Community Shorts

Posted August 31, 2006

The Rev. Alden Besse leads the way in the 2005 Crop Walk. File Photo by Brian Jolley
The Rev. Alden Besse leads the way in the 2005 Crop Walk. This year's walk is on Oct. 15. File Photo by Brian Jolley

One step at a time

This year's Vineyard Crop Walk, which raises money to help stop hunger both on the Island and worldwide will take place on Oct. 15. A rally to organize the walk, form a leadership team, and provide information will be held at 5 pm on Saturday, Sept. 9, at Trinity Methodist Church Parish Hall in Oak Bluffs. The Rev. Alden Besse, Vineyard CROP walk coordinator, will introduce Amy Porter, Northern New England's associate director of Church World Service which sponsors and benefits from the walk. She will share insights on the organization's 2005 disaster recovery programs, and outline current projects.

For more information, call 508-693-3930.

Buddhist teachings offered

The Bodhi Path Buddhist Center in West Tisbury welcomes September resident teacher Lama Yeshe Drolma, who will teach a range of classes from perception, refuge, to spiritual teaching and Buddhism. Ms. Drolma was born on the island of Wyk auf Foehr in Germany, and has been dedicated to Buddhist practice and study since 1986. She will lead meditation practice on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 pm during her stay. The Bodhi Path center is located at 21 Laurand Drive, West Tisbury. For more information, call 508-693-5929.

Classes: "The Three Modes of Perception," Sept. 3, 10 am. "Refuge," Sept. 10, 10 am. "One Day Meditation Retreat," Sept. 16, 10 am to 4 pm. "Effective Buddhist Practice," Sept. 17, 10 am. "The Spiritual Teacher is our Mirror," Sept. 24, 10 am.

Walk and learn about mushrooms

Mushroom-explorer Lawrence Millman will lead an informative mushroom walk through the Polly Hill Arboretum this Saturday, Sept. 9. He will focus on the habitats, identification, and the ecological niche of fungi. And beware of fire! Mr. Millman will ignite a mushroom used as a fire-starter and a mosquito smudge at the end of the walk.

Demystifying Mushrooms, Saturday, Sept. 9, 10 am to 12 noon. Polly Hill Arboretum, West Tisbury. $24/$20 for PHA members. Please register in advance. For more information, call 508-693-9426.

Ombudsman needed

The Elder Services of Martha's Vineyard is looking for support volunteers for long-term care residents. Strong interpersonal and communication skills are a must, as well as comfort in a long-term care setting. Minimum commitment is one year with weekly visits. There is a mandatory three-day certification training held in South Dennis this fall. Benefits include mileage reimbursement.

For more information, call Susan Schneider at 508-394-4630 or 800-244-4630 x220.

Democracy Now on M.V.

Amy Goodman, from "Democracy Now!," the independent, award-winning news program that airs on more than 300 radio and TV stations, will be speaking at the Edgartown Whaling Church this Saturday, Sept. 2, at 7:30 pm.

Ms. Goodman is the co-author with her brother David Goodman of two investigative reporting books, "The Exception to the Rulers: Exposing Oily Politicians, War Profiteer, and the Media that Love Them," and "Cutting Through the Static: Government Liars, Media Cheerleaders, and the People Who Fight Back."

According to a press release, after traveling to East Timor in 1991 to report on the United States-backed Indonesian occupation and being attacked by Indonesian soldiers, she traveled again to Nigeria in 1998. There she made a documentary that exposed Chevron's role in the killing of two Nigerian villagers who were protesting the repeated oil spills in their community.

The Martha's Vineyard Peace Council and the Martha's Vineyard Community Radio station, WVVY, are sponsoring the event. Proceeds will go towards activating the radio station. Tickets, $20 for adults and $10 for students, will be sold at the door. Autographed copies of Ms. Goodman's newest book will be sold.

For more information, call Maria Danielson at 508-696-6271 or Chris Fried at 508-693-7741. For more information on Ms. Goodman, visit her web site at