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Swimming Association holds food and toy drive

The St. Thomas Swimming Association is holding a food and toy drive to give back to the community. The association accepts canned and non-perishable foods until Nov. 20 to make Thanksgiving baskets to ensure families have a Thanksgiving dinner. A tent will be set up at 9 a.m. Nov. 22 for prepared dish donations. Donated turkeys will be added to the baskets on site.

Drinks, paper products and water are also needed on Thanksgiving Day.

The association also accepts gift wrapped new and unopened toys to distribute to children on Dec. 22 by the Carib Tribe. Gift givers must indicate whether the gift is for a boy or girl and the appropriate age group.

Call Maekya Phillips at 514-5665 for information.

Carnival prince and princess applications are available

The Virgin Islands Prince and Princess sub-committee will host a forum from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 12 in the Addelita Cancryn Jr. High School cafeteria. Parents with children ages two through 12 will receive information on pageantry, parental responsibilities and finance management. Seamstresses and hairstylists will also be present.

Applications for the 2013 Prince and Princess Competition are available for pick up between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. from the Carnival Committee's office located across from the Department of Finance.

Applications must be completed and returned by Dec. 7.

Call 776-3112 for information.

Women With Focus offers fitness classes

Women With Focus is holding registration for children in grades four through 10 for aerobic and Zumba classes.

Classes are held after-school and evenings Monday through Thursday.

Call 626-8188 or visit for information.

Help Needy Students collects school supplies

Help Needy Students is accepting donated school supplies to help needy students in the community. Supplies needed include backpacks, safety scissors, crayons, glue, colored markers, expo markers, pens, notebooks, sanitizer, wipes, Kleenex, manila and pocket folders, glue sticks, no. 2 pencils, rulers and soaps. Donations are tax deductible and may be mailed to:

HNS, Ltd.

P.O. Box 12411

St. Thomas, V.I. 00802

Carnival Queen applications available

Applications for the 2013 Carnival Queen Pageant are available for pick-up from the V.I. Carnival Committee's office across from the V.I. Finance Department or from any of the St. Thomas public or private high schools.

Applications can be picked up between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. and must be completed and returned no later than Nov. 14.

Call 776-3112 for information.

Free boating course

The St. Thomas Sail and Power Squadron offers a National Safe Boating Course from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in room 212 of Nisky Shopping Center. The course is free but there is a charge for training material.

Call Tom at 774-2715 for information.

St. Thomas All Stars needs new members

The St. Thomas All Stars Steel Orchestra is seeking new band members. No experience is required. Practices are held at 8 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays in the pan yard located in Sub Base next to American Legion Hall.

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Food drive benefits Catholic Charities

Banco Popular is hosting a Thanksgiving Food Drive to benefit the Catholic Charities of the Virgin Islands. Collection stations are set up in all Banco Popular branches in the territory for canned, dried and non-perishable food items. The Catholic Charities of the Virgin Islands has been working for the community for more than 46 years by providing food, shelter and clothing to those in need.

The food drive ends Nov. 16.

Call Keisha Prince at 693-2702 or 626-6146 for information.

Visual arts after-school program

The School of Visual Arts and Careers will hold an after-school program for high school students in grades nine through 12. Students will receive training in artistic techniques, explore art-related careers and develop a portfolio for college entrance or professional employment. Instructors and guest artists will expose students to a variety of mediums and approaches to creating art. The school is a non-profit program located on Main Street and is funded in part through grants from the Virgin Islands Council on the Arts, local contributors and corporate donations.

Call Edie Johnson at 344-4369 for information and an application.

UVI events

- The annual "Islands in Between" conference takes place through Nov. 10 on the St. Thomas campus. The conference celebrates the languages, literatures and cultures of the Eastern Caribbean. Presentations will be made by Lois Hassell-Habtes and Mary Ann Christopher. Admission is free to UVI students, faculty and community members. Registration is $50 for professors and faculty presenters and $30 for student presenters. Email islands and for information or to pre-register.

- UVI's literary journal, "The Caribbean Writer," is accepting submissions for its 27th edition. Issues unique to the Caribbean should be central to the work, or the work should reflect a Caribbean heritage, experience or perspective. The deadline for submissions is Nov. 30. Besides the usual poetry, short fiction and essays, the edition will pay special tribute to Caribbean musicians and visual artists. Individuals are encouraged to submit poems (five maximum), short stories and personal essays on general topics and on the Caribbean musicians and visual artists theme. One-act plays will also be accepted. Only previously unpublished work will be considered. For more information, visit or email

- 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, Deadline to enter is Feb. 7, 2013 for St. Croix students. Contact Astrid Carmora at 693-1047 or for application requirements.

Pistarckle Theater's STARZ program

Pistarckle Theater offers an eight-week, after-school program for students ages nine and above through Dec. 14. Supervised theater classes are held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and will include dance and movement for the stage, beginning acting and voice lessons. Admission is based on auditions. Cost is $10 per class, $45 weekly or $360 for all eight weeks.

Contact Estelle Andrew at 775-7877 or for information.

Human Services holds Adopt-a-Family

The Department of Human Services, Division of Children and Family Services will hold the annual Adopt-A-Family program. Community sponsors and families may provide a memorable Thanksgiving and Christmas for a less fortunate family.

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

Economic Development holds essay contest

The St. Croix Economic Development Initiative is holding an essay contest to discover the best and brightest business and economic ideas, solutions and plans. Winners within each group will receive $500 and the necessary guidance to execute and implement their viable business ideas, plan or solutions. Essay contest criteria requires a comprehensive overview of current economic conditions, identifying deficiencies, necessary infrastructure enhancements, recommendations for viable approaches to address problems and the introduction of new business models and ideas.

The contest will be managed on line at Winning essays will be posted online and winners identified in the media. Visit for details and instructions. Essays can also be submitted by fax to the St. Croix Foundation at 773-8727.

Veterans activities set for Military Family Month

In celebration of Military Family Month, The Office of Veterans Affairs and Veterans Connect Outreach Services will hold activities for the month of November. The schedule of activities on St. Thomas includes:

- Nov. 9, 8 p.m. - Veteran showcase at Patrick U. George Legion Hall

- Nov. 11, 2 p.m. - Veterans Day parade, ceremony and reception

- Nov. 12, 2 p.m. - Veterans Day parade and ceremony on St. John

- Nov. 12 - 13 - Benefits counselors visit Vet Center

- Nov. 27 - Family night out basketball at UVI

Activities on St. Croix are as follows:

- Nov. 12, 9:30 a.m. - Veterans Day parade and ceremony

- Nov. 15 - 16 - Benefits counselors visit Vet Center

- Nov. 15, 6 p.m. - Survivors of the fallen hold a remembrance tree planting at Vern Richards Park in Frederiksted. Call Sandra at 344-7033 for information.

- Nov. 17 - Family programs movie night

- Nov. 28 - VING Family Programs OPN Ready at V.I. Cardiac Center

UVICELL offers free classes for veterans and discounted rate for valid family members from Nov. 1 through Nov. 30.

Call 774-6100 for information.

Trunk show will benefit Montessori students

The Virgin Islands Montessori School and International Academy will host at EcoChic Trunk Show at 6 p.m. Nov. 10 at the V.I. Game Fishing Club in Red Hook. Gently worn evening gowns will be sold at great prices to support students. Also featured will be free hors d'ouevres, a cash bar, door prizes and raffle. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at East End Flower Shop. Dress donations may also be dropped off at the store.

Call Ali Slimming at 513-1496 or Christina Jackson at 473-2338 for information.

Celebrity Golf Tournament

The 29th annual American Airlines Charity Golf Classic for Queen Louise Home for Children takes place through Nov. 11 on St. Croix. The tournament provides an opportunity for sponsors to enjoy three days of golf with celebrity athletes and benefits Queen Louise Home for Children, a 501(c)3 organization on St. Croix. This year's celebrities include Mike Eruzione, captain of the 1980 Winter Olympics United States team that defeated the Soviet Union in the famous "Miracle on Ice" game and Bert Blyleven, 2011 Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 1970 to 1992 and current color commentator for the Minnesota Twins on Fox Sports North. Festivities include a celebrity draft and cocktail party, gala and auction.

Email for information.

Children and Families Council sets children's health fair

The Governor's Children and Families Council will host a free children's health and wellness fair at 9 a.m. Nov. 9 at the Juan F. Luis Hospital Cardiac Center on St. Croix and at 9 a.m. Nov. 16 at the Sugar Estate Head Start Complex on St. Thomas. Children with parents who qualify may receive free dental screenings, immunization checkups, developmental screenings, flu shot and other pediatric medical services. Information about the Women, Infants and Children program, the State Nutrition Assistance Program, childcare and head start will also be available. Free books and healthy snacks will be provided.

Call Maureen Moorehead at 718-7997 ext. 241 for information.

Gala set to benefit Schneider Hospital

Schneider Hospital will hold its annual black tie gala at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 10 at Frenchman's Reef and Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort. The evening will begin with a champagne reception from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. followed by dinner and dancing to the rhythmic Latin music of Anibal de Gracia and Batukealo of Puerto Rico. Popular local artists Lorna Freeman and Ronald Nimmo will also provide entertainment. This year's gala will benefit the hospital's Maternal Child Health Department. The goal is to replace aging equipment and make structural improvements to enhance the delivery of health care and provide the best experience to mothers and children receiving care. Tickets are $125 each or $1,250 for a table of 10.

Contact Shanique at 776-8311 ext. 2264 or for information.

E. Benjamin Oliver orchestra to hold breakfast sale

The E. Benjamin Oliver Steel Owls orchestra will hold a breakfast sale from 7:30 to 11 a.m. Nov. 10 in the school's cafeteria. On the menu will be pick-up/stew saltfish, dumb bread, boiled eggs, spinach, okra, tea and juice.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased from the school or by calling 626-9097.

Seven Minus Seven hosts eco craft workshops

Seven Minus Seven will host a series of free eco craft workshops throughout the month of November using found objects and recycled materials. The schedule of workshops is as follows:

Nov. 10, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Household crafts

Nov. 17, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Garden tools

Nov. 24, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Holiday ornaments

All workshops take place at Seven Minus Seven behind Pueblo in Sub Base. Participants may bring items such as tin cans, laundry detergent bottles and old board games. Some objects and tools will be provided.

Call 267-424-4699 or email or Amber McCammon at for information.

Magens Bay beach jam

Due to inclement weather, the October Sunday beach jam has been rescheduled for 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 11 at Magens Bay, shed no. 3. Festivities include live music, food, drinks, games, a flea market. Guests may bring a dish to contribute to the potluck buffet. All proceeds will benefit the Family Resource Center. Admission is free.

Call Polly Watts at 775-2814 for information.

Hodge Foundation will hold fundraiser

The Nigel O. Hodge Foundation Fund at the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands celebrates its 16th Anniversary of giving service to the children in the Virgin Islands and the Caribbean with a luncheon at 1 p.m. Nov. 11 at Victor's Hideout Restaurant. The theme of this year's celebration will be "Love Beyond Measure" as the Foundation reflects on the accomplishments of the Nigel O. Hodge Foundation over the years and acknowledges how lives have been changed as a result. Tickets for the luncheon are $55 per person and proceeds will be donated to the fund.

Call Josephine Hodge at 777-9530 for tickets or information.

Federated King's Daughters will hold fashion show

The Eastern Region Federated King's Daughters Virgin Islands Chapter 1 will hold its second annual La Petite Starlight Fashion Show at 3:30 p.m. Nov. 11 at Marriott's Frenchman's Reef and Morning Star Beach Resort. Proceeds will fund scholarships and provide daily necessities to homebound seniors. Leona Wheatley will be saluted for her outstanding community service. Tickets are $5 for children ages five through 12 and $10 for ages 13 and older.

Call Hannah Adams at 774-3807 for tickets.

St. John Historical Society will hold hike to Fortsberg

- St. John Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Nov. 13 in the Bethany Moravian Church hall. Native St. Thomian Glenn "Kwabena" Davis will hold a presentation on the evolution of Virgin Islands music.

- The Historical Society will hold a commemorative trek to Fortsberg, Coral Bay on Nov. 23 departing from the old Flamingo Night Club Building on East End Road. Professor Gilbert Sprauve will lead the trek in remembrance of the 1733 slave revolt on St. John. The annual hike is hosted by the St. John African Slave Revolution Committee and the Pan-African Support Group. Exact meeting time to be determined.

S.E.A. hosts events for grade school students

- The St. Croix Environmental Association and the Network of Environmental Educators will hold a field day for St. Croix second graders from 9:15 to 11 a.m. Nov. 14 at Salt River Bay National Historic Park and Ecological Preserve; Columbus Landing Beach. Students will engage in three of six hands-on, inquiry-based activities.

- The Environmental Association and the Network of Environmental Educators will hold an "Explore Careers in Science" event for students in grades three through six from 8:45 to 10:45 a.m. Nov. 16 at Charles H. Emanuel Elementary School.

Call 773-1989 or email for information.

Pistarckle Theater presents comedy 'Boeing-Boeing'

Pistarckle Theater's next production, "Boeing-Boeing" is a hilarious situational comedy where bad deeds don't always go unpunished and in the end everyone gets what they want. Preview pay-as-you-can night is Nov. 15 and opening night is Nov. 16. Additional performances will be Nov. 17, 23, 24, 29 and 30. All performances begin at 8 p.m. Box office hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. On the day of the show the box office reopens at 7 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $32.50 for reserved seating and $27.50 for unreserved seating.

To volunteer or to purchase tickets, call 775-7877, visit the box office in Tillett Gardens or online at

Youths on the Move for Change holds community events

- Youths on the Move for Change on St. Croix will host "The Truth about Drugs" workshop for ages 10 and older from Nov. 16 through Dec. 14. Classes will be held at 7 p.m. Friday evenings at Friedensfeld Moravian Church in Glen.

- Youths on the Move for Change will hold a story hour and walk for health with the community children of Water Gut Homes starting Nov. 10. The event will continue every other month.

- Youths on the Move for Change will hold a walk for health and family fun day for children of the Frederiksted community starting Nov. 24. The event will continue every other month.

Call 626-8188 for information.

Youth Steel Orchestra to host pre-Thanksgiving dinner

St. John's Love City Pan Dragons Youth Steel Orchestra will host a pre-Thanksgiving dinner at 6 p.m. Nov. 17 in Franklin A. Powell Park. West Indian Thanksgiving fare, a cash bar and performances by the Pan Dragons will be provided. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children ages eight and under.

Tickets may be purchased from Courtesy Car Rental by calling 776-6650 or at the dinner.

Reef Fest takes place at Coral World

Coral World Ocean Park at Coki Beach will hold Reef Fest 2012 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 18. Activities will include treasure hunts, snorkel clinics, ocean bingo, paddleboarding and snuba demos, a sand castle contest, games, prizes, music and food. All proceeds support environmental education. Admission is free.

Contact Valerie Peters at 775-1555 ext. 246 or for information.

Musical celebration will take place at WICO dock

The West Indian Company, United Jazz International and Concessions International will sponsor a free Thanksgiving musical celebration from 5 to 9 p.m. Nov. 20 on the WICO dock at Havensight Mall. The event will feature performances by Dion Parson on drums, Ron Blake on saxophone, Lorna Freeman on vocals, Roan Creque on piano and Rueben Rogers on bass.

Call Nicole at 646-725-3353 for information.

Arts Alive holds Art in the Garden

The Arts Alive Holiday Art in the Garden will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 24 and Nov. 25 at Tillett Gardens at 4126 Anna's Retreat, St. Thomas. Festivities will include live music from local musicians, food, local artists, a children's art table, raffle drawings and a cupcake bake-off. The St. Thomas Zumba Fitness Carnival Troupe will perform from 4 to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 24 at the event.Admission is free.

- The bake-off cupcake challenge is open to all island bakers. Cupcake entries will be judged on taste, texture, presentation and creativity. The baker of the winning cupcake will be awarded $100 cash. Following the contest all cupcakes will go on sale to benefit Arts Alive and the Youth Scholarship Fund.

Call 776-8566, email or stop by the Arts Alive office in Tillett Gardens for information or booth space rental.

Chorale concert to take place at Wesley Methodist

Caribbean Chorale will hold their 45th annual Christmas concert at 4 p.m. Nov. 25 at Wesley Methodist Church. Tickets are $20 and are available for purchase from Nora's Beauty Palace, chorale members or at the door.

Arts Alive sets holiday concert fundraiser

Arts Alive will hold a Happy Holidays Classical Concert Fundraiser at 8 p.m. Dec. 7 at Prior-Jollek Hall at Antilles School. The event will host featured performers mezzo-soprano Melita Etienne, baritone Lawrence Benjamin, Austin A. Venzen on flute and Adele D. Allen on piano. Tickets are $50 each and all proceeds will benefit the Youth Scholarship Fund. Tickets are available online at or at the following outlets: Arts Alive's office in Tillett Gardens, Fish Face in Palm Passage or the Natural Food Grocery and Deli in Mandela Circle.

Call 776-8566 or email for information.

St. Croix Dolphins host Sea Swim event

The St. Croix Dolphins swim team will hold the annual Sea Swim event at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 12, 2013 at Frederiksted Pier. Participants will race in a swim from Frederiksted Pier to Rainbow Beach. Categories range from 12 years and under to 50 years and over; prizes will be given in all categories. Shuttle service will be available from Rainbow Beach to the Pier from 9:15 to 10:30 a.m. Fins will be allowed. Cost of registration is $35 before Dec. 1 or $45 thereafter and will include lunch, a t-shirt and goodie bag. Registration ends at 5 p.m. Jan. 11. Register at the Dolphins office, online at or by mail to: P.O. Box 972, Kingshill, V.I. 00851.

Call 719-7946 or for information.

Family and Youth Crisis Intervention Program

- The Family Resource Center's Family and Youth Crisis Intervention Program holds registration for the Rites of Passage component for boys ages nine through 12 years. The program will offer field activities, tai-chi, computer literacy, social development, cultural literacy and ecological art. Classes will be from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturdays from Jan. 26, 2013 through May 4, 2013.

- The Family and Youth Crisis Intervention Program holds registration for the Adolescent Anger Management classes. The program assists youth who are exhibiting negative behaviors and may have trouble in school, socially or at home. Classes will take place from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from Jan. 22, 2013 through April 30, 2013.

- The Family and Youth Crisis Intervention Program holds registration for Parenting classes. The program assists parents who desire an improved relationship with their children. Classes will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays from Jan. 22, 2013 through April 30, 2013.

All programs are free but space is limited. Call Greg at 776-9085 to register.

Peacemaker Gala supports Family Resource Center

The Family Resource Center will hold a Peacemaker Gala from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 24, 2013 at Prior/Jollek Hall at Antilles School on St. Thomas. The event will include tapas with wine pairings, a silent auction and an awards ceremony to honor Ed Thomas and Scott Bradley. Cost is $125 per person and all proceeds support the Family Resource Center.

Contact Vernon Araujo at 513-9245 or for information.

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.


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.

- The last concert of 2012 will take place from 4:30 to 9 p.m. Nov. 17. Paoili Mejias will be the main act.

Contact Alicia MacDonald at 244-4663 or for information.

Pre-GED program

The Caribbean Institute for Training and Development holds pre-GED classes from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday nights 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.

Volunteers accept school supplies

Volunteers of the Virgin Islands 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 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 for more information.

Alternative Movie Night

Seven Minus Seven 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. Seven Minus Seven is located in Sub Base next to Pueblo. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Call 267-424-4699 or email for more information.

GED classes

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 or Sherrie at 998-1823 or

Movie night

"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.

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 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.

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

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

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 or call 713-8436 on St. Croix and 714-8436 on St. Thomas.

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, automated external defibrillator use and the Heimlich maneuver, taught in a three-hour, one-day class.

Contact Bob Malacarne via email 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 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 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 for more information.

New Beginnings

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.

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 Once completed, the application can be emailed to, 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

Pet licensing

Pet licenses are available online from St. Croix Animal Welfare Center at

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 for more information.

C.O.A.S.T. 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 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 information.

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