Oak Bluffs

I think everyone welcomed the rain as even our skin was beginning to turn yellow from all the pollen. Sunday was the worst day for me because for some reason when I let my yellow lab, Molly, out of the car and told her to get up on the porch, she looked at me, looked at the woods, looked back at me, and decided to go for a walk-about. I rode through parts of Oak Bluffs side roads I had never seen before and of course had to have the car window down so I could call her name and so was inundated with pollen. After choking on pollen for almost a half hour I got a call saying she was back on the front porch. At that point you are torn between fury and great relief. We did have a good heart to heart when I got home; I explained we were both to old for such adventures.

The MV Center for Living is planning a major benefit on Tuesday, June 18, at the ArtCliff Diner. There are two seatings, at 5:00 and 7:30 pm, and tickets are $50 per person. Reservations are required. The event will feature a raw bar, delicious tapas (snacks, canapés, or finger food that originated in Spain) created from locally grown food by super chefs Gena Stanley and Teddy Diggs, plus beer, wine, and soft drinks. Gena, the owner of the popular eatery on Beach Road in Vineyard Haven, was formerly the pastry chef at Blair House during the Clinton administration. This is the Center for Living’s most important fundraising event for the summer, and your participation is vital to the success of their ongoing programs, which are the Supportive Day Program (senior social daycare program); the medical taxi program which provides free transportation for off-Island medical appointments for seniors; publication of the 55 Plus supplement in the M.V. Times; the monthly luncheon program with the MVRHS Culinary Arts Department; administration of FEMA funds (a supplement to the fuel assistance program); and the administration of the Emergency Food Pantry Program which distributes over 50,000 pounds of food yearly to an average of 175 Vineyard households. Call MVC4L Director Leslie Clapp for reservations at 508-939-9440.

ACE MV is holding ServSafe Food Sanitation Training with Alice Robinson at MVRHS on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, June 11, 12, 18, 19, and 26, from 5 to 8 pm. There are four classes (with exam) from . hen on Wednesday, 6/12 The Food Safety Sanitation Mini-Course which is one class only is from 5 to 8 pm with Alice Robinson at MVRHS. For info and registration go to www.acemv.org or lynn@acemv.org or 774-310-1131.

The West Tisbury Library program “Mother Goose on the Loose” continues at the following spaces while they are in their temporary space. Nelia and Amy will be reading to children age 0-3 at Martha’s Vineyard Community Services on Tuesdays at 10:30 am until further notice; Oak Bluffs Library, Thursdays, June 13 and 27, at 10:30 am; Vineyard Haven Library, Thursdays, June 6 and 20, at 10:30 am.

Join the M.V. Democrats on Saturday, June 8, at Howes House, West Tisbury, 9–10:30 am, to kick off Island participation in the Ed Markey campaign for the June 25 election for the U.S. Senate. Pick up campaign literature. Get absentee ballot information. Volunteer for phone banks and canvassing. Contact info@mvdems.org for more information.

Clothes To Go’s summer hours will be Wednesdays, 2–4 pm, and Saturdays, 9–11 am, at the United Methodist Church of Martha’s Vineyard in Vineyard Haven.

Join the First Baptist Church of Vineyard Haven for Youth Worship Sunday, on June 9 at 11 am for creation stories. Part of every culture and religious tradition, these stories will be told through the creative storytelling and puppetry by Felted Hats Puppet Theater. Come learn, celebrate, and enjoy! Bring your children, grandchildren or a friend! For all ages! Refreshments in the parish house following worship. If you would like more information, call 508-693-1539.

On Thursday, June 6, from 5 pm to closing time you can Dine to Donate at Flatbread to support MV Youth Soccer. There will be silent and basket auctions galore.

Joanne & Jeff Lambert would like to announce the birth of their first grandchild, Elijah Diego Feliciano Cheney. Born May 25 to J.J. Cheney and Natalie Feliciano in Greenfield. J.J. grew up in Oak Bluffs, mostly at Anderson Bike Rentals. where he worked through high school and college. Elijah can’t wait to visit the Island this summer and meet Uncle Bill Anderson and the gang!

The Oak Bluffs Library invites everyone to meet Zoe, the new children’s librarian on June 14 at 3 pm. Kids, parents, and community members are invited. Join them for refreshments and a craft for the kids.

Thursday, June 13, is the last day for homework club at the Oak Bluffs School. Starting June 14, please arrange to have your student picked up at 2:40. Reminder for 8th grade students and parents that all 8th graders must be signed off on their school obligation list in order to participate in graduation.

We send birthday smiles to Rory Moreis on June 7 followed by Bob Murphy on the 8th, and Ernestine Kinnecom and Katherine Colon the 9th. Suzanne Walker, Lisa Williston and Donald BenDavid share June 10, and Hilde Combra celebrates on the 11th. Happy anniversary wishes to Will and Sue deBettencouert on June 10.Enjoy your week.Peace.