Thursday, July 22, 2010

Your Local 5A Always has something going on!!

5A Lahaina will be collection food donations through the end of July. Feel free to bring in your donations! Visit for more information on what to donate

Our two sites in California are collecting any Electronic Waste and will be recycling them, for FREE!! Moraga will collect on the first Saturday of every month and Foster City will collect any E-Waste from July 24-29 and August 25-30! 

Friday, July 16, 2010

Library benefit draws more than 200 supporters

KAANAPALI — The Lahaina community, in its usual way, stepped up big time last week Thursday, when more than 200 guests attended a spectacular fund-raiser for Lahaina Public Library at the Royal Lahaina Resort.

“This was one of the better events of its kind I have been to in Lahaina,” said Rotarian Dr. George “Doc” Lavenson.

The highlight of the fund-raiser, organized by the Rotary Club of Lahaina, was a last minute appearance by musicians from California’s Citrus College. The group has played free concerts for two weeks each summer at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa for the last ten years. 

The band was recruited by Dr. Norman Estin just days before the event.

Late staying guests danced to lively music after sipping wine provided by Better Brands, enjoying pupus by Royal Lahaina chefs and bidding on art, hotel stays and restaurant certificates donated by artists and the visitor industry. 

Lahaina Rotary Community Service Chair Liz May designed and provided posters and organized a silent auction. The club has a goal of a $3,000 donation for the library. 

“We simply can’t say enough about the support provided by everyone who attended, donated and put the event together,” Librarian Madeleine Buchanan said Friday. 

“This represented amazing support from so many people.”

Guests included Expeditions’ Steve Knight, frequent library user and new chairman of the Maui Chamber of Commerce; auto entrepreneur and West Maui resident Jim Falk; and Tess and Bob Cartwright of Whalers Realty.

Newly installed Lahaina Rotary Club President Carmen Karady said it is too early to tally proceeds but pledged that the club will hold a similar event next year to continue its support.

The outpouring of support at the fund-raiser represents a classic case of how the community can come together when presented with a good idea backed by support from volunteers and Lahaina business people, organizers said.  

Rotarians Karady, May, Don Lehman and others first forged an agreement with Royal Lahaina Sales and Marketing Manager Liz Bell to hold a benefit wine tasting in conjunction with the opening of a new wine store, Royal Trading Company, at the resort. The hotel offered its oceanfront setting, pupus, a large array of decorated tables, ticket collection and special parking arrangements.

The library became a priority after a speaking engagement at Lahaina Rotary Sunrise, a sister club, with an appearance by Maui Friends of the Library on the plight of county libraries in these difficult economic times. 

Hearing about the speech, Lahaina’s Sara Foley asked to join the Friends’ board, because it lacked a board member from the West Side.

New Rotary President Karady, hearing about library needs months later, immediately saw this as a worthy community service project, and within days had planning underway. 

Within another 30 days, the entire event was together with the help of many fellow Rotarians and the first wine  sipped last week.  

“We will definitely do this again next year,” Karady said.

One singer from the Citrus College group, not an authorized spokesperson, said, “We’d love to come back.”

Click Here to see some pictures of the event!!  

Above was an exerpt from the Lahaina News.
Norm, Bezane. "Library benefit draws more than 200 supporters". Lahaina News. July 15, 2010 .

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Storage Can Help Your Car Retain Its Value!

Surveys across the nation show that a lot of people don't park their car in their garage, mainly because their garage has become the "catch-all" for sports equipment, discarded furniture, appliances or anything else they're saving, but don't have room for in their house. Some homeowners are "Mr. (or Ms.) Fixit" and the garage is full of tools, table saws and odds and ends of building materials. Storing in your garage seems ok, until you find out that you could increase the trade-in value of your car by up to 10% if it were adequately protected from the elements during the time you own it.

Auto dealers know which cars have been well cared for when they inspect them
as trade-ins. The paint and rubber haven't deteriorated and the upholstery and dash haven't faded. There's also the psychological factor that if you take visible care of the car, you also make sure you get the oil changed regularly, and do all the routine maintenance. These little things count up while the dealer is making allowances on your car's trade-in value for you, because he's thinking about book value minus the reconditioning costs he has to pay to get it ready for resale… and means net profit to him.

Using a storage unit, instead of your garage, is the perfect solution because its an accessible place to keep the stuff you want to save. Let's face it, cleaning out the garage may not be anyone's favorite sport, but if you make a simple calculation, that five years from now, if your car is worth an estimated $15,000 at trade-in time, and you have maintained it's value by an added 10%...that's worth additional $1,500 to you, and who can afford to throw away $1,500?

Storage is useful for a number of other value-saving ideas at home. Once you get to thinking of the various ways you can make life simpler, more spacious and comfortable with less stuff under foot, you can get
creative and invent your own ideas on how best to put storage to use.