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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Saturday, February 7, 2004

Clutter: You have nothing to lose but your mess

Advertiser Staff and News Services

Here's a must-consider for the organizationally challenged: Clutterbusters is a support group for serious hoarders to share their clutter problems, while exploring methods to help conquer their pack-rat tendencies.

Organizers offer participants accountability and behavior techniques, as well as informational books and videos. "Anything that may give our members insight on what they can do to make some kind of dent in the problem," said co-founder David Tasaka.

The next meeting is at 2 p.m. today at Harris United Methodist Church. The cost is a $10 one-time annual fee and a suggested donation of $1 per meeting thereafter to cover refreshments and materials. For information, visit www.clutterbusters.net or call 735-2986 or 941-4800.

Punahou Carnival will wind up its 2-day run tonight

Today's the second and final day of the Punahou Carnival, with food, games and rides galore. Oh, and lots of people, too; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. at the campus, Wilder Avenue and Punahou Street.

Admission is free. Parking is very limited, however, so unless you're an early bird, plan to park at a distance.

Make Valentine drink coasters for your sweetie

You have but a week to find something suitable for your sweetie for Valentine's Day. Get on it already!

But for you crafty folk, here's a Valentine's memento you can create ahead of time for friends, family, yourself.

Conversation Heart Candy Coasters

  • 4 terra-cotta saucers, ideally 4 inches in diameter but other sizes will work, too
  • acrylic paints in red, pink, white and purple
  • 1 bag of conversation hearts candies
  • E6000 adhesive
  • resin
  • paintbrushes: base coat and liner
  • protective felt tabs

Paint a base coat on the saucers; let dry. Add words or narrow designs around the border of the saucers with the liner brush. Glue the conversation hearts face up in the center area of the saucers (use ones that are of equal thickness); let dry. Mix the resin according to directions and pour over the candies until they are completely covered and the resin is at an even level.

Put a dab of resin on your finger and rub it over the border to seal in your painted design. Let the saucers cure overnight. Apply felt tabs to the bottoms of the saucers so they won't scratch your furniture.

Tips and variations: Pop any bubbles in the resin by carefully blowing on them through a straw.

For more accents, drop metallic stars or hearts into the resin after you pour it (push them down with a pin) or trim the saucer's border with squeeze glitter.

PBS rebroadcasting profile of innovative dancer McKayle

"Donald McKayle: Heartbeats of Dance Maker," will be rebroadcast at 8 p.m. today on PBS Hawai'i in celebration of Black History Month.

The one-hour documentary, produced by Hawai'i's husband-and-wife team Gregg and Marilyn Lizenbery, looks at the achievements of the groundbreaking choreographer and dancer. It is narrated by Della Reese and originally was broadcast in February 2003.

Plants, produce, pony at garden sale

Flora fans, the Urban Garden Center in Pearl City is the place to be today as it offers native plants, landscape and indoor greenery, fresh produce, seeds, and free tickets to the Kunia Orchid Show (March 19-21 at the Kunia camp gymnasium). Food, pony rides and a petting zoo, too; 8 a.m.-2 p.m.; free. The center is at 962 Second St.; enter through the diamondhead end of the Home Depot parking lot. 453-6050.

Three Little Women play at Pipeline Café

3LW (Three Little Women), a national recording act that blends hip-hop, pop and R&B, performs at 6:30 tonight at the Pipeline Café. Two members, Kiely Williams and Adrienne Bailon, played pop singers in the Disney made-for-TV movie "The Cheetah Girls." Jessica Benson is the third member of 3LW. Tickets are $10. (877) 771-4242.

'Cops' goes to Maui at 7 this evening

Maui will get a national pop when the syndicated reality series "Cops" airs a segment tonight titled "Can't Run from Motorola." It was filmed on the Valley Island by coordinating producer Brian Collins and will be seen at 7 on KHON-2, the Fox affiliate.

Maui police officer Nicholas Krau will be featured on the show.

Ancient sea monsters of the Middle West surface in Hawai'i

liodontus was a marine lizard that ranged from 8 to 20 feet long.


What was it like 70 million years ago in North America? Not a place you'd want to be! But you will be amazed at the creatures/monsters that inhabited a shallow sea in the middle of the continent if you venture to Bishop Museum's newest exhibit, "Savage Ancient Seas," beginning today.

The traveling exhibit, developed by Triebold Paleontology, looks at the sea creatures of the Cretaceous period, including a 45-foot aquatic lizard, a six-foot fish and the largest turtle ever found on land or sea. There's a fossil of an 80-million-year-old giant squid, skeletons of huge flying reptiles and other critters to stir the imagination.

The museum is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Admission is s $14.95 general; 11.95 for youths 4-12 years; special rates for kama'aina, seniors and military; free for kids younger than 4 and museum members. 847-3511. Check out www.savageancientseas.com, too.

"Savage Ancient Seas" will be a huge component of the Feb. 15 Family Sunday at the museum, too. That ocean-themed festival of entertainment, arts and crafts and food offers a deeply discounted admission fee: $3 general kama'aina and military.