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COMMUNITY NEWS for January 21 issue

By Staff | Jan 21, 2016

Michael Clements’ “Chasing the Light,” an exhibition of recent works in oil and pastel (including “Overlooking Maliko Bay,” above), will be featured at Village Galleries at 120 Dickenson St. in Lahaina from Jan. 22 to Feb. 11. All are welcome to attend the Artist’s Reception with refreshments and entertainment on Friday, Jan. 22, from 6 to 9 p.m. For more information, call 661-4402 or visit villagegalleriesmaui.com.

Donate old glasses, hearing aids during ‘Lions in Sight’

LAHAINA – As spring cleaning gets under way, Hawaii Lions ask people to look through dresser drawers and closets for used eyeglasses and hearing aids, then donate them to the Lions Recycle For Sight program.

The Maui drive will be held in front of Longs Drugs at Lahaina Cannery Mall on Saturday, Jan. 23, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The glasses will be distributed to those in need within developing countries where eye care is often unaffordable and inaccessible. Most recently, 5,000 pairs of eyeglasses were distributed to villagers throughout the mountainous terrain of war-torn Afghanistan by Hawaii Lions Club members.

In most developing countries, an eye exam can cost as much as one month’s wages, and a single eye doctor may serve a community of hundreds of thousands of people.

Judy’s Gang will stage “LOVE 2 DANCE” on Saturday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m. in the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Castle Theater. Join Judy Ridolfino and Judy’s Gang in the fun, as they love to dance. Tap and jazz dancers ages three to infinity will sparkle and shine. How many songs are there with “dance” or “love” in the title? Come find out in this fun two-hour show! Tickets are $14 for adults and $10 for seniors, students and kids ages 6-12 (free admission to children five and under); call 242-SHOW. Three generations of Purple Toshikiyo’s Lahaina family — from left, Purple, Emi and Kristina — will dance in the show. PHOTO BY FRANK KRAU.

The glasses will be cleaned, categorized by prescription and prepared for distribution by Lions, Leos and other groups.

In addition to the eyeglasses, hearing aids will be also collected, cleaned and tested for local distribution.

For information, visit “http://www.hawaiilions.org”>www.hawaiilions.org.


Marriage workshop set

LAHAINA – “Build a Stronger Marriage,” a six-week workshop meeting on Friday nights from 6:30 to 8 p.m., begins Jan. 22 at Lahaina Baptist Church.

The workshop for married or engaged couples will be hosted by Jay and Joy Wright. The cost is $20 per couple for workbook materials. Space is limited; to register, call 661-3725 or visit www.lahainabaptist.org.


Mediation training slated

WAILUKU – Maui Mediation Services plans to offer 30-hour, four-day basic mediation training.

This course teaches participants how to create and maintain respectful communication between parties in conflict, as well as how to negotiate agreements.

If you choose to mediate with the agency following the training, you’ll be paired with an experienced mentor, and receive continuous training and help to make in difference in the community.

This year’s training begins on Thursday, Feb. 4. For more information, call at 244-5744 or visit www.mauimediation.org.


School Community Council nominations sought for Lahaina Intermediate School

LAHAINA – Lahaina Intermediate School is accepting nominations for one parent and one community member to serve on its School Community Council (SCC).

Each member will serve for two school years: 2015-16 and 2016-17.

Nomination forms are available at the school office. For more information, call Becky Altier at 662-3965, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The deadline to submit nomination is Jan. 29.


100 Men Who Care to meet

KAHULUI – Maui resident and group founder Keith Regan announced that the next dinner meeting for the 100 Men Who Care group on Maui will be held on Thursday, Jan. 28, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Maverick Helicopters Maui at 1 Kahului Airport Road, Hanger 108.

Since its inaugural quarterly meeting held on July 7, 2015, the group has raised more than $11,000 in donations to help Maui non-profits.

As Maui Search And Rescue was the most recent recipient to receive funds from the group, Adam Gaines, its president, will share with the group how the funds were able to help them in their mission.

Inspired by other 100 Men Who Care groups throughout the world, as well as 100 Women Who Care groups, the Maui organization’s mission is simple: bring together 100 men on Maui who care about local community causes. Four times a year, the group will meet and jointly vote for a local charity or not-for-profit organization. Each man agrees to write a $100 check to the selected organization and watches how the group’s commitment turns into a $10,000 or more donation. ??

For more information, contact Regan at 280-9284 or 100menwhocaremaui@gmail.com.


Water department holding Water Conservation Poster Contest

WAILUKU – The county Department of Water Supply invites all children in grades kindergarten through eighth grade to enter artwork in the seventh annual Water Conservation Poster Contest.

“By Water All Things Find Life” is this year’s theme. The community’s increased demand for water and periods of drought make it critical that we all do our part to conserve water.

This contest is open to all Maui County public, private and home-schooled students. Every student who creates and submits an entry will receive a Certificate of Participation. Winning entries will be included in the Department of Water Supply’s Water Conservation Calendar for 2017.

The entry form and contest rules are available on the Maui County Department of Water Supply webpage at www.mauiwater.org, under “What’s New” in the “Seventh Annual Water Conservation Poster Contest and 2016 Calendar” link. This link also provides instructions on how to submit an entry.


Caregivers class set

LAHAINA – Do you care for a parent, spouse, friend or neighbor? If so, the Powerful Tools for Caregivers class is designed for you.

This six-week class has already helped more than 200 family caregivers on Maui.

The next classes begin Jan. 23 in Kahului and Jan. 26 in Lahaina. For information, contact Heather at PTCMAUI@GMAIL.COM.