Driver safety course set for Wednesday
An AARP Driver Safety Class will be held from 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at Roselani Place in Kahului.
The class is designed for drivers 50 years and older but is open to everyone. The goal of the course is to make drivers more aware of common age-related physical changes, how they affect driving ability and how to compensate for these changes.
The cost of the class is $14. AARP members receive a $2 discount with their AARP card.
Some insurance companies offer discounts to those who complete the class.
To register for the class, call Kaunoa Senior Services at 270-7308. Roselani Place is located at 88 S. Papa Ave.
Fundraiser will benefit AIDS foundation
A "Dining for Life" fundraiser at Flatbread Co. in Paia on Tuesday will benefit the nonprofit Maui AIDS Foundation.
From 5 to 10 p.m., a portion of the sales from all pizzas sold will go to the foundation.
Proceeds will support client care, housing and food for those living with HIV/AIDS as well as for prevention and education.
Donate old appliances to help food bank
Maui residents can recycle their old refrigerators and freezers and get free curbside pickup if they donate their energy-saving rebate to the Maui Food Bank.
Hawaii Energy's Rid-A-Fridge to Fight Hunger program will offer a $65 donation, the value of the rebate on Maui, to the food bank.
This offer is open, while funds last, to residential electric ratepayers with full-size (at least 14 cubic feet) freezers and refrigerators in working condition.
Refrigerators and freezers built prior to 1993 can be two to three times more expensive to operate than a new Energy Star model, the news release said. Taking those old units off the electric grid can save residents on Maui as much as $320 on their annual power bill.
Appointments to schedule a pickup can be made by calling toll-free (877) 231-8222 from Maui. For more information, go to the website www.hawaiienergy.com/rid-a-fridge.
Food and film festival Saturday in Kula
The Huliau Food & Film Festival will be held from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday at Ocean Vodka's organic farm in lower Kula.
There will be a four-course meal, live music, student films, a silent auction, pupu and a cash bar with locally produced beer, wine and Ocean Vodka cocktails.
The ahi main course will be prepared by Chef Marc McDowell of the Makena Beach & Golf Resort. There also will be salad, dessert and a vegetarian pupu.
The event is open to those 21 years and older. Tickets are $75 and may be obtained at mauihuliaufoundation.org.
Funds raised will used for the nonprofit Maui Huliau Foundation's environmental education programs.
Iao church site of PFLAG-Maui meeting
PFLAG-Maui will meet from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Iao United Church of Christ in Wailuku.
The Maui Chapter of PFLAG works for safe and welcoming schools, workplaces, equality, marriage equality, protection from discrimination or harassment under federal and state laws for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
The group can serve as a support group and a "welcoming place to share feelings, beliefs and disbeliefs," the news release said.
For more information, email PFLAGMaui@gmail.com or mail PFLAG Maui, P.O. Box 606, Lahaina 96767.
Obamacare topic of discussion at event
A Chicago lawyer will discuss the federal Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, at the Rotary Club of Maui meeting beginning at noon Thursday at the University of Hawaii Maui College.
M.J. Yardley will provide a summary of the benefits that Obamacare has provided since it was passed in 2010 and an explanation of how the Hawaii Health Connector works to facilitate the purchase of insurance required by the law. He also will talk about who will qualify for subsidies if they apply for the insurance through the Hawaii Health Connector.
Yardley earned his law degree from the Kent College of Law in Chicago and has a master's in special education. He has been a partner at Lord, Bissell and Brook and has practiced for 16 years in Chicago as a medical malpractice trial attorney.
The meeting will be held in the Class Act Dining Room at UH-MC. The cost is $20 per person for the luncheon and meeting. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Rotary Club of Maui meets every Thursday.
Rotary official slated to speak Monday
The foundation chairman of the Rotary Club of Lahaina will speak to the Rotary Club of Kahului at noon Monday at Cafe O'Lei at the Dunes at Maui Lani.
Joseph D. Pluta will discuss the mechanics of the Rotary Foundation and its objectives in Hawaii.
Pluta is the owner and principal broker of Joseph D. Pluta Realty and has been a licensed real estate broker in Hawaii since 1972.
He is a member of the Realtors Association of Maui and Lahaina Rotary, and he volunteers on a number of committees in the community.
The public is invited. The cost for lunch is $20, or $5 to attend the program.
For more information, call club President Paul Janes-Brown at 572-8000.
UH Center degree options topic of event
Bachelor's and master's degree options through the University of Hawaii Center, Maui will be the topic of a workshop beginning at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
The workshop will provide information on bachelor's and master's degree options and certification programs available to Maui residents. Degree programs available include a master's degree in human resource management, an executive master's in business administration degree, post-baccalaureate certificates in education, and bachelor's degrees in business administration, disaster preparedness and emergency management, accounting, justice administration, nursing, psychology and health care administration.
The UH Center was established by the UH Board of Regents to facilitate offerings of select bachelor's and master's degrees from UH-Manoa, UH-West Oahu and UH-Hilo.
The gathering will take place in Laulima 108 at University of Hawaii Maui College.
For more information, contact the UH Center, Maui by phone at 984-3525 or email at email@example.com.
Senior slated to discuss youth exchange
St. Anthony Junior Senior High School senior Phillip Fontaine will give a presentation on his yearlong Rotary Youth Exchange to Chiba, Japan, during a Rotary Club of Kihei-Wailea meeting from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at Mulligans on the Blue in Wailea.
Fontaine attended Katsuura Wakashiro High School, with an all Japanese-speaking curriculum.
This year, almost 7,000 students from more than 71 countries will participate in Rotary's Youth Exchange. It is open to qualified students between the ages of 15 and 19. Children of non-Rotarians and Rotarians are eligible.
The buffet lunch at Wednesday's meeting is $16. The public is invited. Visit www.rckw.org or call 269-2967 for more information.
Author LaBarre to appear at Rotary event
Local author Denise LaBarre will speak at the Rotary Club of Kihei Sunrise's breakfast meeting at 7:30 Wednesday at the Five Palms Restaurant at the Mana Kai Maui Resort in Kihei.
LaBarre is the author of "Issues in Your Tissues." The book explores the emotional holding that is said to create physical stress, pain and "dis-ease." It contains stories, cartoons and exercises, and gives insight and tools on healing, a release said.
LaBarre has practiced massage at a local resort for 14 years and built up a repertoire of healing stories that she uses with people. She is also a teacher and lecturer.
The cost of the breakfast is $22. The public is invited. For more information call President Christine Pawliuk at 292-2242 or see the club's website at www.kiheirotary.org.
Iao School collects Box Tops year round
Iao School is collecting Box Tops for Education labels year round. It is currently accepting box tops dated January through December 2013 and later.
Box Tops can be found on hundreds of products such as Kleenex brand, Ziploc, General Mills Cereal and Betty Crocker.
Box Tops can be earned when one shops online. See the BTFE.com website for a complete list. In return, schools earn funding from Box Tops. The school is also collecting Campbell's Labels for Education (UPC code) and bottle caps or end of the box flaps (with the code) from any Coke brand products.
Materials may be brought to the school's main office during regular hours from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
For more information, contact Box Top Coordinator/PCNC Facilitator Lorene Rodrigues at 984-5610, ext. 241, or Lorene_Rodrigues@notes.k12.hi.us.