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Mark your calendars for Thursday, Dec. 5, when Persimmons Garden Gallery in Redway will showcase a variety of local talent as a benefit fundraiser. Half of the evening’s proceeds will go towards a studio recording of Jessi Lea’s latest work, The Mirror. The other half will go to the Coastal Headwaters Association to help build the Whale Gulch Community Center.

The evening’s entertainment will include two sets of eclectic music, dance and comedy performed by friends and students, guaranteeing a fine sampling of local entertainers. Included are Jasper McKee, Arawyn Strange, The Tin Man from Whale Gulch School, Archie Umina, Sandy Tilles, 1 Equals Good, and FireWitch, as well as the premiere of Lea’s new project, Hera Has A Heart.

Lea, who teaches music at Whale Gulch School, has performed locally with Orphan in the Afterlife, Lost Coast Marimbas, and Fire Witch. The Mirror is her first solo work, which she recorded as a home demo. She has been raising money by selling her music online, bringing her closer to her goal. Preview The Mirror and donate online at


On Friday, Dec. 6, Aloha Awa Nights presents singer/songwriters, The Real. Music, poetry and art hosted by Kauai’s own Kaleo "Son Da One" Poets. There is a special guest deejay, Advanced Primate. There will also be an open mic session at some point in the evening.

Join in for a night of culture and consciousness and come experience the Holistic Awa Bar-Tinctures Tea. Aloha.

Persimmons is open from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., with music from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., on Thursday and Friday and closed Wednesday, Dec. 4. There is no cover charge.

Wine from Briceland, Elk Prairie, Whitethorn, Joseph Jewel, Alder Springs and Bergin-Sipila wineries is served, along with salads, vegetarian and meat dishes, and desserts. Check out the art gallery in a beautiful garden setting.

Persimmons is located across from KMUD on Redway Drive and is available to rent for private parties. Call 923-2748, go to Facebook or http://www.persimmons.netpersimmons_garden_gallery.html.

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1. Jessi Lea

2. The Real