File photo by Susan Safford
School lunch help
Leah Miranda, head cook at the Oak Bluffs School, has worked hard to use the freshest possible ingredients at lunchtime. From the school's own garden she has used basil, eggplant, beets, sugar snap peas, cherry tomatoes, kale, leeks, Swiss chard and salad greens.
Farmers and gardeners from around the Island have donated potatoes, carrots, butternut squash, and corn. With her bounty, Ms. Miranda and her team create lunchtime favorites like carrot-apple soup, roasted veggie salad with beets, potatoes, leeks, and squash, and the increasingly popular salad bar.
"More kids are eating from the salad bar than ever, especially younger ones," Ms. Miranda reports. Perhaps these kids know what good quality tastes like?
While she's thrilled to have such quality ingredients to work with, Ms. Miranda admits that 100 pounds of butternut squash can be daunting. She's looking for some capable kitchen hands to do some chopping, blanching, and roasting.
Last year first lady Michelle Obama launched the Let's Move Campaign. Let's Move aims to solve the problem of childhood obesity in America. One of the five Simple Steps to Success calls on chefs to get involved with schools in their area. Local professionals can use their culinary talents to make healthy food taste good in school cafeterias.
If you know your way around a kitchen, contact Ms. Miranda at LMiranda@mvyps.org to get involved.
Helping the poor
The 14th annual Peacecraft sale, the holiday benefit sale of art and crafts from third world self-help projects, begins this Friday, Nov. 26. Held this year at Pyewackets, located on Beach Road in Vineyard Haven, the sale runs from 11 am to 4 pm daily through December 24. All proceeds benefit educational, medical, and food programs in Haiti and some of the other poorest areas in the world. Volunteers are welcome. Call 508-693-0368 for more information.
Holiday Market helps students travel
Students of the Martha's Vineyard Regional High School are raising money for their trip to Germany next spring by hosting a Holiday Market this Saturday, Nov. 27. Vendors include Pampered Chef, Silpada jewelry, Tupperware, Avon, Creative Memories, and a German-style bake sale. The market is in the Mansion House from 10 am to 2 pm, in the former Plum TV office. For more information, call 774-563-8282.
On the water
William Waterway Marks, Island author and water conservation activist, will speak at a United Nations water conference on November 30, attended by the World Bank; the Arab Water Council; UN Development Programme; UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, and representatives from various capitals of the world. The closing speaker, Mr. Marks will open his speech with an original Native American Flute song, and include commentary about the world's water situation and projected photos and quotes from his book, "Water Voices from Around the World."
IMP: Original theater for kids by kids announces auditions for its upcoming "Sugar Rush — The Short and Sweet Adventures of the Gingerbread Boy." The organization is looking for many young actors for the upcoming musical, to be performed on January 21-23. Auditions are open to anyone in grades three and up, with a desire to perform. Actors do not need to prepare anything to the audition. Rehearsals will begin on Dec. 5, and most cast members will be required to rehearse two to three times a week, including Sundays. For more information, call Donna Swift at 508-939-9368 or visit imp4kids.com.
Casual Tuesday at l'etoile
Michael Brisson of l'etoile announces a benefit Emptying Out the Fridge Buffet and Art Show on Tuesday, Nov. 30, from 6 to 8 pm at the restaurant. The evening out benefits the Edgartown Fire Department, and Friends of Vineyard Lacrosse, and features the art of sous chef Mikey Rottman. Admission is $25, and dress is "totally casual."
Poses, Potluck, and Popcorn
Poses, Potluck, and Popcorn: Anusara Yoga — The Heart of Transformation is the latest event happening with The Yoga Collective in West Tisbury. On Saturday, Nov. 27 from 5 to 9 pm, enjoy an Anusara Yoga class (5–7 pm), a potluck at 7 pm, and the Island premier of the film "Anusara Yoga — The Heart of Transformation" at 8 pm. The class is $15; admission to the potluck and film is a non-perishable donation to the Island Food Pantry. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 508-776-9428.
Each season, Polly Hill Arboretum offers something of beauty and interest to visitors. Arboretum staff welcome all on Saturdays throughout the winter to explore the grounds in the off-season. Like the expression "less is more," the Arboretum's winter landscape is beautiful for its simplicity. The first walk is Saturday, Dec. 4, at 10 am. Tours are free and run for about an hour. Meet at the visitor center and dress for the weather. Other walks are scheduled for Jan. 8, Feb. 12, and March 12. For more information, call 508-693-9426.