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Duo to perform European salon tunes

Roland Maurer, also known as Ohrlando, and his wife, Ursula Hesse, as part of the ensemble’s 2014-15 chamber music series will offer a special musical gift to the community: European salon tunes of the 19th and 20th century — a classical program with waltzes, polkas, dances, opera phantasies and more. Maurer will perform on oboe, bassoon and saxophone and Hesse on piano.

Jazz experiences coming to Aloha Theatre

Kona Jazz Experience is back with two nights of jazz this holiday season, sponsored by Aloha Hills Coffee, an award winning company located in Captain Cook. On Saturdays, Dec. 27 and Jan. 10, at the Aloha Theatre in Kainaliu. The events begin at 7:30 p.m., with proceeds benefiting Aloha Performing Arts Company.

Junior Judges presentation given

Cynthia Tai, Hawaii County deputy prosecuting attorney, provided a Junior Judges presentation to Kealakehe Elementary third-graders Nov. 21. Two classes were selected as participants in the Junior Judges program, which covered the importance of why cheating, destroying property, bullying, teasing, stealing, drugs and alcohol are all bad choices. Tai also encouraged the children to dream big and explained how everyone can make their dreams come true by studying and pursuing their dreams. She shared how she worked in the International Criminal Court in the Netherlands for six years before returning to Hawaii to continue her career. Special to West Hawaii Today

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Homemade food gifts are naughty and nice

Sweet treats are nice to give and receive, but they come with that naughty price tag of sugar and fat. When you give homemade goodies, you can control these variables. Anyone who loves treats will appreciate these imaginative and eye-appealing goodies. Thoughtfully, they contain more healthy ingredients and minimal “naughty.” Then just gather a few wicker baskets, colorful tins and printed cloths; wrap it all with bright cellophane, ribbons, raffia or silk cords and prepare to be the most thoughtful gift giver ever.