FRIDAY, MARCH 29
Free guitar workshop: The Satellite Beach Recreation Department and Melany Perkins, Kindi Rock recording artist, will present a free guitar workshop for youth, age 7 and older.
If you've been hesitant to start playing, now's the chance to try out for free! Bring your guitar. Rentals are available for a small fee.
Reserve rentals in advance from the instructor at (321) 243-7598.
Don't wait any longer, learn to play today! No experience is necessary!
RSVP to (321) 773-6458 for times.
Limited spaces are available!
This event will be at the DRS Community Center, 1089 S. Patrick Drive, Satellite Beach.
SATURDAY, MARCH 30
Beachside event: The Satellite Beach Recreation Department will sponsor the following event:
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, visit www.satellitebeachrecreation.org or call (321) 773-6458.
Easter surf extravaganza: The Cocoa Beach Surf Museum is opening its latest exhibit, "O'Hare Surfboards 50 Year Anniversary," on Saturday, March 30, from 6:30-10 p.m.
This Easter extravaganza is the museum's annual membership drive and fundraiser.
The new exhibit will feature the life-long work of East Coast Surfing Hall of Famer Pat O'Hare, who is also the latest subject of the museum's Oral History Project. The curator of the exhibit is Sean O'Hare, Pat's son.
The event will include music by the Aquanuts, food, drink and giveaways.
Entry fee is $20, but members are admitted free. Memberships, which are available at the door, help fulfill the museum's mission to preserve surfing history.
The Cocoa Beach Surf Museum is at 4275 N. Atlantic Ave., Cocoa Beach.
Fair and springtacular: A Crafts Fair and Kid's Springtacular will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 30, at the Viera Regional Community Center.
Admission is free for the crafts fair. The Kid's Springtacular is $2 per child, and free for adults accompanying children. The event includes take-home crafts, games, bouncy houses, snow cones, cotton candy, popcorn and an egg hunt at 11 a.m.
The Crafts Fair and Kid's Springtacular are sponsored by Brevard County Parks and Recreation.
Crafters can obtain applications at the Viera Regional Community Center, 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera. Vendor spaces, 8 foot-by-8 foot, cost $31.80 and include a 5-foot table. All spaces are indoors, and payment must be received by Wednesday, March 27.
For more information, call (321) 433-4891.
SUNDAY, MARCH 31
'The Plants That Built Florida:' The story of Wild Florida being told at Brevard Zoo this spring has taken on new dimensions since Professor Wormwood's Pioneer Garden opened March 1, featuring "The Plants That Built Florida."
This exhibit is being featured as part of the "Art of Sand, Wild Florida: Past, Present and Future" exhibit and will showcase that even plants were part of the unprecedented intermingling of old world and new. The exhibit is made possible thanks to the support of Rockledge Gardens.
Five hundred years ago, when the first Spanish ships reached the shores of Florida, one of the great exchanges of human history began. Not only did Europeans and Native Americans meet for the first time, but plant species mixed and mingled, as well. Some of the plants in the exhibit include:
Bald cypress: Its use, as dugout canoes, made this one of the most important plants. Early Indian groups from Timucua, Seminole and Mikosukee used cypress wood for fibers, houses, cooking tools, toys, drums, ox bows and coffins.
Spanish moss: One legend tells of the Spanish explorer, Gorez Goz, a bearded ruffian, who traded goods for a beautiful Indian maiden. The sight of the Spaniard frightened the girl and she ran away. Gorez chased her, climbing after her to the top of a tree. The maiden escaped, but Gorez's beard became entangled in the tree branches. There he died, but we can still see his "gray beard" hanging on the tree.
Muscadine grape: One of the first native plants to be successfully cultivated by the Europeans, these grapes were being made into wine by the French settlers at Fort Caroline as early as 1594.
For more information about Brevard Zoo or "Art of Sand, Wild Florida: Past, Present and Future," visit BrevardZoo.org or Facebook.com/pages/Brevard-Zoo/46784544215.
MONDAY, APRIL 1
Playing tennis 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Space is limited.
AARP tax aide assistance: The Satellite Beach Public Library, 751 Jamaica Blvd., Satellite Beach, will make available AARP tax aide assistance 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, now through April 15.
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. All returns are 3-filed only.
For more information, call (321) 779-4004.
Bachelor's Degree programs: Brevard Community College is poised to start accepting applications for its first Bachelor's Degree programs that are tailored for traditional students and working adults seeking management careers.
The enrollment period for a Bachelor's Degree in general business management or health care management runs from April 1 to July 3. Classes begin in August.
The degrees are designed for individuals who have already earned an A.A. or A.S. degree from a regionally accredited institution and want to advance their careers into management.
College officials will provide information about the degrees at upcoming sessions, discussing topics such as coursework and financial aid.
The sessions are free and open to the public:
Wednesday, April 3 from 6-8 p.m. on the Cocoa Campus in Building 14, Room 104
Thursday, April 4 from 6-8 p.m. on the Melbourne Campus in Building 7, Room 114
For more information, call (321) 632-1111 or visit www.brevardcc.edu/go/bachelors.
Brevard Community College currently offers more than 100 degrees and certificate programs and will become Eastern Florida State College on July 1.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3
Conservation workshops and training sessions: Brevard Zoo has opportunities to become involved in local conservation efforts.
Local conservation projects include oyster reef restoration, FrogWatch USA and Adopt-A-Mangrove.
Upcoming projects include:
April 3: Oyster Reef Restoration Workshop, from 10 a.m. to noon, Riverwalk Nature Center, Rockledge
April 10: Oyster Reef Restoration Workshop, from 10 a.m. to noon, Erna Nixon Park, Melbourne
April 17: Oyster Reef Restoration Workshop, from 10 a.m. to noon, Barrier Island Sanctuary, Melbourne Beach
April 17: FrogWatch USA Training Session, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Brevard Zoo, Melbourne
April 22: Adopt-A-Mangrove Workshop, from 6-7 p.m., Brevard Zoo, Melbourne
May 16: Adopt-A-Mangrove Workshop, from 6-7 p.m., Brevard Zoo, Melbourne
May 22: FrogWatch USA Training Session, from 5:30-8:30 p.m., Brevard Zoo, Melbourne
For more information about these conservation efforts, visit BrevardZoo.org and click on Conservation, Local Projects.
Sheriff at April meeting: The Brevard Federated Republican Women will hold its April meeting at The Holiday Inn, 8298 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne, on Wednesday, April 3.
The room opens at 11 a.m. with social networking. The speaker and program begins at 11:30 a.m.
The program will feature newly elected Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey.
For reservations and information, call (321) 727-1212.
Visit brevardfederatedrepublicanwomen.org for more information on club activities.
Monthly meeting: The Melbourne Alumnae Panhellenic Women will hold its April meeting at 3781 Riverside Drive, Melbourne, on Wednesday, April 3 at 7 p.m.
All National Panhellenic Conference sorority members are invited.
For more information, call (321) 254-0672 or visit www.melbournepanhellenic.org.
THURSDAY, APRIL 4
NASA and wildlife: Rebecca Bolt, NASA employee, will speak about "Saving Space: Wildlife Research at KSC" on Thursday, April 4 at 10 a.m. at the Brevard Museum of History and Science, 2201 Michigan Ave., Cocoa.
She will explain the ecology program designed to minimize the effects of KSC operations on imperiled wildlife species and habitats.
Sponsored by the museum guild, the program is free and open to the general public. Refreshment will be served.
Call (321) 632-1830 for directions.
Post conviction relief seminar: The Space Coast Community Law School will present a free seminar, "Post Conviction Relief," 6-8 p.m. Thursday, April 4 at the Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore Justice Center, Jury Assembly Room, 2825 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera.
Pre-registration is required.
For more information or to register, visit www.spacecoastcommunitylawschool.com, www.sccls.com or call (321) 269-6833.
Irises at garden club: The Melbourne Garden Club will meet Friday, April 5 at 10 a.m. at the Eau Gallie Public Library, 1521 Pineapple Ave., Melbourne.
The program will be about Louisiana irises. Guest speaker will be Harry Wolford. The public is invited.
For more information, call (321) 255-4304.
Antiques and collectibles: The Brevard Antiques and Collectibles Club will hold its monthly meeting at 10 a.m. Friday, April 5 at the Suntree/Viera Public Library, 902 Jordan Blass Road, Viera.
Bring one item for study and discussion.
The group is open to anyone having an interest in learning about antiques and collectibles.
For more information, call (321) 254-5831 or (321) 777-1374.
'Spring Fling:' The Wickham Park Senior Center "Spring Fling' will take place on Friday, April 5 at 5:30 p.m. at the facility on Wickham Road, next to the Brevard Community College campus.
MeMaw's will cater a chicken dinner for the event that is open to the public. The event is BYOB.
Entertainment for the evening will be provided by The Sound Traveler, a favorite among senior groups.
Tickets cost $5 for members, $10 for non-members and may be purchased at the front desk of the center or by calling (321) 255-4494 for additional information.
The center is located at 2785 Leisure Way, at Wickham Park, Melbourne.
Amateur championship golf: The Eighth Annual Space Coast Amateur Championship Tournament will be Saturday and Sunday, April 6 and 7 at the Duran Golf Club
Playing for 36 holes will be in both gross and net divisions. Golfers will battle it out over two days to determine who will be recognized as the 2013 Space Coast Amateur Champion. All participants must have an established USGA handicap attested by their PGA Professional to compete.
Entry fee for this event is $125, and will offer players two rounds of tournament play, practice balls for warm-up on the 30-acre Duran Development Center, lunch on both days and prizes.
For more information about this event or to access the entry form, visit www.durangolf.com or visit the professional golf staff at the Duran Golf Shop.
Duran Golf Club is at 7032 Stadium Parkway, Viera.
Truck event postponed: Brevard County Parks and Recreation has postponed its planned April 6 Touch-A-Truck event, originally scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Wickham Park Main Pavilion on North Wickham Road, next to Brevard Community College, in Melbourne.
The event will be rescheduled for the fall.
For more information about this family friendly event, contact Wickham Park at (321) 255-4307 or email email@example.com.
The 1,500-mile walk: April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and The Women's Center has announced that it will partner again this year with Lauren Book, author, Lauren's Kids Founder, and survivor of child sexual abuse.
Early in March, Lauren Book embarked on her fourth annual 1,500-mile "Walk in My Shoes" education and awareness journey.
Her walk once again kicked off in the Florida Keys, crisscrossing the state traveling north and across the Panhandle, before concluding in Tallahassee for the "Rally in Tally" on the steps of Florida's Historic Capitol on April 23.
Each year, the Women's Centers staff, volunteers, and clients walk with Ms. Book to unite survivors, educate communities and advocate for prevention and legislative change for adult and child survivors of sexual assault.
Ms. Book will be in Brevard County on Saturday, April 6, and the Women's Center once again will walk with her to:
Promote prevention of sexual abuse and assault through education and awareness.
Demonstrate that a survivor's healing cannot be accomplished alone.
Validate the message that "It's Okay to Tell" about childhood sexual abuse to help break existing barriers of embarrassment, shame, and intimidation that often preclude children and adults from "telling".
The walk will begin at The Women's Center at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 6, and walkers will cross the Eau Galle Causeway, walk south on Highway A1A, cross the Melbourne Causeway to Front Street Park, where there will be lunch and speakers, including Ms. Book as the keynote speaker.
Afterward, Ms. Book and walkers will continue their journey north on U.S. Highway 1, ending back at the Women's Center.
Walkers are invited to participate in any portion of the walk, along with volunteers to assist with this event.
Contact Jackie Ares, victim advocate, The Women's Center, for more information or to volunteer at (321) 242-3110, Ext. 325.
The Women's Center is at 1425 Aurora Road, Melbourne.
'River Fest 2013:' Keep Brevard Beautiful will present "River Fest," a riverside fundraiser honoring individuals and businesses currently striving to promote sustainability in the community.
The event will be held on Sunday, April 7, at a private local riverfront residence. Attendees will enjoy a sunset on the water and groove to the surf-root sounds of local band, The Aquanuts.
In addition to live music and a fish fry, included with event admission, guests will have the opportunity to bid on some unique items in a silent auction.
All proceeds from ticket sales, event sponsorships, and the silent auction will go toward Keep Brevard Beautiful programs.
Regular admission to the event is $35 per ticket, with Keep Brevard Green Sponsor tickets priced at $75.
There will be a beer and wine cash bar on-site.
Contact Keep Brevard Beautiful at (321) 631-0501 for information about donating or becoming a sponsor.
Tuesday evening adult co-ed volleyball league: Brevard County South Area Parks and Recreation is currently accepting registrations for adult co-ed volleyball league at Rodes Park Community Center, 3410 Flanagan Ave., West Melbourne.
League games are scheduled to be played on Tuesday evenings beginning April 9, with the cost at $260 per team, which includes a 14-game regular season with a single elimination playoff tournament.
For more information, call Rodes Park Community Center at (321) 952-3215.
Building fundraiser banquet: Nana's Children's Home, or Nana's House, a home for neglected, abused, needy or abandoned children in Brevard County, is holding its first annual building fundraiser banquet Thursday, April 11, at 5:30 p.m. at the Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place, Melbourne.
Dinner will be provided, and the dress is casual. There will be music by Mike Fred, Acoustic for a Change.
The guest speaker will be Jeff Piersall, CEO of SCB Marketing.
All funds go to build the gated community of six homes that will house as many as 40 children, giving them a safe, loving place to grow up.
For tickets or to be a sponsor, call Kim Frodge at (321) 266-3829 or complete the sponsor form on the website. For more information, visit www.nanaschildrenshome.com.
ABC Safe Boating Class: The Cocoa Beach Sail and Power Squadron, a unit of the United State Power Squadrons, will offer a two-day Public Safe Boating Class on Saturdays, April 13 and 20 at the Port Canaveral Yacht Club, 910 Mullet Drive, Cape Canaveral.
Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. The presentation will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The class will cover the basic knowledge needed to boat safely on Central Florida inland and coastal waterways.
Successful completion will result in a Florida Safe Boater ID required for boaters born after Jan. 1, 1988.
The cost is $30 for one person or $40 for two persons sharing a book.
For more information, visit Cocoa Beach Sail and Power Squadron's website at www.CBSPS.com. Registration is recommended at the site or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fight cancer through Relay For Life: On April 13 and 14, walkers will go around the clock in the battle against cancer.
The American Cancer Society's Relay For Life of Eau Gallie gets under way, with teams of residents gathering at Wickham Park.
Opening ceremony begins at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 13.
'Bark in the Park:' The Central Brevard Humane Society, in conjunction with the Brevard County Manatees, will be hosting "Bark in the Park" on Sunday, April 14 at Space Coast Stadium, 5800 Stadium Parkway, Viera.
Gates open at 4 p.m., with the game scheduled to start at 5:05 p.m. Parking is free at the entrance to Gate 5.
Watch the Brevard County Manatees take on the Clearwater Threshers, while visiting the vendor village, participating in fun raffles and more.
Bring a blanket or lawn chair and watch the action from the grass berm around the outfield fence.
Cost to attend the game is $5 per person and $2 per dog. All animals must be on a leash and have proof of current shots, along with a county tag.
The Central Brevard Humane Society will be at the event with shelter dogs available for adoption, merchandise and fun educational information about responsible pet ownership.
Proceeds from this event will help to raise awareness and financial support for the thousands of "unwanted and abandoned" pets that visit the Humane Society each year, who need a safe and loving "forever" home.
For ticket information, contact Kevin Soto with the Brevard County Manatees at (321) 633-9200, Ext. 3006 or email@example.com.
Annual golf benefit: The Turtle Creek Golf Club, 1279 Admiralty Blvd., Rockledge, will present golf too benefit disadvantaged children at Christmas and provide police academy scholarships at Brevard Community College.
Donation is $60 per player
Hole sponsors are $100, and corporate sponsorship costs $325 (includes sign and four players).
The four-person scramble, best ball, shotgun start will start at 8 a.m. Tuesday, April 16.
Sign in will begin at 7 a.m. with a continental breakfast and driving range balls.
Lunch, trophies and raffle tickets will be held at Jimmies Restaurant on the golf course.
A donation of $10 is requested for those attending lunch only.
Make checks payable to Anthony Lee Miller Memorial Fund.
Mail reservation and check to 2450 Windchaser Court, West Melbourne, Fl., 32904.
RSVP to (321) 728-9723 and /or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit leemillergolf.org for pictures, reservation forms and more information.
Congressional Art Competition: Congressman Bill Posey (R-Rockledge) will host the 2013 Congressional Art Competition on Saturday, April 20, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Brevard Community College Planetarium, Building 19, in Cocoa. No late entries will be accepted. Judging begins at noon, and formal award ceremonies begin at 1 p.m.
The Congressional Art Competition is open to all public, private and home school high school students and is being held in Congressional Districts across the nation.
Artwork must meet submission guidelines, and all required forms must be completed and submitted with artwork for judging.
The winning artwork will be displayed in the United States Capitol for the entire year and cannot be returned prior to the end of the exhibit.
The first and second runners-up will have his or her art displayed in Congressman Posey's Washington and Florida offices, respectively.
The 2013 Congressional Art Competition is presented by Congressman Bill Posey in coordination with Brevard Cultural Alliance and BCC Planetarium.
For more information, call Congressman Posey's local office at (321) 632-1776 or toll free at (888) 681-1776.
Young Eagles flight rally: Area young people ages 8-17 will have a chance to take to the skies on Saturday, April 27, as Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 724 hosts a Young Eagles flight rally at Merritt Island Airport.
The rally is part of the EAA Aviation Foundation's Young Eagles Program, created to get more young people interested in aviation.
To date, more than 1.7 million Young Eagles have experienced the thrill of flight since 1992, (5610 at Merritt Island Airport).
Pilots at the event will also explain more about their airplanes, allowing young people to discover how airplanes work and how pilots ensure safety before every flight. All pilots and planes are certificated by the Federal Aviation Administration.
Registration will start at 8:30 a.m. and will close at noon. Flights will begin at 9 a.m. A parent or guardian must sign a permission form for each young person.
No reservations are required or accepted. Young Eagles will fly in first come, first flown order. Flights will last approximately 20 minutes.
Additional information about EAA, the EAA Aviation Foundation and Young Eagles is available at www.eaa.org.
Call (321) 636-5346 and leave us a message or email email@example.com.