The St. Lucie County 4-H Ride-A-Thon Fundraiser on Nov. 3

St. Lucie County 4-H is hosting a Ride-A-Thon Fundraiser on Saturday, Nov. 3 at 8 a.m. at Circle I Ranch, 7449 Carlton Road, Port St. Lucie.

This event is a 10-mile trail ride through beautiful cattle pastures with old Florida views. It is open to riders ages 5 and older; however, any rider under 18 years of age is required to wear a helmet.

Registration is required via Eventbrite and it includes a T-shirt and lunch at the event. There is a $50 registration fee ($25 registration through Eventbrite and $25 due day of event). Participants are asked to seek donations through friends, family and their community to support the St. Lucie County 4-H Association. Donations collected will be used for educational youth programs, scholarships and state events. Collection envelopes are available at Big John’s in Fort Pierce.

Prizes will be awarded to the top three participants who collect the highest donations, and all proceeds will go to St. Lucie County 4-H. Prizes include a Yeti Hopper Backflip, saddle pad with leather bridle and a monogrammed horse blanket.

For more information, call Debbie McManus at the St. Lucie County Extension Office at (772) 462-2846, email or go to the St. Lucie County 4-H Facebook page to check out the Event section.

You can register directly at

IRSC honors program to host special information session Nov. 13

The Indian River State College (IRSC) Honors Program is a tailored, challenging opportunity for academically gifted, intellectually curious, and deeply passionate students who aspire to become leaders on the IRSC campus and in their further academic pursuits and chosen professional fields.

High school and college students with strong academic performance are invited to attend an Honors Program Information Session Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 5:30 p.m. at the Kight Center for Emerging Technologies, on the IRSC Main Campus, 3209 Virginia Ave., Fort Pierce.

Students and their parents will learn about unique opportunities for students to enhance their education and develop core skills at the heart of academic and professional success. Attendees will hear from the Honors Program coordinator, Honors faculty and Honors students to gain a deeper understanding of what the program has to offer students in their academic journeys.

Admission to the IRSC Honors Program requires one of the following: a cumulative GPA of 3.3 for a minimum of 12 college credits, a composite ACT score of 26, a composite verbal and math SAT score of 1100, or a P.E.R.T. score of 350 or higher.

For more information, visit the Honors Program web page at, email or call 1-866-792-4772.

Hear about military experiences, learn about veterans services at IRSC panel

Indian River State College (IRSC) welcomes students, United States military veterans, and community members to attend the annual IRSC Veterans Panel 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 8 at the Schreiber Conference Center at the Pruitt Campus, 500 N.W. California Blvd., Port St. Lucie. Listen as military veterans share their experiences from WWII to Operation Enduring Freedom and learn about veteran services and assistance available through IRSC and other veteran service organizations. The event is conducted as part of IRSC International Education Week and in recognition of Veteran’s Day.

Doors open at 10 a.m. for a meet and greet followed by the panel discussion from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Military veterans with service experience ranging from WWII to the modern era will take part in a multi-generational panel providing insight on their oversea experiences. Dr. Harvey Arnold, Provost of the IRSC Pruitt Campus and a Vietnam Veteran, will serve as panel moderator.

Immediately after the panel participants can meet with IRSC staff and representatives from Treasure Coast veteran service organizations. Veterans will receive assistance with planning and financing their education, and learn how military transfer credit can help earn a degree faster, to save both time and money.

For more information, call (866) 792-4772, email, or visit

Protection from mosquitoes

St. Lucie Mosquito Control District wishes to remind residents and visitors that the cooler temperatures we currently are experiencing does not mean that mosquitoes are not still active and a threat to public health as well as to horses and pets.

The District conducts routine surveillance for St. Louis encephalitis, eastern equine encephalitis and West Nile viruses. The District uses chicken flocks as part of an early warning program to detect the presence of those viruses. There are currently no confirmed human cases in the county. However, several chickens have recently tested positive for antibodies for West Nile virus in rural areas of St. Lucie County. In response, Mosquito Control has increased fog truck missions and surveillance as part of ongoing efforts to reduce mosquito activity.

Because of our climate on the Treasure Coast, there is at least some risk of exposure to mosquito-borne diseases throughout the year.

St. Lucie County reminds residents to do their part in reducing breeding areas, including practicing the “tip and toss” method of emptying containers that collect standing water around their homes and yards. Even a bottle cap of standing water can provide a breeding habitat for mosquitos.

To prevent mosquito bites, residents are reminded to wear light clothing when jogging or walking in the evenings, as well as using mosquito repellant with DEET.

For more information on Mosquito Control efforts, contact the St. Lucie County Mosquito Control Hotline at (772) 462-1692. Visit

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