Supper with the (sober) sisters

Vineyard House, a safe, sober place to live for Islanders in early recovery from substance abuse, invites the community to a potluck dinner and presentation at 6 pm on Thursday, June 3, at the Grange Hall in West Tisbury.

Speakers Sister Maurice and Sister Rose will share their humorous experiences from their journeys of recovery. For 20 years, they have been sharing their touching, funny, and energizing message for “living the program” to support groups from coast to coast and California to Canada.

Last year this event sold out and reservations are required. Admission is $25 and a dish for six to share. To purchase tickets, call Kathy Ferland at 508-693-8580, or buy them online at

Vineyard House provides housing for Island men and women who need a safe living environment while they are in the early stages of recovery from alcohol and drug addiction, and who need support renewing responsibilities to themselves, their families, and the community, according to press release.

CPR and First Aid on tap

The Cape and Islands chapter of the American Red Cross is holding a CPR/AED and First Aid class this Saturday, May 29, at the FARM Institute on Aero Ave. in Edgartown.

The Adult and Child CPR (cardiopulminary resuscitation) and AED (automated external defibrillator) class runs from 9 am to 2 pm and costs $55. The First Aid portion runs until 4 pm, and costs an additional $10.

Register online at or call 508-775-1540.

Cards of hope and comfort

Do you have a loved one in need of words of hope and comfort? People from all around the country will be invited to write words of inspiration to those who are in need on Sunday, June 6, 12 noon to 3 pm, at the Martha’s Vineyard Bible Church table, during Inspiration Weekend at the Tabernacle in Oak Bluffs.

Only the first names of those receiving the cards will be written on the cards. Last names and addresses will not be available to public.

If you would like your loved one to be a part of this ministry please feel free to contact Martha’s Vineyard Bible Church at or call 508-693-3832.

Please provide us your loved one’s first and last name and mailing address.

Tower Foundation grants available

The Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation is accepting inquiries for its 2010 developmental disabilities grant cycle. Organizations on Martha’s Vineyard serving children, adolescents, and young adults to age 26 with developmental disabilities may be eligible for funds, according to a press release. The due date for the letter of inquiry is July 21. For more information visit

Help for eating disorders

A local chapter of Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous offers help and support for people suffering from various eating disorders. Weekly meetings are held every Tuesday at 6:45 pm at the Baptist Church parish house at 66 William Street in Vineyard Haven. “There are no dues or fees, no weigh-ins or products to buy. The only requirement for membership is the desire to stop eating addictively,” according to a press release. “Anyone, from any walk of life, who seeks recovery from food addiction, is welcome.”

For more information, visit Questions may be addressed to, or call 781-932-6300.