Vacation week. Town is lacking many familiar faces but welcoming a collection of summer friends visiting for a preview of what’s to come. I don’t have a heck of a lot of news so, “News & Announcements” it is.

Cinema Circus needs three people to be the Cinema Circus elephant this summer at the Chilmark Community Center. The MVFF gang is looking for a team of three — two to don the elephant costume and one to help lead this gentle giant. Email for more information. Just an aside, Thomas Bena will be in the lion suit and he assures any perspective volunteer that it’s a heck of a good time.

Save that date: The 31st Women’s Symposium THE POWER OF WORDS will be held at the Chilmark Community Center on Saturday, April 27, from 9 am to 12 noon. There will be speakers, small groups and refreshments. The event is free, but donations are welcome to help cover expenses.

For further information, please call Bonnie George at 508-645-3214.

The Chilmark Preschool is kicking off its 2013 restaurant raffle. They started the raffle last year when we were forced to cancel our main fundraiser, the Spring Fling, due to scheduling conflicts. This year, their goal is to raise $6,000 towards CPS’s enrichment and professional development funds. Fabulous programs including Becky Barca-Tinus’s violin lessons, Phyllis Vecchia’s drama visits, an upcoming film workshop through the MVFF, and many others are possible because of our fundraising. Suffice it to say, this money goes a long way, enabling the preschool to offer a truly first-class education to our children, while charging one of the lowest tuitions on the island. Six great restaurants/cafés have generously donated meals for two for their raffle: 7a, ArtCliff Diner, Chilmark Tavern, Beach Plum Inn, Sweet Life Café, and Atria. The Preschool families are extremely grateful to all six establishments who are making this fundraiser possible. Tickets for the August 1 drawing can be purchased through any preschool family and at several different times at the down-Island Cronig’s.

Saturday, April 20, marks Vineyard Conservation Society’s 21st annual Earth Day Beach Clean Up from 10 am to 12 noon. Virtually every beach will be manned by VCS staff members ready to supply you with all the tools you might need to get the job done. Additionally, any of you high schoolers looking for a community service project, this counts. So, find yourself at Menemsha, Squibnocket, or Lucy Vincent during that time period and get cleaning. There will be an after party at the Harbor View Hotel in Edgartown from 12 noon to 2 pm. There will be food, tee-shirts, raffles, and more.

In other exciting news, ask Tim Walsh of f/v Helen L about his new green stick. Don’t know what a green stick is? Here’s a clue, it was flown in from Hawaii. I will leave you with that — a mini research project. Until next time.

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