Spring ahead this weekend. Daylight Savings Time begins Sunday, the second Sunday in March, at two am. Don't be late to church!
Get well wishes go out to Rainy Goodale. Rainy, you know you are needed to set new swimming records for the masters.
Grace Church will celebrate a Day of Prayer and Reflection on Saturday from 9 am to 3:30 pm. The program will be led by Ethel Fraga, a student of contemplative spirituality. All are welcome, donation $10. For registration call the Rev. Alden Besse, 508-693-3930.
Remember you can get help with eBooks and downloadable audio books on Saturday mornings in March, except the 17th, from 10 to noon at our library. See demonstration of the library Overdrive service and eReader devices including Nook, Sony Reader, and Kindle.
See "Certified Copy" at the Cornell Theatre on Saturday at 7:30 pm. It begins innocently when a gallery owner living in a Tuscan village attends a lecture by a British author. Afterward, she invites him on a tour of the countryside, during which he is mistaken for her husband. They keep up the pretense and continue on their afternoon out, discussing love, life and art, and increasingly behaving like a long-married couple. In Italian, French, and English with English subtitles.
Congratulations to Katie VanRiper. She is a rising star in the world of high school fencing in her home state of Georgia. On February 3 she won the women's gold medal at the Georgia High School Fencing League championships. On President's Day weekend, she competed in the Junior Olympics in Salt Lake City and qualified for the U.S. Fencing Association Summer Nationals. Katie, age 16, is the granddaughter of Jan VanRiper. Katie is a sophomore at Pope High School in Marietta, Georgia, and only began fencing last year. When Katie is not fencing or doing schoolwork, she enjoys creative writing and, in the summer, spending time in and on the waters around the Vineyard.
Tuesday is your last chance to learn more about the mysteries of our town government at the Vineyard Haven Public Library. Learn about Protecting Tisbury's Land and Water at 7 pm with
Michael Loberg, Tom Robinson, Jane Varkonda, and moderator Suzan Bellincampi. Do you know what gets protected and why? Find out how priorities are set to preserve Tisbury's natural treasures. These programs have been provided by the League of Women Voters.
The League of Women Voters of Martha's Vineyard collects and redeems used inkjet cartridges (not laser) as well as cell phones in drop-off boxes in several places around the island. The locations are EduComp, DaRosa's, the V.H. Library, Martha's Vineyard Hospital (next to the Gift Shop) and the mail room in Windemere. This not only raises some money for the League but also keeps the items out of the landfill. Cellphones have all information removed and are recycled. Remember these boxes the next time you want to dispose of used inkjet cartridges or cell phones. Tell your friends.
Next weekend you can celebrate St. Patrick's Day with the traditional dinner of corned beef and cabbage and a wonderful old movie, "The Quiet Man," starring John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara. Same price for takeout or eat in at the First Baptist Parish House on William Street. Time is 5:30 to 7 pm. Adults are $10; under 12 is $5. For more, call 508-693-1539.
Zephrus is reopening today with Off-Zeason hours, serving dinner menu seven days a week from 5 pm. Say hello to Chef Benjamin deForest and watch the culinary choreography in the open kitchen as he prepares nightly specials. Or taste the Chef's legendary Tasting Menu. On Tuesdays, you can enjoy two-for-one burgers or a ten percent discount with the Island Card. Did you know that Mansion House Health Club members always enjoy 10 percent off their meals?
My friend Julie Immelt has spent years teaching in preschools on the Island. Now she is opening the Family Child Care Program, an intimate preschool environment in her home. Children will develop through hands-on experience and daily activities including art, music, field trips, cooking and nature walks. She is licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care. For hours and more you can email her at email@example.com.
Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Kasarah Bruni. She is eight years old today. I wonder if she knows she shares a birthday with Dr. Seuss? More birthday wishes go to Michelle O'Donnell today. Saturday belongs to Sue Merrill. On Sunday wish the best to Nan Carter and Dorothy Gould. (Actually Dorothy was born at midnight on the tenth, so she can celebrate on Sunday and Monday.) Happy birthday on Monday to Mark Daniels and James Taylor. Celebrating on Tuesday will be Barbara Howell, Janet Sylvia, and Kevin Voyer.
Heard on Main Street: Friends are the family that we choose.