Stonefire Jazz and Art Festival
Stonefire Jazz and Art Festival, a two-day event, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 16 and 17, will feature jazz with Jaqueline Jones on Friday, from 5-10 p.m. Admission cost $10.
On Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. the festival will have art vendors and live music with Dee Lucas, Reflections Band and Sol Y Mar, featuring Lindy Romez. Admission $25, or a two-day pass for $30, at the Stonefire Art Studio, 2500 S. Washington Ave, Titusville.
For more information, call (321) 652-6363, (321) 225-2145 or visit www.stonefire.org.
Rivalry Run and tailgate party
The Running Zone will present the Brevard Rivalry Run (two teams, two miles) and tailgate party at 5:45 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, at the Wickham Park BCC Pavilion on Wickham Road.
The event will benefit the Seminole and Gator clubs of Brevard.
Register online at register.runningzone.com.
'˜Falling leaves' weekend of dancing
The North Brevard Senior Center, 909 Lane Ave., Titusville, presents November's 'Falling leaves weekend of dancing' Friday, Nov. 16, with line dancing 7-10 p.m.
All dances will be by request.
Cost is a $5 cover charge
For more information, call (321) 267-0195.
On Saturday night, Steve Kirsner will play 7:30-10:30 p.m.
Cost is $6 for members and $7 for non-members.
For more information, call Fred Phillips at (321) 268-2333.
Melbourne Chamber Music Society Concert Series
The opening concert of the 2012-2013 Melbourne Chamber Music Society Series will take place at St. Mark's United Methodist Church in Indialantic on Friday, Nov. 16, at 7:30 p.m. The world famous Kuss String Quartet from Germany will be featured, along with the Van Cliburn Competition Gold Medal Winner, pianist Jon Nakamatsu. Quartets by Mozart, and Benjamin Britten will be performed, along with the ever popular piano quintet by Robert Schumann.
Tickets are available by phone at (321) 213-5100, online at MelbourneChamberMUsicSociety.com, by mail at Melbourne Chamber Music Society, P. O. Box 033403, Indialantic, FL 32903, or by cash, check or credit card at the door.
'˜La Cage Aux Folles' at Surfside Playhouse
After 20 years of un-wedded bliss, Georges and Albin, two men partnered for better-or-worse, get a bit of both when Georges' son (fathered during a one-night fling) announces his impending marriage to the daughter of a bigoted, right-wing politician.
Georges reluctantly agrees to masquerade as 'normal' when he meets the family of the bride-to-be, but Alvin has other plans, with hilarious results.
La Cage Aux Folles plays at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, though Nov. 18, at the Surfside Playhouse, 301 Ramp Road, Cocoa Beach.
Cost is $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and active military and $15 for students.
For more information, call (321) 783-3127 or visit www.surfsideplayers.com.
Craft show comes to the beach
The 28th annual Indian Harbour Beach City Art & Crafts Show will be held in Gleason Park from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, with Sunday, Nov. 18, as a rain date.
Vendors will display custom woodworking, hand-crafted jewelry, photography, mixed media, acrylics, mosaics, floral arrangements, wreaths, sculpture and stained glass, pottery and more.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (321) 773-0552.
Different Worlds Band to play at Space Coast State Fair
Different Worlds Band will play the Space Coast State Fair on Saturday, Nov. 17, on the Coors Light Main Stage, from 3-6 p.m.
Different Worlds is a band made from many influences. They have members that range in age from late 20s to 'seasoned.'
These handpicked musicians come from backgrounds in gospel, blues, soul, rock, reggae, and 'blue eyed soul.'
Their differences in generation, music and upbringing are formidable; however, Different Worlds Band brings these cultural gaps together to bring a fresh new approach to their most common denominator '¦ the music.
Different Worlds Band are quickly becoming an area favorite in local clubs and venues, performing and array of rock and soul.
They bring unique energy and vocal harmonies to each selection, with a reverence to the artists that brought these songs to life.
These selections include classics from Eric Clapton to Marvin Gaye, Rare Earth to the Temptations and The Four Tops.
This fresh new sound is really just a return to some of the best music recorded from some of music's greatest artists.
They will take you on journeys through the Stax Recording Era out of Memphis, to the psychedelic street of the '˜70s; then off you go to the Motor City of Detroit for a trip down Motown Boulevard.
Different Worlds is most definitely one of the 'must see' acts coming to the State Fair this year.
The Space Coast State Fair will be held at Space Coast Stadium. The concert is free to the public.
For more information, contact Kenny Michaels at (321) 759-4435 or visit www.differentworldsband.com.
Space Coast State Fair in Viera
The Space Coast State Fair will be held at the Space Coast Stadium Fairgrounds in Viera through Sunday, Nov. 18.
There will be games of skill, mechanical thrill rides, ears of roasted corn, Polish and Italian sausages to be sold, barbeque, cotton candy and funnel cakes.
More than 2 million people have attended the Space Coast State Fair.
National acts and famous rock bands will perform.
There will be free (34) unlimited rides and free shows with fair admission.
There will be a free family circus and a beer and wine garden with live music, ranging from country to old-fashioned rock n' roll.
There will be a county, city and government workers day, a buy-one-get-one-free day, a motocross stunt show, a monster truck show and a special color guard for a Veterans Day celebration.
There will also be a bull-riding bash with a rock concert with the Stones Clones following.
For a complete listing of fair dates, event times and ticket information, call (321) 327-02753 or visit spacecoaststatefair.com.
'˜Magic & Mayhem' dinner and show
'Magic & Mayhem' is a buffet dinner, magic and comedy show every Saturday at the International Palms Resort and Conference Center, 1300 N. Atlantic Ave., Cocoa Beach.
Dinner is at 6 p.m., with the show at 7:15 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17.
Cost for adults is $19.95, with a $15.95 cost for children. Reservations are recommended, and group rates are available.
For more information, call (800) 206-2747.
Surf movie at library
The Cocoa Beach Public Library presents 'Surfing for Life' Saturday, Nov. 17. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with the movie at 7 p.m. in the community room.
'Surfing for Life' provides an antidote to the negative images of aging.
The library is at 550 N. Brevard Ave., Cocoa Beach.
For more information, call (321) 868-1104.
Holiday serenade for all
The Platinum Coast Chorus will present 'A Holiday Serenade' at the Barefoot Bay Community Center, 300 Barefoot Blvd., Barefoot Bay, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17.
For more information, email email@example.com.
Sunday afternoon music
'Music on a Sunday Afternoon' presents The Bluesman and the Jersey Girl at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, at the Cocoa Beach Public Library, 550 N. Brevard Ave., Cocoa Beach.
Former Cocoa Beach librarian Amy Lucey is the 'Jersey Girl,' and Sunnyland Steve is 'The Bluesman.'
For more information, call (321) 868-1104.
Sarasota pianists '˜duel' in Cocoa Beach afternoon concert
The Dr. Vernon Boushell Concert Series continues on Sunday, Nov. 18, at 3:30 p.m. with "Dueling Pianos," a lively program by Sarasota pianists Jonathan Spivey and Genevieve Beauchamp.
Series host Riverside Presbyterian Church will bring two baby grand pianos into the church sanctuary for the event at 3400 N. Atlantic Ave., (Highway A1A), Cocoa Beach.
The afternoon concert will include a variety of spirited piano favorites from Mozart to Gershwin, as well as a fantasy for two pianos from Bizet's Carmen and three hymns for organ and piano.
The concert is provided free of charge, but a ticket is required and can be reserved online at www.RiversidePres.org or by calling (321) 525-7825.
Mannheim Steamroller holiday music
The King Center for the Performing Arts and Chip Davis will feature the music of Mannheim Steamroller with multimedia effects at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, at 3865 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne.
Cost starts at $38.
For more information, call (321) 242-2219 or visit www.kingcenter.com or www.mannheimsteamroller.com.
Country classics to be heard at state park
Hosted by the Friends of Sebastian Inlet State Park, this 'Night Sounds' concert will showcase the Country Classics Band Saturday, Nov. 24, 7-9 p.m.
The Country Classics Band is a six-piece band with a Nashville sparkle of family-oriented music.
They play the best of classic country, a little bluegrass and a smidgen of rock '˜n' roll from the 1950s to the 1990s.
The band covers the music of Willie, Waylon, Haggard, Cash, Hank, George Strait, Chuck Berry and even Jimmy Buffet.
The concert will take place at the pavilions on Coconut Point, located on the south side of Sebastian Inlet.
The concert is free with regular park entry fees.
Sebastian Inlet State Park is at 9700 S. Highway A1A, Melbourne Beach
For more information about The Country Classics Band, visit www.spacecoastlive.comcalender/band/002416.
For more information about the concert, call (321) 984-4852 or visit www.floridastateparks.org/sebastianinlet.
'˜Critter Run' in Cocoa
The Central Brevard Humane Society will host its 15th Annual Critter Run on Sunday, Nov. 25, 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, 9 Stone St., 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 Florida Inc. - Brevard Chapter, Sally Bargain Barn & Pawn Shop and the AT&T Real Yellow Pages.
Other sponsorship opportunities are available at different levels, and donations are greatly appreciated.
If you would like more information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Theresa Clifton at (321) 636-3343 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 crittersavers.com.
Food and wine comes to town
Tickets are now available online for 'Celebrate Brevard.'
Purchase tickets in advance and the cost is only $20. The cost is $25 the night of the event.
The Seventh Annual Celebrate Brevard 2012- Food and Wine Extravaganza is hosted by the Greater Palm Bay Chamber of Commerce and will be Friday, Nov. 30, 6-9 p.m. at the Palm Bay Hotel and Conference Center, 1881 Palm Bay Road N.E., Palm Bay.
There will be food samples from more than 35 local restaurants and holiday vendor booths.
The sponsors are: Greater Palm Bay Chamber of Commerce, Waste Management, PIP Printing, 98.5 The Beach, Health First of Palm Bay, State Farm and Palm Bay Hotel and Conference Center.
Contact the Greater Palm Bay Chamber for more information regarding the event and/or vendor space availability at (321) 951-9998 or by email at email@example.com.Â
Donating in style
Saturday, Dec. 1, marks the 12th Annual Brevard County Corvette Clubs Toy Run to benefit less fortunate children.
All Corvette owners are encouraged to attend and bring a gift certificate, gift card or unwrapped toy or book, worth a minimum of $20, for infants to 18 year-olds and a non-perishable food item for distribution to the many families in need.
Cars will stage at Eckler's Corvette Parts, 5140 S. Washington Ave., (U.S. Highway 1), Titusville, beginning at noon. The caravan will depart at 2 p.m. sharp.
The Brevard County Sheriffs Office will provide a police escort from Eckler's to Rusty's Seafood and Oyster Bar in Port Canaveral, blocking all cross traffic so the caravan does not have to stop, even on the Beachline Expressway! The Cape Canaveral Volunteer Fire Department will collect and distribute all of the donations.
A social gathering will be held immediately following the run on the waterfront deck at Rusty's - a great place to watch the cruise ships depart.
And to top off a fun and rewarding day and really get in the Christmas spirit, you'll be treated to a Christmas boat parade beginning at 5:30 p.m.
So tell your Corvette friends, even non-club members, to come and join the fun while helping out the less fortunate.
For more information and the flyer, visit www.capekennedycorvetteclub.com, www.spacecoastvettes.com or call the Cape Kennedy Corvette Club at (321) 452-6993.Â
Holiday favorite comes to Melbourne
Ultimate Dance Florida is once again presenting the holiday classic 'The Nutcracker' on Thursday, Dec. 1, at 2 p.m. at Holy Trinity Upper School's The Scott Center, located at 5625 Holy Trinity Drive, Melbourne.
Tickets cost $15 for the show and $5 to add on the 'Tea Party with the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Friends.'
This time-honored classic, starring Patricia Storelli, registered ballet teacher and author of the book, 'The Magic of Pointe Shoes' and Taylor Kindred from the Kirov Academy in Washington and company member with Ajkun Ballet in New York, will warm your heart and start your holiday season off just right!
Tickets can be purchased at the Ultimate Dance Florida locations Monday through Thursday, from 4-8 p.m. and at the Viera location, Saturday from 9:15 a.m. to noon or from a cast member.
For more information, visit UDF's website at www.ultimatedanceflorida.com.
Foodies to compete in five categories
'Food Truck Wars' continues to bring its phenomenon to 'foodies' throughout the state of Florida.
The next stop is Titusville 4-10 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 1, on U.S. 1, between Pine Street and Broad Avenue northbound, in Titusville.
Forty gourmet food trucks from all over the state will line the streets to compete in five categories. The competition has been extended this round to include the Spirit Award, as well as the People's Choice Award, Top Sales, Delectable Dessert and Casual Cuisine.
There will be some new trucks debuting and some from previous rounds, seeking revenge. 'Foodies' will have a chance to vote on cuisines from Latin America, British, Caribbean, gourmet desserts and everything in between.
Celebrity chef judges, spearheaded by Chef Jim Whaples, retired president of the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association, will be on hand to judge Casual Cuisine and Delectable Dessert, while the people will judge the prestigious People's Choice Award.
Main Street Titusville and the Titusville Downtown Merchant Association will be at the event, working along with the shows promoters to raise money in support of local charities.
The event will include free admission, a beer and wine garden, live music with national recording artist Tony Wynn, a free kid's area and more.
Food costs generally run from $3 to $18. Most entrees run $6 to $8.
The phenomenon of Gourmet Food Truck rivalry (all in the name of good fun, of course) has been a huge hit. At the inaugural event in March, an estimated 30,000 people turned up. Thirty-seven food trucks sold out of food completely.
In addition to bringing communities together through this amazing battle of food trucks, food truck owners and 'foodies' have donated more than $10,000 to various communities, which have hosted the events.
Holiday festival comes to the park
The City of Cocoa Leisure Services is proud to present the 19th Annual Cocoa's Holiday Festival on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 5-9 p.m. in the Riverfront Park.
The festivities for this old-fashioned Christmas celebration include holiday performances, 'Kazoobie Kazoo Show' with Rick Hubbard, Dickens Carolers, snow play, visit with Santa and the much-loved traditional Christmas tree lighting.
The event finale will be 'Arthur Christmas,' shown on the big outdoor movie screen, starting at 7:30 pm.
Join in for a magical night of holiday spirit and entertainment!
To participate in all of the kids' activities, including the bounce house, face painting, snow play, arts and crafts and more, there is a $5 activity band fee.
Visits with Santa, entertainment and the holiday movie are free. This is a safe and fun event for children of all ages!
Contact Leisure Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (321) 639-3500 for more information.
Local chorale performance scheduled
The Brevard Chorale, started in 1966, is an affiliate of Brevard Community College. The Chorale meets in the Bernard Simpkins Fine Arts Center on the BCC Cocoa campus, 1519 Clearlake Road, Mondays at 7 p.m. during the school year.
The chorale will perform Monday, Dec. 3, at 7:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Cocoa, 825 Forest Ave., Cocoa.
Tickets for adults and seniors cost $10, and student's tickets cost $5.
The chorale will also perform Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 6:30 p.m. at the Indian River City United Methodist Church, 1355 Cheney Highway, Titusville.
A free will offering will be received.
New members are welcome to join during the first two weeks of each new semester. Join in on Monday, Jan. 7, if you would like to participate in the spring season.
Spirits of the season
More than a dozen local restaurants and bars will be shaking it up at the Melbourne Regional Chamber's annual 'Martinis & Mistletoe' event.
Presented in partnership with Twin Rivers Insurance Inc., this year's holiday event will be held on Friday evening, Dec. 7, from 6-9 p.m. at Rosner Chevrolet.
Each year, this event, which draws more than 250 attendees, features the 'Best Martini on the Melbourne Coast' competition, where restaurants and bars compete to see which can create the most exotic looking and best tasting martini.
Guests have the opportunity to sample each of the creative variations on the traditional martini recipe from all of the contestants before casting their ballot.
The cost to attend the event is $45 per person, which includes a holiday buffet, olive bar, dessert and coffee bars, music and dancing, as well as a souvenir specialty martini glass, etched with the 'Martinis and Mistletoe' logo.
Challengers currently set to compete for the coveted title are:
'¢ Outback Steakhouse
'¢ RendezVous Restaurant
& Lounge at Holiday Inn
'¢ Runaway Country Music
'¢ Lafitte's Hilton Rialto
'¢ Crowne Plaza
'¢ The Broken Barrel
'¢ River Rocks Restaurant
'¢ Uno Chicago Grill
'¢ Hilton Melbourne Beach
'¢ Longhorn Steakhouse
In addition to the martini competition, contenders put their creative talents into decorating their individual serving stations to vie for the 'Best Decorated' award.
For information about how to participate in this year's 'Martinis & Mistletoe' event as a competitor, contact Cassie Hansen at email@example.com or (321) 724-5400, Ext. 231.
If you are interested in sponsoring this event, please contact Stephanie Franklin at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (321) 724-5400, Ext. 225.
To register as an attendee, visit www.melbourneregionalchamber.com and click on Events/Event Calendar & Registration.
New Years Eve party
DJ Mike Harvey will be broadcasting live New Year's Eve from Melbourne's Hilton Rialto's Wakefield Ballroom.
The event is sponsored by 98.5 The Beach radio and the Brevard Music Group.
For more details and all-inclusive packages, visit brevardmusicgroup.com or call (321) 783-9004.