Jan Buhrman of Kitchen Porch Catering and Culinary Experiences is offering a winter retreat to Ojai, Calif., for five days of healthy eating, cooking classes, organic wines, yoga, and inspiring music. From Jan. 31 to Feb. 4, join Ms. Buhrman, Sherry and Robert Sidoti of FLY Yoga, and musician Tony Khalife at Casa Barranca Organic Winery and Estate. For prices and more information, call 508-645-5000 or visit kitchenporch.com.
Delaware Valley garden tour
This May, Polly Hill Arboretum (PHA) hosts a guided garden tour of the Delaware Valley from the 16th to 19th. Encompassing both Philadelphia, Penn., and Wilmington, Del., the tour highlights arboreta, historic landscapes, and public gardens.
The arboretum has strong connections to the gardens and gardeners of this area. Polly Hill's interest and love of plants was nurtured in this area, where she grew up and raised her family. Tim Boland, PHA executive director, began his career in Delaware Valley's public gardens.
The tour package includes accommodations at the Wayne Hotel in Wayne, Penn., garden tours, daily lunch, and a private dinner at the Mt. Cuba center. For more information and for reservations, call Karin at 508-693-9426 or visit pollyhillarboretum.org.
Cooking for fun
Adult and Community Education (ACE MV) has a healthy line-up of cooking classes in the upcoming months. Starting January 25, MJ Delekta, director of the Sacred Circle of Yoga, will teach The Yoga of Food Cooking Workshop. Christian Thornton of Atria will teach you how to cook for Valentine's Day on February 2. Coming up in March and April are classes on Indian, Latin American, and cake decorating with Jan Buhrman of Kitchen Porch Catering, Marvin Jones, and Eniko Delisle.
Pre-registration is encouraged. Visit acemv.org or contact Lynn Ditchfield at 508-693-1033 ext. 240 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Slow Food Martha's Vineyard member Suzan Bellincampi hosts a Challah bread making class this Saturday, Jan. 22, at 10 am. All participants will take home a loaf ready to bake. Admission is $10 per person. To register and for location information, contact Suzabell6@hotmail.com or email@example.com.
Jane Norton is teaching a four-week Yoga for Arthritis series at The Yoga Collective, at Island Co-Housing in West Tisbury. The series meets Mondays and Fridays from 10:30 to 11:45 am starting Monday, Jan. 31. The full series is $96; 4 sessions for $60; one class for $16.
Ms. Norton is an Anusara-inspired yoga teacher with more than six years of teaching experience. This series will help participants regain flexibility, build strength, restore range of motion, learn simple breathing techniques for relaxation, and improve balance and posture. No experience is necessary. To register, call 508-776-9428.
The Yoga Collective is also offering another donation-based class in support of Island nonprofits, this time for Hospice of Martha's Vineyard on Sunday, Jan. 30. Bonnie Menton and friends will lead a 90 minute class starting at 10 am. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For those interested in learning how to write about travel, Perry Garfinkel – contributor to the New York Times, National Geographic, and Huffington Post blogger – hosts a workshop this Saturday, Jan. 22, in West Tisbury. He will lead participants through all phases, from idea formulation to writing and process, to pitching, and publishing with in-class exercises and mock editorial brainstorming. Mr. Garfinkel has been a travel writing teacher for more than 20 years, and is the author of "Buddha or Bust" and "Travel Writing for Profit and Pleasure."
The workshop is from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. $150 includes class, lunch, and a wine and cheese reception following class. To pre-register, contact email@example.com or 508-693-9305; 774-563-8105.
Bucks for pucks
The annual dinner and auction for the Martha's Vineyard Boys' Hockey teams is Friday, Jan. 21, starting at 6 pm at the Harbor View Hotel. The fun starts with cocktails and a silent auction at 6 pm; dinner at 7 pm, followed by the live auction at 8 pm. Tickets are $35. Call 774-563-1830 for more information.
IMP's latest performance, "Sugar Rush," is billed as "the short and sweet adventures of the gingerbread boy," and performances are this weekend, Jan. 21-23 at the Katharine Cornell Theatre in Vineyard Haven. Forty improvisers ages 8 to 13 will perform the musical, written by Ross Milhalko, Donna Swift, and Brian Weiland, which includes characters such as gluten-free wheat thrashers, a hungry mob, and a fitness-crazed fox. Show times are 7 pm on Friday and Saturday; 11 am on Saturday; 1 pm Sunday. Tickets are $10; $8 children at night; $8; $6 children during the day. Visit imp4kids.com for more information.
Tacos to travel
The Oak Bluffs VFW hosts a Taco Dinner benefit night for the Martha's Vineyard Public Charter School this Saturday, Jan. 22. From 5 pm on, enjoy meat or vegetarian tacos, refreshments, chips, and salsa for $20 ($15 in advance); $7 for children, to help the school raise money for a future student trip to Guatemala. For more information, call 508-560-3510.