Meditation Group
Island Spirit Healing Center & Day Spa, 81-6587 Mamalahoa Hwy., 6 p.m., $25-$125. Join the first informal meditation session of a weekly program. This is a brief introduction to ask if anyone has anything in particular they would like to work on, or if someone has a guided meditation to share. (769-5212, info@islandspiritspa.com)

‘Woman Within’ Open Circle Puna
Contact for location in Lower Puna, 4 p.m., free. Experience the magic and power of sitting in Circle with other women. (965-8421, shaktibalancing@gmail.com)


Hands-on Hemp Building Workshop
Wholistic Synergy, 8:30 a.m., $150-$175. Join fun workshops that cover unique building techniques. This week’s project will focus on a bee sanctuary structure. Bring your passion, energy and creativity. A conscious market will feature local artists, musicians, foods, products and more. Lunch is included. Directions will be sent to attendees. Pre-registration required. (wholisticsynergy.org/classes-and-workshops, tribe@wholisticsynergy.org)


Constructive Conflict: Make a Long-term Difference
Hawaii Innovation Center, 117 Keawe St., 8:30 a.m., $50/sliding scale. Drawing on lessons from Sarah Schulman’s book “Conflict is Not Abuse,” this workshop offers activities and practical strategies to understand the difference between abuse, conflict and resistance; uses communication skills to evolve meaning rather than just state your case; and helps you understand how victim/perpetrator identities influence communication. Taught by Kimberly Dark, expert in conflict resolution. (935-7844, makealong-termdifference.eventbrite.com)

Hilo Community Players Presents Lady Lily’s Lysistrata
East Hawaii Cultural Center, 141 Kalakaua St., 8 p.m. Jan. 18-19 and 25-26, and 4:30 p.m. Jan. 20 and 27, $20. “Lysistrata” is a bawdy anti-war comedy by the ancient Greek playwright Aristophanes, first staged in 411 BCE. It tells of one woman’s extraordinary mission to end the Peloponnesian War. Lysistrata convinces the women of Greece to withhold sexual privileges from their husbands as a means of forcing the men to negotiate a peace. Some consider it his greatest work, and it is probably the most anthologized. The reason for its enduring appeal is simple: sex and politics. (hiloplayers.org)


Big Island Samba Workshop
Pacific Island Fitness, 74-5583 Luhia St., Suite B9, 5 p.m., contact for cost. Learn samba, a lively, rhythmical dance authentic to Afro-Brazilian people. Various other Latin American music genres and dances have also seeped into samba. This music rhythm has been danced in Brazil since its inception in the late 16th century. Come join in under the guidance of renowned instructor Natalina Monteiro, who taught Afro-Caribbean dance in Paris and Versailles for many years. (natalinamonteiro.com)

Hawaii Writers Guild Annual Dinner & Election Night
Anna Ranch Heritage Center, 65-1480 Kawaihae Road, 6 p.m., contact for cost. Join in for dinner and cast your votes to elect officers for 2019. Enjoy readings by recently published guild members and bring your published works to show on our authors’ shelf. Email ballots to cjohansen@rr.com. Reservations recommended. (cjohansen@rr.com, hawaiiwritersguild.com)


Zentangle – Zen Letters Creative Monograms
Hawaii Creative Retreats Studio, 614 Kilauea Ave., Suite 103 #25, 1 p.m., $20. Practice the Zentangle method of pattern drawing as you create unique monograms using a variety of techniques with pens, paper, shading and splashes of color. All materials and light refreshments provided. Space is limited. Pre-registration required. (hawaiicreativeretreats.com)

VFW Community Breakfast
VFW Post 3830, 15-775 Maluhia Rd, Pahoa, 9:00 a.m., donation. Come on down to talk story, enjoy ono grinds and support your local VFW veterans all at the same time. Fundraising breakfast includes french toast, sausage, eggs, hash browns, fruit cocktail, coffee and tea. Follow the blue VFW signs once you turn into Nanawale. (965-7032, webmaster@vfw3830aux.org)


Hele Me Ka Puolo: The Gifts We Bring
Kona Historical Society, 81-6551 Mamalahoa Hwy., exhibit hours through June 27, free. Kona Historical Society presents a new exhibit highlighting cultural contributions from Kona’s many ethnic groups. Historical photographs and artifacts showcased with contemporary artworks from three Kona artists. Artwork, oral histories, photos and artifacts reflecting Native Hawaiian, Japanese, Portuguese, Filipino, Chinese and English heritage appear alongside each other to illustrate a tapestry of cultures that create Kona’s unique sense of place. (323-3222, khs@konahistorical.org)


Break the Habit of Being Yourself Meditation
New Thought Center of Hawaii, 81-6587 Mamalahoa Hwy, Kealakekua, 10 a.m., $5-$10. Get unstuck from addiction to stagnation. Learn how our biochemistry works, using a scientific approach with conclusions and techniques that prove principles of metaphysics as taught by the mystics. Learn to break free from old patterns by becoming a quantum observer through guided meditation processes, which are included in the book study. (938-8452, davinamar.com)


Ben Franklin, 333 Kilauea Ave., 4:30-7:30 p.m., $17. This class covers a wide variety of subjects and is for students age 10 and older. Those ages 10-12 must be accompanied by an adult. A supply list will be given on each participant’s first class. (935-0005)

Kahuku Orientation Talk
Highway 11 in Kau near mile marker 70.5, 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays, 10:30 a.m. Saturdays-Sundays, free. Share in the wonders of this 116,000-acre unit of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. Join rangers and naturalists for 20- to 30-minute talks that will include a general overview of the park and volcanic activity update. Topics and subject matter will vary, depending on interests, and will highlight the natural, cultural and historic attributes of Kahuku. (nps.gov/havo/planyourvisit/kahuku-hikes)

Pottery Classes
Kilauea Studios, Thursdays, 10 a.m., contact for cost. Pottery classes are available for all skill levels. Wheel, hand-building, high-fire gas kilns. Lots of fun, spacious studio and beautiful setting. (799-9657, kilaueastudios@gmail.com)

West African Dance
YWCA, 145 Ululani St., Fridays, 6:45 p.m., $15. Have fun and sweat while learning West African dance, taught by Michal Anna Carrillo of Lavaroots Dance Company in Hawi. All levels and drop-ins welcome. (987-4243, lavaroots@gmail.com)

Bread Baking at the Portuguese Stone Oven
Kona Historical Society, 81-6551 Mamalahoa Hwy., Thursdays, 10 a.m., free. Kona Historical Society’s Portuguese Stone Oven is a reproduction of a typical oven used by the Portuguese immigrants who came to Kona in the 1880s. Join the process of panning the dough and baking 96 loaves. Bring your lunch and make a day of it with an oven-side picnic in the pasture. (323-3222, konahistorical.org)

Duplicate Bridge
Eagles Club, 16-111 Opukahaia St., 12:30 p.m. Sundays, 11 a.m. Wednesdays, $5. Social bridge players are welcome to join in for duplicate bridge. (854-6147)

Farmers Market at Hamakua Harvest
Intersection of Mamane Street and Highway 19, Sundays, 9 a.m., free. Guests can find local farmers, fresh produce, artisanal products and ono food, as well as weekly entertainment, work- shops, informational booths and youth-focused activities. SNAP/ EBT purchases welcome. (896- 2151, info@hamakuaharvest.org)

Hilo Farmers Market
Corner of Kamehameha Avenue and Mamo Street, 7 a.m., free. Local produce, fresh fish, vegetables, flowers, plants, baked goods and bento lunches. Local arts and crafts. (933-1000)

Hilo Sunrise Chapter – BNI Networking Meeting
Hilo Woman’s Club, 7 Lele St., Tuesdays, 7 a.m., contact for cost. This meeting is for local business professionals who value word-of-mouth marketing and are seeking to network, refer business to each other and build a better business community. (430-1787)

Kona Bridge Club Open Games
Kona Bridge Club, 74-4966 Kealakaa St., Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 1 p.m., free. All bridge players are welcome to play. (konabridge.org)

Kona Civil Air Patrol Squadron Meetings
Keahole Kona Airport, U’u St., Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m., free. The Kona CAP Squadron holds meetings for cadets ages 12-18, as well as adult senior members. (capkona@gmail.com, 329-5312)

Kona Men’s Group
Contact for location in South Kona, alternating Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m., contact for cost. Join a newly formed group of men dedicated to improving their lives, themselves and their relationships through authentic interaction, personal integrity and accountability, and through living their own personal mission. (freewhiteeagle@live.com, 843-224-9493)

Library Benefit Bookstore
Hilo Public Library, 300 Waianuenue Ave., Tuesdays, 11 a.m., free. All proceeds will benefit Hilo Public Library. Hardbacks are $1 and paperbacks are 50 cents. (966-4386, dalerhuber@gmail.com)

Pure Kona Green Market
Amy B. H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden, 82-6160 Mamalahoa Hwy, Fridays and Sundays, 9 a.m., free. Shop an all-local farmers and artists market featuring fresh, locally grown produce and a variety of local fruits, plants and keiki plants to transplant, herbs, Kona coffee, freshly prepared foods, breads, cakes and other goodies, goat cheeses, fresh-caught fish and locally grown herbs. Plus, locally crafted items, jewelry, gourds and paintings are available. There is also live music. (987-1444, facebook.com/SouthKonaGreenMarket)

Puuhonua o Puna Hub Talk Story
Corner lot across Pahoa High School, first and third Mondays, 6 p.m., free. Look for canopy tents. Bring a dish to share. Paper goods, juice and water are provided. (facebook.com/puuhonuaopuna)

Quilting and Knitting in Honokaa
North Hawaii Education and Research Center, 45-539 Plumeria St., Wednesdays, 9 a.m., contact for cost. People of any skill level, including beginners, are welcome to attend. (962-0515, greenfeljoo1@hawaii.rr.com)

West Hawaii Astronomy Club
W. M. Keck Observatory headquarters and Canada-France-Hawaii headquarters, second Tuesdays, 7:00 p.m., free. Meetings alternate between the Keck Hualalai Conference Room and the conference room at CFHT. Contact first to confirm location. (www2.keck.hawaii.edu/whac/home.html)

Zumba Gold Toning
YMCA, 300 W. Lanikaula St., Mondays, 6:30 a.m., contact for cost. This low-impact workout suitable for all levels. Get fit, get toned and get inspired. (959-6405)

Two for Tuesday – Jerry, John and Mark
P pa aloa Country Store & Cafe, 35-2032 Old Mamalahoa Hwy., Tuesdays, 6 p.m., free. From the Palace Theater to the Lava Shack to the Willie K Crown Room, from the East Hawai’i Cultural Center to the Hilo restaurant circuit to the Black Rock Cafe and beyond, Two for Tuesday has logged a combined half-century of live music in separate bands all over East Hawai’i. Every Tuesday, they put their own unique acoustic string spin on a jukebox worth of gems written by some of their (and our) favorite artists, two by two. (339-7614)