At 6 p.m. December 8, Crossover Mission will tip off its ninth annual fundraising gala at its Center for Excellence (4425 U.S. Hwy. 1). Guests will enjoy a spectacular evening with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, dancing, a live auction, and a performance by Crossover’s impressive Dribble Team. Tickets are $175, and proceeds support Crossover’s basketball coaching and academic mentoring programs, which guide local teens toward positive futures. For more information, call 772-257-5400 or see crossovermission.com.
The versatile band Riptide will take the stage December 9 in this free event sponsored by the Vero Beach Chamber of Commerce. The fun will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. on Ocean Drive by Humiston Park. For more information, call the chamber at 772-226-5459 or see verochamber.com.
Festival of Lights
McKee Botanical Garden invites everyone to experience the magical atmosphere of this annual holiday event. From December 15 to 30, the garden will be lit up by thousands of colorful LED lights daily from 6 to 8 p.m. There will be festive decorations, holiday displays, a large-scale model train, tasty holiday treats, and various types of entertainment. This is also the one time of year that you will see intermittent “snow” flurries at the garden! Regular admission fees apply. To learn more, contact McKee at 772-794-0601 or mckeegarden.org.
Celebration of Giving
On December 21, the Vero Beach Christian Business Association will hold its annual Celebration of Giving for the first time at Waterfall in downtown Vero Beach (2227 14th Ave.). Members will be joined by representatives of the charitable ministries they support with their dues. Nonmembers are also welcome, and all are asked to bring gifts for Little Birthday Angels, which provides birthday parties for local homeless children. More information about this event and the VBCBA can be obtained by calling 772-299-4889 or visiting vbcba.org.
Nutcracker on the Indian River
It’s time once again for Ballet Vero Beach’s signature show, a version of the classic Nutcracker set right here in Vero Beach. On Friday, December 29, at 7:30 p.m., BVB presents “Nutcracker for All”, a shorter, modified rendition geared toward children and audience members with differing abilities. Then, on Saturday, December 30, the troupe will perform the full-length version of Nutcracker on the Indian River at both 2 and 7:30 p.m. All performances take place at the VBHS Performing Arts Center (1707 16th St.). More information is available at balletverobeach.org, and BVB can be reached at 772-269-1065.