FRIDAY, NOV. 16
'¢ Florida Tech men's basketball schedule: One year removed from its first-ever outright Sunshine State Conference Championship, Florida Tech returns to action Nov. 16 against the University of Puerto Rico - Bayamon.
Bayamon is the first of three Puerto Rican opponents the Panthers will face in their opening four games of the season.
The second will come in the Hooters of Melbourne Thanksgiving Tournament, hosted at the Clemente Center gym on the FIT campus, as the team faces Puerto Rico - Rio Piedras.
The Panthers will end the four-game home stretch with a match up against Puerto Rico - Mayaguez before heading to Orlando to take on NCAA Division I opponent UCF in an exhibition game.
After another one-game stint at home against DeVry University on Dec. 8, FIT will pack its bags for Las Vegas to participate in the Las Vegas Desert Classic, a two-game stretch against Cameron University and Abilene Christian. The two-day event will begin Dec. 15.
The Crimson and Gray will play its final game of 2012 on Dec. 19 when Iowa Wesleyan College comes to town.
The New Year brings with it the start of conference play. The Panthers will open up the SSC schedule in Miami Shores at Barry on Jan. 2. FIT split the series with the Buccaneers last season.
Three days later, the Panthers will quickly exit conference play for the first of a two-game home-and-home series against Palm Beach Atlantic. PBA will host the Jan. 5 match up before Florida Tech returns the favor on Feb. 6.
The Clemente Center gym will welcome FIT's first conference foe, Rollins, on Jan. 9. The Tars finished last season in fifth in conference play. The Panthers will remain at home for two more games including a marquee match up with Eckerd on Jan. 12. Eckerd ended last season just one game out of first place in the conference.
The month of February is filled with key conference match ups.
To view the complete 2012-13 men's basketball schedule, visit www.floridatechsports.com/mbasketball/schedule/.
For more information, call (321) 674-7484.
SATURDAY, NOV. 17
'¢ Walk-a-thon/family fun day: This event will be 7:30 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Nov. 17 at Front Street Park, Melbourne. The walk starts at 8:30 a.m. There will be a special appearance by the Chick-fil-A 'Cow' and 'Baby Cow.' The first 100 participants at check-in receive a free chicken biscuit. Many more fun activities include: the walk along the river, music by Jack Clutterham, face painting, massages, Zumba warm-up, old-fashioned games, such as sack race, wheel barrow race, three-legged race, ball toss and corn-hole, with lots of prizes for children. Fresh fruit, cold water, Gatorade and granola bars will be available.
'¢ Canine competition: The largest disc-dog competition series in the world is coming to Palm Bay.
The local championship for the 2012 Hyperflite Skyhoundz Canine Disc Championships will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at Palm Bay Regional Park. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. in the park, located at 1951 Malabar Road N.W., Palm Bay.
There is no entry fee for competitors, and admission is free for spectators. Novice and veteran competitors are encouraged to compete.
Competitors will receive a free official Hyperfilte K-10 Competition Standard flying disc, while supplies last, and the top three teams will receive awards.
Contestants and their canine teammates will earn points for basic throws and catches, with bonus points for mid-air catches in a distance/accuracy event.
The event welcomes mixed breeds, as well as purebred dogs. Many of the canines expected to compete were rescued from local animal shelters or rescue groups.
To view the 2012 Hyperflite Skyhoundz competition schedule or to learn about Skyhoundz competition rules and regulations, visit www.skyhoundz.com.
For more information, call the Ted Whitlock Community Center at (321) 952-3231.
'¢ Homeless veterans bicycle ride fundraiser: On Saturday, Nov. 17, at 10 a.m. meet at Rusty's on Glenn Cheek Drive at the Port for a poker run. Swim, ride and make new friends. This bicycle ride will take you from Rusty's to several local watering holes, swim at International Palms Resort in Cocoa Beach and then back to Fishlips (at the Port) for an after party.
Ride bicycles, tricycles, and unicycles only. All monies collected will go to the homeless veterans Christmas party.
Call Bob Socks at (321) 848-1630 for more details or just show up.
'¢ '˜Turkey Creek Paddle:' Explore hammocks and scrubs on Blackwater Creek 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17.
This kayak trip is sponsored by the Barrier Island Center, 8385 S. Highway A1A, Melbourne Beach.
The group will meet at Goode Park, 1300 Bianca Drive N.E., Palm Bay.
To register, call (321) 723-3556.
For more information, visit www.barrierislandcenter.com.
'¢ Exclusive screening event: The 'Song of the Mockingbird' exclusive screening event will benefit the South Brevard Sharing Center Children's Services Program.
Nicolosi, the artist and producer, will host a special screening of the documentary tribute commemorating the 50th anniversary of the landmark film 'To Kill A Mockingbird.'
This promises to be an 'Evening of Inspiration' where Nicolosi and Academy Award nominee Mary Badham ('Scout' in the film) come together to share the intimate stories of the film, the book and the lessons learned by society thru the film.
This screening will take place at the Gleason Performing Arts Center at Florida Tech Wednesday, Nov. 17, from 7-10 p.m.
There will be red carpet photo opportunities, inspirational music, special guests and a dessert reception.
General admission and VIP tickets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
VIP tickets cost $100 and includes an exclusive celebrity reception from 5:30-6:30 p.m., documentary viewing, complimentary valet parking, reserved seating, hors d'oeuvres, celebrity photo opportunities, autograph session with Nicolosi and Mary Badham ('Scout' in the film), post documentary dessert reception, and a 8 x 10 lobby card to Commemorate the Event.
General admission costs $25 and includes: the documentary viewing, post documentary dessert reception, and a 5 x 7 lobby card to commemorate the event.
Join in the fight against child hunger and homelessness by attending this once in a lifetime event. Proceeds go to the Sharing Center's Children's Services Program.
To learn more about the Sharing Center and its services or this event, call Kay Vialpando at (321) 727-8581, Ext. 209, or visit www.mysbsc.org to purchase tickets.
'¢ Strolling in the dark at the park: The semi-annual Moonlight Stroll, sponsored by Brevard County Parks and Recreation, will be held from 7-10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at Erna Nixon Park, 1200 Evans Road, West Melbourne.
Parking will be available at Melbourne Square Mall, Pole No. 4, on the west side of JC Penney. Patrons will be shuttled to and from the park.
Admission is $3 per person. Children younger than 3 are free. An adult must accompany all children.
The Brevard Astronomical Society will be there with telescopes for stargazing and sky watching. Chris Kahl, The Ashley Gang, Sharon Osuna, Kyle Hebert, Sunnyland Steve and Amy Lucey will provide musical entertainment. Food will be available for purchase from Diggity Dogs-N-More.
For more information, call Erna Nixon Park at (321) 952-4525.
SUNDAY, NOV. 18
'¢ '˜Live the Impossible Dream:' A presentation and book signing for 'The Don Quixote Girls,' by Karlene Conroy and Mia Crews, will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, at the Franklin T. DeGroodt Public Library, 6475 Minton Road S.W., Palm Bay.
'The Don Quixote Girls' is about four girlfriends who support each other through the emotional challenges of life.
For more information, call (321) 952-6317.
MONDAY, NOV. 19
'¢ Perform at the mall: Tis the season to be jolly!Â Warm up those vocals and put on your dancing shoes because Melbourne Square Mall is seeking a variety of holiday entertainers. All types of choirs, dance troupes, musical acts and more are invited to perform at the mall during the 2012 holiday season.
The Melbourne Square Mall is at 1700 W. New Haven Ave., Melbourne.
Performance dates are available from Friday, Nov. 23 to Monday, Dec. 24, and interested parties may contact the marketing department at Melbourne Square Mall at (321) 727-8062.
TUESDAY, NOV. 20
'¢ Brevard Gator Club offers $4,500 in scholarships: The Brevard County Gator Club, with a donation from the Brevard Tropical Fruit Club, has three $1,500 scholarships available to Brevard high school seniors or Brevard County students presently attending the University of Florida as an undergraduate or graduate student.
Students must be entering the fields or be presently enrolled full time in the fields of agricultural or horticultural studies.
The deadline to apply is Nov. 30.
For more information, questions or to apply, contact Susie Bond at (321) 536-1869 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 21
'¢ Stocking stuffers: A great gift for your friends and family this holiday season is the Central Brevard Humane Society's 2013 "Best Pets of Brevard" Calendar.
This year, the calendar will be $6 each in honor of the Central Brevard Humane Society's 60th anniversary. Copies can be purchased at the Humane Society, 1020 Cox Road, Cocoa, any of the four Molly Mutt Thrift Shops, located in downtown Melbourne, Merritt Island, Palm Bay and Rockledge, local veterinary offices and online at crittersavers.com.
Proceeds from sales will help raise awareness and financial support for the thousands of 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.Â
'¢ Health First holiday celebrations:
'¢ Health First Cape Canaveral Hospital 26th Annual 'Lights of Love' program will be Thursday, Nov. 29, 6:30-8 p.m. at Health First Cape Canaveral Hospital Medical Plaza Lobby.
The Cocoa Beach Jr./Sr. High School Choir and Orchestra will present a special program featuring holiday music.
'¢ The Health First Palm Bay Hospital Holiday Light Parade, presented by the city of Palm Bay, Saturday, Dec. 1 at 6:30 p.m. will begin at San Filippo Drive and move West on Malabar Road, ending at Eldron Boulevard in Palm Bay.
'¢ The 13th Annual Holiday Concert and Tree-Lighting event, Monday, Dec. 3, 6-7 p.m. at the Health First Palm Bay Hospital, will kick off the holiday season with the sounds of holiday music and community spirit.
Westside Elementary Steel Drum Band will perform sounds of the holiday season at this free tree-lighting event that is open to the public.
'¢ The Second Annual Health First Viera Hospital HolidayÂ Concert and Tree Lighting will be Tuesday, Nov. 27, 6-7 p.m. at the Health First Viera Hospital main entrance lobby.
Guests will enjoy a holiday concert performance and a visit by Santa at this free event that is open to the public.
Â For more information, call (321) 412-8810 or email email@example.com.
'¢ Clinic to host golf tournament: It is time for the Third Annual Space Coast Volunteers in Medicine Golf Tournament, Friday Nov. 30, at Baytree National Golf Links.
Cost for a solo player is $150, $600 for a foursome, and includes lunch, golf, gift bag and more!
Corporate sponsorships are available for $1,500, which includes the above plus marketing, promotion and special recognition.
Space Coast Volunteers in Medicine provides free medical, dental and chiropractic care to the uninsured of Brevard County.
For more information, call Paul at the clinic at (321) 914-0915, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.spacecoastvolunteersinmedicine.org.
'¢ Food and wine tasting: The Greater Palm Bay Chamber of Commerce is hosting the Seventh Annual Celebrate Brevard Food & Wine Tasting Extravaganza on Nov. 30, from 6-9 p.m. at the Palm Bay Hotel and Conference Center (formerly the Quality Inn) on Palm Bay Road.
The annual fundraiser will include 50 food and wine vendors and merchant vendors. Participant vendor applications are now being.
This year the event will also feature chamber music provided by an area high school. Event organizers are also planning raffles and door prizes, along with the annual key lime pie-eating contest courtesy of The Florida Key Lime Pie Company in Cocoa Village, a popular favorite among the attendees and participants. Food demonstrations are also planned at various vendor tables.
Sponsors this year include Waste Management, Health-First, 98.5 The Beach, Palm Bay Hotel and Convention Center, and Joe Raley State Farm Insurance.
Any Brevard County restaurant can offer samplings and promote their cuisine, wine and beer free of charge. Merchant tables are available for $50 for Palm Bay Chamber members and $75 for non-members. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.
For more information, call (321) 951-9998 or visit www.greaterpalmbaychamber.com.
'¢ Bazaar and craft show: The Palm Bay Academy Bazaar and Craft Show is set to take place on Saturday, Dec. 8, at the middle school campus, 635 Community College Parkway (just off Babcock Street, south of the Malabar Road/I-95 overpass).
There will be displays of arts and crafts for sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the school's cafeteria and grounds. In addition, there will be food and rides on the premises. Entrance is free to the public.
Cost for a table is $25 and crafters/vendors keep all profits.
Arts and craft vendors interested in participating can contact the school at (321) 726-9920 or email Elizabeth Boogaerts at email@example.com.