Community Shorts

Posted October 25, 2007

Scallop raffle

Scallop season is here, and The Friends of the Tisbury Council on Aging are holding a raffle, awarding 5, 3, and 2 pounds to lucky winners. Tickets are available at the Tisbury Senior Center and on Thursday mornings for 8 to 11 am at the Thrift Store in Vineyard Haven. The drawing will be on Friday, Nov. 23, and tickets are $1 each, or $10 for 12. The center is located at 34 Pine Tree Road, and the Thrift Store is located on Lagoon Pond Road.

Family to family

A donation of $25 this holiday season to the Vineyard Committee on Hunger (VCOH) can provide one family with a Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. In collaboration with Reliable Market, the Surplus Food Program and several local churches, VCOH is looking for sponsors to contribute the cost of one family's meal. The Thanksgiving basket includes turkey, stuffing, potatoes, cranberry sauce, dinner rolls, vegetables, gravy, and dessert. To donate, give a check to any VCOH member, or send it to P.O. Box 1874, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568.

Talking history

Martha's Vineyard Museum's oral historian Linsey Lee will conduct an oral history workshop on Saturday, Nov. 3. Participants will learn interview techniques, creative uses and care of history collections, and the opportunity to learn about the Museum's collection of over 400 oral histories of Islanders. Class size is limited to 12 people, and you must pre-register by calling 508-627-4441, ext. 113. The class is from 1 to 4 pm, and there will be a follow-up meeting to be announced. The cost of the class is $20.

Kitty Dukakis speaks

Kitty Dukakis is the speaker at next week's Evening Lecture Series sponsored by the Vineyard Haven library, held at the M.V. Hebrew Center. Wife of former Massachusetts governor Michael Dukakis, Ms. Dukakis presents "Shock of Recognition: Depression, Addiction, and Hope." In 1990, Ms. Dukakis publicly revealed her personal story of depression and addiction to alcohol and prescription drugs. Since becoming an advocate for recovery, she has written a book on shock therapy and its healing powers. This past September, the Lemuel Shattuck Hospital in Jamaica Plain opened an addiction treatment center in her name. In the lecture, she will reflect on her struggle with mental illness, her life in the public eye, and how shock therapy saved her life. The lecture is on Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 7 pm. The M.V. Hebrew Center is located on Center Street in Vineyard Haven. For more information, call Betty Burton at 508-696-4211 ext. 16 or e-mail