Sunrise Theatre announces Centennial Speakeasy

Sunrise Theatre announces Centennial Speakeasy

Join the SunriseTheatre for the Centennial Celebration at the Sunrise Theatre’s Speakeasy on Saturday, July 29, 2023, from 7 p.m. - 11p.m.. The evening will feature delicious food and beverages in multiple locations throughout the theatre, entertainment, music and much more!

Imagine entering through the speakeasy door with a special password or knock and being transformed back to the early days of 1920’s, learn the Charleston on main stage, enjoy gambling at the Casino in the lobby and a bourbon bar at the historic second floor Friend’s Lounge.

Your tax deductible ticket will assist the Sunrise Theatre Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)3, with their mission to bring the experience of performing arts to children and to support theatre improvements which will enhance the theatre to fulfill its purpose within the community.

Thank you in advance for your support which will make a difference at the Sunrise Theatre, now and in the years to come. Please join in the 100 year celebration for a “roaring” good time! For tickets, visit


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May. 25, 2023|

Stuart Air Show named one of ten best in country

Stuart Air Show named one of ten best in country

In announcing the Stuart Air Show as one of the USA Today 10 Best Air Shows in the country, the publication said “The Stuart Air Show is a three-day event in the Treasure Coast area of Florida. Helicopter rides in famous historic vehicles are available for purchase and thrilling performances by nationally-known aerobatic groups fill the skies over Stuart. Visitors can also enjoy static exhibits of a number of impressive aircraft.”

Now everyone knows about the gem of an air show that’s taken place at Witham Field for 34 years, thrilling attendees of all ages.

This year’s show is scheduled for the weekend of November 10-12 and will offer the best-loved features of previous years as well as exciting new additions.

Dewey Vinaya, President of the Stuart Air Show said, “Thanks to our amazing staff and the best volunteers on the Treasure Coast. I can tell you that this year’s show will be the biggest and best ever. And now that the whole country knows about us, we’re expecting record-breaking attendance. You won’t want to miss it.” Ticket sales are live June 1.

To keep up-to-date on news of the Stuart Air Show, visit


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May. 25, 2023|

FAU Harbor Branch Boat Tours returning May 26

FAU Harbor Branch Boat Tours returning May 26

FAU Harbor Branch public boat tours are back and excited to invite explorers of all ages to join us for a fun and educational 1.5-hour excursion on the Indian River Lagoon! During this experience, an expert guide will discuss the wildlife encountered as well as the research that the Institute conducts to better understand and protect this important ecosystem. Participants will have the unique opportunity to experience the lagoon like never before — as a marine scientist aboard a floating laboratory with state-of-the-art-tools. Activities include interpreting real-time water quality data from the Indian River Lagoon Observatory Network, surveying underwater habitats with a Remotely Operated Vehicle, and identifying wildlife of all sizes, from microscopic plankton to sharks, rays, manatees, and dolphins. Tours run every Friday and Saturday, more information can be found at or by calling 772-242-2293.





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May. 18, 2023|

FAU Harbor Branch receives $2.8 million gift

FAU Harbor Branch receives $2.8 million gift

Florida Atlantic University Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute has received $2.8 million from Builders Initiative to establish a queen conch hatchery in Grand Bahama. This support expands FAU Harbor Branch’s extensive aquaculture and food security program focused on replenishing queen conch populations throughout the Caribbean. It also enables development of a conceptual master plan for a 25-acre innovation hub on Grand Bahama for researchers working to solve issues of island sustainability.

The project is built on a network of collaborations to secure local support and participation. FAU Harbor Branch will partner with the Bahamian community of Grand Bahama on a pilot-scale queen conch aquaculture farm led by Megan Davis, Ph.D., a research professor, FAU Harbor Branch Aquaculture and Stock Enhancement, and the world’s leading expert on queen conch aquaculture with 40 years of research in the field. Prized for its iconic spiral shell and meat, the species is considered the cornerstone of the Bahamian culture and economy. Through partnerships, the project leads envision developing new economic and environmental opportunities for the community, along with helping to replenish queen conch populations.

“We’re extremely grateful to Builders Initiative for their generous support of our queen conch restoration efforts,” said FAU President Stacy Volnick. “FAU Harbor Branch’s work in aquaculture is helping to meet the growing global demand for food, thanks to partners like Builders Initiative who share our belief in sustainable solutions to environmental challenges.”

This summer, the project will begin with a mobile queen conch lab where scientists, with assistance from Bahamian staff and interns, will grow queen conch from their egg stage to juveniles. It will be located at Coral Vita, a commercial coral farm working to restore coral reefs, which will share resources with FAU Harbor Branch.

Blue Action Lab is a key strategic partner, assisting with permits, negotiations, and other collaborator relationships. Other partners include the Bahamas National Trust, the University of The Bahamas, the Perry Institute of Marine Science, and The Nature Conservancy, which will provide expertise on habitat mapping for conch breeding sites in seagrass beds.

“Having a hatchery operating in the community with full participation from the community will be a great way to not only increase knowledge and awareness of the life cycle of the conch, but it will also allow the opportunity to build relationships, technical skills and solutions together,” said Catherine Booker, program coordinator with the Bahamas National Trust.

The project also will provide research internships for students at the University of The Bahamas and ecotourism opportunities.

Similar opportunities would come about through the 25-acre innovation hub. Known as Conservation Cove, it will be located on 25 acres on Grand Bahama, and it is envisioned to include a tropical aquaculture park, an aquarium, research and education hub, co-working spaces, and a hospitality center. FAU’s MetroLAB Design Collaborative, comprising FAU’s School of Architecture and Harbor Branch, will work with Blue Action Lab on the master plan.

The Grand Bahama queen conch hatchery is the fifth such FAU partnership project to restore the queen conch throughout the Caribbean. FAU Harbor Branch has been working on restoration efforts since 2016 and has established other queen conch farms in Puerto Rico, Curacao, and Great Exuma, Bahamas.

“Our FAU Harbor Branch Queen Conch Lab team together with our partners are making strides to fulfill the vision of a conch farm in every Caribbean nation,” said Davis. “There has never been a more important time to help communities grow queen conch for the sake of the species, ecosystem, and the people who depend on the fishery.”

This support from Builders Initiative, the philanthropic team of Builders Vision, is the largest gift from a private funder to FAU Harbor Branch’s queen conch program. Builders Initiative invests and collaborates with people and organizations working toward sustainable solutions in the areas of food and agriculture, climate and energy, oceans, and community.

“Builders Initiative is thrilled to be an anchor funder of Florida Atlantic University’s innovative program to establish conch aquaculture hatchery facilities across the Caribbean,” said Peter Bryant, oceans program director at Builders Initiative. “We’re committed to accelerating restorative aquaculture solutions in The Bahamas, and this project is a cornerstone of our program, one that will restore conch populations in The Bahamas while also providing benefits to local communities.”

About Florida Atlantic University:
Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students across six campuses located along the southeast Florida coast. In recent years, the University has doubled its research expenditures and outpaced its peers in student achievement rates. Through the coexistence of access and excellence, FAU embodies an innovative model where traditional achievement gaps vanish. FAU is designated a Hispanic-serving institution, ranked as a top public university by U.S. News & World Report and a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. For more information, visit

About Builders Initiative
Builders Initiative is the philanthropic team for Builders Vision, an impact platform dedicated to supporting people and organizations building a more humane and healthy planet through philanthropy, investment, and advocacy. Builders Initiative, through the Builders Initiative Foundation, DAFs, and an impact LLC, invests in and collaborates with non-profits, businesses, and others working toward sustainable solutions to societal and environmental problems across four primary impact areas: Food and Agriculture, Climate and Energy, Oceans, and Community. Learn more at


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Mar. 23, 2023|

Fort Pierce Yacht Club Foundation holds 5th annual On the Water Poker Run

Fort Pierce Yacht Club Foundation holds 5th annual
On the Water Poker Run

The Fort Pierce Yacht Club Foundation, the charitable arm of the Fort Pierce Yacht Club, invites you to participate in their annual charity On the Water Poker Run, Saturday, April 1st from 12 noon to 4 pm.  From 4pm to 8 pm, participants will meet at the Fort Pierce Yacht club to enjoy live music by Florida Ridge and BBQ with sides by Pit Master Mathieu Herbeline of Pirate Gypsy Adventures.

The Fort Pierce Yacht Club Foundation is a 501c3 and raises money to support the stewardship of the Indian River Lagoon, operate activities and programs which support the understanding and knowledge of boating and water safety, and supports the FPYC community mission. With the proceeds from last year’s On the Water Poker Run, the FPYC Foundation provided a scholarship to a college junior at Indian River State College for a summer internship at FAU Harbor Branch to do marine research. In addition, scholarships were provided for Wesley Eco Camp, an “immersive learning program that engages youth in environmental studies, restoration and stewardship of the Indian River Lagoon.”

The charity On the Water Poker Run puts power boats (jet skis too) and paddle boats (kayaks, canoes, stand up paddle boarders) out on the water to have fun, fellowship, and to raise money.  Docks are organized along the Indian River Lagoon for distribution of cards to players.  When all stops are completed for each participant, they return to the Fort Pierce Yacht Club for scoring and results, food, beverages, and music. If you do not have a boat, but want to play, you can register for a "Land Yacht " registration. Poker hands will be scored using standard poker hand rankings. Pursuit Boats is sponsoring a $500 cash best hand.

Go to NOW to sign up. Registration fees are as follows:

  • $50 power boat captain (includes t-shirt)
  • $20 poker hand for crew member
  • $50 jet ski with 2 people
  • $35 jet ski with 1 person
  • $25 kayak, canoe and paddle board
  • $30 land vessel (come into the Club and play a hand on land if you don't have a boat)

Optional Add-ons:

  • $15 buffet dinner
  • $18-$20 t-shirts (adult S-XXXL) - Please pre-order on website

There are opportunities for Business/Corporate Sponsorships as well as individual participation and this year’s co-chairs of the charity On the Water Poker Run are Vice Commodore of Fleet, Victoria Westphal and Past Commodore and current Vice Commodore of Building and Grounds, Suzi Boardman.

To register or for more information on the charity On the Water Poker Run please go to: or email: [email protected].

Sponsors Include (as of March 13, 2023*):

  • Pursuit Boats
  • Causeway Cove Marina & RV Park
  • Pierce 1 Marina
  • The UPS Store (St. James Drive, Port St. Lucie)
  • Southern Castles Property Management & Real Estate

*Updates on sponsors can be found on

About FPYC Foundation: Fort Pierce Yacht Club Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and donations are tax deductible. Founded in 2018 as the charitable arm of the Fort Pierce Yacht Club, it has raised money by hosting various events including a community participation On the Water Poker Run. Funds raised have been given as scholarships for college juniors majoring in marine studies. The selected students have worked for 16 weeks each summer with researchers at FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute.  We have proudly put four students through this summer program, and each have gone on to a career in marine biology and most in research.



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Mar. 15, 2023|

A Musical Evening at Majestic Theater

A Musical Evening at Majestic Theater

Music Angels Education Fund presents “A Musical Evening at Majestic Theater” on Friday, March 31, 2023, at 7:00 pm. The evening will begin with a short film presented by Living our Mission entitled 10 Scientifically-Proven Benefits of Music Education for Children. A concert will take place following the film, featuring Kapprianah Anderson, a Music Angels vocal and keyboard scholarship recipient; and Canta Libre, a lively and energetic quintet of flute, harp, and strings, direct from New York City.  Refreshments will be served during intermission. The cost for the evening is a $50 donation with all funds benefitting the mission of Music Angels, to provide scholarships for music lessons to talented, committed children between the ages of 4 and 17 with financial need. Doors open at 6:30 pm with the program beginning promptly at 7:00 pm. Majestic Theater is located at 940 14th Lane, Vero Beach. To RSVP and purchase tickets, visit or call Music Angels’ Founder, Linda Sposato at 484-885-7492.


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Mar. 15, 2023|

An out of this world ‘Art Out of the Box’ exhibit

An out of this world 'Art Out of the Box' exhibit

Members of Martin Artisans Guild were delighted, energized and creatively stimulated by what they saw during a visit to Art Basel, during last December’s Miami Art Week. The sojourn generated the theme for the Guild’s next exhibit.

Opening day of the exhibit will be Wednesday, March 22 with a delightful reception from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at The Palm Room Art Gallery and Artisans Boutique, located at 3746 SE Ocean Boulevard in Stuart’s Harbour Bay Plaza. It will feature the live music, cash bar and the delectable appetizers for which the Guild has become known.

A second opportunity for celebration is a “Meet the Artists” event. Plan on being there Wednesday, April 12 from 4-6 p.m.

The talented artists included in Art Out of the Box include:

  • Barb Bucci
  • Billie Jo Thomson
  • Candy Walsh
  • Caryl Pomales
  • Charlie Cote’
  • Deborah Bottorff
  • Dinija Berkien
  • Doreen Lepore
  • Dot Galfond
  • Glen Allen
  • Jane Lawton Baldridge
  • Janis Clary “O”
  • Laura Kay Whiticar Darvill
  • Linda Reymore
  • Lynn Morgan
  • Mallo Bisset
  • Maria Miele
  • Mark Stall
  • Mary Mirabito
  • Patricia Pasbrig

While you’re enjoying the fabulous show, be sure to check out the very special and one-of-a-kind items in the Artisans Boutique. Take advantage of this opportunity to purchase something exciting and unique from one of the Guild’s talented artists and artisans.

The Palm Room Gallery is open Tuesdays-Saturdays from noon - 6 p.m.

For more information, visit


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Mar. 15, 2023|

Two final performances for Vero Beach International Music Fest

Two final performances for Spring 2023 Vero Beach International Music Fest

The Vero Beach International Music Festival will present two final performances this season, before returning mid-July:

March 26th - 7:30p: Block/Bacon/Ligia Trio

Mike Block (cello/vocals) teams up with Christylez Bacon (beatbox/rhymes/guitar) and Patricia Ligia (electric bass guitar/vocals) to form a dynamic trio, blending original music with world fusion influences to form a fresh sound that highlights their improvisational spontaneity and high energy stage presentation.

April 1st - 7:30p: Hanneke Cassel Trio

Led by the championship Scottish fiddler Hanneke Cassel, who has been performing in Vero Beach since 2010 as regular Faculty Artist of Mike Block String Camp. She is accompanied by Yann Falquet (Guitar), & Mike Block (Cello).

All tickets are $20, and can be purchased ahead of time here.

All performances at First Presbyterian Church of Vero Beach - Sanctuary (520 Royal Palm Blvd)

Donations will also be accepted for the Mike Block String Camp Scholarship Fund, benefiting local and international students for the annual music workshop, happening July 10-15, 2023.



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Mar. 9, 2023|

Jazz Week returns with free concerts and more

Jazz Week returns March 19 - 24
with free concerts and more

All year long, the members of Fort Pierce Jazz and Blues Society provide great, live music at an affordable price and offer the community opportunities to enjoy live entertainment and a little bit of fun. Once a year, members like to pull out all the stops and give back by sharing a whole week of awesome music from players near and far. 2023 is no exception, so mark your calendars and plan to join the fun…all of it open to the public and much of it free.

Jazz Week 2023 will kick off on Sunday, March 19th with Waterside Blues. If you’re not familiar with it, Waterside Blues is a free, annual concert held on Melody Lane, right by the fountains and the beautiful Indian River. This year, the afternoon concert will cover something for everyone, starting at 1:15 p.m. with Fort Pierce Jazz and Blues Society’s own Jazz Ensemble, playing music from the All-American Songbook and providing loads of opportunities for dancing and merriment. At 3 p.m., fan-favorites the Reckless Shots will take the stage and rock your world with bluesy guitars and an energy you just won’t find elsewhere. Bring your lawn chairs, a blanket, or sit under the tents on chairs we’ll provide – however you choose to listen, you’ll enjoy every minute of this very special gift. Vendors will be on hand to offer adult beverages and food items to keep you well-fueled for the free afternoon of fun and music.

On Tuesday, we’ll share our gratitude once again as we gather at the Sunrise Black Box Theatre in historic downtown Fort Pierce. We’ll have our regular jam with sit-ins starting at 7 p.m., but at 8:30, the Matt Wiggler Band will take the stage and blow your mind. The Matt Wiggler Band has performed at venues and jazz/blues festivals around the world. Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, Wiggler began his music career at the young age of 13, with the release of his first studio album. In 2009, Matt’s second album, “Epiphony”, was nominated for Best Jazz CD by the Washington DC Area Music Association. As a musical artist, Matt has performed at major venues including The Kennedy Center, Strathmore Music Center, Adrienne Arsht Center, Detroit Music Hall, Blues Alley, Birdland Jazz Club, Monterey Blues Festival, and Motor City Blues & Boogie Woogie Festival. Wiggler’s immense talent and ability to work a crowd will make for a memorable night of music and a great addition to Jazz Week 2023.

On Wednesday, we’ll feature a special guest at our usual weekly jam session at Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens starting at 6:30, so help make hump-day go by with a little bit of music.

Thursdays during Jazz Week are always special as we close down 2nd Street and bring together FDO, our big-swingin’ band playing music designed for dancing, which is exactly what will happen from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. right there on 2nd Street in our beautiful, historic downtown. It’s fun for the whole family, and there are loads of wonderful eateries right there in downtown, so you can grab dinner and get a free show, to boot.

To wind up Jazz Week 2023, we’ll be offering one final free concert on Melody Lane, and this one is perfect for a lunchtime picnic. Our beloved and talented Max Duhalde and his Latin Heritage Band will set the perfect tempo to start your weekend early and will play from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. right there by the waterside in Fort Pierce. And just when you thought it was safe to call the week and take off your dancing shoes, think again because at 7 p.m. at the Sunrise Black Box, we’re planning one last thank you event to share our gratitude and love of music with the community we call home. We’re not going to tell you who the surprise guest will be; just trust us – you’ll want to be there to join the fun and enjoy the music.

We know it’s a lot, and believe us, we’re beat by the end of the week with all those concerts, but we wouldn’t have it any other way, and we hope you wouldn’t either. If you’d like to know more about what we do and how you can get involved, give us a call today at 772.460.JAZZ, or stop by one of our live events and introduce yourself. And if you want to know about all our upcoming gigs in advance so you can plan your week, become a member with just a click at, and we’ll send you an invite to every one of them.


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Mar. 9, 2023|

Stuart Air Show: Supporting community nonprofits

Stuart Air Show: Supporting community nonprofits

Clark Advanced Learning Center - Inez van Ravenzwaaij, SAS executive director, Cindy Groover, SAS treasurer, Delaney Dyer, Leslie Judd, Clark Advanced Learning Center principal and SAS volunteer leader, Sienna Perez, Isabella Buchanan and Dewey Vinaya, SAS president

The Stuart Air Show is more than a weekend of sleek planes, daring pilots, exciting exhibits and top-tier vendors, it’s also an organization dedicated to giving back.

Since the Show is also a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, once it is over and the airport returns to normal operations the board of directors meets to allocate a portion of the proceeds raised by the Air Show to area organizations and charities that are equally mission-minded. Since the pandemic, more than $90,000 to area non-profits has been awarded.

Inez van Ravenzwaaij, Executive Director of the Stuart Air Show, shares that thanks to the 2022 Air Show and Salute to Stuart held earlier in the year, more than $43,000 in funds and $17,000 in-kind were donated.

Some of the organizations that benefited from this these donations were:

  • Boy Scouts of America Troops 499 and 422
  • Buffalo Soldiers
  • Civil Air Patrol
  • Clark Advanced Learning Center
  • EAA Chapter 692
  • Humane Society of the Treasure Coast
  • Martin Country High School Air Force JROTC
  • Martin County robotics program SPAM
  • Road to Victory Military Museum
  • St. Lucie West Centennial Highschool Navy JROTC
  • Special Olympics of Martin County
  • Southeast Florida Honor Flight
  • Soroptimist of Stuart
  • Stuart Police Explorers
  • Treasure Coast Highschool Air Force JROTC
  • U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps
  • United Way of Martin County
  • YMCA

Honorees reflect the Air Show’s mission of honoring the past while inspiring the younger generation to look up into the blue skies and imagine all the possibilities.

The date for the 2023 edition of the Stuart Air Show has been set for November 10-12, 2023. To learn more, visit


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Mar. 2, 2023|