FRIDAY, OCT. 12
. 'Hurricane Horror Nights Zombie Apocalypse:' On Fridays and Saturdays on the second, third and fourth weekend in October and Wednesday, Oct. 31 on Halloween, Hurricane Paintball Park, located in Palm Bay, will host the "Hurricane Horror Nights Zombie Apocalypse."
This zombie-themed experience is approximately 90 minutes long and is an exciting adventure walk through the park.
The actors are a main part of the show, from over the top realistic costumes to character development, to ensuring the customers have the scare of their lives.
The first haunt starts at 7 p.m.
This spooky event allows you to shoot paintballs at live zombies with no return fire. This event is sponsored by Palm Bay Parks and Recreation Department.
This event is for ages 12 and older.
Gates open at 6 p.m., First haunt is at 7 p.m. and (events) close at midnight.
This event has a cover charge of $35 dollars per person and all equipment is included.
Hurricane Paintball Park is at 770 Hurricane St. S.W., Palm Bay.
For more information, visit www.hurricanehorrornights.com.
. Harry Potter Halloween event: Barnes & Noble Inc., the world's largest bookseller, has announced that Barnes & Noble stores across the country will host a Harry Potter Halloween Costume Contest & Scavenger Hunt on Saturday, Oct. 12 at 7 p.m.
The scavenger hunt will be a competition between the four Hogwarts houses, and customers are encouraged to visit the Pottermore website www.pottermore.com to register before the event.
Barnes & Noble is at 1955 West New Haven Ave., West Melbourne.
For more information, call (321) 726-8817.
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.
. Walking in Palm Bay: A Breast Cancer Walk 2012 for Cancer Care Centers of Brevard Foundation will be at the New Life United Church, 1949 San Filippo Drive S.E. Palm Bay, Saturday, Oct. 13, from 8:45-11 a.m.
The walk leaves from San Filippo to Waco, to Babcock, and back to San Filippo (approximately 10 miles).
Donation is $5, or whatever you can give.
Proceeds will be donated to the Cancer Care Centers of Brevard Foundation, which assists any local breast cancer patient, undergoing treatments, with their rent/mortgage, all utilities, transportation and pain and cancer related medications!
Dress code: please wear a white shirt. This is a Mission in Action Walk-A-Thon.
For more information or to register, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (321) 426-5145.
. 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 email@example.com or call Julie Story at (321) 288-1393.
. American Girl Club: Young ladies, age 6 and older, are invited to join the American Girl Club at Barnes & Noble, 1955 W. New Haven Ave., West Melbourne, at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13.
This month the new historical American Girl Caroline will be discussed, with an announcement of the doll and book raffle winner. Crafts and refreshments will be provided. RSVP is required.
For more information, call (321) 726-8817 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
. 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.
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.
MONDAY, OCT. 15
. Nurses meetings: Space Coast Faith Community Nurses Network Meeting will be held Monday, Oct. 15, at 6 p.m. at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 1830 S. Babcock St., Melbourne.
All nurses are welcome who are, or may be, interested in providing health ministry in faith communities across Brevard County and neighboring counties.
The group shares experiences, offers support and provides educational opportunities.
For more information, call (321) 362-0580.
. 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 deadline: 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
. 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 email@example.com.
. Caregivers to meet: The next meeting of the free Boomer Caregivers UNITE! support group for people who are caring for aging parents, family members or partners will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, at The Shack Seafood Restaurant, 4845 Dixie Highway N.E., Palm Bay.
Members learn from each other and local experts at these supportive and stress-relieving monthly events that take place at varying locations in Brevard.
For more information, call (828) 808-3808 or visit www.meetup.com/Boomer-Caregivers-UNITE to join this free group and RSVP for the event.
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 17
. Upcoming meetings of the Embroiderers Guild:
. Wednesday, Oct. 17, 9:30-11:30 a.m., at the Front Street Civic Center, 2205 S. Front St., Melbourne. For more information, email IRClee@aol.com or call (321) 777-7404.
. Monday, Nov. 19, 9:30-11:30 a.m., at the Front Street Civic Center, 2205 S. Front St., Melbourne. For more information, email IRClee@aol.com or call (321) 777-7404.
. In November, the Indian River Chapter of the Embroiderers Guild of America offers two displays of hand-stitched artworks at the Port Malabar and Suntree/Viera libraries. Items stitched by veteran stitchers and relative beginners.
. Piloting course offered: The Banana River Sail and Power Squadron will present a piloting course Wednesday, Oct. 17, 6:30 p.m. at Keiser University, 900 S. Babcock St., Melbourne. The course lasts approximately nine Wednesdays.
The course focuses on navigation, covering the basics of costal and inland navigation and embraces GPS as a primary navigation tool, while covering enough of traditional techniques to the student will be able to find his or her way even if the GPS fails.
For more information, call (321) 220-7776 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To register, using PayPal, visit www.brsps.org.
THURSDAY, OCT. 18
. Area meat cutters sharpen their knives: The art of meat cutting is alive and well at Texas Roadhouse. Eleven skilled meat cutters from across Florida will compete in the first round of the National Meat Cutting Challenge Thursday, Oct. 18, starting at 10 a.m. at Downtown Produce, 7856 Ellis Road, Melbourne.
Each participant receives 30-40 pounds of beef, consisting of two sirloins, one filet and one ribeye to cut.
Meat cutters are judged on quality, yield and speed in this timed "cut-off."
The winner is the cutter who yields the most steaks, with the highest quality cut in the least amount of time.
To assure the best, freshest quality meat, all cutting is done at a chilly 38 degrees.
Two challengers will advance to the semi-finals in February where they'll compete for the opportunity to participate in the 2013 national competition in May in Maui, Hawaii.
The winner of the national competition receives a grand prize of $20,000 and is crowned Meat Cutter of the Year.
The National Meat Cutting Challenge is part of the Meat Hero program, created in 2001, to recognize daily efforts of Texas Roadhouse meat cutters. Meat cutters hand-cut each steak served at the restaurant. Their work is displayed where guests can hand pick their steak.
Two Brevard County meat cutters are participating in the event at Downtown Produce. They are Melbourne meat cutter Clint Engle and Palm Bay meat cutter Shawn Haynes.
For more information, visit www.texasroadhouse.com, email email@example.com or call (502) 742-4857, Ext. 2.
. 'Guitar for Beginners:' Learn how to play guitar at the Franklin T. DeGroodt Memorial Library, 6475 Minton Road S.W., Palm Bay, Thursday nights in October and November from 6-7 p.m.
Just bring yourself, your guitar and an interest in music. Beginning and intermediate players welcome.
Michael Seitz, an instructor with more than 20 years of experience, will be teaching the classes. Class size is limited, so call ahead to reserve a spot.
Contact Caroline Rosado at Franklin T. DeGroodt Memorial Library for more information at (321) 952-6318.
. Annual Halloween Family Fun Night: Join in for a night of tricks and treats Friday, Oct. 19, from 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Dress up for the costume contest, DJ, dancing, carnival style games, snacks, drinks and fun.
This is a non-scary event for the entire family. Cost is $5 per person with advanced ticket sales only.
The event will be held at the Eau Gallie Civic Center, 1551 Highland Ave., Melbourne.
For more information, call (321) 255-4608.
. 'Pets in Costume' parade: The "Bow Wow Wow Pets in Costume" parade will be held Saturday, Oct. 20 from 10 a.m. to noon at the West Melbourne Community Park, 3000 Minton Road, West Melbourne.
Pet owners will be able to learn about animal care and training techniques, receive safety tips and special treats, as they stroll the costume modeling runway to fame. There will be games, excitement and prizes.
Pre-registration is required, but the event is free.
For more information and to register, call (321) 837-7779.
. '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.
For more information, visit www.pritchardhouse.com.
. State of Maine club: The Maine Connection meets from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. the third Saturday of each month from October to May, at the Golden Corral Restaurant on Palm Bay Road in Palm Bay.
Locations and times for June and September meetings will be announced.
All former and current residents of Maine residing or visiting are invited to come and join this sociable group.
For more information, call (321) 725-2237.
. Harvest dinner: First Presbyterian Church of Palm Bay invites you to a harvest dinner with guest storyteller Jeffrey W. Frymire, Saturday, Oct. 20, at 4 p.m. in the sanctuary, 1080 Port Malabar Blvd., Palm Bay.
Dr. Frymire, a pastor and professor, will use storytelling (narrative preaching) to communicate a message from scripture.
RSVP to the church office at (321) 725-8484.
. 'Erie Tales at Turkey Creek: The Brevard Theatrical Ensemble presents "Erie Tales at Turkey Creek at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20 at Turkey Creek Sanctuary, 1502 Port Malabar Blvd., Palm Bay.
This will be one performance only.
Cost is $3 for adults and $1 for children younger than 12 with parents. Tickets are only sold at the entrance.
In the shadows and paths of Turkey Creek visitors will follow the guides to the stage where master tellers will take them into the world of "Ancient Storytelling."
The art of storytelling has been used by man since the human race began to communicate as a means to piece together the whys about nature, space, life, death, war and fear.
Following the program the Ranger will take you down paths to experience nature without interference of modern lighting.
Seating is limited. Arrive early and enjoy the free popcorn and pre-show music.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (321) 676-0697.
. Palm Bay Mayor's Ball: The city of Palm Bay is holding its Eighth Annual Mayor's Ball on Oct. 20 beginning at 7 p.m. at the Quality Inn, 890 Palm Bay Road N.E., Palm Bay.
Proceeds will benefit Palm Bay student scholarships at both Florida Institute of Technology and Brevard Community College, including students registered in the nursing programs.
This year's Mayor's Ball is hosted by Mayor John J. Mazziotti with invitations to past mayors, city officials, members of the business community, residents and sponsors to come out in support of higher education.
Black tie is optional.
You are invited to show your support by becoming a Mayor's Ball Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze Level Sponsor by purchasing tickets to attend the event and/or by donating items for a silent auction or door prizes.
Tickets can be purchased for $55 per person or $100 per couple online at www.palmbayflorida.org or make checks payable to: The city of Palm Bay and mail them to City of Palm Bay Parks and Recreation Department, ATTN: Mayor's Ball 2012, 1150 DeGroodt Road S.W., Palm Bay, FL 32908.
For more information on becoming a Mayor's Ball Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze Level Sponsor, or for any other information, please call (321)953-8912.
. Hispanic Heritage Day: The SDA Melbourne Spanish Church is hosting a Hispanic Heritage Day noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, at 3950 Dairy Road, West Melbourne.
For more information, call (321) 794-3497 or visit www.iglesiademelbourne.com/hispanic-festival.
. Recognize a Brevard veterinarian deadline: 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 email@example.com.
Deadline for nominations is Monday, Oct. 22.
. 'Neighbor to Neighbor rummage sale: Brevard County South Area Parks and Recreation is hosting a "Neighbor to Neighbor" rummage sale from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Rodes Park Community Center, located inside Max K. Rodes Park, 3410 Flanagan Ave., in West Melbourne.
Eight foot tables inside the community center are available for $15.90 each. Interested vendors must turn in their registration forms and payment to the Rodes Park Community Center by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7.
The rules and registration form for this event can be found online at www.brevardcounty.us/ParksSouth or picked up in person at the center.
The sale is free for the public to attend.
This activity is conducted and supervised by Brevard County Parks and Recreation staff.
For more information, call the Rodes Park Community Center at (321) 952-3215 or email Danielle Hines at Danielle.firstname.lastname@example.org.