Congratulations to Richard Paradise and the MV Film Society. The National Endowment for the Arts has granted them a $10,000 award for their Martha's Vineyard Film Festival. NEA praised the fact that most of their film selections are foreign productions that promote cross-cultural understanding through film.
Don't forget — there is still time to donate your $25 to the Vineyard Committee on Hunger. One family feeds another family for the holidays for this low price: Family to Family, VCOH, PO Box 4685, 02568.
The First Baptist Church on Spring Street announces the Christmas Eve Service at 7 pm will feature the Choral Cantata "Season of Praise" by Joseph Martin. All are welcome. Sunday worship on Christmas Day will be at 11 am.
Christmas Eve at the Martha's Vineyard Agricultural Hall in West Tisbury begins with caroling at 4:30 pm and the Christmas Pageant and service at 5. The candlelight service at the First Congregational Church begins at 10 pm. Their service on Christmas Day begins at 10 am at the church in West Tisbury.
The NAACP invites all to celebrate Kwanzaa on the day after Christmas at the Baptist Parish Hall on William Street from 4 to 6 pm. Cost is $5 or a dish to share.
Two days after Christmas the Vineyard Haven Library hosts a special story time at 10:30 am for those aged 5 and under. Only one story time this week, featuring a story and short cartoon film.
Chef Benjamin deForest at Zephrus is ringing in the New Year with a decadent holiday menu, featuring roasted lamb with asiago-spinach, risotto in a roasted garlic red wine sauce, or a five-course Chef's Tasting Menu. Reservations at 508-693-3416.
Remember that if your computer gets too cold, it may not be able to work. It is a bit late to give you this warning: Don't hide your electronic gifts in the car trunk. Most can be easily damaged when the temperature drops below freezing. If your hard drive experiences freezing weather, allow some time to warm it up to room temperature before operating. And always use surge protectors this time of year. That word of warning comes from people who specialize in data recovery. They also suggest that you back up all the files on your old computer before you try to transfer them to a new one.
Each February, the National Groundhog Day is known for another kind of shadow. Job Shadow Day is a joint effort of the U.S. Department of Labor and the M.V. Youth Leadership Initiative. They want you to participate in the annual Job Shadow Day from 2:30 to 5 pm. Email email@example.com.
An active and interested group gathered last week at the Vineyard Haven Library to discuss Tony Horowitz's new book about the beginnings of the Civil War. Sheldon Hackney clarified many of the questions for the audience. Reports were of a lively and productive discussion. There is more to come. Those who have signed up for this program must sign in at the front desk before the end of the year.
You just thought things would slow down after the holidays. Grace Church is planning a Fried Chicken and Karaoke Night on January 7 that will fund building maintenance. Advance tickets are available at 508-693-0332.
We understand that the local turkeys have taken exception to the air-filled decorations at the rectory and seem to crowd around them. Everyone else enjoys the lights and spirit of fun shown by the brilliantly lit yard.
Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out to Liam Patrick Bruni who turns 5 on the day after Christmas
Heard on Main Street: Listen for the jingling of sleigh bells and the clatter of tiny hooves. "Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night."