Tomorrow is the Serving Hands Food Distribution from 2 to 4 pm at the 1st Baptist Church Parish Hall on William Street. These new hours are from 2 to 4 on the fourth Friday of the month. This is important news for some of our hungry neighbors. Not everyone got the news that the times were changed. Questions? Call Betty Burton at 508-693-5339.
Remember you can get help with your ebooks and downloadable audiobooks at the Vineyard Haven Library on Saturday from 10 to noon.
This Saturday is your last chance to enjoy the special Valentine's menu at Zephrus. We understand that White Chocolate Covered Strawberries with Sugar Cookies seems to be the preferred sweet. Zephrus will close for spring cleaning on Sunday and will reopen for dinner on March 8.
"The Whale" is an extraordinary true tale of a young orca named Luna. This documentary film is good for ages 7 and up. The wild killer whale lost contact with his family on the coast of British Columbia and turned up alone in a narrow stretch of sea between the mountains, a place called Nootka Sound. Orcas are social. They live with their families all their lives. An orca who gets separated usually just fades away and dies. Luna was alone. There weren't any familiar orcas in Nootka Sound, but there were people, in boats and on the shore. So he started trying to make contact. And people welcomed him. Most of them. See it at 7:30 pm on Saturday night in the Cornell Theatre. You'll love it.
Know a bride-to-be? She needs to know about the great giveaway from Martha's Vineyard Island Weddings. Contest details are at mvislandweddings.com – click on Color Adventure on the home page.
One of the pleasures of winter on the Island is that ferry trips are a wonderful way to see some old friends. Last week I went off Island – to the dentist. A problem with aging is that most of our trips off are to the doctor. What was most interesting to me was that I saw no one familiar on the boat going over in the morning. Then when I got to the dentist, I ran into an Islander, of course.
You must register by next Tuesday for the ACE MV college credit courses for early childhood education 201-67 through Cape Cod Community College and Fitchburg State. See acemv.org or call 774-310-1131.
When the first boarding school for African-American girls was opened in Connecticut, there were boycotts and the townsfolk even poisoned the well at the school. That does seem shocking to us now. Of course, that was 1833. Learn more about this event at the V.H. Library at 7 pm next Tuesday. Author Susan Strane has written a book called "A Whole-Souled Woman: Prudence Crandall and the Education of Black Women." Prudence Crandall advertised her school as a seminary for "young ladies and little misses of color." The school became a cause celebre among abolitionists. Its defense was one of the first campaigns by William Lloyd Garrison.
Mark your calendar. A week from Sunday is lobster rolls at Grace Church. This time you won't have to watch a football game and cry in your beer. For large orders, call 508-693-0332
Save your place now for A Day of Prayer and Reflection a week from Saturday. The retreat is from 10 am to 3:30 pm at Grace Church parish house. Call Susan Kelly 508-627-9946 to register. Bring a bag lunch. Donation is $10.
Enjoy the Brazilian luncheon with music and good food a week from Saturday to benefit the MV Center for Living. Lunch and entertainment is at the Grill on Main in Edgartown from noon to 2 pm. Tickets are $25. Call Leslie Clapp at 508-939-9440.
Happy anniversary on Tuesday to Elisha Smith and his bride, the former Denise Lagasse.
Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Anne Sylvester and Wendy Brophy.
I will join Judy Cronig and Robin Mathiesen partying on Saturday. Happy birthday to Susie Goldstein who celebrates on Tuesday. And special wishes go to any of you who only get to mark your special day in Leap Year.
Heard on Main Street: The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on my list.