This weekend is going to be too much fun. There’s a clay shoot, a junior fishing tournament, a soapbox derby, a few solid rock ‘n’ roll shows, and some stage comedy.
You have to get up early on Saturday morning to participate in a clay shooting session for the benefit of the Indian River County Veterans Council. There will be clays, t-shirts, prizes, golf carts, breakfast and an awards luncheon with a meal by Wild Thyme Catering. The event is open to everyone, whether an absolute beginner or an avid shooter. Check-in is at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 24. This is followed by a mandatory safety briefing at 8:45 a.m. The “shotgun” departure begins at 9 a.m. Lunch starts at 12:30 p.m. Remember this is a fundraiser for veterans. Council, so be prepared to withdraw some greenbacks. Single tickets are $150. If you just want to have lunch and attend the awards ceremony, the cost is $30. The event takes place at Vero Beach Clay Shooting Sports, 5925 82nd Ave. For more information, call 772-410-5820 or visit VeteransIRC.com and click on “events”.
The Lines in the Lagoon Junior Fishing Tournament is designed not only to be fun, but also to raise awareness of the fragile health of the Indian River lagoon. It takes place on Saturday, September 24. Participation limited to children and teens in grades K-12. Lines in at 7 a.m. and departure at 2 p.m. Tournament is catch and release only, with photo. All fishing must be done in the Indian River Lagoon by boat, from a dock, breakwater or shore. There are more rules which you can find on LinesInTheLagoon.com under the “register” tab. Prizes will be awarded at a fun casual dinner where you can wear flip flops and shorts. The registration cost is $30. Registration includes a t-shirt, goody bag, and awards dinner. Lines in the Lagoon Junior Fishing Tournament begins with an awards dinner from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at the American Icon Brewery, 1133 19th Place, Vero Beach. The event also includes a raffle for a DragonFly Boatworks paddle board. You don’t need to be present to win. For more information, call 772-538-6164 or visit LinesInTheLagoon.com.
Coastal Connections will hold its 2nd Annual Recycling Derby on Saturday afternoon at the Walking Tree Brewery. The event is designed to raise awareness of the need to recycle. It was modeled after the Red Bull Soapbox Derby. Here, however, the full-size cars will be built by teams using 75% recyclable materials. Amateur drivers will race the cars through five challenges along the race course. You can also expect to see team members dressed in ridiculous costumes, so be sure to have your camera handy. After the race, all vehicles will of course be recycled. The event is free. There will be vendors, food trucks, games and more. The 2nd Annual Recycling Derby runs from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, September 24 at the Walking Tree Brewery at 3209 Dodger Road, Vero Beach. Call 772-217-3502 or visit WalkingTreeBrewery.com or Coastal-Connections.org.
The back of Filthy’s Cocktails and Beer is the perfect place to enjoy some free rock concerts this weekend. The first is the group Restless Shots. If you haven’t heard of this popular band, they have gray hair, but that doesn’t take away from their great guitar thumps. It’s obvious these guys have been around the rock ‘n’ roll block a few times and they have the guts to prove it. They perform from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday, September 23. The next night, the Glory Days cover band performs. They’re decidedly more streamlined, but they still know how to rock. They play from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Filthy’s Cocktails and Beer is at 1238 16th St., Vero Beach. Call 772-794-9512 or visit Drink
The month-long 10 X Tenn festival draws to a close at the Vero Beach Theater Guild. The films “Night of the Iguana” will screen at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, September 26 and “Suddenly Last Summer” will screen at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 27. Admission is free with a $5 purchase of drinks and/or popcorn from the terrace bar. Two acts in one, “This Property Is Condemned” and “The Case of the Crushed Petunias,” will premiere at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 22. Tickets are $30. And “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” will perform this weekend, at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, September 23 and 24, and at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, September 24 and 25. Melbourne Civic Theater’s staged reading of “Summer and Smoke” begins at 7.30pm on Wednesday 28 September. Tickets are $30. The Vero Beach Theater Guild is located at 2020 San Juan Ave. Call 772-562-8300 or visit VeroBeachTheatreGuild.com.