Community Shorts

Posted March 8, 2007

Eliminate your "e-waste"

If you have a growing pile of old electronics, namely computers, small appliances, and televisions, 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 On Saturday, March 24, bring your out-of-date machines to the "Electronics Disposal Day," from 9 am to 2 pm at the center's parking lot at 111 Edgartown Rd., Oak Bluffs, across from the high school.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." A limited number of pick-ups are available. For more information, call Jan Hatchard at 508-693-7900, ext. 374.

Lenten study

The United Methodist Cooperative Parish is offering a six-week study titled "Companions in Christ" on Wednesday during Lent. According to the parish, the study will challenge Christians to live the whole gospel by connecting spirituality and discipleship. Pastor Mary Jane O'Connor-Ropp will be the facilitator, and the study ends with a retreat. The next session will be Wednesday, March 14, at the parish house of the Trinity United Methodist Church in the Campground.

A Taize worship service is being held every Sunday through April 1 at the Chilmark Church. The service has a meditative flavor, with time for silence and chant-like singing.

For more information on either program, call the parish office at 508-645-3100.

Meditation workshop

As part of her winter "Spirit Moves You" series, yoga instructor Martha Abbot will present a workshop titled "Meditation and Pranayama" (breathing) this weekend. Ms. Abbot says these simple practices offer tools that can positively impact the quality of life, enhancing one's feelings of peace and well-being.

Participants will learn four breathing techniques, and will discuss and practice various forms of meditation. As well as teaching yoga, Ms. Abbot is a movement therapist, DansKinetics teacher, and professional level Kripalu yoga teacher.

Sessions will be held at Ms. Abbot's studio in Oak Bluffs, Friday, March 9, 7 to 9 pm; Saturday, March 10, 1 to 5 pm; Sunday, March 11, 1 to 5 pm. Cost is $125.

Call 508-693-5364 for sign up, directions, information.

Annual Tisbury dinner

Mark your calendars for this year's Tisbury Business Association's annual dinner meeting this Tuesday, March 13, from 6 to 8 pm. Guest speaker Robert Beecham, of the Rockport Chamber of Commerce, will discuss the beer and wine initiative. He will answer questions for association members Tuesday night, and over coffee Wednesday morning at 9:30 am, at Zephrus. Dinner will be hosted by Le Grenier, and features a collaboration of food from Tisbury restaurants. The event is $25 and seating is limited. New members are encouraged to join in time for this event. For more information visit

Environmental education awards

If you are involved in a school-based program that promotes learning about the environment, whether as a student or teacher, Ian Bowles would like to hear from you. As Massachusetts Secretary of Environmental Affairs, Mr. Bowles's office is accepting applications for the 2007 Secretary's Awards for Excellence in Environmental Education through Friday, March 16. More than 30 schools participated in 2006, and programs ranged from water testing to renewable energy. For applications, contact or visit

Rare plants, rare opportunity

On Saturday, April 7, train to become a New England Wildflower Society Plant Conservation Volunteer at Polly Hill Arboretum. Designed to train amateur botanists how to relocate and collect data on rare plant populations, the program is an excellent opportunity to learn about the flora of the Island. You must pre-apply. For more information, call Ailene Kane at 508-877-7603, ext. 3204, or visit their web site at to download an application. You may also call Karin at Polly Hill, at 508-693-9426.

Islanders at the Pentagon

Islanders are heading to Washington, D.C., Saturday, March 17, to voice their opinions about the war in Iraq, along with other issues. Most are traveling on a chartered bus, contracted by Cape Codders for Peace and Justice. Seats are $65 and need to be reserved by March 10. The bus will leave Falmouth on Friday, March 16, and be back to Falmouth by Sunday afternoon. Call John Bangert at 508-432-0545.

If you are not able to make it to D.C., the Martha's Vineyard Peace Council will hold a rally on March 17 at 1 pm, at Five Corners. For more information, call Chris Fried at 508-693-7741.