News Briefs for Friday — January 20, 2006

• KKCR board meeting on

• Meeting on food is today

• Free art classes to be offered

• Credit unions raise funds for hurricane victims

KKCR board meeting on

Members of the radio station KKCR (91.9 FM, 90.1 FM on the North Shore) Community Advisory Board will meet Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at Caffe Coco in Wailua.

The meeting is free and open to the public, and board members said in a press release that they welcome public input.

For more information, call 335-2737.

Meeting on food is today

A free forum on the food industry on the island is today from 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. in the dining room at Kaua‘i Community College in Puhi.

There will be panel discussions on improving use of agricultural lands; increasing needed assistance to farmers; improving the supply of fresh foods to markets, restaurants and customers; funding for start-ups and expanding food enterprises; and improving communications between government and the industry, organizers said in a press release.

The goal is to work together to improve cooperation between those in key sectors of the island’s food industry, and come up with proposals for solutions, according to organizers.

Promising current projects will be reviewed, and new proposals for funding will be outlined.

Panel members include lawmakers, farmers, school and county officials, and others.

The event is sponsored by leaders of Kaua‘i Community College and Garden Island Resource Conservation & Development, Inc.

Free art classes to be offered

Officials from Circles of Light announced in a press release that free, ongoing art classes for elementary-school children are offered in Kekaha, Lihu‘e, Hanama‘ulu and Anahola.

For days, times, and locations, call Circles of Light at 632-0116.

Credit unions raise funds for hurricane victims

Last year, leaders of Kaua‘i’s credit unions joined forces and offered their facilities as places of collection for donations to both The Salvation Army and American Red Cross in support of relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, according to a spokesperson for the Kaua‘i Community Federal Credit Union in a press release.

Members of the Kaua‘i community took advantage of these donation drop-off locations and donated a combined total of over $4,000, according to the KCFCU spokesperson.

Participating were leaders of the following credit unions: KCFCU, Kauai Government Employees Federal Credit Union, Kaumakani Federal Credit Union, Kekaha Federal Credit Union, Koloa Federal Credit Union, McBryde Federal Credit Union, Lihue Credit Union and Kauai Teachers Federal Credit Union).

They wanted to thank members of the community for their participation, generosity and support, they said.


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