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Big Island resident selected as official artist for 2015 National Cherry Blossom Festival

Illustrator and Hawaii Island resident Jing Jing Tsong has been selected as the 2015 National Cherry Blossom Festival Official Artist. Her work, which features vibrant compositions, combines traditional printmaking with digital techniques. Tsong created a one-of-a-kind piece exclusively for the National Cherry Blossom Festival. An annual collector’s item, this artwork will be on the official poster and various merchandise.

Comedy, improvisation and Santa served up at Gallery Meld

The Alohahas Improvisation Sketch Comedy Company will perform a holiday themed comedy show titled, “The Alohahas Present The Holiday Hahas.” This performance, for audiences 18 years old and older, features members of The Alohahas company in a variety of improvisation art styles and games centered around audience suggestions and participation as well as new comedy sketches written by company members. The show will also spotlight holiday song parodies and an improvised sketch involving an angry Santa, Mrs. Claus and elves.

Cast chosen for ‘Bell, Book and Candle’

Guest director for Aloha Performing Arts Company, Dick Hershberger has selected his cast for the American classic “Bell, Book, and Candle,” John van Druten’s award-winning romantic comedy about love and witchcraft. The play runs from Dec. 5 through 21 at the Aloha Theatre. Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees are at 2:30 p.m.

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Poinsettias provide color for the holidays

Although it finally feels like fall and we have been seeing Christmas decorations in some stores even before Halloween, the holidays don’t seem real until we get our Thanksgiving meal digested. Thanksgiving is still more than three weeks away, but the weather has been weird. This year was particularly confusing since we had an early snow on Mauna Kea, record warm temperatures and the poinsettias are beginning to bloom.

CSAs benefit communities and farmers

CSA stands for community-supported agriculture and is just that. Establishing a CSA assures farmers a market for their crops by pre-selling their produce and guaranteeing fresh, usually organically grown food to the subscribers in their community.