The Woods Hole Sea Grant's annual "Ocean's Alive" lecture series begins this Tuesday, April 17. The lecture will discuss the study of whale behavior, and the Stellwagen Sanctuary's efforts to re-route ship traffic. Dr. David Wiley, research coordinator at the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, will lead the event.
The sanctuary, which was established in 1992, was New England's first marine protected area. Its 842 square miles extends from Cape Ann to Cape Cod, and is used for marine mammal conservation in the traffic-filled waters. Among the mammals found in these waters is the severely endangered north Atlantic right whale.
Recently, the sanctuary established an international agreement to move dangerous shipping lanes northward, out of range of the endangered right whale. This will take effect July 1, and "promises to reduce deadly ship strikes in this highly traveled region," Mr. Wiley said.
The lecture will begin at 7 pm in Redfield Auditorium on Water Street, Woods Hole. For more information, call the Woods Hole Sea Grant Program at 508-289-2398, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The "Ocean's Alive" series continues April 24 at 7 pm and May 1 at 4 pm.
Whole foods cooking
Get the whole story about cooking and eating in a healthy way and one that also emphasizes local ingredients. Elizabeth Germain will be teaching classes at the Scottish Bakehouse in April and May.
Stir-Fry Basics on Wednesday, April 18; Blanch, Boil, Saute, and Steam on Thursday, May 3, and Spring Greens Made Easy on Tuesday, May 15. The class fee is determined on a sliding scale from $75 to $95. For more information call Ms. Germain at 508-645-9466.
Walk off dinner
The Black Dog Tavern in Vineyard Haven is giving a boost to Team Black Dog by hosting a special dinner on Thursday, April 19. The team will be walking in the Boston Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in May and the proceeds from next Thursday's dinner will help. Tavern employees Meredith Marsh, Louise Norris, and Anatasia Smolnikov are each trying to raise $1,800 for the 39-mile walk.
Vendors have donated food and beverages, while other tavern staff will donate their time. The dinner will be a four-course meal by executive chef William Hart. The cost of $50 per person includes tax and gratuity. For a reservation call 508-693-9223.
Teens able to have fun
ABLE stands for Adolescent Balanced Living Experience and it is a new program at our YMCA beginning on Monday, April 23. ABLE will meet twice a week for eight weeks, for girls ages11 to 14.
According to the YMCA, the program is designed to create a sense of personal power and self-esteem through physical activities in a fun and supportive environment.
Some of the activities planned are dancing, hiking, horseback riding, tennis, cooking and more. For more information call program coordinator Amanda Cohen at 508-696-7171, ext. 4.
Elder Services of Cape Cod and the Islands reminds us that the week of April 15 is National Volunteer Week. This is a good time to renew your volunteer spirit. Ann Homrighous is the volunteer coordinator for Elder Services and she has many opportunities for you to help the Island community. Call her at 508-394-4630 or 800-244-4630, ext. 213.
Peter Simon is looking for his calendars from the years 1991 through 1993 for his archives. He is planning to reproduce each cover to commemorate the past 20 years of his popular calendar. Can you help him locate the missing calendars? If you can, Mr. Simon will send you a 2008 calendar, which will include your name on the back cover.
Call Mr. Simon at 508-645-9575 or 508-560-1358.