Today’s date is 10/11/12. This must be auspicious somehow, so with only a few days left of the Derby, grab your pole and get out there. Or buy a scratch ticket or something.

Congratulations go out to Brian Ditchfield and Brooke Hardman who welcomed their first child last week. Daughter Isla made her debut on October 4. I’m sure we’ll see her name in lights before long.

Happy anniversary to Tony and Erika Bettencourt who celebrated October 7. Glad the Pats could pull off a win to make it a good one. Here’s to many more.

The Library continues to fill up the calendar with fun programs, offering a “Young at ART” series, Friday, October 12, which will provide a look at the ancient art of mosaics. This FREE “Drop-In” Activity is from 1 to 4 pm. The activity will have participants creating their own cut paper mosaic designs. Check edgartownlibrary.org for more upcoming events.

Get out your go-go boots and your tie-dyed bandana and get down to the Charter School Rock Auction on Saturday, Oct. 13, at Flatbread from 6 to 11 pm. Over 100 groovy silent and live auction items up for bid, including a trip to NYC, raised garden beds built to order, a week in St. John, and a treehouse built in your yard. All this and a wild and fab ’60s Dance Party.

Time to start thinking about Christmas shopping and what better way than joining the Anchors on a bus trip to the Boston Christmas Festival on Friday, November 2, at Seaport World Trade Center. Shop from over 300 of America’s craft artists. The group will leave on the 9:30 am boat and return on the 7:30. Sign up by Monday, October 22. For more info or to reserve your space, call 508-627-4368.

The MV 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. 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, co-sponsored by the MV Times.

The featured speaker for the October 20 luncheon is David R. White, Executive and Artistic Director of The Yard, a contemporary artist residency, dance and performance center in Chilmark. For reservations, call MVC4L Director Leslie Clapp at 508-939-9440.

The 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 artist sessions. Plein air is a French expression that translates to “open air” and is often used to describe the act of painting outdoors. In addition to paintings, the Museum is encouraging the creation of poetry, photography, and music inspired by the beautiful views. Artists are invited to display their finished works for a few weeks in the Museum’s Spotlight Gallery exhibition in January 2013. They are encouraged to RSVP and register with the Museum in advance, so they can be promoted to the community. Visit mvmuseum.org for times and locations.

Watch out Wharf: Kraig Mundt celebrates his birthday October 11. Sound the alarms: Chris Dolby hits the big 4-0 on October 12. That amount of candles should be criminal. Warn the fishies: Dan Deslauriers celebrates October 13. Hope you all have a good time.

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