About Town 11-19-12


West Hawaii Band in concert Friday

The West Hawaii Band will spotlight the low brass section in its free November Harvest Music concert featuring “Lassus Trombone,” “Them Basses” and “Music from Pocahontas,” at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Hale Halawai in Kailua-Kona.

AARP driving class slated for Nov. 26

Kona Palisades Community Association is sponsoring an AARP Driver Safety Class from 1 to 5 p.m. Nov. 26 at the Palisades Recreation Center on Kaiminani Drive. The course covers defensive driving tactics, dealing with road rage, general safety and how to adjust to age-related changes. Some automobile insurance companies offer a discount to those who complete the course.

The cost is $12 for AARP members; $14 for nonmembers. This session is offered free of charge to veterans and their family members, widows and widowers.

To register or for more information, call instructors Reni or Roy Damron at 325-5422.

Children’s craft program set at library

The Kealakekua Public Library hosts a needle felt craft program for children 8 years and older from 5 to 6 p.m. Nov. 28. Taught by Malia Laurelin of Kona Pacific Charter School, participants will make a pet lady bug. The felting needle is sharp and supervision is required. Children must be accompanied by a parent.

Participation in the class is limited to 12. Materials are provided. Sponsored by Friends of the Libraries, Kona, this program is free to the public.

For more information, contact the library at 323-7585.

Little fire ant workshop planned for Nov. 27

A workshop on the electric ant, or little fire ant, is scheduled from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 27 at the Kona Imin Center, 76-5893 Old Government Road, Holualoa.

Little fire ant specialist Cas Vanderwoude will make a presentation; Derek Shigematsu of the Hawaii Department of Agriculture Pesticide Education and Certification Section will discuss pesticide labeling, use and handling; and coffee farmer Kim Johnson will talk about her personal experiences with finding the ant on her property and in her coffee field and how she has been affected by the ants. A question-and-answer session will follow.

Those with a pesticide license should bring it to receive 1.5 RUP credits.

Wasmannia auropunctata is found in much of East Hawaii and in several West Hawaii locations. The first little fire ant-infested Kona coffee farm was also recently identified.

To preregister for this event, contact Gina Bagarino at 322-4892 or email Andrea Kawabata at andreak@hawaii.edu.

Sponsors include the Local and Immigrant Farmer Education Hawaii Risk Management Agencym University of Hawaii at Manoa College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources Risk Management Hawaii and the Hawaii Department of Agriculture.