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BREVARD — Can’t think of a gift to give to your dad, wife, cousin or sisterin-law this year? Sometimes, the best way to go is against the grain. And Brevard businesses have plenty to offer when it comes to extraordinary gift-giving. Has your mom ever mentioned trying her hand at pottery? Consider enrolling her in a pottery class at the Indian River Potters’ Guild. Classes are available for adults and mature teens of all skill levels. At the Indian River Potters’ Guild, classes are offered regarding a range of topics, such as clay sculpturing and fusing glass. “Our instructors are experts in their fields, with years of experience teaching their craft to others,” said Valerie Karas, director at the Indian River Potters’

Guild, on the organization’s website. “Individual attention is given to each student, so we enjoy working with students at all levels from the beginner to the experienced artist.” For more information about the Indian River Potters’ Guild, visit www.indianriverpotters.com or call (321) 5433645. The Indian River Potters’ Guild is located at 1542 Guava St. in Melbourne. Enrico’s Fine Jewelry, located in Melbourne Beach, has been in business for more than 36 years. Rick DeLuca, the owner, attributes the store’s success to exceptional customer service, low prices and a unique selection of pieces. Unlike larger retailers, Enrico’s Fine Jewelry keeps its cost of running business low, which enables it to give customers low prices. Mr. DeLuca said clients can expect superior personal service with no pressure to purchase from the employees at Enrico’s.

The store carries a large selection of handmade sterling silver pieces, as well as world-famous Rhythm motion and music clocks. For more information, call (321) 7251810 or stop in and visit Enrico’s Fine Jewelry at 1010 Atlantic St., Suite C, in Melbourne Beach. Customer service is the top priority at Palm Bay Jewelers, which has been family-owned and operated in the same location since 1978. Michael Herbst, the owner, said gift givers should keep Palm Bay Jewelers in mind because “we are nice people and we have a great collection of all different kinds of jewelry.” The store does it all, from repair to design and everything in between. Palm Bay Jewelers is located at 4000 Dixie Highway, or U.S.1, in Palm Bay. Call (321) 725-3451 for more information.

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wouldn’t consider myself the adventurous type, especially when heights are involved. Skydiving terrifies me and on family ski trips, I close my eyes going up the lifts. So when I found myself stepping into a parachute, ready to board an opencockpit biplane, I expected to be nervous. Instead, I couldn’t contain my excitement. Mark Grainger, the owner of Merritt Island-based Florida Biplanes, has 20 years of experience as a pilot for Delta. He opened Florida Biplanes in 2010, integrating his passion for nostalgic planes with a desire to own a fun, local business. The company offers scenic tours of the Space Coast aboard its vintage Waco UPF-7 biplanes. The planes, which have been fully restored, served as trainers in World War II. Trips aboard the aircraft make for amazing gifts this holiday season, especially for the adventurous-type or the especially difficult to buy for -people on your list. Both can accommodate two passengers per flight, so the experience is something that friends and family can enjoy together. “I’ve always thought it would be cool to buy an old plane, restore it and take people for rides,” Mr. Grainger said. “It was my retirement plan, but then it occurred to me: I didn’t have to wait to retire.” With an airline pilot’s schedule, Mr. Grainger frequently has time off. He saw the opportunity to use it by creating a business increasing tourism and ran – or flew – with it. “Business has exceeded my expectations,” he said. “In our first 10 months, we have flown over 1,700 passengers.” Knowing that many people had flown before me eased any remaining nervousness I had. Before take off, the pilot, Steve Nesbitt, went over safety practices and taught me how to release my parachute should I need to. Of course, I did not. Only customers who wish to add an aerobatics package, which include light to medium aircraft maneuvers, require parachutes on board. Wearing a bulky,

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Steve Nesbitt, a pilot for Florida Biplanes, navigates a 1940 Waco UPF-7 biplane over the Space Coast. The biplane is one of 80 original Wacos still flying in the world. condensed balloon was worth the extra weight. My favorite part of the ride, and maybe my life, was doing barrel rolls and loops over Cocoa Beach. Mr. Nesbitt, a pilot since 2002, navigated over incredible views of St. John’s River, the Kennedy Space Center, Port Canaveral and Cocoa Beach. He pointed out various sights through the plane’s radio as we flew between 200 and 1,000 feet. “Look to your 2 o’clock. There’s the Vehicle Assembly Building,” Nesbitt said, his voice crackling through my headphones.

I have seen the VAB, where launch vehicles were housed and assembled, many times. The close-up aerial view of the largest single-story building in the world was unbeatable. At Port Canaveral, we soared over the Disney Dream cruise ship. Above the St. John’s River, I waved to a passing airboat while trying to spot an alligator from 500 feet in the air. When the tour came to an end, Mr. Nesbitt landed the plane with ease. An HD video camera documented the event so I could share my experience with friends.

Florida Biplanes offers several options for thrill-seekers to tour the Space Coast. Packages include 15, 30 and 45-minute scenic rides, as well as romantic sunset flights. The plane carries two passengers in addition to the pilot. “The uniqueness of this area is that the Space Coast offers so much to see in a concentrated area,” he said. “In a short ride, you really can see it all.” Florida Biplanes is located at 475 Manor Drive in Merritt Island. For more information, call (321) 392-4125 or visit www.floridabiplanes.com.


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abar Road S.E., Palm Bay. For more information about specials during the holiday season, call (321)409-2804, or visit www.acehardware.com. Since April 1988, Eau Gallie Woodworking has had the philosophy that if it’s made of wood, they can build it. Offering custom cabinetry, kitchens, bathroom, entertainment centers and computer desks, Eau Gallie Woodworking is a one-stop shop for most of your man’s needs. Owner Chuck Smith, who said his business has outlasted other businesses in the area with its service, recommends a new home office or entertainment center for the men on your list. Eau Gallie Woodworking is located at 1477 Guava Ave in Melbourne. For more information, call (321)255-9557, or visit www.eaugalliewoodworking.biz. Since 1999, Majors Golf Club has offered a challenge to golfers throughout Brevard County. “The layout and design of the course

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BREVARD — Searching to satisfy your sweet tooth this holiday season or give a tasty treat to someone you love? Look no further than in Brevard County, where an abundance of freshly baked goodies abound. In West Melbourne, Love Bug’s Bakery will be serving up holiday cookies by the pound, as well as fudge and lots of other delectable desserts. “We’re offering 10 different varieties of pie, including apple, pumpkin and cherry,” said Ron Goodman, who owns the bakery with his wife, Ramona. In addition to homemade pies and cookies, Love Bug’s Bakery will offer holiday-themed cheesecake and special Winter Wonderland-themed doughnuts. “It’s a cream-filled shell topped with crushed peppermint,” Mr. Goodman said. “It’s one of our special holiday doughnuts.” When it comes to creating confections, Mr. and Mrs. Goodman are masters of their craft. Mrs. Goodman has held a longtime love for baking. “She’s always been a baker,” Mr.

Goodman said. “That’s always been her passion.” Mr. Goodman, however, only recently discovered his knack for baking, when he entered his almond roca cookies into a baking competition last year. Mr. Goodman’s recipe won first place in the traditional category and the Golden Cookie Sheet, which signified the best amateur cookie out of more than 30 entries, at the 2nd Annual Space Coast Cookie Challenge in December. Mrs. Goodman, who is also an awardwinning baker, makes everything fresh at Love Bug’s Bakery. To top it all off, the Goodmans’ bakery boasts a friendly atmosphere. “We support our local community, and we’re a local Christian, familyowned company,” Mr. Goodman said. “Plus, we offer gift cards in any denomination from $5 to $1,000,000.” It seems the readers of Hometown News can attest to this – Love Bug’s Bakery was recently voted Best Dessert and Bakery in Melbourne in our Reader’s Choice Awards. Love Bug’s Bakery is located at 1609 S. Wickham Road in West Melbourne. For more information, visit (321) 7222253 www.lovebugsbakery.com.


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Thanksgiving holds different meanings to different people. Some feel it is a day for being generous or giving thanks through unselfish deeds. Others feel it is a time to sit around with family sharing stories of the year. Still many simply look forward to the day for football. No matter how you view Thanksgiving, one thing is for sure, filling up on turkey is an integral part of the holiday. If turkey is the centerpiece of your celebration – as it should be -– then be sure to have enough turkey on hand to adequately feed all of your guests. Although they will be filling up on trimmings and side dishes as well, the first thing they will spear with a fork is a nice slice of juicy turkey. There is some conventional wisdom with regards to how big a turkey to buy. Most chefs or home cooks say that having a pound to one-and-a-half pounds for each adult at the holiday table is adequate. Children will likely eat a half or quarter of that amount. If you want to ensure leftovers, then you can increase the size of the turkey slightly. Therefore, if 10 adults and five children will be at Thanksgiving dinner, multiply 10 by 1.5. That equals 15. Multiply 5 x .5, which equals 2.5. Add the two totals together, and you’re left with 17.5 pounds. A turkey in that range

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While people are ho-ho-ho-ing and hustling and bustling, pets may not be as enamored with the holiday season as their human counterparts. That’s because, amid the blur of activities that fill the season, there are potential sources of stress and dangers to pets. What can be so dangerous about holiday festivities and decorations? A lot, according to veterinarians and pet advocacy experts. The ASPCA, among other groups, warns of the toxic items and unhealthy treats that abound this time of year. Approximately 1,300 people are treated each year in emergency rooms for injuries related to holiday lights. Another 6,200 are treated for injuries related to holiday decorations and Christmas trees. These injuries are occurring to people who know better. Just think about the pets that do not understand the dangers around them. Pet parents

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Decorating Dangers Decorative glassware, trinkets and other breakables can prove hazardous to animals. Inquisitive dogs and cats may break glass ornaments and be cut by shards of glass. It’s easy for lit candles to be knocked over and even Christmas trees to be pulled down by boisterous pets. Water kept in

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Having a houseful of people can be stressful on pets who are not used to the company. Talk with a veterinarian to see if a mild sedative or anti-anxiety medication might be helpful. Otherwise, keep pets contained in a quiet room away from guests if they are prone to skittishness. Try to keep feeding and watering schedules consistent so the pets will have the comfort of their routines. Be sure to spend time with the animals so they are not feeling neglected while you’re running here and there. The holidays can be a wonderful time of year to share with your pets, but safety should never be too far out of mind when preparing for the season.

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