Community Shorts

Posted May 25, 2006

World languages celebrated tonight

The students in the World Languages program at the Martha's Vineyard Regional High School have planned an exciting cultural celebration tonight at the Performing Arts Center, beginning at 6:30 pm.

"World Language Night" will feature dancing from around the world including Capoeira, Salsa, and Polka as well as traditional Wampanoag dances. Music from Rap to classical, poetry and short skits, murals, and a pod cast will celebrate world languages.

Two short programs include interviews with local Spanish-speaking community members on topics of "Coming to America de America" and "Discrimination." A fashion show of African clothing and other surprises will be a feast for the eyes.

A $5 admission donation will go toward a scholarship fund for World Language students in the name of Nancy Orazem, a beloved teacher who died last year.

File photo by Janet Hefler

Picnic in the park

The annual Memorial Day picnic at the Tisbury Waterworks looks like the place to be this Monday from 12 noon to 4 pm. Tisbury Selectman Denys Wortman said, "The picnic is Tisbury's gift to the Island."

There will be gas grills, hot and waiting to cook your burgers and dogs. Bring your favorite picnic food, a blanket or chairs, and enjoy the Waterworks. Don't forget dessert. There will be plenty of free ice cream too.

Work off the extra calories in the three-legged race or dance around the Maypole. Music by Kansas Brew will keep you moving too. Row, row, row your boat on Tashmoo Pond. The boats are free.

Grab your picnic basket and your family and head down to the Tisbury Waterworks on Monday. The rain date will be Sunday, June 4.

Focus on health-care quality

Donald M. Berwick, M.D., M.P.P., is guest speaker at the Vineyard Nursing Association's (VNA) 22nd Annual Meeting tomorrow. Dr. Berwick, a pediatrician, is president and CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, a professor at Harvard Medical School, and an author. His talk is titled, "Crossing the Quality Chasm: Can We Set New Standards for American health Care?"

"We feel that the VNA has always been, and continues to be, on the cutting edge of service delivery for our patients," said Robert Tonti, the agency's CEO. "It makes sense that the VNA would subscribe to Dr. Berwick's work on health-care quality and improvement issues."

The agency provides home health care for more than 1,400 Island patients of all ages each year with a staff including registered nurses, home health aides, physical and occupational therapists and medical social workers.

The public is invited to attend the meeting and reception on Friday, May 26, at 5:30 pm, at the Old Whaling Church, Edgartown. Call 508-696-0784 to attend.

Festival help needed

The Tisbury School is looking for help with Festa Junina, a Brazilian festival scheduled for Tuesday, June 13. If you can help with mask-making or Brazilian cooking, please contact the school at 508-696-6500.

Foreign language materials available

The Edgartown Free Public Library is now offering foreign language materials. Two new monthly magazines for Brazilian Portuguese speaking patrons are "Placar" and "Claudia." Also the library can now circulate books in more than 51 different languages through a special program offered by the Boston Public Library.

For more information about borrowing foreign language materials, call the Edgartown Free Public Library at 508-627-4221.

Photography exhibit

Elain Christensen Photography, along with students from the Martha's Vineyard Regional High School, will present an exhibit titled "Windemere Portraits" on Thursday, June 1, from 3 to 4:30 pm, at the Windemere Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Oak Bluffs. Refreshments will be served in the dining room.