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Firehouse Gallery celebrating Earth Day

To celebrate Earth Day, April 22, the Firehouse Gallery in Waimea will present “Our Aina and Recycle Art” show. Hawaiian landscapes, plants and animals are showing Wednesday through April 25. April 26 to May 30 will be seascapes and marine life such as whales and coral reefs. The arts council is also adding flowers to it garden in the form of artwork.

Wonders of watercress

Before we finish National Nutrition Month, it’s worth noting that the Centers for Disease Control puts out a nutrition score card for green vegetables. In the No. 1 slot: watercress. Not exactly a household veggie, watercress is a member of the mustard family. Its small, dark green leaves are packed with beta carotene, calcium, potassium and vitamin C. Slightly peppery, bitter and tangy, watercress adds zip to soups, salads and sandwiches. You can juice it into smoothies, use some as a burger topping or as a garnish like parsley. And like parsley, watercress should be used in moderation; a little goes a long way.

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Grammy winner to lead Quicksilver chamber orchestra concert

Robert Mealy, concertmaster of the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra and a 2015 Grammy winner, leads the five players of Quicksilver in a program of early chamber music from Central Europe, much of it inspired by exotic folk tunes at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Kahilu Theater Gallery in Waimea for a requested donation of $20.

APAC gala fundraiser planned

Aloha Performing Arts Company is making final preparations for its seventh annual gala fundraiser, this year titled “Around the World With APAC.” The benefit event will feature gourmet food catered by the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay, fine wine, locally brewed beer, live and silent auctions, and live entertainment by APAC volunteers. Entertainment will consist of medleys from “Jekyll & Hyde” and “Evita” as well as a set by APAC’s Aloha Teen Theatre and a sneak preview of the shows remaining in the season.