Acts & Openings for Friday, October 24, 2008

• Masquerade Ball with Papa Mali

• 2nd annual Monster Ball

• Feng shui lectures

• Unknown Artists Faire

• Bronze and silver show

• National Make A Difference Day

• 7th Annual Kauai Keiki Story Festival

• Sel

Masquerade Ball with Papa Mali

6:30 p.m., Wednesday

Kilohana Plantation Pavilion

Mardi Gras Entertainment presents Papa Mali of New Orleans with special guest drummer Bill Kreutzmann of The Grateful Dead. Opening the show is Kaua‘i’s own Swampdaddy. This Halloween masquerade ball features a costume contest with prizes. This is a 21-and-over event with food and drinks available. Dancing is encouraged. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Joining Papa Mali will be Ron Johnson on bass and Matt Hubbard on keyboards.

Along with his smoking band, Papa Mali concocts a back-alley brand of Louisiana parade sass that meets bluesy Austin, Texas, grit in a musical gumbo. Kreutzmann, legendary drummer of the Grateful Dead, will join Papa Mali for the entire set. For more information call Kevin Rogers, 337-9234.

2nd annual Monster Ball

6 p.m. to 10 p.m., tomorrow Kapa‘a Neighborhood Center

For the cost of a canned good to be donated to the Kaua‘i Food Bank, families are invited to a costume party sponsored by Kaua‘i’s recovery community. There will be ribbons given for the seven categories of the costume contest, free chili and rice, as well as a bake sale hosted by the Mom’s Club. There will be games, prizes and a pumpkin pinata. Kustom Sound Kaua‘i will DJ this alcohol and drug-free event.

Feng shui lectures

Today and tomorrow, Qi Center

Qi gong Grandmaster Hong will give an introductory free lecture on feng shui and its relationship to enhancing prosperity, success and health from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at the Qi Center in Lihu‘e. Tomorrow, Grandmaster Hong will continue with more feng shui principles during a benefit workshop on vitality and transcending stress from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Qi Center is located at 3343 Kanakolu St., in Lihu‘e. For more information call 639-4300, or e-mail qi@hawaii.rr.com

Unknown Artists Faire

10 a.m. to 5 p.m., tomorrow

Kalaheo Neighborhood Center

Food from Hanapepe Cafe will be available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with the Lost Pelican Band playing from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. The Suzuki Players violin group will play from 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Arts, antiques and collectibles include pottery, jewelry, paintings, photography, music and other finds. Also available will be bakery goods, plants and flowers, massages and a book signing. Artists range in age from youth to senior citizens, who are creative, but not well-known. They are banding together for their first adventure to offer new options for those seeking items for themselves, family or friends going in to the holidays. As Oct. 25 is Make-a-Difference Day, part of the proceeds will be given to various charities.

Bronze and silver show

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow Macy’s

Kaua‘i sculptor Norbert Roessler will show a collection of silver and bronze Hawaiian orchid tabletop sculptures and distinct jewelry in the women and children’s building. Roessler‘s large scale metal sculptures can be found at Na ‘Aina Kai Botanical Gardens and in front of Foodland, Princeville Center as well as on private homes on island. Roessler also makes miniature sculptures into earrings and pendants.

National Make A Difference Day

7:30 a.m., tomorrow

Lydgate Park

Register at Kamalani Playground or at the new sports fields. Friends of Kamalani Playground will serve lunch to volunteers. Work to be done includes spreading a new layer of wood fiber cushioning around Kamalani Playground and planting shade trees at the new sports fields at Lydgate Park, so grubby gardening clothes are recommended.

Questions regarding volunteer group arrangements may be directed to the friends’ coordinator Thomas Noyes by e-mail at ThomasNoyes@hawaiiantel.net or by calling 245-5959.

7th Annual Kauai Keiki Story Festival

10 a.m. to 2 p.m., tomorrow

Storybook Theatre

This year’s theme is “Adventures in Bookland.” There will be educational booths, play groups, reading programs, health programs, Russell da Rooster, entertainers and authors. Readers include many prominent community members. Seattle storyteller Cathy Spagnoli is the featured presenter. Spagnoli tells Japanese tales hardly known in the West. Traditional tales, stories and poetry from Miyazawa Kenji, Matsutani Miyoko, Tanikawa Shuntaro and others.

Grand Marshal Mark James will lead the Kaua‘i Keiki Story Festival costume parade around Hanapepe. West Kaua‘i Children’s Choir will open the entertainment portion at 10 a.m.

For more information call Janice Bond at 246-0174 or Mark Jeffers at 335-0712.

Self-empathy workshop

Today, tomorrow and Sunday

Kahuna Valley Retreat Center

Facilitated by Mary Mackenzie, author of “Peaceful Living”, founder of NVCAcademy.com and executive director of the Flagstaff Center for Compassionate Communication. A nonviolent communication workshop on how to translate negative thinking. Learn to speak with more honesty in a way others are more able to hear. From 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. today; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow and !0 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Sliding scale,  $190 to $250.

To register e-mail radiantflower@gmail.com or call Sharee, 652-9501.

88 shrine open house

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday

Lawai International Center

Lawai International Center, a non-profit community project, is an archaeological and cultural treasure in a valley that has long been recognized as a healing sanctuary. In 1904 the first generation of Japanese immigrants built 88 shrines replicating an ancient pilgrimage of 88 temples in Shikoku, Japan.

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