FRIDAY, JULY 4
Libraries closed for holiday: All Brevard County Public Libraries will be closed on Independence Day, Friday, July 4.
Opening at golf advisory board: The District 5 Commission Office is looking for a volunteer to fill an opening for the Public Golf Advisory Board.
The Public Golf Advisory Board provides recommendations through the Parks and Recreation Department to the Board of County Commissioners on policies and programs, related to capital improvements to existing golf courses and the promotion of golfing activities at county public courses.
No experience is necessary, but a strong management or business background is requested; and volunteers should enjoy the game of golf.
Volunteers must be able to attend at least four meetings annually. The Public Golf Advisory Board meets quarterly, as needed. A term is for one year.
If interested in being appointed to this board, email your resume to the District Five Commission Office at D5.Commissioner@brevardcounty.us or call (321) 253-6611.
Hospice of St. Francis seeks volunteers: Hospice of St. Francis is seeking caring people, who would like to become hospice volunteers.
It is in particular need of assistance in the following areas: respite care for families, making friendly visits to hospice patients, living in nursing homes and assisted living facilities in the Melbourne and Palm Bay area, running errands and providing transportation.
Volunteer opportunities are also available in other capacities throughout Brevard County.
No previous experience is needed. Training is provided at no cost to the participants.
To qualify for volunteering, you must pre-register and attend all classes.
The Melbourne training class will be held at the Hospice of St. Francis' Melbourne office, located at 4875 N. Wickham Road, Suite 108, 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.
SATURDAY, JULY 5
Touch a terrapin: The Barrier Island Center, 8385 S. Highway A1A, Melbourne Beach, will present the "Touch-A-Terrapin Tank at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 5.
Interact with diamond back terrapin and spineless wonders of the sea.
For more information, call (321) 723-3556 or visit www.barrierislandcenter.com.
Brevard Zoo's Summer Saturday Nights series: Brevard Zoo is preparing for the 12th annual Summer Saturday Nights series.
It is offering organizations the opportunity to partner with the zoo for this popular event.
Sponsoring this event makes it possible for hundreds of people to beat the summertime heat and enjoy the zoo and live music in the evening, all at a reduced admission price.
SSN takes place every Saturday night in June and July when the zoo stays open until 9 p.m., with a local band performing live music from 6-8:30 p.m. each night.
Visitors will be able to see many of the animals out on exhibit until dusk, with a special animal encounter at 7 p.m. Guests can also kayak, ride the train and feed the giraffes for an additional charge.
Fun activities and unique animal and/or conservation themes are planned for each night.
Each year organizations help underwrite the cost to lower admission to $6 (daytime admission is $16) by becoming a sponsor. Each sponsor gets to choose an exclusive night to meet guests, and receives two months of online advertising, in addition to print, radio and cable ads. The overall two-month promotion reaches more than one million people.
Summer Saturday Nights is a great way to give back to the community, while giving valuable support to the zoo and its many extraordinary programs.
To learn more about the event dates and this and other promotional opportunities, contact Shirley Kennedy at (321) 254-9453, Ext. 485, or by email at email@example.com.
SUNDAY, JULY 6
Summer Food Service Program: Brevard County Parks and Recreation will be participating in the Summer Food Service Program until Aug. 15.
Nutritionally balanced meals will be provided to all children, regardless of race, color, sex, disability, age or national origin, during summer vacation, when school breakfasts and lunches are not available.
All children, 18 and younger, if open site, are eligible for meals at no charge; and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.
The programs are only approved for geographical areas of need, where 50 percent or more of the children qualify for free and reduced-price meals during the school year.
For more information, call (321) 633-1874.
Volunteers needed for walk: The 2014 Brevard Epilepsy Walk needs volunteers to help with the upcoming walk, to be held on Oct. 18 at the Wickham Park Amphitheater, 2500 Parkway Drive, Melbourne.
If you are able to assist, call (321) 253-4112 or (407) 422-1416, Ext.102.
MONDAY, JULY 7
City of Melbourne's Teen Extreme Summer Camp: The Teen Extreme summer camp is a great opportunity for kids, 12-15 (must be 12 by Dec. 31, 2014) to experience nine weeks of non-stop fun summer activities.
The camp includes fun indoor and outdoor activities. There are field trips, games, arts and crafts and more.
Cost includes all activities. A one-time T-shirt fee of $10 is due at registration. Cost is $133 per week for city of Melbourne residents and $160 per week for non-residents.
Camp is Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. through Aug. 1.
Bring your child's birth certificate and parent/guardian proof of residency and ID. All camps are on a first-come, first-served basis. If the week you desire is full, you may be put on a waiting list. There will be a 20 percent discount for each additional family member. Payment methods are cash, check, Discover, Visa or MasterCard.
Camp registration can be taken in person at the Eau Gallie Civic Center, or online (online user ID & password required):
Financial assistance is available for city of Melbourne residents.
For more information, call the Eau Gallie Civic Center at (321) 255-4608.
City of Melbourne Crane summer camp: The Crane Summer Express Camp will be Monday through Friday, through Aug. 1 from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Cost for residents will be $133, with non-residents paying $160. A second-child discount and financial assistance is available.
The camp is for children, 6-11. Space is limited.
Kids, join in for daily activities, trips, games and a chance to reunite with old friends and make new ones. Sign up now to reserve your spot!
The Crane Community Center is at 1440 Mosswood Drive, Melbourne.
For more information, call (321) 255-4609 or visit firstname.lastname@example.org.
City of Melbourne Lipscomb summer camp: The city of Melbourne will present the Lipscomb Park Summer Camp Monday through Friday, through Aug. 1 from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Cost is $64 for residents and $77 for non-residents, per week. There will be a 20 percent discount for each additional child. Financial assistance is available. Call for more information
The summer camp includes field trips, sports and educational activities, as well as weekly themes to explore for nine weeks.
There is a one-time T-shirt fee of $7 for each child. Children must bring their own lunch and snack each day. Ages are 6-11; children must be 6 by the first day of camp.
The Lipscomb Community Center is at 3316 Monroe St., Melbourne.
If you have questions, call (321) 674-5725.
New Guardian Ad Litem training program: Instead of 30 hours of classroom training, there is a new way to become a volunteer.
Now, you can start training at home, using online links to videos and readings. Then there will be only 12 hours of class time, followed by a pairing with a mentor to complete fieldwork tasks. This type of training helps with flexible scheduling and assists the volunteers in readiness.
Class will be held in Viera, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 7 and then 6-9 p.m. on July 8.
Guardians Ad Litem are citizens who volunteer to become part of a court program to represent the best interests of an assigned child. The volunteer is a representative for the child before the court, social service agencies and the community. He/she also protects the child during the family crisis, court proceedings and follows the child's progress after the court disposes of the case.
Visit http://www.brevardcounty.us/GuardianAdLitem or contact email@example.com for more information about upcoming training dates.
Central Florida Surf School: Lou Maresca and Lisa Mead's Central Florida Surf School invites you to join in this summer for weekly surf camps - a fun, empowering adventure!
Camp sessions are offered from 9:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. in Vero Beach and Ft. Pierce during the following weeks: July 7-11 and July 28 through Aug. 1.
Registration may be completed online at www.surfschoolcamp.com or by calling the office at (321) 733-6422.
For more information, visit www.surfschoolcamp.com.
TUESDAY, JULY 8
Express Network luncheon: The American Business Women's Association will present a Space Coast Women Express luncheon the second Tuesday of every month from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. at the Eau Gallie Yacht Club, 100 Datura Drive, Indian Harbour Beach.
The Tuesday, July 8 event will feature Port Canaveral updates.
Networking begins at 11 a.m., with the meeting, speaker and lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Member lunch reservations are $20, with non-member reservations $25.
Register by phone to Darcie Whitaker at (321) 514-9966 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
There will be no formal meeting in August.
Arctic Blast Tuesdays at Brevard Zoo: Come cool off at the Brevard Zoo during Arctic Blast Tuesdays.
Every Tuesday in July at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., the zoo will drop giant ice cubes into the Paws On play lagoon. 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.
For more information on Arctic Blast Tuesdays, please call (321) 254-9453.
Brevard Zoo is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The last admission is at 4:15 p.m. Treetop Trek is open daily at 9 a.m. The last admission is 3 p.m. for the Treetop Challenge Course and 3:30 p.m. for the Canopy Walk and Chutes and Ladders courses. Parking is always free. Twenty-five cents of every admission to Brevard Zoo supports the Zoo's conservation projects through Quarters for Conservation.
The zoo is located at 8225 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne.
Summer at the beach library: The Melbourne Beach Library has announced its summer programs for the entire family to enjoy. All are welcome.
Tuesday, July 8 at 3 p.m. - Bits'N Pieces Puppet Theatre. Join master puppeteer, Jerry Bickel, as he performs the "Tale of Peter Rabbit."
Tuesday, July 15 at 3 p.m. - Grecia's Ballet. Let the Grecia Fenton dancers entertain your entire family, as they perform the "Mad Scientist."
Tuesday, July 22 at 3 p.m. - Wildlife Tree Inc. Join the experienced animal handlers as they feature their live animal ambassadors.
Thursday, July 24 at 3 p.m. - Touch Tank. Come and experience some of the animals who call the Indian River Lagoon home.
Tuesday, July 29 at 3 p.m. - Barry Hinnant Magic. Prepare to be baffled and bedazzled by the magic of Barry Hinnant.
Tuesday, Aug. 5 at 3 p.m. - Dr. Dan the Magic Man. Unusual but always entertaining, let Dr. Dan amaze you with his feats of magic.
The Melbourne Beach Library is at 324 Ocean Ave., Melbourne Beach.
For more information, call (321) 956-5642.
Yoga with Nancy: The Satellite Beach Public Library, 751 Jamaica Blvd., Satellite Beach, will present Yoga with Nancy Tuesdays at 4:30 p.m.
Bring a mat or towel and wear loose, comfortable clothing. Cost is $5 per class.
For more information, contact Nancy at (321) 777-7167.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 9
Ranger-guided kayak tours offered: Join knowledgeable Rangers for a guided kayak/canoe tour from Campbell's Cove near the Sebastian Inlet.
Learn about the Indian River Lagoon and the plants and animals that call it home.
Participants can bring their own kayak or reserve one from the Inlet Marina for a rental fee of $20 for two hours, for a single or double watercraft, with life jacket(s) and paddles included. Personal watercraft pay a launch fee of $3.
Meet one mile north of Sebastian Inlet, turn west at large brown state park sign and follow dirt road to the Inlet Marina.
Program status is dependent on weather conditions so please call ahead to verify status.
Kayak Wednesdays, May through August from 9-11 a.m. at Inlet Marina, 9502 S. Highway A1A, Melbourne Beach.
For more information, call (772) 589-2147 or visit http://www.floridastateparks.org.
THURSDAY, JULY 10
Melbourne Beach Library summer science programs: Students in first grade and older can have fun exploring science this summer at the library. Programs will be held on Thursdays at 3 p.m. on the following dates:
July 10: Optical Illusions: Experiment with color science making a spinning Thaumatrope.
July 17: African Masks: Learn about the masks of Africa and create one of your own.
July 31: Colorful Collage: Join us in celebrating the 45th anniversary of Eric Carle's book, "The Very Hungry Caterpillar," by creating a mixed media collage.
Aug. 7: Stormwater Mayhem: Hear Elizabeth Melvin, as she talks about stormwater, and shows us how to create a beautiful dragonfly to take home.
The Melbourne Beach Library is at 324 Ocean Ave., Melbourne Beach.
For more information, call (321) 956-5642.
American kenpo karate: The Eau Gallie Civic Center will offer American kenpo karate from 5-5:30 p.m. for beginners and 6-7 p.m. for continuing students, ages 9 and older, on Thursdays.
The classes will be held at the civic center, 1551 Highland Ave., Melbourne.
For more information, call (321) 255-4608 or (321) 676-9831 to register.
Lifelong Scholar Society Summer 2014: The Continuing Education Department of Florida Institute of Technology will present the following events as part of the Lifelong Scholar Society:
Hurricane Season 2014: 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 10 at Foosaner Auditorium
Science, Technology and the American Narrative: 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 24 at the Florida Tech Commons
The World's Most Hilarious Man: Aristophanes: 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7 at Foosaner Auditorium
Does the Indian River Lagoon Need Weightwatchers?: 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21 at Foosaner Auditorium
General admission is $20, or $10 with membership.
For more information, visit www.fit.edu/continuing-ed, call (321) 674-8382 or visit http://bit.ly.com/fitlss.
Volunteers needed: The Satellite Beach Public Library, 751 Jamaica Blvd., Satellite Beach, is looking for volunteers to help sort book donations for the library's upcoming mini book sale in September.
The Friends of the Library will be in the community room at 2 p.m. Friday, July 11 for the book sort.
For more information, call (321) 779-4004.
Studio Z events: Studio Z at 1411 Highland Ave., Melbourne, will present: JulyTEEN NIGHTZ July 12, 19, 26 and Aug. 2 from 7-10 p.m. Buy tickets online for $15 at www.studiozflorida.com/1154.class.
Wine & Silk Painting: June 27 from 6-8 p.m. Cost is $45. Register online at www.studiozflorida.com/1023.class.
Wine & Painting: July 11 from 6-8 p.m. cost is $40. Register online at www.studiozflorida.com/1161.class.
Audition notice at Surfside Players: Auditions for "Lend Me A Tenor" will be at 7 p.m. Sunday and Monday, July 13 and 14 on Ramp Road in Cocoa Beach.
The Cleveland Grand Opera Company is primed to welcome world famous Tito Morelli, Il Stupendo, the greatest tenor of his generation, to appear for one night only as Otello. But through a series of mishaps, Morelli is given a double dose of tranquilizers and passes out one hour before curtain; his pulse so low that he appears to be dead. In a frantic attempt to salvage the evening, general manager Saunders persuades his assistant Max to get into costume and fool the audience into thinking he's Il Stupendo!
"Lend Me A Tenor," the farce by Ken Ludwig, will not only be the hilarious start to Surfside Players' 56th crowd-pleasing season, but an important milestone for director Bryan Bergeron: his 200th main stage show directed.
Surfside needs four men and four women of varying ages.
Performances will be Sept. 5-21 (three weekends).
More details and audition requirements can be found at www.surfsideplayers.com.
FIT football season tickets on sale: Season tickets for Florida Tech's second season of football are available for purchase. Season tickets sold out last year and demand may result in yet another sell-out of season tickets by opening kickoff.
The Panthers are scheduled to play five home games this fall; four are against Gulf South Conference opponents, at Palm Bay High School's Pirate Stadium. Four of the home games will begin at 6 p.m. or later. The only afternoon kickoff is Homecoming on Saturday, Oct. 25.
Led by head coach Steve Englehart, FIT hosts Ave Maria in its home opener in week two of the season on Sept. 13 at 6 p.m.
All season tickets are located in the premium seating section in the east stands at Pirate Stadium. The section is between the 30-yard lines and all seats in this section only are reserved.
The season ticket prices for the 2014 season remain the same as the first season: $65 for adults and $40 for seniors, ages 65 and older, children ages 5-16 and FIT faculty and staff.
Season-ticket orders will be accepted over the phone through the FIT Ticket Office at (321) 674-6228 or by stopping by the Clemente Center Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For questions, please call the ticket office at the number above or e-mail AthleticsTickets@fit.edu
Pet Calendar Contest deadline: July 18: It's that time again for your pet to "strike a pose!" So, dust off your camera, set up the lighting and get ready for your pet to be an instant celebrity or maybe even Mr. or Ms. July!
The Central Brevard Humane Society is sponsoring its 23rd Annual "Best Pets of Brevard" photo contest for its 2015 calendar.
Don't let this opportunity pass you by. It's a chance to have your companion (furry, feathery or scaly) grace the cover of what has become an annual tradition
The cost for each entry is $10 per "pet" photo.
To enter your pet into the "Best Pets of Brevard" photo contest, simply download a copy of the entry form by going to crittersavers.com or stopping by the Humane Society, at 1020 Cox Road, Cocoa; the Merritt Island Adoption Center, 155 Pioneer Road, Merritt Island; or by visiting any of the four Molly Mutt Thrift Shops - Merritt Island, Melbourne, Rockledge and Palm Bay.
Once the form has been completed, mail it along with your "pet" photo and payment to the Central Brevard Humane Society, Attn: 2015 "Best Pets of Brevard" Calendar Contest, 1020 Cox Road, Cocoa, FL 32926.
Submitted photographs must be no bigger than 5" x 7" color photos (horizontal only); no black & white photos will be accepted for the contest. Original photos only. No electronic images.
All calendar entries must be received no later than Friday, July 18.
All photos will remain property of the Central Brevard Humane Society and will not be returned.
Has your animal 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.
All proceeds from this fundraiser will help raise awareness and financial support for the "unwanted and abandoned" pets that visit the shelter and adoption center each year, who need a safe and loving "forever" home.
For more information, contact the Central Brevard Humane Society at (321) 636-3343.
Physical fitness event: Beach Bodies Health and Fitness in Indialantic is hosting the Beach Bodies Classic, which is a competition, based upon physical fitness.
It will be July 26 at The Melbourne Auditorium, and you can find additional details, ie., host hotel, fees, etc., via the website at http://www.beachbodiesclassic.com/.
This event has two industry famous posers, Jeannea Burritt and Ty Pope. There could be an attendance of 1,500 or more people.
There are also advertising tables that are still available, but filling rather quickly. They cost $150, which includes the entire session, morning and evening.
For more information, contact Briana Haggerty at http://www.allstarpoolsofbrevard.com or (321) 409-6099.