Community Shorts

Posted June 7, 2007

Video: Island bike safety

Concerned with bicycle riding on the Island, Chris Fried recently strapped a video camera to his chest and filmed his ride from Vineyard Haven to Oak Bluffs. His findings were potholes, sand, irregular shoulders, curbs, and dangerous crosswalks, according to Mr. Fried. "Let's Make Biking Safe on M.V.," is his 50-minute video, and will be showing on MVTV, channel 13, and can also be borrowed from Mr. Fried. For more information, call Mr. Fried at 508-693-7741.

Get creative

Partake in Paula Estey's creativity workshop, "Reclamation," from Thursday, June 14 to Sunday, June 17. Combining meditation, writing, and painting in an autobiographical way, participants will engage in group discussions and exercises to expand one's creative life. "Reclamation: Autobiography as Creative Transformation" will take place at 64 Pine Street, Edgartown, and at Featherstone Center for the Arts, Barnes Road, Oak Bluffs.

The workshop is $550 for Islanders, and $800 for off-Islanders, which includes transportation and three night's accommodations. For more information, e-mail, or

fashion show

Vineyard fashions

Chic takes center stage on Friday, June 8 at the Martha's Vineyard Hospital Auxiliary fashion show.

Funds raised will go toward the purchase of a new Medfusion Pump 3500. The pump is a computerized syringe that delivers medication to newborns and pediatric patients, reducing medication errors with advanced technology.

Guests will enjoy fashions modeled during a luncheon at the Harbor View Hotel. Raffle items include an Island Propane grill, a signed copy of "DW's Guide to Perfect Manners" by Marc Brown, and a Windsor side-chair by Jim Chirgwin of M.V. Windsor. To purchase tickets, which are $50, call 508-693-0410 ext. 218 or Gretchen MacArthur at 508-693-8782.

Observe and sketch

Venture to Polly Hill Arboretum on Tuesday, June 12, for an observation and landscape-drawing workshop with Diane Nicholls, painter, illustrator, and landscape historian. There, learn art techniques and drawing lessons, and methods on keeping a daily sketchbook. You must pre-register by calling 508-693-9426. The class is $36, and $30 for members.