FRIDAY, DEC. 7
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.
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.
SATURDAY, DEC. 8
Toys for Tots: Local pilots at the Merritt Island Airport will hold their annual pancake breakfast 8-11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. Anyone bringing a new, unwrapped toy will be served a breakfast of pancakes, sausage, orange juice and coffee. Toys displayed on a plane in the main hangar at the airport, will be given to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves, Toys for Tots campaign, at 11 a.m. All toys are distributed to local needy kids. The Brevard Aviation Association, Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 724, Space Coast Aviation and the TICO Airport Authority are sponsoring the breakfast. For more information, call Bobbi Lasher at (321) 636-5346.
Santa in North Brevard: Breakfast with Santa will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Fox Lake Park main pavilion, 4400 Fox Lake Road, in Titusville. A pancake breakfast will be served, and children will be given a candy-filled goodie bag, a visit with Santa, a make-and-take craft and hayride. Parents who want a photo of their child with Santa should bring their own cameras. Santa will arrive at 9:30 a.m. Tickets cost $5 for children younger than 12 and $3 for adults. An adult must accompany children. Advance tickets may be purchased at Sandrift Community Center, 585 N. Singleton Ave., Titusville, is recommended. The event is limited to 150 children. Brevard County Parks and Recreation's North Area Parks Operations sponsor this activity. Call (321) 264-5037 for more information on this and other recreation programs in North Brevard.
Holiday parade themed: Brevard County Parks & Recreation is accepting applications for the Cocoa/Rockledge holiday parade. This year, the theme for the parades is "Celebrate the Season." 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 parade are available on the website www.brevardcounty.us/parkscentral. For additional information about the parade, call (321) 633-1874.
Children's holiday party: Titusville Library storytellers will present "The Mitten," by Jan Brett, "Christmas Eve," by Arnold Lobel, and "Santa's New Suit," by Laura Rader, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at 2121 S. Hopkins Ave., Titusville. There will also be a holiday sing-a-long, refreshments and a special visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus. For more information or to register, call (321) 264-5026.
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.
Take a walk on the 'wet and wild side:' The Enchanted Forest Sanctuary, 444 Columbia Blvd., Titusville, presents an up-close tour of the wetland habitats of the sanctuary 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. This is a two-hour long swamp walk off the beaten path, tromping through some knee-deep mud to see unique areas in the sanctuary that most others will never see. Bring old shoes that you can get wet and muddy, and that fasten securely to your feet. The sanctuary is at 444 Columbia Blvd., Titusville. RSVP to Joanie at (321) 5185. For more information about the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary, visit www.eelbrevard.com or call (321) 264-5185.
Heritage and life of Merritt Island pioneer: Sams House at Pine Island presents "John H. Sams: A Pioneer Story" at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at 6195 N. Tropical Trail, Merritt Island. Get the scoop on the heritage and life of Merritt Island pioneer John Sams. Mr. Sams was the first superintendent of Brevard County Schools and built the oldest standing home in Brevard County, the 1875 Sams cabin. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/samshousepineisland, www.eelbrevard.com or call (321) 449-4720.
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.
SUNDAY, DEC. 9
Coin show at the mall: The Titusville Coin Club is sponsoring a coin show 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at the Searstown Mall, 3550 S. Washington Ave., Titusville. Dealers will be present to appraise, buy, sell, coins, scrap gold/silver, paper money, exonumia and jewelry. For more information, contact Kevin Seymour, at Inlet Coins, 502 Canal St., New Smyrna Beach, at (386) 690-3111, (407) 339-1472 or at email@example.com.
Buy a Christmas tree to raise funds: There is a Christmas tree fundraiser sale in progress that will benefit the Rockledge Nazarene Academy Preschool. The event is at 651 Barnes Blvd., Rockledge. The Rockledge Church of the Nazarene sponsors the event, but all proceeds go to the Rockledge Nazarene Academy Preschool. The sale is open 1-9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and closed Sundays. Free delivery is available, if needed. Just come pick out a tree and it can be delivered to any home or office. Also, if you (or your organization) sponsor a family for Christmas, an anonymous delivery can be arranged. For more information, call (321) 636-4600.
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.
MONDAY, DEC. 10
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information on this and other recreation programs sponsored by Brevard County Parks and Recreation in North Brevard.
Donations needed for holiday tree: GRAND Parenting Again, a program of Aging Matters in Brevard, is hosting a Grandfamilies Holiday Tree at the Sunflower House for clients this holiday season. This program offers support to grandparents and other relative caregivers, 55 and older, who are faced with the challenge of raising their grandchildren or minor relatives age 18 and younger. Gifts received through the Grandfamilies Holiday Tree will be distributed to grandchildren and grandparents at a holiday party on Saturday, Dec. 15, at 1 p.m. at the Sunflower House in Merritt Square Mall, Merritt Island. Grandfamilies interested in participating should contact Janet or Barbara at (321) 452-4341.
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. 11
Memory screen and test offered: The Sunflower House, along with the East Central Florida Memory Disorder Clinic, is offering free memory screenings for adults who are concerned about memory loss. The screening is a 30-minute confidential appointment and includes a 15-minute test. The results will be provided so that individuals can discuss them with their primary care physician. The memory screenings are by appointment, and will be held at the Sunflower House on Tuesday, Dec. 11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Sunflower House is a senior and caregiver resource center located in the Merritt Square Mall, Merritt Island. To make an appointment, call (321) 452-4341.
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.
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 12
Free Tai Chi class offered: On Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 11 a.m. Freedom 7 Senior Community Center, 5000 Tom Warriner Blvd., Cocoa Beach, will offer a free Tai Chi class for one hour. The class is open to all adults, 18 and older, from any area. This class is in addition to the regular Mah Jongg, pinochle, rubber bridge and travel desk events. Reservations are requested at (321) 783-9505. For more information, visit www.freedom7seniors.org.
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.
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 participant's 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.
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.
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
Farmer's market now open: Shop for fresh Florida fruit and vegetables, honey, fresh baked breads and cookies, handmade crafts, hot food and more at the Rockledge Farmer's Market, at the corner of Fiske Boulevard and Levitt Parkway in Rockledge. The market will be open from 11 a.m. to dusk on Thursdays. For more information, visit www.brevardfarmersmarket.com or call (321) 917-0721.
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.
Two-day bird count scheduled: The annual Audubon Holiday Bird Count will be Friday and Saturday, Dec. 14 and 15, at the Barrier Island Center, 8385 S. Highway A1A, Melbourne Beach. This 113-year-old tradition is the longest-running wildlife census to assess the health of bird populations and to help guide conservation action. For more information, visit www.birds.audubon.org, www.barrierislandcenter.com or call (321) 723-3556.
Sketches, narration and popular carols at winter show: The Surfside Players will present its annual Christmas and winter show at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 14 and 15, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at 301 Ramp Road, Cocoa Beach. Admission is free to "Holly Tales," which will feature sketches based on classic short stories and poems, a narration of the classic Nativity story interspersed with popular carols sung by the Greater Canaveral Barber shoppers. Show up two hours early to get your free picture taken with Santa Claus. For more information and reservations, call (321) 783-3127.
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.
City turns into Biblical town: What was the world like when Jesus was born? Did he watch his mother spin wool into thread for clothes? Did he help his father build wooden tools and toys? Was he sent to the market for dates or the apothecary for healing herbs? Now you can learn about the world as Jesus knew it as you travel back in time at the Mims United Methodist Church's "Journey to Bethlehem." On Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 15 and 16, from 1-4 p.m., you will see Mims United Methodist Church transformed into the ancient city of Bethlehem. Outside, you can see the herd animals and help the townspeople stomp grapes for wine and press olives for oil. Inside, you can visit the marketplace shops, and your whole family can learn to weave baskets, throw pottery, play spin the dreidel or sample Biblical foods. Further along the streets, you will pass through the mortuary, the synagogue and the Bedouin village on your way to the stable to see a living nativity. The event is free to all and parking is provided. Mims United Methodist Church is located at 3302 Green St., Mims. For more information, call 321-267-6202.
Book discussion at bookstore: A discussion of "The Vision of Ayn Rand" will be at 6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 15, at Barnes and Noble Booksellers, 780 E. Merritt Island Causeway, Merritt Island. Cost is free. For more information, contact Luke Setzer at (321) 544-7435 or email LutherSetzer@yahoo.com.
Donations for medical equipment bank needed: The Sunflower House is currently accepting donations for its medical equipment bank. At this time, wheelchairs, walkers with seats, canes and shower chairs are most needed. The medical equipment bank loans equipment to individuals, age 60 and older, and to caregivers of individuals age 60 and older who are in need. Call (321) 452-4341 to make an appointment to donate or pick up equipment. This program is donation-based. The Sunflower House is a senior and caregiver resource center located in the Merritt Square Mall and is a program of Aging Matters in Brevard. The Sunflower House is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.