Centennial calendar

VBHS-Band
These young Indian River County musicians and many more of their peers will be taking part in Vero Centennial activities during the year-long celebration.NICOLAS ELLIS

Event times, dates, locations and descriptions are subject to change.
Visit www.VeroBeach100.org for the latest details and call numbers listed for confirmation

OCTOBER 2018

Monthly sponsor:
White Glove Moving

Wednesday, Oct. 24
• Banner Unveiling – Sponsored by Publix Supermarkets – A centennial celebration banner, created by Image360 Vero Beach, will be hung across 14th Avenue by The Heritage Center through October 2019. Public invited. 10 a.m.

Thursday, Oct. 25-Thursday, Nov. 1
• Centennial Soup Bowl Exhibit at the Vero Beach Museum of Art – Enjoy the handmade and unique Centennial Soup Bowl Tureens on display and for sale.There will be a free community weekend Oct. 27 and Oct. 28. For more information, call Shotsi Lajoi at 453.9049.
10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 26
• Tree Dedication Week – Sponsored by Digg Gardens and Image360 – Thirty Indian River County public, charter and private schools will be given a 30-gallon live oak tree with a plaque noting the centennial anniversary to be planted and dedicated during the week of Oct. 22-26. Locations for each tree planting and day and time of the dedication will be announced. The first tree was planted at Storm Grove Middle School on Aug. 6. For more information, call 978.9935.
• Vero Beach High School Halftime Tribute – A half-time show entitled “A Centennial Celebration – A Tribute to Vero Beach” will feature original music, backdrop art and photography depicting 100 years of places and events that the city is known for including the airport, citrus, hibiscus, the Dodgers and The Driftwood Inn.

Saturday, Oct. 27
• Waldo’s Flag Ceremony and Time Capsule – In recognition of the city’s centennial, a horse-drawn carriage will deliver a time capsule filled with photographs and a myriad of artifacts to Waldo’s Restaurant at The Driftwood on Ocean Drive. It will be buried at the foot of the newly purchased flagpole in front of the restaurant. The celebration will include an antique car show and a musical performance by the Charter High School Band. For more information, call Lee Olsen, 231-7091. 9:30 a.m.

Saturday, Oct. 27
• Centennial Chili Challenge – Riverside Park by the River will be the site of the tasty 30-team challenge. The Humdingers Band and Slip and the Spinouts will perform. Judging will be at 6 p.m. Ms. Centennial Anna Valencia Tillery will judge the People’s Choice chili. Organized by Sunrise Rotary. Registration is $50. For more information and to register, call Debbie Avery at 494.6306 or contact Arthur Hodge at bigavol@bellsouth.net. 4-9 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 27 and 28
• Countryside Centennial Corn Maze – There will be lots of family-friendly activities in addition to the 7-acre corn maze, including jumping pillow, barnyard ball zone, pumpkins, kiddie train rides, photo ops, nature trail, hayrides and the popular corn cannon. Food and beverages will also be available. Countryside Citrus is at 6325 81st St. Visit www.countrysidecornmaze.com for details. Some of the proceeds will benefit the renovations at MacWilliam Park. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
• Poster Contest – Schools are invited to participate in the Centennial School Art Competition. The subject of the art will be Vero Beach City landmarks. Each school can submit three student entries. Works will be displayed and winners will be announced during a reception at the Vero Beach Museum of Art on Jan. 4. The Vero Beach Art Club will judge the posters. For more information, contact Marilyn Dussault at mbdfl@comcast.net or call 978.9935.

 

Ms. Centennial, Anna Valencia
Ms. Centennial, Anna Valencia, will reign over many events during the yearlong centennial celebration including the Centennial Chili Challenge Oct. 27 and the Indian River Boat Parade Dec. 15.

NOVEMBER 2018

Monthly Sponsors: Vero Beach Lifeguard Assoc, Waldo’s,The Driftwood Resort, Mulligans, Vero Beach Hotel & Spa, Costa D’Este Hotel, The Garden Club of Indian River County and Florida Eye Institute

Thursday, Nov. 1
• Samaritan Soup Bowl – Join soup and art lovers for the Vero Beach Samaritan Center’s 26th Annual Soup Bowl. This year, there will be 43 locations. All proceeds will benefit the Samaritan Center for Homeless Families, a program of Catholic Charities. For more information, call Shotsi Lajoi at 453.9049. Lunch: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; dinner: 4:30-7 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 3
• Veterans Day Parade – In association with the Indian River County Cultural Council, the parade will be along 14th Avenue and enter the Cultural Arts Village at 19th Street. 10 a.m.

Saturday, Nov. 10
• Beautification Committee’s 10 Tree Dedication – The ceremony will be in the Vero Beach Cultural Arts Village on 19th Street between 17th and 20th avenues. The Vero Beach Tree and Beautification Commission is providing 10 trees to the village’s planned 19th Street tree canopy. Each tree will be dedicated to one of the 10 decades of Vero Beach’s history. There will be historical walking tours of the village following the dedication ceremony. 10 a.m.
• Veterans Day Ceremony – Memorial Island. 9 a.m.
• Blessing of the Fleet – The Vero Beach Yacht Club, the City of Vero Beach and the city marina are inviting boaters from Vero Beach and surrounding communities to participate in an expanded Blessing of the Fleet . The annual blessing is a long-held tradition that began centuries ago in Mediterranean fishing villages to help ensure a safe and bountiful boating season. Clergy from various denominations will gather at the marina gas dock and bless participating boats as they pass by. Custom dictates for passengers on the boats to throw flowers toward the clergy as they pass by. Following the ceremony, all participants are invited to the Yacht Club for a special barbecue with live music. The city marina will make mooring balls available to visiting boats. The club’s pontoon boat Friendship will ferry people to and from the club, which is at 3601 Rio Vista Blvd., next to the marina. The blessing will be at 3 p.m. and followed by the barbecue from 5 to 7 p.m.
• Cinema de la Mer – The VB100 Super Secret White Party opens the Vero Beach Wine + Film Festival 2019 season with an evening of mystery, where “What’s happening that night is not revealed until you attend.” Location will be revealed to confirmed guests 48 hours prior to the event. 5-11 p.m.

The Youth Sailing Foundation will host two regattas
The Youth Sailing Foundation will host two regattas for 40-50 Opti and 420 class sailboats from Florida in November and April. A cookout and awards ceremony will follow racing on both days. PHIL REID

Sunday, Nov. 11
• Veterans Day Regatta – The Youth Sailing Foundation will host 40-50 Opti and 420 class sailboats from Florida. A series of 7-8 races will be held on two different courses set south of 17th Street Bridge. Boats will assemble and launch from the foundation’s docks and ramps at the Vero Beach wastewater treatment plant. A cookout and awards ceremony will follow racing. The public is invited. 2 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 14
• National Philanthropy Day – Philanthropy Through the Decades will be presented by the Association of Fundraising Professionals at the Vero Beach Museum of Art. The event will honor Indian River County’s individual, group and corporate philanthropists for fundraising, philanthropy, and volunteerism. 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 15 – Sunday, Nov. 18
• St. Helen’s Harvest Festival – The festival at Dodgertown will be in conjunction with the Centennial Celebration of St. Helen’s Catholic Church. There will be more than 25 games and drawings, great festival food and a midway with about 20 rides from Deggeller Attractions of Stuart. The Lady Bug Boutique will feature handcrafted gifts. Admission and parking are free. For more information, call the office at St. Helen’s School, 567-5457. Hours: 5-9:30 p.m., Thursday; 5-11 p.m., Friday; noon-11 p.m., Saturday; and noon-6 p.m., Sunday.

Friday, Nov. 16 – Sunday, Nov. 18
• Festival of Trees at Riverside Theatre – The Centennial Tree will be revealed. For more information, call Jon Moses at 231.5869, ext. 2222. 4-8 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 17
• Vero Vino Toasts the City Centennial – Visit the Heritage Center for a late afternoon of wine tasting, food, entertainment and silent auction to benefit the Boy’s & Girls Club of Indian River and Little Birthday Angels. Free centennial wine glass with admission.
• Beachside Bonfire Fest – Individual and theme-oriented bonfires will light up the beach in front of Waldo’s, Costa d’Este, Mulligans and the Vero Beach Hotel & Spa. Each venue will provide its own themed music, entertainment, raffles, food and beverages. There will be trolley rides from Riverside Park to the event locations. Bonfire themes are: Southern BBQ at Waldo’s; Latin Fiesta at Costa d Este; Hawaiian Luau at Mulligans; and Beach Blanket Bingo at Vero Beach Hotel & Spa. 6-10 p.m.

holiday-decorated boats
The Indian River County Centennial Boat Parade will showcase holiday-decorated boats sailing along the Indian River Lagoon on Dec. 15.

DECEMBER 2018

Monthly Sponsor: Vero Beach Marine

Saturday, Dec. 1
• Royal Palm Pointe Marker Dedication – Dedication will be held on the east side of the splash fountain. 10 a.m.
• Centennial Celebration at American Icon Brewery – Bring the family to American Icon Brewery as it unveils the Vero Citrus Beer in recognition of the centennial year. For more information, go to events@americaniconbrewery.com. 1 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 15
• Indian River County Centennial Boat Parade – Formerly known as the Vero Beach Boat Parade, this popular event returns in recognition of the city centennial with a myriad of highly decorated boats showcased along the Indian River. Event will be emceed by Bill Moody and Ms. Centennial Anna Valencia Tillery at Royal Palm Pointe. 6 p.m.

Nutcracker on the Indian River
Ballet Vero Beach will perform a special Vero 1919 version of Nutcracker on the Indian River at the Vero Beach High School Performing Arts Center on Dec. 30-31, featuring land crabs, manatees and river otters. WILL BRENNER

Sunday, Dec. 30 and Monday, Dec. 31
• “Nutcracker on the Indian River” – For the second year, Ballet Vero Beach, the only professional ballet company between Palm Beach and Orlando, performs at the Vero Beach High School Performing Arts Center. The libretto and classical score retain all the whimsy and magic of the original ballet, but the action has been moved to 1919, the year Vero Beach was founded. From land crabs to manatees and river otters to bougainvillea, the ballet combines the magic of “The Nutcracker” and the holiday season to entertain and inspire. For tickets and information, visit www.balletverobeach.org or call 564.5537. 8 p.m. Sunday, 2 p.m. Monday

Monday, Dec. 31
• The New Year’s Eve Party of the Century: Diamonds are Forever –This free event will be held outdoors on the grounds of The Heritage Center and the surrounding block along 14th Avenue. The diamond-studded event will include live entertainment by South Florida’s Interactive DJ/MC Magic Mark, a beer garden, champagne bar, food trucks, fun activities until the ball drops at midnight and fireworks. The event is being presented by Main Street Vero Beach in association with The Heritage Center. 8 p.m.-12:30 a.m.

Members of the Waldo Sexton family
Members of the Waldo Sexton family will share their memories of the iconoclastic Vero Beach pioneer during Waldo Sexton Homestead Days, Jan. 5-6, at the original 1914 Sexton homestead. CHRISTINA TASCON

JANUARY 2019

Monthly Sponsor: Indian River Genealogical Society

Tuesday, Jan. 1
• Centennial Resolution Run – Start the New Year off right with the Resolution Run 5K Run/Walk from Riverside Park. Organized by Run Vero, this New Year’s Day race travels over the Barber Bridge above the beautiful Indian River Lagoon. The race is open to runners and walkers of all ages and abilities. For more information, visit https://www.runvero.com/resolutionrun5k.html, contact Jim Van Veen at jim@runvero.com or call 643.7010. 10 a.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 2 - Monday, March 11
• Archive Center & Genealogical Department of the Indian River County Main Library – If you have photographs of family activities, scenery of Vero Beach and businesses in the community or documents from 1919-1920, the Archive Center & Genealogical Department of the Indian River County Main Library would like to include them in a display from Monday, April 1 to July 31. Please bring your donations and copies will be made. For more information, contact Michelle Wagner at mwagner@irclibrary.org or call 770.5060, ext 4148

Saturday Jan. 5 and Sunday Jan. 6
• Waldo Sexton Homestead Days – Indian River Magazine and the Mark Tripson family invite you to take a rare tour of the original 1914 homestead of visionary Waldo Sexton, who created such masterpieces as the Ocean Grill, the Driftwood Inn, Patio Restaurant and Szechuan Palace. You’ll find the home at 5000 12th St. much the same way as when Sexton lived in it. See his secret garden and patio, the home he built next door for his daughter and the grounds of his Vero Beach Dairy and later Tripson Dairy. Hear tales of the iconoclastic Sexton from family members. The event is being presented as part of the Treasure Coast History Festival. Admission, $10 per person. For more information, contact Tripson at tripsonmt@aol.com or call 473.1714. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 5
• Trolley Historical Tours, sponsored by Piper – The narrated tour will go from downtown to Piper Aircraft/Airport /Dodgertown area, along 43rd Avenue to 16th Street school area to McKee and Miracle Mile/Young Park on the mainland, and Beachside historical references with several stops along the way including the airport, Memorial Island, Vero Beach Museum of Art, the marina, dog park and the rowing club area. Maximum of 20 people per tour and reservations can be made by calling the City Clerk’s Office by 3 p.m. on the Friday before at 978.4700. Those attending should meet at the Chamber of Commerce in downtown Vero Beach at 8:45 a.m.
• Celebrate the Arts Festival – The Cultural Council of Indian River County will hold its annual arts fest at Riverside Park’s Under the Oaks. There will be performances from member organizations, artists on display and many food and arts booths. For more information, contact Barbara Hoffman at director@cultural-council.org or call 770.4857. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Friday-Monday, Jan. 18-21
• Vero Ice Age Lectures – The Brackett Library will be the site for the Old Vero Ice Age Sites Committee’s exhibitions and lectures on the world-class archaeological and paleontological site originally excavated in 1916 and from 2014 to 2017. For more information, contact Peggy Lyon at pegjohn1@bellsouth.net or call 913.1701,

Saturday, Jan. 26
• “Waldo Sexton, Vero Beach Pioneer” – Indian River Charter High School/Schumann School for the Visual & Performing Arts presents a musical/play on Vero Beach pioneer Waldo Sexton and his love for the city. A part of the story centers on unpublished letters between Sexton and the famous writer Zora Neale Hurston when she lived in Fort Pierce. This production, which will feature musicians, dancers, singers and actors from the school, will be held at the Waxlax Center for the Performing Arts at St. Edward’s. For tickets and more information, go to www.showclix.com/events/irchs or contact Ray Adams at ray.adams@irchs.org. 2 and 7 p.m.

A tribute show on Sir Paul McCartney of the Beatles
A tribute show on Sir Paul McCartney of the Beatles on Feb. 14 at The Emerson Center will feature a special song recognizing the city’s centennial.

FEBRUARY 2019

Monthly Sponsor: St. Helen Catholic School

Saturday, Feb. 2
• Trolley Historical Tours, sponsored by Piper – The narrated tour will go from downtown to Piper Aircraft/Airport /Dodgertown area, along 43rd Avenue to 16th Street school area to McKee and Miracle Mile/Young Park on the mainland, and Beachside historical references with several stops along the way including the airport, Memorial Island, Vero Beach Museum of Art, the marina, dog park and the rowing club area. Maximum of 20 people per tour and reservations can be made by calling the City Clerk’s Office by 3 p.m. on the Friday before at 978.4700. Those attending should meet at the Chamber of Commerce in downtown Vero Beach at 8:45 a.m.

Thursday, Feb. 7
• Centennial “All around the Town” – Enjoy a reception in the lobby of The Emerson Center to meet the artists whose paintings and photography of Vero Beach are being showcased. The center is on the campus of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Vero Beach, on the southeast corner of 16th Street and 27th Avenue. For more information, send your inquiries to dawnorre@gmail.com. 5-60 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 9 – Sunday, May 5
• Vero Beach Museum of Art Victorian Radicals: From the Pre-Raphaelites to the Arts & Crafts Movement – In the second half of the 19th century, three generations of young and rebellious artists and designers revolutionizes the visual arts in Britain, engaging with and challenging the new industrial world around them. Drawn from the collection of Birmingham, England, the exhibit will bring together paintings, works on paper, and decorative arts – many never shown outside of England – to illuminate this dynamic period of British art.

Thursday, Feb. 14
• LIVE! From Vero Beach-The McCartney Years Concert – The World’s No. 1 Paul McCartney tribute will be held at The Emerson Center and feature a song recognizing the centennial. For more information, contact Beverly Paris at parisproductionsvero@gmail.com or call 234.4412. 7 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 16
• Indian River Genealogy Society’s Valentine Seminar – This annual all-day educational genealogy seminar will be held at the First Presbyterian Church and is open to the public. Pre-registration is required, and there is a fee to attend. The seminar will feature two nationally recognized speakers and provide attendees with educational and networking opportunities. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019
• St. Helen‘s Catholic Church Centennial Grand Gala –The benefit dinner-dance and auction will be held at the Bent Pine Golf Club. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 567.5457. 6-11 p.m.

A narrated trolley tour will travel around Vero Beach
A narrated trolley tour will travel around Vero Beach monthly, except April, with stops at the airport, Memorial Island, Vero Beach Museum of Art, the marina and dog park.

MARCH 2019

Monthly Sponsors: Youth Sailing Foundation and the Vero Beach Museum of Art

Saturday, March 2
• Trolley Historical Tours, sponsored by Piper – The narrated tour will go from downtown to Piper Aircraft/Airport /Dodgertown area, along 43rd Avenue to 16th Street school area to McKee and Miracle Mile/Young Park on the mainland, and Beachside historical references with several stops along the way including the airport, Memorial Island, Vero Beach Museum of Art, the marina, dog park and the rowing club area. Maximum of 20 people per tour and reservations can be made by calling the City Clerk’s Office by 3 p.m. on the Friday before at 978.4700. Those attending should meet at the Chamber of Commerce in downtown Vero Beach at 8:45 a.m.
• Vero Beach Centennial Concert – The Charter High School Jazz Combo and the Vero Beach High School Embassy Choir will present a concert at the Community Church to raise funds for the centennial celebration. Other local musical groups are invited to join the program. 5 p.m.

Sunday, March 3
• “Going Home” Happy 100th – Celebrate Vero Beach through music, art and stories with the Treasure Coast Chorale at the First Baptist Church. For more information, contact Pastor Joe LaGuardia at pastor@fbcvero.org. 4 p.m.

Saturday, March 9
• Party & Dance Through The Decades – Party and dance to music by The Rivertown Band at Oak Harbor Club. Enjoy Motown, disco, funk and rock during a pre-party that will include appetizers and an open bar for $150. General admission will be $75 and includes one complimentary drink and light bites as well as a cash bar. To purchase tickets to the event that will benefit the Mental Health Association in Indian River County, visit www.MHAIRC.com or call 569.9788. 7 p.m.

Thursday-Sunday, March 14-17
• Centennial Pickleball Tournament – This four-day event will be held at Pocahontas Park and hosted by Pickleball University. Players from beginners to advanced are welcome. Go to pickleballtournaments.com to register. For more information, call Lucy Kitcher at 954-534-6393 or email zerozerostay@yahoo.com.

Thursday, March 14
• Vero Beach Chamber of Commerce Business Treasure Hunt – The Vero Beach Chamber is producing a map of historical downtown and marking the businesses that are participating in the treasure hunt. People will receive clues and follow the map to receive prizes and coupons to use at participating businesses. For more information, contact Bob McCabe at robertjmccabe@aol.com.

Saturday, March 16
• Airport Heritage Day – The daylong open house will commemorate the airport’s dedication on March 4, 1930. Enjoy airport historical displays, static aircraft displays, and weather permitting, aircraft rides, vendors, food and more. For more information, contact Eric Menger at emenger@covb.org or call, 978.4930 ext 103.

Monday, March 18
• Rock the Boat gala – The annual event, which will be held at the Quail Valley River Club, starts off with cocktails on the patio while the more than 250 guests watch a sailing demonstration just off the marina docks.There will be silent and live auctions that will be followed by dinner and dancing. The event raises about 50 percent of the annual budget that supports 150 children sailing every week during the school year. For more information, contact Stu Keiller at stu.keiller@ysfirc.org. 5 p.m.

APRIL 2019

Monthly Sponsor: St. Helen Catholic Church

Monday, April 1 to Monday, July 31
• Archive Center & Genealogical Department of the Indian River County Main Library – Historical information and displays of photographs, scenery of Vero Beach and businesses in the community, as well as documents from 1919-1920. For more information, contact Michelle Wagner at mwagner@irclibrary.org or call 770.5060,ext 4148.

Saturday, April 7
• Steve Martin Memorial Regatta – The Youth Sailing Foundation will host 40-50 Opti and 420 class sailboats from all over the Florida. A series of 7-8 races will be held on two different courses set south of 17th Street Bridge. Boats will assemble and launch from the foundation’s docks and ramps at the Vero Beach wastewater treatment plant. A cookout and awards ceremony will follow racing. The public is invited. Noon
• Jackie Robinson Birthday Baseball Game – The annual game, played in Holman Stadium at Dodgertown, is a tribute to the achievement of Robinson, a great American icon. 6:35 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday, April 13 and 14
• Hibiscus Festival – A weekend filled with music, booths, art displays, children’s activities and a special centennial recognition. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday.

Saturday, April 27
• Vero Beach Museum of Art – A centennial-themed project for the Children’s Art Festival. TBA

MAY 2019

Monthly Sponsor: The Cattlemen’s Association

Saturday, May 4
• Trolley Historical Tours, sponsored by Piper – The narrated tour will go from downtown to Piper Aircraft/Airport /Dodgertown area, along 43rd Avenue to 16th Street school area to McKee and Miracle Mile/Young Park on the mainland, and Beachside historical references with several stops along the way including the airport, Memorial Island, Vero Beach Museum of Art, the marina, dog park and the rowing club area. Maximum of 20 people per tour and reservations can be made by calling the City Clerk’s Office by 3 p.m. on the Friday before at 978.4700. Those attending should meet at the Chamber of Commerce in downtown Vero Beach at 8:45 a.m.

Sunday, May 26
• Founder’s Day – There will be a Centennial Tree dedication at MacWilliam Park as the Tree and Beautification Commission commemorates the day the city was incorporated in 1919. 1:30-2 p.m.
• Family Day Celebration – Food trucks and family entertainment will be featured at Riverside Park following the tree dedication at MacWilliam Park. 2-4 p.m.

JUNE 2019

Monthly Sponsors: The Visiting Nurse Association , Florida Eye Institute and Alma Lee Loy

Saturday, June 1
• Trolley Historical Tours, sponsored by Piper – The narrated tour will go from downtown to Piper Aircraft/Airport /Dodgertown area, along 43rd Avenue to 16th Street school area to McKee and Miracle Mile/Young Park on the mainland, and Beachside historical references with several stops along the way including the airport, Memorial Island, Vero Beach Museum of Art, the marina, dog park and the rowing club area. Maximum of 20 people per tour and reservations can be made by calling the City Clerk’s Office by 3 p.m. on the Friday before at 978.4700. Those attending should meet at the Chamber of Commerce in downtown Vero Beach at 8:45 a.m.

Thursday-Sunday, June 13-16
• Vero Beach Wine & Film Festival – Make plans to attend the Vero Beach Wine + Film Festival, named the Summer Sundance by the Huffington Post. More than 75 films will be screened and more than 100 wines from around the world will be offered.

Sunday, June 16
• Father’s Day Car Show – Time and location to be announced.

Friday, June 28, 2019
• Downtown Friday, Centennial Edition, Night of Nations – Historical downtown will be transformed into an international festival, divided up into different continents allowing attendees to have their passports stamped after walking through various countries. Vendors will be selling authentic clothing and merchandise from different countries; people can participate by dressing up in traditional outfits from their native countries. There will be dance music from countries all over the world and a Taste of the World food court at the Heritage Center. For more information, contact Katherina C. Paliwoda of Main Street at info@mainstreetverobeach.org or call 299.1383. 1-9 p.m.

Saturday, June 29
• Burgers and Brews, An American Heritage Celebration – Kick off the Fourth of July week with America’s favorite things – burgers and brews. The free street festival will be held in downtown and feature music, specialty cuisine, the Best Burger in Indian River County competition, variety of brews, family-friendly games, a VIP tent, an apple pie eating contest, and a local celebrity dunk tank. Celebrate Vero Beach’s centennial by joining a historical walking tour of downtown and a Where’s Waldo? scavenger hunt. Proceeds will benefit United Against Poverty of Indian River County. 1- 9 p.m.

JULY 2019

Monthly Sponsor: Sexton Inc.

Saturday, July 6
• Trolley Historical Tours, sponsored by Piper – The narrated tour will go from downtown to Piper Aircraft/Airport /Dodgertown area, along 43rd Avenue to 16th Street school area to McKee and Miracle Mile/Young Park on the mainland, and Beachside historical references with several stops along the way including the airport, Memorial Island, Vero Beach Museum of Art, the marina, dog park and the rowing club area. Maximum of 20 people per tour and reservations can be made by calling the City Clerk’s Office by 3 p.m. on the Friday before at 978.4700. Those attending should meet at the Chamber of Commerce in downtown Vero Beach at 8:45 a.m.

Thursday, July 4
• Fourth of July Celebration, sponsored by George E. Warren Corp. and presented by Mulligans, Indian River County, the City of Vero Beach, Treasure & Space Coast Radio and Zambelli. The annual family day will be held at Riverside Park and feature bands, food trucks, a beer garden, vendors, a children’s area and fireworks at 9 p.m. 1 p.m.-10 p.m.

AUGUST 2019

Monthly Sponsors: Waldo’s Secret Garden, New Vision Eye Center and Indian River State College

Saturday, Aug. 3
• Trolley Historical Tours, sponsored by Piper – The narrated tour will go from downtown to Piper Aircraft/Airport /Dodgertown area, along 43rd Avenue to 16th Street school area to McKee and Miracle Mile/Young Park on the mainland, and Beachside historical references with several stops along the way including the airport, Memorial Island, Vero Beach Museum of Art, the marina, dog park and the rowing club area. Maximum of 20 people per tour and reservations can be made by calling the City Clerk’s Office by 3 p.m. on the Friday before at 978.4700. Those attending should meet at the Chamber of Commerce in downtown Vero Beach at 8:45 a.m.

Saturday, Aug. 24
• Leisure Square Day – The community is invited to a fun day at the Recreation Department’s outdoor activity center. Families can enjoy the use of the pool with free swimming and swimming lessons, use of the exercise facility, children’s activities and sporting events. The Mental Health Association in Indian River County will host an ice cream social during the day-long event. For more information, contact Rob Slezak, recreation direction at 978.5151.

SEPTEMBER 2019

Monthly Sponsor: Southern Eagle Distributing

Saturday, Sept. 7
• Trolley Historical Tours, sponsored by Piper – The narrated tour will go from downtown to Piper Aircraft/Airport /Dodgertown area, along 43rd Avenue to 16th Street school area to McKee and Miracle Mile/Young Park on the mainland, and Beachside historical references with several stops along the way including the airport, Memorial Island, Vero Beach Museum of Art, the marina, dog park and the rowing club area. Maximum of 20 people per tour and reservations can be made by calling the City Clerk’s Office by 3 p.m. on the Friday before at 978.4700. Those attending should meet at the Chamber of Commerce in downtown Vero Beach at 8:45 a.m.

OCTOBER 2019

Monthly Sponsors: The Chamber of Commerce-Indian River County; Rotary Clubs of Vero Beach Oceanside, Orchid Island, Vero Beach, Sunrise Rotary and Sebastian; Exchange Club of the Treasure Coast , Exchange Club of Indian River and Exchange Club of Vero Beach

Saturday, Oct. 5
• Trolley Historical Tours, sponsored by Piper – The narrated tour will go from downtown to Piper Aircraft/Airport /Dodgertown area, along 43rd Avenue to 16th Street school area to McKee and Miracle Mile/Young Park on the mainland, and Beachside historical references with several stops along the way including the airport, Memorial Island, Vero Beach Museum of Art, the marina, dog park and the rowing club area. Maximum of 20 people per tour and reservations can be made by calling the City Clerk’s Office by 3 p.m. on the Friday before at 978.4700. Those attending should meet at the Chamber of Commerce in downtown Vero Beach at 8:45 a.m.

Saturday, Oct. 12
• Blessing of the Fleet – The Vero Beach Yacht Club, the City of Vero Beach and the city marina are inviting boaters from Vero Beach and surrounding communities to participate in an expanded Blessing of the Fleet The annual blessing is a long-held tradition that began centuries ago in Mediterranean fishing villages to help ensure a safe and bountiful boating season. Clergy from various denominations will gather at the marina gas dock and bless participating boats as they pass by. Custom dictates for passengers on the boats to throw flowers toward the clergy as they pass by. Following the ceremony, all participants are invited to the Yacht Club for a special BBQ with live music. The City Marina will make mooring balls available to visiting boats and the club’s pontoon boat Friendship will ferry people to the club and back. The club is at 3601 Rio Vista Blvd., next to the marina. The blessing will be at 4 p.m. followed by the barbecue from 5 to 7 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 26
• Centennial Celebratory Finale – This community celebration will be a day of jubilee along 14th Avenue and on the lawn of the Heritage Center. It will begin with a parade along 14th Avenue that will feature Clydesdale horses from the Busch Foundation, aircraft from Piper, cows and horses from the Cattlemen’s Association, a children’s Halloween march, a Wells Fargo horse and buggy, marching bands and more.There will also be booths, food, entertainment and a ceremony to honor founding fathers and pioneer families.
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