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About Town 10-9-12

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Book clubs meeting in Keauhou

Two book clubs meet monthly at Kona Stories — the Second Tuesday Fiction group and Just the Facts group.

Second Tuesday Fiction group meets at 6:30 p.m. today and is discussing “The Spy Lover” by Kiana Davenport. Davenport is a well-known author on the island and is most recognized by her book “Shark Dialogues.” In “The Spy Lover,” readers are thrust into the savagery of the U.S. Civil War. The author will be attending this book club to meet everyone and talk about her book.

Just the Facts group meets at 6 p.m. Oct. 23. The group will discuss “Travels with Myself and Another” by Martha Gellhorn. This witty and intelligent memoir of the adventures, discoveries, rescues and narrow escapes of Gellhorn, one of America’s most important war correspondents and the third wife of Ernest Hemingway.

Attendees of the book clubs are asked to read the book in advance of the meeting and come prepared for a discussion. They are asked to bring a favorite pupu or beverage to share.

Kona Stories book shop is located in Keauhou Shopping Center. For more information, call Brenda or Joy at 324-0350.

Brain injury support group to meet

The Brain Injury Support group meets from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Hawaiian Rehab Services on Hualalai Road in Kailua-Kona.

Paula Boyer, a paralegal with Legal Aid Society of Hawaii, will present Advance Healthcare Directives and Social Security application information and discuss the assistance provided by Legal Aid for eligible individuals.

All neurotrauma survivors, families, caregivers, interested professionals and the public may attend. Contact Hawaiian Rehab at 329-0591 or Karen Klemme at 328-9498 for more information.

Coffee farmers, fruit growers to sponsor candidate forum

The Kona Coffee Farmers Association and Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers Association will hold a candidate forum from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Konawaena Elementary School cafeteria. Candidates for County Council and state Legislature in North and South Kona will address issues related to the forum’s theme, “To Protect and Promote Hawaii Agricultural Products.”

Forum attendees will include Brenda Ford and Maile David, candidates for County Council District 6; Dru Kanuha, Council District 7; Karen Eoff, Council District 8; Denny Coffman and Dave Bateman, candidates for state House District 5; Nicole Lowen and Roy Ebert, candidates for state House District 6; and Josh Green and Jeff LaFrance, candidates for Senate District 3.

At the beginning of the session, candidates will have two minutes to introduce themselves. The remaining time will be given to questions from the moderator and written questions from the audience.

Questions will center on how county and state governments can protect and promote Hawaii’s agricultural products, from Kona coffee, tropical fruits and macadamia nuts to food sustainability and security. For more information, contact Sandra Scarr at 322-9445 or