Community Shorts

Posted May 3, 2007

Colage display
Colage display at the Vineyard Haven Public Library. Photo by Anna Marie D'Addarie

Support system

"That's So Gay," an exhibit by members of Colage (children of lesbians and gays everywhere) is currently on display at the Vineyard Haven Public Library. The educational exhibit is a 24-picture poster display of portraits and brief stories from Colage members, whose "...objective was to open minds, challenge stereotypes, and fight isolation."

On Saturday, May 5, there will be an opening reception and a discussion with two members of Colage of Greater Boston, hosted of PFLAG (parents and friends of lesbians and gays) of Martha's Vineyard. Colage was founded in San Francisco in 1988 to support the approximate 14 million people in the United States who have gay parents.

The poster display will be in the library through the month of May.

"That's so gay," opening reception and discussion, Saturday, May 5, from 3 to 5 pm at the Vineyard Haven library, Main Street. 508-696-4210.

Human guinea pigs

When you sit down at the dinner table, do you know really what you're eating? That is what Deborah Koons Garcia asks in her investigative film, "The Future of Food." The film will be shown on Sunday, May 6, at the Capawock Theatre, with dessert and discussion following at Che's Lounge. Islander and national genetically modified organisms activist Noli Hoye will share her experiences during the talk. You can buy your tickets ahead of time for the Slow Food Martha's Vineyard and FARM Institute fund-raiser at Che's Lounge on Main Street, Vineyard Haven. Tickets will also be available at the door.

"The Future of Food," Sunday, May 6, at 7 pm, at the Capawock Theatre, Main Street, Vineyard Haven. Dessert and discussion follows at Che's Lounge across Main St. Tickets: $8 or $6 for Slow Food and FARM Institute members.

Summer conservation internship

Students in high school or college with an interest in land conservation should know there is a summer internship opportunity with Sheriff's Meadow Foundation (SMF). The internship is a paid 10-week position assisting SMF staff and volunteers with a number of responsibilities such as biological inventories, property maintenance, drafting management plans, administration, fund-raising, or land acquisition.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter by May 18, describing their interest in conservation, specific talents and abilities, future plans, and the names of two community members who could provide recommendations. Mail letter to Sheriff's Meadow Foundation, 57 David Ave., Vineyard Haven, MA. 02568, or electronically to Call 508-693-5207 for more information.


Taco madness

Celebrate the Spanish holiday, Cinco de Mayo, at Sharky's Cantina this Saturday, May 5, at their second annual taco-eating contest. First at 3 pm will be the qualifying heats where contestants must eat 10 mini tacos. The fastest six times will be in the finals at 10 pm, where 20 mini tacos have to be consumed. The winner will receive more than $300 in cash and prizes, and bragging rights for the Taco Eating Champion.

The full $20 entry fee is donated to the Habitat for Humanity project that is placing a local teacher in an affordable home. Free breakfast burritos will be given out to the first 200 people at the restaurant between 11 am and 3 pm that day. Contest space is limited. To sign up, call 508-693-7501.