Weekend Planner: January 28 - 29

This weekend there's an opera, a Big Chili Festival, a foam roller workshop, a North Shore walk and so much more


Habitat for Humanity

Saturday is a Volunteer Build Day at the Habitat for Humanity of Martha's Vineyard Build Site. They are building a FirstDay Cottage which is a system of construction which requires almost no carpentry experience. Just show up with a willingness to learn, sign-in with the construction supervisor and help make a positive difference in the lives of others. Please dress appropriate to weather conditions and construction work. Students ages 14-16 may volunteer accompanied by parent or guardian and 16-18 may volunteer independently with parent or guardian’s written permission. For more information call Neal at 508-696-4646.

Clifford The Big Red Dog

Clifford the Big Red Dog is visiting two up-Island libraries Saturday. He’ll be at the at 10:30 am and the at 2 pm. Sponsored by Martha’s Vineyard Library Association’s Children’s Librarians. For more information, call 508-645-3360.

Chili Festival

WMVY's 26th annual Big Chili Contest begins at 11:00 am on Saturday at the in Oak Bluffs. One of the Island's most loved off-season events, the Chili Contest supports the Red Stocking Fund. For more information, visit mvyradio.com

Mill Brook Restoration

Saturday at 3:30pm the , Michael Hopper from the will be giving a talk about dam removal projects and funding sources and grants for such projects. Michael Hopper is the president of the Sea Run Brook Trout Coalition (www.searunbrookie.org), a nonprofit dedicated to improving habitat for native brook trout in the Northeast. His group has been involved with two restoration projects in Massachusetts; Red Brook in Wareham, and Eel River in Plymouth. Hopper has worked as a commercial fisherman, but has now made stream restoration for sea run brook trout (also known as salters) his main work. His library presentation will focus on the Mill Brook, its native fish population, possibilities for stream restoration at the site of the Mill Pond, and the funding opportunities for projects like these. He will have photos of the projects that they have worked on, and the results of those efforts. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Foam Roller Workshop

Griffin Hughes will teach her Foam Roller Workshop at the Saturday at 4 pm. The class will detail how the use of this simple tool can ease muscle and joint pain, increase blood flow and massage connective tissue. “Foam Roller exercises have become incredibly popular, it’s like a self-massage that you can do anytime, anywhere,” Brenda Wallis, health club fitness director said. The 1 ½ hour class is $20 for health club members, $35 for non-members, including a take-home foam roller. Participants can also bring their own rollers and take the class for only $10. Space is limited. For more information, visit www.mvmansionhouse.com or call 508-693-2200.

Pasta Dinner for Shark Week

Don't miss a chance to enjoy a delicious pasta meal at the Saturday at 5:30 pm, lovingly prepared by Tea Lane Caterers to benefit the Y Mako Swim Club! Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Y Member Service Desk and at the door night of the event. $15 per individual / $45 per family

Doo Wop 50s Dance             

Chilmark School PTO presents: on Saturday at 7 pm at the . Come dance the night away to the sounds of the Chickee Babies and friends. Desserts, beverages, live and silent auctions including such items as vacation rental on Maui, Jawsfest VIP passes, Cape Air tickets, staycation at Menemsha Inn/Beach Plum Inn, Menemsha sunset cruise, Scott Frank movie package, hayride for 20, sail on the Alabama, Farm Institute camp, Sense of Wonder Creations Camp, Y passes, Music Together, gift certificates to almost everywhere and so much more! All proceeds benefit the .


screens Saturday at the in Vineyard Haven. Winner of the Best Film and Cinematography at the European Film Award and Best Actress, Kirsten Dunst at the Cannes Film Festival, Melancholia is a psychological disaster film from director Lars von Trier. Justine (Kirsten Dunst) and Michael (Alexander Skarsgård) are celebrating their marriage at a sumptuous party in the home of her sister Claire (Charlotte Gainsbourg), and brother-in-law John (Kiefer Sutherland). Despite Claire’s best efforts, the wedding is a fiasco, with family tensions mounting and relationships fraying. Meanwhile, a planet called Melancholia is heading directly towards Earth…7:30 pm. 135 minutes; Drama, Science Fiction/Fantasy; Rated R. $5 for members, $8 for general admission


Sunday Projects

Join in on the Sunday Projects from 1 pm - 2 pm at the on Sunday. Open to adults and children ages 8 and up. Some of the projects may include changing animals bedding, mucking stalls, stacking hay, organizing garden sheds, giving animals new bedding, moving and stacking hay, organizing garden sheds and more fencing. For more information, call 508-627-7007.

North Shore Walk

There is a North Shore Walk Sunday from 1 pm - 3 pm. Take a moderate to strenuous hike along a conservation restricted private property. Open to all. Adults, $10 and children, $3. Members are free. To reserve a space, call 508-693-7662.

Opera on Sundays

Opera on Sundays at the in Vineyard Haven returns Sunday with "The Merry Widow" at 1 pm. “The Merry Widow,” known as The Queen of Operettas, is a comedy about a wealthy young widow looking for a new husband. Filmed live at Semperoper Dresden. Admission: $15 Adults, $12 Seniors/Students. For more information, call 508-627-5900.

Peter Luce Play Readers

All in the Timing with the Peter H. Luce Play Readers present Sure Thing, The Philadelphia, Mere Mortals and Variations on the Death of Trotsky. Directed by Leslie J. Stark. 2 pm at the . Sponsored by Friends of the Chilmark Public Library. For more information, call 508-645-3360.


More than 90 people attended the public forum “Understanding the Occupy Movement” event at theon January 16th. OccupyMV is now moving forward with a General Assembly and would like to invite any and all interested in learning more or working with OccupyMV to come to the in West Tisbury on Sunday from 2:30 pm- 5 pm. For more information, please call Jeri Dantzig at 508-696-0874 or Michael West at 774-563-1231.

Australian Open Finals Party

The is holding an Australian Open Finals Party from 3 pm – 5 pm at the Vineyard Tennis Center in West Tisbury on Sunday. Bring a dish to share. $20. Free to members. For more information, call 508-696-8000.


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