Noteworthy events

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Mahjong, anyone?

The Vineyard Haven Library announces a new monthly event: Mahjong, the traditional Chinese version of the tile game of skill, strategy, calculation, and chance. From 2 to 4 pm the last Saturday of each month, starting April 30, an instructor will teach those who need it, and others can play. The library will use Henry Snyder’s rules and the simplified scoring method. If one has a Mahjong set, bring it in. For more information, call 508-696-4211 or email amyryan@clamsnet.org.

The relationship of art and memory

Windemere Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, together with Featherstone Center for the Arts, Granary Gallery, and The Field Gallery, are holding the second Art and Memory program this spring from April 28 through May 26.

This free five-week program, held Thursday mornings from 10:30 to 11:30 am, is a series of “art-looking” and “art-making” sessions for people with memory challenges, led by local artist, Nancy Cabot.

Open to the community, the program was developed to create a safe environment for art appreciation and art creation.

With Ms. Cabot, also the leader of the watercolor group at Howes House and Windemere’s Art Club, each meeting is either centered on talking about art or creating art. The art-making sessions use a variety of mediums: collage, print, watercolor, or sculpture. With about 10 participants, everyone has the opportunity to express themselves during the art appreciation sessions and use the materials during art-creation.

“We understand the fear that comes with the onset of memory challenges, and art has the potential to allow the individual to become immersed in an experience that is familiar, calming, and restorative,” explains Mary Holmes, Windemere’s Memory Care Program Director. “We want everyone to feel welcome in the Art and Memory program and value the whole person in the process. One of the most difficult aspects of memory loss is the fact that so many see this as a tragic end, rather than a new stage of life. Life does not end with memory obstacles, and creating programming that embraces possibility is what we do really well at Windemere.”

Art & Memory is open to the community. To register, individuals and their caregivers contact Mary Holmes at Windemere Nursing and Rehabilitation Center: 508-862-1933 or mholmes2@partners.org. There is no cost for the program.

Yoga School

Sherry Sidoti of FLY Yoga School announces a 200-hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Training Program May 19 through 29 and Sept. 14 through 24. The program will cover many topics, and costs $1,375 per session. Early bird rates apply. For more information or to sign up, visit flyyogamv.com or email info@flyyogamv.com.

Poetry times three

Cape Cod poets Elizabeth Bradfield and Nancy K. Pearson will join Island poet Lisa Vunk for a reading this Sunday, May 1, at the West Tisbury Library.

Ms. Bradfield, who has an MFA from the University of Alaska, recently published “Approaching Ice,” a finalist for the James Laughlin Award. Ms. Pearson’s “Two Minutes of Light” won the 2008 Perugia Press Prize and the 2009 L.L. Winship/PEN New England Award.

The reading will be at 4 pm, and refreshments will be served. For more information, call 508-693-3366.

Chamber Music Society news

The Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society (MVCMS) has appointed Jane Coakley as its new executive director, taking over from Rise Terney, who was director from 2009 to April 2011.

Ms. Coakley moved to the Vineyard from Dubai in 2010, where she was, most recently, the senior adviser at Al Tamimi and Company, the largest law firm in the UAE.

Ms. Coakley’s first major project as executive director will be the MVCMS spring concert on Sunday, May 29, at 4 pm at the M.V. Hebrew Center. Performing are visiting artists Yura Lee on violin, Lila Brown on viola, and Blaise Derjardin on cello; with artistic director Delores Stevens on piano.

The 41st summer season starts July 11 with a concert at the Old Whaling Church in Edgartown. For more information, call 508-696-8055 or visit mvcms.org.