FRIDAY, FEB. 8
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.
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.
SHINE presentation: Medicare 101: 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8
Gribbage Club instruction and play: 1-3 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, now through Feb. 27
Compositional Photography with Mick West: 1 p.m. Thursdays, Feb. 14, 21 and 28
Friends of the Library travel film series: 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20
Art Journaling with Joan Throm: 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26
For more information, call (321) 868-1104 or visit www.cocoabeachpubliclibrary.org.
SATURDAY, FEB. 9
Refuge cleanup day scheduled: Anglers for Conservation, supported by the North Brevard Sportsman's Club, Keep Brevard Beautiful and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, is sponsoring a cleanup on the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9.
Everyone is invited to come and help in the beautification, revitalization and conservation of this refuge.
Contact Nancy Corona from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to signup/pre-register for this event at (321) 861-0668 or at email@example.com.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Read to a Dog program: The Space Coast Therapy Dogs organization will present "Read to a Dog" for children 5 and older at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9 at the Titusville Public Library, 2121 S. Hopkins Ave., Titusville.
Space is limited to 10 participants. Sign up in Youth Services at the library.
For more information, call (321) 264-5026.
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.
SUNDAY, FEB. 10
'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.
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.
MONDAY, FEB. 11
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.
Events at Mims-Scottsmoor: The Mims-Scottsmoor Public Library will present the following event this week:
All About Citrus: Sally Scalera, from the Brevard County Extension Service, will teach a class about the cultivation of citrus trees 2-3:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11.
The Friends of the Mims-Scottsmoor Library are sponsoring the free program.
The library is at 3615 Lionel Road, Mims.
Call to register at (321) 264-5080.
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.
TUESDAY, FEB. 12
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you wish to join the organization or just have a membership question, contact Sue Tyson-Parker at email@example.com or call (321) 749-4684.
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. 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.
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.
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
Wednesdays, 11 a.m.
ages 3-5): Preschool Story
Thursdays, 10 a.m. (ages
p to 2 years): Infant Story
The Titusville Public
Library is at 2121 S.
Hopkins Ave., Titusville.
For more information, call (321) 264-5026.
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.
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.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 13
Reading program for adults: "Sowing the Seeds of Life" reading program for adults will be held at 701 South St., in Titusville 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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 participant's 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.
THURSDAY, FEB. 14
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 ( 694-3278).
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.
Corps doing repairs at Canaveral Lock: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District, has started repair work at the Canaveral Lock, which will impact operations over the next few months. The repairs are necessary to fix a collapsing guide wall on the south side of the lock.
In order to accommodate equipment placed in the lock to facilitate the repairs, the Corps will operate the lock on an adjusted scheduled:
Weekdays, 6-7 a.m. Lock
open, one lockage in each
Weekdays, 7 a.m. to 6
p.m. Lock closed for
Weekdays, 6-9:30 p.m.
Lock open, lockages as
Weekends, 6 a.m. to 9:30
p.m. Lock open, lockages
The change in operating hours will be in effect until the repairs are complete, currently estimated to be summer 2013.
Additionally, vessels that require more than 45 feet of horizontal clearance will need to coordinate passage through the lock at least seven days in advance by contacting the Canaveral Lock. Call (321) 783-5421.
The lock is located between Port Canaveral's west turning basin and the Banana River. It was constructed in 1965 to assist with safe passage from the port to the Atlantic Ocean. It is one of six locks operated by the Jacksonville District.
A notice to navigation has been issued on this subject.
For more information on navigation notices concerning Canaveral Lock or the Okeechobee Waterway, visit www.saj.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/Navigation/NoticestoNavigation.aspx.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 email@example.com, 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 are 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Car, truck and motorcycle show: Satellite Beach Lion's Club Second Annual Car, Truck, and Motorcycle Show is Sunday, March 10, at the DRS Community Center, 1089 S. Patrick Drive, Satellite Beach, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cost is $20 to enter a vehicle. Pre-register by mail or 8 a.m. the day of the event.
Dash plaques will go to the first 75 registered vehicles.
There will be a slow drag contest at noon ($5 additional entry fee).
Awards in all categories presented at 3 p.m.
There will be door prizes, music, food, 50/50 drawing, vendors and a kid's corner.
For more information or to get a flier emailed with a registration form, contact Ron Stevic at (321) 600-4393 or email email@example.com.
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.