AARP driver safety class in Lahaina
An AARP driver safety class will take place from 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the West Maui Senior Center.
This class is open to everyone, although it is designed for drivers 50 years and older. The emphasis is to become more aware of common age-related physical changes, how they affect one's driving ability, and how to compensate, according to an announcement.
A $14 fee (cash or check) will be collected at the beginning of class. AARP members will receive a $2 discount with an AARP card. Some insurance carriers offer discounts to those who complete this class.
Pre-registration is requested by calling the West Maui Senior Center, 788 Pauoa St., in Lahaina at 661-9432.
Massage therapist to speak at meeting
The Rotary Club of Kahului will hear from Denise LaBarre of The Healing Catalyst at its noon meeting Monday at Cafe O'Lei at the Dunes at Maui Lani
LaBarre will discuss her book "Issues in Your Tissues; Heal Body and Emotion from the Inside Out" and provide practical tips on how to manage the body and feel better.
LaBarre teaches Issues in Your Tissues workshops on Maui and abroad and has a private practice in Haiku.
The public is invited to the meeting. The cost for lunch is $20 or a $5 program fee.
Information about speakers and club service projects can be found at www.kahuluirotary.org. For more information, call club President Paul Janes-Brown at 572-8000.
Philosophy club will present symposium
The Seabury Hall Philosophy Club will present a symposium from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday titled "Is There a Reason to the Season?" in the new A'ali'ikuhonua Creative Arts Center on the school campus.
The presenters will include Seabury Hall Chaplain David Jackson, Maui No Ka Oi Editor Rita Goldman and Pastor Sean Housman of Calvary Chapel in Wailuku. The moderator will be Nicolas Colon.
This Socratic-style exchange of questions and answers is free and open to the public.
WCA announces membership meeting
The Waikapu Community Association will hold its annual general membership meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at the Waikapu Community Center. The agenda include the election of new members for the board of directors.
The holiday season will be celebrated with refreshments provided by the association.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Native scholarships topic of workshops
The University of Hawaii is reaching out to Native Hawaiians who are interested in pursuing a college education. The effort is part of a statewide initiative to bring Native Hawaiian scholarship opportunities to underserved communities across the state, according to a news release.
UH is partnering with the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, GEAR UP Hawai'i, Pacific Financial Aid Association and the Native Hawaiian Education Association to present the 2013-14 Native Hawaiian Scholarship 'Aha.
A series of free presentations is open to high school students, parents, teachers, current college students, adult students, counselors or anyone interested in learning about the resources and financial aid available to Native Hawaiian students as well as the criteria and eligibility requirements. The workshops include brief sessions on filling out financial aid applications and strategies on earning scholarships.
The following workshops are scheduled for Maui County. All will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. For more information, call Kulamanu Ishihara at 984-3272.
* Thursday, University of Hawaii Maui College Pilina Building
* Jan. 14, Lanai school cafeteria
* Jan. 15, Kulana 'Oiwi at Kaunakakai, Molokai
* Jan. 16, Hana High School cafeteria
Kwanzaa subject of presentation
An introduction to Kwanzaa, an African- American celebration that focuses on family, community and culture, will be presented at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Makawao Public Library.
Guest speakers Daniel Pollard and Gwyn Gorg, storyteller and president of the African Americans on Maui Association, will present the one-hour program that will feature Kwanzaa principles, storytelling and poetry.
For more information, call the Makawao Public Library at 573-8785 or visit www.africanamericansonmaui.com.
Food drive at Iao School this week
Iao School's student body will hold a Maui Food Bank Drive this week to help bring relief to those in need at the school and in Maui County.
According to Maui Food Bank, the most-needed items are canned meat and tuna, canned fruits and vegetables, canned meals and soups with protein, cereal, pasta, bags of rice and financial contributions. Checks made payable to Maui Food Bank can dropped off at the school's main office.
In addition to the drive, the students will challenge teachers and staff to see who will bring in the most donations.
For more information, call Lorene Rodrigues at 984-5610, ext. 241, or email email@example.com.
Guest speaker to address finances
Charles Keoho, a life insurance and annuity producer, will speak at the breakfast meeting of the Rotary Club of Kihei Sunrise at 7:30 Wednesday at the Five Palms Restaurant at the Mana Kai Maui Resort in Kihei.
Keoho's topic is "Two Greatest Challenges to Wealth Creation and Preservation."
He will provide information about taxation and market fluctuations and will discuss the values of life insurance that addresses these issues. He will also share information about money inefficiencies in qualified plans.
Keoho is a board member of the Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce and writes a money and financial column.
The cost of the breakfast is $22. The public is invited. For more information, call President Christine Pawliuk at 292-2242 or visit www.kiheirotary.org.
Dental program orientation set
University of Hawaii Maui College's Dental Assisting Program will hold a general orientation meeting for prospective students at 4 p.m. Thursday at Maui Oral Health Center in Wailuku.
The accredited two-semester program provides students with the skills needed to work in the dental profession.
Students are taught in the classroom, while receiving hands-on clinical training at the Maui Oral Health Center and at private-practice dental offices on Maui.
For more information or to reserve a seat, call 984-3250. Program information may be found at www.maui.hawaii.edu/dental.
Gift collection for Molokai children
The Maui Preparatory Academy Student Senate, in conjunction with the Will Smith Foundation, is operating project Give-a-Gift.
The students are collecting gifts for foster children on Molokai between the ages of 2 and 17. When all the gifts have been gathered, Maui Prep Lower School parent Archie Kalepa will deliver the gifts to Molokai by boat, aided by members of the Maui Prep Student Senate.
The students are requesting unwrapped gifts that may be delivered to the school by Dec. 18.
Library project funded by club
The Lokelani Intermediate School Library Project, initiated by Mark Harbison, grants chairperson for Rotary Kihei-Wailea Club, has built up the school's library, according to a news release. Harbison obtained funds from the Rotary Foundation for the effort.
Peggy Temple, curriculum coordinator for the library, receives and arranges books through Cindy Mauricio, store manager of Barnes & Noble.
The book selection is made through Temple.
Author will appear at 2 public libraries
Keith McCrary, author of "The Alpha Beta Book: An Introduction to Ancient Greek," will offer free interactive presentations at two Maui public libraries this month.
According to a release, McCrary will unlock the secrets of Greek pictographs and teach the Greek alphabet and numbers at the following libraries:
* 6 p.m. Tuesday at Kahului Public Library, adult reading area (phone: 873-3097).
* 6:30 p.m. Dec. 19 at Wailuku Public Library, Hawaii/Pacific room (phone: 243-5766).
These one-hour presentations are suitable for ages 10 and older.
"The Alpha Beta Book" is for individuals who are interested in learning Greek and expanding their vocabulary, according to a news release. Signed copies of McCrary's new book will be available for purchase from the Maui Friends of the Library following the programs.
Contact the hosting libraries as soon as possible if a sign language interpreter or other special accommodation is needed, and for further information.
Pollinator protection topic of workshop
Steve Russo, environmental health specialist with the Hawaii Department of Agriculture's Pesticides Branch, will lead a workshop titled "Pollinator Protection During Pesticide Application" from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday at the University of Hawaii Maui College.
Participants will learn how to minimize harm to pollinators when using pesticides. The cost for the class is $39. To register, call 984-3231.
Author to speak at Rotary meeting
The Kihei Wailea Rotary Club will meet at noon Wednesday at Mulligans on the Blue.
The guest speaker will be author Denise LaBarre. She will give practical tips on how people can manage their bodies and feel better.
The cost for the lunch and program is $16. The public is invited.
Holiday celebration planned in Makawao
The Makawao Community Association will hold its eighth annual Holiday Celebration from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday with activities throughout town.
The festivities will begin when Santa rides into town at 9:30 a.m. escorted by the Seabury Hall marching band, led by Richie Franco.
Santa will be at the Makawao Public Library from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will also be a Friends of the Library book sale at the library.
Entertainment will continue with three King Kekaulike High School music groups led by Casey Nagata from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The Joyful Hearts choral group also will be strolling through town.
Free activities include pony rides from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., in addition to painting, art and ornament-making workshops adjacent to Designing Wahine on Baldwin Avenue.
Special holiday offerings will be available at Makawao shops and restaurants too.