FRIDAY, FEB. 1
Space shuttle remembrance: The Astronauts Memorial Foundation is hosting a ceremony to honor the crew of space shuttle Columbia STS-107 in remembrance of the 10th anniversary of the Columbia disaster at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 1. The ceremony being held at the Space Mirror Memorial at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex celebrates and memorializes all astronauts, who have sacrificed their lives for the nation and its space program. Ceremony speakers include Thad Altman, foundation president and chief executive officer; Jon A. McBride, foundation board of directors chairman and former astronaut; Mick Ukleja, Ph.D., foundation board of trustees chairman; Evelyn Husband-Thompson, widow of Col. Rick Husband, commander space shuttle Columbia STS-107; Eileen Collins, Return to Flight space shuttle commander; Robert D. Cabana, NASA Kennedy Space Center director and former astronaut; William H. Gerstenmaier, NASA Human Exploration and Operations associate administrator; and Robert Lightfoot, NASA associate administrator. Six-time Grammy award-winning recording artist BeBe Winans will pay tribute at the ceremony by singing "Star Spangled Banner" and "Ultimate Sacrifice," two songs from his latest album "America America." "Ultimate Sacrifice" is an original song by Winans written as a thank you to United States military personnel who have given their lives in service to our country. The Space Shuttle Columbia's crew of seven astronauts perished when Columbia broke apart during re-entry on Feb. 1, 2003. The STS-107 crew included Commander Rick D. Husband, Pilot William C. McCool, Payload Commander Michael P. Anderson, Payload Specialist Ilan Ramon, and Mission Specialists Kalpana Chawla, David M. Brown and Laurel Blair Salton Clark. The public is invited to attend the ceremony. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex will provide flowers for ceremony guests and visitors throughout the morning to place at the memorial. For more information, call (877) 313-2610 or visit www.KennedySpaceCenter.com.
SATURDAY, FEB. 2
Humane Shelter volunteer orientation: The Central Brevard Humane Society needs dedicated individuals or groups to volunteer at the shelter, the four Molly Mutt Thrift Shops or as "society ambassadors" during off-site community outreach events. There will be a volunteer orientation program from 9-10:30 a.m. at 1020 Cox Road, Cocoa, on Saturday, Feb. 2. Pre-registration is required. All volunteer applications must be completed prior to the start of the program. For more information, call (321) 636-3343, Ext. 207, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
SUNDAY, FEB. 3
Register for Strawberry Festival events: It's time to get ready for spring in Brevard County, and what better way to celebrate than with Habitat for Humanity of Brevard County Inc. and its 25th Annual Strawberry Festival? Register now for the three signature festival events and invite everyone to join us in a great time. Register today!
Open Car & Bike Show: March 16, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Saturday only). Sponsorships are still available. The event features more than 300 antique, classic, custom and hot rod cars and motorcycles, along with '50s, '60s and '70s music
Berry Patch 5K Run: March 17, 8 a.m. (Sunday only). Sponsorships are still available and officiated by Running Zone
Arts and Craft exhibits: March 16 and 17, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sponsorships are still available. More than 200 arts and crafts exhibitors with products perfect for purchasing or just browsing are expected
The star of the weekend, of course, is the magnificent, fresh strawberries picked the day before the festival and served in every imaginable way. Join your friends and family at Brevard County's largest annual family event on the festival grounds at the Wickham Park Main Pavilion, next to the BCC-Melbourne Campus on Wickham Road in Melbourne. Admission is free. All proceeds from the two-day event benefit Habitat's mission of building houses, building hope and building community, throughout Brevard County. To register, go to Habitat at www.brevardhabitat.com or call (321) 728-4009.
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, FEB. 4
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.
TUESDAY, FEB. 5
Mentors needed for scholars: The Brevard Schools Foundation is seeking caring adults to mentor Take Stock in Children scholars. Mentor training will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5 at the Educational Services Facility, 2700 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera. Each student is assigned a volunteer mentor to befriend and guide the student throughout middle and high school. Take Stock in Children provides an opportunity for low-income, at-risk students to escape the cycle of poverty through education. To make a reservation or to learn more about this program, call (321) 633-1000, Ext. 462, or visit www.brevardschoolsfoundation.org.
Memory workshop offered: The VITAS Memory Bear Workshop will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5 at One Senior Place, 8085 Spyglass Hill Road, Viera. This is a meeting of memory bear sewers to cut and prep bears and a distribution of items. New volunteers are welcome. For more information, call Joanne Barney at (321) 254-8070 or email email@example.com.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 6
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.
Team registration is open for new Sunday afternoon softball: A league and team organizational meeting scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, and the league is due to start Sunday, Feb. 10. For more information, contact Troy Cox, Brevard County Parks & Recreation, 1515 Sarno Road; Building A, Melbourne. Call (321) 255-4400, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.brevardcounty.us/leaguessouth.
Youth clubs seek new members: The Brevard County Extension Service is looking to recruit new members for two of its clubs - the horse and cooking club, both of which meet in Cocoa. 4-H is a life skills development program that teaches youth how citizenship, teamwork and leadership skills. Youth learn about a particular project area (horses, cooking), while participating in educational activities and recreation related to that topic. 4-H allows youth opportunities to not only learn but also exhibit and compete in many areas. For more information, call Vanessa Spero-Swingle at (321) 633-1702, Ext. 231, or email Vspero@ufl.edu. For more information or to register, call (321) 633-1702 or visit http://brevard.ifas.ufl.edu.
THURSDAY, FEB. 7
The museum and the zoo: The Brevard Museum of History & Science and the Brevard Zoo have shared for many years their goals of education and preservation of the wilderness and its creatures. On Feb. 7 at 10 a.m., the Museum Guild's monthly speaker will be the Zoo's Chris DeLorey, on "What's New at the Zoo?" Location is at the museum, 2201 Michigan Ave., just north of BCC-Cocoa. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Call (321) 632-1830 for more information.
Farmers market opens: Rockledge now has a farmer's market Thursdays, 11 a.m. to dusk, at Larry L. Schultz Park, on the corner of Fiske Boulevard and Levitt Parkway, in Rockledge. For more information, call (321 917-0721 or visit www.brevardfarmersmarkets.com.
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.
Live and silent auction items needed: Serene Harbor is looking for items to be used in the live and silent auction during its Casino Night on Friday Feb. 8. Items can be of any value, gift baskets are made with all donations. Items, such as gift certificates, gift cards, wine, jewelry, men's items, purses, perfume, cash, golf certificates, vacation club/hotel nights/weeks, etc. are needed. All donations receive a thank you letter for tax purposes. If you are interested in sponsoring or donating an item for the auction, call Nancy Peltonen at (321) 726-0402 or email email@example.com. The event is from 7-11 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza, Indialantic. The cost is $45 and includes a live and silent auction and prizes for gamers. Sheriff, Wayne Ivey, will be assisting with the live auction portion. There are two tickets to the Daytona 500 for auction, Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the USA" autographed CD, a Cream autographed album, with Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce signatures, along with many more exciting items. Food includes a Mediterranean spread, stir fry stations, imported cheeses and hors d'oeuvres. You can purchase your tickets at www.sereneharbor.org.
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.
Feral cat workshop: The Space Coast Feline Network will be conducting a workshop for feral cat colony caregivers at the Central Brevard Library, 308 Forrest Ave., Cocoa, Saturday, Feb. 9, from 1-4 p.m. The workshop is for those involved with the care of feral cats and includes demonstrations on how to use traps and discusses feral cat issues. This workshop is free of charge. Call the Helpline to register at (321) 631-7729. The Space Coast Feline Network is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the humane care and control of the homeless cat population of Brevard County, and to decreasing the feral cat population through low-cost spay/neuter services for feral cat caregivers. More information can be found on the SCFN website at www.scfntnr.org/ or by calling their Helpline at (321) 631-SPAY (631-7729).
Charity fashion show: The Pilot Club of South Brevard will hold its annual charity fashion show and tea from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9 at the Suntree Country Club, One Country Club Drive, Melbourne. There will be prizes and raffles. Proceeds will go to Promise of Brevard and Devereux. Cost is $25. Call (321) 723-3232 for more information.
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 through 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, www.galmontballet.com or call (321) 543-4403.
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.
Local restaurant to help homeless animals: On Feb. 12, 13 and 14, Ruby Tuesday, 3780 Fiske Blvd., Rockledge will be donating a portion (20 percent) of your check's value (excluding alcohol, tax and tip) to the Central Brevard Humane Society in Cocoa. Here is how you can participate. Visit the www.crittersavers.com ("Event" page) to download a copy of the "Ruby Tuesday's Community Give Back Program" flier. Present the flier to your server at the time of your visit, and 20 percent of your check will be donated to the Humane Society to help the homeless animals at the shelter. (Not to be used with any other coupons or discounts.) To make a reservation, call (321) 639-1058.
Sharing landscape tips: Have you ever wondered which plant would grow best in your yard or which plants require the least amount of water to grow? Local area experts will provide a seminar to help you answer some of these and other landscaping questions. The Florida-Friendly Landscaping Seminar, featuring lawn and garden expert Tom MacCubbin, will take place at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16 at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center, 8298 N. Wickham Road, Viera, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is hosted by the University of Florida's IFAS Extension, Brevard County, city of Melbourne, city of Palm Bay, the Indian River Lagoon Program and Keep Brevard Beautiful. Seating for the event is limited; therefore, you must register in advance. You may register for the event at http://fflfebruaryseminar-eorg.eventbrite.com/# or by contacting Brevard County Extension Services at (321) 633-1702. In addition to information sessions, exhibits and vendor displays will be available for viewing.
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.