Academy of Arts hosts dinner and a movie
The Pavilion Café at the Honolulu Academy of Arts is offering a special dinner seating for those headed for the screening of "Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story" in the academy's Doris Duke Theatre on Saturday.
Dinner will be served from 5:30 p.m. by reservation only. For reservations, call 532-8734. The film will show at 4 and 7:30 p.m., so plan to eat before or after.
The film, directed by Michael Winterbottom, is rated R. It is an adaptation of the 18th-century comic novel "The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman," by Laurence Sterne.
Admission to either screening is $7; $6 for students, seniors and military; $5 for academy members. Reservations are not needed for the film.
"Tristram Shandy" can also be seen at 1, 4 and 7:30 p.m. Friday through March 16, except on March 13, when there is no 1 p.m. show.
Contemporary kaiseki features local flavors
Chef Hiroshi Fukui hosts another of his Contemporary Kaiseki Dinners on March 17 at Hiroshi Eurasion Tapas in Restaurant Row.
A kaiseki is a formal Japanese meal of many courses. Fukui's contemporary take incorporates traditional Japanese techniques with local produce and island fish, including akule and tilapia.
Most of the 10 courses are paired with wine.
The menu: Crispy Skin Akule, Grilled Yanagi Tako, Bacon-Wrapped Scallop, White Crab Bisque "cappuccino" with Blue Crab Salad, Yukari Dusted Island Tilapia, Confit of Black Cod with Teriyaki Ribeye Mandoo, Grilled Duck Breast, Pan-Roasted Rosemary Marinated Lamb Loin, Crispy Shrimp Chazuke and dessert of Warm Chocolate Cake and White Chocolate Mochiko "Ooze."
Seatings are 5:30 to 9 p.m. Cost is $68, $93 with wines. Call 533-4476.
Health centers receive federal grants
Health centers in Kahuku, Oahu, and Kailua-Kona on the Big Island have received federal grants to meet health needs in their communities, the Hawaii Primary Care Association has announced.
Ko'olauloa Community Health and Wellness Center in Kahuku and West Hawaii Community Health Center in Kailua-Kona each will receive continuing awards of $643,500 per year, "thanks to effective advocacy" of U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye and other Hawaii congressional members, the association said in a news release.
The Ko'olauloa center serves a rural area with few doctors, transportation difficulties and a large low-income population, the association noted.
The population and businesses in Kailua-Kona are booming, but the area has a shortage of doctors and many immigrants, homeless residents and "others not usually served by the mainstream medical system," the association said.
It said the grants will enable the centers to serve those who are uninsured, covered by Medicaid and Medicare, native Hawaiians and residents lacking access to care because of geographic, language or cultural barriers.
Hawaii has 13 community health centers serving more than 80,000 people on five islands with medical, dental and behavioral health services.
"They are also notable for providing outreach, follow-up, health education and counseling, and intensive case management for their patients, many of whom have serious health problems complicated by poverty and other barriers," the news release said.
The Hawaii Primary Care Association was established in 1989 as a nonprofit organization to represent the community health centers and the interests of Hawaii's underserved populations.
Women's group to help diabetes association
The Hawaii Alumnae Chapter of the Alpha Gamma Delta Women's Fraternity will donate all money raised at its 13th Annual Grape Escape Wine Tasting and Fundraiser March 18 to the Hawaii chapter of the American Diabetes Association.
The event, from 2:30 to 5 p.m. at Shanghai Bistro in the discovery Bay Center, will include a silent auction with more than 40 gift baskets and many gift certificates.
The cost is $40, which includes a dim sum buffet, wine courtesy of M&S Brokerage, a souvenir wine glass and goodie bag.
Tickets can be purchased by calling Mackinley Emmons, 282-8653.
The Hawaii Alumnae Chapter of Alpha Gamma Delta has supported diabetes education and awareness for many years. The American Diabetes Association's mission is to prevent and cure the disease and improve the lives of those affected by it. For more information about diabetes, call 947-5979 or, from the neighbor islands, 888-DIABETES.
For details on the Grape Escape event, see www.alphagamhawaii.net/grapescape.
Vegetarian advocate to answer questions
Dr. William Harris, Vegetarian Society of Hawaii founder and director, will present a PowerPoint show answering frequent questions received through his VegSource Web site (www.vegsource.com/harris
) at 7 p.m. Saturday, McCoy Pavilion, Ala Moana Park.
He will explain some flaws in "establishment nutritional theory" and why anyone can follow a vegetarian diet, according to a news release.
Harris was an emergency doctor and director of the Kaiser Permanente Vegetarian Lifestyle Clinic before retiring. He earned his medical degree from the University of California and is the author of "The Scientific Basis of Vegetarianism."
For more information, call 944-8344 or see www.VSH.org.