Community Shorts

Posted November 1, 2007

WWII up close

The Tisbury Senior Center presents a unique and rare opportunity to hear first-hand World War II accounts by Tisbury resident and war veteran Meverell Good. This Monday, Nov. 5, Mr. Good will recollect his teenage experience in the war, when he enlisted in the 10th Mountain Division. He'll also play an original recording of Winston Churchill's address before the House of Commons in 1940, and a video "Fire on the Mountain." Cookies, tea, and discussion with Mr. Good follow. For more information, call 508-696-4205.

Senior employment training

The Mature Workers Program of Elder Services of Cape Cod and the Islands, Inc. has openings in the "Bridge Back to Work program" for people over 55 years old. Participate in either skills training to help obtain employment, or paid work experience. For more information, call Gloria or Betty at 888-394-4630 ext. 134 or 138.

Island business panel

Sponsored by the M.V. Women's Network, several Island business owners will give an informative panel discussion on experiences and lessons learned. Panelists include Karen Rankin of Actability, Lynn and Rosemary Hoeft of Chicama Vineyards, Jenni Bick of Jenni Bick Bookbinding, Julie Robinson of Julie Robinson Interiors, Danielle Bailey of Kiddo's, and Sherry Purdy of Sandpiper Realty, Inc. The discussion is on Tuesday, Nov. 6, at The Grill on Main in Edgartown. Registration begins at 7 am, and the event begins at 7:30 am. Admission is $20 for members, $25 for non-members if pre-registered by Thursday, Nov. 1, and $30 for walk-ins. For more information, call 508-696-3188 or email

Donate your used glasses

The West Tisbury School is holding a used eyeglass drive, in which pairs of glasses will be recycled by Give the Gift of Sight and Lions Club International and given to underprivileged people around the world. Sight Night helps people in developing countries such as Mexico, Bolivia, Laos, and Thailand. The organization uses prescription eyeglasses and non-prescription sunglasses, and not reading glasses or cases. There will be an orange drop-box at the school until Friday, Nov. 2. For more information, call Mara Coleman at 508-696-7738 ext. 313.

Red Stocking starts

Today is the first day to get Red Stocking applications for the 2007 holiday season. An Island tradition that works to provide food and clothing to Island children from birth to eighth grade, Red Stocking served approximately 280 children last year. Applications are available at: M.V. Insurance Co., Vineyard Haven; most Island banks; elementary school nurses; Early Childhood Office of MV Community Services, Oak Bluffs; DSS; Tribal Headquarters, Aquinnah; Island Food Pantry, Vineyard Haven; and the Boys and Girls Club in Edgartown.

The organization is also looking for volunteers later in December to wrap presents. The M.V. Harley Riders will have their annual ride around the Island on Sunday, Nov. 11, collecting toys and contributions. The public is invited to the Portuguese American Club at 12 noon that day to welcome them back from their ride. For more information or to donate, call Kerry Alley at 508-693-2324 or Lorraine Clark at 508-693-0725. Checks may be mailed to Barbara Silvia, Treasurer, P.O. Box 74, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568.

Honoring Cape Verdean heritage

The Cape Verdean Heritage Hall of Fame is looking for nominations for inductees, people who have contributed to the heritage's history or community. Those eligible must be of Cape Verdean decent, and native of Cape Verde and/or live in New England. Inductees will be recognized at the Cape Verdean Museum Exhibit, 1003 Waterman Avenue in East Providence, R.I. To nominate, send a nomination letter, biography (less than 2 pages), and a 5" by 7" portrait to The Cape Verdean Heritage Hall of Fame, c/o The Cape Verdean Museum Exhibit, P.O. Box 14187, East Providence, R.I. 02914-0187. The deadline is Friday, Nov. 30.

In stitches

The 2nd annual knitting and crochet show is next Saturday, Nov. 10, at The Clark House in Vineyard Haven. You can still submit items up until Friday, Nov. 9 at 4 pm. Prizes will be awarded in multiple categories. Jessica Oas will be teaching the class "Knitting with Beads." To sign up, see Lynne at The Heath Hen in Vineyard Haven. Fabulous door prizes are courtesy of The Stitchery Magazine, and the show is from 12 noon-4 pm. For more information, call 508-693-6550.

Ice time

Skating coach, Corrine DeLangavant will begin teaching lunchtime classes at the ice arena on Tuesday and Thursday each week. The figure skating lessons are for all levels, including beginners who want to take up the sport.

The lessons will be $10 and the rink charges $5 for ice time from 11 am to 1 pm, so there will be time for practice before or after the class. Skate rentals are also available at the rink. This is a good opportunity to get some exercise, meet new people, and enjoy the beauty and challenge of figure skating.

For more information call Ms. DeLangavant at 508-696-8392.