Earth Day celebration

Anne Colangeli is hosting an Earth Day Celebration this Saturday, April 23, at the Red Barn across from Alley’s General Store in West Tisbury. There will be a drum circle, and those interested can help beautify the land there. Children are welcome to partake, and attendees are encouraged to bring a small crystal, or flowers to plant as offerings. Admission is $5 suggested donation. For more information, contact Anne at; 508-560-1197.

Book cover art to benefit Japan

Amiko Hirao, the Japanese artist of Carly Simon’s children’s book “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” is raising money for Japan’s earthquake and tsunami relief by selling giclee prints of the book’s cover artwork. All profits will go to the Japanese Red Cross. The pieces are 14″ by 14″, cost $45 plus shipping, and can be purchased at, in person at L’Attitude Gallery at 211 Newbury Street in Boston, or by calling the gallery at 617-927-4400. Note: the prints will not include the book’s title.

Spring sphere hunts?

Though some have renamed the traditional Easter activity, it seems the Vineyard is still calling them Easter Egg hunts. Saturday’s public events are as follows: 9 am at 10 Bold Meadow Road in Edgartown, sponsored by St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. They are hiding more than 500 eggs. Then there’s the Spring Egg Hunt at 10:30 am at the West Tisbury Library. If you don’t want to hunt, decorate eggs at the West Tisbury Library’s drop-in crafts from 11 am to 3 pm.

Sunday’s hunts: 9 am at the First Congregational Church of West Tisbury, coinciding with worship. 9:30 am at the Trinity United Methodist Church in the Campgrounds in Oak Bluffs. At 12 noon, hunt at the Vineyard Assembly of God in Vineyard Haven, and again at 1 pm at Vineyard Gardens in West Tisbury.

Shave and a haircut

Island Alpaca’s fourth annual Shearing Day is this Saturday, April 23, at the farm in Oak Bluffs. Watch as alpacas are given haircuts, and as fleece turns to fiber. Rain or shine, the event features refreshments, shopping in the farm store, and a picnic area to enjoy the view. Admission is $5. For more information, contact 508-693-5554;

Sustainable reading

Part of One Book One Island, a five-part program sponsored by Island libraries, is a Sustainable Book Club meeting and local lunch this Wednesday, April 27. Held at the Oak Bluffs Library, discuss the book “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle” by Barbara Kingsolver at 11 am, with Dawn Braasch, owner of Bunch of Grapes Bookstore. Then, enjoy a local lunch at 12:30 pm.

On Thursday, April 28 at 6:30 pm, a panel discussion, also at the library, on Local and Sustainable includes participants from The FARM Institute, Morning Glory Farm, Island Grown Initiative, Whippoorwill Farm, Native Earth Teaching Farm, and Edible Vineyard magazine.

For more information, call 508-693-9433.