The winds blew away our downspouts and branches cluttered the ground. But the ferries managed to run in spite of the noisy, insistent winds last weekend. It was quiet on Main Street, with a view visitors from the Cape once the winds died down.

You know you are all welcome at the community suppers. The Good Shepherd Community Supper is this evening at St. Augustine’s. Every Thursday until March 27, dinner will be served at 5 pm.

The Friends of the Vineyard Haven Public Library hold mini book sales at our library on the third Saturday of each month. The next sale is Saturday but with a more convenient time, from 2 to 4 pm. Paperback books are $1 and $2 for hardcover, or $12 to fill a bag. Proceeds benefit library programs for children. Don’t shovel. Spend your next snowstorm with a good book.

The Vineyard Haven Library is hosting a two-part series to honor Nelson Mandela. A film screening of “Invictus” will be shown on the 21st at 7 pm. Then on the following Tuesday Alan Brigish will discuss Mandela in the broader context of South African history. Brigish grew up in South Africa and met Mandela in 1999.

And on January 30th the library begins a six-week program on American music. More on this next week.

According to Martin Luther King Jr., “Life’s most urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'” The First Baptist Church invites you to join in honoring Martin Luther King Jr. at a special service at 11 am on Sunday

Think spring. The Tisbury Travel Club has a trip for adults to the 2014 Spring Garden & Flower Show in Providence on Thursday, February 20. This year’s show combines America’s passion for gardening and our love affair with classic cars. Vintage autos will be the centerpiece and time theme for the gardens. See a 1950s period garden featuring a classic Belaire or an Italian piazza created around a classic Ferrari. There will be garden displays and garden marketplace vendors, as well as all kinds of demonstrations and lectures on organic gardening and sustainable landscaping, all amid the spectacular flower arrangements.

The Providence Convention Center has an enclosed sky-bridge that connects to the Providence Place Mall for shopping. Whether you want a sneak peek at spring; need to get away for the day, or want to learn about sustainability or flower design, call now to register for the trip. You will leave on the 8:15 am ferry and return at 5 pm. $38 includes show admission, motor coach roundtrip to Providence, and driver gratuity. Call 508-696-4205 weekdays.

The Vineyard Playhouse construction continues at the theater building through the winter. They promise to open in June, with a full season of plays. The program has not yet been announced. They have just received a challenge gift to secure the future of the playhouse. All gifts marked for the Biggs Challenge will be doubled if received by April. Send your donation to The Vineyard Playhouse at PO Box 2452, Vineyard Haven 02568. Checks must be marked Biggs Challenge. More at info@vineyardplayhouse.org.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out tomorrow to Chuck Downing. Saturday belongs to Steve Soriano. Wish the chocolaty best on Sunday to Patti Linn. Happy birthday to Mev Good who parties on Monday. We hope Cathy Deese and Anne Downing enjoy their special day on Tuesday.

Heard on Main Street: It’s good advice: When nothing goes right, go left.

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