Club plans park cleanup Saturday
The Japanese Cultural Society of Maui will hold its annual cleanup at the Japanese Gardens at the Kepaniwai Park & Heritage Gardens in Iao Valley from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday.
Club members and the general public are asked to bring garden tools, trash bags and portable chairs. Lunch and water will be served following the cleanup. To RSVP, contact Rodney Ryugo at 250-9714.
Diabetes support group meets today
Maui Memorial Medical Center will host a Diabetes Education Support Group from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. today in the Marion Hanlon room in the Kahului Tower.
The topic for this month will be "Diabetes Myths & Facts- Part II" with registered nurse and certified diabetes educator Rose Davis.
The Diabetes Support Group holds monthly meetings geared for the diabetic patient and their family. The meetings are free and open to the public. For more information, call Davis at 442-5773.
Caring for elderly topic of presentation
Kathleen Couch, caregiver and program coordinator for Maui Adult Day Care Centers, will be the featured guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Maui's noon luncheon on Thursday at the Class Act Restaurant at the University of Hawaii Maui College.
The event costs $20.
Couch will speak on caring for the elderly with Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia or who are otherwise physically or mentally challenged. Couch will also speak about helping caregivers and families.
Couch has served more than eight years with Maui Adult Day Care Centers.
Keiki can read to a therapy dog
"PAWS for Reading," a free program for keiki in grades 1 through 5, is being offered at Kihei Public Library every Saturday in April.
The programs are conducted from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the children's area.
The Hawaii Canines for Independence, a nonprofit organization that provides people with physical disabilities specially trained dogs to assist them in living more independent lives, will present the Reading Educational Assistance Dogs program which is said to improve children's reading and communication skills. Reading to a therapy dog can help build a keiki's reading confidence and strengthen literacy skills, a release said.
Parents should contact the library to sign up their children for 15-minute reading sessions.
Pre-registration is required. All children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver, and be on time for their session.
Contact the library as soon as possible if a sign language interpreter or other special accommodation is needed.
Kihei Public Library is at 35 Waimahaihai St. For more information, or to signup for a reading session, call the library at 875-6833.
Methodist women to prepare luncheon
The Ala Lani United Methodist Women will be holding its annual salad luncheon beginning at noon Saturday.
The event will be held in the church's UMC Founders Hall at 50 S. Papa Ave. in Kahului.
The buffet includes salads with a beverage.
The cost is $7.
For more information, call Esther Bertram at 879-2501 or Joyce Afalla at 281-5882.
Free kidney disease screenings planned
The National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii will present Da Kidney Da Kine Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 27 at Queen Ka'ahumanu Center.
The event will feature free kidney disease, diabetes and blood pressure screenings, exhibits and displays and live entertainment by Jimmy Mac and the Kool Kats, Na Keiki O Halau Hula Kauluokala and George Kahumoku Jr.
The free screening takes less than an hour.
For more information, call 986-1900.
Tree grafting workshop on Molokai
Alton Arakaki, University of Hawaii College of Agriculture and Human Resources Molokai county extension agent, will share his expertise in fruit production during a hands-on tree grafting workshop from 3:30 to 5 p.m. April 18 at the Maui College/UH CTAHR Applied Research and Demonstration Farm on Molokai.
Each individual will need to bring their own grafting/budding knife. These can be purchased at Hikiola Cooperative or online for around $15 to $35. To register, call the extension office at (808) 567-6929.
Feed My Sheep seeks votes in competition
Feed My Sheep has been named a finalist in a national competition called Neighborhood Assist. It is the only Hawaii organization in the finals.
Two hundred organizations are in the running and the top 40 vote-getters will win $25,000 from State Farm to make a difference in their communities.
The deadline for voting is April 21. People can vote up to 10 times.
The link to vote can be found at apps.facebook.com/sf_neighbor_assist/?fb_source=search&ref=ts&fref=ts.
For more information, go online to www.feedmysheepmaui.com or call Brad Hilliard at (503) 428-4890 or Brooke Hopkins at 872-9100.
Death and dying topic of presentations
Doorway Into Light, a nonprofit organization on Maui in the fields of death and dying, is offering two presentations in April.
"Deep Caregiving to the Dying, When Death is not just a Medical Event" will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Makawao Union Church Hall.
Featured speakers are Ram Dass, Bodhi Be, Eve-lynn Civerolo and Deborah Duda, all experienced in caring for and counseling the dying. A $25 donation is requested.
From 4 to 6 p.m on Sunday, Bodhi Be, executive director of Doorway Into Light, will offer a free presentation in Hana at the Hana Dialysis Center and will speak on home funerals, home burials, ocean body burials, green burials, and the public's rights and choices.