FRIDAY, DEC. 14
Hospice classes offered: Hospice of St. Francis is seeking caring people who would like to become volunteers. HOSF volunteers provide assistance in many different ways, including making friendly visits to hospice patients, providing respite care for homebound patients, running errands and performing many other services. No previous experience is needed. Training is provided at no cost to the participants. Volunteer positions are available throughout Brevard County. Class will be held Friday, Dec. 14; Monday, Dec. 17 and Friday, Dec. 21, from 1-5 p.m. at Hospice of St. Francis, 4875 N. Wickham Road, Suite 104, Melbourne. Hospice of St. Francis is a local, non-sectarian, nonprofit organization that provides care for terminally ill patients and support for their families. For more information and to register for the volunteer training classes, call Mary Larson, volunteer coordinator in Melbourne, at (321) 269-4240 or (866) 269-4240 (toll free).
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.
Book signing at jazz club: Debra John, a resident of Cape Canaveral, will be available to sign copies of her book, "Amelia's Gift," 5-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14 at Heidi's Jazz Club, 7 N. Orlando Ave., Cocoa Beach. Amelia's Gift is a captivating story from the heart, based on true events in the life of the author. An inspirational love story on many levels, it portrays the life of "Lisa Marie Anderson." An ever-smiling optimist, who never misses a meal, she is the daughter of World War II and Korean combat veteran Edward Anderson and loving mother and housewife, Amelia. The fourth of six children, "Lisa" relies on her positive outlook and sense of humor to cope with a father, who abuses alcohol. When she later marries a man who also turns to alcohol after 20 years of marriage, her patience and humor are eventually overshadowed. Lisa's life becomes entangled, yet hopeful, with a spirit-guided message from her mother, ballroom dancing, Caribbean cruising, and Alex - a guy who can't seem to find the right wristwatch. For more information, contact Chris Coffey at (888) 361-9473 or email email@example.com.
Open house for a good cause: Brevard County Commissioner Andy Anderson will host his annual Holiday Open House from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at his office, located at 1515 Sarno Road, Melbourne. The commissioner is asking that you help support his office's two charity drives: Coats for Kids and Elves for Elders. Please bring a new coat for a school-aged child or one of the following items for a senior: shampoo, lotions, soap, socks, new clothing, pajamas, blankets and pillows. Please RSVP to the District Five Commission Office by calling (321) 253-6611.
SATURDAY, DEC. 15
Annual golf tournament is benefit: The Seventh Annual Brevard County Golf Tournament, benefiting the disabilities program, will be at 7 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 at the Habitat Golf Course, 3591 Fairgreen St., Grant Valkaria. The disabilities program, offered through Brevard County Parks and Recreation, crates opportunities for persons with disabilities to participate in activities, learn new skills and help serve the community. For more information, email Barbara.Mitchell@brevardparks.com or call (321) 952-3222.
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.
Learn about whales: The Satellite Beach Recreation Department will present "Right Whales Off our Coast" 3-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 at 1089 S. Patrick Drive, Satellite Beach. The whales' endangered status, biology, migration and what you can do to help protect the 500 individuals that are left that visit our coast will be discussed. For more information, visit www.satellitebeachrecreation.org or call (321) 773-6458 or (888)-97-WHALE.
Christmas dinner dance: The Italian American Club of South Brevard is hosting its Christmas Dinner Dance at the club, 1471 Cypress Ave., Melbourne, at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15. The event will feature a turkey dinner, plus desserts, with a social hour 5-6 p.m. Dinner will be at 6 p.m. Music will be provided by Show Time. Cost is $15 per person, and seating is limited. For tickets or more information, call (321) 728-9442 or (321) 890-7242.
Annual race scheduled: The Jingle Bell 2-Miler starts and ends at the Satellite Beach Public Library at 5:45 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15. The library is at 751 Jamaica Blvd., Satellite Beach. Visit www.runningzone.com for ruses and to register. Call (321) 751-8890 for more information.
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 performance. The music will begin at 6 p.m., and Ms. Riedel's talk will 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.
SUNDAY, DEC. 16
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.
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.
MONDAY, DEC. 17
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.
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.
TUESDAY, DEC. 18
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.
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 19
Puppet show at the library: There will be a Christmas puppet show at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19 at the Cocoa Beach Public Library, 550 N. Brevard Ave., Cocoa Beach. Join the youth department for a festive puppet show, celebrating the holidays. Call (321) 868-1104 to reserve a seat for the performance.
THURSDAY, DEC. 20
Holiday cookies and recipes offered: One Senior Place resident businesses will show off their baking talents and share their favorite holiday cookies and recipes 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20. One Senior Place is at 8085 Spyglass Hill Road, Viera. For more information and to RSVP, call (321) 751-6771. In its "Classic Movie Series," One Senior Place will show "A Christmas Story," starring peter Billingsley, Darren McGavin and Lelinda Dillon, from 2-4 p.m. the same day. Refreshments will be served.
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.