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Posted October 18, 2007

Belly dance and tea

The art of belly dance will be explained at the Tisbury Senior Center's "Tea & Talk" this Wednesday, Oct. 24. Enjoy cookies and tea while watching and listening to members of the Vineyard's Belly Dance and Revue speak on the history and demonstrate the dance. Dancers include Pat Szucs, Betsy Smith, Jamie O'Gorman, Suzanna Nickerson, and Shela Rayyan. The event is free at begins at 2 pm. Reservations are appreciated by calling the number below.

Also at the center, a five-week floral design course begins on Thursday, Oct. 25, at 1:30 pm. Taught by Helene Barr, the class includes lectures, hands-on demos, and projects. The course is $30. To register, call Sandy at 508-696-4205, before Oct. 22.

Festival winner on MVTV

A Jackson Hole Film Festival first-place winner will have its international debut on MVTV this Friday at 8 pm. "How to Save the World" won Best Non-Broadcast Film at this year's festival, the largest of its kind in the world. The film brings to light globalization as an environmental and human disaster, and focuses on Indian farmers who are fighting the multinational corporations. For more information, call MVTV at 508-696-9760.

Inside the Salem witch trials

The sixth great-granddaughter of a Salem witch trial judge is speaking at the Bunch of Grapes Bookstore this Friday, Oct. 19, on her recent book, "Salem Witch Judge: The Life and Repentance of Samuel Sewall." Eve LaPlante's biography of her ancestor explores the life of the only Salem witch trial judge to publicly repent for sending innocent people to death. The discussion is at 7:30 pm at the Vineyard Haven bookstore.

Film and forum

There will be a free film screening and community forum on U.S. sponsored torture at the M.V. Hebrew Center this coming Wednesday, Oct. 24. "Ghosts of Abu Ghraib," a film by Rory Kennedy, examines the prisoner abuse scandal that involved detainees at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison and U.S. soldiers in the fall of 2003. There will be an open discussion and refreshments following the film. The center is located at 130 Center Street in Vineyard Haven.

Tiny dancers

The M.V. School of Ballet is registering children for the fall/winter season. All levels from tiny tots to advanced will perform in the "Nutcracker Gala" at the MVRHS Performing Arts Center on Dec. 1 and 2. For more information about classes and fees, call 508-693-0023.

As a benefit for the Children in the Arts of Martha's Vineyard 2007 "Nutcracker Gala," there will be a fantasy costume ball on Saturday, Oct. 27. at Outerland. Traipse through a haunted house, enjoy hayrides, a moon walk, costume parade, crafts and goodies. Admission is $5, and the party is from 12 noon to 4 pm. For more information, call 508-693-1137.