FRIDAY, SEPT. 28
. Melbourne Independent Film Festival: "Real Food Real Kitchens," the national PBS series that focuses on family, food, culture and history, will be screening three (never before screened) episodes of the series to open the 2012 Melbourne Independent Film Festival on Sept. 28.
There will be a reception to follow where guests can meet and greet the producer and guests from the series. There will also be a tasting of food and drinks featured in each episode that is screened.
The festival will be at the Premiere Theaters / The Oaks, 1800 W. Hibiscus Blvd., Melbourne.
For more information, visit www.oaks10.com or call (321) 953-3000.
All proceeds will be donated to The Children's Hunger Project (thechildrenshungerproject.org).
. Mel-Hi Alumni Reception: The Melbourne High School Parent Teacher Organization invites you to the Eighth Annual Mel-Hi Alumni Reception 5-7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28 at the Melbourne High School Auditorium.
If you cannot attend, please consider giving a donation to PTO.
All donations go to student recognition and senior scholarships.
For more information, call (321) 725-0716.
. 'Hope4heroes' relocates to Brevard County: Hope4heroes.org, a foundation that supports veterans and families, has selected Brevard County as its new home.
The foundation was started in 2008 by veterans for veterans, with a mission to support and provide training and education to warriors and the families of fallen warriors.
This event features former Major League Baseball and National Football League legends playing golf at Duran Golf Club in Viera in a celebrity-sponsored poker event and an all-star softball game at Space Coast Stadium, as part of a weekend of events the nation's heroes and families.
The event will be on the weekend of Sept. 28-30.
Sponsors and partners include everythingbrevard.com, The Brevard Manatees, Duran golf club and many local business leaders.
For more information, visit www.hope4heroes.org.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 29
. National Public Lands Day seining: Join biologists as they search for the creatures that inhabit the Indian River Lagoon.
All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Wear closed-toed water shoes (required) and wear insect repellant and sunscreen.
Meet on the Barrier Island Center deck, 8385 S. Highway A1A, Melbourne Beach, at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29.
For more information, call (321) 723-3556 or visit www.barrierislandcenter.com.
. National Estuary Day: Brevard Zoo, University of Central Florida and The Nature Conservancy are celebrating the Oyster Reef Restoration Project's sixth successful year of oyster restoration in the Mosquito Lagoon.
On Sept. 29, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Zoo guests are invited to celebrate National Estuary Day and enjoy games, arts and crafts, oyster mat making, children's conservation book readings by the authors and mangrove planting. Zoo admission is required.
For more information about the Oyster Restoration Project, visit www.brevardzoo.org/conservation or email Jody Palmer at JPalmer@BrevardZoo.org.
Brevard Zoo is located 1/2 mile east of I-95 at Exit 191 on Wickham Road in Melbourne, and is open daily 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., with last admission at 4:15 p.m.
Call (321) 254-WILD or visit brevardzoo.org for more information.
Parking is always free.
. Annual Super Bunko: This "adults only" game of dice is sponsored by the Police Athletic League to benefit youth programs.
The event will be at 6 p.m. at the Teen Zone, 1089 S. Patrick Drive, Satellite Beach.
Included will be: a silent auction, Chinese auction, prizes, and Italian buffet and fun.
Cost is $20 at the door.
For more information, call (321) 777-8336 or visit www.satellitebeachrecreation.org.
SUNDAY, SEPT. 30
. Sunrise Series Kids Triathlon Health & Wellness Festival: This festival will be held 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, at Gleason Park, Indian Harbour Beach.
To register, visit www.imathlete.com and type "sunrise series" in the search box or email email@example.com for more information.
The event is for ages 5-14, and includes all skill levels.
This is a USA Triathlon-sanctioned event.
The race is limited to the first 100 athletes.
There will be post-race refreshments and goodie bags for all participants with medals to the top three male/female in each age group, with finisher ribbons for all.
A portion of the proceeds will go to benefit the Women's Center of Brevard girls adolescence, independence and achievement summer camp.
. 'From Foster Care to Filmmaking:' Lydia Joiner, Merritt Island High School alumnus and writer/director, will share her experiences growing up in the foster care system and overcoming adversity to become a filmmaker at the Cocoa Beach Public Library, 550 N. Brevard Ave., Cocoa Beach, at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30.
She has an upcoming feature film soon to be released.
For more information, call (321) 868-1104 or visit www.cocoabeachpubliclibrary.org.
TUESDAY, OCT. 2
. 'Wellness, Security and Choices After 55:' The Slonim Law Firm presents
an estate planning seminar 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2 at Southland Suites, 2680 Croton Road, Melbourne.
Southland Suites is a Brookdale Senior Living facility.
For more information, call (321) 255-5443.
. Rehearsals for Space Coast Chorus venues: The Space Coast Chorus, an a cappella men's chorus, invites men who like to sing to join them as they prepare to present a program of traditional Christmas music at several venues throughout Brevard County, including Surfside Playhouse, churches, shopping malls, etc.
The program will include such Christmas favorites as "Silent Night," "O Holy Night," "Oh Come All Ye Faithful" and others.
Rehearsals will be from 7-8:15 p.m. every Tuesday, starting Oct. 2, in the Choral Room of the B. W. Simpkins Building (No. 4) on the Cocoa Campus of Brevard Community College.
For more information, call Arlan Ropp at (321) 636-0900.
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 3
. Brevard Federated Republican Women luncheon meeting: The Brevard Federated Republican Women will meet Wednesday, Oct. 3, at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center, 8298 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne.
The program will be a round table discussion by individual tables of the proposed Amendments to the Florida Constitution, which will appear on the Nov. 6 ballot.
The room opens at 11 a.m. with social networking, with the speaker and program at 11:30 a.m.
Reservations are necessary by noon on Friday, Sept. 28, to select luncheon choice.
All Republican women and men are invited with a special invitation to Republican women and men who are new to the area and those interested in learning more about Republican activities and issues in the community.
Advanced reservations are necessary.
For reservations and more information, call (321) 727-1212. Visit brevardfederatedrepublicanwomen.org for more information on club activities.
. 'Classics and More' book club: The Satellite Beach Public Library, 751 Jamaica Blvd., Satellite Beach, presents the Leslie Book Club with "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3.
Copies of the book are available in the library, which is open to the public.
For more information, email the reference desk at firstname.lastname@example.org.
. Panhellenic monthly meeting: The Melbourne Alumnae Panhellenic monthly meeting will be Wednesday, Oct. 3, at Casa Bella Clubhouse, 6015 Anello Drive, Melbourne.
The speaker will be Brian T. Binggeli, Brevard Public Schools superintendent.
Social networking begins at 7 p.m., followed by the speaker at 7:30 p.m. and the business meeting at 8 p.m.
All National Panhellenic Conference sorority members are invited.
For more information, call (321) 254-0672 or visit www.melbournepanhellenic.org.
THURSDAY, OCT. 4
. Viera Community Center basketball tournament: Brevard County Parks and Recreation is now accepting sponsors for a 3 vs. 3 basketball tournament to be held Saturday, Oct. 6 at the Viera Regional Community Center, Viera.
Sponsors donating $50 will have their business names listed on the back of the tournament T-shirts.
Sponsors donating $100 will have their business names listed on the back of the tournament T-shirts, can display a banner in the gymnasium with your company's name or logo on it and a vendor space, which includes a 5-foot table.
All spaces are indoors at the Viera Regional Community Center, 2300 Fran Jamieson Way, Viera.
Bring the whole family to the 3 vs. 3 basketball tournament starting at 9 a.m.
The registration fee is $30 per team.
Age divisions are 14-17 years, 18-29 years, 30 years and older and 40 years and older division.
There will be refreshments and door prizes for all participants.
All children must be accompanied by an adult.
T-shirts are guaranteed to the winners of the tournament in each age division.
All activities are conducted and supervised by Brevard County Parks and Recreation staff at the Viera Regional Community Center.
For more information, call (321)433-4891.
. Purses With a Purpose luncheon: Serene Harbor's Seventh Annual Purses with a Purpose luncheon is on Friday, Oct. 5, at the Crowne Plaza, Indialantic from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
There are three meal choices and a place to indicate who you would like to sit with. Tables fill up quickly.
Tickets cost $40 and can be purchased at www.sereneharbor.org.
For more information, call Nancy Peltonen at (321) 726-8282 for more information.
. Fall festival coming up: Melbourne Main Street has announced that the 2012 Fall Festival is coming Oct. 5-7.
A tradition now in its 19th year, last year the Melbourne Main Street Fall Festival show featured 153 artists booths taking part in a juried arts and craft show, a patron program, live music, food, wine, beverages, vendors and entertainment for families, young adults, professionals and retirees.
This year's festival will once again feature a juried art show with nationally renowned artists and live concerts.
Performers include Tone Loc, The Supervillains and Unknown Hinson from "Squidbillies."
The festival will also be raising the fun factor this year with the addition of a Silent Disco.
Most commonly known in this region for its annual presence at the Bonnaroo Music Festival, silent discos are quickly becoming a must-have addition at dozens of festivals, clubs, Greek / university events, and private parties.
Rather than using a traditional speaker system, a silent disco features live music that is broadcasted and picked up by specially designed wireless headphones worn by the audience. Those without the headphones hear no music, giving the effect of a room full of people dancing to silence.
Historic Downtown Melbourne features quaint tree-lined streets and an assortment of unique retail shops, art galleries, antique stores and fine restaurants. Downtown Melbourne has become the entertainment destination for Brevard County residents, bringing people from neighboring Indian River and Orange counties.
Don't miss the fun starting at 6 p.m. sharp on Friday, Oct. 5.
For more information, visit www.MelbourneFallFest.org.
. Blessing of the Animals: The Church of Our Savior, 5301 N. Atlantic Ave., Cocoa Beach, Saturday, Oct. 6, at 10 a.m.
Get a special picture taken with a $5 donation. There will be chances to win a gift basket.
Bring the entire family for a special blessing.
All pets must be on a leash or in appropriate carriers and have current vaccinations and tags for the safety of our animals and friends.
All donations will benefit the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Florida Wildlife Hospital & Sanctuary.
For more information, call (321) 698-1419.
. Columbus Day Ball: The Italian-American Club of South Brevard presents a Columbus Day Dinner Dance Ball at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at 1471 Cypress Ave., Melbourne featuring music by Billy Lee.
Dinner includes antipasto, tossed salad, roast pork tenderloin and seasonal veggies, plus assorted desserts, coffee or tea.
The dress is semi-formal. Seating is limited.
Cost is $20 for members and $22 for guests.
Tickets while available through Thursday Oct. 4.
For tickets or more information, call (321) 728-9442 or (321) 242-8044.
. Battle of the Bridges Triathlon: Health First presents the Battle of the Bridges Triathlon at Pineapple Park, 1521 Pineapple Ave., Melbourne, Sunday Oct. 7, from 7:15 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Registration is open for the 2012 Battle of the Bridges Triathlon (formerly, Health First Triathlon).
Proceeds from this event will support the Cancer Care Centers of Brevard Foundation and benefit cancer patients and their families in Brevard and Indian River counties.
For more information, email email@example.com or call (321) 426-5145.
. 2012 Florida TechXpo: The Melbourne Regional Chamber of East Central Florida presents the second annual Florida TechXpo on Tuesday, Oct. 9, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
TechXpo, referred to as "tech-spo," is an exposition of the technology and innovations created by 100 technology and manufacturing companies throughout Florida.
The event is hosted by Florida Institute of Technology - the only independent, technological university in the southeast - and will be held at the Clemente Center on the FIT campus.
This single-day event allows companies with advanced technologies and innovations to display their products and services to other companies looking for resources and suppliers.
To participate in this one-of-a-kind event, visit the 2012 Florida TechXpo website at www.floridatechxpo.com for complete details on all aspects of the event and to register as an exhibitor, sponsor, or attendee.
For more information, visit www.melbourneregionalchamber.com.