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Community Calendar - Beaches
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Posted: 2013 May 03 - 06:22

FRIDAY, MAY 3

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 smhouts@hotmail.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.

'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.

Free Movie in the Park at Wickham Park: Brevard County Parks and Recreation will be showing "Wreck-It Ralph" on Friday, May 3, at the Wickham Park Amphitheater, 2500 Parkway Drive, in Melbourne. The movie will be shown on a giant, 23-foot outdoor movie screen beginning at 8 p.m. "Wreck-It Ralph" is an animated movie and is rated PG. This event is for all ages, and admission is free. Patrons are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets to use during the movie. Local food vendors will be on hand to sell food beginning at 7 p.m. Call the Movies in the Park Hotline at (321) 637-5434 for updates or in the event of bad weather. For more information on events at Wickham Park, follow at www.facebook.com/BrevardWickhamPark. For more information, call the Wickham Park Office at (321) 255-4307.

SATURDAY, MAY 4

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.

Annual Run-Thru-The-Ranch 5K Run/Walk: The Third Annual Run-Thru-The-Ranch 5K Run/Walk will be held Saturday, May 4, at the Platt Ranch, located about five miles west of Melbourne. Check-in time is at 6:30 a.m., and the race will start at 7:30 a.m. Registration fee is $30 the day of the race. This year's event features a Watermelon Challenge. Register with a friend and run the 5K carrying a Florida-grown watermelon! There will be special prizes for the winning team. There will also be a Team Challenge. Get a group of friends, co-workers, schoolmates or family members together and don't forget to show your team spirit. Please note a group should consist of four participants. The mission is to support local sustainable agriculture, which stimulates and enhances economic development and develop public awareness of the importance of agriculture to the local community and economy. To register, visit www.runthrutheranch.com and download the registration form. For more information, contact Misty Adams at (321) 636-4361 or at misty.adams@ffbic.com

One day only six-hour book sale: On Saturday, May 4, the Friends of the Satellite Beach Library will hold a one-day-only book sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Satellite Beach Library, 751 Jamaica Blvd., Satellite Beach. The sale books are from the library collection and patron donations, including hardcover, paperback and mass market fiction. Future fundraisers include the October garage/bake/plant sale and the December children's book sale. All proceeds from the sales benefit the Satellite Beach Library to purchase items not funded in the library budget and to fund various library adult and children programs. For more information, contact Nancy Grout at the library at (321) 779-4004.

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 customerservice@brockshomebrew.com for more information.

Refresh your child's safety skills before the summer begins: Youth ages 5-10 years will run through a bike safety course, get fingerprinted, learn correct fitting of helmets and Stranger Danger in Satellite Beach. The day's events are held at the D.R.S. Community Center on South Patrick Drive, Satellite Beach, from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 4, however the bike rodeo has a time certain for ages 5-7 years from 10:30-11a.m. and 8 years and older from 11-11:30 a.m. Bring your own bike and helmet if you wish. (Satellite Beach residents may register their bikes). Also, there will be a Certified child safety seat inspector available to answer questions about properly installing a child's car seat. Snacks will be available for purchase. The safety day is free, and parents are required to stay with their child. For more information, call (321) 773-6458.

Intelligence officers to meet: The Association of Former Intelligence Officers local chapter is holding its May 4 meeting, at which well known CIA spy (highly decorated) Richard Holm will be the guest speaker. He will talk about his book "The Craft We Chose - My Life in the CIA," which chronicles 35 years - starting with paramilitary training in Panama and an assignment to Laos, were he lived in Hmong villages in the CIA's secret war against North Vietnam and then continuing his career to many other countries. The public is welcome to attend. Pre-paid reservations are required. The event includes lunch of either London broil for $29 or trio salad for $24. The event will take place at the Eau Gallie Yacht Club, 100 Datura Drive, Indian Harbour Beach, at 11:30 a.m. For more information and/or details call local chapter president Bobbie Keith at  (321) 777-5561.

SUNDAY, MAY 5

Beach history and folklore: Town Historian Frank Thomas will present a program entitled "Melbourne Beach History and Folklore" at noon on Founders Day, Saturday, May 5, in the Melbourne Beach Community Center, 509 Ocean Ave. in Melbourne Beach. For more information, call (321) 723-2655.

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.

Sponsors needed for concert series: The Epic Youth Outreach is currently seeking sponsorship for its Epic Concert Series. This is a free event that will be held on one Saturday of the month, running until September. The location of the event will be the Downtown Eau Gallie bandshell from 5-7 p.m. Epic Youth Outreach is a nonprofit 501(c)(3), dedicated to making life meaningful for teens through creative activities and services. One thing that brings together every teenager is music. The outreaches' vision is teaching teens how to play music, providing opportunities for teens to play music and engaging teens in serving their community. A company's sponsorship will provide the capital to advertise, promote and run the Epic Concert Series, making these events more successful. As a sponsor for the Epic Concert Series, your company has multiple financial options for sponsorships. For more information, call (321) 626-9032 or write: Epic Youth Outreach Inc., P.O. Box 361801, Melbourne, FL, 32936.

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, MAY 6

Wear orange on May 6: Monday, May 6 has been named Melanoma Monday by The American Academy of Dermatology. People across the United States are being asked to wear orange to help remind people about the dangers of skin cancer. Health First encourages Space Coast residents to wear orange on May 6 and to remind friends and family about the importance of melanoma prevention and early detection. According to the American Academy of Dermatology: Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. One-in-five Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer in their lifetime. Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer and is the most common cancer for 25-29 year olds. Skin cancer is highly curable when caught early. When detected and treated before spreading to the lymph nodes, the five-year survival rate for melanoma is 98 percent. For more information, call (321) 434-7650 or email jeni.hatter@health-first.org.

'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).

'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.

TUESDAY, MAY 7

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.

Sign up for quilt camp: EduQuilters' annual Kids Quilt Camp is June 17-21 at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 638 S. Patrick Drive, Satellite Beach. Beginners meet 9 a.m. to noon each day. Second and third year returning campers meet from 1-4:30 p.m. daily. Cost is $75 fee, which covers all supplies, snacks and the use of sewing machines. The camp is for boys and girls, ages 9 and older. Registration forms are on the EduQuilters website at www.eduquilters.org. The form can be mailed with a check to EduQuilters. More information is available on the website and from Margie Engel, at margie@cfl.rr.com or (321) 253-2272. Early registration is encouraged, as camp fills rapidly.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 8

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.

Deadline for challenge race: Registration ends at 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 8 for The Great Dragon Point Piloting Challenge Race, brought to you by the Banana River Sail and Power Squadron, a unit of the United States Power Squadron. This race is open to any and all area boaters and will be held on Saturday, May 18. Do you actually pilot your vessel? Really? Do you navigate, or do you simply point the bow in a direction and wish for the best? This is your chance to demonstrate your expertise. Take the challenge and become "The Pilot of the Dragon Point." Dragon Point is located between the Pineda and the Eau Gallie causeways at the point where the Banana River and the Indian River Lagoon (Intercoastal Waterway) meet. The Dragon Point Piloting Challenge includes dead reckoning navigation skills. For rules and entry forms, visit www.brsps.org. For more information, call (321) 220-7776.

THURSDAY, MAY 9

'Mom's Nite Out:' On Thursday, May 9, Melbourne Square Mall is the place to be, as Simon Property Group, Inc., the world's leading retail real estate company, provides a free evening of relaxation and fun in honor of national Mom's Nite Out. One hundred twenty nine Simon properties will be participating in this year's event. The presenting sponsor of Simon's Mom's Nite Out celebration this year is Rethink Varicose Veins. At Melbourne Square Mall, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in an exciting evening filled with refreshments, entertainment, fashion and beauty services, all focused on rewarding moms. From 5-8 p.m., this free event will provide moms with the opportunity to enjoy pampering, fashion vignettes, social networking, fun interactive activities, live demonstrations, food samplings, shopping incentives and more. Be sure to arrive early, as the first 100 registrants will receive a fabulous goody bag. This event is locally sponsored by Dr. Rolando Gomez Jr. He received his medical degree from University of Miami in Florida and completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. He has lectured nationally and internationally on advanced, minimally- invasive gynecologic surgery. He had been in solo practice since 1997 and moved to the Melbourne area in 2008 from Miami. Dr. Gomez is certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. The Rethink Varicose Veins team will be at Mom's Nite Out dispelling the myths about varicose veins and encouraging attendees to take a quick self-assessment to determine their risk for varicose veins and chronic venous insufficiency. For more information, visit www.simon.com/momsnightout, Facebook.com/MelbourneSquareMall or Twitter.com/MelbourneSqMall.

Endangered lands committee to meet: A meeting of the Environmentally Endangered Lands Program's Recreation & Education Advisory Committee, established by the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners, will be held from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, May 9, at the EEL Program Office, 91 East Drive in Melbourne. The purpose of this meeting is to review proposed recommendations for public access, passive recreation, and environmental education plans on EEL Program-managed conservation lands. Any questions regarding this meeting should be directed to Brad Manley, EEL public access / volunteer coordinator at (321) 255-4466 or bmanley@brevardparks.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.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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.

'Animals in Art' show reservations: The Space Coast Feline Network will be holding its free "Animals in Art" art show and dinner and silent auction Saturday, May 18, and Sunday, May 19. The banquet is Saturday evening, May 18, at 6:30 p.m. All proceeds will go to the network's programs, including its low-cost spay/neuter program for feral/community and abandoned cats. The silent auction will be open Saturday 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. to the general public and until 8 p.m. for banquet attendees. Banquet cost is $40 per person or two tickets for $75. Tables for ten are available, so invite all your friends. The last date to make reservations is Friday, May 10. The event is at the Cocoa Civic Center in Cocoa Village, 430 Delannoy Ave., Cocoa. For reservations, visit www.scfntnr.org, email liznorwood@cfl.rr.com or you may mail a check to SCFN, P.O. Box 624, Cocoa, Florida, 32923. (If mailed, the check must reach SCFN by Friday, May 10.) Anyone interested in donating goods and/or services for the silent auction and/or door prizes, can call or text Carol at (321) 208-6694, Sandy at (321)759-5242 or Mike at (321)543-9347.

Golf tournament benefit: The 23rd Annual Old Red Eye Spring Golf Tournament, benefiting the Brevard Rugby Club and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Florida, will be held at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 11 at The Sebastian Municipal Golf Club in Sebastian. The tournament is a four person select shot with men, women and mixed flights. Cost is $70 per player, which includes range balls, cart, green fees and the post tournament awards luncheon and raffle. Make checks payable to BRFC and mail to P.O. Box 60431 Palm Bay, FL, 32906. A pre-tournament party will be held on Friday, May 10, from 6- 10 p.m. at Long Dogger's in Palm Bay, just north of the intersection of Palm Bay and Minton roads (from Palm Bay Road go west through the light to the shopping center behind Walgreen's). For more information or to sign-up, call Corkey at (321) 626-3357 or email wnewma01@yahoo.com.

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.

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.

Activities, classes, programs, seminars: The Satellite Beach Recreation Department offers various activities, classes, programs and seminars for all ages. Yoga, Jazzercise, Have Fun Stay Fit, and the Happy Healthy Heart program are a few of the many exercise programs held daily at the DRS Community Center, 1089 S. Patrick Drive, Satellite Beach. Mr. Science, a popular instructor, explores the world of science with a weekly program and presents numerous classes for homeschooled children, as well as great summer camps. A very active children's theatrical group meets regularly. The recreation department offers many dance classes, along with gymnastics and tumbling. Visit www.satellitebeachrecreation.org for the entire list of activities. For more information, call (321) 773-6458.

New family plans: Health First has announced 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.

'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 spacecoastgatorclub@gmail.com or call (321) 890-7754.

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.

'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 rayandmigdalia@aol.com or visit the festival's website at may2013.webs.com.

Police Memorial Day: Melbourne-area residents are encouraged to help support Police Memorial Day as Melbourne Square Mall seeks local organizations to sponsor the event taking place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 18. The mall has invited police agencies from Brevard County to come out and honor the fallen men and women of agencies around the nation and promote awareness of the programs and services the police provide each and every day. Sponsors of this event will have the opportunity to create a localized marketing/branding campaign, that includes: banner placements; press release and email blasts, with event details and list of sponsors; and logo inclusion on all event materials, including on-mall signage, email blasts, event schedule and table tents. Potential sponsors that are interested in participating are encouraged to contact mall management at (321) 727-8062. The Melbourne Square Mall is at 1700 West New Haven Ave. in Melbourne.

Baseball summer division: The Brevard County Baseball League-Stan Musial Summer Division will start its 34th summer season on May 19. Team registration is now open for teams with players high school age and older (15-plus). The team fee is $1,285 payable to: BCPR. For more information, call (321) 255-4400, email Troy.Cox@BrevardParks.com or visit www.brevardcounty.us/LeaguesSouth.

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 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.

Florida's one-of-a-kind mud run: On June 8, more than 3,000 men and women, ages 14 and older, are expected to put their endurance and determination to the test, as they face the demanding, one-of-a-kind "Beat the Gauntlet" obstacle course and mud run at Fellsmere's Mesa Park. Volunteer drill sergeants will motivate runners as they are sent out in waves, beginning at 9 a.m., through the course, which covers 200 acres and six miles. It consists of a $350,000 assault obstacle ropes course developed by the Unites States Army, a grueling 1.4-mile run through Florida's Natural Preserve and a challenging man-made obstacle course including ice, water, fire, and of course, tons of mud. All are invited to take the challenge. Local high school, ROTC volunteers, manned golf carts and medical support will be on hand to ensure all cross the finish line. Finishers receive dog tags as medals and all are invited to the Beat the Gauntlet After Party, which includes awards for Top Male, Top Female, Top Team (Male), Top Team (Female), Top Team (Mixed), Best Costume, Worst Costume and Top Team Tug of War, barbecue, DJ, bands, beer (must be 21 or older to drink) and a multitude of vendors at Mesa Village. Parking cost $10, and registration is priced competitively. Visit www.BeatTheGauntlet.com for details. To volunteer, sponsor, become a vendor or for more information about the mud run/obstacle challenge, call Tricia Lee at (321) 338-5015 or send an email to trish@vm-solutions.net. WK Productions, LLC, has 22 years experience producing events, including marathons, concerts, 5K races and children's events, in Florida.




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