Noteworthy events


For screenwriters

Bunch of Grapes will host a screenwriter’s circle beginning on February 15 and continuing for eight weeks. Jill Alman-Bernstein, a freelance script consultant and editor, will facilitate the workshop, The Character of a Screenplay. The workshop will give writers an opportunity to develop their screenplay using key elements of screenwriting. For more information, call or stop by Bunch of Grapes, 508-693-2291.

Evening of Discovery raffle

The Martha’s Vineyard Museum recently began selling tickets for a fundraising raffle to be drawn on July 14. Featured items are a 2011 Hyundai Accent; a week-long trip to Arles, France, including airfare; and a $1,000 American Express gift card. 500 tickets will be sold at $100 each, and the drawing will be held at the 13th annual Evening of Discovery. To purchase tickets, visit the museum at 59 School St. in Edgartown, the Granary Gallery in West Tisbury, or call 508-627-4441.

FARM news

Spring and summer at The FARM Institute offers educational opportunities for all ages, including Wee Farmers for ages 2 to 4, after-school programs for ages 10 and up, and summer camp for ages 2 to 15. And, in collaboration with ACE MV, adults can learn how to design, develop plans, and construct their own solar greenhouse in a four-part workshop beginning in March. Register online at or call Sidney Morris at 508-627-7007 ext. 104.

Swimsuit edition

Local artist Ronni Simon, jewelry designer and co-owner of the Simon Gallery in Vineyard Haven, has hit the national media, husband Peter Simon tells The Times. Her hand-crafted jewelry will be featured on the models in the upcoming Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, which will be on sale beginning February 15.

Since the cover photo and the models in the issue are a carefully guarded secret, Ms. Simon only knows that they have used her jewelry and not who, what, or where it will be worn.

The gallery, located on Main Street in Vineyard Haven, will be open this Friday through Sunday for a special Valentine’s Day sale weekend.

Travel club

A trip to the Boston Flower Show on Thursday, March 17 is being arranged by the Tisbury Travel Club (TTC). The flower show is an anticipated and welcomed breath of spring with its gardens, displays, lectures, and marketplace. The cost is $40. The TTC is organized through the Tisbury Council on Aging. Call Sandy at 508-696-4205 for reservations.

John Wajda Memorial benefit

On Friday, Feb. 18, there is a benefit for the family of John Wajda, who died on Jan. 12 at the age of 43. Mr. Wajda’s wife Amy and five children now live in Lower Waterford, Vt., but lived here while Mr. Wajda worked for Goodale’s Construction for 12 years. Johnny Hoy will entertain guests at the event, at the Portuguese-American Club from 8 pm to 12 midnight, and Sharky’s will provide food. Admission is $20. Tickets are available at Your Market, MV Heart Boutique, Sharky’s Edgartown, Woodlawn Variety Grill, Goodale’s Construction, and at the door.