FRIDAY, DEC. 7
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.
Like antiques and collectibles: The Brevard Antiques and Collectibles Club will hold its monthly meeting Friday, Dec. 7, at the Suntree/Viera Public Library, 902 Jordan Blass Drive, at 10 a.m. The subject will be "Holiday." Bring one item for study and discussion. For additional information, call George at (321) 254-5831 or Melinda at (321) 777-1374. The group is open to anyone having an interest in learning about antiques and collectibles.
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.
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
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 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.
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.
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.
SUNDAY, DEC. 9
Luncheon to support violence awareness: There will be a ladies' luncheon to support domestic violence awareness in the community noon to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at Tortoise Island Club House, 727 Loggerhead Island Drive, Satellite Beach. Part of the proceeds from the luncheon will support Serene Harbor. Cost is $25. For reservations or more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (321) 726-8282.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com 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.firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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.
o 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.
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.
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.
Talking Seniors social group meets: Senior Talkers is a discussion and social group for seniors who meet mostly on the third Monday each month unless there is a scheduling conflict. The next meeting will be Monday Dec. 17, at 11:30 a.m. in the Social Hall of Temple Israel, 7350 Lake Andrews Drive, Viera. Attendees should bring a "brown bag" lunch. Dessert and beverages will be supplied. Lunch and socializing time is followed at noon by an hour of open discussions about various current topics of controversial nature, giving stimulation to keep the mind alert. Different moderators lead the discussions each month. Meetings are open to all, and all are welcome. For more information, call (321) 254-5143.
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, 4835 W. Eau Gallie Blvd., Melbourne. Call (321) 255-3995 for more information.
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.
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.
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.