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Six conservation heroes reel in prestigious ‘Charlies’ SPECIAL TO VIERA VOICE

The fourth annual Charlie Corbeil Conservation Awards will celebrate the accomplishments of five impressive conservation leaders from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 13 at the Heritage Isle Clubhouse Ballroom in Viera. Corbeil, who died unexpectedly in late 2013, was popular in the conservation community. He held a certification as a Florida Master Naturalist and his nature photography is displayed all over the world. He was one of the original “Wetlands Rangers” at the Ritch Grissom Memorial Viera Wetlands. He helped many young photographers hone their skills in wildlife photography. A new category this year will feature a youth conservationist. Corbeil and his wife, Charlotte, wrote a popular wildlife column for the Viera Voice. Charlotte Corbeil has continued writing the column since her husband’s death. For tickets to the awards banquet, go to The 2017 Charlie Award recipients are: 1. Anne Birch – Marine Conservation director of The Nature Conservancy, served the Brevard County Environmentally Endangered Lands Program. 2. Dr. Dave Breininger – Lead wildlife biologist of NASA’s ecological programs at Kennedy Space Center. 3. Sammy Lee McGee – Park biologist, St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park. 4. Jim Waymer – Environmental reporter for Florida Today. 5. Diane Barile – Founding executive director, Marine Resources Council. 6. New Youth Category – Announced on April 7.







New Youth Category Recipient announced on April 7

Tours offered at eighth annual Viera Wetlands Nature Festival SPECIAL TO VIERA VOICE

VIERA VOICE Linda Wiggins

Usually, the Ritch Grissom Memorial Wetlands at Viera is a quiet and solitary place to enjoy some of Brevard County's wildlife. It's one of the hidden jewels in the county at the west end of North Wickham Road on 3685 Charlie Corbeil Way in Viera. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 22 and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, April 23, it won't be as solitary but it promises to be fun. Supporting Viera's Natural Wonders is the theme for this year's eighth annual Viera Wetlands Nature Festival. Exhibits will feature local wildlife such as birds, bats and butterflies. Native plants, nature photography and art also will be highlighted. The festival is free to the public.


Exhibits at the Viera Wetlands Nature Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 22 and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, April 23 will feature local wildlife and more.

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The Charlie Corbeil Youth Art Contest entries will be on display and the winners will be announced at noon Saturday, April 22 at the Viera Wetlands Nature Festival.

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Drive, Chip and Putt Championship promotes golf for children BY BRENDA EGGERT BRADER

The Drive, Chip and Putt Championship cleverly focuses on youth and is aimed at growing the game of golf through focusing on the three fundamental skills employed in golf. Founded in 2013 by the

Masters Tournament, United States Golf Association and the PGA of America, boys and girls compete in separate divisions in four age categories: ages 7 to 9; 10 and 11, 12 and 13 and 14 and 15 years old. A nationwide program, local participants advance to play

in sub-regional and regional qualifiers, culminating in the Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals held annually the Sunday before the Masters Tournament in Augusta, Ga. On April 2 this year, a group consisting of 80 boys and girls will participate in the national finals.

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respect, attitude and sportsmanship.” Locally, youth golfers will be tested on three skills — driving, chipping, putting — and awarded points based upon how they do. Winners advance to the sub-regional and then a regional qualifying site with the end goal of making it to the final site at the 2018 Masters in Augusta that is nationally televised. Registration now is open for the May local qualifiers’ event with no entry fee. Players may sign up at and select Duran Golf Club as one of the local qualifying sites. Additional information may be obtained by checking the Duran Golf Club website at where there is a link to the registration site as well. V V



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Adventure HQ offers climbing, fitness for families BY KATIE PARSONS

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Local families will soon have a new place to spend some quality active time together. Adventure HQ, located at 5270 North U.S. Highway 1 at the former Giant Recreation World location, opens in April and will feature activities for parents, kids and fitness buffs alike. Adventure HQ is part rock climbing, part gym, part children’s activity and climbing area, and part group fitness center all rolled VIERA VOICE Marc Rhodes into one location. There also Frankie Pawley is the owner of is a café area and two party Adventure HQ. rooms equipped to handle birthday parties or even different ways.” corporate team-building Specifically, the climbing events. Patrons can pay for a opportunities at Adventure day pass, buy a punch card at HQ fall in the category of a discounted rate or sign up “bouldering.” This subset of for a membership. rock climbing assigns course Frankie Pawley is the “problems” to climbers who brains behind the one-of-amust move along the wall, kind location and says the either up or to the side, to concept was inspired by two solve it. Most bouldering things: his own love for rockMEANS VIERA walls are 20 feet tall or less climbing and a need for fullBUSINESS N E T W O R K I N G Gand R O U Ppeople climb without a family activities in the area. rope or harness. “Climbing is a really social The children’s area has way to exercise and there’s options for a variety of a lot of problem solving ages, starting around the involved. You don’t even age of 5, including climbing realize you are getting such a (with safety harnesses) great workout until it’s over,” and a three-level option he said. “This facility offers ninja warrior-style obstacle that kind of fitness in a lot of VIERA MEANS BUSINESS NETWORKING GROUP

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Members of the Viera High choir group, known as the Viera High Singers, go through a number with teacher Kevin Albright, right. The Singers will perform with the touring group Rocktopia at the King Center on April 21.

Viera High Singers will perform with Rocktopia at King Center BY CARL KOTALA

Imagine taking music from classical composers such as Beethoven, Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky and mixing it with works of classic rock groups like The Who, Jimmy Hendrix and Pink Floyd for a one-of-a-kind performance. Well, the touring group Rocktopia has figured it out. And when the show comes to the King Center at 8 p.m. April 21, a group of Viera High students will be there to help. “There’s parts of the songs where we’re background music for them and there’s other parts where the entire chorus of a song is us singing it, which is weird because it’s taking artists you would hear in (classic rock) music and applying it in four-part harmonies that you don’t usually hear with that,” Viera senior Brittany Antonellis said.

Viera High choral director Kevin Albright said the opportunity to perform with the professional touring group came when he got an email from the Brevard County Resources Office asking if any high school choirs would be willing to perform in the show. “Whenever these kind of things come about, which isn’t very often, we certainly want to take that opportunity to give our students that chance to be part of a professional production and to see everything that goes into it, and to be on that stage again,” Albright said. Members of the advanced class, known as the Viera High School Singers, appeared on the King Center stage two years ago, appearing with well-known Scottish singer Susan Boyle. Antonellis and senior Stephanie Schiller were on

the stage that night and it’s certainly something they won’t forget. “When we performed with Susan Boyle, it was definitely like, ‘Wow, we’re performing at the King Center in front of all these people,’” Schiller said. “It was a little nervewracking, but the fact that we were all doing it together was more calming.” Antonellis agreed. “It was cool to have people to lean back on because it’s really intimidating when you’re with an artist that’s so well known … you’re standing and all you see are bright lights and you see heads going all the way back,” she said. “It’s like you’re outnumbered.” Unlike the Susan Boyle performance, where the

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p u p SPORTSWra 2017 SPORTS SCHEDULES HOLY TRINITY BASEBALL * District game April 4 – at MCC, 4 p.m.* April 7 – Satellite, 4:15 p.m.* April 10 – at Franklin High, N.C., 5 p.m. April 14 – at Smoky Mountain, N.C., 4 pm. April 18 – Cocoa, 4:15 p.m.* April 21 – at Space Coast, 6 p.m.* April 22 – Nazareth Regional (N.Y.), noon April 26 – at Eau Gallie, 6 p.m. April 27 – at Freedom, 5 p.m. VARSITY BOYS LACROSSE April 3 – District Tournament at MCC, TBA April 6 – District Final at MCC, 7 p.m. April 13 – State Tournament play-in game, first round, 7 p.m. April 18 – State Tournament play-in game, second round, 7 p.m. April 23 – State Tournament play-in game, third round, 7 p.m. April 28 – State Semifinals at Jupiter High, TBA April 29 – State Championship Game at Jupiter High, TBA VARSITY GIRLS LACROSSE * District game April 4 – District Tournament at Melbourne High, TBA April 13 – State Tournament play-in game, first round, 7 p.m. April 18 – State Tournament play-in game, second round, 7 p.m. April 23 – State Tournament play-in game, third round, 7 p.m. April 28 – State Semifinals at Jupiter High, TBA April 29 – State Championship Game at Jupiter High, TBA VARSITY SOFTBALL * District game April 3 – at Cocoa Beach, 6 p.m.* April 5 – at MCC, 5 p.m.* April 7 – at Astronaut, 6 p.m.* April 18 – Titusville, 5:15 p.m.* April 20 – at Cocoa, 6 p.m.* April 21 – at Satellite, 6 p.m.* April 24 to 27 – District Tournament at Satellite, TBA VARSITY BOYS & GIRLS TENNIS April 10 to 13 – District Tournament, TBA April 18 – Regional Tournament, 3 p.m. April 20 – Regional Tournament, 3 p.m. April 24 to 26 – Class 1A State Tournament at Red Bug Lake Park and Sylvan Lake Park

Viera tennis teams poised for more postseason success BY CARL KOTALA

After a successful regular season, the Viera High boys and girls tennis teams are gearing up for another postseason run. And that should play right into their wheelhouse. The Viera girls, who were off to an 11-1 start, should cruise through the district tournament before advancing to the Class 3A regionals. Last year’s team defeated Jensen Beach before falling to West Boca. With virtually all of their key players returning, the Hawks figure to be contenders once again. A year after making all kinds of Viera tennis history, Sasha

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Viera's Gabe Diaz delivers a serve during a recent match against Titusville.

first Viera player to win the state singles championship, she teamed with Izzie Diaz to win the Class 3A doubles title. Belaya eventually was named Miss Tennis by the Florida Dairy Farmers. The senior, who has signed to play at the University of Illinois, will be back to defend her titles along with Diaz, who is a junior and the No. 2 player in Viera’s lineup. Sophomore Amanda Sedaros, junior Hope Woodruff and junior Emily Li round out the Hawks’ top five. While trying to build for another big postseason run, Viera coach Maria Woodruff also has been trying to give other players — in particular sophomore Blakely Duke and junior Leeya Jomon — some valuable court time that will pay off in the future. “That’s what I’ve been focusing on this year,” Maria Woodruff said. “I know we’ve got a pretty solid team, but I want to get some of the other girls in. Last year, it was my first year of coaching, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. “This year, I know what

we’re going into, so it’s easier to work people in and that way, everybody can play. It makes it more exciting.” Viera’s boys have a new coach in John Lindheimer, who certainly is enjoying his role. The Hawks got off to a 10-1 start. “I’ve always wanted to coach, so this is a dream of mine. … I am so blessed to be coaching these guys,” Lindheimer said. “It’s such an honor and a privilege. They’re so talented.” The Hawks are loaded at the top with junior Gabe Diaz and senior Nick Fuchs. Freshman Griffin Lamp is playing at No. 3, followed by senior Matt Podzielinski, junior Matt Bean and senior John Shi. Sophomore Oskar Jiborn is a doubles specialist. Viera also should win a district title, adding to what already has been a successful season. “I run a no-cut program,” Lindheimer said. “We have 12 guys on the roster and every single one of these guys has played in and won at least one match for the varsity.” VV


captains Craig Smith and David Hill. Team selections were held at Divots Grill and teams were randomly selected for a close competitive event. Another fun event was the Member Guest tournament. VEMA had 67 players for the Member Guest Tournament with 27 guests. Sullivan, John Kinzie, Shawn Bartlow, and George Vehstevt teamed up to win the tournament. John Welters, B.T. Kyllonen, John Perin and Ron Ferrel teamed up to place second. UNO’s again sponsored the putting contest, awarding $50 in gift cards for prizes. The VEMA Medal Championship will be played this month. VV

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Gary Shiffrin and David Horst teamed up to win the first flight of the Viera East Men’s Golf Association’s monthly tournament. It featured two flights of twoman teams playing best ball under Stableford scoring. Roger Way and Raj Patel were second in the first flight. Wilson Butler and Del Campbell won the second flight. Dennis Lamb on No. 4, Guy Sullivan on No. 7, Ed Raleigh on No. 13 and Lamb on No. 16 were closest-to-the-pin. The Ryder Cup is underway at the Viera East Golf Course and the teams are led by

Holy Trinity lacrosse teams have potential for strong finish 2017 SPORTS BY CARL KOTALA

Kelly, who scored 10 goals in the win against MCC and 12 goals in a 17-15 victory against Melbourne, already has developed a good playing rapport with Barrows — a solid scorer herself — and is enjoying the team dynamic. While coach Bret Barringer’s team doesn’t have a lot of players with previous lacrosse experience, it’s easy to see things are starting to click for the Tigers, who also are happy to have senior Cassidy McNair back in goal after a one-year absence. “Everyone’s super eager to

As the Holy Trinity boys lacrosse team gets healthier and prepares for a run to the district championship game, the girls team is serving notice on everyone they play that the Tigers are going to be a much different opponent than in years past. Junior Anne Kelly, who transferred from Lancaster, Pa., has ignited the Holy Trinity offense and provided the kind of leadership that has played a big role in the Tigers’ success. “The level that we’re playing at this year has skyrocketed because of Anne coming in,” Holy Trinity eighthgrader Ramsey Barrows said after the Tigers defeated MCC 16-5. “She’s brought so many different abilities to us, pushing us to use our left, pushing us to get in there VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala and be more Holy Trinity's Lauren Stevens brings the aggressive than ball upfield during a recent game against we would have Melbourne Central Catholic. The Tigers' offense been before.” has seen significant improvement this season.

do their best and learn,” Kelly said. “The people who haven’t played want to play and the people who know how to play want to help the others. “It was really easy for me to come into the team. Everyone was super open and happy. Everyone gets along really well. That makes it all VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala the easier to gel Holy Trinity defenders James Burke (No. 17), Gavin as a unit.” Pate (No. 2) and goalie John Mercaldo try to fend Although Holy off an MCC attack during a recent game. Trinity’s boys may have lost are really doing well,” Pate their game to MCC, coach Mike said. “We’re picking up what Leary came away encouraged we need to do. The coaches with the way his team played. have been great. We’ve been The Tigers also have a learning a lot.” number of young players, The Tigers should get a big but are anchored on defense boost from the return of one by seniors Thomas Baez and of their top players, Brian Gavin Pate while juniors Bauman, who was injured on Ethan Leary and Jack the second day of practice. Ganiban pace the offense. “After tonight, I think we Sophomore Sully Altman can be competitive in the brings all kinds of energy and (district) championship goalkeeper John Mercaldo game,” Tigers coach Mike continues to improve. Leary said. “I really do. We’ve “We have a lot of younger got to have a little bit of luck guys, so we’ve been working with us, but it’s a possibility.” VV on them, but the older guys


Continued from page 6 * District game April 3 – Titusville, 6 p.m. April 5 – at Rockledge, 6 p.m. April 6 – Florida Prep, 6 p.m. April 18 – at University High, 4 p.m. April 19 – Cocoa, 6 p.m. April 21 – at Timber Creek, 7 p.m. April 25 – at Eau Gallie, 6 p.m. April 27 – Merritt Island JV BASEBALL All home games played at Viera Regional Park April 4 – at Heritage, 6 p.m. April 5 – Merritt Island, 6 p.m. BOYS LACROSSE April 3 to 7 – District Tournament April 13 – State Tournament playin game, first round, 7 p.m. April 18 – State Tournament playin game, second round, 7 p.m. April 23 – State Tournament playin game, third round, 7 p.m. April 28 – State Semifinals at Jupiter High, TBA April 29 – State Championship Game at Jupiter High, TBA GIRLS LACROSSE April 3 to 7 – District Tournament April 13 – State Tournament playin game, first round, 7 p.m. April 18 – State Tournament playin game, second round, 7 p.m. April 23 – State Tournament play-

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Sports schedules Continued from page 7 in game, third round, 7 p.m. April 28 – State Semifinals at Jupiter High, TBA April 29 – State Championship Game at Jupiter High, TBA SOFTBALL All home games played at Viera Regional Park All games at 7 p.m. unless noted April 6 to 8 – at Kissimmee Classic April 17 – Eau Gallie April 18 – Treasure Coast April 20 – at Rockledge April 24 to 27 – District Tournament at Melbourne, TBA VARSITY BOYS TENNIS April 10 to 13 – District Tournament, TBA April 18 – Regional Tournament, 3 p.m. April 20 – Regional Tournament, 3 p.m. April 24 to 26 – Class 3A State Tournament at Sanlando Park VARSITY GIRLS TENNIS April 10 to 13 – District Tournament, TBA April 18 – Regional Tournament, 3 p.m. April 20 – Regional Tournament, 3 p.m. April 24 to 26 – Class 3A State Tournament at Sanlando Park VARSITY TRACK & FIELD April 6 – at Cape Coast Conference Championships April 19 – at District Championships, Sebastian River High, 9 a.m. April 24 to 29 – at Class 3A Regional at Traz Powell Stadium in Miami, noon

Talented Tigers expect another district title BY CARL KOTALA

The Holy Trinity boys and girls tennis teams have a history of dominating their district opponents … and it doesn’t look like that’s going to change anytime soon. Especially not this year. “We’ve got a super strong team again this year,” Tigers coach Mark Harrison said. “I expect us to do well. “…We’ve won districts the last three years in a row and we’re just as strong, maybe a little stronger now.” Three of Holy Trinity’s top boys are all underclassmen. Juniors Matt Ryan and Saurav Ghosal occupy the top two spots on the Holy Trinity ladder with senior Thomas Guyton at No. 3 and sophomore Bodie Cohen at No. 4. The rest of the Tigers’ lineup includes talented players such as Ludo Martinenghi, Zach McManus, Brandon Voepel, Satan Gutta and Thomas Stallard. Holy Trinity’s girls, meanwhile, also are strong at the top with Morgan McCarthy, Ashleigh Kutryb and Karina Popowycz in the first three spots. That group is followed by Seneka Epasinghe, Caroline Dixon, Julia McNatt, Jamie


Holy Trinity's Ludo Martinenghi, shown here during a match against Covenant Christian, is a prime example of the depth on the boys team this season.

Perry and Brooke Bierman. Speaking of his top two singles players, Harrison said: “Matt is a left-handed player and he’s a very smart player who uses his head. Morgan is a seventh grader and she is one of the top 12-year-olds in Florida and the U.S. in the USTA rankings (She’s ranked 11th in Florida).” In a recent district match against Covenant Christian, the Tigers sat out their top four boys and their top three girls and still won both matches handily, proving once



Holy Trinity's Seneka Epasinghe returns a backhand during a recent match against Covenant Christian.

again how dominant they can be against their district opponents. It all shapes up for what should be another successful run for the Tigers against Edgewood, Florida Prep, Melbourne Central Catholic, Merritt Island Christian, West Shore and Covenant Christian at the district tournament, which is set to take place April 10 through 13. After that, it’s on to the regional matches, which are set for April 18 and April 20. This year’s Class 1A state

tournament is scheduled for April 24 to 26 at Red Bug Lake Park in Casselberry and Sylvan Lake Park in Sanford. With a roster as deep and talented as the Tigers have, there are several players that should have a shot at reaching the state event. “I expect my top boys singles team to go to the state tournament and I expect my top girls — Morgan and Ashleigh — (to go as well). They made it to state last year,” Harrison said. VV

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Viera lacrosse teams believe they’re on path to success BY CARL KOTALA

The key word for the Viera High boys and girls lacrosse teams to focus on this season is the same: Believe. “They’re talented, but I don’t know that they believe they’re as talented as they are,” Viera boys coach Charlie Crawford said. The Hawks, who won the district championship last season despite having graduated 15 seniors from the previous year, lost a close regular-season game to Merritt Island on this night. But that didn’t stop Crawford from believing his team has the goods to put it all together and make a deep postseason run. “It’s a good group,” he said. “We’re going to have good success this year. (Tonight’s loss) was a setback, but I feel like we’re going to win the district and then hopefully go further than we’ve ever gone (two rounds) in the playoffs.” Among the reasons for Crawford’s optimism is the play of high-scoring freshman Nate DePlancke and the work of other Hawks like Dylan Parilla, Jaxon Lenk and Jacob Wigley. Viera also features two sets of brothers with Julian


High-scoring Viera freshman Nate DePlancke, left, fights off a Merritt Island defender during last month's district game.

and Nick Rodriguez and Nate and his brother Brennen DePlancke. Nate DePlancke said he is enjoying playing on the same team with Brennen — a senior — and believes the Hawks can reach their potential if they can become more efficient on offense. “We need to take our time in the offense and not settle,” Nick DePlancke said. “Sometimes we try to push the ball too much and things just don’t work out. We need to work on not turning the ball over.”

While the boys team needs to believe and trust in its talent, the Viera girls team believes there is finally some stability in the program. Nick Bigerton is the fourth coach the Hawks have had in four seasons, and he is determined to get Viera into district title contention. “I’m trying to make it a fun environment where we can build something and ultimately get better,” Bigerton said. With several games to go in the regular season, Viera already had as many wins (four) as it did all of last season, including a dramatic 7-6 victory against Melbourne on Rylee Thomas'

goal with 36 seconds remaining. Viera’s defense leads the district in the fewest goalsagainst-average (7) and is led by upperclassmen Emily Wallace, Sam Kalman, Lexi Osborn and Lyana Thomas. Top goal scorers are Nicole Blanchard (13), Grace Blythe (10), Maggie Bowen (10) and Thomas (nine). “I don’t know how to quantify it, but we’re a lot better than last year,” Wallace said. “Last year, I feel like our spirits were really low and weren’t winning a lot. But this year, everybody seems so happy and we seem to be doing really well.” VV

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Holy Trinity teams finish first, fourth in Odyssey of the Mind competition BY CARL KOTALA

A group of Holy Trinity students recently took part in a competition that challenged them to not only make use of what they have learned in school, but to also use their creativity both in group and individual settings … and to have some fun in the process. They nailed it. The Tigers took first and fourth place in Brevard County’s Odyssey of the Mind competition, which is open to third- and fourthgrade students. The firstplace team moves on to the state competition, which will take place April 8 at the University of Central Florida. “Odyssey of the Mind is a world-wide competition that uses open-ended problems given to students to problem

solve using their abilities and their creativity,” said Dipty Desai, a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) educator at Holy Trinity’s Lower Campus. Holy Trinity’s winning team consisted of Declin Mageau, Lloyd Robinson, Elle Canlas, Donovan Boesch and Sebastian O'Brien. The fourthplace team was made up of Maya Vallejo, Kate Schwin, Giana Theodoropoulous, Alina Zaidi and Violet Flores. There were two parts to the competition — a longterm project that began in October, and a spontaneous problem where teams had mere minutes to prepare. Scores from the long term and spontaneous problems were combined for the team score.

For the long-term project, the first-place team (coached by parent Duana Boyles) faced the challenge of “Catch Us If You Can.” “We had to build three vehicles,” said Boesch, a fourth grader. “We built a parking garage. We had to come up with a story and a script to go along with the cars in the garage.” The idea was to get the three vehicles to a secret meeting place while outmaneuvering a villain. The group used a car, a plane and a train. Boesch had previously built a Pinewood Derby car, a folded up paper airplane with a balloon for propulsion and a train. “It was complicated, but it was fun at the same time,” Boesch said. “I got to use tools that my parents wouldn’t let me use.” For Vallejo’s team (coached by her mother, Sweta), the long-term challenge was to come up with a “Superhero Cliffhanger.” “Basically, there’s a nemesis and the nemesis is trying to steal creativity,” Maya Vallejo said. “The super hero is trying to save it. There have to be three instances where the super hero stops the nemesis from stealing creativity and it has to end with a cliffhanger.” In the case of both projects, there is a limited budget.


Members of Holy Trinity's Odyssey of the Mind teams finished first and fourth at the Brevard County competition and the winning team will advance to the state event this month. Pictured in the top row from left to right are Maya Vallejo, Kate Schwin, Giana Theodoropoulous, STEAM teacher Dipty Desai, Alina Zaidi and Violet Flores. Pictured in the bottom row from left to right are Declin Mageau, Lloyd Robinson, Elle Canlas, Donovan Boesch and Sebastian O'Brien.

“We didn’t buy any materials,” Vallejo said. “Everything was either from home (but) most of it was from recyclable material. (My friend Kate and I) went dumpster diving. We made an easel for an artist studio scene and we made goatees for the artists.” As for the spontaneous problem, Vallejo’s team was shown a picture of a dog in an astronaut suit. Without being able to collaborate, the students had to come up with an explanation for why the dog was wearing the suit. Boesch’s team received a

hands-on challenge. There were Tupperware containers with items such as a plush shark, golf balls, silverware, a Hess truck and building blocks. The items were assigned points, and they had to be stacked. Anything touching the floor earned zero points. If that sounds like fun, well, it was. “I enjoy Odyssey because you don’t just follow the rules — you think outside of the box,” Maya Vallejo said. “(You take what you learn in school and) you turn it into something amazing.” VV

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Viera teams place first, second at Manatee Bowl BY CARL KOTALA

In six previous trips to a regional ocean science academic competition known as the Manatee Bowl, Viera High’s teams had always performed well, but never taken home the big prize. So imagine the excitement when this year’s final came down to two teams ... Viera’s A Team vs. Viera’s B Team. “We knew Viera was coming home with a victory no matter what,” Viera senior B Team member Brennan Chase said. “We just didn’t know who it was going to be.” Viera’s B Team actually beat the A Team in the first contest, but since it was a doubleelimination event — and the A Team came in undefeated during the preliminaries — the two sides had to face off again. And this time, it was the A Team that came out on top at the event held at Florida

Atlantic in February. So not only did Viera win the competition where students test their ocean science knowledge through buzzer-style, multiple-choice questions and open-ended, team challenge questions, but the Hawks finished first and second. “It was pretty cool,” senior A Team captain Griffin Pharmer said. “I really didn’t know whether or not we were going to win it when we first went in there. “I mean, I was confident in our team, but just to know we actually got through was pretty amazing.” Not only did the team of Mitchel Necessary, Alex Krestan, Pharmer, Eric Beck and Hannah Howe make history by winning the school’s first Manatee Bowl, the group is heading to Oregon State University for the National Ocean Sciences

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Sunrise tours will be offered both days through advanced registration and sunset tours will be offered Saturday night through prior registration. Other scheduled activities will include guided walking and van tours of the wetlands, tours of the adjacent water reclamation facility and workshops in both wildlife photography and birding. At noon on Saturday, April 22, the winners of the Charlie Corbeil Conservation Awards youth art, photo and essay contests will be announced. The first-, second- and third-place winners in all categories will have their work displayed. Checks for the winning entries will be awarded. Corbeil, who died in late 2013, co-wrote a popular column called "Parting Shot" with his wife, Charlotte, for the Viera Voice. A few photos complemented each column. He was a co-founder of the Viera Wetlands Festival. Charlotte Corbeil resumed the column after his death and now calls it "Charlotte's Web-Spinning Tales." She welcomes budding photographers to supply photos to complement the column. Certification of the site’s butterfly garden, overlooking the wetlands' central lake, as an official Monarch Waystation also is planned. Many of the festival’s tours will be led by volunteer Wetland Rangers, who will share their knowledge and experience of the wetlands and its inhabitants. Additional guides include local photography notables. On Saturday, an advanced

sunrise photo workshop will be led by Pat “Whitey” Bryan, and a sunset photo walk will be conducted by Patty Corapi. Also scheduled for Saturday, a sunset tour by Florida Master Naturalist Ivan Green will follow the evening installation of a bat house and presentation by Shari Blissett-Clark, president of Florida Bat Conservancy. Kimberly Novak of Novak Designs, LLC will sponsor a fairy garden contest. Depending on the number of entrants, she will give out prizes to the top two or three entrants. The fairy gardens will be displayed Saturday and Sunday, with the winners to be announced at noon on Saturday. All proceeds will be donated back to the wetlands.  Throughout the festival, nature-related exhibitors and food vendors will be present. The Viera Wetlands Nature Festival is sponsored by The Viera Company and Viera Community Institute to help raise funds in support of public access and environmental management programs at the Viera Wetlands. Admittance to the festival is free.  While registering for tours and classes online, donations in support of the wetlands are welcome, but are not required. Some tours and workshops are limited by available seating or other considerations and early registration is encouraged. VV  To register for tours and workshops, go to tinyurl. com/2017VWNF or contact

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The Viera-Suntree Little League will celebrate its 20th anniversary on Saturday. Opening Day ceremonies begin at 9 a.m. on the fields at Viera Regional Park. Among the guests for one of Brevard County’s most successful Little League programs will be former presidents Jeff Small, Cris Smith, John Glendenning and Jeff Piersall.

event will be followed by an exhibition game against VSLL coaches. Once again, the VSLL will work in conjunction with the Florida Senior Sports Association (FSAA), who will have Ed Rose and Jack Aronson on hand Saturday. Through the years, VSLL players have donated used equipment to youths who are not as fortunate as they are. Under the program “Feeding the Dream,” the FSAA has been collecting equipment since 2013 and delivering it to players in the Dominican Republic. In addition to 15,000 baseball equipment items, the FSAA also has installed two wells to provide water to 500 residents who never


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Iconic musical ‘Grease’ will be performed at Viera High BY CARL KOTALA

It’s an iconic classic, and it’s coming to the Viera High School Auditorium. Yep, "Grease" is the word. Pass it on. The Viera High Theater Arts Department will take you back to Rydell High in 1959 with their version of the hit musical with three 7 p.m. shows from April 28 to 30. There also will be a 2 p.m. matinee on April 30. “Grease is a classic,” Viera Theater Arts teacher Eloise Evans wrote in an email. “I’ve followed the show since it first came out in the ’70s. The show strikes a chord in the heart of all generations because the rock music and the values were simple and everyone gets what being “cool” is all about.” Written by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, “Grease” uses music and dance to follow the lives of 1950s teenagers as they experience the complexities of love, peer pressure and their own values and beliefs. Not only does the production feature a talented cast, but six students — Buffy Chappotin (Frenchy), Alyssa DeNardis (Rizzo),

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Stone & Tile Gallery offers array of styles at showroom in Suntree BY WENDY SCHEURING

Glossy tile floors, natural stone-look floors, warm-tone wood grains and traditional carpeting. But, Stone & Tile Gallery — Suntree and Viera’s only tile, stone, and wood gallery located at 7965 N. Wickham Road — doesn’t just offer custom flooring. It also designs and installs exquisite backsplashes, colorful stone walls and countertops, modern bathrooms and alluring patios. The family-owned business

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Sparking a love for reading is a superhero's first job BY LINDA WIGGINS

The growing proliferation of blockbuster movies inspired by comics means the industry is more than relevant to today's youth. Beyond the plethora of dream jobs youngsters could pursue is something more basic. They are the gateway to love for reading, which in turn is the pathway to learning. This is all according to comics aficionado Rick Shea, owner of Famous Faces & Funnies and frequent organizer of youth outreach events to the Suntree/Viera area. This and other area comics stores like Viera Comics in Suntree will mark the popular annual Free Comic Book Day Saturday, May 6 with celebrity appearances and popular illustrators demonstrating their craft on site. “We're always happy to cross promote our store and our events, but more importantly, we want to get children excited about reading,” Shea said. “Comics is a medium that is very accessible to younger readers, and with a comic book of seemingly every cartoon, TV show, or movie, there's something for everyone in the comic industry. I think it's amazing that so many superheroes and other characters from comics are being seen on the big screen and even the small screen.” Children are not the only fans who attend comic book events, but

what might happen next in the “We are very happy to see so many movies or TV shows, as most younger readers getting interested are based on storylines from in comics,” Shea said. “Many become the comics.” phenomenal artists after seeing so Viera Comics manager Glenn many amazing drawings of these Scanes jokes that he does it all characters in comics or graphic for the fans, as in, he spends novels.” plenty of time in the gym to Quest Elementary third-grader create the spider-enhanced Trey Spratt of Viera is one of them physique of Spider-Man and after a recent event brought by Shea. other superheroes. “It was so neat to be able to see “Getting to see these how comics are made,” Spratt said. VV characters really does create For more information or a schedule life-long fans. I know because I of events, call Viera Comics, located am one of them.” Viera Voice photo at 7640 N. Wickham Road Suite 108, And bringing artists to Famous Faces & Funnies comic shop owner Rick at 321-600-4567 or go to vieracomics. Shea recently brought illustrator/artists Kevin Litte perform their craft and give out free drawings requested by com; or Famous Faces & Funnies and Timothy Nguyen to his shop inspire Quest Elementary School students. in Melbourne at 321-259-3575 or children as souvenirs puts ink in the veins of future artists. anyone alive who has ever been a child. “Many of the most COMPREHENSIVE popular movies and Range of Treatments TV shows are based • CEREC same day Restoration on characters that • Dental Exams & Preventative Services many older fans have You Deserve! General & Cosmetic Dentistry • State-of-the-ArtFacility been following their • Intra Oral Camera Modern, High-Tech Care adventures for 20 to • Cosmetic Imaging 30+ years experience 50 years. With heroes One crown • Digital X-Rays like Iron Man, Spider• Crowns (Caps) & Bridges in only One Man, Flash and Arrow • Cosmetic / Tooth-Colored Fillings Years of appointment 7331 Office Park Place 11Excellent as some of the most • Zoom 1-hr Whitening Suite 100, Melbourne Service in popular characters • Implant Restorations Brevard (1/10 mile North from corner in any media, it's • Extractions & Minor Oral Surgery County of Wickham & Murrell) Your local definitely helping to • Customized Full & Partial Dentures bring new people into state-of-the-art • Endodontic / Root Canal Treatment our store and to find dentist is right • Porcelain Veneers & Cosmetic Bonding out more about these down the street • Complete Implant Services characters and see

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Fairfield Inn is first key anchor of planned Viera Town Center BY MIKE GAFFEY

Tossing clumps of soil from gold-painted shovels on a chilly, breezy morning, officials broke ground March 15 on Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott, the first key component of the future Viera Town Center. The planned four-story hotel, with 116 rooms and suites, is across from Chili's restaurant in The Avenue Viera and will also be known as Viera Town Center Hotel. It should be open in January, said Kevin Arcieri, general manager of Hampton Inn Melbourne/Viera. The hotel will offer shortand long-term rentals and feature a large pool and deck, a 40-person event room that opens onto a patio and fire feature, a dining area off an expanded Town Center Avenue, a fitness center, complimentary breakfast “and all of the comforts of a new and modern hotel,” Arcieri said to guests gathered at the

construction site just west of Lake Andrew Drive. Fairfield is the first important anchor of Viera Town Center, a mixed-use community planned by The Viera Co., the developer of Viera and a subsidiary of Oviedo-based agricultural firm A. Duda & Sons Inc. Todd Pokrywa, senior vice president of land use planning and development for The Viera Co., said the town center will offer “a variety of new and unique shopping venues, modern-style living and luscious green space, but most importantly a centralized location for the entire community as a gathering place.” With tourism on the rise and the United States Specialty Sports Association’s recent move to nearby Space Coast Stadium, the hotel helps fill an increasing demand for hotel rooms in Viera and Brevard County, Pokrywa said. County Commissioner Curt Smith said the hotel will

provide a “synergy” with the USSSA, the world’s largest amateur sports organization. The USSSA is moving from Kissimmee to the stadium, which formerly hosted the Washington Nationals for spring training and the Brevard County Manatees of the Florida State League from April through early September. The Nationals and Houston Astros moved to a new stadium complex in West Palm Beach this year, and the Manatees relocated to the USSSA’s old headquarters at Osceola County Stadium and were renamed the Florida Fire Frogs. “They’re going to guarantee 175 game days, but more than that, for the first two years they’re going to guarantee 75,000 room nights in the motels and hotels here in Brevard County,” Smith said of the USSSA. “I was one of the people who was sorry to see the Nationals go, but the Nationals and the Marlins (who conducted spring


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training in Viera from 1994 to 2002) probably never put more than 5,000 heads in beds a year. So we’re talking about 100,000 in year three. That’s a lot of out-of-town folks coming to visit us, and those folks are going to spend money.” Viera currently is undergoing a building boom. Work is progressing on the 28,000-square-foot Viera Colonnade Shops on Lake Andrew Drive just north of The Avenue Viera. The

retail plaza will include such businesses as Mattress 1 One, the UPS Store, Great Clips and restaurants Charlie Graingers and First Watch. Luxury apartment complex Artistry at Viera is under construction on Judge Fran Jamieson Way. Outback Steakhouse recently relocated from Suntree to Viera and a new El Leoncito Mexican


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Margarita D’Angelo prefers that her new real estate brokerage focus on providing quality service, not amassing clients. “I wanted to create more of a boutique real estate company,” said the Viera resident, who launched Sotera Living of Brevard LLC as a home-based business in March. “My vision statement is personalized service, quality results.” A longtime court reporter who owned a courtreporting business in Virginia before selling it and moving to Florida, D’Angelo hoped to take her skills and start a new career. Assisting her realtor daughter Lianna in Winter Park, she found real estate to be a good fit. “A court reporter is a trained listener, with high contractual skills," D’Angelo said. “Being around attorneys, I’ve learned negotiating skills.

Transferring over into this field was a great, great thing to do because real estate is all about negotiating and it’s very contractual based. You have to have good listening skills to listen to your clients and really understand what they’re looking for and what their goals are.” After a decade working at real estate agencies, D’Angelo opened her own brokerage March 1. She’s currently assembling a small team of specialized agents in order to become a full-service brokerage. D’Angelo is of Greek descent, and she turned to Greek mythology for a unique name for her business. She took the name of Soter, the god of safety and preservation, and combined it with the name of Soter’s female counterpart Soteria, goddess of deliverance, to come up with Sotera. “I came up with the vision of the company delivering a safe sanctuary, which is your



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Make Earth Day the first of less-plastic days Plastic is a problem. In a study entitled The New Plastics Economy — Rethinking the future of plastics, the World Economic Forum reports that “while delivering many benefits, the current plastics economy also has important drawbacks that are becoming more apparent by the day.” Among the drawbacks, we have: • Plastic production is increasing — it has grown more than 20 times during the past 50 years — from 15 million tonnes (metric tons) in 1964 to 311 million tonnes in 2014, and it is expected to double again during the next 20 years. • More than 90 percent of plastics produced are derived from virgin fossil feedstocks, which have a significant carbon impact on the environment. • Only 14 percent of plastic packaging is collected for

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More plastic than fish! And how much plastic will be a meal for the fish we later have on our own dinner plates? If you were not concerned about plastics, especially single-use plastics, this may catch your attention. Plastic is a problem not only for us, but for wildlife as well. During one of Vincent Sicca’s

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Dominic Roppa, DDS, co-owner and operator of Smile Viera Cosmetic Dentistry with his wife Kara Marshall-Roppa, DDS, has embarked on a new business, SleepBizz LLC. When patients visit Smile Viera, they automatically get pre-screened for sleep apnea, free of charge. The process involves filling out a questionnaire and taking an easy-to-use take-home sleep test, if the probability of having sleep apnea is high. Results are downloaded into the office computer and read by a third-party sleep medicine doctor. Dr. Dominic Roppa, who studied at Canada’s University of Toronto Faculty of Dentistry, believes that sleep apnea is this century’s new “silent killer.” While traditional therapies for sleep apnea include the continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine, and, in more severe cases, surgery, Roppa argues that a medical oral device can relieve sleep apnea symptoms thus improving related medical conditions. A turn-key business, SleepBizz also helps doctors of all kinds diagnose sleep apnea at their own offices, with the help of a sleep

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Noon - 5 p.m. Mondays & Wednesdays Viera Regional Community Center 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way Viera, 321-433-4891



Story Time

10 & 11 a.m. Ages 2 & older Suntree/Viera Library 902 Jordan Blass Drive Viera, 321-255-4404

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Melbourne Summer Camps 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Learn English in a fun, registration begins

Noon - 3 p.m. Food, drink and live music. The Avenue Viera 321-634-5390

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10 a.m., $40 Wickham Park 2500 Parkway Drive Melbourne 321-591-7199

7 a.m. - 6 p.m., Apr. 10 - 14 Youth: $90/Teen: $100 Viera Regional Community Center 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way Viera, 321-433-4891

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Jazz at the Avenue: The Jazz Cats

National Siblings Day

Spring Youth & Teen Camp River Cruise Event


Easter Brunch

10:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. Tradewinds Restaurant at Duran Golf Club 7032 Stadium Parkway Viera 321-504-7776, ext. 7370

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6:30 - 8:30, Tuesdays Pizza Gallery and Grill The Avenue Viera 321-633-0397

Noon - 3 p.m. Featuring the “Sounds of Sinatra.” The Avenue Viera 321-634-5390


6:30 p.m. Expedia Cruise Ship Center 6375 N. Wickham Road Melbourne 321-233-1400




National Walking Day

Canvas & Cocktails

6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Pizza Gallery & Grill 2250 Town Center Ave. Viera, 321-633-0397

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Indian River Lagoon Coalition Meeting

10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Discuss issues and create a large-scale effort to save the Indian River Lagoon. Suntree/Viera Library Suntree, 321-948-5024



Boomer Buffet

3:30 - 5 p.m., $6.99 Tuesdays through Thursdays Healthy entrées, light pizza, salads, soups and dessert. Pizza Gallery and Grill The Avenue Viera 321-633-0397


National Scrabble Day

Tae Kwon Do

6 - 9 p.m., $6 Thursdays Viera Regional Community Center 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way Viera, 321-474-8205


8:30 - 9:30 a.m., $10 Monday, Wednesday and Friday Viera Regional Community Center 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way Viera, 321-412-7998

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1 - 3 p.m. Suntree/Viera Library 902 Jordan Blass Drive 321-948-5024

4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Ages 9 & up. Suntree/Viera Library 902 Jordan Blass Drive 321-255-4404

Noon, 2:30 & 5 p.m. Palm Shores Bistro 5060 US 1, Melbourne 321-752-5222

Arabesque: Melbourne Municipal Band Concert

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7:30 - 9:30 p.m., April 19, 20 Melbourne Auditorium 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd. Melbourne, 321-724-0555

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6 - 10 p.m. Live entertainment by the “Beach Bums.” Fun with dancing, door prizes and a silent auction. $40 per person, $70 per couple Port Canaveral Cruise Terminal 3 220 Christopher Columbus Drive, Port Canaveral 321-323-9886


Viera Family Fair

11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Holiday Inn Viera 8298 N. Wickham Road 321-610-4620

Boy Scouts Pinewood Derby and Family Fest 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. The Avenue Viera 321-544-8605

5th Walgreen’s Space Coast Dragon Boat Festival 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Manatee Sanctuary Park Cape Canaveral 416-962-8899



For those who enjoy quilting. All levels welcome. Suntree/Viera Library 902 Jordan Blass Drive Viera, 321-255-4404

11 a.m. Viera High School Stadium 6103 Stadium Parkway Viera, 321-452-1060

National Tax Day

TGIF Seaside Piecemakers East Coast Christian 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Easter Egg ‘Stravaganza

Spring Central Florida Car Show 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Myrt Tharp Gazebo 12 Stone Street Cocoa Village 321-631-9075


Women of Excellence Gala Writer’s Workshop

5:30 - 6:30 p.m. “River Cruises of Europe” 7777 N. Wickham Road Viera, 321-622-5955

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6 p.m. Presented by the Brevard Zoo and FIT Tradewinds Restaurant at Duran Golf Club Viera, 321-504-7771


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National Earth Day

Nature Festival

10 a.m. - 4 p.m.. The Viera Wetlands

8 a.m., $75 Duran Golf Club 7032 Stadium Parkway Viera, 321-504-7776

Melbourne Art Festival

9 a.m. - 5 p.m., April 22 - 23 Wickham Park 2500 Parkway Drive Melbourne, 321-722-1964

5 -8 p.m. The Avenue Viera Brevard Uncorked 6:30 - 9:30 p.m., $40 Serger Retreat Heritage Isle Clubhouse April 20 - 22 6800 Legacy Drive Quits and Lace 7720 N. Wickham Rd., #111 Viera, 321-768-6800 Viera, 321-622-8502

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10 a.m. - 2 p.m. The Viera Wetlands For more information, see the corresponding article in this issue.

9 a.m. - 4 p.m. $15 for members of AARP One Senior Place 8085 Spyglass Hill Rd., Viera Register with Lou Castro 321-698-2311

9 - 11 a.m. Calvary Chapel Viera Preschool 2852 Fellowship Place Viera, 321-215-9478

10 - 11:30 a.m. Suntree/Viera Library 902 Jordan Blass Drive Melbourne 321-948-5024

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. April 27 - 29, hours vary on the other days. Suntree/Viera Library 902 Jordan Blass Drive Suntree 321-948-5024

7:30 p.m. St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church 5655 Stadium Parkway Viera, 321-426-0360

11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Viera Regional Community Center 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way Viera, 321-433-4891

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Calvary Chapel Academy Open House

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6 - 10 p.m. Firefighter fashion show by SPCA of Brevard Heritage Isle Clubhouse 6800 Legacy Blvd., Viera Viera, 321-567-3615, ext. 248

6 - 11 p.m. Wickham Park Pavilion 2500 Parkway Drive Melbourne 321-255-4400

1 - 3 p.m. Suntree/Viera Library Suntree, 321-948-5024

6:40 a.m., $40-$55 Shepard Park 200 E. Cocoa Beach Causeway Cocoa Beach

National Superhero Day Indialantic Chamber Space Coast Summer Singers: Fire of the Soul Fun & Camp Fair


Brevard Antiquities and Collectibles Club

Lil Sports

10 a.m. Suntree/Viera Library 902 Jordan Blass Drive Melbourne Call George 321-254-5831

9:15 - 10 a.m., Saturdays $35 for 4 weeks Ages 3- 5 years Viera Regional Community Center 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way Viera, 321-987-0647

AIDS Orphans Mud Run

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It’s billed as Brevard County’s biggest Easter egg hunt. East Coast Christian Center Viera and Viera Pizza have partnered to present Easter Egg ’Stravaganza from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 15 at Viera High School, 6103 Stadium Parkway. The free event is open to children up to age 12, who will scramble to gather more than 10,000 plastic eggs scattered across the Viera High School football field. All participants will receive a gift bag with candy, and kids get a special bag for collecting golden eggs. There’s also free pizza from Viera Pizza, games, bounce houses, music, snow cones, popcorn and cotton candy.

“Having over 10,000 eggs is a massive event,” said Christian Hurston, director of student ministries at the church. “We wanted to go all out.” Hundreds of dollars of gift cards will be given away, with the grand prize a free ride on a helicopter from Beach Helicopter Tours of Merritt Island, Hurston said. Separate egg hunts will be offered for children up to 2 years old and from 3 to 5. Parents can register their kids for the egg hunts and qualify for the helicopter-ride prize by going to About 500 people took part in the church’s first egg hunt in 2016, Hurston said. This year, the church expects up to 1,500 people. Call 321-452-1060 for more information.

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Elsewhere in Viera and Suntree, UNO Pizzeria & Grill, 8260 Wickham Road, hosts an Easter event from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 11 at the restaurant at 8260 Wickham Road in Viera. Children can visit with the Easter Bunny and take part in an egg hunt, which starts at 6:30 p.m. The hunt will be broken down by age. Kids eat free with the purchase of each adult entrée. Call 321-255-1400 for more information. On April 15, a flashlight egg hunt will be part of the free fun during Superhero Night at Jack Mahon Park,

7550 Spyglass Hill Road in Suntree. The searches start at 6 p.m., with four separate hunts for “crawlers” and kids ages 2 to 4, 5 to 7 and 8 to 12 years old. Participants should have their own basket and flashlight. The Easter Bunny will be on hand for photos and there will be gift card prizes for the pre-teen egg hunt, as well as prizes for the best superhero lookalikes. In keeping with the event's theme, Brevard County Parks and Recreation will present “Guardians of the Galaxy” as part of its “Movies in the Park” series. The event is presented by the Suntree Master Homeowners Association

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The northern shoveler duck is a dabbler, which captures and filters food with its elongated shovel or spoon-like bill.

Spinning tales about bird bills Bills or beaks (generally synonymous) assist birds not only to hunt and eat but to preen, court and defend. Through evolution, bills have flourished into specialized tools of survival. Although they wear and tear, they keep growing like fingernails, but bills of captive birds need trimming. The bill’s underlying structures are the jaws: upper mandible (maxilla) and lower mandible (mandible). Even before birth, the bill is unique. A full-term chick pecks out of the egg with its egg tooth, which is a small, sharp, calcified spike generally near the upper bill tip. After birth, the chick of many large gull species pecks at the red or orange gonydeal spot on the parent’s bill to stimulate regurgitation for nourishment. For birds of prey (raptors), nature provides special sharp-edged, hooked bills. The bald eagle tears large prey with its heavy bill. The snail kite’s slender, downcurved bill primarily probes apple snail shells. The turkey vulture, mostly a carrion (carcass) scavenger, has perforated nostrils which allow one to see through the bill; this perforation reduces clogging while eating. The Montague’s harrier displays orange pigmentation of the cere, a waxy structure covering the base of the bill — indicating breeding quality in raptors.  Somewhat similar, the American goldfinch, male or female, exhibits an orange bill during the breeding season; for the female, the correlation between testosterone and intensity of color indicates aggressive behavior. In research, castration prevents seasonal color change of the bill, as in the male indigo bunting. Furthermore, duck bills are impressive. The mallard has a round-tipped bill with soft edges to “feel” food; the ultimate dabbler—it up ends (bottom up) in the water to feed. The northern shoveler, also a dabbler, captures and filters food with its elongated shovel or spoon-like bill equipped with well-developed lamellae — comb-like structures (sieves) in waterfowl. The merganser

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grips wriggling fish with a “sawbill.” Mandibles can be outstanding. The Atlantic puffin eats an estimated 40 small fish per day; a row of fish can be held (simultaneously) by hinged mandibles and inward-facing serrations on bill edges. With crossed mandibles, the crossbill gains access to the seeds of conifer cones. The American woodcock forages for worms with a flexible upper mandible. Several more bills are significant. The long-billed hummingbird reaches deep in the flower for nectar; males use their extensive bills as weapons to stab rivals. The long-billed curlew explores tidal mud flats with a sickle and forceps-like bill. The flamingo’s bill filters food upside down in the mud — crustaceans, mollusks, and blue-green algae. Its pink to reddish coloration is contingent on its diet — saturation is darker when fed solely on this algae. The roseate spoonbill, embellished in pink plumage, sweeps its odd spatulate bill through muddy water to consume algae-fed crustaceans — comparable to the flamingo with color relying on its diet.  The mute swan has a nail, a plate of hard horny tissue, at the bill tip (ducks and geese included) that may manipulate as a fingernail. More impressive is the ibis, a prober, which uses a “bill tip organ” to detect the movements of prey.  The American white pelican grows a horn on its upper bill during breeding season. It is shed after laying eggs.  The American sparrow eliminates excess heat through the bill. Fortunately, water loss is avoided. The barn owl threateningly snaps its bill. However, the dove and its mate join bills and vocalize — “bill and coo.” Obviously, bills accommodate species. VV

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Meet Sammy Sammy is a 2-year-old bijon and poodle mix found on Interstate 95. He is a friendly, sweet and happy little buddy. Owner Joy Frankel Sonoma in Viera

Duke is an 8-year-old lemon beagle and dachshund mix. We adopted him three years ago when his previous owner was unable to care for him. We were told he was born blind and deaf. Eye surgery helped him to see when he was young. He loves his daddy, walks and food. You can teach an old dog new tricks.

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Jazz anyone? If you play the saxophone, trumpet or trombone, New Horizons Jazz Band is looking for you. It is seeking string bass players, guitarists, drummers, pianists and vocalists, too. “New Horizons is an international organization for people who want to learn new instruments or want to come back to their instruments they played as a child,” said David Ewing, conductor and instructor. “A lot of this jazz music is new to a lot of people, so it’s really exciting for them. It’s a learning situation.” Most players who join know the basics. Ewing gives instructions on rhythm and style and offers support. The group, comprised mainly of retirees and snowbirds, includes a Tuskegee airman and a retired surgeon. Member Mary Seal, a trombone player, has been playing French Horn for the past 40 years, but hasn’t played in a jazz band since high school. “I actually was in an accident. I’m a paraplegic now and I retired from work. I found I could still play French horn and decided to pick up the trombone again.


I’m having fun musically a little bit earlier than I expected,” Seal said. To avoid holding a heavy brass instrument, Seal plays a pBone plastic trombone. “It sounds pretty good, but it’s lighter. It’s a big plus.” “The playing has certainly given me something to do, something to look forward to, to get out of bed. When you’ve been hit with a lifechanging situation, when you have something that you enjoy that you look forward to, life isn’t so bad. It’s just different, that’s all,” Seal said. The band also performs the old jazz standards and dance band era music at local nursing and assisted-living facilities. “We have been getting new music that’s a little more up to date,” said Ewing, who also plays the trumpet and is a brass musician. “The residents love it and want us to come back,” Ewing said. The group meets from 2 to 4 p.m. every Friday afternoon at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Rockledge. The cost to participate is $20 per month. VV

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EARTH DAY continued from page 28 leftovers; and at home, look to purchase non-plastic products, buy in bulk to avoid a multitude of plastic containers, use reusable water bottles instead of plastic bottles and recycle what is collected at the curb. And that’s not all. Participate in your local government to pass ordinances that will help control this plastic situation. According to the Miami Herald, the city of Coral Gables just had the initial approval for an ordinance banning plastic bags and it will be “the first municipality in Florida to ban plastic bag use.” Coral Gables is working toward building a more sustainable community. Recently, the city won a battle to ban polystyrene (commonly known as styrofoam) after a pushback from the Florida Retail Federation. In Brevard, we are taking the first step to better protect our natural sites, our waters and our wildlife from polystyrene. A group of local organizations, including Recycle Brevard/3Rs and Beyond, League of Women Voters of the Space Coast, Anglers for Conservation, Surfrider Foundation Sebastian Inlet Chapter, and Turtle Coast Sierra Club, are supporting a recommendation to

eliminate the use of polystyrene containers on all public property as a way to limit its use in the county. The online petition created to support that recommendation had more than 500 signatures a week before it was heard. Soon, we should know the outcome of this initiative. Plastic is a problem and it took a Great Egret with a plastic bag wrapped around its head to spring Viera residents into action. After seeing the picture posted on a Facebook group, Grace Torres organized a neighborhood cleanup. A group of residents took their Saturday morning to clean up the area which seemed to have the most litter. Dylan, a 7-year-old Viera resident, asked his family to go out and help after he saw the picture of the bird. He was enthusiastic about the job at hand. “I want to help clean up. I can do this!” he said. Yes, Dylan, you can make a difference. And you did! On this Earth Day, think about how you can cut back on plastic in your life. Like Dylan and all Viera residents who participated in the cleanup, you will see that you have the power to make a difference, too. VV Email Marcia Booth at

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Events around Brevard April 7 • 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. Once Upon a Time … An Evening of Classics Join Sheriff Wayne Ivey and Susan Ivey in supporting programs for children with disabilities. American Muscle Car Museum 3500 Sarno Road Melbourne 321-506-2707 April 9 • 2 p.m. Dan McMillion Quartet Cocoa Beach Country Club 5000 Tom Warriner Blvd. Cocoa Beach, 321-960-4897 April 15 • 8 a.m. Run For It 5K DRS Community Center 1089 S. Patrick Drive Satellite Beach

April 21 • 6 p.m. - midnight Superheroes vs Supervillains Pub Crawl Downtown Melbourne Bar Refuge, $25 2101 Henley Court Melbourne 321-543-1346 April 22 • 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. March for Science: Space Coast American Space Museum & Space Walk of Fame 308 Pine Street Titusville April 29 • 9 a.m. Rockledge Football Golf Tournament Rockledge Country Club 1591 S. Fiske Blvd. Rockledge 321-636-3711, ext. 149

April 29 • 7 - 9 p.m. Space Coast Symphony Orchestra: Appalachian Spring Satellite High School 300 Scorpion Court Satellite Beach 855-252-7276

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Mother, daughter fight hunger in Africa with fundraiser SPECIAL TO VIERA VOICE

same day at 9:30 a.m., five to 15 volunteers are needed to help unpack the truck with supplies and help them to set up. Everyone must be able to lift 50 pounds. From 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m., five to 15 volunteers are needed to help clean up and pack the truck with boxed meals. Everyone must be able to lift 50 pounds. Two fundraisers will be held — on April 5 at Burger 21 in Viera and on April 17 at Chick-Fil-A on Wickham Road. If customers mention the fundraiser before ordering, 10 percent of the sale will go to the hunger project. Any monetary donations are welcome. All checks should be payable to Catholic

A mother and daughter from Viera are trying their best to fight hunger in Burkino Faso in Africa. Those who want to help can either donate their money or their time. Catherine and Madeline Smith are working on the fundraiser called Catherine and Madeline Smith’s Helping Hands meals to Africa event. They hope to raise $5,000. Volunteers can help them package meals from 10:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 29 at the Shining Starr Learning Academy in Rockledge. One volunteer can package approximately 120 meals in an hour. On the

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Catherine Smith and her daughter Madeline Smith have organized to fight hunger in Africa.

Relief Services (CRS) and can be sent directly to the Smith family at 3600 Thurloe Drive, Viera, FL 32955. The family will send them to CRS in a bundle. All donations are tax deductible. The Smiths also are willing to work a few hours for any business in return for a silver sponsorship, which is less than a $1,000 donation. If a business wants to donate more than $1,000 as part of a gold sponsorship, the Smiths will volunteer to work eight hours for the business. VV For information, call 401-524-7104.

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