Community Shorts

Posted December 14, 2006

Win a house

Have your house and eat it too! The Vineyard Haven Public Library has two gingerbread houses they would like to give away. Stop by the library and put your name in the raffle. Winners will be announced on Thursday, Dec. 21.

The library wants to remind everyone with overdue materials, now is the time to return them. An amnesty on fines will be in effect from Dec. 18 through Dec. 30. Bring an item for the Island Food Pantry and return your overdue books, tapes, and DVD's fine-free.

More book news

The Chilmark Public Library is holding a used book sale today, Dec. 14, from 3:30 to 6 pm and Friday, Dec. 16 from 10:30 am to 5 pm. Paperback books cost only 25 cents, and hardcover books only $1.

Recycle, reuse, and reread. Call 508-645-3360 for more details.

Sowing seeds

The Native Plant Propagation Center at the Hoft Farm Field Station needs help getting seeds from flower heads and putting them into plug containers. Can you help?

The Nature Conservancy is holding a volunteer work day on Friday, Dec. 15, from 1 to 4 pm. The Hoft Farm is located on Lambert's Cove Road in West Tisbury.

Photo by Susan Safford

Say hello to the alpaca

Have you been to the new Island Alpaca farm in Oak Bluffs? If not, stop by this weekend or next and say hello. The alpaca are beautiful to look at and their fleece makes spectacular clothing, which is on display inside.

Try your hand at spinning or knitting. If you like it, sign up for one of the January classes. The farm is located on Head of the Pond Road (near Thimble Farm), off Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road in Oak Bluffs.

Open House from 12 noon - 4 pm, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 16 and 17, and again on Saturday, Dec. 23.

Toy takes you back to the future

Joel Aronie's toy the Zero Blaster, a Buck Rogers retro gun, was featured on a Today Show toy segment, and the orders began to flood in.

Mr. Aronie of Chilmark and his brother Alan have an online store, that offers more than 70 different toys. The Zero Blaster shoots smoke (non-toxic) 14 feet and is also sold in museum and science shops.