Lions Collecting Food At Wahiawa Festival

Wahiawa Lions Club and the town’s two shopping centers will join forces from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday to celebrate fall, food and fun.

The club plans a food drive to coincide with the annual Fall Festival sponsored by Wahiawa Town Center and Wahiawa Shopping Center. Canned food items and monetary donations are welcome at the Lions’ table to help local families in need. The centers will give donors a free paint-and-take SpinArt Frisbee for each can of food given.

“If everyone visiting the event just gave one can of food,” said project leader Jack Kampfer, “we would be able to make a real difference in the lives of the hungry around Wahiawa.” Especially valuable, he noted, are tuna, meats, baked beans, vegetables and fruits.

Kampfer also pointed out that a UH study of the Wahiawa area revealed that 16 percent of its children and nearly 10 percent of its elderly live in poverty – much higher numbers than Oahu or statewide. For more information on the drive, call Lion Carolyn Hayashi at 522-5149.

The merchants, meanwhile, will offer several activities for families in the Longs Drugs parking lot: make-and-take crafts, mini-pumpkin decorating, Keiki Kopter and train rides. Special programs on the agenda are a Mad Science show from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., a magic show with Mr. O at 11:30 a.m. and a costume contest for ages 12 and younger at 12:30 p.m.