I’m still processing the goings-on in Boston over the Marathon week, from the moment the bombs went off on Boylston, a place I recognize to be my second home — the very street on which my husband walked me home following our first date. It’s way too much to sort through for my little square of newsprint, but I just wanted to lead off this week with an enormous thank you to those in law enforcement who risk their lives to keep us safe. Thank you to the members of the MV Tactical Response Team, including Edgartown’s own James Craig and Nicholas Phelps for rushing up to aid our friends.

I met a charming group of ladies from up north last week. Cheryl Andres, Penny Kwasny, Diane Shanks, Shannon Spenceley, and Janet Lapins were visiting from Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. The women have been friends for years and try to take a trip together annually. This time, they celebrated Cheryl’s and Penny’s birthdays. Great choice of locale, ladies!

Max Sherman continues his crusade to get us all off our butts and in shape, this time by hosting the Wellth 365 Festival at Dreamland Saturday, May 4, from 9 am to 1 pm. The event will include fitness classes, massages, live music, and more. For info, call 774-930-4379.

Celebrate spring Saturday, May 4, from 9 am to noon, at Mytoi Garden on Chappaquiddick. Spend a spring morning with The Trustees of Reservations caring for the Island’s only public Japanese-style garden. Bring your own work gloves, rakes, and shovels. For more info, call 508-693-7662.

It’s a Heavy Nettle party: Join Slow Food MV and Felix Neck Sunday, May 5, from 10 am to 2 pm for a day of celebrating nettles and other wild foods. Learn how to identify spring wild foods and how to create your own nettle patch. Featuring a talk by herbalist Holly Bellebuono, cooking demos by local chefs, a wild food potluck, and prizes for the “wild food challenge.” Weather Permitting. For schedule, additional information, or tickets to attend the cooking demos, visit slowfoodmarthasvineyard.org.

Sharky’s will host a “Dine to Donate” event on Tuesday, May 7, to benefit the Martha’s Vineyard Center for Living. There will be a raffle and silent auction at the Edgartown site. Head over to support the M.V. Center for Living programs: Supportive Day Program, Medical Taxi, your local Emergency Food Program, and more. For more info, contact Ginger Duarte at 508-693-6570.

Does being a sleuth intrigue you? Do you need a reason to walk the beach before the high season? Have you ever experienced the beauty of the beach late at night? Then go check out Horseshoe Crab Survey Training 
at Felix Neck, Saturday, May 4, from 9 to 11 am. This very important project needs dozens of volunteers to look for spawning crabs or evidence that they were there nesting the previous night. If you have yet to participate in a beach survey, please consider joining in this year. Surveys are conducted on days surrounding the New and Full Moons of May and June. Training will include time indoors and walking on the beach at the swash line. Please dress for the weather and wear water-resistant boots or shoes. For further info, call 508-627-4850.

Birthday wishes go out this week to Matt Boyle, who celebrates May 2; to Leah D’Amato and my grammy, Floss Morgan, who celebrate May 8. Also, to Kara Shemeth Dekkers, May the Fourth be with you on your May 4th birthday, and to that other guy who likes Kirk more than Piccard, I hope Stardate 90943.04 treats you well.