Word on the Street: January 2011
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Word on the Street: January 2011
1/21: Free Movie in the Park Bring a lawn chair or blanket to a free showing of “Despicable Me” (PG). The film begins at 8 p.m. in Cocoa Village’s Riverfront Park. For more details on these and other events, call 639-3500, or visit www.cocoafl.org
1/7: Friday Fest From 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Recreation Complex on Taylor Ave. between A1A and Poinsetta Ave. The free event will feature food and beverage vendors, bounce houses, and live performances from Vintage and Lonnie & Delinda. For more details, call 868-1226. Next month’s Friday Fest is set for February 4. 1/28-1/29: 9th Annual Cape Canaveral Art Exhibition Presented by the Central Brevard Art Association, this exhibition of local art takes place Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cape Canaveral Library (201 Polk Ave.). For more information, contact the Library at 868-1101.
Cove Marketplace The Canaveral Port Authority is still seeking artists and craftspersons interested in participating in their planned “Cove Marketplace.” This will be an open-air, village-style marketplace located in the Cove across from Rusty’s and Milliken’s Reef restaurants. The goal is to establish a weekly venue at the Port for local artisans and businesses to sell their products to visitors and cruise line passengers. The Port Authority hopes to attract a diverse group of vendors with products that are handmade, original, and Florida-themed. In addition to artisans, local businesses are invited to apply. To avoid a “flea market” atmosphere, they are more interested in businesses that have unique and interesting Florida products and are not simply retail outlets. All vendors must complete an application for consideration and approval. To learn more about rental space and availability, contact Joe Thompson, Cove Marketplace Manager, at 292-9172, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
1/8: Free Movie in the Park Bring a chair or blanket to sit on to enjoy a free 6 p.m. showing of “Marmaduke” (PG) in the grassy area by City Hall Parking lot. For more information, call 868-3252. 1/15: Freedom 7 Senior Center’s Jewelry Swap Meet & Rummage Sale To be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the auditorium of the Cocoa Beach Country Club (5000 Tom Warriner Blvd.), this fundraiser is free and open to the public. (No early birds, please.) Expect loads of unique and bargain items, including collectible plates and toys, clothes, and household items — just about everything under the sun. A snack bar will be operating during the event. Vendor tables are still available; $10 for Freedom 7 members, $20 for non-members. A grassroots non-profit since 1984, the Freedom 7 Senior Community Center continues to provide wellness, social, recreational, and educational activities for local seniors. For more information, call the Center at 783-9505, or visit www.freedom7seniors.org
Cocoa Beach Citizen’s Academy The Cocoa Beach Police Department is now excepting applications for the Citizens’ Academy, a 13-week interactive program the focuses on educating citizens about the City’s governmental processes. Any Cocoa Beach resident 18 years of age or older can apply for the program. Applications are considered on a first-come, first-served basis. All applicants must consent to a criminal background check and possess a current driver’s license and a clean driving record. There is no cost to participate. To graduate, attendees must attend 75% of the Academy sessions that meet weekly from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 pm., including two sessions that meet on Saturday during the 13-week period. If you are interested in attending the 2011 Citizens’ Academy, please contact Sgt. Rebecca Ireland at 868-32803 for more information.
Historic 2011 Cocoa Beach Calendars are now on sale in the City Clerk’s office. Volunteer resident historians have helped create the two-sided, 14-page limited edition calendar using old photographs and information about the City. It is printed on parchment -like paper and is spring-bound. Check out old recipes, surfing and historical Space Program facts, and much more. Each sells for $12. For more information, contact the Clerk’s office at 868-3286.
Cocoa Beach Public Library Events
1/5: “Role of Fire in Florida Ecology” with Marine Biologist Tim Kozusko at 6:30 p.m. Tim’s enthusiastic presentation, great visuals, and dry sense of humor always draw a crowd. 1/8, 1/15, 1/22, and 1/29: “Food for Life: Nutrition and Cooking Classes with Suzie Fricker,” on these Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $40 for the four-week session, which is sponsored by The Cancer Project and Healthy Planet of Brevard. These classes will focus on key nutrition topics, live cooking demonstrations, and plentiful samples of delicious meal ideas. 1/9: Sunnyland Steve Music on a Sunday Afternoon kicks off the new year with acoustic blues courtesy of the local musician/comedian at 2 p.m. 1/18: “Drawn to the Light: The History of Cape Canaveral and its People,” a history lesson within a book talk presented by author Sonny Witt at 6 p.m. Witt’s book chronicles the settlement of Cape Canaveral and tells the story of the Ais and the courageous people who came after. Copies will be available for $25. 1/19: “Frankly Speaking with Marshall Frank” at 6:30 p.m. Frank, a former homicide detective and a virtuoso violinist, will discuss “Violins to Violence,” his tale about growing up with the mob on track to Carnegie Hall and ending with a badge and a gun in Miami. Includes many stories about South Florida gangland, cops, and symphonies. 1/28: Book signing and discussion with local writer Vern Hobbs Hobbs, a longtime Resident contributor, will talk about his latest novel, “Flying Fish,” from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. 2/5: Annual Book and Author Luncheon with Steve Berry Sponsored by the Friends of the Cocoa Beach Library, this event will be held at 11:30 a.m. at the International Palms Resort (formerly Holiday Inn, Cocoa Beach). New York Times bestselling author Steve Berry will discuss his latest book, “The Emperor’s Tomb.” Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the Cocoa Beach Library. Call 868-1104 for further information. Please note that the Library will be closed January 17 for the observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The Library is located at 550 N. Brevard Ave. For more information on these and other activities, call 868-1104.
Surfside Playhouse The Players announce their January production of “Cats,” the immortal musical by Andrew Lloyd-Webber based on the universally popular poetry of T.S. Eliot. Performances are from January 14-30 (three weekends), Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays 2:00 pm. An opening night reception with hors d’oeuvres is scheduled for January 14 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and active military, and $15 for students. Call 783-3127 for reservations. In addition to these prices, a family of four (two adults, two children) may attend for $60. Special rates of $15 per adult or senior and $12 per student, are available to reservations of 20 or more (reserved through a single point of contact), as well as to participants in the Players’ “Dinner and a Show” partnership with Brano’s Italian Grill on A1A and St. Lucie: Buy one of a selected set of dinners at Brano’s and then come to Surfside for the reduced ticket price. For more information call 783-3127, or visit www.surfsideplayers.com
. Additionally, January 8 sees the Surfside Youth Players hosting an informational meeting for potential students and their parents at Noon in the Playhouse. This will be your chance to meet their new Youth Players director, Ms. Maggie Hessinger, who comes to the group with over 11 years of experience in children’s theatre. Spring 2011 Classes will be divided into grades 3-5 on Tuesdays and grades 6-8 on Thursdays, each meeting once a week for 14 weeks from 3:30 p.m. until 5:15 p.m. Please note that class times may be adjusted if necessary to accommodate the needs of parents and students. Registrations are first-come, first-serve, so sign up soon. Tuition is $220 per student and includes a class T-shirt. For more information and to register, contact Robin Pena at 626-1343.
1/15: Space Coast Crew Garage Sale from 7 a.m. to Noon in the DRS parking lot. Wares will include furniture, sporting goods, electronic, and more. 1/16: Rhythm In Motion The Rhythm In Motion competition team will appear in the DRS Center Gym at 2 p.m. Enjoy performances of ballet, jazz, modern, lyrical, pointe and tap. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased from any competition team member, the Recreation Dept., or at the door. A small reception will follow with desserts available to purchase for a nominal fee. Monies from this fundraiser will help defray competition fees for the dancers. The David R. Schechter Community Center is located at 1089 S. Patrick Dr. in Satellite Beach. Call 773-6458, or visit their website at: www.satellitebeachrecreation.org
for information on other events, activities, and classes.
1/15-1/16: 21st Annual Art Festival This two-day art event will take place Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Nance Park. To learn more, call (954) 472-3755, or visit www.artfestival.com
1/5-1/6: Melbourne Community Orchestra Concert The 7:30 p.m. performances will take place in the Melbourne Auditorium (625 Hibiscus Blvd.). For more details, call 952-9949.1/14-1/16: Sea Shell Festival in the Melbourne Auditorium from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To learn more, call 724-2449. 1/14: Friday Fest Street Party held in historic downtown Melbourne. Activities include live entertainment for the whole family, food, craft and business vendors, new and classic cars on display, and activities for children, including a rock climbing wall. Admission and parking are free, though some activities require a fee. The event runs from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Call 724-1714, or visit www.downtownmelbourne.com
for more information. 1/17: Martin Luther King, Jr. Peach March and Parade Sponsored by the MLK Coalition, the march begins at 9 a.m., starting at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Library (955 E. University Blvd.) to the Melbourne Auditorium. For more information, call 544-2798. 1/26-1/27: Swingtime Jazz Band This free concert starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Melbourne Auditorium. Call 724-0555 to learn more.
1/7: First Friday Art Walk All studios, galleries, museums, shops and restaurants in the Eau Gallie Arts District will remain open late for free gallery-walk featuring exhibition openings, demonstrations, refreshments and live music. Additionally, the Brevard Art Museum will remain open free to the public for Fringe Friday and the Brevard Symphony Orchestra’s Vivace Society will be on the lawn at the Symphony House to meet and greet patrons. While the band Encore performs in the Eau Gallie Square band shell, local artists will set up and sell their art in the Square from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. This January’s event is dedicated to the memory of artist Robin Rothrock, owner of Highway Grrls Gallery and Vice President of the Eau Gallie Arts District Association. Over the past several years, Robin worked diligently to promote the Walk and EGAD. Robin will be greatly missed, but her contributions to EGAD will live on. So, in the spirit of Robin, all are invited to “Come Out and Party with Art!” Visit www.eaugalliearts.com
to find out more.
Online and print Melbourne street maps An online street map that provides locations of businesses in the City of Melbourne is currently available at the municipal website, and is to be followed by a printed street map available to the community at no cost. The online map indicates business locations by displaying a “bubble” graphic that includes the business name, address, and telephone number. Users can scroll through business names or business categories. The map can be accessed on the web at: www.melbourneflorida.org/news/dolphmap.htm
1/12: Encouragement Seminar “Good job” and “Thank you” aren’t necessarily helpful to children. In fact, when we use these words, children can feel judged instead of noticed, says certified Conscious Discipline instructor Belinda Lorch. On Wednesday, January 12 from 6:30 to 9 p.m., Lorch will talk about the benefits of implementing Conscious Discipline precepts in the Podnos Education Building, located at the Brevard Jewish Community School behind Beth Sholom Temple (5995 N. Wickham Rd.) in Melbourne. Parents, grandparents, teachers, parent educators, administrators, counselors, pediatricians, and all members of the general public are invited to attend. The cost is $10 per person, $15 per couple. Seating is limited. For more information, email: email@example.com
, or visit www.brainbridgeconnections.com
1/21; 1/30: 5th Annual Road to Memphis Fundraisers Join the Space Coast Blues Society for two fundraising events to send the Space Coast Playboys to the 27th International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN. The first takes place Friday, January 21 from 6 p.m. till closing at Coconuts on the Beach (2 Minutemen Cswy.; Cocoa Beach) with great live music, a 50/50 raffle, $2 beer tubs, shot specials and lots more. Sunday, January 30 sees the Blues and BBQ event from 3 p.m. till closing at the Beach Shack (1 Minutemen Cswy.; Cocoa Beach). Performing at these events will be Austin Pettit; Josh Miller; Kenny Clarke; the Usual Suspects; the Queen Bees; Hot Flash; The Coolers; Dave Kury; Absolute Blue; Danny Morris; Art Harris; Papa Chuck; Debbie Boyer; Bone Dogs; Sonny Alfano, and Anthony Wild and the Suspects.
1/22: 6th Annual Dub Massive Florida’s top reggae DJs and MCs will unite to spin classic roots reggae, dancehall, lover’s rock, and dub to benefit the National Suicide Hotline. The popular event takes place at the Cocoa Beach Sand Bar (where 520 meets A1A, 4301 Ocean Beach Blvd. in Cocoa Beach). For more details, call the Sandbar at 799-2557 and check out page 44 of this issue’s “Local Amp” section.
1/29: The 4th Annual “Country Legends” Tribute The “Country Legends” tribute, a live performance featuring the music of Patsy Cline, Willie Nelson, Hank Williams, Sr., Johnny Cash, Tanya Tucker, and many more, is set to grace the stage of the Scott Center for Perfoming Arts on the campus of Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy, located off Pineda Cswy. between US1 and Wickham Rd. The show begins at 7 p.m. preceded by a social hour at 6 p.m. All seats are $20 general admission. Doors open at 6 p.m. for advance ticket holders; other tickets will go on sale at 6:30 p.m. at the door. To purchase tickets, contact Lenny Paoletti at 723-8323 or the Academy at 308-9077.
1/30: Discalibur Disc Golf Club Ice Bowl The club invites you to play disc golf while helping to benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank at the Ice Bowl, celebrating 25 years of raising funds to support local food charities. The 2011 Ice Bowl for Brevard County will be held at F. Burton Smith Park on Hwy. 520 in Cocoa. Sign up by 9 a.m. Entry fee will be $20. Included are two rounds of doubles play and a hot lunch. Additional donations of cash, canned goods, and other items that can be used as prizes are encouraged. Visit www.discalibur.org
to find out more.
Barrier Island Center Events 1/15: Beach Clean-Up. Give the beach a fresh beginning for the new year. Volunteers will meet at the BIC at 9 a.m. 1/15: Coconut Point Sanctuary Guided Hike at 1 p.m. Join Land Manager Ray Mojica on a 1-mile hike to learn how coastal habitats are restored using prescried fire. Meet at Juan Ponce de Leon Landing, 4005 Hwy. A1A in Melbourne Beach. 1/22: Breakfast with the Birds Paddle from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Paddle around Pelican Island to view this thriving rookery, where typically several thousand birds roost nightly during the migratory season from November to March. Meet at the Spratt Creek launch south of the Pelican Island viewing area on Jungle Trail. Enrollment is limited to 20 people/10 kayaks. Call 723-3556 to make reservations by January 20. 1/22: Star Gazing in the Sanctuary from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Given clear skies, the Melbourne Astronomical Society will offer an amazing adventure through the treasures of the universe with their powerful telescopes on the BIC observation deck. 1/26-31: Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival The 2011 Festival features a number of exciting educational events for birding enthusiasts. Activities include shows by the Raptor Project; unique birding and wildlife field trips; paddling adventures; pelagic birding boat excursions; photography workshops; special guest presentations; and art show, and many nature exhibits. Visit www.barrierislandcenter.com
, or call 723-3556 to learn more about these and other events. The Barrier Island Center is located at 8385 S. Hwy. A1A in Melbourne Beach.
History on Wednesdays with Ray Osborne This month during the History on Wednesdays at the Resort on Cocoa Beach, local author and historian Ray Osborne will deilver a multi-media presentation that covers native cultures and geocaching (a kind of GPS-assisted treasure hunt) with the theme of regional history. Seating is limited, so RSVP to: firstname.lastname@example.org
. These presentations are held every Wednesday at 8 p.m. in the Resort’s movie theater. The Resort is located at 1600 N. Atlantic Ave. in Cocoa Beach. Read Osborne’s blog at: www.rayosborne.com
Cocoa Beach Brewing Company The Beach’s only independent microbrewer and pub recently began distributing some of their delicious, sudsy creations. Both Cocoa Beach Pale Ale and Not Just Some Oatmeal Stout are now available at Sunseed Co-Op (6615 N. Atlantic Ave., Cape Canaveral), the Flying Corkscrew (1877 S. Patrick Dr., Indian Harbour Beach), Downtown Produce (7856 Ellis Rd. in Melbourne), and Petty’s Meat Market (both the Babcock and Wickham locations) to name just a few. The Cocoa Beach Brewing Company is located at 150. N. Atlantic Ave., and is open Tuesday through Thursday from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. Call 613-2941 for more details.
Art and Soul Studio Chelly Harkness and Karen McDonald have recently opened this art studio/gallery/boutique in Cocoa Village where they’ll be hosting art and writing classes, craft project parties, girls’ nights out, and “cocktails and canvas” arts and crafts socials, along with gallery showings for artists and showings for student art works. Art And Soul Studio (located on Brevard Ave., just upstairs from Café Margaux) will be presenting these events this month — 1/13: “Girls’ Night Out” Painting Wine Glasses. Enjoy wine with a group of girls while creating your own set of wine glasses from 6 to 8 p.m. All skill levels welcome. $30 fee; all-inclusive. 1/15: Wire Wrapped Jewelry Making. Students take home finished projects with precious metal/copper and beads. Beginning to intermediate level welcome. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fee is $35, plus $15 for supplies. 1/18: Paint a Sunflower in Acry: “No Fear” Acrylic Painting Class. Beginning artists will get comfortable with paint and advanced painters will break free and experiment from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. $50 plus materials. 1/20: Silk scarf painting from 1 to 4 p.m. 1/20: Tell Your Life Story. A fun, “non-traditional” form of writing from 6 to 8 p.m. $20 includes all handouts. Bring photos. 1/25: Make a beaded lariat necklace from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. $25 plus materials, according to beads selected. 1/27: Paint Your Pet’s Portrait from 6 to 8 p.m. Bring a picture of your pet to paint. A portion of the proceeds go to Brevard Humane Society. Cost is $40, which includes all supplies. Artists of all levels are invited to join studio owners/artists for guidance and feedback. Bring an art project or try a ready-to-create “drop-in” project at the studio. Mondays and Fridays, $10. For more information, call 243-5498 or 432-5414.
SHINE Volunteers Needed The Florida Department of Elderly Affairs is recruiting volunteers for its award-winning SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) Program. SHINE is a Medicare and health insurance information, counseling and assistance program that is part of the Department’s positive aging campaign. SHINE reflects the Department’s commitment to put elders first by empowering them to make informed decisions on health care issues. Currently, there are approximately 450 dedicated SHINE volunteers statewide who provide services to Medicare customers, their families and caregivers. SHINE volunteers perform a variety of functions, including: providing information, counseling and assistance; making educational presentations to community groups; distributing materials at health fairs, senior fairs and outreach events; and assisting with general program support. Since the program’s inception in 1993, SHINE volunteers have assisted more than 300,000 elders and their caregivers. In addition to saving elders millions of dollars, they have brought peace of mind to people who have been caught up in the Medicare maze. For additional information about SHINE volunteer opportunities, call 752-8080.
Congratulations to Vanessa Bormann and John Calkins on their engagement. After meeting due to a shared interest in The Black Keys and spending over a year as platonic friends, Resident music reviewer Vanessa and John met while watching G. Love and Josh Miller on the beach with friends as part of the Slater Brother’s Invitational in 2009. The two moved in together in May of 2010, adopted two amazing pets, have been to countless concerts together, and love little more than traveling, camping, cooking dinner at home, and listening to records played on their old-school turntable. Vanessa and John plan to get married sometime between January and March of 2012, where music, of course, will be a central focus.