FRIDAY, AUG. 23
Hospice seeking volunteers: Hospice of St. Francis is seeking caring people who would like to become volunteers.
HOSF 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.
The Melbourne Training Class will be held Friday, Aug. 23, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Tuesday, Aug. 27, from 9 a.m. to noon; and Friday, Aug. 30, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Classes will be held at Hospice of St. Francis' Melbourne office, located at 4875 N. Wickham Road, Suite 104, Melbourne.
For more information and to register for the volunteer training classes, call Mary Larson, volunteer coordinator, at (321) 269-4240 or (866) 269-4240 (toll free).
AARP Driver Safety Class: One Senior Place and the American Association of Retired People will present a driver safety class designed to help individuals retain their driving competencies from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23 at 8085 Spyglass Hill Road, Viera.
Cost is $14 per person or $12 for members of AARP. Bring your lunch.
For more information, call (321) 751-6771, (321) 242-9768 or visit www.oneseniorplace.com.
Alzheimer's/dementia workshop: The Alzheimer's Association of Central and North Florida is hosting an Alzheimer's/dementia workshop for caregivers 10-11:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 23 at the Wickham Park Senior Center, 2785 Leisure Way, Melbourne.
If you or someone you know is affected by Alzheimer's disease or another dementia, it's time to learn the facts. This program provides information on detection, causes and risk factors, stages of the disease, treatment and much more.
The cost is free.
For required registration, call (800) 272-3900.
There will also be a workshop Thursday, Sept. 5 from 4-5:30 p.m. at the Cocoa Beach Public Library, 550 N. Brevard Ave., Cocoa Beach.
SATURDAY, AUG. 24
Wealth management firm to host blood drive: FirstWave Financial will host the Fifth Annual Raj S. Shah Memorial Blood Drive on Saturday, Aug. 24 from 8:30 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. at the FirstWave Financial building, 1300 S.R. A1A in Satellite Beach.
The familiar "Big Red Bus" will be parked out front to admit and screen donors for eligibility; and refreshments will be served in the FirstWave Financial lobby.
The public is invited to participate at any time during the scheduled site visit, but appointments are encouraged to help staffers provide timely service.
A photo I.D. is required, and donors are asked to eat before donating blood.
Appointments may be made online at www.oneblooddonor.org or by calling Joanne Regan at (321) 777-7424.
Additional information is available on the Fifth Annual Raj S. Shah Memorial Blood Drive Facebook event page.
Nature driving tour: Caravan in your own vehicle along Black Point Drive with a Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge volunteer in the lead and observe and learn about the refuge wildlife and management.
The guide will communicate with participants by two-way radio.
The program is scheduled for the following Saturdays at 9 am: Aug. 24 and 31. Space is limited.
Call (321) 861-5601 for reservations.
Loaner binoculars and field guides are available.
The Visitor Center is located on S.R. 402, five miles east of U.S. Highway 1 in Titusville.
Book writing seminar: This half-day seminar, "So You Want To Write A Book," is for beginning authors interested in writing and publishing fiction, non-fiction and memoirs. It may be of particular interest to people who have worked in high stress jobs, like police, fire, military, medicine.
The event will be Saturday, Aug. 24 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Hampton Inn Viera, 130 Sheriff Drive, Viera.
Cost is $30 per person.
This three-hour seminar and workshop will provide new authors with the basic details on how to get started writing a book.
Topics to be covered, but not limited to:
Rules for structuring and writing fiction and non fiction
Plot, setting and character development
Acquiring an agent
Marketing your books.
Instructor Marshall Frank is a retired homicide investigator and captain from the Miami-Dade Police Department, now an award-winning author of twelve books; six novels, one book of memoirs, one How-To and four books of non-fiction.
To register, visit his web site and click on "Seminar Registration" at
Beginning day luncheon: The South Brevard City Council of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority will have its 47th annual beginning day luncheon on Saturday, Aug. 24, starting at 10:30 a.m. at the Tides Ocean Lounge at Patrick Air Force Base.
The cost is $15 per person.
The theme for this sorority year is "Light Up Your Life."
Laureate Delta Chi Chapter is in charge of this event.
For information, call Jewell Patton at (321) 723-2250.
Free SAT tutoring: Indialantic Tutoring will offer free Scholastic Aptitude Test tutoring at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24 at the Satellite Beach Public Library, 751 Jamaica Blvd., Satellite Beach.
Call (321) 773-8080 for more information.
Bunco party announced: The Pilot Club of South Brevard will sponsor a bunco party Saturday Aug. 24 from 1-4 p.m. at The Fountains of Melbourne, 4451 Stack Blvd., Melbourne.
Tickets cost $10.
For more information, contact Ginny Search at (321) 259-7707.
There will be refreshments, prizes and raffles
Inventors to meet: The Space Coast Inventors Guild will meet on Saturday, Aug. 24 from 2-4:45 p.m. at the Eau Gallie Public Library, 1521 Pineapple Ave., Melbourne.
Membership is not required. Everyone is welcome to attend the meeting. There is no charge. This is a community service.
For more information, call (321) 768-1234.
Youth Sports Injury Prevention Clinic: Health First Orthopedics & Sports Medicine will present a Youth Sports Injury Prevention Clinic from 4-6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24 at the Space Coast Stadium, 5800 Stadium Parkway, Viera.
Parking will be at Gate No. 5.
Topics will be: "Preventing Concussions," "Common Runners & Walkers Injuries," "Heat & Hydration Techniques" and "Safe Stretching Instruction."
Autograph signing, with baseball players and drawing to throw the first pitch, is also included in the program.
Call (321) 434-4335 to make a reservation.
SUNDAY, AUG. 25
Air Command has tour guide vacancies: The Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum has several openings for volunteers in its tour guide program.
If you have a passion for vintage warbirds, their legacy and that of the pilots that flew them, are at least 18 and enjoy meeting the public, you may be a terrific volunteer.
Exhibit and display information will be provided.
This may involve considerable walking, as you lead tours around the facility during what is normally a weekly four-hour volunteer shift.
This is a unique opportunity to not only learn about aviation history from WWI to the present, but to pass that knowledge along to the public.
Since the museum is open seven days a week, there is plenty of flexibility for scheduling.
In addition to tour guiding, volunteers will also have the opportunity to work at the annual Warbird Airshow, as well as many other special events during the year.
If you have an aviation background, are prior military or are just interested in history, this may be one of the best, most rewarding personal opportunities that you can find.
The Valiant Air Command is located at the Space Coast Regional Airport at 6600 Tico Road in Titusville.
The website is at www.vacwarbirds.org, the phone number is (321) 268-1941 and the email is at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MONDAY, AUG. 26
Brevard Workforce Mobile Unit: The mobile career center will be providing job-assistance services to mature workers from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26 at One Senior Place, 8085 Spyglass Hill Road, Viera.
The mobile unit has 13 onboard computer stations to assist in searching for job listings, designing a resume and other functions.
For more information, call (321) 394-0511.
TUESDAY, AUG. 27
Oceanside dinner meeting: The American Business Women's Association will hold an oceanside dinner meeting Tuesday, Aug. 27 at the Eau Gallie Yacht Club, 100 Datura Drive, Indian Harbour Beach.
Networking starts at 6 p.m., with the dinner program at 6:30 p.m.
Reservations are required.
Cost will be $28 for members and $30 for guests.
For more information, call Barbara Cheney at (321) 987-5106.
Featured speaker will be Jessica Brace with "You Too Can Be On You Tube!"
Ms. Brace is a graphic designer, entrepreneur and marketing visionary. Her company, Firewalker Creative Group, is the convergence of her interests in marketing, Internet media and the expertise she has acquired while building an international design firm over the past decade.
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 28
SCVIM annual fellowship luncheon: Brevard County's free community clinic for the uninsured, will host its fourth annual fellowship luncheon, sponsored by Nance, Cacciatore, Hamilton, Barger, Nance, Cacciatore, on Wednesday, Aug. 28 in Melbourne at Florida Today's Community Room, 1 Gannett Plaza, off U.S. Highway 1, Melbourne.
The event's program will highlight Space Coast Volunteers In Medicine's achievements and focus on increasing awareness of the SCVIM clinic's work.
The event will also focus on enlisting the support of community leaders for the purpose of recruiting additional health providers to help the poor and uninsured.
The community is invited to attend free of charge. Doors open at 11:45 a.m., with lunch served at noon.
To attend, RSVP to Fern Adams, SCVIM marketing director, at (321) 698-0720 or at Fernadams720@yahoo.com.
Space Coast Volunteers in Medicine is a 501(c)3 clinic that provides health care, free of charge, to Brevard County residents, who do not have any health insurance and are in need of medical, dental or chiropractic services.
To donate, volunteer or for more information, visit www.spacecoastvolunteersinmedicine.org or call (321) 914-0915.
Travel to German Christmas markets: An informational meeting about "Traveling to the German Christmas Markets" will be held from 6-7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28 at The Knowledge Exchange, 5151 Babcock St, Palm Bay.
The trip is from Nov. 30 to Dec. 8, 2013. The airfare, hotels, meals and tours costs $3,250 per person. Individuals may book at the same rate.
Guarantee your space with Global Tours & Travel at (321) 676-6040.
Trip details will be discussed at the meeting. The Knowledge Exchange, 5151 Babcock St., Palm Bay, FL on Aug. 28, 6-7pm.
There will also be an informational meeting Oct. 8, from 6-7 p.m. at the Cafe Coconut Cove, 4210 S. Highway A1A, Melbourne Beach.
THURSDAY, AUG. 29
Coupon book fundraiser begins: Brevard Schools Foundation has announced the SaveAround Discount Savings Books as its annual district-wide fundraising campaign.
Participating BPS schools will sell each customized Brevard County book for $20 and keep $10 for the school. Each book contains thousands of dollars in discounts at local grocery, dining, recreation, entertainment and retail stores.
Sample books are typically sent home with students and orders taken for additional copies. Out-of-town editions may also be ordered.
A list of available editions is posted at www.savearound.com.
Many of the discounts are buy-one, get-one-free offers and good through December 2014.
In addition to Publix, some of the other businesses new to the 2013-14 edition are: Gatto's, Wendy's, Checkers, Brevard Zoo, Bizarro, Popeyes, Tropical Smoothie, Chilly Spoons, Cici's Pizza, Curves, Fia's Restorante, Kendall Automotive, Marcos Pizza, Orange Leaf, Waffle House, and Wings & Things Too.
Funds raised will help the Foundation provide scholarships, award teacher mini-grants, host Space Week, support the Take Stock in Children program, run the annual Back-to-School Supply Safari and many other special projects.
In addition, each participating Brevard County school will use the proceeds from its SaveAround book sale to meet the unique needs of their own school, whether that means more science equipment, computers, instructional field trips, musical instruments, art and athletic supplies or other much needed items.
Brevard Schools Foundation is the nonprofit, direct-support organization that matches community resources with the needs of Brevard Public Schools. The Foundation partnered exclusively with SaveAround for the annual district wide coupon book fundraiser.
For more information, contact Brevard Schools Foundation at (321) 633-1000, Ext. 756, or email email@example.com.
Panther volleyball schedule unveiled: Florida Tech begins its volleyball season Friday, Sept. 6 at the UWF Opening Weekend Tournament in Pensacola.
Coming off a successful season, under first-year head coach Amy O'Brien and assistant coach Kavie Sturch, Florida Tech is looking ahead to a 30-match slate, which includes two tournaments and 10 home contests at the Clemente Center.
Before the regular season officially begins, the Panthers will host an alumni match against former volleyball players on Saturday, Aug. 31 at noon at the Clemente Center.
Alumni interested in attending the reunion should pre-register by filling out a registration form at http://bit.ly/FITalumniVB. Completed forms can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or faxed to (321) 984-8529.
The University of West Florida Opening Weekend Tournament will signal the start of the new ledger on Sept. 6. In the two-day tournament in Pensacola, Fla., FIT will play Northern Michigan and McKendree in day one and Arkansas Monticello and Albany State in day two.
FIT's first match at the Clemente Center this season is on Sept. 18 against Webber International at 7 p.m. It will open Sunshine State Conference play at NCAA Division II national runner-up Tampa on Sept. 27 and remain on the road to play Rollins the following day in Winter Park.
For the entire 2013 schedule, visit http://www.floridatechsports.com/volleyball/schedule.
For more information, call (321) 674-8250.
Opening day at the golf course: The Willow Lakes RV & Golf Resort is located off of Highway 1 in north Titusville.
It is a unique community designed for residents 55 and older, who can come and stay in their recreational vehicle on a lot they own or rent. Many of the residents have added accessory buildings or small homes or cottages.
One of the benefits of the community is the nine-hole, par 28 golf course that surrounds the perimeter of the property.
Opening day at the course will be Monday, Sept. 2.
For more information, visit www.WillowLakesGolfClub.com.
The course is located at 2852 Willow Lakes Lane, Titusville.
For more information, call Nancy and Lloyd Murray at (386) 314-8136 or email TaDaGems@gmail.com.
Cold-Blooded Weekend: The Brevard Zoo's Cold-Blooded Weekend is Saturday, Aug. 31 to Monday, Sept. 2 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. The event is free with zoo admission. Don't miss an opportunity to experience up-close encounters, special exhibits, bug tastings and other activities over the three-day event!
For more information, visit BrevardZoo.org.
The Brevard Zoo is at 8225 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne.
Brevard Zoo offers $2 Tuesdays in September: For the third year in a row, Brevard Zoo is offering four discounted Zoo admission days in September. Admission each Tuesday, Sept. 3, 10, 17 and 24, will be just $2 per person.
Zoo members and children younger than 2 will receive free admission into the Zoo, as per their membership. Brevard Zoo's hours of operation are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., with last admission at 4:15 p.m.
Additional charges apply for kayaking the Nyami Nyami River, paddle boating in the wetlands, riding the Cape to Cairo Express and feeding the giraffe and lorikeets.
For more information, visit BrevardZoo.org or call (321) 254-9453.
The Brevard Zoo is at 8225 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne.
Merritt Moonliters: Have you wanted to increase your self-confidence, become a better speaker or communicate more effectively?
Merritt Moonliters welcomes guests to observe the time-tested program and meet enthusiastic members at no charge.
Hopefully, you will join and be on your way to:
Increasing your self confidence
Becoming a better speaker
Becoming a better leader
Communicating more effectively
Providing benefits that help people in all walks of life, members participate in opportunities to exercise their new confidence in a spirit of fun and camaraderie.
The Merritt Moonliters meets on the first and third Tuesdays of each month, from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Cape Canaveral Hospital, 701 W. Cocoa Beach Causeway.
Monthly luncheon meeting: The Brevard Federated Republican Women will hold its monthly luncheon meeting at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4 at the Holiday Inn, 8298 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne.
Florida House Speaker Designate Steve Crisafuli will be the main speaker.
The room opens at 11 a.m. with social networking. The speaker and program begins at 11:30 a.m.
Reservations are necessary to select luncheon choice.
For reservations and information, call (321) 727-1212.
Visit brevardfederatedrepublicanwomen.org for more information about club activities.
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.
Book sale at Satellite Beach Library: On Saturday, Sept. 7, 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, located at 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 Saturday, Oct. 12 garage/bake/plant sale. Garage sale donations can be dropped off at the library starting Tuesday, Sept. 3; bake/plant sale donations on Friday, Oct. 11. The Friends will also have a 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.
Lecture series at Florida Tech: The Florida Institute of Technology Lifelong Scholar Society has announced a diverse, six-part, fall lecture series, starting Sept. 10.
The lectures are open to the public and suitable for any adult seeking the college experience without the homework and stress.
Lecturers include a former NASA astronaut, and noted scientists and professors from the Florida Institute of Technology.
The presentations will be held late afternoon and early evening, either 4 p.m. or 6 p.m., two Tuesdays a month, September through November, at the Harris Community Auditorium, next door to Florida Tech's Foosaner Art Museum.
The lectures will cover a variety of topics, ranging from Florida's climate and global warming, and marine biology topics, to poetry, art and jazz (with live performers).
The cost is $20 per lecture, or $90 for the entire fall session. For coupons worth $5 off of lectures, use code FALL05.
For more information, contact the Lifelong Scholar Society at http://www.fit.edu/professional-development/lifelong-scholar-society.php.
Register at https://register.fit.edu/jsp/course.jsp?categoryId=10051&courseId=PDP0596.
For more information, call Eli Landau at (321) 254-5143.
Hobbs Pharmacy's 12th Annual Health Fair: Hobbs Pharmacy, located at 133 N. Banana River Drive, Merritt Island, will hold its 12th Annual Health Fair on Saturday, Sept. 14, from 9 a.m. to noon.
This free event is to give thanks to the community for 49 years of support.
The health fair will feature many local health vendors, which provide health services, screenings and educational materials on important health issues that affect the community.
The Hobbs Pharmacy Health Fair has also scheduled a drug take back event, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., sponsored by the Brevard County Sherriff's Office.
Hobbs Pharmacy is a second generation, family-owned, full service retail pharmacy that has served the Brevard County community from its Merritt Island location since 1964.
For more information, call Jessica Beal at (321) 452-0010 or email email@example.com.
Local vendors, churches and organizations: A festival-in-the-park, to be held at Brothers Park on Sept. 14 from 2-7 p.m., is designed to foster good relationships within the churches, within the community and reconcile them to the body of Jesus Christ, by providing family fun, prayer, witnessing, food, healthy interaction, hope, music, games and various activities that will include a bouncy house for children, face painting, parent/child team remote control car races, raffle giveaways for at least 10 refurbished computers and much more! Free.
Brothers Park is at 850 Horne St., Melbourne.
The park's pavilion will be available, i.e., bathrooms for convenience of visitors to the event and indoor shelter for mothers with small children, who may require temporary privacy. No loitering indoors, however, will be allowed.
Basic foods of hamburgers, hot dogs, soda and activities, including raffles for computers, will be provided by Truth Revealed International Ministries and will be free.
Other items from T.R.I.M. or vendors present may be available for purchase.
All are welcome and encouraged to attend.
For more information, call (321) 427-0393 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
'Wild Casino Night:' The Melbourne Rotary and Space Coast Gator Club have teamed up to host a "Wild Casino Night" on Sept. 14, from 5-8 p.m. at the Melbourne Area Association of Realtors, 1450 Sarno Road, Melbourne.
The event will include all types of "Vegas style gaming," play money, free drink, cash bar, heavy hors d'oeuvres, live entertainment, raffles, silent auctions and endless fun.
The event will benefit the Melbourne Rotary Club's charities and the Space Coast Gator Club's scholarship fund.
Advanced tickets cost $35. Tickets will also be available that evening at the door.
For more information or to purchase tickets, call Edward at (321) 759-2874, email email@example.com or visit www.spacecoastgatorclub.com.
Seniors talking: Senior Talkers is a discussion and social group for seniors that meets regularly the third Monday each month, unless there is a scheduling conflict with temple activities.
The next meeting will be Monday Sept. 16, beginning at 11:30 a.m. in the Social Hall of Temple Israel, 7350 Lake Andrews Drive, Viera.
Attendees should bring a "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, giving stimulation to keep 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.
Cocoa Pop Warner: Cocoa Tiger Youth Football and Cheerleading Association and Cocoa Motorcycle Riders Club Inc. are teaming up Tuesday, Sept. 17 for the first annual motorcycle and car wash.
Both nonprofit organizations are teaming up for this car wash in support of Youth Riders Against Violence campaign.
The event starts at 8 a.m. at the Dixon Diner at 1312 Dixon Blvd. in Cocoa.
Come and enjoy some home cooking at the diner while your bike or car gets cleaned.
Donation for the car wash is $5 per vehicle, and all proceeds will go towards funding the Cocoa Tigers Youth Football and cheerleading program and Cocoa Motorcycle Riders event RAV.
To simply make a donation, you can send it to Cocoa Tigers Youth Football and Cheerleading. P.O. Box 604 Cocoa, FL 32923 or "RAV" c/o Cocoa Motorcycle Riders Club, Inc. P.O. Box 238212, Cocoa, FL 32923.
For more information call Todd Bamford at (321) 271-1418 or Kathy (321) 243-3711.
Fall rummage and bake sale: The Crossroads Community Church will present a rummage and bake sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 27 and 29 at 2436 Croton Road, Melbourne, on the corner of Croton and Lake Washington.
For more information, call (860) 212-2467.
Second Annual Space Coast Saunter: Keep Brevard Beautiful and the Surfrider Foundation are raising money and awareness with a four-day, 40-mile "saunter" on the beaches of the Space Coast.
Beginning at Sebastian Inlet and sauntering/walking northward 10 miles a day until arriving at Jetty Park in Cape Canaveral. The event is not a race, but an enriching and educational journey for all.
Mark your calendars for the saunter, which will begin on Thursday, Oct. 10 and end on Sunday, Oct. 13.
A kickoff party will be held at Sebastian Surf & Sport on Wednesday, Oct. 9 beginning at 6 p.m.
The beach saunter will begin on Thursday morning at 9 a.m.
Enroute events will be held Friday evening at Lou's Blues/Coasters - Melbourne Beach and Saturday evening at SportsPage - Satellite Beach. A huge wrap-up celebration will take place at FishLips in Port Canaveral Sunday evening Oct. 13.
During the event there will be frequent updates on the Facebook page, www.facebook.com/SCSaunter, detailing where they are so you can join in on the walk at anytime.
Participants may saunter as little or as much as they like.
Participants are encouraged to collect donations from family and friends and will receive a free event shirt for raising $100.
Sponsorships are available for businesses ranging from $50 to $150 for inclusion on banners, T-shirts and posters. All proceeds go to Keep Brevard Beautiful and Surfrider Foundation Cocoa Beach and Sebastian Inlet Chapters.
The overall mission of Space Coast Saunter is to raise awareness and draw attention to issues surrounding Brevard County's delicate and beautiful coastline.
For more information, call (321) 543-1379 or email SCSaunter@gmail.com.