Fire-knife contest to bestow title
The Polynesian Cultural Center's 14th Annual World Fireknife Competition continues tonight and tomorrow, with more than 40 competitors vying for the title of World's Best. Semifinals and the Junior Pacific Competition (for ages 12 to 17) take place at 7:30 tonight. The finals take place tomorrow during intermission of the regular "Horizons" night show, at 6 and 8 p.m. Tickets are $8 tonight and $40 tomorrow, which includes "Horizons." Call 293-3333.
The Ko'olaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club invites volunteers to help clean the Kawa'ewa'e Heiau from 8 a.m. to noon tomorrow.
Volunteers will pull weeds, remove branches and do other general cleaning. Weed whackers welcome.
For information on either event, call 224-8514 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Igor, meet Wolfy
Chamber Music Hawaii closes its season with a Tresemble program contrasting the works of Stravinsky and Mozart.
The concert takes place at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Doris Duke Theatre, Honolulu Academy of Arts.
On the program will be Mozart's "Serenade," K. 388, one of his most popular works for winds, including pairs of oboes, clarinets, horns and bassoons. Members of the Spring Wind Quintet will be joined by colleagues from the Honolulu Symphony for this performance.
Igor Stravinsky's "Octet," for flute, clarinet and pairs of bassoons, trumpets and trombones, will be performed by members of the Honolulu Brass Quintet and Spring Wind Quintet.
Also on the program are works by Haydn and Palestrina.
Chamber Music Hawaii's Tresemble specializes in works written for less common instrumental groupings.
Tickets are $20, $15 for seniors and military; students are free. Call 489-5038 or visit www.chambermusichawaii.com.
Boy Choir auditions
The Honolulu Boy Choir will hold auditions for new members at 5:45 p.m. Wednesday and 1 p.m. May 27 at Makiki Christian Church.
The choir is open to boys ages 7 to 12. Practices are from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays.
Call 596-SING (7464) to schedule an audition.
Be ready when disaster strikes
OK, confess: For years you've been thinking about how you really should put together a disaster supply kit. Just in case. But you haven't done it yet.
What you need is a nudge in the right direction. Get it tomorrow at the American Red Cross Shelter Expo, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Kahuku High School cafeteria.
You can examine a sample kit and pick up a list of items to stock your own. Basic one-person kits and two- and four-person backpacks may also be purchased, and volunteers will be on hand to answer questions.
Also available will be information on first aid, CPR and Meals-Ready-to-Eat, or MREs. You can also learn about Red Cross shelters in your area -- even sign up to become a volunteer with a shelter team. Basic training takes just two hours.
Free bentos will be served to the first 200 visitors who fill out a Shelter Expo evaluation. Call 226-1700.
HOME & GARDEN
Get hip to aquascapes with garden workshop
Catch the wave of aquascaping, the latest trend in residential gardening. Instructor Kevin Mulkern will give advice in designing ponds, waterfalls and even container ponds in a Friends of Honolulu Botanical Gardens class, 9:30 a.m. to noon tomorrow.
The class includes a slide presentation and a field trip to Mulkern's Waimanalo nursery to view an aquatic plant collection of water lilies and lotus, which students are welcome to purchase. Students can also make an optional visit to Tropical Garden Accents to see the options available.
Registration is required at 537-1708. Recommended footwear: old shoes. Cost is $25, $24 for members of the Botanical Gardens.
Home Depot clinic warms up the grill
Home Depot is offering a clinic tomorrow, "Grill Warm Up: Getting Ready for an All-Star Grilling Season."
The workshop begins 10 a.m. at all neighborhood stores. Call 800-430-3376.
Organic gardening class set for Pupukea
Learn the finer points of organic gardening in a hands-on workshop next weekend in Pupukea.
"Dancing with the Mother," sponsored by the State of Hawaii Department of Business and Economic Development and Tourism, Hawaii Health Guide and Patagonia, will attempt to demystify organic gardening with instructors Jon Biloon, Kimberly Clark and Bill Howes.
Cost of the May 27-28 clinic is $45 and includes material and three meals. Call 638-7172 or e-mail email@example.com.