If it’s true what they say about the amount of acorns on the ground acting as an early predictor for a cold winter, then we are in for a doozy. Those things are everywhere! Better not park your car under an oak tree these days. Well, it certainly makes us more grateful for the unseasonably higher temps of late.

All you fisher-people have been relishing the nice weather, and the Derby weigh-in is proof of that. I’ve seen some familiar names cropping up on the leaderboard over the past few weeks. Derby veterans like Etsey Teller and Cooper Gilkes are among the current Grand and Senior leaders, while Joseph Serpa is leading his division, and Bob Hayman and Rob Morrison have weeklies to show for. Keep ’em coming, folks!

Save the date for the MV Chamber Music Society’s annual Thanksgiving Concert, which will be held on Saturday evening, November 30 at 7:30 pm at the Old Whaling Church. The program will include works by the classic composers Brahms and Mozart plus two new compositions by Howard Frazin and David Del Tredici written especially for the Society’s “own two Scotts,” violist Woolweaver and cellist Kluksdahl. Virtuoso violinist Stephanie Chase and Artistic Director and fabulous pianist Delores Stevens will complete the ensemble. Visit mvcms.org for more info.

Amanda Cohen will host an autumn yoga retreat on Chappy this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, October 12 and 13, from 9 am to 11 am at the Chappaquiddick Community Center. Join Amanda on a journey inward with the season using breathing techniques and postures to cultivate relaxation and strengthen your body.

Both classes will incorporate pranayama, slow flow vinyasa with strengthening, stretching, and opportunities for relaxation. For more information or to register, send email to mettayogamv@gmail.com.

The Animal Shelter of Martha’s Vineyard is sponsoring the second annual “Walk for the Animals” on Saturday, October 12 (rain date: Monday, October 14), at Trade Winds Park in Oak Bluffs to raise funds for the shelter’s many activities. Participants are encouraged to bring their leashed pets and spend some time in the beautiful autumn air, away from noise and traffic. Anyone who likes to walk is welcome, whether you have a pet to walk with you, or if you just want to walk by yourself. You may start your walk anytime between 10 am and 12 noon. The top fundraisers will receive tee-shirts, and all participating pets will receive a very special bandana to mark their participation. Registration forms are available online at animalshelterofmv.org or on the Shelter’s Facebook page, or else you can stop by the Shelter to sign up. Call the shelter at 508-627-8662, or Duncan Ross at 508-693-0541 for more information or directions.

Happy belated birthday to Susan Koerner, who celebrated her day October 8. Hope you had a lovely time.

Additional birthday wishes go out to Kraig Mundt, October 11; to my big bro Chris Dolby, October 12; and to Dan Deslauriers, October 13. Let’s hope for a Bruins W for Kraig, a big striper for Chris, and a big ol’ bowl of pancake batter for Danny D.