Posted February 16, 2006

By Kay Mayhew - 508-693-2725 - kayanddonald@yahoo.com

Winter has been relatively kind to us this year. The cold weather has come as a shock to our plants and trees as well as to us. Did you know that latex gloves worn under mittens or gloves provides much more warmth and protection for your fingers in very cold weather?

This is the time of year when we like to focus on indoor activities. Whether you want reading materials or movies, the library has an abundant supply. Children of all ages are invited to the library next Tuesday at 11 am to hear Susie Bowman sing. Ages three and up are invited for Family Games every Wednesday at 3:30 pm. Don't go to play on Thursday night: Games Night and Adult Chess Club have been discontinued.

I hope you will mark your calendar now. If you are interested in family connections between the Cape and the Islands, come listen to what I have to tell you at 3 pm on Sunday, Feb. 26. This is the last of the winter programs sponsored by the Friends of the Vineyard Haven Library. Light refreshments will follow the program.

The Halls are promising the Capawock Theater will be opening in April. That event will be worth a celebration. I feel as if I have been deprived for a long time. There really is nothing like a good movie with friends and maybe even a little popcorn. I am getting old enough so that I consider 4 pm a good time to go to the movies.

The Silver Screen Film Society offers a Brazilian movie this Sunday at 7:30 pm at the Vineyard Playhouse on Church Street. "O Homem Que Copiava" (The Man Who Copied) is an unusual romantic comedy from Brazil. "It's All Gone Pete Tong" will be shown Feb. 25 at 7:30 pm at the Cornell Theatre. This is a funny, touching tale of a deejay in the fast-paced club scene on the Island of Ibiza who loses his hearing.

On Saturday, March 4, you can see "The Syrian Bride," a collaboration between Israeli and Palestinian filmmakers. The Film Society will host an "Oscar Night" party at the Mansion House from 7:30 pm until the show ends. Tickets are $20 or $15 for film society members. For more details and tickets, visit www.mvfilmsociety.com or call 508-696-9369.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Mary Gillette and Izzy Wajda. Tomorrow belongs to Colin Kennedy. On Saturday you can celebrate with Carrie Tankard. Tom Robinson and Benjamin Davey party on Monday. Ted Kennedy shares Washington's birthday. We wish a happy one next Thursday to Wendy Brophy. Some very special people will celebrate birthdays on Saturday, Feb. 25. That day I will join Judy Cronig and Robin Mathiesen. February 26 belongs to Jessica Beigbeder. Partying on the 28th will be Elain Christensen and Susan Goldstein.

Heard on Main Street: "Why don't they just make mouse-flavored cat food?"