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Quote of the Week
"Growth as an economic engine must necessarily have limits when the natural assets are what drive the economy."
-VCS Board member Liz Durkee, writing for the Gazette on affordable housing and the Vineyard economy
For more on the VCS perspective, see the cover story of our most recent print newsletter.
One Big Home Moves to Edgartown
Sunday, Jan. 22, 4:00 pm, Edgartown.
Documentary film One Big Home,
an exploration of the issues -- economic, cultural, and personal --
surrounding the proliferation of huge houses on Martha's Vineyard, is
now showing every other Sunday at Edgartown Cinemas.
Cedar Tree Neck: A "Virtual" Tour
Saturday, Jan. 28, 3:00 to 5:00 pm, West Tisbury.
Experience all four seasons of Cedar Tree Neck Sanctuary
in just two hours with this armchair tour. Staff from Sheriff's Meadow
will share the beauty, history, flora and fauna of this popular nature
walk through a multimedia presentation geared toward all ages. At the
West Tisbury Library, free, for more info see website or call (508) 693-5207.
Used Clothing Drop-off
Saturdays, 10:00 am - noon, MWF 2:00 - 4:00 pm, Vineyard Haven.
Re-use beats recycling any day! "Clothes-to-go" provides free
gently-worn clothing to those in need. At the Stone Church in Vineyard
Haven (map), call (508) 693-4424 for more info.
Sassafras Youth Programs
Fridays and Saturdays, Aquinnah.
Build connections to nature and outdoor skills that will last a
lifetime. This winter, Sassafras offers a program for kindergarteners on
Fridays in addition to their long-running Saturday Squirrels and
Coyotes for older kids. For pricing and more info, see website or call (508) 645-2008.
2017 Resolution: Make Less Waste
A Film Series from VCS and the Oak Bluffs Library
the next month, VCS will be bringing a film and discussion series to
the Oak Bluffs Library to raise awareness about waste issues. Few would
ever notice that the average American produces 4.3 pounds of trash per
day – 90,000 pounds of trash in a lifetime – because our waste removal
system is so efficient that it’s not something we have to think
about. But we should think about it. Invisible doesn’t mean unimportant.
So please join us to learn what simple things we can all do to make a
difference. Films will be followed by discussions and feature zero waste
snacks to highlight packaging-free and homemade options. Also, everyone
in attendance will be entered in a raffle to win a collection of
reusable items donated by Cronig’s Market.
Tues 1/17, 6-8pm: United States of Trash
Documentarian Morgan Spurlock follows the trajectory of our waste on his
CNN show, providing eye-opening insight into what happens to it, how it
hurts the environment, and how we can reduce the amount in the first
place. He asks “When we throw something away, where is away?”
Tues 1/31 6-8pm: Tapped
This documentary examines the role of the bottled water industry and its
effects on our health, climate change, pollution, and our reliance on
Thurs 2/9 5:30-7pm: Life Without a Trash Can
(TED Talks by people living a Zero Waste lifestyle)
Two Adults, 2 Kids, Zero Waste │ Bea Johnson
Why I Live a Zero Waste Life │ Lauren Singer
One Less Thing: Living Without Trash │ Manuela Baron
Sat 2/18 1-3pm: Bag It
(downstairs, plus a kids' movie upstairs)
An average guy makes a resolution to stop using plastic bags at the
grocery store. Little does he know that this simple decision will change
his life completely. He comes to the conclusion that our consumptive
use of plastic has finally caught up to us, and looks at what we can do
about it. Today. Right now.
(descriptions adapted from film PR)
Student Creativity Spreads the BYOB Spirit
This winter, every student at the Oak Bluffs School has received a
reusable canvas bag to personally decorate during art class. VCS has
done this kind of bag decorating activity with kids before (see 2nd story here),
but this time there's a twist: the bags will be donated back to the
community to help encourage the BYOB lifestyle. Many thanks to art
teacher Kim O'Connor for helping make it all happen!
The bags will be on display at the O.B. Library during the film series described above - another reason to come check it out!
A Priceless Island, in A Plastic Ocean
Join VCS for a special collaboration with the MV Film Society: a screening of the new documentary A Plastic Ocean,
in which an international team of adventurers, researchers, and ocean
ambassadors go on a worldwide mission to uncover the shocking truth
about what is lurking beneath the surface of our seemingly pristine
The screening is this Thursday (Jan. 19) at 7:30 pm, at the Film Center in Tisbury Marketplace. For tickets ($15, $12 members, $7 children) see MV Film Society, and for much more on the event see the story in the Vineyard Gazette. Co-sponsored
by Norton Point, maker of sunglasses using recovered ocean plastics. A
portion of the proceeds will be donated to VCS.