The A.E. Backus Gallery & Museum in Fort Pierce is exhibiting the glass works of famed artist Dale Chihuly and Florida-based next-generation master Marlene Rose through December 30. Hours are Wednesday – Saturday, 10 AM to 4 PM; Sunday, 12 Noon to 4 PM (closed Monday-Tuesday). Admission is $5 per person; AARP, AAA, and Veterans with appropriate ID receive a $2 discount. Students with school ID, children under 18, active duty military, and current members are always free.
Treat yourself to a Sunset Holiday Lights Canoe Trip at the Environmental Learning Center on December 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22 and 29 from 5 pm to 6 pm. Canoe under the beautiful mangrove tunnels lit with holiday lights! It’s truly a special Florida-style evening during the holiday season. The cost is $15 Adults & Children over 12. $7.50 Children ages 8 to 11. Reserve today at DiscoverELC.org
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6
The Environmental Learning Center is hosting a Volunteer Open House on Thursday, December 6 from 3:30 pm to 5 pm. Attend the open house with refreshments and find out about volunteering! Put your interests, passion and skills to work at the ELC. Adults and Teens needed. Visit DiscoverELC.org.
FRIDAY DECEMBER 7 & SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8
AT RIVERSIDE THEATRE THIS WEEKEND
Howl at The Moon – Winter Nights – Ugly Sweater Holiday Party! Wear your most horrendous, awful Christmas sweater to this Ugly Sweater Bash! The uglier, the better because your crime against fashion gives you the chance to win a prize for ugliest sweater! Musicians are Rhoda Johnson & Ken Gustafson with a guest musician on Percussion. Seatings are at 7:30 and 8:30 pm for the 7:30 – 10 pm show on December 7 & 8. Tickets: $12 – $22.
Live in the Loop – Free outdoor concerts beginning at 6 pm with Johnny & The Blaze (Rock n’ roll party band) on Friday and Old Hippies Trio (60s & 70’s rock) on Saturday.
Riverside Theatre for Kids – Emmett Otter’s Jug Band Christmas: Emmet and Ma Otter are very poor, but they are very happy and talented singers. Christmas is around the corner, and they both want to get the other a very special present. The prize in the talent show is $50. Both Emmet and Ma get a song ready for the competition; Emmet forms a jug band, and Ma practices alone, to vie with the Riverbottom Gang. December 6 & 7 @ 7 pm & December 8 @ 2 pm & 7 pm Tickets are $10. For tickets, visit RiversideTheatre.com
FRIDAY THRU SUNDAY DECEMBER 7-9
Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol will be performed at the Vero Beach Theatre Guild on Friday, Saturday & Sunday, December 7 – 9. Nothing less than an anthem to human nature, to imagination, and to the wonder of a compelling story told by a wondrous storyteller, Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol is the perfect way to begin the holiday season. This delightful tale slips down the throat like a hot chocolate, as it also reveals new truths about the human condition. For tickets ($12.50) visit VeroBeachTheatreGuild.com.
The Sebastian River High School will perform its annual Prism Concert on December 7, 8 & 9 at the SRHS performing Arts Center. The 2-hour concert showcases the talents of the Concert Bands, Jazz Band, the Flag and Dance Line and the SRHS Choral Program. For tickets & times, visit: https://prism.ludus.com.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7
The Center for Spiritual Care, 1550 24 Street presents the crystalline abstractions of Rita Barone (at left) on view through December. Her exhibition is titled Between the Lines. There will be an artists reception during on December 7 from 5:30 – 7 pm. Call 772-567-1233 for more information and hours to see the show or visit www.centerforspiritualcare.org.
The First Friday Gallery Stroll will be held on Friday, December 7 from 5 to 8 pm around and along 14th Avenue in downtown Vero Beach.
Main Street Vero Beach presents Julie Hewitt. The Artists Guild Gallery presents guest artist, Witha Lacuesta. Flametree Clay Gallery’s theme is That’s a Wrap, featuring clay art that is boxed and ready to gift. A special exhibition of 3-dimensional butterflies painted by local artists for the Vero Beach Cultural Arts Village will be on view next to the Masonic Lodge at the corner of 14th Avenue & SR 60 east. Afterward, the butterflies will be on view throughout the Village.
The Laura Riding Jackson Foundation is hosting poet Cherie Clark who has several chapbooks published in national publications such as Metonym Literary Journal and the Lindenwood Review. Meet the poet on Friday, December 7 from 5 to 8 pm at the Laura Riding Jackson Writing Center, 1914 14th Street in Vero Beach.
The Pelican Island Audubon Society will show a movie titled Renewal on Friday, December 7 from 6 to 9 pm at the Audubon House, 195 9th Street SE, Vero Beach. The film includes eight stories that represent the growing religious-environmental movement. Each story is set in a different religious tradition, addressing a different environmental concern. Free.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9
Community Church of Vero Beach presents Noel – Noel, a Christmas Celebration on Sunday, December 9 at 7 pm. This Christmas gift to the community celebrates the sounds of Christmas with the Community Church Chancel Choir, Vero Beach Choral Society, Tapestry Brass, Atlantic Ringers, and pianists Rochelle Sallee and Jacob Craig to ring in the holiday season. Free. Tickets not required.
On Sunday December 9th at 2:00 pm at Temple Beth Shalom, 365 43rd Avenue in Vero Beach, attend a presentation by noted author Kurt Wallach. Kurt will review his two books on the Holocaust, 2016’s The Killing of the Jews and the recently published Murder Beyond Madness. Kurt will also speak about his father’s recognition of the danger of Adolph Hitler and the rise of Nazism and his decision to covertly move his family to America in 1936. Light refreshments will be served. Admission is free, donations will be accepted.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11
Join the Cultural Council of Indian River County for the next Art of Networking on December 11 from 5 to 7 pm at Haiti Partners, 601 21 Street in Vero Beach. Network in a happy hour atmosphere! Free for CCIRC members, $5 for guests. RSVP 772-770-4857.
The Indian River Genealogical Society is having its annual holiday celebration following its 10 am meeting on Tuesday December 11 at the Indian River County Main Library. Enjoy delicious goodies as a dozen IRGS members display a special keepsake connected to their family’s history and share its story. Listen to other’s stories and get inspired to record the history of your own special heirloom. Free.
CENTER FOR SPIRITUAL CARE’S ANNUAL LUNCHEON
The Center for Spiritual Care’s Annual Fundraising Lunch will be held on Sunday, December 16 from noon to 2 pm at Grand Harbor Club, 4985 Club Terrace in Vero Beach. Tickets are $50 per person with a choice of Chicken Piccata or Field Greens Salad. Proceeds benefit the Center’s ongoing programs and services. Purchase tickets at CenterForSpiritualCare.org or by calling 772-567-1233 or by mailing a check to the Center at 1550 24 Street, Vero Beach 32960.