Cultural Calendar May 8-13

By Mark Johnson.


From Enchanted Gardens by Mary Segal.

Art At The Emerson has just opened a new exhibit featuring the artwork of Mary Segal titled Enchanted Gardens featuring colorful mixed media with acrylic paints and dried flowers and leaves (at left).  Also exhibiting are artists, Peg Phenecie and Mark Johnson.  The exhibit will be on view at the Emerson Center through June.  Viewing hours are Monday-Friday  10:00 am to 4:00 pm and  Sunday 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.

The Cultural Council of Indian River County’s Art in Public Places program features a new exhibit opening on Friday, May 10 at the Indian River County Courthouse, 2000 16th Avenue in Vero Beach.  The exhibiting artist is Jemal Hayes (lower right) whose show is titled A Natural State of Awe. View Monday-Friday, 9 am to 5 pm.

From A Natural State of Awe by Jemal Hayes.

A Cultural Evening of Art, Performance, & Recognition – 2019 LAUREL AWARDS. Join the Cultural Council of Indian River County on Wednesday, May 8 at 6 pm at Riverside Theatre to enjoy an evening of art & performance as we celebrate the recipients of the 2019 Laurel Awards and their contribution and service to the arts community in Indian River County.  VIP tickets are $75 and include a Cocktail Reception with heavy hors d’oeuvres, the Presentation Program and a champagne toast with dessert.  Tickets for the Presentation Program only are $25.  Visit or call the Cultural Council at 772-770-4857.


The Vero Beach Elks Lodge, 1350 26 Street is having a dinner/dance on Friday, May 10 from 6:00 to 9:30 pm. Enjoy Cornish Hen, Salad, Vegetables and Dessert for $15, Music by Kent and Jeff from 6:30-9:30. Reserve: Call 772-562-8450 after 1 pm.

Art and Music performances with John Ryan and Amy Dyson are held on Friday, May 10 at One Zen Place, 4005 43rd Avenue in Vero Beach.  Doors open at 6 pm.  The Art & Music “In the moment” performance is from 7 to 8 pm followed by a Manhattan style Piano Bar from 8:30 to 11 pm.  For reservations, call 772-907-5555.

Claudia Ball

Enjoy Happy Hour musical entertainment with Musicians Registry member, Claudia Ball (at left), singing hits from the 50s and 60s, on Friday, May 10 from 4:30 to 6 pm on the outside patio at Cobalt Restaurant, 3500 Ocean Drive in Vero Beach.


Join H.A.L.O. on Saturday, May 11 between 6 and 10 pm at Walking Tree Brewery, 3209 Dodger Road in Vero Beach,  for a fun Saturday night with family and friends to support no kill animal rescue.  $25 includes 8 bingo games, dinner & 1 free brew. There will be great raffle baskets and prizes. Buy tickets in advance on H.A.L.O.’s website:

Afternoon Tea in the Garden.

On Sunday, May 12, McKee Botanical Garden will offer free admission to all mothers with any paid admission to the Garden in celebration of Mother’s Day. All moms, grandmothers, mother-in-laws or someone who is like a mother to you, gets in free!  Enjoy Afternoon Tea in the Garden this Mother’s Day. Sealantro will serve a traditional British afternoon tea at 3:30 pm. The three-course menu includes finger sandwiches; house-made scones, clotted cream and preserves; and a selection of pastries and cakes- including macaroons, strawberry eclairs, Victoria Sandwich, and more.  For Tea tickets ($29.95) call 772-794-0601, Ext 111.

The Vero Beach Elks Lodge, 1350 26 Street is hosting a Mother’s Day Brunch on Sunday, May 12 with a memorial service at 10:45 followed by brunch for $12. Mom’s Mimosas are $2 and Bloody Mary’s are $3.  Reserve:  Call 772-562-8450 after 1 pm.


The Pelican Island Audubon Society will feature a talk about Indian River County Stormwater Pollution with Alexis Peralta on Monday, May 13 at 6 pm at the North Indian River County Library in Sebastian.  Free.



The Pelican Island Audubon Society Summer Adventure Camp includes kayaking, bird watching, wildlife & plant identification, hiking, science education and more.  Mondays-Fridays from 8 am to 3 pm beginning on June 3 through July 26.  Each one week session focuses on a different age group.  Camp is held at Audubon House, 195 Oslo Road, Vero Beach.  Visit for details.

The Environmental Learning Center offers day camps from Pre-K to  8th Grade Students in June and July with age-appropriate five-day sessions.  Visit for class availability.

The Riverside Theatre For Kids offers Summer Camps where students will develop musical theatre skills, learn to collaborate with others as an ensemble and perform in a showcase. Several camps are offered and designed for ages 5 and up. Tuition scholarship programs are available to provide financial assistance to qualifying students.  Visit

The Vero Beach Museum of Art has its popular Summer Art Camp for ages 5- 16 with half and full day sessions from June 3 to August 2. Summer Art Camp is designed to offer an environment for young artists to explore ideas, develop skills, help build self esteem, and encourage creativity through experiencing, making and learning about all aspects of art.  Visit for more information.

Create at Studio, MA, 835 17th Street #106 in Vero Beach is offering Summer Art Camp ($40 per day 9-12) and Summer Sewing Camp ($45 per day. 9-12 for beginners  and 1-4 pm for more advanced).  Camps are from June 3 through August 2.  For details, visit or call 772-538-1989.

The Laura Riding Jackson Foundation is sponsoring three, week- long summer camps for Middle School students featuring creative writing activities in the arts including, music, poetry, art, and dance beginning June 10, 17, and 24, Monday through Friday from 9 am to noon at the Writing Center, 1914 14th Avenue in Vero Beach.  For Boys Only: A Summer Camp Slam Dunk! is a week long creative writing camp for boys only beginning on Monday, July 8 that combines creative arts with basketball. The Camp will be at Gifford Middle School. Inquire about scholarships. Register at

The Sunrise Theatre in Fort Pierce is hosting the Missoula Children’s Theatre Summer Camp.  Each week-long camp culminates in a public performance, starring local children, complete with professionally designed scenery and costumes.  The schedule is:  Jack & The Bean Stalk June 24-28; Pinocchio July 8-12. Robin Hood July 15-19. The Snow Queen July 29 – August 2.  Visit

The City of Vero Beach Recreation Department is offering  Aerial Antics and Sports/Aquatics Summer Camps at Leisure Square, 9 weeks from June 3 through August 2.  Visit

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