Community Shorts

Posted May 18, 2006

Celebrate a new ministry

The community is invited to share in the celebration of new ministry at the institution of the Rev. Robert E. Hensley as the 12th rector of Grace Episcopal Church in Vineyard Haven on Monday, May 22, at 6 pm.

A reception on the rectory lawn will follow the service. Come and welcome the newest member of the Island clergy. For information, call 508-693-0332.

Natural history camp

Fern and Feather Natural History Day Camp at Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary is accepting registration for the summer 2006 season. The weekly camp sessions are for children age 4 to 13. The Naturalist-in-Training program is for students entering grades 9 and up. Weekly themes vary and include topics such as habitats, marine life, and ecology.

Discounts for year-round residents and scholarships are available. For a camp brochure, visit or call 508-627-4850.

Yoga dressed in pink

A special yoga class for women with breast cancer will begin on Sunday, May 28, at Santosha Studio in West Tisbury. "The class is open to all women who have or are experiencing breast cancer," said instructor Beth Kramer, a breast cancer survivor. "We will focus on yoga exercises to increase strength and stamina, breathing exercises to improve healing and calm the mind, and create a supportive environment for one another."

The class will meet weekly and is free to participants, thanks to the Martha's Vineyard Cancer Support Group.

Breast Cancer Yoga class, Sunday, beginning May 28, 3 to 4:30 pm, Santosha, State Road, West Tisbury. Call 508-696-3089.

Calling Island farmers

The First Baptist Church on Spring Street in Vineyard Haven will host Tisbury Home Grown, a weekly farmers' market and craft fair beginning on Saturday, June 24.

The produce booths are open to all Island farms under two acres and the craft booths are open to all Tisbury residents to sell their wares. The weekly market will run through Sept. 9. Call 508-693-5186 for more information about the market and to reserve your space.

Island NAACP receives awards

The Martha's Vineyard NAACP received several outstanding awards at the 60th annual Civil Rights Advocacy Training Institute on April 22 in Somerset, N.J.

Carrie Tankard, first vice president of the Martha's Vineyard NAACP received the "Unsung Sheroes [sic] Award" for her long service and commitment to the NAACP's principles of social justice.

The Island branch also received a "Membership Award" for outstanding achievement in the association's membership program and a "Program Award" for furthering the aims and objectives of the NAACP.

Martha's Vineyard NAACP president Marie Allen said "These recognitions and awards reflect the tremendous effort and support of our executive board, volunteers, and friends."

Nursing Association plans meeting

The Vineyard Nursing Association will hold its 22nd Annual Meeting on Friday, May 26.. Donald M. Berwick, M.D., M.P.P., president and CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, will speak on "Crossing the Quality Chasm: Can We Set New Standards for American Health Care?"

A leading authority on health-care quality and improvement, Dr. Berwick is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Berwick, trained as a pediatrician, has served on the staff of Children's Hospital in Boston since 1976. He is clinical professor of pediatrics and health-care policy at Harvard Medical School.

The public is welcome to attend the meeting and reception, Friday, May 26, 5:30 pm at the Old Whaling Church in Edgartown. Please call 508-696-0784 if you plan to attend.