Welcome, welcome fall. Here's hoping for calmer days and cooler weather. Would we all look forward to these fall days with such great anticipation if our summers were not so hectic, crowded, and busy? Last weekend was busy for the Island, especially Oak Bluffs. How fortunate that our town was not in the area of the tremendous rain downpour that covered Tisbury and Edgartown around noon, so Tivoli day was able to go off as planed.
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On October 6 (rain date Monday October 8) the Animal Shelter of Martha's Vineyard is having its Walk For The Animals to raise money for the Shelter. Participants with and without animals are asked to get pledges for walking. The walk will begin and end at the Oak Bluffs School entrance to Trade Winds Park. The walk will take place from 10 am to 2 pm. Participants can start at any time; it's not a race nor does everyone have to do it at the same time. Registration forms can be obtained at the Shelter, Veterinary Clinics, and Good Dog Goods. You will also be able to register at the Shelter on Friday, October 5, from 2 to 4 pm and at the Oak Bluffs School on the day of the walk, from 9 am to 1:30 pm. All the animals that walk in the event will receive a bandana with the Shelter's logo.
The Living Local 2012 Harvest Fest takes place September 28 and 29 at the Ag Hall. This will be a free fun day for all ages. Fresh local food, live music, interactive educational demos and events, classic Harvest Festival games and activities, live animals, a good old Community Potluck and more! You may promote your business, nonprofit, farm and Islandmade/grown products.
Hospice of Martha's Vineyard celebrates its 31st Anniversary with their 2nd Annual Golf Classic at Mink Meadows on September 23. CBS News correspondent Morton Dean will again be one of the hosts. Shot Gun Start at 8 am. The $100 entry fee is partially tax deductible. Make your own foursome or they will pair you up. You can sign up online or by calling Hospice of Martha's Vineyard at 508-693-0189. There will be a continental breakfast and catered lunch with a chance to win Celtics tickets or box seats to a Saratoga Springs race. This tournament helps defray Hospice operating costs. Any questions, email Bud Lamoreaux at email@example.com or sign up at Hospice of MV
Challenging fellow donors to act by a deadline of October 1, a generous family of enthusiastic West Tisbury Library supporters has offered to match every donation given to the West Tisbury Library Foundation, Inc. up to the amount of $35,000.
The challenge comes just weeks before ground is due to be broken on a long-planned project to renovate and expand the West Tisbury Free Public Library. The Foundation is seeking an additional $325,000 to fund three enhancements of major environmental and aesthetic value. Donations may be sent through the Foundation's website, wtlibraryfoundation.org, or by mail to P.O. Box 1238, West Tisbury, MA 02575. Further information is available from Hunter Moorman at 202-309-4896.
The Oak Bluffs School is already humming with many activities The Homework Club for 6th through 8th graders runs Mondays through Thursdays from 2:45-3:45 pm. Children will be free to leave homework club prior to the dismissal time. Parents are asked to make arrangements for prompt pickup and to instruct their children to stay in Homework Club until that time with the understanding that they will not be allowed to stay in the building upon leaving Homework Club. Any child who is unsupervised will not be authorized to stay in the building.
The After-School Library Program has already begun. It runs Monday through Thursday from 2:45 to 3:45 pm. This is a slight change from last year, so please take note of the time. This service is available for 3rd through 5th graders. All children must pre-register (forms are available in the office and library). These children can be dismissed only with your permission. Important school date to remember is September 27 for Grades K-4 Back to School Night. Classroom Visits are from 5:45 to 6:45 pm in various homerooms. The pasta supper to benefit the 8th Grade Class runs from 4:45 to 6:45 pm.
Together with Meadow Farms Elementary, the Oak Bluffs School PTO is pleased to announce this year's Fundraiser. Visit meadowfarms.com. The sale runs through September 24, 2012. Payment is due when you place your order. No sales tax. Please make checks payable to the Oak Bluffs School.
International Walk To School Day is on October 3, and the school nurse asks that every one please return that very important emergency blue card which has your emergency information on it. If she doesn't have your numbers, it just take more steps and time to locate parents in an emergency situation.
We send birthday smiles to Natasha Huffam and Vani Peroni who celebrated on the 17th, Ronnie Klein on the 19th, followed by Corey and Amber Medeiros the next day, Ruth Metell and Ruth Van Brakle on the 21st, Ken Davey and Annabelle Metell on the 24th, Dustin Shaw on the 25th, and Susie Wallo on the 26th.
Happy Birthday to those I might have missed and get well wishes to those who need a healing smile.
Enjoy your week.