Noteworthy events coming up on Martha’s Vineyard

Walk your dog to raise money for the Animal Shelter of Martha's Vineyard. — File photo by Ralph Stewart

Walk for Animals

The second annual Walk for the Animals at Trade Winds Fields Preserve (the Dog Park) in Oak Bluffs will raise funds for the Animal Shelter of Martha’s Vineyard. Walkers may begin the 2.25 mile course any time between 10 am and 12 noon on Saturday, Oct. 12, and leashed pets are welcome to join. Water, treats, and sanitary bags will be available throughout the course. Registered walkers can raise funds by getting donations to sponsor their walk. Top fundraisers will receive tee-shirts and all participating pets will receive a bandana. Registration available at the Animal Shelter of Martha’s Vineyard, at the Oak Bluffs School on the day of the walk, or online. For more information, call the shelter at 508-627-8662, or Duncan Ross at 508-693-0541.

Columbus Day 5K

The 24th Annual Oak Bluffs Columbus Day Road Race begins at 11 am on Sunday, Oct. 13. A one-mile Fun Run will be held at 10:30 am the same day. The course begins at Ocean Park and wraps around East Chop, then ends at The Wesley Hotel. Cost is $15 for pre-registration, or $20 the day of the race. The first 150 participants to pre-register will receive a free, limited edition 24th anniversary tee-shirt. Proceeds benefit Vineyard House Inc. For more information or to volunteer, call Roger Wey at 508-693-7887 or visit

Electronics Disposal Day

Used electronic devices are expensive to get rid of, not to mention often toxic or environmentally unsafe for landfills. From 9 am to 12 pm on Saturday, Oct. 12, Martha’s Vineyard Community Services (MVCS) will host an Electronics Disposal Day. Air conditioners, refrigerators, cell phones, televisions, and computers are a few of the many devices that are accepted. Fees range from $1 to $30 and will benefit MVCS. There is no charge for mice and keyboards, and a 10 percent discount applies to carloads. For a price list and more information, call 508-693-7900 ext. 229.

Hope Strengthens pig roast

The Hope Strengthens Foundation, a public charity that offers support to those affected by injury or disease, will hold its first annual “Roast and Raise” this Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Tisbury Spring Building from 1 to 5 pm. The classic style pig roast will support community members such as carpenter Ronnie Teague as he recovers from a traumatic brain injury caused by a fall; three-year old Neil Hajjar as he battles the neuro-muscular disease, MECP2 Duplication Syndrome; and Tara White as she fights brain cancer and achieves her goal of becoming a full-time nurse. Tickets are $40 for adults, or $20 for youths 17 and under; children 3 and under are free.

Chappy weekend yoga retreat

A yoga retreat will be held at the Chappaquiddick Community Center this Saturday and Sunday, October 12 and 13, from 9 to 11 am. Yoga instructor Amanda Cohen will incorporate pranayama, slow flow vinyasa with strengthening, stretching, and opportunities for relaxation. A press release from Ms. Cohen says the goal of the class is to “move inward with the season using breathing techniques and postures to cultivate relaxation and strengthen our bodies in a peaceful environment.” Cost is $45 for one class, or $90 for both days. For reservations and more information, email, or call the Chappaquiddick Community Center at 508-627-8222.

Audition for IMP

During the month of October, kids in grades 1 to 5 are invited to drop into an IMP for Kids theater class for free. Classes run on Tuesdays for grades 1 through 3, and Wednesdays for grades 3 through 5, at 3:30 pm in The BASE at Alex’s Place at the YMCA. According to a press release, “IMP for Kids provides quality theater education and performance opportunities to theater artists ages 6-21.” The classes allow students to build their acting skills, as well as their overall confidence. For more information and to sign up, email, or call 508-939-0688.

Personal stories sought: The Vineyard in WWII

Island author Tom Dresser is working on a book about the Vineyard during World War II, and he is seeking Vineyarders who have memories, experiences, or photographs from that time period. In particular, he is looking for Vineyarders with recollection of the signal corps base on Peaked Hill, the USO, patrolling the beaches, practice invasions, relations between armed forces personnel and Vineyarders, and life in general on the Vineyard during the war. All contributions will be appreciated. If you are interested, contact Tom Dresser at 978-693-1050,; Herb Foster 978-627-7456,; or Jay Schofield 978-693-2957,

All Island Choral Festival

On Thursday, Oct. 17, at 7 pm, there will be an All Island Choral Festival in the Performing Arts Center at the M.V. Regional High School in Oak Bluffs. Roberta Kirn has been working with student musicians in all the Island schools, who will then perform together at the festival. Performances include pieces by elementary students, and high school choral groups such as the Freshman Chorus, Mixed Chorus, Vocal Ensemble, and Minnesingers. The night also includes audience participation and combined numbers. Ms. Kirn will also demonstrate techniques from her work with Ysyae Barnwell, Nick Page, Melanie DeMore, and musician/educator Bobby McFerrin. Admission is free.

Sign up for a trip to the MFA

Participants are needed for a trip to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston sponsored by the Tisbury Senior Center. At least 10 individuals must register before Monday, Oct. 14, in order for the trip to proceed as scheduled on Friday, Nov. 1. Adults of all ages are invited to participate. $25 includes bus transportation and access to the museum. The MFA will feature a number of native and traveling exhibits including “Hippie Chic,” showcasing the fashion of the 1960s. Said Activities Director Sandy Whitworth, “We want to make it possible to bring Islanders to these great venues near us, and make culture and art affordable.” For more information and to sign up for the trip, call 508-696-4205 or email