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Almanac Archive for January 16, 2017

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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.

Conservation Calendar

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. 
Local News

2017 Resolution: Make Less Waste
A Film Series from VCS and the Oak Bluffs Library

Over 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.

Film details:

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 oil.

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 ocean.

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. 
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