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Art for Heart’s Sake

Art for Heart’s Sake

Let’s face it. Artists have a bad rap as being notoriously inept at business. “What?” you say, with touching innocence in your voice. “But it’s true. Just try to picture Van Gogh creating a business plan, cajoling a customer or reading a balance sheet!”

2011 Conservationist Of The Year

2011 Conservationist Of The Year

A local public school student is being heaped with praise for his efforts to help preserve the environment.

The Harness Racers: Hot to Trot

The Harness Racers: Hot to Trot

There is a new breed in town. They’re young standard bred horses stabled and trained for harness racing across the U.S. and around the globe. Located on 60 acres west of downtown Vero Beach, these future pacers and trotters are enjoying a privileged lifestyle.

8th Annual Hibiscus Festival

8th Annual Hibiscus Festival

Thousands of people made their way downtown for the annual Hibiscus Festival, which raised funds for Main Street Vero Beach and Vero Heritage Inc.

Make Family Fare A Family Affair

Make Family Fare A Family Affair

Many of today’s kids might be surprised to find that they like getting dirty and, with some planning, the whole family can have a fantastic time gardening. Even if you have a small area to use, you’ll still be able to squeeze in some attractive vegetable crops that should keep the kids interested.

Homeless Family Center Luncheon

Homeless Family Center Luncheon

APRIL 27: Richard LeMieux, author of Breakfast at Sally’s, was the guest speaker at the Homeless Family Center’s annual Spring Luncheon at Bent Pine Golf Club.

An Evening at the Cabaret

An Evening at the Cabaret

April 5th: PNC Wealth Management hosted An Evening at the Cabaret with acclaimed Broadway songstress and recording artist Christine Andreas at Orchid Island Beach Club.

Dan K. Richardson Humanitarian Award

Dan K. Richardson Humanitarian Award

The Gifford Youth Activity Center held its annual Dan K. Richardson Humanitarian Banquet, which recognizes local individuals for their humanitarian efforts, at the Richardson Center on the Indian River State College Mueller campus.

Treasure Coast Navy League

Treasure Coast Navy League

APRIL 14: 150 members of the Treasure Coast Council of the Navy League of the U.S. gathered at a special engagement to hear guest speaker Vice Admiral Alan Thompson, director of the Defense Logistics Agency.

Orchids in the Oaks

Orchids in the Oaks

APRIL 22 & 23: Orchids were in bloom Easter weekend at the Vero Beach Orchid Society’s Orchids in the Oaks at Riverside Park.

Ultimately Vero Beach

Ultimately Vero Beach

Ultimate Cheer & Dance, Vero Beach’s newest location offering competitive and recreational all-star cheerleading and hip-hop, has opened on Piper Drive off Aviation Boulevard.

Stark Gallery Opens & Plans Workshops

Stark Gallery Opens & Plans Workshops

Artist and instructor Regina Stark has opened a gallery on Old Dixie Highway highlighting original and giclee prints by the artist.

Bridges To Life Walk

Bridges To Life Walk

Teams and individuals gathered at Riverside Park for Care Net Pregnancy Center of IRC’s Bridges to Life Walk. Festivities included a 5-mile walk, live music, food and entertainment.

Mermaids of The Lagoon

Mermaids of The Lagoon

Last summer, Robyn Swonger did what she does every morning before starting work on Royal Palm Pointe. She stood at the edge of the canal behind the spa she manages, intending to enjoy a few moments of the water, watching for wildlife, absorbing nature’s beauty. But this day bestowed a miracle beyond her wildest dreams.

Community Foundation Awards Grants

The Community Foundation recently awarded $85,000 to four local nonprofit organizations through a competitive grant process.

One Perfect Day

One Perfect Day

Imagine one whole day to yourself at the luxurious Vero Beach Hotel & Spa – what would you do? The oceanfront pool is a perfect spot for relaxing in the sun, enjoying a favorite cocktail (brought by a cabana valet, of course). A stroll on the beach is a must!. In the evening, an extraordinary dinner awaits at Cobalt, the resort’s chef-inspired restaurant and lounge. Then sleep like royalty in one of the 113 spacious and elegantly appointed guestrooms. What could be better? Everything you need can be found right here in Vero Beach.

CHS Tumba La Casa

CHS Tumba La Casa

Guests enjoyed the Latin-inspired décor and music as they arrived at the Children Home Society’s annual fundraiser Tumba La Casa at Rock City Gardens.

Vero Sings For the Victims

Vero Sings For the Victims

APRIL 17: More than 200 people attended Vero Sings for the Victims at the Waxlax Center for the Performing Arts at Saint Edward’s School.

Education Foundation’s Charity Shoot

Education Foundation’s Charity Shoot

APRIL 30: Teams of shooters and spectators gathered at the Windsor Gun Club’s Platt Station for the Education Foundation’s annual Charity Shoot.

Miss Manners Of Vero Beach

Miss Manners Of Vero Beach

Cindy Roden recently launched Handshakes & Dinner Plates, The Etiquette School in Vero Beach where she teaches children, teens and adults the good manners necessary to manage social and business situations with confidence.

United Way Honors Loyal Supporters

United Way Honors Loyal Supporters

The United Way honored its Loyal Contributors at an appreciation event at Quail Valley River Club.

Literacy Services’ Cabaret of the 40s

Literacy Services’ Cabaret of the 40s

APRIL 17: Literacy Services of Indian River County celebrated its 40th anniversary with a Glitzy Cabaret of the ’40s at the Orchid Island Beach Club.

Veterans of War…and Life

Veterans of War…and Life

In 1986, when the Challenger explosion shocked the world, I was a junior in high school stuck home with the flu. I was annoyed that my one chance to watch cheesy daytime television was interrupted by what I naively thought was a hiccup – a mistake to be corrected with parachutes and a mulligan.

Hale Groves Opens Second Location

Hale Groves Opens Second Location

Hale Groves River Market has opened a second location in Miracle Mile on 7th Avenue offering fresh squeezed juice and premium Florida citrus, plus many new gourmet additions.

Arthur Moving Screening

Arthur Moving Screening

Members of The Eagle Society of Indian River Medical Center Foundation enjoyed a private screening of the movie Arthur with popcorn and refreshments at the Majestic Theater.

Weighting The Options For Unwanted Pounds

Weighting The Options For Unwanted Pounds

Weighty matters have been on my mind since my recent chat with Dianna DiCosimo, clinical nutrition coordinator at Indian River Medical Center. It’s disturbing enough to learn our collective waistbands continue to enlarge.

ARC Spring Swing Golf

ARC Spring Swing Golf

Participants enjoyed a beautiful spring day and a great day of golf at the 6th annual Spring Swing Golf Tournament at Sandridge Golf Club to benefit the Abilities Resource Center (ARC).

Hot Yoga Comes to Town

Hot Yoga Comes to Town

The Yoga Room specializes in the practice and teaching of Bikram yoga, which consists of 26 yoga-stretching postures and breathing exercises performed in a heated room.

Choice Ways To Chill Out

Choice Ways To Chill Out

Soaring temperatures, high humidity, endless sunny days and tropical nights – that’s Vero Beach in the summer. Time to dress down, load up with sunscreen, and be thankful we live in a time when air conditioning is standard.

The Lonely Ghosts of Yeehaw Junction

The Lonely Ghosts of Yeehaw Junction

The middle of the day, like the middle of the night, is when time goes slowly. This is when ozone is reaching its daily peak, contributing to the haze of late afternoon, and thunderstorms develop in the west, cumulonimbus clouds towering over each other until they shape themselves into an anvil, when lightning strikes start fires that smoke the horizon and turn pines into blackened stumps.

Memories of a Forgotten Hotel

Memories of a Forgotten Hotel

Jamie Ford is clear about his debut novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet – it’s a love story. Also clear to his readers in Vero Beach, whom he recently addressed, is that Ford is just the type of guy to write a good love story. He’s sensitive and sentimental, and he understands the emotional quality that goes into the genre. “I get it,” he says.

Harvest Food & Outreach Center’s Luncheon

Harvest Food & Outreach Center’s Luncheon

APRIL 8: Nearly 300 people attended the Harvest Food & Outreach Center’s Hope Now 2011 Luncheon at the Community Church of Vero Beach.

VBMA Children’s Art Festival

VBMA Children’s Art Festival

APRIL 30: Children young and old expressed their creativity during the 30th annual Children’s Art Festival at the Vero Beach Museum of Art.

Women’s Refuge Bridge Luncheon

Women’s Refuge Bridge Luncheon

APRIL 19: 44 bridge players gathered at Sea Oaks Beach Club for the 5th annual Duplicate Bridge Tournament and Luncheon, which raised over $3,000 to benefit the Women’s Refuge of Vero Beach.

Blue Ribbon Luncheon—A Spring Sensation

Blue Ribbon Luncheon—A Spring Sensation

APRIL 6: The 12th annual Blue Ribbon Luncheon – A Spring Sensation, benefiting the Hibiscus Children Center’s programs and services and in honor of National Child Abuse Awareness Month, was held at Oak Harbor Clubhouse.

From Paper Parks to The Real Thing

From Paper Parks to The Real Thing

When Eleanor Phillips talks about the Exuma Cays Land & Sea Park, the excitement in her voice is evident as she describes the Bahamas’ most recognized national park and the first of its kind in the world. It’s also well-deserved, as the park, with more than 112,000 acres of beaches, estuaries, reefs, blue holes and forested cays, attracts thousands of visitors every year and supports thriving tourism-based businesses.

Habitat For Humanity Habitrot

Habitat For Humanity Habitrot

APRIL 23: 224 runners and walkers made their way to the starting line for the 4th annual Habitrot to Higher Education at South Beach Park, which benefits Habitat for Humanity of Indian River County.

Easter At McKee

Easter At McKee

April 24th: Guests celebrated Easter at McKee with a visit from the Easter Bunny, a “Green Eggs and Ham” lunch in the Garden Café and characters from Dr. Seuss books.

Salvation Army Dinner

Salvation Army Dinner

APRIL 8: Over 160 people attended the Salvation Army of IRC’s Annual Benefit Dinner at Oak Harbor Clubhouse featuring keynote speaker John Walsh of America’s Most Wanted.

In A Southerly Light

In A Southerly Light

APRIL 3: Literary lovers gathered at the Laura (Riding) Jackson home on the ELC campus for "In a Southerly Light," featuring poets Silvia Curbelo, Michael Hettich and Sean Sexton.

Orchid Classes At Monti’s

Monti's Flower Market is offering orchid care and repotting classes by Terri Hamker and creative ways to use cut orchids in arrangements by Monti Jones June 15 at 7 p.m. and June 16 at 10:30 a.m.

Relay For Life Of the Beaches

Relay For Life Of the Beaches

APRIL 8: Cancer survivors and supporters took part in the American Cancer Society event Relay for Life of the Beaches at Riverside Park.

Sun Up Center’s Road Rally

Sun Up Center’s Road Rally

APRIL 9: Automobile enthusiasts started their engines for Vero’s Road Rally Magnifiqué benefiting the Sun Up Center.

Angela Sigman Opens Law Firm In Sebastian

Angela Sigman Opens Law Firm In Sebastian

Angela Sigman has recently opened the Sigman Law Firm, which handles civil-litigation cases, on Main Street in Sebastian. The office focuses on family law, contract disputes and consumer rights, including bankruptcy and foreclosure defense.

VBMA’s Athena Society

VBMA’s Athena Society

APRIL 13: Members of the Vero Beach Museum of Art’s Athena Society held their annual season’s end dinner where members evaluated selected artwork and voted on The Wales Farm, 1967, a watercolor on paper by artist Andrew Wyeth.

Dasie Hope’s Dining Under The Stars

Dasie Hope’s Dining Under The Stars

APRIL 30: Vero Beach native and celebrity chef Andrea Curto-Randazzo donated her culinary talents at Dining Under the Stars at the Dasie Hope Center. Andrea prepared a three-course dinner and wine selections for the event. APRIL 30: Vero Beach native and celebrity chef Andrea Curto-Randazzo donated her culinary talents at Dining Under the Stars at the Dasie Hope Center. Andrea prepared a three-course dinner and wine selections for the event.

Saint Edward’s –The Magic Of One

Saint Edward’s –The Magic Of One

APRIL 30: Saint Edward’s School held its annual fundraising gala, The Magic of One, at The Moorings Club.