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The Martha's Vineyard Times

The Martha's Vineyard Times is a weekly publication.
October 6, 2005 - October 12, 2005 Edition
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Community Shorts

October 6, 2005

Women's retreat scheduled
An Island retreat is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 21 and Saturday, Oct. 22 at the Sailing Camp in Oak Bluffs. Faith MV Community Baptist Church is hosting Bible speaker Alison Littauer discussing "Becoming A Woman of Prayer."

Ms. Littauer has been teaching scripture study for 25 years. She serves on the Family Institute board and speaks to women all across the United States.

The retreat will be Oct. 21, from 6 to 9:30 pm, and Oct. 22, 8:30 am to 5:30 pm, with breakfast and lunch served on Saturday.

To register, call Anne DeBettencourt at 508-693-3907. Early registration is $25 or $15 for teenagers

from 13 to 18 years. Registration at the door, $35.

High Holy Days are observed
The Island Jewish community is in the midst of the High Holy Days, observing Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, the most important holidays of the year. Rosh Hashana services were held at the Martha's Vineyard Hebrew Center in Vineyard Haven earlier this week on Oct. 3, 4, and 5.

The observance of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, will begin with a Kol Nidre service on Oct. 12 at 5:45 pm. A Yom Kippur morning service will take place on Oct. 13 at 9:30 am, and the final service is scheduled for Oct. 13 at 4:30 pm. On that day, congregants spend a full day in fasting and prayer. Following the service, a festive "Break Fast" will take place at the center.

For more information, call the Martha's Vineyard Hebrew Center at 508-693-0745 or visit

Workshop focus is healthy lifestyle
"Learn to live the lifestyle that will support you in lifelong good health," is the inspiring message of a workshop that begins here in late October. Jane Counter, a former Island resident, will lead the program, which takes place on three Saturday mornings and includes mid-week exercise and check-ins.

Ms. Counter, who now lives and leads similar classes in Colorado, developed the workshop after doing extensive research following a health crisis in her own life. Her program is based on the work of Dr. Robert Young, author of books on "the PH Miracle," and stresses the importance of healthy eating in maintaining the body's acid/alkaline balance.

The Island workshop will include information sessions and discussions on many aspects of health and diet. Participants will receive workbooks geared to their personal needs and a supply of a high-quality green dietary supplement. The group will be small, so that each participant will have personalized attention, and Ms. Counter will schedule individual consultations with each person as well. Meetings will be held at the Mansion House in Vineyard Haven.

Although the program emphasizes eliminating unhealthy foods and maintaining a pure vegetarian diet, Ms. Counter said each participant may choose the specific lifestyle changes they will make.

Ms. Counter said the program is effective in enhancing general health and well-being, and useful especially to those addressing health issues, wishing to lose weight, or individuals concerned about candida or the effects of aging.

Advance registration is required; cost is $325. For more information, please call Jane Counter, 970-926-1935, or Nisa Counter, 508-696-5409.

Fill those Red Stockings now
The Martha's Vineyard Harley Riders are currently taking donations for the Red Stocking Fund. Their annual ride will be coming up soon, but you can make your donation now. Each member is collecting money, and all the funds will go to the Red Stocking Fund. Each year the fund provides holiday toys for Island children. The Harley Riders present a donation to the fund after their annual toy ride.

To make a donation call Linda Wood at 508-939-8499.

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