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 now 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.
'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.
Music and entertainment
A musical performance by Armand and Angelina will be at the Unity Church of Merritt Island, 4725 N. Courtenay Parkway, Merritt Island, on Friday, February 22 at 7 p.m.
There will be a love offering, music, song and professional entertainment.
For more information, call (321) 452-2526.
Special classical, jazz, tango concert
The Storioni Piano Trio, Amsterdam is the fabled Dutch piano trio performing classical, jazz, and tango repertoire for the first time in Melbourne.
The program will be from the works of F.J. Haydn, L. van Beethoven, Franz Liszt, Chick Corea and Astor Piazzola at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22 at Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 106 N. Riverside Drive, Indialantic.
This concert is not part of the season series, and separate tickets are required. Prices are $20 for adults and $10 for students, and may be purchased by telephone at (321) 213-5100, online at www.MelbourneChamberMusicSociety.com or at the door with cash, check or credit card.
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.
'Music in the Forest'
The Enchanted Forest Sanctuary will present "Music in the Forest" 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 at 444 Columbia Blvd., Titusville.
Flutes & Friends will be 10 a.m. to noon. Singer/songwriter Mark Nathan will be noon to 1 p.m. and Critter Song Sing Along will be 1-2 p.m.
For more information, visit www.eelbrevard.com or call (321) 264-5185.
The Rotary Clubs of Titusville will present the Ninth Annual Chili Cook-Off 6-10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 in Downtown Titusville.
Cost is $10 for all you can eat chili tastings, or $8 in advance.
The event, sponsored by TD Bank, is being held in conjunction with the "Ready, Set, Glow" Third Annual A. Max Brewer Bridge 5K (hosted by Sculptor Charter School).
For more information, visit www.titusvillerotary.com call (321) 267-4000.
'Fiddler on the Roof'
The Holy Name of Jesus Players will present "Fiddler on the Roof" at the Holy Name of Jesus Life Center, 3050 N. Highway A1A, Indialantic.
Show times will be:
Saturday, Feb. 23: dinner theater at 6 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 24 at 2 p.m.
Friday, March 1 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 3 at 2 p.m.
Pre-sale tickets cost $12 for adults, with $15 at the door; and $6 for children, 10 and younger, and $8 at the door.
Advanced dinner theater cost $26, with advanced reservations required.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit (321) 773-2783.
'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.
'One Sweet Night' is on
Brevard Achievement Center's annual fundraiser, "One Sweet Night: A Celebration of Coffee and Chocolate" will be held on Saturday, Feb. 23 from 7-10 p.m. at the Space Coast Convention Center/Holiday Inn Express, Cocoa.
Proceeds from the event benefit programs and services that help people with disabilities achieve vocational and social independence.
Presented by Southern Janitor and Viera High School Student Government, "One Sweet Night" features more than 20 national and local restaurants, bakeries and chocolatiers serving a variety of sweet and salty treats and coffees.
This year's providers are: A New York Pizza House, A Slice of Heaven Cakes and Catering, BJs, CHOFFY, Dana's Cupcakes, Grills Seafood and Tiki Bar - Riverside, Grimaldi Candies, LongHorn Steakhouse - Merritt Island, Mimi's Café, Merri Cakes, Ossorio Bakery & Café, Red Lobster - Merritt Island, Sam's Club, Space Coast Convention Center/Holiday Inn Express, Starbucks, Sweets Revenge Bakery, The Bald Strawberry, The Melting Pot, The Sweetest Thing, The Tailored Cookie, Troisi Imports and Wee Bee Fine Foods.
A unique chocolate-inspired libation in a complimentary glass, as well as other domestic and imported drinks, also will be available at the cash bar.
Guests can dance the calories away to live music provided by the Tampa-based Bay Kings Band. This group of professional musicians plays with artists like Michael Buble', Beck, Gotye, Alicia Keys and Stevie Wonder when not playing together.
The event puts the "fun" in "fundraising" with its unique silent auction, featuring more than 75 displays that include items like two roundtrip tickets via Southwest Airlines, a Kate Spade "chocolate" tote, membership to the Foosaner Art Museum, passes to Walt Disney World, hotel stays and art.
In addition, pottery and fused glass creations by BAC's artists with disabilities at Cogswell Street Station, the Center's art program, will be available for purchase.
And for those wishing to simply make a direct and meaningful impact in support of BAC's clients, donations can be made at the "Sponsor A Client" table.
Tickets cost $35 per person in advance and $40 per person at the door.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.bacbrevard.com or call (321) 632-8610.
Classical pianist to play in city
The Atlantic Music Center will present classical pianist Ang Li at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 at 25 S. Wickham Road, Melbourne.
Cost is $27 for adults and $20 for students younger than 18.
For more information, visit http://atlanticmusiccednter.com/concerts or call (321) 768-2221.
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.
'Music on a Sunday Afternoon'
The Fishin' Musician, Capt. Shawn Foster, will play classical flamenco guitar music at "Music on a Sunday Afternoon" at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24 in the Community Room of the Cocoa Beach Public Library, 550 N. Brevard Ave., Cocoa Beach.
For more information, call (321) 868-1104.
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.
Wrestling at the Melbourne auditorium
NXT Live with WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair will be Sunday, Feb. 24 in the Melbourne Auditorium, 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd., Melbourne.
WWE Hall of Famer "The Natureboy" Ric Flair will be in attendance for a special engagement meet and greet with fans in attendance.
Autographs will be available at 4 p.m. for VIP, and at 5 p.m. for all others. Bell Time will be at 6 p.m.
With a career that has spanned over forty years, Ric Flair has been one of the most recognizable and successful names to ever step foot inside the squared circle.
Today, Mr. Flair is inspiring another in-ring competitor, his daughter and NXT Diva, Charlotte. Charlotte will join her father during the special meet and greet in Melbourne.
Eight big matches are slated for the card, which will also see NXT Divas in action.
NXT is the official developmental system for the future stars of WWE.
Tickets range from $10 to $35 and are available at Buddy's Home Furnishings in Melbourne, Cocoa and Titusville.
Tickets and additional information on the shows are available at NXTWrestling.com.
NXT Live is sponsored by Buddy's Home Furnishings and Brand Source Printing.
For more information, visit www.fcwwrestling.com.
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.
Harp soothing sounds at the library
Join in for a relaxing afternoon of music in the library. Bring a favorite book to read while enjoying the soothing sounds of the harp, played by Petra Trevino. Mrs. Trevino is harpist and a music practitioner.
Join in every Thursday afternoon from 2-3 p.m. in the main room of the library and enjoy the lovely and soothing harp music while you read and relax.
Soothing sounds will be offered Thursday afternoons in February.
Contact Caroline Rosado at Franklin T. DeGroodt Memorial Library for more information at (321) 952-6318.
The library is at 6475 Minton Road S.W., Palm Bay.
Original one-act plays presented
Playwrights Workshop of Brevard will present "Come Along for the Ride," a night of three, original one-act plays by local Brevard County authors.
The show runs one weekend only, Feb. 28 - March 3, Thursday/Friday/Saturday 8 p.m. and Sunday 2:30 p.m., on the Surfside Players stage.
All tickets are $5. Call (321) 961-1988 (NOT Surfside's box office number) for reservations.
The new, unpublished plays are "Keep Your Shirt On," by Jan Salmon, directed by D. Flynn Loomis; "Guess Who - in the House," by Betty Prisendorf, directed by Troy Jones; and "If You Can't Stand the Heat," by Mario Busacca, directed by Troy Jones. Some plays may contain occasional profanity.
Playwrights Workshop of Brevard County helps new and established local playwrights improve their craft through feedback from workshop members and theatre audiences, while enriching the local community through premiering original one-act plays.
For more information, visit www.playwrightsworkshopbrevard.org.
Fifty Plus & Bridging Inc, will present its 15th anniversary dance extravaganza at 7 p.m. Saturday March 2 at the Greater Palm Bay Senior Center, 1275 Culver Drive N.E., Palm Bay.
Dress is formal attire.
Cost is a donation of $25 per person.
For tickets, call Claudette at (321) 501-8497 or Babs at (321) 728-4317.
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.
'Love, sex and the I.R.S.'
Surfside Players ushers in the tax season with the farce "Love, Sex and the I.R.S." by William Van Zandt and Jane Millmore, directed by Troy Jones.
Tax season is upon us, and if you're looking for ways to score a refund, here's an example of what not to do.
"Jon Trachtman" and "Leslie Arthur," out-of-work musicians rooming together in New York, are listing each other as married on tax returns to save money.
The day of reckoning comes when the I.R.S. informs the "couple" they're going to be investigated by a "Mr. Spinner."
Leslie masquerades as a housewife, aided by Jon's fiancee Kate. Complicating matters further, Leslie and Kate are having an affair behind Jon's back, Jon's mother drops in unexpectedly to meet her son's fiancee, and Leslie's ex-girlfriend shows up demanding to know why Leslie has changed and won't see her anymore.
The show performs March 8-24, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.
Tickets cost $18 for adults, $16 for seniors and active military personnel, $13 for students, and opening night is buy one, get one free night! (Caution: Contains occasional profanity.)
The play is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. (www.samuelfrench.com)
The box office at (321) 783-3127 has a live operator Tuesdays through Fridays from 2-4 p.m., and one hour before performances.
Plus, you may purchase tickets for any show in the rest of the season at www.surfsideplayers.com.
The Surfside Playhouse is on Ramp Road, in Cocoa Beach.
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 email@example.com 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.
Music to benefit children
On Saturday, April 20, Immaculate Conception Church in Melbourne Beach will be hosting another music event to benefit the children and the Father Joseph A. Nolan Education Fund.
This year's event is called "Just Tunes!" and will feature Wade Tower, whose musical palette includes Frank Sinatra and Michael Buble'.
This year's event will follow in the footsteps of the previous "Taste, Toast and Tunes," with a few new twists.
For starters, this year's event will move indoors to the church hall.
Ticket prices will cost $25 for general admission, while supplies last, or $30 for reserved seats.
This is his only performance, so don't miss out on this great show!
A cash bar, snacks and desserts will be available for purchase. A team of "mixologists" will be on hand to entertain you and make the perfect martini.
The doors open at 5:30 p.m. Showtime is 7 p.m.
Tickets are on sale and can be purchased at the church office, located at 3780 South A1A Highway, Melbourne Beach, online at www.tastetoasttunes.org or by phone at (888) 71-TICKETS. A special gift goes to the first 200 ticket holders.