Community Shorts

Posted November 9, 2006

Photo by Julian K. Robinson

FARM food

The FARM Institute is now selling organic, grass-fed beef and lamb. Beef will be sold in 10-pound ($70) and 20-pound ($130) sample boxes that include a variety of steaks, ground meat, roasts, and stew meat.

Lamb will be sold in 5-pound ($45) and 10-pound ($90) sample boxes also with a variety of cuts, chops, and ground meat.

The FARM Institute is a teaching farm that educates and engages children and adults in sustainable agriculture on a diverse working farm.

To order, call Chrissy at 508-627-7007 or e-mail Pick-ups will be after Thanksgiving.

Breakfast with Santa

Once again, the Martha's Vineyard Chamber of Commerce Educational and Charitable Foundation is hosting their Breakfast with Santa on Sunday, Dec. 10, from 8 to 10 am at the Wharf Restaurant in Edgartown. This year, Santa is desperately looking for volunteer elves, food, and donations to help with this fundraiser. All the proceeds from the breakfast go towards four to six scholarships for Martha's Vineyards residents in secondary programs. To help, call Christy at the Chamber, at 508-693-4486 ext. 10.

Preparing for the next life

Grace Episcopal Church in Vineyard Haven is offering a series of lectures and a workshop on end-of-life issues. Pastor Robert Hensley has invited speakers from various fields to lead the discussions which continue for the next three Wednesday nights. There will also be a workshop on Saturday, Nov. 18, titled "Orderly Transitions."

The role of the funeral home will be the subject of the Wednesday, Nov. 15, discussion, led by Mr. Leonard Verville. On Wednesday, Nov. 22, the Rev. Walter Witte will discuss the theology of death. In the last of the series, Wednesday, Nov. 29, the Rev. Robert Hensley will discuss funeral liturgy. All the Wednesday discussions begin at 7 pm, no registration is required, and they are free.

The Saturday, Nov. 18, workshop runs from 8:30 am to 12 noon and will be conducted by the Rev. Arthur Kimber, a retired Episcopal priest. Participants can expect information on wills, living wills, durable medical powers of attorney, and other important information. Registration for the workshop can be made by calling the parish office at 508-693-0332. There will be a $5 materials fee for the workshop.

Meditation retreat

Chas di Capua will return to the Vineyard to lead a day-long Insight Meditation retreat on Saturday, Dec. 2 from 9 am to 4 pm. The retreat will be held at the Unitarian-Universalist Society Chapel, 238 Main Street, Vineyard Haven.

The retreat, "That Which Will Never Leave You," will center on awareness that transcends the things of the world. Awareness is the place where we can find peace. How do we recognize it in our daily lives?

The fee for the Dec. 2 retreat will be $30. Register by Wednesday, Nov. 15. Call Jo Rice at 508-693-2827 for more information or to register.

Breathing for transformation

Yee-Ching Lee and Joan Roth will teach two Breath of Change workshops on the Island this month. Introductions will be held tonight, Nov. 9, 7 to 9 pm and on Tuesday, Nov. 28, 7 to 9 pm, at the Chilmark Community Church. According to a press release, the workshops reduce stress, and open the heart to love, joy, and peace.

Yee-Ching Lee has studied Eastern traditions, gaining an understanding of the relationship among body, mind, and spirit. She combines techniques from Taoism, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Christianity in her workshop, which includes breathing, meditation, yoga, and more. As United Nations representative for the Art of Living Foundation, she has taught breathing and meditation widely.

Joan C. Roth, a spiritualist and intuitive healer, is dedicated to helping individuals achieve personal transformation. Central to her work is the belief that personal transformation and the application of love and compassion are the catalyst for global transformation and world peace.

Workshops Nov. 10 to 13 and Nov. 29 to Dec. 3. A fee will be charged. For information contact Yee-Ching at 212-671-0979 or visit