Aquinnah: Quick, painless, and free

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Congratulations to the Patriots and all their fans (which is pretty much the entire state of Massachusetts). We are going to the Super Bowl! I do not think that the game against the Eagles will be an easy one, but it will be exciting. Regardless of the outcome, we have the best team in the league. Go Pats!

If you love our library and would like to see their programming expand in a particular direction, come to the Old Town Hall tonight, Thursday, Jan. 25, at 5 pm. Bring a dish to share, and join in the conversation about long-range planning for the Aquinnah Public Library. Michelle Eberle from the Massachusetts Library System will gather community input to help formulate the plan. This is an important conversation that does not happen that often, so please come and share your thoughts.

The library’s regular programming this week is as follows: Story Time is on Thursday at 3:30 pm and Saturday at 10:30 am. On Saturday, Jan. 27, from 11 am to 3 pm, kids can come in and make a pillow. On Saturday, at 2:30 pm, the Book Group will meet and discuss “Since We Fell” by Denis Lehane.

This Friday at the West Tisbury School on Old County Road, there will be a Community Dinner and Movie Night, co-produced by the Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival. The evening starts at 5 pm with a dinner cooked by Josh Aronie, followed by “Everything Connects,” made by 13-year-old Dylan D’Haeze, who will be on hand to answer questions afterward. The focus of the evening is on “zero waste.” After the film there will be “zero waste” activities and games (plus Chilmark Coffee and hot chocolate). The event is free, and the food is for purchase. Please bring your own plate and silverware (to keep it a true zero waste event).

Pathways will host its sixth annual Arts & Scripts Event: Short Excerpts of Projects in the Works, on Friday, Jan. 26, from 7 to 9 pm. The evening will feature Corinne de Langavant, Timo Nanda, Barnyard Saints, Milo Silva and Bruce MacNelly, Sean McMahon, Tony Tobia, Danielle Mulcahy, and Barney Zietz. On Tuesday, Jan. 30, Writing Series will continue, with writers reading from their novels, short stories, and essays. Next Friday, Feb. 2, Caroline Hunter will show her film, “Have You Heard from Johannesburg.” All events at Pathways are free, and refreshments are served.

Shakespeare for the Masses will be performing “Measure for Measure” at the Vineyard Playhouse this Saturday at 7 pm and Sunday at 1 pm. This is our first show of the season, and remember: It’s quick, painless, and free (and I’m in it).

If you are looking for ways to expand your knowledge this winter, ACE MV is starting an Excel class tonight. It is also offering other classes in computers and financial planning in February and March. Go to acemv.org for complete course details and to register. Also, Featherstone is offering many art classes and drop-in studios; go to featherstoneart.org to check it out.

Much love to the family of Jake Baird as they continue to come to grips with his loss. There was a service for Jake this past Thursday at the Ag Hall that gave people the opportunity to come and share their stories of him. It will take a long time to absorb this loss; it always feels so unfair when anyone we love is taken, but especially so when it is a young person.

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