Community Calendar for March 21

30TH ANNUAL YOUNG AT ART

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

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When: Regular center hours through March 30

Details: Opening reception slated for 10 a.m. March 3 on the front lanai. 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. Prizes are provided by generous donations from individuals and businesses. Opening reception will include music, prizes and an opportunity for families to support their young artists as well as the arts in our community.

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

DENNIS AND CHRISTY SOARES

Where: Hilo Farmers Market, Hilo

When: 10 a.m. today and Saturday

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

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

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

When: 4 p.m. today

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

“AN ACT OF DOG”

Where: Palace Theater, 38 Haili St., Hilo

When: 7 p.m. today

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

CAT SPAY/NEUTER

Where: 1177 Kilauea Ave., Hilo

When: 8 a.m. Thursday through Sunday

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

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

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

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

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

“24 FRAMES”

Where: Palace Theater, 38 Haili St., Hilo

When: 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Monday and Tuesday

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

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

THIRD ANNUAL PARADE OF PAWS DOG WALK

Where: Lili‘uokalani Gardens, Banyan Drive, Hilo

Where: 8:30 a.m. Saturday

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

KEIKI STAINED GLASS WITH LOIS POLLOCK

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

When: 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday

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. Saturday

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

AVERAGE JOES

Where: Laverne’s Sports Bar, 75-5819 Alii Drive, Kailua-Kona

When: 7 p.m. Saturday and April 28

Details: Live pop/rock top 40 band hits.

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

BIRTH OF KAHUKU

Where: Kahuku Unit, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When: 9:30 a.m. Saturday

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

PUNA SPRING FESTIVAL

Where: 16-492 Old Volcano Road, Keaau

When: Noon on Saturday

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

MUSIC TO GET YA MOVIN’

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

When: 6 p.m. Saturday

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

KAHUKU PALM TRAIL GUIDED HIKE

Where: Kahuku Unit, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When: 9:30 a.m. Sunday

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

THE SOUND OF SOUL

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

When: Noon on Sunday

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

SPOTLIGHT ON YOUTH

Where: Palace Theater, 38 Haili St., Hilo

When: 2 p.m. Sunday

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. Sunday

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

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

TRACKING LAVA LAKES WITH SOUNDS FROM BURSTING GAS BUBBLES

Where: Kilauea Visitor Center Auditorium, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When: 7 p.m. Tuesday

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

COMING

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

COMMUNITY FIRST — ADVANCED HEALTH CARE DIRECTIVE WORKSHOP

Where: Aging and Disability Resource Center, training room, 1055 Kinoole St., Hilo

When: 9 a.m. April 11

Details: Let us help you complete this document outlining your end-of-life wishes. It’s free and doesn’t require an attorney. Bring your family and loved ones with you to learn about this important topic together.

Contact: Tony Kent, 292-4559, akent@communityfirst.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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PAJAMA STORYTIME

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

When: 6 p.m. 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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