FRIDAY, FEB. 22
Aging into Medicare and long term care: One Senior Place will present a seminar about the ABCD's of Medicare, insurance and long term care coverage at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 22 at 8085 Spyglass Hill Road, Viera. For more information, call (321) 751-6771.
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.
SATURDAY, FEB. 23
Hitting, catching clinic: Mario Garza, New York Yankees minor league manager; and Hector Rabago, New York Yankees minor league player, will present a hitting/catching clinic, hosted by the West Melbourne Eagles at The Elite Athletes Training Academy, 3840 W. Eau Gallie Blvd., Melbourne, starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23.
This clinic will benefit the nonprofit organization, The Little Warrior Foundation. This organization prepares gift baskets for children and families of children in hospitals here in Florida, and also hand selects various missionary efforts to support globally.
Cost is a recommended donation of $50/session to The Little Warrior Foundation.
For more information, or to register for the First Annual Little Warrior Foundation Baseball Clinic, call (321) 266-4471 or email email@example.com.
Discovery center open house: The Viera Discovery Center is inviting everyone to its open house 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 at 7350 Shoppes Drive, Viera.
The new facility will be open and ready for presentations and information on Viera and the Duda family. You can stop in, have a cold drink and pick up some information on local events and attractions.
For more information, call (321) 242-1200, Ext. 4514.
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.
Gator Club event: The following event has been scheduled for the Gator Club: Saturday, Feb 23: Casino Cruise - Dinner & Basketball Watch Party: The Space Coast Gator Club will host a casino cruise, dinner, and basket ball watch party at 6 p.m. on the Victory Casino Cruise Ship. All parking, taxes, boarding fees, dinner, drinks while gaming and $10 in slot money is included for $30. Visit www.spacecoastgatorclub.com for more information.
SUNDAY, FEB. 24
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.
Handgun safety and training class: This one-day, six-hour course includes class instruction and a live fire shooting component at a local gun range. A personal firearm is not required.
The course covers essentials of firearm safety, proper handling of firearms, loading and unloading handguns, proper shooting techniques, self defense vs. range shooting and state regulations for transportation and use of firearms (both with and without a concealed weapons license.
The course satisfies and exceeds training requirements to obtain a Florida Concealed Weapons License.
Registration must be completed in person at the DRS Community Center, 1089 S. Patrick Drive, Satellite Beach, prior to the date of class. Participants must be at least 18 years old to register.
Cost of registration is $45 per person, plus a $1 administrative fee. Only cash or check accepted - no credit cards, with separate fees paid day of, for range and ammunition.
The class will be 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24 or Sunday, March 17 at the center.
For more information, call (321) 773-6458.
MONDAY, FEB. 25
Reservations for awards banquet: LEAD Brevard will recognize the 2013 recipients of the Rodney S. Ketcham Leadership Icon Award and the Leadership Brevard Distinguished Alumni Award at the 2013 LEAD Brevard Leadership Awards event on Friday, March 1 at the Studio Theater at the Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts, in Melbourne.
The Rodney S. Ketcham Leadership Icon Award is presented to an individual who demonstrates a history of vision, service and leadership for the betterment of Brevard.
The 2013 recipient is Bernard W. Simpkins. Previous recipients include Dr. Maxwell C. King, Mr. Roger Dobson, Ms. Marylyn "Bunny" Finney and Ms. Barbara Moore.
New in 2013, the inaugural Leadership Brevard Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes an exemplary alumnus for ethical leadership and community service.
LEAD Brevard will honor Michael H. Williams, MH Williams Construction Group Inc. with this award, presented by Brevard Workforce.
Individual seating for the evening is $49 per person, or a reserved block of 10 seats is available for $450. Reservations and pre-payment are required by Monday, February 25.
Individual seating reservations and payment can be made online at www.LEADBrevard.org or by calling (321) 632-8222.
For more information, contact Melissa Breckenridge at (321) 632-8222 or email Melissa@LEADBrevard.org.
Spring break camps: Brevard County Parks and Recreation, Central Area, is offering spring break camps at three locations in Central Brevard for children currently in kindergarten through sixth grade. The camps will be held March 25-29. Registration is now open.
Camps will be offered at the following locations: Travis Park Community Center, 2001 Michigan Ave., Cocoa; McLarty Park Community Center, 790 Barton Blvd., Rockledge; and Kiwanis Island Community Center, 951 Kiwanis Island Park Road, Merritt Island.
Camp hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The fee is $60 per child or $20 per day. For an additional fee, before care starting at 7 a.m. and after care until 6 p.m. is available at all locations.
Pre-registration is recommended by March 22, and a minimum enrollment is required to have the program at each location.
For more information or to register, call the Central Area Parks and Recreation Office at (321) 633-1874 or visit www.brevardcounty.us/parkscentral.
TUESDAY, FEB. 26
Medicare explained: If you or a family member has Medicare or will be eligible soon, you may have lots of questions:
What is Part A?
Parts B, C, and D?
What is MA-PD and PDP?
What does it all mean?
You are invited to learn more about original Medicare at an informative presentation by experts from Health First Health Plans. This is not a sales meeting for the Medicare Advantage plans they currently offer, but simply an educational presentation to explain:
The ABCDs of Original Medicare
What is the difference between Medicare Advantage and supplement plans?
When and how to enroll, and more
This event will be at:
Cape Canaveral Hospital Conference Room (across from the gift shop), at 701 W. Cocoa Beach Causeway, Cocoa, at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26.
Holmes Regional Medical Center Auditorium A, 1350 S. Hickory St., Melbourne, at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 12.
Viera Medical Plaza Diagnostic Center Conference Room, 8725 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne, at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 26.
Seating is limited, so reserve your space today.
Call toll-free (800) 716-7737 (TDD/TYY relay: 711) weekdays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon.
For more information about Health First Health Plans, visit healthfirsthealthplans.org.
Business women's luncheon: The American Business Women's Association will present an Oceanside Charter Chapter dinner at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26 at the Eau Gallie Yacht club, 100 Datura Drive, Indian Harbour Beach.
Reservations are required.
For more information, call (321) 987-5106 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 27
Vendor spaces for 'Mom to Mom' sale: Brevard County Parks and Recreation is hosting a "Mom to Mom" toy and clothing garage sale from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 2, at the Viera Regional Community Center.
Vendors may obtain applications at the Viera Regional Community Center, 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, in Viera, or online at www.brevardcounty.us/ParksSouth.
Six-by-six-foot vendor spaces cost $15.90 and include a 5-foot table. All spaces are indoors.
Payment for table space must be made by Wednesday, Feb. 27. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
All activities are conducted and supervised by Brevard County Parks and Recreation staff at the Viera Regional Community Center.
Call (321) 433-4891 for more information.
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 is now 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.
THURSDAY, FEB. 28
The largest recreational vehicle show in Central Florida: The 2013 Central Florida RV Show will be held again at the Volusia County Fairgrounds in DeLand, Thursday, Feb. 28 through Sunday, March 3.
Sponsored by the Florida RV Trade Association, Region 4, the Central Florida RV Show promises to be bigger and better than ever.
There will be new and used RV units on display, representing more than 150 manufacturers and suppliers.
RV sales have typically been an indicator of the end of a recession as consumers have more confidence in making a major luxury item purchase.
In addition, a successful national marketing campaign targeting Baby Boomers with children is credited with spurring the keen interest in RVs and the RV lifestyle.
A favorite to all visitors is the supplier's area with displays providing equipment and accessories to help outfit campers or provide information on where to camp. Items include new braking systems, specialized camping equipment and engine performance enhancers.
The 2013 Central Florida RV Show runs Thursday through Sunday, Feb. 28 through March 3.
The hours for the show are Thursday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Adult admission is $3, with children younger than 16 admitted free.
Call (813) 741-0488 for more information or visit www.frvta.org.
Farmers market opens: Rockledge now has a farmer's market Thursdays, 11 a.m. to dusk, at Larry L. Schultz Park, on the corner of Fiske Boulevard and Levitt Parkway, in Rockledge.
For more information, call (321 917-0721 or visit www.brevardfarmersmarkets.com.
Reagan clubs to meet: The Ronald Reagan Clubs Inc. will meet Thursday, Feb. 28 at Jimmies Restaurant, Turtle Creek Golf Club, 1271 Admiralty Blvd., Rockledge.
Special guest speakers will be: Suzanne Angoewicz from the National Rifle Association and Johathan Bonham with "The English Experience ... How well do gun controls work?"
Doors will be open 6 p.m., and the program beings at 7 p.m.
The event is open to the public.
Ronald Reagan Clubs is a non-partisan organization dedicated to preserving the constitutional system of government, as envisioned by its founders, intended to allow its citizens the pursuit of their goals under the protection of those rights, endowed by the Creator.
For more information, contact Dale Young at (321) 223-5924 or Barry Plans at (321) 525-7502
Free legal seminar: The Space Coast Community Law School will present "Divorce At Any Age," a free legal seminar, 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28 at the Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore Justice Center, Jury Assembly Room, 2825 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera.
For more information or to register, visit www.spacecoastcommunitylawschol.com, www.sccls.com or call (321) 269-6833.
Playwright's workshop: Surfside Players will host the Playwrights Workshop of Brevard at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, 8 p.m. Friday, March 1, 8 p.m. Saturday, March 2 and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 3 at the Surfside Playhouse, on Ramp Road, in Cocoa Beach.
The workshop discusses and develops original one-act plays by Brevard County authors and premieres the plays on Surfside's stage.
For more information, visit www.playwrightsworkshopbrevard.org.
Single, separated, widowed or divorced?: The Single, Separated, Widowed and Divorced group will meet for lunch on Friday, March 1 at 12:30 p.m. at the Longhorn Steakhouse, 770 E. Merritt Island Causeway, Merritt Island.
All are welcome to attend.
For more information, call (321) 213-6629 or (321) 799-4920 for details.
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.
Bluegrass festival and barbecue: The Wickham Park Senior Center in Melbourne will host an evening of bluegrass musicians for an old-fashioned jam fest on Friday, March 1, beginning at 5:30 p.m. A barbeque dinner will be catered by Memaw's.
Tickets are on sale for $5 to members of the senior center and $7 for non-members.
The public is invited to attend this event, which kicks off $5 Fridays at the Wickham Park facility.
Call (321) 255-4494 for ticket information.
The center, located at 2785 Leisure Way, at Wickham Park, welcomes visitors and volunteers.
Youth foundation golf classic: The Brevard County 4-H Youth Foundation is hosting its ninth annual golf classic on Saturday, March 2 at Suntree Country Club.
The event kicks off with a barbecue on Friday, March 1, followed by a day on the challenge course with lunch and door prizes.
4-H is a youth program that spans a multitude of project areas where youth learn leadership, citizenship and teamwork skills.
The 4-H Foundation supports youth by providing scholarship opportunities at local, statewide and national events.
All proceeds from the event benefit youth, as they strive for excellence in project areas, such as: animal (horse, beef, poultry), shooting sports (archery, muzzleloading), environmental education, sewing and public speaking.
Interested sponsors and players should are asked to contact the Cocoa Extension Office at (321)-633-1702.
'Seussical' celebration: Brevard County Parks and Recreation, in conjunction with Brevard County libraries, will host "A Seussical Celebration," featuring stories, performances, games and activities based on the creations of Dr. Seuss.
The event will be held from 4-6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at McLarty Park, 790 Barton Blvd., Rockledge.
The "Cat in the Hat" will be available for photo opportunities.
Following the activities, the movie, "The Cat in the Hat," will be shown on the outdoor movie screen at 6:30 p.m. Patrons are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs. This is a free event.
Central Area Parks is currently accepting vendor and advertising sponsorship applications.
For more information, contact Sofia Troy at email@example.com or call the Central Area Park Operations Office at (321) 633-1874.
'Passport to Beer & Cheer' fundraiser: The Junior League of Central & North Brevard has set a date of Saturday, March 2 for its third annual "Passport to Beer & Cheer" fundraiser to raise money for literacy and youth aging out of foster care initiatives.
The event will take place from 7-11 p.m. at the Veranda at the Space Coast Realtor Association, 105 McLeod St. in Merritt Island, and is sponsored by Crispy's Beer & Wine Bar, n Barnes Boulevard in Rockledge. Visit www.crispysbar.com.
The Junior League has partnered with Crispy' s Beer and Wine Bar in Rockledge to provide the craft beer selections
Passport to Beer & Cheer will feature craft beers paired with food, live music, casino style gambling, raffles and silent auction.
Tickets cost $35 each and can be purchased at www.brevardjuniorleague.org.
Proceeds from the event benefit the Junior League's community outreach and projects that target the health and overall wellness of Brevard's children and youth. The Junior League of Central & North Brevard is supporting both literacy and youth aging out of foster care initiatives.
Free caregiver education: Hospice of St. Francis will be offering caregiver education and resource classes for current and future caregivers and family and/or friend helpers in three upcoming sessions of the six 90-minute classes.
The class dates and locations are as follows:
March 3, 8, 12, 15, 19 and 22, Tuesdays and Fridays, 1-2:30 p.m. at the Martin Andersen Senior Center, 1025 S. Florida Ave., Rockledge.
April 3, 5, 10, 12, 17 and 19, Wednesdays and Fridays, 4-5:30 p.m. at the Hospice of St. Francis, 4875 N. Wickham Road, Suite 104, Melbourne.
April 30, May 3, 7, 10, 14 and 17, Tuesdays and Fridays, 1-2:30 p.m. at the Holy Spirit Catholic Church Office, 2309 Holder Road, Mims.
All classes were developed nationally in response to the issues caregivers, themselves, identified.
Each class focuses on different issues a caregiver will face.
Hospice of St. Francis' programs and training classes are offered at no cost to Brevard County residents.
To register, contact Barbara Borman, RN, at (321) 269-4240, Ext. 330, toll free at (866) 269-4240 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reservations for republican women meeting: The Brevard Federated Republican Women will hold its March meeting at the Holiday Inn, 8298 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne, on Wednesday, March 6.
The room opens at 11 a.m. with social networking. The speaker and program begins at 11:30 a.m.
Dr. Pat Fuller, Coordinator of the entrepreneur program at Brevard Community College. Dr. Fuller will discuss small business and entrepreneurship in the community.
Reservations are necessary by March 1 at noon to select luncheon choice.
For reservations and more information call (321) 727-1212.
Visit brevardfederatedrepublicanwomen.org for more information about club activities.