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COMMUNITY NEWS for December 26 issue

By Staff | Dec 26, 2013

Lahaina Galleries will close the year’s “Art Nights” with a songfest featuring Summer Macedo, a Sacred Hearts School eighth-grader, and Shawn McLaughlin, her voice coach and longtime West Maui acoustic guitarist and landscaping architect, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 27 at 828 Front St. An accomplished competitive surfer, Summer is the daughter of Ronaldo, featured artist at the gallery in December, and Jennifer Macedo. Summer will sing, and her father will greet and talk story about his art with gallery visitors. A Brazilian-born Impressionist artist, Ronaldo has been represented by Lahaina Galleries since 1994. He paints scenes of island life and pristine landscapes, and as a plein air painter, he is a key player in the annual Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational.

Celebrate Kwanzaa

WAILUKU – The African Americans Association on Maui will celebrate Kwanzaa on Friday, Dec. 27, at Iao Parkside Recreation Center at 6 p.m.

Activities will include building the Kwanzaa table and explaining the history of this cultural holiday.

Bring a potluck dish and nonperishable canned good for the Maui Food Bank. Call (808) 280-1394.

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Join Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project for a pint night at The Maui Brewing Company on Friday, Dec. 27, from 6 to 10 p.m. Half the profits from house beers sold will go toward protecting native birds. Maui Forest Birds is dedicated to the conservation and research of rare and endangered bird species on Maui, like the Kiwikiu, a bird found nowhere else in the world. Maui Brewing Company is located along Honoapiilani Highway in the Kahana Gateway Shopping Center. For information, call Laura at 573-0280 or go to www.mauiforestbirds.org.

Christmas tree recycling available

WAILUKU -The county Recycling Section requests that all Christmas trees be taken to composting facilities.

In West Maui, trees can be taken to the Olowalu Convenience Center Mondays through Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. starting Dec. 26.

Since the trees will be processed into compost, all decorations should be removed, including tinsel and other materials. Trees cannot be taken to community centers, recycling centers or dumped in parking lots. Call 270-7880.

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Bill Maher will return to the Maui Arts & Cultural Center for his third annual New Year’s Day concert on Jan. 1 at 8 p.m. For the last 20 years, Maher has set the boundaries of where funny, political talk can go on American television. First on “Politically Incorrect” from 1993-2002, and for the last nine years on HBO’s “Real Time,” Maher’s combination of unflinching honesty and big laughs have garnered him 29 Emmy nominations. Don’t miss this evening with the brilliantly funny Maher and his unique take on our world. The show features adult subject matter and language. Tickets are $65.50, $85.50 or $150.50; call 242-SHOW.

Have a brew for the birds

KAHANA – A Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project Benefit Night will be held at Maui Brewing Company in Kahana Gateway Center on Friday, Dec. 27, from 6 to 10 p.m.

Half the pub profits from house beers sold will go toward protecting native birds. Call Laura at 573-0280 or go to “http://www.mauiforestbirds.org”>www.mauiforestbirds.org.

In an annual tradition, Kaanapali Beach Hotel employees visited resort partners to sing Christmas carols last week Wednesday.