Free puppy stuffin' at Build-a-Bear
Stuff a pup on Saturday and it'll be donated to a charity on your behalf.
The first 150 people to arrive at Build-a-Bear Workshop's Ala Moana location will be able to build a puppy for free. The store opens at 10 a.m.
All the toys created will be donated to one of three causes: Supersibs! and the Sunshine Kids Foundation, literacy programs through First Book, or humane education programs through Pet Shelters Across America.
The international effort hopes to provide 500,000 puppies for the charities.
Volunteers sought to reunite siblings
Project Visitation is seeking volunteer counselors to support 2008 Camp Connection, a program that reunites siblings separated within the foster care system.
During camp, July 11-13, brothers and sisters spend time together playing games, learning native Hawaiian culture and more. Volunteers receive training and support throughout the program.
Counselors must be at least 18 years old and have no criminal convictions. Prospective volunteers should call 522-9531, ext. 228, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org before June 10.
Donations are also being accepted. Sponsoring a child at camp costs $150 and includes activities, food and camping gear.
Symphony Ball features auctions
The Symphony Ball, "Ports of Call," features a live and silent auction, dinner, dancing and more on Saturday at the Hawaii Convention Center.
The gala kicks off at 5:30 p.m. with the "Marketplaces of the World" silent auction, which includes a new section this year: "Vine Arts" featuring renowned wines of rare vintages. Other items include travel packages to Tahiti and Bora Bora, San Francisco, New York City and more.
Highlights of the live auction include Lexus and Toyota cars.
The Symphony Ball raises funds for education programs, concerts and recitals offered to the community free of charge.
Tickets are $300; tables of 10 start at $3,000. For information or to make a donation, call 524-0815, ext. 244; e-mail email@example.com; or visit www.honolulusymphony.com.
Collection needs school supplies
School supplies are being sought for Helping Hands Hawaii's "Ready to Learn" Program. The collection will be held at the fourth annual drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 25 at Aloha Tower Marketplace.
Suggested donations include 24-count crayons, composition books, plastic erasers, glue, scissors, portfolios, new or used backpacks, calculators, folder paper, pencils, ballpoint pens (medium point, blue or black), spiral notebooks (one subject) and rulers.
Krey-Z Oshiro of HOT 93.9 radio will emcee the event. Door prizes include trips on the Superferry.
One of the sponsors of the event is the Scion Evolution Hawai'i Car Club, and 20 Scions will be on display, including the first VIP-styled, second-generation Scion XB.
For information on the school supply drive or to volunteer, call 753-2938, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit sehawaii.informe.com/index.php.
[ BOOKSHELF ]
Olympus tale wins Nene Award
"The Lightning Thief," an adventure tale about the children of Olympian gods in union with earthly morals, has been voted by the children of Hawaii as winner of the 2008 Nene Award.
The 2005 book is the first in Rick Riordan's series about Percy Jackson, son of Poseiden (the fourth in the series, "The Battle of the Labyrinth," is due for release tomorrow).
The award was announced Friday in a ceremony aboard the Battleship Missouri Memorial before students, teachers and other guests.
Fourth- through sixth-graders vote on the Nene Award at their local libraries. This year 6,911 children statewide cast ballots.
"The Field Guide: Spiderwick Chronicles, Book 1," by Tony DiTerlizzi, was the runner-up.