About Town | 5-12-14


Membership meeting held at American Legion

American Legion Post 20 will hold its general membership meeting at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The guest speaker is Matthew Handel, readjustment counselor with The Department Of Veterans Affairs.

All veterans and their families are welcome. Dinner is at 5 p.m. and costs $10. For dinner reservations, call Antonio Gaspar at 345-5478, or 329-8791 or Kalani Hamm at 936-8033 or 329-7274.

Class helps seniors protect against fraud

Elderly Activities Division and the Senior Medicare Patrol will host a free seminar on protecting against identity theft and Medicare fraud from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at West Hawaii Civic Center Building G.

Learn how to protect yourself, family members and friends from becoming victims of Medicare ID theft, fraud, abuse and billing errors. Find out who to contact with questions about Medicare fraud. Senior Medicare Patrol will have representatives on hand for individual consultation after class.

For more information and to register, call Kelly at 323-4340.

Net making class offered

David Coy will lead classes on knots and net making from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays May 14 through June 4 at Yano Hall in Captain Cook.

Classes will cover the building and repair of cargo nets, bags, throw nets and fish traps. The class will provide information on the sustainable use of these tools.

Cost for the four sessions, including supplies, is $25. Registration is required. Contact county Parks and Recreation Culture and Education Section at 961-8706 to reserve space.

Tree care safety workshop is May 23

The Hawaii Island Landscape Association, the University of Hawaii Cooperative Extension Service, along with the Aloha Arborist Association and Western Chapter - International Society of Arboriculture will host a tree care safety workshop from 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. May 23 at Queens’ MarketPlace.

The featured speaker will be John Ball, professor of forestry at South Dakota State University.

Cost for the workshop is $80 for members of the sponsoring associations and $110 for nonmembers who register by Tuesday. After that date, the cost is $105 for members and $130 for nonmembers. Lunch is included.

To register, visit wcisa.net/meetings/meetingdisplay.aspx?MeetingID=5523. For more information contact Ty McDonald at tym@hawaii.edu or 322-4884.

Children’s book illustrators give presentation

Children are invited to meet Mike Austin, the author and illustrator of “Junkyard” and hear the story from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Kona Stories bookstore in Keauhou Shopping Center.

The free event is geared for children ages 4 through 8 and is held during the 95th annual Children’s Book Week.

Joining Austin will be illustrator Jing Jing Tsong with her book Bucket of Blessings.

Pualu Award nominations due by May 23

The Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for its annual Pualu Awards to recognize individuals, businesses and nonprofit organizations which exemplify a commitment to the improvement and advancement of the West Hawaii community.

Nominations are being accepted in seven categories: Community Education, Environmental Awareness, Lifetime Service, Culture and Heritage, Chamber Member of the Year, Visitor Industry Marketing Award.

Nomination forms and more information are available by calling the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce office at 329-1758. Self-nominations are welcome and names of nominators will not be revealed.

Nomination forms must be received by 4 p.m. May 23 in the Chamber office. Winners will be honored June 27 at the Chamber’s annual Installation and Awards luncheon at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai.

Medicine making class offered

David Bruce Leonard will teach a four-day intensive course on making medicine from locally available plants at the Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden in Captain Cook.

Plant Medicine Intensive will be offered from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Participants must register and pay in advance. To register, call 323-3318 or email agg@bishopmuseum.org.

Online library course not available during upgrade

The Hawaii State Public Library System’s Microsoft IT Academy, a free digital literacy and technology training resource, will not be available May 29 through June 1 while a new Microsoft Online Learning Platform is being installed. The new platform will go live June 2.

Partially completed courses will not be transferred to the new platform. Patrons have the option of finishing their course before Thursday, May 15 or retaking the course from the beginning after June 2.

For more information, visit librarieshawaii.org before May 29 or after June 1, select “Services” and click on “IT Academy.”

Bridge results

Results of the American Contract Bridge League play at the Kona Bridge Club:

April 17: First for north/south were partners Kathy Golitzen and Mary Dee Overton; second place winners were Shelly Hershberger and Dean Jenkins. East/west first place winners were Elizabeth Reid and Rose White. Second place went to Peter Golitzen and Peter Mitchellopolis.

April 18: First place winners were Kathy Golitzen and Susan Brown; second, Jean and Robert Cole.

April 21: Barbara Eichelbarger and Dan Sabo took first, while Lois Griffiths and Dean Jenkins came in second.

April 24: First place went to Mary Dee Overton and Kathy Golitzen; second, JoAn Hill and Chuck Clark.

April 25: First place winners were Mary Dee Overton and Peter Mitchellopollis. Second place winners were Carol and Mark Maggipinto.

April 28: First for north/south were partners Kathy Golitzen and Peter Mitchellopolis. Tied for second were Barbara Eichelbarger and Jim Elstran, and Carol and Mark Maggipinto. East/west first place winners were Liz Holey and Nick Nichols. Second place went to Rose White and Elizabeth Reid.

For the schedule of games, call 443-7708.