Local Briefs

Solar physics topic of presentation

“What Makes the Sun Shine? An Introduction to Solar Physics” is the title of a free lecture at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Maikalani, the University of Hawaii’s Institute for Astronomy Advanced Technology Research Center in Pukalani.

James D. Armstrong will lead the presentation. The center is at 34 Ohia Ku St.

For more information, call 573-9500.


Pet blessing set at Kula mission

Blessings of pets will be performed with holy water and chanting from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at Kula Shofukuji Shingon Mission.

The public is invited.

Pets should be leashed or in cages. The mission is at 113 Puanani Place in Kula.


Workshop about Google Drive

The Akaku Upstairs Salon Series will present “Google Drive 101: How ‘The Cloud’ Can Work for You!” from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at 333 Dairy Road in Kahului.

According to an announcement, this workshop is designed to demonstrate the power of “The Cloud” using Google Drive. Presenter Nicole Fisher will show how to share documents, files, photos and more.

Fisher is the owner and operator of Skywriting by . . . nico, a full-service, business “growth management” marketing company.

To RSVP for this free workshop, call 871-5554.


Blessing of pets set in Lahaina

Holy Innocents Preschool at 561 Front St. in Lahaina will open its doors to all two- and four-legged pets for an animal blessing from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Sunday. Pets should be leashed or in cages.

The preschool holds the animal blessing in celebration of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals and the environment.

The community is invited to take part in the family service at 9 a.m.


Caregiver workshop today and Thursday

Maui Adult Day Care Centers and the Maui County Office on Aging will present a free caregiver workshop titled “Advance Care Planning” from 10 to 11 a.m. today at the South Maui Adult Day Care Center, 16 Ehiku St., in Kihei, and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Lahaina Hongwanji Mission, 551 Wainee St. in Lahaina.

Lynne Lewis, patient advocate and community liaison with Islands Hospice, will be the presenter.

No reservations are needed to attend. Certificates of attendance will be available.


Oktoberfest will benefit scholarship

The sixth annual Oktoberfest, hosted by the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunrise, will begin at 6 p.m. Friday at the historic Pioneer Inn in Lahaina.

New this year is a costume contest with a $50 gift certificate as the prize for male and female, and also for the most creative costume.

In addition to German food, there will be an oompah band made up of professional musicians who have been playing together for 20 years.

Silent auction proceeds are slated for a vocational scholarship, which includes training for aspiring farmers, chefs, welders, carpenters and other trades.

Tickets are $50 each and are almost sold out, according to an announcement. To purchase online, visit www.lahainasunriserotary.org.


Pie competition seeks entries

Applications are available for the Maui Fair’s third annual pie competition on Oct. 7 and can be found under “attractions” at www.mauifair.com.

There will be two categories. The Open Category is for the first 13 nonprofessional registered entries. Pies will be judged on taste, consistency (crust-to-filling ratio) and appetizing looks. The contest winner will receive a “staycation” and $250 cash.

The Chef Category will highlight professional island chefs showing off their best recipe to win a cash prize of $150. Judging criteria will be the same as the Open Category entries.

Contestants must bring their entries to the main Entertainment Tent by 11:30 a.m. Judging will commence at noon and conclude at approximately 2 p.m. A complete list of rules and regulations can be found on www.mauifair.com.


Education grant deadline Oct. 6

Applications are being accepted for the Monsanto Hawaii Science Education Fund.

This grant program is open to public schools serving students at the intermediate, high school and college grade levels on the islands of Oahu, Maui and Molokai.

Established in 2005, the fund helps provide Hawaii public schools with programs, tools, supplies and equipment to enhance science education in the schools, and encourage today’s students to consider a future career in the sciences. To date, the program has awarded more than $248,000 to public schools throughout the state.

The application deadline is Oct. 6. Applications can be downloaded at www.monsantohawaii.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Monsanto-Hawaii-Science-Education-Fund-Application-2017.pdf or by contacting one of Monsanto’s farm stations, on Maui 891-8830 or Molokai (808) 553-5070.


Social media event urges pet adoption

Hawaii Animal Rescue Foundation is uniting with animal lovers and animal welfare organizations around the world to participate in a “Remember Me Thursday” virtual candle-lighting ceremony on Thursday.

The foundation is asking the community to post photos and videos of adopted pets using the hashtags #RememberTheRescue and #RememberMeThursday on its Facebook page.

Now going into its fifth year, Remember Me Thursday aims to unite individuals and pet adoption organizations on the fourth Thursday in September to shine a light on the millions of healthy pets that are still awaiting adoption and encourage communities to opt to adopt and reduce the millions of orphan pets euthanized each year.

For more information about the organization, visit www.hawaiianimalrescue.org. For information on the Remember Me Thursday candle-lighting event contact Dawn Hall at 876-0022 or dawn@hawaiianimalrescue.org.


Program seeks to grow farmers

The Hawaii Farmers Union Foundation will present an introductory evening for potential candidates to the Farm Apprentice Mentoring Program from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Monday at the University of Hawaii Maui College Pa’ina Building in the Class Act room.

This introduction, titled “Am I Ready To Be A Farmer?,” will give an overview of the Hawaii Farmers Union Foundation’s signature program.

For more information and to RSVP, email Georgia Pinsky at mauitimeisright@gmail.com.


Registration for dance classes

The Hawaii Ballroom Dance Association, Maui chapter is holding its first of two registrations in Beginner Swing Hustle and Intermediate Rumba on Monday at the Velma McWayne Community Center, 395 Waena Place in Wailuku.

Registration will be from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., then briefly during the break from 7:40 to 7:55 p.m. Membership dues are $20 per year; classes are $35 per quarter.

For more information, contact Bill Ruidas, membership chairman, at 873-8605, or Jeffrey Dela Cruz, assistant dance director, at 244-3263, or visit www.facebook.com/ballroomdancemaui.