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.
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 email@example.com.
For more information about applying for a scholarship or to make a donation to the club's scholarship fund, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
'Saving the Wild:' Seasoned travelers and hardworking animal preservationists Morgan and Zach Cooney will share their story of a South African adventure, where they protected rhinos from poachers.
They will also delve into the details of the poaching epidemic and what can be done to stop it.
The event will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 23 at the Cocoa Beach Public Library, 550 N. Brevard Ave., Cocoa Beach.
For more information, visit www.cocoabeachpubliclibrary.org or call (321) 868-1104.
Picnic in the Park, Movie after Dark: Join in for an afternoon of food and fun for all ages, followed by an evening outdoor movie.
It all begins at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 23 at the Satellite Beach Sports and Recreation Park, Satellite Beach Library, 751 Jamaica Blvd., Satellite Beach, where you can kick back, enjoy food, live music and entertainment with your family, friends and neighbors.
Afterward, relax on your blanket or chairs for a movie in the park.
Advanced tickets for this event will be sold at the Satellite Beach Recreation Department, 1089 S. Patrick Drive, Satellite Beach, and will cost: $5 for adults, $3 for children and kids younger than 3 free.
For more information, call (321) 773-6458.
Beachside events: The Satellite Beach Recreation Department will sponsor the following events in March:
Saturday, March 23: "Picnic in the Park," "Movie after Dark:" Call for times and locations
Thursday, March 28: Flashlight egg hunt: 8:45 p.m.
Saturday, March 30: Breakfast with the Easter Bunny, 10 a.m.
The recreation department is at 1089 S. Patrick Drive, Satellite Beach.
For more information and event locations, visit www.satellitebeachrecreation.org or call (321) 773-6458.
SUNDAY, MARCH 24
'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.
MONDAY, MARCH 25
Playing tennis 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Space is limited.
Spring break programs: The DRS Community Center, 1089 S. Patrick Drive, Satellite Beach will present spring break programs:
Junior safe boating: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 9-11:30 a.m. March 25-27. Cost is $10 for ages 11-17.
Ninja kids training camp: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 25-27. Cost is $50 for ages 5-13.
Basketball camp: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 1:30-4:30 p.m. March 25-27. Cost is $36 for ages 9-15.
For more information, call (321) 773-6458.
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.
Events at the beach library: The following fitness events have been scheduled at the Cocoa Beach Public Library, 550 N. Brevard Ave., Cocoa Beach:
Qi Gong with John Estes: 10-11 a.m. March 25
Yoga for core strength with Kim Bolinger: 6-6:50 p.m. March 26
Gentle evening yoga with Kim Bolinger: 7-7:50 p.m. March 26
Chair yoga with Emily Hain: 10:15-11 a.m. March 29
Tai Chi with Dianne Douglass: 9-10 a.m. April 24
Hatha Yoga with Emily Hain: 2-3:15 p.m. May 21
For more information, call (321) 868-1104.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27
Fishing workshop: Anglers for Conservation will entertain and educate veterans on the values and techniques of fishing along Florida's Indian River Lagoon coast, while raising funds for and awareness of the AFC's Hook Kids on Fishing Programs.
The event will be 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 27 on the west shore of the Indian River Lagoon, just north of the Pineda Causeway, Melbourne.
Registration is required.
To register, email email@example.com.
Volunteers are needed, and sponsorships are available.
For more information, contact RodneySmith at firstname.lastname@example.org. or call (321) 750-3374.
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 programs at library: The West Melbourne Public Library will present the following programs 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
Sea turtle survival obstacle course: the Barrier Island Center, 8385 S. Highway A1A, Melbourne Beach, will present a sea turtle obstacle course where children can strap on a turtle shell and wind their way thorough an obstacle course to learn about the hazards sea turtles face during their long migrations and what people can do to help ensure their survival.
The event will be 1-3 p.m. Thursday, March 28.
For more information, call (321) 723-3556 or visit www.barrierislandcenter.com.
Free guitar workshop: The Satellite Beach Recreation Department and Melany Perkins, Kindi Rock recording artist, will present a free guitar workshop for youth, age 7 and older.
If you've been hesitant to start playing, now's the chance to try out for free! Bring your guitar. Rentals are available for a small fee.
Reserve rentals in advance from the instructor at (321) 243-7598.
Don't wait any longer, learn to play today! No experience is necessary!
RSVP to (321) 773-6458 for times.
Limited spaces are available!
This event will be at the DRS Community Center, 1089 S. Patrick Drive, Satellite Beach.
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.