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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, visit http://waimeatown.org/events/. For the complete calendar, go to http://waimeatown.org/waimea-community-calendar/.

IMPORTANT COMMUNITY EVENTS:

COQUI-FREE WAIMEA HOTLINE: 885-FROG! Be sure to leave a clear message with your phone number for call back. Every effort will be made to return all calls. The Coqui Free Waimea group is all volunteers with limited resources so must prioritize tackling bad infestations first. All reports appreciated.

REGISTER NOW FOR EXPANDED WAIMEA SUMMER SCHOOL FOR ALL INCOMING 5TH-8TH GRADE STUDENTS: It’s confirmed! Waimea Middle School will present a 14-day program June 10-28 (no school June 11 – Kamehameha Day). 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for all of Waimea’s incoming fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth grade students from any school and homeschoolers, too. Will combine a strong academic focus with exciting place-based experiential learning including a weekly excursion. Also will include breakfast, lunch and busing. This will help students prepare for transition to middle school. Fee is $50 with plenty of scholarships available. For information, call 887-6090, ext. 222, or visit www.WaimeaMiddleSchool.org.

2013 WAIMEA PARKS & REC SUMMER FUN: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., June 10-July 19, at the Waimea Community Center. Cost is $150 per child, including $50 activity fee to cover bowling, movies, snacks, beach cookout and summer’s end party. Payment must be cash, money order or certified check only.

No personal checks will be accepted. For children who have completed grades K-6 (keiki must be 5 years or older as of 12/31/12). Limited to 60 students. Registration now through April 19, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., at Waimea

Community Center. For information, contact Melissa Samura at 887-3014, or emailparksandrecwaimea@gmail.com.

WAIMEA’S PUPULE PAPALE RED HAT LUNCHEON: 8 a.m., Thursday, April 18 and third Thursday of every month at a different restaurant. April18 – Breakfast at Paniolo Country Inn, May 16 - Solimene’s, and June 20 - Jade Palace. For information and reservations, call Queen Mother Nina Disbro at 895-1234, or email disbron@gmail.com

THELMA PARKER MEMORIAL LIBRARY QUARTERLY MEETING: Thursday, April 18 in the conference room. Social time at 3 p.m.; meeting at 3:30 p.m. President Libby Dingeldein and friends welcome all interested patrons and community friends. To add to the agenda or questions, call 721-5431 or email libbyd@hawaii.rr.com. Friends support the library in volunteer hours and financial activities; their most recent contribution has been re-upholstering the 11 little sofas in the children’s area.

THIRD THURSDAY THRIVE: 6-8 p.m., Thursday, April 18 and third Thursdays thereafter. At NHERC in Honokaa. A grassroots community group gathering and pot luck to support sustainability and expand connections within the Hamakua community. All welcome. Bring a dish to share and drink for yourself. Also bring your own non-disposable plates and silverware. For information, contact Diane Scheurell at scheurell@hawaii.rr.com.

6th ANNUAL HAWAII ISLAND EARLY CHILDHOOD CONFERENCE: April 19-20, at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott. Sponsored by Baby Steps to Stronger Big Island Families, the conference will focus on the importance of positive relationships with significant adults as a strong determining factor in a child’s future success. Open to anyone who works in or has an interest in the field of early childhood education. As always, this conference provides extensive networking and professional development opportunities for early childhood professionals.

MALA’AI SCHOOL GARDEN PRESENTS FREE HERB GARDENING BASICS WORKSHOP: 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Saturday, April 20. Come and learn from Mala’ai’s Program Director Amanda Rieux about how to grow both classic and traditional Hawaiian herbs. Growing herbs is easy and nothing enhances your cooking like freshly harvested herbs!. Presented in partnership with the Richard Smart Fund of Hawaii Community Foundation. Free and everyone invited, but RSVP requested please: alethea@malaai.org. Donations welcome too.

CELEBRATE 2nd ANNUAL EARTH DAY FAMILY CELEBRATION and ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE SYMPOSIUM AT HPA: 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, April 20. At the school’s Ulu Malama Terrace Farm at the upper campus. Free and open to the public. Presented in partnership with The Kohala Center’s Hawaii Island School Garden Network. Students from several schools will present reports on projects ranging from agro-ecology to ocean conservation. Community members can choose to participate in one of four workshops: tree planting, history and cultivation of u’ala, cooking with local foods harvested from the HPA gardens, and vermi-composting and compost teas. Lunch will follow. To register or for information, contact Dr. Koh Ming Wei at the 443-923, or e-mail: mwkoh@hpa.edu.

WAIMEA COUNTRY SCHOOL PLANT SALE: 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Saturday, April 20. Vegetable starts, herbs, flowers, landscaping plants, fruits, garden crafts and more will be featured. Proceeds from this sale will directly support the school’s garden program. School is located in the St. James’ Circle. For information, 885-0067.

PUMPKIN GROWERS – TIME TO START PLANTING FOR WAIMEA TOWN MARKET’S ANNUAL GIANT PUMPKIN CONTEST! News from Giant Pumpkin Contest coordinator Paul Johnston, is that there many seeds and starts that will be available by mid-April. Lots of advice available to enhance your chances to win. Call Johnston at 938-4540, or email:PEJ1000@aol.com. For school gardens, the Hawaii Island School Garden Network will be providing giant pumpkin starts. Contact Donna Mitts at 887-6411 for details.

ST. JAMES’ EPISCOPAL CHURCH CENTENNIAL LUAU: 5 p.m., Saturday, April 20. At Waimea’s Historic Pukalani Stables. A gathering of the church family and friends with a traditional Hawaiian menu and entertainment to commemorate the founding and founders in 1913. A special worship service is planned at 9 a.m. the next morning, Sunday, April 21. The congregation is also producing a 100th Anniversary Cookbook. For information, contact St. James at 885-4923.

UH-HILO VULCAN WAHINE SOFTBALL CLINIC: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Sunday, April 21, Waimea Park Field C. Presented in partnership with Parks & Recreation, Waimea. For girls 8-14 years. Fee: $20 includes UH-H SB T-shirt, pizza lunch and group photo. Registration Monday-Thursday at Waimea Community Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., now until April 12 (shirt guaranteed); also on day of clinic (no shirt). For information, Melissa Samura 887-3014, or email parksandrecwaimea@gmail.com.

SPRING HAT DISPLAY OF ANNA LINDSEY PERRY FISKE FAVORITES: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. daily, now through the end of April at Anna Ranch Heritage Center. Featuring creations made of organza, felt, velvet and straw by mid-20th century icons, including Ukrainian-born designer Irina Roublon, Frank Olive, Miss Bierner, Sally Victor, Edna Wallace “Trikki” and Henry Pollack. Also includes pictures of Aunty Anna wearing these creations. Exhibit organized by volunteer docent Barbara Sterne. Tours are at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. daily and cost $10 per person. For information, contact Maka at 885-4426, or email: For information@annaranch.org.

WAIMEA COMMUNITY CHORUS’ 19TH SEASON REHEARSAL: 7 p.m. Tuesdays at St. James’ Church in preparation for June 1-2, “American Songscapes” concerts at Kahilu Theatre. Directed by Barbara Kopra. June show will feature songs about places in America. For information: Miguel at 938-3062, or visit www.waimeacommunitytheatre.org.

‘DOUGH RAISING’ WEDNESDAYS AT DOMINO’S PIZZA: Every single Wednesday you can help Waimea Middle School provide meaningful enrichment programs for students by supporting Domino’s Pizza Dough Raising fundraising. Domino’s donates 10 percent of the day’s entire sales on designated days to various community groups. Every sale rung up on these days is counted, and the community is invited to help earn funds by making it a pizza day.

WAIMEA ARTS COUNCIL’S ‘ART OF HULA’ and ‘ART OF RECYCLING’ SCHOOL COMPETITION: Now through April 27 atFirehouse Gallery. Rdegular gallery hours - 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Wednesdays through Saturdays. For information:, call 887-1052, or visit www.waimeaartscouncil.org.

WAIMEA FAMILIES-COMMUNITY INVITED TO STUDENT K(ARTS) GRAND FINALE: 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 24 at Kahilu Theatre. Celebrate the completion of a 12-week after-school arts program that includes drama, ‘ukulele, Tahitian, hip hop, art and backstage production by Waimea Middle School students. Free and all invited to enjoy what students have learned, thank the funders and instructors and join in recognizing the important role Kahilu Theatre and the community play in providing Waimea youth with meaningful arts enrichment opportunities. No RSVP, just come! For information, contact Waimea Middle School, Bernie Marsh at 887-6090, ext. 226, or Patti Cook at 937-2833.

‘THE 51ST BURGER’ – GROWN-RAISED-HARVESTED-PREPARED-SERVED HERE IN WAIMEA: 10:30 a.m., Friday, April 26. Waimea’s very own Village Burger, known for farm-to-fork “low mileage” fresh local ag ingredients, was named one of America’s “51 Great Burger Joints” by USA Today in 2010. Since then, Doris and Joe Lindner, who are retired doctors from Hilton Head, S.C., have traveled across the country to taste all of the other 50 burgers, and on Friday, April 26, they’ll complete the burger circuit when they visit Hawaii Island. Please join Chef Edwin Goto, Danny Akaka and friends – including some of the ranchers and farmers involved — to welcome the Lindner’s in warm Waimea style, and show them how it really takes a “village” to make a great Village Burger - with aloha!

PARKER SCHOOL PRESENTS ‘IN THE HEIGHTS’: April 26-May 5 – Thursday-Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. No show Friday, May 3. This play is a four-time Tony Award winner! Tickets $10/adults; $5/students. For information: www.parkerschool.net or call 885-7933.

WAIMEA MONTESSORI EARTHFEST: 7 a.m. – 12 p.m., Saturday, April 27. A rummage sale, recycled craft activities for kids, HI5 recycling donation station and student-grown plants for sale. Also foods for sale. All proceeds to support the school. All invited.

KA HUI KAPA APANA O WAIMEA (QUILT CLUB): 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Saturday, 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 information: Kathy Tanaka (775-0765).

20TH BIENNIAL HPA SCHOLARSHIP AUCTION: Saturday, April 27. Fairmont Orchid. 5 p.m. Hosted cocktails and auction preview; 6 p.m. dinner. Auction at 7:30 p.m. with Jim Bakker of James R. Bakker Antiques, Inc. presiding. Originally the brainchild of the late Anna Lindsey Perry-Fiske, the famous rancher-owner of Anna Ranch in Waimea, it will fundraise for financial aid programs, featuring wonderful collectibles such Lloyd Sexton’s “Ginger and Hi’ilawe Falls at Waipio Valley” painted circa 1950, and Madge Tennent’s “Hawaiian Spring Song,” an original oil on canvas painted in 1936. Also will include a D. Howard Hitchcock seascape, original paintings by Martha Greenwell, plus antique and modern koa furniture and bowls, and extraordinary vacation packages. Auction items available online for preview at http://isaacsartcenter.hpa.edu/. Tickets $150 per person; contact Janet Melton (881-4044) or email: advancement@hpa.edu.

10TH ANNUAL WAIMEA RELAY FOR LIFE: 6 p.m., Saturday, April 27 to 6 a.m., Sunday, April 28 at Waimea Park, but this year will begin at 3 p.m. with a Survivor’s gathering that includes dinner at 5 p.m. As always, they are looking for Teams, Survivors and sponsors. If you want to enter a team, please contact Raynee Fisher (557-6146) or email: waiaka74@yahoo.com. To participate in the Survivors gathering, call Sandy Pang (885-7418) or email: esp905@hawaiiantel.net. To become a Sponsor, call Cecile Burleson at 258-4018. or email: ceciliregardingsales.com. General questions: contact Bernie Kainoa at 938-2762 or email Bernadette.kainoa@nhch.com.

NORTH KOHALA COMMUNITY RESOURCE CENTER BENEFIT WITH JOHN CRUZ AT HISTORIC PUAKEA RANCH IN HAWI: 5-9:30 p.m., Saturday, April 27. A lovely evening that will recognize a local citizen for lifetime achievement and some of this organization’s long-standing projects that have had a meaningful impact on North Kohala plus entertainment by John Cruz and David Gomes, pupu prepared by local chefs, a cash bar and live auction including a custom David Gomes’ ‘ukulele, a $1,000 gift certificate for lodging at Puakea Ranch, artwork and more. Tickets $65/reserved seating: $50/open seating. Available at NKCRC office or call 889-5523 or email: information@northkohala.org.

NORTH HAWAII COMMUNITY HOSPITAL SCHOLARSHIPS: All applications will be reviewed by the scholarship committee of each sponsoring organization based on the criteria and requirements outlined in the scholarship applications, which can be found online at www.NHCH.com. Financial need an important consideration. Applications should be mailed to NHCH Attention: Human Resources, 67-1125 Mamalahoa Hwy, Kamuela, HI 96743. For information, call 881-4410. Scholarships include:

· The Peggy Dineen-Orsini Scholarship, which offers one $2,000 award to a resident of Hawaii County who is enrolled in or accepted for enrollment in a National League of Nursing (NLN) accredited program in Hawaii or on the mainland. Private donors along with the Medical Staff at NHCH fund this scholarship in memory of Peggy Dineen-Orsini, who was an RN at NHCH from 1996 to 2004.

· The NHCH Medical Staff, which offers two $1,000 scholarships to individuals who are enrolled in or accepted for enrollment in a National League of Nursing accredited program in Hawaii or on the mainland.

· The Hawaii Emergency Physicians Associated, Inc. (HEPA), a physician-owned group of board-certified physicians who provide staffing in NHCH’s Emergency Department. HEPA is offering two $1,000 college scholarships to graduating North Hawaii high school students.

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.

WIDE ARRAY OF WAIMEA COMMUNITY EDUCATION CLASSES: For information and to register: www.waimeaeducation.com or email: learn@waimeaeducation.com, or call 885-1539.

ONGOING CLASSES:

All dance classes - monthly registration - $40 for four weeks with Sharon Petrosky:

· Dance Journeys (3-5 year olds): Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m., and Saturdays, 10:15-11:30 a.m.

Dance Journeys (6-10 year olds): Saturdays, 9-10 a.m.

·Adult Dance for all ages: Mondays, 1:30-2:30 p.m.

·Jazz Dance for Adults (teens and older) - Wednesdays 10-11 a.m.

·Kids Capoeira Ages 7-12: Tuesdays, 3:30-4:30 p.m., and Fridays, 4-5 p.m. Cost is $40 with Mario Hill.

·Karate-Do for Adults and Keiki (ages 5 and up): Thursdays 3:30-4:45 p.m. Cost is $55 for six classes with Maria Lineker, sensei.

· APRIL

Adult Capoeira (13 and up): Tuesdays, now through April 30, 5-6 p.m. Cost is $50 with Mario Hill.

· Talking Stories: Awakening Memories – Saturdays, now through April 27, 1-4 p.m. Cost is $75 with Jan Wizinowich.

·NEW: Spinning Salads with Jill Justice – Saturday, April 27, 10:30 a.m. -2 p.m., Cost is $40.

BY APPOINTMENT: One to One Computer Training – Eight hours arranged to your schedule with instructor Diane Koani. Cost is $250.