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'America's Got Talent' contestant and his sister to perform in Cocoa Beach

“America's Got Talent” contestant Jacob Velazquez and his sister, Skylar, will perform a free concert, the Jake n' Sky Show, Aug. 6 in Cocoa Beach.
“America's Got Talent” contestant Jacob Velazquez and his sister, Skylar, will perform a free concert, the Jake n' Sky Show, Aug. 6 in Cocoa Beach.

Some families have all the talent. It wasn’t enough that 14-year-old songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jacob Velazquez is firmly on the road to stardom after appearing in “America’s Got Talent,” but now younger sis Skylar is getting recognition on her own.

Hosted by the Space Coast Symphony, the talented brother and sister will perform the Jake n’ Sky Show at 7 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 6, at Riverside Presbyterian Church, 3400 N. Atlantic Ave., Cocoa Beach.

In addition to “America’s Got Talent,” Jacob has been featured on “Good Morning America,” “The View” and “The Steve Harvey Show” and has performed with the likes of Harry Connick Jr., Andrea Bocelli and Kenny G., as well as Gloria and Emilio Estefan.

He made his debut with The Space Coast Symphony Orchestra at 8 years old and has since headlined many orchestras along with performing solo concerts in the United States and abroad.

Jacob was diagnosed with a form of autism at 4 and has helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for charitable organizations. Like her brother, 10-year-old singer/ukulele player Skylar was diagnosed with autism at a young age and has had many years of therapy including occupational, speech and physical therapy.

The duo was recently honored in Boston with the Spectrum Family Hope Award, presented by the Doug Flutie Foundation, for their contributions to the autism community.

Tickets to the Jake n’ Sky Show can be reserved at SpaceCoastSymphony.org. A donation of $10 to $20 per attendee is suggested. For more information, call 855- 252-7276.

By Popular Request

Melbourne Municipal Band will perform a family-friendly concert featuring band members’ favorite musical picks at the Melbourne Auditorium, 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd., on Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 10-11 at 6:30 p.m.

Bring your own picnic dinner, or snacks and drinks may be purchased at the event. Alcoholic beverages are not allowed. Admission is free. Call 321-339-7705 or visit mmband.org.

Get in on the act

  • Auditions for the mystery play ‘Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde’ will be at Melbourne Civic Theatre, 817 E. Strawbridge Ave., Melbourne, at 7 p.m. Sunday and Monday, Aug. 7-8. Roles are available for 4 men and 2 women. This new version of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic tale of depravity, lust, love and horror features multiple Hyde’s portrayed by members of the cast. Production dates are Oct. 7 through Nov. 13. Call 321-723-6935 or visit mymct.org.

  • Surfside Playhouse, 301 Ramp Road, Cocoa Beach, will hold auditions for the comedy ‘Glorious! The True Story of Florence Foster Jenkins, the Worst Singer in the World’ on Aug. 7 and 8 at 7 p.m. In 1940s New York, tone-deaf soprano Florence Foster Jenkins was the performer who everyone wanted to see. Auditions will consist of readings from the script. No prior experience is required. Performance dates are Sept. 16 through Oct. 7. Call 321-783-3127 or visit surfsideplayers.com.

Samsons Island Boat Tours

The City of Satellite Beach provides transportation to and from Samsons Island conservation area and nature park on the first Sunday of each month at 1 p.m, weather permitting. Samsons Island is a 52-acre passive nature island in the Banana River open dawn to dusk. Due to increased popularity and limited availability, advance reservations for the boat shuttle are required. Visit satellitebeach.org.

Free movie in the park: ‘Mulan’

The live-action Disney movie ‘Mulan’ (PG-13) will be shown outdoors at Kiwanis Island Park, 951 Kiwanis Island Park Drive, Merritt Island, on Friday, Aug. 5 at 8:30 p.m. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Admission is free. The event may be canceled in case of severe weather. Call 321-633-1874 or visit facebook.com/events/313363720724090.

Flick-N-Float: ‘Clifford the Big Red Dog’

Watch the movie ‘Clifford the Big Red Dog’ (PG) from the pool at McLarty Park Aquatic Center, 790 Barton Blvd., Rockledge, on Friday, Aug. 12. Swimming starts at 6 p.m., and the movie starts at 9 p.m. The cost to swim is $4, and the movie is free to watch whether you’re in the pool or on the lawn. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. No outside flotation devices are allowed, but tubes will be provided. The event may be canceled in the event of severe weather. Call 321-633-1874 or visit facebook.com/events/3181336228777168

Eau Gallery hosts opening reception for Doug Gilbert exhibition

Eau Gallery will host an opening reception for its August exhibition of the works of Doug Gilbert from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 5. The gallery is at 1429 Highland Ave., in the Eau Gallie Arts District.

The New York City-born Gilbert has a degree in fine arts from Hofstra University. He has worked as a technical illustrator for major textbook publishing companies and as a computer programmer while producing an evolving body of paintings and drawings that have been exhibited in the United States and Europe. He maintains studios in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania and Melbourne.

His dynamic, colorful paintings have been influenced by Gorky, Miro and Kandinsky, as well as by urban graffiti art and the psychedelic poster art of the '60s and '70s. Gilbert’s show closes at the end of August. For more information, call 321-253-5553 or visit eaugallery.com.

Fifth Avenue Art Gallery opens 'Textile Trends' exhibit

At Fifth Avenue Art Gallery, the focus is on “Textile Trends,” the August exhibition, which opens with a free reception from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 5.

The invitational show highlights the talent and efforts of fiber artists as they create art by weaving, sewing, felting, quilting, knitting, etc. The show runs through the end of the month. The gallery is at 1470 Highland Ave. in the Eau Gallie Arts District. Call 321-259-8261 or visit fifthavenueartgallery.com.

Historic Rockledge and Melbourne homes open for tours

Lawndale, the 1880 pioneer homestead at 1219 Rockledge Drive in Rockledge, will be open for tours from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, August 6.
Lawndale, the 1880 pioneer homestead at 1219 Rockledge Drive in Rockledge, will be open for tours from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, August 6.

August is tour time for two of Brevard’s oldest and most historic residences.

Lawndale, the 1880 pioneer homestead at 1219 Rockledge Drive, Rockledge, will be open for tours from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, August 6. Admission is $10. Learn what life was like for residents of the area in the late 1800s. The fully-furnished home depicts family life in 1895.

The Friends of Lawndale will also host “Stompin’ in the Swamp,” a celebration of bluegrass, Oct. 15 at Burton Smith Park in Cocoa. Call 321-632-5650 or visit FriendsofLawndale.com.

Green Gables will host tours of the historic Riverview Village home and its expansive lagoon-front grounds Aug. 6, 13, 20 and 27. Green Gables, with its Queen Anne architecture, has stood strong for 126 years and represents an important period of history in the area. Tour fees of $10 per guest help with the rehabilitation and restoration of the home of one of Melbourne’s most important pioneers.

The home is at 1501 S. Harbor City Blvd., Melbourne. Visit greengables.org for more tour information and to view director Jennifer East’s award-winning film on the property, “The Forgotten Enchantress.”

Green Gables will host tours of the historic Riverview Village home and its expansive lagoon-front grounds Aug. 6, 13, 20 and 27.
Green Gables will host tours of the historic Riverview Village home and its expansive lagoon-front grounds Aug. 6, 13, 20 and 27.

The Avenue Viera celebrates back-to-school with dance party; beefs up fitness classes

The Avenue Viera celebrates back to school time with a DJ dance party from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 6, at Central Park, the green area between Pizza Gallery and Panera Bread.

Festivities also include face painting, family activities and exhibitors with plenty of options for extra-curricular activities at gyms, karate and dance studios and more. Admission is free.

The Avenue’s Central Park is also expanding complementary workouts. Participate in programs by Burn Boot Camp Viera at 8:30 a.m. Mondays, say Namaste to Son Rise Yoga at 8 a.m. Wednesdays, go for F45 Training Viera at 9:30 a.m. Thursdays and make time for FIT4MOM Space Coast at 9:15 a.m. Fridays.

Burn Boot Camp is a combination of muscle-building strength training and heart-racing cardio. Son Rise yoga classes offer quiet time and mindful stretching for all levels of abilities. F45 Viera is specifically designed to provide a functional full-body workout while improving energy levels, metabolic rate, strength and endurance. FIT4MOM is the nation’s leading prenatal and postnatal fitness program, providing fitness classes and a network of moms to support every stage of motherhood.

While children are welcome at all classes, those younger than 4 must stay in their strollers. Email Daisy Pickett at dpickett@poagllc.com or follow the Fun Fit at The Avenue Facebook page.

Palm Opry classic country music

Alfie Silva and friends from Nashville will present the show at The Tangiers, 4500 Dixie Highway, Unit 1A, Palm Bay on Saturday, Aug. 13 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, Aug. 14 at 2 p.m.

Popular country songs will include classics from Patsy Cline, Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, Buck Owens and more, backed by a classic country band. Tickets start at $41. Call 321-327-8759 or visit thetangiersflorida.com.

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