All Blog Entries by Carrie Pierce

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It’s a Green Christmas is the theme for this years Annual Stuart Christmas Parade.  Presented by the VNA.

Bring the family, rain or shine on Friday, December 6th from 7pm – 9pm and enjoy this Martin County tradition since 1960! The Grand Marshal this year is Mark Perry, the Executive Director of Florida Oceanographic Society. There will be food vendors, including Classic Mobile Catering and Island Grill Food Truck, as well as lots and lots of candy thrown out from the floats to the children along the street. For a complete parade route, visit http://www.stuartchristmasparade.com/home.html.

Trophies are awarded to float and non-float participants.  For a complete list of award categories, visit: http://www.stuartchristmasparade.com/home.html. As

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The popular Pineapple Festival is returning this weekend in downtown Jensen Beach. This 30-year old festival is one of the largest in the region and one of the few remaining true street festivals in South Florida.

Produced by the Jensen Beach Chamber of Commerce, the initial Pineapple Festival was held in 1988 in concurrence with the Jensen Beach Centennial Celebration. In 1990 Jensen Beach teamed up with Gregory Town, Eleuthera, Bahamas to start a popular attraction at the festival each year to have an authentic Bahamian Market that features island music, crafts and the Junkanoo parade. The Chamber not only produces the festival, but organizes it as well with the help of sponsors and hundreds of volunteers.

If you haven’t been, you need to come

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Do you want a better understanding of the problems our local waterways face? Come out to the Florida Oceanographic Society’s annual Rally for the River and learn about a possible solution.

The Florida Oceanographic Society is a non-profit organization founded in 1964 with the mission to inspire environmental stewardship of Florida’s coastal ecosystems through education, research and advocacy.

This event is free for all ages along Flagler Park’s waterfront. Event Highlights to include: Oyster Shell Bagging Station, Mangrove Plantings, Hands-on Demonstrations, Waterway Discussions with Local Experts, Shoreline Clean-up, Educational Booths, Marine Mammal Rescue Ambulance, Children’s Activities and Face Painting.

If you would like to learn more,

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Looking for something to do that the whole family will enjoy? Come out to McCarty Ranch Preserve this Saturday for fun, fun, fun!

This bi-annual event at McCarty Ranch is hosted by the City of Port St. Lucie and has free admission and parking. There will be live music from 3pm to 7pm, a petting zoo, pony rides, horseback riding, bounce houses, face painting, fishing tournament, hayrides and a bonfire. Food will be offered for purchase.

Want to make the most of your weekend? You can also camp at McCarty Ranch at one of their 13 primitive campsites or 6 RV trailer sites. Tent sites are $20 per night, plus tax and RV sites are $23 per night, plus tax. Every campsite has a fire ring with a foldable grill, a lantern hook and picnic table. There are

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Instead of throwing your pumpkin in the trash, bring it over to Jupiter Creamery and feed it to the cows!

Bring your painted, carved or unwanted pumpkins this weekend out to Jupiter Farms and make some “moo” friends. On November 2nd and 3rd from 9am to 12pm, kids can have some fun smashing pumpkins and feeding them to the cows, pigs and chickens. Kids will also have the chance to name one of Jupiter Creamery’s newest baby boy calf, born on October 24th.

Jupiter Creamery is located at 18591 131st Trail North, Jupiter and is a non-profit farm that uses your donations to feed and care for the animals and land.  There is no charge for this event and bringing a pumpkin is not required. The recommended donation amount is $5 per person or $10 per family.

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If you are a fan of fresh seafood, then you cannot miss the Treasure Coast Seafood Festival on Hutchinson Island this weekend!

This festival will not disappoint, with something for the entire family. Besides all kinds of seafood, enjoy live music, arts and crafts, nautical vendors, a conch chowder contest, a craft beer garden, kids zone, fair rides, games and fun!

Seafood items to enjoy: Fresh Fish – Conch – Clams – Ackee & Salt Fish – Conch Chowder – Fried Shrimp – Shrimp Scampi – Lobster Calzone – Conch Fritters – Conch Salad – Cracked Conch -  Fish Tacos – Shrimp Tacos – Crab Fritters – Shrimp Quesadilla – Scallop & Bacon Kabob – Mahi Kabob – Fried Calamari – Lobster Rolls – Maine Lobster – Fried Lobster - Alligator Bites – Mahi Poboys –

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Come out to Witham Field and experience the 2019 Audi Stuart Air Show, presented by Martin County Airport and Pratt & Whitney.

Enjoy the 30th Anniversary with performances by the F16 Demo Team, Aeroshell Aerobatic Team, John Klatt Airshows “Screamin Sasquatch Jet Waco” and so many more! You will have the opportunity for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to fly on a C-47, B-17, UH-1 Huey Helicopter or the Bell 47. (All for an additional fee). There will also be a numerous amount of aircraft that will be statically displayed.

New this year is the interactive and educational STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics) tent, which focuses on aviation and flight related topics. This is perfect for children in grades K-10.

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If you are looking for an alternative to Trick-or-Treating through the neighborhood, then look no further. The Martin County Sheriff’s Office is hosting a Trunk or Treat event on Halloween to provide a safe, controlled and fun environment for the children.

On Thursday, October 31st from 5pm – 9pm, come out and enjoy this free, family fun event. There will be music, food, popcorn, snow cones, hayrides, a petting zoo, face painting, a bounce house, food trucks and loads of free candy! This event is open to the public and admission is free!

Where: Martin County Sheriff’s Office – 800 SE Monterey Road, Stuart

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Grab your ghouls, goblins, princesses and superheroes and bring them to beautiful Historic Downtown Stuart for the FREE Family Fun Fest, presented by Stuart Main Street Downtown Business Association.

Kids can trick-or-treat at the different merchants in Downtown Stuart and then participate in the 21st annual Hobgoblin Parade. Lots of fun to be had, such as arts and crafts, face painting, pumpkins, a bounce house, hay rides - courtesy of Islamorada Beer Company, kid’s club with Home Depot, photos with Disney villain characters and painting the Stuart Police Department patrol car. Adults, don’t fret there will be wine, beer and food vendors as well! Dress up and come have a Spooktacular time!

Events Schedule:

*Merchant Trick-or-Treating –

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It’s almost that time again for the parade of kids dressed up in the array of costumes looking for candy.If you are passing out goodies, be on the lookout for blue pumpkins or bags this year. This signifies that they are on the Autism spectrum.

 In 2018 the CDC determined that approximately 1 in 59 children is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder or ASD. An estimated one-third of people with autism are non-verbal. 31% of children with ASD have an IQ less than 70, and 25% are in the borderline range of 71-85.  Nearly two-thirds of children with autism between the ages of 6 and 15 have been bullied.

 A blue Halloween bucket has become an unofficial symbol of awareness for autism. The blue bucket provides a subtle, way of alerting people

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