Meet a monarch
Felix Neck needs weekly garden volunteers to work in their Butterfly Garden, which attracts some of the amazing butterflies found on Martha's Vineyard -monarchs, red admirals, and tiger swallowtails, for example. Bring gloves and favorite garden tools, or just show up at Felix Neck's Community Work Days on Fridays through the summer from 10 am-noon. Contact Marion Hammond at 508-627-4850 ex. 101.
The Martha's Vineyard Cultural Collaborative is a partnership of some of the Island's exceptional cultural and educational facilities - including the FARM Institute, Featherstone Center for the Arts, Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary, Martha's Vineyard Museum, Polly Hill Arboretum, and the Yard - to offer creative learning experiences to kids. The June Vacation Adventure Program, to be held June 23-27, 8:30 am-3 pm, will introduce children entering grades 1-5 to an array of activities at a different location every day. Tuition costs $250 for the week or $200 with early registration by May 23. Deadline is June 6. Scholarships are available. For more information, call Featherstone at 508-693-1850.
Home for Habitat
This Saturday, May 24, Habitat for Humanity will celebrate the near completion of their fifth Island home. Beginning at 9 am, visitors are invited to view the project and celebrate with refreshments and cake. Habitat asks that you look for Habitat for Humanity signs, park on the Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road, and walk to Mud Puddle Road, about one half mile from State Road in Vineyard Haven. After the dedication ceremony, volunteers may help with final details on the house. For more information, call 508-696-4646.
Wall to wall art
Organizers of the Tisbury Mural Project are asking for design entries for a 10' x 48' long mural for the exterior north wall of the Stop & Shop food market on Water Street in Vineyard Haven. The criterion is that the design should reflect any aspect of the historic gateway to the Island from ancient to modern times. Entries will be accepted through August 31 and a prize of $1,000 will be awarded to the winning artist, who will be assisted in carrying out the mural by a team of art students from the regional high school. For additional information about the project, written guidelines can be found at the Tisbury Town Hall.
In the pink
Last Saturday marked the fourth annual Martha's Vineyard Goes Pink Walk to End Breast Cancer and Support Islanders Living with Cancer. The nine-mile walk began in Oak Bluffs at the First Bridge and continued to the Edgartown Lighthouse and then back to the bridge. Walkers raised money for the Martha's Vineyard Cancer Support Group and The Susan G. Komen Foundation, the world's largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists. For more information, visit mvgoespink.com.
In so many words
The annual Big Used Book Sale at the Chilmark Library begins this Saturday, May 24, from 10:30 am to 5:30 pm. Sponsored by the Friends of the Chilmark Public Library, the sale continues, during library hours, through June 7. Get two books for the price of one beginning on May 29; books are free from June 4.
The African American Heritage Trail of Martha's Vineyard will name its 21st site next Wednesday, May 28. The newest addition to the trail is the Superintendent of Schools office in Vineyard Haven. The site will honor the achievements of Island educators of color: Rufus Shorter, superintendent of schools; Robert Tankard, principal of the West Tisbury School; and Helen Vanderhoop Manning Murray, educator, community and Tribal leader.