Cultural Calendar December 5-11

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5

Community Church of Vero Beach will host its Advent Poetry and Organ Series on Thursday, December 5 at 11 am.  Andrew Galuska, will join forces with a nationally-recognized poet to present the spoken word enhanced by organ repertoire and improvisation. This week’s guest poet is Sean Sexton.

THURSDAY, FRIDAY & SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5, 6, 7

The J.M. Stringer Gallery,  3465 Ocean Drive, is hosting opening receptions featuring Jim Rodgers on Thursday, December 5 from 4 to 8 pm; Friday, December 6 from 11 am to 6 pm with an artist’s demo at 1 pm and a ringside seat for the Christmas Parade along with the reception on Saturday, December 7 from 11 am to 8:30 pm.

FRIDAY-SUNDAY, DECEMBER 6 – 8

The Vero Beach Theatre  Guild presents Guild On The Go Singers “Puttin’ on the Ritz” from December 6 – 8.  This glitzy and glamorous event features the celebrated Guild on the Go soloists performing Broadway showstoppers, golden oldies and holiday favorites!  For tickets, visit verobeachtheatreguild.com.

FRIDAY & SATURDAY, DECEMBER  6 & 7

AT RIVERSIDE THEATRE

Comedy Zone Experience: Comedians Julie Scoggins and Doug Almeida perform at 7:30 and 9:30 pm on Friday & Saturday December 6 & 7. Friday Night’s special guest emcee Joshua Armenteros and Saturday night is Jim Harpring.  Cost: Side Seats: $12,  Table Seating: $14-$18.

Live in the Loop Holiday Lights:  Free live music from 6 to 9:30 pm with Bobby Owen Band (Classic Rock) on Friday and Casey Raines Band (Classic Rock & Country) on Saturday.

Riverside Theatre for Kids:  Frozen Jr. A story of true love and acceptance between sisters, Frozen JR. expands upon the animated movie focusing on the emotional relationship and journey between Princesses Anna and Elsa. Filled with all the great music from the film, with a cast of beloved characters and loaded with magic, adventure, and plenty of humor, Frozen JR. is sure to thaw even the coldest heart!  Performances are on December 5 & 6 at 7pm and  December 7 at 2 pm & 7 pm.  $10  Visit RiversideTheatre.com.

FRIDAY DECEMBER 6

FIRST FRIDAY GALLERY STROLL

The Look by Dawn Miller

A gift of original art is joyful and unique and the First Friday Gallery Stroll is your opportunity to find the perfect gift on December 6th from 5 to 8 pm.  Gallery 14 features invited guest artists (at right by Dawn Miller) for Strokes of Genius invitational exhibit on stroll night as well as a special reception on Thursday, December 5 from 5 to 8 pm.  The Artists Guild Gallery features artwork by local radio personality, Rhett Palmer; Flametree Clay Gallery will exhibit holiday luminaries in clay for Light Up the Holidays and Raw Space Gallery (open from 6 to 9 pm) presents We Love Art by Raquel Rub and Anabel Rub Peicher.  A new gallery, Art Works of Vero, 2036 14th Avenue, is having its Grand opening reception and exhibit during the Gallery Stroll.

The Center for Spiritual Care, 1550 24 Street in Vero Beach, is hosting an opening reception on Friday, December 6 from 5 to 7 pm for Allan Teger’s Photo Poems exhibit that will be on view through December.

Vila and Khachatourian in Recital 2019.

First Presbyterian Church in Vero Beach presents an Ecuadorian-Spanish cello sensation, Francisco Vila, and a Armenian-born, Belgium-based pianist, Ashot Khachatourian, together in a single performance, Vila & Khachatourian in Recital on Friday, December 6 at 7:30 PM.  They will perform a concert of classical works by Bach, Beethoven and Chopin. Tickets at the door are $20 for adults and $15 for seniors.

Celtic Angels

The Emerson Center presents the Celtic Angels Christmas Concert on Friday, December 6 at 3 and 7 pm.  This show encompasses vocal and instrumental seasonal favorites, and Irish contemporary and original Christmas themes, along with world-class champion Irish dancing. For Tickets ($19-$49) visit theemersoncenter.com/concerts.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7

The Indian River County Historical Society is holding its annual Holiday Fika – Swedish Coffee & Tour on Saturday, December 7 from 2 to 3:30 pm at the Hallstrom House, 1723 Old Dixie Highway SW in Vero Beach.  RSVP to 778-3435.  $15.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8

Christmas Wish List

The City of Vero Beach Recreation Department’s 200-student cast presents Christmas Wish List, an original holiday production with the Aerial Antics Youth Circus at the Vero Beach High School Performing Arts Center on Sunday, December 8 at 2 pm and 6 pm.   Tickets for Christmas Wish List are available at Leisure Square, Riverside Racquet Complex and the Vero Beach Community Center. The cost is $8 for adults and $7 for children and seniors.

The First Presbyterian Church will host a concert, Best Songs Around the World: The Un-forgotten Art of Olga Praguer Coelho, on Sunday, December 8 at 4 m in the sanctuary. The performance will feature Dr. Elena Mindlina (soprano) accompanied by local musicians Miguel Bonachea (classical guitar), Dr. Jacob Craig (piano), and Gretchen Cover (harp).  Admission is free to the community; a $10 donation is suggested.

The Christmas Celebration O Come all Ye Thankful is a Christmas gift to the community. at Community Church of Vero Beach on Sunday, December 8 at 7 pm.  Free.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10

The Indian River Genealogy Society’s meeting, Engaging the Next Generation of Genealogists on Tuesday, December 10, at 10 am at the Indian River County Main Library.  Light Refreshments. Free and open to the public.  Visit IRGS.org

ATTEND A FUN HOLIDAY NETWORKING EVENT ON TUESDAY

The Cultural Council’s Art of Networking will be held on Tuesday, December 10 from 5-7 pm at Haiti Partners, 1531 US 1 (K-Mart Plaza) in Vero Beach.  Network with creative people in a Happy Hour atmosphere and enjoy complimentary admission.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11

Join Dave Deluca as he presents Winter Wonderland, a feel-good family-oriented event filled with yuletide whimsy and winter wonder that celebrates the magic of the holiday season through holiday songs on Wednesday, December 11 at 6:00 pm at the North Indian River County Library.  Free.

Debbie, Edwin and Bonnie at a previous Center concert. (No photo of Jane available).

The Tropical Winds Quartet, a woodwind chamber group, will ring in the holiday season at the Center for Spiritual Care, 1550 24th Street in Vero Beach with a concert Wednesday, December 11 at 7 pm.  The group will present a program ranging from Renaissance folk through Mozart and Strauss to traditional Christmas melodies as well as a bassoon duet by Edward Sheridan and special guest David Borst.  For reservations, call 772-567-1233.  Admission is free, and a free will offering will be gratefully accepted.

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