The Spa at the Mansion House hosts a Holiday Makeup Party tonight and next Thursday evening from 5 to 9 pm. Learn how to apply your makeup. Get a free consultation, free lessons, skin analysis, and 20 percent off purchases.

Take a break from your Google searches. Stroll through Main Street to connect with your community.

Gifts of art? The Louisa Gould Gallery has artwork priced from $20 to $500. The best part, I think, is that they will wrap your gift and ship it as well. The Small Treasures show features the work of many of your neighbors, including Donna Blackburn, Paul Beebe, Louisa Gould, Tom May, Jeanne Campbell, Donna Straw, and John Holladay. The show runs through December.

Sandy Mott says you can buy the MV Regional High School Yearbook for 2012 for much less if you pay by December 31. Call her at 508-693-1033, ext. 124.

Have you tried Island cranberries? Vineyard Open Land Foundation (VOLF) reports an abundant harvest this year. Island organic cranberries also make a great gift and can be frozen. Cost is $5 per half-pound. Support VOLF and enjoy it. The cranberries are available at Morning Glory Farm and the Tisbury Farm Market, or call 508-693-3280.

Last month two Island libraries were chosen Star libraries by the Library Journal. The Vineyard Haven Library and the West Tisbury Library were picked from over 7,000 public libraries. The selection was determined by public service, measured by visits, circulation, and program attendance.

On Tuesday see the movie “The Help” at 7 pm at our library. A college girl returns home to Mississippi in the 1960s. She decides to interview the black women who spent their lives taking care of prominent southern families.

Mark your new calendar now. The five-part monthly series called Making Sense of the Civil War begins Tuesday, January 10, at the Vineyard Haven Library. You must register to take part. Discussions will be led by Sheldon Hackney, the historian and retired president of the University of Pennsylvania. Watch for related programs, such as the talk on John Brown this Wednesday at 7 pm. Tony Horwitz will speak about his new book: “Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid that Sparked the Civil War.” I’m not sure even 150 years can help us make sense of a war, but this should be a good effort.

And more: This month at our library you can browse Art in the Stacks. The work of Bill Buckley is on display during regular library hours throughout the month of December.

Did you know you can check out free eBooks and audiobooks from CLAMS libraries? Drop by the library on Saturday morning between 10 am and noon when library staff will answer your questions and show you how to get started. The library has a Nook, Sony Reader, and Kindle for hands-on demonstration.

Santa will be at the Fire House on Saturday at 1 pm.

Start your weekend early. Have coffee at 9 am on Saturday at the West Tisbury Congregational Church fair. Need a special gift? How about an Island photo? There are delicious pies, peach and strawberry jams, evergreen wreaths and centerpieces. Costume jewelry is a favorite of mine. Soup will be served from 11:30 am to 2 pm. Proceeds will help to preserve this historic building in the heart of West Tisbury.

This Saturday the YMCA opens the new Alexandra Gagnon Teen Center. Take a tour of the facility between 3 and 5 pm, meet those who made it happen, and enjoy pizza from the Y Cafe. Help furnish the Teen Center by bringing a housewarming gift (needs are listed online).

How about dinner and a movie on Saturday evening? Enjoy spaghetti and meatballs at the Baptist Church Parish House at 6 pm, followed by the classic version of the movie “A Christmas Carol.” Cost for adults is $8, children are $5.

And if you want a different movie: the MV Film Society presents “The Names of Love,” a French romantic comedy, with English subtitles, at the Cornell Theatre on Saturday at 7:30 pm.

Want to check out the former marine hospital? On Sunday, from 12 noon to 3 pm the community is invited to view the future site of the Martha’s Vineyard Museum as well as some first floor rooms. The Museum won’t move there for a few years, but this is your chance to see what the plans may be. Plenty of free parking, too.

Also this Sunday the Holiday Open House at the senior center is from 2 to 4 pm. Enjoy the Minnesingers as they serenade with holiday favorites. Then on Wednesday the MV Florist will instruct a Holiday Greens Workshop from 10 to noon. Decorate a centerpiece, boxwood tree, foam table wreath, or 12″ balsam wreath with fresh greens. There is a charge for materials only. Space is limited. Reserve your space at 508-696-4205.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out to Polly Renear and Rachael Houston on Friday. On Saturday wish the best to Doug Cabral. Congratulations to Ayn Chase who celebrates 85 years on Sunday. You know her lovely hand-crafted pierced and painted lampshades. Some of her crafts are at Rainy Day. Kayla Pachico parties on Tuesday.

Heard on Main Street: It isn’t that men aren’t as concerned with how they look. They just like beer better.

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