Mothers' special day is Sunday. Here I thought every day was mother's day, in one form or another. But this is supposed to be a day of relaxation and finding time for all mothers to do what they want when they want to. So tell your mother how much she means to you, either with words or actions and if your mother is no longer here, remember the times you did have together and be grateful.
On May 19, M.V. junior high football will sponsor a fundraiser from 4 to 9 pm, rain or shine, at the M.V. Boys & Girls club for the Relay for Life cancer walk. M.V. Bounce house will have a bounce house there and there will be face painting and tons of other fun for all ages. Should anyone like to make a donation for this team of great young individuals they can go to relayforlifemarthasvineyardma.com.
The Martha's Vineyard Cancer Support Group, Inc. is holding its annual fundraiser, "An Evening under the Stars," on May 17, 2012, from 6 to 9 pm at Lattanzi's Restaurant in Edgartown from 6 to 9 pm. Music will be provided by Mike Benjamin and there will be a wide selection of hot and cold hors d'oeuvres, appetizers, a raw bar, desserts, and soft drinks and wine and beer and a cash bar will be available to guests. All money that is raised stays here on the Island to help cancer patients and their families who need temporary and emergency help during a difficult time. Last year they were able to give out $49,000 to Island cancer patients.
Alicia Nicholson, a staff member of Daybreak Clubhouse, which is affiliated with Martha's Vineyard Community Services, announces that there will be a Dine to Donate fundraiser at Sharky's' on Tuesday, May 8. A percentage of all food sales all day long at both Sharky's locations will be donated to this organization when your VIP card is used. Beginning at 5 pm, we will also have a raffle table going on at the Edgartown Sharky's where you will find many exciting items
On May 15, from 11 am tp 9 pm, both Sharky's locations will host a special Dine to Donate event for the Red Cross. A percentage of food sales will benefit the Martha's Vineyard Zone of the American Red Cross, Cape Cod and Islands Chapter when you use your VIP card.
The MV Center for Living will host its final Cultural Luncheon for this year's series on Saturday, May 19, from 12 to 2 pm at The Grill on Main in Edgartown. The theme for this month's luncheon is The Legacy of Farming and its Influence on our Way of Life.
Tom Dresser's new book, "Disaster Off Martha's Vineyard," which recounts the harrowing tale of the shipwreck of the steamship City of Columbus off Gay Head on a frigid January night in 1884, is available in several local venues. The only survivors were rescued by Wampanoag Native Americans who braved frigid conditions to save a few souls. Tom will present talks in the upcoming weeks including, the Oak Bluffs Library at 6:30 pm on Thursday, May 17; and the Oak Bluffs Senior Center at 10 am on Friday, May 18.
Staff Appreciation Week at the Oak Bluffs School is the week of May 21 through 25. There is a very large mailbox in the lobby so that children may write a letter or draw a picture for their teachers and staff at the school. This is a nice time of year to show them how much they are appreciated for all that they do. The last PTO meeting of the year is Thursday, May 17, at 7 pm, which is a later time than usual. The Youth Task Force will be the guest presenters.
Stamp Out Hunger, the nation's largest single day food drive, is on May 12. Just set out a bag of non-perishable foods near your mailbox and your letter carrier will pick it up to donate to a food bank.
This Mother's Day weekend come celebrate with your mom or other guest at the annual May Musical Tea held at the Parish Hall of the First Baptist Church on Spring Street in Vineyard Haven on Saturday, May 12, from 2 to 4 pm. Martha Child and Friends will fill the hall with music and tea, and sandwiches and cake will be served. Karen and Skip Finley's 41st wedding anniversary was Sunday, May 6. Congratulations.
We send birthday smiles to Olympia Hall on May 11 and Preston Michael Averill's Grammy and Grampy send special birthday smiles to him on that day. On May 12, Marion Cardoza celebrates and smiles and Olivia Lew the next day, followed by Steve Garvin on the 14th and smiles to Lester White on May 15. Let's give a collective birthday smile for those residents in Woodside Village who celebrate this month: Brenda Macdonald, Anna Duarte, Lorraine Huffman, Eileen McLaughlin, Barbara Ward, Norman Gardner, Doris Gaffney, Leonora Devaney, and Bill Toomey.
Enjoy your week.