By Jacqueline Sexton - July 27, 2006

Congratulations to Dr. Russell Hoxsie, who was named this year's Creative Living Award recipient. The award, given by the Permanent Endowment Fund of Martha's Vineyard, recognizes Islanders who nurture the creative spirit. It will be presented August 8 at 5 pm at the fund's annual meeting at the Grange Hall in West Tisbury. Dr. Hoxsie, a respected family physician for 50 years, has been a columnist, ("Off North Road"), for The Times, is the author of "Let's Walk, Lilly" and two books of poetry.

We have a busy week ahead of us, beginning on Saturday, July 29 when storyteller Lillian Kellman, who has held generations of school children transfixed with her dramatic tales of everything under the sun, will be telling stories at the library starting at 10:30 am. Her theme this time will be about calling the sun to rise and who and what is responsible for putting it up there, and related topics. (Not, she says, global warming!) Her stories depend for their impact on language and delivery and are recommended for school-age and up.

Later on Saturday, July 29, Mary S. (Tabby) French will have a reception from 3 until 5 pm at the library to open her show of Vineyard landscapes in acrylics and watercolors. The public is welcome.

On Tuesday, Aug. 1, the Chilmark Town Affairs Council will have an open meeting with selectmen at the Community Center at 7 pm. The meeting is a chance for seasonal residents to ask questions and exchange ideas with town officials and year-round residents. Everyone is welcome.

The Chilmark Firefighters Association would like everyone to come celebrate summer at a barbecue and music festival on the playing field between the library and the school on Wednesday, Aug. 2 from 3 pm "until dark." Several bands will play, starting at 5 pm, and there will be hot dogs, burgers, watermelon, and more, so no one will go away hungry.

Conrad Neuman, Professor Emeritus of the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, will give a slide show and lecture about his trip around the world as a professor on a teaching ship at the library on Wednesday, Aug. 2, at 5:30 pm.

On Thursday, Aug. 3 Michael Pollan, author of "The Botany of Desire," will talk about his new book, "The Omnivore's Dilemma, A Natural History of Our Meals" at 8 pm at the Community Center. The book, a survey of the American way of eating, traces our food from the source to the dinner table. Mr. Pollan has been writing for The New York Times Magazine for the last two decades and began his journalism career in 1973 as a reporter for the Gazette.

Wendy Weldon will show new work, "Icons," at the Shaw Cramer Gallery on Main St. in Vineyard Haven starting tomorrow and through August 11. An opening reception with jazz piano by Abbie Dreyer will be held at the gallery tomorrow, Friday, July 28 from 6 to 8 pm.

Gretchen Feldman has been showing new paintings at the Carol Craven Gallery in Vineyard Haven this week. The show will be up through Sunday, July 30.

The walking women will meet at Cedar Tree Neck next Thursday, August 3 at 9 am. For more information, please call Julie Coleman at 508-645-2261 or Judy Maynes at 508-645-3460.

Happy birthday this month to Barbara Fehl, July 6; Dianne Congdon, July 11; Robert Conway, July 16; Kay Teel, today, July 27; Nancy Collins, July 29; and Emily Broderick, July 31. Many happy returns to you all.

Robert and Phyllis Conway celebrated their wedding anniversary on Bob's birthday, July 16, and Fred and Elinor Littleton observed theirs on July 20.

The Independent Film Festival will show "Akeelah and The Bee" for kids, 7 and up, at 5 pm at the Community Center on Wednesday August 2.

The adult film, at the center at 8 pm, is "An Inconvenient Truth."