Noteworthy events

Noteworthy events

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Make some noise

Dave Russell and Friends return to Island Co-Housing in West Tisbury on Friday, Oct. 1. Sing, and experience the energizing of chanting in a group. No experience is necessary; bring cushions and water; chairs are available. Admission is based on a sliding scale from $15 to $25; free for children. For more information, call Dave at 413-374-0789 or visit daverussellkirtan.com.

Experts on the debilitating effects of pornography

How Pornography and Sexual Addiction is Transforming Our Lives, Relationships, and Families, a seminar by Rick and Vicki Kardos, is scheduled this Friday and Saturday, October 1 and 2.

The Northeast Regional Directors of the National Coalition for the Protection of Families and Children, the Kardos’s are holding the free seminars at 7:30 pm on Friday, and at 9 am on Saturday, at the Vineyard Assembly of God at 1048 State Road in Vineyard Haven.

While Friday’s topic is How to Raise Children in an XXX Culture, Saturday’s discussions focus more on the adult. Mr. Kardos will speak to men about defending themselves from the debilitating effects of pornography. Ms. Kardos will speak to women who have a spouse that is sexually addicted.

An estimated $57 billion is made in the pornography business each year worldwide. The latest delivery system is cell phones.

For more information, call Jeff Winter at 508-687-9097.

Electronics Disposal Day

It’s time for the biannual Martha’s Vineyard Community Services (MVCS) Electronics Disposal Day, where you can bring unwanted electronics, from microwaves and dehumidifiers to cell phones and scanners, and help raise money for the nonprofit. For a fee ranging between $1 to $30 (no charge for mice and keyboards, and discounts for carloads), dispose of your unused technology in an environmentally friendly way. All proceeds will benefit technology upgrades for MVCS. Visit MVCS, located in Oak Bluffs across from the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School, this Saturday, Oct. 2, from 9 am to 2 pm. For more information, call 508-693-7900 ext. 267.

Falling

The Community Solar Greenhouse (COMSOG) holds its annual Fall Festival this Sunday, from 12 noon to 3 pm, at the greenhouse in Oak Bluffs. Play games, enjoy free soup and live music, or peruse from its tables of Trifles and Treasures.

On goldenrods

Polly Hill Arboretum research associate Melissa Dow Cullina is giving a two-day intensive workshop on identification of Island goldenrod species, this Friday and Saturday, Oct 1 and 2. On the first day, learn about the 19 different species reported on the Island. On day two, go into the field to practice identification. Class is from 9 am to 3 pm each day, and costs $120; $100 for members; $80 for professionals associated with Island land management or conservation. Call 508-693-9426.

Dining with a kick

The Martha’s Vineyard Girls Soccer Booster Club is raising money by hosting a dinner at Sharky’s Cantina in Edgartown on Tuesday, Oct. 5. A portion of all food sales sold that night, from 5 pm, will benefit the club. However, no donations are accepted on promotional coupons or vouchers. There will also be a 50/50 raffle.

Neighborhood Convention

The first meeting of the Neighborhood Convention of the 2010-2011 season meets this Tuesday, Oct. 5, at 10:45 am. Held at the Faith Community Church, the Rev. Jeff Winter will conduct the worship, and Kerry Alley and Lorraine Clark of the Red Stocking Fund will present the program. Bring a lunch; dessert and beverages are provided. For more information, call Mary-Jean Miner at 508-696-8589.

Ride for Big Brothers Big Sisters

Cycle Martha’s Vineyard, on Saturday, Oct. 2, is a recreational ride throughout the Island in which riders raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Martha’s Vineyard and other charities through the Rotary Club of Martha’s Vineyard. Two routes (50K and 100K) are on paved roads and offer views of Nantucket Sound and the Atlantic Ocean. The $100 registration fee includes a tee-shirt and post-ride BBQ. The ride starts at the Portuguese-American Club in Oak Bluffs at 9:30 am. To register, visit cyclemarthasvineyard.org.