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April, May, June 2012 Volume 17 • Issue 2 Sebastian River Medical Center Opens Cardiac Catheterization Lab

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Almanac Affirmation

Spring is in the air and it’s time to get out and enjoy our beautiful environment. Take a scenic boat tour along one of our waterways. Kayak with or without a motor to get up close and personal with local wildlife. Glide effortlessly along the grassy swamplands in an airboat. Hike less than a mile to see a bald eagles nest. The manatees, dolphins, gators and a plethora of birds are calling to you! Get an inside look at the Save the Chimps sanctuary in Ft. Pierce where chimps who were condemned to science labs live out the remainder of their life in luxury. Learn how the new Cardiac Catheterization Lab at Sebastian River Medical Center is creating a buzz in the industry and saving lives on the Treasure Coast. Discover the best places to dine, shop and play on our beautiful Treasure Coast!

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Publisher / Editor Kerry Firth Art Director / Graphic Artist Sheana Firth Sales Representative Kerry Firth Cover design © Sheana Firth Cover photo: Dr. Charles Croft. Courtesy of Sebastian River Medical Center Stock images contained within this publication are not available for release.

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SRMC Opens Cardiac Catheterization Lab

ccording to the American Heart Association (AHA), more than 16 million people suffer from coronary heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States. But this condition is often treatable, and often preventable. That’s why Sebastian River Medical Center is expanding the cardiac service line to include cardiac intervention, adding a state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization lab to its campus. This 5,000-square-foot facility allows cardiologists to diagnose and treat cardiac patients right in the community, instead of transferring them to other hospitals. After much planning, in conjunction with administration and medical staff, the new catheterization lab opened in April. The most accurate and comprehensive cardiac diagnostic tool is cardiac catheterization. It involves the insertion and passage of catheters into the arteries and veins to obtain X-ray pictures of the coronary arteries and heart chambers and to measure heart pressure. “Cardiac catheterization diagnoses such problems as coronary artery disease, weak heart muscles and heart valve disorders,” said cardiologist Shahbaaz Shaikh, MD. “But it’s not just diagnostic, it’s also therapeutic. If a blockage is found, we can treat it by opening the artery right then and there.” In the past, patients expe

riencing an acute cardiac event had to be transferred, which involves time and money. SRMC’s new unit will be able to provide timely healthcare to heart patients, which is critically important. “Timing is everything,” said cardiologist Farhat Khawaja, MD. “It’s important to open the arteries within 90 minutes of an acute heart attack. The longer you’re not getting blood to the heart, the more damage is being done to the heart muscle. Every minute counts.” Charles Croft, MD, will direct the Interventional Cardiology program. Dr. Croft has done thousands of heart catheterizations in his career and is one of the state’s most experienced cardiac physicians. “We are very excited about our ongoing efforts in developing a state-of-the-art interventional cardiology program,” said Dr. Croft. “It will offer great patient satisfaction and exceptional outcomes rivaling any in the state of Florida.” If you’re one of the millions of Americans with cardiovascular disease, it’s good to know that the Sebastian River Medical Center Cardiac Catheterization Lab is close by and ready to help. “We can take care of diagnosis and treatment right here,” Croft said, “so patients don’t have to leave the community for high-quality care.” 5


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Welcome to Vero Beach… you will not want to leave!

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ero is a perfect combination of small town, sophisticated arts, beach community and spectacular weather year round. Whether your preference is Barrier Island, Mainland, Oceanfront, Riverfront, Golf or Tennis Communities you will be able to select your own “Slice of Paradise” from great inventory at exceptional values. Let me show you all Vero has to offer during this visit or let’s keep in touch when you arrive back home. I know you’ll be back! With more than $2.5 billion in sales in the past decade Norris & Company Real Estate’s platinum service, global marketing and technological advantages set us apart from the competition.

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di Mare Offers Italian Specialties

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estaurant di Mare, which means “of the sea” in Italian, serves gourmet Italian and Continental cuisine on Vero’s south beach. Open for dinner nightly at 5:00 p.m., they offer the area’s largest selection of wine by the glass and a full liquor bar. Their Mediterranean menu features a wide array of fresh seafood dishes featuring jumbo shrimp, scallops, clams, mussels and lobster dishes. Veal lovers will want to try their delectable veal chops or veal au roquefort. Meals begin with an assortment of soups, salads and hot and cold appetizers, and end with homemade desserts. Reservations suggested: 772-234-2809. Located at 1517 S. Ocean Drive, Vero Beach.

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Ziggy Marley – Wild and Free Tour at Sunrise Theatre - Sunday, May 6 at 7 PM

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native of Kingston, Jamaica, Ziggy Marley first sat in on recording sessions with his father’s band, the legendary Bob Marley and the Wailers, when he was ten years old. Later, Ziggy joined with his sisters Sharon and Cedella and brother Stephen to become Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers, allowing him to craft his own soulful sound which blends blues, R&B, hip-hop and roots reggae. The five-time Grammy-winning musician, actor, artist, activist and humanitarian, Ziggy Marley has established his presence on the public stage for over a quarter-century.

The Wild and Free album propels Marley to challenge social injustice along with the political weapons of ignorance and fear. With themes of freedom and responsibility, tempered hope and intemperate love, Wild and Free affirms Marley as a master storyteller with an innate sense of soul. Tickets are $39. 772-461-4775.

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Discover Historic Treasures From The Sea

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n December of 1992, World Famous Treasure Hunter Mel Fisher opened a permanent museum and conservation laboratory in Sebastian, Fl. Mel started his full-time treasure hunting career in Vero Beach when he moved here with his wife Dolores and family from California. Mel spent the next 7 years successfully salvaging the 1715 Fleet, which sank off the Treasure Coast. They then moved to Key West, Florida in search of the Atocha, a 1622 shipwreck estimated to be worth $400,000,000. In 1985 Mel found the Atocha and became famous. Since 1983, the Fisher family has been in charge of salvage operations off the Treasure Coast. However, all of the recoveries went to their Key West facility for conservation and display. When Mel’s daughter, Taffi, who works with her family in the salvage operation as curator, wanted to relocate to the area in the summer of 1989, her father told her to find a location for a permanent museum and conservation facility. She found an old abandoned fire station and spent a year renovating it. It now houses the working conservation laboratory and first class museum which displays a vast array of artifacts salvaged from the Atocha, the local 1715 shipwrecks, and other shipwrecks. A window from the museum overlooks the lab so visitors can view ongoing conservation of newly salvaged artifacts before they are displayed in the “Recent Recoveries” case. There is also a unique giftshop where you can purchase authentic treasures and “Own a Piece of History”.™

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Bald Eagles Nest In Indrio Savannahs

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eeing a bald eagle is a breathtaking experience. Seeing a family of bald eagles takes it to the spiritual level. Treasure Coast residents and visitors have the unique opportunity to see a pair of nesting bald eagles fairly up close at the Indiro Savannahs in Ft. Pierce. Directions to Eagle’s Nest Access the Indrio Savannahs preserve on the west side of US1 about .6 miles north of Indrio Road at the northern intersection with Touzour Road. Pick up a trail map from the park sign and head southwest on the Orange Trail. When you intersect a small footbridge, turn right and cross the bridge. It’s just about a half mile to the first vantage point. Follow the trail along the old dike. Look for a patch of tall pines to the southeast. Look for the tallest tree and just below the tallest branches you’ll see the nest, about 700 feet from the trail. Bring binoculars or a camera with a long lens and keep your distance as you enjoy one of nature’s most beautiful creatures.

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Celebrate the Life and Creativity of Shannon Hill at A Bead Above

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van Tchamkin was only seven years old when he first saw an image of a glass blown wine glass by Shannon Hill on the face of a playing card. “It blew my mind,” he said. “I was in awe of the colors and I knew I wanted to learn how to mold glass right then. Being only seven, I kept talking myself out of it, until 4 years later I enrolled in a glass blowing class at the Hegeman Glass Studio in Jensen Beach. I’m twelve now and the youngest in the class.” Ivan came by his love of the art quite naturally. His mother, Penny Batson owns A Bead Above, Inc. in Vero Beach and creates one of a kind jewelry from blown glass pendants and beads. And his great great grandparents owned the Anacortes Glass Company in Anacortes, Washington. “Shannon Hill was a gentle soul and a master artist who inspired all those around him” explains Penny with a tear in her eye. “He was also a dear friend. He lost his battle to cancer in 2009 and I’ve waited this long to have a showing of his work. His work is so emotionally charged and intricate that it leaves me breathless. I believe I have the largest collection of his creations and the time has come to share them with the public. I will showcase the collection during the entire month of June.” Penny first met Shannon at a trade show in Orlando and quickly became one of his best customers. He supplied her with dozens of glass turtles that she used to brand her store’s identity. His whimsical seahorses, fish, starfish and other creatures adorned the necks of Veroites and quickly became a local status symbol. Shannon’s eye for color and attention to detail set him in class by himself and his work was shown in galleries and museums around Florida. But even as his notoriety and fame grew, his genuineness and kindness never faltered. He was an artist who, above all, inspired artists. And so the circle of life continues as Shannon’s love of glass is handed down through the hearts and souls of his students, including Penny’s young son, Ivan. “I’ve finished seven pieces now” explains Ivan. “Working with the torch can be intimidating but I’ve learned that soy sauce is a great remedy for burns!” Penny and Ivan invite to come in during the month of June to view Shannon’s work and hear stories of the impact he made in these two lives.

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All Fore Golf Roundup

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olf Roundup has been providing local residents and visitors alike with professional, friendly service for over 25 years. You’ll find golf apparel for the whole family from famous makers like E.P. Pro, Ashworth, Cutter Buck and Sport Haley along with Vera Bradley purses and golf shoes by Foot-Joy and Nike. There’s also a complete selection of accessories including balls, gloves, bags, hats and novelty items. Golf clubs and equipment are supplied by pro-lines like Callaway, Cobra, Titleist, Taylor Made and more. This off-course shop offers an indoor putting green and hitting net so you can test your equipment before you buy! Store hours are Mon Sat from 9am to 5:30pm • 569-9655

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Love Bug Season Can Wreak Havoc on Your Vehicles

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hh... It’s May in Florida and love is in the air, Love Bugs, that is. For a few short weeks these pesky flies swarm as they mate mid-air and create havoc on everything they encounter. Cars end up covered in their splattered remains and the bug residue is difficult to remove. The insect’s acidity will literally eat away at the paint if it’s not removed quickly. The local urban legend regarding Love Bugs is that they originated at the University of Florida with an experiment gone awry. The university says it’s not true. The bugs are native to Central America and most likely were stowaways on cargo ships that docked in New Orleans and then headed to Florida to vacation. Love Bugs were first recorded in the Panhandle in the 1940’s. Regardless of where they came from, they do serve a purpose. Female Love Bugs lay their eggs on the ground in decaying vegetations and the larvae help break it down, further enriching the soil. Mark Heyer, owner of Classic Car Wash in Vero Beach, has seen his share of Love Bugs. All of his customers want to know how to get rid of these little black pests. His answer is removing the bugs within 48 hours to avoid paint damage. His other advice to help protect your car from these bugs is Wax, Wax, Wax!!!!! Your best bet? Take your car to a professional car wash and let the experts work their magic!

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St. Lucie’s Save The Chimps Sanctuary

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idden discretely among the orange groves and ranches in western St. Lucie county is the world’s largest chimpanzee sanctuary. Here, in the warmth of the Florida sunshine, 274 chimps live out their golden years roaming grassy hills, climbing wooden structures, relaxing under the palms and bamboo, and basking in the Florida sun. It’s a sharp contrast to the life they lived in biomedical research and space labs where they endured a solitary life in a 5 x 5 x 7 foot cage with the monotony only disturbed when taken to the lab for an experimental test or surgery. History of Save the Chimps Save the Chimps was established in 1997, under the leadership of founder Carole Noon, PH.D in response to the US Air Force’s announcement that it was closing out its chimp research program. Most of the chimpanzees, described by the USAF as “surplus equipment” were sent to The Coulston Foundation (TCF) in Alamogordo, NM, a biomedical laboratory with a long record of federal Animal Welfare Act violations. When the Air Force announced its intentions to send more animals to TCF, despite it being denied accreditation after inspection by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International, Save the Chimps sued the Air force for custody of the chimps and settled out of court for 21 of the space Volume 17 • Issue 2

chimps. A generous donation by the Arcus Foundation enabled Save the Chimps to purchase 150 acres for a permanent Chimpanzee rescue sanctuary in Ft. Pierce and to construct a new three-acre island home for the Air Force Chimps. In 2002, TCF went bankrupt and, with an unprecedented $3.7 million grant from the Arcus Foundation, Save the Chimps rescued 266 chimpanzees from the lab, becoming the world’s largest chimpanzee sanctuary overnight. Dr. Noon and her staff modified the TCF into a healthier environment for the chimpanzees while undertaking an enormous construction project to transform 150 acres of orange groves into a city of connecting islands for 300 chimpanzees. Save the Chimps’ efforts to relocate the chimps to their retirement home in Florida - affectionately named ‘The Great Chimpanzee Migration’ - took nine years to complete. A custom trailer was made to transport 10 chimpanzees at a time, each with a window seat on the cross-country trip. On December 14, 2011 the last of the former lab chimps from The Coulston Foundation were transported to Florida to live the rest of their lives on their islands in the sun! Now This is Living! The 150 acre sanctuary is divided into 12, 3-5 acre islands that house families of up to 26 chimps rescued from research facilities, entertainment, and the pet trade. While once confined to the cramped cages, for decades in some instances, chimps 69


are free to roam their island or seek shelter in their family’s hurricane proof building. Families are introduced to each other gradually and matched by personalities. Best friends are not separated from one another. Once the family unit is in place they become very protective of each other and grieve when one is hurt or deceased. There is no curfew at Save the Chimps so they come and go as they please 24 hours a day. They are fed three meals a day and healthy salad is also thrown about their island so they can forage for snacks at will, doing what comes natural. Birth control is strictly administered with all male chimps receiving a vasectomy and females given oral contraceptives daily in their Gatorade! Members Tour I was lucky enough to attend the first ever member-only tour of the 70

sprawling facility on a glorious day this past January. Nearly 250 members were treated to an hour tour where we witnessed first-hand how these courageous creatures have adapted to the life of leisure they so deserve after giving most of their years to science. We laugh as we watch four chimps play a game of tag on a huge jungle gym and then look over at us with big grins. It’s almost as if they want to show us how happy they are in their retirement! Our first island to visit was home to the 12 surviving space chimps. The curious space chimps saw us approaching and came in from their island refuge to the fence surrounding their safe house to get a better view us. They www.InsideTrackAlmanac.com


pressed against the fence, swaying and chanting as if welcoming us to their world. I was amazed at how large these chimpanzees are, weighing an average of 150-175 pounds as full grown adults with 4-8 times the strength of a grown human. It turns out that most entertainment chimps including Cheetah on Tarzan (who lived to be 80 years old) and the two famous space chimps, were mere babies ranging in age from 3-5 years old. Once they reach age 6 they are too big and strong to control. We were especially fortunate to have a celebrity on our tour. Lester Zinser, a retired scientist with NASA, was contracted to design the space capsule used in 1961 to send the first ape, 3 ½ year old Ham, into space. The same capsule was used later that year to send 4 year old Enos into orbit. Ham and Enos died before the inception of Save the Chimps, but 21 of their fellow space chimps became the first residents of the sanctuary “It brings tears to my eyes to see these chimps living out their retirement years in a colony where they can interact with one another and roam free” said Zinser. Learn more about becoming a member or volunteer at Save the Chimps by visiting www.Savethechimps.org. Join staff members of the Save the Chimps staff on Earth Day April 22nd for a special screening of Disneynature film ‘Chimpanzee” followed by a question and answer session at the Majestic Theatre in Vero Beach. Tickets are $10 for children, $20 for adults and include movie, popcorn, soda, raffle tickets and giveaways.

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STC BY THE NUMBERS 274 resident chimps 54 staff members 45 Volunteers $6M Annual Budget $15,500 average cost per chimp/per year 1,317 bananas per day 972 PB&J sandwiches/wk 100 Gal. of Gatorade/wk 3 avg. hrs. to make oatmeal for STC residents $835K current Special Needs campaign, with almost $400K raised so far

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INDIAN RIVER ENVIRONMENTAL LEARNING CENTER- Nature center and walking trail on Wabasso Island just west of Wabasso bridge & south of 510. 589-5050 INDIAN RIVER CITRUS MUSEUM- Located in the Heritage Center, 2140 14th Ave., Vero Beach 770-2263 INDIAN RIVER HISTORICAL SOCIETY- Exhibition center housed in restored train station dating back to 1903. 2336 14th Ave., Vero Beach 7783435 McLARTY MUSEUM- Displays of items salvaged from the 1715 shipwrecks. 13180 N A1A, Vero Beach, 589-2147 MCKEE BOTANICAL GARDEN- An 18 acre subtropical garden offering a diverse botanical collection as well as several restored architectural treasures. Vero Beach. 794-0601 MEL FISHER TREASURE MUSEUM- Shipwreck artifacts & treasures from the Atocha which sank off of Key West in 1622 & the 1715 Fleet which sank off the Treasure Coast. Gift shop on site. 1322 U.S.1, Sebastian. 589-9875 PELICAN ISLAND NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE- 5 miles of self guided nature trails with boardwalk and observation tower. On Hwy A1A, 5623909 RIVERSIDE THEATRE- Treasure Coast’s Premier professional theatre showcasing musicals, dramas, comedies and celebrity performances. 3250 Riverside Park Dr. Vero Beach. 231-6990 SEBASTIAN FISHING MUSEUM- Replica of fish house and dock with video depicting history of fishing industry and Indian River Lagoon. South entrance to Sebastian Inlet State Park. 589-9659 SEBASTIAN AREA HISTORICAL MUSEUM- Local history exhibits. 1235 Main St., Sebastian City Hall Complex. 481-1380 VERO BEACH THEATRE GUILD- A live community theatre offering a variety of locally produced shows. 2020 San Juan Ave. 562-8300 VERO BEACH MUSEUM OF ART- Located beachside in Riverside Park, this accredited art museum and art school offers state and national art exhibitions in four galleries and a sculpture garden. Vero Beach. 231-0707 72 72

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ST. LUCIE BACKUS GALLERY AND MUSEUM- Nation’s largest exhibit of original paintings by A. E. Backus. Five exhibition areas featuring Florida artists. 500 N. Indian River Drive, Fort Pierce. 465-0630 Harbor Branch Ocean Discovery Center- Featuring interactive exhibits, live animal displays, a video theater and more exploring the marine world and research efforts at Harbor Branch. 5600 US 1 North, Fort Pierce 242-2293 HEATHCOTE BOTANICAL GARDENS- A living museum of tropical flowers and foliage, including a Japanese garden. 210 Savannah Road, Fort Pierce. 464-4672 MANATEE OBSERVATION & EDUCATION CENTER- The West Indian Manatee can be observed at this facility during its migratory period of November through June. The center also features an exhibition area, gift shop, observation tower and classrooms. 480 N. Indian River Dr., Fort Pierce 4661600 ext. 3333 NATIONAL NAVY SEAL MUSEUM- The nation’s only museum devoted entirely to the U.S. Navy Frogmen and Seals. 3300 North A1A, Fort Pierce. 595-5845 OXBOW ECO-CENTER - A nature center located on the St. Lucie River, complete with hands-on exhibits, hiking trails, educational programs, and a gift store.  5400 NE St. James Dr., PSL 785-5833 St. Lucie County Historical Museum- Historical displays of Treasure Coast life from the Spanish ships, Seminole Indians, fishing, agricultural to trains. 414 Seaway Drive, Fort Pierce. 462-1796 St. Lucie Museum- Six living marine ecosystems exhibits. 420 Seaway Drive, Fort Pierce. 462-FISH SUNRISE THEATRE- Listed on the National Register of Historical Places, the Sunrise Theatre has 1,229 seats, a professional performance space and new educational and hospitality areas. 117 South Second Street, Fort Pierce. 461-4884

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Every Month Indian River & St. Lucie Counties Daily................. Kayak Tours and Rentals, Florida Outdoor Center, 202-0220 Self Guided Excursions, Reservations Required, Florida Outdoor Center, 202-0220 Scenic Riverboat Cruises, River Queen, 888-755-6161 Live Entertainment, Riverside Cafe, 8pm, 234-5550 Scenic Riverboat Cruises, River Explorer, 766-2628 Feeding Frenzy Tour, Smithsonian at St. Lucie Aquarium, 10:30am, 462-3474 Snack Time Tour, Smithsonian at St. Lucie Aquarium, 2:30pm, 462-34741 Tues.................. Fitness Paddling, Capt Hiram’s, Florida Outdoor Center, 7:30am, 202-0220 Jazz Jams, Sunrise Black Box Theatre (through May), 7-10pm, 461-4775 Wed.................. Big Band Dance, Heritage Center, 7-10pm, 770-2263 .99 Cent Bowling, .99 Cent Beers, & .99 Cent Shoe rental, Vero Bowl, 299-PINS Thurs................ Bike Night, 2nd St., Downtown Ft. Pierce, 6-9 Duplicate Bridge, VB Recreation Dept., 12:30pm, 770-6517 Fitness Paddling at 7:30am, Capt Hiram’s, Florida Outdoor Center, 202-0220 Fri..................... Downtown Vero Green Market, Heritage Center, 9am-2pm, 528-8900 Story Hour with Miss Julie, VB Book Center, 10am, 569-2050 Sat................... Farmer’s Market, Melody Lane, Ft Pierce, 8am, 940-1145 Farmer’s Market Oceanside, near­­­Humiston Park, Vero Beach, 8am, 532-2455 Behind-the-Scenes Tour, Smithsonian at St. Lucie Aquarium, 2pm, 462-3474 The Jazz Market, 8am-2pm, downtown Fort Pierce, 460-JAZZ 1st Wed............ St. Lucie Photographer’s Club, Oxbow Eco-Center, 785-5833 1st Fri............... Eco-Friday, Oxbow Eco-Center, 6:30pm, 785-5833 Friday Fest, Downtown FP, 5:30-8:30pm 1st Sat.............. Kayak Round Island Park, Florida Outdoor Center, 202-0220 Authors & Artists Day, Vero Beach Heritage Center, 10am-4pm, 770-2263 Kayaking Round Island, Manatee Observation Center, 10am-1pm, 466-1600 2nd Wed........... Artwalk, Downtown Ft. Pierce, 5-8pm Marina Magic, Ft. Pierce Marina, 5:30-9pm 2nd Fri.............. Brown Bag Lunch Lecture, Manatee Observation Center, noon, 466-1600 2nd Sat............. Sunset Saturday, Beach Shops VB. 5:30-8:30pm Indoor Farmers Market, Indian River Mall, 1-4pm, 770-3021 2nd Sunday...... Swing Dance, 6pm free lesson, 6:30pm Dance party, 772-532-2800 3rd Wed............ FPL Energy Encounter, “Wonderful Wednesday for Adults”, 10am, 468-4111 St. Lucie Regional Herpetological Society, Oxbow Eco-Center, 7pm, 785-5833 Volume 17 • Issue 2

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3rd Wed............ Nature & Nurture Series, Manatee Observation Center, 11am, 466-1600 ext. 3333 3rd Thurs.......... Liberty Forum Constitution Forum Discussion, VB Rec. Ctr, 6:30pm, 567-3993 3rd Sat............. Kayak Tours, Oxbow Eco-Center, 9am, 785-5833 4th Sat............. Kayak Lessons, Florida Outdoor Center, 2pm, 202-0220 Indoor Farmers Market, Indian River Mall, 1-4pm, 770-3021 Last Friday........ Cruise-In, Downtown Fort Pierce, 5:30-9pm, 461-4100 Nature at Night, Oxbow Eco-Center, 6:30pm, 785-5833 Mon-Fri............. Adult Round Robin Tennis, Riverside Racquet Complex, 9:30-11am, 231-4787 Tues-Sat........... Wildlife Boat Tours, Manatee Observation Center, 466-1600 Tues-Thur......... FPL Energy Encounter, 10-4 by appointment, 1-877-FPL4Fun, 772-468-4111 Mon & Fri.......... Adult Skills & Drills Clinic with Pro Ken Mac Dougall, Riverside Racquet Complex, 10-11am, 231-4787 Wed,Thur, Fri..... Open Studios w/ the Vero Beach Art Club, VB Museum of Art, 231-0707

April 1-5/13.............. BEYOND REALITY: Hyperrealism and American Culture, VB Museum of Art, 231-0707 1-5/27.............. STEPHEN KNAPP: Lightpaintings, VB Museum of Art, 231-0707 1-6/3................ CYCLE OF CHANGE: Tom Nakashima’s Treepile Paintings, VB Museum of Art, 231-0707 1-6/3................ STEPHEN KNAPP: Lightpaintings, VB Museum of Art, 231-0707 1-29................. MATTHEW GELLER: Woozy Blossom, VB Museum of Art, 231-0707 1-15................. Rapunzel & Me, Riverside Theatre, 231-6990 1....................... B.B. KING, Sunrise Theatre, 7pm, 461-4775 6....................... Gallery Stroll, 14th Avenue in the Downtown Dine and Design District, 5-8pm 7....................... Oyster Festival, downtown Fort Pierce Riverwalk, 10am-8pm, 467-1600 7....................... Star Party, Sebastian Inlet State Park, 8:15pm, 388-2750 7....................... Jake Owen Concert, Citrus Bowl, Vero Beach, 8pm, 561-394-9190 8....................... Easter at McKee, McKee Botanical Garden, 794-0601 Ext 107 9....................... Surgical Weight Loss Seminar, SRMC Dining room, 6:30pm, 388-0786 11..................... Drills with the Pro Ken MacDougall and Tennis Round Robin Luncheon, Riverside Racquet Complex 11am, 567-2144 12-5/6.............. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Riverside Theatre, 231-6990 12..................... Big Composers, Little Pieces” Chamber Concert, VBHS Performing Arts Center, 7pm, 564-5537 76

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12..................... ELIZABETH IRVINE BRAY presents PAUL FLATO Jeweler to the Stars, VB Book Center, 4pm, 569-2050 13, 14............... 9th Annual Hibiscus Festival, downtown Vero Beach, 567-2897 13..................... Blue Bird Educational Productions Presents Blues Guitarist Jimmy Thackery, Sunrise Theatre Black Box, 8pm, 461-4775 13..................... Comedy Zone, Riverside Theatre, 7:30-9:30, 231-6990 13..................... Concert in the Park, Southbound Train, Riverview Park, Sebastian, 5:30-8pm, 589-5969 13..................... JIMMY THACKERY & THE DRIVERS, Sunrise Theatre, 8pm, 461-4775 13..................... Life Beyond Earth, Marc Kaufman, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, Ft. Pierce, 7pm, 242-2559 14..................... Sunset Saturday Night Concert, 6:30-9:30pm 14..................... Fairy Festival, McKee Botanical Garden, 794-0601 Ext 107 14..................... OBA Sunset Saturday Night Concert, Humiston Park 6:30-9:30pm 14..................... Comedy Zone, Riverside Theatre, 7:30-9:30, 231-6990 14..................... Vessel Safety Exams, Stan Bloom Boat Ramp, FP City Marina, 686-1011 15..................... Art in the Park, Humiston Park, 10am-4pm, 231-0303 15..................... Waterside Blues Concert, FP City Marina, 3-5pm, 460-JAZZ 15..................... BRAD MELTZER presents HEROES FOR MY DAUGHTER, VB Book Center, 2pm, 569-2050 17..................... CARL HIAASEN presents CHOMP, VB Book Center Children’s Store, 6pm, 569-2050 18..................... BURN THE FLOOR, Sunrise Theatre, 7pm, 461-4775 18..................... Not Your Mother’s Gynecological Surgery, Sebastian River Medical Center, 6pm, 388-0786 18..................... JAMES W. HALL presents HIT LIT - Cracking the Code of the Twentieth Century’s Biggest Bestsellers, VB Book Center, 7pm, 569-2050 19..................... Carrie Sue Ayvar, Emmerson Center, 778-4259 19..................... Research Station Guided Tour, Smithsonian Marine Station, 2-3pm, 462-6216 19..................... VBMA ANNUAL MEETING, VB Museum of Art, 3-5 pm, 231-0707 19-29............... Bridge & Tunnel, Riverside Theatre, 231-6990 21..................... Boating Safety Course, FP City Marina, 418-1142 21..................... ONE NIGHT OF QUEEN, Sunrise Theatre, 8pm, 461-4775 21..................... 2012 Heli-Drop Ball Bash & BBQ, Vero Beach Sports Village, 4-10pm, 770-5040 27..................... STUART WOODS presents UNNATURAL ACTS, VB Book Center, 7pm, 569-2050 27..................... Concert in the Park, Mojo Medicine Band, Riverview Park, Sebastian, 5:30-8pm, 589-5969 Volume 17 • Issue 2

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27..................... Aquarium After Dark, Smithsonian at St. Lucie Aquarium, 6-7:30pm, 465-3271 28..................... INDIAN RIVER COUNTY STUDENT EXHIBITION AWARDS CEREMONY, VB Museum of Art, 3:30-5pm, 231-0707 28..................... IRC STUDENT EXHIBITION PUBLIC OPENING, VB Museum of Art, 231-0707 28..................... 31st ANNUAL CHILDREN’S ART FESTIVAL, VB Museum of Art, 231-0707 28..................... End of the Season Party, Schumann Hall Senior Center, 469-2062

May 1-6/3................ CYCLE OF CHANGE: Tom Nakashima’s Treepile Paintings, VB Museum of Art, 231-0707 1-6/3................ STEPHEN KNAPP: Lightpaintings, VB Museum of Art, 231-0707 1-13................. BEYOND REALITY: Hyperrealism and American Culture, VB Museum of Art, 231-0707 2....................... CHARLAINE HARRIS presents DEADLOCKED A Sookie Stackhouse Novel, VB Book Center, 6pm, 569-2050 3....................... WARM NIGHTS–COOL MUSIC, VB Museum of Art Beckwith Sculpture Park, 5-7pm, $10, 231-0707 3....................... Surgical Weight Loss Seminar, SRMC Dining room, 6:30pm, 388-0786 4-5................... Relay For Life of Indian River, Vero Beach High School, 562-2272 ext. 2408 4....................... “Criminal Cocktail Hour” with BRIAN FREEMAN presenting SPILLED BLOOD, VB Book Center, 6pm, 569-2050 5....................... 4th Annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration, St. Francis Manor, 4-8pm, 562-8575 6....................... 23rd Annual May Pops Concert, Windsor Polo Field, 5:30pm, 226-4952 11..................... “Around the World in 80 Songs…or Less!” Spring Choir Concert, VBHS Performing Arts Center, 7:30pm, 564-5537 12..................... OBA Sunset Saturday Night Concert, Humiston Park 6:30 - 9:30pm 12..................... Mother Daughter Tea Party, The Community Center, 567-2144 12..................... Vessel Safety Exams, Stan Bloom Boat Ramp, FP City Marina, 686-1011 12..................... Pioneer Dinner honoring the Loy and Guy families, VB Heritage Center, 770-2263 14..................... SUMMER TERM CLASS, Registration Begins, VB MUSEUM ART SCHOOL, 231-0707 17..................... Research Station Guided Tour, Smithsonian Marine Station, 2-3pm, 462-6216 17..................... “Songs & Dances” VBHS Performing Arts Center, 7pm, 564-5537 18..................... Concert in the Park, Bobby Owen Band , Riverview Park, Sebastian, 5:30-8pm, 589-5969 19..................... Youth FunShop/TOM NAKASHIMA Exhibition, VB Museum of Art, 1-3 pm, 231-0707 22..................... 2012 ‘Vero Pops’ Orchestra Concert – “A Night at the Movies”, 7pm, 564-5537 26..................... Boating Safety Course, FP City Marina, 418-1142 78

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June 1-3................... CYCLE OF CHANGE: Tom Nakashima’s Treepile Paintings, VB Museum of Art, 231-0707 1-30................. Shannon Hill’s Glass, A Retrospective, A Bead Above, 569-4401 1-3................... STEPHEN KNAPP: Lightpaintings, VB Museum of Art, 231-0707 2....................... 2012 Tropical Night Luau, Quail Valley River Club, 7-11pm, 770-5040 7....................... Surgical Weight Loss Seminar, SRMC Dining room, 6:30pm, 388-0786 8....................... Concert in the Park, 23 Treez , Riverview Park, Sebastian, 5:30-8pm, 589-5969 9....................... OBA Sunset Saturday Night Concert, Humiston Park 6:30 - 9:30pm 9....................... World Ocean Day, Smithsonian at St. Lucie Aquarium, 10am-3pm, 465-3271 9....................... Vessel Safety Exams, Stan Bloom Boat Ramp, FP City Marina, 686-1011 14..................... Lights Above – Lights Below, Hallstrom Planetarium (IRSC), 6-8:30pm, 467-1600 16..................... Boating Safety Course, FP City Marina, 418-1142 16..................... Waterlily Celebration, McKee Botanical Garden, 794-0601 Ext 107 18-22............... Ocean Adventures Camp, Smithsonian at St. Lucie Aquarium, 9am-3pm, 465-3271 21..................... Research Station Guided Tour, Smithsonian Marine Station, 2-3pm, 462-6216

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Advertisers Index ATTRACTIONS & ACTIVITIES Back Country Airboat City of Ft. Pierce Cultural Council* Fort Pierce Tours Heli-Drop & BBQ* Harbor Branch Heritage Center* Jungle Club* FL Airboat Excursions Lathero Airboat Leisure Time Boat Club* Manatee Center Marsh Beast Mel Fisher Museum* Motorized Kayak Adv. National Navy SEALMuseum River Explorer* River Queen Cruises* Stix Billiard Club* Sunrise Theatre Youth Guidance Luau* VB Museum of Art* Vero Bowl*

39 35 66-67 40-41 34 42 31 58 IFC 31 36 38 30 33 74 31 32 38 34 29 28 30 IBC

DINING Blue Star Wine Bar* Capt’n Butchers Capt. Hiram’s* Citrus Grillhouse* CJ Cannon’s* Cobalt* Crab-E-Bill’s* Di Mare Ristorante* Joey’s Seafood Shack* Lobster Shanty* Maison Martinique* Mr. Manatees* Nino’s* On the Edge

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Osceola Bistro* Pizzoodles* Riverside Café* Scampi Grill* The Fishack* Waldo’s* YNot

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Manna 360* 58 Marine Bank* 61 Melbourne Airport 64 Panda Roof 27 PD-Go 61 Energy Spa & Salon* 57 Rooney & Rooney, P.A.* 60 Sunshine Laundry* 53 The Cat’s Meow* 56 Vero Beach Magazine* 74

MEDICAL Aesthetic Derm. Ctr.* 6 Bowen* 56 Facial Rejuvenation* 8 Indian River Dentistry* 3 Indian River Medical* 9 Sebastian River Medical* 1, 7,11 Sebastian River Walk In* 10 Sunnicoast Dermatology* 10

REAL ESTATE & LODGING Barbara Foster, Realtor®* 14 Caribbean Court Hotel* 15 Costa d’ Este* 16 Driftwood Inn* 13 Peggy Hewett, Realtor® 14 Springhill Suites* 13 Vero Beach Hotel & Spa* 12

SERVICES 93.7 Breeze FM* 65 97.1 Ocean FM* 65 99.7 Jack FM* 65 Advanced Motion* 56 Blue Ribbon Grooming* 50 CenterState Bank* 59 Go Line* 79 Healthtouch* 58 J&J Management* 59

SHOPPING A Bead Above* 45 Center Court Tennis* 46 Cindy’s Alterations 61 Classic Car Wash* 62 Classy Cupcakes* 18 Crab-e-Bill’s* 41 Deep Six* 53 Elizabeth’s Consignments* 50 Farmers Market 18 Gallery 14* 50 Golf Round Up* 49 Grant Antique Mall 49 Hale Groves* 55 Healthway* 46 House of Charm Antiques* 47 Jockey International* 54 Karen Kane Interiors 46 Leigh Jewelers* 48 Shell­­­s & Things* 51 Sunshine Furniture* 43 Tululah’s* 51 Tobacco Emporium 74 Treasure Coast Antiques 54 Treasury Antiques* 54 Vero Beach Outlets* BC Vero Estate Jewelry* 52 Vero Marine* 46

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