FRIDAY, DEC. 28
Searching for the Florida skunk ape: Capt. Ron Thorstad, at A Day Away Kayak Tours, has announced a paddling on the Indian River tour. "In search of the Haulover Skunk Ape" tour is about rumors pouring about boaters and fishermen catching glimpses, sounds and especially smells of something large and stinky moving about in the dark on the banks of the Lagoon near the Haulover Canal on the Merritt Island Nation Wildlife Refuge. Although very skeptical, Capt. Ron has assembled a team of guides who are very familiar with the area in question. The guides will take you to the areas where the sounds, sightings (and smellings) are most often reported. At the very least, you will enjoy paddling on the lagoon under a full moon and dodging mullet as they try to jump in the kayaks. A Florida version of Sasquatch or Bigfoot may be wandering around on the Refuge. Paddlers may see and hear pigs, raccoons or deer. This paddling adventure is appropriate for children, 6 and older, with or without any paddling experience. The cost is $ 34 per paddler and includes all required equipment as well as paddling instruction. For more information, contact Capt. Ron Thorstad at (321) 268-2655, (321) 863-6099, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.adayawaykayaktours.com.
SATURDAY, DEC. 29
Adoptable animals downtown: "Foo dog days" at the Foo Bar, 816 E. New Haven Ave., Melbourne, will be 2-6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29. Attendees may adopt animals at the Foo Bar and at the Molly Mutt II Thrift Shop (a half block west). They may also bring their own animals with proof of current shots and county tags. For more information, call (321) 636-3343 or visit www.crittersavers.com.
'How the Port Stole Christmas:' The Port Canaveral Association, a not-for-profit in Port Canaveral, whose mission is to promote commercial family-oriented development in Port Canaveral through special events and marketing, announces the "How the Port Stole Christmas - Animated Light Display." The animated holiday light show will run through Wednesday, 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. A location has been chosen right on the waterfront, between Fishlips and Baja, so those visiting the Cove area will be able to view the show. This Light Show is like no other in the area, especially since it will be free of charge to the public. Consisting of more than 110,000 LED lights, this show is big and sure to amaze visitors and locals alike, every evening beginning at dark. For more information, contact Diane Petrocelli, Events Coordinator, at email@example.com or (321) 514-8657.
SUNDAY, DEC. 30
Socks and undershirts needed: In an effort to support the upcoming homeless census, the Brevard Homeless Coalition is asking for donations of new adult-size socks and men's white undershirts. Socks and T-shirt donations can be delivered until Friday, Jan. 18 to the Harry T. Moore Center, 725 S. Deleon Ave., Titusville; American Red Cross, 1700 Cedar St., Rockledge; or Daily Bread, 815 E. Fee Ave., Melbourne. The Coalition volunteers will give out the donated items as they survey homeless men, women and children throughout Brevard County. The information gathered is used to request federal, state and local funding to help bring about an end of homelessness in Brevard. The homeless census will take place in January. For more information or to volunteer, contact Tammy Harris at Brevard County Housing and Human Services Department at (321) 633-2076, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Keith Heinly at United Way of Brevard at (321) 631-2740, or email@example.com.
MONDAY, DEC. 31
Winter camps scheduled at five locations: Brevard County Parks & Recreation will host Winter Break Camp during the holiday break this year. Winter Camp is for children currently in kindergarten through sixth grade (ages 5-12). Camp will be offered at five locations in the south area:
Viera Regional Community Center, 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera
Max K. Rodes Park, 3410 Flanagan Ave., West Melbourne
Ted Whitlock Community Center, 1951 Malabar Road N.W., Palm Bay
South Beach Community Center, 501 Old Florida Trail, Melbourne Beach
South Mainland Community Center, 3700 Allen Ave., Micco.
The dates for camp are Dec. 21, Dec. 26-28, Dec. 31, Jan. 2-4 and Jan. 7. Activities at Winter Camp include sports, group activities, games and arts and crafts. Registration for all camps is currently underway at each individual camp location. Registration can also be completed at the South Area Parks Operations Office, 1515 Sarno Road, Building A, Melbourne. The fee for each week is $60 per child or $20 per day per child. Before and after care is available for an additional cost. For more information, call the South Area Parks and Recreation Office at (321) 255-4400 or visit www.brevardcounty.us/ParksSouth.
TUESDAY, JAN. 1
Walk through old Melbourne Beach: The annual New Year's Day History Walk of "old" Melbourne Beach will begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 1 at the Ocean Avenue Community Center. The stroll through the district will end with a tour of the 120-year old Community-Chapel. For more information, call (321) 723-2655.
Kwanzaa celebration: The public is invited to participate in a celebration of Kwanzaa Tuesday, Jan. 1 at 6:30 p.m. The events will take place at the Melbourne/Palm Bay Delta Life Center, 805 E. Hopkins St., Melbourne. Created by Maulana Karenga in 1966, Kwanzaa embodies the "Nguza Saba," Seven Principles of everyday life, which are celebrated Dec. 26 through Jan. 1 of each year. The celebration on Jan. 1, celebrating the last principle of Kwanzaa, "Imani" [ee-MAH-nee] which means "faith," which is to "believe with all our heart in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders and the righteousness and victory of our struggle." This event is free, however, based on the principles of Kwanzaa, the community is requested to participate by bringing a vegetarian dish/light refreshment to share at the event. For more information or to volunteer, call Earl Simmons (321) 914-9299.
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 2
Corps begins repairs at Canaveral Lock: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District, has started repair work at the Canaveral Lock, which will impact operations over the next six months. The repairs are necessary to fix a collapsing guide wall on the south side of the lock. In order to accommodate equipment placed in the lock to facilitate the repairs, the Corps will operate the lock on an adjusted schedule:
Weekdays, 6-7 a.m. Lock open, one lockage in each direction
Weekdays, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Lock closed for repair work
Weekdays, 6-9:30 p.m. Lock open, lockages as needed
Weekends, 6 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Lock open, lockages as needed
The change in operating hours will be in effect until the repairs are complete, currently estimated to be summer 2013. Additionally, vessels that require more than 45 feet of horizontal clearance will need to coordinate passage through the lock at least seven days in advance by contacting the Canaveral Lock. Call (321) 783-5421. The lock is located between Port Canaveral's west turning basin and the Banana River. It was constructed in 1965 to assist with safe passage from the port to the Atlantic Ocean. It is one of six locks operated by the Jacksonville District. A notice to navigation has been issued on this subject. For more information on navigation notices concerning Canaveral Lock or the Okeechobee Waterway, visit www.saj.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/Navigation/NoticestoNavigation.aspx.
THURSDAY, JAN. 3
Nature day camp offered: The Barrier Island Center, 8385 S. Highway A1A, Melbourne Beach, will present a hike through the maritime hammock and along the beach of the barrier island from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3. Afterward, create art, poetry and prose. This event is fro ages 8-12. For more information and reservations, call (321) 723-3556 or visit www.barrierislandcenter.com.
Supporting the band: The Melbourne Municipal Band Auxiliary invites you to attend an orientation about the MMB Auxiliary Jan. 3 at 7 p.m. in Good Rehearsal Hall, located behind the Melbourne Auditorium, 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd, Melbourne. Refreshments and light snacks will be served. This orientation will focus on the variety of functions the auxiliary provides in support of the band and will show a vision of the future for both the band and the auxiliary. MMB has been Melbourne's resident band since 1965. In a typical year, the band serves 69,000 concert attendees, and its members give 27,000 hours of community service in the form of rehearsals and performance time. MMB is in a state of renewal and growth. Led by Staci Cleveland, MMB is reaching out to more patrons by performing more concerts with a greater variety of musical styles than ever before. The band's increased activity needs support by the auxiliary and more volunteers in the Auxiliary. You can be a part of this new vision of the MMB by being an auxiliary member. Come, bring a friend and invite anyone interested in being a volunteer. RSVP to Marci at (321) 432-4715 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scholars program deadline approaches: NASA is offering high school junior girls from across the United States an opportunity to jump-start their futures by participating in the Women in STEM High School Aerospace Scholars program for 2013. WISH participants will participate in online forums focusing on science, technology, engineering and mathematics topics and complete online activities to qualify for a six-day summer experience at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. During the summer experience, they will work with mentors to design a mission to Mars, interact with NASA female role models and mingle with scientists and engineers as they learn about careers in STEM. Applications are due Jan. 3. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, female high school juniors with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher and interested in STEM. They must have access to the Internet and email, be able to commit to the project for one year and participate in the Johnson summer program in 2013. WISH Aerospace Scholars is sponsored by NASA's Education Flights Project Office and offered at no cost to the participants. Questions about WISH may be directed to JSC-NHAS@mail.nasa.gov. To learn more about NASA's Women in STEM High School Aerospace Scholars, visit http://wish.aerospacescholars.org/. For more information about NASA's education programs, visit www.nasa.gov/education.
Orientation for volunteers scheduled: The Central Brevard Humane Society has scheduled volunteer orientation for 9-10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 5 at 1020 Cox Road, Cocoa. The society is in need of dedicated individuals, age 16 and older, who care about the welfare of animals. Volunteer opportunities are available at the shelter, the Molly Mutt Thrift Shops in historic downtown Melbourne, Merritt Island, Palm Bay and Rockledge. For more information, visit www.crittersavers.com, email email@example.com or call (321) 636-3343, Ext. 207.
Men's soccer winter camp: Florida Tech men's soccer head coach Robin Chan has announced the date of the Winter ID Camp for boys 15-19. The one-day clinic is set for Saturday, Jan. 5 from 10 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. at Rick Stottler Field. The price of the camp is $95 per camper, and it includes lunch at the Panther dining hall on Florida Tech's campus. Check-in for all campers will begin at 10 a.m. on Jan. 5 at Rick Stottler Field, and the first training session will begin at 10:30 a.m. and run until 12:30 p.m. The training session will consist of fundamental training, tactical training and small side games. Lunch will take place from 12:30-1:30 p.m. at the Panther dinning hall. After lunch, a question and answering session will run for a half an hour for campers to ask questions and get advice from the Florida Tech coaches and staff. The participants will then compete in 11-on-11 scrimmages from 2-4 p.m. at Rick Stottler Field. From 4-4:15 p.m. the camp will wrap up with closing remarks. Out-of-town/state campers will have the opportunity to see the Florida Tech campus a day early on Friday, Jan. 4. Those who wish to arrive a day early can contact Florida Tech's men's soccer assistant coach Ryan Moon. To register or for more information, call or email Ryan Moon at (321) 987-6068 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Non-perishable food items needed: The Brevard County Sheriff's Office is hosting a food drive to help the women and children, who have been victims of domestic violence, who reside in Serene Harbor. For more than 20 years, Serene Harbor has been providing emergency shelter services in Brevard County to the victims of domestic violence. Serene Harbor provides shelter, Medicare assistance, legal assistance, transitional housing, counseling programs, case management, educational programs, safety planning and a "help line." Currently, Serene Harbor's Food Pantry's are nearly empty, and its shelters are full. If you would like to help Serene Harbor, bring non-perishable food items to any of the below Sheriff's Office locations by Saturday, Jan. 5. If you have any questions about the food drive or Serene Harbor, contact Brevard County Sheriff's Office. Drop off locations are: Sheriff's Office-North Precinct, 700 Park Ave., Titusville, (321) 264-5208; Sheriff's Office-South Precinct, 1515 Sarno Road, Melbourne, (321) 253-6658; Sheriff's Office-East Precinct, 2575 N. Courtenay Parkway, Merritt Island, (321) 454-6652; Sheriff's Office-Canaveral Precinct, 111 Polk Ave., Cape Canaveral, (321) 868-1113; Sheriff's Office-West Precinct, 2725 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Bldg E, Viera, (321) 633-2123; and Sheriff's Office-Criminal Investigations, 340 Gus Hipp Blvd., Rockledge, (321) 633-8499.
Grandparents to meet: The Grandparents Raising Grandchildren support group will meet at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8 at Parrish Senior Solutions, 805 Century Medical Drive, Bldg. B, Titusville.
The Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan 10 at the Grant Street Community Center Gym, Grant Street, Melbourne.
The Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group meeting will be at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15 at the GRG of Brevard County Office, 123 Barton Blvd., Rockledge.
The Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group will also meet at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 31 at Memaw's Restaurant, 600 E. Eau Gallie Blvd., Indian Harbour Beach.
For information or emergency assistance, call (321) 631-7776.
Hospice classes at St. Francis: Hospice of St. Francis will be offering Caregiver Education and Resource classes for current and future caregivers and their family and/or friend helpers at a north and south Brevard location in January. The training program consists of six 90-minute classes. The class series dates and locations are as follows: North Brevard class will be held Tuesdays and Fridays, Jan. 8, 11, 15, 18, 22 and 25 from 1-2:30 p.m. at the Holy Spirit Roman Catholic Church, 2399 Holder Road, Mims. South Brevard class will be held Wednesday and Friday, January 9, 11, 16, 18, 23 and 25 from 4-5:30 p.m. at Hospice of St. Francis, 4875 N. Wickham Road, Suite 104, Melbourne. All classes were developed nationally in response to the issues caregivers, themselves, identified. Each class focuses on different issues a caregiver will face. Hospice of St. Francis' programs and training classes are offered at no cost to Brevard County residents. To register, contact Barbara Borman, RN, at (321) 269-4240, Ext. 330, toll free at (866) 269-4240 or email email@example.com. For more information about patient services and support programs, call (321) 269-4240, toll free (866) 269-4240 or visit www.hospiceofstfrancis.com.
Genealogical Society of North Brevard to present program: The Genealogical Society of North Brevard will meet on Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 6 p.m. in the Hannemann Room of the Titusville Public Library, 2121 S. Hopkins Ave., Titusville. This meeting will be on the second Tuesday of the month instead of the first. Pete Bradish will speak on "Roots Magic" one of the most popular genealogy programs available for Windows. He has co-authored more than three dozen articles for "Everton's Genealogical Helper." He and his wife, Connie, have traveled for the past 15 years, lecturing and giving genealogical presentations to societies and at genealogical events. Please plan to join in for this informative presentation. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learning about owls: From little Screech Owls to the elegant great horned owls, the people from Florida Wildlife Hospital will tell you all the fascinating details about the lives of Florida's owls. This free program will be offered at West Melbourne Public Library, 2755 Wingate Blvd., West Melbourne, on Wednesday, Jan. 9, at 6 p.m. Call (321) 952-4508 for more information.
Programs and classes in south Brevard: The winter term of the Shepherd's Center of South Brevard begins Thursday, Jan.10 at First Presbyterian Church of Palm Bay, with a dozen classes. The Adventures in Learning program runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays for eight weeks through Feb. 28. The cost is $20 per individual or $30 per couple. All are welcome. Classes this term include Beginning Quilting, Spiritual Discipline, Basics of Using a Computer, It's Opera Time, Stretching, Eight Weeks to Wellness, Turning Points in History, New Testament History, Writing Your Life, 1863 - The Tide Changes, Board Game Bonanza and Easter Crafts. Volunteer senior citizens teach based on their expertise. The church is located at 1080 Port Malabar Blvd. N.E., Palm Bay, one block east of the intersection of Babcock Street and Port Malabar Boulevard. For information, call (321) 723-2976 or (321) 768-6286.
Golf tournament slated: The Invitational Golf Classic 2013 will be Jan. 11 at the Rockledge Country Club. Cost is $125 per person to play and $500 per foursome. There will be team prizes and team prizes for net and gross divisions. Sponsorships cost: Putting Green - Driving Range: $200; Second Tee - 18th Green: $100. For more information contact Jeff Carr, director of athletics, at (321) 433-7054 or Carrj@brevardcc.edu; or Jamie Howell, Men's Golf Coach, at (321) 504-2073 or email@example.com.
Charity golf scramble: The Savannahs Golf Course is hosting the United Way Charity Golf Scramble on Saturday, Jan. 12. An 8:30 a.m. shotgun start is planned after a continental breakfast. Cost is $60 per player and includes golf, cart, lunch, breakfast, tee prizes, awards and tax. All proceeds go to the United Way of Brevard County. For more information or to register a team call (321) 455-1375. Hole sponsorships are available.
Fashion show to benefit missions: The Presbyterian Church of the Good Shepherd, 810 W. Florida Ave., Melbourne, will host a fashion show and luncheon on Saturday, Jan. 12 from 11a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The cost is $12 and will benefit the missions of the church. The fashions will be modeled by church members and are from Bealls of Florida. All are welcome. For more information, call the church at (321) 723-3994 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Painting classes in Rockledge: Certified instructor Barry Traxler will offer Bob Ross painting classes from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18 and 19, at Riverwalk Nature Center, located at Riverwalk: A Family Park, 5355 U.S. Highway 1, Rockledge. The late Bob Ross was host of the public television series "The Joy of Painting," which ran from 1983 to 1995 and still appears in reruns in many broadcast areas. During each half-hour segment, Mr. Ross would instruct viewers in the art of oil painting using a quick-study oil painting technique that kept colors to a minimum and broke paintings down into simple steps that anyone could follow. The cost is $50 and includes all materials. The Bob Ross wet-on-wet technique allows students to leave every class with a complete, ready-to-frame painting. Seating is limited. Contact Riverwalk Nature Center at (321) 433-4490 or email@example.com to reserve space.
Learn about sea turtles: Strap on a turtle shell and get ready to lay your eggs! Learn about the struggles sea turtles face to nest at the Brevard County-sponsored "It's Tough To Be A Turtle" Obstacle Course, held from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26 at Riverwalk: A Family Park, 5355 U.S. Highway 1, Rockledge. The program is being held in conjunction with the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival. All activities are free and open to the public. Call (321)433-4490 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to register.
Writers' conference to be held: The Cocoa Beach Writers' Conference will take place Jan. 26-27 at International Palms Resort. Sponsored by the Space Coast Writers Guild, this is the guild's 31st annual writers' conference. Workshops are designed for writers of fiction and nonfiction, with special emphasis on screenwriting, media resources, copyrights and technology. All workshops are included in the registration fee. As optional add-ons, literary agents and publishers will hold pitch sessions, and qualified reviewers will critique up to 25 manuscript pages.
Dr. Vernon Boushell free concert series: The Riverside Presbyterian Church presents free concerts down by the riverside.
Sunday, Jan. 27 - Winter Concert: Music of Your Life: 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Riverside Presbyterian Church, 3400 N. Atlantic Ave., Cocoa Beach. For more information, call (321) 525-7825 or visit www.riversidepres.org. Free concert - free ticket is required.
Sunday, March 10 - Spring Concert with the Indialantic Chamber Singers: 3:30 p.m. Riverside Presbyterian Church, 3400 N. Atlantic Ave., Cocoa Beach. For more information, call (321) 525-7825 or visit www.riversidepres.org. Free concert - free ticket is required.
Sunday, June 23 - Patriotic Concert with the Space Coast Symphony Wind Ensemble & Space Coast Symphony Choir: 3:30 p.m. Riverside Presbyterian Church, 3400 N. Atlantic Ave., Cocoa Beach. For more information, call (321) 525-7825 or visit www.riversidepres.org. Free concert - free ticket is required.
Singing group 'ambassadors to perform: Presbyterian Church of the Good Shepherd, 810 W. Florida Ave., Melbourne, will host the singing group Re-Creation in worship on Sunday, Jan. 29 at 10:45 am. Re-Creation is a group of young people who will present a sacred program in worship, titled "Gospel Gold." The concert is free (during the worship a free-will offering will be taken) as these young people give up a year of their lives to travel the country and give more than 300 concerts. They give many concerts to America's hospitalized veterans in veteran's facilities around the country, earning them the title of America's "Ambassadors to Hospitalized Veterans." A nursery is provided. For more information, contact the church at (321) 723-3994 or email email@example.com.