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‘Food as Medicine’ presented in Wailuku

“Food as Medicine” is the topic to be presented by Catherine Blake at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Unity Church, 483 S. Main St. in Wailuku.

Blake, president of the Neuroscience Nutrition Foundation and co-investigator of the 2019 published Hawaii Dementia Prevention Trial, offers advice on protecting one’s health with food, kitchen remedies for common ailments, using the power of spices to boost energy, choosing herbs to improve memory, and relieving chronic illness with food.

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Friends seeking planting help

The Friends of Haleakala National Park is seeking volunteers for its monthly service trip to the park’s plant nursery in the Haleakala Summit District on Tuesday.

From 9 a.m. to noon, participants will help the park horticulturist with various jobs involving caring for the rare, endemic plants being propagated, transplanting, weeding, cleaning and preparing seeds for storage or planting. Most of the work is done inside the greenhouse, and participants can drive up to the location of the work.

Participants should bring water, snacks and their own gloves, if desired. The park will provide other tools. Wear sturdy shoes, and in case of out-planting work, bring a hat and sunscreen.

These trips are held the first Tuesday of each month.

Call 572-1584 for a reservation and carpooling arrangements in Pukalani.

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Ballroom dance class registration

Hawaii Ballroom Dance Association is holding its first of two registrations for the fourth quarter from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and briefly during intermission Monday in Beginning Nightclub 2 Step and Intermediate Samba at the Velma McWayne Santos Community Center in Wailuku.

UH-Maui College students may enroll for $5 per semester and $5 annual dues. Bring student ID to register. For more information, call Bill Ruidas, membership chairman, at 873-8605 or Jeff DelaCruz, assistant dance director, at 244-3263.

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Smart driver course planned in Kahului

AARP’s Smart Driver Course will be offered from 8 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Jan. 11 at the Central Maui Adult Day Care Center in Kahului. The four-hour classroom course is designed for drivers ages 50 and older, but all adults are welcome.

The emphasis is to become more aware of common age-related physical changes, how they affect one’s driving ability, and how to compensate. The $20 fee (cash or check) will be collected at the beginning of the class. AARP members receive a $5 discount with proof of membership. Some insurance carriers offer three-year discounts to those who complete the class.

Preregistration is requested. To register, call Kaunoa Senior Services at 270-7308.

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School gardens subject of talk

Kathy Becklin, executive director of the Grow Some Good program, will be guest speaker at the noon meeting Wednesday of the Rotary Club of Kihei Wailea at Mulligans on The Blue.

Becklin will speak about planting gardens and educating elementary school students about gardening.

Lunch is $15; the public is invited.

For more information, email margief1202@yahoo.com.

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PCA plans first meeting of 2020

The year’s first quarterly meeting of the Pukalani Community Association will take place at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the pool meeting room at the Hannibal Tavares Community Center. Topics will include speaker Josiah Nishita discussing Hawaii’s transitioning to vote by mail elections in 2020.

There will also be a review of the 2019 Christmas Fair and Electric Golf Cart Parade, as well as updates on Mahi Pono fence and windbreak plans, real property tax reform proposal, and the proposed Hoku’ula Affordable Housing Project.

The public is welcome; light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact donnajclayton@hawaii.rr.com.