Community Shorts

Posted September 6, 2007

Wee Farmers in the fall

The FARM Institute is offering five Wee Farmer sessions this fall on Saturdays between Sept. 8 and Nov. 10. Children ages 3 to 4 years old can join farmer and teacher Mary Baker and learn to harvest, cook, eat, as well as visit the animals. The sessions are $12 each, and are on Sept. 8, 22, Oct. 13, 27, and Nov. 10. There is limited space available. To register, call 508-627-7007 ext. 106, or visit

After school with ABLE

Girls age 11 to 14 are invited to join the YMCA of Martha's Vineyard's after school program that meets twice a week. Adolescent Balanced Living Experience (ABLE) meets on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3 to 5:30 pm and will take girls on outings to places such as Felix Neck, Vineyard Tennis Center Workout and Spa, and the FARM Institute, among others. For more information, or to sign up, call Amanda Cohen at 508-696-7171 ext. 4.

India, anyone?

The Martha's Vineyard Rotary Club is looking for a young professional, between the age of 25 and 40, to travel to India and share information about their life and vocation at home. The Rotary Foundation pays for all travel expenses while the selected traveler promotes international understanding and good will. To request an application, call Deurward Hughes at 508-693-4425. The application deadline is Sept. 15.

Prayer for peace, memorial

On Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 9:30 am, join in the annual 9/11 Memorial Service at the Unitarian-Universalist Society on 238 Main Street in Vineyard Haven. Take a moment to remember those who lost their lives on that day and to pray for peace in our world today.

Create your own bonsai

This Saturday, bonsai artist Ernie Carlomagno will hold a bonsai workshop at Polly Hill Arboretum. Mr. Carlomagno will instruct on the techniques of creating and caring, and participants will have a hands-on opportunity to create a piece to bring home. The artist's work is currently on display at Donaroma's Nursery in Edgartown. The class is $55; $50 for members, and is from 1 to 4 pm. You must pre-register by calling 508-693-9426.

Senior center BBQ

Enjoy a backyard barbeque at the Tisbury Senior Center this Monday, Sept. 10. The feasting starts at 12 noon, when you can also enjoy music and mini-putt golf. For $5, enjoy a relaxing Monday at the center. Call 508-696-4205 to pre-register.

Diversity Council shows film

"Race: The Power of an Illusion" will be shown on Monday, Sept. 10, at 6:30 pm at the West Tisbury School on Old County Road. The Island Diversity Council will be showing the film, the first in a three-part series, with a dialogue following the screening.

CROP walk meeting

This Monday, there will be an organizational meeting for the annual Vineyard CROP Walk. The walk, which raises money for world hunger, has raised nearly $220,000 for the Church World Service to alleviate hunger and poverty internationally as well as a percentage for Island families in need. This is the 17th annual 10-kilometer walk, and it will be on Sunday, Oct. 21.

The recruiters' meeting will be at 7 pm at Grace Church in Vineyard Haven. Speaking will be the Rev. Bert Marshall, new executive director of the Northern New England Church World Service. For more information, call 508-693-3930.

Island grants Cultural grant assistance

The Martha's Vineyard Cultural Council will distribute $24,000 in grants this year, and the council is holding a meeting this Monday to help those interested in applying for the individual grants. The council is looking for proposals for community-oriented arts, humanities, science projects, artist residencies, and school workshops and lectures. This meeting is to answer questions and help with the application process. Applications are due in mid-October and are available online at The meeting is Sept. 10 at 7:30 pm at the Howes House in West Tisbury.

Permanent Endowment grants

The Permanent Endowment Fund is accepting grant requests for programs concerning Island needs and issues. More specifically, the Fund is seeking requests that deal with health care and maritime issues. Applications are due by Sept. 30, and are available by calling Gail Craig at 508-627-3754 or online at