St. Lucie seeks volunteers to help an endangered species

St. Lucie County’s Environmental Resources Department is proud to once again be partnering with Bok Towers Gardens to host monthly volunteer restoration events that will help ensure the survival of a very rare endangered plant species. Staff is seeking volunteers to assist in the removal of exotic and overgrown vegetation at the county’s Harbor Branch Preserve to protect the endemic Lakela’s Mint population.

These restoration events take place from 8:30 a.m. to noon on the following days:

· Friday, Dec. 7

· Saturday, Jan. 5

· Friday, Feb. 1

· Saturday, March 2

· Friday, April 5

Located at 5600 U.S. 1 North, Fort Pierce, adjacent to the Ocean Discovery Center at FAU’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, this preserve houses one of the largest wild populations of the federally endangered Lakela’s Mint, which is only found a few places in St. Lucie and Indian River counties, and nowhere else in the world.

Volunteers are asked to bring gloves, hand-tools and water. Bring sunscreen, a hat and insect repellent, if you desire. Additional water will be provided, along with a light lunch. Volunteers will be required to sign a liability waiver prior to working.

Space is limited to 30 volunteers per day, so please sign-up early to reserve your space to help become a steward to one of the world’s rarest plant species.

Anyone interested in volunteering should contact the St. Lucie County Environmental Resources staff at (772) 462-2526 or email thompsonam@stlucieco.org.

#PSLinLights is back for a third year

The third annual #PSLinLights campaign has begun, and residents can now upload photos of their dazzling displays to be a part of a citywide holiday lights map and be eligible for the 2018 Best Lights in PSL contest.

This year, the City is adding a second night to the PSLinLights Bus Tour Event. This is a fun for all ages bus tour of some of Port St. Lucie’s brightest light displays on Wednesday, Dec. 19 and Thursday, Dec. 20 at 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. Registration for the tours opened on Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 6 p.m. at www.cityofpsl.com/PSLinLights. Those interested should act fast because seats are limited, and last year’s tours filled up in less than 24 hours.

For the past two years, more than 50 Port St. Lucie residents put their homes on the #PSLinLights interactive map, making it easy for residents and visitors to find and enjoy PSL’s wonderfully decorated homes. The 2018 map is now live on the city’s website and be available until Jan. 1. The map will be updated at the end of each workday throughout the month. Residents and visitors can use the map to plan their holiday light-viewing excursions around the City. Here’s how you can participate:

Upload photos and information directly to the PSLinLights webpage at www.cityofpsl.com/pslinlights. Participants must include the home’s address and a note indicating the times the lights are usually turned on. Also, please include any special notes, such as lights that are set to music or if this home is in a gated community. Please indicate whether you would like your house to be eligible for the bus tour. Or post it to Facebook or Twitter with #PSLinLights with the same information.

Vote for your favorite display in Port St. Lucie from Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019 through Sunday, Jan. 6 via an electronic survey found at www.cityofpsl.com/pslinlights. The display with the most votes as of Monday, Jan. 7 will be awarded the 2018 PSLinLights Best Lights in Port St. Lucie at a City Council meeting and a special gift from the Neighborhood Improvement and Community Engagement (NICE) Program.

Let us do the driving! The City of Port St. Lucie has teamed up with Treasure Coast Connector and St. Lucie Community Transit to host the PSLinLights Holiday Bus Tour Events. Visitors will gather outside the Port St. Lucie Community Center, 2195 S.E. Airoso Blvd., where they can watch the City’s nightly Winter Wonderland Light Show while they wait for a bus tour of several of PSL’s twinkling displays. Enjoy free hot cocoa, cookies, North Pole mailbox and letter writing station, the Elfie Selfie station, holiday lights virtual reality experience and a visit with Santa. (See times and registration information above.)

To access the map and get more details on any aspect of the #PSLinLights holiday campaign, visit www.cityofpsl.com/pslinlights.

Enjoy the holiday spirit with a free concert

What better way to get into the holiday spirit than to join the best young talent on the Treasure Coast for a FREE concert?

The Children’s Services Council of St. Lucie County is once again partnering with the Sunrise Theatre to present the eighth annual Sounds of the Season holiday concert, along with WFLM 104.5FM.

This free holiday concert takes place on Friday, Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. at the Sunrise Theatre in historic downtown Fort Pierce. Your favorite songs of the season will be performed by programs funded by the Children’s Services Council, including the Boys & Girls Club, Multi-Cultural Resource Center, the musicians from Future Generations, PACE Center for Girls and END I.T.

Tickets are free, but guests are encouraged to bring a new or gently used book the night of the event to be donated to the Children’s Services Council’s St. Lucie Reads initiative. Bring the kids and enjoy the most wonderful time of the year with a free holiday concert.

For more information, please call (772) 408-1100 or visit www.cscslc.org.

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