I don’t think our libraries had characters come to life for story time when I was young. Little ones can meet Curious George next week at the Vineyard Haven library on Tuesday, Feb. 7, during story times at 10 and 11 am.
The Tisbury Vision Council gathers twice a month on Thursdays. All residents and business owners are welcome members of the Council. Today, Feb. 2, at 5 pm meet with the Tisbury Merchants Association to explore ways to enhance Main Street and support local businesses. On Thursday, Feb. 9, at 7 pm at the Tisbury Senior Center there is a workshop to identify priority street-improvement projects for safe pedestrian and bike access in town. Click news and announcements on the Vision Council home page, tisburyma.gov/vision-council, to see the areas of concern.
It seems about time that we raise concerns about how dangerous it is for pedestrians and bicyclists along Beach Road. The sidewalks are only here and there, and suddenly appear on the other side of the street. The cyclists have the same right to the road as cars, but most drivers don’t seem to know that. It is best if we can make that road safe for everyone.
All are welcome at the next meeting of the Neighborhood Convention,Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 11 am at the First Congregational Church in West Tisbury. The Rev. Cathlin Baker will talk about “Reflections on Faith and My Sabbatical Journey.” Her journey took her to Scotland for six months last year. Bring a sack lunch; dessert and beverages will be provided.
I was not aware that Martha’s Vineyard Community Services (MVCS) has so many different programs. Island residents can get help with immigration issues at the Immigration Resource Center on the first Friday of each month. Tomorrow, Feb. 3, there is expert legal advice. An immigration attorney will be in the office from 9 am to 3 pm to provide advice and assistance with forms. An appointment is required to speak with the attorney. Call 508-693-7900, ext. 400 (English) or ext. 410 (for English and Portuguese).
The MVCS Island Counseling Center is beginning a six-week series, for family and friends (18-plus) of those in active addiction or recovery. A Ripple Support Group starts Monday, Feb. 6, from 5 to 6:30 pm at the Island Counseling Center. Preregistration is required at 508-693-7900, ext. 215. More at mvcommunityservices.com/events-calendar, or contact Jaime Schwab at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is also the Art Journaling Support Group for young women (14 to 18) who have experienced dating violence. This group continues through March 22. Preregistration is required for this as well: 774-549-9667, ext. 102. Begins Thursday, Feb. 9, from 2:15 to 3:45 pm.
Is it true that every building has a story? Even buildings no longer standing? And those that now serve a different purpose? A new exhibit at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum explores Island businesses, hotels, and landmarks that no longer exist, and explains how they shaped our Island. All are welcome at the opening reception on Friday, Feb. 10, from 4 to 6 pm at the museum. The exhibit will be open through June 3.
The Tisbury Art Bar offers a monthly evening with friends through April. Sign up with your friends, bring your favorite beer or wine, and create art. The painting supplies will be provided. An Island artist will teach each class. Sip and socialize while you learn to paint like a pro. The first one is Wednesday, Feb. 15. More at 508-627-4441.
I hate to admit it. It does seem that winter weather is here to stay — at least for a while. I am a sucker for the sunny days when the temperature rises just enough so that I think I don’t really need my winter coat. Even the squirrels get twitchy when the sun comes out. We had one in our yard swishing his tail so hard I thought he would fall out of the tree. But I am sure he was just enjoying the sunshine.
Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out to Nancy Tutko Hanschka tomorrow. Celebrate with Rosemary Brown. She will be 89 on Monday. Also wish the best to Pam Campagna on Monday. Happy birthday to Dan Harnen, who parties on Tuesday.
Heard on Main Street: Kids in the back seat cause accidents. Accidents in the back seat cause kids.