Jazzin' it up for a cause
Shari Lynn, Jimmy Borges, Gabe Baltazar, Wade Cambern, Art Todd, the Savoy Sisters and Fascinatin' Rhythm will perform next Sunday in "Sunset Jazz, Etc.," a benefit for La Pietra Hawaii School for Girls.
The cast of Hawaii Pacific University's musical "Aloha Rosie's" will also perform and work by artists Hiroshi Tagami and Michael Powell will be shown (see article above).
Grounds open at 5:30 p.m., with the concert at 6 p.m. on the school's Great Lawn. Tickets are $30; $240 for tables of eight. Cost includes wine, coffee and dessert; a picnic dinner is $100 for eight. Call 924-7515.
The Willows hosts "A Winter Beer Festival" from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, offering a sampling of 2005 winter and Christmas seasonal beers.
More than a dozen beers will be available from Anchor Brewing Co., Boston Beer Co., Buffalo Bill's Brewery, Deschutes Brewery, Mactarnahan's, Rogue Ales, Samuel Smith's and Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Questions? Brewery representatives will there.
Tickets are $25, which includes a pupu buffet. Buy tickets at the restaurant, Liquor Collection, the Wine Stop, Tamura's Kaimuki or call 952-9200. Must be 21 or older. Call 271-9701.
Forget the turkey
The Vegetarian Society of Hawaii hosts its annual Thanksgiving Eve Vegetarian Dinner at Govinda's Restaurant in Nuuanu Nov. 23.
Cost is $13, $9 for children, for the buffet dinner, which includes Tofu Turkey, Faux Ham and traditional Thanksgiving side dishes and desserts.
Seatings are at 5 and 7 p.m. Call 595-5301. Govinda's is at 51 Coelho Way, Nuuanu.
Diabetes information available at Kauai fair
Free information on prevention, management and treatment of diabetes will be provided during Kauai Diabetes Awareness Day on Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The event is being held at the Kauai Beach Hotel and Resort with the Kauai Peace Project and Children's Health Fair.
Ten health practitioners and educators will share their experiences and techniques to treat diabetes successfully.
Hawaii has higher-than-average rates of diabetes, and native Hawaiians have the highest diabetes death rate compared with other major ethnic groups, according to the 2004 state Health Department's Hawaii Diabetes Report.
Nurses can earn educational credits at the diabetes event, and health professionals can select from several tracks of interest taught by health educators and professionals from Kauai and Oahu.
More information is available on the event and schedule at www.hawaiihealth.com.
Retreat center and homeless project opens
St. Francis Healthcare System of Hawaii's "Our Lady of Kea'au" retreat center and homeless outreach project in Makaha was blessed and dedicated last month.
Sister Agnelle Ching, recently appointed chief executive officer of the health-care system, presented a koa key to Sister Beatrice Tom, chief administrator of the new 58-acre project.
"Kea'au truly is a precious jewel within our system," Ching said.
"The new system will play a vital role in pre- and post-hospital care (in Hawaii)," she said.
Also participating in the program were Sister William Marie Eleniki, regional administrator, Sisters of St. Francis-Hawaii Region; Leilani Collins, Queen Liliuokalani Trust representative; the Rev. Alapaki Kim, pastor, St. Rita's Parish; and Eugene Tiwanak, president, St. Francis Healthcare Foundation.
St. Francis Healthcare System of Hawaii has seven subsidiaries: St. Francis Medical Center, St. Francis Medical Center-West, St. Francis Community Health Services, St. Francis Healthcare Foundation, St. Francis Healthcare Enterprises Inc., St. Francis Residential Care Community and "Our Lady of Kea'au."
Nominate a fighter of drugs and violence
Nominations are being accepted for the ninth annual Ola Pono ("Live Right") Awards, which honor individuals or groups helping to prevent substance abuse and violence.
Nominations must be made by Dec. 2.
Winners will be honored in February in celebration of Drug-Free Hawaii Awareness Month, and given $1,000 to donate to a charitable organization of their choice.
The award is co-sponsored by several companies, primarily the Hawaii Medical Service Association. To request a nomination form, call Drug-Free Hawaii at 800-845-1946 or visit www.HMSA.com.
Nominees may be a volunteer, educator, youth, parent, business, civic club or church organization promoting awareness, education or action to foster a safe and drug-free community.
The Ola Pono Awards program, started in 1997, is a collaborative effort by public and private agencies, including the state Department of Education's Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Program; the Coalition for a Drug-Free Hawaii; the state Department of the Attorney General; and Kamehameha School's Extension Education Division's Health, Wellness and Family Department.