Community, music and arts events of relevance to the Space Coast

The Great Sea Turtle Race

Jul 25, 2016

Was it pre-race jitters? Dash was feverishly thumping her flippers at the wooden sides of her beach corral. An attentive volunteer placed a white towel atop the sea turtle's head to calm her down. Meanwhile, the countdown was on for the 2015 Tour de Turtle.

Sporting a 27- inch long curved shell, Dash was going loggerhead-to-loggerhead with Myrtle (with a 43-inch shell). Close to a 2,000 spectators turned up last July at the Barrier Island Center located in the heart of the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge in southern Melbourne Beach to cheer on the two competitors.

The solo exhibition of 140 portraits from California artist Ray Turner at Florida Institute of Technology’s Foosaner Art Museum will close on Saturday, July 30, one week earlier than previously announced.

The Brevard Community has partnered with local businesses such as Millikens Reef Port Canaveral, Rusty's Seafood & Oyster Bar, and Fishlips Waterfront Bar & Grill and all of the other restaurants at Port Canaveral to host a benefit for the Victims and the Victim's Families of the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando. Victory Casino, Southeast Petro and A&B Graphics are contributing to the event as well.

Brevard Zoo

In an effort to give Florida's Space Coast's youth the opportunity to learn about and be inspired by local conservation efforts, Brevard Zoo is hosting its 5th annual Youth Environmental Summit from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 23. The Summit is organized by the Zoo’s Teen Conservation Leaders and aims to give peers ages 12-18 the tools and knowledge to become involved with local conservation projects through a variety of hands-on workshops and presentations.

Join Space Share in celebrating the anniversary of Apollo 11's flight to the moon with the mission’s Lunar Module Pilot, Buzz Aldrin! Hosted by the incomparable George Takei, best known for his role as Mr. Sulu in Star Trek: The Original Series and films, and featuring fellow Star Trek alumna Nichelle Nichols (Uhura).