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COMMUNITY CALENDAR

This calendar is prepared by Patti Cook on behalf of Waimea Community Association. 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, visit http://waimeatown.org/waimea-community-calendar/.

IMPORTANT COMMUNITY EVENTS:

DOH OFFERS FREE PESTICIDE APPLICATION WORKSHOP VIDEO CONFERENCE:

9 a.m., Thursday, July 18. Conference site: DOH Environmental Health Facility, 1582 Kamehameha Ave., Hilo next to Coqui’s Hideaway Restaurant. An educational presentation to address new state health rules governing pesticide application when chemical may end up in state waters.

KU I KA MANA ACCEPTS APPLICATIONS FOR 2nd BEGINNING FARMER-RANCHER TRAINING COHORT:

Information /Applications: Visit www.kohalacenter.org/farmertraining/application. No previous farming experience required. An 18-week course that begins on Friday, Aug. 2, at NHERC in Honokaa and Saturday mornings at Ka Hua ‘Aina, the center’s farm training site. Program goal is to recruit/train at least 40 new farmers over the next two years. For information, contact Jim Cain, program director, at 333-0457 or email jcain@kohalacenter.org.

GROW YOUR ‘SAT’ SCORE! A one-week SAT/PSAT intensive course, Aug. 5-9 at Parker School. Get the tools, tricks and practice you need to raise your score and get into college. Includes a proctored and graded practice test. There is a charge. Limit of 12 students. To register, contact Michaela Lewis at 557-0440 or Gail Lewis at 937-9768.

STEAK FRY FUNDRAISER TO SEND ‘GOLD COAST LITTLE LEAGUE GIRLS SOFTBALL ALL STARS’ TO CALIFORNIA FOR FIRST TIME COMPETITION:

Please buy tickets soonest for Saturday, Aug. 10 Steak fry (and frozen steak sale) to help send 12 Waimea-Waikoloa-Honokaa All Star girls softball players to California regional finals July 19-26. This is the first time Dist. 3 (Big Island-Maui-Lanai-Kauai) girls have won the state championship, but the invitation to compete in San Bernadino regionals was just received, giving families very little fundraising time. Tickets $10 for steak plate w/ rice and corn-on-the-cob, or $20 for 4 frozen steaks. Information and tickets: Coach Kiana Molina at 895-2142, Geri Duldulao at 960-0733 or Julie Sedillo at 557-2214.

COUNTY BUS FARES INCREASE THIS WEEK:

Fares are now as follows: $2 for general adult fare; $1 for students, senior citizens and riders with disabilities with valid ID; children under 5 free. Prepaid bus tickets in sheets of 10 sell for $15, while monthly passes cost $60. Discounted sheets of bus tickets for students, seniors and disabled riders are $7.50, while monthly passes cost $45. For information, www.visitheleonbus.org.

COQUI-FREE WAIMEA HOTLINE: 885-FROG!

Be sure to leave a clear message with phone number for call back. Every effort is 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. This projects is now under the umbrella of the Kohala Watershed Partnership, so tax-deductible donations may be made to The Kohala Center, Box 437462, Kamuela, HI, 96743, with “coqui” in the memo line.

· COQUI ALERT/ HONOKAA AREA: Report to 775-9800 or 775-1150.

· COQUI ALERT/NORTH KOHALA: Report to 889-5775.

HAWAII PERFORMING ARTS FESTIVAL’S “UP CLOSE AND MUSICAL”:

3-5 p.m., Sun., July 14. Anna Ranch. A private fundraising event for major supporters showcasing HPAF artists. For information www.hawaiiperformingartsfestival.org.

HAWAII PERFORMING ARTS FESTIVAL’S “YOUNG SINGERS SHOWCASE”:

7-9 p.m., Sun., July 14. Davies Chapel, HPA Upper Campus. Larry Paxton, chair of the music department at UH-Manoa, directs this charming offering of young and enthusiastic talent. Free. Sponsored by Waimea Coffee Company. For information contact www.hawaiiperformingartsfestival.org.

MALAMA WAI TO KAI FRESH WATER STEWARDSHIP SURVEY FINDINGS TO BE SHARED:

9-11 a.m., Thursday, July 18. HPA’s Gates Performing Arts Center. Students from an HPA environmental stewardship summer school class will share its recent community survey results and discuss recommendations on how to possibly better protect and manage the region’s fresh water resources. All invited. For information contact Dr. Riki Ott 206-853-2855 or email rikiott@gmail.com.

THIRD THURSDAY THRIVE:

6-8 p.m., Thursday, July 18 and 3rd 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.

HAWAII PERFORMING ARTS FESTIVAL’S “STRINGS IN HONOKAA”:

7-9 p.m., Thursday, July 18. Honokaa People’s Theatre. Grammy-winning Gary Washburn, director of the Honokaa High School Jazz band, joins String Program director Iggy Jang and his own HPAF band in a lively evening of classical and jazz music. Sponsored by Barbara and Robert Sterne. For tickets, visit www.hawaiiperformingartsfestival.org.

GOVERNOR’S CABINET IN OUR COMMUNITY:

5:30-7:30 p.m., Friday, July 19, at UH-Hilo - UCB 100. An opportunity to talk with Gov. Neil Abercrombie and cabinet members from six departments – DLNR, DOT, DOA, Public Safety, DOH and Hawaiian Homelands. Free and all invited. For information contact Wendy Botelho-Cortez at 974-6262 or email wendy.botelho-cortez@hawaii.gov.

HAWAII PERFORMING ARTS FESTIVAL’S “PURCELL TO PUCCINI – 200 YEARS OF GREAT OPERA”:

7-9 p.m., Friday, July 19. Davies Chapel, HPA Upper Campus. Two short operas – Puccini’s “Suor Angelica” and Purcell’s “Dido and Aeneas” perform in a memorable evening of dramatic opera. Free. Sponsored by Alan Gartenhaus and Rhoady Lee. For information, visit www.hawaiiperformingartsfestival.org.

WAIMEA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL THRIFT SHOP ‘BAG SALE’:

8 a.m.-12 p.m., Saturday, July 20. Bring a grocery store bag – or recyclable cloth bag about the same size – and fill it with new or gently used clothing and it will cost only $3. The “Bag Sale” applies to clothing items for all ages only but you can be sure the choices are in excellent condition – no spots, no missing buttons, zippers working, etc. The shop is tucked in the back of elementary and middle schools’ combined campus – near the post office entry to the school. For information contact 887-7636, ext. 247, during shop hours.

FARM TO WOK:

9 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, July 20. At Palili ‘O Kohala. Event shuttle leaves from Hawi Jodo Mission at 9 a.m. $10 Advance, $12 at the Door. Celebrate the local foods of North Kohala. Local food cook-off, live music, natural farming demonstrations AND more. Visit foodhubkohala.org or call Carol at 889- 5391 to purchase tickets and learn more.

HONOKAA HONGWANJI BUDDHIST TEMPLE’S 110TH ANNUAL COMMUNITY MEMORIAL SERVICE AND FESTIVAL:

Saturday, July 20. 6 p.m. service followed by community celebration open to everyone in the community, especially those who have lost a family member or friend. To participate, please notify the Rev. Yagi of the name of the deceased by calling several days prior at 775-7232, or e-mailing KosmosHI@gmail.com, and then attend the service, arriving early to sign in at the entry, and the go forward with friends and family to offer incense when the name of loved one is called.

FREE MOVIES AND MUSIC SUMMER FUN SATURDAYS UNDER THE STARS AT QUEENS’ MARKETPLACE:

Community invited to the Coronation Pavilion for free summer entertainment including monthly movies and live “mini-concerts” on the third and fourth Saturday each month. For information contact 886-8822 or visit www.QueensMarketPlace.net.

• July 20, 6-8 p.m. “Friends of Bluegrass” in concert.

• July 27, 7:15 p.m. A Disney/Pixar movie for all audiences, set in Scotland, about the brave princess Merida.

• Aug. 17, 6-8 p.m. “E Kolu Mea Nui” in concert with Sonny Lim, Kevin Kealoha and Kunia Galdeira

HAWAII PERFORMING ARTS FESTIVAL’S “SPECTACULAR STRING FINALE”:

7-9 p.m., Saturday, July 20. Davies Chapel, HPA Upper Campus. Let the strings sparkle and shine. Featuring superstar Chee-Yun, violinists Iggy Jang, Eugene Chukhlov, violist Michael Strauss, cellist Parry Karp, conductor Anne Krinitsky and the HPAF orchestra. Guaranteed to be an emotion filled evening, thanks to the talented kids this program has mentored. Free. For information contact www.hawaiiperformingartsfestival.org.

HAWAII PERFORMING ARTS FESTIVAL’S “THE ART OF STRINGS”:

2:30-4:30 p.m., Sunday, July 21. Palace Theater. One of the most beautiful theaters in Hawaii hosts an exciting string concert and multimedia presentation in conjunction with renowned Hilo artist Christina Skaggs. Tickets available only through the Palace Theater at 934-7010, weekdays 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sponsored by Robert Shapiro and Young Kim. For more information, visit www.hawaiiperformingartsfestival.org.

HISTORIC SPENCER HOUSE OPEN HOUSE:

3-5 p.m., Sunday, July 21. Thought to be one of the oldest buildings in Waimea, historic Spencer House is located town-center next to McDonald’s in Waimea Center. Come peak inside this large nearly 20-room home and learn about its fascinating history that dates back more than 150 years to the late 1840s. Participants also will learn about proposed plans to keep it a public gathering place. It’s free, family friendly and cookies will be served. For information contact Paul Johnston at 938-4540 or Lauren Avery at 371-2502.

HAWAII PERFORMING ARTS FESTIVAL’S “PURCELL TO PUCCINI – 200 YEARS OF GREAT OPERA”:

7-9 p.m., Sunday, July 21. Davies Chapel, HPA Upper Campus. Two short operas – Puccini’s “Suor Angelica” and Purcell’s “Dido and Aeneas” performed in a memorable evening of dramatic opera. Free. Sponsored by Andrew Czajkowski, and Sonia and Larry Scaddon. Information : www.hawaiiperformingartsfestival.org.

NEW – VETERANS’ PRIMARY HEALTH CARE CLINIC SERVICES IN NORTH HAWAII:

10 a.m.-2 p.m., Tuesdays and Fridays – located in New Hope Christian Fellowship’s Waimea church complex. All veterans welcome – whether they have previously been enrolled for services or not thanks to a new grant. Appointments may be made by calling the Kona VA office, 331-4540, or by just walking in. Services provided by Dr. Ann M. Cox, nurse practitioner.

SOUTH KOHALA COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PLAN – ACTION COMMITTEE MEETING:

5-7 p.m., Monday, July 22. Waikoloa Village Association Community Room. All welcome. Usually meet 4th Monday of the month though date changed to avoid holidays. Group rotates meeting location too. Coming meeting dates and location: Aug. 26- Lilly Yoshimatsu Senior Center- Waimea. For information contact Deanne Bugado at 323-4770 or email: dbugado@co.hawaii.hi.us.

NORTH KOHALA LIBRARY FILM AND TALK ABOUT CHILDBIRTH: 6 p.m., Monday, July 22: “Guerilla Midwife” film and discussion. For information, call 936-5306.

HAWAII PERFORMING ARTS FESTIVAL’S “BIG ISLAND BROADWAY”:

7-9 p.m., Tuesday, July 23. Kahilu Theatre. Beth Dunnington directs HPAF musical theater students in an exciting review of Broadway’s best. Sponsored by Carol and Clive Davies. Information : www.hawaiiperformingartsfestival.org.

HAWAII PERFORMING ARTS FESTIVAL’s “KORTH ON KEYBOARDS”:

7-9 p.m., Wednesday, July 24, at Kahilu Theatre. Featuring UH-Manoa professor and HPAF pianist, Jonathan Korth, in a night of extraordinary piano music. Sponsored by Monks Delight Kona Coffee. Tickets can be purchased at www.hawaiiperformingartsfestival.org.

HAWAII PERFORMING ARTS FESTIVAL’S OPERA “COSI FAN TUTTE”:

7-9:30 p.m., Thursday, July 25. Honokaa People’s Theatre. HPAF presents a unique, new site-specific production of Mozart and DaPonte’s brilliant comedic masterpiece Così fan tutte — a story of young lovers tested to their breaking points through dangerous games of love, desire, sex, fidelity and deception. Conducted by Stephen Stubbs and directed by James Darrah. Performed in Italian with English translations projected. Very limited seating for mature audiences only. For tickets, visit www.hawaiiperformingartsfestival.org.

HAWAII PERFORMING ARTS FESTIVAL PRESENTS OPERA ‘COSI FAN TUTTE’:

7-9:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, July 26-27. July 26 at Honokaa People’s Theatre. July 27 at Four Seasons Resort. Mozart’s classic comic opera from rising young director James Darrah of 2012’s “Amahl and the Night Visitors.” Conducted by Stephen Stubbs. Very limited seating. Mature audiences. A HPAF Premium Event. Tickets atwww.hawaiiperformingartsfestival.org.

FIRST WAIMEA SPORTS EXPO AND FAMILY FUN DAY:

9 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, July 27. Waimea Park. Co-sponsored by Waimea Athletics, County Parks AND Rec-Waimea, and The Pantry. A free, family-friendly, drug and alcohol free event for youth and families to participate in instructional clinics and mild-competitive games. Sports on tap hosted by Waimea sports teams and clubs include football, soccer, basketball, volleyball, baseball, table tennis, tennis, track and field and youth wrestling. Kupuna softball team members will also host a home-run derby of “who can hit the farthest 14” ball.” Also includes entertainment stage, sports sign up registration, live health and wellness demonstrations, concession booths, jumping castle and water slide. All invited. Information and to sponsor or help with this event, call Melissa Samura at 887-3014, or email: parksandrecwaimea@gmail.com.

KA HUI KAPA APANA O WAIMEA (QUILT CLUB):

9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Saturday, July 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 contact Kathy Tanaka at 775-0765.

2013 NORTH HAWAII O-BON DANCES:

In Buddhist tradition, families welcome back the spirits of departed loved ones during the summer months with services and festive dances called o-bon. The community is invited. Celebrations begin a temple service, followed by traditional dancing with taiko drums, delicious traditional foods and time with family and friends:

• Papa’aloa Hongwanji Mission: 6 p.m. July 27; service at 5 p.m. Call 962-6340.

• Hawi Jodo Mission: 7 p.m. Aug. 3, 55-1104 Akoni Pule Hwy.; service at 5:30 p.m. Call 775-0965.

• Pa’auilo Kongoji Mission: 7 p.m. Aug. 3, 43-1461 Hauola Rd.; service at 5 p.m. Call 963-6308.

• Hamakua Jodo Mission: 7 p.m. Aug. 10 in Honokaa; service at 6 p.m. Call 775-0965.

• Kamuela Hongwanji Mission: 7 p.m. Aug. 17; service at 6 p.m. Call 775-7232.

• Hakalau Jodo Mission: 8 p.m. Aug. 17; service at 7 p.m. Call 935-6996.

• Honohina Hongwanji Mission: 7 p.m. Aug. 31 in Ninole; service at 6 p.m. Call 963-6032.

WAIMEA MIDDLE SCHOOL ‘GEAR UP’ FOR THE NEW YEAR: Monday-Friday, July 29-Aug. 2. Monday and Thursday: 7:15 a.m.-4 p.m.; Wednesday-Friday: 7:15 a.m. - 6 p.m. Tuesday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Families urged to drop by campus to pickup class schedules, order and/or pickup uniform T-shirts, pay fees, sign up for free tutoring, etc. School begins Monday, Aug. 5. Note, new bell schedule requires students to be in their classroom at 7:55 a.m. so first bell will ring at 7:50 a.m. Please be on time. For information contact 887-6090, ext. 222.

WAIMEA’S PUPULE PAPALE RED HAT SISTERHOOD MONTHLY MEETING: First Thursdays at 12:30 p.m. moving from place to place per month. Aug. 1 meeting location is Lava Lava Beach Club. New members welcome. For more information, contact Queen Mother Nina Disbro at 895-1234.

WAIMEA COMMUNITY ASSN. TOWN MEETING: 5:15 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 1. Waimea School Cafeteria. Primary agenda items: Briefing on proposed North Hawaii Community Hospital-Queen’s partnership, and also on Mauna Kea Soil AND Water Conservation District/NRCS activities in Waimea/North Hawaii. All invited. As always, Starbucks coffee will be provided by the Parker Ranch Center store and donations to Waimea food pantry welcome. For information contact WCA President Sherman Warner at 885-1725.

FIRST WAIMEA BUSINESS EXPO: 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 2, at Kanu o ka ‘Aina Charter School on Hi’iaka St. Free to public. Business community exhibitors invited – limited space; cost is $25 booth fee to market your product or service, to network and grow your business including four workshops for everyone. To sign up for a booth, visit www.waimeabusinessexpo.eventbrite.com Workshops include “Is Entrepreneurship For You?” with Hazel Beck, “Social Media for your Business,” “Top 20 Business Apps” with Liz Zagorodney, and “Business Strategic Planning” with Kari Waldhaus. For information contact Jackie Muller at 327-3680 or email jacqueline.muller@hisbdc.org

WAIMEA COMMUNITY THEATRE PRESENTS ‘THE MUSIC MAN’: Aug. 2-18 at Parker School Theatre. 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. Will have a cast of almost 50 for this presentation of Meredith Wilson’s Broadway hit features songs such as “76 Trombones” “Trouble in River City,” “Goodnight My Someone” and “’Til There Was You.” Tickets anticipated to be $18/adults; discounts for seniors, military, students, children, and for advance purchase. Will be available approximately two weeks before the show at Waimea General Store, Without Boundaries, Suite Possibilities in Kailua-Kona, and from the cast. Information at www.waimeacommunitytheatre.org, the group’s Facebook page or call 885-5818.