Community Shorts

Posted March 29, 2007

Palm Sunday combined service

The four churches of the United Methodist Parish will join together on Sunday, April 1, at 11 am for a combined Palm and Passion Sunday Cantata at Christ Church in Vineyard Haven. The Rev. Mary Jane O'Connor-Ropp and the Rev. Susan Heafield will lead the service, "Colors of Grace: Lessons for Lent."

Through music and drama, the cantata expresses how the last days of Christ are often associated with suffering. In this closer look, suffering and darkness are instruments of great joy and light. The cantata will be directed by the Rev. Heafield, accompanied by Dan Murphy, and narrated by Brian Wren.

Got rabies?

Massachusetts law states that all dogs, cats, and ferrets be vaccinated for rabies, and the Martha's Vineyard MSPCA Animal Care and Adoption Center have worked with Island animal control officers to bring a low-cost rabies clinic on Saturday, April 7. From 10 am to 1 pm at the shelter in Edgartown off the Vineyard Haven Edgartown Road behind the Vineyard Veterinary Clinic. Several veterinarians will administer the vaccines.

Also available during this year's clinic is microchipping, a safe, noninvasive permanent identification for your pet. The chip is the size of a grain of rice, and is implanted with a needle on the back of an animal's neck.

The suggested donation for the rabies vaccine is $10, and $30 for the microchip. Please make sure all dogs are on leashes, and cats and ferrets in carriers. For more information, call the MSPCA at 508-627-8662.

Photo by Diana Waring

Time for tomatoes

Hungry for summer? The Chilmark Preschool began its annual tomato seedling sale fundraiser. Individual or six-packs of heirloom tomatoes are available, and Sun Gold Cherry, Caspian Pink, and Green Zebra are only a few of the type ready for purchase. All proceeds will go to the Chilmark Preschool, except for the Peace Vine Cherry sales, which will be donated to a children's foundation. Orders need to be placed by April 1, and pick up is June 2 at the preschool. Order forms are available at the preschool and Chilmark School, and both Cronig's Markets.


Getting to the FARM

The FARM Institute is ringing in spring with exciting news. Now, the FARM will provide transportation from one Island school per day to the institute, with the exception of Edgartown School, which provides transportation five days a week. The schedule is Mondays, Charter School; Tuesdays, Tisbury; Wednesdays, Oak Bluffs; Thursdays, West Tisbury. Parents and guardians must arrange pickup for children at the end of the day's programs. For more information on the programs, call 508-627-7007 or e-mail

Examine your community

On Wednesday, April 4, join Jennifer Jones Clark, who will speak on "Facing History & Ourselves." This workshop will concentrate on the themes of responsibility and membership in a community. This national and professional educational development organization's mission is to allow students to study racism, prejudice, and anti-Semitism to help form a more informed and accepting public. The workshop is from 9 am to 3 pm at the Martha's Vineyard Regional School, Vineyard Haven-Edgartown Rd., Oak Bluffs, in the library conference room.

Turtle power

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles resurface in a big screen comeback. Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary in Edgartown has always known the power of turtles. This Saturday, March 31, Felix Neck will host "Turtle Tunes," a family sing-a-long with special guest turtle appearances.

Call Felix Neck at 508-627-4850 to reserve your space.

Local art grant

State Representative Eric Turkington formally released $115,000 in Massachusetts Cultural Council grants to Cape Cod organizations. To benefit the Island, $30,000 was given to begin the Artisan Heritage Trails of Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, and Nantucket. This trail serves to connect tourists and residents with local artists in an effort to promote local art sales. An Artisan Trails guidebook is in the works for promotion.