Happenings – Detroit Lakes Online

Happenings – Detroit Lakes Online

Beta Sigma Phi, Laureate Chapter: The Laureate chapter of Beta Sigma Phi will meet at 10 a.m. in La Barista, located just inside the south entrance of the Washington Square Mall. Marilyn Tinjum is the hostess and Ethel Duenow will present the program.

Tuesday, April 2

Community Health & Wellness Summit: Join Becker County Energize members for the 2nd Annual Community Health & Wellness Summit, set to take place from 4 to 8 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1401 Madison Ave., Detroit Lakes. Becky Dale of Minnesota Communities Caring for Children will discuss adverse childhood experiences and NEAR science (Neuroscience, Epigenetics, ACEs and Resilience). Anyone who cares about building resilient communities, where kids and adults can thrive is encouraged to attend — community members, faith leaders, parents, grandparents, government officials, service providers, policy makers, etc. For more information, please contact Karen Pifher at [email protected].

The Magic of Dr. Seuss: The Detroit Lakes Public Library will host a Dr. Seuss-themed magic show, “The Magic of Dr. Seuss”, starting at 1:30 p.m. Dive into the wacky and wonderful world of Dr. Seuss with this performance of magic, story-telling and silly comedy featuring the characters found in some Dr. Seuss’ most famous works. Perfect for families with toddlers, preschoolers and pre-kindergartners, this show is offered free of charge, thanks to funding from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. This event is offered in connection with 1,000 Books before Kindergarten, a library program that helps children develop literacy skills.

Wednesday, April 3

TeacHaiti Update: Miquette Denie McMahon, founder of TeacHaiti, will be giving an update on the educational nonprofit and its two Schools of Hope in Haiti during the evening Lenten service at Cormorant Lutheran Church, 14314 County Highway 4, Lake Park, starting at 7 p.m. (There will also be a meal served prior to the service, starting at 6 p.m.) Visit www.teachaiti.org to learn more.

Thursday, April 4

Church Basement Ladies: The Church Basement Ladies return to the Historic Holmes Theatre (806 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes) for two shows, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. As the title indicates, the gents take center stage for his year’s performance, “Rise Up, O Men,” as the church prepares to celebrate its centennial. Visit the website at www.dlccc.org/holmes-theatre.html or call the box office at 218-844-7469 for ticket information.

El Zagal Shrine Circus: The Detroit Lakes Shrine Color Guard is once again hosting three shows by the El Zagal Shrine Circus at Kent Freeman Arena, 1310 Rossman Ave., starting at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 in advance or $7 at the door; children age 3 and under are admitted free of charge. Advance tickets may be purchased at Central Market.

Friday, April 5

Rummage & Bake Sale: The congregation of Zion Lutheran Church, located at 1100 Lake Ave., Detroit Lakes, will host a rummage and bake sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. A barbecue lunch will also be available, so you can come and spend the day browsing.

Friday Night Fish Fry: The Detroit Lakes Knights of Columbus, Council 3166, will host a Lenten season fish fry on Friday, April 5 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Holy Rosary Parish Center, 1043 Lake Ave., Detroit Lakes. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for students under age 12.

Twelve Angry Women: Join the Detroit Lakes Area League Of Women Voters and a cast of 12 impassioned Becker County women — including Melissa Swenson, Amy Erickson, Amber Schwarock, Patti LaBarre, Sheila Welle, Mary Haney, Carol McCarthy Fisher, Lauren Seien, Angei Koltes, Chandler Esslinger, Kristal Kadrie, Wendy Spry, Sharon Josephson and Colleen Froke — as they lend their voices to a staged reading of the classic play “12 Angry Men” starting at 7:30 p.m. inside the Historic Holmes Theatre, 806 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes. This performance is a part of the 12,000 Voices campaign. Learn more at www.12000voices.com. There will also be voter registration after the show, which is free and open to the public, though free will donations will be gratefully accepted to help with expenses.

Saturday, April 6

Live B.I.G. Women’s Workshop: Come to The Clubhouse at The Village of Riverview (14799 US Hwy 59, Detroit Lakes, MN) between 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. for an exclusive event designed just for the women of Detroit Lakes! This morning of courage, connection, and inspiration will feature national speaker Rebecca Undem, small town advocate and author of “How Mommy Got Her Groove Back,” who will share her inspiring signature message encouraging us all to embrace our circumstances and live big right where we are. Each participant will get a signed copy of Rebecca’s book plus the opportunity to win fantastic door prizes! Tickets are $35 and may be purchased online at www.eventbrite.com (search for “Live B.I.G. in Detroit Lakes”).

Clean Transportation Talk: Come to the Detroit Lakes Eagles Club (112 W. Holmes St.) for a 10:30 a.m. presentation on electric vehicles and the infrastructure needed to support them, hosted by West Central Climate Action, the Prairie Woods Chapter of the Izaak Walton League, and the Sierra Club. Presenters will include Dan Juhl, founder of Juhl Energy, and Jason Grenier of Otter Tail Power Company; event is free and open to the public.

Sunday, April 7

Pancake Breakfast: The Knights of Columbus Council 3166 will be hosting a breakfast fundraiser with a choice of pancakes or French toast, sausage and a beverage, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Holy Rosary Parish Center, 1043 Lake Ave., Detroit Lakes. All are welcome; proceeds will benefit Detroit Lakes’ Health Resources Center.

Ham Bingo: Bethlehem Lutheran Church, located at 210 W. Maple Ave., Frazee, will host a fun, family-friendly afternoon of “Ham Bingo” from 1-3 p.m. Cards are available at a cost of three for $1; prizes will include one ham to the winner of each game, plus solation prizes if there is more than one bingo. Last game will be a “black-out,” with the grand prize being supplies for a ham dinner. All proceeds will benefit the church’s project to repair the siding on the parsonage.

Lakes Area Chorale: The Lakes Area Chorale will perform a special concert, “New York, New York,” featuring the best of Broadway and Lincoln Center, at 2 p.m. on the stage of the Historic Holmes Theatre, 806 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes. There is no admission fee, though a free will offering will be taken.

Nature Poetry Workshop: Author Kevin Zepper will be at the Tamarac Discovery Center for this special workshop hosted by the Friends of Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge, which runs from 1 to 4 p.m. Learn some creative techniques for writing poetry inspired by nature, from the man who wrote “Moonman,” a book-length collection of poems, along with four poetry chapbooks. Zepper is also an English professor at Minnesota State University Moorhead and volunteers with the Poets Across America Initiative. Cost for the workshop is $15; scholarships are available. For more information, or to register, please call 218-847-2641.

Wildlife Movie: A free screening of the movie, “Viva Puerto Rico,” will take place at 2 p.m. in the Visitor Center at Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge. Tired from the long winter? Escape to Puerto Rico, a tropical island infused with unique natural wonders. Some of the island’s special native wildlife — including manatees, parrots, and turtles — is threatened with extinction. Meet the charismatic scientists dedicated to restoring Puerto Rico’s rich biological heritage in this 50-minute film. The Visitor Center is located 9 miles north of State Highway 34, at the junction of Becker County Highways 26 and 29. For more information, please call 218-847-2641.

Monday, April 8

Successful Gardening with Eric Bergeson: Learn how to grow plants in the cold climate of the Northern Prairie from author Eric Bergeson, who will visit Detroit Lakes to share helpful tips and information for gardeners on the plains of Minnesota and North Dakota. Bergeson will share from his latest book, “Successful Gardening on the Northern Prairie,” which is an easy-to-read, common sense manual for gardeners. This author presentation is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Detroit Lakes Public Library, 1000 Washington Ave. Admission is free and all are welcome, thanks to funding from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Big Rigs & Trucks: Kids, parents and caregivers can get up and close to some “big rigs and trucks,” and meet the workers who drive them, during this special open house at the Detroit Lakes City Garrage, 508 Front St. E., from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event is part of Week of the Young Child, April 7-13. Free and open to the public.

Wednesday, April 10

Christian Women’s Club: The Detroit Lakes Christian Women’s Club will meet at the Holiday Inn, 1155 U.S. Highway 10 E., Detroit Lakes, starting at noon. This month’s topic is “God’s Gift of Salvation,” and the guest speaker will be Arlene Gabrielson, Cambridge, Minn., who is a mom, grandmother, blogger and part-time hairstylist. She will be speaking on the topic, “A Sister’s Gift.” Cost for the lunch and presentation is $12.50; please RSVP to Norma at 218-846-1977, or Esther, 847-5443 no later than Sunday, April 7. Free nursery care is also available; contact Diane Enslin, 847-2165 by Monday, March 8.

Detroit Lakes NARFE: Detroit Lakes Chapter 1842 of NARFE (National Active & Retired Federal Employees) will hold their regular meeting at noon in the Holiday Inn’s Ice Cutter Room. District Field Officer, Carolyn Billing, will be our guest speaker, and there will be an update on the May 21-22 State Conference to be held at the Holiday Inn in Detroit Lakes. All federal retirees and current Federal employees are invited to attend. The noon lunch will be from the menu, with the business meeting beginning at 1 p.m. If you need directions or have other questions, please contact Chapter President Virginia Weston at 218-847-6483 for additional information.

Brown Bag Lunch: The Becker County Museum’s April Brown Bag Lunch presentation will highlight “The History of the Detroit Lakes Library.” To celebrate Library Month in April, join the museum’s staff to hear about the 106 years of history of the Detroit Lakes Public Library, a cornerstone of our community. There is no admission fee for the museum during Brown Bag Lunch events. Bring your own lunch or call the Museum at 218-847-2938 to reserve a box lunch for $8.

Gymnastics Open House: Jump and move at the Minnesota Flyers Gymnastics Open House, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Upstairs Little Tykes Gym, MN Flyer Gymnastics, 1306 Rossman Ave. Learn more about local gymnastics programs to practice skills and build strength. This event is part of Week of the Young Child, April 7-13. Free and open to the public.

Thursday, April 11

Tamarac Volunteer Training: New and seasoned volunteers will get a spring update on refuge projects and opportunities. For more information and to sign up, please contact Janice Bengtson at 218-844-1756 by Monday, April 8. Lunch will be provided by the Friends of Tamarac.

Early Childhood Native American Pow Wow: Sample traditional food and dance at the 3rd Annual Early Childhood Native American Pow-Wow, starting at 4:30 p.m. in the Detroit Lakes Middle School. There will be a free community feast at 4:30 p.m., followed by the grand entry at 5 p.m., with an opportunity to watch or join intertribal dancing. Educational booths, a book giveaway, traditional food sampling and more will also be featured during the event, which is part of local Week of the Young Child festivities.

Dad’s Night: Lake Park-Audubon Elementary School will host a Dad’s Night open house as part of local Week of the Young Child festivities, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. All dads and their families welcome.


These Happenings section items or events do not have a specific date, or take place on more than one day.

Lenten Fish Fry Fundraiser: The Knights of Columbus Council 12581 of Frazee will host a Friday night fish fry fundraiser on March 29 and April 12 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Frazee. The Lenten meal will include fried fish, scalloped potatoes or French fries, green beans, cole slaw, bread and ice cream. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for kids age 7-12, and free for kids age 6 and under. Proceeds will benefit the Becker County Food Pantry, local scholarships and the ongoing project to restore the church’s stained glass windows.

ABE Orientation: Detroit Lakes Adult Basic Education is offering a two-day orientation for those wanting to enroll in GED or Adult Diploma classes. Orientation dates are April 3-4 and April 17-18. Prior to Orientation, students are required to complete ABE Enrollment paperwork.This should take about 90 minutes. Orientation is held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days; students must attend both days. Call 218-844-5760 to register or stop by the ABE office at M State-Detroit Lakes.

Eagles Bingo: Bingo is back at the Detroit Lakes Eagles Club, 112 W. Holmes St., every Tuesday at 6 p.m. Call 218-847-5267 for more information.

Detroit Lakes Area Pickleball: Open pickleball play will take place every Monday through Friday, 8:30-11 a.m., at the Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center. Two to four courts are available depending on gym and school schedules. All skill levels are welcome; all equipment provided. Wear good quality court shoes. For more information email [email protected] and join the Facebook group DL Pickleball. Rules are available at www.USAPA.org.

Lakes Area Adoption Support: Lakes Area Adoption Support is an adoption support group for anyone who has adopted or who is in the process of adoption. We meet the last Tuesday of each month at the Audubon Elementary School from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Childcare available.

Overeaters Anonymous: Two local chapters of Overeaters Anonymous, a 12-step food addiction recovery program, meet weekly in Detroit Lakes: One group meets on Sundays at 6 p.m. in Community Alliance Church, while the other meets on Tuesdays from noon to 1 p.m. at First Lutheran Church. No diets, weigh-ins, or fees. All are welcome! For more information on the Community Alliance group, please call 701-388-7585. For more information on the First Lutheran group, please contact Donna at 218-329-5335.

Mom’s Morning Out: A Mom’s Morning Out meeting is held every Thursday morning, 10:30-11:30 a.m. at La Barista in the Washington Square Mall. You and your little one are invited to come visit with other breastfeeding moms and enjoy a delicious cup of coffee or tea. A breastfeeding and infant care expert will be present to answer questions. For more information or to sign up call 218-314-7051.

Birthing class: Essentia Health St. Mary’s hosts childbirth preparation classes for expectant mothers in their sixth to seventh month of pregnancy. Topics include Labor & Delivery, Cesarean Birth, Role of the Labor Companion, Newborn Care, Unexpected Outcomes, Breast & Bottle Feeding, Postpartum Period, Breathing Patterns & Relaxation Techniques. Suggested donation is $40 for all five classes. Classes are Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For more information, call 218-314-7051.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers: Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota is hosting this new caregivers’ class on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. at Lakes Area Vineyard Church in Detroit Lakes. Classes last approximately 90 minutes. For more information, contact Ashlee Grussing at 701-330-1681.

Free English as a Second Language Classes: Adult Basic Education in Detroit Lakes offers free English language instruction for adults every Monday-Thursday. The schedule is flexible and individualized. Call 218-844-5760 or stop by the ABE offices at M State to register or for more information.

Eagles Pinochle: Every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. there will be pinochle at the Eagles Club located at 112 West Holmes Street in Detroit Lakes. Members, guests and friends welcome. For questions call Gordy Martinson at 218-841-2940.

Caregiver discussion group: A caregiver discussion group is held the first Tuesday of every month at 10 a.m. in Trinity Lutheran Church, Detroit Lakes. Are you caring for a friend or family member age 60 or older? Join other caregivers for education, sharing, problem-solving and refreshments. Facilitated by Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota. All are welcome. Contact Ashlee Grussing at 701-330-1681 with questions.

Adult Children of Alcoholics: The Alano Club of Detroit Lakes (827 Summit Ave.) will host a weekly meeting of Adult Children of Alcoholics & Dysfunctional Families (ACoA) every Sunday at 8 p.m. For more information please contact Gina B at 218-849-3649.

Library Storytime: Children ages 3 through kindergarten are invited to the Detroit Lakes Library on Thursday and Saturday mornings at 10:30 a.m. for exciting stories and activities that are more fun than a barrel of monkeys. For more information, call 847-2168 or visit your library at 1000 Washington Ave. Information is also available online at www.larl.org.

TOPS meetings: Take Off Pounds Sensibly members help each other stay on track to their weight loss goal. No diets, no food to buy and no workouts to follow. Visitors and new members are always welcome. Minnesota TOPS Chapter 30 meets Mondays in Trinity Lutheran Church choir room in Detroit Lakes. Weigh in is at 4:15 p.m., followed by meeting at 4:30. TOPS Chapter 940 meets on Thursdays at 9 a.m., also at Trinity Lutheran. TOPS 1251 of Lake Park meets every Tuesday at the Lake Park Lutheran Church, with weigh-in starting at 12 noon, followed by the meeting at 12:30. Come and join us as we help each other reach our weight goals as we improve our health. New members always welcome. For more information call 218-532-2883, or 218-532-5882.

Celebrate Recovery: Celebrate Recovery, for hurts, habits and hang-ups, is held every Monday at Christian Fellowship Church, 28048 Meadow Drive, Detroit Lakes. It begins with supper at 5:30 p.m., followed by large group and small group at 6:30. Contact Cleo Smith at 701-367-3313 for more information.

L.A. Moms group: Lakes Area (L.A.) Moms is designed to nurture every mother. At our L.A. Moms group, you will have a chance to socialize with other moms, hear some great teaching, have discussion time and participate in creative activities. L.A. Moms is held the first and third Wednesday of each month throughout the school year from 9-11 a.m. at the Lakes Area Vineyard Church in Detroit Lakes. For more info, call 218-846-1199.

Senior Social: A Senior Social is held the first and third Thursday of the month at the Neighbor to Neighbor office in Frazee. The address is 501 W. Juniper Suite B. (the “blue building” on old Hwy. 10). Call 218-334-3559 for more information.

Community Alliance Church programs: Community Alliance Church, Detroit Lakes, hosts Quilting for Missions Mondays at 9:30 a.m.; The first Tuesday of every month is High Mileage (suggested ages 55 and up), which meets for “pot-blessing” meal at noon, followed by special music and a Bible nugget.

Foster homes needed: Foster homes are needed. If you or someone you know can help, please call Becker County Children and Family Services 218-847-5628 and ask for Intake. You can make a difference in a child’s life.

Bone Builders: An exercise class for seniors called “Bone Builders” is being held at 405 W. Maple Ave. in Frazee, Thursday mornings at 10:30 a.m.; the Lake Park City Center every Tuesday and Friday at 10:15 a.m.; and also at the Vergas Event Center, Thursdays at 9:30.a.m. The group focuses on low-impact and balance exercises.

Alzheimer’s Support Group: Meets on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 2 p.m. in the Yoga Studio at Ecumen Detroit Lakes.

Dunvilla Lions Club: The Dunvilla Lions Club will meet the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Dunn Township Hall.

Be a foster grandparent: For those 55 and older interested in being a foster grandparent through the Tri-Valley Opportunity Council program, call 1-800-584-7020 or visit www.tvoc.org.

The Caring Cup: Every second and last Wednesday of the month from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., community members who are dealing with the loss of a loved one meet at the David-Donehower Funeral Home for friendship, support and encouragement. The free program is open to the public, no registration necessary.

Women’s Domestic Violence Education Support Group: Lakes Crisis & Resource Center hosts a Women’s Domestic Violence Education Support Group every Wednesday from 5:30—6:30 p.m. in the crisis center. Call to pre-register at 218-847-8572 or 218-847-7446. Childcare is available upon request.

Rummikub, more games: Tuesday afternoons from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., come to Holy Rosary fireplace room for coffee, desserts and a game of cards, board games or Rummikub. Everyone is welcome.

Parkinson’s Support Group: Emmanuel Nursing Home’s Forest Conference Center, 2 p.m. on the last Thursday of each month.

Celebrate Recovery: Every Monday evening the Refuge in Detroit Lakes hosts a supper at 5:45 p.m. and meeting at 6:45 p.m. Call Cleo at 701-367-3313 for more information.

BC Senior Meals: Meals for persons 60 and older are served several times each week at nutrition sites in Detroit Lakes, Lake Park, Osage and Wolf Lake or can be delivered directly to homes in these communities, Frazee and Callaway, via the Meals on Wheels program. One-day advance notice of attendance is required at many sites. For more information, call Lake Park at 238-5336, Detroit Lakes at 847-5823, Osage/Wolf Lake at 573-3663, Frazee at 847-5823, Ogema at 877-498-2865, and Callaway (Meals on Wheels only) at 847-5823.

Lakes Area Quilt Guild: The Lakes Area Quilt Guild meets every 4th Thursday at 7 pm at Ecumen in Detroit Lakes, Emmanuel Nursing Home in the Forest Conference Center. Check us out on Facebook! All levels of quilters, new and experienced are welcome to attend.

Preschool screening: Preschool screening for 3-5 year olds for the Frazee-Vergas district is provided through Becker County Community Health Services. Call Annie at 218-847-5628 ext. 5419 to make an appointment. This one screening will provide your child the requirements for Early Childhood Screening. Minnesota law requires each child attend a health and developmental screening before kindergarten.

Senior Center Activities: The DL Senior Citizens Center has activities all month long. Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. is Pinochle; at 1 p.m. there will be 500 and other games. Whist is played on Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. The third Wednesday of each month will be a celebration of birthdays for the month. The second Monday of each month there will be a Site Council meeting at 11 a.m. For more information, call 847-5823.

Bingo for DL Hockey: The DL Youth Hockey organization holds Bingo every Sunday at Zorbaz in support of youth hockey in Detroit Lakes. All are welcome; Bingo starts at 6 p.m.

Men’s lunch, bridge club: Men’s lunch and bridge club meets every Tuesday from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Holiday Inn. Call (701) 388-4329 if you are interested in playing.

eReader help: Schedule a one-on-one appointment to address your eReader questions every Tuesday (10:30-11:30 a.m.) and Wednesday (4:30-5:30 p.m.) at Detroit Lakes Public Library, or call for an appointment that better fits your schedule. For more information, call Detroit Lakes Public Library at 218-847-2168.


Palais Theatre to be demolished to make way for new centre at Town Hall – Nyngan Observer

Palais Theatre to be demolished to make way for new centre at Town Hall – Nyngan Observer

The Palais theatre will be crumbling down after the council resolved to demolish the 94-year-old theatre, and completely refurbish the Town Hall. 

The Bogan Shire Council approved plans for the reconstruction of the Palais theatre at the site of the Nyngan Town Hall at last month’s council meeting.

Bogan Shire Mayor Ray Donald said the front of the Town Hall would remain due to its heritage listing, however the rest of the building would be knocked down to make way for a new regional cultural centre. 

Nyngan’s historic Palais Theatre will be knocked to the ground to make way for seniors rental accommodation. 


“With the Palais theatre we’ve decided not to do anything more to it, just to knock it down,” Cr Donald said. 

“Instead of trying to have two areas, we’re better off in a small town, to just have one.”

Late last year a survey was sent to all ratepayers and residents explaining the situation and structural engineers report seeking community input into suggested options for the facility. 

The most popular decision, with 80 responses, preferred a reconstruction on the current site, with 32 suggesting a new facade. However the remaining responses preferred a reconstruction on another site.

“I know the survey we had tended to favour the retention of it, but since then we’ve had a good look at it with experienced eyes and really we wouldn’t know how much it was going to cost to renovate it until virtually it was completely demolished,” Cr Donald said. 

“We can’t afford to renovate and maintain two similar buildings.

“The site of the Palais theatre is suitable for more seniors rental accommodation and it would be very un-economic to try and restore it as opposed to having one building that can be replaced and renewed to provide all the aspects that the Palais did.”

Cr Donald said the demolition would be funded through the council’s resources, but assured that items of history and sentiment would be retained. 

“We’re going to make sure we keep certain parts of it. It’s only the building that’s demolished, we’ll either keep or sell anything in there that’s of any value, sentimental or otherwise,” he said. 

He said plans for the new facility at the Town Hall included tiered theatre seating to accommodate approximately 300 people which could be pushed back to use the lower section as an open area, and  would also have space for indoor and outdoor functions rooms. 

“The stage will be about as big as there is in the Palais theatre now, and there will be changing rooms and storage areas, toilets at the back, then on the Library side there will be an indoor or outdoor function area with a new kitchen,” Cr Donald said. 

“The indoor part will have seats and chairs for about 100 people, then outdoor can be used for the same reason as a barbecue area.”

Cr Donald said that it was estimated the new multipurpose facility would cost around $8 million and depend entirely on government grants. 

“We asked [the architect] and he suggested around about an $8 million figure, that’s to pull it down and rebuild it,” Cr Donald said.

“It will probably take well over 12 months to rebuild, if we could get the money, but getting the money is the big problem.

The Bogan Shire Council will seek to get the plans costed and then begin grant applications to fund the new renovation. 

“We probably didn’t think we would get lights at Larkin oval years ago, and that eventually happened, so hopefully this will too,” he said. 


50 things to do in Madison this April – Channel3000.com – WISC-TV3

50 things to do in Madison this April – Channel3000.com – WISC-TV3

Spring has sprung, and so have the Overture Center for the Arts’ “Spring Exhibitions!” The galleries are free, open and accessible to the public through June 2, featuring collages, photography and even a futuristic, site-responsive installation. April 1-June 2

Special Event 
Pundamonium” at the High Noon Saloon puts the town’s funniest punsters to the test. Ten contestants will compete for the chance to win the witty pun slam, ending in a hilariously dramatic final pun-off — perfect for your April Fool’s Day plans. April 1

Her song-a-week video series, Sunday Mornings with Reina Del Cid, already has a global audience of YouTube viewers. But this year, Cid takes her folk rock vibes across Europe and America in the flesh with Toni Lindgren, a common guest on Sunday Mornings. Catch the duo at the High Noon Saloon and enjoy their inventive singer-songwriter creativity. April 3

In her new album, Be The Cowboy, Mitski Miyawaki entertains the challenges of being a successful, modern woman who must grapple with the danger of being either pedestalled by society or knocked down. At The Sylvee this month, Miyawaki performs her raw and honest indie rock jams. April 3

“Life Sucks,” produced by Forward Theater Co. and written by Aaron Posner, is a modern update of a Chekov play that involves seven characters whose lives sometimes, but don’t always, suck. The show continues this month in The Playhouse at the Overture Center for the Arts. April 4-14

Wild Belle’s new record, Everybody One of a Kind, is a freaked-out sonic collage across genres like dub reggae, soul, R&B and pop. Catch the eclectic duo that is unafraid to test musical boundaries at the High Noon Saloon this month. April 4

Hailing from Minneapolis, Bad Bad Hats is an indie rock band that balances pop vibes of the ‘90s with the sincere lyrics of band member Kerry Alexander. Celebrate the first weekend of April with this sweet and sour trio at the High Noon Saloon. April 5

Two electronic dance music groups, Shallou and Slow Magic, are at the Majestic Theatre this month on their Into the Wild tour. Shallou is a Chicago-based artist who sold out all of his first headlining shows. Slow Magic is a DIY project with a worldwide scope, producing ethereal and transcendent beats. Tickets are on sale now through Majestic’s website. April 5

A High Noon Saloon favorite, “The Dirty Shirts Tribute to Gram Parsons” returns for an encore show after a six-year hiatus. The group of nine, made up of a few Dirty Shirts originals, will perform the albums GP and Grievous Angel for a delicious night of Gram Parsons jams. April 6

One of this month’s Kids in the Rotunda performances brings the Limanya Drum and Dance Ensemble to the Overture Center. Song, dance, drum and theater come together in the groups’ performance of traditional music and dance from Guinea, West Africa. As always, Kids in the Rotunda performances are free and appropriate for all ages. April 6

Laura Jane Grace is a musician, author and activist who doesn’t play by the rules. She left the punk rock band Against Me! to pursue a solo album under the name Laura Jane Grace & The Devouring Mothers. The group will be at the Majestic this month, spewing honest and bold punk beats. April 6

An artist out of the west suburbs of Chicago, Rich Robbins is a lover of anime, mess, hip hop and mix tapes. In 2012, he was accepted to the University of Wisconsin–Madison on the esteemed hip hop scholarship, First Wave. Now, he mixes his music to bridge together metropolitan and suburban kids, identity fluid kids and black and brown kids. Sail away with his beats at the High Noon Saloon this month. April 6

Michael Benjamin Lerner is at the High Noon Saloon with the release of his new album, Telekinesis. The Seattle-born artist is known for his clean and clear pop beats. April 7

Special Event 
Join the Cap Times crew for a rare but insightful live recording of “Madsplainers,” the podcast on local government. Hear behind-the-scenes stories at the High Noon Saloon about the Madison mayoral race, including the dynamic competition between top candidates Satya Rhodes-Conway and incumbent Paul SoglinApril 9

Cody Ko and Noel Miller were once software engineers, before ditching it all (yes, even health insurance) to make people laugh. These two goofballs started their comedy career with the podcast, Tiny Meat Gang late last year, and are now taking the show around the nation. Catch them live at the Barrymore Theatre this month. April 9

The Pink Floyd tribute show, Brit Floyd, comes to Madison’s Orpheum Theater this month. The show celebrates the 40th anniversary of the band’s iconic album, The Wall, and will perform highlights from the rock opera record as well as classic hits from albums including The Dark Side of the Moon. April 10

The Driver Era is an up-and-coming pop group featuring brothers Ross and Rocky Lynch. Their debut single, Preacher Man, touches on the angst of existential crises with soulful lyrics and intense energy. Don’t miss them at the Majestic this month. April 10

Cincinnati-born actor, writer and comedian Tom Segura has become one of the top comedy theater acts in the nation. You might recognize him from Netflix specials like Disgraceful, Mostly Stories or Completely Normal, but now you can catch him and his natural knack for hilarious storytelling on stage at the OrpheumApril 11

Mary Timony, Betsy Wright and Laura Harris of Ex Hex stand out from other rock bands in their powerful aura and upbeat presence. Magnet Magazine named them No. 1 on its Best of 2014 list, and No. 11 in the Pazz & Jop critics poll. Don’t miss Ex Hex’s contagious energy at the High Noon Saloon this month. April 11

Before we had cameras in our pockets, developing photos required hours of labor that the viewer of the final photograph would never see. The complex process of historical photography is the focus of the exhibition “Un/Seen: The Alchemy of Fixing Shadows,” which runs until April 14. Anna Campbell, sculptor and assistant professor of gender & women’s studies, will host a gallery talk at 12:30 p.m. on April 11 in the Garfield Gallery of the Chazen Museum of Art. April 11-14

In all the glory of the ‘60s, “Beatles vs. Stones: A Musical Showdown” hits the Barrymore this month. Stellar tribute bands Abbey Road and Satisfaction meet at the mic in an unforgettable mix of classic hits from the two legendary groups. April 11

If you’re feeling introspective, or even slightly poetic, Carrie Newcomer and Over the Rhine at the Barrymore Theatre will sooth your restful soul. Newcomer is known for her soulful lyrics and enticing stage presence. The husband and wife duo, Over the Rhine, leaves audiences applauding their effortlessly in-sync instrumentation. April 12

He might be an old fart, but that doesn’t mean he’s not a good handyman. Red Green’s “This Could Be It!” tour takes to the Capitol Theater stage at Overture this month, bringing you advice and knowledge as the leader of Possum Lodge men’s club. You can expect guest appearances from Harold, advice to married guys and an apology to the world on behalf of all baby boomers in this live, comedic rendering of The Red Green Show. April 12

For one weekend only you can discover the changing tide of classical dance. Emerging Voices” at the Bartell Theatre features a sexy, interactive and fresh take on traditional ballet by some of the industry’s most promising artists. April 12-13

Kanopy Dance Co. is celebrating the warming air and chirping birds with “Spring’s Awakening” in Promenade Hall at the Overture. Relish in the expressions of new beginnings and blossoming flowers as you sit back and enjoy this locally grown production. April 12-14

Duck Soup Cinema is back at it again with the silent film, Grandma’s Boy, a 1922 comedy about a shy man and a good luck charm, showing this month in the Capitol Theater at Overture. This screening is part of Duck Soup Cinema’s silent film series, which provides a rare and historic glimpse into the silent film experience. April 13

Special Event
Grab the kids and head to the Madison Children’s Museum for a museum-wide, musical event. The “Symphony Shindig” partners with the Madison Symphony Orchestra, Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra and Suzuki Strings of Madison to bring musical education and exploration to the next generation! Enjoy activities like opera yoga, recycled instrument-making and various classical performances throughout the day. April 13

In Overture’s lavish Capitol Theater, “B – The Underwater Bubble Show” follows the colorful and bubbly character, Mr. B, to an underwater world called Bubblelandia. It is there where audiences are invited to dream, savor and marvel at the beautiful and mysterious world with Mr. B. This fun-for-all-ages 75-minute show will leave you feeling lighthearted and creative. April 14

UW–Madison graduate Gillian Laub will be available for a Q&A session following the screening of “Southern Rites in the Marquee Theater of Union South. The documentary compliments Laub’s photography exhibition on display in the Chazen through May 12, which explores nuances in cultural identity, including images of a southern U.S. town that held racially segregated dances well into the 21st century. April 16

Special Event
A lifelong advocate for racial, economic and gender justice, Angela Davis comes to UW–Madison to deliver moving words in An Evening with Angela Davis” at Shannon Hall in Memorial Union. Davis is the author of nine books, has taught at universities across the nation and has spoken worldwide. In the ‘70s, she spent 18 months in jail and on trial, and was placed on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List. Now, she draws upon that experience to advocate for disproportionately represented and oppressed groups in the criminal justice system. April 16

Special Event
The current star of Broadway’s Hello, Dolly! Bernadette Peters is looking swell at An Evening with Bernadette Peters” in Overture Hall this month. Ms. Peters is a three-time Tony Award-winning actress, lauded nationally for her performances in Broadway classics like Sunday in the Park With George and Into the Woods. April 19

Directed by John Siewert and commissioned by Madison’s queer theater company, StageQ, comes “RAID! Attack on Stonewall.” The production takes audiences back to the Stonewall Riots of 1969, where police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay club in New York. The raid resulted in a week of violence and rioting, and was a catalyst for the gay rights movement across the United States and beyond. Tickets for the historically significant and moving production are on sale now. April 19-27

Madison-local reggae band, Natty Nation comes to the High Noon Saloon this month for “Vibrate Higher: Natty Nation’s 4/20 Party.” The evening will also feature popular groups like Atsang, Euforquestra and Spare Change. April 20

The ethereal, mysterious and experimental is invited to see AL1CE “The Unity of Opposites Tour” at the Crucible. The group is more than just a band; they create multimedia dance, art, video and music mashups with rock beats and fearless experimentation. April 22

As a part of Madison Public Library’s Wisconsin Book Festival, Nickolas Butler will be in the Central Library to chat about his newly released novel, Little Faith. This captivating story is the cross-generational tale of a Wisconsin family reconvened. What should be a happy time for main character Lyle Hovde turns out to be challenging and divisive when his daughter and her son fall under the influence of a radical church. Little Faith is one of Madison Magazine’s picks for the 2019 local reading list. April 24

Six runaways vow to keep absolutely silent in their attempt to escape from bustling city life, but human connection becomes difficult without communication. “Small Mouth Sounds, presented by Madison Theater Guild and directed by Dana Pellebon, takes the stage at the Bartell in a charming, sometimes awkward production. April 25-May 4

If you feel that lately our country has been fixated on our differences rather than our similarities, you won’t want to miss Son Volt at the Majestic. The band’s newest album, Union, is out now, and addresses feelings of separation and polarization. Wrapped up in a bluesy, feel-good package, Son Volt’s music will restore your faith in unity. April 26

A ca-rock your way through this a capella evening with the first and premier all-male a capella group, the MadHatters. If their red blazers don’t hook you, their wit, charm and sheer talent will. Tickets are on sale now for The MadHatters Spring Concert in the Capitol Theater at Overture. April 26

Born in the artsy St. Paul, Minnesota, Hippo Campus is an eclectic indie rock band that made it big after performing at South by Southwest and on Conan. They released their new album, Bambi last fall, and are performing the new releases across the country. Tickets are on sale now for their performance at The Sylvee this month. April 26

Enter a world of pure imagination with the Children’s Theater of Madison’s rendition of Roald Dahl’s “Willy Wonka.” The whole family will be swept off to the land of oompa loompas and chocolate rivers when Charlie finds his golden ticket. April 26-May 12

Let loose and release yourself into the music of DJ Cykophuk at the Crucible this month with Continuum – Midnight Dance Party. A once-a-month event, this dance party is for those who truly love to boogie. April 27

In the Wisconsin Studio of the Overture Center for the Arts, artist Jerry Butler will teach a Creative Play Collage Workshop open to teens and older. Learn from the master, then see his work in the exhibition Folks displayed in Gallery One through June 2. Bring your own unique images, graphics and fabrics to create your collage masterpiece. April 27

Some musicians find it trendy to say they don’t fit into a genre, but for Pokey LaFarge it’s simply the most accurate way to describe his music. To LaFarge, lyrics are the most important thing, and his style is influenced by his global travels. Sometimes his tunes are jazzy, and sometimes they’d be best described as a waltz. Leave all expectations at the door, and enjoy LaFarge’s fluidity at the High Noon Saloon. April 27 

Lead singer Alex Varkatzas of Atreyu says his band’s newest album, In Our Wake, is a deep one. It focuses on the delicious yet terrifying reality of legacy versus forgottenness and explores the dangers of failure. The rock band has been in the Top 10 of the Billboard Top 200, garnering a gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America. Catch Atreyu’s reflective and honest music at The Sylvee. April 27

Your girlfriend’s favorite band is at the Majestic this month, known for their crafty spin on popular songs from Justin Timberlake, One Direction, Katy Perry and more. Sporting classy beards and high energy vibes, Pork Tornados will leave you laughing and dancing along. April 27

Even after 27 years, Face to Face is finding new ways to inspire and engage fans. The classic punk rock group has rolled with the changing genre for decades, but now surprises fans with an acoustic take on their signature sound. The quartet will unplug the electrics and grab their hallow body guitars for a performance at the Majestic. April 29 

Neil Hilborn is a spoken word, slam poetry artist known nationally for his moving words and captivating presence. He recently released a debut full-length book, Our Number Days, and is a College National Poetry Slam champion. Don’t miss him at the High Noon Saloon at the end of this month. April 29

Neko Case’s newly released album, Hell-On, is inspired by a blazing fire that destroyed her home and most prized possessions. Her songs focus on the fleeting fragility of life and rage, and the importance of passing on our stories, regardless of whether they have a happy ending. Neko Case is at The Sylvee this month with songs off of her deep and reflective album. April 30 

Steve Marion drifts in and out of the circles of legends, having recorded with Paul Simon and Kanye West. Marion also produces his own work, like his forthcoming LP, Till I Burn Up, which comments on the toxic nature of our fast-paced, digital lifestyle. Delicate Steve will perform tracks from his new LP as well as other reflective originals at the end of the month at the High Noon Saloon. April 30

Fans of The Growlers or Thee Oh Sees will find Black Lips equally entrancing with their rocky, blues punk vibes. The band was formed in 1999 when Jared Swilley and Cole Alexander were kicked out of Georgia’s Dunwoody High School for bad behavior. Now a group of five, more than 15 years later, and Black Lips has been making a scene on stages worldwide. Tickets to see the reckless group at the Majestic are on sale now. April 30


Good food, good people, good cause in Cheshire – MPNnow.com

Good food, good people, good cause in Cheshire – MPNnow.com

The Old World Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser raises money for the Cheshire Theatre and Meeting Hall project

CHESIRE — The Canandaigua hamlet of Cheshire was hopping Friday night, as folks from near and far came for the Old World Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser.

The annual dinner — well staffed with volunteers cooking in the kitchen, helping visitors with tickets and takeout, and waiting on and clearing tables — helps the Cheshire Community Action Team’s efforts to restore the Cheshire Theatre and Meeting Hall. The national and state historic venue dates back to the late 1800s and staged theatrical productions as well as community events such as this spaghetti dinner.

For more on the dinner, click here. For more on the project, click here.


Calendar for March 30 – Hawaii Tribune Herald

Calendar for March 30 – Hawaii Tribune Herald

Arts & Exhibits

TODAY, March 30



Where: Jungle Love Hilo, 302 Kamehameha Ave., Hilo

When: Regular hours through April 5

Details: Features works by Puna artists Steve Irvine, Barry Wilkinson, Ken Charon and Vincent Callagher.

Contact: Becky Peterson, 934-7775, [email protected]


TODAY, March 30


Where: The Hawaii Darkroom, 166 Kamehameha Ave., Suite 8, Hilo

When: 8 a.m. today

Details: Learn the complete process. Leave with a handmade print. This full day workshop provides a step-by-step guide for how to shoot, process and print 35mm or medium format black and white film. All materials provided for: one 36 exposure roll of Kodak 400TX, chemistry and five 8-by-10-inch sheets of paper. Bring your own camera or one can be provided as a loner for the day. Workshops limited to four people for individual attention and guidance. Check www.thehawaiidarkroom.com for available dates. Cost is $125.

Contact: Michael Caputo, 345-5689, [email protected]


Where: Volcano Art Center, Niaulani Campus, 19-4074 Old Volcano Road, Volcano

When: 9 a.m. today

Details: This hands-on workshop gives students the chance to interact first-hand with a variety of native plants found throughout Hawaii Island’s various microclimates and learn how to integrate these plant allies into their outdoor ecosystems. Cost is $35, or $30 for Volcano Art Center members. Call the number below or visit www.volcanoartcenter.org to register.

Contact: Alyssa Johnasen, 967-8222, [email protected]


Where: Volcano Art Center, Niaulani Campus, 19-4074 Old Volcano Road, Volcano

When: 10 a.m. today

Details: Hands-on workshop in which students will learn safe studio practices, all the encaustic painting basics and how to make their own medium. Wet and dry shellac burns will be demonstrated. After instruction and experimenting, students will have the opportunity to create a small finished encaustic painting to take home. An assortment of marking tools and brushes and interesting papers, photographs, minerals, fibers and other natural and found materials will be provided for students to incorporate into their paintings. Students also are encouraged to bring other items they’d like to use. Advanced students can consult with the instructor in advance regarding specific projects. Cost is $60, or $55 for Volcano Art Center members plus, a $25 supply fee.

Contact: Alyssa Johnasen, 967-8222, [email protected]


Where: Hilo Public Library, 300 Waianuenue Ave., Hilo

When: 10:30 a.m. today

Details: Free. Origami is the art of paper folding, which is often associated with Japanese culture. In modern usage, the word “origami” is used as an inclusive term for all folding practices regardless of their culture of origin.

Contact: Justin Rajkowski, 933-8890, [email protected]


Where: Fraternal Order of Eagles, Keaau Aerie, 16-111 Opukahaia St., Keaau

When: 1 p.m. today

Details: Free. Hosted by American Rhododendron Society – Hawaii Chapter. Potluck followed by workshop at 2 p.m., then plant auction and trusses (cuttings) give-away and short society business meeting. You do not have to be a member to attend. Note different date, time and location. Future classes and meetings TBA.

Contact: Rene Siracusa, 965-2000, [email protected]

SUNDAY, March 31


Where: Petco, Prince Kuhio Plaza, 111 E. Puainako St., Hilo

When: 1 p.m. Sunday

Details: Learn what you need to know to foster a dog, cat, kitten, or puppy, with support from Rainbow Friends Animal Sanctuary and a network of other foster ”parents.” Topics will include bottle feeding, weaning, training, socializing, deworming, and more. Opportunities for volunteering at the sanctuary or spay/neuter clinics also will be offered.

Contact: Elaine Partlow, 281-9895, [email protected]


Where: Hawaii Creative Retreats, 614 Kilauea Ave., Suite 103, No. 25, Hilo

When: 2 p.m. Sunday

Details: Learn stenciling techniques with soft fabric paints to create a unique tote bag using a variety of stencils. All materials and light refreshments included. Space is limited. Cost is $25. Register at https://www.hawaiicreativeretreats.com/creative-retreats/.

Contact: Sara Krosch, 520-389-0620, [email protected]


Where: The Stables, 15-859 Kahakai Boulevard, Pahoa, and UH-Hilo, 200 W. Kawili St., Hilo

When: 2 p.m. in Hilo, 4 p.m. in Pahoa on Sundays

Details: Spring Session; 10 weeks. Cost is $90. Entry level sessions are open. Learn the nuts and bolts of how to write a compelling character-driven piece, whether fiction or nonfiction. Contact the person below to register or for more information.

Contact: Dawn Hurwitz, 936-3046, [email protected]

MONDAY, April 1


Where: SeniorTech, UH-Hilo, Portable Building 7, 200 W. Kawili St., Hilo

When: 9 a.m. Monday and Thursday

Details: Learn how to browse the internet and email using Internet Explorer and Gmail. Surf the web safely and play with attachments in email. Cost is $50; daily parking fee $3.

Contact: June Knell, 932-7928, [email protected]

TUESDAY, April 2


Where: Mountain View Public and School Library, 1235 Volcano Highway, Mountain View

When: 4 p.m. Tuesday

Details: Join Jim Klyman from the Big Island Beekeepers Association for more in-depth information about keeping bees and harvesting honey. Class will feature information about harvesting equipment, stuff that can be made (products of the hive, honey, bee wax, propolis), what it takes to maintain a hive, disease transfer prevention and more.

Contact: Bonnie Perry, 968-2322, [email protected]


Where: Aikido of Hilo, 29 Shipman St., Room 106, Hilo

When: 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through April 30

Details: A new series. Based on a philosophy of conflict resolution and nonviolence, aikido techniques are designed to protect oneself while also not harming others. Stretch, strengthen and tone while learning some basic self-defense skills. Cost is $60.

Contact: Barbara, 935-2454, [email protected]



Where: Church of the Holy Cross, 440 W. Lanikaula St., Hilo

When: 7 p.m. Wednesdays through June 5

Details: Try something new in 2019 by enrolling in dance classes. You do not need a partner; singles and couples welcome. Learn the waltz, hustle and rumba. Membership fee is $15. Each dance class is $6 for the whole quarter. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Contact: Scott Baker, 430-2237, [email protected]



Where: Institute for Astronomy, 640 N. Aohoku Place, Hilo

When: 10 a.m. Thursdays through June 6

Details: This week, David Kurohara from Hawaii Electric Light Co. presents several topics: “Phone Scams Targeting Utility Customers,” “Are You Ready for Storm Season?” and “Saving Money on Electric Bills.” On April 11, Bo Reipurth presents “Mars, the Red Planet, in Culture and Science.” Cost for the 10 weeks is $10.

Contact: Carol Lafond, 339-7270, [email protected]


Where: Hilo Public Library, 300 Waianuenue Ave., Hilo

When: 1 p.m. (Beginner class 2) and 3 p.m. (Intermediate class) Thursdays

Details: Free. Designed for adults. Learn Hawaiian chants/oli, songs and prayers. Runs through June 6. It is recommended students have some experience with the Hawaiian language. Program size is limited. RSVP required.

Contact: Justin Rajkowski, 933-8890, [email protected]


Where: Volcano Art Center, Niaulani Campus, 19-4074 Old Volcano Road, Volcano

When: 4 p.m. (Level 1), 5 p.m. (Level 2) and 6:30 p.m. (Level 3) Thursdays through May 16

Details: This basics class will focus on simple vocabulary, conversation, grammar and sentence structure. The Level 2 class will focus on expanding simple vocabulary, conversation, grammar and sentence structure. Some Hawaiian language experience is preferred for the Level 3 series. Cost for any of the classes is $90, or $80 for Volcano Art Center members, for the entire eight weeks. The required workbook for the class is “Na Kai ‘Ewalu” and it is available at the UH-Hilo bookstore. Call the number below or visit www.volcanoartcenter.org to register.

Contact: Alyssa Johnasen, 967-8222, [email protected]



Where: Keaau Community Center, 16-192 Pili Mua St., Keaau

When: 9 a.m. April 6

Details: One-on-one personal instruction on making a Hawaiian hand-quilted piece. Fabric and patterns available for selection. Meeting/classes available the first Saturday of every month.

Contact: Myra Ingbino-Lewis, 446-0436, [email protected]


Where: SeniorTech, UH-Hilo, Portable Building 7, 200 W, Kawili St., Hilo

When: 9 a.m. April 8 and 11

Details: Explore your settings, navigate and play with calendar, camera and photos, explore apps and multitasking. Have fun with phone and email. Bring your own iPhone, Apple ID and password. Cost is $50; daily parking fee $3. Limit of four students.

Contact: June Knell, 932-7928, [email protected]


Where: Hakalau Jodo Mission, 29-2289 Hanamalo Loop, Hakalau

When: 6 p.m. April 9 and 23

Details: Every second and fourth Tuesday of the month. Exercise and fun; learn older, traditional as well as contemporary upbeat dances that can be danced at every bon dance throughout the summer. Also learn the history and background of the dances. Donation of $5.

Contact: Akiko Masuda, 963-6422, [email protected]


Where: Hawaii Innovation Center, 117 Keawe St., Hilo

When: 9:30 a.m. April 13

Details: From getting the money to start a business to developing the key ingredients to make that business a success, this free seminar provides information an entrepreneur needs. Learn about programs and resources to start, keep and grow a business. Morning refreshments provided. Open to the public; AARP membership not required. Register online at https://aarp.cvent.com/hilobiz4-13.

Contact: Jackie Boland, 877-926-8300, [email protected]


Where: Hilo Elks Lodge, 150 Kinoole St., Hilo

When: 10 a.m. Saturdays and 5 p.m. Tuesdays, April 13-May 4

Details: Learn this practice to manage chronic pain, respiratory issues, etc. It is balance of movement and meditation for a proactive, low impact and non-drug approach to health. Visit www.hiqi4health.org. Cost $65. Deadline to register is April 1.

Contact: Jana Ching, 961-6922, [email protected]


Where: Hilo Public Library, 300 Waianuenue Ave., Hilo

When: 5 p.m. April 23

Details: Informational presentation. Fanny Brewer from the Big Island Invasive Species Committee will talk about the history of little fire ants in Hawaii, give an overview of ant biology and offer practical tips on how to manage little fire ants on your property.

Contact: Justin Rajkowski, 933-8890, [email protected]


Where: Aupuni Center Conference Room; 101 Pauahi St., Hilo

When: 8:30 a.m. April 29

Details: Learn from the experts about federal and state fair housing laws, protected classes and current topics such as assistance animals and domestic violence. There is limited seating, so pre-registration is required. Call the number below for information.

Contact Name: Office of Housing & Community Development, 961-8379, [email protected]


Where: Ahualoa

When: 1 p.m. Saturdays, July 13-Aug. 3

Details: Learn the basics of nontoxic beekeeping and enough equipment and basic knowledge to obtain and care for a colony of bees. Spiegel also will talk about how his agricultural, values-based business practiced sustainability and social and environmental responsibility. Also learn how intentions and methods affect the food we grow and how the food we eat affects us, how honey bees are an integral part of nature and the food chain of humans and some of the current challenges faced by honey bees and humans. Specific location and additional information will be given upon registration.

Contact: Susan Collins, 936-6019, [email protected]


TODAY, March 30


Where: Fraternal Order of Eagles, Keaau Aerie, 16-111 Opukahaia St., Keaau

When: Noon today

Details: Free monthly meeting for members and all interested gardeners. Potluck followed at 1 p.m. with the second in a series of classes on vireya rhododendron culture, “Pruning & Propagating,” led my Lucy Moody and Rene Siracusa. The class will be followed by a giveaway of trusses (cuttings) and some short organizational business. Please note the new location and time for meetings.

Contact: Rene Siracusa, 965-2000, [email protected]



Where: Hawaii Island REALTORS, 1321 Kinoole St., Hilo

When: 6 p.m. Wednesday

Details: Speaker Laurie Medeiros of Title Guranty Escrow Services will present “How to Read a Title Report.

Contact: Roy Dollwet, 430-3223, [email protected]



Where: Kamana Senior Center, 127 Kamana St., Hilo

When: 7 p.m. Thursday

Details: You won’t be fooled during the April presentation by member Bill Miller. There also will be an update about the May 5 BICC Lucky 13th Coin & Collectibles Show/Sale at Aunty Sally’s Luau Hale, with all-day free admission and parking.

Contact: Steve Nemeth, 430-1472, steve[email protected]



Where: Komohana Research and Extension Center, 875 Komohana St., Room D-202, Hilo

When: 6 p.m. April 11

Details: Chris and Barbara Tamm will present “Southern Africa Wildlife.” They will show photographs taken during recent visits in Namibia, Botswana and South Africa. Free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.hawaiiphotoshooters.com.

Contact: Susan Miyasaka, 969-8258, [email protected]


Where: Kamana Senior Center, 127 Kamana St., Hilo

When: 11 a.m. April 13

Details: Dedicated to empowering veterans, their families and widows by ensuring they have access to their full range of benefits. The organization offers free, professional assistance for obtaining these benefits and services, outreach programs and representation at all governing bodies. Any man or woman, honorably discharged, who was wounded, gassed, injured or disabled in the line of duty during time of war, while in any branch of service, even still on active service, are eligible for membership. Second Saturday of each month.

Contact: Myron, 218-779-5044, [email protected]


TODAY, March 30


Where: St. Joseph’s Church, meeting room, 43 Kapiolani St., Hilo

When: 9 a.m. Saturdays through April 13

Details: Free. For family, partner, friend or significant other caregivers of adults living with mental health conditions. Designed to help family members understand and support their loved ones living with mental health conditions while maintaining their own well being.

Contact Name: Carolyn Oki or Kathy Hammes, 935-3518 or 959-2426 (respectively), [email protected]



Where: Puna Hongwanji Mission, 16-492 Old Volcano Road, Keaau

When: 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Dec. 18

Details: Low-impact, high-intensity core strength, flexibility and balance workout inspired by Pilates and yoga, choreographed to popular music. Bring a yoga mat and water. Donations welcome.

Contact: Sara Krosch, 520-389-0620, [email protected]



Where: Ka‘u District Gym Multi-Purpose Room, Pahala

When: 6 p.m. Thursdays through Dec. 26

Details: Low-impact, high-intensity core strength, flexibility and balance workout inspired by Pilates and yoga, choreographed to popular music. Bring a yoga mat and water. Donations welcome.

Contact: Sara Krosch, 520-389-0620, [email protected]



Where: Komohana Research and Extension Center, 875 Komohana St., Room D202, Hilo

When: 3:30 April 10

Details: For anyone wanting to know more about diabetes and how to manage it. Speakers are Dr. Rich Jackson and Elaine Sullivan of Grass Roots Diabetes in Boston. To register, visit https://goodnewsaboutdiabetes.eventbrite.com.

Contact: Julia Zee, 969-8212, [email protected]


Where: Hilo Public Library, 300 Waianuenue Ave., Hilo

When: 5:30 p.m. April 10

Details: Presentation covers the importance of patient empowerment when it comes to the end of life, a discussion on the various end-of-life options available to a terminally ill person with a six-month prognosis and an explanation about the new Our Care, Our Choice law.

Contact: Justin Rajkowski, 933-8890, [email protected]


Where: Hilo Medical Center cafeteria, 1190 Waianuenue Ave., Hilo

When: 11:30 a.m. April 20

Details: Meet new friends, share experiences and provide mutual support in an environment that’s friendly and safe. Meets the third Saturday of each month; open to all ostomates, pre-ostomy patients, caregivers, interested medical professionals and the public.

Contact: Sandy Wright, 339-7640, [email protected]

Just for Keiki



Where: Mountain View Public and School Library, 1235 Volcano Highway, Mountain View

When: 10 a.m. April 18

Details: Check out real insects from Maunakea. Look at them under the microscope and learn about what they do in their environments. Put together the wekiu bug’s life cycle, to see how they live on the summit of Maunakea, and do some hands-on bug crafts.

Contact: Bonnie Perry, 968-2322, [email protected]




Where: Meet at the Kipukapuaulu parking lot on Mauna Loa Road, off Highway 11

When: 9:30 a.m. Thursdays through April 25

Details: Help remove troublesome plants from this home to an astonishing diversity of native forest and understory plants. Bring clippers or pruners, sturdy gloves, a hat and water. Wear closed-toe shoes and clothing that you don’t mind getting permanently stained from morning glory sap. Be prepared for cool and wet or hot and sunny weather. Meet at the Kipukapuaulu parking lot on Mauna Loa Road off Highway 11 in the park. New volunteer? Contact Marilyn Nicholson for more information at [email protected]

Contact: Park Information, 985-6011, [email protected]

FRIDAY, April 5


Where: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When: 8:45 a.m. Friday and April 13, 20 and 26

Details: Volunteers are needed to help remove invasive, non-native plant species that prevent native plants from growing in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Wear sturdy hiking shoes, long-sleeve shirts and long pants. Bring a hat, rain gear, day pack, snacks and water. Gloves and tools are provided. No advance registration required; no cost to participate, but park entrance fees apply. Meet project leaders Paul and Jane Field at Kilauea Visitor Center. Visit www.nps.gov/havo/planyourvisit/summit_stewardship.htm for additional planning details.

Contact: Park Information, 985-6011, [email protected]



Where: Mile marker 20 on Highway 130

When: 2 p.m. April 6

Details: Calling all volunteers. Sign up. Show up. Clean up. Uncle Tilo’s Water Catchment is coordinating this volunteer event. Participants receive a free T-shirt. Be part of the army of volunteers making tangible impacts on waste. Join the fun and show your support by working to clean up the highway and protect the waterways.

Contact: Archer, 965-1026, [email protected]


Where: Post Office Road and Highway 130 Bypass, Pahoa

When: 10 a.m. April 7

Details: Help control this invasive tree and keep it from spreading to other areas. Wear sturdy shoes and long pants. Tools and supplies will be provided, as well as light refreshments. Operation Miconia is a project of Malama O Puna.

Contact: Rene Siracusa, 965-2000, [email protected]


Where: Malama Archery Park, Panaewa

When: 7:30 a.m. (registration); 9 a.m. (shoot starts) May 18

Details: A fun day of traditional archery; 14 targets and novelty shoots. All abilities and ages welcome.

Contact: Tracy Lewis, 959-6699, [email protected]


Where: Reed’s Bay Beach Park, Hilo

When: 7:30 a.m. May 19

Details: Registration starts at 6:30 a.m. the day of the race. Cost is $10 for non-members, $5 for members. Scholarship awards will be presented after the run. Come help celebrate running and the scholarship recipients.

Contact: David Cotter, 339-7210, [email protected]

Pau Hana

FRIDAY, April 5


Where: Fraternal Order of Eagles, Keaau Aerie, 16-111 Opukahaia St., Keaau

When: 6 p.m. Friday

Details: Choice of entree. Includes baked potato, rice, salad, desserts and coffee. Steak is a 6-ounce boneless sirloin cooked to order on the outdoor grill. Fish is breaded in Panko. Other beverages available to purchase.

Contact: Richard J. Robbins, 965-0133, [email protected]



Where: Hilo Elks Lodge, 150 Kinoole St., Hilo

When: 7 p.m. April 6

Details: Starts with a beginner-friendly dance lesson followed by a dance party featuring Lou Ann Gurney and Jazz Mele, one of the Big Island’s longest-running dance bands. No partner or experience necessary. Entry on a sliding scale, $10-$20 (pay what’s right for you) or only $5 with a pupu to share. Ample parking behind the lodge off Ululani Street.

Contact: Andrea Gill, 959-8216, [email protected]


TODAY, March 30


Where: Honokaa People’s Theatre, 45-3574 Mamane St., Honokaa

When: 7 p.m. today

Details: This Grammy-nominated guitarist, singer/songwriter was as a founding member of Commander Cody and the Lost Planet Airmen. He will be touring as a trio with Cody’s drummer, Steve Barbuto, and Tim Eschilman on bass. General admission, $40; Gold Circle, $55. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Contact: Les Hershhorn, 896-4845, [email protected]


Where: Palace Theater, 38 Haili St., Hilo

When: 7 p.m. today through Tuesday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday

Details: Doors open 30 minutes prior to each showing. Set in 1970s Colombia among the Wayuu indigenous people, this mystical epic centers on Rapayet, a man torn between the desire to be powerful and his duty to uphold his culture’s values.

Contact: Phillips, 934-7010, [email protected]


Where: Fraternal Order of Eagles, Keaau Aerie, 16-111 Opukahaia St., Keaau

When: 7 p.m. today

Details: The Glass Onion Band will take you back to the days of the British Invasion and the band that changed our music forever. Cover charge $5. Food and beverages available to purchase.

Contact: Richard J. Robbins, 965-0133, [email protected]

TUESDAY, April 2


Where: Mooheau Bandstand, 329 Kamehameha Ave., Hilo

When: 11 a.m. Tuesday

Details: Free. This week features music and hula with Bert Naihe and Noe Noe. Halau Ke Ola Pono No Na Kupuna on April 9 and 30. The Hula Sisters perform April 16. During Merrie Monarch Week, the Merrie Monarch Band performs April 23 and the Hula Sisters perform April 24. All welcome.

Contact: Dinnie Kysar, 896-7284, [email protected]



Where: Alibi Tavern, 16-566 Keaau-Pahoa Road, Keaau

When: 7 p.m. Wednesdays

Details: Hosted by Sam Lightning. Full band stage setup. Take the stage, join in, network, meet or just enjoy some of the best local and visiting musicians. Must be 21 or older; no cover.

Contact Name: Sam Lightning, 965-1169, [email protected]



Where: Hilo Farmers Market, Kamehameha Avenue and Mamo Street, Hilo

When: 10 a.m. Thursday and April 12, 13, 17 and 21

Details: Live acoustic music.

Contact: Dennis B. Soares, 345-1800, [email protected]

FRIDAY, April 5


Where: Honokaa People’s Theatre, 45-3574 Mamane St., Honokaa

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Details: Explosive show, blazing bagpipes, mighty drums and the power of a rock band. One show only. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 in advance; $35 at door.

Contact: Les Hershhorn, 896-4845, [email protected]


Where: Palace Theater, 38 Haili St., Hilo

When: 7 p.m. Friday and April 6-9; 2:30 p.m. April 7

Details: Doors open 30 minutes prior to each showing. Rated R. Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Alexander Skarsgard and Salma Hayek. A pair of high-frequency traders go up against their old boss in an effort to make millions in a fiber-optic cable deal.

Contact: Phillips, 934-7010, [email protected]



Where: Lava Shack, 15-2929 Pahoa Village Road, Pahoa

When: 6 p.m. April 6

Details: Live jazz in Pahoa every first Saturday of each month. No cover charge.

Contact Name: Lava Shack, 965-6644, [email protected]


Where: East Hawaii Cultural Center, 141 Kalakaua St., Hilo

When: 18:30 a.m. April 9

Details: A performance by Hawaii storyteller, puppeteer and mime Jeff Gere in the Kahua ‘Elua second-floor theatre. Tickets are $10 for EHCC members, $15 general at the door.

Contact: Jackie Pualani Johnson, 561-5711, [email protected]


Where: Black Rock Cafe, 15-2872 Government Main Road, Pahoa

When: 7 p.m. April 11

Details: Rawdy, rockin’ five-piece country lovin’ band. The best hits, young and old, plus new Big Island-inspired original music. No cover. Every other Wednesday.

Contact: Bobby Reno, 965-1169, [email protected]


Where: Palace Theater, 38 Haili St., Hilo

When: 6:30 p.m. April 11

Details: This 90-minute sound healing experience features a beautiful harp and crystal alchemy bowl concert that will bathe your mind, body and soul in the love frequency of 528hz and bring you into a deep meditative experience. The love frequency can invoke a sense of healing, connection with the divine and beautiful experiences of the heart. This interactive experience features musical performances by Cheryl Angela and Alysa Rushton. Tickets on sale now.

Contact: Phillips, 934-7010, [email protected]


Where: Hana Hou Restaurant, 95-1148 Naalehu Spur Road, Naalehu

When: 5 p.m. April 12 and 26

Details: Live acoustic music.

Contact: Dennis B. Soares, 345-1800, [email protected]


Where: Hilo Town Tavern, 168 Keawe St., Hilo

When: 6 p.m. April 12

Details: Classic country, blues and western swing.

Contact: Lou Ann Gurney, 982-6012, [email protected]

All Kine Stuffs

TODAY, March 30


Where: Hulihee Palace, 75-5718 Alii Drive, Kailua-Kona

When: 8:30 a.m. today

Details: The public is invited to this full day of fun and family festivities. Admission is free. The Daughters of Hawai‘i have been stewards of the palace since 1925, and opened the home to the public as an educational museum in 1928. Cultural practitioners will share Native Hawaiian traditions. Entertainment will also include hula halau performances, and those who attend will be able to find great bargains at the country bazaar. There will be demonstrations of ku‘i ‘ai (poi pounding) and ‘ulana lauhala (weaving). The general admission fee to the palace will be waived for this special one-day event.

Contact: Kanoelehua K.L. Renaud, 595-6291, [email protected]


Where: Ohana Pregnancy Center of East Hawaii, 280 Ponahawai St., Suite 203, Hilo

When: 9 a.m. today

Details: Come visit the new center and enjoy light refreshments. This safe, confidential service offers free pregnancy tests and ultrasound exams and works to help women and men explore their options when facing an unplanned pregnancy.

Contact: Ashley Barhite, 210-2441, [email protected]


Where: Puna Hongwanji Mission, 16-492 Old Volcano Road, Keaau

When: 10 a.m. today

Details: Open to the public. Craft vendors, food vendors, kids activities, prize give-aways; temple tours, community groups, Puna Hongwanji Boutique and entertainment/demonstrations by Merahi Productions, Hiccup Circus, Matsuri Dance, Puna Taiko, Puna Judo, yoga, PiYo Live and karate.

Contact: Puna Hongwanji Mission, 966-9981, [email protected]

TUESDAY, April 2


Where: Kilauea Visitor Center, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When: 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. Tuesday and April 9, 16, 23 and 30

Details: Walk back to 1912, and meet the founder of the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, Thomas A. Jaggar, at the edge of Kilauea Volcano. Dressed in period costume, Ka‘u actor-director Dick Hershberger brings the renowned geologist to life. Space is limited; pick up free ticket at the Kilauea Visitor Center’s front desk the day of the program. Program includes climbing stairs and entering a confined space. Meet at the Kilauea Visitor Center.

Contact: Park Information, 985-6011, [email protected]


Where: Teleconference between USDA-NRCS offices in Hilo and Waimea

When: 4 p.m. Tuesday

Details: The public is invited to attend.

Contact: Kanoe Malani, 933-8363, [email protected]


Where: Hilo Public Library, 300 Waianuenue Ave., Hilo

When: 5:30 p.m. Tuesday

Details: The Pacific Tsunami Museum will give a presentation about the science of tsunamis along with the impacts they have had here in Hawaii, focusing mainly here in Hilo. There will be time for questions after the presentation. An informational table also will be set up at the library, where patrons can come ask tsunami questions or ask for more information about the museum. Table dates: 5 p.m. April 16, 24 and 30.

Contact: Justin Rajkowski, 933-8890, [email protected]



Where: ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center, 600 ‘Imiloa Place, Hilo

When: 5 p.m. Wednesday

Details: Presenters will include representatives from Big Island dispensaries, labor attorney Newton Chu, pain management specialist Dr. Zain Vally, Mike Covington of Steep Hill Cannabis Testing Labs and Lt. Reed Mahuna of the Hawaii Police Department. Pupus included in $20 attendance cost. Pre-registration required by Wednesday (March 27) by calling the number below.

Contact: Miles Yoshioka, 935-7178, [email protected]


Where: Thelma Parker Public Library, 67-1209 Mamalahoa Highway, Waimea

When: 6 p.m. Wednesday

Details: An evening of original readings by Hawaii Writers Guild members. Hawaii Writers Guild is an independent association of professional writers engaged in the promotion of cultural enrichment. The semi-monthly readings are free and open to the public.

Contact Name: Joy Fisher, 238-0551, [email protected]



Where: UH-Hilo, UCB 100, 200 W. Kawili St., Hilo

When: 7 p.m. Thursday

Details: This historical film captures the travail of an American family caught up in the original “9-11,” the coup that overturned the democratic socialist government of Chile and killed their popular president, Salvador Allende. Discussion follows. Free.

Contact: Noelie Rodriguez, 963-6966, [email protected]


Where: UH-Hilo, Science and Technology Building, Room 108, 200 W. Kawili St., Hilo

When: 7 p.m. Thursday

Details: Starting nearly 30 years ago, managers at Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge planted more than 400,000 koa trees in abandoned pastures to facilitate forest regeneration. Their goal was to restore native forests in order to increase native bird populations at an altitude where avian malaria is rare. While planted trees seem to grow well, there has been very little natural recruitment of native understory plants. Evan Rehm with the University of California, Santa Barbara Department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology will discuss the various barriers that inhibit the development of native forests, hindering restoration efforts.

Contact: Fritz Klasner, 933-0734, [email protected]



Where: Orchidland Drive and 36th Avenue, Orchidland

When: 8 a.m. April 6

Details: Seasonal fruits and veggies, plants, farm-fresh eggs, baked goods, jams and jellies, gift items, jewelry and so much more.

Contact: Edie Valentine, 756-4941, [email protected]


Where: Hilo Drag Strip, Hilo

When: 9:30 a.m. April 6

Details: All high-schoolers can participate as long as they have a current high school ID. Winner of the race get $100, a medal and prize. Runner-up gets $50, a medal and prize. The point series champion and runner-up of the 2018-19 school year also will be announced. Contact the person below for additional details, including participation specifics. Open to the public to attend.

Contact: Thomas James Elia Kerr, 756-3630, [email protected]


Where: Kilauea Visitor Center lanai, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When: 10 a.m. April 10

Details: Hawaiians carved ki‘i (statues) to represent forces of nature, gods, guardians and the spiritual world. Part of the ‘Ike Hana No‘eau “Experience the Skillful Work” workshops. Free, but park fees might apply.

Contact: Park Information, 985-6011, [email protected]


Where: Honokaa High and Intermediate School cafeteria, 45-527 Pakalana St., Honokaa

When: 7:30 a.m. (registration); 9:30 a.m. (convention begins) April 13

Details: Program will include electing new officers, speeches from elected officials and a forum including several topics. Lunch is included with registration fee. To register or find out more, visit www.hawaiicountydemocrats.org/county-convention.

Contact: Heather Kimball, 333-1535, [email protected]


Where: Laupahoehoe Public Library, 35-2065 Old Mamalahoa Highway, Laupahoehoe

When: 6 p.m. April 15

Details: An introduction to the wide world of children’s books. Get information about the various types of children’s books, how to develop ideas, common tools used for creating stories and how to turn ideas into reality. The instructor also will provide resources to learn more about online children’s book communities, as well as the many ways people are getting their work to their audiences.

Contact: Susan Collins, 962-2229, [email protected]




Where: Liliuokalani Gardens pavilion, Banyan Drive, Hilo

When: 7:45 a.m. Saturdays

Details: Did you miss the last class? Sign up for this one. Easy to learn, easy to do. Eight-week class. All ages 7 and older and abilities welcome. Reduce stress, increase energy, build muscle, increase flexibility, improve mental focus, improve immune function.

Contact: Sharron, 313-2197, [email protected]


Where: 70 Lanihuli St., Suite No. 2, Hilo

When: 8 a.m. Saturdays

Details: Hilo Veterans Center has new office hours. A benefits briefing is hosted the first Thursday of each month from 9 a.m.-noon, with several other opportunities for veterans and their family members. Contact the center for more information. Also available are: shore fishing group, kanakapila group, art therapy group, stand-up paddling group, various golf activities, yoga, tai chi and a book club.

Contact: Maricar Souza, 969-3833


Where: Kahuku unit, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When: 9:30 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays

Details: Come explore the park with a ranger and discover an ever-changing landscape, learn about the Hawaiian culture and understand the ecosystem around you. Bring sturdy footwear, water, rain gear, sun protection and a snack is recommended. Enter the Kahuku Unit on the mauka (uphill) side of Highway 11 near mile marker 70.5 and meet near the parking area.

Contact: Park Information, 985-6011, [email protected]


Where: Ben Franklin, 333 Kilauea Ave., Hilo

When: Noon on Saturdays

Details: Learn to draw everything from plants to animals to people. For ages 10 and older. Cost is $17.50 for each two-hour class. Supply list given during the first class. You also can bring your own pencils, paper and drawing board.

Contact: Joy, 935-0005, [email protected]



Where: Nanawale Longhouse, 14-855 Kehau Road, Nanawale Estates

When: 7 a.m. Sundays

Details: Come and enjoy the various local vendors showcasing fresh produce, plants, handmade jewelry, honey,crystals and much, much more.

Contact: Gloria, 896-8393


Where: Intersection of Mamane Street and Highway 19, Honokaa

When: 9 a.m. Sundays

Details: Features local farmers, fresh produce, artisanal products and ono food. Weekly entertainment, workshops, informational booths and youth-focused activities. SNAP/EBT purchases welcomed.

Contact: Lori Beach, 896-2151, [email protected]


Where: Sidewalk closest to the Japanese Tea House in Queen Lili‘uokalami Park

When: Noon Sundays through March 3

Details: Do you need your dog to become a certified service dog to help you with your disability and go everywhere with you, or would you like your dog to become a therapy dog to help others? Now you can do so for free. The Yukio Okutsu Veterans State Home in Hilo will pay for your tuition for this training if you volunteer at their location twice a month for six months using either your dog or their full-time therapy dog, Yuki.

Contact: Carl Oguss, 933-9763, [email protected]


Where: Eagles Club, 16-111 Opukahaia St., Keaau

When: 12:30 p.m. Sundays; 11 a.m. Wednesdays

Details: Looking for social bridge players to join us in duplicate bridge. Cost is $5.

Contact: Harry Messenheimer, 854-6147


Where: Sidewalk nearest to the teahouse, Lili‘uokalani Gardens, Banyan Drive, Hilo

When: 2 p.m. Sundays

Details: Come join the fun and share the love. Goals are problem solving via free training instruction and tools, and offering an advanced socialization experience. Bring a bowl for water.

Contact: Carl Oguss, 933-9763, [email protected]


Location: KMC Bowling Lanes, Kilauea Military Camp, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When: 2 p.m. Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays

Details: Bowl a strike with the red pin in the head pin position and get your game for free. Call 967-8365 for more information.

Contact: Elene Rizzo-Kuhn, 967-8371 [email protected]


Where: Volcano Art Center, Niaulani Campus, 19-4074 Old Volcano Road, Volcano

When: 3 p.m. Sundays

Details: Tranquil abiding is a superior state of peace that arises through training stage by stage in deep meditation. Transfer of consciousness is the tantric teaching on the very subtle body and the preparation for death. These teachings are free and open to those with Buddhist meditation background or a very sincere interest in Buddhism.

Contact: Patty Johnson, 345-1527, [email protected]


Where: Puna Hongwanji Mission, 16-492 Old Volcano Road, Keaau

When: 7 p.m. Sundays through March 31

Details: Learn how to calm your breathing, calm your mind, release stress and tension, let go of anxiety, have harmony in your relationships, mindful eating for health and total relaxation. Free; open to public.

Contact: Satoshi Tomioka, 966-9981, [email protected]



Where: YMCA, 300 W. Lanikaula St., Hilo

When: 6:30 a.m. Mondays

Details: Low-impact workout, suitable for all levels. Get fit, get toned, get inspired.

Contact: Harriet Rocha, 959-6405


Where: Kohala Village Hub, 55-514 Hawi Road, Hawi

When: 9:30 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays

Details: Geared toward street-oriented self-defense and rooted in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Students will learn stance, footwork, striking techniques, defense and much more. For class schedule, visit www.kohalavillagehub.com.

Contact: Kohala Village Hub, 889-0404, [email protected]


Where: YMCA, 300 W. Lanikaula St., Hilo

When: 11 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays

Details: Seated Zumba workout. Strengthen your core, increase your range of motion and stamina with this low-impact fitness class that offers the same benefits of Zumba Gold. All welcome.

Contact: Harriet Rocha, 640-3876


Where: Serenity House, 15-2579 Pahoa-Keaau Road, Pahoa

When: Noon on Mondays

Details: If willpower is not working, turn to Overeaters Anonymous. This is not a diet or calories club. No dues or fees. Newcomers are welcome.

Contact: 345-2753, [email protected]


Where: Yoga Centered, 37 Waianuenue Ave., Hilo

When: 3 p.m. Mondays

Details: Forty-five minutes of family fun yoga with Auntie Cat. Kids are free; adults $5.

Contact: Yoga Centered, 934-7233, [email protected]


Where: Sangha Hall, 424 Kilauea Ave., Hilo

When: 5 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays

Details: Beginners class, 5-6 p.m.; advanced class, 6-7 p.m. Visitors welcome to observe and participate.

Contact: Craig, 987-1465


Where: Hui Malama Ola Na ‘Oiwi, 326 Desha Ave., Keaukaha

When: 5:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays through July 31

Details: Fun, upbeat and sure to be a good workout. All are welcome. Free and open to the public. Visit HMONO.org/events for all class dates and times.

Contact: Pua, 969-9220, [email protected]


Where: Pacific Gymnastics, 215B Railroad Ave., Hilo

When: 5:30 p.m. Mondays, 5 p.m. Wednesdays; 5 p.m. Fridays

Details: Students learn skills on different apparatuses including silks, hammock, straps and hoop. You won’t get bored. Beginners welcome. Preregistration with payment required.

Contact: Bella, 938-8002, [email protected]


Where: East Hawaii Cultural Center, 141 Kalakaua St., Hilo

When: 6 p.m. Mondays and/or 4 p.m. Wednesdays

Details: The exotic sound of Javanese gamelan (an orchestra of bronze gongs and metallophones) has been described as “moonlight and flowing water.” Whether you are already an accomplished musician, or just someone who wanted to learn to play an instrument but never got around to it, you might enjoy learning gamelan. Classes are free and open to all. New members can start any time as long as space is available.

Contact: Carol Walker, 938-7650, [email protected]


Where: Kukuau Studio, 43 Kukuau St., Hilo

When: 6 p.m. Mondays

Details: An all-inclusive jam session with a rotating house band. Created to strengthen the Big Island jazz community through networking and jamming. Bring your favorite charts and the instrument of your choice or enjoy the vibrations of people improvising together in the jazz tradition. Free; all ages welcome.

Contact: Kukuau Studio, 464-3388, [email protected]


Where: Taishoji Soto Mission, 275 Kinoole St., Hilo

When: 6:30 p.m. Mondays

Details: Join Taishoji members for zazen (sitting meditation) and kinhin (walking meditation). Access from Kilauea Avenue. Free.

Contact: The Rev. Shinsho Hata, 785-3072, [email protected]


Where: UH-Hilo, Building K, 200 W. Kawili St., Hilo

When: 7 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays

Details: Open to the public. Two levels: Beginning and intermediate. Classes held in K107 and K109. Practice English, make friends and have fun.

Contact: Bela Conley Ramsay, 932-7243, [email protected]



Where: Hilo Woman’s Club, 7 Lele St., Hilo

When: 7 a.m. Tuesdays

Details: For local business professionals who value word-of-mouth marketing and are seeking to network, refer business to each other and build a better business community.

Contact: Sharla Sare, 430-1787


Where: Hui Malama Ola Na ‘Oiwi, 326 Desha Ave., Keaukaha

When: 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays

Details: Basic stretches and muscular endurance exercises that will help improve your flexibility and strength. Designed for all ages; geared toward those needing to maintain or increase mobility, and those wanting a gentle stretch. Free.

Contact: Pua, 969-9220, [email protected]


Where: Hilo Public Library, 300 Waianuenue Ave., Hilo

When: 11 a.m. Tuesdays

Details: All proceeds to benefit the Hilo Public Library. Hardbacks for $1, paperbacks for 50 cents.

Contact: Dale R. Huber, 966-4386, [email protected]


Where: Wailoa Art Center, 200 Piopio St., Hilo

When: 12:10 p.m. Tuesdays

Details: Do you want to become a confident public speaker and strong leader? If so, Toastmasters is the place for you. You’ll find a supportive learn-by-doing environment that allows you to achieve your goals at your own pace.

Contact: Nancy Jo Moses, 769-4076, [email protected]


Where: Botanical World Adventures, 31-240 Old Mamalahoa Highway, Hakalau

When: 3 p.m. Tuesdays

Details: Island, organic produce, pizza and other hot food, raw honey, desserts, arts and crafts and live music provided by the Alternative Medicine Band.

Contact: Linda Jenson, 747-0467, [email protected]


Where: Aikido of Hilo, 29 Shipman St., No. 106, Hilo

When: 4:45 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays

Details: For children ages 8-11. Students learn self-discipline, respect, greater focus and awareness in noncompetitive classes featuring exercise, strengthening and aikido’s nonviolent self-defense. Cost is $60 per month; families $90.

Contact: Barbara Klein, 935-2454, [email protected]


Where: Hui Malama Ola Na ‘Oiwi, Hilo Office, 1438 Kilauea Ave.

When: 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays

Details: Classes are free. Register today.

Contact: Kalani Lawson, 969-9220, [email protected]


Where: Church of the Holy Apostles, 1407 Kapiolani St., Hilo

When: 5 p.m. Tuesdays

Details: It is not a diet club, but a fellowship of people recovering from compulsive overeating. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop eating compulsively. No dues, fees or weigh-ins.

Contact: OA contact, 345-2753


Where: Hui Malama Ola Na ‘Oiwi, 326 Desha Ave., Keaukaha

When: 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through July 30

Details: Beginners and experienced welcome. Designed for all ages. Get active, increase flexibility and improve your overall health. Free and open to the public. Visit HMONO.org/events for all class dates and times.

Contact: Pua, 969-9220, [email protected]


Where: Church of the Holy Apostles, 1407 Kapiolani St., Hilo

When: 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays

Details: Free. Feel stronger, younger and healthier. Safe, easy-to-follow cardio dancing to Latin-inspired and contemporary hits.

Contact: Dee Torres, 938-9101, [email protected]


Where: Ben Franklin, 333 Kilauea Ave., Hilo

When: 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays

Details: Experimental and traditional techniques to bring the fun of watercolor to your eyes and hands. No previous experience necessary. Supply list given during the first class. For ages 11 and older. Cost is $17.50 per two-hour class.

Contact: Joy, 935-0005, [email protected]


Where: Aikido of Hilo, No. 203, 29 Shipman St., Hilo

When: 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays

Details: Exercise your body, mind and spirit with this Japanese martial art, which is an effective self-defense and path of self-development, integrating the whole person — physically, mentally and spiritually. Improves flexibility, endurance and coordination, self-confidence, discipline and awareness. Special rate of $60 for this six-week session. Other class times for adults, teens and youth available; also a special $10 session of aikido exercise class for seniors.

Contact: Barbara Klein, 935-2454, [email protected]


Where: Kukuau Studio, 43-D Kukuau St., Hilo

When: 6 p.m. Tuesdays

Details: Open to all; participants younger than 18 must provide permission from a parent to attend. Cost is $10 per person. Sessions feature drawing from a nude or partially draped model in a traditional format, starting with one-minute gesture drawings and working up to 20-minute poses. Chairs are provided; however, participants must furnish their own drawing materials. Please bring your own drawing board or easel; an 11-by-14-inch or larger pad of paper is recommended. All mediums are fine to use. If you want to paint using traditional oils you must use a low odor, artist-grade solvent. For more information, call Robert Weiss at 557-0097.

Contact: Bub Pratt, 464-3388, [email protected]


Where: Aloha Wellness Center, 239 Haili St., Hilo

When: 7 p.m. Tuesdays

Details: Explore the variety of styles and expressions of this unique American partner dance. Learn basics such as shifting your partner’s weight, body isolations and ways to move across the floor. No partner or experience required; beginners welcome. Six weeks; cost is $35 or only $20 if you bring a new student. Drop-ins $10.

Contact: Andrea Gill, 959-8216, [email protected]


Where: Aloha Wellness Center, 239 Haili St., Hilo

When: 7:15 p.m. Tuesdays through March 6

Details: Learn the basic footwork, rhythm and pulse, as well as essential partner connection for six-count Lindy hop. Add a few turns and you’ll be on the dance floor having fun in no time. Small, personalized classes; no partner or experience necessary. Six weeks for $35; $10 per class drop-in. Bring a friend who is new to the Hilo Hep Cats and get your own series for only $20.

Contact: Andrea Gill, 959-8216, [email protected]



Where: Kahuku Unit, Hawaii Volcanoes National Par

When: 9 a.m. Wednesdays through Sundays

Details: Free. Take a self-guided hike or join rangers on Sundays this month for a two-hour guided trek at 9:30 a.m. (The trail will vary depending on visitor interest). Enter on the mauka (inland) side of Highway 11 near mile marker 70.5. Kahuku is located in Ka‘u, about a 50 minutes south of the park’s main entrance. Sturdy footwear, water, rain gear, sun protection and a snack are recommended for all hikes.

Contact: Park Information, 985-6011, [email protected]


Where: North Hawaii Education and Research Center, 45-539 Plumeria St., Honokaa

When: 9 a.m. Wednesdays

Details: People of any skill level, including beginners, are welcome to attend.

Contact: June, 962-0515, [email protected]


Where: YMCA Hilo, 300 W. Lanikaula St., Hilo

When: 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays

Details: Designed for Parkinson’s patients, as well as for other patients who need to improve ambulation, core strength, flexibility and breathing. Caregivers welcome.

Contact: YMCA, 935-3721


Where: Thelma Parker Public Library, 67-1209 Mamalahoa Highway, Waimea

When: 10 a.m. Wednesdays

Details: This nonprofit group supporting writers on the Big Island will meet weekly through June and July. Drop in with your ideas or pieces on which you are currently working. Group topics vary according to pieces being discussed.

Contact: Susan Collins, 887-6076, [email protected]


Where: Hilo Armory, Culture & Education Classroom, 28 Shipman St., Hilo

When: 2:15 p.m. Wednesdays

Details: Award-winning Hawaii artist Ken Charon conducts weekly drawing lessons for kids after school. Sketching and drawing will be done on site at downtown Hilo locations, weather permitting, and in the studio at the Armory. Cost is $5 per session. Classes are recommended for art lovers from 8-14 years old. Supplies needed: one HB and one 4B drawing pencil, a white eraser, a sharpener in a pencil case and a 9-by-12-inch drawing pad.

Contact: Bert or Morty, 961-8706, [email protected]


Where: Moxie Fitness, 830 Kilauea Ave., Hilo

When: 4 p.m. Wednesdays

Details: Gather for a beginner-friendly community yoga class to benefit our bodies and help calm our stresses. BYO mat, but if you don’t have one, you can borrow one. All levels, all ages and all bodies are welcome to explore this mindfulness-based yoga class. Donation based; suggested contribution $3-$5.

Contact: Darby Sherman, 765-9123, [email protected]


Where: Polestar Gardens, 7 Noni Farms Road, Pahoa

When: 5:45 p.m. Wednesdays

Details: Kirtan and potluck. Free. Donation requested.

Contact: Ann Gornik, 936-8518, [email protected]



Where: No Place Like Om Yoga Studio, 65-1237 Kawaihae Road, Waimea

When: 6:15 a.m. Thursdays

Details: A gentle flow class for any level student. Every Thursday.

Contact: No Place Like Om, 640-7204, [email protected]


Where: Top Stitch, 45-3359 Mamane St., Honokaa

When: 10 a.m. Thursdays

Details: Sponsored by the Big Island Chapter of the Hawaii Handweavers Hui. For details and fee information call the number below.

Contact: Liz Kelly, 885-4452, [email protected]


Where: Kilauea Studios, Kurtistown

When: 10 a.m. Thursdays

Details: Pottery classes available for all skill levels. Wheel, hand-building, high-fire gas kilns. Lots of fun, spacious studio and beautiful setting.

Contact: Jamie Stokes, 799-9657, [email protected]


Where: Wainaku Executive Center, 26-238 Hawaii Belt Road, Hilo

When: 10:15 a.m. Thursdays

Details: BNI was founded in 1985 by Dr. Ivan Misner “for the primary purpose of building powerful referral networks.” If you want to grow your business by giving and getting referrals, you’re encouraged to call and/or attend.

Contact: Kelly Higaki, 935-5575, [email protected]


Where: Hilo Public Library, 300 Waianuenue Ave., Hilo

When: 10:30 a.m. Thursdays

Details: Children ages 3 and older are invited to bring loved ones to weekly story time. This is a wonderful opportunity for youngsters to make connections and build friendships with fellow youngsters.

Contact: Gretchen Andrews, 933-8890, [email protected]


Where: Hilo Armory, Culture and Education Classroom, 28 Shipman St., Hilo

When: 1 p.m. Thursdays

Details: Classes on Thursdays through March 22. Cost is $55 for 11 sessions. This class focuses on hula through the Hawaiian language and cultural experience.

Contact: Bert or Morty, 961-8706, [email protected]


Where: Hilo Armory, Culture and Education Classroom, 28 Shipman St., Hilo

When: 2:30 p.m. Thursdays

Details: Classes on Thursdays through March 22. Cost is $55 for 11 sessions. This class focuses on hula through the Hawaiian language and cultural experience.

Contact: Bert or Morty, 961-8706, [email protected]


Where: North Kohala Public Library, 54-3645 Akoni Pule Highway, Kapaau

When: 3:30 p.m. Thursdays

Details: All ages and skill levels invited to join the study group. This is a group of motivated learners who support each other in increasing their Hawaiian language skills. Newcomers welcome.

Contact: Janet Lam, 889-6655, [email protected]


Where: Volcano Art Center, Niaulani Campus, 19-4074 Old Volcano Road, Volcano

When: 5 p.m. Thursdays

Details: Papa ‘Olelo Hawai‘i Part One, beginning Hawaiian language courses taught by University of Hawaii at Hilo instructor ‘Alika Guerrero, will be offered for eight weeks. This basics class will focus on simple vocabulary, conversation, grammar and sentence structure. Cost is $90 or $80 for VAC members. The required workbook for the class is “Na Kai ‘Ewalu,” available at the UH-Hilo bookstore. To register or for more information, call VAC or visit www.volcanoartcenter.org.

Contact: Alyssa Johnasen, 967-8222, [email protected]


Where: Puna Congregational Church, 16-647 Old Volcano Road, Room 6, Keaau

When: 5 p.m. Thursdays

Details: It is not a diet club, but a fellowship of people recovering from compulsive overeating. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop eating compulsively. No dues, fees or weigh-ins.

Contact: OA contact, 345-2753


Where: Volcano Art Center, Niaulani Campus, 19-4074 Old Volcano Road, Volcano

When: 6 p.m. Thursdays

Details: This drop-in style class will allow island residents and visitors the opportunity to try their hand at creating with clay on the potter’s wheel, without having to commit to an eight- or 10-week series. Emphasis will be placed on getting a feel for working on the potter’s wheel and experiencing the thrill of hand-forming a pot in motion. Students with all levels of clay experience welcome. Cost is $35 or $30 for VAC members.

Contact: Alyssa Johnasen, 967-8222, [email protected]


Where: Center for Spiritual Living, Hawaiian Paradise Park

When: 6:30 p.m. Thursdays

Details: A new group for people who have a desire to stop gambling. Every Thursday.

Contact: Lucinda, 509-930-6329, [email protected]


Where: Waiakea Recreation Center, 1634 Kamehameha Ave., Hilo

When: 8 p.m. Thursdays

Details: Learn this ancient traditional martial art of Japan and modern-day sport, founded on virtues of samurai training. Cost is $10 per month.

Contact: [email protected]


Where: Hilo Elks Lodge, 150 Kinoole St., Hilo

When: 8 p.m. Thursdays

Details: Through Dec. 28; class and party every Thursday. For Elks members and their guests. Cost is $3.

Contact: Andy Aquino, 959-5960, [email protected]



Where: Laupahoehoe Public Library, 35-2065 Old Mamalahoa Highway, Laupahoehoe

When: 9:30 a.m. Fridays

Details: All ages and families welcome to attend. Bring a yoga mat and towel.

Contact: Gabrielle Casart, 962-2229, [email protected]


Where: Hilo Public Library, 300 Waianuenue Ave., Hilo

When: 10:30 a.m. Fridays

Details: Babies and toddlers up to 2 years old are invited to attend. During this time, the library will offer books, music and action rhymes, and encourage toddlers to stay and play with toys after.

Contact: Gretchen Andrews, 933-8890, [email protected]


Where: TBA to participants

When: 12:30 p.m. Fridays

Details: For those interested in understanding the words and appreciating the themes of popular Hawaiian songs. A native speaker will teach. No previous knowledge of Hawaiian language necessary. Call if you are interested and for details.

Contact: Laura L. Williams-May, 805-545-0642, [email protected]


Where: YWCA, 145 Ululani St., Hilo

When: 6:45 p.m. Fridays

Details: Have fun and sweat while learning West African dance. Taught by Michal Anna Carrillo of Lavaroots Dance Company in Hawi. All levels and drop-ins welcome. Live drumming. Cost is $15.

Contact: Michal Anna Carrillo, 987-4243, [email protected]


Where: Clem Akina Park, 159 Wainaku St., Hilo

When: 7 p.m. Fridays

Details: Meet new people for fun, fellowship and friendship put to music. Led by Bill Yoeman, ACA certified square dance caller and instructor.

Contact: Bill Yoeman, 968-6091


Where: Elks Lodge, 150 Kinoole St., Hilo

When: 7 p.m. Fridays

Details: Until 9 p.m. Open dancing, great for practicing ballroom, swing, bachata, salsa, cha cha, waltz and various other styles. Open to the public. Free.

Contact: Howard Ishida, 284-6407, [email protected]



Where: Pahoa Senior Center, 15-3016 Kauhale St., Pahoa

When: Various times and days

Details: Seniors 55 and older can participate in classes including beginning tai chi with instructor Verne Presnall, ceramics, line dancing, hula and ukulele. Classes run through Dec. 8. Call for additional information.

Contact: Margaret Yafuso, 966-5801, [email protected]


Where: Ainaloa

When: TBD

Details: Ongoing instruction on building high-fire propane kilns. Date and times are flexible.

Contact: Harr C. Fernald, 747-7289, [email protected]


Where: Hilo

When: By appointment

Details: Learn vocal power and confidence. Weekly lessons arranged according to student and teacher schedules. Cost is $30 per lesson. Call or email for more information or to register.

Contact: Amy Horst, 640-2898, [email protected]


Where: 1911 Kalanianaole Ave., No. 608, Hilo

When: 9 a.m.

Details: For seniors who need to be driven to a doctor’s appointment, the store, the park for a walk or just to get out of the house. Call or text.

Contact: Tom, 990-5045


Where: Aikido of Hilo, 29 Shipman St., No. 106, Hilo

When: Various days and times (call or email for additional information)

Details: Exercise your body, mind and spirit with aikido, an effective self-defense and path of self-development, integrating the whole person — physically, mentally and spiritually. Improves flexibility, endurance and coordination, self-confidence, discipline and awareness. Various days and times for classes. Cost is $60 per month; families $90. Check www.AikidoOfhilo.org for additional information.

Contact: Barbara Klein, 935-2454, [email protected]


Where: Hilo Elks Lodge, 150 Kinoole St., Hilo

When: 6:15 p.m. (call or email for days)

Details: Through March 7. Features two step, swing, waltz and other requests. Learn to spin, dip and weave through traffic. Call or email for more specific information.

Contact: Denise Westbrook, 970-739-6771, [email protected]


Where: Holy Apostles Episcopal Church, 1407 Kapiolani St., Hilo

When: 7 p.m. (call or email for days)

Details: Through March 6. Get a strong foundation and variations that will last a lifetime. First lesson is $1. Call or email for more specific information.

Contact: Denise Westbrook, 970-739-6771, [email protected]


Where: Various locations

When: Various times

Details: Are you troubled by someone’s drinking? Call for free support, meeting places and times. For more information, visit www.afghawaii.org.

Contact: Dana C., 430-6653, [email protected]


Where: Pahoa Senior Center, 15-3016 Kauhale St., Pahoa

When: First Saturday of each month through May 4


Details: Presented by Laulima Pahoa, this six-month documentary is geared toward helping residents impacted by the latest lava flows in lower Puna. Informational signups and questions will be answered, and TV interviews and filming will be conducted. Second Saturdays of each month are for signups and questions for the following month. A monthly Na Leo community TV show also will be produced. A final “1 Year After Lava” community party is slated for the final Saturday. Call or email the contact below for additional information.

Contact: Sara Steiner, 936-9546, [email protected]


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