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The Green Flash!   Highlighted Events of the Next Two Weeks

(For a more complete listing of events, go to KONAWEB's Big Island Events Calendar).

November 21, 2017
BE A HERO! BE A TEACHER! INFORMATION PRESENTATION - KAILUA-KONA
The College of Education from The University of Hawai'i at Manoa will be providing information about the University's distance learning programs for those interested in becoming licensed K-12 teachers and those wanting to pursue graduate degrees in Education as well as pursuing professional development opportunities. Time: 4-6 pm at the Hawaii Community College's Palamanui Campus, in the Panini Building, Room 127. Free to the public. RSVP is not necessary but will be helpful for planning. For more information, please contact Karen Wilson at wilsonkl@hawaii.edu.

November 22, 2017
MEET & EAT ANNUAL THANKSGIVING DINNER - KONA
Presented by the Kona Task Force on Feeding the Hungry. The public is invited to a traditional Thanksgiving meal at the Kealakehe Intermediate School Cafeteria on Onipa'a Street from 5:15-7pm. It is free, but if you can, please bring a bag of rice for the rice bag pyramid to help the Food Basket, as rice is normally at a minimum during this time of year. Canned goods are also welcome. The task force is made up of community organizations, churches and businesses joining together to feed the needy in West Hawai'i. Those wishing to volunteer or contribute can contact Ardie Ikeda at 987-1664.

November 24, 2017
KAILUA VILLAGE HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING - KAILUA-KONA
A traditional lighting of the Village Christmastree at Emma's Square, across from Hulihe'e Palace, will take place at 5:45 pm, kicking off the holiday season. For more information, visit www.historickailuavillage.com.

November 24 & 25, 2017
JOANN WILLIAMS 35th ANNUAL CHRISTMAS GIFT & CRAFT FAIR
The Joann Williams 35th Annual Christmas Treasures Gift & Craft Fair will be held at the Marriott Courtyard King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel on Nov. 24 from 9am-6pm, and Nov. 25 from 9am-5pm. This event features Hawaii crafts, edibles, and gifts for all, even pets! Free to the public. For more information, call (808) 325-5155 or email dagoose@hawaii.rr.com.

November 24-26, 2017
VOLCANO VILLAGE ARTISTS HUI ANNUAL ART STUDIO TOUR & SALE
Over the Thanksgiving weekend, from 10am-4pm, visitors are invited to meet the Volcano Village Artists in their studios and see artworks in a wide variety of media. Pottery; raku masks; hand blown art glass; wood & metal sculpture; hand-tooled metal and fiber art; as well as photographs; paintings; drawings and block prints will be on display and available for purchase. A special drawing for pieces contributed by the artists will be held on the last day of the event. Maps to the artists' studios will be available at local businesses in Volcano Village, as well as at www. VolcanoVillageArtistsHui.com. Time: 10 AM to 4 PM at artists' studios in Volcano Village. Free to the public. For more information, call (808) 987-3472 or email eherb@hawaii.rr.com.

December 1, 2017
ANNUAL PARKER RANCH HOLIDAY LIGHTING EVENT - WAIMEA
Free admission. From 5-7pm, at the Parker Ranch Historic Homes (66-1304 Mamalahoa Hwy., Kamuela), enjoy the Hawai'i Preparatory Academy Handbell Choir, the Parker School Choir, Halau Opuaikla'i, free hot chocolate and cookies, and more entertainment.

December 1 & 2, 2017
NA MAKUA INVITATIONAL CHRISTMAS GIFT FAIR - HILO
This annual Christmas Fair will be held at the Ah Fook Civic Auditorium in Hilo Friday from 1-6 pm, Saturday from 9 am to 3 pm. Featuring Hawai'i's finest one-of-a-kind holiday gifts - fashions by Wahine Toa, Simply Sisters, Living Hula and Na Makua. Enjoy great entertainment, and ono food by Liko Lehua Cafe. Enter hourly drawings for prizes. Free to the public. If you are interested in being a vendor, you can download the application at www.namakua.com/nm-xmas.
For more information, call 808-966-4647 or email puna@namakua.com.

December 2, 2017
HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION - HILO
Time: 7:30am-2:30pm at the Hilo Recycling & Transfer Station collection area. Accepted Items are motor oil, antifreeze, corrosives, poisons, corrosives, batteries, medications, solvents and thinners, fluorescent bulbs, mercury thermometers, oil-based paints, and compressed gas cylinders. Not accepted items are business waste, farm waste, electronics, explosives or flares, radioactive materials, shock sensitive items, controlled substances, fire extinguishers, bio/infectiours waste, non-toxics. More info at www.hawaiizerowaste.org, or call 961-8554.

December 2, 2017
HOLUALOA MUSIC AND LIGHT FESTIVAL, KONA

Witness the lighting of the town Christmas tree, listen to musicians perform Christmas music thru the evening at stages around the village, and receive treats from the galleries and shops in this charming little artists' colony in the middle of Kona coffee country. Santa will show up too! For information, call Holualoa Village Assn. at 808/322-8484, or visit www.holualoahawaii.com.

December 2, 2017
TWILIGHT CHRISTMAS PARADE - WAIMEA

Starting at Church Row, and ending at Waimea Town Park at 5:30pm. Visit with Santa Parker Ranch Center immediately after the parade and have a free picture taken with him. There will be goody bags for all children, while supplies last. Charitable donations will be accepted to benefit the Waimea Lions Club and North Hawai`i Hospice.

December 2, 2017
ANNUAL CANADA-FRANCE-HAWAI'I TELESCOPE STARGAZING PARTY - WAIMEA
Right after the Waimea Christmas Twilight Parade from approximately 7-9pm, CFHT will host its annual stargazing party, with telescopes, hot beverages, keiki activities, and an opportunity to talk to the astronomers. Members of the West Hawai'i Astronomy Club will also be there with telescopes. 65-1238 Mamalahoa Hwy, CFHT front lawn, Waimea. Free to the public. For information, call 808-885-3121 or email outreach@cfht.hawaii.edu.

December 2, 2017
ARC OF KONA 21st ANNUAL BAZAAR - KEALAKEKUA
From 9am-2pm, enjoy a fun-filled day on Saturday, December 2nd at ARC of Kona's 21st Annual Bazaar Fundraiser and 55 year celebration (81-1065 Konawaena School Road, Kealakekua, HI). The Kid's Corner will feature face painting, photo booth, petting zoo, bouncy house, and keiki IDs. Santa will be available for picture taking in the photo booth! There will be a Silent Auction with incredible items available including numerous gift certificates, jewelry, gift baskets, a Marcus Mariota autographed football, a koa wood Kamaka 'ukulele valued at nearly $1,000, and many more items! Live entertainment all day including taiko drummers, hula, and Zumba. Also vendor booths, the Trash and Treasure booth, delicious food, and much more! Free admission. Park at Konawaena School; rides to and from the Bazaar will be available. All proceeds enhance ARC of Kona's programs and services that help persons with disabilities achieve their goals of inclusion and independence. For more information, call (808) 323-2626 or email michele@arcofkona.org.

December 6, 2017
KAILUA-KONA SENIORS BAKE/CHRISTMAS CRAFTS SALE - KAILUA-KONA
Bake Sale/Christmas Crafts Sale with miscellaneous items, 9 AM to noon in front of Hale Halawai on Alii Dr. Free to the public. For more information, call 415-251-3587 or email n.mpub1@gmail.com.

(More events can be found on KONAWEB's Big Island Events Calendar).


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