Community Shorts

Posted October 18, 2007

Trauma class

M.V. Community Services is hosting "The Many Faces of Trauma," a two-day John K. Pearce Fall Training Conference that focuses on trauma and its effects on the individual, family, and community. There will be five speakers, which include Dan Brown, Ph.D of Newton, and Jean Bellows, Psy.D., along with moderator Dr. Charles Silberstein. The goal of the conference is to help Island professionals understand the definition of trauma, its effects, and the connection with substance, domestic, and sexual abuse. To register, visit or call 508-693-7900 ext. 374.

Complimentary lung screenings

On Wednesday, Oct. 24, the respiratory care department at the M.V. Hospital is observing Lung Health Day by offering free Pulmonary Function Screenings. The tests measure how easily and how much air travels in and out of your lungs as you breathe, which can determine potential problems. You must pre-register for the screenings by calling 508-693-0410 ext. 243. The tests take place from 11 am to 2 pm.

Adult education begins

School's in session again as this year's M.V. Public School's Extended Adult Education classes begin next week. Courses offered are: "Learn to Use Any Mac Computer" with Nancy Dator; "The Art of Fiction: Writing Well, Writing to Publish" with John Hough; "Conversational English for Advanced Learners through Improvisational Theater Games" and "Intro Spanish Conversation" with Lynne Ditchfield; "Introductory Italian" and "Conversational Italian for Intermediate to Advanced Speakers," both with Chad Card. Tuition is $100 per course, which have 5 classes each. All courses are at the M.V. Regional High School except the Mac class, which is at the Tisbury School. To register, visit, or call 508-693-2007 ext. 19.

Dual Quest workshops

Next week, there will be two Quest workshop opportunities presented by Quest M.V. and the M.V. Museum. On Wednesday, Oct. 24, Steve Glazer of Valley Quest gives a one-day workshop that teaches how to use local cemeteries to teach community history. The "Cemetery Quest Workshop" tuition is $50, and location is TBA.

On Thursday and Friday, Mr. Glazer will run a two-day workshop that focuses on creating community treasure hunts that involve a lesson in the town's history. "Village Quest Workshop" takes place in Tisbury at the Sail M.V. building located on Main Street. To create the hunt, Mr. Glazer will use historic buildings, photographs, oral history, and archived documents. Tuition is $125, each class will from 8:30 am until 4:30 pm. For more information or to register, call Lynne Whiting at 508-627-4441 ext. 120 or email To learn more about Quest, visit, or

Arboretum art and more

The West Tisbury School fifth graders have been spending time at Polly Hill Arboretum readying the grounds for fall. With the help of Betsy Dripps, Gretchen Snyder, and volunteer school guides, the students have creatively adorned walls, branches, and fences with natural materials. The display runs from Oct. 25 through Nov. 4, or as long as nature allows.

Also coming up at the Arboretum is a walking tour on Saturday, Nov. 3. Walk the grounds with knowledgeable staff and talk history, trees, and plants. Back inside, enjoy a bowl of soup and a soup-making demo by Island chef and cookbook author Cathy Walters. The event is from 11 am to 1:30 pm, and costs $30; $25 for members. Pre-register by calling 508-693-9426.

Chilmark library lecture: environmental health

Dr. Lisa Nagy, M.D., is giving a talk, "Environmental Health: The Controversial Connection between Chronic Lyme, Depression, and Alcoholism, and Living in a Moldy Home," this Wednesday. Since having recovered from being seriously ill, she is passionate about the interrelationship between the topics of her discussion. She is board certified in environmental medicine, and plans to begin practicing this winter. She will be giving away "mold plates" to attendees to test individual's home environments. The lecture is sponsored by the Friends of the Chilmark Public Library, and is free. The event begins at 5:30 on Oct. 24 at the library.

Farewell to the founders

This year's annual harvest supper at The Stone Church will be a "bon voyage" event for the two founders of the annual dinner. The Reverends Lee and Helen Oliver, who founded the supper 36 years ago in 1971, are moving to New Hampshire. Celebrate with the Olivers on Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Christ United Methodist Church on Church Street in Vineyard Haven. There will be two seatings, at 5 and 6:30 pm. To make a reservation, call Barbara Donald at 508-693-1493.

Vegas at Outerland

The Island Affordable Housing Fund is hosting a Vegas-style fundraiser on Friday, Oct. 26. At "Viva la Vineyard," enjoy dinner, casino games, and a show by Jerry Bennett and the Sultans of Swing at Outerland. Tickets for all three events are $75, which includes $100 in "casino cash." Show-only tickets are $25. The dinner is from 7 to 9 pm, show and gaming until 12 midnight, with the show beginning at 9 pm. For more information, call Guinevere Cramer at 508-696-0943 or e-mail Tickets are available at Outerland's box office and at

Open house at Girl Scout Camp

Take a ride out to Middle Road on Sunday, Oct. 21 and visit Camp Wampanoag in Chilmark for a Girl Scout open house from 2 to 3:30 pm. The family day will include parachute games, singing, face painting, and s'mores. For more information on the open house or the Island's scouting program, call 508-693-4030.