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LIFESTYLE LETTER

FEBRUARY 2019 PUBLISHER

Mandy York | mandy.york@lifestylepubs.com EDITORIAL COORDINATOR

Rebecca West | rebecca.west@lifestylepubs.com CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Rebecca West

Curating Creativity

CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

Hassan Patterson

FEBRUARY—IT'S THE SHORTEST MONTH OF THE YEAR, BUT THERE'S DEFINITELY NO SHORTAGE OF EXCITING THINGS HAPPENING HERE IN THE COCOA BEACH AREA. When thinking of ideas for our Arts & Makers issue, we were inspired by the talented local creatives who beautify our community with their work. In this issue, we celebrate the beautiful art of Hassan Patterson who just happens to also be our photographer extraordinaire at Cocoa Beach Lifestyle. Take a look at some of his beautiful work and enjoy! As always, it is our goal and passion to highlight our local businesses and those who truly dedicate their lives to giving back, so check out our articles on Gisele Reiger with Brazilian Beauty Blowout Studio in Cocoa Beach and Steve Romano, the man behind "Wake Up Cocoa Beach" and countless other good deeds.   Looking for some ideas for your kitchen? Check out the article on a custom kitchen nook from Shannon Reichel with Interior Stylings in Cocoa Beach.   Of course, we can't forget Valentine's Day!  We have many local restaurants that offer a great place for a special romantic dinner. One of my favorites is Flavour Kitchen & Wine Bar in Cocoa Beach.  

CORPORATE TEAM CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER Steven Schowengerdt CHIEF SALES OFFICER Matthew Perry CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER DeLand Shore ART DIRECTOR Sara Minor

With our bustling creative scene, we hope you find inspiration in these pages and come to appreciate our unique perspective here in Cocoa Beach. Consider this issue your guide to all things creative, and hit the town to unleash your own creativity! See you around, and happy Valentine's Day!

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INSIDE THE ISSUE FEBRUARY 2019 FEATURES 10 Talk of the Town: Gisele Rieger’s Brazilian Beauty Blowout Studio Brilliant Blowouts Worthy of a Duchess

18 The Hidden Talents of Local Artist Hassan Patterson Discover One of Brevard’s Best-Kept Artistic Secrets

24 Meet the Man Behind ‘Wake Up Cocoa Beach’ All-Around Good Guy Steve Romano Provides Virtual Gathering Place While Giving Back Throughout the Year

30 Interior Stylings: When Art, Design and Function Collide Using Custom Woodworking Can Be

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AROUND TOWN

LEAD BREVARD’S 2019 LEADERSHIP AWARDS LEAD Brevard has announced the 2019 “Top 12” 4 Under 40 Finalists who are featured during the Leadership Awards event. The final 4 Under 40 recipients will be revealed  Friday, Feb. 8, at the Space Coast Convention Center, (Holiday Inn Express & Suites)—301 Tucker Lane in Cocoa— beginning at 6 p.m.  LEAD Brevard was founded in 1985. It manages several leadership programs and oversees community initiatives that help to achieve its mission of "working together to strengthen our community by inspiring people to lead." Early-bird tickets for individual seats and signa-

team is Bill Sokolic, a seasoned journalist; Sheila

ture fundraiser are available for purchase at

Harnois, a writer and STPS media coordinator; and

LEADBrevard.org or by calling 321.632.8222.

Ryan Needle, a copywriter for Longbow.net and

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JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT BUSINESS BLASTOFF CHALLENGE AWARDS FINALISTS Junior Achievement of the Space Coast will be holding its Business Blastoff Challenge finals on

editor for GreenBrevard. For more information on the announcement, visit SeaTurtleSpaceCoast.org.

HARRIS CORPORATION PLANS $125 MILLION R&D INVESTMENT IN FLORIDA

Feb. 19 at the Cocoa Village Playhouse from 7-9 p.m. 

Harris Corporation announced plans to invest

Dubbed "Brevard's Own Teen Shark Tank," no

more than $125 million in internal research and

other program captures the entrepreneurial spirit

development in Florida this fiscal year, bolstering

more than the JA Business Blastoff Challenge, a col-

high-paying jobs and the company’s innovation

laboration with WeVenture. Going into its seventh

leadership in the state.

year, the Challenge awards teams of young entre-

Florida-based R&D activities primarily will take

preneurial Brevard high school students with FIT

place at the company’s Central Florida locations

scholarships, media interviews in Florida Today and

and focus on areas such as electronic warfare,

Space Coast Business Magazine, cash prizes and

robotics, avionics and smallsats. The region will

the opportunity to work with some of Brevard’s

receive more than a third of the company’s overall

premier business and community leaders. The

$300 million-plus annual internal R&D budget. The internal R&D will support the company’s

event is free and open to the public. 321.777.0982, JASpaceCoast.org/events/events-entrepreneurial

SEA TURTLE PRESERVATION SOCIETY – NEW MARKETING & PUBLIC RELATIONS The Sea Turtle Preservation Society recently

nearly 7,000 employment base in Florida, including more than 3,300 engineers and scientists, as well as generate new high-paying positions. The company pays an average salary of $95,000 in Florida and has about 375 openings in the state, primarily in engineering.

announced the creation of a  new marketing and public relations team.  Educating the public about sea turtles is one of the main missions of STPS.  “Please join me in welcoming this new team to meet the public relations and marketing needs

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Talk of the Town:

Gisele Rieger's Brazilian Beauty Blowout Studio in Cocoa Beach BRILLIANT BLOWOUTS WORTHY OF A DUCHESS FOR SEVERAL YEARS NOW, WOMEN HAVE BEEN OBSESSED WITH BLOWOUTS. If you ask a man what they are, he'll probably say a blown tire. Ask a woman, and she's likely to start rattling on about Kate Middleton's stylist and how fantastic the Duchess of Cambridge's hair always appears. Women everywhere are hot for the look.  If you count yourself among them, you don't have to fly to London and hit up Kate's go-to hair gal for an appointment. Instead, you can go to Brazilian Beauty Blowout Studio in Cocoa Beach, where Gisele Rieger will set your tresses straight. She is the owner/operator of the award-winning studio and, with a slight twist of irony, she is a Brazilian beauty herself.

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Armed with a degree in business management and finance, Gisele immigrated to the U.S. from Brazil with her husband and two young  children back in 2000. Upon her arrival, she initially went to beauty school and began her career as a stylist in Illinois. That's where she opened her very first salon and began specializing in techniques for intensive hair treatments. She doesn't just cut and style hair.  From there, the family eventually relocated to Melbourne, Florida, where she began managing a number of salons before striking back out on her own and restarting her own business in Indian Harbor Beach. In 2015, she opened Brazilian Beauty Blowout Salon in Cocoa Beach, where she's seen a measurable uptick in clients seeking her popular services. At Brazilian Beauty Blowout, Rieger offers everything from shampoos and cuts; to hair coloring, highlights  and tints; to  blowouts and even  waxing. Her services are often sought by members of wedding parties and women looking forward to special occasions where shiny, silky hair is the envy of every other woman within eyesight. "I am positioning myself to be the anti-frizz solutions salon as a niche, however maintaining a full-service salon in the process," Gisele says. Something of a hair spa, Gisele begins with a consultation—taking into account facial features and bone structure—and works from there. For some clients, it might be something minor, like a touchup or a slightly new twist on an established style, while others are looking for a full-blown makeover, not just a freshening up. Gisele and her staff pride themselves on their art, because that's what a successful stylist is: an artist. It takes knowledge and talent to create the perfect coif.  Gisele has devoted a large part of her career to therapies for overworked hair. Her treatments aren't just for straightening, but strengthening, protecting and improving hair texture through the use of things like keratin and detoxification processes. The result CONTINUED >

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LOCALLY OWNED

(CON TI N U ED)

/Gisele Rieger, Owner AT BRAZILIAN BEAUTY BLOWOUT, GISELE OFFERS EVERYTHING FROM SHAMPOOS AND CUTS; TO HAIR COLORING, HIGHLIGHTS AND TINTS; TO BLOWOUTS AND EVEN WAXING.

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to the public so you can maintain the

An upscale salon, Brazilian Beauty's interior fea-

health of your hair between appoint-

tures an uncluttered, contemporary beach blend

ments. They include names like Paul

reflected through the use of soft aqua and beige tones,

Mitchell and,

clean lines, and an open, airy feel, providing a space cli-

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ents can unwind in—which is one of the things Gisele had in mind when she opened the studio.

know that beautiful hair does not just

"My customers come first. Recognizing that most

have to be for special occasions. It

women don't have a lot of time to devote to salon treat-

also doesn't have to be temporary, as

ments, I wanted to provide an oasis of sorts where cli-

in till you wash it again. For example,

ents could come and relax in a calm, quiet, professional

her Brazilian Blowout Xpress service

atmosphere while getting their beauty needs met in a

delivers up to four weeks of healthy,

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lustrous shine while smoothing and

As a gorgeous, petite brunette with hair to die for

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HE IDDEN ALENTS OF DISCOVER ONE OF BREVARD’S BEST-KEPT ARTISTIC SECRETS ARTICLE REBECCA WEST PHOTOGRAPHY

HASSAN PATTERSON

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LOCAL ARTIST HASSAN PATTERSON

Hassan Patterson

THERE'S A GOOD CHANCE YOU'VE SEEN HIS ART AROUND FLORIDA'S SPACE COAST AND JUST DIDN'T KNOW WHOSE WORK YOU WERE ADMIRING. That's because the artist, in this case, has his various forms of work displayed in a number of locations, such as Hula Moon in Indian Harbor Beach and Pizza Gallery Grill in Viera's The Avenues. The pieces are imaginative and distinctive, but they belie the many hidden secrets lying just beneath the surface of Hassan Patterson's career in fine art, illustrations and photography. For starters, Hassan surprisingly had no formal training in art. He is quite simply a creative talent by nature. When asked, he was able to specifically identify two points in his life that he recognizes now as early influences on the direction his path would ultimately take. The first was at the age of 5 when he saw a Mighty Mouse cartoon that enthralled him, and he did his best to draw it accurately. It had such an impact on him that afterward, he kept a sketch pad near the television set so he'd be prepared the next time something captured his imagination so vividly. The other significant  moment  was when he was 10 and his mother picked up a three-pack of comic books on her way home from work. It contained Spiderman, The Hulk and Ironman, and Hassan was blown away by the lines, color and action displayed within their pages. So, when he says his early influences were cartoons and comics, he's not kidding around. CONTINUED >

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THE HIDDEN TALENTS

(CON TI N U ED)

Born in Massachusetts, Hassan grew up in one of Boston's rougher neighborhoods without a father figure and a mom who worked two jobs. Before long, he was hanging out with the wrong crowd and ended up dropping out of school. It was a close shave with the law as a teen that opened his eyes to the road he was

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headed down, prompting him to return to class and eventually graduate from ITT, where he studied CAD. Afterward, in 1990, he moved to Florida for warmer weather and a fresh start. "Art is more than a career to me. It saved my life," Hassan says. "I always had it within me. It was something I could turn to and immerse myself in." Upon arriving in Brevard, he went to BCC and studied engineering and drafting. After graduation, he got a job at NASA, applying all of his newly acquired academic skills. It was there that his boss, Russ Fortson, got a look at some of his artwork. Russ' first reaction was that Hassan needed to be at Disney. His second reaction was to give Hassan an ultimatum saying that he could either fire him then and there or Hassan could put in his two-week notice and go and apply at the Magic Kingdom—that's how sure he was of his young employee's talents. So, he did. He applied at Disney, and they hired him. His real breakthrough, however, came directly on the heels of the Mouse House, and it was one of those complete and utter flukes. A fan of '70s and '80s music, Hassan was rummaging through CDs one day looking for something

Take Me Away

Hassan working his magic with paints

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When you view his work, you can totally see why Disney wanted him. Many of his pieces have a Disney-esque or Pixar feel to them. Some even remind you of Flintstone backdrops with an updated edge. Think The Croods, the 2013  3D computer-animated comedy adventure film produced by DreamWorks Animation jam-packed with bright colors and epic scenery. The mediums Hassan uses besides pencils and inks include acrylics and oils on canvas and wood. While some of his work almost appears to incorporate watercolors, they're actually washes which create the softer muted tones that can at times be seen in his art. On the other hand, he also creates large, vibrant  murals. One example can be seen at Hoover Middle School in Indialantic, and, in collaboration with the Brevard Cultural Alliance Arts program for At-Risk Boys, a few more can be seen at the  Brevard Group Treatment Home facility in Cocoa. One of the main things Hassan attributes his talent to is a nearly eidetic memory. Eidetic imagery is the ability to remember an image in so much detail, clarity and accuracy that it is as though the image were still being perceived. It is in the mind's eye. Pretty handy for an artist and seldom seen in the public at large.  "My ability to observe stuff and then store it for reference later, that retention is one of my biggest strengths when it comes to drawing and has served me well," he says. When it comes to his photography, he is every bit as skilled. Besides being the main photograEnter the Blue Monkey

pher for Cocoa Beach Lifestyle, he has spent years building an amazing portfolio of images that cover a multitude of subjects. He has contributed to

to buy. He finally found seven great collections with a mix of artists he was

publications such as Maxim Magazine and even

excited about, but he felt far less enthusiastic about the cover art. 

shot set design for NBC for an upcoming sci-fi

Still feeling the sting of disappointment over the lackluster depic-

show called Dream Machines about four or five

tions portrayed on the covers and believing that they didn't do the

years ago. It was part of the Syfy Channel's view-

music or the artists justice, Hassan decided to write the art director at

ership offerings, which NBC owns.

Rhino Records and voice his displeasure. Long story short, not only did

If you're intrigued by what you see on these

the AR agree with him, but also he offered Hassan a job and his own

pages, you can review Hassan Patterson's body

renderings ended up replacing the CDs' original cover art. How's that

of work online through his two websites and on

for cheek? This whirlwind of events took place between 1996 and 1997.

his Instagram account, where he posts regularly.

By the late '90s, his work was becoming recognizable, and Sony and

Or head on over to his studio in the Eau Gallie

Universal came calling looking for the same services along with help

Arts District. It's by appointment only, so you'll

on posters and promotional artwork. He was making a name for himself.

have to contact him through his website first.

He even ended up working with Tiki Magazine out of San Diego contrib-

The alternative would be to make a trip to Hula

uting photographs, where they asked him to do a caricature of Steve Jobs

Moon or the Pizza Gallery Grill, as mentioned

after the Apple mogul's passing. Not bad for a guy with no formal training.

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ARTICLE REBECCA WEST PHOTOGRAPHY HASSAN PATTERSON

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IF YOU LIVE IN THE AREA, THERE'S A GOOD CHANCE YOU'RE A FOLLOWER OF WAKE UP COCOA BEACH, THE FACEBOOK PAGE FOR FOLKS WHO LIKE TO KEEP THEIR FINGER ON THE PULSE OF SOCIETY CONCERNING HAPPENINGS GOING ON IN THEIR OWN BACKYARD. For those who do follow the page, you're probably acquainted with its founder, Steve Romano, father of two, local Re/Max Solutions owner/broker and the man behind so many of the charitable undertakings in and around Cocoa Beach. Steve is originally from Clarksburg, West Virginia, where he grew up as one of four siblings to restaurateur parents who  decided to relocate to Cocoa Beach in the mid-'70s. They'd  spent  their honeymoon here years earlier. Quickly adapting to beach life, he could always be found surfing, fishing and playing ball as a kid. 

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After a brief stint as a racquetball pro in the early '80s, he began  working in his mom's real estate office putting in signs, picking up keys and acting as office courier. This early exposure to the business is what prompted him to procure his own realtor's license, and he's been in the business ever since. In 2012, Steve started Wake Up Cocoa Beach. Originally created  to inform people about the local election going on at the time, it eventually morphed into a news source for Cocoa Beach residents, supporting budding and established businesses, finding lost pets and keeping an eye on city hall in general. "We now have more than 8,100 members, and if it weren't for Wake Up Cocoa Beach, we probably wouldn't have had that first art show. I will never forget members handing me $5, $10 and $20 bills just to help out back then," Steve says. When asked if he had any particularly fond memories in connection to activities spurred on by the popular page, Steve reminisced about one noteworthy incident that happened in 2015: "We've helped a lot of people, but my favorite one was when our local VFW was going to honor Elia Fontecchio, a local resident who was killed in Iraq in 2004. A dozen or so of his platoon were coming in for the ceremony, so when I posted on Wake Up Cocoa Beach  that we should roll  out the red carpet for these guys, we absolutely crushed it. We ended up raising enough money to pay for their rooms and  load them up with food and beverages. We also sent them to NASA for the day and had a pub crawl later on through the various downtown watering holes. I will never forget

Steve Romano

how Cocoa Beach treated these guys, with girls hugging them and taking pictures, people buying them drinks  and toasting to their service—it really is a special place."  It's easy to see that what basically started as a virtual gathering place for locals now serves a dual purpose far beyond keeping folks informed or giving them a place to post. You'd think his dance card would be full, but he still finds time for other worthy causes. CONTINUED >

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GIVING BACK

(CON TI N U ED)

As a member of the Space Coast Realtor Association for almost 35 years, Steve says the group's main charity is the Brevard Children in Need Foundation, which raises money for homeless kids in connection to school supplies and other necessities. "It heartbreaking to hear about so many kids who have to struggle just to get through  school. Our organization helps raise money to see that they have what they need to get a decent education, and in the spring we gather up  prom dresses and suits so kids who can't afford to wear something nice can get dressed up courtesy of us," he says.  If you're wondering, his altruism began with his mother. "My mom was always helping people and was the definition of giving is better than receiving," he says. "In 1991, I signed up for the Big Brothers program. I helped a kid out who was being raised by his grandma. I remember the folks who ran the program thought it was pretty strange that a 29-year-old single guy in Cocoa Beach volunteered for the job." In 2014, Steve got involved with the art festival.  "The folks who ran the Cocoa Beach Art Show got into some type  of disagreement with the city. They had decided to move the show to Port Canaveral. The town was pretty upset—understandably so—because we'd just lost the Air Show, and now to top it off on Thanksgiving weekend the streets of Cocoa Beach were going to be dark. A small band of brothers and sisters got together and insisted: not on our watch! We had a pretty good inkling that people would still show up, so we put our heads together and raised enough money to put on a really great show, regardless, and as each year passes it just keeps getting better." With a view toward results, he teamed up with city manager  Jim McKnight in 2018  after the latter contacted him about  promoting  a holiday can drive for a nearby homeless shelter. Steve gamely suggested making it a challenge between the city and WUCB. The outcome? Let's just say  they  probably did 10 times better than expected because of the power of people pulling together.   That's what Steve Romano is all about: bringing people together, giving back and making a difference. RE/MAX SOLUTIONS 1 S. Orlando Ave., Cocoa Beach, 321.432.0342, Facebook.com/pg/Wake-up-cocoa-beach

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RENOVATE & REFINE

WHEN ART, DESIGN AND FUNCTION

Collide

Larry and Felizitas Brown's dog Quincy enjoying the custom nook

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Custom nook and bench

AFTER 17 YEARS IN THE DESIGN INDUSTRY, INTERIOR DESIGN CONSULTANT SHANNON REICHEL OPENED HER FURNITURE BOUTIQUE AND DESIGN STUDIO, INTERIOR STYLINGS, IN DOWNTOWN COCOA BEACH. Her new venue offers custom draperies and window treatments, design services, unique furniture and refined home accents. The stylish shop reflects her design focus of sophisticated coastal and new classical concepts. Shannon began her career with a degree in graphic design but found herself continually gravitating toward  refining living spaces in her spare time. Following her dream, she became a showroom manager and East Coast rep for a Chinese furniture importer featuring antique and contemporary pieces at the AmericasMart in Atlanta.  As part of the job, she also represented the wholesale company at the High Point, North Carolina, and New York International yearly furniture markets. From there, Atlanta’s AmericasMart featured her work on the cover of all of their international marketing pieces for the year. In the following years, Shannon’s body of work expanded to include working as a design consultant creating exceptional interiors for national custom and spec home builders. As a result, her creative  designs were notably featured all across the East Coast of the U.S.   Upon the return  to her home state of Florida, where she  surfs  competitively, she worked for large furniture retailers as an in-house designer and visual display manager. She also garnered experience working with high-end design studios in Orlando and Naples, Florida. Throughout all of this, she continued to provide her skills and talents to residential clients.  The culmination of years of working knowledge and determination to follow her dreams CONTINUED >

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RENOVATE & REFINE

(CON TI N U ED)

have brought her to Brevard County. Here her plans are to develop a network of like-minded individuals and business owners who are interested in enhancing the community through quality design, and she's already begun a working relationship with local drapery workroom Kelly’s Kustom Kurtains. One of the things Shannon enjoys is incorporating statement pieces created by local artists using natural elements, such as woodworkers. A recent client project in Vero Beach led to just such an opportunity when homeowners Felizitas and Larry Brown decided they wanted to update their kitchen nook and needed advice on how to better utilize the small space. Due to the odd angles of the nook walls, it was obvious a custom piece of furniture was going to have to be made. Having worked with the couple throughout other areas of the living space, the home has a relaxing, clean, contemporary, coastal aesthetic. As a jazz composer living just two blocks from the beach, it was just what Larry was looking for. It seemed only natural  to continue in the same vein.  As their interior design consultant, it was up to Shannon to find a local finished wood carpenter to tackle the design specifications for the job. After four visits for measuring, design discussions and templates, the job took about two months to complete from start to finish. The bench was designed to be a permanent fixture attached to the walls of the nook and look like it was built with the home. The bench itself shares the same paint scheme as the existing walls and the home’s custom baseboard trim. The seats are hinged to access muchneeded storage space for their two adorable Scottish terriers’ food and accessories. To complement the bench and the decor in the adja-

SHANNON REICHEL’S NEW VENUE OFFERS CUSTOM DRAPERIES AND WINDOW TREATMENTS, DESIGN SERVICES, UNIQUE FURNITURE  AND REFINED HOME ACCENTS. THE STYLISH SHOP REFLECTS HER DESIGN FOCUS OF SOPHISTICATED COASTAL AND NEW CLASSICAL CONCEPTS.

cent rooms, custom bench cushions and pillows with zippers were made with washable, stain-resistant fabrics by local drapery and upholstery workroom Kelly’s Kustom Kurtains. Custom Roman shades in a beautiful, light-filtering textured fabric fill the windows with soft and inviting colors of grays and whites.   To finish off the space, Shannon ordered the couple a beautiful 42-inch round glass-top table by Worlds Away, just one of the many vendors she carries at her boutique. The overall effect was exactly what they had hoped to achieve. "As their interior design consultant, they discussed with me their wants and needs for the space. It was my job to translate  their vision into reality, and in this case, we were able to achieve that," Shannon says.

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FEBRUARY

LIFESTYLE CALENDAR

1

9

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100% PURE FLORIDA JURIED ART EXHIBITION RECEPTION

PARTY FOR THE PLAYHOUSE

Fifth Avenue Art Gallery (EGAD)

Party for the Playhouse is the third

CHILD PASSENGER SAFETY SEMINAR – COCOA

100% Pure Florida, an annual juried

annual fundraising dinner with a silent

Learn

exhibition, is back. There will be a First

auction, a live performance, dancing and

installation

Friday Opening Reception on Feb. 1

FUN! Meet actors from current and

restraints, plus how child restraints

from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Plan to attend

past Surfside Playhouse productions.

work to protect children. This class

and meet the artists and see the

SurfsidePlayers.com

is REQUIRED of expectant moms/

Cocoa Beach Hilton

awards presented for this year's winners. The exhibit is open through Feb. 23. 1470 Highland Ave., Melbourne, FifthAvenueArtGallery.com

1

GALAXY GLOW WINTER DANCE

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and

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selection, of

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14 COUPLES RETREAT VALENTINE'S DAY BOAT CRUISE Port Canaveral (Canaveral Cruise 1)

A romantic Valentine's Day cruise for couples will be taking place from

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22-24 OUR SAVIOURS SPRING FAIR & FESTIVAL 2019

Coastline Community Church

7 p.m. to midnight beginning on

Youth Building

Thursday, Feb. 14, departing from the

Space Coast Christian Co-op cor-

Port. Get dressed up and enjoy food

Come join the Spring Fair Fundraiser

dially invites you to attend "Galaxy

and drink while listening to music

at Our Saviours Church for three

Glow," a winter dance for all homes-

spun by Orlando's hottest DJ. This is

days of games, arts and crafts

choolers and their guests at least 12

a ticketed event. Canaveral Cruise 1,

vendors, food, rides and bingo.

years old AND in 7th grade or above.

620 Glen Cheek Drive, Port Canaveral,

Admission is free. 321.693.2558

Please join us for this fun night with

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2-3 42ND ANNUAL ROCKS, GEMS AND JEWELRY SHOW AND SALE

16 2019 COCOA MARDI GRAS CELEBRATION

Our Saviours Church

23 THE NINTH ANNUAL A MAX BREWER BRIDGE 5K Sand Point Park

Cocoa Riverfront Park, Cocoa Village

Sculptor Charter School hosts the

Come enjoy a family-friendly, city-

Ninth Annual A Max Brewer Bridge

wide parade with floats from around

5K, returning this year with the pop-

the county to ring in Mardi Gras. It's

ular "Ready, Set, GLOW!" theme. The

Kiwanis Island Recreation Center

a 30-year tradition in Cocoa Village.

Family Fit Fest begins at 5 p.m. to

The Central Brevard Rock & Gem

Real street performers from the

kick off this fun, family-friendly

Club presents its 42nd Annual Rocks,

French Quarter and Cajun food for

event. After the race, celebrate

Gems &  Jewelry Show and Sale

the whole family. Featured performers

with the Rotary Club of Titusville's

at the Kiwanis Island Recreation

include Colt Ford, The Josephines and

14th Annual Chili Cookoff. 5-8 p.m.

Center on Feb. 2-3. Show hours are

live Zydeco by the Porch Dogs. $12-

Admission $20-$30. 321.264.4000,

Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday

$25, kids under 12 free. 5-11 p.m.

SculptorCharter.org/glow

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Entrance fee is $5. Kids under 12 are free when accompanied by an adult. 502.930.5870, CentralBrevardGems.org

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