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Community Calendar - north Brevard
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Posted: 2013 Apr 26 - 06:20

FRIDAY, APRIL 26

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 sharon@addressnmail.com, put "B'nai B'rith Scholarship" in the subject line and you will receive an application.

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 vieraelks2817@cfl.rr.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 youngeaglesfly@aol.com.

Wildlife refuge April programs and events: Butterfly Survey: Saturday, April 27 at 9 a.m. Join volunteers and staff to conduct a butterfly survey. No experience necessary. Bring water, snacks and insect repellant and wear closed shoes and long pants. Manatee Watch: Wednesdays from 2-4 p.m. Learn about the endangered manatee and possible observe one in the wild. This program is weather dependent. The Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center is located on S.R. 402, five miles east of U.S. Highway 1 in Titusville. Call (321) 861-5601 to make reservations.

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 seo@cbsps.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.

'Touch-A-Truck' free event: Brevard County Parks and Recreation will host "Touch-A-Truck," a community event that provides families the opportunity to learn about and explore trucks, public safety equipment and construction vehicles, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at Kiwanis Island Park, 951 Kiwanis Island Park Road, in Merritt Island. Central Area Parks is currently accepting vendor and exhibitor applications for this event. Applications are available at www.brevardcounty.us/parkscentral. For more information, contact Sophia Troy at sophia.troy@brevardparks.com or call Central Area Park Operations Office at (321) 633-1874.

Embroidery Machine Software Update Party: On Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Central Brevard Humane Society and Sew Central, located at 353 E. Merritt Island Causeway (S.R. 520), Merritt Island, will be hosting the "Viking Embroidery Machine Software Update Party." During the event, there will be quick and easy project demonstrations, raffles, including a quilt and gift basket and more. Raffle tickets can be purchased at Sew Central with a donation made from the Humane Society's "Wish List" (pet supplies). The Central Brevard Humane Society will be at the event with shelter dogs available for adoption, merchandise and fun educational information about responsible pet ownership. Proceeds from this event will help to raise awareness and financial support for the thousands of "unwanted and abandoned" pets that visit the Humane Society each year, who need a safe and loving "forever" home. For more information, contact the Central Brevard Humane Society at (321) 636-3343.

Local wildlife programs: Throughout the month of April, Sams House at Pine Island presents free programs that focus on local wildlife. They are: Animal Baby Shower: 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 27, and a Guided Hike: 2-3 p.m. Saturday, April 27. John Sams was a citrus grower, businessman and the first superintendent of Brevard County Schools. The Sams House at Pine Island is owned and operated by the Brevard County Environmentally Endangered Lands Program. The Center is at 6195 North Tropical Trail in Merritt Island, a half-mile west of S.R. 3. It is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. For more information, call (321) 449-4720.

Scavenger hunt in Titusville: The Titusville Sunrise Rotary Club is hosting its inaugural scavenger hunt from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 27. The hunt is a team event that begins and ends at Dixie Crossroads Restaurant. Team registration is currently open at a cost of $40 for a team of four. On the day of the hunt, teams will receive a list of clues to solve that will direct them to a variety of locations in and around Titusville. Once a team arrives at a location, they will take a photo of their entire team and continue on to the next location. After solving as many clues as possible, the teams return to Dixie Crossroads. Each team will check in, their photos will be reviewed by the Rotary volunteers and teams will be awarded points for correct/complete photos. The team with the most points will win a cash prize of $200. Funds raised by the hunt will help support local community service projects of the Titusville Sunrise Rotary Club. To register for the hunt or for additional information, like us on Facebook at Titusville Sunrise Rotary, email RotaryScavenger@gmail.com or call (321) 631-5587.

Historic Clifton School House lecture: Join historian Roz Foster for a photo presentation and lecture about the historic Clifton School House, 1890-91, which was located on the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. View photos of the families that attended the school and listen to the oral history of Sandra Campbell McMillan, who lived on what is now the refuge, as a child. The program is Saturday, April 27 at 1 pm at the refuge visitor center. The Visitor Center is located on S.R. 402, five miles east of U.S. Highway 1 in Titusville. For more information, call (321) 861-5601.

'Yoga For Surfers' workshop: The Cocoa Beach Public Library, 550 N. Brevard Ave., Cocoa Beach, will present a workshop to help you last longer and be stronger on a surfboard at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27. Yoga is a physical and mental workout that builds balance and focus, increases strength and keeps you limber on your board. Cost is $5. Pre-register at the sign-up table. For more information, call (321) 868-1104 or visit www.cocoabeachpubliclibrary.org.

'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

Free mini festival: On Sunday, April 28, there will be a mini festival taking place at the new I-95 Chevron, located on 3580 Garden St., Titusville. This is a grand opening mini festival from noon to 6 p.m., and it is free to the public. Gas R Us will offer free food and fun for the kids and live music. For more information, call (321) 267-3036 or email nordby@titusville.org.

Sheriff to attend picnic: The East Merritt Island Homeowners Association, which represents the interests of more than 4,800 residents of east Merritt Island, will be marking its 50th anniversary of service to the community at its annual picnic. The event will be held Sunday, April 28, at Kelly Park East from 1-4 p.m. The cost is $2 for members and $5 for non-members. Sheriff Wayne Ivy will be in attendance, as will a Sheriff's Department K9 demonstration. There will also be prizes. For tickets and information, call (452) 1145 or (321) 459-0518.

Horseback trail rides: Pine Island Conservation Area Horseback Trail rides will be offered Sunday afternoon, April 28. Reservations and prepayment are required and can be arranged through Donna Hakanson, owner and operator of Desert Acres Stables at (321) 759-1605. The one-and-a-half-hour rides cost $50. Long pants and close-toed shoes are recommended. The Pine Island Conservation Area is owned and managed by the Brevard County Environmentally Endangered Lands Program. The 1,000-acre site is located at 2100 Pine Island Road, Merritt Island. For more information, call (321) 449-4720.

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 una@godday.com or Tyrone McFarland, executive director of Shoes 4 Kids, at (407) 488-3300 or by email at tyrone@godday.com. For more information, visit http://shoes4kidsusa.com.

MONDAY, APRIL 29

Sea turtle rescue training: Training for the Sea Turtle Emergency Response Program will be: Monday, April 29 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 11 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Satellite Beach Public Library, 751 Jamaica Blvd., Satellite Beach. Wednesday, May 8 from 5-8 p.m. and Saturday, May 18 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Cocoa Beach Public Library, 550 N. Brevard Ave., Cocoa Beach. If you have not taken Turtle101 in the past, you will need to take this course also. When specific weather hits, program 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 washbacks 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. Volunteers also assist with transporting sea turtles to rehab facilities at Sea World, Ponce Inlet, Mote and other locations, using either their own vehicle (must be enclosed) or the truck. Training for this program needs to be completed annually. You can register online for the above classes at https://stps.wildapricot.org/events. You can also register on the day of training. You will need to complete registration forms, which will be handed out on the day of training during the first half hour. For more information, call (321) 392-3223.

Sheriff to speak to homeowners association: Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey will be guest speaker at the East Merritt Island Homeowners Association meeting Tuesday, April 29 at 7 p.m. The meeting is being held at the Lighthouse Christian Church, 1250 N. Banana River Drive, Merritt Island. All area residents are welcome to attend. For more information, call Antonio Rovira at (321) 452-2827.

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 habeels@ufl.edu.

Former caregiver support group: The Sunflower House hosts a Caregiver Life Transitions support group each Tuesday from 1:30-3 p.m. for former family caregivers, who are transitioning to a life beyond the caregiving years. Participants share their grief, memories and difficulties, as well as their strengths, joys, gratitude and discoveries. The group provides a safe environment, where members can form new bonds, reduce loneliness and find conditions favorable for healing. For more information about this group, call (321) 452-4341. The Sunflower House is a senior and caregiver resource center located in the Merritt Square Mall, 777 E. Merritt Island Causeway, Merritt Island, and is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 286.26, Florida Statutes, persons needing special accommodations to participate in this presentation should contact Connie Jones at (321) 806-3716 at least seven days prior to the meeting.

Golf lessons at Savannahs: The Savannahs Golf Club is hosting a "Get Golf Ready" series of group lessons geared to those who either haven't played golf or have played very little. The five sessions will be held at 5:30 p.m. on April 30, May 7, 14, 16 and 23. Cost is $99 for the five sessions, and class size is limited to eight students. Sessions will cover everything from arriving at the course, equipment and fundamentals, to playing the game. Call (321) 455-1375 for more information or to sign up. The Savannahs Golf Course is at 3915 Savannahs Trail, Merritt Island. Visit www.golfthesavannahs.com for more information.

Programs at the library: The Titusville Public Library presents the following youth programs:

Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. - Family Story Time (all ages)

Wednesdays, 10 a.m. - toddler Story time (ages 2-3)

Wednesdays, 11 a.m. - Preschool Story Time (ages 3-5)

Thursdays, 10 a.m. - Infant Story time (ages up to 2 years)

The Titusville Public Library is at 2121 S. Hopkins Ave., Titusville. For more information, call (321) 264-5026.

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 jeni.hatter@health-first.org.

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.

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.

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.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Community campout in Cocoa: Grab the tent, but leave the rest of the hassles to Brevard County Parks and Recreation, which is hosting its annual community campout starting Friday, May 3, at F. Burton Smith Regional Park in Cocoa. Bring the family for a memory-making campout, starting at 5 p.m. Friday, May 3 and ending at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 4. The park is located at 7575 West King St., in Cocoa. Cost is $35 per family, and registration is required. The event includes a hot dog roast, hayride, a campfire and smores. A light breakfast will be provided in the morning. For more information, call (321) 455-1385.

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.

World's greatest baby shower: The World's Greatest Baby Shower is coming to Searstown Mall, Titusville, on Saturday, May 4 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The free event targets expectant or new parents with more than 40 educational exhibitors, light refreshments and many door prizes. Seminars include: Car Seat Safety, Nutrition for Your Baby, an "Ask A Doc" panel and H.U.G.Your Baby - Birth to One. A nationally and internationally renowned physician, Dr. Wil Blechman, will address infant and toddler brain development. The event is sponsored by the University of Florida/Brevard County Extension, Kiwanis Club of Titusville, Parrish Medical Center, The Children's Center, B.E.T.A. of Titusville, Inc., Brevard County Health Department/WIC and Jess Parrish Medical Foundation. For more information, call (321) 633-1702, Ext. 228 or 230.

'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).

Caregiver classes offered: Hospice of St. Francis will be offering caregiver education and resource classes for current and future caregivers, their family and/or friend helpers at Sunflower House, located in Merritt Square Mall, Merritt Island. The training program consists of six 90-minute classes that begin on Monday, May 6 and conclude Thursday, May 23, 2013. Classes will be held for three weeks on Monday and Thursday from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Each class focuses on different issues a caregiver will face. Hospice of St. Francis' programs and training classes are offered free of charge to Brevard County residents. To register, contact Barbara Borman, RN, at (321) 269-4240, Ext. 330, toll free at (866) 269-4240 or email her at caregiving@hospiceofstfrancis.com.

Suffering from sleep problems?: If so, you are encouraged to attend this support group meeting on Monday, May 6, from 6-8 p.m. at the Parrish Healthcare Center at Port St. John, 5005 Port St. John Parkway (east of the I-95 Port St. John exit), Port St. John. The meetings are held in the Conference Center by the south entrance (near the sleep lab). This is a free community service Call (321) 268-6408 to register. You could be twice as likely to have diabetes if you have sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is recognized as a major risk factor for developing Type 2 diabetes. Free sleep evaluations are done by a registered technologist at each meeting.

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.

Freedom 7 Senior Community Center events:

May 8, Wednesday at 9:30 a.m.: new weekly Zumba gold class is especially designed for older adults, but fun for any age. Cost is $3 for members and $4 for non-members. Walk-ins are fine, pay at door.

May 14, Tuesday at 10:30 a.m.: Presentation: Lose Your Car Keys ... Again? Healthy aging and memory loss will be presented by Farah Sivolella. Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP at (321) 783-9505.

May 28, Tuesday at 10 a.m.: Red Cross-sponsored Getting Ready for Hurricane Season. Learn - what to do before, during and after a hurricane. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP at (321) 783-9505. Walk-ins are welcome.

Ongoing every Monday is Mah Jongg , party bridge and pinochle , sign in at 11:30 a.m. Everyone is welcome. Call (321) 7873-9505 for more information.

The Freedom 7 Senior Community Center is at 5000 Tom Warriner Blvd., Cocoa Beach.

For more information, visit www.freedom7seniors.org or call (321) 783-9505.

'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.

Swim lessons, open swim: Brevard County Parks and Recreation's North Area Parks Operations is offering swim lessons, private swim lessons and open swim at Titusville High Pool, 150 S. Terrier Trail, Titusville. Swim lessons are offered in four sessions beginning June 3 through Aug. 9. Each session runs for two weeks. Classes are offered in the morning and evening, with each class lasting 45 minutes. The cost is $45 per child, with additional children in the same household being $40. Private swim lessons are available at a cost of $20 per half hour and are based on availability. Parent and child classes are $30 per session, and classes are 30 minutes. Parent or guardian must be in the pool with the child at all times. Each session runs for two weeks. No discount applies to this class. Open swim is offered on Saturday, Sunday and holidays May 25 through July 28 from 1-4 p.m. at a fee of $2 per person. Pool rentals are available based on availability. Registration for all aquatics activities is available at the North Area Parks Operations office, 475 North Williams Ave., Titusville, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Additional information can be obtained by calling Mike Herman at (321) 264 5105.

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 sherry@thechildrenshungerproject.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.

Guide training program: The Certified Interpretive Guide Training program will be offered June 4-7 at the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary in Titusville. The 32-hour program, through the National Association for Interpretation, is designed for anyone who delivers public programs. It combines both the theoretical foundations of the profession with practical skills in delivering quality interpretive programming to visitors. Cost for the training is $380, which includes instructor fees, certification, NAI membership and refreshments. To register, visit http://www.interpnet.com/nai/_certification/CIG_Workshops/CIG-2013-06-FL.aspx. For more information, contact certified interpretive trainer Katrina Morrell at katrina.morrell@brevardparks.com or call (321) 432-3231.




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