'Build Me Up Buttercup'
The Cocoa Village Playhouse presents the world premiere of "Build Me Up Buttercup - The Musical" now through Feb. 21.
Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. at the playhouse.
Author and composer, Tony Macaulay, has written this new musical that features many of his top hits, as well as new music that he created for this production.
Mr. Macaulay has sold more than 52 million records and CDs of his songs worldwide. Twenty-four of his songs were Top 20 hits in the United States, including four at No. 1.
The Cocoa Village Playhouse is at 300 Brevard Ave., Cocoa Village.
For tickets or more information, call (321) 636-5050.
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.
For more information, call (321) 724-0555, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.melbournemunicipalband.org.
Pianist to perform at center
Hyperion Knight, classical to popular pianist, will perform at the Atlantic Music Center at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8.
Cost for adults is $27, with students younger than 18, $20.
The Atlantic Music Center is at 25 S. WickhamRoad, Melbourne.
For tickets and more information, call (321) 768-2221.
Groucho's Comedy Club
Club 52 at Melbourne's Greyhound Park presents Groucho's Comedy Club every Saturday night at 8:30 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
This Saturday, Groucho's presents comedians James Yon and Jay Grove.
Cost is $12.
Club 52 is at 1100 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne.
For more information, call (321) 259-9800.
National recording artist to headline celebration
The Soul Rebels Brass Band will be headlining the Cocoa Village Mardi Gras celebration on Saturday, Feb. 9.
The Mardi Gras celebration begins at 5 p.m. in Historic Downtown Cocoa Village with New Orleans-style entertainment, food and a parade of floats (with beads).
For more information about the event, visit www.cocoamardigras.com or call Leisure Services at (321) 635-7702.
Merritt Island Mardi Gras Street Party
"Fantasy" transcends Brevard County at 5 p.m. Feb. 9, as the free Merritt Island Mardi Gras Street Party lands at an all-new and improved location: Mavericks Sports Grill & Bar, 1580 Merritt Island Causeway, right in the center of Brevard County.
Admission is free, and all ages are welcome.
The party on Merritt Island is an opportunity for all to gather together to celebrate Fat Tuesday - the traditional name for the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent.
Fat Tuesday is more commonly known as Mardi Gras, which is simply Fat Tuesday in French. It gets its name from the custom, in many Catholic countries, of marking the day with feasting before the fasting season of Lent begins.
All people coming to the Merritt Island Mardi Gras are encouraged to dress with a "fantasy" theme to celebrate Mardi Gras.
Whether you wear your favorite Mardi Gras mask, shirt or full blown Mardi Gras costume, you will be a part of the Merritt Island Mardi Gras celebration.
The chefs at Mavericks will be preparing plates of authentic New Orleans-style foods for the revelers to feast on at the Merritt Island Mardi Gras.
Event sponsor Coors Lite and 69 other varieties of custom brews await the Merritt Island Mardi Gras revelers to enjoy late into the night ... plus, more than 40 varieties of delicious packaged bottled beers.
Outside of Mavericks at the street party, some of the food items on offer will be authentic seasoned and boiled crawfish, po'boy sandwiches, shrimp po'boys, spicy cajun gumbo, steamed shrimp, red beans, rice and more.
Mavericks Sports Grill & Bar new menu will also be on offer inside the newly appointed restaurant where the Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame is now located.
At the street party's outdoor Coors Lite Stage, Suzanah Free, Cajun Allstars and Danny Blues will entertain from 5-9 p.m. And then, Merritt Island's favorite - D.J Amsterdan - will pump up the party with rockin' dance tunes.
Legends of country music
The Fifth Annual Country Legends Tribute show is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 9 at Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy, with two shows, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
This is a two-hour live performance will feature the music of Patsy, Hank, Johnny, Carrie, Miranda and many more legends of country music of yesterday and today.
Tickets cost $20 per show and include a pre-show party and intermission.
Tickets can be purchased at www.htacademy.org/country-legends, www.countrylegendsband.com or by visiting either location of Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy.
For more information, call (321) 723-8323, Ext. 317, email email@example.com or visit www.htacademy.org.
Pops present 'compo-sitions'
The Space Coast Pops Orchestra presents "Big Band Bash" for the second concert of its 27th Annual Season Subscription Series at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9 at the Merritt Island First Baptist Church on State Road 520 and Courtenay Parkway, Merritt Island.
Conductor Mark Nelson will direct the Pops Orchestra in performing "compo-sitions" of George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Rodgers and Hart, Claude DeBussy and Giacom Puccini, with "A Salute to the Big Bands," and "A Salute to Irving Berlin," plus other selected classics from the Big Band era.
Featured vocal soloist Elizabeth Nelson will sing "Embraceable You," "Night and Day," "Blue Moon," "Beau Soir," plus a number of other favored classics.
Single concert tickets cost $20 for general admission at advance at ticket outlets and are $3 extra at the door.
Call (321) 632-7445 for more information, ticket outlet locations and single concert reserved seat tickets.
'Mosquitoes, Alligators and Determination V'
The Brevard Theatrical Ensemble presents "Mosquitoes, Alligators and Determination V" as part of the Second Pioneer Day on north Merritt Island at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9.
The event will follow the Traditional Florida Fish Fry inside the Historic St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 555 Tropical Trail, Merritt Island.
The Brevard Theatrical Ensemble's Professional Tellers will present tales about Florida's historical past.
The events and people involved with the states long history is exciting, funny and sometimes sad; but always entertaining.
The nonprofit ensemble uses these historical facts to bring a frozen moment in time back, so that you can share the common ground on which we all walk.
Cost for the fish fry and performance is $12. The performance only is $5.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, visit www.brevardensemble.com or call (321) 452-5260 or (321) 676-0697. Seating is limited.
'Strawberry Shortcake' brings her sweetness to town
Everyone's berry best friend "Strawberry Shortcake" (www.strawberryshortcakeontour.com) makes her Melbourne theatrical debut at 1 p.m. Feb. 10 in Koba Entertainment's all-new musical production, "Strawberry Shortcake: Follow Your Berry Own Beat," featuring special guest stars, the Doodlebops. Tickets are on sale now.
Single tickets may be purchased by visiting kingcenter.com or by calling the King Center ticket office at (321) 242-2219.
The live show was written, choreographed and directed by Koba's artistic director and theater veteran, Patti Caplette. Lorelei Bachman, along with her father, Randy Bachman (The Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive), co-wrote three brand new songs for "Strawberry Shortcake: Follow Your Berry Own Beat" that are guaranteed to have families dancing in the aisles.
"Strawberry Shortcake," a favorite of little girls and moms alike for more than 30 years, will be played onstage by Toronto native Amelia Sirianni.
The production also brings to life her best friends "Orange Blossom," "Lemon Meringue," "Blueberry Muffin," "Raspberry Torte," "Plum Pudding" and "Cherry Jam" and features original and fan favorite songs from the hit TV show, "Strawberry Shortcake's Berry Bitty Adventures," currently airing on The Hub network in the U.S.
The musical adventure takes audiences to the whimsical land of Berry Bitty City where the whole town is buzzing with anticipation for the Glitzy Glaze Talent Show.
Before the girls of Berry Bitty City hit the stage, theatergoers will warm up their singing voices and stretch their dancing muscles with the touring cast of the Doodlebops. Responding to calls from their legions of clamoring fans, "Rooney," "Moe" and "Dee Dee Doodle" take to the stage in a live concert performance that will get the whole audience movin' and groovin'.
The King Center for the Performing Arts is at 3865 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne.
For tickets and more information, call (321) 242-2219 or visit www.kingcenter.com.
Sunday afternoon music
"Music on a Sunday Afternoon" presents Austin Church at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10 at the Cocoa Beach Public Library, 550 N. Brevard Ave., Cocoa Beach.
Mr. Church plays with elements of country, folk, Americana and rockabilly, with Caribbean and pop/rock influences.
For more information, call (321) 868-1104.
Second Sundays in the Park
The Central Accordion Club will perform 4-5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10 at Second Sundays in the Park, at St. John's Park, 610 Young St., Melbourne.
In case of rain, the musical celebration can be moved inside.
Enjoy the sounds of local musicians. Invite a friend or neighbor.
For more information, call (321) 254-3365 or (321) 777-0168.
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.
Forever Hearts 5K and Fun Walk
The annual Run Brevard ReCreate Your Life 5K Race Series, presented by Brevard County Parks and Recreation and Health First, will continue in February with the Forever Hearts 5k and Fun Walk at the Rodes Park Community Center, 3410 Flanagan Ave., in West Melbourne.
This is the third race of the series. There will be three additional races held in various Brevard County Parks through May.
The Forever Hearts 5K and Fun Walk starts at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16.
The pre-registration fee, before Feb. 9, is $14 per runner and $11 per walker. Day-of-race registration is $18 per runner and $12 per walker.
All children must be accompanied by an adult.
T-shirts are guaranteed to the first 100 entrants. Plaques will be awarded to the male and female first-place runners overall, masters and age groups 0-9; then standard five-year increments for those as old as 80. Medals are awarded to all second-place and third-place runners in each age group. Door prizes will also be awarded.
All activities are conducted and supervised by the Brevard County Parks and Recreation staff.
More information and registration forms for the race can be found on the Brevard County race series website, www.brevardcounty.us/RunBrevard or by calling the Rodes Park Community Center at (321) 952-3215.
Art of Sand at the zoo
Toyota of Melbourne and Lexus of Melbourne will present Art of Sand 2013 to benefit the arts in Brevard Saturday, Feb. 16 through Memorial Day, at the Brevard Zoo, 8225 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne.
This year's exhibit will feature more than 13 sand sculptures that trace the history of wildlife and human beings in Florida from prehistoric times through the present.
The zoo is open daily 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $2 for children (on top of regular zoo admission).
For more information, visit www.artofsand.org.
Inaugural 5K Sunset Run
Gemini Elementary School and the Melbourne Beach Rotary Club will present the Inaugural 5K Sunset Run at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, March 16.
The race starts and ends at 2100 Oak St., Melbourne Beach.
All proceeds will benefit Gemini's Technology Fund.
All are welcome. Age group categories are from 5 to 55-plus.
Race T-shirts are guaranteed for the first 250 participants, and all runners will receive discount coupons in their race packets, as well as free post-race refreshments.
Race management and timing will be provided by Running Zone (www.runningzone.com).
To register, visit www.geminiPTO.org/sunset5K.
Fees are $25 for participants and $15 for children 12 and younger; race day registration increases by $5. Online registration will close on Wednesday, March 13 at 11 p.m.
Sponsorship opportunities are available for this inaugural run. Contact Rachelle Butler at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (321) 243-2010.
Little Black Dress stylish networking event
Join Space Coast Business Marketing for its first networking event of the year, Little Black Dress: A Stylish Networking Night, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21 at the Suntree County Club.
Wear your favorite little black dress for a complimentary glass of champagne and be eligible to win prizes.
Men are invited to join in, wearing their favorite black suits.
Admission is free. There will be refreshments and a cash bar.
Please RSVP to http://scllittleblackdress.eventbrite.com/.
World championship boxing heading to city
The Greater Palm Bay Chamber, All Star Boxing and the Tourist Development Commission of the Space Coast have announced that they are bringing World Championship Boxing matches back to Palm Bay on Feb. 22.
Doors will open at 7:30 p.m.
The one-night event will be held at the city's community center at 1502 Port Malabar Blvd. N.E., Palm Bay.
Tickets are $20 for stands and $35 for ringside and are available in advance on the Palm Bay Chamber website, www.greaterpalmbaychamber.com, or by calling (321) 951-9998. Tickets may also be purchased at the door and are subject to availability.
This is the third year that All Star Boxing is bringing the Telemundo/NBC broadcast event to Palm Bay. Last year the event brought in close to 1,300 attendees for eight bout matches, which surpassed all expectations.
This sanctioned event will be televised live by Telemundo into 62 countries worldwide, reaching more than a million spectators.
The card for the evening includes eight title bouts, with the main event between Jose Nieves of Puerto Rico against Danny Flores of Mexico in 12 rounds.
Sponsorships are available at the $250, $500 and $1,000 levels, with the deadline to sponsor Feb. 15.
Last year's sponsors included Melbourne International Airport, Palm Bay Ford, Joe Raley - State Farm, Peninsula Title and Alpha-Omega Training and Compliance.
Interested companies wishing to sponsor the event may contact the Palm Bay Chamber at (321) 951-9998, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Additional information can be found at www.greaterpalmbaychamber.com.
Golden Steppers to celebrate 25 years
Tickets are now on sale for the Golden Steppers performance at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24 as they celebrate 25 years of tap, live at the Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse, 300 Brevard Ave., Cocoa.
Reserved seat tickets cost $15, and are available by calling Carolyn Dion at (321) 784-1454.
All proceeds, after expenses, will be donated to local charities.
The Golden Steppers, directed by Martha Seymour, is a high-kicking tap dance group comprised of 40 talented ladies and one talented gentleman, ranging in age from 50-80 years young.
This show promises to be new and exciting, with show-stopping dances you will not want to miss.
For more information, visit www.geocities.com/goldensteppers/tap.html.
Dinner and music fundraiser
David's Steak & Seafood, 302 Ocean Ave., Melbourne Beach, will present a four-course, gourmet dinner with wine pairing and an array of chocolate desserts as a fundraiser for Space Coast Volunteers in Medicine at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24.
Tickets cost $60 each.
There will be music, dancing and raffles.
Dress is casual cocktail attire.
For tickets, call Fern Adams at (321) 698-0720.
Tickets on sale for 'Satisfaction' tribute band
The Brevard Music Group has announced that tickets are now on sale for the performance of Satisfaction, the international tribute to the Rolling Stones.
The event will be at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 21 at the Henegar Center for the Arts, 625 E. New Haven Ave., Melbourne.
From slow blues to hard-hitting rock songs, Satisfaction sums up the Rolling Stone experience, while portraying the original band's movement and style with some humor.
Cost is $26 and $22 for orchestra seating and $20 for balcony. Add fees.
Tickets are available at Brevard Music Group at (321) 783-9004 and www.brevardmusicgroup.com.