Psyched over sax
The Adagio Sax Quartet, an ensemble of the Melbourne Municipal Band, presents its “Beautiful Saxophone” concert at 3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 15, at Harbor City Baptist Church, 2711 N Harbor City Blvd., Melbourne. The concert is free, but a freewill donation will be taken.
Attendees are asked to bring lawn chairs and to wear masks to the concert, held outdoors for social distancing.
The performance features music by Bach, Haydn, Mozart and others and highlights the broad range of sounds that a well-played saxophone can produce. Many of the pieces are taken from string quartet arrangements while others, such as “Sevilla,” were arranged for sax quartet.
The quartet, which features some of the finest players in the area, includes Andrew Cleaver, on soprano sax, who performs with many Melbourne-area groups, including the Space Coast Big Band, the Space Coast Symphony and the Central Florida Winds. Ben Gonzalez, on alto sax, is a recent arrival from California, where he arranged and played in several sax quartets and other pop groups. John Babb, on tenor sax, has played since the age of 12 and now plays in Swingtime, the Milt Farrow Orchestra and the Jazz Cats. Group founder Dave Hutson, on baritone sax, plays sax and clarinet in the Melbourne Municipal Band, Swingtime and New Horizons Band. He also sings and plays guitar in the Swingtimers Vocal Trio and the Rock & Roll Revue.
For more information, call 321-501-3722.
To the Moon and beyond!
Frank Sinatra may not have been thinking of the Space Coast when he sang “Fly Me to the Moon,” but Ol’ Blue Eyes would have surely enjoyed the event with the same name.
The sip-and-shop extravaganza takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. along the streets of downtown Titusville., where merchants will offer samplings of wines, autumnal beers and cider, plus delicious food bites at area downtown shops. Cabaret music from the Big Apple will have you dancing in the street.
Fee is $25 per person. Check in at the Downtown Merchants’ table next to MacSweets in the 300 block of S. Washington Ave. Here you will get your souvenir glass and a map to participating locations. Masks will be provided if you forget yours.
Stops include Hot Point Boutique, The Downtown Art Gallery, soon-to-open Olive You!, Baby’s Breath, Simply Southern Boutique and more. Visit all merchants on the map to be entered in a drawing to win the Fall Holiday Gift Basket and prizes such as a family four-pack pass to KSC Visitor Center.
For more information, visit the Downtown Titusville Merchants’ Association Facebook page or call 321-264-0777.
Hail the Lagoon!
The Cities of Melbourne, Palm Bay and Satellite Beach, together with the Brevard County Natural Resources Management Department, Marine Resources Council, Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program and Anglers for Conservation, will host Indian River Lagoon Day, a fun-filled event focused on celebrating the Indian River Lagoon from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Front Street Park, 2210 Front Street, Melbourne. Admission is free.
Environmental exhibitors will be on hand to showcase a variety of available volunteer opportunities in restoration activities, educational efforts and citizen-science projects. Free kayaking will be provided by Adventure Kayak of Cocoa Beach. Food trucks, arts and craft vendors and activities for children will also be available.
Hook Kids on Fishing clinic will take place from 9 until 11 a.m. Kids participating in the clinic will receive a free fishing rod and gear. Advanced registration is required online at anglersforconservation.org.
For gardeners, rain barrel workshops will be from 11 a.m. until noon. Participants will be able to construct and take home a free rain barrel. Only 20 are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration will be conducted at the festival that morning.
Please maintain proper social distancing. Masks are recommended to be worn by all participants. Hand sanitizing stations will be provided.
Planes, trains and automobiles
The planes of the Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum will be joined by more planes and trains when the Museum hosts a Veterans’ Day celebration from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 14 and 15, at its facility at 6600 Tico Rd., Titusville.
All vets, active duty military, accompanying family members and all Florida residents are admitted free that day. Activities include flybys, memorabilia, vintage and classic automobiles, model trains, radio-controlled planes, combat pilot meet-and-greets and food and drink for purchase. The Museum Shop will hold a massive inventory reduction sale that weekend, and museum memberships are discounted 25 percent.
Visitors are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to donate to local food banks.
For more information, call 321-268-1941 or visit valiantaircommand.com.
Revive your mental health
A global pandemic. Record unemployment. A divisive national election. Each of these is capable of adversely affecting our mental health. Together, they are chipping away at our psychological well-being and quality of life. Enter the Mental Health Task Force of Suntree United Methodist Church, a Central Florida leader in mental health awareness and advocacy. The group will hold a “Virtual Mental Health Fair” from 1 to 5 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 15.
Topics covered during four, hour-long sessions include “Mental Health Wellness 101,” “Managing Stress vs Mental Disorders,” “Understanding Addiction” and “Mental Illness and Criminal Justice.” The public is invited to attend any or all of the free virtual sessions. For a Zoom link, email RachelK@SuntreeUMC.org, call (321) 242 2585 or visit SuntreeUMC.org/mentalhealth.
Cars, cars, cars
Get your fill of vintage wheels during the Fall Central Florida Car Show, held from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 14, on the streets of Cocoa Village. Admission is free to the public for this kid- and pet-friendly event.
See visitcocoavillage.com or call 321-631-9075 for more details.
I’ll drink to that
The public is invited to the 11th Bark Brew Fest presented by Tails at the Barker from 5 to 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 14, at the Dirty Oar Beer Company in Cocoa Village.
Bring your canine companion, sip your favorite libation, enjoy delicious food from Soul Hibachi, practice social distancing, and join us for an evening of fun, including raffle baskets and a 50/50 drawing and bingo for prizes.
All proceeds benefit Great Dane Love — A Central Florida Rescue Inc., an all-volunteer, nonprofit rescue established for the rehoming of displaced great Danes and for providing ongoing education regarding responsible Dane ownership..
All pets must be on a leash, or in appropriate carriers, and have current vaccinations and county tags.
For more details, call 321-305-4584.
Trend Kitchen will host a wine dinner Nov. 18. The menu includes Cauliflower Bisque, Sea Scallops Risotto, Beef Tournedos Rossini and Chocolate Sponge Cake with red wine poached pear.
Cost is $150 per guest.
Call 321-622-8977 for reservations.
Biking for the homeless
From 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., join Madhatter Promotions’ ninth annual Bicycle Bar Tour for Homeless Veterans. The leisurely ride from Port Canaveral to Cocoa Beach and back meanders through improved bike paths and lanes ands stops at seven locations for libations.
The event is free, but tickets, which are $20 in advance and $30 at the door, provide a drink at every stop. Each ticket entitles bearer to a draft beer or house wine or, at some locations, a well drink or rum punch.
Participants are asked to bring items such as underwear, socks, toothpaste, hand sanitizer, tarps, gift cards to McDonald’s, Publix, etc. as well as easy-open canned food, cereal and other non-perishables.
Meet at Fishlips Waterfront Bar & Grill, 610 Glen Cheek Drive, Port Canaveral, at noon. The tour includes La Cantina, Jumps Tiny Tavern, Sandbar Sports Grill, Cocoa Beach Ale House, Slide Inn and Ellie Mae’s.
Participants are asked to be mindful of COVID-19 advice and practice social distancing as much as possible.
For more information, see madhatterpromotions.com. t
Need a job?
The City of Melbourne Parks and Recreation Department will present a Job Fair from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 17, at Melbourne Auditorium.
Employers in the area will have an opportunity to advertise their job openings/staffing needs and schedule future interviews.
All City employees will be wearing masks; vendors and attendees will be encouraged to wear masks.
Call 321-608-7420 with questions.
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