FRIDAY, APRIL 26
Veterans, others job fair: A veteran-focused job fair will be the first activity of the newly formed Veterans Resource Committee of the Melbourne Regional Chamber. The Committee operates out of the chamber's Viera/Suntree office at 7720 N. Wickham Road, Viera, and had its inaugural steering committee meeting April 11. The job fair will be Friday, April 26 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Chamber's office at 1005 E. Strawbridge Ave., in Melbourne; and while it is veteran focused, it is open to all job-seekers. The event, which is sponsored by VITAS, Wingspan and Waste Management, will also feature hiring booths from Harris, Craig Technologies, Manpower, GSI Commerce, ebay Inc., Adecco, Regions Bank and others. Veterans can also find assistance from organizations, such as Brevard Workforce, Veteran-Owned Busness.com and the Brevard Community College Collegiate Veterans Society. For more information, call (321) 724-5400.
Food Truck Bazaar return visit: The bazaar will be held from 5-8 p.m. Friday, April 26 at the Wickham Park Main Pavilion, 3845 N. Wickham Road, next to Brevard Community College, in Melbourne. There will be 15-20 trucks on hand, selling a variety of foods and beverages. Some of the trucks expected to attend include: Coffee Urge, 5Gastronomy, Cafe Rouge, Fork in the Road, The Crepe Company, Twisted Cuban, Dixieland Diner, Swede Dish, Mayan Grill, Carobama BBQ, Melissa's Chicken and Waffles, Monsta Lobsta, Mr Fed's Fresh & Famous Food, Saigon Sizzle, Uber Good, Veggie Love, Wako Taco and Yum Yum Cupcake Truck. Food prices range from $4-$10 per plate. There will be plenty of covered seating available under the pavilion. The Food Truck Bazaar is organized through www.thedailycity.com. For more information about The Food Truck Bazaar, visit www.thefoodtruckbazaar.com, www.twitter.com/foodtruckbazaar or www.facebook.com/thefoodtruckbazaar. For more information about Wickham Park, visit www.brevardcounty.us/wickham or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/brevardwickhampark. You can also call the Wickham Park Office at (321) 255-4307.
Sixth Annual Portraits of Possibilities: The Children's Home Society of Florida's Brevard Division has announced the upcoming Sixth Annual Portraits of Possibilities. This exclusive fundraising event will be held at the Eau Gallie Civic Center, located at 1551 Highland Ave., in Melbourne, on Friday, April 26 at 6 p.m. This year's theme is "An Evening in China." The event will feature decadent food and entertainment, inspired Chinese culture, live and silent auctions and casino. It is only with the support of donors and community partners that a real difference can be made in the lives of the children and families served. Over the past five years, Portraits of Possibilities has raised more than $450,000 for child abuse prevention and intervention programs for children and families in Brevard County. The Children's Home Society is currently seeking sponsors, donations of auction items and volunteers to assist with making the 2013 Portraits of Possibilities event another great success. Individual tickets to the event cost $150, and sponsorships begin at $500 and include public recognition and tickets to the event. For more information, contact Leslie Bardo at (321) 752-3170, Ext. 235, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.chsportraitsofpossibilities.com.
Adult social: The Lipscomb Community Center, 3316 Monroe St., Melbourne, will present an adult social from 7-10 p.m. Friday, April 26 for ages 18 and older. Cost is $2 for residents and $2.50 for non-residents. Billiards, table tennis, dominoes, bingo and more will be featured. Refreshments will be available. For more information, call (321) 674-5725.
B'nai B'rith scholarship: B'nai B'rith Space Coast Lodge 3106, will be awarding a $500 scholarship check to the student who submits the most favorable application irrespective of financial need. Involvement in the Jewish community will be one of those areas that will be evaluated. Deadline for submission is May 10. For more information, email email@example.com, put "B'nai B'rith Scholarship" in the subject line and you will receive an application.
Space Coast Fashion Week: Brevard County is introducing Textures, Etc. - Space Coast Fashion Week. The Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce of East Central Florida is presenting this weeklong series of events Friday, April 26 through Saturday, May 4 to showcase the local fashion industry - including retailers, designers, photographers, models and makeup artists. Reservations for the various events can be made at www.melbourneregionalchamber.com under the events tab under signature events, or by date. For more information, visit www.spacecoastfashionweek.com or the Facebook page for Space Coast Fashion Week. To host an event, become a model, participant, vendor, committee volunteer or sponsor, contact Naomi Penney at firstname.lastname@example.org.
KSC celebrates Scouting, homeschooling: Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and homeschoolers are invited to participate in the annual salute programs, a celebration of student achievements in math and science, at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. The Salute to Scouts and the Salute to Homeschoolers programs honor the next generation of scientists and space explorers, as they learn the story of NASA's space missions and discover the importance of those missions through exciting hands-on activities. Salute to Scouts is the ultimate behind-the-scenes experience, designed to support the national scouting Space Exploration and Aerospace Merit Badge requirements. The Salute to Girl Scouts event is May 4, with registration due by April 26. The Salute to Boy Scouts event is Nov. 16, with registration due by Nov. 8. Both Salute to Scouts events are $45 per person plus tax. Salute to Homeschoolers engages homeschool students, families and teachers during an exciting field trip opportunity that meets Florida Sunshine State Standards, FCAT requirements and national science standards. Salute to Homeschool participants enjoy special hands-on activities, meet an astronaut, learn about the latest NASA accomplishments and take a behind-the-scenes bus tour of Kennedy Space Center. The Salute to Homeschool program is April 27, with registration due by April 20. The event is $45 per person. Participation in all of the Salute programs includes the opportunity to enjoy special activities, the new Angry Bird Space Encounter, IMAX films, the KSC Bus Tour, Shuttle Launch Experience, shows and exhibits, the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame and lunch. For more information about the salute programs, or to purchase a ticket, call (877) 313-2610 or visit www.kennedyspacecenter.com.
SATURDAY, APRIL 27
Annual Elks golf classic: The Viera Elks Lodge No. 2817, 5820 S. U.S. Highway 1, Rockledge, will host a fundraiser on Saturday April 27 at Baytree National Golf Links, 8207 National Drive, Melbourne. Registration is at 7 a.m. with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. Proceeds will benefit the Florida Elks Youth Camp, the Children's Mobile Therapy Units (21 vans) and other lodge-supported charities. The entry fee is $60 per person or $240 per team, which includes greens fee, cart, practice range and snacks. For more information, call (321) 504-3111, email email@example.com or visit www.eks.org/lodges/home.
Young Eagles flight rally: Area young people ages 8-17 will have a chance to take to the skies on Saturday, April 27, as Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 724 hosts a Young Eagles flight rally at Merritt Island Airport. The rally is part of the EAA Aviation Foundation's Young Eagles Program, created to get more young people interested in aviation. To date, more than 1.7 million Young Eagles have experienced the thrill of flight since 1992, (5610 at Merritt Island Airport). Pilots at the event will also explain more about their airplanes, allowing young people to discover how airplanes work and how pilots ensure safety before every flight. All pilots and planes are certificated by the Federal Aviation Administration. Registration will start at 8:30 a.m. and will close at noon. Flights will begin at 9 a.m. A parent or guardian must sign a permission form for each young person. No reservations are required or accepted. Young Eagles will fly in first-come, first-flown order. Flights will last approximately 20 minutes. Additional information about EAA, the EAA Aviation Foundation and Young Eagles is available at www.eaa.org. Call (321) 636-5346 and leave us a message or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nautical chart seminar: The Cocoa Beach Sail and Power Squadron will offer a two-hour nautical chart seminar to the public on Saturday, April 27 at the Port Canaveral Yacht Club, 910 Mullet Drive, Cape Canaveral. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. The presentation will run from 10 a.m. to noon. Participants will be introduced to the various types of nautical charts and their usage. A description of the many charting symbols will lead to understanding the importance of using nautical charts while navigating on inland and coastal waters of Central Florida. There will be a $10 per family charge. Optional materials will be available at a minimum cost. 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 email@example.com.
Earth Day - Hook Kids on Fishing Program: The Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, in partnership with Anglers for Conservation, is celebrating Earth Day by hosting the Anglers for Conservation's Hook Kids on Fishing Program. The program is scheduled at the refuge for Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Sendler Education Outpost Pavilion on S.R. 3. Children, ages 6-16, accompanied by an adult, are welcome. Children must be registered for the event to receive a free rod, reel and tackle box during the event. Professional guides and knowledgeable anglers will teach casting, fishing safety, knot tying, the tackle box, catch and release tactics, fishing habitat and conservation. Registration is required; call Monday through Saturday at (321) 861-5601. The event will take place at the Sendler Education Outpost Pavilion at Dummitt Cove, south of Haulover Canal on S.R. 3. Call for directions.
'Safari Under the Stars:' Brevard Zoo's most anticipated annual gala, Safari Under the Stars, will begin at 6 p.m. April 27 in a magical zoo setting, punctuated by a beautiful night sky filled with animal constellations. Guests will experience an evening of awe, excitement and fun at this event. As a nonprofit organization, Brevard Zoo relies heavily on its donors to enable its mission of wildlife conservation through education and participation. All guests attending Safari Under the Stars will enjoy hors d'oeuvres, full bars and a seated dinner, followed by dessert, specialty coffees and dancing at Safari after Dark. Channel 6 News Anchor Lauren Rowe will be the master of ceremonies, and there will be auction and raffle opportunities. Tickets can be purchased by calling the development department at (321) 254-9453, Ext. 234.
Customers and associates support March of Dimes: Publix Super Markets Inc. is working alongside the March of Dimes for stronger, healthier babies; and the grocery giant will ask its customers to join in its quest during an annual fundraising campaign, now through April 27. The cutout campaign coincides with March for Babies, the March of Dimes signature event, which occurs on April 27 in most areas. Associates will sell the cutouts at the checkout and ask customers to sign their name or the name of a baby they love, creating an impressive in-store display. Publix is the No. 2 March for Babies Team in the country. As one of the 10 largest-volume supermarket chains in the United States, with more than 157,500 employees in 1,070 locations in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee, Publix customers and associates raised an incredible $4.5 million in 2012 and $43 million since 1995 to help give all babies a healthy start and educate moms-to-be about the importance of taking the B vitamin folic acid. Everyone is encouraged to join in the celebration. To find a walk near you, visit marchforbabies.org to sign up and raise additional funds to support the March of Dimes. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.com or nacersano.org.
SUNDAY, APRIL 28
'I Am Fit' triathlon festival: The Space Coast Youth Multi-Sports will host the "I Am Fit" Kid Triathlon Health and Wellness Festival starting at 7 a.m. Sunday, April 28 at Gleason Park in Indian Harbour Beach. This is a sanctioned event, and cost is a $35 entry free. The age group is 5-14. The event is geared toward athletes of all skill levels, beginner to advanced. Athletes start with a pool swim, transition to a cycle around Gleason Park and finish off with a run around the park. All of the proceeds from a raffle and a portion of the proceeds received from vendors are donated to The Women's Center of Brevard for its youth summer camp, Camp Gaia. To register, visit www.imathlete.com and type "sunrise series" in the search box.
Professional women's tennis returns to the Kiwi: The excitement is rising as the day nears for the start of the Audi Melbourne Pro Tennis Classic. This annual USTA Pro Circuit Event, now in its eighth year, brings the rising stars of tennis to the Kiwi Tennis Club, Indian Harbour Beach, Sunday, April 28 through Sunday, May 5. The event is free to the public April 28 through May 2, with tickets for the quarterfinals, semi-finals and finals available at Kiwi Tennis Club. Information is available at kiwiprotennis.com. The Audi Melbourne Pro Tennis Classic is the pathway to tour-level competitions, such as the French Open and U.S. Open, for aspiring tennis players and a frequent battleground for established professionals. Singles and Doubles competitors will vie for $50,000 in prize money. For more information, call Holly Baney at (321) 698-0888 or visit kiwiprotennis.com.
MONDAY, APRIL 29
Brevard Workforce Express Mobile Unit: This mobile career center will be providing job-assistance services to mature workers from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, April 29 at One Senior Place, 8085 Spyglass Hill Road, Viera. The mobile unit features 13 onboard computer stations. For more information, call Jim Watson at (321) 394-0511.
Shoe drive under way: Shoes 4 Kids USA has launched its Spring Cleaning Shoe Drive to raise funds, support micro-enterprise in developing nations and to help the environment. The public is invited to participate in the drive to benefit Shoes4Kids through May 31. All used, donated shoes will be redistributed through micro-enterprise partners and used in developing nations for impoverished people to start, maintain and grow an enterprise to feed, clothe and house their families. Shoes 4 Kids USA will also receive funds to buy new shoes for Central Florida children. Shoes will be accepted in all conditions, and shoe donations can be made at collection boxes throughout Central Florida. For a list of collection sites, visit http://shoes4kidsusa.com. Individuals, businesses and organizations that would like to participate in the shoe drive or host a collection box may contact Una McFarland at (321) 209-1745, email firstname.lastname@example.org or Tyrone McFarland, executive director of Shoes 4 Kids, at (407) 488-3300 or by email at email@example.com. For more information, visit http://shoes4kidsusa.com.
TUESDAY, APRIL 30
Sign-up for naturalist program: If you are interested in learning more about the upland habitats in Brevard County, then a Florida Master Naturalist Program Upland Habitats Module might be right for you! This course starts at 6 p.m. Monday, May 6 at the University of Florida IFAS Brevard County Extension Service, 3695 Lake Drive, in Cocoa. Florida Master Naturalist courses are open to everyone 18 years and older. Registration closes at 9 a.m., Tuesday, April 30. The objective of the Florida Master Naturalist Program is to prepare participants to share their knowledge with others, to act in a positive manner, to help others feel a greater connection to the land and to help others develop their own personal land ethic. To register and view the course schedule, visit http://conference.ifas.ufl.edu/fmnp/uh13-13.htm. For additional questions or information, contact Holly Abeels, marine science extension agent, at (321) 633-1702, Ext. 235, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Florida Minority Nonprofit of the Year Award: The Florida Minority Community Reinvestment Coalition and the host committee of Let's Do Business Florida and Summit have announced the open applicant process for the 2013 Florida Minority Nonprofit of the Year Award. Florida-based minority nonprofits and community organizations are eligible to vie for the prestigious award. The grand prize is a new 2013 Hyundai Sonata. Hyundai Motor America is the presenting sponsor of the event. Nonprofit organizations focused on improving circumstances for minority communities, and service disabled and other veterans are encouraged to apply. Qualified organizations are invited to submit applications for the 2013 Florida Minority Nonprofit of the Year Award no later than Friday, May 31. Applications will be reviewed by an independent panel of judges. The three nonprofits with the highest judged scores will be announced on Friday, June 7. One winning nonprofit organization be selected as the 2013 Florida Minority Nonprofit of the Year Award and will receive the keys to a 2013 Hyundai Sonata. For more information on FMCRC, visit www.fmcrc.org.
'Art of Sand,' wild Florida: What's different about Art of Sand this year? These 13 incredible sand sculptures tell one amazing story. Trace the history of people and wildlife in Florida through the Art of Sand. Learn how sand sculptures are made as you enter this exhibit or try your hand at making your own in the interactive area at the end of the exhibit. Art of Sand is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. You won't believe what they've created with a bucket of sand! Find out more by visiting ArtofSand.org. The "Art of Sand 2013 Wild Florida: Past, Present and Future" will be at the Brevard Zoo, 8225 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne, until Memorial Day. For more information, call (321) 254-9453, Ext. 236.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 1
Brevard Zoo May education activities: Brevard Zoo offers many educational programs for children all year long. 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 May is filled with exciting new ways for children to learn at a zoo that is nationally recognized for its education programs.
The programs are:
Jr. Zoo Keeper: first and third Saturdays of the month, 10-11:30 a.m., ages 10-13, cost is $6 (does not include Zoo admission)
Scout Overnight: Friday, May 3, 6-9:30 p.m., ages 7 through adult, cost is $40 for members, $45 for non-members
Annual Scout Day: Saturday, May 4, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., all ages welcome, cost is $7.50 per Scout/child younger than 17
Sandsational Investigators: Saturday, May 11, 5-9 p.m., ages 5-12, cost is $24 for members, $27 for non-members
Zoo Tots: S is for ... (Weekday series for ages 4 and 5): Thursday, May 2 and 16, 9:30-11 a.m., ages 4-5, cost for adult/child pair is $30 for members, $40 for non-members
Zoo Tots: S is for ... (Weekday series for ages 2-4): Thursdays, May 9 and 23, 9:30-11 a.m., ages 2-4, adult/child pair costs$30 for members, $40 for non-members
Zoo Tots: S is for ... (Saturday series for ages 4 and 5), Saturdays, May 4, and 18, 9:30-11 a.m., ages 4-5, adult/child pair costs $30 for members, $40 for non-members
Zoo Tots: S is for ... (Saturday series for ages 2-4): Saturdays, May 11 and 25, 9:30 -11 a.m., ages 2-4, adult/child pair costs $30 for members, $40 for non-members
Homeschool Zoo Program: Wednesday, May 1, 8, 15 and 22, 9:30-11:30 a.m., ages 5-12 and parent educator, cost is $20 per participant
Wildlife Detective Mystery, May 1-31, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All ages welcome, free with zoo admission
Conservation Counts: Tuesdays, May 7, 14, 21 and 28, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., all ages welcome, free with Zoo admission
Zoo Chefs 101: Wednesdays, May 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, 2 p.m., all ages welcome, free with Zoo admission
Zoorific Storytime: Thursdays, May 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, 11:30 a.m., all ages welcome, free with Zoo admission
Garden Party: Fridays, May 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31, 11:30 a.m., all ages welcome, free with Zoo admission.
For more information about the activities going on at Brevard Zoo in May, visit www.brevardzoo.org and click on Learn and Play or call (321) 254-9453, Ext. 219.
The Brevard Zoo is at 8225 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne. For more information, call (321) 254-9453, Ext. 236.
New family plans: Health First has announced beginning May 1, it will offer new individual and family plans. Through Health First Insurance, individual and families will now have the opportunity to join directly and not through an employer. For more information, call (321) 434-5665, toll-free at (877) 904-4914 or visit www.HealthFirstIndividual.org. Licensed agents interested in selling individual plans are welcome to contact Health First online or by phone for information about becoming appointed. For more information, call (321) 434.7650 or email email@example.com.
THURSDAY, MAY 2
National Day of Prayer: Join Congressman Bill Posey and community leaders in Brevard County, as they gather together for the National Day of Prayer at the Space Coast Prayer Breakfast from 7:30-9:30 a.m. Thursday, May 2 at the Holiday Inn in Viera, 8298 N. Wickham Road, I-95 and Wickham Road. This event is sponsored by the Space Coast Prayer Team, a group of business leaders, professionals, ministry and church leaders and civic and community leaders, who have been praying for Brevard County; and, together with the office of Congressman Posey, have come together to organize this county-wide event. Cost is $25 per person, and corporate sponsorship is available. For more information, call (321) 626-4483, (321) 246-0862 or visit www.spacecoastprayerbreakfast.org.
Farmers market open: Rockledge 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.
Food trucks back in Rockledge: The city of Rockledge will be hosting Central Florida's "The Food Truck Bazaar" for the third time on Thursday, May 2 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Barton Commons Shopping Center, 182-282 Barton Blvd., Rockledge. For more information, call the Rockledge Community Redevelopment Agency at (321) 305-4975.
Social networking with business leaders: LEAD Brevard will host Access 2013 on Thursday, May 2 at the Indian River Colony Club at 5:30 p.m. Access 2013 will offer Brevard County professionals the opportunity for social networking with marquee business leaders in a relaxed and intimate atmosphere. Annually, 20 Space Coast influential community members are invited to serve as table leaders. Candid dialogue at each table is a sharing of professional experiences and lessons learned; all designed to encourage guests on their leadership journey. Space is limited. Registrations are required and can be made at www.LEADBrevard.org or by calling LEAD Brevard at (321) 632-8222.
Women to be honored: Two outstanding "Women of Excellence" will be honored at the Melbourne Regional Chamber's awards banquet Friday night, May 3 from 6-9 p.m. at the Hilton Melbourne Rialto. Florida Institute of Technology will present the award for accomplishments and achievements in industry, while PNC bank will present the award for community involvement and achievements. In addition, guests will get an insider's view of fashion trends, tying in with the Chamber's Space Coast Fashion Week. Keynote speaker, Amanda Gizzi, coordinates the jewelry for NY Fashion Week, bringing to Melbourne the hottest fashion trends and short videos from the runway. Brought to Melbourne for the event by Wesche Jewelers, Ms. Gizzi is a nationally recognized industry spokesperson, and she appears regularly on television morning shows, is quoted in magazines and is an authority on fine jewelry and watch trends. Featured that evening will be Jacksonville fashion designer, Erin Healy. Her designs have been shown at both Miami and Jacksonville Fashion Weeks, and she will be the headline designer for Space Coast Fashion Week's runway show at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, also at the Rialto. The Melbourne Regional Chamber of East Central Florida is presenting the week-long series of events April 27 through May 4 to showcase the local fashion industry - including retailers, designers, photographers, models and makeup artists. Fashion Week concludes Saturday, May 4 with a full-fledged fashion show of designer label clothing presented by Melbourne BMW, Florida Institute of Technology and Wingspan Portfolio Advisors, to be held at Hilton Melbourne Rialto. Tickets to the Women of Excellence Banquet cost $45; tickets to the runway show are $10, with a VIP lunch with the designer's option. For more information, visit www.SpaceCoastFashionWeek.com or the Facebook page for Space Coast Fashion Week.
'God's Love Story:' On Friday, May 3 at 7 p.m., sand artist Joe Castillo will be presenting "God's Love Story" at the King Center in Melbourne. His art form, which he calls "SandStory," consists of images created as he draws in sand with his hands-on light table. This captivating performance is scored and choreographed to music with a video projected on a screen for large audiences. In this way, drawing in sand on a light table, he is able to create powerful, fluid illustrations. His presentations have been seen by thousands of people at a time - leaving them with a sense of awe. He has performed in more than 20 countries, for Fortune 500 companies, presidents, kings, world leaders, TED, CBS, NBC, BBC ... and Joe was recently a finalist on "America's Got Talent," where he continuously wowed national audiences, show after show. Come with your whole family and enjoy his unique and uplifting work! Tickets cost $15 and $25 and are available at www.kingcenter.com. All profits will benefit the youth ministry program at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church. The King Center for the Performing Arts is at 3865 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne.
Everyday Heroes 5K run, fest: Families in Brevard County are invited to learn more about water safety resources in their community during the Everyday Heroes 5K and Family Fun Fest, hosted by Swim Safe Forever Saturday, May 4, starting at 6 a.m. at the Wickham Park Amphitheater, 2500 Parkway Drive, Melbourne. Swim Safe Forever, Brevard County Health Department and the Florida Swimming Pool Association will be present to provide valuable water safety information to families during the event. Swim Safe Forever hosts this year's event, which provides a fun environment to share water safety information and raise funds for self-rescue swim scholarships in Brevard County. Participants can register online at www.swimsafeforever.org/fundraiser, to run in the Everyday Heroes 5K Race. Registration is $25 per participant. Runners are encouraged to dress as their Everyday Hero (firefighter, police, doctor, lifeguard, etc). Proceeds from race registration, as well as the silent auction and raffle tickets, fund Swim Safe Forever's scholarship program for self-rescue swim lessons and water safety education programs in the local community. Families may enjoy free bounce houses, arts and crafts, face painting, music and games at the event. For more information, visit www.SwimSafeForever.org/fundraiser or call (321) 254-5859.
Win a 1970 Barracuda at barbecue and car drawing: Tickets are now available for the Brevard Alzheimer's Foundation's 20th Annual Barbecue and Car Drawing fundraiser. All proceeds benefit the Brevard Alzheimer's Foundation, 501(c)(3), a not-for-profit agency, which has three state-of-the-art adult day care centers, called "Joe's Club," in Brevard County. The organization is dedicated to serving frail elders and those diagnosed with Alzheimer's and dementia, along with providing support for caregivers and families. Event sponsor A.J. Hiers, and the Boniface-Hiers Automotive Group, have found a true muscle car for the 2013 drawing - a 1970 Plymouth Barracuda with a V-10 Viper engine. This is a must-see muscle car and is on display at the Boniface-Hiers Chrysler Dodge dealership, located on Highway 520 in Merritt Island. Ticket prices for the barbecue and car drawing cost $25 each or six for $100. You need not be present to win. The Brevard Alzheimer's Foundation has raffled several cars in the past to raise money to help those in need. Past cars include a 1958 Corvette, 1967 Dodge Coronet, 1970 Dodge Challenger, 1966 Dodge Charger, a 1970 Plymouth Superbird and a 1969 Plymouth Road Runner Convertible. The barbecue and car drawing will be held on Saturday, May 18 at 6 p.m., at the Wickham Park Pavilion next to Brevard Community College. Event sponsors are Boniface-Hiers Automotive Group, Bright House Networks, Autumn House Alzheimer's Care Facility and Harbor Financial Group. To purchase tickets for the Alzheimer's barbecue and car drawing, call (321) 253-4430, or visit www.alzbbq.com.
'Partners in Compassionate Care' seeking volunteers: Hospice of St. Francis is seeking caring people who would like to become volunteers. Hospice volunteers provide assistance in many different ways, including making friendly visits to hospice patients, providing respite care for homebound patients, running errands and performing many other services. No previous experience is needed. Training is provided at no cost to the participants. Volunteer positions are available throughout Brevard County. To qualify for volunteering, you must attend all classes.
Melbourne training class will be held Monday, May 6, Wednesday, May 8, Monday, May 13 and Wednesday, May 15 from 12:30-4:30 p.m. at Hospice of St. Francis, 4875 N. Wickham Road, Suite 104, Melbourne.
Titusville training class will be held Mondays and Thursdays beginning June 3 and concluding Thursday, June 17 from 6-9 p.m. at Hospice of St. Francis, 1250-B Grumman Place, Titusville. For more information and to register for the volunteer training classes, call Vicky Hamilton, volunteer coordinator in Titusville, or Mary Larson, volunteer coordinator in Melbourne, at (321) 269-4240 or (866) 269-4240 (toll free).
Mentors needed for Take Stock in Children Scholars: The Brevard Schools Foundation is seeking caring adults to mentor Take Stock in Children Scholars. As part of the program, each student is assigned a volunteer mentor to befriend and guide the student throughout middle and high school. Both male and female mentors are recruited year-round to mentor students countywide. Mentor training is held each month at the Educational Services Facility at 2700 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera. Upcoming trainings are scheduled at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, May 7 and Tuesday, June 4. Individuals who are interested in volunteering as a mentor or learning about Take Stock in Children are invited to attend. Take Stock in Children provides a unique opportunity for low-income, at-risk students to escape the cycle of poverty through education. The program offers students college scholarships, caring volunteer mentors and hope for a better life. Volunteer mentors meet with their student each week at school throughout the school year. To make a reservation or learn more about this program, call (321) 633-1000, Ext. 462. To find out more about the program, visit www.brevardschoolsfoundation.org.
'Cinco de Critters:' El Charro Fine Mexican Food, located at 916 Florida Ave., in Cocoa, will be hosting the Second Annual "Cinco de Critters," a fundraiser to benefit the Central Brevard Humane Society on Wednesday, May 8, from 5-9 p.m. Event activities will include a "Barkarita" Yappy Hour, from 5-7 p.m. and a silent auction. The Humane Society will receive 15 percent of all proceeds from the evening to help pay for food, shelter and medical care for thousands of homeless animals at the shelter in Cocoa. To make a reservation, call El Charro at (321) 639-1004. For more information, contact the Central Brevard Humane Society at (321) 636-3343 or visit www.crittersavers.com.
Leadercast scheduled: The Brevard Community College Cocoa Campus is the site of this year's Chick-Fil-A Leadercast, scheduled for Friday, May 10 in the Bernard Simpkins Fine Arts Center, 1519 Clearlake Road, Cocoa. This simulcast event is a collaborative effort of the Brevard Community College Foundation, Brevard County Government and LEAD Brevard. The Leadercast will he held from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Tickets for the general public cost $60 per person and include a Chick-Fil-A lunch. Discounts are available for BCC students, alumni, faculty and staff, as well as for LEAD Brevard members and Brevard County employees. The event will be broadcast live from Atlanta and offers participants a unique opportunity to hear from some of the top business leaders in the world on the choices they made, how those choices define them as leaders, and how leading in a complex world requires simplicity. For more information, contact the BCC Foundation at (321) 433-47055 or visit the Leadercast link at http://www.chick-fil-aleadercast.com.
Parent's Night Out at three locations: Central Area Parks are offering parents three Night Out opportunities in May. Parents can enjoy a night out, starting at 6 p.m., while their children enjoy games, crafts, pizza, chips, drinks, a movie and more. The events are for children in kindergarten through sixth grade. The fee is $12 per child or $10 for each additional child in the same household. Registration is required, as space is limited. Parent's Night Out will be held at McLarty Park, 790 Barton Blvd., in Rockledge, on Friday, May 10; at Kiwanis Island Park, 951 Kiwanis Island Park Road, on Merritt Island, on Friday, May 17; and at Travis Park, 2001 Michigan Ave., in Cocoa, on Friday, May 31. To register or for more information, call McLarty Park at (321) 633-1870, Kiwanis Island Park at (321) 455-1380 or Travis Park at (321) 633-1871.
Letter carriers annual food drive: On Saturday, May 11, 2013, Central Florida United States Postal Service letter carriers will take part in the 21st annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive, which will take place across America. This food drive occurs during an important time of the year when most school programs are about to close for the summer, leaving millions of children to find alternative sources of nutrition. The organization is calling on Central Florida residents to leave a sturdy bag containing non-perishable foods - such as canned soup, canned vegetables, pasta, rice or cereal - next to their mailbox prior to the time of regular mail delivery on Saturday, May 11. Local letter carriers will collect these food donations as they deliver the mail and take them to Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.
Women voters luncheon: The League of Women Voters of the Space Coast will hold a Timely Topics luncheon on Wednesday, May 15. Guest speaker will be Leesa Souto, executive director of the Marine Resources Council. She will speak on the science and importance of fertilizer ordinances and the future plans for the Marine Resources Council. The event will be held at 11:30 a.m. at Amici's Italian Restaurant, 7720 N. Wickham Road, Unit 120, in Suntree. The cost is $20, and the public is invited. For reservations and entree selection, contact Anita Smith at (321) 255-3002 by May 12.
Conservation workshops and training sessions: Brevard Zoo has opportunities to become involved in local conservation efforts. Local conservation projects include FrogWatch USA and Adopt-A-Mangrove. Upcoming projects include: 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.
Seniors to meet: Senior Talkers, a discussion and social group for seniors, meets regularly the third Monday of each month unless there is a scheduling conflict. The next meeting will be Monday May 20, beginning at 11:30 a.m. in the Social Hall of Temple Israel, 7350 Lake Andrews Drive, Viera. Attendees bring "brown bag" lunch. Dessert and beverages are supplied. Lunch and socializing time is followed at noon by an hour of open discussions on various current and other topics of controversial nature, giving stimulation to keep our minds alert. Different moderators lead the discussions each month. Meetings are open to all, and all are welcome. For more information, call (321) 254-5143.
Children's meals to be prepared: On Sunday, June 2, Face of Change, The Children's Hunger Project, United Way and Brevard Hunger Alliance/Project Hunger are coming together in a joint effort to assemble a substantial number of meals and food packages. This food will have a significant impact over the summer on the malnutrition and hunger problem with young kids in Brevard County. Brevard Hunger Alliance/Project Hunger supplies the financial support, United Way of Brevard is the fiscal agent and provides the logistical support and the event is staged under the alliance of The Children's Hunger Project and Face of Change. Volunteers will assemble more than 100,000 rice and bean meals and more than 6,000 complete packages of food, such as those provided each weekend to children at elementary schools. None of the food will leave our county and will be distributed to Brevard kids over the summer. Your company, civic group or congregation could have a packing team at this momentous event. The packing event will give you a team-building experience you will long remember. This is an all-day event (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.), with one-to-two-hour shifts to match whatever schedule is best for you. If you have a group that can only come in the morning, they will be accommodated. If others can only come in the afternoon, they will be accommodated also. This will be a major "happening" in Brevard County, and you will benefit greatly by participating. The biggest beneficiaries, though, will be hungry and undernourished kids right here in our own backyard. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in participating individually on June 2 or to create a team as a company, religious congregation or civic group. Thank you in advance for your consideration and for your continued support. We look forward to having you join us in this remarkable effort to help feed kids over the summer.