Volume I No. 50 Dec. 3, 2019
ARTS NEWS
& PROFILES
FROM
FLORIDA'S
TREASURE COAST & BEYOND
In This Issue
Holiday Nights at McKee
Lindsey's Back in Town with the TCYS!
More Songs of the Season
More Holiday Fun x 2
First Friday Gallery Stroll
Helping People Succeed's Art for Living Calendar
WinterGreen Nights at ELC
It's Giving Tuesday - The Giving Season
For the next several weeks Arts Blast will be awash in holiday doings but don't think that what you see here is all there is. Check and then check again On the Calendar and What a Week Ahead! online for updates. If you think something's missing, let me know, and if you have something to add to the calendar, PLEASE use the format at the end of any Arts Blast to send it to willi@willimiller.com. I'll do my best to let you know everything there is to do.

🌲 As I'm getting this Arts Blast ready to send out, calendar listings are still landing in my inbox. Setting aside policy for the season, I'll continue updating the calendar at willimiller.com every day, so send away and remember to keep checking!

If you've had your computer booted up in the past few days, your inbox is overflowing with reminders about Giving Tuesday. This is the day all kinds of organizations are hoping your generous nature will help them carry on their work. Not to worry if your wallet's a bit thin; there are other ways to give, including stepping up as volunteer. Heathcote Botanical Gardens in Fort Pierce, for example, needs 30-35 volunteers for each night of Garden of Lights.

There's a website that explains what it's all about. "GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past seven years, it has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity. Whether it’s making someone smile, helping a neighbor or stranger out, showing up for an issue or people we care about, or giving some of what we have to those who need our help, every act of generosity counts and everyone has something to give."


On the Calendar 🔔 or 🌲 or ❄️
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For friends and fans of JoAnn Falletta: Dec. 6-8 - Sarasota Orchestra with JoAnn Falletta at Van Wezel
Holiday Nights at McKee
"It was truly our pleasure lighting up McKee Botanical Gardens. It is such a serene and peaceful garden and they allowed us to be creative with our display. A very fun project and we look forward to adding new designs for years to come." That was Sean Wolfe, owner of Holiday Lightscapes, who provided the wonderland that will be Holiday Nights of Lights at McKee Botanical Garden in Vero Beach this month.
From McKee:

McKee Botanical Garden has doubled the number of nights it will feature its Holiday Nights of Lights this year! The festivities will begin on Tuesday, December 10th, with a special McKee Member’s Only Event from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Beginning on Wednesday, December 11th through Sunday, December 22 nd  and Friday, December 27th through Sunday, December 29th, the event is open to the public nightly from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.
 
Enjoy the magic and joy of the holiday season with family and friends at McKee Botanical Garden during Holiday Nights of Lights with extended nights this year! The Garden will be adorned with thousands of professionally-installed holiday LED lighting displays as guests are welcomed by a tunnel of lights with animation in the Garden pergola plus large vibrant spheres and an assortment of colorful trees in the main greeting area. Additional special effects throughout the Garden's paths include illuminated hanging meteors, starbursts, snowflakes, dripping icicle luminaries, holiday-themed lanterns, spiral wrapped trees and up-lighting.
Enjoy the magic and joy of the holiday season with family and friends at McKee Botanical Garden during Holiday Nights of Lights with extended nights this year! The Garden will be adorned with thousands of professionally-installed holiday LED lighting displays as guests are welcomed by a tunnel of lights with animation in the Garden pergola plus large vibrant spheres and an assortment of colorful trees in the main greeting area. Additional special effects throughout the Garden's paths include illuminated hanging meteors, starbursts, snowflakes, dripping icicle luminaries, holiday-themed lanterns, spiral wrapped trees and up-lighting.
In addition, McKee’s large-scale model train will be on display in the Richardson Education Building from December 19th through December 22 nd  and December 27th through December 29 th .   Guests will have an opportunity to meet and take a photo with Santa from December 11 through December 22, and view a miniature holiday village on display in the historic Hall of Giants. Sealantro at the Garden Café will be featuring special culinary treats nightly. 

The Garden will close at its regular time of 5 pm daily and will reopen for the evening events. ( Note:  The Children’s Garden at McKee will not be open during our Holiday Nights of Lights events).

General admission rates apply: $15 Adults, $13 Seniors, $10 Children ages 2-12. McKee members and children under 2 free.
It's First Friday Gallery Stroll in Vero Beach and the galleries are decked out for the holidays. Receptions and refreshments will fill the evening that gets the season rolling every year.

This is the place to be to get in the holiday mood and find original art for gift giving.

Welcome to the newest gallery, Artist Bungalow, between Gallery 14 and Tiger Lily Gallery and Studios. Stop in and say hi to owners Jeff and Patti Hall.
Lindsey Reymore's Back in Town
Stop me if you’ve heard this introduction — and you probably have if you’ve been reading Arts Blast for a while. I first crossed paths with the young lady in this feature when she was a student performer in Young Musicians Spotlight on WQCS quite a few years ago. 

Lindsey Reymore was a student in the class of 2008 at South Fork High School in Martin County when she brought her oboe to the radio studio and absolutely knocked the socks off all of us on the show’s production team. 

Now 30, Reymore, currently in her final year of PhD work in Music Theory and Cognition at Ohio State University, has returned to her old stomping grounds to conduct a workshop for the Treasure Coast Youth Symphony. “TCYS was such a special part of my experience growing up and was a big influence in choosing my career in music,” she said.
In her school days on the Treasure Coast she played with TCYS, Indian River Pops! Orchestra, New Gardens Band, South Fork HS Symphonic and Marching band, and St. Joseph's bands throughout elementary and middle school. Reymore lists Martha Alfee, William Lindner, Paul Marcucci, and Tom Servinsky as instrumental in her development.

From South Fork, Reymore went on to study oboe performance at Vanderbilt University and University of Texas at Austin before going on to Ohio State University to study the psychology of music. And she has no doubt about where she wants her career path to lead. “As this is the last year of my PhD, I am in the process of applying for jobs as a professor of music. The goal is to be a professor, teach, and to keep doing research!”
Reymore’s back in town with a purpose, a workshop with the Treasure Coast Youth Symphony for local musicians and music lovers. “My goal is for participants to walk away with solid foundations for understanding the basic elements of music and how they work together to create our musical experience. Understanding how music is put together is helpful for musicians, who can use this information to shape expression in their performance, but it is also helpful for listeners without musical training who can use their understanding to enrich their listening experience and find deeper meaning in music.” She added, “The workshop is accessible for all, reading music is not required!” For information and to register, click here .
 
This is Reymore’s second TCYS workshop and there’s a good chance it won’t be her last. “I'm so happy to see so many young people engaged with and dedicated to music, knowing that regardless of the career they choose, music can stay an important and supportive part of their lives as they are making their way in the world.”

Keep up with Lindsey online and on Facebook , and follow her research on Twitter, @lindseyreymore.
WinterGreen Nights at ELC
WinterGreen Night Lights is the Environmental Learning Center’s signature holiday event! Join us on December 13 & 14 from 5 to 8 p.m. The ELC campus will sparkle with holiday lights and luminary’s glow. Join us for evening nature walks, a campfire with s'mores, sunset pontoon tours, star and planet gazing, canoeing through the mangrove tunnels, music, food and more! Get in the holiday spirit at the ELC! Bring a new toy for the Homeless Child Foundation and receive free admission. 
And there's more!
·         Drum Circle - Friday Evening Only
·         Native Christmas Trees by Digg Gardens for sale
·         Nature Museum with Touch Tank and Aquariums - with a lionfish!
·         Caroling and Campfire Sing-A-Longs
·         Nature Crafts

We will also have a Seashell Inspired Table Setting Workshop December 14 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. and anyone who attends will receive free admission to WinterGreen Night Lights. Cost is $25 per non-member/$22 per member. Craft supplies included, just bring your favorite beverage to sip while we get creative! Recommended for teens and adults. Sign Up: https://elc.donorshops.com/WGNL-Workshop
Holiday Concert: Presented by Stuart Community Concert Band - December 7 @ 11:00 a.m. - Blake Library
Join us for "Homemade for the Holidays!," the annual holiday concert of seasonal favorites with Stuart Community Concert Band. Free tickets are required and available for pick up at Blake Library while supplies last.

A Great and Mighty Wonder is the Christmas Cantata at Christ by the Sea United Methodist Church, Vero Beach, Dec. 14, 4:30 and 7 p.m.

On Wednesday evenings, it's Singing and Storytelling at Christ by the Sea. "No stuffy sermons and a free dinner afterwards!" Dec. 4, 11, 18 at 5:30 p.m. for a heartwarming service followed by "a warm bowl of soup or chili" in Ratcliff Hall. No need to RSVP and no charge for the food.
Art for Living 2020
It’s that time of year when Helping People Succeed distributes its popular Art for Living Calendars, available for residents and guests at local business outlets, including Barnes & Noble Book Store in Jensen Beach. Looking for that perfect gift? Helping People Succeed's 2020 Art for Living Calendar reflects the beauty we have right here on the Treasure Coast! Each month is represented by one of our talented local artists. The calendars sell for only $20.00 each. 
The featured calendar artists will be on hand for the calendar signing at Barnes & Noble between 1 and 3 pm on Saturday, December 7 in Jensen Beach. Present will be: Stacy Ranieri, Ginny Jones, Marian Vitale, Diane Raymond, Maria McCadden, Laura DeBerard, Dan Mackin, Sue Ann Mosley, Susan Roberts, Julia Kelly, Pam Patterson, and Leah Krumme.
Songs of the Season
It can't be the Christmas season without music being sung or played. Chorales, choruses, bands, ensembles, and orchestras abound in Arts Blast land. Here are a few examples but keep checking On the Calendar at willimiller.com for listings added as they come in.
Come & join Treasure Coast Community Singers and the Indian River Pops Orchestra for our Second Annual  Messiah Singalong ! Come to Sing (& bring your music if you have it)- or just come to listen & enjoy Handel’s Messiah - a wonderful holiday experience. This is a joint fundraiser for TCCS & the Indian River Pops - $15 for everyone - singers, orchestra & audience. 7pm Dec 20th @ Trinity United Methodist Church in Jensen Beach.
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The Indian River Pops Orchestra and The New Gardens Band present Home for the Holidays at the Eissey Campus Theatre in Palm Beach Gardens Dec. 8 and Dec. 14 at 7 p.m.
$25 per ticket - Tickets are half price for all students k-college with valid student ID.
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Treasure Coast Community Singers
The annual Holiday Memories concert times two!
Sat., Dec. 7, at Palm City Presbyterian Church - Featuring the Cantate Singers.
Sun, Dec. 8, at St. Bernadette Catholic Church in St. Lucie West. - Featuring the TCCS Youth Chorus.
Both concerts are at 4 p.m. The Spotlight shines on Southeast Florida Honor Flight. Enjoy some of your Christmas & Holiday favorites – and of course we will give you a chance to sing along on a few of them!
Tickets are available on our website  https://tccsingers.org/buy-tickets/  or from singers & at the door.
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First Baptist Church of Vero Beach - 50 years of Handel's Messiah
To commemorate 50 years of the Messiah at First Baptist Church, a 70-voice choir, a professional orchestra, and world-class soloists come together under the direction of Michael Carter, who "weaves together the pieces of this Christmas story heralding the coming of the Messiah ... ."
Dec. 14 and 15, 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. 2206 16th Ave., Vero Beach. 772-567-4341
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Join organist Andrew Galuska and nationally-recognized poets to hear organ literature and the spoken word illuminating the many moods of Advent.

December 5, 2019 - Sean Sexton, Vero Beach, FL
December 12 , 2019 - Carol Frost, Mt. Dora, FL
December 19 , 2019 - Brian Turner, Orlando, FL ~ Poetry by Ilyse Kusnetz
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A Home for Christmas at First Presbyterian Church of Vero Beach is an arranged worship service featuring small groups, solos, duets, full choir, youth string orchestra, and much more, to make you feel right at home for Christmas. Guest musicians include Annora Daige (trumpet), Brandon Putzke (percussion), Judi Lampert (flute), Churchill Cooke (mandolin), and Youth Director Jacob Strang (guitar). Dec. 15 , 9 & 11 a.m. 520 Royal Palm Blvd., Vero Beach
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Lake Wales Chorale has a new director and a Christmas concert Dec. 6 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 644 S. 9th St., Lake Wales. Featured guests include Kristin Patterson (Berlin Philharmonic & Oslo Opera), and the Lake Wales Brass Choir playing entrance and intermission music. The concert is at 7 p.m.. Tickets are available online.

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🌲 And More Holiday Fun! ❄️
Brevard County
Photo: 🔔 Dec 14, 7:30 p.m. - Brevard Community Chorus presents its 50th anniversary Handel’s Messiah at King Center, Melbourne.

🌲 Dec 3, 7:30 p.m. - A Magical Cirque Christmas at the King Center

🌲 Dec. 4, 11, 18 - Noon Pipe Organ concerts, at Advent Lutheran Church , Suntree. Free

🌲 Dec. 4, 11, 18, 5:30 p.m. - Dinner theaters at Advent Lutheran Church , Suntree. Free

🌲 Dec. 4, 7 p.m. - Sing We Now of Christmas Brevard Chorale , at The Great Outdoors Community Church, Titusville. Free, donations welcome

🌲 Dec. 4-5, 7:30 p.m. - Melbourne Community Orchestra presents Holiday Celebrations at Melbourne Auditorium, 625 Hibiscus Blvd., Melbourne

🌲 Dec. 6, 7 p.m. - Messiah Sing Along with the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 5655 Stadium Pkwy, Viera Free Melbourne.

🌲 Dec. 6, 7p.m. - Indialantic Chamber Singers present Handel’s Messiah Sing-Along at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Melbourne/Viera

🌲 Dec. 6-22 - It’s a Wonderful Life, The New Musical - Rated G - at The Henegar Center, Melbourne.

🌲 Dec. 6-24 - Making Spirits Bright at Melbourne Civic Theatre.

🌲 Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m. - Brevard Chorale presents Sing We Now of Christmas at Simpkins Auditorium at EFSC, 1519 Clearlake Rd., Cocoa.

🌲 Dec. 7 - The Nutcracker at King Center with Brevard Symphony Orchestra.

🌲 Dec. 7, 12-8 p.m. - Cocoa Beach Main Street Winterfest!

🌲 Dec. 7-8, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. - A Cracker Christmas at Fort Christmas Historical Park. pioneer demonstrations, craft fair. The Christmas, Florida, Post Office will have a booth to hand stamp Christmas mail.

🌲 Dec. 7-8 - 36th Annual Art & Craft Winter Holiday Bazaar in Historic Cocoa village.

🌲 Dec. 8, 3:30 p.m. - Indialantic Chamber Singers and Brevard Youth Chorus present Old Fashioned Christmas at Riverside Presbyterian Church , Coco Beach. Free but ticket required.

🔔 Dec. 8, 3 p.m. - Brevard Public Libraries - Holidays with the Markstein Quartet at Catherine Schweinsberg Rood Central Library , 308 Forrest Ave., Cocoa, FREE

🌲 Dec. 8, 3 p.m. - Community Band of Brevard presents Happy Holidays from CBOB at Merritt Island HS auditorium, Merritt Island. Free.

🔔 Dec. 8, 3 p.m. - Advent Lutheran Church Concert Series - “Savior of the Nation, Come” - A hymn festival featuring Michael Burkhardt on pipe organ. Free. 7550 N. Wickham Rd., Suntree.

🔔 Through Dec. 8 - Irving Berlin’s White Christmas at Cocoa Village Playhouse.

🔔 Dec. 10-11 - Elf: The Musical Jr. at Cocoa Village Playhouse.

🔔 Dec. 11, 6 p.m. - Suntree United Methodist Church - Blue Christmas - a healing service catering to those grieving or for whom the holidays are not merry.

🔔 Dec 14, 7:30 p.m. - Brevard Community Chorus presents Handel’s Messiah at King Center, Melbourne.

🔔 Dec. 14, 2 p.m. - Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker & A New Orleans Christmas with the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra at The Scott Center for Performing Arts, Melbourne.

🌲 Dec. 15, 3 p.m. - Indialantic Chamber Singers presents Sing We Now of Christmas at Eastminster PresbyterianChurch, Indiaiantic. Free $10 donation suggested.

🌲 Dec. 15, 3 p.m. - Space Coast Flute Orchestra presents Winter Wonderland Christmas at Suntree United Methodist Church, 7400 North Wickham Rd., Melbourne. Free, no tickets required, donations gratefully accepted.

🌲 Dec. 15, 3 p.m. - Space Coast Symphony YOUTH Orchestra presents Holiday Magic at Scott Center for the Performing Arts, Melbourne. Free
Palm Beach County
Photo: 🔔 Dec. 14-15 - Choral Society of the Palm Beaches presents Voices in Celebration: A Holiday to Remember. Special guests: The Lubben Brothers. At Osher Lifelong Learning Auditorium, Florida Atlantic University, Jupiter Campus, 5353 Parkside Drive, Jupiter. Tickete d.

🔔 Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m. - Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas, with Rob Kapilow at The Society of the Four Arts .

Dec. 8, 7 p.m. - Indian River Pops and The New Gardens Band - Home For the Holidays at Eissey Campus Theatre, Palm Beach Gardens.

Dec. 8, 3 p.m. - Lynn University Conservatory 17th Annual Gingerbread Holiday Concert at the Boca Raton Resort and Hotel, 501 E. Camino Rd. Ticketed.

Dec. 14, 7 p.m. - Indian River Pops and The New Gardens Band - Home For the Holidays at Eissey Campus Theatre, Palm Beach Gardens.

🔔 Dec. 14-15 - Choral Society of the Palm Beaches presents Voices in Celebration: A Holiday to Remember. Special guests: The Lubben Brothers. At Osher Lifelong Learning Auditorium, Florida Atlantic University, Jupiter Campus, 5353 Parkside Drive, Jupiter. Ticketed.

Dec. 15, 2 p.m. - National Theatre: Live in HD - Bolshoi Ballet’s The Nutcracker, at The Society of the Four Arts .

🔔 Dec. 15, 1 p.m. - Holiday Jazz Tribute Honoring Veterans: inaugural Jazz in the Garden series concert at Ann Norton Sculpture Garden , WPB

🔔 Dec. 19-23 - Holiday Evening Tours at Flagler Museum, Palm Beach.

🔔 Dec. 23 - A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage at Kravis Center, WPB

🔔 Dec. 27-29 - George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker at Kravis Center.
Beyond the Treasure Coast
Photo: 🔔 Through Dec. 23; Dec. 26-30 - 44th Annual Holiday Nights Celebration at Edison and Ford Winter Estates. Check website for details and updates .

🔔 Dec. 3, 6 p.m. - Wine & Design: Holiday Splendor at Selby Gardens, Sarasota

🌲Dec. 6, 7 p.m. - Lake Wales Chorale’s Christmas Concert at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Lake Wales, under new Chorale Director Bill Dohert

🔔 Dec. 11-15 - Sounds of the Season - Sarasota Orchestra at Holley Hall

🔔 Dec. 12, 8 p.m. - Under the Streetlamp: Holidays at Van Wezel, Sarasota.

🔔 Dec. 13-21 - A Christmas Carol at Venice Theatre

🔔 Dec. 19 - Holiday Tea with Mina Edison and Clara Ford at Edison and Ford Winter Estates.`Join Mrs. Edison and Mrs. Ford for a special Holiday Tea in the Edison Caretaker’s House. Mina and Clara will talk about their favorite holiday traditions and tea, lemonade and cookies will be served. After the tea, visitors may stroll the beautifully decorated grounds of the Edison and Ford families.

🔔 Dec. 20-21 - John Ringling’s Circus Nutcracker - Sarasota Ballet at Van Wezel.

🔔 Dec. 21-22 - Sounds of Christmas at Venice Theatre

🔔 Dec. 22 - The TEN Tenors - Home for the Holidays at Van Wezel

🔔 Through Dec. 22 - Assisted Living the Musical: The Home ….for the Holidays at Venice Theatre

🔔 Through Dec. 23; Dec. 26-30 - 44th Annual Holiday Nights Celebration at Edison and Ford Winter Estates. Check website for details and updates .

🔔 Through Dec. 23, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. - Victorian Christmas Stroll at Henry B. Plant Museum, Tampa.

🔔 Dec. 23 - A Christmas Carol at Van Wezel, Sarasota

🔔 Saturdays through Dec. 29 - Deck the Halls: A Holly Jolly Holiday at Florida Studio Theatre, Sarasota

🔔 Through Dec. 30- Children’s Tree Trail at Edison and Ford Winter Estates.
Thank You
Arts Blast Sponsors
The 2019 Garden Club of Indian River County Ornament is still available for gift giving. See a slideshow of the entire series online. This is the 28th in the series and commemorates Humiston Park. From the accompanying documentation by Nat Jackson:
  Dr. W.H. Humiston was one of three physicians who came to Vero Beach from Cleveland, Ohio to purchase land for a residential development. He was quoted as saying,"There is not a place in the United States that I'd rather live than in Vero Beach".
Arts Blast
Friends and Supporters
Sebastian River Art Club's Holiday Bazaar continues Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays through November and December, 11 a.m.-3 p.m..
It will feature  Mini Masterpieces from local artists, proceeds benefiting the Ecumenical Council Food Bank.
More Holiday Fun!
Indian River County

🔔 Dec. 3, 2 p.m. - Holiday Ornament Painting Party at the Brackett Library at Indian River State College, Vero Beach

🔔 Dec. 5-7 - Frozen, JR. at Riverside Children’s Theatre, on the Stark Stage.

🔔 Dec. 5, 12, 19- 11 a.m. - Advent Poetry and Organ Series at Community Church of Vero Beach. Goodwill offering.

🔔 Dec. 6, 5:30-8 p.m. - 31st Annual Light Up the Night in Sebastian, a Shop Local event

🔔 Dec. 6, 3 & 7 p.m. - Celtic Angels Christmas at The Emerson Center, Vero Beach

🔔 Dec. 6-8 - Vero Beach Theatre Guild’s Holiday Special - Guild on the Go Singers present Puttin’ On The Ritz. Tickets are $15 and available at Theatre Guild box office at 562-8300 or online at verobeachtheatreguild.com  Seating is general admission and tickets may also be purchased at the door. Friday, Dec 6 at 7:30; Saturday & Sunday, Dec 7 & 8, at 2:00.

🌲Dec. 8, 1-4 p.m. - Holidays at the Museum at Vero Beach Museum of Art.

🔔 Dec. 8, 2 and 6 p.m. - Christmas Wish List by the City of Vero Beach Recreation Dept.’s 200-student cast. at VBHS PAC. 

🔔 Dec. 8, 7 p.m. Christmas Celebration “O Come All Ye Faithful” at Community Church of Vero Beach. Goodwill offering.

🔔 Dec 10-22 & Dec. 27-29 - Holiday Nights of Lights at McKee Botanical Garden. General admission rates apply.

🌲Dec. 11, 7 p.m. - Tropical Winds Trio Welcomes the Holiday Season at Center for Spiritual Care, Vero Beach.

🌲Dec. 14, 4:30 and 7 p.m. - Christmas Cantata at Christ by the Sea United Methodist Church, A1A, Vero Beach. Free-will offering.

Dec. 14, 10 a.m. - Space Coast Symphony Orchestra’s Once Upon an Orchestra Children’s Music Series at McKee Botanical Garden

🌲 Dec. 14-15, 7 p.m. - Treasure Coast Chorale presents Handel’s Messiah Turns Fifty at First Baptist Church of Vero Beach. Free, suggested $10 donation.

🌲Dec. 15, 3 p.m. - Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker & A New Orleans Christmas with the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra at Waxlax Center for Performing Arts, Vero Beach.

🌲Dec. 15, 2 p.m.; Dec. 16, 7 p.m. - Winter Wonderland at Vero Beach High School PAC - Performing Arts Department’s Holiday Concert.

🌲 Dec. 15, 9 & 11 a.m. - A Home for Christmas at First Presbyterian Church of Vero Beach.520 Royal Palm Blvd. Open to all and free. Guest musicians include Annora Daige (trumpet), Brandon Putzke (percussion), Judi Lampert (flute), Churchill Cooke (mandolin), and Youth Director Jacob Strang (guitar).
St. Lucie County

🌲Dec. 6-7 - Heathcote’s Garden of Lights at Heathcote Botanical Gardens

🌲 Dec. 6, 7, 13, 14 - Star of Wonder, a Hallstrom Planetarium tradition since 1993. IRSC Fort Pierce campus.

🌲 Dec. 7-8, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. - Holiday Sale Weekend at at Backus Museum & Gallery, Fort Pierce.

🌲 Dec. 8, 1 p.m. - Sights & Sounds on Second Festival and Parade in Fort Pierce

🌲 Dec. 8, 1 p.m. - Fort Pierce Jazz & Blues Society Jazz Ring-a-Ding Ding at Summer Crush Winery. Ticketed 

🌲Dec. 13-14 - Heathcote’s Garden of Lights at Heathcote Botanical Gardens
Martin County

🌲 Dec. 5-15 - A Tuna Christmas at ACT Studio Theatre, Stuart.

🌲 Dec.7, 4 p.m. - Holiday Memories concert by the Treasure Coast Community Singers at Palm City Presbyterian Church, 2700 SW Martin Hwy.

🌲 Dec. 7, 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. - Holiday Concert by Stuart Community Concert Band at Blake Library. Free tickets are required and available Monday, November 25 at 5pm in the Blake Library John F. and Rita M. Armstrong Wing and at the Blake Information Desk if there are any remaining tickets.

🌲 Dec. 7, 2 p.m. - Great Piano Classics Series at Cummings Library - Brandon Glick and Paul Hamatay perform a four-hands concert featuring The Carnival of the Animals  by Camille Saint-Saens and additional selections including holiday and festive favorites.

🌲 Dec. 8, 3 p.m. - 16th annual Holiday Pops & Food Drive by the Treasure Coast Symphony. At Jensen Beach HS Auditorium, 2875 NW Goldenrod Rd., Jensen Beach. Joann Kinder, guest conductor. Please bring nonperishable goods for the Treasure Coast Food Bank.

🌲Dec. 8, 1-3 p.m. - Annual Holiday Open House at the House of Refuge Museum

🌲 Dec. 10, 5:30 p.m. - Sunset Concerts: Treasure Coast Flute Choir performs holiday music—Lindsey and Al Hager, directors. At the Cultural Court House, Stuart.

❄️ Dec. 15, 1 and 6 p.m. - A Christmas Carol by South Florida Dance Company at The Lyric Theatre, Stuart.
Okeechobee County

🔔 Dec. 19-20 - The Okeechobee Ballet presents The Nutcracker at Stampede on 70E.
Give a Chimp a Bear

The LoveDocs will be broadcasting their radio show live from Waldo's in Vero Beach Friday, Dec. 6 from 2-7 p.m. , collecting new Teddy bears, blankets, and bananas to donate to Save the Chimps, the world’s largest chimp sanctuary, located in Ft. Pierce, Florida. More than 250 retired chimpanzees now live in large family groups on 12 separate three-acre islands, where they receive three fresh meals daily, first-rate medical care, and a variety of activities in an enriched environment.
“The chimps, much like children, love to snuggle bears and blankies. And eat bananas. Anyone who brings in a new item will be entered to win some cool prizes,” Waldo's manager Lee Olsen said.
Irving Burgie, a singer and songwriter who penned lyrics for the classic tune, "Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)," which was made famous by  Harry Belafonte , has died, his son said. He was 95.
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Then add a short, descriptive release if available.
Send only one photo, with caption, until more are requested.
Media contact with email for my followup (not for publication)
Here's a suggestion for uploading information to calendars that allow you to input your own events.
In the body of the listing, sometimes called Description , make sure to include all dates in each upload. For example: Performances are on March 12-31; or the exhibit is open March 12, 14, 15, and 17. That information should be in all dates you post individually.

If you are a member of the Cultural Council of Indian River County , you need this information:

IMPORTANT: In order to promote your events as a member of the Cultural Council, you must enter your event on the CCIRC calendar via this link:  https://www.calendarwiz.com/culturalcouncil and click on "Submit your event"
The deadline is MONDAY - 10 days prior to the Wednesday publication.
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