‘Imiloa invites community to birthday celebration

‘Imiloa Astronomy Center invites the community to join in the celebration of its 14th birthday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. This year’s theme is Birthday Re-Wrapped, which showcases a full day of hands-on activities, planetarium shows, presentations and exhibits on ways to recycle, reuse and reduce waste.

Roberg named ‘Officer of the Quarter’

On Friday, the Hawaii Island Security and Safety Professionals Association recognized South Kohala Patrol Officer Adam Roberg as their Officer of the Quarter for the fourth quarter of 2019.

Let’s Talk Food: Fat Tuesday is next week

Next week Tuesday is Fat Tuesday, which is a day before Ash Wednesday. It is a celebration of food, lots of it, before the Lenten season. Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday” and po boy sandwiches, crawfish, shrimp and grits, Creole crab cakes, shrimp and chicken etouffee, dirty rice, and red beans and rice are some of the items on the menu for that day.

Tropical Gardening: Australia’s forest fires threaten unique flora and fauna

When it comes to strange animals and plants, Australia is in the lead for its share of the unusual to unique. This ancient mini continent has mammals that lay eggs to the marsupials that carry their premature babies in pouches. Recent fires put many in the animal kingdom at risk and the plant kingdom as well. Some Australian ecosystems will be altered for centuries and some may never recover.

‘Love in the Cosmos’ at ‘Imiloa Friday

For the first time, ‘Imiloa is proud to present a special 3D planetarium show on “Love in the Cosmos: A 3D Valentine’s Date Night,” at 7 p.m. Friday. Priced at only $8 for members and $10 for non-members, treat you and your valentine to a dazzling show of humanity’s love affair with the cosmos from ancient times to today.

Panaewa rodeo returns this weekend

Starting Saturday and continuing through Monday, Feb. 17, the Hawaii Horse Owners Association will hold its 28th annual rodeo, “The 2020 Pana‘ewa Stampede” at the Pana‘ewa Equestrian Center in Hilo.

CERT training in Ocean View

Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency and the Hawaii Fire Department are holding a Community Emergency Response Team basic training course in Ka‘u at the Ocean View Community Center, starting Saturday, Feb. 22. This emergency response basic training course is developed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and is free to the public.

AARP offers Community Challenge grants

AARP has opened applications for the 2020 AARP Community Challenge grant program to fund “quick-action” projects that spark change across the country. Now in its fourth year, the program is part of AARP’s nationwide work on Livable Communities.

Volunteers turn out for Malama Maunakea community weed pull

With near perfect weather conditions, although a bit cold, more than 20 volunteers participated in the Office of Maunakea Management’s Malama Maunakea community weed pull on Saturday. Volunteers helped pull invasive species around the Visitors Information Station while also learning to identify native species sprouting among the weeds. By the end of the morning, volunteers had pulled enough weeds to fill 43 garbage bags.