FRIDAY, JUNE 28
For the animals: On June 28, Percepta will be hosting a Paws & Claws Awareness Day. This event will take place at in the mall area of 1320 S. Babcock St., Melbourne, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
There will be onsite adoptions, vendors, veterinarians, training schools and various other companies devoted to animals.
Also at this event, donations for the Space Coast Kibble Kitchen will be accepted.
Space Coast Kibble Kitchen is Brevard County's only nonprofit pet food bank, with the single goal of providing donated dog and cat food and supplies to local citizens, who are struggling financially to keep their pets. Any and all donations are very much needed and appreciated, including dog and cat food or supplies (collars, leashes, bowls, toys, shampoo, bedding, etc.).
For more information, call Carmella Borum at (321) 435-1002 or (321) 435-1000, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.percepta.com.
SATURDAY, JUNE 29
Pottery classes offered: The Indian River Pottery Studio will present pottery classes at 1542 Guava Ave., Melbourne.
Classes will be: Fused glass (9:30 a.m. Mondays), pottery and mosaics for children, 10 and older, (2 p.m. Mondays), wheel thrown pottery (6 p.m. Tuesdays), sculpture in clay (9 a.m. Wednesdays), mosaic madness (9 a.m. Thursdays) and Saturday's wheel thrown pottery (9:30 a.m. Saturdays).
For more information or to register in advance, visit www.indianriverpotterystudio.com.
'Hollywood Apocalypse vs. Reality:' As part of One Book Brevard, in honor of the reading of Karen Thompson Walker's "The Age of Miracles," Matthew Ruane, Department of Humanities, Florida Institute of Technology, will discuss the many forms of the apocalypse, as seen through the eyes of Hollywood productions.
The end of the world will probably never be this much fun, so join in on Saturday, June 29, at 10 a.m. at the West Melbourne Public Library, 2755 Wingate Blvd, West Melbourne.
Call (321) 952-4508 for more information.
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) 434.7650 or email email@example.com.
SUNDAY, JUNE 30
Independence day celebration: The Italian-American Club of South Brevard, 1471 Cypress Ave., Melbourne, will present an "Independence Day Picnic Celebration" Sunday, June 30, noon to 5 p.m.
Hamburgers, hot dogs, sausage and peppers, pulled pork, wings will be featured. Bring a covered dish.
Cost is $5 for members and $7 for guests or $10 without a covered dish
Call (321) 242-8044.
Beer and wine cash bar will be available.
Summer soccer camps: The Melbourne United Soccer Club will present summer soccer camps at Max Rodes Park, 3210 Flanagan Ave., West Melbourne.
Cost is $60 per camp or $30 per day.
The camps are for players from the U6 to U13 age groups.
For more information, call (321) 917-0133 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
MONDAY, JULY 1
Camp Kennedy Space Center day camp: For a summer camp experience that educates, entertains and engages children ages 8-14, Camp Kennedy Space Center day camp provides young people with an inspiring week of fun and enriching activities.
This year, Camp KSC features two new, interactive attractions that will help launch kids into a galaxy of fun as they pursue science, technology, engineering and math through exciting educational activities.
Camp KSC's curriculum includes an opportunity to:
Engage in interactive, hands on STEM activities
Participate in a simulated space shuttle mission
Learn astronaut training, including simulators and virtual skills
Work as team to build, test and compete against other teams in the Angry Birds Challenge
Visit Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, see a space shuttle launch pad and more.
In addition, campers will experience the new Angry Birds Space Encounter, which opened at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in March.
The Camp KSC program is designed for children entering second through ninth grades and runs Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with early drop-off offered at 7:30 a.m. for an extra fee.
The camp will run during the weeks of July 1-5, July 8-12, July 15-19, July 22-26, July 29 through Aug. 2 and Aug. 5-9.
Camp Kennedy Space Center is located at the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame's educational facility, just off U.S. 1 near the west entrance to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.
Tuition is $295 per week plus tax, paid in advance.
For more information or to book a reservation, call (877) 313-2610.
Summer Fitness Themed Day Camp: A new fitness-themed day camp for children, ages 5-11, is being offered by local personal trainer and owner of Fit With Cassandra, Cassandra Wyzik.
The camp is about teaching them about nutrition and exercise and leading them through fun activities that make the information come alive.
The Fit & Fun Day Camp will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday in July this year. Cost is $120 per child per week, with a discount of $110 per week for additional siblings. Cost includes equipment, supplies, prizes and the private, well-equipped gym where the camp takes place, Next Level Total Fitness at 1301 S. Patrick Drive, Satellite Beach.
Subjects covered at the Fun & Fit Day Camp will include muscular strength, balance, body composition, safety, nutrition, agility, cardiovascular health and more.
Kids will participate in activities that promote individual achievement and improvement, cooperation and teamwork, healthy eating habits and physical development.
Those interested in signing up for Fit & Fun Day Camp should contact Cassandra immediately at CassandraCPT@gmail.com or at www.FitWithCassandra.com or www.facebook.com/fitwithcassandra as space is limited.
Mermaids & Pirates Mini-Camp: The Satellite Beach Recreation Department will present a summer camp for children ages 5-12.
Campers are encouraged to dress as their favorite pirate, princess or mermaid.
Each day, there will be themed snacks and working with clay events. Campers must bring their own lunch.
Cost is $60, with a $15 materials fee.
The camp will be July 1-3 at the DRS Community Center, 1089 S. Patrick Drive, Satellite Beach.
For more information, call (321) 773-6458 or visit www.satellitebeachrecreation.org.
Sandy Beach Surfing experience: Sandy Beach Surfing, LLC, brings a whole new spin to surfing this summer! "Surf-n-Science Summer Experience" is a weeklong surf adventure for students 7-18 that combines a mini marine-based science curriculum with a surf lesson.
Along with expert surf instruction, the summer experience includes lessons on wave science, beach erosion, marine biology and beach preservation.
The week concludes with a beach cleanup and presentation by the Cocoa Beach Chapter of Surf Rider Foundation, as well as a beach party and "surf-off."
Surf-n-Science Summer Experience is currently in session and runs through the first week of August.
Session requirements and costs can be found at sandybeachsurfing.com.
Students must register online or call (321) 626-0330.
TUESDAY, JULY 2
'Artic Blast Tuesdays:' Looking for a place to chill out this summer? Come cool off at Brevard Zoo during Arctic Blast Tuesdays.
Every Tuesday in July at 1 p.m., the zoo will drop giant ice cubes into the water play area of Paws On. The ice will melt quickly, so be sure to come on time to experience this one of a kind arctic blast on a hot Florida day!
While in Paws On, check out the new pizzeria that offers great pizza, subs, chicken and breadsticks from Noble Roman's Pizza. Adults come grab a refreshing beverage and snack from the Paws On Pizzeria, watch the kids play from the patio and enjoy free Wi-Fi. Paws On provides tons of fun for the whole family. Guests can enjoy the water play area, an aquarium and touch tank, fort building, discovery room and animal petting zone. Paws On is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more information about Arctic Blast Tuesdays, call (321) 254-9453.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 3
Women's monthly luncheon meeting: The Brevard Federated Republican Women will meet Wednesday, July 3 at 11 a.m. at The Holiday Inn, 8298 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne.
Program will feature two parts:
Homeschooling, presented by a local family who has been educating their children at home for many years.
Members of the local Teenage Republicans will share experiences from their recent convention.
The room opens at 11 a.m. with social networking. The speaker and program begins at 11:30 a.m.
Reservations are necessary by June 28 at noon to select luncheon choice.
For reservations and information, call (321) 727-1212 or visit brevardfederatedrepublicanwomen.org.
All Republican women and men are invited, with a special invitation to Republican women and men who are new to the area and those interested in learning more about Republican activities and issues in the community.
Tales for Tots: Every Wednesday morning is Storytime with Mr. Michael in the Children's Department of Barnes & Noble, 1955 W. New Haven Ave., West Melbourne.
Each week at 11 a.m. a new children's book is highlighted with fun activities.
Age group is infant to preschool.
For more information, call (321) 726-8817 or email email@example.com.
THURSDAY, JULY 4
All Brevard County libraries will be closed Thursday, July 4 to observe Independence Day.
Humane Society closed for Fourth of July: The Central Brevard Humane Society, its Molly Mutt Thrift Shops, the Spay/Neuter & Wellness Clinic and its new adoption center on Merritt Island will be closed in observance of Independence Day on July 4.
NASA is looking for far-out ideas: NASA's Innovative Advanced Concepts Program is seeking Phase II proposals for continuation of promising studies selected during the first phase of its visionary program.
The program funds cutting-edge concepts with the potential to transform future aerospace missions, enable new capabilities or significantly alter current approaches to launching, building and operating aerospace systems.
NASA will be accepting NIAC Phase II proposals of no more than 20 pages in length until July 9.
Selection announcements are expected later this year.
This solicitation is open only to current or previously awarded NIAC Phase I concepts.
Complete guidelines for proposal submissions are available on the NIAC website at http://www.nasa.gov/niac.
After fireworks cleanup: Keep Brevard Beautiful needs volunteers to assist in cleaning up the beach and other areas after the July 4 holiday celebrations.
There are four check-in sites:
Cocoa Beach's Shepard Park, 211 E. Cocoa Beach Causeway
Cocoa Beach Pier, 401 Meade Ave., Cocoa Beach
First Street, north and south, Cocoa Beach
Cocoa's Riverfront Park,
401 Riveredge Blvd., Cocoa Village.
All materials will be provided for the cleanup.
For more information, or to volunteer, call (321) 631-0501, Ext. 203 or visit www.keepbrevardbeautiful.com.
AARP meeting: The local chapter of the American Association of Retired Persons will meet from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, July 5 at One Senior Place, 8085 Spyglass Hill Road, Viera.
Lunch and refreshments will be provided.
For information and to RSVP, call (321) 752-7550 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get together group to meet: The Single, Separated, Widowed and Divorced group will meet for lunch on Friday, July 5 at 12:30 p.m. at Florida's Seafood Bar & Grill, 480 W. Cocoa Beach Causeway, Cocoa Beach.
All are welcome to join the group.
For details, call (213) 6629 or 799-4720.
Humane Society volunteer orientation: The Central Brevard Humane Society has volunteer opportunities available at the shelter, the four Molly Mutt Thrift Shops, the spay and neuter clinic or as society ambassadors during community outreach (off-site) events.
The orientation training will be from 9-10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 6 at 1020 Cox Road, Cocoa.
Pre-registration is required, and all volunteer applications must be completed prior to the start of the Saturday program.
For more information, call (321) 636-3343, Ext. 207, or email email@example.com.
Brevard County Baseball League: Operated by Brevard County Parks & Recreation, the 2013 Roy Hobbs 35-plus Summer Baseball Wood Bat Division Inaugural Season is on.
Player fee is $85, payable to BCPR, and is based on 10 regular season games, plus double elimination playoffs. Fee includes a numbered league/team T-shirt.
Teams are accepted, and all individual registered players will go into a free agent pool for assignment to a team. Team rosters must have 14 players minimum. All teams or players must have their own bats, batting helmets and catcher's gear to participate.
This is a Roy Hobbs Veterans 35-plus Division. Players must be 35 by Dec. 31 to be eligible to play.
The league uses Brevard County baseball fields.
Complete baseball uniforms are required. The league provides a numbered team T-shirt for each player.
A team organizational meeting will be scheduled when there are 56 registered players registered. Registration is now open.
The league projected start is Monday night, July 8.
Fee is payable to: Brevard County Parks & Recreation.
To register or for more information, call (321) 255-4400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let's play some ball.
'Best Pets of Brevard' photo contest: The Central Brevard Humane Society is sponsoring its 22nd Annual "Best Pets of Brevard" photo contest for its 2014 calendar.
The cost for each entry is $10 per "pet" photo.
To enter your pet into the "Best Pets of Brevard" photo contest, download a copy of the entry form by going to www.crittersavers.com or stopping by the Humane Society, located at 1020 Cox Road, in Cocoa, or visiting any of its four Molly Mutt Thrift Shops, located in Merritt Island, downtown Melbourne, Rockledge and Palm Bay.
Mail the completed form, along with your "pet" photo and payment, to the: Central Brevard Humane Society, Attn: 2014 "Best Pets of Brevard" Calendar Contest, 1020 Cox Road, Cocoa, FL, 32926.
All calendar entries must be received no later than Friday, July 12.
Has your companion passed away? You can remember them by having their name, date of birth and death mentioned on the "In Memory of Page" of the calendar. The cost is $50 per photo entry, and those photos will be returned to you at the end of the contest.
For more information and a list of the contest rules, contact the Central Brevard Humane Society at (321) 636-3343 or visit www.crittersavers.com.
Golf classes offered: Junior golf classes are being offered at Spessard Holland Golf Course and The Habitat Golf Course July 9-12 at 9 a.m.
Full swing fundamentals will be at the Habitat on July 9 and 10, with short game fundamentals at Spessard Holland on July 11 and 12.
Cost for all four sessions is only $30 per junior, or if attending only the two sessions at either golf course, the cost is $20 per junior.
Call (321) 952-4529 or (321) 952-6312 to sign up or for more information.
Women's network luncheon meeting: The Space Coast Women Express Network will present networking and a luncheon at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 9 at the Eau Gallie Yacht Club, 100 Datura Drive, Indian Harbour Beach.
Guest speaker will be Carol Craig, founder and chief executive officer of Craig Technologies, headquartered in Cape Canaveral.
Contact Nora Marek at (321) 795-8761 or Patti O'Brien at (321) 806-3960 for more information.
Beachside skateboard camp: Skateboarding classes will be taught by the Satellite Beach skate staff from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday through Thursday, July 10-12 at the Satellite Beach Skatepark, 750 Jamaica Blvd., Satellite Beach.
The camp is for ages 12 and younger. Cost is $20.
For more information, call (321) 773-6458.
'Pasta For Paws:' The Italian Courtyard, located at 350 W. Cocoa Beach Causeway, in Cocoa Beach, will be hosting the Fourth Annual "Pasta for Paws" fundraiser to benefit the Central Brevard Humane Society on Wednesday, July 10, from 5-10 p.m.
Event activities will include a "Vino & Brewski" Yappy Hour, from 5-7 p.m., "free" prize giveaways and a silent auction. There will be a "doggie dining" area available outside on the patio. All animals must be on a leash and have proof of current shots along with a county tag.
The Humane Society will receive 15 percent of all proceeds from the evening to help pay for food, shelter and medical care for the homeless animals at the shelter in Cocoa and its "new" adoption center on Merritt Island.
For more information, contact the Central Brevard Humane Society at (321) 636-3343 or visit www.crittersavers.com.
Boating presentation: The Cocoa Beach Sail and Power Squadron will offer a two-hour marine GPS seminar to the public on Saturday, July 13 at the Port Canaveral Yacht Club, on 910 Mullet Drive, in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. The presentation will run from 10 a.m. to noon.
The seminar covers the principles of waypoint navigation and how to relate your GPS to charts. A generic description of the functions of the GPS, including the numerous "buttons" and how to access and utilize the different screens are covered.
There will be a $10 per family charge.
For more information, visit Cocoa Beach Sail and Power Squadron's website at www.CBSPS.com. Registration is recommended at the site or by email to email@example.com.
PNC brings the zoo to you: PNC Bank branches on the Space Coast are hosting Brevard Zoo workshops called, "PNC Brings the Zoo to You," to introduce children to African animals found in the same habitat as meerkats.
Some of the animals being brought to the workshops include an African grey parrot, a ball python, an uromastyx, a sand boa, a Sudan plated lizard, an African pygmy hedgehog and an African hingeback tortoise.
PNC Brings the Zoo to You is part of the Brevard Zoo campaign to open a new meerkat exhibit March 2014.
During the Saturday morning workshops, there also will be meerkat puppets kids can make, along with music, food and games provided by PNC Bank. Kids who make a meerkat puppet at the event should keep them so they can bring them to Brevard Zoo the day the meerkat exhibit opens, March 2014, to receive free admission that day.
The workshops will be:
July 13, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.,
305 5th Ave., Indialantic.
July 27, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.,
5295 Babcock St. N.E.,
Aug. 10, 11 a.m. to 2
p.m., 2323 Highway 524,
To find out how you can contribute and help bring meerkats to Brevard Zoo, contact the Zoo Development Department at (321) 254-9453, Ext. 234.
Annual bowling fundraiser: Nana's House, a nonprofit children's home for needy, abused, neglected and abandoned children, will be holding its annual bowling fundraiser, July 13 from noon to 3 p.m., at Brunswick Harbour Lanes, 1099 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne.
Nana's House mission is to provide a safe, secure and loving home. Nana's House does not receive any state funding; and is a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt, nonprofit public charity. Nana's House is also a 100 percent volunteer organization. There is no paid staff. All donations are tax deductible.
The $10 per person price includes three hours of bowling, shoes and soda; tickets must be pre-purchased. There will be special food pricing, along with bowling contests, raffle drawings, 50/50 and plenty of good old-fashioned family fun.
For more information or tickets, contact Laura at (321) 243-8583 or Harbour Lanes. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
This fun-filled event sells out each year so get your tickets early.
For more information about Nana's House or how to make a donation or volunteer, visit Nanaschildrenshome.com.
Embroiderers to meet: The Indian River Chapter of the Embroiderers Guild of America will hold the following meetings:
Monday, July 15: 9:30-11:30 a.m., Front Street Civic Center, 2205 S. Front St., Melbourne.
In July, there will be a speaker from The Haven, the local safe home for children. The stitching project will be a Christmas tree ornament shown in the December 2011issue of EGA's "NeedleArts" magazine. Bring cotton floss and your stitching supplies. Fabric and red threads will be provided.
Monday, Aug. 19: 9:30-11:30 a.m., Front Street Civic Center, 2205 S. Front St., Melbourne.
This month, members are asked to bring their favorite stitching tool for a slightly different kind of "show and tell." One of the great things about the Guild is the way they learn from each other, and this will be another way to share knowledge.
For more information, email IRClee@aol.com or call (321) 777-7404.
Senior Talkers: 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, July 15, 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 about 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.
Book Discussion: A discussion of "Human Action: Part One," by Ludwig von Mises, will be at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 20 at Barnes and Noble Booksellers, 780 E. Merritt Island Causeway, Merritt Island.
Cost is free.
One of the most notable economists and social philosophers of the 20th Century, Ludwig von Mises, in the course of a long and highly productive life, developed an integrated, deductive science of economics based on the fundamental axiom that individual human beings act purposively to achieve desired goals.
Even though his economic analysis itself was "value-free" - in the sense of being irrelevant to values held by economists - Mr. Mises concluded that the only viable economic policy for the human race was a policy of unrestricted laissez-faire, of free markets and the unhampered exercise of the right of private property, with government strictly limited to the defense of person and property within its territorial area.
For more information, call Luke Setzer at (321) 544-7435 or email LutherSetzer@yahoo.com.
Vacation Bible School: Ascension Lutheran Church invites all children to step right up at "Everywhere Fun Fair: Where God's World Comes Together Vacation Bible School."
Explore and experience God's welcoming love at VBS!
The fun begins Monday, July 22 and ends Friday, July 26 from 9 a.m. to noon at Ascension Lutheran Church, 1053 Pinetree Drive, Indian Harbour Beach.
The adventures include interactive Bible fun and music, super science, cool crafts, hands-on mission work, global games and more.
To be a part of all the excitement at Everywhere Fun Fair, call the church office at (321) 773-1815 or visit the church's website at www.ascension-lutheran-church.org.
Animal adoption events: This event will feature adoptable animals at both the Foo Bar and the Central Brevard Humane Society's Molly Mutt II Thrift Shop on New Haven Avenue in Melbourne.
The Foo Bar will feature complimentary hors d'oeuvres and doggie treats, raffles, drink specials and more. Admission is free.
All animals must be on a leash or in a carrier and have proof of current shots and a county tag.
Proceeds from the event will help raise awareness and financial support for the thousands of unwanted and abandoned pets that visit the Humane Society each year.
For more information, call (321) 636-3343 or visit www.crittersavers.com.