The Martha’s Vineyard Boards of Health Tick Borne Illness Reduction Initiative invites all of us to a “tick talk.” A presentation with a questions and answers session with Dr. Sam Telford, an infectious disease expert and professor at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, will take place at the CCC on Friday August 23, 4–6 pm. At this point, most of us have been affected, be it firsthand or through someone we care about, so gaining some knowledge and having the opportunity to ask pertinent questions of an expert seems so sensible.

Just across the street at the Chilmark Bank, a reception from 4:30 to 6 pm will mark the opening of “Up-Island Landscapes,” an exhibition of oil paintings by landscape artist Linda Thompson. From August 23 to 29 the exhibition will hang. It features several paintings showing the dramatic changes to the cliff at Lucy Vincent Beach over the past two years. It also includes a range of up-Island landscapes showing land meeting water, including the North Shore, the Allen Sheep Farm, Aquinnah, and the Menemsha Harbor.

That same night, a panel discussion sponsored by Local Women Global Mission and The Africa Channel will take place at the Harbor View Hotel. The discussion will begin at 7 pm and will include: Robyn Nietert, Elrick Williams, Nancy Kramer, Tony Lombardi, Jason Lew, and Lorena Crespo. It will be followed by a short film “First Time Africa: Atiak” featuring the experiences in Uganda of our very own Hannah Kahl and Lila Fischer. A second showing of “First Time Africa: Atiak” will be held at 7 pm at the Katharine Cornell on Saturday August 23. It will be follwed by a Q&A will Hannah, Lila, and staff members of the Africa Channel. Also on Saturday, there will be a 4 pm showing at the Katharine Cornell Theater of “Africa United.” This film documents the extraordinary story of three Rwandan children who walked 3,000 miles to the Soccer World Cup in South Africa. This event will include African music and games which will be fun for all ages.

Harvard Law Professor Kenneth W. Mack talks about his new book, “The New Black: What Has Changed – and What Has Not – with Race in America,” on Thursday, August 22, at 5 pm at the Chilmark Library.

Local author Ali Berlow, founder of Island Grown Initiative and the editor of Edible Vineyard, speaks about her new book, “The Mobile Poultry Slaughterhouse,” at the Chilmark Library on Wednesday, August 28 at 5 pm.

Scott Darling, along with his bride and sons, have been visiting his parents Peter and Della at their home overlooking the south shore. I had a quick visit with them at the Texaco.

Danny Guimaraes has been in town visiting with the Nixon clan. He’s a longtime friend of Bobby and chief Snickers (one of the two Nixon pups) caregiver when in town. Also kicking back in Menemsha is Dylan Glenn. He always has a smile on his face and has the ability to turn any frown upside down.

I’ve also had Silva sightings. Michael Silva, a Texaco alum, along with Cecilia Meei-Wenn Mao, ventured east from their home in San Francisco. It was nice to chat and catch up. A few days later, brother Dan, wife Nancy and six-year-old Emmett stopped in to say hello and get a larger Squid Row T for the cute and growing boy. They travelled north from Virginia to be the official timers of the 5K Run for Jabberwocky.

According to Paul Iantosca, an avid Chilmark Softball player, the commissioner Bill Edison and Hans Solmssen had requested that he contact the secret service to invite President Obama to throw out a pitch in last Sunday morning’s game at Flanders Field. According to Paul, after a brief meeting with a special agent, it was determined that the President would be unable to attend yet hopes were high that some of the officials might make it. Paul, a Wooton Bassett resident, would like to share his appreciation for the state and local police and the secret service agents who were extremely polite and professional at all times.

Dan Pinck describes the goings on at Sunday softball as a big social event. You will meet new friends, catch up with old ones, mingle and maybe hit a dingle. Newcomers are always welcome and a sticker isn’t necessary, unlike LVB or Squibby, but be reminded to please park off the road or you may be fined or worse, publicly humiliated, by Commish Edison. Stay tuned for end of the year BBQ info.