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Treasure Coast Newspapers, Stuart, Fla., Ginny Beagan column

August 13, 2014

By Ginny Beagan, Treasure Coast Newspapers, Stuart, Fla.

Aug. 13--Faster than you can complete your summer to-do list, it's over. This is the last weekend of summer for Treasure Coast families as the kids go back to school Monday.

But there's plenty to do until then.

Teach the kids about being civic-minded while they get artsy in the outdoors, expose them to professional ballet or enjoy an old-fashioned community cookout. Make time for date night or girls night out, too.

If you post your last bit of summer fun on social media, include #TCPalmSocial -- we'd love to see what you've been up to. Make some memories. Be safe and have fun.


As far as network TV's dancing competitions, I'll take "So You Think You Can Dance" over "Dancin' With The Stars" any day of the week. The honest talent of the young dancers and the brilliant creativity of the choreographers moves me to tears and/or chills week after week. If you are a fan of the show or the art of dance, treat yourself to a ticket to see the Los Angeles Contemporary Dance Company this weekend. Make no mistake -- this is not classical ballet. This is a high-energy, fusion of contemporary, jazz, ballet and athleticism set to modern musical compositions.

For the price of a movie ticket you can witness what modern ballet brings to a stage and to its audience. Shows start at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at The Riverside Theatre, 3250 Riverside Park Dr., Vero Beach. Tickets range from $10 to $50 and can be purchased at or by calling 772-231-6990.


The "Solidarity Fish Project," a traveling public art display, is a spectacular collage of color. You may have seen it installed on the exterior walls of The Blake Library or the Stuart News building, on social media or at one of the river rallies -- the installation is intended to raise awareness of the fragility of the Indian River Lagoon. On closer inspection, you can see that the spectacle is actually hundreds of small, wooden fish hand-painted by community members.

Project founder, Janeen Mason has another thousand fish that need painting. Mason, an award-winning author and artist is inviting everyone, especially kids, to contribute to the project from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Shepard Park, 600 SW Ocean Blvd., Stuart. A tent will provide shade, Jonathan Cummings will provide the music, and organizers will provide all the materials. This is a chance, not just to do something artsy with the kids, but to be a part of something much bigger -- the save the river movement. The Solidarity Fish have been to Washington, D.C., the Capitol steps in Tallahassee and even into The New York Times. This new phase of the exhibit will have a permanent home in downtown Stuart.


Hot dogs, hamburgers, firetrucks, bake sales, doughnut-eating contests and a dunk tank -- sounds like an old-fashioned picnic. There also will be beer and wine, a DJ, some live music, bounce houses, slides, arts & crafts, lots of raffles, and a silent auction.

The free event is noon to 8 p.m. Saturday at Tradition Square and all proceeds will benefit the family of Port St. Lucie Police Officer George "Lee" Rehm, who passed away in July. There will be shaded areas and some of the activities are planned for the air-conditioned town hall.

Tradition Town Hall, 10489 Southwest Meeting St., Port St. Lucie. Visit the Facebook event page Live Like Lee or call 772-215-1007.


There will some good music in Port Salerno's Manatee Pocket Saturday night.

Starting at The Twisted Tuna, 4290 S.E. Salerno Road, you can listen to some rockin' blues by the Jensen Beach All Stars from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. This band is comprised of some of the most experienced musicians on the Treasure Coast. They all have their own bands but every few months, these all stars pool their talents and make some great music together.

You can hear the The West Palm Beach-based, Killbillies Friday night at Terra Fermata Tiki Bar, 26 S.E. 6th Street in Stuart. They will perform their original music mixed with folk, bluegrass, Americana, and country from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Add Heathcote Botanical Gardens at 210 Savannah Road in Fort Pierce to your list of live music venues. Out On Bail, a six-piece, Fort Pierce-based band will perform classic and country rock from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday night at the gardens. Soft drinks and snacks will be available for purchase. Admission is $12 per person or $20 per couple. Children under 12 are free. Visit or call 772-464-4672.

#TCPalmSocial columnist Ginny Beagan writes about art and entertainment on the Treasure Coast. Contact her at, at 772-223-4732 or follow her on twitter @GinnyBeagan.


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