Noteworthy events

Spring fest

The nonprofit preschool Island Children’s School hosts its annual Mayfest fundraiser this Saturday, May 14, from 10 am to 2 pm at the school in West Tisbury. Held rain or shine, the fest includes a silent auction and a 37-family yard sale in addition to fun things for kids: pony rides, face painting, games, and more. Refreshments will be for sale. Admission is $4 per child and free for parents.

An Evening Under the Stars

The Martha’s Vineyard Cancer Support Group (MVCSG) celebrates its 25th anniversary at this year’s benefit at The Granary Gallery. An Evening Under the Stars is next Thursday, May 19, from 6 to 9 pm, and features beverages, hors d’oeuvres, and desserts by Leslie Hewson, and music by Mike Benjamin.

MVCSG helps Island cancer patients and their families by hosting weekly support groups and providing financial aid. It is run by a volunteer board of directors headed by board president Myra Stark.

Tickets to Thursday’s event are $100 and are available at the door or by mailing a check to M.V. Cancer Support Group, P.O. Box 2214, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568. For more information, call Jane Carroll at 508-696-9849 or email jcarrollmv@aol.com.

Greens and grains

Island cookbook author Cathy Walthers is hosting two cooking classes with holistic health counselor Roberta Kirn on greens and grains. The first, Glorious Greens, is Wednesday, May 18, from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm, and focuses on leafy greens such as kale, watercress, collards, and bok choy that are high in calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, zinc, folic acid, vitamins, and fiber.

Part two, Great Grains, is Wednesday, May 25, also from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm, and will focus on how to put more whole grains such as quinoa, millet, and brown rice, instead of refined grains, into your diet. Both classes include handouts, recipes, and lunch, and cost $69 each or $129 for both. Email robertakirn@hotmail.com or cathywalthers43@msn.com to sign up.

Author’s talk

Author Winslow Myers will speak at the Unitarian-Universalist Chapel on Sunday, May 22, on his book, “Living Beyond War: A Citizen’s Guide” (2009). Mr. Myers has been volunteering for Beyond War — a grassroots organization focused on ending conflict in the world — since its inception in 1984, and has served on its Board of Directors since 2007.

Mr. Myers will speak, sharing his beliefs and commitment to end war, at 5 pm, and the chapel is located on 238 Main Street in Vineyard Haven.

“Untouchable Voices” at Playhouse

Sense of Wonder Creations and The Vineyard Playhouse co-present “Untouchable Voices,” an inspiring musical play written and starring actor Anna Procter and singer-songwriter Tabea Mangelsdorf.

“Untouchable Voices” blends together interviews with Dalits — social outcasts considered below the four divisions of the Hindu caste system — in Rajasthan, India.

The show is Saturday, May 14, at 7:30 pm at the Vineyard Playhouse. Admission is $15; $10 age 21 and under. For more information, visit untouchablevoices.com or http://www.vineyardplayhouse.org/, or call 508-696-6300.