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Sunday, April 22 hosted by Brevard County’s NRMD and Utility Services. Have you ever wondered about the difference between a hawk and a falcon? Do all owls hunt at night? These topics and many more will be discussed in lectures at the festival, as well as the relationships between birds of prey or raptors and humans during the course of history. Those who attend the festival will be able to photograph hawks, falcons and owls displayed at the festival. In the lectures, educators/faclconers will explain how these birds are vital to a healthy and functional ecosystem. “The Flight of the Raptor” exhibit will be sponsored by the Viera Community Institute and The Viera Company for the Viera Wetlands Nature Festival. The Ritch Grissom Memorial Wetlands at Viera are a quiet and solitary place to enjoy some of Brevard County's wildlife. It's one of the hidden gems in the county at the west end of North Wickham Road on 3658 Charlie Corbeil Way in Viera. During the festival, various scientists and nature experts will conduct tours and conduct classes. The tours and classes

are free, but donations are welcome. The suggested donation is $25. There is no admittance fee for the festival. Organizers of the two-day event hope to ensure the longevity of the wetlands experience for generations to come. Parking for both days will be available along Wickham Road near the entrance to the wetlands. A variety of refreshment options will be available from local food trucks from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Chris Koeppel will conduct a Sunrise Birding Tour on both days. It will begin at 6:30 a.m. and participants should check in at 6:15 a.m. Koeppel is a member of Brevard County’s Natural Resources Management Department. The biologist and conservationist has been an avid birder for 35 years. Raleigh Berry, a senior environmental scientist with Brevard County’s Natural Resources Management Department, is the current environmental land manager for the Viera Wetlands. Berry is the organizer of this year’s nature tours and workshops. Berry will conduct at least two tours — a Vegetation Tour and a Wetlands Van

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Eliana Berrean, 18, has been taking classical voice training for nearly 10 years. Her first stage performance at age 9, was “An Evening with Mark Baker” at the Cocoa Village Playhouse. Since then, she has performed in many concerts, including performances with the Space Coast Pops and the Melbourne Municipal Band. She was a finalist twice in Brevard’s Got Music Talent, and a regular performer at Music on the Hill concerts. She has participated in eight productions at the VIERA MEANS Cocoa Village Playhouse including starring as Hodel NETWORKING GROUP in “Fiddler on the Roof” Dana Alward and Eliza Doolittle in “My Dana Alward, 17, is a junior Fair Lady.” Her hopes are to pursue a career in operatic at Satellite High School. She is the principal clarinetist for performance, and eventually audition for the Metropolitan her school's Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Orchestra, as Opera. Anna Chong, 13, is a well as for the 2016 Festival seventh grader involved in of Winds program at the yearbook and symphonic University of South Florida band at DeLaura Middle and the 2017 Brevard All

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County Band. Alward has performed in numerous other All-State and All-County festivals including the Music For All national festival. Outside of school, she has played with the Creative Young Artists orchestra, Quartet Movement, Music on the Hill, and has performed a concerto with the Melbourne Municipal Band. Alward studies clarinet under the direction of Robin Ryon and piano with Linda Marks. After graduating from high school, she wants to pursue an education in music.

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School. She loves swimming, reading and especially traveling. She has been an adventurous eater while exploring 10 countries around the world such as Australia, Italy and Peru. Chong started playing the piano at 6 years old, and she currently studies under Eun Nelson. Michael Liamkin, 16, was

born in Cocoa Beach. He started piano lessons at the age of 8 from Professor of Piano Pervin Muradov. Her amazing talent for teaching inspired Liamkin to keep playing and be as good as he is now. He has performed in many piano recitals and fundraising concerts, as well as participating in Peskanov’s Piano Olympics. Liamkin was one of the finalists in the 17th annual Brevard's Young Performing Artist Competition in 2013 and Brevard's Got Music Talent Competition at the Henegar Center in 2014. In 2015, he performed at the Benefit Gala concert for ''Music education and Autism'' in Carnegie Hall in New York. He is currently a student at West Shore Junior/Senior High School. He also loves mathematics and plans to become a computer engineer.

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Janet Lu, 17, a violinist, started playing the piano at 7 then the violin when she was 11. Today, Lu focuses on the violin with her private teacher Carey Moorman of Melbourne. She is the principal second violinist in West Shore Junior/Senior High School’s Chamber Orchestra, which played in the National Orchestra Festival in 2016 as well as the Associate Concertmaster in Creative Young Artists Youth Orchestra. In addition, Lu is a winner of the 2017 and 2018 Creative Young Artists Concerto Competition. She has made All-County and All-State several times. In her free time, she swims, plays tennis, sings and paints.

Got Music Talent in 2015 and 2017. She participated in multiple “Music on the Hill” fundraising programs, including a Fundraiser Concert to support the “Express Yourself through Music” at Carnegie Hall. Zhao loves ballet and has performed in the annual Nutcracker shows with Space Coast Ballet Company for the past six years. She also plays cello in the school orchestra. Zhao is a 10th grader at Satellite High School. Isaac Moorman, 16, is a pianist and cellist who attends Satellite High School. Born in Malaysia and raised in the United States, he started playing the piano at the age of 4. At 6, Moorman earned second place at the Sonatina-Sonata Competition at St. Petersburg College in Florida. At 9, he earned an Honorable Prize at the Young Artist Competition, Space Coast Pops, Florida. In 2011, he participated in The Washington International Piano Festival. He was selected to perform at the Kennedy Center through

audition during the festival. In the summer of 2012, he performed at a benefit concert at the University of Science in Penang. Moorman performs with the Space Coast Symphony and chamber music with the Quartet Movement, an organization promoting music education. During his free time, he mentors young cellists at Delaura Middle school. He plans to study cello performance after graduating in 2019. Nailah Clarke, 12, has been playing the piano since she was 4. While classical piano is her first love, Clarke also enjoys improvising and experimenting with other styles, composing, singing and playing her ukulele. She aspires to someday conduct orchestras and write scores for movies. She lives in Melbourne, is homeschooled and studies piano with Irina Wolynez. Michael Rhodeman, 15, is a freshman at Eau Gallie High school and selected to be in the dual enrollment program. He has received

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Temple Beth Sholom’s new rabbi wants to change the future of Judaism in Brevard, starting with a simple invitation to join in fellowship. Rabbi Craig Mayers, who prefers the title of Rabbi Craig, offers a warm invitation to the residents of Brevard to enjoy the friendly fellowship at Temple Beth Sholom. A conservative, loving and egalitarian congregation, the temple has maintained its forwardthinking philosophy since the 1950s. “Judaism is a very community-based religion,” Mayers said. “It’s hard to be Jewish by yourself.” Mayers is not new to Temple Beth Sholom, having been a member for 16 years. For Mayers, the journey to becoming a rabbi started from within the very temple for which he now serves, which is a bit unorthodox. Mayers’ leadership story starts about 16 years ago in 2002, when Mayers and his family decided to escape New York’s harsh winters and seek the warmth of the Florida sunshine. An online computer business allowed Mayers, his wife and their three sons to move to Viera, where they soon joined Temple Beth Sholom. As a member, Mayers became very involved in

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Rabbi Craig Mayers of Temple Beth Sholom became a rabbi through a unique program specializing in second-career rabbis.

temple life through teaching, tutoring, volunteering and overseeing the Bar Mitzvah of his three sons at Beth Sholom. His rich experience in pastoral care solidified his ties to the temple. Meanwhile, Beth Sholom had been without a rabbi for some time. It was during the temple’s second national rabbi search that Mayers was urged by some members to apply for the position. But first, he needed to catch up on his religious education. He was able to do this when the opportunity for online training became available. “It wasn’t Rabbi 101,” Mayers said of the master’s type of program he enrolled in. “It was a school specializing in second-career rabbis. They assumed we had the basics already.” The training was rigorous, and Mayers is not yet finished. But he was able to apply and was ultimately selected for the position. After he was initially rejected for the job, Mayers composed a 15-page proposal which included an “out” after his first year as rabbi for the temple. His friendly, compassionate personality along with his years of service made him the first choice among many qualified applicants. “You can make up gaps

in education, but you can’t make up gaps in character,” Mayers said. “The temple knew me; they knew I had given my time, energy and love.” Now that Mayers has begun his new job, he plans to engage the Jewish community in new ways. Yearly campouts at the temple, service under the stars and the weekly Saturday Bagels, Lox and Torah (BLT) breakfast and discussion prior to the 10 a.m. services are just some of the offerings. Spirituality, education and fellowship are all offered at Temple Beth Sholom. Mayers wants to reach out to the unaffiliated Brevard Jews, which he estimates to be about 80 percent, in unprecedented ways. “Forget what you know about us,” Mayers said. “We are coming out of our shell. You may be missing out on a lot of great programming that would be relevant in your life.” Beyond that, Mayers said he wants to start having Sunday afternoon baseball games with other houses of worship, such as the Greek Orthodox church that shares a large campus with the temple. For more information, go to mytbs.org. V V

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Viera girl stars in “The Waitress” on Broadway Tour BY KATIE PARSONS

Some people are just born for the spotlight — and it’s becoming very clear that 5-year-old Ella Grace Helton of Viera is one of them. Ella Grace made her Broadway show debut in March, starring as Lulu in “The Waitress” when it stopped on tour at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando. The adults of the Broadway company tour the country, but the role of Lulu is cast in each city where the performers stop. Ella Grace auditioned for the role locally and landed it. She starred in the speaking role in four of the eight performances, splitting the responsibility with an Orlando girl. "Ella couldn't wait to get on stage. She was jumping up and down when she was done and talked about how much she loved the cast and didn't want to leave them,” said Lee Nessel, Ella Grace’s mother. “This must be what it feels like when you're born to do something. I'm in awe of this 30-pound pixie." Not even in kindergarten, Ella Grace touts an acting resume and reel that adult actors would envy. She

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takes musical theater classes and private acting, singing and dancing lessons at the Viera Studio for the Performing Arts. With her mom, Ella Grace started her own small business, Ella Bella Beads, that creates custom-beaded bracelets and donates a portion of proceeds to local organizations such as The Children’s Hunger Project.

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Viera High School BASEBALL Home games played at USSSA Space Coast Complex All games at 6 p.m. unless noted * District game April 2 – Winter Park April 3 – Roger Bacon (Ohio) April 4 – Woodford (Kentucky) April 11 – Florida Prep April 13 – at Sebastian River* April 16 – Cocoa Beach April 17 – Titusville April 19 – at Heritage* April 24 – Cape Coast Conference Playoff Game April 26 – MCC April 30 – District quarterfinals (No. 4 vs. No. 5), 7 p.m. BOYS LACROSSE April 6 – at Montverde Academy, TBA April 18 – Class 1A, District 21 Tournament at Merritt Island, 5 p.m./7 p.m. April 20 – Class 1A, District 21 Tournament Finals at Merritt Island, 6 p.m. April 27 – FHSAA Championships first-round play-in game, 7 p.m. GIRLS LACROSSE April 10 – Melbourne April 12 – at Celebration, 7:30 p.m. April 13 – at St. Edward’s, 6 p.m. April 17 – Class 1A, District 11 semifinals April 19 – Class 1A, District 11 finals, 6 p.m. April 26 – FHSAA Championship first-round play-in game, 7 p.m. April 30 – FHSAA Championship second-round play-in game, 7 p.m. SOFTBALL Home games played at USSSA Space Coast Complex April 9 – at Merritt Island April 11 – Eau Gallie, 6 p.m. April 22 – Class 7A, District 6 semifinals at Melbourne

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Holy Trinity's Hannah Gunderson (No. 8) is a big reason why the Tigers could be playing for a district championship this season.

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Holy Trinity senior Brian Baumann, shown here during a recent game against Melbourne, missed much of last season with a broken collarbone. His return has given the Tigers a big lift as they try to chase down a district title.

Holy Trinity lacrosse teams have experience, talent BY CARL KOTALA

They’ve both got some tough challenges ahead of them to be sure, but the Holy Trinity boys and girls lacrosse teams both have a chance to do something special this season. Combining a mixture of experience and strong offensive attacks, both Tiger teams have a chance to contend for district titles. Holy Trinity’s girls, for example, return all of their field players from last season — including top goal scorer Anne Kelly — which should make the Tigers a handful to deal with. “I think this year we have the potential to be more solidified because last year the beginning of the

season was kind of new for everyone,” Kelly said. “This is our second year with more returners, so we have the capacity to build upon last year even more instead of working out the kinks.” Other top players for the Tigers this season include midfielders Ramsey Barrows, Hannah Gunderson and Olivia McHenry. The team also added a transfer student, Kyla Cavin, who could have a big impact. While Sebastian River is the team to beat in the district, any team that has a player such as Kelly, who scored more than 100 goals last year, has to be a contender. Holy Trinity coach Bret Barringer praised Kelly, who transferred to the school from Pennsylvania last year, not

only for her play on the field, but for her willingness to help her teammates. “She’s an amazing player,” Barringer said. “I’ve been around this game for 40 years and … she is one of the top five kids at her age I’ve ever seen – and I’ve seen some (great) kids at her age play. “She can play with just about anybody. I love her. She makes me look good.” Like the girls, Holy Trinity’s boys team will face a big challenge from perennial district powerhouse Melbourne Central Catholic. But the Tigers have a veteran group that should be better on the attack this season. “Last year, we graduated a lot of our defense, so our defense is definitely weaker,” senior Josh Knight said.

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The Holy Trinity Tigers plan to use spring football practice to set a tone for the 2018 season. A tone that should make all of their 2018 opponents a little wary. After all, how many teams — especially at a small school such as Holy Trinity — can boast having five returning players with a college scholarship offer? “We only have 21 players,” Tigers coach Nate Hooks Jr. said. “That’s a lot of guys (who have offers). We’ve got schools in the county with 50, 80, 100 players in their program and they don’t have that. “My focus is to get these guys offers because it changes their lives.” Of those five, only linebacker Sullivan Altman (Keiser University) and defensive back Lino Odenat (Keiser) will be seniors next season. The others are rising sophomore running back Keyshawn Spencer (Purdue, Kentucky, Arkansas, Texas A&M, Middle Tennessee State), rising sophomore wide receiver James BlackStrain (Tennessee,

Continued from page 8 April 25 – Class 7A, District 5 finals at Melbourne, 6 p.m. VARSITY BOYS TENNIS April 11 – Lake Nona, 3 p.m. April 16-17 Class 4A, District 10 Tournament at Fee Avenue Courts April 24 – Class 1A regionals April 26 – Class 1A regionals VARSITY GIRLS TENNIS April 11 – Lake Nona, 3 p.m. April 16-17 Class 4A, District 10 Tournament at Fee Avenue Courts April 24 – Class 1A regionals April 26 – Class 1A regionals TRACK & FIELD April 13-14 — Class 3A, District 13 Meet at Merritt Island, 11 a.m. April 26 — Class 3A, Region 4 Meet at South Fork

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Holy Trinity running back Larry Hill holds scholarship offers from Middle Tennessee State and Northern Colorado. The Tigers open spring practice on April 23.

Kentucky, Middle Tennessee State) and rising junior running back Larry Hill (Middle Tennessee State, Northern Colorado). Among the list of players who also could see a college scholarship offer come their way are rising sophomores Carlos Estronza (linebacker) and Andre Hutchinas (defensive end).

That group, along with a host of other returners including rising senior quarterback Preston Milo and rising freshman Timmy Hill, is eager to improve on a 2017 season that saw the Tigers go 2-7. Not only did Holy Trinity have to deal with a rash of injuries that cost them key players for much of

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Continued from page 9 April 13 – Edgewood, 6 p.m. April 17 – Class 1A, District 22 Tournament at Melbourne, TBD April 19 – Class 1A, District 22 Tournament finals at Melbourne, 7 p.m. April 27 – FHSAA Championships first-round play-in game, 7 p.m. VARSITY GIRLS LACROSSE April 11 – at Edgewood, 6 p.m. April 13 – at Lake Mary Prep, 6 p.m. April 17 – Class 1A, District 22 semifinals at MCC, 5:30/7 p.m. April 19 – Class 1A, District 22 finals at MCC, 7 p.m. April 26 – FHSAA Championship firstround play-in game, 7 p.m. April 30 – FHSAA Championship second-round play-in game, 7 p.m. VARSITY SOFTBALL * District game April 9 – Titusville, 5:30 p.m.* April 10 – Space Coast, 5:30 p.m.* April 12 – Satellite, 5:30 p.m.* April 17 – at Lincoln Park, 6 p.m. April 18 – at Bayside, 6 p.m. April 20 – Palm Bay, 5:30 p.m. April 23 – Class 5A, District 9 Tournament (Top four seeds host) April 25 – Class 5A, District 9 Tournament semifinals at Space Coast April 26 – Class 5A, District 9 Tournament championship game at Space Coast VARSITY TENNIS April 11-12 – Class 1A, District 11 Tournament at Fee Avenue Courts April 24 – Class 1A regionals April 26 – Class 1A regionals April 30 - May 2 – Class 1A State Championship at Sanlando Park, Altamonte Springs

BY CARL KOTALA

Spring football promises to an exciting time for the Viera High Hawks this year. Not only is there a new head coach, but there also will be an opportunity for a lot of young players to make their case for filling a vital role next season. Derek Smith, who moved up from defensive coordinator to head coach when Kevin Mays left to become the athletic director at Tohopekaliga High, is hardly a stranger to the Hawks. In fact, the only big changes Viera players can expect when spring practice opens on April 23 will be adjusting to an offensive staff that will now have Mike Degory serving as offensive coordinator. “It’s not a new offense, but just transitioning with the new offensive staff, making sure we continue to click offensively like we have in the past (will be the biggest things to accomplish this spring),” Smith said. Viera is expected to have

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Sean Atkins was one of the top wide receivers in Brevard County last season as a junior. And as the Hawks get ready for spring practice on April 23, the plan is to get him the ball even more in 2018.

11 returning starters next season, including standout receiver Sean Atkins and offensive linemen Gavin Lamp, Andrew Hart, Chris Murphy and Aaron Plotkin. Rising sophomore Bryce Norton will open as the favorite to win the starting quarterback role with rising senior Jordan Emmons

providing competition. Emmons also could see time at receiver along with rising sophomore Caleb Osburn and rising junior Karsten Poole. Viera has a trio of running back candidates in Jalen Housey, Nate DePlancke and Kevin Chandler. Defensively, the Hawks

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Viera High's Aaron Thomas is one of three veteran returners on the defensive line who should play a big role in 2018.

have an experienced secondary with returners Cortez Reid and Garrett Kaminski with Quez Menyfield expected to step into one of the cornerback spots. Rising senior Brock Holland, who should be a three-year starter for Viera, will lead a veteran linebacking group that also includes Bear Bollinger and Andre Jones. The defensive line will be led by Cooper Davis, Aaron Thomas and Chancellor McGriff while rising sophomore Julius Barfield should be a player to watch. The Hawks will play their spring game at 7 p.m. May 24 on the road against Orlando Jones. “We’re playing a very athletic Jones team in the spring game, which is going to test our athleticism right away,” Smith said. V V

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Viera tennis teams enjoying successful seasons BY CARL KOTALA

While the Viera High girls tennis team is enjoying some surprising success this season, the boys team is enjoying a program first. The Hawks have clinched the top spot in the Cape Coast Conference South

Division for the first time in school history, setting up a March 27 date with Edgewood for the CCC title. “It meant so much to the team and it really meant a lot to me,” Viera boys coach John Lindheimer said. “We are no better than Melbourne, Satellite or Eau Gallie. It was

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Holy Trinity tennis teams will be state contenders BY CARL KOTALA

The Holy Trinity tennis program is looking to make a little history … again. Last year, the girls team reached the state tournament for the first time in school history. This year, the boys are hoping to do the same. And they have the team to do it. “I feel confident we’ll do well in districts, probably win, and then we could do well in the regionals as well, and then, hopefully, get both teams to state this year,” Tigers coach Mark Harrison said. “Our girls team went to state last year, which was a huge accomplishment.” Top singles player Morgan McCarthy, now an eighth grader, is back to lead the Tigers, along with junior Ashleigh Kutryb in the No. 2 spot. Seventh-grader Carly McNatt plays at No. 3 singles for Holy Trinity while the No. 4 to No. 7 spots are occupied by junior Karina Popwycz, eighth-grader Julia McNatt, sophomore Anjani Epasinghe and senior Seneka Epasinghe. Other key contributors for the girls team are junior Caroline Dixon, seventh-

respective ladders. “They’re both tournament players,” Harrison said. “Francisco has been ranked as high as 20 in the state in the boys 16s and he just turned 17. Morgan is one of the top players in the girls 14s and the country. She just had a big win on the ITF (Juniors Tour). She beat a girl that was top 250 on the ITF. “We’ve got those two. Hopefully, Francisco will lead us into the state tournament.” VV

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Holy Trinity eighth grader and No. 1 singles player Morgan McCarthy is one of the top players in Brevard County. The girls team reached the state tournament for the first time last season and is working toward a return trip in 2018.

grader Samara Hall and seniors Sydney Levy and Ellen Armstrong. Holy Trinity’s boys team, meanwhile, is led by junior Francisco Aguilo-Seara in the No. 1 singles slot, followed by sophomore Bodie Cohen, senior Saurav Ghosal, senior Matthew Ryan, senior Zach McManus, junior Briggsie Kilborne and senior Sajan Gutta.

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Holy Trinity No. 1 singles player Francisco Aguilo-Seara is a big reason why this year's boys team believes it can make the state tournament for the first time in program history.

Other top Tigers include senior Brandon Voeple, senior Carter Thomas, junior Evan Jacobus, eighthgrader Conner Bierbrunner, sophomore Kevin Platt, senior Thomas Stallard, seventh-grader Christopher

Moore and junior Cody Yan. Harrison said this year’s teams are stronger than last year because of more depth. And with McCarthy and Aguilo-Seara, the Tigers have two of the county’s top players at the top of their

field ever with 84 golfers. Prizes were awarded during lunch at Divots restaurant. Gary Baxter, Steve Henderson, Scott Morton and Scott Crockett tied for first. Gary Shiffrin, Ross Shiffrin, Robinson and Steve Slentz tied for second. Craig Smith, Bennie Moayer, J.J. Kruesel and Robert Sobeck tied for third. Alan Pinette on No. 4, Gary Shiffrin on No. 7 (almost a hole-in-one), Lane Burney on No. 13 and Bob Wylie on No. 16 were closest-to-the-pin. VV

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Viera junior Gabe Diaz, shown here during his sophomore year, is a big reason why the Hawks earned the top spot in the Cape Coast Conference South Division for the first time in program history.

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Viera lacrosse teams will challenge for district championships

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Viera goalie Nick Rossi, shown here making a save against Melbourne, has had a strong season for the Hawks. BY CARL KOTALA

Expectations are high for both the Viera High boys and girls lacrosse teams this season. And for Viera’s girls team, that feeling is a little new. “Last year, it was like, ‘Do what you can,’ ” girls coach Nick Bigerton said with a laugh. “Now, it’s like ‘let’s see if you can do what you did last year, if not better.’ ” The Hawks made a splash last year, winning their first district title by beating Rockledge in the title game. Viera is a contender once again this season, with a team led by Tristen Chang, Grace Blythe, Micki Pippett, Brianna

“The freshmen have helped out a lot. They’ve definitely shown what they’ve got.”

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They’ve been playing the game since fifth grade. Some are brand new to the sport. They may be athletes, but they’ve never played athletics with a lacrosse stick and a ball in their hands. “We’re trying to maintain that balance of developing new players while also kind of crafting and sharpening the ones that have been around for a little bit.” Although Viera faces a big challenge in Edgewood, the Hawks believe they’re more versatile offensively this year than they were during their championship run. “We have great midfielders and awesome attackmen,” Blythe said. “We all can shoot,

too. Last year, there were maybe five of us that could shoot. Now, it’s much more even.” It only takes a few minutes of watching the Viera boys team to realize that not only can the Hawks shoot, they’ve also got some wicked speed, and that can only lead to more scoring opportunities. “They’re very fast,” Viera boys coach Charlie Crawford said. “We have a couple of good face-off guys. They’re really quick coming down the field on the fast break. The defense is pretty solid. They need to stop ball watching, but other than that, they’re doing pretty good.” The Hawks certainly have a

talented roster with offensive standouts Nate DePlancke, Jared Weiss, Nick Rodriguez and Dylan Parrilla. Goalie Nick Rossi, Tyler Bartlett, Joe Altieri and Parrilla are the team captains. And Viera also has five impact freshmen, including starters Bryce Norton, Gavin Wessel and Weiss. “The freshmen have helped out a lot,” Parrilla said. “They’ve definitely shown what they’ve got.” That has the Hawks thinking about a deep postseason run. “I think we’re capable of making it far this year — districts, a good chance at regionals and hopefully states,” Parrilla said. V V

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As 17 balloons sailed away to conclude Viera High School’s participation in National School Walkout on Wednesday, March 14, student leaders were delighted that the gathering did not have to be a pure example of civil disobedience. “The administration was very cooperative and allowed us to do this,’’ said Dani Mordas, a Viera High student who was the first speaker after the 9:28 a.m. walkout. “They asked us what we wanted to do. It was very important to come together to show support for Parkland.’’ On Feb. 14, a lone gunman and former student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland killed 17 people and wounded 14 others. Six Viera High student government leaders spoke at the gathering, where a banner flapped with the following words: Eagles and Hawks, together we stand, sending love, thoughts, and prayers From one flock to another “We Fly Together” #MSDstrong #NeverAgain Mordas pointed out in her introduction that Viera High School is 2 hours and 22 minutes north of Douglas High School. Evan Caldwell, another speaker, called upon both the left and the right, politically, to come together for a solution and to end their political warfare. Caldwell said that tragedy desensitizes everyone to pain and that fear can turn us against each other. If this is not rectified, society is doomed to repeat its past mistakes. Nathalie Burgos, another speaker, is tired of waking up scared and how the cycle of tragedy has gotten old. “We need to write to Congress and communicate with our government,’’ Burgos said afterward. “Direct communication is so important and not just settling (for the status quo).’’ Ariana Pereda said that one moment of silence is not enough to prevent bullying, which can lead to school violence. She said everyone matters and everyone has so much in common. Andy Saraka, another student speaker, spoke out about standing up for what you believe is right. He implored his fellow students to do better than the elected officials, who have fallen short in their responsibilities. This is where society can

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Nivetha Aravind, the class president for Viera High’s senior class, urges her fellow students to let government leaders know what they are concerned about.

be fixed. Nivetha Aravind, the class president for Viera High’s senior class, wants Viera High students to stand up for peace, unity and strength. This can be achieved through the 17 acts of kindness movement, where a simple smile or kind act can change someone’s day. Aravind wants her fellow students to let government leaders know their concerns and to participate in protest marches. A voter registration day is scheduled for April 13 at the school. Aravind quoted Mahatma Gandhi to wrap up her speech: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.’’ Afterward, Aravind said, “We need to create awareness as a first step to any chance for gun control or (treating) mental illness. Having this and reaching out to this large crowd is an integral part of the process. We want a better future for gun control legislation.’’

Mollie Roe did not speak at the gathering, but her classmates were quick to praise her work behind the scenes to make the day successful. “We just want our students to get their voice out there,’’ Roe said. “This is the time. Everyone should have a chance to speak out. The administration was really flexible and supportive.’’ Michael Alba, the Viera High School principal, knew this could be a teaching moment. He rejected the notion and threats emanating from other principals around the country of punishing students for conducting a walkout. “I appreciate the student leaders, and I wanted to put the appropriate respect in helping them organize an event to rally behind”, Alba said. “They did a great job, and I’m super proud of them. We didn’t want to have several walkouts that weren’t well organized.’’ The brief assembly won’t

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Students at Viera High School participated in the National School Walkout on Wednesday, March 14.

be forgotten. “This was a teaching moment to get the student government to send a message of hope,’’ Alba said.

“This is positive with the acts of kindness. Students don’t know how well they can have a positive impact on the community.’’ V V

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Farid, Gutta named Holy Trinity’s valedictorian, salutatorian BY CARL KOTALA

The first time Chris Farid met Sajan Gutta in seventh grade, he remembers thinking, “Oh, this is going to be interesting.” Now, after pushing each other academically for the past six years, the two Holy Trinity students — and Viera residents — have been named the valedictorian and the salutatorian of this year’s senior class. “I think it’s a good representation of all the hard work we put in through high school,” Gutta said. “But I think the real reward will be getting to go to the colleges we want to go to.” Farid, who took 13 Advanced Placement classes as well as a course in differential equations at Florida Tech, has a 4.90 grade-point average. He already has been accepted at

“I think it’s a good representation of all the hard work we put in through high school.” — Sajan Gutta Johns Hopkins University. “I’m going into pre-med, and also, I do a lot of music. They have the Peabody Conservatory. So they have an incredible music program and they’re one of the best for pre-med. “It just felt (right). And they don’t have a core curriculum, so I don’t have to take any English or History classes. I really liked all that put together, and Baltimore is a pretty interesting city.” Gutta, who took 14 AP classes along with an online course in business law, has a 4.88 GPA. He still is waiting to hear from his top college

choices. “I would do computer science and economics and then I would potentially minor in either entrepreneurship, or I also have interest in sports management,” Gutta said. Both students believe that being able to push each other through the years has been quite beneficial. “I think it was good for us,” Gutta said. “It started out being more competitive than it ended up being at the end. But it was good because it led us to do the extra things that will pay off now with college applications.” Neither student was sure what they plan to say at graduation. “My hair is pretty big, and the cap doesn’t really fit,” Farid said. “I might make a joke about that in my speech. But other than that, I’m not sure yet.” V V

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Holy Trinity Odyssey of the Mind team headed to state BY CARL KOTALA

There was no question what part of this year’s Odyssey of the Mind competition at Viera High was the favorite of Holy Trinity second-grader Deklan Boyles. “I enjoyed being up on stage,” he said. Well, come April 14, Boyles and six other Holy Trinity students will be back on stage — this time at the University of Central Florida — to compete at the state event. Boyles, Angelica Norris, Greyson Steele, Lilliana Carter, Carrie Ann Conwell, Zoe Colling and Heidi Rauscher made up Holy Trinity’s Primary Division team made up of students in kindergarten through second grade. Althhough their event is not competitive, they were recommended by the judges following their performance and were ultimately one of two teams picked out of a hat. Fourteen teams in all took part in the Primary Division, which featured a long-term project that began in October and a spontaneous problem they

had just minutes to prepare for. The theme of the long-term project was “We’re Cooking Now.” “They had to present a cooking show,” said Duana Boyles, who served as the team’s coach. “They needed to have a chef and a special guest. The chef needed to teach the special guest a cooking lesson. They needed to have a story behind the meal. “They needed to use balsa wood to hold a team-created bowl that was at least 6 inches in diameter. They needed to have a humorous scene and they needed to have a theme song used twice in the performance.” The students came up with the idea to be sea creatures. The chef was a narwhal, the special guest was a tiger shark and the dish they made was a great white shark salad. The project had a budget of less than $125 and Duana Boyles was not allowed to assist in terms of putting the project together. The students created their costumes, picked their theme song (“Under the Sea”) and made their own sets.

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Holy Trinity's Odyssey of the Mind team qualified for this month's state event in the Primary (grades kindergarten to second) Division. Pictured from left to right are second graders Greyson Steele, Angelica Norris, Lilliana Carter, Carrie Ann Conwell, Deklan Boyles and Zoe Colling. Not pictured is Heidi Rauscher.

Boyles also coached a group of fourth and fifth graders in the Problem 3 Mockumentary division that had a theme of “Alice in Wonderland.” That group finished second and was comprised of Donovan Boesch, Lloyd Robinson, Gianna Theodoropoulos, Violet

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Asked if she was looking forward to performing at the state competition, Norris said yes, because the group forgot one key ingredient in their great white shark salad. “Yeah, we forgot the onions,” the second grader said, “so we’re going to have to work on that.” V V

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Tighter security should make Brevard County schools safer BY JULIE STURGEON

Students’ safety at school has become a concern across the nation, and Viera schools are among those under scrutiny for tighter security measures. Viera and Suntree are just a few hours north of Parkland, the scene of the Feb. 14 tragic shooting deaths of 17 students and staff. As students become more vocal about their right to a safe learning environment, administrators grapple with challenges and solutions. Brevard County School Superintendent Desmond Blackburn and Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey recently discussed plans to increase school security in Brevard. “We definitely welcome the sheriff’s recommendations,’’ Blackburn said during a recent press conference. “It’s important that we have his skill set and his expertise to guide us through this.” Blackburn and Ivey have devised a four-part strategy: • Teaching students and staff what to do if an active shooting happens • Continued hardening

of schools (increasing building security) • Adding full-time resource officers to elementary schools • Implementing a volunteerbased school marshal program. Ivey emphasized the importance of empowering students to voice concerns through Operation Speak Out, a phone app that has been successful in the past. The motto is, if you see something say something. “Students are the ones that are there every day, they hear the remarks, they hear the comments, they see the bullying and everything else,” Ivey said. “We need to make that (reporting threats) as easy as we can.” Students also are encouraged to speak to parents, peers, teachers or other trusted adults. For that to happen, snitching must be redefined to distinguish it from seeking help to preventing violence, according to violence prevention and school safety expert Dewey Cornell of the University of Virginia. “We encourage our students to reach out to as many

trusted adults and even peers as they can,” said Jennifer Wolfinger, a spokesperson for Brevard Public Schools. “A lot of times, their first line of communication is their teachers or administrators. The more people they talk to, the faster we can respond.” Another key aspect is training for an active shooter or other emergency. Blackburn discussed a plan that will allow students and staff to know exactly what to do in the event of an active shooter, which will be formulated into a drill. School hardening improvements will include perimeter fencing and a single-point entry, funded by the 2014 half cent sales tax. Structural changes are being considered, as are metal detectors and locking classrooms remotely. “We are trying to not get very specific about measures,” Wolfinger said. “We don’t want to be vulnerable.” She added that parents always are welcome on their child’s campus and they are welcome to assess the situation. In a recent email, Viera High Principal Mike Alba wrote that security upgrades to

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Brevard County School Superintendent Desmond Blackburn is working closely with Sheriff Wayne Ivey to bolster school security.

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Energy savings can be as easy as changing a light bulb Energy consumption is on the rise. Projections by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) show that “the world-wide energy consumption will on average continue to increase by 2 percent per year.” According to EPA, because approximately 67 percent of our electricity comes from burning fossil fuels (mostly coal and natural gas), electricity production generates the largest share (29 percent in 2015) of greenhouse gas emissions. Greenhouse gases trap heat and make the planet warmer. The longer they stay in the atmosphere, the higher their impact on long-term temperatures we experience on Earth and the greater threat they pose to a balanced environment. Carbon dioxide (CO2) is such a greenhouse gas that remains in the atmosphere for a very long time. Since energy production is a major generator of CO2 emission, lowering energy consumption will be paramount for the health of our planet and the future of our younger generation. One simple way of reducing energy consumption is by using LED lights.

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The U.S. Dept. of Energy states that “light-emitting diode (LED) is one of today's most energy-efficient and rapidly-developing lighting technologies. [It] uses at least 75 percent less energy, is much cooler, and lasts 25 times longer than incandescent lighting.” Knowing that, the Brevard Public Schools Energy/Resource Conservation Department launched a project to replace existing BPS lighting systems district wide with LED lighting with the goal of increasing efficiency and reducing both energy and maintenance costs. The two-phased plan as described by Joseph Montemurno, an energy/ resource conservation department specialist, will save BPS between

$500,000 and 600,000 or more a year. “Phase 1 will replace our most predominant lighting — approximately 250,000-plus 4-foot tubular lamps. Phase 2 will address our high and predominate outside lighting, converting the existing fixtures to LED to achieve an approximate 50 percent plus energy savings.” With those changes, BPS expects not only to have an impact on energy costs but also on helping “lower performing elementary schools to support improving their learning environment.” “With stretched custodial resources in those schools,” adds Energy/Resource Conservation Manager Bruce Lindsay, “custodians are very excited about the 70,000hour light bulbs. It means that they will never have to replace a bulb again before they retire!” The project, scheduled to start this March with early adopters Southwest Middle School, Eau Gallie High School and Space Coast Junior/Senior High School, should be completed in about five years and has an estimated simple

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payback of less than five years. “Brevard Schools consume $11.3 million in electricity each year — 60 percent for air conditioning, 25 percent for lighting and 15 percent for plug loads. At the end of the fiveyear project, we should be shaving $2 million from our electric bill,” forecasts Lindsay. And more savings are anticipated with what is planned for the lamps that will be removed. “During phase 1, we will be removing 250,000-plus mostly functional T8 fluorescent lamps and stocking them in our warehouse where they will be available for free to our schools that have not yet been retrofitted to LED. Thus, schools will save money by not having to purchase additional T8 fluorescent lamps prior to their switch over to LEDs. BPS plans to auction off any of the removed T8 fluorescent lamps that we are unable to store or that remain at the end of the project to avoid the cost of material disposal,” shared Montemurno. This is an incredible initiative and the perfect example of the kind of impact that using LED lighting might have on energy consumption and savings. This project sheds a light on how positive this type of change might be and it is an inspiration for anyone to start converting their system, too. LED bulbs might be a bit expensive, but in the long run they are better for the environment and will translate into much lower running costs. If you are looking for an impactful Earth Day project to start at home, this will be the perfect one! Email Marcia Booth at Marcia@3RsAndBeyond.org. V V

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Suntree Rotary Club works hard to clean up Rotary Park SPECIAL TO VIERA VOICE

Twice a year, the Suntree Rotary Club meets at the park to clean it up so families can enjoy the grounds and the scenic view of the Indian River. The Suntree Rotary Club filled a 30-yard dumpster with tree limbs and branches. The dumpster was donated by East Coast Paper Stock. V V

Members of the Suntree Rotary Club gathered between 8 a.m. and noon on Saturday, March 10 to clean Rotary Park, which is located at the intersection of U.S.1 and Suntree Boulevard.

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Suntree/Viera Library book sale has something for everyone “We have people come from Titusville and beyond.”

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The semi-annual Suntree/ Viera Library book sale is a fun way to save money and support the library. A treasure hunt of bargain books will include selections in young adult, children, fiction, non-fiction and cooking categories. Large print titles also are very popular, as are gardening, crafts, travel and sports books. Everything is $2 or less. According to Bobbie Shaw, a Friends of the Library member, there will be a “huge selection” this year. Biographies, history and military, health and cooking, religion and self-help will all be for sale. Arts, poetry and the classics? You will find those at the book sale as well. “All the proceeds go to the

— Bobbie Shaw Friends of the Library, who in turn provide everything the library needs,” Shaw said. Funds are used for computers, children's events and programs, even window washing not provided by the county, Shaw said. Most of the money goes to library programs and new books. “We hope to see everyone,” Shaw said. “We have people come from Titusville and beyond, and they think this is special.” People can donate books to the library sale by bringing them in to the front desk or

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Friends of the Catherine Schweinsberg Rood Central Library members will conduct a book sale April 13, April 14 and April 15 at the library located at 308 Forrest Avenue in Cocoa. A free preview sale will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. April 12 for Friends of the Catherine Schweinsberg Rood

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Foster families needed to provide love, care for abandoned kittens at Humane Society

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If you love kittens and want to help them find homes, make plans to attend the Itty-Bitty Kitty Committee workshop this month. The kitten workshop is free and takes place at the Brevard Humane Society’s Cocoa Adoption Center on Cox Road. The workshops are held every month to accommodate hundreds of kittens needing homes. Participants will learn first aid, proper feeding of kittens, stimulation, litter box training and other essential skills for kitty care. Cleaning and flea control, weight gain, weaning and developmental milestones also will be discussed. “The Itty-Bitty Kitten program teaches people how to care for kittens, from newborns up to 8 weeks of age, and nursing mothers as well,” said Michelle Deaton, foster and rescue coordinator. There are many orphaned kittens in Brevard County that need experienced foster families knowledgeable on how to love and care for them. Every year about 100 foster kittens are added to the program. Every kitty in the foster program gets spayed, neutered and put up for adoption. “It really depends on the community as to how many kittens need homes,” Deaton said. “It’s the public that finds the kittens and brings

During the past five years, there has been something transformative happening to Brevard’s theater scene. Steven Heron, the artistic director of the Titusville Playhouse, has rebuilt his theater from the ground up because he knows the value of quality theater. “Theater exposes our communities to situations that make us laugh, love, but most of all, think,” he said. “Theater should, at some point, make the audience feel uncomfortable and through those awkward moments open the patron to feelings and thoughts they would not have been expecting to receive.” The Titusville Playhouse is staging the musical “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.” The Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse is taking Monty Python from the screen to the stage with “Spamalot.” The Henegar Center is staging the play “Ugly Lies the Bone.” Cocoa Beach’s Surfside Playhouse lightens the mood with the humorous “who-done-it” play “The Games Afoot.” VV

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Viera Wetlands Nature Festival Continued from page 2

SATURDAY ACTIVITIES Charlie Corbeil Children's Art Contest 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Judging at 1:30 p.m.

Tour. Both will be held during the first day. The Vegetation Tour will talk about the identification of vegetation within and surrounding the wetlands, a discussion of the vegetative communities as originally designed and how they have evolved. Patty Corapi will conduct a Sunrise Advanced Photo class and a Sunset Photo Walk on the opening day. Stephen Blythe will teach an Introductory Photography class, Dave MacDonald will conduct Wetlands Van Tours on both days, and Roland LeBon will conduct a Wetlands Tour on Sunday. Shari Blissett-Clark will conduct an interesting Bats seminar at 6 p.m. Saturday. Brevard Zoo's Alana Wood will hold a Frog Watch from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday before the park closes at 10 p.m. It is recommended that participants check in at least 15 minutes before each tour. During the festival, copies of the Viera Wetlands Charlie Corbeil’s Birding Guide will be available. Corbeil, who died in 2015, was a popular nature photographer who co-wrote a monthly column about nature with his wife, Charlotte, for the Viera Voice. Some tours and workshops are limited by available seating or other considerations and early registration is encouraged. To register for tours and workshops, go to https://tinyurl. com/2018VWNF or contact Events@Viera.com. V V

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Sunrise Birding / Chris Koeppel 6:30 - 8 a.m. Sunrise Advanced Photo Class / Patty Corapi 6:30- 8 a.m. Vegetation Tour / Raleigh Berry 8 - 9 a.m. Intro Photography / Stephen Blythe 9 - 10 a.m. Wetlands Van Tour / Dave MacDonald 10 - 10:45 AM Treatment Plant Tour 10 - 11:30 a.m. Wetlands Van Tour / Dave MacDonald 11 - 11:45 a.m. Wetlands Van Tour / Raleigh Berry 12 - 12:45 p.m. Treatment Plant Tour 12 - 1:30 p.m. Wetlands Van Tour / Dave MacDonald 1 - 1:45 PM Bats / Shari Blissett-Clark 6 - 7 p.m. Sunset Photo Walk / Patty Corapi 7 - 8:30 p.m. Frog Watch / Brevard Zoo - Alana Wood 8:00 - 9:30 p.m.

There's a lot to do for children at the Viera Wetlands Nature Festival.

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The Charlie Corbeil Student Art Contest will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. There will be three age categories: 5-7, 8-10 and 11-12. Art and essays will be created on site. To enter a photograph in the art contest, bring an 8 x 10 unframed photo to the festival contest booth. Judging of all art work will take place at 1:30 p.m. All art work, poems and essays should focus on nature and conservation. At 2 p.m., a total of $300 will be awarded.

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April Fools Day Easter Sunday Easter Brunch

1:30 p.m. An extensive buffet featuring omelet station, fresh salads and dessert choices. Tradewinds at Duran 7032 Stadium Parkway Viera, 321-504-7771

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National Peanut Butter Hug a and Jelly Day Newsman Day Brevard Federated Transcendental Meditation St. Mary’s Community Fair Fiction Writing Group 6 - 7:30 p.m. April 4 to April 8 1 – 3 p.m. Republican Women 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Monthly luncheon meeting Speaker Congressman Bill Posey Duran Golf Club 7032 Stadium Parkway Viera, 321-727-1212

With Nancy Dudley and Gary Suntree/Viera Library 902 Jordan Blass Drive Suntree 321-255-4404

Wed.-Thurs. 6-10 p.m. Fri. 6-11 p.m.,Sat. 3-11 p.m. Sun. 1-7 p.m. St. Mary’s Catholic Church 1152 Seminole Drive Rockledge, 321-636-6834

Suntree/Viera Library 902 Jordan Blass Drive Suntree 321-255-4404

Great Decision Global Health: Progress and Challenges

Fencing Lessons

5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Ages 10 and up Viera Community Center 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera 321-258-1054

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5:30 – 7:45 p.m. FIT Lifelong Scholar Society Chamber of Commerce Conference Center The Avenue Viera, Viera 321-674-8382, option 2

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National Walk to Work Day Art in the Park at Riverwalk Third annual Amateur 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Backyard BBQ Contest Sidewalk chalk art contest is free for school children K-12th grade. Riverwalk Nature Center 5355 US Highway 1 Rockledge 321-433-4490

11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Benefits the Sharing Center’s Children’s Weekend Feeding Program F. Burton Smith Park 7575 W. King St., Cocoa 321-631-0306

Viera First Friday Food Truck Fest

Complimentary Yoga in the Park

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2 – 3 p.m. By Rockledge Regional Medical Center’s Arturo Castro, MD, One Senior Place, 8085 Spyglass Hill Road, Viera 800-522-6363

Learn about summer camps, activities, and programs offered in Brevard County. Viera Regional Community Center, 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera 321-433-4891

5 – 9 p.m. Gourmet food truck event Viera Regional Community Center, 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera 321-433-4891

9 – 10 a.m. The Avenue Viera, Central Park 2261 Town Center Ave. Viera 321-634-5390

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11 a.m. Featuring two speakers, Marcia Meskeil Macey from the Children’s Home Society and Barbara Rumpel, an NRA Board member. Duran Golf Club 7032 Stadium Parkway Viera 321-536-0577

10 – 14 years old Viera Community Center 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way Viera 321-223-1498 5:30 – 7 p.m. Viera Community Center 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way Viera, 321-848-3197

7:30 – 9 a.m. A fundraiser for Cocoa Community First. Breakfast with Mike Cantaloupe, Chief of Police, Cocoa Police Department. Cocoa Civic Junior Jazzercise Center, 430 Delannoy Ave. 3:30 – 4:40 p.m. – VPK- first Cocoa, 321-863-9474 4 – 5 p.m. – 5-12 years old Viera Community Center Finding Family Fast! 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson 1 – 5 p.m. Way, Viera Sheila Winkelspecht 321-433-4891 Suntree/Viera Library 902 Jordan Blass Drive Suntree, 321-255-4404

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11 a.m. – 3 p.m. This is a family-friendly event for dogs and their people. There will be dog activities, demonstrations, agility course, vendors, rescue organizations, food, and much more. Riverfront Park 401 Riveredge Blvd. Cocoa 321-305-4584

10 a.m. William A. Johnson, P.A., Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. will provide important details to help you Viera Community Center 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way understand what legal documents you should have Viera, 386-341-6779 in place, and why. Open Pickleball One Senior Place 12:30 – 3 p.m. 8085 Spyglass Hill Road Monday and Wednesday Viera, 321-253-1667 Viera Community Center 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera 321-433-4891

1 – 3 p.m. Crocheters, knitters, cross stitchery and embroiderers welcome. Bring your current project. Beginners welcome. Suntree/Viera Library 902 Jordan Blass Drive Suntree 321-255-4404

5 – 8 p.m. Live music, complimentary food and free drinks The Avenue Viera 2261 Town Center Ave. Viera 321-634-5390

raffles and a silent and live auction. Fundraiser for Brevard PALS Heritage Isles Viera 3384 Gurrero Drive Viera, 321-768-6800

April 21 and April 22 Saturday – 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Sunday – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Fundraiser with eco-friendly and educational vendors, exhibits, classes and tours to learn and explore the beautiful setting in Viera. Viera Wetlands 3685 Charlie Corbeil Way Viera 321-255-4500

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Space Coast Jazz Society

2 – 4:30 p.m. Presents jazz vocalist Michelle Mailhot Rockledge Country Club 1591 S. Fiske Blvd. Rockledge, 321-636-6022 Beach, 321-525-7825 332-428-5850

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Rockledge High School’s Third annual Car & Bike Show

Brevard Federated Tennis Lessons Republican Women Meeting 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

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12:30 – 3 p.m. Monday and Wednesday Viera Community Center 10 a.m. -2 p.m. 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Live music, door prizes, 50/50, silent auctions, food Way, Viera 321-433-4891 and more. Rockledge High School 220 Raider Road Rockledge 321-514-6603

Central Florida Chamber Winds

3 p.m. An afternoon of Chamber Music Suntree United Methodist Church 7400 N. Wickham Road Melbourne 321-432-3049

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7:30 p.m. A fundraiser to help grow the theatre’s endowment and support the arts on the Space Coast for many years to come. King Center 3865 N. Wickham Road Melbourne 321-242-2219

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. An intimate luncheon to honor the giving spirit of women and the special roles we play caring for each other, as we care for others in our lives. Special guest Kay Frances. Rockledge Country Club 1591 S. Fiske Blvd. Rockledge 321-360-3456

Administrative Professionals Day

The King Center’s 30th Anniversary Celebration

The Purple Iris annual Luncheon

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9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Designed to help individuals retain their driving competencies. One Senior Place 8085 Spyglass Hill Road Viera 321-698-2311

Treating your Diabetes, 2018 Summer Fun & Camp Fair Living Well Lecture Series 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Songs of Earth, Sea and Sky Vettes in Viera 7:30 p.m. Indialantic Chamber Singers Advent Lutheran Church 7550 N. Wickham Road Suntree, 321-426-0360

10 a.m. William A. Johnson, P.A., will help you understand the truth about Medicaid and its eligibility requirements. One Senior Place 8085 Spyglass Hill Road Viera 321-253-1667

8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Cape Kennedy Corvette Club’s 17th annual Car Show The Avenue Viera 2261 Town Center Ave. #113 Viera, 321-634-5390

National Day of Silence 2018 Brevard Uncorked Ninth annual Viera Food, wine, live music, Wetlands Nature Festival

Arbor Day

Medicaid Planning Seminar Fiesta Brevard

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Tax Day

9:30 – 10:45 a.m. Adults — Viera Community Center, 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera 321-258-2089

Blame Someone Else Day

5 – 8 p.m. Food, games, prizes, live entertainment, Fiesta Hat Contest, “Best Salsa in Brevard” Contest, Riverfront Park, 401 Riveredge Blvd., Cocoa, 321-459-2200

“Into the Woods”

7 p.m. Musical production by Viera High School Viera High School 6103 Stadium Parkway Viera, 321-632-1770

Kiss Your Mate Day Suntree/Viera Spring Book Sale 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Suntree/Viera Library 902 Jordan Blass Drive Suntree 321-255-4404

Safari under the Stars

6 – 11 p.m. Fundraiser featuring celebrity guest Jeff Corwin, food, drink, entertainment and a live auction. Brevard Zoo 8225 N. Wickham Road Viera, 321-254-9453, ext. 485

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Events around Brevard April 1

Festival of the Arts 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. An outdoor art festival Downtown Melbourne East New Haven Ave. Melbourne, 561-746-6615

April 3

West Melbourne PAL’s Food Truck Friday 5 – 9 p.m. Bring your family and friends for an evening of great food, fun and music. A variety of different foods available as well as crafts and vendors. Veterans Memorial Complex 2285 Minton Road W. Melbourne, 321-837-7781

April 4

‘The History of Pirates and Privateers” 2 p.m. Lecture series with historian Robert Marx Buena Vida Estates 2129 W. New Haven Ave. W. Melbourne, 321-724-0060

Great Decision Global Health: Progress and Challenges 5:30 – 7:45 p.m. FIT Lifelong Scholar Society. The collective action of countries and organizations during the past 30 years has saved millions of lives around the world. Yet, terrible inequalities in health persist and the world faces a mix of old and new challenges. Moderated by Dr. Dave Weldon, Florida Institute of Technology. Bring your own brown bag dinner, libations. Cocoa Beach Chamber of Commerce Conference Center The Avenue Viera, Viera 321-674-8382, option 2

April 6

Space Coast Warbird AirShow April 6 to 8 Vintage Warbirds, WWII Parachute Team, simulated bombing and strafing, military reenactments, and static displays. Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum 6600 Tico Road Titusville, 321-268-1941 April in Paris 6 – 9 p.m. French-themed street fair

to kick off the Foosaner Art Museum's French Film Festival. Starting with French food and wine, plus other vendors and activities, the film is shown in Eau Gallie Square at dark. Eau Gallie Square 1452 Highland Ave. Melbourne, 321-574-2737

Brevard Antiques and Collectibles Club 10 a.m. Subject will be “Birds & Eggs.” Bring one item for study and discussion. Suntree Viera Library 902 Jordan Blass Drive Suntree, 321-254-5831

Cocoa, 321-631-0306

Pirate Plunder 2-Miler 6:30 p.m. Fun pirate-themed 2-mile run/walk/ Best pirate costume awards and postrace party. Meg O’Malleys 812 E. New Haven Ave. Melbourne, 321-751-8890

Art in the Park at Riverwalk 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Sidewalk chalk art contest is free for school children K-12th grade. Riverwalk Nature Center 5355 U.S. Highway 1 Rockledge, 321-433-4490 Viera First Friday Food Truck Fest 5 – 9 p.m. Gourmet food truck event. Viera Regional Community Center 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way Viera, 321-433-4891

April 7

West Melbourne Police Department ninth annual Spring Fest 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Free food, raffle prizes and many vendors. There will also be bounce houses and fun for the whole family. Veterans Memorial Complex 2285 Minton Road W. Melbourne, 321-727-7700

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April 10

Golden Eagle Dinner, Honoring Sheriff Wayne Ivey Reception, 6 p.m. Dinner, 7 p.m.

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Peter Pan Jr. 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Melbourne Arch Angel’s Catholic Homeschool Drama Club. The Scott Center at Holy Trinity 5625 Holy Trinity drive Melbourne, 321-261-6256

Third annual Amateur Backyard BBQ Contest 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Sharing Center’s Children’s Weekend Feeding Program F. Burton Smith Park 7575 W. King St.

3:30 p.m. “Performing Land That We Love,” a tribute to the Pioneering Spirit of America. Riverside Presbyterian Church 3400 N. Atlantic Ave. Cocoa Beach, 321-525-7825

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Pet of the Month Meet Lil-Bit Lil-Bit is a cat, who also doubles as a sous chef. When spinach, asparagus or beans are cleaned for a meal, Lil-Bit is there to help. Owners: Rich and Nadja Ashby Rockledge

Meet Alphie Alphie is 12-year-old Maltese. We adopted him after he had been abandoned at an animal hospital when he was 3. A children’s book called “The Adventures of Nautidog” has been written about him. He is a “snow dog” since we live in Suntree during the winter months. Owners: Pati and Joe Hellmers Suntree

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Two Men and a Truck locations across the United States will collect donations for distribution to local women’s and family shelters for delivery on Mother’s Day through its Movers for Moms program. Mother’s Day should be a joyous occasion for mothers and their families. Unfortunately for some women, that’s not always the case. This is the 11th year for the Two Men and a Truck Movers for Moms program and the eighth year that Brevard County’s franchise has participated in the program. The women at Serene Harbor, a domestic violence shelter, will be the beneficiaries of the local program. For 26 years, Serene Harbor has provided safe and confidential services such as a confidential hotline, safety planning, emergency shelter, legal advocacy, counseling and outreach to more than 27,000 women, children and their pets in Brevard County. No gift is considered too small as Serene Harbor needs nice soaps, hair conditioners, soft pillows, slippers, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, floss

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The stained and art glass works of the Preston Studios of Melbourne will enhance the lobby of the Maxwell King Center during April. Jerry Preston and John Emery, creators and designers of art glass images and windows, are enjoying their 42nd year in business. “About 80 percent of our work is residential,” said Emery, the spokesman for the artists. “We do home entrances and their bathroom windows, stainedglass windows in a number of hospital chapels in Central Florida and Tiffany-like lamps and art.”

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Tiffany-like lamps are a specialty for Preston Studios.

Their work has been created for the owners of California’s Hearst Castle, for Allen Neuharth, USA Today and Florida Today founder, writer George Plimpton and the Melbourne Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, to name a few. Interior designers from Brevard County to Canada, across the USA and on to Denmark and Scotland use Preston Studio creations. “It takes four to six weeks of construction for a residential entrance, not including design,” Emery said. “It is custom and oneof-a-kind, and the design is intended to last forever. It is intended to enhance the value of the home, so we match the architecture as much as possible. Jerry is the practical person and the one who cuts most of the glass.” “John likes to say that he does the design and I do the trees,” said Preston with a chuckle. “John is the primary designer and he is very good at it. He checks out the setting and the design.” Emery calls himself a radical in the field using copper foil technique, not lead channeling. All the work is done in copper foil just like Tiffany originals then

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Dr Phillips Hospital, near Disney World, has nine stained glass windows designed by Preston Studios.

soldering over it with a 50-50 combination of tin and lead. The solder is what holds it together. They don’t use all lead channeling because that sags over time. Essentially the projects are double VIERA VOICE photo Preston Studios created a master bedroom window as part of the 2018 glazed. International Builders Show in Orlando. Both Emery and Preston taught themselves as available. Force Base. hobbyists in stained glass, Preston, who holds a The King Center creating new and original bachelor’s degree in business presentation will include designs in lamps from the large detailed photographs of very start before what Emery administration from Texas says the Odyssey and Worden Tech, spent 14 years as a field windows and entrances the director in the American Red two have created, including systems (creators of TiffanyCross. Emery studied history, a photograph of a window like designs made easy completing his bachelor’s from the Melbourne Trinity for craftspeople) became degree at Rollins College Church. A small graphic and graduate work at the under each photograph will University of South Florida. explain what it is and the He also studied history year it was completed. Three and art in Europe. He was Tiffany-like Preston Studio exposed to Tiffany art glass at lamps also will be on display. a young age through Rollins However, the only way the RESIDENTIAL College and friends who had exhibit may be viewed is ONLY a Tiffany collection. Preston by those holding tickets for and Emery met at Patrick Air center performances.. V V

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which includes the STAR program: Success Through Awareness and Restoration, which focuses on students’ mental health. He called it a legitimate alternative education program to meet the needs of certain students. “STAR … will address the needs of students that have been identified as having severe behavior problems or any anti-social behavior and may be of danger to themselves or other,” Blackburn said. Students, parents and community members are invited to voice their input. Blackburn said he supports students who want to demonstrate peacefully. On March 14, Viera High principal Mike Alba joined students as they participated in a national student walk out for 17 minutes during school hours, a minute for each victim in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. Does activism make a

difference? One landmark result is the bipartisan vote by the Florida Congress in favor of a gun control and school safety bill. The bill requires firearm purchasers to be at least 21 years old and adhere to a three-day waiting period. It also bans bump stocks and provides funding for school police officers and mental health counselors. That same legislation allows school boards to implement a school marshal program. On March 9, it was signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott. The next School Board Meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. April 17 at 2700 Judge Fran Jamieson Way. VV For information or to voice concerns, contact District 2 School Board member Matt Susin at susin. matthew@brevardschools. org, Superintendent of Schools Desmond Blackburn at blackburn.desmond@ brevardschools.org, the Speak Out Hotline at 800226-7733 or the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273TALK (8255).

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