Local Briefs

Library to celebrate 85th anniversary

Wailuku Public Library will celebrate its 85th anniversary today and Thursday with a series of events.

A celebration storytime will take place at 10 a.m. today. Musician/magician/juggler Artie Parti will entertain. Cake and juice will be served. Young children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.

An orbital birthday party and movie screening will take place at 1:30 p.m. today. Harriet Witt, an international award-win-

ning science writer and co-founder of the Keiki-Kupuna Orbit Project, will discuss ways to celebrate an “orbital” birthday party, with participants creating a virtual orbit around a virtual sun. This one-hour program is suitable for ages 8 and older.

Following this program will be a showing of the film “Gravity.” Refreshments will be served. The film is suitable for ages 8 and older.

On Thursday, the library will have a blessing at 6 p.m. with Kahu Wayne Higa of Ka’ahumanu Church. The blessing will be followed by guest speakers and birthday cake. All are welcome.

Jeff Peterson will perform Hawaiian slack key guitar at 6:30 p.m. This 45-minute program is suitable for all ages.

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Hale Makua plans to offer free seminars

Hale Makua Health Services is offering free seminars every Wednesday evening from today through Oct. 22.

Seminars cover a variety of topics of increasing importance as people age.

Seminars will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. in the dining room of Care Homes by Hale Makua, 1540 Lower Main St., Wailuku. To reserve a seat, call 873-6616. Space is limited.

The seminar schedule follows:

* Long Term Care 101 (today, Sept. 3 or Oct. 1): Learn about the home, community, and facility-based long-term care options available, what they cost and who covers the cost of care.

* Experience Living with Dementia (Aug. 13, Sept. 10 or Oct. 8): Walk in the shoes of someone suffering from dementia to learn firsthand what it feels like.

* Medicare & Medicaid 101 (Aug. 20, Sept. 17 or Oct. 15): Get the basics about what Medicare and Medicaid are, what the various plans cover and how to qualify for coverage.

* Estate Planning 101 (Aug. 27, Sept. 24 or Oct. 22): Learn about financial, tax, medical and business considerations for your estate plan from attorney Elizabeth Ivey.

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Purchase of painting will benefit PWF

World-renowned marine artist Robert Lyn Nelson is offering an original oil and acrylic painting, “Imperiled Leviathan,” for sale, with the full purchase price to benefit Pacific Whale Foundation.

The 48″ x 48″ painting depicts humpback whales and dolphins underwater off Hawaii and is on display daily at Diamond Head Gallery at 736 Front St., Lahaina.

The $100,000 purchase price will support whale research, marine education programs for children and conservation efforts, according to an announcement.

For information, contact Michael Murray, director of Diamond Head Gallery, at 661-8171 or michael.murray@DiamondHeadGallery.com.

Limited edition posters of the painting, signed and embossed by the artist, will be available for donations of $250 to Pacific Whale Foundation.

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Endangered turtles topic of presentation

Cheryl King, vice chairwoman of the Hawai’i Wildlife Fund, will be guest speaker at the 10 a.m. meeting of the South Maui Chapter of AARP on Monday.

The meeting will take place at the Kalama Heights Retirement Community in the upper level activity room. Kalama Heights is located at 101 Kanani Road in Kihei.

King will speak about Maui’s critically endangered Hawksbill sea turtles and tell of volunteer opportunities to look for turtle tracks. Refreshments will be served.

Attendees are asked to bring school supplies, including slippers, or $5, for Kihei Elementary School children.

For more information, call Marv Paularena at 264-0300.

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Mediation training at Cameron Center

Mediation Services of Maui will offer basic mediation training Sept. 4, 5, 11 and 12 at the J. Walter Cameron Center auditorium in Wailuku.

This interactive training is designed for retirees, stay-at-home parents, business owners, supervisors, students, nonprofit staff and others.

Participants will learn to manage and resolve conflict and improve communications both personally and professionally, according to an announcement.

Diane Petropulos will be the trainer. She is a principal in ADRinACTION, offering mediation, facilitation and training services in the areas of mediation and workplace conflict. She has developed and conducted workshops and trainings throughout Hawaii, and is a former lecturer at the master’s level in the Human Resource Management Program at the University of Hawaii Manoa.

The training will be from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 4 and 11, and from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 5 and 12.

The cost is $250. Full scholarships are available. For more information, visit www.mauimediation.org or call 244-5744.

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Flatbread sales to benefit scholarship

The Italian American Club of Maui will host a fundraiser from 5 to 10 p.m. on Tuesday at Flatbread Co. in Paia to help support the club’s scholarship fund.

Flatbread Co. is at 89 Hana Highway. For take-out orders, call Flatbread Co. at 579-8989.

For more information, call 280-8008. To learn more about the club, visit www.italianamericanclubofmaui.com.