On Tuesday, July 22, at 4:30 pm at the West Tisbury Library, Martha Hubbell will lead a workshop on how to turn your favorite old T-shirt into a new bag that's great for the beach and school. Bring a shirt to recycle. Ages 9 and up. Space is limited; sign up at the Library. For more information, call 508-693-3366.
Evening for animals
At Balance in Oak Bluffs, a dinner and concert featuring Ben Taylor and David Saw with friends and family will benefit the MSPCA. The fundraiser will be held on Monday, July 14, at 6 pm. Tickets cost $100. For more information, call 508-627-8662.
Pre-registration is required for The Trustees of Reservations' Paddle in the Night: Kayak tours for Adults...Under the Cover of Darkness on July 16, 17, and 18, from 7:30 to 9:30 pm. Discover the beauty of the Cape Poge Wildlife Refuge on Chappaquiddick as day turns to night. Weather permitting; transportation is available. $47; $40 for members. 508-627-3599.
Home run for Hillary
Island resident Hillary Landers suffered a fall in 2006 that resulted in a spinal cord injury. After helping her through over a year of rehabilitation off-Island and at extended care facilities, Hillary returned home in December 2007. To help her with medical expenses - much of which is not covered by insurance - her friends and supporters are holding a raffle. Up for grabs are three pairs of Red Sox tickets: Field Box Seats along the third base line for the Sox/Yankees series at Fenway Park on July 25, 26, and 27. There will be three winners, who will each win a pair of tickets for one game. Raffle tickets are $100, and the raffle ends July 16. To donate, visit hillarylanders.org, or make a check payable to Hillary Landers Fund/YGAF and include your phone number and address, and mail it to YGAF c/o Attorney George Brush, P.O. Box 1317, West Tisbury, MA 02575. Call Susan Peltier at 508-693-4595 for a check pick-up.
Photo by Mary Baker
On the waterfront
On Sunday, July 6, at the Tisbury Warf, attendees enjoyed a marine-themed feast and a silent auction at Sail Martha's Vineyard's 17th Annual Seafood Buffet and Auction. Afterwards, auctioneer Barry Nolan employed his humor and enthusiasm to generate fervid bidding at the live auction, which helped raise money for the local nonprofit organization. Dancing to the sounds of the Beetlebung Steel Band rounded out the evening.
Prescription: read a book
The Martha's Vineyard Library Association kicked off its summer reading program, "Wild Reads at Your Library," with an acrobatic and humorous performance by Bill "Dr. Read" Ross at the Agricultural Hall in West Tisbury on Saturday, July 5. Mr. Ross says he aspires to "transform each and every audience into a zealous mob of bibliophiles, lovers of language, creative thinkers, and inspired learners." Judging by the crowd's reaction, he succeeded - at least with this audience - in his grand goal. Proceeds benefited the Martha's Vineyard Library Association.
Photos by Ralph Stewart