Community Shorts

Posted September 13, 2007

FARM Institute

Get F.I.T.

On Friday, Sept. 14, another 12-week session begins at the FARM Institute in Katama which once again is offering students (minimum age11) a chance to learn and grow by participating in its Farmer-in-Training program (F.I.T.). Students will assist teachers, mentor other students, and get hands-on experience in farming. A $180 fee covers the entire session. The FARM Institute also provides a variety of other programs for children of all ages. Contact Melinda Rabbitt DeFeo at 508-627-7007, ext. 106.

Amplified sound

A program on the proposed Cape Wind project will be presented by Vineyard Haven Public Library, as part of its Evening Lecture Series. On Thursday, Sept. 20, at 7 pm, at Katharine Cornell Theatre, Judy Crawford will moderate as Mark Rogers of Cape Wind and Audra Parker of the Alliance to Save Nantucket Sound offer their views. This free event is intended to present both sides of this issue in a straightforward and open discussion.

Brunch with love

The Tisbury Travel Club has scheduled a trip to the Tilden Arts Center in Hyannis on Oct. 28, for the opening show of Opera New England of Cape Cod's season. After brunch at the Coonamessett Inn, it's off to see the National Lyric Opera Company's performance of "Romeo et Juliette" - a full opera with a live orchestra. Space is limited. Pricing depends on the size of the bus required. The travel club is a non-profit group dedicated to offering low-cost day trips for Islanders. For reservations, contact Sandy Whitworth at 508-696-4205 at the Tisbury Senior Center.

Swim classes begin soon

Swimming classes start on Sept. 22 at the Mansion House, with registration this Saturday, Sept. 15, at 9 am. Classes are taught for all levels, including Red Cross Lifeguard training.

Aquatics instructor Jennifer Fragosa supervises the classes. For more information, call 508-693-2200 or visit

butterfly release
Photo by Ralph Stewart

Butterflies are free

After much deliberation, Hospice of Martha's Vineyard has decided to cancel the memorial butterfly release at Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary. The decision not to repeat last year's event came after Suzan Bellincampi, director of Felix Neck, warned that introducing bred butterflies into a habitat of natural butterflies can create devastating results. The biologists of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife assert that the release of mail-order butterflies can decimate native populations by introducing disease, competition for food and altered survival behavior through interbreeding. Hospice of Martha's Vineyard said in a press release, "(we) are about taking care of the living and making certain that their time is the best it can be. We can not contribute to a potential destruction of life and habitat."

Lama in your living room

A locally produced television series, "The 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva" will begin airing on MVTV on Sept. 17 at 8 pm. The series, based on the guidelines and instructions of the 14th century Tibetan Buddhist master Ngulchu Thogme Rinpoche, was videotaped at the Bodhi Path Buddhist Center in West Tisbury and features resident Lama Yeshe Drolma. The program will air in nine parts, appearing every Monday night through Nov. 12.

Polly Hill
Photo by Susan Safford

Summer plants for sale

On Saturday, Sept. 15,, from 10 am to 2 pm, the Polly Hill Arboretum will host a plant sale of items grown and nurtured in their greenhouse this summer. Native Island plants, ornamental trees, choice shrubs, and fall-blooming perennials will be available. Arboretum staff will be on hand to answer questions and offer advice. The arboretum is located on State Road in West Tisbury. For more information, call them at 508-693-9426.

Yoga for moms-to-be

The Family Network will continue the popular Prenatal Yoga classes with Sherry Sidoti of Vineyard Yoga every Tuesday evening in October and November. The free classes "emphasize alleviating common discomforts in pregnancy as well as preparing women for labor and new motherhood in a supportive environment," said Ms. Sidoti. The weekly class will be held at Vineyard Yoga.

To register for the classes, call Jennifer McHugh of the Family Network, at 508-693-7900, ext. 288. For more information, on Vineyard Yoga visit