The annual flu clinic is tomorrow morning at the Martha's Vineyard Regional High School, beginning at 8 am and ending at 12 noon. All autos must check in at Alley (Waban) Park in Oak Bluffs or the Ag Hall in West Tisbury. Only walkers, bus riders, and cyclists may arrive at the school without going to these check points. The clinic is only for adults and high school students. No younger children will be immunized.
Three terrible fires in our town over the last two weeks caused a remarkable amount of damage. Our sympathies are with all of those impacted. And aren't we fortunate to have such a good fire department. We hope that they will not have to work so many fires so close together for a long time to come.
A friend from New Hampshire sent us a photo from her kitchen door of three seasons at once. A large jack-o-lantern sits on the porch, next to a beautiful flowering summer plant. And in the snowy yard is a small fir tree with pretty white lights.
The first fair of the season is this Saturday from 9 to 2 pm at the Trinity Parish House at the campground. A selection of attic treasures and gifts will be offered. Lunch, too, includes chowder, sandwiches, and dessert.
Cary and Lillian Wong will speak at the monthly meeting of the Order of St. Luke the Physician at Grace Church on Saturday at 10 am. The couple has been learning and practicing healing prayer for several years. Cary earned a degree in art education from UMass/Amherst and a masters in intercultural studies from Fuller Seminary. Lillian holds a degree in history and literature from Brown University and a doctorate from Northeastern University. Bring a bag lunch.
Congratulations to our library, of course, and the West Tisbury Library. They have been named "star" libraries. There are only eight in the state. These are libraries that are recognized for their good service to the public.
South Asia scholar Jim Norton will lead a discussion series on "The Wars of Afghanistan" by Peter Tomsen. This Tuesday night series at the library runs through November 22 at 7 pm.
A week from Saturday is the last mini book sale at the Vineyard Haven Library until next year. Not only can you find a holiday gift, there are also bargain bags and free items. Proceeds benefit children's programs. That is November 19 from 1 to 3 pm.
Island poets are invited to the West Tisbury Library on Sunday at 4 pm. Read your poems and enjoy the process of helping the town nominate a poet laureate. Or just come to enjoy the readings. All are welcome.
The Annual Cultural Festival of ACE MV is a week from Saturday from 5 to 9 pm at the High School. This is a benefit celebrating Island diversity and culture. The program begins with children's films from around the world. In the cafeteria local chefs and caterers will host an ethnic food court with foods from Brazil, Jamaica, Ireland, Hungary, Thailand, Cape Verde, Uruguay, India and more. You can enjoy music and salsa and belly dancing, Irish tunes, and other folk dancing. See Janice Frame's hats, African crafts, native jewelry and a silent auction.
The event is supported in part by the Mass Cultural Council and generous businesses. Tickets for $15 (children under 12 free) may be purchased online at www.acemv.org.
The Federated Church is holding an annual festival of wreaths from 6 to 9 pm on Dec. 1. There will be several wreaths on display in the meetinghouse for sale at $45. A silent auction with beverages and hors d'oeuvres will be in the parish house. Proceeds will benefit the 1820 Sara Mayhew Parsonage.
Noreen Baker is the Queen of Clutter. A week ago she convinced several of us that there is still hope, that clutter need not overwhelm our homes. With a few clever processes, she demonstrated to a number of women (and a few brave men) that we can overcome those things we have allowed to clutter up our lives. She is available to assess your home and help you get out from under as well.
Cleaning out your old costume jewelry? The Martha's Vineyard Museum would love to have it.
They will sell the pins and earrings and such at the Jewelry Jingle in December. Just drop it off.
Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out to Katie Davey. She parties on Sunday. Happy birthday to Hector Asselin who will be 91 on Wednesday. Also on Wednesday wish the best of days to Rebecca Gonsalves and Kathy Ivory.
Heard on Main Street: Fly your flag tomorrow to honor our veterans and those fighting to keep us safe.