Community Notes

PeaceCraft Holiday benefit sale and raffle

Martha’s Vineyard Fish Farm Haiti Project volunteers will open their 17th annual PeaceCraft benefit sale Friday, November 29, in a donated shop space near the corner of Main and Spring Streets in Vineyard Haven just behind The Beach House.

The sale of the unique and beautiful crafts and gifts available at PeaceCraft will benefit the artisans and self-help projects in the poorest areas of the world, including Haiti, according to a press release.

The shop will be open daily from 11 am to 5 pm through Wednesday, December 24.

The Fish Farm Haiti Project, a nonprofit, tax-exempt, charitable organization which is operated entirely by volunteers, began its fundraising endeavors in 1998 and has since helped construct five ponds and a fish hatchery raising Tilapia, a chicken production, vegetable gardens, and a school at the site in Lilavois, Haiti. Today the school has 310 students, many of whom are sponsored by Vineyarders. A breakfast program in the school was initiated in the Fall of 2012 after the completion of the cafeteria. To learn more about the Project, to donate, volunteer, or sponsor a child, visit the PeaceCraft boutique or go online to www.fishfarmhaiti.org.

A raffle to help support the Project is also underway. This year’s prizes include a beautiful still life oil on canvas painting donated by local artist Mark Zeender, a sunset cruise for two aboard a Black Dog tall ship, 100 gallons of fuel from Vineyard Propane, a $75 gift certificate from Jim’s Package Store, a necklace handcrafted by Karen English, and a stash of Chilmark Chocolates. Chances ($5 each or a book of 12 for $40) can be purchased at PeaceCraft and on the fishfarmhaiti.org website.

Falmouth Academy comes to Vineyard Haven

Falmouth Academy will host an information session for Martha’s Vineyard families Tuesday, December 10 at the Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center, 130 Center St., Vineyard Haven.

Currently, 32 Vineyard students attend Falmouth Academy, according to a press release.

Parents of prospective students can meet with teachers, parents, and students from 4 to 6 pm to learn about why students excel in writing and science, the arts and competitive sports.

All Vineyard students and their parents are invited to join F.A. members, 5:30-7:30 pm to mingle and meet with the teachers who engage Falmouth Academy students every day.

Falmouth Academy is an independent day school for college-bound students in grades 7-12. The school is noted for its rigorous academics, close and supportive relationships between students and teachers, roundtable class discussions and thorough college preparation.

No RSVP is required for this event. For more information, call Mike Earley, Director of Admissions at 508-457-9696 or visit falmouthacademy.org.