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.
Introduction to acupuncture and Chinese medicine: Florida-licensed acupuncture physician John Lang will address questions about acupuncture at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22 in the Jane von Thron Room at the Cocoa Beach Public Library, 550 N. Brevard Ave., Cocoa Beach.
For more information, call (321) 868-1104.
World Thinking Day Girl Scout event: All Melbourne Beach Girl Scout Troops (six troops) will be at World Thinking Day Bazaar at St. Sebastian's Church, Smodell Hall, 2010 Oak St., Melbourne Beach, 3-5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22.
This is a celebration of Girl Scouts and Girl Guides to honor their sister Girl Scout Troops around the world.
The theme of the 2013 World Thinking Day is "together we can save children's lives" focusing on reducing child mortality rates around the globe.
Melbourne Beach Troops will be donating part of the proceeds from this event to this cause.
Cost is $2 per girl (includes World Thinking Day patch). Troop check preferred to "Girl Scout Troop 1161" on day of event.
Expected are approximately 60-70 Girl Scouts and several chaperones. They will walk around learning about the countries that the troops are hosting.
The girls will be doing a girl scout SWAP (trading of handcrafted pins), singing songs and participating in a friendship circle.
St. Sebastian's Church has graciously volunteered to host this event. St. Sebastian's Church has allowed the girl scouts to hold meetings at the church monthly throughout the entire year.
They also hold the charter for the Melbourne Beach Boy Scout Pack 391, that meets there monthly.
SATURDAY, FEB. 23
Community yard sale: There will be a community yard sale at Woodland Estates on south Highway A1A, in Melbourne Beach, Saturday, Feb. 23 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Come early to find treasures of antiques, glassware, bedroom sets, tools, appliances, plants, children's bikes, books, crafts, fishing supplies, household items and other items.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
MONDAY, FEB. 25
Tennis playing for fun: Women tennis players are being sought for play at the Satellite Beach Tennis Courts on Mondays and Wednesdays mornings from 8-10 a.m.
Non-residents are welcome, as well.
Call the recreation center at (321) 773-6458 or Lori at the courts at (321) 777-4525.
Retirees having breakfast: Kennedy Space Center retirees will have breakfast Monday at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 25 at Malibu Restaurant on Barton Ave., in Rockledge.
Anyone retired is welcome.
For more information, call (321) 453-5562.
Circuit training style class at the park: At 9 a.m. every Monday and Friday morning a new revolution is taking place.
Body Revolution, offered by Cassandra Wyzik, owner of Fit With Cassandra, is a new circuit training style class that places emphasis on using bodyweight, functional movements and fun fitness challenges to get participants sweating.
The class is being held at the gazebo near the entrance to Gleason Park in Indian Harbour Beach.
Cost is $6 per class or $40 per month, and classes last one hour each.
Bodyweight training was recently named the No. 1 fitness trend by the American College of Sports Medicine for 2012.
Participants can expect to see some equipment present at Body Revolution, namely fun noodles, hula hoops, cones, resistance bands, bean bag, free weights and more.
Those interested in signing up for Body Revolution should email email@example.com. Space is limited.
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.
Mission at the church: God is giving a wonderful chance to experience an amazing Parish Lenten Mission by Father Dan Sullivan.
The theme for the mission is "Faces of Jesus."
It will be Monday, Feb. 25 through Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. every evening at the Holy Name of Jesus Church, 3050 N. Highway A1A, Indialantic.
For more information, call (321) 773-2783, Ext. 124.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 27
Free Tai Chi class: Certified Tai Chi instructor and local physical therapist will teach a free Tai Chi class at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27 at the Freedom 7 Senior Community Center, 5000 Tom Warriner Blvd., Cocoa Beach.
For more information, call (321) 783-9505 or visit www.freedom7seniors.org.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com or call (321) 544-8354.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Vernon Boushell free concert series: The Riverside Presbyterian Church presents free concerts down by the riverside.
Sunday, March 10 - Spring Concert with the Indialantic Chamber Singers: 3:30 p.m. Riverside Presbyterian Church, 3400 N. Atlantic Ave., Cocoa Beach. For more information, call (321) 525-7825 or visit www.riversidepres.org. Free concert - free ticket is required.
Sunday, June 23 - Patriotic Concert with the Space Coast Symphony Wind Ensemble & Space Coast Symphony Choir: 3:30 p.m. Riverside Presbyterian Church, 3400 N. Atlantic Ave., Cocoa Beach. For more information, call (321) 525-7825 or visit www.riversidepres.org. Free concert - free ticket is required.