Manatee Center temporarily closes Exhibit Hall and Gift Shop
FORT PIERCE — In light of the escalation of positive cases of COVID-19 infections, the Manatee Observation and Education Center closed the Exhibit Hall and Gift Shop to the public effective June 29. This decision was made as a precaution for the health and safety of visitors, volunteers, and staff.
During the closures, the Gift Shop will remain open for Curbside Pick-up. We invite patrons to purchase their items from home at www.VanishingMermaid.org and select the “Pick up in store” option for curbside pick-up.
Education programs such as MOEC summer camps and visiting camps will continue as scheduled unless conditions make it necessary for these programs to be rescheduled or cancelled. We hope that by closing the Exhibit Hall to the public, we will be making our facility safer to continue our environmental education to MOEC camps and visiting camps with minimal exposure.
MOEC summer camps have been heavily adapted to reduce the risk of COVID-19 exposure. This year, camps are half-day camps that are limited to 12 campers. Camp itineraries have been designed to keep campers outdoors and in the fresh air as much as possible, while still capturing the “adventure” that is so important to our summer camps each year. Each camper and counselor also receives a special Manatee Center face covering in addition to their camp t-shirts.
IRSC Foundation names new director of development
The Indian River State College (IRSC) Foundation has appointed Julia Keenan as director of development. In this role, Keenan is responsible for planning, organizing, and directing IRSC Foundation fundraising efforts that include planned giving, capital campaigns, the annual fund and special events.
Keenan brings more than 25 years of experience in development and management to her new position with expertise that includes fund raising, public speaking, strategic planning, fund development, event planning, and community development. Since 2014, Keenan has served as the IRSC Foundation Scholarship Development Coordinator holding responsibility for all IRSC private donor scholarships.
Before joining the IRSC Foundation, Keenan was the Development Officer for Indian River Medical Center (IRMC) from 2010 to 2014 where she supported the 21st Century Campaign to raise $50 million. From 2008 to 2010 Keenan also served as the Executive Director for the Homeless Family Center — a 24-hour residential facility for homeless families on the Treasure Coast. Keenan held multiple roles with the Diocese of Palm Beach working as a teacher from 1992 to 1998, the Family Life Director from 1998 to 1992 and as the Program Director for the Samaritan Center from 2005 to 2008.
In August Keenan starts service as a Board of Director Member of the United Way of Indian River County. She is a current member of the Association for Fundraising Professionals and a former Board of Director/NPD Chair and Co-chair, served on the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy from 2010 to 2014 and the Treasure Coast Homeless Services Council from 2005 to 2010. Keenan is a 2006 Indian River Chamber of Commerce Leadership Training Graduate, was recognized as the 2009 Agency Excellence recipient by the United Way of Indian River County and was a Junior League of Indian River County Women of the Year Nominee for Civic Non-Profit Leader in 2013. She holds her Bachelor of Science in Education from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania and additionally earned her Major Gifts Track Certification from the University of Wisconsin School of Business — Association for Healthcare in Philanthropy.
South Florida Orthopaedics offers $30 athlete physicals
South Florida Orthopaedics & Sports Mediciine is offering $30 physicials at its injury walk-in clinic, 9401 Discovery Way, Suite 101, Tradition.
The practice is offering the pre-participation sports physicals performed by its team of orthopaedic providers and sports medicine specialists without the need for an appointment.
Proof of insurance is not required, but sports physical forms must be completed and signed by a parent or guardian before an exam will be undertaken. Consent forms are available on site. Those who wear contacts or glasses should bring them to the exam.
TC Jazz Society has chosen their 2020 scholarship winners
ALLEN QUINN graduated from IRCHS as valedictorian and will be attending the University of Central Florida in the fall. He was a horn-playing member of Dave Mundy’s jazz band for three and a half years and entered his top jazz band, The Wolves, in his junior year. He has played numerous professional gigs in the community as well as saxophone and clarinet for theater productions at IRCHS. He plans to continue playing jazz while aspiring to be an instructor as well.
ADRIAN SCOTT began playing acoustic guitar in 7th grade and has progressed linearly in IRCHS jazz bands throughout his four years. He has played with many professional independent bands along with the IRCHS jazz program and for many non-profits including his favorite, the 2019 Special Olympics. He plans to pursue a professional career in New York following graduation from the University of Central Florida.
ERIC McCANN began playing the hand drum in his Hispanic American family at age eight. Inspired by his jazz loving grandfather, he moved onto congas and thanks to the direction and encouragement of his band director for 4 years, Dave Mundy, he will be attending The University of South Carolina-Columbia where he plans to major in International Business and minor in Philanthropy while continuing to pursue his musical education.
Youth Guidance Mentoring Academy recently received the Platinum Seal of Transparency from GuideStar, the world’s largest source of information on nonprofit organizations. Platinum is the newest and highest level of recognition. It is only obtained by sharing metrics and indicators of success.
“Youth Guidance depends entirely on the financial support of the Indian River community, a combination of funding from private donors, foundations, and grants,” said Phil Barnes, Youth Guidance Executive Director. “As we continue growing as an organization, we are pleased to have obtained the Platinum Seal, which shows our commitment to transparency and results.”
Youth Guidance is dedicated to enriching the lives of Indian River County youth through mentoring relationships that inspire trust, self-esteem, and positive futures. Youth Guidance works with children ages 5-18. Programs are all free and children are provided with a nutritious meal before programs.
Youth Guidance serves children from low-income homes, who without guidance, may remain trapped in a cycle of generational poverty. With direction from trained staff, mentors and volunteers, these children can experience a path toward a brighter future.
To learn more about Youth Guidance Mentoring Academy, become a mentor, or make a donation, please call 772-492-3933 or visit us at www.youthguidanceprogram.org.
Electrical component manufacturers combine operations under one large roof in Port St. Lucie
TAMCO Group has opened its 411,000-square-foot fulfillment and manufacturing facility in Port St. Lucie, making it the largest facility operated by a private business in the city.
Manufacturers of private label lighting and electrical supplies, TAMCO built the facility at 11675 SW Tom Mackie Blvd. to meet the continued growth of its customer base throughout North America. The building’s footprint is nearly 9 acres under roof – the equivalent of more than 61/2 football fields. The expansion successfully merged the company’s operations from... Read more >>
Let’s stay open St. Lucie!
As Florida continues to experience daily growth in Covid-19 cases, the St. Lucie County Chamber of Commerce would like to remind you how important it is to continue the reopening process. Double digit unemployment is not sustainable and contradictory to a healthy economy.
Our nation is facing formidable obstacles in the fight against this global pandemic. Risky behavior could result in a backslide of restrictions. With so much at stake, we want to encourage you to maintain minimum safety standards and are asking for cooperation of courtesy. Let’s err on the side of caution. Social distance, wash your hands, sanitize, and wear a mask. In a time where many of us are feeling helpless, there is something you can do. Protect yourself, your family, your friends, and your co-workers. It doesn’t matter what you believe, or what you are fighting for, you’re doing it for others, not for yourself! Let’s stay open St. Lucie!
Disposable masks, cloth masks and sanitizer are in stock and available through the chamber. Click here.
Remember Treasure Coast nonprofits
If you are in a position, consider a gift to a Treasure Coast nonprofit affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Find the needs of many area nonprofits and how to give at treasurecoastnonprofits.com
Massage and skin care classes announced
If you are interested in graduating in as little as 6 months and having a career in Massage Therapy or Skin Care, please join us for our Open House on Wednesday, August 19th from 6-8 p.m. at Space Coast Education Center located at 1070 South Wickham Rd. in West Melbourne. Our fall semester starts August 19 and we are enrolling now! We offer day and evening classes, full or part time and interest free financing to fit your individual needs. Our school has approved Veterans’ training, a Sports Internship and helps with career placement. Celebrating our 29th anniversary this year! For details and information please visit our website at www.SpaceCoast.edu or call us at (321) 308-8000.
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Bring an Adventure Park to the City of Port St. Lucie
The City of Port St. Lucie, along with Stantec Consulting Services, Inc., is holding a virtual public meeting to seek input on a Master Plan for a state-of-the art Aventure Park on Thursday, July 9, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Online registration is required to attend this Zoom meeting, and it must be completed prior to the event. Click here to register. No internet access? No problem! Call 772-878-2277 about available special accommodations to attend this meeting.
The proposed project site, located 1501 SW Cameo Blvd., is comprised of approximately 38.93 acres. An Adventure Park has long been requested by the residents of Port St. Lucie and has been noted, via citizen surveys and the Parks & Recreation 10-Year Master Plan, as a desired amenity for the City.
This project has previously been conceptualized as a combination of poured-in-place concrete and/or precast concrete elements, BMX Jump Trails, a BMX Racetrack and MTB Trial Trails. Other design elements, including rock walls, playgrounds, ropes agility course, zipline, artificial wave rider or other ‘adventure’ recreation elements, appropriately suited for such a park, are also encouraged.
As a service to readers and restaurants on the Treasure Coast, Indian River Magazine Inc. has created a website directory of restaurants, bars, breweries and wineries in St. Lucie, Indian River and Martin counties. The site includes hours of operation, if carryout/delivery is available, as well as popular dishes. See the site at treasurecoastrestaurants.com
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