Committee seeks themes for V.I. Carnival 2018

The Virgin Islands Carnival Committee invites the public to submit theme entries for the 66th edition of the Virgin Islands Carnival. Participants should keep their submissions short, catchy, meaningful, and relevant to the celebrations. The theme should reflect the exuberance of the festivities and be able to be used throughout the season.

Submissions should be mailed to P.O. Box 307947, St. Thomas, V.I. 00803 or emailed to The deadline is Sept. 30. Each submission should include the participant’s name and contact information.

The winner will receive a Carnival 2018 season pass to all V.I. Carnival Committee-sponsored events. The winning theme will be used at all V.I. Carnival events and will be posted, along with the winner’s name, in the Carnival Booklet.

For additional information, email or call 340-643-5553.

Pistarckle presents all-youth ‘Lion King Jr.’ this week

Pistarckle Theater at Tillett Gardens, St. Thomas, presents “The Lion King Jr.,” an all-youth, fully costumed performance, today through Sunday. Performances through Friday are at 10 a.m., for area camps. There also are performances on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. For tickets and information, call 340-775-7877.

The 60-minute musical, designed for middle-school aged performers, is based on the Broadway production directed by Julie Taymor and the 1994 Disney film. The all-youth cast features 33 students led by Camp Director Lauren Brody-Clarke, Musical Director Mary Christensen, and Choreographer Marie Paul.

“The Lion King Jr.” tells the story of the epic adventures of a curious cub named Simba as he struggles to accept the responsibilities of adulthood and his destiny as king. Along the way, the young lion encounters a colorful cast of characters including spunky lioness Nala, charismatic meerkat Timon, and loveable warthog Pumbaa. To claim his rightful place on the throne and save his beloved Pridelands, Simba must find his inner strength and confront his wicked Uncle Scar.

Next Business After Hours set for Thursday

The next Chamber Business After Hours will be hosted by Thrive Chiropractic on Thursday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at their location in The Royal Palms Professional Building, #105-9053 Estate Thomas (behind Schneider Hospital, West Foothills). Enjoy complimentary hors d’ouevres, 50/50 raffle, door prizes and cash bar.

Viewing party Friday night

for new music video, CD

Diamond Cut Unlimited will hold a viewing party of the “Nah Da Mon Remix” music video with FlameBoy Flames, a.k.a. King Fyyah, and a listening party for FlameBoy Flames & Kadia’s new CD, “I and I,” on Friday at 8 p.m. at BLU Nightclub inside Sugar Bay Resort & Spa on St. Thomas. Get familiar with fashion by local clothing brand N.A.T.T.Y. and music recorded, mixed and mastered in Annas Retreat. For more information call 347-338-0455 or email

This project is funded in part by Virgin Islands Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Student researchers to present projects at UVI

The Emerging Caribbean Scientists (ECS) Program at the University of the Virgin Islands invites the community to attend the 15th annual Summer Student Research Symposium in the first-floor conference room of the Administration Conference Center on the St. Thomas Campus from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday.

The symposium will feature more than 30 current UVI student researchers. They will showcase the research that was conducted while participating in the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) and the Sophomore Summer Research Institute (SSRI), under the mentorship of UVI faculty. For more information, go to or contact Aimee Sanchez at 340-693-1249 or

V.I. Green Team hosts cleanup on Saturday

The V.I. Green Team is hosting a kid and family friendly cleanup on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon in the mangroves across from Ivanna Eudora Kean High School on St. Thomas. Park and meet by the National Park dock near Red Hook at 10 a.m. to walk to the mangroves. The cleanup will be off the road, so kids are welcome to attend.

Trash bags and water will be provided. It is recommended that you wear bright colors and bring a reusable cup.

All plastics collected will be recycled and shipped off-island thanks to a new project of the Coastal Zone Management and TerraCycle.

For more information contact Ashley Pomeranz at 213-281-0690.

American Red Cross holds lifeguard certification

The American Red Cross will hold a three-day lifeguard certification course on St. John, including first aid and waterfront training and certification, Saturday 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 or

NAMI-St. Thomas support group meets Aug. 7

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

Cancer Support V.I. talk features naturopathic doctor

Cancer Support V.I., sponsored by International Capital & Management Company, announces the next free presentation by Dr. Kathryn Anderson, a naturopathic physician, from Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Tulsa, Okla., who will discuss how to prepare essential oils for healing on Aug. 12 at noon in the second-floor auditorium at the Kimelman Cancer Institute on St. Thomas.

The mission of Cancer Support V.I. is to provide support, education, information and assistance to people living with cancer and their families and friends.

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 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.