Come to the David R. Schechter Community Center for two great events this month. On March 14th, the Satellite Beach Woman’s Club invites you to a Bunco Party at 10 a.m. $10 gets you a ticket, a box lunch and many prizes. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Club’s “Code Blue” emergency assistance call box project for the newly-renovated Hightower Park in Satellite Beach. The call box will provides direct contact to local emergency response teams. To find out more, or to purchase tickets, call Dee Anderson (773-2743) or Del LaFrance (773-6898). On Wednesday, March 11th, the Community Center will host a St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon at Noon. Enjoy traditional corned beef and cabbage, potatoes, carrots, a roll, dessert, and a beverage for your meal as you watch live entertainment. Center member tickets are $8; guests — $13. Tickets are required as seating is limited, so contact the center now. The David R. Schechter Community Center is located at 1089 S. Patrick Dr. in Satellite Beach. Call 773-6458, or visit www.satellitebeach.org for more information and to purchase tickets.
Running through March 31st, an exhibit of photographs, models and relics called “Red Cypress and Yellow Pine,” will chronicle steam logging, Melbourne’s first big industry, from 1912 to 1932. Presented by Union Cypress Railway historian Ed Vosatka, special attention will be given to artifacts from Melbourne’s first electric system produced by the then-new saw mill in 1914, and a piece of railroad track recovered in 2008 from a St. Johns marsh, where it remained buried for over 75 years. All these and more items will be on display at the Melbourne Public Library, 540 E. Fee Ave. in Melbourne. Call 952-4514 for more details.
In Cocoa Beach Library news, “Winter Wonderland Surf Sessions,” a locally-produced surf video, will be shown from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, March 7th at the Library. The 70-minute video was filmed and edited by Diana Wehrell-Grabowski, Ph.D.. Footage taken from November 2008 through February 2009 includes shortboarders, longboarders, boogie boarders, and SUPs. Local band The Aquanuts will be playing instrumental surf tunes during the show, which is sponsored by the Cocoa Beach Surf Museum. Popcorn and beverages will be available free courtesy of the Sunseed Food Co-op. People in Print presents mystery writer Mario Mozzillo, winner of the 1st Annual BookWise National Author Contest Award, on Wednesday, March 4th at 2 p.m. Music on a Sunday Afternoon presents Florida troubadour Chris Kahl, who will give a musical tribute to Florida on Sunday, March 8th at 2 p.m. Kahl writes and sings his own songs about the history and uniqueness of the state, taking honors in 2007’s Best New Florida Song Contest held during the annual Will McLean Festival. His music chronicles much of Florida’s history, including the space program, hurricanes, Henry Flagler’s East Coast Railroad and Ponce de Leon’s discovery of the state in 1513. Best Bets for Vacationing Close to Home with local author Dianne Marcum, will be presented on Wednesday, March 11th at 1 p.m. The author of “Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach & Florida’s Space Coast” will discuss jewels of Brevard County and ways to save time, gas, money and have lots of fun exploring the 76 miles of our Atlantic Coast. Open Mic Night will be held on Wednesday, March 11th from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Learn about redfish, trout and intracoastal fishing in Brevard County with an expert, Capt. Shawn Foster, on Tuesday, March 17th at 6:30 p.m. Come to the “Women of Local History Seminar” with Ray Osborne, Saturday, March 21st 10:30 a.m. to Noon. The local history lecturer and author will give a multi-media presentation for Women’s History Month focusing on women of local history. Sandy Purdy of Daybreak Rotary Club will show a powerpoint presentation called “Women of Hope,” on Wednesday, March 25th at 2 p.m. This project was founded four years ago in Kabul, Afghanistan, to help mothers and widows start handcraft projects and micro gardens that will enable them to feed their families and save lives. Unique handicraft items, such as silk bedspreads, beaded purses and hats, blouses, children’s clothing and pillow case sets will be available. This program is part of the Women’s History Month initiative. The Library is putting together a collection of CDs from local musicians and musical groups. If you or your group has a CD (containing no profanity, please) you’d like to donate to the library, please drop it off at the reference desk, attention Margot Gould or mail to Cocoa Beach Public Library. Tax assistance from trained AARP volunteers will be available through April 15th, Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the new study rooms. You must be there by Noon to have same-day service. The Library is located at 550 N. Brevard Ave., Cocoa Beach. Call 868-1103 or visit www.cocoabeachpubliclibrary.org
The Surfside Playhouse announces its 9th Annual Brevard Playwriting Contest. The winning play will be produced by Surfside Playhouse on June 12th, 13th and 14th of 2009. Submit scripts to Surfside Playhouse – Playwriting Contest, 200 N. First Street, Cocoa Beach, FL 32931. Deadline for submission is March 29th. For information on rules and submission requirements, call 636-0900 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Welcome Satellite Beach’s new Scrambled Egg Cafe to the neighborhood at 727 Pinetree Dr. in the Lowe’s Plaza. You’ll find all your favorite breakfast dishes, 10 types of filling scramblers, 5 types of eggs benedict, 11 varieties of omelets, pancakes, and nearly everything else under the morning sun. Lunch is served as well; you’ll find fresh deli sandwiches and traditional favorites, homemade soups, burgers, salads and delicious wraps. Stop in, or call 610-8910 for more information.
Longtime Cocoa Beach surfer and nationally-recognized artist Bruce Reynolds will be displaying a range of original artwork at Rusty’s Seafood Restaurant (628 Glen Cheek Dr.) in Port Canaveral March 3rd at 6 p.m. The art show is being held in partnership with The Kelly Slater Project, with a portion of the proceeds being donated to help in the completion of the bronze sculpture of Kelly Slater which was designed and sculpted by artist Natasha Drazich. Please come out and support this worthy cause. Enjoy Happy Hour Drink specials, hors d’oeuvres and surf music played by the Aquanuts. To find out more, contact Rusty’s at 783-2033.
Celebrated beachside artist Rick Piper will be hosting a showing of big new art on Saturday, March 14th from 6 to 11 p.m. at Juice N’ Java Cafe (75 N. Orlando Ave. in downtown Cocoa Beach). He’s been creating an all-new body of work for the show, entitled “…WONDERFUL THINGS.” It’s set to be an extravagant and eclectic show, unlike any you’ve seen before, featuring installation art, inflatables, mixed material, sculpture and paintings, a wine bar, snacks, and music.
That same night, at the same location, there will be also be a food tasting of international cuisine hosted by Juice N’ Java owner Jocelyn Zambrana, billed as “A Culinarian’s Quest.” Sample a selection of recipes, researched and collected throughout her lifetime of travels around the world in search of the most authentic food and delicious culinary experiences. This food tasting ($10), will include 15 international delights at the special sampling bar and one complimentary glass of Jocelyn’s famous sangria. The art show is free and open to the public. For more details, call the Cafe at 784-4044.
Join in the Art for Autism benefit March 20th, 7 p.m. at Juice N’ Java Cafe (75 N. Orlando Ave. in downtown Cocoa Beach). This benefit — a showing of jewelry, paintings, drawing, photography and more — will help provide awareness and support for autism, with proceeds going to PALS (Providing Autism Links and Support for CARD). Wine and dine while viewing local artwork. If you’re an artist who’d like to participate, call Natalie Dunnege 613-2235, or log on to www.myspace.com/artforautism.
On Saturday, March 7th, a team of local students attending the University of Central Florida will be teaming up with the Marine Resource Council to assist in protecting the our shoreline along the Indian River. They will be cataloging the biodiversity of a selected area, and will then remove the invasive and non-native plants to insure that the native mangrove’s habitat can thrive in order to support the local ecosystem. Families are welcome. The event will be equipped with an educational tent to inform the next generation of the importance of the Indian River ecosystem. Come join them for a fun day of protecting our environment. For more information or to sign up, go to http://sites.google.com/site/teamgoodinvestment
Scheduled events at the Barrier Island Center in Melbourne Beach: 3/5: Oyster Mat Making; 3/7: Sunset, Moonrise Paddle and Island Cookout; 3/14 – Spring Fever Guided Hike on Coconut Point Sanctuary Trail; 3/19: Poetry Appreciation and Writing Workshop with Poet and Author Kathleen Thompson; 3/21: Poetry Reading by Kathleen Thompson and Beach Clean-Up; 3/22: Surf Fishing Workshop for Women by Women, and Eco Art Demonstration; 3/25: Vegetable Gardening Made Simple; 3/28: Shawangunk Preserve Pictorial Presentation and Musical Performance. The Barrier Island Center is located 8385 S. Hwy. A1A in Melbourne Beach. For information on events and programs, call 723-3556 or visit www.barrierislandcenter.com
A new exhibit featuring the work of Mark Longenecker and the Noble Brothers will be on display through June 12th during regular business hours at the BCC Planetarium in Cocoa — Custom Painted Surfboards by Artist Mark Longenecker and Aerosol Art by Cynic and Sone. Mark Longenecker, who owns Endless Summer Tattoo in Cocoa Beach has expanded his artistic talents from skin to surfboards. Longenecker spends many hours creating his one-of-a-kind designs on each surfboard that comes his way. Jeff Noble (aka Cynic) and Matt Noble (aka Sone) will show off their impressive eye-raising graffiti skills. To learn more about the program, get information on the artwork or the artists, contact Lynne Brezina at Brevard Cultural Alliance 690-6817. For more information on Longenecker call the Endless Summer Tattoo Shop in Cocoa Beach at (321) 799-9776 or visit his website at www.endlesssummertattoo.com. The BCC Planetarium is located at the BCC Cocoa Campus, 1519 Clearlake Rd. in Cocoa. Call the Planetarium for show and exhibits times at 433-7372.
The 2009 Cocoa Beach Bikes and Bar-A-Thon is set for April 4th, to benefit St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Matt’s Bicycles in Cocoa Beach has stepped up again to sponsor this years commemorative koozies — no more spillage when trying to read your door prize number. Beef-O-Brady’s will provide a special low-priced all-you-can-eat wing buffet set up for the hour of the participant’s arrival. Expect prizes, a raffle, bar tabs, loads of freebies, friends and loads of fun. For more information, visit www.myspace.com/bikesandbarathon, or visit email@example.com
The Annual Joe Realino Memorial Fund’s Party with a Purpose will be held on Sunday, April 19th. Due to be held at Jonathan’s Pub (140 N. Brevard Ave.; Cocoa Beach), the event promises plenty of music, food, drinks, and prize drawings. Someone will win $10,000 in a 50/50 raffle. Tickets are $100 and only 200 will be sold. Tickets are on sale now at Jonathan’s Patrick’s Pub and Siggy’s American Bar. For information contact Jonathan at 783-9368 or Hank Kolsch at 960-2816.
Education budget woes are affecting students, teachers, and communities in Florida — and things are expected to get worse. Volusia County public schools have recently cut three sports and two academic fairs. In Brevard County, a multitude of teachers have reported many of their basic supplies for the school year had been used up weeks before Christmas break. Even before the current crunch began, Florida’s teachers typically spent $400 – $600 of their own money annually to purchase teaching materials and classroom supplies, with first year teachers often spending over $1,000. Many are wondering where the Florida State Lottery comes in. Although the lottery contributes to Bright Futures Scholarships and helps build schools through capital improvement programs, revenues are not directed toward day-to-day or per-student expenses, so lottery funds don’t help when those basic supplies run out. Help for those basic classroom costs is available from a unique program offered by Space Coast Credit Union. The credit union’s Education Donation Program allows SCCU members to donate a portion of the rewards points they earn on their SCCU’s Platinum Visa Card or Visa Debit/Checking Card cards to support education. Donors can dictate exactly where their dollar goes, whether it’s to a teacher, school group, athletic team, or PTO. Complete information about the Education Donation Program and an online registration form is available at the credit union’s web site, SCCU.com. Those interested in joining Space Coast Credit Union or in obtaining a credit or debit card can call the credit union’s main number, 752-2222, Monday through Saturday and speak to an Express Services Associate. Space Coast Credit Union is open for membership to anyone who lives or works in Brevard. For more information, please contact Jenna Bernardo, PR Director, at 779-1010, or Bonnie Klein, SCCU Marketing, at 752-2222 ext. 9203.
The Indian River Chapter of the Florida Trail Association invites the public to attend the chapter meeting at the Melbourne Public Library 540 Fee Avenue at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 5th. Weekly day-hike destinations for this month include: Tosahatchee Wildlife Management area on 3/8; Moccasin Island on 3/14; and St Johns River Kayak Trip on 3/15. For meeting times, locations and hike length, contact Lisa Myers 726-0171.
The Cocoa Beach Area Chamber of Commerce presents its 14th Annual Champions Cup Golf Tournament to be held at Duran Golf Club in Viera Friday, April 17th. Player fees and sponsorship opportunities are staying the same low prices from last year. The funds raised during this event will benefit your business as well as our business community, going directly back into the valuable programs and services the Chamber provides. The CBACC is currently seeking sponsors and players for the event. Make this more than just a day on the golf course…network with fellow business partners, community leaders and golf enthusiasts of all levels. For more information, please contact Michelle Lamb at 321-454-2027 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Come join the Living Bread Christian Church’s newly-formed youth group, which meets at 6 p.m. every Friday night at Living Bread, 1800 S. Orlando Ave. in Cocoa Beach. For more information, please call 783-6610.
“John” is looking for people who are interested in converting a gasoline-powered dune buggy into an electric-friendly vehicle. Mechanical experience helpful, but not necessary. Call John at 613-2361 to express interest.