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January 22, 2014 - 10:08am

Senior dance class canceled

A beginner line dancing class for seniors scheduled for Friday at Yano Hall has been canceled. For more information, call Rena Rainbow at 323-8484.

Volunteers, site leaders needed for Ocean Count

The public is invited to take part in the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary’s outreach program that gives volunteers the opportunity to monitor and record humpback whales behaviors during their stay in Hawaiian waters.

The annual Ocean Count is conducted on Hawaii Island, Kauai and Oahu, with more than 60 shore sites from which to choose. Participants can volunteer from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 22 or March 29. Online registration is available at, where volunteers can select the date and location of their choice.

The sanctuary is recruiting a limited number of site leaders for the Ocean Count. Site leaders must participate in all three counts and attend training. To become a site leader, call 268-3087.

Those interested can also donate to the Kohola Campaign, which supports the education and outreach efforts of the sanctuary. To donate or learn more, visit or

This year’s T-shirt available for purchase features artist Brett Roeder’s “First Breath” design, an artistic depiction of a mother humpback whale assisting her newborn calf to take in its first breaths of life. The pattern within the whales are inspired by traditional Native Hawaiian kapa prints, recognizing Hawaii as the breeding, calving and birthing grounds of thousands of humpback whales each year. The shirts have been printed on soft organic cotton and are available in a variety of colors. All proceeds benefit the Ocean Count project. To order a shirt, visit

Radio society meeting Sunday

The Kona Amateur Radio Society meets from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the south end of Wawaloli Beach Park at the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority.

All members, friends and those interested in amateur radio are invited. A potluck picnic with a Chinese food theme will take place during the meeting and attendees are encouraged to bring a dish to share.

Sports Car Club holds meeting, driving event

The Big Island Region of the Sports Car Club of America will hold its annual board of directors elections and awards luncheon from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Hilo International Drag Strip.

The cookout will be prepared by chef Brian Dorr. Novice instructors will be available for the driving event, which will be a nonpoints test and tune course designed to help drivers learn their car’s handling characteristics, and help novices improve driving and car handling skills.

Anyone who has an interest in improving his driving skills is encouraged to attend. Fees for drivers are $25 for members or $45 for nonmembers. A $1 donation is requested for the food. Everyone entering the event will be required to sign a release and waiver form.

For more information, contact Vernon Harvey at, Ferdinand Dorr at or Brian Dorr at 895-1996.

For more information, contact Van NH7IT at 345-5008 or

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