I’m so happy the weather is turning fine and the energy of the Island is shifting into get it done before the summer hits mode…, but I forgot a couple of things about spring here.

1. Poison Ivy. I have already made one trip to the doctor’s because my son’s eyes where swollen shut with it.

2. Ticks. I have picked off two deer ticks and one wood tick so far. Nightly tick checks have begun in our house and the Technu now lives in the shower for the rest of the season. But it is pretty great to see everything blossom and sprout, and there are baby lambs at the Allen Farm and the farm stands are opening so there is more local produce available.

Dr. Melanie Miller will be giving a three-part lecture followed by discussion with time for questions and comments, about ADHD. It starts this evening. In her lecture she’ll be covering the latest ADHD information. The series will be held at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School cafeteria on Thursday: May 2, 9, and 16 from 6 to 7 pm. You can RSVP to your school nurse if you wish to attend.

The deadline to register in order to be able to vote at the Special Town Meeting is Saturday, May 4. You may register at any time before that date in the Town Clerk’s office. There will be special Registration hours from 2–4 pm and 7–8 pm on May 4. The Special Town Meeting is scheduled for May 14 at 6:45 pm. It will be followed by the Annual Town Meeting at 7 pm. The Annual Town Election will be held Wednesday, May 15, between noon and 7 pm.

On Wednesday, June 5, there will be special registration hours from 2–4 pm and 7–8 pm for the Special Senatorial Election held on Tuesday, June 25, from 7 am to 8 pm. June 5 is the registration deadline to be able to vote in that election.

Deb Yennie Moore of Aquinnah is offering a Wisdom Healing (Zhineng) Qigong class at the Howes house every Monday, 4–5:30 pm. The first class is free and it is this Monday, May 6. Remaining classes, donate what you can. “Qigong” means a diligent practice of cultivating energy for optimal health. Effective for those of all ages, it is said to reduce stress, increase happiness, increase energy, and alleviate disease/physical ailments. For more information, call Deb at 508-274-4241.

The Aquinnah Shop will be opening on May 10, just in time for Mother’s Day. Jacob Vanderhoop will be returning as chef and the shop will be open for breakfast and lunch daily. While we are waiting for everything to open up here, Lambert’s Cove Inn is open for dinner and they are running a special now on Friday evenings.

On Saturday, May 11, the Aquinnah Library is hosting a Mother’s Day craft workshop from 10 am to 1 pm. Kids can come in and make a picture frame for their mom, and if they bring in a funny or cool hat (or if you have any hats you would like to lend to the library for the day feel free to do so) our lovely librarians will take a picture of them in it and it can go in the frame. From 1–3 pm there will be a proper tea for all mothers who wish to attend.

Jim and Kathy Newman will be a little bit closer to their daughter, Julie, and her two-year-old son, Quincy, when Julie moves to Boston this summer.

Congratulations to Ona Ignacio who is the new manager of Suka in Edgartown. Suka is the sister store of Pandora’s Box. It is not quite open for the season yet, but Ona has her hands full checking in beautiful merchandise and setting the store up.

Happy Birthday to Ella Mahoney whose birthday was yesterday! For her birthday she gets to decide which college to attend, yes Ella will be going to college in September. How did that happen? Birthday greetings also go out to Jim Whalen (today) and to Alex Taylor who will celebrate in grand style on Saturday.