Community Shorts

Posted February 1, 2007

Chinese dragon
File photo Ralph Stewart

Year of the Pig 4704

Do you have your ticket for the Chinese New Year dinner at the Wharf? Today is the last day to buy a discounted ticket for $25 for the Saturday, Feb. 10 benefit dinner. Regular priced tickets, $35 each, will be available but not for long. This event has sold out for the last two years so act now and don't miss out.

The Yard's Chinese Dinner and Auction is a much-anticipated winter event. Proceeds benefit the Yard's multi-cultural and artists-in-residence programs in our schools.

Hors d'oeuvres and silent auction will begin at 5 pm and then at 6 pm a live auction, with auctioneer Gerry Yukevich, gets underway. A traditional, home-cooked Chinese dinner will follow the auction.

For tickets, call the Yard at 508-645-9662 or event co-chair Wiet Bacheller at 508-693-0927.

Of a Hebrew nature

This Friday evening, Feb. 2, celebrate Jewish Earth Day and the birthday of trees, Tu B'Shevat, at the Vineyard Hebrew Center in Vineyard Haven. Brendan O'Neil, executive director of the Vineyard Conservation Society, will discuss habitat conservation and renewal on the Vineyard, and encourages questions and comments. A dessert Seder will be served, and you are invited to bring a bottle of wine to share.

Lending hands

A group of Martha's Vineyard Public Charter School students and adult volunteers are raising money for a trip to Biloxi, Miss., where they will assist the Bethel Lutheran Hurricane Katrina Mission Project by rebuilding homes and by working in several other volunteer projects. Each student must pay $600 for the five-day trip, and the group is looking to the community for help. Any contribution would help move the volunteer trip forward. Checks should be made to Martha's Vineyard Public Charter School, with "Mississippi" on the memo line, and sent to P.O. Box 1150, West Tisbury, MA. 02575. Call 508-693-9900 for more information.

Dr. Rappaport Scholarship

The family of the late Dr. David Rappaport invites all applications for the 2007 Dr. David Rappaport Memorial Scholarship. Established 25 years ago by his family, the scholarship is for recent graduates of the Martha's Vineyard Regional High School (MVRHS) who are currently enrolled in a medical or health-related post-secondary program. It is also available for current seniors of the MVRHS, but preference goes to graduates. Applications are available at and should be sent to Kerry H. Alley, Box 346, Oak Bluffs, MA. 02557, accompanied with a transcript and any other supporting material. The deadline is March 15. The Rappaport Scholarship is part of the scholarship program administered by the Permanent Endowment Fund of Martha's Vineyard.

For the love of flowers

The Tisbury Travel Club is offering springtime early this year, with a trip to the Rhode Island Spring Flower and Garden Show. On Thursday, Feb. 22, travel to Providence, R.I. by boat and bus to see this year's show, "Artistic Impressions," with TV host Roger Swain, which also includes the RISD Museum of Art Abby Aldrich Rockefeller collection of Japanese bird-and-flower prints. Enjoy exquisite arrangements by the Federation of Garden Clubs, meet the artists and designers, and pick up a book at the garden bookstore to help you plan your springtime planting. Tickets are available to all Islanders for $32, which includes show and round-trip coach. Departure is on the 8:15 am boat and return on the 3:45 pm boat. For tickets, call the Tisbury Senior Center at 508-696-4205.

Bodhi Path weekend

The Bodhi Path of Martha's Vineyard will host a weekend teaching series this Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 3 and 4. The Venerable 5th Dilyag Sabchu Rinpoche will give a seminar on Buddhism's Four Noble Truths, which provide the fundamental basis of all forms of Buddhism by addressing the origin of discomfort, and how to overcome it. Each day there will be two teachings, from 10 am to 12:30 pm and 2 pm to 4:30 pm. Suggested donation is $15 to $20 per session. Mr. Rinpoche will also give a public talk, "Personal Transformation From the Buddhist Perspective," at the Martha's Vineyard Regional High School's library conference room on Friday, Feb. 2, at 7 pm. Donations are appreciated.

The seminars are located at the Martha's Vineyard Bodhi Path at 21 Laurand Drive off Waldron's Bottom Rd., West Tisbury. For more information, call 508-696-5929.