Published: December 31, 2009
Phyllis Vecchia begins a winter creative drama workshop for children at the Oak Bluffs School on Thursday, Jan. 21. Held in the Home Economics room, the workshop begins with theater warm-ups, followed by puppet plays, a story, and a performance. Every week a new folk tale is shared for the children to turn into their own drama piece. The program is designed for ages 4.5 to 9, and no experience is necessary. To pre-register, call 508-696-8738.
Island musicians host New Year's concert
Tonight, Thursday, Dec. 31, local musicians will perform a New Year's Eve concert to benefit the Island's Rental Assistance Program. Beginning at 7 pm at the Katharine Cornell Theatre in Vineyard Haven, hear Tristan Israel, Nancy Jephcote, and the Flying Elbows. Tickets are $10 at the door.
Hip hop dance?
Evan Hall, a junior at the M.V. Regional High School, continues to offer beginner, intermediate, and advanced hip-hop dance lessons on Wednesdays. The beginner class is from 5 to 6 pm for ages 9 to 11 and focuses on technique and simple choreography. Intermediate lessons are from 6 to 7 pm for ages 12 to 15 and offer more dance techniques. Advanced classes are from 7 to 8 pm for ages 16 and older and include intricate choreography and difficult techniques. Age exceptions can be made based on the individuals' dance abilities for each level. Admission is $10 per class; if you are interested in adult classes or have any questions, call 508-273-5437.
New Year's Eve drag-a-thon
Celebrate the New Year with live music at Che's Lounge tonight, starting at 8:30 pm. Enjoy featured bands and artists Pierre, Kahoots, Birdland DJ, and DJ Thump. Admission is $10.
More live music is on tap at 8 pm tomorrow night, Friday, Jan. 1, with Lexie Roth, Bridgette Connelly, and Marciana Jones.
On Saturday night, hear music by Noah Maxner and Dan Waters beginning at 8 pm.
Ballroom dance party
Dance all you want from 7:30 to 10 pm tonight with live music at Fanny Blair Hall in Vineyard Haven. The New Year's celebration is $3. For more information, call 508-696-8428.
Holiday library hours
Due to the holidays, all Island libraries are closed January 1. Here are additional changes to the libraries' hours this coming week.
Edgartown: Dec. 31 - Closing at 5 pm; Jan. 1 - Closed; Jan. 2 - Open (regular hours). Call 508-627-4221 for information.
Vineyard Haven: Dec. 31 - Closing at 1 pm; Jan. 1 - Closed; Jan. 2 - Open (regular hours). Call 508-696-4211 for information.
Oak Bluffs: Dec. 31 - Closing at 3 pm; Jan. 1 - Closed; Jan. 2 - Open (regular hours). Call 508-693-9433 for information.
West Tisbury: Dec. 31 - Closing at 3 pm; Jan. 1 - Closed; Jan. 2 - Open (regular hours). Call 508-693-3366 for information.
Chilmark: Dec. 31-Jan. 2 - Closed. Call 508-645-3360 for information.
Aquinnah: Dec. 31 - TBA; Jan. 1 - Closed; Jan. 2 - Open (regular hours). Call 508-645-2314 for information.
A celebration fit for kids
Find live music, food, games, and more at the Tisbury School's New Year's Eve family celebration tonight, from 5 to 9 pm, to benefit the school's eighth grade class trip to Washington D.C. There will also be raffles, arts and crafts, and sweets.
Fish out of water
This Sunday, the West Tisbury Library hosts MVRHS grad Nina Ferry, who has spent the last year in the Republic of Fiji. Ms. Ferry has weathered tsunami warnings, cyclone threats, and a military dictatorship, all while pursuing post-graduate work at the University of the South Pacific, specializing in the challenges for students and educators in developing nations. The free talk begins at 3 pm; refreshments will be served. For more information, call 508-693-3366.
Making a difference
In a six-week seminar beginning this Tuesday, Jan. 5, at 7 pm, Jim Norton will discuss topics on the lessons that can be learned from author Greg Mortenson ("Three Cups of Tea") at the Vineyard Haven Library. Mr. Norton is an expert on the people and politics in Central Asia, where Mr. Mortenson has been making monumental changes.
During the first week, Mr. Norton will begin by discussing Mr. Mortenson's book which starts with his attempt to climb K2, the world's second highest mountain, and moves quickly to his successful efforts to build schools in remote regions of Afghanistan and Pakistan. Todd Alexander of Oak Bluffs, founder of schools in Cambodia, will join Mr. Norton for the first discussion.
The sessions will also focus on the children's program Pennies for Peace and also the Central Asia Institute, both nonprofit organizations founded by Mr. Mortenson. Participants may join during any session, or attend all six. For more information, call 508-696-4211.
New Year's festivities
New Year's celebrations begin early at the Edgartown Library, with a family movie marathon today from 12 noon to 5 pm that includes free popcorn and apple cider. Call 508-627-4221 for more information.
Free English lessons
Know someone who wants to learn English? Free English language lessons are offered at the M.V. Regional High School on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 pm. Register now for January classes by calling Martha's Vineyard Adult Learning Program at 508-696-6548.
For the little ones
The next toddler story time at the Oak Bluffs Library is on Wednesday, Jan. 6, at 10:30 am. The theme is winter, and will include reading, singing, and finger plays. The activities are designed to develop literacy skills for children ages 1.5 to 3, followed by a craft or activity.
The Martha's Vineyard Ice Arena offers public skating every week. Monday through Friday, skating is from 11 am to 1 pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 3:30 to 4:50 pm.