Community Shorts

Posted June 15, 2006

Golf for a new car

This Saturday, June 17, Farm Neck is hosting a Habitat for Humanity fundraiser where participants attempt a hole-in-one to win a new Toyota Prius. There will also be a nine-hole putting contest, with prizes for the three lowest scores that include dinners at well-known restaurants. Golf clubs and balls will be available. Three shots in the hole-in-one contest are $20.

Habitat Hole-in-one contest. Saturday, June 17, 10 am to 2 pm, Farm Neck Golf Club, County Road, Oak Bluffs. For more information, contact Julie Willett, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Martha's Vineyard at 508-696-4646.

Polly Hill Arboretum welcomes interns

Polly Hill Arboretum board member Sam Feldman and his wife Gretchen, founders of the Feldman internship program in 1999, are sponsoring two interns this summer: Islander Matthew Lobdell, and Aaron Mills. A third intern, Island resident Christine Brissette, is sponsored by The Vision Fund's Martha's Vineyard Vision Fellowship.

Matthew attends Kenyon College and is studying anthropology. Christine is studying community and international development at the University of Vermont. Aaron is from Kansas and attends Kansas State University where he studies horticulture and landscape design.

Energy education

The Vineyard Energy Project will be open on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 10 am to 12 noon beginning June 20. Available will be posters highlighting ways to sustain energy in the future, energy-saving tips, and other options for energy resources.

The Vineyard Energy Project is located at 1085 State Road, West Tisbury, just past the Grange Hall on the right, heading up-Island. Contact Kate Warner at 508-693-3820 for more information.

Dance to the oldies

The Vineyard Committee on Hunger (VCOH) is hosting an Oldies Dance on the first day of summer, Wednesday, June 21 at the Outerland at 7 pm. DJ Jeff Pratt will be playing a variety of oldies, and there will be a silent auction with items donated from Island merchants and artists.

The VCOH provides free food to Vineyard families temporarily in need, and supports religious and non-religious organizations that promote self-help in impoverished countries. Their funds are distributed three ways: 40 percent to the Island, 40 percent to national and international programs, and 20 percent is saved for emergency use.

Oldies dance, Wednesday, June 21, 7 pm. Outerland, 17 Airport Road, Edgartown. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. For more information, contact Jeri Dantzig at or at 508-696-0874, or Carole Early at or at 508-693-7914.

Many summer programs offered

This summer, in addition to the numerous programs already offered at the Martha's Vineyard Regional High School, there are some additions. Educational programs include the Kaplan SAT prep course, courses in chess, Scrabble, robotics, digital photography, and an introduction to computers class.

For the more sports-inclined, Lynn Puro's tennis clinics are back, as well as basketball, Dugout Baseball, football, and boys' lacrosse camps.

Island artist and teacher Gwendolyn Natusch will be holding her Young Artists Studio arts and crafts program, in which children will make sculptures, puppets, and masks. For more information about any of the programs offered, contact Dan Sharkovitz at 508-693-1033 ext. 235, or sign up now at

Growing and growing

The Community Solar Greenhouse (COMSOG) is bursting at the seams - good news for gardeners looking to fill some bare spots. The annual plant sale in May was a success, but there are many plants still available.

According to Lynn Thorp of COMSOG the greenhouse still has more than 40 varieties of tomato plants, hot and sweet peppers, winter and summer squash, flowers, sunflowers, and a large variety of annuals.

Stop by the greenhouse any weekday and pick up a few plants for your garden.

COMSOG plant sale Monday through Friday, 9:30 am to 12 noon, New York Ave., Oak Bluffs. Call 508-693-2019 for more information.

One person's trash....

The Martha's Vineyard Fish Farm Project for Haiti is seeking donations for their annual Treasure Sale. Items such as quality furniture, vintage clothing, art, jewelry and other good household items will be used to raise money to help feed and teach the children of Haiti. The sale will take place on Saturday, July 22. Time to clean out and donate your unwanted items now.

Please call 508-693-8802 for further information and for donation pick-up.