Martha’s Vineyard community notes

Martha’s Vineyard community notes

High School science fair is Saturday

Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School’s 15th annual science and engineering fair will be held Saturday, February 8, in the cafeteria and library. The fair opens to the public at 11 am.

More than 100 students will present their projects to judges from 9 to 11 am. Junior and senior physics students will compete in a wind turbine competition that tests both the turbine’s design and electric output.

The fair’s 35 judges include scientists and engineers from the Island and off-Island communities. Science teacher and organizer Jackie Hermann said an awards ceremony is scheduled for 12:15 pm.

Artisan trunk show Sunday

A group of artisans will sell their wares at a trunk show and sale from 10 am to 3 pm on Sunday at the Tisbury Senior Center off Pine Street in Tisbury. Featured vendors include Angelilly Designs, Vineyard Sisters Jewelry featuring fine bead craft, DJR Photos, Ali’s Party Lite Candles, Ellen Reynolds shell and beach crafts, crocheted goods by Lucinda, creative soap by Aunt Ollie, books by author Tara Reynolds, and MV Honey.

West Tisbury church fair trade mission Sunday

The West Tisbury Congregational Church will sponsor a Valentine’s sale of fair trade chocolates, coffee, tea and honey at 11 am, Sunday, February 9, at the Ag Hall on Panhandle Road in West Tisbury immediately following the Sunday morning worship service that begins at 10 am. Items will also be available for sale Wednesday, Feb. 12, from 12 noon to 3 pm at the parish hall on Music Street. For more information, call 508-693-2842.

New group battles climate change

Leaders of a new organization, 350 Martha’s Vineyard Island (350MVI), will be guests at the monthly meeting of the Democratic Council of Martha’s Vineyard held 9 am to 10:30 am on Saturday, February 8, at th Howes House, West Tisbury, across from Alley’s General Store.

350MVI leaders will describe the Island chapter and the work they’ve been doing to address climate change and to create a website (350MVI.org) as a resource for organizations interested in conserving a healthy environment for the Vineyard, according to a press release. Topics will include new parking at Squibnocket, the health of waters surrounding the Island, Vineyard Power, and Monsanto/GMO. The public is invited. For more information, contact MVDems at info@mvdems.org.

Falmouth Academy scholarships awarded

Based on their scores on Falmouth Academy’s annual scholarship exam, two Martha’s Vineyard residents have been offered $3,000 merit scholarships toward their first year’s tuition if they enroll in the independent school for the 2014-2015 school year.

Dashiell Christy, grade 6, of Chilmark and Cassandra Casey, grade 7, of Vineyard Haven were two of the four winners of the exam. Falmouth Academy teachers design the Scholarship Exam to recognize scholastic merit in areas that include vocabulary, reading comprehension, math, and essay writing, according to a press release.  The grade 7-12 day school also has an extensive need-based financial aid program that is unrelated to the exam. Currently, 33 students from Martha’s Vineyard commute to Woods Hole where a Falmouth Academy van meets them each day.

For more information, go to www.falmouthacademy.org.