FRIDAY, JAN. 4

• First Friday Gallery Stroll: Galleries and businesses in historic downtown Vero Beach participate in the First Friday Gallery Stroll held from 5 to 8 p.m. on the first Friday of every month. The stroll is based along 14th Avenue from 19th Street to 23rd Street and the surrounding area. Both galleries and select businesses exhibit new artwork each month in a lively gallery reception atmosphere. A complimentary trolley will be active for the duration of the stroll. Look for the new vintage-style Trolley at the First Friday Gallery Stroll downtown Vero – October through April. First Friday Gallery Stroll Trolley will pick up passengers on 12th Court and 20th Street (the city parking lot across from Jetson’s). The Trolley will run a continuous loop along 14th Avenue to 18th Street & Old Dixie with several assigned stops along the way. Hop on or off at your leisure from 5 - 9 p.m. This event will be held at Downtown Vero Beach, 14th Avenue, Vero Beach, 5 - 8 p.m. For more information, e-mail info@mainstreetverobeach.org, or call (772) 643-6782.

• Ballet Vero Beach in - Premieres: Program 2 features the company premiere of Matthew Carter’s lush and romantic French Songs, staged to Joseph Canteloube’s Songs of the Auvergne, a world premiere by Ballet Vero Beach Ballet Master Camilo A. Rodriguez, and the acquisition of Ariel Grossman’s exquisitely crafted Ori which received rave reviews when showcased at the 2017 Riverside Dance Festival. This event will be held at The VBHS Performing Arts Center, 1707 16th St., Vero Beach, 8 - 10 p.m. For more information, visit www.balletverobeach.org or call (772) 564-5537.

FRIDAY, JAN. 4 — SATURDAY, JAN. 5

• Ballet Vero Beach: 'Premieres,' Vero Beach High School Performing Arts Center, 1707 16th Street, Vero Beach. Features the company premiere of Matthew Carter’s lush and romantic "French Songs," staged to Joseph Canteloube’s "Songs of the Auvergne," a world premiere by Ballet Vero Beach Ballet Master Camilo A. Rodriguez, and the acquisition of Ariel Grossman’s exquisitely crafted "Ori" which received rave reviews when showcased at the 2017 Riverside Dance Festival. Shows are Friday at 8 p.m., and Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. For more information or tickets, call (772) 905-2651 or visit www.balletverobeach.org.

• The Comedy Zone Experience: Showcase of professional touring comedians on the Waxlax Stage at Riverside Theatre, 3250 Riverside Park Drive, Vero Beach, with local musicians performing outdoors, Live in the Loop. Comedians and musicians for this date are TBA. Comedy shows are at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Comedian showcase tickets: $12-$18. For information, call (772) 231-6990 or visit www.riversidetheatre.com.

FRIDAY, JAN. 4 — SUNDAY, JAN. 6

• Centennial Poster Competition: Indian River County School District's poster competition will be on display in the Holmes Great Hall, Vero Beach Museum of Art, 3001 Riverside Park Drive, Vero Beach. Competition winners will be announced on Saturday, followed by a reception at the Museum from 5:30-7 p.m. For more information, call (772) 231-0707 or visit www.vbmuseum.org/

FRIDAY, JAN. 4

• First Friday Gallery Stroll: Galleries on 14th Avenue will showcase works of their featured artists. Non-gallery businesses often feature local and regional artists' work in their establishments, and invite the public to enjoy refreshments, and often have special offers for their products and/or services Artists will be on hand to greet you and chat about their work and the work of others. Enjoy music and refreshments as you stroll in and out of the galleries, viewing some of the region's finest artists and some stars of the national and international art world. Ten galleries are clustered in a three-block area; perfect for an evening's leisurely stroll. This monthly event is free and open to the public, so join us for First Fridays and perhaps find just that perfect piece of art for your collection! The event will be held at Main Street Vero Beach, 1974 14th Avenue, from 5-8 p.m.

SATURDAY, JAN. 5

• Trolley Historical Tours: Celebrate Vero Beach's Centennial with this narrated tour, traveling between downtown and other historical areas. Each tour is limited to 20 people; reservations are required. The tours will last from 9 a.m. to noon.; meet at the Chamber of Commerce in downtown Vero Beach at 8:45 a.m. For reservations, call the City Clerk office by 3 p.m. the day before the tour at (772) 978-4700.

• Celebrate the Arts festival: Annual event held by the Cultural Council of Indian River County from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. under the oaks in Riverside Park, Vero Beach. Learn about more than 100 cultural organizations including theaters, orchestras, opera, museums, art galleries, performing arts venues and more. Enjoy performances from choral groups, orchestras and theatrical groups, and browse art, books and crafts for sale. Food and drink vendors on site, plus raffle chances and various event and performance tickets will be offered. For more information, call (772) 770-4857 or visit www.cultural-council.org/celebrate-the-arts-festival.

SATURDAY, JAN. 5 — SUNDAY, JAN. 6

• Waldo Sexton Homestead Days: Indian River Magazine and the Mark Tripson family invite you to take a rare tour of the original 1914 homestead of Vero Beach visionary Waldo Sexton, who created such masterpieces as the Ocean Grill, Driftwood Inn, Patio Restaurant and Szechuan Palace. You’ll find the home much the same way as when Sexton lived in it. See his secret garden and patio and the home he built next door for his daughter and the grounds of his Vero Beach Dairy and later Tripson Dairy. Hear of the iconoclastic Sexton from his gregarious family members. Presented as part of the Treasure Coast History Festival. The home is located at 5000 12th Street, Vero Beach. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $10 per person. For more information, contact Mark Tripson at (772) 473-1714 or tripsonmt@aol.com.

SATURDAY, JAN. 5 — SUNDAY, APRIL 28

• J. Seward Johnson, "Celebrating the Familiar" exhibit: McKee Botanical Garden, 350 U.S. 1, Vero Beach. This magnificent exhibition features twenty cast bronze figures depicting “the beautiful moments of ordinary life” on display throughout the Garden. Presented at human scale, the sculptures celebrate “the emotional and spiritual sustenance and pleasure that nature can provide to help us deal with life’s inevitable struggles.” For more information, call (772) 794-0601 or visit mckeegarden.org

THROUGH SUNDAY, JAN. 6

• Patten Community Gallery Exhibition opens: Featuring works from the Indian River Photo Club. Vero Beach Museum of Art, 3001 Riverside Park Drive, Vero Beach. Exhibit is open Dec. 15 through Jan. 6. For more information, call (772) 231-0707 or visit www.vbmuseum.org/

• 'Made in Germany: Art Since 1980 from the Rubell Family Collection' exhibit: Holmes and Titelman Galleries, Vero Beach Museum of Art, 3001 Riverside Park Drive, Vero Beach. This exhibition of sixty works is selected from more than 500 objects of contemporary German art from the renowned Rubell Collection, based in Miami. This exhibition, running Oct. 6 through Jan. 6, features cutting-edge painting, sculpture and photography from some of the most important practitioners of contemporary art. This exhibition features exceptional examples from Düsseldorf, Cologne, Berlin and Leipzig by pioneering artists from the late-twentieth and twenty-first centuries. For information or hours, call (772) 231-0707 or visit www.vbmuseum.org.

SUNDAY, JAN. 6

• 'Broadway: One Singular Sensation:' Presented by the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra at 3 p.m., The Emerson Center, 1590 27th Ave., Vero Beach. Enjoy favorites from Richard Rogers, Jerome Kern, Marvin Hamlisch, Meredith Wilsson, Kurt Weill, Leonard Bernstein, Cole Porter and Andrew Lloyd Webber. General admission tickets are $25 in advance; free for ages 18 and under. For tickets, call (855) 252-7276 or visit http://spacecoastsymphony.org/event/broadway-one-singular-sensation-2/

MONDAY, JAN. 7

• Adult Winter Term Classes start: Museum Art School classes hosted by the Vero Beach Museum of Art, 3001 Riverside Park Drive, Vero Beach, will run through March 15. For more information, call (772) 231-0707 or visit www.vbmuseum.org/

TUESDAY, JAN. 8

• 12th Annual Jake Owen Foundation Benefit Concert: Foundation benefit concert, held from 5 - 11 p.m., at IRC Fairgrounds, 7955 58th Ave., Vero Beach. For more information, visit https://www.jakeowenfoundation.org/.

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 9

• All Around The Town: Enjoy this exhibit in the Foyer Gallery Lobby of The Emerson Center featuring paintings and photography of local places around Vero. The event will be held at The Emerson Center 1590 27th Ave., Vero Beach, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

• Evita: Winner of 7 Tony Awards® including Best Musical, Evita is the passionate, exhilarating story of Eva Peron who used her charisma and charms to rise from her penniless origins to political power as the first lady of Argentina at the age of 27. Acclaimed and adored as a champion of the poor, her glamour, power and greed ended with her heart-breaking death at an early age. With an electrifying score of pop, jazz and Latin influences, Evita is filled with unforgettable Broadway numbers including its grand anthem, “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina.” The event will be held at Riverside Theatre 3250 Riverside Park Dr., Vero Beach, 2 - 4:30 p.m. For more information, call (772) 231-6990.

THURSDAY, JAN. 10

• Under the Florida Skies with Jon Bell: Florida's skies are special. Broad vistas frame low-slung horizons that are crowned with a lush blue canopy and cleansed by fresh ocean breezes. Clearly, the heavens above Florida are unique — whether seen by day or night. In our area, Florida nights come alive thanks to "Skywatch," a brief, informative, daily radio series presented by Jon Bell, Associate Professor of Astronomy at Indian River State College and, since it opened in 1993, the director of the school's Hallstrom Planetarium.

Bell's radio programs give listeners tips on observable stellar phenomena and alert them to earth science facts that provide an "inside track" on our beautiful planet and the place it holds in a vast universe. Importantly, Bell is a scientist with a gift for making science fun and entertaining. And, his January 10th presentation at The Emerson Center promises to leave you laughing, learning, and glad you arrived early for a preferred seat. No ticket is required. Arrive early for choice seating. The event will be held at The Emerson Center, 1590 27th Avenue, Vero Beach, 7 - 8:30 p.m.

FRIDAY, JAN. 11

• Cirque Italia: Cirque Italia, America’s first traveling Water Circus, is constantly searching for new ways to provide once in a lifetime experiences to the American audience, which lead to the introduction of our second unit, the Gold Unit. Our aim is to produce a luxurious atmosphere where water, technology, and preforming arts are mixed to create a one-of-a-kind show. No live animal acts. Although we may use puppets that look like animals, all of our shows remain strictly animal free. The event will be held at 7:30 p.m., Tickets can be purchased now starting at $10.00-$50.00 depending on availability. Cirque Italia offers one free child admission with every full priced paying adult ticket in levels 2 or 3. This offer cannot be combined with any other offers, discounts or deals. Please call 941-704-8572 to find out the promo code for this location. For more information, visit verobeach.com/Calendar_Event.cfm?idsEvent=8078&lstMonth=2019-1&pC=0000000000&flagText=0.

SATURDAY, JAN. 12

• Art auction: In Memory & Honor of Sylvia Resnick, Art Auction, over 150 pcs. Wine and Cheese reception, reservations and Tickets available from TBS , RSVP: tbsverosisterhood@gmail.com, TICKET DONATION: $8 each/2 for $15. All proceeds to benefit SafeSpace and TBS Sisterhood. The event will be held at Temple Beth Shalom, 365 43rd. Avenue, Vero beach, 7 - 11 p.m.

• Vintage & Green Market in Historic Downtown: Fresh food, vintage wares, antiques & collectibles at the outdoor market held on the 2nd Saturday of the month from Oct to March. Sponsored by Main Street Vero Beach (MSVB). This event will be held at Downtown Vero Beach, 14th Avenue, Vero Beach, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. For more information, visit mainstreetverobeach.org/vintage-market-green-market/.

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 16

• Flagler’s Florida East Coast Railway: Come and learn about Henry Flagler’s dream and how it changed Florida forever by “Caboose” Mikey Starck, Fl. East Coast Railway Society Director. Admission is free and refreshments will be served. Open to the public. This event will be held at 6 - 8 p.m., North Indian River County Library , 1001 Sebastian Blvd., Sebastian. For more information, visit verobeach.com/calendar.

THURSDAY, JAN. 17

• Early Elton: Early Elton is a Tribute to the Elton John, Dee Murray and Nigel Olsson trio tours of 1970 - 1972 featuring Jeff Kazee of Southside Johnny And The Asbury Jukes (piano, vocals), Rich Pagano of The Fab Faux (drums and vocals) and John Conte of Southside Johnny And The Asbury Jukes (bass and vocals).The Gospel/Funk of "Take Me To The Pilot", the soulful storytelling of "Levon" and "Amoreena", the epic-sounding "Burn Down The Mission", the countrified "Country Comfort" and the grand scale of "Madman Across The Water" are just a few of the fantastic chapters that make up the Early Elton songbook. This event will be held at The Emerson Center, 1590 27th Avenue Vero Beach, 7 p.m. For more information, visit https://www.theemersoncenter.org.

THURSDAY, JAN 24

• New Library Open House: The public is invited to the Open House of the Marian Fell Library from 1 – 5 p.m. The newest branch of the Indian River County Library System is brought to you through a partnership between the City of Fellsmere and Indian River County Board of County Commissioners. The Library is located at 63 North Cypress Street, Fellsmere Florida. The Marian Fell branch will hold an adult, young adult, and children’s book collection available for lending with access to all other services the Indian River County Library System has to offer. The operating hours will be Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 – 5 p.m. For more information, please call Tanya Huff at (772) 770-5060 ext. 4137.

SATURDAY, JAN. 26

• St Mark’s Church 5th Annual ReMarkable Treasure Sale: Furniture, electronics, clothing, artwork, sporting goods, Crystal, rugs, household items, and much more. This event will be held at Parish Hall, 1795 45th Street, Vero Beach, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. For more information, call Priscilla at (772) 971-1879.

THROUGH SUNDAY, JAN. 27

• Florida Watercolor Society's 2018 Traveling Show: The Elliott Museum, 825 N.E. Ocean Blvd., Stuart, hosts the FWS Traveling Show in its first stop, featuring more than half of the works shown in the FWS 47th annual exhibition in Bradenton. Exhibit will be on display Nov. 8 through Jan. 27. Exhibition is included in regular admission; Museum member admission is free. For more information, call (772) 225-1961 or visit https://elliottmuseum.org/events/

ONGOING EVENTS

• 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 Fridays during the season) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 4. 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.

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