Community Shorts

Posted November 8, 2007

Kid's cut

The Vineyard Montessori School is holding their fifth annual Hair Cut-a-Thon for children on Sunday, Nov. 11, from 10 am to 1 pm. Head over to Wavelengths Salon on Upper Main Street in Edgartown for a hair cut or wash and blow-dry. There will also be face painting, nail polishing, and refreshments.

The school, located on Main Street in Vineyard Haven, is in its 31st year of operation, serving children from preschool to third grade.

For the best service, make an appointment by calling Wavelengths at 508-627-7066, but walk-ins will be taken as time allows. For more information about the school or this event, call 508-693-4090.

National essay contest

The Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI), a national educational organization, is taking submissions for a nationwide high school essay contest with the topic: "George Washington and the Future of the American Presidency." ISI is looking for original 1,200- to 1,500-word essays. The entry form submission deadline is Nov. 10, and essays are due no later than Jan. 12. Cash prizes will be awarded for the top essays, from $250 to $1,000. All students who participate will receive a free copy of "A Student's Guide to American Political Thought," complimentary membership to ISI, and "Intercollegiate Review," ISI's journal of scholarship and opinion. For more information, visit

Event rescheduled at Polly Hill

As a result of the recent storm, the walking tour and soup demonstration at Polly Hill Arboretum originally scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 3, has been rescheduled for Saturday, Nov. 17. 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 Walthers. The event is from 11 am to 1:30 pm, and costs $30; $25 for members. Pre-register by calling 508-693-9426.

Crafts for cause

The Vineyard Craftsmen are preparing for their annual scholarship fundraiser, a crafts fair, to be held on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1 and 2, from 10 am to 4 pm. The committee is looking for craftspeople to purchase booths, which cost $125 for two days. This is the organization's only fundraiser for their high school scholarship, which goes to a student pursuing higher education at an art school. The fair will be at the regional high school on Vineyard Haven-Edgartown Road. For more information or to purchase a booth, call Andrea Rogers at 508-693-8989.

Therapeutic drumming

Rick Bausman and The Rhythm of Life, Inc. (formerly The Drum Workshop) are sponsoring a therapeutic drumming class on every second and fourth Wednesday of each month. The classes are at 1:30 pm at the up-Island Council on Aging (the Howes House), State Road, West Tisbury. The class is designed for people with Parkinson's disease and other chronic illnesses. For more information, call the Howes House at 508-693-2896.

Rescheduled benefit

Last Saturday's storm caused the postponement of the film and craft sale at the M.V. Hebrew Center in Vineyard Haven, until Saturday, Nov. 10, from 6 to 8 pm. "Waging Peace in Zambia," a short documentary film on the work of the African Artists Community Development Project, will also be shown.

The event will include the sale of Zambian crafts and a silent auction of antique African ceremonial cloths, folk art, and wall hangings. Hors d'oeuvres will be served.

For more information, call Marsha Winsryg at 508-693-4059.