Starbucks collects books for children
New and gently used books are being collected at Starbucks Coffee stores for its "All Books for Children" book drive.
Participating stores will have collection baskets available for customers through Aug. 31.
All genres for children and adults are accepted.
"All Books for Children" was launched by Starbucks in 2004 and collected more than 9,000 books last year.
Read Aloud America and the Read Aloud Program, which promote literacy and helps parents and children share books, will be the recipients of books collected on Oahu.
Call Jed Gaines at 531-1985 or e-mail email@example.com.
Transit issues covered in film
The American Institute of Architects' local chapter is screening the film "Transit-Oriented Development: Reshaping the Great American City" at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.
The film examines the negative aspects of urban sprawl in America's largest cities and suggests transit-oriented alternatives, focusing on Boston; Denver; Washington, D.C.; Portland, Ore.; and San Francisco. At 6:30 p.m., a panel of experts will discuss transit on Oahu.
The event will be held at the Honolulu Design Center, 1250 Kapiolani Blvd. A trailer of the film may be viewed at www.reconnectingamerica.org/public/headline/136. Admission is free.
Volvo seeks a few good heroes
Know of a hero in your community? Volvo for Life awards is seeking nominations for its "America's Greatest Hometown Hero"contest that celebrates everyday heroes.
This year Volvo is looking for nominees in the categories of safety, quality of life and environment. Three will be chosen to will receive $100,000 chartitable contributions to the charity of their choice. One will gain the title of "America's Greatest Hometown Hero" and receive a new Volvo car every three years.
Submissions will be accepted at www.volvoforlifeawards.com through Oct. 15.
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Chef D.K. Kodama of the Sansei chain of restaurants will provide the sustenance at the 11th Annual Walk in the Country fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii on Aug. 25.
The outdoor event, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Lanikuhonua at Ko Olina, will feature food and wine stations staffed by Kodama and his crew.
A silent auction will include limited-edition Grace Vineyard wines, travel packages and Hawaiian crafts.
Cost is $250, with sponsorship tables of $4,000, $6,000 and $10,000. Call 949-4203.
On the wild side
Sure, steak is nice, but isn't mutton more interesting? Or perhaps beef heart, tongue or mountain oyster?
The annual Taste of the Hawaiian Range and Agricultural Festival celebrates all these edible parts in a showcase of the Big Island's agricultural bounty.
This year's event takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Hilton Waikoloa Village.
More than two-dozen chefs will cook up wild selection of beef cuts and parts, as well as pork, lamb, mutton, sausage, chicken, goat cheese and assorted Big Island produce.
Tickets are $35 pre-sale; $70 at the door. Call (808) 322-4892 or visit www.ctahr.hawaii.edu/taste.
The Hilton is offering a kamaaina room and two-ticket package starting at $225. Call (808) 886-1234; ask for room reservations, package code MFP.