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Community Calendar - Beaches
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Posted: 2013 Apr 05 - 06:21


Antiques and collectibles: The Brevard Antiques and Collectibles Club will hold its monthly meeting at 10 a.m. Friday, April 5 at the Suntree/Viera Public Library, 902 Jordan Blass Road, Viera.

Bring one item for study and discussion.

The group is open to anyone having an interest in learning about antiques and collectibles.

For more information, call (321) 254-5831 or (321) 777-1374.

Single, separated, widowed, divorced: The Single, Separated, Widowed and Divorced group will meet for lunch on Friday, April 5 at 12:30 p.m. at Baja Tavern and Eats, 626 Glen Cheek Drive, Port Canaveral. All are welcome to join the group. For more information, call (321) 213-6629 or (321) 799-4720.

Bestselling author at Cocoa Beach: William Morrow is presenting the latest riveting, high-octane thriller, "No Way Back" by New York Times bestselling author Andrew Gross.

Mr. Gross will be at the Cocoa Beach Public Library, 550 N. Brevard Ave., Cocoa Beach, at 1 p.m. Friday, April 5.

Andrew Gross is the author of the New York Times and international bestsellers "15 Seconds," "Eyes Wide Open," "The Blue Zone," "The Dark Tide," "Don't Look Twice" and "Reckless."

He is also coauthor of five number one bestsellers with James Patterson, including "Judge & Jury" and "Lifeguard." His books have been translated into more than 25 languages.

'Spring Fling:' The Wickham Park Senior Center "Spring Fling' will take place on Friday, April 5 at 5:30 p.m. at the facility on Wickham Road, next to the Brevard Community College campus.

MeMaw's will cater a chicken dinner for the event that is open to the public. The event is BYOB.

Entertainment for the evening will be provided by The Sound Traveler, a favorite among senior groups.

Tickets cost $5 for members, $10 for non-members and may be purchased at the front desk of the center or by calling (321) 255-4494 for additional information.

The center is located at 2785 Leisure Way, at Wickham Park, Melbourne.

Movie in the park: Brevard County Parks and Recreation will be showing "Wreck-It Ralph" on Friday, April 5, at the Wickham Park Amphitheater, 2500 Parkway Drive, in Melbourne.

The movie will be shown on a giant, 23-foot outdoor movie screen beginning at 7:45 p.m.

"Wreck-It Ralph" is an animated movie and is rated PG.

This event is for all ages, and admission is free.

Patrons are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets to use during the movie. Local food vendors will be on hand to sell food beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Call the Movies in the Park Hotline at (321) 637-5434 for updates or in the event of bad weather.

For more information about events at Wickham Park, you can follow www.facebook.com/BrevardWickhamPark. For more information, call the Wickham Park Office at (321) 255-4307.

Swim classes: Registration have begun at the DRS Community Center, 1089 S. Patrick Drive, Satellite Beach, for summer swimming classes being held at the Satellite Beach High School Pool, 300 Scorpion Court, Satellite Beach.

Spaces are not guaranteed until payment is received. Payment is accepted by check or cash only. Cost is $47. Swim classes have limited enrollment, so register early.

All classes meet for a two-week session, Monday through Thursday. Friday is a rain-out day. Classes are 30 minutes long and will be held on holidays.

Classes offered are moms and tots water-orientation, preschool introduction to and fundamentals of water skills and introduction and fundamentals and stroke development.

For more information, call (321) 773-6458.


Annual golf tournament: The 16th Annual Lee Miller Memorial Golf Tournament will be at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 6 at Turtle Creek Golf Club, 1272 Admiralty Blvd., Rockledge.

Donation is $60 per player, with hole sponsors costing $100 and corporate sponsors costing $325, which includes a sign and four players.

The Anthony Lee Miller Memorial Fund is a sub-chapter of the Titusville Police Athletic League, a nonprofit charitable organization.

The tournament will benefit disadvantaged children at Christmas and provide police academy scholarships at Brevard Community College.

For more information, email leemillergolf@dfl.rr.com or visit www.leemillergolf.org.

Amateur championship golf: The Eighth Annual Space Coast Amateur Championship Tournament will be Saturday and Sunday, April 6 and 7 at the Duran Golf Club

Playing for 36 holes will be in both gross and net divisions. Golfers will battle it out over two days to determine who will be recognized as the 2013 Space Coast Amateur Champion. All participants must have an established USGA handicap attested by their PGA Professional to compete.

Entry fee for this event is $125, and will offer players two rounds of tournament play, practice balls for warm-up on the 30-acre Duran Development Center, lunch on both days and prizes.

For more information about this event or to access the entry form, visit www.durangolf.com or visit the professional golf staff at the Duran Golf Shop.

Duran Golf Club is at 7032 Stadium Parkway, Viera.

Truck event postponed: Brevard County Parks and Recreation has postponed its planned April 6 Touch-A-Truck event, originally scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Wickham Park Main Pavilion on North Wickham Road, next to Brevard Community College, in Melbourne. The event will be rescheduled for the fall. For more information about this family friendly event, contact Wickham Park at (321) 255-4307 or email tabitha.niemann@brevardparks.com.

The 1,500-mile walk: April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and The Women's Center has announced that it will partner again this year with Lauren Book, author, Lauren's Kids Founder, and survivor of child sexual abuse.

Early in March, Lauren Book embarked on her fourth annual 1,500-mile "Walk in My Shoes" education and awareness journey.

Her walk once again kicked off in the Florida Keys, crisscrossing the state traveling north and across the Panhandle, before concluding in Tallahassee for the "Rally in Tally" on the steps of Florida's Historic Capitol on April 23.

Each year, the Women's Centers staff, volunteers, and clients walk with Ms. Book to unite survivors, educate communities and advocate for prevention and legislative change for adult and child survivors of sexual assault.

Ms. Book will be in Brevard County on Saturday, April 6, and the Women's Center once again will walk with her to:

Promote prevention of sexual abuse and assault through education and awareness.

Demonstrate that a survivor's healing cannot be accomplished alone.

Validate the message that "It's Okay to Tell" about childhood sexual abuse to help break existing barriers of embarrassment, shame, and intimidation that often preclude children and adults from "telling".

The walk will begin at The Women's Center at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 6, and walkers will cross the Eau Galle Causeway, walk south on Highway A1A, cross the Melbourne Causeway to Front Street Park, where there will be lunch and speakers, including Ms. Book as the keynote speaker.

Afterward, Ms. Book and walkers will continue their journey north on U.S. Highway 1, ending back at the Women's Center.

Walkers are invited to participate in any portion of the walk, along with volunteers to assist with this event.

Contact Jackie Ares, victim advocate, The Women's Center, for more information or to volunteer at (321) 242-3110, Ext. 325.

The Women's Center is at 1425 Aurora Road, Melbourne.

Education at the zoo: The Brevard Zoo offers many education opportunities for youth in April. Brevard Zoo is the perfect place for a child to play, build, discover and explore the world around them.

In April, Brevard Zoo offers many fun activities that will take children's learning to new heights at a zoo that is nationally recognized for its education programs.

Structured for youth, ages 2 and older, these programs provide a variety of opportunities to spark a child's interest in conservation, science and the outdoors.

The month of April is filled with fun and exciting new ways for children to learn. They are:

Jr. Zoo Keeper: first and third Saturdays of the month, 10-11:30 a.m., ages 10-13

Zoo Tots: Super-Animals (Saturday series): Saturdays, April 6 and 20, 9:30-11 a.m., ages: 2-4 (and accompanying adult)

Zoo Tots - Super Animals (Weekday series): Wednesdays, April 10, 17 and 24, Thursdays, 11, 18 and 25, 9-10:30 a.m., ages 2-4 (and accompanying adult)

Homeschool Zoo Program: Wednesdays, April 10, 17 and 24, 9:30 11:30 a.m., ages: 5-12 (and accompanying adult)

Family Night Hike Adventure - Animals of the New World: Saturday, April 13, 6:30-9:30 p.m., ages 4 and older

For more information about education activities at Brevard Zoo, visit BrevardZoo.org and click on Learn and Play or call (321) 254-9453, Ext. 219.

'All Kids' family festival: On Saturday, April 6, MetLife special needs planners Nicki Biamonte and Thomas Wilson will be present at the "All Kids Can" family festival, presented by Space Coast Early Intervention Center.

The center is Brevard's premier preschool for children with and without special needs.

This year's annual event will take place on New Haven Avenue at Florida Air Academy from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 6.

There will be live demonstrations, face painting, games, food and lots of fun for all! Admission is free.

The "All Kids Can" family festival connects community resources to the families and individuals who need them.

Discussion will be about such topics as protecting eligibility for government benefits, providing lifetime care and quality of life for special needs dependents, funding vehicles for special needs trusts and choosing a trustee, guardian or conservator.

The planners will be on hand to help educate families on how to address several critical issues related to financial and legal complexities of special needs planning.

For more information, contact Nicki Biamonte at (321) 610-9906 or email nbiamonte@metlife.com.

April registration for youth basketball: The city of Melbourne's recreational youth basketball league (co-ed; 6-16 years old) will be an eight-game season with one practice per week.

Games and practices will be at the Eau Gallie Civic Center, 1551 Highland Ave., Melbourne.

Registration is on Saturday, April 6, from 10 a.m. to noon.

Cost is $38 for city of Melbourne residents and $45 for non-residents.

The league starts play on June 8.

Bring a copy of your child's birth certificate, proof of residency and T-shirt size to registration.

For more information or questions, call (321) 255-4608.

Wildlife corridor expedition: For sixteen days in April, the Space Coast will be host to hikers, bikers, paddlers, horseback riders and more during the Brevard Wildlife Corridor Expedition from April 6-21.

The Space Coast of Florida boasts a variety of habitats to explore, from coastal scrub and forested uplands to open prairies and maritime hammocks. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy an amazing diversity of ecosystems during specially planned treks and tours during the Brevard Wildlife Corridor Expedition.

Inspired by the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition that covered 1,000 miles of Florida in 100 days from the Florida Everglades to the Georgia Okefenokee Swamp, in April 2012, the Brevard Nature Alliance created a local version of the statewide expedition.

The Brevard Wildlife Corridor Expedition will feature the active involvement of many expert guides, residents and visitors.

Some Brevard events will be limited to very fit participants, like a six-day, 74-mile kayaking trip in the Indian River Lagoon spanning the county. A four-day, 50-mile paddling trip will follow much of the same route used by the expedition up the St. Johns River to Titusville. A two-day, 38-mile trip on fat-tire bikes from Cape Canaveral to Sebastian Inlet will provide another unique experience.

Many other events are far less physically demanding, such as pontoon boat rides in the Indian River Lagoon, plant identification hikes and a variety of educational events. This expedition includes keynote presentations by three of the participants of the expedition, as well as a Spring Seafood Jubilee.

The expedition moves across land and water, providing approximately 80 scheduled events from April 6-21.

This event offers a variety of activities that relate to the natural areas of Brevard County.

The expedition is being organized by local volunteers and has received support from sponsors and experts on the lands and outdoor recreation of the area, including special support from the Brevard County Environmentally Endangered Lands program and the Space Coast Office of Tourism.

Register to participate in multiple events at www.ExpeditionBrevard.com

Follow on facebook at www.facebook.com/ExpeditionBrevard.

The Brevard Wildlife Corridor Expedition is presented by the Brevard Nature Alliance, a voluntary group of individuals and organizations associated for the purpose of raising the awareness of citizens and visitors to the value and importance of the natural resources of Brevard County.

Annual golf and dinner fundraiser: The 12th Annual Haven Challenge Golf and Dinner fundraiser will be held at Suntree Country Club on Saturday, April 6. 

The tournament consists of two flights, including a "corporate challenge" for businesses and an "open challenge" for individuals.

The corporate challenge winner will receive the specially designed Swarovski Crystal Trophy to be displayed at their place of business for one year.

This year's "hole-in-one" contest is sponsored by Mercedes-Benz Porsche Audi of Melbourne.

The tournament begins promptly at 1 p.m.

After the tournament, there will be contests, giveaways and a dinner, with hosted bar and live auction for each player and their guest.

Through the Haven's relationship with Harris Corporation and its partnership with the Orlando Magic, Magic legend Nick Anderson will be playing, emceeing, signing autographs and auctioning off some special Orlando Magic items.

Corporate challenge sponsorships start at $1,250 and include one foursome and eight dinner tickets. Advertising sponsorships are also available, with hole signs starting at $300 per hole.  All donations are tax-deductible and help provide a stable home for children affected by abuse, neglect or abandonment.  

For more information, call (321) 676-6888 or check the Facebook page at facebook.com/thehavenforchildren.

Village gallery walk: The Cocoa Village Galleries and up and coming businesses are combining their talents for The Cocoa Village Gallery Walk!

They will be offering door prizes, wine and cheeses in each of the participating galleries, live music in the pavilion and some of the most beautiful and unique art the area has ever seen!

This event will be held in the Downtown Cocoa Village area Saturday evening, April 6, from 6-10 p.m.

Visit www.CocoaVillageGalleryWalk.com for more information or call The Indian River Art Gallery at (321) 305-6947 for more information.


'Taste and See' conference: Church on the Rock Melbourne at 4028 S. Babcock St., Melbourne, is presenting a "Taste and See" conference 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 13 to focus on encountering God through live worship music jazz and art, anointed teaching, amazing testimonies and fellowship with other believers.

For more information, email soulcare@rockmelbourne.com, call (321) 724-5433 or (772) 631-9447.

Registration is free and ends April 7 at www.rockmelbourne.com/tasteandsee.

Childcare can be provided for ages 12 and younger.

Come and experience the heart of God through various different expressions, hear anointed teachings, and the testimonies of God's transforming power in the lives of His people. Join in what the Lord is doing in our lives, county and community.

Semi-annual pancake and sausage breakfast: The Palm Bay Happy Lions will present its semi-annual pancake and sausage breakfast 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, April 7 at the Greater Palm Bay Senior Center, 1275 Culver Drive N.E., Palm Bay.

Cost is $4.

Children, younger than 6, are admitted free at this "all you can eat" function.

There will also be entertainment, a plant sale and a raffle.

For more information, call Beulah West at (321) 726-6396 or George Seyfert at (321) 723-0930.

Molly Mutt poker run: The Central Brevard Humane Society will host its 10th Annual Molly Mutt Poker Run on Sunday, April 7, starting at 10 a.m. at the Humane Society, 1020 Cox Road, Cocoa.

The cost to participate in the run will be $7 per hand or two hands for $10. Donations of pet supplies are greatly appreciated. All vehicles are welcome.

The run will begin at the Central Brevard Humane Society and will end at The Fraternal Order of Eagles, 1050 N. Courtenay Parkway, Merritt Island.

First bike out will be scheduled to leave at 10 a.m., with the last one departing at 11:30 a.m.

Event activities will include a 50/50 drawing, vendor displays, food and live entertainment by D.J. Doc Holiday, beginning at 1 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for "best," "worst" and "mystery" hands.

All proceeds from this event will help raise awareness and financial support for the thousands of "unwanted and abandoned" pets that visit the shelter each year, who need a safe and loving "forever" home.

For more information, contact the Central Brevard Humane Society at (321) 636-3343 or visit www.crittersavers.com. 

'River Fest 2013:' Keep Brevard Beautiful will present "River Fest," a riverside fundraiser honoring individuals and businesses currently striving to promote sustainability in the community.

The event will be held on Sunday, April 7, at a private local riverfront residence. Attendees will enjoy a sunset on the water and groove to the surf-root sounds of local band, The Aquanuts.

In addition to live music and a fish fry, included with event admission, guests will have the opportunity to bid on some unique items in a silent auction.

All proceeds from ticket sales, event sponsorships, and the silent auction will go toward Keep Brevard Beautiful programs.

Regular admission to the event is $35 per ticket, with Keep Brevard Green Sponsor tickets priced at $75.

There will be a beer and wine cash bar on-site.

Contact Keep Brevard Beautiful at (321) 631-0501 for information about donating or becoming a sponsor.


Income tax and e-filing assistance: AARP volunteers will provide free income tax and e-filing assistance Monday through Thursday, through April 15 at the Cocoa Beach Public Library, 550 N. Brevard Ave., Cocoa Beach.

Last client must be in by 1 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays. Last client must be in by noon Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Come prepared with your original Social Security card, a photo ID and all you necessary tax documentation.

For more information, call the library at (321) 868-1104.

Angler Rodney Smith to speak: The Florida Native Plant Society will present Rodney Smith, talking about the Indian River Lagoon at 6 p.m. Monday, April 8 at the Melbourne Public Library, 540 East Fee Ave., Melbourne. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call Sharon at (321) 729-6857 or (321) 431-7634.

Brevard Zoo summer camps: It's never too early to be thinking about summer! Unique summer camp opportunities await children at Brevard Zoo. From weekly half-day to weekly full-day camps, the Zoo is the perfect place to spark your child's interest in conservation, wildlife, science and the outdoors this summer.

Kids will play, build, discover and explore the world around them, as these one-of-a-kind adventures take their learning to new heights at a zoo that is nationally recognized for its education programs.

Pricing for the camps starts at $125 for members and $140 for non-members for the half-day camps. Camp counselors are zoo education staff and/or certified Brevard County teachers.

Camps are available for children in first- through ninth-grade, with class sizes consisting of approximately 24 kids.

Sign up early and receive a discounted rate! Now through April 15, when you register for camp, you can receive a $10 discount for full-day camps or a $5 discount for half-day camps.

For more information go to BrevardZoo.org and click on "Learn and Play" or call (321) 254-9453, Ext. 219.


Space Coast women's luncheon: The American Business Women's Association Space Coast Women's Express Network will present it monthly luncheon at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 9 at the Eau Gallie Yacht Club on Datura Drive, Indian Harbour Beach.

Guest speaker will be Tracy K. Stroderd, consultant and business strategist.

To sign up for the luncheon or to join the organization, email suejtyson@aol.com or call (321) 749-4684.

For more information, visit www.abwascwen.com or www.abwa.org.

'China Night' presented: Learn about travel opportunities from 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 9 at All About You Travel, 1240 U.S. Highway 1, Suite 6, Rockledge.

A 13-day historical cities and Yangtze River trip will be discussed.

Part of the proceeds from packages purchased this night will go to help send tinameyer.theworldrace.org on her mission trip in July.

The event is free. Extra donations are optional.

To RSVP or for more information, call (321) 631-8080 or email jean@allaboutyoutravel.com.


Conservation workshops and training sessions: Brevard Zoo has opportunities to become involved in local conservation efforts.

Local conservation projects include oyster reef restoration, FrogWatch USA and Adopt-A-Mangrove.

Upcoming projects include:

April 3: Oyster Reef Restoration Workshop, from 10 a.m. to noon, Riverwalk Nature Center, Rockledge

April 10: Oyster Reef Restoration Workshop, from 10 a.m. to noon, Erna Nixon Park, Melbourne

April 17: Oyster Reef Restoration Workshop, from 10 a.m. to noon, Barrier Island Sanctuary, Melbourne Beach

April 17: FrogWatch USA Training Session, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Brevard Zoo, Melbourne

April 22: Adopt-A-Mangrove Workshop, from 6-7 p.m., Brevard Zoo, Melbourne

May 16: Adopt-A-Mangrove Workshop, from 6-7 p.m., Brevard Zoo, Melbourne

May 22: FrogWatch USA Training Session, from 5:30-8:30 p.m., Brevard Zoo, Melbourne

For more information about these conservation efforts, visit BrevardZoo.org and click on Conservation, Local Projects.

Mediumship: Join local author and nationally renowned medium the Rev. John Rogers as he explains the concepts of mediumship.

He will also discuss his latest book, "The Awakening Soul."

This free program will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 10 at the West Melbourne Public Library, 2755 Wingate Blvd., West Melbourne.

For more information, call (321) 952-4508.


Fair housing workshop: Current federal and state fair housing laws will be the focus of a Brevard County home consortium-sponsored workshop from 1-4 p.m. Thursday, April 11 at the county Government Center in Viera.

The focus of the workshop includes prohibited discriminatory practices in the sale and rental of dwellings, advertising violations, occupancy restrictions, exemptions under the Fair Housing Act, housing for older persons, fair housing rights for persons with disabilities, fair housing design and construction requirements and other fair housing issues. The workshop is presented by Fair Housing Continuum Inc.

Admission is free, and participants will find out the difference between landlord/tenant issues and fair housing complaints.

For more information, call the Fair Housing Continuum Inc. at (321) 757-3532. To request training accommodations due to disability, contact Brian Breslin at (321) 637-5347 at least 48 hours in advance.

The workshop will be held in the Brevard County Commission Room, first floor, Building C, at the Brevard County Government Center, 2725 Judge Fran Jamieson Way in Viera.

Building fundraiser banquet: Nana's Children's Home, or Nana's House, a home for neglected, abused, needy or abandoned children in Brevard County, is holding its first annual building fundraiser banquet Thursday, April 11, at 5:30 p.m. at the Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place, Melbourne.

Dinner will be provided, and the dress is casual. There will be music by Mike Fred, Acoustic for a Change.

The guest speaker will be Jeff Piersall, CEO of SCB Marketing.

All funds go to build the gated community of six homes that will house as many as 40 children, giving them a safe, loving place to grow up.

For tickets or to be a sponsor, call Kim Frodge at (321) 266-3829 or complete the sponsor form on the website. For more information, visit www.nanaschildrenshome.com.


ABC Safe Boating Class: The Cocoa Beach Sail and Power Squadron, a unit of the United State Power Squadrons, will offer a two-day Public Safe Boating Class on Saturdays, April 13 and 20 at the Port Canaveral Yacht Club, 910 Mullet Drive, Cape Canaveral.

Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. The presentation will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The class will cover the basic knowledge needed to boat safely on Central Florida inland and coastal waterways.

Successful completion will result in a Florida Safe Boater ID required for boaters born after Jan. 1, 1988.

The cost is $30 for one person or $40 for two persons sharing a book.

For more information, visit Cocoa Beach Sail and Power Squadron's website at www.CBSPS.com. Registration is recommended at the site or by email to registrar@cbsps.com.

Charity Corvette show: The Cape Kennedy Corvette Club will be holding it's 12th annual "Vettes at the Port" show at Port Canaveral, Saturday, April 13 in The Cove waterside dining and recreation area from 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The show is expected to draw more than 150 participants from all over Florida, in addition to scores of spectators.

Trophies will be awarded for the best Corvettes in nine classes, from 1953 (the first Corvette) to today's model.

There will be music provided by DJ Fast Eddie, a charity silent auction to benefit the National Kidney Foundation's local chapter, a 50/50 drawing with proceeds going to the Canaveral Fire Rescue for its charity; and many of the restaurants will be featuring special discounts.

The Port is a popular venue for the show because of its backdrop of beautiful cruise ships and the waterside dining establishments.

The Cape Kennedy Corvette Club, the first Corvette club in Florida, was established in 1967 and had several astronauts as members.

Today, the nonprofit club boasts more than 150 members and raises funds to provide scholarships each year to deserving Brevard Community College students, in addition to supporting many charitable organizations.

The club meets the second Thursday of each month at El Charro restaurant in Cocoa at 7 p.m.

For more information, visit CapeKennedyCorvetteClub.com or contact Kevin Charles, president, at (321) 501-8757, nivek1980@yahoo.com or Bill Shearer at (321) 632-9036 or wshearer001@cfl.rr.com.

The physical address that can be used for MapQuest is 610 Glen Cheek Drive, Cape Canaveral, FL  32920.

Basic boating class: One course, consisting of two sessions, will be offered April 13 and 20 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at West Marine, 1001 W. New Haven Ave. (U.S. 192), West Melbourne.

Bring your own lunch; refreshments will be available

Course fee is $50.

Family members from the same household sharing the manual pay $15 each. Class is limited to 18 students.

This course covers the required topics that all recreational boaters must know: The various types of boats, hulls and propulsion methods; rules of the road, required safety equipment, navigation aids, lights and sounds, anchoring, communications afloat, adverse conditions, water sports safety, trailering and personal water craft safety.

Additionally, an on-the-water session will also be held, demonstrating trailer launching and retrieval; high speed stop; and hands-on basic boat handling, anchoring and docking.

Register at www.brsps.org using PayPal or send check payable to BRSPS to: Ernst G. Hofmann, 290 Paradise Blvd., No. 36, Indialantic, FL, 32903.

For more information, call (321) 220-7776.

Black tie gala event tickets and sponsorship: The Health First Foundation is hosting an elegant evening of food, drinks, live music and dancing around the theme of "Come Away ... Bali Ha'i."

Health First's 31st Annual Benefit Ball is scheduled for Saturday, April 13, from 6:30 p.m. to midnight at Florida Institute of Technology's Clemente Center in Melbourne,

Proceeds from this year's black-tie gala event will benefit Hospice of Health First, the only joint-commission-accredited hospice in Brevard County.

Susan Vallette, of Indialantic, will serve as ball committee chairwoman. Mrs. Vallette is the wife of Dr. Julio Vallette, medical director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Health First Holmes Regional Medical Center. She, and a committee of 15 volunteers, are planning the gala fundraising event.

Rob Peters, CEO and owner of American Business Interiors, is serving as chair of this year's 15-member ball underwriting committee. Benefit ball sponsorship opportunities begin at $1,000.

Tickets for this year's benefit ball are $250 per person.

For sponsorship or ticket information, call the Health First Foundation at (321) 434-7353 or visit www.Health-First.org/Foundation.

Notification from the Sea Turtle Preservation Society: When specific weather events occur in the fall, volunteers walk the beach to search in the seaweed piles for trapped post hatchlings, a.k.a "washbacks," in order to find and rescue them.

The volunteers then transport the post hatchlings to designated drop-off locations.

These volunteers also educate the beach-going public on sea turtle's dos and don'ts, using Sea Turtle Education Cards.

The volunteers also assist with transporting sea turtles to rehab facilities at Sea World, Ponce Inlet, Mote and other locations, using either their own vehicles (must be enclosed) or the truck.

Training for this program is completed annually.

There will be training dates in April and May.

 If you have additional questions, call (321) 392-3223.

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