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Community calendar - Melbourne
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Posted: 2012 Nov 16 - 06:23


'˘ '˜Winter Wonderland' bazaar: The Lutheran Church of The Redeemer in Melbourne will present a 'Winter Wonderland' bazaar Nov. 15-17. Church members handcraft all the items for sale. Fall and Christmas home decorations are available, as well as toys. A bakery is planned, and a raffle.

All the proceeds will be given to charities. Hours are from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16; and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17. Admission is free. There are no vendor tables. The bazaar is located at the intersection of Babcock Street at Brevard Drive.

For more information, call (321) 723-4152.

'˘ Thanksgiving dinner at the senior center: The Wickham Park Senior Center, 2785 Leisure Way, Melbourne, welcomes everyone in the community to join in for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, on Nov. 16, from 5:50-8 p.m.

The Brevard Community Kitchen prepares the meal. Chef Alex will serve turkey, ham, stuffing, cranberry sauce, green beans, mashed potatoes, gravy, assorted rolls, butter and apple cobbler for dessert. The beverages include coffee and ice tea. You are welcome to bring your own preferred drink, mixers, wine or beer of choice. For your pleasure and entertainment Marshall Frank will supply music. For the lucky winner, there will be two giveaway baskets filled with some very special things. Ticket prices are $12 for members and $15 for non-members. There is limited seating. Please purchase tickets early.

For more information, call the senior center at (321) 255-4494.

'˘ 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 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 matchup 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.


'˘ 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.

'˘ Fine Arts Festival set: A 25-member planning committee is finalizing details for the 16th Annual ArtWorks of Eau Gallie Fine Arts Festival to be held Nov. 17-18 in the Eau Gallie Arts District of Melbourne.

The interactive, open-air event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

This free 'en plein air' festival annually draws an estimated 20,000 attendees, many attracted by the unique event requirement that artists either demonstrate their creative methods or illustrate works in process.

Special prizes are awarded to the artists who most effectively engage and educate the public.

To be chosen to participate in ArtWorks, artists must apply and submit photographs of their work, which must meet juried standards for quality.

Artists compete for $15,000 in prize money, plus the popular patron purchase awards.

This year's Festival judges are Bill Griffith, a ceramic artist and program director for the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tenn., and Linda Schaner, president of Mill Pond Press in Venice, Fl., one of the world's leading art publishers.

An ArtWorks highlight each year is selection of an official festival poster, used to promote the event and also sold as an artistic keepsake, suitable for framing. This year's poster, a charcoal drawing by Melbourne artist Alex Stankiewicz, features the historic Roesch House (circa 1892), located on Highland Avenue. Artwork from past posters also has been reproduced on note cards, available for purchase at the event and in several downtown locations.

ArtWorks is always family oriented, and children's art activities are coordinated by the Foosaner Museum of Art.

Another Festival feature is the exhibit of artwork by students from area high schools and Brevard Community College.

A committee of community volunteers works for months to coordinate the ArtWorks Festival. Additional volunteers are needed throughout the event. The committee also is enlisting event sponsors, and patrons, who commit funds to buy artwork during the Festival. The potential to sell their work helps bring quality artists back each year.

To volunteer, donate or obtain additional information, call the Eau Gallie Arts District office at (321) 574-2737, email info@artworksofeaugallie.org or visit the ArtWorks website at artworksofeaugallie.org.

'˘ Medal of Honor winner coming to VFW: On Saturday, Nov. 17 at 3 p.m. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 8191, 4130 N. Harbor City Blvd., Melbourne, will host a visit of Vietnam Medal of Honor recipient United States Army Sgt. Maj. Robert M. Patterson. His visit is part of a fundraiser the VFW is sponsoring to raise money to help fund a therapy dog for a returning veteran in need of help. The Medal of Honor book, which will have about 50 signatures of the recipients, will be raffled off. There will be a motorcycle motorcade bringing Sgt. Maj. Patterson to the VFW. The motorcycle will be at the Tides on beach side, beside Patrick Air Force Base, on U.S. Highway 1 at 1:30 p.m., so the riders can meet Sgt. Maj. Patterson.

For more information, email kntspl@aol.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.


'˘ Dr. Vernon Boushell free concert series: The Riverside Presbyterian Church presents free concerts down by the riverside.

'˘ Sunday, Nov. 18 -

Thanksgiving Concert:

Dueling Pianos: 3:30 p.m.

Riverside Presbyterian

Church, 3400 N. Atlantic

Ave., Cocoa Beach.

For more information, call

321) 525-7825 or visit


Free concert - free ticket

is required.

'˘ Sunday, Dec.9 -

Christmas Concert '˜An

Old Fashioned Christmas'

with the Riverside

Chancel Choir and

Friends: 3:30 p.m.

Riverside Presbyterian

Church, 3400 N. Atlantic

Ave., Cocoa Beach.

For more information, call

321) 525-7825 or visit


Free concert - free ticket

is required.

'˘ Sunday, Jan. 27 - Winter

Concert: Music of Your

Life: 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Riverside Presbyterian

Church, 3400 N. Atlantic

Ave., Cocoa Beach.

For more information, call

321) 525-7825 or visit


Free concert - free ticket

is required.

'˘ Sunday, March 10 -

Spring Concert with the

Indialantic Chamber

Singers: 3:30 p.m.

Riverside Presbyterian

Church, 3400 N. Atlantic

Ave., Cocoa Beach.

For more information, call

321) 525-7825 or visit


Free concert - free ticket

is required.

'˘ Sunday, June 23 -

Patriotic Concert with the

Space Coast Symphony

Wind Ensemble & Space

Coast Symphony Choir:

3:30 p.m. Riverside

Presbyterian Church, 3400

N. Atlantic Ave., Cocoa


For more information, call

321) 525-7825 or visit


Free concert - free ticket

is required.


'˘ Perform at the mall: Tis the season to be jolly!  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.


'˘ 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 susie@alumni.ufl.edu.


'˘ 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. 


'˘ Home school art and physical education classes offered: Brevard County South Area Parks and Recreation is offering home school art and physical education classes on Thursday afternoons at the Rodes Park Community Center, inside the new Max K. Rodes Park, 3410 Flanagan Ave, West Melbourne.

Art class is from noon to 1 p.m. and physical education is from 1-2 p.m. Classes are for children ages 5-12.

The cost is $2 per child per class. Additional supply charges may apply to art class.

Home-school art will focus on creativity and imagination. P.E. will focus on teaching cooperation and teamwork and keeping children active.

All activities are conducted and supervised by Brevard County Parks and Recreation staff.

For more information, call the Rodes Park Community Center at (321) 952-3215.

'˘ Coats for Kids Drive: Coats for Kids is a countywide initiative to combat the growing problem of children without winter coats. During the previous two drives, more than 2,000 coats were collected for Brevard children in need.

The Coats for Kids drive will run through Dec. 1. This year, only new coats will be collected. All Brevard County libraries are drop-off locations. Residents can give the coats to the employees at the front desk.

This year's drive will benefit Brevard Family Partnership.

For more information, call the District Five Commission Office at (321) 253-6611.


'˘ Humane Society's '˜Critter Run: The Central Brevard Humane Society will host its 15th Annual Critter Run on Sunday, Nov. 25th, starting at 10 a.m. at the Humane Society, 1020 Cox Road, Cocoa.

The cost to participate in the poker run will be $7 per hand or two hands for $10. All vehicles are welcome.

The run begins at the Central Brevard Humane Society and will end at Dog '˜n' Bone British Pub, located at 9 Stone St. in Cocoa Village.

The first bike out will be scheduled to leave at 10 a.m., with the last one departing at 11:30 a.m.

Event activities will include a 50/50 drawing, vendor displays, food and live entertainment by the Big Daddy Band; beginning at 1 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for 'best,' 'worst' and 'mystery' hands.

Event sponsors include ABATE of FL - Brevard Chapter, Sally Bargain Barn & Pawn Shop and the AT&T The Real Yellow Pages.

Other sponsorship opportunities are available at different levels and donations are appreciated.

For more information about sponsorship opportunities, contact Theresa Clifton at (321) 636-3343 or tclifton1@cfl.rr.com.

All proceeds from this event helps to 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.

'˘ 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 info@spacecoastvolunteersinmedicine.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.

'˘ Beach festival: Satellite Beach's Pelican Beach Park, 1525 Highway A1A, Satellite Beach, will be the site for the Ocean Reef Beach Festival Saturday, Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

A combination of food, music, live entertainment, artwork, environmental displays, educational activities and centers will all come together to create a uniqueness never seen before in this area.

Free activities will be provided for all ages focusing on ocean, reef and beach fun such as conservation, surfing, fishing, kayaking, marine art, stand up paddling, sea-beaning and other related topics displayed in revolving educational centers.

'˘ Book signing: Award-winning author Lee Boyland will sign books and answer question about his 'Clash of Civilizations' trilogy and 'Office of Analysis and Solutions' series Sunday, Dec. 16, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Eau Gallie Flea Market Bookstore, Isle I.

Call (321) 255-3995 for more information.

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