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.
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
Benefit golf tournament: The Children's Hunger Project will benefit from a benefit golf tournament at the Majors Golf Club at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, March 23 at 3375 Bayside Lakes Blvd., Palm Bay.
Registration starts at 7:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m.
There will be prizes, drawings and food from Jersey Mike's.
For more information, call (321) 213-7196.
'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.
Boating safety course: The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary is offering the class "About Boating Safely" on Saturday, March 23 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The class will be held at the Sal Martinez Boating Safety Building, located on the east end of Palm Bay Road, next to the railroad tracks, in Palm Bay.
The cost of this class is $35 and will include lunch.
To register for this course, contact Bromley Ball at (321) 724-4475.
The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary was founded in 1939 by an Act of Congress as the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve and re-designated the auxiliary in 1941. Its more than 28,000 members contribute millions of hours annually in support of Coast Guard missions.
Palm Bay city parks: There will be family activities at Veterans, Fred Lee, West Oaks and Liberty parks in Palm Bay, skateboarding programs at McGriff and Graffiti Skate Zone, special prices at Hurricane Paintball Park, Technology Treasure Hunt at Arc Park, tours and geocaching at Turkey Creek and more.
These events will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 23.
For details, visit www.playpalmbay.org or call (321) 953.8912, Ext. 2232.
Make your own rain barrel: Residents who are interested in putting rainwater to use in their landscapes and gardens will have the opportunity to create their own rain barrels at a workshop on Saturday, March 23, in Melbourne Village.
The workshop, which will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at the American Homesteading Foundation, 535 Hammock Road, Melbourne, provides information to participants about the benefits of collecting rain while enjoying hands-on construction of 55-gallon rain barrels.
The workshop is sponsored by Brevard County Natural Resources Management Department, University of Central Florida Cooperative Extension and Community Matters Inc.
The rain barrel kit includes the 55-gallon barrel, flexible downspout extender, leaf filter and a DVD of instructions for building, installing and painting the barrel. Cost for the rain barrel kit is $50, paid by cash or check at the door.
Seating is limited, and pre-registration is required. To ensure that all materials are available, open-top or closed-top barrel should be specified.
To pre-register for the workshop, call Elizabeth Melvin at (321) 633-2016, Ext. 56721, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or register online at www.brevardcounty.us/NaturalResources/Water.
Pilot Club bunco party scheduled: The Pilot Club of South Brevard will sponsor a charity bunco party on Saturday, March 23 from 1-4 p.m. at The Fountains of Melbourne, 4451 Stack Blvd., Melbourne.
For more information, email email@example.com or call (321) 752-5630.
Dancing at the library: The Talako Indian Dancers, Central Florida's nonprofit performing youth organization, will perform at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 23 at the Eau Gallie Public Library, 1521 Pineapple Ave., Melbourne.
The event will be part of the celebration of the arrival of Ponce de Leon in Florida.
For more information, call (321) 255-4304.
SUNDAY, MARCH 24
Seed saving seminar at library: Kick off the spring growing season with an informative and money-saving seminar on how to save the seeds from your own garden on Sunday, March 24 at 2 p.m. at the Franklin T. DeGroodt Memorial Library, 6475 Minton Road S.W., Palm Bay.
Brevard County master gardener Lucia Chankersingh will teach participants the ins and outs of saving your own seeds.
Learn why to save seeds, when to harvest them, how to store them and the difference between open-pollinated and hybrid seeds.
The seed-saving seminar introduces new participants to the DeGroodt Library seed exchange. Bring in your own labeled, homegrown or heirlooms seeds and trade them packet for packet for seeds from the seed bank. Seed envelopes are provided at the library. Grow, save and share!
Contact Nancy Garmer at Franklin T. DeGroodt Memorial Library for more information at (321) 952-6318.
MONDAY, MARCH 25
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.
Ready for fun:? "If You Give a Pig a Party," by Laura Numeroff, will be discussed at 11 a.m. Monday, March 25 at the Palm Bay Public Library, 1520 Port Malabar Blvd. N.E., Palm Bay.
Craft will be party hats.
For more information, call (321) 952-4519.
Yin Yoga classes: Brevard County Parks and Recreation offers Yin Yoga classes from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday evenings at the Ted Whitlock Community Center, 1951 Malabar Road N.W., in Palm Bay.
Yin Yoga is a slow-paced style of yoga with postures that are held for comparatively long periods of time. Five minutes or longer per pose is typical.
Yin Yoga poses apply moderate stress to the connective tissues - the tendons, fascia, and ligaments - with the goal of increasing and improving circulation in the joints.
The cost is $6 per class and multiple class discounts are available. The first class is free for anyone who would like to give it a try.
Yin Yoga is taught by instructor Cathy Mussman.
For more information call Cathy at (561) 702-5956 or the Ted Whitlock Community Center at (321) 952-3231.
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.
Adult program at library: The West Melbourne Public Library will present the following program in March:
March 27: Life and Death at Windover: Dr. Rachel K. Wentz will discuss her latest book, which examines the discovery, excavations and analyses of one of the most important archaeological sites in the world, Windover, in Brevard County.
This free program will be on Wednesday, March 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the West Melbourne Public Library, 2755 Wingate Blvd., West Melbourne.
Call (321) 952-4508 for more information.
THURSDAY, MARCH 28
'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.
Meet and greet kids club: The Knucklebones Creative Kids Club presents free meet-and-greets on the first and third Wednesdays of the month at McDonalds on Malabar and San Filippo roads in Palm Bay; the second Wednesday at Kiwi Loco in the Winn Dixie Plaza at Malabar and Minton roads in Palm Bay; and the fourth Wednesday at McDonalds on Babcock Street and Hibiscus Boulevard in Melbourne.
Activities start at 6 p.m. with art and crafts galore and loads of fun, too!
Call (321) 215-1226 or visit www.knucklebonescreativekidsclub.com for more information.