Noteworthy events

Supporting Haitian quilters

From 4 to 6 pm on Friday, June 25, a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception will be held at the Chilmark Bank to mark the opening of an exhibit of original art quilts from Haiti. The one-of-a-kind quilts have been created and are sold in the United States as a means for women in Haiti to earn their way out of poverty. This initiative has been organized by PeaceQuilts, a non-profit, Island-based organization that establishes and supports women’s quilting cooperatives in Haiti until they are self-managed and self-sustaining.

Two members of the PeaceQuilts board, Jeanne Staples and Harvey Beth, have just been invited to serve on the Clinton Foundation/CHF Initiative to aid Haitian artisans. The goal is to reenergize, market and promote the work of Haitian artisans as a vital part of Haiti’s recovery and economic future.

For more information on PeaceQuilts, go to

Vineyard conservation society meets Tuesday

The 45th annual meeting of the board and membership of the Vineyard Conservation Society (VCS) will take place at the Wakeman Conservation Center on Lambert’s Cove Road in Tisbury on Tuesday evening June 29, 2010. The meeting is free and the public is welcome, starting with a light supper from 5 to 6 pm. The business portion of the meeting will begin at 6 pm, followed at 6:30 by a presentation by Tim Simmons, Restoration Ecologist with the Massachusetts Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program, whose talk is entitled: “Responding to climate change: Habitat impacts and management implications of predicted climate disruption in southern New England with emphasis on Martha’s Vineyard.”

The Wakeman Conservation Center is located one mile up from the Vineyard Haven end of Lambert’s Cove Road; see sign on left. Contact VCS at 508-693-9588 or go to for more information.

Free memory screening

Alzheimer’s Services of Cape Cod and the Islands is offering a free cognitive test from 1 to 4 pm tomorrow, June 25, at the Edgartown Council on Aging at 10 Daggett Street.

The test is designed to identify people with potential problems who may need more extensive evaluation. Secondary goals include education and reassurance of adults with mild age-associated changes in their memory, who may worry that they have a dementia. Call 508-775-5656 or email to sign-up or for more information.

Health care reform presentation

Martha’s Vineyard Community Services will present a community briefing on the national, state, and local impact of the new national health care legislation.

A panel discussion — moderated by Victor Capoccia, program director of Closing the Addiction Gap, Open Society Institute — will include Dr. Jordan Cohen, former president of the Association of American Medical Colleges; Charles Joffe-Halpern, president, Health Care for All; Sarah Kuh, executive director of the Vineyard Health Care Access Program; and a representative from Senator Kerry’s office. Sponsoring organizations are Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, Vineyard Nursing Association, Island Health, Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard, and Vineyard Health Care Access Program.