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Signature Chefs & Wine Extravagazna

Signature Chefs & Wine Extravagazna

Twenty-one local chefs presented their most creative dishes at the second annual Signature Chefs Auction & Wine Extravaganza at The Moorings Club, benefiting the March of Dimes.

Riverside Theatre Friends Fall Luncheon

Riverside Theatre Friends Fall Luncheon

Women gathered at the Riverside Theatre for the Friends Fall Luncheon.

Hibiscus Center Girls’ Night Out

Hibiscus Center Girls’ Night Out

Girls Night Out, a boutique shopping event benefiting Hibiscus Children’s Center, was held at Holy Cross Parish Hall.

Boy Scout Celebrity Chef Cook-Off

Boy Scout Celebrity Chef Cook-Off

Local “celebrities” teamed up with Fujiyama master teppanyaki chefs at Boy Scout Troop 567’s Celebrity Chef Cook-Off at Fujiyama Japanese Steakhouse.

An Evening Of Hope

An Evening Of Hope

The Daisie Bridgewater Hope Center held its annual fundraiser, An Evening of Hope, at the Club at Pointe West.

Childcare Resources’ Sparkling Jazz

Childcare Resources’ Sparkling Jazz

Wine, food and jazz enthusiasts gathered for the Sparkling Jazz: Tasting & Toasting in the Childcare Resources Education courtyard garden at Trinity Episcopal Church, which benefits Childcare Resources.

Habitat Cracker Hoedown

Habitat Cracker Hoedown

Jeans, boots and hats were the fashion at Indian River Habitat for Humanity’s annual Habitat Cracker Hoedown at Riverside Park.

A Walk To Remember

A Walk To Remember

Hundreds of walkers came to Riverside Park to help raise awareness at the seventh annual Walk to Remember benefiting the Alzheimer & Parkinson Association of Indian River County.

VBMA Chairman’s Club

VBMA Chairman’s Club

The Vero Beach Museum of Art held its annual Chairman’s Club Dinners in the Great Hall.

Firefighters Fest-Of-Ale

Firefighters Fest-Of-Ale

Over 100 varieties of domestic, imported and international beers were available at the Indian River Firefighters International Fest-of-Ale and Fine Wine at Pointe West.

Impact 100 Breakfast

Impact 100 Breakfast

Indian River Impact 100, a group of over 200 philanthropic women, held its Membership Kick-off Breakfast at the Community Church.

Celebrate Land Water Wildlife

Celebrate Land Water Wildlife

The Indian River Land Trust celebrated its 20th anniversary at Rock City Gardens with its annual fundraiser Celebrate Land Water Wildlife: Preserve, Protect, Provide for the Future.

McKee Gatekeepers Of The Garden

McKee Gatekeepers Of The Garden

McKee Botanical Garden opened the season with its annual Gatekeepers of the Garden celebration honoring all of the highest level members.

Share-In-A-Life Banquet

Share-In-A-Life Banquet

The Care Net Pregnancy Center held its annual Share in a Life Banquet at the First Church of God.

Dollars for Scholars Golf Classic

Dollars for Scholars Golf Classic

Grand Harbor Golf Club was the location this year of the annual Dan K. Richardson & William L. Marine Golf Classic.

Every Dream Has a Price

Every Dream Has a Price

Families, kids and adults gathered at the Vero Beach Sports Complex for the 2nd annual Celebrity vs. Government Softball Game & Old-Fashioned Family Fun Day.

Come To The Cabaret

Come To The Cabaret

The Quail Valley River Club was rocking at the Homeless Family Center’s annual dinner-dance, Come to the Cabaret.

Boys & Girls Club Golf Tournament

Boys & Girls Club Golf Tournament

The ninth annual Amateur Golf Tourney benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Indian River County was held at Vero Beach Country Club.

Women’s Refuge Golf Tournament

Women’s Refuge Golf Tournament

Golfers enjoyed beautiful weather and a great day of golf at the Women’s Refuge 13th Annual Golf Tournament at Sandridge Golf Club. Participants played 18 holes and enjoyed lunch and awards for the longest putt, closest to the hole, and longest and straightest drive after the tournament.

Time For A Soirée

Time For A Soirée

Just in time for the party season, owners John Strausberg and Eric LaHaise recently opened Soirée Kitchen To Table in the Miracle Mile Plaza.

The Source Harvest Banquet

The Source Harvest Banquet

The Source held its annual Share His Harvest Banquet at the First Church of God.

New Owners At Sea Spray Inn

New Owners At Sea Spray Inn

The Sea Spray Inn on South Beach was recently purchased by local residents Jeff Faucher and Leslie Jones and has been completely remodeled inside and out.

Samaritan Soup Bowl

Samaritan Soup Bowl

Over 60 local restaurants supplied soup to 15 places of worship and 25 businesses offered their own soup to the community at the 18th annual Samaritan Center Soup Bowl.

The Plaza – Vero Beach’s Latest Event Venue

The Plaza – Vero Beach’s Latest Event Venue

Owners Glenn and Dorothy Strunk opened Vero Beach’s newest event facility, The Plaza, located on 17th Street.

Elizabeth D. Kennedy Cooking At McKee

Elizabeth D. Kennedy Cooking At McKee

Elizabeth D. Kennedy & Co. have taken over the reins as operators of the on-site Garden Café at McKee Botanical Garden.

Play To Remember

Play To Remember

Tennis players spent the afternoon at Sea Oaks and Grand Harbor for The Alzheimer & Parkinson Association of Indian River County’s Play to Remember event.

Chocolate, Champagne & Chefs With Big Brothers Big Sisters

Chocolate, Champagne & Chefs With Big Brothers Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Indian River County held its 2nd annual Chocolate, Champagne & Chefs event at Quail Valley River Club.

Maitland Farm Halloween Hustle

Maitland Farm Halloween Hustle

The 2nd annual Maitland Farm Preschool Halloween Hustle 5K Run/Walk & Tot Trot brought out 130 participants and raised over $5,400 for the school’s scholarship program, staff benefits and enhancements for the school’s nature playground.

VNA Is Fighting The Flu Everywhere

VNA Is Fighting The Flu Everywhere

The Visiting Nurse Association in Vero Beach has partnered with human service agencies throughout Indian River County to provide no-cost flu shots for its clients.

More Pooches At Pawprints

More Pooches At Pawprints

Pawprints of Vero Beach on 12th Street has expanded to make more room for its furry friends, both large and small.

$1 Million Donation To Build IRMC Recovery Room

$1 Million Donation To Build IRMC Recovery Room

The 21st Century Campaign for Indian River Medical Center received a $1 million gift from philanthropists Lorne and Heidi Waxlax for the hospital's new recovery room.

Hors D'oeuvres For All Occasions

Hors D'oeuvres For All Occasions

Vero Beach’s high season for entertaining is officially here, and as the saying goes, “Let the festivities begin.”

Nancy Blair's Glass Menagerie

Nancy Blair's Glass Menagerie

Nancy Blair is a woman with a history – a herstory, that is. A frank feminist, the 50-something is a sculptor in ceramics, glass and mixed media; an author with five published books to her credit; an educator who teaches ceramics at the Vero Beach Museum of Art and hot-cast glass at Pilchuck Glass School in Washington state; a scholar whose specialty is the goddess-centered religions of pre-history and a business owner who started and operated both a successful restaurant and an art reproduction company.

The Rhythm is Gonna Get You

The Rhythm is Gonna Get You

When my husband Don and I moved north to Vero Beach from Miami, our introduction into the community was a gala. We noticed that something was different as soon as we picked up our table assignment.

Island Real Estate-Paradise For a Song?

Island Real Estate-Paradise For a Song?

Buying a home during a real estate bust might seem daunting, but the experience was pleasurable and glitch-free for Gainesville transplants Dr. and Mrs. Wayne and Maggie Creelman.

The Man Who Couldn't Retire

The Man Who Couldn't Retire

After a successful 21-year career advising high net-worth clients on life insurance and estate tax mitigation issues from offices in Florida, California and Pittsburgh, Bill Corry sold his business, and at age 44 retired. He could now kick back in the tranquil atmosphere of Vero Beach, which he and his wife Darcy love, and relax.

A New Battle For the Caribbean

A New Battle For the Caribbean

When The Nature Conservancy was founded in 1951, its primary focus was on protecting rare and endangered species.

How High Tech Can Fit You to a Tee

How High Tech Can Fit You to a Tee

Want to drive a ball like Tiger Woods or Annika Sorenstam, or maybe just make more pars and birdies? There’s an app for that and it’s at a golf club near you.

Three Schools United

Three Schools United

Consolidating Saint Edward’s Upper, Middle and Lower Schools onto one campus played a vital part in the financial restructuring of the private school. Beyond the fiscal considerations, however, the single-school model has helped to energize the administration and student body alike.

Fair Deal on the Fairways

Fair Deal on the Fairways

Professional Roger Van Dyke retired he could have taken it easy, played a few rounds of golf with his buddies and called it a day.

From The Canvas To The Vase

From The Canvas To The Vase

They make it seem so easy – the “they” being Lee LaPointe and Ann Webber, who can look at a work of art and begin to envision one or more floral arrangements with similar colors, line and form.

Honoring The Divine In All Of Us

Honoring The Divine In All Of Us

Feel depressed? Discouraged? Can’t sleep? Out of “sync” with family and friends? Try yoga!

Two Hours and Plenty of TLC

Two Hours and Plenty of TLC

When a co-worker invited Dee Giannotti to a Youth Guidance Christmas party she didn’t intent to become involved on a regular basis; volunteering occasionally at a group event maybe

Watch Out, Buccaneers!

Watch Out, Buccaneers!

What if you and a group of friends could have your own island right here in the Indian River Lagoon, free of charge?

Don’t Be Fooled By Old Gardeners’ Tales

Don’t Be Fooled By Old Gardeners’ Tales

While not all garden lore has been proven invalid, many old myths are blithely passed along by today’s gardening experts.

Home By The Sea, Revisioned

Home By The Sea, Revisioned

A perfectly functional condo, with a breathtaking view of the Atlantic but in need of an update, is revisioned for the 21st century.