Community Shorts

Posted June 8, 2006

Teachers wanted

Science teachers from the Cape and the islands are wanted for a three-day educational sail on Nantucket Sound. Nantucket Soundkeeper and Mass Sail have teamed up to offer this trip to 20 teachers.

The August sail will help participants develop a marine science program for the classroom. No previous sailing experience is necessary.

To find out about the program aboard the Spirit of Massachusetts, call 508-775-9767. Scholarships are available. The deadline is June 16.

Learn about Japanese plants

Tim Boland, Executive Director of the Polly Hill Arboretum, recently returned from a seed-collecting trip throughout Japan, and will be giving a slide presentation of the places he visited. He will also talk about the history of the arboretum, and of his visit with the family of the late Dr. Tsuneshige Rokujo, who worked with Polly Hill on many seed-sharing projects in the past. Mr. Boland gathered seeds from more than 250 different plants in Japan.

Also on the calendar this month is a lecture and an exploration of the many varieties of mosses found at the arboretum. Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer will host both programs.

Plant lecture, Wednesday, June 14, 7:30 pm, Polly Hill Arboretum, State Road, West Tisbury. $5, or free for members. For more information, call 508-693-9426.

Help protect our shoreline

The Senior Environment Corps (SEC), sponsored by Elder Services, is looking for new members to help collect water samples from Island beaches to check for bacterial contamination. At their next meeting, Becky Harris of the Massachusetts Audubon Society will speak about the Seabird Ecological Assessment Network (SeaNet), which examines dead birds found along Massachusetts shores and detects problems such as oil spills. Volunteers are needed so that all shores of Martha's Vineyard can be monitored.

SEC Meeting, Tuesday, June 13, 1 pm, Dukes County Building, Martha's Vineyard Airport Road, Edgartown. For more information, e-mail Ken Johnson at

Make your own Father's Day card

Jenni Bick Bookbinding in Vineyard Haven will offer the opportunity for participants to design their own greeting cards for Father's Day. The Paper Craft Series event on Tuesday, June 13, is open to cardmakers of all ages, and pre-registration is suggested.

Make something great for your great dad!

Father's Day card class, Tuesday, June 13, 6:30 pm, Jenni Bick Bookbinding, 49 State Road, Vineyard Haven. $15. For more information, call 508-696-7253.


Brazilfest, the first-ever celebration of Brazilian culture in the Island school system, is ready for its second chapter. The first event at the Oak Bluffs School included theater, dance, cooking, art, song, fashion, and other ways to celebrate the richness and beauty of Brazilian life.

The Tisbury School will present its version of Brazilfest on Tuesday, June 13.

In honor of the event, Offshore Ale is bringing back its Brazilian menu and donating 400 påo de quijo (cheese bread) dishes to the Tisbury School.

Kori Thomas, the Tisbury School Spanish teacher who is coordinating the event, cited the value of embracing cultural diversity. "Sometimes we cheat ourselves when we accept the comfort levels of our routines as if we've reached our most high objectives," she said.

"The Brazilian Cultural Festival is more than about just appreciating another's culture through new foods or basic dance moves," Ms. Thomas added. "It is understanding that we simply do things differently, often for understandable reasons. And if we pay attention long enough, we may find a comfortable place within our routines for that difference."

Public is invited to Brazilfest closing ceremony, Tuesday, June 13, 1:30 to 2:30 pm, Tisbury School, gymnasium, W. William Street.

Harbor Festival fun

Oak Bluffs is hosting the 15th annual Harbor Festival, this Saturday, June 10, from 12 noon to 5 pm. Vendors have their tables ready, Island artists and crafters will offer their work, and non-profit groups will be on hand with information about their causes.

Live music is planned from 1 to 5 pm, with Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish and Maynard Silva performing. If you fancy yourself an artist, all ages can join in the creation of a sidewalk chalk mural.

There will be an abundance of native seafood and treats of every description. Who can resist? Come early, stay late.

Harbor Festival, Saturday, June 10, 12 noon to 5 pm, Oak Bluffs harbor. Rain date: Sunday, June 11. Free admission. For more information, call 508-693-3392.

Jim Powell wants your vote

The Committee to Elect Jim Powell for state representative invites the community to a "Vote for the Islander" party Friday, June 16, 5 to 7 pm, at the Harbor View Hotel in Edgartown. The event features music by Squash Meadow, appetizers, and cash bar. Invited guests include Reed Hillman, candidate for lieutenant governor and former state representative, and Rick Barros, a candidate for state senate.

Jim Powell campaign party, Friday, June 16, 5 to 7 pm, Harbor View Hotel, Edgartown. Free admission, cash bar. For more information, call 508-889-4935.