Give your senses a taste of the world
annual wine event, "Vintners in Paradise," is jazzing it up this year. A lineup of local jazz stars, including Jimmy Borges, Loretta Ables-Sayre, Sonya Mendez, Gabe Baltazar, Betty Lou Taylor, Noel Okimoto and Steve Jones are set to perform Nov. 13 at the Renaissance Ilikai Waikiki Hotel's Pacific Ballroom.
More than 50 wines from the United States, France, Spain, Italy and other countries will be featured along with an assortment of pupus, including blackened beef on won ton crisps, brie bites, Moroccan lamb slices on pita, crab risotto cakes with lemon vinaigrette, chocolate fondue with tropical fruit and much more.
A silent auction is also scheduled.
Tickets for the benefit, which runs from 5 to 8 p.m., are $125. Call 973-1187.
The Angela Perez Baraquio Education Foundation
will hold its fourth "Sparkle!" event promoting character education in the schools from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Top of the Elks Lodge in Waikiki.
This year's theme is "A Starry Night" and the evening will include entertainment, buffet dinner and a silent auction.
A teacher will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship in recognition of achievement in promoting character education.
Tickets are $60; $40 for teachers and students. Corporate tables for 10 are $500. All proceeds benefit the foundation's programs and scholarships. Call 524-8252, or visit www.apbef.org.
Meet the artist
Artist Caren Loebel-Fried will autograph copies of her new book, "Hawaiian Legends of Dreams," at Oahu bookstores this weekend.
Loebel-Fried is a storyteller and second-generation carver who learned the art of block printing from her mother. She lives in Volcano and in New Jersey.
"Legends and Dreams" is a companion volume to her 2002 book, "Hawaiian Legends of the Guardian Spirits." In both, Loebel-Fried retells stories from Hawaii's past and illuminates them with hand-colored block prints.
"Hawaiian Legends of Dreams" is published by the University of Hawaii Press and sells for $19.95 hardcover.
The book signings:
Saturday: Noon, Native Books/Na Mea Hawaii, Ward Warehouse, 596-8885; and 3 p.m., Borders Waikele, 676-6699.
Sunday: Noon, Barnes & Noble Ala Moana Center, 949-7307.
Loebel-Fried will also sign copies of "Pua Polû: The Pretty Blue Hawaiian Flower," by Nona Beamer and published by Bishop Museum Press, which she also illustrated.
Singers with an interest in sacred music are invited bring their voices to the Oahu Church Choir Festival, Nov. 10 to 13 at Central Union Church.
Michael Shasberger, chairman of Music and Worship at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, Calif., will lead four rehearsals, culminating in a free concert Nov. 13.
Shasberger is a conductor, educator, composer and singer, with professional performing experience in opera, oratorio and musical theater.
Rehearsals will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Nov. 10 to 12 and 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 13.
A conductor's workshop on rehearsal design and techniques will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Nov. 12.
The Festival Sacred Concert will take place at 4 p.m. Nov. 13 in the church sanctuary.
For registration information call coordinator Wanda Gereben, 595-0233.
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Kailua High imu
Kailua High School is firing up its imu once again for all those who like their Thanksgiving turkey kalua-style.
Students, faculty and alumni will stoke the fires and keep things smoking, from the evening of Nov. 23 to the morning of the 24th, Thanksgiving Day.
Reserve your space in the imu for $15 per large foil tray. Drop off thawed, seasoned and well-wrapped food from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on the 23rd and pick it up from 8 to 10 a.m. the next day.
Suitable for the imu are whole turkeys, pork butt, taro, sweet potatoes, luau leaf and whole fish.
Mail-in deadline for reservations is Nov. 11.
Make checks payable to Kailua High School and send to the school, 451 Ulumanu Drive, Kailua 96734. Write "Attention: Mel Imai-IMU" in the lower left corner of the envelope. Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope so a confirmation ticket and number can be returned to you. Include a telephone number.
The imu project is a fund-raiser for athletic programs at the school.
For information, call Mel Imai, 266-7910, or Todd Hendricks, 728-7389. (Do not call the school.)
Fund-raiser at Choy's
The Hawaii chapter of Habitat for Humanity is sponsoring a fund-raiser Nov. 10 at Sam Choy's Breakfast, Lunch and Crab.
Dinner and a silent auction will be held from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., with the menu to include pupus, salad, steak, chicken and fish. No-host cocktails will be available.
Tickets are $50, with proceeds to help build homes for needy families on Oahu. Reservation deadline is Monday.
Call 538-7070 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.