Vero Beach, Fl - Ed. 10.17.2019    

    October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and you have undoubtedly seen pink everywhere! I feel certain that we can all name someone we know who has received this diagnosis. If in fact we can all do that ... Then that's just way too many people battling this cancer! Son William, owner of Barefoot Cafe downtown, was approached to be a candidate again this year for the community 'Real Men Wear Pink' campaign. William was happy to jump right back on board and has pledged raise a minimum of $2,500 and he hopes to surpass that goal!

Since we didn't seem to get the response we were hoping for last week, we came up with a fundraising idea that will sweeten your contribution! Everyone who contributes to Will's campaign will be entered into a drawing to win a Staycation weekend at our family's oceanfront home in Summer Place; just north of Vero Disney.  Sand Castle sleeps up to 8 and just happens to be my favorite place on earth! I think you will love it too! So...PLEASE, make a contribution and help us fight this cancer! Imagine the day when no one receives this diagnosis!  It's going to happen! I know it is! :)

The winner will be announced in the November 7th issue of FLASH!

Valerie Watkins

     Television began in Miami in March of 1949. There was only one station and It was the first television station in Florida and only the 16th in the entire country. As I recall, all programming was local until the late 1950s. The technology to bring shows in from New York and California didn't exist yet. Consequently, programming consisted of news broadcasts, morning and afternoon children's shows and whatever local talent could be found. Among these local shows was Uncle Martin's Country Band. Uncle Martin was the father of my dear friend Barbara. He also did weather broadcasts on radio as Frosty Martin and I believe he did the weather on TV as well.  
     In 1952, I was in my junior year at the University of Miami where Barbara was also in school. One day when we were eating lunch together, she asked me how I would like to be on television.  Click Here to read on....

Fulfilling its commitment to honor and serve local veterans throughout the community, St. Paul's Church will host "Healing Our Heroes", a healing conference led by The Reverend Nigel Mumford. The three-day event is being held in collaboration with the Military Mom's Prayer Group from Friday, November 8th to Sunday, November 10th.
Senior Pastor of St. Paul's Church, The Rev. Jonathan G. Robbins stated, "Our love of veterans is steadfast. We have been called by the Lord to offer healing to our heroes throughout Indian River County and surrounding communities, especially those who are suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress".

Advance registration for the healing conference is free of charge at and (772) 231-3552.

11:00am - 2:00pm
2036 14th Avenue next to the old Vero Beach Theater


The City of Vero Beach Recreation Department
will open gymnastics registration
Saturday, October 19th
at Leisure Square

There are gymnastics and aerial classes available for beginners through advanced students. The program offers instruction for toddlers through teens! Receive training from the City of Vero Beach Recreation Department's USA Gymnastics Safety Certified Instructors. Weekday and Saturday classes are available to fit every schedule. Registration will remain open until classes are at capacity. We recommend arriving early as classes fill up quickly.  Participants ages 3 and older will perform in 'Christmas Road Trip', the City of Vero Beach Recreation Department's annual holiday production.  
Please call Angie Holshouser or Deja Miller at (772) 770-3775 or visit the recreation page under Centerstage Acrobatic Complex at for information and registration forms. 


61st Annual 
 Halloween Parade & Costume Contest
October 26, 2019
10:00 a.m. (Line up begins at 9:30a.m.
Freshman Learning Center
Hosted by the City of Vero Beach Recreation Department this is a fun family event that is anticipated all year!  The costume contest will be held just prior to the start of the parade at 10:00 a.m. The parade route will start at the Freshman Learning Center and continue to the Vero Beach Community Center (2266 14 Avenue). There is NO CHARGE to participate! So come on out and have some fun! All children under 17 will receive a free goody bag.  Twenty five prizes for the best costumes will be awarded at the Community Center. Call Gaby Dwyer at (772) 231-4787 for more information.
Hosted by
 Republican Women of Indian River

     Our year  long celebration  of Vero's 100th birthday will be coming to an end next week. Following the Centennial Parade that will pass along 14th Avenue and conclude about high noon,  everyone is invited to make their way to Pocahontas Park to enjoy a day long program highlighted by live bands, concluding with BeatleBeat,  featuring four
talented musicians that re-create the look, style and sound of the BEATLES!  
     Beatle Beat will  perform two sing-a-long, dance-a-long segments at 3:45-4:30 pm and again from 5:00-6:30 pm. Be prepared to sing  along !
Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and picnics; mingle with old friends and make new ones. Enjoy this glorious fall community, making new memories together! this space next week for more details.
To purchase tasting tickets click here

Stay "moving" with fiber
Constipation is a common problem after age 60, likely due to a combination of a decreased appetite, lower fluid intake, and inactivity. Stay regular by making sure to include plenty of fiber in your diet. Fiber may help provide bulk to aid the passage of food and waste products through your gut. Many fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are fibrous. The World Health Organization recommends five servings of fruits and vegetables daily, and it has found that increasing your fruit and vegetable intake by 1 to 2 servings daily may lower your risk of heart disease by 30 percent.



What better place to spend Halloween than the oldest city in the U.S.? St. Augustine is not only full of history, (The oldest schoolhouse in the country is here.) it also has legends of haunted houses and old fashioned trolley tours to take you around the town to all of the spooky places. (Book early. They fill up.) To visit the Halloween website, Click here
For other fun things to see and do in the city, Click here.   
A nd perhaps the most special event this fall is the NIGHTS OF LIGHTS which begins the Saturday before Thanksgiving, November 23 and runs through January 31. Nights of Lights has been listed among the top ten holiday light displays in the world by National Geographic. Millions and millions of l ights cover the city's unique Spanish Colonial architecture and glow from the sidewalks to the rooftops, over the Bridge of Lions, along historic buildings, public spaces, hotels, inns and restaurants throughout approximately 20 blocks. Sounds like fun to me!  


There's still plenty of time to make this life-size ghost from HGTV for Halloween!



How much do you really know about this holiday?  To find out, Click here.

Across this wonderful country there are places that want to celebrate you on your birthday with a freebie of some sort? 
Click Here for a full list. It is kinda annoying to get through the entire list, so I did the leg-work for you. See below the local spots that are on the list. Most ask that you enroll in their 'club'; which is usually free. Happy Birthday! 
Applebee's - Enroll in Applebee's EClub and you'll get free dessert
Baskin-Robbins - Enroll in their Birthday Club and get a free scoop  
            of ice cream
Carrabba's  - Enroll in  Amici Club and you'll get a free appetizer   
            or dessert
Bonefish Grill -  Enroll in Bonefish Grill's  Insider program and you'll
            get free dessert  
Chili's - Enroll in their  e-mail rewards program and get a free appetizer or dessert  
            during your birthday month
Dairy Queen - You need to go to Sebastian - Download the DQ mobile app and you'll                     get  a BOGO Blizzard on your birthday.  
Dunkin Donuts - Enroll in Dunkin's DD Perks and you'll get a free beverage of your  
            choice on your birthday.  
Firehouse Subs - Sign up for Firehouse Subs' Birthday Program and get a free medium  
            sub on your birthday.  
IHOP - Enroll in IHOP's Pancake Revolution program and you'll get a free full stack of  
            pancakes on your birthday.    
Moe's Southwestern Grill - Download Moe's mobile app and you'll get a free burrito on  
            your birthday.
Olive Garden Italian Kitchen - Enroll in Olive Garden's eClub and you'll get free dessert  
            on your birthday. 
Outback Steakhouse - Get free dessert on your birthday when you enroll in Outback  
            Steakhouse's Dine Rewards.     
Panera Bread - Sign up for Panera's reward program and get a free pastry on your  
Rita's Ice Custard Happiness - Sign up for Rita's  Birthday Club and get a free ice cream  
            or custard   
Ruby Tuesday - Enroll in Ruby Tuesday's  So Connected club and you'll get a free burger
            on your birthday.  
Starbucks - Enroll in Starbucks Rewards and you'll get a free beverage or food item on  
            your birthday. 
Subway - Sign up for Subway's MyWay Rewards and get a free 6-inch sub and drink on  
            your birthday.  
TGI Fridays - Get free dessert during your birthday month at TGI Fridays, as long as you  
            purchase an entree.
Wendy's - Sign up for  WendyMail and you'll get a free Frosty on your birthday.

Assure vs Ensure vs Insure
  • To assure someone is to remove someone's doubts.
  • To ensure something is to make sure it happens-to guarantee it.
  • To insure something or someone is to cover it with an insurance policy.

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Obviously, this bird wanted a longer tail. You won't believe what he did to get one! Who knows...Perhaps he was getting ready for Halloween! :) 

The darker the fish...The better the fishing!

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Show Coordinator, Debbie Avery pictured next to Best of Show 

Floyd Markowitz won first place for 'Flamenco Hibiscus, Apollo' 

Patti Corapi - 1st place for "Anhinga"
Huey Zaplin  - 2nd place for his "Count the Birds" mixed media  
Last Friday, October 11th the 5th Annual Pelican Island Preservation Society Indian River Bird and Nature Art Show kicked off National Wildlife Refuge Week with an amazing art show at the , Sebastian River Art Club. Forty-nine area artists participated with 80 pieces of work and over one hundred turned out for the grand opening reception. Debbie Avery planned and coordinated  the event and local judges Karen "Keko" Enkonoku, Ginny Piech and Barbara duPont awarded the following artists with ribbons:

Best of Show went to Susan Lavendar for her "Shore Bird" in acrylic

1st Place in 2-D went to Anne Whitney for her "Storks at Corkscrew Swamp" in acrylic
2nd place to Huey Zaplin for his "Count the Birds" mixed media
3rd place to Karie O'Donnell for her "Royal Tern Study" in Graphite

1st Place in 3-D went to Floyd Markowitz for his furniture piece "Flamenco Hibiscus, Apollo"
2nd place to Maria Sparsis for "Life will find a way" clay w/glass
3rd place to Linda Wack for her "Bamboo Cockatoo" stainglass

1st Place Photography went to Patti Corapi for her "Anhinga"
2nd place to Michele Loftus Trzcinski for "Roseate Spoonbills"
3rd to Valeri Mayton "Don't Look Now"

Honorable mentions to Ned Nolan for his "Sebastian River"
George Pillorge for his "Larus Michahellis (Sea Gulls)"
Anne Whitney for her "Monkey Doodle"


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