Volunteers Needed To Glean

Morning Glory Farm has offered to donate approximately 8,000 pounds of potatoes and 2 and a half bushels of Hubbard squash and pumpkins to Island Grown Gleaning. Volunteers are needed to collect and distribute the food to schools, elders and those in need.

The gleaning will take place over several days. Monday, Dec. 12 at 11 a.m. volunteers will pick up squash and pumpkins. On Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 2 p.m. volunteers will collect potatoes (no digging is required).

Buy a Book, Held a Brother

The Bunch of Grapes Bookstore has teamed up with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Martha’s Vineyard to help out this holiday season. Little Brothers and Sisters in the mentoring program are invited to visit Bunch of Grapes and create a wish list of up to six books. Community members may then view the wish lists and choose a book to give to a little. Bunch of Grapes is offering a 20 per cent discount on these gifts.

This opportunity is available until Dec. 31, 2011.

Main Street Closed for Christmas Parade

Main street between Summer street and Water street will be closed to traffic for a portion of Saturday to accommodate the annual Christmas in Edgartown parade.

The parade begins at 11 a.m. Main street will remain closed until 1 p.m.

Forty-one floats are scheduled to participate in the Main street parade.

Photo Contest Deadline Is Approaching

If you’ve managed to capture on film the perfect misty morning ferry crossing, prize-winning pies at the Ag Fair or other iconic Island impression, now is the time to submit your entry for this year’s photo contest sponsored by Martha’s Vineyard Magazine.

Aquinnah Says Yes to Landfill Solar Panels

After nearly two hours of debate at a special town meeting Wednesday night, Aquinnah residents voted to allow Vineyard Power to install 200 solar panels at the town landfill. The one article-warrant passed 29-13.

The 60,000 kilowatt system will power all of the town buildings and street lights.

Aquinnah Special Town Meeting Tonight

After nearly two hours of debate at a special town meeting Wednesday night, Aquinnah residents voted to allow Vineyard Power to install 200 solar panels at the town landfill. The one article-warrant passed 29-13.

The 60,000 kilowatt system will power all of the town buildings and street lights.

Excursion Rates Set to Expire

Steamship Authority excursion privileges issued to approximately half of all profile numbers will expire on Dec. 31. Island residents with profile numbers ending in an odd number (1, 3, 5, 7 or 9 ) must renew their excursion registration in order to continue receiving discounted auto rates and preferred booking.

Farms Story Hour Sprouts at Morning Glory

Moo or oink or cock-a-doodle-doo if you love story hour and farms, because Morning Glory Farm is set to host a preschool story hour every Tuesday in December beginning at 11 a.m.

The stories take place in the farmstand loft and feature farm inspired stories and songs. Imagine that, parents do the boring shopping routine, although not really boring with all the fresh veggies at the stand, and kids get to get cozy in the loft, playing Heidi.

Funeral services will be held for Barbara (Francis) Silvia on Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 11 a.m. at the Chapman Cole and Gleason Funeral Home in Oak Bluffs.

The longtime treasurer for the Red Stocking Fund and Vineyard Haven resident died on Dec. 2 at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. She was 68 and was well-known and well-loved on the Vineyard for her community service work.

Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the funeral home

Another Way To Go Green

Celebrate all things kale at a festival in its honor taking place at Mermaid Farm on Middle Road in Chilmark.

The event takes place Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will feature kale cooking demonstrations, kale tastings, a potluck brunch, a kale cook-off and farm tours. No word yet on whether it’s time to break out the kale hats and mittens.

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