The prevalence of yellow buses, lunch boxes, sharpened number 2 pencils, and shiny red apples, as well as neon-clad crossing guards on every corner can mean only one thing: the school bells are ringing once again. Let’s wish for a successful, happy, and of course, educational year to all our friends in the classrooms — students, teachers, administrators, and parents alike. Only 184 more school days until summer!

In my report of the Lairds’ pig roast last week, I failed to mention several honored guests. Among those visiting throughout the weekend were Deanna’s parents, Apple Ahearn and DO Ogden from Leverett; brother Dondi Ahearn, his wife, Pacqui, and their children, Emilio and Teo, from Putney, Vt.; and brother Dylan Ahearn, with kids Kai and Malia, who joined the crew late Saturday after an all-night flight from Seattle.

Tuesday, September 13, Flatbread Pizza at the airport will donate a percentage of their food sales from noon until closing to the M.V. Center for Living. The Center benefits Islanders over the age of 55 with resources and services. The event will include silent auction baskets, featuring themes such as fiber, kitchen, bath, wine and cheese, and treats.

Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard will host a golf tournament September 25, beginning at 8:15 am at Mink Meadows to commemorate their 30th anniversary on the Island. Island golfers and friends may register either online at hospiceofmv.org or by calling 508-693-0189. There will be celebrities, prizes, a continental breakfast, and an awards luncheon. This fundraiser promises 18 holes of autumn fun.

The next meeting of the M.V. Democrats is Saturday, September 10, at 9 am at the Howes House in West Tisbury. Massachusetts State Senator Dan Wolf will speak about his experience in the State House and respond to questions from the audience. All are welcome. Free coffee. No charge.

Attention all antique and history buffs! The Tisbury Travel Club has organized a trip to see the National Historic Register Henry Sleeper McCann house and grounds in Gloucester on October 13. All are welcome, regardless of town residency. The house was featured on the cover and 12-page color spread inside the December 2009 Antiques Magazine. The trip will include a tour of the many historic sites in Gloucester, led by a professional on-board historic tour guide. Additional trip highlights will include dining at the Gloucester House Restaurant, travel home along the North Shore seawall, and a peek at Hammond Castle — not to mention the fall foliage, which is sure to be beautiful. This trip must be filled by mid-September or it will be postponed to mid-June 2012. Call the Tisbury Travel Club to reserve your spot, 508-696-4205.

The MVRHS Class of 1966 will celebrate its 45th Reunion on October 15 and 16. There will be a gathering at 5:30 at the P-A Club on Saturday, and at 10 am on Sunday at Farm Neck. For more information or to reserve your space, call Herb Ward, 508-693-7683.

The Martha’s Vineyard Museum will hold the 4th annual “you can’t spell mARTha’s vineyard without A-R-T” party at the Shephard Fine Artspace in Oak Bluffs on Saturday, September 17, at 6 pm. Every year, the Museum welcomes fall with a celebration of treasured Vineyard artists by hosting a dinner at which the artists display their work and talk about it as they dine with guests. Artists this year include old and new friends — Traeger DiPietro, Paul Karasik, Meg Mercier, Lucy Mitchell, Andrew Moore, Alison Shaw, Kara Taylor, Kenneth Vincent, David Wallis, Allen Whiting, Rez Williams, and Marsha Winsryg — whose collective talents represent a wide array of techniques, media, and subjects. For further information, call Development Coordinator Susan Wilson at 508-627-4441, ext. 117, or email swilson@mvmuseum.org.

Saturday, September 10, from 10 am to 4 pm, Featherstone will host a tour of the studios of 15 of the Island’s most talented artists. Among the 15, two studios call Edgartown home: those of Jeanne Staples and Deborah Colter. The tour will begin at Featherstone, with a reception following from 4:30 to 6:30 pm at the home of Olga Hirshhorn. Tickets are available at Alley’s, Bunch of Grapes, and at Featherstone. Call 508-693-1850 for further info.

Happy birthday to Lauren Maciorowski, who celebrates September 8. I hope you get to spend the day on the right side of the bar. To Graham Murray, who celebrates September 9, may you have another year filled with sand, sunshine, and smiles. And of course, to my gramp, Ted Morgan, who celebrates his birthday September 12, here’s to 90 event-filled turns about the sun. May your golf score never exceed your age — particularly when you only play nine holes.