Cultural Council events January 3-8

North County Library

Join Joe Gramm, The Movie Man, at 1:30 pm on Thursday, January 3 at the North Indian River County Library for the “Classic Films with a Twist” Gala Second Anniversary Party, which includes a full-length showing of a classic Cary Grant comedy followed by a discussion and trivia game with prizes. Popcorn, colas, & other treats included. Everyone attending will receive a prize! Admission & refreshments are free.

Roseatte by Karen Leffel-Massengill


Artist Theresa Ferguson

The First Friday Gallery Stroll will be held on Friday, January 4 from 5 to 8 pm around and along 14th Avenue in downtown Vero Beach.  Here’s a preview:  Raw Space Gallery’s exhibit is Women by Women with a talk, Woman Up by Suzanne Jones during the 5 to 9 pm reception. Gallery 14 hosts Chasing the Light: Oils by Karen Leffel-Massengill (at left).  The Artists Guild Gallery hosts guest artist Theresa Ferguson (at right). Flametree Clay Gallery’s exhibit features the clay art of resident artist CoCo Martin.


Artist Sharon Sexton

Reflections by the multi-talented painter and ceramicist Sharon Sexton will be featured during January at the Center for Spiritual Care, 1550 24 Street in Vero Beach. An opening reception will be held on Friday, January 4 at 5 pm.  Works in several media will reflect her dreams and her fantasies, some fevered, some pastoral.  The exhibit will be on view Saturdays from Noon to 4 pm through January.



The Comedy Zone: Comedians are James Yon & Miguel Colon Jr. with shows  at 7:30 and 9:30 pm on January 4 & 5.  Tickets: $12 – $18.

Live in the Loop – Free outdoor concerts beginning at 6 pm with Alternative Therapy (Fun Classic Rock from the 90’s through Today’s Hits!) on Friday and Beachland (Rock n’ Roll Party Band, featuring hits from the Beach Boys, Jimmy Buffet and More!) on Saturday.  Tickets:

Ballet Vero Beach presents Premieres at the Vero Beach High School Performing Arts Center on  Friday, January 4 at 8 pm and Saturday, January 5 at 2 an 8 pm.  Premieres features the company premiere of Matthew Carter’s lush and romantic French Songs, staged to Joseph Canteloube’s Songs of the Auvergne, a world premiere by Ballet Vero Beach Ballet Master Camilo A. Rodriguez, and the acquisition of Ariel Grossman’s exquisitely crafted Ori which received rave reviews when showcased at the 2017 Riverside Dance Festival.  Tickets: 772-564-5537 or



The Cultural Council of Indian River County’s Celebrate the Arts Festival will be held on January 5 from 10 am to 4 pm at the Riverside Theatre campus.  Enjoy live performances by dancers, choral groups, orchestras and theatrical groups and roll the CCIRC members’ booths to pick up information on upcoming events as well as a chance to purchase art, books, crafts, raffle chances and performance and event tickets.  Refreshments will be available at Riverside Theatre.  Admittance to the festival is free.  For more information, visit online.

Join HALO Rescue’s 2nd Annual 5K Run/Walk to raise awareness for no kill animal rescue! The event is for runners, walkers, and their dogs! Fun for athletes, beginners, kids and dogs all while raising money to save lives!  The 5K will start at 7:30 am on Saturday, January 5th at Sebastian’s Community Center and travel along the beautiful Indian River. Same day registration opens at 6:30 am.  Every $30 donated will get you 1 entry to the event. $35 on race day.  Each entry will include a race packet, a pawsome Sport-Tek “Chase Your Tail” t-shirt, a gift bag filled with goodies, and a meal after the race!


The Space Coast Symphony Orchestra presents Broadway: One Singular Sensation, presented on Sunday, January 6 at the Emerson Center. The concert at 3:00 pm will feature selections from Guys and Dolls, West Side Story, Phantom of the Opera, South Pacific, Camelot, Man of La Mancha, Jekyll and Hyde, Bridges of Madison County, Showboat, Carousel, Oklahoma, and more.  $25 advance tickets for adults are available through the orchestra website at or at the orchestra’s official ticket outlet, Marine Bank & Trust, beachside and mainland branches.  Tickets at the door are $30.


The American Association of University Women presents the January 2019 Book Review Breakfast on Monday, January 7 at the Richardson Center on the IRSC Campus in Vero Beach. After the 9:30 am continental breakfast on the patio, Susan Adams, restaurant owner and District 1 IRC Commissioner, will review Patrick Smith’s book, “A Land Remembered.”


The 18th Annual Icon Workshop at the Center for Spiritual Care begins on Monday, January 7 at 9:30 a.m. and runs through Saturday afternoon, January 12.  Participants spend time working with gesso wood panels, egg tempura, mineral pigments and 24-karat  Italian gold leaf under the direction of Villanova University Iconographer Richard Cannuli, OSA.  Each student will complete an icon:  beginners will paint Archangel Michael, the protector, and veterans will paint the image of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of peacemakers.   There is still time to join, but just a few spaces left.  Past participants have found this a wonderful way to start the new year in focused quiet prayer.  More information is available at or by calling 772-567-1233.  Register by PayPal or send a check to:  Center for Spiritual Care, 1550 24th St., Vero Beach, FL 32960


The Indian River Genealogical Society’s meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 8 at 10 am at the IRC Main Library.  The topic is Comparing the Genealogy Giants. Learn about the best sites that provide international audiences with tools and records for researching family trees online. Get insider tips on each site’s best features.  Free.


MusicWorks, Inc. presents Live from Vero Beach:  Tapestry, A Carole King Songbook on Friday, January 11 at 7 pm at the Emerson Center.  This show is a  beautiful re-creation of the Carole King songbook performed with live band and multi-media images.  More than 400 of her compositions have been recorded by over 1000 artists, resulting in 100 hit singles.    Purchase tickets at the Cultural Council of Indian River County (772-770-4857) or visit online.

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