Cultural Calendar January 24-28


The Vero Beach Theatre Guild presents Miracle on South Division Street through January 27.  Meet the Nowaks of Buffalo, NY. Clara and her three grown kids have always known they were special, ever since the miraculous night in 1942 when the Blessed Mother appeared to Grandpa in his barbershop! The entire family’s faith is shaken to the very core when a deathbed confession causes the family legend to unravel. The results are heartfelt and hilarious.  Tickets:


Next to Normal: Dad’s an architect, Mom’s a diligent housewife, and the kids are bright, wise-cracking teens.  Yet, their lives are anything but normal due to Mom’s mental illness. Next to Normal takes audiences into the hearts and minds of each character and presents one family’s story with love, sympathy and compassion. Through February 10.

Evita: The passionate, exhilarating story of Eva Peron who used her charisma and charms to rise from her penniless origins to political power as the first lady of Argentina at the age of 27. With an electrifying score of pop, jazz and Latin influences, Evita is filled with unforgettable Broadway numbers including its grand anthem, “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina.” On stage through January 27. Tickets:

Waldo Sexton by Judy Burgarella.

The Foyer Gallery of Art at the Emerson Center is hosting “Meet the Artists”  night on Thursday, January 24 from 5:00 to

Sean Sexton in Emerson Theatre lobby.

6:30pm.  All Around the Town (A celebration of Vero’s Centennial) is the current exhibit with works by Lee G. Smith, Judy Burgarella, Evelyn Cunningham, May Brandt, Lou Mullan, Ellen Fischer, Wyatt Hyora, Dorothy Hudson, Dawn E. Miller,  Lee Orre and Sean Sexton.  Free.


The Raw Space Gallery, 1795 Old Dixie Highway, is hosting lectures coinciding with its Women by Women exhibition.   On Thursday, January 24 from 9 to 10 am, is the Faces of Eve Yoga Series – Embodying the Divine Feminine Within  with Lu French.  On Friday, January 25 from 6 to 9 pm the exhibition closes with Moth Series and a dance party.


A Second Time Around Used Book Sale will be held in the North Indian River County Library  in Sebastian on Thursday, Friday & Saturday, January 24 – 26, during regular library hours, by the Friends of the Library.  Books for sale at rock-bottom prices will include fiction, non-fiction, paperbacks, as well as many  Audiobooks and DVDs.


Backstage Tours at Riverside Theatre:  Explore the back stage of Riverside Theatre with a guided tour of the various shops, stand on stage where the actors perform, and experience the history of Florida’s largest professional theatre.  Friday, January 25 at 11 am and 2 pm.

The Sebastian River Area Chamber of Commerce presents Wits End  at Concerts in the Park on Friday, January 25 from 5:30 to 8:00 pm at Riverview Park in Sebastian.  Admission is free and food and drink are available.

Jillian Gardner

An organ recital by Jillian Gardner will be held on Friday, January 25  at 7 pm at First Baptist Church, 2206 16 Avenue in Vero Beach. Admission is free to the community, however, a free-will offering will be accepted to benefit a scholarship fund for young organists.

Chen Yangyuetong

The Indian River Symphonic Association’s A Festival of Orchestras presents the Shanghai Opera Symphony Orchestra on Friday, January 25 at 7:30 pm at Community Church.  Featuring the young, dynamic violin virtuoso, Chen Yangyuetong, performing the beautiful and brilliant Butterfly Lovers’ Concerto, the orchestra will also perform Hector Berlioz’ glorious Symphonie Fantastique, as well as Rossini’s showstopper, Overture to The Barber of Seville.  For tickets, visit or call 772-778-1070.


The Sebastian River Art Club’s Art by the River will be held on Saturday, January 26 from 10 am to 4 pm at Riverview Park in Sebastian.  Stroll the booths of Club member artists displaying a wide variety of subjects & media.

The Rotary Club Vero Beach Oceanside is hosting its annual Wild Game Feast on Saturday, January 26 from 4 to 8 pm at the Summer Crush Vineyard & Winery, 4200 Johnson Road in Fort Pierce.  This family event features a wild game buffet, live music by the Tom Jackson Band, a whip cracking contest, auction and more!  Advanced ticket sales only for $35 per person and children under 10 free!  Visit or call Elaine: 772-299-1383.

The City of Vero Beach Recreation Department is hosting the 16th Annual Mother Daughter Tea Party at the Vero Beach Community Center on Saturday, January 26th from 2 to 4 pm.  This is a fun afternoon for mothers and daughters to bond over tea and hors d’oeuvres.  The Winter Wonderland themed tea party will include crafts, dancing, food and tea, games and prizes.  All ages are welcome.  Come dressed in your favorite “tea party” or “winter” outfit!  Register now at Leisure Square (3705 16th Street).  Advanced registration is required, no day of event walk-ins. Cost is $25 per Mother/Daughter pair – $10 each additional family member.

The American Association of University Women is holding a workshop for writers with author Charles Todd focusing on character development on Saturday, January 26 from 1:30 to 5:00 pm at the Laura Riding Jackson Writing Center, 1914 14 Avenue in Vero Beach. Seating is limited. Cost is $25. Register at

The Laura Riding Jackson Foundation is hosting a workshop with Davis Bunn, best-selling author, entitled Historical Fiction: Writing the Past for Today’s Audience on January 26 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm at the writing center on 14th Avenue.  This workshop will explore three areas crucial to commercial success: character and dialogue, story theme and how to research.  Tuition: $45.  Sign up at


ChamberFest Vero Beach is at First Presbyterian Church  through January 27 with two public performances on Saturday and Sunday, January 26 & 27 at 4 pm in the church sanctuary.  The performance on Saturday features solo work and collaborations by professional Festival Artists. Sunday is a joint performance with Vero Beach High School Orchestral students and the Festival Artists. The concert will end with a community sight-reading party, where audience members who play string or wind instruments can bring their instrument to join in with the Festival Artists and students on a large ensemble piece. The performances are free to the community and a $10 donation is suggested.


St. John of the Cross Catholic  Church  is hosting an Organ recital and Choral Vespers service highlighting the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. This event will feature the St. John of the Cross Choir and Chamber Orchestra on Sunday, January 26 at 6:30 pm.

The A.E. Backus Museum & Gallery announces its eighth annual Sunday in Key West Brunch & Auction event, Sunday, January 27 from 11:30 am to 3:00 pm at the Pelican Yacht Club, 1120 Seaway Drive in Fort Pierce. This is an opportunity for attendees to bid to win special and unique items, including a chance to win a dream vacation anywhere in the world, with all proceeds benefiting the Backus Museum.  Reserved tickets are $75 per person. Seating is limited.  Call (772) 465-0630.


The Pelican Island Preservation Society meeting will be held on Monday, January 28 from 7 to 8 pm at the Environmental Learning Center.  Guest speaker, Miles Myers, has been working with the Everglades Program for 17 years and will talk about their Everglades restoration work, endangered species, coastal projects and partnerships that help with their efforts.  Free.


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