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CITY A planned fireworks display over the Indian River Lagoon is to provide the highlight of Melbourne’s Independence Day celebration. The display is scheduled for 9 p.m. on July 4 over the Indian River Lagoon just south of the Melbourne Cswy. at Claude Edge Front Street Park. Free bus transportation will be provided between the park and the Melbourne Auditorium, 625 Hibiscus Blvd. Buses are to depart for the park at 7:10, 7:50, and 8:10 and will return to the auditorium at 7:30, 8:10, 8:50, 9:30, and 10:10. The portion of New Haven Ave. between Front St. and U.S. 1 is to be closed to traffic from  4 p.m. to 11 p.m. and a section of Melbourne Ave. near Front will be restricted to eastbound traffic during the same period. Additionally, the Melbourne Cswy. will be closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic from about 8:15 to 10 p.m. for safety reasons, with the boat ramp at Front St. scheduled to close from 5 p.m. on July 3 until 9 a.m. on July 5. The City will also host an Independence Day parade at 10 a.m. on July 4 in the historic downtown area of Melbourne. The parade will begin on New Haven Ave. near the railroad tracks and will proceed westward to Oak St., then travel northward on Oak to the Liberty Bell Museum. Historic Downtown Melbourne’s monthly family-friendly Friday Fest continues its second decade of providing residents and visitors from throughout Brevard and surrounding counties with a July 10 street party, held from 6-10 p.m. Visitors can stroll the streets and enjoy over 60 art, craft and business vendors, food vendors a beer and wine station, and the popular Kid’s Zone. Most downtown shops remain open for Friday Fest, as do a number of restaurants and nightspots. To find out more, visit www.downtownmelbourne.com and check this issue’s interview with Melbourne Main Street’s Executive Director, Laird Gann. The scheduled performers for this month’s event: the ever popular Dub City Tribe. As always, the Satellite Beach Recreation Department offers loads of events for kids and adults throughout the summer. Youth activities include Marine, Guitar, Art, Cartooning, and Magic and Science Camps, and other teen-oriented events are on hand throughout July and August. Find out more about these and other activities by visiting www.satellitebeach.org/Recreation or pick up a brochure from their location in the David R. Schechter Community Center located at 1089 S. Patrick Dr. in Satellite Beach. They’re open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and can be reached at 773-6458. The Cocoa Beach/Cape Canaveral Community Fireworks Show is set for Saturday, July 4 at 9 p.m. off-shore from Shepard Park in Cocoa Beach. Due to lack of participation, the Cocoa Beach Boating Club has decided to discontinue its annual July 4th boat parade. The Cocoa Beach Parks and Recreation Department, located at 321 Ramp Road, is offering a Summer Fun and Sports Camp which runs through July 24. For more information, call 868-3252 or 868-3274. The Brevard Schools Foundation is conducting a Back To School Supply drive for students in need of attending Brevard Public Schools this month. Supplies are accepted at any time, though it’s best if they’re dropped off before July 24th. Donated supplies can be turned in at the Cocoa Beach Public Library check-out desk (550 N. Brevard Ave.; Cocoa Beach; 868-1103). Distribution of items will begin on August 1. There are a number of requested items — too numerous to mention here — so stop by the Cocoa Beach Library for a list, or contact the Brevard School Foundation (2700 Judge Fran Jameison Way; Viera) at 633-1000, ext. 756, or visit www.bsf.brevardschools.org Also at the Cocoa Beach Library, People in Print welcomes back best selling spy novelist Daniel Silva for a book talk and signing on Saturday, August 8 at 2 p.m. His new Gabriel Allon thriller, “The Defector,” will be on sale for $26.95. All of Daniel Silva’s books have been New York Times and national best sellers. Over the course of a brilliant career, he has established himself as the “gold standard” of thriller writers, a master writer of espionage and intrigue, and the creator of some of the most exciting fiction since Ian Fleming put down his martini and invented James Bond. And don’t miss “The Hunt for Lincoln’s Assassin,” Wednesday, July 22 at 2 p.m. This 50-minute National Geographic documentary investigates John Wilkes Booth’s daring escape attempt in one of the largest manhunts in U.S. history. The Library is located at 550 N. Brevard Ave. in Cocoa Beach. For more information on other events, please call 868-1103, or visit www.cocoabeachpubliclibrary.org BUSINESS Art Gallery of Viera, the town’s first fine art gallery and educational center, recently opened to a burst of local fanfare. Art Gallery of Viera offers a wide variety of fine art including watercolor, pastels, oils, mixed media, pottery, silk painting, mosaics, sculpture and jewelry. Day and evening classes are also offered in the art educational center and include instruction in watercolor, landscapes, perspective drawing, mosaics, glass fusing and more. To find out more information about their upcoming events, go to: www.artgalleryofviera.com, or call 890-1415. They’re located inside the HOME Center, 5410 Murrell Rd.; Ste. 135 on the corner of Viera Blvd. and Murrell Rd. in the heart of Viera. Catch the wave to a new you at New Wave Fitness, located at 7412 N. Atlantic Ave. in Cape Canaveral next to City Hall. New Wave Fitness offers 24/7 access, monthly memberships, on-site personal trainer, strength training, cardio, nutritional guidance, and state-of-the-art equipment. Come join them for their Grand Opening festivities Thursday, July 30 at 4 p.m. Register to win a free 3-month membership. T-shirts and other prizes will be given away. Memberships begin at just over a $1 a day. Daily rates also available for visitors. For more details, call 613-2940 or check out www.newwavefitnessllc.com Check out the recently-opened Little Venice Pizza in Cocoa Beach. Located at 4295 N. Atlantic Ave., next to Ron Jon Surf Shop on the corner of SR 520 and A1A, Little Venice makes delicious pizzas, calzones and other Italian items. Call 613-3901 for take out and delivery information. Welcome One World Surf Shop to Cocoa Beach as well. Located at 72. S. Orlando Ave., One World offer a large selection of surfboards, skimboards and stand-up paddleboards. The Scudders — Bob, Barbara and daughter daughter Kirra will be happy to talk with you about surfing and your surfing needs anytime. For more information, call 458-0143, or visit www.oneworldsurfshop.com EVENTS Mark your calendars: beachside resident and visionary artist Rick Piper is hosting a premiere showing of new art on Monday evening, August 3, from 6 to 10 p.m. at Pizza Gallery and Grill in The Avenue, Viera. He will be premiering 20-plus new original paintings and pieces of art. Called “A Midsummer Night Celebration,” this is the first time Pizza Gallery has hosted a showing of Rick’s art and they’ll be changing gears for the evening by featuring a $10 food sampling bar, a wine tasting/full bar, live music on the patio, and wonderful large gallery walls filled with Piper’s new inspirations. Rick’s art will be featured there throughout the month of August. Join the folks at Eastwood Skate Park in Rockledge on July 15 at 6 p.m. for “Old Skars and Upstarts,” a night of live music and entertainment. Sponsored in part by Grind For Life, the all-ages event will feature appearances by the Anti-Nowhere League, The Duane Peters Gunfight, Cobra Skulls, Ashers, and Jakked Rabbits. Doors open at 6 p.m.; tickets are $16.50 in advance, $20 day of show. For more details, visit www.myspace.com/eastwoodskatepark, or call 633-0888. Eastwood Skate Park is located at 240 Gus Hipp Blvd. in Rockledge. Port Canaveral businesses Fishlips and Rusty’s have joined together to present “Fireworks Before the Fireworks at the Port,” July 3 from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Fireworks begin at 10 p.m., but live entertainment will be provided beforehand and well into the night from the likes of On Hiatus, Vintage, DJ Nick Michael and DManufacture. For more information, call Rusty’s (620 Glen Cheek Dr.; Port Canaveral) at: 783-2033 or Fishlips (610 Glen Cheek Dr.; Port Canaveral) at: 784-4533 Consignment potters and gallery members will transform the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery during the month of July with small, affordable and personal pieces of pottery bowls and cups. During Eau Gallie’s First Friday opening July 3, the Gallery will feature recipes from their cookbook; as free samples. “Cups, Bowls & Recipes” runs from July 1-31. Afterwards continue your stroll down the street to enjoy dinner and other shops, galleries, and museum in the beautiful Eau Gallie section of Melbourne. Fifth Avenue Art Gallery is located in the historic Olde Eau Gallie Riverfront area of Melbourne, across the street from the Brevard Museum of Art. Call 259-8261 for more information, or visit them online at www.fifthavenueartgallery.com For one night only on Saturday, July 25 Vapor Hookah Bar and Social Club and The Gallery Club will transform into Heaven and Hell-inspired venues to present a blockbuster art exhibit opening and costume dance party from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. A dance party will be held upstairs at The Gallery where heavenly costumed staff and décor will set the tone for a Heaven and Hell-themed art exhibit showing by NV Jasmin, Casey DeCotis, Angel Irlanda, Steve Barrientes, Rob Redding, Kelly Quinn, Claudia Pastorius, and other local artists. Art will be available for preview on Thursday, July 23 during operating hours, from 1 p.m. to 1 a.m. at The Gallery and from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Vapor. Art purchased during the party will include a complimentary bottle of champagne to enjoy at the party or at home. The Gallery has a non-smoking environment for protection of art and the comfort of patrons. Vapor will showcase its upscale version of Hell, amped-up with music from around the world, hellish décor and costumed servers. Prizes will be awarded for the most hellishly fabulous guest costumes and a hookah tasting will be held at 8 p.m. for as long as the hookahs last. An outside bar will feature Hell-themed beers from around the world and sake Jell-o shots while the inside bar serves up outlandish signature champagne drinks and wines. Belly dancers and tarot card readers will add to the fun. The “Heaven and Hell” art exhibit and costume party is produced by DJ Edge Howk, with a cast of DJs with over 20 years experience in upfront dance music. From South Beach to NYC and Germany to Ibiza, DJs Edge Howk, Andy Hughes, Luis Diaz, Casey deCotis and Keith Waterman will bring the best dance music from around the world. Vapor Hookah Bar & Social Lounge is located at 701 E. New Haven Ave.; Suite 101; Downtown Melbourne; 216-1220. They’re on the web at: www.vapormelbourne.com. The Gallery Club is located at 701 E. New Haven Ave.; Suite 201; Downtown Melbourne; 409-8713 — www.thegallerymelbourne.com Legacy Sports and Life Skills organized Ocean Safety Day on Saturday, June 13 to the delight of hundreds of spectators and participants. The event was hosted by the Melbourne Beach Volunteer Fire Department at the ocean access of Ocean Avenue in Melbourne Beach, right by Ocean Park. The Brevard County Ocean Rescue Department teamed up with the Melbourne Beach Marine Rescue Department to hold an exciting demonstration and show everyone how the two teams work together to save lives. People saw how multiple victims are rescued by well-trained individuals, all terrain vehicles, boats and even helicopters. After the demonstration, youngsters witnessed the rigors of ocean rescue. One hundred kids experienced lifeguard operations, safe swimming, safe surfing, an introduction to CPR, first aid, and the AED by the Health First Training Center as well as a nutrition and sun protection lesson. Guest speaker CJ Hobgood was there to inspire the kids by sharing his love for the ocean. Long Doggers provided lunch for all of the participants and volunteers, along with rash guards to wear and take home. Legacy Junior Lifeguard Surf Camps are committed to enhancing the lives of our children by creating programs that will teach ocean safety and awareness, develop physical strength and endurance, and inspire our youth to become future leaders with character. They are inviting students between the ages of 7 to 17 to participate in their ongoing programs. Students must be competent swimmers. Their camp is also a great first step for those who are interested in eventually becoming certified lifeguards. To enroll, visit their website at: www.legacysportsandlife.com. Week-long sessions will be held at both the Cocoa Beach Hilton and the Crowne Plaza in Indialantic at a cost of $199 per week per child. A sibling discount is available. There is also an option of a daily rate of $50 to accommodate out-of-town guests and those who can’t commit to an entire week. Participants will learn about the ocean, safe surfing, safe swimming, beach volleyball and life skills. For more information on events and programs, call 610-4881, or log on to www.legacysportsandlife.com. The Kelly Slater Sculpture Project and the Central Florida Animal Reserve are teaming up to host a Casino Night Fundraiser on August 29, 2009 at the Cocoa Beach Country Club. Activities include blackjack, Texas Hold ‘Em, Craps, roulette, video horse racing, a silent auction, and a raffle. Tickets are $50 in advance and $100 at the door. The ticket includes entry, a buffet style meal, and $500 worth of “funny money” that may be traded for raffle tickets at the end of the evening. To order tickets, visit the events page at www.thekellyslaterproject.com. You can also email your request to tdrazich@hotmail.com. If you order your tickets before August 1st, you’ll receive a free raffle ticket at the door. They are also currently seeking businesses that are interested in sponsoring a gaming table ($250). If your business decides to sponsor a table, they’ll display an electronic banner, a placard on the gaming table advertising you as a sponsor, a link to their website, two free tickets to the event, and an announcement by the emcee. If you decide to sponsor two tables ($500), they’ll include an engraving of your business name as a Bronze Sponsor on the final Kelly Slater monument. This bronze statue is to be installed at 4th St. N and A1A in Cocoa Beach. The other organizer of the event, Central Florida Animal Reserve, is dedicated to the preservation of the “great” cats. The facility houses over fifty lions, tigers, and cougars. Half of the proceeds of this event will benefit this worthy non-profit organization as well. Find out more at: www.thekellyslaterproject.com Mary Moon’s popular Surf Art Camp runs through August 7, and you can sign still sign up for sessions. Surf Art Camp is an environmentally, physically, and artistically stimulating adventure. Camp runs from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. daily Monday through Friday. Each week your children will experience a creative array of art projects and daily 2-1/2 hour sessions of surf instruction. Art projects include airbrush, batik, clay, mixed media, mosaic, sculpture, watercolor and printmaking, completing 6 to 7 projects per camp. And if all that weren’t fun enough, there’s a Friday pizza beach party and a kayak adventure tour of the Thousand Islands Wildlife Sanctuary. The cost is $295/week and board rentals are available. The camp takes place at the Beach Place Guest Houses, 1445 S. Atlantic Ave. in Cocoa Beach. For more information, contact Mary Moon at 799-3432, or visit www.marymoonarts.com ANNOUNCEMENTS Congratulations to Resident contributor Capt. Sherrie Stovall of Whitey’s in Sebastian Inlet on the birth of her son. Sherrie, you’re a legend. A friendly reminder that turtle hatching season is upon us. To prevent turtle hatchling disorientation, all indoor and exterior lights that are visible from the beach should be shielded, repositioned, or turned off after 9:00 p.m. during sea turtle season. Because adult nesting females can also be disoriented by improper lighting, lighting ordinances apply through October 31. The Convention & Visitors Bureau of the Cocoa Beach Area Chamber of Commerce is looking for volunteers to assist them with the day-to-day activities of their facility. They need to fill shifts Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 noon and from 12 noon to 4 p.m. If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer for the CVB’s Welcome Center (located at 8501 Astronaut Blvd., Suite 4; Cape Canaveral) contact Shannon Stanley or Yani Garcia at (321) 784-6444 or via email at cvbuser@cocoabeachchamber.com
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