Community Shorts

Posted April 26, 2007

Gravity car race
Photo by Ralph Stewart

Self-reliance

This Saturday, April 28, learn how you can help create a more self-sufficient Island at Living Local, a collaborative expo at the Agricultural Hall in West Tisbury. The Vineyard Energy Project, Island Grown Initiative, and the Vineyard Conservation Society have put together to "...examine and celebrate our resources and potential for building a more self-reliant future," according to a press release. The aim of Living Local is "...to nurture conservation of resources and local production of renewable energy, healthy food, and other necessities."

The day's activities include a presentation on future energy supplies and local economy by energy expert Randy Udall and John Abrams; displays of alternative energy programs, local produce and farming; a solar car race between Island sixth-graders; and music by Squash Meadow.

Air conditioners and dehumidifiers may be turned in at the event by making arrangements by calling 800-797-6699.

Chefs Daniele Dominick and Elizabeth Germain will offer healthy food made with local ingredients. The two will share their passion for local and seasonal food.

Living Local, Saturday, April 28, 8:30 am to 2:30 pm, Ag Hall, Panhandle Road, West Tisbury.

Breakfast in May

The annual May Breakfast of St. Andrew's Church is this Wednesday, May 2. Enjoy eggs, bacon, fruit, muffins, breads, and beverages at the parish hall.

The breakfast is sponsored by the Women's Guild, which, for over 40 years, has given the proceeds to Island charities. A delicious breakfast is only $7; $2.50 for children under 12; and children under 5 are free.

St. Andrew's Church is located on N. Summer Street in Edgartown. For more information call 508-627-5330.

Summer opportunities

Hosteling International Martha's Vineyard is looking for volunteers with a love of the Island, conversation, and travel to lead groups of visitors around the Island on tours. For more information, call Jeff at 508-693-2665.

The Sense of Wonder Creations summer camp is looking for singers, songwriters, musicians, or artists to join their team as counselors at the camp this summer. The camp is for children ages 7 to 12. If you are interested, call Pam at 508-693-3142.

Breathe away winter

Yee-Ching returns to the Island this spring to teach another workshop, "Breath of Change." According to Yee-Ching, this seminar will help develop a deep body-mind healing through breath, yoga, and reflective silence. The workshop will be April 26 and 27 from 6 to 9:30 pm, and on April 28 and 29 from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm, and costs $375. For $60, you can attend the introductory seminar on April 26. For more information, call Gina James at 508-645-9567. Scholarships are available.

Simple living

The Vineyard Haven Library Evening lecture series starts anew tonight with "Voluntary Simplicity," an eight-week course that addresses self-care, human, and environmental relationships. Topics covered range from "The meaning of simplicity," "Your money or your life," and "Living more with less," among others. The cost is $17 for the workbook, and the classes begin at 7 pm at the library. For more information, call Betty Burton at 508-696-4211 ext. 16.

Summer sailing for students

Cape and Island students age 13 to 17 years old are invited to participate in WhaleSail, a marine science program by the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies. Students live aboard the Spirit of Massachusetts, a 125-foot schooner, for a week in July to study marine life, visit museums, whale watch, and learn seafaring skills.

This year, 12 scholarships for $450 are available. The scholarship application includes a 500-word essay on the marine environment, and a scholastic letter of recommendation, which are both due by May 15. For more information, call Joanne Jarzobski at 508-487-3623 ext. 107, or visit coastalstudies.org.