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Vero Beach Hurricanes Are No. 2 In The Nation

Vero Beach Hurricanes Are No. 2 In The Nation

The Vero Beach Hurricanes may be young (12 and under), but they sure know how to play basketball.

Blue Skies and Brewgrrs

Blue Skies and Brewgrrs

Rob Cobun is not an impulsive guy. He systematically plans and carefully researches before he acts. And so it was only natural that he painstakingly thought out all aspects of his new Vero Beach restaurant, including the concept, name, menu, décor, and even placement of the tables and booths.

Fire Girls Fashion Show

Fire Girls Fashion Show

May 18: There was a sea of pink at the We Care to Wear Pink fashion show and luncheon hosted by the Fire Girls of Indian River County at Costa d’ Este Beach Resort.

Starting Life Over’s Spring Festival

Starting Life Over’s Spring Festival

May 21: Starting Life Over hosted its second annual Christian Spring Festival at Riverside Park featuring food, entertainment, arts and crafts, face painting, pony rides and bounce houses.

VNA & Hospice Golf-A-Thon

VNA & Hospice Golf-A-Thon

May 2: Twelve local golf professionals donated their time and talents to play 135 holes of golf at the 21st annual Golf-A-Thon at Riomar Country Club.

Born Before Their Time

Born Before Their Time

“You’re having twins!” Jenny Schoenfeld stared at the ultrasound technician. Surely she had made a mistake. She hadn’t.

VNA Hospice’s Camp Chrysalis at McKee

VNA Hospice’s Camp Chrysalis at McKee

May 21: Children who have experienced the loss of a loved one spent the day at the VNA Hospice’s Camp Chrysalis at McKee Botanical Garden.

The Heart Of The House

The Heart Of The House

Since most Early American houses were small and snug, the kitchen was an integral part of the living and dining areas. The kitchen fireplace was the center of the house and provided heat for warmth as well as cooking. Then, as the population gained wealth and acquired help, homes grew in size and kitchens were relegated to the back of the house where the owner rarely ventured.

Fillin’ n’ Chillin’ On Oslo Road

Fillin’ n’ Chillin’ On Oslo Road

Bakery and sandwich shop owner Jennifer Boksmati, along with her family Sam, Rabia and Tarek Boksmati, and Juergen Starckjohann, opened Fillin’ n’ Chillin’ on Oslo Road just west of 20th ave.

Mother’s Day at McKee

Mother’s Day at McKee

MAY 8: Families treated mom to a special day at McKee Botanical Garden which included free admission for all moms and lunch in the Garden Café.

Eden: Now You See It, Now You Don’t

Eden: Now You See It, Now You Don’t

It was early morning, the time when the night, as described by Argentinean writer Jorge Luis Borges, “lingers on in the eyes of the blind.” The light from the sun was creeping west across the Atlantic, ribboning the sky in mauve and deep violet. Cloud shapes became visible and the hammock, still damp from its nighttime condensation, smelled dank and full of promise like any forest floor.

Leslie McGuirk Launches New Book

Leslie McGuirk Launches New Book

The Laughing Dog Gallery hosted a special book launch and signing of Vero Beach author Leslie McGuirk's newest book If Rocks Could Sing.

Outlets Welcome New Staff

Outlets Welcome New Staff

Patti Hinckley has joined Vero Beach Fashion Outlets as the new general manager. Vero Beach Fashion Outlets also welcomed Amanda Smith Pfennig as marketing coordinator.

Admiralty Gallery Features New Artist

Admiralty Gallery Features New Artist

The Admiralty Gallery is now featuring Washington D.C. artist Robert Rea's abstract paintings. The artist's Georgetown townhouse, along with his artwork, were showcased in the April 2011 issue of Veranda magazine.

Servpro Opens In Vero Beach

Servpro Opens In Vero Beach

Jimi and Alba Tunstall recently opened a local franchise of Servpro serving all of Indian River County. Servpro of Vero Beach specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property that has been damaged by fire, smoke or water.

Lighthouse Art & Framing Moves Downtown

Lighthouse Art & Framing Moves Downtown

Lighthouse Art & Framing has relocated to a larger location from 17th Street to the Downtown Art District on the corner of 14th Avenue and 19th Street. The new store offers an expanded line of art supplies, custom frame moldings and ready-made frames.

New Executive Director For Boys & Girls Clubs

New Executive Director For Boys & Girls Clubs

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Indian River County recently named Elizabeth Thomason as its new executive director. She succeeds Ronnie Hewett who left the organization in June.

Karen Ritchie Joins VNA/Hospice

Karen Ritchie Joins VNA/Hospice

The Visiting Nurse Association of the Treasure Coast recently appointed Karen Ritchie as its new vice president of Hospice. She is responsible for the management and direction of all aspects of the VNA’s hospice program.

Yappy Hour Fundraiser

Yappy Hour Fundraiser

May 25: Blue Ribbon Boarding and Grooming hosted a Yappy Hour Benefit at the Greenhouse Café to raise funds for the Pet Medical Assistance Program (PMAP).

Water Lily Celebration At McKee

Water Lily Celebration At McKee

June 18: McKee Botanical Garden was in vibrant bloom at the seventh annual Water Lily Celebration.

RCT Spring Fiesta

RCT Spring Fiesta

May 21: Riverside Children’s Theatre presented its Spring Fiesta, a free celebration of the performing arts for children and their families.

Youth Guidance Luau

Youth Guidance Luau

June 4: Over 400 guests celebrated the 34th annual Youth Guidance Tropical Night Luau at Quail Valley River Club with Caribbean cuisine, dancing to the tunes of the Gypsy Lane Band, and silent and live auctions.

Substance Awareness 5K Run/Walk

Substance Awareness 5K Run/Walk

July 4: Nearly 250 runners and walkers participated in the Substance Awareness Council of Indian River County’s annual Beverly Norris 5K Run/Walk.

Homeless Family Center’s Christmas In July

Homeless Family Center’s Christmas In July

July 10: The Homeless Family Center celebrated its 20th anniversary with Christmas in July for its residents, alumni and friends.

Vero Beach Theatre Guild Presents Genie Awards

Vero Beach Theatre Guild Presents Genie Awards

June 11: The Vero Beach Theatre Guild celebrated the season end with its annual Genie Awards at the Elks Lodge.

Humane Society’s Sherlock Bones

Humane Society’s Sherlock Bones

May 21: Over 20 teams gathered at the Humane Society of Vero Beach & Indian River for the Adventures of Sherlock Bones Scavenger Hunt hosted by the Yuppie Puppies Young Professionals group.

SRA 5K Freedom Run

SRA 5K Freedom Run

Exchange Club’s Blue Water Open

Exchange Club’s Blue Water Open

May 21: A 33-lb. dolphin won the top prize at the 35th annual Exchange Club of Indian River’s Blue Water Open Charity Fishing Tournament at the Fort Pierce Marina.

Laurel Awards Celebration

Laurel Awards Celebration

May 13: The Cultural Council of Indian River County presented its 2011 Laurel Awards for cultural leadership at the Riverside Theatre.

Samaritan Center Bounce-Tacular

Samaritan Center Bounce-Tacular

May 14: Kids bounced the day away at the Samaritan Center’s annual Bounce-Tacular Family Fun Day at Riverside Park benefiting the organization’s programs and services.

IRSC Alumni  Golf Tournament

IRSC Alumni Golf Tournament

May 20: Indian River State College alumni and friends enjoyed a beautiful spring day at the annual IRSC Swing at Vero Beach Country Club.

Red Cross Hurricane Hangar Party

Red Cross Hurricane Hangar Party

May 13: The American Red Cross held its annual Hurricane Hangar Party at the Sun Aviation Hangar in the Vero Beach Airport.

Treasure Coast Gator Toast

Treasure Coast Gator Toast

May 3: University of Florida alumni and fans, dressed in their Gator gear, gathered at The Moorings Club for the Treasure Coast Gator Toast.

Pioneer Recognition Dinner

Pioneer Recognition Dinner

MAY 7: Friends and relatives celebrated at the annual Pioneer Recognition Dinner at the Heritage Center honoring members of the Schlitt family.

May Pops at Windsor

May Pops at Windsor

May 1: Music filled the air at Windsor polo grounds as the Indian River Medical Foundation presented its 22nd annual May Pops Concert: A Spring Serenade.

If You Can’t Beat Them, Eat Them!

If You Can’t Beat Them, Eat Them!

They’re beautiful; they’re also bad. These aggressive predators flaunt their colorful zebra-stripes and long, showy pectoral fins while wreaking havoc on the reef community by devouring juvenile fish, shrimp and crabs. The “they” are lionfish.

Pets In The Workplace

Pets In The Workplace

A surprising number of mom-and-pop employers bring their pets to work, believing they add warmth and interest to the establishment while soothing the nerves of customers and staff. The size and temperaments of work-place pets range from diminutive and docile to thigh-high and bounding.

Tim Tebow Speaks At Master’s Academy

Tim Tebow Speaks At Master’s Academy

May 27: Almost 800 people welcomed University of Florida two-time national champion and Heisman Trophy winner and current Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow to speak about his Christian faith and football career at Master’s Academy.

The Joys Of Grandparenting

The Joys Of Grandparenting

Although it has been 33 years since National Grandparents Day was proclaimed as falling on the first Sunday after Labor Day, this year’s date on September 11 will probably pass with minimal fanfare like all the others. The role of grandparents has never been well studied.