Cultural Calendar


Nick Thomas

Local attorney and author Nick Thomas will be reading from and signing his novel The Heart of Atlanta at the new C3 space, 2205 14th Avenue. across from Pocahontas Park on Thursday, November 9 at 6:00 pm.




Jay Barnes

Historian Jay Barnes, author of three books including Florida’s Hurricane History, contends that our knowledge and understanding of past hurricane events could help prepare us to survive the next great storm’s potential devastation. In a lively presentation supplemented by revealing images presented on The Emerson Center’s stage, Barnes will explore this perspective at the free Humanities Series lecture slated for Thursday, Nov. 9 at 7:00 PM.  Free.




The 3rd annual Wine Women & Shoes event benefiting the Humane Society of Vero Beach will take place November 9 at SunJet Aviation in Vero Beach. General Admission tickets are $100 and include gourmet food and wine tastings, a glamorous fashion show showcasing multiple Vero Beach boutiques, and a trendy swag bag filled with a variety of goodies. VIP admission is $150 and includes VIP check in, prime seating for the fashion show, and a VIP Swag Bag filled with exclusive items.  For tickets visit or call Jennifer Downes at 772.388.3826.

Meet the artist, Judy Burgarella now exhibiting “Paradise through the eyes of an artist” at the Foyer Gallery of Art in the Emerson Center on Thursday, November 9 from 5 to 7 pm.





The Vero Beach Art Club presents Art-tini, an art show and sale, on Thursday,  November 9 from 3 to 7:30 pm with a reception from 5 to 7:30 pm in the lobby at Springhill Suites by Mariott, 5115 Indian River Boulevard in Vero Beach.  RSVP to 772-978-9292.

Feed the need for musical hilarity when the Vero Beach Theatre Guild presents its newest production “Little Shop of Horrors,” sci-fi smash hit about a man-eating plant, opening on November 9.  Seymour Krelborn, a nerdy orphan is taken in and given a job by Mr. Mushnik, the owner of a rundown Flower Shop in a rundown part of town.   Seymour spends his time doing menial tasks and dreaming of the shop assistant, Audrey.  One day, just after an eclipse of the sun, Seymour discovers a strange plant.  He buys it and names it Audrey II.  While caring for Audrey II, Seymour discovers the plant’s rather unique appetite.  The plant grows, as does Seymour’s infatuation for Audrey, but who will get her first?  Performances will be from November 9 through 26. Reservations can be made by phoning the box office at 772-562-8300 or at



Howl at the Moon Experience: Shows at 7:30 and 9:30 pm with musicians Ron Volpe and Ken Gustafson.  Tickets are $12-$18. Come Hungry!

Live in the Loop: Free Outdoor Concerts beginning at 6 pm with Bobby & the Blisters (Party Music & Jazz Band) on Friday and Collins & Company (Classic Rock) on Saturday. 

Hank Williams: Lost Highway, Through November 11 with shows at 2:00 pm, 7:30 pm, and 8:00 pm.  Tickets start at $35.  Visit


The Laura Riding Jackson Foundation presents Xaque Gruber’s workshop Introduction to Screen Writing Basics, from 1 pm to 4 pm, on Saturday, November 11 as part of the Teen Writers Workshops.  Visit for more information.

The City of Sebastian will be hosting a Veterans Day Ceremony at 11 am on Saturday, November 11.  The ceremony will take place in front of the Veterans Memorial in Riverview Park. The Sebastian High School Band will provide music.  Bring your own lawn chairs. Immediately following the ceremony, join the veterans at VFW Post #10210 and American Legion Post #189 on Louisiana Avenue for an open house.


The First Presbyterian Church of Vero Beach will be collaborating with surrounding churches, community choirs and the Treasure Coast Chapter of the American Guild of Organists for a two day Choral Festival.  The music will feature several gospel works and spirituals with composers such as Richard Smallwood and Andre Thomas, among many others. This concert will be accompanied by the First Pres Symphonic Orchestra, the Gifford Youth Orchestra, and will feature a special appearance by the Avenue D Children’s Choir of Fort Pierce. All singers are welcome to attend this event, and enrollment is free!  Rehearsals are  9 am to 3 pm on November 11 (Saturday) and from 1 pm to 3 pm on November 12 (Sunday). The concert will be at 4 pm on Sunday November 12 (Free admission)  Call  772-562-9088. 


Artist William McCarthy will be conducting an atmospheric landscape painting workshop titled “Memory + Imagination” on November 14th & 15th at First Presbyterian Church, 520 Royal Palm Blvd.  All levels of experience are welcome at this workshop that will begin with a lecture and demonstration followed by a full day of painting.  The cost is $265 and includes most supplies (paint, turps, canvas and paper).  An additional supply list will be provided.  To register:  Liz Mayo at 772-321-5490 or e-mail: or

The Treasure Coast Youth Symphony presents “Memorable Solos,” that includes Rossini’s “William Tell Overture,” Mendelssohn’s “Fingal’s Cave,” Saint Saen’s “Danse Macabre,” movements from Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite,” Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Capriccio Espagnole,” and the “Comedian’s Gallop” by Kabalevsky.  The concert will be held at the Lyric Theatre in Stuart on Monday, November 13 at 7 pm.  For tickets, visit

The Pelican Island Audubon Society invites you to learn about the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA), which is one of Florida’s Natural Habitats.  Monthly free course series, accompanying lesson field walks with scientists and experienced naturalists exploring the outdoors together begins Friday, November 17 from  9 am to noon at Audubon House, 195 9th St. SE (Oslo Road) in Vero Beach.  For more information and to sign up online for as many or all of the classes you wish to attend at

McKee Botanical Garden’s Book Club will gather for its first meeting of the season on Thursday, November 16 at 11:00 am in the Library at McKee.  The club will meet on the third Thursday of each month at 11:00 am, except in December. The November book titles are The Year of Necessary Lies by Kris Radish and Death in the Everglades by Stuart B. McIver.  Books can be purchased at the Vero Beach Book Center.  Mention that you are part of McKee’s Botanical Book Club to receive 10% off your purchase.  There is no cost for McKee members and a $5 donation is suggested for non-members.  Call 772-794-0601.

HOUSE OF ART, CULTURE & DESIGN                                

Presented by the Cultural Council of Indian River County, The House of Art, Culture and Design is an inaugural four-day designer show house event from November 16 to 19.   Visit or call 772-770-4857 for tickets & event information.




A book read/discussion on the topic of racism will be held on Tuesday evenings 6:30-8:00 from November 14 – December 19 at the Emerson Center.  Copies of the text, “Citizen: An American Lyric” by Claudia Rankine, will be supplied to accepted participants who will be limited to 15 to maximize personal involvement. To apply, contact Barbara Lipton, Coordinator, at or Andrew Sorbo, Co-Facilitator at Please include your reason for wanting to participate.

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