Martha’s Vineyard Community Notes


Tennis courts are open

The Vineyard Haven Tennis Foundation invites Islanders to play tennis on the Reade courts at the end of Boxberry Avenue off Franklin Street in Tisbury free of charge. Leased in the summer, the courts are made available to the public in the fall, winter, and spring.

Farm Neck grants available

All Island nonprofit organizations with a goal “to improve the quality of life in the Martha’s Vineyard community” are encouraged to apply for the Farm Neck Foundation 2012 grants, according to a press release.

“The Foundation gives special consideration to innovative approaches to problems or needs that cannot get funding through traditional sources,” according to the release.

The Foundation is a charitable organization founded in 1989 and funded by members and supporters of Farm Neck Golf Club. To apply, organizations must submit a concise proposal detailing their specific project, the benefits, budgetary requirements, grant amount requested, and two letters of support from outside the organization. Proposals must be received by Nov. 1, 2012. Send proposals to Farm Neck Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 1656, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557.

Food Pantry is open

The Island Food Pantry will reopen Monday, October 15. It will be open from 2 to 4 pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

People who wish to go to the Food Pantry more than once must provide a letter of reference on letterhead from a member of the clergy, medical staff, health care access organization, or employer that states a need from the Pantry. Once approved, people may go to the pantry every two weeks, according to a press release.

O Island Food Pantry será aberto nas segundas, quartas e sexta-feiras de 2-4 pm começando no dia 15 de outubro.

Para as pessoas que vieram mais de uma vez, por favor traga uma carta de refeência, escrito em papel timbrado do padre/pastor, equipe medica, alguem do Health Care Access, ou empregador declarando a sua necessidade. Permitirá a frequência de uma vez por duas semanas (cada 14 dias).

Donations of money may be sent to Island Food Pantry, PO Box 1874, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568

Tisbury Harvest festival is Sunday

The Tisbury School annual harvest festival is Sunday, October 7, from 3 to 5 pm, free of charge.

The festival includes a potluck supper, live music, hayrides, pumpkin decorating, face painting and games. In addition, The Tashmoo Trio will perform live music, Jenik Khalefa of Little House Cafe will give a cooking demo and Island Grown Schools will have an apple tasting booth.

The Harvest Festival is part of the Tisbury School’s continued community outreach program. The event is hosted and sponsored by the Tisbury School PTO. All games and activities are free of charge. Participants are invited to bring a dish to share.

Mental health recovery

The NAMI Cape Cod & The Islands Recovery Education Course is offering a free 12-week course for people with mental illness. Participants will learn aspects of recovery in a classroom setting through interaction with others and a series of workbook readings and exercises, according to a press release.

Topics will include the process of recovery, the impact of mental illness, increasing knowledge and control , managing life’s stresses, coping strategies, personal enrichment, personal support, communication skills, connecting, asking for support, setting goals, acknowledging your accomplishments.

NAMI Cape Cod and the Islands is a nonprofit grass roots organization that provides support, education, and advocacy to the families and friends of people with mental illness as well as those who have a mental illness themselves on Cape Cod and the Islands.

To register or for more information, please email or call the NAMI Cape & The Islands Office at 508-778-4277 or email Jonathan at

IMP for kids

A new session of IMP’s popular after school classes has begun. Students in grades 1 and up can enjoy the benefits of improv training. Improv students gain superior training for the stage and solid confidence for life, according to a press release.

Classes are held at the Base Collective at the Y on Wednesdays from 3:30pm to 4:45 pm for grades 1-3 or from 5pm to 6:30 pm for grades 6 to 8, and at the Edgartown School on Thursdays from 3:30 to 5pm for grades 3 to 5 and 5:30pm to 7:30 pm for high school students. Applications are available at or call 508-939-9368 for more info.