Heard on Main Street: Remember that penguins know how to walk on ice — just waddle very slowly.
How was your storm? I was amazed that the intrepid volunteers for Meals on Wheels were out on both Thursday and Friday. These folks are special blessings for us, especially in such weather.
I did appreciate most storm reminders, such as “Keep your cell phone charged.” I didn’t know that you should call 911 rather than the police if you need to find a shelter. It is not reassuring when the electric company calls to say we should be prepared to lose electricity, because my husband needs it to keep breathing his oxygen. So we were very lucky once again. I am especially grateful for my wise women friends on our Island, who suggested canceling some activities that might have been a problem as the storm progressed.
Meet your neighbors at the Community Supper at St. Augustine’s Church in Vineyard Haven, which begins this evening, Jan. 11, at 5 pm.
You are invited tomorrow to a “Service to Remember and Honor Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel,” led by Rabbi Caryn Broitman on Friday, Jan. 12, at 5:30 pm at the Hebrew Center. The Rev. Mariama White-Hammond is the minister for ecological justice at the Bethel AME Church of Boston. She will speak on “Liberation in the Land: Reflections on Dr. King and the Exodus Story in a Time of Ecological Crisis.” Songs of freedom will be led by Roberta Kirn.
I was nervous about the frightening frigid temperatures, but did have a wonderful discovery. I found an old wool coat from L.L.Bean that seems miraculously warm compared with my usual winter coat. Usually I wish I had passed something on to Clothes to Go, but this time I was very happy that I had not.
This month ACE MV is offering more computer classes, from “Intro to Quickbooks” or “Microsoft Office Suite” to “Fundamentals of Financial Planning.” For more information, visit acemv.org or call 508-693-9222.
For a wonderful evening, see “Victoria and Abdul” at 7 pm on Tuesday, Jan. 16, at the Vineyard Haven library. This is the extraordinary true story of Queen Victoria’s unexpected friendship with a young clerk from India in the later years of her remarkable rule. Cider and popcorn will be served to help you enjoy the incomparable Judi Dench. Rated PG-13.
Congratulations to Elaine and Mike Ciancio who celebrate 51 years on Saturday. Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out tomorrow to Gay Nelson. Saturday belongs to Allan Davey Sr. and Donna Paulson. Wish the best on Saturday to Tyler Paulson. Celebrate Chuck Downing’s birthday on Wednesday.
Heard on Main Street: Honor the Rev. Martin Luther King on Monday; at least some of his dreams are coming true.