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Tonight your teens can watch Brad Pitt star in the story of the Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane. He successfully put together a baseball team on a budget by employing computer-generated analysis to draft his players. This film is rated PG-13 and will be shown at the Vineyard Haven Library at 6 pm.

Want to get your children aged five and up excited about reading? The mime Robert Rivest encourages even reluctant readers through his comical exploration of aspects of literature we take for granted. Through his mime and theater techniques, children will learn about plot, characters, setting and more on Thursday, February 23, at 3:30 pm at the Vineyard Haven Library.

Federal officials last week designated a large swath of ocean about 14 miles south of our island for a massive wind farm that could dwarf the size of Cape Wind. I do hope they know what they are doing. Of course, nothing may happen in our lifetime.

Did you know that Featherstone has free after-school art programs for Island high school students? They begin this week. Call for more. Included are camera classes, ceramics, and mixed media. The Featherstone programs for teenagers are taught by Vineyard artists and there is no charge for these classes.

If your idea of romance is to learn something worthwhile, check in at the library on Valentine’s Day to learn more about Tisbury finance. “What we build and where” will explore building codes, permits, and enforcement. And some info on the Martha’s Vineyard Commission.

While the young woman on the Super Bowl commercial was dressing, she also admired her vase of lovely roses. Then she said, “Guys, Valentine’s Day is simple. Give and ye shall receive.” So for those guys who need to know: next week the 6th grade class at the Tisbury School will be selling roses for Valentine’s Day after school at the playground. The kids will be there on Monday and Tuesday from 2:30 to 4 pm. In case of inclement weather you will find them inside, in front of the cafeteria. You can park in the gym lot.

Didn’t you love the Budweiser horses in the Super Bowl ad for the end of prohibition? There were only a few good ads, for Chevy and Doritos. I did like Clint Eastwood saying it was halftime in American, too. I can’t say that I was enthralled with most of the commercials this year. I didn’t like the halftime show either. But you do have to admit that it was a good game.

We did hear from some snowbirds that the temperature at game time in Florida was 80 degrees.

Are you ready for cartoons? The MV Film Society will show Oscar-nominated short animated films on Saturday at 7:30 pm. Some of them sound delightful. From “Dimanche” and “The Fantastic Flying Books” to “La Luna,” which is the fable of a young boy who goes out to sea with his papa and his grandpa in a small wooden rowboat. Then there’s “A Morning Stroll” and “Wildlife.” A few are in English and some with no dialogue. Doors open at 7 pm at the Cornell Theatre.

Next Thursday evening, ACE MV is offering a class on Brazilian/Portuguese cooking. Also that evening is a class on Understanding Medicare. You must pre-register at 774-310-1131 or email lynn@acemv.org.

The ladies of the Baptist Church invite you to celebrate Shrove Tuesday with the traditional pancake supper. They offer pancakes and scrambled eggs at 6:30 pm in the parish house on William Street on February 21. For reservations, call 508-693-1539.

The First Congregational Church of West Tisbury calls it Mardi Gras and will serve the traditional pancakes. Cost is $5 or $15 per family.

The Island Faces Portrait contest closes by the end of this month for the first round of judging. Have you submitted your portrait yet? More on mvmuseum.org/portraitcontest.

If you have clean warm clothing to donate, drop them off at Clothes To Go at the Stone Church. The hours are Monday, Wednesday, or Friday between 2 and 4 pm or Saturday from 9 to 11 am.

The Mansion House Health Club winter rates will run until April 30. Take advantage of $12 walk-in visits and lowered prices on one-month and three-month memberships. Grab a friend and try a new class or warm up in the hot tub and pool.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Joan McDonough. Tomorrow wish the best to James O’Donnell and Jainaba Burton-Sundman. Saturday belongs to Judy Pachico. Eli Hanschka and Nat Benjamin join Abe Lincoln in marking the 12th as their birthdays. Happy birthday to my darling granddaughter Fiona Mayhew who turns five on Monday. With love in the air, Chris Morse and Gayle Stiller party on Valentine’s Day. Birthday greetings to Rita Goulart and Grace Burton Sundman and a special hug to Trina Kingsbury on Wednesday.

Heard on Main Street: The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail and not his tongue.

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