Oak Bluffs: Avoiding endless telemarketing

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The torrential rains of last weekend left puddle pools and disrupted outdoor activity plans, but thankfully no floods. Now we are facing a few cold days and then another teasing warm-up, so I guess we should be prepared for anything.

Although this is our so-called quiet time of year, you still have endless numbers of activities and programs to participate in if you wish. A lot of my time has been spent watching season two of “The Crown,” and unfortunately listening to both my cell phone and landline phones ring and trying to avoid the endless telemarketing. Even screening calls through my caller ID is no longer working as somehow these callers are able to show a local number, and most times a familiar name. I don’t think I want to buy any product from anyone who has to cheat to get our attention. But on the happier side, I just finished a sweet book, “The life of Arthur Truluv.” This novel will leave you smiling and aware of how life is what you make it.

There will be no late fees all month long at our Oak Bluffs library as the rest of February is Fine Amnesty Month. And if you mention it at the desk, your past fines will also be waived, as long as they were not for replacing lost materials.

Our library is also partnering with the Boston Bruins and the Massachusetts Library System on a PJ drive so they will be collecting new kids and teens pajamas until March 15, when they will be distributed to those in need.

The film “Ida B Wells, A Passion For Justice” will be shown at the library on Saturday, Feb. 17, at 1:30 pm. This film documents the dramatic life and turbulent times of the pioneering African American journalist, activist, suffragist, and anti-lynching crusader of the post reconstruction period.

Been cleaning out this winter? Save those books that are in good condition for another used book collection day on Saturday, Feb. 24, from 12:30 to 2:30 pm. The Library Friends of Oak Bluffs welcomes your donations for their annual summer used book sale, the proceeds of which help fund many of the library programs so many of us enjoy.

Alex’s place at the YMCA will hold a Middle School Hangout on Friday, Feb. 16, from 7 to 9:30 pm. There will be free food and drinks, and perhaps playing video games, pool, and dancing. This event is for sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students.

Reminder that schools will be closed on Monday, Feb. 19, to observe the Presidents’ Day holiday.

Felix Neck is planning some special activities during school vacation week to help keep your student occupied. Events include identifying animal tracks, shelter building, creature crafts, live animals and more. There will be four days of fun and learning, Feb. 27 through March 2. The program cost is $65 per day for members and $75 for non-members and for children kindergarten through sixth grades.

The political season is starting up again for us here. The West Tisbury Democratic Town Committee is meeting in caucus on Saturday, Feb. 17, to elect delegates and alternates to the Democratic State Convention, which will be held on Friday and Saturday, June 5 and 6. If you are a resident of West Tisbury and a registered Democrat you are invited to participate in this caucus. The meeting will be held at Howes House with doors opening at 9:30 am to sign in and, if necessary, to register as a new Democratic voter. The official caucus meeting begins promptly at 10 am.

Our M.V. Community Services continues to hold programs that will interest many of you. Stem Saturday, (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) will take place the third Saturday of the month and each month will have a different theme. The theme for this Saturday, Feb. 17, is Magnetism. Classes are from 10 to 11 am at the MV Family Center, Fanny Blair Building.

We send birthday smiles to Carol deBettencourt, Kathy Farressey and Father Michael Nagel on Feb. 16, Carrie Tankard and Joel Rebello on the Feb. 18, Brenda Lehman on Feb. 21t, and Katie Marchand and Rita Jeffers on Feb. 22.

Enjoy your week. Peace.