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Clothing construction class

Free clothing construction classes will be offered by the University of the Virgin Islands' Cooperative Extension Service from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays through March 15 in Room 202 of the Cooperative Extension Service building on St. Thomas.

Students should bring scissors, thread and sewing pins.

For more information or to register, contact Caryl Johnson, Ed.D., at 693-1082 or Orpha Penn at 693-1080.

'Tribute to Trailblazers'

The St. Thomas Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. will pay tribute to five V.I. organizations and individuals at the "DST: A Tribute to Trailblazers" reception at 4 p.m. Sunday at Marriott's Frenchman's Reef Beach Resort.

The honorees include UVI's Brothers with a Cause and UVI President Dr. David Hall, Kidscope Inc., HOPE Inc., SPARKS, and the Young Professionals Network.

Tickets are $45. For tickets and other information, contact Cava Pemberton at 626-0729 or Vernelle deLagarde at 771-1825.

UVI election

The Elections Committee of the St. Croix campus Student Government Association will hold a special election from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Feb. 9 on the Library Terrace. The committee is seeking students for the various leadership roles including treasurer and sophomore and junior senators.

Applications and election petitions are available in the Office of Student Activities. A mandatory meeting for candidates will be held at 1 p.m. Feb. 8 in Evans Center room 716.

For more information, contact SGA Elections Committee Chairperson Malkia Morton via e-mail at sgastx@myuvi.edu.

Call for artists

Arts Alive is holding an open call to all artists working in the Virgin Islands, in any medium except video, film and animation, to submit entries for "Out of Time," a territory wide exhibition inspired by time to benefit Tillett Foundation Inc., scheduled to take place at 6:30 p.m. April 9 at Tillett Gardens.

Artists are invited to interpret their medium with or without the use of working or non-working clock movement. Clock movements will be available through the Arts Alive office, and artists of all ages are invited to submit up to three entries.

The visual arts event is being held to benefit the Tillett Foundation, and the time-inspired pieces will be for sale at a silent auction held at Everyday Clay Studio in conjunction with the Foundation's third annual fundraising event, which will include a cocktail reception and a concert featuring Christina Zayas, award-winning alumni of the Arts Alive Classical Music Competition.

Deadline for submissions is March 15.

For more information or to register, call 776-8566, e-mail artsalive@tillett.net or visit the Arts Alive office at Tillett Gardens. For those who live on St. John or St. Croix, special arrangements to deliver and pick up artwork can be made.

Rock Lounge

The next Rock Lounge event, an open mic experience of poetry, music and art, will take place from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. today at the Frenchtown Deli. All are welcome to watch or participate. Parents bringing children are encouraged to come in the earlier hour, as more adult content will be shared in the later hour.

For more information, contact Jahweh David at 643-5851 or Doug at 642-5824 or e-mail therockcollective@gmail.com.

Feed the homeless drive

The St. Croix Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. will sponsor a Feed the Homeless Drive from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Christian "Shan" Hendricks Market.

VING youth meetings

The Virgin Islands National Guard Family Programs Office is hosting territory-wide youth meetings for military dependents between the ages of 13-17 on Saturday to discuss and plan for social events.

On St. Croix, the meeting will be from 10 a.m. to noon at the William D. Roebuck Industrial Park conference room.

On St. Thomas, the meeting will be from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Sergeant First Class Leonard B. Francis Armory Conference Room.

For more information, contact VING Family Programs State Youth Coordinator Eliza Rampersad at 201-7401.

Student art exhibit

The students of the School of Arts and Visual Careers will hold their annual exhibit opening reception from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Reichhold Center Art Gallery. A short meeting will be held and refreshments will be served. The exhibit will hang through February.

For more information about the program, contact Phebe Schwartz at 775-2739.

MLK Day pig roast

Mount Victory Camp will host a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Pig Roast at 2 p.m. Sunday with live quelbe music. Admission is free.

Mount Victory Eco-Lodge is 1.8 miles up Creque Dam Road from Sprat Hall, Frederiksted.

For information, call 772-1651.

MLK Day feed the homeless

Volunteers of the Virgin Islands will serve lunch to the homeless and people in need on Monday in Market Square.

Donations and volunteers are welcome. For more information, contact Eunice Robert at 998-9479.

Documentary screening

The Pan-African Support Group will sponsor a showing of a Martin Luther King documentary film at 6 p.m. Monday in Emancipation Garden. Admission is free. Attendees should bring their own chairs.

GED workshops

The Department of Human Services Head Start Program in collaboration with Dr. Richard Yates will conduct a free GED workshop and on-site registration for persons interested in taking the Pre-GED examination at 9 a.m. Jan. 22 at Sugar Estate Head Start Complex.

To register, call 774-2449 ext. 228 or 229.

Tribute to Delta Dorsch

The Board of Governors of the Virgin Islands Cultural Heritage Institute will host an evening of storytelling, titled "The Role of the Storyteller in the Virgin Islands Culture," in honor or the life and contributions of Delta Jackson-Dorsch from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 23 at the Frederick Dorsch Activity and Cultural Center on Strand Street in Frederiksted. All are welcome.

Over the past seven decades, Dorsch has preserved and chronicled the language art tradition of Virgin Islands storytelling.

Storytellers, colleagues and community and family members interested in participating should call 777-1012 for more information.

CEP reception

A fundraising reception to benefit the Cultural Exchange Program for the Performing Arts will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Villa Greenleaf.

The Kristian Lilholt Trio from Denmark will be performing. Hors d'ouevres will be by Top Hat and wine will be by West Indies Corp.

Tickets are $50 per person, and reservations are requested by Jan. 19. To make reservations, call 718-3045 or e-mail pmforward36@gmail.com.

Whim Sewing Circle

The Whim Sewing Circle hosts the new "Learn to Quilt" workshops about the "Underground Railroad" with expert quilter Doretta Bradshaw from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesdays and from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturdays at Estate Whim Museum Cottage.

For more information and the list of necessary materials, contact Doretta at 718-4833.

Lunch at the Garden

Lunch at the St. George Village Botanical Garden, prepared by culinary students from the St. Croix Career and Technical Education Center, will be served at 11:30 a.m. in the Bodine Pavilion on the following dates: Friday; Jan. 26; Feb. 11 and 23; March 11 and 30; April 13 and 29; May 11 and 27; and June 10.

Reservations are required.

For more information or to make reservations, call 692-2874, visit the website www.sgvbg.org or e-mail infoatthegarden@gmail.com.

Dr. King awards

The Hebrew Congregation of St. Thomas will again observe Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday with a special service honoring seven high school students whose lives exemplify Dr. King's teachings. The ceremony will be part of Friday's Erev Shabbat service, which begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Synagogue. A reception will follow at Lilienfeld House.

The seven students to be honored are Byron A. Todman Jr., Charlotte Amalie High School; Nicole Joseph, Ss. Peter and Paul School; Melissa VanDrieson, V.I. Montessori School and International Academy; I-Dahlia Babrow, All Saints School; Shantelle Eddy, Ivanna Eudora Kean High; Miguel K. Powell, Seventh-day Adventist School; and Okeya Smith, Antilles School.

The students, who were nominated by their principals or guidance counselors, will each receive a $500 U.S. Savings Bond and a copy of the book, "Shared Dreams, Martin Luther King and the Jewish Community."

Dr. David Hall, president of the University of the Virgin Islands, will be this year's guest speaker.

Exhibit closing reception

Maria Henle Studio will host a closing reception for the "Calypso Carnival" exhibition, featuring "Calypso Carnival in Trinidad" ca. 1952, a film by Fritz Henle on DVD, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the studio at No. 55 Company Street, Christiansted.

For information, call 718-0372 or visit mariahenlestudio.com.

Hermitage hike

The St. Croix Environmental Association will host a Hermitage Hike through the Estate Hermitage valley with guide Ras Lumumba from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday.

Lumumba will share his abundant knowledge of natural and cultural history including medicinal properties of various plants. The hike passes by the Hermitage pond where resident and migratory water birds such as blue-winged teal, white-cheeked pintail, common moorhens, Caribbean coots and others may be seen.

Attendees should wear sturdy shoes and hats and bring plenty of drinking water, as well as their curiosity and a small notebook to record observations. They may also bring binoculars.

The group will meet across from the Carambola Golf Course entrance at 8 a.m.

Registration is required. The cost is free for SEA members, $10 for non-members.

'Fun with Fibers'

St. George Village Botanical Garden will host its second Saturday workshop "Fun with Fibers" from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Garden.

Attendees will learn about plants that have produced useful fibers through history and around the world, and will walk the Fiber Garden, pound out some fibers and weave a fun creation to take home.

The workshop is for ages 6 and up; children must be accompanied by an adult. The cost is $5 per child and member adult, and $8 per adult nonmember.

Reservations are required. To reserve a space, call 692-2874.

Book signing event

Jean Braure, returning from high climbs in Nepal, will be signing copies of his book, "The Sailor Who Climbs Mountains," from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Dockside Bookshop in Havensight.

Lions Club luncheon

The St. Thomas East End Lions Club will sponsor its fifth annual Melvin Jones Fellow Recognition Luncheon at 12:30 p.m. Sunday at Victor's New Hideout. For information, contact Lion Shirley Quetel-Hendricks at 775-7421 or Lion Ruby Todman-George at 776-1491.

Ladies Night

The Young Professionals Network will host the "Winter White Ladies Night" for young professional women at 9 p.m. Jan. 21 at Romano's Restaurant and Art Gallery. Attire is all white, island elegant. The cost is $30 and includes one signature dessert, two adult beverages and espresso, coffee or tea, excluding gratuity. Space is limited to 50 guests. To sign up, call 813-484-4924.

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