Artworks by members of the Cultural Council of Indian River County will be on view at the Indian River County Administration Buildings A and B now through January 28th during normal business hours. This very diverse exhibition is a year-round continuously rotating show which changes every three months, bringing the public fresh new works to enjoy and possibly purchase. County Buildings are located at 1801 27th Street, Vero Beach. For further information about this exhibition or other events sponsored by the Cultural Council, or to join the Cultural Council, call 772-770-4857. Pictured: Crawfish Creek Falls by Silvia Forrest.
On exhibit through November:
IRC Courthouse – Meditations by Steve Reid
Center for Spiritual Care – Abstracts by Ian Maguire
Gallery 14 – Vintage Pop – Melissa Mastrangelo and Horacio Lertora
Flametree Clay Art Gallery – Permission to Explore – Maria Sparsis
Raw Space Gallery – Illusion of Freedom – Minakshi De
The Vero Beach Chamber of Commerce, 1957 14th Avenue, is collecting Toys for Tots. Please take new, unwrapped toys to the Chamber from 10 am to 3 pm Monday through Friday. Make Christmas bright for the children.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21
The Sebastian River High School Choral Department will have a special Christmas Concert at the SRHS Performing Arts Center on Thursday, November 21 at 7 pm featuring tunes made popular by artists such as Jim Brickman, The Chordettes, and The Andrews Sisters. Soloists perform Christmas favorites and the evening is topped off with the full Shark Choir singing, “O Holy Night” – a great way to kick off your holidays! The cost is $5.00 Donations are also received at each concert to help off-set some of the expenses.
McKee Botanical Garden’s Book Club begins on Thursday, November 21 at 11 am with The Food Explorer by Daniel Stone. The club will continue to meet the third Thursday of each month except in December. All are welcome. For a list of upcoming dates & books, visit McKeeGarden.org.
Enjoy a happy start to your day by attending Laugh & Learn (LAL) with laughter leader, Nancy Johnson on Thursday, November 21 at 10:30 am at the North Indian River County Library.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY NOVEMBER 22 & 23
22nd ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF TREES AT RIVERSIDE THEATRE
Encompassing the entire Riverside Theatre campus, “Winter Wonderful,” the Festival ’19 theme, will include the forest of glittering trees at the Children’s Theatre, Hall of Wreaths, Community Song Stage, Santa’s Village in the Live in The Loop area, a Christmas Shoppe, a Winter Gardens area in front of the Children’s Theatre, children’s activities and more to benefit Riverside Theatre Scholarship program. A Family Night party on the Saturday evening of the Festival will showcase holiday performances, hot chocolate, a synthetic ice skating rink, and gifts for the family.
Weekend Events: November 22-24
n Preview Gala – November 22 starting @ 6 pm
n “Winter Wonderful” Weekend Showcase – November 23 & 24 @ 10 am – 5 pm
n Family Night Party – November 23 @ 4 – 8 pm
n Breakfast with Santa – November 23 & 24 @ 9 am
For tickets, call the Box Office at 772-231-6990 or visit RiversideTheatre.com
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23
Start your holiday shopping with lots of unique, hand crafted, and re-purposed merchandise at the Elks Lodge, 731 South Fleming Street in Sebastian and support H.A.L.O. No Kill Rescue on November 23 from 10 am to 4 pm. This special edition of Artisan’s at the Elks Lodge includes fudge, gifts for your pets, soaps, decorative accessories, jewelry and so much more. The Elks will be selling hot dogs, chips and a soft drink for $5! Try your luck at the “Raffle Donation Station” with spectacular raffle prizes. Raffle tickets are just $1 each or 6 for $5, with all proceeds going to support the efforts of H.A.L.O. No Kill Rescue.
The Vero Vino Wine & Food Festival returns to the Vero Beach Heritage Center on November 23rd from 4 to 6 pm featuring international and domestic wine and select beer. Wild Thyme Catering serves delicious food, Sweet Creations offers decadent desserts and the Charter Jazz Ensemble provides upbeat music. Vero Vino is a fundraising event which benefits the Education Foundation of IRC. Tickets are $50 Visit verovinofestival.com for details.
The Sunrise Theatre in Fort Pierce presents magician Michael Carbonaro who brings his signature blend of bizarre antics, audience interaction, hilarious video clips, and mind-blowing magic, live on Saturday, November 23 at 7 pm. For tickets, visit SunriseTheatre.com.
The Vero Beach Elks Lodge, 1350 26th Street, is having its annual Toys for Tots Kick-off Dinner on Saturday, November 23 from 5 to 10 pm. Enjoy cocktails beginning at 5 pm followed by dinner at 6 pm of Herb Encrusted Roast Pork with mashed potato, veggie, salad and dessert. Live music by The Coolers will be from 7 to 10 pm. Please bring a new unwrapped toy. The cost is $15.00. Reservation only by calling 772-562-8450 between 1-4 pm.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24
Sopranos Mary Anne Kruger and Amy Cofield, divas of the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra will present A Grand Night of Opera on Sunday, November 24 at 3:00 pm at First Presbyterian Church of Vero Beach. A Grand Night of Opera will feature the works of Puccini, Verdi, Bellini, Gounod and other master composers. Accompanied by pianist Jean Black, the singers will perform a range of works from the world of opera, from the mesmerizing bel canto of Norma to the heart-breaking drama of Tosca. The audience will be sure to recognize the Flower Duet from Lakmé and several works used in popular films. No tickets are required and admission is free. A donation of $20 is suggested. For more information, call toll free to 855-252-7276 or visit SpaceCoastSymphony.org.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 25
The third annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Celebration will be held on Monday, November 25 at 7 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Vero Beach, 1590 27th Avenue in Vero Beach. This year’s shared voices of Thanksgiving will include Reverend Dan Holloway, of Unity Spiritual Center, Swami Dhumavati, of Kashi Ashram, Imam Derrick Peat, of the Islamic Center of the Treasure Coast, and Rabbi Michael Birnholz, of Temple Beth Shalom. A rich musical tapestry will be woven with the spoken word representing Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, and numerous other faith traditions. A combined choir, conducted by Dr. Jason Hobratschk, Music Director of St. Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church in Vero Beach will fill the hall with music of thanksgiving. Paula Herger, Music director of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Vero Beach will accompany them on the piano. A free will offering will allow participants to show an expression of thanks to benefit the Food Pantry of Indian River County. Light refreshments will be served in the lobby following the service.