Community Shorts

Posted May 10, 2007

Big night out

From a vacation in Costa Rica, a wine tasting party, a Lilly Pulitzer tote bag, or a personal trainer package, the Vineyard Montessori School's annual silent and live auction is sure to please most anybody. This year's auction, the school's 14th, is on for tomorrow, Friday, May 11. The auction at Outerland from 7 to 11:30 pm, includes live music and hors d'oeuvres. Tickets, which are $25, are available at Timeless Treasures, Nochi, Bert's Barber Shop, Our Market, and also at the door the night of the event.

For more information, call 508-693-4090.

From seed to table

Rebecca Gilbert of the Native Earth Teaching Farm in Chilmark asks, "Did your mother and grandmother teach you how to raise food for your family?" If not, Ms. Gilbert has the answer, and she says, "It's not too late to learn this rewarding skill."

Ms. Gilbert will mentor you through your first growing season from seed to table, through the fall, in a series of classes beginning May 20. She will focus on your particular garden and the problems you face. The classes cost $15 each or $200 for a season pass, which includes seeds, tomato plants, and lots of extras.

No space for a garden of your own? Sign up now for a plot in the organic community garden at the farm, now in its fourth year.

For more information on the classes or the community garden, call 508-645-3304.

Under the stars

The Martha's Vineyard Cancer Support Group will host An Evening Under the Stars next Thursday, May 17. Proceeds from the annual benefit event will help the group continue to give financial support to Islanders facing cancer.

The annual gala, hosted by Doug and Leslie Hewson at their Mediterranean Restaurant, is supported by Island businesses and individuals. Drinks and a wide selection of hot and cold hors d'oeuvres will be served throughout the evening. Mike Benjamin will provide the music.

The support group is in its 21st year of helping Islanders at a weekly support meeting and also by providing financial assistance to cancer patients. Since 2000, the group has given away more than $100,000 to Vineyard families. Run by a volunteer board of directors, the organization has no paid staff, so all money raised goes directly to those battling cancer.

An Evening Under the Stars, Thursday, May 17, 6 to 9 pm, Mediterranean Restaurant, 52 Beach Road, Vineyard Haven. Tickets are $100 and are available at the door.

Pretty in pink

The Island goes pink this weekend to support those living with breast cancer. The third annual MV Goes Pink will feature a walk on Mother's Day, May 13, at 10 am, beginning at the Sengekontacket Pond parking lot in Oak Bluffs. Island businesses will be decked out in pink in support of the event.

For more information, call 508-645-5012 or 645-5024 or visit

Water, water everywhere

Do you like to go to the beach? Do you have a little time to volunteer? The Martha's Vineyard Senior Environment Corps needs you for beach water sampling. State law requires samples, which help protect public health. Each community is responsible for providing the data.

The senior corps established the testing on the Island and has supported the towns by voluntarily collecting the samples. The Cape and Islands Elder Service help the volunteers with mileage reimbursement and supplemental insurance.

Please contact Mary Carchrie at 1-800-244-4630 for more details. Your next walk on the beach could help everyone.

Spring sunset

Join the Martha's Vineyard Museum this Sunday, Mother's Day, for a free tour of the Gay Head Light in Aquinnah. See the newly re-painted lighthouse, which is now ready for the upcoming summer season. The tours are from 4 pm to 6 pm. The regular summer sunset tours begin on Friday, June 22.