Maternal Depression Outreach Forum
Presented by Martha's Vineyard Hospital, Martha's Vineyard Community Services, and Cape and Islands Maternal Depression Taskforce, a Maternal Depression Outreach Forum will be held at the Tisbury Senior Center on Saturday, Sept. 27, from 10 am to 12 noon. Maternal depression, which can include postpartum depression, describes the condition some mothers experience during and after their pregnancy. Deborah Issokson, licensed psychologist, noted speaker, and operator of Counseling for Reproductive Health & Healing, her private practice based in Wellesley and Pembroke, will speak at the event and lead discussion.
Since 1993, Dr. Issokson has worked with hundreds of women and their partners, focusing on such issues as infertility, pregnancy and birth loss, anxiety and depression during pregnancy, fears about giving birth, and postpartum adjustment. Parents from the community who have experienced maternal depression will talk about what resources were useful to them. A variety of informational materials will be provided for women, their partners, and professionals, including pamphlets and a resource list of practitioners. Call 508-693-7900 ext. 283.
Vineyard Dance with Kathy Joyce Costanza begins fall classes on Monday, Sept. 29, at the Nathan Mayhew Seminars Campus on North Williams Street in Vineyard Haven. Classes for adults and teens are offered in ballet, modern dance/modern jazz, and floor barre. Children may enroll in creative movement, modern dance, and ballet. To register, call 508-693-2257.
On the morning of Saturday, Sept. 20, volunteers pitched in at the annual Oak Bluffs Beach Cleanup, scouring the beach between the Steamship Authority and the big jetties. The Oak Bluffs Beach Cleanup is an annual event founded close to 10 years ago by Michael Dello Russo, who continues to be the event's organizer.
Residency show at The Yard
Works created by Howard Katz, Belinda McGuire, Sharon Moore, and Sarah Wilbur, the four artists selected this year for The Yard's prestigious Bessie Schönberg Choreography Residency, were performed on Friday Sept. 19 through Sunday, Sept. 21, at the Chilmark dance studio. The program included a work by Ms. Wilbur, a Californian choreographer, entitled "The Greatest Dance on Earth," a multi-generational piece featuring 28 local dancers.
Photos by Ralph Stewart