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A mishmash of family fun and news

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 2:24 p.m. HST, Aug 5, 2011

Dragon slayers!

Local teams will compete against each other at the annual Dragon Boat Festival. The colorful canoes will be driven to the rhythm of pounding drums on July 30 and 31, beginning at 10 a.m. at Ala Moana Beach Park. Highlights include food booths, craft vendors, a grass volleyball tournament, a Futsal tournament and a screening of "How to Train Your Dragon" at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. Live entertainment will be provided by Island Storm, Kendra, H-trey, Mz. Royalty, Local Uprising, Rolando Sanchez & the Latin Jazz Combo and more.

Admission is free. Call Gifford Chang at 593-9776 or Karlel Crowley at 371-5700 for more information.

Help kids in Wahiawa get supplies for school

The Wahiawa Lions will collect school supplies or cash donations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today and July 30 at Wahiawa Shopping Center near Longs and at Tamura's Market to benefit needy children enrolled at Wahiawa schools.

Supplies needed include No. 2 pencils, red and black ballpoint pens, three-hole wide-ruled folder paper, portfolios, erasers, glue, paper towels, napkins, facial tissue, liquid soap, crayons, colored-pencil sets, marker sets, watercolor paint sets, composition books, black Sharpie markers, yellow highlighters, manila folders and 5- to 6-inch scissors.

Wahiawa Lions' President Jim Hatfield said more than 1,180 pounds of school supplies and $1,125 were collected in last year's drive.

For more information or to make a donation, call 621-0115.

Lunch brings dads, kids together

Dads, are you ready to go pro?

All Pro Dad Honolulu is holding its monthly lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 30 at Ruby Tuesday in Moanalua.

Fathers bring their kids to the lunch, where they discuss a wide range of family topics, spend quality time together and work on strengthening their relationship.

All Pro Dad is run by Family First, a national nonprofit based in Tampa, Fla., that was launched with the help of former Indianapolis Colts head coach Tony Dungy in 1997. Its goal is to help men become better dads, with the encouragement of almost 60 NFL players, coaches and alumni.

The Honolulu chapter held its first lunch last month, according to Chet Adessa, and is recruiting local athletes and celebrities as guest speakers. Last month's theme was "Doing things for others."

All Pro Dad luncheons will be held regularly the last Saturday of the month at Ruby Tuesday in Moanalua, 930 Valkenburgh St.

Call 927-0555 for more information or visit www.allprodad.com (and select the Honolulu chapter). Participants pay for their own lunches.

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