Community Shorts

Posted October 12, 2006

Grant recipients

The Martha's Vineyard Co-operative Bank Charitable Fund, in conjunction with the Permanent Endowment Fund of Martha's Vineyard, announces the recipients of grants for 2006. They are: the Friends of Up-Island Council on Aging, Good Shepherd Parish, Habitat for Humanity of Martha's Vineyard, Island Affordable Housing Fund, Island Children's School, Martha's Vineyard Boys and Girls Club, Martha's Vineyard Cancer Support Group, Martha's Vineyard Preservation Trust, Martha's Vineyard Rod and Gun Club spring Trout Derby, Vineyard House, Vineyard Nursing Association, Windemere Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, and Island Health, Inc. The grants range from $500 to $5,000.

Cultural council grants

The Massachusetts Cultural council has awarded $149,100 in competitive grants to cultural organizations and schools on the Cape and the Islands.

Island groups receiving grants are: Martha's Vineyard Chamber Music Society, Vineyard Playhouse, Martha's Vineyard Cultural Council, and the Martha's Vineyard Public Schools.

Healing Arts

Golden Lotus Healing Arts will be holding two day-long workshops in Shamanic Healing on Saturday, Oct. 14 and Sunday, Oct. 15 at the Wakeman Conservation Center in Vineyard Haven. Healer and Shaman, Foster Perry, and Kabbalah teacher and medieval clairvoyant, Kristos Tsompanelis return to the Vineyard for the intensive workshops, Golden Hummingbird Shamanic Healing.

The workshops will run from 10 am to 10 pm each day at a cost of $350. For more information, call Golden Lotus Healing Arts at 508-693-3210.

Opera anyone?

The Tisbury Travel Club, a non-profit group, is hosting a trip to see a matinee performance of Franz Lehar's "Merry Widow" on Sunday, Oct. 29. This is a new production by Michael Capasso, with English translation by Wendy Wasserstein, and arrives on the Cape directly from the New York stage.

The $83 price includes orchestra seats at the opera, round-trip bus, buffet meal at the Dan'l Webster Inn.

For more information, call 508-696-4205.

English classes

Two libraries are holding English classes for non-native speakers. At the Vineyard Haven Public Library classes meet on Thursday, beginning on Oct. 12, 5 to 7 pm, and Saturday, beginning on Oct. 14, 1 to 3 pm. The classes continue weekly for six weeks.

At the Edgartown Town Hall, the Edgartown Public Library will hold its classes beginning on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 5 to 7 pm, and continue through Nov. 28.

For more information, call Marjorie Convery at 508-696-4211 ext. 11.

Hunger committee meets

The Vineyard Committee on Hunger will hold its first meeting of the season on Monday, Oct. 16 at 5:15 pm, at the Vineyard Haven Public Library on Main Street.

The committee notes that even on Martha's Vineyard at least one family in 10 need help to survive the winter months.

If you would like to know more, come to the Monday meeting.

Jane Goodall visits the Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary in Edgartown last summer. Photo by Susan Safford
Jane Goodall (second from right) visits the Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary in Edgartown last summer. Photo by Susan Safford

Taking root

The Cute Coots, a Tisbury-based Roots and Shoots group, will host a community event they are calling a Factors Fair on Saturday, Oct. 14, 11 am to 3 pm, at Featherstone Center for the Arts in Oak Bluffs. Roots and Shoots is a youth program developed by Jane Goodall and a group of school children in Tanzania. Its mission is to promote animal, environmental, and humanitarian concerns.

The Cute Coots of Tisbury hopes to get a group started in each Island town, and the Factors Fair is a way of getting the message out. The fair will include information and a sign-up table, but also crazy games, a wildlife presentation by Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary, a puppet show, and more. Earth-friendly snacks will be served. Please bring your own plate, utensils, and cup.

For more information on the fair or the group, call 508-693-5186.