Oak Bluffs

What a combination of weather we have had lately. The rains came and came and came and yet this Monday while writing this column it is so tempting to go outside and enjoy the sun and dry air. Now is the time also for cleaning up flower beds, pulling up the crabgrass, ugh, and bring out the pumpkins and chysthanomums.

Want an easy, delicious supper tonight? The P-A Club is putting on another one of their fabulous fish fry dinners. You may eat there or take it out. Either way, you can sit back and enjoy.

The Mary Maloy Walker celebration held September 20, 2012 was a huge success. Mary’s family and friends gathered for an afternoon of stories and laughter, marking the fifth anniversary of Mary’s passing after a courageous battle with breast cancer. Mary’s family raised over $3,000 dollars for the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital in Mary’s name, and they extend their deepest gratitude for the donations made, prayers offered, kind words, and Mary stories.

The Martha’s Vineyard Women’s Network invites members and non-members to a social at Atria’s outdoor tent in Edgartown on Thursday, October 5, from 5 to 6:30 pm. This is a chance to reconnect and kick off the fall season of MVWN. Bring your business cards and bring a friend, too. This is a free event.

The League of Women Voters of Martha’s Vineyard will be out during the weekends of October 6/7 and 13/14 to register voters before the October 17 deadline for the November elections. The location in Oak Bluffs will be Healey’s Square near the post office on Saturday and Sunday, from 10 am to 2 pm. You may also register there and at Cronig’s on Saturday, October 13. There will also be voter registration at the cafeteria of the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital on Wednesday, October 10 from 11 am to 1 pm and at the cafeteria of the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School on Thursday, October 11 from 11 am to 12:30 pm. The last day to register to vote in this election is Wednesday, October 17, 2012. Persons who need to register or re-register are first-time voters and those who have had a name/residence change.

The M.V. Museum has joined Arts Martha’s Vineyard to celebrate the Fall for the Arts Festival. Throughout the month of October, various Museum properties will be open for Island artists to participate in a series of plein air painting sessions. In addition to paintings, the Museum is encouraging the creation of poetry, photography, and music inspired by the beautiful views. The first plein air sessions will take place at the Gay Head Lighthouse from 12 noon until 5 pm Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, October 6, 7, and 8.

In keeping with celebrating World Communion Sunday on October 7, Pastors Rich Rego (United Methodist Church of Martha’s Vineyard) and Carlos Araujo (The Assembly of God Fire and Power) are having joint Communion Services for their congregants and friends. You are welcome to join them at 10 am at the Trinity United Methodist Worship Center or at 7 pm at 445 State Road (Woodland Market) in Vineyard Haven.

Pastor Carlos will be guest preacher at Trinity (translation provided), and Pastor Rich will be preaching in the evening (translation provided). At each service, Communion will be offered. Please call 508-693-4424 with any questions.

The Watoto Children’s Choir from Africa will perform at Union Chapel in Oak Bluffs on October 6 in a concert that is free and open to the public. The choir serves as ambassadors for orphans and vulnerable children in Africa. This is the start of their six-month tour in the Eastern U.S. and Brazil. The performance will be on September 26. It will be held at 55 Narragansett Ave. and hosted by Vineyard Assembly of God. Each of the children in the choir has suffered the loss of one or both parents. They live in Watoto Children’s Villages where they receive the care and nurturing they need to grow up as productive citizens of their country.The 100K and 50K Options Cycle Martha’s Vineyard on Sunday, October 14, is a recreational ride around our scenic island. The 100K route circuits the Island traveling along the Atlantic Ocean, Nantucket Sound, rolling farmland and state forest. The 50K route also offers breathtaking views of Nantucket Sound and the Atlantic Ocean. All roads are paved. For details and registration, visit cyclemarthasvineyard.org or contact us at cyclemarthasvineyard@gmail.com. Proceeds raised benefit Windemere Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. This event is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Martha’s Vineyard.

The M.V. Center for Living will hold its first in a series of fall and winter cultural luncheons on Saturday, October 20, from 12 Noon to 2 pm at The Grill on Main in Edgartown. The coming 2012/13 series of luncheons will focus on the arts and cultural community of the Vineyard since 1973. The theme for the series ties in with Arts Martha’s Vineyard, a collaboration of members of the Vineyard’s arts, culture and business communities, to promote and support the arts on the Vineyard during the month of October.

The Martha’s Vineyard Chamber of Commerce is a lead organizer for the month of activities which is co-sponsored by the MV Times. The featured speaker for the Oct. 20 luncheon is David R. White, executive and artistic director of The Yard.

We send birthdays smiles to Tony White on the 5th, Robert Moreis the next day, Donna Joyce on the 7th, Ann Knight and SPC Daniel Blake on the 8th, Todd Rebello and Mabel McCarthy on the 9th , Anita Billings, Maximus Metell and my grandson Benjamin Alley on the 10th. Happy birthday to those I might have missed and get well wishes to those who need a healing smile.Enjoy your week.Peace.