Here we are, the last week of July, and I’ve actually made it to the beach a few times, hit up all my favorite spots as well as some new ones, and managed to get quality time in with most of the people I don’t end up seeing again until fall. And the grocery store has been surprisingly un-nightmarish. When I mentioned that last one to my husband, he shushed me, lest I jinx us. My response was, August is August, expect the worst — we’ve had a good run so far!

I have to say, it has been exciting to see evidence of gardening successes this year, as I did not take the time to plant anything myself. Joanne Cassidy posted some pictures online of a bowl of perfect straight green beans, while the Walpoles have more new potatoes than they know what to do with. I’m sure Randy will figure something out.

There were birthdays up and down Norton Point this past weekend, where friends and family and K9 companions feted Ryan Murtha who turns the big 4-0 today, July 25, at one end of the beach, while another group celebrated Natasha Snowden’s July 21st birthday a little ways down.

Seniors: Join the Anchors for a fun day exploring Provincetown, Wednesday, September 4, leaving on the 8:15 am boat and returning on the 7:30 pm. Everything is in walking distance or you may want to see the town and take a pedicab. Check out P-town’s unique shops, galleries, and one-of-a-kind artist creations, good eateries, beautiful beaches, and cute little cottages, or relax on a bench in front of the town hall and people watch. Call 508-627-4368 by Friday, August 16, to sign up.

Also upcoming at the Anchors, join Johanna Wooden for a presentation entitled “Living on the Border: South Korea and Beyond,” Wednesday, August 28, at 5 pm. Teacher, world traveler, nature lover, sunrise addict, yoga enthusiast, international foodie, and a true nomad at heart, Johanna just returned from Asia where she lived and taught in a small South Korean army town on the border of North Korea for two years. She then went on a six-month backpacking trip throughout Southeast Asia, touring seven countries and traveling over 15,000 km (12,000 just by land). Call 508-627-4368 to reserve your space to hear her inspiring stories.

The All Island Art Show Committee has issued a Call to Artists for this year’s show on Monday, August 5, at the Tabernacle in Oak Bluffs. This show has been running annually for four decades, giving a wonderful opportunity for both amateur and professional artists to show and potentially sell their art. Several prizes are also given. The only requirement is that the artist have an Island address, whether year-round or seasonal. Complete information including the 2013 registration form may be found on the Martha’s Vineyard Camp Meeting Association website at www.mvcma.org.

The Harbor View is looking for contributions for a commemorative book on their history, which dates back to 1891 following the height of the whaling era. With its Quasquicentennial (125th) anniversary on the horizon, investors in the hotel’s Captain’s Cottage Suites are calling on friends, guests, and residents to help develop a commemorative book focused on Harbor View’s rich legacy. Published by Vineyard Stories, the project is led by editor Jan Pogue, who has brought us “To the Harbor Light” and “Morning Glory Farm and the Family that Feeds an Island.” The coffee table book is being written by Edgartown resident and research librarian Nis Kildegaard. A former news editor for the Vineyard Gazette, Kildegaard now serves as a writer and columnist for several Martha’s Vineyard organizations. Photos by Alison Shaw complement collected historical images. Harbor View welcomes the anecdotes of all those who wish to contribute their thoughts and stories. Experiences and photos may be shared via e-mail to memories@harbor-view.com. Please see harbor-view.com/memories for more information.

Birthday wishes go out this week to Ken Magnuson, Hana Moriarty, and Ryan Murtha (Wharf folks: warm up that paddle!), who celebrate July 25; to Jamie Ann Greene, July 26; to Adam and Alex Elias, July 27; to Vera Dello Russo and Andy Smith, July 28; and to Lauren Major, July 29. Hope you all have fun.