Balanced Bento: Pickles as a Mainstay of the Japanese Table
Kona Coffee Living History Farm and Kona Historical Society, 82-6199 Mamalahoa Hwy., 11 a.m., free with admission. This presentation is part of a program that helps perpetuate cultural traditions, and further preserves the history behind Kona’s coffee industry and its pioneers. (konahistorical.org)

The Hawaii Nikkei Legacy Exhibit
Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union, 73 5611 Olowalu St., 8 a.m. through Nov. 28, free. The Nisei Veterans Legacy, in conjunction with the Japan-America Society of Hawaii and the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii, has produced a photographic exhibit that documents the Japanese American experience in Hawaii. The exhibit intends to foster deeper understanding of the Japanese-American culture and enhance relations between Japan and Hawaii. (930-7700)


Community Thanksgiving Meal
Connection Point Church of the Nazarene, 15-1839 32nd Ave., noon, free. This annual community meal is open to everyone needing a great meal and time with community this Thanksgiving. The meal is provided by the people of the church, but all are welcome to bring a dish to share. Water activities will also be available for keiki and teens. (982-5177)

Vegan Aloha Thanksgiving by the Sea
Old Kona Airport State Recreation Area, 3 p.m., free. Bring a vegan potluck contribution to partake in a new way to honor and share appreciation for life, for food, family, friends and the Earth. Please join us in our sixth Vegan Aloha Thanksgiving gathering! Bring beach chairs, blankets, pillows, a dish to share and your own plates and cutlery. (facebook.com/veganaloha)


Prankstars featuring Scott Guberman, Greg Anton, Troll Garcia In Pahoa
Lava Shack, 15-2929 Pahoa Village Road, 8 p.m., contact for cost. (965-6644)

The Led Zeppelin Planetarium Experience
Imiloa Astronomy Center, 600 Imiloa Place, Hilo, 7 p.m., $8-$10. This show features a combination of dynamic full-dome graphics with Led Zeppelin classics pumping through the planetarium’s surround-sound system. From surrealistic environments to mood-provoking abstract art, this show puts a modern and nostalgic spin on the band through a planetarium show. Not recommended for children under 10 due to volume and intensity. (imiloahawaii.org)

The Volcano Village Artists Hui 32nd Annual Studio Tour and Sale
Volcano Garden Arts and Cafe Ono, 19-3834 Old Volcano Road, 10 a.m., free. (volcanovillageartistshui.com)


The Great Car Giveaway
Keauhou Shopping Center, 78-6831 Alii Drive, Suite 232, 8 a.m., $10 suggested donation. A lucky winner will receive a 2006 Ford Fusion donated by Big Island Honda Kona at this Small Business Saturday event. (kaitlin.moore@cancer.org)

Local Authors Meet & Greet
Basically Books, 1672 Kamehameha Ave., 11 a.m., free. Local writers will share their books, upcoming projects and favorite reads. Authors attending include Frankie Bow, Leslie Karst, Margaret Drake and Stewart Blackburn. Light refreshments provided. (961-0144, basicallybooks.com)


Holiday Pie Sale
KTA Puainako, 50 E. Puainako St., 10 a.m. through Dec. 1, $12 donation. There will be apple and pumpkin pie sales to benefit Kua o Ka La Public Charter School, Pahoa, which was displaced by lava flows. For three or more pies, call the Bakery Department. (959-9111)

Feed the Hungry
HMC Ohana, 1044 Komohana St., 3 p.m. Help prepare a meal for the hungry and homeless. When the food is ready, volunteers will head over to the Salvation Army to serve the food by 5:00pm, then head back to HMC for a quick clean up of the serving dishes. (959-921, hmcohana.org)


Songs & Stories Series
Keaau Public & School Library, 16-571 Keaau-Pahoa Road, 10 a.m., free. (aarodynamix.com)

Open Mic Night at Hilo Town Tavern
Hilo Town Tavern, 168 Keawe St., 7 p.m., free. Enjoy happy hour all night long with $1 off all drinks and open mic. All styles and genres are welcome. Bands may also audition. (935-2171)


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 20to 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)

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, workshops, informational booths and youth-focused activities. SNAP/ EBT purchases welcome. (8962151, info@hamakuaharvest.org)

Hilo Bridge Club
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)

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)

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)

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)