You can drop in at the Vineyard Haven Library and ask for help with CLAMS library eBooks and downloadable audiobooks. Just ask to see a demonstration of the library Overdrive service and eReader devices including Nook, Sony Reader, and Kindle. That happens from ten to noon on Saturday morning.
Saturday afternoon from 1 to 3 you can find your beach reads at the monthly Mini Book Sale at the library. Proceeds benefit children's programs. I like to keep a book or two in the car for reading on the ferry or waiting for doctor's appointments.
More Oscar winners will be at our library this week. 'Les Miserables' will be shown at 2 on Sunday afternoon. This is the story of ex-prisoner Jean Valjean, hunted for decades by the policeman Javert in 19th-century France. When Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine's young daughter Cosette, their lives change forever. Rated PG-13.
Then Daniel Craig stars as James Bond with Judi Dench as M on Tuesday evening at 7 pm. In "Skyfall," Bond's loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. When MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost. Enjoy some big surprises and new faces in this one. Rated PG-13.
On Wednesday evening at 7 pm the Vineyard Haven Library will host a slide lecture about Horseshoe Crabs: A Story of Beach Trysts and Blue Bloods. The horseshoe crab is often misunderstood by most of us and is in high demand by the bait and biomedical industries. These ancient marine residents of Martha's Vineyard have important roles in both the natural world and modern medicine. The program will be presented by Susie Bowman of Felix Neck as well as the Coordinator of the Island's Spawning Horseshoe Crab Surveys, and Fred Hotchkiss, Director of the Marine Paleobiological Research Institute.
Snacks can be healthy. Kids age 5 and up can make their own delicious but healthy snacks at the Vineyard Haven Library. Meet with Prudence Levy at 3:30 pm next Thursday. Children's activities are free. For more, ask Children's Librarian Felicia Cheney.
Are you ready for spring? Susie Bowman will share Nature's Unfolding Magic on Monday morning at 10:30. Learn about the signs of spring in Vineyard plants and animals, from buds bursting to birds nesting. Susie works at the Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary and will show slides at the Tisbury Senior Center. You should arrive early for coffee and tea bread.
More spring! A week from tomorrow at 1 pm, Vintage Voices return with Oldies, Show Tunes, Older Oldies, and Songs That Name Names. You know, such as Maria, Sweet Caroline, Bill, and Danny Boy. There will be three arrangements by Dorian Lopes and an original work by Jim Norton and Phil Dietterich. You will hear a newly discovered treasure from the 1920s called " No Sin to Take Off Your Skin and Dance Around in Your Bones."
Welcome spring with sweet, sentimental, and silly songs. Singers include Sofia Anthony, Nancy Blank, Martha Child, Betsy Gately, Beth Kehoe, Dorian Lopes, Carol Loud, Tim Miller, Mary Jean Miner, Jeanne Marie Moore, Jim Norton, Sonja Norton, Lorraine St.Pierre, and Bill Smith, under the direction of Phil Dietterich.
It's a busy day at the Tisbury Senior Center a week from Friday: If you didn't go to town meeting, you still need to meet the new Town Administrator, John Grande. Join your friends and neighbors at the Tisbury Senior Center to welcome our new official on the 26th at 4 pm. The Friends of the Tisbury Council on Aging are sponsoring the party with virgin cocktails, appetizers, and clam chowder from the M.V. Chowder Co. All are welcome. RSVP 508-696-4205 weekdays. All ages are welcome to events at the senior center.
You are invited to the opening reception for the Lucy Vincent Art Show this Sunday afternoon from 4 to 6 at Featherstone. The show continues through May 8 from noon to 4 pm each day. David Welch also offers classes in photography and digital photo printing this spring.
Many of you will remember Evelyn Thomas. She was a longtime Vineyarder who died last December at age 95 in Port Charlotte, Florida. Evelyn's daughters and grandchildren will hold a short memorial service for her next week at Oak Grove Cemetery where she will rest next to her husband Myron C. Thomas. Those of you who knew her, and cherished her, are welcome to attend at 11 am on Saturday, April 27.
Are you concerned about the health dangers of genetically modified food? Learn more at a joint fundraiser for Slow Food Martha's Vineyard and the M.V. Film Center at 4 pm on Sunday, April 28. See the movie "Genetic Roulette" followed by a discussion led by Jan Buhrman and Sue Hruby from Slow Food MV. This movie clearly explains the situation and the options that are available to us. Slow Food MV proposes making Martha's Vineyard food production GMO–free. Cost is $7 for members and $10 for non-members.
Heard on Main Street: When everything is coming your way, you're in the wrong lane.