Oak Bluffs

The weather is still behaving weirdly, but the birds continue to flock to the seed feeder. My friends the squirrels (sometimes) seem to have disappeared for a while, so my sunflower seed supply is safe for the moment. But this morning I spotted the beginning of a crocus heroically breaking through the soil. It was only an inch or so high, but it was a reminder that change is the only thing that is constant. Spring will come eventually.

The Art of Cake Decorating class by Eniko Delisle will take place on Tuesday, February 21, from 6:30 to 9 pm at MVRHS in room #111. Learn the tricks of the trade and decorate your own mini-cake to take home.

The 27th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Membership and Awards Dinner of Martha’s Vineyard will be celebrated on Saturday, February 18, at the Grill on Main Street in Edgartown. During the social hour, which begins at 5:30 pm, there will be a silent auction. Following the dinner at 6:30 pm a civil rights conversation moderated by Elizabeth Rawlins and featuring guest speakers Lucy Hackney and Rose Styron. An awards ceremony honoring Islanders for their commitment and outstanding service over the years to the Vineyard community and the MVNAACP includes this year’s recipients Karen Achille, Armen Hanjian, and Connie Texeira. For ticket information, call 508-696-5785.

The Martha’s Vineyard Center for Living provides roundtrip medical taxi service from Woods Hole for appointments in Falmouth, Mashpee, Sandwich, and Hyannis. Clients 55 and over pay at a significantly reduced rate. To keep the service affordable, a grant has funded part of the service, but that funding is nearly depleted and there are still six more months to provide funding through this fiscal year. Clients are responsible for the service, but there is also funding required to fill the unmet need. For further information regarding the service, please call MVC4L director Leslie Clapp. If you would like to send a small donation to assist in providing this vital service for our elders, please mail to MV Center for Living, Box 1729, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568. All gifts are tax-deductible and greatly appreciated.

Jeremy Alley-Tarter ran in the North East Indoor Track meet at the Reggie Lewis Stadium this past week-end. Jeremy placed second in the 800-meter event for ages 15 through 16.

It’s daffodil time again. Spring comes early for the benefit of the American Cancer Society. Oak Bluffs residents wishing to order these cheerful yellow flowers, may call Pat and Kerry Alley by February 21, at 508-693-2324. They will be delivered on March 20 and after that date they will also be available to buy at Tony’s Market and the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital lobby.We send birthday smiles to Carol deBettencourt, Kathy Farrissey, and Fr. Michael Nagle on February 16, Carrie Tankard and Joel Rebello on the 18th, Patti Linn the next day, Brenda Lehman on the 21st, and Kaitlin Marchand, and Rita Jeffers on February 22nd. Belated smiles to Melissa Kalagher who partied on February 12th.Enjoy your week.Peace.