Community Shorts

Posted May 4, 2006

Outside the classroom
Responsive Classroom is an initiative hoping to build bridges from the school to the community. If you interact with students, find out more about Responsive Classroom at a presentation on Thursday, May 11, 6:30 pm at the Edgartown School. The presentation is titled "The Responsive Classroom in Action Outside the Classroom" and it is free.

For more information, call Pat Ingalls at 508-693-2007 ext. 18.

Know your risk for stroke
Island residents can sign up for a valuable screening for stroke risk on Monday, May 22 at the Tisbury Senior Center in Vineyard Haven.

Life Line Screening will be on the Island to perform the screenings, which should take only 10 minutes and are painless and non-invasive. A complete vascular screening package including the stroke, carotid artery, abdominal aortic aneurysm and hardening of the arteries will cost $109 or $129 with osteoporosis screening as well.

Screenings are by appointment only. Call 1-877-237-1287 to register.

Get your festival booth space
The Oak Bluffs Association is now accepting applications for booth and table space for the June 10 Harbor Festival. Booths or tables are available for artists, craftspeople, and non-profit organizations.

The festival is in its 15th year and the day includes live music from Island favorites such as Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish and Maynard Silva.

Applications for space at this year's Harbor Festival are available at daRosa's on Circuit Avenue in Oak Bluffs or may be downloaded from the association's web site at For more information, call 508-693-3392. Space is limited so sign-up now.

Is it safe to go back into the water?
Elder Services of Cape Cod and the Islands is looking for volunteers for the Martha's Vineyard Senior Environment Corps. The volunteers collect and test water from all Island beaches to identify bacterial contamination and help with projects that grow seed mollusks. The group will also support ongoing research from Tufts University SeaNet.

Training will be provided as well as mileage reimbursement and supplemental insurance while on duty as a volunteer.

For more information, call 1-800-244-4630.

To eliminate hunger
The Vineyard Committee on Hunger will have their May meeting on Monday, May 8 at 5:15 pm at the Vineyard Haven Public Library.

The group works locally, nationally, and internationally. If you are interested in finding out more about the group or helping with the summer fundraisers, join them on Monday evening.

Keep them fighting
Team All Contact, the karate fighting team from Martha's Vineyard is holding a fundraising dinner on Saturday, May 13, 6 pm, at the Oak Bluffs School.

Along with a delicious chicken dinner, guests will be treated to a martial arts show, including board breaking, team fighting, self-defense, and weapons demonstrations. The team is made up of both boys and girls, age 5 to 15 years. The team members practice three or four days a week at Triangle Fitness in Edgartown under the guidance of instructors Katie Fuller and Tim Merriman.

Tickets are $30 for adults, $15 for students, and $10 for children under 12 years old. For tickets, call 508-627-3393.

Spring cleaning time
Get out your broom and sweep the clutter away. Sell all your stuff at the Martha's Vineyard Community Services Flea Market on June 10. Booth and table space is now available for only $35.

Call Mary Jean Connelly at 508-693-7900 ext 267 or Jan Hatchard at ext. 374 to reserve your spot.