Coal pot

Coal pots could be made of metal or clay. In the early 20th century, coal pots made of clay were being manufactured by a potter in Nevis and once or twice a year an interisland boat would land on the waterfront with a load of coal pots for sale. They would be gone in no time and Virgin Islanders who did not get the word might have a long wait until the next supply came. In the representational drawing at left, coal pots line the back shelf of a cook house providing the equivalent of a four-burner stovetop

Magens Bay board meets

The Magens Bay Authority Board will meet on Friday at 10 a.m. at beach shed No. 4.

Coal Pot Cook-Off Saturday

The fifth-annual Coal Pot Cook-Off will be held on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. in Emancipation Park on St. Thomas.

The public event is a fundraiser that supports the work of the St. Thomas Historical Trust. Local cooks will vie for prizes using traditional Caribbean stoves to prepare food that is tasty and healthy. There also will be local arts and crafts and live music. To participate or for more information, call 340-774-5541. Visit stthomashistoricaltrust.org.

Free St. Croix snorkel clinic

The St. Croix Environmental Association will hold a free public snorkel clinic on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon south of Sand Castle on the Beach. School-age children to adults are welcome. SEA will provide instruction and gear. Registration is not required but appreciated at 340-773-1989 or sea.educator@gmail.com.

Lasagna Extravaganza Sunday

Abi Beach presents the second annual Lasagna Extravaganza competition, a benefit for the Family Resource Center, on Sunday. Show off your cooking talent by entering your best lasagna. To register, call Brad Robbins at 340-244-0914 or email bradrobbinsvi@gmail.com. Entry fee is $50.

There will be prizes for Best Meat, Best Veggie and Best Seafood #Lasagna. Lasagna entries must be at Abi Beach Bar by 11:30 a.m. for noon judging. After judging, lasagna sample tickets will be sold for $1 each.

All proceeds from ticket sales and entry fees as well as a donation by Abi Beach Bar will benefit Family Resource Center.

Red Cross lifeguard course

The American Red Cross will hold a three-day lifeguard certification course on St. John, including first aid and waterfront training and certification, July 29 from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Aug. 4 and 5 from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Participants must be able to swim at least 550 yards and submerge up to 7 feet and must be at least 18 years old.

For more information, contact Chelsea_Jones@nps.gov or Meredith_Riester@nps.gov.

NAMI-St. Thomas

support group

The next NAMI-St. Thomas Family Support Group Meeting will be held on Aug. 7 at 6 p.m. at Schneider Hospital’s second-floor conference room. Due to the Emancipation and Independence Day holidays, the group will not meet in July.

The 2017 annual meeting of the Virgin Islands Developmental Disabilities Council, Inc. will be held on Aug. 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the second-floor conference room of the Labor Department on St. Croix. The community is invited to make comments during the public comment period at the start of the meeting. For more information, call 340-773-2323, ext. 2137, or email vddccouncil@gmail.com.

Applications being taken for NatureTech Solutions Award

The Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands is accepting applications for the 2017 NatureTech.Solutions Award for technical innovation.

Supported by the Potter Fund for NatureTech Solutions at CFVI, this $3,000 prize will be awarded to projects that have been built to increase the effectiveness of natural or cultural resource management in small islands in the Eastern Caribbean.

Applications must be submitted by email to Dee Baecher-Brown at dbrown@cfvi.net with NatureTech in the subject line, no later than Sept. 1. The winner will be announced on Oct. 1. For more information visit https://NatureTech.Solutions/.

Texas Society planning committee to gather

The Texas Society of the Virgin Islands, host of the annual chili cook-off community fundraiser, will hold its event planning committee meeting every Wednesday from 6 to 7 p.m. upstairs at Tickles Dockside Pub in Crown Bay, St. Thomas. All are welcome.

Support available for veterans facing PTSD

Are you a combat veteran? Struggling with readjustment stressors, or experiencing symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder? If so, call your local Veterans Center office today at 340-774-5017.

St. Thomas Humane

Society seeking volunteers

The St. Thomas Humane Society seeks dog and cat lovers, puppy and kitten lovers to volunteer their time assisting in the care of these pets. Dogs need walking, petting, love and play time.

Cats and kittens need petting and playtime, too. Foster homes are desperately needed, while forever homes are being sought.

Call 340-775-0599 and/or visit the facility on Rhymer Highway to fill out a volunteer application.