Focus on Friendships

Jim Ross from the ARC of Massachusetts is the guest speaker at this month’s meeting of the Island Parents Advisory Council on Special Education.

King Celebration Applauds Local Efforts

The Martha’s Vineyard chapter of the NAACP hosts its annual celebration of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Sunday, Jan. 18, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Portuguese-American Club in Oak Bluffs.

Middle School Groove

A DJ will spin the records for middle schoolers at Alex’s Place at the YMCA on Friday, Jan. 9, from 7 to 10 p.m. at a dance party especially for students in grades sixth through eighth.

Rock 'n Roll Teachers

They’re teachers by day and rockers by night and they’re coming to Alex’s Place over winter break. Two members of the Los Angeles-based band No Small Children, Lisa Parade and Joanie Pimental, will perform on Saturday, Dec. 28 at 7:30 p.m. at Alex’s Place at the YMCA. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for teens.

For more information, call 508-696-7171 or visit

IMP and Belushi Are On the Edge at Alex's Place

On Thursday night at Alex’s Place at the YMCA, Jim Belushi received some startling news. He was not, in fact, the mother of Island teenager Della Burke. At least that was what the audience decided. Mr. Belushi was performing with the IMPers, an Island-based, award-winning improv comedy troupe for teens and young adults. He and Miss Burke were playing a comedy game called Should Have Said. The game involved the two sitting in a car having a conversation.

Concert for Recovery

Award winning songwriter Kathy Moser performs a special concert at Alex’s Place on June 22 featuring music by and for people in recovery and their families and friends. Ms. Moser is a national touring artist who has performed and led songwriting workshops in alcohol and drug treatment facilities all over the U.S. Appearing with her will be Bethel Steel who was just chosen as a finalist for the Kerryville New Folk Competition.

The concert begins at 7 p.m. at Alex’s Place at the YMCA.

Teens Helping Elders

An Elder Tech Fair, the second in a series of events bringing teens and elders together, begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 4, at Alex’s Place at the YMCA. The fair gives elders an opportunity to ask the younger generation questions regarding their smartphones and computers.

Those wishing to participate should call 508-693-1676 to schedule an appointment.

Open Mic at Alex's Place

Alex’s Place, the community open stage at the YMCA, is celebrating its first anniversary this month. This is a place where everyone is welcome, particularly Vineyard teens, to come listen to or play music live on stage in an alcohol and drug-free environment. The open stages take place on successive Friday nights, Nov. 30, Dec. 7, Dec. 14 and Dec. 21, beginning at 8 p.m.

For more information, call 508-696-7171, extension 128 or visit