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Log on to staradvertiser.com/whtactivate SEATTLE — Chef Michelle Matsko paused as she walked to work Wednesday, gazed up from beneath her red umbrella and marveled: After a full day, a man still was perched near the top of an 80-foot-tall sequoia tree in the middle of a shopping district in downtown Seattle. “I’m really impressed,” she said. “It’s been raining. He’s a trouper.” The unidentified man finally climbed down safely just before noon, having transfixed the city and the Internet for 25 hours while police closed adjacent streets and tried to coax him down. As onlookers cheered and chanted “Man In Tree” — in deference to the Twitter hashtag by which he became known — he sat down near the base of the conifer and appeared to be chomping on a piece of fruit. Officers initially kept their distance but soon approached the man, got him on a gurney and took him for a medical evaluation. Reasons for the drama remained unclear. At times, the man appeared agitated, gestured wildly, yelled and threw apples and branches at officers. Police tried to speak with him from a firetruck ladder and the sixth-floor windows of the Macy’s department store next door. Officials have not said if the man is a member of the city’s ballooning homeless population. Police said they know who the man is but did not release his identity. “We are now working with him trying to get a clearer picture of what exactly led to this point,” said Detective Patrick Michaud. “We’ll be able to work with him as he is in the hospital try to get this whole thing figured out.” GENE JOHNSON ASSOCIATED PRESS A police officer talks from an open window at the adjacent Macy’s store to a man perched near the top of an 80-foot tall sequoia tree Wednesday in downtown Seattle. ELAINE THOMPSON/AP PHOTO Cancer support group meets A cancer support group meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Teshima’s restaurant in Honalo. People newly diagnosed with cancer and cancer survivors are welcome, as well as caregivers and family members. The group meets to share cancer-related issues and to lend support to one another. Women are encouraged to learn about breast cancer risks and early detection. Info: Shirley, 323-2732. Kona Vet Center to honor Vietnam veterans The Kona Vet Center will honor Vietnam War veterans with a potluck lunch and presentation of lapel pins to thank and honor them for their service, valor and sacrifice. Those honored will include their family members, especially families who lost loved ones during the Vietnam War. The open house is from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Kona Vet Center, 73-4976 Kamanu St., Suite 207 in Hale Kui near Home Depot. Landlord-tenant rights presentation offered Legal Aid Society of Hawaii Staff Attorney Charlie McCreary will present a free seminar titled, “Landlord-Tenant Issues: Know Your Rights.” The presentation will focus on the laws that govern landlord tenant relationships. There will be a discussion of some common issues that arise between landlords and tenants, the rights of each party when these issues arise, and how these issues are addressed under the law. There will also be time for questions about general information related to the landlord tenant code. The talk is from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Kailua-Kona Public Library. Info: 327-4327. Mental health first aid class offered Mental Health First Aid is an eighthour Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration approved course that includes a 200-page color manual and a three-year national certification. Participants will learn about signs and symptoms of mental illness and how to help. They will also learn how to initiate the conversation about suicide, about services in the community, what to say that’s helpful and how to help erase the stigma of mental illness. The class is offered from 8:30 a.m to 6 p.m. Tuesday at West Hawaii Community Health Center. Cost is $99. Info: stressfreesouls. com, info@stressfreesouls. com Is there life on other planets? A Keck Observatory Astronomy talk titled, “Life in the Universe: The Science of Astrobiology,” will be given from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Gates Performing Arts Center at Hawaii Preparatory Academy, 65-1274 Kawaihae Road, Waimea. The talk will explore the question, is life common in the universe, or rare? Dr. Carl Pilcher, Interim Director of the NASA Astrobiology Institute, will explain the four billion-year evolution of life and our planet to consider how habitable environments and life itself might arise elsewhere in the universe. 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