Community Shorts

Posted February 15, 2007

Living with arthritis?

Are you one of the millions of Americans living with arthritis? Join family physician Dr. Julia Stunkel and naturopathic physician Dr. Oceana Rames in a panel discussion on the disease.

The talk will focus on how the disease starts, and how to manage and treat your pain with medication, exercise, and nutrition. Enjoy a bowl of healthy soup while getting your questions answered on Tuesday, Feb. 20, at 5:30 pm at the Anchors in Edgartown. Space is limited, so reserve your ticket at 508-627-4368, ext. 15. A $5 donation is suggested.

NPR at Offshore

The Cape and Islands NPR Stations' will have their "pub night" at Offshore Ale in Oak Bluffs next Thursday night, Feb. 22, from 5 to 7 pm. Join the hosts, reporters, and producers of WCAI, along with fellow public radio fans for conversation and good food. For more information, visit

Calling all fiber folks

Do you like to crochet, sew, spin, knit, weave, or felt? If so, the FARM Institute in Edgartown needs you and your expertise to help Island school children learn the crafts. For as little time as two hours a month, you can share your talent and passion with eager children and provide a "fiberlicious" experience for FARM youths.

Eliminate your "e-waste"

If you have a growing pile of old electronics, namely computers, small appliances, and televisions, the Martha's Vineyard Community Services can help you dispose of them. On Saturday, March 24, bring your out-of-date machines to the "Electronics Disposal Day," from 9 am to 2 pm at the center's parking lot at 111 Edgartown Rd., Oak Bluffs, across from the high school. For a small, tax-deductible fee, you can rid yourself of "e-waste." For those unable to make the trip, it may be possible to make arrangements for a limited number of pick-ups. For more information, call Jan Hatchard at 508-693-7900, ext. 374.

Improve your green thumb

The Martha's Vineyard Agricultural Society begins their series of forum discussions with the "Seeds, Seeds, Seeds: Have you placed your seed order yet?" event on Wednesday, Feb. 21, at 7 pm. Join some of the Vineyard's best growers at the M.V. Agricultural Hall in West Tisbury as they discuss their favorite varieties and reliable garden sources. Abigail Higgins, Times' Garden Notes columnist; Thalia Scanlan, COMSOG president; Roxanne Kapitan of Vineyard Organic Perennials; Victoria Riger Phillips of the West Tisbury Farmers Market; and Sue Silva of Briar Rose Farm will help you explore your options for a successful gardening season. You are encouraged to bring along catalogs, a list of favorites, and questions. For more information, call Kathy Lobb at 508-693-3638.