Kira Shepherd sends wonderful news of spring: she says, "The pinkletinks are singing at the end of John Hoft Road. This is the earliest we have heard them, March 8!"
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day by making your green go farther ... the mini book sale at the Vineyard Haven Library benefits the children's programs — and you — on Saturday from 1 to 3 pm.
Dine with the Irish on 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. The movie starts at 6 pm.
Bring a bunch of sunshine home and contribute to the search for a cure for cancer at the same time. Dorothy Bangs and Judy Baynes are running the The American Cancer Society's Daffodil Days. That means you can get bouquets on Tuesday afternoon at Cronig's or the Stop & Shop in Edgartown and Tony's Market in Oak Bluffs. More will be available at the M.V. Hospital on Wednesday morning for $10 donation per bunch. Funds will be used for research and to help individuals who are battling cancer.
Spring is really coming. Wouldn't you enjoy being outside with some children in the early grades at the Tisbury School. Lyndsay Famaris wants some adult volunteers who would like to help with the after-school walking club. Walks start at the Tisbury School. Explore the neighborhood, walk about two miles once a week. Call Lyndsay at 508-696-6290 or email email@example.com.
You must preregister for the Acccuplacer college entrance exam on Saturday, March 24, for students taking ENL 101-59 English Composition, which begins the 31st, through Cape Cod Community College at ACE MV. The exam is free. You must preregister for class and code through ACE MV. Info online at acemv.org.
Enjoy a George Clooney film on Tuesday evening at 7 pm at the Vineyard Haven Library. The complexities of life, death, and family relations challenge a man faced with losing his wife. When Elizabeth King is left comatose following an accident, her husband Matt finds himself thrust into the unfamiliar role of caregiver to their two daughters, while at the same time facing a difficult financial decision that may put him at odds with other family members.
On Wednesday at the library at 5:30 pm you can learn about the Sustainable Book Club selection: "Eaarth" by Bill McKibbion. The book offers an in-depth, sobering, yet ultimately optimistic approach to dealing with sustainability on a rapidly changing planet.
Do you want to be a nurse? This is a reminder for students interested in the Practical Nursing Program that begins in August. You can get information on financial aid and the necessary paper work. Go to Windemere on Saturday. March 24, at 10 am.
Spring brings you a special opportunity: Through a grant, the FARM Institute is now making one-acre farm plots available to Vineyarders interested in trying new crops or new growing processes. Water, tillable ground, and assistance with planning and expenses will be available.
The plots are located at The FARM Institute in Katama. Successful applicants will get $500 to help them start their project. They are looking for innovative or experimental ideas that will add to our knowledge of farming on the Vineyard. Download the application at www.farminstitute.org or call Jon at 508-627-7007.
A week from Sunday evening, on March 25, get a glimpse of Havana, Cuba, in 1948 with 'Chico and Rita.' A young piano player and a beautiful singer chase their dreams and each other from Havana to New York to Paris and Hollywood. The original soundtrack features legendary Cuban pianist and composer Bebo Valdés. Enjoy the music of Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, Cole Porter, Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Herman, Tito Puente, Chano Pozo, and others. 7:30 pm at the Cornell Theatre, in Spanish and English with English subtitles
David Welch is a fine art photographer on the Island. See his photographs on display at the Vineyard Haven Library through the month of March. He creates assemblages of artifacts of consumer culture. The photographs speak of accumulation and materiality and encourage debate about consumption and how we feel compelled to consume. Art in the Stacks is produced by the Friends of the Vineyard Haven Library for library patrons to enjoy art at the library. David lives on the Island with his partner, Trina, and daughter, Camden.
Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Jay Segel. On Saturday wish the best to Austin Chandler and to Doug Dorchester. Happy birthday on Sunday to Matthew Barton and his cousin Ben Bartolini. Partying on Monday will be Lois Kavanagh, Susan Mone, and Susan Weyl. Best wishes go out to Sheri Thomas , Grace Jackson, and Phoenix Russell on Tuesday. Skip Bailey and Barbara Dacey will celebrate on Wednesday.
Heard on Main Street: When someone asks you a question you don't want to answer, smile and ask, "Why do you want to know?