FRIDAY, MARCH 22
Wife of WWII pilot, co-pilot coming to airshow: Mrs. Robert Morgan, the wife of famous WWII pilot Robert Morgan, will be at the Tico Warbird Airshow on March 22, 23 and 24 March and will be available for autographs and pictures.
Robert Morgan and his crew of the B-17 "Memphis Belle" were the first to complete the nearly impossible 25-mission requirement and allowed to return home with their aircraft. This was accomplished during a period when the life expectancy of new bomber crews in the 8th Air Force was only about eight missions.
Dick Cole, famed co-pilot of Jimmy Doolittle on the No. 1 B-25 off the USS Hornet on April 18, 1942, is returning to the Tico Warbird Airshow this year. Find out all about the "Doolittle Raiders" first hand from one of the few surviving members of that heroic mission to bomb Japan, just some four months after the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Come out and pay your respects to Mr. Morgan and Dick Cole.
Housing for seniors, caregivers: One Senior Place in Viera will navigate the maze of Brevard housing alternatives during its annual Senior Living Options Day on Friday, March 22 from noon to 5 p.m.
Attendees to the free event at 8085 Spyglass Hill Road in Viera can win door prizes and enjoy samples of culinary treats by several senior community top chefs during the Celebrity Chef Competition.
The first 100 people will be issued grand prize tickets for a chance to win a 47-inch flat screen television. The winning ticket holder must be present to win.
The educational event will explore available housing options and local resources, providing tips and strategies for both seniors and senior caregivers.
For information or more details, call (321) 751-6771 or visit the One Senior Place events calendar at www.OneSeniorPlace.com.
Spring break camps pre-registration: 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.
Gator Club scholarships postmark: Brevard County students, who will be attending the University of Florida as undergraduates this summer or fall, are invited to apply for scholarships given out by the Space Coast Gator Club.
The club also raises funds for its scholarship programs through events, such as the upcoming golf tournament on April 20 at Turtle Creek Golf Club and the annual "Gator Gathering," where the scholarships are awarded to Brevard County students.
All students who attend a Brevard County high school are eligible to apply.
Scholarship applications are available in the guidance offices of all public and private high schools and are available online at www.spacecoastgatorclub.com.
Scholarship applications must be postmarked or received by Friday, March 22 to be eligible.
Completed applications can be mailed in or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about applying for a scholarship or to make a donation to the club's scholarship fund, contact email@example.com.
Chili volunteers, vendors needed: The city of Cocoa and the Historic Cocoa Village Association will present the Fourth Annual Cocoa Village Chili Cook-off on Saturday, March 30, from 4-7 p.m. at Riverfront Park in downtown Cocoa Village.
There is no cost to register; you just need to provide the chili to sample to attendees.
Vendors are still being accepted for this event. This is an opportunity to promote your organization.
Register online at www.cocoafl.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org for an application.
Admission is $5 to sample as much chili as you want and to vote for your favorite chili as Best Chili in the Village.
The Acetones will be playing live on the main stage, and there will be a kid's activity area.
For more information, contact Leisure Services at (321) 639-3500, visit www.cocoafl.org or visit the Facebook page, City of Cocoa Government.
SATURDAY, MARCH 23
'Fit-a-thon' scheduled: SouthBeach Fitness, 1946 Highway A1A, Indian Harbour Beach, will present the 2013 Fit-a-thon for Relay For Life 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 23.
This is a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society and Brett Kaminski.
Cost is $10 per person, per class.
To pre-register and the class lineup, visit www.sobefitness.com.
For more information, contact Sarah at email@example.com, Lesa at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (321) 777-9400.
'Walk and Wag:' The Seventh Annual Dog Walk Against Cancer will be Saturday, March 23.
Registration begins at 9 a.m., with the walk from 10 a.m. to noon at Gleason Park, 1233 Yacht Club Blvd. Indian Harbour Beach.
A $10 donation is suggested. All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society Relay For Life - The Beaches.
All well-behaved humans and dogs are welcome.
Rescue groups are free.
Vendors are invited to reserve a table at the walk for $20.
Ribbons will be awarded for smallest, largest, best costume and the pet owner look alike contest.
For more information, contact Millie at (321) 773-2008, email@example.com or visit wwwrelayforlife.org.
Spring Carnival: Travis Park in Cocoa will host a free Spring Carnival from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 23.
Travis Park is at 790 Barton Blvd., in Cocoa.
This community event will feature games, face painting, prizes, snow cones, cotton candy and a dunking booth.
For more information, call (321) 633-1871.
Purina's adopt-a-thon for pets: The Central Brevard Humane Society will be at the Walmart Supercenter, 2700 Clearlake Road, Cocoa, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 23.
The event will showcase some of the society's shelter dogs for adoption.
For more information, call (321) 636-3343.
SUNDAY, MARCH 24
Volunteers needed for butterfly survey: Participants will view a photo presentation on butterflies then assist refuge staff and volunteers on a butterfly survey.
The data is collected for the Florida Butterfly Monitoring Network project of the University of Florida. No butterfly identification experience is necessary.
Please meet at the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center on Sunday, March 24 at noon.
Bring insect/sun protection and drinking water.
Wearing long sleeves, closed hiking boots or shoes and long pants are recommended.
Call (321) 861-5601 to make reservations.
The Visitor Center is located on S.R. 402, five miles east of U.S. Highway 1 in Titusville.
MONDAY, MARCH 25
Swim lessons: Brevard County Parks and Recreation Central Area is offering swim lessons during spring break at McLarty Park, 790 Barton Blvd., Rockledge. The lessons will be held starting Monday, March 25 through Friday, March 30.
Lessons for preschoolers ages 3-5 will be held from 5-5:45 p.m., and the cost is $30. Lessons for youth ages 6-16 will be held from 6-7 p.m., and the cost is $45.
For more information, call Holly Mullen at (321) 633-1874 or visit www.brevardcounty.us/ParksRecreation/Central/Programs/Aquatics.
Spring break camps-south: Brevard County Parks and Recreation, South Area, is offering spring break camps at five locations in Southern 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: Viera Regional Community Center, 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera, (321) 433-4891; Rodes Park Community Center, 3410 Flanagan Ave., West Melbourne, (321) 952-3215; Ted Whitlock Community Center, 1951 Malabar Road N.W., Palm Bay, (321) 952-3231; South Mainland Community Center, 3700 Allen Ave., Micco, (772) 663-8748; and South Beach Community Center, 501 Old Florida Trail, Melbourne Beach, (321) 952-3210.
Camp hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The fee is $60 per child for the week or $20 per day. Before care (7-9 a.m.) and after care (4-6 p.m.) are available for an additional fee.
For camp information or to register, call or visit each camp location.
Camp calendars and registration forms are available online at www.brevardcounty.us/ParksSouth.
For more information, call the South Area Parks and Recreation Office at (321) 255-4400.
TUESDAY, MARCH 26
'The Plants That Built Florida:' The story of Wild Florida being told at Brevard Zoo this spring has taken on new dimensions since Professor Wormwood's Pioneer Garden opened March 1, featuring "The Plants That Built Florida."
This exhibit is being featured as part of the "Art of Sand, Wild Florida: Past, Present and Future" exhibit and will showcase that even plants were part of the unprecedented intermingling of old world and new. The exhibit is made possible thanks to the support of Rockledge Gardens.
Five hundred years ago, when the first Spanish ships reached the shores of Florida, one of the great exchanges of human history began. Not only did Europeans and Native Americans meet for the first time, but plant species mixed and mingled, as well. Some of the plants in the exhibit include:
Bald cyprus: Its use, as dugout canoes, made this one of the most important plants. Early Indian groups from Timucua, Seminole and Mikosukee used cypress wood for fibers, houses, cooking tools, toys, drums, ox bows and coffins.
Spanish moss: One legend tells of the Spanish explorer, Gorez Goz, a bearded ruffian, who traded goods for a beautiful Indian maiden. The sight of the Spaniard frightened the girl and she ran away. Gorez chased her, climbing after her to the top of a tree. The maiden escaped, but Gorez's beard became entangled in the tree branches. There he died, but we can still see his "gray beard" hanging on the tree.
Muscadine grape: One of the first native plants to be successfully cultivated by the Europeans, these grapes were being made into wine by the French settlers at Fort Caroline as early as 1594.
For more information about Brevard Zoo or "Art of Sand, Wild Florida: Past, Present and Future," visit BrevardZoo.org or Facebook.com/pages/Brevard-Zoo/46784544215.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27
Month of giving: The Children's Hunger Project is joining forces with three Jersey Mike's Subs restaurants in the Melbourne area for the Third Annual March "Month of Giving" fundraising campaign.
The campaign will culminate in the nationwide event, Jersey Mike's "Day of Giving" on Wednesday, March 27.
During the month of March, customers can make a donation to The Children's Hunger Project at the Melbourne Jersey Mike's restaurants.
Then, on March 27, a special nationwide celebration, "Day of Giving," will take place at all Jersey Mike's locations to benefit 86 different charities, including hospitals, youth organizations, food banks and more.
On that day, Melbourne residents are invited to come in to their local Jersey Mike's restaurant and enjoy a delicious sub meal. The Melbourne area Jersey Mike's will donate 100 percent of the day's sales to the charity.
For a list of participating restaurants in your area and for more information on the charity partners, visit www.jerseymikes.com/mog.
THURSDAY, MARCH 28
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, www.galmontballet.com or call (321) 543-4403.
Fair and springtacular: A Crafts Fair and Kid's Springtacular will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 30, at the Viera Regional Community Center.
Admission is free for the crafts fair. The Kid's Springtacular is $2 per child, and free for adults accompanying children. The event includes take-home crafts, games, bouncy houses, snow cones, cotton candy, popcorn and an egg hunt at 11 a.m.
The Crafts Fair and Kid's Springtacular are sponsored by Brevard County Parks and Recreation.
Crafters can obtain applications at the Viera Regional Community Center, 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera. Vendor spaces, 8 foot-by-8 foot, cost $31.80 and include a 5-foot table. All spaces are indoors, and payment must be received by Wednesday, March 27.
For more information, call (321) 433-4891.