West Oahu Highlights

Send items on West Oahu events by Dec. 19 for the Dec. 26 edition. Fax to 585-6324 or email cchang@midweek.com.

* BLOOD DRIVES Hawaii Blood Bank has donor drives Dec. 18 from 7 to 10:45 a.m. at Tesoro Hawaii on Komohana Street, from 12:45 to 3 p.m. at Hawaii Modular Space on Kalaeloa Street; Dec. 19 from 7:15 to 11:30 a.m. at Kapolei Bank of Hawaii and 7:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at the state DAGS building on Kamokila Avenue; Dec. 23 from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Waikele Center; and Dec. 24 from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Ewa Beach Elementary. Call 848-4770.

* GRINCH Pearl City Library presents “A Visit with the Grinch” at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 19, plus holiday songs and photo ops with the Grinch himself. Call 453-6566

* SANTA NIGHT Kapolei Library presents puppeteer Christy Lipps at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 19 performing favorite children’s holiday stories with her hand-crafted puppets, plus finger plays, songs, and the arrival of Santa and his elf (for photos). Call 693-7050.

* EWA PLAN City Councilman Tom Berg sponsors a public forum at 7 p.m. Dec. 19 at Kapolei Hale on the Ewa Development Plan amendments. Call 768-5001.

* CIVIL WAR TALK Kapolei Library concludes its series of public readings and discussions exploring the U.S. Civil War at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 19 on the topic of “Hawaii and Hawaiians in the Civil War.” Call 693-7050.

* BENEFIT CONCERT The vocal ensemble Melemai Kapu’uwaimai performs its Christmas Choral Concert at 7 p.m. Dec. 20 at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Aiea. Tickets are $5 pre-sale or $10 at the door, and proceeds support a spring concert tour of Kauai with director Marilyn Kim, recently retired LCC music teacher. Call 680-9544.

* CAFE MUSIC 3rd Cup Cafe & Venue in the Royal Times Kunia Building features Tony Kato and Ken Leung playing jazz at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21 and 1Light performing Christmas jazz and Latin music at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 22. Art for December is by the children of Onemalu Transitional Homeless Shelter, and proceeds from sales and some venue profits will benefit the shelter at Kalaeloa. Call 888-6087.

* GIFT WRAP Waipahu Project Grad volunteers offer gift-wrap services from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 21-24 at Don Quijote in Waipahu. Proceeds support the senior grad night party. Call 216-7449.

* WORSHIP New Hope Aiea invited the public to its Christmas service, themed “We have seen his star,” at 10 a.m. Dec. 23 at Alvah Scott Elementary School on Moanalua Road. Call Pastor Marcus Sanders at 398-4770.

* TAX PREP CLASS Hawaii Tax Help offers volunteer tax preparer training from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 12 and 8 to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 19 at Leeward Community College, General Technology building Room GT-105. Learn it yourself, then help someone else. To sign up, call 381-0881 or email info@hawaiitaxhelp.org.

* COLLEGE GOAL Waipahu High School hosts a College Goal Sunday at 1 p.m. Jan. 13 in the cafeteria to assist students and parents in completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form. Bring your 2012 IRS tax returns, if possible, or W-2 forms and other income details. Call Frank Green at 591-2708.


* EMERGENCIES The Ewa Beach Emergency Preparedness Committee is organizing Community Emergency Preparedness Teams to get residents ready for helping in a disaster. To request training or offer help, call chairman Donald Harlor at 682-0111.

* PREP FOOTBALL The Kapolei Islanderz are registering boys and girls in grades 4-8 for junior prep tackle football. Fee is $183 with no weight limit. Call Leilani Maae at 275-6134 or visit kapoleiislanderz.com.

* YOGA Holistic Energy Yoga classes meet at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday-Friday at Momilani Community Center. Fee is $5 per class. Call 381-4376.

* EXPRESS Pearlridge Center offers its Pearlridge Express train rides for keiki under 48 inches Dec. 1-31 for $3 per child, departing from Uptown center court. Call 488-0981.

* RUGBY Players and coaches are invited to join USO Athletics-Hawaii Youth Rugby in several age-group teams for boys, and under 16 for girls. Call Raymond Maae at 692-3589 or visit hawaiiyouthrugby.com.

* BRIDGE PLAYERS Bridge and/or pinochle players are invited to join in games in Ko Olina with area residents. Call Valerie at 206-391-1755.

* KEIKI COUNCIL The Central District South Community Children’s Council meets at 6 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of the month in Moanalua High School Room G104; and the Leeward council meets at 6:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday at the State of Hawaii building, 601 Kamokila Blvd. in Kapolei All parents of children with special needs are welcome. Call 586-5363.

* COMIC JAMS Pearl-ridge Center hosts Comic Jam Hawaii from 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays Uptown, second level by Hot Unique Images, welcoming professional and amateur artists. Call 488-0981.

* HULA CLASSES Halau Hula ‘O Kana Kapeka of Aiea is registering students of all ages and experience for fall classes in hula and Tahitian dance, to be held at St. Elizabeth Church Hall. Call 255-4001.

* ROLLER DERBY The West Oahu Roller Derby’s Aloha City Rollers practice and train evenings at a track at Kalaeloa. Men and women age 18 and older are welcome as new players or referees. Positive attitude and teamwork required. Go to alohacityrollers.com or email info@alohacityrollers.com.

* ROTARY P.M. The Rotary Club of Kapolei Sunset meets at 5:30 p.m. Mondays at Roy’s Ko Olina for a program and light dinner. Cost is $20. Email txtutu@yahoo.com.

* ROTARY A.M. Kapolei Rotary Club meets at 7:30 a.m. Thursdays in the Kapolei High faculty lounge. Call 722-1489 or email info@limelighthawaii.com.

* STORIES Kapolei Library offers a free, interactive children’s storytime sessions at 10 a.m. each Monday and Thursday for ages 3 to 5. Call 693-7050.

* SENIOR EXERCISE Hideo Kimura conducts free wellness education classes for seniors and others from noon to 2 p.m. Mondays and Fridays and from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesdays at Crestview Park building in Waipio Gentry, covering Ki energy and development, self-improvement and aikido warm-up exercises. Call 671-4838 or 671-1422.