FRIDAY, APRIL 26
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.
SATURDAY, APRIL 27
Fish fry and grand re-opening: Everyone is invited to a fun fish fry, Saturday, April 27 at 5 p.m. at the Palm Bay United Methodist Church, 2100 Port Malabar Blvd. N.E., Palm Bay. Tickets cost $10. Entertainment includes music, drama and dance. Take out is available. For more information, call (321-727-8651. Proceeds will benefit youth activities. The grand re-opening of the Donroy Thrift Shop, located at the Palm Bay United Methodist Church, 2100 Port Malabar Blvd. N.E., Palm Bay, will be Saturday, April 27, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Regular opening hours will be Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. each day.
Understanding Alzheimer's disease: Health First Aging Services and the East Central Florida Memory Disorder Clinic will present Understanding Alzheimer's Disease. The series of three classes is designed for teens (ages 13-18), children (ages 6-12) and parents/guardians, and will address possible concerns related to Alzheimer's. Material will be shared in an educational format with interactive games and open discussion. Three classes will be held: Saturday, April 27, 10-11:30 a.m.; Saturday, May 4, 10-11:30 a.m.; Saturday, May 11, 10-11:30 a.m. The classes will be held at the Bright Star of Health First, 3661 S. Babcock St., in Melbourne. Visit www.Health-First.org for more information.
PetSmart adopt-a-thon: The Central Brevard Humane Society will present an adopt-a-thon at PetSmart, 1800 Evans Road, Melbourne, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 27. Society shelter dogs and cats will be available for adoption, and merchandise will be available for sale. For more information, call (321) 636-3343 or visit www.crittersavers.com.
Inventors to meet: The Space Coast Inventors Guild will meet from 2-4:45 p.m. Saturday, April 27 at the Eau Gallie Public Library, 1521 Pineapple Ave., Melbourne. Membership is not required. For more information, call (321) 768-1234.
SUNDAY, APRIL 28
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.
Confederate Memorial Day: Henry Patrick Gradick Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy and Camp 13878, Sons of Confederate Veterans will hold its annual Confederate Memorial Day Ceremony at the Melbourne City Cemetery, Hibiscus Boulevard, Melbourne, on Sunday, April 28 at 2 p.m. Union and Confederate veterans, who are buried there, will be honored at this time. If you plan to attend this event, please bring a chair. If you need additional information, contact Nell Mussler at (321) 723-6068 or Lucy Gunthorpe at Lucybeth17@aol.com.
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 about sea turtle 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 May. If you have additional questions, call (321) 392-3223.
MONDAY, APRIL 29
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.
TUESDAY, APRIL 30
New classes at the center: The Palm Bay Community Center, 1502 Port Malabar Blvd. N.E., Palm Bay, will present the following classes:
Yin yoga: Tuesday evenings from 7:15-8:15 p.m. Long, slowly held stretches improve circulation to the joints. Cost is $20 a month or $6 per class. Instructor will be Cathy Mussman. Class will be at the center.
Meditation 101: Wednesday evenings from 7:30-9 p.m. The class will be at The Captain's House at Goode Park, 1300 Bianca Drive N.E., Palm Bay. The art of meditation allows you to connect mind, body and soul, increasing the sense of well being. A five-class punch card is $12.50, or cost is $3 per class. Pre-payment is required at the Palm Bay Community Center.
Personalized Health and Fitness Training: Classes are by appointment only at the center. Get the personalized health and fitness training you need to reach your fitness goals. Groups rates are available. Call the center for details.
The center is also offering classes in Zumba, Jazzercise, Easy Does It Aerobics for Seniors, Tai Chi for Seniors, Devotion in Motion, Karate, Japanese Swordsmanship, Belly Dancing, Bricks 4 Kids, Lil' Sports and Cheer and Dance.
For more information about all classes at offered by Palm Bay Parks and Recreation, contact Shawnta Price at (321) 952-3443 or email email@example.com.
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.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 1
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
THURSDAY, MAY 2
New role of space center: The Space Coast Progressive Alliance will present "The Space Frontier - Kennedy Space Center Leads the Way" Thursday, May 2, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Front Street Civic Center, 2205 S. Front St., Melbourne. The free program will feature NASA senior executive Russell Romanella, Kennedy Space Center Director of Safety and Mission Assurance, who will describe the new role of Kennedy Space Center in leading the way for space commercialization and deep space exploration and share information about current and new space discovery initiatives. He will also discuss the modernization of the Spaceport and measures being taken to partner with other federal agencies, the state of Florida, the private sector and the community in advancing the nation's space program as the best in the world. The Space Coast Progressive Alliance advances progressive policies that further civil and personal liberty, the environment, health care, education, labor, peace, social welfare, financial stability and international harmony. For more information, call (321) 720-3520 or visit http://www.scpaflorida.com/.
Nonprofit training session: Brevard County nonprofit arts groups can now RSVP for a free training session with the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Central Florida at 9 a.m. on Friday, May 3 at the historical Henegar Center in Downtown Melbourne. Attendees will receive information on the free programs available to all nonprofit arts groups, including event promotion, a community database, volunteer program and more. The training is free; attendees may consider bringing a laptop to access the WiFi for hands-on training with the Red Chair Project website. Following the training, attendees can also network at "Kentucky Derby-themed" lunch at Matt's Casbah next door to the Henegar Center. Lunch will cost $20 per person inclusive for a soup, salad and sandwich buffet. Lunch activities will also include a "Derby Days" fashion show and hat contest. The Henegar Center is located at 625 E. New Haven Ave., No. 119, Melbourne. Parking is free. Seating is limited. Tickets can be reserved on Eventbright, at http://redchairprojectbrevard.eventbrite.com or contact Susan Houts, at (321) 749-6482 or email@example.com.
Humane Society events: Friday, May 3, and Saturday, May 4: Central Brevard Humane Society adopt-a-thon at Petsmart, 1800 Evans Road, Melbourne, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will showcase some of the Central Brevard Humane Society's shelter dogs and cats that will be available for adoption, and will provide the public with fun educational information about responsible pet ownership. There will also be CBHS merchandise there for purchase. All proceeds will go to help provide care to the homeless animals in Brevard County. For more information, contact the Central Brevard Humane Society at (321) 636-3343 or visit www.crittersavers.com.
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.
National Home Brew Day: The American Homebrewers Association, the Spacecoast Associates for the Advancement of Zymurgy and Brock's Homebrew Supply will present National Homebrew Day - Big Brew Saturday, May 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Brock's Homebrew Supply, 245 East Drive, West Melbourne. Celebrate homebrewing, brewing demonstrations, homebrew samples and the love of beer at this 16th annual Big Brew. At 1 p.m. Eastern time there will be a pause in brewing tasks to join homebrewers from other clubs in raising their glasses of homebrewed ales and lagers for a simultaneous toast to homebrewing, a hobby enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of Americans. Call (321) 476-3846 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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.
Sail and Power Squadron's Cruise Planning Course: There is something very special about the thrill of cruising in new waters and the sense of accomplishment upon completing an extended cruise. To go beyond what most boaters do on a weekend, overnight or even a week or so, marina-hopping requires boaters to leave their normal cruising areas and comfort zones. The Cruising and Cruise Planning course focuses on the planning and preparation necessary for safe enjoyable extended cruises on both inland and coastal waters. Designed for members who cruise on either a sail or powerboat (owned or chartered), this course covers the following topics: Cruise preparation and planning - general, boat and equipment, anchors and anchoring, security, chartering, cruising outside the United States, crew and provisioning, voyage management, communications, navigation, weather and emergencies. Cruise Planning starts Wednesday, May 22 at 6:30 p.m. at Keiser University, 900 S. Babcock St., Melbourne. The class will be held on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. for eight weeks. Cost will be $30 for USPS members, $55 for non-members or $110 to join USPS and take the course. Registration deadline is Wednesday, May 10. To register, visit www.BRSPS.org and use PayPal or send a check payable to BRSPS to: Ernst Hofmann, 290 Paradise Blvd., No. 36, Indialantic, FL, 32903. For more information, call (321) 220-7776.
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.
'Gator Gathering' to feature coach: The Space Coast Gator Club will host its annual Gator Gathering on May 14 at 5:30 p.m. at the Melbourne Front Street Civic Center. University of Florida offensive line coach Tim Davis will be the feature speaker. Coach Davis will be talking about the upcoming 2013 football season and will hold a question and answer session for Gator fans. Special guests and former Gator players Joe Cohen, from the 2006 National Championship team, and Cal Dixon, former NFL player, will be in attendance. There will also be several Gator vendors on hand with unique items for sale, silent auctions and raffles. A kids' play zone will be set up for the children. Heavy hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be served throughout the evening, as well as wine and beer. This is one of the club's most popular events of the year, and includes a scholarship award ceremony for this year's recipients. The event is open to the public. Tickets cost $15 for members, $20 non-members and $10 for children 12 and younger. Tickets are available at www.spacecoastgatorclub.com in the e-store section. Corporate sponsors, vendors, scholarship and personal donations are needed to make this a successful event. For more information or to become a sponsor, email email@example.com or call (321) 890-7754.
'15 Minutes of Fame:' The ninth edition of the "15 Minutes of Fame" Festival of Short Films will take place on Friday and Saturday, May 17-18 in Palm Bay. The independent film festival will showcase films produced by emerging filmmakers from across the United States and around the world, including several from Florida. The festival will open with a free screening of a locally made movie, "Vaudeville Comedy, Then and Now." The low-budget feature was shot entirely in Palm Bay by local filmmakers Ray and Migdalia Etheridge and features 17 actors from Brevard. The film's producer, Migdalia Etheridge, says that the film will be shown to the community free of charge as a "thank you" to everyone who participated in the movie, as well as to those who have attended the film festivals since they began in 2009. Director Ray Etheridge, says that the film is a tribute to the men and women of the Vaudeville stage, and includes vintage film clips of performers who began in Vaudeville, such as Bob Hope, W.C.Fields, Buster Keaton, Burns & Allen, Abbott & Costello and several others. The film also includes newly filmed segments with modern-day actors, who perform comedy material, which was written nearly a century ago. The movie will be shown Friday, May 17 at 4:30 p.m. at The Knowledge Exchange, 5151 Babcock St., in Palm Bay. Admission is free. The film festival will be held at Palm Bay Dollar Movies, located at 160 Malabar Road, Palm Bay, Saturday, May 18. More than 40 films, from 2 to 15 minutes long, will be shown at the event. There will be five shows: 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Every show will contain completely different movies. Admission is $2 per show, paid at the door. For more information, email the Etheridges at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the festival's website at may2013.webs.com.
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 email@example.com 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.