Cocoa Village Mardi Gras Time is Here Again

… And Legal Eagles is entering a float in the parade this year.  You’ll have to attend the event to see what the float is all about but so far there is a House and  Jail Cell being built for the float.  I’ve heard a rumor that there may be a “convict” in the jail cell but I can’t confirm or deny the identity of that potential convict.

Mardi Gras in Cocoa Village is February 9-10 and the parade is on Feb. 9th starting around 9pm.  The floats will circle Cocoa Village twice and everyone attending is sure to leave with as many beads as they can carry!

For more information on the Cocoa Village Mardi Gras weekend festivities (including Kiddie events and Paws in the Park) visit the main website of the celebration.

The Women's Center Hosts Workshop, Your 2012 Brevard Public Defender Election Candidate Volunteers to Speak on Legal Issues

FROM THE WOMEN’S CENTER FACEBOOK UPDATE:

The Women’s Center is hosting a workshop on the Legal Aspects of Divorce and Separation. The workshop will be Saturday, May 5 from 10am-Noon. Cost is $10, please RSVP. Attorney Ken Rhoden explains the legal rights of parties involved in separation or divorce. Includes fault/no fault divorce, spousal and child support, property settlement agreements, custody and visitation, distribution of property and retirement benefits. To RSVP or for more information contact the Women’s Center at 321.242.3110.

Ken Rhoden is a regular volunteer / workshop presenter for The Women’s Center.  Offering his extensive experience in family law in this way is just another example of his commitment to the community.  “Any domestic issues are upsetting to the family unit and in such times it is important that those involved have the information they need to make the decisions that are best for their families.” says Ken, adding, “These workshops are just one small thing I can do to give back to my community.

Ken, Your Brevard County Public Defender Election Candidate, Attends Moon River

The Indialantic Rotary Club held their 10th Annual Moon River, Music & Magic event on the beautiful campus of Florida Institute of Technology (aka Florida Tech) on Saturday night (March 31). This is a long running event for the Rotary and is focused on raising money to support local students.

This year Moon River featured a silent auction, games, food, bluegrass music, and a special presentation by FIT’s own band, “Twitchy” featuring FIT’s president, Dr. Anthony Catanese,  Winston Scott (former astronaut & Dean, Office of the Senior Vice President for External Relations), and these esteemed faculty members:  Alan Rosiene, Ivica Kostanic, Fred Ham, Cliff Bragdon, Jamie Younkin, Tom Waite, Kevin Johnson and Susan Earles.  (see the videos of Twitchy below, they rock!)

The event was a huge success!  I was happy to attend and support both my home Rotary Club and the local students who will benefit from the funds raised at the Moon River, Music & Magic event.


Ken Rhoden is a Brevard County Public Defender election candidate – Please vote in the primary on August 14, 2012.






Ken Rhoden: Gone to the Dogs?

Sunday, February 26, was Cocoa Village‘s Paws in the Park celebration which rounded out the weekend of Mardi Gras fun and frivolity!   The Vote Rhoden Crew was out in force at the dog-centric event gathering petitions and meeting the 2 legged and 4 legged visitors.   There was a Parade of Pets, a costume contest, and even a King & Queen of Paws in the Park were crowned.   Ken was greeted enthusiastically by both humans and canines.  This is a must-add for next year if you are an animal lover.  (Oh, and by the way, it is FREE!)

Here’s a photo of the rescued poodle that is Ken’s campaign helper! (He was rescued through Coastal Poodle Rescue.)

Phinneas was rescued through Coastal Poodle Rescue

Brevard Superhero 5k Benefitting the Guardian Ad Litem Program

The Brevard County Guardian Ad Litem program hosted a fundraiser Superhero 5k run/walk today, February 4, 2012.  The event was held at Space Coast Stadium and was well attended (just see the crowds in the photos!)

Ken ran in the 5k to support this worthy cause and run he did.  No wonder he’s been called Rocket Rhoden!  He placed first in his age group with a solid 8:08 per mile pace.  But as always, Ken directed attention to the real reason for the event,  “The kids are the ones that need to win and supporting local fundraisers like the Superhero 5k is one way that all of us can help.  Run or walk,  donate time or door prizes,  there is something we all can do,” said Ken.

If you are interested in learning more about the Guardian Ad Litem program, visit them online to read about the organization. Or if you think you’d like to be a Guardian Ad Litem, please contact the wonderful staff:

For more information on how to become a child advocate, please contact Patricia Williams at the Moore Justice Center, 2825 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera, Florida 32940.  The number is 321-508-4595 or  fax 321-690-6897.  You can also send your questions to Patricia.Williams@gal.fl.gov.