Mother’s Day events, Spring into Gardening Festival, Stuart Heritage Museum this weekend
Mother’s Day rules this weekend on the Treasure Coast.
Before you celebrate mom — especially with Sunday brunch at one of the many local restaurants offering specials — check out some of the best events with What To Do in 772.
The Stuart Heritage Museum Day is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 161 S.W. Flagler Ave., in downtown Stuart, as part of the Martin County Historic Preservation Month. The day includes special tours of exhibits and artifacts at the museum, book signings, local jewelry creations, a silent auction, a raffle for a mint condition 1928 book on the Ashley Gang and tram tours throughout downtown Stuart locations led by Sandy Thurlow at 11:30 a.m. and Alice L. Luckhardt at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Tours spots are limited. Sign up by calling 772-220-4600.
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Celebrate Mother’s Day at The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast with free admission for all types of moms from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at 1707 N.E. Indian River Drive in Jensen Beach. Mothers and grandmothers also can enjoy light refreshments, a flowery gift and a complimentary coffee bar by Bunkhouse Coffee Bar. For everyone else, admission is $8.50 for ages 3 and older, $4.25 for ages 1-2 and free for kids younger than 1. For more information, call 772-225-7575 or go to www.childrensmuseumtc.org.
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The Treasure Coast Flute Choir’s Mother’s Day Concert is 1-2:30 p.m. Sunday at Ground Floor Farm at 100 S.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., in Stuart. The free concert features a range of instruments and a variety of music. Go early to visit the farm and enjoy brunch. For more information, call 772-600-4230 or go to www.groundfloorfarm.com.
The Mother’s Day Butterfly Release remembering all children gone too soon starts at 3 p.m. Sunday at Memorial Park at 300 S.E. Ocean Blvd., in Stuart. The free event includes guest speakers and refreshments. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/madisonsmiracles01.
Indian River County
The second annual Wine, Film + Fashion event at the Vero Beach Outlets is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday near the Banana Republic Factory Store at 1748 94th Drive, just west of Interstate 95. The event, which is the official kickoff to the Vero Beach Wine + Film Festival on June 6-9, includes a fashion show at 1 p.m., four official trailer preview screenings, complimentary beverages and shopping discounts. For more information, call 772-770-6097 or go to verobeachoutlets.com.
The Deep Dive into the Lagoon through Literacy event at the Indian River County Main Library is 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at 1600 21st St., in Vero Beach. Learn how to care for the Indian River Lagoon through hands-on STEAM and literacy activities at the free event for kids ages 4-13. Take part in creating a community mural, take a photo with a mermaid and win prizes. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/moonshotmoment.
The Diez de Mayo Fiesta at the Market is 3-5 p.m. Saturday at 1865 14th Ave., in Vero Beach. The party includes a mariachi band, a taco truck and Corona specials. For more information, call 772-226-5893 or go to marketverobeach.com.
The Butterfly Gardening Seminar at Busy Bee Lawn & Garden Center is 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at 7445 U.S. 1 in Vero Beach. Learn how to establish and properly care for a butterfly garden, as well as which plants to choose based on the type of butterflies you want to attract, at the center’s last class of the season. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/busybeegardencenter.
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St. Lucie County
The Spring into Gardening Festival with the St. Lucie County Master Gardener Volunteers is 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the University of Florida’s IFAS Extension at 8400 Picos Road, west of Fort Pierce. The festival includes plant vendors, horticulture merchants, a plant fashion show, a taste of the tropics and garden tours. For more information, call 772-462-1660 or go to stlucie.ifas.ufl.edu.
The St. Lucie County Chamber of Commerce’s Fishing Frenzy and Festival is 2-6 p.m. Saturday at Causeway Cove Marina at 601 Seaway Drive in Fort Pierce. It includes music, food, games, prizes and a weigh-in from the offshore dolphin-only fishing tournament. For more information, call 772-595-9999 or go to stluciechamber.org.
The Family Seining in the Seagrasses event at the Smithsonian Marine Station and Ecosystems Exhibit is 9-10:30 a.m. Sunday at the St. Lucie County Aquarium at 420 Seaway Drive in Fort Pierce. Discover some of the animals that live in the seagrass beds of the Indian River Lagoon with a brief presentation inside the aquarium, followed by a seine-netting lesson. Then, enter the water and collect animals in the same way as Smithsonian scientists. Participants must wear clothes that can get wet and water shoes with heel straps. The cost, which includes aquarium admission, is $4-$6 each. To register, call 772-465-3271. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/smithsoniansms.
The Osprey Trail 8K/25K Run at George LeStrange Preserve is 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at 4911 Ralls Drive in Fort Pierce. The loop-based race takes runners around a lake and through terrain that includes technical single-track winding trails, hard-packed gravel, oak-lined hammocks, oxbows, hills and low-lying flatlands. The cost is $42-$60. There also is a free children’s run. Proceeds benefit the Oxbow Eco-Center’s Earth Day Festival. For more information, go to runtheosprey.com.
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.