Word on the Street: February ’10
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February 25-28 sees the City of Cocoa’s Space Coast Mardi Gras, with a street parade and party set for Saturday evening, February 27. The festivities, held in historic downtown Cocoa Village and Riverfront Park. Expect food and beverage vendors, live entertainment, and loads of fun. To learn more, call 639-EXPO, ext. 11, or visit www.spacecoastmardigras.com
The City of Cape Canaveral will be conducting their annual sea oats planting project on Saturday, February 13 at 9 a.m. at Cherie Down Park. Volunteers are needed to help plant 7,500 sea oats along the beach to further beautify and stabilize the Atlantic Ocean dune. Planting supplies will be provided by the City, and food and beverages will be available at the Park after completion of the planting activities. Help support this important community project. If you have any questions, please contact the Public Works Department at 868-1240.
Beginning Friday March 5, the Cape Canaveral Recreation Department will be hosting “Friday Fest” on the first Friday of every month. Activities will include a variety of food vendors, an assortment of novelty and craft vendors, children’s activities, including bounce houses, a giant slide and a rock climbing wall, and live entertainment along with beer and wine. The fun will take place on Taylor Avenue between A1A and Pointsettia Avenue from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. To find out more, visit www.cityofcapecanaveral.org
The Cape Canaveral Library will be offering a five-week Beginning Memoir Writing Workshop this month. This workshop is designed to help the novice writer mine their life experiences for the “gold” that makes for an entertaining and enlightening collection of memoirs. The focus of the course is learning to tell your vast life story in small, enjoyable steps. A memoir is a wonderful keepsake for family and friends, and the process of writing an autobiography often sparks self-rediscovery through therapeutic backward reflection. Workshop participants can expect to receive: motivation, guidance, and feedback from the instructor to help conquer self-doubt and apprehension. This is a five-week course that will meet at the Cape Canaveral Library from 10 a.m. to 12 Noon each Thursday on: February 4, 11, 18, 25 and March 4. The cost is $7 per person, per class, which includes all instructional material. Writing experience and expert grammar skills are not necessary. Registration for the workshop is not necessary, but appreciated. Please sign up at the reference desk at the Cape Canaveral Library or call 868-1101.
The City of Cocoa Beach is looking for volunteers who have ideas on how to gather and preserve the City’s history. An organizational meeting is planned for early February (time, date and location to be determined) where volunteers can meet, hear some presentations on what other entities are doing, and express their ideas on how they should go about preserving the City’s history. Interested volunteers can obtain an application to become a member of the “Resident Historian Program” by sending an e-mail to the City Clerk’s Office at email@example.com
, or for more information, please call (321) 868-3235.
Also in Cocoa Beach news, the City’s new “Red Light Camera” system will become operational on Monday, February 1, at the intersection of Fischer Park and A1A (just north of Publix and east of Wendy’s Restaurant). The red light cameras will undergo a 60-day trial period wherein red-light-runners and/or those who fail to completely come to a stop before turning right into the Fischer Park access roadway will receive a “warning notice.” On Friday, April 2, the red-light camera system will “go live” and all violators will be subject to paying a $150 fine.
Trained AARP volunteers will be on hand at the Cocoa Beach Public Library weekdays to offer tax preparation assistance from February 1 until April 15. Hours will be Monday, Thursday, and Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Other Cocoa Beach Library events for February: “People in Print” welcomes back popular Florida mystery writer Tim Dorsey who will speak about the writing process and sign books on Wednesday, February 3 at 2 p.m. His latest novel, “Gator a Go-go,” is the 12th in the “Serge Storms Series,” and will be available for purchase at the event. Dorsey is the author of “Florida Roadkill,” “Orange Crush,” “Atomic Lobster,” and other novels, all set in Florida. “People in Print” will also present author Lee Boyland on Thursday, February 4 at 1 p.m., who will discuss and sign “America Reborn,” the third novel in the “Clash of Civilizations Trilogy,” which includes “The Rings of Allah” and “Behold, An Ashen Horse.” Copies will be available for $20 or the entire trilogy for $50. “Music on a Sunday Afternoon” welcomes back the unlikely duo of former Homicide Detective and author Marshall Frank and retired Medical Examiner Jay Barnhard, who make up the Dick-Doc Duo, on Sunday, February 7 at 2 p.m. Revel in some light entertainment, humor and good music featuring Gypsy, Tango, Broadway Show Tunes, Movie themes, ethnic and classical music played on guitar and piano. Double Header Sunday — Valentine’s Day — February 14: Alex Berenson will autograph his latest thriller, “The Midnight House,” at noon. As a reporter for The New York Times, Alex Berenson has covered topics ranging from the occupation of Iraq to the flooding of New Orleans. A 1994 graduate of Yale University, with degrees in history and economics, he lives in New York City. “The Faithful Spy” won the 2007 Edgar Award for best first novel. Copies will be available for $25.95. Also on February 14, “Music on a Sunday Afternoon” presents pianist extraordinaire Marty Rosenberg at 2 p.m. Marty will present “Musical Valentines from American Composers from the Movies and Broadway Theater.” James Grippando will be the featured author at the annual Friends of the Library Book & Author Luncheon on Saturday, February 27 at 11:30 a.m. at International Palms Resort, formerly Holiday Inn Cocoa Beach Oceanside. Grippando is a best-selling author of 16 novels in as many years, including the critically acclaimed “Jack Swyteck” series. His latest novel, “Money to Burn,” is a thriller ripped from the headlines in which the author explores a world in which the destruction of financial institutions and the people who run them can occur in a matter of hours — perhaps even minutes. Copies of “Money to Burn,” which will be released by Harper Collins on February 23, will be available for $25.99. Tickets are available at the Cocoa Beach Public Library for $20 per person with a choice of chicken marsala or a vegetarian entrée. Call 868-1104 for information. The Library is located at 550 N. Brevard Ave. in Cocoa Beach. For more information on these and other events, call 868-1104 or visit www.cocoabeachpubliclibrary.org
Cocoa Beach’s Freedom 7 Senior Center present its 4th Annual Hot Night in the City, Friday, February 19 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Expect the presentation of the “8 over 80″ Awards, meant to honor eight people over 80 years old who have affected their community in postive ways. Your $15 ticket price will include light, warm food, one drink (soft or hard), live music by Delgado, a silent auction, a 50-50 raffle, and more. Tickets are available now at the Freedom 7 Senior Community Center, BunJava Coffee, Ann Lia Gift Shop, Cocoa Beach Health & Fitness, Simply Delicious Cafe & Bakery, Juice & Java, and the Cocoa Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. The event will be held inside the auditorium at the Cocoa Beach Country Club, 5000 Tom Warriner Blvd. in Cocoa Beach. Call 783-9505 for more details or check out www.freedom7seniors.org
Cocoa Beach’s Surfside Players present an “Anti-Valentine” this month in the form of “Boy Gets Girl.” Set to run February 12-21, the Second Stage production tells the story of Theresa Bedell, a successful reporter in New York who loves her work and the life she has made for herself. A relationship with a man would complete the picture, so she agrees to go on a blind date with a friend of a friend. Tony is attractive and funny, but Theresa isn’t sure, and after a second date she’s convinced they have nothing in common and sees no point in continuing the relationship. Tony, though, thinks otherwise. What at first seems like persistence on his part grows into obsession, and Theresa’s annoyance with Tony turns to terror as he begins to threaten her and those around her. Ultimately, Theresa must fight to save herself from being erased by Tony’s actions — actions which call into question the assumptions at the very heart of romantic pursuit. Performances are for two weekends, February 12-21, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. As part of Surfside’s “Second Stage” series, it is recommended for mature audiences only. All tickets are $10. For reservations, call 783-3127. The Surfside Playhouse is located on the corner of Brevard Avenue and Fifth Street South in Cocoa Beach. Visit their website at www.surfsideplayers.com
Satellite Beach’s David R. Schechter Community Center will be hosting a “Hob Nob Q&A with County Commissioner Mary Bolin” on Thursday, February 25. One of a series of planned seminars for seniors, the talk will take place at 12:30 in the DRS Meeting Room. The DRS Community Center is located at 1089 S. Patrick Drive in Satellite Beach. The Center is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call 773-6458 or visit www.satellitebeach.org
The Eau Gallie Arts District (EGAD) will kick-off the 2010 First Friday Art Walk Season on Friday, February 5 at 5:30 p.m. New to FFAW in 2010 will be artisans in Eau Gallie Square with art for viewing and for sale. In addition, EGAD will host the Space Coast Firefighters’ Challenge Chili Cook-Off. Eight fire stations from around central and south Brevard will be participating along with area “celebrity judges.” In addition, the public will also have an opportunity to sample each station’s chili and cast votes for a “People’s Choice Award.” From 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. all art studios, galleries, shops, boutiques and restaurants in the Eau Gallie Arts District will remain open late for a free gallery-walk featuring: exhibition openings, artisans, demonstrations, refreshments, and live-music. The Chili Cook-off judging will begin at 6 p.m. in Eau Gallie Square on Highland Avenue. The Buck Barefoot Band will provide musical entertainment for the event, and the Brevard Art Museum’s Jazz Friday will feature the Right Brothers Band. Jazz Friday is free for Museum Members and $10 for non-members; other First Friday events are free. Log onto www.eaugallieartsdistrict.com
Eau Gallie’s historic Rossetter House will host a “Ghost Tour” of the dwelling on Friday, February 5 at 5:30 p.m. In October 2008, a team of psychics toured the Rossetter House, the Roesch House, and the Houston Family Cemetery. Join the Rossetter folks for an exciting tour where they will share with you the “impressions” psychics said they received on this historic property. Tour is approximately 60 minuntes; cost is $7.50 per person. Call for reservations — 254-9855. Also at the house at 2 p.m. on Sunday, February 14, you can enjoy a Victorian Valentines’ Day Tea. Make your own Victorian Valentine, wear your finest Victorian Hat, and join them for an afternoon of tea in the garden and croquet on the lawn or an old-fashioned game of bingo. Cost is $15 per person and includes a house tour. Call 254-9855 for reservations. The Historic Rossetter House Museum & Gardens is located at 1320 Highland Ave. in the Eau Gallie district of Melbourne.
Enjoy three local ethnic festivals this month — Italian Festa, India Fest, and the Annual Greek Festival. The Italian Festa takes place February 5-7 at the Wickham Park Pavilion (2500 Parkway Dr.; Melbourne). The event is sponsored by the Florida Federation of Italian American Clubs. For more information, call (772) 237-5100, or visit www.ffiac.com
. India Fest will be held Saturday, February 13 and Sunday, February 14 at the Wickham Park Pavilion (3845 N. Wickham Rd.; Melbourne). Enjoy colorful costumes, music, dancing, vendors, children’s activities and delicious food and drink. Lastly, the popular Greek Festival will take place at St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church (5965 N. Wickham Rd.; Melbourne) 2/26-2/28. To find out more, call 254-1045, or visit www.saint-katherine.org
Cocoa Village welcomes its newest addition to the restaurant scene, The Vault Martini Lounge & Restaurant, located at 114 Harrison St. in the heart of the Village. The Vault offers a wide range of appetizers (like wings, dips, pizzas, and calamari); salads; sandwiches; steak, seafood, and veal entrees, and a nine pasta dishes. They also have a special lunch menu, which features wraps, kabobs, salads, fish and chips, and a gyro platter. Dine in or take out. Call 305-5991 to find out more.
Another addition to Cocoa Village is Soups & Stews by Lea, which offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a cafe-style setting. Located at 313 Delannoy Ave., Lea offers free delivery (within their range) 7 days a week. Expect an impressively refined variety of soups (like Italian wedding and lobster bisque), and stews and chilis, along with a rotating cast of four more soup specials per day. But while soups and stews are their specialty (there are too many in their repertoire to count), they also offer a paella dinner special; an authentic, Mediterranean-inspired tapas menu; 7 kinds of salad (including a prosciutto and caramelized pear salad); house-baked empanadas; 10 types of sandwiches; a breakfast menu; desserts, coffee drinks, and a selection of wine and beer. They also host live music on Friday evenings. Call ahead for pick up or delivery — 504-4004, or check them out online at www.soupsandstewsbylea.com
The Flying Corkscrew’s next tasting is set for Friday, February 12 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Meet Alberto Scarani, master winemaker from the Ca’ Montebello Winery in Cigognola, Italy, who will be pouring a fantastic selection of wines. This is a free event and Ken and Marilyn will be offering special prices on all of Alberto’s wines. On February 26, the Corkscrew will host Dana Lennon of FHI Imports of Merritt Island. She’ll be pouring some spectacular wines from around the globe. Again from 6 to 8:30 p.m., another free event with special pricing on their wines. Don’t forget the Corkscrew’s month-long special on Douglas Hill wines — Cabernet, Merlot, and Chardonnay for $6.99 a bottle. (At this price, no case discount.) The Corkscrew also has a rack of sale wines, accessories, hats, wine and beer shirts, wine glasses, carafes, and cigar accessories at a 25% discount. The Flying Corkscrew is located at 1877 S. Patrick Dr. in Indian Harbour Beach. Call 773-8757, or log on to www.brevardwines.com
East Coast Coffee has just released its entertainment lineup for February. 2/6: Just Blue; 2/13: Shep Gold Saturday; 2/20: Grumpy Al; 2/27: Mark Nathan. East Coast Coffee is located at 258 E. Eeau Gallie Blvd. in Indian Harbour Beach. Check them out online at www.eccoffee.com
, or call 610-4745.
Clear your calendar, book a hotel room, find a pet-sitter, and arrange for a liver transplant, because Coaster’s Pub will be the Belgian Beer Magnet in Florida from Friday, February 26 to Sunday, February 28. This three-day beer event will feature 35 taps of Belgian Beer and lots of specially-priced bottles. Since most of the beers are rare and high-octane, the plan right now is to serve the most of the draught beer in 8 oz. wine glasses rather than full servings to allow you to try more different beers and styles, according to their website. This promises to be the most extensive lineup of Belgian beer taps Florida has ever seen. But don’t expect an outdoor street party; they’re simply taking their pub and restaurant, equipped with 35 taps, a capable kitchen, and room for an acoustic guitarist, and offering area beer geeks a three-day slice of heaven. Come Thirsty. Leave Safely. For more details, call 799-BREW, or visit www.coastersbrewpub.com
where you’ll find updated developments and a growing list of beers to expect. Coaster’s Brew Pub & Restaurant is located at 971A E. Eau Gallie Blvd.
The Convention & Visitors Bureau is getting ready for their 25th Annual Chowder Cook-Off on Friday, February 5 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Pre-sale tickets are $15; regular admission tickets are $20. The event is open to the public and will host approximately 1,200 people. This is a great opportunity to sample food from local restaurants and bars and hotels while supporting your local community. There will be a silent auction, featuring packages from local shops, attractions, restaurants and more. Pre-sale tickets are available at www.visitcocoabeach.com, at the Cocoa Beach Area Chamber of Commerce (400 Fortenberry Road, Merritt Island), the Tourist Information Center (8501 Astronaut Blvd. in Cape Canaveral), the Brevard Zoo (8225 Wickham Rd., Melbourne), Conch Key Grill and Tiki Bar (6533 US Hwy. 1, Rockledge), and Crest Cleaners and Laundry (all nine Brevard Locations). Admission includes sample tastings of all chowders and twists, a cash bar, silent auction, drawings, live entertainment by hayfire and tons of fun. For more info, call 784-6444, or go to www.visitcocoabeach.com
The Cocoa Beach Citizen’s League will have a luncheon meeting on Thursday, February 5 at the Cocoa Beach Country Club (5000 Tom Warriner Blvd.). At this event, the League will announce the person to be honored as Citizen of the Year. There will be other items on the agenda as well. For more information, call 783-7192 or 783-8389.
“Love Haiti,” a benefit concert for victims of the recent disaster, is being planned for Saturday, February 6 from 4 p.m. till? at the Space Station (at the Clarion Hotel, Merritt Island — 260 E. Merritt Island Cswy.). Join “Java” John, host of “On the Flipside” on Tropic Wave Radio (www.tropicwaveradio.net
), and “An Acoustic Record” on WFIT (89.5 FM); Larry Hoppen, lead singer of the multi-million record selling band Orleans; the Ashley Gang; Jeff and Josh Pinkham,; Old Friends in the Way (an acoustic Grateful Dead tribute band), and singer/songwriter Ben Wilson. $15 suggested donation at the door. 100% of all the proceeds from the door and raffle will go directly to aid the Haitian people through the Harris Rosen Foundation.
Titusville Coin Show: February 13, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Searstown Mall, 3550 S. Washington Ave. in Titusville. Dealers present to appraise or purchase coins, scrap gold/silver, paper money, gold, jewelry, and exonumia. Contact Kevin Seymour at 386-427-8927 for more information.
The Florida Artisans invite everyone to their February Art Show on Saturday, 2/20. The free event will be held at the International Palms Resort (former the Holiday Inn Cocoa Beach) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This show will feature some of the Space Coast’s most talented artists and their works, including original paintings, sculpture, pottery, jewelry, wooden bowls, and more. The group will be exhibiting in the Dolphin Ballroom, so come “rain or shine.” The Palms Resort is located at 1300 N. Atlantic Ave. (A1A) in Cocoa Beach. For more information, call Joe with the Florida Artisans at 292-0514. You can also check them out online at www.floridaartisan.com.
The Brevard Achievement Center will be hosting its 5th Annual “Evening of Coffee & Chocolate” fundraiser on Saturday, February 27. Presented by Southern Janitor, the event will be held from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Space Coast Convention Center/Holiday Inn Express at SR 520 and I-95 in Cocoa. Proceeds will provide programs and services for persons with disabilities in Brevard County. For more details, visit www.bacbrevard.com
“Java” John Goldacker is back on February 27 with another great music event at the Space Station (Merritt Island Clarion Hotel) — A Spaced Odyssey, a musical tribute to Jerry Garcia. From 2 p.m. to midnight, the 7th installment of this very popular local tribute to the late Jerry Garcia makes its long awaited return. Born of an idea by co-creators (“Java” John and “Grateful” Dave Grooms) to pay tribute to the Grateful Dead frontman, Jerry Daze began in the fall of 1999 at Java John and Jen’s Kool Beanz Coffeehouse. The very successful event ran three years before Kool Beanz closed. The event was so popular that fans clamored for more. The event continued on in different venues for the next three years with the same excitement and success and is now back after a five-year hiatus. This year the event welcomes many new faces, and a very special treat with Ed Munson and Toni Brown joining the fun. For 20 years Toni was publisher and editor of Relix magazine, an eclectic music journal focused on the Deadhead community and “intelligent music alternatives.” She sold the magazine to focus on her music career, and this year published “RELIX: The Book!” a beautiful chronicle of her time with the famed magazine. Enjoy live music by Dave & The DeadBeats; New Gravity; Old Friends in the Way; Ungrateful Buskers; BluesGotUs; Patti & Frank; Bluesboro Band, and more (bands subject to change). The evening will also feature the ever-popular “Terrapin Station Wagon Liquid-Light Show.” Tickets are $10 at the door. Since almost everyone has been affected by a family member with cancer, proceeds from the event and raffle will go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation For The Cure. For more details, contact Java John at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Brevard Art Museum presents “Navel Gazing: Artists Visions of Florida” through April 11. Sixteen artists were selected for this national juried exhibition, and eight Florida artists and eight artists from outside the state were selected to reconstitute existing ideas or make fresh-squeezed interpretations of Florida. Navel Gazing is sponsored in part through a $25,000 award for the Culture Builds Florida grant by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Also in BAM news, Museum School Classes begin this week. Call 254-7782 for more information. Upcoming workshops: Everything Painting with Jerry Lanham, February 13-14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Lorna Meaden Porcelain and Inspiring Surfaces, February 6-7 from 9 a.m to 4 p.m.; “Make Your Own Dinnerware” Party — in just three classes, you will make a complete place setting. Great fun for a group of friends, Red Hats, family, and more. Held Saturday, February 13: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, February 27: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.; Saturday, March 13: 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Visit the Brevard Art Museum School Studio Gift Shop, located in the Renee Foosaner Education Center at the corner of Highland and St. Clair. All work is handmade by teachers and advanced students, and includes one-of-a-kind sculptures, ceramic pieces of all kinds, paintings, jewelry, and fused glass. For more information call 254-7782. Lastly, the Right Bros. Band, featuring Nick Chirico will perform at the Brevard Art Museum on Friday, February 5 at 5:30 p.m. in the Museum galleries. Jazz fridays are the first Friday of each month. Admission is $10 and Museum members are free. The Brevard Art Museum is located in the heart of the Eau Gallie Arts Disctrict, at 1463 Highland Ave. Call 242-0737 or go to www.brevardartmuseum.org
Mark your calendars: The Cocoa Beach Wine & Food Festival will be held March 13 at Lori Wilson Park in Cocoa Beach. This year, proceeds will benefit Brevard County Project Hunger by stocking local food banks. With every $1 the Festival raises, they’ll purchase $9 of food. This year’s theme is International Flavors. Visitors will sample gourmet delights paired with fine wines from around the world as more than 20 local chefs represent their respective countries by with selections of ethnic foods. In addition, they’ll have a seafood category, showcasing some of the best seafood restaurants in Brevard County. The perfect day will end with a sunset concert featuring Three Dog Night. Tickets are currently on sale at www.ticketweb.com
. To find out more, visit www.cocoabeachwinefoodfestival.com
The American Cancer Society is in the process of recruiting teams and volunteers to participate in and help plan the 2010 Relay For Life of Cocoa Beach and Cape Canaveral –- a unique community event that allows individuals from all walks of life to join in the fight against cancer. The next meeting is on Tuesday, February 9th from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Cape Canaveral Hospital, Conference Room B. Anyone interested in being a part of the upcoming Relay For Life event is invited to attend. Many volunteers and teams are needed to make the 2010 Relay For Life a success. All the money raised goes to their mission of saving lives through research, advocacy, patient services, and education. For more information about Relay For Life, volunteering, forming a team, sponsorship or underwriting opportunities, please call Anne at 433-3109 ext. 109, or go to www.relayforlife.org/cocoabeachfl
to register your team online. Check back with the Resident for more details as they unfold.
Drum Classes in Cocoa Village: The start of a new year is often very challenging and stressful for our bodies, our minds, our wellbeing, and our happiness. Group drumming is a fun and exciting way to offset the effects of stress and can lead to positive biological changes. In this drumming class led by Fred Goodnight, participants will explore basic hand and stick techniques and learn basic rhythms from Africa and Brazil as well as urban application. All ages and levels are welcome. There will be a few percussion instruments to loan, but please bring a drum if you have one. This will be an ongoing class every Tuesday throughout the coming year. The cost is $10 and classes are held at Nature’s Spirit, 405 Florida Avenue in Cocoa Village from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. each Tuesday evening. For directions or information about Nature’s Spirit, contact Doreen at 632-1221. For information about the class, contact Fred Goodnight at (330) 232-1827.