Community Shorts

Posted October 26, 2006

Women's support course

Women's Support Services of Martha's Vineyard Community Services is offering a two-day volunteer staff training course in early November for women interested in helping end violence against women and children. Volunteers are needed in hotline work, safe homes for women and children, court advocacy, and other projects. For more information, call Women's Support Services at 508-693-7900 ext. 221.

A great cause

The Red Stocking Fund has provided food and clothing to Island children from birth to eighth grade for decades. Last year, approximately 280 children were served. For this year, applications for Red Stocking support will be available by Nov. 1 at Martha's Vineyard Insurance Co. in Vineyard Haven, at most branches of Island banks, elementary school nurses, Early Childhood Office of Martha's Vineyard Community Services, DSS, the Tribal Headquarters in Aquinnah, the Island Food Pantry, and the Boys and Girls Club.

Portuguese speaking applicants can receive assistance in translating and completing applications at Health Care Access of Martha's Vineyard, or call 508-696-0020. People are urged to apply soon, preferably by Nov. 17, so they can receive food certificates for Thanksgiving.

On Sunday, Nov. 12, the Martha's Vineyard Harley Riders will have their around-the-Island ride to collect toys and contributions for the Red Stocking. The public is invited to welcome the riders at 12 noon, at the Portuguese American club in Oak Bluffs. This event provides approximately one-third of Red Stocking's annual budget. For more information, call Kerry Alley at 508-693-2324 or Lorraine Clark at 508-693-0725. Checks to support the fund can be mailed to Barbara Silvia, Treasurer, Box 74, Vineyard Haven, MA. 02568.

Scholarly series

The Vineyard Haven Evening Lecture Series announces a special three-part series, "The Meaning of America," with Sheldon Hackney of the University of Pennsylvania. The series, which will include readings from The Declaration of Independence, The Gettysburg Address, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., will take place on Wednesdays, Nov. 1, 8, and 15 from 7 to 9 pm. All lectures will be in the program room of the Vineyard Haven Library. For more information, call Betty Burton at 508-696-4211 ext. 16.

Any beautiful ideas?

The town of Tisbury would like your help with ideas to beautify their town. Today, Oct. 26, join Town Administrator John Bugbee at the Katharine Cornell Theatre at 4 pm to present and discuss your ideas and those of others. The town invites you to be creative and practical with concrete suggestions before the issue goes to bid. For more information, call 508-693-2334.

Calling all vendors

The Oak Bluffs school eighth grade class is having a Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 18 from 10 am to 4 pm at the Oak Bluffs School. To reserve a table, please call Judy Pizzella at 508-693-8764 or Cindy Higham at 508-693-4294.

Future 500

Island Affordable Housing Fund has reached its 500th member of the Islanders Helping Islanders giving campaign. Now they are looking toward the next 500 members.

Celebrate this milestone at a cocktail reception on Thursday, Nov. 2, at the Ag Hall in West Tisbury from 5 to 7 pm. RSVP to Island Affordable Housing at 508-696-0943.