Focus on Jerusalem

Osnat Post, an architect and city planner for Jerusalem and Eilat, will speak at the Hebrew Center at 2 pm on Sunday, June 13. Titled “The Many Faces of Jerusalem,” the talk will concentrate on the development of Jerusalem, including the current government construction plan in Arab East Jerusalem.

Organized by the Hebrew Center’s Social Action Committee, the talk is sponsored by the Lehman Lectures on Social Justice. For more information, call 508-693-0745 or visit

William Faulkner outside the covers

On Friday, June 18, at 7:30, in the Bunch of Grapes, Philip Weinstein will speak about the man to whom he has dedicated much of a distinguished academic career. “Faulkner in Love, Trouble, and Hollywood,” is about the imperfect details of the author’s life — his failed marriage, his troubled affair, his drinking, and his dependence on and hatred of Hollywood. “You do not have to have read Faulkner to find this talk interesting,” Mr. Weinstein said. “Faulkner differs from the rest of us not by escaping any of life’s messiness, but by learning how to write that messiness into his novels.”

A seasonal resident of Aquinnah, Philip Weinstein is the Cummins Professor of English at Swarthmore College, where he has taught since 1971. He has written four books on Faulkner and he was the president of the William Faulkner Society from 2000 to 2003.

Support a family in need

The Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program at Whippoorwill Farm is teaming up again this year with the Vineyard Committee on Hunger (VCOH) to help out Islanders in financial straits and over-taxed Island food programs. Through the “Whippoorwill Challenge,” tax-deductible donations to VCOH for CSA shares will be matched by Whippoorwill Farm, thus doubling the donation’s impact and making more shares available to families in need. Tax-deductible donations may be made out to the Vineyard Committee on Hunger and mailed to VCOH, P.O. Box 4685, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568. Note in the memo line that your donation is for Whippoorwill Farm CSA. For more information, call 508-693-5995.

Books at V.H. ferry terminal

As part of their mission to build a partnership between the town library and the community, the Friends of the Vineyard Haven Public Library will offer free books to travelers at the Steamship Authority terminal in Vineyard Haven.

A selection of free books — either donations to the library or surplus inventory — will be available on a library cart. They will include bookmarks printed with information on hours, services, and scheduled programs at the library. For more information, call 508-696-4210, or visit Better yet, stop by the library.

New SAT prep program offered

Grace Gordon, a junior at Williams College, has been selected to start up Ivy Insiders, a novel SAT prep program, on the Island this summer. Started in 2003 by Harvard undergraduates who had rung up perfect scores on the SATs, the program is taught by undergraduates who themselves scored near-perfect scores. “I was recently in the same shoes as many of the students who will be taking the SAT this coming year, and so I feel that I can provide them with a unique insight into the exam that will really motivate them to raise their scores,” Ms. Gordon said. For more information, call 312-339-8941 or email