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Posted: 2013 Jan 18 - 06:19

FRIDAY, JAN. 18

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 riverwalk@brevardparks.com to reserve space.

Clinical hypertension: On Friday, Jan. 18, Dr. Gobivenkata Balaji, a specialist in clinical hypertension, who is also board-certified in internal medicine, will present a hypertension seminar. The educational event will be held from 2-3 p.m. at Brevard Health Center, 298 Michigan Ave., Suite 101, Melbourne. Sponsored by the Visiting Nurses Association Home Healthcare, the no-cost event is open to the public, and light refreshments will be provided. RSVP by calling VNA Home Healthcare at (321) 752-7550.

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 exec@brevardcms.org or call (321) 632-8481.

New RV site in south county: Giant Recreation World, Central Florida's No. 1 RV dealer network, has announced it will open a new state-of-the-art RV dealership in Palm Bay. Sitting on 24 acres of land and displaying more than 300 RVs, Giant Recreation World's new dealership will uphold the company's customer focus of providing the best RV sales and service available anywhere. The new location is visible from Interstate 95 to provide customers convenient access to the dealership. Founded in 1976, Giant Recreation World is an industry leader in delivering quality recreation vehicles at a superior value. The company's 90 employees provide sales and service from three Florida locations: Winter Garden, Melbourne and Ormond Beach. The company's goal is for every customer to have an excellent consumer experience. Visit the company's website to learn more about Giant Recreation World's new, used and rental products and customer satisfaction goal of never losing business over price at www.giantrecreationworld.com.  

SATURDAY, JAN. 19

5K race benefit: The Crossley Shear Group is the premier sponsor of the Lindsay Brown 5K Winter Blast in Rockledge Jan. 19. This race is in memory of Lindsay Brown, who was a 2006 Graduate of Rockledge High School, an Air Force Academy cadet and a J. Kyle Braid Leadership student/athlete. This event benefits the J. Kyle Braid Leadership Foundation, dedicated to teaching young people leadership skills; so that they, in turn, may reach out to other teens and peers with help that might make a life-saving difference down the line. For more information on the J. Kyle Braid Leadership Foundation, visit http://jkbranch.org. The race will start on the east side of Rockledge High School, at 8 a.m. The race fee is $25 ($20, with no race souvenir). For registration information, contact Beth Scarborough at (321) 544-7067 or scarborough.mbeth@brevardschools.org.

Tennis skill clinics offered: Florida Tech head coach Bill Macom and assistant coach Andrew Veeder will be offering mini skills clinics for junior tournament and high school players to jump start their games on Jan. 19-20 and Jan. 26-27 from 8:30-11:30 a.m. each day. The cost for a one-day session is $30, or a participant can purchase a full weekend session for $50. For more information and to register, email Coach Macom at bmacom@fit.edu, or Coach Veeder at aveeder@fit.edu.

Artists sketching: The Worldwide Sketch Crawl No. 38 will be held, starting at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at Ossario's in Cocoa Village. The artists may do some sketching there, then will be off to sketch crawl the village and meet at Murdock's for lunch. To sign up, contact Susan at susan@jsusancolestone.com.

Calligraphy offered: Learn calligraphy ("beautiful writing") to address wedding invitations or greeting cards, write in journals, make gift tags and personal correspondence. The Calligraphy I workshop will be at 9 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 19 in the community room of the Cocoa Beach Public Library, 550 N. Brevard Ave., Cocoa Beach. Cost is $10. For more information, call (321) 868-1104 or visit www.cocoabeachpubliclibrary.org.

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.

Helping the horses: Meet "Romeo," a mustang stallion, and "Little Thunder," a miniature horse, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 at Sams House at Pine Island, 6195 N. Tropical Trail, Merritt Island. The horses are ambassadors for the nonprofit Wild Horse Rescue Center in Mims. For more information, call (321) 449-4720 or visit www.eelbrevard.com.

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:/brevard.alphas06@gmail.com.

Read to a dog: Space Coast Therapy Dogs present the "Read to a Dog" program for ages 5 and older at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 at the Satellite Beach Public Library, 751 Jamaica Blvd., Satellite Beach. Participants are limited, and registration is required. For more information, call (321) 779-4004.

SUNDAY, JAN. 20

Beachside surfing retro event: The Indialantic Surfing Retro is an afternoon dedicated to the history of surfing. It will be 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20. There will be a display of vintage boards, surfing art, photographs and memorabilia. Famed local surfers, including Dick Catri, Mike Mann and Sam Gornto will reminisce and share stories. The event is at the Indialantic Town Hall and is free and open to the public. Bring your memorabilia, your history and your stories. The Indialantic Heritage Committee is presenting the event. For more information, call Jenifer Marx at (321) 951-7607 or Linda Paige at (321) 723-3505.

Sponsors, groups needed for event: The Central Brevard Humane Society would like to invite local businesses and rescue groups to take part in its Seventh Annual Mardi Gras Paws in the Park event that will be held in conjunction with Cocoa Village Mardi Gras on Sunday, Feb. 10, from noon to 3 p.m., at Riverfront Park in historic Cocoa Village. Sponsorship opportunities for Mardi Gras Paws in the Park are for individuals and businesses at all levels, beginning at $100 for the "Purple" sponsorship and up to $1,000 and above for the primary sponsorship, "The Big Easy." This annual event features extensive promotion and offers a fantastic quality "bang for your buck" for sponsors - all while having exceptionally high charitable returns for the homeless animals of Brevard. The cost for businesses to be a part of the vendor village at Mardi Gras Paws in the Park is $50. All rescue groups may participate at "no charge" (pending space availability). Vendors and rescue groups must supply their own tables, chairs, promotional materials, display racks and setup staff. Mardi Gras Paws in the Park is a free animal and family-friendly event for pet lovers, young and the young at heart, that will include rescue groups, a vendor village, pet contests, the crowning of the "furry" King and Queen of the Park, a demonstration from the Brevard Sheriff Department's Paws & Stripes Cadets, a Mardi Gras Parade of Pets and live entertainment by the Humane Society's Jazz Band. All animals must be on a leash and have proof of current shots, along with a county tag. For more information, contact the Central Brevard Humane Society at (321) 636-3343 or visit www.crittersavers.com.

MONDAY, JAN. 21

Tennis playing for fun: Women tennis players are being sought for play at the Satellite Beach Tennis Courts on Mondays and Wednesdays mornings from 8-10 a.m. Non-residents are welcome, as well. Call the recreation center at (321) 773-6458 or Lori at the courts at (321) 777-4525.

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.

Grieving for loved ones: Ascension Lutheran and St. Mark's Methodist are again offering Griefshare, a 13-week non-denominational, Christian-based program for those who have experienced losing someone close to them through death. The program is open to members, non-members and friends. St. Mark's program is on Mondays at 10:30 a.m. Ascension's is at 7 p.m. on Mondays. Each session is approximately an hour to 1 1/2 hours long. The format for each session is a 25-minute video segment followed by discussion based on the video and the workbook material. Sue Sorensen will be the facilitator for this series of meetings. Ascension Lutheran Church is at 1053 Pinetree Drive, Indian Harbour Beach. Call the church office at (321) 773-1815 to enroll. Call Sue Sorensen if you have any questions at (321) 544-0938.

Flag ceremony at VFW: At this flag ceremony at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21 at 1252 N. Highway A1A, Satellite Beach, the VFW Post No. 4743 will joined by the Junior ROTC Marines. For more information, call Dennis Hebert at (321) 243-6600.

Nurses to meet: The Space Coast Faith Community Nurses Network meeting will be held Monday, Jan 21, at 6 p.m. at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church (Lewis Hall), 1830 S. Babcock St., Melbourne. Any nurses who are, or may be, interested in providing health ministry in their faith communities across Brevard and neighboring counties are welcome to share experiences, offer support and provide educational opportunities. January's meeting will introduce "FCN-Health Ministries Documentation and Reporting System," an online documentation system, used by nurses. For more information, contact Marie at (321) 362-0580. The church phone is (321) 723-5272. Ask for Carolyn Wilt, RN. 

TUESDAY, JAN. 22

Legos at the library: All ages may participate in the Lego Club at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22 at the Eau Gallie Public Library, 1521 Pineapple Ave., Melbourne. Call Jessica Sibayan at (321) 255-4304 for more information.

Beachside dinner meeting: The American Business Women's Association will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22 at the Eau Gallie Yacht Club, 100 Datura Drive, Indian Harbour Beach. Reservations are required. Networking will begin at 6 p.m. with the dinner program at 6:30 p.m. Joshua Adams, technology director and owner/partner of Creative Impact Solutions, will be the guest speaker. Highlights of the meeting will be executive board announcements, holiday gala results and the presentation of the Stephen Bufton memorial Education Fund Scholarship. Cost for members and guests is $28. For more information, call Barbara Cheney at (321) 987-5106.

Romance in the air: Every fourth Tuesday of the month is the Romance Reader's Circle at 7 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, 1955 W. New Haven Ave., West Melbourne. This month's selection is "Lady Most Willing" by Julie Quinn, Eloise James and Connie Brockway. For more information, call (321) 726-8817 or email crm2834@bn.com.

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 23

Helping women be more secure, self-confident: Kathleen M. Rehl, Ph.D., award winning author and speaker, will be presenting a workshop based upon her book "Moving Forward on Your Own - A Financial Guidebook for Widows." Intended to help women be more secure, enlightened and self-confident about their money-matters and financial future after the loss of their spouse, the workshop is an opportunity to come together with other women facing the same challenges. It will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 23, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the Advent Lutheran Church, 7550 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne. Dr. Rehl is a leading authority on the subject of widows and their financial issues. She and Her book have been featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, "Kiplinger's, AARP Bulletin," "U.S. News & World Report," "Consumer Reports," "Investment News" and many others. The guidebook has received 10 national and international awards. There is no charge to attend the workshop, but advanced registration is required due to limited seating. RSVP to Diane Ford at (321) 242-7749 or email dianegford@bellsouth.net. Lunch will be served immediately following the workshop.

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/.

Annual awards show: Tickets are now on sale for the biggest educational event of the year in Brevard County - the Second Annual ABC Awards - Jan. 23 at the King Center for the Performing Arts in Melbourne. The Academy Awards-style event is hosted by Brevard Schools Foundation for Brevard Public Schools to honor nearly 500 school winners of the Teacher of the Year, Employee of the Year, Volunteers of the Year, Business Partners of the Year, Administrators of the Year and Parent Involvement Programs of the Year. Individual general admission tickets cost $25 per person and include a "Taste of Brevard Public Schools Culinary Arts Programs" food reception beginning at 6 p.m. in the Rotunda and Studio Theatre and the awards presentation featuring student and faculty performances at 7 p.m. in the main auditorium. Overall district winners in each category will be announced during the one-hour show. Reservations are limited. Tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis and are available only through Brevard Schools Foundation at (321) 633-1000, Ext. 455, by mail using the ticket order form at www.brevardschoolsfoundation.org or in person at the foundation office in the School Board Building, 2700 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, in Viera.

Landscaping for wildlife: Turn your yard into a park with the best native plants to attract wildlife and birds at the West Melbourne Public Library, 2755 Wingate Blvd., West Melbourne. The event is at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23 and is free to the public. Call (321) 952-4508 for more information.

THURSDAY, JAN. 24

Satellite Beach Recreation Department upcoming events:

Thursday, Jan 24: Bullies Aren't Bad Guys - 10 a.m. to noon. Cost is $65 per session: Empowering victims to prevent bully behavior. Location: DRS Community Center, 1089 S. Patrick Drive, Satellite Beach. Call (321) 773-6458.

Friday, Feb. 1-22: Extreme Couponing - 10:30-11:30 a.m. Cost is $25. Consumers save more than $3 billion annually in the United States using coupons. Location: DRS Community Center, 1089 S. Patrick Drive, Satellite Beach. Call (321) 773-6458.

Monday, Feb. 11 and 25: Eat Well to Live Well - 7-9 p.m. Cost is $20. Location: DRS Community Center, 1089 S. Patrick Drive, Satellite Beach. Call (321) 773-6458.

Tuesdays, Jan. 22 through Feb. 26: Stop Smoking Workshop - 7-8:30 p.m. Cost is $100 per session. Ages: 15 years and older. Quitting smoking is not easy, but you can do it! Location: Satellite Beach Civic Center, 565 Cassia Blvd., Satellite Beach. Call (321) 773-6458.

Wednesday, Jan. 16: Affordable Surf Fishing Clinic A-to-Z - 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cost is $40. Increase the affordability and ease of every surf-fishing trip you take the rest of your life. Location: Pelican Beach Clubhouse, 1495 Highway A1A, Satellite Beach. For registration, contact John at (321) 777-5554, email jdetmer@cfl.rr.com or email Rodney Smith at rodney@coastalanglermagazine.com.

Concealed Weapons Course: The city is in the process of coordinating a Concealed Weapons Course to be held in the Spring 2013. If you are interested in this course, contact the Recreation Department at (321) 773-6458.

Bird migrations, hike: Learn about bird migrations and hike for bird food and resting places at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 24. Make a migration station for birds to stop off and eat. This event at the Barrier Island Center, 8385 S. Highway A1A, Melbourne Beach, is for children ages 2-5. An adult must accompany all children. Wear closed toe shoes. Bring a water bottle, a snack and bug spray. Make reservations by Tuesday, Jan. 22. For more information, call (321) 723-3556 or visit www.barrierislandcenter.com.

UPCOMING EVENTS

A walk in the park: A nature walk will be held from 8-10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 25 at The Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore Memorial Park, 2180 Freedom Ave., Mims. Join in for a morning walk down the Moore Centers path of native trees and plants to enjoy the birds and learn about the native plants. Following the walk, participants will convene at the pavilion to enjoy the camaraderie that the outdoors gives. Laura Erickson (Cornell Lab of Ornithology) and Erin Hoelscher, along with Barbara Hoelscher (Friends of the Enchanted Forest), will participate with sketching techniques and discussing their careers regarding birding and education. This event is free to attend, and participants are encouraged to wear walking shoes, sunscreen and insect repellant and to bring water. Call (321) 264-6595 to reserve your space. The Brevard County Parks and Recreation Department's North Area Parks Operations is sponsoring this activity.

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 riverwalk@brevardparks.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 bmacom@fit.edu.

Book signing, discussion: Written in collaboration with New York Times best selling author Peter Golenbock, Larry Lawton's true-life story has helped many teens turn their lifes around. "Gangster Redemption" tracks Mr. Lawton's life growing up in the Bronx, his connection to organized crime, and how he went on to steal more than $15 million in jewels, ultimately landing himself in one of America's most brutal maximum-security prisons, where he was exposed to unbelievable torture. Through this book, readers will discover: a vivid account of Mr. Lawton's crimes and how he managed to evade law enforcement and the FBI for nearly six years; a secret life of corruption; the truth about prison life, what is lost, how to avoid and dissolve bad associations, and how to turn one's life around; how he developed the No. 1 program in the country designed to steer teens away from a life of crime. Mr. Lawton's Reality Check Program is nationally recognized and used by judges, law enforcement, government officials, attorneys and parents all over the country. It has kept thousands of teens and young adults from going to prison. Most importantly, it was founded right here in Melbourne. Join in for a chance to meet the inspiring author and founder of the Reality Check Program. The event is Friday, Jan. 25, at 7 p.m. at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 1955 West New Haven Ave., West Melbourne. For more information, call (321) 726-9505.

Multicultural health fair: In a combined effort to provide the community access to important health education and screenings, Cancer Care Centers of Brevard and Cancer Care Centers Foundation are hosting its second annual "Multicultural Health Fair" event on Saturday, Jan. 26 from 8 a.m. to noon. The free event will take place at Cancer Care Centers of Brevard, 1430 S. Pine Street, Melbourne. The community is invited to attend this special event, which offers free breast and prostate screenings by appointment only, as well as diabetic, eye, osteoporosis, peripheral artery disease and blood pressure screenings. Physicians from CCCB, the Hispanic American Medical Association and Dr. Omar Kazi of the Eye Clinic & Laser Institute, along with Jennifer Rivera, of Water's Edge Dermatology, will be on-hand to answer questions, provide health information and screenings. To schedule an appointment for a breast screening, call Althea at (321) 674-5050. For a prostate examination, call Maliaka at (321) 952-0898. For information on the Cancer Care Centers of Brevard in Melbourne, call (321) 952-0898, or visit www.cancercarebrevard.com.

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 riverwalk@brevardparks.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 pcgoodshep@aol.com.

Book signing and discussion by Tim Dorsey: Charismatic (and crazy!) tour guide "Serge Storms" and his sidekick, "Coleman," are up for another action-packed adventure in Riptide Ultra-Glide. Join in, as Tim Dorsey introduces yet another outrageous crime thriller that fans won't soon forget. The event will be Tuesday, Jan. 29, at 7 p.m. at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 1955 West New Haven Ave., West Melbourne. For more information, call (321) 726-9505.

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.

Aquaculture workshop: Brevard County Agriculture and Extension Service and the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences will hold a free Aquaculture Workshop in February at its Cocoa Extension office, 3695 Lake Drive, Cocoa. The Introduction to Aquaculture workshop is open to the public, and is specifically intended for individuals, who have an interest in development or growth of aquaculture-related businesses. Aquaculture extension specialists from around the state, and a representative of the state Division of Aquaculture, will present current information on the status of aquaculture in Florida, pros and cons of specific business ventures, an overview of state regulations and a discussion of resources available to support these businesses. The workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 4 at the Brevard County Extension Office in Cocoa. Cost of the workshop is $10, and lunch is provided. Pre-registration is required at http://aquacultureintro-cocoa.eventbrite.com. For more information, contact Holly Abeels, marine science extension agent, at (321) 633-1702 or habeels@ufl.edu. For more information or to register, call (321) 633-1702 or visit http://brevard.ifas.ufl.edu.

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.

Sweetheart ball: The Swingtime Jazz Band Dance Sweetheart Ball will be Thursday, Feb. 7, from 7-10 p.m. at the Melbourne Auditorium, 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd., Melbourne. Tickets cost $5 in advance and $7 at the door. For more information, call (321) 724-0555, email melb.band@cfl.rr.com or visit www.melbournemunicipalband.org. Dance instruction will be available from 6-7 p.m. for $5, payable to Laura Beers at www.adancersvoice.com. The Swingtime Jazz Band ensemble of the Melbourne Municipal Band also presents free concerts, featuring jazz and Big Band standards

Symphony of gemstones: The 36th Annual Rock & Gem Show, sponsored by the Central Brevard Rock & Gem Club, will be noon to 6 p.m. Friday, Feb 8; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10. Cost is $4 for adults, with children younger than 12, free. The event will be at the Space Coast Convention Center (Holiday Inn Express), 301 Tucker Lane, Cocoa. For more information, call (321) 799-8536 or visit centralbrevardgems.org. Featured will be: handcrafted and fine jewelry, rough and cut gems, fossils, minerals, beads, slabs, cabs, equipment and tools, demonstrations, free mini-classes, hourly prizes, grand prize and a silent auction.

Sweetheart brunch: The South Brevard City Council of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority will be having its Fourth Annual Sweetheart Brunch on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 10 a.m. at the Tradewinds Restaurant at Duran Golf Club, 7032 Stadium Parkway, Viera. Cost per person is $22. Sweethearts from each chapter will be honored. Preceptor Eta Eta Chapter is in charge of this event. For information call Jewell Patton at (321) 723-2250.

'Cinderella's' wedding: "Cinderella" will be getting married and you can be part of the guest list! "Belle," "Sleeping Beauty," "Snow White" and "Ariel" will be there. The event includes having your nails done, adding a touch of makeup and a hair clip. Enjoy a keepsake craft, dancing in the ballroom and, of course, a delectable reception. The event will be 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9 at the DRS Community Center, 1089 S Patrick Drive, Satellite Beach. Sign up by Feb. 4. Cost for those 2-10 years old is $15, with those 11 years or older  $7. A paying adult must accompany child. For more information, visit www.satellitebeachrecreation.org or call (321) 773-6458.

Valentine's dance: The Single, Separated, Widowed and Divorced group will hold its annual Valentine's dance on Saturday, Feb. 9, 8-11 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour's Auditorium, 5301 N. Atlantic Ave., Cocoa Beach. All singles and couples are welcome to attend.  Proceeds will benefit various charities. Tickets, $8 each, may be purchased at the Parish Office (321-783-4554) before the dance, at the door or from group members. BYOB. Snacks, beer, wine and setups will be available for purchase. "Visions" will provide live music. Call (321) 213-6629 or (321) 783-4152 for details.




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