Town Column : Oak Bluffs
A bright and sunny day was a gift to all of us at Easter time. Many families gathered together in celebration and there were Easter Egg hunts all over the town. The one on Vineyard Avenue at Elizabeth Alley's house was very well attended by her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and many friends. Hope you all had a happy day.
Reminder to light some candles and turn out your lights this Saturday, March 29, between 8 and 9 pm. Join the Islanders that are raising awareness about energy conservation. Perhaps have a candlelight dinner or bring your flashlights to Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary at 7:30 pm for a night walk.
Irene Tewksbury, the children's librarian at our public library, has recently returned from the Kennedy Space Center. While there, she got to see the shuttle launch and also got to go on the NASA Education Department's tour of the Center. Now that she has returned, she wants to remind you of a few programs. Thursday, March 27, from 3:15 to 4:30 pm, there will be Guitar Hero and DDR for ages 10-18.
The age 6 to 10 story time on Friday, March 28, will feature "March comes in like a Lion and out like a Lamb" stories and crafts. The pre-school story time on Wednesday, April 2, will have poems and rhymes because April is poetry month.
There will be a one-hour concert by students of Rebecca Barca-Tinus of all ages from all over the Island performing in a free strings concert at the Whaling Church on Saturday, March 29 at 4 pm
Jeanne Staples of Edgartown will be traveling again to Haiti in April to continue work with the Peacequilts Project, a part of the Martha's Vineyard Fish Farm for Haiti Project. This is a self-help initiative, which enables Haitian women to earn a living through meaningful, creative work improving their lives and those of their families. Jeannie is reaching out to quilters and sewers across the Island asking them to donate some much-needed items that she can bring down with her. Please call her at 508-274-1104 for more information.
A workshop on Handling Homework Horrors, presented by Stuart Peskin, director of the Title 1 Dissemination Project, will be held on Wednesday, April 2, at 7 pm. The program takes place in the Martha's Vineyard Regional High School Library Conference Room. It is open to all parents with school age children and is designed to help parents deal with both the completion and accuracy issues that can make homework such a problem. Please pre-register by calling Robyn Gurney at 508-693-4489.
And it is that time again. Parent conferences will begin taking place on Tuesday, April 8, Thursday, April 10 and Wednesday, April 16. Please remember that these will be half-day release days with students being dismissed at 12 noon.
Tony Cortez of Oak Bluffs is graduating from the US National Guard Boot Camp in April. Following his graduation, Tony will head to Alabama for Air Traffic Control School. Congratulations.
Health Counselor Ramona Black will be providing a free lecture about the health effects of sugar at the Oak Bluffs library on Saturday, April 5, at 3 pm. Nutritious snacks and recipes will be provided. Call the library for more information at 508-693-9433.
We send Birthday Smiles to Erica Ponte who celebrated on March 21 and Hunter Ponte who celebrated number seven on March 25. Grace Fry, the Queen of Avon, will party along with Kailyn Hart who will turn three on March 28, John Swan follows on March 29, and Garrett Broadly on March 31.
Enjoy your week and send your news along please.