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POSTED: Tuesday, December 15, 2009

LOOK » On “;Emme's Christmas Island Moments,”; Emme Tomimbang is joined by Willie K, Na Leo, John Cruz, Jimmy Borges, Pauline Wilson and more. The special premieres at 9 p.m. Thursday on KHON. It rebroadcasts at 4 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Christmas Day.

LISTEN » New albums out today: Animal Collective, “;Fall Be Kind”; (EP); Jamie Foxx, “;Body”;; Alicia Keys, “;The Element of Freedom”;; Lady Gaga, “;The Fame Monster”;; Lil Wayne, “;Rebirth”;; Shiny Toy Guns, “;Girls Le Disko”;; Robin Thicke, “;Sex Therapy”;; Young Jeezy, “;I Am the Trap”;

DO » Sea Life Park is bringing in 14 tons of snow for keiki to play in from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. The “;Snow by the Sea”; event is free with park admission. Call 259-7933 or visit www.sealifeparkhawaii.com.

 

Wreath of waste wins city contest

The cleverly named “;And to Think It All Began with Yard Waste”; was chosen as the overall best-in-show in the City and County of Honolulu's 24th Annual Holiday Wreath Contest.

Kathy Tosh's creation - selected from 84 entries submitted by island residents and community groups - received the Mayor's Holly Award and a $200 cash prize. Tosh's wreath is created from dried plant materials, including stems, leaves, pistils, seed coats and pods, plus a little paint.

Tosh works at the Foster Botanical Garden Shop.

Other first-place winners:

» Adult Wreath Category: Liz Schowalter

» Youth Wreath Category: Academy of the Pacific Art Class

» “;Holiday Memories”; Theme Category: Suzi Coleman

The wreaths will be on display in the Lane Gallery of Honolulu Hale through Jan. 3.

 

Holiday don'ts for pets at home

The Humane Society of the United States offers the following tips to keep pets safe during the holiday season:

» A number of seasonal plants are poisonous to pets if chewed or eaten, including ivy, holly and mistletoe.

» Keep holiday decorations away from pets. Tinsel, bows, ribbons and wrapping paper can be tempting chew toys for pets but can damage their digestive systems.

» Provide your pet with a quiet, out-of-the-way room during holiday parties. Though some pets might enjoy socializing opportunities, others will be overwhelmed by the excitement of a party.

» Don't share candy and other treats with your pets during the holidays. Chocolate can be especially hazardous. And individually wrapped candies present a double threat as some pets might eat both the candy and the wrapper.

» Avoid the urge to give you pets table scraps, especially bones. Bones easily splinter and can cause serious health problems, even death.

» If you are planning to take your pet with you when visiting friends and relatives during the holidays, be sure to contact them in advance to find out whether your pet is welcome.

» Don't leave candles unattended. Pets might accidentally knock them over and spill wax or start a fire.

» Think twice before giving an animal as a gift unless the recipient is aware of the lifelong commitment involved.

More pet information is available at www.humanesociety.org.