Community Shorts

Posted September 20, 2007

Women in business

The Martha's Vineyard Women's Network (MVWN) is hosting the president and founder of ThinkPeople, Jean DiGiovanna, who will give a presentation this week. The talk, titled "Goal Setting: A New Approach to Business Planning," will be at The Grill On Main, located on Upper Main Street in Edgartown, on Sept. 25, from 7:30 to 9 pm.

ThinkPeople is a coaching and consulting firm for businesses. The presentation is $25 or $20 for members who register by today, Sept. 20. Tickets at the door will be $30. For more information, call 508-696-3188 or visit

Fall evenings

Join Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary this week for two different evening adventures at Sengekontacket Pond. On Tuesday, Sept. 25, from 6 to 8 pm join in a guided kayak tour and celebrate the harvest moon.

The following evening, Wednesday, Sept. 26, stay on shore and greet the full moon with your guide, Suzan Bellincampi. Take a brisk evening walk on the sanctuary trails. Bring a flashlight and dress for weather.

For more information on both of these moonlit events, call 508-627-4850, ext. 101.

Work done, money due

Pete Costas of Vineyard Gardens is hosting a class, "Landscaper Accounting: Collecting for 2007," at Polly Hill Arboretum on Tuesday, Sept. 25. During this forum, Mr. Costas will help those who have trouble collecting payment from their clients. He will present his own collection strategies and brainstorm with the group for better ways to bill clients, or learn to get pre-paid for 2008. The class is from 4:30 to 6:30 pm, and costs $10, which will benefit the Arboretum. Pre-register by calling Karin at 508-693-9426.

Five years and counting

The Renaissance House, an artist's retreat and tribute to the late Helene Johnson and Dorothy West, is having a benefit to celebrate the house's five years of operation. The benefit is this Friday, Sept. 21, and will include spoken word artists from around the world as well as Islanders. So far, the performing schedule includes Lesago Malepe, a South African writer; Storme Webber, spoken word artist from Seattle, Wash.; Tony McGrath, a political folk singer; and Mary Wheeler, a poet from Atlanta, Georgia. The second half of the program will be for Island writers and performers. To participate, e-mail The suggested donation is $5, and the performance begins at 8 pm. The House is located at 31 Penacook Avenue in Oak Bluffs.

Say a little prayer for me

On Sept. 27 at 7:30 pm the Christian Science Society brings John Adams, a prayer-based healer, to the Unitarian Universalist Society in Vineyard Haven to discuss how people around the world use prayer for healing. In his talk entitled, "Does Christian Science really heal sickness and sin?" Mr. Adams will draw from his personal experience as well as from the original sourcebook on Christian healing, the Bible, and "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," by Mary Baker Eddy, to discuss how healing through prayer impacts your family, friends and community. People of all faiths are encouraged to attend this free event. For further information, call Cynthia at 508-693-1302.

Roots and Shoots at Featherstone

Featherstone invites young people between the ages of 5 and 12 and their families to be part of Roots and Shoots, a global environmental and humanitarian program founded by the Jane Goodall Institute. The first meeting for the fall will be held on Monday, Sept. 24, from 5 to 6 pm and is free of charge. A light supper will be provided and the local chapter's efforts for the coming school year will be outlined, including news about Golden and Glitter, two chimpanzees that they adopted who are currently living in Tanzania. Join the group for its monthly meetings at Featherstone and help make a difference in the lives of the chimps and in the lives of other animals worldwide. To learn more, contact Featherstone at 508-693-1850.

Movie night for diversity

On Monday Sept. 24th at the West Tisbury School cafeteria, the Island Diversity Council will host a screening of "Race: The Power an Illusion Part 3," followed by a discussion of how diversity affects our Island community. All are welcome.