Spock was right
The Vulcan salute of “Live Long and Prosper” is an excellent philosophy of life, but if things don’t seem to be following that admirable path, health and well-being advocate Lillian McDermott has some words of wisdom to impart.
The FLORIDA TODAY columnist, radio show host and certified life coach will kick off her new “Live Long & Prosper” series at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 18, at One Senior Place, 8085 Spyglass Hill Road, Viera.
McDermott is a firm believer in the importance of personal responsibility in self-care and of the opportunity to learn and grow. Her Jan. 18 lecture, “You Can Take a Pill or You Can Take Responsibility,” kicks off a series of monthly wellness events aimed at retirees and sponsored by Whittaker-Cooper Financial Group.
Attendees will receive a free soft-bound resource and planning guide by the MIT AgeLab. Refreshments and a prize drawing will be provided. Call 321-751-6771 to reserve seating and free resource materials. For more information, visit OneSeniorPlace.com.
The Lillian McDermott Show airs on YouTube and on-demand through iTunes, Google Play Music and iHeartRadio. Visitors can listen live at lillianmcdermott.com.
Enter 2018 laughing
You can’t beat playwright Ray Cooney when it comes to a great farce, and the ultimate farcemeister again delivers with “Funny Money,” Melbourne Civic Theatre’s first show of 2018.
The plot tells the tale of mild-mannered Henry Perkins, who picks up the wrong briefcase on the subway and finds himself with millions of misbegotten dollars. Hilarity ensues as the nasty rightful owner tries to reclaim the cash while Henry attempts to drop everything and run off to Barcelona with his not-surprisingly reluctant wife. All the Cooney touches are there, from mistaken identities to mistaken intentions.
Peg Girard directs a cast that stars Steven Costner as Henry, Victoria Smith as Jean, Terrence Girard as Davenport, Chris Tsocanos as Bill, Sara Beth Dawson as Betty, Peter Olander as Vic, Randy Caldwell as Slater and Max Thornton as the passer-by.
Set and light design and technical direction are by Alan Selby and sound design by Wendy Reader.
“Funny Money” opens Friday, Jan. 19, and runs through Feb. 25, with performances at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays.
Tickets are $31 for general admission and $29 for seniors, military and students.
Melbourne Civic Theatres is at 817 E. Strawbridge Ave. in The Galerie of downtown Melbourne.
For tickets and more information, call 321-723-6935 or visit mymct.org.
Art and Antique Gallery has started 2018 on a twisted bent with “A Twist of Fate,” works by Gretchen Hunt.
Hunt began painting at 7 and continued her artistic journey at Flagler College. She sold her first work at 12 and hung in her first professional juried competition when she was 14. Hunt currently teaches at the Courtyard Studio in the Eau Gallie Arts District.
Her show runs through the end of the month at Art and Antique Studio, 1429 Highland Ave., in the Eau Gallie Arts District. For more information, call 321-253-5553.
A real winner
Melbourne Chamber Music Society will host 22-year-old violinist Sirena Huang at 7:30 p.m., Jan. 19, at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, Indialantic.
The first prize winner of the 2017 inaugural Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition and the 2017 New York Concert Artists Debut Auditions, Huang made her debut with the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra at the ripe old age of 9.
Joining Huang in the program is pianist Robert Koenig, who performs regularly in major centers throughout the world with many of this generation’s most renowned musicians.
Tickets are $35 for general admission and $10 for students.
For tickets or more information, see melbournechambermusicsociety.org.
Drink to the power of yoga
Playalinda Brewing Company has partnered with The Yoga Loft for “Yoga + Craft Beer” at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 20, at The Yoga Loft, 342 S. Washington Ave., Titusville.
Anson Bingham Petersen and Angela McCaslin will lead a one-hour class of classic and modern yoga. Steps away, enjoy a craft beer at Playalinda’s Hardware Store, 305 S. Washington Ave.
The fee of $18 includes practice and your first craft beer. Brewery Bites will be available for purchase after class.
Register at titusvilleyogaloft.com.
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