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COMMUNITY CALENDAR

This calendar is prepared by Patti Cook on behalf of Waimea Community Association (WCA). To include community events in this calendar, email cookshi@aol.com. Deadline for information: Friday please! To link to selected events in this calendar, go to http://waimeatown.org/events/. For the complete calendar, go to

http://waimeatown.org/waimea-community-calendar/.

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WAIMEA COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION PLANNING AND DESIGN REVIEW COMMITTEE: 4 p.m., Thursday, March 28, at North Hawaii Hospice’s conference room. Hospice is applying to the county for plan approval for an expansion of its facilities on the adjacent lot, where they have demolished the A-frame and have developed plans for an annex building to meet its growing needs. To learn more about their plans, go to WCA website: www.WaimeaTown.org. All Planning and Design Review Committee meetings are open to the community.

GROWING A FOREST, ONE TREE AT A TIME – KWP WORK DAY: 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, March 30. RSVP by Thursday, March 28, please. Help keep the 20-year-old vision alive of re-growing a forested corridor on leeward Kohala Mountain. Meet at The Kohala Center office, 65-1291a Kawaihae Rd., and carpool in KWP vehicles to the site. Weather is unpredictable so layer clothing for cold, windy, and wet weather. Sturdy shoes or boots are a must. Bring a water bottle and sack lunch. KWP will provide all tools, gloves, plants and snacks. For information, call 333-0976 or email coordinator@kohalawatershed.org, or visit website: kohalawatershed.org.

OPENING RECEPTION FOR ART EXHIBIT AT KAHILU THEATRE GALLERY: 5:30-7:30 p.m., Friday, March 29. Featuring exhibit to run March 21-April 18, with paintings by Patrick O’Kiersey, ceramics by Gordon Motta, and digital prints by Joseph Ruesing. Reception free and all invited. Gallery hours: 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, call Kahilu Theatre at 885-6868, contact Joseph Ruesing at 987-2660, or email: joeruesing@gmail.com.

KAMEHAMEHA SCHOLARS 2013-’14 SY APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE: For students entering 9th-12th grade in Fall 2013 who reside on Hawaii Island may apply – certain program criteria must be met by applicants. Students currently enrolled at any of the three Kamehameha Schools campuses not eligible. Preference given to applicants of Hawaiian ancestry to the extent permitted by law. For information and to download application, visit www.ksbe.edu/admissions/, or call 842-8800.

KA HUI KAPA APANA O WAIMEA (QUILT CLUB): 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Saturday, March 30 and April 27 (and the last Saturday of every month except November and December when the meeting is on the third Saturday). St. James Episcopal Church Parish Hall. This is Hawaii’s oldest Hawaiian quilting club. Everyone welcome. Free. For more information, call Kathy Tanaka at 775-0765.

NORTH KOHALA ‘EAT LOCALLY GROWN’ ‘LOVING LOCAL FOODS’ COOKING WORKSHOP: 9-11 a.m., Saturday, March 30. Kohala Elementary School Discovery Garden. Free. Guest Chef Jeff Coakley – senior lifeguard at the Kohala swimming pool — will share favorite recipes for smoothies and pasta using ingredients from the school garden. Bring your gear and get ready to dive into the garden… and into some ono food. Don’t forget to bring the keiki. Sponsored by the Think Local - Buy Local, Hawaii Alliance for a Local Economy, North Kohala Eat Locally Grown Campaign, and the Sustainable Initiatives LLC.

AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY ‘HOPE GALA – HAWAII’ CELEBRATES 100TH ANNIVERSARY: 5-10 p.m., Saturday, March 30 at the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel. A “Hawaii-elegant” evening of dining, entertainment, a silent and live auction, mystery gift boxes and recognition of special donors and sponsors on Hawaii Island. Most importantly, to honor the lives of survivors and those who have died from the disease. Ticket are $100 per person; reserved tables for10 are $1,250; call ACS-Hawaii at 935-0025. For information or to explore individual and corporate sponsorship or contribute auction items, call Maile Lincoln-Carvalho at 895-3168, or email maile.carvalho@cancer.org.

HISTORICAL ST. COLUMBA EPISCOPAL MISSION IN PAAUILO REOPENS EASTER SUNDAY: 9:30 a.m., Sunday, March 31, located just below Paauilo Elementary and Intermediate School and mauka of Mamalahoa Highway between mile markers 37 AND 36. Missioner is the Rev. Tom Buechele, who served as vicar of St. Augustine Episcopal Church in North Kohala for five years, and has served as interim priest at Holy Apostles, Hilo and St. Jude, Ocean View. Services will be every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. All are invited. For more information, contact Rev. Tom Buechele at 895-5405, or email tombuechele1@mac.com.

50TH ANNUAL MERRIE MONARCH FESTIVAL: Sunday, March 31 – Saturday, April 6.

APRIL 30 DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR ROTARY CLUB OF NORTH HAWAII’S COMMUNITY GRANTS: Non-profit organizations eligible in North Hawaii in the areas of health, human services or youth activities. Application form available at www.north-hawaii-rotary.org. Grants will be awarded in May. Funds awarded are earned by Rotarians from various events hosted year-round including the annual Oktoberfest.

REGISTER NOW FOR NEW NORTH HAWAII HOSPICE GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP: 5-6:30 p.m., Tuesdays. For location and more information on this Circle of Support-The Journey of Grief and Reconciliation program, call 885-7547.

‘PRACTICAL STEPS TO A BETTER LIFE’ CLASS WITH HUGH MONTGOMERY: 6:30-8 p.m., Tuesdays, now through April 9, sponsored by Waimea Community Education featuring Montgomery. A fascinating look at all that has been learned in the last several decades about the inner workings of our brains — more than in all prior history. Classes will include video, lecture, practice and techniques. Fee is $40. Class is idea for counselors and therapists as well as individuals. To register, www.waimeaeducation.com or call 885-1539

CALL TODAY TO MAKE FREE AARP TAX PREPARATION APPOINTMENTS: Service available to Big Island residents through the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program in conjunction with the IRS. For low and moderate income taxpayers who have simple tax requirements with special attention to the elderly. For Waimea and the surrounding communities, the service will be at Waimea Community Center on Kawaihae Rd. next to the park. Available by appointment every Friday through April 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 885-4722 or 388-6645.

29TH ANNUAL NA ‘OPIO YOUTH ART SHOW: Exhibit to run throughout March at Waimea’s Firehouse Gallery, and features original multi-media pieces by sixth-12th grade students from throughout North and South Kohala and Hamakua in celebration of the 52nd anniversary of Youth Art Month. Regular gallery hours are 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Wednesdays through Saturdays. For information, call 887-1052.