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Young adults can enjoy a movie this evening from 6 to 7:30 at the Vineyard Haven Library. The film is rated PG-13. Gwyneth Paltrow, Matt Damon, and Jude Law star in a thriller about the threat of a deadly disease and an international team of doctors contracted by the CDC to deal with the outbreak.

Mark your calendars for Tuesday story times for little ones: the next few topics are the zoo, dogs, and on the 31st, Clifford the Big Red Dog will be visiting. I just love Clifford, don’t you? Tween Wii Gaming for ages 8 to 11 is Wednesdays from 3 to 5 pm. Teens grades 6 and up have Wii Gaming on Fridays from 3:30 to 5 pm. On Thursdays, after-school crafts are offered for ages 5 and up from 3:30 to 4:40 pm.

Art in the Stacks features paintings by Brazilian artist Bella, who is also a musician, singer, songwriter, playwright, and puppeteer. Her paintings will be on display during regular library hours through February 4. Enjoy original art at the V.H. Library throughout the year.

Several Vineyarders are traveling tomorrow to New York to see “Stickfly” – a new Broadway play set on Martha’s Vineyard. Discounted tickets are available for Islanders at broadwayoffers.com (code SFVYD22). Sharon Frances-Moore has arranged for a private talk with the cast and a discount dinner at the E&E Grill as well as discount accommodations at the Marriott Manhattan Times Square. For more see http://stickflybroadway.com/

It appears that many of our neighbors are already heading for warmer climes. We can’t complain. I might wish to join them, but I haven’t shoveled anything yet.

I was surprised to see that last year in early January I commented on the beautiful spring weather we were enjoying. Perhaps this bodes well for this winter.

Did you notice that the shops on Main Street are offering all kinds of good sales? There is plenty of parking, too.

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. asked, “What have you done for others?” The First Baptist Church will celebrate his 83rd birthday at 9 am next Monday. Join the parish for breakfast and a brief program about his life, his inheritance, and our commitment. Call 508-693-1539. A free will offering will be taken.

Adult education classes start January 21st at the high school. Register online at acemv.org or at the high school next Tuesday and Wednesday from 4:30 to 6 pm. Several education classes are offered for credit as well. Learn basic auto maintenance, or dance and karaoke, write books for children, or how to appreciate jazz. You can discuss the difficult child or hone your creative writing skills. Try Wampanoag history, Brazil, or World Religions. Thanks to MV Family Center, all Thursday evening ACE MV classes at MVRHS offer free childcare.

All Islanders concerned with our environment are invited to the next meeting of the MV Democratic Council next Saturday morning from 9 to 10:30 at the Howes House. Mary Jane Sorrentino, who was trained by the Gore Climate Change Project, will discuss the causes of global warming, how it affects New England and particularly our coastal areas, and what responses our communities can make. There may not be solutions, but there are actions to mitigate this problem. Ms. Sorrentino, who lives in Providence, is a Sustainability Consultant helping non-profits, small businesses, schools, and others reduce their environmental impact. She is particularly interested in what home gardeners can do.

Got warm clothes you don’t need any more? Clothes To Go is open at the Methodist Church on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 2 to 4 pm. Donations are always welcome.

Congratulations to the Goldsteins. The Mansion House is celebrating 27 years with a Vineyard slumber party. All rooms are $27 per person in January for Island residents. All guests of the Inn enjoy a full buffet breakfast each morning and use of the health club, pool and hot tub. Stop by or call 508-693-2200 for more details. Zephrus is also offering a Z nickel for every check over $25. You could get a burger and fries for 4 nickels or a free night for 12 nickels, and 10 will give you three months at the Health Club. Nickels are good until May 14.

We are sorry to share the news that Cay Chamberlain and Florence Dove have passed away. Both these ladies were active volunteers and contributed in many ways to our community.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Gay Nelson. Tomorrow wish the best to Allan Davey Sr. and to Donna Paulson. Saturday belongs to Tyler Paulson and Harry B. Jones. Happy birthday to Chuck Downing on Tuesday. Wednesday belongs to Steve Soriano.

Heard on Main Street: Tell a man that there are 400 billion stars and he’ll believe you. Tell him that a bench has wet paint and he has to touch it.

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