Thursday, September 23, 1999


Festa d'Italia
Fashions by Dolce & Gabbana will be featured
at Festa d'Italia at Neiman Marcus.

Best of Italy’s
a drive away

Italian fashion, art, food and culture will be celebrated during Festa d'Italia, running today through Oct. 19 at Neiman Marcus.

The store opens the celebration with a benefit fashion show in the Mariposa restaurant beginning 6:30 p.m. today, featuring a fall evening collection as well as a collection by local designer Anne Namba.

The show, benefiting Hawaii Opera Theatre, is sold out, but there is room for a few walk-ins. Tickets will be $50 at the door and the price includes a cocktail buffet after the fashion show.

On Saturday, Neiman Marcus will host Opera Day, with wig-making and makeup demonstrations in the Cosmetics Department, set and prop displays in the Gift Galleries and a display of HOT's costumes.

In addition, the Opera Studio Singers will perform excerpts from popular arias at 1 p.m. and the Hawaii Youth Opera Chorus will entertain at 6 p.m.

At noon on Sunday, Capricciosa chef Kevin Ng will give a cooking demonstration. Other noon-time guest chefs are Eugenio Martignago from Nick's Fishmarket, Oct. 9, and Donato Loperfido from Donato's, Oct. 16.

Throughout the event, special Festa d'Italia lunch, $25, and dinner, $40, menus will be available. Reservations can be made by calling 951-3420.

"The Best of Italy" will also be featured 3 to 5 p.m. in a Sept. 30 haute tea fashion show at Mariposa. Call the number above to reserve.


Slippahs in style
at fundraiser

This year's fund-raiser for the teen program of Parents And Children Together, or PACT, is sticking closer to home. A cowboy-themed event for many years called "Starlight & Sawdust," the back-yard barbeque at La Pietra is now called "Starlight & Slippahs."

"It's different, but the same. Like a mini-'Taste of Honolulu,' " said Paul Akana of KITV, who is hosting the event. "There are also great prizes and music, and contests."

"Starlight & Slippahs" starts at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the girls' school. Admission is $75. Information: 847-3285.

"There's a silent auction with stuff ranging from trips to jewelry, and Matt Levi has arranged a kids' martial-arts demonstration," said Akana, who has hosted the event for several years, impressed with PACT's support of more than a dozen agencies.

Entertainers include Brother Noland. Contests for "most Original Slippahs" and "Best Luau Feet," so don't wear socks.


Weekend events celebrate
kid health, well-being

Two fairs geared toward keiki health take place this weekend.

Bullet First, the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center hosts the Keiki Asthma Fair from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Waianae District Park.

Tommy Kono, Olympic gold medalist in weight lifting, will be a special guest at the event, which will allow parents to learn the latest in asthma treatment, medication and support services while the family enjoys games, hot dogs, entertainment and prize drawings.

To register, or for more information, call 524-6755.

Bullet Kids Day America will also be taking place Saturday, from noon to 3 p.m. at Karaoke Room 2 in the Atlas Building at 1150 S. King St.

The event is sponsored by Island Family Chiropractic and Lokahi Project and is geared toward keiki health and safety. There will be free child photo I.D. cards, fingerprinting, and spinal and scoliosis screenings.

There will also be food and balloons, prize drawings, face painting, music and a chance to meet McGruff, the crime dog.

For more information, call 596-0599.

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