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BREVARD -- Love is in the air this month, as the Space Coast celebrates a slew of events, guaranteed to spark a smile from your special someone - whomever it may be.
With some help from cupid, we've compiled some of the area's most romantic and entertaining events for all ages, so, take your pick!
Romantic big band concert at the center: The Melbourne Municipal Band will present "A Romantic Evening," a big band concert by the Swingtime Jazz Band at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8 at the Henegar Center, 625 E. New Haven Ave., Melbourne.
"A Romantic Evening" will showcase the tunes of Big Band masters Glenn Miller, Stan Kenton, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, Count Basie and Les Brown. Popular local vocalists Sally Hart and Len Fallen will also perform.
This is a fundraising concert to benefit upgrades to the Henegar Center.
Cost is $20.
Tickets available from the Henegar Center by calling (321) 723-8698 or by visiting www.henegar.org.
Valentine's Day Storytime: The Children's Department at Barnes & Noble Booksellers will present a special Valentine's Day Storytime at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at 1955 W. New Haven Ave., West Melbourne.
A reading of Joanna Walsh's "The Perfect Hug" will be featured, along with activities and treats.
The event is set for ages 3-8.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (321) 726-8817.
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.
Valentine puppet show: The Titusville Library Puppeteers will present three stories: "Silly Tilly's Valentine," "Love & Roast Chicken" and "Frog and Toad the Valentine" at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12.
Refreshments will be served, and the program is free. All ages are welcome.
The library is at 2121 S. Hopkins Ave., Titusville.
For more information, call (321) 264-5026.
Valentine's music program: Those who wish to treat their special someone to a free concert for Valentine's Day should mark the calendar for Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 13 and 14, when the Melbourne Municipal Band presents "An Evening of Romance" at 7:30 p.m. at the Melbourne Auditorium, 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd., Melbourne. There is no charge for the concerts, and tickets are not required.
The program will feature some well-known romantic classical selections, such as Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro Overture," as well as the music of Cole Porter, Ray Charles and Gershwin.
Conductor Staci Cleveland will perform a flute solo, "Vocalise," by Rachmaninoff, and Dorothy Wright will be the guest vocalist for "Embraceable You" and "Someone to Watch Over Me." Pre-show entertainment begins at 6:30 p.m., and will be presented by Romance - a guitar, voice and trumpet combo.
Call (321) 724-0555 or visit www.melbournemunicipalband.org for more information.
Hearts & Sweet Tarts: The Central Brevard Public Library will present Hearts & Sweet Tarts, a happy Valentine's Day craft and party 4-5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14 at 308 Forrest Ave., Cocoa.
Play sweet tart game, listen to stories and enjoy refreshments.
Event is set for ages 5 and older.
Please pre-register at (321) 635-7845 or email email@example.com.
Valentine's Day sale: The Friends of the Library group will sponsor a book, chocolate goodies and bake sale noon to 7:45 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14 at the Mims-Scottsmoor Public Library, 3615 Lionel Road, Mims.
For more information, call (321) 264-5080.
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.
Free church wedding: This year marks the 121st anniversary of the "little" chapel on Ocean Avenue.
Although it is sometimes confused for just an historical landmark, the Melbourne Beach Community Chapel has served the community since Jan. 10, 1892.
Permit a play on the 1-2-1 anniversary, what is something special it can offer the community to enhance a 'one-to-one' relationship?
Being branded as the "wedding chapel," how about a free wedding? Yes, that is just what the Community Chapel would like to announce - a free wedding with a drawing, to be held on Melbourne Beach Founders Day.
During these difficult economic times and considering the statistics on cohabitation break-ups, they would like to offer a free wedding to a couple, who would choose to be married if it was financially feasible. Make a lifelong dream come true.
For additional information and an application, visit the church website at www.mbchapel.org after Feb. 14.