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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:

“BIG ISLAND GIVING TREE” APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED NOW THROUGH DEC. 11:

Visit www.WaimeaTown.org and click on the “Twilight Christmas Parade” tab to download an application. This program is for financially struggling working families and also serves low-income seniors. Donations welcome and tax deductible. Questions or to contribute or Adopt-a-Family or Adopt-a-Child, call Rhonda Bell at 880-1984 or Nancy Carr Smith at 896-2239. There will be a Big Island Giving Tree” temporary store in Parker Ranch Center open from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., Dec. 5-20. This annual drive begins with the tree lighting on Dec. 5 at Parker School.

5th ANNUAL AFFORDABLE ART SALE AT FIREHOUSE GALLERY:

Now through Dec. 21 during normal gallery hours plus extended hours on Waimea Christmas Twilight Parade Day – Saturday, Dec. 7 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. All invited. Featuring local artists’ pieces priced under $250.

DHHL TO BEGIN KAWAIHAE ROAD IMPROVEMENTS NEAR NEW LALAMILO HOUSING PROJECT AND TRANSFER STATION ROAD:

Mid-November through March 2014. DHHL Contractor Goodfellow Bros., Inc. construction project expected to close one lane at times on both the South Kohala Distribution Road and Kawaihae Road. For information, contact DHHL Project Manager Jeffrey Fujimoto at 620-9274.

WAIMEA’S PUPULE PAPALE RED HAT SISTERHOOD MONTHLY MEETING:

First Thursdays at 12:30 p.m. – moving from place to place. Next meeting is Dec. 5 at Merriman’s. New members welcome. For more information, contact Queen Mother Nina Disbro at 895-1234.

NO WAIMEA COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION MONTHLY TOWN MEETING.

Instead, please attend the Tree Lighting to kick off this year’s Big Island Giving Tree donations drive at Parker School.

“BIG ISLAND GIVING TREE” DONATIONS COLLECTION STORE:

Parker Ranch Center. Open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., Dec. 5-20. Please stop by to donate to this project to help be sure no one in North Hawaii is forgotten. This year’s program includes both an Adopt-a-Family and Adopt-a-Child opportunities. Applications accepted now through Dec. 11. For more information, contact Rhonda Bell at 880-1984 or Nancy Carr Smith at 896-2239. For more information, visit www.WaimeaTown.org and click on “2013 Waimea Christmas Parade” tab at the top of home page.

MONTHLY BUSINESS FIRST PAU HANA:

5-7 p.m., Dec. 5, at Blue Dragon Lanai. Gatherings to network, exchange news and develop new opportunities. Co-sponsored by Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Club of North Hawaii. Everyone welcome! Future dates: Jan. 7, The Fish and The Hog; Feb. 4, Red Water Lanai; March 6, Blue Dragon Lanai; April 1, Red Water Lanai; May 6, Merriman’s Garden; June 5, Blue Dragon Lanai; July 1, Red Water Lanai; Aug. 5, Merriman’s Garden; Sept. 2, Merriman’s Garden. For more information, contact Penny Pagliaro, Panale‘a Corp., at 315-7776.

4TH ANNUAL BIG ISLAND GIVING TREE LIGHTING FESTIVITIES:

6-8 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 5, on Parker School grounds. Begins with entertainment by Brandon Gomez and Laulima with emcee Darde Gamayo, followed by Allen “Uku” Lindsey talking-story about Waimea Christmases Past, then Christmas caroling with Melissa Samura and Ginger Bertelmann. Free and entire family invited. Hot saimin, chili and rice, cocoa, coffee and desserts available. Even launches the annual collection of BIGT gifts, food and toys. This year’s theme: “Lucky 7” suggests donations in sevens, i.e., 7 cans of Spam. Will conclude with lighting of the school’s giant Norfolk pine. Dress warmly. Seating provided. For more information, contact Rhonda Bell at 880-1984 or Nancy Carr Smith at 896-2239.

COLLECTIBLES SHOW - A “WAIMEA ALIVE!” EVENT AT HISTORIC SPENCER HOUSE:

Friday-Saturday, Dec. 6-7. Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.–4 p.m. – to coincide with Waimea’s Christmas Twilight Parade’s all-day celebration. Featuring more than 30 vendors of collectibles, antique and vintage jewelry, Hawaiiana, Oriental finds including a Korean tonsu, traditional Hawaiian weaponry and contemporary carvings of native hardwoods by Mel Hewitt, and more. All invited. For more information, call Mary Ann Cook at 885-1732.

PARKER RANCH’S ANNUAL TREE LIGHTING CELEBRATION:

5-7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 6. At historic Pu’uopelu. All invited to enjoy lighting this giant Cooke Pine but non-perishable food donations suggested to contribute to the Boy Scout’s food drive. To include a performance by HPA’s Handbell Choir.

INAUGURAL KAHILU THEATRE MASQUERADE BALL:

Friday, Dec. 6, at Hilton Waikoloa Village. Featuring Michael Feinstein, the multi-platinum-selling, two-time Emmy and five-time Grammy Award-nominated entertainer dubbed “The Ambassador of the Great American Songbook.” Event attire: Gatsby Glam. 6 p.m. Cocktail reception and silent auction; 7 p.m. Dinner; 8 p.m. Show; and 9 p.m. after party with D spun dance music until midnight. Tickets sales benefit Kahilu Theatre programming. Cost is $185 per adults per non-members; $150 for Foundation members. $50 for dance party only. For tickets and table sponsorships or more information, contact : www.kahilutheatre.org.

FIRST SATURDAY FLEA MARKET, ARTS and COLLECTIBLES:

8 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 7, and first Saturday of every month at New Hope Gym. A free indoor market that schools, Parks and Recreation Waimea teams, groups, organizations and individuals utilize 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 - call Skip at 989-4422. Parking behind gym or along Cherry Blossom Park.

HPA’S HANDBELL CHOIR TO PERFORM AT WAIMEA TOWN MARKET:

9 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 7. On Parker School’s lawn – an accompaniment to the market’s weekly offerings that include locally grown produce, food producers, bakers, coffee processors, growers of plants and orchids and much more. Free and all invited.

WAIMEA SENIORS’ CHRISTMAS BAZAAR:

9 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 7. Waimea Senior Center at the main intersection next to Firehouse Gallery. Handcrafted Christmas gifts, baked goods, jams and jellies, baked goods, plants, sushi and a Secondhand Store Extraordinaire. For more information, contact Pat Lewi, president, at 885-4307.

FIREHOUSE GALLERY’S 5th ANNUAL ‘AFFORDABLE ART’ EXHIBIT AND SALE ON CHRISTMAS PARADE DAY:

9 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 7. All invited. Featuring local artists’ pieces priced under $250.

40+ CHRISTMAS CRAFTERS AT PARKER RANCH CENTER AND VISITS WITH SANTA:

Crafters all day Saturday, Dec. 7, 8, 14 and 21. Santa visits and photos from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Photos free but a donation encouraged to Waimea Lions Club and North Hawaii Hospice. For more information, contact Frank Zablan at 960-2548. “Big Island Giving Tree” store next to Village Burger open 12 p.m.-6 to accept donations from Dec. 5-20.

‘WAIMEA ROCKS!’ CHRISTMAS FAIR

10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 7, at KTA’s Waimea Center. Offers holiday gift discoveries with 30 or more crafts vendors, entertainment and food. Hosted by Penny Keli’i Vredenburg. Begins with the Beamer-Solomon hula, Halau O Po’ohala at 10 a.m., followed at 11 a.m. by Nino Ka’ai, 12 p.m. with Kahula o Nawahine, 1 p.m. with Darlene Ahuna and Duane Yamada, 2 p.m. with Kevin Haleamau and concludes at 3 p.m. with Taishoji Taiko - Hilo Ensemble with 10 drummers. No charge and all invited, though donations to the Big Island Giving Tree requested. For information, contact Rhonda Bell at 880-1984 or Nancy Carr Smith at 896-2239. For information on Christmas in Waimea, visit www.WaimeaTown.org.

HAWAII-MADE ‘CRAFTY HANDS AND GIFTS, TOO!’:

10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Thelma Parker Gym. Featuring locally made items by dozens of island artisans. Free and includes plate lunches and other food, plus lucky number drawing throughout the day. Food donations suggested for Annunciation Pantry. Christmas music too. For more information, contact Benita Salazar 960-9944.

SUPER SATURDAYS IN HONOKAA TOWN – SHOP LOCAL!

Every Saturday now and through the holiday including Dec. 28, there will be live music and plenty of aloha to go around plus great finds, many produced or created by local artists, crafters and foodies. For more information, contact Michelle Barthel @big-islandgrown@hotmail.com or Alison Higgins@graceflowershawaii@gmail.com.

HONOKAA TOWN TREE LIGHTING, DECORATING and CAROLING:

Saturday, Dec. 7. Begins at 1 p.m. with tree trimming at the municipal parking lot; everyone invited to this annual community event and merchants are encouraged to donate an ornament to represent their business. At 4 p.m., the board of directors of Honokaa Business Association will be caroling throughout Honokaa town and in front of the tree, and Santa will make a special appearance. Ceremonial lighting of the tree at 6 p.m. Sponsored by Honokaa Business Association. For information, contact Jeanne Keller at jkeller@island-law.com.

HALAU WAIAU CHRISTMAS CALABASH AT KAHILU THEATRE:

2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 7. This halau, under the direction of Liana L. Aviero and Keikilani Curnan, is an offshoot of Halau Hula Ka No’eau, and these two kumu studied under Master Kumu Hula Michael Pili Pang for 45 years combined. The halau has 80 haumana students and their performance will fulfill their mission of passing on culture through hula. The show will feature a calabash filled with hula, fun and “favorite things.” Tickets are $15 per adult; $8 per child or student. No Kahilu Theatre member discount.

53rd ANNUAL WAIMEA CHRISTMAS TWILIGHT PARADE AND MONTHLONG ‘BIG ISLAND GIVING TREE’ CELEBRATION:

Saturday, Dec. 7 – hence the theme, “Lucky Seven!” Parade from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. On parade night - expect traffic delays as only emergency vehicles will be able to pass through town center during the parade.

WINTER STARGAZING PARTY AFTER WAIMEA CHRISTMAS PARADE:

7-10 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 7, at Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope’s Waimea headquarters. CFHT astronomers and members of the West Hawaii Astronomy Club to host Open House and “Ask An Astronomer” tours. Free including coffee, hot chocolate and marshmallow roasting. For more information, call 885-7944.

PARKER RANCH CENTER’S ‘BIG ISLAND GIVING TREE’ CELEBRATION: 12 p.m.-3 p.m., on Sunday, Dec. 8, at PRC’s Fireside Food Court. Emcee Penny Keli’i Vredenburg will welcome community to enjoy entertainment including the HPA Hand Bell Choir 12 p.m.-12:45 p.m., Waikoloa Dance Company with keiki hip hop at 1 p.m.; Aulani’s Hula Halau at 2 p.m. Throughout the program, donations to the “Giving Tree” will be accepted and pictures with Santa will be taken by the Waimea Lions and North Hawaii Hospice. For more information, contact Rhonda Bell at 880-1984 or Nancy Carr Smith at 896-2239.

SLOW FOOD HAWAII HOLIDAY POTLUCK: 12 p.m.-3 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 8 at Kumau Ranch – Russell’s Barn in North Kohala. Celebrate the work of Slow Food and Terra Madre. Bring a dish, local and slow, to share – preferably from your own garden. Guest speaker is Mike Domeier, new owner of Volcano Island Honey. RSVP required at SlowFoodHawaii@gmail.com.

19th ANNUAL COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS MUSIC FESTIVAL: 6 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Waikoloa Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Waimea on Kapiolani Street. Several Waimea and Hawaii Island choirs to share Christmas carols – free and all invited. For more information, contact Katherine Kenney at 557-2079 or email k_kenny@yahoo.com.

HELCO’S ‘TOYS FOR TOTS’ COLLECTION IN WAIMEA: 7:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, now through Dec. 13 at Council Member Margaret Wille’s office – 64-1067 Mamalahoa Hwy. C-5. Requesting new, unwrapped gifts. No stuffed animals.

NORTH HAWAII 9-14-YEAR-OLDS INVITED TO FREE PARKS AND RECREATION PRE-SEASON CO-ED BASKETBALL CLINICS: Dec. 9-10-11 at Thelma Parker Gym. Sponsored by County Parks and Rec and Waimea Athletics for youth in the Waimea, Waikoloa, Kohala and Hamakua districts. 3:30-4:30 p.m. for 9-10-year-olds; 4:30-5:30 p.m. for 11-14-year-olds. Will include fundamentals, ball handling and dribbling, defensive and offensive stance and positioning. Clinics are free, but there is a $10 registration fee to participate in the season. For more information, contact Melissa Samura at parksandrecwaimea@gmail.com or call 887-3014 and leave a voicemail.

• Monday, Dec. 9: Former UH-Hilo Womenʻs Basketball Coach and current Honokaa High School Girlsʻ Basketball Coach Daphne Honma.

• Tuesday, Dec. 10: Former UH-Hilo Vulcan Menʻs Basketball Coach and Vulcan Hall of Honor Recipient Jimmy Yagi

• Wednesday, Dec. 11: Former All-American Coach Bill OʻRear.

WAIMEA SENIOR CLUB MONTHLY MEETING: 9 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 10, and the second Tuesday of each month at the Waimea Senior Center. All persons 55 and older invited to join. In addition to monthly meetings, the club hosts daily activities: Mondays, Hawaiian quilting; Tuesdays, meetings and crafts; Wednesdays, line dancing; Thursdays, mah jong; Fridays, ground golf, ukulele lessons and hula Lessons. For information, contact Pat Lewi, president, at 885-4307.

MARTHA GREENWELL’S “MOUSE HOUSE” AT ISAACS ART CENTER: Now through Jan. 4. A miniature Christmas Village created by beloved island painter and Kona resident Martha Greenwell for what used to be Queen’s Hospital Auxiliary’s “Festival of Trees.” All of the artifacts featured in the display were from the attic and tool shed of Greenwell’s in-laws, Frank and Violet Greenwell of Palani Ranch. It took Greenwell eight years to assemble the village. Open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.,Tuesdays-Saturdays. Free. Closed between Christmas and New Year’s Eve. For more information, call 885-5884.

IMPORTANT - SOUTH KOHALA TRAFFIC SAFETY COMMITTEE MONTHLY MEETING: 4-5:20 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 10. Usually the second Tuesday of every month at 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 more information, contact Chairman Gunner Mench email: gunner@hawaii.rr.com.

NORTH HAWAII COMMUNITY HOSPITAL’S LEVEL III TRAUMA DESIGNATION CELEGRATION: 2 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 12. All invited to this free gathering to celebrate this new designation that verifies NHCH provides quality care to trauma patients that has surgeons trained in trauma available 24-hours-a-day to respond to trauma emergencies, provides 24-hour access to radiology, laboratory and anesthesia services, collects trauma data that is entered into a registry database for quality improvement and injury prevention initiatives and provides a multidisciplinary team approach from numerous hospital departments to ensure quality trauma care for patients. No RSVP. For more information, call 881-4820.

ALL FAMILIES WITH STUDENTS IN HONOKAA HIGH INVITED TO ‘COLLEGE BOUND TALK STORY-DINNER: 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 12, at Waimea School cafeteria is the fourth of eight gatherings to help students and their families explore college and career possibilities. Free and includes dinner for the entire family. The Dec. 12 event will explore Free Application for Federal Student Aid. All very informal – no commitments required so all families are invited to just come, listen and ask questions. No RSVP. For more information, contact Nicole Ryan in Honokaa High’s College and Career Center at 775-8800, ext. 308 or email: Nicole_Ryan@notes.k12.hi.us.

PRIMARY CARE WALK-IN CLINIC AT NHCH – No appointment necessary. Every Friday from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.. North Hawaii Community Hospital’s Kaheleaulani Native Hawaiian Health Program and Adult and Family Medicine are now offering primary care services, vaccinations, wellness services and physicals without an appointment. These Friday afternoon walk-in clinics are designed to offer patients more convenience, especially for those who feel like they are getting sick just before the weekend. Kaheleaulani and Adult and Family Medicine are both located within the hospital. For information, call 881-4843.

TO REPORT NORTH HAWAII NENE SIGHTINGS: To help track the wanderings of nene relocated to Hawaii Island from Kauai, we are asked to call the East Hawaii Division of Forestry and Wildlife office 974-4221 and leave a message with the location and number of birds, as well as your name and phone number so that researchers can contact you for more information.

WATER RESTRICTION NOTICE – WAIMEA CONSUMERS REQUIRED TO REDUCE CONSUMPTION 25 percent EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY: Due to the continuing dry weather conditions, the Department of Water Supply is declaring WATER RESTRICTION for Waimea down to but not including Kawaihae Village, Waimea Airport, Lalamilo Farm Lots and Pu’ukapu-Honokaia-Nienie areas. For more information, contact Daryl Ikeda at 961-8790.

PLAN YOUR PARTY, WORKSHOP, CLASSES, FUNDRAISER AT HISTORIC SPENCER HOUSE: Reservations now being accepted for both special events and classes, meetings and presentations in this beautiful 22-room home and in the process, help bring this 16-decade-old home back to life in the 21st century. Very reasonable introductory rentals. For information, contact Paul Johnston at 938-4540, email pej1000@aol.com. For scheduling, contact Betsy Sanderson at 938-2897 or email bas1001@aol.com. Find us on Facebook.

PARKER SCHOOL’S 11TH ANNUAL FAIRWAYS AND FRIENDS GOLF TOURNAMENT: Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Hualalai Resort. Event also will include Hualalai Spa treatments and a trunk show and sale hosted by Hula Moon Boutique. Check-in 11 a.m., tournament starts at 12:30 p.m. with shotgun start. Trunk show from 11 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. at the Four Seasons Hualalai and Hualalai Spa services available 8 a.m.-7 p.m. A portion of the proceeds support financial aid. Awards reception with heavy pupu, cocktails and prizes. $250 for golfers includes reception. For non-golfers, $50. Download registration forms: www.parkerschoolhawaii.org, email advancement@parkerschoolhawaii.org or call 885-8709. Spa reservations can be made through the Hualalai Spa at 325-8000.

A GATHERING OF ARTISTS AT WAIMEA TOWN MARKET: 8 a.m.-12 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 14, on the grounds of Parker School. Some of the Big Island’s best-known artists, including Pam Hons, Joan Namkoong, Ski Kwiatkowski, Mel Hewitt, Bonnie Cherni, Hugh Jenkins and Stephanie Ross, will show their latest creations — paintings, photography, rare woodwork and glass on display and for sale at this unique presentation that complements this popular weekly Farmers Market. Regular market vendors offer a wide array of fresh locally grown produce, locally produced jams, jellies, honeys, coffees and teas, plus freshly baked breads and sweets, stunning orchids, handmade lotions and potions and more. For more information, call Betsy Sanderson 938-2897 or email bas1001@aol.com.