FRIDAY, OCT. 12
. Sea Bean Symposium and Beachcombers' Festival: Scientists, authors and sea bean enthusiasts will be present for this two-day event Friday, Oct. 12, and Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Cocoa Beach Public Library, 550 N. Brevard Ave., Cocoa Beach.
For more information, call (321) 868-1104 or visit www.cocoabeachpubliclibrary.org.
. 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.
. McLarty Park 'Parent's Night Out:' Brevard County Parks and Recreation will host a "Parent's Night Out" from 6-11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, at the McLarty Park Community Center, 790 Barton Blvd., Rockledge.
Parents can enjoy a night out while their children enjoy games, crafts, pizza, chips, drinks, a movie and more.
This event is for children in kindergarten through sixth grade.
The fee is $12 per child or $10 for each additional child in the same household.
Registration and payment are due by 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12. Space is limited.
All activities are conducted and supervised by Brevard County Parks and Recreation staff at the McLarty Park Community Center.
To register or for more information please call (321) 633-1870.
SATURDAY, OCT. 13
. Stand Down for Homeless Veterans: National Veterans Homeless Support presents stand downs in two Brevard locations 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13.
The locations will be at the Disabled American Veterans Post 109, 435 Singleton Ave., Titusville, and American Legion Post 117, 189 Veterans Drive S.E., Palm Bay.
For more information, call (888) 787-6847, Ext. 809 or visit www.nvhs.us/standdown.
. 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.
. Fossil Fish: Sturgeon will be discussed by Mike Randall of the U.S. Geological Survey 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at Sams House at Pine Island, 6195 N. Tropical Trail, Merritt Island.
For more information, call (321) 449-4720 or visit www.eelbrevard.com.
. Nature Driving Tour: Join a Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge volunteer for a driving tour on the Refuge shuttle bus to discover the diversity of wildlife and plants that inhabit the refuge.
This program is scheduled for the following Saturdays, Oct. 13 and Oct. 27 at 10 a.m.
Bring binoculars, field guides and insect repellant. 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.
Call to make reservations at (321) 861-5601.
. Discussion of the proposed Constitutional amendments: The League of Women Voters of the Space Coast will host two presentations on the eleven 2012 Proposed Florida Constitutional Amendments, which will be on the ballot in the general election on Nov. 6.
The purpose of each amendment will be discussed along with the effects of voting for or against.
Both presentations will be held on Saturday, Oct. 13: the first at 10 a.m. in the Central Brevard Library, 308 Forrest Ave., Cocoa, and the second at 2 p.m. at the Eau Galle Public Library, 1521 Pineapple Ave., Melbourne.
The event is free and open to the public.
For more information, call (321) 773-8490.
. Home, Garden and Healthy Living Show: The 2012 Fall Space Coast Home, Garden & Healthy Living Show is set for Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Space Coast Stadium in Viera.
This is Brevard County's largest and longest running Home, Garden & Healthy Living Show.
With thousands of square feet of quality exhibits, the Space Coast Home, Garden & Healthy Living Show features comprehensive marketing and promotion including newspaper, radio, television, magazine, direct mail, outdoor and multimedia coverage.
For more information, call (321) 327-2753 or visit www.BrevardProductions.com.
. Adoptable pets events: The Central Brevard Humane Society is offering three different pet adoption events Saturday, Oct. 13.
The first will be 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the society's Molly Mutt III Thrift Shop, 876 N. U.S. Highway 1, Rockledge.
The second will be 11:3 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Molly Mutt I Thrift Shop, 2525 N. Courtenay Parkway, Merritt Island.
The third will be noon to 3 p.m. at the Sunflower House, Merritt Square Mall, 777 E. Merritt Island Causeway, Merritt Island.
For more information, call (321) 636-3343 or visit www.crittersavers.com.
. Fall Festival Chili Cook Off: A Police Athletic League chili cook off, the Big Red Bus, a ladder truck, Sheriff's Office displays, a car cruise, vendors, DJ music, raffles and bounce houses will be featured noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at Manatee Sanctuary Park, 701 Thurm Blvd., Cape Canaveral.
For more information, call (321) 868-1226 or visit www.cityofcapecanaveral.org.
. NAACP nominations at St. Paul: On Saturday, Oct. 13, at 4 p.m. the NAACP Central Brevard County Branch will present a report of the nominating committee, receipt of nominations by petition and election of the Election Supervisory Committee.
These meetings are for the purpose of election of officers and at-large members of the Executive Committee.
For more information, call (321) 632-5547.
SUNDAY, OCT. 14
. Calling all photographers deadline: "All That Art" is a juried photo art competition and exhibition held at the King Center for the Performing Arts in Melbourne, sponsored by The Creative Arts Foundation of Brevard Inc.
Take-in will be Monday, Oct. 29, at the King Center Rotunda from 8:30-10 a.m.
Sixty-two photos will be selected. On Nov. 5, juried photos will be hung for one month in the Harris Gallery in the King Center, and at 4 p.m. the same day, a gala with presentation of awards and monetary prizes will be held.
You may submit as many as five photos. Fees: first photo is $25, with $10. for each addition photo.
The deadline to enter is Sunday, Oct. 14.
For an application, visit www.cafob.org and click on "events."
For more information, call Suzanne Fran at (321) 254 3398.
. Volunteers and decorations needed for Halloween event at Wickham Park: Brevard County Parks and Recreation will be hosting a Halloween event on Friday, Oct. 26 and Saturday, Oct. 27.
The Headless Horseman and the Haunted Stables will take place in the Equestrian Area at Wickham Park, 2500 Parkway Drive, Melbourne.
Volunteers are needed to help design and decorate the stables.
Volunteers will also be needed during the event to dress up and assist in scaring patrons.
Volunteer hours will count towards school and club requirements.
This event is targeted at older children, teens and adults, and interested volunteers should fall into this target audience.
Volunteer groups and service groups that are interested in participating, should contact Tabitha Niemann at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Wickham Park Office at (321) 255-4307.
Wickham Park is currently accepting donations of new or used Halloween decorations, including yard decorations, costumes, dark or sheer curtains, strobe lights and haunted music.
Donations may be dropped off at the main office inside the park.
For more information, call Wickham Park at (321) 255-4307.
MONDAY, OCT. 15
. 'Bunco Bash' in Rockledge: The Ladies Auxiliary of the Knights of Columbus, a faith-based community outreach organization, will hold its semi-annual Bunco Bash on Monday, Oct. 15, at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 3435 South Fiske Blvd., Rockledge.
Doors will open at 6:15 p.m. Bunco starts promptly at 7 p.m.
Bunco prizes and raffles will be part of the evening's fun. Light refreshments will be served. You must be 18 years or older to attend.
Tickets are $12 per person. Tickets for this fun evening sell out quickly.
Call Rachel at (321) 632-4382 or Kathy O'Conor at (321) 254-8413 for tickets.
. Business sponsors sought for Fall Festival events at Chain of Lakes Park: Brevard County Parks and Recreation will host a Fall Festival in north Brevard beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at Chain of Lakes Complex, 2300 Truman Scarborough Way, Titusville.
The festival will include a costume contest, kids games, hay ride, face painting, trunk n' treat and a movie in the park.
North Area Parks Operations is seeking sponsorship from local businesses to take part in the trunk n' treat portion of this event. Local businesses can promote their organization by providing and handing out candy to children participating in the event.
For more information about sponsorship or to pre-register for this event, contact Mike Herman by email at email@example.com or by phone at (321) 264-5105.
. Seeking sponsors, vendors and walkers for 'Paws in the Park:' The Central Brevard Humane Society will be hosting the 10th Annual Paws in the Park - "Celebrating Friendships With Our Furry Companions That Last a Lifetime!" on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Wickham Park Main Pavilion in Melbourne (located on the grounds of Brevard Community College's Melbourne Campus).
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 our community.
The cost for businesses to be a part of the vendor village at Paws in the Park 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.
Sponsorship forms for walkers are available online at www.crittersavers.com or at the Shelter, located at 1020 Cox Road in Cocoa.
All proceeds raised from this event will directly benefit the homeless animals in Brevard County.
For more information, contact the Central Brevard Humane Society at (321) 636-3343, Ext. 203.
. 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.
TUESDAY, OCT. 16
. Grandparents raising grandchildren meetings:
. 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.
. Quit smoking classes available: The "Quit Smoking Now" smoking cessation class is being offered free locally, starting Tuesday, Oct. 16, from 4-5 p.m. at One Senior Place, 8085 Spyglass Hill Road, Viera.
This five-week program, presented by the Area Health Education Centers, will help you become tobacco free. It includes Nicotine Replacement Therapy, education, motivation and support.
For more information and to register, contact Lana Saal at (321) 745-0563 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
THURSDAY, OCT. 18
. Sales motivation seminar: Bill Fitzpatrick, president of Sales Motivation Solutions, renowned sales coach, author and frequent keynote speaker, with more than 35 years of extensive sales and training experience, will present his popular seminar "Ask for the Order" on Thursday, Oct. 18, from 8:30-11:30 a.m. at the Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce, 400 Fortenberry Road, Merritt Island.
The seminar is designed to assist sales professionals in tuning-up their performance, using real life solutions to overcome selling challenges. Focus is placed on several critical areas, including understanding why people buy, making use of the sales cycle to get more sales, finding more prospects by "digging for the gold," compelling presentations that get customers involved and how to uncover the "real" objection and effectively close more sales.
Presented by the Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce's Business Resource Council, the fee for the seminar is $25 for BRC members, $30 for Chamber partners and $40 for potential partners.
A continental breakfast and networking will begin at 8:30 a.m.
Registration can be completed online, at www.cocoabeachamber.com or by calling (321) 459-2200.
. Fall Book Fair: The Friends of the Suntree/Viera Public Library will host a Fall Book Fair 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at 902 Jordan Blass Drive, Melbourne.
For more information, visit www.greatlibraryfriends.com.
. 'History of the Windover Archeological Project: Karen Smith from the Brevard Museum of History & National Science will present a free program about the Windover Dig.
Learn how a local peat bog was discovered to be a mortuary pond which holds some truly amazing archaeological finds that are older than the Great Pyramids.
The event will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, at the Mims-Scottsmoor Library, 3615 Lionel Road, (2.8 miles north of S.R. 46 and one block east of U.S. Highway 1, Mims.
For more information, call (321) 264-5080.
. The Haunted Forest in Cocoa: The Brevard Museum presents The Haunted Forest Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 19, 20, 26 and 27, 6:45-9:30 p.m. for all ages.
The Haunted Forest is a spooky event with fun for all ages. This year, the haunted forest includes live characters, pumpkin decorating, face painting, yummy treats, fun and games for children and a haunted path for adults!
Cost is $7 for ages 12 and older, $4 for ages 3 to 11, with ages 2 and younger admitted free.
The location of The Haunted Forest is next to Brevard Community College Planetarium & Observatory, 1519 Clearlake Road, Cocoa.
For ticket information, call (321) 632-1830 or visit www.brevardmuseum.org.
. Safe boating course in Cocoa: The local Coast Guard Auxiliary unit in Cocoa will offer a safe boating course to the boating public on Saturday, Oct. 20, at Lee Wenner Park in Cocoa, starting at 8 a.m.
The course will cover state and federal boating laws, equipment, aids to navigation and practical exercises in knot tying and line handling.
The course meets all requirements for boat insurance discounts.
Completion of the course will qualify the participants for the Florida Safe Boating identification card.
Free boat safety inspections will be offered.
The class will conclude at 5:30 p.m.
Cost for the class is $40 per person. The cost includes all materials and lunch. Family discounts are available.
For more information or to reserve a seat in the class, call (877) 835-3760 or visit www.a0701706.uscgaux.info.
. 'Pritchard Day celebration: The public is invited to attend this free event and join in the celebration of Captain James Pritchard's Birthday on "Pritchard Day" in his honor, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Historic Pritchard House, 424 S. Washington Ave., (U.S. Highway 1), Titusville.
The event is sponsored by the North Brevard Heritage Foundation Inc. and the Confederate Sons Association, Indian River Camp No. 47.
There will be a Civil War Encampment and Living History Program on the grounds at that will include: a Confederate Soldiers' camp and marching drills; exhibits of Civil War artifacts, 1860s medical supplies, and ladies' sewing and clothing and more.
You will learn about the Pritchard family history and restoration efforts at the historic Pritchard House during house tours, which will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Music will be provided all day by local musicians performing under the pergola.
You may stroll through the Family History Gardens and learn about the some of the families who settled Titusville, or listen to the music and relax on one of our restored park benches.
Baked goods and beverages will be for sale and donations accepted. Proceeds will provide much needed funds to restore and purchase exterior shutters.
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. Senior Talkers to meet: Senior Talkers is a discussion and social group for seniors that meets mostly the third Monday each month, unless there is a scheduling conflict.
The next meeting will be Monday, Oct. 22, at 11:30 a.m. in the Social Hall of Temple Israel, 7350 Lake Andrews Drive, Viera.
Attendees should bring "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 of controversial nature, 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.
. 'Grandfamilies' holiday tree registration: Grand Parenting Again, a program of Aging Matters in Brevard, will host an "Angel Tree" at the Sunflower House for its clients this holiday season.
The program offers support to grandparents and other relative caregivers, 55 and older, who are faced with the challenge of raising grandchildren or minor relatives age 18 and younger.
"Grandfamilies" interested in participating should contact Janet or Barbara at (321) 452-4341 or attend a "GRAND Parenting Again" meeting.
A meeting will be held at the Sunflower House on Thursday, Nov. 15 from 11 a.m. to noon.
Meetings are also held at the Cocoa West Community Center, 230 S. Burnett Road, Cocoa, Thursday, Oct. 25, and Thursday, Nov. 29 from 5-7 p.m.
Gifts received through the "Angel Tree" will be distributed to grandchildren and grandparents at a holiday party on Dec. 15 at 1 p.m. at the Sunflower House.
Businesses, community organizations and individuals interested in donating gifts for the "Angel Tree" should call (321) 452-4341 or stop by the Sunflower House to choose an angel tag, beginning Nov. 12.
The Sunflower House, a program of Aging Matters in Brevard, is located at the Merritt Square Mall and is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.