Community Shorts

Posted August 17, 2006

Birding with Allan Keith

On Saturday, August 19 join local naturalist Allan Keith for a birding expedition! Meet at Polly Hill Arboretum (PHA) on State Road, West Tisbury, at 8 am. Participants will carpool to a birding location of Allan's choice. $24/$20 for PHA members. Call 508-693-9426 to register.

Film buffs

If you are interested in films and festivals, the Martha's Vineyard International Film Festival would love to have you volunteer for their annual festival weekend, September 14 through 17. This is a great opportunity for film lovers, aspiring filmmakers, or just people who want to help out on the front lines and behind the scenes at a high-profile international event.

For every four hours volunteered, you will earn one movie voucher, and those who volunteer at least 30 hours will be eligible for a festival pass. The many volunteer opportunities include audio/visual tech support, special event help with parties and meals, and a street publicity team.

For more information, visit

Traditional Wampanoag craftsmanship

This Thursday and Friday at the Aquinnah Cultural Center, there will be three cultural interpretation events. On Thursday, August 17, listen to Aquinnah Wampanoag Jonathan Perry talk about stone knapping. You will learn about making and shaping tools for hunting, cutting meat and building canoes. Russell Smith will exhibit an arrowhead collection, and talk about the geology of the Gay Head cliffs.

On Friday, August 18, Jonathan Perry will demonstrate traditional woodworking. All events are from 11 am to 3 pm, and a minimum donation of $7 for adults and $4 for children is requested. The center is located in the Edwin DeVries Vanderhoop Homestead on the Gay Head cliffs. For more information, call 508-645-7900.

Panel on new women's movement

This Monday, August 21, six smart women will discuss one hard subject, the new women's movement. The panelists are Barbara Garson, author and the Socialist Party candidate for Vice President of the United States in 1992; Katherine Acey, Executive Director of Astarea, Lesbian Foundation for Justice; Sara Gould, President and CEO of Ms. Foundation for Women; Linda Burnham, co-founder of the Women of Color Resource Center; Mary Kay Penn, Organizational Development Consultant and Director at the Institute for African American Folk Culture; and Barbara Phillips, former Program Officer for the Women's Rights, Peace and Social Justice Program.

A $5 donation is requested, and wine and cheese will be served after the discussion.

At the Tisbury Senior Center

The Tisbury Council on Aging will be hosting another AARP Driving Safety Course on Tuesday August 29 from 12:30 to 4:30, and on Wednesday, August 30 from 10 am to 2 pm. The course is designed to help improve your driving skills and update your knowledge about the rules of the road. It serves to reduce traffic violations, accidents and injuries. The Tisbury Senior Center is located at 34 Pine Tree Rd. in Vineyard Haven. For more information call 508-693-4205.

Dorothy Soquist, the director of social services and admissions at Windemere Nursing and Rehab Center will speak about the center's application process, qualifications for admission and the center's care giving. She will also talk about the recent developments on the Windemere campus.

The talk will be at the senior center on Thursday, August 24 at 4 pm.

The Martha's Vineyard Commission will hold a public information session concerning the hospital project this coming Thursday, August 24, at 7:30 pm at the senior center. The event is for hospital administrators and project consultants to explain the project so the public will be informed enough to give testimony at the formal public hearing that will be held in the fall.

Those unable to attend the fall hearing will be invited to give comments that will be videotaped and entered as evidence when the hearing begins.

That same evening, the public hearing on the Girl Scouts project in Chilmark will begin at 9:30 pm.

For more information call Paul Foley at 508-693-3453.

Discussion to benefit library

"The Exploitation of Indigenous People - Our Culture is our Resistance" is the provocative title of a panel discussion to benefit the West Tisbury Library next Tuesday at the Stone Farm. The three-member panel is made up of Jonathan Moller, human rights activist and photographer; Magda Ramirez, a Guatemalan physician and human rights activist; and Adriana Ignacio, spokeswoman for the Wampanoag Tribe. Along with the discussion there will be a signing of books. Job Yacubin of Bittersweet Restaurant will prepare delicious hors d'oeuvres.

Panel discussion benefit, Tuesday, Aug. 22, 5 pm, Stone Farm, 625 State Road, West Tisbury. Suggested donation $10, larger amounts welcome. For information call 508-693-3366 or 508-693-0396.