Martha’s Vineyard Community Notes

American Legion holds open house

The American Legion Ladies Auxiliary of Post 257 Vineyard Haven will host an open house on February 19 from 7 to 8 pm to recruit new members. The public is invited to meet with members and see what the post is all about. Refreshments will be served.

High School takes to the stage

The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School Performing Arts Department will present “The Secret Garden,” a musical based on a book by Frances Hodgson Burnett; with book and lyrics by Marsha Norman; music by Lucy Simon.

For the first time ever, the Massachusetts Educational Theater will be adjudicating the show for inclusion into a new awards program for musicals, according to a press release.

Performances begin at 7 pm tonight and Friday in the Performing Arts Center. There is a 4 pm show on Saturday. Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for seniors and students, and $25 per family.

Housing needs will be assessed

The Martha’s Vineyard Housing Needs Assessment (MVHNA) Study Committee invites members of the public to attend an information and discussion session regarding the First Interim Report of the Martha’s Vineyard Housing Needs Assessment Study.

Consultant Karen Sunnarborg will present key findings from the MVHNA study, outline the next steps for the study and facilitate discussion on how the Island can continue to promote affordable and community housing.

The first information session was February 13. The second will be held Tuesday, February 19, at the Chilmark Library from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. For more information, contact Christine Flynn at the Martha’s Vineyard Commission at 508-693-3453 or at flynn@mvcommission.org.

The meat of the matter

The MV Agricultural Society will hold a Sausage Making Workshop on Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Agricultural Hall from 10 am to 1 pm with Jefferson Munroe of the GOOD Farm.

The workshop includes a tasting and sausages to take home. The cost is $45 and includes a hands-on demonstration and 1/2 price admission to the Meat Ball later that evening. Registration is required. Call 508-627-7007 to sign up.

That evening the Society will host a “Meat Ball” from 6 to 10 pm. The all-you-can-eat sausage dinner will feature live music and dancing by The Daytrippers. The cost is $25 for adults ($40 for two) $10 for kids 12 and under. Tickets at the door. Guests are asked to bring their own place setting and drinks.

All proceeds to benefit the Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society.

NAACP celebrates 50

The Martha’s Vineyard Chapter of the NAACP will celebrate 50 years and the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a community dinner and the presentation of service awards to Rabbi Caryn Broitman, Heidi Dietterich, and Joyce Stiles Tucker. The guest speaker is Patricia J. Williams.

The dinner begins at 5:30 pm, Sunday, Feb. 17, at The Grill on Main, 227 Upper Main Street, Edgartown. Tickets are $85. For tickets or more information, call 508-696-5785.