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Call 774-8772 ext. 4138 for further information.
Rotary Club scholarship
The fund raising committee for the Rotary Club of St. Thomas is holding a raffle to benefit the Rotary Scholarship Fund. Raffle prizes are a 14.5' Brig Rigid Inflatable Falcon Rider courtesy of Caribbean Inflatable, a Heavenly Days Catamaran six-hour charter for 48 people courtesy of Bolongo Bay Beach Resort and a weekend for two at the Palms at Pelican Cove Hotel on St. Croix. The goal of the scholarship program is to help as many students as possible to graduate from college. Raffle ticket donation is $10 per ticket or $100 for a book of 11 tickets. Raffle tickets can be purchased from any member of the Rotary Club of St. Thomas or at Tutu Park Mall. The drawing will be Oct. 11.
St. John Red Cross
Registration is being held for August training to become a Disaster Responder Volunteer on St. John. Applications are available at the Department of Human Services on St. John, or register by calling Delores Powell at 776-0921. The American Red Cross helps to prevent and respond to life-threatening health conditions, recover from a disaster, provide emergency shelter and supplies, prepare for emergencies, contact family members and serve military families.
St. Thomas Humane Society
The Humane Society of St. Thomas is seeking volunteers to foster homes for animals. Fostering a pet is an opportunity for an individual or family to provide a dog or cat with the one-on-one attention it needs. Volunteers also can use the fostering experience to see what it would be like to have a pet companion. Call 775-0599 for information or to volunteer.
The Caribbean Institute for Training and Development will hold pre-GED classes from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday nights starting today at the institute in Mandela Circle across from Wendy's. The program is free to those who qualify and will prepare participants for all five modules of the Pre-GED and GED exams. Visit the Department of Labor for an application to apply and register. Seating is limited.
Call the institute at 776-3320 or the Department of Labor at 776-3700 for information.
Fathers March and Rally
The Jason Carroll Memorial Fund, the Department of Human Services and the Division of Paternity and Child Support will hold a motivational rally at 5 p.m. Sept. 1 at Tutu Park Mall on St. Thomas. Participants will assemble at 4 p.m. at Four Winds Plaza to walk to the rally. Fathers will be given free tee shirts will pledge to accompany their children to the first day of school on Sept. 4, 2012.
The Back to School Days of Prayer will be held Sept. 1 and Sept. 2. The clergy in the churches of the V.I. will lead their congregations in prayer for returning students here and abroad and pray for the fathers and father figures to support their children during the school year.
The V.I. Fathers March will be held Sept. 4, the first day of school. Fathers and father figures will accompany their children to school and continue to make a statement during the school year. These fathers and father figures may wear T-shirts and a badge indicating their impact in their children's lives.
Research shows that children whose fathers take an active role in their educational lives earn better grades, score higher on tests, enjoy school more and are more likely to graduate from high school and attend college. Additionally, children have fewer behavior problems when fathers listen to and talk with them regularly and are active in their lives. Strong family structures produce children who are more academically proficient, socially developed and self-assured. These children grow into valuable assets to their communities.
Devil Rays reunion
The Ivanna Eudora Kean High School Alumni Association will hold a Hawaiian-themed Devil Ray reunion beach party from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 2 at Magens Bay Beach shed no. four. Activities will include music, volleyball, beach twister, dominoes and a playhouse.
- Meetings are at 3 p.m. every Sunday under the school's bus shed.
Contact Amazia Francis at 642-1251, Giovianni Rochester at 513-3660 or Andrea Challenger at email@example.com to make a donation or to join a committee. Contact Jessica Edwards at 626-6216 for more information.
Childbirth classes are held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursdays through Sept. 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.
Back to School with Dad
The Department of Human Services Head Start Program holds a Back to School with Dad Day on Sept. 4. All fathers and male guardians bringing children to the first day of school will have an opportunity to meet with teachers and the center staff, browse the classroom and learn about getting involved in Fatherhood Initiative activities. The school day starts at 7:30 a.m. for extended day students and 7:45 for full day students.
Contact Head Start at 774-0930 on St. Thomas or 773-1972 on St. Croix for more information.
Disability Mentoring Day
Work-Able is seeking sponsors, businesses, employers, work site coordinators, mentors and mentees to support and participate in 2012 Disability Mentoring Day on Oct. 17. Disability Mentoring Day is celebrated annually as a part of National Disability Employment Awareness Month to promote career development through hands-on career exploration, on-site job shadowing and mentoring relationships. Students who participate will receive six community service hours and a particicipation certificate.
Contact Work-Able at 514-6600 or firstname.lastname@example.org to make a contribution or for information.
Eta Phi Beta Sorority
The Alpha Chi Chapter of Eta Phi Beta Sorority will host its annual Grandparents Day luncheon on Sept. 9 at Pilgrim's Terrace. This year's honorees are Dr. and Mrs. Lawrence Benjamin, Mr. And Mrs. Etienne Massac, Lucille Solomon, Eulalie Maltoney and Bernice Jackson. Donations are $45 and are now being accepted by sorority members.
Call Angelita Jennings at 779-2810 for more information.
Volunteers of the Virgin Islands
The not-for-profit organization is accepting school supplies to help children in the community for the 2012/2013 school year. Supplies needed include backpacks, child safety scissors, crayons, glue, colored markers, pens, notebooks, sanitizer, used elementary school books, Kleenex, pocket folders, glue sticks, no. 2 pencils, rulers and liquid hand soap.
Call Eunice Robert at 998-9479 for more information.
Local chiropractor Tammi Reeve McKnight has recently achieved the highest level certification in Network Spinal Analysis, an advanced form of chiropractic that is on the cutting edge of neuroscience. Mcknight holds weekly community workshops at no charge to empower people on living at their highest potential. All workshops are held at Wisdom Waves Wellness Center in Compass Point Marina on St. Thomas. Email email@example.com to request a schedule and descriptions of workshops.
Summer Family Institute
Parent University's Summer Family Institute on St. Croix allows families to tour ecological and historical outposts. Past activities were a guided nature walk to Jack's and Isaac's bays, a historical tour of the Whim Great House museum and a horseback ride through the La Grange trail in Frederiksted. Upcoming activities include kayaking around Salt River and Columbus Landing, a tour of Cruzan Rum Distilleries, a hike to Mount Stewart and a sail to Buck Island.
Contact Janet Brow at 773-1095 ext. 7094 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Diabetes support group
The Food and Nutrition Department at Schneider Hospital hosts a diabetes support group from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month in the sun room of the hospital's Island Breeze Café. The support group is open to anyone interested in learning more about diabetes and self-care.
Contact DeAnna Dahlem at 776-8311 ext. 1031 or email@example.com for more information.
Family and Youth Crisis Intervention Program
- Adolescent Anger Management classes will be from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from Sept. 4 to Dec. 4. The program assists youth who are exhibiting negative behaviors and may be having trouble in school, at home or socially. Space is limited.
- Parenting classes will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays from Sept. 4 to Dec. 4. The program assists parents who are experiencing difficult times with their children and who desire an improved relationship with their children.
- The Rites of Passage component is currently accepting registration from parents with sons ages nine to 12 years. Classes will be from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. every Saturday from Sept. 8 to Dec. 8. The component offers field activities, Tai-Chi, computer literacy, social development/skills, cultural literacy and ecological art.
All programs are free but space is limited. Call Greg McGriff at 776-9085 for more information or to register.
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 7 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 next to Pueblo. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Call 267-424-4699 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Sherrie at 998-1823 or email@example.com.
"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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.