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Posted: 2013 Oct 18 - 06:21

FRIDAY, OCT. 18

'Interpersonal Terrorism - When Love Hurts:' This conference will have a broad focus, covering many types of interpersonal violence.

Topics include domestic violence, the impact of domestic violence on children, stalking, as well as interpersonal violence among adolescence;

There will also be a panel discussion addressing the critically important issue faced by many teenagers today: cyber-bullying and cyber-stalking.

Wayne Ivey, Brevard County Sheriff, will be the opening keynote speaker, and the luncheon speakers will include two local survivors of violence, who will share their very compelling personal stories.

This conference is appropriate for mental health professionals, law enforcement, school personnel, teachers and guidance counselors, childcare workers, victim advocates, child advocates, healthcare workers, medical personnel, hospital staff, college personnel, case managers, and parents.

The event will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18 at the Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront.

Cost is $75 and includes lunch and 7 CEU's for psychologists, LMHC, LCSW, LMFT.

Cost for lunch only with luncheon keynote speakers is $30.

Call (321) 242-1526 for more information and to register. Pre-registration is required.

Sea bean festival: The 18th annual International Sea-Bean Symposium and Beachcombers' Festival will be at the Cocoa Beach Public Library, 550 N. Brevard Ave., Cocoa Beach.

The event is open to and free to the public 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19.

Through the weekend, sea-bean collections and displays, experts, sea-bean polishing, the famous Bean-O-Matic, jewelry, T-shirts, slide-shows, speakers, books, authors, international guests, raffle and contests (including the ever popular "Odd-Bean" contest and the Saturday morning "Bean-A-Thon" beachcombing bonanza will be featured.

For more information, call (321) 868-1104.

Chamber councils' golf tournament: The Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce will host its fifth annual Chamber Councils' Golf Tournament on Friday, Oct. 18, at the Rockledge Club, 1591 S. Fiske Blvd., Rockledge.

The tournament is a fundraiser for the Chamber's Councils: the Military Affairs Council, Business Resource Council and the Convention & Visitors Bureau.

The event will begin with registration and lunch at 11:30 a.m.

For more information, to register as a player or to become a sponsor, contact Darlene Montano at the Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce at (321) 459-2200 or visit www.cocoabeachchamber.com.

Second Infantry Division veterans: The Florida Branch of the Second Indianhead Division Association will have its annual reunion in Titusville, at 3 p.m. Oct. 18-20, at the Best Western Space Shuttle Inn.

All veterans of the Second Infantry Divisions are invited.

For more information, call (561) 742-5379 or email 2ida.mail@charter.net.

'Dude Looks Like a Lady:' The Women's Center North and South Guild's fundraiser, "Dude Looks Like a Lady," will be from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, at Island Lincoln Jaguar Range Rover Merritt Island, with Commissioner Robin Fisher as "Medea" and many more "lovely ladies."

For more information, call (321) 242-3110.

Local Halloween attraction: The Haunted Lair (formerly at the Super Flea) will be open every Friday through Sunday and the last week of October and Monday - Halloween, Oct. 18-20, 25-27 and 28-31, from 7-11 p.m.

Admission is $7. Save $1, with a donation of canned food, clothing, household goods and/or toiletries.

All donations collected will benefit the Serene Harbor Domestic Violence Shelter.

The new location of this event is 2284 C. Wilhelmina Court, Palm Bay, just north of Robert J. Conlan Boulevard N.E.

This year the Haunted House has been opened without any backing from the flea market or any other business. It has been done solely by volunteers.

As of last Sunday, they had approximately 80 local middle/high school students volunteering, from Palm Bay, Melbourne and Sebastian.

This group of individuals not only do this every year, they also provide a Santa shop to provide low-cost photos and other activities for families.

For more information, call (321) 775-7530.

SATURDAY, OCT. 19

American Cancer Society event: Making Strides Against Breast Cancer will be Saturday, Oct. 19.

This noncompetitive, fundraising 5K walk raises money to fund breast cancer research and educate Floridians about the importance of early detection and prevention.

During the Making Strides walk at Space Coast Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 8 a.m., a sea of participants in pink will join together to show support for the fight against breast cancer.

For more information and to sign up your team, visit www.makingstrideswalk.org/brevard.

Space Coast Home Show: The 22nd Annual Space Coast Home, Health & Active Living Show will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Viera Regional Community Center, 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera.

Admission and parking are free.

For more information, call (321) 327-2753.

Promise Treasures Thrift Shoppe grand opening: The grand opening, ribbon-cutting and open house of the Promise Treasures Thrift Shoppe will be Saturday, Oct. 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Metro West Shopping Plaza, 3040 W. New Haven Ave., Melbourne.

The ribbon-cutting will be at 11 a.m.

The Promise Treasures Thrift Shoppe was created as a way to benefit Promise in Brevard, a local nonprofit and a place where young adults with special needs can live a life full of opportunities and freedom never thought possible.

For more information about the Shoppe, contact Marianne Hendrix, business development manager, at marianne@promiseinbrevard.com or (321) 536-1666.

For more information about Promise in Brevard, visit www.promiseinbrevard.com.

Humane Society at the Fall Craft Fair: Historic Cocoa Village will be the site for adopting shelter dogs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19.

Proceeds from this event will help to raise awareness and financial support for the unwanted and abandoned pets that visit the Humane Society each year.

For more information, call (321) 636-3343 or visit www.crittersavers.com.

Annual Pritchard Day at Historic Pritchard Home: Celebrate Captain James Pritchard's birthday at the Historical Pritchard House, Saturday, Oct. 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The event is co-sponsored by the North Brevard Heritage Foundation and the Confederate Sons Association, IRC 47.

Events of Civil War Living History Encampment with exhibits will take place throughout the day. Demonstrations of crafts will also go on throughout the Pritchard Day event.

The October month-long Homespun Exhibits will be on display, including turpentine tools, potato sacks, linens, teapots, aluminum ware, rug hooking, spinning, quilting, washing machines, oil lamp globes, cracker, shell arts and more.

Tours of the Pritchard House will take place from 10 a.m. through 3 p.m. for a tour price of $15. Outdoor exhibits will be free.

The Historic Pritchard House is located at 424 S. Washington Ave., Titusville.

Additional information can be learned by calling president Roz Foster at (321) 267-4480.

The Joe Realino Memorial Fund Charity Golf event: The Joe Realino Memorial Fund is having its 30th annual charity golf fundraiser on Saturday Oct. 19 at Turtle Creek Golf Club, Rockledge.

There will be a 1 p.m. shotgun start.

Cost is $75 per player and includes food, drinks and a goodie bag.

There will be a 50/50 raffle - $25 for a chance at $2,500.

The fund, established in 1969, helps qualified hospitality workers with expenses when they are out of work due to illness or injury.

Contact Joanna Kemp at (321) 223-4003 to sign up a team or make a donation.

For more information, visit www.joerealino.com.

What is the 'Grange:' The Grange is a nonprofit community service organization. It was founded about 150 years ago, after the Civil War. Its original focus was to re-establish and develop the agricultural potential of the country.

Over the years, it has enlarged its focus to become a more generalized community service organization.

The national headquarters is located in Washington, D.C., and presents the concerns from all states to the National Legislature.

There are state, regional and local chapters of the Grange.

In Florida, the Grange is concerned with improving water quality, preventing water pollution, protecting sea life and protecting the Orange Grove Industry.

The name of the local Grange is Indian Mound No. 177. The Grange is very active in promoting arts and crafts, cooking contests, photography and other interests, such as supporting food banks and programs to aid the deaf and blind.

The Indian Mound Grange is having an open house Oct. 19, from 1-3 p.m. in Building E, on Barefoot Boulevard in Barefoot Bay.

It is open to any one interested in learning more about the organization.

For questions, call Marge White at (772) 664-7866.

'Lights On Afterschool:' Brevard Public Schools School Age Child Care programs will host the statewide gathering at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex from 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, to celebrate "Lights On Afterschool."

Each October, 1 million Americans and thousands of communities nationwide celebrate "Lights On Afterschool" to shine a light on the after school programs that keep kids safe, inspire them to learn and help working families.

Brevard School Age Child Care program serves more than 6,000 students and families in 55 elementary schools.

This celebration will be one of 7,500 such events across the nation, emphasizing the importance of keeping the lights on and the doors open for after-school programs.

Other nationwide featured events include the lighting of the Empire State Building in honor of Lights On Afterschool, the KID Museum in Bethesda, Md. will be open and free to all, and many, many more.

To learn more about Lights On Afterschool, visit http://www.afterschoolalliance.org/, contact Jeff Arnott, director of adult and community education at (321) 633-3660 or email arnott.jeff@brevardschools.org.

SUNDAY, OCT. 20

'Creepy Creatures' celebration: The Barrier Island Center will present a "Creepy Creatures" celebration from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, at 8385 S. Highway A1A, Melbourne Beach.

Experience close, but not-so-scary, encounters with bats, possums, skunks, snakes, spider crabs and more.

Children are welcome to wear creepy costumes for a parade.

The suggested donation is $5 per family.

For more information, visit www.barrierislandcenter.com or call (321) 723-3556.

Pumpkin Sale and Pumpkin Patch: Every day through Oct. 31, St. Sebastian's By The Sea, at 2010 Oak St., Melbourne Beach, will present a Pumpkin Sale and Pumpkin Patch.

For more information, call (321) 723-3015.

Vegan bodybuilder to speak: Robert Cheeke, author, competitive athlete and founder of veganbodybuilding.com, will talk about becoming vegan and how he uses a vegan lifestyle to support his career in bodybuilding by using nature's most effective proteins and nutrients to build a better body.

He will speak at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, in the community room of the Cocoa Beach Public Library, 550 N Brevard Ave., Cocoa Beach.

For more information, call (321) 868-1104 or visit www.cocoabeachpublic library.org.

Critter Karaoke Contest: On Sunday, Oct. 20, the fifth round of the Critter Karaoke Contest will be held with the last qualifying round on Sunday, Nov. 17 at H&D Roadhouse, 1811 E. Merritt Island Causeway, Merritt Island, beginning at 7 p.m., to see who is the best karaoke singer in Brevard.

Votes will be tallied by donations made to the Central Brevard Humane Society in Cocoa.

The finale of the contest will be on Sunday, Nov. 24 (to be held after the 16th Annual Critter Run).

Contestants must be human and 21 or older.

Cost for entry into the contest is $5 per contestant.

All entries (with their song choice) must be received before 7 p.m. when the contest starts, and only 20 individuals can enter per night.

A cash prize will be given to the first-place performer each month.

Winners will be chosen by celebrity judges for vocal quality, stage presence and audience response.

Prizes will be awarded on Oct. 20 and Nov. 17 to judge's choice and the contestant that raises the most money for the Humane Society. The overall "winner" of the contest will be announced on Nov. 24 (finale).

For more information, contact the Central Brevard Humane Society at (321) 636-3343 or visit www.crittersavers.com.

MONDAY, OCT. 21

Embroiderers meeting: The Indian River Chapter of the Embroiderers Guild of America will meet from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 21, at the Front Street Civic Center, 2205 S. Front St., Melbourne.

The program will be the Annual Members-Only Book Sale.

For more information, email irclee@aol.com.

Senior Talkers: This is a discussion and social group for seniors, which meets regularly the third Monday each month, unless there is a scheduling conflict with Temple activities.

The next meeting will be Monday, Oct. 21, at 11:30 a.m. in the Social Hall of Temple Israel, 7350 Lake Andrews Drive, Viera.

Attendees 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 the mind alert.

Different moderators lead the discussions each month.

Meetings are open to all, and all are welcome.

For more information, call (321) 254-5143.

Applications for Brevard's Got Music Talent: The Creative Arts Foundation of Brevard is now accepting applications for auditions to the Brevard's Got Music Talent program. The deadline is Nov. 21.

Talented youngsters - who sing or play an instrument - from ages 10-19 may apply for auditions, which will be held on Nov. 9 and 16 in Suntree/Rockledge.

The top 12 finalists will perform at the Henegar Center on Feb. 9 to compete for cash prizes; First Prize $1,000, Second Prize $500 and Third Prize $250.

This is the fifth annual competition. Nearly $10,000 in prize money has been given to young music artists since 2010.

For rules and information, interested participants can contact the foundation at www.cafob.org. Click on "Events" and download the application forms to mail in.

For more information, call (321) 254-3398.

TUESDAY, OCT. 22

Vendors/donations needed for annual dinner/auction: The Space Coast Feline Network will be holding its Annual Holiday Gala Dinner & Silent Auction on Saturday, Nov. 23, at the Radisson Resort Convention Center at the Port in Cape Canaveral, 8701 Astronaut Blvd., Cape Canaveral, with proceeds going to SCFN's programs, including its low-cost spay/neuter program for feral/community cats.

This event generally draws 75-100 people and is a great opportunity for anyone wanting to introduce his or her product or service to this area.

Anyone who would like to participate as a vendor should contact Sandy (call or text) at (321) 759-5242 or email sandygmeow@aol.com.

Vendor tables will be available for $25 for one table or $40 for two tables.

SCFN is also in need of silent auction donations and door prizes - new or like new condition.

Call or text Carol at (321) 208-6694, Mikey at (321) 543-9347 or Sandy at (321) 759-5242.

The network is also looking for someone to donate their time to provide holiday or dancing music at the event.

Florida Tech's swimming schedule unveiled: Florida Tech's men's and women's swimming teams will compete in 11 races this upcoming season, with five scheduled to take place at the Panther Aquatic Center.

FIT will began its season on the road in Boca Raton on Saturday, Oct. 12. The women were scheduled to race against fellow Sunshine State Conference members Lynn and Saint Leo, while the men were scheduled to race alongside Saint Leo, since Lynn does not have a men's team.

The Panthers will open the home portion of their schedule on Tuesday, Nov. 22 against Tampa. Three weeks later, they will take part in the Fourth Annual Shark Invitational, hosted by Nova Southeastern from Dec. 14-17.

They will kick off 2014 by racing at home on New Year's Day against Lewis. The race will mark the first of three consecutive home meets, as Mount Union will visit Melbourne on Jan. 5 and Savannah College of Art and Design on Jan. 11.

FIT will conclude the regular season by hosting Rollins at the Panther Aquatic Center on Jan. 18.

The Sunshine State Conference Championships are scheduled for Feb. 19-22 at the YMCA Aquatic Center in Orlando. Qualifying swimmers will then move on to the NCAA Division II Championships in Geneva, Ohio from March 12-15.

2013-14 Men's schedule: http://www.floridatechsports.com/mswim/schedule/

2013-14 Women's schedule: http://www.floridatechsports.com/wswim/schedule.

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 23

'Best Pets of Brevard' calendar now available: The Central Brevard Humane Society is proud to sponsor its 22nd Anniversary 2014 "Best Pets of Brevard" calendar.

Gracing the cover are Burl, Nadine & Farrah, three Terrier pups "hamming it up" on their yacht in Florida waters.

Other features of the calendar include the "In Loving Memory" of pets that have passed away, Honorable Mentions, Paws of Distinction and special "money saving" coupons.

Copies of the calendar are $10 each and can be purchased at the Central Brevard Humane Society at 1020 Cox Road in Cocoa; any of the four Molly Mutt Thrift Shops in Melbourne, Merritt Island, Palm Bay and Rockledge; the "new" Merritt Island Adoption Center; local veterinary offices; and online at www.crittersavers.com.

Proceeds from the sales of these calendars will help raise awareness and financial support for the "unwanted and abandoned" pets that visit the shelter each year, who need a safe and loving "forever" home.

For more information, contact the Central Brevard Humane Society at (321) 636-3343 or visit www.crittersavers.com.

THURSDAY, OCT. 24

Reservations due for officer's luncheon: The Association of Former Intelligence Officers Florida Satellite Chapter will host a luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Eau Gallie Yacht Club, 100 Datura Drive, Indian Harbour Beach.

The guest speaker, Russell Hays, senior FBI agent and head director of the Brevard Joint Terrorism Task Force, will speak about the transformation of the FBI and the JTTF counter-terrorism work in Brevard County.

Cost for the lunch is $28. Prepaid reservations are mandatory by Thursday, Oct. 24.

For more information and to RSVP, call Bobbie Keith at (321) 777-5561.

Beachside Fall Festival: Holy Name of Jesus Catholic School has annually run the Beachside Fall Festival for the last 25 years to celebrate and support the school.

The event includes carnival rides, a ferris wheel, lotto, carnival games, face painting, a plant sale, bake sale and ice cream.

New this year will be an art show with local vendors from 5-10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24; 5-11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25; noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26; and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27.

There will be food from local restaurants, like Skewers and Charlie and Jake's. Pizza and beer will also be at the event. It's a one-stop shop of entertainment.

There will be ride-all-day armbands offered for sale at the festival on Thursday and Sunday only.

The armbands cost $20. There will be $60 all-weekend armbands available at the school for school families and parishioners. Otherwise, the ride tickets are sold for $1 each or a book of 20 for $18. Each ride requires from 2-4 tickets. An ATM will be available.

The Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Community is at 3050 N. Highway A1A, Indialantic.

For more information, call (321) 773-2783, Ext. 124.

Breast cancer awareness firefighter T-shirts: The Palm Bay Firefighters Community Benevolent has announced its annual T-shirt campaign in support of breast cancer awareness.

The campaign seeks to raise money through the sale of T-shirts sporting the Palm Bay Firefighters Community Benevolent logo on the front and the firefighter symbol on the back.

Traditionally, the shirts have been the symbolic pink color, but this year the shirts are a bolder black color with a hot-pink colored logo and lettering.

The firefighters have again chosen to donate this year's proceeds to the Cancer Care Foundation of Brevard and the United Order True Sisters, Chapter 66. Both organizations provide support to local cancer patients and their families, along with free mammograms and other cancer screenings as a form of prevention.

The Cancer Care Foundation of Brevard assists the uninsured and underinsured patient with transportation, rent/utility and medication and other financial assistance. The foundation also offers cancer survivors and caregivers several cancer support groups in addition to prevention, education and support of ongoing cancer research.

The United Order True Sisters Inc., Chapter 66, is the Space Coast's chapter of the nation's oldest women's charitable organization. The group allocates funds toward home provisions and personal service for the medically and financially indigent cancer patient.

The T-shirts were designed and created by Red Letter Threads of Palm Bay.

Shirt prices are as follows: Ladies v-necks $15 in S-XXL; Regular tees $10 in S-XL; Regular tees XXL $12; Youth size S-L $10; Long sleeve shirts $20 in S-XL.

Shirts may be purchased from the Palm Bay Firefighters by calling the local office at (321) 723-3036 or by stopping into Palm Bay Fire Station No. 1, located at 1201 Port Malabar Blvd, Palm Bay.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Lodge open for events: The Melbourne Elks Lodge 1744, located at 211 S. Nieman Ave., Melbourne, has announced the availability of its lodge facilities to host your annual event.

The lodge banquet room can hold as many as 150 people, with room for a band or a DJ; it has a 20-foot by 30-foot dance floor, a full service bar and a full kitchen, able to prepare full meals or light snacks. In season, it shines with a fully decorated Christmas tree.

For more information, contact the lodge at (321) 768-1744, and a representative will contact you with full details and costs. Rental cost is reasonable, and dates are booking up quickly.

The lodge can be rented for luncheons or dinners with many menu choices available.

So, why not book your next Christmas party or office meeting at Melbourne Elks Lodge 1744 today?

Get the latest in trendsetting beauty at Sephora: Beauty seekers in the Merritt Island area have reason to celebrate.

Sephora, the ultimate beauty destination and JCPenney, one of America's leading retailers, are opening a location in the JCPenney department store at Merritt Square Mall on Friday, Oct. 25.

And what's even more beautiful? The first 100 clients to show up at the grand opening will dip into the stash of Sephora inside JCPenney gift cards, with mystery values worth up to $100. Plus, Sephora is giving away 600 giveaway bags, stuffed with fabulous samples. Now that's a pretty good reason to start shopping.

Each Sephora inside a JCPenney location is situated prominently in the center of the store.

'Pumpkins in the Park 5K:' This 5K run/walk will be from 5-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, at Riverfront Park in Cocoa Village.

The event will benefit the Junior League of Central and North Brevard.

For more information, call (321) 453-5718 or visit www.brevardjuniorleague.org.

Kids Klub costume party: This is a parent-free evening for the kids, ages 6-12.

It will be from 6-9:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, at the Crane Community Center, 1440 Mosswood Drive, Melbourne.

Join in for fun activities, such as music, games, snacks, kids costume contest and prizes.

Volunteers are needed to decorate and help with games. Crane is currently accepting donations of candies and decorations.

If you are interested in donating or volunteering, email jwoodring@melbourneflorida.org or call (321) 255-4609.

For more information, visit www.cranecc@melbourneflorida.org.

Celebrating 25 years of storytelling: In October 1988, the Brevard Theatrical Ensemble began entertaining audiences by telling stories that raised goose bumps or just made you remember to look behind yourself when you entered a dark street.

With yard chairs and flashlights, they gathered under a huge oak tree in Cocoa Village. The moss swayed, as the early evening breezes danced around them; and that was the beginning of the yearly October Telling.

It has been an adventure to choose tellers and material that capture young and old listeners.

The first few years they had to invite tellers from all over the state to participate in this yearly program; but then Brevard residents became interested in learning the ancient art of storytelling, and now BTE has a talented group of performers that devote time and energy to produce programs that have been enjoyed by more than 80,000 listeners.

Come and join them at the Porcher House to celebrate their 25th birthday at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 25 and 26.

The Porcher House is at 434 Delannoy Ave., Cocoa Village.

Master Tellers will spin tales that you will not soon forget.

Cost for adults is $10. Cost for students is $5. There is limited seating. Reserve early.

For tickets, call (321) 676-0697.

For more information about the Brevard Theatrical Ensemble, visit www.brevardensemble.com.

Golf tournament: The Brevard County Parks & Recreation Department has scheduled its seventh annual golf tournament to benefit its disabilities program.

It will be at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26 at the Habitat Golf Course, 3591 Fairgreen St., Grant-Valkaria.

Entry fee is $60 per player. The fee includes:

Greens fees

Cart rental

Range balls

Catered lunch by Shells

Goodie bags

Awards

For more information, call (321) 952-3222

Brevard County Epilepsy Walk and Auction: The Wickham Park Amphitheater, 2500 Parkway Drive, in Melbourne is the site of this year's Brevard County Epilepsy Walk and Auction at 9 a.m.

There will be food and beverages, the Stevie Legend Band, a silent auction, face painting, vendors and more.

Wear your Halloween costumes and have a family day of fun.

For more information, call (321) 253-4112 or (866) 864-1416, Ext. 102.

Fall orchid Fair: Brevard County Orchid Society is holding its 53rd annual Fall Orchid Fair from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26 and Sunday, Oct. 27.

Cost is $5 per person, with children, 12 and younger, admitted free.

The event will be at the Melbourne Auditorium, 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd., Melbourne.

Special Features will be vendors of orchids, orchid supplies and orchid arts and crafts.

There will be free orchid seminars each day at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Visit http://thebcos.org for times and topics.

Paws in the Park: The Central Brevard Humane Society will be hosting the 11th Annual Paws in the Park - "Celebrating Friendships With Our Furry Companions That Last a Lifetime" - on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Wickham Park Main Pavilion in Melbourne, located on the grounds of Eastern Florida State College's Melbourne Campus on Wickham Road.

Sponsorship opportunities are available for individuals and businesses at all levels, beginning at $100 for the "Bronze Paws" sponsorship and up to $1,000 and above for the primary sponsorship, "Platinum Paws."

This annual event is of high-quality, features extensive promotion and offers a fantastic "bang for your buck" for sponsors - all while having exceptionally high charitable return for the homeless animals in the community.

The cost for businesses to be a part of the vendor village is $50. All rescue groups may participate at "no charge" (pending space availability). Vendors and rescue groups must supply their own tables, chairs, promotional materials, display racks and setup staff.

This fun, interactive pet fundraiser will kick-off with a quarter mile "dog" walk-a-thon around the Wickham Park Main Pavilion, led by the Paws and Stripes Program participants. People of all ages are encouraged to bring their four-legged friends along during the walk, but an animal friend is not required for participation.

From the largest teams to individual walkers, everyone's support is needed to help raise funds to care for the homeless animals of Brevard. The top three walkers with the most pledge dollars will receive a "fabulous" prize, and the first 75 walkers with pledges of $20 or more receive a free "Paws in the Park" T-shirt.

Sponsorship forms for walkers are available for download at www.crittersavers.com. All proceeds raised from this event will benefit the homeless animals in the community.

In addition to the walk-a-thon, the event will include the Halloween "Spooktacular" costume contest, along with the Companion/Pet Look-a-like and Best Pet Trick contests, live entertainment, a pet psychic, great food, a vendor village, rescue groups and "ask a vet tech" booth.

Admission and parking are free. All animals must be on a leash and have proof of current shots along with a county tag.

For more information, contact the Central Brevard Humane Society at (321) 636-3343 or visit www.crittersavers.com.

Bunco party: The Pilot Club of South Brevard will present a bunco party from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at The Fountains of Melbourne, 4451 Stack Blvd., Melbourne.

Cost is $10.

For more information, contact: Barbara Acree at (321) 327-4442.

Foo Dog Days benefit: On Saturday, Oct. 26, the Central Brevard Humane Society and Foo Bar, located at 816 E. New Haven Ave., in Historic Downtown Melbourne, will be hosting Foo Dog Days, from 1-4 p.m.

This monthly event will feature adoptable animals from the Humane Society, complimentary hors d'oeuvres and doggie treats, raffles, drink specials and much more! Admission is free.

All animals must be on a leash or in a carrier and have proof of current shots, along with a county tag.

Donations of pet supplies will be accepted during the event for the homeless animals at the shelter in Cocoa and its "recently opened" Merritt Island Adoption Center, located at 155 Pioneer Road on Merritt Island.

The Central Brevard Humane Society will also be there, providing the public with fun educational information about responsible pet ownership, and will have merchandise available for purchase.

Proceeds from this event will help to raise awareness and financial support for the "unwanted and abandoned" pets that visit the Central Brevard 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 or visit www.crittersavers.com.

'Boo-licious Bash: In celebration of Halloween, Melbourne Square invites the community to the annual Simon Kidgits Club Boo-licious Bash event on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 1 p.m., providing children the chance to enjoy the fall holiday with a special spooky experience that's close to home.

There will be interactive, yet festive, activities for families to enjoy.

In celebration of Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment's Blu-ray/DVD releases of children's movies "The Croods" (Oct. 1), "Monsters vs. Aliens: Cloning Around" (Oct. 15), "Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness: The Scorpion Sting" (Oct. 15) and "Dragons Riders of Berk Part 1 and Part 2" (July 23), kids can partake in even more activities inspired by the films.

The Simon Kidgits Club is a fun and informative program that focuses on health, wellness, education, safety and entertainment for children ages 3-8.

Kidgits Club members receive a variety of perks and goodies, including a Kidgits Club T-shirt, membership card, birthday gift, chance to spin the prize wheel each visit to the mall, discounts and scheduled activities.

For more information about the Simon Kidgits Club, visit http://www.simon.com/kidgits/.

SSWD to meet in Cocoa Beach: The Single, Separated, Widowed and Divorced group will meet at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, to play bingo at the gym at the Church of Our Saviour, 5301 N. Atlantic Ave., Cocoa Beach.

All are welcome to join the group.

Call (321) 868-7775 for details.

Space Coast Inventors: The Eau Gallie Public Library, 1521 Pineapple Ave., Melbourne, will host the Space Coast Inventors Guild from 2-4:45 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26.

Membership is not required. Everyone is welcome and invited to participate.

There is no charge for this free community service.

For more information, call (321) 768-1234.

Pumpkin flashlight hunt: This year's pumpkin flashlight hunt will be from 8-9:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Crane Community Center, 1440 Mosswood Drive, Melbourne.

Children, 16 and older, may participate. Cost is $7 per person.

Race for the Prizes: Feel like a kid again and race to find the pumpkins with prizes.

Munchies and drinks will be provided.

Crane is currently accepting donations of candies and decorations.

If you are interested in donating, email jwoodring@melbourneflorida.org or call (321) 255-4609.

For more information, visit www.cranecc@melbourneflorida.org.

Domestic Violence Awareness 5K Fun Run: This 5K is presented by Serene Harbor, Inc., Domestic Violence Shelter and University of Central Florida College of Business Cornerstone Students.

It is called the Domestic Violence Awareness 5K Fun Run, however, participants are not required to run, they may walk.

The event is being held to raise awareness and funds for victims of domestic violence in Brevard County.

There is a minimum $10 donation, and refreshments will be provided.

The fun run is at 8 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 27.

Show up at 7:30 a.m. at Pavilion No. 4 in Wickham Park in Melbourne, to register or call (386) 341-7164 or email sereneharbor.inc.ucf@gmail.com.

New organ dedication: The Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 12 E. Avenue A, Melbourne, will be dedicating its new organ at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27.

There will be an organ recital, with refreshments, afterwards.

For more information, call (321) 723-4152 or visit www.icrmelbourne.org.

'Soul Surfer' Bethany Hamilton appearance: The United Methodist Church of Cocoa Beach and the Free Spirits Youth Group will present guest speaker Bethany Hamilton from 5-7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27.

General admission tickets are free and will be available at the church Oct. 17 from 6-8 p.m. on a first-come first-served basis.

Children, younger than 18, must be accompanied by an adult to receive a free ticket.

Special VIP Bethany Hamilton meet-and-great tickets are available for purchase.

The church is at 3300 N. Atlantic Ave., Cocoa Beach.

For more information, call (321) 783-8991.

Trunk or Treat at Ascension Lutheran Church: Join in Sunday, Oct. 27, from 5-7 p.m. for the annual trunk or treat event.

Festivities include trunk or treating, hot dogs, water, soda and games.

Kids, come dressed in your favorite costume, and parents can, too. Bring a big bag for goodies and come have fun.

The event will be at 1053 Pinetree Drive, Indian Harbour Beach.

For more information, call (321) 773-1815.




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