Community Shorts

Posted September 28, 2006

First Aid and CPR classes

The American Red Cross has announced their schedule for fall and winter classes on the Island. The four- and five- hour classes will be held at two locations, on nights or weekends, making it convenient for everyone's schedule. Learn standard First Aid (with CPR/AED), Adult CPR/AED, First Aid (without CPR/AED), or infant and child CPR. Classes at the YMCA at Cottagers' Corner in Oak Bluffs: Oct. 7, Nov. 11, and Dec. 9, 8:30 am to 1:30 pm.

Classes at the American Legion Post 257 in Vineyard Haven: Oct. 24, 25, 26, Nov. 28, 29, and 30, 5:30 to 9:30 pm.

For more information or to register for the classes, call the Red Cross at 508-775-1540.

Adult Education classes begin

Registration for the Martha's Vineyard Regional High School Adult Education classes will be held on Tuesday, and Wednesday, Oct. 10 and 11, from 6 to 8 pm in the lobby of the school.

The class subjects were chosen based on a survey of the community conducted this summer. Among the offerings are: Conversational Portuguese, MAC and PC computer, Spanish conversation, advanced English, and digital media. Space is limited and payment is required at registration.

For more information, call 508-693-2007 ext. 19.

Nominations sought

The Martha's Vineyard NAACP is accepting nominations for officers and the executive board for 2006-07. If you are interested, contact Barbara Linton, chair of the nominating committee, at 508-627-8850.

Encore presentation

The Martha's Vineyard Film Society will host an encore screening of the Manhattan Short Film Festival's 12 films on Saturday, Oct. 7 at 7:30 pm, at the Katharine Cornell Theatre, on Spring Street, Vineyard Haven.

Tickets are $8 or $6 for film society members. Doors open at 7 pm.

For more information, call 508-696-9369 or visit

Quiet please

The Vineyard Haven Public Library is holding a silent auction of special Byer's Choice Carolers. The collectible carolers are just right for fall and winter holidays.

The Friends of the Vineyard Haven Library are sponsoring the auction. The carolers are on display in the library. Stop by now and place your bid.

Bet on bookmaking

Lindsey Scott, artist-in-residence at the Aquinnah Public Library, will be teaching bookmaking classes each week at the library. The classes are for ages 8 through adult and will focus on various bookmaking techniques. A field trip to Mitzi Pratt's bookbindery in Aquinnah will be included.

The classes begin on Tuesday, Oct. 3, and will continue weekly through Oct. 24, from 4 to 5:30 pm. You may take just one or all of the classes.

For more information, call the library at 508-645-2314.

Miyazaki films continue

The Vineyard Haven Public Library will continue the Hayao Miyazaki Film Festival on Wednesday, Oct. 4 and 11, at 3:30 pm. Miyazaki's films contain fantasy and magic with children at the center of the action. Themes in the films include the environment, humanism, love, and nature.

Bring the children to see this master animator's work. The films are free.

For more information, call the library at 508-696-4211.

Museum elects board members

The Martha's Vineyard Museum elected John C. Botts, Dirk Ziff, and Berta Welch to its board of directors at its annual meeting on August 21.

Mr. Botts is the chairman of Botts & Company, Ltd., a funds management and private equity investing company in London, and he is a long-time supporter of the arts. He and his wife, Jean, own a home in West Chop.

Mr. Ziff is chairman of Ziff Brothers Investments, LLC, a privately owned investment advisory company in New York, and a longtime supporter of Island organizations. He and his wife, Natasha, spend part of their year in Edgartown.

Ms. Welch is president of the Aquinnah Cultural Center and co-owner of Stony Creek Gifts. An artist, she is well known for her work in helping to preserve Wampanoag culture through education.