About Town | 3-27-14


Co-Dependents Anonymous to meet

The Co-Dependents Anonymous women’s meeting is scheduled from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday at Unity Church sanctuary, 75-5722 Hanama Place in Kailua-Kona.

Co-Dependents Anonymous 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 information, email kona.womensgroup@gmail.com.

E Mau Na Ala Hele holds annual meeting

The public is invited to an E Mau Na Ala Hele meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Samuel M. Spencer Beach County Park at Ohaiulu Beach pavilion.

Reports will be given on the past year’s activities including shoreline advocacy work in Kohala, election of officers and board of directors, and event planning for 2014.

Following the business meeting, the 2013 Douglas Tom Thumbs-Up award will be presented and a silent auction will be held. Details on the silent auction are available at emaunaalahele.org. A potluck lunch and afternoon activity are also planned.

For more information, call Martha Tumbleson at 327-9638.

Vision event to benefit Kona’s homeless

The Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity is partnering with pastor Megan Rohrer from the Welcome Ministry in San Francisco to put on the Kona Vision Event to help homeless and low-income people with their vision needs.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Old Kona Airport Park’s Makaeo Event Pavilion. Susan Senft and Jenn Brown, staff at Island Eye Care, Inc., will administer free eye exams, and the Welcome Ministry will order free glasses for participants. The glasses will be delivered to the Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity and distributed by its homeless ministry. A free meal, free blood pressure and diabetes screening, and haircuts will also be offered.

For more information, call 329-5733 or visit konalutheranchurch.com.

America’s Farmers Mom of the Year nominations sought

Monsanto Co. is announcing the last call for nominations in its search for the next America’s Farmers Mom of the Year. Those who would like to nominate a farm mom – one who works every aspect of the farm, keeps everyone on task, and even advocates for the industry she loves — will have through Monday to submit an entry.

The company received nominations last year from 48 states.

Anyone can nominate their favorite farm mom for a chance to win up to $10,000.

To make a nomination, visit americasfarmers.com between by Monday and submit a brief essay online or by mail that explains how the nominee contributes to her family, farm, community and agriculture. Each nomination will be judged based on published criteria by a panel of judges from American Agri-Women, and Monsanto will select five regional winners based on the judges’ decisions. Each regional winner will receive a $5,000 cash prize. Profiles of the regional winners will then be posted to americasfarmers.com, where the public can vote for one national farm mom winner. Announced just prior to Mother’s Day, the national winner will receive an additional $5,000 cash prize.

For complete eligibility requirements and official contest rules visit americasfarmers.com. Interested parties may also send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to America’s Farmers Mom of the Year, Attn: Sue Dillon, 349 Marshall Ave., Ste. 200, St. Louis, MO 63119.

Farmers union hosts potluck

Hawaii Farmers Union United Kona Chapter will sponsor a “Locavore Potluck” from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Buddha’s Cup Coffee Farm, 78-1377 Bishop Road in Holualoa.

Bob Shaffer of Soil Culture Consulting will speak on the importance of compost in a healthy agriculture system, and Steve Bess of West Hawaii Mediation Center will discuss the new agriculture mediation program.

Attendees should bring a dish to share.

Innovations performing ‘Music in the Gardens’

“Music in the Gardens,” a performance by students and faculty from Innovations Public Charter School to raise funds for the school’s music program, will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Hawaiian Queen Coffee Garden, 75-1048 Henry St., Kailua-Kona. A silent auction and complimentary tea and snacks are planned.

Suggested donation is $25 to $50. Tickets may be purchased at Innovations Public Charter School, 75-5815 Queen Kaahumanu Highway, or by calling 327-6205.

Manuka Natural Area Reserve holds shoreline cleanup

The fifth annual Manuka Natural Area Reserve shoreline hiking cleanup is scheduled for Saturday in South Kona.

The region includes anchialine pools, rugged beaches and embayments. Because of the particularly rough roads and vehicle availability, the cleanup is restricted to 26 participants, who should RSVP. Workers will walk at least 1 mile in each direction to access cleanup sites. Volunteers will need sturdy footwear, sun and wind protection, a lunch, and refillable water bottles.

Hawaii Wildlife Fund will provide water refills, a toilet, trash bags, gloves, first aid kit and a cooler with ice.

To RSVP and for more information, email Megan at kahakai.cleanups@gmail.com or leave a message at 769-7629.