Write one page about yourself, one page summarizing or outlining your book idea and a sample page from your book, and send them with a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Girl Writer Contest, Beyond Words Publishing, 4443 NE Airport Road, Hillsboro OR 97124-6074. Book proposals are due Dec. 31; the winner will be announced Jan. 15. Call 800-284-9673 for information.
On Friday, Spot the Dog arrives for story time at 7 p.m.; Spot will also greet kids at noon Saturday and Sunday.
Spiderific: The Hawai'i Nature Center on Maui invites adventurers 6 and older to enter the world of the eight-legged, 1 to 3 p.m. Costs $5. Reserve at 244-6500, Maui.
"Aloha Kilolani: 35 Years of Hawaiian Skies": Highlights from the Bishop Museum Planetarium's 35-year history, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily, and 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Costs $3.50. Call 847-8201.
Tropical plant nature walk: 10 a.m. Saturdays and 1 p.m. Sundays at Ho'omaluhia Botanical Garden. Free. Bring walking shoes, insect repellent and rain gear. Call 233-7323 for reservations.
Train rides: Enjoy a 90-minute ride through Ewa 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. Sundays with the Hawaiian Railway Society, 91-1001 Renton Road. Costs $8 general, $5 seniors and children. Call 681-5461 for reservations.
Leaf Lovers: Children ages 6 to 8 explore the forms and functions of leaves, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 8 at the Hawai'i Nature Center. Costs $5. Reserve at 955-0100.