Community Shorts

Posted November 22, 2006

Inspirational study group

Boston-based psychologist, writer, nurse, and Reiki practitioner Margaret Maes will lead a study group on Saturday, Dec. 2, from 9 am to 12 noon, at Sun Porch Books in Oak Bluffs.

Ms. Maes will use the best-selling self-help book, "Ask And It Is Given," by Esther and Jerry Hicks. The book is available at any Island bookstore. The workshop is $30.

For more information, call Holly Nadler at 508-693-3880.

Volunteers needed

If you are interested in joining the Salvation Army Martha's Vineyard Service Unit, call Richard S. Reinhardsen at 508-693-4271 or email to

Ornament raffle

Buy a raffle ticket for beautiful ornaments made by Vineyard artists at Windemere Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Oak Bluffs. The raffle benefits the Windemere Resident Council.

Tickets are on sale in the recreation room, Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. The winning tickets will be drawn on Friday, Dec. 15. For more information, call Betsy Burmeister at 508-696-6465. Ext.722.

Small-Mart vs. WalMart

"Strengthening Our Local Economy" will be the subject of a talk by author Michael H. Shuman on Thursday, Nov. 30, 7:30 pm, at the Katharine Cornell Theatre in Vineyard Haven. Mr. Shuman is vice president for enterprise development at the Training and Development Corp., and author of "The Small-Mart Revolution: How Local Businesses Are Beating the Global Competition."

The event is sponsored by the Island Plan and the South Mountain Corp. For more information, call the Martha's Vineyard Commission at 508-693-3453.

Sensory equipment available

Martha's Vineyard Community Services, in partnership with the parent led Martha's Vineyard Sensory Resource Project, has received a grant from the Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation to purchase specialized occupational therapy equipment to establish the Sensory Resource Lending Program. The equipment will be lent to Island families to meet the needs of children with sensory integration challenges.

For more information, call Kathi Hackett at 508-693-7900, ext. 249.

Gifts that really count

A Peacecraft gift shop will be open Friday, Nov. 24, in the Daily Grind Café in the Tisbury Marketplace. Peacecraft is an organization that assists self-help projects from around the world in marketing their hand-crafted items.

You will find Christmas ornaments, musical instruments, jewelry, soapstone art, as well as organic tea, chocolate, and much more. Buying from Peacecraft will bring medicine, education, and food to Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Kenya, as well as Haiti.

Volunteers are needed to staff the shop. Call, 508-939-9094 if you can help.

Own a Travis Tuck fountain

Twenty-five years ago Travis Tuck donated a fountain to the Nathan Mayhew Seminars. The water from the fountain trickles down both sides of the vine and over two dozen leaves making a restful sound.

The Henry Beetle Hough house, the seminars administrative building, is in need of repair. It has been decided to auction off the fountain to raise the needed funds.

To make a bid or to view this work of art, call Lincoln Hanson at 508-693-9141.