Amphion String Quartet Beckman

Built more than 200 years ago, the Siena Pianoforte was once a treasure of King Umberto of Italy. Eventually it was more or less forgotten, and it turned up -- trashed -- in  World War II North Africa when Rommel's troops withdrew. It was repaired, pressed into service for the British troops, sold to a junk  dealer, and abused for a few years until it was rescued from the Tel Aviv dump, after having served as just about everything but a doghouse --- and maybe even that!

Florida Institute of Technology’s Ruth Funk Center for the Textile Arts will host Alison Ferris, curator of the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, for its next Friends of Textiles Lecture Nov. 17 in the Denius Student Center’s Hartley Room on the Florida Tech campus.

The Community Foundation for Brevard awarded a $60,000 grant from the Kenneth R. Finken and Dorothy Hallam Finken Endowment Fund to the Florida Institute of Technology for cause-and-cure projects focused on Alzheimer’s disease and cancer research.

Downtown Melbourne is the place to be! Come on down to Brevard's longest running Friday night event, Melbourne Friday Fest. Old School Band will perform live. Free parking is available in the City Hall parking lot on Strawbridge Avenue and on side streets in and around Downtown.

For more information, contact Melbourne Main Street at 321-724-1741 or email

Brevard Zoo

Meet Chompers, a 10-foot shark, and Octavia, a 9-foot octopus, and then watch as a giant anemone reef comes to life. These are just three of the 10 larger-than-life, handcrafted art sculptures coming to the Zoo for a limited time. Washed Ashore Project features astonishing art installations made exclusively from marine debris that will open your eyes and leave you with a lasting impression.