Ward Centers hold Festival of Giving
Give a little, get a little. It's the philosophy behind the Festival of Giving at Ward Centers.
More than 40 nonprofit groups are selling $10 Ward Centers shopping passes that are good tomorrow through Monday at more than 90 participating shops and restaurants.
The groups keep all the money; the buyers are entitled to discounts and special offers. They also receive gift-wrapping services and other benefits.
To purchase a Festival of Giving pass, visit Executive Chef, Quiksilver Youth or Red Pineapple (to benefit Habitat for Humanity) or Sedona (to benefit Unity School and the Hawaii Psychological Association); or contact a participating nonprofit group. A list of groups is posted at www.wardcenters.com. Call 591-8411.
Opera workshops offered to students
Teachers interested in exposing their students to opera are invited to a free workshop introducing Honolulu Opera Theatre's upcoming season.
The workshop, from 9 a.m. to noon Monday in the HOT rehearsal hall, will include music excerpts, a discussion of opera themes, historical relevance and ways to link opera to curriculum.
HOT's "Opera for Everyone" program brings thousands of schoolchildren at all age levels to the opera every year.
The rehearsal hall is at 987 Waimanu St. Call 596-7372, ext. 18.
The upcoming season runs Feb. 1 to March 5 at the Blaisdell Concert Hall.
City holiday wreath contest scheduled
Decorated wreaths are being sought for the city's 22nd annual Holiday Wreath Contest.
Compete in three categories: adult, open to individuals or groups; youth, for children and groups age 17 and under; and theme, open to an individual or group depicting this year's theme, "A Royal Holiday."
Cash awards and ribbons will be presented to first-, second- and third-place winners.
Entries will be accepted from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 28 in the Lane Gallery at Honolulu Hale. All entries must be accompanied by a completed contest entry form.
Judging will be based on workmanship, creativity and use of materials, with winners notified by Dec. 7. All entries will be displayed in the Lane Gallery from Dec. 1 to Jan. 1. Call 523-4674 or visit www.honolulu.gov/moca to download an entry form.
Ariyoshi to give opening speech at Japan koi expo at the Hilton
The second Japan Nishikigoi Expo will take place tomorrow and Sunday at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Resort & Spa, with former Gov. George R. Ariyoshi, chairman of the Aloha Koi appreciation Society, giving the opening speech at 11 a.m.
Expo hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Some of the most exquisite specimens of "nishikigoi," or koi, from Niigata, Japan will be displayed.
The event is presented by the Aloha Koi Appreciation Society, founded by Ariyoshi and Mamoru Kodama of Kodama Koi Farm to promote the hobby of raising, appreciating and exhibiting Japanese koi.
Tree planting and blessing set near Aikahi Shopping Center
The Lani-Kailua Outdoor Circle and the city Division of Urban Forestry celebrate the planting of eight mature rainbow shower trees and 13 narra trees with a blessing at 10 a.m. tomorrow. The trees were planted to replace wiliwili trees that were damaged by gall wasps.
Mayor Mufi Hannemann and LKOC President Sharon Geary will be on hand. The ceremony will be held at the shady triangle next to Aikahi Shopping Center. Light refreshments will be served.
Lani-Kailua Outdoor Circle pitched in almost $15,400 toward the effort, and the city donated trees from its nursery. Steve Minz was hired for the planting.
HOME & GARDEN
Pauoa Greenhouse offers workshops
The Greenhouse in Pauoa Valley offers the following workshops Nov. 17.
Flutterby Butterflies: Children ages 4 and up learn the life cycle of butterflies and their importance to plants, from 10 a.m. to noon. Cost is $12 per parent-child team.
Home brewing: Learn to fertilize your garden organically, from 10 a.m. to noon. Cost is $15.
Rain barrel catchment system: Make a catchment system for your home, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Cost is $15.
Natural cleaning recipes: Whip up a batch of soap and more, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Cost is $15.
Classes will be held at 224 Pakohana St. Advanced registration required by calling 524-8427 or via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.