FRIDAY, JAN. 11
Fundraiser for student athletes: The "Titan Fundraiser," benefiting student athletes at Brevard Community College, will start at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 11 at the Rockledge Country Club. Registration starts at 11:30 a.m., with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. and awards' ceremony at approximately 5 p.m. There will be a silent auction of sports memorabilia and team prizes. Cost is $125 per person and $500 for a foursome. For more information, email email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org or call (321) 433-7054, (321) 504-2073.
SATURDAY, JAN. 12
Golf scramble for a cause: The United Way of Brevard County is hosting a charity golf scramble at the Savannahs Golf Course Saturday, Jan. 12 with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start. Cost is $60 per player and includes golf, warm-up balls, tee prizes, lunch and awards. All proceeds will benefit the United Way of Brevard County. Hole sponsors are available. Call (321) 455-1375 or visit www.golfthesavannahs.com for more information. The Savannahs Golf Course, 3915 Savannahs Trail, Merritt Island.
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 email@example.com.
Black and white dress occasion: January's theme for the Indian River Gallery's "Visiting Artist Exhibition" is "Black and White." Patrons and their guests are invited to join in for light hors d'oeuvres, and an opportunity to view the new art on display, as well as mingle with the artists Saturday, Jan. 12 from 6-8 p.m. Guests are asked to dress in black and white attire. The gallery is at 226 King St., (S.R. 520 eastbound), Cocoa Village. For more information visit www.IndianRiverGalleryCocoa.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (321) 305-6947.
MONDAY, JAN. 14
Grieving support group: GriefShare is a support group for those grieving the death of a loved one. It meets Mondays at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mark's United Methodist Church, 2030 N. Highway A1A, Indialantic. Call (321) 773-0721 for more information.
Retirees to meet for lunch: The Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, Apollo Chapter No. 1137, will have a luncheon and a meeting at 11:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 14 at Kay's Real Pit Barbeque, 1552 King St., Cocoa. Social Security expert Richard Renaud will speak, following the luncheon. For more information, visit www.narfe.org/chapter1137 or call (321) 433-0445.
Help at the library: The Library Friends Board meeting will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14 at 751 Jamaica Blvd., Satellite Beach. The book sale will be planned. Volunteers are needed for the sale in February. The meeting is open to the public. For more information, call Polly at (321) 426-9027.
New Alzheimer's program: The Early Alzheimer's Support and Education program empowers individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias and their family members to become active participants in their care by educating them about the disease, as well as care and treatment options. Participants should have completed a formal assessment and received a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia; be aware of their diagnosis, and participate in the group; want to participate. This seven-week educational program starts Monday, Jan. 14, and will be held at the Center for Family Caregivers, 3661 S. Babcock St., Melbourne. For more information, call the East Central Florida Memory Disorder Clinic at (321) 434-7612, Ext. 5, or the Alzheimer's Association at (800) 272-3900. Class space is limited. Pre-registration is required.
Grieving support available: GriefShare is support for those grieving the death of a loved one. It is on Mondays at 7 p.m. at the Ascension Lutheran Church, 1053 Pinetree Drive, Indian Harbour Beach. For more information, call (321) 773-1815.
TUESDAY, JAN. 15
Craft sale table at luncheon: The United Order of True Sisters will have a craft sale table prior to the Neighbor's Luncheon at the Crown Plaza on Highway A1A in Indialantic 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15. Funds from the sale will go to providing uninsured Brevard County women with mammograms. For more information, call (321) 773-0591.
Estate planning and advance directives: One Senior Place will present Elder law attorney William A. Johnson, as he discusses the basic principles of estate planning, including information on legal and financial strategies to help preserve assets from nursing home costs. The seminar will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 8085 Spyglass Hill Road, Viera. For more information, call (321) 253-1667.
Gardeners to meet: The Beach Gardeners of Melbourne Beach will be meeting on Tuesday, Jan 15, at 6:30 p.m. at the Melbourne Beach Community Center, 509 Ocean Ave., Melbourne Beach. The speaker for this meeting will be master gardener Lucia Chankersingh, presenting "Creating and Maintaining an Edible Landscape." Refreshments will be served. New members and guests are welcome. For more information, call (321) 723-4180.
Registration dates for serious ballet students: The Galmont Ballet has released the dates for its Summer Intensive Program of June 17 to July 12. Registration will be from Jan. 15 to April 15. There will be classes for beginner through intermediate, intermediate through advanced and adult classes. The four-week programs are classically based, with emphasis in both ballet and contemporary dance, with an average of 15-20 classes per week. Dancers in the Summer Intensive Program have the opportunity to perform in a final performance that will showcase selections from repertoire and new choreography created during the program. Frank Galvez and Lucia Montero are the founders-artistic directors of the Galmont Ballet. For more information, contact the Galmont Ballet, 5575 Schenck Ave., Suite 11, Viera, at email@example.com, www.galmontballet.com or call (321) 543-4403.
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 16
Surf fishing clinic offered: Here's an opportunity for people to increase the affordability and ease of every surf-fishing trip they take. This $40 clinic will not only cover the surf-fishing fundamentals and skills needed to improve one's catching, it will also detail the areas where you can save money and time, while pursuing this outdoor activity. John Detmer and Rodney Smith will share the knowledge needed to catch pompano, whiting, drum, flounder, mackerel and a host of other surf species. Attendees will receive a surf-fishing tackle bag. The clinic will be at Pelican Beach Clubhouse, 1495 Highway A1A, Satellite Beach. Wednesday, Jan. 16, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For registration, call John at (321) 777-5554, email firstname.lastname@example.org or Rodney Smith at email@example.com.
Making jewelry: Beverly Morgan will be teaching three levels of jewelry-making at the Art Gallery of Viera, Suite 111, at The Avenue, Viera. An "Introduction to Jewelry Making for Beginners" will be offered twice: Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 10 a.m. and Friday, Jan. 18 at 6 p.m. Students will make earrings and a bracelet for a $20 fee, plus $10 for materials. "Intermediate Jewelry" will be held Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 10 a.m., and students will make a chain necklace with bead clusters and a pendant. The fee is $20, plus $10 for materials. "Up-Cycle" or "Re-Cycle Advanced Jewelry" will be held Wednesday, Jan. 30 at 10 a.m. Bring your own beads, broken jewelry, lone earrings, pieces you never wear and re-design them into exciting jewelry. Fee is $20, plus $10 for materials, if needed. All of these classes are two hours long. To reserve a space in a class, contact Beverly Morgan at (321) 507-4022.
Bald eagle presentation and eagle watch: Join a Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge volunteer for a presentation on the natural history of the bald eagle on Wednesdays in January at 1 p.m. at the Refuge visitor center. After the program, weather-permitting, a volunteer will be stationed along the Black Point Wildlife Drive between Stops 11 and 12 with a spotting scope. Stop by to get close views of adult American bald eagles and their young on their nest from 2-4 p.m. Call (321) 861-5601 for more information. The Black Point Wildlife Drive is located along State Road 406, approximately five miles east of U.S. Highway 1, in Titusville. The Visitor Center is located on S.R. 402, five miles east of U.S. Highway 1, in Titusville.
Marine communications systems course: Boaters should never be without a marine radio, and the marine radio should never be purchased and installed without knowledge and training. Marine radios, while critical to safe boating on our waters, are perhaps the most misunderstood and misused tool in the boater's toolbox. This important course reviews communications systems for the recreational boater. Radio history and spectrum definitions are presented with definitions of radio circuits, enabling the student to choose the best system. The course will explore marine radio history, the marine radio frequency spectrum, VHF radio, GMDSS, FCC rules and regulations, radio operations, long-range communications, other communications systems, Marine 9 radio maintenance. The course will start Wednesday, Jan. 16, 6:30-8:30 p.m. and will last for seven weeks. It will be at Keiser University, 900 S. Babcock St., Melbourne. Cost is $55 for U.S. Power Squadron members, $85 for non-members and $134 for course and membership in USPS. Students may register by going to www.BRSPS.org and use PayPal. For more information, call Ernst Hofmann at (321) 220-7776.
THURSDAY, JAN. 17
Retirement assets seminar: Ayad B. Saad, an Edward Jones financial advisor in Suntree/Viera, is hosting an educational seminar titled "Smart Strategies for Maximizing Your Retirement Assets" from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17 at the Suntree Country Club, One Club Drive, Melbourne. A complimentary lunch will be served. This seminar is open to the public. To reserve your seat, RSVP to Lucille Stanchfield or Pat Ebner at (321) 255-2552.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve space.
Physicians installation dinner and membership meeting: The Brevard County Medical Society will present an installation dinner and general membership meeting at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18 at the Suntree Country Club, One Country Club Drive, Melbourne. Members are free, and guests cost $35. Non-member practicing physicians, who wish to join the society may attend free, as the guest of an active member. Current members who bring three non-member physicians to join the society are eligible to have their 2013 dues waived. For more information and to RSVP, email email@example.com or call (321) 632-8481.
Sea turtle class offered: The Sea Turtle Preservation Society will be presenting its Turtle 101 Class at the following locations and times: Saturday, Jan. 19: Eau Gallie Library, 10 a.m.; Thursday, Feb. 2, Eau Gallie Library, 2 p.m.; Thursday March 14th, Eau Gallie Library, 2 p.m. This class is open to the public and will cover the following: An overview of the world's sea turtles, including the ones found in Brevard waters; the dangers facing this protected species and what you can do to help; what STPS volunteers do in our volunteer activities, such as night nesting walks, surveys - recommended for all volunteers who have not taken the course. Registration will be during the first half hour, with the class taking about an hour. Please feel free to bring friends and family who are interested in sea turtles. The Eau Gallie Public Library is at 1521 Pineapple Ave., Melbourne. For more information, visit www.seaturtlesspacecoast.org or call (321) 206-1701.
Dr. King luncheon planned: Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., Iota Beta Lambda Chapter will host a scholarship luncheon in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King on Saturday, Jan. 19, at noon. This event will be held at the Holiday Inn, Viera Conference Center. 8298 N. Wickham Road, Viera. There will be a panel discussion on the theme "Making the Dream a Reality-Continuing the Legacy" with panelist the Rev. Wayman Dixon, Brother William Gary, Dr. Lynete Pennington and Brig. Gen. Anthony Cotton. Donation is $40 per ticket, with the proceeds to benefit the fraternity scholarship fund. Contacts for tickets are: J. Diggs at (321) 267-3170; Andrew Friar at (321) 258-3319; Brian Waritay at (704) 779-3950; and James Owens at (321) 626-8961. Tickets are also available online at http:/firstname.lastname@example.org.
Woman's club meets: The Satellite Beach Woman's Club will hold its next meeting at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 21 at the Pelican Beach Clubhouse in Satellite Beach. The focus of the meeting will be the club's annual Juried Arts and Crafts Festival, featuring works by club members. The public is welcome to view the artworks, and admission is free. New members are welcome. For more information, contact club president Susan Myers at (321) 610-8706.
Inaugural ball: The South Brevard Democratic Women's Club 2013 Inaugural Ball will be Jan. 21 at 6:30 p.m. at the Airport Hilton Rialto in Melbourne. Tickets cost $75 for individuals and $650 for a table of 10. The cost includes dinner. There will be dancing, a photographer and a cash bar, while big screens show festivities from Washington D.C. Call Madeline at (321) 773-2949, for more information.
Programs offered at festival: Brevard County Parks and Recreation Department and the Environmentally Endangered Lands Program have partnered with the Brevard Nature Alliance to host special family programs and activities during the 16th Annual Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival, Jan. 23-28. These activities highlight community area parks and sanctuaries throughout the county. An adult must accompany children. For a full list of activities, visit http://www.spacecoastbirdingandwildlifefestival.org/activities/.
Applauding Brevard's champions: There's still time to help our Brevard Public Schools students, teachers and schools get the resources they need to help them succeed by sponsoring Brevard Schools Foundation's biggest educational event of the year, the "ABC Awards - Applauding Brevard's Champions," which will take place Wednesday, Jan. 23 at the Maxwell C. King Center in Melbourne. The ABC Awards is a chance to create a positive association with education and show appreciation for all the teachers, employees, administrators, businesses and volunteers - like Lester Stafford, a volunteer with 86,000 hours in 49 years - who selflessly give of themselves to ensure a bright future for the students. Sponsors help the foundation underwrite the costs (including the honorees' admission) of this academy awards-style recognition event that shines a spotlight on the everyday heroes and the impact they have on the students. Any proceeds are invested right back into the mission to help enhance education with much needed grants, mentoring, scholarships, school supplies and more. For more information, call (321) 633-1000, Ext. 756, or visit www.brevardschoolsfoundation.org.
Real snowbirds focused on: Relatives are not the only visitors this winter. Learn about bird migration and conservation at the Brevard County-sponsored Winter Bird Festival, held from 4-6 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25, 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. Have you ever wondered what birds are visiting your backyard? Learn how to not only identify the most common birds at your feeder, but also how to report that information to help track bird migrations. Park naturalists will give a short bird presentation in Riverwalk Nature Center, followed by a quarter-mile guided hike through Riverwalk's various habitats used by migrating and resident populations of birds. Participants will receive a free Urban Bird Kit from Cornell University that includes information on how they can be a part of citizen science through Cornell's Urban Bird Project. Families can spend time identifying birds in their own backyard, while helping scientists track bird populations. All activities are free and open to the public, but space is limited. Call (321) 433-4490 or email email@example.com for more information or to register.
Tennis clinic offered: The Florida Tech men's and women's tennis programs will be holding a community tennis clinic at the Fee Avenue Courts on Friday, Jan. 25, from 6:30-8 p.m. Head Coach Bill Macom, Assistant Coach Andrew Veeder and the Panther men's and women's teams will be on hand to instruct. The clinic is free and open to the public, ages 7 and older. For more information contact Bill Macom by phone at (321) 674-7181, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Consignment auction: From real estate to diamonds to Tupperware - from "A" to "Z" - you will find almost everything at a Shuler auction, usually even the kitchen sink. The auction will be Saturday, Jan. 26 at 10 a.m. Cliff Shuler Auctioneers & Liquidators Inc. is contracted by the city of Titusville, city of Cocoa Beach, colleges, bankruptcy trustees, tax collectors, estates and secured lenders to sell items from real estate to boats, diamonds, antiques, artwork, heavy equipment, cars, trucks, collectibles and more. This public auction will be held at 422 Julia St. in downtown Titusville. Gates open at 8 a.m. on auction day, and there is no charge to register and attend, and no charge to bid. Some items of interest: judgment; mortgage note; Harleys, Suzuki and Honda motorcycles; firearms; original artwork; partial interest in a trust; real estate in Arizona; Tennessee and Florida; timeshares; coin collection; cars; trucks; equipment trailers; tools; boats; household goods; cut glass; hundreds of NASA memorabilia items, from plates to mugs to pins to patches and everything in between; LPs, misc. electronics, jewelry, vintage items; and Disney items from a private collection - just to name a few. More than 2,000 items will be sold in one day, under one very big tent. Visit www.soldfor.com for photos and details. For more information, call (321) 267-8563.
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.
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 email@example.com for more information or to register.
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.
Piloting course available: The Cocoa Beach Sail and Power Squadron will offer the "Piloting Course," covering the basics of coastal and inland navigation for the recreational boater. The course teaches plotting, using GPS as a primary navigation tool, but also includes traditional course plotting, so the student will be able to safely navigate if the GPS fails. During the weekly class sessions, the students will do hands-on exercises on plotting with both GPS and dead-reckoning techniques. The classes will be held on Mondays starting January 28 at the Cape Canaveral Hospital, Classroom D, 701 W. Cocoa Beach Causeway, (S.R. 520), Cocoa Beach, from 7-9 p.m. for about 10 weeks. The cost for the class is $92. This includes the instruction manuals, the Weekend Navigator, a CD and an invitation to one of the general membership meetings. Students who accept and pay for membership will receive a rebate of $31. Students, sharing the manuals, pay $102. Interested persons can send an email to ChairAdvanced@cbsps.com or use the website form at www.cbsps.com, under "Boating Education" to register. Learn more about the Cocoa Beach Sail & Power Squadron at www.CBSPS.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Bible study: A community ladies Bible study will be at 9:45 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 31 through March 7 at the Melbourne Beach Community Center, 509 Ocean Ave., Melbourne Beach. To sign up, call Pat Secret at (321) 722-9117. There is a $7 donation fee. The study is sponsored by the Community Chapel of Melbourne Beach.
Wine tasting fundraiser: The Dance Arts Centre will host its Wine Tasting Fundraiser Friday, Feb. 1 from 6-8 p.m. at the Maxine's Salon and Spa Highland Ave., Eau Gallie Arts District, Melbourne. Dance Arts Centre's mission is to promote positive change in the community's youth lives through creative movement and the arts. Cost is a $5 donation at the door. For more information, visit www.DanceAC.org.
Mentoring children: The Brevard Schools Foundation is seeking caring adults to mentor Take Stock in Children Scholars. As part of the program, each student is assigned a volunteer mentor to befriend and guide the student throughout middle and high school. Both male and female mentors are recruited year-round to mentor students countywide. Mentor training is held each month at the Educational Services Facility in Viera, 2700 Judge Fran Jamieson Way. The next training session is scheduled at 9 a.m Tuesday, Feb. 5. Individuals who are interested in volunteering as a mentor or learning about Take Stock in Children are invited to attend. Take Stock in Children provides a unique opportunity for low-income, at-risk students to escape the cycle of poverty through education. The program offers students college scholarships, caring volunteer mentors and hope for a better life. Volunteer mentors meet with their student each week at school throughout the school year. To make a reservation or learn more about this program, call (321) 633-1000, Ext. 462. To find out more about the program, visit www.brevardschoolsfoundation.org.