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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:

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 and 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.

SIGN UP NOW TO 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.

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

Buy tickets 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 District 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 with rice and corn-on-the-cob, or $20 for four frozen steaks. For information and tickets, contact 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 general adult fare; $1 students, senior citizens and disabled riders 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, visit 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 OPERA “COSI FAN TUTTE”:

7-9:30 p.m., Thursday, July 25, at 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 and 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, at 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-inch 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 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 Obon. 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 Road; 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.

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 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

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 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.

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.

WAIMEA’S PUPULE PAPALE RED HAT SISTERHOOD MONTHLY MEETING:

First Thursdays at 12:30 p.m. – moving from place to place. On Aug. 1 at Lava Lava. New members welcome. For information, contact Queen Mother Nina Disbro at 895-1234.

WAIMEA COMMUNITY ASSN. TOWN MEETING:

5:15 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 1., at the 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. 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; $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. At 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 for 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.

FIRST SATURDAY FLEA MARKET, ARTS AND COLLECTIBLES AT NEW HOPE GYM:

8 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 3, and first Saturday of every month. An indoor market free to the public. Many schools, Parks and Recreation teams, groups, organizations and individuals utilize this event to raise funds for themselves and also contribute to the Gymnasium Improvement Fund. Great treasure hunting — come shop for antiques, unique collectibles, crafts, plants, Hawaiiana, clothes, books, food, art, rummage, jewelry, rare bottles, toys, hard to find and one of a kind items. Space available and reasonable for vendors, musicians, artists, dance troupes, fundraising groups, call Skip at 989-4422. Proceeds benefit the Gymnasium Improvement Fund at New Hope Waimea. Clean restrooms on site. Parking behind gym or along Cherry Blossom Park.

MEDITATION IN THE WILD:

8:30-10 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 3, at ‘Iole, the Historic Bond Homestead in Kapaau. Led by Gavin Harrison. Experience the beauty of the land on these silent hikes offered the first Saturday of each month, rain or shine (unless the weather is particularly inclement). Begins with a few minutes of silent meditation, then brief introduction to mindfulness and silent walking meditation. Different route each month and not strenuous. Concludes with a few minutes of silence together followed by refreshments. Bring a hat, hiking shoes/boots, sunscreen, bottled water, a towel or cushion for rest stops in nature, plus rain gear, mosquito repellent and small hiking backpack if desired. No charge, but $10-$15 suggested donation helps make this program possible. For information, email Information @iolehawaii.com or call 889-5151.

WAIMEA COMMUNITY EDUCATION CLASSES:

Information and to register: www.waimeaeducation.com or email:learn@waimeaeducation.com, or call 885-1539.

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

• AUGUST: Photoshop Made Easy, 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug.3-$85 with instructor Robert Frutos.

FREE ~ Capoeira Workshop, 1-2 p.m., Saturday, August with Mario Hill.

FREE ~ Afro-Caribbean Dance, 2:30-3:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 10, with Angela-Dee Alforque.

Light on Hawaii ~ A Photographer’s Approach, 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 24. Cost is $55 with instructor Robert Frutos.

BIG ISLAND ROAD RUNNERS MANA ROAD RUN:

Sunday, Aug. 4. 7:30 a.m. start. Pick your distance: 10 miles or 10 K, which is 6.2 miles, on Waimea’s Mana Road through pastureland on asphalt and hard-packed dirt. To register on the day of the run, turn south off of Hwy 19 onto Mana Road – milepost 55 – across from Kuhio Hale (Hawaiian Homes Hall) and visit the “T,” turn left and park. For information call 430-0267 or visit www.bigislandroadrunners.org.

AWAKENING TO THE TRUTH OF WHO WE ARE:

3:30-6:30 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 4. At the Waimea Events Salon, 66-1664 Waiaka St. Led by Gavin Harrison. Sitting and walking meditation and dialogue. Non-denominational and open to all. Experienced and beginning meditators welcome — meditation guidance is offered. Bring your own meditation cushion. Chairs available. Free but donations welcome. For information, call Matilda Tompson at 885-9206 or email TompsonP001@hawaii.rr.com or visithttp: www.gavinharrison.net.

MOST HAWAII PUBLIC SCHOOLS BEGIN 2013-’14 SCHOOL YEAR:

Monday, Aug. 5.

SOUTH KOHALA CDP ACTION COMMITTEE-KAWAIHAE SUB-COMMITTEE: 5 p.m., Monday, Aug. 5, at Pu’ukohola National Park. All welcome. Guest speaker Aric Arakaki with Na Ala Kahakai to provide update on Ala Kahakai trail planning along Kawaihae Harbor fence line and tying this in with South Kohala Traffic Safety Committee issues for Kawaihae to address traffic safety between bikers and vehicles and canoe paddlers running this route safely. Also on the agenda: HELCO’s underground lines through Kawaihae, an update on the Historic Corridor and the Hawaii County Culture Commission. For information, contact Jojo Tanimoto.

COMMUNITY BEREAVEMENT GROUP – CIRCLE OF SUPPORT: 5 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 6, and the first Tuesday of each month at The Moon Center Tea Room above Lava Rock Realty and across from the Red Water Restaurant on Kawaihae Rd. Facilitated by Sindona Cassteel, MFT, bereavement counselor for North Hawaii Hospice. For information in Hospice 885-7547.

6th ANNUAL HAWAII ISLAND HUMANE SOCIETY’S HAWAII HORSE EXPO: Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 10-11, at the Paniolo Preservation Society’s historic Pukalani Stables in Waimea. Internationally renowned equine experts share their knowledge in a variety of horse-related disciplines during clinics and demonstrations. Anyone interested in horses and in building on their own awareness in a variety of horse-related disciplines is invited to attend the Expo. Proceeds benefit Hawaii Island Humane Society’s Horse Rescue Fund, which helps abused and abandoned horses on the island, and PPS. For information, call 887-2301 or www.hawaiihorseexpo.com.

MAUNA KEA QUILTERS MEETING: 9:30-11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 10, and the second Saturday of every month. Thelma Parker Memorial Library meeting room. All invited. This group of patchwork quilters, started in 1997, shares love of quilting while also supporting worthwhile community organizations such as the Mala’ai school garden, Waimea Relay for Life, the police fire department and North Hawaii Community Hospital and at Christmas they make quilted stockings and quilts for needy children. All welcome. For information, contact Becky Parkinson at 937-2159 .

WAIMEA SENIOR CLUB MONTHLY MEETING: 9 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 13 and the second Tuesday of each month. Waimea Senior Center. All persons 55 and older are invited to join. In addition to monthly meetings, the club hosts daily activities: Mondays, Hawaiian quilting; Tuesdays, meetings and crafts; Wednesdays and line dancing; Thursdays, mah jong, and Fridays, ground golf, ukulele lessons and hula lessons. For information, call Pat Lewi, president, at 885-4307.

SOUTH KOHALA TRAFFIC SAFETY COMMITTEE MONTHLY MEETING: 4-5:20 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 13. Usually the second Tuesday of every month. Waimea Civic Center near the courts and police station. Community urged to attend to learn about issues and provide input. All welcome to attend. For information, email Chairman Gunner Mench at gunner@hawaii.rr.com.

GOVERNOR’S CABINET IN OUR COMMUNITY: 5:30-7:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 15, at Kealakehe Intermediate cafeteria. An opportunity to talk with Governor Neil Abercrombie and cabinet members from several major departments. Free and all invited. For information, contact Barbara Dalton at 327-4953 or 443-8449 or email Barbara.Dalton@hawaii.gov.

THIRD THURSDAY THRIVE: 6-8 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 15 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.