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Angel Rowe, 15, clears the last hurdle for St. Lucie West Centennial High School in front of her opponents from Westwood, Treasure Coast High School and Lincoln Park Academy during the 100-meter hurdle event during the St. Lucie County Track and Field Championships at Lawnwood Stadium Thursday, March 20.

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ST. LUCIE COUNTY — At one time most St. Lucie County residents were descended from a relatively small number of pioneer families, a local historian says. But after World War II, the population grew, with an influx of people who were not necessarily familiar with those pioneering families, local historian and genealogist

JeanEllen Wilson said. To give people more opportunity to learn about the basic history of St. Lucie County, Wilson was instrumental in an exhibit that opened earlier this year called “St. Lucie Families - Crafters of Local History.” Wilson said the exhibit includes information about pioneering families. During the last several years, Wilson did oral interviews of descendants of those families. Videos of those interviews, as well

Louise Gopher, who was recently inducted into the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame, was the first Seminole Indian woman to earn bachelor’s degree. She attended public school in St. Lucie County.

as family photos and genealogy information about those families, is included in the exhibit, which will be open through June. Wilson said that the exhibit aims to include all ethnic groups in the area including the Seminole Indi-

ans and the black community. Louise Gopher, who was recently inducted into the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame was the first Seminole Indian woman to earn a bachelor’s degree. She attended public school

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ST. LUCIE WEST — When Ethan Villasuso was growing up, his parents noticed that he acted a bit different from other children, his father, Pete Villasuso, recalled last week. “While the other kids were playing together, he was off doing his own thing,” said Villasuso, a firefighter in St. Lucie West. At times, Ethan also would avoid eye contact with people, he said. Friends at first attributed the behavior to a phase in the child’s life, he said. “Mistakenly, people told us he would grow out of it,” Villasuso said. But when the behavior continued, it was eventually diagnosed as autism, Villasuso said. With March designated as Austism Awareness Month, Villasuso and member of the firefighters union chapter 1377 have arranged for autism awareness training for firefighters and emergency responders. They also plan to participate in a walk to raise awareness of autism. Autism and related disorders are complex disorders of brain development, according to the website for Autism Speaks, an organization that raises awareness of autism. “These disorders are characterized, in varying degees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communications and repetitive behaviors,” the website said. Those with autism can have high-level intellectual abilities or be disabled to the point where they can’t function independently, the website said. Others excel in visual skills, music, math and art, it added. Estimates are that one in 88 children have autism or an autism spectrum disorder, the website said. While that is much higher than previous decades, there’s been speculation that the increase isn’t in the actual number of cases, but because of improved diagnosis. Villasuso said the training is aimed at making firefighters more aware of how they can make sure

those with autism are safe during a fire situation. One issue is that oftentimes, those with autism won’t evacuate during a fire because they consider their bedroom their safe place, he said. And when an autistic child is evacuated, firefighters need to know that so they make sure the child is being watched, he said. Otherwise the child might return to his or her home to reach their safe place, without any concept of the dangers involved, Villasuso said. Parents are being offered decals they can put on their front door so if a fire occurs, firefghters will know that an autistic child lives at the house, he said. The firefighters also will have a team in an Austism Speaks event, a walk for autism on April 12. They hope to raise $5,000. Villasuso said he knows first-hand that raising awareness helps autistic children. His son, who has received speech and occupational therapy, is doing a lot better, he said. “The younger they are, the better chance you have of being successful (with therapy),” he said. Villasuso said he worked with local hospitals to help put the training together. Melissa Barton, director of Autism Speaks in Palm Beach County, said she’s impressed with the work Villasuso is doing in getting firefighters trained. She said she hopes that firefighters all over the nation will get the training so that when they respond to a fire or an accident they will know the signs that indicate someone may be autistic. She said Autism Speaks is a national organization that has provided millions of dollars for research in South Florida. Barton became well known in St. Lucie County after her son, Alex, who was later diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome, a form of autism, was voted out of his class by other students. He was a kindergarten student at Morningside Elementary at the time of the vote. The teacher, Wendy Portillo, who had the students vote, was suspended for a year, but after that returned to teaching.

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ST. LUCIE COUNTY — Just in time for spring break — celebrate Florida Archaeology Month and learn about the Florida’s first residents, who came to this land more than 10,000 years ago. The world they inhabited is very different than our own. Florida Public Archaeology Network’s Kevin Gidusko will talk about archaeological investigations of this time period and what we have learned about Paleo-Indian so far on Friday, March 28 from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. After the presentation, get a chance to learn how to use paleo hunting tools, such as the atlatl, a spear thrower, and do an exper-

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ST. LUCIE WEST — Joe Mutter, owner of Mutter’s Precision Hearing Center, said he takes care of a lot of veterans who could be getting the same work done free at the Department of Veteran Affairs. If they’re willing to wait. “The VA is simply overwhelmed,” he said. Mutter, a member of the International Hearing Society, would like to take care those veterans for free. At least, free to the veterans. “The VA dispenses pretty good quality hearing aids,” Mutter said. “What’s needed is the follow-up care.” He added, “I wish I could do everything for free, but it just doesn’t work that way. The VA has the budget. To redistribute some of the workload would be a great thing.” The society is working in Congress to expand the availability of hearing aid services in the VA, and to get rules changed to allow hearing aid specialists, such as Mutter, to perform some work for it. The initiative is called Fit to Serve. Colleen Snead, chief of audiology and speech pathologist at the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center, said there’s been an uptick in hearing aid services the last few years. “Last year we issued 14,000 hearing aids,” Snead said. “People get two, usually, so that’s about 7,000 veterans.” Vietnam-era veterans, she said, are the fastest growing group getting hearing aids and related services at the VA. Part of that is simply population. The Florida Department of Veteran Affairs estimates that about 500,000 of the state’s 1.6 million veterans are Vietnam-era.

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The West Palm VA Medical Center, which serves veterans on the Treasure Coast, has about 64,000 enrollees, said Mary Ann Goodman, public affairs officer. In order to get hearing services at the VA, a veteran must be enrolled and getting a medical service. At one time, requirements were much stricter. “When you open up the floodgates, you’ve got to gear up, and that takes time,” Goodman said. Snead said that the VA is getting more hearing aid services into its community clinics. For example, the VA clinics in Stuart and Fort Pierce are slated to get extensive audiology services in a few months. Snead said that veterans are free to have hearing aid specialists outside the VA to make adjustments. However — “Continuity of care is better if they keep going back to us,” she said. “It also helps us to know if they’re having the same problem, or if the same brand is having a problem.” Snead said that the VA gathers a large amount of data on hearing aids as veterans return for services. “We’re the largest purchaser of hearing aids in the world, so (companies) come to us for input when they’re developing products,” she said. Mutter said the fact remains that a lot of veterans are taking hearing aids the VA provided to outside service providers. He’d like to be part of a pilot study to see how private service providers and work with the VA to keep veterans from waiting for hearing-aid adjustments and other services. “I’d be honored to be a part of it, and it’s the right thing to do,” he said. To find out more about Fit to Serve, visit www.fittoserve.us.

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ly autonomous. “We will have little interaction with them,” he said. “It’s completely independent.” The Florida Legislature appropriated about $425,000 to the state veterans department to start FIV. FIV will get $300,000 from Visit Florida “for market research on the veteran and military community and advise Visit Florida in the development and implementation of a marketing campaign encouraging veterans and service members to make Florida their permanent residence.” And Visit Florida is directed to use $1 million annually to do that marketing campaign. In a Your Voice News & Views interview following the vote, Richter said he believes Florida will now be the only state with organized efforts to attract veterans. “I think it will make Florida unique,” he said. Another FIV duty will be developing Veterans Employment and Training Support, VETS. That program is tasked to figure out how best to and then get veterans trained for and into the civilian job market. The Legislature left how that’s to be done opened to a variety of means. “Bottom line, businesses can get access to the veterans they want to hire, and veterans can get training,” Richter said on the Senate floor. While the state’s unemployment rate has dropped to about 6.1 percent, among veterans joblessness is higher. The state believes that more than 7 percent of veterans are unemployed. To be counted in the unemployment rate, one has to be able to work and looked for a job in the previous 30 days. Many believe that the unemployment rate is doubled if discouraged workers — those who can and want to work, but have abandoned job hunting — are counted. Altman told colleagues before the vote that the Florida GI Bill is likely historic. “I believe it’s the most comprehensive military and veterans package this body, or any other state, has voted on,” he said. Murray said the state veterans department strongly backed the bill. “The idea of helping attract vets to Florida and having them stay here — good,” he said. “We want them to stay in Florida and be productive citizens.” Florida is one of only four states with a veterans population exceeding a million. The others are Texas, California and New York. The state has about 61,000 active-duty personnel in it.

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VERO BEACH — The musical “How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying” is sly. It tells the story of J. Pierrepont Finch, a New York window cleaner, who reads a book called “How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying” while he washes office windows and dreams big dreams. He begins working for the World Wide Wicket Company, and, with the advice from the book, ends up as chairman of the board and finds love with secretary Rosemary Pilkington. On the way, the musical pokes fun at corporate greed and the flexible ethics of some in the business world. The show, which opened on Broadway in 1961 with music by Frank Loesser and a book by Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock and Willie Gilbert, will be performed at the Riverside Theatre from April 8-27. The idea of someone starting at the very bottom and finding his way to the top without discernible skills was a hit with critics. Walter Kerr, writing in the New York Herald Tribune, said, “Not a sincere line is spoken in the new Abe Burrows-Frank Loesser musical, and what a relief that is. ‘How to Succeed’ is crafty, conniving, cynical, irreverent, impertinent sly, malicious and lovely, just lovely.’”

The musical went on to win seven Tony awards, including Best Musical and the 1962 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Hit shows such as television’s “Mad Men” owe an homage to this skewering of business ethics in the 1960s. Becky Gulsvig plays Rosemary Pilkington in the Riverside production. She was seen last year in the Riverside production of “Les Miserables.” Gulsvig’s first professional role was as Wendy in a touring production of “Peter Pan.” She has performed on Broadway in “Hairspray” and originated the role of Leilani in the Broadway production of “Legally Blonde: The Musical.” She starred as Elle Woods in the national tour of that musical and was nominated for a 2009 Helen Hayes award. Gulsvig spoke by phone about the upcoming show. “I’m actually excited to play her,” she said. “She’s a delightful mix (being) old-fashioned, a brain and she know what she wants. I love the time period. It’s fascinating. I saw the sketches for the costumes and a ‘Mad Men’ feel will be seen. It was such a distinctive time and this is definitely a relevant tale.” Gulsvig said that while Rosemary supports Finch, she has her own goals. “She’s delightful,” the actress said. “She’s not an only-thinking –about-him kind of girl.”

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SUCCEED from page B1 Gulsvig said that the show is one anyone who has ever worked any job can relate to. “You think of people in real life you know,” she said. “There are people with tunnel-vision to the top, brown-nosers, people who want to get out and people who want to get in. It’s always refreshing when something that’s funny and entertaining is smart and witty and has good meaning. “That’s what makes good theater great theater. You play up the laughs, but if there is no heart, it has no meaning. You have to walk that line pretty carefully.” Gulsvig is delighted to return to the Riverside. Her experience last year persuaded her to audition. “I loved the theater, the town and the production,” she said. “I’m really, really happy to be returning. They do quality shows and they’re wonderful to actors. When actors have to travel and live out of suitcases, it’s how they’re taken care of. The Riverside looks out for the individuals.” Gulsvig pointed out the Riverside has a great reputation in New York, in part because the theater officials travel to New York for auditions. “That’s why they get great people,” she said. “Last year, they

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Toddler Story Jam at Port St. Lucie Library Branch. 10:3011:15 a.m. Join Miss Alicia for literacy through rhymes, stories, movement and more. All library events are open to the public and offered at no charge. Parents and caregivers, please plan to stay with children during the story session. 180 S.W. Prima Vista Blvd., Port St. Lucie. For more information, call (772) 871-5450.

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Tai Chi for Health Classes at the

Oxbow Eco-Center. 9:15 a.m.10:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Tai Chi instructors Hilde and Hector Ruiz-Puyana will lead classes in Tai Chi for Health, designed for everyone including those who suffer from arthritis, diabetes, osteoporosis and balance issues. Appropriate for ages 16 and up. $10 per class or $32 for four classes. RSVP a must. 5400 N.E. St. James Drive, Port St. Lucie. For more information, call (772) 785-5833.

Saturday, March 29

Darrell Dunhill International Elvis Impersonator at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center. Doors open 6:30 p.m. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for up-front, first three rows is $20 in advance. General admission is $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Full liquor cash bar and snacks available. Darrell Dunhill has been singing Elvis’s music since he could put the record on the turntable. His interest in Elvis Presley and his music has grown through the decades. Darrell has been performing professionally since 1993. Darrell is now a world renowned International entertainer. His costumes are hand tailored replicas that match every

detail of the original show stopping costumes Elvis wore himself. Every song in the show is sung by Darrell himself. There is absolutely no lip-sync of the over 70 different songs that he can sing. 9221 S.E. Civic Center Place, Port St. Lucie. For more information, call (772) 807-4499. Square Dancing at Walton Community Center. 6-10 p.m. 11090 Ridge Ave., Port St. Lucie. For more information, contact Michael Doughty at (772) 631-2184. Port St. Lucie Green Market at the Civic Center 8:30 a.m.1 p.m. Rain or shine. Shop for locally grown fruits and vegetables, fresh baked goods, arts and crafts, unique gift ideas and more. Admission and parking are always free. 9221 S.E. Civic Center Place, Port St. Lucie. For more information, call (772) 807-4499.

Sunday, March 30

Tradition Green Market at The Landing at Tradition. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Shop local vendors for fresh produce, arts and crafts and more. Event is subject to change without notice. For more information or to become a vendor, contact

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Free Tax Assistance at the Morningside Library 9 a.m.noon. Volunteers at all of the sites have been trained by the Internal Revenue Service. For more details about this program visit www.irs.gov and search the “VITA” and click on “Free Tax Return Preparation for You by Volunteers.” Please be aware that residents will not be able to contact the tax volunteers by calling the individual libraries. For additional assistance and information please contact the IRS Taxpayer Assistance Center, 7410 South US 1, Port St. Lucie or call 772340-5606. Morningside Library is located at 2410 S.E. Morningside Blvd., Port St. Lucie.

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CLUBBIN from page B2 call (772) 466-5474. Good Times (West) Live music 9:30 p.m.-2 a.m., 2096 N.W. Courtyard Circle, Port St. Lucie. For more information, call (772) 878-8844. City Limits Sports Bar Live music or DJ 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m., 900 S.W. Gatlin Blvd., Port St. Lucie. For more information, call (772) 336-8201. Neely’s Grog House Karaoke 9 p.m.-1 a.m., 802 S.W. Bayshore Blvd., Port St. Lucie. For more information, call (772) 249-4195. Rebar DJ 10:30 p.m.-2 a.m., 8283 S. Federal Highway, Port St. Lucie. For more information, call (772) 340-7777.

Saturdays

Vine & Barley Live music. 8 p.m.-midnight. 1680 S.W. St. Lucie West Blvd., St. Lucie West. For more information, call (772) 446-7550. West End Grill Live music on the patio. 6 p.m.-10 p.m. 1680 St. Lucie West Blvd., St. Lucie West. For more information, call (772) 343-1147. Good Times (West) Live music 9:30 p.m.-2 a.m., 2096 N.W. Courtyard Circle, Port St. Lucie. For more information, call (772) 878-8844. Tin Fish (East) Live music. 6 p.m.-9 p.m., 327 S.E. Port St. Lucie Blvd., Port St. Lucie For more information, call (772) 8793900. City Limits Sports Bar Live music or DJ 9 p.m.-2 a.m., 900 S.W. Gatlin Blvd., Port St. Lucie. For more information, call (772) 3368201. Shindig Irish Restaurant & Pub Live music 9:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m., 464 S.W. Port St. Lucie Blvd., Port St. Lucie. For more information, call (772) 785-6202. The Original Tiki Bar Live music after 5 p.m., 2 Avenue A, Fort Pierce. For more information, call (772) 461-0880.

Sundays

Bogey’s and Stogeys Karaoke 10 p.m.-2 a.m., 1032 S.E. Port St. Lucie Blvd., Port St. Lucie. For more information, call (772) 3377778. The Original Tiki Bar Live music after 4 p.m., 2 Avenue A, Fort Pierce. For more information, call (772) 461-0880.

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Events: Friday, March 28

Live Rock & Roll at Good Times Bar (East) 9 p.m. 21 and up. No cover. 9144 S. Federal Highway, Port St. Lucie. For more information, call (772) 337-3546.

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Fridays After Dark with DJ Jay Dee at Good Times West. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. 21 and up. Drink specials. Dress to impress. No cover. 2096 N.W. Courtyard Circle, St. Lucie West. For more information, call (772) 878-8844.

Saturday, March 29

Seductive Saturdays at Flavors Restaurant and Lounge. 9 p.m.2 a.m. Ladies get in free all night and ladies in groups of five get a free bottle. 529 N.W. Prima Vista Blvd., Port St. Lucie. For more information, call (772) 807-1585. Ladies Night at 2nd Street Bistro. 9 p.m. Ladies well drinks and domestic drafts are $1. Shots of Purple MF and Sex on the Beach are $2. 122 North St., Fort Pierce. For more information, call (772) 293-9191.

Sunday, March 30

The Original Tiki Bar Reggae Sunday featuring 23 Trees. 3 p.m. 2 Avenue A, Fort Pierce. For more information, call (772) 461-0880.

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Tuesday, April 1

Tequila Tuesdays at Flavors Restaurant and Lounge. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. 18 and up. Ladies free until 11 p.m. Drink specials. 529 N.W. Prima Vista Blvd., Port St. Lucie. For more information, call (772) 807-1585. Sexy Tuesdays at Tesoro Nightclub Ladies 18 and up. Guys 21 and up. Drink specials. Ladies drink free until 11 p.m. $2 drinks until midnight. $5 Jager Bombs. 7159 South Federal Highway, Port St. Lucie. For more information, call (772) 626-2425.

Wednesday, April 2

Four Play Wednesdays at Good Times West. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Music by DJ Jay Dee. 21 and up. No cover. Dress to impress. 2096 N.W. Courtyard Circle, St. Lucie West. For more information, call (772) 878-8844. Ladies Night at Superplay USA 9 p.m.-midnight. Ladies bowl (shoes included), play laser tag and/or mini golf for free. Guys can do the same for $12. 1600 N.W. Courtyard Circle, St. Lucie West. For more information, call (772) 4085800. Tropical Wednesdays at Good Times West. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. 21 and up Music by DJ Lenny C. No

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Mitch Kloorfain/chief photographer Treasure Coast High School athlete Israel Nelson, 17, cleared the hurdles to win both the 100-meter and 300-meter events in addition to placing first in the high jump during the St. Lucie County Track and Field Championships at Lawnwood Stadium Thursday, March 20.

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Saturday, April 5th, 2014 10:00am-7:00pm

Salas immigrated to the US from Cuba at age 9 and began his music career at 16. He has recorded and toured with an endless list of celebrities. Everything Oscar undertakes is extremely musical and rhythmical to the point of no return! You will NOT sit still while he performs... GUARANTEED! Don’t miss this Jazz Giant!

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Smooth Jazz with Sound of Vision (Scott Klarman) South Florida’s leading smooth jazz band, Sound of Vision artfully blends contemporary jazz music with multi-cultural urban funk and Latin rhythms.

28th - Friday Evening Jazz Week Finale at the Black Theatre! Watch future ads for special guest artists at these venues and more. Special pricing may apply.

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TC RC Scale Boats at Tradition on the east side of the lake. 8 a.m.-11 a.m. Treasure Coast RC Scale Boat Club meets every Sunday morning. For more information, visit tcrcboaters.org

Monday, March 31

Canoe and kayak rentals at Savannas Park and Campground. $5 per hour, $15 for four hours and $20 for eight hours. 1400 Midway Road, Fort Pierce. For more information, call (772) 4847855. St. Lucie River Princess Eco-Historic Boat Tours 1:30 p.m.-3:10 p.m. Rivergate, 2200 S.E. Veterans Memorial Parkway, Port St. Lucie $14-$20. For reservations, call (772) 342-2450 or visit stlucierivercruise.com

Wednesday, April 2

Food Truck Invasion in Tradition Square. 5-9 p.m. For more information, visit www.foodtruckin​ vasion.com Feeding Frenzy Tours at the St. Lucie County Aquarium featuring

CLUBBIN from page B5 cover. Salsa, merengue, bachata, reggaeton, house and Top 40. 2096 N.W. Courtyard Circle, Port St. Lucie. For more information, call (772) 878-8844.

Thursday, April 3

Ladies Love Thursdays at Tesoro Nightclub 21 and up. $3 domestic drinks until midnight, $7 margaritas, $3 well drinks until 11 p.m. Ladies in free all night and drink free until 11 p.m. 7159 South Federal Highway, Port St. Lucie. For more information, call (772) 626-2425.

Thursday, April 3

The Sinking World Art Exhibition at the National Navy UDTSEAL Museum. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. This unique exhibit by Austrian art photographer Andreas Franke consists of dozens of digitally composited images from the General Hoyt S. Vandenberg, a former Air Force missile tracking ship that was scuttled in May 2009 to become and artificial reef in the Florida Keys Marine Sanctuary and the USCG Mohawk, an historic WWII Coast Guard Cutter which rests off the coast of Sanibel Island on the Gulf Coast of Florida. This exhibit is compliments of Sea-Life Habitat Improvement Project, Inc. (aka SHIP), the Navy UDT-Seal Museum, the Arts Cultural Alliance of St. Lucie County and Reefmakers, Inc. 3300 North SR A1A in Fort Pierce.

Ladies Night at the St. Lucie Inn 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. No cover. $1 well drinks, $1 drafts and $2 wines from 11 p.m.-midnight. Music by DJ Ozmosys and DJ Quake, playing dance music all night. 2101 N. Dixie Highway, Fort Pierce. For more information, call (772) 464-1326. Irresistible Thursdays at Good Times West 9 p.m.-2 a.m. 21 and up. No cover. Drink specials. Dress to impress. Playing ‘80s, ‘90s and top 40 mash-ups all night. 2096 N.W. Courtyard Circle, St. Lucie West. For more information, call (772) 878-8844.

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TICKETS ON SALE NOW Boston Trio Sunday, March 23th, 2014 4:00 pm • Tickets $20

Espressivo Concert

Photo courtesy of John Carroll High School Congratulations to the John Carroll High School concert band who participated in the Florida Bandmasters’ Association District 13 Concert and earned an overall rating of “Excellent.”

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John Carroll students participated in the Florida Bandmasters’ Association concert FOR YOUR VOICE NEWS & VIEWS

ST. LUCIE COUNTY — The John Carroll High School concert band participated in the

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ST. LUCIE COUNTY — Join the Indian River State College Performing Arts Department as they present “Rabbit Hole” starting April 3. Come see this Pulitzer Prize winning play by David Lindsay-Abaire presented by IRSC Performing Arts students in the Wynne Black Box Theatre. Shows are April 3-5 at 7 p.m. and April 5 at 2 p.m. The play shares the life of Becca and Howie Corbett. They have everything a family could want, until a life-shattering accident turns their world upside down

and leaves the couple drifting perilously apart. Tickets for “Rabbit Hole,” are $15. Purchase tickets online at www.irsc.edu or at the box office located in the McAlpin Fine Arts Center lobby on the IRSC Main Campus at 3209 Virginia Avenue in Fort Pierce, Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., or by phone with VISA, MasterCard, Discover or American Express. For your convenience, tickets may now be picked up at will call before the shows. Call the McAlpin Fine Arts Center Box Office today at (772) 462-4750 or toll-free at (800) 220-9915.


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Humane Society Introduces new La ‘Bark’tique section featuring fashion, clothing and a Barbie Doll collection FOR YOUR VOICE NEWS & VIEWS

TREASURE COAST — Barbie introduces La ‘Bark’tique! — a fashion, clothing and Barbie collection event being hosted by the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., April 4-6, at its two thrift stores in Stuart, 2585 S.E. Federal Highway and 1099 Northwest 21st St. The society’s thrift store director Claudia Cobble asked, “Who better to introduce HSTC Thrift Store’s new boutique section, La ‘Bark’tique, than the original fashionista herself? Barbie and all her doll friends featuring designer women’s clothing!”   Thanks to the generosity of donors, the thrift stores were able to create a boutique section of modern label, designer and specialty clothing for both

women and men. The section was named La ‘Bark’tique” in honor of the deserving pets the society has in its shelter that are waiting to be adopted.  During the event, La ‘Bark’tique items will be on sale at 25 percent off the normal sale price. Beyond clothing, shoppers will find a variety of collectible Barbie dolls — all still in their display boxes in perfect condition. Dolls will be available at both thrift stores for a one time event. In addition, all Easter holiday inventory will be on sale at 50 percent off.   Items featured in the La ‘Bark’tique section are modern labels and designer and specialty brands. All inventory is carefully inspected to assure items are in great condition.   “Be sure to shop early. Items always sell out quickly,” Cobble said.

Diamond Tearoom & Bistro The Only “Authentic English tea Room” on the Treasure Coast • High English Tea • Soups • Salads • Lobster Ravioli • Pizza • Crab Cakes • Caprese Risotto Funghi Salmon • Boston Lobster Cakes • Pastries Gazpacho • Desserts • Wine • Gourmet Beer • Sangria Champagne

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  For more information, call (772) 286-6909.  Since 1955, the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast, located at 4100 S.W. Leighton Farm Ave. in Palm City, has been the leading advocate for animal welfare in the Martin County area. A 501(c) 3 private, nonprofit organization, the Humane Society relies on donations, wills and bequests to support its programs and services. The Humane Society of the Treasure Coast is independently run from any national welfare or humane organization with no financial assistance from these groups. Follow the society on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ humanesocietyTC and Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/ hstc1. For more information, visit http://www.hstc1.org or call (772) 223-8822.

BANDMASTER from page B8 School. The JCHS band received a rating of “Excellent” with a “Good” in “Sight Reading,” for an overall rating of “Excellent.” This is the first time that the JCHS band has participated in the festival for a rating in seven years. Mr. Esau, who is in his first year as the director of the John Carroll High School band, could not be more proud of his students. “This is certainly a step in the right direction for the John Carroll High School Golden Ram Band program and is establishing a new standard of things to come for this band.” John Carroll High School has students, both Catholic and non-Catholic, from Palm Beach, St. Lucie, Indian River, Martin, and Okeechobee counties. The school offers a vibrant fine arts department, 23 different sports teams for its student-athletes, plus an array of academic offerings, more than 20 clubs, and countless extracurricular events. For more information, please visit www.JohnCarrollHigh.com, visit our Facebook page, or call (772) 464-5200. Registration for the 2014-2015 school year is currently under way.

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Children’s theater returns to Sunrise for summer Shelley Koppel Staff writer

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Photo courtesy of the Sunrise Theatre Area campers perform at the Sunrise Theatre in a production staged by the Missoula Children’s Theatre. This is the 7th year that the group comes to the Sunrise for four summer sessions. Each runs from Monday-Friday, with a performance Friday evening.

Available only to qualified customers by Mercedes-Benz Financial at participating dealers through March 31, 2014. Advertised lease rate based on a gross capitalized cost of $54,388. Includes destination charge and optional Premium 1 Pkg. Excludes title, taxes, registration, license fees, insurance, dealer prep. and additional options. Total monthly payments equal $13,473. Cash due at signing includes $3,499 capitalized cost reduction, $795 acquisition fee, and first month’s lease payment of $499. Total payments equal $17,767. Subject to credit approval. No security deposit required.

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