Gifford Youth Orchestra announces the addition of James Jordan to the board
Educator and musician James Jordan has joined the board of the Gifford Youth Orchestra, Crystal Bujol announced Aug. 25. Dr. Bujol, the GYO’s chair and artistic director, said Jordan “will focus on strengthening the organization’s performance and teaching capacities.”
Jordan was familiar with the Gifford Youth Orchestra from stories in local news sources when Dr. Bujol was a guest speaker at a Sunrise Rotary meeting and spoke about its musical youth enrichment program.
“I was so impressed with her that when I learned that there was an opening on the board, I jumped at the chance to join,” he said. “I’ve always been on the lookout for opportunities to help people, especially kids, so it was a natural fit.”
Jordan moved his family to Vero Beach in 2014 to become an employment consultant with Easter Seals Florida Inc., a job from which he retired in July. He has been involved in some form of social work and education for 40 years.
He taught music, language arts and math in the Irvington, New Jersey, public school system for 15 years and has also worked in sales and marketing in the business world.
A professional trumpet played, he is the president and executive director of JTO Entertainment and for the Jordan Thomas Odyssey, a band that has performed in South and Central Florida for the past four years. The group played at the grand finale of Vero Beach’s Centennial Celebration and can be heard regularly at local country clubs and gathering places, including The Breakers Hotel and the Beach Club, both in Palm Beach.
Because of his love for and experience with planning and producing entertainment events, Jordan immediately joined the Board committee with Mark Wygonik, Jim Parks, and Larry Staley to plan the annual event for the Gifford Youth Orchestra. Proceeds will be used to purchase instruments, music and supplies for the Gifford Youth Orchestra’s 18th year of providing cultural and performing arts education program for the children of Gifford, Florida, and neighboring communities. This second “Crystal Gazing Celebration” will be held at the Heritage Center in March, 2021.
For more information about or to donate to the Gifford Youth Orchestra, visit www.gyotigers.org
The Environmental Learning Center presents "An Outdoor Revolution"
VERO BEACH — The lens offers an opportunity to frame those precise moments in nature that can never be replicated, and turn those magical moments into a work of art.
Vero Beach resident, Brian LaPersonerie spends his free time exploring the local shores and parks — seeking out nature’s next big moment.
Brian’s photo exhibit titled, “An Outdoor Revolution” is now on display at the Environmental Learning Center. His nature photography is showcased on metal prints and features images of wildlife, nature scenes and outdoor lifestyle shots. The images in “An Outdoor Revolution” aim to transport you to the healing reality of the great outdoors.
“As inhabitants of this magnificent planet, it's up to each of us to protect the earth, maximize conservation, stop pollution and understand the importance of regulation. If my photos can transport you, educate you, open your eyes or take you away, you’ve fulfilled my dream as a member of this outdoor revolution,” Brian said.
A nature enthusiast at heart, Brian LaPersonerie always had a love of the outdoors. Growing up on Long Island, Brian spent more time than the average kid exploring nature – hiking, fishing, crabbing and clamming off his father’s boat. He spent summers at his grandparent’s lake house in Pennsylvania, where watching wildlife was a daily ritual. It is not a surprise that his fascination of animals, plants and ocean-life has developed into a love of photography. His studies in art and three dimensional sculpture landed him at New York Institute of Technology with an art education major. From there, he developed a bigger adoration for textures and color – realizing all the natural beauty that surrounds us.
“To me, nature is art and I find inspiration and art in all that is the outdoors. If sharing my photos can help someone make a better connection with nature or result in them becoming better stewards of our environment, that's inspiration,” Brian said, “I feel so grateful to have been chosen to share my photographs with the community. This is my first ever exhibit and couldn't be more proud to be a part of the ELC's mission to educate and create awareness about our environment.”
View Brian’s collection, “An Outdoor Revolution” at the Environmental Learning Center until November 22. The Environmental Learning Center is open Monday – Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free with admission. For more information visit www.discoverelc.org
Sunrise Rotary Vero Beach donates laptops for students
Sunrise Rotary Vero Beach found out that North County Charter did not have enough computers to send home with their students last spring.
When a matching COVID grant that Rotary District 6930 released this summer came up the club jumped on it and applied for matching money and was approved.
So far only 10 of the 30 have been delivered due to a shortage of chromebooks, the others are on backorder.
Dr. Jessica Keaton principal and Deputy Greg Stanley accepted the Lenovo chromebooks for the school, with Rotarians, President Richard Giessert, Secretary Christine Steinkrauss and Scholarship Chair Jane Burton.
Digital 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony to honor Patriot Day
Watch the ceremony Friday, Sept. 11, 2020 at 8:30a.m. on the City of Port St. Lucie’s Facebook Page, YouTube Channel, and PSLTV 20. You can also watch the ceremony on the MIDFLORIDA Event Center’s Facebook Page.
Cable customers can tune in to AT&T U-Verse Channel 99, Comcast Channel 20, and Blue Stream Fiber Channel 20. You can watch PSL TV online from any mobile device www.cityofpsl.com/tv.
The City of Port St. Lucie did not want COVID-19 to stop us from honoring and remembering the lives lost and forever impacted on Sept. 11, 2001. In partnership with the St. Lucie County Fire District and St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office, the City has teamed up to create an online remembrance ceremony, which will be premiered in the place of our annual gathering alongside the 9/11 monument at the MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Event Center. The digital event will incorporate previously recorded ceremonies and in-studio commentary from our local leaders.
The St. Lucie County Fire District, Port St. Lucie Police Department, St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office, St. Lucie Fire District Honor Guard, and St. Lucie Fire District Pipes and Drums will assist with the ceremonies.
· 8:30a.m. Opening ceremonies, welcome, invocation by City of Port St. Lucie Police Chief John Bolduc, St. Lucie Fire District Chief Nate Spera, and Pastor Charlton Holt of Christ Fellowship.
· 8:46a.m. Bell tolls for AA Flight 11 that crashed into North Tower of the World Trade Center
· 9:03a.m. Bell tolls for UA Flight 175 that crashed into South Tower of the World Trade Center
· 9:15a.m. Closing Ceremonial Honors by St. Lucie Fire District Honor Guard and Other Auxiliary
· 9:37a.m. Bell tolls for AA Flight 77 that crashed into the Pentagon
· 10:03a.m. Bell tolls for UA Flight 93 that went down in Shanksville, PA
We ask the members of our community to join us as we reflect, honor, and remember our fallen neighbors, friends, and loved ones lost on that fateful September day.
For more information, call the MIDFLORIDA Event Center at 772-807-4488.
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