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

The Brevard Botanical Garden and University of Florida IFAS Extension Brevard County invite garden enthusiasts and art lovers to the Fourth Annual Art-in-the-Lobby Reception and Fundraiser on Saturday, May 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. The event takes place at the UF/IFAS Brevard County Extension Center located at 3695 Lake Drive in Cocoa. Several local artists will be demonstrating and selling their work, the new garden will be open, and guests may enjoy wine, music and hors d’oeuvres.

Florida Institute of Technology is holding 2015 Spring Commencement ceremonies for undergraduate and graduate students from the Melbourne campus, online programs and extended studies sites.

WHEN: 9:30 a.m. undergraduate ceremony; 2 p.m. graduate ceremony, Friday, May 8

WHERE: Charles and Ruth Clemente Center on the Florida Tech campus, 150 W. University Blvd., Melbourne

Anglers for Conservation will be conducting its engaging Hook Kids on Fishing Program on Saturday, May 16th, 2015 from 9-11am at Kiwanis Island Park Space Coast Waterfest! Ages 6 to 16 are welcome and must be accompanied by an adult. This hands-on, conservation-minded program is taught by professional guides and knowledgeable anglers and covers topics such as casting, knot tying, safety and more. The first 80 registered will receive a free rod and reel to take home! Registration is mandatory by calling Brevard County Natural Resources Management at (321) 633-2016.

John Mayall at the King Center May 15th

May 7, 2015

Hailed as ‘Godfather of the British Blues,’ John Mayall is the founder of John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers, a band which included some of the most famous blues musicians of all time including Eric Clapton, Mick Fleetwood, Peter Green and Mick Taylor. With a career spanning 50 years, he has more than 60 albums to his credit, including the Grammy-nominated Wake Up Call, and Stories that debuted as #1 on the Billboard blues charts.

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Sebastian Inlet State Park will hold the Night Sounds concert series on Saturday, May 2, 2015.

Hosted by the Friends of Sebastian Inlet State Park, the concert will showcase recording artist Atlantic Bluegrass.  Come enjoy some pickin’ and a grinnin’ with good bluegrass music.  This five piece band features guitar, mandolin, stand up bass, fiddle and banjo.  The concert will take place at the pavilions on Coconut Point, located on the south side of Sebastian Inlet. The concert is free with regular park entry fees.