FRIDAY, FEB. 22
Monday evening volleyball: Brevard County South Area Parks and Recreation is currently accepting registrations for adult coed volleyball league at Rodes Park Community Center, located at 3410 Flanagan Ave., West Melbourne.
League games are scheduled to be played on Monday evenings, beginning March 6, with the cost at $260 per team, which includes a 14-game regular season with a single-elimination playoff tournament.
For more information, call Rodes Park Community Center at (321) 952-3215.
SATURDAY, FEB. 23
Swim lessons: The Palm Bay Aquatic Center will hold registration for spring swim lessons from 8-10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23. Lessons begin on Tuesday, Feb. 26.
The cost per session is $45 for children 6 years and older, and $35 for children 6 months to 5 years.
A complete list of class dates and times is available at www.brevardcounty.us/pbac.
The Palm Bay Aquatic Center is at 420 Community College Parkway S.E., Palm Bay, just south of the Brevard Community College Campus.
This activity is sponsored by the Brevard County Parks and Recreation Department.
For more information, call (321) 952-2232.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Award-winning author to present workshop: Spacecoast Authors of Romance invites you to join them, as they welcome Kathy Gilles Seidel, award-winning author and lecturer.
Ms. Seidel has a Ph.D. in English literature from Johns Hopkins, and her previous novels have won every major romance-market award.
She'll be presenting an all-day workshop, titled "How To Make Your Happy Endings Happier."
The Saturday meeting will be on Feb. 23 at the West Melbourne Public Library, 2755 Wingate Blvd, Melbourne, and will take place from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and is open to the public.
The cost, which includes a continental breakfast, a light lunch and snacks, is $40.
Visit the website at http://authorsofromance.com/supersaturday for registration details, and sign up at http://authorsofromance.com/supersaturday/ssregform.
Space Coast Authors of Romance is Chapter 187 of Romance Writers of America. Anyone seriously interested in the pursuit of a career writing book-length romance fiction is welcome to join STAR.
Monthly meetings and workshops provide a comfortable forum where published and unpublished writers share knowledge about the ever-changing romance fiction industry.
Beginners or seasoned, multi-published romance writers are all welcome to participate.
'Art and Animals in the Park:' Brevard County Parks & Recreation and the Friends of Erna Nixon Park will host the third annual "Art and Animals in the Park" event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23, at Erna Nixon Park, 1200 Evans Road, West Melbourne.
Parking will be available at the Melbourne Square Mall parking lot at Pole No. 4, on the west side of JC Penney. A free shuttle bus will be available to transport visitors to and from the park.
Admission is $1, and all proceeds benefit the Friends of Erna Nixon Park.
All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Art in the Park will provide an opportunity to stroll through one of Brevard County's hidden gems and view locally made art focused on the beauty of nature. Participating artists and photographers will be in attendance to display, sell and talk to the public about their nature-themed art.
A silent auction will feature pieces donated by artists and photographers. Food will be available for purchase. There will also be animal groups on hand giving presentations throughout the event.
For more information, call Erna Nixon Park at (321) 952-4525.
Adopt dogs and cats: The Central Brevard Humane Society will be at PetSmart, 1800 Evans Road, Melbourne, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 for an adopt-a-thon.
For information, visit www.crittersavers.com or call (321) 636-3343.
Alzheimer's presentation: Health First Aging Services' Center for Family Caregivers welcomes Dr. Peter V. Rabins for a special presentation.
Dr. Rabins, regarded by the medical profession as a national leader in the care of Alzheimer's disease, is co-author of "The 36-Hour Day: A Family Guide to Caring for Persons with Alzheimer's Disease, Related Dementing Illnesses, and Memory Loss in Later Life."
On Saturday, Feb. 23 at 3 p.m., Dr. Rabins will share his vast knowledge at the Health First Center for Family Caregivers, located at 3661 S. Babcock St. in Melbourne.
The presentation will be held in the Marge Spezzano Community Room, and refreshments will be served.
Seating is limited, and reservations can be made by calling (321) 434-7625.
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.
Wounded Warrior softball team game: The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team will play the Brevard Super Senior Softball 55-plus All-Star Team at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 at Palm Bay Regional Park, 1951 Malabar Road N.W., Palm Bay.
The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team is a national traveling team made up of young amputee soldiers from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars that travel the country putting n celebrity games to raise awareness.
For more information, visit http://superseniorsoftball.com or call (321) 543-1885.
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.
South basketball league forming: Brevard County South Area Parks and Recreation is currently accepting team registrations for an 18 and older basketball league at Rodes Park Community Center.
The center is located inside Max K. Rodes Park, 3410 Flanagan Ave., in 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.
MONDAY, FEB. 25
Pickleball offered: Brevard County Parks and Recreation is offering Pickleball on Monday and Wednesday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon at the Ted Whitlock Community Center inside the Palm Bay Regional Park, 1951 Malabar Road N.W., Palm Bay.
Since its invention in 1965, Pickleball has grown to be a popular game, especially with active seniors.
Pickleball is a game that combines elements of badminton, tennis and table tennis.
The game is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players.
Players use wooden paddles and a plastic ball on a court that is smaller than a tennis court.
There are two indoor courts available for play at the community center. Paddles and balls are provided.
The cost is $2 per person.
For more information, call the Ted Whitlock Community Center at (321) 952-3231.
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.
TUESDAY, FEB. 26
Live works of art: Ikebana flower design will be at the Eau Gallie Civic Center, 1551 Highland Ave., Melbourne, Tuesday, Feb. 26 from 1-3 p.m.
The art of Ikebana flower design has been practiced in Japan for more than 600 years,
Chieko Mihori will create numerous designs, using interesting containers and colorful flowers with other natural materials to create exciting "living art."
This event is brought to Melbourne by the Ikebana International Melbourne, Chapter No. 216.
Tickets cost $10 or $12 at the door.
Call (321) 727-0993, (321) 632-3798 or email IkebanaMelbourne@aol.com.
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 email@example.com.
Job club started: Truth Revealed International Ministries of Palm Bay is hosting a Job Club, Tuesdays, now through April 9, 6-8 p.m. each week at 2838 Palm Bay Road N.E., Palm Bay.
The job club will cover techniques for setting goals, finding employers, how to effectively create a resume and cover letter and how to prepare for an interview.
The sessions will be held in the fellowship hall and are free and open to the public.
For more information, call the church at (321) 952-5151.
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.
Beginning beekeeping: Environmentalist and owner of Maple Street Natives plant nursery, Brent Dolan, will share his knowledge of bee culture and his beekeeping experiences at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27 at the West Melbourne Public Library, 2755 Wingate Blvd., West Melbourne.
For more information, call (321) 952) 4508.
Orchestra to play: The Melbourne Community Orchestra will present "Rodgers & Hammerstein on the Silver Screen," beloved music scores paired with film clips, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 27 and 28 at the Melbourne Auditorium, 625 Hibiscus Blvd., Melbourne.
The concert is free.
For more information, call (321) 952-9949 or visit www.mcorchestra.org.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Rummage roundup: The Junior League of South Brevard Inc. will present the 24th Rummage Roundup Saturday, March 2, 6:30-8 a.m. for the early bird sale ($5), and 8 a.m. to noon for the regular sale ($1) at the Melbourne Auditorium, 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd., Melbourne.
The event features 20,000 square feet of gently used household goods, furniture, collectibles, electronics, books, tools, children's toys and clothes, adult clothes and more. All items are priced to sell! More than 150 families donate to this sale. In addition, this year, there will be private vendors with a variety of goods and services.
Remember, all donations are tax deductible.
For more information, visit www.jlsb.net, email email@example.com or call (321) 610-8950.
Golf tournament: Divine Mercy Catholic Academy, a nonprofit organization (pre-K through eighth grades), is hosting the 16th Annual Father McDonnell Memorial Golf Tournament at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 2 at Baytree National Golf Links, 8207 National Drive, Melbourne.
Cost for individual player registration is $85. Dinner costs $15.
Make checks payable to the Divine Mercy Catholic Academy.
For more information, call (321) 259-9060.
Visit www.tournevents.com/dmccs to register online.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (321) 544-8354.
'Art in the Park:' Hollwood Estates, 4301 Kimberly Circle, just off Henry Avenue, in West Melbourne, is hosting the second annual "Art in the Park" on March 2, from 1-4 p.m.
The event will showcase all the talented people who reside in the Melbourne and West Melbourne area, who are older than 55!
There will be free refreshments and a raffle basket.
Everyone is welcome to view and purchase and have a fun afternoon.
For more information, call Fran R. at (321) 729-8086 or Mary Anne H. at (321) 724-8770.
Chorus presents annual musical show: The award-winning Platinum Coast Chorus, Brevard County's local chapter of Sweet Adelines International, will present its annual show, titled "Magic in the Attic."
The event will be held on Saturday, March 2 at 2 p.m. at the Eau Gallie High School Auditorium, 1400 Commodore Blvd, in Melbourne.
The featured guests will be So Divine, a dynamic quartet of young women, who are rising stars in Sweet Adelines and who represented Florida's District 9 at the SAI International Competition 2012 in Denver.
The Sweet Adelines sing and entertain its local audiences with four-part, a cappella, barbershop harmony, which is delightfully presented in this themed story, that includes various musical songs, from past to present.
Tickets cost $15 for adults and $8 for students and are available at: Marion Music, 4970 Stack Blvd., Palm Bay, (321) 727-3000; Wholesale Music (Lake Washington & Wickham Roads), (321) 751-1439; and Wickham Road Music, 4875 Wickham Road, Suite 101, (321) 752-1030
For more ticket information, contact Carol Walter at (321) 259-1086.
Launch or stay home and read?: The weather sets the stage for your activities every day. Whether boating, or just living on the Space Coast, the more you know about the weather, the better control you have over when and where you might want to go, or what you might want to do. Take action to gain the confidence and control that knowledge of weather gives you.
The Banana River Sail and Power Squadron, a unit of the United States Power Squadrons, is announcing the weather course.
This class is not limited to boaters; this information is valuable to everyone, particularly those living close to the ocean and the Indian River Lagoon.
In this course, taught by a professional meteorologist students will become keen observers of the weather by learning the basic principles of meteorology - the science of the atmosphere.
The course focuses on how weather systems form, behave, move and interact with one another and reflects the availability of a variety of weather reports and forecasts on the Internet.
The class includes a tour of the National Weather Service facility in Melbourne.
The first class meets on Wednesday, March 6 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The class will consist of approximately 10 two-hour classroom sessions. The class meets at Keiser University, the Corner of NASA and Babcock streets, in Melbourne.
Cost is $80 for U.S. Power Squadron members, $110 for non-members and $159 for the class and a one-year membership to Banana River Sail & Power Squadron.
Additional family members from the same household, sharing manual pay $20 each.
Register at www.brsps.org or mail a check to BRSPS c/o Ernst Hofmann, 290 Paradise Blvd. No. 36; Indialantic, Fl., 32903.
For additional information and to register, call (321) 220-7776 or visit www.brsps.org.
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 email@example.com.