Tisbury: Bewildering times

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Heard on Main Street: It used to be only death and taxes. Now, of course, there’s shipping and handling, too.

Remember, it is National Fossil Day at the Oak Bluffs library today, Oct 12, from 4 to 7:45 pm — and it is free.

Walk with each other, walk with the world. Sign up now to walk six miles to end hunger one step at a time. Join Crop Walk on Sunday, Oct 15. It begins at 2 pm at St. Augustine’s Church, going to the Campground and returning. See crophungerwalk.org for more information.

Enjoy the free concert of Bach, Beethoven, and others at 3:30 pm on Sunday, Oct. 15, at the West Tisbury library. “Three Centuries of Violin and Cello Duets” features Jeremy Cohen on violin and Andres Vera on cello, members of Quartet San Francisco, accompanied by David Rhoderick on piano.

Head Start promotes school readiness by helping the social and cognitive development of children ages 3 to 5 with education, health, nutrition, and social services for children and their families. Head Start on Martha’s Vineyard is home-based. In a regular home visit, you and your home visitor explore ways that will help your child build the skills to succeed in school. There is no fee. Sign up at cflanders@mvcommunityservices.com or call Cindy Flanders 508-693-7900  ext. 321.

I am probably one of the few on our Island who hasn’t visited Cedar Tree Neck Sanctuary. Now that it is harder for me to walk, I am pleased with this opportunity sponsored by the Vineyard Haven library. Sheriff’s Meadow Foundation will present A Virtual Guided Walk of Cedar Tree Neck Sanctuary at 7 pm on Monday, Oct. 16, at the Katharine Cornell Theatre. This multimedia event is for all ages. You can experience all four seasons at Cedar Tree Neck in under two hours. The program is free.

Debra Gaines, photographer and painter, is featured for October in Art in the Stacks at our library. She specializes in panoramic landscape and seascape photography.

You have to admit that today we live in bewildering times on our little planet. What should we be thinking, saying, and doing about the challenges bearing down upon our lives? Answers are hard to find. The Thoreau Farm Trust wondered, if Henry David Thoreau were alive today, what would he think, what would he say, what would he do? “What would Henry Do?” is a collection of essays for the 21st century. Excerpts will be presented by Holly Nadler and Margaret Carroll Bergman, director of the Trust. Margaret, Holly, and President Jimmy Carter have written essays featured in the book. The program is 7 pm on Tuesday, Oct. 24, at the Vineyard Haven library.

The Tisbury Open Space, Parks, and Recreation Survey ends in another week on Oct. 21. The more Tisbury residents who say what we want, the more likely we will have the parks and open spaces we want in town. Are there improvements you’d like to see? Let them know what we need. One hundred and seventy people have done so, but there are many of you who did not. Do you use the tennis courts, bike or hike, or play sports in our town? Are you happy with the facilities? Paper copies of the Vision Survey are at the Vineyard Haven library and at our planning board office.

Professor Philip Weinstein continues the Islanders Read the Classics seminar on classic short stories. The next free session is 7 pm on Wednesday, Oct. 18, at the Cornell Theatre featuring Leo Tolstoy’s “The Death of Ivan Ilyich,” “The Kreutzer Sonata,” and “Master and Man.”

Big bunches of birthday balloons go out today to Ryan Dunbar, Lee Lowe, and Chris Lowe. Many happy returns on Friday to David Finkelstein and Heather Angelastro. And special birthday hugs to Heather’s son Ryan Angelastro as he marks his second birthday on Wednesday.

Heard on Main Street: Don’t put things off too long. You’ll be sorry if you do.