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Elementary invites gifted nominations

Keaau Elementary School administrators invite nominations of “gifted” students for special programs offered during the next school year. The nomination period is underway. Nomination forms are available at the school office for parents of students in grades 1-4. Return all nomination forms to your child’s teacher by 9 a.m. Friday, May 2.

All invited to Kauai Writers Conference

All Hawaii writers are invited to the Kauai Writers Conference May 24-25 at the Marriott Courtyard in Kapaa, Kauai. The conference will feature literary agent Liz Kracht of the Kimerly Cameron & Associates Literary Agency, along with award-winning authors Jill Landis and Joe Clifford.

Two-day Bible lectures set for May 10-11

The public is invited to two days of Bible lectures Saturday and Sunday, May 10-11, at the Edith Kanaka‘ole Multipurpose Stadium in Hilo. The theme of the two-day event is “God’s Word Is Beneficial for Teaching,” based on 2 Timothy 3:16. Most of the speakers are from the Big Island. The assembly opens at 8 a.m. each day, with the first lecture at 9:40 a.m. Saturday’s session concludes at 3:55 p.m., and Sunday’s session ends at 3:30 p.m.

Libraries to close on Good Friday

All of the state’s public libraries will be closed Friday in observance of the Good Friday holiday, and Sunday for Easter. Twenty-four public libraries will be open Saturday, including Hilo, Kailua-Kona, Kealakekua and Thelma Parker.

Ornament contest winners honored

The Hawaii County Department of Parks and Recreation Mountain View Gym, in partnership with Queen Lili‘uokalani Children’s Center, hosted a holiday ornament design and coloring contest in three categories: grades K-2, 3-5 and 6-8.

Soil carbon: Precious as jewels, stuff of life

It is commonly stated life on planet Earth is carbon-based, and much is made of this fact. As planetary scientists search the cosmos for signs of extraterrestrial life, it is always carbon-containing organic molecules they seek as a sign that life might exist on other worlds.