Keeping it cool
The Vineyard Haven Public Library will host an evening of jazz on Wednesday, Jan. 21. Starting at 7 pm, pianist Jeremy Berlin and bassist Eric Johnson will perform a repertoire of jazz standards and lesser-known works from the Great American Songbook. The musicians will answer questions about their selections. The library's number is 508-696-4211 ext. 16.
Pictures of courage
The Martha's Vineyard Film Festival's series, Eight Films on Courage, continues at the Chilmark Public Library on Friday, Jan. 16, at 7 pm. "Brassed Off," rated R, is about a small Yorkshire mining community who must enter their brass band into a national competition to save their town. Their only hope comes in the form of Gloria, Flugelhorn extraordinaire.
The January 23 screening is "Snow Falling on Cedars," directed by Scott Hicks, which tells the story of a jilted newspaper man in post-World War II Washington state who helps to solve the murder of his beloved's husband. Contact the library with questions: 508-645-3360.
Photo by Lynn Christoffers
All about sauce
On January 7, Jean-Marc Dupon, chef at Le Grenier restaurant in Vineyard Haven, held the second of three free cooking classes, Mastering the Art of French Sauces. Held at the Chilmark Library,
Mr. Dupon showed how to prepare egg-based sauces. Using two burners, two food processors, and a mixer, Mr. Dupon made eight sauces in total. The final class in the series is Wednesday, Feb. 4, when Mr. Dupon will make demi-glace sauces. For more information, call the library at 508-645-3360.
Knowing their places
Jimmy DiMattia of Gary Smith's fifth-grade class won the Edgartown School's National Geographic Bee final on Tuesday, Jan. 13.
Students in fourth through eighth grades competed in the early rounds, and the winners moved on to compete on Tuesday. Jimmy will advance to the next round of the national competition.
Photo by M.C. Wallo
Treasures from the attic
On Saturday, Jan. 10, the Martha's Vineyard Museum launched "Treasures from the Attic," its winter series for children. The monthly program began with "Lighting the Way," which incorporated a display of antiques, including 19th-century whale oil lamps in a mini-exhibition showing how Vineyarders lived in the past. Education Director Nancy Cole led a workshop in which participants decorated candleholders. The next event, a two-part program, is scheduled for February 7 and 14.
demonstrate how Vineyarders once lived.
Photos by Ralph Stewart
The Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation, which provides grants for Martha's Vineyard organizations, invites inquiries from organizations that focus on preventing and alleviating psychological disorders and substance abuse among children and adolescents. The deadline is March 4; visit thetowerfoundation.org for more information.
Summoning one's energy
This past Sunday, Jan. 11, the first of the five free workshops in the Health and Wellness Series, "Living in Harmony with Nature," was held at the West Tisbury library. Vineyard Haven acupuncturist Nancy Gilfoy kept attendees engrossed as she explained the winter season's water cycle. Each of the informal workshops will explore the creative cycles of nature, and the energetic patterns of the seasons in ways that apply to enhancing one's health and wellness.
The next workshop is on March 29 at 3 pm. Call 508-693-3366 for more information.
Photo by Lynn Christoffers
Martha's Vineyard Community Services begins a health relationship class for women this coming Tuesday, Jan. 20, which runs weekly through February 17. From 6 to 8 pm, learn about basic rights, developing healthy relationships, and creating safe patterns through exercises, discussions, and activities. For more information, call 508-693-7900, ext. 218 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary is accepting registrations for the Fern and Feather summer camp. The camp encourages children ages 4 to 13 to explore the 350-acre sanctuary in groups through stories and crafts, investigative hikes, and game play. For children ages 14-18, the sanctuary offers a Leader-in-training (LIT) program. LITs assist counselors in planning and teaching lessons.
For more information or for a registration form, visit massaudubon.org, call 508-627-4850, or email email@example.com.
Undergrad and graduate students majoring in landscape design, horticulture, or environmental, marine, or related science be advised: the Nauset Garden Club will award two $3,000 scholarships to permanent residents of Cape Cod or the Islands for the 2009-2010 academic year. To request an application or for more information, call 508-945-9658 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The application deadline is April 15.
Steps to remember
A short walk is scheduled to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, Jan. 19. Participants should meet in front of the Edgartown Courthouse at 9:30 am. Afterwards, there will be an appreciation of Dr. King at St. Andrews Church on Winter Street.
The Artisan's Gift Gallery holiday raffle of donated art raised $650 for the Island Food Pantry this past holiday season. Eight artists donated their work for the raffle: Jeri Dantzig, Belden K. Radcliffe, Ingrid Goff Maidoff, Daniel Waters, Nicholas Thayer, Diana Stewart, Kathleen Tackabury, and Washington Ledesma. The gallery was open during the holidays in the building that formerly housed the Belushi-Pisano Gallery in Vineyard Haven.
A little help from our friends
A benefit for Sally Sylvia will be held at Sharky's in Edgartown on Saturday, Jan. 17, at 9 pm. Ms. Sylvia is undergoing major liver surgery on February 5 at Massachusetts General Hospital.
The fundraiser will include a silent auction, food/cash bar, and entertainment; tickets are $20 at the door. Tax-deductible donations can be made to the law office of attorney George Brush in the name of "You've Got a Friend," P.O. Box 1317, West Tisbury, MA, 02575. Ms. Sylvia's name should appear in the memo section of the check.
Congratulations to the following student who has received a degree from his university.
Lari Rega of Edgartown recently received a bachelor of arts in geography from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.