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Fashionista

IQ Events Group in collaboration with Hearts in Service Association, presents "Fashionista 2011" at 6 p.m. Oct. 30 at Reichhold Center for the Arts featuring a unique blend of fashion, hair and jazz.

Tickets are $40 for VIP; Gold, $30; Silver, $25; Bronze, $20; and students, $15. Tickets are available at Sweet Sticks, Home Again, V.I. Bridal and Tuxedo, Urban Threadz, Essentric Shoe Boutique and Reichhold Center box office.

For information, call 344-5583.

Culturalypso event

Gifft Hill School will hold its second annual Culturalypso event at 9 a.m. Nov. 1.

Admission is free. Food and drinks will be on sale.

For more information, call the Upper Campus at 776-1730 or Lower Campus at 776-6595.

Cancer Support

Cancer Support VI announces the next free lecture at noon Nov. 2 at Oceana Restaurant in Frenchtown.

Andrea Reser, clinical dietitian and diabetes coordinator, and Chef Michelle Janah from Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Southwestern Regional Medical Center will do a cooking demo.

Wellness walk

Warrell's Waterway will hold a Wellness Walk for Life at 7 a.m. Nov. 5 from Warrell's Waterway at Mafolie to Magens Bay Beach.

Bring your children or pets or walk as an individual or a group.

Transportation will be provided for a fee from Magens Bay to Warrell's Waterway after the walk.

For more information, call Lionel at 227-2657.

Debutants needed

The Eta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. Alpha Chi Chapter is now accepting applications for their 37th annual Debutante Ball scheduled for Feb. 25, 2012, at the Sugar Bay Beach Resort, St Thomas.

All interested young ladies between the ages of 15-18 attending high school in the U.S. Virgin Islands should contact Beverly Lettsome at 775-0122 or Nan Mulcare at 774-8291.

Habitat for Humanity

The Virgin Islands chapter of Habitat for Humanity International is currently seeking board members, as well as president and vice-president, for the 2011-2011 year. Individuals with experience in construction, finance, accounting, management, business administration, non-profit administration, marketing or public relations, and charitable fundraising are encouraged to apply.

Individuals interested in board positions should submit resumes via email to hfhusvi@gmail.com. The next board meeting will be held on Thursday.

All individuals interested in serving on Habitat-VI's board should contact Yvette Sutphin prior to this date in order to be considered for a role on the board. While Habitat-VI meetings are generally held on St. Thomas, interested applicants from other islands are encouraged to apply.

Special arrangements may be facilitated for exceptional candidates.

Fall health fair

The 29th Legislature of the Virgin Islands Committee on Health and Hospitals will host a Fall Health Fair at the Legislature Building on the island of St. Croix from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 21.

The goals for this event are to provide a variety of health screenings and educational material, to increase personal health awareness among participants, to motivate individuals to make positive health behavior changes and to increase visibility of health and wellness resources within our community.

There will be free services such as HIV-STD testing, blood pressure screening, cholesterol screening, immunization (flu vaccines), eye exams, blood glucose testing and glaucoma screening.

For more information, contact the office of Sen. Ronald Russell at 712-2270 or Sen. Patrick Sprauve at 693-3513.

Mother Goose workshop

The next Mother Goose Workshop, "Beginning with Mother Goose," will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Curriculum Center in Anna's Retreat. The workshop is for parents of infants and toddlers up to age 4. Snacks and a light lunch will be served. For more information, call 777-7030 to confirm attendance or respond by email to viiftal@hotmail.com.

Mindful walk

Clear Blue Sky will hold its second annual "A Mindful Walk" for mental health awareness from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sunday around the track at Charlotte Amalie High School. Get a complimentary T-shirt while they last. For more information, call Arlene at 774-9668 or Luz at 998-1906.

Virtues training

The Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands announces the availability of training for individuals in the USVI interested in becoming a certified presenter for "The Virtues Project." The course will be taught by Dara Feldman, a master facilitator of The Virtues Project.

The five-day course will be offered on St. Croix from Monday to Oct. 28 at the Cardiac Center at Luis Hospital and the Office of the Governor, Arthur Abel Complex from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

At the completion of the course, each participant will receive a comprehensive set of training materials. Individuals who are interested in learning more about the Virtues Project but do not wish to become certified presenters, are invited to attend the first 2 days of the course for a Virtues Project orientation.

The training will also be offered on St. Thomas, the week of Nov. 14 to 18.

Thanks to a generous grant from the Edouard Foundation, there will be no cost to participants for course registration and materials. Space is limited, however, so early registration is encouraged.

For more information, visit www.cfvi.net. To register, contact Mona Quetel at 774-6031.

Kassav Dance Party

Reichhold Center for the Arts kicks-off its 2011-2012 season with a big dance party featuring zouk powerhouse Kassav' at 8 p.m. Oct. 28.

Tickets are available at Reichhold Center box office by calling 693-1559 or online at www.reichholdcenter.com. Ticket outlets are Urban Threadz, VI Bridal and Tuxedo, Home Again, UVI Bookstore on St. Thomas; and Connections on St. John.

St. John residents can call 693-1550 to sign up for the discount shuttle.

Praxis I and II

The University of the Virgin Islands - Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning Center in collaboration with the V.I. Department of Education, Division of Human Resources announces that registration is open for the second session of Fall semester for its Praxis I & II prep course.

The six-week course will be held from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. every Saturday from Oct. 29 on the St. Thomas campus and from 4:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. weekdays from Oct. 31 at the St. Croix Educational Complex.

This course is free to public school teachers and is being funded by the V.I. Department of Education. The program prepares public school teachers for the Praxis I and II exams so that they can be designated as highly qualified in order to meet the mandates of the No Child Left Behind Act. To register for the free program, teachers must be employed by the Department of Education and provide verification of employment upon registering.

For more information or to register, call 693-1100 or visit http://cell.uvi.edu.

Father-child activity

The Department of Human Services will host a Father and Child Activity Day at 8 a.m. Oct. 28 at the Human Services Head Start Sugar Estate Complex on First Avenue.

All Head Start fathers with children age 3 to 5 years and male role models are invited to attend to engage in woodcarving, container gardening, placemat activities and much more. There will be door prizes and giveaways.

For more information, contact the Head Start Parent Involvement Office at 774-2449.

Family fun day

The Department of Human Services Division of Family Assistance invites all fathers, stepfathers, and all positive male figures to a family fun day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 29 at Emile Griffith Park.

Join the motorcade at 9 a.m. from the Fort Christian Parking lot to Emile Griffith park and enjoy the VI Bug Association exhibit, the VI Bike Club exhibit, the All Star VI Government Team vs. UVI Bucks Basketball Tournament, Boxing demonstration by the VI Boxing Federation, family fun games, kiddie bouncers and much more!

For more information, contact Carmen Rogers-Green at 774-0930 ext. 4477.

Kean concert

The Music Department and The Kean Band Boosters present "Its All In The Reel" at 4 p.m. Oct. 30 in the Kean cafeteria. Come out and hear your favorite movie, sitcoms, cartoons or video theme songs. This will feature the Beginning Steel Pan Ensemble, The Choir and the Dynamite Rays Concert, Jazz and Marching Bands.

Admission is $5.

Children's health fair

The Early Childhood Advisory Committee of the Governor's Children and Families Council will host a Children's Health Fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 4 at the Sugar Estate Head Start Complex on First Street.

Titled, "Healthy Children Are Happy Children," service providers will conduct various pediatric medical services for children age birth to five who are not in regular licensed care facilities or Head Start or who are not able to schedule regular physicals for their children.

Volunteers are needed to help facilitate the activity. For more information, contact Ellie Hirsch at 773-1617.

St. John Film series

St. John Film launches its "On Screen/In Person" screening series with a lively 55-minute documentary directed by Klaus Schneyder and produced by Angela Viscido, which celebrates the incredible art form of making music using only the human body.

The event will be held at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 1 at St. John School of the Arts.

Giving back

Gifft Hill School announce its second annual school-wide community service day, "Gifft Hill School Gives Back," on Nov. 10.

In September, letters were sent to non-profit organizations on St. John requesting information regarding their ideas for projects. Teams of faculty members and students ranging in age from preschool through 12th grade will be working in the community all day doing service activities such as cleaning, maintenance, administrative help, repair work, and companionship for the elderly.

Questions or suggestions regarding Gifft Hill School Gives Back can be directed to Angel Bolques or Molly Murrill in the Development Office at GHS by calling 776-1730 or emailing angelbolques@giffthillschool.org or mollymurrill@giffthillschool.org.

AKA Sorority luncheon

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. will hold its annual "Generations of Excellence" Luncheon at noon Nov. 12 at the newly renovated Marriott's Frenchman's Reef and Morning Star Beach Resort. This event is held as a means of encouraging high scholastic achievement among young people through the awarding of scholarships made possible by the proceeds. All proceeds of the "Generations of Excellence" go towards the Gertrude Lockhart Melchior Scholarship Fund.

The honorees are Dilsa Capdeville of Kidscope Inc., Gerda Sebastien of the V.I. National Guard Family Readiness Group Organization, Ruth J. Frett, retired St. John educator, and Sigma Theta Omega's Member of the Year, Faye Richardson.

Tickets can be purchased from any Sigma Theta Omega Chapter member or by contacting Patrice Harley at 776-6643 or 513-8787. For more information, contact Anise Hodge at 774-0750 or 643-7453.

Motown Locomotion

The Peace, Love and Motown Locomotion event will be held at Nov. 19 at Wikked Restaurant in Yacht Haven Grande.

There will be no cover charge. A portion of the proceeds from the bar and restaurant and all donations will go to The Family Resource Center.

Calypsonian "Mighty Wifey" also known as DJ Royal-Janet Reiter will be spinning Motown classics.

Full dinner menu will run from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. with dancing to follow.

To sign up and make reservations, call 777-8953.

The event is co-sponsored by Jane Higgins Resortwear. Contact Jane for more information or to donate a prize at 774-7071.

Caribbean Writer

The Caribbean Writer, the University of the Virgin Islands' international, refereed, literary journal with a Caribbean focus, announces a submission call for its 26th edition. Issues unique to the Caribbean should be central to work submitted, or the work should reflect a Caribbean heritage, experience or perspective. Besides the usual poetry, short fiction and personal essays, Volume 26 will be dedicated to the environment - nature and ecology.

Volume 26 will also celebrate women writers. Interviews, essays and personal narratives on Sylvia Wynter, Olive Senior, Paule Marshall, Claire Harris, Lorna Goodison, Nancy Morejon, Velma Pollard, Erna Bordber, Zee Edgell and any other prominent Caribbean women writers are welcome.

Individuals are encouraged to submit poems (five maximum), short stories, personal essays or one-act plays. Only previously unpublished work will be considered. (If self-published, give details.) Include brief biographical information and put all contact information, plus the title of the manuscript, on a separate page. Only the title should appear on the manuscript.

All submissions are eligible for these prizes: The Daily News Prize for best poetry ($300), The Canute A. Brodhurst Prize for best short fiction ($400), The David Hough Literary Prize to a Caribbean author ($500), The Marguerite Cobb McKay Prize to a Virgin Islands author ($200), and The Charlotte & Isidor Paiewonsky Prize for first-time publication ($250).

Send email submissions to: submit@thecaribbeanwriter.org as attached Word or RTF files, or submit via our "Submissions" page at www.thecaribbeanwriter.org. Submissions may also be sent by postal mail to: The Caribbean Writer, University of the Virgin Islands, RR 1, Box 10,000, Kingshill St. Croix, VI 00850-9781. Submission deadline is Nov. 30.

For more information, visit www.TheCaribbeanWriter.org or call 692-4152.

Special Olympics

Special Olympics Virgin Islands State Games will be at 9 a.m. Oct. 29 at the Charlotte Amalie High School.

A meeting will be held for people who wish to volunteer for the state games at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Disability Rights Center of the Virgin Islands.

For more information, contact Kishma Creque at 776-4303 or Edwin Forbes at 643-2713.

Childbirth classes

Childbirth classes are being held on a monthly basis for six to eight weeks from 5 to 7 p.m. every Tuesday at Schneider Hospital in conference room A on the second floor. Participants who are 28 weeks and up are encouraged to attend. Registration is $5.

Cost for each participant is $15. For more information, contact the Labor and Delivery Unit at 776-8311 ext. 3121 or 3122.

Taste of Two Islands

WTJX will hold Taste of Two Islands on Nov. 10 at the Mark Marin Center, Antilles School.

Now in its seventh year, the Taste of Two Islands is the major fundraiser for WTJX to support local programming.

Drink wine from six or more distributors and taste food from over 30 restaurants and caterers.

Music will be provided by Spectrum Band.

Tickets are $50. At the door, admission is $55.

Community orchestra auditions

Be a founding member of the New Community Orchestra of St. Thomas. Pick up an application at G-Clef Music Academy or V.I. Montessori School and International Academy.

The orchestra is open to all musicians from 8 years old through adults. Participants must be able to read music. Pre-orchestra classes are also being held for those who don't read. Rehearsals will start soon. They will be held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sundays.

Call Leah at 617-290-5797 or email leah.aronin@gmail.com or call Sherrie at 998-1823 or email sherriedavis50@yahoo.com for more information.

Donating instruments

The New Community Orchestra is looking for instruments that you may not be using.

If it is in poor shape, they will use it for parts or create a piece of artwork from it to raise funds to purchase new instruments.

Donations will be accepted at The Arts Alive Festival in November or drop them off at G-Clef Music Academy in Tillett Gardens or V.I. Montessori School and International Academy in Red Hook.

For more information, call Leah at 617-290-5787 or Sherrie at 998-1823.

Montessori School

- Free dealer practice sessions are held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at The Room next door to The Cellar and Pesce in Red Hook in preparation for Las Vegas Night, which will be held on Dec. 3. To sign up, call Shane at 513-1855.

- The 21st annual Fall Festival from noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 29 at V.I. Montessori School. Activities include games, prizes, cake walk, bounce house, face painting, dance performances, storytelling and more. Children's costume parade begins at 3 p.m.

Admission is free for adults and $3 per child. Activity tickets can be purchased individually or pay $20 for an all day activity pass.

- "Family Movie Night" will be held the second Friday of each month at Yacht Haven Grande. Bring your own chair and blanket. Admission is free, but a small donation will be accepted.

Holiday gift drive

The Department of Human Services, Division of Children and Family Services is coordinating a community gift drive for children in need. Individuals, community sponsors and families are welcome to donate a wrapped gift for a boy or girl to the Department of Human Services, Division of Children and Family Services at the Knud Hansen Complex on St. Thomas and at the office in Anna's Hope, St. Croix.

Help provide a great Christmas for a less fortunate family.

For more information, call Michelle Benjamin at 774-0930 ext. 4340 or Cherlyn Wattley at 773-5303 or email ccwattley@yahoo.com.

Project Homeless Connect

The Project Homeless Connect hosted by the United Way St. Thomas-St. John and the Department of Human Services will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 21 at Nazareth Evangelical Lutheran Church on St. John; and on St. Croix at the Department of Agriculture Fair Grounds on Oct. 28.

On St. John, training for volunteers will be held at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 20 at Nazareth Lutheran Church. Volunteers, barbers and masseuses are needed

Training on St. Croix is mandatory and is scheduled for Oct. 25 at Government House in the Arthur Able Complex, Frederiksted and Oct. 26 at the Herbert Grigg Home for the Aged conference room. Both training sessions will begin at 6 p.m.

For more information or to volunteer, call Angeli Ferdschneider at 773-1404 and Monife Stout at 774-1166. On St. John, anyone interested in volunteering or providing a service, may contact Celia Kalousek at the St. John Community Foundation at 643-0019 or 693-9410.

Human Resource professionals

Human Resource professionals who wish to obtain nationally recognized certification can now take advantage of a preparatory course at the University of the Virgin Islands- Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning Center. The Human Resource Certification program will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays at the UVI-CELL Center in Frederiksted on St. Croix.

The certification review course provides a solid foundation for meeting human resource challenges found in today's demanding work environment and prepares professionals to achieve their Professional in Human Resources or Senior Professional in Human Resources designation. The certification is awarded by the Human Resource Certification Institute and signifies that human resource professionals have achieved the industry certification that sets them apart as true professionals in their field.

For more information on the certification program, call 693-1100 or visit http://cell.uvi.edu.

Library support

The Friends of the St. Thomas Public Libraries will celebrate National Friends of Libraries Week from Oct. 16 to 22 with an invitation to the entire community to demonstrate its love for libraries.

On Oct. 19 from 4 to 5:30 p.m., the entire community is urged to visit their island's Legislature grounds with a book for our lawmakers to Support Our Libraries, and indicate that libraries need well-staffed, well-equipped libraries with convenient hours to serve the public. Parents are urged to bring their children. Visit www.fostpl.org for more information.

Small business accounting

The University of the Virgin Islands - Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning Center is offering a course for individuals and small businesses who are interested in learning to use the full-featured small business accounting software, QuickBooks. "Introduction to QuickBooks" will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays starting Oct. 22 at the UVI-CELL Center in Frederiksted on St. Croix.

Participants will learn how to set up a standard list of accounts, manage accounts receivable and payable, reconcile bank accounts, track credit card transactions and much more.

For more information on the program or how to register, call 693-1100 or visit http://cell.uvi.edu.

Bookkeeping course

The University of the Virgin Islands - Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning Center will be offering a course for individuals interested in acquiring basic bookkeeping skills. "Introduction to Bookkeeping" will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays starting Oct. 22 at the UVI-CELL Center in Frederiksted on St. Croix.

Participants will learn to perform basic bookkeeping functions such as journalizing and posting business transactions, preparing basic financial statements, reconciling bank statements, preparing payroll and much more.

For more information or to register, call 693-1100 or visit http://cell.uvi.edu.

Forum events

The Forum will present six events - a unique collaboration of theatre and music on Oct. 22, "Beethoven: His Women and His Music;" a musician, singer and storyteller, Charlotte Blake Alston on Jan. 28; two evenings of music, one with pianist Valentina Lisitsa from Festival Casals on March 16 and the other featuring renowned clarinetist David Shifrin with pianist Gloria Chien on April 14; and two speakers focusing on topical subjects - on Nov. 17, Ken Gormley, Dean and Professor of Law at Duquesne University, author of "The Death of American Virtue: Clinton vs. Starr" and on Feb. 16 Anisa Mehdi, filmmaker ("Mecca") and journalist, who will talk about the impact of "The Arab Spring."

For more information and tickets, call 690-4350.

Appreciation gala

The Pastors' Appreciation Committee of the Mount Zion New Testament Church of God presents the "First Ladies-Gentlemen Appreciation Gala" at 4 p.m. Oct. 23 at Sugar Bay Resort and Spa.

Honorees are Alecia Wells, St. Ursula's Church; Celeste David, City Seventh-day Adventist; Charles Colin Matthews, New Herrnhut Moravian; Clavia Colaire, Enduring Hope Ministries, Delrose Berg, Agape Seventh-day Adventist; Everine Hazell, Global Life; Grace Harrison, Mount Zion New Testament Church of God; Juliette Petty, New Vision Ministries of St. Thomas; Mazie Maynard, Healing Center; Neyda Beltran-Louis, Eglise Unitee Chretienne; Paulina George, First Wesleyan Holiness Church (Contant); Dr. Reva Richardson, Church of Living Hope Cathedral; Rosemond Eloi, Living World Family Ministries; Dr. Sharon McDonald, Impacting Your World Christian Ministries; Sonia Hazel, Christian Fellowship Ministries Center; Velma Clifton-George, House of Refuge Deliverance; and Velven Samuel-Warren, Faith Christian Fellowship.

Tickets are $125 for singles; $200 for married couples; $85 for children age 10 and under. Tickets can be purchased at Orchid Boutique, Sugar Estate; Donovan's Barber Shop, Fort Mylner; UVI Bookstore, Brewers Bay; Clover's Shoe-tique, Professional Building; and Mount Zion New Testament Church Office, Anna's Retreat.

The attire is black tie. Music will be provided by he Redeemed Brothers and Friends.

International night

Rotary Club of Charlotte Amalie presents International Night featuring food and music from 7 p.m. to midnight Nov. 5 at the Marin Center.

Admission is $35. For tickets, call Sylvanie Rhymer at 774-4546 or Loretta Lloyd at 642-2502

Agriculture fair

The St. Thomas-St. John Agriculture and Food Fair Organization Committee informs the public that this year's agriculture and food fair event will be held Nov. 5 to 6 at the Reichhold Center for the Arts grounds.

The theme is "Farm Today for a Healthier Tomorrow." Farmers, culture bearers and other prospective participants are encouraged to plan and prepare for fair.

Applications will soon be available.

For more information, contact the Department of Agriculture at 774-5182 or the UVI Cooperative Extension Service at 693-1080.

Fashion extravaganza

Faith Alive Christian Academy presents its second annual Faith Fashion Extravaganza at 7 p.m. Nov. 10 at Faith Christian Fellowship Church Alive In Christ at 394B Anna's Retreat.

Tickets are $5.

For more information, call 777-3312 or 776-4241.

Schneider Hospital gala

For the first time, the Schneider Regional Medical Center's annual gala will be infused with Latin flavor and music.

Featuring the nationally acclaimed orchestra, Anibal de Gracia and Batukealo, the gala will be a non-stop night of dining and dancing, and all to benefit the medical center's Maternal Child Health Department.

The black tie event will be held at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 12 at Marriott's Frenchman's Reef Beach Resort Ballroom. Hosts for the evening are Dr. Sidney Comissiong and Dr. Thelma Watson.

Anibal de Gracia and Batukealo, is the ultimate Latin dance party band.

Tickets are $160, and can be purchased at the administrative offices of the medical center, from Home Again in Red Hook, and from V.I. Bridal & Tuxedo in Tutu Park Mall.

For more information, contact Georgianna Phillip of Schneider Regional Medical Center at 776-8311 ext. 2262.

Winter concert

The Caribbean Chorale will celebrate 45 years of sharing classical, cultural and festive music with the community at their annual winter concert "Sharing the Light of Christmas" at 6 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Wesley Methodist Church in Anna's Retreat.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 at the door for children age five and older. Ticket outlets will be announced at a later date.

For more information, call Nora Williams at 776-5992.

Golf tournament

The Almeric Christian Scholarship Golf Tournament will be held on Nov. 20. Sign in is at 7:45 a.m. and the shotgun start will be 9 a.m.

Entry fee is $125 including green fees, golf cart rental, golf shirt, golf balls, golf paraphernalia and awards luncheon following play.

To sign up, call 777-6006.

Conference for girls

The fourth annual P.E.A.R. Conference for adolescent girls ages 12 to 18 years old will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 29 at Marriott's Frenchman's Reef Morning Star Beach Resort.

This year's theme is "Daughters of Destiny." Topics include "On My Way to the Top," "Destined without baggage" and "Groomed for Success."

Registration is $25. For forms, call 690-0303 or 775-4820.

The event is sponsored by Unique Xpression Ministries and Department of Health.

Bridge lessons

Fred Warden, president of the St. Thomas Bridge Club, announces that beginners lessons for duplicate bridge will be held Tuesdays for the next six weeks, ending on Nov. 1. All two-hour sessions will begin at 6 p.m. at the club room in Al Cohen's Mall on Raphune Hill. The classes will be taught by Barbara Hollingsworth, club director.

Email Barbmariehollingsworth@yahoo.com or call 775-6184 for more information.

Ridge to Reef

Ridge To Reef Sustainable Farming Pathways courses include:

- Empowering Community, Jan. 22 to Feb. 25, 2012

- Organic Agroforestry Intensive, May 12 to 26, 2012

- Path of the Natural Mentor, June 16 to Aug. 5, 2012

"Journey in the Food Forest" will be held from through Oct. 30. It includes exploring, harvesting, care taking and sharing a tropical food forest. It includes a progressive study Permaculture Design Certificate; and a one-week of self-directed Permaculture study. It is taught by Bamboo master builder Jo Sheer, organic farmer and academic Jay Bost and VISFI Director Nate Olive, among others.

The courses are experiential education courses for aspiring organic growers, naturalists, community mentors, slow foodies, holistic living system designers, and all those interested in sustainable living.

For more information, contact Nate Olive at 220-0466.

Breast Cancer Month

The St. Thomas-St. John Unit of the American Cancer Society announces that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The American Cancer Society USVI encourages all women over the age of 40 to get a mammogram.

From Oct. 1 to 31, low-cost or no-cost mammograms will be offered to women without insurance.

Registration will take place at the ACS offices from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays on St. Thomas and on St. John from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays.

Authorization forms from ACS will be prepared for clients to present to the medical facility when they arrive for their appointment. If you do not receive an authorization form from ACS, you will not be screened.

For more information, call 775-5373.

Persons with Medicare, Cigna, Blue Cross, Medicaid or any other insurance are not included in the no-cost screening offer.

Adopt-A-Family

The Department of Human Services' Division of Children and Family Services is coordinating its sixth annual Adopt-A-Family Program.

Persons and families within the community are welcome to help provide a great Thanksgiving and Christmas for a less fortunate family.

For more information, call Michelle Benjamin at 774-0930 ext. 4340 or Heather Lambertis at ext. 4245 on St. Thomas, and 773-5303 for Jean Nesbitt-Matthew or Kimberly Edwards on St. Croix.

Learn 360

The Education Outreach Division, WTJX Channel 12 is announcing to all Learn360 subscribers that the Learn360 individual school usernames and passwords will remain the same for the first four months of the 2011-2012 school year.

For tracking purposes, and the accurate compilation of analysis by WTJX, they are requesting that all new principals, teachers and students, transferred or promoted to a different school, use your new school's usernames and passwords to access Learn 360. Contact the school principals or librarians for assistance if needed.

For additional assistance, contact Claude Gerard, Education Outreach manager at WTJX Channel 12, at 718-3339 ext. 345, or email cgerard@wtjx.org.

YouthBuild

The Virgin Islands Housing Authority's Youth Build U.S. Virgin Islands Program is accepting applications for both the St. Thomas- St. John and St. Croix districts programs.

YouthBuild is a youth and community development program that simultaneously addresses core issues facing low-income communities: housing, education, employment, crime prevention, and leadership development.

In YouthBuild programs, low-income young people ages 16 to 24 work towards their GED or high school diploma, learn job skills and serve their communities by building affordable housing, and transform their own lives and roles in society.

Applications can be completed and/or picked-up from all public housing managers offices, and the VIHA Central Office in both districts from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday.

The YouthBuild Program is funded through a grant received from the U.S. Department of Labor.

For more information, contact Carla Joseph, Section 31, YouthBuild program manager at 714-2102 or 715-7332.

After-school programs

- Teenagers Bible Club is accepting registration for its after school program. Contact Pastor John Mark at 228-1224 or call 774-0884.

- Registration is open for the Divine Purpose After-school Program at the Frenchtown Evangelistic Assembly Inc. for children ages 6 to 14. The church is located across from Frenchtown and next to Davis Funeral Home.

Qualified teachers will help children with their classroom studies, with personal attention given to each child. Reading, writing and math skills will be the focus, along with computer skills, and the teaching of moral and biblical values.

Sessions are held from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The cost is $30 per week and snacks are provided daily.

For more information, call 774-8433.

Volunteers needed

The Human Services Department's Caregiver Support Program, which provides support and resources to persons caring for the elderly, is in the planning stage of implementing Dorca's Care adult day care services.

Volunteers are needed to administer the program. They will receive training in First Aid, CPR and general caregiving for the elderly. Family caregivers who need assistance are urged to register for the service.

For more information, contact Arleen Evans O'Reilly at 773-2323 ext. 2024.

Weatherization program

The Virgin Islands Weatherization Program provides low income, elderly and handicapped residents with energy measures such as Energy Star refrigerators, hot water heater timers, compact fluorescent light bulbs low-flow showerheads, aerators and power strips at no cost to the resident.

Applications are available on St. Croix from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the Methodist Outreach and Training Center at 195 Richmond across from Henneman Ice Plant. Call 773-1155 for more information.

Client intake on St. Thomas will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays to Fridays at the Methodist Outreach and Training Center at 4A Kronprindsens Gade. Call 714-7782 for more information.

On St. John, client intake services will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday and Thursdays at the St. John Methodist Church. Client intake services will be also be at the St. Ursula's Multipurpose Center and the Adrian Senior Center. Call the centers to find out the times and days at 693-8580 or 776-6144.

Energy program

The Virgin Islands Energy Office is unveiling a program to help small businesses territory-wide cut their power consumption. The program is known as the Worthwhile Investments Save Energy and is part of the Better Buildings Initiative of the federal Department of Energy. Participants in the WISE program will be eligible for rebates of up to 40 percent of their project costs for energy efficiency retrofits to their businesses.

Eligible applicants are small, retail and service businesses with utility usage of 30,000 kWh monthly or less. To qualify, businesses must own their buildings or have long-term leases. An application for the rebates is on the Energy Office website at www.vienergy.org.

For more information, contact Miguel Quinones at 714-8436.

Zumba class

Zumba fitness classes are held at 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Winston Raymo community center next to Lionel Roberts Stadium. For more information, call Christine at 690-4307 or email cdejl@yahoo.com.

Solar water heaters

The Virgin Islands Energy Office is urging residents to take advantage of its Sun Power Loan program to purchase a solar water heater and substantially reduce their electric bill. The Sun Power program allows residents to purchase and install a solar water heater with no upfront costs. Rebates up to $2,500, along with loans up to $3,500, are available to cover the costs.

Energy Office Director Karl Knight said that the Energy Office has conducted a successful appliance rebate program and a successful rebate program for fuel efficient vehicles, paying out more than $1.2 million in subsidies to 2,462 residents and small businesses, but federal money is no longer available for those two programs.

The Sun Power program is funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and is administered in a partnership between, the Water and Power Authority, the Economic Development Authority, and the Energy Office.

Almost 600 residents have already been approved for the program. It is estimated that another 200 residents will be able to go through the program the way it is before the program is revised or shutdown.

The no-money-down loans are financed through the Economic Development Authority at a 1 percent fixed interest rate over five years and are repaid through borrowers' WAPA bills.

Information and applications can be found at www.vienergy.org or call 713-8436 on St. Croix and 714-8436 on St. Thomas.

Swimming and snorkeling

Tiny Bubbles will offer three hour swimming and snorkeling classes on Saturdays at Secret Harbour.

This class is for children ages 5 and older. They will learn basic swimming skills, snorkeling techniques, water safety and fish identification.

Each class lasts for one month with classes held for three Saturdays followed by a potluck picnic on the fourth Saturday.

Classes will start on Nov. 5. Morning and afternoon classes are available.

Parents do not have to get in the water with their children. The teaching ratio is 3 to 1. All equipment, mask, fins, snorkel and wetsuit are furnished for free.

Class cost is $150. For reservations or questions, call Captain Joe at 777-6574 or 563-503-2007.

Sewing classes

Sew Stylish is offering sewing and designing classes for kids and adults from 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays and Sundays and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays. For information, call 201-0812.

Travelers needed

The Humane Society of St. Thomas has partnered with the Potters League of Rhode Island and American Airlines to get puppies in the V.I. to fur-ever homes in the Northeast. The Society is seeking travelers going to Boston or Providence, R.I., on American Airlines to escort them.

If you are traveling to that area anytime, contact the Humane Society at 642-7873 to make arrangements. One week's notice is needed to get a pup ready for travel.

Notary public applications

The Lieutenant Governor's Office announces that notary public applications are now available online. New and renewal applications, as well as the Notary Public handbook, can be accessed at the Lieutenant Governor's website, www.ltg.gov.vi.

Online availability of the documents enables the Lt. Governor's Office to be more responsive to inquiries about the notary public application process and responsibilities. For more information, contact the Lt. Governor's office at 774-2991 for the St. Thomas-St. John district or the Division of Banking and Insurance at 773-6459 for the St. Croix district.

Red Cross seeks donations

Hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis and other natural disasters have taken a toll in the Virgin Islands. The American Red Cross of the Virgin Islands reminds willing residents to make tax deductible donations to lessen the blow of such disasters. To make a donation, visit the Red Cross at 6035 Castle Coakley, Christiansted, or call 774-0375, or visit their upstairs office at Nisky Center.

CPR classes

St. John Rescue conducts community CPR classes, with instruction in CPR, AED use and the Heimlich Maneuver, taught in a three-hour, one-day class.

Contact Bob Malacarne via email training@stjohnrescue.com or 626-5118 for more information.

Weekly feeding event

Volunteers of the Virgin Islands feeds the homeless and people in need between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. every Saturday at Market Square across from the Methodist Church, and is accepting donations of food and grocery items and clothing.

Call Eunice Robert at 998-9479 for more information.

Creque Dam volunteer days

Volunteers are needed to help out at the Creque Dam farm from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. or from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Email shellibrin@gmail.com for more information.

UVI Wellness Center

The UVI Wellness Center on the St. Thomas campus is accepting alumni memberships at discounted rates.

The Center is open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Bolongo Bay Chess Club

The new Bolongo Bay Chess Club is open to players of all skill levels, children and adults. The club meets from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays in the karaoke area next to Iggies.

Contact Corinne at 626-1199 or email corinnevanrensselaer@yahoo.com for more information.

Visit www.chessvi.com for upcoming events.

New Beginnings

New Beginnings for a Better Tomorrow offers two-hour private computer tutorial sessions in English and Spanish from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays, and from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Instruction is given on Office 2003, 2007 and 2010; Word; Excel; Power Point; Access; Publisher; keyboarding; career development and preparation; and job skills training.

After-school family tutorial sessions, to be held from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, are to be discussed in the areas of technology, reading, writing, math, science and other subjects; piano and violin; fashion and design, sewing, embroidery and crochet; and drawing, painting, arts and crafts and scrapbooking.

Call 227-6515 for more information.

Community awards

Southland Gaming of the Virgin Islands has established a Community Award program to recognize and reward the positive efforts of Virgin Islands individuals and organizations. The company has dedicated $25,000 to the program, and one successful nominee will be selected every other week to receive $1,000.

The Community Award program is designed to spotlight selfless individuals and organizations that continue to make the Virgin Islands a unique and wonderful community. Limitations have not been placed on the categories. Examples include sports and recreation, music, education, environment, social change, early childhood and youth mentoring. Nominations may be submitted by individuals and organizations for themselves, or by a third party on behalf of another individual or organization.

Applications will be reviewed and references checked by a panel. Award winners will be announced every other Friday by media release. There is no restriction on what funds may be used for.

The two-page application must be fully completed and then submitted to Southland Gaming for review. Applications are available online at www.sgvi.com/awards. Once completed, the application can be emailed to awards@sgvi.com, faxed to 776-4185 or mailed to Awards, Southland Gaming of the V.I., 1003 Estate Ross, St. Thomas, V.I. 00802.

For more information, contact Shaine Gaspard at shaine@sgvi.com.

Pet licensing

Pet licenses are available online from St. Croix Animal Welfare Center at www.atcroixawc.org/pet-licenses.

According to Virgin Islands law, pet owners should buy identification tags each year from St. Croix AWC. Tags start at $5 and offer the benefit of reuniting lost pets with their owners.

Visit www.atcroixawc.org/pet-licenses for more information.

Parent Coalition for Change

Inter Island Parent Coalition for Change Inc. is offering Project Unidos V.I. with individualized counseling, group support, referral services and workshops to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault at their location at 9500 Wheatley Center II. All services are free and can be provided in English, Spanish and Creole.

Call Cira Burke at 513-8667 or Belinda West-O'Neal at 513-8884 for more information.

COAST recruitment

For over 34 years, The Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence of St. Thomas and St. John has endeavored to address the many serious alcohol and substance abuse problems plaguing the Virgin Islands. COAST remains alive and well and is in the process of redeveloping new leadership, new office space, new programs and relationships with existing agencies working to combat the war on drugs, alcohol and violence. COAST is recruiting new members to serve the organization in a number of areas such as executive council, volunteers and regular membership.

Call 774-4358 or email coast_vi@yahoo.com for more information.

Call for volunteers

The Herbert Grigg Home for the Aged is looking for committed volunteers to share with resident seniors. The rewarding opportunity offers training and fellowship.

Call Jacqueline Douglas at 778-0708 for more information.

Foster grandparent program

Persons aged 60 or older who are interested in working with children are invited to call the Department of Human Services Foster Grandparent Program.

Eligible applicants can receive a tax-free stipend, free transportation to the work site, a free annual physical, free monthly training and more.

Call 772-9811 ext. 27 on St. Croix and 774-5265 ext. 1 on St. Thomas for more information.

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