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December 31, 2013 - 12:13pm

Blood bank plans local drives next week

The Blood Bank of Hawaii will hold blood drives in January, which is National Blood Donor Month.

Drives are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday in the cultural hall at Church of Latter-day Saints, Kona Stake, 75-230 Kalani St.; 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday in the cultural hall at Church of Latter-day Saints, Waimea Ward, 65-1168 Kapiolani Road; and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 8 in the cultural hall at Church of Latter-day Saints, Kona Stake.

To be a blood donor a person must be in good health, 18 years of age or older (17 with signed Blood Bank of Hawaii parent/legal guardian consent form), weigh 110 pounds or more and have a valid photo ID with date of birth.

To make an appointment, call Blood Bank of Hawaii at 800-372-9966 or visit

Chamber ensemble offers music for the whole family

The Voice of the Wood Cello Chamber Players will perform at 6:30 p.m. Monday at North Kohala Public Library.

The hour-long program is designed to entertain children as well as adults and features a variety of music by classical, Hawaiian and contemporary composers.

Each January, members of the chamber ensemble spend one month performing on the Big Island. Voice of the Wood plays in public schools throughout its home base of Denver, and considers contacts with children to be a primary focus of the chamber players. The ensemble includes Marilyn Hof, Michael Marecak and Shirley Marecak on cello; Katherine Thayer and Natalie Hill on violin, Wanda Beck on viola, and Larry Beck playing oboe.

Admission is free. Call the library at 889-6655 for more information or to request special accommodation.

Speaker explains how to win Veterans Affairs claims

The Christopher Camero Veterans of Foreign Wars Post will host two seminars on how to win a Veterans Affairs claim at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday and again Feb. 4 at the post, located at 74-5562 Makala Blvd. in Kailua-Kona.

Speaker Douglas Drake, a disabled veteran, retired judge and accredited member of the bar for the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, will explain why 80 percent of claims are lost and how file a successful claim.

All are welcome. Call 326-5675 for more information.

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