FRIDAY, NOV. 30
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.
From California or lived there: 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.
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.
SATURDAY, DEC. 1
Craft fair: The Palm Bay United Methodist Women will hold its annual craft fair Saturday, Dec. 1 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Fellowship Hall at the Palm Bay United Methodist Church, 2100 Port Malabar Blvd. There will be baked goods, Christmas decorations, stuffed animals, jewelry, white elephant items and more. The proceeds will be used for missions. For more information, call the church office at (321) 727-8651.
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 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.
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. For more information, call (321) 412-8810 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Center sponsoring fundraising event: The Animal Emergency and Critical Care Center of Brevard is a presenting sponsor for the following upcoming event: Sunday, Dec. 2 in Palm Bay, a 5K fun run is scheduled for both pets and pet parents, focusing on the importance of fighting pet obesity. The Animal Emergency and Critical Care Center of Brevard, located at the southwest corner of Eau Gallie Boulevard and Croton Road in Melbourne, offers emergency services for pets 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
MONDAY, DEC. 3
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Santa Claws is coming to town: To help kick off the holiday season, Petsmart, 1800 Evans Road, Melbourne, will host pet photos with Santa Claws on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bring your pet and have their picture taken with old St. Nick Claws. All pets are welcome. Photos cost $9.95 each with your Petsmart PetPerks card (plus tax). Pet parents will receive a digital picture of their pet in a holiday collector frame. For each photo purchased $5 will go to benefit the Central Brevard Humane Society in Cocoa, to be used to care for the homeless and abused animals of Brevard. For more information, contact the Central Brevard Humane Society at (321) 636-3343 or visit www.crittersavers.com.