Cultural Calendar



weekend-mckee-christmas-72-lrThe holiday spirit will soar at McKee Botanical Garden during the annual Holidays at McKee event on December 21-23 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. This year’s event will feature festive exhibits for everyone’s enjoyment including a 1924 Wurlitzer vintage band organ and a large-scale model railroad with an entirely new holiday village featuring four trains and over 200 feet of solid brass track. Children will enjoy writing letters to Santa which they can give to him personally.   Have your picture taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus each evening during the event.  Additionally, on December 22, there will be two special performances. Tania Ortega-Cowan and her merry choir, the Tania Tunes Carolers, will be performing throughout the evening and the First United Methodist Church Handbell Ensemble will give an exclusive performance in the Bamboo Pavilion from 6:30-7:15 pm. General admission rates apply.  $12 Adults, $11 Seniors, and $8 Children ages 3-12.  McKee members and children under 3 free.  The Garden will close at its regularly scheduled time of 5 pm and will reopen at 6 pm for the evening events.  Advanced admission is available at the Garden Gift Shop during regular business hours.



The Vero Beach Museum of Art In partnership with the Alzheimer & Parkinson Association An Afternoon at the Museum includes a docent-led tour and studio activity for individuals living with various forms of dementia and their care partners from 2:00 to 3:30 pm on Thursday, December 22. This weekly program is free.  Visit for details.

Arts & Culture in St. Lucie County

weekend-stateballetofrussia-sunriseThe Sunrise Theatre in Fort Pierce is screening a free holiday movie, Holiday Inn, a 1942 American musical film starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire. With music by Irving Berlin, the composer wrote twelve songs specifically for the film, the best known being “White Christmas”.  The movie will be shown in the Black Box Theatre on Wednesday, December 21 at 3 pm.  Then, at 6 pm enjoy Nightmare Before Christmas.  On Friday, December 23 at 7 pm, the The State Ballet Theatre of Russia brings the world’s most beloved ballet, The Nutcracker, to glorious life! For tickets ($55/$45/$20-12 and under) visit



The Indian River Genealogy Society is offering genealogy classes for 2017.   Intro to Genealogy class will teach learn the basics (including organizing your documents) followed by How to Begin your Family History Research to learn more in-depth research techniques and resources.  Intro to Genealogy class is a 3 week class taught by Diane Macgowan.  How to Begin your Family History Research is a 6 week class taught by Pam Cooper and costs $10 (for handouts).  Classes will be held at the Indian River County Main Library.  For more information on classes, current and upcoming events, visit or call 772-444-7470.




The gift of membership:  Give a gift of membership with an organization to a friend who will enjoy it all year long!  Memberships often include reduced or free admission fees, gift shop discounts, event discounts and much more.  Visit for a list of our members from Theatre & Dance to Ecology and History and Community Organizations.

Unique gifts are available from our member’s gift shops such as the Vero Beach Museum of Art, Vero Heritage’s Citrus Museum, Garden Gift & Book Shop at McKee Botanical Garden, the Nature Nook at the Environmental Learning Center,  Indian River County Historical Society, the Garden Club of Indian River County’s annual holiday ornament, the Vero Beach Book Center (ask about books by local authors), Sebastian River Art Club and the A.E Backus Museum in Fort Pierce.  Check out the new Thrift Store, supporting the Hope for Families Center, A Second Chance Furniture and Apparel Boutique at 1394 US Highway 1 in Vero Beach or find a collectible at the newly renovated Habitat for Humanity Re-Store, 4568 North US 1 in Vero Beach.

The Gift of Entertainment:  Visit these websites for comedy, plays, concerts, speaker series, outdoor adventures and more that are available from CCIRC members such as,,,,, , TCJazz,

The Gift of Fine Art: From jewelry and creative wearables to paintings and pottery, artists create unique one-of-a-kind gifts.  Visit Art On 18th Gallery,  The Other Half Gallery, Main Street Vero Beach, Gallery 14, Tiger Lily Studios & Gallery, Artists Guild Gallery, Gallery of Hope and Flametree Clay Gallery (all located in the Vero Beach Arts District), and  Signature Art Gallery of Vero, J.M. Stringer Gallery of Fine Art, Working Art Studio in Sebastian or visit the Artists Registry on the Cultural Council’s website (see examples of their work) and contact an artist directly. 

The Gift of Education:  Classes and workshops are offered by individual artists at the Artists Guild Gallery,  Dawn E. Miller at Deborah Gooch’s Art Studio as well as organizations such as the Center for Spiritual Care, Create at Studio MA, Dance Space,  City of Vero Beach Recreation Department, Vero Beach Art Club, Vero Beach Museum of Art, Riverside Theatre & Riverside Childrens Theatre, McKee Botanical Garden, The Environmental Learning Center, Laura Riding Jackson Foundation, Gallery of Hope/Island Images Photography, the North Indian River County Library and the Visionary School of Art in Stuart.

A Gift of the Great Outdoors:  Book a trip on the lagoon at the Environmental Learning Center, sign up for a birding field trip with the Pelican Island Audubon Society, buy a park pass for Sebastian Inlet State Park or take a trip with Goodtime Getaways.

A Gift to Support the Arts:  Visit to meet our members and learn about the benefits of membership with the Cultural Council of Indian River County!

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