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Applications available for Eta Phi Beta Debutante Ball

The Alpha Chi Chapter of Eta Phi Beta Sorority is accepting applications for their 38th annual Debutante Ball scheduled for February 2013 at Marriott Frenchman's Reef and Morning Star Beach Resort. All interested ladies ages 15 through 18 attending high school in the U.S. Virgin Islands should contact Beverly Lettsome at 775-0122 or Nan Mulcare at 774-8291.

Swimming Association holding 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 available

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.

St. Croix International Marathon set for December

The 11th annual St. Croix International Marathon will take place at 5 a.m. Dec. 2 in Frederiksted. The 26.2 mile road race for men and women runners and walkers ages 18 years and older will start from Plaza Extra West (near St. Joseph's Church) on Queen Mary Highway to Frederiksted to Vincent Mason Pool to Frederiksted to Hamm's Bluff to Mahogany Road past Lagrange to Frederiksted Medre Cummings playground to Hamm's Bluff to Frederiksted to Market Street to Strand Street to Ann Abramson pier. Runners may also form relay teams of six runners per team.

The St. Croix Half-Marathon will start at 6 a.m. at Butler Bay.

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 after-school and evenings Monday through Thursday.

Call 626-8188 or visit for information.

Free boating course at Nisky Center

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.

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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. Email:

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

Kimberly Boulon Gallery displays 'Caribanese' art

Kimberly Boulon Fine Art Gallery on St. John now showcases "Caribanese," Caribbean-Japanese fusion in art. Opening receptions are held from 5 to 8 p.m. on the following dates:

Dec. 7 - Featuring ceramist Helen Dunkerley

Feb. 8, 2013 - Featuring ceramist Jerilee Roberts

March 8 - Featuring ceramist Kaye Thomas

Dancers from St. John School of the Arts will perform during each opening.

Call 779-4322 for information.

Steel orchestra 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.

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

- 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

- The Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, Disability Rights Center and Inter-Island Parent Coalition for Change will hold a workshop for parents and caregivers of children with developmental disabilities. The workshop will take place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 10 in the Head Start Conference Room in Sugar Estate and from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 12 in the Great Hall on UVI's St. Croix campus. Register for the St. Thomas workshop by calling 776-9200 ext. 2334 and on St. Croix by calling 692-4266.

- 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 Benjamin 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.

Seven Minus Seven hosts eco craft workshops

Seven Minus Seven will host a holiday ornaments workshop from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 24 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.

St. John Historical Society will hold hike to Fortsberg

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.

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. Performances are Nov. 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 host "The Truth about Drugs" workshop for ages 10 and older 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 hold a story hour and walk for health with the community children of Water Gut Homes 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.

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.

Diamonds International hosts scavenger hunt

Diamonds International of St. Thomas will hold the first annual "Diamonds International Race for the Rock" on Nov. 23. This race/scavenger hunt is a fundraiser for The Family Resource Center, a non-profit that provides a safe haven for victims of child abuse and domestic violence. The winning two-person team will receive a loose diamond with setting and a men's Movado watch. Registration is $50 per two-person team and pre-registration is required. The event kicks off in front of the Diamonds International store at Yacht Haven Grande, where teams will check in, be divided into groups and receive the first clue. From there, teams will solve clues that direct them around the island by foot and by vehicle. Each group will be timed and the winner will be announced at the last stop. Diamonds International will have incredible Black Friday deals and donate a portion of all in-store sales to the Family Resource Center.

Email or call 777-4787 to register.

Bajo el Sol Gallery to host opening reception

Bajo el Sol Gallery on St. John will hold an opening reception for photographer Caroline Rogers from 5 to 9 p.m. Nov. 23 at the gallery in Mongoose Junction. Caroline's work consists of underwater photographs taken in shallow water near shore around St. John. Caroline will also be signing copies of her books. Music will be provided by David Laabs on classical guitar.

Call 693-7070 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.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority upcoming events

- The Sigma Theta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority will hold the annual "Generations of Excellence" luncheon at noon on Dec. 2 at Marriott's Frenchman's Reef and Morning Star Beach Resort. The event is held to encourage high scholastic achievement among young people through the awarding of scholarships. All proceeds of the "Generations of Excellence" go towards the Gertrude Lockhart Melchior Scholarship Fund. In addition, 11 middle school students will receive certificates for completing the sorority's Emerging Young Leaders Program. Tickets can be purchased from any Sigma Theta Omega Chapter member or by calling 776-6643 or 513-8787. Call Anise Hodge at 774-0750 or 643-7453 for information.

- The Sigma Theta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority will host its 18th annual Community Kwanzaa Celebration at 6 p.m. Dec. 26 at Franklin Powell Park in Cruz Bay, St. John. Richard Calvin George, Sr. will be honored as the 2012 community elder. The celebration will feature a sorority/audience fashion show, local artists, dancers and performances by the Love City Leapers, Love City Pan Dragons, Youth Steel Orchestra, St. Thomas Majorettes and the Mongo Niles Cultural Dancers. Contact Annette Henderson at or at 998-3530 or Elisa Hodge at 514-2957 for information or to participate.

- A new session of Alpha Kappa Alpha's Emerging Young Leaders program will be held from January through June 2013. The program helps to develop the skills and talents of girls in grades six through eight of St. Thomas/St. John in areas of leadership development, educational enrichment, civic engagement and character building. Applicants must be enrolled in school, complete all required forms, maintain a C+ grade point average, submit a typed personal statement less than 500 words and agree to follow instructions. Space is limited. Contact Anise Hodge at 643-7453 or or Elisa Hodge at or 514-2957 for an application or information.

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.

Herbert Grigg Home will host Mini Festival

Herbert Grigg Home for the Aged and the Crucian Christmas Festival Committee will hold the second annual Mini Festival from 4 to 7 p.m. Dec. 8 at Herbert Grigg Home on St. Croix. Music will be provided by Stanley and the Ten Sleepless Knights, UMB Soldiers and Steel Pan and Quadrille Dancers, Music in Motion, Gentlemen of Jones and Mocko Jumbies will perform. There will be a bouncy available for the kids and food and drinks will be for sale.

Call 778-0708 ext. 221 or ext. 237 for information.

Rising Stars to hold Christmas concert

The Superior Court Rising Stars Youth Steel Orchestra will hold "A Pan Jazz Christmas" concert at 7 p.m. Dec. 16 at Reichhold Center. There will be special guest appearances by Lorna Freeman, the Louis Taylor Trio from Trinidad, percussionist Leon Foster Thomas from Trinidad and Rising Stars female vocalists Jimar Cruz and Rochelle Lewis. Tickets are $10, $20 and $30.

Call 774-6680 or 774-7067 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.

Parent University will hold classes on St. Croix

The Department of Education's Parent University will take place Jan. 15 to Feb. 6, 2013. Classes will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays at the St. Croix Career and Technical Educational Center. Free transportation and child care services will be available. No tests or grades are administered. Applications are available at all public schools or at the Department of Education in Christiansted.

Contact Janet at 773-1095 ext. 7094 or for information.

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.

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 or 776-8311 ext. 1031 for 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 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. Call 473-6925 or 513-3288 for information.

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.

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

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.

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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