PREPARED BY THE WAIMEA COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION FOR NORTH HAWAII NEWS

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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” DONATIONS – ‘SMALL CHANGE CAN MAKE BIG CHANGE.’

This program is for working families and individuals struggling to make ends meet each month and those who have experienced unfortunate circumstances. It also serves low-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” pop-up store in Parker Ranch Center next to Village Burger open from 12 to 6 p.m., now through Dec. 20 to accept donations. BIGT is an all-volunteer community project to be sure no one in Waimea/North Hawaii is forgotten this holiday season. For more information, visit www.WaimeaTown.org and click on “Big Island Giving Tree” tab at the top of home page.

PLAN YOUR PARTY, WORKSHOP, CLASSES, FUNDRAISER AT HISTORIC SPENCER HOUSE AND HELP SUPPORT ‘A NEW BEGINNING’ FOR THIS ICONIC 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 938-4540, email: pej1000@aol.com; for scheduling, contact Betsy Sanderson 938-2897 or email: bas1001@aol.com. Find us on Facebook.

NEW CONTACT FOR WAIMEA COQUI REPORTS:

Please email frog “sounding” reports to: information@coquifreewaimea.org.

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.

THIRD THURSDAY THRIVE: 6-8 p.m., Thursday, 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., Thursday, Dec. 19. Amy is Hawaii’s top selling female vocalist of all time with all 12 of her albums in the top ten on World Billboard charts. 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 are $65-$20 with discounts for Kahilu Theatre members. For information and tickets, visit 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: facebook.com/jane.sibbett. All of the proceeds from ticket sales will visit services helping women and children in crisis.

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 at the 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.

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 at 960-2548. “Big Island Giving Tree” store next to Village Burger is open, 12 p.m.-6, to accept donations through Dec. 20.

SUPER SATURDAYS IN HONOKAA TOWN.

Every Saturday through the holidays 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 information, contact Michelle Barthel at big-islandgrown@hotmail.com or Alison Higgins at graceflowershawaii@gmail.com.

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.

MERRY CHRISTMAS! Wednesday, Dec. 25.

OHRLANDO’S CHAMBER ENSEMBLE ‘NEW YEAR’S CONCERT’:

11 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 29, in Kahilu Theatre Lobby. Free and all invited. Donations welcome for this concert that continues the group’s series. Will include salon musique, waltzes, dances, opera fantasies and more with Roland Maurer playing oboe and bassoon accompanied by his wife Ursula Hesse at the piano.

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, before moving to 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, find them on Facebook, contact them at information@waimeaoceanfilm.org or call 854-6095.

NATIVE HAWAIIAN ROLL COMMISSION REGISTRATION TO CLOSE JAN. 19.

Registration is available online for Kana’iolowalu, at 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.

WAIMEA COMMUNITY EDUCATION CLASSES:

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

CLASSES:

• 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.

FIRST SATURDAY FLEA MARKET, ARTS & COLLECTIBLES:

8 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 4, and first Saturday of every month at New Hope Gym. A free indoor market that schools, Parks and Recreation 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 989-4422. Parking behind gym or along Cherry Blossom Park.

MONTHLY BUSINESS FIRST PAU HANA:

5-7 p.m., Jan. 7, at The Fish & The Hog. 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: 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 information, contact Penny Pagliaro, Panale‘a Corp. at 315-7776.

WAIMEA’S PUPULE PAPALE RED HAT SISTERHOOD MONTHLY MEETING:

First Thursdays at 12:30 p.m. – moving from place to place as follows: Jan. 9, Solimenes; Feb. 6, Merriman’s; March 6, Paniolo Country Inn; March 3, Macaroni Grill; May 1, Big Island Brewhaus; June 5, LavaLava; July 3, Jade Palace; Aug. 7, Bamboo; Sept. 4, Café Pesto; Oct. 2, Banjay’s Paradise Bar & Grill; Oct. 6, Charley’s Thai; and Dec. 4, Solimene’s. New members welcome. For information, contact Queen Mother Nina Disbro at 895-1234.

IMPORTANT - WAIMEA COMMUNITY ASSN. TOWN MEETING:

5:15 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 9, at the Waimea School cafeteria. All invited. Agenda will focus on preparation for the 2014 Legislative session with Sen. Malama Solomon and Rep. Cindy Evans providing an overview of the coming session, community groups presenting their project priorities, and David Tarnas briefing attendees on how to be an effective citizen advocate. Also will include WCA election of officers. Coffee provided by Starbucks. Attendees are urged to support Waimea’s Food Pantry with cash or checks receipts available. For information, contact WCA President Sherman Warner at 885-1725 or Patti Cook at 937-2833.

MAUNA KEA QUILTERS MEETING:

9:30-11 a.m., Jan. 11, and the second Saturday of every month at the 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.

KAHILU THEATRE PRESENTS ‘THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE’ MUSICAL COMEDY: 7 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 11, and 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 12. This will be Kahilu’s own version of this hit musical about a fictional middle school spelling bee with six quirky adolescent spellers in a bee run by three equally quirky grown-ups. Directed by Beth Dunnington. Cast to include Leilani Bostock, Sophie Dommer, Sean Dunnington, Marena Faye Dunnington, Harmony Graziano, Daniel Gregg, HanaSara Ito, Eliana Kaplan and Aidan F. Wharton. Tickets are $25-$10. Call Alva at 885-6868 or order online at http://kahilutheatre.org/Showinfo/The-25th-Annual-Putnam-County-Spelling....

TEEN TECH SUNDAY AT ST. JAMES’ TO ASSIST SENIORS WITH TECHNOLOGY: 10:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 12, and the second Sunday of every month at the church. Teens volunteer to assist seniors with their technology and Internet questions. Bring your phone, laptop, iPad or other technology that you need help with. Free but a donation to the church for outreach programs is welcome.

WAIMEA SENIOR CLUB MONTHLY MEETING: 9 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 14, and the second Tuesday of each month at 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 & crafts, Wednesdays: Line Dancing, Thursdays: Mah Jong, Fridays: Ground Golf, Ukulele lessons & Hula Lessons. Information: Pat Lewi, President 885-4307 .