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Darren Miller of Giinko Maraschino prods bystanders into participating in the Contemporary Museum's annual Artspree.

Family-friendly drive-in movie

The Aloha Stadium parking lot will be transformed into a drive-in movie theater today during a free screening of the animated movie "Madagascar" at the second annual Lokahi Giving Project Back-to-School Drive.

Space is limited, and organizers are encouraging families to arrive early. Admission is free after 3 p.m., and the screening will begin at dusk. The film’s sound will be transmitted over an FM radio signal, so you’ll need a portable radio or risk running down your car battery. Open-air seating will be available at the front of the screen.

Tailgating with barbecues and alcohol will not be allowed.

A Lokahi Keiki Zone will offer face-painting, crafts, games and a jumping castle from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

In addition, admission to the swap meet will be free between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. if you donate a back-to-school item for the drive.

All school items collected today will be donated to the Lokahi Giving Project as part of a statewide campaign to help Hawaii’s keiki this coming school year. Needed items include backpacks, shoes, pencils, paper, crayons and school folders.


Don’t miss Wubbzy and friends

Kids these days are learning about the environment early on.

The University of Hawaii’s Kids First! Film Festival presents "Go Green Go!" for the young environmentalist as the theme of its next series tomorrow afternoon.

Geared towards kids ages 2 to 6, "Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!: Wubbzy Goes Green" offers four episodes in which Wubbzy and friends think up creative ways to reuse juice bottles, grow their own doodleberries and appreciate the flight of the flutterfly. The stories offer 48 minutes of fun, with plenty of singing and dancing.

Also on the bill is a six-minute film, "In the Small, Small Pond," featuring frogs, tadpoles and geese, based on the picture book by award-winning author Denise Fleming, with narration by Laura Dern.

The free screening is scheduled for 3 p.m. and comes with free parking at the UH-Manoa Art Auditorium and door prices. Call 956-9883 or visit www.outreach.hawaii.edu/summer.


Museum offers day of art activities

Make-and-take art activities, storytelling, dance and music performances will highlight today’s 2010 Artspree from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Contemporary Museum on Makiki Heights Drive.

Art activities include making clay sculptures with Daven Hee and Erin Yuasa; face-painting with Dana Teruya; sculptural art using organic and recycled materials with Shanda Freitas; oil pastels with Cheri Keefer, Lori Phillips and Chicky Yuen; colorful monoprints with Rob Molyneaux and miniature floral arrangements with the Mokichi Okada Association.

Food and beverages will be sold at the cafe and by other vendors.

Artspree began in 1995 when the Friends of the Contemporary Museum hosted an open house to celebrate the institution’s fifth birthday.

Admission is free and includes visits to the galleries. Free parking and shuttle service is available all day at Punahou School. Call 526-1322.


Car seats get inspection

Safety technicians will be on hand from 10 a.m. to noon today at the Toys R Us parking lot at Pearlridge Center to inspect child car seats for proper installation.

Car seats will be checked on a first-come, first-served basis.

Nearly four out of five car seats nationwide are installed or used incorrectly, according to the National Highway Safety Administration. Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children says it finds installation errors in more than 90 percent of car seats checked by technicians.

The event is sponsored by Kapiolani Medical Center, the Keiki Injury Prevention Coalition, Toys R Us and Pearlridge Center.


Zoo tours explore night

A weekly tour aims to show animal lovers just what the zoo creatures are up to at night. Twilight Tours happen every Friday and Saturday from 5:30 to 7:30 at the Honolulu Zoo. Participants should meet at the front gate at 5:15 p.m.

The two-hour walking tour provides such trivia as how white-headed gibbons are able to catch a bird in midair for a snack, and how Rusti the orangutan can climb to the top of his exhibit in the blink of an eye.

Reservations are recommended; call 971-7195 or e-mail education@honzoosoc.org. Admission is $14, $10 for children ages 4 to 12; members receive a $2 discount.


Library hosts kids finale

"It’s Book Time with Ronald McDonald!" will be presented at the Hawaii State Library today at 10:30 a.m. as the finale of the public library system’s 2010 Children’s Summer Reading Program. The free program will be conducted in the Edna Allyn Room for Children.

Ronald McDonald will offer an interactive performance featuring a creative blend of music, magic and games to reinforce the idea that reading is fun and that books play an important part of every day. Kids also will learn about appropriate library use and the proper care of books.

Suitable for children of all ages.


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