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Jul 01

July - Paisley Vegan Kitchen

Posted to Business Spotlight by Samia Singleton

 

Paisley Vegan

July 1, 2016 - If you are looking for a vegan comfort food dining experience, look no further than Paisley Vegan Kitchen, which opened in March of 2016 on Brevard Avenue in Cocoa Village. The owners, Alyssa and Michael, explored the concept of presenting delicious vegan cuisine that mimic the familiar dishes we all know and love, such as chicken and waffles, lasagna, and macaroni and cheese. According to the owners, a not so familiar dish, buffalo cauliflower bites, is a customer favorite. Completely free of all animal products, all menu items and ingredients are made from scratch daily, including the chicken substitute.  

When Alyssa and Michael began to outgrow their on Delannoy Avenue, they immediately set their sights on Cocoa Village as the new location for Paisley Vegan. “Cocoa Village was the most welcoming place we found while looking for places,” says Alyssa. Hitting the ground running, Paisley Vegan Kitchen opened a month and a half after Alyssa and Michael signed the lease for its new location. 

Paisley Vegan’s special niche attracts diners from all over the state of Florida looking for vegan cuisine. This resonates with Alyssa and Michael, whose decision to open their own restaurant stems from wanting closer vegan dining options. “We lived in south Palm Bay before we moved here and were driving to Orlando to go out to eat,” says Michael. “A date night turns out to be a very hard thing when you have a two-hour drive.”

The restaurant currently has seven employees. Alyssa and Michael’s future plans, include investing into the physical infrastructure to make the kitchen as efficient as possible, and eventually relocating into a larger space. 

For more information about Paisley Vegan Kitchen, visit www.paisleyvegan.com or stop by its new location at 630 Brevard Ave, Suite A.

 

Jun 30

Cocoa's July 4th Celebration

Posted to Cocoa Communications by Samantha Senger

July 4th

Each July 4th the cities of Cocoa and Rockledge celebrate the Independence Day Holiday with a free concert from the Brevard Symphony Orchestra and a beautiful fireworks display over the Indian River.  Thousands gather to celebrate this holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, declaring freedom from Great Britain. We are quite lucky to have such a fantastic show, which makes Cocoa's July 4th celebration the premier Independence Day Celebration along the Space Coast.  

July 4th
For the last six years, we have partnered with two other Space Coast shows to bring you three days of fireworks along the Space Coast, Smoke on the Water and Fire in the Sky.  (http://www.visitspacecoast.com/event/smoke-on-the-water-&-fire-in-the-sky/16359/)  This fantastic partnership brings you three days of fireworks displays along the Space Coast with the first show in Port Canaveral on July 2nd, then a show along the beaches in Cocoa Beach on July 3rd and the finale, fireworks over the Indian River in Cocoa Village on July 4th.

July 4th 

Thousands of people come to Riverfront Park each year to watch a free concert by the Brevard Symphony Orchestra as they play along with the beautiful fireworks display over the Indian River.  The concert begins at 8pm and the fireworks begin at 9:15pm. 

This year there will be plenty to do in the park prior to the show and fireworks, so come early to reserve your spot.  Beginning at 11:30am, Cocoa Main Street will be hosting a Shrimp Boil and Pie Show.  This unique event allows you to sample some awesome food and award winning pies.  Then beginning at noon, the kids play area will open which will have bounce houses and slides.  Food vendors and Magic Dove balloon artists will begin at 4pm.  Don't forget your blankets and lawn chairs!

Shrimp Boil

I have been attending the July 4th celebration in Riverfront Park for many years and I recommend getting there early to reserve your spot as space goes fast!  This is the premier event for a reason!  So enjoy your Independence Day holiday weekend and remember come out early to the park to reserve your space and enjoy all of the early festivities in the park! 

Cocoa's July 4th Celebration FAQ's:
  1. When should I arrive to find a spot to view the concert and fireworks?  I would recommend arriving around 11:30am to reserve your space and enjoy the Shrimp Boil and Pie Show hosted by Cocoa Main Street.
  2. What time does the Brevard Symphony Orchestra concert begin?  The concert begins at 8pm.
  3. What time do the fireworks begin and how long do they last?  The fireworks display over the Indian River begins at 9:15pm and usually last about 20-25 minutes.
  4. Where can I find parking?  All along the streets in Cocoa Village and the municipal parking lots will offer free parking.  
  5. Can I bring my pet with me to this event?  Even though Cocoa Village is a pet friendly community, we do not recommend bringing your animals to this event due to the amount of people in attendance.  Thousands of people will be at this event and some pets do not like large crowds or loud fireworks.  So for this event, leave your pet at home.  Service animals are always welcome.
  6. Can I bring alcohol to the park?  NO.  Alcohol is not permitted at this event and there will be Cocoa Police patrolling the event.  There are several bars and restaurants throughout the Village that you can patron for an alcoholic beverage.
  7. Will there be food available at this event?  There will be food vendors set up at the event where you can purchase food beginning at 4pm.  
  8. What happens if it rains?  The show will typically go on unless it is raining pretty bad or there are severe weather threats.  The Orchestra is covered but their equipment cannot get wet, so they will play depending on the direction of the rain.  The fireworks cannot be shot with high winds and rain.  Keep an eye on the city's Facebook and Twitter page to get up to the minute weather notifications if needed.
  9. Is there special assistance for individuals with disabilities?  If you need special assistance based on a disability, contact Lisa Moody, Leisure Services Manager at lmoody@cocoafl.org or (321) 635-7701 and she will try and assist you as best she can.
  10. Can I fly my drone to capture video of the event?  Drones and aerial photography systems are not allowed without prior authorization.  Contact Lisa Moody, Leisure Services Manager at lmoody@cocoafl.org for more information. 
  11. Will I be able to sit on the boardwalk in Riverfront Park to view the fireworks and concert?  Yes, but the boardwalk will close and be cleared out at 4:30pm in Riverfront Park. Wristbands will then be distributed on a first-come-first served basis beginning at 5pm at no extra cost to those wanting to sit on the boardwalk.  For safety reasons, only 500 people will be permitted to be on the boardwalk at one time.
  12. Will I be able to get into Lee Wenner park on the 4th of July?  Lee Wenner Park will be closed beginning at 10am on Friday, July 3rd through midnight on July 4th.  The entire park including the boat ramps and parking spaces will be off limits.  DO NOT launch your boat and park overnight.  All vehicles left in the park after 10am on Friday the 3rd will be towed at the owners expense.  
  13. Can I bring a pop-up tent? Yes.
  14. Can I bring fireworks to set myself?  No personal fireworks, or flaming batons will be permitted at the event.  If you have them, Cocoa Police will confiscate.  
  15. Are there any street closures associated with the event?  Yes, Harrison Street from Delannoy Ave. to Riveredge Blvd. will be closed beginning at 10am.
  16. Will I be able to reach Leisure Services on the 4th of July with any questions regarding the event?  Staff will be out and about getting the event set-up and ready to go.  They will check messages from time to time but the best way to reach Leisure Services that day will be by e-mail at lmoody@cocoafl.org.  
Did we miss a question?  Post your question in the comments section and we will get it answered right away!
Feb 08

Brevard Schools Foundation Gives Away Free Supplies

Posted to Cocoa's Hometown Heroes by Samantha Senger

District 4 Councilwoman, Jeri Blanco had the opportunity to attend a recent event, Shop from the Heart, hosted by the Brevard Schools Foundation which distributed more than $14,000 worth of school supplies, over $16,000 worth of brand-new clothing, and more than $33,000 worth of hygiene products to homeless children in Brevard Public Schools.  The event was held on November 17th, in conjunction with National Hunger and Homlessness Awareness week at the Supply Zone located at the Clearlake Education Center in Cocoa.  Teacher representatives were invited from every public school in the district to collect the free supplies; they gave these supplies to the homeless students at their schools.  

Nearly 2,000 identified homeless children were enrolled in Brevard Public Schools last year.  Two hundred of those students were “unaccompanied youth” – they had no parent or guardian taking care of them.  Many of these children are lacking basic items including warm clothing, hygiene products, and school supplies.  The Supply Zone hosts Shop from the Heart every year in order to ensure that these children have the tools they need to learn and succeed in school.

In addition to receiving free supplies, teacher attendees also had the opportunity to ask questions, exchange ideas, and meet with representatives from local support organizations including Students at Risk, Brevard Health Alliance, Crosswinds Youth Services, and the Department of Children and Families. 

Shop from the Heart is made possible by the generosity of local businesses, organizations, and members of the community.  Their financial and in-kind donations enabled the Supply Zone to give away all supplies for free.  The Supply Zone serves teachers and students all year long, though, so donations are always needed. 

Shop from the Heart partners included: Kids in Need Foundation, Brevard's Children in Need, Dr. Ravi and Ambika Palaniyandi, Colgate, and Viera Lions Club.

The Supply Zone for Teachers, a service of the Brevard Schools Foundation, is an educational resource center that distributes free school supplies to teachers and students at schools with high poverty levels.  In order to serve the educational and creative needs of children in Brevard Public Schools, the Supply Zone collects donated supplies from sponsoring companies, organizations and individuals, as well as accepts monetary donations to purchase supplies at a fraction of the retail prices.  The Supply Zone then makes these supplies available to the teachers at no cost.  The facility is centrally located at Clearlake Education Center in Cocoa, Florida and is open throughout the school year.  

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