Beginning on Jan. 29, the Martha's Vineyard Public Schools will offer a GED preparation course. The course runs through May 22 and will be held twice weekly, on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The classes are $5 each, or $100 for the entire session. You may join at any time. For more information, call Corrinne Kurtz at 508-693-1033 ext. 296.
New women's support group
Women's Support Services of Martha's Vineyard Community Services announces a new women's group to start this January. The eight-week support group will focus on recognizing and changing patterns that inhibit women so they can become more assertive and productive. Registration is required; call 508-693-7900 ext. 219.
Surplus food distribution
This Friday, Jan. 11, the Surplus Food Program will hold the January food distribution at the First Baptist Church parish House at 2 pm. Participants must meet the USDA income guidelines or be on one of the following programs: Food stamps, AFDC, WIC, Welfare, Medicaid, SSI, Head Start, Fuel Assistance, Family Day Care, or Veterans Aid. For more information, such as income guidelines, call Betty Burton at 508-693-5339.
A minister says good-bye
On Jan. 6, members of her congregation, other Island clergy, and friends said good-bye to the Rev. Judy Campbell of the Unitarian-Universalist Society in Vineyard Haven with a special service and celebration. Look for a full story about the Rev. Campbell by staff writer Pat Waring in a future edition of The Times.
Adult study group
The Rev. Vicky Hanjian has resumed the Adult Study Group at the Chilmark Community Church Fellowship Hall every Sunday at 9:45 am. Currently, the group is reading "The Company of Strangers: Christians and the Renewal of America's Public Life" by Parker J. Palmer. Discussion topics include: "Political Power," "The Nature of Public Life," and "Conflict, Compassion, and the Way of the Cross." If interested, call the Rev. Vicky Hanjian at 508-696-8225 or Ann Deitrich at 508-645-9506.
This Sunday, Jan. 13, the Martha's Vineyard Cancer Support Group is having a potluck party to celebrate survival and support. The event, free of charge, is an opportunity to socialize and perhaps share a story of survival or support. Bring a dish and celebrate at the Portuguese American Club on Vineyard Avenue in Oak Bluffs. The party is from 5 to 7 pm. For more information, call 508-693-8296 or 508-696-9849.
History sails a flyin'
Sail Martha's Vineyard will host a fireside dinner and slide presentation on Wednesday, Jan. 16, at 6 pm at the Black Dog Tavern in Vineyard Haven. Capt. Peter Arenstam of Plimoth Plantation will present the history of the Mayflower II, the ship built in England in 1957 that crossed the Atlantic in 55 days. Capt. Arenstam is the manager of the Maritime Artisans at the plantation.
The cost is $20 for adults and $12 for children. For reservations and information, call Sail Martha's Vineyard at 508-696-7644.