'Nice Package' crew on view

Grab this chance to pick up handy home tips or simply stargaze when the "Nice Package" cast makes an appearance for a Q&A and autograph session at the Hawaii Woman Expo at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 18 on the main stage at Blaisdell Exhibition Hall.

Catch the show 4 p.m. today and 5 p.m. Sunday on Oceanic Time Warner Cable channel 558 digital, 62 analog.

Viewers of the Oxygen network's "Nice Package" are treated to various U.S. locales where homeowners are challenged to transform one room in their home using only the contents of a massive crate containing all the materials needed.

Admission to the expo, being held Sept. 18 and 19, is $5. A limited supply of $2 discount coupons are available at INspiration.

See www.hawaiiwomanexpo.com for more information.


Click it to ship it from CB2

Those brave enough to purchase furniture online should click over to www.cb2.com, the Web site of CB2, an offshoot of popular Crate & Barrel stores on the mainland.

CB2, with it's two shops in Chicago, it received uku-hundred customer requests for a Web site leading to its launch about a month ago. The company has no plans for a mail order catalog at this time, nor a store in this area any time soon.

Even though the price for shipping to Honolulu is steep -- about $400 for the Flip Flop sofa above (they uncrate it for you and take it into your home) -- their order desk has logged several shipments to Hawaii residents in search of more options for metro-cool furnishings. The cost of the Vapor glass coffee table pictured, with a tabletop measuring 29.5 inches square and standing 10 inches high, is $149. The $999 sofa converts to a double bed and also comes in grey.

Vapor glass table, $149, Flip Flop convertible sofa. $999, from CB2.


Annual bonsai exhibity

The Hawaii Bonsai Association will be holding its annual bonsai exhibit during the Labor Day weekend in conjunction with the Okinawa Festival in Kapiolani Park. Featured will be more than 35 bonsai from clubs throughout Oahu, along with ongoing demonstrations and a silent auction. Hours will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.


Best of Kennel Club

The Hawaiian Kennel Club will stage its 141st and 142nd All-Breed Dog Shows tomorrow and Sunday at the Neal Blaisdell Center Exhibition Hall.

Watch the judging of 450 entries from 77 different breeds both days. Toy dogs have the largest group representation in this AKC-certified event, with more than 100 entries, including 21 Pomeranians. Both shows include sporting dogs, hounds, working and herding dogs, terriers, toys and nonsporting breeds.

Enjoy ringside seats while you compare your picks with those of judges from Massachusetts, California and Hawaii. The judging begins at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow and 8:30 a.m. Sunday, with group judging at 3:15 p.m. and 2:15 p.m. on the respective days.

Admission is $5 for adults and free for children 12 and under.

For more information, call 234-5499.

Quilt exhibit

Mission Houses Museum is offering a hike tomorrow and quilt classes for all ages and skill levels in conjunction with its "The Nature of Hawaiian Quilts" exhibit running through Sept. 18.

The exhibit, held on the first floor of Chamberlain House on the museum grounds at 553 S. King St., celebrates the art of quilting in Hawaii past and present and is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Cost is $6, free for museum members.

Take a hike and explore native plants, many used as inspiration for quilt patterns, through a walk-and-talk pairing 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. tomorrow through Palikea Ridge.

Hikers will experience a lush rain forest of native plants and animals in this moderate 3-mile hike.

A reservation fee of $16 includes the lecture and exhibition admission.

Quilt classes are 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays with master quilter Mary Cesar. The 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday classes are instructed by Wilma Connell. Cost for each is $6 for members, $7 for nonmembers.

"Explore!" quilt-making workshops in which children create quilt patterns from plants are also offered 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.

Call 531-0481 for more information.

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