FRIDAY, NOV. 30
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.
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 email@example.com or visit www.spacecoastvolunteersinmedicine.org.
California Club hosts event: The California State Club is comprised of people who have lived in or come from California. The next get-together will be a luncheon on Saturday, Nov. 30, and instead of a restaurant, this will be a potluck at a clubhouse. The group will meet at 12:30 p.m. in the Melbourne area. All who come are asked to bring a dish to share. Reservations will be necessary a week before the event. For more information about the club and details for this luncheon, call (321) 253-2655.
Parents night out in Viera: Brevard County Parks and Recreation is hosting a parent's night out, to be held Friday, Nov. 30, from 5:30-10 p.m. at the Viera Regional Community Center, 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera. Parents can enjoy a night out while their children have lots of fun with games, crafts, pizza, chips, drinks, a movie and more! This event is for children in kindergarten through sixth grade, and the fee is $12 per child. Payment for this event must be made by Friday, Nov. 30 at 2 p.m. Space is limited, so register early! All activities are conducted and supervised by Brevard County Parks and Recreation staff at the Viera Regional Community Center. For more information, call (321) 433-4891.
SATURDAY, DEC. 1
Fun life events scheduled: Brevard County Parks and Recreation and Health First present the second annual Run Brevard ReCreate Your Life 5K Race Series beginning Dec. 1. The series will kick off with the Reindeer Dash 5K and Jingle Bell Walk and the Brevard Health and Wellness Expo at the Viera Regional Community Center, 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way in Viera. The race begins at 8 a.m. with registration from 7-7:45 a.m. The Health and Wellness Expo runs from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The Run Brevard Race Series will include five more races held at various parks throughout southern Brevard County. Participants who pre-register for five of the six races will receive a prize. Pre-registration forms must be received seven days prior to each race. Pre-registration fees are $14 per runner and $11 per walker. Day-of-race fees cost $18 per runner and $12 per walker. For more information or to register for the Reindeer Dash call the center at (321) 433-4891. More information and registration forms for each race can be found on the new Brevard County Race Series website, www.brevardcounty.us/RunBrevard. Businesses interested in sponsoring any or all of the races can contact the Brevard County Parks and Recreation South Area office at (321) 255-4400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Testing site for free HIV/AIDS testing: A free breakfast and HIV/AIDS testing will be 9-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 at St. James AME Church, 625 Dummitt Ave., Titusville. For more information, call (321) 269-3645.
Sponsorship, support for furry companions: The Central Brevard Humane Society will host 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 on North Wickham Road). 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 features extensive promotion and offers a bang for your buck for sponsors, all while having high charitable returns for the homeless animals in the 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. This pet fundraiser will kick-off with a quarter mile "pooch" walk-a-thon around the Wickham Park main pavilion, led by the Paws and Stripes program participants. The top three walkers with the most pledge dollars will receive a prize and the first 75 walkers with pledges of $20 or more receive a free "Paws in the Park" T-shirt. All proceeds raised from this event will directly benefit the homeless animals in Brevard County. Sponsorship forms for walkers are available online at www.crittersavers.com or at the Shelter, 1020 Cox Road, Cocoa. For more information, please contact the Central Brevard Humane Society at (321) 636-3343, Ext. 203.
Unique shopping experience: Visitors to the second annual Holly Day Festival at the Green Marketplace will feature a shopping experience and live music by local singers/songwriters Sharon Osuna and Sheryl Paige from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 at the marketplace, 4880 Coconut Ave., Cocoa. Browse through the vendor booths featuring hand-crafted gifts, original art and photography by local artists, hand crafted furniture, one-of-a-kind yard ornaments, home-made culinary gifts and more. Stroll through the native plant nursery and see the beauty of native landscaping, and then spend time in the country store stocked with homemade jams, jellies, handcrafted greeting cards, beeswax candles and a variety of other gift items. The Green Marketplace is located on a working farm with cows, goats, chickens and llamas. Get up close and personal with farm babies and take advantage of the opportunity to witness the milking of goats and cows.
Take a picture with Santa: Santa Claus is coming to Titusville on Saturday, Dec. 1, to the SPCA's holiday open house and adopt-a-thon from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 455 Cheney Highway, Titusville. Santa's elves will be hard at work, too, running the South of the North Pole Gift Station, where guests can shop for the pet-lovers on their holiday list and bring items to be wrapped, too. Children and pets can have their pictures taken with Santa, participate in the ugly holiday sweater contest. Kids can stop by the cookie decorating station to create edible masterpieces to take home with them. For more information, call (321) 267-8221, Ext. 256 or visit www.spcanorthbrevard.com.
Holiday parades/tropical parade pace 2-mile run/walk: Brevard County Parks & Recreation is accepting applications for the Merritt Island and Cocoa/Rockledge holiday parades. This year, the theme for the parade is "Celebrate the Season." The Merritt Island holiday parade will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. The parade will go from Grove Boulevard at Merritt Island High School south on Courtenay Parkway, (S.R. 3), to Edgewood Junior/Senior High School on Merritt Avenue. Prior to the parade, the Tropical Parade Pacer 2-Mile Run/Walk will start at 9:15 a.m. at Edgewood Junior/Senior High School. The race will run north on Courtenay (S.R. 3) to Catalina Isles Boulevard and back. The race proceeds will benefit the Habitat for Humanity Women's Build. The Cocoa/Rockledge holiday parade will be held starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. The parade will go south from the Central Area Reference Library on Forrest Avenue to Florida Avenue and end at Rockledge High School.
Applications for the parades and race are available on the website www.brevardcounty.us/parkscentral. For additional information about the parades or race, call (321) 633-1874.
Free Santa visits: The Petite Boutiques (formerly the Christmas Cottage), 1002 E. New Haven Ave., Melbourne, is sponsoring free Santa visits from 1-4 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Bring your own camera. Participants are asked to bring at least one non-perishable food item for the less fortunate in the community. For more information, call (321) 725-0270 or email info@ThePetiteBoutiques.com.
'The Bible on Parade:' A moving drama with costumed characters takes place at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Melbourne Auditorium, 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd., Melbourne. The 23rd annual Christian Christmas Procession will feature hot dogs, cakes and drinks, live music and presentations. For more information, visit www.thebibleonparade.org.
Health First holiday celebrations:
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 Holiday 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.
For more information, call (321) 412-8810 or email email@example.com.
Lighting the way for children: Devereux's 100th anniversary's "Lighting the Way for Children" will be at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Brevard Zoo, 8225 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne. Cost is $125 per person. Proceeds from this event will help fund the new Wellness, Learning and Activity Center at the Devereux Florida Campus in Viera. For tickets and sponsorships, contact Patricia Hurst at (321) 258-1772 or visit www.devereuxfl.org.
SUNDAY, DEC. 2
Community dinner/dance: The Viera Woman's Club is sponsoring "The Snow Ball," a community dinner/dance to benefit charities fighting hunger and domestic violence in Brevard County. The event will take place at the Holiday Inn-Viera, 8298 N. Wickham Road, Viera, Sunday, Dec. 2, from 5:30-10 p.m. There will be a "bling auction," a $1,000 drawing and a door prize. Cost is $40 per person, which includes dinner and dancing to live music, performed by The Right Bros. Band. To purchase tickets, call (321) 638-2422. For more information, call (321) 292-9935.
MONDAY, DEC. 3
Senior social group to meet: Prime Time is a social group for seniors with a program or speaker. The group meets mostly the first Monday each month, unless there is a scheduling conflict. The next meeting will be Monday, Dec. 3, 11:30 a.m. in the Social Hall of Temple Israel , 7350 Lake Andrews Drive, Viera. Attendees should bring a "brown bag" lunch. Dessert and beverages are supplied. Following lunch and socializing time, a program begins at noon. The December program will consist of presentations dealing with daycare programs for seniors, as well as relief programs for caregivers. Prime Time programs are different each month throughout the year. Meetings are open to all, and all are welcome. For more information, call (321) 617-9102.
Medium at the library: Author and internationally known medium John Rogers will present a program about his work as a spirit guide at the Palm Bay Public Library on Monday, Dec. 3, at 12:30 p.m. He will discuss auras, offer mini-readings as time allows and will answer questions about mediumship. Mr. Rogers has been a professional medium for more than 30 years. He is a frequent guest lecturer in Florida, Massachusetts and England. The Palm Bay Public Library is at 1520 Port Malabar Blvd., Palm Bay. Call the reference department at the Palm Bay Library at (321) 952-4519 for more information about this program.
TUESDAY, DEC. 4
Women voters to hold holiday luncheon: The League of Women Voters of the Space Coast will hold its holiday luncheon on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at the Eau Gallie Yacht Club, 100 Datura Drive, Indian Harbour Beach at 11:30 a.m. The guest of honor will be league member Vera Walker, who will be celebrating her 100th birthday on Wednesday, Dec. 5. Ms. Walker came to Brevard County in the 1960s from Jacksonville and is an honorary life member of the league, with membership exceeding 50 years of participation. She served two terms on the Brevard County School Board, running unopposed the second time. She has been a dedicated supporter of the Space Coast Pops orchestra from its inception, is a life member of the American Association of University Women and belongs to, and is still active in, the Florida Historical Society; Rockledge Presbyterian Church, where she served as deacon; the Women's Club of Cocoa; and the Friends of the Central Library.
Cost for the luncheon is $25. For reservations and entree selection, contact Doreen Archer at (321) 622-4071.
Business donating to animals: On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 4, 5 and 6, Ruby Tuesday, 3780 Fiske Blvd., Rockledge, will donate a portion (20 percent) of guests' check values (excluding alcohol, tax and tip) to the Central Brevard Humane Society in Cocoa. Visit www.crittersavers.com event page to download a copy of the "Ruby Tuesday's Community GiveBack Program" flier. Present the flier to your server at the time of your visit and 20 percent of your check will be donated to the Humane Society to help the homeless animals at the shelter. Not to be used with any other coupons or discounts. To make a reservation, contact Ruby Tuesday at (321) 639-1058.
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 5
Walk in flu shots: Freedom 7 Senior Community Center, 5000 Tom Warriner Blvd., Cocoa Beach, will offered flu shots 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5. Vaccines will be administered by registered nurses. Cost is $30 if not using insurance. For more information, call (321) 783-9505.
Classic books: the Satellite Beach Public Library presents "Classics and More with Leslie" at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 751 Jamaica Blvd., Satellite Beach. This week's book will be "Animal Farm" by George Orwell. Copies are available at the library, which is open to the public. For more information, contact Leslie at the reference desk or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tabletop vendors at civic center: The Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce's Business Resource Council will host its monthly networking event, Wednesday Friendsday Tabletop Mix & Mingle on Wednesday, Dec. 5, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., at the Cocoa Civic Center, 430 Delannoy Ave., Cocoa. The major event sponsor is Florida Sports & Spinal Rehab. Additional sponsors are Brevard Nature Alliance and the city of Cocoa. There will be more than 50 tabletop vendors. Admission is $10 for chamber partners. The event is open to the public. All interested attendees should contact Darlene Montano at (321) 454-2036. Wednesday Friendsday is the largest monthly networking event on the Space Coast, bringing in 200-350 people every month. Admission includes hot and cold hors d'oeurves and two complimentary beverages with a cash bar. There will be a 50/50 card draw sponsored by Club 52 in Melbourne. Raffle tickets cost $1 each. For more information or to register for a table, please contact the Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce at (321) 454-2036 or visit www.cocoabeachchamber.com.
Holiday party and ornament exchange: The Melbourne Alumnae Panhellenic Women will hold its December meeting at 589 Spindle Palm Drive, Indialantic, Wednesday, Dec. 5. The holiday party will begin at 7 p.m. All National Panhellenic Conference sorority members are invited. For more information, call (321) 254-0672 or visit www.melbournepanhellenic.org.
THURSDAY, DEC. 6
Holiday membership luncheon: The Republican Women's Network of South Brevard will present a luncheon at 10:45 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at the Eau Gallie Yacht Club, Indian Harbour Beach. The Drum Corp and singers from the Diamond Community School of Palm Bay will be performing, as well as Louise Muffly, who will be providing live holiday piano music. The lunch buffet is at 11:30 a.m. Cost is $20 per person or $5 without lunch. Please bring an unwrapped book suitable for grades kindergarten through 12th grade for the Diamond School library. RSVP at email@example.com or call (321) 728-4424.
Exploring the Indian River Lagoon coast: Come visit this free progressive two-hour workshop and become a more knowledgeable and skilled angler 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6 at Palm Bay's Ted Moorhead Lagoon House. Come receive this free and valuable information from a handful of the best local fishing experts, captains and professional guides in the industry. Holiday drinks and snacks will be served. All attendees will receive one free ticket for a special holiday raffle. To register, please contact Captain Rodney Smith at (321) 750-3374 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Holiday luncheon and wine raffle: The Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce will host its Annual Holiday Luncheon & Military Affairs Council's Wine Raffle on Friday, Dec. 7, at the Doubletree by Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront, 2080 N. Atlantic Ave., Cocoa Beach, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Chamber's outgoing board of directors, ambassador of the year and president's club members will be recognized. Major sponsors of the event include: Vitas Innovative Hospice Care, Digital Fusion Group, Waste Pro and Community Bank of the South. Special guest entertainment will be Jack 'Elvis' Smink with Lightning Strikes Twice Productions. The cost to attend is $20 per person. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. The luncheon is in conjunction with the Military Affairs Council's 11th Annual Wine Raffle, to benefit the active military families stationed on the Space Coast. For more information, contact the Cocoa Regional Chamber of Commerce at (321) 459-2200 or visit, www.cocoabeachchamber.com.
Miniature art show, presentation and reception: The 2012 art in miniature exhibit will take place during December for the fourth year in a row. These 6-inch by 6-inch artistic jewels will be on display at Art and Antique Studio and Gallery for the public enjoyment. The gallery welcomed entries from artists 18 and older, residing or working in the United States. Each artist could submit up to three works. Included in this event is the Miniature Artists of America exhibit of 35 pieces of juried works by 35 signature members. One of the goals of this organization is to encourage national awareness and understanding of fine art in miniature through this traveling exhibit. An award presentation will take place on Friday Dec. 7 at 5 p.m. An open reception will follow from 5:30-9 p.m. Refreshments will be served. The show is free to the public. Art and Antique Studio and Gallery is at 1419 Highland Ave., Eau Gallie Arts District, Melbourne. For more information, call (321) 253-5553.
Lighting of the tree: the Platinum Coast Chorus' Bandstand Concert Series presents the "Lighting of the Christmas Tree" at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at the corner of Highland Avenue and Eau Gallie Boulevard in the Eau Gallie Arts District, Melbourne. For more information, email email@example.com or visit www.platinumcoastchorus.com.
Dr. Vernon Boushell free concert series: The Riverside Presbyterian Church presents free concerts down by the riverside.
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 www.riversidepres.org. 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 www.riversidepres.org. 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 www.riversidepres.org. 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 Beach. For more information, call (321) 525-7825 or visit www.riversidepres.org. Free concert - free ticket is required.
Santa to make holiday calls: Special arrangements have been made for Santa to telephone preschool through second-grade children from his headquarters at the North Pole. Calls will be made between the hours of 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 12 and 13, to phones in the local dialing area for Titusville. There is no charge for this service. Request forms are available at Campbell Community Center, 701 South St., Titusville; Cuyler Community Center, 2329 Harry T. Moore Ave., Mims; Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore Park Cultural Center, 2180 Freedom Ave., Mims; Port St. John Community Center, 6650 Corto Road, Titusville, Sandrift Community Center, 585 N. Singleton Ave., Titusville; Walter Butler Community Center at Bernice G. Jackson Park, 4201 N. U.S. Highway 1, Cocoa (Sharpes); and the North Area Parks Operations office, 475 N. Williams Ave., Titusville. Call (321) 264-5105 for more information about this and other activities provided by Brevard County Parks and Recreation's North Area Parks Operations.
Walking through Bethlehem: On Dec. 14, 15 and 16, Friday through Sunday, from 6-8 p.m., The First United Methodist Church of Port St. John will present The 2012 Walk Through Bethlehem. In this three-night dramatic representation of the town of Bethlehem, members of the congregation volunteer to be part of the town of Bethlehem and portray the historical characters that might have been present at that time. Among the characters represented will be Mary, Joseph, a newborn baby, children from a synagogue school and their teacher, the Innkeeper, a tanner, a potter, a rabbi and his assistant, the woman at the well and a carpenter. This year the walk will introduce the Three Wise Men, who will appear during the event, after following the star in search of the King of the Jews. Several shepherds will wander into the town, cold and lonely, but feeling the warmth of hospitality in their hearts. For more information about the event, call (321) 631-0183 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://fumcpsj.com/2012-walk-to-bethlehem.