Explore Chappaquiddick's woodlands this Saturday, August 26, with field guides from the Polly Hill Arboretum (PHA). You will learn to identify native plants and learn how both Native Americans and early colonists used them in their quests for survival. The day begins at 10 am and lasts until noon. Meet at the Chappy Community Center, or call for transportation assistance. The event, co-sponsored by the Chappaquiddick Island Association (CIA) costs $24 for non-members and $20 for PHA and CIA members. Register in advance. For more information call 508-693-9426.
A rare glimpse
Tonight at 7:30 pm, join journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault in her discussion on her new book, "New News Out of Africa: Uncovering Africa's Renaissance," at the Oak Bluffs Tabernacle.
A former national correspondent for the MacNeil/Lehrer Report on National Public Television, Ms. Hunter-Gault lives in South Africa and is currently the Cable News Network (CNN's) Johannesburg bureau chief and correspondent. There will be a book signing hosted by the Cousen Rose Gallery.
Book discussion, Thursday, Aug. 24, 7:30 pm. Oak Bluffs Tabernacle. $12, limited premium seating available for $20. Tickets available at www.mvcma.org and at Island Music and the Cottage Museum Shop, Oak Bluffs; Aboveground Records, Edgartown; Bunch of Grapes Bookstore, Vineyard Haven; Alley's General Store, West Tisbury. For more information, call 508-693-0525.
Dr. Louis W. Sullivan and Mrs. Ginger Sullivan will sponsor their annual 5K run/walk this Saturday, August 26. The race is in its 18th year, and has raised over $75,000 to support the Martha's Vineyard Hospital.
18th Annual Sullivan 5K run/walk, Saturday, Aug. 26. Race starts at 9 am. Kid's Fun Run at 8:45 am, $5. Pre-register Friday, Aug. 25, 3 to 6 pm in the hospital lobby, $15. Race day registration, 7:30 to 8:30 am, $20. For more information, call the hospital's development office at 508-693-4645.
Under the sunset
The United Methodist Cooperative Parish of Martha's Vineyard invites you to an informal sunset worship service on State Beach in Oak Bluffs, this Sunday, Aug. 27 at 7 pm. Bring a beach chair, blanket, and friends to the beach adjacent to the Camp Jabberwocky parking area, between the first and second bridges.
This year, the Martha's Vineyard Land Bank Commission celebrates 20 years of service to our community. In celebration, they are sponsoring an amateur photography contest for photographs of the Land Bank's conservation lands. The first place picture will grace the cover of the next issue of the Land Bank's Conservation Lands Map. The second and third place pictures will appear on the inside folds of the map. A committee consisting of Cindy Krauss, fiscal officer for the Land Bank, and professional Island photographers Debbie Grant and Ron Howard, will judge the entries.
Photography contest rules: photographs must be taken between May 12, 2006 and Sept. 15, 2006. 8x10 color print. Entries must be received by Friday, Sept. 15, 4 pm. For a complete list of rules visit www.mvlandbank.com or call 508-627-7141.
A Sunday picnic
This Sunday, August 27, join the Friends of the non-profit Nathan Mayhew Seminars at their Founders Day picnic and fund-raiser. Beginning at 1 pm at their headquarters at the corner of Greenwood Avenue and North William Street, Vineyard Haven, there will be many items to bid on, including a White Mountain holiday getaway for up to 30 people. A $10 donation is requested, and the event is rain or shine. Proceeds will go toward shingling the roof of the Seminars' academic building. For more information, call Patricia at 508-696-5838.
Tennis for Hospice
Next weekend brings to the Island the second annual All Island Tennis Championships. From Friday, Sept. 1 to Sept. 3, matches will be played at multiple sites, and the finals will be held at the host club, Island Country Club Tennis, behind Lola's on Beach Road in Oak Bluffs. The last day to register is Monday, August 28.
The tournament, a benefit for Hospice of Martha's Vineyard, has two divisions. The rough division is open to players of all levels, singles, and doubles. The smooth division is open for players with a NTRP rating of 3.5 and lower, singles and doubles. All participants will receive a complimentary event T-shirt. There is a tax-deductible entry fee of $50 per player for each event, which can be made payable to Hospice of Martha's Vineyard. The fee includes court-side refreshments and tennis balls for all matches. For more information, call 508-693-6574.