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West Oahu Highlights

Send West Oahu items to cchang@midweek.com or fax them to 585-6324 by March 19 to be considered for the March 26 edition.

* FAIRY GRANDMA “Fairy Godmother” Susie Roth entertains preschoolers with magic, stories and fun at 10:30 a.m. March 17 at Kapolei Library to kick off its spring reading program. Call 693-7050.

* WELLNESS Shizendo Ki method founder Hideo Kimura teaches therapy exercises and how to use Ki to monitor pain and emotional release for beginners at 6 p.m. March 17 and March 21, and each Monday and Friday. He also leads adult beginner aikido at 7:30 p.m. the same nights at Soto Mission of Aiea, 99-045 Kauhale St. Free trials are allowed. Classes start this month. Call 671-1422.

* BOOKKEEPING Fil-Com Center hosts a Magnegosyo Entrepreneurship workshop on accounting and bookkeeping basics at 6 p.m. March 18 at 94-428 Mokuola St. with tax accountant John Schuyler of SCORE. Call 680-0451.

* BALLROOM Pearl-ridge chapter of Hawaii Ballroom Dancing Association registers students for merengue and West Coast swing lessons from 7 to 8 p.m March 18, 25 and April 1 and 8 at Waimalu Elementary School. Tuesday night classes start April 1, with nominal fees. Call 488-3935 or 836-4579.

* PIDGIN TALKAward-winning author and editor Lee Tonouchi reads his popular pidgin writings from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. March 19 at UH West Oahu Campus Center room C225 as part of the “Local Voices, Local Literature” series. The program is free and open to the public. Call 689-2800.

* BUSINESS BUILDER Ewa Beach Community Based Development Organization sponsors a Momentum Business Builder program, beginning March 19 at Blessings from Heaven Preschool, 91-679 Fort Weaver Road. Register at ewabeachcbdo.org.

* ROTARY TALK U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa is guest speaker at the Kapolei Rotary Club’s 7:30 a.m. meeting March 20 in the faculty lounge at Kapolei High School. Email htnedd@gmail.com.

* AIEA ROTARY Pearl-ridge Rotary Club meets weekly at 11:30 a.m. at Pearl Country Club. Guest speaker for March 21 is ghost storyteller Lopaka Kapanui. Email lasar@organizedislandliving.com.

* BLOOD DRIVES Hawaii Blood Bank has donor drives from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 21 at the State of Hawaii Kakuhihewa Building in Kapolei, 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. March 23 at Waikele Center, and 7 a.m.-1 p.m. March 30 at Ewa Beach Elementary School. Call 848-4770.

* ALADDIN JR. Pas De Deux performance school presents Aladdin Jr. at 8 p.m. March 21 and 28, and 5 and 7 p.m. March 22 and 29 in its Waipahu studio at 94-404 Ukee St. For tickets, visit showtix4u.com.

* ORGANIZED Simply Organized hosts a free workshop on “Getting and Keeping Your Family Organized” at 1 p.m. March 22 at its Kapolei store, 889 Kamokila Blvd. Call 693-8888.

* BOXING Pearlside Boxing sponsors a Fight Night at 6 p.m. March 22 at Momilani Community Center, featuring amateurs from clubs throughout the state. Tickets cost $15, $10 or are free to keiki age 7 and under. Call 256-2885.

* FUNERALS Financial educator Karen Ho discusses “Don’t Get Buried by Funeral Costs” at 10:30 a.m. March 24 at Kapolei Library. Call 693-7050. * NEIGHBORS Pearl City Neighborhood Board meets at 7 p.m. March 25 at Waiau District Park. Call 768-3710.

* GARDENS Halawa Xeriscape Garden presents a workshop on water-efficient spiral and keyhole gardens at 10:30 a.m. March 29 at 99-1268 Iwaena St. Fee is $5 for non-members, and registration begins March 11 until all spaces are filled. Call 748-5363.

* GABBARD HOUR State Sen. Mike Gabbard hosts a Listen Story meeting at 9 a.m. March 29 at Kapolei Starbucks, next to the Chevron station. Call 586-6830.

* AYSO SIGNUPS Leeward AYSO 269 conducts onsite registration from 5 to 7 p.m. March 29 and April 26 at Kapolei Middle School, 3 to 5 p.m. May 10 at Nanakuli High cafeteria, and online (since March 1) at eayso.org. Fall season starts in August.

* HOUSING SEMINAR Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties hosts a free seminar at 5:30 p.m. March 30 on “Off-Base Housing: How Military Personnel Buy and Sell in Hawaii” at its office in Kapolei Commons. Call 947-8101.

* CANCER RELAY Leeward Oahu’s annual Relay for Life is set for April 4-5 at Kapolei High School athletic field. To join or offer help, email michelle.hashimoto@cancer.org or call 432-9144.

* MUSIC FEST The fourth annual Leeward Music Festival opens at 7 p.m. April 5 at LCC Theatre (prelude at 6:45), featuring 10 local singing and instrumental groups, sponsored by Kapolei Chorale. Special guest is the 75-member Oahu Civic Orchestra. Call 623-4045.

* SIMPLE GARDENS Halawa Xeriscape Garden presents a workshop on “Five Simple Steps to a Beautiful Garden” at 10:30 a.m. April 5 at 99-1268 Iwaena St. Fee is $5 for non-members, and registration runs March 18-April 4 or until all spaces are filled. Call 748-5363.

* UH GOLF Na Koa hosts its 20th annual Ed Wong Memorial Golf Tournament April 8 at Hawaii Prince Golf Course. Fee is $1,000 for a three-person team, and proceeds benefit the Rainbow Warrior football program. Call 956-4513 or visit nakoa.org.

* MANANA FAIR Manana Elementary School has its “Celebrate Spring” craft fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 12 at the Pearl City campus, 1147 Kumano St. Call 454-5305.


* KELLY ART SHOW Kapolei Library hosts an exhibit of sculptures and prints through the end of March by the late John and Kate Kelly from the 1930s and ’40s. Call 693-7050.

* TAX HELP Leeward Community College’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program has live as well as online help for qualified low-income individuals and families. Online service is at myfreetaxes.com. Live help is available from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at LCC now through March 21, or 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through March 29. Call 455-0524.

* STRIDERS The Leeward Stroller Strides group meets at 8:45 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursday at Central Oahu Regional Park, offering a fitness walk for moms and tots in strollers. Fee is $60 a month. A Kapolei group meets at 8:45 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Call 398-6275.

* SLACK KEY Yameen Fong teaches beginner slack-key guitar at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays at Ewa Beach Community Park. Bring your own guitar for the four-lesson course. Call 685-6035 evenings or visit fongsmusic.homestead.com.