Time To Prepare For An Emergency

A painting by Helen Turner, one of the artists who will be featured at NTBG's Father's Day event | Photo courtesy Women Artists of Kauai

A painting by Helen Turner, one of the artists who will be featured at NTBG’s Father’s Day event | Photo courtesy Women Artists of Kauai

There’s something about the South Shore that I find endearing. Maybe it’s that I can be driving in a downpour heading toward Koloa one moment, and approximately 10 minutes later, be greeted by Poipu’s bright-blue skies. But even though the days are almost always sunny Southside, that doesn’t mean the cactus-strewn neighborhood is immune to severe weather. Even the most sun-drenched parts of the island have to be prepared for hurricane season, and it’s best to have the necessary tools on hand in case of emergency. To help the community get ready for the season, a Kauai Emergency Preparedness Workshop is offered Saturday (June 14) from 5 to 7 p.m. at Lihue Neighborhood Center. Contact Mark Marshall of Kauai Civil Defense at 241-1800 or mmarshall@kauai.gov for more information …

Treat your father to a special day in a tropical setting Sunday (June 15) at National Tropical Botanical Garden‘s Southshore Visitors Center. Enjoy the scenery along with original paintings created by Women Artists of Kauai, including Jennifer Rutt, Caylin Spear and Suzy Staulz, which will be on display and available for purchase from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. …

Maybe enjoying a reggae performance with Dad is more up your (or his!) alley. Also Sunday, Matisyahu and Steel Pulse will take the stage at Kilohana Plantation. Presented by BAMP Project, doors open for the concert at 5 p.m. and the show starts at 5:15. Tickets cost $39 and can be purchased at Déjà Vu Surf Hawaii in Lihue, Rainbow Gas and Mini Mart in Kapaa, Pono Market, Healthy Hut, Kmart, Progressive Expressions and flavorus.com. For more information on the artists, visit akeda.matisyahuworld.com or steelpulse.com

Melissa Gregory. Daniel Lane photo

Melissa Gregory. Daniel Lane photo

Tasting Kauai, founded by The Garden Island‘s food writer Marta Lane, and her husband, Kauai Midweek photographer Daniel Lane, has welcomed Melissa Gregory to its team. Gregory will be responsible for sales of the company’s food tours and restaurant guidebook. Prior to joining Tasting Kauai, Gregory was the sales and logistics coordinator for Kauai Coffee Company. She can be reached at sales@tastingkauai.com or 651-5255. Congrats to Marta and Dan on their company’s growth …

Residents and visitors will have access to free basic medical, dental and vision services through Tropic Care this month. In order to help people acquire these free health care services across the island, the county is offering complementary rides on all of The Kauai Bus routes June 16-26 …

Beginning in July, The Kauai Bus monthly rates will increase from $30 to $35, and yearly rates from $300 to $350. Passes can be purchased at Lihue Civic Center, Menehune Food Mart in Kilauea, Kapahi, Lawai and Kekaha, as well as Pono Market. Visit kauai.gov/transportation for more information …

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