Cultural Calendar January 7-13



Thoroughly Modern Millie:  January 7 – 26.  “Toe-tapping Merriment in the Roaring 1920’s”.  Winner of six Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie is a high-spirited musical romp that takes you back to the height of the Jazz Age. When Millie Dumont arrives in New York City from Kansas, she quickly finds an exciting new world filled with frisky flappers, dashing leading men and a villainess audiences love to hate. Based on the 1967 film starring Julie Andrews and Mary Tyler Moore, Thoroughly Modern Millie is a perfect evening of explosive tap numbers and hilarious situations.  Visit


By Leonard Mizerek

The J.M. Stringer Gallery is hosting a weekend reception for featured artist, Leonard Mizerek on Thursday, January 9 from 4 to 8 pm; Friday, January 10 from 11 am to 6 pm and Saturday, January 11 from 11 am to 6 pm.  There will be artists demonstrations on Saturday.  The exhibit will be on view through February 1.


Peter “The Pooz” Puzzo will honor Elvis Presley during this one-hour concert celebrating the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll on Wednesday, January 8 from 6 to 7 pm at the North Indian River County Library. Admission is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.


On Thursday, January 9, Sarah L. Booth, Ph.D., Director of the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Center on Aging at Tufts University, and Senior Scientist and Director of the Vitamin K Laboratory, will be a lecturer for the Distinguished Lecture Series on Current Issues with the Fielden Institute for Lifelong Learning at Indian River State College. Dr. Booth will discuss how best to navigate all the food and nutritional information out there in order to achieve a healthy diet with her topic “A Healthy Diet: What Do We Know and What Is Just Hype!”. The lecture will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. at the Richardson Center on the IRSC Vero Beach Campus and will conclude with a lively question and answer session with the audience. Cost for the full series is $150, and individual tickets are $35 if available.  Call 772-462-7880.

Visit the North Indian River County Library on Thursday, January 9 to see a travel film about Utah.  This film starts at 2 pm and ends at 3:30 pm. Free.


The Environmental Learning Center’s annual benefit, Mangroves & Moonlight, will be held on Saturday, January 11 on the ELC’s campus.  Spend a lovely evening under the stars from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Mangroves and Moonlight will take place throughout the ELC’s scenic 64-acre venue along the Indian River Lagoon. Enjoy delicious cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while listening to live music. The cocktail hour will be followed by a buffet and live auction that will take place in a beautiful moonlit pavilion.  For tickets, visit

The Quail Valley Charities 5K Walk/Run will be held on Saturday, January 11 with same day registration at 7:15 am.  The One mile fun run starts at 8 am and the 5k Walk/Run starts at 8:30 am.  Price:  Prior to Race Day- Complimentary or Donations Encouraged for either race up until 3 pm Thursday, January 9.  $20 per person on Race Day.  Contact Anne Patrick at 772-492-2033 or e-mail at

The Vero Beach Museum of Art features an exhibit of artwork by the Museum Art School instructors from Saturday, January 11 through February 16.

Maire Therese Carmack

It’s a “Jazz to Classics Concert” featuring both the Ft. Pierce Jazz & Blues Society and Mezzo Soprano Maire Therese Carmack on Saturday, January 11 at 7:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Vero Beach. The concert is presented by Music Angels Education Fund, Inc. and all proceeds will benefit this nonprofit to help provide Indian River County children with music scholarships. A reception will immediately follow concert. Tickets are $35 pp in advance and available at the Cultural Council Office or $40 at the door. For more info contact Linda Sposato at 484-885-7492 or


Baritone David Pershall

Vero Beach Opera opens its 2020 season with Rossini’s Barber of Seville at 3 p.m. on Sunday, January 12. This fully staged production with orchestra under the direction of Metropolitan Opera Guest Conductor Maestro Joel Revzen features four Metropolitan Opera artists, including Baritone David Pershall as Figaro. The performance will be held in the VBHS Performing Arts Center, 1707 16th Street, Vero Beach. All seats are reserved and tickets are $30, $40, $50 and $100. Student tickets are half price. Tickets may be purchased through the box office at 772-564-5537 as well as online at


The Pelican Island Audubon Society’s meeting will be held at the North Indian River County Library on Monday, January 13 at 6 pm. The topic is the Red-cockaded Woodpecker Management with Samantha McGee, Environmental Specialist, St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park.  Free.



The Vero Beach Theatre Guild’s hilarious Always a Bridesmaid will run from January 15-26.  Four Southern women have sworn to keep a promise they made the night of their Senior Prom; they will always be bridesmaids at each other’s weddings- no matter what.  Of course, they failed to anticipate so many weddings.  Thirty years later, these friends for life are still making the “long walk” for each other.  Forsaking all others, in sickness or in health, they repeatedly struggle to stage the perfect wedding despite fistfights at the altar and runaway brides.  Playwrights Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten, three of the most popular and produced playwrights in the United States, specialize in laugh out loud comedies.  Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for students and may be purchased by calling the Theatre Guild box office at 562-8300 or online at

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