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COMMUNITY CALENDAR

Prepared by Patti Cook on behalf of the Waimea Community Association. To include community events in this calendar, email cookshi@aol.com. Deadline for information: Friday, please. For complete calendar, visit http://waimeatown.org/waimea-community-calendar/.

IMPORTANT COMMUNITY EVENTS

WAIMEA COQUI REPORTS:

Please email frog “soundings” to info@coquifreewaimea.org or call at 313-1094.

ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE ‘OHANA NIGHT AT PUNANA LEO O WAIMEA:

5 p.m., Thursday, March 13, at the preschool adjacent to Kuhio Hale, Waimea’s Hawaiian Homes Hall. Come see what Hawaiian Medium Education is about – their teaching philosophy and program and meet staff and families and learn about this expanding preschool through elementary program focused on teaching our keiki through the Hawaiian language and world view. For information, contact Maluhia O’Donnell at 885-7166 or email maluhia@ahapunanaleo.org.

‘FEET DON’T FAIL ME NOW’ RHYTHMIC CIRCUS PERFORMANCE AT KAHILU THEATRE:

7 p.m., Thursday, March 13. A percussive dance spectacular that electrifies audiences with its hard-hitting, rapid-fire tap, sidesplitting humor and finger-snapping tunes, enlivened by a seven-piece band, vocalists and human beatbox extraordinaire, Aaron Heaton, aka “Heatbox,” who is capable of reproducing a myriad of musical instruments, including but not limited to tuba, harmonica, trumpet, maracas, turntables and even classical strings. Sponsored by Kate Bell, Ph.D. and Tom Blackburn, PhD, and the Fairmont Orchid. Tickets available online at www.Kahilutheatre.org, or call 885-6868.

FREE TAX PREPARATION IN WAIMEA:

9 a.m.-3 p.m. every Friday, now through April 11 at Waimea Community Center on Kawaihae Road across from former Thiebaut’s. Provided by the AARP Foundation in conjunction with the IRS and tax aide volunteers. This program is available for low and moderate-income taxpayers, especially those 60 and older. For more information, and to schedule an appointment, call 885-4722 or 388-6645.

NEW FRIDAY NIGHT YOUTH GROUP FOR YOUTH 6TH-12TH GRADE:

6:30 p.m. weekly. Includes dinner at Solid Rock North on Hawi Road. Will provide transportation free for youth from North Kohala, Waimea and Kawaihae. Please call Pastor Koa Texeira before 4 p.m. on Fridays to confirm transportation pickup. All invited. For information, call Pastor Texeira at 889-5177 or Rhonda Bell at 880-1984.

WAIMEA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL THRIFT SHOP – 50-CENT SALE:

8 a.m.-12 p.m., Saturday, March 15. Entire inventory except one rack and brand name aloha attire is just 50 cents! All proceeds benefit the K-5 keiki at Waimea Elementary school. Donations welcome, preferably during shop hours. Volunteers welcome, too. Donations tax deductible.

NHERC COMMUNITY RUMMAGE SALE IN HONOKAA:

8 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, March 15, in the NHERC pavilion. All invited. For information, call 775-8890.

WAIMEA COMMUNITY EDUCATION CLASSES:

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

CLASSES:

• Photoshop Made Easy – Saturday, March 15, 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Robert Frutos, instructor. Cost is $85.

BY APPOINTMENT

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

• Private French Tutoring – Six hours arranged to your schedule with Diane Koani, instructor. Cost is $150.

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

ST. PATRICK’S DAY! - Monday, March 17.

PUBLIC SCHOOL SPRING BREAK:

Monday, March 17-21; classes resume Monday, March 24.

SPRING BREAK ADVENTURE CAMP:

8 a.m.-12 p.m., Monday, March 17-Saturday, March 22, for first through fifth grade students. The Learning Center at TLC in the Waikoloa Highlands Shopping Center will take students on a daily adventure to places on the Kohala Coast, and afterward, return to do projects based on their discoveries. Cost is $99 fee includes transportation to daily adventures, a healthy mid-morning snack and materials. Scholarships available. Program limited to 30 students. Applications accepted online at www.abundantlifewaikolo.com or call Beau Lumanlan at 883-9512 or email info@abundantlifewaikoloa.com.

BOOK AND MEDIA DONATIONS FOR NORTH KOHALA PUBLIC LIBRARY BOOK AND BAKE SALE:

Donations accepted during library hours at 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Fridays for sale, which will be 8:30 a.m. -2 p.m., Saturday , April 19 in Kohala High School cafeteria. Books, videos, CDs and DVDs in good condition welcome; no encyclopedias, and textbooks must have been published within the past 10 years. Donations are tax deductible. For information, call 889-6655.

30th NA `OPIO YOUTH ART SHOW AT FIREHOUSE GALLERY:

Throughout March 22 – a display by students grades 6-12 from public and private schools of North and South Kohala and Hamakua. Includes both art entered for the judged Youth Art Awards and a separate “kid’s art” exhibit. Gallery hours; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. Parking behind gallery. For information, call 887-1052 or visit www.waimeaartscouncil.org.

SIGN UP NOW FOR FREE COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TRAINING CERT IN WAIMEA:

A 27-hour course presented on four consecutive Saturdays, March 22-April 12, at Annunciation Catholic Church. Sponsored by Hawaii County Civil Defense in partnership with other public first responders. CERT provides residents and businesses with the basics on how to properly prepare and respond to an emergency at home, work or in the community. Includes basic disaster response, fire safety, light rescue, team and responder coordination and basic medical care. For information, contact Bill Hanson at 935-0031 or Leif Palmer at 989-5331 or email leifpalmer@mail.com.

THIRD THURSDAY THRIVE:

6-8 p.m., Thursday, March 20 and 3rd Thursdays thereafter at NHERC in Honokaa. A grassroots community group potluck 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.

SOCIAL MEDIA AND INTERNET MARKETING FOR BUSINESS:

8:30-10:30 a.m., Friday, March 21, at Kanu o ka ‘Aina’s Kauhal Oiwi o Pu’ukapu campus. Presented by Office of Continuing Education and Training at OCET. There is a charge but some employers may be eligible to receive 50 percent off on class fees. Call the Workforce Development Division at 327-4774 or the OCET office at 934-2700.

KA HUI KAPA APANA O WAIMEA at QUILT CLUB: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Saturday, March 22, and the last Saturday of every month except November and December when the meeting is on the third Saturday at St. James Episcopal Church Parish Hall. This is Hawaii’s oldest Hawaiian quilting club. Everyone welcome. Free. For information, call Kathy Tanaka at 775-0765.

CELTIC SUPER GROUP DANU AT KAHILU THEATRE: 7 p.m., Saturday , March 22. One of the leading traditional Irish ensembles known for standing-room-only high-energy performances that blend ancient Irish music and new sounds. Sponsored by Deviants from the Norm, Mimi and Brian Kerley, an anonymous donor and the Fairmont Orchid. Tickets available online at www.Kahilutheatre.org, or call 885-6868.

COMMUNICATION THAT WORKS - A WORKSHOP ON LISTENING, ASKING QUESTIONS, SEEING YOURSELF AS YOU ARE: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday , March 23, at Waimea Community Education. A one-day workshop led by Suzy Switzer in which listening skills and question asking are practiced and experimented with. Includes taking a digital video to see yourself as you are and as others see you. Content is applicable to all relationships: On the job, within the family, among friends. For more information, visit www.waimeaeducation.com or call 885-1539 to register.

SOUTH KOHALA COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PLAN ACTION COMMITTEE: Monday, March 24, 5 p.m. Meetings are generally the fourth Monday of the month and rotate from Waimea to Waikoloa to Puako. For more information, and to request a copy of the agenda, call Deanne Bugado at 323-4770 or email dbugado@co.hawaii.hi.us.

NORTH KOHALA HISTORIAN PRESENTS SERIES OF ‘TALK STORIES’: At North Kohala Public Library featuring Boyd D. Bond. 6:30-7:30 p.m. each evening. All invited; registration requested. For information, call 889-6655. If accommodation required including sign language interpreter, please contact library three weeks in advance. Subjects as follows:

• Monday, March 24 – Hawaii’s Ali’i Women.

• Monday, April 21 – Hawaii in Wartime – the impact of the American Civil War, WWI and WWII.

PLAN YOUR 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, call Paul Johnston at 938-4540, or email pej1000@aol.com; for scheduling, call Betsy Sanderson at 938-2897 or email bas1001@aol.com. Find us on Facebook.

ALL FAMILIES WITH STUDENTS IN HONOKAA HIGH INVITED TO ‘COLLEGE BOUND TALK STORY-DINNER: 5:30 p.m., Thursday , March 27, at Honokaa School auditorium. Free and includes dinner for the entire family. March 27 will explore “I Got Accepted, Now What?” and more. All very informal – no commitments required so all families are invited to just come, listen and ask questions. No RSVP. For information, call Honokaa High’s College and Career Center at 775-8800, ext. 308. Final program for the year: Thursday, April 17, at the Waimea School cafeteria entitled “Planning Beyond High School: Personal Transition Plan.”

HERB KANE EXHIBIT AT KAHILU THEATRE: Opens with reception at 5:30 p.m., Friday , March 28. Presented in association with Isaacs Art Center to include works by Herb Kawainui Kane 1928-2011, who is considered the foremost artist-historian of Polynesia and who, as one of the founders of the Polynesian Voyaging Society, helped design and build the celebrated voyaging canoe Hokule’a, which he served as first captain in 1975. Exhibit will run through most of May. Free and all welcome.

18th ANNUAL HAWAII ISLAND HUMANE SOCIETY TROPICAL PAWS BENEFIT: 6 p.m., Saturday, March 28, Four Seasons Resort Hualalai. Known for its abundant silent and live auction, cocktail reception with furry friends to meet and greet, buffet dinner, entertainment and dancing! Proceeds support HHISʻs Second Chance Fund and Spay/Neuter Community Assistance Program and community services. Tickets Cost is 125 – available at Waimea shelter and online at www.hihs.org. For information, call 329-8002.

CAR SEAT CHECK: 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Saturday , March 29, at Waikoloa Baptist Church. Free. For more information, and to schedule an appointment, call Earl Betts at 888-632-3686.

2ND ANNUAL PUNANA LEO O WAIMEA and ‘ALO KEHAU O KA ‘AINA MAUNA FUNDRAISER: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday , March 29 at Minuke’ole Park and Kahilu Town Hall. A free community event with live music, hula, keiki games, petting zoo, cultural demonstrations, craft and food vendors and silent auction. For information, call Maluhia OʻDonnell at 885-7166 or email: maluhia@ahapunanaleo.org.

TALK STORY WITH GOVERNOR ABERCROMBIE: 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Saturday , March 29, at Honokaa High and Intermediate School cafeteria. Free and all invited. Enjoy brunch with family, friends and neighbors as Gov. Abercrombie listens and discusses issues related to the Honokaa and Paauilo areas including agriculture, healthcare and senior issues. Joining the Governor will be Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui, Labor Director Dwight Takamine and Department of Agriculture Acting Chairman Scott Enright.

FOLK ROCKERS SARAH LEE GUTHRIE and JOHNNY IRION AT KAHILU THEATRE: 7 p.m., Saturday , March 29. This husband and wife duo share an American folk tradition firmly rooted in their family at Sarah Lee is the daughter of Arlo Guthrie and granddaughter of Woody Guthrie, but their latest release, “Wassaic Way” uses well-crafted pop licks for buoyant, wistful and catchy results. In live concert the pair celebrate their folksy roots with an acoustic sweetness and an easy, compelling stage presence. Joined by special guest Sean Watkins of Nickel Creek. Tickets available online at www.Kahilutheatre.org, or call 885-6868.

KAMUELA PHILHARMONIC PRESENTS 2014 STRING CONCERTO WINNERS: 4 p.m., Sunday, March 30, at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows Tennis Pavilion. A superb evening of music spotlighting Kisa Uradomo playing Mendelssohn’s “Violin Concerto,” and Elizabeth Sekona playing Lalo’s “Symphonie Espagnole.” Also presenting Mendelssohn’s “Fingal’s Cave Overture” and Dvorak’s “New World Symphony.” Ticket cost is $20, available online at www.BrownPaperTickets.com, at 800-838-3006, call 365-4466, or visit www.KamuelaPhil.org.

WAIMEA MIDDLE SCHOOL LOCAL ADVISORY PANEL at LAP MEETS: 4-6 p.m., Monday, March 31, at classroom K-04 at immediately behind school office. All families, community friends, students, faculty and staff welcome. This meeting is part of school’s accreditation visit. See agenda posted on school website www.WaimeaMiddleSchool.org. For information, call Principal Matt Horne at 887-6090, ext. 225, or Chairperson Dr. Kamana Beamer at kamanabeamer@gmail.com.

MONTHLY BUSINESS FIRST PAU HANA: 5-7 p.m., April 1, Red Water 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: 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.

MALA’AI SCHOOL GARDEN STUDENT-RUN FARM STAND: Wednesday, April 2, through April 23, 1:15-3 p.m. Everyone invited to purchase beautiful fresh produce, herbs and flowers grown in the school garden. The farm stand sits in front of the garden – please enter campus via the back entry drive near Kahilu Theatre. For information, call Alethea Lai at 989-7861 or email: alethea@malaai.org.

WAIMEA’S PUPULE PAPALE RED HAT SISTERHOOD MONTHLY MEETING: First Thursdays at 12:30 p.m. – moves from place to place as follows: April 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 and Grill; Oct. 6, Charley’s Thai; and Dec. 4, Solimene’s. New members welcome. For information, call Queen Mother Nina Disbro at 895-1234.

IMPORTANT – WAIMEA COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION MONTHLY TOWN MEETING: 5:15 p.m., Thursday, April 3, at Waimea School cafeteria. Parker Ranch CEO Dutch Kuyper will provide an update on the ranch’s research into reducing its energy costs and possibly improving the community’s energy self-sufficiency. Also, Sonny Shimaoka will present an update on the Waimea Hawaiian Homesteaders’ Association’s AG Park project. All invited. Coffee provided by Starbucks. Attendees urged to support Waimea Food Pantry with cash or checks at receipts available or non-perishable food donations. For information, call WCA President Sherman Warner at 885-1725 or Patti Cook at 937-2833.

FIRST FRIDAY NIGHTS IN HONOKAA: 5-8 p.m., April 4, and continuing thereafter all along Mamane Street. Sponsored by Honokaa Business Association with free live music, classes, demonstrations, booths and more including shops staying open later. For information, call Alison Higgins of Grace Flowers or Michelle Barthel of Big Island Grown to get involved. Free and all welcome. For information, call 443-3999 or email graceflowershawaii@gmail.com.

KAHILU THEATRE SEASON CONTINUES: Tickets available online at www.Kahilutheatre.org, or call: 885-6868. The season includes:

• Saturday-Sunday, April 4-5: The Brisbane based CIRCA – here for a four-day residency that combines acrobatic and tumbling sequences that are extraordinarily energetic, powerful and sexy.

• Saturday, May 10: The Brothers Cazimero close the season with a special late May Day concert.

HAWAII HIGH SCHOOL RODEO AT PANIOLO PARK: At 8 a.m. Saturday -Sunday, April 5-6, and continues the first weekend of every month through May 2014. Saturday is Keiki and Junior Divisions; Sunday is the high school division. All leading up to the State finals, which also will be here at Paniolo Park. Free but donations welcome and there is a food concession to benefit the program which requires students to maintain GPA as required for other athletics. Junior Division State Finals, May 9-11, and High School Division State Finals, June 12-15. For information, call DeeDee Bertelmann at 325-5937 or email paniolomau@aol.com.