Calendar for March 17

Arts & Exhibits

TODAY, March 17

ADVERTISING

30TH ANNUAL YOUNG AT ART

Where: East Hawaii Cultural Center, 141 Kalakaua St., Hilo

When: Regular center hours through March 30

Details: This juried student art exhibit celebrates National Youth Art Month by recognizing excellence, creativity and originality in all public, charter, private and home-schooled students on the Big Island in grades K-12.

Contact: Monique Ortiz, 961-5711, admin@ehcc.org

Classes

TODAY, March 17

2018 RAPID OHIA DEATH SYMPOSIUM

Where: UH-Hilo, UCB 100, 200 W. Kawili St., Hilo

When: 9 a.m. today

Details: The Rapid Ohia Death Working Group invites you to enjoy a bit of food and drink, introduce yourself to the speakers and then get updates on rapid ohia death by lead researchers and managers, with opportunities to ask questions of the panel. Attendees 18 years and older will receive a free ROD decontamination kit. Free, but seating is limited; register at www.RapidOhiaDeath.org.

Contact: Ambyr Mokiao-Lee, 989-7222, ambyr@hawaii.edu

PLACE MAT CRAFT DEMO

Where: Hilo Public Library, 300 Waianuenue Ave., Hilo

When: 11 a.m. today

Details: An interactive and unique craft demo, where participants will learn how to make their own place mat made of items collected from travels around the world. Contact the library 15 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or special accommodations.

Contact: Justin Rajkowski, 933-8890, justin.rajkowski@librarieshawaii.org

WORLD ENDING — SOON! PREPARE!

Where: Hilo Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 162 Kapiolani St, Hilo

When: 7 p.m. today and Sunday

Details: Speaker Bill Santos from It Is Written Canada presents an inspirational and thorough presentation of biblical events that will prepare each one for the soon ending of this world and the coming of Jesus Christ. Vegetarian meal each night at 6 p.m.

Contact: Pastor Rene Lopez, 773-3191, hilosda@gmail.com

MONDAY, March 19

IPAD 1 FOR SENIORS

Where: SeniorTech, UH-Hilo, Portable Building 7, 200 W. Kawili St., Hilo

When: 10 a.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday

Details: Glenn Grace will show you how to get the most out of your iPad. Bring your iPad and Apple ID and password to class. Cost is $50; daily parking fee, $3.

Contact: June Knell, 932-7928, cyberlu@gmail.com

TUESDAY, March 20

OPTIMAL VITALITY SEMINAR

Where: Halai Healing Place in Kailua-Kona and Kapaau

When: 11 a.m. Tuesday and 8 a.m. March 27 (Kailua-Kona); 8 a.m. March 21 (Kapaa)

Details: Understand how what you eat directly affects how you feel on every level of your being. Learn how to make sound, healthy choices based on hard evidence and scientific research, not popular authors or pseudo-science. Limited space; preregistration required.

Contact: LaRen, 987-6010, LaRen@HalaiHealingPlace.com

THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF WINE AND WATERCOLORS

Where: Volcano Art Center, Niaulani Campus, 19-4074 Old Volcano Road, Volcano

When: 4 p.m. Tuesday

Details: Artist Nancy DeLucrezia will show you how to transfer a photo onto watercolor paper and introduce you to all the basic techniques you need to create a lovely painting of your picture. During class, participants will enjoy a sampling of several wines from Grapes – A Wine Store in Hilo. Cost is $35 or $30 for VAC members, plus a $17 supply fee. A still-life photo will be provided for students to paint. Space is limited. Preregistration required; call or visit www.volcanoartcenter.org.

Contact: Alyssa Johnasen, 967-8222, workshops@volcanoartcenter.org

CANNGROW SPRING EQUINOX CANNABIS EVENT

Where: Hawaii Innovation Center, 117 Keawe St., Hilo

When: 5 p.m. Tuesday

Details: A night of networking and education with special guests for short presentations / discussions. New patients will find plenty of experts on hand to answer their toughest questions. Legislative update also provided. Free meeting for cannabis startups hosted by Hawaii Patients Union. T-shirt and product giveaways and more. Reserve your seat at https://hawaiicannabis.org/spring-equinox-cannabis-event/.

Contact: Brent Norris, 896-7656, support@hawaiicannabis.org

WEDNESDAY, March 21

SEW SIMPLE — LAVENDER EYE PILLOW

Where: Hawaii Creative Retreats Studio, 614 Kilauea Ave., Suite 103, Hilo

When: 2 p.m. Wednesday

Details: Dust off your sewing machine and bust into your fabric stash to sew a project you can finish in an afternoon. Bring your own sewing machine, thread and a fat quarter-size (18-inch-by-22 inch) of cotton fabric. Other project materials and light refreshments provided. Space is limited. Cost is $20. Register at www.hawaiicreativeretreats.com/sign-up/sew-simple-classes/.

Contact: Sara Krosch, 520-389-0620, hawaiicreativeretreats@gmail.com

FRIDAY, March 23

LITTLE FIRE ANT MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP

Where: Hawaii Department of Agriculture, 16 E. Lanikaula St., Hilo

When: 9 a.m. Friday

Details: Free monthly workshop focused primarily on residents who want to manage little fire ants around their homes. Start with some ant biology basics, then be guided through the various management techniques, including practical demonstrations on how to mix and apply the HAL gel bait. Past clinics have been very well-attended, so register early as there are limited seats available. Registration required; email or call the person below.

Contact: Heather Forester, 315-5656, heather.forester@littlefireants.com

COMING

KEIKI STAINED GLASS WITH LOIS POLLOCK

Where: Volcano Art Center, Niaulani Campus, 19-4074 Old Volcano Road, Volcano

When: 9 a.m. March 24-25

Details: Students will learn basic stained glass construction tasks by completing a simple egg design that can be hung in a window just in time for Easter. Glass will be precut and then completed using the copper foil solder method of stained glass construction, which includes foiling, soldering, finishing and decorating. This is a hands-on cooperative project by parent and child. Cost is $55 or $50 for VAC members, plus a $10 supply fee. Designed for children ages 11 and older; must be accompanied by an adult. Preregistration required; limited to six children accompanied by their parents. Call or visit www.volcanoartcenter.org to register.

Contact: Alyssa Johnasen, 967-8222, workshops@volcanoartcenter.org

WRITING FOR INNER EXPLORATION AND LIFE REFLECTION

Where: Volcano Art Center, Niaulani Campus, 19-4074 Old Volcano Road, Volcano

When: 9:30 a.m. March 24

Details: Big Island author Tom Peek’s workshop includes fun, offbeat and provocative “wild mind” exercises that provide participants with exploration tools to use in class and on one’s own. This workshop is perfect for journal keepers, bloggers, autobiographers, spiritual seekers, memoir and family history writers and anyone who simply enjoys writing. No previous writing experience necessary, just the desire to explore. Cost is $75 or $65 for VAC members. Call or visit www. volcanoartcenter.org to register.

Contact: Alyssa Johnasen, 967-8222, workshops@volcanoartcenter.org

THE SOUND OF SOUL

Where: Aloha Wellness Center, 239 Haili St., Hilo

When: Noon on March 25

Details: A friendly, nondenominational group seeking to gain a greater awareness of who and what you are as soul. All faiths and ages welcome. Fourth Sunday of each month. Free.

Contact: Evangeline, 498-4455, 333evangeline@gmail.com

ZENTANGLE EASTER EGGS

Where: Hawaii Creative Retreats Studio, 614 Kilauea Ave., Suite 103, Hilo

When: 1 p.m. March 25

Details: Create a basket full of Ukrainian pysanky-style inspired eggs with paint pens and shading markers. No experience necessary and past Zentangle knowledge welcome. All materials and light refreshments provided. Register at www.hawaiicreativeretreats.com.

Contact: Sara Krosch, 520-389-0620, hawaiicreativeretreats@gmail.com

ASTROLOGY CHART READING MADE EASY

Where: Vive Institute, 224 Kamehameha Ave., Suite 104, Hilo

When: Begins at 6:30 p.m. March 28

Details: Your astrological chart is a map of the sky the exact moment you were born and an actual snapshot of your consciousness, the “blueprint” of your wiring. You will learn how to navigate your life at ease. Six-week series; ends May 2.

Contact: Yahavah Aquarian Mathison, 936-5255, yahavah@yahavah.com

HULA ARTS AT KILAUEA: ALOHA FRIDAY PROGRAM

Where: Volcano Art Center Gallery, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When: 11 a.m. March 30, June 29, Aug. 31 and Nov. 30

Details: Join fiber artist and nationally recognized gourd artist Jelena Clay for a workshop about lauhala weaving. Lauhala leaves come from the hala tree, a very special Pacific island tree. Learn how to select, prepare and dye lauhala leaves. Each student will have the opportunity to create a lauhala bookmark. Lauhala kits also can be purchased to create more. Free, but park fees apply.

Contact: Anisha Clay, 967-8222, anisha@volcanoartcenter.org

COMMUNICATION SKILLS FOR POSITIVE RELATIONSHIPS

Where: HCC-Palamanui, 73-4225 Ane Keohokalole Highway, Kailua-Kona

When: 5:30 p.m. March 30

Details: This workshop will focus on developing essential skills for strong foundations, cooperation and connection — even in challenging relationships. Learn to recognize and deal with emotional triggers, create understanding and build connection and offer and accept apologies with respect and compassion. Suggested donation of $15.

Contact: Gina Tumasone, 885-5525, gtumasone@whmediation.org

AARP HI CAREGIVER WORKSHOP: POSITIVE APPROACH TO DEMENTIA CARE

Where: Hawaii County Office on Aging, Disability Resource Center, 1055 Kinoole St., Suite 101, Hilo

When: 9 a.m. March 31

Details: Learn to understand which physical and emotional needs can cause challenging behaviors, hands-on techniques to connect and comfort using visual, verbal, physical and emotional connections and how to develop new skills related to approach, cueing and ability to connect with people affected by dementia to help reduce the chance of future escalations and make your person with dementia feel at ease. Facilitated by Dorothy Colby, a certified Positive Approach to Care trainer and support mentor. Register at https://aarp.cvent.com/positive3-31.

Contact: Jackie Boland, 545-6003, jboland@aarp.org

KIMCHI MAKING

Where: Volcano Art Center, Niaulani Campus, 19-4074 Old Volcano Road, Volcano

When: 10 a.m. March 31

Details: Workshop provides students an introduction to the techniques used to make traditional Korean kimchi. Students will be able to take home their kimchi to continue fermenting it to their preferred taste. All materials needed to prepare the kimchi will be provided. Cost is $55 or $50 for VAC members, plus a $15 supply fee. Preregistration required. Call or visit www.volcanoartcenter.org to register.

Contact: Alyssa Johnasen, 967-8222, workshops@volcanoartcenter.org

LEI MAKING WORKSHOP WITH KUANA TORRES KAHELE

Where: Palace Theater, 38 Haili St., Hilo

When: 11 a.m. March 31

Details: Learn how to make lei just in time for Merrie Monarch. Cost is $65, which covers all materials. Seating limited; reserve your space now.

Contact: Sheron Bee, 934-7010, info@hilopalace.com

BALLROOM DANCE CLASSES

Where: Church of the Holy Cross, 440 W. Lanikaula St., Hilo

When: Beginning 7 p.m. April 4; ends June 13

Details: Try something new this spring by enrolling in Wednesday night dance classes with the Big Island Ballroom Dance Club. Open to all ages; singles and couples. Learn the waltz and cha-cha. Annual membership fee is $15; each class is $9. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m.

Contact: Erik Cleveland, 934-8071, erikc@hawaii.edu

FREE LUNCH AND LEARN FOR NONPROFIT LEADERS

Where: Anna Ranch, 65-1480 Kawaihae Road, Waimea

When: 11 a.m. April 6

Details: Provided by Hawaii Trust & Estate Counsel. Attorney John Roth will explain win-win strategies for charities and their donors, including easy-to-understand planned giving opportunities that complement annual fundraising programs. As requested by participants last year, there will be a guided networking session to build communication and partnership between nonprofits. Register by March 19; seating is limited.

Contact: Dayva Keolanui, 334-3343, dayva@keolanuiconsulting.com

FREE NAMI HAWAII FAMILY-TO-FAMILY EDUCATION PROGRAM

Where: St. Joseph Church, Conference Room, 43 Kapiolani St., Hilo

When: 9 a.m. April 14-May 26

Details: Specifically for family caregivers of people diagnosed with serious mental illness. The six-week series of classes covers information about schizophrenia, the mood disorders, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and borderline personality disorder; coping skills such as handling crisis and relapse; basic information about medications; listening and communication techniques; problem-solving skills; recovery and rehabilitation; and self-care around worry and stress. To register, call Carolyn Oki at 935-3518, Carol Denis at 935-0615 or Kathy Hammes at 959-2426.

Contact: Kathy Hammes, 959-2426, kham337@gmail.com

ADULT JEWELRY CLASS WITH ALEX MIDDLETON

Where: Hilo Public Library, 300 Waianuenue Ave., Hilo

When: Noon on April 14

Details: Learn to make your own jewelry. Tools and supplies will be provided. Registration required at the reference desk. Limited to 10 participants. Recommended for ages 16 years and older. Program schedule is subject to change; contact the library 15 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or special accommodations.

Contact: Justin Rajkowski, 933-8890, justin.rajkowski@librarieshawaii.org

LET’S PLAY THE (DOG) TRAINING GAME

Where: Laupahoehoe Public Library, 35-2065 Old Mamalahoa Highway, Laupahoehoe

When: 6 p.m. April 23

Details: Join Francis Engel as she shows how and why reinforcement works using the “clicker” training experience. Techniques discussed and practiced will be from Karen Pryor’s dog training manuals. Some training manuals will be available for checkout. Bring your clicker and any questions you have regarding dog training and the clicker training method.

Contact: Susan Collins, 962-2229, susan.collins@librarieshawaii.org

RECYCLE “MO BETTAH”

Where: Hilo Public Library, 300 Waianuenue Ave., Hilo

When: 4 p.m. April 24

Details: Go beyond HI-5 with Recycle Hawaii and Marsha Hee. Recycling and reusing are educational and fun ways to reduce our waste stream while helping protect and conserve our natural resources. Review what’s acceptable for recycling then play the sort game and receive a handy Zero-Waste Checklist. Families welcome for this interactive talk/demonstration. Program schedule is subject to change; contact the library 15 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or special accommodations.

Contact: Justin Rajkowski, 933-8890, justin.rajkowski@librarieshawaii.org

ASSESSING STRUCTURE IGNITION POTENTIAL FROM WILDFIRE

Where: Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows, 68-1400 Mauna Lani Drive, Kohala Cost

When: 8 a.m. April 30-May 1

Details: This NFPA classroom training will enable attendees to confidently assess structure ignition potential and recommend appropriate mitigation measures for homes and other structures in residential areas exposed to wildfire hazards. Sessions are taught by wildland fire specialists who understand how and why homes and communities are destroyed during wildfire events and the simple things residents can do to minimize property loss.

Contact: Pablo Akira Beimler, 885-0900, pablo@hawaiiwildfire.org

Clubs

TODAY, March 17

NATIONAL ACTIVE AND RETIRED FEDERAL EMPLOYEES

Where: Kamana Senior Center, 127 Kamana St., Hilo

When: 1 p.m. today

Details: Regular meeting the third Saturday of each month. Come enjoy the fellowship and learn how to protect your earned federal benefits. Come with brown bag lunch at noon and enjoy fellowship before the meeting.

Contact: Bob Arthurs, 990-4840, Bobarthurs@me.com

SUNDAY, March 18

SOLO AUTOCROSS — SPORTS CAR CLUB OF AMERICA

Where: Hilo Drag Strip kart track

When: 7 a.m. Sunday

Details: The Big Island of Hawaii Region SCCA hosts the 2018 PAX/RTP Championship Event No. 3. The all-day event is open to spectators and competitors. Come out and watch, ride along with competitors or compete with your own car. Classifications exist for most street vehicles.

Contact: Tim Minick, 896-1333, scca@minicknet.com

THE NITTY GRITTY OF BEEKEEPING

Where: Keaau Community Center, 16-192 Pili Mua St., Keaau

When: Noon on Sunday

Details: Beekeeper Fran Calvert will be the speaker during the American Rhododendron (Vireya) Society meeting following a potluck. There also will be a plant auction and truss giveaway. Nonmembers welcome to participate in all activities.

Contact: Rene Siracusa, 965-2000, renesiracusa@hotmail.com

TUESDAY, March 20

BIG ISLAND WATER GARDEN CLUB

Where: Keaau Community Center, 16-192 Pili Mua St., Keaau

When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday

Details: Monthly club meeting concludes with mini auction. Public welcome to learn about water ponds, plants and fish.

Contact: Karen, 935-5357, stephen@backyardeden.com

ORICHIDLAND COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION BOARD MEETING

Where: Fraternal Order of Eagles, Keaau Aerie, 16-111 Opukahaia St., Keaau

When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday

Details: Orchidland lot owners encouraged to attend.

Contact: Barbara Arthurs, 966-6141, babsarthurs@gmail.com

WEDNESDAY, March 21

HGEA RETIREES HAWAII CHAPTER GENERAL MEMBERSHIP QUARTERLY MEETING

Where: HGEA Multipurpose Room, 495 Manono St., Hilo

When: 9 a.m. Wednesday

Details: A representative from Hawaii County Civil Defense will discuss disaster preparedness for you and your family. Meeting also will highlight upcoming retirees community events and include bingo.

Contact: Evelyn Togashi, 959-6727, etogashi@hawaii.rr.com

COMING

COFFEE AND ELECTRIC VEHICLE OWNER MEETUP IN HAWI

Where: Kohala Coffee Mill, 55-3412 Akoni Pule Highway, Hawi

When: 9 a.m. April 7

Details: Join the Big Island Electric Vehicle Association for its monthly event. A few of the association’s electric vehicle owners will be available to share their knowledge and experiences with the public.

Contact: Noel Morin, 987-7428, nmorin99@yahoo.com

DAV CHAPTER NO. 6 HILO (DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS)

Where: Kamana Senior Center, 127 Kamana St., Hilo

When: 11 a.m. April 14

Details: Group dedicated to empowering veterans and their families by ensuring they have access to their full range of benefits. Free, professional assistance for obtaining these benefits and services, outreach programs and representation at all governing bodies. Meets the second Saturday of every month.

Contact: Myron, 218-779-5044, DAV.hichapter6@gmail.com

Health

TODAY, March 17

OSTOMY SUPPORT GROUP

Where: Hilo Medical Center cafeteria, 1190 Waianuenue Ave., Hilo

When: 11:30 a.m. today

Details: Meet new friends, share experiences and provide mutual support in an environment that’s friendly and safe. Third Saturday of each month. Open to all ostomates, pre-ostomy patients, caregivers, interested medical professionals and the public.

Contact: Sandy Wright, 339-7640, OstomyGroup@yahoo.com

COMING

NAMI FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP

Where: Oki Conference Room, 688 Kinoole St., Suite 115A, Hilo

When: 7 p.m. March 30

Details: Monthly support group that helps people gain understanding and empathy for loved ones living with and recovering from mental illness.

Contact: Carolyn Oki, 935-3518, carold2654@hawaiiantel.net

2018 WALK TO CURE ARTHRITIS HILO

Where: Lili‘uokalani Gardens, Banyan Drive, Hilo

When: 7 a.m. April 21

Details: There are more than 50 million Americans with arthritis and 218,000 of them live in Hawaii, with 1,200 of them being keiki. That is a staggering 19 percent of Hawaii’s population. This 1-mile walk helps create awareness and raise funding for research to help find a cure. Check in is at 8 a.m.; walk begins at 9 a.m. To register, visit walktocurearthritis.org/hilo.

Contact: Brie Arnolde, 354-0379, barnolde@arthritis.org

Just for Keiki

TUESDAY, March 20

KEIKI MAGIC CAMP

Where: Palace Theater, 38 Haili St., Hilo

When: Noon on Tuesday through Friday

Details: Conducted by international award winners and longtime instructors Bruce and Jennifer Meyers. A fun, performance magic program that emphasizes goal achievement, self-esteem building, positive attitudes, poise and teamwork. Cost is $70 per child and includes all magic tricks, props and learning materials.

Contact: Bruce Meyers, 982-9294, info@brucemeyers.com

PAJAMA STORYTIME

Where: Hilo Public Library, 300 Waianuenue Ave., Hilo

When: 6 p.m. Tuesday and April 24

Details: Come to the library in your pajamas! Aunty Marsha hosts the Pajama Jammie Jam, a storytime before bedtime, in the Children’s Room. Get comfy and cozy with bedtime stories and music as you wind down your busy day. All ages welcome and bedtime attire is encouraged — you can even bring a blanket and pillow.

Contact: Gretchen Andrews, 933-8890, gretchen.andrews@librarieshawaii.org

WEDNESDAY, March 21

PERFORMANCE BY UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII AT HILO’S THEATER ‘AUANA PROGRAM

Where: Hilo Public Library, 300 Waianuenue Ave., Hilo

When: 4 p.m. Wednesday

Details: Tutu, a grandmotherly narrator, tells three familiar tales local-style: “Three Billygoats Gruff,” “The Three Little Pigs” and “Three Blind Mice.” As she narrates, the characters perform the action using Hawaiian language dialogue. Free and suitable for all ages. Children ages 5 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Contact: Gretchen Andrews, 933-8890, gretchen.andrews@librarieshawaii.org

COMING

HAWAII JUNIOR GOLF DAY

Where: Hilo Municipal Golf Course, 340 Haihai St., Hilo

When: 9 a.m. March 24

Details: A fun and free introductory golf experience for juniors of any age. The clinic will be taught by PGA professionals.

Contact: Dexter Hironaga, 896-2915, dexter@bijga.org

KMC’S ANNUAL EASTER EGG HUNT

Where: Ohia Room, Kilauea Military Camp, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When: 9 a.m. April 1

Details: Open to children ages 10 and younger. Preregister now by calling 967-8352. Registration on Easter Sunday also will be accepted from 7:30-8:45 a.m. Don’t forget your Easter baskets. Park fees apply.

Contact: Elene Rizzo-Kuhn, 967-8371, rizzokuhne@kmc-volcano.com

BOOKFLIX STORYTIME

Where: Hilo Public Library, 300 Waianuenue Ave., Hilo

When: 10:30 a.m. April 5

Details: Bookflix offers an interactive reading and learning experience for readers in grades PK-3 and is free for all Hawaii library cardholders. This special storytime will demonstrate the access and selection of the books. There will be a craft activity to follow. Contact the library 15 days in advance to request special accommodations or a sign language interpreter.

Contact: Gretchen Andrews, 933-8890, gretchen.andrews@librarieshawaii.org

HAWAII ELITE KALAKAUA BASKETBALL CAMP

Where: Panaewa Outdoor Play Courts, Panaewa Family Center, 100 Ohuohu St., Hilo

When: Begins at 4 p.m. April 7

Details: For children in grades K-12. Sessions are 4-7 p.m. April 7; 9 a.m.-noon, grades K-6 and 1-4 p.m. grades 7-12 on April 7. Bring your own basketball to each session. Cost is $60, which includes a T-shirt (while supplies last). Walk-ins will be accepted. Limited to the first 90 applicants in each session. Optional bentos can be pre-ordered for $6 each. Drinks will be available for purchase. Call or email for registration forms and details.

Contact: Brandon Kauhi, 937-7701, hawaiiselite@gmail.com

PARENT-TODDLER CLASS

Where: Malamalama Waldorf School, 3 HC, Keaau

When: 1:30 p.m. beginning April 13

Details: For ages 18 months to 3 years old. Spaces limited. Call the school or visit www.hawaiiwaldorf.org/parent-toddler-class for more information.

Contact: Malamalama Waldorf School, 982-7701, info@hawaiiwaldorf.org

RECYCLING CRAFTS FOR CHILDREN AND TEENS

Where: Hilo Public Library, 300 Waianuenue Ave., Hilo

When: 1:30 p.m. April 28

Details: Turn trash into something to treasure. Stop by the children’s room and create with recycled materials. Free; materials will be provided. Children younger than 5 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Contact the library 15 days in advance to request special accommodations or a sign language interpreter.

Contact: Gretchen Andrews, 933-8890, gretchen.andrews@librarieshawaii.org

LOST MUMMY: ESCAPE THE ROOM

Where: Hilo Public Library, 300 Waianuenue Ave., Hilo

When: 1 p.m. July 14

Details: As an explorer, you have always loved Egypt. It’s where your great-grandfather, Howard Carter, discovered the remains of the ancient pharaoh Tutankhamen. On a walk beside the Nile River, you and some friends suddenly feel the ground shift, sending you all tumbling down a stony shaft. Recovering from the fall, you find yourself trapped in an ancient tomb. The thick layer of dust makes it clear that the chamber has rested undisturbed for thousands of years. The only doorway is sealed shut by an ancient stone lock. You must find your way out with only your grandfather’s trusted diary to guide you with hints and tips. If you don’t, this chamber also might become your tomb. The challenge is to unlock the door by aligning the ancient stones. Players work in teams of four to six to solve the puzzle and escape the room within one hour. Program suitable for children ages 10-12. Register with the children’s department to participate. Program schedule subject to change. Contact the library 15 days in advance to request special accommodations or a sign language interpreter.

Contact: Gretchen Andrews, 933-8890, gretchen.andrews@librarieshawaii.org

Outdoors

TODAY, March 17

CLEAN THE POND (AND SEARCH FOR BURIED TREASURE)

Where: Lili‘uokalani Gardens, Banyan Drive, Hilo

When: 8 a.m. today

Details: Join the Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens to remove accumulated muck and debris from Waihonu, the pond at the heart of the park. Wear gardening clothes and closed-toe shoes. Some protective gear and tools are available, but your own are always welcome. Land-based chores for those who don’t want to get wet. Refreshments and lunch provided for all volunteers.

Contact: Alton Okinaka, 383-4917, alton@hawaii.edu

NATURE AND CULTURE: AN UNSEVERABLE RELATIONSHIP (HE PILINA WEHENA ‘OLE)

Where: Kahuku Unit, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When: 9:30 a.m. today

Details: Hike the Palm Trail and be inspired by a place where hulihia (catastrophic change) and kulia (restoration) can be observed as the land transitions from the 1868 lava flow and its pioneer plants to deeper soil with more diverse and older flora. Learn about native plants and their significance in Hawaiian culture. Enter the Kahuku Unit on the mauka (inland) side of Highway 11 near mile marker 70.5 and meet near the parking area. The Kahuku Unit is located about a 50-minute drive south of the park’s main entrance. Sturdy footwear, water, rain gear, sun protection and a snack are recommended for all hikes. Free.

Contact: Park Information, 985-6011, havo_interpretation@nps.gov

SUNDAY, March 18

PEOPLE AND LAND OF KAHUKU

Where: Kahuku Unit, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When: 9:30 a.m. Sunday

Details: A moderate guided hike that loops through varied landscapes to explore the human history of Kahuku. Emerging native forests, pastures, lava fields and other sites contain clues about ways people have lived and worked on the vast Kahuku lands. Learn about the powerful natural forces at work here and how people adapted to, shaped and restored this land. Enter the Kahuku Unit on the mauka (inland) side of Highway 11 near mile marker 70.5 and meet near the parking area. The Kahuku Unit is located about a 50-minute drive south of the park’s main entrance. Sturdy footwear, water, rain gear, sun protection and a snack are recommended for all hikes. Free.

Contact: Park Information, 985-6011, havo_interpretation@nps.gov

MONDAY, March 19

NKCRC GOLF TOURNAMENT

Where: Hapuna Golf Course, Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, 62-100 Kauna’Oa Drive, Kohala Coast

When: 7:30 a.m. Monday

Details: Tournament helps support more than 90 community projects by the North Kohala Community Resource Center. Entry includes green fees, shared cart, prizes and lunch. Two-man scramble format.

Contact: North Kohala Community Resource Center, 889-5523, infor@northkohala.org

FRIDAY, March 23

STEWARDSHIP AT THE SUMMIT

Where: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When: 8:45 a.m. Friday and March 31

Details: Volunteer to help remove invasive, non-native plant species that prevent native plants from growing in the park. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and long pants. Bring a hat, rain gear, day pack, snacks and water. Gloves and tools are provided. Meet project leaders Paul and Jane Field at Kilauea Visitor Center.

Contact: Park information, 985-6011, havo_information@nps.gov

COMING

LALAKEA TRAILS CLEANUP

Where: Lokoaka Street at Kalanianaole Street, Hilo

When: 9 a.m. March 24

Details: Help clear three established trails through coastal jungle wilderness leading to pristine cool lagoons. All abilities welcome. Wear closed-toe shoes and bring a quart of water. Tools, gloves and mosquito repellant provided.

Contact: Sarah Moon, 935-3475, rainloversarah@gmail.com

BIRTH OF KAHUKU

Where: Kahuku Unit, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When: 9:30 a.m. March 24

Details: Explore the rich geologic history of Kahuku. Traverse the vast 1868 lava flow, see different volcano features and formations and identify many parts of the Southwest Rift Zone of Mauna Loa. Learn about the Hawaiian hotspot and the creation of Kahuku. Guided hike. Enter the Kahuku Unit on the mauka (inland) side of Highway 11 near mile marker 70.5 and meet near the parking area. The Kahuku Unit is located about a 50-minute drive south of the park’s main entrance. Sturdy footwear, water, rain gear, sun protection and a snack are recommended for all hikes. Free.

Contact: Park Information, 985-6011, havo_interpretation@nps.gov

KAHUKU PALM TRAIL GUIDED HIKE

Where: Kahuku Unit, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When: 9:30 a.m. March 25

Details: Moderately difficult loop traversing scenic pastures along an ancient cinder cone, with some of the best panoramic views Kahuku has to offer. Highlights include relics of the ranching era, sections of remnant native forest and amazing volcanic features from the 1868 eruptive fissures. Enter the Kahuku Unit on the mauka (inland) side of Highway 11 near mile marker 70.5 and meet near the parking area. The Kahuku Unit is located about a 50-minute drive south of the park’s main entrance. Sturdy footwear, water, rain gear, sun protection and a snack are recommended for all hikes. Free.

Contact: Park Information, 985-6011, havo_interpretation@nps.gov

COUNT HUMPBACK WHALES FOR THE SANCTUARY OCEAN COUNT

Where: Ka‘ena Point, end of Chain of Craters Road, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When: 7:30 a.m. March 31

Details: Join park rangers and volunteers to count migratory humpback whales. The Sanctuary Ocean Count is a signature outreach project hosted annually by the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. Ocean Count serves to promote public awareness about humpback whales, the sanctuary and shore-based whale watching opportunities in the Hawaiian Islands. Participants tally humpback whale sightings and document the animals’ surface behavior during the survey which provides valuable data to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Bring sun protection, water, snacks and a cushion to sit on. Register at www.sanctuaryoceancount.org. Free, but park fees apply.

Contact: Park information, 985-6011, havo_interpretation@nps.gov

PU’U O LOKUANA

Where: Kahuku Unit, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When: 9:30 a.m. March 31

Details: Take a short hike to the top of the grassy cinder cone, Pu‘u o Lokuana. Learn about the formation and various uses of this hill through time and enjoy a breathtaking view of lower Ka‘u. Enter the Kahuku Unit on the mauka (inland) side of Highway 11 near mile marker 70.5 and meet near the parking area. The Kahuku Unit is located about a 50-minute drive south of the park’s main entrance. Sturdy footwear, water, rain gear, sun protection and a snack are recommended for all hikes. Free.

Contact: Park Information, 985-6011, havo_interpretation@nps.gov

KEAU’OHANA RAIN FOREST RESTORATION QUARTERLY WORK PARTY

Where: Keau’ohana Forest Reserve, 12 Upper Puna Road, Pahoa

When: 10 a.m. April 15

Details: Located between mile markers 16 and 17 on Highway 130 between Pahoa and Kalapana. Help restore the last native lowland rain forest in the state of Hawaii

Contact: Jaya Dupuis, 937-8867, dupuis@hawaii.edu

BIG ISLAND ROAD RUNNERS SCHOLARSHIP 5K RUN

Where: Reeds Bay Beach Park, Banyan Drive, Hilo

When: 7:30 a.m. May 20

Details: This low-key run is in honor of our graduating seniors’ scholarship awards. For all ages. Day of race only registration starts at 6:30 a.m. Cost is $10 for nonmembers, $5 for members.

Contact: David Cotter, 747-2477, bigislandroadrunners@gmail.com

Pau Hana

TODAY, March 17

SWINGING SATURDAY FOR ST. PATRICK’S DAY

Where: Hilo Elks Lodge, 150 Kinoole St., Hilo

When: 7 p.m. today

Details: Wear something green; come to dance and enjoy some games and fun activities. Beginner-friendly swing dance lesson followed by dance music in various tempos. Entry is on a sliding scale, $8-$15 (pay what’s right for you), or only $5 with a pupu to share. No partner necessary.

Contact: Andrea Gill, 959-8216, hoaloha@hawaiiantel.net

SUNDAY, March 18

COMMUNITY BREAKFAST

Where: VFW Post 3830, 15-775 Maluhia Road, Nanawale Estates

When: 9 a.m. Sunday

Details: SOS, scrambled eggs, hash browns, biscuits, fruit cocktail, tea and coffee for a donation of $8 for adults, $5 for children ages 7-12 and free for children 6 and younger. All welcome.

Contact: Freda Hart, 965-7032, fredahart85@gmail.com

COMING

COMMUNITY DINNER

Where: VFW Post 3830, 15-775 Maluhia Road, Nanawale Estates

When: 6 p.m. March 24

Details: Corned beef Irish dinner includes cabbage, potatoes, fresh garden salad, dinner roll and desserts. Donation of $10. Canteen opens at 5 p.m. All welcome.

Contact: Freda Hart, 965-7032, fredahart85@gmail.com

STEAK/FISH DINNER

Where: Fraternal Order of Eagles, Keaau Aerie, 16-111 Opukahaia St., Keaau

When: 6 p.m. April 6

Details: Steak prepared on the outdoor grill to your specifications. Fish battered in panko. Includes rice, baked potato, salad, desserts and coffee. Other beverages available. Karaoke entertainment after dinner.

Contact: Richard Robbins, 965-0133, robbinsr006@hawaii.rr.com

Performances

TODAY, March 17

DENNIS AND CHRISTY SOARES

Where: Hilo Coffee Mill, 17-995 Volcano Road, Mountain View

When: 10 a.m. today

Details: Live acoustic music (pop, folk, Hawaiian, adult contemporary, classics). Great people, great food, great music.

Contact: Dennis Soares, 3451800, dennis_soares@hotmail.com

THE 32ND ANNUAL MAGIC SPECTACULAR

Where: Aloha Theatre, 79-7384 Mamalahoa Highway, Kainaliu

When: 2:30 and 7 p.m. today

Details: Headliner is Dirk Losander, whose name in the world of magic is synonymous with the art of levitation. Also performing will be local favorites Barry “The Great Barusky” Gitelson, Arnie “Arneleo the Great” Rabin, Bruce and Jennifer Meyers and Adrian Villasenor and family. Music with Bottle of Blue. Tickets are $10 for children, $15 adults; available at Kona Stories, Kona Bay Books, Patels, Glow Salon, the SKEA office or online at www.apachawaii.org.

Contact Name: Donna Stiles, skea@hawaii.rr.com, 328-9392

GONE COUNTRY BAND

Where: Fraternal Order of Eagles, Keaau Aerie, 16-111 Opukahaia St., Keaau

When: 7 p.m. today

Details: Country music, dancing and fun. Food plates and beverages reasonably priced. Friendly community event. Cover charge of $5 at the door.

Contact: Lou Ann Gurney, 982-6012, lagsings@mac.com

“PAD MAN”

Where: Palace Theater, 38 Haili St., Hilo

When: 7 p.m. today through Tuesday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday

Details: Doors open 30 minutes prior to each showing. In Hindi with English subtitles. Upon realizing the extent to which women are affected by their menses, a man sets out to create a sanitary pad machine and provide inexpensive sanitary pads to the women of rural India.

Contact: Sheron Bee, 934-7010, info@hilopalace.com

TUESDAY, March 20

A WALK INTO THE PAST WITH THOMAS A. JAGGAR

Where: Kilauea Visitor Center, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When: 10 a.m. Tuesday

Details: Walk back to 1912 and meet the founder of the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, Thomas A. Jaggar, at the edge of Kilauea. Dressed in period costume, actor Dick Hershberger brings the renowned geologist to life, taking you on a tour of his lab located below the Volcano House, and you’ll learn what motivated Jaggar to dedicate his life to the study of Hawaiian volcanoes. Free, but park fees apply.

Contact: Park information, 985-6011, havo_information@nps.gov

WEDNESDAY, March 21

DENNIS AND CHRISTY SOARES

Where: Hilo Farmers Market, Hilo

When: 10 a.m. Wednesday and March 24

Details: Live acoustic music (pop, folk, Hawaiian, adult contemporary, classics). Great people, great food, great music.

Contact: Dennis Soares, 345-1800, dennis_soares@hotmail.com

“AN ACT OF DOG”

Where: Palace Theater, 38 Haili St., Hilo

When: 7 p.m. Wednesday

Details: Special movie event presented by Aloha Animal Advocates. The estimated number of shelter dogs killed every day in the U.S. is 5,500. One artist, Mark Barone, hopes to change those statistics by cultivating a new generation built on compassion. This event is a fundraiser to save the lives of shelter animals that face a certain death. A hula performance will open the evening. A short presentation by Aloha Animal Advocates and a Q&A session follow the movie. Free, but donations to help offset the cost of the event are appreciated.

Contact: Sheron Bee, 934-7010, info@hilopalace.com

FRIDAY, March 23

“24 FRAMES”

Where: Palace Theater, 38 Haili St., Hilo

When: 7 p.m. Friday and March 24, 26 and 27

Details: Doors open 30 minutes prior to each showing. This is an experimental project made by filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami in the last three years of his life. It is a collection of 24 short films inspired by still images, including paintings and photographs.

Contact: Sheron Bee, 934-7010, info@hilopalace.com

COMING

JAZZ IN THE FOREST

Where: Volcano Art Center, Niaulani Campus, 19-4074 Old Volcano Road, Volcano

When: 4:30 and 7 p.m. March 24

Details: Featuring the creative original compositions of pianist Loren Wilken and the Brazilian samba music of Jobin, Lins, Bonfa and others sung in the original Portuguese by vocalist/trumpet stylist Andrea Linborg. Refreshments available. Admission is $18 for VAC members or $20 for the general public.

Contact: Alyssa Johnason, 967-8222, Info@VolcanoArtCenter.org

MUSIC TO GET YA MOVIN’

Where: Hilo Town Tavern, 168 Keawe St., Hilo

When: 6 p.m. March 24

Details: Jazz Mele plays classic jazz standards, swing, boogie-woogie, jump blues and Latin grooves for listening and dancing. Special guests Amy Lee on sax and Diana Webb on bass join Lou Ann Gurney on vocals, Alex Czerny on piano and Bill Heideman on drums.

Contact: Lou Ann Gurney, 982-6012, lagsings@mac.com

SPOTLIGHT ON YOUTH

Where: Palace Theater, 38 Haili St., Hilo

When: 2 p.m. March 25

Details: Doors open at 1 p.m. Performances by Hawaii’s own talented youth. Featuring Bruce and Jennifer Meyers magic camp graduates, youth aerialists, young pianists, “Anuenue Glee Club” song and dance group and some special surprises. Tickets on sale now.

Contact: Sheron Bee, 934-7010, info@hilopalace.com

KAMUELA PHILHARMONIC PRESENTS “REMARKABLE FLAIR”

Where: Kahilu Theatre, 67-1186 Lindsey Road, Waimea

When: 4 p.m. March 25

Details: Remarkable violinist Ignace “Iggy” Jang joins the orchestra to close the season.

Contact: Kamuela Philharmonic, 298-6274, contact@kamuelaphil.org

EASTER CANTATA

Where: Haili Church, 211 Haili St., Hilo

When: 7 p.m. March 25

Details: Community invited for the choir’s presentation of ”Redeemed by the Blood of the Lamb.” Conducted by Lyndell Lindsay, with accompaniment by Michael Springer on piano. Refreshments will follow.

Contact: Lyndell Lindsay, 935-4847, Office@hailichurch.org

HILO HULA TUESDAY AT THE BANDSTAND

Where: Mooheau Park Bandstand, 329 Kamehameha Ave., Hilo

When: 11 a.m. March 27

Details: A lively hour of Hawaiian music, hula and lei making with Hilo’s own Halau Ke Ola Pono No Na Kupuna. Free.

Contact: Dinnie Kysar, 896-7284, destinationhilo@gmail.com

HAWAII PERFORMING ARTS FESTIVAL PRESENTS STANFORD UNIVERSITY’S FLEET STREET

Where: Palace Theater, 38 Haili St., Hilo

When: 7 p.m. March 30

Details: Doors open at 6 p.m. This is an all-original comedy group of 12 guys in red bow ties, singing a cappella just for the fun of it. Performances offer an exciting and sometimes quirky assortment of songs and comic skits, peppered with commentary and dancing. Tickets on sale now.

Contact: Sheron Bee, 934-7010, info@hilopalace.com

DENNIS AND CHRISTY SOARES

Where: Merriman’s, 65-1227 Opelo Road, Waimea

When: 2 p.m. March 31

Details: Live acoustic music (pop, folk, Hawaiian, adult contemporary, classics). Great people, great food, great music.

Contact: Dennis Soares, 345-1800, dennis_soares@hotmail.com

KUANA TORRES KAHELE

Where: Palace Theater, 38 Haili St., Hilo

When: 7 p.m. March 31

Details: Doors open at 6 p.m. This Hawaiian composer, educator, choreographer and recording artist is welcomed to the stage. There will be Mehana beer available for purchase. Ticket price includes a free CD.

Contact: Sheron Bee, 934-7010, info@hilopalace.com

DIRTY CELLO PERFORMANCE

Where: Kukuau Studio, 43-D Kukuau St., Hilo

When: 6 p.m. April 7

Details: A crazy day of music with pirate pizza, silk aerialists, dancing, art workshops and more. Dirty Cello brings a high energy and unique spin on blues and bluegrass.

Contact: Kukuau Studio, 464-3388, kukuaustudio@gmail.com

DIRTY CELLO AT VAC

Where: Volcano Art Center, Niaulani Campus, 19-4074 Old Volcano Road, Volcano

When: 7 p.m. April 10

Details: An acoustic and intimate show with great music and stories. Dirty Cello brings a high energy and unique spin on blues and bluegrass.

Contact: Volcano Art Center, 967-8222, workshops@volcanoartcenter.org

AVERAGE JOES

Where: Coqui’s Hideaway, 1550 Kamehameha Ave., Hilo

When: 8:30 p.m. April 13

Details: Live pop/rock top 40 band hits.

Contact: Ryan Sabate, 854-4173, ultrazone777@msn.com

HULA KAHIKO

Where: Volcano Art Center Gallery, 1 Crater Rim Drive, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When: 10:30 a.m. April 14, May 19, June 16, July 21, Aug. 18, Sept. 15, Oct. 13, Nov. 17 and Dec. 15

Details: Watch hula groups perform in a one-of-a-kind outdoor setting at the kahua hula (platform). Performances are presented authentically in a natural setting, rain or shine, without electronic amplification. Audience members are encouraged to bring sun/rain gear and sitting mats. Free, but park entrance fees apply.

Contact: Anisha Clay, anisha@volcanoartcenter.org, 967-7565

WEST HAWAII DANCE THEATRE PRESENTS THE CINDERELLA BALLET

Where: Kahilu Theatre, 67-1186 Lindsey Road, Waimea

When: 5 p.m. May 26

Details: One performance only. More than 70 talented dancers from Hawaii Island and Maui, guest professional dancers, stunning costumes and magical sets are all brought together with narration and musical accompaniment to tell the timeless story of a young girl who discovers her prince with a little help from her fairy godmother. A pre-performance silent auction and boutique will be hosted in the lobby, with proceeds benefiting WHDT’s ongoing programs, scholarship fund and studio renovations. There will also be other surprises for attendees including the opportunity for their “little princesses” to try the lost slipper on for size. Tickets can be purchased at www.kahilutheatre.org.

Contact: Virginia Holte, 329-8876, vh2dns4@ilhawaii.net

All Kine Stuffs

TODAY, March 17

BAZAAR

Where: Central Christian Church, Fellowship Hall, 109 Haili St., Hilo

When: 7:30 a.m. today

Details: Clothes, household items, tools, food and plants for sale. Parking in the back.

Contact: Sharon Shambaugh, 935-8025, office@CCChurchHilo.org

FAMILY CAREGIVER RESPITE FUN DAY

Where: Hawaii Island Adult Care, 34 Rainbow Drive, Hilo

When: 9 a.m. today

Details: Get to know other people on the same caregiving path, talk story, share experiences and solutions. Learn tools that might help with your family caregiving. This month’s program features pharmacy school students doing medication reconciliations, Zumba with Yoli, therapeutic touch and massage. Cost is $10; registration includes healthy continental brunch (scholarships available). Bring your loved one for free day care while you are here.

Contact: Lizby Logsdon, 961-3747, llogsdon@hawaiiislandadultcare.org

DANIEL K. INOUYE COLLEGE OF PHARMACY RESEARCH DAY

Where: Prince Kuhio Plaza, 111 E. Puainako St., Hilo

When: 10 a.m. today

Details: Researchers and students will be on hand to explain what they’re working on in the labs at the pharmacy school. The event will showcase research on health issues such as cancer and infectious diseases.

Contact: Ghee Tan, 932-7139, gheetan@hawaii.edu

GRAND OPENING FREE YOGA CLASS AND OPEN HOUSE

Where: Iyengar Yoga Hawaii, 190 Kamehameha Ave., Suite 1A, Hilo

When: 10 a.m. today

Details: Free class for all levels. Refreshments and yoga demonstrations. Regular classes already underway.

Contact: Kimberly Mackesy, 430-1752, iyengaryogahawaii@gmail.com

ST. PATRICK’S DAY MEAL AND SILENT AUCTION

Where: The Cooper Center, 19-4030 Wright Road, Volcano

When: 2 p.m. today

Details: Fundraising event featuring an authentic Irish meal, bar, children’s events and a silent auction. One entree and two sides, $10 adults, $5 children 10 and younger. Funds raised support community programs at the Cooper Center. Seeking event volunteers and donated desserts. Call or email the contact below for more information or to volunteer or donate.

Contact: Lina Ugalde, 936-9705, kilaueatutu@gmail.com

AN EVENING OF WINE AND CHEESE TASTING

Where: Hilo Woman’s Club, 7 Lele St., Hilo

When: 4 p.m. today

Details: Annual fundraiser event with live music by Jazzx2. Munch on delicious wines, cheeses and heavy pupus while being entertained. There also will be a silent auction. Tickets are $35. All proceeds are returned to the community via the club’s community donations programs. For more information, call 935-9838.

Contact: Jan Kuester, 895-5274, janetkuester@gmail.com

MONDAY, March 19

ANNUAL PAHOA LIBRARY BOOK SALE

Where: Pahoa Public Library, 15-3070 Pahoa Kalapana Road, Pahoa

When: 1 p.m. Monday; 10 a.m. Tuesday

Details: All kine books for keiki and adults. Enrich your life through reading and support the library’s programs at the same time.

Contact: Lee Maniscalco, 965-7182, leelani2@aol.com

“PEACE CORPS TRAINING IN HAWAII 1962-1971”

Where: Laupahoehoe Public Library, 35-2065 Old Mamalahoa Highway, Laupahoehoe

When: 5:30 p.m. Monday

Details: Exclusive showing of this documentary. This is a beautiful film depicting not only the early beginnings of Peace Corps in the United States but also on the Big Island. Returned Peace Corps volunteers will be present during the film.

Contact: Susan Collins, 962-2229, susan.collins@librarieshawaii.org

THURSDAY, March 22

TWO DOCUMENTARIES ON HAWAII’S ENVIRONMENT

Where: UH-Hilo, UCB 100, 200 W. Kawili St., Hilo

When: 7 p.m. Thursday

Details: Global HOPE’s America in Crisis Series presents these locally filmed documentaries: “Aloha from Lavaland” and “Reefs at Risk.” The films will be followed by a brief discussion by the filmmakers. Free. Also it’s a free sunscreen swap. Bring your bottle of conventional sunscreen and trade it for some reef-friendly samples.

Contact: Noelie Rodriguez, 963-6966, noelie@hawaii.edu

CAT SPAY/NEUTER

Where: 1177 Kilauea Ave., Hilo

When: 8 a.m. Thursday through March 25

Details: Hosted by Animal Balance. No appointments; first come, first served each day. Free, but donations will be sought. Funds raised help bring future clinics here. Microchip, vaccine and flea medicine are included. Stay and volunteer or return about 4 p.m. for pick up. Variety of volunteers needed. Some items also are needed: folding tables, autoclave, clean towels/sheets (which will not be returned). Updates will be posted on the Hui Pono Holoholona Facebook page. Call or email for more information about what you need to do before bringing your cat for surgery.

Contact: Hui Pono Holoholona, 968-8279, paws@hphhawaii.org

FRIDAY, March 23

ALOHA FRIDAY ON THE PORCH — LEI MAKING WITH KAIPO AH CHONG

Where: Volcano Art Center Gallery, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When: 11 a.m. Friday and April 27, May 25, June 22, July 27, Aug. 24, Sept. 28, Oct. 26, Nov. 23 and Dec. 28

Details: This tropical agriculture farmer will share his expert lei-making skills with VAC visitors. As a member of Halau Na Kamalei, his unique experience marries the science of agriculture with Hawaiian lei and hula traditions. Free, but park fees apply.

Contact: Jenette, 967-8222, info@volcanoartcenter.org

PINK FLOYD: DARK SIDE OF THE MOON PLANETARIUM ROCK SHOW

Where: ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center, 600 ‘Imiloa Place, Hilo

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Details: Lose yourself in the waves of colors, images, animations and fractals that dance along to this epic masterpiece. From “Breathe,” to “Money,” to “Eclipse,” the digital interpretation of the songs takes audiences on an immersive thrill ride for the senses.

Contact: ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center, 932-8901, imiloa.marketing@hawaii.edu

COMING

WEINBERG FOUNDATION AND AKAKA FALLS LIONS CLUB GRANT AND WORK PROJECT

Where: W.H. Shipman Industrial Park, 16-523 Keaau-Pahoa Road, Keaau

When: 8 a.m. March 24

Details: Community service club project at the Big Island Substance Abuse Council’s Mahi Ai Ola Garden.

Contact: Pam Deniz, 969-9994, Pamella.Deniz@Bisac.com

THIRD ANNUAL PARADE OF PAWS DOG WALK

Where: Lili‘uokalani Gardens, Banyan Drive, Hilo

Where: 8:30 a.m. March 24

Details: This benefit for Rainbow Friends Animal Sanctuary will include games, kickball contests, music, vendors and agility events. Start at the corner of Lihiwai Street and Banyan Drive. Donation of $15 to participate.

Contact: Rainbow Friends Animal Sanctuary, 982-5110, www.rainbowfriends.org

PUNA SPRING FESTIVAL

Where: 16-492 Old Volcano Road, Keaau

When: Noon on March 24

Details: Come for fun, food, a live band and dancing. Free. Bring the whole family for keiki games, contests, prizes, a cool train ride, judo demonstrations, taiko, a boutique, crafts and a variety of vendors and more.

Contact: Satoshi Tomioka, 966-9981, mpunahongwanji@twc.com

FIRST EVER PRINCE KUHIO HULA FESTIVAL

Where: Pana‘ewa Park Gym, 100 Ohuohu St., Hilo

When: 10 a.m. March 26

Details: Free noncompetitive hula festival sponsored in partnership by Hui Nohona Hawai‘i and Halau Na Mamo O Ka Liko Maile O Kohala under the direction of kumu hula Kapua Francisco, with the purpose to celebrate and honor the life and works of Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalaniana‘ole through oli, hula and music. Event provides an opportunity to come together as a community and ohana to build, strengthen and maintain positive relationships and community pride.

Contact: Kapua Francisco, 387-0458, kumuhula.kapua@gmail.com

“THE REAL ‘MOANA’ STORY: HOW THE POLYNESIANS EXPLORED, DISCOVERED AND SETTLED THE EASTERN PACIFIC”

Settled the Eastern Pacific”

Where: Lyman Museum, 276 Haili St., Hilo

When: 7 p.m. March 26; 3 p.m. March 27

Details: Renowned Pacific archaeologist and author Patrick Kirch uses new scientific findings to shed light on when and how the islands of the Eastern Pacific were settled. A book-signing follows. Cost is $3; free for museum members.

Contact: Lyman Museum, 935-5021, www.lymanmuseum.org.

TRACKING LAVA LAKES WITH SOUNDS FROM BURSTING GAS BUBBLES

Where: Kilauea Visitor Center Auditorium, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When: 7 p.m. March 27

Details: Other volcanic systems around the world are similar to Kilauea Volcano’s Pu‘u ‘O‘o and Halema‘uma‘u craters. These churning lava lakes continuously emit gas bubbles that burst when they reach the surface. Volcano seismologist Greg Waite uses the sounds of these bursting bubbles to investigate the rise and fall of lava lakes in volcanic conduits. Learn about his fascinating work with Pacaya Volcano in Guatemala, Villarrica Volcano in Chile and Kilauea. Free, but park fees apply.

Contact: Park information, 985-6011, havo_information@nps.gov

HU (HAWAIIAN TOP) DEMONSTRATION

Where: Kilauea Visitor Center lanai, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When: 10 a.m. March 28

Details: Early Hawaiians devoted much of their time to games, amusement and relaxing. Top-spinning was an absorbing activity for children and making hu (kukui nut top) was equally engaging. Rangers and staff from Hawaii Pacific Parks Association will help you make your own hu. Free, but park fees apply.

Contact: Park information, 985-6011, havo_information@nps.gov

A POETRY READING WITH “THE POETS OF 1958”

Where: Volcano Art Center, Niaulani Campus, 19-4074 Old Volcano Road, Volcano

When: 7 p.m. March 29

Details: This trio of poets — Laura Mullen, Marthe Reed and Susan M. Schultz — each will read selections of their pieces covering a range of topics. The evening will be a unique opportunity to discuss poetry and hear the poets read their work as they share their powerful stories. Free, although a $5 donation to Volcano Art Center is appreciated.

Contact: Alyssa Johnasen, 967-8222, workshops@volcanoartcenter.org

PASSOVER SEDER WITH RABBI RACHEL AND AHAVA ‘AINA

Where: Wainaku Executive Center, 26-238 Hawaii Belt Road, Hilo

When: 5 p.m. March 30

Details: Come celebrate liberation, freedom, community, miracles, creation, abundance, the full moon and so much more. Enjoy an oceanside meal combined with a spiritual experience rooted in ancestral wisdom and tradition. A fun and unique cultural community experience you won’t want to miss. All faiths, all beliefs, all ages and all beings welcome. Music by Sen. Russell Ruderman and cantorial soloist Marla Wolfe. Seating is limited; tickets must be purchased in advance.

Contact: Rabbi Rachel Short, 557-1252, RabbiRachel@AhavaAina.com

STARGAZING LIVE

Where: ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center, 600 ‘Imiloa Place, Hilo

When: 7 p.m. March 30

Details: View star clusters, nebulae and galaxies live from the imaging telescopes at the Maunakea visitor center, all from the comfort of ‘Imiloa’s planetarium. Take a journey to explore the stars and celestial objects from the 9,000-foot level in real time.

Contact: ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center, 932-8901, imiloa.marketing@hawaii.edu

BERT NAIHE: HAWAIIAN MUSIC

Where: Basically Books, outdoor patio, 1672 Kamehameha Ave., Hilo

When: Noon on April 2

Details: Plenty of seating. Feel free to bring your lunch and get ready to listen to some wonderful music.

Contact: Christine Reed, 961-0144, basicallybooks@hawaiiantel.net

LITO ARKANGEL: HAWAIIAN MUSIC

Where: Basically Books, outdoor patio, 1672 Kamehameha Ave., Hilo

When: Noon on April 3

Details: Plenty of seating. Feel free to bring your lunch and get ready to listen to some wonderful music.

Contact: Christine Reed, 961-0144, basicallybooks@hawaiiantel.net

NATIONAL POETRY WRITING MONTH KICKOFF

Where: Hilo Public Library, 300 Waianuenue Ave., Hilo

When: 5 p.m. April 3

Details: Ruth Thompson, author of three books of poetry, will talk about writing poetry and prompts for you to try each week in the month ahead. (You will not be showing your work to anyone, so go for it!) At 5 p.m. May 1, Thompson will talk about her own practice and read from her new work, answer questions and offer guidance for continuing your writing. Program schedule subject to change; contact the library 15 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or special accommodations.

Contact: Justin Rajkowski, 933-8890, justin.rajkowski@librarieshawaii.org

HULA ARTS AT KILAUEA: ALOHA FRIDAY PROGRAM

Where: Volcano Art Center Gallery, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When: 11 a.m. April 6, May 4, June 1, July 6, Aug. 3, Sept. 7, Oct. 5, Nov. 2 and Dec. 7

Details: Volcano musician Wes Awana invites visitors and kamaaina alike to share his love of the ukulele and Hawaiian music. He also will give family-friendly lessons on the iconic and inviting instrument. Free, but park fees apply.

Contact: Anisha Clay, 967-8222, anisha@volcanoartcenter.org

CHRISTY LASSITER: HAWAIIAN MUSIC

Where: Basically Books, outdoor patio, 1672 Kamehameha Ave., Hilo

When: Noon on April 6

Details: Plenty of seating. Feel free to bring your lunch and get ready to listen to some wonderful music.

Contact: Christine Reed, 961-0144, basicallybooks@hawaiiantel.net

INTRODUCTION TO BEEKEEPING WITH RICHARD SPIEGEL

Where: Laupahoehoe Public Library, 35-2065 Old Mamalahoa Highway, Laupahoehoe

When: 6 p.m. April 9

Details: Spiegel will introduce basic methods and tools for organic backyard beekeeping, explaining basic techniques for beekeeping on the Big Island and recommending different options and how to meet challenges in different climates. Participants will be able to try on a bee suit and handle equipment used to keep bees.

Contact: Susan Collins, 962-2229, susan.collins@librarieshawaii.org

OPEN HOUSE

Where: KMR-Keaukaha Military Reserve National Guard Youth Challenge Academy, 1046 Leilani St., Hilo

When: 11 a.m. April 10

Details: The community is invited to come and see who we are and what we provide. Open to families of teens struggling in school, have dropped out or are at risk of dropping out of school, school administrators, counselors and teachers, all agencies and workers that provide service to teens between the ages of 16 and 18 years old. Call for more information or confirm your attendance. Refreshments to be provided.

Contact: Ilima Kela, 430-4184, willi-ann.k.kela@hawaii.gov

AAUW GENERAL MEETING

Where: Hawaii Community College, Room 379-1, 1175 Manono St., Hilo

When: 5 p.m. April 12

Details: Last general meeting of the season. Come listen to fellow AAUW Hilo member Donna Barr speak about being a Peace Corps volunteer in Samoa at age 57. Free and open to the public.

Contact: Rosemarie Muller, 631-294-0021, rcmuller27@hotmail.com

HULA ARTS AT KILAUEA: ALOHA FRIDAY PROGRAM

Where: Volcano Art Center Gallery, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When: 11 a.m. April 13, May 11, June 8, July 13, Aug. 10, Sept. 14 and Oct. 12

Details: Join master lei maker Randy Lee on the front porch and watch and learn as he passes on his knowledge and craftsmanship of the iconic Hawaiian lei. This hands-on workshop uses the freshest of ferns, leaves and flowers Lee gathers from the Ola‘a rain forests. Free, but park fees apply.

Contact: Anisha Clay, 967-8222, anisha@volcanoartcenter.org

FIRST HILO CACAO AND CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL

Where: Hilo Hawaiian Hotel, 71 Banyan Drive, Hilo

When: 10 a.m. April 14

Details: Presented by the East Hawaii Cacao Association. A fun and informative free event to support and expand the growing and processing of cacao on Hawaii Island. Exhibits will show the complete chocolate making process; 500 free seedlings will be available to take home, with literature on growing and processing cacao. Representatives from many educational organizations also will be on hand and many of the island’s chocolatiers will have their products for sale at the event. A silent auction also is planned, with all proceeds going toward furthering the education and promotion of growing cacao here. Barefoot Chocolatini and Hawaii Forest and Trail also will offer three tours to OK Farms on the Wailuku River in Hilo between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.; seating limited to 12 people per tour.

Contact: Sherry Mees, 238-4194, alohamees@yahoo.com

UH-HILO’S ANNUAL MEDIA SYMPOSIUM

Where: UH-Hilo Campus Center, 200 W. Kawili St., Hilo

When: 10 a.m. April 14

Details: Free to the public, and lunch will be served. This year’s theme is “Careers in Media,” and the event will feature presentations and panels with media professionals in various fields including sports and filmmaking. Anyone with an interest in journalism, writing, photography, art, sports, film, TV or radio will get the chance to interact with some of Hawaii’s top experts in these fields.

Contact: Nick Carrion, 932-7372, uhhkk@hawaii.edu

LANCE NIIMI TO SPEAK DURING LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS ANNUAL MEETING

Where: St. James Episcopal Church, 65-1237 Kawaihae Road, Waimea

When: 11 a.m. April 14

Details: Current, former and prospective members as well as other interested people are invited to hear Niimi, an executive assistant to Mayor Harry Kim, present “Homelessness on Hawaii Island.” Meeting starts at 9:30 a.m. with registration, followed by a business meeting and then Niimi’s presentation. A no-host luncheon follows ($10 payable by cash or check to LWVHC). For lunch reservations, call or email Rosemarie Muller by April 6.

Contact: Rosemarie Muller, 631-294-0021, rcmuller27@hotmail.com

HULA ARTS AT KILAUEA: NA MEA HULA DEMONSTRATION

Where: Volcano Art Center Gallery, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When: 11 a.m. April 14, May 19, June 16, July 21, Aug. 18, Sept. 15, Oct. 13, Nov. 17 and Dec. 15

Details: In conjunction with monthly Na Mea hula kahiko performances. Come and learn a hula, use various hula implements and try your hand at lei making. Experience the different aspects that play an integral role in the life of the hula dancer. Hands-on and family friendly. Free, but park fees apply.

Contact: Anisha Clay, 967-8222, anisha@volcanoartcenter.org

HAM RADIO ON THE BIG ISLAND

Where: Laupahoehoe Public Library, 35-2065 Old Mamalahoa Highway, Laupahoehoe

When: 6 p.m. April 16

Details: Russell Roberts, KH6JRM, a licensed amateur/ham radio operator, will discuss how ham radio serves our communities in Hawaii during times of natural and manmade disasters. When cellphone and internet services are lost, trained ham operators are ready to support emergency communications. Learn how during times of power and general communication outage, ham radio operators function as communication for Hawaii County Civil Defense, the state and the federal government. Roberts also will share how you can get involved in the ham radio community and become a ham radio operator.

Contact: Susan Collins, 962-2229, susan.collins@librarieshawaii.org

HULA ARTS AT KILAUEA: ALOHA FRIDAY PROGRAM

Where: Volcano Art Center Gallery, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When: 11 a.m. April 20, May 18, June 15, July 20, Aug. 17, Sept. 21, Oct. 19, Nov. 16 and Dec. 21

Details: Join kumu hula Moses Kaho‘okele Crabbe of Halauolaokalani on the lanai, every third Friday of each month, as he shares his extensive knowledge of hula, language and chant for entry-level learners. Free, but park fees apply.

Contact Name: Anisha Clay, 967-8222, anisha@volcanoartcenter.org

10TH ANNUAL KA’U COFFEE FESTIVAL

Where: Multiple venues

When: April 21-May 6

Details: Fun culminates May 5-6 at the Pahala Community Center with a java-jumpin’ ho‘olaulea‘a Saturday and the Ka‘u Coffee College educational series Sunday. Designed to celebrate Ka‘u as a premium coffee growing origin and a unique visitor destination. Many events are free, while others require a nominal fee and reservations. For additional details, visit kaucoffeefestival.com.

Contact: Chris Manfredi, 929-9550, cmanfredi@kaufarmandranch.com

13TH ANNUAL LAUPAHOEHOE MUSIC FESTIVAL

Where: Laupahoehoe Point Beach Park, Highway 19, Laupahoehoe

When: 9 a.m. April 21

Details: A day in the sun with family and friends in a unique community that is so welcoming, with a lineup of awesome entertainers, ono food, crafty vendors, a silent auction and tons of games — even a water slide this year. Tickets $15 in advance and $20 at the gate.

Contact: Shantell Urbanozo, 962-2200, Shantell.Urbanozo@lcpcs.org

SEVENTH ANNUAL BIG ISLAND CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL

Where: Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, 62-100 Kauna‘Oa Drive, Waimea

When: 9 a.m. April 27-28

Details: With the theme, “Chocolate Around the World,” this year’s chocolate extravaganza includes a cacao plantation tour at Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory in Keauhou, a college culinary competition and several public foodie and agriculture-themed seminars. Activities culminate 5-9 p.m. April 28 with the indoor-outdoor festival gala where you can enjoy a host of sweet and savory culinary stations presented by top isle chefs, chocolatiers and confectioners. Fun chocolate activities include chocolate body painting. Admission is $85.

Contact: Farsheed Bonakdar, 324-6100, info@bigislandchocolatefestival.com

DEFENSE COMMISSARY AGENCY — COMMISSARY ON-SITE “CASE LOT SALE”

Where: Armed Forces Reserve Center Gym, 1304 Kekuanaoa St., Hilo

When: Noon on April 27; 9 a.m. April 28; 8 a.m. April 29

When: Only those with military IDs will be allowed access. Two guests will be allowed to accompany a military ID cardholder on April 28 only.

Contact: Robert Usagawa, 557-4052, robert.usagawa@gmail.com

HULA ARTS AT KILAUEA: MAY DAY IS LEI DAY

Where: Volcano Art Center Gallery, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When: 11 a.m. May 1

Details: Lei Day honors the unique ways Hawaii’s multicultural traditions have woven together to create a more interesting, tolerant and beautiful community. Meet Volcano musician Wes Awana as he shares how to play local favorites on the ukulele. Also join the gallery as it shares the secrets to sewing the perfect lei and the proper protocol of giving of receiving a lei. Hundreds of fragrant blossoms and plant materials will be provided to you to embrace Lei Day. Free, but park fees apply.

Contact: Anisha Clay, 967-8222, anisha@volcanoartcenter.org

HAWAII WILDFIRE SUMMIT

Where: Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows, 68-1400 Mauna Lani Drive, Kohala Cost

When: 8 a.m. May 2-4

Details: Make use of this unique opportunity to learn, share and collaborate with others who deal with wildfire in their work and communities throughout Hawaii and the Pacific. Presentations and workshops you would otherwise have to attend on the mainland also will be a highlight of the event, offering a chance to connect with national-level programs, research and trainings.

Contact: Pablo Akira Beimler, 885-0900, pablo@hawaiiwildfire.org

HULA VOICES

Where: Volcano Art Center Gallery, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When: 7 p.m. May 3, June 7, July 5, Aug. 2, Oct. 4 and Nov. 1

Details: An engaging, intimate “talk story” session with Hawaii Island’s hula practitioners who eat, sleep and live on the practice of hula and its associated arts. Embrace the opportunity to listen to kumu hula, longtime mumana (students) and artisans who live and breathe hula. Free, but park fees apply.

Contact: Anisha Clay, 967-8222, anisha@volcanoartcenter.org

ANNUAL BIG ISLAND COIN CLUB AND COLLECTIBLES SHOW

Where: Aunty Sally’s Luau Hale, 799 Piilani St., Hilo

When: 9 a.m. May 6

Details: Vendor table reservations now being accepted. Hawaii Police Department security provided. Show is free and open to collecting public. Coin evaluations are free to those attending.

Contact: Steve Nemeth, 935-1035, steve.nemeth891@gmail.com

MAKER FAIR SPRING SPREE

Where: The Cooper Center, 19-4030 Wright Road, Volcano

When: 10 a.m. May 12

Details: Shop all-handcrafted artisans, free tote bags to the first 50 adult shoppers, free make-and-take crafts for adults and kids, kids scavenger hunt with treats and Mother’s Day photo booth. Free to attend. Artisan registration open through March at www.makerfair.org.

Contact: Sara Krosch, 520-389-0620, contactmakerfair@gmail.com

PHILIPPINE CONSULATE MOBILE TEAM

Where: Hilo

When: 8 a.m. May 26-27

Details: Team will be in Hilo to conduct the following consular services: Passport renewal, notary services, authentication of documents, reports of birth and marriage, dual citizenship, administer the oath of allegiance for qualified dual citizenship applicants and answer questions and concerns about matters relative to consular services. For appointment and/or additional information, contact the person below.

Contact: Tulpe Day, 961-8220 or 443-1540, tday@hawaiicounty.gov

KAILUA-KONA HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION EVENT

Where: Kailua-Kona Recycling and Transfer Station, Queen Kaahumanu Highway, Kealakehe

When: 7:30 a.m. June 2

Details: Free. For a list of acceptable and unacceptable materials, visit www.hawaiizerowaste.org/recycle/household-hazardous-waste/. Business/farm/nonprofit waste prohibited by law. No electronics or tires allowed.

Contact: George Hayducsko, 961-8942, recycle3@co.hawaii.hi.us

HILO HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION EVENT

Where: Hilo Recycling and Transfer Station

When: 7:30 a.m. June 16

Details: Free. For a list of acceptable and unacceptable materials, visit www.hawaiizerowaste.org/recycle/household-hazardous-waste/. Business/farm/nonprofit waste prohibited by law. No electronics or tires allowed.

Contact: George Hayducsko, 961-8942, recycle3@co.hawaii.hi.us

ONGOING

Saturdays

HILO VETERANS CENTER

Where: 70 Lanihuli St., Suite No. 2, Hilo

When: 8 a.m. Saturdays

Details: Hilo Veterans Center has new office hours. A benefits briefing is hosted the first Thursday of each month from 9 a.m.-noon, with several other opportunities for veterans and their family members. Contact the center for more information. Also available are: shore fishing group, kanakapila group, art therapy group, stand-up paddling group, various golf activities, yoga, tai chi and a book club.

Contact: Maricar Souza, 969-3833

INSTANT DRAWING

Where: Ben Franklin, 333 Kilauea Ave., Hilo

When: Noon on Saturdays

Details: Learn to draw everything from plants to animals to people. For ages 10 and older. Cost is $17.50 for each two-hour class. Supply list given during the first class. You also can bring your own pencils, paper and drawing board.

Contact: Joy, 935-0005, tinacintron.art@gmail.com

Sundays

FARMERS MARKET AT HAMAKUA HARVEST

Where: Intersection of Mamane Street and Highway 19, Honokaa

When: 9 a.m. Sundays

Details: Features local farmers, fresh produce, artisanal products and ono food. Weekly entertainment, workshops, informational booths and youth-focused activities. SNAP/EBT purchases welcomed.

Contact: Lori Beach, 896-2151, info@hamakuaharvest.org

SUNDAY CLAY — HIGH FIRE! POTTERY CLASSES

Where: Volcano Art Center, Niaulani Campus, 19-4074 Old Volcano Road, Volcano

When: 11:30 a.m. or 2:45 p.m. Sundays

Details: Nine-week workshop. Cost for either session is $200; $185 for VAC members plus a $15 materials fee for 6 pounds of clay, including glazes and firing. Additional clay will be available for purchase. Get an introduction to working with and firing midrange stoneware. Open studio time will be available to registered students from 2-5 p.m. Wednesdays; cost is $10 per day, with tickets available at the administration office front desk during business hours. Must be registered for a ceramics class to participate. Call or visit www.volcanoartcenter.org to register.

Contact: Alyssa Johnasen, 967-8222, workshops@volcanoartcenter.org

HILO BRIDGE CLUB

Where: Eagles Club, 16-111 Opukahaia St., Keaau

When: 12:30 p.m. Sundays; 11 a.m. Wednesdays

Details: Looking for social bridge players to join us in duplicate bridge. Cost is $5.

Contact: Harry Messenheimer, 965-1391

FREE DOG TRAINING AND SOCIAL EVENT

Where: Near the tea house, Lili‘uokalani Gardens, Banyan Drive, Hilo

When: 2 p.m. Sundays

Details: Come join the fun and share the love. Goals are problem solving via free training instruction and tools, and offering an advanced socialization experience. Bring a bowl for water.

Contact: Carl Oguss, 933-9763, easthawaiidogpsychologycenter@yahoo.com

Mondays

ZUMBA GOLD TONING

Where: YMCA, 300 W. Lanikaula St., Hilo

When: 6:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays

Details: Low-impact workout, suitable for all levels. Get fit, get toned, get inspired.

Contact: Harriet Rocha, 959-6405

SELF-DEFENSE FITNESS CLASS

Where: Kohala Village Hub, 55-514 Hawi Road, Hawi

When: 9:30 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays

Details: Geared toward street-oriented self-defense and rooted in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Students will learn stance, footwork, striking techniques, defense and much more. For class schedule, visit www.kohalavillagehub.com.

Contact: Kohala Village Hub, 889-0404, info@kohalavillagehub.com

ZUMBA GOLD CHAIR

Where: YMCA, 300 W. Lanikaula St., Hilo

When: 11 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays

Details: Seated Zumba workout. Strengthen your core, increase your range of motion and stamina with this low-impact fitness class that offers the same benefits of Zumba Gold. All welcome.

Contact: Harriet Rocha, 640-3876

OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS

Where: Serenity House, 15-2579 Pahoa-Keaau Road, Pahoa

When: Noon on Mondays

Details: If willpower is not working, turn to Overeaters Anonymous. This is not a diet or calories club. No dues or fees. Newcomers are welcome.

Contact: 345-2753, viviansuet@hotmail.com

FAMILY YOGA

Where: Yoga Centered, 37 Waianuenue Ave., Hilo

When: 3 p.m. Mondays

Details: Forty-five minutes of family fun yoga with Auntie Cat. Kids are free; adults $5.

Contact: Yoga Centered, 934-7233, frontdesk@yogacentered.com

TRADITIONAL WADO KARATE TRAINING

Where: Sangha Hall, 424 Kilauea Ave., Hilo

When: 5 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays

Details: Beginners class, 5-6 p.m.; advanced class, 6-7 p.m. Visitors welcome to observe and participate.

Contact: Craig, 987-1465

ZUMBA

Where: Hui Malama Ola Na ‘Oiwi, 326 Desha Ave., Keaukaha

When: 5:30 p.m. Mondays and Fridays

Details: Fun, upbeat and sure to be a good workout. All are welcome. Free and open to the public. Visit HMONO.org/events for all class dates and times.

Contact: Pua, 969-9220, contact@hmono.org

ZUMBA FITNESS

Where: Church of the Holy Apostles, 1407 Kapiolani St., Hilo

When: 5:30 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays

Details: Free. Feel stronger, younger and healthier. Safe, easy-to-follow cardio dancing to Latin-inspired and contemporary hits.

Contact: Dee Torres, 938-9101, dtorres@hawaiiantel.net

AERIAL ARTS CLASSES

Where: Pacific Gymnastics 215B Railroad Ave., Hilo

When: 5:30 p.m. Mondays, 5 p.m. Wednesdays; 5 p.m. Fridays

Details: Students learn skills on different apparatuses including silks, hammock, straps and hoop. You won’t get bored. Beginners welcome. Preregistration with payment required.

Contact: Bella, 938-8002, m.aerialco@gmail.com

DIVORCE CARE

Where: New Hope Church, 840 Kupulau Road, Hilo

When: 6 p.m. Mondays through April 23

Details: Whether your situation happened long ago or is recent, this class offers information and skills to heal. Care for children ages 5-10 years old is available. Total of 13 weeks, but participants can join at any time. There is a $17 workbook fee; waivers are available. Church affiliation not necessary.

Contact: Donna Shimizu, 339-1060, hi.kim3@yahoo.com

MONDAY NIGHT JAZZ JAM

Where: Kukuau Studio, 43 Kukuau St., Hilo

When: 6 p.m. Mondays

Details: An all-inclusive jam session with a rotating house band. Created to strengthen the Big Island jazz community through networking and jamming. Bring your favorite charts and the instrument of your choice or enjoy the vibrations of people improvising together in the jazz tradition. Free; all ages welcome.

Contact: Kukuau Studio, 464-3388, kukuaustudio@gmail.com

ZEN BUDDHIST MEDITATION

Where: Taishoji Soto Mission, 275 Kinoole St., Hilo

When: 6:30 p.m. Mondays

Details: Join Taishoji members for zazen (sitting meditation) and kinhin (walking meditation). Access from Kilauea Avenue. Free.

Contact: The Rev. Shinsho Hata, 785-3072, shinsho.hata@gmail.com

FREE ESL CLASS

Where: UH-Hilo, Building K, 200 W. Kawili St., Hilo

When: 7 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays

Details: Open to the public. Two levels: Beginning and intermediate. Classes held in K107 and K109. Practice English, make friends and have fun.

Contact Name: Bela Conley Ramsay, 932-7243, bela@hawaii.edu

BEGINNING CHARLESTON DANCE

Where: Aloha Wellness Center, 239 Haili St., Hilo

When: 8 p.m. Mondays

Details: Charleston is an integral part of swing and can add variety and interest to your dance. New dancers and those who want to expand their swing repertoires are welcome. No partner necessary. Six-week session for $35; discounts for multiple classes or if you bring a new student; $10 drop-ins.

Contact: Andrea Gill, 959-8216, hoaloha@hawaiiantel.net

BEGINNING SWING DANCE

Where: Aloha Wellness Center, 239 Haili St., Hilo

When: 8 p.m. Mondays

Details: Experience Lindy hop, the original form of swing dance and an outrageously popular American dance from the Big Band era. Beginners welcome. Get personalized instruction in small classes, benefitting from guidance from more experienced Lindy-hoppers. Six weeks; cost is $35 or only $20 if you bring a new student. Drop-ins $10. No experience or partner necessary.

Contact: Andrea Gill, 959-8216, hilohepcats@gmail.com

Tuesdays

HILO SUNRISE CHAPTER — BNI NETWORKING MEETING

Where: Hilo Woman’s Club, 7 Lele St., Hilo

When: 7 a.m. Tuesdays

Details: For local business professionals who value word-of-mouth marketing and are seeking to network, refer business to each other and build a better business community.

Contact: Sharla Sare, 430-1787

BASIC STRETCH AND STRENGTHENING EXERCISE CLASS

Where: Hui Malama Ola Na ‘Oiwi, Hilo Office, 1438 Kilauea Ave.

When: 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays

Details: Basic stretches and muscular endurance exercises that will help improve your flexibility and strength. Designed for all ages; geared toward those needing to maintain or increase mobility, and those wanting a gentle stretch. Free.

Contact: Kalani Lawson, 969-9220, kalani@hmono.org

LIBRARY BENEFIT BOOKSTORE

Where: Hilo Public Library, 300 Waianuenue Ave., Hilo

When: 11 a.m. Tuesdays

Details: All proceeds to benefit the Hilo Public Library. Hardbacks for $1, paperbacks for 50 cents.

Contact: Dale R. Huber, 966-4386, dalerhuber@gmail.com

WRITERS WORKSHOP

Where: Hawaiian Shores Community Center, 15-859 Kahakai Blvd., Pahoa

When: 12:30 p.m. (ongoing group) and 4 p.m. (entry level) Tuesdays

Details: We write, read and get constructive feedback to become a more effective writer. We have a good core ongoing group for seasoned writers and an entry group for those who need to brush up. Sessions are 10 weeks. Cost is $90.

Contact: Dawn Hurwitz, 936-3046, dawnhurwitz@mac.com

HAKALAU FARMERS MARKET AND FOODSHARE

Where: Botanical World Adventures, 31-240 Old Mamalahoa Highway, Hakalau

When: 3 p.m. Tuesdays

Details: Island, organic produce, pizza and other hot food, raw honey, desserts, arts and crafts and live music provided by the Alternative Medicine Band.

Contact: Linda Jenson, 747-0467, ldjenson@gmail.com

AIKIDO CLASSES FOR GRADES 3-6

Where: Aikido of Hilo, 29 Shipman St., No. 203, Hilo

When: 4:45 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays

Details: For children ages 8-11. Students learn self-discipline, respect, greater focus and awareness in noncompetitive classes featuring exercise, strengthening and aikido’s nonviolent self-defense. Cost is $60 per month; families $90.

Contact: Barbara Klein, 935-2454, AikidoOfHilo@gmail.com

THERAPEUTIC BASIC FLOW (YOGA) CLASSES

Where: Hui Malama Ola Na ‘Oiwi, Hilo Office, 1438 Kilauea Ave.

When: 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays

Details: Classes are free. Register today.

Contact: Kalani Lawson, 969-9220, kalani@hmono.org

OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS

Where: Church of the Holy Apostles, 1407 Kapiolani St., Hilo

When: 5 p.m. Tuesdays

Details: It is not a diet club, but a fellowship of people recovering from compulsive overeating. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop eating compulsively. No dues, fees or weigh-ins.

Contact: OA contact, 345-2753

YOGA

Where: Hui Malama Ola Na ‘Oiwi, 326 Desha Ave., Keaukaha

When: 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays

Details: Beginners and experienced welcome. Designed for all ages. Get active, increase flexibility and improve your overall health. Free and open to the public. Visit HMONO.org/events for all class dates and times.

Contact: Pua, 969-9220, contact@hmono.org

HAVE FUN WITH WATERCOLOR

Where: Ben Franklin, 333 Kilauea Ave., Hilo

When: 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays

Details: Experimental and traditional techniques to bring the fun of watercolor to your eyes and hands. No previous experience necessary. Supply list given during the first class. For ages 11 and older. Cost is $17.50 per two-hour class.

Contact: Joy, 935-0005, tinacintron.art@gmail.com

LIFE DRAWING

Where: Kukuau Studio, 43 Kukuau St., Hilo

When: 6 p.m. Tuesdays

Details: The Hilo Artists Hui has moved to a new location for this weekly event. Working with a live model is a great way to sharpen your drawing skills. Cost is $10 per session. Bring your own drawing supplies, including a drawing board or easel. If younger than 18 years old, you must have parental permission to attend.

Contact: Robert Weiss, 557-0097, scrimdog@gmail.com

BLUES DANCE FUNDAMENTALS

Where: Aloha Wellness Center, 239 Haili St., Hilo

When: 7 p.m. Tuesdays

Details: Explore the variety of styles and expressions of this unique American partner dance. Learn basics such as shifting your partner’s weight, body isolations and ways to move across the floor. No partner or experience required; beginners welcome. Six weeks; cost is $35 or only $20 if you bring a new student. Drop-ins $10.

Contact: Andrea Gill, 959-8216, hilohepcats@gmail.com

BEGINNING SWING DANCE

Where: Aloha Wellness Center, 239 Haili St., Hilo

When: 7:15 p.m. Tuesdays through March 6

Details: Learn the basic footwork, rhythm and pulse, as well as essential partner connection for six-count Lindy hop. Add a few turns and you’ll be on the dance floor having fun in no time. Small, personalized classes; no partner or experience necessary. Six weeks for $35; $10 per class drop-in. Bring a friend who is new to the Hilo Hep Cats and get your own series for only $20.

Contact: Andrea Gill, 959-8216, hoaloha@hawaiiantel.net

Wednesdays

QUILTING AND KNITTING IN HONOKAA

Where: North Hawaii Education and Research Center, 45-539 Plumeria St., Honokaa

When: 9 a.m. Wednesdays

Details: People of any skill level, including beginners, are welcome to attend.

Contact: June, 962-0515, greenfeljoo1@hawaii.rr.com

PARKINSON’S EXERCISE GROUP

Where: YMCA Hilo, 300 W Lanikaula St., Hilo

When: 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays

Details: Great fun and excellent health benefits from exercise. Stand or sit in your chair. Caregivers can attend with no charge.

Contact: Fran Calvert, 982-7511, fcalvert@hawaiiantel.net

WRITER’S GUILD: A FREE GROUP TO SUPPORT WRITERS

Where: Thelma Parker Public Library, 67-1209 Mamalahoa Highway, Waimea

When: 10 a.m. Wednesdays

Details: This nonprofit group supporting writers on the Big Island will meet weekly through June and July. Drop in with your ideas or pieces on which you are currently working. Group topics vary according to pieces being discussed.

Contact: Susan Collins, 887-6076, susan.collins@librarieshawaii.org

KIRTAN (SACRED MUSIC)

Where: Polestar Gardens, 7 Noni Farms Road, Pahoa

When: 5:45 p.m. Wednesdays

Details: Kirtan and potluck. Free. Donation requested.

Contact: Ann Gornik, 936-8518, ann@polestargardens.org

Thursdays

SUNRISE YOGA

Where: No Place Like Om Yoga Studio, 65-1237 Kawaihae Road, Waimea

When: 6:15 a.m. Thursdays

Details: A gentle flow class for any level student. Every Thursday.

Contact: No Place Like Om, 640-7204, info@omhawaii.com

POTTERY CLASSES

Where: Kilauea Studios, Kurtistown

When: 10 a.m. Thursdays

Details: Pottery classes available for all skill levels. Wheel, hand-building, high-fire gas kilns. Lots of fun, spacious studio and beautiful setting.

Contact: Jamie Stokes, 799-9657, kilaueastudios@gmail.com

WEEKLY BNI MEETING

Where: Wainaku Executive Center, 26-238 Hawaii Belt Road, Hilo

When: 10:15 a.m. Thursdays

Details: BNI was founded in 1985 by Dr. Ivan Misner “for the primary purpose of building powerful referral networks.” If you want to grow your business by giving and getting referrals, you’re encouraged to call and/or attend.

Contact: Kelly Higaki, 935-5575, royd@savio.com

BEGINNING HULA I WITH PUA BROWN

Where: Hilo Armory, Culture and Education Classroom, 28 Shipman St., Hilo

When: 1 p.m. Thursdays

Details: Classes on Thursdays through March 22. Cost is $55 for 11 sessions. This class focuses on hula through the Hawaiian language and cultural experience.

Contact: Bert or Morty, 961-8706, cultureandeducation@hawaiicounty.gov

BEGINNING HULA II WITH PUA BROWN

Where: Hilo Armory, Culture and Education Classroom, 28 Shipman St., Hilo

When: 2:30 p.m. Thursdays

Details: Classes on Thursdays through March 22. Cost is $55 for 11 sessions. This class focuses on hula through the Hawaiian language and cultural experience.

Contact: Bert or Morty, 961-8706, cultureandeducation@hawaiicounty.gov

HAWAIIAN LANGUAGE STUDY GROUP

Where: North Kohala Public Library, 54-3645 Akoni Pule Highway, Kapaau

When: 3:30 p.m. Thursdays

Details: All ages and skill levels invited to join the study group. This is a group of motivated learners who support each other in increasing their Hawaiian language skills. Newcomers welcome.

Contact: Janet Lam, 889-6655, janet.lam@librarieshawaii.org

BEGINNING HAWAIIAN LANGUAGE CLASSES

Where: Volcano Art Center, Niaulani Campus, 19-4074 Old Volcano Road, Volcano

When: 5 p.m. Thursdays

Details: Papa ‘Olelo Hawai‘i Part One, beginning Hawaiian language courses taught by University of Hawaii at Hilo instructor ‘Alika Guerrero, will be offered for eight weeks. This basics class will focus on simple vocabulary, conversation, grammar and sentence structure. Cost is $90 or $80 for VAC members. The required workbook for the class is “Na Kai ‘Ewalu,” available at the UH-Hilo bookstore. To register or for more information, call VAC or visit www.volcanoartcenter.org.

Contact: Alyssa Johnasen, 967-8222, workshops@volcanoartcenter.org

OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS

Where: Puna Congregational Church, 16-647 Old Volcano Road, Room 6, Keaau

When: 5 p.m. Thursdays

Details: It is not a diet club, but a fellowship of people recovering from compulsive overeating. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop eating compulsively. No dues, fees or weigh-ins.

Contact: OA contact, 345-2753

THURSDAY EVENING POTTERY DROP-IN

Where: Volcano Art Center, Niaulani Campus, 19-4074 Old Volcano Road, Volcano

When: 6 p.m. Thursdays

Details: This drop-in style class will allow island residents and visitors the opportunity to try their hand at creating with clay on the potter’s wheel, without having to commit to an eight- or 10-week series. Emphasis will be placed on getting a feel for working on the potter’s wheel and experiencing the thrill of hand-forming a pot in motion. Students with all levels of clay experience welcome. Cost is $35 or $30 for VAC members.

Contact: Alyssa Johnasen, 967-8222, workshops@volcanoartcenter.org

GAMBLERS ANONYMOUS

Where: Center for Spiritual Living, Hawaiian Paradise Park

When: 6:30 p.m. Thursdays

Details: A new group for people who have a desire to stop gambling. Every Thursday.

Contact: Lucinda, 509-930-6329, 1lukiluci@gmail.com

RANTOKAN KENDO CLUB

Where: Waiakea Recreation Center, 1634 Kamehameha Ave., Hilo

When: 8 p.m. Thursdays

Details: Learn this ancient traditional martial art of Japan and modern-day sport, founded on virtues of samurai training. Cost is $10 per month.

Contact: rantokan.kendo@gmail.com

Fridays

UNDERSTANDING HAWAIIAN MUSIC

Where: TBA to participants

When: 12:30 p.m. Fridays

Details: For those interested in understanding the words and appreciating the themes of popular Hawaiian songs. A native speaker will teach. No previous knowledge of Hawaiian language necessary. Call if you are interested and for details.

Contact: Laura L. Williams-May, 805-545-0642, laurainslo@gmail.com

WEST AFRICAN DANCE

Where: YWCA, 145 Ululani St., Hilo

When: 6:45 p.m. Fridays

Details: Have fun and sweat while learning West African dance. Taught by Michal Anna Carrillo of Lavaroots Dance Company in Hawi. All levels and drop-ins welcome. Live drumming. Cost is $15.

Contact: Michal Anna Carrillo, 987-4243, lavaroots@gmail.com

SQUARE DANCING FOR HEALTH AND FITNESS

Where: Clem Akina Park, 159 Wainaku St., Hilo

When: 7 p.m. Fridays

Details: Meet new people for fun, fellowship and friendship put to music. Led by Bill Yoeman, ACA certified square dance caller and instructor.

Contact: Bill Yoeman, 968-6091

OTHER ONGOING EVENTS

MEMBERSHIP AND PATRON DRIVE

Where: Hawaii Plantation Museum, 27-246 Old Mamalahoa Highway, Papaikou

When: Through Dec. 31

Details: The museum is a nonprofit organization located in the old Yoshiyama Store, formerly the Onomea Sugar Plantation Store. Its mission and purpose is to collect, preserve and exhibit Hawaii Island sugar plantation artifacts and small business memorabilia for the education and enjoyment of present and future generations.

Contact: Sharri Thornton or Christal Subica, 937-2760, plantationmuseum@gmail.com

PAHOA SENIOR CLASSES

Where: Pahoa Senior Center, 15-3016 Kauhale St., Pahoa

When: Various times and days

Details: Seniors 55 and older can participate in classes including beginning tai chi with instructor Verne Presnall, ceramics, line dancing, hula and ukulele. Classes run through Dec. 8. Call for additional information.

Contact: Margaret Yafuso, 966-5801, myafuso@hawaiicounty.gov

KILNS FOR GLASS AND POTTERY

Where: Ainaloa

When: TBD

Details: Ongoing instruction on building high-fire propane kilns. Date and times are flexible.

Contact: Harr C. Fernald, 747-7289, fernaldh@gmail.com

INDIVIDUAL VOICE INSTRUCTION WITH AMY HORST

Where: Hilo

When: By appointment

Details: Learn vocal power and confidence. Weekly lessons arranged according to student and teacher schedules. Cost is $30 per lesson. Call or email for more information or to register.

Contact: Amy Horst, 640-2898, amysoprano@gmail.com

FREE HELPING HAND FOR SENIORS

Where: 1911 Kalanianaole Ave., No. 608, Hilo

When: 9 a.m.

Details: For seniors who need to be driven to a doctor’s appointment, the store, the park for a walk or just to get out of the house. Call or text.

Contact: Tom, 990-5045

AIKIDO FOR ADULT BEGINNERS AND TEENS

Where: Aikido of Hilo, 29 Shipman St., No. 203, Hilo

When: Various days and times (call or email for additional information)

Details: Exercise your body, mind and spirit with aikido, an effective self-defense and path of self-development, integrating the whole person — physically, mentally and spiritually. Improves flexibility, endurance and coordination, self-confidence, discipline and awareness. Various days and times for classes. Cost is $60 per month; families $90. Check www.AikidoOfhilo.org for additional information.

Contact: Barbara Klein, 935-2454, AikidoOfHilo@gmail.com

COUNTRY/WESTERN DANCE CLASS WITH DENISE

Where: Hilo Elks Lodge, 150 Kinoole St., Hilo

When: 6:15 p.m. (call or email for days)

Details: Through March 7. Features two step, swing, waltz and other requests. Learn to spin, dip and weave through traffic. Call or email for more specific information.

Contact: Denise Westbrook, 970-739-6771, dancingscreenwriter@yahoo.com

LEARN TO DANCE SALSA WITH DENISE

Where: Holy Apostles Episcopal Church, 1407 Kapiolani St., Hilo

When: 7 p.m. (call or email for days)

Details: Through March 6. Get a strong foundation and variations that will last a lifetime. First lesson is $1. Call or email for more specific information.

Contact: Denise Westbrook, 970-739-6771, dancingscreenwriter@yahoo.com

AL-ANON EAST HAWAII

Where: Various locations

When: Various times

ADVERTISING

Details: Are you troubled by someone’s drinking? Call for free support, meeting places and times. For more information, visit www.afghawaii.org.

Contact: Dana C., 430-6653, dr.easthawaii@gmail.com