Community Calendar for February 14

DENNIS AND CHRISTY SOARES

Where: Lava Lounge, Kilauea Military Camp, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When: 5 p.m. today

Details: Live acoustic music by these award-winning composers, including pop, adult contemporary, Hawaiian, folk, classic hits and more. Great food, great music; perfect for Valentine’s Day.

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

VALENTINE’S DAY CRIME STOPPERS BENEFIT

Where: Nani Mau Gardens, 421 Makalika St., Hilo

When: 5:30 p.m. today

Details: Treat your sweetheart to a special Valentine’s Day dinner and help raise funds for this all-volunteer, nonprofit organization, which helps police fight crime by giving cash rewards to anonymous tipsters. Features legendary funnyman Frank DeLima, with music by Hilo’s own Larry Dupio, a gourmet dinner and a fun silent auction. Tickets are $100, available at Basically Books, from Crime Stoppers board members or by calling the number below.

Contact: Frank Lafita, 987-9382, lcritchlow@mac.com

CELTIC HARPS, RARE INSTRUMENTS AND WONDROUS STORIES

Where: Hilo Ukulele and Guitar, 56 Ponahawai St., Hilo

When: 6:30 p.m. today

Details: Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Advance tickets available at the store or online at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3306301. Featured instruments will include two Celtic harps, the rare Swedish nyckelharpa, cittern and more. The audience will hear traditional instrumental music from Sweden and Ireland as well as original compositions blended with stories of humor and adventure.

Contact: Tani, 333-5450, HiloukuleleandGuitar@gmail.com

ART EXHIBITION

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

When: 9 a.m. Thursday through March 29

Details: Solo exhibitions featuring Ellen Crocker and a retrospective of works by the late Cal Hashimoto, reflecting their mutual interest in the disciplines of Japan. Opening reception is 5 p.m. Feb. 15.

Contact: Janice Bovard, 322-2167, jbpottery@hotmail.com

SENIOR LECTURES WINTER SESSION

Where: Institute for Astronomy, 640 N. Aohoku Place, Hilo

When: 10 a.m. Thursday

Details: Cost for the 10-week session is $10.

Contact: Carol Lafond, 339-7270, lafond1584@gmail.com

JAZZ NIGHT AT THE PALACE

Where: Palace Theater, 38 Haili St., Hilo

When: 6 p.m. Thursday

Details: Music by Soul On A Roll, featuring Randy Skaggs on saxophone, Walter Greenwood on organ, Brian Crist on bass and Michael Surprenant on drums. The Palace Cafe also will be open, with special menu items. Mehana beer and wine will be available for purchase. Come early, seating is limited. Admission is $10.

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

“BEFORE THE FLOOD”

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

When: 7 p.m. Thursday

Details: Leonardo DiCaprio’s riveting account of the dramatic changes occurring around the world because of climate change. It shows what we as individuals and as a society can do to prevent catastrophic disruption of life on our planet. Discussion follows. Free.

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

LITTLE FIRE ANTS DISCUSSION

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

When: 7 p.m. Thursday

Details: Join the Big Island Invasive Species Committee to learn more about how to control this pest. Before the evening’s event, survey your property and bring frozen ant samples to be identified. Attendees also can find out how to get a free demo day with pesticide application for their neighborhood. Discussion is free to attend, although a $5 donation is appreciated.

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

‘IKE HANA NO‘EAU

Where: Kahuku Unit, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When: 10 a.m. Friday and March 16

Details: Participate in Hawaiian cultural demonstrations. Programs are free. 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.

Contact: J. Ferracane, 985-6011, havo_interpretation@nps.gov

ALOHA FRIDAY ON THE PORCH — HULA AND OLI WITH KUMU KAHO‘OKELE CRABBE AND HALAU KE OLA O KA LANI

Where: Volcano Art Center Gallery, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When: 11 a.m. Friday

Details: Kaho‘okele Crabbe shares his extensive knowledge to teach the basics of hula, language and chant. Free, but park fees apply.

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

DENNIS AND CHRISTY SOARES

Where: Honi Wai Cafe, 17-937 Volcano Road, Mountain View

When: Noon on Friday

Details: Live acoustic music by these award-winning composers, including pop, adult contemporary, Hawaiian, folk, classic hits and more. Great food, great music.

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

CHORAL WORKSHOP WITH MARK HAYES

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

When: 6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. Saturday and concert at 4 p.m. Sunday (Kahilu Theatre, Waimea)

Details: Hayes is an internationally known composer, arranger and clinician. Two-day workshop focuses on the art of choral singing through the preparation of seven of his compositions. Those compositions will be performed in a culminating concert Feb. 18. In addition to the vocal music, Hayes will give a solo piano performance of his compositions. All interested singers and choral

directors are invited to participate. Sessions to get familiar with the music will be offered Feb. 3 and 10 the church. Cost for the workshop is $65. To register, call or email the contacts below.

Contact: Everett Knowles, 885-7129, efredk@gmail.com; Barbara Kopra, bkopra@hpa.edu

L & L JAZZ

Where: New Chiang Mai Thai Restaurant, 110 Kalakaua St., Hilo

When: 6 p.m. Friday

Details: Nonstop romance for Valentine’s Day. Lou Ann Gurney on vocals and Leonard Kubo on guitar, performing classic jazz standards, love songs, torch songs and Latin tunes. Every third Friday.

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

“THE DARKEST HOUR”

Where: Palace Theater, 38 Haili St., Hilo

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

Details: Doors open 30 minutes in advance. During the early days of World War II, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the newly appointed British prime minister, Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Hitler or fight on against incredible odds.

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

‘IMILOA’S MAUNAKEA SKIES TALK: WHERE DO BABY STARS COME FROM?

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

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Details: Deep within the cold dust and gas that resides in the Milky Way galaxy, a dramatic story is unfolding: the birth of stars. Understanding the formation and evolution of stars is not only quintessential to describing the visible universe but also important for recognizing and appreciating our origins.

Contact: Yu Yok Pearring, 932-8912, imiloa.marketing@hawaii.edu

QUILT AND FIBER ARTS SHOW

Where: Society for Kona’s Education & Art, 84-5191 Mamalahoa Highway, Captain Cook

When: 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday

Details: There’s “Something Fishy” going on and SKEA and the Aloha Quilters invite you to find out what. Free.

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

DENNIS AND CHRISTY SOARES

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

When: 10 a.m. Saturday

Details: Live acoustic music by these award-winning composers, including pop, adult contemporary, Hawaiian, folk, classic hits and more. Great food, great music.

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

OSTOMY SUPPORT GROUP

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

When: 11:30 a.m. Saturday

Details: Meet new friends, share experiences and provide mutual support in an environment that’s friendly and safe. Meetings 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

HAWAII CREATIVE RETREATS — SELF-CARE AND STRING ART

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

When: 2 p.m. Saturday

Details: Explore self-care strategies for stress relief and make string art with upcycled wood. All materials included. Bring your own hammer. Class limited to 10 participants. Cost is $35; register online at www.hawaiicreativeretreats.com.

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

MAKAHA SONS

Where: Palace Theater, 38 Haili St., Hilo

When: 7 p.m. Saturday

Details: Annual Valentine’s concert. For 40 years, the Makaha Sons have committed themselves to perpetuating traditional Hawaiian music throughout Hawaii and around the globe. Don’t miss this special live performance.

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

VALENTINE’S DAY DANCE

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

When: 7 p.m. Saturday

Details: Bring your sweetie or just come dance with friends — everyone is welcome, no partner necessary. A beginner-friendly dance class is followed by romance-themed DJ music suitable for blues and swing dancing. Sliding scale entry $8-$15 (pay what’s right for you), or only $5 with a pupu. Free entry if this is your first Swinging Saturday. You will be hosted by Elks member A. Marten.

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

DENNIS AND CHRISTY SOARES

Where: Makuu Farmers Market, 15-2131 Keaau-Pahoa Road, Pahoa

When: 8:30 a.m. Sunday

Details: Live acoustic music by these award-winning composers, including pop, adult contemporary, Hawaiian, folk, classic hits and more.

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

PEOPLE AND LAND OF KAHUKU

Where: Kahuku Unit, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When: 9:30 a.m. Sunday and March 18

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: J. Ferracane, 985-6011, havo_interpretation@nps.gov

INNER NOURISHING MEDICAL QIGONG FOR CHRONIC PAIN AND RESPIRATORY ISSUES

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

When: 5 p.m. Tuesdays and 11 a.m. Saturdays through March 17

Details: This is a mindful practice from China, spanning 450 years. Cost is $70; eight classes.

Contact: Jana Ching, 961-6922, jana.hiqi@gmail.com

BIG ISLAND WATER GARDEN CLUB

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

When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday

Details: Monthly meeting with guest speaker Tim Blakey, who will talk about plants from around the world. Public invited. Mini auction ends event.

Contact: Karen, 935-5357 (leave message), stephen@backyardeden.com

COMING

DENNIS AND CHRISTY SOARES

Where: Hilo Farmers Market, intersection of Mamo Street and Kamehameha Avenue, Hilo

When: 10 a.m. Feb. 21

Details: Live acoustic music by these award-winning composers, including pop, adult contemporary, Hawaiian, folk, classic hits and more. Great food, great music.

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

MOONS, MOONS, EVERYWHERE

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

When: 5 p.m. Feb. 21

Details: Our solar system is extensively studied with telescopes on Maunakea and other sites around the world, to probes sent into space. One surprising result has been the discovery of more than 170 moons, and the numbers continue to climb. But the moons of our neighbors are very different from our moon, as well as from each other. Find out about the latest discoveries during this discussion. 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

VOLUNTEER WITH HAWAII CARE CHOICES (FORMERLY HOSPICE OF HILO)

Where: Hawaii Care Choices, 1011 Waianuenue Ave., Hilo

When: 8:30 a.m. Feb. 22-23 and 26-27

Details: Volunteers can choose to provide services such as companionship, respite, transportation, light housework, administrative support or yard work (no training required). Interested trainees should visit www.hawaiicarechoices/volunteer to complete an online application and then call volunteer manager Jeanette Mochida to arrange a mandatory pre-training interview.

Contact: Jeanette Mochida, 969-1733, jeanettem@hospiceofhilo.org

SAM LIGHTNING GUITAR REVUE

Where: Lava Shack, 15-2929 Pahoa Village Road, Pahoa

When: 8 p.m. Feb. 22

Details: Lightning relives a lifetime of guitar riffs with the help of many island guitar heroes. No cover. Complimentary Sam Lightning’s famous Cajun gumbo.

Contact: Sam Lightning, 965-1169, samlightninghilo@gmail.com

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

Where: Volcano Art Center Gallery, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When: 11 a.m. Feb. 23

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

“BOMBSHELL: THE HEDY LAMARR STORY”

Where: Palace Theater, 38 Haili St., Hilo

When: 7 p.m. Feb. 23-24 and 26-27

Details: Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The life and career of hailed Hollywood movie star and underappreciated genius inventor Hedy Lamarr.

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

STARGAZING LIVE

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

When: 7 p.m. Feb. 23

Details: View star clusters, nebulae and galaxies live from the imaging telescopes at the Maunakea Visitor Information Center, all from the comfort of ‘Imiloa’s planetarium.

Contact: Yu Yok Pearring, 932-8912, imiloa.marketing@hawaii.edu

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. Feb. 24 and 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

39TH ANNUAL HAWAII SOCIOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE

Where: UH-Hilo, UCB 127, 200 W. Kawili St., Hilo

When: 8 a.m. Feb. 24

Details: Conference theme this year is “Island Voices: Celebrating Our Past, Present and Future,” which explores how Hawaii’s unique history, forms of knowledge, cultural values and practices inform our present and our future possibilities.

Contact: Lindy Hern, 932-7119, lshern@hawaii.edu

SOKO’S 4TH ANNUAL ARTISTS STUDIO TOUR IN SOUTH KONA

Where: Holualoa to Honaunau

When: 9 a.m. Feb. 24-25

Details: Visit 21 artists in their studios at 11 locations from Keauhou throughout Kona to Captain Cook. See the brochure and map at www.sokoartists.com and join our Facebook community at www.facebook.com/SOKOSouthKonaArtistCollective.

Contact: Pamela Colton Thomas (Radosevich), 989-4300, pamradosevich@gmail.com

REALMS AND DIVISIONS OF KAHUKU

Where: Kahuku Unit, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When: 9:30 a.m. Feb. 24 and March 10

Details: Experience the sense of place that evolves at the intersection of nature and culture on this moderately difficult guided hike on the Kahuku Unit’s newest trail, Pu‘u Kahuku. Explore the realms and divisions of the traditional Hawaiian classification system at Kahuku. Bring a snack for the “talk story” segment of this 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 and sun protection and a snack are recommended for all hikes. Free.

Contact: J. Ferracane, 985-6011, havo_interpretation@nps.gov

DENNIS AND CHRISTY SOARES WITH RONNIE HARRIS IN CONCERT

Where: 17-7946 N. Kulani Road, Mountain View

When: 2 p.m. Feb. 24

Details: Also featuring guest speakers Sen. Russell Ruderman, Hawaii County Councilwoman Jen Ruggles and HICOP founder Daryl Soares. Free. Potluck will follow; bring a dish to share.

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

“FOREVER FORWARD” — A BLACK HISTORY EVENT

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

When: 2 p.m. Feb. 24

Details: This event not only will be about the past but also about the present and future of black people in America. This year’s theme is “Health and fitness on all levels of existence such as physical, mental, emotional, psychological and spiritual.” Free. Keynote speaker is author, lecturer, fitness instructor and holder of three Guinness world records the Rev. Donald “Spider man” Thomas.

Contact: Michele Dalton, 747-6384, medspeak@hotmail.com

SCIENCE CAFE

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

When: 6 p.m. Feb. 24

Details: Features people from the Big Island scientific communities speaking about topics related to their fields. Speakers represent the current research being done on-island and will touch on subjects such as geology, astronomy, conservation biology, pharmacy, etc. Free; for all ages

Contact: Bub Pratt, 464-3388, kukuaustudio@gmail.com

NEVER TOO LATE FOR LOVE

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

When: 6 p.m. Feb. 24

Details: Jazz Mele plays classic jazz standards, swing, boogie-woogie, jump blues and Latin grooves for listening and dancing. Join us for a post-Valentine’s Day celebration of love and romance. No cover. Every fourth Saturday.

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

INTERNATIONAL NIGHTS

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

When: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24

Details: This annual event features performances from around the world. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for senior citizens and $5 for students and children 17 years old and younger and can be purchased from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday through Friday at the PAC box office. Advance ticket purchase is recommended as tickets typically sell out prior to the shows. Cash or checks only (sorry, no phone or online orders).

Contact: UH-Hilo Performing Arts Center, 932-7490, artsctr@hawaii.edu

BIG ISLAND ROAD RUNNERS WAIKAUMALO 7-MILE CHALLENGE AND 4-MILE RUN

Where: Waikaumalo Park, Ninole

When: 7:30 a.m. Feb. 25

Details: Cost is $10 for nonmembers, $5 for members

Contact: David Cotter, 339-7210, bigislandroadrunners@gmail.com

‘IMILOA’S 12TH BIRTHDAY PA‘INA

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

When: 9 a.m. Feb. 25

Details: Free admission for all. Enjoy planetarium shows, canoe and native garden activities, Hawaiian cultural activities and much more. Come for a day of fun entertainment for the entire ohana.

Contact: Yu Yok Pearring, 932-8901, yuyok@hawaii.edu

KAHUKU PALM TRAIL GUIDED HIKE

Where: Kahuku Unit, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When: 9:30 a.m. Feb. 25 and 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: J. Ferracane, 985-6011, havo_interpretation@nps.gov

HO‘OKIA’I LILI‘UOKALANI

Where: Palace Theater, 38 Haili St., Hilo

When: 2 p.m. Feb. 25

Details: Doors open at 1 p.m. An afternoon of the Queen’s music and her final journey. Featuring Jackie Pualani Johnson, harpist Cymber Lily Quinn and flautist Kathy Dorn.

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

DIY UPCYCLE SHOPPING BAG

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

When: 6 p.m. Feb. 26

Details: Learn how to create a shopping bag from any used feed bag. Bags used can include feed for any type of animal. Bring your own bag or pick one up during the demonstration.

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

WAIMEA HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION EVENT

Where: Waimea Recycling and Transfer Station, Kawaihae Road, Waimea

When: 8:30 a.m. March 3

Details: Free. For a list of acceptable and unacceptable materials, visit www.hawaiizerowaste.org/recycle/household-hazardous-waste/. No business/farm waste accepted. No e-waste allowed.

Contact: Chris, 961-8554, recycle3@co.hawaii.hi.us

HI‘IAKA & PELE

Where: Kahuku Unit, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When: 9:30 a.m. March 3

Details: Discover two fascinating Hawaiian goddesses, sisters Pelehonuamea (Pele) and Hi‘iaka, and the natural phenomena they represent. Visitors will experience the sisters coming alive through the epic stories depicted in the natural landscape on this easy walk on the main road in Kahuku. 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: J. Ferracane, 985-6011, havo_interpretation@nps.gov

PAHOA HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION EVENT

Where: Pahoa Recycling and Transfer Station, Cemetery Road, Pahoa

When: 8:30 a.m. March 4

Details: Free. For a list of acceptable and unacceptable materials, visit www.hawaiizerowaste.org/recycle/household-hazardous-waste/. No business/farm waste accepted. No e-waste allowed.

Contact: Chris, 961-8554, recycle3@co.hawaii.hi.us

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

Where: Kahuku Unit, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When: 9:30 a.m. March 17

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: J. Ferracane, 985-6011, havo_interpretation@nps.gov

ST. PATRICK’S DAY MEAL AND SILENT AUCTION

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

When: 2 p.m. March 17

Details: Fundraising event featuring an authentic Irish meal, bar and 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

NKCRC GOLF TOURNAMENT

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

When: 7:30 a.m. March 19

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

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: J. Ferracane, 985-6011, havo_interpretation@nps.gov

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

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: J. Ferracane, 985-6011, havo_interpretation@nps.gov

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

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

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 WITH TONING

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

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

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 12-STEP MEETINGS

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

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

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 12-STEP MEETINGS

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

ZUMBA FITNESS

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

When: 5:30 p.m. 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

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

BIBDC WINTER DANCE CLASSES

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

When: 7 p.m. Wednesdays

Details: Open to people of all ages, whether they are single or a couple. Learn the hustle, bolero and fox trot II. Annual membership fee for Big Island Ballroom Dancing Association is $15. Fee for one dance class is $6 for 10 weeks of class. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m.

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

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 12-STEP MEETINGS

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

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

AL-ANON EAST HAWAII

Where: Various locations

When: Various times

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