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Power To The People

Power To The People

Despite the recent, sometimes heated debate over the future of the Vero Beach power plant, there is nothing new about the supply of electricity being a matter of concern – and contention – in Indian River County.

First Bids On An $18,500 Ring

First Bids On An $18,500 Ring

December 6: Gaston Bijoux hosted a cocktail reception for major donors of the Environmental Learning Center, which gave them first chance to bid on a 12.38-carat modified emerald-cut Aquamarine set with two diamond side stones weighing 1.6 carats.

Athena Society Cocktail Party

Athena Society Cocktail Party

December 8: Members of the Vero Beach Museum of Art’s Athena Society enjoyed a reception with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at a member’s home.

Rainy Days For Mardy Fish And Jake Owen

Rainy Days For Mardy Fish And Jake Owen

December 9: Rain did not deter the crowd for the tennis exhibition at Mardy’s Tennis & Jake’s Music Fest at Grand Harbor Golf & Beach Club. The event began with a kids’ tennis clinic, followed by a reception hosted by Mardy Fish and tennis with Mardy, Sam Querrey, the Bryan Brothers and Serena Williams.

Hibiscus Children’s Center: A Night In Vienna

Hibiscus Children’s Center: A Night In Vienna

December 10: The Hibiscus Children’s Center held its annual winter gala A Night in Vienna at The Moorings Club. The black-tie evening featured cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, silent and live auctions, and dinner and dancing to the Private Stock Band.

Dasie Hope Holds An Evening Of Hope

Dasie Hope Holds An Evening Of Hope

December 10: Mardi Gras was the theme of the Dasie Bridgewater Hope Center’s fundraiser An Evening of Hope at the Costa d’Este hotel. Guests delighted in a buffet dinner, silent auction and dancing.

Celebration Of Giving

December 15: The Christian Business Association donated $15,000 to 13 local nonprofit organizations at its annual Celebration of Giving luncheon.

Yoga For All At The Yoga Pagoda

Yoga For All At The Yoga Pagoda

Find your inner self and create a time for reflection at The Yoga Pagoda in the Modern One Building on Indian River Boulevard and 21st Street.

18th Place Auction

18th Place Auction

Owner and auctioneer Nathan Guilford has opened 18th Place Auction Inc. east of Old Dixie at 18th Place in downtown.

Debris Removal With A Green Touch

Debris Removal With A Green Touch

John King has launched an environmentally friendly land-clearing business, Enviro-Medics, on 33rd Avenue.

Sharing Yarns At The Knitty Gritty

Sharing Yarns At The Knitty Gritty

Knitting enthusiasts Anna and Amanda Gales recently opened The Knitty Gritty on Old Dixie Highway.

Croom Construction Donates Toys

Croom Construction Donates Toys

During the Christmas holiday, Croom Construction Company collected and donated gifts and toys to 150 children in Indian River County for the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation.

Turkey Trot Against Hunger

Turkey Trot Against Hunger

November 24: Close to 1,000 people started their Thanksgiving morning running or walking in the Harvest Food & Outreach Center’s fourth annual Trot Against Hunger at Riverside Park.

Humane Society’s Art For Animals

Humane Society’s Art For Animals

November 25-27: Nearly 80 local artists created domestic animal and native Florida wildlife artworks for the Humane Society of Vero Beach & Indian River County’s Art For Animals three-day event.

Premier Estate Properties

Premier Estate Properties

December 1: Premier Estate Properties hosted a private art exhibition at the Vero Beach Hotel & Spa. Guests enjoyed wine and hors d’oeuvres while viewing en plein air artwork by Adriana Scalamandre Bitter.

Night Of Lights

Night Of Lights

December 2: Tara Plantation was decorated inside and out with Christmas decorations and holiday lights at the Exchange Club of the Treasure Coast’s Night of Lights

Art Trail Raises Funds For Scholarships

Art Trail Raises Funds For Scholarships

December 3: The Vero Beach Art Club presented Art Trail, its annual tour of artists’ studios, which included Joan Earnhart, Deborah Gooch, Al Gustave, Barbara Krupp, Marie Morrow, Tim Sanchez, Sean and Sharon Sexton, Sara Shankland, Maria Sparsis, Kathleen Staiger, Ginny Piech Street and Allan Teger.

A Florida Cracker Christmas

A Florida Cracker Christmas

December 2: Guests gathered at the Heritage Center for the Florida Cracker Christmas event benefiting the Blue Ribbon Charitable Foundation and Dogs and Cats Forever.

Literacy Services Luncheon

Literacy Services Luncheon

December 3: Literacy Services of Indian River County celebrated 40 years of service with a Forty & Forward luncheon at The Moorings Club.

Christmas Party At The Museum

Christmas Party At The Museum

December 4: The Vero Beach Museum of Art held its annual holiday party Christmas at the Museum. Families and children enjoyed school and youth group music and dance entertainment, refreshments, holiday crafts and a visit from Santa.

IRMC Golf Classic

IRMC Golf Classic

December 5: Participants enjoyed a beautiful day of golf at the 22nd annual Indian River Medical Center Foundation’s Swing for Health Golf Classic at Hawk’s Nest Golf Club.

Florida Eye Institute Doctors Become FACS

Florida Eye Institute physicians Thomas A. Baudo and Val Zudans were recently appointed Fellows by the American College of Surgeons (FACS). The designation indicates that their professional qualifications, surgical competence and ethical conduct have passed the rigorous standards established by the College.

Military Moms Raise Funds With Braveheart Pin

Pauline Adams of I'll Never Tell was honored recently at the Military Moms Prayer Group dinner for the numerous sales of the groups' Braveheart pin. Donations were made to the group for a total of $4,800.

Down in the Cellar with Bob

Down in the Cellar with Bob

Precious few people truly know their grapes like wine connoisseur Bob Roth. His show, Seller to Cellar, has been a staple on local cable channel WWCI 10 for a decade now. And what some of his devout fans may already know, the rest of us could stand to learn – especially if a candlelight dinner is part of our Valentine’s Day plans.

From $80 Plow Horse to Superstar

From $80 Plow Horse to Superstar

When Bonnie Spitzmiller was a student at the Knox School on Long Island in the late 1950s, she was a standout in the school’s equestrian program. As a 17-year-old she made her highest jump – at 5 feet 6 inches – on the sturdy back of a grey gelding named Snowman, owned by her instructor Harry deLeyer.

When Daughter Knows Best

When Daughter Knows Best

Very few people have heard of Bayou West, and that’s one of the things that made it so appealing to Jim and Laurie Carney. A unique part of Vero Beach history dating back to the early 1970s, it’s a two-story apartment complex behind the Quail Valley River Club at the end of Riomar Drive. After 40 years, it was beginning to show its age, but when the Carneys decided to return to the seaside town where they had begun their married life they zeroed right in on it.

Wiggens and Other Wonders

Wiggens and Other Wonders

It’s a good thing Leslie McGuirk refused to believe it when people kept telling her she didn’t have a creative bone in her body. Something inside told her that one day she would prove them wrong. She did, and in a big way.

The ‘Me, Too’ Mission of Mended Hearts

The ‘Me, Too’ Mission of Mended Hearts

Fourteen years ago Ed Fitzgerald was feeling on top of the world thanks to exercising regularly and watching what he ate. In his early 40’s, working in the brokerage business and living in New Jersey, he was the perfect picture of health. In fact he had just run into an old friend who said he had never seen him looking better.

Lessons in Fashion

Lessons in Fashion

Winners in Focus, Far and Wide

Winners in Focus, Far and Wide

Vero Beach is home to many talented residents, and never is it more evident than at this time of year when the results are announced for the Indian River Photo Club’s annual juried competition.

Fifteen Minutes of Furry Fame

Fifteen Minutes of Furry Fame

In a darkened studio, the photographer raises his camera. The model’s posture is erect. Dark eyes fix the camera with a practiced gaze. Click! Onlookers murmur their approval. An assistant approaches with one last touch: she carefully places a large dog biscuit across the wet, black nose of the model.

Valentine’s Day Rendezvous

Valentine’s Day Rendezvous

Valentine’s Day, the holiday that celebrates love with cards, flowers and chocolates, is best topped off with a romantic dinner.

Partnering for Change in Haiti

Partnering for Change in Haiti

A short stretch of ocean is all that physically separates privileged Florida from the beautiful if broken island-nation of Haiti. One of the most striking contrasts existed long before the January 2010 earthquake vanquished buildings and lives, and contributed measurably to the sense of vulnerability. An earthquake 500 times stronger in Chile the following month had a fraction of the death toll (795 versus 200,000 in Haiti) despite having roughly double the population (16 million versus 9 million).

Friends with Benefits

Friends with Benefits

Sometimes at an outdoor cocktail party when the pinks of early evening have turned to purple, the time that some Florida folks call “dark-thirty,” I suddenly feel it before I see it – a cloud of bats flying from a neighbor’s attic or the bat condominiums that our community maintains at its perimeters, swooping down above my head in a directionless flutter, their tiny faces like impish homunculi in a Bosch painting. The bats are small, not nearly as large as a fruit bat with its three-foot wing span. In fact, they’re more like three inches, similar to the bat described by James Joyce in Ulysses as “a little man in a cloak he is with tiny hands.”

How Music Changed My Life

How Music Changed My Life

Hundreds of thousands of college scholarship dollars have been awarded to promising young Indian River County musicians over the years, yet contributors rarely get a close-up look at the return on their investment. A search into the whereabouts of four past Vero Beach Choral Society (VBCS) scholarship recipients turned up an Ocoee middle school band director, a product developer for Paramount Pictures, a Florida State University doctoral student assisting with the collegiate drum line, and an up-and-coming Christian music artist happy to still call Vero Beach home.