The Martha's Vineyard Hebrew Center invites the Island community to a service at 5:30 pm tomorrow to honor our veterans. Yahrzeit (memorial candles) will be lit to pay homage to those who have served, were killed in action, or those who have died. Those who knew veterans serving overseas will also have the opportunity to say something. Jo Ann Murphy, veterans agent for Dukes County, as well as officers and members of the American Legion Post 257 of Vineyard Haven, will attend. For more information, call 508-627-7456.
Young contributors at MVM
(From left) David Wilson, MVRHS English teacher; Ian Tripp; Will Stewart; Jack Shannon; David Nathans, executive director of the Martha's Vineyard Museum (MVM); and MVRHS principal Stephen Nixon. Ian, Jack, and Will are students at Martha's Vineyard Regional High School who have recently contributed to the "Dukes County Intelligencer," MVM's quarterly journal.
Vineyard Power, a community-owned cooperative that seeks to engage Islanders in reducing energy rates through renewable energy generation, is the subject of a community presentation and discussion on Wednesday, Nov. 18, at the Chilmark Library. Suzanne Slarsky Dael will lead the discussion. For more information, call 508-645-3360.
New toys in Tisbury
The Tisbury Police Relief Association recently donated an array of new recess equipment to the Tisbury School. Pictured are Tisbury School eighth graders with Officer Kelly Kershaw, left, and John Custer, assistant principal, right.
This Tuesday is the Martha's Vineyard Garden Club's final general meeting of the year. The topic is Holiday Creations, with Wiet Bacheller, Mary Lou Perry, and Kristin Henriksen. Learn techniques, types of materials, and tips for making holiday decorations. A reception follows. Admission for non-members is $5. For more information, call 508-693-5334..
Putting flower beds to bed
Learn how to put flower beds to bed this Saturday at COMSOG, the community solar greenhouse in Oak Bluffs. From 10:30 am to 12:30 pm, Alicia Lesnakowski will lead a hands-on workshop. Be sure to bring gloves. The greenhouse is located at 114 New York Avenue. Call 508-693-2019 for more information.
Barn-Raisers Ball at Ag Hall
The Agricultural Hall in West Tisbury was jumping Saturday night, as hundreds of Islanders turned out for the 16th annual Barn-Raisers Ball. Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish stirred up the crowd with irresistible dance music, and dancers fueled themselves at a potluck table laden with delectable desserts.
Don't hibernate, celebrate
Now that we've turned the clocks back and the nights are longer, we appreciate events that offer fun-filled evenings. The Tisbury Senior Center starts us off with a free dance party on Saturday, Nov. 14, from 3 to 5 pm. The party includes live music by the Sting Rays, and refreshments. Everyone is welcome. Free admission. For more information, call 508-696-4205.
D.A.W. at O.B.L.
Dan Waters, former West Tisbury Poet Laureate, hosts a poetry reading today, November 12, from 6 to 7 pm at the Oak Bluffs Library. Enjoy refreshments while listening to selections from several of his published books, recent work, and unpublished poems. For more information, call 508-693-9433.
More than a coffee shop
Photographer Tim Johnson, who often shoots for The Times, exhibits his work at both Mocha Mott's locations for the month of November. His new website is timjohnsonphotos.com.
Polly Hill exploration
Join the staff at Polly Hill Arboretum in West Tisbury on Saturday, Nov. 14, for an off-season exploration of the grounds. The free tours begin at 10 am and will occur throughout the winter on the second Saturday of each month. The final tour is on March 13. Dress for the weather, and meet at the Visitor Center. For more information, call 508-693-9426.
Sharpen your skills
This coming Wednesday from 11 am to 2 pm, LeRoux at Home hosts a knife sharpening clinic that benefits the Island Food Pantry. The first knife is free; sharpen up to three more for $2 each. For more information, call 508-693-0030.
Musical puppet show
Bella - puppeteer, musician, and playwright - presents a bilingual play and puppet show about Pinocchio this Sunday, Nov. 15, at 11:30 am. "The Real Boy," or "Il Bambino di Vero" is performed in English, with Italian dialogue and song. The performance is behind 56 Main Street in Vineyard Haven, formerly Che's Lounge. There is a $5 suggested donation; and bring a chair or pillow. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bone marrow drive
As part of the first-ever National Community Pharmacy Bone Marrow Donor Drive, Vineyard Scripts hosts a Bone Marrow drive today, Nov. 12, from 12 noon to 5 pm. Call the pharmacy for more information: 508-693-7979.
The M.V. Figure Skating Club hosts a skating competition Saturday, Nov. 14, for the first time in 10 years. Watch Islanders as well as skaters from all around Massachusetts compete in the 2009 Vineyard Open. The competition is from 11 am to 2 pm, and there is no admission charge for spectators.
The Mindful Meditation Community of M.V. meets this Saturday, Nov. 14, at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Vineyard Haven. From 9:30 am to 12:30 pm, enjoy guided meditation and discussion with Chas DiCapua of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre. Donations are welcome. For more information, call 508-693-6774.
This weekend is the 14th annual Turkey Open, put on by the Vineyard Tennis Center Workout and Spa at the M.V. Airport. Open to the public, mixed doubles draws are available at every level. The entry fee is $50, which benefits Doctors Without Borders. For more information, call 508-696-8009
Chicken soup for the soul
The Vineyard Haven Library is preparing for flu season with a presentation on Jewish Penicillin; Your Grandmother's Chicken Soup, with Ellen Eisenberg. Learn what the old-fashioned recipe calls for, including vegetables, herbs, chicken, matzoh balls, and a lot of love.
For more information, call 508-696-4211.