May is a beautiful time of year and if you’re looking for some things to do in and around the local area, here are some May events near Vero Beach. Add a few to your calendar for a fun-filled month.
Americans Abroad. This art exhibit is held at the J. M. Stringer Gallery in Vero Beach and features the recent works of Geoffrey Leckie and Kyle Stuckey. Check the gallery schedule for hours.
Downtown Friday. On the last Friday of every month (May 27th this month), head to downtown Vero Beach from 6-9pm for food, live music, and lots of fun.
Bluegrass Night. If you love Bluegrass music, every Thursday and Friday night at Marsh Landing Restaurant, you can listen to a live bluegrass jam. Reservations are recommended for both nights.
Memorial Day Invitational. If you’re a baseball fan, visit the Historic Dodgertown during the Memorial Day weekend for three days filled with baseball.
Memorial Day Ceremony. On Memorial Day, May 30th, honor our fallen heroes by attending the Memorial Day ceremony held at Veterans Memorial Island Sanctuary. The ceremony will begin at 9am and will include Retired Lieutenant General William Welser III as a guest speaker.
For those with green thumbs, spring is the best time of the year. We’ve put together a post on transporting gardening materials, helping you to get the most out of your green space. It not only matters what you select, but also how you get it back to your home. No sense in spending money if you don’t know the ins and outs of gardening.
According to Gardening Know How, one of the most important things is knowing when to move plants. It is best to move perennials in the early spring or even the fall, when the temperatures are not too hot. Summer is the worst time to relocate plants. If it is too wet, consider waiting until late spring.
When moving plants, get as much of the root system as possible. Keep excess soil, as it will protect plant root systems during the move. This ball of soil and roots must be kept moist, so be sure to cover your car if you don’t want too much of a mess. Move as quickly as possible; too much time out of the ground can kill plants.
Also, if you have a truck, avoid wind damage by going slow or covering plants. If you plan on travelling far with gardening supplies and plants, be sure to stop every few hours to check moisture levels.
Finally, after driving plants, check for damage and remove any broken leaves or branches. It is best to relocate plants in the early day or during an overcast, as too much exposure to the sun can dry them out. Remember to use a tarp or sheet to avoid unnecessary dirt, and vacuum up messes as soon as possible to preserve your car’s interior.
In honor of soldiers everywhere, GMC recently expanded military discounts to support injured veterans. This will cover all 21 million US military veterans and their spouses, all in honor of National Military Appreciation Month.
According to GMC, the GMC military discount is the most extensive and comprehensive in the automotive industry. It normally covers veterans within one year of separation, active-duty personnel, reservists, retirees, and their spouses. However, in order to properly celebrate National Military Appreciation Month, GMC has expanded this to all veterans, regardless of separation date, as well as their spouses.
“These brave men and women have done so much for our country,” said Steve Hill, GM vice president of U.S. sales and service. “Making sure all veterans can take advantage of our military discount to celebrate Military Appreciation Month is one small way we can express our gratitude.”
This is available for some of the most popular models, from the Acadia to the Yukon. It can also be combined to include other incentives, resulting in savings of thousands of dollars. This is just one of many initiatives in recent years that aims to support the men and women fighting for our country.
Knowing when to change motor oil in your car can have a big impact on how long your engine holds up. Dirty engine oil with built-up particles corrodes the motor, so it’s important to know how to recognize it and when to change motor oil to keep your vehicle running smoothly.
Years ago, before cars had advanced as much as they have today, the rule of thumb was to get an oil change every 3,000 miles. But this isn’t the case anymore—many new vehicles can go as many as 10 or 15,000 miles before an oil change is needed, and it varies from vehicle to vehicle. The best way to know is to check your owner’s manual or ask your car dealer.
You should still check your oil fairly regularly, though. It’s not hard to tell if the oil needs changed—just look at the color. Good, clean oil is honey-colored and won’t have any particles in it. If it’s black and it feels grainy when you rub it, get your oil changed ASAP. And if it’s in between—sort of brown but not grainy—you’ll want to get your oil changed soon, but it’s not an emergency.
It was announced in late March that GMC was named the KBB Most Refined Brand in the website’s 2016 Brand Image Awards. This is GMC’s third consecutive year winning this award.
The Brand Image Awards are based on responses to KBB’s Brand Watch study, which tracks the perceptions of over 12,000 consumers annually and identifies the most important factors shoppers take into account when buying a new car.
Kelley Blue Book credits the luxury Denali line for cinching the win for GMC. “While the truck- and SUV-only brand remains strongly associated with getting the job done,” writes a KBB editor, “the [Denali lineup] are all distinguished by boldly luxurious styling enhancements and elevated feature sets.”
In previous years, KBB has praised GMC’s ability to add luxury with the Denali line without detracting from the brand’s ruggedness. Over 850,000 Denali models have been sold since 1999, outselling the lineups of various luxury automakers in 2015 and accounting for nearly a quarter of GMC’s sales last year.
Airless tires are exactly what they sound like – tires that do not require any air pressure. Found on some forklifts, construction equipment, riding lawn mowers, and motorized golf carts, airless tires free owners from the hassle of air leaks and flat tires. So why can’t we kiss air pumps, low-tire pressure warnings, and flat tires goodbye for good?
Unfortunately, airless tires may not become a standard in the future for passenger cars any time soon. The physics behind keeping cars on the road are much more complex than what is needed to move a lawn mower or construction equipment. High speeds, inclement weather, and needing to stop quickly are factors that all effect the engineering of our vehicles’ tires.
Despite plenty of research, engineers have been less-than-successful at recreating the comfort, safety, and efficiency that traditional air-filled tires can provide. According to Wikipedia, both Bridgestone and Michelin are currently developing air-free tires that claim to offer the ability to carry loads, absorb bumps, and provide handling similar to that of a traditional tire.
Here at Linus Cadillac Buick GMC, we want to know what you think: are airless tires the wave of the future, or should we stick to old trusty? Tell Linus in the comments!
Marketing research firm Maritz found that Buick customers are 30% more likely to enjoy a book as a leisure activity. And it’s just this kind of data that Buick uses to custom-tailor the OnStar AtYourService offers.
The latest offer is the best kind: a free offer. From now until the end of the year, Buick customers subscribed to OnStar will be able to download two free books of their choosing from AudioBooks.com.
If you’ve never experienced them, audio books are a lovely way to enhance your commute. As Ian Small, Audiobooks.com president and COO, puts it, “Streaming audiobooks are a great way for drivers to discover a new favorite book while keeping their eyes on the road ahead.”
AtYourService doesn’t just offer free books, it’s a program designed to bring all sorts of great offers to Buick customers, such as offers on hotel rooms through priceline.com and location-based offers from retailers and restaurants.
As Duncan Aldred, global VP of Buick Sales, Service and Marketing says, AtYourService is just another part of how Buick makes “every drive more productive or entertaining.”
If its high-performance V-series models weren’t attractive enough already, Cadillac has unveiled a new Crystal White Frost Edition to make them so distinctive and appealing that we imagine they’ll have the same head-turning effect as the Woman in the Red Dress in the original Matrix movie.
The new Crystal White Frost Edition models feature unique matte-finish white paint and special wheels. They’ll be available on the CTS-V sedan, ATS-V sedan, and ATS-V coupe, which will come standard with the Carbon Fiber and Luxury packages. Also available will be extra performance and luxury options like Recaro bucket seats and microfiber-trimmed control surfaces.
The catch? It’s unlikely we’ll ever even see one at Linus Buick Cadillac GMC. Cadillac will only produce 99 examples of these stunning vehicles: 29 CTS-V sedans, 31 ATS-V sedans, and 3 ATS-V coupes. Needless to say, they’ll be in short supply, and we expect demand to be quite high.
Designers use all kinds of ideas for their work—some more creative than others, and others, like Buick’s design inspirations, might surprise you. The automaker has shared some of the design work that has gone into creating the award-winning Buick Avenir concept and some of its upcoming models, revealing that food is one of its principal inspirations. No wonder their cars look so yummy!
Specifically, Buick has found food to be a great source from which to draw when it comes to vehicle colors. According to Design with Science founder Sally Augustin, “a positive experience with a particular food … can develop positive associations with the colors that are clearly linked to that item.” And PPG industries, an automotive paint maker, found that 60% of consumers consider color in their purchase decisions.
You can see that influence in our lineup at Linus Buick Cadillac GMC. The Choccachino interior available in the 2016 Enclave was inspired by chocolate and coffee tones; the Toasted Coconut Metallic paint available on the 2016 Cascada was inspired by golden brown coconut flakes; and the Crystalline color of the Avenir concept car was inspired by the multi-layered green undertones of an artichoke!
Whether you’re cruising with the windows down on a hot summer day or blasting heat in the winter, one of everybody’s favorite activities while driving is to turn up the radio and jam along to their favorite songs. If you’re getting bored of your usual station, here are a few other top Florida radio stations.
Florida is a diverse place and its population has a diverse taste in music. The only Top 40 station to make the list of ten most popular stations was Power 96. Other options include 101.5 Lite FM, which caters a healthy dose of lite rock, easy listening, and adult contemporary music, and Magic 102.7, which focuses on classic hits from the 70s and 80s
As far as other styles goes, 99.9 Kiss Country is the top country station, while several other stations focus more closely on a Spanish-speaking audience. El Zol 95.7 has a Spanish Tropical format, DJ106.7 follows a Spanish CHR format, and and Z92 mixes a few English songs into a music library that generally plays salsa and other upbeat musical styles. Another option for music that strays outside of
the mainstream is 91.3 WLRN, which is both public radio and a classical music station.
If sportscasting is more your thing, you can choose between SportsRadio 560 and SportsTalk 790, also known as “The Ticket.”
Florida radio stations appeal to a variety of tastes and personalities. Regardless of where you are, you are sure to find a type of music you like, or maybe even just a talk show to listen to. No matter what, we all like to be entertained on the road and here at Linus, we’re no exception!