October 15th at 6:00 p.m. in the North Indian River County meeting room. This event, sponsored by the Friends of the North IRC Library is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. The Library is located at 1001 Sebastian Boulevard (CR 512) three miles west of U.S. 1. For more information about this or other programs at the library call (772) 589-1355 or visit the Library website at www.irclibrary.org.

ONGOING EVENTS

• The Sebastian Old Boys Welcoming New Players: Join us Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings from 8:00a.m. to 11:30a.m. Batting practice is conducted followed by two 7-inning games each day. The games are pick-up games with teams picked from players who show up that day. The age bracket is 50 and over and all skill levels are welcomed although some history of playing helps. The field is located at 1115 Barber St; Sebastian, Florida 32958 (Barber street sports complex). Turn South on Barber Street and go a quarter mile and the park with 4 fields is on the right. For more information Contact Bob Martin at 772-766-1589.

•Trolley Historical Tours, Sponsored by Piper Aircraft: On the first Saturday of every month from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The narrated free tour (by microphone) will go from Downtown Historical areas to Piper Aircraft, Vero Beach Regional Airport, Historic Dodgertown, 43rd Avenue to 16th Street school area, McKee, Miracle Mile/Young Park on the mainland, and Beachside historic references with several stops along the way. These will include: Airport, Memorial Island, VB Museum of Art, the marina, dog park, and the rowing club area. Held the first Saturday of every month beginning on Saturday, January 5, through Saturday, October 5. Maximum of 20 people per tour and reservations are needed by calling the City Clerk office by 3pm on Friday the day before the tour: 772-978-4700. Located at Indian River County Chamber of Commerce, 1216 21st St, Vero Beach.

•Sewing Club Meets: The Florida Sewing Sew-Ciety [FSS] is a non-profit organization that welcomes all sewists - garment construction, quilters, home decor - with a focus on skill building and hands-on sewing at all levels: novice to experienced. The Vero Beach Chapter meets the third Monday of every month, year-round, at the St. Augustine Episcopal Church located at 475 43rd Avenue in Vero Beach at 9:30 a.m Join them to share and learn through our educational programs. The love of sewing is our common thread! For more information, contact Maryann at mwyentzer@hotmail.com or Susan at 772-567-6595 for further information.

• Craft Club of Sebastian: Artists and crafters from Brevard, Indian River, Martin and St. Lucie counties are welcome. Meets September through April on the third Thursday of each month from 2-3 p.m. at the North Indian River County Library on County Road 512 in Sebastian. For more information, visit www.sebastiancraftclub.com/

• Third Thursday dances: 7-10 p.m. on the third Thursday each month, all year, at Vero's Heritage Center, 2140 14th Ave. Sponsored by USA Dance. General fee is $10 per person. Singles, couples, all levels of dance ability welcome, with dressy/casual attire. Different popular ballroom dance style and theme each month. Group class with a professional instructor starts at 7 p.m.; social dancing follows. For more information, visit www.verodance.org.

• Sebastian Area Historical Museum is dedicated to preserving and displaying the history of the 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 and the 1st. and 3rd Saturday of each month from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free and the reference library is open by appointment. Call (772) 581-1380.

• 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.

• 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.

ART GALLERIES

• 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.

To have your upcoming event listed here, email newsfp@hometownnewsol.com.

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.