FRIDAY, FEB. 1
School informational meeting: R.L. Stevenson Elementary School of the Arts will be presenting an informational meeting about the school, curriculum, applications and enrollment procedures at 9 a.m. Friday, Feb. 1 at 1450 Martin Blvd., Merritt Island. Interested parents are welcome and encouraged to attend the meeting. Please notify the school so that they may prepare for your visit. For more information, call (321) 454-3550.
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.
Sponsors needed for fundraising event: The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of North Brevard is seeking sponsors for its third annual premiere fundraising event, "Dancing for the Paws." The event, which sells out every year, will be Saturday, Feb. 9 at LaCita Country Club in Titusville and features live entertainment, fabulous silent auction items, gourmet food and desserts. Corporate sponsorships begin at $1,000. All proceeds go toward the care of the homeless animals in the care of the SPCA. To become an event sponsor, or to donate silent auction items, call Teri Scott at (321) 267-8221, Ext. 246.
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 email@example.com.
Childbirth class: Parrish Medical Center is offering a childbirth class 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2 at the PMC Conference Center, 951 N. Washington Ave., Titusville. Cost is $50 per couple, with pre-registration required. Call (321) 268-6790 for dates and times.
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.
Pioneer Month at Sams House at Pine Island: All activities are free and family friendly. They include:
John H. Sams: A Pioneer Story: Saturday, Feb. 2, 3-3:30 p.m. Learn about Merritt Island Pioneer John Hanahan Sams, who came to Florida from South Carolina in 1875. He built the Sams cabin, ran a successful orange grove, and was the first superintendent of the Brevard County Public School System.
Pioneer Day: Saturday, Feb. 9, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This annual event features historic house and cabin tours, living history vendors, pioneer arts and crafts fair, educational exhibits, kids games and live music.
Pioneer Plant Talk: Friday, Feb. 15, 10-11 a.m. Join in for a walk through the history garden with a discussion about how pioneers made use of the plants around them.
Ragdoll Exhibition and Workshop: Saturday, Feb. 16, 10 a.m. to noon. Diana Sageser will present a living history exhibition of antique dolls, followed by a workshop where you will create your own yarn/ragdoll. If you wish to provide your own materials, please bring cut rags or yarn in the following lengths: 12 strips, 10 inches long; 20 strips, 24 inches long; and an extra three yards.
Pioneer Pathways Hike: Friday, Feb. 22, 2-3:30 p.m. This half-mile hike through palm hammock is full of clues to life during pioneer times. Close-toed shoes are recommended.
John Sams was born on Feb. 11, 1839, and built the oldest standing home in Brevard County in 1875. The Sams House is at 6195 North Tropical Trail in Merritt Island, a half-mile west of State Road 3. It is open Thursdays to Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tours of the 1875 cabin and 1888 house are given every Thursday at 3 p.m. For more information, call (321) 449-4720.
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 $30 per person. 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.
Classes at Mims-Scottsmoor: Watercolor painting, beginning eBay and basic computer classes are being offered at the Mims-Scottsmoor Public Library, 3615 Lionel Road, Mims. The watercolor class will be offered 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2. Cost is $10. The beginning eBay class will be 1:30-3:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4. Cost is $10. Beginning basic computer classes are being offered. Cost is $20. Call for dates and times. Call to register for all classes. To register, or for more information, call (321) 264-5080.
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.
Scholarship applications available: Jess Parrish Medical Foundation is now accepting scholarship applications from high school seniors who plan to pursue a career in a medical/healthcare field related to human health. Scholarship amounts range from $500 to $1,500, and recipients will be announced in May. Scholarships will be awarded to graduating high school seniors who reside in the Parrish Medical Center service area (S.R. 528 north to the Brevard/Volusia county line). Students must have a 3.0 grade point average or greater, based on a 4.0 scale. Students who have been awarded a JPMF scholarship in previous years may reapply, provided they are continuing in a medical/healthcare field related to human health and have maintained at least a 3.0 grade point average. High school students who attend Astronaut High, Space Coast High and Titusville High may obtain an application from the guidance office at their school. Others may obtain an application by calling the Jess Parrish Medical Foundation at (321) 269-4066 or by visiting parrishmedfoundation.com. The deadline for submitting applications is Friday, March 15.
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.
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.
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.
Events at Cocoa Beach Library: The following events and programs will be presented at the Cocoa Beach Public Library, 550 N. Brevard Ave., Cocoa Beach.
Art Journaling with Joan Throm: 10 a.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 5 and 26
Gribbage Club instruction and play: 1-3 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Feb. 5-27
Friends of the Library travel film series: 6 p.m. Wednesdays, Feb. 6 and 20
Compositional Photography with Mick West: 1 p.m. Thursdays, Feb. 7, 14, 21 and 28
Wildlife Photography: Florida and Beyond: 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7
SHINE presentation: Medicare 101: 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8
For more information, call (321) 868-1104 or visit www.cocoabeachpubliclibrary.org.
Join ongoing meeting: Socrates Café will be 1:30-3:30 p.m. Wednesdays through March 27 at the Cocoa Beach Public Library, 550 N. Brevard Ave., Cocoa Beach. Join in for stimulating conversation on philosophical and existential topics. Share and enjoy viewpoints in a respectful environment. For more information, email moderator Cathrine Ward at email@example.com.
Healthy heart Lectures: Hong-Jeong, board-certified physician of Brevard Heart & Vascular Institute, will be presenting a series of lectures at Courtenay Springs Village on Merritt Island at 3 p.m. on Tuesdays during the month of February. The topics that will be presented are Feb. 5: "Advanced Treatment of the Aging Heart," Feb. 12: "Varicose Veins" and Feb. 26: "Heart Health 101." The lectures will be held at Courtenay Springs Village located at 1200 S. Courtenay Parkway on Merritt Island, just south of State Route 520. The lectures are free and open to the public. Reservations are strongly suggested. To RSVP, contact JoAnn McKruit at Courtenay Springs Village at (321) 452-1233 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Youth tennis after school lessons: The Titusville YMCA now offers youth tennis after school lessons for children ages 6-17. The program is offered on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons 4-6 p.m., now through March 14 at 3050 Satterfield Road, Titusville. Children of all ages and skill levels are welcome, from beginner to advanced players. Children will participate in a variety of skills, drills and matches designed to get exercise and improve tennis skills. Tennis programming will be led by USPTA Tennis Pro Nick Cordes. Racquets, balls and other equipment is provided, but tennis shoes. Cost is $90 for members/$130 for non-members. Partial and full scholarships are available. For more information, contact the YMCA at (321) 267-8924 or email email@example.com.
Youth services events at the library: The Titusville Public Library presents the following youth activities in February: Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. (all ages): Family Story Time; Wednesdays, 10 a.m. (ages 2-3): Toddler Story Time; Wednesdays, 11 a.m. (ages 3-5): Preschool Story Time; Thursdays, 10 a.m. (ages up to 2 years): Infant Story Time. The Titusville Public Library is at 2121 S. Hopkins Ave., Titusville. For more information, call (321) 264-5026.
Sharing grief group to start: At 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5 a Christian-based grief recovery group will hold its first meeting at the Calvary Chapel, 2955 Minton Road, West Melbourne. The group will meet in Building C, Room 208-209. This is a free group. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (321) 984-8441.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 6
Reading program for adults: "Sowing the Seeds of Life" reading program for adults will be held at 701 South St., in Titusville, beginning Feb. 6. Meetings will be from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. This program will focus on adult readers who want to make a change in the community. Participants will read literature and discuss the social impact the book expressed, followed by journaling the impact the book made in the reader's life. Movies may be viewed in place of books if available, and the program is free to attend. The event is co-sponsored by Brevard County Board of County Commissioners North Area Parks Operations and S&T Health consulting Group Inc. For more information, call Tommy Myers at (321) 264-5040.
Cheerleading and gymnastics: 'Cheersnastics' classes are on Wednesdays at the Port St. John Community Center, 6650 Corto Road, Port St. John. These cheerleading and gymnastics classes will be held from 5-6 p.m. Wednesdays for participants ages 5-12. The cost is $20 per month. Brevard County Parks and Recreation Department's North Area Parks Operations is sponsoring this event. For more information, call (321) 633-1904.
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 email@example.com, www.galmontballet.com or call (321) 543-4403.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
Fashion show luncheon: The Holy Spirit Council of Catholic Women invites the community attend its annual fashion how and luncheon, featuring clothing from Lily Pad Resort Fashions of Melbourne on Saturday, Feb. 9, starting at 11 a.m. in the Holy Spirit Emmaus Hall, 2309 Holder Road, Mims. A luncheon is included for the $15 admission, along with door prizes. This will be an opportunity to select, try on and purchase the latest in 2013 trends for Florida living. For more information and reservations,call (321) 225-4923.
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.
'Dancing for the Paws:' The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of North Brevard will present its third annual gala, "Dancing for the Paws," 7-11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9 at La Cita Country Club, 777 Country Club Drive, Titusville. This will be an evening filled with fine dining, live entertainment, silent auctions and dancing. Corporate sponsors are needed for the event. The SPCA adopts animals out, accepts owner-relinquished animals, microchips, provides adoption counseling, ownership guidelines and school programs. It also maintains a pet food band for low-income owners or the terminally ill who desire to keep their pets. The SPCA also offers pet therapy for people. To sponsor the event, or to learn more about the SPCA, call (321) 267-8221 or visit www.spcanorthbrevard.com.
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.
Adult all-passing flag football: Brevard County Parks and Recreation Department, North Area, is hosting an all-passing men's flag football tournament at 9 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, at Space Coast Communities Sports Complex, 662 Canaveral Groves Blvd., Canaveral Groves. The fee of $150 per team is due by 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, at the North Area Parks Operations Office, 475 North Williams Ave., in Titusville. Call Mike Herman at (321) 264-5105 to register and for information on this and other athletic activities in North Brevard.
'Paws in the Park:' 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.
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.
Reservations for professional meeting: The Central Brevard Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals invites all administrative and office support personnel to a monthly meeting Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 5:30 p.m. at the Courtyard by Marriott, 3425 N. Atlantic Ave., Cocoa Beach. The topic is "Mobile Devices and the Office" by Stephanie Horning. Guests are welcome. An optional dinner cost $14. Reservations will be accepted through Friday, Feb. 8 through the chapter website at www.iaapcentralbrevard.homestead.com. Regular chapter meetings are the second Tuesday of each month.
New festival coming: Brevard County Parks & Recreation will host a new festival called "My Florida Festival" from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at F. Burton Smith Regional Park, 7575 W. King St., in Cocoa. My Florida Festival is a family festival with exhibits and activities from the present, past and future. Brevard County Parks and Recreation Central Area is currently accepting vendor, exhibitor and crafter applications. Applications are available at www.brevardcounty.us/parkscentral. For more information, call the Central Area Parks and Recreation Office at (321) 633-1874 or Rotary Park at (321) 455-1385.
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.
Accordion festival: The Central Florida Accordion Club presents its annual extravaganza, 2013 Accordion Fest, Saturday, Feb. 16, noon to 6 p.m. at the Titusville Elks Lodge No. 2113, 2955 Columbia Blvd, Titusville. Entertainment will be by Jess-N-Joan (dynamic duo on the accordion and saxophone), Frank Moravcik Band, Walter Kasprzyk (K-Trio) and jam sessions with Linda Hochevar (Button Box). Raffles: An Accordion, 50/50 and other prizes. Cost is $14 per person. Make checks payable to CFAC. Send orders to Ailene Picheco (321-652-0680), 345 Hula Circle, Merritt Island, FL, 32952. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. CFAC is a not-for-profit Florida Corporation. For more information, contact Rod Hall at (321) 799-2267 or visit www.cfaccordionclub.com.
Valentine's Festival: Brevard County Parks and Recreation Department, North Area, is hosting a Valentine's Festival, featuring a free "Movie in the Park" beginning at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16, at Chain of Lakes, 2300 Truman Scarborough Way, in Titusville. The movie "Hitch" will be shown on a giant, 23-foot, outdoor movie screen. The movie is rated PG-13. Patrons are encouraged to bring chairs, blankets, food and drinks to enjoy during the movie. Concessions will be available for purchase. A coed softball tournament will be held beginning at 9 a.m., and the fee for the tournament is $120 per team. Following the softball tournament, a couple's corn hole tournament will be held at 4 p.m., with a fee of $10 per couple. Awards will be given for each tournament. Advertising opportunities are available, as local sponsors will help make this a continual event. A minimum of four movies will be shown per year. Sponsors will be advertised prior to the movie on the movie screen. Please check the cancellation line, (321) 264-5109, before the event, which is subject to wind and weather conditions. Contact Mike Herman at (321) 264-5105, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, to become a sponsor or for further information on this and other recreation activities sponsored by Brevard County Parks and Recreation.
Card/game luncheon fundraiser: On Friday, Feb. 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Brevard Museum of History & Science Guild is sponsoring its annual card/game luncheon at the Veteran's Center behind the Merritt Square Mall. A $15 donation includes card or game tables, a luncheon buffet, door and table prizes. There will also be a fashion accessory boutique sale table, 50/50 tickets and a large chance gift basket. For information, reservations and tickets, call Mary Buoni at (321) 453-6348.
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.
Retirees having breakfast: Kennedy Space Center retirees will have breakfast at 8:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 25 at Malibu Restaurant on Barton Ave., in Rockledge. Anyone retired is welcome. For more information, call (321) 453-5562.
Cancer support group to meet: Linda Bradley, immediate past president of Space Coast Cancer Foundation, leads the leukemia/lymphoma and myeloma support group offered at the Titusville Cancer Center, 490 N. Washington Ave., Titusville. The support group meetings are free and meet each month from 4:30-5:30 pm on the last Tuesday of each month. The next meeting will be held on Feb. 26. For more information or to register, call (855) 894-HOPE (4673), Ext. 3500.
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.
Dr. Vernon Boushell free concert series: The Riverside Presbyterian Church presents free concerts down by the riverside.
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.