East Central Florida Pioneer Festival
The Seminary Covenant Community will present the East Central Florida Pioneer Festival Friday through Sunday, April 12-14 at 1260 S. Courtenay Parkway, Merritt Island.
There will be family and children rides, a big tent, with entertainment for the children, variety acts, music, puppets, comedy, drama, free local entertainers and bands.
There will be free parking and admission.
The event will support nonprofit groups with silent auctions, a 50/50 raffle and door prizes.
Festival hours will be: 4:30-10 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 1-9 p.m. Sunday.
For more information, visit www.ecflpioneerfestival.org.
Church hosts Indialantic singers
Advent Lutheran Church in Suntree will host a free concert by the Indialantic Chamber Singers on Friday, April 12 at 7:30 p.m.
The church, at 7550 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne, welcomes the group considered to be Brevard's premier choral ensemble.
The Indialantic Chamber Singers will perform "Music: to Love, to Praise, to Dance," which will feature selections in English, Latin and German by composers from Johannes Brahms to Benjamin Britten.
For more information, call (321) 259-8515 or visit www.adventsuntree.com.
The Indialantic Chamber Singers is a professional quality mixed-voice ensemble of 40 auditioned singers. Membership is comprised of degreed musicians, choral arts professionals and experienced amateur vocalists. The group performs a variety of accompanied and a capella works under the direction of its founder, David Vogeding. Its varied repertoire includes sacred, traditional and contemporary choral music.
More information about the Indialantic Chamber Singers may be found at www.Indialanticchambersingers.org or by calling (321) 960-5000.
Charity Corvette show at the Port
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, firstname.lastname@example.org or Bill Shearer at (321) 632-9036 or email@example.com.
The physical address that can be used for MapQuest is 610 Glen Cheek Drive, Cape Canaveral, FL 32920.
Cancer Society and the Molly Roger Rollergirls
The Molly Roger Rollergirls is a full-contact, women's flat-track roller derby league dedicated to bringing the enjoyment of the sport to Brevard County!
The Molly Rogers Rollergirls are 100-percent volunteer-based and league-owned. They are a not-for-profit organization that prioritizes involvement with the community.
This season, the Rollergirls are taking part in Relay for Life on Saturday and Sunday, April 13-14 at Wickham Park, 2500 Parkway Drive, Melbourne, to benefit the American Cancer Society! The event starts at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 13.
Come support local roller derby and help in the efforts to raise money for Relay for Life.
If you are interested in signing up a team for Relay for Life and hanging out with the Rollergirls, sign up your teams at http://relay.acsevents.org/site/tr/relayforlife and click on "Relay For Life of Eau Gallie - Melbourne."
Final subscription concert of the season
The Space Coast Pops Orchestra will present the "April Soiree" for the final concert of its 27th Annual Season Subscription Series at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 13 at the Merritt Island First Baptist Church on S.R. 520 and Courtenay Parkway, Merritt Island.
Pop's associate conductor Clair Christy will direct the orchestra in a variety of selected appearances.
A sample includes a color guard of Vietnam veterans, followed by the entrance of the Suzuki Strings.
Some numbers on the program are "Sound of Music," "Malaguena," "Carousel," "Armed Forces Medley," "Jesus Christ Super Star" and "Phantom of the Opera." Three selections will include the Suzuki Strings playing with the orchestra.
The featured performers, lead by Nancy Christy, are the Suzuki Players, who are string students from the Central Florida area. They study with teachers, most of whom play in the orchestra, and range in age from 4-18.
The pre-concert performance at 2 p.m. by the Strings will include fiddle tunes and strolling tunes.
Single concert tickets cost $20 for general admission in advance at ticket outlets and $3 extra at the door.
Call (321) 632-7445 for more information, ticket outlet locations and single concert reserved seat tickets.
Celebrate the Fair of Seville
Enjoy eat, drink and dance at Melbourne Hilton Rialto Place Saturday, April 13, at 6 p.m.
Cost is $100 per couple or $50 per person and includes dinner, refreshments and a Flamenco show.
For more information, call (321) 837-1359.
Blues and jazz at the library
Sybil Gage will play blues and jazz at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 14 at the "Music on a Sunday Afternoon" event at the Cocoa Beach Public Library.
Ms. Gage performs a mix of standards, little-known gems and her own original compositions.
The library is at 550 N. Brevard Ave., Cocoa Beach.
For more information, visit www.cocoabeachpubliclibrary.org or call (321) 868-1104.
Annual rite of spring for chamber group
The Indialantic Chamber Singers will present its annual spring concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 14 at Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 106 N. Riverside Drive, Indialantic.
The performance will feature a mix of sacred and secular music from the 17th through 20th centuries, including "Songs and Sonnets" by George Shearing, with words by William Shakespeare and a selection of spirituals.
Long considered Brevard's premier choral ensemble, the Indialantic Chamber Singers' concerts are presented free of charge, with donations gratefully accepted.
For more information about the Indialantic Chamber Singers or the upcoming spring concert, call (321) 960-5000 or visit www.IndialanticChamberSingers.org.
Brevard talent competition
The Fourth Annual "Brevard's Got Music Talent" competition and performances will be Sunday, April 14, at 4 p.m. at the Henegar Center in Downtown Melbourne.
The top 12 finalists from dozens of auditions of young people are selected to perform and compete for cash prizes.
Twelve finalists, ages 12-17, out of 40 youngsters who auditioned for the show, will be performing live on stage before a packed audience and three music judges, who will rate each contestant for musical skills and performance and stage presence.
There will be a $1,000 first prize, a $500 second prize and a $250 third prize.
The event is sponsored by the Creative Arts Foundation of Brevard, Inc.
Tickets cost $22 and can be purchased at the Henegar Center or online at www.henegar.org.
For more information, call (321) 254-3398.
The Henegar Center is at 625 E. New Haven Ave., Melbourne.
'Second Sundays in the Park' to feature steel drums
Enjoy the sounds of local musicians at "Second Sundays in the Park" at St. John's Park, 610 Young St., Melbourne.
The Hammerheads, the Cocoa Beach Junior-Senior High School Steel Drum Ensemble will play from 4-5 p.m. Sunday, April 14 indoors or outdoors, depending on the weather.
St. John's Park is located in old Eau Gallie, just south of the Eau Gallie Causeway and just west of U.S. Highway 1, in Melbourne.
For more information, call (321) 254-3365 or (321) 777-0168.
Bring a friend or two, a blanket and a picnic.
Free band concert part of celebration
A free concert by the Melbourne Municipal Band, accompanied by a variety of exhibits and a raffle, will showcase 500 years of Florida's history and cultural heritage as part of the state's Viva Florida 500 celebration.
The events will be held April 16 and 17 at the Melbourne Auditorium, 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd., Melbourne.
Exhibits and pre-show entertainment will begin at 6:30 p.m., and the concert starts at 7:30 p.m.
Titled Viva La Florida, the MMB event will "celebrate all things Florida, from space to Spanish influences, stormy weather to folk music and native plants to photography.
Jan Hinton, composer of "Florida (Where the Sawgrass Meets the Sky)," the state anthem, will be a special guest at the concert. The band arrangement of "Florida" was written by MMB member Alan Moss, and will be sung by Robin Krasny, a member of the MMB and a native Floridian.
Other musical selections will include "The Southerner," "Overture Jubiloso," "Jupiter," "Stormy Weather," "Trumpets Ole!," "Council Oak," "Rolling Thunder," "Florida Suite," "Heat Lightning March," "The Wonderful World of Disney" and "The Stars and Stripes Forever."
Pre-show entertainment will be provided by the Harbor City Harmonizers.
Exhibits in the lobby will include Julian Leek, NASA and Florida landscape photographer Julian Leek, the Florida Native Plant Society, the Florida Historical Society, Florida Highwaymen paintings and displays of pine baskets and Florida wines. These exhibits are still evolving, and there will be many other interesting things for concertgoers to see.
There will be a raffle during both evenings, for items such as baskets of gardening goodies, donated by the Florida Native Plant Society, and a framed watercolor of the original Eau Gallie Yacht Club, donated by local artist Dorothy Rhines.
The state's Viva Florida 500 celebration is ongoing throughout 2013, and includes more than 200 events. The goal is to promote 500 years of Florida's history - its people, places and cultural achievements - and this important milestone in American and Florida history.
Call (321) 724-0555 or visit www.melbournemunicipalband.org for more information.
This event is sponsored in part by the state of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
'Viva la Florida'
The Melbourne Municipal Band will present a musical celebration of Florida's first 500 years at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, April 16 and 17 at the Melbourne Auditorium, 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd., Melbourne.
The concert program will include several themes that evoke Florida's history: the Seminole culture, the Spanish influence, geographic diversity and, of course, the unsettled weather.
A highlight will be the premier of Alan Moss's arrangement for concert band of the new Florida State Anthem, "Where the Sawgrass Meets the Sky."
Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Come early to hear the barbershop quartet singing by the Harbor City Harmonizers.
There will be exhibits all about Florida, including displays by Julian Leek, NASA and Florida landscape photographer, and the Native Plant Society.
For more information, visit www.melbournemunicipalband.org or call (321) 724-0555.
Handel's 'Giulio Cesare'
The Metropolitan Opera 2013 - Live in HD presents David McVicar's lively production "Giulio Cesare" at noon Wednesday, April 17 at Carmike Cinemas Avenue 16 (formerly the Rave) at 2241 Town Center Ave., Viera.
The world's greatest countertenor, David Daniels, sings the title role, opposite Natalie Dessay as an irresistibly exotic Cleopatra.
Baroque specialist Harry Bicket conducts.
Cost is $24 for general admission, with senior, student and child discounts.
For more information, call (321) 775-1210.
IM5 and Taylor Mathews in concert
The Space Coast Spring Fair, April 17-21 at the Space Coast Stadium in Viera will present IM5 with Perez Hilton, Jamie King and Simon Fuller's New Teen Group, Taylor Mathews from "America's Got Talent" and a guest performance by Kayla Nettles from "American Idol."
This teen concert will be held on Wednesday, April 17 at 7:30 p.m.
The VIP meet-and-greet cost $40, with general admission $15.
The fair will also feature free and unlimited pro bull-riding shows, sheep-herding shows, Eye of the Horse demonstrations, live music every day and night, a circus every day and night and free rides.
For more information about the concert, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Purchase concert tickets at www.spacecoastdaily.com.
For more information about the fair, visit spacecoastspringfair.com or call (855) 386-3836.
'The King and I'
Everyone is invited to the production of "The King and I." This is a nonprofit community theater raising money for those in need.
Show times are Friday, April 19, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 20, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Shekinah Productions at St. Mark's at 2030 N. Highway A1A, Indialantic.
Ticket prices range from $8-$20.
For more information or tickets, call (321) 773-0721, Ext. 20, visit www.spctheater.com or email email@example.com.
AirFest set to takeoff
The friendly skies over Brevard County will play host Saturday, April 20, to the seventh annual Valkaria AirFest 2013.
This year's all-day event features multiple air shows with world-class champion displays and rides on everything from vintage World War aircraft to hot air balloons, powered paragliders and airboats, to kiddie rides, live music and up-close and hands-on contact with all sorts of flying machines.
Rides will be available for a fee in an open-cockpit bi-plane, sailplane glider, Vietnam helicopters, a Piper Cub, aerobatic Pitts Special, powered parachute, hot air balloon and the only commercial Cobra attack helicopter.
This great day and evening at the airport will include thrilling displays of aerobatic daredevils and other great family entertainment.
Special events include a live bi-plane wing-walking act, a live musical concert featuring "Luna Pearl" after a twilight airshow, a hot air balloon glow and a twilight rocket launch. There's also an aviation flea market, fifth annual history hangar, book pavilion and P-51 Mustang simulator that you actually sit in and fly.
Gates open at 8 a.m., and close at 9 p.m.
Breakfast will feature pancakes by Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 1288. Lunch and dinner will be available on site. There will also be food vendors, and live music throughout the day.
Aircraft rides and demonstrations start at 8 a.m., with the first aerobatic show beginning at 1 p.m.
The AirFest is presented by the Valkaria Aviation Association, a nonprofit charitable organization, and is hosted by Brevard County Government.
The cost to attend is $15 per person.
For more information, visit www.valkariaairfest.org.
Proceeds from the AirFest go toward aviation scholarships and other charitable activities.
Music to benefit children
On Saturday, April 20, Immaculate Conception Church in Melbourne Beach will be hosting a 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 will cost $25 for general admission, while supplies last, or $30 for reserved seats.
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, at 3780 S. Highway A1A, Melbourne Beach, online at www.tastetoasttunes.org or by phone at (888) 71-TICKETS. A special gift goes to the first 200 ticket holders.
Passport to Wines
Aging Matters in Brevard will present the Sixth Annual Passport to Wines Around the World, hosted by Miller & Hurt Financial Group, on Saturday, April 20 at the Space Coast Convention Center Holiday Inn, 301 Tucker Lane, in Cocoa, at 6 p.m.
The evening will feature hors d'oeuvres, select wines, entertainment, balloon pops, a live auction and more! This signature fundraiser was launched in 2008 by Miller & Hurt Financial Group to benefit the programs of Aging Matters in Brevard.
Established in 1965, Aging Matters in Brevard is a nonprofit organization, whose mission is to promote and maintain independence and maximize quality of life for the citizens of Brevard County, particularly the elderly and those with disabilities.
One of its primary programs, The Brevard Community Kitchen, serves more than 2,000 meals a day to the frailest citizens, including both elders and at-risk children.
Proceeds from this event will help provide care for more than 9,000 seniors, so they can receive the finest in comprehensive and coordinated services, preserving the very culture in a safe and healthy community.
For more information, call (321) 806-3767, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://agingmattersbrevard.org/.
The Ninth Annual Fiesta Brevard
More than 20 of Brevard's finest nonprofit organizations are planning the Fiesta Brevard party.
Join the fun on Friday, April 26 from 5:30-9 p.m. at the International Palms Resort, 1300 N. Atlantic Ave., Cocoa Beach.
Festivities include a children's activity area, sponsored by Early Learning Coalition, live non-stop entertainment, Latin dance performances, games, drawings, raffles, salsa contest, Fiesta Hat Parade and contest, lots of food and more.
More than $30,000 in prizes was given away at Fiesta Brevard 2012.
Tickets are available in advance for $10, or $15 at the door.
Advanced tickets can be purchased at the Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce, 400 Fortenberry Road, Merritt Island, through the website at www.fiestabrevard.com or from participating Brevard nonprofit organizations. Each admission ticket includes four food tickets. Cash bars will be available.
Join the seasoned players of the Brevard Theatrical Ensemble in the fifth presentation of "Celebrating Shakespeare" at 8 p.m. Friday, April 26, Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28 with a matinee curtain time of 3 p.m. at the Porcher House, 434 Delannoy Ave., Cocoa Village.
Tickets cost $15, and include coffee and desserts.
To register, call (321) 676-0697, email email@example.com or visit www.brevardensemble.com.
Shen Yun at the King Center
Shen Yun will be performing at the Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m.
Shen Yun Performing Arts is reviving the essence of traditional Chinese culture in full color on stages around the world.
Area-residents can purchase show tickets at the Shen Yun kiosk inside Melbourne Square Mall. The kiosk is located in the Dick's Sporting Goods concourse through April 30.
Ride with Mongolians across endless steppes. Recall the grandeur of an ancient Tang Dynasty palace. Down in the valley, ladies of the Yi ethnic group dance in rainbow skirts by the river. High up in the heavens, celestial fairies trail silken sleeves through the clouds. Resounding drums awaken the dusty plateaus of the Middle Kingdom.
Shen Yun strives to capture the spirit of traditional Chinese culture and its beliefs. Ancient literary classics extol the compassionate, courageous, and loyal, values embodied by the most memorable characters.
Thrill in the triumph of the great General Yue Fei; cheer on the Monkey King as he tricks a stubborn foe; and witness how these values still endure in contemporary China.
Shen Yun bridges past and present in an uplifting, inspiring, and indelible performance.
Shen Yun will be performing at the Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts, one night only, Thursday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m.