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.
Secret love at the library: Will your valentine read be a keeper or just a crush? Visit the Palm Bay Public Library Feb. 1-14 and ask about fun prizes and more. Cost is free. The library is located at 1520 Port Malabar Blvd. N.E., Palm Bay. For more information, call (321) 952-4519.
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.
SATURDAY, FEB. 2
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.
Sell your writing presentation: Psychologist, author and speaker Valerie Allen will give a writer's workshop that will focus on marketing techniques to promote and sell your books from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 2 at the West Melbourne Public Library, 2755 Wingate Blvd., West Melbourne. The registration fee is $12, which includes materials and handouts. A portion of the fee is donated to the library and the Space Coast Writer's Guild. The workshop is open to the public, and is aimed at the new writer, as well as the seasoned author seeking information and skills to further their writing career. Ms. Allen is the author of six books, which include fiction, nonfiction and children's literature. Participants may register online at www.valerievallenwriter.com. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
MONDAY, FEB. 4
Sign language class: There will be a six-week basic sign language class 6-7 p.m. Mondays, Feb. 4 through March 11 at The Knowledge Exchange, 5151 Babcock St. N.E., Palm Bay. Age group is 10 to 99 years old. Cost is $30 per person ($5 per session). For more information, call (321) 446-1802 or visit www.rockthesilence.net/.
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.
Job club offered: the Truth Revealed International Ministries of Palm Bay is hosting a job club, Tuesdays, Feb. 5 through April 9, from 6-8 p.m. each week. The job club will cover techniques for setting goals, finding employers, how to effectively create a resume and cover letter and how to prepare for an interview. The sessions will be held in the fellowship hall and is free and open to the public. For more information, call the church at (321) 952-5151.
Grief recovery: Grief Share, a Christian-based grief recovery support group, will hold a meeting at Calvary Chapel, 2955 Minton Road, West Melbourne, starting Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. The group will meet in C Bldg, Room 208-209. There is no charge for attending. For more information contact Bob Magee (ministry leader) at (321) 984-8441 or email email@example.com.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 6
Heart disease lectures: February is Heart Awareness Month, and Health First is kicking-off its month-long initiative to increase Brevard County's odds against heart disease. Eight free public lectures on critical, life-saving topics will be presented on Wednesdays, Feb. 6, 13, 20 and 27. The lectures start at either 11 a.m. or noon, depending on the date. Health First Holmes Regional Medical Center also will be holding a free blood pressure screening on each lecture day from 10:30-11 a.m. All lectures will be at Health First Holmes Regional Medical Center, 1350 South Hickory St., Melbourne, in Auditorium "A." Parking is in Zone A. For more information or to reserve a spot at one or all of the lectures, contact Health First at (321) 434-4335 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tales for tots: Every Wednesday morning at 11 a.m. is "Storytime" in the children's department of Barnes & Noble, 1955 W. New Haven Ave., West Melbourne. Each week, a new and unique children's book is highlighted. This week's selection (for infant through preschool) is "hello, hello!" by Matthew Cordell. For more information, call (321) 726-8817 or email email@example.com.
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.
THURSDAY, FEB. 7
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.