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Geocaching event is Sunday

Those interested in geocaching are invited to Big Island Geocachers’ sixth annual “Meet &Greet” at 10 a.m. Sunday at Kona Coast Shopping Center’s food court. A 1 p.m. lunch will follow at the Harbor House.

Experience is not necessary, as volunteers will show participants how and where to find a geocache. The event is free.

For more information, email Jake39geocacher@gmail.com, call 930-2439, or visit geocaching.com.

Read-aloud program slated for Tuesday

ABC Read to Me, a read-aloud program, will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Kealakehe Elementary School cafeteria. The event offers an evening of fun and learning for everyone in the school community. Parents and other adults will learn how to motivate children to love reading, relax and enjoy listening to good stories, and hear the latest information and research about reading. The event includes refreshments and a prize giveaway.

ABC volunteers read to children from toddlers to grade five. Older children may attend the adult presentation.

For more information, call Joan Parker at 327-4308, ext. 289.

SKEA membership day scheduled Sunday

The Society for Kona’s Education and Art Annual Membership Day and Art Show will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the organization’s 84-5191 Mamalahoa Highway location in Honaunau.

All are welcome at this free event with music by Aloha Moon with Barak Ben Levi, hula with Mahina’s Hula Halau, ukulele with Hui Mauka Makai, an art exhibit by West Hawaii Artists Tribe, pupu, a silent auction and brief meeting.

For more information, visit skea.org or call 328-9392.

Co-Dependents Anonymous to meet

The Co-Dependents Anonymous women’s meeting is scheduled from 5 to 6 p.m. Monday at Unity Church sanctuary, 75-5722 Hanama Place in Kailua-Kona.

Co-Dependents Anony-mous is a 12-step fellowship of men and women whose common purpose is recovery from codependence and the development and maintenance of healthy relationships. The nonprofit is supported by voluntary contributions of attending members.

For more information, email kona.womensgroup@gmail.com.

High school teams reveal robot designs Monday

Robotics teams from West Hawaii Explorations Academy and Konawaena and Kealakehe high schools will present their robot designs at the Tech Monday Pau Hana from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority Gateway Center.

The robots will compete in the 2014 FIRST Robotics Challenge. The challenge started in early January, and teams have until late February to design and build a robot to cooperate with robotic teammates and throw an exercise ball into a high goal.

After the presentation, time will be used for questions, answers and networking opportunities. Bring a nonalcoholic beverage and pupu to share during the potluck. Reusable plates and cups are encouraged.

The program is part of a monthly pau hana series for people interested in technology in West Hawaii. Each month, a presenter discusses a different topic related to technology and entrepreneurship. All are welcome.

For more information, contact Rod Hinman at rod@auroraresearch.com or 989-0977.

Free archery class offered for keiki

Hawaii County Department of Parks and Recreation is registering for a free beginners/intermediate archery class. Children between the ages of 9 and 14 are encouraged to register for this activity.

Classes will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays. Participants shoot in an indoor target range at Hale Halawai in Kailua-Kona.

Registration will continue through Tuesday, with classes starting Wednesday. Registration is limited. Classes run for three weeks.

This activity is free of charge, but a donation of a pack of large balloons would be greatly appreciated. Balloons will be used as targets. All equipment and supplies will be provided to all participants. Participants may use their own equipment, but must be approved by the recreation director.

For more information or to register, call Marshall Tohara at 327-3565.

Cowell graduates basic combat training

Army Pfc. Robert L. Cowell has graduated from the Infantryman One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning in Columbus, Ga. The training consists of basic infantry training and advanced individual training.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises.

Cowell is the son of Robert Cowell of Captain Cook and Caroline Greenwell of Kealakekua.

He is a 2012 graduate of Konawaena High School.

Knights harvest excess fruit for the hungry

In a year, the Kona Knights of Columbus successfully picked and delivered 4,300 pounds of fresh fruits to The Food Basket, Hawaii Food Bank and The Friendly Place. This program gathers fresh food from residents’ trees and gardens, while assisting local hunger programs with donations of fruits and vegetables.

“It is a shame that we’ve begun to see food on trees and in gardens as ‘rubbish’ or ‘waste’ that needs to be cleaned up,” said Food Basket Executive Director En Young. “We’re so thankful the Knights and their volunteers are helping us fulfill our mission of preventing the waste of edible food on Hawaii Island.”

To donate excess produce or for information, email knightsharvest@gmail.com or call 313-2799.