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Titusville concert to benefit Bridges

The triumvirate of Jared Blake, Big Vinny and Hot Chelle Rae headline Bridges’ Concert for a Cause from 4 to 8:30 p.m., Sunday, June 5, at Valiant Air Command’s Warbird Museum, Titusville. The event benefits the organization, which serves and supports adults with disabilities with group homes and day programs.

Tickets are $25 at (search "Concert for a Cause to Benefit Bridges") or $35 at the door. Visit or call 321-690-3464.

Happy Together concert

Chart-topping hits from the 1960s and 70s will be featured in this concert on Sunday, June 5 at 7:30 p.m. at the King Center, 3865 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne. 60s band The Turtles will host the show, which also includes The Association, The Vogues and The Cowsills. Tickets start at $49.75. Call 321-242-2219 or visit

Waitress The Musical

Kennedy Salters as "Becky," Bailey Mccall as "Jenna" and Gabriella Marzetta as "Dawn" in the national tour of "Waitress." The show will come to the King Center for the Performing Arts on June 7-8.
Kennedy Salters as "Becky," Bailey Mccall as "Jenna" and Gabriella Marzetta as "Dawn" in the national tour of "Waitress." The show will come to the King Center for the Performing Arts on June 7-8.

This uplifting musical based on the 2007 movie will be on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 7-8 at 7:30 p.m. at the King Center, 3865 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne. In the show, Waitress and pie-maker Jenna dreams of a way out of her small town and rocky marriage. A baking contest brings her hope of a fresh start, as long as she has the courage to seize it. Tickets start at $43.25. Call 321-242-2219 or visit

‘Life X 3’

Melbourne Civic Theatre’s play reading series will feature “Life X 3” by Yasmina Resa on Saturday, June 4 at 2 p.m. The play contrasts man’s ability to analyze and map the outermost reaches of the universe with his total inability to respond rationally to the most trivial domestic mishap. It will be read by actors Adrian Cahill, Martyn Jones, Christina LaFortune and Tina de la Cruz. The theater is at 817 E. Strawbridge Ave., Melbourne. Tickets are $10. Call 321-723-6935 or visit

‘Death and the Maiden’

The Space Coast Symphony Orchestra string quartet will perform music by Schubert and Vaughan Williams at Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 106 N. Riverside Drive, Indialantic, on Saturday, June 4 at 2 p.m. A second concert will take place at First Presbyterian Church of Vero Beach, 520 Royal Palm Blvd., on Sunday, June 5 at 3 p.m. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted. Call 855-252-7276 or visit

Shallowford Youth Choir

Every summer, the Shallowford Youth Choir of Atlanta, GA, embarks on a 10-day tour across the United States. They will perform at Merritt Island Presbyterian Church, 600 S. Tropical Trail, on Friday, June 10 at 7 p.m. The choir is founded and directed by former Merritt Island High chorus teacher Emily Floyd. Admission is free. Call 321-452-5689 or visit

'Waterboy' actor to perform at Sully's in Eau Gallie

Peter Dante, known for his roles in "Waterboy" and "Big Daddy," will perform with his band from 7-10 p.m. Sunday at Sully's Backstreet Bar, 1841 Avocado Ave., Melbourne.

Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door, and include one drink. More information is available at

Jazz concert

Jazz saxophonist Patrick Lamb, keyboardist Greg Manning and saxophonist Jeff Ryan will give a smooth jazz concert in the Studio Theater at the King Center, 3865 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne on Saturday, June 4 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $65. Call 321-242-2219 or visit

Community Band plays 'Audience Favorites' concert on Merritt Island

Community Band of Brevard is pulling out all the stops in its repertoire with “Audience Favorites,” a free concert that showcases the band’s ability to interpret everything from Sousa to Gershwin. The performance will be at 3 p.m., Sunday, June 5, at Merritt Island High School, 100 Mustang Way, off North Courtenay Parkway.

The program showcases “El Capitan” and “Liberty Bell” marches by John Philip Sousa, selections from “An American in Paris” and “Porgy and Bess” by George Gershwin, plus Meredith Willson’s “Seventy-Six Trombones,” plus other film score classics, plus a suite of jazz favorites and more. No tickets are required, but masks are encouraged.

The oldest continually performing band on Florida's Space Coast, the Community Band of Brevard is directed by former military bandleader Robin Kessler.

Call 321-258-5580 or visit

Green Gables in Melbourne open for tours

Green Gables will be open for tours every Saturday in June.
Green Gables will be open for tours every Saturday in June.

Visit one of South Brevard’s treasure houses during one of the June open houses that historic Green Gables will host. Built in 1896, Green Gables has withstood hurricanes, development and neglect. A band of dedicated volunteers has brought the historic home back to life for new generations to enjoy.

Open houses will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 4, 11,18 and 25, at 1501 S. Harbor City Blvd., Melbourne. Cost for docent-led tours is $10. Visit

Eau Gallie art exhibit focuses on water

Fifth Avenue Art Gallery’s June show is all wet, literally, for it focuses on the subject of water in all its forms.

The invitational exhibition, depicts water in the broadest sense,  all the way to images of the Indian River Lagoon. The show was orchestrated in partnership with the Indian River Lagoon Coalition and runs through the end of June.

A free opening reception will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Friday, June 3.

While you are there, don’t forget to take in “Creatures in the Gallery,” a pop-up show of clay animals by Aletha Rector from the estate of Nanc Dittmeier. Sales from the show benefit Florida Wildlife Hospital.

The gallery is at 1470 Highland Ave., in the Eau Gallie Arts District of Melbourne. For more information, visit or call 321-259-8261.

Sax Quartet concert

Melbourne Municipal Band’s Adagio Sax Quartet will show their musical mettle during a concert of assorted popular music at 7 p.m, Friday, June 3, p.m. at Highland Fellowship Church, 1591 Highland Ave, Eau Gallie. The evening will showcase everything from movie music and ragtime to pop and classical. Selections include “Colors of the Wind,” “Cinema Paradiso, “The Entertainer,” “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “My Diane,” plus classical hits “Arabesque” and “Largo.”

The quartet consists of Ben Gonzalez on Soprano, Scott Martin on Alto, John Babb on Tenor, and Dave Hutson on Baritone. “This is our first concert since the pandemic shutdown, and we are looking forward to spending the evening with our audience,” said Hutson, who formed ASQ.

Admission is free, but a free-will donation will be taken. Visit

Pop concert picnic planned at Melbourne Auditorium

The Melbourne Municipal Band kicks off its annual “not-in-the-park” summer picnic concert series with a lively program of pop at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday, June 8 and 9, at Melbourne Auditorium, 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd. There is no charge and tickets are not required.

The concert also features one of Brevard’s Brightest Stars, Alex Kauffman, presenting an alto sax solo. 

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Audience members are invited to bring a picnic dinner to enjoy during the concert. Dinners and beverages from City Bistro may also be purchased on site. Options include a BBQ plate with pulled pork, baked beans and slaw ($12); two hot dogs and fries ($10); and an egg, tuna or chicken salad sandwich with chips and slaw ($10). The City Bistro meals include a non-alcoholic beverage and cookie. No alcoholic beverages are permitted at the concert.

“We invite you to come out for this upbeat, family-friendly evening of great Pops music,” said  conductor Staci Rosbury.

Call 321-724-0555 or visit

Ranger-led tour

Turkey Creek Sanctuary, 1518 Port Malabar Blvd NE, Palm Bay, offers free ranger-led tours on the first and third Sundays of most months, excluding holidays, from 10 to 11 a.m. The next tour will take place on June 5.

Participants should meet at the sanctuary Nature Center and bring sturdy tennis shoes or boots, sunscreen, insect repellent, water, snacks, binoculars and a hat. Tours will take place on the boardwalk and various trails located throughout the sanctuary. Each tour will be led by a Park Ranger and will focus on common plants and animals found in the sanctuary. Total distance for tours is approximately 1 to 1.5 miles and should take about 1 hour to 1 1/4 hours to complete. Admission is free. To sign up, call the Nature Center at 321-676-6690.

Samsons Island Boat Tours

The City of Satellite Beach provides transportation to and from Samsons Island conservation area and nature park on the first Sunday of each month at 1 p.m, weather permitting. Samsons Island is a 52-acre passive nature island in the Banana River open dawn to dusk. Due to increased popularity and limited availability, advance reservations for the boat shuttle are required. Visit

Flick-N-Float: ‘Encanto’

Watch the movie ‘Encanto’ (PG) from the pool at McLarty Park Aquatic Center, 790 Barton Blvd., Rockledge, on Friday, June 10. Swimming starts at 6 p.m., and the movie starts at 9 p.m. The cost to swim is $4, and the movie is free to watch whether you’re in the pool or on the lawn. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. No outside flotation devices are allowed, but tubes will be provided. The event may be canceled in the event of severe weather. Call 321-633-1874 or visit

Still playing

  • 'Sense and Sensibility': Melbourne Civic Theatre, 817 E. Strawbridge Ave., presents the play through June 26. This adaptation of Jane Austen’s beloved novel follows the fortunes of the Dashwood sisters—sensible Elinor and hypersensitive Marianne—after their father’s sudden death in 18th-century England. When reputation is everything, how do you follow your heart? Tickets are $30. Call 321-723-6935 or visit

  • ‘We Will Rock You’: The musical is on stage at the Henegar Center, 625 E. New Haven Ave., Melbourne through June 12. Featuring more than 20 hit Queen songs including 'Another One Bites the Dust,' 'Bohemian Rhapsody,' 'Killer Queen,' 'We Will Rock You,' and many more, the show follows two revolutionaries as they try to save rock ‘n’ roll in a post-apocalyptic world. Tickets are $27-$34. Call 321-723-8698 or visit

Summer sizzler at Nippon Thai in Satellite Beach

Photo: Sizzle your summer with the new Curry Noodle dish at Nippon Thai Restaurant in Satellite Beach.
Photo: Sizzle your summer with the new Curry Noodle dish at Nippon Thai Restaurant in Satellite Beach.

Nippon Thai Restaurant is featuring its Curry Noodle dish as a special treat for the summer. The entrée showcases pan-fried thick noodles layered with choice of protein, plus eggs, bell peppers, onions and scallions, carrots, basil leaves and curry powder.

The chicken, pork, beef or tofu versions are $13.50, or opt for shrimp or squid for $15.50. Nippon Thai is at 1114 State Road A1A, Satellite Beach. For more information, visit or call 321-773-0700.

Napa dinner at Cafe Margaux in Cocoa Village

Napa’s Chappellet Vineyards are the wines of choice for Café Margaux’s upcoming wine dinners at 6:30 p.m., Thursday and Friday, June 2 and 3. One of Napa’s hidden treasures, Chappellet had been praised by the mighty “Wine Spectator,” which noted that “it is their romance with the land that makes the Chappellet story so appealing.”

For five decades, the Chappellet family has crafted world-class wines from fruit cultivated on the steep, rocky slopes of Napa Valley’s renowned Pritchard Hill. As one of the first wineries to pioneer high-elevation hillside planting, and one of the few remaining family-owned Napa Valley wineries, Chappellet Vineyard has influenced generations of vintners. Throughout its history, Chappellet has also established a legacy as one of California’s most acclaimed producers of cabernet sauvignon.

The six-course menu, which will be paired with Chappellet wines, begins with chilled avocado and cucumber soup before continuing with a salad that features European wild mushrooms, followed by main entrees of seared monkfish medallions and saddle of lamb. For the cheese course, it is Sweet Grass Dairy’s Asher Blue. Dinner ends with ricotta and pistachio creams layered in sponge cake with drunken berries and chocolate puddle.

Cost is $145 per guest. Reserve at or by calling 321-639-8343.

Café Margaux is at 220 Brevard Ave., Cocoa Village.

Winebow wine dinner at Green Turtle in Indian Harbour Beach

Green Turtle Market, 833 E. Eau Gallie Blvd., Indian Harbour Beach, will feature Winebow wines at its dinner at 7 p.m,, Friday, June 3.

The five-course feast begins with colossal prawns spiced with mango and vanilla atop a green papaya and jicama slaw. For second course, it is caramel pasta stuffed with sweet pea and ricotta. The pasta is followed by lacquered duck breast atop a wild rice pancake. For the meat course, its grilled wild boar chop, followed by dessert of dark chocolate ganache and cherry mousse tartlet.

Cost is $160.50 per guest, which includes a $20 credit towards the purchase of wines featured that evening. Call 321-773-2001.

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