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Family Fare

For Saturday, December 13, 2014

LAST UPDATED: 09:50 p.m. HST, Dec 12, 2014

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Christmas parades:

» Aiea: 9 a.m. Saturday. Starts at the new Aiea Public Library on Halewiliko Street and ends at Pearlridge Center.

» Waianae: 10 a.m. Saturday. Starts at Waianae Boat Harbor, proceeds east on Farrington Highway through Waianae town and ends at Waianae Mall.

» Gentry Waipio: 10 a.m. Saturday. Starts at Gentry Waipio Shopping Center on Ukee Street, proceeds to Ka Uka Boulevard and Waipio Uka Street, and returns to the shopping center.

» Manoa: 5 p.m. Saturday. Starts at Noelani Elementary School, proceeds to Woodlawn Drive, Kolowalu Street, East Manoa Road, Lowrey Avenue and Manoa Road; ends at Manoa District Park.

» 20th annual Hawaii Yacht Club Christmas Boat Parade: “Magical Christmas Lights on the Water,” 6 p.m. Saturday, Ala Wai Yacht Harbor; judging begins 5:30 p.m. at HYC Aloha Dock. Presented by Hawaii and Waikiki yacht clubs. Call 232-1338 or visit hawaiiyachtclub.org.

» West Oahu Electric Light Parade: 6 p.m. Saturday. Starts at Kamaaha Street/Kapolei Parkway and proceeds west to Fort Barrette Road; ends at Kamaaha Street.

» Moanalua Valley Christmas Caravan: 2 p.m. Sunday. Starts at 1828 Ala Aolani St., proceeds west to the entrance of Moanalua Valley near the golf course, and returns to the starting point.

A Country Christmas at the Farm: Waimanalo Country Farms, 41-225 Lupe St. (across Waimanalo Beach Park). Free admission. Call 306-4381 or visit waimanalocountryfarms.com.

» Day activities, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 20, include hayrides, a snowball cannon shot, snow tunnel, “jingle cow train” rides, wreath-making, decorating of gingerbread cookies and a Country Market with baked goods, candied nuts, gifts, sweet tea and Nalo Made Lemonade. Small fee for some activities.

» Live Nativity shows at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Friday and Dec. 20.

Waianae Mall’s Ho‘olaulea: Saturday following the Christmas parade, which begins 10 a.m. at Waianae Boat Harbor and ends at the mall. Features holiday entertainment by the Royal Hawaiian Band and more.

“Frosted Fantasyland”: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Salt Lake Shopping Center, 848 Ala Lilikoi St. Features activities such as building a snowman, make-and-take crafts, prize giveaways and photos with Santa (bring your own camera, or professional photos available for a fee). Bring a canned good or make a monetary donation to The Salvation Army to ride a Victorian carriage around the center and meet a famous “Ice Queen” in the snow playland made of eight tons of snow. Visit saltlakeshoppingcenter.com.

Holiday read-aloud: Saturday, Waipahu Public Library. The schedule includes a read-aloud by UH-West Oahu students of Sandi Takayama’s “The Musubi Man: Hawaii’s Gingerbread Man” at 10:30 a.m., followed by crafts at 11 a.m., and cookies and lucky-drawing prizes at 11:50 a.m. Free. Call 675-0358.

Christmas in Polynesia: Saturday, Monday, Wednesday and Dec. 20, 22 and 12, Polynesian Cultural Center, 55-370 Kamehameha Highway, Laie. Rides run from 6:45 to 9 p.m. Enjoy a 30-minute canoe ride through a winter wonderland that offers visions of Christmas lights, displays, decorations and live musical performance that pay tribute to different cultures from around the world. Cost: $10, $8 for ages 5 to 11. Receive $2 off with coupons available at 76 Gas, Supercuts, Domino’s Pizza and L&L BBQ locations. Call 293-3333, 800-367-7060 or visit polynesia.com.

Easter Seals’ 15th annual Gingerbread Family Festival: Sunday, two seatings, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., Blaisdell Center Exhibition Hall. Kit prices are $39. Proceeds benefit Easter Seals Hawaii programs. Visit gingerbreadhawaii.com.

Hawaii Polo Club’s Operation Toy Box and benefit polo match: Sunday; polo match begins 2 p.m. but gates open 11 a.m. for family picnics. Includes live entertainment by Ian O’Sullivan and Friends. Cost: $10 for open-field seating, $25 for clubhouse area. Bring a new, unwrapped toy for a needy North Shore child and pay just $5 for general admission. Visit hawaii-polo.org/operation-toy-box.html.

Preschool Nature Hour: Music and Spices from Plants: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Hoomaluhia Botanical Garden, with storytime, crafts and nature walk. For ages 3 to 5. Bring lunch and stay for a picnic. Free. Call 233-7323.

Puppet Times: Puppeteer Christy Lipps presents children’s holiday stories in a lively musical puppet show at the following public libraries: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Kapolei, with an appearance by Santa and his elf; 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Ewa Beach; and 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Kaneohe. Free.

Movie showing: “Planes: Fire & Rescue,” 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Hawaii Kai Public Library. The Disney animation is rated PG. For ages 5 and older. Free. Call 397-5833.

Senior citizen information table: 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Pearlridge Center, Uptown, second level fronting Satellite City Hall. Free. Call 203-2366.

Winter holiday storytime: 3 p.m. Thursday, Waikiki-Kapahulu Public Library, with stories, songs, fingerplays and a simple craft. For ages 6 and under. Free. Call 733-8488.

Hawaiian Humane Society’s foster care training session: 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, 2700 Waialae Ave. Learn about short- and long-term fostering opportunities. Volunteers must have transportation for health-care appointments and spend quality time with the animals. Students may fulfill service-learning hours in their own home. To register, call 356-2229 or email lshaughnessy@hawaiianhumane.org.


Art Explorium classes: 1142 Koko Head Ave. Registration required. Call 312-4316 or visit artexplorium.org/afterschoolart.

» Little Artists, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays for ages 2 to 5. Keiki are introduced to the world of art through movement, dance, music and art projects. Cost: $15.

» Keiki storytime, 10:30 to 11 a.m. third Thursday monthly, with the option to stay longer for open studio art time. No registration necessary.

» Third Fridays, 5 to 8 p.m. third Fridays monthly. The studio remains open extra late for “creative night owls.” No registration necessary.

Hawaii Nature Center events: Ongoing registration for events to be held at 2131 Makiki Heights Drive. Reservations required. Call 955-0100, ext. 118.

» Night Insect Safari, 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 20. Learn about nocturnal collecting techniques to hunt for insects at night. For ages 6 and older. Cost: $10.

“Afternoon Art Adventures”: Program offers Tuesday and Wednesday classes from 3 to 4 p.m. at Waikiki Community Center. College-certified art instructor Andree Paradis teaches art “fun”-damentals in an open studio environment using various art materials. For ages 8 and older. Cost: $10, includes all materials. Call 754-3773.

Family catch-and-release fishing: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays at Hoomaluhia Botanical Garden. Bring rain gear, barbless hooks and fishing gear. Free. Call 233-7323.

Family workout: 10 to 10:45 a.m. Sundays at 1259 S. Beretania St., Suite 20. Free fitness program for parents and children ages 3 and older. Visit smartkarate.com.

Hawaii State Ballet: “Continuing Ballet Basics” classes for adults, teens and children ages 10 and older, 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays and 3:30 p.m. Thursdays. For costs, call 947-2755 or email info@hawaiistateballet.com.

The Honolulu Boy Choir open auditions: Auditions at Central Union Church, 1660 S. Beretania St., for boys ages 7 to 12; no prior musical experience required, but must be able to match pitch. Free membership and no tuition. For appointments, call 596-7464. Visit honoluluboychoir.org.

Keiki music classes: Offerings in music basics, piano, voice, guitar, trumpet, saxophone, violin/viola and low brass at Keiki Kani Music Studio in Aiea. Call 487-2275 or visit keikikani.com.

Lego Challenge Club: 2:30 p.m. third Wednesday monthly, Salt Lake/Moanalua Public Library. Student members in grades one through five are given a challenge that must be completed in an hour. Photos will be taken and posted in the library and on the club’s blog. Call 831-6831.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Hawaii workshops: In-person and online sessions are held year-round for parents and teens to discuss the effects of drinking alcohol, including teen pregnancy, suicide, sexual assault, poor academic performance and automobile fatalities. To register, call 532-6232 or visit madd.org/powertalk21.

“New Mothers Hui”: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Castle Medical Center. Support group led by an internationally certified lactation consultant/perinatal registered nurse. Walk-ins welcome. Free. Call 263-5400 or visit castlemed.org.

“Parenting Classes for Conflicting Parents”: Open enrollment for four-session Monday course led by Allana Coffee, 4:30 to 6 p.m., 1221 Kapiolani Blvd. For parents who are divorced or separating to learn how to reduce conflict, improve communication and maintain healthy relationships between themselves and their children. Cost (includes materials): $200. Call 861-0581.

Paws on the Path: Bring your furry companions along on a pet-friendly hiking trail with Hawaiian Humane Society’s hiking club on the last Saturday of every month. Meet 8:30 a.m., hike begins 8:45 a.m. Call 356-2222 or visit goo.gl/VwN6CS.

» Dec. 27, Peacock Flats

The Pet Corner’s monthly adoption event: Find a selection of small animals, birds, puppies, cats and dogs available for adoption from the Oahu SPCA, 1 to 3 p.m. third Saturday monthly, Ward Warehouse Amphitheater. Pets welcome. Free. Call 591-1990 or 947-5736 or visit thepetcornerhawaii.com or oahuspca.org.

Pet adoptions and foster care: Call the Hawaiian Humane Society at 946-2187 or visit hawaiianhumane.org.

» “Put the ‘WE’ in WEdnesday!”: Enjoy half-price adoptions on all animals every Wednesday.

» Seniors over age 60 can adopt a dog or cat (age 6 or older) for free.

» Temporary foster-care families needed to care for animals. Food, medical treatment and basic supplies included. Call 356-2229.

Pet loss support group: 6 to 7 p.m. first Tuesday monthly, Hawaiian Humane Society. Call 356-2222.

Taiko (Japanese drumming) classes: Four- and seven-week sessions offered year-round for all ages and skill levels, including a Taiko Tots class for ages 2 and 3, and Family Taiko for keiki ages 4 to 11 with an adult. Fees vary. Visit goo.gl/e8aFX.

Town Center of Mililani: Weekly entertainment line-up includes Bungie the Clown, 10:30 to 11 a.m. Mondays; and Asian Lion Dance, 9 to 11 a.m. Saturdays. Call 625-0108 or visit towncenterofmililani.com.

Waikiki Aquarium: Discounts for members. To register, call 440-9007 or visit waikikiaquarium.org.

» “Afternoons at the Aquarium”: 3 p.m. Wednesdays, Waikiki Aquarium. Fun 10- to 20-minute activities (stories, critter encounters and creative movement sessions) for ages 4 to 8. Free with paid admission.

» “Behind the Scenes” at Waikiki Aquarium: 3 p.m. second and fourth Tuesdays monthly. Learn how the facility is run, ranging from fish food to quarantine issues, peer into exhibits and visit the Coral Farm where coral is propagated. Minimum age is 7 years. Cost: $15 for adults, $10 for keiki.

» “Meet the Monk Seals”: 3 p.m. first and third Tuesdays monthly. Learn about the endangered animals, assist with seal-enrichment activities and meet the Aquarium’s resident seals. Designed for ages 7 and older. Cost: $10 per person.

Yo-yo lessons: Presented by Yo-yoFactory 808, 7 to 9 p.m. Fridays, Ward Warehouse Amphitheatre.

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