About Town 3-29-13


Civil Defense to test sirens Monday

The Civil Defense monthly test of the statewide outdoor siren warning system, coordinated with the test of the live audio broadcast segment of the Emergency Alert System, is scheduled at 11:45 a.m. Monday.

The siren test is the steady one-minute tone used to alert the public to any emergency that may pose a threat to life and property. Besides natural hazards, the Emergency Alert System could be used for terrorist incidents or acts of war.

Contact 935-0031 to report siren operations issues.

Civil defense disaster preparedness information is located in the front section of telephone directories statewide.

Guild and school offering classes

Realistic painting and basics in sewing classes will take place in Waimea in April, continuing the arts program series presented by Waimea Artists’ Guild in partnership with Kanu o ka Aina Learning Ohana.

Nature artist Patrick Ching, known for his oil paintings of Hawaii’s dramatic landscapes and wildlife, will introduce his techniques at a free community presentation from 6 to 8 p.m. April 12 at the Kanu o ka Aina New Century Public Charter School in Waimea. His Realistic Painting Workshop will be held the following day, April 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“Bring some photographs of things you’d like to paint; your pet, a place, etc.,” Ching said. “You may email me photos beforehand to make the best use of our time together. Picture selection is important. Try to keep it simple.” Ching can be reached at Patrick@NaturallyHawaiian.com. Cost for the Realistic Painting Workshop is $175, which includes all materials and an 11-by-14-inch canvas for a painting. Bring own lunch or snacks.

Gina Underhill will teach basics in sewing on Tuesdays, at the Kanu campus, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. as follows: April 9, Get to Know Your Machine; April 16, Let’s Get Sewing; and April 23, Complete the Project. Cost for all three classes is $60, and students will need to bring their own sewing machine, scissors, thread and recycled T-shirts or fabric. Space is limited.

In addition, Beau Jack Key will offer an extended Hawaiian cordage and lashing class, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 5 and 12 at the school. A partnership of KALO and Waimea Artists’ Guild, the class offers an in-depth opportunity to work at individual levels with the instructor. Cost for the workshop is $45 including materials. Class is limited to 10 students.

To sign up for any of the classes, call The Pantry at 887-2289.

The Pantry is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, which includes Waimea Artists’ Guild, the Friday Night Crew youth group and Mama’s House Thrift Store. The guild is an association of professional artists whose intent is to produce art and promote education in the community.