9/2-9/30: “Endless Summer: the Warmth of Nostalgia” an exhibition of photography, film, and mixed media at Brick & Mortar (634 Brevard Ave. in downtown Cocoa Village). Featured artists include Stephen Wilson, Dustin Miller, Ty Williams, Rich Sullivan, and surfboard shapers Ricky Carroll and Larry Mayo. The exhibition runs through September 30. The opening is set for Friday, 9/2, at 8 p.m. Enjoy live music and a meet-and-greet with the artists. (Beverages available upon donation.) Saturday, 9/3 sees a discussion with artists Stephen Wilson and Rich Sullivan at 8:30 p.m., and Friday, 9/9, hosts an 8:30 p.m. showing of “Dude Shaka: Unused and Alternate Edits from ‘Thrills, Spills and What Not,’” a film by surf videographer Dustin Miller featuring pro surfer Dane Reynolds. Admission is $3 with complimentary popcorn. Two other events scheduled at the Gallery this month: a screening of “Jaws” on Friday 9/16 and Brick & Mortar’s “Birthday Shindig” on Friday, 9/23 at 5:30 p.m. Come celebrate their one-year anniversary with live music, great food, and good people. Visit them online at: www.brickandmortarbuilt.com
9/16: Free Movie in the Park “Monsters vs. Aliens” (PG; 94 minutes) will be shown in Riverfront Park on the big screen at 8 p.m. This showing is sponsored by the Cocoa Redevelopment Agency. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on. Admission is free. To learn more, call 639-3500 or visit: http://www.cocoafl.org/
9/17: Classic Car Show and Mile-Long Sidewalk Sale from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in downtown Cocoa Village. Admission is free. Call 639-0175 for more details.
9/23 Garden Party and Music in the Park Family-friendly activities and live music on the main stage at Riverfront Park. The free event, organized by the Cancer Care Center of Brevard Foundation, runs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, call 636-2111.
10/8-10/9: Cocoa Village Oktoberfest A German-style street party with traditional food and beverages, street vendors, and live entertainment provided by five bands on three different stages. The event begins on 10/8 at 5 p.m. Street party tickets are $10 each. Find out more at: http://www.cocoavillageoktoberfest.com/
9/2: Friday Fest featuring food, beverage, and arts vendors, spray paint street art demonstrations by Crazy Cuzz, bounce houses, and live entertainment from ViliFi and Lonnie & Delinda. From 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. To learn more, call 868-1226. (The next Friday Fest is scheduled for October 7.)
9/10: Animal Love Wildlife Show sponsored by Animal Love, Inc., an organization dedicated to educating adults and kids about our furry friends. The free event begins at 7 p.m. in the Cape Canaveral Recreation Complex (7300 N. Atlantic Ave.). To find out more, call 868-1226.
9/16: Sea Feast 2011 presented by the Propeller Club of Port Canaveral. This island party fundraiser takes place at the Port Canaveral Coast Guard Station from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and will feature all-you-can-eat shrimp dinners (with beer, wine, and soft drinks), door prizes, Coast Guard Station tours, and a live performance from the Island Boys band. Tickets are $40 per person, and are available through http://www.propellerclubcanaveral.com/
9/16: Free Movie in the Park “The Karate Kid” (PG), starring Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan, will be shown at 8 p.m. in Manatee Park on Thurm Blvd. The movie is free, but the sale of refreshments will benefit the Canaveral Police Athletic League. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair. (In case of rain, the showing will be moved to September 23.) For more information, call the Recreation Department at 868-1226.
9/24: Space Coast Music Festival from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Manatee Sanctuary Park (701 Thurm Blvd.). Hosted by the City of Cape Canaveral, the family-friendly event features live stage performances by Danny Morris, Mo Geetz, Overload, the Bone Dogs, the Gilroys, the MCs, the Queen Bees, and Zen Again. Scheduled to play on the boardwalk are the Tourists, Vince Baldino, Dave Grooms, Chris McCune, Jon Parrot, and Tina Eno. The Festival is free, but donations will help purchase instruments for Cape View Elementary’s music program. A VIP party is set for Friday, September 23 at the Java Room (6600 N. Atlantic Ave.) and an after-bash jam with the Kenny Michaels Band will take place at the Port’s Baja Tavern from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. To learn more, visit http://www.spacecoastmusicfestival.com/
Cape Canaveral Public Library
Several film showings are scheduled at the Library for September. 9/1: “The Galleons” (2-3 p.m.) explores the involvement of Sir Francis Drake in the development of ships during the Renaissance; 9/8: “Firestorm” (2-3 p.m.) is a documentary about the unprecedented Florida wildfires of 1998; 9/15: “Great Escapes of WWII: Escape from Arizona” (2-3p.m.) tells of how German prisoners escaped from a U.S. POW camp; 9/22: “The Loretta Claiborne Story” (2-3:30 p.m.), starring Camryn Manheim and Kimberly Elise, is the true story of a dedicated social worker; 9/29: “Argentina” and “Peru: Land of the Incas” (2-3 p.m.) two travel films about lands shaped by two cultures — the Incas and the Spanish. Watercolor classes are held 9/12, 9/19, 9/26 from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. All are welcome. $7.50 for each session. Registration is necessary; please call Reference at 868-1101. Storytimes for children take place each Wednesday; toddlers at 9:15 a.m., babies at 9:55 a.m., and 3- to 5-year-olds from 10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. 9/9, 9/16, 9/23, 9/30: “Four Friday afternoons of Fairy Tales and Fables” with afterschool stories for Kindergartners to 2nd graders. Bring yourself and a friend to hear a fanciful story, play pretend, and do a quick craft. Snacks and non-spill cups allowed in Meeting Room only. These programs are free and are held from 3 to 3:45 p.m. 9/15, 9/22, 9/29: Make a Hula Hoop-Woven Rug. For ages 11 to 17 (hula hoops supplied). If you have old t-shirts to tear up, wash and bring them for weaving material. This free activity takes place over three Thursdays in order to allow a little work to be done each week. From 4:15- 4:55 p.m. 9/22: Ice Cream Cone Day. Stop by the library and help build the Tower of Pisa with ice cream cones and enjoy a scoop of ice cream and a cone to go. For ages 10 (with caregiver) to 16. This activity is free and takes place from 4:15 to 4:55pm. Are kids interested in crochet, knitting, or chess? If so, let Ms. Cara know. The Cape Canaveral Library is located at 201 Polk Ave. Call 868-1103.
Port Canaveral Welcome Center In a unanimous vote during its August board meeting, the Canaveral Port Authority approved construction of a new Welcome Center and development of an entertainment district on the south side of Port Canaveral. The $16.6 million Canaveral Cove project is scheduled for completion in June 2013. GWWO, Inc. of Baltimore, Maryland, will design the 15,000-sq. ft. Welcome Center., which will include exhibit areas, movie theater/auditorium, and offices. Bids for work related to the project, including road modifications, utilities, and landscaping will be awarded between March and July 2012.
Rusty’s Seafood & Oyster Bar recently unveiled their new outdoor deck and tiki bar, a huge space that features waterside dining and a gazebo-like stage for their live music shows. As always, happy hour is celebrated daily, and the well-attended lunch buffet goes down Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Rusty’s also offers early bird and children’s menus, and of course, some of the freshest seafood and oysters around. Rusty’s is located at 628 Glen Cheek Dr. in Port Canaveral. Call 783-2033 or visit them online at: rustysseafood.com
10/1: 1st Annual Remembering Jennifer Concert Come celebrate a beautiful life and help raise funds for Relay For Life and Lee Tritt from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Space Station in the Clarion Hotel (260 E. Merritt Island Cswy.). Named after “Java” Jen Goldacker, who passed away from cancer on October 1, 2010 (the first day of Breast Cancer Awareness month), this event will feature performances by artists from around the state, including Caroline Aiken, Double D, the Higher Sound Experience, Janet Reedy, Al Scortini, and many others. A donation of $10 is suggested to benefit the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life, and a raffle will be held in aid of the Lee Tritt Brain Cancer Fund.
Special November Election on Mixed Use Here is the official ballot language Cocoa Beach residents will be voting on during the November 8 special election: “Shall the City of Cocoa Beach adopt mixed use for downtown/Community Redevelopment Agency? The downtown/CRA vision plan developed over the last three years includes mixed use as a method to revive our local economic conditions and improve the downtown environment. Do you approve of allowing an additional mix of retail and residential uses downtown as long as it does not exceed city-wide density caps as set in the City Charter?” (Answers are “Yes,” to approve; “No,” to reject.)
9/1-9/5: 26th Annual NKF Pro-Am Surfing Festival at the Cocoa Beach Pier. After having kicked off a week prior with a successful skateboarding fundraiser at the Cocoa Beach Skate Park, the NKF Surf Contest begins in earnest on Thursday, September 1 with a Medical and Professional Dinner and volunteer meeting at the Atlantic Grill on the Pier. On Friday, 8/2, a registration party will take place, with a meet-and-greet featuring members of the Surfing Hall of Fame and a custom surfboard giveaway. Saturday, 8/3 sees the start of the contest at 8 a.m. followed by loads of activities, giveaways, and demonstrations. Sunday, 8/4 sees live music performances, more family-friendly activities, and Taste of Brevard and Silent Auction at the Doubletree Resort. Contest and events conclude on Monday, September 5. To find out more about registration and to view a detailed schedule of events and competition categories, go to: http://www.nkfsurf.com/, or call 1-800-927-9659.
9/16-17: The 19th Annual Doctors, Lawyers, Weekend Warriors Surf Festival DLWW XIX is set to take place Friday and Saturday, September 16 and 17 with the primary target at Sebastian Inlet State Park, but with a “wave search” safeguard opportunity to pursue waves wherever they unfold in the area. (You’ll be able to keep abreast of developments the week prior by logging onto their website.) This is an opportunity for all surfers (over 30) to help raise money for charity and surf First Peak on a Saturday morning with close friends. The entry fee is $125 and the divisions are separated into six different categories: Doctors, Lawyers, Weekend Warriors, Wahines, Fossils, and, for the first time, Stand-up Paddle. Entry forms are available at www.doctorslawyersweekendwarriors.com. For more information, contact founder Jack Kirschenbaum at (321) 727-8100 or email him at: firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also contact Heather Carver at email@example.com
9/17: Space Coast Green Living Festival The Cocoa Beach Chapter of Surfrider Foundation and the Sierra Club are presenting the first ever Space Coast Green Living Festival on September 17 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Hosted at the Courtyard by Marriott Cocoa Beach (a “green” certified hotel), the Festival will feature vendors, speakers, food, films, and kids activities to showcase environmentally friendly practices residents can incorporate into their daily lives. You’ll discover how local corporations are incorporating green practices, find products and services that are healthier for you and the environment, as well as learn simple ways you can be more eco-friendly. There will also be special presentations by the Surfrider Foundation Emerald Coast Chapter — an area of Florida that was hit hard by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Hear their stories on how the oil continues to impact their beaches. Visit www.spacecoastgreenlivingfest.org for more details.
9/24: Skate To Educate event at the Cocoa Beach Skatepark. Proceeds for the contest will benefit Space Coast Junior Achievement’s business education programs in Brevard’s K-12 schools. $15 is the cost to enter the contest, which begins at 11 a.m. Look forward to raffles, prizes, and giveaways. To find out more, visit www.jaspacecoast.org or call 474-6594.
9/25: The Space Coast Blues Society’s 6th Annual “Road to Memphis” Regional Competition and Bar-B-Que All local blues bands and solo/duo musicians are invited to compete at the Beach Shack for a spot representing the Space Coast at the 28th International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN, January 31-February 4, 2012. The contest will be held at the Beach Shack (1 Minutemen Cswy.) Sunday, September 25, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. To participate, email the Society at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Ed at (321) 452-7137 between the hours of noon and 3 p.m. before 9/20. Time slots will be allotted on a first-come, first-served basis. Donations at the door, a 50/50 raffle, delicious barbecue, and much more. Check http://www.spacecoastblues.org/ for updates.
9/30: Fantasea Fest Fashion Show Golden Goddess presents this launch party for Salty Sweet Clothing’s new Fantasea collection. The show, which will feature 25 models who will be transformed into mermaids for the event, takes place at the Sand Bar in Cocoa Beach at 9 p.m. The night also promises a laser light show, a live performance from Brittany, a Florida Key Lime Pie Eating Challenge, DJ Nick Michael, raffles, and prizes. For more information, visit www.wix.com/fantaseafest/party or call the Sand Bar at 799-2577.
Cocoa Beach Public Library
9/7: Belly Dance Demonstration with Algaia at 2 p.m. Refreshments will be served. (Belly dancing classes will start at the library on Fridays, beginning October 7 at 1 p.m. and are open to beginners and experienced dancers alike.) 9/21, 9/28, and 10/5: Quilting with Cindy Heinig, Wednesdays from 1 to 4 p.m. Make a spicy, spiral table runner just in time for the holidays. Supplies to bring: 8 fat quarters, ranging from light to dark in two color waves, 3/4 yard cotton for backing and 3/4 yard of batting, rotary cutter, mat and ruler, sewing machine in good working order, thread, basic sewing supplies, and a 9-degree wedge ruler. Cost $15. Register at the sign up table. 9/21: “When It Rains, It Drains” at 6 p.m. Elizabeth Melvin from Brevard County Natural Resources Management Office will offer all you need to know about stormwater and water quality. Learn how you can become a steward of the Indian River Lagoon. 9/24: “Five Summer Stories — A Classic Surf Film” at 7 p.m. Heralded as “the finest surf movie ever made,” “Five Summer Stories” was the culmination of the joint surf film careers of Jim Freeman and Greg MacGillivray. The film portrays a young outlaw sport at a strategic point in its creative evolution. For the surfing aficionado, this film is an incredible barrage of audio visual stimuli. Sponsored by the Cocoa Beach Surf Museum. Refreshments will be served. Youth Story Times recommence on Tuesdays at 10:15 a.m. (Preschool); Tuesdays at 4 p.m. (ages 4-7); Fridays at 10:15 a.m. (under 5). In other news, Brevard County Libraries have made eBooks and audiobooks available for download through www.brev.org. To take advantage of this new service, all you’ll need is a valid Library card. Donwloaded items will expire automatically at the end of the lending term, so there’s no need to worry about late fees. To find out more about other Library programs, call 868-1104 or visit: http://www.cocoabeachlibrary.org/. The Library is located at 550 N. Brevard Ave.
Freedom 7 Senior Community Center Annual Flu Shot Clinics will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the first Wednesdays of October, November, and December. High-dose vaccines will be administered by an RN from Sunshine Healthcare Solutions. There is no co-pay with Medicare Part B and most other insurances. If you are not using insurance, the cost is $30 (flu), $20 (pneumonia). Geriatrician Susan G. Schneider and Ellen Potts ARNP will be on had to meet with you and answer any questions you may have. So stop on by! Call 783-9505 for more details, or visit: www.freedom7seniors.org. The Center is located at 5000 Tom Warriner Blvd. in Cocoa Beach.
Surfside Players On Sunday and Monday, September 11 and 12 at 7:00pm, the Players will hold open auditions and volunteer recruitment for “The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged).” They’re in search of three adults or older teens who have the energy to run and jump through a play nonstop. Improv comedy experience is a plus. The Players also need six backstage crew members to help with props and costume changes. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Performances are set for November 4–20. September 9-25 sees the production of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.” Performances are held Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. There will be a reception with hors d’oeuvres on opening night at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors and active military, and $13 for students, with group discounts for parties of 20 or more. Please note that this play contains strong language and sexual dialogue. For more information, call 783-3127 or visit their website at: www.surfsideplayers.com
Beef O’Brady’s, Cocoa Beach will be holding their 1st Annual Fall Charity Golf Tournament on October 15 at the Cocoa Beach Country Club. This year, they’ll be raising funds for cancer, with all proceeds going to their Cocoa Beach Relay For Life Teams. Cost is $240 per foursome (with complimentary food). Hole sponsorships are available for $100. For more information, call 784-3834 for information or to sign up. Beef O’Brady’s is located at 5675 N. Atlantic Ave. in north Cocoa Beach.
Nolan’s Irish Pub will be celebrating Halway to St. Patrick’s Day with September 16 and 17 performances by acclaimed traditional Irish musician Justin Murphy. Check this issue’s “Local Amp” section for a profile on him. Nolan’s is located at 204 W. Cocoa Beach Cswy. (A1A and 520) a few doors down from the Dinosaur Store. To learn more, call 783-8499.
Cocoa Beach Mobil, located 382 N. Orlando Ave., reopened under new ownership this past April. Personable owners John Jansen, Dick Murray, and James Pottinger (all retired military and NASA employees) are striving to be your neighborhood gas station. They also recently opened their garage with the help of seasoned mechanic Mark Gallagher, who oversees all manner of general auto and marine repairs. Mark does tune ups, A/C recharging and troubleshooting, performs electrical diagnostics, tire repairs, brake jobs, and detailing. Estimates are provided and a mechanic is on duty during the weekends. The garage opens at 8 a.m. Monday through Friday. American owned and operated, Cocoa Beach Mobil also offers full gas service for the elderly and infirm, as well as free air and water for your vehicle. The station and convenience store is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday. Call the station at 720-7825 or dial 412-3632 to speak directly with the mechanic.
Heidi’s Jazz Club & the Heidelberg will be closed for vacation September 5-22.
Silvestro’s On September 10, the popular Italian eatery, located at 2039 N. Atlantic Ave. in the Publix Plaza, will be celebrating its 1st year of business under new ownership. Enjoy live music, complimentary champagne and 20% off all entrées. September 14 sees Silvestro’s inaugural Dance Night. Real dance floor on premises, dinner specials, and two-for-one drinks all night. Enjoy ballroom, swing, and other dance styles. October 1 sees a Tapas Style Wine Tasting, with seven petite courses of old world Mediterranean food and wine pairings. Call 783-4853 to make reservations. Go to www.silvestros.com for event details.
Paddy Cassidy’s Irish Pub This month’s Craft Beer Sunday falls on September 11, and will feature Terrapin Brewing Co.’s Pumpkinfest Ale along with a specially prepared selection of food pairings. Things kick off at 4:30 p.m. For more details, call 783-0810. Paddy Cassidy’s Irish Pub is located at 2009 N. Atlantic Ave. in the Publix Plaza.
Animal House Doggie Do’s & Unique Boutique The new neighborhood pet groomers will be celebrating their grand opening throughout the month of September with 50%-off specials and $3 nail trims. They have over 20 years of experience in the grooming business and welcome all breeds of both canines and felines. The Animal House is located at 74 S. Orlando Ave. in Cocoa Beach. Call 750-3525.
Citizens for Space Exploration Otherwise known as CFSE, this grassroots committee of the Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce is comprised of aerospace companies, area businesses, and community leaders. This September 14 & 15, they’ll meet with United States House and Senate members to advocate for continued investment in space research and exploration. They’ll also discuss fishing bans and online travel companies during their trip to the nation’s capital. CFSE is headed by Jackie Barker of Sky Advertising, Inc. and Melissa Stains, President/CEO of the Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce, along with over community leaders from Brevard County. A travel package is available for all citizens who want to make the trip. Registration can be made online at www.cocoabeachchamber.com or by calling the Chamber at 459-2200. Established in 1968, the Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce serves the businesses and communities of Cape Canaveral, Cocoa, Cocoa Beach, Kennedy Space Center, Merritt Island, Patrick Air Force Base, Port St. John, Rockledge, Suntree, Viera and Brevard County, Florida.