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FCE Fair on Saturday

<p>Courtesy photos</p><p>Hilo FCE members cook up some Chinese pretzel treats for Saturday’s 34th annual Hilo Family and Community Education Fair, which will run from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Aunty Sally’s Luau Hale on Piilani Street.</p><p>Learn about the volunteer Dress A Girl Around the World project at a special demonstration at 11:30 a.m. Additional hands are always needed to help sew simple dresses for girls whose lives can be changed for the better by receiving such treasured garments. This photo zooms in on a gingham butterfly decoration sewn to a recently completed dress.</p><p>Courtesy photo</p><p>Haitian girls model dresses they received from the volunteers at the Dress A Girl Around the World project.</p><p>The daughter of a volunteer with the Dress A Girl Around the World project models one of the dresses her mom sewed for girls living far away.</p>

The members of the Hilo Family and Community Education clubs will hold their 34th annual FCE Fair from 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday at Aunty Sally’s Luau Hale on Piilani Street. There will be a wide array of crafts, including quilts, rugs, booties, kitchen towels, aprons and more, as well as educational presentations and fun entertainment.

“It will be a great day for shopping for graduation, Mother’s Day, Boy’s Day, a special birthday or just for yourself,” said coordinators. Baked goods, jams and jellies, and other delicious foods, plants and cut flowers will be on sale. Demonstrations this year will include “Using Warabi” and showing attendees how to make a simple dress for the Dress A Girl Around the World project.

Admission is free, and attendees are asked to bring their own shopping bags or boxes.

Learn how to make a delicious warabi salad at 9:30 a.m. The Dress A Girl Around the World demonstration will be at 11:30 a.m. This worldwide project involves volunteers sewing simple dresses for girls who need dresses to make their lives more complete, whether they are living in a post-disaster or impoverished area in the United States, or in a desperately poor Third World country where they otherwise would never acquire such a treasured garment.

The Waiakea Intermediate Ukulele Band, at 9 a.m., and the Hui Okinawa Kokudo Taiko drummers, at 11 a.m., will be on hand to entertain the crowd.

Blood pressure screening will be done on site and door prizes will be given throughout the fair hours. Be sure to stop by early to see all that is available.

Hilo Family and Community Education is only one of 10 councils in Hawaii. There are 22 member states that make up the National Association for Family and Community Education. Formerly known as University Extension clubs, the island groups are affiliated with the Cooperative Extension Service of the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources of the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Membership in this nonprofit organization seeks to strengthen, develop, coordinate and extend non-formal adult education to improve the quality of life for individuals and families. Hawaii FCE’s affiliation with the National FCE and the Associated Country Women of the World provides opportunities for programs of national and international importance that affect the family; leadership development; and knowledge to make public policy changes in our communities.

“E komo mai: Come join us on Saturday and consider membership in FCE for a lifetime of learning for yourself and your loved ones,” said a Hilo FCE spokeswoman.


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