5 Upcoming Events to Enjoy

Vero Beach's nonprofits celebrate, commemorate, and communicate with locals this month

"Forward to the Moon" at IRSC's Hallstrom Planetarium
“Forward to the Moon” at IRSC’s Hallstrom Planetarium

“Forward to the Moon”

May 26-27

IRSC’s Hallstrom Planetarium invites curious minds to experience “Forward to the Moon,” a lecture and multimedia presentation on the Artemis Project, a multinational effort to return humans to the moon by 2025 and, later, head to Mars. Planetarium shows are recommended for adults and children over 10. The temperature inside the planetarium is kept at 72 degrees, so guests may wish to bring a sweater or light jacket. IRSC Massey Campus; 3209 Virginia Ave., Fort Pierce; Fridays 7 and 8:30 p.m., Saturdays 1 and 2:30 p.m.; $5; 772-462-4750

“The Best of John Williams”

May 28

Composer John Williams has created some of the most recognizable film scores of all time: all nine Star Wars movies, Superman, E.T., the Indiana Jones films, Schindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan, the first three Harry Potter films, and many more. He is even the man behind two of the most famous notes in cinematic history—the ominous Jaws opening (as well as the rest of the soundtrack). Space Coast Symphony Orchestra presents 11 of Williams’ compositions, with selected youth musicians joining them onstage for the second half of the program. Space Coast Symphony Orchestra at VBHS Performing Arts Center; 1707 16th St.; 3 p.m., flexible pricing

Memorial Day commemoration. Photo by Teresa Lee Rushworth
Memorial Day commemoration. Photo by Teresa Lee Rushworth

Memorial Day

May 29

Due to work being done on the footbridge to Memorial Island, this year’s Memorial Day ceremony will be held at the nearby Riverside Park Grand Pavilion. The Veterans Council of Indian River County welcomes retired Major General Michael Repass as guest speaker. The West Point graduate began as an infantry officer and went on to serve more than 30 years in the U.S. Army Special Forces. Currently he is the CEO of Able Global Solutions, a consulting firm he founded 10 years ago. Veterans Council of IRC at Riverside Park Grand Pavilion 9 a.m., free; 772-410-5820

Honky Tonk Angels hits the Riverside Theatre stage May 30 to June 18
Honky Tonk Angels hits the Riverside Theatre stage May 30 to June 18.

Honky Tonk Angels

May 30–June 18

This musical by Ted Swindley tells the story of three women who set out to Nashville to pursue their country music dreams. Described as “a feel-good mix of laughter, a few tears, and country pop favorites,” the show features many familiar tunes, including “These Boots Are Made for Walking,” “Stand by Your Man,” “Delta Dawn,” and “9 to 5.” Riverside Theatre; 3250 Riverside Park Drive Times vary, $40 and up 772-231-6990

Last year’s junior winner, from Team Reef Affliction
Last year’s junior winner, from Team Reef Affliction

Blue Water Open

June 3

The 29th annual Blue Water Open fishing tournament will bring boatloads of fun as well as funding for the work of the Sebastian Exchange Club. The total prize purse is $21,000. Boat captains must register in advance and attend the captains’ meeting the evening before the event. Sebastian Exchange Club at Capt. Hiram’s; 1580 U.S. Hwy. 1, Sebastian; Friday registration and captains’ meeting 5–7 p.m., Saturday weigh-in starts at 2 p.m.; $250/boat; 772-300-2156

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