‘Tunnel to Towers 5K’ honors heroic ideal


The Tunnel to Towers 5K Run/Walk happens at 7:15 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, at Riverside Park, 3280 Riverside Park Dr., in Vero Beach. This event, which is held throughout the country, honors 9/11 first responders and helps raise money for first responders and veterans. The series was created to honor New York City firefighter Stephen Siller, who died on 9/11. After strapping on all his gear, he ran through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to the Twin Towers, where he lost his life. The Tunnel2Towers Foundation has provided mortgage-free homes to Gold Star and fallen first responder families with young children. It has also built specially adapted smart homes for catastrophically injured veterans and first responders. The organization also works to eradicate veteran homelessness. Registration for the run/walk is $12 for children 12 years and younger, $20 for children 13 to 17 years, $25 for first responders and military, and $35 for general adult. Online registration does not close. Packet pickup is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, at 709 Washington St., Sebastian. You can also pick up your packet beginning at 6:15 a.m. the morning of the race. You can register the day of the run, but registration cost will cost an additional $10, and you might not get a shirt. Registration opens 6:15 a.m. For more information, visit RunSignUp.com or t2t.org.

Now that the children are off to school, the Vero Beach Community Center has some regular daytime programming that might be just what you’re looking for. Duplicate bridge is played from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. This is an ongoing session run by bridge director Norman Hinds. It’s designed to be friendly and fun. The cost is $7. Call 772-532-2215 for more information about the duplicate bridge program. The Vero Beach Community Center also has dances twice a week. They are held 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays and 10 a.m. to noon on Fridays. The cost is $2 at the door. Everyone is welcome. The Vero Beach Community Center is at 2266 14th Ave. Call 772-567-2144 or visit COVB.org and look for the Vero Beach Recreation Department for more information.

The Vero Beach Recreation Department also has lessons in Tai Chi/Qi Gong taught by Angie Watson. The class is open for all ages. Its gentle movements and breathing techniques make it suitable for those of all fitness levels. The class is held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Bethel Creek House, 4405 SR A1A, Vero Beach. The cost is $7 for a “try out.” If it suits you, you can get a punch card with eight classes at $12 per class, or a guest pass at $15 per class. For more information, call 772-532-4218.

There is a wide array of public art on view throughout Vero Beach. You are invited to go take a look at what your talented neighbors have been creating. All the exhibitions have free admission. “Collecting Wisdom” runs through Oct. 25 in the gallery hallway and council chambers at the Vero Beach City Hall, 1053 20th Place. The works on view are by Merana Cadorette and Barbara Krupp. The Indian River Distillery currently is showcasing the exhibition “Old Florida.” Works in that are on view through Oct. 18. The featured artists are Jen Berlin, Judy Burgarella, Andy Burman, Mary Carter, Mark Sans Souci and Mariya Yankovich. The Indian River Distillery is at 3308 Aviation Blvd. The Indian River County Intergenerational Recreation Center has an “Artist’s Choice” exhibition on view through Sept. 13. The show features works by Jen Berlin, Judy Burgarella, Mary Carter, Ella Chabot, Evelyn Haught, Gail Holl, Eileen Lovre, John McAleer, Gwen McNenney and Mariya Yankovich. The Indian River County Intergenerational Recreation Center is at 1590 9th St. SW. The exhibition entitled “Beach Scenes” is on view through Oct. 4 in the first and second floors of Buildings A & B at the Indian River County Administration Complex. It features works by Jen Berlin, Judy Burgarella, Mary Carter, Ella Chabot, Barbara Krupp, Gwen McNenney, Michelle Nevaeh and Mariya Yankovich. The Indian River County Administration Complex is at 1801 27th St. The Indian River County Courthouse has the exhibition “Planet Soul” on view through Nov. 1. It features the creative photography of Joaquin Zalazar. The Indian River County Courthouse is at 2000 16th Ave. For more information, visit Culture-Council.org.

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