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KONA, THE BIG ISLAND, HAWAI’I -- After a successful launch of Koko Brown Ale to west coast mainland markets this Spring, Kona Brewing Company has announced that east coast markets will also receive Koko Brown Ale when it’s released again this month, January 2012. The 2011 arrival of Koko Brown Ale marked the first new mainland beer offering from Kona Brewing in four years, and also the third seasonal in the brewer’s Aloha Series. Koko Brown Ale was first tapped at Kona’s Kailua-Kona pub in the summer of 2009. The vintage artwork on Koko’s bottle and packaging depicts a stand-up paddler on the calm waters of Maunalua Bay, in the shadow of Koko Head and Koko Crater. Stand up paddling (SUP), or hoe he’e nalu, is one of the fastest growing water sports in the world. Paddling served as the ancient Hawaiians’ mode of solo transport in visiting remote villages and fishing grounds, and today, SUP competitions often launch at the docks below Kona Brewing’s Koko Marina pub. Kona Brewing sponsors a number of SUP events including Battle of the Paddle, Maui Jim Surf Monkey and the first ever SUP Awards as well as brand ambassadors Jenny Kalmbach, Candice Appleby, Andrew Logreco, Jerry Bess and Tom Pokahu Stone. Koko Brown Ale pairs best with coconut and caramel-infused recipes including coconut rice, Thai curries, caramelized roast turkey and chocolate-dipped macaroons. The rich flavors of Koko Brown also complement aged cheeses, barbecued meats and carne asada. Koko Brown Ale will be available on shelves and on draught through May 2012. Koko Brown Ale brewing notes: • Dried, toasted coconut is added to the mash resulting in a pleasant nutty aroma and flavor. • Deep amber with rich mahogany hues. Distinctive and pronounced toasted coconut aroma. Toffee and nutty coconut flavor is complemented by the mildly roasty Victory and Munich malts. • Malt: Premium 2-Row, Victory, Carapils, Munich, Chocolate • Hops: Cascade, Willamette, Warrior, Millennium • Original Gravity (OG): 13.3 P • Alcohol by Volume: 5.5% • IBU: 28 • Extras: toasted coconut chips. About Kona Brewing -- Kona Brewing Company was started in the spring of 1994 by father and son team Cameron Healy and Spoon Khalsa, who had a dream to create fresh, local island brews made with spirit, passion and quality. It is a Hawaii-born and Hawaiibased craft brewery that prides itself on brewing the freshest beer of exceptional quality, closest to market. This helps to minimize its carbon footprint by reducing shipping of raw materials, finished beer and wasteful packaging materials. The brewery is headquartered where it began, in Kailua-Kona on Hawaii’s Big Island. It has grown into Hawaii’s largest brewery, has three restaurant sites in Hawaii and beer distribution reaching 28 states and Japan. It is the 13th largest craft brewery in the country. For more information call 808334-BREW or www.KonaBrewingCo.com.

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It’s Time To Visit Hawai’i Island!

THE BIG ISLAND, HAWAI’I -- Hawaii Island isn’t just big, it’s still growing. The Island of Hawaii is the youngest island in the Hawaiian chain and is also by far the biggest, providing a vast canvas of environments to discover a variety of unrivaled natural wonders. This is the home of one of the world’s most active volcanoes (Kilauea), the tallest sea mountain in the world at more than 33,000 feet (Maunakea), the most massive mountain in the world (Maunaloa) and the largest park in the state (Hawaii Volcanoes National Park). All but two of the world’s climate zones generate everything from lush rain forests to volcanic deserts, snow-capped mountaintops to beautiful black sand beaches. Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway or a journey off the beaten path, you’ll discover it all on Hawaii, the Big Island. It’s easy to feel awed on Hawaii Island. From the molten magma flowing from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to the snow-capped heights of Maunakea; from the green rainforests of the Hamakua Coast to the jet-black sands of Punaluu Beach; Hawaii Island is an unrivaled expression of the power of nature. To avoid confusion with the name of the entire state, the Island of Hawaii is often called the “Big Island,” and what an appropriate name it is. Nearly twice as big as all of the other Hawaiian Islands combined, its sheer size can be inspiring. You’ll find all but two of the world’s climatic zones within this island’s shores. The dramatic size and scope of the largest Hawaiian island creates a microcosm of environments and activities. On this island’s vast tableau, you’ll find everything from extravagant resorts and incredible golf courses to modest local towns and sacred Hawaiian historical sites, from the birthplace of King Kamehameha I to Hawaii’s first missionary church in Historic Kailua Village (Kailua-Kona). With so much to see, it’s best to experience the island in small pieces. There’s plenty of room on Hawaii Island for your return. It all began on Hawaii Island. The youngest island in the archipelago, Hawaii Island was believed to be the first island Polynesian voyagers from the Marquesas Islands set foot on 1,500 years ago at Ka Lae (South Point). You can explore early Hawaiian culture today at Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historic Park. This last place of refuge for kapu (taboo) breakers on the Kona Coast, is a 180-acre, completely restored compound offering an authentic look at Native Hawaiian temple ruins, royal grounds, fish ponds, sacred burial spots and petroglyphs from before western contact. In 1778, Captain Cook arrived on Kauai, opening the door to an influx of westerners. Only a year later on Hawaii Island, warriors at Kealakekua Bay killed Cook after a contentious chain of events. Today, a monument stands in this marine life preserve in honor of Captain Cook. During this time of discovery, Hawaii Island was divided into separate chiefdoms and war between factions was common. In 1790-1791, Kamehameha built the Puukohola Heiau (See page 5)...

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opinions & Editorial

Monday, january 16th - sunday, january 22nd, 2012

-- Tell Congress To Sit Together --

Courtesy of No Labels Duh! Make Congress sit together. Not on opposite sides of the aisle, but actually together. Then they might work, together. And here’s another no-brainer... do it for the State of the Union. That’s what it says in our full-page ad running in last Friday’s issue of The New York Times (pictured). This year, No Labels is encouraging every member of Congress to sit with a colleague from the other party. And they will listen when you call on your senators and representative to join the elected leaders who have already volunteered to do so. On Thursday, January 12, 2012, we put the call out for Congress to sit together. Less than 24 hours later, more than 30 lawmakers have agreed to sit with a member of Congress from the opposite party. Bipartisan seating is reform #10 of our Make Congress Work! action plan. It’s one of our most obvious reforms. As in, “Of course, they should sit together. It makes perfect sense.” Unfortunately, the fact that an idea makes sense doesn’t make it any more likely for Congress to act on it. That’s why it’s so important for you to take action today. Please take a minute, right now, to email your lawmaker and urge them to sit together on Jan. 24. You can sign the petition at http://action.nolabels.org/5843/bipartisan-seating/ Visit the site to find out where your members of Congress stand on bipartisan seating and tell them you expect them to be an example to the rest of the country of leadership over partisanship by sitting with their colleagues from the other party. Find out which senators, Republican congressmen and Democratic congressmen have said they will be sitting with members of the opposite party at this year’s State of the Union. You might not think your one voice can make a difference ... but it can. And it will. Especially when your voice is joined with over 360,000 other No Labels supporters across our great country -- all pulling together for the same goal: to make Congress work again. No Labels is a group of Republicans, Democrats and Independents who want our government to work again. Our dozen proposals to make Congress work mostly don’t require new laws or new spending, and don’t favor any party or particular cause. These are simple, straightforward proposals to break gridlock, promote constructive discussion and reduce polarization in Congress. They can mostly be adopted all at once when the next Congress convenes in January 2013. To learn more about No Labels, please visit www.NoLabels.org.

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Monday, january 16th - sunday, january 22nd, 2012

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entertainment tips of the week By Jean Strauber, Entertainment Editor Thanks to the California State Parks Foundation, Los Encino State Park now has a dedicated page for people who wish to keep this gem, located in the heart of Encino. Please visit calparks.org/los encinos to make your donations. I have lots of theater happenings to report this week... AT THE ECLECTIC COMPANY THEATRE A mystery-adventure-comedy is now showing at the Eclectic Company Theatre. “Perilous!” is written by Taylor Ashbrook, Elizabeth Dement, Jeff Folschinsky and Tyler Tanner and directed by Ashbrook. This is a play about a plucky reporter named Philip Asperberger who has proposed and been accepted by his true love, Wendy Wallflower, but finds there are distractions along the path to getting married in Victory City. L.O.V.E., the League of Villainous Evildoers, plans to fix the next mayoral election so it can take over Victory City. As L.O.V.E. marches towards planetary domination, clones, kidnappings, imposters, and drugged food all figure in their vile schemes. However, Wendy’s alter-ego, the super-powered Defender of All That is Good, Penelope Peril, can thwart L.O.V.E., and save Victory City and thus the world. “Perilous!” is the fourth series of her adventures and there’s a new chapter each weekend.

Elizabeth Dement stars as Penelope Peril. The cast also includes Biff Wiff, Laura Lee Bahr, Michael “Fuz” Edwards, Kerr Seth Lordygan and Questa Gleason. The Eclectic Company Theatre is located at 5312 Laurel Canyon Boulveard, Valley Village, CA 91607. “Perilous!” is performed on Fridays and Saturdays at 11 pm and will run through January 28, 2012. Admission: Pay What You Can. For more information call (8180 508-3003 or go to www. eclecticcompanytheatre.org. AT THE EDGEMAR CENTER FOR THE ARTS “Ghosts,” a modern adaptation of the classic play by Henrik Ibsen and adapted and directed by Doug Kabak, will be opening March 3 at the Edgemar Center for the Arts. Mrs. Helene Alving’s struggle with the ghosts of her past is about to come to an end, for the next day will commemorate the 10th anniversary of her husband’s death. On this day, a new orphanage will be dedicated in his name. For 29 years, Helen has kept a dark secret -- the reality of her late husband’s deviant excesses and his disease. With her son Osvald finally home to stay, a triumphant new life begins and the past will be buried forever. Or will her spiritual liberation meet a catastrophic fate? Doug Kabak directs and Alexandra Guarnieri is the producer. Michelle Danner plays Helene with Cornell Womack portraying Manders,

the meddlesome local pastor. Also included in the cast are James Giordano, Nate Golon and Lucy Honigman. “Ghosts” will be performed in the Edgemar Center for the Arts in the intimate Second Stage auditorium, 2437 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405. Previews February 24-March 2, Opens Saturday March 3, 2012 and runs through Sunday, April 8, 2013. Performance Schedule: Friday and Saturday at 8 pm, and Sunday at 5 pm. Admission $34.99; A limited number of seats will be available at each performance at a discounted price of $25. Reservations: (310) 392-7327 or go to www.edgemarcenter. org. MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT returns to the Pantages The Tony Award-winning Best Musical of 2005, “Monty Python’s Spamalot,” will be returning to Los Angeles for a strictly limited one week engagement February 28 to March 4, 2012 at the Pantages Theatre. Like Monty Python and the Holy Grail, “Monty Python’s Spamalot” tells the legendary tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table and their quest for the Holy Grail, “Monty Python’s Spamalot” features a chorus line of dancing divas and knights, flatulent Frenchmen, killer rabbits and one legless knight. Leading the cast are Arthur Rowan as King Arthur and

A scene from “Monty Python’s Spamalot.” Brittany Woodrow as The Lady of the Lake. Also featured in the cast are Michael J. Berry, Adam Grabau, Jacob L. Smith, Kasidy Devlin, Thomas DeMarcus, James David Larson and Joe Beuerlein. Performance schedule: Tuesday through Friday at 8 pm, Saturday at 2 pm & 8 pm, and Sunday at 1 pm & 6:30 pm. Orchestra level tickets start at just $25. Note: Prices subject to change without notice. For ticket information please visit www.BroadwayLA.org. COMING TO THE CTG/ AHMANSON James Goldman and Stephen Sondheim’s “Follies” will be onstage at the CTG/Ahmanson for six weeks beginning May 3, 2012. Jan Maxwell, Danny Burstein, Ron Raines and Elaine Paige will be reprising their Broadway roles and Victoria Clark will be joining the company for the Kennedy Center’s critically acclaimed Broadway production. When former members of the “Wiesman Follies” reunite on the eve of their theatre’s demolition, two couples remember their past and face the harsher realities of the present. Reminiscing about their younger selves and the years gone by, the crumbling theatre brings back memories

for both couples of good times and bad. These reminiscences contain such well-known songs as “Broadway Baby,” “I’m Still Here,” “Too Many Mornings,” “Could I Leave You?” and “Losing My Mind,” “Follies” echoes the songs, exuberance and romance of the vaudeville days between World War I and II. It features a 28-piece orchestra and a cast of 41. Tickets are available at the CTG Box Office at 1135 North Grand Avenue, LA 90012. For more information go to CenterTheatreGroup.org. LA OPERA: SIMON BOCCANEGRA Placido Domingo, LA Opera’s Eli and Edythe Broad General Director, has announced that the Company premiere of Giuseppe Verdi’s “Simon Boccanegra” will open at 7:30 pm on Saturday, February 11, 2012 and will run for a total of seven performances through Sunday, March 4, 2012. Mr. Domingo has stated that “Simon Boccanegra” is one of the most complex, vivid characters in all of opera. “Not only was it Verdi’s favorite among his baritone roles, it is also mine.” He also stated that he has always loved singing the beautiful music that Verdi wrote for Gabriele Adorno, the leading tenor role, but he

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secretly admired his baritone friends performing the title role. Domingo has sung the baritone title role of Giuseppe Verdi’s “Simon Boccanegra” in Berlin, with subsequent performances in London, New York, Milan and Madrid. He will now be singing Bioccanegra in LA Opera’s company premiere. In addition to Mr. Domingo the world-class cast features Puerto Rican soprano Ana Maria Martinez as Amelia; Ukranian bass Vitalij Kowaljow as Fiesco; Italian baritone Paolo Gavanelli as Paolo Albiano; and Italian tenor Stefamno Secco making his LA Opera debut as Gabriele Adorno. The plot, if you can follow it, has more twists and turns than a soap opera. Boccanegra is a former corsair and is elected Doge (Chief Magistrate) in 14th century Genoa. For more than 25 years he tried to maintain a peaceful coexistence between the warring factions of the city. Add to that an ill-fated love affair plus an illegitimate child.

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will be conducted by James Conlon, LA Opera’s Richard Seaver Music Director and the director is Elijah Moshinsky. LA Opera’s “Simon Boccanegra” will take place at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles CA 90012. For the performance schedule, visit laopera.com. Tickets ranges from $20 to $270 and can be purchased at LA Opera Box Office at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, by phone at (213) 972-8001 or online. As always “Simon Boccanegra” will be sung in Italian with projected English translations.


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Monday, january 16th - sunday, january 22nd, 2012

police news & Information Teenager Murdered at a Local Business

LOS ANGELES, CA -- A 17-year-old was shot and killed at a parking lot of a local business. On January 15, 2012 at 2:08 a.m., Foothill Area patrol officers responded to a call of an Assault with a Deadly Weapon on San Fernando Road and Vineland Avenue. When they arrived, they discovered a male victim, later identified as 17-year-old Samuel Guerra, a resident of Los Angeles, dead at the scene with a gunshot wound to his head. Investigators believe that Guerra was involved in a dispute with the suspect(s) that resulted in a shooting. The suspects fled the scene prior to officers arrival; no description was available. Anyone with information regarding this matter is asked to call Detective Byers or Detective Hamilton, Foothill Homicide Desk at 818-834-3115. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on “webtips” and follow the prompts.

High School Soccer Player Killed in Winnetka, Detectives Need the Public’s Help to Identify the Suspect(s)

LOS ANGELES, CA -- Topanga Area Homicide detectives are asking for the public’s help to identify and locate the suspect(s) responsible for killing a 17-year-old high school student. On Wednesday, January 11, 2012, at around 6:10 p.m., uniformed officers assigned to Topanga Division responded to an “Assault with a Deadly Weapon-Shots Fired” radio call in the 6900 block of Cozycroft Avenue in Winnetka. When the officers arrived, they saw a young man lying in the front yard of a residence suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was unconscious and not breathing. The officers immediately rendered medical aid until Los Angeles Fire Department personnel arrived. The victim, Francisco Javier Rodriguez Jr., was transported to a local hospital where he died a short time later. Topanga Division Homicide Detectives are handling the investigation and are following-up on all potential leads. Anyone with information is asked to call investigators at 818-756-3363, during business hours, or 818-756-4800. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on “webtips” and follow the prompts.

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business & commerce -- Business Of The Week -“Okolemaluna Tiki Lounge, Kona, Hawai’i”

Okolemaluna Tiki Lounge (Oh-KO-lay-mah-LOO-nah) in Kailua-Kona is dedicated to celebrating classic Hawaiian tiki bar recipes as well as new original creations. Their mission is to deliver impeccable cocktails to you in a casual, yet exotic, atmosphere. The menu consists of carefully chosen tropical drinks and pupus, with tastes that can’t be found elsewhere on Big Island. The bartenders combine super-premium spirits with fresh-squeezed juices, hand-crafted flavorings, and a few secret ingredients. The lounge also features a rum collection from Hawaii and around the world. You’ll enjoy each consistent, high-quality drink in a vintage tiki bar environment designed to help you relax and converse with friends, both old and new. Okolemaluna celebrates all things local: artists, carvers, farmers, and suppliers. They follow sustainable practices, conserve our resources, and participate in our local green business community. Their belief is that artisanal, farm-toglass cocktails can have no better home than this lush tropical island. If you’d like to contact someone about Okolemaluna or have questions, feel free to call or email. Okolemaluna Tiki Lounge is located in Kailua-Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii. Open 311pm weekdays and 3pm-12am weekends -- 75-5799 Alii Drive #A6, Kailua Kona, HI 96740 -- across from the ocean in the heart of Old Kailua Town. Call at 808-883-TIKI (8454) if you need help finding it. (Check out www.okolemalunalounge.com)


Monday, january 16th - sunday, january 22nd, 2012

Community News & Events Historic Walking Tour of Van Nuys

VAN NUYS, CA -- The Museum of the San Fernando Valley is hosting a Historic Walking Tour of Van Nuys on Saturday, January 22 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Join a guide for a stroll back in time through Van Nuys, the “Town That Was Started Right.” You will learn how a development entity known as “The Syndicate” began the process in 1910; how William Paul Whisett saw the plans for Van Nuys through to the end; and hear how Van Nuys was transformed from a barley field into a prosperous center of City Government and industry. Highlights include the circa 1927- Old Van Nuys Library, the Municipal Building’s facade, Bob’s Big Boy and Van Nuys Bungalow. To RSVP, call (818) 3479665, email events@ T h e M u s e u m S F V. org or online at www. theMuseumSFV.org. A $10 donation per person is suggested. Atendees will meet under the “Bridge/ Archway” of the Braude Constituent Center, 6262 Van Nuys Blvd.

Sherman Oaks HOA To Host Councilman Paul Krekorian

SHERMAN OAKS, CA -- The Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association meeting on Wednesday, January 18 will feature Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Krekorian, who represents Sherman Oaks north of Ventura Boulevard. The Councilman will discuss action that he is taking to increase the quality of life in our community, e.g. traffic, potholes and public safety. He also wants to hear about your ideas and priorities. Brats Brothers will be the HOA’s “Restaurant of the Month.” They will be providing a sampling of their popular menu during the social hour, which begins at 6:15 p. m. The meeting starts at 7:15 p. m. The meeting will be held at

Notre Dame High School located at 13645 Riverside Drive, Sherman Oaks. Parking is available in the main lot on Woodman Avenue as well as parking lots on Riverside Drive and Huston Street. For more information about the Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association, visit www. shermanoaks914.com.

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(Continued from page 1) -- National Historic Site in North Kohala as a tribute to the war god Kukailimoku to help in his efforts to unite the Hawaiian Islands. This was the last major religious heiau (religious temple) built by early Hawaiians and the largest restored heiau in Hawaii. Soon after completion, the Kohala-born Kamehameha conquered Hawaii Island and went on to unify the Hawaiian Kingdom. Hawaii Island was also the home to King Kamehameha’s court until it moved to Oahu in 1804. In 1812, Kamehameha the Great returned to his beloved Hawaii Island where he died in 1819. You can see the original King Kamehameha I statue in Kapaau, not far from where Hawaii’s greatest king was born. In 1820, the first missionaries arrived in Kailua-Kona. Mokuaikaua Church on Alii Drive in Historic Kailua Village (Kailua-Kona) still stands and is in use today. Other westerners followed, introducing cattle to the island. Sugar plantations also bloomed on the Hilo side in the 20th century. Today, Hawaii Island remains a vital touchstone for Hawaiian culture. Throughout its modernization, one ancient Hawaiian god is believed to be alive and well here. Pele, the volcano goddess, has settled in Kilauea Volcano at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park after moving south along the island chain. She continues to display her power today, keeping Kilauea in a constant state of eruption since 1983.


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Travel tips of the week

Magnificent Arizona Rocks - Part I

By Jean Strauber, Travel Editor One of the best press trips I had ever taken was a visit to Arizona to tour Williams, Page, the Navajo Nation and Winslow. On this tour we enjoyed a river raft trip down the Colorado River, tours of Canyon de Chelly (pronounced Shay) and Monument Valley, a stroll along the southern rim of the Grand Canyon, a jet ski boat ride through Antelope Canyon and a night on a houseboat on Lake Powell. I flew in to Phoenix’s Sky Harbor Airport where I was met by representatives of AZ Communications. Those of us who had arrived early were given the option of visiting the famed Heard Museum. That evening we enjoyed dinner at a nearby restaurant. In Phoenix, there

is no shortage of restaurants be they elegant or very casual. My accommodations were at the Holiday Inn in Downtown North Phoenix. The room was spacious. However, if you’re touring on your own, you can also opt to select any of the Sheraton Hotel, the outstanding 5-Star Westin Kierland or Venetian Resort, the more economical Sleep Inn, Courtyard Marriott or Hampton Inn. In the many years that I’ve traveled to Arizona, I can personally recommend each and every one as I’ve stayed in them all. The next morning after a full breakfast offered by the Holiday Inn, we departed Phoenix for Williams, driving through the Coconino National Forest and Sycamore Canyon. The Coconino National Forest is a picture of contrasts --

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desert suddenly giving way to ponderosa pine; flatlands and mesa that coexist with alpine tundra and ancient volcanic peaks. You’ll look at red rocks, sandstone buttes, crimson cliffs, stone spires and river-sliced gorges, a scene quite overwhelming to the eye. Our guide pointed out the trail used by General George Crook and his troops during the late 1800’s. On route to Williams, you can detour for a self-guided tour of Montezuma’s Castle, one of Arizona’s famed cliff dwellings, or to colorful Sedona for lunch. You can stretch your legs with a stroll along Main Street, admiring the wares in the many boutiques and gift shops. Or consider a lunch stop at the Mexican restaurant in the Tlaquepaque center.

In Williams we explored the historic downtown district with a local guide. We visited the Wild West Junction Museum, Saloon, and Shops with its Quilter’s Mercantile, old photo shop and museum. They even have a movie night. Our dinner that night was at Fred’s Diner, but Williams has a variety of dining establishments with something for all tastes. I had eaten, on a previous visit to Williams, at Rod’s Steak House, where I remember the fine quality of their Bar-B-Qued Ribs; and at Pine Country Restaurant for breakfasts that were impossible to finish. I left my group to visit with my former hairdresser, who had moved to Williams with her late husband, and we enjoyed a cup of coffee and a piece of pie at a nearby Denny’s. Our accommodations that night were at the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel. After a satisfying breakfast we waited to board the train to the Grand Canyon. Before the train departs, passengers are treated to a Wild West show, complete with gun fight. There’s also a gift shop and

a small museum in the 1908 Williams Depot. And, yes, they still sell AMTRAK train tickets. We boarded the train and were seated in the comfortable seats in our Harriman cars, pulled by a restored steam locomotive. We looked out the windows, tried to spot wildlife and were rewarded by glimpses of a herd of deer. During the two-hour ride we were treated to entertainment and, for the kiddies, there was the usual “robbery” and “gunfight.” We arrived at the Grand Canyon depot and enjoyed lunch at the historic El Tovar Hotel, one of the original Fred Harvey Hotels and Restaurants. As you look out the big picture windows, you can see across the Canyon to the North Rim. The quality of food was as good as I remembered from previous visits. Following our lunch we strolled the rim of the majestic Grand Canyon. I never get tired of seeing the vast monoliths that arise from the canyon floor. One can easily stroll from the East Rim to the West Rim in an afternoon. Stop at the visitor’s center to

get the schedule of different ranger tours and lectures, both day and night. If you’re visiting the Canyon during the August monsoon season, have an umbrella with you for a sudden afternoon shower. There are shuttle buses for visitors, so park your car and leave it there until you’re ready to move on to your next destination. Another way to see the canyon is with a Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour. It’s so exciting to explore the bewitching Dragon Corridor and the majesty of the Central Canyon. Why not take a burro ride down to Plateau Point or even book an overnight stay on the floor of Canyon? Other accommodations at the Canyon are at Bright Angel Lodge on the Rim or hotels in Grand Canyon Village. That afternoon we made a stop at the West Rim and visited the Tower with its magnificent view of the Colorado River making its way through the floor of the Canyon. Our next destination was Lake Powell and the Antelope Point Marina, which I’ll tell you about next week.......

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Sail the beautiful Kona coast to historic Kealakekua Bay and world famous Captain Cook Monument, snorkel a colorful, vibrant reef and enjoy light “pupus”, (snacks) Maui style chips and fresh tropical fruit with non-alcoholic beverage service throughout the cruise. Your captain will select the best site for snorkeling in the Kealakekua Bay spinner dolphins are regularly spotted as our friendly and professional crew helps you enter and exit the water; provides snorkeling tips, fish identification and site briefings. They’ll even take you on a guided snorkeling tour. Child fare applies to children 5-12. Children 4 and under are free. (Check out www.seaparadise.com for more information)


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Hotels, Resorts & Spas

Portola Hotel & Spa Hosts A Day Of Ice Skating & Fun For Rancho Cielo Students

Monterey, CA -- Just steps away from historical Fisherman’s Wharf, Portola Hotel & Spa welcomed students from non-profit group Rancho Cielo on Friday to skate at Ice Skating by the Bay’s seasonal ice skating rink, located in Custom House Plaza behind the Portola Hotel & Spa. The students, ranging in age from 18 to 24, had the opportunity to spend some time in a Winter Wonderland and skate by the bay from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. To wrap up the afternoon, they indulged in complimentary hot chocolate in Jack’s Lounge at the Portola Hotel & Spa. Portola Hotel is actively working with non-profits and participating in community outreach, therefore, the partnership with Ranch Cielo was a natural fit. Portola Hotel’s General Manager, Janine Chicourrat, said, “Community is so important to Monterey and to Portola Hotel. We are excited to host Rancho Cielo students for a day of ice-skating and fun. We look forward to continuing our relationship with Rancho Cielo and other local organizations.” “Our kids are extremely thankful that Portola has offered them this opportunity. Along with being a nice getaway from the classroom, opportunities like this foster our youths social and emotional development- skills that will take them a long way in becoming productive members of society,” said Susie Brusa, Executive Director of Rancho Cielo. About Rancho Cielo: Rancho Cielo is non-profit learning and social services center for undeserved youth in Monterey County. Starting as a dream by a handful of individuals, Rancho Cielo has come to life as a youth campus focused on enriching the lives of young people and delivering programs and services that inspire at risk youth to learn new skills, gain self-esteem and confidence. Founder former Superior Court Judge John M. Phillips witnessed the tragic cycle of offending and incarceration that many young people found themselves in. He wanted to create an effective alternative that would help keep first offenders from becoming repeat offenders. Rancho Cielo is located in what was once home to the Natividad Boys’ Ranch, a juvenile incarceration facility that lay dormant for almost twenty years before it was taken over by Rancho Cielo in 2000. With help from the construction industry, redevelopment of the site began in earnest in 2003 with the demolition of dilapidated buildings and large-scale clearance of rubbish and debris. The construction of administration and educational buildings was completed in 2004. What was once a dormitory became a classroom complex; a kennel, a series of offices; and a crumbling maintenance building, a four hundred square-foot wood shop and ceramics room. About Portola Hotel & Spa: Portola Hotel & Spa is Monterey’s first and only Silver LEED® EB certified hotel and recently earned AAA Four Diamond Rating. The full-service hotel offers guests a rich, historical ambiance, with residential style and a dedicated staff to ensure an unparalleled guest experience. The hotel features 379 newly renovated guest rooms, including 10 suites, ranging from 400 to 1,000 square feet. Inspired by the Monterey Peninsula’s surrounding landscape and nautical heritage, all guest rooms feature elegant wood furnishings, large bathrooms with separate vanity areas, white shuttered windows. Many guest rooms offer private balconies with ocean, garden terrace or pool views. In compliance with LEED requirements, all guest rooms are non-smoking. Portola Hotel & Spa is home to Jacks Restaurant and Lounge and Peter B’s BrewPub, the Monterey Peninsula’s only craft brewery. In addition, overnight guests have access to the hotel’s spa and fitness facilities, complete with steam room, sauna, outdoor pool and Jacuzzi. The newly renovated 6,000-square-foot Spa on the Plaza offers 10 treatment rooms and an extensive spa menu of signature treatments. Portola Hotel & Spa offers 25 separate conference/banquet rooms, full-service event technology, catering and outdoor function space. With 50,000 square feet of flexible indoor and 60,000 square feet of outside meeting space, the Monterey Conference Center is the largest conference center on the central coast of California. For more information, please visit: http://www.portolahotel.com/

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-- Property Of The Week -“Kona Coast Resort 10303, Kona, Hawai’i”

Fantastic 2 bedroom condo located in one of Konas premier resorts. This condo has been completely upgraded with nice & comfortable furnishings. The First bedroom has two queen beds and the second bedroom has two double beds plus there is a punee type couch in the living area so this condo will comfortably accomodate 6 guests. Huge lanai to enjoy the famous Kona sunsets Swimming pools, hot tubs, BBQ’s and great location add to the enjoyment. 7 night minimum during holidays and Ironman -- DISCOUNTS MAY APPLY DURING THE YEAR -- (Check out www.konarentals.com or email: makereservations@konarentals.com for more information.) Aloha and welcome to the Island of Hawai’i; the newest of the Hawaiian Islands. The Big Island, our nickname, is indeed big enough to fit all seven of the other islands in it. And not only is the island big, it’s still growing, thanks to the active volcanoes. The Big Island offers eleven different climate zones and an array of landscapes to please and accommodate every visitor. We have lush rainforest, deserts, black sand beaches and amazing waterfalls. We even have snowcapped mountains! The world’s most active volcano, Kilauea, is here. The lava flow has added hundreds of acres to the island. A visit to Hawai’i Volcano National Park allows you to experience this awesome force of nature and should not be missed. The Big Island of Hawai’i has played a major role in the history of the state. King Kamehameha the Great, credited with uniting the Hawaiian Islands into one kingdom, hails from the Big Island. You can visit the statue commemorating his birth on the beautiful Kohala Coast. Then take a trip to Parker Ranch to learn about the paniolo (Hawaiian cowboys). Make a visit to Kealakekua Bay where the memorial has been placed for Captain James Cook at the place where he died after his incredible discovery. There are countless ways to explore the Big Island; stargaze atop Mauna Kea (when it is snow covered). Visit one of the beautiful white sand beaches, or an incredible black sand beach. Tour one of Kona’s fabulous coffee plantations, the island’s cash crop. Swim and snorkel with gentle manta rays, giant sea turtles and amazing sea life. Visit the Merrie Monarch Festival, the world’s largest hula celebration. Visit Ka Lae, the southernmost tip of the United States, or just watch a beautiful waterfall and relax. The discovery and adventure available on the Big Island is endless. Tee off at an award winning golf course, go horseback riding, explore the beautiful valleys on an ATV, go deep sea fishing, snorkeling and so much more. Maybe just sit on your lanai and watch the dolphins and whales play right in front of you. (www.konarentals.com)


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politics & government San Fernando Valley Cash for College Workshops Announced

San Fernando Valley, CA -Assemblymember Bob Blumenfield (D-San Fernando Valley) (pictured above) has announced several Cash for College workshops that will be held in the San Fernando Valley, The workshops will help college students apply for financial aid, leading up to the March 2 application deadline for the state-funded Cal Grants program. “With tuition costs rising, financial aid is even more important to ensure that California’s working families can send their kids to college,” said Blumenfield who is set to launch a month-long, bi-lingual public service announcement campaign about Cal Grants in the Valley. “Our public universities offer a world class education through a learning environment shaped by groundbreaking research, talented students, and dedicated faculty. If families have questions about aid or need help with the application process, I urge them to attend these

-- Facts Of The Week --

Facts about the Big Island (Hawai’i) ~ The Big Island has a population of 175,784. ~ The Big Island of Hawaii is the youngest of the Hawaiian Islands, at just over one million years old. ~ Mauna Loa, which last erupted in 1984, is the most massive mountain on earth. From its base under the ocean to the summit, it is taller than Mount Everest. ~ The Big Island is 95 miles long from its southern tip to northern tip. From east to west it is 80 miles across. ~ In 1946, a 56-foot tsunami hit the east side of the Big Island. ~ Just below the summit of Mauna Kea, inside a cinder cone, is Lake Waiau, the only glacial lake in the mid-Pacific. At 13,020 feet above sea level, it is also one of the highest lakes in the world.

invaluable workshops or call my office.” Blumenfield’s public service announcement can be viewed in English and Spanish on his website at http://www.assembly. ca.gov/blumenfield. Students who are awarded Cal Grants can receive up to $12,192 a year to pay for college expenses. Students interested in applying must also complete the Free Application for Financial Student Aid (FAFSA). Trained volunteers at the Cash for College workshops can assist participants in completing both the FAFSA and the Cal Grants application. For more information about the Cash for College workshops and a list of items to bring, please go to www.calgrants. org. Below is a list of upcoming Cash for College workshops in the San Fernando Valley: • January 28, 2012 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Pacoima FamilySource Center, 11243 Glenoaks Boulevard, Pacoima, CA 91331. Contact: Alejandro Morehead, Alejandro. morehead@lacity.org. 213249-4590. • January 28, 2012 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Granada Hills Charter High School, 10535 Zelzah Avenue, Granada Hills, CA 91344. Contact: Liora

Shvartz, lshvartz@ghchs. com. 818-360-2361. • January 28, 2012 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Los Angeles Mission College/ Campus Center, 13356 Eldridge, Sylmar, CA 91342. Contact: Dennis Schroeder, schroedj@ lamission.edu or 818-3647650 • February 4, 2012 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Canoga Park FamilySource Center, 21400 Saticoy St., 2nd Floor, Canoga Park, CA 91304. Contact: Crystal Ramirez, cramirez@ neworg.us or 213-9234454. • February 5, 2012 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. California State University, Northridge, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge, CA 91330. Contact: Niki Dixon, Niki. dixon@csun.edu or 818677-4550. February 11, 2012 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Vaughn International Studies Academy, 13330 Vaughn Street, San Fernando, CA 91340. Contact: Yolanda Coreas, vaughnhs@ypiusa.org or 818-433-5569. • February 11, 2012 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. South Valley FamilySource Center, 6931 Van Nuys Blvd, Suite 201, Van Nuys, CA 91406. Contact: Crystal Ramirez, cramirez@ neworg.us or 213-9234454.

-- Golf Course Of The Week -“The Vineyard Course, River Ridge Golf Club, Oxnard, CA”

After years of remodeling and construction, the Vineyard course is in its final configuration. The last change was quite spectacular as it added four new holes “on top of the world.” The new holes play as numbers three through six and offer magnificent ocean panoramic views as they are at the highest elevation in Oxnard. The new layout plays as a par 35 front-nine and a par 37 backnine, and the finishing hole is the signature “Island hole.” (Some hole descriptions)... #1: Par 5, 553 yard dog leg left. Fairly open tee shot with bunkers guarding both the left and right side of the fairway. OB protects left side for the drive and second shot. Hole normally plays into the wind and requires two good woods to set up a short approach shot to a deceptively long green that slopes left to right. Good warm-up hole and birdie opportunity. #3: Par 3, 170 yards. This hole presents some challenge in that you’re playing uphill and generally into the wind. The green is deceptively long, so be sure to check the flag color to gauge your distance. A huge bunker protects the front of the green while a smaller pot bunker will catch the “bail-outs” to the left. Distance control is the key. #9: Par 3, 187 yards. The redone hole with its deceiving appearance and large contour front to back, right to left. Normally downwind, the tee shot takes a well placed midiron to get close. You want to favor the left side, but must be careful of the large bunker complex left of the green. From the tee, the green appears deceptively narrow, but actually measures over 9,000 square feet with a four foot drop from front right to back left. Take two putts and go to the back side. #11: Par 5, 501 yards. An uphill tee shot into the wind is the key on this dogleg left hole. Watch out for the two huge fairway bunkers that protect the left side of the dogleg. Long hitters have a chance of reaching in two, but try to ensure you’re second shot is on the far right side of the fairway, leaving the easiest approach to an oblique angled green guarded by traps on both sides. Good birdie opportunity. #12: Par 3, 182 yards. Downhill and downwind tee shot makes this hole play shorter than the yardage. A large, three-section green looks easy but provides a great challenge. Key on this hole is to keep the tee shot to the right of the pin, leaving an uphill put. #14: Par 4, 445 yards. Strong hole! Dogleg right requires both distance and accuracy off the tee with bunkers strategically placed on both sides of the fairway. A good drive leaves a fairway wood or long iron to the second largest green on the course. Par here is a great score any day. #18: Par 3, 191 yards. River Ridge’s signature hole, rated the best in Ventura County. A monster par three that plays into the wind to an island green! Although the green provides a very large target, the hole intimidates! Bring an extra club (and ball) to the tee. (www.riverridge-golfclub.com)


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family & food -- Restaurant Of The Week --

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Ken’s House of Pancakes has been preparing fantastic breakfast, lunch and dinner to the Hilo, HI community since 1971. Open and serving breakfast 24 hours a day, our restaurant has been voted Best Breakfast 14 years in a row! If you’re just waking up or out late at night and in the mood for delicious omelets, burgers, prime rib, tacos and, of course, pancakes, stop in at our restaurant and enjoy a nice meal in a cozy atmosphere. We have nightly specials every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, giving you a variety of excellent food and a great way to enjoy your week.

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Stephanie’s Sudoku

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Quotations about Hawai’i: ~ “The Hula is the heartbeat of the Hawaiian People.” -- David Kalakaua ~ “If you don’t have at least a working knowledge of the Hawaiian language… you can’t chant well. You cannot… receive the images of poetry paints for you. It’s like having peas and no pod.” -- Keali’i Reichel ~ “Cry for the gods, cry for the people/ Cry for the land that was taken away/And then yet you’ll find, Hawai’i.” -- Mickey Ioane ~ “It is really so nice here—country—busy—busy with so many different kinds of things—… I must say I feel far away in another world here—… always we go to a new place...the people have a kind of gentleness that isn’t usual on the mainland.” -- Georgia O’Keefe ~ “The Islands were born in fire, far from human eyes.” -- Rita Ariyoshi ~ “In my nostrils still lives the breath of flowers that perished twenty years ago.” -- Mark Twain ~ “Malama Kekahi i kekahi. Take care of each other.” -- Hawaiian Kupuna Wisdom

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