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Posted: 2013 Feb 15 - 06:26

FRIDAY, FEB. 15

Super yard sale and flea market: St. David's By the Sea Church, 600 S. Fourth St., Cocoa Beach, is conducting its annual yard sale and flea market on Friday, Feb. 15, from 3-6 p.m. and again on Saturday, Feb 16, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Proceeds go to local charities.

Parishioners are cleaning out their garages, attics and closets and bringing the good stuff to the parish hall.

Customers can expect to purchase high-quality goods, children's clothes, collectibles and gift items.

A boutique with select-quality goods, jewelry and many treasures will also be available.

Also, a bake sale of luscious homemade food will be available. Hungry shoppers can also purchase hot dogs.

For more information, contact Courtney Yelle at (321) 783-3992.

Events at the mall: Melbourne Square Mall will host the annual Brevard South Regional Science and Engineering Fair on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 15 and 16 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and volunteers are needed to help out.

Additionally, local-area residents are encouraged to donate food items and/or gift cards to buy food items, which will feed the judges and volunteers helping out at the event.

Also on Saturday, Feb. 16 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Melbourne Square Mall will host the Day of Dance and Health Expo, and a variety of vendors are needed to speak on the importance of heart health and overall health.

Both children and adults are encouraged to attend this open-house-style event, promoting health awareness.

For more information, call (321) 727-8062 or email kreichert@simon.com

Scams against elders: Laura Moody of the Elder Services Unit in the local State's Attorney's Office will present information about the growing trend of scams against seniors and how to maintain awareness to protect yourself and your loved ones from these crimes at 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15 at the Cocoa Beach Public Library, 550 N. Brevard Ave., Cocoa Beach.

For more information, call (321) 868-1104.

Free church wedding: This year marks the 121st anniversary of the "little" chapel on Ocean Avenue.

Although it is sometimes confused for just an historical landmark, the Melbourne Beach Community Chapel has served the community since Jan. 10, 1892.

Permit a play on the 1-2-1 anniversary, what is something special it can offer the community to enhance a 'one-to-one' relationship?

Being branded as the "wedding chapel," how about a free wedding?

Yes, that is just what the Community Chapel would like to announce - a free wedding with a drawing, to be held on the Mebourne Beach Founders Day.

During these difficult economic times and considering the statistics on cohabitation break ups, they would like to offer a free wedding to a couple who would choose to be married if it was financially feasible. Make a lifelong dream come true.

For additional information and application, visit the church website at www.mbchapel.org.

Service groups sought: Brevard County Parks and Recreation will host a series of free Movies in the Park at the amphitheater, located inside Wickham Park, 2500 Parkway Drive, in Melbourne. Movies are shown on a giant 23-foot outdoor movie screen beginning at dusk.

The Parks and Recreation department will be partnering with local service groups to sell popcorn at the movies. The popcorn machine and supplies will be provided. Service groups are needed to provide volunteers to man the machine and sell popcorn, as well as assist with clean-up following the event. In exchange, service groups will earn 75 percent of the sales to go back to their organization.

The movie series is for all ages, and admission to each event will be free.

There will be six movies in the series, the first Friday of each month from March through May and from September through November. If more than six groups wish to participate, groups will be chosen via lottery system.

The deadline to submit your application will be Friday, Feb. 15.

SATURDAY, FEB. 16

Running in Brevard: The annual Run Brevard ReCreate Your Life 5K Race Series, presented by Brevard County Parks & Recreation and Health First, will continue in February with the Forever Hearts 5K and Fun Walk at Max K. Rodes Park, 3410 Flanagan Ave., in West Melbourne.

This is the third race of the series. There will be three additional races held in various Brevard County Parks through May.

The Forever Hearts 5K and Fun Walk starts at 8 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16.

Day of race registration is $18 per runner and $12 per walker. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

T-shirts are guaranteed to the first 100 entrants. Plaques are awarded to the male and female first-place runners overall, masters, and age groups 0-9, then standard five-year increments as old as 80. Medals are awarded to all second-place and third-place runners in each age group. Door prizes will also be awarded.

All activities are conducted and supervised by Brevard County Parks and Recreation staff.

Additional information and registration forms for the race can be found on the Brevard County race series website, www.brevardcounty.us/RunBrevard, or by calling the Rodes Park Community Center at (321) 952-3215.

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 chairadvanced@cbsps.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.

American Girl Club: Young ladies, age 6 and older, are invited to join the American Girl Club at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16.

This month, the discussion will be about the new American Girl of the Year, Saige.

Crafts and refreshments will be provided.

RSVP is required.

The event will be at Barnes & Noble, 1955 W. New Haven Ave., West Melbourne.

For more information, email crm2834@bn.com or call (321) 726-8817.

Spring card party: St. Sebastian's By The Sea Episcopal Church will present a spring card party 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16 at 2010 Oak St., Melbourne Beach.

For more information, call (321) 723-3015.

Gator Club events: The following events have been scheduled for the Gator Club:

Saturday, Feb.16: Gator Basketball Watch Parties: The Space Coast Gator Club will host basketball watch parties. University of Florida vs. Auburn at 1:30 p.m. Gator greeters will be on hand to welcome all Gator fans at Beef O' Brady's, Lake Washington and Normans Raw Bar & Grill, Cocoa. The event is free and open to the public.

Visit www.spacecoastgatorclub.com for more information.

Saturday, Feb 23: Casino Cruise - Dinner & Basketball Watch Party: The Space Coast Gator Club will host a casino cruise, dinner, and basket ball watch party at 6 p.m. on the Victory Casino Cruise Ship. All parking, taxes, boarding fees, dinner, drinks while gaming and $10 in slot money is included for $30. Visit www.spacecoastgatorclub.com for more information.

Authors at historical society: The Florida Historical Society will host authors, John and Sarah Foster Saturday, Feb. 16, at 2 p.m. in the Library of Florida History, 435 Brevard Ave., Historic Cocoa Village.

The Fosters will discuss their book, "Calling Yankees to Florida: Harriet Beecher Stowe's Forgotten Tourist Articles."

With the publication of her novel "Uncle Ton's Cabin" in 1852, Harriet Beecher Stowe became the most famous writer in America. That book helped to fuel the raging debate over slavery in the United States. When Ms. Stowe met President Abraham Lincoln in 1862, he reportedly said, "So you are the little woman who started this great war."

Often overlooked is the fact that Harriet Beecher Stowe was also one of the first and greatest proponents of Florida as a popular tourist destination.

In 1873, some of Stowe's descriptive and colorful "tourist articles" were published in the book "Palmetto Leaves."

This book, "Calling Yankees to Florida: Harriet Beecher Stowe's Forgotten Tourist Articles," contains fascinating vignettes of Florida life not included in "Palmetto Leaves," with insightful commentary by John Foster Jr. and Sarah Whitmer Foster.

The lecture starts at 2 p.m. in the Library of Florida History. The event is free and open to the public. Discussion and refreshments follow the talk.

For more information about the Florida Historical Society and the Discover Florida Series, email membership@myfloridahistory.org or call (321) 690-1971.

Created in St. Augustine in 1856, The Florida Historical Society is the oldest existing cultural organization in the state and Florida's only statewide historical society.

SUNDAY, FEB. 17

Hike at sanctuary: Bring your favorite person on this 1-mile guided hike to see what's in bloom from "dune to lagoon" at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17.

Meet at Juan Ponce de Leon Landing beach park, 4005 Highway A1A, Melbourne Beach.

Wear closed-toed shoes and bring a water bottle and bug spray.

Call (321) 723-3556 for reservations.

Solar energy luncheon deadline: The League of Women Voters of the Space Coast will hold a "Timely Topics" luncheon on Wednesday, Feb. 20.

Guest speaker Dr. James Fenton, director of Florida Solar Energy Center, will speak on an alternative view for Florida's energy and the positive economic impact solar development could have on Brevard County and the state of Florida.

Dr. Fenton has served as the director of the University of Central Florida's Florida Solar Energy Center since January 2005 and leads a staff of 140 in the research and development of energy technologies.

Located on a 20-acre research complex adjacent to UCF's Cocoa campus, the center's mission is to research and develop energy technologies that enhance Florida's and the nation's economy and environment and to educate the public, students and practitioners on the results of the research.

The event will be held at 11:30 a.m. at Tuscany Grill, 7640 N. Wickham Road, in Suntree.

The cost is $20 and the public is invited.

For reservations and entree selection, contact Doreen Archer at (321) 622-4071 by Feb. 17.

Registration for weather class: The Banana River Sail and Power Squadron, a unit of the U.S. Power Squadrons, is announcing the weather course.

This class is not limited to boaters' interests; this information is valuable to everyone, particularly those living close to the ocean and the Indian River Lagoon.

In this course, taught by a professional meteorologist, students will become keen observers of the weather by learning the basic principles of meteorology - the science of the atmosphere.

The course focuses on how weather systems form, behave, move and interact with one another and reflects the availability of a variety of weather reports and forecasts on the Internet.

The class includes a tour of the National Weather Service facility in Melbourne.

The first class meets March 6 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The class will consist of approximately 10 two-hour classroom sessions.

The class meets at Keiser University, the corner of NASA and Babcock streets, Melbourne.

Cost is $80 for USPS members, $110 for non-members and $159 for the class and a one-year membership to Banana River Sail & Power Squadron

Additional family members from the same household, sharing manual pay $20 each.

Registration closes Feb. 17.

 Register at www.brsps.org or mail check to BRSPS c/o Ernst Hofmann; 290 Paradise Blvd., No. 36; Indialantic.

For additional information and to register, call (321) 220-7776 or go to www.brsps.org

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 or call (321) 728-4009.

MONDAY, FEB. 18

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.

Circuit training style class at the park: At 9 a.m. every Monday and Friday morning a new revolution is taking place.

Body Revolution, offered by Cassandra Wyzik, owner of Fit With Cassandra, is a new circuit training style class that places emphasis on using bodyweight, functional movements and fun fitness challenges to get participants sweating.

The class is being held at the gazebo near the entrance to Gleason Park in Indian Harbour Beach.

Cost is $6 per class or $40 per month, and classes last one hour each.

Bodyweight training was recently named the No. 1 fitness trend by the American College of Sports Medicine for 2012.

Participants can expect to see some equipment present at Body Revolution, namely fun noodles, hula hoops, cones, resistance bands, bean bag, free weights and more.

Those interested in signing up for Body Revolution should email cassandracpt@gmail.com. Space is limited.

Guild to meet: The Indian River Chapter of the Embroiderers Guild of America will meet from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 18 at the Front Street Civic Center, 2205 S. Front St., Melbourne.

This month's program will be about learning to make a special ribbon trim. Materials will be provided to create a piece about 12 inches long. Be sure to bring a permanent marker or pencil, a sharp needle and scissors.

For more information, email irclee@aol.com or call (321) 777-7404.

Mystery luncheon: Friends of the Melbourne Beach Library will be hosting "A Mystery Luncheon" with guest speaker, author and retired Miami detective Marshall Frank on Monday, Feb. 18 at noon.

The luncheon will be held at David's Steak and Seafood in Melbourne Beach.

Come join the fun to raise supplemental funds to purchase books and materials, as well as sponsor programs and events.

Tickets are on sale now for this fundraiser and are $22 per person.

For more information, call the Melbourne Beach Library at (321) 956-5642 or visit 324 Ocean Ave., Melbourne Beach.

Veterans benefits: A seminar about Veterans Administration benefits you may not know about will be presented by the law office of Amy B. Jackson at 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18 at the Satellite Beach Public Library, 751 Jamaica Blvd., Satellite Beach.

For more information, email chris@amybjackson.com or call (321) 345-5945.

National motivational speaker to visit: The Brevard Community College Melbourne Campus will host national speaker Jullien Gordon on Monday, Feb. 18 from 3-4:30 p.m. in the Building 4 auditorium.

Mr. Gordon will present D.R.E.A.M. Awake, an interactive presentation that celebrates the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and teaches participants how to achieve personal goals such as "Desired Relationships, Employment and Money." The event is open to the public, and attendance is free.

Mr. Gordon is the author of books, such as "The Innerviewer" and "101 Things to do Before You Graduate." He has addressed more than 10,000 students on more than 50 college campuses, nationwide, sharing how to "use college as a four-year stepping stone for a 40-year career."

The event is one of more than 50 events planned for February on BCC's four campuses, countywide, in celebration of Black History Month.

BCC offers more than 100 two-year degree and certificate programs and will start offering four-year bachelor degrees in the Fall Term 2013 after becoming Eastern Florida State College on July 1.

For more information about activities and locations, visit www.brevardcc.edu.

TUESDAY, FEB. 19

Free yoga for cancer patients and survivors: A gentle seated or standing yoga program is being offered at the MIMA Cancer Center at 1130 S. Hickory St., Bldg. B, Melbourne, Tuesday, Feb. 19.

The 11 a.m. to noon class is taught by instructor Gigi Andreades, a certified yoga therapist.

Bring a towel, water, mat and light weights.

This class is open to all cancer patients in Brevard County. You will need medical clearance from your oncologist.

For questions or to register, call Terri Kleger at (321) 725-4500, Ext. 7747.

Cribbage Club: Learn the basics of cribbage, practice the game and learn strategy for more advanced play of this fun and simple card game 1-3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, now through Feb. 27 at the Cocoa Beach Public Library, 550 N. Brevard Ave., Cocoa Beach.

Pre-register; enrollment is limited.

For more information, visit www.cocoabeachpubliclibrary.org or call (321) 868-1104.

Antiques and collectibles: The Brevard Antiques and Collectibles Club will hold its monthly meeting at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday Feb. 19 at the Melbourne Beach Library, 324 Ocean Ave, Melbourne Beach.

The subject will be "food transformers."

Bring one item for study and discussion.

For more information, call Melinda at (321) 777-1374 or George at (321) 254-5831.

The group is open to anyone having an interest in learning about antiques and collectibles.

Job club started: Truth Revealed International Ministries of Palm Bay is hosting a Job Club, Tuesdays, now through April 9, 6-8 p.m. each week at 2838 Palm Bay Road N.E., Palm Bay.

The job club will cover techniques for setting goals, finding employers, how to effectively create a resume and cover letter and how to prepare for an interview.

The sessions will be held in the fellowship hall and are free and open to the public.

For more information, call the church at (321) 952-5151.

Repotting orchids: The Beach Gardeners of Melbourne Beach will be meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Melbourne Beach Community Center, 509 Ocean Ave., Melbourne Beach.

The speaker for this meeting will be retired orchid nursery owner, Vern Block, presenting "The Do's and Don'ts of Repotting Orchids."

Refreshments will be served. New members and guests are welcome.

For more information, call (321) 723-4180.

Women's heart health at Macy's: Macy's, a founding national sponsor of the American Heart Association's Go Red For Women movement, has announced a celebration to commemorate the 10th National Heart Month with customers across the country through a line-up of events, merchandise and promotions all fashioned to bring awareness and funds to the cause of women's heart health.

Over the past decade, Macy's has raised $40 million through the generosity and commitment of Macy's associates and customers to benefit the fight against heart disease.

February is American Heart Month, and Macy's will show its support through several fashion-focused programs in-store and online, including special red dresses by Ellen Tracy, Kensie and Macy's exclusive new collection launching this spring, Marilyn Monroe. Each brand will offer a dress in honor of the cause.

Each year, Macy's reinforces its dedication to this cause by adding new components to the campaign.

For more information, visit goredforwomen.org or call (888) MY-HEART ([888] 694-3278).

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 20

Veterans to go fishing at restaurant: Veterans are welcome to participate in an information-packed fishing workshop conducted by professional angles and experts 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20 at Grills Restaurant, on U.S. Highway 1, just north of the Pineda Causeway, in Melbourne.

There will be free prizes and raffles for veterans.

Registration is required.

Contact info@anglersforconservation.org.

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. 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 community@health-first.org.

Is your heart talking to you: A using nuclear medicine to diagnose heart and other disease program will be presented from 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Feb. 20.

STEMI system: The chain of survival at the time of heart attack will be presented from noon to 1 p.m.

These lectures will be in the auditorium at Health First Holmes Regional Medical Center.

For more information, visit www.health-first.org/events.

Call (321) 434-4335 to reserve a seat.

Basketball league now forming: Brevard County South Area Parks and Recreation is currently accepting team registrations for an 18 and older basketball league at the Rodes Park Community Center.

The center is located inside Max K. Rodes Park, 3410 Flanagan Ave., West Melbourne.

Games will be played on Wednesday evenings. The team fee is $345, which includes a 10-game regular season and a single elimination playoff tournament.

All activities are conducted and supervised by Brevard County Parks and Recreation staff.

For more information, call the Rodes Park Community Center at (321) 952-3215.

Adult 6v6 soccer league registrations open: Brevard County South Area Parks & Recreation is now accepting team registrations for the upcoming 2013 spring/summer adult 6v6 soccer league. The league will consist of 30-plus, 40-plus and open age divisions with a start date in March.

Games will be played on Wednesday evenings at the Rodes Park Soccer Fields. Rodes Park is located at 3410 Flanagan Ave., West Melbourne.

The registration fee is $260 per team, which includes a 10-match regular season and a single elimination playoff tournament.

For more information, call the South Area Parks & Recreation Office at (321) 255-4400 or the Rodes Park Community Center at (321) 952-3215.

THURSDAY, FEB. 21

True Sister's garage sale: The United Order True Sisters will be having a garage sale Thursday, Feb. 21 and 22 at The Town Homes of Satellite Beach, 180 Queens Court.

There will be items marked down from previous craft sales and new items for sale.

Proceeds will go toward providing free mammograms and PSA testing to uninsured women and men in Brevard County.

For more information, contact Gail Hotaling at (321) 773-3640.

United Order True Sisters has a new 500-page cookbook for sale featuring cancer survivor recipes, as well as Italian recipes and recipes from a local chef from Maine.

True Sisters is also looking for donations of yarn to make lap robes for hospice bags and donations of S & H Green Stamps.

For more information, contact Gail Hotaling at (321) 773-3640.

Free help with tax preparation: United Way of Brevard and AARP are offering free help with tax preparation at 12 sites throughout the county.

The sites are:

Brevard Workforce, Rockledge: 1-7 p.m. Wednesdays, 295 Barnes Blvd.

Brevard Workforce, Palm Bay: 1-7 p.m. Thursdays and 1-5 p.m. Fridays, 5275 Babcock St.

Central Brevard Library, Cocoa: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, 308 Forrest Ave.

Cocoa Beach Library: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 550 N. Brevard Ave.

Melbourne Library (by appointment only): 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 540 E. Fee Ave. Call (321) 952-4514 to schedule.

Merritt Island Library: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays and 3-7 p.m. Thursdays, 1195 N. Courtenay Parkway.

Port St. John Library: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays and 2-6 p.m. Thursdays, 6500 Carole Ave.

Salvation Army, Melbourne: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, 1080 S. Hickory St.

Satellite Beach Library: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, 751 Jamaica Blvd.

Space Coast Credit Union, Indian Harbour Beach: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2100 State Road A1A.

Titusville Library: 1-5 p.m. Mondays, 12:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesdays and 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.

West Melbourne Library: 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays, 2755 Wingate Blvd.

Here's what you need to bring, if possible:

Forms W-2, W-2G and 1099-R from all employers.

Interest and dividend statements from banks (Form 1099).

Social Security Cards for taxpayer, spouse and/or dependents or Social Security number verification letter issued for all persons listed on the tax return.

Photo identification for taxpayer and spouse.

A copy of last year's tax return.

Bank routing numbers and account numbers for direct deposit, copy of check.

Day care expenses with the providers EIN and amount paid (If applicable).

Any other relevant information about income and expenses. 

Also, free online tax assistance is available through myfreetaxes.com, sponsored by Walmart and supported by United Way, Goodwill and the National Disability Institute.

2-1-1 Brevard is a United Way-supported nonprofit that operates a telephone-based helpline offering information, referral and crisis intervention 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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.

Award-winning author to present workshop: Spacecoast Authors of Romance invites you to join them, as they welcome Kathy Gilles Seidel, award-winning author and lecturer.

Ms. Seidel has a Ph.D. in English literature from Johns Hopkins, and her previous novels have won every major romance-market award.

She'll be presenting an all-day workshop, titled "How To Make Your Happy Endings Happier."

The Saturday meeting will be on Feb. 23 at the West Melbourne Public Library, 2755 Wingate Blvd, Melbourne, and will take place from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and is open to the public.

The cost, which includes a continental breakfast, a light lunch and snacks, is $40.

Visit the website at http://authorsofromance.com/supersaturday for registration details, and sign up at http://authorsofromance.com/supersaturday/ssregform.

Space Coast Authors of Romance is Chapter 187 of Romance Writers of America. Anyone seriously interested in the pursuit of a career writing book-length romance fiction is welcome to join STAR.

Monthly meetings and workshops provide a comfortable forum where published and unpublished writers share knowledge about the ever-changing romance fiction industry.

Beginners or seasoned, multi-published romance writers are all welcome to participate.

Visit http://authorsofromance.com/.

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.

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.

Handgun safety and training class: This one-day, six-hour course includes class instruction and a live fire shooting component at a local gun range. A personal firearm is not required.

The course covers essentials of firearm safety, proper handling of firearms, loading and unloading handguns, proper shooting techniques, self defense vs. range shooting and state regulations for transportation and use of firearms (both with and without a concealed weapons license.

The course satisfies and exceeds training requirements to obtain a Florida Concealed Weapons License.

Registration must be completed in person at the DRS Community Center, 1089 S. Patrick Drive, Satellite Beach, prior to the date of class. Participants must be at least 18 years old to register.

Cost of registration is $45 per person, plus a $1 administrative fee. Only cash or check accepted - no credit cards, with separate fees paid day of, for range and ammunition.

The class will be 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24 or Sunday, March 17 at the center.

For more information, call (321) 773-6458.

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.

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 tinaeuler@aol.com.

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 mestevic@yahoo.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.




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