Community Shorts

Posted July 12, 2007

Yoga in Aquinnah

A three-class yoga workshop will be held on the weekend of July 20 at the Aquinnah Town Hall community center. Boston-area yoga teacher Liz Owen will present asana, pranayama, and meditation, in all three classes. Practitioners of all levels are invited. The classes are Friday, July 20, from 4 to 6 pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 12 noon. Each workshop is $30, or $75 for three. For more information or to register, contact Liz Owen at 781-856-9157 or e-mail

From crayons to poetry

Peggy Freydberg of Chilmark will present her poetry during the Unitarian Universalist Society of Martha's Vineyard's 11 am service this Sunday. Among other poetry from "Evening on the Pond," and "Wanting," she will read "Ceasing to live a drama in order to see one." Mrs. Freydberg has been a writer for a long time. "I have written all my life, ever since I could hold a crayon," the 99-year-old says. The U.U. Society is located on Main Street in Vineyard Haven. For more information, call 508-693-3553.

ART for Education

To counteract recent state cuts in early education funding, the Garden Gate Child Development presents ART for Education, a cocktail party and silent auction to benefit the Garden Gates Artists program. The program brings professional artists into the classroom to teach students drama, painting, dance, sculpture, and storytelling, along with relationship development.

The event is held at the Grange Hall in West Tisbury on Tuesday, July 17. From 6 to 8:30 pm, hear live music from Squash Meadow, enjoy hors d'oeuvres made by Truly Scrumptious, view children's art work and bid on items from restaurant and shopping gift certificates to Red Sox tickets, Island getaways, aerial tours, and private sails. Tickets are $25 at the door. For more information, call 508-696-9997.

Back in the game

After a three-year break, yoga instructor Carolyn Kildegaard returns to teaching this summer, beginning with a class on July 26. "Enlightenment: What do postures have to do with it?" will be at the Sailing Camp Park in Oak Bluffs, from 9:30 am to 3 pm, for $75.

She begins a series of eight classes on August 2, from 10 am to 12 noon, at The Sacred Circle of Yoga Studio. The series will be held every Thursday for eight weeks, and includes a full-day, silent retreat on Sunday, August 26 from 9 am to 4 pm. The cost is $218, and scholarships are available. To register, call 508-939-9235.

Apostolic House of Prayer

Wanted: A church

Members of the Apostolic House of Prayer of Pequot Avenue in Oak Bluffs have recently been left churchless after the sale of their church. Luckily, the Oak Bluffs Park Department granted them the use of Waban Park every Sunday, but the community is still in need of a church for rainy days and during the winter. Their Sunday service is held at 10 am across from the Inkwell Beach. If anyone has any ideas or can help attain a new church, or would like to be a musician during a service, call James Hester at 646-267-8600, or visit the Sunday service.

Bruce the Shark

Who wants a shark?

The Martha's Vineyard Chamber of Commerce is looking for an Island non-profit organization to adopt Bruce, their life-sized, great white shark head with opened mouth and bared teeth. Proposals are sought that include the interested organization's plan to protect Bruce from damage, natural elements, and to allow public enjoyment of the shark. All organizations must provide 501c(3) certification, a guarantee Bruce will be covered by the organization's insurance policy, an agreement that the Chamber can post signage on the shark, and a guarantee that the group be able to move and store him. The proposal deadline is July 20, and should be submitted by e-mail to or by mail to RFP Bruce, Martha's Vineyard Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 1698, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568. For more information, call Nancy Gardella at 508-693-0085 ext. 16 or e-mail The Chamber's board of directors will review proposals and make a final decision.

Fashion for The Yard

The Yard is hosting a fashion show and tea today from 2 to 4 pm at The Shiverick Inn, located at 5 Pease Point Way in Edgartown. Numerous clothing stores are participating in the event sponsored by Sandpiper Realty, such as Sherlock & Bare, Vineyard Vines, Laughing Bear, and jeweler Joan Hewson, to name a few. Tickets are $50, which will benefit The Yard. Enjoy tea and sweets while viewing the latest Island fashions. For tickets, call Elaine Miller at 508-627-3737.