Festival of lights in Melbourne
Space Coast Light Fest is a family-oriented celebration, taking place through Dec. 31, at Melbourne's Wickham Park, 2500 Parkway Drive, Melbourne.
The area is transformed into a winter wonderland, filled with hundreds of thousands of lights.
Visitors drive through the attraction to witness this once-a-year spectacle.
The event draws more than 15,000 vehicles annually.
Admission is $10 per car. Discounts and promotions can be found at www.spacecoastlightfest.com.
Light Fest is open nightly from 5-9:30 p.m.
For more information, call (321) 614-6286.
'Dino' and company on stage for the holidays
Join in for a nostalgic look back at the 1960s' Dean Martin Show, and enjoy some holiday favorites of Dino's and his friends, who arrive on stage to perform his Christmas show at the Melbourne Civic Theatre, LeGallerie Plaza, 817 E. Strawbridge Ave., Melbourne.
Songs will include: "Let it Snow," "King of the Road," "Most Wonderful Time of the Year," and more.
Cost is $25 per person.
Peg Girard is directing the show, with set design by Alfie Silva, musical direction by Alfie Silva, technical direction and lighting design by Alan Selby and sound design by Wendy Reader.
The continuing show dates are Dec. 21 and 22 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 23 and 24 at 2 p.m.
Call the Melbourne Civic Theatre for more information, at (321) 723-6935.
Go candlelight shopping downtown
The 12th annual Holiday Nights & Candlelight Shopping series of events in Historic Downtown Melbourne is in progress.
The candlelight shopping events continues in the shops, arcades and on the sidewalks of Downtown Melbourne from 5-9 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 22.
The evening features a wide variety of family holiday entertainment, with musicians, church and school choirs, bell choirs, carolers, "Father Christmas" and more.
Boutiques, shops and galleries will be serving traditional holiday fare, such as wassail, cookies, teas, hot chocolate, mulled cider, coffee, wine and cakes throughout the evening.
Call Melbourne Main Street at (321) 724-1741 for more information.
Holiday at the Port is ongoing
The Port Canaveral Association has announced the "How the Port Stole Christmas - Animated Light Display" through Jan. 2.
This is a unique family-oriented event that benefits the Central Brevard Sharing Center.
Come out and enjoy an evening full of holiday entertainment, hot cocoa and dinner at your favorite Cove restaurant.
Santa Claus is even scheduled to make special appearances throughout the month. A great location has been chosen right on the waterfront, between Fishlips Waterfront Bar and Grill & Baja Tavern & Eats; so those visiting the Cove area will be able to view the spectacular show.
This light show is like no other in the area, especially since it will be free to the public.
Consisting of more than 110,000 LED lights, this show is big and sure to amaze visitors and locals alike.
The show will continue through December, every evening beginning at dark.
The Port Canaveral Association is a not-for-profit in Port Canaveral, whose mission is to promote commercial family-oriented development in Port Canaveral through special events and marketing.
New music venue opens
Open Mike's is the new addition to the Brevard County music scene, located inside Florida Discount Music in Melbourne, with an original music showcase stage and event area (available for private parties).
The venue will feature a daily happy hour 5-7 p.m. Monday through Thursday with the best singer and songwriters in Brevard County.
There are free music lessons Fridays and Saturdays 5-6 p.m. with the Florida Discount teachers.
There will be coffee, cold beer, wine and live music.
Open Mike's is at 454 N. Harbor City Blvd., Melbourne.
For more information, call (321) 254-5645.
Holiday play to be presented
Magic returns this holiday season for nine consecutive years in Brevard County with Galmont Ballet's production of "The American Nutcracker," with storytelling that will usher young and old into a rich and festive holiday mood.
Choreographed by Frank Galvez, this production is set in turn of the 19th century United States of America and its rife with renewed vitality and joy.
The renewed production injects a fresh and vibrant magic displayed through the stunning set designs and elaborate costumes.
With scores of children, mice and snowflakes, this spectacular achievement offers a perfect complement to Tchaikovsky's glorious musical score.
"The American Nutcracker 2012" will be Friday and Saturday, Dec. 21-22 at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 22-23 at 2 p.m. at the newly restored and sumptuous Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse.
Tickets are available now through the box office at (321) 636-5050, located at 300 Brevard Ave., Cocoa, or online at www.cocoavillageplayhouse.com.
Annual boat parade scheduled
The annual Satellite Beach Banana River Sail and Power Squadron Christmas Parade will feature Santa Claus and local boaters moving through the Grand Canal, starting at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22.
The parade starts at the north end of the canal in Satellite Beach.
The parade will circle Lake Shepherd and pass under the canal's bridges.
The communication channel is VHF 71.
For more information, visit www.bananariversps.org, email email@example.com or call (321) 777-5659.
Christmas classic to be performed
A fully staged musical version of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22 at the King Center for the Performing Arts, 3865 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne.
"A Christmas Carol" features a spirited ensemble of 28 performers who bring Dickens' able of redemption to life on a magical set.
For more information and tickets, visit www.ntcproductions.org, www.kingcenter.com or call (321) 242-2219.
Concert to feature bluegrass music
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Sebastian Inlet State Park will hold its "Night Sounds" concert series 7-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28.
Hosted by the Friends of Sebastian Inlet State Park, the concert will showcase recording artists, Atlantic Bluegrass.
Come and enjoy some pickin' and grinnin' with some good bluegrass music.
This five-piece band features guitar, mandolin, stand-up bass, fiddle and banjo.
The concert will take place at the pavilions on Coconut Point, located on the south side of Sebastian Inlet.
The concert is free with regular park entry fees.
Sebastian Inlet State Park is at 9700 S. Highway A1A, Melbourne Beach.
For more information about Atlantic Bluegrass, visit www.myspace.com/atlanticbluegrass.
For more information about the concert, call (321) 984-4852 or visit www.floridastateparks.org/sebastianinlet.
Debutante ball is fundraiser
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Melbourne-Palm Bay Alumnae chapter, will host its 23rd annual Clarissa E. Hall Debutante Ball on Saturday, Dec. 29 at 7 pm. at the Melbourne Hilton, 200 Rialto Place, Melbourne.
Proceeds from this fundraising event will support college scholarships and various community outreach programs in south Brevard County.
Tickets cost $35 each and must be purchased in advance of the ball, as tickets will not be sold at the door.
Attire for this sit down dinner and cotillion is formal.
For tickets, contact Tracy Hollis at (321) 863-4665 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more event information, contact Yolanda Warren at (321) 261-8244 or email email@example.com.
New Years Eve party
DJ Mike Harvey will be broadcasting live New Year's Eve from Melbourne's Hilton Rialto's Wakefield Ballroom.
The event is sponsored by 98.5 The Beach radio and the Brevard Music Group.
For more details and all-inclusive packages, visit brevardmusicgroup.com.
Local chorale seeks new members
The Brevard Chorale, started in 1966, is an affiliate of Brevard Community College. The Chorale meets in the Bernard Simpkins Fine Arts Center on the BCC Cocoa campus, 1519 Clearlake Road, Mondays at 7 p.m. during the school year.
New members are welcome to join during the first two weeks of each new semester. Join in on Monday, Jan. 7 if you would like to participate in the spring season.
International pianist to play
Pianist Yoko Sata Kothari will play at Melbourne's Atlantic Music Center at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12.
Cost is $27 for adults and $20 for students.
Ms. Kothari began playing piano at age 4. At age 8, she won the Northern Japan classical piano competition.
She continued to win prizes in Japan, and earned more trophies when she moved to the United States, including second place in the Bartok-Kabalevsky-Prokofiev international competition and the Kathleen McGowan piano scholarship award.
Most recently, she received an award at the Bradshaw & Buono international piano competition in New York.
Ms. Kothari has performed with the Boca String Quartet, the Lotus Duo (a piano-violin duo) and currently is a member of the Trillium Piano Trio.
Call (321) 768-2221 for reservations and information.
Visit her website at www.yokoskothari.com.
For more information, contact Ginny Gatchell
ice president and entertainment director,
Atlantic Music Center, 25 S. Wickham Road, Melbourne, or call (321) 768-2221.
Country music legend to play at local venue
Tickets are now available to hear one of America's greatest country music legends, singer-songwriter Willie Nelson, in his return to the King Center in Melbourne.
Willie Nelson, with special guest Lukas Nelson, will play at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1 at the King Center for the Performing Arts, 3865 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne.
With a career that has spanned six decades, Mr. Nelson has won multiple awards, including countless Grammy's, American Music Awards and Country Music Awards.
Recently, the Country Music Association honored Mr. Nelson with an all-star tribute at the CMAs in Nashville, Tenn.
He has also amassed reputable credentials as an author, actor and activist.
With songs such as "Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys," "On The Road Again," "To All The Girls I've Loved Before" and "Georgia On My Mind," it's easy to see why his career has stood the test of time.
Be sure to get your tickets soon for this amazing concert. Tickets start at $40.50, plus fees.
Join in at 6 p.m. for the Picnic on the Patio (weather permitting). Maxwell's will also be open.
Black heritage festival planned
The 13th annual Black Heritage Calendar Fest, presented by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, has been scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 2 at the Eau Gallie Civic Center, 1551 Highland Ave., Melbourne.
The doors will be open to the public to view displays at 5 p.m.
The event, which includes a sit-down buffet and entertainment, will commence at 6 p.m.
The guest speaker is Corliss Heath of Tampa. Ms. Heath is the former chaplain for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, southern region.
The mistress of ceremony for the program is Rolanda Gallop, an adjunct communications instructor at Florida Institute of Technology and president/CEO at RoJe' Communications.
Tickets are required. Attire is Afro-centric or casual.
For more information about the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Melbourne-Palm Bay Alumnae Chapter event, including where and how to purchase tickets, contact Xiomara Thomas at (321) 917-2511 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.