Legal group's grants help women and kids
The Hawaii Women's Legal Foundation is accepting grant applications for projects designed to improve the legal status and welfare of women and children.
Deadline for applications is March 9.
Grants typically range from $500 to $5,000, as a means of "jump-starting" a program, not to fund ongoing operational expenses.
Priorities include improving access to the legal system; reducing child abuse, domestic violence or sexual abuse; increasing financial independence; and improving health, education and welfare of women and children.
Past awards have supported Read to Me's purchase of book bags and books for former prison inmates who participated in a literacy project, the Neighborhood Place of Wailuku's family-strengthening activities and Child and Family Service's shelter to help purchase playground equipment.
Grant applications are available online at www.hwlf.org. Call Lane Hornfeck, 537-6100 (e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org), or Zale Okazaki, 537-6119 (email@example.com).
Writers' retreat offers discussion and sharing
Writer-illustrator Tom Peek will lead a weekend retreat Friday through Sunday at the Volcano Art Center on the Big Island.
"Writing for Power, Heart & Vision" will include writing exercises, discussion of the writing process and sharing of work, for writers of all experience levels.
Peek has taught workshops since 1991, through the University of Hawaii at Hilo, the Lanai Center for Culture and Arts, and the Volcano Art Center.
Cost is $225, including meals. Financial aid is available. Housing is $130. Call Volcano Art Center at 967-8222 or visit www.volcanoartcenter.org.
Hit the streets for Mardi Gras fun
Tomorrow is that day of exorbitant, extravagant exhibitionism, Mardi Gras. The big parties:
Aloha Tower Marketplace: Live entertainment starts at 5 p.m. on several stages. Expect jazz and blues, a Brazilian samba parade, strolling entertainers and plenty of free beads and prize giveaways. Many restaurants will offer food and drink specials. Admission is free. Call 566-2337.
Mardi Gras Street Festival: On Nuuanu Avenue, from Pauahi to King streets, starting at 6 p.m. Expect two stages of entertainment, food vendors, Latin dance lessons and mask-making.
A kid-friendly alternative: The Wahiawa Public Library hosts a free "Mardi Gras Celebration" at 5 p.m. All ages can learn to make Mardi Gras masks. Call 622-6345.
STAR-BULLETIN / 2006
Last year's Mardi Gras Street Festival drew some flamboyant celebrants.
Public radio takes on homeless concerns
Hawaii Public Radio will join a national Homelessness Marathon tomorrow with special programming addressing this pressing social issue both locally and on a national scale.
The live, 24-hour national public radio broadcast is in its 10th year, but this will be the first time that HPR participates. Locally, four hours of national programming will be featured beginning at 2 p.m., with a two-hour program hosted by Beth-Ann Kozlovich to begin at 5 p.m., focusing on Hawaii's homeless issues.
Tune in on KIPO FM 89.3. Or listen online at www.hawaiipublicradio.org. To call in questions: 941-3689.