About Town 12-9-13


Project Grad meeting scheduled Tuesday

The next Project Grad meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Kealakehe High School library workroom. The committees are beginning to form with volunteers, but open positions still need to be filled. Call or text 896-1866 or 987-0522 with questions or visit khsprojectgrad.com for more information.

Free health care information available

There’s a lot to learn about the national health care law and Hawaii’s new health insurance marketplace. Big Island residents can find out what the law means for them and their family by attending a free educational session sponsored by AARP on Wednesday in Kailua-Kona.

The sessions — “Finding Your Way Around the Health Care Law” — provide an overview of the law, the health insurance marketplace, who is eligible, how to enroll, tax credits and options for those with limited incomes. Get help applying for health insurance through the Hawaii Health Connector on-site or sign up for a personal appointment at a later date. Session 1 will be from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and session 2 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the West Hawaii Civic Center Community Meeting Hale

The events are free and open to the public. Drop-ins are welcome but registration is requested via aarp.cvent.com/Whawaiihealth or by calling toll-free (877) 927-8300.

For more information on the Affordable Care Act, visit healthlawanswers.org.

AARP is a membership organization for people age 50 and older with 148,000 members in Hawaii. Contact AARP Hawaii at aarp.org/hi, Facebook.com/AARPHawaii or Twitter.com/AARPHawaii.

Honokaa library closes for tent fumigation

Honokaa Public Library will close Wednesday through Friday for tent fumigation with plans to reopen at 11 a.m Dec. 16. The book drop will be inaccessible between at 6 a.m. Wednesday and noon Thursday.

Patrons are reminded they can renew books and most library materials at librarieshawaii.org for an additional three weeks if there are no reserves on the items. The library’s catalog can also be browsed online where thousands of publications are available.

Parenting drug-free kids class offered

Chris Kelly, Founder of Prevention PLUS will present information about parenting drug-free kids in a drug-filled world from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Tutu’s House in Waimea.

Attendees will learn about trends in teenage substance use, how to deter experimentation and how to detect and react if use does occur.

For more information visit preventionplus.info. To register, call Tutu’s House at 885-6777. There are no fees for Tutu’s House programs, but tax-deductible donations are welcome.

‘Mystery of the Christmas Star’

returns to Imiloa

Trace the footsteps of ancient Babylonian astronomers at Imiloa Astronomy Center when the popular holiday planetarium show “Mystery of the Christmas Star” returns at 7 p.m. Friday. The planetarium show poses interesting questions and observations about cosmic events that may have prompted the vision of the bright star in the skies long ago.

Tickets are $10 for nonmembers and $8 for members and can be purchased at the Imiloa front desk or by phone at 969-9703.