Melbourne Orchestra, Historic House Tours


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Melbourne Orchestra begins autumn season

The Melbourne Community Orchestra is looking forward to a cooler part of the year with “Fall into Music,” a pair of free concerts at 7 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday, September 7 and 8, at the Melbourne Auditorium, 625 Hibiscus Blvd.

The eclectic program will include sea shanties, a Strauss waltz, a Beatles medley and selections from ‘The Merry Widow’, the ‘Peer Gynt Suite’ and ‘Adagio’ from ‘Spartacus’, as well as featured performances by the orchestra’s principal flute, clarinet and oboe players.

The concerts mark the first two performances of the orchestra’s 2022-23 season. Doors open at 6 p.m. for the best seats.

“Our musicians can’t wait to play for the people of Brevard again,” said bandleader Mark Nelson.

New this season for the Community Orchestra, pre-show ensembles perform on stage for the entertainment of the assembled audience. There is more too.

“In addition to six themed concerts this season, we will present our first children’s concert and a special concert to benefit the homeless,” Nelson said.

Call 321-285-6724 or visit for more information.

Dwight Icenhower and the Rocket Band

Five-time world champion Elton John, tribute artist Dwight Icenhower and the Rocket Band will perform for one night only at Tangiers, 4500 Dixie Highway, Unit 1A, Palm Bay.

This concert focuses on the 1970s and 1980s of Elton John’s career and will include popular songs like “Yellow Brick Road” and “Remember When Rock was Young.” The show at the Vegas-style entertainment venue will take place at 8 p.m. on Saturday, September 3. Tickets start at $46. Call 321-327-8759 or visit

free love

The Rad Movement is hosting this free event at Rad Ink Tattoo & Piercing, 760 W. New Haven Ave., Melbourne, on Friday, September 2 from 5-10 p.m. It will include vendors, performances, raffles, refreshments and a meet and greet. and salute with “Ink Masters” Season 5 contestant Robbie Ripoll. The first 50 guests can receive free “love” tattoos with the idea of ​​paying it forward by doing a good deed. Call 321-499-3357 or visit

Fundraising for Special Olympics

A Texas Hold 'Em poker tournament on Saturday, September 3 will raise funds for Special Olympics.

The Sons of American Legion Squadron 200 will be hosting a Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Tournament on Saturday, September 3 at American Legion Post 200, 105 Ocean Blvd, Satellite Beach. Registration begins at noon and the tournament begins at 1 p.m. Proceeds will go to Special Olympics. A $30 donation includes the event and food. Call 321-610-1412.

Exhibition of award-winning artists in Florida

In September, the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery will go “Face to Face” with a solo exhibition of works by Eliza Pineau Casler, the first winner of the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery’s 2022 100% Pure Florida Jury Exhibition. Casler’s realistic portraits are on view this month at the gallery, 1470 Highland Ave., in the Eau Gallie arts district.

Born in France, Casler embraced the United States as her own and has resided in Florida since 1977. Comfortable with oils, acrylics, pastels and charcoal, she completed a dual degree in Studio/Fine Art and graphic design and has worked in both the printing and graphic design fields.

Casler is a member of the Portrait Society of America and exhibits her work with the Women Artists Group, the Florida Women’s Arts Association, and the Art League of Daytona. A free opening reception is being held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, September 2. The show continues throughout the month.

The gallery also presents “Local Color,” a pop-up exhibition by plein-air impressionist Emily Neel, specializing in beach-themed works. The Fifth Avenue Art Gallery is located at 1470 Highland Avenue in the Eau Gallie arts district. Visit or call 321-259-8261.

Still playing

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  • ‘The little Mermaid’: The musical is on stage at Henegar Center, 625 E. New Haven Ave., Melbourne until 9/11. Based on the classic Disney animated film, this show follows the beautiful young mermaid Ariel as she longs to leave her magical kingdom under the sea to live in the world above. Tickets start at $34. Call 321-723-8698 or visit
  • “Murderers”: Melbourne Civic Theatre, 817 E. Strawbridge Ave., presents the musical until 9/11. The show explores the dark side of the American experience through the lives of the nine people who assassinated or attempted to assassinate the President of the United States, from John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald. Tickets are $30. Call 321-723-6935 or visit

Cake Decorating Class at Satellite Beach

Learn to bake five classic cakes, including Hummingbird Cake, at the Florida Academy of Baking throughout September.

A five-week “Classic Cakes” course will be held Thursdays in September from 6-9 p.m. at the Florida Academy of Baking, 1370 SR A1A, Suite E, Satellite Beach. Classes will take place on September 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29.

The course covers five classic cakes, complete with free frostings.

Participants will learn several techniques and will receive an offset spatula and complete recipes with variations to recreate these cakes at home. More importantly, they can take home whatever they cook. The course covers Black Magic Cake, Triple Vanilla Molly Cake, Hummingbird Cake, Red Velvet Cake, and Boston Cream Pie Cake.

Individual cake courses are $149; participation in the five-week series costs $596.

The Florida Academy of Baking offers a variety of one-to-one classes, private events, and chef nights. Register on or 321-622-6185.

The Eau Gallery celebrates the Indian River Lagoon

The bounty of the Indian River Lagoon provides many subjects for “Life on Our Lagoon”, the Eau Gallery’s September exhibition. The show, which runs until September 30, in support of the Marine Resources Council and features the works of local artists using the theme of the lagoon and its inhabitants.

“Life on Our Lagoon” opens with a free reception from 5:30-8:30 p.m., Friday, September 2, at the Gallery, 1429 Highland Ave., in the Eau Gallie arts district. Visit or call 321-253-5553.

Historic homes open to tours

  • Historic Lawndale, the fully restored museum house on the scenic River Road in Rockledge, will host tours led by guides from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 3. Visitors will experience what life was like in Central Florida in 1895 by visiting this unique home at 1219 Rockledge Drive, just 1 mile south of Cocoa Village. Admission $10 for adults. Call 321-632-5650 or visit
  • Also open for tours in September is Green Gables to Historic Riverview Village, 1501 S. Harbor City Blvd., Melbourne. The Queen Anne-style residence, built in 1896, survived for 126 years. Preserving the house’s rich history greatly enhances Brevard’s connection to its past. Admission is $10 for adults and free for children. Tour donations are used for the rehabilitation and restoration of the historic home and its family heirloom. Visit

Rolling Readers volunteers wanted

Rolling Readers Space Coast is welcoming volunteers back into classrooms for the 2022-2023 school year. In person, with or without a mask, volunteers “will make a difference in the life of a child, one book at a time”. All that is required is a desire to work with children, a love of reading, and 30 minutes to an hour per week of spare time. The volunteers are between 18 and 18 years old. Visit or call 321-254-9976.

‘Poetry – A Labor of Love’

On Labor Day weekend, the Florida Tech Alumni Center, 2600 Country Club Road, Melbourne, will host a Labor of Love program celebrating the creativity of poets, the beauty of poems, and the joy of reading or listening to these works. of unique art. The free event is scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m., Saturday, September 3.

Guest speakers are Dr. Scott Tilley and Kit Adams. Tilley, President and Founder of Precious Publishing, is Professor Emeritus at Florida Tech, President and Founder of the Center for Technology & Society, President and Co-Founder of Big Data Florida, and Space Coast Writers’ Guild Fellow. His recent books include “Aftermath”, “Pets” and “Pandemic”.

Adams’ writings have appeared in journals from England to Hawaii, from California to Florida. His poetry readings in Missouri and Florida were well received. A former vice president of the Space Coast Writers’ Guild, Adams retired from teaching English at Brevard County and the Florida Virtual School and served as a mentor for the National Writing Project. He is the current president of the Brevard Scribblers. His first collection of poetry, “Spanish Cedar: Preserving the ART of the Cigar Experience”, was released in March 2014.

Call 321-604-1294 or email [email protected].

Boat trips to Samsons Island

The Town of Satellite Beach provides transportation to and from Samsons Island Conservation Area and Nature Park on the first Sunday of each month at 1:00 p.m., weather permitting. Samsons Island is a 52-acre passive natural island located in the Banana River, open from dawn to dusk. Due to growing popularity and limited availability, advance reservations for the boat shuttle are required. Visit

Free movie in the park

The Marvel Film “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” (PG-13) will screen outdoors at Mitchell Ellington Park, 575 W. Hall Road, Merritt Island on Friday, September 2 at 8 p.m. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Free entry. The event may be canceled in case of bad weather. Call 321-633-1874 or visit

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