Our Picks for the Weekend
Like every longtime brand, PEZ is on a roll in the age of marketing, with a Web site under construction at www.pez.com, more film tie-ins with such animated features as "Open Season" and "Over the Hedge," a new flavor (raspberry) and a reintroduction of cherry PEZ after a 20-year absence.
If you don't know the history of the chalky rectangular candies dispensed one by one from candy-colored plastic toy forms prized by collectors, the candy originated in Austria in 1927. PEZ is an abbreviation of "pfefferminz," German for "peppermint." While peppermint was one of the original flavors, there's nothing minty about the candy today.
Once you started popping these fingernail-size candies into your mouth, it's hard to stop. Just for your peace of mind, a whole .29-ounce roll of PEZ is not a diet buster. It contains 35 calories and no fat or sodium. A sugar-free version contains 35 percent of your RDA of Vitamin C.
It's not all about the dispenser. Pez now comes in cherry and raspberry flavors.
Betty sez ...
Hawaii's public libraries are doing some really nice things for families with kids, way beyond the nice librarian reading a book. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but lots more compelling stuff goes on in those quiet halls these days.
For example, Honolulu Theatre for Youth's "Tales of Old Hawaii" will be performed at 3 p.m. Friday at the McCully-Moiliili Public Library. Also on Friday, Art Suankum presents a "Do Re Mi" music program that introduces the blues to kids, at 10 a.m. at the Kapolei library.
On Saturday, see a magic show, at 10 a.m. in Waialua or Waianae (different magicians -- they don't actually magically appear in two places at once).
It's all free, so take advantage. For a listing of future events, visit the Web site, www.librarieshawaii.org.
Michelle sez ...
For all you dancers out there, a reception for Michael Smuin and his ballet company will be held 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at The Bistro at Century Center, complete with a lavish buffet and entertainment. Tickets are $100 and include VIP seats to Saturday's performance (see Page 5). Smuin won the Tony, Drama Desk and Fred Astaire awards for his choreography in Broadway's "Anything Goes." Call 521-8600.
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