Hands Across the Sand, beach cleanups, wrestling, mountain biking top this weekend
Here are the best events and things to do in Vero Beach, Fort Pierce, Port St. Lucie, Stuart and Hobe Sound.
This weekend marks the middle of May. Spring lasts for another month, but these events and things to do across the Treasure Coast sure make it feel like summer. Here’s What To Do in 772.
Indian River County
The American Red Cross Hangar Party is 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday at the Corporate Air Hangar at the Vero Beach Regional Airport at 3450 Airport West Drive. Learn how to prepare for this hurricane season, which starts June 1, and enjoy live music, food and beverages, a silent auction, exhibitors and a children’s zone. Admission is free. Proceeds benefit the local Red Cross to aid in response to disasters ranging from home fires to hurricanes. For more information, call 772-562-2549 or go to redcross.org/hangarparty.
The Boots & Brews outdoor country music concerts are 6-9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday in front of Riverside Theatre at 3250 Riverside Park Drive in Vero Beach. Enjoy live music from two bands, as well as food, beer and cocktails for sale, plus free beer samples from Walking Tree Brewery. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Dress in cowboy or cowgirl attire to enter a raffle. For more information, go to www.riversidetheatre.com.
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The Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 99’s Young Eagles event is 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Vero Beach Regional Airport at 3400 Cherokee Drive. Airplane rides are free for kids ages 10-17 with parents or guardians. EAA Chapter 99 has flown 870 kids in the past 20 years. To register, call 772-713-0607. For more information, go to eaa99.org.
Team up with Walking Tree Brewery and Keep Indian River Beautiful for the May Cleanup from 9-11 a.m. Saturday at the Gifford Youth Achievement Center at 4875 43rd Ave., in Vero Beach. Gloves, pickers and buckets are provided. Volunteers get a ticket for a free beer or soda redeemable that day. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/walkingtreebrewery.
IGNITE Wrestling is noon-3 p.m. Saturday at Walking Tree Brewery at 3209 Dodger Road in Vero Beach. The event features multiple matches and includes the IGNITE debut of former IMPACT star Caleb Konley. Tickets are $5-$15 plus fees. For more information, go to ignitewrestling.com.
The Splash and Movie Night featuring “Aquaman” is 5:45-9:30 p.m. Friday at Sailfish Splash Waterpark at 931 S.E Ruhnke St., in Stuart. Enjoy two hours of waterpark access from 5:45-7:45 p.m. After sunset, watch the movie while floating on an inner tube. Kids ages 12 and younger require adult supervision. Tickets are $12.95 each, plus taxes. The event isn’t included in season passes. If rained out, the makeup date is May 24. To get tickets, go to www.sailfishsplash.com.
Family Movie Night in the Park featuring “Zootopia” is 7-10 p.m. Friday at Sailfish Ballpark at 600 S.E. Georgia Ave., in Stuart. The movie begins at sunset. The night also includes free popcorn, lawn games and trivia. Bring blankets and lawn chairs. Admission is free. Bring a new or gently used life jacket to donate to the YMCA for Water Safety Month. For more information, call 772-288-5340.
The Treasure Coast Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation’s Hands Across the Sand is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Stuart Beach at 866 N.E. Ocean Blvd. Participate in a beach cleanup starting at 9 a.m. and learn about the issues of seismic airgun blasting and offshore drilling in the Atlantic Ocean. Paddle out with your surfboard, kayak or paddleboard starting at 10 a.m. Join hands in solidarity starting at noon for 15 minutes, forming a continuous line in the sand. For more information, go to handsacrossthesand.org.
The Avant-Garden Party, an outdoor benefit for the Arts Council of Martin County, is 3-9 p.m. Saturday at 130 S.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., at Dixie Highway in downtown Stuart. Watch four artists paint large-scale murals and enjoy live music, artists and vendors, food trucks, a full bar and garden games. Admission is a $10 donation. For more information, call 772-287-6676 or go to www.martinarts.org.
Club Scrub’s Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at the Camp Murphy Trail Head at Jonathan Dickinson State Park at 16450 S.E. Federal Highway in Hobe Sound. The day introduces kids and their families to mountain biking and features guided trail rides for all ages, snacks, beverages, goodie bags, raffles and a free barbecue lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The park entrance fee is $6 per vehicle for up to eight people. Kids must bring their own bikes, helmets and closed-toe shoes and come with adults. To register, go to clubscrub.org.
St. Lucie County
The U. S. Coast Guard Station’s third annual Open House and Community Appreciation Day is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 900 Seaway Drive in Fort Pierce. Tour the boats, touch the gear and see live demonstrations from local law enforcement agencies, including the K-9 unit. The event kicks off National Safe Boating Week, which is Saturday through May 24. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/uscgstationfortpierce.
The Lincoln Park Advisory Committee Family Fun Day is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Percy Peek Gymnasium at 2902 Avenue D in Fort Pierce. The day includes children’s activities, music, face painting, bounce houses and food for sale. Admission is free. The subcommittee of the Roundtable of St. Lucie County coordinates programs and initiatives across Lincoln Park to help the Restoring the Village Youth Initiative. For more information, call 772-466-4766.
Pet Supermarket’s grand opening in Port St. Lucie is 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at 3015 S.W. Port St. Lucie Blvd. The event includes refreshments, samples of dog food and treats, pet-themed raffles and giveaways, face painting for kids and dogs and cats available for adoption. The first 25 paying customers get a free bag of dog food. For more information, call 772-408-1800 or go to www.petsupermarket.com.
The Haitian Flag Day Festival is 2-10 p.m. Saturday at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center at 9221 S.E. Civic Center Place. The festival includes live music and DJs. Admission is free. The organization’s purpose is to bring the Haitian community together, promote Haiti’s art and culture and educate about the history of Haiti. For more information, call 772-240-3039 or go to www.facebook.com/treasurecoastculturalfestival.
The Memorial Day Beach Cleanup is 8-10 a.m. Saturday at the Smithsonian Marine Station and Ecosystems Exhibit at the St. Lucie County Aquarium at 420 Seaway Drive in Fort Pierce. Pickers, gloves and buckets are provided. Registration isn’t required. Aquarium admission isn’t included. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/smithsoniansms.
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Laurie K. Blandford is TCPalm’s entertainment reporter and columnist dedicated to finding the best things to do on the Treasure Coast. Read her weekly column, Laurie’s Stories, on TCPalm.com. Follow her on Twitter at @TCPalmLaurie or Facebook at faceboook.com/TCPalmLaurie.