Get ready for the greatest art show on Highland Avenue! It’s happening Friday-Saturday, November 21-22, from 10am-5pm on both days. This juried show consists of Florida artisans who both exhibit their “art” and demonstrate how they “work.” Happening since 1996 and the brainchild of beloved neighbor and merchant, Link Johnsten, this year’s show is dedicated to him. Don’t miss a minute of it.

Sam Newton, an original Highwayman artist, will be at Funk’s Antiquary (1423 Highland Ave) on the same days as ArtWorks from 10am-4pm.


Come enjoy Eau Gallie Square as it transforms into a wintry wonderful this December 4. In this time gadgetry and stimulation, the park will be a throwback to simpler days. Be warmed by the annual traditions of lighting of the holiday tree by the Mayor of Melbourne and heralded by the Eau Gallie High School Jazz Band, experience the real Santa in his real sleigh, but delight in the new music by a brief violin concert by children, kegnog, mulled wine and fun in the human snow globe (courtesy of Slug-a-Bug). With luminarias along Highland and Eau Gallie Boulevard, you’ll be ready for the holidays after that for sure. (Let the EGAD office know if you and your staff would like to help line EG Blvd with luminarias on Friday, Dec 4.)

buy local

This year why not be a Local Hero and shift 10% of your shopping to independent businesses?

Spending your dollars locally makes for a strong community. Roughly $45 out of every $100 spent at locally owned shops stays in the community versus just $14 out of every $100 spent at a big box retailer.  Shopping local keeps decision making local, not in a board room in another state or another country; it makes for a unique local flavor; it helps the environment, and local businesses contribute more $$$ to local schools, nonprofits and other endeavors than do national chains.


The following programs will be held at the Eau Gallie Public Library, 1521 Pineapple Avenue, Melbourne, in December:

Adult Programs:
December Artist on Display:  Pam Webb
Fridays from 2-4 p.m.: The Master Gardeners answers your questions at their weekly Garden Clinic. (No garden clinic on 12/25)
December 7 at 7 p.m.: First Monday with Friends Program: Holiday Open House with Dickens Carolers
December 11 at 10 a.m.: Discuss The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis by Jose Saramago with Lou Ortega and the Second Friday Book Group.

Youth Services Programs:
Thursdays at 11 a.m.: Preschool Story time. Join us for songs, stories, and a craft! (No story time on 12/24, 12/31)
December 7 at 3 p.m.: After School Craft:  Santa’s Cookies!
Check our Facebook Page for additional program information.


Please visit our Web site to stay current with the calendar of events, First Friday themes and times (always 5:30-8:30 pm from now on), or to join.