Martha's Vineyard Community Shorts
After last year's successful local food dinner with the Martha's Vineyard Regional High School's culinary arts program, the Island Grown Initiative is hosting another dinner this coming Monday, Oct. 27. Dine on a four-course meal made with mostly Island-grown ingredients for $25. The proceeds benefit the David Brand Memorial Fund. Mr. Brand, an early supporter of Island Grown Schools who taught earth science at the high school, died this fall. Danielle Dominick of the Scottish Bakehouse is the guest chef. Tickets are available at Cronig's Market in Vineyard Haven and at the Scottish Bakehouse.
The Vineyard Haven Tennis Foundation invites Islanders to play on the Reade courts, located at the end of Boxberry Avenue off Franklin Street, during fall, winter, and spring - free of charge. The foundation promotes tennis on Martha's Vineyard by maintaining the Reade courts for the enjoyment and benefit Island residents. The Vineyard Haven Yacht Club leases the courts in the summer.
The Vineyard Playhouse opens its doors this Saturday for a mystic fair. From 11 am to 6 pm, partake in intuitive, psychic, and mystical readings all while benefiting the Playhouse. For more information, call Gwendolyn at 508-560-6891.
The Nature Conservancy's Massachusetts Islands Program seeks help with their native seed cleaning and storing project. The last session dates and times are Friday, Oct. 24, from 1 to 3 pm; Oct. 28, 10 am to 12 noon; Oct. 30, from 2:30 to 4:30 pm, and Nov. 3, from 1 to 3 pm, all at the Hoft Farm Field Station in Vineyard Haven. Volunteers are also welcome by appointment during normal business hours. For more information, call Liz Loucks at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 508-693-6287 ext. 15.
In the bag
Free plastic treat bags for Halloween are available at the Tisbury police station. Compliments of the police department.
Red Stocking starts
Beginning November 1, applications for Red Stocking will be available at Island banks, Martha's Vineyard Insurance Co., elementary schools, Martha's Vineyard Community Services, Wampanoag Tribal Headquarters, the Boys and Girls Club, and the Island Food Pantry. For Portuguese-speaking families, applications and assistance are available at Health Care Access Office, 508-696-0020.
The Martha's Vineyard Harley Riders will ride around Martha's Vineyard and collect toys on November 9 and conclude with a reception at the P.A. Club at 12 noon. Present wrapping will be from Monday to Wednesday, Dec. 15-17 at Grace Church in Vineyard Haven. To volunteer, call Patricia Carlet at 508-693-3187. For more information, call Kerry Alley at 508-693-2324 or Lorraine Clark at 508-693-0725.
A moving experience
Not daunted by 30-mph winds, 90 walkers participated in last Sunday's 18th annual Vineyard CROP Walk and raised approximately $20,000 for struggling Islanders and others worldwide. A part of Child World Service's yearly event, 42 people completed Martha's Vineyard's 10K course from St. Augustine's Church in Vineyard Haven to the Methodist Church in Oak Bluffs and back, while others completed portions of the walk. Those interested can still donate gifts and pledges until Sunday, Nov. 2, at 2:30 pm. For more information, call Alden Besse at 508-693-3930.