FRIDAY, DEC. 21

• Page to Screen series: Watching and discussing the book vs. the movie of 'Their Eyes Were Watching God' from 1-4 p.m., Kilmer Branch Library, 101 Melody Lane, Fort Pierce. Film is based on the 1937 book by Zora Neale Hurston. Film is not rated, 150 minutes. Please read the book first; copies of each selection are available for checkout. Free; no one under age 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian. For more information, contact Jennifer Johnson at (772) 462-2199 or johnsonjen@stlucieco.org.

• Free Friday Concert Series: 6-9 p.m., Port St. Lucie Civic Center, 9221 S.E. Civic Center Place, Port St. Lucie. Performance by the Wired Band. Concert will happen rain or shine either outside the Civic Center at Village Square Stage or inside the Emerald Ballroom. Free concert, plus arts and craft vendors, and food for purchase and a fully stocked cash bar. Free admission and free parking. For information on becoming a vendor, call Civic Center staff at (772) 807-4488.

• Sounds of the Season Holiday Concert: Sixth annual free holiday concert will be held 7-9 p.m., Sunrise Theatre, 117 S. Second Street, Fort Pierce. Hosted by the Children's Services Council of St. Lucie County. Your favorite songs of the season will be performed by programs funded by the Children’s Services Council, including the Boys & Girls Club, Future Generations, PACE Center for Girls, Multi-Cultural Resource Center and END IT. Tickets are free, but guests are encouraged to bring a book the night of the event to be donated to our St. Lucie Reads initiative that is working to get a book into the hands of every child in St. Lucie County. For more information, visit www.cscslc.org or www.facebook.com/cscslc/

SATURDAY, DEC. 22

• Open house: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Treasure Coast Model Railroad Club, 273 S.W. Becker Road, Port St. Lucie. The Club will have open house for the public to see model trains operating through miniature towns, rail yards and countryside. Family-friendly. There is no admission charge, but donations are appreciated. There will be more open house dates on Friday, Dec. 28 and Saturday, Dec. 29. For more information, visit www.tcmrr.org.

• Open Air Puppet Theater: 10:30 a.m., Kilmer Branch Library, 101 Melody Lane, Fort Pierce. Free, most suited for ages 5-10. For more information, contact Gicele Perna (Ms. Sally) at (772) 462-2812, email pernag@stlucieco.org or visit www.stlucieco.gov/Library.

SUNDAY, DEC. 23

• Winter Solstice Drum Circle: Fifth annual event welcomes the return of the sun with drummers, dancers, hoopers, poi spinners, the spiritually minded and spectators. Experience an authentic Native American ceremony honoring the Mother Earth and Father Sky and learn about the significance of the WInter Solstice. 7-9 p.m., Savannas Preserve State Park, 2541 S.E. Walton Road, Port St. Lucie. Extra drums will be available for those who don't have one; please bring drums, shakers, tambourines, etc., if you have them. Also please bring a chair suited to outside seating and drumming. Park entrance fee is waived due to $5 cover; children under age 12 admitted free, children under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult 21+. Family friendly community event. Bring your own drinks, no alcohol, no drugs. Donations are appreciated. For more information, visit www.friendsofsavannas.org.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 26

• Winter Break Movie Matinee: Showing 'The House with the Clocks on the Walls' at 2 p.m., Hurston Branch Library, 3008 Avenue D, Fort Pierce. Featuring Jack Black and Cate Blanchett, a young orphan named Lewis Barnavelt aids his magical uncle in locating a clock with the power to bring about the end of the world. The movie is rated PG with a running time of 95 minutes. Free. For more information about library programs call (772) 462-2154 or visit www.stlucieco.gov/library.

• Jazz Jams at the Gardens: Presented by the Fort Pierce Jazz & Blues Society. 6:30-9:30 p.m., Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens, 2410 S.E. Westmoreland Blvd., Port St. Lucie. All are welcome. $6 donation, $5 for members. For more information, call (772) 337-1959 or visit www.pslbg.org.

• 'The Nutcracker:' Presented by the National Ballet Theatre of Odessa from the Ukraine, at 7 p.m., Sunrise Theatre, 117 S. Second Street, Fort Pierce. Enjoy the authentic Russian choreography performed in Moscow by the Bolshoi Ballet. Tickets are $20/$45/$55. For tickets or more information, call the box office at (772) 461-4775 or visit www.sunrisetheatre.com.

• Weekly Latin Dance: Every Wednesday night, 8-11 p.m., Midtown Grill & Bar, Fort Pierce. Salsa, Merengue, Bachata. $5. For more information, (703) 402-3645.

THURSDAY, DEC. 27

• Dance: 7-9:30 p.m. every Thursday, Polish American Club, 343 Prima Vista Blvd., Port St. Lucie. $8 per person. BYOB and soda. For reservations, call Cindy, (508) 287-3370.

FRIDAY, DEC. 28

• 'Noon' Year Event: Showing 'Hotel Transylvania' at 10 a.m., Kilmer Branch Library, 101 Melody Lane, Fort Pierce. Featuring the voices of Adam Sandler and Selena Gomez, this animated movie follows Count Dracula and his crew of monsters as they set sail on a family cruise, unaware that their boat is being commandeered by the monster-hating Van Helsing family. Rated PG with a running time of 97 minutes. Following the movie, the library will celebrate with a countdown, noise makers, balloon drop and sparkling celebration. This family program is most suited for children ages 5-10. For more information, contact Gicele Perna (Ms. Sally) at (772) 462-2812, email pernag@stlucieco.org or visit www.stlucieco.gov/Library.

• Tackle the Amazing Gumball’s Coding Adventure: 2 p.m., Hurston Branch Library, 3008 Avenue D, Fort Pierce. Create an animated story based on Cartoon Network’s “The Amazing World of Gumball” TV series. Learn to tell a story using the computer programming language Scratch. Space is limited to the first 10 students (ages 9-14). For more information about library programs call (772) 462-2154 or visit www.stlucieco.gov/library.

• Winter Break Make & Take Crafts: 2 p.m., Lewis Library, 2950 S.W. Rosser Blvd., Port St. Lucie. Designed for students in kindergarten through 5th grade, participants can will make giant snowflakes. All materials will be supplied, just bring your imagination. Space is limited to the first 30 participants for this free event. For more information, contact Carolyn Hammer at (772) 871-5484 or hammerc@stlucieco.org.

FRIDAY, DEC. 28 — SATURDAY, DEC. 29

• Open house: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. both days, Treasure Coast Model Railroad Club, 273 S.W. Becker Road, Port St. Lucie. The Club will have open house for the public to see model trains operating through miniature towns, rail yards and countryside. Family-friendly. There is no admission charge, but donations are appreciated. For more information, visit www.tcmrr.org.

FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS, THROUGH DEC. 29

• Garden of Lights Holiday Festival: Fourth annual holiday illumination of thousands of colorful, whimsical garden displays throughout the five acres of Heathcote Botanical Gardens, 210 Savannah Road, Fort Pierce. Visit with Santa & Mrs. Claus, take pictures with Heathcote the Bear, and enjoy refreshments and musical entertainment. Open 5:30-9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, from Thanksgiving weekend through Christmas. Adults $8, Children $3. For tickets, call (772) 464-4672 or visit www.heathcotebotanicalgardens.org.

THROUGH SUNDAY, DEC. 30

• 'Masters of Glass: Dale Chihuly and Marlene Rose' exhibit: A.E. Backus Museum & Gallery, 500 N. Indian River Drive, Fort Pierce. The beauty of studio glass is exemplified by grandmaster Dale Chihuly and Marlene Rose, a Florida-based next-generation master. Exhibit will be on display Nov. 23 through Dec. 30. For more information, call (772) 465-0630 or visit www.BackusMuseum.com

THURSDAY, JAN. 3 — SUNDAY, JAN. 27

• 'Lie, Cheat and Genuflect:' Play by Jane Milmore and Billy Van Zandt. The Buckle brothers, Billy and Tom, are in big trouble. Tom's eye for slow horses has drained away Billy's savings and he has borrowed from a loan shark, who now wants his money back or else. Involve a stuffy young lawyer, a hard drinking man, a hungry housekeeper, and a trio of beautiful young women, and you have the recipe for a laugh packed farce of twists, turns, puns and pratfalls. Presented by the Pineapple Playhouse, 700 W. Weatherbee Road, Fort Pierce. Shows are Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m., and at 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $20, with group and student rates available. For more information, call (772) 465-0366 or visit www.pineappleplayhouse.com

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 2

• Movie Matinee: Showing 'Captain Underpants' at 2 p.m., Hurston Branch Library, 3008 Avenue D, Fort Pierce. Two overly imaginative pranksters named George and Harold hypnotize their principal into thinking he's a ridiculously enthusiastic, incredibly dimwitted superhero named Captain Underpants. Featuring the voices of Kevin Hart and Ed Helms. Rated PG, 89 minutes. Free. For more information, contact Gabe Gresham at (772) 462-2154 or greshamg@stlucieco.org

THURSDAY, JAN. 3

• Arctic Games: 3-4 p.m., Kilmer Branch Library, 101 Melody Lane, Fort Pierce. Don’t miss the fun at some winter “Olympics” games. Compete in the Sleigh Bell Toss, Pass the Snowball and the Penguin Gumdrop Race, and make winter-themed crafts. Free, most suited for kids in grades 2 through 4. For more information call (772) 462-2812 or email pernag@stlucieco.org

FRIDAY, JAN. 4

• Winter Snowflake Mosaic Sticker Puzzle: 2-3 p.m., Hurston Branch Library, 3008 Avenue D, Fort Pierce. Join us for a collaborative, community-building activity with a beautiful reward. Most suited for ages 8 and up. Free, public is welcome. For more information, contact Gabe Gresham at (772) 462-2154 or email greshamg@stlucieco.org

SUNDAY, JAN. 6 — TUESDAY, JAN. 8

• Open auditions: Auditions for 'The Lady Swims Today' by H.G. Brown, which will be presented by the Pineapple Playhouse, 700 W. Weatherbee Road, Fort Pierce. The show will be performed from Thursday, March 14 through Sunday, March 31. All auditions are open to the public and require no prior stage experience. Register at 6:30 p.m. The auditions are cold reads from the show's script. For more information, call (772) 465-0366 or visit www.pineappleplayhouse.com/auditions/

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 9

• Grown Up Gaming: 5:30-7:30 p.m., Port St. Lucie Branch Library, 180 S.W. Prima Vista Blvd., Port St Lucie. Open to ages 18 & up. Space is limited. Board games aren’t just for kids anymore. Try out titles like Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, Munchkin, Pandemic, Small World, Mysterium, King of Tokyo, Lost Cities & Forbidden Island or bring a favorite game from home. Free, public is welcome. For more information, contact Amanda Van Camp at (772) 871-5450 or vancampa@stlucieco.org

FRIDAY, JAN. 18

• Page to Screen series: Watching and discussing the book vs. the movie of 'A Time to Kill' from 1-4 p.m., Kilmer Branch Library, 101 Melody Lane, Fort Pierce. Film is based on the 1988 book by John Grisham. Film is rated R, 150 minutes. Please read the book first; copies of each selection are available for checkout. Free; no one under age 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian. For more information, contact Jennifer Johnson at (772) 462-2199 or johnsonjen@stlucieco.org.

SATURDAY, JAN. 19

• Glow 5k Fun Run/Walk Relay for Life of St Lucie County: 5:30-9:15 p.m., Tradition Square, Port St. Lucie. Enjoy a new Glow 5k fun run/walk that is noncompetitive and family-friendly. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m., walk begins at 7 p.m. Enjoy pre- and post-run/walk entertainment including music, food, blacklight photo booth, and prizes for best glow costume. Pre-register (by Jan. 5) for an event t-shirt, raffle ticket, and a glow item. Registration is $25 for adults, $18 for children (age 4-17), free for younger children. To register, visit https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/glow5k

THROUGH SUNDAY, JAN. 27, 2019

• 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

• Guided Kayaking Tours: Tours start at 8 a.m. on Friday and Saturday mornings, Savannas Preserve State Park, 2541 Walton Road, Port St. Lucie. Tour the park by water with experienced kayak guides at your side. Cost is $10 per person donation to the Friends of Savannas (FriendsofSavannas.org), plus the state park admission fee ($2 a person, or $3 for a vehicle with up to 8 people). All equipment is included with your donation. The minimum age for participation is 6 years old. Reservations are required; call the park's education center at (772) 398-2779.

• Dinner & Dance: 6-9 p.m. every Tuesday, Polish American Club, 343 Prima Vista Blvd., Port St. Lucie. $14 per person. BYOB and soda. For reservations, call Cindy, (508) 287-3370.

• Bingo & trivia: Entertainment by AJ the DJ, plus drink specials, free bingo, prizes, and pop-quiz trivia, every Tuesday from 8-10 p.m., St. Lucie Lanes, 6759 S. U.S. 1, Port St. Lucie. For more information, call (772) 461-5390 or (772) 873-2981.

• Dance: 7-9:30 p.m. every Thursday, Polish American Club, 343 Prima Vista Blvd., Port St. Lucie. $8 per person. BYOB and soda. For reservations, call Cindy, (508) 287-3370.

• Mangrove & Manatee Tours: Fort Pierce Outdoor Center’s Mangrove & Manatee Tour takes guests on either a paddleboard or kayak through the mangrove estuaries and boundary waters surrounding Fort Pierce Inlet State Park. Guests can expect to see a variety of seabirds and aquatic life, even a manatee or pod of dolphins. The tour is suitable for participants of all ages and skill levels, and includes all necessary rental equipment, safety gear, and a dedicated tour guide to lead your expedition. Make sure to bring along water bottles, sunscreen, and any waterproof gear for your electronics, as this tour provides many opportunities for photo taking. The tour is 90 minutes to two hours, and begins at 9 a.m. and noon, Monday through Saturday as weather permits. Get a 360 degree view of the waterways and ecosystems of Fort Pierce Inlet State Park. Guided tour is $40 per person. Or, rent a paddleboard or kayak from the center to take your own adventure. The center faces Tucker Cove and is located at 905 Shorewinds Drive, Fort Pierce. Call (772) 979-4434 for more information. Reserve your spots online at fortpierceoutdoorcenter.com/eco-tours/.

• A.E. Backus Museum & Gallery: 500 N. Indian River Drive, along the waterfront in historic downtown Fort Pierce. Summer hours are Saturday and Sunday only through Sept. 17; the museum will close for the summer from Sept. 18 through mid-October. Admission is $5 per person. Museum members, children under 18 and active duty military admitted free; AARP, AAA and veterans with proper ID receive $2 discount on admission. For more information, call (772) 465-0630 or visit www.BackusMuseum.com.

• Jazz Society events: Tuesday, jazz jams at the Sunrise Black Box Theatre, 117 S. Second St., Fort Pierce, from 7-10 p.m. $6 cover for non-members. Full bar available. Every other Wednesday evening, jazz jams at the gardens, 6:30-9:30 p.m. $3 cover. Wine and beer available. 2410 Westmoreland Blvd., Port St. Lucie. Saturday mornings, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., jazz market in downtown Fort Pierce along the Indian River waterfront, featuring creative arts and crafts.

• Treasure Coast Eagles No. 3582 have ongoing events. Every day, bar bingo, from 10 a.m.-1 a.m. Tuesdays, ladies night from 7 -11 p.m. Free pool play, 7-11 p.m. Wednesdays, bingo 6:30-11 p.m., 12 games, final game pot is $300. Thursdays, Texas Hold-em 7-11 p.m. Buy in is $20. Free pool play, 7-11 p.m. – Fridays, open mic jam with Shawn, 7-11 p.m. - Everyone welcome. Men’s night - 7-11 p.m. Saturdays, karaoke by D-3 with Ariel and Steve, 7-11 p.m. Sundays, karaoke by D-3 with Ariel and Steve, 7-11 p.m. - Treasure Coast Eagles No. 3582 is located at 510 S. U.S. 1, No. 3, Fort Pierce. After 9 p.m. must be 21. For more information, call (772) 461-2750.

If you would like your live entertainment listings carried in the “Out and About” section, please email them to newsfp@hometownnewsol.com. The deadline is two Fridays before the event. Email the listings weekly or monthly, if you know who will be appearing that far in advance. This procedure includes all venues providing live entertainment.

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Mustang03

I've tried four times to get educational information of interest to local folks into this newsletter to no avail. What is the big secret to getting it published?

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