Cultural Calendar


McKee Botanical Garden is proud to be a Blue Star Museum and one of more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to military personnel and their families this summer in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and the Department of Defense. McKee Botanical Garden will offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day, May 29, through Labor Day, September 4. The program provides families an opportunity to enjoy the nation’s cultural heritage and to learn more about their community.



— Comedy Zone-Summer Nights: Shows at 7:30 and 9:30 pm with comedians Philly Plowden and Juanita Lolita.

–Live in the Loop: Free Outdoor Concerts beginning at 6 pm with Wiley Nash (rockin’ blues) on Friday and Voodoo (groovy rock) on Saturday. Visit for more information.



The First Friday Gallery Stroll will be held from 5 to 8 pm on June 2 along and around 14th Avenue in Vero Beach:

Gallery 14 is featuring ‘Colors of Summer: New Work and Familiar Favorites by Gallery 14 Artists.’ This special summer show will showcase a potpourri of work by the owner-artists and represented artists. The Artists Guild Gallery is showing resident artists with the theme “By the Beach.”. Art on the Alley, featuring the work of Lisa Steffens will include an artist’s demonstration during the stroll. Main Street Vero Beach’s guest artist this month is wood sculptor, Vic Shannon. The Flametree Clay Gallery June show, “Meet the Locals” features the work of Jim Cohoe, Rae Marie Crisel, Keko Economou, Heidi Hill, Kim Mayo, Maria Sparsis, Ginny Piech Street and Peggy Thomas


On Friday, June 2, Kendra Cope, Indian River County’s Coastal Environmental Specialist and Sea Turtle Coordinator will lead a discussion on sea turtle biology and local impacts on sea turtles, and she will share steps that Indian River County is taking to make our beaches a better habitat for sea turtle nesting. The presentation will take place from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm in the Richardson Education Building at McKee Botanical Garden. The cost to attend is $10 for McKee members and $12 for non-members. To register call 772-794-0601.

Image: Sea turtle head



Dance Space of Vero Beach is gearing up for its annual Dance Spectacular. See dancers of all ages perform all genres of dance in one Spectacular Show on Saturday, June 3 at 2 pm at the Vero Beach High School Performing Arts Center. All seating is assigned and all tickets are $22.50. Tickets may be purchased online or call the box office 772-564-5537.



The Backus Museum’s annual exhibition, Through the Eye of the Camera, will open to the public on June 1 with an Opening Reception on Friday, June 9 from 6- 8 pm


The Second Annual Vero Beach Wine + Film Festival (VBWFF) has announced the official selections for the 2017 event, to be held June 8-11 at various screening locations in Vero Beach. VBWFF focuses on providing a truly unique festival, allowing guests to fully experience films with tailored wine and drink pairings, special guests and immersive viewing. Films were submitted in the categories of Documentary, Narrative, Short and NEXT UP! (young filmmakers). A highlight of films chosen are: Dog Years – the story of an aging, former movie star is forced to face the reality that his glory days are behind him; The Letter Carrier – the story of a boy and his family hidden from slavery and a parent’s will to protect their freedom at all costs; Finding Kukan – Filmmaker Robin Lung investigates the case of Li Ling-Ai, the un-credited female producer of Kukan, a landmark color film that revealed the atrocities of World War II China; Perfume War – A single mom creates an unlikely weapon in the fight for world peace, turning Afghan farms from illegal opium farms into legal flower farms; Straws – A documentary to expose the negative impact of the billions of plastic straws that live in our landfills and oceans; Discovering Dave – The story of David Drake, a South Carolina slave potter/craftsman who created beautiful pottery, including jars, during the turbulent 1800s; Bartender at Large – The documentary on the art of bartending and the world of craft cocktails; and Decanted – A look inside Napa Valley, following the journey of new beginnings, mastering a craft, and what it takes to make it in the wine business. Passes, on sale now at the website, range from a one-day pass to screenings, wine tastings and panel discussions is $40; four-day passes are $95 to $100. Passes with extras range from $185 to $2,500. Visit for details.
Image: Festival Logo

Icon Workshop at Center for Spiritual Care – June 19-25, 2017 9:30 am.- 4:30 pm

The Center for Spiritual Care, 1550 24 Street in Vero Beach is hosting a six-day Icon workshop. Students will reate an icon using ancient techniques and natural materials rich with symbolic meaning: wood panels prepared with gesso, finely ground clay, 23-karat Italian gold leaf, and mineral pigments in an emulsion made from egg yolk. Previous artistic experience is not required, since icon painting is as much a contemplative form of prayer as an artistic discipline. Each student will complete an icon under Father Richard’s guidance and instruction. All materials will be provided.

Tuition: $600 (A $300.00 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your place)

RSVP to 772-567-1233 or

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