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Lily Swan (left) and Crissy Palmieri will strum their harps at the Wailuku library from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Harpists to perform at Wailuku library

Harpists Lily Swan and Crissy Palmieri will perform holiday music from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Wailuku Public Library. This free program is sponsored by the Maui Friends of the Library and is suitable for all ages. Young children must be accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver.

For more information, call the library at 243-5766.


Inflammation and diet topic of talk

Van Dyken

“Inflammaging: How Chronic Low-Grade Inflammation is at the Root of Cellular Aging and Results in Chronic Disease,” a talk by Dr. Irminne Van Dyken, will be presented at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Mayor Hannibal Tavares Community Center in Pukalani.

Van Dyken will discuss the science behind how chronic, low-grade inflammation results in many chronic diseases, such as diabetes, obesity, dementia and many cancers, according to an announcement. She will also discuss the latest scientific research exploring the connection between dietary choices and inflammation levels in our body.

Van Dyken is a general and trauma surgeon at the Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu.

The talk is presented by the Vegetarian Society of Hawaii. Admission is free; no reservations are needed. Food will be provided by Down To Earth Kahului.

The community center is at 91 Pukalani St. For more information, contact 385-2790, jerome.kellner@gmail.com, or visit vsh.org.



Reiki master to sign copies of her book

Maui author and Reiki master Shalandra Abbey will sign copies her book, “Living a Life of Reiki,” and will talk story beginning at 2 p.m. Dec. 17 at Barnes & Noble in Lahaina.

Abbey writes from her full-time experience practicing Reiki in Hawaii and around the globe for more than 20 years. She explains how Reiki natural healing was first practiced in the Western world on Kauai in 1936, and how it was used in the Hawaiian Islands before spreading to the rest of the world.

For more information, visit www.reikihawaii.com or call the author at 280-7704.


AARP will meet in Kihei on Monday

Sarah Sorenson, founder of “Wishing Well . . . for Maui Students,” will be guest speaker at the 10 a.m. meeting of the South Maui Chapter of AARP on Monday at the Kalama Heights Activity Room, located at 101 Kanani Road in Kihei.

Sorenson will explain the “Wishing Well” program and discuss the needs for the students and teachers and how to donate to the program. The program is sponsored by the Realtors Association of Maui Community Foundation.

For further information, contact South Maui AARP Coordinator Adele Rugg at 879-9964.


Christmas concert set at Kahului church

The Kahului Seventh-day Adventist Church Choir invites the public to its annual Christmas Concert at 6 p.m. Saturday. The church is located at 261 S. Puunene Ave. Fellowship and refreshments will follow the performance.


Turkeys donated to Maui Food Bank

Maui Health System showed its appreciation this holiday with Thanksgiving turkeys for all employees and their families. Many staff members chose to donate their turkey to the Maui Food Bank, according to an announcement.

Thanks to the donation of Maui Memorial Medical Center and Kula Hospital staff, more than 300 families in need received a turkey for Thanksgiving, said Richard Yust, Maui Food Bank executive director.


Distance learning subject of free talk

The University of Hawaii at Manoa’s College of Education will present a free informational session about teacher licensure programs, graduate programs and professional development opportunities offered via distance learning from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday at the University of Hawaii Maui College in the Laulima Building, Room 108.

Some programs offer financial stipends to become licensed teachers in the Hawaii Department of Education. For more information, contact Karen Wilson at 984-3526 or wilsonkl@hawaii.edu.


Kihei library offers free programs

Kihei Public Library is offering the following free programs:

• 10:30 a.m., Friday — Preschool Storytime with American Sign Language. A Kihei Charter School student will join the regular preschool storytime and teach children some simple sign language and songs in sign.

• 10:30 a.m., Saturday — Wacky Winter Forest Craft Activity. Join teacher and art enthusiast Chelsea Toia-Vaas for a Dr. Seuss-inspired Wacky Winter Wonderland craft. Using pastels, attendees will draw whimsical trees for winter and the holidays.

• 6 p.m., Dec. 19 — Holiday Film Screening. The animated Disney films “Prep & Landing” and “Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice” will be shown. They are about a high-tech team of elves from an elite unit that ensures homes around the world are prepared for Santa’s visit. But when the two little elves face unexpected challenges and are pushed to their limits, it’ll take a great big effort to save the holiday season.


Gift-wrapping class offered at QKC

Queen Ka’ahumanu Center will launch a Wrap-it-up-Wednesdays Holiday Gift Wrapping Class from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday. The theme will be Japanese-style gift-wrapping. On Dec. 20, the theme will be wrapping round gifts.

Attendees are asked to bring a gift to wrap. Reservations are not required and seating is limited.

For more information, visit queenkaahumanucenter.com or contact guest services at 877-4325.


Doctor to speak at Rotary meeting

Dr. Kirk Milhoan will be guest speaker at the noon meeting of the Rotary Club of Kihei Wailea on Wednesday at Mulligans on the Blue.

Milhoan is the medical director for Hearts and Souls, a nonprofit medical mission organization.

He has served medical needs in several countries and is also the senior pastor of Calvary Chapel in Kihei.

The meeting is open to the public; lunch is $15. For more information, email margief1202@yahoo.com.