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Community Calendar - Suntree/Rockledge/Viera
Rating: 3.18 / 5 (11 votes)  
Posted: 2013 Feb 08 - 06:19


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.

Casino night: Serene Harbor is hosting a casino night on Friday, Feb. 8, 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.

Food includes a Mediterranean spread, stir fry stations, imported cheeses and hors d'oeuvres.

You may purchase your tickets at www.sereneharbor.org.

If you are interested in sponsoring or donating an item for the auction, call Nancy Peltonen at (321) 726-0402 or email sereneharbor@cfl.rr.com.

Yellow Dog Café writer: Stuart Borton will be available to sign his new cookbook, "Old Dogs New Chefs" at 7 p.m. Friday at Barnes & Noble, 1955 W. New Haven Ave., West Melbourne.

Fans of the Yellow Dog Café will love the recipes and stories by the owner and chef.

For more information, email crm2834@bn.com or call (321) 726-8817.

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.


'Soaring Eagles 5K:' The Indialantic Elementary Parent Teacher Organization presents the Second Annual Indialantic Soarin' Eagles 5K Saturday, Feb. 9 at 8 a.m.

The race will be run on a custom-designed course that focuses on the school and the surrounding community.

The PTO has partnered with Space Coast Event Management and Timing to provide a professionally managed race experience and are hoping to continue a tradition that was started last year for the school community.

Parking is available at Indialantic Elementary.

The race starts between Indialantic Elementary and Hoover Middle School.

Visit www.indialanticpto.org/Soarin-Eagles-5k.html for registration and information.

Flea market fundraiser: The Crossroads Community Church will present a flea market fundraiser 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9 at the corner of Lake Washington and Croton roads, Melbourne.

Spaces are available for $25 per space each month, or $40 for two months.

For more information, email bakerump@cfl.rr.com or call (321) 259-3356.

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.

Free canine disc competition: The largest disc-dog competition series in the world is coming to Melbourne. A local championship for the 2013 Hyperflite Skyhoundz Canine Disc Championships will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at Wickham Park, 2500 Parkway Drive, Melbourne.

Registration will begin at 9 a.m.

There is no entry fee for competitors, and admission is free for spectators.

Novice and veteran competitors are encouraged to compete.

The first 25 competitors will receive a free official Hyperfilte K-10 Competition Standard flying disc. Spectators are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets. Concessions will be available for purchase from Sunset Ice.

To view the 2013 Hyperflite Skyhoundz competition schedule or to learn about Skyhoundz Competition rules and regulations, visit www.skyhoundz.com.

For additional information, visit www.brevardcounty.us/Wickham or call the Wickham Park Office at (321) 255-4307.

Humane Shelter events: The following Central Brevard Humane Society will present the following events this week:

Adoptable pets event: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9 at Molly Mutt II Thrift Shop, 2525 N. U.S. Highway 1, Rockledge.

Adoptable pets event: 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9 at Molly Mutt I Thrift Shop, 2525 N. Courtenay Parkway, Merritt Island.

Adoptable pets event: noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9 at the Sunflower House, Merritt Square Mall, 777 E. Merritt Island Causeway, Merritt Island.

Mardi Gras Paws in the Park: noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10 at Riverfront Park, 401 Riveredge Blvd., Cocoa Village.

Ruby Tuesday's GiveBack Program: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 12, 13 and 14 at Ruby Tuesday, 3780 Fiske Blvd., Rockledge.

For more information, visit www.crittersavers.com or call (321) 636-3343.

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.

Cancer care fundraiser: The Cancer Care Centers Foundation presents the Silpada Party Cancer Care Fundraiser 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9 at Cancer Care Center of Brevard Foundation, 1430 Pine St., Melbourne.

To learn more about Cancer Care Centers of Brevard Foundation and how you can help, or to register for the event, visit www.cccfoundation.org, email mfiol@cccfoundationinc.org or call (321) 506-5529 or (321) 426-5145.

Pioneer Day at Pine Island: Celebrate the life of Merritt Island pioneer John Sams 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9 at Sams House at Pine Island, 6195 N. Tropical Trail, Merritt Island.

There will be living history demonstrations, an arts and crafts fair, kids games, educational booths, tours, programs and special music by Chris Kahl (noon to 2 p.m.).

There will also be events at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, from noon to 7 p.m. Call (321) 452-5260 for more information.

For more information about Pioneer Day, visit www.eelbrevard.com or call (321) 449-4720.

Exploration and colonization program: On Saturday, Feb. 9 at 3 p.m., the South Brevard Historical Society will welcome Dr. Ben Brotemarkle, with a program on Spanish exploration and colonization of Florida, at the Melbourne Public Library, 540 E. Fee Ave., Melbourne.

The program is free and open to the public.

For more information, call (321) 952-4514.


'Paws in the Park:' The Central Brevard Humane Society will be hosting the Seventh Annual Mardi Gras Paws in the Park event (in conjunction with Cocoa Village Mardi Gras) on Sunday, Feb. 10 from noon to 3 p.m., at Riverfront Park in historic Cocoa Village.

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 Office's Paws & Stripes Cadets, a Mardi Gras Parade of Pets and live music 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.

The state of marriage discussed: The Lifetree Café, 634 Barnes Blvd., No. 110-114, Rockledge, will present "The State of Marriage" at 7 p.m. Thursday.

For more information, call (321) 501-7028.

The discussion will also be at the Grace House, 3530 Murrell Road, Rockledge, at 7 p.m. Friday.

For more information, call (321) 636-3051, Ext. 154.

Helping the animals: Many pet owners in Brevard have to struggle to make ends meet right now and sometimes they cannot afford to purchase their pet's food.

Grace United Methodist Church has partnered with the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to help ease this burden for local families with pets.

They are requesting donations of dog and cat food (preferably dry) to distribute to families in need.

Donations for dog and cat food can be taken to the SPCA Thrift Store, located at 685 N. Courtenay Parkway (across from the bowling alley), Merritt Island, or to Grace United Methodist Church at 65 Needle Blvd., (behind Checkers on Courtenay), Merritt Island.

Pet food is needed by Friday, Feb. 15 and will be distributed to families in need on Saturday, Feb. 16 at the Grace Saturday Country Store, located at the church, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Contact Warren McKee at (321) 749-1227 for more information.

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 or call (321) 728-4009.


Circuit training style class at the park: At 9 a.m. every Monday and Friday morning a new revolution is taking place.

Body Revolution, offered by Cassandra Wyzik, owner of Fit With Cassandra, is a new circuit training style class that places emphasis on using bodyweight, functional movements and fun fitness challenges to get participants sweating.

The class is being held at the gazebo near the entrance to Gleason Park in Indian Harbour Beach.

Cost is $6 per class or $40 per month, and classes last one hour each.

Bodyweight training was recently named the No. 1 fitness trend by the American College of Sports Medicine for 2012.

Participants can expect to see some equipment present at Body Revolution, namely fun noodles, hula hoops, cones, resistance bands, bean bag, free weights and more.

Those interested in signing up for Body Revolution should email cassandracpt@gmail.com. Space is limited.


Retirees to meet: the local Active and Retired Federal Employees Association will meet for lunch at 11:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 11 at Kay's Real Pit Barbecue, 1552 King St., (S.R. 520), Cocoa.

Elder Law Attorney Steve Allender of Allender and Allender will speak about Medicaid/nursing home planning. His presentation will follow the luncheon.

For more information, visit www.narfe.org/chapter 1137 or call (321) 433-0445.

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.

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.

Business women's association lunch: Anita Carbone, a financial and real estate consultant and broker, will speak at the American Business Women's Association Express Network luncheon Tuesday, Feb. 12, at the Eau Gallie Yacht Club, 100 Datura Drive, Indian Harbour Beach.

Networking starts at 11 a.m., with the meeting and speaker 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Cost is $20 for members and $25 for non-members.

Register for the luncheon by phone at (321) 795-8761 or email melbournehomestaging@gmail.com.

If you wish to join the organization or just have a membership question, contact Sue Tyson-Parker at suejtyson@aol.com or call (321) 749-4684.

Men's lacrosse team to begin season: Florida Tech's lacrosse head coach Ryan McAleavey has released the men's lacrosse team's 2013 schedule.

The Panthers will play nine of its 14 games and three of its seven Deep South Conference games at their home field, Melbourne Central Catholic's Hustler Stadium.

The Panthers will open the season at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12 on the road against St. Leo. On Saturday, Feb. 16, FIT will host Rollins College in its home opener at 7 p.m.

The Panthers will then travel to Tampa on Feb. 20 before hosting a five-game non-conference stand at home.

For more information about Florida Tech lacrosse and other sports, visit www.floridatechsports.com/mlacrosse or call (321) 674-7484.

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 info@galmontballet.com, www.galmontballet.com or call (321) 543-4403.


Revolutionary war battles: Author Norman Desmarais will be at the Genealogical Society of South Brevard on Wednesday, Feb. 13.

He will be speaking on "Revolutionary War Battles on King's Mountain & Cowpens in South Carolina."

The meeting will be held at the Melbourne Public Library, 540 E. Fee Ave., Melbourne, with a social time starting at 9:30 a.m. and the meeting starting at 10 a.m.

For more information, call (321) 952-4514.

Senior health seminar: One Senior Place in Viera will present a senior health seminar 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 8085 Spyglass Hill Road, Viera.

The Brevard Physicians Network and the Medical Practitioners for Affordable Care will be the hosts.

Come to hear local physicians and health experts speak about how to live healthier and more active lives.

For more information, visit www.oneseniorplace.com or call (321) 751-6771.

Free seminar about native gardening: Sharon Dolan of Maple Street Natives plant nursery will discuss the uses of Florida native trees, shrubs, wildflowers and grasses in home landscaping at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13 at the West Melbourne Public Library, 2755 Wingate Blvd., West Melbourne.

For more information, call (321) 952-4508.

Basketball league now forming: Brevard County South Area Parks and Recreation is currently accepting team registrations for an 18 and older basketball league at the Rodes Park Community Center.

The center is located inside Max K. Rodes Park, 3410 Flanagan Ave., West Melbourne.

Games will be played on Wednesday evenings. The team fee is $345, which includes a 10-game regular season and a single elimination playoff tournament.

All activities are conducted and supervised by Brevard County Parks and Recreation staff.

For more information, call the Rodes Park Community Center at (321) 952-3215.

Adult 6v6 soccer league registrations open: Brevard County South Area Parks & Recreation is now accepting team registrations for the upcoming 2013 spring/summer adult 6v6 soccer league. The league will consist of 30-plus, 40-plus and open age divisions with a start date in March.

Games will be played on Wednesday evenings at the Rodes Park Soccer Fields. Rodes Park is located at 3410 Flanagan Ave., West Melbourne.

The registration fee is $260 per team, which includes a 10-match regular season and a single elimination playoff tournament.

For more information, call the South Area Parks & Recreation Office at (321) 255-4400 or the Rodes Park Community Center at (321) 952-3215.


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.

Adult program at library: Popcorn and Movie will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14 at the Central Brevard Public Library, 308 Forrest Ave., Cocoa.

February's feature will be "Robot & Frank," in which an aging jewel thief teaches his caretaker robot to steal.

The movie is free.

For more information, call (321) 635-7845 or email hgill@brev.org.

Women's heart health at Macy's: Macy's, a founding national sponsor of the American Heart Association's Go Red For Women movement, has announced a celebration to commemorate the 10th National Heart Month with customers across the country through a line-up of events, merchandise and promotions all fashioned to bring awareness and funds to the cause of women's heart health.

Over the past decade, Macy's has raised $40 million through the generosity and commitment of Macy's associates and customers to benefit the fight against heart disease.

February is American Heart Month, and Macy's will show its support through several fashion-focused programs in-store and online, including special red dresses by Ellen Tracy, Kensie and Macy's exclusive new collection launching this spring, Marilyn Monroe. Each brand will offer a dress in honor of the cause.

Each year, Macy's reinforces its dedication to this cause by adding new components to the campaign.

For more information, visit goredforwomen.org or call (888) MY-HEART ([888] 694-3278).


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 chairadvanced@cbsps.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 tinaeuler@aol.com.

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