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Time to submit listings for holiday events

It's September, so that means Christmas will be here in two weeks, or at least it always seems that way -- the closing months of the year moving along at triple the speed compared with the first nine months.

As usual, a whole spate of craft fairs and events will take place between now and mid-December, and we wouldn't want to send you out into the jungle of holiday shopping ill-prepared.

So here are some calendar deadlines for our holiday lists. Don't worry if you don't yet have your act together (we understand perfectly). We'll always have room for late additions in smaller weekly calendars.

» Craft fairs: Due Wednesday
» Halloween events: Due Oct. 6
» Christmas events: Due Nov. 19

Answer those basic journalism questions when you submit your listings, as in when, where, what and who you gonna call for more information? If you have any photos of past events, send those along, also. We'll accept your duplicate photos (none will be returned), slides or JPEGs.

Send the details, including your name and phone number, to:

Attn: Today Section
Honolulu Star-Bulletin
500 Ala Moana, Suite 7-210
Honolulu, HI 96813

Specify craft fairs, Halloween or Christmas. You can also e-mail the information to features@starbulletin.com.

An arty affair

The Oahu Arts Center prefers not to consider Sept. 11 a date of bad karma and is instead using it as the date for a celebration.

"A Night of the Arts" is a fund-raising event for an arts education center and performing venue in Mililani Mauka. The center -- including a 750-seat theater, classrooms and studios to be built during the next four years -- will serve Haleiwa, Kapolei, Mililani, the North Shore, Wahiawa, Waialua, Waianae, Waikele, Waipahu and Waipio.

Tomorrow's event, running 6 to 10 p.m. at Mililani Golf Course, will include art activities, a silent auction, art rummage sale and entertainment. Several local restaurants will cook up food to be served in an all-you-can-eat format.

The significance of the date will not be ignored: The Mililani High School Marching Band and Color Guard will present a tribute memorializing Sept. 11, 2001.

Other entertainment will include slam poetry and music by the Just Two Girls Trio (Sonya Mendez, Mimi Conner and Rocky Holmes). Holmes is not a girl, and is joining the Two Girls for the night. Another trio-for-the-night is Ben, Maila and Albert (Ben Vegas, Maila Gibson and Albert "Little Albert" Maligmat).

Admission is $50 general and $25 for children 12 and younger, with tickets available at McDonald's of Mililani. Call 623-2234 or 779-9156 for more information.

Winds will blow

Hurricane season runs through November, but are you ready in case one hits? Learn more about emergency preparations during National Preparedness Month and enter to win one of 10 hurricane preparedness kits at Star Markets this month.

Sept. 18 has been slated as "Together We Prepare Saturday," a nationwide effort to alert families, businesses, organizations and schools about the critical importance of emergency preparedness. On that day, American Red Cross volunteers will be at designated Star Markets locations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to answer questions and distribute information. The sites are Kahala Mall, Kaneohe, Mililani and Kahului, Maui. (Star Markets-Kauai's community booth is scheduled for Sept. 25.)

Pick up a copy of the American Red Cross's hurricane-emergency supply checklist, and enter to win one of 10 hurricane preparedness kits through Sept. 22. Included in the kit, valued at $300, are an ice cooler, bottled water, flashlights, batteries, duct tape, first aid kit, canned and packaged foods, can opener, trash bags, toilet paper, feminine products, lighter fluid, charcoal, paper plates and paper towels.

Got blood to spare?

Save lives by donating blood at Windward Mall from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow. The Blood Bank of Hawaii's blood donor mobile will be parked in the Macy's parking lot, corner of Haiku Road and Kamehameha Highway.

The donation process is safe and takes about an hour, but the actual collection of blood takes only five to eight minutes. To donate you must be 18 or older, weigh 110 pounds or more, be in good health and have a valid photo ID.

Because each donation is separated into three different components, a single donation can help save the lives of up to three people.

For more information, contact the Blood Bank of Hawaii at 845-9966 or check out its Web site at www.bbh.org.

'Big Easy' in Waikiki

Ballet Hawaii's fund-raising Black & White Ball on Sept. 25 will celebrate "The Big Easy," complete with Cajun dinner and music, a silent auction, a Broadway-style show produced by Jim Hutchison, and dancing at the Hilton Hawaiian Village.

Guests will dine on a bisque of Louisiana crawfish; pan-seared beef tournedos served with Cajun-style Gulf shrimp; grilled Southern okra; a white chocolate and banana bread pudding with fresh berries and praline sauce; and chicory coffee.

Tickets are $200, with tables for 10 available from $2,000 to $10,000. Call Ballet Hawaii at 521-8600 for tickets or information.


Water in a tube

It's the new way to water, according to DriWater, makers of a time-released method of watering plants.

Packaged like a cut-and-bake cookie dough roll, a 9-ounce tube contains enough "water" to keep your plants slurp happy for 30 days. Just slit an opening, place it in a plant pot and you can forget about watering for a month.

"It works," said Wally Nakamoto, of Wally's Garden on Beretania Street, who's had it in stock at $8 and has recently sold out of the store's supply. He's expecting a new shipment in about two weeks.

"It's selling well," Nakamoto said. "Must be because of summer and everyone was going on vacation."

Bacteria and nutrients from the soil activate the system, slowly breaking down the ingredients that bind the water and releasing it from its gel-like state. Makers of DriWater say it contains no polymer and is 100 percent natural.

Accessories include a 30-day watering tube system, which allows for deeper coverage, sufficient for 8- to 24-inch potted plants and medium-size indoor trees. It's also available as a 90-day watering-system package.

The DriWater is also available at City Mill, Garden House and Koolau Farmers.

Woodshow returns

The traditional Japanese chest, chadansu, a cabinet for storing and displaying tea ware, is updated by Oahu woodworker George Tanabe. It's made of solid curly koa.

The Hawaii Forest Industry Association opens the 12th annual Hawaii's Woodshow at the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center tomorrow, showcasing the work of the state's best craftspeople, whose creations range from musical instruments to furniture shaped from Hawaii-grown wood.

The juried exhibition opens at noon and will continue from noon to 10 p.m. through Sept. 19, except Sunday, when hours will be noon to 6 p.m.

There is a suggested donation of $2. Special-event parking of $1 per hour (five-hour maximum) is provided in the RHSC garage, with validation at the Visitor's Center in the Fountain Courtyard.

For more information, call Charijean Watanabe 833-1111.

Woodworker Garry Knox Bennett of Oakland, Calif., will be in town for the event, and is offering a woodworking seminar from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Martin & MacArthur, 1815 Kahai St. There is a $75 fee for the seminar. Call Alan Wilkinson at 456-1006 for more information.


Auwe! 'Hawaii' slips

The second regular segment for the NBC police drama "Hawaii" tumbled by 27 percent in viewership from its poor premier with a 2.4/8 in adults 18 to 49 and 8.44 million overall viewers.

The showed tied ABC's repeats of "My Wife and Kids" for a distant second-place finish behind Fox with the 18-to 49-viewers and lagged CBS's "60 Minutes" in total viewers.

Jasmine's homecoming

Jasmine Trias is inviting fans to a post-party marking the end of the United States "American Idol" Season Three Tour.

The "Jasmine Trias and Friends" after-party takes place 10 p.m. to closing Sept. 30 at Rumours Nightclub at the Ala Moana Hotel, where all attendees will receive a complimentary autographed photo of Trias, a special gift pack and a chance to win door prizes all night long.

There will be a $15 cover charge for the 21 and over event. For more information, call Hawaii Pacific Entertainment at 947-3101.


Aura getting down

After the success of the "Let's Get Down" dance party, the third edition of the Mendoza family band, Aura, returns to share a dance concert double bill with Six-Five-O starting at 10:30 p.m. tomorrow at Kapono's in the Aloha Tower Marketplace. There will be no cover.



The most rented videos, courtesy of Blockbuster Video:

1. "Passion of the Christ" FoxVideo
2. "Twisted" Paramount Home Video
3. "Taking Lives" Warner Home Video
4. "Godsend" FoxVideo
5. "Hidalgo" Buena Vista Home Video
6. "Ella Enchanted" Buena Vista Home Video
7. "The Girl Next Door" 20th Century Fox Home Video
8. "13 Going on 30" Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment
9. "Kill Bill: Vol. 2" Miramax Home Entertainment
10. "Johnson Family Vacation" FoxVideo

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