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Community Calendar - Beaches
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Posted: 2013 Mar 01 - 06:23


Collecting antiques: The Brevard Antiques and Collectibles Club will hold its monthly meeting Friday, March 1 at The Suntree/Viera Public Library, 902 Jordan Blass Drive, Viera, at 10 a.m.

The subject will be "Floridania."

Bring one item for study and discussion.

For more 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.

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.

Bluegrass festival and barbecue: The Wickham Park Senior Center in Melbourne will host an evening of bluegrass musicians for an old-fashioned jam fest on Friday, March 1, beginning at 5:30 p.m. A barbeque dinner will be catered by Memaw's.

Tickets are on sale for $5 to members of the senior center and $7 for non-members.

The public is invited to attend this event, which kicks off $5 Fridays at the Wickham Park facility.

Call (321) 255-4494 for ticket information.

The center, located at 2785 Leisure Way, at Wickham Park, welcomes visitors and volunteers.

LEAD awards banquet: LEAD Brevard will recognize the 2013 recipients of the Rodney S. Ketcham Leadership Icon Award and the Leadership Brevard Distinguished Alumni Award at the 2013 LEAD Brevard Leadership Awards event 6-8:30 p.m. Friday, March 1 at the Studio Theater at the Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts, in Melbourne.

The Rodney S. Ketcham Leadership Icon Award is presented to an individual who demonstrates a history of vision, service and leadership for the betterment of Brevard.

The 2013 recipient is Bernard W. Simpkins.  Previous recipients include Dr. Maxwell C. King, Mr. Roger Dobson, Ms. Marylyn "Bunny" Finney and Ms. Barbara Moore.

New in 2013, the inaugural Leadership Brevard Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes an exemplary alumnus for ethical leadership and community service.

LEAD Brevard will honor Michael H. Williams, MH Williams Construction Group Inc. with this award, presented by Brevard Workforce.

 Individual seating for the evening is $49 per person, or a reserved block of 10 seats is available for $450.

Individual seating reservations and payment can be made online at www.LEADBrevard.org or by calling (321) 632-8222.

For more information, contact Melissa Breckenridge at (321) 632-8222 or email Melissa@LEADBrevard.org.

Attention:  all potential 28-plus baseball players: The Americans Baseball Club is seeking to register experienced baseball players, who wish to play in the local Brevard County Baseball League-Roy Hobbs 28-plus Wood Bat Division (You must be 28 or older by Dec. 31, 2013). The League starts in mid-March for the spring season through early June. The player fee for this league is $125 per player.

The Americans have a 34-year baseball history on the Space Coast and have won 38 local Space Coast League Division Championships since 1980.

The Americans have also appeared in 24 straight Roy Hobbs World Series, with eight World Series Championships from 1989 to the present.

The Americans presently have three World Series teams in the 38-plus, 48-plus, and 55-plus age divisions preparing for the 2013 Roy Hobbs World Series in the fall.

The organization is seeking baseball players with strong desire to excel and perform well.

Email responses will be accepted at americansbaseball@cfl.rr.com up to Sunday, March 3.  The opening field practice will be on March 3 at a location to be determined.

For more information, call (321) 733-4807, email americansbaseball@cfl.rr.com or visit www.americansbaseball.com.

Food drive to serve county food pantries: South Brevard County's food pantries are seeking churches' and other organizations' participation in the upcoming "Fourth Annual Faith Feeds Food Drive" program now through March 30.

The intent of the program is to provide numerous food pantries throughout south Brevard County with food supplies during this, post-holiday, time of need.

As this time period falls within the period of Lent, this would be a great church community service project that can be tied to the season.

This is a season in which pantries are traditionally low in food and need your assistance; thus the annual nature of this drive.

Call the South Brevard Sharing Center at (321) 727-8581, Ext. 216, to have your group join in the fight to end hunger in the community.

The largest recreational vehicle show in Central Florida: The 2013 Central Florida RV Show will be held again at the Volusia County Fairgrounds in DeLand, through Sunday, March 3.

Sponsored by the Florida RV Trade Association, Region 4, the Central Florida RV Show promises to be bigger and better than ever.

There will be new and used RV units on display, representing more than 150 manufacturers and suppliers.

RV sales have typically been an indicator of the end of a recession as consumers have more confidence in making a major luxury item purchase.

In addition, a successful national marketing campaign targeting Baby Boomers with children is credited with spurring the keen interest in RVs and the RV lifestyle.

A favorite to all visitors is the supplier's area with displays providing equipment and accessories to help outfit campers or provide information on where to camp. Items include new braking systems, specialized camping equipment and engine performance enhancers.

The 2013 Central Florida RV Show runs through Sunday, March 3.

The hours for the show are Thursday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Adult admission is $3, with children younger than 16 admitted free.

Call (813) 741-0488 for more information or visit www.frvta.org.


'Mom to Mom' sale: Brevard County Parks and Recreation is hosting a "Mom to Mom" toy and clothing garage sale from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 2, at the Viera Regional Community Center.

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

All activities are conducted and supervised by Brevard County Parks and Recreation staff at the Viera Regional Community Center.

Call (321) 433-4891 for more information.

Youth foundation golf classic: The Brevard County 4-H Youth Foundation is hosting its ninth annual golf classic on Saturday, March 2 at Suntree Country Club.

The event kicks off with a barbecue on Friday, March 1, followed by a day on the challenge course with lunch and door prizes.

4-H is a youth program that spans a multitude of project areas where youth learn leadership, citizenship and teamwork skills.

The 4-H Foundation supports youth by providing scholarship opportunities at local, statewide and national events.

All proceeds from the event benefit youth, as they strive for excellence in project areas, such as: animal (horse, beef, poultry), shooting sports (archery, muzzleloading), environmental education, sewing and public speaking.

Interested sponsors and players should are asked to contact the Cocoa Extension Office at (321)-633-1702.

Rummage roundup: The Junior League of South Brevard Inc. will present the 24th Rummage Roundup Saturday, March 2, 6:30-8 a.m. for the early bird sale ($5), and 8 a.m. to noon for the regular sale ($1) at the Melbourne Auditorium, 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd., Melbourne.

The event features 20,000 square feet of gently used household goods, furniture, collectibles, electronics, books, tools, children's toys and clothes, adult clothes and more. All items are priced to sell!  More than 150 families donate to this sale. In addition, this year, there will be private vendors with a variety of goods and services.

Remember, all donations are tax deductible.

For more information, visit www.jlsb.net, email rummageroundup@jlsb.net or call (321) 610-8950.

Beachside events: The Satellite Beach Recreation Department will sponsor the following events in March:

Saturday, March 2: Little League Opening Day, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Saturday, March 2: Citywide rummage sale, 8 a.m. to noon

Saturday, March 9: Samsons Island open house, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Saturday, March 16: Tykes Spring Olympics, 1 p.m.

Saturday, March 23: "Picnic in the Park," "Movie after Dark:" Call for times and locations               

Thursday, March 28: Flashlight egg hunt: 8:45 p.m.  

Saturday, March 30: Breakfast with the Easter Bunny, 10 a.m.

The recreation department is at 1089 S. Patrick Drive, Satellite Beach. 

For more information and event locations, visit www.satellitebeachrecreation.org or call (321) 773-6458.

Golf tournament: Divine Mercy Catholic Academy, a nonprofit organization (pre-K through eighth grades), is hosting the 16th Annual Father McDonnell Memorial Golf Tournament at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 2 at Baytree National Golf Links, 8207 National Drive, Melbourne.

Cost for individual player registration is $85. Dinner costs $15.

Make checks payable to the Divine Mercy Catholic Academy.

For more information, call (321) 259-9060.

Visit www.tournevents.com/dmccs to register online.

For more information, email nbiamonte@metlife.com or call (321) 544-8354.

Local Author at the beach library: The Satellite Beach Library will host local author Marshall Frank on Saturday, March 2 at 2 p.m.

Mr. Frank will discuss his new crime novel "The Upside to Murder" and many of his other books.

The author has an extensive background in law enforcement, including 30 years with the Miami-Dade Police Department, as a homicide detective and CSI chief. He retired with the rank of captain.

Mr. Frank can be contacted by email at MLF283@aol.com or through his website at www.marshallfrank.com.

Satellite Beach Library is located at 751 Jamaica Blvd., Satellite Beach.

The program is free and open to the public.

Grasshopper sparrow endangered: Naturalist Tim Kozusko will introduce you to the Florida grasshopper sparrow, a bird in imminent danger of extinction, at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 2 at the Cocoa Beach Public Library, 550 N. Brevard Ave., Cocoa Beach.

He will discuss the prairie landscape, the role of fire and ongoing land management efforts to save this species.

Artwork at the library this month features Barry Shoenholz's digital photography on canvas in the main library, Denise Westerberg's coconut creations in the community room and Siri Lynn German's 3-D shell art in the display case.

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


Spaghetti and meatballs dinner: The Italian-American Club of South Brevard is hosting a spaghetti and meatballs dinner Sunday, March 3 from noon to 5 p.m.

Dinner includes a fresh garden salad, Italian bread, spaghetti and meatballs, plus assorted desserts with a complimentary beverage ... and live music by JR Sounds.

Cost is $10 for adults and $4 for children younger than 12.

The club is at 1471 Cypress Ave., Melbourne, between Aurora Road and Eau Gallie Boulevard.

For more information or tickets, call (321) 242-8044.

Annual Michigan picnic: The Michigan Upper Penninsula Club of Florida is having its 27th annual picnic on Sunday, March 3 at Wickham Park in Melbourne.

Registration starts at noon. Cost is $5 per person.

Everyone is asked to bring a covered dish that will serve six to eight people. Bring beverages for you party. Eating will start at 1 p.m.

After lunch, there will be photos taken and drawings for door prizes.

For more information, call (321) 242-7254 or (321) 632-1975.


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.

Fraternity presents college scholarship: The Iota Beta Lambda Brevard County Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. is seeking applicants for its 2013 college scholarship.

All high school seniors in the Brevard County community are welcome to apply.

The deadline for application submission is Monday, March 4.

For questions or to request an application, contact Willie Smith at Brevard.Alphas06@gmail.com or visit Facebook at "Alphamen BrevardCounty."

Monday with Friends program: Using English and Spanish, Carrie Sue Ayvar chooses from personal, historical and traditional Florida tales to connect the people and cultures of Florida, with a little bit of Latino flavor, at the Eau Gallie Public Library, 1521 Pineapple Ave., Melbourne, at 7 p.m. Monday, March 4.

Art on display in the library in March will be John F. Medeiros' photography, coordinated by Siri German and Lori Knerick.

For more information, call (321) 255-4304.


Republican women meeting: The Brevard Federated Republican Women will hold its March meeting at the Holiday Inn, 8298 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne, on Wednesday, March 6.

The room opens at 11 a.m. with social networking. The speaker and program begins at 11:30 a.m.

 Dr. Pat Fuller, Coordinator of the entrepreneur program at Brevard Community College. Dr. Fuller will discuss small business and entrepreneurship in the community.

Reservations are necessary by March 1 at noon to select luncheon choice.

For reservations and more information call (321) 727-1212.

Visit brevardfederatedrepublicanwomen.org for more information about club activities.

Financial educational seminar: Ayad B. Saad, an Edward Jones financial advisor in Suntree/Viera, is hosting an educational seminar titled "Perception vs. Reality: Separating Fact from Fiction in Today's Investing Environment."

Have you ever wondered why so many investors pour money into the market just as it's peaking and sell as it's bottoming out?

For answers to this and other questions on what drives our financial decision-making, join in on Wednesday, March 6 at 11:30 a.m. at the Suntree Country Club, One Club Drive, Melbourne.

A complimentary lunch will be served. This seminar is open to the public.

 To reserve your seat, RSVP to Lucille Stanchfield or Pat Ebner at (321) 255-2552.

Protecting the land: A meeting of the Environmentally Endangered Lands Program's Selection and Management Committee, established by the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners, will be held from 1-4 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, at the EEL Program Office, 91 East Drive, Melbourne.

The purpose of this meeting is to review lands under consideration for public acquisition and management by the Brevard County Environmentally Endangered Lands Program.

Any questions regarding this meeting should be directed to Laura Clark at (321) 255-4466 or email Laura.Clark@brevardparks.com.

'Classics and More' with Leslie: "Catch 22" by Joseph Heller will be discussed at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Satellite Beach Public Library, 751 Jamaica Blvd., Satellite Beach.

For more information, email lbrey@brev.org or call (321) 779-4004.

Panhellenic women to meet: The Melbourne Alumnae Panhellenic Women will hold its March meeting at the Indian Harbour Beach Recreation Center's meeting room, located at 1233 Yacht Club Blvd., Indian Harbour Beach, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 6.

All National Panhellenic Conference sorority members are invited.

For more information, call (321) 254-0672 or visit www.melbournepanhellenic.org.

Registration for soccer: Brevard County South Area Parks & Recreation is currently 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.

Games will be played on Wednesday evenings, beginning in March, at the Rodes Park Soccer Fields, 3410 Flanagan Ave., in 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.


Robotics competition: On March 7-9, more than 3,000 students, representing 63 teams from 41 Florida high schools, plus teams from throughout the United States and the world, along with 150 teachers, 450 industry and college mentors, 1,500 parents and 6,500 pounds of metal, gears and electronics, will complete in the 15th Annual FIRST Robotics Competition Orlando Regional at the University of Central Florida Arena.

Teams represent high schools from Tampa Bay to the Space Coast, and from Tallahassee to Miami, from across the South East and this year, from Germany, Brazil and the Dominican Republic. 

The FIRST Robotics Competition Orlando Regional offers students an opportunity to win regional recognition for design excellence, sportsmanship, teamwork and more, and advance to the FIRST Championship competition in St. Louis in April.

The public is encouraged to attend the Orlando Regional to catch the excitement of this intense competition and cheer on their favorite teams.

Admission is free.

Kennedy Space Center Director and Hall of Fame Astronaut Robert Cabana and Edward Mango, program manager, Commercial Crew Program, will be the keynote speakers at a special VIP luncheon on Friday.  Together, they will share the inside story on the future of human space flight.

Free veteran's legal seminar: "Aid and Attendance, A Veteran's Benefit for Medical Expenses" will be presented 6-8 p.m. Thursday, March 7 at the Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore Justice Center, Jury Assembly Room, 2825 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera.

Pre-registration is required at www.spacecoastcommunitylawschool.com, www.sccls.com or by calling (321) 269-6733.


LEAD Brevard to host workshop: LEAD Brevard, with support from the Boeing Company and the Community Foundation for Brevard, will present a board training workshop "Getting Governance Right ... Governance Matters" for board members and staff leaders, serving nonprofit organizations in Brevard.

The workshop will be held Friday, March 8 at the Nyami Nyami River Lodge at the Brevard Zoo and will be facilitated by Cindy Cheatham, vice president of consulting services, Georgia Center for Nonprofits.

This full-day workshop offers "best practices" current information about board governance; including roles and responsibilities of boards and how board and staff work together; effective board recruitment; the board's role in fundraising; and board self-assessment and development.

The investment for the workshop is $45 for LEAD Brevard members and $60 for the general public. 

For more information or to register for the workshop, visit www.LEADBrevard.org, call (321) 632-8222 or email Melissa Breckenridge at Melissa@LEADBrevard.org.

Community Health Fair and Seniors Expo: This free-to-attend event will feature local and national products, services and valuable information for Baby Boomers and seniors.

This Community Health and Seniors Expo will be a power-up day for seniors to get out and socialize, learn about products and services and be entertained and informed. The first 200 seniors will receive a free goodie bag.

The event will be 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, March 8 at the Eau Gallie Civic Center, in Melbourne. 

Attendees will be admitted free of charge and will have a chance to win door prizes and giveaways.

Community sale: Tropical Haven's community sale will be 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 9 at 1205 Eddie Allen Road, (off Airport Road), Melbourne.

There will be breakfast and lunch, a bake sale, antique glass and furniture.

No pets, please.

For more information, call (321) 676-9940.

Attic treasures and bake sale: The Dorcas Circle will hold its spring attic treasures and bake sale on Saturday, March 9.

The sale will begin at 8:30 a.m. and will end at 12:30 p.m. at Suntree United Methodist Church, 7400 N. Wickham Road, Suntree.

Treasures offered for sale include, but are not limited to, small appliances, cookware, glassware, antiques/collectibles, seasonal items, jewelry, bedding, linens, books, toys, sporting goods, pictures, mirrors, silk flowers, CDs, DVDs, miscellaneous items and baked goods from Dorcas' finest bakers. No clothes, old TVs or electronics, old telephones or computers, please.

Proceeds from the sale will go to local charities.

Dorcas Circle would greatly appreciate any contributions of items for the sale. Items can be brought to the church dining room Friday, March 8, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Need pick-up, call one of the people below.

For more information about the sale, contact Merle Gelles at (321) 504-9917 or Frances Howard at (321) 259-4086.

Women's rowing begins March 9: Seventh-year head coach Adam Thorstad and the Florida Tech women's rowing team will welcome in the 2013 season with the Keuper Cup on Saturday, March 9 at Canal 54 in Fellsmere. The race is the first of three at home; all are in the month of March.

In their season opener on March 9, the Panthers will race against NCAA Division I Jacksonville.

FIT will return to the canal the following two weekends for the Governor's Cup on Saturday, March 16 and the DII Duals on Saturday, March 23.

Division I Columbia and Sunshine State Conference counterpart Barry will also compete in the Governor's Cup in the middle of March.

Barry will return to Fellsmere once more for the duals along with fellow SSC member Nova Southeastern and Central Oklahoma.

The month of April will begin the championship portion of the schedule.

On April 5-6, the Panthers will compete at the Florida Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships in Sarasota. Two weeks later, on April 20-21, they will take part in the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships in Oak Ridge, Tenn. FIT will then travel back to Sarasota for the SSC Championships on April 26.

After participating in the 75th annual Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia, qualifying teams will move on to the NCAA Division II Championships May 31-June 2 at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis.

For more information and the 2013 schedule, visit http://www.floridatechsports.com/wrowing/schedule or call (321) 674-8250.

'Melbourne and Eau Gallie, Then and Now:' The South Brevard Historical Society will present a "then and now" history of Melbourne and Eau Gallie at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 9 at the Melbourne Public Library, 540 E. Fee Ave., Melbourne.

The presentation, which will include new and old photographs, maps and additional displays, are by Karen Raley, a college history teacher, who grew up in Melbourne.

Ms. Raley and her sister, Ann Raley Flotte, are the authors of the local history, "Melbourne and Eau Gallie," published by Arcadia Press.

For more information, visit www.southbrevardhsitory.org or call (321) 952-4514.

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.

Local author's newest novel: Florida Author Randy Wayne White will appear at the Cocoa Beach Public Library at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 10 to introduce his newest novel, "Night Moves."

New York Times bestselling author, and frequent visitor to the Cocoa Beach Library, Randy Wayne White will introduce the latest novel in his perennially popular Doc Ford series.

"Night Moves" hits the shelves March 5, and copies will be available for sale and signing at this appearance.

The anchors of the Doc Ford series, marine biologist Dr. Marion Ford and his mystic hipster sailor pal Tomlinson, might or might not be modeled after real people, but to their many avid readers, the two men are as real as Florida's Gulf Coast and the islands that provide the settings for Mr. White's novels.

Those familiar with the series will recognize a few faces, a few names and more than a few quirky characters in the new novel. Seasoned readers and series newcomers alike will easily find a home among the sun-baked, laid-back people who inhabit Florida's Mangrove Coast of fiction and fact.

New York Times bestselling author Randy Wayne White has written 20 books in his Doc Ford series, one book in a new Hannah Smith series, as well as seven other novels (as Randy Striker) and five works of nonfiction.

His themes in novels and nonfiction alike are ecology, adventure and the pursuit of unconventional activities.

Mr. White's writing has earned him the Conch Republic Award for literature and the John D. MacDonald Award for Literary Excellence.

The library is located at 550 N. Brevard Ave., Cocoa Beach.

For more information call (321) 868-1104.

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.

Spring dance: The Neighbors of Suntree, a community-based organization to promote charitable and social events, is presenting its first annual community dance, Spring Fling, on Sunday, March 10 at the Holiday Inn, in Viera. Membership in the organization is not required to attend this event.

The event will begin with a cash bar from 5-6 p.m., and dinner will be presented from 6-7 p.m. 

Dancing to the music of Nick Chirico, a well-known community musician, will begin at 7 p.m. and end at 9 p.m.

There will be door prizes, 50/50, and a silent auction.  There will also be "mingle with singles" tables available.

Tickets cost $35.

For more information, email NOSfundance@gmail.com or by calling (321) 432-3126.

Breakfast event with speaker: Club Esteem has announced its inaugural Business Leaders Breakfast Event: Beyond Breakfast.

Super Bowl Champion and College National Championship Winner, Ricky Watters, will be the keynote speaker for this special event. Mr. Watters enjoyed a long, professional football career, which included positions with Notre Dame, the Seattle Sea Hawks, the Philadelphia Eagles and the San Francisco 49ers. The retired NFL player is a gifted speaker who motivates both youth and adults with his powerful life story.

The event will take place on March 12, from 7:30-9 a.m. at the Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place.

All breakfast attendees will receive an autographed, hardcover copy of Ricky Watters book, "For Who, For What:  A Warrior's Journey."

Sponsorships are available for the event, ranging from $500-$10,000.  All event sponsors, donating $1,000 or more, will be included in a private cocktail reception with Mr. Watters the evening before the breakfast.

Proceeds from the breakfast will benefit Club Esteem's programs and services.

Club Esteem is a 501 c (3) not-for-profit organization, which offers free after-school programming for school-aged children from economically disadvantaged communities.

The programming includes tutoring, homework help, SAT/ACT test prep, music lessons, dance, art, drama, community service and more.  Club Esteem has been operating in the Melbourne area since 1991 and currently serves more than 130 children and their families.

Sponsorship and ticketing information is available on Club Esteem's website at www.clubesteem.com.

Individual tickets may also be purchased through http://event.pingg.com/BeyondBreakfast.

Questions regarding event sponsorship may be directed to Jennifer Ottomanelli, Club Esteem's fund development director, at funddevelopment@clubesteem.org, or (321) 298.8381.

Medicare explained: If you or a family member has Medicare or will be eligible soon, you may have lots of questions:

What is Part A?

Parts B, C, and D?

What is MA-PD and PDP?

What does it all mean?

You are invited to learn more about original Medicare at an informative presentation by experts from Health First Health Plans. This is not a sales meeting for the Medicare Advantage plans they currently offer, but simply an educational presentation to explain:

The ABCDs of Original Medicare

What is the difference between Medicare Advantage and supplement plans?

When and how to enroll, and more

This event will be at:

Holmes Regional Medical Center Auditorium A, 1350 S. Hickory St., Melbourne, at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 12.

Viera Medical Plaza Diagnostic Center Conference Room, 8725 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne, at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 26.

Seating is limited, so reserve your space today.

Call toll-free (800) 716-7737 (TDD/TYY relay: 711) weekdays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon.

For more information about Health First Health Plans, visit healthfirsthealthplans.org.

'Sisters' annual luncheon: The United Order True Sisters will be holding its annual luncheon for members and guests on Wednesday, March 13 at the Crowne Plaza on Highway A1A in Indialantic from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Nashville radio personality Joe Tyler will be entertaining the group with his rocking country music.

The order helps provide mammograms and PSA testing for uninsured women and men in Brevard County.

For more information, contact Bess Cohen at (321) 452-4610.

Adult programs at library: The West Melbourne Public Library will present the following programs in March:

March 13: Florida's Freshwater Springs: Florida has one of the largest concentrations of freshwater springs on Earth. They are steeped in history, myth and have been a source of recreation and inspiration for thousands of years.

Join Ed Garland of the St. Johns River Water Management District and learn the value of springs and how our actions can impact their future.

This is a free program at West Melbourne Library, 2755 Wingate Blvd., West Melbourne, on Wednesday, March 13 at 6 p.m.

Call (321) 952-4508 for more information.

March 27: Life and Death at Windover: Dr. Rachel K. Wentz will discuss her latest book, which examines the discovery, excavations and analyses of one of the most important archaeological sites in the world, Windover, in Brevard County.

This free program will be on Wednesday, March 27 at 6:30 p.m at the West Melbourne Public Library, 2755 Wingate Blvd., West Melbourne.

Call (321) 952-4508 for more information.

Endangered Species Day Youth Art Contest deadline: Elementary, middle and high school teachers are encouraged to have their students participate in the annual Endangered Species Day Youth Art Contest, an integral part of the eighth annual national Endangered Species Day that will be celebrated on May 17.

 The youth art contest provides students from kindergarten to high school with an opportunity to learn about threatened and endangered species and express their knowledge and support through artwork.

Young artists, who are homeschooled and participate in youth groups, are also eligible to submit their art.

Entries must be postmarked by March 15.

Winners will be chosen in four categories: K through grade 2, grades 3-5, grades 6-8 and grades 9-12, and will receive plaques and art supply gift packs.

In addition, one grand prize winner will be honored with their name engraved on a special trophy and receive a round-trip flight to Washington, D.C. with one guardian to attend a reception in May. The grand prizewinner will also receive art supplies and a special art lesson (via Skype) from Wyland, the artist.

For more information, including judging criteria and an entry form, visit http://www.endangeredspeciesday.org/.

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