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* KARTING John Ledesma leads karting clinics from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 19, and on the third Tuesday of each month through December at Podium Raceway, 91-1085 Lexington St., Bldg. 1844 in Kapolei. Fee is $45 for each session, which includes three races, classroom instruction (dynamics, driving and racing lines, braking) and on-track lead and follow. Ledesma is a graduate of the Jim Russell Racing School in Sonoma, Calif. Call 682-7223 or email

* JOB READY Leeward Community College observes Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month with activities in its job-ready training programs from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 20 (job-prep services), 9 to 9:50 a.m. Feb. 21 (labor market), noon to 1 p.m. Feb. 25 (LifeSmarts student competition) and 5:30 p.m. Feb. 27 (AA in teaching details). A CTE open house also is set for 9 a.m.-noon Feb. 26. Call Kathleen Cabral at 455-0524.

* KAPOLEI ROTARY Kapolei Rotary Club meets at 7:30 a.m. Feb. 21 at Kapolei High’s faculty lounge with guest speaker Manuel Mollinedo, outgoing director of Honolulu Zoo. He will discuss the challenges of the job as he prepares to retire March 1. Email

* BLACK HISTORY Kapolei Hale hosts a Black History Month exhibit from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. week-days through Feb. 21. Call 768-6622.

* SAFE CAR SEATS Safety technicians inspect children’s car seats or booster seats for proper installation from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Feb. 22 at Kaiser’s Waipio Clinic. Come with car seats installed, and bring manual and car seat instructions. Pre-registration is required for the free service. Call 432-2260.

* CAFE MUSIC 3rd Cup Cafe & Venue in the Royal Times Kunia Building presents Open Mic Night at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22 and 1Light playing jazz and Latin music at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23. Artist of the month Radley Urata has graffiti-based art. Call 888-6087.

* GABBARD HOUR State Sen. Michael Gabbard hosts a “listen story” meeting at 9 a.m. Feb. 23 at Kapolei Starbucks (next to Chevron gas station). Call 586-6830.

* MANANA HIKE Hawaiian Trail & Mountain Club leads a 12-mile advanced ridge hike in Pacific Palisades/Manana at 8 a.m. Feb. 23. Go to

* EARTH OVENS Malama Learning Center conducts a class on making earth ovens at 9 a.m. Feb. 23 at Kaala Cultural Learning Center in Waianae. Fee is $10 per person, or $25 for families of three or less. Call 542-9107.

* IMMIGRATION The FilCom Center has free public outreach programs on immigration issues at 9 a.m. Feb. 23 (Becoming a U.S. Citizen) and March 2 (Getting a Passport). Call 680-0451.

* BAD BUGS Halawa Xeriscape Garden has a “Good Bug vs. Bad Bug” workshop from 10:30 a.m. to noon Feb. 23 at 99-1268 Iwaena St. in Halawa Valley, featuring tips on attracting the good ones to plants and identifying and managing the bad ones in a good way. Bring mystery bugs in a chilled, air-tight bag. Fee is $5. Call 748-5363.

* TAGALOG The Filipino Community Center presents cultural and educational activities and performances on “The Best of the Tagalog Region” from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24 at 94-428 Mokuola St. Call 680-0451.

* BLOOD DRIVES Hawaii Blood Bank has donor drives from 8:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Feb. 25 at Aiea High library, 8 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Feb. 26 at Pearl City High multi-purpose room, and 8 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Feb. 27 at the state’s Kakuhihewa Building on Kamokila Boulevard. Call 848-4770.

* NEIGHBORS The Pearl City Neighborhood Board meets at 7 p.m. Feb. 26 at Waiau District Park, the Waipahu board meets at 7 p.m. Feb. 27 at the FilCom Center on Mokuola Street, and MakakiloKapolei-Honokai Hale meets at 7 p.m. Feb. 27 at Kapolei High cafeteria. Call 768-3710.

* CAREGIVERS The Caregiver Foundation sponsors a support group from 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 28 at its Kapolei offices. Call 625-3782.

* AIEA BOOK CLUB The Aiea Book Club meets at 6:30 p.m. March 7 at the Aiea Library to discuss Georgia O’Keefe’s Hawaii by Patricia Jennings and Maria Ausherman. Email

* LIFEGUARDS The Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center conducts a lifeguard training course March 8, 15, 17 and 24 at Central Oahu Regional Park in Waipio. It’s a blended learning course that shares online/hands-on skills. Call aquatic director Ruthie Heuton at 677-8510.

* GREEN DAY Pearl City Project Graduation seeks vendors for its March 16 Green Day Garage Sale and Fair (9 a.m. to 2 p.m.). Fee is $50 per outside booth and $25 per student booth. Applications are due by Feb. 28 for the fair, which has a theme of “reuse, recycle, reinvent and renew.” Call 778-2752 or 722-5101


* KART RACES The Super Quick Racing League sponsors 14-lap kart races at 6:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at Podium Raceway, 91-1085 Lexington St. Building 1844 in Kapolei. Fee is $45 for three races. Call 682-7223 or email

* AARP TAX PREP Foundation Tax-Aide has free tax preparation help for low-to-moderate income individuals and families from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays at Waipahu Civic Center and from 9 a.m. to noon Thursdays at Kroc Center in Ewa Beach, running through April 11. Call 450-2549.

* MASTERS SWIM Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center conducts a U.S. Masters swimming program at 7 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at Central Oahu Regional Park. Call Ruthie Heuton at 677-8510.

* SLACK KEYYameen Fong leads beginner slack-key guitar classes at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays at Ewa Beach Community Park on North Road. Call 685-6035 evenings or visit

* BRIDGE PLAYERS Bridge players are invited to join in games with West Oahu residents, playing in the Makaha area. Call Flo at 695-8106.

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