Oak Bluffs

Here it is another Monday morning, and as I am writing this week’s column, once again freezing temperatures and snow are predicted for this evening and tomorrow. My Old Farmer’s Almanac appointment book has many tidbits of information on each calendar page, and as I was reading it this morning, one page said if you see a wren in winter it means you will have snow. I have seen many already flying around my feeders and shrubs. I guess I will have to stop feeding those birds. So my most important New Year’s resolution this year is to get through the winter without falling.

Come and get the new year off to a great start by participating in the Power Hour at the Mansion House Health Club. It is held Wednesdays at 5:30 pm. Walk-in rate is just $12. For more information visit www.mvmansionhouse.com or call 508-693-2200.

Then on Valentine’s Day, Zephrus Restaurant is serving up romance for Valentine’s Day with a Special Chef’s Tasting Menu and A la cart Menu. For more info you may Email Brien@mvmansionhouse.com.

What better time to entertain at tea than on a cold winter day. Sunday last, Mary and Otis Rogers entertained their daughter Nancy Giordano, Lorraine and Richard Mavro, and Rose Cogliano and her sister Lisa Cogliano-Stack, who is from Winthrop, for tea and conversation. Reports indicate all those present had a great time.

Abigail Leighton has a group at the Boys & Girls club called Torch Club, who are junior high members and are doing a food drive for pet food. They are calling it the Pet Food Pantry. You can drop pet food off at the Boys & Girls club, the B&G club second-hand store in Edgartown, the Dukes County Animal Shelter, and the Edgartown School. If you are in need of pet food, you can pick it up at the club or contact Abby at 508 627-3303. They cannot take anything opened, outdated, or damaged. The pet food brand suggested to them was Blue Seal, but they will take any brand people want to donate. They will be running the drive from now until March 15th.

The P.T.O. Cake Walk for 2013 will be held on February 8, at the Oak Bluffs School Cafeteria. This year they are launching a new and improved Cake Walk. If you choose to participate or have any questions, to get info on the guidelines please call Teri Arias at 508-696-6097. If you would like to get more involved in the school, a good start would be by attending the January 30 PTO meeting at 7 pm in the Oak Bluffs School Library.

Our town library is making many changes but some of the programs are still familiar ones. The Scrabble Group meets every Saturday from 10 am until noon, as does the Chess group. From 10:30 to 11:15 am is story time. Designed for ages 1½; to 5, the two story times have now been combined into one. Contact the Children’s Department at 508-693-9433 as the theme changes weekly. Come have fun and develop early literacy skills with Sondra. There is reading, singing, dancing, and instrument playing.

We send birthday smiles to Joe Peters, Megan Klein, and BJ Bailey on January 24; Wayne Barrett and Julia Bettencourt on the 25th; Caroline Davey on the 27th; Michael Perry III on the 29th; and Otis Rogers on the 30th. Susan Garrett sends birthday smiles to her grandmother, Charleanne Corrigan, who will be 99 on January 27. Otis Rogers, who will be 90 years young on the 30th, and his grandson Michael Giordano celebrate their birthdays the same day.

Birthday smiles to those who I might have missed and get well wishes to those who might need a healing smile.Enjoy your week.Peace.