"Buy Now" bargain
The Martha's Vineyard Hebrew Center is thrilled to announce that three anonymous donors will be funding an exciting offer at the end of their online auction. There is a "Buy Now" price on every item remaining in the auction. If you "Buy Now" an item that has no previous bids, you will be charged two thirds of the "Buy Now" price, and the donors will pay the remaining third. To participate in the auction, visit mvhc.cmarket.com.
The Skating School of Martha's Vineyard performs this weekend in their exhibition, "The Hottest Thing on Ice." Island skaters will be joined by guest skater Sydney Cusack of the Colonial Figure Skating Club, who is the silver medalist in the Novice Ladies Cranberry Open competition. Tickets are $8. For more information, call 508-685-7308.
Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary announces their jam-packed September schedule of events. Offered for the month are self-guided Kayak Quests, Monday through Friday. Explore Sengekontacket Pond at your own pace while learning about the people, places, and wildlife around the pond. Kayaks, paddles, lifejackets, and Quest materials are provided. The Quest costs $40 for non-members; $30 for members. Call 508-627-4850 for times and availability.
New site for Heritage Trail
On August 16, the Oak Bluffs house of Dorothy West was added as the 22nd site to the African American Heritage Trail of Martha's Vineyard. In collaboration with the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University, a celebration was held to honor the life of the short story writer and novelist, who was part of the Harlem Renaissance. Following the ceremony, Harvard Law School professor and author, Charles Ogletree, spoke at the reception at the Shearer Cottage in the Highlands area of Oak Bluffs.
Kids clean up
On Saturday, August 30, at Riley's Reads, Island author Mathea Levine will be signing copies of her new book, "I'm Lucy: A Day in the Life of a Young Bonobo." Kids who bring in three or more pieces of beach trash to the Vineyard Haven bookstore located off Main Street will receive 20 percent off signed copies of Ms. Levine's book. Prizes will be awarded to participants who bring in the most trash. The first place winner will adopt a wild African bonobo through Bonobo Conservation Initiative (BCI). For more information, call Julie Roads at Writing Roads: 413-281-6013 or visit writingroads.com.