Felix Neck welcomes new educator

Cristina Pereira is the new Education Coordinator and Day Camp Director for Mass Audubon at Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary in Oak Bluffs.

A long-time summer resident, Ms. Pereira recently graduated from John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio, with a masters in education. She will be coordinating all aspects of environmental education programs at Felix Neck, and overseeing Felix Neck’s Fern and Feather Natural History Day camp for children, according to a press release.

For more information call 508-627-4850 or visit

Solar car race on Saturday

Across the Island, fifth- and sixth-graders have been scurrying to complete solar-powered model cars for the Speed of Light, the annual solar car race that will take place this Saturday, June 5, at the Boys and Girls Club (B&GC) in Edgartown. Not just a race, the Speed of Light is a learning experience for the nearly 220 Island students who have been introduced to engineering, energy transfer, and renewable energy while designing and fabricating their vehicles. Batteries are slated to be cranked at 11:30 am.

For more information, contact Kara Gelinas, education coordinator of the Vineyard Energy Project (VEP), at 508-685-0911. The race is sponsored jointly by the B&GC, VEP, and the Cape Light Compact.

Cultural council seeks input

The M.V. Cultural Council will meet tonight, June 3, to solicit comment from the community on how best to allocate funding in support of the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences on the Island. The meeting will be held in the basement of the Howes House on State Road in West Tisbury center. For more information, call 508-627-4717 or 508-627-7837.

Essay contest at Edgartown library

A Legacy of Learning Essay Contest, an annual competition run by the Edgartown Library Foundation, is under way. Edgartown students in grades 1 through 8 are encouraged to participate. This year’s topic is “The Edgartown Library & Me: What’s My Story?”

Essays must be submitted by June 11, either directly to the library or by mail to Edgartown Library Foundation, P.O. Box 1198, Edgartown, MA 02539.

Prizes will be awarded in three grade levels, 1-3, 4-6, and 7-8. The grand prize is a netbook computer. Contest winners will be recognized at A Legacy of Learning Summer Brunch at the Field Club on July 11.

For more information, stop by the library or contact Ed Jerome at 508-627-8510.