FRIDAY, DEC. 21
• 'Christmas Road Trip:' 6 p.m., Vero Beach High School Performing Arts Center, 1707 16th Street, Vero Beach. The City of Vero Beach Recreation Department's gymnastics and performing arts students will present this original holiday production. Students will perform acrobatic dance routines and amazing aerial acts with a twist of gymnastics set to a holiday tale of three sisters on a road trip to their grandparents house and their magical encounters along the way. Tickets are $8 for adults and $7 for children (ages 6-12) and seniors; children 5 and under are free. Tickets are available at Leisure Square and Riverside Racquet Complex, or at the door. All proceeds benefit the City of Vero Beach Recreation Department’s performing arts programs. For more information, call (772) 567-2144 or visit www.covb.org.
SATURDAY, DEC. 22
• Night Sounds Concert Series: 6-8 p.m., pavilions on Coconut Point at the Sebastian Inlet State Park, 9700 S. A1A, Melbourne Beach. Featuring 20th Street Jazz Band, a 15-piece band that plays traditional jazz standards, favorite swing and popular music. Free with regular park entry fees. For more information, call (772) 388-2750 or visit www.floridastateparks.org/park/Sebastian-Inlet.
THROUGH SUNDAY, DEC. 23
• Holidays at McKee: McKee Botanical Garden, 350 U.S. 1, Vero Beach. Enjoy the popular holiday tradition as the Garden is adorned with holiday cheer, thousands of brilliant lights and festive holiday decorations throughout the palms and pathways. Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, see and hear the vintage band organ and large-scale model train display. Holidays at McKee will be held from 6-8 p.m. each night. General admission rates apply; $12 for adults, $11 for seniors, $8 for children ages 3-12, and free for McKee members and younger children. For more information, visit www.mckeegarden.org.
• 'Christmas 1944: Bastogne:' Hosted by King's Baptist Church, 3235 58th Ave., Vero Beach. Walk through 14 scenes of horror and hope in the unfolding of the largest and bloodiest battle fought by the United States in World War 2. The audience becomes a part of the story of two American G.I.s, their families waiting back in America, and the citizens of Bastogne caught in the vortex of a world war. The tension of D-Day, the struggle for meaning in Flossenbürg concentration camp, the tenacity of desperate soldiers in hopeless battles, the sacrifice of Belgian nurses and the indomitable spirit of an American general make for a Christmas like few others in American history. Choose from one of eight nights, December 13-16 and 20-23. Journeys begin every 10 minutes between 6 and 9 o’clock each evening. This is a walking journey, so guests should be ambulatory. Because some of the scenes are particularly intense, provisions have been made for parents with young and/or sensitive children to “detour” those experiences. Experience has shown that the first week is much less crowded. The event is free and no reservations are required. You can get a fast pass in order to secure a certain time slot by going to www.christmas1944.com
SUNDAY, DEC. 23
• Christmas Cantata: 'Appalachian Winter' will be performed during the 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. services in the sanctuary at First Presbyterian Church of Vero Beach, 520 Royal Palm Blvd., Vero Beach. Features local professional guest wind musicians, the church's chancel choir and youth string orchestra, and a specialized bluegrass consort. Free admission. For more information, contact Ginger Lagemann at (772) 562-9088 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
THROUGH MONDAY, DEC. 24
• Winter KidFest at The Majestic 11: Every day at 11 a.m., The Majestic 11, 940 14th Lane, Vero Beach, will feature a holiday classic, G or PG rated, for free for children's admission. Adults are admitted for $2 or for free with the donation of a non-perishable food item to benefit local food pantries. See 'Home Alone' from Nov. 30 through Dec. 6; 'Elf' from Dec. 7-13; and 'Polar Express' from Dec. 14-24. Tickets will be available at the The Majestic 11's box office the day of the show. No group or daycare tickets will be made available. For more information, visit www.majesticvero.com
FRIDAY, DEC. 28
• Downtown Friday: Street party along 14th Avenue in downtown Vero Beach from 6-9 p.m. on the last Friday of the month. Live music, food, fun, crafts, more. For more information, call (772) 643-6872 or email email@example.com.
FRIDAY, DEC. 28 — SATURDAY, DEC. 29
• Howl at the Moon — Winter Nights: Two seatings, 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Waxlax Stage at Riverside Theatre, 3250 Riverside Park Drive, Vero Beach. More than a dueling pianos show, this is a high-energy music show. Come sing, dance, and howl as the most talented musicians perform your favorite rock, pop, and dance hits from the 80’s, 90’s, and today. Local musicians will perform on the free outdoor stage between Howl performances. Howl tickets: $12-$22. For information, call (772) 231-6990 or visit www.riversidetheatre.com.
FRIDAY, DEC. 28 — SUNDAY, DEC. 30
• Nights of Lights: McKee Botanical Garden, 350 U.S. 1, Vero Beach. Enjoy the Garden at night with thousands of glimmering lights and lit displays, along with the vintage band organ and large-scale model train display. Nights of Lights will be held from 6-7:30 pm. General admission rates apply; $12 for adults, $11 for seniors, $10 for children ages 3-12, and free for McKee members and younger children. For more information, visit www.mckeegarden.org.
SATURDAY, DEC. 29
• Free Admission Saturday: On the last Saturday each month, bring friends and family to enjoy the Vero Beach Museum of Art, 3001 Riverside Park Drive, Vero Beach. All the galleries and sculpture parks are open to be explored, free of charge, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, call (772) 231-0707 or visit www.vbmuseum.org/
SUNDAY, DEC. 30 — MONDAY, DEC. 31
• 'Nutcracker on the Indian River:' Unique Vero Beach production returns for a second season. The libretto and classical score retain the whimsy and magic of the original ballet, but move the action to the year Vero was founded (1919). The ballet’s heroine, Marie, takes a holiday journey from New York to Florida. Instead of a second act featuring candy characters, Marie dreams of the shores of the Indian River Lagoon, and is entertained by all manner of local flora and fauna. The show mixes all the magic of the holiday season to entertain and inspire. Two performances: Sunday at 8 p.m. and Monday at 2 p.m. Presented at the Vero Beach High School Performing Arts Center, 1707 16th Street, Vero Beach. For more information, call (772) 564-5537 or visit www.balletverobeach.org.
MONDAY, DEC. 31
• Hungrytown concert: Prepare to ring in the new year with an afternoon of music from the popular folk music duo Hungrytown. 2 p.m., North Indian River County Library, 1001 Sebastian Blvd, Sebastian. Free. For more information, call (772) 589-1355 or www.irclibrary.org
• Party of the Century – Diamonds are Forever: 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., hosted by Main Street Vero Beach on the grounds of the Heritage Center and surrounding block along 14th Avenue in downtown Vero Beach. Enjoy ringing in a new year at the official Centennial New Year's Eve event downtown. Free event with live entertainment, outdoor dance floor, beer garden, champagne bar, food trucks, activities and games, and a diamond ball drop and fireworks to kick off the 2019 Centennial year in Vero Beach. For more information, call (772) 299-1383 or visit www.mainstreetverobeach.org.
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/
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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/
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/
• 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.
• 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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