Town Column : Tisbury
Little Enzo Pedro had a big birthday celebration under a circus tent last week, complete with clowns. Enzo is the son of Dr. Casey Pedro, director of dentistry at the Martha's Vineyard Hospital, and his wife, Jamily Pedro, who is a volunteer in dentistry at the Hospital. Jamily wanted to hold a special first birthday party in the Brazilian tradition. Enzo's guests were asked to bring toys to be sent to an orphanage in Brazil. Enzo's grandmother Angie Pedro was delighted to come all the way from Hermiston, Ore., to help with the party.
Wild Animal Interviews: All aged five and up were disappointed that Gus Ben David had to put off his visit to the library last week because of the heavy rain. But you didn't miss him. He will come today at 4 pm with his live animals.
Little ones aged up to five will enjoy a sing-a-long concert with Julie Austin at 10 and 11 am next Tuesday. Her CDs will be available to purchase. Chess Club for ages six through high school continues on Tuesdays from 6 to 7 pm. Drop-in crafts for five to ten-year-olds are 3 to 5 pm, and Wii games for 12 and up from 6 to 7:30 pm on two Thursdays, August 7 and 14. A movie and popcorn will be offered on August 28 at 3 pm for ages four and up. Adults must attend a program with children age six and under. They must stay in the building with children seven and eight years old.
If you have not done so, answer the Vineyard Haven Library survey. Tell them where you think we should spend the grant money to develop the programs and collections. You can also complete the survey online at vhlibrary.org. The EqualAccess program focuses on the needs of active, older adults and lifelong learning. All who use our library are welcome to complete the survey.
Things are happening at the senior center that you should know about. If you don't have a File of Life, you can get one next Thursday at 1:30 pm. This magnetized red pocket goes on the front of your refrigerator. Inside is a card with your medical history, allergies, current medications, and doctor information so that emergency responders will know what they need to help you. In an emergency you may be unable to talk or too upset or confused to remember. Every minute counts when your life is on the line. Get a File of Life and don't forget to keep it up to date.
Buy your $5 ticket for the BBQ lunch at the Senior Center on Monday, August 18. Burgers will be cooked outside on the grill. There will be coleslaw, potato salad, watermelon, and cookies. Eat lunch out on the deck or inside with Tristan Israel and his guitar. Seating is limited to 32, and tickets must be purchased before August 15. No tickets at the door.
Then seniors can cool off with a sundae on Monday, August 25, from 1:30 pm until it runs out - for only $3 at the door. Vanilla ice cream with real fudge sauce, strawberries, and whipped cream will be served, with the Vineyard Sound on CD and their sounds of summer. The Coffee Café at the center starts every day at 8:30 am for early birds.
Marian Halperin introduced her new book at the Martha's Vineyard Museum last week. The book is "Your Affectionate Son, Charlie Mac: Civil War Diaries & Letters by a Soldier from Martha's Vineyard." She says it seems it took a long time to pull it all together. I can tell you that the time was well spent. This is a delightful way to learn more about life 130 years ago, both on the battlefield and on the Island. The book is available at the Museum.
Four Friday luncheons in August, featuring interesting national speakers will benefit the Martha's Vineyard NAACP at the Oyster Bar Grill. Call 508-696-5785 for tickets. Seating is limited.
Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out on Sunday to Nancy Gardella and to our assistant fire chief Thomas H. Colligan. Happy birthday on Monday to Barbara Lewis and Donald Mitchell. Wish the best on Wednesday to Jesse James Little, Mary Goss, and Dr. Peter Laursen.
Heard on Main Street: Don't wait for someone to be friendly. Show them how. (Roger Spinney).