According to Diane Gandy's October newsletter, students lost no time settling in and getting back to their studies, from how the Shenandoah works to the details of Growing Up-Island, the project carried out with Windemere residents. Thanks to Farm Neck and Betsy Burmeister of Windemere's recreation committee: they have received splendid new cameras to record various aspects of up-Island living. And thanks, as always, to Lillian Kellman for starting off the year with her popular storytelling.
Curriculum plans for the school year include studies of energy issues, community-based field trips and projects to explore the natural world, as well as workshops in foreign cultures, from Darfur to China to Mexico and South America. With the whole world just a click away, students these days have a keen awareness of life in distant lands.
Adults are getting educated as well, in their case in the origins of Christian orthodoxy as laid out in the Bible. Starting next Sunday, Oct. 7, at 9:45 am the study group led by Vicky Hanjian will read and discuss Elaine Pagels's book, "Beyond Belief." Call Vicky for more information at 508-606-8225. Everyone is welcome. Church worship starts at 11 am, as does Sunday School for preschool through sixth grade.
In other church news for those who plan ahead: there is an opening for a parking manager for next summer's flea market. The job pays a salary and requires attendance from 9 am to 1 pm on Wednesdays and Saturdays from June 25 to August 30. Please call flea market coordinator Phyllis Conway at 508-645-9216 for more information.
Of interest to those with Parkinson's: Dr. Shivraj Sohur, a specialist in neurodegenerative disease will give a talk on transplanting brain cells in Parkinson's Disease. Dr. Sohur is, among other things, attending physician in the Parkinson's and Movement Disorder Center at Massachusetts General Hospital.
The art exhibition this month at the library is showing something a little different: "Jewels for the Home" - handmade mosaic wampum tiles by Joan Lelacheur and fine felted fabrics by Heather Hall of Montague.
Jennifer Morgan, the tireless fundraiser for the MSPCA, has announced another event to take place next Monday, Oct. 8, 2 to 6 pm at Lattanzi's Restaurant in Edgartown. Pizza, pasta, and salad buffet along with raffles, a silent auction and local entertainment, all for a $25 donation to benefit the shelter.