FRIDAY, FEB. 1
Space shuttle remembrance: The Astronauts Memorial Foundation is hosting a ceremony to honor the crew of space shuttle Columbia STS-107 in remembrance of the 10th anniversary of the Columbia disaster at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 1. The ceremony being held at the Space Mirror Memorial at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex celebrates and memorializes all astronauts, who have sacrificed their lives for the nation and its space program. Ceremony speakers include Thad Altman, foundation president and chief executive officer; Jon A. McBride, foundation board of directors chairman and former astronaut; Mick Ukleja, Ph.D., foundation board of trustees chairman; Evelyn Husband-Thompson, widow of Col. Rick Husband, commander space shuttle Columbia STS-107; Eileen Collins, Return to Flight space shuttle commander; Robert D. Cabana, NASA Kennedy Space Center director and former astronaut; William H. Gerstenmaier, NASA Human Exploration and Operations associate administrator; and Robert Lightfoot, NASA associate administrator. Six-time Grammy award-winning recording artist BeBe Winans will pay tribute at the ceremony by singing "Star Spangled Banner" and "Ultimate Sacrifice," two songs from his latest album "America America." "Ultimate Sacrifice" is an original song by Winans written as a thank you to United States military personnel who have given their lives in service to our country. The Space Shuttle Columbia's crew of seven astronauts perished when Columbia broke apart during re-entry on Feb. 1, 2003. The STS-107 crew included Commander Rick D. Husband, Pilot William C. McCool, Payload Commander Michael P. Anderson, Payload Specialist Ilan Ramon, and Mission Specialists Kalpana Chawla, David M. Brown and Laurel Blair Salton Clark. The public is invited to attend the ceremony. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex will provide flowers for ceremony guests and visitors throughout the morning to place at the memorial. For more information, call (877) 313-2610 or visit www.KennedySpaceCenter.com.
Satellite Beach Recreation Department upcoming events:
Friday, Feb. 1-22: Extreme Couponing - 10:30-11:30 a.m. Cost is $25. Consumers save more than $3 billion annually in the United States using coupons. Location: DRS Community Center, 1089 S. Patrick Drive, Satellite Beach. Call (321) 773-6458.
Monday, Feb. 11 and 25: Eat Well to Live Well - 7-9 p.m. Cost is $20. Location: DRS Community Center, 1089 S. Patrick Drive, Satellite Beach. Call (321) 773-6458.
Concealed Weapons Course: The city is in the process of coordinating a Concealed Weapons Course to be held in the Spring 2013. If you are interested in this course, contact the Recreation Department at (321) 773-6458.
Wine tasting fundraiser: The Dance Arts Centre will host its Wine Tasting Fundraiser Friday, Feb. 1 from 6-8 p.m. at the Maxine's Salon and Spa Highland Ave., Eau Gallie Arts District, Melbourne. Dance Arts Centre's mission is to promote positive change in the community's youth lives through creative movement and the arts. Cost is a $5 donation at the door. For more information, visit www.DanceAC.org.
Grieving for loved ones: Ascension Lutheran and St. Mark's Methodist are again offering Griefshare, a 13-week non-denominational, Christian-based program for those who have experienced losing someone close to them through death. The program is open to members, non-members and friends. St. Mark's program is on Mondays at 10:30 a.m. Ascension's is at 7 p.m. on Mondays. Each session is approximately an hour to 1 1/2 hours long. The format for each session is a 25-minute video segment followed by discussion based on the video and the workbook material. Sue Sorensen will be the facilitator for this series of meetings. Ascension Lutheran Church is at 1053 Pinetree Drive, Indian Harbour Beach. Call the church office at (321) 773-1815 to enroll. Call Sue Sorensen if you have any questions at (321) 544-0938.
SATURDAY, FEB. 2
Kids building contest: National Association of Women in Construction, Space Coast Florida Chapter, is having its Annual Block Kids Building Contest. This is a free event for children enrolled in grades 1-6 in Brevard County. The 2013 Block Kids Building Contest will be at 9 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 2 at Quest Elementary School, 8751 Trafford Drive, Melbourne/Viera. The event is open to all Brevard County children enrolled in grades 1-6. For more information and a registration form, email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Terri Holmes (Block Kids chair) at (321) 626-3370.
Sell your writing presentation: Psychologist, author and speaker Valerie Allen will give a writer's workshop that will focus on marketing techniques to promote and sell your books from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 2 at the West Melbourne Public Library, 2755 Wingate Blvd., West Melbourne. The registration fee is $12, which includes materials and handouts. A portion of the fee is donated to the library and the Space Coast Writer's Guild. The workshop is open to the public, and is aimed at the new writer, as well as the seasoned author seeking information and skills to further their writing career. Ms. Allen is the author of six books, which include fiction, nonfiction and children's literature. Participants may register online at www.valerievallenwriter.com. For more information, email email@example.com.
Art and craft show: The city of Rockledge and the Rockledge Community Redevelopment Agency will host the Fifth Annual Rockledge Art and Craft Show on Saturday, Feb. 2, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 3, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., along Barton Boulevard in the heart of the Rockledge Community Redevelopment District. Spectator admission is free. Nearly 70 vendors from Florida and throughout the country will offer a wide variety of items for sale, ranging from unique art and crafts to gourmet sauces and confections to handcrafted jewelry. Entry standards for the show are stringent, so attendees and consumers can expect distinctive and high-quality merchandise. On Saturday afternoon, the show is held in conjunction with the "Cruise-On-In" car show, where more than 100 classic and muscle cars will line the eastbound lanes of Barton Blvd. For the convenience of the shoppers, two ATM machines will be onsite, and there will be a food court for those wanting to grab a bite while browsing. The show is sponsored by the Rockledge Community Redevelopment Agency. Rockledge visitors and residents should be aware that Barton Boulevard will be closed between Cedar Street and Elm Street from 5 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2, to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 3. For more information, visit www.cityofrockledge.org.
'Wild Florida' film presented: The Barrier Island Center will present Adventurer Hunter Reno in exploring the Sunshine State by seaplane, airboat and wetsuit 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2 at 8385 S. Highway A1A, Melbourne Beach. Film running time is 105 minutes. For more information, call (321) 723-3556 or visit www.barriereslandcenter.com.
Sweet treats to sample and prepare: "Marvelous Mark" returns to "The Petite Boutiques" inside the Family Wine Press boutique to show, once again, how to make quick and easy, yet decadent, treats for your favorite valentine. Pair these treats with the perfect wine and chocolate and your valentine will melt with gratitude. Cost is free at The Petite Boutiques, 1002 E. New Haven Ave., Historic Downtown Melbourne. The event will be 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2. For more information, call (321) 725-0270, visit www.ThePetiteBoutiques.com or email info@ThePetiteBoutiques.com.
Sea turtle class offered: The Sea Turtle Preservation Society will be presenting its Turtle 101 Class at the following locations and times: Thursday, Feb. 2, Eau Gallie Library, 2 p.m.; Thursday March 14th, Eau Gallie Library, 2 p.m. 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 our volunteer activities, such as night nesting walks, surveys - recommended for all volunteers who have not taken the course. Registration will be during the first half hour, with the class taking about an hour. Please feel free to bring friends and family who are interested in sea turtles. The Eau Gallie Public Library is at 1521 Pineapple Ave., Melbourne. For more information, visit www.seaturtlesspacecoast.org or call (321) 206-1701.
Dinner, dance and silent auction: You are cordially invited to attend Divine Mercy Catholic Academy's dinner dance and silent auction Saturday, 5:30-10:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2 at the social hall at 1940 N. Courtenay Parkway, Merritt Island. Cost is $25 per person if purchased on or by Jan. 25; and $30 per person if purchased after Jan. 26. Tables of eight, or more, can be reserved by Jan. 25. Enjoy an evening of fun, festivities and fundraising - all benefiting the students of Divine Mercy Academy. Enjoy a dinner catered by Carrabba's of Merritt Island, musical entertainment by DJ MasterKey and shop 'til you drop at the silent auction. Tickets are on sale at the school and church offices, or by calling (321) 452-0263. This is an adult only function. Dress is semi-casual. BYOB! For more information, visit www.dmccs.org.
SUNDAY, FEB. 3
Register for Strawberry Festival events: It's time to get ready for spring in Brevard County, and what better way to celebrate than with Habitat for Humanity of Brevard County Inc. and its 25th Annual Strawberry Festival? Register now for the three signature festival events and invite everyone to join us in a great time. Register today!
Open Car & Bike Show: March 16, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Saturday only). Sponsorships are still available. The event features more than 300 antique, classic, custom and hot rod cars and motorcycles, along with '50s, '60s and '70s music
Berry Patch 5K Run: March 17, 8 a.m. (Sunday only). Sponsorships are still available and officiated by Running Zone
Arts and Craft exhibits: March 16 and 17, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sponsorships are still available. More than 200 arts and crafts exhibitors with products perfect for purchasing or just browsing are expected
The star of the weekend, of course, is the magnificent, fresh strawberries picked the day before the festival and served in every imaginable way. Join your friends and family at Brevard County's largest annual family event on the festival grounds at the Wickham Park Main Pavilion, next to the BCC-Melbourne Campus on Wickham Road in Melbourne. Admission is free. All proceeds from the two-day event benefit Habitat's mission of building houses, building hope and building community, throughout Brevard County. To register, go to Habitat at www.brevardhabitat.com or call (321) 728-4009.
MONDAY, FEB. 4
Tennis playing for fun: Women tennis players are being sought for play at the Satellite Beach Tennis Courts on Mondays and Wednesdays mornings from 8-10 a.m. Non-residents are welcome, as well. Call the recreation center at (321) 773-6458 or Lori at the courts at (321) 777-4525.
AARP tax aide assistance: Bring a government issued photo ID, Social Security card for each person on the tax return, 2011 tax return and all paperwork required for the 2012 tax return Mondays and Wednesdays, starting Feb. 4, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. All returns are e-filed only, and service is first come-first served. The event is at the Satellite Beach Public Library, 751 Jamaica Blvd., Satellite Beach. For more information, call (321) 779-4004.
Sponsors, groups needed for event: The Central Brevard Humane Society would like to invite local businesses and rescue groups to take part in its Seventh Annual Mardi Gras Paws in the Park event that will be held in conjunction with Cocoa Village Mardi Gras on Sunday, Feb. 10, from noon to 3 p.m., at Riverfront Park in historic Cocoa Village. Sponsorship opportunities for Mardi Gras Paws in the Park are for individuals and businesses at all levels, beginning at $100 for the "Purple" sponsorship and up to $1,000 and above for the primary sponsorship, "The Big Easy." This annual event features extensive promotion and offers a fantastic quality "bang for your buck" for sponsors - all while having exceptionally high charitable returns for the homeless animals of Brevard. The cost for businesses to be a part of the vendor village at Mardi Gras 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. Mardi Gras Paws in the Park is a free animal and family-friendly event for pet lovers, young and the young at heart, that will include rescue groups, a vendor village, pet contests, the crowning of the "furry" King and Queen of the Park, a demonstration from the Brevard Sheriff Department's Paws & Stripes Cadets, a Mardi Gras Parade of Pets and live entertainment by the Humane Society's Jazz Band. All animals must be on a leash and have proof of current shots, along with a county tag. For more information, contact the Central Brevard Humane Society at (321) 636-3343 or visit www.crittersavers.com.
TUESDAY, FEB. 5
Mentors needed for scholars: The Brevard Schools Foundation is seeking caring adults to mentor Take Stock in Children scholars. Mentor training will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5 at the Educational Services Facility, 2700 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera. Each student is assigned a volunteer mentor to befriend and guide the student throughout middle and high school. Take Stock in Children provides an opportunity for low-income, at-risk students to escape the cycle of poverty through education. To make a reservation or to learn more about this program, call (321) 633-1000, Ext. 462, or visit www.brevardschoolsfoundation.org.
Sharing grief group to start: At 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5 a Christian-based grief recovery group will hold its first meeting at the Calvary Chapel, 2955 Minton Road, West Melbourne. The group will meet in Building C, Room 208-209. This is a free group. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (321) 984-8441.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 6
Heart disease lectures: February is Heart Awareness Month, and Health First is kicking-off its month-long initiative to increase Brevard County's odds against heart disease. Eight free public lectures on critical, life-saving topics will be presented on Wednesdays, Feb. 6, 13, 20 and 27. The lectures start at either 11 a.m. or noon, depending on the date. Health First Holmes Regional Medical Center also will be holding a free blood pressure screening on each lecture day from 10:30-11 a.m. All lectures will be at Health First Holmes Regional Medical Center, 1350 South Hickory St., Melbourne, in Auditorium "A." Parking is in Zone A. For more information or to reserve a spot at one or all of the lectures, contact Health First at (321) 434-4335 or via email at email@example.com.
Tales for tots: Every Wednesday morning at 11 a.m. is "Storytime" in the children's department of Barnes & Noble, 1955 W. New Haven Ave., West Melbourne. Each week, a new and unique children's book is highlighted. This week's selection (for infant through preschool) is "hello, hello!" by Matthew Cordell. For more information, call (321) 726-8817 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Committeeman and author to speak at meeting: The Brevard Federated Republican Women will host its February meeting at the Holiday Inn at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 8298 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne. Reservations are necessary by Feb. 1 at noon to select a luncheon choice. The room opens at 11 a.m. with social networking. The speaker and program begins at 11:30 a.m. The program will feature Florida National Committeeman Peter Feaman, and author of the "Next Nightmare: How Political Correctness Will Destroy America and Wake Up, America!" For reservations and information, call (321) 727-1212. Visit brevardfederatedrepublicanwomen.org for more information about club activities. All Republican women and men are invited, with a special invitation to Republican women and men, who are new to the area and those interested in learning more about Republican activities and issues in the community.
Team registration is open for new Sunday afternoon softball: A league and team organizational meeting scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, and the league is due to start Sunday, Feb. 10. For more information, contact Troy Cox, Brevard County Parks & Recreation, 1515 Sarno Road; Building A, Melbourne. Call (321) 255-4400, email email@example.com or visit www.brevardcounty.us/leaguessouth.
THURSDAY, FEB. 7
Hall of Fame installation: The Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame will officially open as it introduces the 2013 class and installs the 2012 class on Thursday, Feb. 7 at Maverick Sports Grill & Bar, 1580 E. Merritt Island Causeway, Merritt Island. This unique event, which will feature approximately 50 of Brevard's greatest athletes and sports personalities of all time, is open to the general public from 6-9 p.m. Mavericks Sports Grill & Bar will provide an all-you-can-eat extravaganza from the chefs at Mavericks, along with unlimited beer and wine. The evening will also feature a silent auction with a wide variety of unique goods and services, as well as a special live auction including fun and valuable collectable sports memorabilia. Make your reservation now, as only 250 tickets are available at $75 each, with all proceeds going to the Health First Foundation to help fund its many programs that promote a healthier community. For reservations, call (321) 615-8111 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sweetheart ball: The Swingtime Jazz Band Dance Sweetheart Ball will be Thursday, Feb. 7, from 7-10 p.m. at the Melbourne Auditorium, 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd., Melbourne. Tickets cost $5 in advance and $7 at the door. For more information, call (321) 724-0555, email email@example.com or visit www.melbournemunicipalband.org. Dance instruction will be available from 6-7 p.m. for $5, payable to Laura Beers at www.adancersvoice.com. The Swingtime Jazz Band ensemble of the Melbourne Municipal Band also presents free concerts, featuring jazz and Big Band standards.
Symphony of gemstones: The 36th Annual Rock & Gem Show, sponsored by the Central Brevard Rock & Gem Club, will be noon to 6 p.m. Friday, Feb 8; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10. Cost is $4 for adults, with children younger than 12, free. The event will be at the Space Coast Convention Center (Holiday Inn Express), 301 Tucker Lane, Cocoa. For more information, call (321) 799-8536 or visit centralbrevardgems.org. Featured will be: handcrafted and fine jewelry, rough and cut gems, fossils, minerals, beads, slabs, cabs, equipment and tools, demonstrations, free mini-classes, hourly prizes, grand prize and a silent auction.
Adult date night: Bring your pillows, blankets and/or lawn chair and enjoy the movie "The Frontier Boys" on the big screen indoors, with free popcorn and candy, too, for adults only. Free childcare will be provided for children, birth to 12 years old. This event will be 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8 at Eau Gallie First Baptist Church, 1501 W. Eau Gallie Blvd., Melbourne. For more information, call (321) 254-2339.
Live and silent auction items needed: Serene Harbor is looking for items to be used in the live and silent auction during its Casino Night on Friday Feb. 8. Items can be of any value, gift baskets are made with all donations. Items, such as gift certificates, gift cards, wine, jewelry, men's items, purses, perfume, cash, golf certificates, vacation club/hotel nights/weeks, etc. are needed. All donations receive a thank you letter for tax purposes. If you are interested in sponsoring or donating an item for the auction, call Nancy Peltonen at (321) 726-0402 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The event is from 7-11 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza, Indialantic. The cost is $45 and includes a live and silent auction and prizes for gamers. Sheriff, Wayne Ivey, will be assisting with the live auction portion. There are two tickets to the Daytona 500 for auction, Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the USA" autographed CD, a Cream autographed album, with Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce signatures, along with many more exciting items. Food includes a Mediterranean spread, stir fry stations, imported cheeses and hors d'oeuvres. You can purchase your tickets at www.sereneharbor.org.
Local food book author: Join in to welcome Stuart Borton, co-owner and chef of The Yellow Dog Café, to Barnes & Noble of West Melbourne. Mr. Borton will be introducing his newly published "Old Dog New Chefs: Easy Things for New Chefs." Stuart Borton's new book "Old Dog New Chefs" is the perfect way to bring the family back into the kitchen. The book starts with the basics and does not stray too far from there. After years of volunteer-teaching sixth- to eighth-grade students cooking classes, he learned first hand what those new to the kitchen wanted to learn how to cook. "Old Dog New Chefs" is a great starter book, without going into so much detail that it prevents creativity in the kitchen. This very easy to follow 162-page book has lots of pictures and illustrations and is sure to become one of your favorite cookbooks. This is Mr. Borton's second cookbook following the success of his "Yellow Dog Cafe Cookbook" in 2010. Join in for a chance to meet the local celebrity chef and learn how he got to where he is today Friday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 1955 W. New Haven Ave., West Melbourne. For more information, call (321) 726-9505.
Sweetheart brunch: The South Brevard City Council of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority will be having its Fourth Annual Sweetheart Brunch on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 10 a.m. at the Tradewinds Restaurant at Duran Golf Club, 7032 Stadium Parkway, Viera. Cost per person is $22. Sweethearts from each chapter will be honored. Preceptor Eta Eta Chapter is in charge of this event. For information call Jewell Patton at (321) 723-2250.
'Cinderella's' wedding: "Cinderella" will be getting married and you can be part of the guest list! "Belle," "Sleeping Beauty," "Snow White" and "Ariel" will be there. The event includes having your nails done, adding a touch of makeup and a hair clip. Enjoy a keepsake craft, dancing in the ballroom and, of course, a delectable reception. The event will be 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9 at the DRS Community Center, 1089 S Patrick Drive, Satellite Beach. Sign up by Feb. 4. Cost for those 2-10 years old is $15, with those 11 years or older $7. A paying adult must accompany child. For more information, visit www.satellitebeachrecreation.org or call (321) 773-6458.
Valentine's dance: The Single, Separated, Widowed and Divorced group will hold its annual Valentine's dance on Saturday, Feb. 9, 8-11 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour's Auditorium, 5301 N. Atlantic Ave., Cocoa Beach. All singles and couples are welcome to attend. Proceeds will benefit various charities. Tickets, $8 each, may be purchased at the Parish Office (321-783-4554) before the dance, at the door or from group members. BYOB. Snacks, beer, wine and setups will be available for purchase. "Visions" will provide live music. Call (321) 213-6629 or (321) 783-4152 for details.
'Paws in the Park:' The Central Brevard Humane Society would like to invite local businesses and rescue groups to take part in its Seventh Annual Mardi Gras Paws in the Park event that will be held in conjunction with Cocoa Village Mardi Gras on Sunday, Feb. 10, from noon to 3 p.m., at Riverfront Park in historic Cocoa Village. Sponsorship opportunities for Mardi Gras Paws in the Park are for individuals and businesses at all levels, beginning at $100 for the "Purple" sponsorship and up to $1,000 and above for the primary sponsorship, "The Big Easy." This annual event features extensive promotion and offers a fantastic quality "bang for your buck" for sponsors - all while having exceptionally high charitable returns for the homeless animals of Brevard. The cost for businesses to be a part of the vendor village at Mardi Gras 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. Mardi Gras Paws in the Park is a free animal and family-friendly event for pet lovers, young and the young at heart, that will include rescue groups, a vendor village, pet contests, the crowning of the "furry" King and Queen of the Park, a demonstration from the Brevard Sheriff Department's Paws & Stripes Cadets, a Mardi Gras Parade of Pets and live entertainment by the Humane Society's Jazz Band. All animals must be on a leash and have proof of current shots along with a county tag. For more information, contact the Central Brevard Humane Society at (321) 636-3343 or visit www.crittersavers.com.
Severe Weather Awareness Week: The Florida Division of Emergency Management and the Florida Chapters of the American Red Cross have announced 2013 Severe Weather Awareness Week. This annual public awareness campaign provides an opportunity for teachers to educate students on the importance of being prepared in the event of severe weather. The 2013 Severe Weather Awareness Week in Florida will be Monday through Friday, Feb. 11-15. Visit www.FloridaDisaster.org.
Reservations for professional meeting: The Central Brevard Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals invites all administrative and office support personnel to a monthly meeting Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 5:30 p.m. at the Courtyard by Marriott, 3425 N. Atlantic Ave., Cocoa Beach. The topic is "Mobile Devices and the Office" by Stephanie Horning. Guests are welcome. An optional dinner cost $14. Reservations will be accepted through Friday, Feb. 8 through the chapter website at www.iaapcentralbrevard.homestead.com. Regular chapter meetings are the second Tuesday of each month.
Sharing landscape tips: Have you ever wondered which plant would grow best in your yard or which plants require the least amount of water to grow? Local area experts will provide a seminar to help you answer some of these and other landscaping questions. The Florida-Friendly Landscaping Seminar, featuring lawn and garden expert Tom MacCubbin, will take place at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16 at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center, 8298 N. Wickham Road, Viera, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is hosted by the University of Florida's IFAS Extension, Brevard County, city of Melbourne, city of Palm Bay, the Indian River Lagoon Program and Keep Brevard Beautiful. Seating for the event is limited; therefore, you must register in advance. You may register for the event at http://fflfebruaryseminar-eorg.eventbrite.com/# or by contacting Brevard County Extension Services at (321) 633-1702. In addition to information sessions, exhibits and vendor displays will be available for viewing.
Boating course offered: The Banana River Sail and Power Squadron, a unit of the United States Power Squadron, the largest boating organization in the United States, will offer the ABC3 class in February. This course, consisting of two sessions, will be offered Feb. 16 and 23 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at West Marine, 1001 W. New Haven Ave., (U.S. 192), West Melbourne. Class is limited to 18 students. The course fee is $50, and includes course manual. Bring your own lunch. Refreshments will be available. This course covers the required topics that all recreational boaters must know: The various types of boats, hulls and propulsion methods; rules of the road, required safety equipment, navigation aids, lights and sounds, anchoring, communications afloat, adverse conditions, water sports safety, trailering and personal water craft safety. The course meets Florida state and NASBLA requirements for certification. Additionally, an on-the-water session will also be held demonstrating trailer launching and retrieval; high speed stop; and hands-on basic boat handling, anchoring and docking. Register at www.brsps.org using PayPal or send check payable to BRSPS to: Ernst G Hofmann, 290 Paradise Blvd., No. 36, Indialantic, FL, 32903. For more information, call (321) 220-7776.
Weather seminar presented: The Cocoa Beach Sail and Power Squadron will offer a two-hour weather seminar to the public on Saturday, Feb. 16 at the Port Canaveral Yacht Club, 910 Mullet Drive, Cape Canaveral. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. The presentation will run from 10 a.m. to noon. Participants will be introduced to the basics of weather, professional forecasts and the use of local observations. A professional meteorologist will be the presenter of this seminar. There will be a minimal $10 per family charge. A student booklet and "The Captain's Quick Guide to Onboard Weather Forecasting" are an optional purchase for participants. Interested persons may send an email to email@example.com. Pre-registration is suggested but not required. Learn more about the Cocoa Beach Sail & Power Squadron at www.cbsps.com. For more information, call (321)243-4869.
World Thinking Day Girl Scout event: All Melbourne Beach Girl Scout Troops (six troops) will be at World Thinking Day Bazaar at St. Sebastian's Church, Smodell Hall, 2010 Oak St., Melbourne Beach, 3-5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22. This is a celebration of Girl Scouts and Girl Guides to honor their sister Girl Scout Troops around the world. The theme of the 2013 World Thinking Day is "together we can save children's lives" focusing on reducing child mortality rates around the globe. Melbourne Beach Troops will be donating part of the proceeds from this event to this cause. Cost is $2 per girl (includes World Thinking Day patch). Troop check preferred to "Girl Scout Troop 1161" on day of event. Expected are approximately 60-70 Girl Scouts and several chaperones. They will walk around learning about the countries that the troops are hosting. The girls will be doing a girl scout SWAP (trading of handcrafted pins), singing songs and participating in a friendship circle. St. Sebastian's Church has graciously volunteered to host this event. St. Sebastian's Church has allowed the girl scouts to hold meetings at the church monthly throughout the entire year. They also hold the charter for the Melbourne Beach Boy Scout Pack 391, that meets there monthly.
Celebration and bazaar: Cocoa West Recreation Complex, 230 S. Burnett Road, in Cocoa, is holding a free Black History Community Celebration and Bazaar from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23. The event includes music, arts and crafts, face painting, a basketball competition, a bounce house, cakewalks, shoe and clothing expo and lots of food. The event will also feature the first annual Grill Master's Bar-B-Que Competition. For more information, call Cocoa West Recreation Complex at (321) 633-1987 or visit www.brevardcounty.us/cocoawest.
Retirees having breakfast: Kennedy Space Center retirees will have breakfast Monday at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 25 at Malibu Restaurant on Barton Ave., in Rockledge. Anyone retired is welcome. For more information, call (321) 453-5562.
Second annual charity bike event: Infinity Racing Organization Inc., a cycling association focused on supporting the local community in Brevard County, has announced the second annual Gran Fondo Brevard on Sunday, Feb. 24. The "Fondo," a special format charity bike ride event, will give riders the opportunity to compete in a timed course all throughout Brevard beginning at 7:30 a.m. to and from Viera High School in Viera. The ride has four routes: 112.8 (Gran Fondo), 74.2 (Medio Fondo), 55 (Piccolo Fondo) and 20 (Mini Fondo) miles, which includes one of the longest, most challenging courses in the state, and the most scenic and diverse roads in the southeast region. The bike course will challenge the stamina of riders of all skill levels, among them six-time Tour de France and former national champion, Kevin Livingston and Pro Cyclist, former USPRO Criterium National Champion, and founder of the Bahati Foundation, Rahsaan Bahati and Ivan Dominguez, former USA Crits World Champion, stage winner in the Tour of California, two-time stage winner in the Tour of Missouri, and stage winner during the Tour of Georgia, amongst many other wins. Along with the cycling event, this year there will be a 5K Gran Fundo Walk/Run that will go around Viera High School and back. Following both events will be an after-party to include various local food, retail and service vendors. There will be several athletic and health-testing activities available geared towards improving the health and well being of all the attendees! All proceeds of Gran Fondo Brevard will benefit KLD Youth Foundation, a nonprofit organization to provide outside-of-school programs to address the growing problem of unsupervised youths in Brevard County. The KLD mission is to change lives by educating and empowering young people, one life at a time. Mechanical and SAG support will be provided along with pre, during and post ride food and refreshments for all who participate. Gran Fondo is an Italian term, which loosely translates to "Big Ride." Gran Fondos are long distance, mass-participation cycling events - not races - and participation ranges from professionals to recreational cyclists.
Spring dinner auction: St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church will host its first annual "Wish Upon a Star" dinner auction on Friday, March 1, starting at 5 p.m. at the Suntree Country Club located in Melbourne. The event is planned to be St. John's largest fundraiser, with proceeds going to the building fund, which will be utilized to construct the new church. This event is being planned by a committee that will be chaired by local residents and parishioners Ernie and Tina Euler. St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church has more than 2,100 families, who live in the nearby communities. For reservations, sponsorship, or event information, visit the church website at www.stjohnviera.org, or call Tina Euler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Car, truck and motorcycle show: Satellite Beach Lion's Club Second Annual Car, Truck, and Motorcycle Show is Sunday, March 10, at the DRS Community Center, 1089 S. Patrick Drive, Satellite Beach, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $20 to enter a vehicle. Pre-register by mail or 8 a.m. the day of the event. Dash plaques will go to the first 75 registered vehicles. There will be a slow drag contest at noon ($5 additional entry fee). Awards in all categories presented at 3 p.m. There will be door prizes, music, food, 50/50 drawing, vendors and a kid's corner. For more information or to get a flier emailed with a registration form, contact Ron Stevic at (321) 600-4393 or email email@example.com.
Dr. Vernon Boushell free concert series: The Riverside Presbyterian Church presents free concerts down by the riverside.
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.