This weekend, the Dana Faber Cancer Institute is screening bone marrow donors who might match someone on the Island who was diagnosed and recently re-diagnosed with Leukemia, who is in need of a transplant. Stop by between 6 and 8 pm on Friday, June 13, and 8 to 11 am on Saturday.
This Saturday, at the Howes House in West Tisbury, will be a one-day Nonviolent Communication (NVC) Fundamentals workshop. There, learn the basic four steps of NVC, and spend the day learning and using them with confidence. The workshop is from 10 am to 6 pm. If you cannot spend the entire day, there is a NVC overview at the Howes House the night before, on June 13, from 7 to 9:30 pm. For more information or to pre-register for the workshop, call 508-693-4307.
Follow the light
In conjunction with the Martha's Vineyard Lighthouse Challenge this weekend, the Martha's Vineyard Museum invites all to celebrate the opening of the Edgartown Lighthouse after extensive renovations. On Friday, June 13 at 4 pm is the ribbon-cutting ceremony, where the interior will be open to the public for the first time since 2007. For more information, call 508-627-4441 ext. 110.
This coming Wednesday, the Menemsha Fisheries Development Fund (MFDF) presents "States of the Bay Scallop on Nantucket Island: Past, Present, and Future" with Dr. Robert Kennedy and Maria Mitchell. At 5:30 pm on June 18, learn about the island's history of scallop fisheries, now the last remaining commercially viable and virtually unmanaged wild population of the shellfish in Eastern North America. The lecture is part of MFDF lecture series, and is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Chilmark Public Library. Admission is free. For more information, call 508-645-3360.
Photo courtesy of the Martha's Vineyard Youth Hostel
In an effort to save money, the American Youth Hostel in West Tisbury recently installed a solar-heated water system. The low-tech structure consists of six cylindrical tanks. When filled with water and exposed to four hours of strong sunlight, enough water is heated for five showers.
The heater was designed and installed by Island resident Chris Fried, who offers the plans for others to construct their own. For more information, call Chris at 508-693-7741.
Artisans who would like to sell their handmade wares at the Oak Bluffs HarborFest and Summer Solstice on Saturday, June 21, are invited to fill out an application for a booth. Street entertainers, including face painters, clowns, jugglers, mimes, are invited to participate. For more information or to download the application, visit oakbluffs.mv and click the "events" tab on the home page, or email email@example.com.