Community Shorts

Posted November 2, 2006

Score a beautiful wreath

Order your holiday wreath now and benefit Martha's Vineyard Youth Hockey. A beautiful 22-inch wreath with a bow will be delivered to your door the first week in December, but you have to place your order by Monday, Nov. 7.

Call Heather Thurber at 508-693-9573 for more information or to order a wreath (or two).

Advocates for the elderly

Elder Services of Cape Cod and the Islands is accepting applications for volunteer Ombudsmen to serve residents of Windemere Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. An ombudsman provides nursing and rest home patients with an opportunity to voice their opinions and concerns about their treatment and care.

The Elder Services provides certification training, and travel expenses are reimbursable. Volunteers must have strong communication skills and must be comfortable in a long-term care setting. For more information, call Susan Schnelder, Ombudsman Director at 1-800-244-4630, ext. 220, or e-mail her at, or call Jacque Cage, the M.V. Director, at 508-693-4393.

Free music

Thanks Merrily Fenner sheet music from the estate of her father, Hamilton Benz, is being offered free of charge to anyone. Mr. Benz was a director, musician, teacher, and friend to all Island musicians, and if anyone is interested in his music, call Heidi Schultz at 508-693-9417.

Featherstone welcomes Polly

The Polly Hill Arboretum and Featherstone Center for the Arts are collaborating for a gallery opening next summer. The show is a celebration of Polly's 100th birthday, and will be held on July 29. Featured will be artwork depicting and inspired by the arboretum grounds, such as Polly's special plants, old farm buildings, and open fields with stone walls. Painters will be invited to visit the arboretum to create new work for the show, and past work is welcome as well. For more information, call Featherstone at 508-693-1850, or the Arboretum at 508-693-9426.

Community suppers

Beginning this Monday, Nov. 6, the United Methodist Cooperative Parish will begin their weekly community suppers. From 5 to 6 pm at the Old Whaling Church in Edgartown, enjoy these free suppers that are open to all. Donations are welcome. For more information, call the parish at 508-645-3100.

A maze of many means

This Sunday, Nov. 5, the corn maze at Katama farm will become a racetrack for bikes and people, as well as a scavenger hunting ground. Beginning at noon, there will be a bike race. Prizes include a pasture-raised turkey, which will be rewarded to those who complete the course closest to a predetermined pace. The second event is a foot race from 2 to 3 pm, and then a scavenger hunt at 3 pm. There is a $10 registration fee for individuals or $20 for a family. All proceeds will benefit the FARM Institute's education programs. Mocha Mott's, MV Bagels, and Island Food Products have donated bagels, coffee, and hot apple cider, and commemorative Katama Challenge T-shirts will be available for sale. For more information, call 508-627-7007.

Tree of lights

The Martha's Vineyard Hospital Auxiliary invites you to their annual tree-lighting ceremony on Monday, Dec. 11, at 4 pm. Annual lights may be purchased for $10, and perpetual lights are $125. Your tax-deductible checks should be made out to Martha's Vineyard Hospital Auxiliary, and mailed to Martha's Vineyard Hospital, c/o the Volunteer Office, P.O. Box 1477, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557.

Breath of change

On Thursday, Nov. 9, from 7 to 9 pm, join Yee-Ching Lee in a free demonstration of breathing techniques, and a guided meditation. The public talk will be at the Chilmark Community Church on 9 Menemsha Cross Rd. in Chilmark. She will be featured today, Nov. 2, on WMVY's "Person of the Week" at 8 am and 12 noon; after that time the interview will be available at in the program archives. For more information, call Yee-Ching at 212-671-0979 or visit