This afternoon kids 5 and up will delight in Gus Ben David and his live creatures from his World of Reptiles and Birds. He’ll be at the Vineyard Haven Library at 3:30 for this hands-on learning event. Kids might get dirty. Tuesday morning the little ones will enjoy musical story time with Joyce Maxner.
Next Thursday at 3:30 pm the library invites kids 5 and up to enjoy the Cape Cod African Dance and Drum. They promise drums and dancing for everyone. Put that on your calendar.
Marcy Bettencourt reminds you that the Island Autism Group hosts the Annual Summer Fundraiser at the Dr. Daniel Fisher House, today, from 3 to 5 pm. This features afternoon tea and beverages, at no cost. Silent raffles of donations from local shops with the goal to raise awareness and some funds for the Group.
This evening Marian Halperin introduces her new book “The Smiths of Pohoganut” at 5:30 pm at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum. The book features the diaries of Hannah and Rebecca Smith transcribed by Halperin in 2011. The diaries, from the Museum archives, were written by two young sisters during the War of 1812.
The Vineyard Haven Band Concert is Sunday night at 8 pm in Owen Park. Bring your picnic and enjoy a musical evening with your neighbors.
Tuesday at 7 pm at the library hear about the new Rwanda with Grace Burton-Sundman, a 2006 graduate of MVRHS. Since 1994 that country has been making remarkable progress in health, education, and literacy. Last year Grace moved to Kigali, Rwanda, armed only with curiosity, a few people to contact, and a desire to do something useful. Back home for a brief vacation, Grace will share some of her impressions from six months in a new land. And the most important thing she has learned — to listen.
Also Tuesday evening at 7:30 you can see the historic documentary “This Is Our Island,” produced by Katharine Cornell and Nancy Hamilton in 1970. Created for the 300th anniversary of Tisbury, the film has historic video of the Island last shown in August 1980. Presented by the Martha’s Vineyard Museum and the MV Film Society, this will be at the new MV Film Center. $15 ($12 Museum members).
Footage from the film includes five-masted schooners cutting across Nantucket Sound, a lightkeeper giving tours at the Gay Head Lighthouse, a hospital fair, families skating on the then fresh water Lake Tashmoo, and more.
Sue Costello invites high school kids to join the high school cheerleading program. Sue (508-627-9568) coaches with Channon Capra (508-696-3787). The junior high program is led by Kari Scott (678-978-1234). The cheerleading programs include cheering, dance, choreography, stunting, and tumbling skills. All students in grades 6 through 12 are welcome. Parents and kids should go to Coaches Night on Wednesday at 6 pm in the high school gym. The first high school game is at home on September 7 with the first junior high game later in the month. Go VINEYARD!
Martha’s Vineyard Book Festival events are free. Saturday from 11 to 5 at the Harbor View Hotel in Edgartown and Sunday 10:30 to 5 at the Chilmark Community Center with many speakers, panels, and authors, as well as books for sale.
You can buy tickets for the M.V. Chamber Music concert next week at the door ($35 for adults) or call 508-696-8055. Discounts are available for Our Island Club and students are free. The evening performances are at 8 pm, Monday at the Whaling Church and Tuesday at the Chilmark Community Center.
The Mansion House health club offers CPR on August 13 and 20 at 6:45 pm. Spend an hour and learn how to save a life. Jennifer Fragosa leads the classes. Hands-Only CPR uses fast chest compressions to keep blood flowing to the brain and through the body after a heart attack until help arrives. The class is held on the second and third Tuesday of each month at 6:45 pm and is free for health club members and included with $18 visit passes.
Did you know that Jane Austen will be on the ten pound note, says the Bank of England. But don’t rush out to get one. It will be at least 2017 before these new notes are available.
Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out tomorrow to Ellen Miller. Saturday belongs to Nancy Gardella and Thomas H. Colligan. Wish the very best on Sunday to Donald Mitchell. Happy birthday wishes on Tuesday go to Mary Goss, Jesse James Little, and Dr. Peter Laursen. John Edmond Coogan parties on Wednesday.
Heard on Main Street: If it honks, it is either a goose or a summer visitor.