'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.
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.
Founders Day fish fry
The Third Annual Eau Gallie Founders Day Fish Fry is set for noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16 in Eau Gallie Square, at the corner of Highland Avenue and Eau Gallie Boulevard.
A joint project of the Eau Gallie Arts District Main Street and the Eau Gallie Rotary Club, the event will feature fried fish dinners prepared by Squid Lips, live music in the bandstand by Country Classics, a history tent with exhibits and presentations, artists and street vendors, children's activities and a marine flea market.
Proceeds will benefit charities supported by Rotary and EGAD's work to promote the arts, historic preservation and economic revitalizaton of the old Eau Gallie Downtown area.
Presentations scheduled on the hour in the history tent include: Military Activity in Central Florida and World War II by Dr. Robert Taylor at 1 p.m., The Rosseter Sisters by Ben Dibiase at 2 p.m., Japanese Colony in Eau Gallie by Sandy Wilson at 3 p.m. and Ais Indians by Chuck Baird at 4 p.m.
Other history tent exhibits include local historic homes by the Brevard Heritage Council, yacht club and Eau Gallie water history by Chuck Baird, archaeology exhibit by the Florida Public Archaeology Net, area history by the South Brevard Historic Society, military history by Florida Institute of Technology and Zora Neal Hurston and Rosseter history by the Florida Historical Society.
A fish dinner, which includes tilapia, baked beans, cole slaw and hush puppies, costs $10 for adults and $7 for children.
Tickets are being pre-sold at about a dozen merchants along Highland Avenue, and they also will be available the day of the event.
Soft drinks, water, beer and wine will be for sale.
Mathers' Cake Shop is donating a large birthday cake for the event.
In keeping with the history celebration, free children's activities will include old-fashioned games.
A variety of artists and other vendors will be exhibiting, and West Marine is coordinating a marine flea market.
The area's regular Saturday Farmers Market will be shifted north and west for the day.
Local artist Mike "Nemo" Nemnich created a custom design for the 2013 Founders Day T-Shirts, which will be on sale for $10 each.
For more information, contact the EGAD office at (321) 574-2737.
The Metropolitan Opera live in HD
Carmike Cinemas Avenue 16 presents Verdi's "Rigoletto," live on screen in high definition at 12:55 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16 at 2241 Town Center Ave., Melbourne.
Director Michael Mayer has placed his new production of Verdi's tragedy in Las Vegas in 1960, inspired by the antics of the "Rat Pack."
Cost is $24 for general admission.
For more information, call (321) 775-1210.
'Fe-Beer-Ary' White Trash Bash
The Sandbar Sports Grill presents the "Fe-Beer-Ary White Trash Bash" at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16 at 4301 Ocean Beach Blvd., Cocoa Beach.
A belching contest, biggest "beeramid" contest and more will be featured.
For more information, call (321) 474-0965.
East Coast Surf Documentary
The Cocoa Beach Surf Museum will present a vintage 8mm East Coast surf documentary at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16 at the Cocoa Beach Public Library, 550 N. Brevard Ave., Cocoa Beach.
This is the first screening of a series of recently acquired 8mm surf movies from private collections of East Coast surfers.
For more information, call (321) 868-1104.
Symphony program to strike a chord
This program, at the Scott Center at Holy Episcopal Academy, just off the Pineda Causeway in Melbourne at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16 opens with Johann Sebastian Bach's "Passacaglia and Fugue in C Minor."
Originally conceived for organ, the work has been given orchestral color in Leopold Stokowski's transcription of Bach's masterpiece.
Pianist Rochelle Sallee returns to perform Felix Mendolssohn's "Piano Concerto No. 1."
Closing the concert will be Ludwig van Beethoven's mighty "Symphony No. 3: The Eroica."
For more information, visit www.spacecoastsymphony.org or call (855) 252-7276.
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/.
'Hot Night in the City'
The seventh annual "Hot Night in the City," a cocktail party in the auditorium of the Cocoa Beach Country Club, will be 7-11 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22 at 5000 Tom Warriner Blvd., Cocoa Beach.
There will be hot food and coffee, cold drinks, a silent auction, a 50/50 raffle and the live band, Delgado.
All proceeds will benefit the Freedom 7 Senior Community Center.
Advanced tickets are recommended and are available at Cocoa Beach Health & Fitness, the Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce, Freedom 7 Senior Community Center and other locations. Tickets will also be available at the door.
Advanced tickets cost $20, which includes admission, one drink, food, entertainment and more.
For more information, call (321) 783-9505.
Piano trio chamber music
On Friday, Feb. 22, at 7:30 p.m. at Eastminster Presbyterian Church, the Melbourne Chamber Music Society will present a special concert by the Storioni Piano Trio, Amsterdam.
The concert will feature classical selections by Haydn, Beethoven and Liszt, and contemporary jazz and tango music by Chick Corea and Astor Piazzola.
The concert is not part of the 2012-13 subscription series, and individual tickets are required.
Tickets cost $20 for adults, and $10 for students, and may be purchased online at MelbourneChamberMusic Society.com, by phone at (321) 213-5100, by mail at MCMS, P.O. Box 033403, Indialantic, FL, 32903, or at the door.
The church is at 106 Riverside Drive, Indialantic.
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.
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.
Travis Tritt at the King Center
In the course of his career, Travis Tritt has delighted fans and disarmed critics by exploring his deep love of hardcore country, his affinity for bluegrass and his sensitivity as a balladeer, winning respect as a formidable songwriter and drawing widespread recognition as a fine vocalist.
Two-time Grammy winner Travis Tritt will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22 at the King Center for the Performing Arts, 3865 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne.
After selling 25 million albums and performing for standing-room-only crowds coast-to-coast, he is currently traveling the country on his solo-acoustic tour, giving audiences an intimate experience, playing his songs and telling stories.
For more information, visit www.travistritt.com.
For tickets, contact the King Center at (321) 242-2219 or visit www.kingcenter.com.
'Night Sounds' at the park
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Sebastian Inlet State Park will hold the Night Sounds concert series on Saturday, Feb. 23.
Hosted by the Friends of Sebastian Inlet State Park, the concert will showcase recording artists Friction Farm.
Living in Brooklyn N.Y., Christine Stay and Aidan Quinn are known as Friction Farm.
Friction Farm combines story telling, social commentary and humor to create songs of everyday life, local heroes and quirky observations.
From ballads to anthems, each song is filled with harmony and hope.
Friction Farm's music is a mix of country, folk and pop blended into a seamless package.
This event will take place Saturday, Feb. 23, from 7-9 p.m.
Sebastian Inlet State Park is at 9700 S. Highway A1A, Melbourne Beach, on Coconut Point, located on the south side of Sebastian Inlet.
The concert is free with regular park entry fees.
For more information about Friction Farm, visit www.frictionfarm.com.
For more information about the concert, call (321) 984-4852 or visit www.floridastateparks.org/sebastianinlet.
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.
Living for wine and chocolate will help
"To Live for Wine & Chocolate," to be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24 at David's Steak & Seafood, Melbourne Beach, will benefit Space Coast Volunteers in Medicine, a Brevard County nonprofit, located in Palm Bay.
Those interested in attending should call now to reserve and purchase tickets.
Space Coast Volunteers in Medicine is supported by donations, grants and fundraising events. All services are provided free of charge.
Contact Fern Adams at (321) 698-0720 to attend.
Tickets may be purchased by cash, check or credit card. Attire is casual cocktail.
Doors open at 4 p.m., with dinner at 5 p.m.
There will be door prizes, raffle and a four-course gourmet dinner with wine pairing and dancing.
Visit www.spacecoastvolunteersinmedicine.org for more information or call (321) 914-0915.
Young musicians program
A program, sponsored by the Creative Arts Foundation of Brevard, will feature four highly talented and accomplished youngsters, between the ages of 14 and 17, at the Unitarian Fellowship Hall, 3115 Friendship Place, Rockledge at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24.
Featured will be: Bethany Hargis, 14, concert piano (Emcee); Elizabeth Hargis, 16, concert piano; Michael Tornatta, 17, tenor voice; and Isabel Prado, 15, soprano voice.
Cost is a $5 donation.
For more information, call (321) 254-3398.
Country music at the high school
Titusville High School is honored to host "The Country Legends Band," benefiting Titusville High School Athletics, on March 2 at 7 p.m. in the Titusville Theater, located on campus.
The Country Legends Tribute show is a family-oriented, live performance of some of the most popular country songs of the last 50 years - including songs of Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Conway Twitty and Taylor Swift, just to name a few.
Tickets are available for purchase at the school. The cost is $20 a ticket.
Contact athletic director Jason Berley or bookkeeper Brenda Dornbusch at (321) 264-3100 at the school for more information.
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.
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.