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Big Island resident selected as official artist for 2015 National Cherry Blossom Festival

Illustrator and Hawaii Island resident Jing Jing Tsong has been selected as the 2015 National Cherry Blossom Festival Official Artist. Her work, which features vibrant compositions, combines traditional printmaking with digital techniques. Tsong created a one-of-a-kind piece exclusively for the National Cherry Blossom Festival. An annual collector’s item, this artwork will be on the official poster and various merchandise.

Comedy, improvisation and Santa served up at Gallery Meld

The Alohahas Improvisation Sketch Comedy Company will perform a holiday themed comedy show titled, “The Alohahas Present The Holiday Hahas.” This performance, for audiences 18 years old and older, features members of The Alohahas company in a variety of improvisation art styles and games centered around audience suggestions and participation as well as new comedy sketches written by company members. The show will also spotlight holiday song parodies and an improvised sketch involving an angry Santa, Mrs. Claus and elves.

Cast chosen for ‘Bell, Book and Candle’

Guest director for Aloha Performing Arts Company, Dick Hershberger has selected his cast for the American classic “Bell, Book, and Candle,” John van Druten’s award-winning romantic comedy about love and witchcraft. The play runs from Dec. 5 through 21 at the Aloha Theatre. Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees are at 2:30 p.m.

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Speakers visit Honokaa High and demonstrate drones

Speakers from the Big Island Invasive Committee, Jimmy Parker, botanical survey technician, and Bryson Baring, field technician, recently spoke to several agriculture classes at Honokaa High School. The speakers explained what the committee does and demonstrated how drones are used in the conservation field.

Sweet sea scallops go well over colorful rice

Fresh sea scallops served with a colorful Vegetable Rice Medley make a quick dinner that only takes 20 minutes to complete. Scallops, which need very little cooking, should be cooked so that the inside remains creamy. Prolonged cooking will shrink and toughen them.

Get a head start on big dinner

Even though the turkey will probably wait until the big day to occupy the oven, here are three other traditional components of the holiday meal that can be made several days ahead without sacrificing one bit of flavor or freshness. This way you’ll actually have time to relax and give thanks.