FRIDAY, NOV. 30
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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 parades is "Celebrate the Season." The Merritt Island holiday parade will be held starting 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.
Kiddy crawl derby dash: A diaper derby dash for children 6-18 months old will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Port St. John Community Center, 6650 Corto Road, Port St. John. The kiddy crawl consists of crawling 25 feet to the finish line (ages 6 months). The Teddy bear trot is a 40-foot walk/run to the finish line (ages 7-18 months) with their favorite stuffed toy. There will be prizes for the winners and fastest times. Please note that a birth certificate may be required to assure fair play. There will be an arts and crafts project, ready your Teddy (stuff your own bear), for the first 40 contestants. There will be a kid train ride for contestants, free cotton candy and/or snow cone while supplies last. There is a $5 fee per participant. Brevard County Parks and Recreation Department's North Area Parks Operations is sponsoring this activity. For more information or to pre-register, call (321) 633-1904.
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.
Historical houses tour: The North Brevard Historical Society & Museum will host a tour of historical houses in Titusville from 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. Tickets, which are limited to 300, cost $20, must be purchased in advance and may be purchased at the museum at 301 S. Washington Ave, Titusville. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call (321) 269-3658. The following six houses, three of which were constructed by Florida builder Pleasant J. Hall, are included on the tour: The Brady House, Queen Anne style, circa 1884; The PJ Hall House, Victorian style, circa 1903; The Dykes/Winstead House, Colonial Revival style, circa 1905; The Pritchard House & Gardens, Queen Anne style, circa 1891; The Holder/Belcher House and Boathouse, circa 1894, aka "The Anchorage Wharf"; The Wager House, circa 1877, formerly the Titusville General Store and newspaper office. The North Brevard Historical Society and Museum is a nonprofit, 501(c) 3, and is entirely dependent upon donations and fundraisers. For more information, call Paul Marion at (321) 269-0140 or Donna Baker at (321) 268-2314.
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.
SUNDAY, DEC. 2
Sterilize your cat for free: The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of North Brevard, located at 455 Cheney Highway in Titusville, is offering no-cost cat sterilizations for any free-roaming cat or house cat living in the 32926 and 32927 zip code areas, thanks to a grant from Pet Smart Charities. Residents living in 32926 or 32927 can call (321) 267-8221, Ext. 221, to make an appointment for one of the free sterilizations. The SPCA of North Brevard is a 501(c) 3 organization that relies on grant funding and donations to offer free to low-cost sterilization services for pet owners in the community. For more information, call (321) 267-8221.
MONDAY, DEC. 3
Food vendors sought for 'Movie Night In The Park' series: Brevard County Parks and Recreation, North Area, is accepting applications for food vendors for the "Movie Night in the Park" series. Vendors will be chosen for the entire movie series, which runs through April, and will be expected to attend all movie events. Movies will be shown on a giant 23-foot movie screen. Vendors may obtain applications at the North Area Parks Operations Office, 475 N. Williams Ave., Titusville. Applications are accepted 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Special consideration is given to not-for-profit service organizations. The county reserves the right to limit vendors to one or two vendors per product. There is no cost to submit an application. Contact Mike Herman at (321) 264-5105, or by email at email@example.com for additional information on this and other recreation programs sponsored by Brevard County Parks and Recreation in North Brevard.
Cribbage players needed: The Space Coast Peggers, a local group of cribbage players, is in search of new members. A nine-game tournament is played every Monday night starting at 6 p.m. at the All One Family Senior Day Program, 585 N. Courtenay Parkway, Suite 101-102, Merritt Island. Guests may play two times before they decide whether or not they want to join the club. If you play "kitchen cribbage," you will enjoy playing with the Space Coast Peggers. Call (321) 459-9379 or (321) 632-2088 for more information.
TUESDAY, DEC. 4
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 flyer 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 offer 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.
Cheerleading and gymnastics: 'Cheersnastics' classes are on Wednesdays at the Port St. John Community Center, 6650 Corto Road, Port St. John. These cheerleading and gymnastics classes will be held from 5-6 p.m. Wednesdays for participants ages 5-12. The cost is $20 per month. Brevard County Parks and Recreation Department's North Area Parks Operations is sponsoring this event. For more information, call (321) 633-1904.
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'oeuvres 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.
THURSDAY, DEC. 6
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.
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.
Drive-thru nativity scene: The North Merritt Island United Methodist Church has become renowned for presenting a drive-thru story of the birth of Jesus each year at this time. The 16th year of presenting the gift to the community of the drive-thru nativity will be on Saturday and Sunday evenings, Dec. 8 and 9, from 6-8 p.m. on the church grounds, 6355 N. Courtenay Parkway, Merritt Island. This is a free event. After driving through, guests will be invited in to have refreshments and visit with cast members. For more information, call (321) 452-7180.
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 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.