A new temple and dueling chefs in Suntree
L’Chaim, to Life!
To toast breaking ground of their 8,500-square foot synagogue, Temple Israel of Brevard invites the community to an open house from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 25.
The event at 7350 Lake Andrew Drive will begin with remarks by community and congregation leaders and the groundbreaking for the new temple. Approximately two dozen sacred texts will be buried on the 2 ½ acre property in a ceremony assisted by the children of Temple Israel and officiated by Rabbi Patricia Hickman. The new temple, expected to be completed by the summer of 2020, will be built adjacent to the existing structure.
Afterwards, the community is invited into the social hall to enjoy an assortment of finger foods and fresh baked goods and learn to dance the Hora to lively Klezmer folk music provided by the Nat Kaye band. A bounce house and water slide will be set up outside, along with balls, games and an art station to keep the kids happy.
Temple Israel is Brevard’s only Reform Jewish congregation. For more information, call 321-631-9494 or visit TIofBrevard.com.
East meets Italy
Chefs Scott Earick of Scott’s on Fifth in Indialantic and Dave Dashi of The Chef’s Table and Amici’s in Suntree are teaming up again. This time, they’ll be creating a five-course meal with perfectly paired wines.
The dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26, at The Chef’s Table, 7720 N. Wickham Road, Suite 118, Suntree. Cost for dinner and wine is $125.
For each course, Dashi will prepare an Italian specialty while Earick makes a dish inspired by Asia. The longtime friends promise to turn the evening into a friendly competition, with plenty of banter and diner interaction.
To reserve a seat at the table, call 321-255-5377.
Wine, women and paint
Wine is fine, ladies, but it’s even better when you get to unleash your inner artist with the wine glass, which you get to take home, if you attend One Senior Place’s “Wine, Women and Paint” event at 6 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 22.
A professional artist facilitator will guide participants as they finish their wine glass masterpiece to take home. There will also be plenty of smooth stones for those who want to try their hand at rock painting.
Registration for this fundraiser to benefit Alzheimer’s research is $30, which includes painting supplies, the glass, plus the wine and snacks.
“It’s got nothing to do with talent and everything to do with having fun, making new friends and raising money for Alzheimer’s research,” said One Senior Place director Barbara Fradkin.
Register at 321-751-6771. One Senior Place is at 8085 Spyglass Hill Road, Viera. For more details, visit OneSeniorPlace.com.
A little T & B
Cool off with the classics when the Space Coast Symphony presents “Tchaikovsky & Brahms: A Chamber Concert” at 7 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 24, at Cocoa Beach Community Church, 126 S. Atlantic Ave. What is even more attractive is that the cost for this little T&B is absolutely nothing.
The concert features just six musicians from the Symphony performing Tchaikovsky’s “Souvenir de Florence” and Brahms’ “String Quartet No. 2 in A minor”
Musicians for “Tchaikovsky & Brahms: A Chamber Concert” include Joni Roos and Jim Leda, violin; Michael De Jesus and Daniel Cortes, viola; Paul Fleury and Lorraine Hogle, cello.
Admission is free, although a donation of $10 is recommended. No tickets are required. For more information, call 855-252-7276 or SpaceCoastSymphony.org.
Thrills & Trills
Advent Lutheran Church kicks off its 2019-2020 pipe organ concert season with “Thrills & Trills,” an eclectic program of works for organ by Camille Saint-Saëns, J.S. Bach, Felix Mendelssohn and other prominent composers performed by Central Florida organist Adam Brakel, who will also play his own arrangements of “Carolina Shout” and “Stars and Stripes.”
The free concert begins at 3 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 25, at Advent, 7550 N. Wickham Rd., Suntree.
A graduate of the Peabody Conservatory of the John Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, and Duquesne University of the Holy Spirit in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Brakel also trained at the prestigious Juilliard School in New York City.
For more information, call 321-426-9378 or visit AdventBrevard.org.
It’s baroque, baby!
Brevard Symphony Orchestra goes big time for baroque with “Nova Baroque: Vivaldi’s Venice,” a concert that is beautiful to both hear and see, thanks to the period costumes, complete with powdered wigs, that the musicians will wear.
The talented and well-dressed performers will bring 17th. and 18th. century Venice to life at 7 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 24, at Suntree United Methodist Church, 7400 N. Wickham Rd.
General admission tickets are $25. Purchase at brevardsymphony.com.
The SPCA of Brevard will host an end-of-summer Paw-jama Jam for children in kindergarten through sixth grade from 6 to 9 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 24, at shelter headquarters, Sisson Road, Titusville.
In addition to dog and cat interactions, the kids will enjoy pizza and other snacks and a kid-friendly movie. The event raises money for the shelter to feed and care for homeless animals.
Cost is $30 for the first child and $20 for additional siblings. Email email@example.com to register. For more details, call 321-567-3615, extension 255.
By the way, the SPCA stepped in to help a couple of weeks back when an urgent social media call went out that Glades County Animal Control’s only animal control officer was resigning and all pets at that shelter were at risk of euthanasia. The SPCA headed south and rescued more than 32 cats and seven dogs.
For information on adopting these animals, contact Susan Naylor at 321-917-9501.
Got their groove
If you haven’t checked Heidi’s Jazz Club lately, it’s high time you did, particularly on a Wednesday, since beginning in August, the Cocoa Beach club is featuring the Liquid Groove Project from 7 to 10 p.m. every Wednesday.
Led by pianist Connor Mahoney, and featuring vocalist Hella Ayelet Gal, Liquid Groove Project is a collective of musicians dedicated to exploring the musical possibilities of traditional jazz and modern funk, soul, and popular grooves.
Connor plays with groups such as the Cosmic Jazz Ensemble, led by trumpeter and former astronaut Winston Scott, and Sybil Gage and Her Merry Band of Royal Catahoulas.
Heidi’s Jazz Club is at 7 N. Orlando Ave., across the street from Cocoa Beach’s nicely accessible new parking garage. For more information, call 321-783-4559 or visit heidisjazzclub.com.
Eau Gallie Public Library, 1521 Pineapple Ave. invites adults 18 and older to join the Nerf Battle from 7 to 9 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 22. A library card is required.
Visit Green Turtle Market from noon to 4 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 24, to join the International Festival, an afternoon of food, wine and beer tastings. The world-wide displays will stretch store-wide, including the Grapevine Café, which will not be open for lunch that day.
Cost is $20 for general admission and $20 for Wine Club members. No reservation are needed.
The Green Turtle is at 855 E. Eau Gallie Blvd., Indian Harbour Beach. For more information, visit greenturtlemarket.com.
Operation Christmas Child
For over a decade, Space Coast residents have been a part of Operation Christmas Child, a global project that shares the true meaning of Christmas with children around the world. On Saturday, Aug. 24, Eau Gallie First Baptist Church, 1501 W. Eau Gallie Blvd., will host a Project Leader Workshop where volunteers from around the Space Coast will kick off the project’s collection season with the goal of packing 12,512 shoeboxes this year with fun toys, school supplies and hygiene items.
The workshop offers an opportunity to learn more about the ministry. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. and the event will start at 10 a.m. Refreshments are included. Attendees are invited to attend the Prayer Luncheon immediately following the workshop.
For more details, call 321-258.-4918.
Age of Aquarius
Hear ye, rockers and flower children: celebrate the famous “Aquarian Exposition,” the Woodstock Music Festival that took place in August of 1969, by participating in a pub crawl that begins at 6 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 24, at Foo Bar & Lotus Gallery, 816 E. New Haven Ave., Melbourne, and continues for the next six hours to the Iron Oak Post, the Living Room, Matt’s Casbah, Chumley’s Depot and Debauchery.
Wear flowers, bell bottoms, beads and tie dye. Costumes are encouraged but not required. Participants must be 21 and older.
Six drinks are $18 in advance and $25 on the day of the event.
For tickets, visit madhatterpromotions.com.