Time Running Low, Red Stocking Fund Eyes Increased Need

Each year the nonprofit Red Stocking Fund collects gifts of food, clothing and toys for underprivileged Island children. This year, they are expected to serve more than 400 children. But time is running out, and the volunteers say more items are needed.

Organizers say they are looking for donations of hats, gloves and mittens for older kids ages 12-15 and toys for kids under 10, including action figures, Legos, balls, arts and crafts supplies.

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.

Circus Cinema Resumes on Saturday

The folks at Cinema Circus are gearing up for their first winter screening to be held on Saturday, Dec. 3, beginning at 5 p.m. at the Chilmark Community Center.

The event includes food, activities and, of course, a series of short films. And just as during the summer an early screening of the films is arranged with a young Island cineaste to give the real deal, kid’s-point-of-view on what's good, great and not so much.

See this week's Gazette to read what our kid critic has to say.>

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