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Human Services secures lot

The Department of Human Services on St. Thomas advises the public that the parking lot adjacent to Lionel Roberts Stadium will be locked at 6 p.m. daily to ensure public safety.

The lot will be opened at 7 a.m. Monday through Friday except holidays to accommodate patrons and business owners in the Hospital Ground area.

Rockers week

The first Rockers Week is seeking 100 persons or more to participate as actors, dancers and singers in a heritage musical called "Absynian Maafa" scheduled to take place in Emancipation Garden.

All types and ages are needed to create a village scene. People who are passionate about their history, culture and ancestry are a plus. Church groups, teachers and families are welcome to perform.

For information, call 643-4233 before Jan. 5.

Raffle winners

The winners of the 41st annual Las Vegas Night raffle are: 1st place, $10,000 - ticket No. 04655; 2nd place, $3,000 - ticket No. 00673; 3rd place, $1,000 - ticket No. 05493; 4th place, $500 - ticket No. 04248.

Employer Support Award

National Guard and Reserve members have until Jan. 17 to nominate their employers for the 2011 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. Guard and Reserve family members can also nominate their service member's employer during this nomination season.

The award is the U.S. Government's highest honor given to employers for their outstanding support of employees serving in the Guard and Reserve.

Guard and Reserve members and their families are eligible and encouraged to nominate employers that have provided exceptional support to Guard and Reserve employees beyond the federal law requirements. Nominations may be submitted at

Parents for Better Youths

Parents for Better Youths, a non-profit ministry to assist parents in raising better children to be of greater service at home, in school and in the community, is coming soon to Foster Plaza St. Thomas.

PFBY will work with parents to offer counseling and activities to at-risk youth, and tutorials, summer camps, after-school programs, cooking classes, anger management classes, youth clubs and more to youths in general.

PFBY will also offer counseling for battered and abused women, tutoring for GED and ESL, clothing and non-perishable food distribution, AA, drug abuse programs and financial counseling.

To assist in this community outreach ministry with a contribution of any kind, including money, furniture, equipment, goods, expertise or volunteer services, contact Wencesias Smith, president, at 690-5439 or Norma Jackson-Burke, vice president, at 513-7590.

Natural childbirth classes

A seven-week natural childbirth class will begin in January. For more information or to sign up, contact Linda Caiger, RN and certified childbirth educator, at 774-6867, 642-6867 or e-mail

Woodworkers Expo

The fifth annual V.I. Woodworkers' Expo, featuring works from members of the St. Thomas-St. John Woodworkers Society and the St. Croix Wood Artist Inc. group, will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through Sunday at the Marketplace on St. John.

Fish poisoning seminar

The University of the Virgin Islands will host "Impact of Climate on Dinoflagellates and Ciguatera Fish Poisoning," a seminar on the impact of climate change on ciguatera fish poisoning, beginning at 10:30 a.m. today in the Administration and Conference Center on St. Thomas. It is open to members of the University community and the general public.

A follow-up presentation, titled "Potential Impact on the Atlantic Warm Pool on the Caribbean Climate," will be held at noon in the same venue.

For more information, contact Tyler Smith, research associate professor of marine science at UVI's Center for Marine and Environmental Studies, at 693-1394 or e-mail

Manor School Winter Fest

The Manor School's Winter Fest performances and international buffet will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the school.

Each family is to bring one dish representative of its culture. Performances will feature Bill Bass and the Elementary School Pan Orchestra, King Derby and the Elementary Quelbe Musicians, Mrs. Garvin and the Upper School Performing Arts and Col. Cuffy and the Jr. Ranch Drill Team.

Admission is free, and progress reports will be distributed to parents upon departure.

Retired police ball

The Virgin Islands Retired Police Organization will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a Silver Anniversary Ball on Jan. 8 at the Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort and Spa. Music will be by Milo's Kings.

Individuals may purchase couples or singles tickets from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the VIRPO headquarters in the former USO building, downtown Charlotte Amalie.

William Boyer book signing

The St. Thomas-St. John Library Association will host a book signing with Dr. William Boyer, author of "America's Virgin Islands: A History of Human Rights and Wrongs," from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Dockside Bookshop. The public is invited.

Free Zumba class

A free Zumba class will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday at Yacht Haven Grande, between Fat Turtle and Grande Cru. Attendees should bring a towel. There will be water for 30 people.

'Sip 'n Shop'

The St. George Village Botanical Garden will host Sip 'n Shop from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the Museum Store, with complimentary wine and hors d'oeuvres, a trunk show by Juliana Design and a chance to win a pearl necklace with every purchase.

'Jumpin' Gingerbread'

The St. George Village Botanical Garden will host Jumpin' Gingerbread from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Garden.

At this family workshop, attendees will learn the difference between rhizomes, tubers, corms and bulbs, and will cook up holiday treats with the spicy rhizome ginger.

The cost is $5 for members and $8 for non-members. Reservations are required.

For reservations, call 692-2874.

Rising Stars concert

The Superior Court Rising Stars Youth Steel Orchestra will present "The Essence of Classics on Steel," its annual Christmas concert, at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Reichhold Center for the Arts.

The performance will feature excerpts from the Nutcracker Suite with the Rising Stars Dancers and guest performers Niels Goodings, Kevre Hendricks, Reginald Cyntje and Omari Williams, along with the Rising Stars Saxophone Quartet.

Covered tickets are sold out. Middle tickets are $15 and upper tickets are $10. Tickets are available at Reichhold Center, Essentric Boutique, KC Movies in Nisky Center, V.I. Bridal and Tuxedo and International Records and Tapes.

Tree lighting

We From Upstreet Inc. will celebrate its 15th anniversary at the annual Christmas Tree Lighting from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at Roosevelt Park.

Honored will be Edward Thomas, WEFUS former resident and member and president and CEO of the West Indian Company; and Hillis Lewis-Edelen, former resident and founding WEFUS member.

Monday's event will be a Cultural Night with performances by Voices of Love, Party Hardie Carolers, solo artists and Milo's Kings.

Tuesday's event will be a Nostalgia, Caribbean Fusion and Jazz Night, with performances by the Virgin Islands Youth Jazz Ensemble, Barefoot Davis Band, Ras Abijah and Cliff Finch and Friends, Lorna Freeman-Dennis, Cherise and Gwen Creque, Yvette Finch, Richard "Mousie" Howard and other artists.

Food and drinks will be on sale.

St. John Singers concerts

The St. John Singers, now in its 29th year under the direction of John Cahill, will present concerts at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Dec. 17 on St. John to celebrate the holiday season.

In addition to popular holiday songs and lesser-known Christmas carols, the choir will sing short works by J. S. Bach and a rarely performed composition for female voices by the 20th century Hungarian composer Zoltan Kodaly.

The first concert will be held Wednesday at the Nazareth Lutheran Church in Cruz Bay.

The second concert will be held on Dec. 17 at the Emmaus Moravian Church in Coral Bay.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children, and will be available at the door.

Santa's Caribbean Bakeshop

The St. Croix Animal Welfare Center will host Santa's Caribbean Bakeshop dessert party and cookie exchange from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at Namaste Café.

Admission is $5.

The event will feature a cash bar, Christmas carolers, holiday picture taking for the family, nibbles and holiday treats, homemade cookies and festive decorations, all to benefit St. Croix's homeless animal population.

VIUCEDD open house

The Virgin Islands University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities will showcase the VIUCEDD Lending Library and Assistive Technology for Persons with Disabilities at its annual open house from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday at 1 Golden Grove, just west of the UVI campus entrance.

VIUCEDD Executive Director Yegin Habtes will speak, and there will be a financial planning workshop, along with door prizes, refreshments and information about programs and services.

Open house, clothing drive

BoltNagi PC will hold its Holiday Open House and Men's Clothing Drive from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 17 as part of the Miracle on Main Street event. Attendees are asked to bring a new, wrapped package of men's socks, undergarments or T-shirts to be donated to The Salvation Army.

CAHS Wall of Fame

Charlotte Amalie High School is embarking on a Wall of Fame project to showcase the numerous alumni who have made significant contributions to the community in their chosen careers.

The official unveiling ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. Dec. 17 in the Ruth E. Thomas auditorium. The theme will be "Honoring Our Past, By Celebrating Our Present, To Inspire Our Future."

The 2010 CAHS Wall of Fame inductees include former Gov. Charles Turnbull, Dr. Alfred Heath, Ruth E. Thomas, Ambassador Terence Todman, Judge Curtis Gomez, Austin "Babe" Monsanto, Edward Thomas, Alvin McBean and posthumously Emile "Milo" Francis.

Raffle winners

Winners of the Ss. Peter and Paul Cathedral Church Fund Raising Committee's raffle are: 1st place, 2010 Mitsubishi Outlander - ticket No. 04948, John James Sr.; 2nd place, Caribbean cruise for two - ticket No. 08005, Beverly McClendon; 3rd place, weekend hotel stay for two - ticket No. 07773, Khadime Touba.

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