FRIDAY, JAN. 25
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.
Rummage sale: Searching for treasures? The Holy Spirit Council of Catholic Women at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 2309 Holder Road, Mims, will hold its annual rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25 and Saturday, Jan. 26 in the church hall. Lunch will be available in the Tea Room from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., plus a bake sale, which will include dozens of home-baked treats. Call (321) 269-6470 for more information.
Beach library events: The Satellite Beach Public Library will present the following events:
Homeschool open house: Friday, Jan. 25, 10 a.m. Homeschool families are invited to visit for a library-themed scavenger hunt that teaches children how to use library resources.
'Rave About Your Fave!" Monday, Jan. 28, 3 p.m. This is a Sunshine State Book Club event for grades 3-6.
The library is at 751 Jamaica Blvd., Satellite Beach. For more information, call (321) 779-4004.
Craft sale beachside: The United Order True Sisters are having a craft sale in front of Publix at Atlantic Plaza in Satellite Beach 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25. Proceeds from the sale go to providing uninsured women in Brevard County with mammograms. For more information, email email@example.com or call (321) 773-0591.
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, through Monday, Jan. 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/.
Student art showcased at mall: Melbourne Square Mall is hosting the Brevard Public Schools South Area Student Art Show through Saturday, Jan. 26. The event invites 49 south area Brevard schools to display more than 500 pieces of artwork from students in grades kindergarten through 12th. The show is not a judged exhibit, but art teachers from each school select artwork from various levels that represent student creativity, quality and expression that reflect the Florida Sunshine State Standards for the Arts of critical thinking, reflection, skills, techniques, organizational structure, historical and global connections and innovation. Area residents are encouraged to visit the mall and walk through the exhibit to see the outstanding efforts from local students. The art show will conclude with a reception to thank the schools and student participants on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 1:30 p.m. Additionally, Melbourne Square will host a Kidgits Arts and Crafts Event beginning at 1 p.m. that invites Kidgits members to join and create their own unique arts and crafts. Kidigits members show your card for a special goodie. The event is free and open to the community. Kids can join Kidgits Club for a $5 annual membership fee. Melbourne Square Mall is at 1700 W. New Haven Ave., Melbourne. For more information, visit www.simonkidgitsclub.com or call (321) 727-8062.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to register.
Wine and tapas pairing: The Space Coast Gator Club will host a wine and tapas pairing at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25 at Cafe Unique in Cocoa Village. There will be four courses of tapas, with a glass of wine to match each course. Tapas are a variety of snacks or appetizers in Spanish cuisine. For more information email email@example.com or call (321) 890-7754.
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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
SATURDAY, JAN. 26
Huge garage sale Saturday: A 35-garage garage sale will be 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26 at Harbor Isles I & II, 600 S. Brevard Ave., Cocoa Beach. For more information, call (321) 783-6065.
Free screenings by appointment: As part of the Multicultural Health Fair, Cancer Centers of Brevard, 1430 S. Pine St., Melbourne, is offering free breast, prostate, diabetic, blood pressure, skin cancer and vision screening 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 26. To make an appointment for a screening, call Maliaka at (321) 952-0898. For more information, email email@example.com or call Marta Fiol at (321) 426-5145.
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. For more information, call (321) 868-1104.
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.
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.
Poker run slated: ABATE of Florida Inc. has planned the Java Jaunt Poker Run for Saturday, Jan. 26, from Palm Bay to Melbourne. The starting location will be Dunkin Donuts, 4897 Babcock St. N.E., Palm Bay, with the first bike out at 8:30 a.m. The ending location will be Dunkin Donuts, 2998 Lake Washington Road, Melbourne, with the last bike in at 3 p.m. Cost for the run is $5 per person. There will be products, a 50/50 and vendors present. For more information, contact Robin Bailey at (321) 557-8213.
Charity fashion show: The Pilot Club of South Brevard will hold a Bunco party with refreshments, prizes and a raffle 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26 at The Fountains of Melbourne, 4451 Stack Blvd., Melbourne. Cost is $10. Call for tickets. For more information, email email@example.com or call (321) 917-3320.
Relay For Life Golf Tournament: Tee up for the Relay For Life Golf Tournament at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26 at the Suntree County Club, 1 Country Club Drive, Melbourne. All proceeds go to the local Relay For Life event, taking place April 6-7 at Satellite Beach High School. Drive home a free car if you score a hole-in-one - compliments of Lane Pontiac. To purchase tickets or for more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call (321) 777-5348 or pick up tickets at Beachside Physical Therapy & Health Studio (all five locations) or Surfside Pavers, 7608 Silver Sands Drive, West Melbourne. For more about Relay For Life, visit www.relayforlife.org/southbrevardbeachesfl.org.
Bring your animal to the Foo Bar: This monthly event will feature adoptable animals at the Foo Bar, 816 E. New Haven Ave., Downtown Melbourne, and will include complimentary hors d'oeuvres and doggie treats, raffles, drink specials and more. The event will be 2-6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26. All animals must be on a leash or in a carrier and have proof of current shots and a county tag. Donation of pet supplies will be accepted during the event for the homeless animals at the shelter. The Molly Mutt II Thrift Shop, a half block west of the bar, will also feature shelter animals for adoption. For more information, visit www.crittersavers.com or call (321) 636-3343.
Lobster dinner at the church: St. Sebastian's By The Sea in Melbourne Beach is offering a lobster dinner to the public at 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26. Cost is $30 per person, and space is limited. Sebastian's By The Sea is at 2010 Oak St., Melbourne Beach. For more information, call (321) 723-3015.
SUNDAY, JAN. 27
Paddle around an island: The Pelican Island Kayak Paddle, presented by the Barrier Island Center of Melbourne Beach, will be 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27 at Spratt Creek launch south of Pelican Island Viewing Area on Jungle Trail. Visit www.fws.gov/pelicanisland/visiting/pi map.html for directions. Tandem or single kayaks are available. Children younger than 12 must paddle tandem with an adult. Cost is $38 per person. Make your reservation by Friday, Jan. 24. There will be no refunds after this date, unless minimum is not met. If no launch, a rain date will be determined. For reservations and more information, visit www.barrierislandcenter.com or call (321) 723-3556.
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.
MONDAY, JAN. 28
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.
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.
Chatting about books: The Satellite Beach Public Library presents Barbara's Book Chats at 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28 at 751 Jamaica Blvd., Satellite Beach. This week's offer is "The Presidents Club: Inside the World's Most Exclusive Fraternity" by Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy. Copies are available at the library, and the event is open to the public. Contact Barbara at the reference desk or at email@example.com.
Mature worker's job assistance help: The Brevard Workforce Express Mobile Unit will be at One Senior Place 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28. The mobile career center provides assistance to mature workers with onboard computer stations to search for job listings, design resumes and other functions. One Senior Place is at 8085 Spyglass Hill Road, Viera. For more information, visit www.oneseniorplace.com or call (321) 394-0511.
Retirees having breakfast: Kennedy Space Center retirees will have breakfast at 8:30 a.m. Monday Jan. 28 at Malibu Restaurant on Barton Ave., in Rockledge. Anyone retired is welcome. The February meeting will be at 8:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 25. For more information, call (321) 453-5562.
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 Jan. 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.
TUESDAY, JAN. 29
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.
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.
THURSDAY, JAN. 31
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.
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.
Satellite Beach Recreation Department upcoming events:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Committeeman and author to speak at meeting: The Brevard Federated Republican Women will host its February meeting at the Holiday Inn at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 8298 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne. Reservations are necessary by Feb. 1 at noon to select a luncheon choice. The room opens at 11 a.m. with social networking. The speaker and program begins at 11:30 a.m. The program will feature Florida National Committeeman Peter Feaman, and author of the "Next Nightmare: How Political Correctness Will Destroy America and Wake Up, America!" For reservations and information, call (321) 727-1212. Visit brevardfederatedrepublicanwomen.org for more information about club activities. All Republican women and men are invited, with a special invitation to Republican women and men, who are new to the area and those interested in learning more about Republican activities and issues in the community.
Kids building contest: National Association of Women in Construction, Space Coast Florida Chapter, is having its Annual Block Kids Building Contest. This is a free event for children enrolled in grades 1-6 in Brevard County. The 2013 Block Kids Building Contest will be at 9 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 2 at Quest Elementary School, 8751 Trafford Drive, Melbourne/Viera. The event is open to all Brevard County children enrolled in grades 1-6. For more information and a registration form, email email@example.com or contact Terri Holmes (Block Kids chair) at (321) 626-3370.
Art and craft show: The city of Rockledge and the Rockledge Community Redevelopment Agency will host the Fifth Annual Rockledge Art and Craft Show on Saturday, Feb. 2, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 3, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., along Barton Boulevard in the heart of the Rockledge Community Redevelopment District. Spectator admission is free. Nearly 70 vendors from Florida and throughout the country will offer a wide variety of items for sale, ranging from unique art and crafts to gourmet sauces and confections to handcrafted jewelry. Entry standards for the show are stringent, so attendees and consumers can expect distinctive and high-quality merchandise. On Saturday afternoon, the show is held in conjunction with the "Cruise-On-In" car show, where more than 100 classic and muscle cars will line the eastbound lanes of Barton Blvd. For the convenience of the shoppers, two ATM machines will be onsite, and there will be a food court for those wanting to grab a bite while browsing. The show is sponsored by the Rockledge Community Redevelopment Agency. Rockledge visitors and residents should be aware that Barton Boulevard will be closed between Cedar Street and Elm Street from 5 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2, to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 3. For more information, visit www.cityofrockledge.org.
Sweet treats to sample and prepare: "Marvelous Mark" returns to "The Petite Boutiques" inside the Family Wine Press boutique to show, once again, how to make quick and easy, yet decadent, treats for your favorite valentine. Pair these treats with the perfect wine and chocolate and your valentine will melt with gratitude. Cost is free at The Petite Boutiques, 1002 E. New Haven Ave., Historic Downtown Melbourne. The event will be 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2. For more information, call (321) 725-0270, visit www.ThePetiteBoutiques.com or email info@ThePetiteBoutiques.com.
Dinner, dance and silent auction: You are cordially invited to attend Divine Mercy Catholic Academy's dinner dance and silent auction Saturday, 5:30-10:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2 at the social hall at 1940 N. Courtenay Parkway, Merritt Island. Cost is $25 per person if purchased on or by Jan. 25; and $30 per person if purchased after Jan. 26. Tables of eight, or more, can be reserved by Jan. 25. Enjoy an evening of fun, festivities and fundraising - all benefiting the students of Divine Mercy Academy. Enjoy a dinner catered by Carrabba's of Merritt Island, musical entertainment by DJ MasterKey and shop 'til you drop at the silent auction. Tickets are on sale at the school and church offices, or by calling (321) 452-0263. This is an adult only function. Dress is semi-casual. BYOB! For more information, visit www.dmccs.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 additional information, contact Holly Abeels, marine science extension agent, at (321) 633-1702 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Hall of Fame installation: The Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame will officially open as it introduces the 2013 class and installs the 2012 class on Thursday, Feb. 7 at Maverick Sports Grill & Bar, 1580 E. Merritt Island Causeway, Merritt Island. This unique event, which will feature approximately 50 of Brevard's greatest athletes and sports personalities of all time, is open to the general public from 6-9 p.m. Mavericks Sports Grill & Bar will provide an all-you-can-eat extravaganza from the chefs at Mavericks, along with unlimited beer and wine. The evening will also feature a silent auction with a wide variety of unique goods and services, as well as a special live auction including fun and valuable collectable sports memorabilia. Make your reservation now, as only 250 tickets are available at $75 each, with all proceeds going to the Health First Foundation to help fund its many programs that promote a healthier community. For reservations, call (321) 615-8111 or email email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Adult date night: Bring your pillows, blankets and/or lawn chair and enjoy the movie "The Frontier Boys" on the big screen indoors, with free popcorn and candy, too, for adults only. Free childcare will be provided for children, birth to 12 years old. This event will be 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8 at Eau Gallie First Baptist Church, 1501 W. Eau Gallie Blvd., Melbourne. For more information, call (321) 254-2339.
Local food book author: Join in to welcome Stuart Borton, co-owner and chef of The Yellow Dog Café, to Barnes & Noble of West Melbourne. Mr. Borton will be introducing his newly published "Old Dog New Chefs: Easy Things for New Chefs." Stuart Borton's new book "Old Dog New Chefs" is the perfect way to bring the family back into the kitchen. The book starts with the basics and does not stray too far from there. After years of volunteer-teaching sixth- to eighth-grade students cooking classes, he learned first hand what those new to the kitchen wanted to learn how to cook. "Old Dog New Chefs" is a great starter book, without going into so much detail that it prevents creativity in the kitchen. This very easy to follow 162-page book has lots of pictures and illustrations and is sure to become one of your favorite cookbooks. This is Mr. Borton's second cookbook following the success of his "Yellow Dog Cafe Cookbook" in 2010. Join in for a chance to meet the local celebrity chef and learn how he got to where he is today Friday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 1955 W. New Haven Ave., West Melbourne. For more information, call (321) 726-9505.
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.
Severe Weather Awareness Week: The Florida Division of Emergency Management and the Florida Chapters of the American Red Cross have announced 2013 Severe Weather Awareness Week. This annual public awareness campaign provides an opportunity for teachers to educate students on the importance of being prepared in the event of severe weather. The 2013 Severe Weather Awareness Week in Florida will be Monday through Friday, Feb. 11-15. Visit www.FloridaDisaster.org.
Boating course offered: The Banana River Sail and Power Squadron, a unit of the United States Power Squadron, the largest boating organization in the United States, will offer the ABC3 class in February. This course, consisting of two sessions, will be offered Feb. 16 and 23 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at West Marine, 1001 W. New Haven Ave., (U.S. 192), West Melbourne. Class is limited to 18 students. The course fee is $50, and includes course manual. Bring your own lunch. Refreshments will be available. This course covers the required topics that all recreational boaters must know: The various types of boats, hulls and propulsion methods; rules of the road, required safety equipment, navigation aids, lights and sounds, anchoring, communications afloat, adverse conditions, water sports safety, trailering and personal water craft safety. The course meets Florida state and NASBLA requirements for certification. Additionally, an on-the-water session will also be held demonstrating trailer launching and retrieval; high speed stop; and hands-on basic boat handling, anchoring and docking. Register at www.brsps.org using PayPal or send check payable to BRSPS to: Ernst G Hofmann, 290 Paradise Blvd., No. 36, Indialantic, FL, 32903. For more information, call (321) 220-7776.
Weather seminar presented: The Cocoa Beach Sail and Power Squadron will offer a two-hour weather seminar to the public on Saturday, Feb. 16 at the Port Canaveral Yacht Club, 910 Mullet Drive, Cape Canaveral. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. The presentation will run from 10 a.m. to noon. Participants will be introduced to the basics of weather, professional forecasts and the use of local observations. A professional meteorologist will be the presenter of this seminar. There will be a minimal $10 per family charge. A student booklet and "The Captain's Quick Guide to Onboard Weather Forecasting" are an optional purchase for participants. Interested persons may send an email to email@example.com. Pre-registration is suggested but not required. Learn more about the Cocoa Beach Sail & Power Squadron at www.cbsps.com. For more information, call (321)243-4869.
Celebration and bazaar: Cocoa West Recreation Complex, 230 S. Burnett Road, in Cocoa, is holding a free Black History Community Celebration and Bazaar from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23. The event includes music, arts and crafts, face painting, a basketball competition, a bounce house, cakewalks, shoe and clothing expo and lots of food. The event will also feature the first annual Grill Master's Bar-B-Que Competition. For more information, call Cocoa West Recreation Complex at (321) 633-1987 or visit www.brevardcounty.us/cocoawest.
Second annual charity bike event: Infinity Racing Organization Inc., a cycling association focused on supporting the local community in Brevard County, has announced the second annual Gran Fondo Brevard on Sunday, Feb. 24. The "Fondo," a special format charity bike ride event, will give riders the opportunity to compete in a timed course all throughout Brevard beginning at 7:30 a.m. to and from Viera High School in Viera. The ride has four routes: 112.8 (Gran Fondo), 74.2 (Medio Fondo), 55 (Piccolo Fondo) and 20 (Mini Fondo) miles, which includes one of the longest, most challenging courses in the state, and the most scenic and diverse roads in the southeast region. The bike course will challenge the stamina of riders of all skill levels, among them six-time Tour de France and former national champion, Kevin Livingston and Pro Cyclist, former USPRO Criterium National Champion, and founder of the Bahati Foundation, Rahsaan Bahati and Ivan Dominguez, former USA Crits World Champion, stage winner in the Tour of California, two-time stage winner in the Tour of Missouri, and stage winner during the Tour of Georgia, amongst many other wins. Along with the cycling event, this year there will be a 5K Gran Fundo Walk/Run that will go around Viera High School and back. Following both events will be an after-party to include various local food, retail and service vendors. There will be several athletic and health-testing activities available geared towards improving the health and well being of all the attendees! All proceeds of Gran Fondo Brevard will benefit KLD Youth Foundation, a nonprofit organization to provide outside-of-school programs to address the growing problem of unsupervised youths in Brevard County. The KLD mission is to change lives by educating and empowering young people, one life at a time. Mechanical and SAG support will be provided along with pre, during and post ride food and refreshments for all who participate. Gran Fondo is an Italian term, which loosely translates to "Big Ride." Gran Fondos are long distance, mass-participation cycling events - not races - and participation ranges from professionals to recreational cyclists.
Spring dinner auction: St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church will host its first annual "Wish Upon a Star" dinner auction on Friday, March 1, starting at 5 p.m. at the Suntree Country Club located in Melbourne. The event is planned to be St. John's largest fundraiser, with proceeds going to the building fund, which will be utilized to construct the new church. This event is being planned by a committee that will be chaired by local residents and parishioners Ernie and Tina Euler. St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church has more than 2,100 families, who live in the nearby communities. For reservations, sponsorship, or event information, visit the church website at www.stjohnviera.org, or call Tina Euler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Car, truck and motorcycle show: Satellite Beach Lion's Club Second Annual Car, Truck, and Motorcycle Show is Sunday, March 10, at the DRS Community Center, 1089 S. Patrick Drive, Satellite Beach, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $20 to enter a vehicle. Pre-register by mail or 8 a.m. the day of the event. Dash plaques will go to the first 75 registered vehicles. There will be a slow drag contest at noon ($5 additional entry fee). Awards in all categories presented at 3 p.m. There will be door prizes, music, food, 50/50 drawing, vendors and a kid's corner. For more information or to get a flier emailed with a registration form, contact Ron Stevic at (321) 600-4393 or email email@example.com.