Food for thought
The Vineyard Haven library is offering a series of group discussions originating from the North West Earth Institute's (NWEI) workbook, "Menu for the Future." Beginning April 30, and running for six successive Wednesdays, the topics will include "What's America Eating," "You Are What You Eat," "Choices for Change," and other subjects that explore the connection between food and sustainability. There is a $20 cost for the NWEI workbook used during the sessions. Class size is limited. Contact 508-696-4211 ext. 16, or register online at vhlibrary.org.
Attention playwrights. The Arts Foundation of Cape Cod is funding The Cape Cod Theatre Project's 10-Minute Playwriting Contest. Open to all full-time and summer residents, the plays will be judged by the project's artistic director Andrew Polk, who will select three winning entrees. Winners receive cash prizes, and see their plays performed at the Arts Alive! Festival in Falmouth on June 21. Submission deadline, May 1. For details and rules, contact Judith Day at 508-548-2892, or email@example.com.
Jamming for Earth Day
Celebrate Earth Day with food and music at the Chilmark Community Center, Saturday, April 19. Everyone's invited to a potluck gathering at 6 pm. Many musicians will perform, including Ballyhoo, Alex Karalekas, and Willy Mason. The event is free and open to all.
Rhyme and reason
It was a packed house at Ché's Lounge this past Saturday. An enthusiastic crowd of students and adults took turns reciting and listening to original poetry and music at The Public Poetry Slam, a celebration of National Poetry month. Drawn randomly from the audience, a panel of seven judges reviewed the open-mike offerings and awarded top honors to high school senior Ben Williams for his poem "All I Want;" and to Uni for his poem, "Revolution." Also honored was a trio, "Complex Humans," who took turns reading the poem, "Indian Pipes."
Glassworks at MFA
Martha's Vineyard Glassworks joins the Museum of Fine Arts Boston 32 annual "Art in Bloom" exhibit, which runs April 26-29. In this special show of art and fresh flowers, objects are selected from the Museum's collection and interpreted in flowers by over 60 New England garden clubs. Find Martha's Vineyard Glassworks hand-blown glass bowls, vases, and pumpkins in the Garden Gallery. For more information, visit mfa.org or call 617-369-3169.
Feathering their nests
Last Sunday, the Osprey Festival at Felix Neck was held on its rain date after an oddly stormy Saturday. Plenty of children made crafts, saw life-size osprey nests, and visited with birds such as the barn owl and red-tailed hawk from Gus Ben David's World of Reptiles.
Children and adults learned about the popular fish hawk in a presentation by Justen Walker outside on the sanctuary's grounds, and took guided nature walks through the trails.
Coming up next at Felix Neck is a Moonrise Meander this Sunday, April 20, at 7:30 pm.
The screening of "Le Herós de la Famille" by the Martha's Vineyard Film Society is rescheduled from last week for this Saturday, April 19, 7:30 pm, at the Katharine Cornell Theatre in Vineyard Haven. For a review of the film by Brooks Robards, visit mvtimes.com. Tickets are $8; $5 for film society members. For more information, visit mvfilmsociety.com or call 774-392-2972.