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Call 774-8772 ext. 4138 for further information.
St. John town meeting at Sprauve School
A St. John People's Agenda Town Meeting will be held at 6 p.m. tonight at Julius Sprauve Elementary School. The meeting will give the St. John community an opportunity to discuss concerns regarding an additional access road from Coral Bay to Cruz Bay and its benefits to public safety. Maintenance of beaches, trails and signs will also be discussed.
To RSVP, call 201-4715 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
The Sigma Theta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority will host its annual AKA Day at the Capitol at 5:30 tonight at the V.I. Legislature on St. Thomas.
Members of the sorority will meet with members of the V.I. legislature to discuss issues affecting the territory. Some topics will be matters affecting women and children, the economic status of the USVI, health and safety issues, and education.
Contact Donna Frett-Gregory at 776-1208 or Elisa Hodge at 514-2957 for information.
Junior Gardening and Ecology Academy
The Junior Gardening and Ecology Academy is conducting early registration for of its annual summer academy for children ages 7 to 15. The program will be held each day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday from June 27 to Aug. 17. Activities will include gardening, field trips, storytelling, environmental projects, recreational activities, academic enrichment, computer training and arts and crafts. Lunch and snacks will be provided.
For an application or more information, contact Mario A. Francis at 774-3745, 626-4269 or email@example.com.
Business after hours at Island Flavor Restaurant
The Economic Development Agency will host the next after hours event from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Island Flavor Restaurant in Crown Bay Expo Center, Sub Base building H on St. Thomas. Economic development experts Percival E. Clouden and Jennifer Nugent-Hill will speak on economic development issues and propose a plan to address concerns of private sector businesses. Raffles, cash bar, door prizes, live entertainment and hors d'oeuvres will be held.
For information, call 773-6499.
Hotel and Tourism Association symposium
The USVI Hotel and Tourism Association is holding its annual Destination Symposium through Friday at Marriott's Frenchman's Reef Beach Resort on St. Thomas and The Palms at Pelican Cove on St. Croix.
In an effort to reaffirm relationships with industry partners, the symposium will offer industry presentations showcasing the USVI as a world-class travel destination and will provide participants with an opportunity to sell and promote the islands.
Call 344-6210 for more information or for a schedule of events.
HIV Testing Day at Scotiabank branches
Scotiabank and the Caribbean Broadcast Media Partnership will hold Regional HIV Testing Day 2012 at Scotiabank branches in the V.I. and countries across the Caribbean.
Free HIV testing clinics will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at the Scotiabank branches at Havensight, St. Thomas and Sunny Isle, St. Croix. Trained personnel from the Health Department will be on site to conduct free testing and provide counseling services to heighten public interest and raise HIV awareness.
Heyward G. Hill Memorial Scholarship
Applications are being accepted by UVI's Office of the Provost for the $5,000 Heyward G. Hill Memorial Scholarship for the 2012-2013 academic year. Full-time, matriculated junior and senior UVI students, with a 3.0 GPA and an interest in international affairs are eligible. Students must be U.S. citizens. Application forms and information on all requirements are available from the scholarships page of the financial aid section of the UVI website, www.uvi.edu. Deadline is Saturday.
Get your announcement in The Daily News
All notices, announcements and other publicity for events must be sent by e-mail ONLY. Nothing sent by fax or postal mail can be printed.
Call 774-8772 ext. 4138 for further information.
Sankt Hans Aften beach party
In celebration of St. John's Day, the St. Thomas/St. John Friends of Denmark Society will hold a beach party at 11 a.m. Saturday at Magens Bay, near shed no. four. This is a potluck event. Cost is $15, including refreshments.
Contact Marlene Boschulte at 774-2885 for reservations, or Ronnie Lockhart at 777-2277 for more information.
Yoga at the garden
Registered yoga teacher Sarah Stamper will hold classes at 9 a.m. Wednesdays and 10:30 a.m. Saturdays during the month of June in the east gallery of the Great Hall at St. George Village Botanical Garden on St. Croix. Limited number of mats available, so participants must bring their own if possible. Cost for Garden members is $50 for all eight classes or $7 per individual class. Classes for non-members is $75 for all eight classes or $10 per individual class. No classes will be held this Saturday.
For more information, call 692-2874.
The 16th annual Mango Melee and Tropical Fruit Festival will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday at St. George Village Botanical Garden on St. Croix. The festival will feature children's activities, educational workshops, the Mango Dis Mango Dat recipe competition, a mango eating contest and craft and food vendors. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children.
For more information, a recipe contest application or to volunteer, contact Holly Herold at 692-2874 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The Caribbean Exploratory Research Center and the Medical University of South Carolina will hold discussion forums Thursday through Saturday on all three islands about the health impacts of climate change. Forums will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday at Guy H. Benjamin School in Coral Bay, St. John; 5:30 p.m. Friday in UVI's Administration and Conference Center, room 142-1A on the St. Thomas campus; and 5 p.m. Saturday in UVI's Melvin Evans Center, room 713 on the St. Croix campus.
For more information, contact LaVerne Ragster at email@example.com or 643-6550 or Tessa Liburd at firstname.lastname@example.org or 693-1170.
- UVI's College of Science and Mathematics is holding a Mathematics Behind the Science summer bridge program through July 27 on the St. Thomas campus for incoming and prospective UVI freshman with an interest in biology, marine biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, applied mathematics (engineering) or physics. There is no cost to participants. Admission applications can be obtained from http://ecs.uvi.edu. For details, call Amanda Wright at 693-1397 or email email@example.com.
- UVI's President for a Day Competition will give two UVI students an opportunity to trade places with UVI President David Hall. Over the course of three days, the winning students will shadow President Hall to observe and learn the role of a university president, assume the role of president while President Hall participates in the student's full schedule, and President Hall and the student will provide public presentations on what they learned from the exercise. Applications are available from the Student Life section of the UVI website, www.uvi.edu. Deadlines are September 12 for St. Thomas students and February 7 for St. Croix students.
For more information on application requirements, contact Astrid Carmora at 693-1047 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Humanities Council grants
The Virgin Islands Humanities Council will award grants to non-profit organizations, institutions and groups to fund projects that examine cultural heritage of the Virgin Islands. Major grants from $3,501 to $10,000, mini grants up to $3,500 and teacher-incentive grants up to $750 are available. Eligible applicants include civic groups, school boards, PTAs, teacher associations, service clubs, libraries, museums, historical societies, church groups, professional organizations, public television and radio stations, universities and agencies of state and local government. Applications are due by 5 p.m. July 2.
For guidelines and applications, visit www.vihumanities.org or call 776-4044.
- Pistarckle Theater is seeking a choreographer for the production of "Cabaret." This individual will be responsible for auditioning all dancers, choreographing all dance and production numbers, selecting a dance captain and collaborating with the director in staging the play. The choreographer should be familiar with Broadway style choreography including the work of Bob Fosse, Twyla Tharp and Michael Bennett. Rehearsals will be in September and early October with performances through the first week of November.
Any interested persons should contact Frank Bartolucci at 715-2101 or email@example.com.
- Hairspray, The Musical: Performances, July 9 - 15
- Leadership in Theater: July 23 - August 17
For more information, call the theater at 775-7877 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hawks Sports Summer Camp
The Hawks Sports Summer Camp runs through August 3 at the Charlotte Amalie High School gymnasium and is open to boys and girls from ages six through 18. Activities will include numerous sports with a focus on improving athletic skills. For participants ages 15-18, specialized drills and weight training will also be offered.
For more information or to register, call coach Jarvis at 514-5197 or coach Brutvan at 561-271-8532.
Child Nutrition Program
Healthy, nutritious meals will be served to children ages two to 18 years through St. Croix's Summer Food Service Program held through August 3. Children may visit any feeding site between the hours of 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to receive free meals. Feeding sites are distributed throughout St. Croix.
For more information on the program or for feeding site locations, call 773-1095 extensions 7072, 7099, 7098, 7133 or 7132.
Bethlehem House Shelter for the Homeless will hold the Virgin Islands' first International Festival of Food on August 12 at St. Croix's Agricultural Fair Grounds. The festival will feature traditional food, music, dance, children games, souvenirs, arts and crafts from countries around the world. A mini book fair featuring local poets and writers will also be featured. Writers wishing to participate must email requests to Katherine Bennett at email@example.com by July 10. Churches, non-profits and social organizations can raise funds for their organization by purchasing space to market the traditional foods and souvenirs of any country they wish to represent.
For more information, call Daisy Lafond at 773-0132 or Laurine Parrilla at 778-1227.
Undercover Book Award
Undercover Books on St. Croix will present the first Undercover Book Award to local writers in each of three categories: poetry, fiction and children's. Submissions must have been published within the last three years (January 2010 to present). The purpose of the book award is to celebrate the best of Virgin Islands literature and to enhance the cultural value of good writing in the Virgin Islands. Published works must be submitted on or before July 10.
For more information, contact Katherine Bennett at 719-1567 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free jazz concerts are currently held the third Saturday of each month through November at Yacht Haven's esplanade. The performances feature talented youngsters from St. Thomas as well as internationally acclaimed musicians from Puerto Rico. Fat Turtle and Grande Cru are providing specials and lawn service for concert viewers. Admission is free.
For more information, contact Alicia MacDonald at 244-4663 or Alicia@ambagent.com.
Sea turtle watch
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is once again opening the Turtle Watch Education Program at Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge on St. Croix. Reservations are currently being accepted from school, youth and community groups for turtle watch trips through August. To schedule a trip for a group of 15 to 30 people, contact the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service at 690-9452 or email email@example.com.
Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge is closed to the public through September 1 to protect the nests and hatchlings of endangered Leatherback sea turtles.
Exquisitely Mas Carnival Troupe
The Exquisitely Mas Carnival Troupe will be participating in the 2012 St. John Festival Parade at 11 a.m. July 4. Youths ages 3 - 20 are welcome to join. For more information, contact De'Quan Schmidt at 643-7735.
Family & Youth Crisis Intervention Program
Parenting Classes are held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through July 19. The program is for parents who desire an improved relationship with their children. Registration is currently taking place. All programs are funded by the Human Services Department and are free to participants. Space is limited.
For more information, call Greg McGriff at 776-9085.
Council on the Arts
Virgin Island Council on the Arts will hold "How to Apply" workshops on St. Thomas and St. Croix in preparation for the grant submission deadline on August 31. The St. Thomas workshop will be held at 5:30 p.m. July 27 at the VICA office, 41-42 Norre Gade. The St. Croix workshop will be held at 2 p.m. July 28 at the Caribbean Community Theater, 18 Orange Grove in Christiansted. Information on project and budget development will be discussed in detail.
Call Betty Mahoney on St. Thomas at 774-5964 or Ms. Henry on St. Croix at 773-3075 for more information.
Curriculum conference workshops
Curriculum, Instruction and Technology Integration Conference workshops will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. August 24 through August 30 at the Career Technical Education Center on St. Croix. Registration begins at 7:30 am. The theme for the conference is "Creating Schools in the St. Croix School District that Effectively Integrate Technology to Provide a World-Class Education for All Students." Conference objectives are to increase student achievement, improve teacher and leadership effectiveness and to reinforce and build positive school cultures. Presenters will address topics including project-based learning, digital storytelling, NETS Leadership Academy, literacy and technology tools.
For more information or for the conference schedule, call 778-1600 ext. 7525 for Cheryl Willocks or ext. 7538 for Everett A. Ryan.
Childbirth classes will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursdays from July 5 through September 2 at Schneider Hospital in conference room A on the second floor. Registration is $5, and cost for each participant is $15.
For more information, contact the Labor and Delivery Unit at 776-8311 ext. 3121 or 3122.
The University of the Virgin Islands - Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning Center is offering a course on the full-featured small business accounting software - QuickBooks. Introduction to QuickBooks will be held 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays at the UVICELL Center on the St. Thomas Campus. 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 on-line at http://cell.uvi.edu.
Alternative Movie Night
Sevenminusseven presents a free "Movie Night" at 8 p.m. every Wednesday evening. Film selections are foreign, art and independent films. Movies are shown in Blu-ray with a high definition projector on a big screen in the air-conditioned media room. Sevenminusseven is located in Sub Base behind Aye Que Rico Mexican restaurant and next to Pueblo.
Adult Education registration
The Adult Education Pre-GED and GED Day Program began Jan. 31 starting from 8:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays at Garden Street (yellow building).
All of the following Evening Programs began Feb. 6 : High School Diploma and ESL (English as a Second Language) from 6:15 p.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays at Charlotte Amalie High School; Pre-GED, GED, ESL and Adult Basic from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays at Lockhart; Pre-GED and GED from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays at Julius E. Sprauve School.
Registration is ongoing, for more information call 227-5295.
The Humane Society of St. Thomas' new No-Flea Boutique is now open every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The resale shop is located at the Humane Care Campus, off Weymouth Rhymer Highway and across from Cost-U-Less. Humane Society members who show their membership card at check-out will receive an extra 10 percent off, and all purchases directly benefit the island's homeless pets.
The Nadir market is still open on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to noon - and everything there is selling for $.50 and up until the store is cleaned out.
The Humane Society is no longer accepting clothing and household item donations at the Nadir location. Bring them to the new site during its open hours.
If you are interested in volunteering and can donate one 4-hour shift each week, email Leslie Maxwell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Department of Human Services Family Caregiver Support Program, which provides support and resources to persons caring for the elderly, has implemented Dorcas Care adult day care services.
Volunteers are needed to administer the program and will receive training in First Aid, CPR, and general caregiving for the elderly. Family caregivers who need assistance are urged to register for services.
For more information contact Arleen Evans O'Reilly at 773-2323 ext. 2024 on St. Croix and Shirma Henry at 774-0930 ext. 4120 on St. Thomas.
House of Refuge Empowerment Programs offer GED tutoring that assist students in learning essential theorems and principles of the sciences to prepare them for taking the GED examination. For more information, contact Mrs. George or Mr. Celaire at 473-6925 or 513-3288.
Community orchestra auditions
To be a 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 are held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sundays.
- The New Community Orchestra is looking for instruments in any condition. Donations can be dropped off at G-Clef Music Academy in Tillett Gardens or V.I. Montessori School and International Academy in Red Hook.
For more information, contact Leah at 617-290-5797 or email@example.com or Sherrie at 998-1823 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Family Movie Night" is held at 7 p.m. 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.
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 shower heads, 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.
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 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 email@example.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.
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.
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.
St. John Rescue conducts community CPR classes, with instruction in CPR, automated external defibrillator use and the Heimlich maneuver, taught in a three-hour, one-day class.
Contact Bob Malacarne via email firstname.lastname@example.org or 626-5118 for more information.
Weekly feeding event
Volunteers of the Virgin Islands feeds the homeless and people in need between 8 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 to 11 a.m. or from 2 to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Email email@example.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 to 6 p.m. Saturdays in the karaoke area next to Iggies.
Contact Corinne at 626-1199 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Visit www.chessvi.com for upcoming events.
New Beginnings for a Better Tomorrow offers two-hour private computer tutorial sessions in English and Spanish from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays, and from 1 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 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.
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 email@example.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.