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TREASURE COAST - The Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program has launched its 17th annual IRL photo contest. Entries will be accepted until Aug. 3, and the best 12 photos will be featured in the 2021 One Lagoon calendar.

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VERO BEACH - Those who hold memberships at the city’s Leisure Square recreation facility received some good news at the June 16 City Council meeting. Council voted to add 81 days to annual and monthly memberships to make up for time the facility was closed due to COVID-19.

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SEBASTIAN - Sebastian Sea Tow captain and co-owner Amy Donaldson is making waves as a rare female leader in a male-dominated industry. If you are on a boat that needs assistance anywhere between Melbourne and Vero Beach, chances are you’ll be rescued by a woman who knows more about your vess…

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INDIAN RIVER COUNTY - March is Women’s History Month, and 2020 is the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment giving women the right to vote. International Women's Day is celebrated on March 8 every year, with a focus on the movement for women's rights.

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VERO BEACH - The Farm to Tableaux event on Feb. 24 at the Walking Tree Brewery will benefit homeless families living temporarily at the Hope for Families Center in Vero Beach.

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VERO BEACH - The Environmental Learning Center is looking for artists to feature in their new rotating artist series and permanent displays.

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TREASURE COAST - OneBlood is a non-profit organization that operates the nearly 200 Big Red Bus mobile donation centers often seen in local parking lots. As a leap year special, the organization is offering free t-shirts, $10 gift cards, and wellness checkups to anyone who gives blood from F…

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VERO BEACH - United Against Poverty Indian River County was established in 2003 to help those living in poverty attain economic self-sufficiency. On Jan. 25, UP moved its programs and services to a new campus, across U.S. 1 from the old campus.

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INDIAN RIVER COUNTY - The Clean Water Coalition of Indian River County was formed in 2018 to unite organizations and businesses dedicated to protecting and restoring surface and ground waters throughout the county.

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VERO BEACH - Griffin Wagner, an 18 year old student at Vero Beach High School, has been chosen as a semi-finalist in the Regeneron Science Talent Search 2020, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors.

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VERO BEACH - The Economic Opportunities Council of Indian River County is helping low-income residents achieve their educational and vocational goals, earn a living wage, and move away from poverty and public assistance to financial self-sufficiency. The goal of the REACH program is ending g…

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INDIAN RIVER COUNTY - Indian River County joined the world’s largest shared reading experience on Nov. 7. More than 8,000 local children and adults joined two million others to read the same book as part of JumpStart’s 14th annual Read for the Record to highlight the importance of building e…

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VERO BEACH - Over the past year, the Mental Health Association in Indian River County has provided 706 free mental health screenings, 328 diagnostic assessments, and 423 psycho-educational classes to the residents of Indian River County.

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INDIAN RIVER COUNTY - Vivian Francis has helped more than 1,000 children in poverty prepare for kindergarten as a teacher with Head Start. Now Ms. Francis has been recognized with the 2019 Tykes & Teens Dreamcatcher Award.

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VERO BEACH - The Economic Opportunities Council of Indian River County hosted its annual Head Start Community Read Weeks from Oct. 21 to Nov 1. Seventy-six volunteers from the community visited EOC’s Head Start Centers in Indian River and Okeechobee Counties to read to the children.

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TREASURE COAST - Within hours of the recent shooting at the Pensacola Naval Air Station, the non-profit organization OneBlood rushed extra blood to Pensacola hospitals. Now the Florida-based blood distributor needs to replenish its blood and platelet supply.

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VERO BEACH - Piper Aircraft has opened the application period for its 2020 apprenticeship program. Ten new apprentices will be accepted in the two-year job training program that includes classroom instruction at Indian River State College. The credits earned at IRSC may be used towards a two…

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VERO BEACH - The Laura (Riding) Jackson Foundation has named Louise Kennedy to its newly created position of Executive Director, starting July 5, 2020.

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VERO BEACH - A new mural has been painted on the wall of the cat room at the Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County. The public is invited to a dedication ceremony on Fri., Dec. 6, at 5 p.m.

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VERO BEACH - In April, Pelican Island Audubon Society and the Environmental Learning Center launched an ambitious effort to plant 100,000 new trees in Indian River County over the next 15 years. The planting has begun, and residents can participate by planting free oak or bald cypress trees,…

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SEBASTIAN - A local veterans’ support organization will hold a ruck march at Friendship Park in Sebastian on Nov. 9. Participation is free, and anybody can join in.

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INDIAN RIVER COUNTY - The Indian River County office of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is collecting peanut butter to donate to local food pantries.

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TREASURE COAST - October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual, international campaign to increase awareness, raise funds, and provide information for those affected by the disease.

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INDIAN RIVER COUNTY - Big Brothers, Big Sisters will hold their 10th annual Chocolate Champagne & Chefs event on Oct. 28, 6-8 p.m., at Quail Valley River Club in Vero Beach.

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INDIAN RIVER COUNTY - Veterans looking to connect with other veterans, either locally or when travelling, have a new tool.

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VERO BEACH - As the city of Vero Beach debates whether to close the Leisure Square swimming pool, the community is invited to try out the recreation center’s facilities and programs for free on Sat., Aug.24, from 7 a.m.-2 p.m.

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VERO BEACH – In the hundred year history of Vero Beach, Alma Lee Loy stands as one of the city’s most memorable woman. Ms. Loy became a force to be reckoned with in Indian River County business and politics at a time when most Treasure Coast leaders were men.

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VERO BEACH - The Indian River County Main Library and Brackett Library have plenty of programs scheduled for February. All are free and open to the public, no registration required unless indicated.

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For the third straight year, Treasure Coast Food Bank’s Convoy of H.O.P.E. will roll out from its Fort Pierce headquarters with boxes of nutritious food for area seniors. This year, more than 3,000 boxes will be distributed on Wednesday, Dec. 12 – doubling the number from just two years ago.

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Boys and Girls Club Director Jaclyn Martinez helps eight-year-old Camden Self with his bubble painting.

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Fourteen-year-olds Carly Victor and Kenna Adkins, Tyler Kipp,12, Jackson Clark, Cody Benin, 13, and Tate Hatfield rock the board.