Community Shorts

Posted April 5, 2007

Model boat
Photo by Ralph Stewart

Model boat show

The Woods Hole Model Boat Show celebrates its sixth biennial boat show next weekend, April 14 and 15. The two all-day shows include races, sailing demos, and children's model boats, fresh-water radio-controlled boats as well as stationary models. At the last show, two years ago, over 125 boats were displayed, and the organizers are hoping for more this year. Spectators can also participate in workshops and talks with the exhibitors, and children can spend time building models and running the radio-controlled boats. The show is from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday and 10 am to 3 pm on Sunday, with exhibits all over Woods Hole village, including the Community Hall and the Woods Hole Historical Museum. Tickets are $10, $5 for children, and free for children under five years old. If you are interested in exhibiting, call 508-548-7270, or visit

Photo by Betsy Corsiglia

Bulbs a blooming

Next week, create your own bit of spring at the Polly Hill Arboretum (PHA) during the potted bulb garden workshop. Brent Heath, of Brent and Becky's Bulbs, leads a workshop to help participants create their own combination of summer blooming bulbs. The day begins with a talk on choosing bulbs for window boxes, planters, or for individual pots, with the workshop following. The event is on Tuesday, April 17, from 10 am to 12 noon, at the PHA, State Rd., West Tisbury. Admission is $50; $45 for PHA members. For more information, call 508-693-9426, or visit

Women for women

Martha's Vineyard Community Services is offering a two-day workshop for volunteers interested in helping women and children who are victims of violence. Volunteer opportunities include hotline work, safehomes, court advocacy, as well as other special projects.

For more information on the April training, call 508-693-7900, ext. 221.

PeaceCraft on Island

With thanks to Janice Gulland, owner of Martha's Closet in the Tisbury Market Place, PeaceCraft has a year-round home. Much like the sale this past December at the Daily Grind Café in Vineyard Haven, this permanent PeaceCraft sale features handcrafted items from around the world, such as linens, baskets, ceramics, and teas. The proceeds from the crafts go to the artisans who create them and their self-help projects, and to the Martha's Vineyard Fish Farm for Haiti Project. Martha's Closet is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm. Call 508-696-5488 for Monday hours. For more information about PeaceCraft and the Fish Farm, call Meg Spokus at 508-939-9094, or Margaret Penicaud at 508-693-0368.

Support the troops

The Martha's Vineyard Supporting our Soldiers and Wounded (M.V. S.O.S. & W) have organized drop-off sites for the many materials needed by the soldiers overseas. Items ranging from white socks, t-shirts, to vitamins, prepaid phone cards, and powdered Gatorade are needed, as well as anything you think you would miss from home that will travel well. So far there are drop-off sites in five towns, and they are looking for more. They are as follows: Aquinnah, Town Hall; Edgartown, Fire Department, American Legion Hall, County Building lobby; Oak Bluffs, VFW; Vineyard Haven, American Legion building; West Tisbury, West Tisbury Public Library or call the West Tisbury Police at 508-693-0020. To contact M.V. S.O.S. & W, e-mail

Confidence in the classroom

The Plum Hill School and the Martha's Vineyard Charter School are combining to offer a presentation on building confidence in children by educator Rainbow Rosenbloom. Mr. Rosenbloom will speak on how to diminish fear in an educational setting, and how to use personal relationships with children appropriately to build a healthy outlook on life. As a consultant, he works with families to coordinate the education within the home and school to make children more confident and optimistic. The talk will be on Saturday, April 7, from 4 to 6 pm at the Charter School, State Rd., West Tisbury.