FRIDAY, NOV. 30
California Club 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 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. For more information about the club and details for this luncheon, call (321) 253-2655.
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.
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.
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.
Christmas ornaments: The Old Town Hall History Center of Melbourne Beach presents Zonta Christmas ornaments. This is a fundraiser to benefit the Zonta Scholarship Fund, etc. The exhibit continues on Saturdays until Jan. 5. These precious ornaments depict historical sites in South Brevard County. For more information, call Ann Downing at (321) 536-3336. The History Center is located at 2373 Oak St., (across from Spessard Holland Golf Course), Melbourne Beach. The exhibit is free. Hours every Saturday are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call (321) 536-3336.
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.
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
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 through Monday, Dec. 24, and interested parties may contact the marketing department at Melbourne Square Mall at (321) 727-8062.
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.
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 5
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'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.