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.
Adult date night: Bring your pillows, blankets and/or lawn chair and enjoy the movie "The Frontier Boys" on the big screen indoors, with free popcorn and candy, too, for adults only.
Free childcare will be provided for children, birth to 12 years old.
This event will be 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8 at Eau Gallie First Baptist Church, 1501 W. Eau Gallie Blvd., Melbourne.
For more information, call (321) 254-2339.
Father & Daughter Dance: The city of Melbourne's Father & Daughter Dance will be 6:30-10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8 at the Eau Gallie Civic Center, 1551 Highland Ave., Melbourne.
This is a black-and-white semi formal ball at the Eau Gallie Civic Center. Dinner, dancing, prizes and entertainment will be featured.
Professional pictures will be available, and it is a great night for father/daughter bonding.
Cost is $12 per person. For more information, contact Rick Scott at (321) 255-4608.
Local food book author: Join in to welcome Stuart Borton, co-owner and chef of The Yellow Dog Café, to Barnes & Noble of West Melbourne.
Mr. Borton will be introducing his newly published "Old Dog New Chefs: Easy Things for New Chefs."
Stuart Borton's new book "Old Dog New Chefs" is the perfect way to bring the family back into the kitchen.
The book starts with the basics and does not stray too far from there.
After years of volunteer-teaching sixth- to eighth-grade students cooking classes, he learned first hand what those new to the kitchen wanted to learn how to cook.
"Old Dog New Chefs" is a great starter book, without going into so much detail that it prevents creativity in the kitchen.
This very easy to follow 162-page book has lots of pictures and illustrations and is sure to become one of your favorite cookbooks.
This is Mr. Borton's second cookbook following the success of his "Yellow Dog Cafe Cookbook" in 2010.
Join in for a chance to meet the local celebrity chef and learn how he got to where he is today Friday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 1955 W. New Haven Ave., West Melbourne.
For more information, call (321) 726-9505.
Live and silent auction items needed: Serene Harbor is looking for items to be used in the live and silent auction during its Casino Night on Friday Feb. 8.
Items can be of any value, gift baskets are made with all donations. Items, such as gift certificates, gift cards, wine, jewelry, men's items, purses, perfume, cash, golf certificates, vacation club/hotel nights/weeks, etc. are needed.
All donations receive a thank you letter for tax purposes.
If you are interested in sponsoring or donating an item for the auction, call Nancy Peltonen at (321) 726-0402 or email email@example.com.
The event is from 7-11 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza, Indialantic.
The cost is $45 and includes a live and silent auction and prizes for gamers. Sheriff, Wayne Ivey, will be assisting with the live auction portion.
There are two tickets to the Daytona 500 for auction, Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the USA" autographed CD, a Cream autographed album, with Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce signatures, along with many more exciting items.
Food includes a Mediterranean spread, stir fry stations, imported cheeses and hors d'oeuvres.
You can purchase your tickets at www.sereneharbor.org.
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.
SATURDAY, FEB. 9
'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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call (321) 259-3356.
Zumbathon charity event: Studio 321Fitness and Dance (formerly Studio Zumba), 1260 Malabar Road S.E., Palm Bay, will present a Zumbathon charity event for Relay for Life at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9.
Come have fun, burn calories and support the fight for a cure.
Tickets cost $5 at the door. All of the ticket sales will go to the American Cancer Society.
For more information, visit http://www.studio321fitness.com/ or call (321) 722-5685.
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.
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 email@example.com 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.
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.
Registration dates for serious ballet students: The Galmont Ballet has released the dates for its Summer Intensive Program of June 17 to July 12.
Registration will be through April 15.
There will be classes for beginner through intermediate, intermediate through advanced and adult classes.
The four-week programs are classically based, with emphasis in both ballet and contemporary dance, with an average of 15-20 classes per week.
Dancers in the Summer Intensive Program have the opportunity to perform in a final performance that will showcase selections from repertoire and new choreography created during the program.
Frank Galvez and Lucia Montero are the founders-artistic directors of the Galmont Ballet.
For more information, contact the Galmont Ballet, 5575 Schenck Ave., Suite 11, Viera, at firstname.lastname@example.org, www.galmontballet.com or call (321) 543-4403.
MONDAY, FEB. 11
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 email@example.com. Space is limited.
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.
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.
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.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 13
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.
Classic books at the library: Classics and More with Leslie will present "Lolita," by Vladimir Nabokov, at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13 at the Satellite Beach Public Library, 751 Jamaica Blvd., Satellite Beach.
Copies of the book are available at the library, which is open to the public.
Contact Leslie at the reference desk at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (321) 779-4004.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Boating course offered: The Banana River Sail and Power Squadron, a unit of the United States Power Squadron, the largest boating organization in the United States, will offer the ABC3 class in February.
This course, consisting of two sessions, will be offered Feb. 16 and 23 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at West Marine, 1001 W. New Haven Ave., (U.S. 192), West Melbourne.
Class is limited to 18 students.
The course fee is $50, and includes course manual.
Bring your own lunch. Refreshments will be available.
This course covers the required topics that all recreational boaters must know: The various types of boats, hulls and propulsion methods; rules of the road, required safety equipment, navigation aids, lights and sounds, anchoring, communications afloat, adverse conditions, water sports safety, trailering and personal water craft safety.
The course meets Florida state and NASBLA requirements for certification.
Additionally, an on-the-water session will also be held demonstrating trailer launching and retrieval; high speed stop; and hands-on basic boat handling, anchoring and docking.
Register at www.brsps.org using PayPal or send check payable to BRSPS to: Ernst G Hofmann, 290 Paradise Blvd., No. 36, Indialantic, FL, 32903.
For more information, call (321) 220-7776.
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.
Law school term to start: The Spring term of the Space Coast Community Law School will start on Feb. 28.
There will be free legal seminars for the public at the Moore Justice Center in Viera, from 6-8:00 p.m. in the Jury Assembly Room.
For more information,
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.