Community Shorts

Posted December 13, 2007

Katrina clean-up ongoing

Skip and Mary Ann Danforth of Chatham, through the United Methodist Committee of Relief, have made four trips with volunteers to the Gulf Coast to help with reconstruction after hurricane Katrina. They will be leading another group from Jan. 27 to Feb. 2, 2008. Would you like to join them?

The Danforths will be on the Island talking about their experiences on Monday, Dec. 17, at 6:30 pm in the Baylies Room of the Old Whaling Church in Edgartown. For more information, call Ann Deitrich at 508-645-9506.

Jeremy Berlin, Elijah Dunn Feiner, Emma Williamson, Lulu Dice, and Reyna Faust
Children gather around pianist Jeremy Berlin at the Vineyard Haven Public Library. (From left) Elijah Dunn Feiner, Emma Williamson, Lulu Dice, and Reyna Faust. Photo courtesy of Vineyard Haven Public Library. Click photo for larger version.

Everybody sing

Jeremy Berlin is a favorite guest at the Vineyard Haven Public Library, where his sing-along programs are very popular. On Dec. 11 more than 25 children from one to five years old clapped, danced, and sang to Mr. Berlin's music at two different story hours.

Insight Meditation in session

The Insight Meditation Community's "Mindfulness Meditation" session this weekend will be run by Chas Di Capua, teacher in residence at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre. The free event will focus on the Theravadin tradition, the most ancient "wing" of Buddhism. The session will be from 8:30 to 11:30 am, at the Unitarian-Universalist Chapel, 238 Main Street, Vineyard Haven. For more information, call Jo Rice at 508-693-2827, or Peg Thayer at 508-627-9835.

Samuel Graber-Hahn, Mark Hahn, Alan Ganapol, Howie Marlin, and Howie Bromberg
Young Samuel Graber-Hahn is surrounded by (from left) Mark Hahn, Alan Ganapol, Howie Marlin, and Howie Bromberg. Photo by Susan Safford. Click photo for larger version.

Happy Hanukah

"The deeper message of Hanukah is to remind ourselves to recognize the miracles around us all the time. Hanukah reminds us to notice the small lights around us this very day and every day," writes the Rabbi Caryn Broitman in her sermon, "What is Hanukah."

On the fourth day of Hanukah this year, Dec. 7, the M.V. Hebrew Center hosted a holiday celebration. Following the 5:30 pm temple service, guests enjoyed songs, dreidel games, and sweet potato latkes.

Kudos, PHA

The Polly Hill Arboretum (PHA) was recently awarded a $14,400 grant from the Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust towards the purchase of an Epilog laser. The laser will be used to engrave labels at the arboretum and upgrade PHA's data and record collections.

"We are excited to continue to improve upon the process of documenting our collection which Polly understood was so important so many years ago," says arboretum director Tim Boland.

This is the third grant PHA has received from the historical trust, bringing the total received to $41,495.