FRIDAY, DEC. 7
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.platinumcoastchorus.com.
Sharing and tree lighting celebration all day: The city of West Melbourne Recreation Department has announced its Third Annual Season of Sharing and Tree Lighting Celebration, which will be held Dec. 7 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Jan Lieson Cross Roads Park, 2200 Minton Road, (corner of Minton Road and Helen Street), West Melbourne. The bazaar opens at 9 a.m. There will be a picnic lunch with live music at noon. At 5 p.m., there will be holiday music with hors d'oeuvre and seasonal drinks. The tree lighting will be at 6:15 p.m., with final inspirational words at 6:45 p.m.
Christmas in the park: Lipscomb Park Community Center, 3316 Monroe St., Melbourne, will present a fun filled night of caroling, hayrides, arts and crafts and a chance to meet with Mr. and Mrs. Claus. The night also includes balloon making, pictures with Santa and refreshments. This free event will be from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7. For more information, call (321) 674-5725.
SATURDAY, DEC. 8
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 email@example.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.
Humane Society sponsors events: The Central Brevard Humane Society is presenting the following events on Saturday, Dec. 8:
Adoptable pet event: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Molly Mutt III Thrift Shop, 876 N. U.S. Highway 1, Rockledge.
Pet photos with Santa Claws: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. PetSmart, 1800 Evans Road, Melbourne
Adoptable pets event: 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Molly Mutt I Thrift Shop, 2525 N. Courtenay Parkway, Merritt Island.
More adoptable pets: noon to 3 p.m. Sunflower House, Merritt Square Mall, 777 E. Merritt Island Causeway, Merritt Island.
All proceeds will go to help provide care to the homeless animals in Brevard County. For more information, visit www.crittersavers.com or call (321) 636-3343.
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.
Sharing high school memories: South Brevard Historical Society will host "Historical Conversations: Sharing memories with the Mel Hi Class of '53," moderated by Walt Fredrickson, on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 3 p.m. at the Melbourne Public Library, 540 E. Fee Ave., Melbourne. The event is free and open to the public. For additional information, call Carol Andren at (321) 725-4115.
Street performers sought for downtown: Melbourne Main Street is seeking street performers for Candlelight Shopping events in downtown Melbourne from 6-9 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 8, 15 and 22. Needed are church and youth choirs, carolers and individual musicians to create a festive holiday atmosphere on the sidewalks, in the arcades and the shops. Call Melbourne Main Street at (321) 724-1741.
MONDAY, DEC. 10
Cookies with Santa in Micco: Brevard County Parks and Recreation will host a "Cookies with Santa" event from 6-8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, at the South Mainland Community Center, 3700 Allen Ave., Micco. Santa Claus is making a visit to Micco. Children are invited to stop by and take pictures with Santa. Kids will also be able to enjoy a craft, decorate a cookie and enjoy hot cocoa, while Santa reads a story. This event is for children in kindergarten through sixth grade. The cost is $2 per child. All activities are conducted and supervised by the Brevard County Parks & Recreation staff at the South Mainland Community Center. Call (772) 663-8748 for more information.
TUESDAY, DEC. 11
Marketplace open at the Port: The Cove Marketplace is in a new temporary location between Baja's and Fishlips on Glen Cheek Drive at Port Canaveral and is open for its third season. Come out and enjoy 20 unique merchants along the waterway overlooking the cruise ships. Enjoy watching the dolphin and manatee's play along the waterfront of the Cove. The Cove is open Tuesday, Wednesday and the first Saturday of each month, 11a.m. to 5 p.m.
Federal employees to bring toys and canned food: The Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, Apollo Chapter 1137, will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, for its Christmas party at Red Lobster, 215 E. Merritt Island Causeway, Merritt Island. Attendees are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy for children from toddlers to teenagers, as well as canned food for the needy. (Powdered milk and canned meat, but no canned vegetables or soups.) Checks made out to the "Brevard Sharing Center" are also welcome. All current and former federal employees, their spouses and their guests are invited to the NARFE monthly meetings and social activities. For more information, visit www.narfe.org/chapter1137 or call (321) 783-3248.
An evening of fun, food and entertainment: The Oceanside Charter Chapter of the American Business Women's Association has scheduled a social and networking dinner for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, at the Eau Gallie Yacht Club, 100 Datura Drive, Indian Harbour Beach. Networking will begin at 6 p.m., with the dinner at 6:30 p.m. Entertainment will be by Sheryl Olguin and Ali Mata. There will be holiday gift basket raffles and door prizes. There will be beef, chicken and vegetarian dinner selections. Cost is $35 per person. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (321) 987-5106 for reservations and dinner selection.
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 12
Legislative delegation to meet: Representative Steve Crisafulli, chairman of the Brevard County Legislative Delegation, has announced that the delegation will meet from 2-5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, in the Brevard County Commission Chambers, 2725 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Building C, Viera. The primary purpose of this meeting is to discuss local issues to be presented before the Legislature in 2013. Please note that this is the only scheduled meeting of the delegation prior to the 2013 Legislative Session, which begins March 5. The first portion of the meeting will be limited to presentations by local government entities and those requesting local bill submissions. The second portion of the meeting is for organizations and citizen presentations. Anyone wishing to be placed on the meeting agenda should contact Ashley Guinn in Representative Crisafulli's Office in writing, at 2460 N. Courtenay Parkway, Merritt Island, FL, 32953, by mail; email Ashley.email@example.com by email; or fax at (321) 449-5113. Telephone inquires may be directed to Representative Crisafulli's Office at (321) 449-5111.
Experimental aircraft: The Experimental Aircraft Association, Chapter 724, will meet Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the Merritt Island Airport Clubhouse, across from the firehouse at the airport. The speaker this month will be Scott Spratt from the National Weather Service office at Melbourne Airport. Anyone interested in aviation and the love of flying can join this enthusiastic group, to take in interesting, informative information on all aspects of flight. For more information, call (321) 266-7410.
THURSDAY, DEC. 13
Mystery group to meet: The Haven't Got a Clue Mystery Group will meet noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, at the South Mainland Public Library, 7921 Ron Beatty Blvd., Micco. The group will discuss "Murder in Paradise," mysteries set in Florida. For more information, visit www.brevardcounty.us/publiclibraries or call (772) 664-4066.
Recapture the joy of the holidays: Holidays aren't always filled with cheer - shopping, cooking, travel, holiday letters and cards can often cause stress. Traditions that had always been a comfort to us can suddenly cause anxiety; and if you are caring for a loved one with an illness, you're more than just a little overwhelmed. Join One Senior Place Care Management and Senior Partner Care Services at 2 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 13, to learn strategies to relax, enjoy the holidays and possibly create a few new traditions. One Senior Place is at 8085 Spyglass Hill Road, Viera. For more information, visit www.oneseniorplace.com or call (321) 751-6771.
Sea turtle class scheduled: The Sea Turtle Preservation Society will present its Turtle 101 Class at the Cocoa Beach Library from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 15, at 550 N. Brevard Ave., Cocoa Beach. This class is open to the public and will cover the following: an overview of the world's sea turtles, including the ones found in Brevard waters; the dangers facing this protected species and what you can do to help; what STPS volunteers do in volunteer activities, such as night-nesting walks, surveys. This is recommended for all volunteers who have not taken the course. Registration will be from 10-10:30 a.m. with the class taking about an hour. Feel free to bring friends and family who are interested in sea turtles. For more information, call (321) 868-1104.
Free family Christmas extravaganza: The House Church of Palm Bay will hold its 2011 Family Christmas Extravaganza from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at Max K. Rodes Park in West Melbourne. This free family event will feature live music, puppets, face painting, pony rides, bounce houses, games, concessions, raffles, giveaways and performances by Chagy the Clown. Max K. Rhodes Park is located at 3410 Flanagan Ave., West Melbourne. This event is co-sponsored by Brevard County Parks and Recreation Department, South Area. For more information, call (321) 952-5725 or visit www.thehousepalmbay.org.
Spiritual healing/Christmas talk: Practitioner and teacher of Christian Science healing, Suzanne Riedel of Denver, Colo., will present a talk titled "The Real Christmas Message" on Saturday, Dec. 15, at the First Church of Christ, Scientist, 600 Melbourne Ave, Melbourne. The talk will be preceded by a brief musical presentation and a community Christmas carols sing. The music will begin at 6 p.m., and Ms. Riedel's talk will then follow. Childcare will be provided. Since experiencing an immediate healing of an emergency situation while in college, Ms. Riedel and her husband have relied on spiritual healing to heal everything from broken bones to financial needs and emergencies for both themselves and their five children. Ms. Riedel is an international speaker, and is a member of the Christian Science Board of Lectureship. For more information, call (321) 723-5724.
Nurses networking: The Space Coast Faith Community Nurses Network meeting for December will be a double Dutch social event at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17, at Mimi's Café, 6630 Colonnade Ave., Melbourne. All nurses who are, or may be, interested in providing health ministry in their faith communities across Brevard and neighboring counties are welcome to attend. For more information, call (321) 362-0580.
Winter camps scheduled at five locations: Brevard County Parks & Recreation will host Winter Break Camp during the holiday break this year. Winter Camp is for children currently in kindergarten through sixth grade (ages 5-12). Camp will be offered at five locations in the south area:
Viera Regional Community Center, 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera
Max K. Rodes Park, 3410 Flanagan Ave., West Melbourne
Ted Whitlock Community Center, 1951 Malabar Road N.W., Palm Bay
South Beach Community Center, 501 Old Florida Trail, Melbourne Beach
South Mainland Community Center, 3700 Allen Ave., Micco.
The dates for camp are Dec. 21, Dec. 26-28, Dec. 31, Jan. 2-4 and Jan. 7. Activities at Winter Camp include sports, group activities, games and arts and crafts. Registration for all camps is currently underway at each individual camp location. Registration can also be completed at the South Area Parks Operations Office, 1515 Sarno Road, Building A, Melbourne. The fee for each week is $60 per child or $20 per day per child. Before and after care is available for an additional cost. For more information, call the South Area Parks and Recreation Office at (321) 255-4400 or visit www.brevardcounty.us/ParksSouth.