Treasure Coast Happenings

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Savannas Trail

6 hours ago

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about the new Savannas Recreation Trail in Fort Pierce.  Feel like going on a leisurely hike – safe and scenic?  The Savannas Recreation Trail – which opened in September -- is for you.  The walkway is paved and eight feet wide.  It stretches two and a half miles from Midway Road north to Savannah Road.  It takes you through pine woods, over scrub and wetlands and along small lakes.  You can see wildlife, such as wading birds and alligators.  Bridges keep you high and dry.  Benches are placed along the way.  Go to the Savannas Recreation Ar

The Joy Of Learning

Sep 30, 2016

Drew Mello talks with Melissa DePriest, Program Director for the Fielden Institute for Lifelong Learning at Indian River State College.

The institute is designed for those 50 and over who are interested in exploring shared topics of interest in a college atmosphere.

The Fielden Institute will be hosting a series of five open houses at the various IRSC Campuses beginning Monday, October 10.

For more information about the Fielden Institute for Lifelong Learning

Drew Mello talks with Monique Hall from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin County.

The mentoring program is in need of volunteers, specifically male mentors for their program in Martin County.

For more information on Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin County click here:

Drew Mello talks with Alex Yahn, President of the Pineapple Playhouse in Fort Pierce.

The Pineapple Playhouse is St. Lucie County’s oldest not-for-profit theater. The opening show of their 44th season, Terrence McNally’s Mothers and Sons, is now underway.

For more information on the Pineapple Playhouse click here:

Hunger Action Month

Sep 9, 2016

Drew Mello talks David Vaina with Treasure Coast Food Bank, the largest hunger relief agency on the Treasure Coast.

Throughout September, TCFB will observe Hunger Action Month – a nationwide initiative designed to mobilize the public to take action on the issue of hunger and join the movement to help end hunger.

For more information on the Treasure Coast Food Bank

Drew Mello talks with Jennifer Esler, President & CEO of the Elliot Museum in Stuart.

The Elliot is presenting two new exhibits, both involving water. “H2O Today” examines the diversity and challenges of global water sources. It was organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service.

Sharing space with “H2O Today” is an exhibition from FAU/Harbor Branch in Fort Pierce featuring their innovations for studying the deep sea called “Sights, Sounds, and Dynamics in the Sea.

Drew Mello talks with Debbi Denning with Molly’s House in Stuart.

Opened in 1996, Molly’s House provides an affordable place for patients and their families to stay while undergoing medical care on the Treasure Coast.

Molly’s House will celebrate their 20th anniversary with Club Havana on Saturday, September 17 at Sailfish Point.

For more information on Molly’s House click here:

Saturday, September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day. Four non-profit mental health providers, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Tykes and Teens, Suncoast Mental Health and New Horizons of the Treasure Coast, are collaborating on a project to bring attention to the subject of suicide.

Drew Mello talks with Deb Pizzimenti, Director of Outreach for Suncoast Mental Health Center and Dr. Agnieszka Marshall with Tykes and Teens about suicide.

For more information on American Foundation for Suicide Prevention click here:

Drew Mello talks with Gail Steward, Administrator for Pediatric Alternative Treatment Care Housing and Evaluation Services, otherwise known as Patches.

The daytime pediatric nursing facility is conducting their Fourth Annual Santa’s Summer Toy Drive through August 22.

For more information on Patches click here:

Drew Mello talks with Mike Durkee, Executive Director of the Wounded Warriors of South Florida. Founded in 2009, Wounded Warriors of South Florida provides temporary emergency financial assistance to post 9/11 disabled Veterans and their families.

The 4th Annual Treasure Coast Bonito Blast fishing tournament will take place on Saturday, August 20 in Port Salerno with the proceeds going to the Wounded Warriors of South Florida.

For more information on the Bonito Blast click here:

Drew Mello talks with Father Orlando Addison, Vicar of Holy Faith Episcopal Church in Port St. Lucie and author of a recently published bilingual poetry book Canto Afrolatino/Afro-Latin Song.

His verses aim to enhance the Afro-Latin presence in literature. 

To find out more about Canto Afrolatino/Afro-Latin Song click here:

Drew Mello talks with Barbara Hoffman, Executive Director of the Cultural Council of Indian River County.

The Council will present their 25th Anniversary Symphony of the Americas Summerfest concert on Thursday, August 4 at Christ by the Sea United Methodist Church in Vero Beach.

For more information on the Cultural Council of Indian River County


Jul 15, 2016

Drew Mello talks with Debbie Butler, President of the Board of Directors for Guardians for New Futures. Their mission is to fund the unfunded needs of abused and neglected children on the Treasure Coast.

GFNF is currently raising money to build Sanctuary4kids, a 24-hour emergency shelter for children being removed from their homes by the Department of Children and Families due to abuse and neglect.

For more information on Sanctuary4kids click here:

Drew Mello talks with Melanie Wiles Director of Development for the Boys & Girls Club of St. Lucie County.

The 34th annual Chili Cook-Off, benefiting the Boys & Girls Club, will take place on Saturday, July 16, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the Fenn Center on Virginia Avenue in Fort Pierce.

For more information on the 34th annual Chili Cook-Off

Drew Mello talks with Scott Bernarde, Director of Communications for the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach.

The Norton will reopen on Tuesday July 5 with free admission for all, through the opening of the New Norton in late 2018.

The Norton will kick off its summer season with a new video art instillation, collection highlights, and the return of its popular weekly Art After Dark programs.

For more information on the Norton Museum of Art