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NKF Surf Fest to attract talent, spectators Labor Day weekend
BREVARD -- The Cocoa Beach Pier will be teeming with excitement this Labor Day, as the National Kidney Foundation hosts the 28th NKF Rich Salick Pro-Am Surfing Festival Monday, Aug. 26 through Monday, Sept. 2. The surf fest, founded by twin brothers Rich and Phil Salick, was started as a way to raise fund...
Local children's chorus to hold open auditions this weekend for young talent
BREVARD -- Children in fourth through 10th grade and who love to sing are invited to audition for the Brevard Children's Chorus. Auditions will be hosted on Saturday, Aug. 24 from 9 a.m. to noon at Suntree United Methodist Church in Melbourne. Founded in 2004, the Brevard Children's Chorus is a nonprofit,...
Local school kicks year off in the Aloha spirit
INDIALANTIC -- When Mary Ann Irwin first moved to Brevard County after serving as a school administrator in Indiana, she didn't know where to get her hair done. "I tried a lot of places, but I really like to keep it local," said Mrs. Irwin, principal of Holy Name of Jesus Catholic School in Indialantic. "...
Local animal care centers in need of help
BREVARD -- Two of Brevard's most crowded animal shelters are reaching out to the community, asking for help. The North Animal Care Center, or NACC, in Titusville and South Animal Care Center, or SACC, in Melbourne are in need of volunteers and donations to help the ...
Fifth annual blood donation helps save lives
SATELLITE BEACH -- Brevard County residents are encouraged to "roll up their sleeves" and help save a life this weekend. On Saturday, Aug. 24, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the fifth annual "Raj S. Shah Memorial Blood Drive" will take place at the FirstWave Financial building in Satellite Beach. "We're happ...
Hunting butterflies
Juliana Martinez, 10, of Indian Harbour Beach, spies on butterflies as part of a scavenger hunt, held at the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary in Titusville. The sanctuary hosted a 'Forest Funday' for children. Families took part in the scavenger hunt, looking for butterflies and other wildlife and making crafts....
Death of Palm Bay man believed to involve no foul play
PALM BAY -- Despite being handed over to the Brevard County Sheriff's Office Homicide Unit, authorities indicated there was no foul play in a case involving the recent death of a Palm Bay man. On Monday, Aug. 12, Palm Bay police discovered the bo...
Indoor soccer center provides development for better play
BREVARD -- Since opening in January of this year, XCEL Performance Center in Melbourne has given local soccer fanatics a place to practice their skills, rain or shine. The indoor soccer center, which is climate-controlled, allows for friends or teams to train and play within the confines of 90-foot by 34-f...
College launches new 'Titan-Mobile' app for students
COCOA -- Today, more than ever before, people are constantly connected to all sorts of information via smartphones and tablets. In an effort to be on the cutting edge of technology, Eastern Florida State College recently announced the launch of its new smartphone and tablet app, "Titan-Mobile." The applic...
Pointe shoe competition a huge success for Melbourne Dancewear
MELBOURNE -- For 30 years, Kitty Hatton has outfitted dancers throughout Brevard, providing costumes, alterations and a wide variety of shoes. Known to her customers as "Miss Kitty," the dancer turned entrepreneur opened Melbourne Dancewear after moving to Melbourne from Miami. "I had grown up dancing sin...
Ready for take-off
Evan Caprioli, 7, of Rockledge takes a turn at a flight simulator set up by the Moonport Modelers of Titusville at Searstown Mall, Saturday, Aug. 17. The modelers shared their love of model airplanes with the general public. Several remote control planes were on display, along with several flight simulators....
Program helps permitting process, business improvement in Brevard
TITUSVILLE -- The Economic Development Commission of Florida's Space Coast announced that eight municipalities earned recertification under a unique program. On Monday, Aug. 12, the EDC announced the recertification of Cape Canaveral, Cocoa, Melbourne, Palm Bay, Rockledge, Titusville and West Melbourne wi...
Free-roaming cats eligible for free sterilization from SPCA
TITUSVILLE -- The SPCA of Brevard is currently offering free spaying and neutering for any free-roaming or outdoor cat in the Titusville and Mims zip codes 32780, 32796 and 32754. Florida Animal Friends, Inc. provided a $25,000 grant to the SPCA of Brevard to help fund the service. The SPCA of Brevard is ...
Local group of retirees invites new members, will perform on Sept. 8
BREVARD -- To start their rehearsal, a group of retirees, known as The Downstagers, sing a song about the joys of being old. "It's a cute thing we do in the memory of Claude Kezer," said Gloria Dash, who leads the group in rehearsals. Mr. Kezer used to be a member of the group, which, since 1999, has perfo...
In Season
Attention, Brevard nonprofits, studios, galleries, museums, playhouses, historical sites, symphonies, community clubs and support groups: The deadline for submission of your organization's events in the Hometown News' In Season section this year, which will cover October 2013 through March 2014, will be Saturday, Aug. 31. Please send your calenda...
Pet of the week
A nearly 6-week-old Manx kitten, 'Sushi' is the adorable (and sleepy) pet of Bianca Sargente of Palm Bay. Sushi, whose breed does not have a tail, loves climbing on furniture, chasing her mommy's tail and hugging her baby monkey....

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