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Thanksgiving holiday cooking safety tips

Thanksgiving is all about food and family – turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie and family time. However, preparing holiday goodies can lead to disaster with the kitchen being the starting point of more fires than any other room in the house, and cooking being the leading cause of fires in the home, according to the National Fire Protection Association.

Turkey: It’s all about the leftovers

Your Thanksgiving turkey has maximum appeal at precisely two moments: when the bird first comes out of the oven in all of its golden, glistening splendor, and at the end of the meal, when the bird’s remains — carved into many odd shapes — trigger delicious ideas for using leftovers.

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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.