By Kay Mayhew - May 18, 2006

Everyone but me knew that John and Susan Henley sponsored the needlepoint exhibit last month. John and Susan own Henley's Needlepoint in Edgartown.

I mailed a card at an off-Island post office the other day. It was raining so I was not paying attention. Then I realized I had meant to buy a stamp for the card. But the card was already in the post box outside the post office. After a seemingly interminable line, the clerk took care of my problem. I bought the stamp. Then the clerk got someone to empty the box. It was a purple envelope - of which there were two, but only one without a stamp! The envelope was soon stamped and on its way. Of course, it did not get there yet. But that may be due to the exciting events it had to endure at the beginning of the trip.

Chocolate? A tag sale and chocolate bake sale will be held this Saturday at the Old Stone Church from 9 am to 2 pm. The chocolate is to tempt you in. Doesn't everyone love chocolate?

Enjoy all ten Oscar nominated short films (both live action and animation) from this year's Academy Awards on Saturday evening. The films are presented by the Martha's Vineyard Film Society at the historic Katharine Cornell Theatre, beginning at 8 pm. Admission is $6, $4 for film society members.

Next Tuesday night Dan Waters, aka D.A.W., will read new poems and share old favorites. He will display his linoleum-block prints, along with the hand-carved blocks that produced them. Did you know Dan Waters was born in New Jersey and raised in Brazil? In his 30 years here on Island, he has sold shoes, operated printing presses, and volunteered as a tutor with the Martha's Vineyard Literacy Program. Of course, he won first prize in the Martha's Vineyard Times unofficial West Tisbury Poet Laureate contest. Don't miss this free program, which begins at 6:30 pm at the Vineyard Haven Library.

Look what you can do while having fun: Support the Martha's Vineyard Cancer Support Group, help many of your Island neighbors, and enjoy a delicious meal at the Mediterranean Restaurant on Beach Road. This small non-profit group is having its second annual "Evening Under The Stars" next Thursday, May 25, from 6 to 9 pm. Admission is $100 per person. All money raised stays on the Island to help residents and their families who are dealing with cancer. For more information, call 508-696-9849.

There is another scam you should know about. Someone calls pretending to be a court official who threatens that a warrant has been issued for your arrest because you didn't show up for jury duty. Don't believe them. If you protest that you never received a summons for jury duty, the scammer asks you for your Social Security number and date of birth to verify the information and cancel the arrest warrant. If you are concerned, call the courthouse. Just don't answer these questions posed over the telephone.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out to Lillian Hammond on Saturday. Wish a happy birthday on Monday Elaine Ciancio. Wednesday belongs to Shawn Townes and Leah Ellis. Betsy Edge and Ann Haller party on Friday, the 26th. That Saturday is a special day for Kylie Townes and Kristina Ivory.

Heard on Main Street: "If one more person says we need the rain...."