April is Hopping

Local nonprofits shower the community with activities this month

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Potters Mallory Wixson-O’Malley and Jim Cohoe collaborate
Potters Mallory Wixson-O’Malley and Jim Cohoe collaborate.

“Yours, Mine, and Ours”

April 7–30

Indian River Clay is introducing a new concept that is sure to produce some intriguing works of art. For the exhibition “Yours, Mine, and Ours,” artists will work in pairs, one being a potter and the other— maybe, maybe not! Each team will submit three pieces: two individual efforts and one collaboration. Indian River Clay members may even pair up with multiple other artists. The public will be able to view and purchase the artwork at Raw Space gallery. Indian River Clay at Raw Space; 1795 Old Dixie Hwy.; 772-202-8598 

Journalist, history professor, and bestselling author Walter Isaacson
Journalist, history professor, and bestselling author Walter Isaacson.

Walter Isaacson

April 17

Riverside Theatre’s Distinguished Lecturer Series wraps up its 24th season with journalist, history professor, and bestselling author Walter Isaacson. He has held a number of prominent positions and has written several notable nonfiction books, including biographies of Leonardo da Vinci, Benjamin Franklin, and Steve Jobs. His most recent book is The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race. Riverside Theatre; 3250 Riverside Park Drive; 4 and 6 p.m.; $125 main stage, $85 Waxlax simulcast; 772-231-6990

IRSC criminal justice professor Kimberlie Massnick
IRSC criminal justice professor Kimberlie Massnick.

Kimberlie Massnick

April 20

Indian River State College’s Fielden Institute for Lifelong Learning presents the final speaker of this year’s Distinguished Lecture Series, IRSC criminal justice professor Kimberlie Massnick. Her topic will be “Cold Cases, College Students, and Community Service.” Massnick holds a PhD in criminal justice from Nova Southeastern University and is a criminologist specializing in crime victims, sexual offenders, and serial killers. Her teaching style places a heavy emphasis on real-life situations. Fielden Institute for Lifelong Learning at McAlpin Fine Arts Center IRSC Massey Campus; 3209 Virginia Ave., Fort Pierce; 10 a.m.; $35; 772-462-7880 

Poetry & BBQ

April 22

The Laura (Riding) Jackson Foundation will welcome two poetic pairs for its 12th annual Poetry and BBQ event, “Tying the Knot: When Poets Marry.” Barbara Hamby and David Kirby both teach at Florida State University and have each published numerous books of poetry. Chelsea Rathburn and Jim May live in Georgia, where she serves as the state’s poet laureate and he directs the creative writing program at Mercer University. Local poets will be featured at 2:30 p.m. and guests poets at 4 p.m. A Southern-style barbecue dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. See the Calendar section for related events taking place April 20 and 21. Laura (Riding) Jackson Foundation; IRSC Mueller Campus; 6155 College Lane; 1:30–7:30 p.m.; $35; 772-569-6718

Mardy Fish Tennis Tournament

April 24–30

The Mardy Fish Children’s Foundation Tennis Championships will be held at a new venue this year—Vero Beach Tennis & Fitness Club at Timber Ridge. This $15,000 USTA/ITF Pro Circuit event serves as a fundraiser for the foundation, which supports healthy after-school and summer activities for local children. The presenting sponsor is PNC Bank. With about 3,000 fans attending this weeklong tournament each year, it is an economic boon for the Vero Beach area. Grounds Pass admission for children 18 and under is free all week, for all sessions. Mardy Fish Children’s Foundation at Vero Beach Tennis & Fitness Club; 702 Timber Ridge Trail SW; Times vary; $30–$400; 866-633-4070

Ballet Under the Stars. Photo by Kim Bottalico
Ballet Under the Stars. Photo by Kim Bottalico

Ballet Under the Stars

April 28

Ballet Vero Beach is celebrating the end of another successful season, its 10th, with Ballet Under the Stars, an event that is in its second year. Adrienne Drew Catering will be on hand
with sumptuous international bites, a light seafood-themed buffet, and an open bar, and the Dave Capp Project will provide the music. The evening will also include an exclusive ballet performance, and guests will enjoy a deluxe live auction and even a chance to hit the dance floor with the pros of BVB. Proceeds fund BVB’s education and engagement initiatives. Ballet Vero Beach at Tree House; 8010 43rd Ave.; 6 p.m.; $150; 772-905-2651

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Vero Beach Choral Society Spring Concert

Spring Concert

April 30

A full jazz combo will accompany the Vero Beach Choral Society in a performance of jazz favorites, including works by George Gershwin, Will Todd, and Frank Wess. Under the direction of Jacob Craig, the Vero Beach Choral Society seeks to enrich the local community by performing choral music and providing scholarships to student musicians. Vero Beach Choral Society at First Presbyterian Church 520 Royal Palm Blvd.; 4 p.m.; $10 suggested donation 

Ben Davis and Dee Roscioli perform at last year’s May Pops event
Ben Davis and Dee Roscioli perform at last year’s May Pops event.

“Lullabies of Broadway”

May 7

Cleveland Clinic Indian River Foundation presents the 32nd May Pops concert, always a highly anticipated event. Christopher Confessore and the Brevard Symphony Orchestra will be joined by guest vocalists Sarah Uriarte Berry and Sal Viviano for “Lullabies of Broadway.” VIP tickets are available for $500. All proceeds from this enjoyable outdoor performance benefit Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital. Cleveland Clinic Indian River Foundation at Windsor Polo Grounds; 3125 Windsor Blvd.; 5:30 p.m.; $30; 772-226-4960

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