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For more class details and a comprehensive monthly schedule visit and click on “newsletter.” There are no fees to participate in Tutu’s House programs, although tax-deductible donations are very much appreciated. Please call 885-6777 for more information, or to register for classes.


from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays, Oct. 10, 17, 24, 31, Nov. 7 and 14 with Ramona Wong MD, nephrologist, assistant professor of medicine UH, medical director for DSI Aloha and Kapolei Dialysis Units, and former Hamakua Infirmary GP. This is video teleconferencing series of six classes is designed to help people in Hawaii learn how to live best with Chronic Kidney Disease. If you have CKD, your understanding is our goal. Advanced registration is required and a minimum of five participants are needed to offer the program. Please call Tutu’s House at 885-6777 to register.


from 2 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12, with Judy Hiller Givens, JD, attorney at law. Nursing home care is extremely expensive. Paying for it can wipe out your life’s savings in no time. Medicaid is a welfare program, and its long term care program is designed to assist only those who cannot afford to pay for such care. Givens will go over the circumstances in which Medicaid will not count assets when determining your eligibility for long term care.


from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 14, with Jade Patti McGaff, MD, board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist practicing on Hawaii Island with the intention to help women discover their best health. Hot flashes, mood swings? Let’s talk-story about the hormones cycle and how bio identical hormone replacements can help you. In her over 30 year career, Dr. McGaff feels most rewarded in assisting women to balance their hormones and nourish their adrenal glands. There will be a Q-and-A discussion after the talk as time allows.


from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 16, with Karyn Clay, host, professional caregiver since 1995 and owner of Ho`onani Place, Waimea’s Adult Day Care. Whether you are a caregiver by heart, hire or relationship, join fellow caregivers in sharing stories, support and inspiration, including discussion about the importance of self-care.


from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 16, with Judy Hiller Givens, JD, and Jennifer Kauhane, RN. The presentation will include a thorough review of all sections on the State of Hawaii approved forms to provide meaningful information. What do the terms in the Advance Health Care Directives and Medical Powers of Attorney forms mean? When should the various choices be made? They will also discuss when it might be best to simply give a medical power of attorney and leave the details to your agent. Forms will be available for attendees.


from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 16, with Becky Bond, NHCH physical therapy assistant, will discuss the history, theory and use of this inexpensive tool, plus teach you how to properly apply Kinesio tape. Have you ever finished a workout and your lower back is sore or your knee is tweaked after jogging? Learn how kinesiology taping can help. This readily available thin, stretchy, therapeutic tape can help with a wide variety of injuries and inflammatory conditions. You won’t believe how effective this taping is until you try it. Kinesio tape will be available for attendees to sample.


from 2 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17, with “Doc” Shay Bintliff, MD, canoe paddler, surfer, golfer and grandmother. This presentation will focus on certain aspects of the phenomena of retirement. For most people, retirement incites fear, whether they are willing to admit it or not. “What would I do with myself?” is a very common question. This transition is one that all of us must make at some time, and hopefully while we are still healthy, active and with lots on our “Bucket Lists.” Doc will review the “stages” of retirement and offer positive suggestions to help you on this momentous journey.

FAMILY SCIENCE NIGHT SERIES from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 18, with Katherine DuBose at Earl’s Garage. This is a great opportunity for family members of all ages to work together and spend some time exploring hands on activities. Everything is provided including food, and supplies. A head count is needed, and space is limited, so please reserve space for your `ohana by Wednesday, Sept. 25, by calling Katherine at 885-6777.

AARP DRIVER SAFETY PROGRAM from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19, with Susan Akeo, AARP certified instructor; classroom refresher course designed for drivers 50 years and over, though younger drivers are welcome. All participants receive a certificate upon completion of course, which may allow you to receive a discount on your insurance. Registration is required by calling 885-4789 (evenings).

UNDERSTANDING and THRIVING with DIABETES: A living well guide from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 23, with Vivienne Aronowitz MPH, RD, CDE, nutritionist and certified diabetes educator with more than 30 years of experience helping people move towards better health. Diabetes can affect so many parts of your body; and with good blood sugar control, you can be healthy. Aronowitz will explain how this all works. Learn simple strategies on how to improve your blood sugars and vitality on your journey to better health.

MASSAGE for FAMILY AND FRIENDS: LEGS and THIGHS from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26, with Chikako Hoshino-Powers, certified massage therapist, specializing in fascia and connective tissue body realignment. Individuals will be paired to work together, or bring a friend. Massage promotes healing, releases stress and tension, improves blood circulation, relieves fatigue, and reduces muscle cramps and spasms by calming the nervous system while stimulating the lymphatic system, which carries away the body’s waste products. Massage therapy can also help with pain management in conditions such as arthritis and sciatica. Everyone can benefit from learning these simple techniques. Bring one large and two hand towels. Please wear loose fitting shorts that may get oil stains.

DISCOVER YOUR INGREDIENTS for LIFE with JOY and MEANING from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 30, with Joan Campbell, certified wellness coach. Each of us desires to thrive in life with joy, purpose and vitality. In this program, you will have the opportunity to examine your unique values, to identify self-defeating obstacles and to consider your own wellness/life vision. You will leave with small action steps that will help create forward motion toward greater life fulfillment.

FIT~4~FUN for Women from 8 to 9 a.m. every Tuesday and Friday, with Kathy Cazimero, fitness enthusiast; this low impact cardio/strength workout includes stretching, leg exercises and weight training to support bone mass integrity as we age. Please bring your own weights to work on arms, shoulders, legs and overall body balance. Athletic shoes, a towel and comfortable clothes required.

ADVANCED UKULELE from 9:30 to 11 a.m. every Tuesday, with Aunty Marjie Spencer; join other experienced players of all ages to learn more about the ukulele through friendship and song. Bring your own ukulele and three-ring binder for music.

TUTU’S HOUSE WRITERS SUPPORT GROUP from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. every Tuesday. If you like to write in the dark of night by candlelight, sculpting emotional transgressions into artistic expressions, then this group is for you. We have new writers to published authors—many genres: fiction, non-fiction, essays and poetry. It is a supportive, encouraging place to share one’s writing. You are invited to read, listen and give feedback when requested. Show up once in awhile or every week.

KNITTING and KNITTING SUPPORT from 12:30 to 3 p.m. every Tuesday, with Gretchen Geisler, lifetime knitter, pattern designer and fiber artist; for ages 10 to adult, and all skill levels. Bring your projects, get your knitting questions answered, and visit with other knitters. Beginners will be guided into a suitable project.

NATURAL MOVEMENT from 9 to 10 a.m. every Wednesday, with Andy Russell. Through the lens of basic anatomy, yoga, strength and conditioning and other movement practices, this challenging and fun class will help all levels of participants become more aware and knowledgeable about their body and the way it moves. This class creates a space to look in depth at our most basic and everyday actions while encouraging self-awareness and exploration into making these movements more efficient and comfortable.

EASY DOES IT YOGA from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. every Thursday (except Oct. 31), with Deanna, Carla or Andy. From arthritis to asthma, back pain to cancer, or just basic stress, Restorative Yoga Therapy promotes healing on all levels of being. This guided practice will turn on your body’s healing powers. Suitable for all body types and health conditions.

SCRABBLE MEETUP from 1 to 4 p.m. every Friday, with Annabel Spielman. Word lovers of every age and skill level are encouraged to play this classic (yoga for the brain) game with relaxed rules — dictionary use permitted. A friendly group of dedicated players makes up the core of Scrabble at Tutu’s House. It’s a great way to retain and expand vocabulary, spelling, memory and observation skills in a congenial atmosphere.

TUTU’S QUILTERS from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. every Monday, with Kathy Lukens, for beginners and experienced; learn quilting Hawaiian style while meeting a great group of people; initial supplies are provided or bring something you are working on. Good company and encouragement guaranteed.

PLAY HANAFUDA from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. every Monday, with Elaine Loo, Ken Tsuhako and friends; Hanafuda (“flower cards”) is a traditional Japanese card game based on images related to nature and the seasons. No experience is needed to join this group of enthusiasts.

BEGINNER’S YOGA from 4 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 15, with Kiyomi Falcon, RYT, LMT. Yoga increases body awareness; relieves chronic stress patterns and muscle strain; relaxes mind and body; centers attention; sharpens concentration and frees the spirit. Kiyomi also incorporates meditation practice into this class.

KUNDALINI YOGA from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 16 and 23, with Deanna Zivalic. Kundalini is a physical, mental and spiritual discipline for developing awareness, character and consciousness. It is an integrated system of exercise, breath control, and meditation, which combine yoga postures with breathing techniques that results in a vigorous workout. Wear loose clothing and bring water, a small and large towel or yoga mat.