Join Ocean Day beach clean-up
Celebrate World Ocean Day by helping clear Kawaiku'i Beach Park in Aina Haina of debri, from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday.
Volunteers will remove algae and litter from the shoreline during the clean-up sponsored by Beach Environmental Awareness Campaign Hawai'i, Malama Maunalua and Livable Hawai'i Kai Hu'i.
Volunteers should wear sturdy shoes and bring a rake, bucket and sun protection. Bottled water and prizes will be offered. State Rep. Lyla Berg will speak at 3 p.m.
Register by Thursday; call 393-2168. More information is available on the Web site www.b-e-a-c-h.org.
Kawaiku'i Beach is on Kalanianaole Highway at Pu'u Ikena Drive.
COURTESY DEAN OTSUKI / B.E.A.C.H.
Kawaiku'i Beach is covered in invasive algae.
It's no mystery: Reading is good for you
The Hawaii State Public Library's reading programs for children and teens runs through June and July, offering prizes for kids who read at least a book every week.
This year's programs focus on mysteries. "Get a Clue" is the theme for participants in preschool through Grade 6, centering on tales of mystery and suspense. The teen program -- for students entering seventh grade through 2007 high school graduates -- is themed "YNK (You Never Know)," and emphasizes crime and CSI-themed books.
Prizes are issued weekly to those who keep the reading pace. Parents may read to children up to second grade.
Participants in the children's program may enter a drawing for a $50 bookstore gift card; one winner to be chosen from East Oahu, West Oahu, the Big Island, Maui and Kauai.
Teen readers may sign up for a drawing for three Pearlridge Center shopping sprees, worth $1,000, $500 or $250. Pizza Hut is also offering 10 Summer Reading Pizza Award Certificates for each branch library to give as teen prizes.
To register for either free reading program, visit any of the state's 51 public libraries.
The programs are funded through a grant from the Friends of the Library of Hawaii and the National Football League Charities, with donations from McDonalds, Diamond Bakery, First Insurance Co., the University of Hawaii-Manoa Outreach College, Pizza Hut and Frito-Lay.
Throughout the summer, public libraries will also feature special programs and performers. Visit www.librarieshawaii.org or check out the schedule at your local library.
MEET & GREET
Montel to visit health fair
Talk-show host Montel Williams will speak at the Partnership for Prescription Assistance Health Fair, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow on the front lawn of the Honolulu Zoo.
Williams, host of CBS' "Montel Williams Show," is national spokesman for the partnership, a clearinghouse that matches Americans in need with sources of free or inexpensive medicine.
The free health fair will include lunch, games, entertainment and access to computer terminals for those who wish to check their eligibility for prescription assistance.
Williams will speak as part of a presentation at 11 a.m.
Call (916) 658-0144.