Community Shorts

Posted January 18, 2007

Seabird duty

This winter, volunteers are needed to help monitor the health of seabirds on the Island. In combination with the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine's Seabird Ecological Assessment Network (SEANET), the Martha's Vineyard Senior Environmental Corps and Mass Audubon at Felix Neck will begin to organize and train volunteers to survey designated beaches and collect data. On Saturday, Jan. 20, Tufts faculty members will train volunteers from 4 to 6:30 pm at Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary in Edgartown. For more information and to register for training, call Julie Ellis at 508-887-4933.

Bad habits, good remedy

If you are looking to improve how you do things or to rediscover your innate coordination, Margaret Knight's four-week introductory workshop may be the answer. Beginning on Thursday, Jan. 25 at 7 pm, Ms. Knight will hold classes in the Alexander Technique, a mind-body approach for changing habits. The class meets at Church and Main Natural Therapies at 4 Church St. in Vineyard Haven. The cost for four weeks is $80. To register, call 508-627-8894, or e-mail

Thimble Farm

Farming grant

The Martha's Vineyard Agricultural Society announces the deadline for their new grant program. All farm-related individuals and organizations whose goal is to contribute to sustaining agriculture and improving the quality of life on Martha's Vineyard are eligible. Proposals must be received by April 1 and must include a description of the specific project, its benefits, budget requirements, and grant amount requested. They can be mailed to MVAS, P.O. Box 70, West Tisbury, MA 02575. Call Eleanor Neubert at 508-693-4343 with any questions.

Cultural funding

State Representative Eric Turkington announced recently that the grant application process has begun for receiving state matching money to improve cultural facilities. The first public information session of the Massachusetts Cultural Council and Mass Development will be held in Sandwich at the Sandwich Glass Museum, 129 Main St., at 3 pm on Tuesday, Jan. 23. Mr. Turkington will be the keynote speaker. For more information, visit

Rotary scholarships

The Rotary Club is looking for candidates for the Ambassadorial Cultural Scholarship and the World Peace program. The Ambassadorial scholarship is for anyone who has some education, is articulate, and interacts well with people. There are 166 countries to choose from to study in almost any desired field for one year. The World Peace Scholarship is for two years, and the winner will be assigned to an educational institution. The deadline for applicants is June 15. For more information, call Harvey Hinds of the Martha's Vineyard Rotary Club at 508-627-8427.