FRIDAY, OCT. 5
. Purses With a Purpose luncheon: Serene Harbor's Seventh Annual Purses with a Purpose luncheon is on Friday, Oct. 5, at the Crowne Plaza, Indialantic from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
There are three meal choices and a place to indicate who you would like to sit with. Tables fill up quickly.
Tickets cost $40 and can be purchased at www.sereneharbor.org.
For more information, call Nancy Peltonen at (321) 726-8282 for more information.
. Annual golf classic at Baytree: The Space Coast Florida Chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction will hold its 16th Annual Golf Classic on Friday, Oct. 5, at Baytree National Golf Links, 8207 National Drive, Melbourne.
The event begins with registration and lunch at 11 a.m. followed by a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m.
The cost is $80 per person.
Call Karen at (321) 544-7784 for more information.
. Tenth anniversary book sale: The Friends of the Melbourne Beach Library will host a book sale on Friday, Oct. 5, from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 6, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Friends of the Melbourne Beach Library can come in early from 9-11 a.m. Friday morning.
On Friday, baked goods will be sold in the small conference room.
Come on out to buy a book for your home library and to benefit the Melbourne Beach Library.
All proceeds benefit the library's children's and adult program and assist in purchasing materials for circulation.
The Melbourne Beach Library is located at 324 Ocean Ave., Melbourne Beach.
For more information, call the library at (321) 956-5642.
. Fall festival coming up: Melbourne Main Street has announced that the 2012 Fall Festival is coming Oct. 5-7.
A tradition now in its 19th year, last year the Melbourne Main Street Fall Festival show featured 153 artists booths taking part in a juried arts and craft show, a patron program, live music, food, wine, beverages, vendors and entertainment for families, young adults, professionals and retirees.
This year's festival will once again feature a juried art show with nationally renowned artists and live concerts.
Performers include Tone Loc, The Supervillains and Unknown Hinson from "Squidbillies."
The festival will also be raising the fun factor this year with the addition of a Silent Disco.
Most commonly known in this region for its annual presence at the Bonnaroo Music Festival, silent discos are quickly becoming a must-have addition at dozens of festivals, clubs, Greek / university events, and private parties.
Rather than using a traditional speaker system, a silent disco features live music that is broadcasted and picked up by specially designed wireless headphones worn by the audience. Those without the headphones hear no music, giving the effect of a room full of people dancing to silence.
Historic Downtown Melbourne features quaint tree-lined streets and an assortment of unique retail shops, art galleries, antique stores and fine restaurants. Downtown Melbourne has become the entertainment destination for Brevard County residents, bringing people from neighboring Indian River and Orange counties.
Don't miss the fun starting at 6 p.m. sharp on Friday, Oct. 5.
For more information, visit www.MelbourneFallFest.org.
. YouthBuild Program seeks participants: Following the recent award of its third U.S. Department of Labor grant, Brevard Community College's Space Coast YouthBuild has started the enrollment process to recruit its next class of 16 students.
The goal of this workforce development program is to assist at-risk youth to attain a high school credential and further their education or technical/vocational training toward employment in an economically sustaining career. Sixty-five students will be served during the three year grant period.
Applicants must be 16-24, not have a high school diploma or GED and be withdrawn from high school.
Students are selected through a process, which includes interviews and participation in an unpaid orientation, giving them the chance to have a successful future that might otherwise be lost.
Information sessions about this free program will be held in October; registration is required.
Those interested should contact Amy Andrews at (321) 433-7383 or Cosanne Mistretta at (321) 433-7477.
SATURDAY, OCT. 6
. Free parenting workshop offered: Brevard Public Schools is offering its seventh annual "Parenting in Today's World" workshop.
This free workshop will be held at the Brevard County School Board building, 2700 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera, from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 6.
Sharon Tolson, director of Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resource System, will be the keynote speaker.
Her talk is titled "Enjoy the Parenting Journey."
She will provide practical and inspiring information to help parents navigate the twists, turns and bumps on the road of parenting.
Following the keynote address, there will be breakout sessions.
For more information and/or to register, contact Ginny Gleason at Gleason.email@example.com or call (321) 633-1000, Ext. 389.
. Blessing of the Animals: The Church of Our Savior, 5301 N. Atlantic Ave., Cocoa Beach, Saturday, Oct. 6, at 10 a.m.
Get a special picture taken with a $5 donation. There will be chances to win a gift basket.
Bring the entire family for a special blessing.
All pets must be on a leash or in appropriate carriers and have current vaccinations and tags for the safety of our animals and friends.
All donations will benefit the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Florida Wildlife Hospital & Sanctuary.
For more information, call (321) 698-1419.
. St. John's 'Blessing of the Animals:' St. John's Episcopal Church will offer a "Blessing of the Animals" at Eau Gallie Square, at the corner of Eau Gallie Boulevard and Highland Avenue, Melbourne, Saturday, Oct. 6, 10 a.m. to noon.
Blessings will start at 10 a.m.
The pet parade will start at 10:30 a.m.
There will be prizes for the "furriest," "scariest," "largest," "smallest," "most slimey," etc.
Blessings will resume after the "parade."
For more information, call (321) 254-3365 or (321)777-0168.
. 'Star Wars' Storytime: The Children's Department at Barnes & Noble, 1955 W. New Haven Ave., West Melbourne, presents "Star Wars Storytime" at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6.
Come in "Star Wars" costume and listen to a Star Wars Story.
Recommended age is 4-8.
Star Wars Reads Day will be at 1 p.m. for "Stars Wars" fans of all ages.
For more information, call (321) 726-8817 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
. Art auction and sales: The Unitarian Universalist Church of Brevard is hosting an art auction on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 2-5 p.m. at 2185 Meadowlane Ave., West Melbourne.
The art auction includes a silent art auction, art sales, door prizes and a raffle and refreshments.
Tickets cost $4 in advance and $5 at the door. The silent auction closes at 3:30 p.m.
This event is open to the public. Donations of artwork will be accepted.
To donate artwork or to purchase tickets, contact Noreen Poor at (321) 525-5658, email email@example.com or contact Millie McKinley at (321) 610-3000 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The art auction raises funds for "Healing Our World and Ourselves."
. Columbus Day Ball: The Italian-American Club of South Brevard presents a Columbus Day Dinner Dance Ball at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at 1471 Cypress Ave., Melbourne featuring music by Billy Lee.
Dinner includes antipasto, tossed salad, roast pork tenderloin and seasonal veggies, plus assorted desserts, coffee or tea.
The dress is semi-formal. Seating is limited.
Cost is $20 for members and $22 for guests.
Tickets while available through Thursday Oct. 4.
For tickets or more information, call (321) 728-9442 or (321) 242-8044.
. Italian night: Knights of Columbus Council 7408, located on Babcock Street in Palm Bay is hosting an Italian Night on Saturday, Oct. 6.
The social hour begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 p.m., with show and dancing to follow.
The evening is catered by Sopranos Mediterranean Grill & Pasta.
Donations are $20 per person.
For tickets or more information, call Frank Ferrante at (321) 984-3763.
. Fundraising 'casino night:' Ascension Catholic School is hosting a casino night Saturday, Oct. 6 from 7:30-11 p.m. at Ascension Church Social Hall, 2950 N. Harbor City Blvd., Melbourne, to make financial aid available for families to send their children to Ascension Catholic School.
Tickets cost $50 each, which include hors d'oeuvres, beverages, games, music, dancing and raffles.
The theme is "Urban Cowboy."
For tickets and more information, contact email@example.com or call (321) 254-5495, Ext 3003.
SUNDAY, OCT. 7
. Battle of the Bridges Triathlon: Health First presents the Battle of the Bridges Triathlon at Pineapple Park, 1521 Pineapple Ave., Melbourne, Sunday Oct. 7, from 7:15 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Registration is open for the 2012 Battle of the Bridges Triathlon (formerly, Health First Triathlon).
Proceeds from this event will support the Cancer Care Centers of Brevard Foundation and benefit cancer patients and their families in Brevard and Indian River counties.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (321) 426-5145.
MONDAY, OCT. 8
. October computer classes: The Satellite Beach Recreation Department will present the following classes in October.
Pre-registration is required at (321) 773-6458.
. Monday, Oct. 8-15: Introduction to Computers - 10 a.m. to noon. Cost is $20.
This is a very basic class for adults who have never used a computer, but are curious or were thinking about getting a computer.
. Monday, Oct. 22 through Nov. 12 : Computer Fundamentals 1 - 10 a.m. to noon. Cost is $40.
This class is for adults. No prior experience is required. This four-week course provides an introduction to using a personal computer.
. Monday, Oct. 22 through Nov. 12: Computer Fundamentals 3 - 1-3 p.m. Cost is $40.
For adults, this class is a follow up to Computer Fundamentals 1 and 2, or the experience equivalent (basic Windows, Internet, word processing skills.
The instruction provides continued understanding of Windows functions, control panel functions, improved understanding of the Internet, word processing functions and emphasis on file management.
. Wednesday, Oct. 17: Windows DVD Maker Demo - 10:15-11:15 a.m.
The class is free, but you must call to pre-register at (321) 773-6458.
This class is for adults. It is an overview of the features of the DVD movie making program included in Window7/VISTA. Learn how to import and combine photos, videos, music, text and animations to create movies and slideshows.
Bring your personal laptop or share available computers to follow along.
You can also bring a flash drive with personal photos or use the flash drive to take home a copy of the movie created in class.
. Wednesday, Oct. 24 through Nov. 14: Photo Editing - PICASA - 10 a.m. to noon. Cost is $40.
Adults learn how to view, edit and organize the photos on your computer with Google's free software.
This class provides simple ways to adjust light, color and print your photos, create slideshows, photo collages and other ways to "wow" your friends. A basic understanding of a PC is required.
. Tuesday, Oct. 9 through Nov. 13, 6:30-8:30 p.m.: Microsoft Excel. Cost is $50.
This course provides adults an overview of spreadsheet functions.
Microsoft Excel is a widely-used application that helps people analyze information for home and office. Working knowledge of Windows 7/XP/Vista is required.
. Wednesday, Oct. 17, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Video Calling Workshop (Skype!): The class is free, buy you must call to register at (321) 773-6458.
Adults see video calling between computers in action. Download procedures for various programs demonstrated and discussed.
. Wednesday, Oct. 24 through Nov. 14, 12:30-2:30 p.m.: Personal Computer Repair: Cost is $40.
Home PC problems are unpredictable and frustrating. In this class adults will learn how to find the problem, fix it and what caused it. You will even learn how to build a PC.
Some basic knowledge of computers is required.
The Satellite Beach Recreation Department, 1089 S. Patrick Drive, Satellite Beach; office hours are Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
For more information, call (321) 773-6458 or visit www.satellitebeachrecreation.org.
. Library Friends Board meeting: The Friends Board meeting of the Satellite Beach Public Library will meet at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8, at 751 Jamaica Blvd., Satellite Beach.
Final plans for the garage sale and bake sale will be discussed.
For more information, call (321) 779-4004.
TUESDAY, OCT. 9
. 2012 Florida TechXpo: The Melbourne Regional Chamber of East Central Florida presents the second annual Florida TechXpo on Tuesday, Oct. 9, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
TechXpo, referred to as "tech-spo," is an exposition of the technology and innovations created by 100 technology and manufacturing companies throughout Florida.
The event is hosted by Florida Institute of Technology - the only independent, technological university in the southeast - and will be held at the Clemente Center on the FIT campus.
This single-day event allows companies with advanced technologies and innovations to display their products and services to other companies looking for resources and suppliers.
To participate in this one-of-a-kind event, visit the 2012 Florida TechXpo website at www.floridatechxpo.com for complete details on all aspects of the event and to register as an exhibitor, sponsor, or attendee.
For more information, visit www.melbourneregionalchamber.com.
. 'Healthy Aging and Brain Care Tips' seminar: The Satellite Beach United Methodist Church is offering this seminar 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, at 450 Lee Ave., Satellite Beach.
For more information, call (321) 773-8858 or (321) 773-7503.
. Space Coast Women Express Network luncheon: Stephanie Falconi will speak on the quantifiable power of thought in the manifestation of personal success, with a brief discussion of fundamental quantum physics at the American Business Women's Association luncheon 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 9, at the Eau Gallie Yacht Club, 100 Datura Drive, Indian Harbour Beach.
Networking starts at 11 a.m. with the meeting, lunch and speaker 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Register by phone at (321) 795-8761 or email email@example.com.
. Recognize a Brevard veterinarian: Nominate an outstanding local veterinarian for the 2012 James Herriot Award in a letter describing his/her humane deeds and contributions to clients and to the community.
In 2005, Robert Allen, president of the Palm Bay-based Daphne Foundation, instituted the James Herriot Award, named for the best-selling author and veterinarian who was known for his compassion for all animals and there owners, as a way of honoring Brevard's most caring and humane vets who also work to serve their community and animals in need.
Mail the detailed letter to: Daphne Foundation, 1199 Houston St., Melbourne, FL, 32935.
Nominations are also being accepted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline for nominations is Monday, Oct. 22.
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 10
. Free introductory workshop for Women: "Self Discovery is an Exciting Adventure" will be presented Wednesday, Oct. 10, from 10-11:30 a.m. or 6-7:30 p.m. at Archway Counseling Center, 240 N. Babcock St., Melbourne.
Call to register and for more information at (321) 622-5973.
A certified life and strategies coach and certified food psychology coach will help unlock the door to your empowerment, potential, success and goals.
For more information, visit www.cbecoaching.com and www.whatsweighingyoudown.com.
. Maximize your retirement assets: Ayad B. Saad, an Edward Jones financial advisor in Suntree/Viera, is hosting an educational seminar titled "Smart Strategies For Maximizing Your Retirement Assets" at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, at the Suntree Country Club in Melbourne.
A complimentary lunch will be served. This seminar is open to the public.
To reserve a seat, RSVP to Lucille Stanchfield at (321) 255-2552.
THURSDAY, OCT. 11
. Grandparents raising grandchildren meetings:
. Oct. 11 - Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group meeting: 10 a.m. Grant Street Community Center Gym, Grant Street, Melbourne.
For more information, call (321) 631-7776.
. Oct. 16 - Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group meeting: 9:30 a.m. GRG of Brevard County Office, 123 Barton Blvd., Rockledge.
For more information, call (321) 631-7776.
. Oct. 25 - Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group meeting: 9:30 a.m. Memaw's Restaurant, 600 E. Eau Gallie Blvd., Indian Harbour Beach.
For more information, call (321) 631-7776 or visit www.grg-brevard.org.
. Elder's lunch and talks: Presbyterian Church of the Good Shepherd at 810 W. Florida Ave., Melbourne, is sponsoring a light lunch and talks from representatives of Florida Elder Care lawyer and Florida Department of Elder Affairs - Serving Health Insurance needs of Elders talking about health insurance, prescription help, Medicare and Medicaid. This event will be held on Thursday, Oct. 11, from noon to 2 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.
RSVP to the church office, (321) 723-3994.
. Commissioner Infantini town hall meeting: Commissioner Trudie Infantini will be holding a town hall meeting at the South Beach Community Center, 500 Old Florida Trail, Melbourne Beach Thursday, Oct. 11 at 6:30 p.m.
The meeting is to provide the residents with a status update regarding the cell tower and other current developments in the South Beaches.
Residents are encouraged to attend to receive this most important information.
Brevard County's District 3 includes portions of Melbourne, Palm Bay, Malabar, Grant-Valkaria, Micco and the beachside communities from Melbourne Beach south to the county line.
For more information, please contact the District 3 office at (321) 952-6300.
. Arts and crafts fair: St. Sophia Philoptochos Society of St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church will present an arts and crafts fair and St. Katherine Greektoberfest Friday and Saturday, Oct. 12 and 13, at 5965 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne..
For more information, call (321) 254-1045 or visit www.saint-katherine.org.
. Free 'Kicks for Tots' soccer program planned: The Indialantic Youth Soccer Association is offering "Kicks for Tots," a free three-week introduction to soccer program for children ages 2-4 at the Hoover Middle School Athletic Complex, 2000 Hawk Haven Drive, Indialantic.
Sessions will be held from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Friday evenings on Oct. 12, 19 and 26.
Kicks for Tots is a fun introduction to the game of soccer, designed to create a love for the game and a passion for physical fitness in a nurturing environment.
There is no cost to participate in the program; however, each child must have a notarized Hold Harmless Agreement Form in order to participate.
The form is available at www.iysa.net.
Participants are asked to bring along a size 3 soccer ball, sneakers, socks, shorts, shirt, sunscreen and water.
To register your child or for more information, contact Alex Lopez at email@example.com or at (321) 693-4684.
. Attic Treasures and Bake Sale: The Dorcas Circle will hold its fall "Attic Treasures and Bake Sale" Saturday, Oct. 13.
The sale will begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 12:30 p.m. at Suntree United Methodist Church , 7400 N. Wickham Road, Suntree.
Treasures offered for sale include, but are not limited to, small appliances, cookware, glassware, antiques/collectibles, seasonal items, jewelry, bedding, linens, books, toys, sporting goods, pictures, mirrors, silk flowers, CDs, DVDs, miscellaneous items and baked goods from Dorcas' finest bakers. No clothes, old TVs or electronics, old telephones or computers please.
Proceeds from the sale will go to local charities, such as the following:
. Daily Bread: a soup kitchen in Melbourne that feeds more than 200 people daily.
. Devereux: provides behavioral, developmental disability and residential care for children in the area
. Salvation Army Women's Shelter: provides assistance for victims of domestic abuse.
. Space Coast Center for Mothers with Children: provides shelter and job training for mothers.
. Make a Wish Foundation: helps critically ill children realize a dream.
Dorcas Circle would appreciate any contributions of items, such as those listed above, for the sale.
Items can be brought to the church dining room Friday, Oct. 12, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
If you need pick-up, call the person identified below.
For more information about the upcoming sale, call Merle Gelles at (321) 504-9917.
. Palm Bay poker run to benefit 'That Others May Live' Foundation: The Kick Stands Up Poker Run in Palm Bay will be held on Saturday, Oct. 13.
The ride will benefit "That Others May Live" Foundation, a 501 (c)3 nonprofit charitable organization formed to benefit children, who lost a parent or guardian in a United States Air Force search and rescue operational or training mission.
The foundation provides scholarships, family counseling and aid to surviving children of United States Air Force Rescue heroes, who gave the ultimate sacrifice during a rescue mission, training or other personnel recovery collateral mission.
The ride begins at Broken Barrel Tavern, 4700 Babcock St. N.E., Palm Bay, with registration starting at 9 a.m.
Cost to participate is $15 for first-hand and commemorative pin/bar, and $5 for each additional hand.
Goodie bags will be provided to the first 100 riders.
First bike out will be at 10 a.m., with the last bike out at noon.
The ride ends at The Broken Barrel Tavern, 4700 Babcock St. N.E., Palm Bay, with the last bike in at 4 p.m.
All vehicles are welcome.
There will be door prizes for participants, awards for players and raffles, along with a 50/50 opportunity drawing to be awarded starting at 4:30 p.m. inside Broken Barrel.
For more information about the Kick Stands Up Poker Run or to make a donation, visit www.thatothersmaylive.org and click on Upcoming Events to view the flier, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Julie Story at (321) 288-1393.
. Antiques, arts and crafts: Wickham Park Senior Center's Second Annual Antiques, Arts & Crafts and Flea Market will be held on Sunday, Oct. 14, 11a.m. to 4:30 pm.
Vendors are welcome to begin reserving table space at this time.
For more information or to reserve a space, stop by Wickham Park Senior Center, 2785 Leisure Way, Melbourne or call (321) 255-4494.
. Call for nominations for LEAD Brevard's 4 under 40 recognition: Nominations are now open for LEAD Brevard's ninth annual 2013 "4 under 40."
Who are the young leaders in your sphere of influence that are making a difference today? Nominate them for this prestigious recognition.
The individual you nominate should possess the following criteria for this award nomination:
. Demonstrate excellence, creativity, and initiative in their business or profession.
. Provides valuable service by contributing time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community.
. Clearly serves as a role model for others personally and professionally.
. Are younger than the age of 40 on Jan. 1, 2013, and lives or works in Brevard County.
. Showcases a commitment to his/her personal/professional development.
Nominate a young leader today at www.LEADBrevard.org. Nomination forms must be submitted to LEAD Brevard by Oct. 15.
For more information, visit www.LEADBrevard.org or call (321) 632-8222.