Couples vie on TV for dream nuptials
Tune in tonight to cast your vote for a couple deserving of a dream wedding.
OC16 and Hawaii Bride & Groom Magazine will premiere "Wedding of a Lifetime: The Announcement," at 7:30. The show will also be streamed simultaneously online at www.oc16.tv.
Competing to win an all-expenses-paid wedding worth more than $68,000 -- including rings, photography, reception catering, wedding gown and cake -- are three couples chosen from among hundreds of applicants.
The newlyweds-to-be: Alexandria Siwecki and Ryan Bell of Kihei, Tori Dougher and Jesse Olaitiman of Makawao, and Shan Grillot and Tracy Yoshioka of Hilo.
The program will profile the couples, then viewers will vote for the couple most worthy of the wedding, using their Oceanic digital remote controls. Results will be announced by show's end.
The program repeats several times through the week.
The winning couple's wedding will take place on Dec. 9, and all the proceedings, from fittings for the bridal party to the reception, will be filmed for a "Wedding of a Lifetime" special in January.
Class to teach art of holiday crafts
Make your own holiday decorations using dried materials from the garden. Lorraine Stringfellow demonstrates how to make philodendron angels Oct. 15 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Foster Botanical Garden. Cost is $5.
Dried holiday wreath classes, taught by Joyce Chinen, will be held during two separate sessions at Hoomaluhia Botanical Garden. On Oct. 17 participants will collect and prepare materials. On Nov. 14 the wreaths will be assembled. Cost is $25.
Also, learn to weave lau hala ornaments at Foster Botanical Garden. Classes are 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays, this week through Nov. 21.
Fee is $10. Reservations required: 522-7064.
Acclaimed writer to hold a reading
Award-winning author Chang-rae Lee will present a public reading from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Punahou School in Wo International Center's Luke Lecture Hall.
Lee, scholar-in-residence at Punahou this school year, was added to the New Yorker's list of 20 best American writers after the publication of his first two novels, "Native Speaker" and "A Gesture Life."
Visit www.punahou.edu/media or call 943-3685.
Local nanny is a bachelorette
That's a Hawaii gal up there getting a rose from "The Bachelor."
Mallory Socha is one of 15 women who survived last week's cut to move forward in the quest for the affections of this season's bachelor, Brad Womack, 34, a bar owner from Austin, Texas.
Socha is a nanny in Honolulu, according to ABC press information. She made her mark in the premiere episode by showing up in a bikini for her meeting with Womack.
See how she does in tonight's episode, airing at 9 on KITV/ABC.