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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” ACCEPTING DONATIONZS

This program is for working families and individuals struggling to make ends meet and-income seniors. 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 is a “Big Island Giving Tree” store in Parker Ranch Center next to Village Burger open from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., now through Dec. 20 to accept donations. For more information, visit www.WaimeaTown.org and click on “Big Island Giving Tree” tab at the top of home page.

5th ANNUAL AFFORDABLE ART SALE AT FIREHOUSE GALLERY:

Now through Dec. 21 during normal gallery hours. All invited. Featuring local artists’ pieces priced under $250.

HELCO’S ‘TOYS FOR TOTS’ COLLECTION IN WAIMEA:

7:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m., now through Dec. 13 at Council Member Margaret Wille’s office – 64-1067 Mamalahoa Hwy.,å C-5. Requesting new unwrapped gifts. No stuffed animals.

SUPER SATURDAYS IN HONOKAA TOWN – SHOP LOCAL!

Every Saturday now and through the holiday including Dec. 28, there will be live music and crafts and created by local artists and crafts. For more information, contact Michelle Barthel at big-islandgrown@hotmail.com or Alison Higgins and graceflowershawaii@gmail.com.

3rd ANNUAL ‘GATHERING OF ARTISTS’ AT WAIMEA TOWN MARKET:

8 a.m.-12 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 14, on the grounds of Parker School. Some of Hawaii Island’s well-known artists, including Mary Koski and Kathy Long, Charlotte Nairn, Pam Hons, Joan Namkoong, Ski Kwiatkowski and Mel Hewitt, Bonnie Cherni, Hugh Jenkins and Stephanie Ross, and Heiki, will show their latest creations at the farmers’ market. For more information about the art gathering, call Alice 989-0433. For market information, call Betsy Sanderson 938-2897 or email bas1001@aol.com.

MAUNA KEA QUILTERS MEETING:

9:30-11 a.m., Dec. 14 and the second Saturday of every month at the Thelma Parker Memorial Library meeting room. All are invited. The group supports local giving programs, and at Christmas they make quilted stockings and quilts for needy children. All welcome. For information, contact Becky Parkinson at 937-2159.

CHRISTMAS CRAFTERS AT PARKER RANCH CENTER and VISITS WITH SANTA:

Crafters all day Saturday, Dec. 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 information, contact Frank Zablan at 960-2548. “Big Island Giving Tree” store next to Village Burger open 12 p.m.-6 to accept donations through Dec. 20.

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. Portions 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.

WAIMEA COMMUNITY EDUCATION CLASSES:

For information and to register visit www.waimeaeducation.com or emaillearn@waimeaeducation.com, or call 885-1539.

CLASSES:

• Free Acting Workshop for Kids - Youth Theatre for grades K-5 - Saturday, Dec. 14, 1:30-2 p.m. followed by Improve Everywhere for grades 6-12 Saturday, Dec. 14, 2-2:30 p.m.

•Writing Great Essays for SSAT, SAT and College Applications for grades 7 through 12. Group and individual essay clinics for SSAT, SAT, college applications. Great for reluctant writers and those wanting to write the very best essay they can. On Dec 15, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Cost is $125 with instructor Darien Gee.

• Additional Writing Great Essays classes scheduled for Jan. 12 and Feb. 16.

BY APPOINTMENT:

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

Writing and Publication Consults with Darien Gee – see website for fee schedule.

NOT-TO-BE-MISSED — WAIMEA HAWAIIAN HOMESTEADERS LUAU:

6-10 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 14, at Kuhio Hale – Hawaiian Homes Hall. To support creating a park and cemetery to fulfill community needs. All community members and fellow homesteaders invited for an evening of Hawaiian food, entertainment, silent auction, drawings and more. Tickets are a $20 donation. May be purchased at Parker Ranch Store, Gregore’s Salon and Waimea Oshima Surf and Skate and from homestead lessees, or by calling Tricia Hodson at 960-2648.

20TH ANNUAL WAIMEA COMMUNITY CHORUS HOLIDAY CONCERT –

“Sing Noel” 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 14, and 3 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 15, at Kahilu Theatre. This 50-voice chorus is directed by Barbara Kopra and this year’s concert will feature Randol Alan Bass’ magnificent “Gloria.” All invited. Tickets are $18 for adults; $15 for seniors and students; $10 for children. Discounts available for early purchase from cast or from Waimea General Store and Without Boundaries. For information, contact Miguel Bray at 938-3062 or theatre office at 885-5818 or find them on Facebook.

CHRISTMAS AT THE FAIRMONT:

Saturday, Dec. 14. Features dining with the chefs at an elegant oceanside gala all to support the American Culinary Federation Kona Kohala Chefs programs. Wonderful food from island chefs, silent and live auctions and entertainment with proceeds supporting scholarships and the Equip the Kitchen Campaign for Palamanui Community College. Fee. For information, contact 895-1967 or visit www.konakohalachefs.org.

SOUTH KOHALA COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PLAN ACTION COMMITTEE:

Monday, Dec. 16, 5 p.m, at the Lilly Yoshimatsu Senior Center in Waimea. All are invited. Information and to request a copy of the agenda, call Deanne Bugado at 323-4770 or email dbugado@co.hawaii.hi.us.

LEARN TO BE AN EFFECTIVE ‘CITIZEN ADVOCATE’ FOR THE LEGISLATURE: 6 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 17 at Waimea’s Thelma Parker Library Conference Room. Learn the tools and techniques to help educate state Legislators about issues important to you. Suzanne Marinelli, Public Access Coordinator for the state, will present six free workshops on island to teach us how to track bills, write and submit testimony, and build positive meaningful relationships. No RSVP required; just come. For information about workshops elsewhere on island, email par@capitol.hawaii.gov, call 974-4000 Ext. 70478, or visit their website: http://hawaii.gov/lrb/par.

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.

THIRD THURSDAY THRIVE: 6-8 p.m., Thursdays, Dec. 19 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.

KAHILU THEATRE PRESENTS AMY HANAIALI’I CHRISTMAS CONCERT: 7 p.m., Thursdays, Dec. 19. She will be joined by her full band including Grammy award winning Jeff Peterson, Steve Jones, Darryl Pellegrini and hula dancer Kehau Nielson. This Christmas concert will blend traditional holiday songs in Hawaiian and English and will pay tribute to having grown up in a Hawaiian church. Tickets $65-$20 with discounts for Kahilu Theatre members. Information and tickets: www.kahilutheatre.org or call 885-6868.

AUDITIONS FOR KAHILU THEATRE’S PRODUCTION OF ‘THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES”: 6-9 p.m., Friday, Dec. 20, at Kahilu Theatre. Play to be again directed by Jane Sibbett. Contact her via email to confirm audition time: sibbett.getreal@gmail.com or Facebook her at facebook.com/jane.sibbett. All of the proceeds from ticket sales will go to services helping women and children in crisis.

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 at 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 AND HELP SUPPORT ‘A NEW BEGINNING’ FOR THIS WAIMEA LANDMARK: 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 or email pej1000@aol.com; Scheduling: Betsy Sanderson 938-2897 or email bas1001@aol.com. Find us on Facebook.

KA HUI KAPA APANA O WAIMEA QUILT CLUB : 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 21 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 775-0765 .

CHRISTMAS CRAFTERS AT PARKER RANCH CENTER AND VISITS WITH SANTA: Crafters all day Saturday, Dec. 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 information, contact Frank Zablan 960-2548 . “Big Island Giving Tree” store next to Village Burger open 12 -6 p.m. Accepting donations through Dec. 20.

MERRY CHRISTMAS! Wednesday, Dec. 25.

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Wednesday, Jan. 1.

4th ANNUAL WAIMEA OCEAN FILM FESTIVAL: Jan. 2-10. Award-winning films, breakfast talks, presentations and exhibits are scheduled between Kahilu Theatre, HPA Gates Theatre, Parker School Theatre, Anna Ranch, the Mauna Kea Resort and The Fairmont Orchid Jan. 2-5, then Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, Jan. 6-10. Join filmmakers and special guests at the Taste of the Island evening, hosted at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel on Jan. 5, and the closing night gala at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai on Jan. 10. Festival passes on sale online and through the festival office. For information, contact www.waimeaoceanfilm.org. Or find them on Facebook. Email information@waimeaoceanfilm.org or 854-6095.

NATIVE HAWAIIAN ROLL COMMISSION REGISTRATION TO CLOSE JAN. 19: Registration is available online for Kana’iolowalu, http://hawaiianroll.org/v/53. Native Hawaiians must register to participate in the organization of a Hawaiian Governing Entity. This campaign is to unify Native Hawaiians in the recognition of their un-relinquished sovereignty and to promote self-governance. Hawaiian supporters may also sign a petition online. The Native Hawaiian Roll Commission was created by Act 195/2011.